In the run up the the General Election on June 8th, Theresa May has been touring the country rallying support for her Conservative Party.
During a visit to a Leeds factory, the Conservative Party leader announced some grim news.
The Prime Minister said: “As it happens, personally I have always been in favour of fox hunting, and we maintain our commitment, we have had a commitment previously as a Conservative Party, to allow a free vote.”
“This is a situation on which individuals will have one view or the other, either pro or against.”
“It would allow Parliament the opportunity to take the decision on this.”
The current law, introduced by Labour in 2004, bans the use of dogs to hunt foxes and other wild mammals in England and Wales.
Current polls show that fox hunting is deeply unpopular with an estimated 84% of the public against the cruel ‘sport’. Despite the current law protecting foxes, illegal hunting continues and the authorities continue to turn a blind eye to the illegal activities.
This has seen the admirable development of saboteur groups that disrupt hunts and confuse dogs in order to protect the local fox population. During their activism they have also seen a worrying amount of unnecessary injuries and deaths caused to the dogs used by hunters.
Sir Roger Gale, a patron of Conservatives Against Fox Hunting said he “cannot see many Conservative votes” for fox hunting in marginal seats the party is targeting at the General Election, while most of the newer MPs could turn out to be anti-hunting.
Sir Roger, seeking re-election in North Thanet, said he would oppose any attempt to repeal the Hunting Act should a free vote take place in the next Parliament.
He added he understood there were around 30 to 50 anti-hunt Tories in the last parliament, with the potential for the 2017 intake to have similar views.
Hunting in any form shouldn’t be considered a sport. A sport is a game between two evenly matched competitors. Running for your life isn’t a sport, it’s old fashioned and sadistic.
Sadly, it’s likely Theresa May’s Conservative party will win the upcoming General Election meaning this could very likely become a reality. In such case the best advise is to write to your local MP, sign petitions that will be delivered to Parliament and be vocal of your opposition of social media.
Alternatively, vote tactically and ensure the Conservatives win as few seats as possible. This is commonly done by voting labour however you can find the exact details you need here.