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Hunting Battle Begins Again

Animals  (tags: hunters, fox hunting, killing, legalistion, england, hilary benn, hunting ban, conflicts )

- 3430 days ago -
THOUSANDS of people turned out for traditional hunt meetings across the Westcountry at the weekend as the Government indicated that its controversial ban could become a key election issue.


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chris b (2474)
Monday December 28, 2009, 4:17 am
Good on yer" Baldrick" Tony Robinson of "Time Team" fame and other celebrities back the ban! My local hunt was out drinking and riding whilst the local paper was on another page naming and shaming motorists convicted in court for drink driving! The hunt apparenty did not chase after any foxes because of the perilous frozen state of the countryside, so at least we have something to greatful for in the cold conditions we are currently enjoying in the UK

Katz R (54)
Monday December 28, 2009, 8:34 am
yey for the weather. these people that want to keep the hunts going are disgusting an it seems to be a class issue showing the so called upper class as cretins

Elaine R (132)
Monday December 28, 2009, 9:10 am

Margaret S (53)
Monday December 28, 2009, 12:00 pm
Well said Elaine & Chris.

Cheryl Ulrich (110)
Monday December 28, 2009, 1:19 pm
Thank God for the cold weather ! Can't these people find something better to do ? Has anyone told them about the Care2 website ? They could spend their time signing petitions ! :)

Abo r (107)
Monday December 28, 2009, 4:06 pm
Thank you

Abo r (107)
Monday December 28, 2009, 4:07 pm

hillai p (2)
Monday December 28, 2009, 9:31 pm
thank well not god butt mother nature for the icy conditions!
There is nothing I hate more than hunting!
And foxes no less!
The people who want the ban out are disgusting! It's just as bad as wearing fur!

David B (34)
Tuesday December 29, 2009, 5:31 am
and these people are supposedly civilized? thank you Simone.

Mairi Hayworth (3)
Tuesday December 29, 2009, 6:10 am
Yes, and I'll bet these are the same people who talk about peace and goodwill at Christmas and then go out and kill for sport on Boxing Day!

There is no case for repeal. Hunt numbers are up all over the country. Drag hunting is legal. The sense of community, pageantry, heritage, and jobs are all still intact and yet these disgraceful people canít manage to enjoy themselves unless they are terrifying and killing animals.

Please if you support the hunting act, get your name on the R.O.A.R. (Register Online Against Repeal), an Ďall partyí list at:

Let's make our voices heard!

Elaine W (103)
Tuesday December 29, 2009, 8:02 am
I have said before that I feed urban foxes in my back garden & get a great deal of pleasure from doing so. I HATE this fox hunting. I voted Labour for the 1st time in the hope of this ban going through & rejoiced when it did but did that put an end to the foxes getting persicuted? Alas no. The toffs just think they can rough ride over any law & oooooooops we made a mistake by accidently killing a fox. If the bl##dy Royal family would give it up then maybe the toffs would. I pray that the Conservatives don't get in because this will be the 1st thing they bring back I bet. It took years to ban & what we need now is for the law to get tough on those who blatantly ignore the act. Who the hell do they think they are ? If it was the sport of the lower classes it would have been banned years ago. UK's shame.

Elaine W (103)
Tuesday December 29, 2009, 8:04 am
persecuted! Not got spell check these days lol

Jan Billy Pedersen (43)
Tuesday December 29, 2009, 10:04 am
As long as no wild animals are involved let them ride, fresh air is good for the brain.

Mairi Hayworth (3)
Tuesday December 29, 2009, 10:30 am
The groups that monitor the hunts say that at least 66% of them are still hunting foxes and calling the kills 'accidents'. If you are out drag hunting with hounds that have been trained to chase and kill foxes, then it is easy to say that the hunt came across a fox by accident. That would also mean that the hunts have no control over their dogs though which explains why so many cats and dogs get mauled or killed by these dogs. There needs to be a longer term strategy so the hounds are no longer trained to hunt foxes or follow fox scents. They certainly don't kill foxes naturally.

Patricia C (96)
Thursday December 31, 2009, 9:37 am
Noted. This is a horrid, barbaric "sport" and always has been, no matter how much these people try to fool themselves and others. They can certainly find a less blood thirsty excuse for dressing up and riding together in the woods; disgusting.
Mairi H., I went to R.O.A.R. site you posted to sign, but I got the impression they just want UK resident signatures. The site is informative and disturbing.

Mairi Hayworth (3)
Thursday December 31, 2009, 10:34 am
There is a box you can tick if you are international but we definately do want everyone to sign up. UK voters will help us lobby for the upcoming general election but international pressure still helps enormously. Thanks for your support and Happy New Year!

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 2, 2010, 4:40 pm
dammit!!! I hate those "tally ho"ing bastards!!!
anyone who can chase those poor foxes is evil

Therese Davey (1)
Monday January 4, 2010, 5:30 am
Just a question or two.... Has anyone got another suggestion for culling the increasing number of foxes who have no natural predator? Has anyone ever gone to their chicken house and found their chickens killed and only one eaten (foxes are frenzied killers and kill more than the need if the opportunity arises) What do you suggest happens to the packs of hounds and what alternative employment is available in the country for the hounds men? How do you think the many farmers and all the ordinary people who keep a horse, follow a drag hunt and love the countryside feel about being called "tally-ho toffs"? Do a growing number of non-"toffs" and town people not participate in equally barbaric and totally uncontrolled "sports" like badger baiting, dog fights and cock fights where gambling and money is involved? Letís look at the whole picture before making un-informed judgments and solve the cruelty issues that are instantly achievable closer to our doorstep first.

Mairi Hayworth (3)
Monday January 4, 2010, 6:40 am
There is advice on the Natural England website about the right type of chicken fencing needed to keep out foxes. They kill all the chickens naturally because they cache their food, not knowing when the next supply will come. Of course they never get the chance to come back each day and get the next one. As for management of fox populations, we have many farmers and others on our campaign who say that foxes can be shot accurately and humanely (and not shot and wounded as the pro-hunt community likes to say). As for the hounds, drag hunting is legal and should remain legal. No one is trying to ban it. In fact, there should be a massive amount of work for those who care for and train the hounds because they need to be trained to drag hunt and to no longer hunt and kill foxes.

Elaine W (103)
Thursday January 7, 2010, 7:15 am
So support those involved in this barbaric sport & think that they are doing a good job of keeping the fox population down ? Mother nature can do a better job in my opinion & if I owned chickens I would make sure that they were safe,. No excuses !
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