Hundreds of hunt supporters gathered on Newbury Showground in Berkshire to show that they were prepared to break the impending ban on hunting with dogs.
Hunt supporters say they will defy the ban
They were there to sign the Hunting Declaration, which commits them to not co-operating with any ban on hunting which might be passed.
It was one of 12 similar rallies held across the country on Saturday by the Countryside Alliance and the Council of
Hunt supporters at the Berkshire event cheered when they heard that more than 20,000 declarations had been signed across the UK.
Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Hart told the crowd: "Our common
bond is a simple message. The message is 'No to unjust law'."
He urged them to pledge their disobedience to any law on hunting but to do it
He said the turnout of at least 3,000 adults and children at the showground,
some 750 of whom were on horseback for the rally, was "staggering".
But a League Against Cruel Sports spokesman said: "Hunting is going to be
"If you break the law you will face the consequences."