HUNTS THAT continue to hunt foxes after the hunting ban is introduced risk losing their insurance cover should a member of the public be injured in an accident.

The Guardian reports that the Association of British Insurers is in discussion with its members about the implications of the ban on public liability insurence.

Hunts that have said publicly that they intend to continue hunting foxes after the ban comes in to effect on Fri (Feb 18) risk having claims on public liability turned down.

The paper reports that this would force those injured during a hunt to claim directly off hunt committees.

NFU Mutual, which is the largest insurer of hunts told the paper: “If a hunt is performing an illegal activity we couldn‘t cover it.  We would not insure any illegal activity.”

A spokesman for the ABI said that its members would be investigating all public liability claims against hunts thoroughly to see if the hunts demonstrated intention to break the law.

They will even consider the statements made to the public and the press in the run up to the ban‘s introduction, said T he Guardian.