Almost every day the North West Hunt Saboteurs Association emails with news of often extreme examples of animal cruelty, surprisingly frequently connected to fox hunting… despite the apparent ban on this blood sport three years ago this week. Much of this goes relatively unreported, but news highlights have been assembled here.
Not a single hunt has disbanded and while there has been the occasional prosecution and small fine it’s reasonable to say that police have retained their role as hunt protectors. So far from retiring hunt saboteurs are reorganised into organisations like Hunt Crime Watch and are as active as ever.
Last year Tory leader David Cameron marked the ban’s second anniversary with a promise to legalise hunting as a matter of urgency. Fortunately, 73 per cent of people are against him. In the meantime, why not email your chief constable to politely ask that they do their job?
Fox photo taken in Essex by Neil Phillips. Used with permission. Some rights reserved.