League questions why case against Devon and Somerset Staghound members is dropped


14 November 2014

The League Against Cruel Sports is today seriously questioning why the case against three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds has been dismissed.

The League is writing to complain to the Crown Prosecution Service as it strongly believes the footage captured by its investigators containing various evidential issues invalidating the scientific research exemption have been overlooked.

These include; both hunt meets being advertised in advance and details placed on the hunt’s website, over 100 hunt supporters out watching the hunting activities take place, hunt hounds not being under close control and the hunt trespassing onto land owned by the League Against Cruel Sports when in pursuit of stags.

Joint Masters, David Greenwood and Rupert Andrews, along with Huntsman, Donald Summersgill, faced a total of four charges of hunting a wild mammal with a dog, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act. The charges related to two separate incidences of alleged illegal hunting on 14 September and 24 October 2013.

Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports said: “How on earth can chasing a wild animal to exhaustion be considered as genuine scientific research and observation? The decision taken to drop the case against members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds needs immediate explanation. We urge the public to watch the footage for themselves and make up their own mind as to whether the primary purpose of the hunt member’s actions was for research or for sport.”

The case was based on evidence supplied by the League Against Cruel Sports and further investigations carried out by Avon & Somerset Police.

ENDS

Notes to Editor

  • Footage is available to watch here

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One thought on “League questions why case against Devon and Somerset Staghound members is dropped

  1. These scum that hunt and murder wild life are sick in the head, what has happened here is truly disgracefull but so typical of the justice in this country. I’ll bet the judge is one of the filth that hunt. I got this info from the League and I hope they succeessfully overturn this injustice. I hope if Labour get in at the next general election they BAN hunting FULL STOP. Also change the law when people hunt illegally it’s time animals had as many rights as people do.

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