Four Members of Middleton Foxhounds Convicted of Illegal Hunting
Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

From League Against Cruel Sports
August 2013

All pleaded guilty of Section 1 Hunting Act offences, which is the hunting of a wild mammal with a dog.

As a supporter of the League, I’m writing to you with great news. Yesterday, four members of the Middleton Foxhounds pleaded guilty of illegally hunting a fox following a case based on a League investigation.

The crucial evidence was obtained by members of the League's Investigations Team in December 2012. The team videoed a fox taking refuge from the hunt in a stack of hay bales. The animal was trapped in the bales for over 25 minutes, with hunt staff using terriers, sticks and hounds to force the fox to flee into the open. Eventually it did attempt to escape, but was brought down and torn apart by the waiting pack of hounds. The huntsman could then be clearly seen, using his hunting horn to blow the traditional call for a kill. He then picks up the fox carcass and holds it over the hounds so that they could better attack and ‘rag’ it.

The four individuals charged were Huntsman Tom Holt, Whipper-in Shaun Marles, Terrierman Lee Martin, and Amateur Terrierman Brian Cuthbertson who all pleaded guilty of Section 1 Hunting Act offences, which is the hunting of a wild mammal with a dog.

So, after an exciting day in court and a great victory for animals, we want to end by saying THANK YOU. Thank you for all you do for the League, for campaigning for animals and for enabling us to do the work we do. Here’s to the next victory!

Thank you.


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