Queen guitarist Brian May has told noisy protesters outside Parliament they had scored "a victory" in keeping the foxhunting ban after the Government postponed a vote on changes to the law.
Rock star and animal rights activist May recently spoke out against a massive pig farm in Co Antrim.
The controversial vote, scheduled for today, means the law stays the same and just two dogs can be used to flush out a fox to be shot in England and Wales - and the law will not be brought into line with Scotland, where an unlimited number can be used.
The news the Government had postponed the vote came just before the planned protest.
People dressed as foxes and others wearing cardboard fox heads were among those gathered for a 'Team Fox' rally of animal welfare groups determined to keep the hunting ban intact.
"This is a very, very important day for our wild animals, and it's a very, very important day for our democracy. We have had an incredibly unexpected, incredibly good result today," May told the rally.