Campaigns

Another not guilty verdict in Hunting Act case

| Campaigns, Hunting

Weston and Banwell Harriers huntsman George Milton and whipper-In Toby Lee have both been acquitted of charges of illegally hunting a fox in October 2012. The case before District Judge Davison at Taunton Magistrates court started on Monday 31st March and lasted for 4 days.   The case followed allegations by employees of the League Against…

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New Dog Control Powers and working dogs – our advice

| Campaigns, Hunting

New dog control powers should not pose a problem for responsible dog owners, including those who use dogs for work or sport – says the Countryside Alliance. Additional powers were granted to the police last month under the Anti-social, Crime and Policing Act 2014, designed to give them greater flexibility when dealing with irresponsible dog…

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Dropped hunting case – staghunters awarded full costs

| Campaigns, Hunting

A District Judge in Yeovil yesterday awarded full costs to three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds (DSSH) who had charges brought against them based on allegations made by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS). The Crown Prosecution Service dropped all charges against DSSH’s huntsmanDonald Summersgill and joint-masters Rupert Andrews and David Greenwood in November…

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The enduring appeal of “Memoirs of a Foxhunting Man”

| Campaigns, Hunting

In our Autumn 2014 magazine, as part of our Great War commemoration strand “The Countryside in War,” Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner explains the enduring appeal of Siegfried Sassoon’s classic work “Memoirs of a Foxhunting Man”. In his article Tim writes that Sassoon is “brilliant on the strange, but common, contradiction of loving both the…

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Our submission to the RSPCA prosecutions review.

| Campaigns, Hunting

In December 2013 the RSPCA announced a review of its prosecutions policy, to be led by Stephen Wooler, a former Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate. It was announced that Mr Wooler would spend four months examining how and why prosecutions are taken. His findings will most likely be published in the middle of…

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