In a speech made to the House of Lords today, the Conservative Lord Mancroft re-opened the debate surrounding the ban on hunting when he suggested that hunting associations are the only groups that care about the welfare of foxes.
“My Lords, does my noble friend share with me the confusion about the noble baroness and her friends, so interested in the law the application of the law and the political debate, but apparently show no interest in the welfare of the quarrey species that are supposedly the object of this act”
Lord Mancroft went on to suggest that since the ban has been in place, research released by the British Ornithological Trust and Springwatch ‘have both shown a significant fall, decline, in the numbers of both hares and foxes’. Interestingly Lord Mancroft acts as Chairman for the Council of Hunting Associations and for Chairman of the Master of Foxhounds Association.
Despite being heckled and laughed at by fellow peers, Mancroft finished by saying his hunting groups ‘are the only two organisations clearly which have any interest in the welfare of the animals concerned.’