Charles Mann, a leader of Vote OK, wrote in a leaked email about Henley: "All this effort will build towards repeal."
Similar emails were sent out to hunts to encourage their supporters to not give up hope and to work hard in support of MPs who in return promised to vote to repeal the hunting Act when the time was right to do so.
Robbie Marsland, of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, said: "Vote OK foot-soldiers are acting like wolves in sheep's clothing.
Labour MP Phyllis Starkey said: "This is fundamentally dishonest and undermines democracy."
Despite all this, the hunting lobby is on the ropes and they know it. They have one last hope of repealing the hunting ban and that is if David Cameron is elected outright in 2015.
It’s not just hunting, the shooting lobby know that the heat is on, and the spotlight is beginning to shine on their nefarious activities too. There is a growing sense of awareness of the cruelty of raising birds to be blasted from the sky for sport, and the activities ancillary to shooting which involve gamekeepers slaughtering countless mammals and birds of prey in order to protect the young game birds from predation. Certainly the shooters are not too keen on Labour wining the next election, because they will be under scrutiny, and pressured into curtailing much of what they have been allowed to do unfettered in the past.
Nature is in trouble and every vote in the 2015 election counts.
Some people think why bother? They say all the political parties are the same. Those people are completely wrong and that wrong view belittles the importance of democracy. It is vital for our countryside and its wildlife that we use our vote to protect them. Our wildlife does not get a voice unless the public provides one for it.
If we care, then we dare not let UKIP or the Conservatives have a say in how our wildlife is treated. Too many of their candidates and MPs, and their leaders, Farage and Cameron, are wedded to mindless animal cruelty. Our wildlife deserves so much more than a political party pandering to a blood thirsty minority who get their fun killing animals.
We MUST move forward, and that means securing the hunting ban for the future.
Bringing in a two-year prison term for illegal hunting would be a good place to start. There is also forward thinking needed on banning snares, and protecting birds of prey from poisoning, shooting and the destruction of their eggs and nests. Farmers and landowners must be encouraged to do more to preserve animal habitats, and the activities of shooters must be curtailed. We cannot let the pro-shooting/hunting brigade off lightly; they cause too much suffering and also death of our precious wildlife. The idea that one can preserve a species by killing it must be exposed for the lie it is. It is nonsense that shooting estates cannot adapt and make money from other things.
For too long a minority have sought to make their blood-soaked activities appear wholesome, but it just won’t wash anymore.
Hunting and shooting may be traditional, but they are certainly not noble customs, and it is past time they were consigned to history where they belong. The time has come to speak the truth, and people who kill for sport must be shamed and shunned for their actions, and made to realise that they are nothing more than a minority group whose activities are a stain on the morality of a modern, civilised country.
In short, they simply won’t be tolerated, no matter what the excuse. Blood sports of any kind have no place in the UK today, or anywhere else for that matter.
Country lover, amateur naturalist and fox lover fighting to preserve the ban on hunting
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