Success! UK Ban on Fox Hunting Will Not Be Repealed

Fox hunting is an appallingly cruel bloodsport in which a fox is chased by a pack of trained foxhounds or other hounds and a group of followers, usually on horseback, led by a “master of the hounds.” If the fox is caught, it is killed and torn apart.

In 2004, the Labour government made this vicious so-called “sport” illegal, and over 80 percent of the British public support that decision.

Nevertheless, in the run-up to the recent elections in the U.K., Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May announced her intention to offer a vote on lifting the ban on fox hunting in the next Parliamentary session.

Asked about the issue, May said, “As it happens, personally, I have always been in favor of fox hunting.”

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, has expressed his repulsion at the idea of fox hunting

“Any government I am head of would not tolerate this kind of barbarity which is called sport in this country,” he said.

Beth Granter, Care2’s Senior UK Campaigner, was outraged when she learned what May was proposing to do and she created a Care2 petition calling on activists to contact their parliamentary candidates and find out where they stood on fox hunting.

Granter’s petition was a huge success, garnering over 132,000 signatures from Care2 members angry that May was going so flagrantly against the wishes of the British people and at the same time promoting the destruction of British wildlife.

Success!

On June 21, the Queen gave her traditional speech for the official opening of a new Parliament, after the national elections on June 8.

To clarify: the Queen read her speech from a throne in the House of Lords. However, she did not write the speech, but rather read a pre-prepared speech which had been handed to her by Theresa May or her ministers, outlining what the Prime Minister’s plans were for the year ahead.

The speech contained no mention of May’s plan for a vote on the fox hunting ban, which means that the ban cannot be repealed until at least 2019.

May’s spokesperson also indicated that the idea of overturning the fox-hunting ban would not be brought up during this session of Parliament. 

Fantastic News For Defenders of Animal Rights!

Congratulations to Granter and all those who signed her petition, along with the numerous other defenders of animal rights who have been putting pressure on May to keep the ban on fox hunting.

“We did it!!” Granter posted on her petition. “The Queen did NOT mention overturning the ban on fox hunting and Number 10 has confirmed it is ‘not a priority.’ Fantastic work everyone. Let’s keep pushing back against Theresa May’s horrible policies for people and wildlife.”

 In addition to the petition, Care2 has also been active on the streets of London.

A huge demonstration was held on May 29 , when thousands of activists marched through the English capital protesting the government’s decision to re-open the debate about fox hunting.

Here’s the Care2 contingent marching and chanting “Save Our Foxes! Keep The Ban!”

We can also thank Jeremy Corbyn for this success. Thanks to his brilliant campaigning, what May thought would be an election to increase her majority in Parliament went completely in the opposite direction, and she failed to win any kind of majority on June 8.

As a result, she had to cut back on a number of policies she had been planning to pursue and thankfully repealing the fox hunting ban was one of them. May knew that thousands of people were opposed to this horrible “sport.”

A huge shout out to Beth Granter and all the Care2 activists who signed her petition.

Do you have an issue that’s especially important to you? Why not join hundreds of your fellow Care2 members by following these guidelines to create your own petition? You can start making a difference today!

 

Photo Credit: By Keven Law, via Wikimedia Commons

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