For the Sake of Animals Don’t Vote Tory

Our humanity isn’t measured by how we treat other people…Our humanity is measured by how we treat animals.
Chuck Palahniuk

If you love animals and wish to protect our wildlife don’t vote Tory in the general election.

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The cruel and indiscriminate slaughter of our wildlife has to stop: hunting, shooting, deer stalking, the organised and legalised killing of animals such as badgers and other barbarous and wanton killing of defenceless animals. Such has no place in any civilised country.

With the coming election we have the power to bring an end to some of these atrocities.

If the conservatives are elected they intend the following concerning our wild life here in the UK.

The badger cull will be extended across the country

“If elected, the Tories would roll out the culling programme more widely across the country to areas where the disease was most common… Culls could begin as early as this year.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/wildlife/11431886/Badger-cull-extended-across-Britain-if-we-win-election-Tories-say.html

Apparently this will happen no matter about what you or I say:

“We will not let up, whatever complaints we get from protesters groups. We are in it for the long haul and we will not walk away.” Liz Truss ,environment secretary

If elected the Tories intend to reinstate fox hunting.

David Cameron says he wants to repeal the fox hunting ban.

“The Conservatives will hold a parliamentary vote on repealing the fox hunting ban if they win the next election, David Cameron has said.

The Prime Minister, who has previously ridden with the Heythrop Hunt in Oxfordshire, said he believed in the “freedom to hunt” and wanted fox hunting legalised.”

Read More:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-says-he-wants-to-repeal-the-fox-hunting-ban-10091571.html

Also see

“The Conservative Party will try to overturn the ban on fox hunting if elected in next year’s general election, it has emerged.”

“The pledge will form part of the Conservative Party’s 2015 manifesto.”

Read More:
http://metro.co.uk/2014/12/26/conservative-party-to-legalise-fox-hunting-if-they-win-general-election-2015-5000292/   – You will note if you have read the above article and voted at the conclusion that over 70 percent of those who took part in the poll are against fox hunting. Cameron knows this but gives no regard to the wishes of the majority.

Brian May is leading an anti blood sports campaign in the face of the Conservative resolve to repeal the law against fox hunting, stag hunting and hare coursing if they get win the forthcoming election.
http://www.save-me.org.uk/

Also see Team Badgers website for details of a campaign against the Badger Cull:
http://www.teambadger.org.uk/index.html

Cameron himself enjoys hunting and shooting stags.

“…the Prime Minister has been hunting down and killing animals for more than 20 years. Apparently he is one of the few marksmen skilled enough to shoot two stags in one go.

The fact remains that hunting is cruel and causes animals unnecessary suffering. It’s appalling that our country’s leader indulges in killing for the sheer fun of it

When animal cruelty is portrayed by some as a ‘sport’, it debases society and perpetuates unacceptable animal cruelty. Blood sports have no place in an ethically developed society. That is why polls repeatedly show that the vast majority of Britons oppose such gratuitous violence. We expect our elected politicians to protect the vulnerable and helpless, not to destroy them – much less to derive pleasure from it.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/so-you-like-deer-stalking-cameron-hunted-animals-feel-no-less-pain-than-larry-the-downing-street-cat-8777888.html

He also enjoys fox hunting, read the following rant from Cameron

“I have spent all week in a state of complete fury.

Like a man possessed with an advanced case of Tourette syndrome, I have been shouting at traffic and assailing my fellow men (and women).

What has brought on this demented state? The hunting debate

It is difficult to explain why this one issue makes me so furious.

Sitting in parliament involves hours of listening to opinions with which you profoundly disagree. I am usually able to do this without shouting, but as soon as I hear Labour members calling for hunting to be banned, I completely lose it.

When John McFall (Dumbarton) gets to his feet I shout “go back to Scotland, you’ve already banned it.”

Interrupting Gerald Kaufman during one of his lengthy and over-precise questions to the minister, I heard myself baying “shut up, you pompous prat.”

