Banned for hare coursing

A REDBOURN man has been banned from entering farmland throughout two counties with a dog after he was caught illegally hunting hares. Jimmy Cash,45, of Lybury Way has been given a two year anti-social behaviour order (ASBO), following a conviction under the 2004 Hunting Act . The order, issued at Stevenage Magistrates' Court on Thursday, …

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Buy & Sell urged to stop blood sport dog adverts

Animal welfare groups in the Irish Republic have called on Buy & Sell, a classified listings newspaper, to stop carrying advertisements for dogs used in illegal blood sports. The newspaper is being used by blood-sports enthusiasts to exchange dogs specially bred for use in badger baiting and dog fighting, according to animal-welfare organisations. Although the …

The poor anglers

The resurgence of otters, once threatened with extinction, is causing a headache for anglers amid claims the predators are emptying rivers and lakes of fish. The situation has become so serious that leading figures from the sport are demanding a cull of the animals. The call will prove highly controversial because otters have become an …

Badger diggers arrested

A BLOOD sport swoop saw three men arrested in Northumberland. The Operation Seal inquiry was set up jointly between Northumbria Police and the RSPCA’s special operations unit. It followed an intelligence-led operation into badger baiting and cock fighting in Northumberland. The operation also investigated the baiting of other protected animals with dogs. Search warrants were …

Gamekeeper at Balmoral on trial over badger traps

Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent One of the Queen's gamekeepers at Balmoral is being prosecuted for wildlife offences after two badgers were killed by snares laid on the estate. Robbie Elliot is to appear at Stonehaven sheriff court next month. He has been accused under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 of failing to properly check …