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Thread #51709   Message #789712
Posted By: Grab
23-Sep-02 - 01:55 PM
Thread Name: BS: (UK Only) Anyone going to today's march?
Subject: RE: BS: 9UK Only) Anyone going to todays march?
I'm another who would have supported this, had it really been about "Liberty and livelihood". I don't live in the country, but as a keen walker I've spent a lot of time out there, and I know how much the farmers are getting screwed over.

Fox-hunting is an inefficient way of controlling pests. I don't have a problem with killing animals for fun, but I do disagree with causing unnecessary suffering, particularly when the alternative - shooting them - is quick, humane and efficient. If there was a way to, for example, train the dogs to stand off when the fox was cornered, so that a huntsman could shoot it, that would suit me just fine. It would also force the hunters to be the ones killing it, which would focus them on what they're doing.

But the wider problem is that the countryside is being systematically buggered, and the government is either doing nothing about it or actively encouraging it. Farmers are being forced to clear woodland and hedges to get that bit more land to farm, bcos they can't make ends meet without it, and that has a knock-on effect on all the local wildlife. Importers of meat and grain aren't compelled to follow the same rules as British farmers, so locally-produced food is more expensive. And British farmers face far more regulation and red tape (and have to pay for it) than anywhere else in Europe, which knocks them back more.

The money involved in hunting is tiny. The money involved in agriculture is huge. The reason rural communities are screwed is that no-one can make enough money to live there - why earn less than £10,000 as a farmer when you can make more than that working in Tescos in town?

Take *that* message to London, and they'll have my support. I didn't go on last weekend's march, but I'd join anyone who'd try to address the *real* issue.