You have the opportunity to make the voice of the ‘Rural Voter’ heard. If you care about proper wildlife management, our countryside, our cultural heritage, our rural community fabric, our civil liberties, our rural traditions, then you are the Hunting Kind. We need your support now.
Where We Currently Stand
‘First they came for the hunts and I did not speak out because I did not hunt. Then they came for shooting and I did not speak out because I did not shoot. Then they came for angling, ferreting, falconry, gun dogs, lurchers, terriers, working dogs, greyhound racing, horse racing, eventing, farming, livestock, horse riding, family pets, country pubs, village greens and cider…..and then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.’
Currently in Parliament is the nonsense that is the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill, the Scottish Parliament reducing to 2 hounds to flush foxes to guns, Senned Cymru banning driven game shooting and trail hunting on NRW land. We don’t need to wait for a Labour Government to further strengthen the Hunting Act, this current Government is doing their job for them along with the likes of Sir Roger Gale MP, Henry Smith MP, Carrie Johnson, Ben and Zac Goldsmith, assisted by Chris Packham.
“Don’t accept bad law and expect the rural fabric of the UK to survive by attempting to operate within its loopholes and smokescreens….it won’t.”
CENTRAL OVERARCHING THEME
Lobby to preserve and protect our rural way of life, based on articulating and understanding its cultural significance.
WHY RURAL VOTES MATTER
We need our politicians to understand that 200 parliamentary seats are rural. 30% in voting terms is a Government changing figure. This figure is estimated at around 2.5 million rural Brits. How do we get there?
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We need to know politicians’ rural position/manifesto in the run up to the May 24 election, to get these critical matters addressed properly. Politicians are losing credibility with rural voters as a result of these current animal welfare bills and confidence in the entire process is fading fast.
REVIEW THE LAWS – REPLACE THE ACT
- A proposition needs to be made by MPs to the Law Commission, to revisit their review of wildlife (welfare and conservation) law in the light of Brexit.
- Lobby Government to introduce an all-encompassing new Wildlife Management Bill.
- Reform the EU Birds and Habitat Directive.
- Substantially amend and replace the Hunting Act with a workable legislative framework.
- But we need to show them the numbers – please show your support below
Comments So Far..
Hallelujah... at last. Wholeheartedly agree and lets get this moving, the more the merrier.
Good on the rural 'Voter'. I pray that our cultural heritage will survive for the next generation.
Let's replace this bad law. We say 'enough is enough for rural predudice'.
From the Labour Peer, Baroness Mallalieu QC – “Hunting is our music, it is our poetry, it is our art, it is our pleasure. It is where many of our best friendships are made, it is our community. It is our whole way of life. And we will fight for these things with all the strength and dedication we possess because we love them…We cannot and will not stand by in silence and watch our countryside, our communities and our way of life destroyed forever by misguided urban political correctness. It is about freedom, the freedom of people to choose how they live their own lives”
REPLACE BAD LAW, REGAIN RURAL VOTES
“The 2004 Hunting Act is bad law. The Prime Minister who implemented it is on record to say he wishes that he hadn’t. MPs who voted for it have admitted it was ‘revenge for the miners’. The Parliamentary Counsel who drafted it sees it as unfinished business and the data shows it has been disastrous for animal welfare. It’s bad law, let’s replace it.” Rob Williams MFH
Daniel Greenberg - Parliamentary Counsel who drafted the Hunting Act 2004 “Instead of an effective measure, therefore, the Act and Bills for it were largely an exercise in what it has now become fashionable to describe as “virtue signalling”...... "A moral judgement is being imposed on a minority - and I thought we didn't do that?"
The opinion of the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management, supported by some 400 members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons says “Hunting by hounds is the natural and most humane method of controlling the population of all four quarry species, fox, deer, hare and mink, in the countryside."
Can It Be Done?
“They didn’t know it was impossible, so they did it” - Mark Twain
- as seen as recently as December 21 when in Northern Ireland, MLAs in Stormont voted to reject a bill to ban not only hunting with dogs but also the possibility of trail hunting. We campaigned hard to help represent the views of Northern Ireland’s farming and hunting community. Today’s politicians rejected prejudice and voted on the basis of sound wildlife management practice, cultural heritage and the preservation of the rural way of life. Outstanding result and they are to be congratulated and hopefully recognised in the upcoming elections.