So Tim Bonner of the Countryside Alliance would have us believe that they are providing an important service for farmers and landowners by managing the population of foxes, hares and deer.
Does he really believe that the public are so gullible? That they accept the words of a man who supports animals being chased to exhaustion then torn apart by the hounds, animals who find safety in an earth but are then dug out by terrier men and thrown to the hounds? These terrier men have no compunction for their own dogs, sending them down the earth to fight with their adversary, during which they receive injuries from the terrified fox trying to defend itself.
Thankfully, we have those who are prepared to risk life and limb to protect sentient creatures. Violence on the hunting field comes not from hunt saboteurs but from those whose ‘sport’ depends on hunting defenceless creatures, and who will inflict violence on those trying to stop them.
History proves that hunt saboteurs are often battered and bruised by hunters. Some have been crippled for life, and some even killed, as they try to protect animals. For more information about fox, hare and deer hunting, please read Mike Huskisson’s book – Outfoxed, Take Two.
As Mahatma Ghandi said, “I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man, from the cruelty of man.”
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