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Fox Hunting
First successful prosecution of fox-hunting law breach in Scotland

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SCOTLAND has made its first conviction under the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 for mounted fox hunting.

John Clive Richardson, 67, and Johnathan Riley, 24, were found guilty last week of deliberately hunting a fox with dogs near Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders, last year.

The pair, both members of the Jedburgh Hunt, denied breaching the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 during their trial, and argued that they had used hounds to flush out a fox from cover to waiting guns, as the law allows.

However, the defence argued that the father and son had clearly broken the law and evidence had shown a ‘deliberate course of acts culminating with those responsible for the hunt, hunting the fox with dogs.’

Evidence came from the League Against Cruel Sports, who provided a video of what happened, after secretly filming the hunt.

Robbie Marsland, director of the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, said: ‘Today’s guilty verdict is the first successful prosecution for mounted fox-hunting in Scotland, and while we are delighted with the outcome, and our role in this, we remain of the view that the law needs strengthening.’

Riley, in charge of the hunt at the time, was fined £400, and Richardson was fined £250. Both men are said to be appealing the verdict.

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