Foxes are regularly being killed by hunts in Cheshire. The 2004 Hunting Act created by a Labour government, outlawed the hunting of mammals with dogs. We want the Hunting Act to be robustly followed and when foxes or other mammals are killed by hunting with dogs, we want hunters arrested and charged appropriately.
Why is this important?
Hunting wild animals with dogs is a cruel blood sport and has no place in a civilized society. Terrified animals are chased for miles then ripped apart by a pack of dogs, this is regularly happening in Cheshire. Cheshire Constabulary has never successfully prosecuted anyone for illegal hunting. Cheshire Constabulary has passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service only once in the last three years.
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Ministers are to accept many of the recommendations of Lord Bonomy’s review of the law, which found that rules were “unduly complicated” and should be changed.
Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon told MSPs that it had become apparent that the law “to protect foxes from unnecessary hunting” was not “having the desired effect”.
She said: “It is clear to me that there remains considerable public concern about fox hunting in Scotland and doubts about the operability of the legislation as it currently stands.”
A new bill is to be introduced to close potential loopholes in the 2002 legislation, with an explicit limit on the number of dogs that can be used while flushing out or finding foxes.
Ministers will explore whether a licensing scheme should also be set up to permit the use of more than two dogs “if it were deemed necessary for pest control”.
The bill will also include measures to prevent “trail hunting” becoming established in Scotland – a form of replicated hunt which does not involve a fox being chased, but which animal welfare groups fear could be used as cover for a real hunt.
Ms Gougeon said: “We’re going to strengthen our current legislation and plan to introduce measures that go beyond the rest of the UK in terms of protecting the welfare of our wild mammals.”
Gamekeepers voiced concern about the move, saying there would be a “very strong reaction” from rural workers.
Scottish Gamekeeper’s Association Alex Hogg said he would be seeking talks with farmers, calling the new legislation “another nail for important rural industries”.
He said: “Reducing the ability to control foxes in forestry will be a disaster for wildlife and farm stock. Two hounds will simply not work. It’s a totally ineffective tool. This will pave the way for a complete lock-down and is poorly thought through.”
Opposition parties were cautiously supportive of the move when it was announced at Holyrood.
Green MSP Alison Johnstone said the existing legislation was “more loophole than ban”, calling on parliament to “support the kind of comprehensive ban on fox hunting that the public expect”.
Scottish Labour MSP Colin Smyth questioned allowing licences for the use of more than two dogs in hunts, saying “you can’t licence cruelty”.
Ms Gougeon replied that “this is about closing loopholes, not creating any new ones”.
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The outrageous case of a tortured bear cub in Zaragoza, Coahuila, Mexico. A black bear cub approximately two years old, was tied and displayed by Civil Protection officers and non-uniformed people. The cub’s crime was to have ventured in an urban area. Yes, you should feel proud of having saved the residents from a cub.
We have put together a short video of some of the “Accidental ” fox kills the C&H have. We appreciate you have already seen the beginning of the video a few times but please keep watching to the end, it’s just over 2 mins long. The amateur huntsman who has just allowed his hounds to kill a fox is having a relaxed and friendly laugh with the investigating Police officer. The look the Amateur huntsman gives the hunt monitor is chilling………..