Thousands to show support for Boxing Day hunts

More than 250,000 people are expected to turn out to support more than 300 UK hunts taking place on Boxing Day according to the Countryside Alliance.

The hunts will include mounted foxhound and harrier packs as well as beagles.

Boxing Day is the biggest day in the hunting calendar and the numbers of regular riders and supporters will be boosted by those spending Christmas in the countryside and enjoying the sight and experience of this very traditional rural pastime.

Many hunts will hold their Boxing Day meets in villages squares and at local landmarks to greet their followers before heading off across the countryside.

Barney White-Spunner, executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance, said: “The thousands of people who turn out to support hunt meets across the country show how rural people have remained solidly behind their hunts in the face of the ban.

“But the current situation is unsustainable and the hunting issue must be properly resolved. Tackling the failed Hunting Act is a matter of trust between David Cameron, his Government and the countryside.”