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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Posted by Parveen Hassan
| 10:31
To mark the tenth anniversary of the landmark Hunting Act 2004 on 18th February Conservatives Against Fox Hunting (Blue Fox) calls for  the Conservative Party leadership to guarantee that the new Conservative Manifesto will not include any pledges to undermine the act which bans hare coursing, fox, mink, stag and hare hunting with dogs for sport.

The latest Ipsos-Mori (21st Dec 2014) poll on the issue shows that 80% of the country think fox hunting should not be made legal again- that's eight out of ten people want to keep the ban. The same poll shows that the opposition to hunting with dogs is equal in rural communities as much as it is in urban communities. The poll shows that two thirds of respondents who said they would vote Conservative in 2015 do not think fox hunting should be made legal again.

There is an excellent opportunity to leave the worn out hunting issue behind and promote a modern manifesto with an invigorated commitment to advance positive animal welfare objectives which appeal to our whole society.  A YouGov poll in 2014 showed that 14% of voters named animal welfare as an issue that would determine their vote. It came directly behind defence and ahead of HS2 or same sex marriage. MPs are contacted on animal welfare issues more than any other issue.’
Calls for a relaxation or repeal of the hunting ban perpetuate a dated outmoded image. We need to move forward as a nation, not backwards on matters of animal welfare. There are an increasing number of Conservative MPs who are prepared to resist repeal and say “ No” to a return of banned sports.
 Suzy Gale, Chairman             Conservative Animal Welfare
 Lorraine Platt, Co-Founder    Conservatives Against Fox Hunting (Blue Fox) 
 Chris Platt Co-Founder  &      Vice President of Esher & Walton Conservative Assoc.       
 Sir David Amess MP

 Stuart Andrew MP

 Tracey Crouch MP

 Caroline Dinenage MP

 Sir Roger Gale MP

 Simon Kirby MP

 Dominic Raab MP

 Lee Scott MP

 Mike Weatherley MP 

A majority of the British public are in favour of keeping a number of activities banned in the Hunting Act illegal: fox hunting (80%); deer hunting (86%); hare hunting and coursing (88%); dog fighting (98%); and badger baiting (95%).
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