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The trial of four members of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt in West Sussex, England opened in Horsham Magistrates Court on Monday, April 23. The four are accused of violations under the Hunting Act.

Two Masters, the hunt secretary, and the former huntsman (who now hunts the Dart Vale Harriers) are charged with five separate offences. All pleaded not guilty of the charges against them.

The evidence, which includes video clips, was furnished by a West Sussex animal rights group.

The defendants are expected to present their arguments to the court later in the week.

See Horse & Hound magazine for more details.

Posted April 25, 2012

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