Friday, October 19, 2007


BBC News

Two men convicted of breaking the law prohibiting hunting have had their appeal against conviction rejected.

Richard Down and Adrian Pillivant, both members of the Quantock Staghounds, were convicted after being filmed by the League Against Cruel Sports.

The league filmed the pair chasing a deer for more than an hour, and the hunters were convicted.

A judge at Taunton Crown Court rejected their appeal, saying the pair were hunting for sport.
Down, 44, and Pillivant, 36, were convicted by magistrates in June after the anti-hunt campaigners filmed two hounds as they chased deer across Exmoor a year after the Hunting Act made hunting with hounds illegal.

The League Against Cruel Sports told the original court hearing that the deer were chased for more than an hour with no attempt made to shoot them humanely or call off the hounds.

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