AN anti-hunting campaign group has taken to the streets of some of the region’s rural towns in an attempt to put pressure on election candidates to stand up for the hunting ban.

The League Against Cruel Sports drew crowds in Stokesley, Richmond and Northallerton, in North Yorkshire, as their mascot, Fergus the Dancing Fox, took to the streets to raise awareness about the cause.

As well as talking to the public about the ban, Fergus also took time out to dance to tunes including Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees and I Will Survive, by Gloria Gaynor.

The charity fears that a new Parliament might repeal the hunting ban, which came into effect in February 2005, bringing a return to fox hunting with hounds.

Steve Taylor, from the League Against Cruel Sports, who is travelling around the UK with Fergus the Fox, said: “Everyone has been very positive.

“We set up a stall and a lot of people have signed our petition against the repeal of the hunting ban, which is not what you would expect from a very rural community.

“We will be visiting a different constituency every day and will try to speak to some of the candidates each day to get their views about the ban.”