Two representatives of the Meynell and South Staffordshire Foxhounds were found guilty of hunting the fox with dogs under the 2002 Hunting Act. John Greenall, MFH was fined ₤3,000 and hunt worker Glenn Morris was fined ₤250 in Magistrates’ Court after a two-day trial..
The prosecution was bolstered by a video taken by hunt monitors hiding in the woods. A fox expert for the prosecution, Stephen Harris, told the court that the excited squeals audible in the video were foxhounds following the fresh scent of a fox.
The pair denied breaking the law. The defense claimed that the hounds were following an artificial scent during exercise. However, Greenall declined to give testimony in his defense in court.
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Posted August 20, 2012