Posted 05 July 2012 - 12:18 PM
Strangely, I work in a inner city. I've never caught anyone at it, just found people late at night, carrying high powered lamps, and walking lurcher type dogs, sometimes wearing camouflage clothing. Often, when asked they simply admit that's what they intend to do.
So, here's the question : Any offences ? I've read the Night Poaching Acts, which don't appear to apply to these circumstances.
Anyone have any insight ?
Posted 05 July 2012 - 12:43 PM
Schedule 1 details the exemptions which specifically mentions:
4The hunting of rabbits is exempt if it takes place on land—
(a)which belongs to the hunter, or
(b)which he has been given permission to use for the purpose by the occupier or, in the case of unoccupied land, by a person to whom it belongs.
So hunting on crown land/public spaces etc would be illegal!
Edited by Jordan694, 05 July 2012 - 12:44 PM.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 12:47 PM
I'm been encountering a lot of individuals going "lamping" recently. For those who don't know, "lamping" is the use of a high powered lamp to shine into a rabbits eyes to cause it to freeze, so that a dog can be set upon it.
Lamping very often isn't related to dogs. I've used a high powered lamp and an air rifle before (with permission on a farmer's land of course), just FYI.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 12:55 PM