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Hunting with dogs

Last Updated: Monday February 14 2005 14:29 GMT

Hunting with dogs

Thousands of people take part in hunting and hare coursing every year in the UK, but it's an issue that divides the population.

Supporters say these activities are a traditional part of life in the countryside and an important part of the rural economy.

They also argue that fox hunting is the kindest way to control foxes in the countryside.

Opponents say using dogs like this is cruel and unnecessary. They try to stop hunting and hare coursing taking place, and say industries like tourism are a better way of creating jobs in the countryside.