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Government, Media and Public duped by fake and twisted science

New report analyses the claims of a scientific case to ban hunting with dogs

A report produced jointly by the All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group and the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management has demolished the claims that there is any valid scientific evidence to justify the hunting ban. The report The Use, Misuse and Abuse of Science in support of the Hunting Act 2004, will be launched on Friday 27th July in the House of Commons.

This document provides the first opportunity to scrutinise the reports, submissions and statements made by anti hunting groups, some scientists and others during the process which led to the passing of the Hunting Act 2004. It shows that the “large body of scientific evidence”, a claim made by the RSPCA, simply does not exist.

The report is given significant weight by the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management, which represents over 550 veterinary surgeons. Dr Lewis Thomas for VAWM says, “This carefully compiled document comprehensively puts the scientific record straight in respect of the hunting debate and demonstrates that there are not and never were any scientific grounds for banning hunting on the grounds of cruelty.”

The Co-chairs of the Middle Way Group, (Baroness Golding -Labour, Peter Luff MP -Conservative and Lembit Öpik MP - Liberal Democrat) say, “Parliament does not make judgements based purely on science,

but science can guide and inform those who create our laws. To invent, deliberately misinterpret or ignore evidence, the results of which are then fed into the legislative process, is a serious charge. This examination of the so-called science put forward to justify the Hunting Act, demonstrates that Parliament, the media and the public were deceived.”

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Notes for Editor:
1. a summary of key points is attached.
2. The Use, Misuse, and Abuse of Science in support of the Hunting Act 2004, is launched at 11am on Friday 27th July in Room N, Portcullis House, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA.
3. Joint press release by All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group and Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management

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