MP calls for strengthening of hunting ban on anniversary of Hunting Act
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21 Feb 2019
West MP Margaret Greenwood has this week attended a reception in Parliament to
celebrate the 14th anniversary of Labour’s 2004 Hunting Act, while
pledging her support for strengthening the Act.
received royal assent in November 2004 before coming into force on 18 February
Labour Party is now campaigning for the eradication of loopholes which are
currently open to exploitation and has announced that if in government it would
consult on bringing forward the following amendments to the Hunting Act:
Review sentencing to ensure effective deterrence including the use of custodial
sentences in line with other wildlife crimes
Strengthening the criteria on which research licences are issued
removal of the exemption “use of dogs below ground to protect birds for
shooting”, as it risks fights between dogs and wild mammals
introduction of a ‘recklessness clause’ to prevent trail hunting from being used
as a cover for the illegal hunting of live wild animals
poll by Survation found that only 16% of those living in rural areas believe
hunting with dogs is a reflection of countryside values, while 67% do
not. It also showed that a mere 4% of people living in the countryside
ever take part in hunting with hounds. By contrast, 91% said they thought
observing nature was a greater reflection of countryside values.
Greenwood MP said:
from the number of letters and emails that I receive that people in Wirral West
care very deeply about animal welfare.
14th anniversary of the introduction of Labour’s Hunting Act, we
must look again to ensure that any loopholes currently open to exploitation
through newly developed practices are closed.
next Labour Government will be committed not just to maintaining the hunting
ban, but to strengthening it.”
Labour, the strengthening of the Hunting Act would represent a new chapter on
the improvement of animal welfare standards in the UK.”