The Fox Hunting Debate
The fox hunting debate is a prime example of the difference between the justification for holding a particular political view and the underlying, possibly subconscious, real reason for doing so.
Those of a left wing persuasion are psychologically opposed to fox hunting for the following two reasons:
- Owning a horse and riding it to hounds is an expensive pastime, one which is seen as only being within the reach of the well-heeled so-called ‘Upper-Class Toffs’, and which is completely unaffordable for the huddled working classes;
- When you are standing on the ground alongside someone who is mounted on a horse, then you are physically looking up to the horse rider, who is physically looking down on you, and to anyone of a left-wing persuasion, this engenders disquiet, even if not open hostility.
When looking around to justify their hostile view of fox hunting, they willingly seize on deeply flawed animal welfare and cruelty issues to gain public sympathy. They dress it up with a whole raft of lies:
- Few of those who hunt have ever been near enough to the front of the chase to see a fox despatched, so it is a myth to claim that enjoying such a spectacle is the reason for hunting;
- Those few who have been near enough to see the fox killed agree that the lead hound despatches the fox immediately by almost severing its neck, with all the wounds to the body being inflicted after the fox was already dead. Tearing up dead meat is not cruel. Hunting must be preferable to the current situation where so many foxes are shot and injured. It is very difficult to shoot dead such a small swiftly moving target – and so they get away and die slowly in agony.
- The same two-faced hunt saboteurs raise no objection to the depiction of savage predation in television wildlife programmes, which are considered to be good family entertainment.
The proof that this debate is nothing more than a fight between the left and right political wings is clear when we consider the history of fox-hunting bans. In all civilisations where foxes and hounds have been found in the same locality, then hounds have always been used to hunt foxes.
- The first banning of fox hunting was by King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845 – 1886), but since he was claimed to be insane, he should perhaps be ignored as having unsound views.
- The first major nation state to ban fox hunting was Germany’s Third Reich, specifically the Nazi (National Socialist) Party. quite openly claiming that it was based entirely on class enmity, bigotry and hatred. A state that treated Jews as vermin would certainly not ban fox-hunting out of any sentimental feeling for genuine vermin, such as foxes. The ban was promptly overturned after the end of WW2.
- The second national ban was carried out by Scotland. For many generations the Scots had been ruled from Westminster, but with independence it became ruled by the hordes of working class Scots in the central lowlands. When the Scottish Parliament passed their hunting ban, MSPs were quite openly quoted as saying things like: “That’s in return for the highland clearances!” which gave the game away that it was based, once again, on class bigotry and hatred.
- In 1996 Tony Blair’s Labour Party accepted a £10 million ‘donation’ (aka a bribe); from the Political Animal Lobby (PAL) to ensure that as soon as he was swept to power he would extend the fox-hunting ban to the rest of the UK, which, of course, he did. After the 2015 General Election Nicola Sturgeon initially said that the SNP would not vote in the Westminster Parliament on matters that did not affect Scotland, but in return for a ‘donation’ from PAL, the SNP changed its mind specifically for fox-hunting at a 2 hour meeting on July 13th 2015 and subsequently blocked the Government’s attempt to amend the ban. In politics, money talks. For example, the Unions fund the Labour Party, so they get to choose the party leader.
Grouse Shooting has now joined Fox Hunting as something that socialists wish to ban, since it is obviously seen as something else only within the reach of those they class as Upper-Class Toffs. Oh, what a surprise!
The legitimacy of Equestrian Events as Olympic Sports
Having explained why the case against fox-hunting is clearly based on left-wing political prejudice, please let me prove that I am quite fair-minded in equestrian matters.
The competitors in all non-equestrian Olympic events are obviously members of the species Homo Sapiens. But what about the Olympic equestrian events? Please consider the wealth of circumstantial evidence that suggests otherwise:
- In horse racing, the betting is always on the horses, never on the riders, since it is universally accepted that the horses are the competitors.
- Equestrian events are the only ones where male and female riders compete on equal terms.
- Equestrian events are the only ones where riders can successfully compete when in their later years (by athletic standards).
- If the best rider in the world does not have a competitive horse at the time an event takes place, he or she does not get to compete.
- Although Olympic events have to be an obviously necessary exception, in all other national and international horse trials (aka Three Day Events), if a rider has two competitive horses at his/her disposal, he/she gets to ride on both of them, and as a result, can come in both ‘First’ and ‘Second’.
So, are equestrian Olympic events examples of human beings competing athletically against each other or not? And if they are not, should they be Olympic sports?
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