Illegal Fox hunting pair, the first in Scotland to be successfully prosecuted.

Yesterday 29-06-2017, two members of the Jedforest Hunt in the Scottish Borders were found guilty of illegal fox hunting at Selkirk Sheriff Court, in what is the first successful mounted fox hunting prosecution under the law which bans hunting.

Father and son, 66-year-old Clive Richardson and 23-year-old Johnathon Riley, both denied deliberately hunting a wild mammal on land surrounding Townfoothill near Jedburgh on 18th February 2016, but yesterday they were found guilty.



The guilty verdict against whipper-in Richardson, and huntsman Riley, was reached with the help of video evidence supplied by the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, which you can see below.

Not only would I like to thank our dedicated and extremely hard working investigations and enforcement team for their excellent efforts, but these kind of successes in the fight against illegal hunting would not be possible without your support, so I wish to thank you too.

This 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 strengthening.

We look forward to working with the Scottish Government to achieve this and hope yesterday’s verdict sends a clear message to hunts, that flouting the law will not be tolerated and those who continue to hunt illegally in Scotland will be brought to justice.

With your continued support, I am hopeful that justice will continue to prevail.

Kind regards,

Robbie Marsland
Director – Scotland
League Against Cruel Sports

The use of animal snares must be banned. What the video and you will understand why!

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