Mark Hankinson: Top huntsman guilty of encouraging illegal fox hunting

15th October 2021 A senior fox hunter has been found guilty of encouraging and assisting people to evade the ban on fox hunting. Recordings of Mark Hankinson, a director of the Master of Foxhounds Association, speaking to around 100 senior hunters in two private webinars in August 2020 were leaked online. The prosecution argued he …

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15th October 2021 FOUND GUILTY! Mark Hankinson has been found guilty of encouraging or assisting others to commit offences under the hunting act following his trial at Westminster magistrates court. The trial came about after the HSA exposed leaked hunting office webinars in 2020.

Man banned from owning animals after ‘standing on hare while his dog mauled it’

A man from County Durham has been banned from owning animals for five years after what a judge described as “absolutely appalling animal cruelty”. 12th October 2021 Paul Bowes, 30, of Etherley Dene, Bishop Auckland, was convicted of hunting with a dog at Rise in East Yorkshire and causing unnecessary suffering to a brown hare, …

Cotswolds hare hunting: Man hit with huge fine after illegal New Year’s Day coursing

Police said he wreaked 'so much pain and suffering on the wildlife' 4th October 2021 A man has been fined £1,713 after being convicted of illegally hunting hares. Anthony Williams, of Southend Lane in Newent, entered farmland in the Cotswolds in the hours of darkness, accompanied by two boys. He then encouraged his Lurcher-type dogs …

Suffolk’s farms a no go zone for 4 hare coursers

28th September 2021 Four poachers have been banned from stepping foot on Suffolk's farmland while with certain breeds of dogs after they were caught hare coursing. Thomas Connors, 43, Patrick Rooney, 36, Anthony Connors, 34, and James Bell, 20, were handed an order which bans them being on private agricultural or farm land, or any …

Police find thousands of hare coursing images on phone belonging to theft suspect

17th August 2021 Derbyshire Constabulary's Rural Crime Team have arrested a suspect on suspicion of hare coursing and firearm offences. The suspect was initially arrested on suspicion of stealing a large piece of plant machinery, police said. Their mobile phone was examined and police said they recovered more than 43,000 images and videos, many of …