Thousands turn out to support Boxing Day Hunt at Lacock

Wiltshire Times: The Avon Vale Hunt meets outside the Red Lion, Lacock The Avon Vale Hunt meets outside the Red Lion, Lacock

An estimated 4,500 people turned out to support the Lacock Boxing Day Hunt.

Despite the pre-Christmas floods, which damaged a section of wooden fencing around Lacock bridge, and very wet conditions underfoot, the annual Avon Vale Hunt went ahead as scheduled at Lacock.

And police estimates say the crowd figures were well over the 4,000 mark.

This mirrored numbers who turned out across the country for Boxing Day hunt meetings.

Hunts across England and Wales welcomed more than quarter of a million people today, on foot and on horseback, despite nine years of the failed Hunting Act.

Capt Ian Farquhar, joint master of the Duke of Beaufort’s hunt, said they had attracted around 3,000 to the meet at Worcester Lodge, Didmarton.

He added: “Once again we were delighted by the tremendous support from the thousands of people who turned out to show their support for the hounds and horses and to support the farmers who are the backbone of the countryside.

“We met in the hope that common sense will prevail.”

Lacock's hunt certainly drew the crowds but one of the biggest turnouts was at the Heythrop hunt in Oxfordshire, which attracted around 6,000 well-wishers to Chipping Norton Square.

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6:28pm Fri 27 Dec 13

williethepimp says...

" nine years of the failed Hunting Act".
If the act has failed then these people have been acting illegally and the act has not been properly enforced.
This quote by Oscar Wilde still holds true "the unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable"
" nine years of the failed Hunting Act". If the act has failed then these people have been acting illegally and the act has not been properly enforced. This quote by Oscar Wilde still holds true "the unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable" williethepimp

3:56am Sat 28 Dec 13

williethepimp says...

PS. Didn't the 4500 people have anything better to do on boxing day than watch Mr. Farquhar and his cronies annoying the local wildlife, like getting a life?
PS. Didn't the 4500 people have anything better to do on boxing day than watch Mr. Farquhar and his cronies annoying the local wildlife, like getting a life? williethepimp

8:59pm Sat 28 Dec 13

farmer giles78 says...

sick people havent you nothing better to do than chase innocent animals you can get help
sick people havent you nothing better to do than chase innocent animals you can get help farmer giles78

5:13am Thu 2 Jan 14

karlmarx says...

Poll finds eight of ten people believe fox hunting should remain illegal

EIGHT out of ten people believe foxhunting should remain illegal, an animal welfare charity claimed on the biggest day in the hunting calendar.

The poll, carried out by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports and the RSPCA, found 80 per cent of the public want to keep the law, with support equally strong in both rural and urban areas.

It comes as supporters of foxhunting are pushing for a new vote on the ban, which was promised by the coalition Government following the 2010 general election.


Probably the only good news from 2013
Poll finds eight of ten people believe fox hunting should remain illegal EIGHT out of ten people believe foxhunting should remain illegal, an animal welfare charity claimed on the biggest day in the hunting calendar. The poll, carried out by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports and the RSPCA, found 80 per cent of the public want to keep the law, with support equally strong in both rural and urban areas. It comes as supporters of foxhunting are pushing for a new vote on the ban, which was promised by the coalition Government following the 2010 general election. Probably the only good news from 2013 karlmarx

7:32am Thu 2 Jan 14

old 'arry says...

The sad truth of all this is that many of them as what yells loudest against the hunts bain't there 'cos they gives a **** for the foxes, they just resents what they wrongly see as the "privileged class" . (There be a fair-to-middling number of members of hunts who are far from well-off)
These young failures think "Just 'cos someone has worked hard, got on in the world, earned a bit of money, why should they have things that I don't, 'cos I'm a useless drop-out who left school for the dole and have achieved b*gger-all since?"
The sad truth of all this is that many of them as what yells loudest against the hunts bain't there 'cos they gives a **** for the foxes, they just resents what they wrongly see as the "privileged class" . (There be a fair-to-middling number of members of hunts who are far from well-off) These young failures think "Just 'cos someone has worked hard, got on in the world, earned a bit of money, why should they have things that I don't, 'cos I'm a useless drop-out who left school for the dole and have achieved b*gger-all since?" old 'arry

2:12pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

karlmarx wrote:
Poll finds eight of ten people believe fox hunting should remain illegal

EIGHT out of ten people believe foxhunting should remain illegal, an animal welfare charity claimed on the biggest day in the hunting calendar.

The poll, carried out by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports and the RSPCA, found 80 per cent of the public want to keep the law, with support equally strong in both rural and urban areas.

It comes as supporters of foxhunting are pushing for a new vote on the ban, which was promised by the coalition Government following the 2010 general election.


Probably the only good news from 2013
Of course the results of a poll commissioned by the League Against Cruel Sports would be in their favour. I daresay this particular "charity" is one of those whose majority of funding comes from the government in order for it to lobby the government into doing what the government intends to do anyway.
[quote][p][bold]karlmarx[/bold] wrote: Poll finds eight of ten people believe fox hunting should remain illegal EIGHT out of ten people believe foxhunting should remain illegal, an animal welfare charity claimed on the biggest day in the hunting calendar. The poll, carried out by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports and the RSPCA, found 80 per cent of the public want to keep the law, with support equally strong in both rural and urban areas. It comes as supporters of foxhunting are pushing for a new vote on the ban, which was promised by the coalition Government following the 2010 general election. Probably the only good news from 2013[/p][/quote]Of course the results of a poll commissioned by the League Against Cruel Sports would be in their favour. I daresay this particular "charity" is one of those whose majority of funding comes from the government in order for it to lobby the government into doing what the government intends to do anyway. Mrs Donnyfly

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