During the hunting debate I sat patiently for five hours without catching the Speaker’s eye. My carefully prepared speech was steadily crumpled and shredded in frustration.”

These remarks were made by then MP, now unfortunately Prime Minister, David Cameron in the Guardian Newspaper.

Read the complete article:
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2002/mar/22/davidcameron.politicalcolumnists

This is the tirade of the man who has been running or might I say ruining the country for the last five years. What does it say about his mentality?

His sickening enthusiasm for hunting a defenceless animal after pursuing him with a pack of hounds is nothing short of disturbing, not only because of the barbaric cruelty involved but because of his zealous even obsessive determination to pursue the matter of preventing a ban on hunting with hounds.

Also see my blog post
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/can-we-really-judge-a-mans-heart-by-his-treatment-of-animals/

“Cruelty to dumb animals is one of the distinguishing vices of low and base minds. Wherever it is found, it is a certain mark of ignorance and meanness; a mark which all the external advantages of wealth, splendour, and nobility, cannot obliterate. It is consistent neither with learning nor true civility.”
William Jones

Did you know  MPs, receive more mail regarding animals than on any other topic yet so little is done concerning thier welfare

Many might say that voting simply to protect wildlife might be rather too focused on a single issue while ignoring the whole picture. However one has to consider the type of thinking and the mentality of a person who devotes so much energy into reinstating a barbaric pastime such as Fox hunting and who pursues other cruel “sports”. If you can callously and wantonly and even worse enjoy killing an animal how can you feel compassion and concern for another human being. To kill an animal so readily with enthusiasm brings such a person a step or indeed several steps closer towards doing likewise to his own species. Though in Cameron’s case he does not kill people of course but most certainly he is willing to implement laws and reforms without a qualm which have resulted in the suffering and death of other people, such as the welfare reforms which have been responsible for deaths of thousands of sick and disabled people.
Consider the following quote from St Francis:
“Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission–to be of service to them whenever they require it… 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.”
This rather explains cameron’s lack of basic compassion towards those who are vulnerbale in our society

So you see that to not vote Tory for the sake of animals has a far-reaching effect. Really who wants a cold-blooded person who enjoys killing defenceless animals running the country and indirectly our very lives. I know I don’t that’s for sure.

“This tendency [to cruelty] should be watched in them [children], and if they incline to any such cruelty, they should be taught the contrary usage. For the custom of tormenting and killing other animals will, by degrees, harden their hearts even towards men… And they, who delight in the suffering and destruction of inferior creatures, will not be apt to be very compassionate or benign to those of their own kind.”
John Locke

For the sake of our wildlife, and for the sake of the most vulnerable in our society don’t vote Tory.

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
Immanuel Kant, Lectures on Ethics

Where do our main political parties stand on animal welfare.

With the exception of the Green Party and Labour trying to find  an entire up-to-date manifesto which includes detail of animal welfare is proving extremely difficult. In fact it has been quite a task to easily locate most of the manefestos

Here is what I have found.

Labour’s stance on wildlife and animal welfare:

“Six things you need to know about Labour’s plans to protect animals

We will also build on our proud record on animal welfare – starting with an end to the Government’s inhumane and ineffective badger cull, and a commitment to maintain the ban on hunting with dogs.”

http://www.labour.org.uk/blog/entry/six-things-you-need-to-know-about-labours-plans-to-protect-animals

Labour will axe badger cull and ban wild animals in circuses if it wins election in May
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/labour-axe-badger-cull-ban-5185304

The green party’s stance on wildlife and animal welfare:

The expansion and development of human society has inevitably affected the lives of many other species. Disruption to their lifestyles has been both accidental and deliberate and has resulted in suffering, death or even extinction. The prevailing assumption that animals can be used for any purpose that benefits humankind is not acceptable in a Green society.

Long Term Aims

To eliminate the wholesale exploitation of other species, foster understanding of our inter-relationship in the web of life and protect and promote natural habitat.
Read More:
http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/ar.html

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/resources/2014/AnimalProtectionManifesto.pdf
http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/ar.html

The green party have an impressive list of animal welfare polices, it is well worth reading the above.

