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Hunting is the most humane method of controlling foxes

Comment 9th July 2010

Hunting foxes only has two outcomes, the fox lives or it dies instantly. Unlike other forms of control the fox is never injured or maimed and left to die a slow and agonising death. Man has been part of the countryside for thousands of years and is part of the natural balance. For those who argue that fox hunting is like badger baiting or similar horrendous activities they obviously cannot recognise the difference between an activity with no purpose carried out purely for pleasure and a legitimate way of controlling predators or culling selected animals such as stag hunting. Yes, people enjoy going hunting but this does not change it's purpose and it is enjoyed by all, from the poorest to the richest – there is no class divide on the hunting field.

Why does this matter?

Banning hunting was never about saving foxes or deer but based upon petty jealousy and an outdated and incorrect view of class. Hunting is an intrinsic part of the working of our contryside and was banned for all the wrong reasons, as report after report has shown. The ban should be repealed in the name of justice.

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