Posts Tagged ‘back the ban

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When people think of the hunting ban being repealed they think of fox hunting.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.

Continue reading ‘The politics of cruelty with David Cameron’

08
Apr
10

Putting decency above demands for animal cruelty

 A Minority Pastime

On the 4th May the film Minority Pastime receives its premier screening in London.

Those expected to attend the screening will be a mixture of celebrities, politicians and concerned members of the public.

 

The film will be a powerful statement that reflects the mood of decency within society 

For the 1st time a film will combine the issue of animal cruelty while reflecting the harm that hunts can cause to rural people. Rural people often suffer the brunt of their homes being invaded when hounds run wild in their attempt to catch the fox. They also feel intimidation caused by hunts if they speak out against them. Despite the myths the hunting lobby create 72% of the rural population are against hunting with dogs.

People who watch this film will come to two powerful conclusions.

That deliberate animal cruelty is never justified and that the rights of those who stand up for decency must be heard.

For far to many decades the hunting lobby have ridden roughshod over society. They have bullied and deceived the nation in order to carry on in the way only they see fit. When it comes to democracy it has been viewed with contempt.

Their backers have distorted their influence and importance and colluded to pander to a minority. Far from exposing sickening acts of deliberate animal cruelty they have chosen to concile the truth.

The chief backer in all of this is now David Cameron, who has allowed underhand and undemocratic practices to aid his bid for election. His reliance on pro hunting Vote OK to campaign for him in key seats threatens more that just defenceless animals. Rural policy of all kinds is now easy access for the hunting lobby. His commitment to seeking the repeal of the hunting ban shows his judgement is flawed. It clearly raisess a serious question.

Is David Cameron fit to be the leader of the nation? The answer must be no. For how can a man who sees nothing wrong in violence to animals be representative of the needs of decent society.

 

Visit the Minority Pastime website

Support the Hunting Act (Ban) UK and Fox in Parliament are pleased to be supporting A Minority Pastime. Be sure to look out for our film review and coming interviews.

01
Apr
10

The damaging effects of Vote OK

Labour MP Tom Levitt MP has demanded openness and transparency about the activities of a group called Vote OK. This is a national organisation of  people who support hunting with dogs which is backing pro-hunt Conservatives in 26 seats at the general election.

“It should be the people of High Peak who decide which candidate to support. My record on fox hunting is clear: I oppose hunting with hounds, hare coursing and stag hunting and I always have. I am glad that they are now banned and I believe that the Conservatives are out of step with public opinion for wanting to bring it back.”

High Peak is one of the 26 seats where Vote OK is seeking to unseat anti-hunting MPs by pouring money and resources into the Conservative campaign, according to the Independent newspaper (28 March).
 Mr Levitt has written to the Conservative candidate in High Peak, Andrew Bingham, as follows:

“Following the revelations in yesterday’s Independent that High Peak is one of the constituencies being targeted by organised fox hunters through an organisation calling itself Vote OK, I am calling on you to make your association with them clear.

“The article reveals that Vote OK are directly flooding key constituencies with resources in a bid to help pro-hunting members of the Conservative Party get elected to Parliament, while being instructed to keep quiet on the issue of hunting itself. By posing as Conservative campaigners – while actually being fox-hunters only motivated by bringing back the barbaric practice of animals ripping each other to shreds – I believe they are misleading the public.

“In light of this, and in the interests of transparency for voters, I feel you have a duty to make clear your links with Vote OK or other hunt-supporting organisations.

“I am therefore calling on you to make public:

  • Weather you have accepted any assistance from Vote OK or other hunt supporting organisations or would if it were offered in the future?
  • Whether you do support a repeal of the ban on fox-hunting and, if so, whether you intend to make this clear to voters during the campaign?

“Given the recent record of the Conservative Party on campaign funding, I am appalled at the lack of transparency around Vote OK’s activities. I feel it is entirely wrong that a tiny group of hunters without any local connections is trying to get its supporters into Parliament by the back door.

