Blood will wash the land again. Theresa May has promised that if elected, the next Tory government will offer MPs a free vote on bringing back fox-hunting, of which she’s ‘always been in favour’: here.
By Felicity Collier in Britain:
Tuesday 30th May 2017
Campaigners wore fox masks and carried placards saying: “For Fox Sake” as they marched through central London.
The Tory manifesto promises a free vote in Parliament on repealing the ban, while the PM told recent hustings: “Personally, I’ve always been in favour of fox hunting.”
And Tory peer Lord Mancroft, chair of the Council of Hunting Associations, has been salivating at the prospect of a majority of 50 or more “giving us a real opportunity for repeal of the Hunting Act.
“This is by far the best opportunity we have had since the ban,” he claimed in emails leaked to the Daily Mirror.
“We need to have leaders of our country that have basic compassion for animals and other vulnerable members of our society,” he said.
“Theresa May clearly, I think, is unfit to lead this country, if she clearly and demonstrably lacks these basic qualities.”
Labour brought in the Hunting Act in 2004, making it an offence to hunt wild mammals with packs of dogs for sport.
A recent Ipsos-Mori poll revealed that 84 per cent of people in Britain are against fox hunting while the charity League Against Cruel Sports says that in rural areas the figure is as high as 82 per cent.
The policy has not even been a hit with Tory voters, with 72 per cent saying they are against it.
The league found that voters are seven times more likely to vote for a candidate who backs the ban over one who doesn’t and that since the 2004 Hunting Act, the lives of 100,000 animals have been saved — though that figure would be 2.8 million if it had been properly enforced.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has pledged in a video for the Labour Animal Rights Group that the party would not only keep but properly enforce the hunting ban.
The Conservatives pledged in 2015 to ban ivory imports into Britain but Ms May dropped the idea this time around. Labour on the other hand has vowed a blanket ban.
The League Against Cruel Sports has set up campaign website Votes for Vinny, where voters can send letters to their local candidate ahead of the general election.
Fox cub Vinny reputedly says: “A Vote for Vinny means that you think humans should protect animals like me by punishing those bad peoples who hurt us.”