A NEW poll published by MORI and commissioned by the Campaign for the Protection of the Hunted Animal is under investigation by the Market Research Society (MRS) following allegations that it breaches their Code of Conduct.
The poll describes hunting as 'a traditional sport where dogs are set upon wild animals', and compares it to the cruel and illegal practice of badger baiting.
Simon Hart, Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance, said: "The phrasing of this question is a blatant attempt to influence the result of the poll. None of the last six polls carried out by NOP, ICM and YouGov which offer the three options which the Government have consulted on - a ban, licensed hunting, or the status quo - have shown a majority for a ban.
"In the face of an obvious and sustained change in public opinion anti-hunt groups have tried to use a flawed and leading question in order to influence the results of their poll. We are confident that the MRS will condemn such a clear breach of their Code of Conduct".