The prime minister, David Cameron, has assured shooters of his party’s support for the shooting sports
Estimates indicate that more than a quarter of a million people attended the traditional hunts on Boxing Day 2013
The RSPCA is prosecuting members of Heythrop Hunt on 45 counts of breaching the Hunting Act 2004 in the spring 2012 hunting season.
Figures obtained by the BBC through a Freedom of Information request indicate that there has only been one prosecution under the Hunting Act in the Midlands since the Act came into force in February 2005.
To coincide with the traditional start of the hunt season, the Countryside Alliance has drawn attention to statistics that it says show the Hunting Act is a failure and a waste of police time.