AR-NewsUK - Hunting - help to get it banned!
Peg Leg Bates
joe.miele at verizon.net
Mon Jun 23 08:24:16 EDT 2003
From: "Greyhound Action" greyhoundaction at blueyonder.co.uk
We've received the message below from the National Anti-Hunt Campaign and we
urge all Greyhound Action supporters to support the protest and/or contact
As a greyhound protection group we are specifically opposed to hare
coursing, because, quite apart from the deplorable cruelty caused to the
hares, the dogs involved quite frequently suffer injuries and are often
"disposed of" when no longer considered good enough for coursing. People
derive pleasure from watching hares pursued and torn to pieces can, by no
stretch of the imagination, be expected to care about the well-being of any
animal, including dogs.
There are also strong links between greyhound racing and hare coursing. The
registrations for racing dogs are held by the Coursing Clubs, both in
Britain and Ireland, and the National Greyhound Racing Club made a
submission to the Burns Inquiry (into hunting) in support of hare coursing.
We are aware that the bill, as it stands, will prohibit hare coursing - and
we want to make absolutely sure that this occurs.
With regard to other forms of hunting, once again, quite apart from the
appalling cruelty to wildlife, there is a close similarity with greyhound
racing in that dogs that fail to make the grade or cease to be "good
for the purpose are almost always put to death. This amounts to many
thousands of foxhounds and other hunting dogs massacred by hunts every year
and is reason enough to ban huntng with dogs without even taking into
account the suffering caused to hares, foxes, deer etc.
In addition to the info below, you can go to
http://www.parliament.uk/directories/directories.cfm to find out who your
MP is or fax your MP free via e-mail from www.FaxYourMP.com
Tony Peters, Greyhound Action
HUNTING BILL - URGENT PROTEST, 2.00pm MON 30th JUNE
The Government has just announced that the Hunting Bill will return to the
House of Commons for its crucial Report Stage on Monday 30 June. This was
supposed to happen during the spring but was delayed after ministers
it was "inappropriate" to discuss hunting while we were at war in the Gulf.
The reason I refer to the Report Stage as crucial is simple - it represents
the last chance MPs have to amend the bill from the messy "third way"
compromise it is now, to the complete ban on hunting we are all so anxious
to see. If the bill as it stands at the moment were to become law, only
hunting and the hunting and coursing of hares would be prohibited. Fox and
mink hunting would continue under licence. This must not be allowed to
The NAHC feels it is important to remind MPs at this stage just what the
public feels about hunting. We are therefore calling for a mass protest
against hunting outside the House of Commons on the day of the vote. The
protest will start at 2.00pm. Although the debate does not start until
3.30pm, we want MPs to see us as they arrive!
On display will be our now infamous ten feet long banners depicting scenes
of hunt kills along with our simple message - No Hunting No Compromise. MPs
are familiar with this message - last month we took a full page advert
in the parliamentary House Magazine, just to remind our law-makers we are
still here! Other banners will be provided, but do feel free to produce and
bring your own placards with your own personal message.
The importance of this protest cannot be overstated. If this bill does not
ban hunting - all hunting - it will be next to impossible to persuade the
Government to allocate yet more time to the matter in future. Please bring
as many people as you can.
As well as attending the protest, we are asking all supporters to do the
Write (I know, yet another!) letter to your MP asking for a ban. MPs will
come under intense pressure over the coming days to support the compromise.
With several traditionally anti-hunt MPs already thinking of doing so, this
really is important. Complacency is our enemy - please don't assume we can
rely on your MP.
Send in a donation to enable us to advertise the protest. We only received
few days notice of the Report Stage which makes it hugely difficult to
promote a demonstration - the only way we can reach large numbers of people
at such short notice is advertising - and at the moment we simply don't
the funds to advertise as extensively as we would like.
Phone your MP's office on the morning of the vote and ask all your friends
to do the same. Give MPs a last-minute reminder of the extent of public
opposition to bloodsports. The number is the same for all MPs - 0207 219
3000. Be polite but firm - ask them to do all they can to secure a complete
end to hunting. If you don't know who your MP is, call Commons Information
on 0207 219 4272 and they'll tell you.
I know it seems at times as though we are fighting a never-ending battle -
but we really are entering the end-game. Even if you've never attended a
protest or lobbied your MP before, please take part in this final push.
Together we can and must win - our wildlife depends on it.
See you on the demo!
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