The huntsman: 'More foxes will end up being killed with this law'

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Graeme Worsley, 39, joint master Old Surrey, Burstow and West Kent Hunt, and M25 landscape manager. Plans to meet at Warren Barn Farm, Woldingham, Surrey, on Saturday.

Graeme Worsley, 39, joint master Old Surrey, Burstow and West Kent Hunt, and M25 landscape manager. Plans to meet at Warren Barn Farm, Woldingham, Surrey, on Saturday.

"I expect it to be the biggest meet of the year. We usually have around 80 horses and riders but this weekend we are hoping to have around 400 horses and 2,000 supporters on foot. We want to show the Government how ridiculous the law is and how wrong they are.

We will hunt in some way. We are moving into the unknown and there is a big grey area of the new law. We want to stay within the new law but I think it will end up with more foxes being killed.

We will flush out some foxes, which we will be able to do within the new law, and shoot them. We will then drag their bodies through the countryside so that the dogs have some scent to chase. Normally our kill rate with the dogs is about one in five but like this we will have a near 100 per cent kill rate.

The hounds are trained to follow the scent of foxes. We cannot stop 400 years of history in one day. It is incumbent on us to keep on hunting.

I've been hunting for about five years. Before that I would say I was against it - purely through ignorance. I got involved through my wife who has always hunted and I fell in love with it. Now I am passionately trying to defend what I do."