If dragging will not suffice and it is blood that is required, can I suggest, to keep everybody happy, that we combine the elements of fox-hunting with those of the Roman games?
People in hunting 'pinks' can blow their horns and chase starved lions around. The hunt support industries can still supply equipment, for what would be a slightly fairer contest. They may soon run out of people keen enough to take part, if not of those willing to pay to watch? There should be more than enough blood to satisfy the apparent lust for this….. It would not of course, come only from the victims this time.
Liz, Gervase and others make some very good points. But all those folk with real concerns for the people and life of the countryside must realise that it is totally counter-productive to allow these concerns to be identified with and used by those whose aims will never be supported by the majority of the people in the UK. Where ever these people originate or now live.
Didn't we used to call the process of replacing activities and pursuits that we generally could not be proud of - progress?