Fox Hunting - Good Sport Or Blood Sport?

Watch the video below and discuss who and what are involved in fox hunting.

Fox hunting in the UK

  • Hunting with dogs was banned in the UK February 18, 2005, when the Hunting Act 2004 was passed.
  • Act does not cover the use of dogs in 'drag hunting', where hounds are trained to follow an artificial scent (animal smell trail).

Statistics about convictions post Hunting Act 2004

Big Question: Should fox hunting be repealed (changed back) in the UK?

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron promised that he would lift the ban on hunting if he won the election.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron

He said, 'I have always been a strong supporter of country sports. It is my firm belief that people should have the freedom to hunt, so I share the frustration that many people feel about the Hunting Act and the way it was brought in by the last government.'

Would he be correct to repeal the ban?

Team FOR - Syria, Ron, Thanh, Rin & Aoi

Team AGAINST - Sol Hee, Daniel, Hide, Zi Yi & Saki

Moderators - Marie, Rafa

Research

You have the rest of the lesson to research the subject and find information to support your cause.

Key questions to ask:

  • Why did fox hunting originally start? (reasons for it existing)
  • Why do people object to fox hunting? (reasons for banning it)
  • Who is affected by the ban? (Think about what kinds of people want the ban, and what kind of people want the ban repealed).
  • What is the affect of the ban on animals and the countryside?

Resources FOR

Resources AGAINST

Debate

You need the following roles to be selected:

  • first speaker- opens the debate for the FOR team and states their strongest reason.
  • first opposer - answers the proposer and offers a key reason against.
  • seconder for the motion - supports the proposer by adding a second reason.
  • seconder against the motion - supports the opposer with a second reason against.
  • summary for the motion - summarises the key arguments made for the change.
  • summary against the motion - summarises the key arguments made against the change.
  • moderator - control the debate and listen to the arguments.  The Chair decides which team gave the best speeches, the best reasons, and the best answers.  

Everyone must speak!  As a team try to find six different arguments or ideas so that everyone is able to contribute.

As a class, we will split into two teams (for and against the repeal) and debate whether the ban on fox hunting should be lifted.

The Verdict...???