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Should hunting with hounds be banned?
The RSPCA campaign against hunting

The issue of fox hunting has caused heated debate throughout the county.

Now you can have your say by joining our live chat by logging on to this page on Friday 8th November from 7.00pm GMT.

Fox hunters
Fox hunters ride along a country road

Fox hunting provokes strong views on both sides of the argument.

Is it the most humane way of controlling foxes in the countryside which provides employment in the local economy?

Or is it a cruel and unnecessary practice which should be banned?

Now's your chance to discuss the issue in a live chat with Les Ward, the Chair of the Scottish campaign against hunting with dogs and Alan Murray, the Director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance.

I suggest that you all ban fox hunting as it is the best thing you can do. you should allow all foxes to breed in a free and uncontrolled environment, and if they come into your town you must feed them.

If a fox bites one of your kiddies then have the child put in jail for allowing a fox to bite him/her, then take the fox into your home and treat it as your new child. A fox will make a great pet and also they should all roam free throughout your towns. you can rename your towns to "fox town" or the "village of the fox," or "fox den" and such things. Then when the fox population gains back its full potential you should all leave your towns with the foxes and move your families out into the country-side and live in the bushes, abandon your humanity and live like savages such as were in the colonies.

you can begin to eat weeds and tree branches and such, as all animales must be protected from you foul human beasts. then you can systematicly begin to kill yourselves so! that no human will take up space from a poor defensless fox!
Komrade Kerplunk, Fox Hole

Townies poking their noses in? Employment in the country side?

I was born and brought up on a farm on the moors, not many nieghbours looking over the gate in those days (the 50's)not many today either, my father made sure all the poultry were locked up tight at night, we did lose one or two chickens and a goose once, lucky fox, never lost any lambs to foxes though, a couple of the farm cats went, apparently a delicacy for the fox. On the subject of cats, like foxes, they have a built in very active instinct to hunt to eat. man doesn't, nor does he have to hunt in this day and age. My father always emphasised one should kill for the pot and not for pleasure. As far as foxes were concerned we had to adapt, make our stock the foxes fancied more secure. in general, foxes didn't bother us that much, as not only did they have the odd partridge, pheasant or rabbit, they eat vast amounts of rodents, which any fool knows is their stable diet, well, O.K. you can't expect townies or industrial farmers(who are insured) to know that. If a fox was hungry or opportunist enough to try for a chicken dinner, our dogs saw him off. I used to see the odd fox dissappear into the gorse or bracken afar, rare sightings they were.

The way some folks go on, using farmers as an excuse, you'd expect to see hundreds of the devils waiting to attack innocent hens,lambs, and why not, babies in their cots the moment farmer Jack turns away.

Truthfully, Farmers are not the reason, we spent some time repairing fences and dry stone walls these arrogant huntsmen broke, or searching the moors for lost stock because they left the gate open taking a short cut without permission across our land. we were just a step up from crofters and serfs to these folk. we lost more lambs and calves still born from their mothers being run by hunts,rare thank God, hazard of sharing the moor with the horse and hound brigade I suppose.

I'm from Cornwall, there is a very big unemployment figure here, as there is in most deep rural areas, so I can't see how they're keeping the countryside alive. let's be honest, it's the DHSS keeping the countryside alive. This rural unemployment is partly due to modern machines which replaced hundreds of farm workers and not forgetting casual labour employed for harvesting and no, or little, investment in rural industry. I can't see what differance banning hunting is going to have on unemployment figures, as a tiny minority are employed with hunts. plus I don't believe stables will go bust because of it. My worry is for the future of the poor dogs that the huntsmen threatened to kill if hunting with hounds were to be banned. They could be used on the farms to frighten off foxes like our two collies did, if Farmers really believe their livlihood is threatened by Reynard, or what about using them to hunt the stoat. now, when he gets in among the hens......

