The crown prosecution service will be consulting “pressure groups” to determine whether to pursue a case against hunters.
Three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds pleaded not guilty to all charges relating to allegations of two Hunting Act offences in September and October 2013, yet the CPS will be consulting the League Against Cruel Sports in the case. The Countryside Alliance has opposed this consultation, and has written to the attorney general for an explanation. The director of campaigns, Tim Bonner, said: “It is the CPS’s role to make an independent judgment on the merits of evidence provided by the police. There should be no role for pressure groups in that process and the fact that the CPS is relying on such input reveals exactly why it is making such bad decisions.”