Fox Hunting Ban Backed By 73% Of Tory Voters But Andrea Leadsom Still Considering Repeal

During her brief campaign for the Tory leadership earlier this year, Leadsom, who is now environment secretary, said she would “absolutely commit” to holding a vote to repeal the ban.

She added: “I think it’s not proven to be in the interest of animal welfare whatsoever.”

It was thought that the current Tory administration would drop this but, according to the Daily Telegraph, it still intends to push ahead.

A source at the Environment Department told the paper: “We stand by our manifesto commitment to give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote, with a government bill in government time.”

Opposition to hare hunting and deer hunting was even stronger among the general public, at 91% and 88% respectively.

Fox hunting was banned in its traditional form in England and Wales in 2004.

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