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In pictures: Animal cruelty protesters march through London

Springwatch presenter Chris Packham joined crowds of protesters on the first day of the grouse shooting season.

Campaigners protesting against the killing of animals for sport have taken to the streets of London on the first day of the grouse shooting season.

Demonstrators marched through central London to Downing Street, calling for an end to badger culling and driven grouse shooting and urging the Government to keep the ban on fox hunting with hounds.

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Ahead of the protest Springwatch presenter Chris Packham, who joined crowds of people in the capital, condemned such activities as a “dying business”.

Those taking part carried banners stating “Kill the Cull” while some wore fox and badger masks.

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A campaigner wearing a fox mask in Cavendish Square (John Stillwell/PA)

They chanted “Save our badgers, stop the cull”, “Save our foxes, keep the ban” and “There’s no excuse for animal abuse”.

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