Hunt masters must get behind the Countryside Alliance and the Council for Hunting Associations and take personal responsibility for spreading hunting’s message to the public, Masters of Foxhounds Association chairman Lord Daresbury told the MFHA’s Annual General Meeting.

He urged members to seek out individualswho have the skills required to promote hunting and encourage them to take an active role in public relations.

This, he suggested, could be as simple as making a point of talking to passers-by, farmers or motorists who appear to be unfamiliaror unhappy with the hunt in the course of a day’s sport.

Daresbury also recommended that more hunts take part in the Hunting and the Community project, which includes initiatives such as discounts for young people, exchange schemes between different forms of hunting and working with local schools.

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