May has stated there is a ‘clear message‘ that the general public do not approve
Theresa May has revealed this week that she will be dropping the proposal to hold a parliamentary vote on fox hunting, a move towards repairing the conservative’s delicate reputation around animal rights.
This major u turn in the manifesto will of course cause a considerable back lash from the Conservative back benches, alongside the expected criticism from rural conservative communities.
It has been revealed that the Prime Minister did in fact vote against the ban when it was brought forward by Tony Blair, she also stated in the general election last year that she would bring the ban to a vote, a factor which many believe lost the party a large quantity of seats.
During the 2017 election, Labour representatives stated that the Conservative decision to bring back fox hunting did result in considerable gains for the Labour party.
The Conservatives, it is widely known, have also received support from independent organisations due to their pro fox hunting stance.
For example, the party have received substantial funding in the past from ‘Vote-OK‘, an organisation for fox hunting supporters, who have piled plenty of funding and support into the conservative movement- it is now expected that this funding will be drastically repealed.
Similar circumstances are also expected from the ‘Countryside Alliance’, who have threatened serious consequences if the ban is kept in place, with no vote being cast.
Yet, the move to stop the vote on fox hunting has definitely been heralded as a sign that the Conservatives are slowly realising that the majority of the country is just not that into ripping foxes to shreds alongside some gentry.
May’s proposal could also be a response to the Parliament vote last month, where the party decreed that animals are neither sentient beings nor can they feel pain, surely a fast track option for many slaughter houses and farms, who will choose to rear their animals in less humane ways, thanks to the bill.
Coined by the Mirror as a ‘blood sport’, May has revealed in the past that she is a fan of the hunt, and likes to sometimes walk with them when she is at home.
Yet, with over 800,000 people signing a petition to keep the ban, it is apparent that neither compassion or understanding drives May’s decision, but the knowledge that a vote on the ban could result in a serious lack of support, and may even cost the conservatives the general election.
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