15.9.04

Vote to ban hunting with dogs

Why is this fox jumping?

ABN file photo


The British Parliament today voted to ban the use of hunting dogs in the traditional Fox Hunt. Animal rights activists and the British public in large have long sought to banish the use of dogs for the hunt pointing to its inherent cruelty, saying the dogs were used to unfairly tire the agile fox allowing the hunters to more easily chase it to ground. Read the full story here.

Live fox hunts are still organized and sanctioned in several states in the US including Virginia, Maryland, Georgia and The Carolinas. These hunts are legal during specified hunting seasons.

Alternatively, there are "hunt clubs" that participate in so called "drag hunts" or "fox chases." Fox scent is distributed along a specified course, often over private property, and the hunters with their hounds follow the trail in a blaze of colorful and spirited competition designed more with exercise and fresh air in mind, and the fox gets a break in the process.

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