The Fellowship of Life
a Christian-based vegetarian group founded in 1973



Hunting Parsons

There's a popular misconception that Otter hunting was banned in Britain during the mid-1970's.

In 1978 the Otter was made a protected species but mink hunters attended the same meets with many of the same hounds year after year.

One of the most glaring affronts to the burgeoning animal rights movement was the participation of clergy in bloodsports. The first three photos are from a demo against the Master of the Courteney Tracey Otter Hunt (and curate of St. Andrew's Church, Boscombe, nr. Salisbury) which were taken by Mike Huskisson on September 26th, 1976.

The fourth photograph was taken by Mike at the parish of a foxhunting enthusiast and Vicar of Steeple Bumpstead, in Essex on March 20th 1977.

Among the featured placards were also: "There's nothing SICKER than a hunting vicar" and a perennial favourite "Do unto Otters as you would have done unto you." There was also a popular badge of the period with the caption: "Only Rotters hunt otters!"

Our special thanks are due to Mike and the Animal Welfare Information Service for affording a rare glimpse of recent animal rights and Church history.

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