Yet the Bill was deliberately wrecked by a handful of peers who tabled so many amendments that it ran out of time. Who were these noble legislators? Four amendments were tabled in the name of Lord Kimbal (Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge), former master, Fitzwilliam Hounds, former master, Cottesmore Hounds, former chairman of the British Field Sports Society. Four more were tabled in the name of the 4th Baron Palmer (Eton and Edinburgh University), secretary, the Royal Caledonian Hunt since 1989, with support from the 3rd Viscount Allenby (Eton and Sandhurst). What had they against the Bill? One peer explained that the measure would be used by local authorities "unfriendly to foxhunting". In other words - heaven forfend - hunt masters might have to carry poop-scoops to clear up after their hounds. To prevent any chance of such an indignity being visited upon the likes of my Lords Kimbal and Palmer, the rest of us have to continue squelching through our parks, playgrounds and streets, eyes glued to the ground.
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