Searching for the fox and hounds…

SEVENTY-SIX people have been prosecuted in England and Wales since the ban on hunting with hounds came into force in February 2005. Masked man: Main picture and left, hunt monitors patrol parts of the lake district; right, a hunting party and their beagles Not one of those prosecutions was in Cumbria. The situation is increasingly …

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Hunt hounds savage pet cat

A DEVASTATED cat owner is in shock today after a pack of hunting hounds savaged her Persian cat. Judy and Brian Dawson's nine-year-old cat Edwina, known as Dween, was mauled by the dogs which burst into their garden while on a hunt in Witnesham yesterday. Today, Rob Haag, joint master of the Easton Harriers hunt …

Government welfare body attacks gamebird battery cages

The government's official advisory body on farmed animal welfare has today launched a devastating attack on the systems used to mass-produce pheasants and partridges for 'sport' shooting. The Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC), in its Opinion on the Welfare of Farmed Gamebirds, is especially critical of battery cages for breeding birds. First exposed nationally by …

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 …