Heythrop Hunt – scenting trouble

The Heythrop Hunt has pleaded guilty to four counts of unlawfully hunting a wild fox with dogs. So why is that? The RSPCA is too rich for most people to face in court. The presiding magistrate called the RSPCA’s £327,000 costs “staggering”. He said the public could question whether the charity’s funds to bring the case to court could have been better spent. This is the first successful prosecution of a hunt as a company or corporate entity since the ban came into force eight years ago.

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