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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’

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

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.

06
Apr
10

Decency means saying no to Cameron

In the coming weeks many of you will say, oh it’s just an election, I’m not interested or I can’t be bothered with all that. What’s the use of voting their all the same? Yet while there are always endless excuses not to vote our wildlife will pay the price.

No Party or government is perfect and nobody ever gets all they want or think they should. Political Party’s are a collection of people brought together who believe society is important. They seek to mend and to inspire yet they go further. Their views have an impact on all you do. Be it your job, your lifestyle your future all our interconnected.

So the notion that politics does not affect you, well that’s never been the case. Governments also create laws and it is within those laws that we see their true thinking. It is here we can see if a government is decent or one that is selective on what priorities it supports.

Our wildlife depends on people being decent in government in order to reflect the wishes of society. For them there are no choices, they have no ability to vote against hunting. They can not petition or lobby to achieve the outcome that will protect them. They rely on you. Such is the horror they face with a Cameron win that it is hard to imagine this is 2010. 

David Cameron has shown again and again that he cares nothing for our wildlife. His obsession with hunting with dogs has been the backbone of his thinking since entering Parliament. Never before has there been quite an opposition leader who thinks of society as only in terms of a hunting season. The harm to our wildlife and Britain’s standing in the world hangs in the balance.

As a nation we pride ourselves on decency and fairness. Something however that seems unimaginable to David Cameron. What he considers decent is beyond mere mortals like us.

If we lose the hunting ban we lose our ability to speak out against animal cruelty. How can we in the UK say it is wrong of Canada to kill seals or Spain to kill bulls when we allow legal dog fighting? Can you imagine the reaction the UK would receive if they objected to consumption of Cats and Dogs in the Philippines?

Continue reading ‘Decency means saying no to Cameron’

26
Dec
09

Add your reasons for Hilary for why you back the ban

Labours new campaign to support the hunting ban is now in full swing. Here is your chance to add your reasons on why you think the hunting ban must stay. This is the first of our campaigns responses to Labour’s new campaign, launched today. So do look out for more articles today and in the coming week.

Hilary Benn MP: Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is leading the charge against David Cameron and his friends in the hunting lobby. He has outlined reasons why Labour not only introduced the hunting ban but also why they are determined to support it.

The DEFRA Minister said:

“For David Cameron, getting the act repealed is a priority.

“He used to hunt foxes; he talked about fox-hunting in his first ever speech to Parliament; and he has said that if he becomes prime minister he will get rid of the fox-hunting ban.

 

“But, like the vast majority of people, I think that the barbaric act of letting dogs tear foxes to pieces shouldn’t return to our countryside.”

Hilary has set out an easy method via Labours back the ban website to show your support and have your say. All you need do is add you name and e-mail and your views on why hunting must stay banned. It’s quick and easy to do but it makes a difference.

It is open to everyone, so even if you are not a Labour supporter you can still have your say. It is very important that as many people who are opposed to hunting add their views and support for the ban.

So do not just fill in this page yourself, share this page link on social networking sites. Tell you’re friends and families that you have added your views and ask them do the same.

Our wildlife and democracy deserve so much more than David Cameron and the Countryside Alliance. This is your chance to fight back and say no to the hunters.

 

Here is the link just click on the image and below it is our comment we added as an example

www.backtheban.com

 “There is not one signal reason for hunting with dogs; it serves no purpose other than the enjoyment of a tiny few. Labour listened to the people and was right to ban hunting with dogs. The thought of the Tories bringing it back is an utter disgrace and would bring shame on the nation. Animal cruelty in the name of fun is uncivilised and shows those involved lack basic humanity”

What else can you do?

Want to know what your MP or Parliamentary Candidate thinks about hunting? Do they support the hunting ban or do they seek its repeal. You may have a Conservative MP or a candidate who has not made his views known.

Well you as the voter have a right to ask questions and this automated e-mail lets you achieve just that. All parliamentary candidates will be automatically asked the same question so from Labour, Tory and Lib Dem.

All you need to do is add your postcode and e-mail and await the response from them. It’s a great way to let those who want to represent you know what you think. Again it’s open for all to use and you do not have to be a Labour supporter to use it.

http://www.backtheban.com/contact-your-mps

We hope you will consider supporting the Labour candidate if they are anti hunting. The future of our wildlife hangs in the balance if Cameron was to get his way. The more people in Parliament who care for animals the safer they will be.

Why not pass on any comments you receive from the candidates, we have been compiling some of the responses and will place them on Fox in Parliament soon.

Same goes for any comment you add-on why you want the ban to stay.

Of course after you have submitted your comment to the back the ban website first.

We will put them together in an article just send them to :

back.the-hunt-ban@inbobox.com

We are winning this fight to stop animal cruelty returning. David Cameron can be stopped and the hunting lobby are the ones on the run not the fox.




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