in the South West are waiting to see if the government will opt for
a form of licensed hunting or whether it will use the Parliament Act
to ban hunting outright.
Scottish hunts are currently operating under special licences after
hunting was banned there two years ago.
BBC reporter Janine Jansen has been to Kelso in the Borders to see
how the Buccleuch Hunt has adapted.
hunting was banned two years ago in Scotland when the Protection
of Wild Mammals Bill was passed.
means horses and hounds can be used to flush the fox out into the
path of waiting guns. But it is illegal for hounds to actually kill
Here hunts effectively work as pest control services for farmers
Scotland more than double the number of foxes are now shot.
are ten main hunts in Scotland. Back in 2002, there were fears they
wouldn't survive this change, but they all have.
supporters say the 'partial' ban has hit them economically, albeit
not as badly as feared.
Fewer horses and riders go hunting, and the packs of hounds are
About half the full-time hunt staff have been paid off. Some horse
livery yards have closed, and some blacksmiths have moved away or
taken on different work.
Their biggest concern is that they now shoot more than double the
number of foxes.
campaign organisation 'Advocates for Animals' wants the legislation
to go further.
first published: 11th November 2004
It would like to see gun packs made illegal because it's against
wild animals being chased and terrified.
It says the job losses are purely anecdotal and believes hunts should
pursue drag hunting - where the scent is laid artificially beforehand.