Hunt supporters have been out in force over the festive period in pursuit of a traditional Christmas pastime that may be outlawed before the end of next year. The pro-hunting Countryside Alliance said more than 275 meetings were held on Boxing Day, traditionally the most dangerous day of the year for foxes. A spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports, Ben Stewart, said his organisation had managed to disrupt at least 15 of them. 'This was the last Boxing Day meet of the 20th century and is going to be one of the last Boxing Days for the hunts,' Mr Stewart said. With the future of fox-hunting the subject of a government inquiry, some are trying to change their image - by abandoning the red jackets worn for 200 years by those riding to hounds. Masters of Fox Hounds Association chairman Lord Daresbury has proposed huntsmen wear tweed jackets. 'I think it's a tradition that is seen to be linked to the military use of uniform,' he said. 'It suggests hierarchy and it is uncomfortable to some people.' The government inquiry is to report in the summer on the possible effects of a ban on rural communities. Hunters say thousands of jobs will be lost. The Countryside Alliance is defiant. 'Hunting's opponents have failed to have hunting outlawed by the year 2000 and we intend to ensure their failure continues long into the new millennium,' a spokesman said.