Hunting conviction figures show Act as successful as ever
Following a written question from Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, under the Hunting Act 2004, in 2011 alone, 76 individuals were proceeded against, whilst 56 were convicted of offences under the Act.
Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports comments: “The figures for 2011 clearly show how successful and effective the Hunting Act 2004 is compared to other wildlife legislation.”
Angela Smith MP commenting on the act says: “Over seven years since the ban on hunting with hounds became law and hundreds of prosecutions later, the act continues to prove itself as one of the most successful pieces of wildlife legislation in making a difference.”
Joe Duckworth concludes: “The League will continue to work with the Police and others to stamp out this cruel crime. One animal killed illegally in the name of this barbaric sport, is one too many.”
Notes to Editors
2. The League Against Cruel Sports remains committed to exposing and bringing to an end the cruelty inflicted on animals in the name of ‘sport’. The League works closely with the Police to bring to justice those individuals continuing to break the law whilst raising the importance of wildlife crime as a priority with Police Commissioner candidates.
3. The League has committed to invest a further £1 million into its undercover investigations team and has so far, more than quadrupled the number of investigators working covertly in the field.
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