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September 6, 2004 BRITISH Prime Minister Tony Blair will invoke rarely used parliamentary powers to ban fox hunting, according to local media reports.
Mr Blair will use the Parliament Act to enforce a ban on the hunts - seen by many of their upper-class followers as traditional sport - by early next year, the Mail on Sunday reported.
Facing resignations from senior ministers and a rebellion in the ruling Labour Party over the issue, he will seek to distance himself personally from the move and will ask the Speaker of the House of Commons, Michael Martin, to invoke the act to quash opposition to the ban in the House of Lords.
Originally posted by sminkeypinkey
Basically a majority of people in the town and in the countryside want it stopped.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
Thanks for the clarification, pinky.
The part of a band of mounted bluebloods and hounds rampaging through the countryside did come to mind.
Would folks be more tolerant of the sport if the participants respected private property and pet cats? What if they chased something less cuddly, like, say, a wharf rat?