The Countryside Alliance (CA) has condemned the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) after the anti-hunting group appealed to members of the public to help catch individuals involved in illegal hunting.

LACS has offered a reward for information directly leading to a conviction under the Hunting Act 2004 in England and Wales or the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002 (in Scotland).

LACS chief executive Joe Duckworth said; “Our work relies on good intelligence such as when and where illegal hunting is taking place.”

However a CA spokesman countered; “This smacks of increasing desperation from LACS, who are desperately trying to support their failing campaigns against hunting.

“Offering rewards of this kind could be seen as an incitement to further bullying and harassment of hunts as they go about their business, perfectly legally and within the Hunting Act.”

This news story was first published in H&H magazine on 18 September 2014