“And given that polls show 75% of the electorate opposes a repeal of the ban on fox-hunting, I call upon you to be open and honest with the electorate on this issue.”

Supporters of the ban on hunting are invited to show that support on the web site www.backtheban.com

(ED says) In addition Fox in Parliament is also well placed to show opposition to David Cameron, so do contact us if you would like to be involved.

We also looked through Tory PPC Andrew Binghams website We could not find any mention of Vote OK or even his views on hunting with dogs for his constituents to read. Yet he is quite happy to have the hunting lobby helping in his campaign out of sight of the public.

20
Feb
10

For your eyes only, when reality hurts.

Seeing images or video that show cruelty can be hard. You want to look away. You know that a part of you will always remember those images. Yet you also know that sometimes reality has to be seen. We all do it. When it comes to seeing animal cruelty we feel anger, yes. Yet bringing ourselves to see what is happening. Is just as important in order to work out why? Well knowing something is not the same as seeing the reality.

The League Against Cruel Sports have released a video that dose exactly what it says on the tin. It shows the reality of hunting. Yet is shows it in a way that all can understand. This powerful video is a must see. Now I can hear some of you thinking it will be gory. Well the directors and the Bright Young Things who put this together are one step ahead of you.

They have put together a group of celebrities and it is they who see the reality. You however will still feel the horror and anger at what they see. The video being shown shows the deliberate cruelty hunting inflicts on our wildlife. The terminology is traditional hunting? The hunting lobby love words that disuse horrific acts of cruelty.

They can’t disuse the disgust and distress on the faces of the celebrities. Yet  the tried. Jim Barrington the pro bloodsport apologist for the hunting lobby has had a go. He claimed that as the celebrities were actors, that therefore they were overacting. Well when you watch the video, you will see how stupid that claim is.

The celebrities who reacted to the reality are people you know. They are just like you and me. For like you they can’t believe that anyone could see hunting with dogs as right or civilised. Our society is a good society. Our people are some of the fairest and compassionate people in the world. Yet we are let down by a tiny minority again and again. Those that seek bloodsport have placed themselves outside of decent society.

Recently David Cameron was challenged to ditch his policy to bring back animal cruelty. Labour’s Hilary Benn and the thousands who co-signed his letter await a reply. For this matter is about animal welfare. It’s also about decency. Something that Cameron has been lacking. The moment he thought hunting was right is when he let the nation down.

 

 Tony Robinson compares fox-hunting to “hoodies picking on an asthmatic.”

 The celebrities where Gemma Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Uri Geller, Tamara Ecclestone, Colin Baker, Peter Tatchell, Bill Oddie and Annette Crosbie.

 

We are now at the 5th anniversary of the hunting ban. Despite the passage of time since the ban came in. Not withstanding the normal tribulations with the Courts. The hunting ban is working…Yes there is always more to do. However we should be proud. We should not let the biased press tell us what to think. When we brought in the hunting ban, the world took note. It shouts out loud that the British people will not tolerate animal cruelty.

It gives our country leadership on the issue of animal welfare globally. It raises our standing and it encourages other countries to reduce harm to their wildlife. Having a hunting ban is a major achievement for animal welfare. Your voice and our good MPs made it happen.

We can not go back; you have seen the reactions of people to cruelty. Let’s not allow hunting to place a stain on our nation again. Cameron must be stopped and he can lose the election.

12
Feb
10

Avoiding the questions, the Cameron way

David Cameron says little when it comes to substance on most issues. Labour have rightly shown up his lack of ability to deal with policy, even on hunting he is deceptive over his true intentions. He hides his passion for bringing back animal cruelty by hiding it behind words such as “a Free Vote”.

His favourite ploy, when challenged to explain his support for animal cruelty, is to claim hunting is traditional and a way of life. He will also imply all rural people support hunting despite knowing full well this is not true. If he was to succeed it would be horrendous for our wildlife.

