Martin Sims, League Against Cruel Sports Director of Investigations, and former Head of the Police’s National Wildlife Crime Unit, will give his unique perspective on how the Hunting Act has impacted on wildlife investigations 13 years after being passed, during a speech at Bird Fair tomorrow. Martin’s presentation will also discuss how to spot the signs of illegal hunting, wildlife crime and other forms of unlawful persecution.

Despite hunting with hounds being banned in England and Wales in 2004, thousands of wild animals – including foxes, hare and deer – are still being targeted, chased and killed every year by hunts across the country. ‘Trail hunting’ was concocted by hunts following the ban being introduced, to provide cover for illegally pursuing mammals under the guise of following a pre-laid trail. Strong evidence outlines how ‘trail hunting’ is being used as a ploy for the indiscriminate killing of foxes, hare and deer by allowing hunts to falsely claim that any animals killed are done so accidentally.

Where? Merlin Lecture Theatre, Bird Fair, Rutland Water, Oakham, LE15 8BT

When? 09:30 - 17 August 2018