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Rural Preston pub defends hunting video

Posted on - 23rd February, 2019 - 2:10pm | Author - | Posted in - Lea, Politics, Preston News
A rider is seen with a pack of dogs in the video
A rider is seen with a pack of dogs in the video

A Preston pub has defended holding a hunting event.

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The Hand and Dagger posted a video during Saturday (23 February) of horses, riders and dogs leaving its car park.

The pub, in Treales Road, Salwick, hosted a drag hunt.

Fox hunting has been banned in the UK in February 2005.

The pub captioned its video with ‘Another fantastic turn out for the hunt leaving the hand and dagger today’ – leading people to accuse them of fox hunting.

A spokesman for the pub said, following questions on Facebook,: “This is a drag hunt, following a scented trail not a fox hunt which is not legal in this country. You really need to get out more.

“The Hand and Dagger is a rural pub in a farming community and as such we are a broad church.

“We respect or local guest as well as our vegan friends. Stop hating start living.”

Read more: Top places to get vegan food in and around Preston

A drag hunt is defined as a form of equestrian sport, where mounted riders hunt the trail of an artificially laid scent with hounds.

Read more: Boars Head pub looks set to be saved once again

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