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The Hare-Coursing Controversy

J. Bronner Simon

in Killing Tradition

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125282
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135007 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125282.003.0004
The Hare-Coursing Controversy

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This chapter looks at the practices and protests that led to the revolutionary passage of the Hunting Act of 2004 in the United Kingdom. It shows that the controversies had a long history that was very British and complicates the relations of city and country, tenant and landowner, hound and hare. The chapter notes that the mighty reverberations of the sea change in animal-human practices in the United Kingdom reach west to the United States and east to the rest of Europe. It points out that much of the global coverage focuses on the apparently bizarrely polarized stands on whether hares and foxes can be chased by hounds. The chapter explains and rationalizes the positions by pointing out how coursing as a practice brought out into the open the festering national conflicts over the value of countryside heritage.

Keywords: Hunting Act; United Kingdom; foxes; hounds; coursing; countryside heritage

Chapter.  15109 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environment

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