Drop the blah blah blah hunting people, be courageous and stand up for what you do, don't hide behind feeble excuses or use us country folk to back them up, many Nazi's were executed shouting Hiel Hitler and they had a lot to be ashamed of. Don't be two faced, say out loud and truthfully that you hunt for the pleasure, for the thrill of the chase, the status and the perverted orgasm of the kill. There is no other reason, the only farmers that concern you are the ones who ride in your pack or who let you use their land. As for rural employment, a local supermarket for example, employs more than you do in all of Cornwall. and as for townies poking their noses into rural affairs. three quarters of a hunt live in towns!! Hunt's are not part of countrylife as they are few and far between and for God's sake leave poor Tiddles, who doesn't know any better and only follows his instincts, out of this.
John, Cornwall

Pardon me for asking, but in what way is assembling an army of men, horses and a pack of dogs to hunt down and kill a small animal proving that your not soft? If anything, your demonstrating just the opposite. It just seems to reflect English upper class society as a whole; gang up on the weak and defenseless, then go home with your chest all puffed out feeling superior. Not civilised at all, really, are you?
Terrence, UK

I've seen a fox running for its life from a pack of hounds. I've also heard hunters saying why they hunt foxes. All this propaganda about 'conserving the countryside' and 'pest control' is nothing but a smokescreen: people hunt foxes for sport; they admit it themselves. It's for sport. Pure and simple, nothing else, and they don't see why they should be deprived of their sport. Sean, Bristol

alot of you arent seeing what is happening hear ban it why? its a part of nature. if hunting is cruel what about the dosmestic cat? what about birds of prey? the foxes has no preditors but man this is how man has choose to act.
Timmy, Launceston

right matthew rich girls arent the only ones to hunt. what about your dear little pussy playing with its prey for hours until it finally kills it.
Foxy, Launceston

I came into hunting around 5 years ago. I grew up in Bude in North Cornwall the son of a teacher and a town lad. Now livivng in the countryside,the friends I have made since joining the South Tetcott Hunt are great and had I not taken the time to listen and understand the skill in hunting hounds I would not be informed enough to comment today. My vote is to hunt forever. I support hunting in every way. We are becoming nothing short of a soft Nation.
Bruce Newport, Boyton

Over the many years I have been hunting I have been in no doubt that what I was donig was right and proper, maybe not always for the individual animal but most certainly for the species. the strong will survive and only the weak or infirm will get caught. When an animal is hunted there are no half way measures it is either killed or it gets away unharmed. If an animal is hunted again it will have no fear of being hunted as it got away last time and from experience it will expect to get away again.

I was formerly a master of a pack of beagles in Yorkshire where the hare. I opened up a part of the country for hunting, the first year we hunted there we found no hares as the farmers had shot them all. After 2 0r 3 years we had no such problem as the farmers had decided not to shoot them but to leave them for "Mark and his Dogs". Surely this is conservation in its truest sense and the species is better for it. LONG LIVE HUNTING.
Mark Davison, Marazion

Reply to the so called anon! most of us rich nobodys are not actually rich. My parents have their own business to make sure that there is enough money in the bank to be able to feed our horses.
S .Donoghue, Cornwall

I live in the countryside and i have had a thought and when farmers shoot foxes they are likely to kill more than what we hunt, so eventually they may become extinct. they are a lovely animal, i agree, but they are a pain when the lambing season comes along and the newly born always seem to be the first on a foxes list. so we hunt them so that they do not become extinct. since i have been hunting, which was september 2001, we have not actually caught a fox and i mainly only go for the chase so i can get a very good gallop out of my pony. so why ban hunting when the farmers with thier shot guns will most proberly make them extinct any way.
Sarah, Bodmin

Whether you see the fox as a sporting foe, a pest, or a victim, relies heavily on your views on the extent of animal sapience (self-awareness) and sentience (capacity for percieving and feeling things). Most pro - hunting activists see the fox as a cunning and skillful opponent, or simply as a pest, even claiming in the same breath that foxes have 'no natural predators in the uk,' and that 'being hunted is a natural part of 'the quarry's' everyday life!'

I think it is important to remember that we, as humans, are part of nature too, and are also a type of animal - how would you feel if you were chased by dogs and armed men [sic] on horses. How you would feel, I believe, is not dissimilar to the way a fox (or a stag etc) feels when hunted. Because we as humans have the capacity for empathy and for significant 'agency', I think we should use it.

There is no culture/nature divide except in the mistaken imaginings of some people. Urban and rural, human and non human, are interrelated, and where there may be differences, there are no dichotomies. I believe in the intrisic value of animals (opposite to extrinsic value -that animals only have value so far as they are useful to someone), that they are part of our moral community, albeit without a voice, and that fox hunting should be immediately banned.

We do not eat foxes, hunting as a game is an outdated minority cultural form, and is highly uncivilised (despite the neat clothes, the posh accents, the percieved 'polite society'). If it was a bunch of 'working class' geordies in Newcastle Utd shirts cavorting on horses on the Urban fringe and chasing a fox or a deer with a pack of alsatians or rotweilers - then Ii think people would be far more hesitant in making up weak exuses for this cruel sport.

