Friday, 10 July 2015

Paul McCartney condemns 'cruel' proposals to bring back fox hunting

Friday 10 July 2015 11.42 BSTLast modified on Friday 10 July 201511.51 BST

Paul McCartney has issued a response to government proposals that could pave the way for the return of fox hunting.

On 9 July, the Conservatives published an amendment to the Hunting Act 2004 that – if passed by MPs in a vote on 15 July – would allow foxes to be hunted by packs of dogs in England and Wales, so long as it is “appropriate” for the terrain and done “efficiently” to protect other animals.

A statement from the musician, a longtime vegetarian and animal-rights activist, said that fox hunting was “cruel and unnecessary” and could cost the party support if the proposals were to go ahead:

The people of Britain are behind this Tory government on many things but the vast majority of us will be against them if hunting is reintroduced.

It is cruel and unnecessary and will lose them support from ordinary people and animal lovers like myself.

His sentiments echo those of Queen’s Brian May, who slammed pro-hunting activists on BBC’s Newsnight on 9 July. May criticised the Countryside Alliance, calling them “a bunch of lying bastards”.

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