BBC Silent On the Biggest Animal Rights March in Recent History
Anna Hunt, Staff Writer
Thousands of concerned U.K. citizens gathered in London in late May 2017 to protest the Conservative Party’s position on the country’s fox hunting ban. This animal rights march will make history as the largest public protest during the general election campaign.
Thousands are on the streets of London #KeeptheBan Consign hunting to history pic.twitter.com/QxhUBuQGWh
— Emily (@emeliobedelio) May 29, 2017
Animal Rights March Protests Fox Hunting
Protesters from across the U.K. gathered to voice their opinion regarding the Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to put fox hunting back on the agenda. May has stated that if the Conservatives win the General Election, she will offer Parliament a free vote on the issue. It will be up to Parliament to decide if they want to repeal the existing ban.
“As it happens, I’ve always been in favor of fox hunting,” stated May during an interview.
#keeptheban demo now regent street london ???? 1000’s speaking for foxes pic.twitter.com/foeFLDZiY7
— Elizabeth Dawnay Ⓥ ???? (@cityvegan) May 29, 2017
An alliance of anti-hunt campaign groups organized the march. In addition, many activists, including as actor Peter Egan, were involved. Egan spoke at the event.
Actor @peteregan praises the Labour government for bringing in the hunting ban in 2005 #keeptheban pic.twitter.com/kIznfA59DV
— Nicola Bartlett (@NicolaRBartlett) May 29, 2017
In addition to the large turnout at the animal rights march, over 130,000 have signed an online petition that seeks to find out where the running parliamentary candidates stand on fox hunting. The election will take place on June 8, 2017. Furthermore, some estimate that over 80% of the UK public want the fox hunt ban to remain.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair first banned the controversial country sport in 2004. You will understand why so many oppose this “sport” after reading the description below.
Fox hunting is a horrifically cruel bloodsport that was outlawed in the UK in 2004, by the Labour government. In a hunt, a fox is chased by bloodhounds which, when the exhausted fox is caught, will rip the fox to shreds until it dies.
About the Author
Anna Hunt is writer, yoga instructor, mother of three, and lover of healthy food. She’s the founder of Awareness Junkie, an online community paving the way for better health and personal transformation. She’s also the co-editor at Waking Times, where she writes about optimal health and wellness. Anna spent 6 years in Costa Rica as a teacher of Hatha and therapeutic yoga. She now teaches at Asheville Yoga Center and is pursuing her Yoga Therapy certification. During her free time, you’ll find her on the mat or in the kitchen, creating new kid-friendly superfood recipes.
Image source: @emeliobedelio
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