Harewood House estate angrily denies ‘animal death pit’ allegations

By Mark Casci Agricultural Correspondent ALLEGATIONS of animal cruelty at a Yorkshire estate have been strenuously denied by its managers after an animal rights organisation accused it of the "systematic slaughter of wildlife". Harewood House has furiously rejected claims made by the League Against Cruel Sports that it was engaged in the persecution of wildlife …

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Hare coursers hit with huge bill after raids

By Stef Hall, Crime Reporter Two men arrested during an RSPCA investigation into hare coursing in Lancashire have been ordered to pay thousands of pounds in costs and fines. Police and RSPCA officers mounted a probe following calls from farmers around Out Rawcliffe and Winmarleigh, near Garstang, who reported an increase in illegal hunting. One …

Huntsman cautioned for chasing hare in first case of its kind under Hunting Act

Hare. UK: Huntsman cautioned for chasing hare in first case of its kind under Hunting Act Nigel Bell was filmed chasing a hare by anti-hunt monitors in February this year and has been given a police caution Photo: GETTY Nigel Bell, 53, from the Wick and District Beagles, admitted the breach after he was filmed …

Manchester Airport calls off its cull of rooks nesting in Dunham Massey Golf Club

MANCHESTER Airport has called off a bird cull in Dunham that was due to take place this week, after an outcry from nature lovers. Airport bosses put up notices at the weekend saying they would carry out a cull of a flock of rooks on Thursday. They claimed the work was necessary because a rookery …