I've had two fox hunts called on account of car. Some of the better fox-hunting areas are near busy roads, so many hunts end on the somber note that an automobile is a much more efficient killer than you are. Traditional fox hunting is just a sport. Many of the huntsmen say it's for the thrill of the chase. We maybe get our lone fox 50 percent of the time after a daylong affair. Roads are a far more efficient form of pest control.
The Debate Over Fox Hunting Has Not Been Productive
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I cannot begin to explain how big of a deal this is in Britain. It's still a hot-button issue among the top ministers and has been constantly overshadowing issues such as the Euro, E.U., and what to do with Greece. PM David Cameron risked his career by helping out a friend who was arrested for illegally fox hunting.
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Which is admittedly the most outright British-sounding political scandal of all time.
It's probably hard for you to understand why Britons would go through such effort to continue a practice that seems so awful. I don't know how to explain it, other than to say "culture." We had people join our hunts who didn't like hunting; they just didn't want to see an iconic part of British culture die out. It's like if America lost the college football game due to the number of player concussions, or if Australia couldn't play their national sport of glassing because there were too many nicked arteries.
Anti-hunting activists even risk criminal prosecution by stopping the hunts. This happened on one of my friend's hunts once -- some people really against fox hunting piled up trees to form a makeshift fence on their property after the fox passed by. A few of the dogs were injured when they tried to jump it, and the protesters were arrested.
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"Honestly, half of it was just not wanting them to shit on our lawn."
What started as a debate over whether or not it was ethical to use dogs has blown up into an argument about the British way of life and contention between upper- and lower-class citizens as well as rural and city dwellers. It's a little like the gun debate in the United States: an argument that seems insanely simple to every country in the world, save the one that's hosting it.
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