DOG wanderers, who allow their pets to hunt and catch rabbits or squirrels, could be prosecuted under Labor's plans to tighten anti-hunt laws, activists fear.

In his August 50-point animal welfare manifesto, Labor planned to introduce a new "ruthlessness clause to prevent it from being used as a cover for illegal wildlife hunting."

In an interview in the Telegraph, Nick Herbert MP, the new leader of the Countryside Alliance, warned that the new law could inadvertently prosecute dog walkers.

He said, "They want to lower the threshold to recklessness in order to make it easier to persecute people who are legitimately looking for clues or going for a walk with their dog …