Why are we still having the ‘fox hunting’ debate?

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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6 thoughts on “Why are we still having the ‘fox hunting’ debate?

  1. rupertrlmitchell

    I am ashamed to have a government in power which allows such evil barbaric sadism and long for the time when we can get a proper decent management in its place which is one of the many reasons I admire and vote for Jeremy Corbyn.

  2. Barbara Withers

    I presume this is being debated again because Andrea Leadsom wants to change the law. What an idiot

  3. Florence

    No mistake that the same class and type of person who hunt are over represented in our political classes, too. That may go some way to explain (to those hard of thinking) about the way the ill and disabled and other vulnerable groups – like children in poverty – are HOUNDED and treated like VERMIN by the Austerians, who literally have systems in place to flush us out and then run us to DEATH.

  4. David Bennett

    My ‘favourite quote’ is from David Cameron who said “The Hunting Act has done nothing for animal welfare.”

    It made me laugh bitterly how he didn’t want to declare the obvious truth that hunting foxes was bad for their welfare.

    The Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance, Tim Bonner, said in the Countryside Alliance magazine yesterday that:

    “Our figures demonstrate unequivocally that the Hunting Act lies in tatters. The problem with the Act is that over the past two years all those prosecuted under the Act have had nothing to do with ‘hunts’. No-one connected to any of the over 300 registered hunts in England and Wales has been convicted of a hunting offence over the past two years.”


    He doesn’t want to declare the obvious truth that a lack of prosecutions doesn’t mean the Act isn’t working, rather that hunters are obeying the law.

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