I HAVE always been opposed to the ritualistic hunting down of animals mainly because the activity demeans us as human beings, as well as being cruel to the animal involved.
So I was surprised that Tory leader David Cameron has promised that, if elected, one of the first priorities of his government would be to hold a vote in Parliament to re-introduce fox hunting.
Fox hunting was abolished some years ago by a vote in Parliament and I was proud to be one of the Labour MPs who voted to end this archaic practice.
All of the warnings that hunts would close, horses and hounds would have to be destroyed and the ‘country way of life’ disappear, have proved to be false. In fact the reverse has come about.
It is reported that more are riding out with the hunt in pursuit of a scent, partly because there is no kill at the end of the day.
I am not opposed to farmers dispatching foxes which prove a nuisance to livestock, but I find it supremely difficult to understand why people would want to dress in red coats, hunt down a fox, see it torn apart and then splash blood from the tail around a child’s face.
These practices have no place in 21st century Britain.
So why, when there are so many pressing issues on the global economy, jobs and our health service, which are so important to us in Solihull, is David Cameron making this a priority?
Perhaps our local Tory MP could assist us ?
Animal lovers will hope that Cameron’s promise to hold an early vote on this issue will be as false as his ‘cast iron’ promise of a vote on the Lisbon Treaty.
* David was Labour MP for Plymouth and now lives in Olton.