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Part 1 E+WOffences

1Hunting wild mammals with dogsE+W

A person commits an offence if he hunts a wild mammal with a dog, unless his hunting is exempt.

2Exempt huntingE+W

(1)Hunting is exempt if it is within a class specified in Schedule 1.

(2)The Secretary of State may by order amend Schedule 1 so as to vary a class of exempt hunting.

3Hunting: assistanceE+W

(1)A person commits an offence if he knowingly permits land which belongs to him to be entered or used in the course of the commission of an offence under section 1.

(2)A person commits an offence if he knowingly permits a dog which belongs to him to be used in the course of the commission of an offence under section 1.

4Hunting: defenceE+W

It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under section 1 in respect of hunting to show that he reasonably believed that the hunting was exempt.

5Hare coursingE+W

(1)A person commits an offence if he—

(a)participates in a hare coursing event,

(b)attends a hare coursing event,

(c)knowingly facilitates a hare coursing event, or

(d)permits land which belongs to him to be used for the purposes of a hare coursing event.

(2)Each of the following persons commits an offence if a dog participates in a hare coursing event—

(a)any person who enters the dog for the event,

(b)any person who permits the dog to be entered, and

(c)any person who controls or handles the dog in the course of or for the purposes of the event.

(3)A “hare coursing event” is a competition in which dogs are, by the use of live hares, assessed as to skill in hunting hares.

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