RSPCA celebrates 'legal landmark' in fox hunting case - statement

The RSPCA celebrated the success of its first ever prosecution of a traditional hunt when the Heythrop Hunt today pleaded guilty to four charges of intentionally hunting a fox with dogs on several occasions.

The case, based on footage of foxes being deliberately chased by dogs, is thought to be the first where a hunt has faced corporate charges. It is also the first taken by the RSPCA involving the prosecution of a hunt itself.

Recently retired huntsman, Julian Barnsfield, 49, of Chipping Norton, and recently retired

hunt master Richard Sumner, 68, of Salperton, Gloucestershire, also pleaded guilty to the same charges.

Oxford Magistrates are considering sentencing today.

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