I can understand how one would enjoy hunting with the dogs. There is the excitement of the chase, listening the bellowing of the dog and the comraderie with the dog and friends. But, I can also see the other side.
The extended tormenting of the hunt as he is being bitten, pulled and terrorized by the dogs. I believe most people would see this side and not understand the appeal. They would also lump it in with all hunting.
Keep in mind, they banned fox hunting with hounds in England, a country where this was an established and respected event for centuries.
My final take is that it is not a big deal - basically catch and release hunting like catch and release fishing.