Hunting Ban Could Be Scrapped Within Weeks
Conservative attempts to scrap the hunting ban could starter sooner than expected
The 2004 Hunting Act which bans hunting wild mammals with dogs, including foxes, deer and hares has been enforced in England and Wales for 10 years, since 2005.
Unfortunately there is a large possibility that the ban will be dropped.
The manifesto from the conservative party commits to giving “Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote, with a government bill in government time.”
Prime Minister, David Cameron is a keen hunter himself and he is also keen to push the backbench friendly conservative MP who comes near the top of the Private Members ballon on the 4th of July proposing to lift the Hunting Act 2004.
To support the bill the government will ensure that there is an adequate amount of time to be debated on the floor of commons. This will give it a better chance of becoming law.
For this to work a pro-hunting MP will have to come at the top of the ballot. A small issue that some of the new 74 new Conservative mp’s who have an eye on keeping their seats come 2020 may be slightly nervous about when voting to repeal the hunting ban. Especially when taking in a majority opinion from the UK public.
There is a possibility that the “magic number” has been achieved of 286 votes which the pro-hunting campaigners needed in order for their campaign to become successful.
Mr Cameron has stated that he has “always been a strong supporter of country sports” adding that “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.”
Image attribution Creative Commons Lic. Jon Witton 2007