Hunting with Dogs: Past, Present but No Future
The League Against Cruel Sports has published a report which, it
claims, exposes 'lies' put forward by the pro-hunting lobby in attempts
to gather support for their campaign to repeal the Hunting Act.
Hunting with Dogs: Past, Present but No Future is the first
significant publication on the hunting issue for several years, and
comes ten years after the Burns Inquiry reported to parliament that fox
hunting "seriously compromises the welfare" of the hunted fox. Hunting
for sport was banned in 2004 but the coalition government has pledged to
revisit the issue.
In what is regarded by the League as a major addition to their campaign
armoury, a Durham University academic has added the support of
nineteenth century philosopher John Stuart Mill to the League's campaign,
using Mill's abhorrence of hunting as a sign that the leading proponent
of freedom and liberty did not believe that there can be a liberty to be
Leading criminal barrister, John Cooper QC, who is also chairman of the
League, described the report as 'seminal', adding, "It's baffling that
the bloodsports lobby continue their campaign when the country is
settled in its view that such activities are rightly illegal. If
burglars were to march on parliament arguing that the Theft Act
infringed their rights, their argument would be dismissed as nonsense.
It's time to stop listening to these rural thugs and this report
summarises the recent evidence in favour of the ban.".
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