TWO Cumbrian men have been found guilty by a Sheriff of deliberately hunting foxes and badgers on farmland near Langholm.
Ryan Lowe, 30, of Baird Road, Harraby, Carlisle, and 40-year-old Brian Sanderson, of West Lane, Shap, were also found guilty of being in possession of items capable of being used for an offence contrary to the Protection of Badgers Act.
They were found not guilty of approaching a badger sett with the dogs, disturbing entrances and causing a dog to enter the sett.
It followed a three-day trial during which the men had claimed they were only out for a walk with dogs at Effgill at Westerkirk last May.
They will be sentenced next month.
The Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) has been fighting cruelty to animals since 1963 and relies entirely on the generosity of its members and supporters. We have no paid staff, so every penny donated to the HSA goes exactly where it really counts, the groups saving the lives of hunted animals in the field.
If you are kind enough to leave a gift to the Hunt Saboteurs Association in your will, you can help to ensure that the good work carried out by active sabs carries on.
If you pass on without making a will, your estate is divided according to 'intestacy rules'. This can take a long time and may mean that the people or organisations that you would have liked to have benefited do not receive anything, whilst the government receives a share of your estate.
Wills are legally binding documents which should be written with the help of a solicitor. Many law firms advertise this specialism in the Yellow Pages and online, or you can contact the law society on 020 7242 1222 for advice. If you already have a will, a bequest to the HSA can be added as a codicil.
If you choose to remember the HSA in your will, please let us know by contacting us.
You can help us save lives
This photograph shows the aftermath of a viscious attack by members of the Cotswold Vale Hunt on a woman in her 60's.
As we reported back in March, the attack took place when the Woman and her Son took issue with the Hunt tresspassing on their land. A group of twelve men responded by attacking her Son, and turned their attack on her when she tried to help him, resulting in the injury seen in the photograph below.
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