Nigel Bell from the Wick and District Beagles was interviewed by police yesterday where he admitted breaching the Hunting Act in February this year.
Although a caution may seem like he has been let off, it is actually a very helpful step forward in our fight against illegal hunters. What this demonstrates is that the Hunting Act is clear and enforceable and, furthermore, hunters know this to be the case. It is also apparent that the police are aware of what the law entails.
This latest victory has been the result of the dedication and commitment of League monitors, and under caution it will be very difficult for Mr Bell to get off lightly on any further breaches of the Act.
In light of the fact that there currently exists more than 100 beagle packs, the incident involving Mr Bell will compel huntsmen next season to adhere to the law.