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Hounds can’t read Laws – Fox Hunting

Hounds are basically killing machines, so the huntsman doesn’t have to say ‘go and kill that fox’. They find the fox by scent, and they kill it, and they’re not breaking the law because they haven’t been told to.

How ridiculous is this?  How illogical and sad too, it’s like saying “Guns kill people, not the person pulling the trigger”.   Fox hunting has been a British rural tradition for five centuries—but for the last 12 years, the huntsman’s adversary hasn’t been a furry fox, but a fuzzy law.

Foxhunts kill foxes in one of two ways: by being chased until they went to ground, after which they were dug out with terriers. This was particularly cruel; the underground battles between terrier and fox could be protracted, with extreme digs lasting many hours or days, and severe injuries were often inflicted on both animals. The rest of the foxes were caught above ground by the hounds. There is a myth that, once caught, the hounds killed the fox by a quick nip to the back of the neck: this is not true. Dogs kill larger prey by repeatedly biting it until the animal is disembowelled or dies from its injuries. A pack of dogs normally tears smaller prey apart. Being torn apart by a pack of hounds was probably fairly quick, although if the fox was caught by just one or two hounds death was generally slower. Also, since the fox is often chased to the point of exhaustion, there is cruelty in the chase itself, particularly as the fox started to tire.

http://www.thefoxwebsite.net/foxhunting/hunthistory#q5

Fox hunting has been occurring in different guises worldwide for hundreds of years. Indeed the practice of using dogs with a keen sense of smell to track prey has been traced back to ancient Egypt and many Greek and Roman influenced countries. However it is believed that the custom for a fox to be tracked, chased and often killed by trained hunting hounds (generally those with the keenest sense of smell known as ‘scent hounds’) and followed by the Master of the Foxhounds and his team on foot and horseback, originated from a Norfolk farmer’s attempt to catch a fox using farm dogs in 1534.

Whilst foxes were widely regarded as vermin and farmers and other landowners had hunted the animals for many years as a form of pest control (both to curb their attacks on farm animals and for their highly prized fur) it wasn’t until the eighteenth century that fox hunting developed into it’s most modern incarnation and was considered a sport in its own right as a result of the decline in the UK’s deer population.

These days however, foxhunting in the UK is much better known for the controversial views of those who champion the sport and those that oppose it.  The Hunting Act 2004, passed in November 2004, saw the outlawing of any hunting with dogs in England and Wales from 18 February 2005 (the Scottish Parliament had already banned foxhunting in Scotland in 2002 and in Northern Ireland the sport is still legal).

But while the act banned fox hunting, it continues to permit trail hunting which is an adapted version of the sport.  It involves the use of an artificially laid scent, usually fox, hare or rabbit based, to provide hounds with a path to follow.  In theory it avoids the suffering and killing of foxes, but campaigners argue that the trail hunts often end with the dogs coming across foxes – participants say by accident – and that animals are still being killed.

Also, exemptions are complex and numerous. It allows the use of two dogs to flush out mammals for the protection of livestock, game birds, wild birds, timber, property, and biodiversity, or for meat.

Today 28 May 2017 around 150 foot followers joined more than 70 mounted riders at the Swangrove Estate near Badminton, South Gloucestershire, for the first gathering of the Beaufort Hunt, an event which sometimes includes Prince Charles and Prince William.  Up to 30 of Britain’s 300 hunts have been granted licences, and hunts were also resuming today in counties including north Wales and Northamptonshire, according to the Countryside Alliance’s Campaign

The joint master of the Beaufort Hunt, Ian Farquhar has said banning hunting has caused hardship because the industry supporting the hunt (like manufacture of hunting boots) has been brought to a stand-still.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-90246/Fox-hunting-resumes-ban.html#ixzz4iLiv5kz6

Foxes may be pests in some places but can be culled humanely, not by being torn apart.  How would you like to be a Fox terrified for its life and torn from limb to limb????

