ICYMI: David Cameron believes that “people should have the freedom to hunt,” and he’s not a huge fan of the 2004 Hunting Act brought in by Labour, banning fox hunting. In a ridiculous step backwards, he’s hoping to repeal the 11-year-old ban, and reinstate fox hunting in the UK.
On Wednesday, there’ll be a free vote, where MPs can vote to bring back hunting with horses and a full pack of dogs. At the moment, the law allows two dogs to be used (for “pest control” or catching a diseased fox); a full pack doesn’t have a specified number. The average pack number is 63.5. SIXTY THREE POINT FIVE. Plus horses. And ONE fox.
I should point out that as much as – obviously – fox hunting is terrible for the foxes, it’s also a pretty horrible affair for the dogs, too. They’re working dogs, kept outside, and kept hungry so that they’ll hunt better. Once they start to get old (usually around 6 “seasons” is classed as old), and aren’t as quick as the younger pack dogs, they’re “retired”. Retirement for a working dog does not make it into a pet, because these are trained hunting dogs. Working animals don’t really ever get a good deal.
There’s no reason at all to bring back foxhunting, apart from that those backing the repeal enjoy it.