One person, on average, every week is prosecuted under the Hunting Act, and almost two-thirds are found guilty
Official figures released today reveal more individuals were prosecuted for hunting with dogs last year (2013), than in any other since the 2004 ban came into force.
A total of 110 individuals were charged for offences under the Hunting Act in 2013, an increase on the previous high of 92 in 2009, according to figures released by Justice Minister Damian Green in response to a written parliamentary question from Jim Fitzpatrick.
Today’s Ministry of Justice figures show there has been a steady increase in the number of people being prosecuted for hunting with dogs since 2010, when 49 people faced charges.
2011 saw 72 prosecutions, while in 2012, 84 individuals faced charges.
There have been a total of 527 people convicted under the Hunting Act between the legislation coming into force in February 2005, and the end of 2013. 56 people were convicted for offences under the Act in 2013.
Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports comments: “The figures for 2013 show just how successful and effective the Hunting Act 2004 is, whilst clearly debunking any argument that the law doesn’t work. The Hunting Act remains the most successful piece of wild animal legislation.
“The League will continue to work with the Police and others to catch and bring individuals flouting the law and causing cruelty to animals to justice.”
Hunt officials continue to be prosecuted under the legislation. Three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds are due to face a total of four charges of hunting a wild mammal with a dog, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act in Yeovil Magistrates Court on 29th July. The case is based on evidence supplied by the League and further investigations carried out by Avon & Somerset Police in relation to two separate incidences. source: http://www.league.org.uk/news-and-opinion/press-releases/2014/july/hunting-prosecutions-at-all-time-high
League Against Cruel Sports
The League Against Cruel Sports is a charity registered in England and Wales (1095234) that brings together people who care about animals. Like the majority of the public, we believe that cruelty to animals in the name of sport has no place in modern society.
Hunt Saboteurs Association
There are local hunt saboteur groups all over the UK, all of which are active at least once a week against the hunts and shoots in their area. Groups need volunteers to work either as activists in the field, saving the hunted animals’ lives directly, or to do the vital background work of fundraising, leafleting, etc. without which no group can function.