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'Move on, hunting has had its day', MPs tell campaigners

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 22, 2014

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A group of Tory MPs have urged hunt supporters to forget about campaigning for a fresh Commons vote and “move on”.

Conservatives Against Fox Hunting have marked the ninth anniversary of the Hunting Act, which came into force in February 2005, banning hare coursing, fox, stag and hare hunting with dogs.

The Coalition agreement contains a pledge to stage a free vote on repealing the controversial law but David Cameron has shown little enthusiasm for the issue.

However, the Prime Minister has expressed sympathy with recent calls to amend the Bill to allow farmers to use more than two dogs to flush out foxes.

The back-bench anti-hunt group, also called Blue Fox, said a December poll on the issue shows that eight out of ten people want to keep the ban with opposition equal in both rural and urban communities.

More importantly, it claims two thirds of respondents who said they would vote Conservative at the general election in 2015 do not want to see a repeal.

“Calls for a relaxation or repeal of the hunting ban perpetuate an outmoded image,” the group said.

“Times change and politics change. It’s time to say that hunting with dogs has had its day and it's time to move on, leave the past behind and look to the future. We need to move forward as a nation, not backwards on matters of animal welfare.”

The Countryside Alliance, which has been campaigning against the “failed” law, admits a vote during this Parliament is unlikely and with Labour leading the polls, scrapping the act this decade now appears a distant hope.

Alliance spokesman Charlotte Cooper said the Government had other priorities at present but vowed to continue pressing for reform. “To hail the act the most successful piece of wildlife legislation ever passed is a gross distortion of the facts,” she added.

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  • Charlespk  |  May 12 2014, 6:04PM

    Many Lib-Dem, Labour and Tory MPs have had their day. The 22nd of May will signal their exit from Parliament.

  • Free2opine  |  May 11 2014, 4:15PM

    Ha!ha!ha!ha! Lou.......that is funny. Just thought I would look in on passing :)) I doubt the CA have anything to do with Charlespk not being able to post on various media sites. More to do with people who Cpk has upset, who have got his account removed. He probably still has the Torquay Herald open to him, which could be quite handy, if there were any decent stories in there. Not much in the way of fox-hunting,or badger culls, happening down there though. ps. I can remember a time when he referred to me as stupid or words to that effect, (recorded on the report "The Bodmin Bible burning librarian or something similar) .......and that funnily enough was to do with fox-hunting and the badger cull.

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  • Lou16  |  May 11 2014, 3:56PM

    Panto through and through. I guess even the countryside alliance ask you not to get involved which is why you cannot post everywhere? Well, I must be doing something right so I'm off to where you cannot follow!

  • Lou16  |  May 11 2014, 1:47PM

    Free2opine, yes you are correct. I guess that it is stubbornness from both myself and Charlespk that has allowed this to go on for so long. Telling tales eh Charles! Ok I will continue to comment elsewhere, I did think it odd that he had not attacked me elsewhere (and I'm not following Charlespk, I get an email any time a comment is made on this page).

  • Lou16  |  May 11 2014, 1:14PM

    Be fair, that was in response to a rant from you about the 'younger generation', you assumed I was younger than you and tried to dismiss what I was saying by citing your age. I responded with irritation because being dismissed on such unjust grounds as age tends to annoy- you don't know my age and it's unfair to assume older means superior. Just look at peter stringfellow for proof.

  • Free2opine  |  May 11 2014, 1:11PM

    Charles....... :))

  • Free2opine  |  May 11 2014, 1:09PM

    Lou....apart from you and him, I doubt anybody else is still reading this report, after all it was first started in Feb and most people who are interested in this subject will have progressed onto something else by now. In fact, the only way you would find this report is if you type in "fox-hunting" and I doubt many will be bothered to do that. The very fact that you are "following" him, does make you rather sad. The only reason I came on here was because he "complained" to me, about you! Yes I have seen you commenting elsewhere on this subject, but owing to circumstances, Charlespk is unable to comment, No doubt if he could, you would be taking up another 3 months arguing the toss. Of course, you are free to do as you please, but, it does seem a waste of time when fox-hunting is not likely to be repealed anytime in the near future. ps. I am not notified if/when anybody replies to my comments, so don't expect an early reply, should you choose to return a comment to me.

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  • Charlespk  |  May 11 2014, 12:56PM

    @Free2opine Yes , sorry about that Rosie. I realised as soon as I had posted it. Old age doesn't come alone. :( Lou16 questioned why I bothered to respond when I realised she was from the younger generation and would have the last word. . Considering I'm pre-Local World and one of the first from the in-house days as you know, that was a forlorn hope wasn't it.

  • Lou16  |  May 11 2014, 12:25PM

    To be fair, yes I did say that I would never not respond, in retrospect a foolish comment that was due to irritation. I do feel strongly about hunting and, living in a hunting area, have to see it at close hand but I cannot face monitoring or actually doing something tangible in the field where scenes can be utterly brutal so, to account for my feelings of guilt at not doing more I have felt obliged to counter hunt claims on here and elsewhere as my way of putting my money where my mouth is. Charlespk has tried several times to get me involved in the badger debate which I refuse to be drawn into, my intention on this comment section has only been to counter arguments in favour of hunting which I hope may make anyone reading them consider alternatives to something I genuinely feel to be cruel.

  • Free2opine  |  May 11 2014, 10:59AM

    You have a good memory to remember she said she was going to have the last word! I am still ploughing through the comments to find where she said that. .......and it is Rosie, not Rosy, my full name is Rosemarie, not Rosemary.

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