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Hundreds take part in legal hunts
Hundreds of people have taken part in hunts in Leicestershire as the season officially opened on Saturday.

Hunters can legally hunt with dogs by using man-laid scent trails or exercising their hounds.

Joe Cowen, Master of the Fernie Hunt in Market Harborough, claimed hunting is gaining popularity but said the ban did not reflect the countryside's views.

A League Against Cruel Sports spokesman said the increased popularity showed people prefer the new laws.

Douglas Batchelor, from the campaign group, said: "Hunting is more popular than ever before.

"Of course that must be hunting within the law, so I think having taken the cruelty out of this pastime it's showing what we always said, which was there was an opportunity for more support and more interest."

However, Joe Cowen described the ban as a "silly arrangement, which does not reflect what the views of the countryside are".

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