Fox hunts thrive in Britain a decade after ban, but class-tinged controversy won't go away

February 18, 2015 7:00 AM

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Fox hunts thrive in Britain a decade after ban, but class-tinged controversy won't go away

In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, Gerald Sumner huntsman and master of the hounds of Kimblewick Hunt, leads off the hunt in Ibstone, England. A decade ago, Britain banned fox hunting with hounds, a centuries-old blood sport with deep roots in the countryside and strong opponents in the towns. Animal-welfare groups cheered the end of what they considered a cruel pastime reserved for the rich _ a sport Oscar Wilde dubbed "the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable."(AP Photo/Alastair Grant) (The Associated Press)

In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, members of the of Kimblewick Hunt gather and have a cup of mulled wine prior to taking part in the hunt at Ibstone, England. A decade ago, Britain banned fox hunting with hounds, a centuries-old blood sport with deep roots in the countryside and strong opp...

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