There has been little indication of large employment losses in the UK since the prohibition, and hunts have continued to operate along limited lines, either trail hunting or claiming to exploit legislative exemptions. One exception was the return of beat hunting in 2004, when volunteers from several counties took part in a series of hounds trials where the dogs were sent into enclosed country to find game for their masters to shoot.
England's last official fox hunt was held in Wiltshire in October 2011. However, a number of independent hunts continue to meet regularly throughout the year, usually on Saturday afternoons.
The history of fox hunting in England dates back more than 500 years. William the Conqueror is said to have enjoyed his sport at Hampton Court Palace. It is believed that early hunts consisted mainly of watching foxes run rings around a line of riders armed with bludgeons called "foxes brushes". As time went by, the hunters' skills improved and they began to use bows and arrows. At this point, it became necessary for them to protect themselves against the ever-present danger of being gored by a furious fox. Thus, the first recorded English case of death by fox hunting occurred in 1677. The victim was an 11-year-old boy who had been gored by a fox while trying out his new bow and arrow.
However, in the early twenty-first century, efforts to eliminate the sport increased, and Scotland banned foxhunting in 2002. Two years later, the British House of Commons banned the killing of wild animals in hound-led hunts in England and Wales, with certain exceptions. The law does not affect dogs used in tracking or hunting livestock.
In 2006, France became the first country to completely ban hunting with hounds. Since then, more than a dozen other countries have followed suit. Norway and Sweden are the only European nations that still allow hunting with hounds.
Australia has been called the "Land Down Under" because of its geographic isolation from the rest of the world. However, like many other countries, it too outlaws hunting with hounds. The practice is permitted for wildlife management purposes or when allowed by state law.
Latin America is another region where hunting with hounds is prohibited. In 2007, Argentina was one of the first countries to prohibit hunting with hounds and trap shooting. Brazil also prohibits hunting with traps but allows hunters to use dogs if they choose to do so.
Asia is home to several different cultures with different views on animal rights. Although most countries in Asia forbid hunting with hounds, some permit it as a method of wildlife management or when allowed by local law.
As a result, they are currently governed by a number of Acts of Parliament that impose close seasons (when deer may not be hunted), gun restrictions, and poaching laws. Hunting deer, stags, and most wild creatures with dogs is prohibited in the United Kingdom for animal welfare reasons.
However, since hunting with hounds is allowed, there are still ways for hunters to harvest deer. Hounding involves training dogs to chase down prey; when they find their target, the dogs will stop chasing and begin biting at the neck or leg area of the deer. This gives the hunter a chance to come up and finish off the animal with a knife or rifle.
Hunting deer with guns is also an option in Britain. Since guns are not required to have serial numbers or stamps, it is possible to buy them privately. They must be fitted with a trigger lock or shot timer to prevent misuse by children or animals.
Finally, you can hunt deer with bows and arrows as long as you stay within your own land boundaries. You cannot use cross-country travel nor shoot from a moving vehicle so this method is not recommended for anyone who is not familiar with British woodland habitats.
In conclusion, hunting deer is illegal in the United Kingdom because it causes suffering to these beautiful animals. However, since there are no laws prohibiting people from buying or owning firearms, there are still ways for hunters to practice their skills.