February - hunting
On Boxing Day about horses and riders turned out for a meet of the Vale of the White Horse hunt at Cirencester Park, accompanied by thousands of supporters on foot. cheering supporters at the Dunston Harriers's meet in Wymondham Market Place J Ward-Hayne Modbury, South Devon (letter). Boxing Day Modbury Harriers; meeting at The Exeter Inn, Modbury Far more 'support' turned out than field and hounds today, as the Modbury Harriers. The Tetcott Hunt met at Kilkhampton on Saturday, where more than 1, . Gregg Johnson, joint master and chairman of the Modbury Harriers, said the meet was "superb" Helen Nicholas Cirencester Gloucestershire (letter) . were asked to encourage people to come out as if it was Boxing Day.
They absolutely peg it as soon as we appear and then career off in their hound van at high speed! A look at The Season Past section of their newsletter explains why; about forty meets are described, all of which are nothing like NFB-style drag hunting and exactly like traditional beagling. Here is just a small selection: Putting in on the West side hounds were away almost immediately but on a tricky scent running under Little Knoll towards Newmead then back over the drive to lose touch in sheep foil.
Drawing on they picked up on the Elm Farm side with two hard circuits and were duly rewarded. Dry and hard underfoot with the wind still Easterly scent was uncertain however hounds ran outstandingly well after putting on the left of the track running away toward Sherrington Dairy and working back over the dry ground gathering pace running past the pheasant pens down the valley beyond up through Gilberts Cleeve then left handed for a successful conclusion.
All of these hunts were long, fast, continuous pursuits over several miles across the challenging terrain of Salisbury Plain. They all also feature the characteristic circular patterns run by desperate hares.
Larby and his colleagues were convicted in March last year of hunting a mammal with dogs after a fox was chased and killed during a trail hunt in January The convictions hinged on photos and a video taken by birdwatchers that appeared to show the group — members of the Nottinghamshire Grove and Rufford Hunt — chasing the fox. But at an appeal hearing last month, a further 50 pictures emerged showing Mr Larby, 59, and Mrs Wright, 64, racing to intervene before being blocked by a hedge.
In consideration of part of the evidence, that the terrierman had been transporting a terrier in his quad - which the case judge thought indicative of intent to hunt - he flippantly remarked that the terrierman might just have taken the dog along for a ride. It does appear that the police should have disclosed the 50 photos. It's impossible to say without seeing them all, but the judge seems to have felt he could read intent into them.
Stewart made the comments after he was asked to respond to polling carried out on behalf of LACS which indicates that 80 per cent of Scots who live in urban areas and 73 per cent who live in rural areas think fox hunting with hounds should be illegal.
The Protection of Wild Mammals Scotland Act banned huntsmen from sending dogs to tear apart foxes but they can still be used to flush out foxes which should then be shot. The Scottish Government is expected to release analysis of the results of a consultation on strengthening the law before the summer. More than 30, people responded. The Scottish Parliament introduced the Protection of Wild Mammals Act in making the deliberate chase of a wild mammal with dogs illegal.
The Rockwood Hunt rode out in Upper Denby, watched by dozens of supporters. And Colne Valley Beagles took to the fields and lanes across Scammonden - in what could be a defining moment for country sports At Lach Dennis, up to 40 hunters were on horseback, followed by an estimated on foot About 20 riders, followed by people on foot, took part in the Staffordshire Moorlands Hunt Around people turned out in force to see 30 huntsmen on horseback at the Meynell and South Staffordshire hunt at Blithfield Hall near Abbots Bromley One of the biggest meets of the day was at Cirencester Park where about 6, supporters turned up for the Vale of White Horse Hunt story Guardian Foxes limit their own population As the biggest day in the foxhunting calendar - the Boxing Day hunt - began, two former cabinet secretaries and one Labour-appointed peer came out to argue that, politically, the act should not be used on a free vote.
It has been used only three times since being introduced in Their views were roundly attacked by Labour backbenchers who said the act was designed precisely for instances like these when the will of the elected House of Commons should prevail over that of the appointed House of Lords Richard de Prez, the master-in-charge of the Cheshire Forest Hunt, said: More than protesters were at Wentbridge, West Yorks, but they were outnumbered by more than 1, supporters of the Badsworth Fox Hounds The Countryside Alliance claimed thatsupporters had turned up at about meets, an increase of 10 per cent compared with last year Ian Harris, 66, who rides with the Tiverton Foxhounds and Culmstock Minkhounds in Devon, was overwhelmed with cash after placing an advertisement in Horse and Hound magazine in the summer Mr Martin, who is a whipper-in with the Wiltshire and Infantry Beagles and co-ordinator of Clergymen for Field Sports, a strong non-denominational group, said he was concerned that hunt blessings could be misconstrued Among the biggest crowds were 6, at Cirencester Park at the meet of the Vale of the White Horse, 5, with the Beaufort Hunt at Badminton and 3, at Pershore, near Evesham to support the Croome and west Warwickshire hunt.
