Fox Hunting – Should It Be Banned?

Introduction: Fox hunting is an activity involving the tracking, chase, and sometimes killing of a fox, traditionally a red fox, by trained foxhounds or other scent hounds, and a group of followers led by a master of foxhounds, who follow the hounds on foot or on horseback.

Fox hunting originated in its current form in the United Kingdom in the 16th century, but is practiced all over the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia, and the United States. In Australia, the term also refers to the hunting of foxes with firearms similar to spotlighting or deer hunting. The sport is controversial, particularly in the UK, where bans were introduced for Scotland in 2002, then for England and Wales in November 2004. Proponents see it as an important part of rural culture, useful for conservation and pest control, while opponents argue that it is cruel and unnecessary.

Arguments for the issue: There are many reasons why fox hunting should be allowed, here are some of the most controversial issues. Shooting foxes doesn't always kill foxes outright. They manage to get away and then suffer a slow painful death. Killing them with dogs can be more humane. 100,000 foxes are shot or snared each year. Only 16,000 foxes are killed by hunts. People in cities may not agree with fox hunting, but that doesn't mean they should interfere with a traditional country pursuit. Fox hunters are being picked on and there is no vote on whether we should ban fishing and that is just as nasty.

Arguments against the issue: There are also many reasons against Fox Hunting, here are a few. A twelve-year-old girl and her ten-year-old brother were shocked when they saw a fox being torn apart by a pack of hounds in their garden in West Yorkshire. Their father said: 'They (the hunt) said it would have died in seconds, as the hounds would have got it by the throat, but from what I saw it was torn to pieces.' Fox hunters chase foxes for pleasure and not because they want to help farmers. Foxes could be controlled by shooting instead. Foxes do attack chickens and lambs, but that is part of their nature. Farmers should protect their animals, not attack the foxes. Personal freedom doesn't mean you have a 'right' to be cruel. Living in a democracy means that you have to accept the majority view - we can't all just do what we want.

View from the class on Fox Hunting:


What do I think? In my opinion, I think fox hunting is morally wrong and people who hunt for them should be arrested. The reason for my argument is because many people do take part in fox hunting to control the fox population because they are pests and even considered as 'vermin'. But there are some people who take part in the sport because they see it as a fun sport, which is wrong in every way imaginable. Many people would prefer it if the fox population was controlled in a more humane way, such as shooting rather than being ripped apart by hounds. No matter which way you look at it, fox hunting at the end of the day is classed as animal cruelty and should be banned or have some laws against it such as a ban against hunting with hounds.

By M.Dawood Jiwani 8S