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We all knew it would happen sooner or later but perhaps what is a surprise is the method Cameron is attempting to use and the speed in which the story developed.

If the information being leaked to the media is to be believed it was looking increasingly unlikely that Cameron would get what the Countryside Alliance were aggressively lobbying for through the house. A total repeal of the Hunting Act was looking like it may be in serious trouble as MP’s from all sides were distancing themselves from something which obviously had so little support from the general voting public. However Cameron, in an effort to push through with his manifesto promise has chosen a somewhat unscrupulous method of watering down the current legislation without risking a potentially damaging free vote on a repeal.

The solution for him involves amending the Hunting Act by statutory instrument. This would allow hunting for pest control purposes, using an unlimited amount of dogs to flush a fox to waiting guns. Of course calling the fox a pest in the first place is up for debate, most with any understanding of wildlife and ecology will know the fox has an important part to play in the food chain and can in fact be hugely beneficial to farmers by naturally controlling the numbers of rodents and rabbits that chomp their way through millions of pounds worth of crops each year and quite frankly if you can’t protect your livestock from a small wild dog then perhaps you really shouldn’t have the responsibility in the first place. Of course it’s been proven beyond doubt that hunting with hounds is an inefficient way of killing any animal, this is nothing more than a back door approach to appease his sponsors at the CA and save face by avoiding an embarrassing commons defeat.

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How these changes would affect how the hunts operate would in fact be minimal in real terms but would muddy the waters enough to make prosecution even harder than it is already. Regardless of the number of hounds allowed once flushed the fox would have to be shot. Any continued chase by the hounds would then be in contravention of the law and this is the crux of the matter. The whole point in fox hunting is the protracted chase and the kill. This is where the hunters get their kicks, the “thrill of the chase”. It would also mean the hunts would have to employ a number of gun license holders who would have to be in a suitable position to kill the animal once it bolted which, when you consider the fluid nature of hunting, would prove to be totally impractical.This whole situation also has the makings of a complete disaster. Most shotgun license holders probably couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo let alone a fast moving fox, throw into the mix 30 or so hounds in hot pursuit and a bunch of sabs hell bent on preventing any killing and it doesn’t take a genius to work out what could happen next. The boys in blue would also be getting increasingly twitchy with all those firearms knocking about, especially considering how easily the hunts and their lackeys like to get violent when someone interferes with their idea of fun.

It’s somewhat odd then that such a staunch supporter of fox hunting, our old friend Owen Paterson supports such a weakening of the act. He’s on record as stating that shooting foxes is not a good way of controlling them as often the shooters aren’t good shots and many will die from their injuries over a period of time (although that didn’t seem to bother him when it came to badgers). We can only surmise that he must now be doing the fastest U turn ever in an effort to support Cameron who now seems think it’s safe and humane. Of course that’s neither here nor there as it has nothing to do with animal welfare in the first place. The whole issue has an overwhelming political stink about it. Bury the issue behind the first Tory budget and go in by the back door and hope no-one notices. If ever you had any doubts about the integrity of the Government and Cameron in particular then this issue should answer everything you needed to know.

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Stop the Cull – Protect the Foxes

UPDATE: Having now had chance to read and digest the amendments to the act it would seem things could be more serious than I previously perceived. If this gets approved it would in effect make the act utterly pointless and give a free reign to those who like killing things for pleasure with little no risk of prosecution. Please contact your MP, contact the SNP and encourage them to get involved and if you can get down to Westminster next Wednesday and make your feelings known in person.

Complete change of target this week and a new one for myself personally as various sab groups targeted the Grouse Moors around Holmfirth.

Grouse shooting is legal, however killing an animal purely for the pleasure of doing so is clearly repugnant for an normal person with a moral compass. Ignoring the fact that the Grouse will die in huge numbers the intensive management of the moors is massively detrimental to many other forms of wildlife. Any bird or animal which could possibly compete with the Grouse are systematically exterminated, regardless of protective status. Even for the poor old Hare can suffer as it has the potential to carry disease which could affect the Grouse. Foxes, Stoats, Weasels, Corvids and Raptors all suffer at the hands of game keepers as they raise artificially high numbers of Grouse for the financial elite to blast from the sky while dressed in tweed and flat caps. The biodiversity of grouse moors is severely lacking compared to those which have no shooting and yet the shooting industry will always claim they’re acting for the good of the environment.

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Tweedtastic!

This is of course complete nonsense. The Hen Harrier is a prime example. This wonderful raptor will soon become extinct in England if action isn’t taken. It’s currently protected and persecution of this bird carries a severe sentence however gaining a conviction against those committing the crimes is hugely difficult when the habitat is miles of open moorland. This is why shooting estates need licensing. Birds found illegally killed or nests destroyed should immediately mean the estate on which it occurs loses its license for that season. Hitting them where it hurts, (in the pocket) is the only message they’ll understand. What’s even more galling is the fact that we’re paying towards the upkeep of these estates as our taxes go towards the millions handed out in land subsidies. Something from which we get nothing in return. Even the licensing of shotguns is subsidised by us. Something which Cameron personally approved.

So it kinda feels good to ruin the fun of these people.

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