Plaid Cymru

“We support the introduction of a European-level Animal Welfare Commissioner and adoption at all government levels of the new and comprehensive Animal Welfare law to end animal cruelty.”

http://www.partyof.wales/2015-manifesto/ while very vague – the above is the only mention of animals and animal welfare in the entire manifesto – I have to say though that Plaid Cymru have done a great job in making their manifesto easily accessible on-line, there is even an audio version and a simplified version.

UKIP do not appear to have any kind of manifesto, apparently no one is interested until after Easter:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ukip/11448569/Nigel-Farage-no-Ukip-manifesto-until-after-Easter-how-it-happened.html

The conservative stance on animal welfare appears non existent. Their only commitment concerning animals is negative and is their pledge to reinstate hunting with dogs (fox hunting) and the continued killing of badgers.  According to Cameron: “The Hunting Act has done nothing for animal welfare. A Conservative Government will give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote, with a government Bill in government time.”  How hell can the bill have done nothing for animal welfare? It has saved foxes from a cruel death. If it has had little effect it is only as a result of the blatant flouting of the law by hunters who are rarely prosecuted.

A decade on from the ban, fox hunting is still thriving

If we send the message that police and politicians can turn a blind eye to illegal behaviour simply because they don’t like the law, the entire justice system is undermined.”

Here is how Cameron justifies hunting

“It is my firm belief that people should have the freedom to hunt, so I share the frustration that many people feel about the Hunting Act and the way it was brought in by the last government,”

It’s not about freedom it’s about what is right and what is wrong, it’s about ethics and morality, it’s about the right of animals to live their lives free from harm and abuse, it’s about ethical progress and making the world a better place for both human and non human animals. You could use the freedom excuse to justify just about anything even killing each other.

Note: There is at the time of writing no Tory manifesto as a result of Cameron demanding a rewrite
http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2015/03/cameron-orders-a-re-write-of-the-tory-manifesto/

Liberal Democrats  

… work to restore habitats for bees and other flying insects.

Introduce effective, science-led ways of controlling bovine TB, including by investing to produce workable vaccines. We will only support extending the existing cull pilots if they have shown they can be effective, humane and safe.

Improve farm animal welfare and reduce the use of animals in scientific research, including by funding research into alternatives.

http://www.libdems.org.uk/liberal_democrats_launch_2015_pre_manifesto – how the hell can it be humane to kill badgers, there is never ever anything humane about killing a healthy animal.

Scotiish National Party

I can find any mention of animal welfare polices in their 2015 manifesto:
http://votesnp.com/campaigns/SNP_Manifesto_2011_lowRes.pdf  Though there is information concerning their stance on animal welfare in the EU: Our Animal Welfare priorities for Europe:
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/images/pdf/SNP_Animal_Welfare.pdf

Concerning the above parties the Greens come out the best for animal welfare and animal rights, with Labour the next in line.

Related Links

For Foxes Sake Don’t Vote Tory
https://www.facebook.com/FFSDVT

camerons chosen people..
https://foxinparliament.wordpress.com/tag/david-cameron/page/3/

Comments about fox hunting by Brain May:
http://www.brianmay.com/brian/brianssb/brianssbmar10a.html

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/mar/06/david-cameron-backs-repeal-of-ban-on-hunting-with-dogs?CMP=share_btn_fb

Credits

Graphics from:

http://www.huntsabs.org.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Croydon-Hunt-Saboteurs/105305009534130?sk=photos_stream&ref=page_internal

 

A message to Fox Hunters

All you fox hunters out there, you are killing a sentient being. Look how playful the fox is in the first video, just like your pet dog upon whom you may lavish your attention – odd but true people who enjoy killing foxes may like any of us have a dog as a companion animal.

Foxes are thinking feeling creatures who wish to live as do you or your dog.

