May 152017

Pro-fox hunting campaigners are plotting to use a predicted Conservative landslide at the general election to repeal a 2004 ban of the blood sport, according to a report.

Tory Lord Mancroft, chairman of the Council of Hunting Associations, described the 8 June vote as “the chance we have been waiting for” to overturn the ban, according to an email seen by the Daily Mirror.

He said a sizeable majority for Theresa May could usher in a new era for fox hunting and a vote on the issue could be scheduled for as early as this year.

“A majority of 50 or more would give us a real opportunity for repeal of the Hunting Act,” he said.

Anti-hunt campaigners claim illegal hunting of foxes has continued, including at large organised Boxing Day hunts – Photo Getty

“We have repeatedly made clear that we need a Government that has both a manifesto commitment to repeal the HA [Hunting Act], and a big enough majority to get repeal through the Commons and then the Lords.

“It now looks, unexpectedly, as if there is a very real chance we could get such a Government.

“While nothing in politics is certain, this is by far the best opportunity we have had since the ban, and is probably the best we are likely to get in the foreseeable future.”

Lord Mancroft claimed to have “received assurances” that a parliamentary vote would be included in the Tory manifesto.

Avon Vale hunt making its way to the village of Laycock, Wiltshire (PA)

He also appealed to the group’s supporters to “mobilise” to ensure a big win for Ms May next month.

“This is the chance we have been waiting for,” the Conservative peer said. “We have six weeks to show, yet again, what we are made of, and our undying commitment to our way of life. “We have six weeks to win back all that has been taken from us. Masters, if ever there was a time to give a lead, this is it. “Please don’t waste a single day of those six weeks.”

Responding to the email, Labour candidate Angela Smith told the paper: “This is exactly why we must not give the Tories a blank cheque. If Theresa May wins a big majority on June 8 we will see all the worst excesses of an unrestrained Tory Government. “Bringing back fox-hunting, one of the cruellest blood sports imaginable, will be just the start.”

One poll has revealed that eight out of ten Britons are against the fox hunting ban being lifted – Photo Getty

It was reported in September that Theresa May was planning to push ahead with a vote to repeal the Hunting Act in Parliament, a pledge included in the 2015 Conservative election manifesto.

But polls suggest fox hunting continues to be very unpopular, with even most Conservative voters unsupportive of repealing the ban.

Opposition to fox hunting rose to historic levels in December, when 84 per cent of the public said the blood sport should not be made legal again.

This article was first published by The Independent on 09 May 2017.

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Roger Weeks
If you, with open mind, observe a fox hunt, hare coursing or a stag hunt it has to be seen as an ancient practice of unbridled cruelty and barbarity. The obsessional huntsmen’s tradition somehow, in their minds, seems to absolve them from the disgusting realities of their actions. To our minds hunting with dogs should be consigned to history along with dog and cock- fighting, bear and badger-baiting, for this, along with the actions of the less publicised terrier men and the method of the prey’s demise, is non the less violent. The horrific acts associated with hunting are totally… Read more »
Jan Mcvey Stark

No No No No !! It shouldn’t even be put to the vote it’s already been made illegal !!!

Carol Canty

I find it sickening at the very thought of this evil cruel sadistic of fox hunting comming back.I will be there in London on May 29th will be shouting for the foxes

Tervicz Renard

No animal deserves death by 1000 cuts. No animal deserves to be eviscerated alive. Less humane methods of killing are to replaced by more humane methods. That goes for all animals we kill, wild or domestic. No fox deserves to be bitten repeatedly until it can run no longer, then torn to pieces whilst still alive. Same goes for coyotes and other animas. It happens in nature, but nature is a blind indifferent force and pretty much a human construct, not a moral compass.

Jeanette Taylor

If you believe that Jennifer then you’re sadly mistaken. Do you think the hounds and hunters will just chase the fox then leave it alone, I don’t think so.

Barbara Wendy


Melvyn Snelgrove


Frederick James Fox

No hunting should be banned for ever. �

Tracy Cook

To brutally slaughter innocent wildlife just going about their lives in the name of ‘sport’ is. psychopathic, barbaric and has no place in the 21st Century. Under the current ban many of the hunts are flouting the law and still not being prosecuted! If Joe Public went around with dogs savagely ripping apart peoples pets they would be imprisioned. Voiceleas creatures need a voice and we the electoate are their voice…I for one sincerely hope that this legislation is not repealed and my grandchildren and their children still have wildlife to enjoy and wonder at!


