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Just stop and think for a moment regarding the following -:

I implore all to watch the Fox New debate for South Carolina (its on their news page) and please blog for Ron Paul - he could be a isolationist president and has a total opposite message of peaceful change rather than global uncertainty - we shouldn't have been in a war - bush has succeeded in turning them into long term issues that will affect us for generations - its time to pull out and pursue an agenda of peace and democracy. Bin laden was in tora bora....but the whole islamofascism thing may not have occurred had America dealt with the jewish/Muslim issues first and the image that America is pro jewish, and sought resolution and democracy before jumping to war (we have forgotten that the war was on a false pretence and the fact that the US is now engadging with North Korea destroys the argument for getting rid of Saddam. Also, what message does that send to Iran. NK gets all the attention after getting the bomb - doesn't that show Iran that to get American attention it needs the bomb, also think - why are American ships there in the first place if not for provocation - why should it police the world - just think of the ramifications - its a travesty that this is not reported more - it truly is complete change..

Just look at how they tried to spin the Iran boat thing..the economy is in dire straights and he wants another war ..the BBC news was getting it, but no one else.

Politico: That's way off topic. Please use the homepage to make such points in future.

I suspect the correct answer is 2. I read recently (can't remember where) that more foxes were being killed by hunting than before the 'ban' was imposed.

The sooner the Act is repealed by a Conservative government the better. Fortunately Ann Widdecombe won't be around anymore to vote against repeal either.

None of these cases had anything to do with organised or registered hunt. The only huntsman prosecuted during this period was Tony Wright, of the Exmoor Foxhounds, who was convicted in Barnstaple Magistrates Court in August 2006, but that conviction was thrown out by the Crown Court in Exeter in November last year when the Act came in for serious criticism in the judgement.

See the Sunday Telegraph:


These figures re-inforce the view that the Hunting Act is mainly being used as a more practical alternative to the 19th century Game Laws for tackling poachers. Not quite what all those obsessive backbenchers thought they spent 700 hours of parliamentary time to acheive...

What a complete waste of time it was! I have to say this comes as absolutely no surprise!!

The "hunting community" always believed they were above the law and this just goes to show that they were right.

"The "hunting community" always believed they were above the law"

Ken that is rather a sweeping statement! Would you like to back up your assertion with some facts?

Let sleeping dogs lie.

The "hunting community" always believed they were above the law and this just goes to show that they were right.

Posted by: ken | January 11, 2008 at 12:32

I disagree with that comment Ken - the law, in this case, is an ass.
Rather, there are some politicians who appear to believe they are above the law, but like the fox, are hard to catch. At the moment the chase is on for the fox in the form of Peter Hain, but like the fox and the foxhunters I believe he is entirely innocent - don't you?

Just about the first act of the incoming Tory Government must be to repeal this Act. Labour at its most odious, righting a few perceived wrongs from 84-85.
As the sponsor of the Hunting Bill Peter Bradley let slip at the time, 'this is about class war'. He lost his seat soon afterwards.

The two explanations aren't mutually exclusive, Tim.

"Just about the first act of the incoming Tory Government must be to repeal this Act."

Try to develop a sense of perspective FFS.
There won't be an incoming Tory government if we get too many more nonsensical comments like that.

Yes, after 700 hours of debate it was then 'forced through'!!
I'm sure that the decent, well respected, example setting, law abiding, hunting fraternity are acting within the law. Aren't you?
And if it's all going so well, and hunts are thriving and behaving properly, and no-one has lost their job, why does the hunting ban need repealing?

I'd really hope that option 1 did apply.

My two local foot packs have continued hunting as they did before the ban and are killing more foxes than ever. They realize it is the mounted hunts that Zanulab are after because they are still engaged in some class war fantasy.


And the second act of the next Conservative Government should be to repeal the equally odious public smoking ban. You are either in favour of all minorities rights, or you are not. Nothing is more important than the rights and liberties of the individual citizen (FFS).

So having complained about the waste of Parliamentary time enacting this legislation which has changed little and hasn't resulted in the end of life as we know it, some people now propose to waste a bit more repealing it. I can guarentee that when we get back into government there will be at least a dozen issues more worthy of our attention than repealing this law.

Arent there more important topic,s that need addressing first ?

I don,t belive some of the people on this site ! Wake up and stop rabbiting on about a few horses and dogs chasing foxes !

