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Eight things you're saying about... the Festival of Hunting

Discussion about hunting has been sparked again in Peterborough with a council motion questioning the suitability of hosting the Festival of Hunting in the city.
Picture: Peterborough Hunt Sabs

The Festival of Hunting took place last week at the East of England Showground.

But the decision taken last year to ban hunting on council-owned land has prompted another motion about the practice and whether Peterborough is a suitable place to host the festival.

Peterborough Matters readers are divided on the topic.

Nick Penniall, one of the people who protested against the July 21 event, wrote: "Hunting is a throwback to a past best left forgotten. It's about time we moved forward as a species and didn't continue to kill wildlife for entertainment."

Jane Mullen said the event name "suggested a celebration of killing wild animals for fun" and questioned: "What century do we live in? About time this was banned."

But Chris TC came out in (confused) support of the event, writing: "It is all legal isn't it? Perhaps a rebranding to 'Festival of Country Sports'."

Alison Gardner took issue with the focus on hunting and the involvement of politicians. She said: "Leave it alone! It’s a lovely day out with show jumping, showing plenty of trade stands. Are people not allowed a choice anymore? So many children and youngsters compete with their ponies at this show, why ruin it just because some politicians don’t deem it suitable for the area! Absolutely ridiculous!"

With many supporters of hunting pointing out that the practice is a "way of culling", Jacqui Rutterford replied: "If there really was a need to cull (which there isn't) more humane ways exist."

But Rod Burton seemed to have less of an issue with the hunting method, writing: "More foxes are run down on roads and left to suffer a slow death than those hunters get in a year!"

Ollie Brocklesby received a few likes for his comment which said: "Why are we stripping our area of any and all culture! It’s an attack on the British identity, our heritage should be celebrated not scorned!"

Matt Nicholson received plenty for his reply, which noted: "Dog fights and bear baiting were also part of our heritage and culture but I bet no-one wants them legalised again."

The motion has been put forward to be discussed and voted upon at the full council meeting tomorrow, Wednesday July 28.