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    Rspca 300,000

    ON THE NEWS AT 10 The RSPCA has spent all that money for the prosicution of one fox hunt.
    Is this what the donations were ment for right or wrong. I have always suported the rspca but i wont be giving anymore. Just think of all the good they could have done. woodfordfallow
    Last edited by woodfordfallow; 17-12-2012 at 22:30. Reason: m

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    great news hunt fined 4000 plus 15 ooo costs rspca cost 380000 what a waste of time and money

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    Here's the press release from RSPCA:

    Please find a press release to follow. For further information, please contact RSPCA press office on 0300 123 0244/0288.


    RSPCA celebrates success of Hunting Act with landmark case
    Guilty of deliberately hunting foxes with dogs



    Monday 17 December 2012
    The RSPCA celebrated the success of its first ever prosecution of a traditional hunt when the Heythrop Hunt today pleaded guilty to four charges of intentionally hunting a fox with dogs on several occasions* (17 December) - an activity illegal under the Act.

    The case, based on footage of foxes being deliberately chased by dogs, is thought to be the first where a hunt has faced corporate charges. It is also the first taken by the RSPCA involving the prosecution of a hunt itself.

    Recently retired huntsman, Julian Barnfield (06/09/63) of Chipping Norton and recently retired hunt master Richard Ward Sumner (27/07/44) of Salperton, Gloucestershire also pleaded guilty to the same charges. Both defendants retired after summons were laid in this case.

    Barnfield was fined 1,000 and ordered to pay 2,000 in costs, Sumner was fined 1,800 and ordered to pay 2,500 costs and the Heythrop Hunt was fined 4,000 and ordered to pay 15,000 costs. All three were ordered to pay a 15 victim surcharge.

    Oxford Magistrates’ Court heard how independent monitors, some of whom are also associates of Protect Our Wild Animals (POWA), brought the footage, filmed on several occasions during November 2011 and February and March 2012 in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, to the attention of the RSPCA. The charity’s undercover Special Operations Unit then investigated before its Prosecutions Department undertook a thorough examination of the evidence. Based on the weight and quality of the evidence the RSPCA decided to proceed to prosecution.

    RSPCA chief inspector Mike Butcher said: “The evidence in this case was incontrovertible - it clearly showed hounds being encouraged to pursue a fox. This is illegal under the Hunting Act and constitutes a wildlife crime.

    “This hunt and its members were hunting foxes in direct contravention of the law for at least one whole hunting season.

    “We are very grateful for the vigilance and dedication to animal welfare shown by the independent hunt monitors, including those who are members of POWA. Their footage was vital to our case.”

    The RSPCA is now calling on all who act within the law by either drag or trail hunting (where hounds follow a scent or trail laid by the huntsmen rather than a live fox) to join with the charity and responsible landowners in opposing wildlife crime.

    RSPCA chief executive, Gavin Grant, said: “These defendants were well aware that they were breaking the law in that their actions would lead to a fox being torn apart by dogs.

    “No doubt the hunt will say that those involved have now left and they had no knowledge of this crime. But the evidence of the deliberate hunting of foxes with dogs on many occasions is crystal clear. The truth is this hunt believed that they were above the law - they were wrong.

    “This law protects our beautiful wild animals. We will ensure that it is enforced as Parliament intended.

    “The RSPCA is also clear that we welcome people enjoying their horses in the countryside. We will work with all those that do so and act within the law. Let us join together to that end and reject the wildlife criminals that abuse animals."

    The costs of the case were referred to by the judge. Gavin Grant said: “You cannot put a price on justice and as the animals can’t bring this case themselves – particularly when they have been torn to pieces – so we have to do it for them. We are being true to our 188 year history of fighting for justice for animals. “

    He added: “The overwhelming majority of people in this country are opposed to hunting – it is time those who still take part in this illegal activity to stop then we would be able to stop spending money taking them to court.”

