Though the Hunting Act has been in place since 2004, the arguments between the two sides haven’t changed or died down at all. Before 2004 hunts would go out and expect to find the usual crowd of do-gooders waiting to protest against their 'evil blood sport' and how they're ruining the wildlife.

The government finally caved and passed the Hunting Act to ban hunting with dogs, though they have done nothing more to stop it. Without any effort to enforce the law or punish those who break it make the law nothing more than a guide-line.

Hunters are frowned upon as they suit up and gallop off with their hounds chasing nature’s vermin across the country. There will always be those for and against but I’m not trying to argue one side or the other as to whether foxes are a pest or deserve protection, the point of this blog is to highlight the sheer lack of efficacy of a law that was passed by parliament and has in essence been completely ignored.

Devon and Cornwall police, possibly the most active hunting area in the country, put a grand total of no money and no effort into enforcing the ban. They dedicate no officers, have never made any arrests or even issued any warrants for people suspected of breaching the ban…

There is no right and wrong answer to this problem but the law being in place and being ignored makes a mockery of the law itself. Over Boxing Day over 250 000 people went on fox hunts and not a single one was so much as cautioned.

Chasing the fox hunting ban is such a trivial waste of time for police and government. If they didn’t think the same then something would be done, the fuss that has been made over this issue has wasted more hours of government time in debates and forums than it ever deserved.

The age old sport of hunting does serve an actual purpose, though the arguments against it are full of as many holes as the arguments for. The coalition have promised a vote on whether or not to repeal the ban and the result of this vote will have as much effect as the original vote did. None whatsoever…

The sooner this whole issue fades into history the better…

The Fox and the Hound, Revisited