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School Ethos: silly and stupid (2008). Evolution, fish to man – Gondwana or Pangea, to the modern world. Religious School Ethos, "an opium of the masses, to waste of the children’s time" – "lack of scientific reason brings forth monsters" i.e., the monsters of superstition – sectarianism and exclusion, to self-downing and self-harming!
Not bad for – Jurassic Dorch!
Hunting Act. Boxing Day.
Updated 28/09/09

Updated 28/09/09

The collapse of the Hunting Act case against Ullswater huntsman John Harrison in Penrith Magistrates Court last week marks the end of any serious efforts by the anti-hunt movement to show that the Act works. It reinforces the need for repeal, a measure that we believe has important and positive consequences as a whole, as well as wider and significant libertarian benefits.

For the first time since Tony Wright of the Exmoor Foxhounds was summonsed to face a private prosecution by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) in November 2005 no huntsman, member of hunt staff, master or anyone else connected to a hunt is currently facing prosecution.

In the last four years nine different hunts have faced prosecution under the Act. Three resulted in convictions, three collapsed before they got to court and three resulted in all defendants being acquitted. There were no successful prosecutions of hunts in either the 2008/09 or 2009/10 hunting seasons.

A small band of professional animal rights activists have been employed by LACS and IFAW to collect evidence of illegal hunting since the Act came into force. They have spent thousands of hours filming dozens of hunts yet the end result is negligible. There have been over 40,000 days hunting since February 2005 and less than a handful of convictions. During that time however dozens of huntsman have had to answer pointless, vindictive allegations and thousands of hours of police time have been wasted. However, none of this is an excuse for complacency, or lack of a political resolution.

As I have said before the case for repeal is distinct from the case for hunting. There was never any justification for the ban, but the case for getting rid of the Hunting Act is stronger even than the argument for hunting. However uncomfortable anyone is with hunting itself, defending this law is now impossible, as can be seen from the growing number of anti-hunting activists and MPs who are conceding that the law does not work. It has failed at every level and as there can be no reason for allowing such a bad law to remain on the Statute Book. Repealing the Hunting Act would be a public service and one that the next Government must address as soon as it possibly can. Then the police can return to policing real crime and the courts can get back to trying real criminals.

Simon Hart
Chief Executive


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My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond
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