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Last Updated: Friday January 28 2005 12:04 GMT

Hunters fail in bid to block ban

Hunters
Hunt supporters have lost their bid to get the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales overturned.

The Countryside Alliance went to court opposing the ban because it was brought in using the Parliament Act.

This meant that the ban did not need to be supported by the House Of Lords as well as the House Of Commons, as is usually the case.

On Friday, the High Court rejected the challenge. Now campaigners are expected to launch more bids to stop the ban.

It is due to come in on 18 February. It has been welcomed by animal rights groups, but many hunters say they will ignore it.



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