London - Britain's Prince Charles came under renewed attack from anti-hunting groups on Saturday as he and his son Prince William took part in the traditional fox hunt.

The League Against Cruel Sports accused the Prince of Wales of making a "political statement" in view of government plans to ban fox hunting.

The chairperson of the group, John Cooper, said Charles was clearly out of touch with public opinion.

"Charles is engaging in the practice of setting a pack of hounds on a wild animal for fun. But this is animal abuse in the name of tradition," Cooper said.

Pro-hunting groups were meanwhile planning a rally on Sunday against the planned legislation. Several public demonstrations have been held in recent weeks by the hunt supporters. - Sapa-DPA