The message from voters this year is clear: people want animal cruelty crimes prosecuted properly. They want tougher, not weaker, laws to stop animals being persecuted for 'sport'. It is time the hunt lobby admitted defeat, put an end to this Boxing Day charade, and found non-lethal pleasures to pursue.
Scotland was first in the UK to ban foxhunting in 2002, but by 2014 anyone who knew anything about it knew that hunts were "still at it". Police Scotland, fair enough, said there'd been no complaints and no convictions, but if you asked anyone who knew anything you'd either get a knowing wink or a scowl of frustration.
Voters in Andrea Leadsom's own constituency -and indeed those in the constituency of Theresa May - are opposed by huge margins to a return to fox-hunting. According to a projection carried out by Ipsos MORI, 81% of voters Andrea Leadsom's constituency back the Hunting Act, with just 18% favouring repeal. In Theresa May's constituency, the figure is 80%.
Cub hunting is the secretive and illegal practice of training young inexperienced fox hounds to hunt and kill fox cubs. The Hunting Act has been in force for over ten years and yet still hunts continue to train young hounds to hunt and kill foxes. Hunts usually meet early in the morning but sometimes in the evening before the sun sets when the foxes' scent is strongest.
I'm not a gambling man, but I'm betting that Scotland's fox hunting packs are a bit nervous right now. A review of what they have been up to is currently being conducted by the Scottish government. Should the verdict be that the legislation banning hunting is somehow being skirted around, then tougher measures may well be brought in. And I for one believe that this will not only have implications for the hunts in Scotland, but also for those in England.
We represent the vast majority of the British public who abhor the killing of animals for 'sport'. People should realise that if they support fox hunting, then they support the violence and gut-wrenching horror described above, and that they are going against the will of the public. And we need police authorities, in some cases, to start taking all this more seriously.
Today (18 February) marks 11 years since the Hunting Act 2005 came into force. You'd have thought it would be old news by now. However ask your local MP what issue appears more often than any other in their inbox and there is a fair bet that he or she will say, not the NHS nor Syria nor the EU, but hunting.
It's a New Year, and it's always at this time that people like me get all pensive - thinking about the year just gone and the year ahead. Although many will be thinking of a host of resolutions and changes, new jobs, new diet and the like, for me and many like me my thoughts always relate to animals...
On the morning of the hunt, the man reappeared. He was carrying an empty sack, and a pole with a net attached. Clearly he had come to collect the fox. But the fox wasn't there. Puzzled, he looked around for a while before leaving. It must have been very confusing for him... A little later, the hunt met, just down the road.