“Fox hunting is a barbaric and cruel practice that has no place in civilised society” say RSPCA

"Fox hunting is a barbaric and cruel practice that has no place in civilised society. 

“Weakening the Hunting Act in this way will most likely result in the reintroduction of fox hunting into modern life.

“The use of a statutory instrument to appease a few who can’t enjoy hunting without a kill would not only mean a return to cruelty but it also flies in the face of the original will of Parliament and the views of the majority of the general public.  This move would be massively undemocratic. The British public – 80% of whom are against a reintroduction of fox hunting – deserve better.

“The Hunting Act was enacted to end the cruelty caused to wild animals by chasing and killing them with a pack of hounds. Other blood sports such as dog and cockfighting have been consigned to history – why should fox hunting be treated any differently? Over the ten years it has been in force the Act and has already proven to be a useful piece of the legislative framework protecting wildlife in England and Wales.”

Notes to editors

In a survey carried out by Ipsos MORI 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.