The ban on hunting with dogs

The ban on hunting with dogs

What does the current coalition government mean for the ban on using dogs to hunt for foxes, deer, hares and minks?

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In 2005, the cruel and unnecessary "sport" of hunting with dogs was banned in England, Wales and Scotland after 15 years of relentless campaigning by IFAW and other organisations.

Key to this landmark legislation was IFAW's ability to reveal the cruel truth to the public: during hunts with dogs, animals are torn limb from limb in a bloody and excruciating attack.  For centuries, hunts had portrayed their activities as civilised affairs, where a "quick nip on the neck" dispatched their prey with little suffering.  Now, the truth could finally be shown.

The sights and sounds of wild animals being chased and savagely attacked by packs of dogs were made public in footage obtained by our courageous hunt monitors as they risked their own safety to document the inhumane activities of huntsmen with video cameras.

Presented with the reality of animal suffering--along with opinion polls and scientific research showing hunt was cruel and unnecessary--MPs and MSPs passed separate legislation to outlaw the chasing and killing of deer, foxes, hares and mink with dogs.

Similar activities, including bear baiting, dog fighting and cockfighting, have long been banned in Britain.  Now, hunting with dogs would join the list of cruel activities that a civilised society no longer tolerated.

Did you know?

£100 million - The yearly damage to agriculture caused by rabbits, the fox's major prey.  The economic cost caused by fox predation? £12 million per year.

240,000 - The UK's fox population.  Before the ban, hunts killed only about 25,000 foxes a year, nowhere near enough to have any impact on fox population numbers.

1% - The percent of lamb losses reported due to fox predation, according to UK farmers.  Poor animal husbandry is the major cause of lamb and ewe death.

600-700 - The number of pre-ban jobs that resulted from direct employment from hunts (25% of which are grooms and stable hands).  Compare this to the 9,000 jobs that the agricultural sector has lost per year for the past 25 years.

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