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Wednesday, 11 September, 2002, 18:00 GMT 19:00 UK
Hunts 'breed foxes to kill'
Fox hunting
Supporters say hunting keeps foxes under control
A Cumbrian campaigner against hunting has accused a Lakeland hunt of building artificial dens to keep animals to release and kill later.

Mike Huskisson from the League Against Cruel Sports, was speaking at a public hearing at Westminster into the future of hunting with dogs.

He said secret monitoring revealed hunts in Cumbria were actively encouraging foxes.

Mr Huskisson told the London hearing: "The largest artificial earth complex that I have seen lies in an area hunted by a Lakeland fell pack, right in the heart of sheep rearing.

Fox hunting
Hunt supporters will be gathering in Newcastle

"Artificial earths are built for foxes to breed in.

"That farmers allow hunt supporters to build artificial earths, confirms that they do not regard foxes as any real pest."

Meanwhile pro-hunt enthusiasts are holding a rally in Newcastle on Thursday, which will feature displays from hounds and gun dogs.

The rally, in the city centre, comes in the run up to the Countryside Alliance's liberty and livelihood march in London on 22 September.

The Tynedale and Morpeth hunts, along with Newcastle & District Beagles and the South Durham hunt will be in attendance.

Richard Dodd, regional director of the Countryside Alliance, said: "Our aim is to remind people in Newcastle of the rich traditions that still exist in the north of England.

"It is our hope that these traditions will still be thriving for our children to enjoy in years to come."


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