Coun­cils told to ban hunts on their land

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY BEN GLAZE Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor

AN­I­MAL rights cam­paign­ers to­day urge coun­cils to ban hunts from their land.

Fox hunt­ing was out­lawed in Fe­bru­ary 2005 but trail hunt­ing, where riders and hounds fol­low a pre-laid scent, is al­lowed.

It is meant to repli­cate a hunt without a fox be­ing harmed but ac­tivists claim it is a cover for real hunts.

Chris Luff­in­g­ham, of the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “De­spite the fox hunt­ing ban, 294 hunts are still op­er­at­ing. We need to deny them the land they need for their blood­sport.”

Tim Bon­ner, of the Coun­try­side Al­liance, said the League’s call wasted “vi­tal coun­cil time”.

But Labour Shadow En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary Luke Pol­lard said the ban should be strength­ened.

DE­MAND Chris Luff­in­g­ham

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