Reacting to the Queen’s speech today, Eduardo Gonçalves, CEO of the League Against Cruel Sports said:

“We are pleased to see that there is no mention of hunting in the Queen’s Speech. We hope that, following the outcry during the election campaign, Theresa May has now abandoned the manifesto pledge for a free vote on repeal of the Hunting Act. The reality is that the ban has overwhelming support from the British public.

“We have no doubt that a vocal minority will continue in their attempts to weaken or repeal the ban – either openly or via the back door. We therefore remain vigilant and there should be no doubt that we will continue to be the voice speaking up for animals, vigorously opposing any effort to weaken their protection.

“The Government should be clear that what the British people want from them is to get on with the job of improving animal protection, not undermining it.