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Prescott dismisses fox hunting myth

29 September 2003

In his speech to conference today, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott dismissed the myth that fox hunting is a town versus country debate, stating:

“What really matters to ordinary, hard working families in rural areas is not fox hunting, it’s house hunting. It’s affordable housing for their sons and their daughters.”

League Against Cruel Sports chief executive Douglas Batchelor welcomed Mr Prescott’s blunt speaking on this issue.

“At a time when the legitimate and very serious concerns of rural people about the future of their communities should be addressed, it is unfortunate that a small minority of people have hijacked the agenda. Pro-hunting groups should stop masquerading as the champions of rural causes and admit they spend the vast majority of their time and effort attempting to justify their cruel and barbaric blood sport.”