Posts Tagged ‘Animal welfare

30
Jun
10

ireland puts stag hunting cruelty into the history books.

On the 29th June 2010 Ireland banned the cruelty that is stag hunting with dogs. This vital move paves the way forward for banning other blood sports such as fox-hunting and hare coursing. The article below was written just before the vote banning stag hunting took place. We feel it is still valid as it relates to why no blood sport is ever justified so we have not sort to amend the article to the latest news.

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Our response to Kevin Myers of the Irish Independent for his article:

The essence of good land management is murder 

Read his article and then our response. We feel we are more realistic then he could ever be.

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It is staggering to keep reading such weak excuses for animal cruelty? Mr Myers article from the Irish Independent is a prime example of how the press fail to see the reality.

Mr Myers states “Natural selection genetically engineered most stags to escape the hounds’ forebears, the wolf pack, so there is nothing more natural for a stag than to be hunted”

Stag hunts are manmade and have no effect on population numbers of stags at all. They are pointless in the extreme. Just like fox hunting they serve one purpose and one purpose only. They are there for the enjoyment of a tiny few. You can never compare nature to the stupidity of man. A wolf would indeed give chase to a stag and kill. Yet wolves did so to survive. Natures balance was already set when it came to deer’s by the existence of the wolf. It was man after all who wiped the wolf out of Ireland and the UK. The notion that a few stags killed by a stag hunt could make up for natures balance is stretching reality to the extreme.

Ignorance seems rife amongst those that go stag hunting the endless excuses to justify charging around the countryside for miles after mile to terrify a stag. Serves only to show how out of touch with decent society they are. It is right that the Greens and the Irish Labour Party seek to ban the activity for good. In the wider context allowing stag hunting and any form of blood sport brings shame to any nation that allows such stupidity to continue.

Banning stag hunting will not lead to an explosion in deer populations and deep down Mr Myers knows that. It will not also alter the situation with the planting of trees. Yet what is clear is as bit of thought about where trees are planted will destroy the notion that tens of thousands of deer need culling.

Killing animals has seldom anything to do with acting as natures balance. Nature does not need a helping hand in the way it’s assumed. Just because farmers 200 years ago planted hedges and ploughed up the land does not mean nature is on a long term holiday. Given the chance nature would soon take back those fields and trees would once again start to flourish.

It is man that causes the problems in how the countryside behaves. It may come as a shock for some people in the press to learn that there are no straight line is nature. Man has destroyed most of the natural habitat animals use to live in. Yet seem shocked when they seek refuge elsewhere. We are but one species out of many, the ability to talk clearly is still not linked to the ability to think. The countryside is a living breathing environment it is not just another tool for man.

Too much weight is given to the need to raise money from the land instead of preserving it for our wildlife or future generations. A landowner may indeed own land but at what cost. Why should animals and people lose out just because a landowner wants to plough up yet another wood or meadow? If we really care for the countryside we have to remember why it’s there and its purpose in nature. It should never only be seen as a route to make money.

The other notion that without blood sport nature cannot survive shows how little some men understand nature at all. Yet should we be surprised at the ignorance shown, well no for those that support blood sports are forever using such lame claims as a reason to kill. Animal cruelty is animal cruelty; you cannot dress it up and hide it amongst myths of need.

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22
Jun
10

Jackie’s Charltons shame…

Jackie Charltons shame

It seems sometimes that just because somebody played football we as a nation are never

allowed to questions a persons judgement.  Well we disagree.  Any person who takes parts in or actively supports blood sport lets society down regardless of who they are.

In this example its mink hunting, Mr Charlton is so proud of his connection that he gives the commentary. When this video was taken is not known. Yet it might as well have been made yesterday. 

 

When people think of the hunting ban being repealed they think of fox hunting. Yet it’s not just the poor foxes that will suffer extreme animal cruelty if the ban is lifted.

Hare coursing, stag hunting and mink hunting will all return if  Cameron gets his way.

Nobody has a right to kill animals for fun, not PMs and no ex football stars.

