‘”Boxing Day not Foxing Day”‘

Posted on December 27, 2012


Yesterday (26th December), the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) issued a media release which they also posted on their web-site titled ‘”Boxing Day not Foxing Day”‘.

‘… Majority of public think bloodsports should remain a thing of the past

New polling shows majority of Great British public are still opposed to Hunting with Dogs.

Today marks the most high profile day in the hunting calendar, with hunts up and down the country rallying for their traditional Boxing Day meets. While they may want to spin their “lawful hunting activities” to the media, the uncomfortable truth is that cruel hunting and killing of wild animals in the name of ‘sport’ still goes on.

As recent prosecutions make clear, many hunts in England and Wales show a total disregard for the law and for wildlife. They want the Hunting Act repealed so they can to travel back to a time where hunting wild animals with dogs and ripping them apart was legal.

This attitude is clearly rejected by the majority of the Great British public. A new survey carried out by Ipsos MORI for animal welfare charities, the League Against Cruel Sports, RSPCA and IFAW, shows that three in four people in Great Britain, 76 per cent, think that fox hunting should not be made legal again; around eight in ten, 81 per cent, think deer hunting should not be made legal again; and 83 per cent think hare hunting/coursing should not be made legal again. 1 Ipsos MORI

Only 15 per cent of the 1,943 adults surveyed, aged 15+, think that fox hunting should be legalised again; only 9 per cent think hare hunting and coursing should be made legal; and only 11 per cent think deer hunting should be legalised.

All three charities welcomed the poll results saying they confirmed that the majority of public remain implacably opposed to hunting.

Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, says: “Hunting is a barbaric and sickening blood sport belonging to the past. Whether you live in a castle or council house, choose to ignore the law, we will catch you and see you in the dock.

“The Coalition Government has said it will debate repeal of the Hunting Act. They should listen to the majority of decent people in the country, support the act and not waste valuable parliamentary time.”

Gavin Grant, Chief Executive of the RSPCA comments: “The British people do not want a return to animals being chased and torn apart for fun.  The RSPCA has just prosecuted a hunt successfully.  These wildlife criminals are totally out of touch with public opinion.  The British people want to see people enjoying the countryside and its wildlife whilst respecting the animals and the law.”

Robbie Marsland, UK Director of IFAW, says: “Our polling has consistently shown that the majority of people in the UK are completely opposed to the cruel, inhumane activity of hunting wild animals with dogs.

“The law is clear that it is illegal to chase deer, fox, hare and mink with dogs and any hunts engaging in such activities should beware as sooner or later they will be caught and brought to justice as this month’s landmark case against the Heythrop Hunt so rightly highlights.” …’

Read the item and its notes at www.league.org.uk/news/1097/-Boxing-Day-Not-Foxing-Day-

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