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Hunts still actively pursue foxes

The 156 hunts registered with the Masters of Foxhounds Association met on 206 occasions and killed 157 foxes in the week ending 26th February.

Frosty conditions in the East of England reduced hunting activity, but hunts across the country reported continued strong local support.

Simon Hart, Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance, said: “Hunts are adapting to the new legislation with an absolute determination to maintain their structures and continue to provide a fox management service until the Hunting Act is repealed.

“New legal hunting practices are being developed as the law is tested and explored. The period since 18th February has provided a testing ground for hunts. The end of the season for most forms of hunting is imminent. Experience and best practice will be shared throughout the summer so that hunts are well prepared for the start of the new season next Autumn”.

JP resigns over ‘prejudice’ of Hunting Act

A Justice of the Peace has stepped down from her position at Telford Magistrates’ Court, taking a stand against the the Hunting Act, which came into force on the 18th February.

Susan Foster, who does not hunt, was a member of the bench at Telford Magistrate’s Court for nearly 30 years.

She commented: “My decision has absolutely nothing to do with the single issue of the rights or wrongs of hunting with dogs, but it has everything to with the principles of freedom, justice and minority rights which this country has always stood for.

“I strongly believe that the people in this country, whoever they are, should be free to pursue their traditional ways of life. I cannot see any justice in destroying the livelihoods of thousands of hard-working, law-abiding people by legislation which was not supported by the findings of two independent inquires. The Hunting Act was driven by prejudice and forced onto the Statute Book by very dubious means.

“I took an oath more than three decades ago to ‘do right by all manner of people’ and, since justice cannot by administered a la carte, now the Hunting Act is in force I find myself, in all conscience, unable to fulfil that oath.”