David Cameron has already appointed a Minister for Hunting and Shooting. That’s your money paying for an MP to ensure the hunting lobby feel appreciated? You can forget decency with David Cameron as he simply does not care.

What has the Mink ever done to man, except want to survive.

12
May
10

The politics of cruelty with David Cameron

Decency took a step back today by allowing an unelected David Cameron to assume office. His party won no mandate and has no  legitimacy is saying his manifesto stands. His pledge to repeal the hunting ban was an indication of just how far removed he is from decent society. Whatever Cameron may assume he is, he will never fill the shoes of the man he replaced?

So where does this leave our wildlife, well it’s not good the balance of numbers in the commons is tight. Yet there are no guarantees that Cameron will even honour a Free Vote, despite his pledge. For if he thinks he would lose his bid for repeal on a Free Vote he will make it a government bill. There is also the option of a Private Members Bill which would amount to the same result. His defence for such underhand tricks would be to say a commitment to repeal was in the manifesto or that he is supporting one of his MPs with legitimate concerns.

It’s also more than likely he will hide the repeal among other pieces of legislation. So it will be the case that if you oppose it, you would also be saying no to some sweetener that is added. Other moves could see the timing of the bill come into play. If they time it when they know the least number of MPs opposed to repeal were present. Then again the result would be bad.

Labour is short some 49 MPs of the Tories 307. Yet now with the Lib Dems added in it gives them 364. On paper that is a majority of 106. How the Lib Dems vote will decide the outcome. 30 have indicated they would support the ban. Yet that was on the assumption it was a Free Vote. It’s the same with the Tories. 14 said they would support the ban. Yet again if not a Free Vote would they? For to have a career in the Tories today you have to be pro hunting.

Labour MPs will step up to the plate and they will lead to fight against repeal in the Commons. Of that we have no doubt. Out of all the 258 Labour MPs it is expected only two would vote for repeal. So you can be sure we will be making their names known if that is the case. There is no justification for any Labour MPs to support animal cruelty.

The League Against Cruel Sports have come up with some numbers, now we have not had time to look at them in full to see which MPs they refer to. What is clear however is this is no time for thinking Cameron could not achieve his aims?

Of the new parliament according to the League Against Cruel Sports.

  •      251 MPs support the repeal
  •      254 MPs support the ban
  •      6 would abstain
  •      35 MPs have not declared which way they would go.

This will no doubt be a massive battle and there is much lobbying needed. If the figures are correct then it really is tight. Nothing can be taken for granted. The way the public can help is to keep raising it with their MPs and in public. Let others know that this is not a what if. David Cameron placed repealing the hunting ban in his manifesto and it’s no joke.

Put pressure on Nick Clegg, what is his Party’s policy. Will he abide by the will of the people or a stick to a dodgy undemocratic deal with Cameron? It’s not good enough for Clegg not to answer or to spell out his party’s position. We as Support the Hunting Act (BAN) UK and Fox in Parliament will be challenging him to do the right thing. If not then he is as bad as David Cameron. Campaign groups will mobilise but it needs you to help spread the word and get involved. We are looking for new bloggers and people to join us.

There are many positions within the campaign that need good people to fill. We are towards the Labour Party, so if you are interested it’s expected that you would support Labour being in office. For info send an e-mail to: back.the-hunt-ban@inbox.com

We always said a man who sees nothing wrong in animals being torn apart for fun is unfit to lead the nation. That is still the case, nothing has changed. We cannot allow the hunting lobby through David Cameron to dictate policy over our wildlife.

