Fox hunting controls vermin, saves the trouble of walking the dogs, exercises your horses, allows one to be sociable with one's neighbours, and gives a damn good excuse to get drunk afterwards.
I don't see what your issue is exactly.
Who gets to decide which animals are "vermin"? I see fellas walking hound type dogs around the southside and letting them shit in the pavement without picking up their mess afterwards, so does that mean that those dogs are vermin and should I and others concerned about dog shit on the pavements set about controlling them??
Most people are ignorant when it comes to foxes.What is it with this and why isn't it banned like in England where it originated from?
Most people are ignorant when it comes to foxes.
They mostly eat slugs for example, not chickens in which they have gone all Mission Impossible into a hen coop for, which they'll only do when starving to the point if desperation.
They are vicious little bastards, and covered in fleas.
And I think the main reason people hunt them is that they're easy for the hounds to hunt than any other animal as they stink to the high heavens, especially when wet. If badgers were as easier to hunt, they'd hunt badgers.
Don't like the hunts myself, don't see the point of calling a live animal being shredded apart "sport". More than that, they wreck the place and are pure fucking ignorant, do some amount of damage.
There's a local hunt around Thomastown in Kilkenny that did whatever they liked as good few of their members were higher ups. Used to wreck farmers fences, go on to private property, that sort of thing, pure arrogant shits.
One lad lost a few sheep to stray hounds, had fences and gates destroyed, and the cows went running for miles. He went to the hunt looking for compensation, about 10k in total, they told him to piss off.
The next time the hunt came along, he shot 6/7 dogs. They hunt went over to complain, and he raised the gun and shot a horse. Told them if they weren't going to respect his land and animals safety, he was going to use his gun on their animals.
The Guards were called and said under the law your man had every right to protect his land and animals against any animal on his land, and there was nothing the hunt could do about it. They never went near the area again.
Brilliant stuff I thought, your man is a bit mad alright, real Bull McCabe type character, but some way to stand your ground.