M.L. Rhodes: Not a sport

January 13, 2013 

New fox hunting not sport

Thank you for your Jan. 2 article “Activists pushing to outlaw hunt pens” about fox hunting.

I used to be an active fox hunter. Fun, exhilarating rides cross-country! Usually the hunt was ended without a fox or a fox was “too far ahead.”

Then one day I saw the hounds killing a fox. I’d been a fool, believing the hounds were following planted scent. Keeping wild animals caged, then turning one animal loose outside of his territory, with a pack of excited, baying hounds chasing him – this is “sport”?

I thought the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission existed to conserve our wild animals, not to supply live bait. North Carolina has 129 “hunting preserves” to train hunting dogs. And I’ve gone back to trail riding.

M.L. Rhodes, Raleigh

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