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  The CPS : The Hunting Act 2004
They have indicated that an appropriate reaction to policing hunts may well be evidence gathering, either by the police or in statement form from members of the public, to identify offences and offenders with a view to subsequent action, whether by summons or arrest.
Under the Act, there is no power where a suspect is about to commit an offence or may commit an offence in the future as the section is worded to cover current and past activity only.
Hunting is to be understood in its ordinary English meaning and the Oxford English Dictionary defines 'hunt' as also including 'to search'.
www.cps.gov.uk /legal/section12/chapter_q.html   (4070 words)

 Hunting Act 2004: 11 Jan 2005: House of Commons debates (TheyWorkForYou.com)
I shall deal in particular with the challenge mounted by the Countryside Alliance to the validity of the Hunting Act 2004, which is based specifically on its argument that the Parliament Act 1949 is invalid.
My advice to hunts—[Interruption.] I would advise hunts not to consider that the challenge might succeed, but to undertake such actions as are necessary for them to comply with the Hunting Act 2004, as passed by the House.
I take the view that the Hunting Act that was passed is good law and we should leave it to the courts to decide how it should be implemented.
www.theyworkforyou.com /debates/?id=2005-01-11a.165.0   (3572 words)

 Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal
One of the most colourful was the act of "blooding." This is a very old ceremony in which the master or huntsman would smear the blood of the fox or coyote onto the cheeks or forehead of a newly initiated hunt follower.
Hunts in the United States, Canada, Ireland and India are legacies of the British Empire to some extent, although some claim that the first pack devoted to hunting only fox was located in the United States.
Opponents of fox hunting claim that the activity is not necessary for fox control, arguing that the fox is not a pest species and that hunting does not and cannot make a real difference to fox populations [7].
www.goupstate.com /apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=NEWS&template=wiki&text=fox_hunting   (4204 words)

 Countryside Alliance - Exempt Hunting Under the Hunting Act 2004
Hunting is exempt hunting under the Hunting Act 2004 if you are stalking or flushing a wild mammal subject to the conditions below.
The hunting of rats, rabbits and a hare which has been shot is exempt hunting subject only to the condition that it is on land of which you are the owner or you have the owner or occupier's permission.
Flushing a wild mammal for the purpose of enabling a bird of prey to hunt it is exempt subject only to the condition that it is on land of which you are the owner or you have the owner or occupier's permission.
www.countryside-alliance.org /hunting_campaigns/hunting_politcal_issues/Exempt_Hunting_Under_the_Hunting_Act_2004   (1075 words)

 Defra UK; Policy on hunting with dogs
The Hunting Act 2004 bans the hunting with dogs of all wild mammals, and all hare coursing.
The Act makes clear that hunting with dogs includes engaging alone or participating with others in the pursuit of a wild mammal where a dog is used in that pursuit.
Hunting should be understood in its ordinary English meaning, which includes searching for wild mammals, chasing them, or pursuing them with the intention of catching or killing them.
www.defra.gov.uk /rural/hunting/brief_guide.htm   (947 words)

 Policing the Hunting Act
Kent Police is preparing to police the Hunting Act 2004 when it is due to be applied in law from Friday 18 th February.
The force intends to take part in policing hunt activities in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Association of Chief Police Officers.
“Officers have met with both pro-hunting groups and Hunting Act supporters to explain how we intend to police these events, while also listening to their plans.
www.edenbridgetown.com /police/crime_2005/policing_hunting_act.shtml   (365 words)

 Badger Trust   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The Act laid down strict conditions for the blocking of sett entrances in connection with fox hunts, and stoppers were only permitted to use materials which were easy for the badgers to remove.
Now that fox hunting is illegal, there is no longer any need for the provisions in the Protection of Badgers Act which allowed badger setts to be blocked up before hunts took place, and the Hunting Act has repealed those provisions.
Hunting for rabbits with dogs however is regarded as 'exempt hunting' under the Hunting Act and is therefore legal provided that it is carried out with the permission of the landowner or occupier.
www.badger.org.uk /action/hunting-with-dogs.html   (940 words)

 Hunting Act: Gamekeepers Should Know...
A person is deemed to be hunting if he “ engages or participates in the pursuit of a wild mammal, and one or more dogs are employed in that pursuit (whether or not by him and whether or not under his control or direction) ”.
There are other minor exemptions to the ban on hunting but these concern research purposes and the recovery of escaped mammals and they are not thought to be relevant to gamekeepers.
The Act also specifically bans hare coursing events, defined as “ a competition in which dogs are, by the use of live hares, assessed as to skill in hunting hares.
www.nationalgamekeepers.org.uk /library/resource/50   (956 words)

 Hunting Act 2004
Acts of Parliament printed from this website are printed under the superintendence and authority of the Controller of HMSO being the Queen's Printer of Acts of Parliament.
It should be noted that the right to reproduce the text of Acts of Parliament does not extend to the Queen's Printer imprints which should be removed from any copies of the Act which are issued or made available to the public.
Braille copies of this Act can also be purchased at the same price as the print edition by contacting TSO Customer Services on 0870 600 5522 or e-mail: customer.service@tso.co.uk.
www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk /acts/acts2004/20040037.htm   (292 words)

