Blue Foxes to Cameron: Keep ban on hunting with hounds

Oct. 20, 2013 at 12:02 AM
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LONDON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A group of Conservatives nicknamed the Blue Foxes has urged Prime Minister David Cameron to retain the ban on hunting foxes with packs of hounds.

Conservatives Against Fox Hunting -- made up mostly of women -- says allowing hunting with hounds will alienate women voters, the Daily Express reported Sunday. Lorraine Platt, one of the group's founders, said many female Conservatives do not like fox hunting, not just members of Parliament but those active as party agents and members of local councils.

Parliament banned hunting with packs of hounds, which can end with the hounds ripping an unlucky fox apart, in 2004 when Labor was in the majority. Hunting is still allowed with no more than two dogs.

The issue is an emotional one, with many rural residents, farmers as well as upper-class hunting enthusiasts, calling for an end to the ban.

Cameron, who has hunted with the the Heythrop pack, has said he is "sympathetic" to relaxing the law. Heythrop was fined last year for violating the law.

In the 2010 election, the Conservatives called for a vote on changing the law. But the party does not hold an absolute majority in Parliament.

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