Saturday, February 19, 2005

UK: The fox hunt ban did little to stop about 100 foxes being killed following the new rules and enforcement of the rules is somewhat suspect.

"More than 700 riders and 3,500 pedestrians congregated in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire to protest at the ban. The supporters blocked roads and held up traffic, and applauded riders with Quorn, Cottesmore and Belvoir hunts as they paraded from the Cattle Market to the Hunting Museum. The police presence at all the hunts was muted. At the Dulverton Farmers' Hunt on Exmoor, a policeman even joined in the drag hunt. Rod Brammer, a local landowner and hunt follower, said: "One of the old generals here told me that a policeman turned up in a Land Rover and said he had had to put in an appearance. Then he left and 10 minutes later he was back in his gear and he joined in. He is a member of the hunt, after all."

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