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issues related to Game Shooting, Fox Hunting and Angling.
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of a hunting ban - Two chief constables voice their concern on
a ban on hunting.
Timelines -On the current Hunting
Bill, the attempts to ban hunting, and on the ban in Scotland.
Hunting vs. Human
Rights - Parliament has advised that the Hunting Bill is incompatible
with the Human Rights Act.
The ban has guaranteed that the time and money invested by the League
Against Cruel Sports and the RSPCA has increased animal suffering.
We told them this would happen. This rise in suffering since the ban
is the cost of ignoring that warning!
3 May 2005.
Numerous police officers accompanied the more than 250 hunts which
took place yesterday, the first day that the sport became illegal.
Despite the friendly exchanges between officers and huntsmen and women,
the presence of the police posed a question: what public good were
they trying to uphold?
20 February 2005.
|Anti Hunters Rubbish
|Those against hunting come up with a
load of rubbish in favour of their argument. Below are some of the
claims they make... and the truth.
They say: Hunting is cruel
“Hunting by hounds is the most natural and humane way
of controlling the population of all four quarry species - fox, deer,
hare and mink - in the countryside.” Statement supported
by over 500 members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
people ask whether we were implying that hunting is cruel…The
short answer to that question is no.”
Lord Burns, chair. Inquiry into Hunting with dogs.
This confirmed the findings of an earlier Government inquiry. Both
inquiries found that death was almost instantaneous. The inquiry also
found that shotgun use in the day & snaring - the main alternatives
to hunting - are worse for animal welfare.
They say: Animals are chased to exhaustion
Foxes and other quarry species are not hunted to the point of physical
exhaustion and collapse, rather to the point where, when still running
hard, they are caught up by the leading hounds. Equally deer will
turn and face the hounds at bay when they are then shot by the huntsman.
The huntsman cannot afford to deliberately prolong the chase because
if he does so the hounds will be unable to continue the chase because
of lack of scent.
They say: It is done by 'toffs' on horses who enjoy cruelty.
This pathetic attitude is wholly untrue. 195,000 ordinary women and
men from all walks of life, support hunting, most of them on foot.
Logically it cannot be right for MPs to ban hunting with hounds, and
not hunting with a gun or a fishing rod, purely because they don’t
like the people they believe support hunting with dogs. The proposal
to ban hunting is an attack on the people that hunt, rather than an
improvement in animal welfare.
They say: Our campaign against hunting is based on animal
As one of the main anti-hunting groups in the UK, the League Against
Cruel Sports is presumed to put animal welfare at the centre of it's
argument against the activity. This is rubbish, five people have left
- two of which are chief executives - in protest at it's disgraceful
They say: The majority of the public want a ban.
Only 36% of the public supports a ban on hunting. The majority of
the public now consistently opposes
a ban. [Source]
They say: A ban will save animals lives.
Lord Burns, chairman of the latest Government inquiry into hunting
reported that, “If hunting were subject to a ban, I have little
doubt that at least an equivalent number of foxes, deer and hares
would be killed by other means.” The welfare case for hunting
They say: MP's must decide.
The vast majority of opposition comes from urban Labour MPs with no
hunting in their constituencies and is often based on old political
scores and not on reality. Decisions on hunting should be made by
those involved in wildlife management and farming. The people who
matter in wildlife management and animal welfare are the people who
care for animals rather than those who care about them. The "carers
for" invariably also "care about".
Barry Sheerman, one of the three Labour MPs to vote against the ban
in September 2004, admited to The Telegraph, [that] the new law is,
in large part, class-driven revenge for the Tories' smashing of the
miners' strike, and the privatisation of the nationalised industries.
Is this a reason to ban something?
|Click below to read 'The Countryside Alliance
and the Council of Hunting Association Hunting Action Pack' from which
most of the facts on this page appear.
Action Pack 2003, HTML Format, External Link