Ringling Brothers $270,000 Over Animal Mishandling
VIENNA, Virginia (AP) – The owner of the Ringling Bros. circus
has agreed to pay a $270,000 fine to settle allegations that it violated
federal animal-welfare laws in its handling of elephants, tigers, zebras
and other exotic animals.
U.S. Department of Agriculture says the civil penalty announced Monday
is the largest ever assessed against an animal exhibitor under the Animal
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this month (March 2011), Japanese authorities ordered doctors to stop
using pneumococcal and Hib vaccines because four children died after
receiving the shots. However, the real news was never reported: more
than 2,000 babies died in the United States after receiving vaccines
for these very same diseases, yet authorities refuse to warn parents
and halt production. A safety review is vital to determine whether a
recall of the dangerous shots may be necessary to protect additional
American babies from disability and death.
to Paul Offit, media spokesperson for the vaccine industry, "the
Japanese Ministry of Health was foolish to suspend the Hib and pneumococcal
programs." Offit thinks the deaths were probably caused by SIDS,
or underlying conditions, or another cause - anything except the vaccines.
Often, children get sick and die by chance.
700,000 people, mostly children, end up in ER every year for pharmaceutical
Besides motor vehicle
accidents, the second leading cause of injury death in the US is drug-related
poisoning, according to a new study published in The American Journal
of Emergency Medicine. The study indicates that nearly 700,000 people
end up in emergency rooms (ER) every year from pharmaceutical drug poisoning
-- and most of these visits involve young children.
Roughly 28,000 people
die every year due to drug-related poisoning, and the highest poisoning
rates are among children under five years of age. Forty-three percent
of all these poisonings are caused by antidepressant drugs and common
painkillers, many of which are available without a prescription. And
all this death occurs under the watch of the US Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The American College
of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American Association of Poison
Control Centers (AAPCC) are together participating in Poison Prevention
Week, an awareness campaign designed to warn the public about the poisons
that lurk in their homes -- which apparently is dominated primarily
by pharmaceutical drugs.
First congress on alternatives to animal testing in China
the Chinese legislation on cosmetics still requires products to be tested
on animals, the Beijing Technology and Business University is organising
a forum on alternatives to animal testing.
For the first time ever, the People’s Republic of China is exploring
alternatives to animal testing. This issue will be the subject of the
first edition of the International Forum on Cosmetic Technology and
Applications, initiated and organised by the China Cosmetics Research
Centre of the Beijing Technology and Business University.
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November 2009, the Animal Rights Alliance in Sweden released photographs
and film from 100 Swedish pig farms.
of the farms visited, Blackstaby, belongs to the former chairman of
the meat industry’s association; Swedish Meats. We reported his,
and another 91 farms, to the police for breaking the animal welfare
hours of film, 400 photographs, veterinarians supporting the case and
that two people testified about what they had documented at the farm,
the owner was never prosecuted. Instead, the two witnesses are now being
prosecuted for opening the doors to the piggery and filming the conditions.
The owner also demands around 100,000 Euros.
meat industry tries to scare us to silence with threats of large sums
but we will continue reporting on animal abuse.
Supreme Court announced today that it will not review the case of the
SHAC 7, a landmark First Amendment case in which a group of animal rights
activists were convicted as “terrorists” for running a controversial
campaign of the SHAC 7 didn’t involve anthrax, pipe bombs, or
a plot to hijack an airplane. They ran a website. On that website, they
posted news about the campaign — legal actions like protests and
illegal actions like stealing animals from labs — and unabashedly
supported all of it.
this they faced a slew of conspiracy charges, including conspiracy to
violate the Animal Enterprise Protection Act and commit “animal
defendants lost at the trial level, and were sentenced to between one
and six years in prison. Upon appeal, the Third Circuit issued a sweeping
ruling. It held that SHAC’s fiery rhetoric constituted a “true
threat” (even though they were never accused of destroying property,
or violence, or inciting such activity) because illegal conduct has
taken place in the same campaign.
put it another way, the court held that the First Amendment rights of
a group of people could be restricted based on the past actions of others.