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29
Apr
10

Tories and Lib Dems dismiss animal cruelty in hunting issue

Tories and Lib Dems dismiss animal cruelty in hunting issue

Radio 4 Todays Programme reveals damming insight into party policy

The Today Programme 26th April 2010

On the show were

Labours Hilary Benn Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Conservative MP Nick Herbert Shadow DEFRA Minister and former Political Director for the

Pro blood sport British Field Sport Society (BFSS)

Lib Dem MP David Heath,  Shadow Leader of the House 

Click on the Radio 4 image to listen to the interview

At a time when people are making up their mind over which party to vote for. A clear divide has been provided by the BBCs Today Programme on Radio 4. The replies given to the questions on the show by Conservatives Nick Herbert and Liberal Democrat Mr Heath are quite appalling. Mr Herbert tries to pretend that the Conservatives do not see repealing the ban as a priority. While Mr Heath speaking we can only assume on behalf of Lib Dem policy can’t even be bothered to consider the animal cruelty that is involved.  

The issue of animal cruelty due to hunting is of great importance to the nation and should not be ignored. Hunting is of course one issue yet one that crosses so many areas. For if a person can see nothing wrong in deliberate animal cruelty. Then why would they care about people and their rights. David Cameron has shown repealing the hunting ban  is central to his thinking. He has made this issue an election issue himself. Many people in the country are shocked when they learn Mr Cameron wants to bring back extreme animal cruelty. If it was not for David Cameron this campaign may not have been needed.

Yet it’s not just David Cameron. Nick Clegg was against the hunting ban being introduced (Channel 4 News) He also seeks with his Party to kill tens of thousands of Badgers just like the Conservatives intend. Only Labour has been constant in their support to introduce the hunting ban and are committed to protecting it.

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The first 3 minuets of the broadcast are very revealing.

Nick Herbert tried to distance himself and David Cameron from appearing to be obsessed with repealing the hunting ban. Yet this is a man who’s has spent nearly all his life involved in blood sport and its promotion. This speaks clearly to us that the Tories are desperate for people to know of just how important they see repeal.

The Tory talks of change, yet one thing we would agree with does need changing with them. They should change their name to the Countryside Alliance Party. For the Conservatives are not the ones who call the shots in that party anymore.

David Heath for the Lib Dems did everything to avoid the question, his attitude sums up what many fear about the Lib Dems that they just do not get it. They fail to grasp how this issue is important to people. Instead of saying how cruel hunting with dogs is they dismiss it as irrelevant. It’s quite staggering that the Lib Dems appear quite relaxed at ignoring the importance of animal welfare.

You will hear him say a typical response of I do not know what my colleagues would do on a free vote? Well Mr Heath is the Lib Dems Shadow Leader of the House. That means he would know as its his task to know what his MPs are thinking. This is just another Lib Dem example of sitting on the fence. Added with Nick Clegg who was against the ban it means you just can’t trust the Lib Dems on this issue.

 

Only Hilary Benn defended the hunting ban and only he raised the issue of animal cruelty. In doing so showing out of all the party’s Labour is the only party that is in touch with real concerns people have. Labour has shown commitment throughout the election to protecting the hunting ban. This commitment Hilary gave is in line with the views of Gordon Brown and the Parliamentary Labour Party. Labour MPs have spent decades campaigning for the hunting ban and want to see it kept and enforced.

Labour also aims to go further to protect our wildlife. In their Green Manifesto  they have also called for a full review of all animal crime law and enforcement. Code if ever needed that the Government wants to get tough on those that break the law. It also indicates  they are willing to challenge the attitudes of the police to enforce the ban better.

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25
Apr
10

Making a stand against cruelty

Foxhunting scenes look very picturesque on table mats and on the sort of nostalgic olde worlde prints that you see framed on the walls of traditional country pubs.  All part of our country’s rich heritage, you might say.  But hang on a minute… so were bear baiting and cockfighting!  And making outspoken women wear scold’s bridles with spikes that impaled the tongue should any attempt be made to speak. 

Or deciding that a lonely old woman with a cat was obviously a witch, tying her thumb to her opposite toe and throwing her into deep water to see if she would drown (thus belatedly proving her innocence) or float to the top (indicating her guilt). 

Nowadays we would use words such as bullying or victimisation to describe such tactics.  So much for Merrie England! 

