Good News For Foxes! Prime Minister Abandons Attempt to Relax Hunting Ban

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Today at Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron was asked about his attempts to amend the Hunting Act 2004, to which he responded, “I regret to say I don’t think there will be government agreement to go forward”.

Fox Victory Last week, the League Against Cruel Sports reported that the government indicated that it was considering amending the Hunting Act by using an affirmative statutory instrument that would “lift the limit on the number of dogs used to flush out wild mammals and in doing so, with a full pack of up to 40 hounds being used, would make the Act impossible to police and undermine the legislation to such an extent it would be made toothless”.

Thousands of PETA supporters sprang into action and joined members of the League and other groups in contacting their Members of Parliament to ask them to ensure that the ban isn’t repealed.

This victory means that the proposal to amend the Hunting Act, which would have brought back the cruel practice of hunting with hounds, has been defeated. Thank you to everyone who signed our action alert!

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  • Linda commented on March 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Signing up for petition to stop the hunting

  • Ann Jardmark commented on March 26, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Don’t hunting , don’t kill fox !! Let them live in peace !!

  • ANN BAVAGE commented on March 26, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    All Animals should be free!!!

  • Jan commented on March 26, 2014 at 3:47 pm


    His comment is reported as:

    ” “I regret to say I don’t think there will be government agreement to go forward”

    in using the “‘I don’t think’ phrase, he’s not exactly being unequivocal, is he?

  • Michelle Connolly commented on March 26, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Hi Michelle

    Thank-you for your email.

    I continue to hold to my long standing position that I will support the repeal of the Hunting Act. I appreciate there are strongly held views on both sides of the debate and that very many share your view.

    This is a free vote issue and I strongly believe votes on this issue should continue to be on a free vote basis.

    Kind regards,

    Yours sincerely,

    David Nuttall MP
    Bury North
    Follow David on Twitter: @DavidNuttallMP

  • Rebecca Morris commented on March 26, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    How be chased and chased. ..then ripped apart. Disgusting !!!

    • big hunter commented on October 9, 2014 at 1:04 am

      you people dont understand hunting and until you get out and get your hands in being part of nature instead of standing on the sidelines, you never will

  • Ali dale commented on March 26, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    There are no possible grounds for repealing the hunting ban. Killing should never be a sport. Shameful lack of compassion for another living creature

  • wietrich jeannine commented on March 26, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Pas d acte de cruauté sur les renards , c est inhumains !

  • John Graham commented on March 26, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Killing for pure sport has been banned and should stay that way pemanately.

  • Karen commented on March 26, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    They don’t go hunting humans.When did god give man the right to kill his creations.

    • Angela commented on March 27, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      If you believe this nonsense, yes he did
      Genesis 1:26-28
      And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

    • jeremy lee commented on March 27, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      if you want to go down that road:

      you must not eat meat with blood on it,because the life is in the blood (genesis 9:4)

      God said ‘Who told you to kill the bullock and the she goat to make an offering to me? Wash yourselves from this innocent blood, so I may hear your prayer; otherwise I will turn my head away because your hands are full of blood. Repent yourselves so I may forgive you. (Isaiah 1:11-16)

      You can take sections of the bible to suit your argument Angela.

    • Pete commented on April 3, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      *Dominion* over anything doesnt mean the right to kill, slaughter,sacrifice etc Dominion in this case means he wants us to care for ALL creation. Genesis and later on Isaiah Chapter 11

      6The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

      7And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

      8And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.

      9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

      Praise be. Let the good times roll.

      Regardless we dont need anyone to tell us the killing of innocents is wrong in any book.

  • Mike commented on March 26, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    There is no hunt ban . It is being totally ignored by a section of society that thinks they are above the law. Demand proper policing of these events by making them apply for a license to takeore than three dogs out with the horses giving the exact time and location of the hunt so that it can be observed.

    • jeremy lee commented on March 27, 2014 at 10:57 am

      I agree people will always flout the law. The penalities should determine they dont do it again. Unfortunately, the appropriate penalties are obviously not good enough.

