Yesterday we launched a fantastic new page on our website
which showcases some of our celebrity supporters, and why they support our work. Celebrities are always delighted to help with our campaigning, and a quick glance at the page is all it takes to appreciate the massive popular support the League enjoys. From David Jason to Ricky Gervais, the League’s diverse celebrity support is reflective of how strongly the general public feels about cruelty to animals in sport.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Countryside Alliance’s celebrity support is desperately thin on the ground. Further evidence, if any were needed, that they are embarrassingly out of touch with public opinion.
Glancing back through the archives, the Alliance’s attempts at garnering celebrity support over the years have ranged from the unsuccessful to the downright hilarious. Funniest of all has to be 2007’s Countryside Rocks concert which, despite enlisting the support of big name artists such as Eric Clapton, was attended by about seven people. And most of them probably just took a wrong turning off the A34.
And it hasn’t gotten any better for them since then. Their most high-profile supporter these days is singer Bryan Ferry, who was last seen taking a chainsaw to some of Bob Dylan’s best loved songs in his dire 2007 record Dylanesque. (Copies still available in your local bargain bin if your dog needs a new frisbee). Ferry may have been a big name in the eighties, but these days he’s probably best known as the father of the ubiquitous Otis – joint master of the South Shropshire Hunt and high profile pro-fieldsports campaigner.
So what’s the moral of this story? The bottom line is that the general public detest cruelty to animals in sport. The Alliance could enlist a megastar like Madonna or Johnny Depp, but they still wouldn’t win any new fans.