Fighting for law repeal
November marks the start of the new hunting season for the 289 registered packs of hounds across Britain, which provide an important service for farmers and landowners by lawfully managing the population of foxes, hare and deer. The Hunting Act means many of the packs of harriers, foxhounds, beagles, bassetts and mink hounds now follow a trail, but most also continue to carry out wildlife management under the exemptions put into the Hunting Act by MPs who realised that populations of some mammals have to be controlled.
We hoped the new season would have been marked by small amendments to the Act, which were to have come before Parliament in July. These would have varied the number of hounds allowed to be used when flushing mammals out to be shot.
However, despite evidence showing that being able to use more dogs is more effective, and potentially more humane, and the support of a majority of MPs in Government, the vote was called off.
There is no justification for the Hunting Act and it will be consigned to history.
So the hunting community starts the new season in good spirits determined to continue hunting, under the law, and fighting for repeal.
Democracy in question
In his latest letter to the Evening Post, Philip Griffiths slams the ‘undemocratic’ EU (WEP October 28).
Sadly, he’s chosen to do this in a week when a government elected on just 37 per cent of the vote, by less than a quarter of all eligible voters in the country, had its plans to do something it promised not to do delayed by a parliamentary chamber made up of political appointees, hereditary peers and bishops.
Does he really think the people are any better off giving power back to that lot?
Chairman, Wigan & Leigh Green Party
Great Vegan Challenge
Recent figures have shown that sales of nut-based milks – especially almond milk – are on the rise. This is part of a growing movement away from animal products towards healthy, delicious plant-based foods and it’s no wonder, given all the benefits associated with the vegan diet. As well as suffering lower rates of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain types of cancer, vegans also have a much smaller carbon footprint than meat eaters and vegetarians and ensure that animals do not suffer and die for their food. And with meat- and dairy-free alternatives, it has never been easier to go vegan.
For anyone who is interested in adopting this healthy and compassionate way of living, Animal Aid is running the Great Vegan Challenge throughout November, providing people with all the support they need to do so.
For further details,visit www.govegan.org.uk or call 01732 364546 ext 227.
Less is better
The biggest surprise I had this week was not that red meat was bad for me, but that it was a new revelation.
I thought this was already established?
Surely the answer is we eat less processed meat and, when we do, we eat better quality (free range/organic) meat.
CJK via email