The Hunting Act should be repealed and hunting with hounds once more permitted.

Why is this idea important?

Such reason as the Act posesses was based on the false contention that hunting with hounds is a crueler method of population control of certain species than the alternatives such as gassing, poisoning and shooting. By comparison with hunting with hounds these alternatives, however humanely motivated, frequently involve greatly prolonged  suffering by the quarry- wounded animals taking days to die, litters of orphaned cubs slowly starving to death and so on.

Its passage was accompanied by manifestations of class prejudice which in any other context  such as race, colour, creed or sexual preference would have been execrated by its very perpetrators.

It is a nasty Act, well exemplifying how majority Legislator opinion can be turned to tyrranical ends, and our country will be the better for its early repeal

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