Saturday 16 February 2019

Brian May slams fox hunting move

Brian May is a well-known animal rights campaigner
Brian May is a well-known animal rights campaigner

Queen's Brian May has hit out at Government plans to change the rules on killing foxes, saying they will only benefit those who wish to take part in "a sadistic bloodsport for fun".

The well-known animal rights campaigner criticised the news that measures will be brought forward to bring England and Wales into line with Scotland on using dogs to flush out foxes to be shot.

In England and Wales, only two dogs can be used to flush out a fox so that a farmer or landowner can shoot it, while in Scotland an unlimited number of dogs can be used for the practice.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is expected to bring in the changes, which would need to be voted on, before the summer recess.

But the move will essentially "smash" the Hunting Act which made fox hunting with dogs illegal across Britain, the famous guitarist said.

He told the Mirror: "This smashes the Hunting Act. They will be able to bring back the whole pack of dogs.

"This is to benefit people who want to pursue a sadistic bloodsport for fun."

The Prime Minister's official spokeswoman said the move would give MPs the chance to vote on "the current anomaly in the system".

A Defra spokesman said: "We will bring forward technical amendments to the Hunting Act before the summer recess to more closely align the legislation in England and Wales with Scotland. It would not be appropriate to comment further until amendments have been laid before Parliament."

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