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Possible repeal of the Hunting Act

Many constituents have contacted me about the Conservative Party's manifesto commitment to give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote, with a Government bill in Government time.

It is my view that there can be no place in a civilised society for animal cruelty and I believe that the vast majority of the British public also support the ban on hunting with hounds that the last Labour Government introduced through the 2004 Hunting Act.

I am proud to have voted for the hunting ban and I will vote against any attempt to repeal it.  We cannot return to the days when foxes were torn to pieces by dogs in the name of so-called sport.

Having decided against a badger cull when I was Environment Secretary, I also look forward to the day when we can end the current Government's badger cull and concentrate on vaccination and cattle control measures in order to try and defeat bovine tuberculosis.   
Rt Hon Hilary Benn
MP for Leeds Central

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