In the Commons this morning…

An extract from Commons’ Hansard from this morning.

Mr. William Bain (Glasgow, North-East) (Lab): What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Hunting Act 2004; and if he will make a statement.

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Hilary Benn): The Government are satisfied that the Hunting Act 2004 has been effective in stopping hunting with dogs.

Mr. Bain: I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply. Does he share the concerns of constituents who have written to me to say that if the 2004 Act were repealed the only part of Britain that would have a ban on hunting foxes with hounds would be Scotland? Does he agree that this cruel and barbaric practice should be consigned to where it belongs—the scrap heap of history?

Hilary Benn: I do indeed agree with my hon. Friend. I find it very hard to understand why it is the Opposition’s policy to enable the repeal of the hunting ban, because that is not in line with public opinion. It would help in the process of understanding the policy being urged upon the Government if the Opposition could make it clear whether their policy also extends to allowing a return to stag hunting and hare coursing. I wrote to the Leader of the Opposition about this some time ago and I have not had the courtesy of a reply.

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    I don’t what is worse, the Conservatives’ policy or Mr Cameron’s discourtesy. Both are disgraceful.

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    mhayworth said,

    Well, the arrogance certainly fits with the type of person who considers the cruel practice of hunting with hounds to be an acceptable pastime in a civilised society.

    In fact everything about their case for repeal is appalling. They encourage the breeding of foxes so they can appear to be pest controllers. They claim to take out only the sick and the weak and then stutter when you ask them why they go ‘cubbing’. They claim a quick and lethal bite to the neck of the fox by the lead hound and yet the footage consistently shows all of the hounds biting a the fleshier fatter parts of the body while the fox is still alive and in pain. They call it a sport and yet they fill up all of the available earths and escape routes just prior to the hunt, leaving no natural escape for the fox and causing other wildlife to be trapped undergroud. They talk about animal welfare and yet bring along terriermen who shovel into the terrified fox while their terriers bite at the poor animal if he does manage to go to ground. These are society’s most disturbed individuals and yet they are planning to lead this country.

    There is no case for repeal. Hunt numbers are up all over the country. Drag hunting is legal. The sense of community, pageantry, heritage, and jobs are all still intact and yet these disgraceful people can’t manage to enjoy themselves unless they are terrifying and killing animals.

    M. Hayworth
    Campaign For Decency

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    auntykill said,

    Cameron cannot justify repealing the act when so many of us want it to stay in place and be policed more. The sad but true thing is that he just isn’t interested in what the majority want, he is only interested in what his pals want. Well I don’t want a man like that running our country!

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    journosteve said,

    I have finally received a reply from David Cameron, to my letter asking him two questions. The first one, about the role of the “Young Conservative Association” (which espouses policies that make the BNP seem nice) – he answered in full (nothing to do with the party, we do not approve of their policies or behaviour). The second question – why do you intend to restore hunting with hounds of foxes, stags and hares – totally ignored (not addressed in any way). I have written perhaps five times now to Conservative Central Office, as well as the local party organisation – no replies and no answers. Mr Cameron isn’t as unequivocal as William Hague, who promised repeal would be among the Tory Government’s first steps. But his statements are on record nonetheless. It is a huge pity he will not explain why he has made his decision.

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    foxy02 said,

    Cameron has little or no regard for life of any kind, his interviews are vague and well rehearsed. Any man that would rather destroy life ,then protect it , shows his real personality., of destruction. Many of his own party, do not want the hunting ban repealed,but this man has a power struggle,and needs to feel in control..what better then to attack the vunerable? ie those that cannot be these are animals,what will it be tomorrow?….money may be the root of all evil, but evil is the root of Cameron.. BELEIVE ME, IF WE ALLOW THIS MAN TO BE PRIME MINISTER, WE WILL SEE THE END OF THE WORLD ARRIVE QUICKER THEN PREDICTED!!!..OH AND I AM AN EX TORY…was conservative for much of my life….not anymore..!!!!please think, before you vote….

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    gilesbradshaw said,

    I’ve written several times to Mr Benn and have not received the courtesy of a reply either. Perhaps if he expects this courtesy to be extended to him he should first consider extending it to others.

    Have also just reported myself to the police again for breaking the Hunting Act

    It is quite right that this law should not only be broken with impunity but that it should be seen to be broken with impunity.

    Am away for a few days but when I get back I will be straight out with my dogs hunting for, flushing and chasing wild deer with them.

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