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Days after the UK Conservative Party won a surprise majority in the country’s national elections, a top Tory official has confirmed that his government will try to scrap a 2004 ban on hunting with hounds.
Stag hunting — in which a deer is tracked and chased by a large pack of dogs, often guided by red coat-wearing hunters on horseback — was made illegal by the Hunting Act 11 years ago, under Tony Blair’s Labour Party government.
But in the months leading up to the 2015 election, Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to push a re-vote on the legislation. “I have always been a strong supporter of country sports. It is my firm belief that people should have the freedom to hunt,” he wrote in the Countryside Alliance magazine.
Anti-hunt activists, in turn, say they will do everything in their power to stop Cameron. “Ten years on, a small minority want to make it legal again for foxes and other animals to be chased, maimed, and killed for their enjoyment,” said the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) in a statement to VICE News. “There’s no justification: Hunting is not an efficient method of population control.”
In this extra scene, we meet Paul Tillsley, head of investigations for LACS, and travel to Quantock Hills in Somerset to secretly film a stag hunt in action.
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