A boy of 13 was shot and killed on Saturday night, because he was mistaken for a fox. Yes, only in Britain, where the hunting of foxes is considered a “tradition” rather than a mindless and cruel pursuit perpetuating the out-of-date class system, could such a fantastically stupid and surreal tragedy take place.
Here’s a little glimpse into what a noble tradition fox hunting is: The boy was on a “lamping” trip, using torches and lamps to spot the animal, cowering in the bushes. Grown men with loaded .22 rifles were watching for movement as the boy trudged through the undergrowth. Someone saw some movement. . . not sure what it might be, but let’s shoot anyway! Bang. One dead child.
Another bill is before Parliament to ban fox hunting, yet once more it will be scotched, because it’s important that we defend this noble, noble tradition, don’t you think? (BBC News)