Why car drivers are worse than fox hunters

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From: David Thompson, Wheldrake, York.

IN reply to the article (Yorkshire Post, December 27) from the League Against Cruel Sports, I don’t feel that their recent poll was from a balanced section of society, more likely just of their own members.

It would appear that in a bid to be more humane and PC-compliant some of us have lost sight of what goes on in the wide and wonderful world of Mother Nature.

We, as humans, are part and parcel of this great world and we have a very important role to play, however some of us have become a little detached from the harsh realities of life and death and the duties we have as top predator in the food chain, like it or not that is what we are, evolution has made us that way.

I agree that any suffering of another animal is bad and not one that anybody with an ounce of compassion wants to see, however we do need to control the numbers of certain species.

Fox hunting will always be a point for heated debates from both sides, however certain facts are undeniable. Hunting is not indiscriminate in how it works, usually only the old, young or sick foxes are taken and this is exactly the way it would work in the wild.

A mature fox in its prime is more than a match for any hound and will nine times out of 10 give the hounds the slip. When a fox is caught by the hound death is swift and in less than two to three seconds.

Now, before you all start to judge me on my last few paragraphs, please take a moment to think about this. How many of you reading this article drive cars? Do you have any idea how many animals are killed and maimed by drivers in the UK every day? Thousands!

As a motorist, you are responsible for the most horrific injuries and slow agonising deaths to wildlife than any other group of people. Admittedly they are 99 per cent accidental but does this make it any less excusable?