Now we have actor/presenter and "all round good egg" Alexander Armstrong who seems to think people object to the wealthy -their 'betters'- having a bit of sport. See, he used the term "sport" and if you read my Red Paper you would know that is what these people always called it...until their hounds killed pets or livestock and it went to court then it became "pest control" (even though most UK based "hunts" were importing huge numbers of foxes for hunting).
With Armstrong you have to remember he "went to school with a Rothschild" and other rich and very upper crust people. Just as the Royal family get their offspring to shoot and kill and get bloodied (wiping the blood of the animal they killed on their faces) as soon as possible -and STILL contribute to killing UK as well as, uh, 'game animals' abroad.
Armstrong makes it seem that the anger is focussed on a few well off chaps having some sport. It almost seems like he thinks it would be like telling the lower classes that they could not watch football. More of these degenerates will speak out because they now have a Tory government, and of course, some of their fellow celebrities such as Alan Titchmarsh also like to go a hunting with their betters.
Despicable cruelty towards animals whether canid or avian is not a privilege for the upper classes -from 1977-2013 I was a UK police forces exotic fauna consultant and talked to many game keepers, estate owners and 'my betters' and they often proudly boasted of their "bag of red squirrels" -supposedly protected in the UK. Snaring and shooting domestic cats was also part of their days.
People like Clunes, Titchmarsh and Armstrong need to understand that, apart from being a mental health issue -people who enjoy killing things tend to have some psychopathic tendencies- it is or should be unacceptable for hunting any animal for 'sport'...or keeping foxes to release for a hunt later on.
Just look at the smug face.
If you want to learn about the true history of foxes as well as other wild canids in the UK -factual and backed up by many reference sources, the Red Paper ought to interest you.
The Red Paper: Canids Up-dated edition includes section on sarcoptic mange in foxes and treatment plus a list of wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centres in the UK.
By the 1700s the British fox was on the verge of extinction and about to follow the bear and wolf having been hunted for sport for centuries. The answer was to import thousands of foxes per year for sport. But foxes kept dying out so jackals were tried. Some were caught, some escaped. Even wolves and coyote were released for hunting. The summation of over 30 years research reveals the damnable lie of "pest control" hunting but also reveals the cruelty the animals were subject to and how private menageries as well as travelling shows helped provide the British and Irish countryside with some incredible events. The Girt Dog of Ennerdale is also dealt with in detail.