Countryside Alliance urges government to revisit hunting law

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THOUSANDS of people are expected to support fox hunts this Boxing Day showing the strength of the countryside vote, according to the Countryside Alliance.

The alliance has called on the government to look again at the Hunting Act, ahead of fox hunting’s biggest day of the year.

Around 250,000 people are expected at 250 hunts, including the Hursley and Hambledon Hunt, which meets at Meonstoke.

The coalition agreement includes a commitment to a vote on the repeal of the Hunting Act.

Countryside Alliance chairman Barney White-Spunner said: ‘We have less than 18 months left in this parliament but the government is still to make good many of its promises to the countryside — not least the pledge of support to hunting.

‘Tackling the failed Hunting Act is a matter of trust between David Cameron, the coalition government and the countryside.

‘In three and a half years the government has done nothing to address this illiberal, unjust and divisive law.

‘The arguments for repeal or replacement of the ban are unarguable. Proposals to amend the act have been brought forward and there is solid support in Parliament. Doing nothing is not an acceptable option. Hunting is a totemic issue and even a small improvement to the current situation would go a long way.’