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Friday, 19 January, 2001, 12:04 GMT
Fox hunting: The issues
More than 200,000 people take part in fox hunting in the UK - but it remains one of the most divisive issues among the population. Click on the stories to learn the facts, fiction and history of the controversial activity.

  • Would a hunt ban work?
  • Head to head: Banning hunting


    How does a hunt work?
    What makes a hunt? The answer is more than just a few men and women on horses with lots of hounds.

  • Three centuries of hunting foxes 
  • Deer, hare and mink
  • Fox hunting worldwide 


    Is fox hunting cruel?
    The crux of the debate is, for many people, cruelty. Supporters say hunting is kinder than the alternatives. Opponents say hunting causes suffering.


    First person accounts:
  • Out with a hunt, by Alex Kirby


    Fighting for the fox
    The history of the hunt is well recorded - but the anti-hunt lobby has been active for many years.

  • Attempts to ban fox hunting: A timeline


    A way of life 'under threat'
    The servants of the hunt and the tradesmen and women who depend on it to make their living feel scared, angered and betrayed.


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