YOU certainly opened a can of worms when you printed the letter which was trying to tell the population that hunting is necessary to control foxes — a popular misconception by the bloodthirsty brigade.

It is a documented fact that more foxes are killed on our roads as opposed to being ripped to bits by the hunt.

If it is as popular as they would have us believe, why isn't it shown on television?

Perhaps it would show it up for what it is — cruelty on horseback!

How much livestock is killed by hares? None. Then how can you justify hare coursing?

If hundreds of jobs would be lost when hunting is eventually outlawed, why were those people still employed when hunting was stopped due to foot-and-mouth disease in 2001?

There are currently more foxes in our towns and cities than there are in the countryside but we "townies" don't put on silly red coats and chase them to exhaustion on motorcycles in order to set the Rottweilers loose.

Oscar Wilde summed it up perfectly in one sentence: "The unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable." I rest my case.

T Davies, Fairfax Road, Farnborough.

THE government seems determined to ban fox hunting on the grounds that it is cruel.

However, there are other cruel practices (such as the slaughter of halal meat) to which the government turns a blind eye.

It is, perhaps, politically incorrect to criticise "ethnic" practices.

But fox hunting is an "ethnic custom" too. Just because most of the members of the hunt have white faces, does this mean they are not entitled to engage in traditional customs and practices?

Mrs B Dickinson, Rowhill Crescent, Aldershot.