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Fox Hunting now illegal in Britain

February 19th, 2005, 11:46 AM
Friday, 18 February 2005: Hunting with dogs becomes illegal in England and Wales today, marking a watershed in the development of a more civilised society for both people and animals. Anti-hunt campaigners are now urging the hunters to abide by the law and adopt cruelty-free equestrian activities such as drag or trail hunting instead.

"The pro-hunt Countryside Alliance has lost its argument with the public, with Parliament and in the courts. It should now advise its members that they too will lose their argument with the Police and the RSPCA if offences under the Hunting Act are committed from today," said John Rolls, RSPCA director of animal welfare promotion.

"Pro-hunters must finally accept that this just and valid law reflects the will of the majority, who can no longer tolerate cruelty inflicted upon animals in the name of 'sport' or tradition."

John Cooper, chairman of the League Against Cruel Sports said: "The hunting ban is a massive leap forwards to the creation of a decent and humane society. Our children and grand children will grow up into a better and kinder world as a result of the hunting ban.

"In turn, their children will view the chase of a wild animal with a pack of dogs as being just as archaic and misplaced as bear baiting which Parliament banned in 1835."

Phyllis Campbell-McRae, director of IFAW UK said: "The ban on hunting with dogs will radically change the landscape of animal welfare in the UK and worldwide. Britain has banned a traditional practice because of the suffering it causes to animals. This should act as an inspiration and example to other countries where animals suffer for human entertainment."

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February 19th, 2005, 11:53 AM
Finally. The other methods still provide for an exciting ride amongst a pack of dogs, just no bloodshed at the end. I think it's a good move. Still watch for news of illegal hunts.

February 19th, 2005, 03:49 PM
It's about time the UK woke up to 2005 and see the horrific cruelty to these poor foxes,but then again Canada is still allowing the annual sealhunt..a sore point with the rest of the modern world and with me.

February 20th, 2005, 02:15 PM
It seems that this thing is far from over. Police and volunteer anti hunt monitors are watching the legal hunts and almost a hundred foxes have been killed this weekend. Some reports indicate that this is only a quarter of what may normally be killed on a hunting weekend but others claim it is the norm. It is still legal to shoot a fox but not to chase it down with more than two dogs.

Also the hunters are really testing the limits of the law and the ability of the police to monitor them. They call it unenforceable and believe it will be revoked if there is enough pressure. Sounds like a pit bull ban in Ontario.

Mike Hobday, of the League Against Cruel Sports, which had 100 monitors out at hunts, said that he expected a "small number of prosecutions" to result from yesterday's activities. "Extremely suspicious activities are taking place. We have evidence on film and also from members of the public," he said.

I hope the courts uphold it but of course there are some high profile hunt supportters in Britan.

February 20th, 2005, 02:49 PM
I think Camilla and Charles will be rather disappointed. :p

February 20th, 2005, 03:02 PM
I think Camilla and Charles will be rather disappointed. :p

Some would say that 'Charles already has his fox". :rolleyes:

February 20th, 2005, 03:05 PM
Some would say that 'Charles already has his fox". :rolleyes:
And Camilla her hound ! :p

February 25th, 2005, 02:10 PM
i always thought Camilla looked more like a horse...ooops, did i just type that?

i was in england while this whole thing was going on and even the police are not really enforcing the ban. it's brutal. and very frustrating to watch. poor little foxes.

February 25th, 2005, 02:43 PM
I agree but horses are better looking. I heard they are not even attempting to enforce it. I have friends that hunt here but she said 85% of the time they don't actually kill anything she said if the dogs do it is usually a sick coyote or fox she is quite happy when they don't catch anything she just loves the sport