Dear Mr Rees-Mogg
Thank you for meeting with me on 3 July 2015, to give your views on hunting with dogs and your letter dated 8 July 2015.
- Poison – this was a risky method as other animals might eat the poison and the fox would die slowly in its den.
- Trapping – this was a cruel way of killing. I completely agree with you here but why is using traps still legal?
- Shooting – that the marksman had to be extremely good to be able to shoot a fast running fox and hit it on target, killing it in one shot. That you needed to be an accurate shot otherwise the fox would die a slow death. However, farmers are able to employ excellent marksmen to kill foxed for them. I think that people should need licences to shoot animals based on shooting ability. Shooting happens at night when foxes are active. Lamping, with the use of a spotlight can be used on a fox, freezing them, so that they can be shot easily. This was demonstrated on a recent BBC programme on foxes. The Burns report said that this was the quickest and most humane method of killing wild animals.
- Hunting with dogs – you said that if you disregard the chase, the fox was killed very quickly by the dogs with a bite to the neck and were only ripped apart after they were already dead. You said that this method was quick and always certain. However, prior to the hunting with Dogs Act being passed, scientific research was carried out on dead foxes by vets doing autopsies. This is set out in the following article http://linkis.com/1GUKO with the conclusion being that trauma was found in the animals before death and that the death was not quick. Post-mortems showed no evidence that foxes are killed by a 'quick nip to the back of the neck' and found that in many cases foxes are disemboweled first.
|David Cameron MP with a hunt|