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" How did all those ministry officials, vets and others take part in a holocaust which was against all reason let alone compassion and reverence for life?"

Yes, I am shocked - but then this whole past 12 months have had a sort of unreality about it. The unnecessary mass slaughter of healthy animals - even those suffering from the disease could have been treated or vaccinated. I have felt all along that there was a 'hidden agenda'. But how was it all able to be carried out with little or no opposition. How did all those ministry officials, vets and others take part in a holocaust which was against all reason let alone compassion and reverence for life. What hold does 'authority' have on these people that prevents them from refusing to be part of it all. I think your reference to Crystalnacht is appropriate. Other references to George Orwell's work is relevant.

As you are only too well aware the Government of this country presently consists of lies, deceit, threats, intimidation, unlawful actions and misuse of the Police and the Official Secrets Act among other things - but what is their hold over the media that prevents these abuses being banner headlines? People are being manipulated - their freedom of thought, let alone expression, is being supressed. They are fed propaganda and spin together with a pap of celebrity acclaimation and superficial sensationalism.

For some considerable time I have been a EU realist - but I am now of the opinion that what we are up against is on a much bigger scale. The increased use of the term 'New World Order' is no coincidence. I have recently read a book by Steven Ransom 'Plague, Pestilence and the Pursuit of Power' I recommend it.

However, a final plea. Please, please do not confuse the horrors of what has happened to the farming and rural communities over the past 12 months with the issue of hunting with dogs. The actions of the 'authorities' as described above, are not in the same league as the popular opposition to hunting.

I have felt desperately distressed about the unfolding tragedy - and fervented wished there was more I could do to help - but at the same time I feel that compassion and respect for the integrity of animal life should also include wild animals. I very much hope that those who hunt may find gentler ways to enjoy the pleasure of the countryside and its creatures.

With best wishes,

Delaine H

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