RSPCA 'right to prosecute' hunt on David Cameron's doorstep, says Plymouth MP
THE RSPCA had every right to investigate and prosecute a hunt in the Prime Minister's constituency, a Plymouth MP has argued.
Alison Seabeck has defended the animal charity against accusations of being politically motivated after successfully securing a conviction against the Heythrop Hunt, which took place on David Cameron's home turf.
The Labour MP for Plymouth Moor View branded the criticism "completely unfair", saying the organisation played a vital role.
Any move to curb its powers would see hundreds of animal cruelty cases go unchallenged each year, she added in the Commons yesterday.
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Two members of the Heythrop Hunt pleaded guilty to hunting foxes illegally at Oxford Magistrates Court in December. The Hunt itself also admitted to the charges.
The RSPCA brought the case as a private prosecution, its first under the terms of the Hunting Act.
Mr Cameron has admitted to riding with the hunt in the past.
Ms Seabeck said: "I know, as do most MPs, just how important the RSPCA's campaigns are for my constituents. The RSPCA had every right to investigate and prosecute the Heythrop Hunt."