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Thread #51709   Message #789047
Posted By: Liz the Squeak
22-Sep-02 - 01:00 PM
Thread Name: BS: (UK Only) Anyone going to today's march?
Subject: RE: BS: 9UK Only) Anyone going to todays march?
Here's todays bit of useless information.... did you know that the NSPCC (National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children) started as AN OFFSHOOT of the RSPCA (Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), and about 10 years AFTER it.

The march is not about the rights of animals, although the various jobs at stake if various forms of hunting are banned is an issue, it's about the rights of the children of present day farmers, who in 5 - 10 years time will have no options left to them but to move into the cities and farming will become extinct.

There is a fox family living quite happily not 1000 yards from my house in East London. Haven't seen any farmers living here happily recently. Haven't seen many farmers (and 3 of my 5 uncles are farmers/agricultural labourers) living happily anywhere recently. That's what I'm supporting.... the right of this country to retain an agricultural heritage and an agricultural future.

Todays' other piece of useless information.... the farm I spent much of my childhood on, makes the equivalent of more money now showing people how farming was done 70 years ago, than it did as a working farm, 70 years ago when my grandfather worked it and my mother was born on it. However then, it employed 10 people full time, 40+ during harvest (dairy herd of over 300, 4 working horses and market garden), gave the workers 2 meals a day and was practically self supporting. Now it employs 15 and has 6 cows.