 SABC: Leisure & Tourism: Countryside: Hunting Act 2004
The Hunting Act 2004 came into force on 18 February 2005 and prohibits the hunting of wild animals with dogs in England and Wales, except where it is carried out in accordance with the conditions of an exemption.
Various figures are put forward by both supporters and opposers of hunting to reinforce their claims that public support is on their side.
A fox hunting survey undertaken by YouGov on behalf of The Daily Telegraph in 2002 showed that 57% of those questioned held the view that "hunting with dogs is never acceptable".
www.shrewsbury.gov.uk /public/leisure/countryside/huntingact2004.htm   (191 words)

 Hunting Act forms a threat to farming - Horses for sale, equestrian news, eventing, show jumping, dressage, horse shows ...
The terms of the Hunting Act 2004 have rendered them incapable of controlling the ever-increasing fox population.
Under the Hunting Act, only two hounds can be used to flush a fox to hounds in England and Wales.
However there is great concern that within the terms of the Hunting Act 2004, hunts and farmers will be unable to protect newborn lambs from foxes".
www.horseandhound.co.uk /competitionnews/article.php?aid=71964   (404 words)

 Hunting Act 2004
In section 35 of the Game Act 1831 (provision about trespassers: exceptions) the following words shall cease to have effect: "to any person hunting or coursing upon any lands with hounds or greyhounds, and being in fresh pursuit of any deer, hare or fox already started upon any other land, nor".
Section 8(4) to (9) of the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 (exception for hunting) shall cease to have effect.
For the purposes of section 2 of the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996 (offences: exceptions) the hunting of a wild mammal with a dog (within the meaning of this Act) shall be treated as lawful if and only if it is exempt hunting within the meaning of this Act.
www.opsi.gov.uk /acts/acts2004/40037--f.htm   (202 words)

 Parliament   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
An unambiguous opinion that the Hunting Bill, as it left the Commons in July 2003, contravenes the European Convention on Human Rights, to which the UK is a signatory.
Whilst having ministerial responsibility for hunting, it was alleged by a LACS member at a Labour Party conference fring meeting that he made some very anti-hunting commitments at a private meeting.
23rd March 2002 in response to his demand that the Parliament Act be used to force through a hunting ban during the Commons debate on Alun Michaels's statement on a six month consultation.
www.huntfacts.com /Parliament.htm   (1434 words)

 News | Telegraph   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Legislation designed to ban hunting with dogs in England and Wales "is not truly an Act of Parliament", the High Court was told yesterday.
Opening his case yesterday, Sir Sydney told the High Court that the 1949 Act was an attempt to vary the Parliament Act 1911, which allows a Bill to become law without the consent of the House of Lords.
Sir Sydney argued that since the Hunting Act had not been approved in three sessions as required by the 1911 Act it was not valid.
www.telegraph.co.uk /news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/01/26/nhunt26.xml   (437 words)

 Hunting For Justice   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The aim is to provide a resource of news and information relating to the Hunting Act and the progress of challenges and appeals to it.
I stood at Windsor in November 2004 as it was announced that the Hunting Act 2004 had been passed by way of the Parliament Act.
I hunted with the Fitzwilliam on the 19th and have continued to hunt within the law since that date.
www.freewebs.com /huntingforjustice/index.html   (329 words)

 ESPN.com - UK antis say illegal hunting widespread
The League Against Cruel Sports said it had evidence that about one-fourth of the 317 hunts from May to October disregarded the Hunting Act of 2004, which came into effect in February and prohibits most forms of hunting with dogs.
Hunting rabbits or rats with dogs is permitted, as is using two hounds to help direct prey so it can be shot.
She said the previously permitted practice of using a pack of hounds was humane because it meant that sick and weak animals were more likely to be killed.
sports.espn.go.com /espn/print?id=2217725&type=story   (352 words)

 Citizenship Foundation:Issues Hunting Resources
A guide to where in the UK hunts are occurring fox hunts stag hunts and harrier and beagle hunts.
Section exploring the various legal challenges that pro-hunt groups are threatening to make against the Hunting Act 2004 and assessing their chances of succeeding.
Details of the Act that was used to force through legislation banning hunting with hounds.
www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk /main/page.php?99   (336 words)

 Yorkshire Dales News: Court of Appeal rejects hunting act challenge
The Alliance had argued that the Hunting Act 2004 breaks European Human Rights law and restricts employment and trading possibilities that are protected under European Union Trading and Employment legislation.
The claimants, represented by Richard Gordon QC, argued that as a result of the Hunting Act, they may lose their homes, their jobs and their livelihoods; as well as asserting that it threatens their lifestyle and deprives individuals of their property or controls it in such a way as to render it virtually useless.
The ban on hunting with dogs came into force on 18 February 2005, and since then many hunts have converted to drag hunting - where a scent is followed rather than live quarry.
www.daelnet.co.uk /countrynews/country_news_27062006_2.cfm   (792 words)

