So how do anti-hunting groups propose to manage wildlife?

From: Jim Barrington, Animal Welfare Consultant, Countryside Alliance.

Badgers - the Countryside Alliance asks what form of animal welfare is acceptable to anti-hunting groups?

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WE can discuss the incidents of bad behaviour by hunts, just as we can discuss the equally bad exploits of anti-hunt activists, but these are side issues (The Yorkshire Post, March 27).

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We don’t say that the car should be banned because of the actions of some reckless and dangerous drivers on the road or argue that all farming should be ended because of cruelty cause by a rogue farmer.

Animal welfare policies continue to generate strong views.

The Hunting Act was once hailed as sound legislation by the all the anti-hunting organisations, yet now they admit it is flawed and presumably seek further parliamentary time and public money to correct it.

And while talking of this law, why was shooting foxes hailed as the humane alternative at its time of passing and yet shooting badgers to curb the spread of bovine TB is condemned by 
the South Yorkshire Badger Group?

It surely can’t be the case that badgers feel pain and foxes don’t.

The central question never answered by anti-hunting groups is what methods of wildlife management do they advocate?

It’s one thing to dislike an activity, but if you are serious about improving wild animal welfare it is absolutely crucial to know what will take its place.

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