    • mike penn commented on April 3, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Money, privilege and position rule over law OK. Never been any different – the police just need to do their job without fear or favour.

  • nelam rall commented on March 26, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Every living soul has the right to live, just as you and I!

  • GILL TURNER commented on March 26, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    so glad how can this be called sport.

    • big hunter commented on October 9, 2014 at 1:08 am

      fucker, you no nothing about hunting gill

  • Janie Acutt commented on March 26, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Protect these animals

  • Sharon Thompson commented on March 26, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    While i agree that culling maybe necessary it should be done humanely…not out of it’s mind with terror and cornered with no escape and then ripped to pieces in agony by a pack of dog’s like in a Stephen King horror film.This is so unacceptable by today’s standard’s and beggar’s belief that it’s classed as ‘sport’ it make’s my blood boil and my stomach turn to think human’s can behave like this to an innocent animal who dosen’t know any better,disgraceful.

  • Jo commented on March 26, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Stop please stop now

  • Jo commented on March 26, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Please stop now

  • Kalinka SmithOwen commented on March 26, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Fantastic news….at last!

  • Foxy lady linda commented on March 26, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    They better not repeal the act. The poor animals don’t deserve a death like that. Let the hunters get a job instead it’s barbaric and they call it sport argghh

  • Maggie Pointer commented on March 26, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I want to ensure the fox hunting ban stays in place and is NOT overturned.

  • Martine Gryson commented on March 26, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Stop hunting!!! Stop killing animals !!!!!

  • ANDREA SINTORA commented on March 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm


  • pauline hood commented on March 26, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    leave these beauties alone they have as much right to live as you

  • Gemma commented on March 26, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Dear Mrs Kray,

    Thank you for contacting me recently regarding the Hunting Act and the related campaign by The League Against Cruel Sports.

    I agree that there can be no place in a civilised society for animal cruelty and I believe that the vast majority of the British public support the ban on hunting with hounds that was introduced by the previous Labour Government through the 2004 Hunting Act.

    It is important that the Hunting Act, like other laws, is properly enforced and there have been 378 successful prosecutions under the Act between 2005 and January 2013.

    The current Government, however, made a commitment in the Coalition Agreement to hold a free vote on repealing the Hunting Act in this Parliament and as you will be aware, there has been speculation recently that the Government may revisit this issue shortly in the House of Commons. I appreciate that this has caused very serious concern among animal rights supporters and organisations such as The League Against Cruel Sports and the RSPCA.

    I can assure you that I will oppose any attempt by the Government to repeal or amend the Hunting Act.

    I also believe that rather than seeking to revisit or repeal an Act that is working well and enjoys public support, the Government should be focusing on the issues that are affecting communities across the country; rising energy prices, protecting public services and addressing the cost of living crisis.

    Thank you once again for writing to me and for sharing your views. I can assure you that I will continue to bear these in mind if this is debated further in Parliament.

    Yours sincerely,

    Gareth Thomas MP (Harrow West)
    House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

  • James tierney commented on March 27, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Bring it back foxes killed all my chickens

    • jeremy lee commented on March 27, 2014 at 10:50 am

      If that was a joke it was not funny.
      If that was serious then you are a foolish idiot that needs to build a better home for your chickens.

    • BARRIE WHEATLEY commented on March 27, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Well said Jeremy.

  • Michelle wood commented on March 27, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Nothing needs to be said does it?
    Apart from wish we could chase the sick barbaric
    Morons for miles and then give them a taste of their own medicine

  • Dayna commented on March 27, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Don’t hunt!

  • jeremy lee commented on March 27, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Foxes have a hard enough life as it is. Constantly being persecuted whether it be in the towns and cities or in the countryside – they cant win..
    Hunting should be banned outright

  • Karen Pepper commented on March 27, 2014 at 12:41 pm


  • janet commented on March 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    don’t hunt don’t kill especially foxes

  • Mark commented on March 27, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Why do you all comment on a subject that you do not know anything about. Foxes are vermin and kill thousands of lambs ach year. They have no known predators, they need to be controlled, chased, killed to control them

    • jeremy lee commented on March 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Presumably in order to do this you need to dress up in a stupid uniform and blow a silly little horn to call dogs in for the kill..then its back to the house for celebratory drinks..

