Countryside Alliance invites media to ‘final’ hunts

The Countryside Alliance plans to invite the national and regional media to observe hunts across the UK on 19 February, the day the ban on fox hunting is due to come into effect.

The organisation wants to demonstrate to the media how little the ban will change hunters’ behaviour, even though the hunters do not plan to break the law. Despite the ban, hunters will still be allowed to meet on horses with a pack of hounds and chase the trail of a fox as long as they do not ‘intend’ to kill it.

Countryside Alliance press officer Isobel Walsh said the appearance of the activities of the hunters, horses and hounds will, therefore, stay the same: ‘We want to use the hunts on 19 February to prove how illogical, vague and ridiculous the new law is and to show the public that we will continue to fight it.’

National broadsheets, tabloids and broadcast media will be invited to witness the hunts, along with local newspapers, countryside sports publications and animal rights and parliamentary press.

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