The New Face of Fox-Hunting – Urban Hunts

I am  opposed to fox-hunting. I just don’t understand it. The very thought of bringing an animal to harm upsets me. Why would people want to chase a fox and watch it get torn to shreds? It literally makes no sense. I used to put it down to the fact that some people are wired differently to me. I’ve tried to get inside the head of a person who enjoys fox- hunting by reading what they have to say on the subject. I’m still none the wiser.

Some people have answered that question by saying that they enjoy riding horses -Fine, nothing wrong in that.

Some have said it’s a good way to exercise -Ok I can understand that riding a horse is a good way to exercise.

Others have said it’s a nice way to socialise. – Really?? Hunting is a nice way to socialise? Why don’t they try socialising without the killing bit? A lot of people socialise just fine without that.

But the crux of the matter is this final point they make. They like to see their hounds work. Apparently there is something fascinating about watching dogs hunt down foxes.

And it appears that it’s not only in the country that folk enjoy watching their dogs go to work.

Fox Hunting has been taking place in the heart of our cities – the urban fox hunt.

The Daily Mail reported recently that:

“Killer dogs are being used to hunt down foxes in urban areas in a disturbing new ‘sport’”

I reject the use of that last word ‘sport’ – this new practice is barbarism.

Over the last three months in the Aigburth area of south Liverpool, gangs of men have been arriving from outside the city where hunting is banned, with Lurchers, Staffordshire Bull terriers and Jack Russells. They have been seen racing through the streets after the foxes. In nearby fields poles are used to flush the foxes out of their dens, and they are blocked with bins so they cannot return to their home. When they catch the foxes the gang members decapitate the foxes and keep their heads as trophies leaving the bodies by the side of the road.

The police are investigating because, would you believe it, finding headless foxes in the streets is upsetting the locals.

So is this just a good way to exercise, a nice chance to socialise or is it just fascinating to watch the dogs work?

I am truly appalled! This new atrocity is pure evil. No sane human being could call this acceptable.

I am opposed to fox-hunting. I just don’t understand it…


3 Responses to “The New Face of Fox-Hunting – Urban Hunts”

  1. 1 Lou
    September 16, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Totally agree Allan. There is absolutely no sense to hunting for ‘sport’ of any kind. This new twist on fox-hunting is as you say, barbarous and evil. These men in Liverpool sound like the same types who take part in badger baiting and dog fighting – violent, ignorant people who enjoy destroying living things.

  2. 2 Carl
    September 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Very nice article Allan,it seems some people just do not value the life they are taking. perhaps they rationalise their activities by distancing themselves from the life they are taking, i too find it hard to understand. Any animal feels pain, and fear. Causing an animal to fear both and to be killed in the process is wrong in so many ways.

    Contrary to what some people may think, and i am sorry if this offends, i am not opposed to some types of hunting. for example, where it is legal and otherwise safe to do so, killing an wild animal for food is to me acceptable. i stayed in Germany with a hunter who would do just this, and his respect for the meal he was eating would speak volumes about his respect for how it was killed.

    to put this into context for people who eat meat, when you buy your meat at any retail outlet, that animal has more than likely been bread in captivity its entire life, and killed for your meal. the Hunter in Germany very rarely bought meat, and he wouldmake sure that the animal he killed was killed humanely and quickly. this i can accept, This i can call Hunting, even if i question my own ability to be able to do this, its a clear distinction from the ‘Hunt’ we all know and hate.

    Chasing an animal until it literally falls over with exhaustion then shredding it limb from limb because you can is no sport, and serves no purpose other than to feed a sick bloodlust that in todays world in a civilised country, should not exist.

  3. 3 ptarmagedon
    December 26, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Alan, supporters of Fox Hunting are making out that this is a class struggle! …… Poppycock!
    For a start, I wonder how many middle class folk or toffs are members of these “gangs of men” in Liverpool!

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