I would never go hunting, but I fully support those that want to. It's a tradition that has developed a whole infrastructure and industry for countryfolk. Similar pastimes exist in every country ... hunting instincts are embedded in all of us, some deeper than others.
Why should there be a stigma against hunting when there isn't about working in the munitions industry or on a trawler? Because townies just want to ban anything that they can't understand and think is a just a privileged game for the upper classes.
Because all the other cruel sports, bull baiting, bear baiting, ratting, dog fighting, have been made illegal, because they are cruel, why should allowing a pack of dogs to chase another animal until it's exhausted and tear it limb from limb while it's still alive be the exception? They say they are chasing trails that have been laid but if the "hinds" pick up the scent of a fox there's nothing they can do about it except follow - a likely story! It's cruel and should be banned completely, horses, hounds, red coats, the lot. If Tony Blair hadn't been so spineless he'd have done this in his first term with his whopping majority, but he didn't. There are of course other reasons, where do you stop? Coarse angling is very popular among the Labour voting classes - I also consider that cruel. Shooting is another "sport." Millions of pheasants are raised artificially, released into the wild and fed by game keepers, forced towards a row of guns and then blown out of the sky. And then what happens? There are far too many pheasants for every "gun" to take a brace home, so the remainder are burried. Some sport!