End The Cruelty of Pheasant Shooting.

“When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning.
Marv Levy

No matter where you go here in the UK or anywhere else for that matter you can never escape the reality of just how morally backward we are or at least our governments are.

To add to the appalling suffering of our own species as a result of the actions of the minority is the unremitting deliberate suffering inflicted on helpless animals in the name of “sport”.

Look at the photo below which was taken by myself during a recent family day out to the Lake District, a place we occasionally visit in an attempt to appreciate the beautiful landscape and the hope of finding a little peace and tranquillity.

Intensively reared phesant realised to be targets for the perverted pleasure of hunting and shooting 2015

While travelling along one of the winding roads leading to Derwent Water we were amazed to see thousands of pheasants in the woodland, in fields and all over the road. Speeding motorists had run over some and still more came heading from the woodlands in the direction of a large field towards the sound of a tractor and a beating sound rather like that of a drum. Some were running frantically here and there flying in short spates. All of this terrorized sheep grazing in the field who bleated and ran to… well there was no where for the poor creatures to run. Yes sheep are used to birds of course and you often see black birds sitting on their backs while the sheep sit chewing the cud or sleeping quite undeterred. Yet this huge flocking of thousands of pheasants sent the sheep into quite a frenzy of frantic bleating. In a wood right at the far end was a tractor from which a man was throwing what I assume was seed into the field and this is what the birds were after.

It took a while to realise that what we were seeing were pheasants who had been deliberately and intensively reared in order for those of an aberrant way of thinking, usually the rich, to massacre these defenceless creatures in their thousands beginning October 1st, which is the official pheasant shooting season.

Please watch the video below and click the link for more information from the League Against Cruel Sport. You may find some of the footage disturbing – but please try to at least listen to the information which describes the shocking cruelty inflicted on birds reared for shooting.

Gunsmoke and Mirrors – An Exposé into the Shooting Industry

“Watch the League documentary Gunsmoke and Mirrors which reveals the truth behind the shooting industry.

Despite claims that game birds are wild, natural and free range we show the reality of the intensive breeding and rearing conditions, shocking footage of the millions of other animals killed each year, many in brutal snares, to protect this precious stock for shooting. Plus, evidence of the huge amount of wastage the industry produces making it clear that this is not about food but about sport.”
League Against Cruel Sport

Shooting

“Around 50 million birds are released each year into the British countryside to be shot for sport. Around half never get within sight of a gun. They die from exposure, cannibalism, predation, traffic collision and starvation. “

Read More:
http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/shooting?gclid=CKGH6cn1_8cCFaIIwwoduBcAxg

Take Action

Shooting – What you can do

“You can support the League Against Cruel Sports in a number of ways to help save game birds:

  • Join us! Please register your support and we will keep you up-to-date with our campaigns and invite you to take action and get involved to help protect birdlife.  The more supporters we have, the more we can bring about change to improve animals’ lives.
  • Be an advocate for animals, talk to family & friends about the cruelty of shooting. Facebook and Twitter are great placed to start the conversion, so be sure to like us and retweet us whenever you can.”
  • Report incidents of shooting on public access land to the League on 01483 524 250, especially if landowners are preventing access whilst shooting is in progress.

View more suggested actions:
http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/shooting/what-you-can-do-about-game-shooting – Please note the “register your support” link brings up a “Page not found”. Maybe this is a temporary glitch and it might be worth trying again later, but there are many other actions you can take to stop all cruel “Sports” here: http://www.league.org.uk/get-involved
You may also join the League Against cruel Sports here: http://www.league.org.uk/how-to-donate/join-the-league

I have to say regardless of whether the unfortunate animal is reared for this sickening pastime or simply a bird or other animal in the wild living life as nature intended the killing of any animal is unethical, cruel and in the modern world unnecessary and should be outlawed. There is no place in any modern ethically progressive society for the wanton and brutal killing of the other species with whom we share this world – at least there shouldn’t be. The life of any animal, human or non human is as important to them as our lives are to us. No creature wants to die, the struggle for survival is a powerful instinct shared by all creatures.

Pheasants of course are not the only birds to be massacred en mass, August the 12th commenced the grouse shooting season heralding four months of the lawful killing of millions of tiny defenceless birds, disturbance of the quiet of the countryside and significant detrimental alteration of and damage to the countryside to accommodate this disgusting pastime.  The sound of gun fire during a hike or stroll through the Yorkshire Dales and elsewhere is disturbing in the extreme knowing that some poor animal has died or has been wounded and may be left to die suffering for many hours. Not to forget also the obvious disturbing nature of gunshot fire with the possibility of accidents and concern for ones own safety.

