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Thousands turn up to support Beaufort Hunt in the Cotswolds

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 26, 2013

The Beaufort Hunt at its Boxing day meeting

The Beaufort Hunt at its Boxing day meeting

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Support for the traditional Boxing Day meeting of the Beaufort Hunt was undiminished yesterday.

There were more than 200 riders and horses and about 3,000 supporters gathered at Worcester Lodge on the Badminton estate for the meeting.

Hunt spokesperson Jo Aldridge said: “We’ve seen no diminishing in support, if anything it has grown over the least years. Today was a massive show of support as ever.”

“We are expecting action from the government to overturn the hunting ban. It’s a matter of trust between Mr Cameron and the countryside.

“He made a promise and three and a half years on, nothing has been done, which is unacceptable.”

The Hunt will be meeting at Glebe House in Shipton Moyne near Tetbury at 10.45am tomorrow.

It will meet at the Railway carpark in Tetbury at 10.45am for its meeting on Monday.


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  • whatagreatday  |  December 29 2013, 11:35AM

    Millie2 - It's not just the suffering foxes go through when caught but the total fear they must endure during the 'sporting' chase. PS - Wasn't this land originally habited by foxes BEFORE humans intruded on it? So the original inhabitants are being hunted and slaughtered for fun. This is the mentality of the ones that participate in this 'sport'.

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  • justjude  |  December 29 2013, 12:04AM

    Typical citizen reporting, also noted thousands of cheering supporters including police officers turned up to cheer on the local slaughter of Badgers

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  • Millie2  |  December 27 2013, 5:24PM

    Too right dianebartlet these people are low lives and should be brought to justice i totally agree with you. How can anybody enjoy watching any living thing suffer it makes me sick to think these people have good lives because they do not deserve it

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  • dianebartlet  |  December 27 2013, 5:05PM

    Can your reporter not count? Or is this just to try to make hunting seem popular! There were 100 at the most there, half the folks were anti hunt saboteurs. Hunting is for the idiots of this world not good people. I'm sure if these people actually saw the hounds rip a fox apart they would soon complain of cruelty. I've seen this and the cry of the fox stays with you for life. These hunting folk are nothing but thugs with a very high opinion of themselves but are really the lowest of low. Gutter folk!

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  • Millie2  |  December 27 2013, 4:45PM

    These people are evil lawbreakers and all should be arrested , i dont care if the change the law later on the fact is these people have been breaking the law for years and should be dealt with as all other lawbreakers are, they should all be heavily fined . who do they think they are running through villages and towns where people and pets are putting them all at risk and they dont deserve the one sided views they are getting from the tory sided news , democracy my backside!!! ban it altogether and get rid of the tories they are only interested in keeping the APPARENTLY elite happy and not at all bothered about what the majority think, And using farmers again to cover up their bloodthirsty entertainment, guess what, once again the farmer should look after his own animals properly and then foxes wouldnt be able to get to them would they . Today at this moment It is against the law to hunt, so if you are doing it you ARE A CRIMINAL and that quite frankly is a fact

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  • JeremyBadger  |  December 27 2013, 2:03PM

    You believe that Cameron will honour his promise? Why should he, he has broken every one up until now. There were nowhere near your reported "Thousands of supporters", the vast majority were protesters. Over 80% of the electorate are reported to be against the repeal of the Act so the Tories will never go against those odds and their friends the LibDems will never support a repeal.

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  • CaptCX  |  December 27 2013, 12:06PM

    I thought that hunting was meant to be illegal now? Yet here we are, having it portrayed as if it were all just jolly good fun - presumably because it has the aura of being 'traditional'. Well drug dealing is traditional as well, in as much as it has been going on for a long time now - so how about a report about that in a similar light, portraying it all as a roaringly splendid wheeze? Here - let me do it for you: Crowds of people clapped in merriment as the dealers, clad in their traditional hoodies and tracksuit bottoms gathered on street corners to sell their wares. Protecting themselves with attack dogs such as American Pit-Bulls, they roared up in their gaily painted Vauxhall Novas, complete with lowered suspension, tinted windows and wide exhausts. They swaggered around with an array of firepower, issuing their customary threats of "popping a cap in your ass". Those without guns brandished craft knives and warned unwanted interlopers that they would "open them up" if they didn't move along quickly. They then sold their deadly wares at hugely inflated prices to their victims, many of whom had procured the necessary money by robbing other people. Some might say that this kind of thing should be banned - but what of tradition? This activity has gone on for decades and surely just adds to the rich tapestry of our British heritage.

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  • dianebartlet  |  December 27 2013, 10:40AM

    Thousands! What a load of bull! We're you there? Or just making it up as you go along. Most were anti hunt protesters!

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  • honslknjklyt  |  December 26 2013, 8:59PM

    The last I heard Gloucester's little Dick was in favour of hunting. There was a local hunt that assisted him greatly in the general election and he will be counting on their support or the next.

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  • JemmyWood  |  December 26 2013, 7:52PM

    I wonder what Dick Graham has to say about Hunting............

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