Schedule 3 - Hunting with dogs: prohibition

Part of Hunting Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 25th January 2001.

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Photo of Mr Colin Pickthall Mr Colin Pickthall Labour, West Lancashire 11:15 am, 25th January 2001

My right hon. Friend and I served on the Committee that considered that Bill, and I remember it well.

Throughout the debate, the argument has centred on alternatives to hunting with dogs. That is what we have been talking about, Opposition Members included. The basis of the argument is the efficacy of the type of hunting concerned. The opponents of the Bill say, ``Farmers can't shoot straight. They only half kill the fox''—or whatever animal it may be. The farmers in my area seem to be perfectly good shots.