UP to 30 hunts will meet across Wales today in protest against the hunting ban - on the first Boxing Day since the Hunting Act came into force.
A year ago hunts were having their so-called "last" traditional Boxing Day meets.
The ban came into force on February 18 in England and Wales, making hunting with dogs a criminal offence. But today, in keeping with tradition and to prove their opposition to the new law, 300 hunts are expected to meet across the UK.
The Countryside Alliance says that the hunts' continued presence demonstrates their determination to overturn the Hunting Act and to secure the future of their hunts, hounds and associated jobs.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) said it would be observing hunts today and on New Year's Day to film any suspicious activity. And the League against Cruel Sports has published an advice booklet aimed at rural people it said were suffering because of the "havoc" caused by hunts.
Isobel Walsh, who is from Monmouth and a spokeswoman for the Alliance, said, "The Act was originally perceived by people as a class war thing. But the ban doesn't ban red coats, hounds or horses and it doesn't even ban killing foxes.
"We have no big protests planned for today, just being here still is a protest in itself. It shows our opposition to the way this ban was brought in and how we aim to keep going, legally, until the ridiculous ban is overturned."
She claimed that more people were going out hunting than ever before as an Alliance commissioned survey found only a third of people think the new legislation is working.
She added, "Hunting is humane and natural. The Burns Inquiry did not find hunting to be cruel, and concluded that it was as humane as any other method of control. It forms a vital part of many rural communities and their social lives. The Hunting Act threatens these communities and their relationship with the local police."
IFAW is liaising closely with police forces and regularly shares information, footage and intelligence about suspicious activity with them.
Anti-hunt campaigner Josey Sharrad said, "We have no problems with people enjoying a day out riding in the countryside, following an artificially laid trail or exercising their dogs. But we don't want wild animals to suffer for their entertainment."
The League Against Cruel Sports said it had decided to publish its booklet following what it said was the increasing number of complaints about hunts.
It said, "The picture painted by an analysis of League evidence, gathered from up and down the country, from press reports, from members of the public and from the League's Hunt Crimewatch volunteers, reveals a disturbing level of abuse, intimidation and trespass."
Since November 5, when the hunting season began, the League has identified "a catalogue of misdemeanours", it said.
But Welsh hunts say they are informing the police of the time and place of their meets, assuring them that they are going out to hunt within the law with the landowners' permission, allowing police to reassure any anxious members of the public.
Some hunts are reporting that they are killing similar numbers of foxes as they did before the Act, although in some areas more foxes are being shot than previously. Two thirds of hunts state that more foxes are being killed by methods other than hunting since the ban came into force.
Lembit Opik Montgomeryshire MP, co-chair of the Middle Way Group said, "For some time there has been a suggestion that the hunting issue would simply go away once the ban became law.
"Well, here we are a year after the so-called ban and very little seems to have changed.
"After decades of wrangling, not one animal's life has been saved. Was this really worth it?"
Peter Luff MP, co-chair of the Middle Way Group, said, "Various anti-hunting groups have spent some £30m pounds of animal welfare money since 1997.
"In addition, 700 hours of Parliamentary time has been used debating the issue, with that enormous cost coming out of the public purse.
"The figure for ongoing police time and legal costs can only be guessed, but it will not be insignificant."
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