    The vast majority of people love animals and respect the law. They can help the RSPCA protect our wildlife and bring criminals to justice by donating to the RSPCA Legal Fighting Fund (to help us bring those who abuse animals to justice):
    To give 3 now text HELP to 78866 (Texts cost 3 + 1 standard network rate message)
    To donate via phone, please call 0300 123 8181 now (24 hours a day)
    To donate online, please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/urgent
    -ends-


    Notes to editors

    *The Heythrop Hunt Ltd of Chipping Norton; recently retired huntsman Julian Barnfield (06/09/63) of Chipping Norton; and recently retired hunt master Richard Ward Sumner (27/07/44) of Salperton, Gloucestershire admitted the following charges:
    That on 23rd November 2011 in the vicinity of Church Westcote, Gloucestershire, you did unlawfully hunt a wild mammal, namely a fox, with dogs, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.
    That on 30th November 2011 in the vicinity of Evenlode, Gloucestershire, you did unlawfully hunt a wild mammal, namely a fox, with dogs, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.
    That on 29th February 2012 in the vicinity of Chastleton, Oxfordshire, you did unlawfully hunt a wild mammal, namely a fox, with dogs, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.
    That on 7th March 2012 in the vicinity of Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire, you did unlawfully hunt a wild mammal, namely a fox, with dogs, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.

    For copies of the footage please contact the RSPCA press office on 0300 123 0244/0288. It is also available to download online on the link below.

    A higher quality version (big file size 800+ MB)
    https://www.yousendit.com/dl?phi_action=app/orchestrateDownload&rurl=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.y ousendit.com%252Ftransfer.php%253Faction%253Dbatch _download%2526send_id%253D1858926134%2526email%253 D774c7ee42983eb09c0c8c67c79fb69f4&s=19105&cid=tx-02002208350200000000

    This is a lower quality version (but much smaller file size nearly 200 MB)
    https://www.yousendit.com/dl?phi_action=app/orchestrateDownload&rurl=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.y ousendit.com%252Ftransfer.php%253Faction%253Dbatch _download%2526send_id%253D1858897668%2526email%253 D39b680e810ceeda22cdcffea7c67d501&s=19105&cid=tx-02002208350200000000


    The opening note of prosecution barrister, Jeremy Carter-Manning, is available to the media, for copies please contact the press office on 0300 123 0244/0288













    RSPCA, Wilberforce Way, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 9RS
    Press office direct lines: 0300 123 0244/0288 Fax: 0303 123 0099
    Duty press officer (evenings and weekends) Tel 08448 222888 and ask for pager number 828825
    Email: press@rspca.org.uk Website: www.rspca.org.uk


    Once upon a time the RSPCA told the Uncomfortable Tail of Britain's
    forgotten farm animal. Find out more about our Like a Duck to Water
    campaign: http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/...gns/farm/ducks

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    The cost of politics for the RSPCA, this was a political decision not an animal welfare one.
    To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

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    A complete waste of money, and not a good use of funds given by the vast majority of people who support the RSPCA

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    If the action by the RSPCA is proven to be political will their "charitable status" be revoked...... I will not be surprised if they have walked into a trap unwittingly! Could be interesting.
    TonyC

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodfordfallow View Post
    ON THE NEWS AT 10 The RSPCA has spent all that money for the prosicution of one fox hunt.
    Is this what the donations were ment for right or wrong. I have always suported the rspca but i wont be giving anymore. Just think of all the good they could have done. woodfordfallow
    if you look into this you will find the RSPCA had legal aid for this case so the public are picking up the bill it is not being paid for out of donations

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    Good!

    Because these organisations can only spend this money ONCE. And that means less money for anti-shooting agendas. I have zero sympathy with the houndsports crowd who, as I well recall, were happy to publicly spout propaganda about "lethal at one mile high powerde rifles being used to lamp foxes" and "foxes shot with shot guns dying of gangrene" to try to stop Parliament banning hunting with hounds.

    There are those in the houndsports lobby who would happily have seen a ban on lamping and on fox drives with shot guns if they could have used these to perevent the Hunting Act.

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    just to make it clear , this has cost RSPCA NOTHING , the tax payer has picked up the bill as RSPCA had legal aid to fight the case

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    If that is so then the Court should have either stopped the prosecution or awarded costs against the hunt.

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