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FOX and other animal hunting

On 10 Jun 2015 at 6:13pm Paul wrote:
Cassie..I agree with every word you have written regarding fox hunting. I have also written to our new MP, Maria, giving my views and sincerely hope she does not vote to follow David Cameron's line to overturn the ban. I cannot conceive why he is taking this line, incidentally, since this vote goes against the public's view on the whole. Surely it can do his party no good re votes next time round...but then I guess he will no longer be affected having left it!!? One day when I am no longer around, people will we will look back on all this and wonder why it took so long to outlaw this completely...A bit like witch burning in former centuries perhaps?? !..HORRIFIC really Cheers and please keep campaigning .....P
On 10 Jun 2015 at 6:30pm Monsieur Reynard wrote:
Hem hem...I trust the little game I play with the chickens and other furry creatures will escape censure....mmmm...how delightful...excuse me but I must greet Madame Poulet, she looks so plump and walks so very slowly ...
On 10 Jun 2015 at 6:33pm Greaser wrote:
Lose the 'y' and you'll be bang on.
On 11 Jun 2015 at 12:19am Dripping Pan Stan wrote:
I'm not sure I see the issue, kill off some vermin and have a bit of fun doing it.
Wish we could do the same on some of the estates to be honest.
On 11 Jun 2015 at 5:15am Punchy Bhangra - Chicken Tikka Luvva wrote:
Let the townies decide how to control the vermin on their streets and leave those that inhabit the country side who maintain and manage it through intelligence led stewardship keep it looking and feeling good for the townies to enjoy on the weekend, to decide the best practice for removing vermin.
On 11 Jun 2015 at 3:40pm Country Dweller wrote:
Punchy B - C T L
Hopefully they'll bring back cock-fighting and bear-baiting too, that'll give the townies something to get really upset about.
Tally Ho!
On 11 Jun 2015 at 4:02pm Zebedee wrote:
Fox hunting has nothing whatsoever to do with vermin control. If you want to kill foxes you use a gun. It's efficient see.

Humans should be above torturing animals for fun. It's contemptible that some still think it acceptable. They don't seem to have grown up.
On 11 Jun 2015 at 6:47pm Clifford wrote:
I'm about as left as you can get without falling off the edge, am a vegetarian, and wouldn't want to go fox hunting. But I've always been against the ban. People are too fond of banning things in my view.
On 12 Jun 2015 at 5:16pm Peasant wrote:
Before the hunts started up in the Lewes area a couple of hundred years ago, to keep the fashionable visitors to Brighton entertained, they first had to create a fox population to hunt. Country people left to their own devices had pretty well exterminated them. The Lord Gage of the day is on record as having threatened his gamekeepers with the sack if they carried on exterminating them.
It is ironic that that the hunts get permission to ride across farmers' land by persuading them they help keep the vermin down, when really behind the scenes they are ensuring a good fox population so there are plenty to hunt.
It is also ironic that since the hunting ban came in, the hunts have been far more successful than they were before, with much better participation. There are far more people up for a ride across the countryside following a trail than there are who want killing a fox to be any part of it. There are, of course, some of the latter about, making plenty of noise amongst Cameron's friends, but they are now only a minority of those out for a ride on a Saturday.
Final fact. With our cars we run over more than twice as many foxes each year as all the hunts put together managed to kill when they were allowed to. If you really want to control foxes, just encourage everyone to drive a bit faster along coutry roads at night. If you want to protect foxes, you need to get people to drive more slowly - much more imapct than bothering about the hunts.

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