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
Thomas A. Edison

Why do we stand by and allow such vile and barbaric pursuits by people who are of warped mentality. It is shameful that this country which boosts of being animal lovers condones by law the wanton massacre of millions of helpless animals to satisfy the perverted pleasure of these pathetic barbarians. It is scandalous that our country’s leader is himself an avid hunter who pursues the reinstatement of fox-hunting with disturbing persistence, who has previously ridden with the Heythrop Hunt in Oxfordshire and enjoys deer stalking. That such a vile man who finds pleasure in the sickening so-called sport of hunting down a defenceless animal and watch while the poor creature is torn apart by dogs is leader of our country and makes decision that require compassion and morality is scary, frightening, disturbing and frankly horrific. It is hoped that in the future people will look back at such atrocities to the other beings with whom we share this planet as the barbarism that it is and wonder why someone who enjoyed such blatant cruelty became leader of our country and why people voted him for a second term knowing his policies on hunting and his shameful treatment of the most vulnerable in our society, namely sick and disabled people. In The Basis of Morality the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, wrote: “Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”

Also

Deliberate cruelty to our defenceless and beautiful little cousins is surely one of the meanest and most detestable vices of which a human being can be guilty.
William Ralph Inge – English author, Anglican priest, professor of divinity at Cambridge, and Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Two quotes that refer to the dubious and unsavory – in my opinion down right evil – nature of a person who is cruel to animals. Cameron most certainly fits the description of such a person yet he has the power to determine not only what happens to animals but to the 64 million people who live here in the UK and indeed elsewhere.

Time to ban out right the wanton killing of wild animals, no exceptions, including the badger cull. Why should we allow the disturbed minority to murder en mass helpless animals, rampaging through our country side taking pot shots at helpless birds, rabbits, hares and just about anything that moves,  riding on horse back chasing a tiny fox, or a stalking a majestic deer. Surely it is wrong and if you are not appalled why not? There has to be something very amiss with those who participate and those who condone by their silence. We will never have a peaceful world while we allow people of this ilk to murder defenceless animals whether it is by hunting, shooting, culling or the mass killing of incarcerated animals in farms . We most certainly will never have a peaceful world, a just world while we allow such people to govern the nations of the earth.

“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”

Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization

Related Links

“REARING PHEASANTS FOR SHOOTS By Clare Druce, Director of the Farm Animal Welfare Network Every year in the UK more than 20 million pheasants are reared for ‘sport’. Does this mean that pheasant meat (or game) is the thing to choose if you want to avoid the cruelties of factory farming? Surely these birds have enjoyed free and natural lives before the moment of instant death?”

Read More
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/images/pdf/kfrp.pdf

Please Sign A Petition to Bring About a Crack Down On The Illegal Hunting Of Birds Throughout Europe!

“When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning. ”
Marv Levy

Did you know that the animals most harmed in the name of so called sport are birds. Find out more further down.

If you have time to read nothing else please at least sign the petition to protect some birds from the barbarity of hunting.

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“Please sign and share this petition worldwide in an effort to speak out in Europe against the illegal hunting of birds. Because of various looplaws and inconsistencies in the laws, it appears that too many birds are losing their lives, leading to a clear extinction of various breeds. We are concerned about specific species of birds such as the Amur Falcon and Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia Curruca) along with the possibility of endangerment and extinction of these birds, among others.”

Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/206/194/838/crack-down-on-the-illegal-hunting-of-birds-throughout-europe/?z00m=22834828

More information about the hunting of birds worldwide

It is sickening that some people in our modern society feel the need to hunt any animal and that those in authority such as the EU which implement laws prohibiting such action ignore the blatant breaking of the law in this regard or have failed to close loopholes that allow the mass slaughter of these defenceless animals.

Legal or illegal it is time time to bring an end to the barbarity of hunting any creature, such as here in the UK where it is legal to shoot so called game birds such as grouse, peasants and other birds – there are even proposals to cull/kill robins.  Other than some perverted pleasure there is no reason to hunt and kill any creature. No we are not the earth’s stewards, we have no right to kill any other living being simply for pleasure or under the guise of conservation and excuses commonly made such as thinning down over population and labeling certain creatures as pests and vermin. Nature usually if left alone controls any population explosion as such is always self-limiting.

