One of the biggest stories of the week is that The Right Honourable Theresa May, Member of Parliament for Maidenhead and Prime Minister of The United Kingdom Of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, has announced that she plans to offer members of parliament a free vote to repeal the Hunting Act of 2004.
The Hunting Act itself makes it illegal to hunt wild mammals with dogs in mainland Britain, thus making the old aristocratic past time of fox hunting illegal.
The Act itself was on of those things that went back and forth for years before being enacted under Tony Blair’s government, even though it kept getting blocked in the House of Lords. Many detractors of the bill say that they it is legislating away a part of the nations heritage, and with that I agree.
Now I personally am against fox hunting, but only for the poor little foxes getting torn to shreds by, what would otherwise be, pretty cute looking dogs (bloodhounds are one of the only dogs that I would actually like). Other than that I have no problem with “the hunt”, the pageantry, a nice little horseback ride from through the country, a little boogie-woogie bugle music, the drinks, and the dinner, hell I even like the red tailcoats.
But this is one part of British heritage, “the hunt” has been taking place in Britain since Julius Caesar, Tacitus even wrote letters about it. It has been the pursuit of royals, aristocrats and the upper classes of England and Wales since before Christ. And like it or not it is a part of the heritage make up of the United Kingdom, people have been putting on spiffy red coats and taking out their hounds and horses to chase a fox, and unfortunately the ending is going to be the brutal murder of an innocent creature. That last little bit is why I couldn’t support it, and is one of the many reasons I couldn’t vote Conservative at this general election.
But the murder of innocent creatures aside I’m not really for the ending of parts of our national heritage. But its interesting to see that a brutal blood sport will only be made legal if they are the pursuit of the upper classes. You don’t see the Conservative Party floating the idea of dog fighting, and you don’t see Theresa May suggesting cock fights, even though they are also part of our national heritage, so much so that a cockpit (cock fight arena) actually makes up part of St Fagan’s National Museum Of History in Cardiff. It seems a little bit hypocritical of Theresa May to say that she’ll bring back blood sports for the rich and aristocratic, but not blood sports for the everyday man, why is that? Probably because there are no votes in it for her.