Illegal hunting sees Irish hare numbers halve

The number of Irish hares in Northern Ireland almost halved because people are flaunting the law banning its hunting, a pressure group claimed today. The League Against Cruel Sports called for a permanent prohibition to be put in place after the population dropped to 98 this year. This is the lowest recording since measures were …

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Inside the world of dog-fighting

It was the sound of dogs barking and whimpering that first attracted PC Paul Foster to the back of an old kitchen showroom in inner city Birmingham. As he got closer he heard voices and men cheering. What police found in Alum Rock a mainly Pakistani inner-city suburb, was an unexpected and disturbing crime scene. …

RSPCA: Bird club official admits illegally keeping rare species

One of the most high profile members of Britain's aviculture community has been given a 16-week suspended prison sentence, a curfew between 9pm and 6am and ordered to pay £750 in costs after he admitted illegally keeping one of the UK’s rarest wild birds at his Yorkshire home. Sean Fitzpatrick – a former chairman and …

Crawley & Horsham hunt drops fight against saboteurs

Legal action against hunt saboteurs by the Crawley & Horsham hunt and 80 landowners has been shelved a year after it was launched, with probable costs of £100,000 to hunting and little gained. Funds for the test case were procured from the Countryside Alliance (CA) and Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA), with around £20,000 from …

AM calls for crackdown on illegal hunting in North Wales

NORTH Wales must not become a 'soft touch' for illegal hunting says Wrexham's Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths. She has spoken out following the publication of police figures which reveal that in the past three years not one single prosecution has been brought in the region as the result of reports from the public about suspected …