Wealthy landowner who lives in a 12-bedroom Georgian mansion claims that ‘snowflakes’ only oppose fox hunting because they ‘don’t really like’ privileged people
- Johnnie Arkwright lives on his 900-acre estate in Warwick in 12-bed mansion
- He is a member of Countryside Alliance who campaigned against hunting ban
- The landed gentry member says ‘grown men were in tears’ over the ban in 2004
- Feels those against ban ‘don’t understand’ country life and ‘don’t like’ the rich
A member of the landed gentry who campaigned against the fox hunting ban in 2004 has claimed that the ‘snowflake generation’ don’t like the sport because they ‘don’t understand rural life’ and ‘don’t really like’ privileged people.
Johnnie Arkwright owns the 900-acre Hatton Estate in Warwick, where he lives in a Georgian Manor House with his wife Arabella and their two children, and opened up about his inherited wealth on the latest episode of Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over.
In 2004 the landowner campaigned with the Countryside Alliance against the legislation banning fox hunting and still takes part in legal hunts using the scent of a fox, rather than a real animal.
Johnnie claims that ‘grown men were in tears’ when the law came to pass – however is proud that the ban has not ‘ destroyed the sport.’
Stacey Dooley quizzed Hatton Estate owner Johnnie Arkwright on fox hunting during the latest episode of Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over
He owns the 900-acre Hatton Estate in Warwick where he lives in a 12-bedroom Georgian Manor House with his wife Arabella and children Harry and Violet
He said: ‘It was incredibly sad, grown men were in tears.’
‘They thought once the act had gone through that would have destroyed the sport and they’re pretty irritated that we have continued.
Legislation passed in 2014 banned fox hunting with dogs – however this didn’t end the traditional’ hunt, because now dogs follow a scent trail instead of a fox.
When quizzed about killing fox’s during legal hunts, he said: ‘It can happen so long it is not the intention of the hunt. It is not illegal.’
He thinks that the reason the ‘snowflake generation’ don’t like fox-hunting has nothing to do with animal cruelty, and is purely because they ‘don’t like’ the rich.
He said: ‘I find from the snowflake generation it’s lack of understanding of a rural way of life but I think really it’s us, we are the issue they don’t really like us.’
Stacey was taken to watch a legal for hunt for the first time and asked Johnnie why he thought so many people were against the sport
Legislation passed in 2014 banned fox hunting with dogs – however this didn’t end the traditional’ hunt as now dogs follow a scent trail instead of a fox
When asked about the safety of his two children when riding, it was revealed that his son, Harry had broken his jaw a few months before – but despite his son’s injuries Johnnie insists the sport it ‘worth the risk’.
He said: ‘It’s not posh, it’s a genuine rural community enjoying themselves.
‘You can’t mollycoddle children, and the fun that they get out of it is worth the risk.’
Johnnie’s daughter Violet, went on her first hunt when she was 15 and compared the activity to a ‘religion’.
Johnnie’s daughter Violet compared fox hunting to a religion and admitted it can be ‘scary’ when ‘aggressive’ anti-hunt protesters attend events
Son Harry broke his jaw during a hunt a few months ago but Johnnie says the sport it ‘worth the risk
She said: ‘Fox hunting for us is a family tradition some people have religion and culture that becomes a family tradition and it seems ridiculous but hunting is almost like that to us.’
The student told how it can be ‘scary’ facing anti-hunt protesters during the sport, and insisted that the ‘hunt saboteurs’ can be ‘quite aggressive’.
She said: ‘It can be quite scary it can get quite dangerous if there are lots of horses there are hunt saboteurs that come out that can be quite aggressive.
‘I think they don’t understand what it’s really about for everyone.’
Johnnie Arkwright owns the 900-acre Hatton Estate in Warwick, pictured, where he lives in a Georgian Manor House with his wife Arabella and their two children
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