I believe it should continue.
Yes, Blowzabella, it is a rough and ready event - they are rough and ready people - and it would lose its character somewhat if it were to be 'sanitised'.
I also did not intend to create the impression that there is unremitting animal cruelty (too much for my taste, but perhaps I am over-sensitive).
I just wish the authorities would show a little more backbone and intervene when the odd individual oversteps the mark.
Then, perhaps, I would consider returning (the Eden Valley is one of England's best kept secrets).