1 September 2014
The League Against Cruel Sports today announced plans for a major boost in its fight against animal cruelty after its evidence led to the Crown Prosecution Service authorising criminal proceedings against members of two hunt groups.1reward pr
Welcoming the news, Chief Executive Joe Duckworth said the League would now boost its investigations of illegal hunting further with a major public appeal for information relating to illegal hunting to help catch individuals responsible for inflicting cruelty to animals.
As an added incentive, in certain circumstances the charity will also offer a reward of up to £1,000 for information which directly leads to a conviction under the Hunting Act 2004 in England and Wales, or the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002, in Scotland.
Joe Duckworth commented “Polling shows that the public are overwhelmingly opposed to cruelty to animals in the name of sport and they support the Hunting Act which came into force 10 years ago.
“Based on our evidence, nine summonses have been issued this year alone under the Hunting Act and we are now giving members of the public a chance to play their part in helping to end that cruelty.
“Our work relies on good intelligence such as when and where illegal hunting is taking place, and details of the individuals involved. We are appealing to anyone that may have information that could help us investigate this criminal activity and bring the perpetrators of this type of animal cruelty to justice."
The League, which was instrumental in securing the ban on hunting, works to expose and end cruelty to animals in the name of sport, with a major focus of its investigative work on illegal hunting. The charity’s team of investigators work to capture evidence of this, in order to bring prosecutions against those who continue to hunt wild animals for sport in defiance of the hunt ban.
Members of the public with information relating to hunting activities are being urged to report it via crimewatch, the charity’s website using the online form or by calling the confidential Wildlife Crimewatch line on 01483 361 108. Any criminal activity should also be reported to the Police on 101.
Notes to Editor
Master and Huntsman of the Middleton Hunt, Tom HOLT faces a charge of Hunting a Wild Mammal with Dogs at West Knapton, Malton, North Yorkshire, on 19th February 2014, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004. A summons has been issued and the case is to be heard at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on 5th September 2014.
Kennel Huntsman of the Middleton Hunt, Barry Lee ANDREWS faces a charge of Interfering with a Badger Sett near Bossall, North Yorkshire, on 12th March 2014, contrary to Section 3(c) of the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. A summons has been issued and the case is to be heard at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on 12th September 2014.
Paul WHITEHEAD, Huntsman of the Lunesdale Foxhounds Limited, faces a charge of Hunting a Wild Mammal with Dogs on 18th February 2014, contrary to Section 1.
Terence POTTER, who is a Company Director of the Lunesdale Foxhounds Limited, faces a similar charge on behalf of the company as a body corporate, under the provisions of Section 10.
Summonses have been issued and the case is to be heard at Skipton Magistrates’ Court on 5th September 2014. The case is based on evidence supplied to the police by the League Against Cruel Sports.
The League is specifically looking for information and details relating to:
- traditional hunts are due to meet (this can be individual dates/times or a ‘meet card’ giving a full listing)
- individuals who are known to hunt wild animals illegally
- artificial earths to encourage foxes for hunting
- foxes being kept by hunt members to be released for hunting
- any other information which could help identify instances of illegal hunting
All information reported by members of the public to the League Against Cruel Sports will be treated in complete confidence
Polling carried out by Ipsos MORI shows 80 per cent of the Great British public think that fox hunting should not be made legal again; 85 per cent think deer hunting should not be made legal again; and 87 per cent think hare hunting/coursing should not be made legal again. Ipsos MORI
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