Double life

The pro-hunting Countryside Alliance is launching another hard-hitting poster campaign to rally public support after last week's vote in the House of Commons for a total ban on fox-hunting. The campaign is designed to subvert the stereotype of the typical hunter by presenting supporters as ordinary people in respected professions such as nursing.

In its supporter newsletter, the alliance describes the countryside as being on a "war footing" following the Commons majority on 1 July of 208 in favour of a ban. It is urging its members to continue to take positive action to try to influence public opinion in the hope of swaying the debate on the issue in the House of Lords. Plans include today's mass rally of hunting dogs in Parliament Square, a massive letter campaign to members of the House of Lords and a "vocal presence" at any event attended by local MPs.

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