Saturday, 15 November 2008

Keep the fox hunting ban...

. Costigan Quist has an interesting post over at his cafe. He feels that the fox hunting ban is an example of;

"fluffy bunny syndrome. Most of us don't care about animals for their sake. If we did, we'd care just as much about the battery chicken as our faithful pooch; just as much about the rat as the fox. We care about animals for our sake. We're very keen on treating animals well to make ourselves feel good and happy, but when giving an animal the most gruesome death imaginable fits into our cosy world view, we do it with barely a moment's hesitation."

Firstly, he is right there are inconsistencies in how alot of people view this issue and that in some cases there is examples of a stance being blatant hypocrisy. However, this in and of itself is not a valid reason to actually repeal the legislation it is more a reason to start looking into legislation on the issues he raises like factory farming.

I will even go so far as to admit that there is an element of selfishness in how humans view animals. Having said that behind it is some recognition that unnecessary cruelty devalues our humanity and surely that is something that should be welcomed and encouraged?? Foxes being killed by 'guns' etc is obviously more humane because it is quicker than being ripped to shreds by hounds. Obviously not all the methods listed by Quist are humane but neither is running an animal down then having it ripped to pieces. Finally, as Jennie replies not everybody who advocates in favour of this ban is a hypocrite so we return to my original point...just because some people are is not a good enough reason for a repeal.

4 comments:

Julian H said...

"Foxes being killed by 'guns' etc is obviously more humane because it is quicker than being ripped to shreds by hounds."

Wrong. A gunshot is more humane if it strikes the animal cleanly in an effective place (ie. the head) - however, there is absolutely no guarantee of this happening. People who can shoot that accurately (at an inconsistently moving target) are limited to the Olympics, and thus there is more chance of an animal bleeding to death for hours of a gunshot wound.

Do you think that all hunting should be banned, including fishing? Equally, what about killing flies, or mice? Should we legislate against these?

Darrell G said...

Julian,

Kind of agree on the first point but it is to be hoped that such people would be responsible and actually finish the job...

I find all the things you cite as being incomparable to fox hunting to be honest...nobody can seriously compare squashing a fly with sending a pack of hounds after an animal...

chrisgee said...

Some are trying to deal with inconsistencies on farm animals
http://www.yesonprop2.com/

Darrell G said...

Chris,

Thanks for the link :)