Arent there more important topic,s that need addressing first ?

I don,t belive some of the people on this site ! Wake up and stop rabbiting on about a few horses and dogs chasing foxes !


I am certainly NOT "in favour of all minorities rights". Some "minorities" should be in jail IMO, paedophiles for instance.

As for repealing the fox hunting act and the ban on smoking in pubs being the imperatives for a new Tory government I think that, after ten or more years of this vile Labour crowd, there will be far more pressing matters than those two. Don't you?

This Act has resulted in the persecution and harrassment of the decent and law abiding back bone of this country. It drips with vitriol, comptempt and hatred for a whole way of life. Foxes are an absolute pest, as anyone who tries to put their dustbin out in a laege city will tell you.

Quite agree Dave, compared to many of the issues facing a Conservative government these two issues are pretty trivial.Not even sure if reestablishing the right to smoke in pubs is desirable at all.

Arent there more important topic,s that need addressing first ?

Depends where you live. For me nothing makes my blood boil more than this spiteful piece of legislation.

London Tory....'persecution and harrassment of the decent and law abiding back bone of this country'.
Dear me -such typical arrogance.
In rural areas it's mostly the hunting fraternity who are a pest not the foxes.
If you city types are too lazy to make your bins secure, you can hardly blame the foxes for getting at it.
No rubbish lying about - no food for foxes.

Incidently, there was a good hunting debate on CiF recently , and Kate Hoey was asked to explain cubbing - but refused.


Dear me- such typical chippiness.

The rural hunting fraternity you describe as 'a pest' are very often the same people who are the major employers in the area, and the chief funders of the local economy.
Or did you think that the kennel lads and stable hands were members of the local landed gentry too? Are do you only glamourise the Working Class when they go "down pit" or work in a steel mill ?
Please, no crocodile tears for those lovely, furry, cuddly wuddly little brown creatures. This was all about a chippy metropolitan elite bullying a rural minority. The supreme irony is that some of the most virolent anti hunting MPs were from minorities themselves........

Is often the way.

It was legislative toff-bashing and it served no useful purpose barring allowing Blair and the other clowns to claim they weren't complete artistos themselves for a time. It does not benefit the public or even foxes. It has to be repealed.

"This Act has resulted in the persecution and harrassment of the decent and law abiding back bone of this country. It drips with vitriol, comptempt and hatred for a whole way of life."

The Act served two purposes, it was all about getting back at what some perceived as the upper classes, it was also hauled out for debate every time Tony Blair needed to sweet talk and persuade his backbenchers over other unpopular legislation or decision.
What it never did was address animal welfare or the problems and way of life in the countryside.

The purpose it served was to live up to a Labour manifesto promise. There is overwhelming (but mostly quiet) public support for the hunting ban. You will discover this if the Conservatives make too big a noise about hunting prior to an election. Being the party who want to "bring back killing for fun and promote smelly pubs" is a recipe for disaster.

"In rural areas it's mostly the hunting fraternity who are a pest not the foxes.
If you city types are too lazy to make your bins secure, you can hardly blame the foxes for getting at it".
No rubbish lying about - no food for foxes"
Posted by: seasider | January 11, 2008 at 15:46

When I was on the Countryside March along with 407,001 others (I was the odd 1 - being in the loo when the count was made) there were many rural types there, apart from hunts, that did not regard hunting as a pest, although it is possible some could be inconvenienced by the hunt. Neither does Dave regarding fox hunting as a pest; he has boldly called for a free vote when the two sides in the HoC do a swop.
Changing the law was an unnecessary waste of time and effort and could have been better spent checking up on Peter Hain's donations or whoever was in the frame at the time.
As for bins - we don't have - just plastic bags? We do not have any bins because the Council thinks it stops foxes feeding.

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside!!
(Cos we've have got bins)

Was of the most amusing sights I've seen was just after the Countryside Alliance march, when a pro-hunting demonstrator was interviewed by the BBC. His nose was bleeding. He was outraged and surprised. "I can't believe a police officer just hit me with a baton. I was doing nothing wrong at all!"

Welcome to the real world, pal.

Do not forget that Labour received (and, unlike the Ecclestone £1 million, did not hand it back) £1 million from the Political Animal Lobby in 1997, before the General Election which got them in. That donation was made on the undertaking that they banned foxhunting when they got into government. They took the money and that was precisely what they did. What perhaps should be discovered is how that money was used in terms of helping to fund sympathetic Labour candidates and how much influence it had upon the result.

