I WRITE in response to Graham Carter's latest column. I enjoy reading his writing and I fell upon the piece where he remarked how pleased he was that the fox hunting ban was on the statute books.

I envy Graham in that he can express his views so easily in the press. I wonder if I could encourage him to expand his interests and concerns just a little wider and closer to home for the general public.

To my mind I find it astonishing that so much time and effort has been expended to stop a very small minority of people with their hunting activity when there are so many more creature-related activities that require our attention. I think it is atrocious that there is no national movement to stop people murdering millions of innocent ants each summer.

The ants work tirelessly to nurture their babies and just as these babies are about to fly their nest, a human comes along and murders them can you believe this by pouring boiling water over them. Is the life of one fox more important than the life of one ant? Why the concentration of effort on the fox? Could it be that a large majority of people murder ants in this way so that's okay?

Frank Jurga