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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.
|Comments, Quotes & Letters
|This page features a selection of comments,
quotes and letters regarding hunting.
time I see the Countryside Alliance and their contorted faces I redouble
my determination to vote in the House of Commons to abolish foxhunting
John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister
Labour Party Conference - 2002.
definitely it should be banned. It's not a sport, just an archaic
game for the rich.
Comment on a BBC News 'Your view on hunting
page' - June 2003
recently had the opportunity to follow a foxhunt. I was hesitant at
first because of my qualms about animal cruelty. I was under the impression
that it was going to be an upper-class affair.
What I found, much to my surprise, were farmers of no high society.
I saw parents spending time with their children, talking with them
and sharing an experience, a common ground. I saw couples enjoying
each other’s company. I saw friends discussing world and local
issues. We followed the hunt for a few hours but I never even saw
Letter to the Telegraph - July 2003
packs might not actually be hunting but it is all our urban masters
have decreed we are allowed to do.
Malcolm Bell McDonald
Joint master of the Dumfriesshire hunt,
referring to the Scottish ban - August 2003
are the big issues? The NHS. Crime. Education. Europe. And Pensions.
What is the Government up to?
But the new law is just a sop to labour diehards and won't take effect
for two years.
What a waste of Parliament's time and energy.
The Sun Says
Sun newspaper - 9 September 2004
course, we know that this Government doesn’t understand our
rural way of life... They know what they think is most important for
our countryside - they’re going to ban hunting.
The then shadow secretary of state for the environment, at the Conservative
Party Spring Conference 2004
think it is quite wrong to see fox hunting as the big issue in the
countryside. I think people in the countryside are interested in the
issues like rural transport, crime, the future of the post offices,
jobs in the countryside.
BBC Breakfast - 26th July 1999
vote for an outright ban on hunting with dogs fills many of my fellow
officers with dread… because of the practical implications of
enforcing such a ban. Enforcing the Act would be difficult. It is
impractical to stop and arrest huntspeople on horseback and seize
the hounds and horses they use to commit the offence. No police force
has the resources to do this…
What is also not clear is where the Government expects enforcement
of this legislation to sit in terms of policing priorities. The police
will, of course, try to enforce any new law. If it means we come into
conflict with our rural communities, that is the price of democracy….
The police resources spent on hunting will still be needed because
those who have campaigned so hard for a ban on hunting are targeting
Rural Policing Spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers,
writing in The Times - 3rd July 2003
this Government ditched foxhunting, or might the end of foxhunting
ditch this Government? The next election will be close, and I suspect
the Prime Minister was right in supposing that an outright ban could
well turn out to be a minus rather than a plus for Labour.
There's precious little gratitude in politics. Friends of the fox
and foes of foxhunters will not queue up to vote Labour next time.
If their tax bill goes up, hunting will seem irrelevant. But in the
quasi-rural seats, on which Labour depends for the sort of majority
it enjoys today, I see no great joy for its members.
Some rural jobs will go. The local newspapers may carry pictures of
dead foxhounds. Photographs of foxes maimed by shotguns will certainly
be on the market.
Those who speak for the police are already asking if they are expected
to enforce this ban as well as catch burglars. Enthusiasts in the
animal lobby will be advertising unhelpfully their next target - be
it fishing, shooting or horse racing.
And there will be many folk who do not feel strongly either way about
foxhunting but already think that Blair's government is too bossy
by half. No smoking, no hunting - whatever next? They may decide that
criminalising an ancient recreation that presents no threat to public
safety is divisive, intolerant and wrong.
W F Deedes
Telegraph Opinions - 7th July 2003