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Legal challenge may delay UK hunting ban

[JURIST] The British government has said that it will not oppose a citizens' group if it seeks an injunction of a hunting ban set to take effect in February. The Countryside Alliance has said it will challenge the ban in court, and if it loses, it will seek an injunction to delay the ban. Some called the government's decision politically motivated as a way to avoid the ban taking effect in England and Wales before possible May elections. Contryside Alliance plans to challenge the use of the 1949 Parliament Act to force the law through despite opposition in the House of Lords. A separate challenge is also being brought in the European Court of Human Rights. The UK Parliament has more on the Parliament Acts [PDF] and their previous use. BBC News has more on the hunting ban. Countryside Alliance has more on its campaign to save hunting. BBC News has more.

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