Letter: Even country folk oppose hunt

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Sir: As a native of rural, hunting Pembrokeshire, I must end the myth that the majority of country folk understand and support fox-hunting (letter, 21 June). Only a small minority participate, and they are vigorously and vociferously opposed by the remainder of us.

Anyone who genuinely wishes to know the sympathies of country people need only refer to the opinion polls, which all clearly indicate that there is a strong anti-hunt majority in rural as well as in urban areas.

The hunting lobby has failed to grasp that the contest is over - the argument already won. The real significance of Michael Foster's Bill is not that it re-examines either the moralities or practicalities of banning hunting, but rather that it will create the legislative mechanisms to do so.

STEPHEN CODD

Port Lion, Pembrokeshire

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