Here is an example of the barbarity of shooting migrating birds in Malta where there is at present no laws to protect these birds from those who take perverted pleasure in shooting them out of the sky and when they land to rest during their long migration:

“Every spring thousands of exhausted migratory birds land in Malta to rest and feed during their long journey. What they don’t know is that 10,000 hunters are waiting for them with the chilling motto ‘if it flies it dies’.”

Read More:
http://www.league.org.uk/malta

Please watch the video if you have not already done so

This weekend “a referendum, the first of its kind on Malta, will ask whether hunters should continue to be allowed to shoot quail and turtle doves in the spring, when birds stop for a rest in the country on their journey from Africa to northern Europe.”

Read More
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/10/malta-bird-hunting-spring-referendum-animal-welfare

Please watch the video blogs

“Ten thousand hunters on the islands can shoot unlimited numbers of birds, including turtle dove, quail, skylark and song thrush for a five month period between September and January. Hunters can also hunt over 80% of the Maltese countryside”

http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/shooting/the-shooting-of-migratory-birds-in-malta/autumn-hunting-in-malta

Europe of course is not alone in its negligence concerning protection of wild birds from hunting, in many other parts of the world there are no laws at all or the laws are ignored and not enforced.

Here are some disturbing examples

Birds massacred in Lebanon – Unfettered hunting a disgrace

“November 2012. We have been contacted by someone from Lebanon who wants to highlight the terrible situation there, where birds are shot indiscriminately in there thousands. As Lebanon is at the cross roads between Europe, Asia and Africa, many of the birds are killed while migrating to and from their breeding grounds.”

Read More
http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/lebanon-bird-hunt.html#cr

For the latest information about the killing of birds in the Lebanon

Stop Hunting in the Lebanon
https://www.facebook.com/stophuntinglebanon

Last Song for Migrating Birds

From glue-covered sticks in Egypt hang two lives, and a question: How can we stop the slaughter of songbirds migrating across the Mediterranean?

Read More:
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/07/songbird-migration/franzen-text

Doves are shot for pleasure in Argentina

In Google enter “stop dove shooting in Argentina” and you will see at least two pages of websites promoting the hunting of these defenceless birds.  Sickening the number of links to websites extolling this cruelty as a pleasure. One website advertises non stop shooting.

Unfortunately there appears to be no campaigns to stop this , at least none that I can find.

Morning Doves are shot for pleasure in the USA

Dove Shooting: A Grisly Hunt

“Mourning doves are the traditional bird of peace and a beloved backyard songbird. But some people use mourning doves as live targets, sometimes calling them “cheap skeet.” Hunters kill more doves each year—more than 20 million—than any other animal in the country.”
http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/dove_shoot/

Albania’s Coastal Wetlands: Killing Field for Migrating Birds

“Millions of birds migrating between Africa and Europe are being illegally hunted on the Balkan Peninsula, with the most egregious poaching occurring in Albania. Conservationists and the European Commission are calling for an end to the carnage.”

by phil mckenna

“Environmental groups have estimated that more than two million ducks, geese, songbirds, and raptors are shot along the Adriatic’s eastern shores every year — part of what’s known as the Adriatic Flyway, a key migratory route for birds making their seasonal journeys between the European and African continents. A recent analysis by Wetlands International, a conservation group based in the Netherlands, concluded that as many as one-third of all birds using the Black Sea-Mediterranean Flyway — an area that includes the Adriatic Flyway — are now in decline, in large part due to illegal hunting.”

Read More:
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/poachers_in_albanias_wetlands_decimate_migrating_waterbirds/2819/

Well I could go on adding link after link, there are few places safe for birds in this world of ours. I am shocked in the extreme, saddened and sickened by mans barbarity. It is disturbing to know we share this world with people of this ilk. Sometimes I am ashamed to be human.

From beasts we scorn as soulless,
In forest, field and den,
The cry goes up to witness
The soullessness of men.
M. Frida Hartley

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Graphics from:

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

 

Where do Your Political Candidates Stand on Animal Welfare

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If you do not have time to read the following introduction please scroll down to send a message concerning animal welfare to all candidates in your constituency. Also “Tweet for animals” on April 2nd.

“An English gentleman would not himself give a moment’s unnecessary pain to any living creature, and would instinctively exert himself to put an end to any suffering before his eyes: yet it is a fact that every game preserver in this country sanctions a system which consigns thousands of animals to acute agony, probably of eight or ten hours duration, before it is ended by death. I allude to the setting of steel traps for catching vermin.”

