Something I noticed shared across social media this week was photographs of the annual Boxing Day Hunt.
Whilst I appreciate that it’s something that is visually impressive, I cannot support it because of what it stands for.
Fox hunting has been banned in the UK for over 10 years, and I truly believe that it should stay that way. To me, it’s barbaric. It’s something that I will never think is acceptable, and something I will never understand why there is an argument against the ban.
A friend of mine shared a post on Facebook this week, asking for people to support fox hunting, and legalise it. This shocked me.
Some people who are in favour of fox hunting have tried to reason with me by saying that they have friends who are farmers, and foxes are pests when it comes to the safety of their livestock. But, the two don’t correlate.
If you are a farmer and you feel that there needs to be a fox cull because there are too many, or that it’s hurting your business, that’s a completely different argument. As many of you know, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t agree with the farming industry anyway, but that’s not the point. I understand that it’s a business that people make a living out of, and it’s none of my business what anybody else decides to eat.
So, I understand the issue that farmers have. But, I don’t see what it has to do with fox hunting.
What I don’t understand, is why anybody would want to mount a horse, find a fox and have it chased by a pack of dogs, to then watch it be ripped to shreds for their amusement. Could you imagine the pain they must go through, and how terrified they must be?
It’s an absolutely sickening way to die, and it makes me feel angry that some people in this world feel that it’s acceptable to see this as fun. I’m sure there are much better hobbies out there for people to enjoy than that.