London's Sunday Times reports today that this week Sir Paul and his daughter Stella intend to relaunch their campaign to have fox hunting outlawed in England and Wales. They are supporting the work of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare in their campaign to ban most types of hunting with dogs. Last year the Commons passed an anti-hunting bill by more than 200 votes, only for it to be blocked in the Lords (see December 26 below). A campaign to revive the bill was planned for this autumn, however, as an RSPCA spokesman said, "We thought a campaign against hunting would look trivial in the context of the World Trade Center attacks and the Afghan conflict."
The McCartney's long-standing commitment to animal welfare is not always appreciated. In a recent interview with Russian Harper's Bazaar, Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld scoffed at Stella's anit-fur position, saying "It's easy to be against fur when your father is Sir Paul McCartney."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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