So old Cruella Deville (Teresa May) has finally nailed her colours to the repeal mast. It was hardly surprising to be honest when you consider how deeply the Tory party has been penetrated by the Countryside Alliance and with old saggy chops Leadsom in charge of the environment being openly pro hunt you would expect nothing less. Of course Dim Bonner and all his murdering chums at the CA have been crowing ever since, one would almost think that the law had been repealed already but there’s a long way to go yet.

First off you have to consider if this was a particularly shrewd move politically in the first place. When you consider all the challenges the country is currently facing in the grand scheme of things the hunting act is relatively small fry. Having said that it is something which is likely to stir emotions from both sides and become a hot topic of conversation. The main stream media were all over this and of course it was trending on social sites as well, something the Tories have no control over (unlike the BBC and press). There has also been coverage on several local and national radio shows where listeners were phoning in with their opinions (more on that later) along with experts (and some not so expert)  in the studio but some facts are simply not up for debate.

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What future for this little one? I took this photo only a few nights ago.

The most recent polls show that 84% of people, and remember these will include Tory voters as well, don’t want to see a return of fox hunting but the repeal will cover all hunting with hounds (a fact often ignored in the media) and will also allow hunting by Harrier packs (Foxes & Hares), Beagles & Bassetts (Hares) and Stag Hounds (deer). All these grotesque minority pass times will be legal if the law is repealed. By focusing on the fox hunting side the pro hunt lobby think they have a justification they can sell to the public by demonizing the fox as a cold hearted killer that needs controlling (nothing is further from the truth but I’m not going into that now). They’ve been trying to do that for years and by and large the general public have seen through their lies so it begs the question will some of these Tory voters that stand against hunting turn their back on a party which is so open to promote cruelty? If they lack the compassion in these instances then it’s not a huge leap of faith to think the same will apply to people and particularly those parts of society which need the help the most. Just look at their record with the NHS and the removal of benefits from the disabled.

So what about the opening salvos fired from the warring parties. I had a call asking to go on the radio last week to speak for the anti-hunt side however as it turned out it didn’t happen but the pro argument in this occasion and several occasions since all followed an all too familiar pattern. It was if these pro hunt members of the public were almost reading from a prepared hymn sheet. Funny that.

There are too many foxes. Foxes are killing my chickens & lambs. Foxes are killing hedgehogs (weren’t the badgers getting blamed for that?), foxes carry disease etc etc.

What amazed me was that none of these claims could be backed up with any proof or evidence whatsoever. The fox population in the countryside has actually been in significant decline for some years (43% between 1995-2015) most likely due to excessive killing by gamekeepers. One small holder claimed to have lost over 50 lambs and they were coming into the sheds and taking them and had seen them.

Had seen them.

And yet did nothing to stop it? It would seem like some sort of door which could be locked would be in order. I know foxes are clever but I’ve never known one open a locked door. The funny part was this person only noticed they were missing 50 odd lambs after they had returned from market (probably cause their sales were down). Surely if Mr Fox had been taking them so regularly there would be evidence? Apparently they knew of a “fox cub sett” on their land but had left it there because that’s nothing to do with them. I just shows the level of ignorance here. A cub sett? Oh my days. If you don’t even know the correct names for things I doubt you’ll understand the basics in fox ecology let alone looking after your livestock and keeping them safe. The research done on losses of livestock regarding lambs has proven that less than 1% can be attributed to predation and by far the biggest losses are due to poor husbandry.

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Cruella Deville – “Killing animals is fun”.

One dim witted pro hunt caller claimed he’d watched foxes brutally killing his chickens as well as lots of hedgehogs. Witnessed it first hand.

Yet again did nothing.

Luckily in this case we were represented by Penny Little, a hugely knowledgeable and passionate person who completely took this other callers nonsensical argument apart and called them out as complete liars.

I’ve no doubt these argument will go on for some time to come but if the Tories do get in with a big majority (I sincerely hope they don’t) what chance do they actually have of pushing through a repeal?

Well the CA may have significant sway on Governement policy but the anit-hunt side is also supported within the Tory party as well. Blue Fox have senior MP’s and front bench ministers in their organisation including Tracey Crouch (Minister for Sport), Caroline Dinenage (Equalities Minister), Sir Roger Gale, Sir David Amess and Dominic Rab the former Justice Minister. Whether they can hold enough influence to convince other Tory MP’s to vote against any repeal remains to be seen but it has to be said that any new seats won at the election could just as likely contain anti-hunt MP’s as pro. Some Tory MP’s are already coming out as anti-hunt which had previously voted against a ban after discussions with their constituents.

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Just a thought . . .

The Tories have made previous commitments to repeal the ban and it hasn’t happened yet. May’s popularity is likely to be affected by her support of something that the vast majority of the British public simply want to see an end of and with Labour now gaining some points in the opinion polls perhaps it might be something which may come back to bite her on the arse. From my point of view I’ll be voting Labour although living in a Tory stronghold as I do I don’t hold out much hope. I sincerely hope anyone reading this will consider their vote very carefully and stop these murdering bastards from getting the majority they desire. The British people will get the chance to make that happen, albeit via a deeply flawed voting system. If a repeal of the hunting Act really is political poison then May has quaffed a glass full.

