We live in a country village with many
horsey connections, stables and Writtle College, so we cannot escape
the Great Debate about the rights and wrongs of fox and other hunting with
dogs etc. Not much has been said in the local press about this subject
so I will set the ball rolling with my view on hunting, especially fox
hunting with dogs.
Firstly I am not a great animal lover, I do not have a cat or a dog and I
believe we lavish far too much money on pets and animal charities, more
money is donated to animal charities than to children charities.
The English are a nation of animal lovers, mistreat your dog,
cat or any animal and you are liable to be hauled up before the local
magistrate and severely punished. It will probably be headline news in
the local press.
So take 10 horses and riders, 20 or so dogs (bred and specially
trained) and set off to track down your fox. When a fox is found set
the dogs on it and chase it to exhaustion where upon the dogs tear it to
I do wonder how that is any different from mistreating your pet.
But it is a humane way of pest control or so we are led to believe!
Will it be such a great loss to our countryside if we ban it? Past
governments have closed industries and put 1,000's of people out of
work destroying local communities so why the great concern for a few
Hunting is one of the traditions of the countryside so it must be preserved.
Slavery, serfdom, bear baiting, and cock fighting were traditional for
many centuries but we still abolished them. is tradition that sacrosanct?
How can a nation of civilized, animal
lovers condone hunting?
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