Animal welfare arguments
From the RSPCA website: A 12-year-old girl and her ten-year-old brother were traumatized when they saw a fox being torn apart by a pack of hounds in their garden in West Yorkshire.
Their father said: 'They (the hunt) said it would have died in seconds, as the hounds would have got it by the throat, but from what I saw it was torn to pieces.'
Fox hunters chase foxes for pleasure and not because they want to help farmers. Foxes could be controlled by shooting instead.
Foxes do attack chickens and lambs, but that is part of their nature. Farmers should protect their animals, not attack the foxes.
Civil liberties arguments
Personal freedom doesn't mean you have a 'right' to be cruel.
Living in a democracy means that you have to accept the majority view - we can't all just do what we want.
- Only 835 people are employed in hunt kennels. That many jobs are often lost when a factory closes. The economy is strong enough to bounce back.
- Many people make a living from selling drugs and stealing cars. The fact that people depend on an activity for their livelihood doesn't make the activity acceptable.