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Hunt supporters rally the cause
Hunt supporters
Thousands pledge to defy hunting ban
Thousands of hunt supporters from all over the East Midlands have vowed to break the law if the sport is banned by the government.

On the first day of the new season, many said they would rather go to prison than stop hunting with hounds.

Members of the Quorn hunt were joined by thousands of supporters from across the region.

They signed a declaration vowing to carry on the controversial sport even if it is made illegal.

The Hunting Bill has been blocked in the House of Lords and cannot become law in this parliamentary session.

But, it is likely to be reintroduced in the Queen's speech later in October.

The government will then have to decide whether to force the bill through if it cannot get the Lords to approve.

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