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This podcast aims to give listeners an overview of the law relating to hunting with dogs and the impact that the Hunting Act 2004 has had since it came into force.

It will provide a detailed examination of the relevant provisions of the Act and consider what will and won’t constitute a criminal offence.

In addition to considering the law in relation to huntsmen it will also consider the liability of landowners under the Act.

It will consider some pertinent authorities including DPP v Anthony Wright; R on app. of Scott and Ors v Taunton Deane Magistrates Court which attempted to address some fundamental questions which the Act remained silent on and the implications of the decision.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the social and political context behind the Hunting Act 2004;
  • Understand what will constitute an offence under the Act;
  • Be aware of how people have adapted their practices in order to remain within the law;
  • Know what will be classed as ‘Exempt Hunting’;
  • Be aware of the defence available to those charged with the section 1 offence;
  • Understand what the liability will be of the landowner;
  • Know who will be considered to be a ‘landowner’ for the purposes of the Act;
  • Be aware of the relevant case law on the topic;
  • Know where the burden of proof will fall in hunting cases;
  • Know whether hunting will include ‘searching’;
  • Be aware of the role of animal rights organisations in monitoring compliance with the Act;
  • Know the legal methods of controlling foxes for pest control.
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In this podcast Jeff Hide of Knights Solicitors discusses the topic of hunting with dogs in light of the Hunting Act 2004.

The Act has been in force since February 2005, and the integrity of the legislation and the content of its provisions have met with a mixed public response.

This podcast considers the impact this Act has had since coming into force and whether it really marked the end for hunting with dogs that many campaigners had hoped for. It considers what will constitute a criminal offence under the legislation and the ways in which many individuals have adapted their practices in order to avoid sanction. It also considers some pertinent relevant authorities on the topic.

Podcast added: 20/04/11

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-10-25

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