Sir Ranulph Fiennes is to demand that Government ministers drop their attempts to repeal the ban on fox hunting, after an injured animal forced him to reverse his opinion on the subject.
The polar explorer was due to address a fringe event on Sunday night organised by the League Against Cruel Sports at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, during which he was expected to switch sides in the debate on hunting with hounds.
Sir Ranulph was previously a strong supporter of fox hunting and has spoken at pro-hunt rallies, where he accused politicians of using the hunting ban for political gain.
But now he was scheduled to tell Conservative politicians and activists gathered in Birmingham that fox hunting was a “brutal and insupportable self-indulgence”.
“The conflation of ‘countryside’ with ‘cruelty’ must stop.
Author: Ben Kentish
Published: Sun Oct 02 2016 11:22:18 GMT-0400 (EDT)