Yesterday was Boxing Day so all the hunts (I think there’s a spelling mistake in that word) were out, wishing they could rip an animal to death instead of pretending to do it, which is all the law allows nowadays.

Tough. A recent survey by Ipsos MORI suggests more people than ever are opposed to hunting foxes (84 per cent of those surveyed, according to the Mirror, with even more opposed to hunting deer (88 per cent) and hares (91 per cent). That’s an all-time high.

Many Tories in Parliament might be keen to revive the blood sport, but they know they would be defeated by the other parties, in alliance with those in their own party who oppose it.

Nigel Farage, the former UKIP leader, loves fox hunting – of course. Sure, UKIP is supposed to be anti-Establishment, and hunting with dogs is just about the most Establishment occupation there is, but he doesn’t care. He probably thinks he can stick a ciggie in his face and a pint in his hand and the proles will believe anything he cares to utter down to them.

I agree with this Twitter user:

And I tend to agree with Kevin Maguire in the Mirror, who claimed that

I might, just might, be persuaded to support legalising hunting on Boxing Day if we armed animals with AK-47s and put them in Volvos to pursue the vermin on horseback.

Foxes have just as much right to life as we do, and the only reason they were ever hunted for sport is the fact that they could not do much – if any – harm to the hunters.

Would the hunters be so keen if they had the same chances of survival as the fox?

Not likely.

They are bullies and cowards and will just have to swallow their pride and accept the hunting ban. They can choke on it, for all I care.

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