According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) an opinion poll last year indicated that 76% of the British public wanted to see hunting with dogs banned. Elected members of parliament have continually voted overwhelmingly for an end to hunting with dogs. However, the unelected House of Lords has hindered the legislation.
In 2003, British MPs voted to end hunting with dogs in England and Wales but the House of Lords rejected the ban. Last Wednesday, British MPs again voted to ban hunting with dogs, with 356 for votes to 166 against. Although the implementation of the ban will be delayed for 18 months, this is a historical victory against hunting.