Letter: Foxy business

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Sir: Paul Freeman has missed the point completely comparing fox hunting to boxing and rugby by saying Tony Banks should describe them as "unnecessary and barbarous".

Perhaps they are, and knowing a few rugby players, they could easily be described using both adjectives. But the point of these sports is that all the participants want to participate. There are two consenting pugilists, 30 willing rugby players.

I don't know about the dynamics of a hunt but is the fox ever consulted beforehand? I think not.


Southsea, Hampshire