Excellent news, and in more ways than one.
I’ve always thought that hunting was cruel and have never varied from that, so all the hullabaloo from the ‘country folk’ is crap really. Whether their livelihoods disappear or not is immaterial – the fact is that what they were doing was participating in or enabling the cruelty to foxes. How anyone can tag the word ‘sport’ onto this is beyond me – surely in a sport all participants are meant to enjoy it ? Hardly enjoyable for the fox was it ? And as for the jobs argument … well that’s a bit like Bush saying “We’ve invaded Iraq but the jails can continue – wouldn’t want to put those jailers and torturers out of work, after all, think of their families !”
I wish they would ban Angling. My Dad fishes – has a share on some river somewhere – and he took me once when I was a kid. Apart from the fact it was indescribably boring, again I didn’t see where this word ‘sport’ came into it. If you are going to fish, catch it, kill it, eat it, then that’s one thing. I’d find that acceptable, but catching it, ripping the chunk of metal from it’s mouth / throat (or just cutting the line if it’s gone to far) and then lobbing the fish back into the water …. what’s the bloody point ?. Tell me, where is the sport in that? Where ??
The fish, and this applies to mass catch trawlers, suffocate to death. That not humane – it’s cruel. It’s no less cruel than a fox being chased down by a pack of dogs (followed by a bunch of twats on horseback).
I have no particular love for fish, but I do see Angling as pastime that has no other focus than to amuse a human at the painful expense of another living thing. I don’t care about these fishermen saying that fish don’t feel anything – they don’t know that – it’s bollocks. I mean … if that’s their argument, and research found out that fish actually do feel pain and stress, would they desist from this habit ? Not a chance, they’d come up with some other pathetic excuse. At least they should have the balls to admit that they do it because they like it and because of that they should be left alone. Of course that argument means that we’d have to allow bear baiting too.
I guess what’s really annoying the hunting brigade is that once it’s illegal, they can’t do it in secret. It’s not like Prohibition in the US, or driving too fast on a country lane is it ? Pretty hard to disguise a hunting pack… hardly dress the dogs as sheep can they ?
The other reason it’s cool is that the Lords have made this happen while Blair is still there, and this side of any election – nice job ! The amount of stuff they still blame on the Tories is amazing, but this time Blair has to face the music. Of course, he’ll blame the MP’s, the Lords, probably the Tories too, but in the end, it was part of his Party Manifesto – and I’m pretty sure he had a clue about what went into that eh ?