IAN HART: Far more pressing matters on the agenda that the old issue of fox hunting

Ian Hart

Ian Hart

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THE issue of fox hunting has come to the fore again, and continues to polarise opinion.

There is no doubt that hunting a fox on horseback with a pack of dogs, culminating in the fox being ripped to pieces by said hounds, is barbaric and has no place in any civilised society. However, on the flip side, if there is an issue over the size of the fox population there must also be measures in place for some kind of management of population levels.

As much as hunting is barbaric, foxes themselves are a nuisance in both town and country, a fact which sometimes appears to be overlooked. There is also hard evidence that the degree of fox related nuisance has significantly grown over the years – I had to separate my cat from a full on spat with a fox in our back garden.

It was extremely unpleasant to watch a loved pet being involved in such an incident. Sentiment aside, my cat lost the top of its ear as a result of the fight, and in my opinion was never really the same till the day we had to have her put down.

How many other household pets have been attacked?

Cast your mind back to before the advent of the wheelie bins and the ‘black bag’ scenario – the foxes regularly had a field day, or night, when people left rubbish out the evening before collections.

But with everyone now using the bins has the urban fox become a more desperate animal?

And what level will that desperation go to?

Personally, I actually think David Cameron has far more pressing matters of state to contend with, rather than re-ignite the debate at this point in time.

Hopefully common sense will prevail and hunting will remain a big fat ‘no’ – but the humane cull, when required, will rightly get the green light.

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