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Judge: Some see hunting as cruel, others see it as tradition

Judge: "Some people see hunting foxes as cruel and immoral. Others see hunting as an essentialand traditional part of countryside management and they say that criminalising the activity is inappropriate.

"As everyone is aware, in political circles the Hunting Act continues to be considered and thiscoalition Government has indicated the possibility of a free vote in Parliament at some point in the future."

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Hunt organisers admit illegal fox hunt

A hunt has admitted a charge of illegally hunting a fox.

The Heythrop Hunt Ltd of, Chipping Norton, admitted a charge relating to hunting a wild mammal, namely a fox, with dogs contrary to Sections 1 and 10 of the Hunting Act 2004.

Richard Ward Sumner 68, of Penhill Farm, Salperton, Gloucestershire, and Julian Barnfield, 49, of Huntsmans House, Heythrop Hunt Kennels, Chipping Norton, also admitted the charge at Oxford Magistrates Court.

The prosecution was brought by the RSPCA. Sentencing will take place shortly.

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