      Is this the kind of perverted entertainment you enjoy?

      Lets get real here – the people that do this are sociopaths who enjoy inflicting pain on animals.

      Cold weather is the biggest killer of lambs so i suggest you look after them properly and stop peddling your none educated garbage to justify the cruelty you inflict animals..Go check your conscience out

      • Jørgen Henriksen commented on June 16, 2015 at 9:06 pm

        You are 100% correct. Some persons love animal cruelty and join this sick hunting cermoni in uniform ans horn…..

  • Siraganda commented on March 27, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    This is great news! Peta, you made my day! – Thousand thanks to everybody who helped!

    Stop violence against all animals on the planet! No hunting, no bullfighting, no cockfighting, no dog fighting, no bear baiting!

    Torture is not culture!!!

  • joan leeds commented on March 28, 2014 at 12:56 am

    why is this cruelty to foxes still being acknowledged by the british government. do not bring back foxhunting it is not a sport it is barbaric,!!!!!

  • Eliza Fretwell commented on March 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Strange people who get their kicks from hunting down a small creature ,with a pack of dogs ,will never understand them , or more important , will never vote for them.

  • Helen Jamieson commented on March 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Unfortunately many people do not realise that these hunting enthusiasts are people (and organisations) with money therefore power. By this I mean power over the UK Government, as the banks do and as the utility companies do. They exert great influence over the government by threatening to withhold funding/sponsorship etc. which the government needs. Corporate needs dictate government policy, not the other way round. Simply put, if they don’t get their own way they will withdraw their government funding. The government obviously doesn’t want this to happen….. My personal opinion is that in order to gain respect and ultimately votes from the general public they need to actually listen to their wishes, and the majority of the public seem to hate hunting and everything it stands for…greed, selfishness, cruelty and an inflated ego. Oscar Wilde said in regard to fox hunting: “..The english country gentleman – the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable” and Mahatma Ghandi said “I behold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to the protection of cruelty by man from the cruelty of man”.

  • Rachel Hussain commented on March 31, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Clever man Mr Cameron, you have finally listened to the majority, not the minorities that think it is fun to chase a fox half to death then let hounds rip it apart.

  • Matthew Oakes commented on March 31, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    There is absolutely no justification to kill any animal, nevermind for sport!! I’ve people who go on the hunt excuse it by saying that it’s good exercise for the horses?! So is letting them run free in a field…anyway I’ve digressed, the point is, I’ve noticed in the comment section that people are using references…what about what you think? Society is supposed to be civilised these days and this is what we do for ‘sport’…we’re doing nothing but letting ourselves down.

    Free the foxes

  • Melissa commented on April 3, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    🙁 this is so sad!

  • Viviana Holm commented on April 3, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    All hunting should be banned worldwide.

    All creatures should be treated with dignity and respect.

    When will humans evolve???

    Questions from a vegan

    • jeremy lee commented on April 7, 2014 at 9:18 am

      I saw Princess Ann on television last night talking about animal and wildlife concerns whilst wearing a fur deer stalker hat..In a weird way it made me chuckle at the stupidity of it all. Yes, they are the Royals and therefore hypocrisy reigns in their world but as a nation who regards the Grand National as a special event we have a long,long way to go to stop cruelty.. let alone encouraging people to abandon eating meat.

      Vegetarians and more over Vegans like you Viviana are evoled humans. A heightened sense of morality determine how we live our lives. A respect for the world and everything that lives in it. Someday people will awake from their slumber and wonder what the hell they have been doing all these years…one day.

  • rozdow commented on April 3, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Sounds like your PM is a real “dick” – vote him out of office!

  • Mrs.Lynn Elson commented on April 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Why does Cameron say ‘I regret’ and why are three hounds allowed to go out with the “hunt”. Three hounds can still kill a fox which has already happened.
    STOP this barbaric killing of foxes FOREVER and let them live in peace.

