Estimates indicate that more than a quarter of a million people attended the traditional hunts on Boxing Day 2013, spread across 250 hunts.
The Countryside Alliance said this strong turnout indicated support for overturning the Hunting Act – despite a League Against Cruel Sports survey, timed to come out just before Boxing Day, claiming eight out of 10 respondents wanted hunting to remain illegal.
Tim Bonner, the CA’s director of campaigns, said: “This poll only shows how desperate and dishonest the anti-hunting movement is.
“It is disgraceful that Ipsos MORI even asked a question describing hunting in this way and comparing it to dog fighting and badger baiting.”
He added: “The real fact is that more than quarter of a million people braved the cold weather and floods to show their support for the hunts fighting to overturn this illiberal and failed Hunting Act.”