Sir Paul is facing the criticism of the 300 members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for failing to respond to their written request to meet with him to discuss his claims that hunting is cruel. (see January 13) The group says that they wrote to Sir Paul and other celebrities on January 22, but have not received a reply. Dr. Lewis Thomas, spokesman for the group, claims:"Our group (Vets for Hunting) has consistently maintained that a ban on hunting would be bad for the welfare of wild life and our Veterinary Opinion sets out clearly why we believe hunting to be the most humane method of controlling the population of the four quarry species. A ban on fox hunting will not save the life or improve the welfare of a single individual fox. On the contrary, it would in all probability lead to a net increase in the suffering of foxes and other quarry species, which is why we oppose the attempts to ban hunting. It is simply irresponsible for Sir Paul and other unqualified celebrities to promote a course of action that could lead to animal suffering on a drastic scale. Our letter called on Sir Paul to come up with his evidence, and to meet us to discuss the issue. We haven't even had a response. Our group is not concerned with the political or economic, arguments for or against hunting. We are solely concerned with promoting sound and realistic welfare for wild life."Sir Paul's spokesman has dismissed the criticism and poses this question do the vets: Do they feel a continuation of fox hunting would save the life of a single individual fox?
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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