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Letter from Chris Gale to the Vicar of Pershore Abbey about Their Support of Hunting - 6 Dec 2007

Dear Rev Crawford,

I was deeply dismayed to read that a 'celebration of the countryside' is being staged by the Countryside Alliance at Pershore Abbey on Tuesday, December 18, with 'Carols for our Countryside' in aid of that quite odious organisation.

http://www.eveshamjournal.co.uk/news/ejnewslatest/display.var.1881479.0.countryside_celebration_planned.php

The Countryside Alliance, formerly known as the British Field Sports Society, is an organisation dedicated to re-legalising the chasing to exhaustion and vicious death of wild mammals for fun.

That a fundraising service will be held in a sacred place for an organisation dedicated to bloodsports is truly appalling.

Those attending this carol concert will sing of peace, love and compassion, yet they are the ones who actively engage in and glorify death and violence towards Gods creation.

The sheer hypocrisy of this is quite staggering as is members of the bloodsports fraternity giving readings from the Bible.

These same people do not represent the majority of the countryside population, they are simply a wealthy sub culture that uses other issues to mask their true nature.

They represent violence and a culture of sadism that is complete anathema to the teachings of Christianity.

I would ask you to square this: http://www.diggingout.org/terrier_work_photos.html or this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Yrp1GkDfS0  with Christianity’s teachings.

'"By their fruits you shall know them!"

I am a confirmed member of the Church of England, have lived in a rural area all my life and every generation of my family has had some connection with working the land, my family across generations has been deeply opposed to the barbarous cruelty of bloodsports as are so many other rural people.

Shame on the Church that it gives succour to those who inflict cruelty on our wildlife and whose savagery is known all too well to those of us who stand for the values of decency and compassion.

I have copied this mail to the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals for information.

I have also copied it to the Rev Barlow who I see from the attached news article is leading this quite obscene service.

“Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” Albert Schweitzer

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." St Francis of Assisi

Regards

Chris Gale

Animal Welfare Campaigner.

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