A new survey released today (Boxing Day) shows 80 per cent of the Great British public think that fox hunting should not be made legal again.

Released by the League Against Cruel Sports, RSPCA and IFAW, the survey also shows:

  • 85 per cent think deer hunting should not be made legal again.
  • 87 per cent think hare hunting/coursing should not be made legal again.
  • Those living in rural areas did not hold different views to those living in urban areas on the issue of legalising fox hunting.

Public remain opposed to ‘bloodsport’

The Coalition Government was quite clear in its agreement that it wanted to hold a free vote on whether to repeal the Hunting Act.

The notion of returning to a time of cruelty, where hunting animals with dogs for sport was legal, is one clearly rejected by the majority of the British public.

Gavin Grant, chief executive of the RSPCA comments:

“The fact that 80 per cent of the public oppose the return of this ‘bloodsport’ comes as no surprise to me. As a rural dweller I have always known that opposition to hunting with dogs has never been an issue of ‘town versus country’. This poll proves it once and for all.


“The message to MPs is loud and clear. Hunting wild animals with dogs is unethical, inhumane and cruel. The British people will simply not allow a totally unrepresentative elite to re-introduce it.”

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The survey, carried out by Ipsos MORI for the animal welfare charities, interviewed a representative quota sample of 1988 adults in Great Britain aged 15+.