That is sick, however I am reminded of canned hunting which takes place in the United States. This is where exotic animals are fenced in, and then hunted down by humans with spears, arrows, and guns. Most of the time death is slow as they do not want to damage the trophy head.
>>Well, the British upper classes engage in fox hunting, which is equally repugnant.<<
I have been fox hunting numerous times, and can assure you of many things.
1) Foxes reproduce rapidly, and if they where not controlled they would cause many more problems, especially in the large cities.
2) Foxes cause farmers alot of problems with eating wildlife, they also will eat family pets!
3) The animal has a chance to get away. It is not uncommon to get 3-4 chases in a hunt, yet never actually catch a fox.
4) Most people in the hunt just want to go on a nice walk or ride in the countryside. When animals are safe (at home) they will not be dug out, like in some forms of hunting. There was also an instance where we chased a fox to a farmyard, the cent from the farm confused the hounds, while the fox hid under a trailer, I could see it. I did not mention it becuase I did not want to see a fox ripped apart, and he had done a fine job confusing the hounds and hiding. We left the farmyard (and the fox) and a couple minutes later I told one of the girls in the hunt that I saw the fox, she said 'Yeah me too, but I wasn't going to say anything'.