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Hunting act ‘not a police priority’

A NEW poll released last week at the start of the hunting season shows that two in three people (65%) believe that the police should spend the same amount or less time policing the Hunting Act.
There are 314 registered packs hunting in the UK with 184 foxhound packs. Since the Act came into force in February 2005, only three hunts have been successfully convicted under the new legislation, while there has been approximately 30,000 days of hunting.

The survey was carried out by ORB for the Countryside Alliance and asked a simple question. The results were quite clear:

Since the Hunting Act came into force, anti-hunt groups feel that the law is not being properly enforced by the Police. Do you think the Police should spend more, less or the same amount of time as they currently do policing the Act?

Less time: 29% The same: 36% More time: 26%

Simon Hart, Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance said: ‘This poll proves what we have believed since the Hunting Act came into force: the general public simply do not view the Hunting Act as a police priority.

‘Hunts are working with the police and telling them when and where they will meet. This is hardly sensible preparation for law-breaking.

‘It is a bad law that seeks to criminalize law-abiding citizens and forces police to waste time when they could be preventing proper crimes. The hunting community will continue to hunt within the law until the Act is repealed.’

The poll was carried out by ORB for the Countryside Alliance.

1011 respondents were questioned between 26th and 28th October 2007