Archive for December, 2009

Image of the Day – 48

Listen to the hunters, and they’ll tell you that a hunted fox is killed by a “quick nip to the back of the neck”. What does it look like to you?

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Image of the Day – 47

Earlier this year, we were contacted by staff at an animal sanctuary to say that a hunt had chased a fox onto their property. The hounds cornered the fox before killing it. The master and his fellow criminals did nothing to call the hounds off. And here’s what was left of the fox when it was retrieved by the traumatised sanctuary staff.

You can understand why the member of sanctuary staff who called us described the master of the hunt as a “vile bastard” for getting his kicks this way. Please help us to Keep Cruelty History.

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Image of the Day – 46

Another image graphically depicting the horrific suffering involved in bullfighting. Our campaigns made great strides this year and we hope for even more progress next year.

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Image of the Day – 45

Today’s dramatic image was used as the cover of our War on Wildlife earlier this year. The image is an x-ray of a badger from a post mortem examination we commissioned to establish cause of death. The answer? Snaring.

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Image of the Day – 44

Terriermen are, by and large, the thugs of hunting. They enjoy encouraging underground dog fights between their dog and a fox and, as this image shows, they are often lurking in the shadows of badger baiting and other illegal activities.

It is right and proper that this is illegal, and it shows why we must work hard to Keep Cruelty History.

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Boxing Day

Aah, Boxing Day. Left over Christmas dinner, gifts scattered across the floor, empty tins of chocolates, repeats of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang … oh, and the ‘traditional’ hunt.

Today, hunts will gather up and down the country for what some of the more gullible followers believe will be the last Boxing Day hunt before the Hunting Act is repealed. We know that this is not the case. There is massive public support for the ban on fox hunting, stag hunting, and hare hunting and coursing, and that’s why so many people are signing up to support our Keep Cruelty History campaign.

We’re publishing six films today, all of which show hunting activity before the ban. Yes, they are – in some cases – almost twenty years old – but they show very clearly the cruelty that returns if we repeal the Hunting Act. Please help us to Keep Cruelty History.

Warning: The films show graphic depictions of animals being hunted and killed. Please do not watch them if you think they may cause you distress.

Fox Hunting

Stag and Deer Hunting

Hare Hunting

Hare Coursing

Hunt Havoc and Violence

Animals suffering in a hunt kennel

If you find these films disturbing, then you’re already a supporter. Sign up to our Keep Cruelty History campaign, and find out more about our other campaigns. If you can, please make a donation; thank you.

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Is the Hunting Act working?

In a last ditch attempt to shore up their pathetic campaign for a return to the cruelty of hunting through a repeal of the Hunting Act, the Countryside Alliance have done some opinion polling. They asked: “From what you know, do you think the Hunting Act is working?”

According to a report in The Guardian, 57% of people think it isn’t. The Countryside Alliance are suggesting that this is good reason to repeal it. You won’t be surprised to read that we don’t agree.

If 57% of the public think the Hunting Act isn’t working, it’s because they are well aware of the lawless intent of the hunting community. They know that a significant proportion – 66% by our calculations – of hunts are regularly breaking the law. We believe – and government agree – that this is why the law should be enforced more closely, not abandoned. After all, many thousands of bloodsports enthusiasts signed a declaration that they would flout the law when it came into force.

The analogy we use time and again is that of theft. There are tens of thousands of burglaries each year in England and Wales. Does this mean the Theft Act should be repealed? No. It means it must be well enforced.

Our own records show that there have been over 130 successful prosecutions under the Hunting Act, with almost 50 this year and ten just this month. There will be many more in the years to come for as long as those who get a kick from the kill continue to flout the law.

Merry Christmas.

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