ANTI-BLOOD sport MPs backed a compromise yesterday to delay a fox-hunting ban until the end of July 2006.
Voting by 283 to 132, MPs backed Rural Affairs Minister Alun Michael, who has offered to "go the extra mile" for hunting supporters.
With peers and MPs deadlocked over the proposed ban, Mr Michael claimed that the compromise of a delay will give hunters "time to adjust."
Mr Michael's parliamentary private secretary Labour MP Peter Bradley, who also tabled the July 2006 amendment, said that it was "reasonable and sensible," because it gives hunts the opportunity to adapt to the bans.
"It gives hunters the opportunity to make this an election issue and none of us should be frightened to make this an election issue."
"It would also deprive hunts of any vestige of an excuse "to shoot hounds or support unlawful protest in the countryside," he added.
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