Our Year 7 Student Journalist Rebekah Robinson, who rides with the local hunt, gives her opinion on fox hunting…
Fox hunting is an activity involving the tracking, chase and sometimes killing of a fox, traditionally a red fox, and a group of unarmed followers led by a ‘master of foxhounds’.
There are many anti-hunt people who are doing everything they can to stop hunting, however many horses have been hurt due to anti-hunt people beating horses in the hope we will stop hunting.
Fox hunting is a traditional sport in which hunters, usually on horseback, follow a pack of hunting dogs aiming at picking up the scent of a fox, chasing it and killing it. Fox hunting is illegal in England, Scotland and Wales.
Early fox hunting with packs of hounds first started in the UK in the late 1600s. Foxes were hunted to stop them from killing livestock. There was also the excitement of the ride plus the social side of hunting.
Theresa May has said she would like to make fox hunting return to the way it used to be. I strongly agree with her and think it should be the same as the 1960s.
Many people think fox hunting is bad but if we stop we will end a tradition that has been going on for a hundreds of years.
Recently, an anti-hunt protester shouted ‘Save our wildlife, kill May’ at the Prime Minister as she arrived at a event in North Wales. He carried on shouting before police grabbed him and carried him away to nearby police vans. He was later released without charge.