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Original Writing Coursework Fox Hunting,

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Original Writing Coursework Sam Mort 11mcc 11.2.4 Mr Thorptracey Fox Hunting, Sport or Murder? Introduction I am going to do my piece of original writing coursework on something I feel strongly about. It is an issue that many other people also feel strongly and which provokes a lot of feelings and emotions from both sides. The thing I am going to be doing my piece of original writing coursework on is Fox Hunting. Fox Hunting is when mounted huntsmen and women chase a fox with dogs or hounds (as they are called by hunters) which are trained to catch the fox and then rip it to pieces. It was not until the decline of falconry (training and using falcons for hunting: the breeding, training, and use of falcons or other hawks to hunt small prey and return from flight at a falconer's direction), in the 17th century that the first fox hunts, consisting of organized groups of hunters and their servants and hounds, were established in England. Today the officials of the hunt and the members generally wear coats of bright scarlet, called pinks. However today many people feel that fox hunting is a cruel and unnecessary practise. The problem is that in the 17th century people who had farms could be wiped out by a pack of foxes got hold of their chickens, but in today's technological world there are much more humane ways to stop this happening like putting up an electric fence or enclosing the chickens. Also many people believe that even if foxes do need to be killed there are more humane ways for this to happen than for them to be savaged by a group of hounds. On the other side there are the people that follow hunting that says it is necessary; they also believe it is a sport, and that it is not cruel. They also say that if the hunts were to be shut down that their livelihoods would be ruined. ...read more.

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With the beagles we imitated the hare, who is a ringing, not straight-running animal, lifting the scent, doubling back, and so on, and, in fact, we brought thus two competitors into the sport-i.e., the drag-layer verses the huntsman, and pitted their wiles and their cunning against each other. I may be accepted as an authority, as few have perhaps ridden in harder-fought hunting runs of all kinds than I-fox, stag, harrier, guanaco, ostrich, and suchlike-and I have had considerable experience with the beagles as well, on foot." In face of the testimony, and of the fact recorded by Brinsley Richards, in his "Seven Years at Eton," that a drag was successfully used at Eton half a century ago, it is absurd to pretend that it could not be used there again; but if further proof be needed, it is, fortunately, available in the following letter from Mr. A. G. Grenfell, Headmaster of Mostyn House School, Parkgate, Cheshire. It will be seen that the idea, very commonly held, that the drag-hunt is suitable only for those following on horseback, and that it would too severely tax the energies of boys running on foot, is absolutely erroneous. "On the subject of Beagle Drag-Hunting at Schools, I think you will be pleased to know that we have owned and run a pack of beagles at this school for the last ten years on the lines that you suggest, and with the greatest success. The drag affords any amount of healthy and interesting exercise without cruelty. Ours is just an ordinary preparatory school, with ten masters and ninety boys. Our hounds are twenty-three or twenty-four in number. The sport of following them is very popular with all of us, and it would be hard to devise an easier or better form of school variant to the ever-lasting football. Not only does drag-hunting keep boys from tiring of the regulation game, but it is to the wind and endurance these runs give us that we owe the fact that we seldom, if ever, lose a match against the boys of our own size and weight. ...read more.

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they do to foxes is murder and to call it any think else would be to say that they do not have the right to life which I cannot agree to. I believe if you go out to hunt something down that has done absolutely nothing to you and then watch and see it get ripped to pieces and not do anything to stop it but enjoy it is sick I cannot get my head around it at all and I feel that anyone who can either justify or take pleasure from a defenceless animal getting savaged and not standing a chance needs help. It is as wrong as gladiator fighting in the time of the Romans and I am sure that they would have claimed it was only a sport if someone had tied to stop that as well. Both morally and ethically fox hunting is wrong it is nothing but torture and anybody who tortures something or someone who cannot defend themselves I don't think is worth the dirt on my shoe. It also seems dumb to me that we invaded a country for torturing and killing people but we were allowing something just as bad to go on in our own country. Just because you do not like something does not give you the right to destroy it in the most horrific foulest way known to man, I think that up to this day it is a sign of this country and the world that we have not learned to live and let live it is not until we can look back in hindsight that we can see out mistakes, but we can look back and in a way the people who hunt foxes are as bad as the Nazis who killed Jews they tortured and degraded them knowing there was nothing they could do about it in the same way they torture foxes. It is not a sport it is sick and pathetic and needs stopping as soon as possible. ...read more.

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