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Boxing Day HUNT erupts into violence as protestors clash with hunters

Hunting foxes with hounds is banned under UK legislation, and was implemented in 2005. The Hunting Act bans the hunting of mammals with dogs in England and Wales.

LATIFA YEDROUDJ: ‘Boxing Day’s annual hunt has triggered a wave of violent clashes between hunting fans and anti-hunting protestors across the UK, as thousands gather for the occasion. Fighting broke out outside the Tredegar Arms in Basseleg, near Newport in Wales, where a man and woman were almost run over by horses trotting through the streets. Angry scuffles also broke out in Sussex, as the Southdown and Eridge Foxhounds paraded through Lewes on Boxing Day morning.

Hunt supporters attempted to grab anti-hunting protestors’ banners, triggering fury amongst opposing groups that police had to step in to control the crowd. A temporary injunction was put in place by a High Court judge in Peterborough, following complaints that protestors intimidated, harassed and trespassed hunting grounds in recent years… Hunting foxes with hounds is banned under UK legislation, and was implemented in 2005 under former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Government.

The Hunting Act bans the hunting of mammals with dogs in England and Wales. Ahead of the hunts, shadow environment secretary Sue Hayman said an incoming Labour government would review penalties under the Hunting Act 2004 to ensure it is an effective deterrent. Ms Hayman said there will be measures to prevent “loopholes” in the legislation. She said: “Labour’s 2004 Hunting Act was a key milestone in banning this cruel blood sport, but since then new practices have developed to exploit loopholes in the legislation”.’  SOURCE…

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