“Bull-baiting and cock-fighting have rightly been put down by law; I hope it may never be said that the members of the British Parliament will not make laws to protect animals if such laws should in any way interfere with their own sports.

Some who reflect upon this subject for the first time will wonder how such cruelty can have been permitted to continue in these days of civilisation; and no doubt if men of education saw with their own eyes what takes place under their sanction, the system would have been put an end to long ago.”
Charles Darwin referring to steel traps

Indeed the cruelty meted out to animals in the name of “sport” should have long been consigned to history.

Of particular note in the above quote :I hope it may never be said that the members of the British Parliament will not make laws to protect animals if such laws should in any way interfere with their own sports.

Unfortunately some members of the British government avoid making laws to protect animals or attempt to revoke laws which have been painstakingly passed if it interferes with their sport, Cameron’s continued attempts to reinstate hunting with dogs, fox hunting, is a case in point.

Please take the following actions

Send a message to all candidates in your constituency

Find out where your political candidates stand on animal welfare by sending them a message to question them directly on and ask them to support the five 5 key requests included in the League Against Cruel Sports’ 2015 Election Manifesto.

We are asking every parliamentary candidate to support our five election pledges.

1. To defend and strengthen the Hunting Act

 2. To ban the use of snares

 3. To conduct an independent inquiry into the commercial shooting industry

 4. To take tough action to deal with illegal dog fighting

 5. To strengthen protection for racing greyhounds”

Read more detail and take action by sending a form letter to your candidates:
http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/election-manifesto/take-action-for-animals-general-election-2015

Please send the message included in the above link, it is easier than it sounds as it does not require editing. The message will be sent to each candidate in your constituency.

More Action you can take

Tweet For Animals

“On Thursday 2nd April leaders from the 7 main political parties in the UK will  be taking part in a live televised debate and we want you to tweet them and tell them that animals matter at the general election.”

Click the link below to access links to each of the party leaders’ Twitter accounts. Click on the “Tweet” button and be a voice for animals.”

http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/election-manifesto/tweet-for-animals

Hunting, shooting, deer stalking, hare coursing, snaring, dog racing and other so called”sports” should be banned outright, such should have no place in any civilised society. While dog fighting is of course banned there should be more done to enforce such a ban. Rather like fox hunting, bans of this kind are ignored which makes them meaningless.

 

 

 

Man is The Only Animal Who Kills for Sport

When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature who was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning.
Marv Levy

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Here in the UK we are approaching the middle of the grouse shooting season, which comprises four months when the small minority of privileged psychopaths in our society have license to shoot as many tiny birds as they so please simply for the sheer enjoyment of doing so. They may tell you differently. Paint the scenario with a veneer of respectability as though they are doing the countryside a favour by culling (Killing) these defenceless birds to keep the population down, preserve the unique landscape and even provide employment. But the truth is they are nothing more than sadists who kill for the pleasure of doing so.

In fact far from preserving the countryside grouse shooting is:

… ruining the countryside of Northern England and warming the planet as swathes of upland peatlands rich in wildlife are burned to provide the best conditions for red grouse, new research warns.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/grouse-shooting-is-warming-planet-as-peatlands-burned-to-improve-conditions-for-birds-9765659.html

Watch the video. Look at the determination on that man’s face in the second clip, sickening, just sickening, truly disturbing as is the fact that here in the UK this barbarity is lawful, as it, and similar massacres of helpless animals, are world-wide. The sole purpose of these so called “field sports” is to satisfy those in society who enjoy such perverted pleasure.

Grouse are of course not the only animals killed for pleasure here in the UK

Here is a list of animals that are considered fair game

Rabbits, hares, grouse, ducks foxes, mink, deer – our prime minister enjoys deer stalking, what does that say about him, what does it say about anyone of this ilk.

In fact there is quite a list of creatures, the murder of whom is either classed as hunting, shooting or stalking, all of these classifications are to my mind one and the same and that is the senseless and wanton killing of another sentient being, a crime against a living creature and against nature.

