James Delingpole comments on the current outrage over the above¬†image by¬†Susannah Constantine.
When is it wrong for a child to be taught discipline, responsibility and a love and understanding of the traditional ways of British country life?
When that lesson involves guns and game fowl, apparently.
Hence the story in today’s Daily Mail in which we are invited to be shocked by the fact that author and TV presenter Susannah Constantine has put up photographs on Instagram of her ten-year old daughter Cece beaming proudly, her face smeared in the blood of the first mallard duck she has shot and is pictured holding round its neck.
“Depressing”, “irresponsible” and “dangerous” claim the various animal rights campaign groups quoted in the article.
But for me – and, I would hope, the vast majority of Breitbart readers – the messages sent out by that charming photograph are the exact opposite of the ones that the animal rights fascists would like to impose on it.
How uplifting to see a ten-year old enjoying the outdoors rather than being hunched, as most of her contemporaries are so much of the time, over a computer!
How very responsible of this lucky girl’s wonderful parents to teach her such skills as fieldcraft, camouflage and markmanship, as well as imbuing her with an understanding of issues like conservation and the intimate relationship between meat and killing, and enabling her to operate on equal terms in a world traditionally dominated by men.
And how very safety-conscious to train her up from such a young age as to how to handle a deadly weapon responsibly.