Even during the so-called “golden age” of hunting during the 19th Century, the sport was no more popular amongst people of the countryside than it is today. This letter by William Skinner Phillippo to the Norfolk News in 1856 illustrates how the problems of fox and other game hunting – including how it hides behind the machinations of Law – haven’t changed in more than 150 years.
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Thank you to all that came and participated in our Zapatista documentary screening. It was small but hopefully everyone involved felt they gained something from the night. It seems likely we’ll do another screening in early July so keep your eyes open for more details regarding that. Furthermore, it’s likely this will not be the last time we look at the Zapatistas.
In other news, our next discussion group is during the evening of 23rd June, in Norwich, where a text regarding hunt sabotage and animal liberation written by one of the group will be looked at. There is no expertise or experience required to participate: getting together, socialising, and getting to know one another is as valuable as any political debate.
The Change.org petition linked above has been created asking Bungay Town District Council to stop the Waveney Harriers from undertaking their annual Boxing Day Hunt parade from happening in the town this year, next year, and onwards. The petition is looking for a total of 2500 signatures.
The Boxing Day Hunt is a tradition for hunting packs across the UK in which the hunt will have a public display of their horses, hounds and hunters before engaging in the hunt itself. The Waveney Harriers, though nominally a hare hunt, have in recent years shifted toward pursuing and murdering foxes. The Hunting Act, introduced 2005, was meant to outlaw hunting wild animals with hound packs but the reality is hunting never stopped.