To save animals, to allow the countryside to monitor itself- which it has done very successfully for thousands of years-,to allow the Police to concentrate on more important issues and to show that this government is not prejudicial against the countryside.
The Hunting Act came into force on 18 February 2005 after an eight year battle that absorbed over 700 hours of Parliamentary time. The prejudice, misuse of science and abuse of parlimentary process that eventually saw the Act onto the statute book were the focus of criticism and regret from politicians of all parties, the media and the public.
The Hunting Act is unique in that its effect are entirely negative. It diminishes respect for Parliament; it puts law-abiding people at risk of prosecution; it diverts police attention from real crime; it brings no benefit to the environment; it is a blatant example of political prejudiice and it does nothing for the welfare or conservation of the species it claims to 'protect.'
It must be repealed.