16 May 2000
‘Dog-walking a crime’ under hunt ban
SOMEONE who takes two dogs off a lead in an area known for rabbits would be guilty of a criminal offence if hunting were banned, an inquiry into hunting was told.
Richard Lissack QC, for the Countryside Alliance, told the government inquiry chaired by Lord Burns, if dogs chase the rabbits they will be caught by the Act.
Mt Lissack told the inquiry if hunting were to be banned, it was necessary to define the offence, reports The Daily Telegraph.
But Gordon Nardell, a barrister for Deadline 2000, an alliance of anti-hunting groups, rejected this as “an urban myth”.
He said there had to be intention, “not accident or inadvertence”.
Monday (15 May) was the last day of oral evidence taken by the panel.
- The Daily Telegraph 16/05/2000 page 11