The Boxing Day chase was given the green light after campaigners tried to replace the event with a barrow race

The Boxing Day chase was given the green light after campaigners tried to replace the event with a barrow race

An annual Boxing Day hunt has been given the green light after animal rights campaigners tried to replace the event with a barrow race.

The Southdown and Eridge hunt at Lewes begins with a parade attracting hundreds of spectators.


After the procession, hunters, horses and hounds head to the South Downs to begin hunting, a controversial but legal activity.

However, this year, animal rights groups issued an order to close the road for a charity event at the same time as the parade, in an attempt to thwart the tradition.

The Boxing Day hunt was given the green light after campaigners tried to replace the event with a wheelbarrow race (not pictured)

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Action Against Foxhunting has booked a road closure for a charity wheelbarrow race from 11am to 12pm, in a move they describe as a “new way to stop” the hunting.

The organizers of the hunt were one step ahead of the activists and moved their event forward by an hour so they could proceed as normal.

Quarrels quickly broke out when the demonstrators clashed with their supporters during the march.

The demonstrators were carrying banners that read: “Hunting is not welcome here” and “Fox hunting is a crime, not a hobby,” and the police surrounded the demonstrators.

Meanwhile, supporters booed the activists and told them to “go home.”

Lead fishing expert Ivan Massu said the eco-warriors’ attempt was “charming and very innovative”.

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The organizers of the hunt were one step ahead of the activists and moved their event forward by an hour so they could proceed as normal.

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However, he added: “The Boxing Day encounter is a wonderful tradition that deserves to be protected. “People come out in their thousands, and I am always surprised by the amount of support we get.”

With East Sussex being the vegan capital of the UK, as well as being home to the left-wing University of Sussex, it means their every move is watched like a hawk, Massu said.

“Of all the hunting in the world that frustrates us, it seems ridiculous to target us,” he said. “We have never broken the rules in any way, and it would be impossible for us to do that because we would be caught immediately.” telegraph.

“They have a narrative that we hunt illegally even though vandals come out to watch us all the time and never see us do anything wrong. You would think they would target something that was actually cruel to the animals.

Sussex Police patrolled the main street to ensure the event was safe for spectators and anglers.

Ahead of the event, a Sussex Police spokesperson said: “We are aware that the event is likely to attract many spectators, and demonstrators and police will also be present to ensure the safety of horses, hounds, the public and police.”

Lewis’s procession is not the only one of its kind today in the UK.

Nigel FarageNigel Farage attends the Boxing Day hunt GB News

GB news presenter Nigel Farage was among thousands of people who joined the December 26 hunts today, continuing a long-standing tradition.

Pictured wearing a flat top and smiling broadly, Farage joined supporters at Chiddingstone Castle on an Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent hunt in Chiddingstone, Kent.

Elsewhere, members of the royal family will take part in the annual Boxing Day photo shoot at the Sandringham estate.

Protesters also flocked to Ledbury Hunt, in Herefordshire, this morning, carrying placards denouncing the hunters.

In 2004, fox hunting was banned in England and Wales through the Hunting Act. However, trail hunting offers an alternative.

Animal urine is used in the trail hunted by hounds and their followers. However, as the activity occurs in wilderness areas, hounds often pick up the scent of live animals, which can sometimes kill them.

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