Luke Pollard

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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No return to cruelty of fox hunting

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Whilst most people on Boxing Day are still in the festive spirit for some it is a day for hunting - and fox hunting in particular.

I support the ban on fox hunting. I'm not supportive of efforts by Tory MPs to erode confidence in the ban or return to the dark days of cruel fox hunting. I know this is a sentiment shared by a lot of people in Plymouth as I've received a lot of emails in the last month asking me to back the fox hunting ban. 

I believe that the Hunting Act is a workable piece of wildlife crime legislation. Problems occur when it is not properly enforced. One of the main issues is hunts using trail hunting as a false alibi to avoid being prosecuted, and this needs to be addressed.

The emphasis should be on enforcement of the Hunting Act - there should be no return to cruelty.

I am quite happy for hunters to go out with their dogs and horses and ride across the countryside. The ban doesn’t stop the spectacle and the excitement of hunting, it just outlaws the cruel chasing or killing of wild mammals.

The Hunting Act is here to stay. I don't detect any support from people in Plymouth to see it scrapped. If the Hunting Act is to be changed it should be to improve its efficiency, not to give more opportunities to illegal hunters to get away unpunished in this cruel pursuit - Luke Pollard

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commented 2014-12-29 11:47:32 +0000
Sadly fox hunting still goes on but it must never become legal again as this takes our right away to be able to challenge them legally. Fox hunting has always been a wealthy man’s sport with the poor doffing their cap to their masters this is why the conservatives wish for it to be legalised as it makes them feel there is still a class hierarchy with them at the top.
commented 2014-12-27 16:04:59 +0000
What a disgusting lot ,Any M.P. who votes for the return to the sad old days of fox hunting needs their brain (if any) removed and examined. Fox hunting was one of the most horrific so called sports ever thought of. Any person voting for this BLOOD SPORT must be mentally unstable.

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