Socialists as a group aren't terribly fond of people. Oh, they like the idea of people, alright; the idea of a great amorphous mass awaiting Fabian revelation and compliantly doffing its collective cloth cap saying 'Well, I never thought of it that way before, guvernor', but not actual, real people themselves. Real people are too difficult. They keep defying convenient stereotypes; they have aspirations founded in inequality in that they want a better paid job, a newer car, a bigger garden and a bigger-breasted wife than their neighbours when the theory says that they should delight in socialist uniformity. They don't always obey the law. They drink. They fornicate. They smack their kids. They say things that cause gasps of horror in Lady Toynbee's salon. No, by and large, for most Socialists, real people are best avoided.
Animals are always safe territory for Socialists. Saving dolphins from capitalism, Orang-Utans from greedy loggers, tigers from superstitious primitives, donkeys from Spaniards and cats from the Greeks is not only virtue in itself but has the advantage that the recipients of such care don't answer back. Unlike people. And saving animals gives Socialists the opportunity they love most of all things; lecturing their fellow man on his moral shortcomings, whether for abusing the ickle animals or not speaking up against the abuse.
So it's no surprise to see Young Lord Benn, son of the erstwhile Viscount Stansgate, standing up for animals - foxes, in this case. He doesn't care for the lives and families that would be cast into penury without hunting, he doesn't care for the communities of people struggling to keep their identity in the face of a ruthless Statism, he doesn't care for the mortar that binds the blocks of many people's lives and has done so for centuries. Real people - the blacksmith, the property developer, the farmer, the water engineer and the housewife - who ride with and follow the hunt aren't important, or at least aren't as important as foxes.
And that's the true barbarity. People like Benn who love animals more than their fellow humans. It's perverse, it's delinquent and saddest of all, to a Socialist it makes perfect sense.