Judith has been contacted by hundreds of concerned constituents regarding moves to amend the Hunting Act, and she would like to make clear that she will oppose any attempt to repeal or weaken the Act
“It is my view that the Government’s move to amend the Hunting Act is a deliberate attempt to weaken the legislation, effectively re-introducing hunting with dogs via a the back-door and without proper parliamentary debate.
“I am proud of the previous Labour Government’s strong record on animal welfare and I am committed to defending the Hunting Act 2004. There have been over 340 successful prosecutions under this legislation and I believe the Government should drop the idea of amendment and instead ensure that the law is enforced.
“I fought the General Election on a manifesto that included a commitment to defend the hunting ban and to build on the strong record the previous Labour Government had on animal welfare.
“I can assure you that I will oppose any attempt to repeal or weaken the Hunting Act and that I will continue to bear in mind the points raised by constituents on this issue”.