A Veterinary Opinion
- Wild animals are used to hunting or being hunted. They are adapted to it by evolution. What might be a devastating experience for man or even a domestic animal is part of normal daily life in the wild.
- Wild animals almost certainly lack the complex brain and mental abilities necessary to perceive the human concepts of fear and death.
- For the major part of any hunt the quarry is under no abnormal stress.
- Stress in the short final stage of a hunt is equivalent to no more than that of strenuous exercise.
- The kill, if it occurs, is almost instantaneous and above all certain
- Hunting leaves no wounded or damaged survivors
- Quarry that evade hounds rapidly return to normal activity.
- Hunting performs a vital search and dispatch function for the weak and sick