  • Gareth commented on April 4, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Great news for the foxes ! It’s great to see my fellow animal lovers making a stand against the cruel, barbaric fox hunters . That terrible bloodsport should be sent back to the dark ages where it was spawned. Foxes are beautiful creatures and deserve to be helped . I send my thanks to all who signed this petition . Together we can represent the animals by giving them a voice .

  • Roy Stockdill commented on April 14, 2014 at 11:57 am

    It may be good news for the foxes but it’s very bad news for the other animals that foxes kill indiscriminately, like hens, ducks, geese and sheep, particularly affecting the livelihoods of farmers. Why don’t you people understand that foxes may be beautiful to look at it but they are VERMIN and cause a great deal of nuisance, especially as they have now become urban and town creatures. There have even been cases recently of foxes attacking young children and babies in their prams. Moreover, foxes do not kill because they are hungry, they kill because they are natural predators and enjoy it. My neighbour who has a pond in his garden has twice had the unpleasant task of burying the corpses of umpteen frogs killed by a fox.

    For pete’s sake, grow up and get real, you petty-minded little people! You are a bunch of sanctimonious, self righteous little nobodies who seem to think you have some kind of divine right to impose your views on everybody else, notwithstanding the harm to the economy and the livelihoods of many thousands of people that your activities would do if your zealotry were to become law. FACT: it’s not just humans that use animals, animals themselves prey on and kill other animals! Dogs chase, and sometimes kill, cats, cats kill mice and birds. But you people seem to have some unworldly cuddly wuddly, Beatrix Potter, Disneyland movie view of them. FACT: animals do not possess human characteristics and to attribute such to them is simply naive nonsense.

    • Sharon commented on September 2, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Men enjoy killing animals but if an animal bites them they want him to be put down because men have double standards. I hate to point this out but 98% of wars, genocides and other homocides are caused by men so men are the ones who are vermin.

  • Roy Stockdill commented on April 14, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Seriously, you people make me laugh and want to vomit at the same time! I see all this self righteous twaddle and sanctimonious claptrap about foxes and similar creatures, but I don’t see anything posted about rats, cockroaches, beetles, snakes and myriad other living things that are not quite so cuddly wuddly and cute! Do they not have rights too, then?

    I couldn’t give the proverbial monkeys what you say or do, nothing will prevent me from enjoying my roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, pork with apple sauce, duck a l’orange, etc, etc, washed down with a nice bottle of vino, so there. Stuff that in your arrogant, pretentious little principles. Has it never occurred to you that maybe tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, apples, etc, suffer pain when plucked from their roots? Oh dear, I’ve started something now!

    • jeremy lee commented on April 24, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      I think our Roy is a bit fed up..

      Little bit of information for you Roy. Vegetables don’t have a central nervous system or a brain for that matter so your random mutterings are nonsense..In fact, all your mutterings are nonsense.

      The reason why you think we are all pretentious and arrogant is simply down to morality..We hold the moral high ground. There is no way of spinning the argument to suit your selfish eating habits Roy.

      You cant seriously think chasing a fox to the point of exhaustion. Leaving it cowering in fear only for it to be ripped apart is okay? You seriously cant think that is a normal thing to do?

      Your knowledge on Foxes is based on an outdated stereotype drummed up by people that like to hunt and torture foxes for sport.
      It is also drummed up by lazy farmers that simply don’t look after their animals properly …i’m forming a stereotype of you Roy and its not a nice one.

      If you couldn’t give a ‘proverbial monkeys’ about what is being said then why are you on here?? you need a cuddle?

      If you want to eat meat that is entirely up to you. Even with the limited knowledge you have. You must know that an animal suffered just so you can eat your rather dated sounding meal..Now, if that doesn’t play on your Conscience every time you eat then naturally there is something wrong with you. To know that an animal has suffered and still not care – makes you a sociopath Roy. You might want to look up the meaning in the dictionary.

      Lastly, we don’t live in what you call a ‘cuddly world. Its the exact opposite in fact. We live in the real world. We have morals that determine eating animals and torturing animals – that is whats happening Roy, is cruel. The problem with you is that you are too lazy to change. Too lazy to listen to your conscience. You just don’t have the characteristics to do it. You cant blame us for that.

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