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Poll finds eight of ten people believe fox hunting should remain illegal
EIGHT out of ten people believe foxhunting should remain illegal, an animal welfare charity claimed on the biggest day in the hunting calendar.
The poll, carried out by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports and the RSPCA, found 80 per cent of the public want to keep the law, with support equally strong in both rural and urban areas.
It comes as supporters of foxhunting are pushing for a new vote on the ban, which was promised by the coalition Government following the 2010 general election.
Hundreds of people attended the traditional Boxing Day Meet at the Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst on Boxing Day - as supporters continue their push for a new vote on the ban.
In October, Prime Minister David Cameron said he has ''sympathy'' with calls for the rules on foxhunting to be loosened. But Joe Duckworth, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, said a new vote would be ''political suicide''.
He said: ''Hunting is a sickeningly cruel blood sport, which, like us, the majority of the British public do not want brought back. ''Voting for repeal would be political suicide. We need to move forward as a nation, not backwards on matters of animal welfare.”
MPs and campaigners are pushing the Government to scrap the ban on using more than two dogs to flush out foxes so they can be shot.
Farmers say attacks on lambs have increased, and argue that limited pest control measures permitted under the 2004 Hunting Act are not working.
The poll questioned 1,983 adults face-to-face in Britain between November 1 and 7.
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