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Andrew backs Hunting Ban

Consistent with pledges Andrew made during and before the General Election, and in line with his long-standing opposition to hunting and killing foxes with hounds, Andrew is doing all he can to stop the Hunting Act from being repealed or weakened.  The government has just postponed the vote on the wrecking amendments to the Hunting Act, but Andrew would have voted against them.

Andrew said: "In many ways it shows the weakness of the government’s position that it has decided to proceed by advancing such wrecking amendments while in theory (though not in practice) keeping hunting with dogs illegal, rather than proposing openly to re-legalise hunting, which seems to be its true objective.

The postponement of the vote on their proposals, which the government has just announced, also demonstrates the weakness of their position: the great majority of the British people support the ban, and many of the Government’s own MPs are having to listen to the voices of their constituents on this.

Should there be any future opportunity to do so, I will support any amendments which would effectively strengthen the Act in line with accordance with suggestions that the League Against Cruel Sports have made – to insert a “reckless” provision, prohibit the use of dogs below ground, and increase the range of punishments available to the courts.

The Act is working well, but could be strengthened in these areas to make it even more effective.

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