Reacting to reports that the government has shelved plans to offer a free vote on repealing the Hunting Act, Eduardo Gonçalves, CEO of the League Against Cruel Sports said:  

“It’s a victory for common sense. The reaction during the election showed that the public don’t want a government messing around with the Hunting Act when there are so many other important issues to worry about.

“But we’re aware that this is only a postponement of the attack on the Hunting Act, not a cancellation. 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 also know that illegal hunting is still taking place, as shown by the successful prosecution of hunting in Scotland last week. The horror of cub hunting, where the hunts literally train their hounds to kill foxes by setting them on surrounded fox cubs, will soon be starting again.

“We know that 84% of the public don’t want fox hunting made legal again. Even more are opposed to deer hunting and hare hunting. The public don’t want animals to be hunted just because some people like doing it, so we need to stop talking about undermining important legislation and get on with the job of strengthening and enforcing it.”