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Should Fox Hunting Be Banned?

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Should Fox Hunting Be Banned? Fox hunting should it be banned? Well everyone seems to have their own opinions and arguments for and against the above question, some put forward more strongly than the others but that doesn't make them more right or wrong. In this essay I will be looking at both arguments for and against the ban of fox hunting, I will then be writing a conclusion of my findings as to who has the strongest argument and what the answer to the question is. I will also gain evidence to prove my findings and to prove that the answer is correct. Arguments against a Ban on Fox Hunting Fox hunting is a sport which over 200,000 people in the UK alone enjoy. There are rules and regulations to follow when fox hunting applied by the MFHA 'The Master of Foxhounds Association'. Here are just a few of them published on the BBC website http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/431493.stm : 'Foxhunting as a sport is the hunting of the fox in his wild and natural state with a pack of hounds. No pack of hounds, of which the Master or representative is a member of this association, shall be allowed to hunt ...read more.

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It seems only natural that he would be drawn to the sport, being a life-long horseman who grew up in the saddle, farmed with horses and mules, and dabbled in thoroughbred breeding and racing until 1954 when, in his words, he sold his racing stable, bought a tractor, and got married. He didn't hunt much while his children were growing up, but about the time he finished putting us through school, he took it up again, and persuaded some of us to start also. At one point, he took great pride in having three of his children, plus a daughter-in-law, hunting with him'. One veterinary opinion on fox hunting is that "It is the natural, balanced, biological method of controlling wildlife, proven over centuries." http://www.supportfoxhunting.co.uk/what_the_experts_say.shtml A statement supported by over 500 members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons included that "Hunting by hounds is the most natural and humane way of controlling the population of all four quarry species - fox, deer, hare and mink - in the countryside." http://www.supportfoxhunting.co.uk/what_the_experts_say.shtml Arguments for a Ban on Fox Hunting The main argument for a ban on fox hunting is that it is cruel on the foxes. ...read more.

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Foxes are also tortured before being killed. A lot of the time the hounds have killed the fox by ripping it to shreds with their teeth before the huntsman catches up with them. These are just two pictures from http://www.betrayed.org.uk/website/blood/fox/page21.html The fox above left has been torn up so badly; that all is left is its head. The fox above right has been tortured, scared and hurt so badly that its eyes have bulged out of its head. Some argue that there was no need for this animal to suffer as it did. Fox hunting in Britain should be banned. Although the argument against the ban is bigger the argument for the ban is stronger and more and more people are fighting for a ban. The cruelty of animals associations is working hard to force a ban and Animal Rights Welfare is even going out on the streets to get petitions signed. The evidence above shows that the answer to the question Should Fox Hunting Be Banned? Is that yes it should be banned. Foxes may seem like vermin but they are still living creatures and the population of foxes could be controlled in a more compassionate manner. Huntsman should take up a more humane sport to relieve there aggression and perceive that hunting is wrong. ...read more.

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