British royal Prince Charles this week took part in his last fox hunt before the blood sport is banned at midnight tonight (17/18FEB05).

The heir, who will marry long-term lover Camilla Parker Bowles later this year (08APR05), rode with the Meysnell Hunt in Derbyshire, England, on Tuesday morning (15FEB05).

Fellow hunting enthusiast PETER PRESLAND says, "It really lifts the spirits to see the prince making such a statement. This ban is all about prejudice and vindictiveness and this intolerant law will be repealed."

The imminent ban is the culmination of years of political debate but many hunters plan to participate in the sport regardless of its soon to be illegal status.

17/02/2005 14:07