Former Joint-Master and Huntsman of the Royal Agricultural College Beagles, Elizabeth (Libby) Gilbert has today evaded punishment after failing to return to the UK to face an allegation of illegal hunting, in a case based on evidence gathered by the League Against Cruel Sports.
21 year old Libby Gilbert was alleged to have hunted a hare with dogs, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004, whilst she was a member of the Royal Agricultural College Beagles. Despite summons being served, Miss Gilbert’s lack of attendance in court caused the CPS to withdraw the case.
Miss Gilbert is believed to have returned to her home country of the USA after failing to appear at Swindon Magistrates Court on 16th October 2013, which resulted in the case being adjourned until today (12th November 2013) to allow time for the Police to track her down and serve a summons requiring her to enter a plea.
Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of the League said: “It is despicable that Miss Gilbert and the college hunt pack have again failed to face up to the allegations brought against them. Not only does Miss Gilbert’s absence in court today reinforce a total disregard for the Law in this country, it leaves unanswered questions as to why she might not want to at least defend herself.
“We will not tolerate the abuse of animals for sport, and make no apologies for trying to get those who are alleged to have broken the law to court.”
Notes to Editors
• The footage filmed by undercover League Investigators allegedly shows Miss Gilbert illegally hunting a hare with a pack of beagles. Footage is available upon request.
• The RAC Beagles claim that they only trail hunt by placing an artificial scent laid by a runner – http://www.rau.ac.uk/student-life/leisure/beagles
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