6 April 2000
Hunt vote plans please no one

FOX-HUNTING opponents and supporters have both condemned plans to give MPs a chance to vote on four options on the future of the field sport.

Hunt opponents will warn Tony Blair that allowing MPs to choose from a range of options would be “totally unacceptable”, reports The Daily Telegraph.

The four choices would include an outright ban; allowing hunts to be licensed; leaving the law unchanged; or allowing local referendums on the issue.

The pro-hunting Countryside Alliance said any plans to legislate before the Governments independent inquiry would “pre-empt” its conclusions.

Anti-hunting groups say the choice option would provoke an outcry from members of the public who want a ban on hunting.

  • The Daily Telegraph 06/04/2000 page 4
  • The Independent 06/04/2000 page 8