My day at the county show was quite good. We saw a bit of the horse showing, caught the end of the grand parade, wandered around the stalls, had a look at the vintage cars, and saw a few people I knew. I was a bit disappointed at the attractions in the main ring: there isn’t any of the motorbikes jumping through hoops or associated mounted games that there used to be.
But what really pissed me off was having to listen to Ricky Proffitt’s pro-hunt espousing when the hounds were doing their bit at the end. He was essentially telling the onlookers to vote Conservative so the hunting ban would be overturned.
He seems to be ignoring the fact that, as far as I am aware, Flint & Denbigh are still hunting anyway. He is also apparently blissfully unaware that just because he is in a county show doesn’t mean everyone there agrees with him.
I’ve lived in the country all my life. I’m a farmer’s daughter. But hunting is barbaric. I’ve never agreed with the eye-for-an-eye mentality, that because a fox rips apart chickens or sheep, it is perfectly OK to chase them around the country and for a pack of hounds to rip them apart.
Everyone tells me that the fox is in the wrong, getting into hen houses or into fields and killing chickens or sheep for fun, not just to eat. First of all, don’t try telling me that these ‘country folk’ would be any more sympathetic to the fox if he was just trying to feed his family. I’m not saying what the fox is doing is right: just natural. As far as he is concerned the farmer is on his side, rounding up the tasty animals for him to catch easily. Undomesticated dogs would do the same.
The Countryside Alliance is bullshit. If they care about the countryside so much maybe they should just let it be and work the way it is supposed to. No, what they stand for is their way of life in the countryside. In fact I don’t even believe those who hunt care about the farmers’ cause at all. They just don’t want to lose their right to gallop across open countryside, which they wouldn’t have unless the farmers gained something.
I believe in the right to free speech. But I don’t believe he should use his position as MC of part of the show to try to sway political opinion. They get enough publicity between the hounds in the main ring, the inter hunt relay, the Boxing Day parade, point-to-point racing, and every other part of life they’ve squirmed into.