At last a thread of views on this thorny issue with which I agree.
Having grown up in the country I have absolutely no problem with "hunting" as in shooting animals for food or to control numbers. This would apply to rabbits, deer, pigeons, mink or even foxes. I have a big problem with chasing a terrified animal halfway across the county and ripping it to bits with a pack of slavering hounds. I seem to remember a quote about "the unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible", which just about says it all (Oscar Wilde).
The CA and its supporters within angling keep on about "sticking together" and "supporting each other against a threat to our common cause". What common cause? I respect what I attempt to catch, and even if I wanted to eat it I would want to despatch it as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Once a desicion is made on hunting with hounds the CA will lose all interest in us, as we will no longer be of any use to them. Better to stand on our own two feet now, and defend ourselves on our own terms, pointing out our environmental strengths, and dissociating ourselves from barbarism and arrogance.
(Few, that got that off my chest!