ANIMAL RIGHTS activists were left outraged after Theresa May revealed her hopes to bring back fox hunting.
The Prime Minister said although she has always been in favour of fox hunting, MPs would be given the final say.
Mrs May said: This is a situation on which individuals will have one view or the other, either pro or against.
“As it happens, personally I have always been in favour of fox hunting, and we maintain our commitment, we have had a commitment previously as a Conservative Party, to allow a free vote.
“It would allow Parliament the opportunity to take the decision on this.”
Her comments were supported by a Conservative peer Lord Mancroft, Chairman of the Hunting Associations. He outlined that this year’s general election could lead to big changes.
According to a Daily Mail report, Lord Mancroft reportedly wrote in one of his emails: “A majority of 50 or more would give us a real opportunity for repeal of the Hunting Act.”
“This is by far the best opportunity we have had since the ban, and is probably the best we are likely to get in the foreseeable future.”
But the fox hunt was seen as out of step by some social media users.
People were quick to post their views on the issue on Facebook and Twitter.
Imran Hussain said: “Is a vote on fox hunting a priority for people who struggle to make ends meet or make just enough to put a little away every week? No. Is it a priority for those who use the NHS? No. Is it a priority for people in Bradford? No. Is it a priority for the Tories? Yes.”
His statement was supported by Richard Tiffin.
Mr Tiffin posted:
“This poll was carried out late last year, it found 84% of us are against fox hunting.
“Does Theresa May care? Nope, she wants to bring it back and will have a vote in parliament.
“Do you think she really cares about what we think or what we care about? with that ultra rich husband of hers, I somehow doubt it, and her position on fox hunting shows it.”
Andrew Muir said:
”Rather than pursuing Fox Hunting ban repeal in England & Wales we should be looking to expand ban to Northern Ireland! A barbaric practice!”
Countryside Alliance chief executive Tim Bonner said that the Hunting Act has “failed”, adding: “We will wait to see what is contained in the manifesto, but every party would agree with the premise that if you don’t like a law, campaign against it and take your views to the ballot box.
“The case for hunting, and the case against the Hunting Act, remains strong, and we will continue to make the case to politicians of all parties.”
Twitter has seen a more positive response to the controversial practice.
Blake Carrington said:
“Wait a minute now. I love a good fox hunt.”
Matt Hatton tweeted: “Ignore the fox hunt news. Look at what’s being done to humans.”
A Conservative Party vice-chairman , Sir Roger Gale, said that he can not see many Conservative votes for fox hunting. He added that most of the newer MP’s could turn out to be anti-hunting.