UK Hunting

Fox Hunting Is Cruel and Ineffective: Let's Not Legalise It

Jonathan Young | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Young

It seems crazy that in our animal-loving society, cruel 'sports' such as fox hunting have even a slim chance of becoming legal. But from David Cameron's manifesto pledge, to Andrea Leadsom's leadership comments, the chance is very real.

Cecil the Lion - One Year On, Was His Death in Vain?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Seeing as we invented trophy hunting, the British Government really should take a lead in stopping it. In the wake of the Cecil outcry, the Government has threatened to ban the importation of lion trophies into Britain, but only if there isn't significant improvement in trophy hunting practices. A review has been commissioned, but it is a two-year review. The simple fact is that lions like Cecil can't wait that long. They only have until the next crossbow or bullet from a wealthy trophy hunter penetrates their skin.

Monster 300kg Alligator Shot After Treating Farm Animals Like Buffet

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK

A hunter in the US has told how he shot a 4.5m long, 300kg alligator, that was treating his farm's livestock as a buffet. Florida hunter Lee Lightsey ...

First Picture Of Nine-Year-Old Girl Dead After Being Kicked By Horse On Hunt

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK

A nine-year-old girl has died after reportedly being kicked by a horse while riding with a hunt. She is believed to have been riding a pony when a big...

The Futility of English Votes for English Laws

Tim Bonner | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Bonner

The question I have been asked consistently since the Government withdrew its proposals to amend the Hunting Act in July in response to the SNP's decision to vote against the changes is why Defra did not wait until the implementation of English Votes for English Laws (EVEL).

A Busted Flush as Scotland Investigates Fox Hunting

Robbie Marsland | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK
Robbie Marsland

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.

Fox Hunts - Someone's Going to Get Killed

Eduardo Goncalves | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK
Eduardo Goncalves

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.

Brutal Attack on Fox Hunt Investigators

Eduardo Goncalves | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK
Eduardo Goncalves

On Saturday afternoon, two members of League Against Cruel Sports' staff were brutally assaulted and robbed in an unprovoked attack while monitoring the Belvoir Hunt in Leicestershire.

Happy Anniversary, Hunting Act!

Tom Quinn | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Quinn

Unfortunately, the people who want rid of the Hunting Act have friends in high places, and even this weekend we heard confirmation from a Conservative spokesperson that the Government pledge to repeal the Act remains on the table.

Bear Cub Who Lost Paw In Poacher's Snare Uses Snout To Help Her Walk

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK

WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE Heartbreaking footage shows a young bear cub struggling to walk and having to use her nose as a crutch after losing her fr...

A Happy and Interesting New Year for Animals

Dr Mark Kennedy | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK
Dr Mark Kennedy

Okay, it's a bit belated, but it is still the first month of 2016 and with the changing of the year it is time to reflect on 2015 and to look ahead. ...

The Disappearing Fox - A New Year's Hunting Mystery?

Tom Quinn | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK
Tom Quinn

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.

Terrier Terror and the Horror of Underground Hunting

Tom Quinn | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Tom Quinn

The hunts will claim they do not hunt foxes any more, but simply follow a 'trail'. Then why did at least 13 of the individuals investigated over the last year have links to hunts? Why are hunts often accompanied by terriermen and their terriers on quad bikes? Hunts need terriermen to accomplish what they are trying to do - kill foxes.

Arctic Christmas Scenes Hide the Truth of the Inuit Struggle

Mark Oaten | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Mark Oaten

Every Christmas we're inundated with images of smiling polar bears and Santa and his elves happily putting toys together in his workshop in the Arctic Circle. But these images distract from the truth about the Arctic: it's an incredibly tough environment to actually live in, even more so when unnecessary trade barriers are put up by the uninformed and urbanised elite.

Online Trolls Celebrate 'Karmic' Death Of Huntswoman Killed Falling From Her Horse

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK

The death of a leading huntswoman, killed after falling from her horse during a trail hunt, has been met with online jubilation by those who oppose th...

It's Time to Take Action on Lead Ammunition

Alex Cunningham | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Politics
Alex Cunningham

As we move deep into autumn, it's clear that the UK hunting and shooting season is upon us again and the many differing views on its merits or otherwise are much expressed...

Cecil the Lion: Anthropocentrism and Animal Welfare

Dr Mark Kennedy | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Kennedy

Many thousands of words (at least!) have been written about the killing of the famous lion by the dentist Walter Palmer, yet there is still much to le...

Video Of Nine-Year-Old Gleefully Shooting A Bear Prompts Anger

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK

Footage circulating online of a nine-year-old boy shooting a bear as a birthday treat has prompted disgusted viewers to label the father "sick" and ac...

Cecil The Lion's Killer Speaks Out, Doesn't Rule Out Future Hunts

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK

Walter Palmer, the American dentist accused of killing Cecil the Lion says he intends to return to work this week, as he refuses to rule out attending...

Fair Game?

simon baldwin | Posted 23.08.2015 | UK
simon baldwin

Huberta was a hippo, thought to have been born in 1928 on South Africa's Zululand coast. She made the news because, unlike other hippos, she liked to wander. By her journey's end, she had traveled well over a thousand miles. The media of the day reported her progress - she was a celebrity in her own right. When Huberta was shot dead, it caused an outcry.

What Does This Dead Lion Tell Us About Our Confused Relationship With Other Animals?

Matthew Hynds | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Matthew Hynds

Have you heard enough about Cecil yet? No?! Well, read on! The other day I got into what you might call a very minor spat with The News Hub contribu...

World Elephant Day - Time to Celebrate?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Killing animals for fun has certainly been on the news a lot these last few weeks, with a not very loved American dentist now in hiding over his killi...

What to Do About Animal Cruelty: A Modest Proposal

Tam Varcoe | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tam Varcoe

There's a lot of anti-hunting sentiment out there in the ether right now. I say hunting is fine, but let's just change up the rules a bit. If you want to kill a lion then go ahead - but no weapons, yeah? You've got to use your bare hands. Let's level the playing field - mano a animalo.

Cecil's Legacy: Fatherless Lion Cubs Pictured Cuddling Up Together At Night

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK

Despite fears a new pride leader would kill Cecil the lion's cubs, after the beast was hunted down and killed by American dentist Walter Palmer, it se...

Idaho Huntress Gleefully Poses With Dead Giraffe ‘I Couldn't Be Any Happier!'

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK

The furore over the illegal killing of a beloved Zimbabwean lion called Cecil has done little to quell this huntress's appetite for the controversial ...