Wildlife Crime — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair]: 20 Mar 2019: Westminster Hall debates wildlife crime
In her response to the wildlife crime debate Therese Coffey demonstrates a distinct lack of understanding or willful ignorance on the issues of illegal hunting, raptor persecution and killing of hares. Does she get that hares are killed by their thousands in ways other than hare coursing and that the government have made those ways perfectly legal. They need protecting – full stop.
And we need an end to brood meddling. It clearly doesn’t work.
“In the recent judicial review into the lawfulness of Natural England’s decision to grant a licence for trials of hen harrier brood management, the claimants’ claims were dismissed. The proposed brood management scheme will continue. It seeks to manage the conflict between the conservation of hen harriers and the grouse shooting industry. That decision means the important work to protect and conserve the hen harrier can continue.”
The science is there. Will governments and hunters pay any attention to it?
A fascinating read. I will never, ever understand hunters of any kind. Their logic and ethics are utterly skewed.
“But I learn that Jim Posewitz is that uniquely Western American who has made it his life’s work to improve ‘the image of hunting with an emphasis on fair chase ethics’ and has focused ‘on putting hunters at the forefront of our nation’s conservation ethic.’ He’s exactly the sort of person I find impossible to understand. Is it just semantics? When he talks of conservation, does he mean the conservation of a way of life based on when the trapper ruled and the West was won by guys who slept under the stars dreaming of the dead wolves at their feet the next morning? As Rick Bass says about hunters in his book The Ninemile Wolves, ‘there’s nothing harder to stereotype than a “hunter”.’ I would add that this is also true of trappers: they claim to love the wilderness, they call themselves sportsmen, outdoorsmen, and yet they are happy inflicting pain on animals in return for the price of their fur. Most hunters eat their prey, whereas trappers do it for money.”
One of those persistent whines I hear from even vaguely sensible people is: “Why do you care so much about animals? Don’t you care about people?”. Where is the rule which states that if you care about wildlife, and pets and farm animals, you can’t also care about people animals? I’ve never seen it. That’s because it doesn’t exist. Compassion is generally not an either/or issue. One doesn’t exclude the other. Indeed, I regularly donate to Amnesty, and NSPCC. I care about people, generally speaking.
The thing about having this wild idea about equality for all, the right to life and certain freedoms, standing against injustice, and not believing in segregation according to race, creed or colour, is that it can and should include ALL animals. Vegans tend to be human rights campaigners, too. They should be human rights campaigners. If you are against slavery, why on earth would you buy dairy products? Slavery is slavery, regardless of species. White people once thought black people couldn’t feel pain or suffer emotionally when their children were taken from them… Yes, really.
We are all animals.