There has been worrying reports in the media regarding a proposal to amend the Hunting Act 2004. This would not be a free vote on repealing the Hunting Act but a devious way to stop the Act working by amending a key clause which would allow a full pack of hounds to flush to guns.
It would essentially allow hunts to carry on hunting by simply having a firearm and claiming when questioned, to be flushing to guns. This underhand repeal by the back door would be serious step backwards for animal welfare.
Hunting wild animals with dogs for sport was banned in Scotland in 2002, and in England and Wales in 2004.
Whilst the law in Scotland remains unchallenged, the law is not being enforced at present, and suspected breaches go unreported. In England and Wales the threat of repeal is real, as the Coalition Government has promised a free vote on the issue.
As a key player in the hard-fought to get hunting with dogs banned, the League Against Cruel Sports is working hard to ensure the law is enforced, and that any attempts to amend or repeal the legislation are successfully exposed and blocked.