Ten years ago Labour banned fox hunting. That decision was right then and it is right today. I do not support fox hunting.
Keep the ban on fox hunting
Over the last decade the Tories and UKIP have talked about scrapping the ban on fox hunting, relaxing it or encouraging a lack of enforcement so it may proceed. I know that the ban is not perfect and some fox hunting continues today but the answer to this is not to scrap the ban, but to properly enforce it and strengthen it.
At a time when people in Plymouth are resorting to food banks and suffering from the combination of a housing shortage, a cost of living crisis and low wages I don't want to see our politicians spending time legislating on fox hunting. For me, that means keeping the ban and not returning to the dark old days where wild animals were chased across fields and ripped apart by a pack of dogs.
Labour's animal welfare policy agenda
I believe we have a moral duty to treat the animals we share our planet with in a humane and compassionate way. No other major political party has such a proven track record of decisive action for animals at home, on farms and in the wild.
The last Labour Government achieved much to end the cruel and unnecessary suffering of animals: the banning of hunting with dogs, securing an end to cosmetic testing on animals, banning fur farming and introducing the Animal Welfare Act 2006. This is a legacy that I'm proud of – one which I believe shows that Labour is the only party to trust on animal welfare.
A Labour Government will continue to lead the way on animal welfare, starting with these six pledges that build on our previous achievements at home and abroad.
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