Monday, February 21, 2005

Hunting the hunters 

Oscar Wilde had once famously described the British tradition of fox hunting with dogs as "the unspeakable pursuing the inedible." Wilde can rest easy; the practice has now been banned by the enlightened Blair government, creating a storm of protest from the British countryside, which resents the inner city sophisticates bashing centuries' old traditions and a way of life.

As Hindrocket at
Powerline notes: "This is one time when we can say 'It can't happen here,' and really mean it. America's hunters are too powerful; I suspect they're also better armed than their English counterparts. I think it's time for the NRA to open a branch in England." Alas, guns are hardly any more legal than fox hunting in Great Britain today.

And the sometime-guest blogger at Chrenkoff,
Sophie Masson has an opinion piece in today's "Australian" on the topic: "Foxes are going to be killed whatever - farmers hate them, and with good reason, as anyone who has seen the ghastly carnage they wreak in henhouses or among lambs can attest to. It is hypocritical to pretend that somehow it's more cruel to hunt them than to gas them, poison them or shoot them." As Sophie concludes, "what the hunting ban in Britain is about is belated, misdirected class vengeance."


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