Since the news that the Conservative Government will be holding a vote to weaken the Hunting Act, I’ve received many hundreds of emails from local residents asking for my views.
I can assure you I will be voting on Wednesday to protect the Hunting Act.
I believe we have a moral duty to treat the animals we share our planet with in a humane and compassionate way and that the unnecessary and prolonged suffering of defenceless animals has no place in a civilised society.
It is a view shared by the vast majority of the British public, with a recent Ipsos MORI poll revealing that 80% of people support the ban.
Wasting time debating and holding a vote on repealing the Hunting Act distracts from the real issues that are facing many rural communities, including low wages, the shortage of affordable housing and the need to improve infrastructure and protect public services. I also believe the Government should be focusing on tackling rising energy prices and protecting rural bus services.
It is not sport to tear a defenceless creature to pieces. The Hunting Act needs to stay.