Hunt views smokescreen

Hunt views smokescreen

Hunt views smokescreen

First published in Readers' Letters

DOROTHY FUDGE (Letters, March 7) should not create a smokescreen around currently-rumoured attempts to re-legislate hunting with dogs by misrepresenting them as having cross-party support.

It is overwhelmingly Conservative MPs who want to change the law, to help law-breaking hunters.

The only cross-party aspect is that 82% of the British public supports the ban on hunting, including even a majority of Conservative voters. Conservative MPs are out on a limb by ignoring the views of the public majority, because hunting is a fetish of David Cameron’s supporting MPs on this issue.

As for the Burns Report mentioned by Mrs Fudge, it stated clearly that hunting “seriously compromises” the welfare of hunted animals. It could hardly be otherwise, when packs of dogs are set to chase and terrorise foxes, hares and deer until too exhausted to carry on. That is why people need to write to their MPs (even just addressed as MP for wherever) particularly if they have Conservative MPs tempted to support this quietly.

SHEILA CLAYTON, Southampton United Animal Charities.

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8:32pm Sat 15 Mar 14

geoff51 says...

I would not hold much kudos to the serial letter page writer who says that Marwell is an abomination
Hunting is not the real issue in the ban, it was brought in by a Labour government as they perceived hunting to be a posh mans sport and like their dubious open door immigration policy was a cynical attempt to buy votes to remain in power.
It is an almost impossible law to police and relies on the biased reporting of saboteur groups to operate, and the political heads that have taken over at the RSPCA to prosecute spuriously at the expense of their real work.
It must be remembered that foxes are not the fluffy wuffy animals she thinks they are wanton vermin that kill for pleasure. Would a rat or mouse engender such feelings as they are also vermin.
I would not hold much kudos to the serial letter page writer who says that Marwell is an abomination Hunting is not the real issue in the ban, it was brought in by a Labour government as they perceived hunting to be a posh mans sport and like their dubious open door immigration policy was a cynical attempt to buy votes to remain in power. It is an almost impossible law to police and relies on the biased reporting of saboteur groups to operate, and the political heads that have taken over at the RSPCA to prosecute spuriously at the expense of their real work. It must be remembered that foxes are not the fluffy wuffy animals she thinks they are wanton vermin that kill for pleasure. Would a rat or mouse engender such feelings as they are also vermin. geoff51
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3:02pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Inform Al says...

When I had a smallholding in Kent I used to shoot foxes that got too close to my poultry, and the rats were looked after by the badgers that lived quite happily on my land. I would not have allowed a hunt to operate on my land as on the very rare occasions I got on the back of one of the horses stabled there it was not to torment other creatures, but to give me some excitement by scaring myself p00pless over the fences.
When I had a smallholding in Kent I used to shoot foxes that got too close to my poultry, and the rats were looked after by the badgers that lived quite happily on my land. I would not have allowed a hunt to operate on my land as on the very rare occasions I got on the back of one of the horses stabled there it was not to torment other creatures, but to give me some excitement by scaring myself p00pless over the fences. Inform Al
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