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Hunting Policy

Badgerland are 100% against the hunting of each and every animal for so-called sport.

  • We stand opposed to badger-baiting.
  • We are opposed to fox-hunting.
  • We are against hare coursing.
  • We also believe that hunting deer with horses or hounds is an abominable act of cruelty.

We will tolerate the use of animals in activities which are closely allied to their natural behaviour where no cruelty is involved. In our view, the use of horses in drag hunts is fine, as is horse-racing and show-jumping. We are also OK with dog shows, dog-racing and pigeon racing.

However, we do not agree that animals should be confined to zoos in order to entertain us humans (after years of campaigning the much-criticised Glasgow Zoo has finally closed down). We also believe that the potential for abuse of animals in advertising should stop. We have NEVER bought that brand of tea that "abuses" Chimps by making them dress up in pathetic costumes. Halfords started using Chimps in their adverts. As a family who can drive over 40,000 miles in a single year, we've saved quite a lot of money by boycotting Halfords too.

So far as hunting is concerned, the people who go fox-hunting too often block up badger setts; with the result that badgers are trapped inside or suffer due to lack of oxygen or due to the stress of the confinement and nuisance of the hunt.

Fox-hunting too is a fraudulent sport; as the numbers of foxes torn to pieces has absolutely no significance in terms of the overall fox population. When fox-hunting was "banned" during the Foot-and-Mouth crisis, the overall fox-population showed no increase. Overall, the numbers of foxes killed on the roads and the railways, remains several orders of magnitude greater than the number butchered by dogs.

In certain areas, foxes may pose a problem if they follow their natural instincts and predate on other animals. Chickens, ducks, turkeys, pea-cocks and guinea fowl are all targets for foxes; but they can all be 100% protected by the use of a fence or by shutting the birds into a suitable shed at night.

Foxes too have been seen to be eating dead lambs and killing new-born or young lambs. The evidence of the researchers who have studied these reports over the years, is that lamb predation by foxes is almost always exaggerated by farmers. As often as not, the predation of lambs turns out to be a fox eating a still-born lamb which the ewe may still be trying to revive; or foxes eating carcasses which have died due to the cold/wet (exposure) or other natural causes or the afterbirth.

Of course, some lambs are killed by foxes, and a short-term option to prevent this might be to kill the next fox which is seen on or near the premises. However, unless the lambs are protected from predation, the problem will re-occur as soon as another fox comes across the lambs. The real solution is to use fencing, electric fencing, secure buildings or chemical deterrents to keep the fox out. The fox may well then be more inclined to kill and catch other vermin (such as mice, rats and rabbits) which may also adversely affect the birds or the money being made therefrom.

We do not subscribe to the view that the use of champagne-slugging blood-sports enthusiasts on horseback has any beneficial effect on whether lambs survive or not. Secure lambing facilities and improved animal husbandry almost certainly has a much better effect.

The brutality of hunting animals to the death is one which is deeply worrying for many civilised people. Psychologically, people who hunt, enjoy getting into a pack of like-minded hunters; and enjoy the adrenaline of chasing an defence-less animal over miles and miles of countryside. Part of the "appeal" of the hunt is the fact that the hunters, if they ride hard enough have the power of life-or-death over the animal they are hunting. What makes this worse, is that they get immense pleasure by causing an act of killing; or immense sadness by allowing a life to continue. This desire to exercise the power of life and death is important, because it is what makes a hunter "tick". The hunter, in finding pleasure in the act of death, relishes his abuse of power, in the same way that, it is suggested, dictators and psychopaths do too. In each case, the ability to hold a life in your hands; and to crush it in a most bloody fashion on little more than a whim is not what you would call an endearing characteristic in any-one - let alone a potential husband or work colleague or a business partner.

At least when traditional native people hunt for food, they do so with respect for the animal they are hunting. However, "primitive" a society they may live in, they all seem to understand the joy of the food which comes their way, has to be balanced by the sadness of killing a wild animal.

The blood-sports brigade, in finding pleasure from the brutal death of a defence-less animal, exhibit their violent mind-set for all to see. It's not too surprising really, that such a comparatively high proportion of fox-hunters also have convictions for wildlife crime and violence. People should really find it more worrying than they apparently do, that such people often claim to be representative of country life or of a rural England.

Michael Clark
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