Opposition to fox hunting hits all-time high with even most Tory voters opposed


Opposition to fox hunting has reached a new all-time high, according to the latest polling on the subject.

The increased opposition to the practice comes despite a manifesto pledge by David Cameron to give his own MPs a free vote on legalising it.

83 per cent of the public say fox hunting should not be made legal again, up from 72 per cent when the question was asked in 2008.

Crucially, opposition to the animal killings was just as strong in rural areas as urban areas – with 84 per cent and 82 per cent opposed respectively.

Conservative voters were also overwhelmingly against legalisation, spittling 70 per cent to 27 per cent in favour of keeping the fox hunting ban.

Pollsters Ipsos MORI have asked the public the same question each year for around a decade and found very strong opposition each time.

This year’s figures represent a new all-time high, however.

Source: Opposition to fox hunting hits all-time high with even most Tory voters opposed | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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3 thoughts on “Opposition to fox hunting hits all-time high with even most Tory voters opposed

  1. joanna

    Didn’t hunters usually think they had right of way? Meaning they could go on anybody’s land? If that is true, then it is no wonder opposition in rural areas has gone up. I had heard that hunters put children at risk by barging on the land and gardens of people living in the way. Maybe I have it wrong? but that could be the reason.

  2. David

    Who are those hard-faced, unintelligent looking men in the photograph?

    I remember, as a child, being terrified when the Badsworth Hunt invaded our back garden and our cat had to find refuge on top of our chicken shed. My father, a miner, told the huntsmen, in no uncertain terms, to get out of our garden and one of the huntsmen raised his whip to him, but didn’t dare to use it, but we heard the same old story, that it was a hunt’s right to go wherever it pleased, trespass laws didn’t apply to them. I’ve hated
    hunting ever since, not only for the arrogance of the participants, but for the cruelty to animals.

    1. joanna

      You situation was what I was trying to describe, it sounds like it was a miracle no-one was killed during the trampling of gardens!!!!

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