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PM considers changes to fox hunting legislation

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The Prime Minister is considering changes to the laws on fox hunting.

MPs and campaigners are pushing the Government to scrap the ban on using more than two dogs to flush out foxes so they can be shot.

It was the then Worcester MP Mike Foster who introduced the Private Members Bill to ban fox hunting in 1997. It was then pushed through in 2004.

On the one hand advocates of hunting claim the ban has affected rural trade. On the other hand, opponents say it's inhumane.

It may now be permitted in future to flush out foxes as Welsh hill farmers are concerned about the damage the animals are causing.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said today that they're aware of the evidence and the concern, and they are examining the issue.