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Fox Tour ends… almost where it started

The Fox Tour drew to a close in the East Midlands constituency of Rutland and Melton, just 25 miles from where the Tour started in Corby two and a half weeks ago.

It’s very clear to us that the Fox Tour has been an enormous success. Local and regional media have covered the Tour in almost all the constituencies we visited, and we spoke to many people in towns and villages up and down the country. Our inbox, postbag and phone lines all show just how important this issue is to the public.

We are most grateful to the volunteers, members of the public, candidates and our staff who gave so much to make the Fox Tour a success. Thank you.

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Image of the Day – 167


Today’s is the last Image of the Day, at least for a while. As many of our supporters and readers of this blog will know, we have a vast library of images, and we will be using more of these in our efforts to secure the future of the Hunting Act. For now, we know that the impact of these images over recent months has been wide ranging, and the feedback has been excellent.

The best we can say for now, is to “watch this space…”.

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Fox Tour visits Gedling, Nottinghamshire

For the penultimate destination on the Fox Tour, Fergus headed for Gedling, east of Nottingham.

Gedling turned out to be another of those seats with a range of views. The UKIP candidate told us that he’d abstain. The Conservative would hold meetings with constituents, as he would on all free vote issues. The Labour candidate said he’d keep the ban.

In the afternoon, Fergus headed for Nottingham railway station to catch a train to London for the premiere of ‘A Minority Pastime’. The Curzon Cinema in Soho was the venue for a very well attended screening of this most powerful film.

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Image of the Day – 166

Another example of how that “quick nip to the back of the neck” simply isn’t true.

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Fox Tour finds another anti-hunting Conservative

From St Ives in Cornwall, we headed over 300 miles north to the Derby North constituency.

We were delighted to find another anti-hunting Conservative, together with a very clear commitment to the ban from the Labour candidate.

There are two days to go on the Fox Tour, and this afternoon Fergus the Fox will head to London to see the premiere of A Minority Pastime. The film of today’s Fox Tour antics will be online tomorrow.

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Image of the Day – 165

At a film premiere this afternoon, the truth and reality of hunting in the twenty-first century will be laid bare.

The Curzon Cinema in Soho is the venue for an invited audience to see A Minority Pastime, a project the League has been delighted to contribute to over the last year. It is a tour de force against the lies the hunting lobby like to present.

Hunts really don’t give a damn about the havoc they cause, to people or to the animals they hunt. The image above is rather tame by the standards of some of the activities exposed in the film.

Here’s the trailer for the film. Please do make an effort to go and see the film at a screening near you. If there isn’t one already set up, why not organise one?

Further information can be found on the film’s website.

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Camera shy Conservatives

The most noticeable thing about Saturday’s Fox Tour visit to St Ives in Cornwall was the extent to which local Conservatives were camera shy.

Asked if he knew the whereabouts of the candidate, a man canvassing for the Party in a shopping centre could only manage evasive questions about permission to film. Similarly, when asked at the candidate’s office if an interview would be possible, the staff member walked away from the camera.

The Cornish Democrat, Labour and Mebyon Kernow candidates proved similarly difficult to find. We were delighted to hear such firm commitments to the Hunting Act from the Liberal Democrat and Green candidates, however.

Today the Fox Tour heads back north, away from the West Country, and all will be revealed later today on our Twitter feed.

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