PROTEST AGAINST PLEDGE TO RE-LEGALISE FOX HUNTING

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Cambrian News photographer - Sian Owen with her fellow Labour Party members

A WOMAN dressed as a fox roamed the streets of Aberystwyth last weekend to protest the prime minister’s previous pledge to re-legalise fox hunting.

The Cambrian News reported “Sian Owen, who describes herself as “vixen, Labour Party member, LGBTI and pro-animal rights campaigner”, donned a fox T-shirt and mask and took to the streets of Aberystwyth on Friday, 16 June, joined by fellow party members and animal rights campaigners.

Conservative prime minister Theresa May said in the run-up to this month’s snap General Election that she supported the legalisation of fox hunting, and would allow a free vote in Parliament after it was banned under the Hunting Act (2004).

Traditional fox hunting with dogs is illegal across Britain but, in England and Wales, two dogs can be used to flush out a fox so a farmer or landowner can shoot it, while in Scotland, an unlimited number of dogs can be used.

Ms Owen said she was not opposed to farmers being allowed to shoot foxes which threatened their livelihoods, but was against foxes being “torn apart” by dogs.

“Save the fox, keep the ban,” she told the Cambrian News. “This outdated barbaric pastime has no place in our society in 2017 and beyond” here.

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