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Donkey Basketball

Our members and supporters often contact us to ask why we aren’t doing something about cruel ‘sports’ around the world. They send us links, photographs, newspaper cuttings and magazine articles.

The truth is that we can’t do everything, and with the current threat to the Hunting Act, we need to direct considerable resources at that campaign. But we can always highlight them here on the blog.

‘Donkey Basketball’ appears to be increasing in popularity in the US, and PETA have a campaign against it. It sounds very odd to us, and the animal cruelty is undeniable.

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Say “No” to cruelty

We are delighted to see a party manifesto making a clear commitment to animal welfare under the heading Say “No” to cruelty.

It is proposed to abolish all kinds of animal cruely including flie swatters, hunting, chasing kangaroos off cliffs etc, also eating of plants as it causes undue stress to the plant and all weed killers shold be considered as a weapon of mass destruction, pain should also be made illegal.

Their full manifesto is available on their website.

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British Leisure Show

If you’re around the South-East this weekend, why not come along to the British Leisure Show? We’re at Stand 412 in the Outdoor and Country Zone, and we’d love to meet you there!

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A thousand days to the Olympics

The 2012 Olympic Games open in London in a thousand days’ time.

A great deal will happen in the time from now until the opening ceremony, but one thing is for sure. Hunting will remain a key issue probably right up to and beyond the Olympics. And as hunts gather around the country for their opening meets today and tomorrow, it makes you think: if hunting is such a fantastic, wholesome, enjoyable and important sport, why don’t we make it an Olympic sport?

The fox could run around the athletics track pursued by the hounds. Hares could be coursed by greyhounds. Stags could be chased across the Epping Forest in some delightful spectacle of English ‘sport’.

Why not?

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