Judge Arleth makes unexpected announcement on Thursday that a ruling
is to be issued by April
- Year-long trial has drawn criticism from legal experts for evident
similarities to Nazi-era, show trials
- Animal activists accused of no crimes, put on trial under special
- People all over Europe could be summoned to similar trials under
provisions of the European Arrest Warrant
The trial of German second world war resistance heroes Sophie and Hans
Scholl had one plus poin: it was short. Nazi Judge Roland
Freisler sentenced them to death in 1943 in a few short hours
for their „crime“ of distributing leaflets calling for
The trial of 13 animal right’s activists in Austria for engaging
in a similar civil rights activities, on the other hand, has been going
on since March 2, 2010, under a special anti-mafia and terrorism paragraph
The regular news bulletins on the bizarre show-trial announced to Austrians
that a new era of universal repression by the state had started. Coupled
with plans for a massive expansion of the surveillance state through
data monitoring and storage, it opens the door to a return of a Nazi-style
terror regime by the state.
Under the European Arrest Warrant, people all over Europe could find
themselves being summoned to face such trials in Austria. However, the
notorious animal right’s trial seems finally to be coming to an
end. Yesterday, Judge Sonya Arleth announced without warning that she
had abandoned plans to call in another 200 witnesses and would give
her ruling in April. Activists believe they will be freed because so
far none of the 100 or so witnesses called against them has implicated
them in any crime and the witnesses called in their defence have not
been allowed to take the stand so far.
investigation and an intense year-long campaign, the University
of Utah (also known as "the U") has announced that it will
no longer purchase dogs and cats from North
Utah Valley Animal Shelter (NUVAS) —or any other animal shelter—to
be used in invasive and deadly experiments. Since the U was the last
Utah purchaser of homeless animals for use in experiments, this victory
means the complete end of "pound
seizure" in the state of Utah!
Animal Aid asks whether all animals should be treated equally
Korea and some other Asian countries dogs (and cats) are considered
a good source of protein. Although UK residents are likely to be shocked
at the thought, why is it considered wrong to eat dogs yet acceptable
to eat cows, pigs, chickens and other animals? This is the question
that national campaign group Animal Aid is asking during March, which
is designated national Veggie Month.
course, rather than adding dog to the menu, during Veggie Month Animal
Aid is urging the British public to recognise that pigs, sheep, cows
and chickens are not so different from the dogs and cats who share our
homes, and instead to try a meat-free diet. Animal Aid supporters will
be communicating this thought-provoking message to the general public
by distributing tens of thousands of the group’s ‘Friend
or Food?’ leaflet, as well as setting up street stalls in different
parts of the country. A large controversial poster, depicting a golden
retriever lying in a grassy field, will be displayed on the stalls asking
passers-by, ‘Would you eat dog for dinner? If the idea disgusts
you, tell us why’.
hunting season has seen members of the East Kent Hunt Saboteurs monitoring
fox and hare hunts all over the county both openly and undercover. We
have seen much this year that we believe to be illegal hunting activity,
and have collated evidence that the hunting act is being routinely flouted,
both in Kent, and all over the country.
On Saturday 26nd Feb, some of our members were monitoring the East Kent
Foxhounds, at Crundale estate. It was obvious that they did not
know that we were there, as they appeared to be openly hunting
illegally. When monitors found them, the foxhounds were "IN CRY"
in a wood (this means the hounds were following a scent),
at this point the huntsman should have called them back - under
the Hunting Act, it is illegal for them to chase a wild animal.
Delhi (Reuters Life!) - Former Baywatch star and model Pamela Anderson
has accused one of India's most prestigious research centers of animal
cruelty, urging it to retire decades-old test monkeys and adopt humane
practices. Anderson, famous for slow-motion beach running scenes in
the hit 1990s lifeguard TV show, wrote to R.C. Deka, director of All
India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after watching a video allegedly
exposing animal cruelty at the New Delhi center. "It broke my heart
to see the suffering that is documented in the enclosed video,"
wrote Anderson, in a letter sent on behalf of People for Ethical Treatment
of Animals (PETA). "But the animals suffering behind closed doors
at AIIMS must endure this nightmare every day."
Protection Trial: Turkish Human Rights Campaigners angered. Charge against
Austrian Association of Judges
human rights campaigners have responded angrily to a statement given
by the Association of Judges earlier this week. The association's statement
followed strong criticism from the media for the decision to charge
a professor of law for criticising the judge's handling of the animal
the newspaper interview the professor stated that, after being at the
court she was of the opinion that the defendants were not being given
a fair trial. The Vice President of the Association of Judges told the
press We are not in Turkey, we are not in Sudan. Here we conform to
In a one-sentence letter received on February 14 (download here), Amerijet
International CEO David G. Bassett confirmed that the airline had stopped
"This letter on behalf of Amerijet International, Inc. is intended
to confirm that, as stated on our website, Amerijet has ceased transporting
primates for any and all purposes."
