A number of constituents have contacted me recently about a possible change to the Hunting Act. This is the position.
Earlier this month, there was cross-party support for a minor amendment to the Hunting Act that would allow farmers to expand the use of hunting with dogs as a form of pest control. This amendment would allow farmers to protect their livestock more humanely and effectively, and bring the legislation in England and Wales more closely in line with that in Scotland. It would not have repealed the Hunting Act.
However, there was no agreement between the Coalition Parties for this amendment to be considered in Government time; so it won’t be made.