Op-ed: “Sick hunt saboteurs troll family of girl, nine, tragically kicked to death by a horse”
This is the headline in just about every national media outlet in the U.K. alongside the picture of a sweet-faced little girl who looks so happy with her pony. Some of the comments are nasty beyond the point of all decency, and although the people who made those comments may yet be investigated by the police, that won’t take away the heart-stopping pain little nine-year-old Bonnie’s parents will be feeling right now, or help them to fill the void of losing an innocent and precious little daughter in the years to come.
Bonnie Armitage was out on her pony with the Cotswold hunt in Miserden, near Stroud, Gloucestershire on Saturday, when she was kicked by a horse and knocked out of the saddle.
She died later in hospital.
A tragic loss of a young life; and why that should prompt any adult who professes to be a compassionate human being to choose to post such hateful comments seems as irrational as it is to be deplored.
Cotswold hunt master, James Chamberlain said he hoped none of the comments would have been read by the family. He added that it was sad there are people like that out there.
Sad indeed, and sad that the National press decided to run with the story in the first place. Hardened reporters feigning mock indignation whilst not caring that Bonnie’s parents might read the articles which would undoubtedly add to their pain.
Without any supporting evidence whatsoever, whoever leaked this story, claimed it was the hunt saboteurs who made the comments.
All of the comments from anti-hunting groups expressing sympathy and empathy have been ignored in favour of those which would cause most outrage.
It is beyond sad that whoever leaked the story to the press decided that point scoring against the hunt saboteurs was more important than giving a grieving family peace and respect at such a time.
It is well known that the Countryside Alliance has been trying for years, with little success, to discredit the saboteurs.
Certain pro hunting factions on face book continuously troll anti-hunting pages looking for ammunition to use against those trying to protect wildlife from hunting abuse.
It begs the question why did those people decide it would be better to blow the whistle to the press instead of reporting the commentators to the police? They chose instead to create a media circus in an effort to score points against a group of others in the hope it would further their cause for repeal of the hunting Act.
Some horrid people have said nasty things and others are using those comments as weapons like it's some childish game. Meanwhile the family of a little girl is trying to come to terms with an indescribable loss.
Some of us need to take a long hard look at ourselves.
Bonnie Armitage, nine, died from cardiac arrest after being kicked by horse at Cotswold Hunt meeting.
RIP Bonnie. Respect and deepest sympathy for Bonnie’s family.
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