THE COUNTRYSIDE Alliance has warned that hunt packs will meet as normal on Feb 19, the day after the Hunting Act comes into force in England and Wales.

The alliance has said that hunts intend to carry on hunting within the law in the short period between February and the end of the hunting season.

Simon Hart, Countryside Alliance chief executive, said: “Feb 19 will be an opportunity for the rural community, and all who support liberty, to show their determination to fight this ridiculous and unenforceable legislation until it is repealed.”