Hunting ban 'supported by 84% of voters'

Attempts to revoke the Hunting Act would be "deeply unpopular" among the majority of the British public, a new study has found.

An Ipsos MORI poll, commissioned by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), found 84% of the public do not want a return to fox hunting.

The poll indicated a ban on fox hunting was also growing in support among Conservative voters - it is now at 73%, having risen from 64% in 2013.

Opposition to deer hunting and hare hunting was also deeply unpopular nationwide, at 91% and 88% respectively.

Protesters gather outside Parliament in 2015. Credit: PA

LACS chief executive Eduardo Goncalves said: "Today's polling highlights just how out of touch any move to repeal the hunting ban would be with the views held by the majority of the British public - including Conservative voters.

"The overwhelming view of electorates is that they do not want their parliamentary representatives supporting repeal."

"It is time for Andrea Leadsom [Environment Secretary] to join the rest of the country and support the hunting ban."