MPs who campaigned for licensed hunting criticised Jackie Ballard, the director-general of the RSPCA, yesterday for suggesting that wounded foxes did not suffer.
Ms Ballard, a former Liberal Democrat MP, was responding to new research that challenged the view that shooting foxes was more humane than hunting them with dogs. The research found that shooting led to many foxes being wounded.
In a letter to the all-party Middle Way group she wrote: “There is not absolute proof that wounded foxes suffer.”
Baroness Golding, the group’s Labour co-chairman, said: “This unbelievable statement brings into question the charitable status of the RSPCA. What is the point of a charity dedicated to animal welfare if it believes that a wounded animal does not suffer?”
Lembit Opik, Lib Dem MP for Montgomeryshire and co-founder of the group, said: “They claim we don’t know if wounded animals suffer . . . the RSPCA campaigned to ban a method of control that doesn’t cause wounding but backs methods that clearly do
It never was about the foxes....