'Big three' come together to see off repeal
The 'big three' organisations that led the campaign to ban hunting are once again joining forces to see off the threat of repeal of the Hunting Act.
The League Against Cruel Sports, IFAW and the RSPCA led the campaign to ban hunting in the run up to the Hunting Act in 2004. During that time the three organisations formed a coalition known as the 'Campaign to Protect the Hunted Animals'. The joint effort this time will not see a coalition formed, but rather a commitment to work together in Westminster to a joint statement of intent, which states:
We believe that repeal of the Hunting Act would be barbaric and a backward step for a civilised society.
Hunting with dogs was consigned to the history books because the majority of the public found it abhorrent. Those calling for repeal of this law are effectively calling for a return to cruelty.
We will vigorously defend the law with all available resources, the backing of our one million-plus supporters and the vast majority of the public.
We are calling on people to contact their MPs asking them to vote to protect the Hunting Act. The public has consistently opposed the cruel and unnecessary chasing and killing of foxes, deer, hare and mink by dogs, and does not want any return to killing for fun.
The League's Head of Campaigns and Communications, Steve Taylor, said: "We have a long history of working very successfully with our partners in IFAW and the RSPCA, and we are delighted to be working with them again in Westminster. This is a critical time for the protection of our wildlife and by joining forces we are confident we can see off this threat to repeal the Hunting Act."
For further information, please contact Joshua Kaile, the League's Parliamentary and Political Officer, by email or by calling 01483 524250.