By contrast, about demonstrators were present at the sampled meetings The tiny Somerset village of Exford was taken over by hunt supporters thronging the roads and grass verges.
And there was a mood of optimism as the Devon and Somerset Staghounds gathered in the courtyard of the White Horse Hotel yesterday morning Four Burrow joint master Paul Hancock said they had never had so much support Ivor Annetts, coordinator of the Mid Devon League Against Cruel Sports support group, said people were anxious to have the issue settled once and for all.
He was among a group of banner-waving demonstrators showing their opposition to hunting at the Spooners and West Dartmoor meet in Tavistock But as London Editor Jason Groves reports, next year could be the last for the controversial country pursuit Debate: Anti-hunt protester Gary Butlin confronts huntsmen at the Tavistock Hunt If the dogged opponents of hunting finally get their way then the Hunting Bill will be brought back at some point next year and forced onto the statute books using the Parliament Act in November For John Heywood, the tradition of hunting is in his blood - having been exposed to it all his life Meanwhile, dressed smartly with his official Devon and Somerset Staghounds tie, year-old retired farmer Arthur Webber from Cutcombe near Minehead, said he proudly supported hunting One thing is clear; this uncertainty cannot go on It's time New Labour either finished what they started or admitted they were wrong and abandoned this legislation altogether.
Inso far as hunting is concerned, Tony Blair had better put up - or shut up. Western Daily Press Feelings were running high at the Avon Vale Hunt in Lacock, near Chippenham, Wiltshire, where placards and banners were angrily waved on both sides At the Avon Vale Hunt in Lacock, near Chippenham, Wiltshire, demonstrators were out in force, waving banners proclaiming "out foxed, out dated and out voted".
But they were greatly outnumbered by supporters, who met the animal rights activists head on and displayed their own pro-hunt placards One of the biggest meets of the day was at nearby Cirencester Park where about 6, supporters turned up for the Vale of White Horse Hunt They braved the bitter temperatures to show their support for the Holderness Hunt at a critical time that could yet see hunting with dogs banned Also out were Catterick Beagles, based at Catt- erick Garrison, who hunt over the military training area In Ludlow, more than riders turned out for the South Shropshire Hunt's annual event and hundreds of people gathered in the town's historic castle to wave them off.
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And hundreds packed into Newport High Street to see the Albrighton Hunt set off followed by the traditional carriage parade. More than 70 riders turned out for the Wheatland Hunt's traditional Boxing Day event Quorn, Atherstone and Fernie hunts reported bigger crowds than last year at the traditional Christmas meets Many of the handfuls of protesters, who turned up at several of the 12 hunting meets held in Northumberland and County Durham yesterday had hoped last year's Boxing Day hunts would be the last to be held Banners waved at the plus members of the Braes of Derwent hunt as they left the car park of the Queen's Head pub in Lanchester, near Consett, claimed that exposing youngsters to the "barbarity" of fox-hunting made them immune to the suffering caused to animals.
Mary Wood, who has protested at various fox-hunts across the region for the past seven years, said: Deep divisions between supporters and opponents were reflected at the Braes of Derwent Hunt, in Lanchester, County Durham, where a small group of anti-hunt demonstrators staged a peaceful protest At Brocklesby, large crowds lined the point-to-point course to watch the horses and hounds parade Master of the Hunt at South Wold, Daniel Crane, even urged members of the gathered crowds in Louth to become more involved Master of the Cumberland Farmers Foxhounds hunt at Welton, Peter Wybergh, posed with his horse Penny before sounding the horn to start the hunt December 26 is the red letter day of the hunting calendar We are not going to take sides in the argument over hunting The Government says it wants a ban but it has chosen not to reintroduce its Hunting Bill in the current session of Parliament.
Our legislators should stop dithering. Either ban hunting or leave the hunting fraternity to get on with it. The huntsman used the Boxing Day meet of Holderness Hunt on Beverley's Westwood to issue a rallying call to preserve the much-loved festive tradition A crowd of around gathered on the pasture land to watch 40 horses and 25 hounds gather for the chase.
A similar-sized crowd gathered at the Middleton Hunt in Driffield Protesters were noticeable by their absence at the Duke of Beaufort's Worcester Lodge estate in Didmarton yesterday, where the Countryside Alliance put the number of supporters at 5, And in Thornbury High Street where the Berkeley Hunt met, two protesters waving a banner were lost in a sea of supporters People in the centre of Chipping Norton gathered to watch the meet of the Heythrop Hunt There were about mounted followers and several hundred people on foot In the south of the county, 93 riders joined the Old Berkshire Hunt.
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The huntsmen and women, supported by cars containing followers, gathered at the Hunt Kennels near Faringdon at 11am, and rode through Little Coxwell, Longcot and Shellingford, led by their field master, Viscount William Astor They handed a top hat and riding crop, together with a badge naming Mr Blair as the master of the Chequers poodle hounds as well as a video of the Bicester and Whaddon Chase Hunt, to policemen on the gate at Chequers Bernie Wright of the Association of Hunt Saboteurs AHS said that teaching children cruelty to animals at an early age could lead some of them to abuse people later in life Ms Wright - who joined between 40 and 50 protesters at the year-old Waterford Foxhounds hunt - predicted that if the fox hunting ban was implemented in Britain, then Ireland would follow suit Meanwhile, 1, people gathered in Kells to support the strong Meath Hunt.
