Support the anti-hunting act

YESTERDAY marked the fourth anniversary of the Hunting Act coming into force, outlawing the cruelty of pursuing wild animals with hounds.

Sadly, although about 75 per cent of the population support the ban, there are still people who think that killing for fun is acceptable – and some who think it is fine to harass and intimidate hunt monitors.

These monitors often face verbal abuse, threatening behaviour, and sometimes even physical violence, while attempting to monitor the hunts.

Having watched shocking footage of the behaviour to which some of our monitors are routinely subjected, it is my view that hunting has long ceased to be a country pursuit, and is becoming a front for thuggery and anti-social behaviour.

Despite all this, our monitors continue to work with police and the CPS to bring those who break the law to justice.

They must be supported by full and rigorous enforcement of the Hunting Act.

To this end, I urge readers to contact their MP and ask that they join the 20 per cent of members of Parliament who have already signed Early Day Motion 481, which calls for greater support for the police in the enforcement of the Act.

Douglas Batchelor,

League Against Cruel Sports,

Surrey.