Recently, I find myself getting into more and more debates on social media about the whole field sports topic, and it really does become tiresome, with recent media frenzy surrounding Rebecca Francis, and with Ricky Gervais jumping on the bandwagon it seams like more and more people are saying downright awful things about people based soley on the fact they partake in field sports.
It it saddens me to see people proclaiming how glad they were to see the professional hunter killed by a bull elephant recently and also a full on attack on a female hunter which calls her a c*nt in the first sentence.
i know many of these people are ignorant to the facts but I have had a few mailings now just based on numbers during debates, which usually end with someone turning hateful as try have little factual information on the subject.
i seem to constantly make the point that unless you are a vegan, you are being a hypocrite to say a wildebeest is anymore sacred than an Aberdeen Angus bull, it's the shear number of people who are unwilling to listen to information that concerns me and on this basis I wonder how long until the bubble bursts and shooting is so restrictive it isn't worth doing.
we already hear of people getting attacked over it and thier cars vandalised or thier businesses targeted in the UK, having moved to the U.S. recently it was a refreshing change to see pro-hunt messages but even over here there seems to be a massive wave of anti hunt campaigns and hatred towards anyone who hunts.
so how long before we shut it down for the hobby hunter in the UK? 20 years? 50? 100?
Sad ad times and it can be difficult to be a minority, it's all fine and well defending your position and having a go back but the overwhelming number means that eventually we are more likely to lose, which is a shame.
i had a look online to try to find a population figure estimate for foxes in the UK and was amazed that the first 5 results in Google were proclaiming how fox numbers are at a low and how we need to do everything to stop the persecution of these "beautiful, kind animals that only kill when absolutely necessary" do these people actually do any actual research?
rant over... :-(