Well, it had to happen. The ban on hunting is less than 24 hours old and the anti-hunt campaigners have moved on. They smell blood (not literally, of course) and want to ban other things. Banning hunting with hounds was always going to be their beachhead and having secured it, their tanks are rumbling on to fresh targets.
Heard on the Radio Five phone-in programme this morning (and I paraphrase.):
Caller 1: They should ban shooting birds for sport.
Caller 2:. And they should ban fishing because they don’t take the fish home for supper, but throw them back to be put through the trauma of being caught all over again.
Caller 3: They should stop animals being kept in appalling conditions just so we can eat cheaply. We should only eat meat from animals, birds and fish that have lived comfortable lives before being humanely slaughtered (ie expensive.)
Caller 4: No, we should ban eating living creatures full-stop and exist on vegetables and fruit.
Caller 5: Nonsense! Veggies are living things too — we should live on a diet of soil, fresh air and water.
Okay, so I made up the last one, but the other views were pretty much as expressed.
That’s the problem with single-issue campaigners. Having put years of their time and energy into getting their own way, their lives are suddenly empty. They can’t accept that it’s time to hang up the skeleton masks and pepper spray and get a life.