The ongoing row over Fox Hunting in the UK has taken another turn, with Fox Hunting advocate Jeremy Tudor-Smithewaite defending the tradition as ‘being more progressive than people believe.’
The comment comes following Prime Minister Theresa May’s new comments that they would ‘review’ the ban on hunting the foxes in the UK. Her position has led to protests from animal cruelty activists calling the practice ‘barbaric, backwards, and really a bit weird.’
However, the new position of the hunting establishment has taken the debate in a new direction. Long time Fox Hunting enthusiast Margaret Pilkington-Blithe-Normandy concurs with her peer, telling RP:
‘Well, you see, people think that this is a backwards old tradition, but in fact it is quite progressive. It has already moved with the times over the years. In the old days we just used to hunt poor people for fun. Then when everyone got in a tither with that, we moved onto foxes. If that isn’t progress, I don’t know what is.’
She further argued that people were ‘simply unaware’ of where all these conventions came from. ‘After all, why do you think it has come to be that so many commoners wear tracksuits all the time?’
Anti-Hunting activist Rainbow Porter disagrees with their position. While currently living in a fox’s den to protest the treatment of her canine comrades, ze asked gathered press ‘Is it progress? Are not foxes the modern day proletariat?’
Though tensions rise, social media commentary suggests that most people are for the hunting ban to remain in place. One comment from Max Lofts of Cambridge garnered over 10k likes as he tried to put the defense of Fox Hunting into some context.
‘Though it is good they don’t want to murder anyone that is broke, why do they need to hunt anything? Surely in this day and age they could just organize a paint-balling day or something? I’m sure they could even take their horses if they wanted.’
The debate continues.