At the moment, the problem is that about 90% of yhe House of Lord fox hunts. So getting a Bill past them is impossible.
Blair is in deep shit (even deep shit this week, unbelieveably) and even tackling something this controversial now would just be political suicide.
PLUS, there is no credible alternative to fox hunting at the moment. Hunting means that only the unfit/old foxes get killed, and a fox that is caught WILL be killed. Shooting foxes ultimately is crueler because a farmer will be accurat 50% of the time or less and will leave the fox in considerable pain, whereas hunting is quicker.
That, and that 1,000s of hounds will need to be put down because there will be no place for them. These animals are not pets, and there'd be no place for them, thereby is killing 1000s of hounds justified? I think not.
What they need to do is:
(1)There needs to be another option to the pest control side of hunting first.
(2)Then the SPORT side of it can be changed to drag hunting, this'll allow the dogs to be kept
(3) Phase out the sport. A large number of people will lose their jobs. By phasing the sport out instead of banning it outright will people have an opportunity to find outher jobs before being made unemployed.
and where they produce desolation, they call it peace