I hope those on here who advocate repealing the law appreciate the irony of criticising the government for wasting Parliamentary time pushing it through only to then want a Conservative government to waste more Parliamentary time repealing it.

First lets understand that fox hunting (as well as smoking) is not a human right. Nobody has a right to fox hunt and the people who have been banned from doing so are not oppressed in any way.

The British public overwhelmingly backs a fox hunting ban and if we push forward with an essentially immoral repeal of the law, we would encounter hard opposition to it.

My advice, leave this law alone and get on with more important things.

DC has promised to repeal the act in its entirety with a one line piece of legislation when he gets in. The hunts have been vital for us when campaigning in marginal rural seats and deserve to be rewarded, whatever the astro-turfers on here think.

Northern Monkey says, "Fox hunting (as well as smoking) is not a human right," and in a Humpty-Dumpty way goes on to say that repealing the Act would be "immoral".
What have "human rights" got to do with it? I have no "right" to hunt foxes, but neither have you any "right" to stop me. "Human rights" - whatever they may be - are irrelevant.

Didn't the Countyside Alliance, in one of their court cases campaign against the hunting ban on the grounds of 'loss of their human right to hunt'? And lost?
And yes, DC has said he'll allow a free vote - to keep the Alliance onside.
In the run-up to a GE it will be a poisonous issue to fight over, and Labour will use it ruthlessly and to their advantage.

Strange that you should find that amusing Passing Leftie. You must have a very strange set of values.

They couldnt even get the title of the act right. As a broad Devon accent informed listeners to "Any Questions" at the height of the debate: "Its HOUNDS! HOUNDS!

Foxes still have to be controlled, I don't suppose they like much being trapped or shot either, they won't live long once the hounds get them - I rather think that people jumping around the countryside after foxes are a bunch of idiots, but then again so are the saboteurs - maybe they could take an idea from the film The Most Dangerous Game and hunt the saboteurs instead. Indeed if services were to be provided for free - as one means of execution of criminals, hunting them with hounds about the country might be a rather excellent way of killing them and tickets could be sold for people to take part in the hunt.

Was of the most amusing sights I've seen was just after the Countryside Alliance march, when a pro-hunting demonstrator was interviewed by the BBC. His nose was bleeding. He was outraged and surprised. "I can't believe a police officer just hit me with a baton. I was doing nothing wrong at all!"

Welcome to the real world, pal.

Posted by: passing leftie | January 11, 2008 at 17:39

The Countryside Alliance march was a very peaceful affair - so peaceful the foxy woxies BBC hardly mentioned it. The incident you refer to took place outside Parliament when the Bill was being debated. I have never seen the police act so ferociously against a demonstration, admittedly with unarmed but very angry people. The fox-hunters, showing true British bloody mindedness have won in the end. If only the same spirit could be aroused to demonstrate against the Democracy Deniers and the clueless politicians trashing Britain.

"Welcome to the real world, pal"

The real world awaits - laughing at our foolishness.

Malcolm @ 20:34 - I couldn't agree with you more! Shame on you, Passing Leftie! Violence is never funny even if you disagree vehemently with the point of view of the person upon which it is being inflicted!

David Eyles | January 11, 2008 at 17:42
In your post you could insert Conservative in place of Labour, and Countyside Alliance in place of Political Animal Lobby.

It is difficult to obtain straight answers from fox hunting supporters, like the statement posed here: 'Kate Hoey was asked to explain cubbing - but refused'
Will anyone else explain it?

And what is the response to:
'And if it's all going so well, and hunts are thriving and behaving properly, and no-one has lost their job, why does the hunting ban need repealing'?

There have been 21 convictions using the Hunting Act 2004 with more set to follow. This ban is not only just it was long overdue. If people chose to ignore it then they are not only flouting society law but damaging the very fabric of our democracy. Lets make this point clear they certainly do not deserve any praise. This is a criminal act, its not civil law if people break it they are criminals. It makes no difference if people are apposed to it, nobody has a right to break it. The ban will stay and it will be tightened to stop abuses of societies democratic will. The arguments for a ban or against are irrelevant now as the case was won and the hunters lost. This ban has set a important principle in place that is right and just and that 'nobody has the right to cause immense pain & suffering on a living animal for fun' If those that support hunting do not like that then either they live with it or campaign within the law not outside of it. Hunting belongs only in one place the history books. And despite the efforts of the hunt lobby and friends in the media and press and of course Mr Cameron, the position will not change and the ban is working for why else would pro hunters being calling for it to be scraped if it was not?

