Are foxes a real threat?

Or could it be the hounds?

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Foxhunting hounds and bovine TB - why the official silence?

Teresa May's promise to bring back foxhunting has proved one of the most unpopular items in the Tories' election platform. So we should not be surprised at the official silence over the TB-infected hounds in the Kimblewick hunt, writes Lesley Docksey.

Nor, given the political power of foxhunting landowners, should we be surprised that officials are shrugging off any idea that bad biosecurity in hunt kennels could possibly have anything to do with TB in cattle.

The obvious answer is that the hounds were fed raw, TB-infected meat via the 'fallen stock' arrangement that hunts have with farmers - putting hunt hounds at far more at risk than our domestic pets.

After the initial indignation about so many foxhounds from the Kimblewick Hunt being culled because of having contracted bovine TB (see The Ecologist here and here), everything went quiet.

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Mythbusting: The facts about fox hunting | RSPCA

The Hunting Act 2004 outlawed the chasing and killing of wild animals with packs of dogs but now it's under threat of being overturned. We debunk some of the myths perpetuated by those seeking a return to cruelty.

Fiction: Hunting is essential to control the fox population

Fact: There's little scientific evidence to support the argument that hunting with hounds is necessary for controlling the fox population. .

The Westminster Government's inquiry into Hunting With Dogs, concluded:

The overall contribution of traditional fox hunting, within the overall total of control techniques involving dogs is almost insignificant in terms of management of the fox population as a whole.

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