I keep telling people to arm themselves with FACTS in the anti-fox hunt debate.
My book, research started in 1977, was NOT aiming at any pro/anti stance but as I went through and studied the papers and books (1800-1990s) I found that it was NEVER EVER about pest control but sport pure and simple.
And people in the countryside were NEVER "traditionally pro-hunting" but often took hunts to court for crop damage and even killing pets/stock.
Had many many thousands of foxes not been imported into the UK "to keep the sport alive" then by the 19th century British foxes would have been extinct like the wolf, bear and lynx.
FOX HUNTING IS A RETARDED, EVIL AND CRUEL BLOOD SPORT
Get fully referenced FACTS!!