I was doing some reading online, and more foxes are killed by cars than fox hunts, which I would still find more humane than a fox hunt, so saying its a viable means of population control is a bit much. Just because something is MORE humane than a leg trap, doesn't make it humane. There's a reason things are banned, because someone somewhere decided it was cruel, like cutting ears and tails on dogs are banned in some countries.
Besides, I can't feel too bad for the farmer, the way I see it people intrude on animals territories and kick them out, and get mad when an animal loses hunting grounds and takes a chicken because their natural prey has run off. I've lived in completely rural areas and only had one animal killed by a wild one, a rabbit in an outdoor hutch, and I took the blame. I should have made the hutch more secure. Don't want a fox in the yard, or a coyote, as we had? Get a dog. Never had a problem with them, and we had calves, pygmy goats, chickens, and cats, just an aging dog that roamed the property.
And don't think I'm against hunting, I'm not, when you need the kill for meat. I don't like people that hunt for sport to score a trophy, or torment 'vermin' that have just as much right, if not more right, to be there as the nonnative species, like oh, horses?
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