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It's a dog's life at West of England Hound Show

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 31, 2012

Judging the fox hounds at the show, which celebrates a rural sport

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Hunting live quarry with a pack of hounds may be banned, but hunting a drag line is as popular as ever, demonstrated by a packed programme for the West of England Hound Show at Honiton Show.

Thirty-seven packs from across the Westcountry and much further afield competed, including all three packs of staghounds from Somerset and Devon.

Hunting people remained dedicated to getting the ban overturned, for the good of the countryside and wildlife, maintained the Hound Show chairman, Ian Pugsley.

"We are relying on the politicians now," said Mr Pugsley, a former Master of the Tiverton Hunt.

"The Conservatives said they would allow a free vote in the House of Commons, but they don't have the numbers yet.

"The great thing about this show, next to the Honiton Show, is that it allows the public to see what hunting is all about, and there are people at the show explaining what is going on and what the judges are looking for in the make-up of the hounds."

Mr Pugsley said the children's races at the show, following the hounds, gave the youngsters the chance to feel what it was like to be hunting.

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