Politics By Jon Ivan-Duke

Fox Hunting: Bookmakers say it's too close to call

Bookmakers William Hill are predicting a close battle between the pro and anti-foxhunting sides in the House of Commons when they vote on hunting laws next week.

The current hunting laws allow the use of unlimited dogs in Scotland. In England and Wales, the number of dogs is limited to two.

The upcoming vote will decide whether England and Wales will move to allow unlimited dogs to flush out foxes in England and Wales. 

William Hill think it could be a very close vote and make it 5/6 that it results in amendments to allow for unlimited dogs. It’s 5/6 that the House votes against changes.

“This is an incredibly sensitive debate, but there is a strong public interest and that is why we have opened a betting market,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

“There are strong pro voices within the House and equally forceful opposition in the anti camp. We think it could be one of the tightest votes in Parliamentary history.”

Meanwhile, a move towards allowing unlimited dogs could pave the way for a repeal of the 2005 Hunting Act. It is 16/1 with William Hill that it is repealed by the end of the year. 

Outcome of July 2015 hunting vote to allow for unlimited dogs in England and Wales (as opposed to 2 currently in England and Wales): 5/6 Yes (allow use of unlimited dogs), 5/6 No (reject use of unlimited dogs)


2005 Hunting Act to be repealed by end of 2015: 16/1