Government plans to put forward a bill relaxing rules on fox hunting in England and Wales have been pulled after the SNP revealed the party's MP's would vote against the proposal.
The SNP's stance meant the bill, which would only apply in England and Wales, was unlikely to win a majority in the House of Commons.
Fox hunting is currently banned throughout Britain - but in Scotland an unlimited amount of dogs can be used by farmers or landowners to flush out foxes.
In England and Wales there is a limit of just two dogs and the Government had wanted to amend the law to bring it in line with Scotland.
SNP MPs will vote against a bill to relax fox hunting laws in England and Wales.
A vote will be held in Westminster on Wednesday 15th July. The proposals would bring hunting laws in line with legislation in Scotland. But the SNP vote is likely to influence the result.
The party say it shows they can "wield real power" against an "arrogant government".
Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP and SNP rural affairs spokesperson Calum Kerr says the party are now looking at legislation north of the border.