In an effort get away from the CA thread about the Newsnight programme and just to debate the more humane way of killing a fox, shooting or with hounds I thought I would try to start this thread.
There are those that say that fox hunting with hounds is more humane than shooting because of the element of possible wounding when shooting and death is always instantaneous with hounds. The logical conclusion to this, must be then that hunting deer, rabbits, hares and indeed any ground game is more humane with hounds than by shooting or stalking. ???????
If death by fox hunting is instantaeous, then this surely can only apply to the moment that a fox is actually caught by the hounds. What about the stress caused to the fox during the chase itself? Is this not cruel?
If this is not cruel then what about the argument used by stalkers the world over in support of stalking (hunting with rifles), that ideally the animal does not even hear the shot, drops on the spot and is spared the suffering of farm animals being transported to slaughter in a state of stress?
There are those who also say that hunting with hounds is more selective. This one I personally don't get. What can be more selective than stalking? One does not have to pull the trigger unless everything is right i.e. a clear shot, vixen with cubs or dog fox??
These are all questions which have evolved out of the CA thread but maybe it would be better to talk about these issues without any accusations of CA bashing.
....and please don't shout at me, nothing I have said or asked above means that something is my own opinion ........just asking!!!!!!