Comments
  1. I cannot imagine any animal being able to digest a hedgehog when it is rolled up into a tight ball but that is not the point. If foxes really are responsible for killing all these other animals the most humane way to stop that would them be to control by humanely shooting them or having some other way of frightening them off; why not proper shepherds? To enjoy getting on the jackboots and riding with packs of hounds and chasing them until they are so exhausted that they can run no further and then watching the spectacle of hounds tearing them to pieces is nothing short of extreme sadism and must be made illegal with very heavy fines and or prison sentences for any perpetrators. As for having a PM who indulges in such vileness; thank you but No! I am a strong Jeremy Corbyn supporter but if he were to condone such evil, which of course, he does not, I would certainly not back him.

    • Ms Sonia Donegan says:

      I’ve voted Tory ever since I was eligible to vote, ( now 79yrs old)., as did my parents. However, this talk of repeal has made me seriously think about whether I’ll continue to do so! Here is my problem…..if we all changed our vote, would this keep out the genuine M.Ps who would vote to Keep The Ban…!! 😏.

  2. Yvonne Day says:

    Brilliant post!

    To those who think foxes are pests and vermin-
    You might want to read this and educate yourselves, and understand from the foxes point of view, rather than from your misguided ideas and reasons of what you hear/perceive they do. It is the farmer/owner’s responsibility to protect their animals. Often, the poor hens are killed through neglect in locking them away at night!! If the human brain can’t ensure they supply a safe and secure pen for their livestock. Blame human error, NOT the fox!!
    A fox killing anything their size or larger is rare. Not saying it doesn’t happen, but if you read the attached you might understand their mindset a bit better.
    Anyway, the human species has encroached on, and continue to encroach on their territory and the territory of all our wildlife. Man has no right to think they are superior and can do what they like to another living creature.

    http://www.wildlives.org.uk/2006_updates/foxes/pests.htm

    From Stop the Bloody Cull-
    “Fox myths busted:
    Myth: Foxes are just vermin and are not wanted by the public
    Fact: Foxes are one of Britain’s most popular mammals – according to a recent Mammal Society survey. And despite the media hype, only 8% of people dislike urban foxes while 66% of people are fans.
    Myth: Foxes cost farmers money
    Fact: Foxes are farmers’ friends. By feeding on rabbits, the staple diet of rural foxes, they save British crop farmers around £7 million every year. In its lifetime, one fox is worth up to £900 in extra revenue to farmers.
    Myth: Foxes numbers are increasing especially in urban areas
    Fact: Fox numbers in the UK are stable. Annual surveys show that rural numbers have remained around 225,000 adults for the past decade. Urban numbers are holding steady at 33,000, although bad human habits may be causing an increase in boldness.
    Myth: Foxes kill a significant number of lambs so need to be controlled
    Fact: Foxes are often easy scapegoats. According to Defra, 95% of lamb losses are due to poor farming practices, with confirmed losses to foxes less than 1%. Fox predation does not have a major impact on sheep farms. All predators combined (foxes being only one of many) and misadventures (accidents) account for just 5% of all lamb losses per year in Britain.
    Myth: You have to control fox numbers
    Fact: Killing foxes does not control fox numbers. A dead animal leaves an empty territory that is filled by a new fox within 2-3 days. Fox numbers are controlled by food and territory availability.
    Myth: Foxes kill for pleasure
    Fact: Foxes don’t waste food. If they find or kill more than they can eat at one sitting, they bury (cache) the food to eat later.
    Myth: Foxes are damaging to woodland
    Fact: Foxes help forests grow. By feeding on field voles and rabbits, the species that do the most damage in young plantations, foxes help reduce economic losses to forestry.
    Myth: Foxes are an urban menace and constantly raid rubbish bins
    Fact: Foxes are far too small to tip over a dustbin full of rubbish. To scavenge from bins they jump on top and knock the lid off. This is easily prevented by using bins with locking lids or securing the lid with a bungee cord.”

    Also Fox psyche explained by Lancaster Huntsabs –
    “Again the point needs to be made. If you have or keep animals you have a duty of care to those animals. In most circumstances people are responsible. However, and even in the most ideal circumstances a predator may gain access to chickens for example. A Fox will take the opportunity and act on instinct to gain as much food as possible. What then happens is many people make the mistake of attributing Foxes with human sensibilities and actually acuse them of brutality and cruelty. The Fox doesn’t have a clue about philosophical debate or the consequences of it’s completely natural response to available prey. The hunting fraternity constantly accuse antis of romanticism and airy fairy attitudes to the natural world, but in truth most sabs for example have a very pragmatic approach to natural behaviour within predator/prey systems. Quite simply it’s natural and that’s that. Nobody wants anything to suffer unnecessarily obviously, but if we also create artificial scenarios we cannot moan if it clashes with the natural world. The accusations of romanticism further fall flat as it is the hunters themselves that accuse the Fox of cruelty and call it pest and vermin. Yet the hunters breed foxes or provide artificial earths to encourage foxes for the ‘entertainment’ of chasing and killing.
    The point is this – It is the hunters themselves who are cruel, barbaric, deceitful and sly. They cause enormous suffering and take pleasure from it, even extending that suffering into digging out with the same sadistic pleasure as badger baiting. Digging out being exactly the same process but different victim. The Fox on the other hand is just a natural animal behaving naturally, nothing more, nothing less.”

    And-
    http://www.scops.org.uk/nematodirus-forecast.html

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