Sir: Richard D North ("In hot pursuit of the irrational", 23 January) argues that if fox-hunting is banned, riders may switch to drag-hunting, which he decries as "more predictable and less romantic". Fox-hunting very probably will be banned and the hunts will certainly switch to drag- hunting.
The way to make drag-hunting more unpredictable and romantic is to make it a competitive sport. Rules can be devised, involving umpires with stop- watches. Inter-hunt tournaments, championships, league tables all become possible. And all the irrational, traditional, colourful and expensive elements of hunting will be lovingly preserved. Mr North should give this change his backing, rather than waste effort defending a lost cause.