A recent statement from the government shows that David Cameron is determined to put a repeal of the Hunting Act to a free vote, as promised in his election manifesto. Shockingly, their statement also describes this bloodsport as “a traditional part of the fabric of our countryside”:
“The Government stands by its manifesto commitment to give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote and does not agree that it needs strengthening.
The Government stands by its manifesto commitment to give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act 2004 on a free vote, with a government bill in government time.”
The full statement reflects the views and wishes of a minority who enjoy seeing wildlife being ripped apart, as part of a fun day out. It does not represent the feelings of the majority of the UK population, who naturally find the very idea of hunting with hounds abhorrent.
The Prime Minster’s attempts at repeal last summer were thwarted by the SNP and indeed many anti-hunting members of his own party. These votes against a repeal, as well as those from the anti-hunting Labour Party, would have meant certain defeat for Cameron, so he shelved his plans.
The fact the government is now making it clear that a repeal vote will go ahead as promised, suggests that David Cameron thinks he will win this time. Will he whip his party, despite saying it will be a free vote? Or is he going to find a way to stop the SNP from voting, by arguing that it is a matter for England and Wales only? Cruelty knows no borders.
Sign our petition today, to ensure this bloodsport fanatic Prime Minister is unable to expand upon the underhand tactics he tried so hard to use last year.