Pair guilty of fox-hunt­ing laws breach con­victed in first suc­cess­ful Scot­tish pros­e­cu­tion

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

Two men have been con­victed of breach­ing foxhunting laws in the first suc­cess­ful pros­e­cu­tion of its kind in Scot­land.

Fa­ther and son John Clive Richard­son, 67 and Johnathan Ri­ley, 24, from the Scot­tish Borders, both de­nied de­lib­er­ately hunt­ing a wild mam­mal on land sur­round­ing Town­foothill, near Jed­burgh, on Fe­bru­ary 18 2016.

The men, from Ab­botrule, Bonch­ester Bridge, were found guilty at Selkirk Sher­iff Court.

Video ev­i­dence showed the pair breach­ing the Pro­tec­tion of Wild Mam­mals (Scot­land) Act 2002.

Rob­bie Mars­land, di­rec­tor of the League Against Cruel Sports, Scot­land, said: “To­day’s guilty ver­dict is the first suc­cess­ful pros­e­cu­tion for mounted fox hunt­ing in Scot­land and while we’re de­lighted with the out­come and our role in this, we re­main of the view that the law needs strength­ened.”

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