The Countryside Alliance led a rally of 16,000 people employed in fox-hunting to Labour's annual conference to highlight the number they claim would be thrown out of work by a ban on fox-hunting.
Tony Blair has ordered foxhunting legislation be given Government time. He is anxious to answer their claims over jobs and reassure middle-class country people who voted Labour in 1997.
Michael Foster, the Labour MP who led an earlier attempt to ban hunting, said: "A switch to drag hunting not only would protect existing jobs but would lead to a growth in employment as people who are ethically opposed to blood sports join hunting to follow a scent."Reuse content