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Counting the Crimes

Many anti blood sports groups and individuals believe that police do not act impartially when dealing with foxhunt related incidents and that the crime of illegal hunting is ignored. Police advised that in order to raise this issue with them on a formal basis, AAF needed to collect and collate incidents, with incident numbers, and then present it to them in a report. So, for the 2019-2020 hunting season, this is what we have done.

The collected evidence shows that:

  • Police response to hunt-related incidents is highly variable. It varies between police forces, and between police officers. There is no consistency.
  • Most police, even in rural areas, have received no training whatsoever in relation to illegal hunting.
  • Some officers and some forces are biased towards the hunt and against Frontline Wildlife Guardians (FWGs).
  • There is evidence that, an organisation, the police are prepared to allow the crime of illegal hunting to go unpunished.
  • Pro hunting groups are satisfied with the way the police respond to hunt-related calls; but anti blood sports groups are not.
  • Some police choose to disregard their code of ethics and act without “fairness and impartiality” when dealing with FWGs.
  • The relationship between the police and the FWGs has broken down completely in some areas, leading to a failure to report possible crimes.

Evidence for these all these assertions is found in the body of this report, and the appendices.

ERRATUM

“Why prosecutions under the Hunting Act are Rare”,  page 37, 2.3

“Video evidence must be continuous”.

This is inaccurate. The court may accept separate video clips.But, police will expect to see raw, unedited footage.