Hundreds of StokeonTrentLive readers are calling for Boxing Day Hunts to be banned.
Some of the events have been cancelled this year due to coronavirus, while others are still taking place but without spectators.
Fox hunting has been banned since 2004, but hounds now follow an artificially laid scent in an activity known as trail hunting.
Now StokeonTrentLive readers have called for the Boxing Day Hunts to scrapped all together.
Mandi Childs said: “A barbaric tradition that should have ended long before now, some traditions should never have started, this is one of them.
“We can’t see family, but they can hunt in groups, what a joke.”
Wendy Stillitano agreed: “It needs consigning to a shameful part of our history. No one has the right to have a ‘fun’ day out riding roughshod over our countryside terrorising and killing our precious wildlife.”
Andrea Taylor said: “Disgusting barbaric so called sport! No such thing as trail hunting, admitted as being a smokescreen to hunting real Foxes by the hunting office themselves.
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“Something seriously wrong in the head of people who enjoy chasing down wildlife and cheering as it’s torn apart alive.”
Alyson Rogers also has similar feelings. She said: “Hunting in all it’s forms should be banned completely, how anyone in 21st century enjoys the barbaric act of killing our beautiful wildlife, I cannot comprehend. There is something very wrong with these people.”
Jane Perry said: “I have lived in the country all my life and I loath the hunts, I know exactly what goes on, illegal hunting etc. A total full ban is needed and not just on Boxing Day. The cruelty sickens me.”
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Sonja Downs added: “I think they should be banned at any time. What sort of people want to hunt down a defenceless fox. So cruel.”
Chrissy Martin said: “This barbaric disgusting ‘sport’ is abhorrent at any time! Causing unnecessary pain and harm to a living creature is vile and evil! There’s ways and means of protecting ‘land’ and this is certainly not it!
“Our money should not be spent on decimating our wildlife and environment. Sick blood sports… capturing and digging animals out ready to be ripped apart, blocked into dens, drowned, shot and chased into roads, even importing birds and animals for the joy of killing them during an unjustified ‘culling’ season! And what about cubbing!? Sick psychopaths! There is no place for this in society!”
Barbara Brown said: “Every year Boxing Day is a day that’s dreaded by the fox loving public which is the majority of the population. At a time of peace and joy a cruel minority hunt under the pretext of following a trail.”
Heather Watts said: “100% it should be completely banned. What kind of sick person finds it acceptable to partake in such an abhorrent ‘sport’ and why should they be accepted in society and allowed to continue. If it were a dog or cat then all hell would break loose”
Bina Pannell said: “Hunting has no place in the 21st century. We are not being overrun by wild animals as the various hunts would have you believe, while they breed and release these same animals to be hunted down and ripped apart alive FOR FUN. It is cruel and barbaric, and serves only to satiate the bloodlust of psychopaths.”
And Tracy Berry said: “It’s already banned so the loopholes need to be tightened and anyone caught prosecuted heavily. It’s barbaric and cruel, a tradition which should never have started along with stag hunting and hare coursing.”