New Forest hunt supporters call for end to ban

Bournemouth Echo: New Forest Hounds stage their traditional Boxing Day hunt from the Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst New Forest Hounds stage their traditional Boxing Day hunt from the Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst

CAMPAIGNERS have stepped up their bid to get the hunting ban scrapped.

Organisers of the New Forest Hounds meet spoke out against the law after dozens of keen hunters and hundreds more spectators joined the traditional Boxing Day hunt.

Their call came after hunting minister Jim Paice also called for the ban to be lifted.

But supporters of the ban have insisted there is no public call for it to be overturned. Dr Graham Ferris, honorary secretary of the group, said attendance at this year’s event was ‘as I big as I can remember’.

He added: “The numbers are going up, not just in the New Forest, but across the country.

“When there’s time available, the government will hold a vote and I’m confident that we will win that vote.”

An estimated 250,000 people attended traditional Boxing Day meets across the UK.

It is the seventh event since hunting with dogs was outlawed by the previous Labour government.

But the League Against Cruel Sports said that public support for the ban had been ‘overwhelmingly high’.

In a poll commissioned by the charity, 69 per cent of people agreed that the ban on hunting wild animals with dogs should remain in place.

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Joe Duckworth, chief executive said: “It comes as no surprise that the public has shown there is no appetite to waste parliamentary time on voting to repeal the Hunting Act.”

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2:18pm Wed 28 Dec 11

0racle says...

That's fine but the week after can we take them to East London and let the gangs with pitbulls hunt the toffs for our entertainment?
That's fine but the week after can we take them to East London and let the gangs with pitbulls hunt the toffs for our entertainment? 0racle

3:05pm Wed 28 Dec 11

MissAnne says...

An estimated 250,000 people attended traditional Boxing Day meets across the UK.
So that's a very, very small minority. It is clearly wrong and cruel so why on earth would anyone consider re-appealing it.

Oh that's right, the sort of person this planet doesn't need because it doesn't care about other living creatures including humans. Scum!
An estimated 250,000 people attended traditional Boxing Day meets across the UK. So that's a very, very small minority. It is clearly wrong and cruel so why on earth would anyone consider re-appealing it. Oh that's right, the sort of person this planet doesn't need because it doesn't care about other living creatures including humans. Scum! MissAnne

4:11pm Wed 28 Dec 11

l'anglais says...

0racle wrote:
That's fine but the week after can we take them to East London and let the gangs with pitbulls hunt the toffs for our entertainment?
Why go to London?
Give them a run out around The Moor or The Howe
[quote][p][bold]0racle[/bold] wrote: That's fine but the week after can we take them to East London and let the gangs with pitbulls hunt the toffs for our entertainment?[/p][/quote]Why go to London? Give them a run out around The Moor or The Howe l'anglais

6:44pm Wed 28 Dec 11

fartycat says...

I don't mind them going out on their horses, wearing their silly clothes, shouting silly stuff like tally ho, acting like toffs (most of them aren't anymore, they are just pretend nouveau riche), thinking they own the countryside and going anywhere they **** well choose (the farmers I know don't appreciate it though).
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What I do mind is the bloodthirsty killing of a fox at the end of all this silliness. I mean, it's not as though it's a very efficient way of actually keeping down fox numbers is it.
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I don't even mind the killing of foxes per se as long as its done humanely (ie they are shot cleanly), I just object to 20 or so hounds tearing a live animal apart whilst people cheer the dogs on. It's sick.
I don't mind them going out on their horses, wearing their silly clothes, shouting silly stuff like tally ho, acting like toffs (most of them aren't anymore, they are just pretend nouveau riche), thinking they own the countryside and going anywhere they **** well choose (the farmers I know don't appreciate it though). . What I do mind is the bloodthirsty killing of a fox at the end of all this silliness. I mean, it's not as though it's a very efficient way of actually keeping down fox numbers is it. . I don't even mind the killing of foxes per se as long as its done humanely (ie they are shot cleanly), I just object to 20 or so hounds tearing a live animal apart whilst people cheer the dogs on. It's sick. fartycat

11:55pm Wed 28 Dec 11

0racle says...

l'anglais wrote:
0racle wrote: That's fine but the week after can we take them to East London and let the gangs with pitbulls hunt the toffs for our entertainment?
Why go to London? Give them a run out around The Moor or The Howe
Please! The worst we've heard of those morons is that they can throw stones.
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Pathetic but quite quaint.
[quote][p][bold]l'anglais[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]0racle[/bold] wrote: That's fine but the week after can we take them to East London and let the gangs with pitbulls hunt the toffs for our entertainment?[/p][/quote]Why go to London? Give them a run out around The Moor or The Howe[/p][/quote]Please! The worst we've heard of those morons is that they can throw stones. . Pathetic but quite quaint. 0racle

12:11am Thu 29 Dec 11

Dr Strangelove says...

Cameron won a lot of female votes at the election, most women (even toffs, sorry Kim :-) I know detest fox hunting so if he's got half a brain he will leave well alone.
Cameron won a lot of female votes at the election, most women (even toffs, sorry Kim :-) I know detest fox hunting so if he's got half a brain he will leave well alone. Dr Strangelove

8:39am Fri 30 Dec 11

EGHH says...

If it goes to a free vote in parliament the majority of MPs have said they will vote to keep the ban and further more enforce it fully. That is why Cameron has said there will be no vote in this term. Jim Paice has got his way on the Badger slaughter, surely that must satisfy his blood ****?
If it goes to a free vote in parliament the majority of MPs have said they will vote to keep the ban and further more enforce it fully. That is why Cameron has said there will be no vote in this term. Jim Paice has got his way on the Badger slaughter, surely that must satisfy his blood ****? EGHH

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