The hunting community has countered claims made in the League Against Cruel Sports’ (LACS) annual hunting report that almost two-thirds of hunts in England and Wales continue to hunt wild mammals and that stricter policing is needed.
But Countryside Alliance spokesman Tim Bonner says thousands of hours of police time have already been wasted “investigating pointless allegations”.
“The last hunt successfully prosecuted under the Hunting Act was in January 2008. Since then a series of hunting cases have collapsed and the law has proved, as we always said, to be unworkable.
“There is no justification for any organisation wasting further public funding, especially when public service is under such financial pressure.”
This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (10 June 2010)