Covid rules out Boxing Day hunts and parades amid uncertain future

Cancellations across large swaths of UK add to controversy over hunting governing body’s webinars

Traditional Boxing Day hunts across large parts of the UK have been cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions, with those going ahead elsewhere not parading through town centres prior to their yuletide meet this year for the first time in recent history.

The centuries-old activity faces an uncertain future after a number of landowners suspended hunting with hounds on their property amid controversy over private video seminars held this summer by hunting’s executive body, which were infiltrated by activist group the Hunt Saboteurs who claimed they discussed how to create a “smokescreen” for illegal hunting.

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