Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wedntfdoy, March 14, 1973 THE LETHtRIDOE HERALD _ 35 The Teach9 A 61yeor-old sleam locomotive known as the Georgia Peach is being refurbished In Halifax where it will go on display at a railway museum. The engine Is believed to have been the last steam locomotive In regular service in Canada. APPOINTMENT TO LETHBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD There is a vacancy on the Lethbridge Public Li- brary Board and any interested persons wishing to participate in Civic Affairs by serving on this Board are invited to wrile to the City Clerk, giving a short resume of themselves.. It is requested that applications be in the City Clerk's Office no later than Thursday, March 22. For further information please call the City Clerk's Office at 328-2341. JOHN GERIA, City Clerk. Anne gallops into trouble over hunting By SCOTT THORNTON LONDON (Rcuter) The Joxhunters cries of "tally ho" are resounding stronger than ever through Britain's coun- tryside despite fierce contro- versy over whether Princess Anne should take part. The 22-year-oW daughter of the Queen gallops into trouble every time she chases the foxes, although hunting them with specially bred hounds has been a sport in Britain for more than 300 years. Debates have broken out in newspapers, on radio and tele- vision and in Parliament over the princess' regular outings. Opponents of blood sports say she has broken an unwritten decree that members of the Eoyal Family should not hunt wild animals. According to foxhunling's administrative body, the Brit- ish Sports Association the sport is booming. About a quarter of a million people follow the foxes killed by hound packs eacb year. Times tlifferent Officials .say Hie days are over when only the landed no- bility hunted, wearing the tra- ditional dress of pink coals, white breeches, black boots and black moleskin cap. "Times are different now and the sport is becoming very broadly based." said Hie BFSA's publicity officer, Ray- mond Brooks-Ward. "The old style of dress is still popular but now almost anything goes." Almost 200 hunts and 440 packs of hounds now seek the fox in than in the previous heyday of hunt- ing at the beginning of this century. Most of the partici- pants are members of hunt supporters, clubs. They follow the fox from the comparative safety bus, bicycle or foot rather than riclc horses cross-country at full tilt. "If is nonsense to talk about foxhunting still being (be gen- try's said Brooks- Ward, a well-knov.n show- jumping commentator on tele- vision. "We have members who are dustmen (trash drivers, engineers practically everything. About a third of the hunts are run by the farmers." B r o o k s -W a r d said the hounds kill on the average once every two outings. Most packs go out twice a week. No parliamentary bill to outlaw foxhunting has ever passed the preliminary stage, but the maui anti-hunting group, the League againsl Cruel Sports, says Princess Anne's involvement has im- proved the possibility of gov- ernment legislation. "Her actions have focuses public attention on the horrors of said Raymond Howlcy, chairman of the 000-mcmber league. Rowley said pubuc opinion polls showed 65 per cent o the British people now oppose foxhunting compared with 6C per' cent before the princess became a follower. Legislation has so far foun dered because of lory alternative methods o killing the foxes, which ar believed responsible for dam. age to farm livestock. The Royal Society. Prevention of Cruelty to Ani- mals says it reluctantly toler- ates foxhunting because shooting, gassing and poison- ing the other methods ap- proved by the ministry of ag- riculture are too painful or indecisive. "Hounds very rarely give foxes a slow said a spokesman for the society. "Foxhunting is so far (he most humane way of killing them." ATTENTION! 'PHIL LETHBRIDGE FANS' You are invited to attend a BUFFET SLIPPER AND DANCE with "PHIL LETHBRIDGE and THE WEST WINDS" SATURDAY, MARCH 24th LETH. EXHIBITION 4H BU1LDINO Only S5.OO REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE No tickets will be sold at door you musl have your iickels by March 17th For more information contact 357-9023 Downtown 606-608 3rd Ave. S. 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