The Animal Interfaith Alliance (AIA) is dismayed at the Government’s underhand tactics to bring back foxhunting.
Despite over 80% of the British public supporting The Hunting Act and not wanting a return to foxhunting, David Cameron’s government still hoped to have a vote in the House of Commons to repeal the Act. When it realised that it did not have the required majority to support a repeal of the Act, it resorted to underhand tactics to bring back foxhunting.
On budget day, a day when it was hoped that other news would go unnoticed, it announced that it was going to bring forward a statutory instrument to alter The Hunting Act to allow an unlimited number of dogs to flush out a fox rather than the current maximum of two dogs. Presumably it hoped that only the pro-hunting MPs would be made aware of the vote and that it could slip this amendment through under the radar.
AIA is dismayed that the government should act in such an underhand way and try to deceive the public. It is dismayed that, in a democratic country, the government should ignore the wishes of the majority of the British people and serve the vested interests of a minority of loud and powerful individuals.
Chasing and tearing apart our beautiful British wildlife for sport has no place in a compassionate society. It never had a place in the teachings of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism or Sikhism and we now know, following Pope Francis’ new encyclical Laudato Si’, it certainly has no place in the teachings of the Catholic church.