The exuse about controlling numbers is unconvincing - human populations are a far more pressing problem, especially in the developing world. Maybe we should start hunting babies, and people with severe disabilites - because afterall they too lack linguistical crieria and can't complain!
Jen, Northumberland

I agree with alot of your views, but I feel that foxhunting should stay and city folk shouldnt sick there noses in. I mean that in one night a farmer who depends on chikens for his/her business could lose his/her livestock in one night.
Jenny, midsomer norton

Fox Hunting is not a sport, but a cruel past time and so-called entertainment, for fools who obviously have nothing better to do than encourage a pack of loving animals to murder in cold blood, a wild animal whose crime is to be in natures righfull place. This is outragous, and is well out of date. It's origin goes back yonks. Blood sports are cruel and pathetic, always have been and always will be, until someone has the decency to put a stop to them. Buck up Britain and move into the 21st century!
Dawn - L Bayes, Treviscoe

Its foul, disgusting, cruel, inhumain and the scum that do it need to find a better hobbie than making dogs tear up innocent animals like some sort of soft toy, how would you like to be chased for miles and miles then after that be ripped to shreds by savage hounds.Frankly its barbaric and why cant people see past there own silly existence and see the fear pain and loss of family your causing the fox to discover.
Ollie, Porthleven

I believe that people are blowing this issue totally out of proportion and tieing other issues in with it. You are separating 'townies' from 'countryside people' and turning it into a political thing eg. Tories support the hunting and Labour doesnt. I know this is rubbish, but this is the way it is coming across. The plain bare, raw facts remain that foxes are being flushed out by hounds, chased until they are exhausted, and being torn apart cruelly, inhumanely and torturously.

I think anyone who enjoys watching foxes being murderously being ripped apart my hounds, must have a severe mental problem, and the attitudes of hunters makes me nauseous - the fact that they cannot understand the defenition of murder - killing for no purpose (if they were being killed for meat then i would feel differently) only to 'keep numbers down' what gives you the right to 'keep numbers down?' Some of these things that you hunters come out with are laughable: "foxes are cunning and murderous" + "they kill for pleasure" (to quote someone on this opinion page) what rubbish is this?

Foxes kill only for food - you hunters are only looking for a scapegoat for your bloodthirsty 'sports'. If farmers put up better protection round their chicken cages in the first place, then the foxes could not get in to eat them in the first place!!! How about having government officials to shoot problematic foxes quickly and cleanly with zero pain? sorry hunters, bang goes your excuse for a good old jolly blowing of the old trumpets and racing after a defenceless animal out of its mind with terror!

I agree with most people's views that fox hunting on horseback could be banned without having too much effect on the numbers of foxes and that, on the few occasions that the hounds do catch a fox, it would seem to be cruel to most people. However, if it were a rat that the dogs were dispatching would we still be having the same conversation?
Phil T, Cornishman in Oman

I think Fox hunting should be banned because it is cruel and it must feel like killing yourself.
Laura Endean, Wickford, Essex

Please note that you or I missed a rather important word out of my submission: 2. should read: Is it morally acceptable? To a vociferous minority yes, to the majority (according to the scientific opinion polls), no.
Stuart, St Ives

Lets ignore for a moment the town versus country, interfering in rural lives, snobbery and prejudice arguments and concentrate on the issue.
1. Is Fox Hunting cruel? There can be no doubt that a large pack of hounds followed by a large group of riders against one fox is at best unfair and at worst cruel.
2. Is it morally acceptable? To a vociferous minority yes, to the majority (according to the scientific opinion polls) no
3. Should the Government ban an activity that the majority disagree with but a minority does not? Yes - otherwise activities undertaken by existing minorities that are banned would need to be allowed eg: burglary, dog fighting, etc.
At the end of the day democracy is going with the will of the majority having allowed the minority their say. Anything else is dictatorial or totalitarian.
Stuart, St Ives

