Fantastically costumed Freddie the Fox and friends in Hove to thank MP for supporting the hunting ban

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
(London, 11 November 2010) – The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) fox, hare and stag are in Hove in East Sussex tomorrow (Fri) to thank MP Mike Weatherley for his work to protect the hunting ban.

Freddie the Fox, along with Harriet Hare, Stan Stag and IFAW staff will meet with the MP for Hove and Portslade outside Hove Town Hall at 1pm as a reminder to the public that the Hunting Act is under threat and that all MPs need to vote to keep the ban and ensure no return to cruelty.

The coalition Government has pledged to hold a parliamentary vote to reopen the debate on possible repeal of the Hunting Act.

IFAW’s animals have also visited constituencies where MPs have not stated how they would vote on possible repeal, to encourage members of the public to sign postcards urging their MPs to stand up for British wildlife. In this case, they wanted to thank Mr Weatherley personally for supporting the Hunting Act and for speaking out against cruelty.

IFAW’s senior hunting and prosecutions officer Tania McCrea-Steele, who is also a Hove resident, said: “We’re asking people to do all they can to protect the Hunting Act and stop British wildlife from being killed for fun. We are delighted that Mike Weatherley has publicly stated that he backs the Hunting Act and will vote to keep this vital piece of legislation.

“The Hunting Act was introduced to stop foxes, deer, hares and mink from being chased and killed for so-called sport, which the majority of the British public find completely unacceptable.”

Mr Weatherley added: “Since being elected I have been actively campaigning against the repeal of the Hunting Act. I believe that hunting foxes and other British wildlife with dogs is an unacceptably cruel and inhumane practice and I stand with IFAW in opposing any measure which would lead to the ban being overturned.”

For more information visit www.ifaw.org/noreturntocruelty

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