hunting with hounds

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hunting with hounds

the traditional British country sport which is now a criminal offence in many circumstances under legislation in both legal systems of the UK, particularly where dogs are involved. In England, hunting with dogs is an offence unless it is exempt. It is an offence to assist a hunt by allowing use of one's land or dogs. Hare coursing or permitting hare coursing is also an offence. The legislation in Scotland has similar aims but the details are different.
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"If animal rights campaigners were thinking hard, they'd realise that banning fox hunting would result in many horses and hounds being put down.
And then, maybe one day, we'll get around to properly outlawing the archaic, barbaric, callous pursuit of fox hunting.
"Fox hunting is a barbaric and brutal 'sport' that has no place in civilised society, and the RSPCA remains firmly against it.
This claim, of course, is also a tacit admission that fox hunting is happening in Scotland.
"Vinny's campaign is completely unpolitical, but he does represent the vast majority of people who want fox hunting to stay banned.
If, like most other people in the country, you support the ban on fox hunting and want to see it properly enforced then write to your MP and let them know.
The fact is that the issue of fox hunting with hounds concerns us all because it's about animal cruelty which crosses borders, as do foxes.
Now the SNP, in a fantastically cynical move, have backtracked on their commitment not to get embroiled in English issues and forced David Cameron to abandon a vote on weakening the fox hunting ban which was finally made into law back in 2004.
Traditional fox hunting with dogs is illegal across Britain, but in England and Wales, only two dogs can be used to flush out a fox so that a farmer or landowner can shoot it, while in Scotland an unlimited number of dogs can be used.
British fox hunting -- a form of pest control that became a sport -- traditionally involves groups of riders following a pack of hounds trained to track and kill foxes.