Yet does Cameron care? No, for in repealing the ban he would be the first British Prime Minister to ever scrap an animal welfare law, yet Cameron is less keen to be associated with the reality. He knows its cruel. He and all hunters know that, yet he wants you to believe it’s not as bad as this campaign and others will tell you.

Below is how he responds to people opposed to his plan.  The reply is not from Cameron directly, but instead from his office. This is a standard response that goes out to all that oppose his view.  It’s more than likely that Cameron has never taken the time to read one letter that disagrees with him.

His response however is not really good enough for replying in this way. It shows the typical arrogance we have come to know from him. Where is the level of understanding as to why people are so upset with him. Where is any response to concerns about the suffering of animals that is meaningful and true. Where is his understanding that democracy has spoken and society does not want hunting with dogs back?

Truth is, that regardless of whether you have been a Tory for 30 years, have campaigned for animals or are a constituent who will now back Labour because of his view, Cameron will not be interested unless of course you support animal cruelty.

To add insult to injury his office provides a link to a Telegraph article in which Shadow DEFRA Minister Nick Herbert professes his belief that the ban must go. While doing so, of course, he forgets to tell the readers that he was the Head of Communications for the most pro bloodsport group there was; The British Field Sport Society (BFSS) which is now, of course, The Countryside Alliance…?

The article also fails to mention that Nick Herbert is, or has been, part of a Beagle Hunt Pack…? So, in short, how is a biased article from another one of Camerons bloodsport chums meant to give any balance in response?

We have added an original letter that would receive such a reply… If you compare the two letters you will see how little thought goes into Cameron’s response.

 =========================================================================

We have removed the names of the sender and receiver of this e-mail to help protect peoples identity.

From: CAMERON, David
Subject: RE: HUNTING BAN
To: “‘@@@@@@@@'”
************@yahoo.***
Date: ^^^^, ++++, 2010, +++++

Dear **********

I am writing on behalf of David Cameron to thank you for your  recent e-mail about the Hunting Act.

Continue reading ‘Avoiding the questions, the Cameron way’

30
Jan
10

Cameron fails to understand decency

As a voting, and actively involved conservative for much of my life, it has been most recent, that I have had to revaluate my thoughts seriously. It is hard to imagine, why, when the country has many pending concerns, as to how, repealing the hunting ban is deemed of such great importance.

I recently took the time, to see a television documentary on Dogs, and how, they have been shown, as not only mans best friend, but as perceptive, and clever companions, …it was stated that, there are more dog owners now, then ever, even with the sorry disbandment that we see happening, as a result apparently, of the current financial situation.

I draw my thoughts, as to why then, if we love our canine friends so dearly, why would we even entertain hunting of the foxes for example, one of the canines family indeed…I had the privilege of having a strong bond with one particular fox, who I add, had the similar characteristics of that of my pet!, and even a less keen neighbor was won over, by his playful, attentive but cautious nature.

The Fox is just one of the beautiful animals, that we have allowed to be hunted, with myths, and old fashioned suggestion, much of which sadly, has become a “class” opiniated sport if you please?
The hunting ban has shown itself to be, that of compassion, fairness and decency, if we can destroy this, in our society, one has to ask, what is next?  It is good to know, that 59% of the conservative party supporters do not want to repeal such a ban, however they go un heard by their leader David Cameron, and his shadow, cabinet…,clearly a man who listens to the people?..Or perhaps not//.

How can we trust David Cameron? When hunting is shown to be the height of animal cruelty on all levels. Yet when there are many issues that need addressing his determination is to focus on repeal at all costs. For these reasons, I can no longer give my vote of confidence to David Cameron to lead the Conservative Party in a way that is compassionate and caring.
I believe, that
Labour has shown a greater level of compassion and commitment to animal welfare. By creating and supporting the hunting ban
which will no doubt, not just be reflective in the Hunting Ban, but what a good place to start… I have found myself asking do we have a Conservative Party anymore or is it now just the Countryside Alliance Party? Why oh why, would this encourage us to have faith in a man who clearly sees nothing wrong with mindless cruelty again I say, where will it stop?




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