This week marks five years since the cruelty of hunting with dogs was made illegal in this country. Five years on and more than 100 convictions show the Hunting Act is rock solid and working well.

Opponents of the Act will argue this is not the case, but new figures show consistent support from the public in favour of keeping the ban. Polling conducted monthly over the last eight months by YouGov concluded that around two-thirds of people approve of the ban. Far more people disagree with lifting the ban than those in favour of repeal.

This is legislation which is clearly workable and effective and five years on it is time to send a clear message to politicians who wish to repeal the Act that they must not go against the will of the vast majority of the public. Those who support the hunting and killing of wild animals for sport need to accept that their barbaric pastime is over and responsible politicians should act now to Keep Cruelty History.

John Cooper, Chairman, League Against Cruel Sports.