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In pictures: Hunting rallies
Kennel Huntsman Tony Holdsworth prepares the Duke of Beaufort hounds at their kennels in Badminton, Gloucestershire, Friday 31 October
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Rallies and mass meets by hunt supporters marked the first day of the hunting season in England and Wales on Saturday
Huntsmen and hounds ride past the Trimdon Labour Club, County Durham
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A bill to outlaw hunting with dogs was blocked in the Lords last week but could be reintroduced to Parliament later this month
Supporters from many different hunts hold No Ban cards on before they move off from Worcester Lodge, Badminton, Gloucestershire
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An estimated 60,000 hunt supporters joined rallies to protest against any move to ban their sport
Huntsmen ride past the Trimdon Labour Club, County Durham
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Many are signing a pledge to ignore any ban, saying they would be happy to face the legal consequences
Beaufort Hunt
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They hope if enough people continue hunting, a ban would become unworkable
Riders with the Beaufort Hunt and banners reading Say No To Unjust Law
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But anti-hunt protesters say it is the will of the country that hunting should be outlawed

Hunt supporters defiant over ban
01 Nov 03  |  Politics


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