As a Four Burrow pony club member I resent that as a horse owner it is assumed that I should support hunting. I agree that it is a country persuit that we shouldnt lose, but feel it outdated that we should cause unnecessary suffering to the fox. As a land owner I am not overrun with this species, and as I have never allowed the hunt on my land over the last 10 years, have actually seen my local fox population decrease of its own accord. The population will only increase if conditions & food supplies allow. In my experience mange plays a large part in culling the elderly/infirm foxes. I do not see any argument for continuing hunting. I do see the need for change and wonder why there is little support for drag hunting, which is a viable alternative. Purely on a safety basis, I am happier as a parent to let my children drag hunt knowing that however predictable, this is a safer sport, and rarely results in accidents/deaths to horses and riders of the scale in regular hunt meets. The switch in support to this type of hunting would negate the loss of jobs, and perhaps encourage additional land owners to open their land for this sport giving more varied hunting territory. It is argued that shooting and fishing may follow similar legislation to that of hunting, if banned, but is this already not the case, with contained artificially stocked lakes, where fish are thrown back, and woods stocked with home reared pheasants & other game, only to be replaced when bagged! Change is happening, whether we legislate or not.
Heather Pastor, Truro

Hunting for deer on Exmoor was banned a few years back but it did not take long for people to realise that the increase in deer population was destroying the environment, most of which was of a very sensitive nature. There are several methods used to control the fox population and chasing them on horseback with hounds is probably the least efficient way of doing it. One of the most humane ways of controlling them is to send dogs into an area of cover, i.e. woods or gorse, which has been surrounded by men with guns, and shoot them as they are chased out. The hounds never come in contact with the fox and a large percentage manages to escape. However, this method would still be construed as hunting with dogs and would be included in any ban if there ever were one. I was involved in a fox cull a few years ago where 39 foxes were removed from one farmer's small poultry farm in one day. These foxes posed a very real threat to his livelihood.
PhilT Cornishman in Oman

Ban it now.
Dave Chandler, Reading

I think country matters should be left to the people who live in the countryside. I now live close to Plymouth, and I am sure people who live in the city, would not thank outsiders to interfere with city life.
G L Tucker, Plymstock

Please ban hunting now! How would you like YOUR DOG to be ripped apart?
Gill, Falmouth,Cornwall

To graham keene. i don't know what your on about, but everyone i hunt with live and work on farms, have strong cornish accents and a contempt for snobbery. mostly we hunt on private land and get good support from the locals. this is reeking havoc how exectly...?

Do you know how hard it is to shoot a fox and kill it instantly? its almost impossible. many foxes are only injured by the shot, as it is not accurate. foxes often die in a lot of pain this way. at least with hunting if the fox is caught, it's dead. there is no other way to kill a fox that doesn't amount to pain. its horrible, but it has to be done anyway. foxes are savage. they don't just kill for food; if a fox finds it's way into a hen- house, it will kill the whole lot. as your targeting cruelty to animals, you might as well try to ban the fox.
Dave, Plymton

What do you suggest we do with the many thousands of hounds and horses made redundant by a ban on fox hunting? to re- home such a large number of animals is, unfortunately impossible. Hunting is a matter of heratige and conservation. i totally disagree with whoever said it was about a load of old nobodies messing around with horses and dogs. do you ever think about the thousands of ponies exported needlessly for meat in terrible and barbaric conditions? does the labour party try to stop this? and what about the anti- hunt protesters who poisoned a whole pack of hounds? what is the real issue about here- cruelty or class?
Sally, Bodmin

Speaking as one who has lived in rural Lincolnshire as a child and having been threatened with a riding crop for getting in the way of a banker on horseback,I have ever since been confused by the pro-hunting lobby.When they insist that the issue is of no concern to townies why do they march through large cities and attempt in so doing,to influence townie opinion? When they say government has no moral right to stop fox hunting do they also believe past governments had no right to put an end to cock fights, bear baiting and dogs versus badger contests. I thought we voted governments into power in order that they would make decisions on our behalf. If there has ever been a subject discussed which resulted in a 100% support for the outcome I have never heard of it. When I support farmers by buying local produce am I also supporting them in their bid to outrun a fox? I say fox as the Countryside Alliance seems to fight shy of the word stag!
A.Litchfield, Torpoint.

