Twisted logic of pro-hunt case

From: J Midgley, Keldspring Lane, Barmby Moor, Pocklington.

I HAVE lived and worked in the countryside for 45 years. The Countryside Alliance’s campaigns director Tim Bonner (Yorkshire Post, December 26) is typically arrogant, using the excuse that the fox dies instantly when the hounds catch it. Utter rubbish.

If 250,000 people came out to watch scent trailing and are all so happy, why bring killing foxes back?

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A vast majority of our countryside friends are totally against fox hunting – but not the hunt itself.

From: Barrie Frost, Watson’s Lane, Reighton, Filey.

IT was reported that more people than ever attended the Boxing Day hunts, with suggestions that the increase in their popularity should lead to a reversal of the ban on hunting foxes with dogs.

What unbelievable logic. If more people have turned out to watch the hunts in the knowledge they would not have to witness a wild animal being torn to pieces, this implies exactly the opposite view and that the public are pleased to see the colourful hunt minus the blood and gore.

Flesh and fur

From: ME Wright, Grove Road, Harrogate.

NEIL Hudson’s memories of the City Varieties (Yorkshire Post, December 27) make only a passing reference to this august venue’s strip shows in its struggling days. Though less than salubrious, they were a rite of passage to daft lads in the 1950s and early ’60s. The Lord Chamberlain’s ‘no moving’ rule was sometimes crudely subverted by hauling naked objects of desire across the stage, seated on a bike, or swinging clutching a rope!

All these years later, it is safe to claim that most artistes were past their best, with the notable exception of one billed ‘Peaches Paige – the Star Without a Bra’. On one occasion, pals and I enjoyed a later bonus, standing next to her (now in fur coat) in the Briggate tram queue. Some time afterwards, we heard that she had scampered off a Sheffield stage to roars of applause, when students released a cage of mice on to it. Such behaviour didn’t occur to us in Leeds; well done Sheffield!