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Animal charity welcomes Nicola Sturgeon’s opposition to fox hunting

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during FMQs, when she was questioned about her stance on fox hunting (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during FMQs, when she was questioned about her stance on fox hunting (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

A CHARITY which looks to end cruelty to Scotland’s animals has praised the First Minister’s ‘clear statement’ on the government’s opposition to fox hunting.

Thursday afternoon’s First Minister’s Questions saw Green Party Co-convener Patrick Harvie submit a query about Nicola Sturgeon’s stance on fox hunting.

The First Minister replied:  “I have always been an opponent of fox hunting and remain an opponent of fox hunting”.

“Be under no doubt at all this government opposes fox hunting and that’s the position we have long taken and the position we continue to take.”

Charity OneKind has welcomed the First Minister’s statement, with OneKind Director Harry Huyton saying:

“We welcome the clear statement from the First Minister today that she and the Scottish Government are totally opposed to fox hunting. These were in stark contrast to the Conservative manifesto commitment to a vote to repeal the Hunting Act in England and Wales.

Fox hunting is cruel, outdated and unnecessary. There is no place for it in a modern Scotland, and I look forward to seeing the Scottish Government translate today’s rhetoric into action, starting with a public consultation that specifically puts forward a proposal for a full ban on mounted fox hunting.”

The news comes after Theresa May said she would look to have a free vote on a bid to overturn the fox hunting ban.