For Stuart Sexton to claim that opposition to fox hunting is born out of sheer hatred for the countrymen and farmers,' is to put it politely, a delusion (Guardian, October 6).

The elected House of Commons has consistently shown a huge majority for ending hunting. So have such bodies as the RSPCA.

Reliable opinion polls show that a considerable proportion of country folk are opposed to hunting, which demonstrates the fallacy of Mr Sexton's claims.

Moreover, the fact that many huntsmen claim they will carry on hunting after it is banned shows their contempt, not only for public opinion, but for the law of the land as well.