The letter follows a five month letter-writing campaign by the Animal
Rights Foundation of Florida and numerous protests by local animal advocates.
ARFF is thrilled to be able to add Amerijet International to the list
of companies that have made the compassionate decision to dissociate
themselves from the cruelty and suffering of the international trade
Liberationist Walter Bond Gets Minimum 5-Year Sentence for Colorado
liberationists Walter Bond received the minimum sentence allowed by
a Colorado court, 5 years prison and 3 years probation, after pleading
guilty to burning the Sheepskin Factory in Glendale. Hon. Christine
Arguello, while stern with him, noted that she read all 50 letters to
her from Mr. Bond's supporters and every essay he had written on his
support site. The judge commented that she realizes Walter is very intelligent
by his writing, and urged him to focus in the future towards his essays
on Animal Liberation and to move away from arson in his life.
"The vaccinated, but not the non-vaccinated, dogs in the Purdue
studies developed autoantibodies to many of their own biochemicals,
including fibronectin, laminin, DNA, albumin, cytochrome C, cardiolipin
the study dogs were found good homes, but no long-term follow-up has
been conducted. At around the same time, the American Veterinary Medical
Association (AVMA) Vaccine-Associated Feline Sarcoma Task Force initiated
several studies to find out why 160,000 cats each year in the USA develop
terminal cancer at their vaccine injection sites."
is also widely acknowledged that vaccines can cause a fast-acting, usually
fatal, disease called autoimmune haemolytic anaemia (AIHA). Without
treatment, and frequently with treatment, individuals can die in agony
within a matter of days."
no one warns the pet owners before their animals are subjected to an
unnecessary booster, and very few owners are told why after their pets
die of AIHA."
481 had contact to VGT as early as 1999 when she took part in protests
against live animal transport
identifies Undercover Agent 481 – Permanently under the influence
of alcohol, served time in prison and whose application for a job with
VGT was turned down
déjà-vu: yet another infiltrator who, once again, has
nothing of any criminal relevance to report. As with the first infiltrator,
'Danielle Durand', police also attempted to cover up her operation.
However, this second infiltrator, unlike 'Durand', is not a police officer.
Undercover agent 481 operated inside VGT, or in other words, was animal
rights active from the beginning of May 2007 until the beginning of
was deeply sad to get the message about Brian in America which said
he was in hospital in London with lung cancer and could I contact him.
I was travelling back through London to my next event in Europe and
I headed straight from the plane to see Brian at his hospital near the
Houses of Parliament. What struck me immediately was that despite the
diagnosis his focus was on getting back to his spot in the Square as
soon as possible.
He had been told he had lung cancer and that it was 'operable'. But
the term 'operable', it turned out, meant to remove the lung and then
they changed their mind because they said the other lung was not strong
enough to cope alone.
Of Science & The Rise Of Intellectual Tyranny
very reputation of so-called "science" has been irreparably
damaged by the invocation of the term "science" by GMO lackeys,
pesticide pushers, mercury advocates and fluoride poisoners who all
claim to have science on their side. It seems that every toxin, contamination
and chemical disaster that now infects our planet has been evangelized
in the name of "science."
"science" used to be highly regarded in the 1950's, today
the term is largely exploited by pharmaceutical companies, biotech giants
and chemical companies to push their own for-profit agendas. Actual
science has little to do with the schemes now being pushed under the
veil of science.
than defending any sort of scientific truth, science bloggers have become
the internet whores of Big Pharma, Monsanto, pesticide manufacturers,
chemical companies and toxic mercury factories. There's hardly a dangerous
chemical in widespread use today that the science bloggers haven't venomously
defended as safe and effective. Many are just blatantly paid off by
corporate entities to run around the internet pushing GMOs, chemicals
USDA found to be poisoning bird
populations, causing mass die-offs involving millions of birds
Not all the mysterious bird die-offs that have been witnessed around
the globe recently are due to unexplained causes. A recent mass die-off
event witnessed in Yankton, South Dakota was traced back to the USDA
which admitted to carrying out a mass poisoning of the birds.
