RSPCA response to news that the UK Government has NOT set out any plans to repeal the Hunting Act

David Bowles, RSPCA assistant director of campaigns and external affairs, said: “The RSPCA is pleased to learn that the Government currently has no plans to repeal the Hunting Act and reintroduce such barbaric practices into the British countryside.

“The Hunting Act was enacted to end the cruelty caused to wild animals by chasing them with a pack of hounds and has now been in force for ten years. It has already proven to be an effective and integral piece of the legislative framework protecting wildlife in England and Wales.

“Such a move would have been a backward step for a civilised society and something that would appall the vast majority of the British public who oppose such cruelty.”

Notes to editors

In a survey carried out by Ipsos MORI[1] in 2013 for animal welfare charities, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the League Against Cruel Sports and the RSPCA, shows that:

•      80% of people in Great Britain think that fox hunting should remain illegal;

•      85% think deer hunting should not be made legal again; and

•      87% think hare hunting/coursing should also remain illegal.