FARMERS and hunt supporters have called for a relaxation of the hunting ban as it’s affecting livestock.
As hundreds of Boxing Day hunts took place, farmers and supporters have said the Government should ease the hunting ban as foxes are attacking lambs.
The current hunting ban means two dogs can be used to flush out a fox from its den and then be shot.
Jeremy Reed, Master of the Flint and Denbigh Hunt, believes the ban on fox hunting should be altered.
He said: “In the higher lands it’s sheep country and foxes need to be controlled and farmers need to use more than two hounds to do this.
“The law is not working. It has prejudiced a section of the country.
“I get a number of farmers ringing me up and asking can what can I do to help but I have to say I can not do anything.”
The coalition agreement includes a commitment to a free vote on the repeal of the Hunting Act and the department for environment, food and rural affairs (DEFRA) said it will consider a proposal from farmers to amend the Hunting Act.
But Countryside Alliance executive chairman Barney White-Spunner said the Government has done nothing to address the “illiberal, unjust and divisive law”.
Huw Williams, a farmer from Llanbedr DC, said: “I totally agree with lifting the ban on using hounds to flush out foxes so they could be shot humanely.
“The fox is not a cuddly pet it's a pest of the countryside that needs controlling.
“If you had ever seen hens slaughtered by foxes or new born lambs killed for the fun of it you would maybe not understand why the last Government had to interfere with British tradition.”
NFU rural affairs board chairman, Bernard Llewellyn, said: “Many NFU Cymru members in Wales farm adjacent to or near extensive afforested areas which provide ideal cover for foxes.
“Flushing out foxes to waiting guns in these areas does indeed require more than two dogs for their effective control and rapid dispatch.”
A survey released on Boxing Day shows 80 per cent of the British public think fox hunting should not be legalised.
Gavin Grant, chief executive of the RSPCA said: “As a rural dweller I have always known that opposition to hunting with dogs has never been an issue of ‘town versus country’.
“The message to MPs is loud and clear. Hunting wild animals with dogs is unethical, inhumane and cruel.”
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