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Hunt ban challenge fails
Anti-ban placard
The ban has sparked protests from rural workers
An attempt to have the ban on hunting with dogs in Scotland overturned has failed.

A challenge brought by Brian Friend and Jeremy Whaley, both members of the Union of Country Sports Workers, has been rejected by the Court of Session.

They asked for a judicial review of the legislation, which was passed by the Scottish Parliament in February 2002 and came into effect in August of that year.

The men claimed the law violated their human rights.

Mr Friend, of Membury, Devon, said he was "furious" and would appeal against the Court of Session's decision.

Douglas Batchelor, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "We are delighted that the challenge has failed.

"There is no human right to abuse wild animals for sport."

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