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Thousands to attend annual hunts
Thousands of supporters are expected to turn out for traditional post-Christmas hunts being held across the Midlands, possibly the last before it is banned.

More than 30 meets are planned across the region in Warwickshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands on Monday.

Hunting with hounds is due to be banned in February 2005

But members of the Albrighton Woodland Hunt near Stourbridge say they intend to look for loopholes in the law.

We have just got to fight the ban and get rid of it
Sue Jordon - Albrighton Hunt
Sue Jordan, Secretary of the Albrighton Hunt, said: "We have been meeting for many years and we shall continue meeting there.

"We shall obviously look for loopholes.

"Anything we do will be quite legal. None of us would ever break a law.

"We have been a very respected pack as all of them are.

"We have just got to fight the ban and get rid of it."

The Government has said it will not oppose the Countryside Alliance who are seeking an injunction which would delay the ban on hunting in England and Wales.

But Dr Jane Evans from the League against Cruel Sports in the Midlands says it may lead to the legislation being overturned.

"It is a very sad state of affairs that they are going to deny the democratic right of the majority of the people who voted time and time again.

"We talk about democracy but we are not going to have a democracy if we get a Government that turn over what has been for voted something like nine times in the last 10 years."

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