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WITH regard to Mr Alan Owen's letter (March 31), supporting the vindication of Plas Machynlleth Hunt,and his statement that ``the fox had already been humanely shot a few minutes earlier'',I beg the question why, then, the need for hounds?
This seems, at least, to beg the question of the sources of women's self-esteem.