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Bishops urge foxhunting ban delay

25 February 1998
Bishops urge foxhunting ban delay

SIX rural bishops have written to The Daily Telegraph urging the Government to delay passing any law on banning foxhunting until there has been an impartial investigation.

They claim making foxhunting a criminal offence would cause “far-reaching changes to rural communities”.

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Bishops urge foxhunting ban delay

25 February 1998
Bishops urge foxhunting ban delay

SIX rural bishops have written to The Daily Telegraph urging the Government to delay passing any law on banning foxhunting until there has been an impartial investigation.

They claim making foxhunting a criminal offence would cause “far-reaching changes to rural communities”.

But Tony Blair, the prime minister, wrote in Country Life that the effects were exaggerated.

In the article, timed to appear before Sundays Countryside Alliance march through London, Mr Blair also attempts to reassure landowners about the Governments plans to provide greater access to the countryside for ramblers. A consultation paper on the right to roam issue will be published today.

  • The Daily Telegraph 25/02/98 page 1, page 10, page 21
  • The Independent 25/02/98 page 6
  • The Guardian 25/02/98 page 6

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