Thursday 18 January 2018

A bad day for democracy

Madam – It is disturbing to learn that a visitor to these shores cannot go for a quiet drink in a hotel without finding himself the subject of an online witch-hunt orchestrated by animal rights radicals.

I am referring to the report in your newspaper (Sunday Independent, February 17, 2013) concerning the Scottish singer, Paolo Nutini, whose attendance at a hunt ball in Co Westmeath provoked yet another outpouring of rage from those who seek to denormalise hunting using a variety of tactics, one of which is to mobilise a social media lynch mob against anybody in the public eye who finds disfavour with them through any association – no matter how tenuous – with hunting.

Nutini joins a long list of those who have found themselves in this unhappy position. Recently celebrities such as Rachel Allen and Hector O hEochagain have been targeted, and the objective is undoubtedly to discourage other media personalities from touching hunting with a bargepole.

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