An online petition has been created by local activist and co-ordinator of the Andover Green Party Dean Marriner to urge our newly elected MP to keep the ban on fox hunting.
A free vote on whether to amend the 2004 Hunting Act is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 15th July.
Before the election, David Cameron expressed his interest in bringing back fox hunting – something that campaigners have fought long and hard for alongside public opinion. Mr Malthouse recently told a local paper that he will vote to repeal (lift) the ban but failed to give any reason.
Dean Marriner said “Unlike most modern hunting practices, fox hunting remains one of the most archaic blood-sports of the 21st century. Like most people I was taught by my parents not to harm another living thing. A value I am proudly passing on to my own sons.”
“I started this petition in the hope that the people of North West Hampshire will send a clear message to Mr Malthouse that this ‘sport’ has no place in our constituency and that his previous pro-hunting record is not representative of his constituents.”
“There is widespread support for the hunting ban. Five years after the ban, a survey showed that 75% of people said fox hunting should not be made legal again. Despite massive campaigns by the Countryside Alliance, backed by their billionaire Vice President The Duke Of Westminster, it is clear what the British people want.”
Dean added “The public have spoken up about fox hunting numerous times in the past. So today, I urge you to take a look at this petition. Sign it, share it and spread the word. We do have a voice and we can be heard.”