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  Majority of MPs vote for hunting ban
Updated 19 March 2002, 07.12
Hunting with dogs
MPs, including Prime Minister Tony Blair, have voted to totally ban fox hunting in England and Wales.

  Click here to find out more on hunting

But it still doesn't mean a ban will be made into law. The House of Lords now have their say in a vote on Tuesday.

And the final decision is up to the government.

But they want MPs and the Lords to vote to help them decide what should happen to the controversial tradition of hunting.

Big result

The MPs had three options to choose from:

  • Ban it totally
  • Continue with tighter controls (the 'middle way')
  • Continue unchanged
  Click here to vote on what YOU think!

Fact File
What could happen next
18 March: MPs in Commons vote
19 March: House of Lords vote
Before Easter: ministers' plans for hunting
November: Bill proposed in Queen's Speech
Autumn 2003: Ban could be in place

And the result was huge, with 386 voting for a ban against 175.

They completely rejected the 'middle way' option which would have allowed hunting but with tight restrictions.

  Click here to get more info on the three options

But it's thought the House of Lords might vote for that option.

Earlier this year, Scotland decided to ban hunting. It will be illegal there by the end of 2002.

But England and Wales may have to wait until 2003 if the government does decide to ban the sport.

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