Politics By Jon Ivan-Duke

Foxhunting: Support for Yes

The early money in William Hill’s foxhunting betting market on whether the use of unlimited dogs (in England and Wales) will be approved in next week’s vote, suggests it could be approved.


William Hill have taken significantly more bets on ‘Yes’ than ‘No’ – but the market could well change before next Thursday’s vote in the House of Commons.


“There is already heated debate about foxhunting and next week’s vote could really stir the hornet’s nest.  The early betting suggests that the ‘Yes’ campaign is leading the way,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


However, there has been little interest in the market to repeal the 2004 Hunting Act by the end of the year – William Hill have pushed the odds out to 25/1 from 16/1.


“Next week’s vote could approve the use of unlimited dogs, but if the betting is a guide, it doesn’t look like a full repeal will take place this year.”


2004 Hunting Act To Be Repealed in 2015: 25/1


Outcome of the Parliamentary Vote To Allow Use Of Unlimited Dogs in English and Welsh Hunts: 5/6 Yes (Allow use of unlimited dogs), 5/6 No (Reject use of unlimited dogs)