Today our more civilised society quite rightly protests vociferously whenever it sees cruelty, oppression, bullying, victimisation, discrimination, persecution or torture.  In the 19th century the RSPCA campaigned to stop bear baiting and cockfighting, which were finally outlawed by the Cruelty to Animals Act 1835. 

But massacring wildlife, including the fox population, continued to be a favourite leisure pursuit of the privileged, who did not even have the excuse of needing to hunt in order to feed themselves. Have you ever been offered fox casserole?  Oscar Wilde was quoted as saying, “The English country gentleman galloping after a fox is the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.”  So the Hunting (Ban) Act 2004 was actually long overdue when the Labour Government, in one of their most significant achievements, made it law on 18th February 2005. Surely nobody in these enlightened times would want to see a return to the bad old days, when a gang of bullies on horseback would pursue a terrified fox for miles until their baying hounds caught up with the exhausted animal & tore it to shreds..?  

What sort  of people would seriously want to indulge in such a barbaric practice in our civilised 21st century society?!  Well David Cameron for one… & the sort of people who would vote for him. I actually think you can tell a lot about people by asking them their views on foxhunting, so a few months ago I wrote to Newark’s then Conservative MP, Mr Patrick Mercer, and to the Labour candidate, Dr Ian Campbell, to find out what they both thought.

Dr Campbell wrote:

I believe “fox hunting” is wrong. There is nothing that can persuade me that chasing down an animal over several hours, and allowing a pack of hounds to tear it to death, and all for the pleasure of those in the hunt, can be reasonable. I accept the right of horsemen and women to ride together, where they have permission from the landowners, and to chase after a scent, as some hunt organisations still do. I don’t accept the hunting of foxes in this way. If they are to be regarded as a threat to farming livestock then they could be dealt with by alternative, quicker means. I do therefore support the ban on fox hunting and would not support its repeal.”

Mr Mercer’s Parliamentary Assistant wrote:

Patrick has asked me to thank you for your email of 13 November and confirm that he supports the repeal of the ban on foxhunting.”

Which led me to the inescapable conclusion that both animals and humans would be safer in the care of a Labour MP!  And that’s why I made the video clip for Youtube to support Dr Campbell’s election campaign. To find out more about Dr Ian Campbell, visit his website:

Protect Wildlife – Vote Labour!

Trish Gurney

22
Apr
10

Cameron’s shame towards our wildlife

Why as a nation do we have a Prime Minister, Members of Parliament and Pillars of Society? We need this leadership to carry us through modern times, to listen to us, the public and to oppose certain issues.[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=david+cameron&iid=8572356″ src=”f/b/c/d/Britains_opposition_Conservative_d564.jpg?adImageId=12615787&imageId=8572356″ width=”185″ height=”225″ /]Well one would have thought…but this unfortunately is not always the case as we know. For it seems unless you are one of those Pillars of Society or an important person, your views are insignificant.  There are many topics to be considered each year, our education system, the NHS, environmental issues, road and transport and these are to name but a few.

All these subjects relate to our modern day requirements and need to be addressed accordingly. However, one matter that is presently causing grave concern is the future of our wildlife and areas surrounding it if a certain political party is elected.

In 2004, after years of petitioning, protests and continuous pressure from the Labour Party the Fox Hunting Ban was introduced in England and South Wales, to take affect in February 2005.

At last the cruel, barbaric, “rich mans sport”, which had somehow been allowed to continue from the 1600`s, had been stopped.  If not for people in high society, Royalty and MPs, this would surely have been abolished in past times along with other inhumane conduct.

So here we are in 2010 with a small minority of people, primarily the above who are apparently now seeking to oppose the ban.  We are informed that David Cameron of the Conservative Party, a keen hunter himself, is set to bring this savage act of cruelty back into society, if he comes into power.

How can this be happening? 

It has already been established how intensely cruel this blood sport is, despite hunters controversy, i.e. pest control and to quote David Cameron `A nice way to see the countryside`.  How lame and insensitive these people are.

