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End of the Chase?

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The ban on hunting with dogs comes into effect on February 18th but will it spell the end for the sport?

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What does the hunting ban mean for those who used to hunt and those who didn't? Clive Aslett, the editor of Country Life, and Poet Ian MacMillian.

Hunting in England is officially illegal but will that stop them from hunting? Sarah Nelson reports and anti-hunting MP Tony Banks comments.

Dan Norris, anti-hunting Labour MP for Wansdyke, explains what happened when he was confronted by hunt supporters in Badminton.

Dawn Preston intends to sabotage those huntsmen and women who will still go hunting despite the ban.

Tom Heap reports on the English hunters going to France to continue hunting and Douglas Batchelor from the League Against Cruel Sports comments.

Simon Hart of the Countryside Alliance on what he thinks will happen when the hunting ban comes in this Thursday.

Hunting supporters are in court to contest the House of Commons  ban on hunting with dogs.

Mair Hughes from the Countryside Alliance on their legal challenge  against the hunting ban and Mike Hobday from the League Against Cruel Sports.

It will be illegal to hunt with dogs as from midnight. Tom Heap is at some Kennels, Phyllis Campbell-Macrae is opposed to hunting and John Jackson chairs the Country Alliance.

The House of Lords will debate the government's hunting bill today. We speak to Lord Hurd and the Rurual Affairs minister Alun Michael.

Chief Constable of Suffolk, Alistair McWhirter believes enforcing a ban on fox hunting will be very difficult.

Rural Affairs Minister, Alun Michael on the future of hunting.
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A red fox.
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Poet Ian MacMillian wrote some lines of prose which you can listen again to or read for yourself below:

FAREWELL: 

Farewell to the scarlet coats thundering through woods,
Farewell to the sharp stink of fear,
Farewell to the fox hunt, and I'm saying GOOD;  and I'm raising my voice in a cheer,
Farewell to tradition, if that's what it is, though it's feeling quite feudal from here,
Farewell to the blood from a fox hound's sharp kiss and I'm raising my voice in a cheer,
Farewell to the mornings where mist cools your face and England of Cricket, warm beer
and folks in big flat caps who all know their place,
and I'm raising my voice in a cheer.
 
You're chasing the past, chaps, not chasing a fox;  you're chasing a country that's gone,
They've altered the windows and changed all the locks; you're riding a land that's moved on,
and I didn't see the hunters at the head of the crowd when they closed down the factories and mines;
I didn't hear the hunting horn blaring out loud, at the head of the picket lines.
Democracy spoken, the pack's caught you up and let down the tires on your sport,
So please don't be whining like a whipped hunting pup, cos it's farewell to you and your sort.

Farewell to the stirrup cup,
Farewell the thrill of tearing a fox like a shredder shreds bills, and look, there's a fox
and he's standing quite still,
no, he's raising two fingers from the top of that hill,
Farewell to the scarlet coats thundering through woods,
Farewell to the sharp stink of fear,
Farewell to the fox hunt and I'm saying GOOD; and I'm raising my voice in a cheer.

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