SIR – In response to Roger Smith’s letter (Friday, March 5) “Both the fox and hound kill for sport” – may I say that Michael Foster introduced a Private Member’s Bill to ban hunting with dogs in 1997 which failed, but its principles were later passed into law by the Hunting Act in 2004. So, the law has been laid.

Also, Mr Smith should explain to his grandchildren that foxes are omnivores and they too hunt for larger amounts of food for survival. Foxes catch excess food and bury it for later consumption. If the fox that killed your chickens was given a chance, it probably would have come back for them all to bury them.

Foxes don’t kill for sport, they kill for survival. If the fox has upset you, I suggest you secure your pen better.

Luke Gregg