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Should the Fox Hunting Ban be Repealed
Now that we have a a new Conservative Government in 2015 will David Cameron keep his promise to bring back legal fox hunting?
A Tory government would put forward a bill to legalise fox hunting if they win the election.
David Cameron promised MPs a free vote on repealing the ban on hunting with dogs, which has been in place since 2004.
Labour critics have said the Prime Minister’s support of bloodsports shows he’s “out of touch”.
The Prime Minister made the pledge in the Conservative election manifesto, which he launched this morning in Swindon.
The 80 page document includes a short section under the heading ‘We will support countryside pursuits.’
It reads: “We will protect hunting, shooting and fishing, for all the benefits to individuals, the environment and the rural economy that they bring.
“A Conservative government will give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act with a free vote, with a government bill in government time.”
Mr Cameron, who was once a member of Heythrop Hunt in Oxfordshire, backs the legalisation of fox hunting , saying the ban has “done nothing for animal welfare.”
He wrote in the Countryside Alliance magazine in March: “There is definitely a rural way of life which a born and bred Londoner might struggle to understand. I have always been a strong supporter of country sports.
“It is my firm belief that people should have the freedom to hunt, so I share the frustration that many people feel about the Hunting Act and the way it was brought in by the last government.”
Tory Environment secretary Liz Truss has also supported repealing the ban, saying it was “a mistake.”
Maria Eagle, Labour’s shadow environment secretary said in December: “David Cameron’s plans to bring back fox hunting show how out of touch he is with people’s everyday lives. The Tories should get over their narrow obsession with fox hunting and accept that the ban is widely supported.
“David Cameron should be focusing on the real issues facing rural communities like rising utility bills, low pay and disappearing bus services.”