17 November 2000
Hunting judges delay RSPCA case

By FWi staff

A HIGH court battle between the RSPCA and hunt supporters has been postponed after two judges due to hear the case disclosed hunting interests.

The courts listing officer will now try to find a judge free and uninvolved in the issue, reports The Guardian.

Either Mr Justice Laddie or Mr Justice Evans-Lombe was listed to hear the case.

But the former declared he was a member of the Countryside Alliance, and the latter admitted he allows hare coursing on his Norfolk land.

The RSPCA claims it is a victim of entryism after the pro-hunting Countryside Animal Welfare Group urged supporters to join the society.

The newspaper says the case could be delayed until after Christmas.