However, what I find almost as frightening is our future could shortly be at the hands of these people.  What faith can caring citizens have in such cold, calculated leadership? Where would a man like David Cameron take us if he can feel no anguish at the sight of an innocent animal being ripped apart, instead just joy?  Along with thousands of hounds and pups shot dead each year, as they are no longer required and fox cubs left to die when their parents do not return?

How can any human being turn this obvious brutal cruelty into so called `fun`, `a day out` or sport?

Immoral and inhumane does not carry enough substance to describe this evil behaviour, that still continues in some areas of the country.  Supposedly law abiding citizens who think they rank higher than most, regularly break the law, but do they get prosecuted?  No.  It seems money talks. If David Cameron wins this forthcoming election I as one of those caring citizens along with my family and friends will be absolutely devastated.

Some may argue that the Labour Party is not perfect either, after all political parties do not always deliver what they promise, but in this case I do not see that we have a choice. If we want this awful, sickening sport to stay a thing of the past and hopefully abolished completely then we have to vote Labour.  They did all the hard work before and have promised to look after our wildlife and I for one have faith in them on this issue, going on previous experience.

For the consequences of David Cameron taking power would be devastating.  How could anyone sleep at night after electing a man that is waiting to instantly inflict pain and suffering to our poor animals and enjoy it?  This is not a way forward this is a selfish individual wanting one of his interests made legal.

He will not listen to us. We will have no say. It takes a certain type of person to hunt for fun and they do not care about others.

Please vote Labour.  This is the only way David Cameron can be stopped.

Karen Collins.

15
Apr
10

Camerons self interest against the nation

I was compelled to write this article due to the risks to our wildlife. Both from David Cameron and his Conservative party who are determined to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs. The hunting ban remains popular and well supported it is therefore staggering that David Cameron would seek its repeal. If David  Cameron gets his way it will be a travesty of justice.  Thousands of animals will die in both a horrific and needless fashion.

Hunting with hounds is an out moded and barbaric past time of the rich and the bored. I fail to see how pleasure can be derived, in capturing an animal, taking it miles away from its set. Releasing it, knowing it will be chased by ravenous dogs (ravenous because they have deliberately not been fed for a day perhaps even two before the hunt). If the fox does make it back to its set, exhausted, terrified out of its wits and virtually unable to stand, the creature then discovers a member of the hunt has filled in the set. Therefore rendering the sanctuary of the foxes home unobtainable.

The fox is then torn apart, whilst still alive, by the starving hounds! Any new member of the hunt has the ‘honour’ of being daubed with blood from the fox’s brush. How can this be acceptable in today’s society? The UK voiced their disgust at such heinous behaviour and voted to ban hunting with hounds. Cameron can have no respect for the citizens of The UK, how could he if he is determined to repeal such an important law?  A law that people feel so passionately about?

Cameron and his co horts want to repeal the ban, for personal gain.

Even though it has been against the law to hunt animals with hounds for the last five years in The UK, Camerons hunting supporters have still been blatantly hunting with hounds and thus BREAKING the law in some parts of the country. Some in the hunting world never actually stopped hunting with hounds, flaunting the fact.

Cameron has also said that if the Conservatives get back into power then in the first week there will also be a badger cull of epic proportions. This man is ruthless and vindictive; he has no morals, no scruples, and sees animals as merely a means of entertainment. He is on record as telling voters in Plymouth that he would be willing to sanction badger culling.

Any person and political party who has such scant regard for the wishes of The United Kingdom, who runs rough shod over the unified decisions made by its peoples.

Any person and political party who has shown no respect for the animal’s and human’s, who would be at the mercy of such a party, in my and many others opinions, should NEVER be allowed to govern our wonderful, noble island, and Northern Ireland. I hope that this article will help towards ensuring the continued ban on Hunting with Hounds, that the law is never repealed, and that the Conservative Party never gets back into power.

(ED) We share your views and concerns. It is more clear than ever that Mr Cameron would be the wrong choice to be Prime Minister. Our wildlife and our nation deserve so much more than David Cameron.

Written by  Lisa Huskisson




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