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Foxed for a witness? ... try hunting

When the then minister of Worthing Tabernacle, Tony Sargent, spoke out against the exportation of live animals from Shoreham in 1996, a bemused BBC interviewer asked him, 'Does the Bible actually say anything about animals and their rights?'

Philip Sampson

As the hunting debate returns to the news over the next few months, it will not only be BBC interviewers who will be asking about animals and their rights. Most of us who talk to neighbours, friends or at work about the day's headlines will have a chance to express an opinion. So we might ask, 'does the Bible say anything about hunting?'. It's a good question. Does it? If not, each of us must do what is right in our own eyes. But if it does, do we have a duty to say so?