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Video: A Minority Pastime

New documentary A Minority Pastime follows Cotswold resident Denise Ward as she unearths a hidden world of fear and violence. Shocked and horrified by an incident with her local hunt, Denise sets out to investigate what is happening in her beloved English countryside. She discovers that the symbolic imagery of the traditional sport of foxhunting veils a dark reality of traumatised victims, masked gangs, coercion and deception. There’s a war on, and ‘It’s about Freedom.’

To find out more about the film and screenings visit the A Minority Pastime website 

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  1. #1 gilesbradshaw 13 Dec 11

    I don't obey the hunting act. I use my dogs to flush and chase wild deer on my farm in order to disperse them. Flushing from cover is legal under the law but only if it is to shoot the deer. In my opinion it is far far more humane to just use dogs rather than dogs and guns because guns carry a high risk of harming the deer. If anyone has any problems with me breaking the law they can contact the police. It is my right to flout dumb badly thought out laws such as the Hunting Act.

  2. #2 Denise Ward 13 Dec 11

    Giles Bradshaw is very well known to anti hunt campaigners as he writes to newspapers and comments online anywhere he can, asserting that the Hunting Act is flawed legislation and inviting prosecution by describing his own behaviour. The salient point in his comment is that there are, as identified in 'A Minority Pastime', several loopholes in the Hunting Act - referred to by Tony Blair when he boasted in his memoire of 'bannng but not banning' hunting (as a result apparently of personal influence exerted by a hunter at a dinner party). These loopholes need closing. The assertion that hunting a wild mammal to death with a pack of dogs followed by a small army of humans is 'humane' is common to hunters - and begs the question of why they do it. This is answered in our film - also by recent widespread evidence of hunt supporters feeding foxes in artificial earths to ensure enough to hunt. They do it for pleasure, any other consideration is secondary.

  3. #3 RogerS 13 Dec 11

    Take heart Denise: Giles spends so long online and writing letters talking about his anarchist behaviour he must barely have enough time to practice what he says.

    There are many laws with weird quirks and loopholes; take Aggravated Trespass (S68 & 69 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 94) for example, brought in 10 years prior to the Hunting Act by Michael Howard. Trespass on land in order to disrupt a legal activity suddenly became a criminal offence aimed at we-all-know-who. ;) That 'land' was never defined in this Act meant that the millions the police and CPS put into policing this just went to waste. Now that the majority of hunts are operating on an illegal basis anyway this offence isn't even used on these activists any longer.

    I'm sure Giles will join me in demanding a repeal of these sections in the CJPOA as they aren't used against those they were intended for anyway. Oh... but why bother if an Act is ineffectual anyway, it's just a waste of Parliamentary time? ;)

  4. #4 Janice Jones 31 Jan 12

    Giles is absolutely right in what he says. It's totally wrong that he should have to shoot animals that he disperses.

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