For Fox's Sake : What's Behind the Fox Hunting Debate?
Foxhunters: A much maligned and victimised bunch
of whining pricks, or spoilt and selfish cocksocks who excite all the
public sympathy of a paedophile
I've been half-heartedly following the whole debate about banning foxhunting in this country, and I've found myself increasingly astounded at some of the things that the Countryside Alliance have been saying. At first I thought that their bleating about how banning foxhunting would lead to a breakdown in society, or how a ban would infringe their human rights, must have been a joke. You know, like when Hitler signed Neville Chamberlains Piece of Paper for Peace, and was afterwards heard to say "Well, he seemed like such a nice old gentleman. I thought I would give him my autograph."
But no, there was no hint of a smirk on their
On the side of the Pro-Hunt supporters, we have the Countryside Alliance.
Supposedly a confederation of people who are concerned with the raw
deal that rural folk are getting from the government, they claim to
be fighting on behalf of Farmers, huntsmen, shepherds, Forestry commission
workers; pretty much any and all issues relating to the countryside
will be dealt with by the Alliance. On the Anti-Hunt side, we have pretty
If you were to believe the Alliance, the public have been lied to by the government when it comes to foxhunting. We're just ignorant and uninformed souls who don't understand their country ways, and why it's absolutely VITAL that foxes are chased down and slaughtered by braying Sloanes rather than shot or trapped by farm workers. And rather than interfere, we should just let them get on with the hunt. Because if they're shot, they'll suffer far more than they would if they were chased for hours before being torn to pieces by a pack of baying hounds, and we urban types are only concerned with cute ickle animals and we don't want anyfink nasty to happen to 'em, oo we?
Which is, of course, a remarkably patronising piece of nonsense on
their part. I think the main objection that most people have to foxhunting
is that it simply doesn't sit right with us that, in this day and age,
a certain section of society are getting their kicks from an activity
that is rooted in bloodthirst and deliberate cruelty. The whole attitude
of the Alliance is one of condescending patronisation to anyone who
doesn't hunt. And I'm rather glad about this as it
Why am I so adamant that the Alliance has no case in favour of Fox
hunting? Well, it's because the whole Countryside Alliance is a sham.
It's a piece of sleight-of-hand to distract attention from the fact
that this whole storm in a teacup is about
And just what do I mean by that suspiciously
And what about other rural issues? Why aren't the
The simple fact is that these people don't give a shit about the countryside.
They don't care about the job losses, the death knell of families' way
of life, the hardship, or the human suffering caused by the Government.
They care about keeping their social calendar intact. Do you really
think that Simon Hart, the head of the Countryside Alliance, will lose
his livelihood and home when hunting with dogs is finally banned? Or
will it be the people who work on the Hunt who are turfed out and left
to fend for themselves? And were the Lords and MP's who opposed the
If we want evidence that our government are
Let the hunt, and foxes, die a comparatively quick and painless death.