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The UK’s three largest animal welfare groups have come together in a “loose coalition” to fight repeal of the Hunting Act.

The RSPCA, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) released a statement saying: “Repeal… would be a backward step for a civilised society.”

They plan to lobby MPs asking them to vote against overturning the Hunting Act.

But Tim Bonner of the Countryside Alliance commented: “The animal rights groups seem to be getting very excited about the prospect of a free vote, but hunting is in a very different position.

Hunting is a minority issue and the government has bigger concerns at present.”

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (22 July, ’10)