[LMB] Barrayar - checking assumptions - OT:
technomad at intergate.com
Mon Apr 12 21:46:05 BST 2010
Quoting Carol Cooper <carolcooper at shaw.ca>:
> To Sherwood a little, as I don't live in Britain any more I can't claim to
> be one of the people who got Foxhunting banned, but I'd have been proud to
> have been involved. I don't know why Eric would go so far out of his way to
> frustrate me and my kind?
Because my impression of many if not most of the anti-fox-hunting
people is that while they talk a lot about cruelty to the poor little
foxes, they have other motives---mainly "sticking a pin in the toffs."
I notice that very few, if any, of them, have a word to say against
angling, which could be said to be equally cruel to fish. Angling,
unlike fox hunting, is a sport widely practiced by "ordinary folk,"
though, so going after it would not be as much fun or as popular.
I almost certainly would not hunt even if I were in Britain---horses
cost money, and it helps to live in the countryside---but I would not
lift a finger to stop people from doing it. And if I did, I'd be
willing to listen to people who tried to _reason with me_ about
it...I'll hear out any case that is brought before me...but I do
reserve the right to say "no, I disagree" and have that be the end of
the matter. _Moral suasion,_ you may always try...but unless I am
doing something _mala in se,_ do not invoke the law against me.
Another reason is because I am utterly disgusted by the British
animal-rights and "anti-cruelty" movements in general. They harassed
a farmer unmercifully for _years and years_ because he bred guinea
pigs to sell to laboratories; they went as far as digging a dead
relative of his out of her grave and hiding the corpse to put pressure
And I am also less than sympathetic to the fox. Foxes are predators
themselves, and I can assure you that their kills are by no means
painless. They are also not endangered, so the argument from scarcity
holds no water.
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