hundreds of starlings were found dead in the Yankton Riverside Park,
concerned citizens began to investigate. Before long, a USDA official
called the local police and admitted they had poisoned the birds. "They
say that they had poisoned the birds about ten miles south of Yankton
and they were surprised they came to Yankton like they did and died
in our park," says Yankton Animal Control Officer Lisa Brasel,
as reported by KTIV http://www.ktiv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13865540
USDA then confirmed the story and explained it was all "part of
a large killing" in Nebraska. Some of the birds that ate the poison
apparently flew all the way to Yankton before succumbing to the poison.
Restorasi Habitat Orangutan Indonesia, part of the Borneo Orangutan
Survival Foundation, has been given permission by the Indonesian government
to release over 600 orangutans into thousands of acres of land. There
had been no releases of orangutans from their animal facility for the
last nine years. The new releases will take place in East and Central
Kalimantan in Borneo through 2015. East Kalimantan has experienced a
boom in logging, coal mining, forest products and petroleum production.
The logging and mining have caused habitat loss for orangutans, so much
so that even the newly released orangutans will go to lands that have
already been logged, although some areas were replanted with trees in
2002. The Restorasi Habitat Orangutan Indonesia will have to pay $1.4
million dollars for 60 years for the orangutans to live on the lands
where they will be released.
new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation provides a startling
glimpse into “Catfish Corner,” a fish slaughter facility
in Mesquite, Texas.
the operation’s jaunty name lies a grisly reality. From the water
to the cutting table, fish are tortured – suffocated, skinned
and dismembered, all while conscious and feeling pain.
hidden camera video reveals:
* Workers using pliers to pull the skin off of live fish
* Dozens of fish crammed into buckets and baskets, gasping for oxygen
* Skinned fish still moving and gasping on the cutting table
* Fish flailing and struggling to escape the workers’ knives
* Live fish sliced and split in half
* Workers tearing the heads off of live fish
Speaker John Bercow is at the centre of a fresh row over his impartiality
after he revealed he backed the hunting ban
Buckingham MP told a constituent he agreed hunting foxes to kill them
was "wrong in the 21st Century". A
constituency spokesman said it was Mr Bercow's "duty" to represent
his constituents' views. But
Conservative minister Alan Duncan said Speakers should not express party
international development minister told BBC News: "The most important
quality in any Speaker is his impartiality. "Of
course he has to look after his constituents, but he should be a step
removed from any party political opinion."
Conservative MPs are hoping to repeal the Hunting Act when it comes
back to the Commons. The coalition agreement promises a free vote on
the issue, although no date for the debate has been set, with some press
reports suggesting Prime Minister David Cameron was keen to delay it
to avoid a potentially damaging row with his Lib Dem coalition partners.
The Indian bull taming sport of jallikattu injured 76 people
The jallikattu took
place on Monday in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu as part of
the harvest festival of Pongal.
from other such sports in the West in that there is no attempt to favor
the bull over the humans involved and the bulls are not killed. In jallikattu,
the bull's horns are sharpened and the human competitors are not allowed
There are variations
on jallikattu, but generally the sport involves people attempting to
subdue or simply hold onto a bull that is running and thrashing about.
Those who can subdue the animal or hold onto him for a predetermined
amount of time are awarded prizes.
There has been a
lot of attention paid to jallikattu recently, as activists work to have
the games outlawed. A recent legal battle brought by activists resulted
in jallikattu being banned in 2008, but was later reinstated, albeit
with more restrictions.
Hospitals End Fatal Use of Rabbits and Pigs: One Action
we continue to save lives and stop cruel training practices! We recently
learned that PCRM was successful in ending the use of rabbits and pigs
in trauma training courses at two Canadian medical facilities.
a pediatric trauma training course in Hamilton, Ontario, trainees made
an incision between live rabbits’ ribs and inserted a plastic
tube into the animals’ chest cavities. In another course at Hamilton
Health Sciences, up to 91 pigs per year were used in a course in which
needles were inserted into the animals’ chest cavities and the
sacs around their hearts. Pigs were also used in a trauma training course
at Saint John Hospital in New Brunswick. Both hospitals now teach these
crucial lifesaving procedures with medical simulators modeled on the
urged course directors and administrators at both medical centers to
adopt nonanimal training methods. We also filed a federal complaint
against Hamilton Health Sciences with the Canadian Council on Animal
Care before the hospital confirmed that it had replaced animal use.
rescued circus lions from all over Bolivia were gathered this week,
in preparation for their trip to an animal rescue center in Colorado.
