VIDEO: Huntsman fined after admitting hunting a fox with dogs
A Huntsman has been handed a hefty fine after admitting hunting a fox with dogs.
David Parker, of the Seavington Hunt, admitted the offence of hunting a fox with dogs, when he appeared at Yeovil Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
The 39-year-old, of Seavington St Mary, Ilminster , was fined £500, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £50 and £500 costs for the offence which took place in the area around Causeway Lane, Winsham in Dorset in January.
District Judge Lynne Matthews dismissed the defence’s plea for a conditional discharge and made the point that Parker had admitted the offence of fox hunting by his own guilty plea.
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The court heard that two wildlife crime investigators from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) were filming the Hunt on the Dorset/Somerset border when they saw a fox bolt from where hounds were searching scrub area.
The Huntsman then blew the horn and engaged the hounds in pursuing the fox.
The hounds were not called off and the pursuit ended at an earth where the fox apparently managed to escape.
The IFAW investigators presented the footage to the RSPCA whose inspector, Jo Daniel said: “The footage, provided by IFAW, clearly shows the members of the hunting party searching the area, along with the hounds, before the fox fled and the huntsman pursued it.
“We cannot stand by whilst laws which are there to protect wild animals are broken and if sufficient evidence is provided to us we have an obligation to act to prevent further such offences from occurring.”
Robbie Marsland, UK Director of IFAW, said: “Hunting a fox with hounds is a cruel and illegal activity and IFAW’s monitors will remain vigilant to ensure anyone committing such offences is brought before the court."