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HUNTING: Ban is of no advantage

The “mock meets” of hunts in rural market towns, Morpeth for example, on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, have rekindled the public debate concerning the repeal of the Hunting With Dogs Act.

The Act has been of no advantage to anyone and has deprived country folk of a traditional activity, being nothing other than a political stunt to sell the myth of the Labour Party being a party of compassion and not just the political voice of the trades unions.

Recent polls indicate that 80 per cent of the British population are still in favour of the ban on hunting with dogs.

This is not surprising when it is considered that most of those polled would live and work in towns and cities. So how many have ever followed hounds or have ever seen a wild fox?

The polls are therefore based on hearsay evidence.

The writer has no desire to hunt fox, hare, or deer with hounds, or to shoot game using multi-shot cartridges, or to attract and pull fish from their natural environment, just for the fun of so doing.

The latter two of those activities are cruel, but hunting is not because it is natural for dogs (hounds) to hunt.

If hunting is cruel, then nature in itself must be cruel.

Without the Act no one is being compelled to hunt and in a democracy are we not allowed a freedom of choice if an activity is not detrimental to any other member of society?

Freedom is to live and let other people live.

Norman Bateman,

Low Espley, Morpeth.