The Crown Prosecution Service has denied reports alleging that it has not been prosecuting hunting offences, insisting that it does so when it is in the public interest:
– CPS statement
There have been a number of recent reports inferring that the CPS is reluctant to, and does not, prosecute hunting offences. This is wrong.
Where there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction, and it is in the public interest, the CPS does prosecute such cases.
Indeed, since the introduction of the Hunting Act in 2005, 371 offences have been charged and brought to magistrates’ courts.