Crowds gather to watch Maldon's New Year's Day hunt spectacle

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Brian Roe leads the pack through Maldon yesterday Brian Roe leads the pack through Maldon yesterday

Wet weather prevented the New Year’s Day hunt in Maldon from taking place for the second year running, but riders still paraded through the town centre.

The annual event, organised by the Essex Farmers and Union Hunt, started from the Boar Hotel, in the town’s Silver Street, on Wednesday morning.

About 60 riders took part in the parade as huntsmen and hounds travelled along High Street and Spital Road, watched by hundreds of residents who lined the streets.

The parade was also met with catcalls from protestors, who held up placards emblazoned with ‘filthy hunt’ and ‘cowards’ and shouted “Shame on you”.

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1:13pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

Can all other hobbies have the right to disrupt the main street? Why them? What has it got to do with their 'hunt' other than shoving it in every one else's face?
Can all other hobbies have the right to disrupt the main street? Why them? What has it got to do with their 'hunt' other than shoving it in every one else's face? Jack222

4:10pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Madamejane says...

How can this barbaric, cruel ,sport still be going on. It's just so the hooray Henry's can get thier fix! Thank goodness the weather stopped the hunt going ahead.
How can this barbaric, cruel ,sport still be going on. It's just so the hooray Henry's can get thier fix! Thank goodness the weather stopped the hunt going ahead. Madamejane

11:51am Fri 3 Jan 14

nicky123456789 says...

I find it hard to believe that these people are allowed to flaunt their bad behaviour. Fox hunting is illegal! The whole hunt parade should be stopped. Its only because sabs stop hunts that the law is enforced!
I find it hard to believe that these people are allowed to flaunt their bad behaviour. Fox hunting is illegal! The whole hunt parade should be stopped. Its only because sabs stop hunts that the law is enforced! nicky123456789

3:50pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Impian47 says...

What is so special about an activity that has been outlawed still allowed to flout their barbarism in the street of England. They are supposed to follow a trail, but how many trails will lead to the accidental brutal killing of a wild animal. In this day and age... why are people dressing up in ritual killing 'dress', seen as heroes and them trying to stop the murder seen as villans?
Come on Maldon, you can do better than this!!
What is so special about an activity that has been outlawed still allowed to flout their barbarism in the street of England. They are supposed to follow a trail, but how many trails will lead to the accidental brutal killing of a wild animal. In this day and age... why are people dressing up in ritual killing 'dress', seen as heroes and them trying to stop the murder seen as villans? Come on Maldon, you can do better than this!! Impian47

7:19pm Fri 3 Jan 14

missy@maldon says...

If you all got your facts right before commenting, you will find they do not actually hunt live foxes, they partake in something called drag hunting which is just the scent of a fox on a cloth.
If you all got your facts right before commenting, you will find they do not actually hunt live foxes, they partake in something called drag hunting which is just the scent of a fox on a cloth. missy@maldon

7:25pm Fri 3 Jan 14

missy@maldon says...

furthermore, the attire, the stabling of the horses, the dog breeders are all local that would no doubt go out of business if the drag hunting or trail hunting were to be stopped, as this is where 90% of the trade comes from.
Everyone has a right to an opinion but animal cruelty takes on many forms.........if all those people that are against hunting can, hand on heart say they buy products that are not tested on animals, they do not wear leather shoes, leather gloves or have never bought a pet from a pet store then you are a better person than I.
furthermore, the attire, the stabling of the horses, the dog breeders are all local that would no doubt go out of business if the drag hunting or trail hunting were to be stopped, as this is where 90% of the trade comes from. Everyone has a right to an opinion but animal cruelty takes on many forms.........if all those people that are against hunting can, hand on heart say they buy products that are not tested on animals, they do not wear leather shoes, leather gloves or have never bought a pet from a pet store then you are a better person than I. missy@maldon

9:15pm Fri 3 Jan 14

LalaLayla says...

