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. . . .

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  1. Foxes do not choose to be hunted but boxers do choose to be punched in the head. Boxers know the dangers of boxing, just as divers know the dangers of diving. Both have killed people, but they knew the risks and chose to go ahead anyway. I will repeat: Foxes do not choose to be hunted by dogs controlled by people on horses wearing silly outfits. Boxing teaches discipline and self defence. Yes, it's not the best way of teaching these two skills (perhaps martial arts, such as Judo or Karate are more efficient) but this is a question of free will. Foxes do not choose to be killed by people who are 'just having fun' at the expense of the fox's life.

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  2. "How come the people who banned fox-hunting never decided to ban boxing?"

    Well, that's sort of obvious. See jacko552 above me. They're just completely different things.

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  3. I agree with the previous comments in truth. Chaps will always want to thump each other - better to channel that aggression into an activity that's at least codified, the art of self defence is an important skill and, as has been pointed out, it is a matter of choice.

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  4. Thank you, it is interesting to read your comments.

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  5. A friend of mine has told me that when at school he had two of his fingers broken by another pupil who used his boxing training to bully others. The boxer was already starting to show signs of brain damage, which may have explained his aggression. So boxing does damage people who are not willing participants.

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    1. I'd say that's similar to the way homophobia damages people who aren't willing participants.

      Growing up with learning difficulties, I found boxing to be the ideal way to teach me focus and discipline; if your had his fingers broken at school, it was a sad case of the individual being a bully, not that boxing training caused the bullying. I'd be interested to know how you got hold of the correlation with brain damage.

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    2. It is the official opinion of the medical profession. I have heard a doctor state that in the view of the British Medical Association, boxing ought to be banned because of this. I have never heard any medical practitioner oppose that view.
      As for "homophobia" did you know that being obsessed with gay rights indicates that you are a repressed homophobic? You are just attacking them because secretly, inside, you desire to be one of them.

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  6. I disagree with this comparison. As others have pointed out Foxes do not choose to be hunted and killed in a brutal fashion - boxing involves human beings who give prior consent to being punched. A better comparison would be to say that animals do not consent to being killed for meat so why do we ban fox hunting on that basis?

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  7. You say "animals do not consent to being killed for meat" but if you let the foxes go unchecked they will kill and eat a lot of other animals, They can't eat anything else. So animals are going to be eaten either way - no point in being sentimental.

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  8. I am glad this subject has proved so controversial.

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