Hunters attending Boxing Day meets are warned they must act within the law
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) issued the warning ahead of the annual festive hunt meets.
Robbie Marsland, UK Director of IFAW, said: “We have no problem at all with hunts meeting to enjoy a gallop through the countryside, over Christmas or at any other time, as long as this does not involve wild animals being cruelly chased and killed. The ‘traditional’ Boxing Day bloodbath, which saw foxes being ripped apart for human entertainment, is now illegal under the Hunting Act 2004. Hunts must remember and abide by this or risk prosecution.
“Despite many hunt supporters making prophecies of doom regarding loss of jobs, etc, as a result of the ban on hunting with dogs, this has not happened and the majority of the UK public support the ban being upheld. There must be no return to cruelty.”