Urgent message from Barney White-Spunner, Executive Chairman - The Countryside Alliance:
It is reported that the Government will propose amendments to the Hunting Act, which would represent a significant improvement. The amendments would remove the arbitrary two dog limit in exempt hunting making it legal to flush and shoot foxes using packs of hounds.
If the amendments are passed it would therefore be legal to manage foxes and some other wild mammals using packs of hounds. The requirement to take reasonable steps to shoot will, however, remain as it is. The changes would represent a significant improvement for many farmers and hunts, whilst moving the law into line with Scotland. We still believe that the Hunting Act needs to be scrapped, but in the circumstances these amendments meet the immediate needs of the rural community.
The amendments are logical and evidence-based, and would ensure that farmers are able to decide how to manage the fox population in the most effective and humane manner. The changes may go to a vote next week so the focus is now on winning that vote.
We need every single person who supports hunting contact their MP and make their views known on this issue. Using the link below you can email your MP, but please don't stop there. Forward this campaign to your friends and family and post it on social media as well. Please also send any response you receive from your MP to firstname.lastname@example.org to further our lobbying activity.
I cannot stress enough the importance and urgency of this campaign. We have just a few days to ensure our voice is heard and secure a better future for hunting.