New calls for hunt ban after death toll grows

Hunters told of need for caution towards ‘other users of nature’

Animal cruelty campaigners are stepping up demands for a ban on hunting on Sundays after the deaths of five people already this season.

France is the only country in Europe not to have a hunt-free day each week. The UK, for example, has had one since 1831.

The deaths since the season opened in September include British off-road cyclist Marc Sutton in Haute-Savoie and a beater in Meuse eight days later – the same day another cyclist was hit in the shoulder and two surfers were peppered with pellets by a hunter onshore.

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