‘Former police officers monitoring Boxing Day fox hunts’

Posted on December 26, 2012

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Today (26th December), an item was posted on telegraph.co.uk titled ‘Former police officers monitoring Boxing Day fox hunts’.

‘… Former police officers are being employed by animal rights campaigners to monitor fox hunts across the country today –

The League Against Cruel Sports said it has spent more than £1million on professional investigators and former officers to police Boxing Day hunts.

It comes after a senior Conservative cabinet minister told The Daily Telegraph that David Cameron cannot repeal Labour’s ban on foxhunting.

Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, said there was no immediate prospect of winning a Commons vote on making hunting legal again.

However Sir Barney White-Spunner, the chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said he was “confident” that the act would be repealed in the long-term.

He said: “If we are going to go for some form of repeal it will take a huge amount of time. But I’m confident that the act will be repealed and in the meantime the Prime Minister will deliver what he can.” …

Despite the legal ban, hundreds of local hunts are meeting on the busiest day of the hunting season. More than a million people are expected to attend at least 300 hunts.

Joe Duckworth, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, said his organisation was “intensifying” its campaign against illegal hunting.

Mr Duckworth said: “We are intensifying our campaign against illegal hunting. We have just done some polling which consistently shows that three quarters of this country want to see fox hunting stay illegal.

“We have invested £1m in recruiting new professional investigators who are out in the field, many of them ex-police officers. We have quadrupled the number of staff we have out there.”

It comes after the RSPCA spent £326,000 on legal action against the Heythrop Hunt, with which David Cameron has riden in the past.

The hunt admitted four charges of intentionally hunting a fox with dogs on land in the Cotswolds, in breach of the ban, but the judge in the case questioned the “quite staggering” sum spent by the charity in bringing the prosecution …

Many traditional Conservative MPs oppose the ban but a group of Tories first elected in 2010 in urban seats say it should stay.

Tracey Crouch, the MP for Chatham and Aylesford, said it was sensible for ministers postpone any hunting vote.

“This is good news because the vast majority of the country does not want to see a return to the barbaric sport of fox hunting,” she said, adding that repealing the ban would hurt the party …’

Read the item in full, view image and add your comment online at www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/countryside/9766045/Former-police-officers-monitoring-Boxing-Day-fox-hunts.html

Please support the League Against Cruel Sports, the RSPCA and the Hunt Saboteurs Association and their campaigns against blood sports.

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