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Why is it so hard to prosecute wildlife crime?

“All wildlife crime investigations are extremely complex and without sufficient, strong evidence, it can be very difficult to bring about a successful prosecution. We know this is frustrating to members of the public and it is frustrating to our officers but we can only act within the legislation available.” (North Yorks Police ). While there is no doubt at all that some police officers on some forces actively support illegal fox hunting (either because they hurt themselves or their colleagues do) the Hunting Act (ie the legislation) needs strengthening to remove the exemptions which make evading the law so easy and pursuing hunters in court so difficult.

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Massive thumbs-down to NI’s fox hunters

Another gratifyingly very bad day for fox hunting (to add to dire financials caused by lockdown, leaked webinars, media coverage of pets being killed and of hounds being killed on the road, landowners suspending licences for so-called ‘trail hunting’ etc) as figures released by the Northern Ireland Assembly yesterday showed overwhelming support for a ban on hunting with dogs following a country-wide consultation. An Alliance Party member’s bill to ban hunting with dogs in Northern Ireland (where it is still legal) gathered a huge 18,425 responses – perhaps the largest response ever to a private member’s bill there: 78% of those respondents were in favour of a proposed law protecting wild animals from being killed by dogs. Which begs the question: for how much longer can the grubby hobby of chasing foxes around the countryside exist before it is properly outlawed altogether? Going by the panicked response to every ‘threat’ to fox hunting, and despite what they tell the media, deep down even the most aredent lobbyists must know that the answer is ‘not for very much longer’…

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Tynedale Hunt | Hounds left alpacas ‘traumatised’

This is a tale of everyday countryside activities (at least, everyday when so-called ‘trail hunting’ is involved) but there is something here we all need to consider: one of these people – how can we put this politely, is being economical with the actualité. So, according to a report on the BBC, Teri White, an alpaca breeder in Northumberland, is claiming that hounds from the Tynedale Hunt had got on to her land near Hexham on three occasions, chasing “newly-weaned alpacas into a corner, terrifying them”. A hunt spokesperson, on the other hand, claim that “a few hounds did “drift” on to the land but did not chase or harm any animals”. Which are two very different things indeed. Hmm, it’s just so difficult to say who is the more believable, eh…

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ITV News shows Kimblewick Hunt killing a fox

Fox hunting has been in full-on recovery mode after the Hunt Saboteurs Association leaked webinars hosted by the ludicrous Hunting Office which talked of ‘smokescreens’ and the hunts’ accursed terrier men being the ‘soft underbelly’ of pro-wildlife claims that so-called ‘trail hunting’ is just an excuse to get around the Hunting Act 2004 (see – Hunts on the Run). With an increasingly angry public watching fox hunts ignoring Covid-19 tier restrictions (even after being granted exceptions to the ‘Rule of Six’ the rest of the country suffered through), even the most tone-deaf of fox hunting lobbyists knew that Boxing Day fox hunts (when hunts traditionally stick two fingers up to pro-wildlife members of the public and flaunt how little has really changed since 2004) needed to be at least seen to be doing the right thing…Clearly, though, the notorious Oxford-based Kimblewick Hunt – no strangers to a bit of lawbreaking – didn’t get the memo and ended up just where they didn’t want to be: on national television, their hounds filmed killing a fox…

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Hunts on the run

The Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) have obtained a series of webinars which reveal the efforts hunting is now having to go to ‘prove’ they are ‘trail hunting’ (or hunting legally as they call it). Leading figures in hunting (including former police officers) are clearly taking the impact of sabbing very seriously indeed, and are recorded giving a LOT of advice about overt trail laying, filming everything, storing video long-term, and being very careful not to get into fights with what they typically call ‘antis’. Hunting is being forced to comply with the law (or at least are being forced to being seen to be complying with the law) because of pressure from sabs and monitors and appear to know that the days of just killing wildlife and blagging their way out of trouble is over. As we have said many times, the sabs and monitors who have achieved this are heroes to a person.

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BirdLife webinar | Bird trade in Asia

Has the way we all do business changed as a response to Covid-19? Take BirdLife International’s webinar for example. Sure, webinars have been around for a while now, but the audio and video quality has come on leaps and bounds. They are more interactive. And for those more e-weary members of the potential audience, the carbon savings of not flying around the world to a meeting is well worth the additional screentime a webinar might involve. Webinars sound so obvious now: but if you began taking an interest in these issues when dial-up modems seemed revolutionary, this still feels like a huge advance.

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