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Pro-Bloodsports MP Kate Hoey Under Fire During National Anti-Shooting Week
Posted 22 September 2008
Date: 29 September 2008
Location: Community Resource Centre, Studley Road, Vauxhall, London SW4
To round off National Anti-Shooting Week, Animal Aid's new mascot – Phileas the Pheasant – will be visiting Vauxhall in London to draw attention to the government's promotion of the cruel 'sport' of gamebird shooting. Annually, more than 40 million pheasants and partridges are intensively reared to be used as feathered targets, with hundreds of thousands of breeding birds confined inside metal battery cages.
Vauxhall has been chosen because local Labour MP Kate Hoey is an outspoken advocate of bloodsports. In 2005, Hoey was appointed Chairman of the pro-bloodsports Countryside Alliance, and reportedly receives more than £15,000 per year for her campaigning work on their behalf. On her appointment, she announced that people have 'the right to engage in country sports and other activities without prejudiced legislative assault’.
Labour's 2005 Charter for Shooting stated that the party wanted to 'actively encourage' people to take up shooting and to initiate policies under which it can 'develop and prosper'.
More recent statements by key government and party figures, including those who attended a reception staged by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation at Labour's 2007 conference, confirm that promoting the killing of birds for sport is, indeed, now government policy.
Animal Aid's new hard-hitting viral film has been launched to coincide with the start of National Anti-Shooting Week. Showing the brutality, wastefulness and greed of the gamebird industry, it has been sent to every MP, calling on them to press the government to change its policy over the shooting of live quarry.
Says Animal Aid Director, Andrew Tyler:
The government is applying an irrational double standard to bloodsports - banning hunting with dogs whilst cosying up to the pro-shoot lobby. Animal Aid’s National Anti-Shooting Week will expose this hypocrisy to people across the country. We have also alerted every Labour backbench MP to the fact that, with Cameron’s Tories on the ascendant, this issue places Labour parliamentary seats at serious risk.’
Notes to Editor:
- For full background and interviews, contact Andrew Tyler on 01732 364546
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