Saturday, 28 April 2012
Boxing or Foxing?
How come the people who banned fox-hunting never decided to ban boxing? Fox-hunting is cruel to foxes. But foxes are a pest to farmers and are not very kind to ducks and chickens when they break into your hen-coop. Being hunted is one of the realities of being an animal in the natural world, a carnivore living among other carnivores. Boxing on the other hand harms people. Boxing is a cruel sport that injures the participants, not temporarily but permanently. It does brain damage. The whole point of boxing is to knock your opponent out, which can only be done with a blow to the head. This damages the contents! A skull is not made out of wood nor is the brain inside. Knocking people down, knocking them out, all does long term irreversible damage. It is awful to listen to the slurred speech and incoherent mumblings of many boxers in later life. They are wrecks. There are many people in the medical profession who have called for boxing to be banned as a sport. Why did the Labour party, which was so set against fox-hunting, treat animal welfare as a higher priority than human welfare? I cannot imagine what benefit the skills of a boxer are in everyday life. What is the point in learning to assault people? Is there ever any likelihood that you will be allowed to do so? So I was surprised to learn that the Youth Centre in Northway, Headington, has turned into a boxing club under the aegis of the Labour and Libdem councillors there. OK so they now get the money from the lease, but only because they have chucked out the teenagers and encouraged a cruel sport instead. I fully support the campaign of the UKIP candidate in Northway to change the club back into a Youth Centre. . . .