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  Arguments against fox hunting
Updated 14 March 2002, 12.06

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.

Economic arguments

  • 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.



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