ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Hunting with Dogs - No Return to Cruelty Campaign

Updated on October 10, 2011

Introduction of the Hunting Act 2004

After 80 years of campaigning, the UK finally introduced the Hunting Act in 2004. The act banned hunting foxes, stags, hare and mink with dogs.

Hunting with dogs was a traditional country "sport" and was a social event held at local hunts through the hunting seasons. The Hunts provided local employment for many hard hit rural areas.

Pro-hunt campaigners alleged that the hunting ban would result in loss of employment, packs of dogs and horses being put down and a rise in the population of "pests" that they hunted.

In the five years since the ban, none of that has happened.

When the hunting ban was introduced, I had horses. Many people in the horse community then supported the Hunts. People who would never go hunting before the ban now spent their time travelling to local hunts to take part in the chase.

What were they chasing?

Pre-laid scent. A hunt is a thrilling day. The social aspect of the hunt; meeting and mingling with other horse owners, dressing up and galloping through the countryside.

The outcome on a traditional hunt is not thrilling. In fact the cruelty of watching dogs tear apart their quarry in a slow painful death is sickening.

What I saw locally, people who would normally avoid the hunt now taking part, has been backed by statistics in a survey carried out in October 2009 by the Countryside Alliance.

  • 93% of Hunts say they have the same number if not more members than before the hunting ban
  • 10% of Hunts have more hounds than before the hunting ban
  • 10% say they have more employees than before the hunting ban

So, given that the hunting ban has had no ill effect on the countryside, why the new interest in hunting with dogs?

No Return To Cruelty Campaign Poster

Hunting with Dogs - No Return to Cruelty

There will be a General Election later this year and hunting with dogs is back on the agenda. Conservative Party leader David Cameron has pledged to allow MPs a free vote on whether to repeal the Hunting Act if he becomes Prime Minister.

This is not about shooting a pest on your land.

It isn't about controlling populations of animals that may be a nuisance.

It isn't about hunting for food.

It is a blood sport; hunting with dogs is done for fun.

A recent MORI poll showed that 75% of the British public did not want a return to hunting with dogs as a sport.

As the General Election approaches, please contact your local candidates and ask that they vote to keep the Hunting Act, should there be a free vote on it.

The following video from IFAW in Action depicts scenes before the hunting ban came into force. It is pretty horrific and shows the cruelty of hunting with dogs. You may find the images distressing.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • LadySeren profile imageAUTHOR

      LadySeren 

      8 years ago from UK

      Thanks for calling in Habee. I agree there is a big difference between hunting and shooting for food and blood sports where the animal is just torn apart by dogs. The practice is barbaric, I am stunned anyone in their right mind would want to make it legal again.

    • habee profile image

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I hate this kind of hunting! I'm not opposed to hunting and shooting an animal for meat, but hunting one just to let dogs tear it apart is terrible! Great hub!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)