Keep the fox hunting ban

As most of you will be aware, this wednesday (15th July) in parliament there is to be a proposed amendment to the fox hunting laws. It is important to remember that the majority of the british public hugely supported the ban of the horrific cruelty that is fox hunting.

Currently, the 10-year-old law states that hunts can use two dogs to flush foxes out of their holes, which can then be shot for pest control reasons only. However, the Tory party are looking to ‘relax’ the law allowing an unlimited number of hounds to be taken on hunts, and while it would still be stated that it is for pest control purposes, many of us fear that hunters would exploit this relaxing of the law and hunt freely without having first assessed fox populations.

Unfortunately, foxes can be a problem, mainly for farmers or anyone keeping livestock. I myself used to keep chickens but after repeated fox attacks I was forced to stop. Like most people, I can understand that the population needs to be kept under control in some way - however being chased for miles and miles by a pack of bloodthirsty hounds before being viciously ripped apart is just about as far from humane as we could get.

What can we do to help?

In the conservative manifesto, we were promised a free vote to repeal the hunting ban, but upon realising that he would not be widely supported, Cameron has opted for the easier option of making technical changes to the law, rather than lifting it altogether. This means that we, the public, have little say about what happens, but it is important that we do what we can. Below is a link to a petition against lifting the ban on foxhunting. Please click the link and sign to protect these creatures from needless suffering and inhumane cruelty.

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