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Brent Pelham man to appear in court over fox death during Puckeridge Hunt Christmas meet

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A Brent Pelham man is to appear in court in connection with the death of a fox during a Puckeridge Hunt meet last Christmas.

After a "thorough investigation" by Hertfordshire police's rural operational support team (ROST), supported by their colleagues in the East Herts Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team, the 30-year-old man has been reported for an alleged offence of hunting a wild mammal with a dog.

He has been summonsed to appear at Stevenage Magistrates' Court on Wednesday July 13 in connection with the incident on December 27 last year.

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Constabulary said: “We understand this is an extremely emotive subject and a thorough investigation has been carried out into the incident.

“The matter will now progress through the court and it is important that it is allowed to do so unimpeded. We urge people not to comment online about the case.”

Proponents of fox hunting view it as an important part of rural culture, and useful for conservation and pest control reasons, while opponents argue that it is cruel and unnecessary.

Hunting wild mammals with a pack of dogs (three or more) has been unlawful in England and Wales since February 2005 after the passing of the Hunting Act 2004 in November of that year, following a free vote in the House of Commons. Scotland restricted fox hunting in 2002. The blood sport is not illegal in Northern Ireland.

In England and Wales, hunts follow artificially laid trails, or use exemptions laid out in the Act, although the League Against Cruel Sports has alleged that breaches of law may be taking place by some hunts.

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