Hopes for a repeal of the controversial ban on hunting have been raised by two reports that claim the practice is justified as the best management for wildlife. The Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management and the all-party parliamentary Middle Way Group have issued a joint statement claiming that Parliament and the public were deceived about the science that supposedly justified the Hunting Act.
A report titled The Use, Misuse and Abuse of Science in support of the Hunting Act concludes that there never were grounds for banning hunting on the grounds of cruelty. It has been sent to all MPs.
And a second report The Natural Chase, to be published in the New Year, highlights the key role played by predators in maintaining a balance in the countryside and traces the evolution of hunting, recognising the practice as the natural form of control.
Read Original at: The Western Mail (UK)