More foxed are killed on the roads than in hunts. There are more urban foxes than countryside foxes (we don't see many hunters in their pinks on our housing estate). Farmers that that allow shooting of vermin (rabbits) on their land go ape if you dare to shoot a fox that's being saved for a hunt day. Foxes have been imported onto hunt estates, that are short of foxes for the hunt, for over a hundred years to make sure the hunt can have a kill. And most importantly, if you do have a real fox problem on your land, you go out that night with a lamp and a gun and shoot your fox pronto, not wait for the hunt invitations to be sent out and await the RSVPs for a Tally Ho! outing a fortnight next market day...
I don't have a problem with hunting, shooting and fishing for the table, but don't tell me that hunting foxes is in any way a means to control their numbers or to cull rampaging pests off of farmland.
We have many here, along the river and I have seen on many occasions a Vixen plodding slowly past my back garden gate in the mornings. She seems totally unafraid of me, even if the back door is open. She just plods on past.
I like to see wildlife around, and it proves that the river Taff has finally regained it's water quality and supports a wide range of animal life.
I personaly dont like the thought ANY animal is subject to SHOCKING pain regardless of the statistics "More foxed are killed on the roads than in hunts"? BUT in the same breathe IF my vote meant anything in the Election this would not make me change towards the Conservatives!
I have voted conservative for more than 40 years, but if this intention to allow the barbarity of hunting with dogs to return becomes policy, then thay will have lost my vote, and very likely the votes of countless others. The law does need amending to make it effective, but I am horrified by the idea of it being repealed.