Hunters throwing their weight around marginal constituencies

A dossier of evidence published today shows hunt supporters are being organised into groups to target marginal constituencies where pro-hunting candidates are standing.

The charity has obtained documents from various hunts around the country, including the Avon Vale Hunt in Wiltshire, the East Kent Hunt, and the North Lonsdale Foxhounds in Cumbria, in which hunt supporters are asked to volunteer time to campaign and post leaflets for pro-hunting candidates.

“We would urge people to find out where their local candidates stand on hunting with dogs by visiting our website at, and making sure their candidates know their constituent’s views. The polling we published last month shows there’s no public appetite for a return to hunting,” a spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports said.

A letter sent out by the Herefordshire-based Ledbury Hunt states: “we must all do everything we can not just to support our own local candidate but also give help with canvassing in nearby marginal constituencies.”

The League Against Cruel Sports spokesman described the tactics as the latest act of ‘desperation’ by the hunting community. “Before the Hunting Act came into force, thousands of hunters signed a commitment to break the law. Many have done so. The fact that they now are throwing their weight around marginal constituencies shows just how desperate they have got.”

Opinion polling conducted each month by YouGov for the League Against Cruel Sports, show that on average over two and a half times as many people disagree with lifting the ban than would support such a move. Over the last eight months, roughly two thirds of people have consistently said that they approve of the ban.

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    journosteve said,

    The issue is really very simple: there is only one party committed to repealing the Hunting Act in May’s election. That is the Conservative Party. Its candidates also trot, robotically, the party line. If you don’t want to see the Act abolished, vote Labour or Lib Dem. It’s really very clear-cut, even thought the League’s charity status means it can’t itself say this. Hence its supporters need to do it, in very unequivocal terms.

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    gilesbradshaw said,

    It really depends what question the opinion polls ask.

    Another poll showed that more people supported either an outright repeal or a free vote on repeal than maintaining the status quo.

    Mind you I will probably vote Lib Dem, I don;t think many people will vote based on the Hunting Issue and anyhow my MP is middle way.

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