Yeah yeah the hunting fraternity only partake in drag hunting, video evidence from across the country would suggest otherwise. Oh and the fact they so adamantly want a repeal of the ban, even though 80% of the public do not. And what about the calls of 'kill the fox' that greeted protesters from pro hunt supporters? No I'm not convinced at all.
And it's not a competition in who is living a more cruelty free life than another, people from all walks of life are able to see that hunting is evil and satisfies only bloodthirsty subspecies.
Yeah yeah the hunting fraternity only partake in drag hunting, video evidence from across the country would suggest otherwise. Oh and the fact they so adamantly want a repeal of the ban, even though 80% of the public do not. And what about the calls of 'kill the fox' that greeted protesters from pro hunt supporters? No I'm not convinced at all. And it's not a competition in who is living a more cruelty free life than another, people from all walks of life are able to see that hunting is evil and satisfies only bloodthirsty subspecies. LalaLayla

9:20pm Fri 3 Jan 14

jimmySingh says...

missy@maldon wrote:
If you all got your facts right before commenting, you will find they do not actually hunt live foxes, they partake in something called drag hunting which is just the scent of a fox on a cloth.
It is you that needs to get your facts right before commenting Missy.
They murder foxes and any other unfortunate animal that happens to cross their path the majority of the time that they hunt.
They also resort to violence, intimidation, criminal damage and theft to try and hide the fact that they are hunting illegally.
Plenty of videos online to prove it.
Shame on them all.
[quote][p][bold]missy@maldon[/bold] wrote: If you all got your facts right before commenting, you will find they do not actually hunt live foxes, they partake in something called drag hunting which is just the scent of a fox on a cloth.[/p][/quote]It is you that needs to get your facts right before commenting Missy. They murder foxes and any other unfortunate animal that happens to cross their path the majority of the time that they hunt. They also resort to violence, intimidation, criminal damage and theft to try and hide the fact that they are hunting illegally. Plenty of videos online to prove it. Shame on them all. jimmySingh

11:22pm Fri 3 Jan 14

P Hewitt says...

And who said inbreeding had died out in this country.. Just laugh at them, cause they really are a joke
And who said inbreeding had died out in this country.. Just laugh at them, cause they really are a joke P Hewitt

12:46pm Sun 5 Jan 14

An alternative view says...

Fact: Your use of Murder is incorrect:
http://www.oxforddic
tionaries.com/defini
tion/english/murder

Or can I say that foxes repeatedly gratuitously murder my mother in laws chickens and then you will all join the Chicken Protection Front to protect them...no... because this isn't about the love of animals for most of the anti's, its about anti establishment, anti rich folk, anti what you don't understand....

You wait til they get to banning the stuff you like to do, it'll come, and don't ask for sympathy.

PS: never ridden a horse in my life.
Fact: Your use of Murder is incorrect: http://www.oxforddic tionaries.com/defini tion/english/murder Or can I say that foxes repeatedly gratuitously murder my mother in laws chickens and then you will all join the Chicken Protection Front to protect them...no... because this isn't about the love of animals for most of the anti's, its about anti establishment, anti rich folk, anti what you don't understand.... You wait til they get to banning the stuff you like to do, it'll come, and don't ask for sympathy. PS: never ridden a horse in my life. An alternative view

12:43pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Hawthorne says...

Seems to me that the ban on hunting with hounds was nothing more than a spiteful bit of class war, pushed through to appease the anxious left of New Labour as they lurched to the middle ground.

I am neither for or against hunting, but I sympathise with those who find it distasteful, and that is why lawful protest should be the appropriate response.

Like the comment above, I'm not a fan of banning stuff and/or criminalising pastimes, however distasteful.
Seems to me that the ban on hunting with hounds was nothing more than a spiteful bit of class war, pushed through to appease the anxious left of New Labour as they lurched to the middle ground. I am neither for or against hunting, but I sympathise with those who find it distasteful, and that is why lawful protest should be the appropriate response. Like the comment above, I'm not a fan of banning stuff and/or criminalising pastimes, however distasteful. Hawthorne

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