The Fellowship of Life
I am astonished by G E Moorehouse's defence of bloodsports, Nov. 5. There is no doubt that hunting with hounds involves a brand of cruelty that should not be tolerated by civilised society.
Foxes are thrown live to hounds, are released in front of hounds,
having had their paws cut to reduce their chances of escape, and are
clearly encouraged by hunting people, to the point of being fed.
The logical extension of G E Moorehouse's arguments would be the
re-introduction of dog-fighting, cock fighting, bull baiting and
All these brutal activities involve killing for fun and if this
really is to be the significant factor governing our behaviour why
not go the whole way and allow people to hammer screwdrivers into
the heads of horses, or set cats alight in the street?
The Christian approach must surely be to express care,
consideration and compassion to those in need, be they man or
animal, and to the greatest possible extent.
Man undoubtedly has priority but without animals would life be
worth living at all? Are we to be condemned to live in a world of
silent skies, barren lands, empty seas and mounds of our own waste?
M E Wilkins
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