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...
I shudder to think what will happen if these amendments pass on Wednesday. Our Government will have been the one to technically legislate for a return to cruelty. We cannot let them. It is wrong. At its very best, this is misrepresentation of the electorate, dirty play and a backward step for our progressive nation.
Election time is here again, the time when big issues such as the economy, the future of the NHS, taxation, immigration and the like are all thrown into the melting pot and packaged up into headlines and soundbites that try to appeal to each and every one of us. But, there's another contentious issue that affects hardly anyone, yet apparently 'divides the nation'.... fox hunting.
One thing notable about this election, more than ever before, is that it seems that animals and animal welfare are being considered as a real vote winner (or loser, depending on your level of cynicism). So, with that in mind, here's a top-line summary for people that want to make their vote count for animals on 7 May.
Ten years on is a good time to reflect - but let's hope that in 10 years from now British people, from all walks of life, can together hold our heads up high and say that we respect our laws and know the difference between right and wrong. Let's not have a return to cruelty, let's have a return to morality and common sense.
It's that time of year again, bellies full, another re-run of Only Fools and Horses on the telly and the annual media scramble around picturesque chocolate box villages up and down the country to report on the 'traditional' Boxing Day hunts, to marvel in the spectre of the noble red coats on their trusty steeds, at the well-groomed packs of hounds and crowds of good country folk celebrating an age old British tradition.
This week heralded an all too familiar event in the UK Parliament - a House of Commons debate on the badger cull. With the second year of culling having very recently completed, politicians and animal lovers alike are eagerly awaiting the news of just how many badgers were killed over the last six weeks in Gloucestershire and Somerset.