One thing should be certain in any future vote - hunting with hounds
for foxes, stags, otters, mink, hares or any other wild mammal, must be outlawed.
THE issue of fox hunting with hounds
has revealed how difficult it is to find issues that are English only.
Yet Mr Cameron refuses to acknowledge democracy by attempting to reverse the hunting ban when 80% of people are against hunting with hounds
When hunting with hounds
was banned, pro-hunting groups feared the sport could disappear, endangering thousands of rural jobs, from dog breeders to stable hands to blacksmiths.
Hunting with hounds
has been a controversial subject in the last few years.
IN your editorial on hunting (Journal, December 27) I note your comment about "urban dwellers who wanted the ban but had little real concept of what hunting with hounds
meant to those in the country".
Yet, during the numerous debates in the run-up to the passing of the Hunting Act, the League, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the RSPCA all argued that shooting foxes was more humane than hunting with hounds
, despite scientific evidence to the contrary.
Their calls to axe the Labour-introduced ban on hunting with hounds
are supported by Conservative Party headquarters.
They did eventually stop hunting with hounds
, but now, apparently, Tory David Cameron, if elected, intends to restore fox hunting, an exclusive so-called country sport, regardless of public opinion.
Lush Cosmetics ran an in-store campaign to highlight that, despite being illegal, hunting with hounds
continues throughout the UK.
It insists it has been operating within the law since the ban on hunting with hounds
came into force and stresses that it is not seeking to ban objectors from public land, footpaths and highways.
The fox may have been brought in deliberately by animal lovers to save it before the recent legislation banning hunting with hounds