Terriermen face cruelty action
TERRIERMEN face prosecution for cruelty if they send their dogs into fox or badger holes, the High Court has ruled.
In what the RSPCA called a landmark ruling, two judges upheld the conviction and jailing of two terriermen under the 1911 Protection of Animals Act.
But the decision could concern country sports supporters fighting to stop a Private Members Bill sponsored by Ken Livingstone, which would ban hunting with dogs, reportsThe Daily Telegraph.
The High Court ruling said anyone sending a terrier into a confined space where it would be injured by a larger carnivore could face prosecution.
Badgers are already protected by separate legislation, but the case had been less clear on foxes.
The Countryside Alliance said terrier work was not a sport but an important part of pest control.
- No Middle Way for hunt law?, FWi, 23 February, 2000
- MPs verdict on hunt ban today, FWi, 22 February, 2000
- Hunt bill unlikely to get time, FWi, 16 December, 1999
- Government backs hunt ban, FWi, 11 November, 1999
- The Daily Telegraph 29/02/2000 page 8