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August 23
08:08 2017

WEB2-23-08-17If we could agree on what cruelty is…

By Jonathan Burton.

IT’S generally considered a fact of life that when you’re young and idealistic you tend to be on the left of the political spectrum whereas when you grow old you drift towards the right. Of course, it’s not a cast-iron rule – otherwise the Young Conservatives wouldn’t have any members. However, in my experience as a teenager in higher education interested in fieldsports, you do tend to get questioned (not to say interrogated) by your more liberal peers.

Many are surprised by the answer I give – I tell them I’m imitating nature. The nicer ones consider me crackers, the less sympathetic accuse me of being a downright liar. Neither really understand what I’m driving at. So allow me to explain.

Wildlife documentaries are immensely popular with television audiences, aptly demonstrated by Sir David Attenborough, a man long past retirement age who continues to feature in series after series. I’m no exception to the trend and personally consider that in urbanised, modern Britain, it’s wonderful there is still a regard for conserving wild animals and wild places.

 

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