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.
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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.
The Welsh Assembly has announced that it's scrapping its controversial badger cull and will instead carry out a vaccination programme to try and minimise the spread of Bovine TB.
The HSA would like to congratulate PAC (Pembrokeshire Against the Cull) and everyone else who has fought tirelessly against this ridiculous cull and we hope that Westminster now follows suit and stops the English cull due to begin this Autumn.
John Griffiths, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development in the Welsh Government said:-
"After careful consideration I have decide to pursue a badger vaccination programme.....I have asked my Chief Veterinary Officer to design the project to begin in the Intensive Action Area this summer and continue for five years. I have also asked her to consider other geographical areas where vaccination could also contribute to TB eradication ...
I have noted the advice on the potential benefits that might be obtained from vaccination or culling. My conclusion is that I am not at present satisfied that a cull of badgers would be necessary to bring about a substantial reduction in the incidence of bovine TB in cattle in which case I cannot authorise a cull under the Animal Health Act 1981."
There were many questions in the Senedd with several opposition AMs saying that the Minister had betrayed the rural community by not authorising a badger cull. (Elin Jones' comments re killing badgers were appalling and she was rightly called to order by the Presiding Officer). John Griffiths responded with clarity and knowledge about the nature of bovine TB and options for its control , and robust reasoning for choosing to go ahead with vaccination without delay. He has clearly taken on board key issues such as latency of TB, and perturbation of badgers and possible spread of TB from culling.
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