Master of Hounds John Henry said conditions were perfect - there were no injuries and no fox was caught or killed. There were no protesters at the event. A handful of anti-hunt campaigners gathered at Wymondham market place as the Dunston Harriers rode out on their annual Boxing Day hare hunt A crowd of about people who had gathered to watch the start of the hunt tried to drown out the noise of the protest At Sennowe Park, near Fakenham, a large crowd watched a gathering of the North Norfolk Harriers, where more than 40 riders saddled up It was a case of "they're off" at Fakenham Racecourse, which was the venue for the West Norfolk Foxhounds, and where a handful of protesters were outnumbered by hundreds of supporters A small but vociferous band of protesters chanted anti-hunt slogans amid a crowd of cheering supporters at the Dunston Harriers's meet in Wymondham Market Place Protester Linda Majzlik, of Norwich-based Saving Animals from Exploitation, said they deplored any form of cruelty to animals and wanted hunting banned as quickly as possible Elsewhere in the county hunting of a more traditional kind was taking place.
The New Forest Hounds abandoned this year's Brockenhurst hunt after several of the foxhounds caught kennel cough Liz Mort, eastern region director of the Countryside Alliance, who joined the start of the Essex and Suffolk Foxhounds hunt at Hadleigh, pledged to fight any Government moves to outlaw the field sport Nationwide, the Countryside Alliance claimed it had attracted more thanhunt supporters, who outnumbered protesters by A crowd of several hundred people gathered in the centre of Bungay for the traditional Boxing Day meet of the Waveney Harriers The meet of the Essex Farmers and Union was held outside the Maldon district for the first time in more than 60 years Meets across the region saw record turnouts yesterday, with 1, people gathering at the Warwickshire Hunt and 1, at Droitwich, according to lobby group the Countryside Alliance Animal rights campaigner Janet Higgins travelled from Rugby, Warwickshire, to protest I can only hope that bears in Japan will soon be rescued and that this sick and barbaric way of keeping animals will be stopped.
J Swan Westbury Wiltshire letter Animal rights activists conceded that they were outnumbered but said they would not stop until hunting had been banned.
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It was a warning which appeared to have been taken seriously by supporters at the Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent Hunt Meanwhile the anti-hunt group Protect Our Wild Animals took their protest to the Prime Minister himself, at his country house Chequers The Countryside Alliance survey found that most people saw the NHS as the top issue facing ministers Of those questioned, just one in 50 said that Labour should concentrate on introducing the hunting Bill Lord Armstrong of Ilminster and Lord Wilson of Dinton make public their views as hunts across the country gather for the traditional Boxing Day meet The warning comes as a poll of 1, people, commissioned by the pro-hunting group the Countryside Alliance, claims that only 2 per cent of people believe that a ban should be a government priority The move was announced as a record number of hunt enthusiasts were expected to turn out for today's Boxing Day meetings, in a show of strength against a possible ban An NOP survey, commissioned by the pro-hunt Countryside Alliance, found that only 2 per cent of people believed hunting the most important issue for the Government Julie Nelson, a riding school instructor from Hull who hunts with the Hunsley Beacon Beagles in Yorkshire, said "the doors would be thrown wide open" to the public today We are all used to a Christmas schedule that relies heavily on repeats, but it's time to challenge this annual canard The Chief Constable of Suffolk has issued a warning, on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers, about the practicality of enforcing a ban.
Crocodiles have been a protected species in Australia's Northern Territories for more than 30 years and the population has consequently risen tenfold As Nick Herbert says opposite, the Government is foolishly still contemplating a ban of foxhunting here With a bit of luck, nobody would be eaten, though.
Estimates of turnout varied wildly on both sides, with the Countryside Alliance claiming it had attracted more thanhunt supporters, who outnumbered protesters by on the biggest day in the hunting calendar.
Animal rights activists, including the League Against Cruel Sports, said thousands of protesters congregated around some locations to hold largely peaceful demonstrations David Nunn, who is joint master of the Easton Harriers, which is holding a hunt at Saxtead Green, near Framlingham, said: James Buckle, master of the Essex and Suffolk foxhounds, said that the hunt had to be moved to Holbecks Park in Hadleigh this year as so many people wanted to participate Thurlow Foxhounds are holding a meet at Great Thurlow Hall today and master of the hunt, Edmund Vestey, said he expected there to be more than 80 people on horseback and several hundred on foot.
James Aldous, master of the Suffolk hunt, which is holing its meet at Hawkstead Place Farm, near Bury St Edmunds, said he expected there would be about people at the event with 75 on horses He will be campaigning against hunting today Hunt will be part of largest event