Sir: In the midst of the furore surrounding the release of 6,000 mink near the New Forest, we might have expected to see mink hounds in action, dispatching this "pest species". The last few days have clearly exposed the claims of the hunting brigade that their activities are anything other than a cruel form of entertainment. When country people really need to control pests, they reach for their guns and their traps. They do not call out the hounds.
International Fund for Animal Welfare
Crowborough, East Sussex