An article in today's Telegraph will make every man (and for man also read woman) of a libertarian bent rejoice. The Hunting with Dogs Act is an embarrassing failure - embarrassing to the prejudiced, ignorant Government which forced it onto the Statute Book that is. It seems that it has actually increased the number of foxes killed, - while decimating the number of hunt protesters, and hugely increasing the popularity of hunting. The country sport has never been so popular.
Despite this The League against Cruel Sports, which had a hand in drafting this extremely badly drafted law, seem to be happy with the way things have turned out. Clearly, their aim must have been little to do with protecting foxes, but a lot to do with getting an Act of Parliament passed. Jim Barrington, a former Director of the League who has changed his opinion and now favours hunting under licence, explained that since the League feels responsible for the Act, it must claim that its working well even if its not. The worst of it all of course is that the sum total of cruelty to foxes has increased because of the increased and far more cruel use of alternative ways of keeping the fox population down. In a spirit of generocity I forgive them, for they know not what they have done.