Huntsman Derek Hopkins and terriermen Kevin Allen of the Leicestershire based Fernie Hunt had their appeal dismissed at Leicester Crown Court. They had each been found guilty at Harborough Magistrates Court earlier in the year of hunting a wild mammal with dogs and for interfering with a badger sett during an incident which took place in January 2010.
Official figures released today show convictions almost doubled in 2009 compared with 2008. Fifty-seven people were convicted of offences under the Hunting Act in 2009, according to Ministry of Justice figures, bringing to a total of 145 the number of people convicted between the coming into force of the Act in February 2005 an the end of 2009.
TV chef and ‘Fat Lady’ Clarissa Dickson-Wright and race horse trainer Sir Mark Prescott were today convicted on hare coursing charges following a private prosecution by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare).
The Countryside Alliance recently sent a letter to Chief Constables suggesting that if the police accept evidence gathered by NGOs such as the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), through directed surveillance which is not authorised under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), both the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service may be liable under the Human Rights Act.