Pro- and anti-fox hunting groups plan 'media blitz' ahead of Commons vote

Animal rights groups and pro-hunting organisations are targeting MPs ahead of the upcoming vote to relax the ban on fox hunting.

The Government has proposed amendments to the Hunting Act to remove the two-dog limit in hunting, allowing packs of hounds to flush out foxes. MPs could vote on the proposals as early as next week.

In response to the news, animal rights group League Against Cruel Sports is making a push on social media and through its website, urging people to contact their MPs. From tomorrow press adverts will appear in the main national newspapers.

Tom Quinn, campaigns director for League Against Cruel Sports, said: "The League Against Cruel Sports’ overriding objective is to ensure MPs understand that a vote for the Government's proposed amendment is a vote to reintroduce hunting. We know that eight out of 10 people don’t want a return to hunting so it’s crucial that MPs cast their vote according to the wishes of their constituents.

"Through an intensive media blitz, social media engagement and targeted direct messaging, we are urging our own supporters and the anti-hunting general public to contact their MP urgently with this message."

The group has also released this video:

Meanwhile pro-hunting body Countryside Alliance has launched an e-lobby campaign encouraging supporters of the proposals to contact their MPs. So far more than 25,000 people have taken part.

Countryside Alliance executive director Barney White-Spunner said: "We still believe that the Hunting Act needs to be scrapped, but in the circumstances these amendments meet the immediate needs of the rural community.

"There is solid support for hunting among MPs and we believe that there will be a majority for these logical, evidence-based changes."

The group is also engaging its supporters on social media:

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