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  Arguments for fox hunting
Updated 14 March 2002, 12.07

Animal welfare arguments

  • A foxhound weighs four or five times more than a fox and its powerful jaws kill the fox quickly and cleanly.

  • Shooting foxes doesn't always kill foxes outright. They manage to get away - and then suffer a slow painful death. Killing them with dogs can be more humane.

  • 100,000 foxes are shot or snared each year. Only 16,000 foxes are killed by hunts.
Civil liberties arguments
  • People in cities may not agree with fox hunting, but that doesn't mean they should interfere with a traditional country pursuit.

  • Fox hunters are being picked on. There is no vote on whether we should ban fishing, and that is just as cruel.

  • In the areas where hunting takes place 60% of people support it, and the anti-hunt people are in the minority.

Economic arguments

  • The Countryside Alliance says 16, 000 jobs will be lost. This is not just people who work for the hunts. It is also people who make boots, saddles and work in tourism.

  • Anyone who is made unemployed will not get a new job as the economy is very weak in the countryside.



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