RSPCA: Poll Reveals Hunting With Dogs Is Not Acceptable
This survey commissioned by the RSPCA explores the attitudes of British citizens toward the practice of hunting using a pack of dogs. The majority of people consider this practice to be out of date with modern times.
The majority (79%) of people consider the practice of hunting with a pack of dogs to be out of date; 57% say it is “cruel,” while 47% consider it “barbaric.” Approximately 8% say it is acceptable while a smaller number (2%) consider it “humane.”
The Hunting Act of 2004 bans the practice of hunting with a pack of dogs, and nearly two-thirds (63%) think that a repeal of this law would be a backward step for society. Statistics released in September by the Ministry of Justice show an uptick in the number of convictions made under the Hunting Act; 57 people were convicted in 2009 compared to 33 convicted in 2008.