Hunting wildlife management and the moral issue
We are pleased to collaborate again with the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Managment to produce this latest document, the third in a series of joint publications.
The Natural Chase (download)
A review by Katie Colvile, MSc, MA, VetMB, MRCVS
The review examines:
- How wolves hunting for prey for food has evolved into dogs hunting as an essential component of wildlife management;
- How natural predators can shape their environment;
- How such predation affects the behaviour of prey species and retains the fitness of a prey population;
- Why hunting with hounds can be considered a natural phenomenon.
The use misuse and abuse of science in support of the Hunting Act
This carefully compiled document done in collaboration with the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management comprehensively puts the scientific record straight in respect of the hunting debate and demonstrates that there are not and never were any scientific grounds for banning hunting on the grounds of cruelty.
Rural Rites by Charlie Pye-Smith
Hunting and the Politics of Prejudice by Charlie Pye-Smith with a foreword by Peter Oborne
Rural Rites provides a riveting account of the 2004 Hunting Act and its troubled history, arguing that the legislation was the result of an emotive class-war rather than a logical parliamentary debate. It shows that many politicians and animal rights organisations ignored and misused science to further their cause, creating an Act of Parliament that is illogical, unfair, difficult to enforce and detrimental to animal welfare in the countryside.
Welfare Aspects of Shooting Foxes
Welfare Aspects of Shooting Foxes by Fox N. C., Rivers S., Blay N, Greenwood A. G., Wise D. was published in 2003 by the All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group.
Please use this link to download a copy of the “Welfare Aspects of Shooting Foxes” (PDF format).
A shorter version of the study was subsequently peer-reviewed and published in 2005 as Wounding Rates in Shooting Foxes by Fox N. C., Blay N., Greenwood A. G., Wise D. in Animal Welfare (14; 93-102) the journal of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare. The summary of the published paper is available online on this link.