SIR – I don’t understand why every year at Christmas the Worcester News publishes stories about hunt meets.

Hunting is illegal and publishing these stories only fuels the blood-lust activities of these socalled ‘traditionalists’. It makes me laugh to see photos of a jolly Santa Claus, brass bands playing Christmas carols and people enjoying food and drink in a celebration of the unfair, savage killing of an outnumbered animal.

So much for peace on earth and goodwill to all.

I’m glad the hunting ban is still in force and the free vote in Parliament should be changed to a public referendum to get a true image of what local people want.

Worcester is set in beautiful countryside but the vast amount of people I have spoken to agree with me on this one.