Animal Defenders International worked with Bolivian authorities enforcing
the country’s ban on the use of animals in circuses. The lions
will be transported to The Wild Animal Sanctuary near Denver, CO, where
they will have about 80 acres of open land to move around in. Preparations
are being made to move the lions now.
lions have endured incredible pain and hardship, but their new home
will be a natural oasis where they can live freely in family prides
the way nature intended,” said Executive Director Pat Craig of
the Wild Animal Sanctuary.
has banned animal circuses and warned its zoos they must stop abusing
animals or face closure
animal shows and circuses are hugely popular in China, and draw around
150 million visitors a year at 700 zoos. However, animal rights campaigners
have repeatedly complained that the shows should be stopped.
zoo in my city had a show where they forced an adult lion to stand on
the back of a horse for a sort of animal acrobatic performance,”
said Xiao Bing, the chairman of the local animal protection association
in the southern city of Xiamen.
also saw one entertainment park where the monkeys seemed to have wounds
all over their bodies. The manager told me the monkeys got hurt during
live monkey-fighting shows,” he said.
cases of abuse include beating lions to make them jump through rings
of fire and forcing bears to walk across tightropes, said Hua Ning,
at the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Reveals New Measure of Intelligence
A new measure of intelligence: Big-picture thinking trumps narrow-minded
Observing the various realms of science, medicine, experts and world
events, I've come to the conclusion that our modern definition of "intelligence"
(IQ) is seriously lacking. The label of "high IQ" is typically
assigned to those who are experts in narrowly-defined fields such as
disease pathology, pharmacology, particle physics, mathematics or other
so-called "hard science" areas. And yet, it's not uncommon
to see a high-level mathematics professor with an IQ of 175 chowing
down on a processed hamburger laced with toxic chemical additives, while
wearing clothes washed in carcinogenic mainstream laundry detergent.
professor may be brilliant in mathematics, in other words, but he's
unknowingly bathing his entire body in cancer-causing chemicals at the
a typical conventional doctor thinks he knows about health, but he buys
breakfast cereals made with genetically modified corn and doesn't even
know that GMOs are bad for your health. A quantum physics professor
wears antiperspirant deodorant and cologne products that contain powerful
cancer-causing chemicals that are absorbed right through the skin. A
pharmacist who is an expert in the world of drugs and synthetic chemicals
has no clue that the common mineral zinc is crucial for proper immune
the slaughter of wolves starts in Sweden again and wolf-lovers has taken
a picture, where they are armed and with a murdered hunter saying they
will be in the forests to to protect the last remaining wolfes in Sweden;
pictures is to be seen as a posing picture, the way the hunters to with
murdered animals, and is not a threat. But lots of different activists
will be out in the forest tomorrow when the illegal wolf hunt starts
to do what they can to stop it.
national television broadcaster, RTVE, have announced that it will no
longer allow bullfighting to be broadcast across the television network.
move has come after the broadcaster took steps to self regulate the
program content, based on the idea of protecting children from images
that could be harrowing, distressing or damaging.
ban on showing these gruesome acts falls under their newly devised “Violence
with animals” charter.
country on the whole is still debating the merits of bullfighting with
some people claiming it is a right of heritage of Spanish culture, whereas
many animals supporters are outraged that the slaughter of animals for
sport should continue in this modern world.
was outlawed in Catalonia in 2010, joining a ban that has been in place
in the Canary Islands since 1991.
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six dogs have been rescued by a group of animal rights activists from
the breeding facility of animals for experiments Harlan Interfauna located
in the outskirts of the catalonian town Sant Feliu de Codines (Catalonia,
Spain), offering a new life to these animals in this new year.
inside we documented the miserable life of these animals and start preparing
their transportation. Permanently locked in the kennels without being
able to run, play, explore their environment or relate with each other,
several of them had sores –as shown in the images we filmed that
night- since they had to sleep in winter in direct contact with the
cold concrete that was covered with their own feces and urine.
of the rescued dogs was living in total isolation without any kind of
contact with the other animals. This is a form of psychological torture
for social animals who need the company of other animals. Others were
so anxious on having any contact and stimuli after been in those kennels
for nearly four years that they desperately tried to touch us through
the bars and call our attention in any way possible. When we entered
into their kennel, they excitedly jumped onto us looking for affection.
