A foxhunter is trumpeting the joys of blood sports with a record that enthusiasts hope will top the charts and help defeat proposals to outlaw hunting. Debate over the banning of field sports such as fox hunting and pheasant shooting is proving increasingly divisive with both sides organising huge demonstrations. Bruce Macpherson, 33, a rural insurance broker who hunts mink, fox and stag, wrote Guardians of the Land while taking part in a march from Scotland to London to protest against a proposed law to ban hunting. The record has been backed by the Countryside Alliance, a grassroots group that supports field sports. Hunting magazines have published coupons offering readers discounts on the record that has been heavily marketed by the alliance, which claims to have 400,000 affiliated members. The lyrics of the song do not directly mention killing animals, but claim those who take part in field sports do the most to maintain the rural environment. Mr Macpherson said he had received death threats from anti-hunting campaigners and some shops had refused to stock the record. 'This is a fun song with a serious message. Through it we are once again seeking to highlight the plight of rural Britain to Parliament,' Mr Macpherson said. 'It is a reminder that threats to the rural way of life, including country sports and farming, continue.' The International Fund for Animal Welfare dismissed the record as a crude campaign trick. 'A lot of people will simply buy this record because they have been told to by the alliance. This is just the latest publicity stunt they have pulled,' a spokesman said.