11 March 1998
Huntsman cleared of trampling fox
HUNTSMAN Alex Sneddon, a veteran of the Holcombe Hunt, was cleared of causing unnecessary suffering to a fox which was trampled by his horse.
A stipendiary magistrate at Rawtenstall, Lancashire, ruled the trampling was an accident. He said the incident was also exacerbated by animal rights protesters activities on 16 November 1996.
The private prosecution was brought by hunt saboteur Edmund Shepherd, from Bolton, Greater Manchester. It was the first to be directed against a huntsman under the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 1996. The Countryside Alliance claimed the decision an important legal victory.
- The Daily Telegraph 11/03/98 page 10