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Last Updated: Thursday February 17 2005 08:10 GMT

I'm sad that hunting with hounds will be banned

Grace will miss not going on a hunt
The ban on hunting with hounds in England and Wales is due to come into force on Friday.

Grace has been going on hunts since she was very young and in her report she tells us why she thinks the hunting with hounds shouldn't be banned.

"I've been hunting for seven years - ever since I was three years old!

I really enjoy it. I get to see my friends, I'm out in the fresh air seeing beautiful countryside and it's good exercise.

I especially love galloping and jumping!

I normally go on a hunt every Saturday, it starts at 11.00am and finishes around 4.30pm. And we do it in all kinds of weather - it's a lot of fun when it's wet and muddy.

Don't understand

I'm very sad that hunting with hounds is now banned. It's something I enjoy and have been doing for so long.

I don't think that people against hunting understand what it's really all about.

It's about much more than killing a fox. It's very exciting to be riding with lots of other riders, it's a great atmosphere.

Old foxes

The foxes that do get killed are usually the very old ones, often with diseases. People also say that the foxes get ripped apart by the hounds and this is not true.

I believe that without hunting, farmers will be shooting foxes instead and this means that young ones will now also be killed.

Keep riding

I really hope that the ruling is overturned but I don't know if that will happen.

It's a shame that I won't be able to do something that I really enjoy.

I think my pony will miss it too.

But I will still keep riding as I love going to pony club also."

Grace, 10, Herefordshire

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