With a staggering 84%, ( a projected 89% in Manchester Central ) of the voting public across England and Wales, opposed to fox hunting, Vinny the fox cub ( and his representative ) will be rolling into Manchester on his ‘battle bus’ this Friday.
Recent Ipsos MORI Polling projectionsindicates that the majority of people in all 570 constituencies across England and Wales are likely to be in favour of keeping the ban on fox hunting. These projections include 87% in Salford and Eccles, 88% in Manchester Gorton and Manchester Withington, 89% in Manchester Central.
After launching his campaign on Monday with over 100 supporters including Downton Abbey star Peter Egan and Brit pop icon Meg Matthews, Vinny the Fox Cub will be in Manchester Friday May 19th, as part of his Battle Bus tour of Great Britain.
Broadcaster, musician and writer, Mark Radcliffe said: “Once again we see common sense and decency in danger of being overturned due to the influence of a privileged elite with an unshakeable belief in their own entitlement.
“Join our campaign if you are a decent person who regards all blood sports as barbarism.
“It’s dispiriting to even have to have this argument all over again but we can never be complacent whilst there are vicious pressure groups who demand the inflicting of cruelty for their own fun.”
Vinny, who will be standing in the constituency of Wildlife Den West told supporters:
“Peoples seem to be making a mess of things so I thought I should stand up and be counted. As a fox, it’s never that safe to stand up and be counted, but us animals need to do something before it’s too late.
“I’ll be going on the campaign tail to ask all the peoples and human candidates if they agree there should be a cruelty free future for animals. I wouldn’t have thought many would disagree with that, but my mum says unfortunately I’m wrong.”
Thousands of people have already ‘Voted for Vinny’ to ask election candidates if they will support Vinny’s key policies:
Reject any weakening of the ban on hunting and support an increase in the maximum sentence for animal cruelty offences to five years imprisonment
Eduardo Goncalves, Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports which is supporting Vinny’s campaign, said:
“The fox hunting debate has been ignited once again by Mrs May’s comments. Vinny’s campaign is completely unpolitical, but he does represent the vast majority of people who want fox hunting to stay banned.
“Britain is meant to be a nation of animal lovers but right now a lot of animals are feeling unloved. There are moves to legalise the hunting of foxes, deer and hares, over ten years after the nation recognised that it is nothing but a cruel sport. Dog fighting is happening right here on our streets; and those people who inflict cruelty on animals get barely a slap on the wrist.
“No wonder Vinny wants to take the case of animals to the British public. As humans, we should be judged on how we treat animals. In some cases and in certain places, we should be judged poorly.”
The League Against Cruel Sports has issued an Election Minifesto which includes commitments on a range of animal welfare issues, including hunting, dog fighting, ‘gamebird’ shooting and trophy hunting.