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Hunting to be debated by MPs

21 April 2022

On Monday 25 April, MPs will debate petitions relating to hunting.

Marsha De Cordova MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and Rebecca Pow MP, Minister for Nature Recovery and the Domestic Environment, will respond for the Government.

Stop Forestry England granting licenses for Fox & Hare hunts

The petition, which has more than 104,000 signatures, states: “For the most recent hunting season, Forestry England gave hunting licences for 34 fox & hare “trail hunts”. Despite hunting wild mammals with dogs being illegal, two of the licensed/previously licensed trail hunts have been associated with convictions under the Hunting and Animal Welfare Acts.”

In response to the petition, provided on 7 December 2020, the Government said: “Trail hunting is a legal activity. Forestry England permits trail hunting under an agreement with the Masters of Fox Hounds Association. It has the power to suspend or withdraw any permission.”

Mini’s law - Protect the public and animals from hunting activities

The petition, which has more than 101,000 signatures, states: “In March 2021 Mini the cat was chased and killed by hunting hounds in a quiet residential area. The Government should back Mini’s Law (Public and Animal Safety Bill 2021) to ensure safety to the public and animals from hunting activity, such as trail hunts and exercise of hunting hounds.”

In response to the petition, provided on 24 May 2021, the Government said: “The police can take action under the Dogs Act 1871 where dogs are out of control and dangerous to other animals. This Government will not amend the Hunting Act.”

What are petitions debates?

Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.

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