13 March 1998
Hunt ban bill meets its death
By FWi staff
MORE than 10 animal-rights protestors were ejected from the House of Commons this afternoon (Friday) as the controversial bill to ban hunting with hounds finally met its death.
The protesters shouted “Its a disgrace” after the bill ran out of debating time and one man had to be carried out by Commons officials.
The bills sponsor, Labour MP Mike Foster, had earlier embarked on a last ditch attempt to outlaw fox hunting by proposing an new clause to the existing 1996 Wild Mammals (Protection) Act.
But Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd refused to select the new clause for debate, and the bill was “talked out” after opponents tabled hundreds of amendments of their own.