Well have just seen this site and I welcome its aims..

oops just noticed this is an old thread

If anything, the Hunting Act should be strengthened so that we can be sure that chasing and killing wild animals for fun is clearly and for ever unlawful and regarded by all with well-deserved revulsion. If they know what's good for them politically, Cameron, Hague, Herbert & Co. should, at the very least, promise to let sleeping dogs lie, literally.

When I heard about David Cameron's intentions for repeal, I decided after being a lifelong Tory that it was time to find another party to support. Reading many of the comments above just confirms to me that my decision was absolutely sound. I then went on to campaign against this repeal and have since met people and groups from all classes, all parties, all areas of this country, and one thing is very clear:

There is no case for repeal. Hunt numbers are up all over the country. Drag hunting is legal. The sense of community, pageantry, heritage, and jobs are all still intact and yet these disgraceful people can’t manage to enjoy themselves unless they are terrifying and killing animals.

The hunts have been creating artificial earths throughout history in order for foxes to breed and flourish and now have the gall to play the 'pest control' card for those gullible enough to believe it.

It was great to see the Conservatives Against Foxhunting petition last week and now the farmers are getting together to do something similar. So many say they were duped into marching on London for a range of rural issues only to find the CA using their numbers to claim pro-hunt support.

Cameron will regret this decision for many years to come!

Well said, Mhayworth.

They say, 'We have changed.'

What a joke. I was an active Conservative and I know well what those people are like. I make a suggestion to Cameron, Hague, Herbert & Co. I will become convinced that you have changed when you and the majority of your parliamentary colleagues drop your plan to 'un-ban' fox hunting and hare coursing. How about it?

I have was always Tory through and through but will not vote blue any more. While Cameron remains the Countryside Alliances puppet Labour is showing they have decent values. What ever you think of foxes, to return to ripping apart foxes with dogs instead of Drag hunting flies in the face of a modern society. Cameron and his blood thirsty friends and in laws are dinosaurs holding on to a barbaric part of hunting that is both unnecessary and unacceptable.

Conservatives seem to of spent to long in the merky shadows being the countryside Alliances tools to have any decency left. The countryside alliance and vote UK another wing of the countryside alliance are campaigning for conservative candidates and that those candidates must be pro hunt to receive support.
Where is the free vote and democracy MR Cameron !
Our shadow environment minister Nick Herbert is part of the countryside alliance and would become the head of Defra…….scary..

There are many issue that are pressing to our country and much finance to deal with but we do surely not want to be known on a world stage as “inhumane” “savage” or “barbaric” and be the first country in the world to bring back a blood sport that was dealt with five years ago.
Dogs trained to kill do so to cats, dogs and even children , there is no place for them. The hunters are no different to the blood thirsty hoodies and their pits bulls just the accent and the uniform changes.
I would never vote for anyone who would think this is ok. Many more people like me will have their say on the day and will vote quietly and clearly

The Hunting Acts only problem is that some seem to ignore it and feel they are above the law. The law works well it is simple. Those who choose to ignore the law will divert the gaze to a social war, a country v town war when it is just a decency law.
There have been 68 prosecutions and increasing. Interesting that you missed out 2007 and 2008 where the number is increasing steeply……..another spin I guess.
The truth is we should have prosecution because people shouldn’t be hunting foxes. Can these people not read a simple law. “NO hunting with packs of dogs”. Simple I would say wouldn’t you.
If you lay a trail of fox blood or urine you will catch a fox if you lay a synthetic sent you will not. Many drag hunt don’t like the fox hunt but are scared to speak out. Interesting that the same hunts , time and time again catch the foxes “by mistake”. My hunt is full of people who are unhappy with fox hunting and they will show that with their x.
This issue shouldn’t need to be discussed and debated at this time because it should so clearly be in the past
Vote anything but conservative if you want a humane society heading towards no cruelty .
Cruelty is the honest measuring stick of our worth without that we are nothing.
The pro hunts have dominated the papers but a sea of change is on the way and it will flush out the conservatives just as they would like to do with the fox and will dispatch them in much the same way with no chance of return for this crime they would have us believe.

