The usual small, vociferous minority of anti-hunting fanatics will once again be trying to disrupt the Boxing Day meets which will be held all over the country.
This year, more than ever, we need to makea big effort to spoil their plans.
How do we do this?
Quite simply by turning out to give your local hounds and their huntsman a rousing reception when they arrive for their Boxing Day meet. I have no problem with people who turn out to protestquietly and in a dignified way, though I believe they are totally misguided and rather sad people.
But I do have a problem with the violent, foul-mouthed antis who seem to think that they have a right to interfere with other people’s pleasure in seeing hounds in their rightful setting – in the heart of the community.
If supporters of hunting go along in sufficient numbers the pathetic turn-out of anti-hunting people will seem even more insignificant than it already is.
A stroll in the fresh air will do us all the world of good after the hectic run-up to the holiday, plus a heavy Christmas lunch, so do go along and give hounds a rousing cheer when they move off.
The work of the hunt staff goes on 24-7, as the Americans say, and it is a great boost for them to see happy faces lining the streets.”