I have chosen to use the theme of fox hunting in my animation. It is currently still legal to hunt foxes in Northern Ireland as a sport and to me this is absolutley apauling. Hunting animals for game is cruel and in my opinion immoral.
My animation tells the story of a young girl being chased from the city into the forest by an unknown predator, as she is running through the forest each scene becomes more and more vague of her surroundings representing tunnel vision form anxiety and fear for her life. Along that run she comes to a dead end of a large drop below her and she cannot run any longer. As she turns around and puts her arms up to protect herself from the predator the audience is then informed that all along it was not a little girl, she was only the relative representation of a fox cub. I chose to have this be the outcome because using the little girl as a way for the viewer to relate and sympathise. This then begs the question, do you care less because its now the cubs life that is in danger?
The story that I’m trying to tell here is of a girl running from the city into the forest she is running through the forest clearly being afraid of something chasing her she runs as far as she can until she meets a cliff edge she cannot run any further. She has nowhere left to run and as she turns around hiding in fear she transforms into a young fox. The message here is that compassion and morals shouldn’t depend on the species. Fox hunting for game is still legal in northern ireland, the ban on hunting in the UK was passed in England Wales and Scotland in 2004 although there have been signs of underground hunting still to this day. This disgusting sport is still active. So i have made it my idea to raise awareness and move the public by relating this to our own species.
This is the main character of my animation. She is a young red headed girl who represents the role of the fox. I kept the red hair tied into two pigtails with white bands to emulate the fox’s coat and they both have green eyes.
The wrongs and effects of fox hunting
This is a few facts that i have gathered just to catch a grip on what im trying to represent in my animation
Scientific evidence shows that the animals targeted in fox hunting suffer physical and mental stress when chased by a hunt, whether or not they are eventually killed.
What is fox hunting?
Fox hunting is a traditional ‘sport’ in which hunters, usually on horseback, follow a pack of hunting dogs aiming to pick up the scent of a fox, chase it and kill it. Fox hunting is illegal in England, Scotland and Wales, but evidence suggests that hunts are regularly breaking the law.
Is fox hunting illegal?
Fox hunting is illegal in England, Scotland and Wales. It is still legal in Northern Ireland.
Fox hunting was banned by the Hunting Act 2004 in England and Wales, and the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 in Scotland. But while these were both welcome and hard-fought pieces of legislation, overwhelming evidence suggests both are either being ignored or exploited by hunts on a regular basis.
Hunts in England and Wales invented the activity of trail hunting after the fox hunting ban came in. This claims to be a non-lethal sport where the hunt simply follows a pre-laid trail rather than searching for and chasing a fox. However, years of evidence shows that hunts are using trail hunting as a cover for illegal fox hunting.
An explosive exposé aired on ITV this November showed senior figures within the Masters of FoxHounds Association and the Countryside Alliance caught on camera admitting that ‘trail’ hunting is a “smokescreen” for the chasing and killing of foxes. Police are now investigating the contents of the webinars which were leaked by the Hunt Saboteurs Association
Tue 13 Jun 2000 02.34 BST
Hunting and killing of foxes above ground “seriously compromises welfare” of foxes
Hunting a “significant cohesive force” in some isolated rural areas
Independently appointed monitors of hunts taking video/photographic evidence proposed in absence of full ban
Hunting in the UK
There are about 200 registered packs of hounds in England and Wales which hunt foxes. The packs are estimated to kill 21,000-25,000 foxes a year.
There are three registered staghound packs in the Devon and Somerset area [which] kill about 160 red deer a year in total … 15% of the number required to be culled to maintain a stable population.
There are about 100 registered packs of hounds which hunt hares. They kill about 1,650 hares a season, a very small percentage of the number killed by shooting.
The issues of cruelty and animal welfare are central to the debate about hunting. Animal welfare is concerned with assessing the ability of an animal to cope with its environment. This judgment is distinct from any ethical or moral judgments.
Deer: Most scientists agree that deer are likely to suffer in the final stages of hunting. The available evidence does not enable us to resolve at what point in the hunt the welfare of the deer becomes seriously compromised. Stalking … is in principle the better method of culling deer from an animal welfare perspective.
Foxes: There are three main aspects of foxhunting that effect welfare: the chase; the kill by hounds above ground; and digging out /terrier work.
In the case of killing, death is not always effected by a single bite to the neck by the lead hound. In a proportion of cases it results from massive injuries to the chest and vital organs. There is a lack of firm scientific evidence on the welfare of a fox pursued, caught and killed above ground by hounds. We are satisfied that this experience seriously compromises the welfare of the fox.
After reading through a few of these facts and articles surrounded in foxhunting in the UK and Northern Ireland I have a few ideas but I might do different plots different stories one of which being:
1. A young girl being chased down the street by shadowy figures/dogs she is chased into the woods from the city the figures still pursue her through trees and over a river she tries hiding but she has nowhere to go standing staring at a cliff face looks down at the drop panic ensues as she turns around to face who’s chasing her and and she turns around she becomes a fox the screen fades to black and the text reads “if you change the way you look at things,the things you look at change”