Paul McCartney has spoken out about the British government's impending amendment that will once again open the door for fox hunting in England and Wales. In a statement, the bassist and longtime animal rights activist called the sport "cruel and unnecessary" and threatened that, by passing the bill, the conservative Tory party "would lose support from ordinary people and animal lovers like myself."
"The people of Britain are behind this Tory government on many things, but the vast majority of us will be against them if hunting is reintroduced," McCartney said. In 2004, the British government placed stricter restrictions on fox hunting, which was practiced legally for sport for nearly five centuries until the legislation passed. However, current Prime Minister David Cameron revealed in March he hoped to repeal the ban as long as the fox hunts were "appropriate" and done "efficiently," The Guardian reports.
McCartney isn't the only rocker to argue against renewing fox hunts: On July 9th, Queen guitarist Brian May appeared on BBC's Newsnight to slam the amendment, which will be put to a vote on July 15th. "There is no justification for the hunting of foxes on the grounds of control of foxes," May said. "They breed them to hunt; it’s all about people out there trying to catch foxes for fun. They like causing pain and this is what Cameron is endorsing."
May appeared on Newsnight to debate fox hunting with a member of the Countryside Alliance, a group May called "a bunch of lying bastards." Things only became more contemptuous from there: