15 Mar '17, 3pm

Pity the poor hounds! Bovine TB, foxhounds and the biosecurity black hole - The Ecologist

Pity the poor hounds! Bovine TB, foxhounds and the biosecurity black hole - The Ecologist

Yes, foxhounds kill foxes. That is what they are trained to do. But that aside, they are just big, sloppy, friendly dogs that don't deserve to live a painful existence, while possibly spreading disease back to the farms that supplied their diseased food. The news that a major outbreak of bovine Tb had been found in the Kimblewick foxhounds has raised many more questions than answers. The first question was, of course, how did the hounds get the TB? The most obvious answer is that they are the victims of the cosy arrangement between farmers and their local hunts whereby the hunts remove any 'fallen cattle' carcases which are then fed, raw, to the hounds. The hunts do this as a service to those farmers whose land they hunt on. The fact that they happily invade any other farmland without permission is ignored. They have done this for many years and neither side seemed to worr...

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