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Fox-hunting vote postponed as SNP say they'll vote against changes

Fox-hunting vote postponed after SNP say they'll join in vote Credit: PA

A vote to relax the fox-hunting ban in England and Wales has been postponed. It had been due to take place in the Commons tomorrow - but was delayed when Scottish MPs threatened to defeat the proposal which would allow an unlimited number of dogs to flush out a fox to be shot.

The plans had provoked fury among anti-hunt protesters - and reopened the debate into fox hunting, which was banned ten years ago.

Abigail Bracken has been looking at the arguments.

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Boxing Day Hunt rides from Lewes

Ten years ago, the Hunting Act made it illegal to hunt foxes with hounds across England and Wales. Many said the Act would destroy a countryside way of life. But from the turnout at Boxing Day trail hunts across the South East, it seems the tradition is far from dead.

David Johns reports, speaking to spectators, hunt protestor Marina Pepper and Jonathan, a huntsman.


Judge: Some see hunting as cruel, others see it as tradition

Judge: "Some people see hunting foxes as cruel and immoral. Others see hunting as an essentialand traditional part of countryside management and they say that criminalising the activity is inappropriate.

"As everyone is aware, in political circles the Hunting Act continues to be considered and thiscoalition Government has indicated the possibility of a free vote in Parliament at some point in the future."


Video footage of illegal fox hunt

In the first case of its kind a hunt in Oxfordshire has admitted a charge of illegally hunting a fox.

The charges were brought by the RSPCA, who filmed a hunt in which a fox was chased by hounds and killed.

Members of the Heythrop hunt, Richard Sumner and Julian Barnfield will be sentenced later. Fox hunting with hounds was made illegal in 2004.

Hunt organisers admit illegal fox hunt

A hunt has admitted a charge of illegally hunting a fox.

The Heythrop Hunt Ltd of, Chipping Norton, admitted a charge relating to hunting a wild mammal, namely a fox, with dogs contrary to Sections 1 and 10 of the Hunting Act 2004.

Richard Ward Sumner 68, of Penhill Farm, Salperton, Gloucestershire, and Julian Barnfield, 49, of Huntsmans House, Heythrop Hunt Kennels, Chipping Norton, also admitted the charge at Oxford Magistrates Court.

The prosecution was brought by the RSPCA. Sentencing will take place shortly.

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