There are serious concerns that the newly-re-elected Conservative Party in the UK may overturn the ban on hunting foxes with dogs – a ban that was put in place 10 years ago by the Labour Party.
Make no mistake – fox hunting in the UK was done purely for sport. It was a barbaric practise, conducted primarily by the UK’s richest elite, and was in no way a legitimate means of controlling fox populations (even today, shooting foxes is still legal here).
I am opposed to fox hunting not only because foxes are sacred to me, as a devotee of Inari Okami. I live by a family of foxes and I love seeing them – they bring me joy and I feel as though they are neighbours. The idea of someone chasing down these intelligent, beautiful creatures with a pack of dogs and then celebrating as they are literally ripped apart is like a knife twisting in my heart. They are a part of the UK’s natural heritage – why should their slaughter by a handful of the wealthy be legitimised?
If you live in the UK, please help to keep the ban in place by writing to your MP and telling him/her to speak out against a repeal of the ban on fox hunting.
No matter where you live, you can help by signing this petition to keep the fox hunting ban.
I will keep everyone posted on this campaign. In the meantime, I pray to Inari Okami to give our government the wisdom and compassion to keep this cruel and unnecessary bloodsport where it belongs – in the history books.