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Lamerton Hunt Trial - 'no improper' act by the League Against Cruel Sports

10 December 2015

lamerton hunt dead foxThe District Judge overseeing the trial of six members of the Lamerton Hunt, accused of illegal hunting, yesterday ruled that the League Against Cruel Sports were clear of any ‘unnecessary or improper act or omission’ in the trial.

The League Against Cruel Sports withdrew from the trial last week after defence lawyers accused expert witness for the prosecution, Professor Steve Harris, of being inappropriately linked to the charity. Pro-hunt groups seized the opportunity to attack the charity, claiming that it was wrong to have taken the prosecution, and accusing it of ‘wasting ‘£100,000’ of charity funds’ – a figure plucked out of the air which is many times greater than the amount the charity actually spent.
 
However, the judge took a judgment on Wednesday morning as to whether there was an unnecessary or improper act or omission by the League, by not revealing details of the relationship prior to the case. He concluded that there was not.
 
Further, the judge deemed that the League would not have to pay the hunt’s court costs, which amounted to £72,355.42.
 
Tom Quinn, Director of Campaigns for the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “Pro-hunt supporters and the Countryside Alliance have done their best to blacken our name by accusing us of wrongly taking this prosecution, of somehow trying to mislead the court, and of wasting our supporters’ money. This judgement shows they are wrong on all counts.
 
“The evidence we put in front of the court deserved to be there, and we will not be bullied into shirking from highlighting what we believe is bang to rights illegal hunting. It is a shame this prosecution wasn’t able to go right to the end, but anyone watching the video can make up their own mind as to what they are seeing.
 
“We have incurred some costs through this case, naturally, but they will be around a third of what the hunt have spent – and a quarter of what they were insinuating we were going to have to pay. We believe that our supporters will understand that to bring people to justice for wildlife cruelty, we will sometimes have to put our money where our mouth is, and we think this amount was totally justified.
 
“The vast majority of people in this country are opposed to fox hunting as they find it a pathetic remnant of the dark ages which serves no practical purpose other than to amuse a small, cruel but influential minority. The League Against Cruel Sports will continue to represent the majority, despite attempts by pro-hunt groups to besmirch the name of respected experts who disagree with them, despite attempts to desperately deflect attention away from the illegal activity practised by some hunts, and despite attempts to silence and discredit us. We fight on.”

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Further reading: League Withdraws from Private Prosecution of Hunt

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  • jenny wickham

    10 December 2015, 2:12pm

    League supporters money is never wasted in trying to bring these lawbreakers to justice and we are all behind you in your efforts.

    It was patently obvious what was happening in the video, and was disappointing that the case failed, but you must carry on until hunting is banned completely.

    The judgement clearing the League of any impropriety will leave the CA and pro hunt supporters spitting chips!

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  • Christine Curran jenny wickham

    17 December 2015, 2:04pm

    This is the very reason I have always supported the League and am also a member. Bringing these criminals to justice is exactly why this charity was founded which is in keeping with the wishes of up to 85% of the population..

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  • Maxine Rothchester

    10 December 2015, 3:50pm

    Sickens me to my stomach that anyone could think this is sport those poor babies did not deserve that you truly are the scum of the earth

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  • Sara Smith

    10 December 2015, 4:35pm

    Well done LACS and don't be deterred from bringing these cases in the future! You're doing a great job!!!

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  • minky

    10 December 2015, 4:55pm

    We think you are right - this is Illegal Hunting and Animal Cruelty. They think they can get away with it because the UK government and royal family agree with hunting

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  • Winnie Lisowski

    10 December 2015, 4:57pm

    Pity the court didn't see the TRUTH. The video CLEARLY showed one of the people concerned 'taking a fox cub out his pocket & showing the 2 guys he was standing with, they laughed then he put it back in his pocket, I shudder to think what happened to the poor pup. Surely the court must have see this Evidence or did they turn a blind eye?

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  • joan dutton

    10 December 2015, 5:02pm

    what makes mankind want to hurt and kill innocent animals.they were put here to share this world with us we have no right to abuse them the way we do.what kind of a heart does one have that allows them to cause unnecessary suffering to any living thing.leave nature alone as one day it may backfire on you

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  • TONY WEBBER

    10 December 2015, 7:38pm

    If we didn't have the League who would we have to fight those "people" who get enjoyment out of seeing Foxes and other animals ripped to pieces. They do a great job fighting those with money who do their up most to discredit the League.

    All I can say is, keep up your wonderful work taking on those who should get themselves into the 21st century just because they can get away with murder unless you take them on

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  • Roberta Spooner

    10 December 2015, 8:33pm

    You have my total respect and admiration for taking these vile people to court, you should be very proud of what you have achieved , Thank you!

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  • Julia Michell

    10 December 2015, 9:02pm

    These despicable groups. Organisations & individuals of cruelty and deceit need now more than ever bringing to justice and bringing down. I applaud the League if Cruel Sports stance on this case and agree that bringing action wherever law breaking is concerned us the right thing to do. I am amazed and horrified that Lamerton Hunt have been able to get away with this. They should be thrown in jail for killing against the law

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  • Richard Collins

    10 December 2015, 10:32pm

    Keep up the good work

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