Watch the videos and see for yourself what extraordinary creatures they are

A Fox Steals A Man’s Golf Ball And Has The Time Of His Life!

In this cute animal video, a baby fox has a great time messing with these golfers golfball. Adorable!

 

Dawn the Fox wags her tail

This is Dawn, one of the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary’s 6 resident foxes that cannot be returned to the wild. The majority of animals we get in is injured wildlife that is aimed to be returned into the wild, however, Dawn was a young fox that was took into a dog rescue centre as the member of public that found her thought she was a dog! When they realised they bought her into us but it was too late, because she was too tame and this meant that she wouldn’t be able to look after herself in the wild. Dawn is not a pet, and we do not recommend any fox or wild animal as a pet.

 

Jack the Fox – A Day in the Life

Join Jack the Fox on his daily routine including a quick game of football and a shampoo and blow dry!

Fox hunting has been banned here in the UK though no doubt in more isolated areas it continues.

We need to make sure that fox hunting remains banned and is not reinstated:

Fox Hunting Season Starts:

League Against Cruel Sports’ Investigators will be out in force throughout the Season gathering evidence of wildlife crime in order to bring the criminals to justice. The team combines the knowledge and skills of experienced investigators, legal experts including a solicitor and ex police officers.

Read More:
http://www.league.org.uk/get-involved/calendar-dates/2014/nov/fox-hunting-season-starts

Keep the wildlife crime telephone number handy and report anyone fox hunting or hunting with dogs:
WILDLIFE CRIMEWATCH LINE 01483 361 108

An offical explanation of hunting with dogs:
https://www.gov.uk/hunting-and-the-law – sadly the barbarous cruelty of hunting rabbits and rats and retrieving hares that have been shot is still allowed as is drag hunting and trail
hunting – this could easily be used as a cover for fox hunting – and the supposed flushing out of pests.

Take Action
The Government is trying to bring back fox hunting

The Government has indicated that they have been considering amending the Hunting Act by using an Affirmative Statutory Instrument (SI), a type of legislation that can be used to push unpopular changes through Parliament with less scrutiny than a full vote on repeal would require.

Read More and send a message. Tell your MP that you don’t want a repeal by the back door.
http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=122&ea.campaign.id=26535

Not convinced of the cruelty of Fox Hunting? Watch the videos.

Warning desturbing images for those of us who are sensitive to the suffering of another sentient being.

And

Regarding one of the You Tube comments following the 2nd video:

“David Cameron has promised a free and fair vote on the issue, no party whips, no being told how to vote, its highly democratic.”  Democracy has nothing to do with this issue which is about what is right and what is wrong, what is ethical and what is unethical. The murder of a sentient being for amusement can never be ethical, nor allowed in any country that wishes to make moral progress. The consensus or otherwise of cruelty whether it be hunting or other form of abuse, and there are just so many,  is irrelavant.  The hunting of any creature has no place in any modern civilised society. I find the fact that our prime minister,  who is responsible for the suffering of millions – including thousands of deaths – as a result of welfare reforms, pursues the so-called sport of hunting very disturbing.

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

Regardless of religious affiliation or other wise the above statement is just so true in the case of Cameron and in the case of anyone who mistreats animals. Such people are more likely to mistreat their own species as they have so little regard for the sanctity of life, the right to life.

“There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Interesting fact

David Cameron’s local hunt, The Heythrop Hunt, with which the Prime Minister has ridden six times before the law changed was the first to be convicted and fined for illegally killing foxes:

http://www.occupyforanimals.org/fox-hunting.html

There certainly is little justice in this country and never will be under the dictatorship of someone who has little respect for the rights of other living beings. One should indeed consider the strong possibility that Cameron will try to reinstate Fox hunting if he and his detestable Tory party are elected next year. Yet another reason not to vote Tory

For Fox sake Don’t Vote Tory – To warn people of the risk to wildlife if Tories (or UKIP) are re-elected
https://www.facebook.com/FFSDVT