Hundreds protest against Cheshire fox hunts

Photo: BBC News

Hundreds of people have protested against fox hunts taking place in the England county of Cheshire.

Protests took place outside the local police station demanding action.

Jane Smith, of the Animal Welfare Party, told the BBC, "We have a law in place making fox hunting illegal but it’s flouted blatantly, left right and centre, week in, week out, across Cheshire during the season."

The Countryside Alliance, which campaigns in favour of hunting, said protesters were wasting police time.

Chief Executive, Tim Bonner, said:

"It is disgraceful that these activists are willing to waste so much police time and taxpayers’ money on their obsessive campaigns that really should be spent tackling real crime.
"Their behaviour is consistently abusive and anti-social. It is of great credit to Cheshire police officers that they deal so calmly with such unpleasant behaviour on a regular basis.
"The reality, however, is that this should not be happening in the first place. Animal rights extremists are putting the public at risk through their behaviour and the pursuit of their vindictive agenda."

Cheshire Police has never successfully prosecuted anyone for illegal hunting.

In 2004, it was made a criminal offence in England and Wales to hunt and kill a wild mammal with dogs.

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