Fox hunting is a hot election issue in the United Kingdom, with the incumbent Conservative Party—widely expected to hold on to power—promising a vote in Parliament that could overturn the current ban.  There have been 431 convictions under the 2004 Hunting Act. The vast majority of convictions have been against individuals, say hunt supporters, noting that by 2015 only nine members of traditional organized hunts had been convicted.

Theresa May wants to bring back Fox-hunting with dogs. 

NOTE:  this post is obviously about FOXES so there’s no need for cantankerous people reading this to Comment and say “What about the bunny rabbits?” or “There are quite enough Foxes around, so who will miss a few.”  What if you were reincarnated as a Fox and chased and torn apart by dogs?  If you’ve got a brain you will know this Post is about deliberately killing a FOX in a horrific fashion.

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Other References

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/countryside/11418998/Ten-years-on-from-the-hunting-ban-has-anything-really-changed.html

http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/fox-hunting-in-britain/

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/local/15303131.Hunting_campaigners_take_their_fight_to_Swindon__39_s_National_Trust_HQ/

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2252079-britains-fox-law-jumps-into-election-campaign-2/

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The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013

Bobcat by Dave Collins

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The most common wildcat in North America, the bobcat (Lynx rufus) is named for its short, bobbed tail. They are medium-sized cats and are slightly smaller but similar in appearance to their cousin, the lynx. Their coats vary in color from shades of beige to brown fur with spotted or lined markings in dark brown or black.  Bobcats tend to be smaller than lynx and do not have the noticeably longer legs and disproportionately larger feet of lynx.

The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 (AB-1213) sets a no-trapping buffer zone around Joshua Tree National Park in South-eastern California and other parks where bobcats are protected year-round.

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Obama Administration supports upgrade in polar bear protection

Polar bears are the largest predators on land, and they are the largest of all bears.  Polar bears have fur and skin that allow them to absorb sunlight for warmth. Their blubber, or fat, insulates them in cold water.  Polar bears have been known to swim 100 miles (161 kilometers) at a stretch.

Thanks to people, like me, whom wrote to the U.S. President, the Obama Administration has announced that it will propose an upgrade in international protection for polar bears (Ursus maritimus) at the next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

If it passes, that increased protection under   CITES    will help end trophy hunting and stop the global trade in polar bear body parts.

This breakthrough is a major victory for NRDC BioGems Defenders, more than 100,000 of whom wrote to the White House asking President Obama to stand up for polar bears, in the weeks leading up to the administration’s decision.

Around the world, the Natural Resources Defense Council – NRDC – has played a leading role on this issue.  The team recently traveled to Geneva to advocate polar bear conservation with the CITES Standing Committee, and partnered with allies in Norway and the European Union to build international momentum.

Most importantly, the NRDC helped secure the support of Russia — a key player in polar bear conservation — for the US proposal.

Over the next few months NRDC will be updating me as the CITES treaty talks approach — and asking you to take more action to maximize our chances of success.

Please do what you can to help Polar Bears.  Thank you.

http://www.savebiogems.org/polar-bear-sos/

Senate Bill 310 regulates the sale and ownership of exotic animals in Ohio

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Columbus, Ohio  Sep 22, 2012

Signed by Gov. John Kasich, the law, which takes effect in 90 days, bans the acquisition, sale and breeding of restricted species in Ohio as of Jan. 1, 2014.

The mandatory registration of banned species by current owners of banned animals will begin when the bill takes effect.

People who currently own restricted list (banned) animals can keep their animals as long as the animals live, if they register them with the state and follow regulations on caging, signage and care.

On the restricted (banned) list are large cats, bears, elephants, certain monkeys, rhinos, alligators, crocodiles, anacondas and pythons longer than 12 feet, certain vipers and venomous snakes.

There are several classifications of permits, including “wildlife shelter,” which will cost $250 to $1,000, depending on the number of animals. Owners must also buy liability insurance or a surety bond of $200,000 to $1 million.

Ohio has been one of seven states that have no restrictions on private ownership of exotic animals.  The law will ban new ownership of specific wild animals, including big cats, bears, hyenas, gray wolves, some primates, alligators and crocodiles. People who already own these animals can keep them as long as they obtain permits and follow other rules.
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