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The current legislation allows foxes to be flushed from cover and then shot but, in many cases, this relatively humane approach is either flouted or mismanaged with a Scottish Government review suggesting that around 160 foxes are brutally killed by the hounds out of the total of 800 killed altogether, every year.
The SNP national council has now shifted their policy to make the practice illegal and to limit the number of hounds to two. This may be a sensible and humane response which does not require a complete ban on hunting foxes as suggested by the Green Party. While I’m sympathetic to the Green Party’s plan, I’m not sure if a complete ban is required. You may know more than I do about this so do contradict me and explain why.
In England, the Tories plan a free vote on repealing the ban of hunting with packs of hounds altogether:
Is this just another of the many small ways in which Scotland is different and different enough? See this for a reminder of some of the others: