SIR - I was very pleased to read that the local seasonal hunts were well attended and that hunts generally are thriving.

This proves what many were saying all along - the passing of the law did not mean that any dogs needed to be put down and a good day's fun and exercise can be had by chasing a scent rather than a live animal.

The fact that more people than ever are joining in proves that the torment and killing of an animal was putting some off who are happy to now be associated with a healthy and decent sport.

There are always the cruel and bloodthirsty and those who want to flaunt any law but they should not be allowed to spoil it for the rest.

I WILSON, Malvern