Sherborne hunting chief denies giving webinar tips for illegal fox hunting

11th March 2021 A Sherborne man has appeared in court to deny a Hunting Act offence in relation to the content of a webinar. Mark Hankinson, of Sherborne, is accused of intentionally encouraging or assisting others to commit an offence under the Hunting Act 2004. Hankinson, 60, is accused of advising huntsman on circumventing the …

All hunts and shoots shut down in England

Following Boris Johnson’s announcement this evening (4th January 2021), hunts and shoots across Britain will not be permitted to take place, with the English lockdown expected to last until towards the end of the fox hunting season.

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Cork club 'devastated' after father of three killed by pet stag 30th December 2020 Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority are investigating an accident in north Cork in which a professional huntsman – who was the father of a young family – was killed by a stag yesterday. The accident took place at the …

Stag hunt handed taxpayer-backed £50,000 coronavirus loan and £10,000 grant

3rd September 2020 A stag hunt has been handed a £10,000 grant and a £50,000 loan from taxpayer-backed schemes that help struggling businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic. The Devon and Somerset Staghounds is understood to be one of a number of hunts that have won grants or taken out loans through government programmes during the …

Hunt Saboteurs Association

We're very pleased to announce that we gave out £62,300 in grants to our local groups in 2019! As the UK's premiere anti-hunting organisation, donations to the Hunt Saboteurs Association go exactly where they’re needed - to directly save wildlife. Help us take action against bloodsports by becoming a member of the HSA: huntsabs.org.uk/index.php/join-the-hsa

League Against Cruel Sports and Countryside Alliance comment on court case

7th February 2020 Animal welfare campaigners have described a not guilty verdict as a hollow victory for hunting after two men associated with the Quantock Staghounds deer hunt avoided a criminal conviction at Taunton Magistrates’ Court on February 4. Richard Down, former Huntsman, and Martin Watts, former Whipper-in and current Huntsman of the Quantock Staghounds, …

Foxhunting carries on with impunity, says former police chief

Campaigners say police and courts failing to hold hunts accountable 25th December 2019 Foxhunting is continuing with impunity across the UK, with police and courts failing to hold those organising and taking part in them accountable, a former senior police officer has said, as the hunting season gears up towards its Boxing Day ceremonial climax. …

Men deny illegal hunting at Trendle Ring, Bicknoller

27th October 2019 TWO men have appeared in court jointly charged with illegally hunting. Richard Down, 56, of Kittisford Farm, Bathealton, and Martin John Watts, also 56, of Kennel Lane, West Bagborough, both deny committing the offence. Both are members of the Quantock Staghounds. They are charged with hunting a wild animal with a dog …