The Countryside Alliance web site lists all the hunt meets this Saturday 19th Feb - i.e. after the hunting ban. Click here to see how you could help ensure that illegal hunting of wild animals is outlawed. (Well we can but hope)
I had very little feeling either way about hunting, until B.Liar went out of his way to waste parliamentary time and ban it. Now the hunting community have my full support, I hope they have a good time on Saturday, from what I hear they never catch many foxes anyway.
I reckon this nonsense about banning hunting should come under the heading of wasting police time!
It was always recognised by people with more than one brain cell that the anti-hunting lobby were on a mission to kill everybodies enjoyment , and that after hunting would be a campaign to ban shooting, and after shooting a campaign to ban fishing.
How many of these people are true vegans and wear composite shoes rather than leather - some I suppose, an I will accept their argument although I dont agree with them, but the others are just pure hypocrites with some hidden agenda. I am a true carnivore and will remain one.
If the hunters are breaking the law, that's a job for the police.
We're not encouraged to video cars with no tax, unlit cyclists, boats with unlicensed radios or hardened criminals breaking the speed limit. Why should this law be treated any differently (apart from the fact that Pragmatist agrees with it)???
It must be really enjoyable - a swift sherry before you leave, chat, lovely countryside setting, a brisk February day. The promise a a pint and a good meal afterwards in the company of you pals before a roaring fire - discussing the way your horse really went for a fence.
Except that is if your a fox. Or a stag. Or a hare.
No, I won't be going out with a video camera - but it's time we stopped defending this on the basis of spoiling someones enjoyment.
Oh...and killing for food or warmth is a completely different arguement to killing for fun - so forget all that "they're not all vegan" crap posted elsewhere.
I find these comments really depressing. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
One hunt spokesman said they were going to take their hunt over to France, that makes me think they are doing it for the enjoyment and not keeping the wildlife in order as they claim. There was a hunt near me for foxes and there isnt any live stock for many miles, so what is wrong with a few foxes in our area, they are nice looking creatures.
All that said, I am not happy with the way all this law making came about, it sets a precedent for other things.
I find operating a video camera whilst leaping over fences in pursuit of the anti hunt brigade to be impracticable so will probably leave it at home.
Did anyone hear the interview with a family emigrating because they got fed up with a government backed by large numbers of back benchers who delight in telling the population what it is allowed or not allowed to do? If I was any younger I think I might consider emigration quite seriously. /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif
Hunting is a sport, so forget all the rubbish about 'controlling the number of foxes' Running and maintaining a hunt can never be the most efficient or humane way of controlling pests. If it were we would have Rat Hunts, Cockroach hunts, and such like - complete with an anti hunt lobby no doubt!
One man with a gun can deal with the problem far more efficiently and effectively - if indeed there IS a problem? And I am quite sure there are adequate chemical 'foxicides'
It seems to me that this is just another ploy of a government that is intent on criminalising as much of the electorate as possible. Next cunning move: no one with a criminal record would be entitled to vote.... that could radically improve the chances of certain MPs!
Oooh goody another hunting debate. Everyone is entitled to their opinions on hunting, but I believe the ban has nothing to do with animal welfare. I would be 100% behind any law to protect animals from undue suffering, but until Muslim halal(sp?) slaughter, live animal exports, cosmetic testing on animals are outlawed FIRST, then the hunt ban remains nothing but typical working class envy bashing on the upper classes - sailing, flying and other supposed upper class persuits have also come under the cosh recently - obviously not gonna be banned (appart from a few airfields closing because the noise of the planes disturbes the local council estate tossers sleeping off their hangovers at midday) but heavily taxed.
As for enforcing the law - what law - whats to enforce?. I really, really, really want to see the court case where people are prosecuted for having a nice relaxing sunday stroll in the countryside - besides whose going to hear the case? I bet a pound to a pinch of s**t that the local magistrate is on the hunt in some areas.