What is more frightening than the issue of fox hunting being banned is the fact that we no longer live in a democratic country. Mr Blair made that quite clear to us when his government announced that they would not be paying attention to the 400,000 people that marched yesterday. fox hunting isn't the only thing at stake here, it's Britain's whole heratige. Many people feel abused and neglected by the government and that's the message Blair has chossen to ignore.
Anon, Liskeard

Fox hunting is cruel and barbaric and anyone seeing a fox being ripped apart by a group of hounds surely can only agree. It is a bloody and vile sport. If thats what you call it, sport! There must be a more humane way of dealing with the growing population of foxes. I realise that they can cause a problem but surely one bullet is a more kindly option, it certainly cant be any worse. stop the cruelty now, surely we have evolved from such barbaric past times.
Sarah and Derrick Whurr, Menheniot

I think fox hunting should be banned it is a cruel and a sport for spoilt little rich girls mainly they think it fun but it is just being cruel and i think the people should be apooled with them self how would they like a dog ripping them to shreds
Mathew, Truro

I think the debate concerning fox hunting has diverted into countryside issues in general. Cornwall, more than any other county in England, should know what the other issues refer to. It has been designated as one of the poorest areas in Europe and average income is just 75% of the European average compared with the South-east of England where the average income is two and a half times the average income of Europe. Is it any wonder country folk, (and I mean genuine country folk who have to make a living there), are beginning to get fed up with the middle of the road, liberal minded, ex-hippie, do-gooders who try to enforce their hypocritical, misinformed, interfering attitudes on the rest of us. As for fox hunting, I agree that chasing foxes on horseback is probably unnecessary, but whether it is cruel or not, that's debatable!!
Philip Tunnell, Cornishman in Oman

It is very frustrating to see that certain people refer to the opposition as "townies" when there is a huge proportion of people who claim to be a member of the countryside, when in fact they were brought up in towns. Look at Cornwall for instance, there is a large amount of people involved with fox hunting who are not from rural cornwall, but claim to be members of the countryside. So it is misleading to suggest that there is a town and countryside split. The fact of the matter is that the countryside is being dominated by people who have not been raised in the countryside, whether it is by Westminster or fox hunters. I am for a complete ban on fox hunting so that the countryside is no longer dominated by a small minority. As for job losses, it is a fact of life. People lose their jobs every week. A small percentage of people losing their jobs in the countryside won't create high unemployment in this country.
james tobin Lincoln, formerly of Camborne

The issue here should be what to do with all the hunt followers when hunting is ultimately banned. In return for their years of service blocking lanes and trampling hedges to watch some distant figure on a horse, by being hunted themselves - this would keep all the hunt folk employed and the rest of us may just be able to travel around the county at a reasonable speed - caravans permitting....
Anon, Newlyn

The Government has no right to dictate to ordinary people how they should enjoy themselves. How else are foxes to be culled - shooting them is cruel and liable to cause unnecessary wounding. The Government are too quick to condemn something - and they have no right to interfere. They would never dare suggest banning fishing for fear of losing all the labour votes - fishing is just as cruel as fox hunting, in fact more so as the fish is thrown back with a wounded mouth - at least foxes are killed.
Bellanne Lethbridge, Truro

Whilst I have no problem at all with people riding in the countryside. I do think that, trying to justify the butchering of any animal for fun is totally unacceptable. It is obscene and barbaric. And, it is my experience that fox hunting is certainly not a humane way of controlling these animals.
S.A.Edwards, Bolingey, Truro

Yes, it can be a bit of a bind having one's shopping trips interrupted by a pack of hounds and a some people blowing trumpets on horseback, but there is an upside to all of this.

If it were not for these rather tedious episodes I would not have sought out my new home. Life is just grand living here amongst all these town folk. They can't get us here, because the gardeners don't like the mess they make. And, the best thing of all is that there are no tickly feathers on a bin bag.

I eat my chicken ready cooked these days, and if I get bored....well I can always pop into the country on an evening when they are all tucked up in bed.

Speaking as a fox I think you lot have got heads stuck down a rabbit hole on this one. Chill out and leave people to live with their consciences on this one. If they hunt, let them be...for I have it on good foxthority that the pearly gates are manned by a grinning friend of mine, and he is pretty fussy who he lets in. Bye for now, but I'll be back.
Raynard the Fox, I'm not telling where I live, no way

The issue is not whether hunting is right or wrong. The issue is the arrogance of Blairite Islingtonians who still abuse the ill-informed general notion of hunting being the exclusive preserve of toffs on horseback (and who generally don't vote for them). This false creation of an "enemy" is then paraded in front of the nation to stump up support for the labour party. It is a cheap trick. Nothing more.
James Clarke, London

The present attempt by MP.s is driven by class hatred and envy not any concern for the cruelty which they think is involved.
Tom Hooper, Goldsithney, Penzance