Here is the complete list of animals killed for perverted pleasure.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunting_and_shooting_in_the_United_Kingdom

Less than one in ten people think shooting live animals is ‘totally acceptable’

Read More:

Gruesome Twelfth” marks start of grouse shooting season
http://www.league.org.uk/news-and-opinion/news-stories/2011/aug/gruesome-twelfth-marks-start-of-grouse-shooting-season

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.
James A. Froude

It goes without saying that hunting, shooting, stalking and the like take place world-wide. The fact that such atrocities take place quite lawfully in every country on the globe is appalling. Though such pursuits are considered a reasonable pastime, such acceptance of wanton cruelty is outrageous if you really think about it. Although such barbarities are generally referred to as field sports it’s not sport is it, it is nothing more than an atrocity, a crime against the other species with whom we share this world.

The fact that websites such as the following and the business they represent are actually lawful is a disgrace:
 http://www.deer-stalking.co.uk/

http://www.argentinadoveandduck.com/ – check out the vile bunch of murdering thugs posing for a photo. Look at the big brave men who find pleasure in shooting tiny defenceless birds, shame on them.

How can this be right, how can this be just? To most decent people with a modicum of compassion it’s most certainly not. Yet not one country out laws these cruel massacres of helpless animals, not one. Rachel Carson author of silent Spring described such behaviour as setting back the progress of humanity.We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.

Actions to take

The Tory Environment Secretary says that bringing back fox hunting is her priority if the Tories win the next election.
Sign our petition telling her to keep this brutal blood sport where it belongs – in the history books:

https://donation.labour.org.uk/index.php/site/dont-bring-back-fox-hunting?source=14_10_04_fox_hunting&subsource=facebook_taf

Let’s Ban Cruel sports

Click the link below to take any of a number of actions as you can to help end cruel blood sports:
http://www.league.org.uk/

Other than the law concerning hunting with dogs there are no laws to protect wild animals from these murderous barbarians. Until we take the huge step forward in our ethical progress and ban blood/ field sports outright you might consider becoming or supporting Hunt Sabotuers
http://www.huntsabs.org.uk/

The following quotations from the famous and not so famous condemn the abominable barbarity of this so-called sport – hunting, shooting, stalking.

“Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventure, and for hides and furs is a phenomena which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging is such acts of brutality.”
The Dalai Lama

It is very strange, and very melancholy, that the paucity of human pleasures should persuade us ever to call hunting one of them.
Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784), Anecdotes of Samuel Johnson

“Whenever I see a photograph of some sportsman grinning over his kill, I am always impressed by the striking moral and esthetic superiority of the dead animal to the live one.”
Edward Abbey, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

“Hunting is a form of legal mass murder.What serial killers do to people, hunters do to animals. They select, stalk, then kill their innocent victim. The motive of the sport hunter is not survival, it’s pleasure, a.k.a. fun. They love killing! And it’s not a sport. The animal can’t shoot back and doesn’t even know it’s in the game. Hunters are snipers. They all claim to love and respect nature but kill and wound the best nature has to offer. They destroy what they say they care about. This is thoroughly psychopathic. They are so blinded by their love of killing that they cannot see how immoral it is, not to mention cruel. Taking life for one’s own pleasure is as evil as one can get. Hunters are a most despicable bunch.”

Comment Debate Org:
http://www.debate.org/opinions/should-animal-hunting-be-banned

Grouse shooting mania in Yorkshire has contributed to a massive area of moor being developed into a monoculture where few other wildlife can survive. It’s depressing walking across Agraah or Reeth or Pately and Grassington moors and see low lying heather surrounded by roads for shooters vehicles to travel along, and know full well the devastation of roots and diverse herbiage is contributing to the flooding that now causes devastation to valleys such as Holmfirth Hebden Bridge etc.

Not only that the lack of due diligence given to stop what I would surmise is illegal hunting and laying out of wildlife to trap and ensnare grouse predators is an appalling act of vandalism that should be stopped asap. It is offensive and insulting to those of us who want to spend time in those few places of common land right enjoyment.

I am sick of having to move out of the way of mealy mouthed shooters who seem to have more rights than the rest of us when it comes to monopolising the moorland. Also, dog owners are kept off the moors whilst shooters are able to take theirs up at any hunting season which is outrageous.

It’s time this mindless vandalism of our moors was stopped and those who want to shoot driven to driving ranges where there are lots of clay pigeons for them to aim bullets.

Never mind Co2, the issue is more important than some mindless game of irrational stats when huge acreage of land tract is being abused by a few yuppy yobs.

Comment on the article above:
Grouse shooting ‘is warming planet’ as peatlands burned to improve conditions for birds

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/grouse-shooting-is-warming-planet-as-peatlands-burned-to-improve-conditions-for-birds-9765659.html