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Fox hunting: Bill Oddie warns against PM’s plan to bring back sport | Nature | News


Wildlife presenter Bill Oddie OBE

The popular wildlife presenter and conservationist is warning that allowing baying hounds to chase foxes will fly in the face of the Brexit credo to make Britain great again.

He is also questioning Theresa May’s motives of making a manifesto commitment to give MPs a free vote on repealing the 2004 Hunting Act, asking whether she is simply pandering to a “vocal minority with outsized influence”.

As the fox hunt issue continues to dog the Conservatives, with 84 per cent of the electorate against overturning the current ban, anti-blood sports campaigners are becoming increasingly vocal about manifesto pledge.

An Anti Hunt march to Downing Street is being planned for the Spring Bank Holiday and the debate is raging across all social media platforms.

The League Against Cruel Sports this week said up 100,000 wild animals had been saved from torturous deaths because of the decade old legal ban and are countering Mrs May’s claims that hunting with hounds is a more humane way of culling foxes.

Bill Oddie, who was awarded the OBE for his services to wildlife conservation and is President of the League Against Cruel Sports, today questioned the prime minister’s on why she made he manifesto commitment.


The fox hunt issue continues to dog the Conservatives

He told “This is not about politics, it is about morality and humanity.

Animal protection and legislation is needed more than ever

Bill Oddie

“Not long ago the Brexiteers were demanding that we ‘make Britain great again’. Is that the Britain that indulges fox hunting, game shooting and other blood sports, or the Britain that was known as a nation of animal lovers?

“We still are. A huge percentage of the public are concerned about animal welfare and abuse. This is clear from the passing of the Act more than 10 years ago, to current polls. 

“Is the PM arguing…

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