One every week: hunting convictions at highest level yet

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 race horse trainer convicted of hare coursing

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).

CPS guidance states no RIPA authorisation needed for hunt monitors

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.

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