Fox Hunting

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I have chosen this topic on fox hunting because there is a lot of discussion about it and there are also many different opinions and views from both sides. The arguments are about whether fox hunting should be banned or not. The whole debate on foxhunting is for many people, the issue of cruelty. Hunt supporters say hunting is kinder than the alternatives. Opponents say hunting is cruel and unnecessary. Is being chased for several hours to be killed by a pack of hounds cruel? No, say hunt supporters, they say it's natural for the hounds to give a quick nip to the back of a fox's neck, which then dies outright. Yes it is cruel, and it's unnecessary, say animal welfare groups, campaigners and activists. There are just too many foxes in Britain, by fox hunting we can keep numbers simple so that there aren't too many foxes and there aren't to little foxes. Fox hunting makes a very important contribution to control the number of foxes, and involves less cruelty than most other methods of controlling them. It should therefore be allowed to continue. Also we only hunt foxes that are too old, sick or arrogant to run away. At the start of each breeding season, there are roughly over a million foxes in Britain. That number doubles as the cubs are born, and over the following year it falls back to nearly the original 250,000. Some foxes die from natural causes. About 100,000 are reckoned to die by shooting. They say that fox hunting every year kills 16,000 foxes. If they were disbanded, they claim, the number of foxes killed in other ways will rise, and many of them would be killed not by gamekeepers or other professionals, but by amateurs. The other alternatives of fox hunting, gassing, snarling or poisoning would all inflict much more pain and suffering on the foxes. Already 10 times as many foxes are shot each year than are hunted to death, they say. That figure would only increase if the hunting were banned.

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