The short answer is no, according to Tim Bonner of the pro-hunting, pro-rural-life Countryside Alliance in England. We reached him near press time by phone and came away with some insights that may surprise you. For starters, the ban on the hunting of foxes and other mammals with three or more dogs is not an anti-hunting victory but a political victory that has much more to do with class warfare than bunny-hugging. Yes, the International Fund for the Welfare of Animals (IFAW) played a role in the fight, but the real impetus for the move was Labor Party hatred for the upper class and the party that is seen to represent its interests - namely, the Tory Party. Without the element of class warfare this bill would almost certainly not have passed.
A clear majority of the English people, Bonner says, opposes the fox hunting ban, as does every major newspaper in the country, even liberal ones. Even the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, opposed the bill. The resistance to the bill was so great the House of Commons had to resort to something called the Parliament Act to get its way. The controversial act that has been invoked only four times since 1949 allows the House of Commons to gets its way over the objections of the House of Lords.
More surprising than all of the above is what the Countryside Alliance and its members plan to do to fight the bill. They have already appealed the matter to the European Court of Human Rights and have launched a challenge against the use of the Parliament Act. The next step is a planned campaign of "massive" civil disobedience. "We maintain that the law is unenforceable," Bonner told The Hunting Report. "And a large number of people tell us they intend to violate it."........(continued)