4th March 2014: Two Joint Masters of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds have been charged for offences under the Hunting Act 2004. A report was made to Avon and Somerset Police by the League Against Cruel Sports following an alleged incident at a hunt meet at Warren’s Farm, Simonsbath, on September 14 2013 following investigations conducted by the League.
David Greenwood and Rupert Andrews from the Barnstaple area have been charged with Section 1 Hunting Act and are due to appear before Taunton Magistrates Court on 11 April 2014.
Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive at the League Against Cruel Sports said: “At a time when the Government is rumoured to be considering an amendment to the Hunting Act, this case is a timely demonstration of the illegal hunting that continues to take place. The Hunting Act works; with one person on average, every week prosecuted under its provisions, and of these two-thirds are found guilty. We are hopeful that this case will add to the number of successful prosecutions.
“Chasing a wild animal for sport in this day and age is simply unacceptable, and we continue to do all we can to expose and end this cruel activity.”
A previous case was brought against three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, after Joint-Master Maurice Scott, Huntsman Donald Summersgill, and Whipper-in Peter Heard were charged with illegally hunting in 2006, but was later dropped by the CPS in March 20091. The case2 marked the first in which a police force had brought about a criminal prosecution against huntsmen for allegedly breaching the Hunting Act.
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