Byline: Steve Dube Farming Editor
A NEW report claiming that hunting with hounds is a natural way to manage wildlife was presented to a meeting of peers and MPs at the House of Lords last week.
The report is a detailed review of the scientific literature on the issue by Katie Colvile, a veterinary surgeon specialising in equine treatment.
Its main conclusion is that a pack of hounds chasing a fox is following a natural mechanism very similar to wolves chasing their prey.
Hunting itself is therefore a natural mechanism for wildlife management purposes and should be preferred, wherever possible, to other means.
But RSPCA spokeswoman Becky …