Plans by anti-hunting protesters to pressure pubs into not hosting meets will not work in Gloucestershire, landlords have said.
The Hunt Saboteur Association has started an online campaign to lobby landlords in order to get them to refuse to host meets of hunts.
A spokesman for the Bitter Taste of Hunting campaign said it was not its intention to hurt the pubs’ business, and some supporters of the campaign have said that they should frequent pubs which agree not to host the hunting meets.
The spokesman said: “Our aim is to name and shame the pubs hosting hunting events, not to put pubs out of business, but to put hunts out of business.”
But Sandra Davenport, the manager of the Lygon Arms in Chipping Campden, which has hosted the North Cotswold Hunt, said she wouldn’t be put off.
She added: “It’s a tradition here and it’s a beautiful spectacle when they’re all outside. We’ll still be willing to host the hunt.”
Philip McLaughlin, landlord of the Stirrup Cup in Bisley which hosts the Costwold Hunt, said he would not be put off by the protesters.
“The way I look at it is that this pub is part of the community, and has been for years. This is something that’s been going on in the community for a couple of hundred years, so it’s a tradition for the pub.”
Jo Aldridge, one of the organisers of the Beaufort Hunt, which is based in Badminton, dismissed the campaign of the protesters.
“We have pubs and hotels clamouring to host meets. It helps the economy in the area and trade at the pub.”