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  Fox hunting returns after ban
Updated 18 December 2001, 16.15

Hunting of foxes has restarted in Britain after being stopped for 10 months.

The ban was put in place during the foot-and-mouth crisis to stop the disease spreading.


But now around 30 out of 300 hunts have got permission to go ahead, after proving they are in areas which are free of infection.

More than 250 countryside enthusiasts turned out for Beaufort Hunt in Gloucestershire - the first to get the go-ahead.

And more hunts are restarting during the week, including those in north Wales and Northamptonshire.

Vital for jobs

Fact File
What hunts must do
Vets must know hunt route
Vets decide on risk of foot-and-mouth infection
Those in hunt must live in disease-free area
Must not visit infected area week before hunt

Hunt supporters say that about 1,000 people rely on the sport for work and money, and they could have lost their jobs if the ban continued.

Farmers also want to control the number of foxes with the lambing season about to start.

But people who think that hunting is cruel will be disappointed to see the return of fox hunting.


 
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