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  Lords vote for 'controlled hunting' option
Updated 19 March 2002, 20.56
Hunting with dogs
The House of Lords has clashed with MPs by voting to allow fox hunting to continue, but with tighter controls to make it less cruel.

The Lords voted 366 to 59 for the 'middle way' option on hunting with dogs.

  Click here to find out more on hunting

This is a big change from last year when the Lords with a huge majority voted to let hunting carry on as before.

But MPs voted on Monday for an outright ban.

Most ministers, including Prime Minister Tony Blair, voted to totally ban fox hunting in England and Wales.

And the final decision is still 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

There are 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

When MPs voted, they completely rejected the 'middle way' option to allow hunting but with tight restrictions.

On Tuesday evening some 1500 of you had voiced your opinions in our hunting vote!

47% of you want to ban hunting completely, 13% think it should continue with tighter controls and 38% want it to continue as it is.

  Click here to get more info on the three options

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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