Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

fox hunting

fox hunting

I was at a League Against Cruel Sports rally against fox hunting in Edinburgh recently. It's difficult to believe that instead of looking at where the law needs tightened up – as we will do in Scotland – Tories are keen to repeal the ban (only a bad election result seems to have dropped it from the agenda in the immediate future).

Foxhunting is a barbaric hangover from the past that would be better consigned to history. It serves no purpose as pest control, it offers no benefit to the countryside and it is unspeakably cruel. What lessons will be offered to children growing up in a society that goes backwards in legislating on violence against animals?

Dog fighting, hare coursing and badger baiting are all illegal now and fox hunting should go the same way. Any opportunity I get to oppose Theresa May's plans on foxhunting I'll take. English Votes for English Laws might prevent Scottish MPs from voting to keep the ban on fox hunting if it comes before the parliament, but I'll do my level best to persuade English MPs to do the right thing.

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Sunday, 22 September 2019

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