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Thread #78514   Message #1423924
Posted By: Gervase
01-Mar-05 - 11:53 AM
Thread Name: BS: Hunting banned in England/Wales
Subject: RE: BS: Hunting banned in England/Wales
Too bloody right would I support moves to make fox-hunting legal again!
And, according to the latest MORI poll, the numbers supporting the ban are dropping dramatically. Which rather knocks the old 'will of the people' canard on the head.

I'd also be interested to know what Lord Burns, who chaired the Inquiry into Hunting with Dogs would say. During the Lords debate on his report he said: "Naturally, people ask whether we were implying that hunting is cruel…The short answer to that question is no." He also stated that, "If hunting were subject to a ban, I have little doubt that at least an equivalent number of foxes, deer and hares would be killed by other means."

Even some of the leading lights in the League Against Cruel Sports appear to have taken off their blinkers:

Richard Course (former chairman and executive director of LACS) - "After 13 years of discussing and debating this issue I found it impossible to ignore the truth and facts about hunting. I have come to despise the League Against Cruel Sports, even though I was its Chairman and Chief Executive, simply because these people know as well as I do that the abolition of hunting will not make any difference to the welfare of foxes, hares or deer."

James Barrington (former executive director of LACS) - "What is often missing from the argument is a willingness to look at the full picture and to discuss the repercussions of a ban. One thing is certain: if hunting with dogs is to be proscribed, other methods to kill foxes currently in use will take its place. These methods are not all preferable to hunting as far as the suffering of animals is concerned and some will be harder, if not impossible, to bring to account."

Graham Sirl (West Country organiser for LACS): "Take away hunting and the management system will break down. Over the years, and many meetings with landowners and others, I have come to the conclusion that in the event of a total hunt ban, the deer population will be decimated. This view is shared by many, including some who remain independent on the hunting issue."

Mark Halford (Former LACS investigator) - "I am aware that few of the total number of foxes killed each year are, in fact, accounted for by hunting with hounds, but that doesn't make it any less a reasonable method of control. Compared with shooting, gassing and trapping – which are often indiscriminate, often inefficient and clearly detrimental to other wildlife – give me hunting any day."

Of course, those posting here may have more experience and expertise in the field than these four, in which case I await their views keenly.