WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED TO JOBS &
THE ECONOMY IF HUNTING WERE TO BE BANNED AND TRAIL HUNTING WITH THE LIMITED HUNTING PERMITTED HAD NOT BEEN KEPT ALIVE?
On 1 July 1997, the Horse and Pony Taxation Committee sent to Treasury
Ministers a paper on the costs involved if hunting were to be abolished.
The Committee is concerned with the economic and financial aspects of
equestrian activities and the paper deals with these effects of the proposed
abolition, leaving the moral, conservation and cultural arguments to others.
The paper allowed for reemployment of some 20% of the resources
used in fox-hunting through an increase in Drag Hunting by as much
as the availabiliy of space and the numbers of riders likely to
swich sports might allow.
In summary the paper concludes that:
Between 12,500 and 14,000 jobs would be lost.
The people who would lose their jobs pay some £20million in Income
Tax and National Insurance - the equivalent of 4pence a litre on petrol
and diesel tax.
The Treasury would also face increased expenditure on unemployment benefit
and, for example, on helping agriculture with the costs of disposal of
dead farm animals (at present the hunts usually collect them free or for
far less than knackers).
The equestrian trades would suffer further closures of riding schools,
Racing, which pays over £500million a year in tax to the Government,
would be badly affected.
It is expected that 15,000 to 20,000 horses, worth up to £40million,
and 12,000 hounds would be slaughtered. 40,000 to 45,000 better horses
would lose up to £200million in value.
NOTE: The Committee is normally concerned with budget representations
and similar matters. It is a joint committee of the bodies named below
with an independent chairman.
Chairman: The Rt. Hon. Sir John Cope FCA
Members: Association of British Riding Schools, British Horseracing
Board, British Horse Society,
Country Landowners' Association, National Farmers' Union,
National Light Horse Breeding Society, National Pony Society,
Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, Welsh Agricultural Equine Association