WAV Comment – Excellent news – foxes, deer, hare etc; all free from being hunted down illegally on Boxing Day (26/12). This is the one day in the UK when all hunts ‘parade themselves’ through their local areas; and it is always a big event as many ‘antis’ (those who hate hunting) go out to match up against the hunts as they ride through local towns and villages. The result – normally a bit of fist to cuff (fighting). All the sabs and antis can have a safe day at home this year, as British wildlife will not be hunted down and illegally killed by the other side for blood lust pleasure.
We agree with the London Economic – finally, some good news !
Finally some good news? Covid-19 claims another victim as Boxing Day hunts cancelled
It is the first time that hunting has been suspended en masse since February 2001 – during the foot-and-mouth outbreak.
The Boxing Day hunt – one of the most controversial traditions in the country – has been cancelled.
An estimated 250,000 people tend to gather on Boxing Day to watch their local pack of hounds meet on village greens, at pubs and in town centres across the UK – making it the biggest event in the hunting calendar.
Earlier this year, the executive body for trail-hunting – The Hunting Office – sent a bulletin to roughly 250 packs across England and Wales telling them to cancel. “The hunting community needs to take the lead during these extraordinary times and act respectfully and responsibly to help the fight against coronavirus … and to ensure the wellbeing of the local community who are so supportive each and every year,” a statement said.
It is the first time that hunting has been suspended en masse since February 2001 – during the foot-and-mouth outbreak. Some hunts – including one in Kent – had hoped to proceed this year, but were forced to scrap plans in the wake of increased, tier 4 coronavirus restrictions.
A spokesman for the East Kent hunt said they had “no choice” but cancel, adding it was “disappointing for all our supporters but inevitable”.
“The masters could obviously not allow an event which encourages large gatherings of people and would clearly be irresponsible,” he said. “In fact, the decision was taken a few weeks ago because even in Tier 3, we were limited to six people. But the hounds are still being taken out for regular exercise.”
A past victim murdered by Kent hunts – Photo Mark (WAV). Why ???