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rach82

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rach82 says:

Fox Hunting - your opinions?

Hi all

Although fox hunting was banned a number of years ago - I just wondered peoples thought on it all?

Where you for, against or somewhere in the middle?

Did you ever take part?

This is just out of interest......................

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Fox Hunting - your opinions?

This is a difficult one as I can see both sides, but the damage they can do to a farmer and also they carry mange which has been passed to dogs and even horses is another. The Alternative is far more unpleasent digging out and killing with a spade or gassing or worse still poison where they crawl away to die and other animals eat them so they die as well because if the poison at least with a hunt they do have a chance. Also there is the implications on the countryside industries with the riders having to stay somewhere, horses, stables, farriers, vets, feed merchants the list endless and also the vehicles. I never have been on an actual hunt but have been on a mock hunt, exciting fast and furious and pushes the riders skills to the limits and beyond but I forgot riders are a mad lot anyway or we would not get on a half ton animal with a brain of its own, but you only pass this way once and I want to go out with a bang not just curl up and die.

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Bananas

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Bananas says:

Re: Fox Hunting - your opinions?

i have fox hunted and drag hunted and i have my vues but i have alot of chickens soooo :P lol personaly im not shore as kevinhiatt said 'its is a difficult one' you have to be carful what you say - i say dont have an opinions untill you have tryed it i know is hard to try fox hunting but try drag hunting - it is a very difficult one.

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CharParsley620

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Re: Fox Hunting - your opinions?

 Fox hunting is a huge no no for me, but I hope to go on my village's drag hunt next year.

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melxvengeance

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Re: Fox Hunting - your opinions?

absolutely barbaric, I think anyone who takes part in it has some sort of mental problem to inflict that kind of pain and unnecessary suffering to any animal.

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pippixox

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pippixox says:

Re: Fox Hunting - your opinions?

drag hunting/ 'clean' fox free hunting is still going strong and you get to do all the same things just not have to terrorise a fox in the process. years ago when i first heard they were banning fox hunting i agreed but thought what about the dogs and horses, but although im sure numbers of kennels went down the alternative hunting is still big buisiness.

i would never fox hunt, but next year im deffinatly going out hunting

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kezza81

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kezza81 says:

Re: Fox Hunting - your opinions?

 i'm against killing for pure sport. i have been shooting but ate what i killed and the rest went to my dogs. nothing wasted . i wouldnt chase an animal to its death just for fun. if i had to chase it to eat it atleast thats more like what happens in nature although i would rather just stalk it quietly than run it ragged. so i am against fox hunting. i know the damage foxes cause to chickens and sheep but there are other more humane ways to dispose of them that are more effective too. so definately no fox hunting. drag / mock hunting though i am totally game for!

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Fenris

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Fenris says:

Re: Fox Hunting - your opinions?

There are more effective ways to kill foxes than chasing them across country, so if it is about population control then use a gun. Drag hunting is another matter all together - as long as the hunt is respectful of farmers then go for it. I would love to have a crack at drag hunting, it looks like high adrenalin!

 

Also, foxes do not transmit mange to horses -  sarcoptes mites are generally host specific. There might be transient lesions but not the horror one envisages when thinking of mange. 

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inthepink

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inthepink says:

Re: Fox Hunting - your opinions?

 I'm a vegetarian so somehow I think being pro foxhunting would be a bit odd!! I agree that foxes can be a nuisance - especially with chickens or sheep etc but there are more humane ways than chasing it with hounds and horses... I'm definitely going drag hunting next season, just got to get shady to be ok with it now!!

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oldmare

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oldmare says:

Re: Fox Hunting - your opinions?

I personally cannot see the reason for chasing any animal, be it fox or stag, until its exhausted  to   kill it and then  to have the brush and antlers as a trophy.   we have foxes round us that have had the chickens and peacocks . when they become troublesome a couple of the farmers who are good shots find out the way they go and kill them quickly and cleanly much more humane.   hunting round here is done with the bloodhounds chasing the scent laid down by runners, which quite a few on our yard have been on including sarah .   much more fun.  

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: Fox Hunting - your opinions?

I have been on a  fox hunt and i can honestly say i would never go again. I would love to do a drag hunt as it is the thrill of the chase that is the best bit of hunting. What i don't agree on, and alot of the people i spoke to on the hunt agree with me, is when the fox goes to ground sending the terriers down after them. That isn't sport that is just being blood thirsty. The hunt should move on once a fox has gone to ground.

I have chickens and i have lost a couple to them to a fox but i would rather see a farmer go out and do a clean shot to kill them when they are causing a nuisance. By the way the only reason i lost 2 hens to the fox is because they had gone broody and i couldn't find them.

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