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Thread #78514   Message #1424663
Posted By: Gervase
02-Mar-05 - 03:57 AM
Thread Name: BS: Hunting banned in England/Wales
Subject: RE: BS: Hunting banned in England/Wales
I think the four from the League Against Cruel Sports have seen more hunts than anyone who has posted here, so they are likely to have a closer view of the fox's predicament than most.
And the Burns Inquiry, while not actually interviewing foxes, did carry out exhaustive research with vets and others to try to establish exactly what does happen. His report concluded that the experience of "being closely pursued, caught and killed above ground… seriously compromises the welfare of the fox" but that "insensibility and death will normally follow within a matter of seconds once the fox is caught".
It added: "The welfare of animals which are hunted should be compared with the welfare which on a realistic assessment, would be likely to result from the legal methods used by farmers and others to manage the populations of these animals in the event of a ban on hunting...None of the legal methods of fox control is without difficulty from an animal welfare perspective."
Not quite from the fox's mouth, but as good as you're likely to get.
BTW, I'm still awaiting a cogent answer apropos the 'great mass of the people' having spoken and the validity of their perceived views. Any takers?