12 August 1999
Buccleuch denies hunting is cruel

BRITAINS biggest landowner, the Duke of Buccleuch, has claimed that if he were a fox, he would prefer to be killed by hounds.

The Duke, whose hunt has been chasing foxes around Kelso since 1827, warned against a ban on fox-hunting.

He claimed that alternative methods to control the fox population would involve acute suffering.