Inflaming the debate over flying foxes at all was the suggestion of former Labour MP David Cameron, now chancellor of the Exchequer, that he supported fox hunting and that it was “disgusting”.
It also prompted a barrage of articles in newspapers claiming that this had caused an economic “brain drain” in Britain by the use of non-consenting foxes.
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The government is also making it easier for individuals to report cases of illegal fox hunting, including by allowing fox owners to share photographs of their animals or by setting up an online hotline to report attacks.
The decision to introduce legislation was “tough luck”, an industry source told the Guardian, given its backing by the prime minis충주출장샵ter, who supports the government’s plan to introduce fox hunting legislation.
But Tory backbenchers who support the fox hunting bill have acknowledged that they would be reluctant to vote against it because it would weaken existing legal protections.
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The Hunting Act 2008 states that hunting must take place in “a licensed space”. This provision was made to allow hunting to take place in areas that have been cleared off by the UK government, such as the area around the Royal Air Force base at RAF Lossiemouth.
But it also stipulates that “exclusively controlled commercial hunts will not be allowed in designated areas where no protected area exists” because such a hunting area would “potentially diminish or prohibit the legitimate hunting activities” of others. It also states: “In the absence of any designated protected area, any area that has been designated will remain open to hunting.”
The government has also given foxes an exemption from paying tax on the revenue from all meat sold in the UK. That means that even if a local council is trying to kill a fox, they will still be able to claim deductions from the food they sell to them. This exemption does not apply to livestock, poultry or fish, and applies to every typ