Letter: Hunting: our last true sport

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The Independent Online
Sir: In your leading article on field sports (11 July) you make the astonishing assertion that "only the fundamentalist mentality would fail to recognise a sliding scale of degrees of cruelty. Morally, setting a pack of dogs on a fox is worse than hooking a fish."

Yes, there is indeed a sliding scale of degrees of cruelty, and gratuitous cruelty, such as tormenting a creature that one does not want to kill (whether as a pest or as food), only to let it go so that it can be hooked again some other time, is certainly the worst.


Gillingham, Kent