Wednesday, November 08, 2006

What the Fox...

Fox hunting with hounds was banned in Britain in 2004. So why are the huntsmen still riding out in 2006?

As Stephen Moss says, "I don't want to see a hare torn to pieces, or a fox. But maybe I could stomach some other quarry for the handsome, hard-working hounds. The parliamentarians who, it has been calculated, devoted 700 hours to debating hunting and only seven to Iraq..."

One thing I've never understood about fox hunting (apart from the obvious question of why so many people find cruelty to animals entertaining): rabbits eat crops; foxes eat rabbits. Why do farmers consider the fox a pest, when it rids them of an animal that really is a nuisance?

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