The Heythrop Hunt and four of it’s members are being prosecuted by the RSPCA for 45 alleged offences under the Hunting Act 2004. They denied illegally hunting foxes with dogs during incidents that took place during the spring of 2012. Huntsman Julian Barnfield, whipper-in Duncan Hune, joint master Venessa Lambert and retired joint master Richard Sumner have all been charged with a number of offences. The case will be heard at Oxford Magistrates Court which is due to start on 13th December 2012 and is expected to last for several weeks.
Huntsman Richard Down, 54, of West Bagborough, near Taunton, and whipper-in Martin Watts, 55, of Washford, appeared at Taunton Magistrates' Court on the 21st August accused of hunting red deer with dogs Full story
When hounds hunt something other than their intended quarry.Full Glossary