Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.
JEREMY JOHN IRONS is an English actor.
In 2004, Irons publicly declared his support for the COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE, a British organisation promoting issues relating to the countryside such as farming, rural services, small businesses and country sports. This organisation has long defended hunting and shooting, especially hunting with hounds, opposed the HUNTING ACT 2004 and in Scotland campaigned against the PROTECTION OF WILD MAMMALS ACT 2002.
The Hunting Act 2004 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which bans the hunting of wild mammals (foxes, deer, hares and mink) with dogs in England and Wales. Irons referred to this Act as an “outrageous assault on civil liberties” and “one of the two most devastating parliamentary votes in the last century.”
The Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002 was passed by the Scottish Parliament making Scotland the first part of the United Kingdom to ban traditional fox hunting and hare coursing.
When he was asked in an interview by The Guardian on January 2007 about his biggest disappointment, he didn’t hesitate to reply: “When the British government banned fox hunting.”
The actor is also a critic of the death penalty for humans, even though those humans could have committed heinous crimes, but he does support the cruel blood sport of fox hunting in which innocent foxes, many of them being babies, are torn from their underground homes and chased by trained hounds until they are outrun and subsequently ripped to pieces.
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