The League Against Cruel Sports is calling on the Conservative Party to make a commitment in its manifesto to keep the fox hunting ban.

The charity, one of the UK’s leading animal welfare charities, has made the call following reports that the party will not include a repeal of the Hunting Act in its manifesto, a direct contrast to its stance in both the 2015 and 2017 general elections.

It is also urging all political parties to commit to strengthening the Hunting Act by removing loopholes and exemptions that allow hunting with dogs to still take place.

Chris Luffingham, Director of Campaigns for the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “Just keeping quiet about the fox hunting ban is not enough. It will only leave lingering suspicions that there could be future attempts by the party to repeal the fox hunting ban.

“If the Conservatives fully reflect public opinion on animal welfare, they should also be looking to strengthen protections, and we are asking all parties to stand united against hunting and commit to strengthening the Hunting Act.”

The League recently commissioned polling by YouGov which revealed the majority of the British public want prison sentences for those caught illegally hunting foxes.

Polling commissioned by the League Against Cruel Sports and carried out independently by Ipsos MORI in 2017 showed 85 per cent of the British public are in favour of keeping the ban on fox hunting – this included 81 per cent of people in rural areas.

The same polling indicated that 73 per cent of Conservative Party supporters backed the fox hunting ban.

Chris added: “Support for a free vote on fox hunting was political poison for Theresa May two years ago costing the Tories valuable seats. Boris Johnson has the opportunity to show that he represents a kinder, more compassionate Britain committed to animal welfare.”

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Notes to editors

More information about our calls to strengthen the Hunting Act is available here.

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,639 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 29th - 30th October 2019.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

Separate polling commissioned by the League Against Cruel Sports and carried out independently by Ipsos MORI in 2017 shows that 85 per cent of respondents are in favour of keeping the ban on fox hunting. Data is available here.

For more information or interview requests please contact the League Against Cruel Sports Press Office on 01483 524250 (24hrs) or email [email protected]

The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain's leading charity that works to stop animals being persecuted, abused and killed for sport. The League was instrumental in helping bring about the landmark Hunting Act. We carry out investigations to expose law-breaking and cruelty to animals and campaign for stronger animal protection laws and penalties. We work to change attitudes and behaviour through education and manage sanctuaries to protect wildlife. Find out more about our work at www.league.org.uk. Registered charity in England and Wales (no.1095234) and Scotland (no.SC045533).