Letter: Foxy business

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Sir: Paul Freeman (letter, 12 March) believes that fox-hunting is a sports and requests that Tony Banks either support it, like he does rugby or boxing, or resign.

Surely the Corinthian ideals of sport require that consent is given by the participants. If the English rugby pack marched across a field and set upon a rambler we would not call it sport. Similarly, if a heavyweight boxing champion launched an effective one-two combination at a pensioner at a bus stop we would not call it sport.

Equally, when 60 dogs, 30 mounted riders and scores of followers terrorise a wild mammal we do not call it sport. At least most of us do not.


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