UK Politics

Labour Party: Hilary Benn challenges Cameron on Hunting Ban

News   •   Feb 19, 2010 08:23 GMT

Thousands of people who back the ban on fox hunting today joined Hilary Benn MP, Labour's Environment Secretary, in signing an open letter to David Cameron calling on him to drop his pledge to abolish the ban and to make clear if he also plans to repeal the ban on stag hunting and hare coursing.

Hilary Benn organised the mass letter in under 24 hours through the website, which brings together members of the public in support of the fox hunting ban. 2,000 people had signed up to the letter within only 2 hours of his request and the list of signatories is growing all the time.

Thursday 18 February 2010 marks the fifth anniversary of the hunting ban coming into force. 75% of the British public support the ban, and the RSPCA have stated that the Hunting Act has been a success.

Hilary Benn MP said:

“David Cameron’s plan to repeal the hunting ban shows that beneath the gloss the Tories haven’t changed. Five years ago, Labour banned fox hunting, stag hunting and hare coursing because there is no place for animal cruelty in a modern, civilised society. Making animals tear each other apart is cruelty, not sport.

“The ban has worked and has allowed people to continue riding with hunts without the cruelty previously involved. In the countryside and the cities a huge majority of people back the ban and none of the pro-hunt lobby’s dire predictions have come true.

"David Cameron’s personal opposition to the hunting ban, and his appointment of a former pro-hunting lobbyist as his ‘animal welfare’ spokesperson, reveal how out of touch the Tories are in attempting to repeal such a popular, humane and effective law. If you support the ban then please go to and sign my letter to David Cameron.”