Anti-fox hunting campaigners march telling Theresa May to keep the ban

Anti-fox hunting protesters marched on Downing Street today to attack Theresa May’s plans to overturn Labour’s ban on the sport.

The Prime Minister wants a free vote to repeal the Hunting Act 2004, which came in under Tony Blair’s government.

An estimated 2,000 campaigners marched from Oxford Circus to Number 10 and singled out Mrs May on placards attacking the PM.

Chants of ‘no excuse for animal abuse’ and ‘cull the Tories, keep the ban’ rang out as activists – many wearing masks featuring foxes or Mrs May – moved en masse through central London.

Anti-fox hunting campaigners march telling Theresa May to keep the ban

The action was organised by an alliance of anti-hunt campaign groups after Mrs May said she supported the outlawed activity and would renew a Tory election pledge to revisit the controversial subject.

Animal welfare campaigner Bill Oddie said it was ‘ridiculous’ that fox hunting had been put back on the agenda.

He compared the possibility of changing the law on fox hunting to changing speed limits just because ‘people like driving fast’.

Anti-fox hunting campaigners march telling Theresa May to keep the ban

The veteran entertainer and campaigner on animal rights added: ‘For God’s sake, there’s enough problems in this world to deal with and concentrate on them, and put this away once and for all.

‘Shut up about it.’

Professor Andrew Knight, who is standing for the Animal Welfare Party against Mrs May in the constituency of Maidenhead, said it was ‘profoundly disturbing’ that the Prime Minister believed fox hunting to be acceptable.

Anti-fox hunting campaigners march telling Theresa May to keep the ban

He said: ‘We need to have leaders of our country that have basic compassion for animals and other vulnerable members of our society.

‘Theresa May clearly, I think, is unfit to lead this country, if she clearly and demonstrably lacks these basic qualities.’

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