 House of Commons Hansard Debates for 11 Jan 2005 (pt 6)
I shall deal in particular with the challenge mounted by the Countryside Alliance to the validity of the Hunting Act 2004, which is based specifically on its argument that the Parliament Act 1949 is invalid.
The point of that challenge, to be heard on 25 January, is to allow the Countryside Alliance to promote its claim that the Hunting Act 2004 is not valid law.
What is in the Act is a matter of fact, and it is for the courts to interpret what is in the Act.
www.publications.parliament.uk /pa/cm200405/cmhansrd/vo050111/debtext/50111-06.htm   (1535 words)

 Fox Hunting - (supportfoxhunting.co.uk)
She was also one of the small number of Labour MPs who opposed a ban on hunting, but it still came as a surprise when an MP from the heart of the big city was elected to chair the Countryside Alliance.
The second is under the Human Rights Act 1998 and claims that the Hunting Act breaches the European convention on human rights, and EU employment and trading laws.
The Hunting Act became law last year after MPs used the Parliament Act 1949 to force the bill to become law, even after the House of Lords voted against it.
www.supportfoxhunting.co.uk   (1862 words)

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In a case launched with the sole aim of overturning the 2004 Hunting Act, Sir Sydney Kentridge QC argued on behalf of his pro hunting clients that the Parliament Act was invalid.
This morning the High Court ruled that the challenge to the 1949 Parliament Act had failed and therefore the Hunting Act 2004 was confirmed as valid legislation.
The pro hunt claimants are expected to appeal and may still seek an injunction to delay the commencement of the Hunting Act beyond February 18th.
www.ifaw.org /ifaw/general/default.aspx?oid=88479   (363 words)

 Hunting Act 2004 - Terrier Work
However any such activity by hunt supporters would now be deeply suspicious as a hunt would have no legitimate reason for doing so.
The above Hunting Act 2004 information is from a guide produced by Hunt Watch.
We are seeking legislation in the UK and Ireland outlawing the use of terriers to attack animals underground.
www.diggingout.org /hunting_act_2004.html   (669 words)

 News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Before the act, hares lived off the land consuming crops until they were chased, perhaps only once in their lives, by two competing greyhounds for about 20 or so seconds.
If the Hunting Act is repealed, it is likely to be followed by animal welfare legislation for which coursing must have prepared impeccable conservation credentials.
It is exempt hunting, on land where you have permission, to flush a hare from cover to enable a bird of prey to hunt it.
www.nationalcoursingclub.org /maintain/news.htm   (3019 words)

 What's a drag hunt? - By Daniel Engber - Slate Magazine
The Hunting Act 2004 is about to go into effect, and fox hunters around the country are taking their last licks.
A typical day of drag hunting takes only a few hours, whereas a fox hunt—in which hounds are liable to find a scent, lose it, and find it again—can take all day.
But a government inquiry into hunting practices in 2000 found that drag hunting would not serve as a satisfactory replacement for fox hunting.
www.slate.com /id/2113704   (633 words)

 [No title]
A training video explaining the provisions of the Hunting Act (2004) has been produced by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the League Against Cruel Sports, with the advice of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
Nigel Yeo, ACPO lead on Public Order matters, which include the Hunting Act, and Assistant Chief Constable of Sussex Police, said: “The video includes scenes of live quarry hunting, draghunting and trail hunting and I think it complements the materials that have already been issued to police officers working on enforcing the Hunting Act.
Phyllis Campbell-McRae, IFAW’s UK Director comments: “IFAW’s hunt monitors have been documenting the activities of hunts for 20 years and were delighted for their expertise and footage to be used in this video.
www.ifaw.org /ifaw/general/default.aspx?oid=131753   (354 words)

 THURSDAY LAW REPORT: Act to ban hunting validly passed under Independent, The (London) - Find Articles
They acknowledged that the legislative procedure adopted to enact the Hunting Act was in accordance with the procedure laid down in the Parliament Act 1949.
Moreover, the 1911 Act could not be understood as a delegation of legislative power or authority by the House of Lords, or by Parliament, to the House of Commons.
There was nothing in the 1911 Act to preclude use of the procedure laid down by the Act to amend the Act.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20051020/ai_n15706533   (499 words)

 JURIST - Paper Chase: UK high court upholds fox hunting ban
The 1949 Parliament Act [BBC backgrounder] was used late last year to push the Hunting Act 2004 [text] through a recalcitrant House of Lords and the Countryside Alliance [advocacy website] challenged [JURIST report] the ban, calling it unconstitutional.
The case was heard before nine of the twelve law lords instead of the usual five because of the constitutional significance of the issue; all nine voted in favor of the ban.
The chairman for the League Against Cruel Sports [advocacy website] called the ruling a "triumph for democracy." The legislation bans hunting wild animals with packs of dogs, but still allows hounds to chase scent trails and flush out foxes to be shot.
jurist.law.pitt.edu /paperchase/2005/10/uk-high-court-upholds-fox-hunting-ban.php   (389 words)

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