I have always felt strongly about animal welfare and joined the LACS in the early 1970s.
That moved me into hunt sabotage and in 1979 I went onto the LACS committee, starting to work for them the following year.
In 1988, I became the LACS executive director, but by the time I left in 1995,
I had become disillusioned with the view that a ban on hunting with hounds would actually improve animal welfare.
During my time at LACS I had always wanted to experience hunting, rather than sit behind a desk and write propaganda.
That not only gave me a better insight into hunting, but also showed me the alternatives.
Since leaving I have worked with the Countryside Alliance, the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management and numerous individuals who have greatly improved my understanding of hunting with hounds and other dogs.
I believe the argument for hunting has never been stronger.
I argue for repeal of the Hunting Act, but for it to be replaced with a new law that would address genuine cruelty, while allowing necessary wildlife management – and hunting fits perfectly into that process.