Our statement on the triumph of the Hunting Act this week by Bri: Now the dust has settled on the week’s events, it’s possible to construct a clear overview. The Tory Press has already written its version of History, that the SNP unethically single-handedly blocked an amendment to the Hunting Act which was designed to help farmers control pests. The truth is somewhat different! To begin with, the ‘amendment’ which snuck in under cover of the night was the result of a careful piece of Machiavellian scheming,
In July 2015, the Government announced that it intended to amend the legislation to remove the limit on the number of dogs, and instead replace it with a requirement that the number of dogs used is appropriate to the terrain and any other relevant circumstance. The Government’s stated aim is to bring the legislation in line with that in Scotland.
To begin with, the ‘amendment’ which snuck in under cover of the night was the result of a careful piece of Machiavellian scheming, seen as a necessity since it had become obvious that the long-promised “Free Vote on repeal of the Hunting Act” was going to fail to bring the result that David Cameron and the fox hunters wanted.