Almost every 'Sunday' today had photos of a fox being despatched by a gamekeeper on a shoot at Sandringham. And they all completely missed the point - in their desire to embarrass Prince Phillip. And the point is that shooting is more cruel than hunting with dogs. Perhaps next week, there will be photos of a maimed fox in a snare. The millions who rejoice at the ban on hunting simply do not realise that their 'success' is to have increased cruety to foxes, rather than to have decreased it.
The fox that featured on the front pages today was lucky that it was immobilised by the shot, thus enabling it to be despatched by a blow to the head - albeit delayed by a few minutes. At least it did not escape and die from its injuries in three days time after unimaginable pain - as happened to a young vixen which lived in my mother-in-law's garden a couple of years ago. She had grown to love the animal as she watched it frolic on her lawn and was much upset by the fox's distress. I only realised what had happened when she asked me to bury it.
I can forgive only because they know not what they have done. In our world, so much suffering is caused by ignorance.