A petition has been launched by campaigners seeking to bring an end to a town's traditional Boxing Day hunt. 

The Bungay hunt, spearheaded by the Waveney Harriers hunting group, sees the pack parade through the town before going trail hunting.

But activists from the Action Against Animal Cruelty have said that the tradition is “unnecessary, detrimental to wildlife and inherently cruel.” 

The campaigner's petition has amassed over 27,000 signatures, at the time of writing. 

A spokesperson from the group said: “We object to the hunt's tradition as we believe it to be unnecessary, detrimental to wildlife and inherently cruel.  

“There is no place for it in this day and age.  

“Our petition shows just how unpopular it is."

Since 2005 it has been illegal to hunt foxes with a pack of dogs. Instead, dogs can be used to simulate hunting where mounted riders hunt the trail of an artificially laid scent with hounds.

Eastern Daily Press:

A member of the Waveney Harriers, who has been visiting the Bungay Boxing Day meet for over 50 years, says that the group's hunt always follows the rules.

They said: “When we hunt, we hunt within the letter of the law.

"It is a traditional sport, and people really like to see us as we pass through. 

"The hunt parade is actually really beneficial to the town.

"It attracts so many visitors who come because they like seeing us pass through.” 

Eastern Daily Press:

A spokesperson for the Countryside Alliance said: “The Waveney Hunt’s Boxing Day parade is a highlight in the festive social calendar for a huge number of people, with thousands usually lining the streets of Bungay.  

“Trail hunting is a lawful activity, and this is an important community event which is good for the physical and mental well-being of those taking part, but it is also particularly important for those who might otherwise be alone over the festive period and who may live in isolated, rural areas and who rely on this event to meet others.  

“Visitors attending the meet generate important revenue for local shops and businesses which is vital during these difficult times with the additional pressures of increased energy costs and the cost-of-living crisis.” 

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