Focus on the economy, not hunting ban

First published in Letters

I see that Sue Simmons of the Holcombe Hunt is predictably calling for a repeal of the Hunting Act.

It really is unbelievable that certain people get their enjoyment from chasing an animal to the point of exhaustion and then gleefully watching its agony as it is torn limb from limb by a pack of hounds. There should be no place for this sick activity in a civilised society.

I note that some Tory MPs, including agriculture minister, Jim Paice, are trying to promote a repeal of the Act. A recent poll shows that the vast majority of the public are still against legalising this barbaric activity and our elected MPs, including David Nuttall, would do well to remember this when it comes to a vote.

Instead of focusing on bringing back fox hunting, the Tories would be better employed sorting out the economy and cracking down on the greedy bankers and utility companies.

Susan Evans

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1:15pm Thu 5 Jan 12

MHayworth says...

There are as many Tories and even more rural people against hunting with hounds, for obvious reasons. It is a barbaric excuse for a sport that is no different from dog fighting or badger baiting. Trail hunting is perfectly legal and yet these people can't wait to get back to the kill. They've even renamed 'cub hunting' to 'Autumn hunting' now, in an attempt to hide their perversion.

Cameron couldn't muster a majority following the worst Labour government in living memory. If he thinks repealing the hunting act will improve his party's reputation, he really has lost the plot.

Jim Paice's comments are typical of the Neanderthals from the Countryside Alliance but quite worrying coming from a member of parliament. By his logic, shall we repeal the laws against robbery and murder because they both continue to happen and are equally difficult to enforce?
There are as many Tories and even more rural people against hunting with hounds, for obvious reasons. It is a barbaric excuse for a sport that is no different from dog fighting or badger baiting. Trail hunting is perfectly legal and yet these people can't wait to get back to the kill. They've even renamed 'cub hunting' to 'Autumn hunting' now, in an attempt to hide their perversion. Cameron couldn't muster a majority following the worst Labour government in living memory. If he thinks repealing the hunting act will improve his party's reputation, he really has lost the plot. Jim Paice's comments are typical of the Neanderthals from the Countryside Alliance but quite worrying coming from a member of parliament. By his logic, shall we repeal the laws against robbery and murder because they both continue to happen and are equally difficult to enforce? MHayworth
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