Hunt pack on the loose
Sir – I never thought I would hear a hunting call in 21st century Scotland, let alone “in” my village.
But sure enough, like a BBC costume drama, a pack of hounds was coming through the village, the nearby fields and scattering and worrying the sheep everywhere.
Fox hunting aside, someone thought it was a clever idea to have a hunt within sight of the village. Sure enough something went wrong and we ended up with a pack of dogs on the loose next to, and through, a village with kids, pets, livestock and old folks walking around.
I have great respect for our gamekeepers and recognise the need for pest control but, it’s 2018 and about time to consign “hunting with dogs” with the other 20th century relics that should not have to be explained to our children and grandchildren. There is currently discussion of this at the parliament and I hope common sense will prevail and we never hear that call in our village again.