If selfobsessed anti-hunters don't like fox hunting then they shouldn't follow, watch and interfeir. hunters don't make an issue of what the anti-hunters do in their private time. if they don't like how the countryside works then they shouldn't be in it. Don't spoil a great and effective sport because of the minority.
Matthew, Saltash

If the Countryside (CA) March is not about hunting, why do they not present a coherent list of other reasons for the march? If farmers are suffering due to BSE and FMD, they should remember that the causes were farmers' irresponsible and irrational (not to mention unethical) behaviour: feeding meat to herbivores and feeding illegal swill to pigs, the problem then being exacerbated by cruel and unnecessary transportation all around the country by greedy livestock dealers (who then boasted of pocketing huge sums in compensation). If I were self-employed and behaved so recklessly, I would not then expect to be bailed out with taxpayers' money. I am a poor, disabled country-dweller. If the CA were speaking out about the closure of post offices and local shops, the lack of public transport, the blight of second homes and the destruction of the countryside for roads and housing estates, I might sympathise with them and support the march. But nothing I have heard them say convinces me that they are in any way representative of me and my friends and acquaintances. How on earth do the CA expect the government to respond to such an incoherent protest? What do they actually want (apart from being allowed to torment wildlife on totally spurious grounds)?
Vivien Pomfrey, Launceston

Is this government trying to destroy freedom of choice?which our fathers and their fathers fought for,and many lost their lives.I have seen the damage a fox and her cubs have done when she teaches them hunting,out of twenty chickens,fifteen laid dead and some people who have no idea AT ALL says people kill for fun.we as a human race do not kill people with gas any more in warfare but some people says it is better than using hounds.people are being brainwashed that the fox is a cute fluffy animal,but in reality it is a voracious cunning killer.
Martin, Trebartha

Tony Blair must keep his ignorant nose out of rural life. Hunting has existed for more than a thousand years and is the most humane /natural way to control fox vermin. Foxes kill for fun and carry sarcoptic mange (not that any Townie knows what that is) I saw an interview with a member of LAG when presented with the awful figures of fox killings (lambs/chickens/cats etc) as he didnt like them he merely stated that he didnt believe them and continued his tirade against hunting. These scum have new labours ear. I am going to leave this country for good if new labour have their way and I invite any journilists to follow this up.
Richard Stokes, Mabe Falmouth

I have always been interested in the ways of the countryside having worked on a farm for a number of years. We always used to have an annual 'shoot' where I as a young person was a beater [to get the wildlife up] we bagged a number of game, it was always taken home to eat-delicious. the huntingof foxes with hounds is also a way of rural life and should not have any intervention of these 'townies' up in the cities who have no idea what they are talking about. You might as well say fishermen are cruel for using a barbed hook, or cutting a plant which is also living, where does it stop.
ED Hefford, Camborne Cornwall

Well it's been interesting reading all the comments. I have been brought up with hunting and it's something that I feel is entirely up to the individual to decide. As many have said, will fishing, shooting and other "blood sports" be banned next? I don't think so. Isn't it up to the people who live in the country to decide what they do and the people who live in cities to decide what they want to do? We wouldn't accept people telling us we can't eat meat, battery farmed eggs etc would we? Or tell city people they are banned from using cars due to the effect on the environment. As for the rather weak and pathetic argument about cruelty to horses! Well I know many a horse that gets excited by the sound of a hunting horn! Is riding in general now considered to be a cruel sport?
Pippa, St Columb

Isnt it about time there was "live and let live". Soon we wont be able to do anything we want to. I am neither a supporter or opponent of hunting, but I do believe that we should be allowed to do what we want, when we want, and not be stopped by others who think we shouldnt be doing it. I live in the country and dont see why towns people should tell the country people how to live their lives, or vice versa. Its about time that our rights to do as we wish are observed before all are rights are gone.

I disagree with fox hunting whole heartedly because I have deeply researched this subject because I have performed a speech on it at the rotary club it is not humane in any shape or form it is much more mature to shoot the fox so it is killed in a quick way so the fox is not put through any pain and if is said it is a sport you are wrong.
Rebecca Wood aged 11, Penzance

It is a totally barbaric sport!! rich old nobodys playing with their dogs and horses!! how can they kill an animal for fun it is no longer nessesary to keep fox hunting going and im totally disgusted by anyone who supports killing a life.

