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'80 per cent' of Britons against legalising fox hunts

Riders and horses at the Cheshire Hunt, England's oldest hunt club, founded in 1762. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

On the biggest day in the hunting calendar, an animal welfare charity has claimed eight out of 10 Britons are against legalising fox hunting.

However public opposition was not enough to deter the thousands of hunters embarking on fox hunts within the law.

Riders and horses at the Cheshire Hunt, which leaves from The Swan in Tarporley. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Riders and horses from England's oldest hunt club, the Cheshire Hunt, took part in one of an estimated 250 traditional hunts taking place across the country today.

The survey, undertaken by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the RSPCA, the International Fund of Animal Welfare, and the League Against Cruel Sports, revealed the percentage of the public opposed to the sport remained the same in both rural and urban areas.

The Cheshire Hunt was one of around 250 Boxing Day meets expected to take place today. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Cameron's local hunt admit to illegal fox-hunting

Captain Ian Farquhar leads the hounds in the Badminton Estate in Gloucestershire in 2006. Credit: Press Association

Members of David Cameron's local hunt in Oxfordshire have admitted hunting foxes illegally.

Richard Sumner and Julian Barnfield of the Heythrop Hunt, which the Prime Minister has previously ridden with, pleaded guilty to charges brought by the RSPCA.

They involved unlawfully hunting a wild fox with dogs on four separate occasions during the 2011/12 season.