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Ever since I’ve been at this latest booking, in the countryside of Kent near Faversham, I’ve wondered about the deep ditches alongside the farm fields.

In my naivety I thought they were to catch rainwater and keep the ground hydrated.

Today on one of my walks I met a farmer and asked him what they were for? I think the heading of the blog should give you a clue.

To my horror I discovered that the ditches are there to prevent vehicles from being driven onto the fields for the horrible horrible ‘sport’ of hare coursing. 😱😱😱😡😡😡😡

Hare coursing is the pursuit of hares with greyhounds and other sighthounds, which chase the hare by sight, not by scent. In some countries, it is a legal, competitive activity in which dogs are tested on their ability to run, overtake and turn a hare, rather than a form of hunting aiming at the capture of game.

Hare coursing is illegal in Scotland, Wales and England and became illegal in Northern Ireland in 2011. It, however, continues elsewhere in the world as a regulated and judged, competitive sport, in places like the Republic of Ireland, Iberia, and the Western United States.

I can’t even put into words what I think of that. Barbaric springs to mind.

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