WAV Comment: I (Mark) have worked with Sir Roger in the past re live animal transport in ‘our’ home county of Kent. He is the MP (Member of Parliament) for North Thanet (Kent). The other constituency of South Thanet, which includes Ramsgate port; through which all live animal exports currently take place by convicted criminal (in a UK court of law – animal welfare offences) Dutchman Onderwater –
South Thanet has an MP named Craig Mackinlay.
At the end of the day all animal issues are really about governments getting votes; nothing else. I have been campaigning long enough against live exports; hunting, badger culling etc to have experience of that attitude. For example; take New York in the USA; I did a very recent post re Covid, in New York and wet markets. As it was Yom Kippur; the general concerns about Covid and animal wet markets – the proven source of the virus – in New York, were thrown out of the window in favour of obtaining votes – please read more about this in the article: https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/22/usa-the-priority-reducing-covid-or-getting-votes-seems-getting-votes-win/
Here in England where I live; ‘protected’ Badgers – Under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, in England and Wales (the law is different in Scotland) it is an offence to: Wilfully kill, injure or take a badger (or attempt to do so). … Dig for a badger. Intentionally or recklessly damage or destroy a badger sett, or obstruct access to – that it unless you are the government, then you can kill whatever badgers you wish ! – are being culled in vast numbers to present an ‘action face’ by the government to dairy farmers.
As a rule; those same farmers are also land owners; and thus are more Conservative in their votes than Labour Party supporters. So the Conservative government has to be seen taking action for them, and this is done currently through the badger cull. Badger killing = farmers votes = government power.
The Badgers, as a result of this action, are the ones who really pay the price with their lives.
Votes are the No. 1 issue; real issues such as animal welfare, come a very poor second.
So back to Roger Gale MP and the article below. Under current Covid regulations (the rule of 6 persons maximum) introduced by the Conservative government; little children are prevented from visiting their grandparents in other households. People are expected to comply with this ruling in order to reduce Covid transmission. But; and it is a big but; if you are a hunter and you wish to go out on the moors killing wildlife; then you ARE allowed to go out in bigger parties of more than 6; you get a special ‘exemption’ which allows this.
How do I and Roger (Gale) read this ? – one rule for ‘normal’ people who cannot visit family in large numbers; but (government) ‘exemptions for larger groups’ if they want to go out together and blast away in a blood frenzy; killing as much wildlife as they can. Oh yes; these people are often landowners who usually vote Conservative (like the badger killers); so as I have said; votes are the priority over protecting animal welfare; despite what the government says.
Please read the article below as it will probably make more sense than my blurb !
Tory MP denounces ‘absurd’ government rule exempting hunters and shooters from coronavirus rule of six
Exclusive: ‘It is apparently in order to assemble in large groups to hunt and to shoot mostly hand-reared birds,’ says party grandee
Sir Roger Gale said: “I find it absurd that while restrictions are placed upon public gatherings including most sporting events, including horseracing, and that while gatherings of more than six people even within a family are prohibited, it is apparently in order to assemble in large groups to hunt and to go out to shoot mostly hand-reared ‘wild’ birds.
“Do hunters and shooters not catch or transmit Covid 19?”
The UK population has been told it is illegal for people to meet in groups of more than six, in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.
The pheasant-shooting season began last week. Up to 20 million pheasants are shot a year of the roughly 50 million that are bred.
Hunters have regularly been seen in the countryside in groups of more than six since the rule was introduced last month, and in once case were filmed at an event mixing with police officers.
The government regulations forbid mixing in groups of more than six before or after sporting events.
Days after large gatherings were banned, about 130 people met for a stag hunt, almost all not wearing masks, in scenes that critics said “made a mockery of the social sacrifices” of others to limit the spread of coronavirus.
The government was accused of hypocrisy in creating exemptions for “friends” and other people deemed as being more inclined to vote Conservative while introducing fines for the rest of the population.
Sir Roger, a long-time animal-welfare supporter, voted against the internal market bill, which breaches international law, saying: “An Englishman’s word used to be his bond. Under Johnson that is not so.”
One animal lover wrote: “One cannot visit family members who may be physically or mentally ill or really struggling if it means there would be seven or more, and one cannot visit loved ones in hospital, but if one wants to go out in huge numbers and kill animals, it is allowed.”
A government spokesperson said: “We have exempted over 30 types of sport, exercise and physical activity such as football, rugby and other outdoor pursuits. Outdoor activity is safer from a transmission perspective, and it is often easier to social distance. Where such activities take place, safety measures must be taken including conducting a risk assessment and compliance with Covid-19 secure guidance.”