Feed unwanted livestock to hounds

02 September 1999

‘Feed unwanted livestock to hounds’

THE government has been accused of hypocrisy after it emerged that farmers had been asked to use hunt kennels to dispose of unwanted livestock.

A circular from the Ministry of Agriculture recommends the use of hunt staff to ensure animals are killed humanely and suggests feeding carcasses to foxhounds.

The pro-hunting lobby, closely followed by the Conservative Party, were quick to exploit the governments embarrassment with allegations of double standards.

The row emerged as Scotland took its first legislative steps towards a ban on hunting.

A bill was lodged yesterday (Wednesday) which will outlaw hunting with hounds, hare coursing and using terriers to attack wild animals underground.

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