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Fox hunting's back under the spotlight in Surrey

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Fox hunting's back under the spotlight in Surrey

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 7:00am 26th July 2015.

A row's brewing over fox hunting in Surrey.

Mole Valley MP Paul Beresford tells us he is in favour of changing the law.

Last week, the Tories were forced to shelve plans to relax hunting laws.

The party was met with fierce opposition from the SNP's and animal welfare activists.

Mr Beresford believes foxes are destroying the livelihood of local farmers and should be reduced.

He said: "Another farmer in Fetcham lost 300 turkeys, just before Christmas the fox went in and killed 300.

They've got to be reduced in numbers and therefore I'm in favour of a change in the bill.

"One farmer in absolute tears came to me because his whole years profit had gone.

"One fox had bust into where he had his ducks and the fox had bit one leg off every single duck, he had to kill every duck, that was his profit."

'We're disgusted and opposed'

Campaign group Guildford Hunt Saboteurs strongly disagrees and believes there is no need to control foxes.

They say the argument's only used by hunters so they can justify the sport.

Campaigner Colin Skilton said: "We're disgusted and opposed.

"The law that was brought in against fox hunting has saved the lives of many hunted animals from considerable cruelty.

"The Hunting Act has been the most successful bit of wildlife legislation that's been brought in for years.

"There's been hundreds of prosecutions under it."

Colin has this message for Prime Minister David Cameron: "He should obey the will of the people, he's an elected representative of the people.

"80% of the population are against fox hunting and he should obey that will.

"Only a tiny percentage of his friends want to bring this back, and he's pandering to his rich and powerful friends and not to the public."

'I find their position entirely opportunistic'

Fox hunting is currently banned throughout Britain, but in Scotland an unlimited amount of dogs can be used by farmers or landowners to flush out foxes.

In England and Wales there is a limit of just two dogs and the Government had wanted to amend the law to bring it in line with Scotland.

Prime Minister David Cameron said of the SNP: "I find their position entirely opportunistic and very hard to explain in any other way."

Campaigners had accused the Tory administration of trying to bring back fox hunting "through the back door".

Animal welfare activists, including Queen guitarist Brian May, were due to stage a protest outside Parliament as news of the vote being delayed was announced.

May said: "We have got a nice little victory here, we have won a small battle here but the war is still to be won."

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