I think there are enough foxes killed on the roads these days. I personally have only ever seen 5 foxes in the wild,how many other people have never seen a fox in the wild? If these hunters think it's so wonderful to kill foxes why don't they get off their horses and track them on foot and kill them with a gun and give them (Foxes) a quick death instead of having a pack of dogs chasing it for hours and the fox terrified,running until it can't run no more and then getting ripped apart,all in the cause of 'A Jolly Good Day Out' I feel exactly the same about stag hunting too! .
D. Welsh, Callington

This so called sport should be banned as it is cruel to animals the fox and the horses and dogs. We would be prosecuted if we treated our pets like that.
S. Blewett, Hayle

Reply to Joe Where. Most of the things you mention aren't done in the name of sport or for pleasure. Yes there are other things important, like poverty and the prospect of war, and we can deal with them all so lets start with banning hunting for fun.
Diane McParland, Merimbula

Reply to Joanna. The alternative would be to cull when nessessary. Foxes are cute and scavengers, what does that make the hunter? killers? Dogs also attack children so how do poeple feel about dogs? There's no place in our lives for killing for pleasure, it's just pathetic.
Diane McParland, Merimbula

Where will the League Against Cruel Sports stop if they succeed with causing a ban on hunting with hounds? Fishing for pleasure will be next, how do local people feel about that?
Jo, Hayle

What will be the alternative? Foxes will still need to be controlled and the likely means will be shooting and traps. Is this preferable? I don't think so personally. Foxes are not cute animals, they are scavengers and killers. How do the family feel that had a fox attack their child? I bet drivers don't stop after they've hit one on the road to make sure it dies quickly, do they?
Joanna, Camborne

I have been hunting and I enjoyed the day. The issue for me is why should other people dictate to me what I can and can't do! I don't stop people angling / fishing, I don't stop people with dogs allowing their dogs to kill rabbits, I don't stop cats killing birds and mice, I don't stop people killing rats and mice in their homes, and I don't pull people over when they run an animal over and tell them they are murderers. Do I!!!! There are more important things to worry about, like poverty in our Country and the prospect of war.
Joe Where, Gwinear

The First words that come in to my mind when I think of fox hunting is it should be banned full stop.It is cruel, unnessary and when people can call it a sport it is just utterly pathatic. Not only is it cruel on the foxes but what about the horses and dogs. Yes some foxes can be destructive but after all they are only trying to live and are doing no more damage than what we ourselves are doing to our own planet.If badger bating can be put to an end then so can fox hunting. It must be stopped, and so must the unnessary usage of the horses and dogs.
L.May, St Austell

The local economy in Cornwall is stimulated by tourism, before that it was farming then fishing and mining. The people of Cornwall have never relied on a self-serving minority who race around destroying our wildlife and upseting our ecosystem for anything. Slavery was legal once. Everyone knows that every debate brings us closer to a ban so lets end the talk and get on with it.end hunting now.
Ian Bucknole, Truro

Ban It!.
Gavin Moffat, Upton Cross

Foxes are often made the scapegoat for farmer's own dogs. My husband was a shepherd and on several occasions witnessed the carnage caused by packs of sheepdogs, one of which he shot and returned to the owner - a farmer who just happened to be a hunt supporter! Whilst outdoor lambing he also saw on many an occasion foxes moving amongst ewe's and their lambs with neither paying the other any attention. Foxes will take dead or sickly lambs but in the several years that my husband was employed as a shepherd he never saw a fox take healthy ones. The farm he worked for had the best lambing percentage in the county. Foxes also play an important part in the countryside ecosystem by keeping down the rabbit population. Crows peck out the eyes of healthy lambs to incapacitate them, but we don't persecute them do we?
Christine, Newquay

It is a barbaric pastime. Once done in the name of pest control and done by farmers now taken over by the "upper classes" and used to show off and cause havoc where ever they ride. The people who ride do not care about or live in the country side!
Graham Keene, Penzance

I used to keep sheep and lambs, if you could see the damage foxes caused - we must keep them under control. Hounds are the only way to flush them out.
George Walters, Australia

Hunting for pleasure is cruel, and should be banned. Jobs will be lost, that also happened when most of the world stopped killing whales. As humans, we are still evolving and are finding more humane ways of culling the fox and any other animal. How can anyone find enjoyment in watching a fox or any other animal being ripped to pieces by hounds. The hunt could go on, just as a fun thing with no killing.
Diane McParland, Tura Beach NSW Australia

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