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Animal Defenders International

Campaign to keep the hunting ban

Posted: 9 July 2015. Updated: 22 May 2017


The Hunting Act prohibits hunts across England and Wales from using a pack of dogs to flush out and chase a wild animal across the countryside to the point of exhaustion and ultimately to their death.

The Conservative Party has long expressed its desire to repeal the legislation, with a free vote on the issue pledged in its 2015 election manifesto, and promised by Prime Minister Theresa May in May 2017.

In 2015, instead of a free vote of MPs, the Government announced plans to amend the legislation through a statutory instrument. Regarded as a repeal of the law in all but name, the legislative amendments would have allowed the return of hunting with a pack of hounds.

Studies show that fox populations are unaffected by hunting and their predation of farmed animals has a minimal impact. The use of hunting with hounds for ‘wildlife management’ is considered inefficient and inhumane.

Please help us keep this cruel blood sport in the past where it belongs.

Take action!

  • Contact your MP and urge them to support efforts to keep the ban intact and protect this important animal protection law.

Latest news:

May 2017: Speaking at a general election event Prime Minister Theresa May indicates that she will allow a free vote to repeal the Hunting Act, stating “…personally, I’ve always been in favour of fox hunting and we maintain our a Conservative Party to allow a free vote…"

September 2015: Political Animals report

July 14, 2015: Hundreds attend Team Fox protest opposite parliament. Vote to amend the Hunting Act the following day cancelled after SNP announce their support to keep the ban!

July 2015: Prominent individuals rally to appeal for the hunting ban to remain intact. Read more

June 2015: ADI joins Team Fox, a new coalition of groups united to safeguard the Hunting Act, legislation that has helped protect wildlife in England and Wales for over 10 years.

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