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Which animal in red should be supported, hunter or hunted?

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Which animal in red should be supported, hunter or hunted? I feel foxhunting is wrong, it should be banned and made totally illegal, and in this essay I will hope to persuade of my view. Foxhunters and supporters of the hunt claim that when fox hunting is performed, it is engaging in 'pest control'. But it has been known in major fashionable hunts such as the Duke of Beaufort's that fox cubs are reared regularly and killed on site. Film shot by anti-hunt campaigners recently showed Thomas Burton, the hunt's terrier man, leaving food for fox cubs outside man-made chambers (15 discovered on Beaufort land in total). ...read more.


It known how long it takes a fox to die once caught by hounds - but evidence suggests it is not instantaneous. If the fox escapes by going to ground, it will commonly have the terrier men to contend with. For instance, one such fox was attacked underground by a single terrier before being shot by the terrier man. The fox's post-mortem revealed: "...multiple bite wounds on the face and head...damage to the right eye... bite wounds on neck..." The report states the unfortunate animal required two shots from a .22 calibre pistol to kill it. Evidence also shows the suffering endured by hunted foxes is not confined to the moment of death. ...read more.


Polls constantly show 7/10 people want to see foxhunting banned, that's 70% of the country! I acknowledge that if foxhunting were to be banned, 6,000-8,000 jobs would be lost. I also acknowledge the people that possess specialist skills in the hunt would come across difficulty in finding new jobs, many horses and hounds would be needlessly destroyed and hunt's kennels would have no further use. After much consideration I believe the Government should invest in 'drag hunting' as an artificial alternative to hunting wild foxes. Drag hunting involves hounds and riders following an artificially laid scent or scent placed on a human runner. Although, the Government might have to consider introducing a payment system to persuade farmers to let drag hunters use their land, it will prevent unnecessary cruelty and suffering to wild foxes. By Natalie MacDonald, H.B 13 ...read more.

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