22 February 2000
MPs’ verdict on hunt ban today

THE Middle Way cross-party group of MPs publishes its recommendations of the governments inquiry on hunting with dogs on Tuesday (22 February).

This inquiry looks at how a ban might be implemented, and the consequences of a ban.

The Middle Way group seeks a consensus and calls for an independent hunting authority should have statutory powers to enforce a code of practice.

Powers would include penalties ranging from a caution to revocation of hunting licence, and perhaps legal penalties on top of that.

The group does not think a voluntary code will be sufficient.

Rural lifestyle campaign the Countryside Alliance welcomed some of the proposals, and said there were already some codes of conduct in place.

But the League Against Cruel Sports dismissed the suggestions as miles wide of the mark and a ruse to delay a ban on hunting.