Cabinet minister for law snapped ‘hosting’ a fox hunt on his own land

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Devon County Hunt Saboteurs photographed attorney general Geoffrey Cox and accused him of ‘hosting’ a fox hunt on 5 January. The Lamerton Hunt allegedly took place on the Torridge and West Devon MP’s own land.

Make yourself at home

Theresa May’s top legal minister seemed to be accommodating hunters outside his house for refreshments:

Cox and the Lamerton Hunt failed to respond to a request for comment from Devon Live.

The law

Hunting wild mammals with dogs has been illegal since the Hunting Act came into force in 2005 – with the exception of rabbits, rats and, under some circumstances, hares. But hunts still take place under the cover of ‘trail hunting‘, which is a mock hunt using artificial trails.

‘Four foxes spotted in half an hour’

On social media, Devon County Hunt Saboteurs said:

Yesterday we paid a long-overdue visit to the Lamerton Hunt, who were meeting at none other than the Attorney General’s house at Willestrew near Lamerton. If you’re wondering how the chief legal advisor to the government would have either the time or the inclination to host a hunt, you wouldn’t be alone! Perhaps Brexit is getting a bit much for him. We have sabbed the Lamerton here on a previous occasion, when Geoffrey Cox was a mere MP for Torridge and West Devon

The group continued:

No less than four foxes were spotted in the first half hour of the day, fleeing ahead of the hounds. Quick action from sabs to cover the foxes’ tracks and rate the odd hound that got onto the scent meant the pack failed to pick up on any of them. We find it quite implausible that so many foxes would all happen to reside in such a small area and so wouldn’t be at all surprised if at least some of them weren’t in fact resident foxes but were rather brought in to give hunt followers a good show.

On New Year’s Day, meanwhile, campaigners filmed the Kimblewick Hunt releasing a captive fox for hounds to chase down.

Labour MP Chris Williamson has called for action against the “routine disregard for law” that he says hunters display:

The cruel sport of hunting was made illegal for very good reasons. So it’s very worrying that the government’s legal chief appears to be hosting hunters on his own land.

Featured image via Conservatives/ YouTube and Me in ME/ Flickr

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