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.
- Negligible job losses with Scots hunt ban, FWi, 09 November, 1999
- Scots could be first to ban hunting, FWi, 05 August, 1999
- The Times 16/11/99 page 15, page 3 (Law supplement)
- The Guardian 16/11/99 page 5H (Education supplement)>