Fox Hunting has always been seen as a British activity during which highly trained dogs, as well as human hunters on horseback, pursue the red fox. Animal rights activists find the blood sport to be barbaric. However, its participants and proponents see it to be a traditional equestrian sport, as well as an important aspect of Englands aristocratic history. In fact, even though it does take place in several countries, its roots can be traced to the British.
Known as venery, the use of scent hounds to track prey dates way back to Assyrian, Babylonian, and also ancient Egyptian times. But, it was in England, using the Agassaei breed of dog, that fox hunting was really popular, taking place before the Romans even arrived.
Later, the Romans brought over the Castorian and Fulpine breed of hounds, as well as the brown hare and several species of deer to use as quarry. Wild boar was also known as a hunted animal.
Norman hunting traditions began when William the Conqueror arrived, using Gascon and Talbot hounds. In fact, the cry of tally ho is the Norman equivalent to the French il est haut, meaning he is up.
1534 marks the first known attempt at fox...