Letter: Farmer defies the feudal hunt

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Sir: Assuming that fox-hunting will not be banned after all, two points suggest themselves.

First, the hunt saboteurs (of whom little has been heard of late) are surely as much a part of the diverse life of the countryside as the hunts themselves. The legal restriction of "aggravated trespass" placed on them by the previous government should be removed.

Secondly, almost none of the arguments advanced in favour of fox-hunting apply to hare-coursing, which should follow otter-hunting and bear-baiting into oblivion as quickly as possible.

SIMON BRADLEY

London SE1

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