Here's everything you need to know about the fox hunting ban
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The debate into fox hunting has resurfaced after Theresa May said the Conservatives remain in favour of allowing a free vote on overturning the ban. The Prime Minister said she had “personally…always been in favour of fox hunting” and that a Conservative parliamentary majority would allow the issue to once again be voted on by MPs. Here’s everything you need to know about the contentious issue. What is the fox hunting ban? The Hunting Act 2004 bans the hunting of wild mammals with dogs – this notably includes foxes. There are many exemptions under the act, for example killing a fox is still legal if it is used to preserve livestock, crops, fisheries or even the broad category of “other property”. Under this exemption only two dogs are allowed to “flush out” the fox, which then has to be shot by a “competent person”. So, if a fox rakes through your bins or kills your pet chickens, you can legally shoot it – though guidance on www.gov.uk says you “shouldn’t use firearms in urban areas for reasons of public safety”. So what does the act actually prevent? The Hunting Act prevents the “sport” of fox hunting, where participants track, chase and kill a fox with trained dogs who sniff the animal out. What are the arguments against fox hunting?
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