Fox hunting backlash: Voters shun pro-blood sport candidates ahead of election ...

Theresa May personally supports fox huntingGETTYPrime Minister Theresa May personally supports fox hunting

The research, carried out by Survation, also found that around 67 percent of voters ahead of the General Election do not want the sport given legal status in Britain ever again.

The company’s data suggested that only three per cent of voters were likely to back candidates advocating fox hunting.

The research was carried out off the back of comments made by Theresa May, who shocked the public with her admission of personally being in favour of hunting.

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Speaking while on the campaign trail, she adding she planned to maintain the Conservative Party’s commitment for a free vote on the contentious issue.

The Conservative manifesto – which was published earlier this month – said: “We will grant a free vote, on a government bill in government time, to give Parliament the opportunity to decide the future of the Hunting Act.” 

A vote on the issue could be scheduled as early as this year, with Tory Lord Mancroft, chairman of the Council of Hunting Associations, adding that a sizeable majority for Mrs May could usher in a new era for fox hunting.

FOX HUNTING WITH DOGSGETTYThe majority of the public does not back any form of fox hunting - even with dogs

Eduardo Gonclaves, the chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, said of the poll: “The numbers speak for themselves. Hunting has become one of the big issues in this election, and it is now clear that it is an extremely toxic one for any pro-hunt

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