Fox Hunting: No Appetite To Repeal Act, Poll Finds
A vote to repeal the Hunting Act should not be a top animal welfare priority for the coalition Government, according to a poll.
The Government should instead work to tackle irresponsible owners of dangerous dogs, a study conducted on behalf of the charity League Against Cruel Sports found.
Of the 2,126 adults questioned, 48% said that a vote to repeal the act was the least important animal welfare priority.
A third of people thought that tackling dangerous dog owners should be the top priority, over the vote to repeal, promoting farm animal welfare, reducing testing on animals and promoting responsible pet ownership.
According to the study, more than two-thirds of adults believed the act should remain in place.
Charity chief executive Joe Duckworth said: "It comes as no surprise that the public has shown there is no appetite to waste Parliamentary time on voting to repeal the Hunting Act.
"The figures speak for themselves and we have seen poll after poll show that the public support and belief in the Hunting Act is overwhelmingly high.
"The vast majority has absolutely no desire to see wild animals being chased and killed legally in our countryside."
The coalition government has promised to allow MPs a free vote on whether to bring forward legislation to repeal the Hunting Act, which made it illegal to hunt wild animals using dogs.