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I feel foxhunting is wrong, it should be banned and made totally
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). Campaigners sent a
copy of their investigation to the Prince of Wales in an effort to
encourage him to break links with the Beaufort Hunt (The Beaufort Hunt
also boasts the patronage of Camilla Parker-Bowles and princes William
Foxhunters will also claim the death of a fox is swift and painless
'â€¦a quick nip on the back of the neck and it's all overâ€¦' if only.
The picture of a dead fox killed by hounds on 8th April 2000 is
attached to this essay. A post-mortem examination of the animal
revealed the following: "Radiographic study indicates no bone damage
in the vertebrae of the neckâ€¦the skin and muscular tissues of the
lower abdomen have been destroyedâ€¦" this means the fox's death was
caused by 'â€¦profound trauma by repeated dog bite.'
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: "â€¦multiple bite wounds on the face and headâ€¦damage to the
right eyeâ€¦ bite wounds on neckâ€¦" 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.
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The chase itself sometimes lasts an hour or more, during which time
the fox runs itself to the point of exhaustion.
Some chases are artificially prolonged by "earth-stopping" to prevent
the fox going to ground. This is done to ensure a lengthly chase, or,
from the hunters point of view "A good day's hunting."
The R.S.P.C.A's definition of foxhunting is startlingly simple: 'â€¦the
cause of unnecessary sufferingâ€¦'
I believe the above post-mortem findings are proof enough of the
suffering endured by foxes in hunts.
Much of this evidence was submitted to the Burns Inquiry, which shows
foxes are not a significant agricultural pest nationally (where foxes
are deemed a pest, isn't shooting a more efficient and selective
method of control? It is widely held to be more humane!)
The R.S.P.C.A also believes the hounding and killing of wild animals
is cruel and unacceptable in our civilised society.
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.