Dog fighting accused pleads not guilty

A MAN charged with 13 counts relating to dog fighting entered not guilty pleas at Grantham Magistrates Court on Thursday. John Knibbs, 44, of High Field, Harrowby Hall Estate, will now face a three-day trial at Grantham Magistrates on a date yet to be decided. Knibbs has been charged with nine charges of causing unnecessary …

Pair fined for badger baiting

BADGER baiters who were caught interfering with a sett in north Northumberland and found with vile videos of animal cruelty on their phones have been sentenced today. Callous Christopher Hindmarsh and accomplice Justin Lang have been disqualified from keeping dogs for three years and will have to pay £260 each for costs. They will also …

Gamekeeper who clubbed badgers to death spared jail

Damien Pearse The Guardian, Saturday September 20 2008 A teenage gamekeeper who clubbed to death badgers and shot buzzards then recorded the illegal killings in a coded diary has been spared jail. Kyle Burden claimed he killed the animals ahead of the shooting season to protect pheasants and partridges, game for wealthy visitors to a …

Gangs with guns hunting in Merseyside parks

EXCLUSIVE by Luke Traynor, Liverpool Echo THE ECHO can today reveal the shocking extent of illegal hunting in Merseyside’s parks. Gun-toting gangs are setting their dogs on defenceless wild animals and watching as they are ripped to shreds. And anyone who challenges their sickening hobby is threatened with violence. One Merseyside councillor was knocked unconscious …