The receptions were hosted by MP Ann Widdecombe. She is calling for
hunt monitors to be licensed by the Home Office so that they may collect footage of illegal hunting, protected from the harrassment
and intimidation they are currently suffering.
Miss Widdecombe believes it should be made a criminal offence to
obstruct monitors as they go about their lawful business.
POWA spokesperson Penny Little said "We are
very grateful to Miss Widdecombe for her tremendous support.
The first Reception, held at the end of October 2007, was attended by representatives
of the Crown Prosecution Service, and also by high ranking police officers representing thirteen different forces across the
We know our film shocked our audiences, as it shows not
only repeated sequences of hounds chasing foxes, but also numerous examples of the verbal and physical abuse meted out to
monitors by hunt supporters.
Miss Widdecombe has helped us show that hunts cannot regard themselves
as a special group that is above the law, and who can protect their illegal activities with violence and thuggery."