Friday, 23 March 2012

The deer forest and the abattoir

The last witness to speak at the Napier Commission's session in Edinburgh, journalist Alexander Robinson, succinctly describes the pointlessness of a deer forest. 

46,182. [...] Their flesh [of deer] is of no commercial value in our markets, and the sole reason for the maintenance of these vast preserves is the gratification certain people receive from witnessing the destruction and death struggles of the antlered monarch of the glen. The same sort of pleasure could be obtained in any abbatoir at no cost to the highly refined observer[...]

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