I dont need lengthy reports and inquiries by vets and prominent people to tell me ripping apart a fox with a dog is humane. It is not and no one believes it is.

Kate Hoey could never explain 'cubbing'. The things these people do to the fox cubs in the process of training the young hounds is like something out of a horror novel. Most hunters never see it but they must know what happens or they wouldn't have had to rebrand it now to 'Autumn Hunting'. One terrierman bragged about how they used to saw off the lower jaws of the fox cubs so they couldn't bite the hounds in self-defense. Another talked about slitting the paws of the cubs so they could run but not for any length of time. You won't hear these stories now because the CA are offering 'media training' through their website to avoid this type of thing getting out. They are working with Vote OK to campaign for pro-hunt candidates to ensure the 'free vote' is stacked in favour of repeal. This is Cameron's idea of a return to decent society and he needs to own it!

Facts not Tory or Countryside Alliance Spin
25,000 foxes ripped to death each year before the ban with a total population of 250,000. Their crime to take food. Defra detailed studies show an average of 9/14 lambs were taken in a four year period on a sheep farms in wales. 406 farms took part in the study. o.001% of chickens taken from free range chicken farms. 120,000 million pounds worth of damage caused by rabbits to farming . Foxes eat rabbits.

Never ever been listed as vermin or pest by defra.
In the 17th century foxes nearly became extinct after being hunted extensively and were then imported from france by the hunts and bred to hunt. Hunts still breed foxes to hunt.
I agree the only creature needing to be dispatched is the Tory candidate before they get the chance to bring back ripping apart foxes with dogs.
Its a class war alright bottom of the class war as the figures don't add up.

Just one of the many entries of evidence leading up to the hunting act - told by a huntsman who could no longer live with his conscience. Well worth a read.


"Kate Hoey could never explain 'cubbing'."

Kate Hoey is all hooey!

Fox hunting is a natural method for the control of fox numbers during winter. The alternatives are less natural and whereas a fox caught by hounds is always killed, other fox control methods can inflict longer suffering. This should not be part of a political game as it is a countryside reality. Many people think that deer, fox, rabbit, rat etc control is unnecessary because they see the countryside from a car or though the garden. Just like livestock and poultry go to abbatoirs, so wild animals need a method for despatch. If you have seen a nature programme about Africa (or better still ahve been there) then you quickly realise that it is hunt or be hunted. It's a natural order of things and man fits in to the natural order.

Whichever way you look at it setting out with a pack of dogs to enjoy a day of killing wild and terrified animals is sickening in the extreme. I cannot believe that anyone could put their name to wanting to participate in it, or allow this sort of madness to happen. I would be ashamed to admit that I got pleasure out of killing animals in cold blood. It doesn't put you far above the foxes does it folks? In fact as you're human and have the power of reason and conscience it just might put you lower than the animals who kill by instinct and not for a jolly day out with their mates. I think Cold-Eye-Cameron underestimates the amount of public feeling about his pledge to restore hunting for his Countryside Alliance cronies, keep it up Cameron, you're shooting yourself in your own well shod foot.

LB - So you think the hunts should go on breeding foxes so they can then claim they are carrying out pest control? You've been listening to the CA far too long. You need to get out into the country and speak to the real farmers about the damage that is done to their land and livestock by the hunts. They will tell you that lamping is much more humane when necessary, just as the Burns report confirmed. The hunts know it but like anyone who inflicts cruelty in an organised manner, they are masters at protecting their perversion.

"You've been listening to the CA far too long."

Don't you understand, mhayworth, the Tories are so beholden to the Countryside Alliance that they dance to the C.A.'s tune? Sorry, not so much a tune, more an unpleasant and vote-losing squawk.

As a lifelong Tory voter, I am pleading with Mr Cameron to respect the majority of the public, who want the Hunting Ban to stay, if he gains power. Also, a majority of Conservative voters, are against fox hunting. It is as simple as that. By pledging to revoke the Bill, I feel he will be committing 'political suicide'. So many Tories are now in doubt as to how to vote, because of this, myself included. I am a natural Tory, but I cannot back a party who does not listen to the public. If Mr Cameron thinks the Hunting Bill has 'not worked', then he will be able to see that it does work. We live in modern times now. Bear baiting, cock fighting etc, are illegal. Would they like to bring that back too? I see little difference.

Do not forget the welfare of the hunting dogs too. They are shot if they are not deemed suitable for hunting.

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