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  Fox hunting will NOT be banned
Updated 03 December 2002, 17.00
Fox hunting
Fox hunting will not be banned in England and Wales - according to plans unveiled on Tuesday by the government.

But there will be tighter controls.

And other forms of hunting, including hunting of hares and stags, will be stopped.

What's in the plans?

Stags - saved
Stags - saved
The politician in charge of the countryside, Alun Michael, told MPs about the plans.

They'll vote on whether to make them law next year.

But anti-hunting campaigners have already promised to try to wreck the proposals - and get hunting banned completely.

This is what is in the plans:

  • Hare coursing will be banned
  • Stag hunting will be banned
  • Fox hunting will be 'licensed' with tight controls
  • Hunts will be allowed if they can prove they are not causing unnecessary suffering.
'Licensing' means that organisations that want to hold a hunt will have to register to do so - and they'll have to show there isn't another, less cruel, way of killing the foxes in their area.

Years of argument

It's taken five years of arguing to come to a decision about the future of hunting.

Countryside campaigners say it's important to protect hunting as it provides jobs and is the kindest way to stop the spread of foxes.

But some Labour MPs are already saying they will vote against the plans because they want it banned completely.

Fox hunting was banned in Scotland earlier in 2001.

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