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  • I do live in the country, and I'm glad that the ban on fox hunting with dogs has passed the House of Commons. No doubt the Lords will try and block the legislation, but then they are a bunch of unrepresentative has-beens that don't need to worry about re-election.

    The hunting lobby are as you suggest, a small group of usually wealthy individuals who enjoy prancing round the country side, "lording" it over the locals, and preventing sustainable development, and driving house prices through the roof - if you'll pardon the pun.

    The whole hunting lobby seems to have rhetorical arguments, and doesn't seem to listen to the facts.

    • Many animals in the UK (regrettably) are factory reared, so your average fox isn't a threat there.
    • Domestic dogs are by far the greatest threat to stock, sheep in particular
    • Most foxes escape the hunt anyway - their own claims, so this form of hunting can't help control foxes anyway.
    • Most foxes probably live in urban areas, where there is good habitat, and plenty to eat, whereas the country side is a near monoculture of crops, with very little for a fox to eat.
    • No one is banning them having a hunt party, or riding about the country side.
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    • Indeed surely they can keep all their jobs and hounds if they do drag hunts - nothing wrong with that and the added bonus that they can easily avoid trashing peoples gardens and cars and being a general nuisence to the public.

      But they argue that nobody would hunt if it was only drag hunting - which rather counters their arguments about it being a necessary tool for animal control and just for fun when for most its about the thrill of the chase and a hint of blood lust.

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      • Exactly.

        • I have no problems with a bunch of rich people having a party, then running across their land chasing a bloke in a fox suit.
        • I also don't mind someone shooting an animal if it's attacking their live stock, even if it is a fox (which I doubt)
        • I don't see why an animal, that may have been deliberately moved so that in can be hunted, should be chassed for hours at a time, and then ripped to pieces by a pack of dogs while it's still alive.

        I'm sure if cock-fighting had been more popular with the la

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