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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Fox Hunting Not a Human Right

It looks like the pursuit of the inedible by the unspeakable (as Oscar Wilde would say), is not a human right. That, according to a recent ruling by Britain's highest court.

Britain's highest court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by countryside groups against the government's ban on hunting with dogs, ruling that the law does not contravene human rights.

It was the second time the Law Lords had been asked to rule on the lawfulness of the Hunting Act 2004, which banned fox and deer hunting and hare coursing with dogs in England and Wales following similar laws in Scotland.

Campaigners have tried to have the act declared invalid and claimed it would devastate rural communities and local industries supporting hunts, such as kennels for hounds and farriers who ensure hunt horses are well-shod.

But in a unanimous decision, one of the three judges, Thomas Bingham, said the act "must be taken to reflect the conscience of a majority of the nation".

"The democratic process is liable to be subverted if, on a question of moral and political judgment, opponents of the Act achieve through the courts what they could not achieve in Parliament," he said.

They are now going to the European Court of Human Rights according to Animalblog. That sounds like an incredibly stupid argument to make.

Photo by David Wulff

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

'Smith Lake Jake" from down south has been named the 2nd most famous groundhog.Of course you know that the number one is none other then Phill, cant spell the rest. But I saw a picture of Smith Lake Jake in a magazine, saying that he was the number 2 groundhog, and I also saw a video of him. that is a cool looking groundhog, he wears a hat. I found several pictures of him in a smith lake living magazine, now my wife wants a groundhog.

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