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British fox hunters test new law on first day of ban

[JURIST] Supporters and opponents turned out Saturday on the first day of the British fox-hunt ban. The ban, passed by the House of Commons last year [JURIST report], outlaws hunting with dogs, but allows for exercising hounds, chasing a scent and flushing out foxes to be shot. A number of confrontations and arrests occured Saturday after police clashed with parties on both sides. The League Against Cruel Sports [advocacy website], supporters of the ban, deployed 100 members with video cameras to monitor hunts and check for illegal activity. At the same time, hunt supporters Countryside Alliance [advocacy website] urged hunters to meet as normal, but not to violate the new law. UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official profile] has not issued instructions to police on how to deal with hunters who do violate the law. BBC News has more.

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