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  Fox hunting ban rejected by Lords
Updated 22 October 2003, 08.33
Foxes are still being hunted
A complete ban on hunting with dogs has been rejected by the House of Lords.

MPs had voted to pass the ban in July by a huge majority, but this was rejected on Tuesday by the Lords.

The government originally suggested a licensing system, which allowed some forms of hunting, and many of the Lords preferred this to a complete ban.

But because the Lords are blocking this decision by MPs, it could also lead to a big argument about how laws are passed in Britain.

Hounds used for hunting
Hounds used for hunting
Parliament Act

Laws must be agreed on by the House of Commons and the House of Lords before they can be passed.

The government may decide to use the Parliament Act, which forces the House of Lords to accept what the House of Commons has decided.

As well as stopping hunting foxes with dogs, stag hunting and hare coursing may also be banned.

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