Hunt ban impact grossly overstated

16 November 1999

Hunt ban impact ‘grossly overstated’

FOXHUNTING generates far fewer jobs than field sports campaigners claim, and does little to control vermin, according to a parliamentary report on the case for a ban.

The paper, produced by the Scottish Parliament information centre, also voices concerns about animal welfare.

As a government inquiry into the impact of a ban get under way in England and Scotland, the report rejects claims by field-sports campaigners that such a move would devastate the rural economy.

It has been claimed that 14,000 jobs were at risk from a ban on foxhunting. The report estimates the loss at between 1200 and 1400.

The report estimates that Scotlands nine registered foxhunts kills only 4% of the 15,000 foxes that need to be destroyed each year.

The law section of The Times reports on the implications of a court decision to award £3500 in damages against the police for an officer arresting a hunt protester attending a hunt.

The education section of The Guardian reports on an academic who has made a study of the social ritual of the hunt.

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