Absolutely right. All fox hunters should themselves be hunted and slaughtered

Absolutely appalling that this should even be entertained! Shame on the Tories for contemplating such savagery!

Carla St Clair


Patricia Mazzoni

Absolutely NOT!!!

Sharmila Kumar


Sharon Miller


Georgina Powell

No chance

Brenda Martin

No we have voted…….so they think government can now have private votes over the uk public……Don’t vote them in

Ronald Ramsay

Only if Theresa May is the “fox”.

Dieter Reger


Blanca Dominguez


Lisa Kart

ALL those dogs chasing one fox
Is that FAIR game ?

JazzyJoslynn Lamar


Tilly Shadbolt

Definitely not

Margaret Cooke

NO its cruel and always has been …NO

Mackie Braden

Absolutely Not

Lynn Derwin Gergen


Donna Williford Otto


Tania Wilson


Robin Rockholt


Bob McFarland


Cherry Winters


DeborahMae Broad


Hank Tuttle

Go for it but only with phoney fox..lay out fox scented trail…no harm to anyone!!!

Wendy South


Kiz Malpass


Jason Anderson


Hilary Morrison


Paul Dennison

Play Paint ball

May Lennox-Milton


Sabbatta Delarun

no !

Verna Dentrey

this is so sick, what the F is wrong with humans!!!!!!!!

Eva Singh

I say No to all hunting around the world!!!

Wally Mcdonald

Go work in a abattoir see what animals have to go through for your steak and leather shoes. We’re all guilty. Milk is the cruelest drink available.

Jennifer Wilkes

Fox hunting is a very enjoyable sport. I have participated in many hunts in the U.S. and the fox is just chased not killed. Fox hunters love their foxes and get to know them well! Nothing better than seeing the Fox and shouting Tally ho!

Mark Morley

Absolutely deluded, what drivel you speak…are you an adult with a mature mind?

Max Hanna
Shame on you – to say it is an enjoyable sport – it is not sport to scare the heck out of any animal and if you say the fox is not killed here – it is still chased – I don’t know how you can say they are not killed here – the dogs don’t all of a sudden stop the chase and let the fox go – shame on you and your demented sense of what is right and wrong – it is animal abuse -it is cruel torture and wrong – anyone who thinks it is enjoyable… Read more »
Pamela Lampard

Which planet are you living on….are you real….?

Marja Kokkonen

You may be a very twisted human and should self try to be hounted so you would know how it feels.

Theresa Kemp

Are you for real Jennifer? Try imagining being in the same situation, chased by a pack of baying hounds and knobs in fancy dress blowing their horns. Remember you are not human and therefore totally unaware that this is ‘merely a sport’ and that no harm will come to you (though that last comment I honestly do not believe). The fear these animals go through for you selfish idiots to have some mindless fun. How you sleep at night beggards belief.

Hilary Morrison

Jennifer Wilkes, you are not living in the real world, you are abusing animals and you think that is ok? How would you feel if abuse was closer to home?? It’s no acceptable at any time animal or human.

Vince Smith

Absolutely, maybe the hunters should take it turns being chased themselves and see if they like it?

Marilyn Ashman

If you or any other Scoundrel, think it’s okay to chase them to Exaustion,then you are also the problem!!!. You Idiots might call that fun….but Normal people call that Insane!!!. Go find a Humane Hobby, that reflects Normal Society!!!.

Kalyan Bhattacharyya

no trophies for cruelty .. it can be done if the man faces the fox barehanded and wins

Carol Pizzey Conolly Rushton

No way

Maggie Bear


Max Hanna
Absolutely NO – Do not let these idiots bring back fox hunting!~ these complete fools have no cnscience – how can they possible think it is a sport to send dogs after little innocent Fox’s who run in fear from their howling dogs – shame on them – these stupid, cowards need to come up with a new sport that doesnt take hte lives of these poor Fox – these nasty wimps in their red coats ought to be so ashamed of themselves – big cowards sitting on horses and sending dogs after these poor fox’s is barbaric – they… Read more »
Eugene Rae

Toffs in red coats chasing foxes on horseback should be confined to the walls of the nation’s galleries.

Irene Smith


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