Farmers and others in rural Britain must be given a full explanation as to why the Government has failed to change the Hunting Act "to protect both lambs and the welfare of foxes".
That is the demand made by Sir Barney White-Spunner, executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance, in response to days of conjecture over the future of the controversial act which has "brought the Hunting Act and all political parties further into disrepute".
This week, David Cameron moved to stamp out rumours of an amendment to the Act, potentially allowing more than two dogs being used to flush out a fox, which already happens in Scotland and which hunters say would be more humane.
But that forced Owen Paterson to reiterate the following day that a free vote on repeal laid out in the Coalition agreement still stands, though many believe that support for such a move has evaporated.
In his weekly newsletter to CA members, Sir Barney said research carried out in Scotland and published last October by the Federation of Welsh Farmers Packs "proved the blindingly obvious: that using a pack of hounds was much more effective in finding and flushing."
A study commissioned by the League Against Cruel Sports at the time said the report's foundations – increasing attacks, rising fox numbers and that hunting controls numbers – were unfounded.
Sir Barney continued: "Defra said it would consider the research and the Prime Minister let it be known that he was 'sympathetic', but other than that nothing has happened. There has been no official response to the proposal, to our knowledge no Statutory Instrument (the means by which the law could be amended) has been drafted, and certainly the process of taking an amendment through Parliament had not even seen the starting grid.
"That will not be good enough for those at the sharp end in rural Britain. The Government needs to give a proper explanation of why it will not make a change in the law which would protect both lambs and the welfare of foxes. Hill farmers are not interested in party political blame games.
"Likewise, Labour needs to explain how its ridiculous obsession with fighting the class war through a debate on wildlife management fits with its increasingly tenuous claim to be a 'one-nation' party.
"The Act has been shown once again to be as far from logical and evidence-based legislation as any law on the Statute Book.
"A sad story perhaps, especially if you are lambing in the hills, but one which only redoubles our determination to keep hunting and builds even further the case for repeal."