Ministers misleading the public over proposed changes to the hunting ban

The Government’s newly published proposals on relaxing the fox-hunting ban are much more extensive than the Tories have led the public to believe and will provide numerous covers for illegal hunts, animal rights campaigners have said.

Hunting opponents accused the Conservatives of deliberately seeking to mislead the public about the scope of the amendments it plans to make to the 10-year-old ban, which MPs are due to vote on on 15 July.

They say the Government’s justification for the amendment – that it will help farmers control pests and bring the law in England and Wales into line with Scotland – is only part of the story and the proposed changes go much further, amounting to amendments which would provide a host of apparently legitimate excuses for illegal hunting.

Read the full story from the Independent – 11 July 2015