Hunt pack on the loose

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - STANDARD VIEW -

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.

Mo­ni­aive res­i­dent

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