Few minutes later they happily accompanied us out of that place in the
first walk free they do in their whole lives.
we launched a day of action against mink farms in Italy. Around 2pm
o'clock 400 people (according to local media) started to march from
the local ex concentration camp of Fossoli (http://www.fondazionefossoli.org/)
to a modern one located since so many years 1 km far from the camp:
the Italo Rossi's mink farm. We made connections between the two realities
for all the march and also for the previous days through our press releases.
we spent also the previous days answering to media which criminalized
the protest often writing Campagna AIP was similar to Alf and the demos
of yesterday were organized to free the animals from cages. We had some
positive responses to local media we got in touch, making clear we're
not connected with Alf even if we strongly support direct actions against
march and the demos were really really good, people were so involved
and large part of them probably never got in touch directly with a mink
farm, just seeing that was so important. But the best news arrived at
the beginning of the march when we were informed the mink farm located
in Novi (where the second demo was planned, not so far from the one
in Fossoli) was definitely closed. Yes, we can announce another mink
farm closed down in Italy! And surely bacause of direct actions against
it (There were during the past years: two liberations, two cars of the
owner's family were burned, several raids in the middle of the nights
with fireworks, menaces through phone callings... All these actions
according to what media reported). We think the owner was really stressed.
Up to a million under-fives have been inoculated against the flu virus
with a controversial vaccine containing poisonous mercury
Pandemrix has been given to almost a quarter of all healthy babies and
young children as well as thousands of older children with health problems.
Inquiries by the Sunday Express reveal it contains a preservative made
with a form of mercury that was phased out of childhood vaccines in
2004 after fears about its safety
preservative, called thimerosal, has been linked with autism and developmental
disorders in children and was withdrawn from childhood vaccines in the
United States and parts of Europe 10 years ago. Yet the UK government
has always insisted there is no persuasive evidence it poses a health
risk. When it was withdrawn, Labour health minister Rosie Winterton
said the move was part of “a global goal to minimise environmental
exposure to mercury”. However, many experts disagree. Dr Richard
Halvorsen, author of the book, The Truth About Vaccines, said: “Thimerosal
is an extremely toxic substance and known poison to the brain.
Antidote Europe welcomes recent French media reports warning the public
about dangerous medicines.
Antidote Europe welcomes recent media reports warning the public about
dangerous medicines (the latest are the drugs mediator and buflomedil).
The French-based NGO fully endorses this latest expose that reveals
the enormous gulf between reliable scientific methods and some of the
currently used tests, which are hopelessly out of date.
All medical drugs are required to undergo extensive animal testing,
even though animals cannot reliably predict what will happen in a human.
This message was clearly brought home by the near fatal Northwick Park
clinical trial involving six young men, who received an experimental
drug at one five hundredth the dose found safe in monkeys. While cases
like this are relatively rare, the rate of adverse drug reactions in
the general population is far greater. In fact, nine out of ten drugs
that pass animal tests fail to make it through clinical trials involving
people (1). This begs the question of why our
regulatory authorities still require animal tests.
Conservative MPs opposed to repeal of the hunting ban face a backlash
from hunt campaigners in their constituencies, it has emerged. Barely
a few hours after he became Prime Minister, David Cameron spoke to a
leading member of the hunting community instrumental in moves to overturn
the ban on hunting with hounds.
"Tell me how to do it and I will do it," Mr Cameron said.
Despite having arguably more pressing issues such as the economy on
his mind, the new Prime Minister was clearly eager to find a way to
deliver on his oft repeated promise to the traditionalists of rural
England, a community he comes from after all and one he is unlikely
to want to betray.
No one close to Mr Cameron believes that he is anything but still personally
wedded to the commitment he made in opposition to bring forward repeal
of the hunting ban with a government bill in government time. Whether
he can deliver on the promise, however, is looking increasingly in doubt.
In the past few days, suspicions have grown that the issue has been
kicked into the longest possible grass. Claims by the anti-hunting lobby
that more than 20 of the new intake Tory MPs would not support repeal
have caused particular disquiet.