The anti-hunt protester: 'We will follow riders with binoculars and cameras'

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Jane Evans, 36, environmental scientist and volunteer with League Against Cruel Sports. Plans to monitor activity at hunts in the Midlands this weekend

Jane Evans, 36, environmental scientist and volunteer with League Against Cruel Sports. Plans to monitor activity at hunts in the Midlands this weekend

"I'll be out at a number of hunts in the Midlands monitoring what they are doing and reporting any illegal activity to police.

We will follow riders from the roads and footpaths watching them with binoculars and high-powered video cameras. There are a number of signs as to whether they are breaking the law. If they take a pack of hounds into woodland we will know there is something up - that is where they pick up the scent and is called checking. Also if they take the hounds round in ever-increasing circles that is another way they look for scent.

I expect the police will respond to any information from us. It is their job to uphold the law and this is now the law. Hunts are already fairly heavily policed so I do not really see any great change in manpower that will be required.

Unfortunately, shooting foxes and dragging their bodies to cast a scent will still be legal. It is a shame that people have to take such extreme measures to get their entertainment. It is high time that wild animals have the same protection as domestic animals and that they are not going to be persecuted as some sporting accessory."