Originally posted by lifeintheslowlane
Originally posted by Barry Sanchez
A cruel and barbaric sport if ever there was one, I'm all for culling with a gun if they are vermin and a pest but to label it a sport and go into euphoria at the ripping up of an animal says an awful lot about the person on the horse. Its also class warfare and this are bastards of the highest order putting the workers in their place, shower a bastards.
Agree with that. I can't remember exact figures but I think The New Forest Hunt used to dispatch an average of 15 foxes a year. That is not effective culling, it's a drop in the ocean of the rural fox population, it never has been and reintroduction will do nothing to change that.
It's always seemed to me that the case for fox hunting in particular rested on two, mutually contradictory claims. One is that of pest control, and that hunting with hounds is the most effective (and, indeed, humane) way of cotrolling fox numbers. I've yet to see any figures produced to back up this claim - how many foxes there are, how many need to be culled, how many are killed by hunting with hounds. So I've always thought it was a pretty easy claim to demolish.
The other side of the coin is the assertion that fox hunting is really just a social/horsey occasion, which people go along to for the fun and thrill of riding to hounds, and that if a fox should happen to meet an unpleasant end during proceedings then that's pretty much an accident. Now, in fairness, I can imagine that riding to hounds would be pretty thrilling if you happen to be good at riding a horse, but I could never see why a well-laid drag trail for the hounds to follow wouldn't give the riders just as much equine excitement as chasing a fox.
But there you go. Cameron's chums want to hunt, so he wants to let them hunt. Twats.