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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Bonner and all his murdering chums at the CA have been crowing ever since, one would almost think that the law had been repealed already but there’s a long way to go yet.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 All these grotesque minority pass times will be legal if the law is repealed.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.

Everyone is no doubt fully aware of the political turmoil currently taking place in the UK. With the Brexit vote and the subsequent resignation of David Cameron we are left with the back biting and scheming which usually follows in the wake of the various leadership challenges. Personally I feel this is a massive missed opportunity by the opposition party to really put some serious pressure on the Government but it would seem they are too wrapped up in their own arguments and leadership squabbles to mount anything of substance.

So who are the current options for PM and their stance on wildlife?

The two main protagonists in the tory leadership contest are Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom. It would seem that the main Tory media has come out strongly in favour of May and Leadsom’s recent gaff regarding motherhood making her a better option for Prime Minister has put a serious dent in her leadership campaign and she is no doubt feeling the pressure if her recent outbursts in her defence are any guide. So realistically speaking it would appear that May is pretty much going to be our next PM.

Initially this would appear to be a good thing, Leadsom is a supporter of the Grafton Hunt, a notoriously violent and racist bunch who like to attack monitors and describes foxes as “vermin that need to be controlled”. She also tries to justify her stance by misquoting the Burns Report or just singularly failing to understand the basics of ecology and the scientific facts contained therein. For some inexplicable reason she seems to think that fox hunting is good for animal welfare. I’m fairly sure being savagely ripped apart by a group of hounds couldn’t be classed as a welfare improvement but then again I’m not mentally deranged. Even if we ignore her militant Christian views on gay marriage, her hatred towards single parent & unmarried families and her proposed reduction in workers rights we are still left with a right wing, wildlife hating nut job who could pass for Nigel Farage in a dress.

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So it would seem Theresa May is better of the two options, it certainly couldn’t get any worse. Or could it?

The thing with self serving politicians is that they’re always keen to give a sound bite or quote, they can pander to their lobby group chums in high places in return for promises of votes. It came as no surprise then that my friends over at Stop the Cull produced this little snippet.

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So once again we can see that May is openly in favour of a return to the cruelty which hunting with hounds, without question, commits. Like Leadsom she also seems ignorant of the facts and I wonder, given the recent expose of hunts rearing foxes and throwing cubs to the hounds, would she like to reconsider her statement?

I have no doubt both contenders would support the further expansion of the pointless and cruel badger cull as they want to court the NFU vote, an unelected corporate identity so deeply entrenched within Defra they virtually dictate Government environmental policy and have strong ties with the Countryside Alliance, another insidious organisation with too much power and influence for the benefit of a small minority.

And herein lies the problem with these people and politics in general. In a democratic society we vote for the person we believe will represent our best interests. The Prime Minister has not only his or her constituents to consider but also that of the whole nation. Personal opinion shouldn’t come into it, they should listen to the people and do what they want. We’ve been forced by referendum to leave the EU. Whatever your views on the subject you have to respect that the decision was democratic (even if a large percentage of the electorate didn’t seem to know that they were voting for) and we have to accept that.

Perhaps we should have a referendum on hunting, I’d bet my mortgage that the result in favour of a complete ban would be more than 52/48.

UPDATE: It would seem that Leadsom is now no longer going to challenge for the Tory leadership so we can safely assume May will be the next PM and fast tracked into number 10.