Uk: Justice ! – Illegal Hare Coursers Find it’s a Crushing Experience !

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Illegal hare coursers find it’s a crushing experience

Raymond Brown

More than 100 hare coursers have been caught in Cambridgeshire this season – and 15 of their vehicles have been crushed.

The illegal sport attracts hundreds of hunters to the region from around the country during the hunting season which runs from August until April.

The high-stakes betting competition sees dogs unleashed and the animal that catches most hares in a day wins.

Yesterday, one car seized by police and ordered by the courts to be destroyed was smashed up at Welney Farms, off the A14 near Dry Drayton.

Officers from the Rural Community Action Team (RCAT) have held the Vauxhall Astra since catching three people hare coursing at Six Mile Bottom on August 20. Joseph Smith, 51, of Paddock Wood, Kent, William Smith, 42, of Willingham Avenue, Hastings, and Buddy Jarrett, 19, of Atterbury Close, Westerham, Kent, had travelled up to Cambridgeshire from East Sussex.

They were convicted at Ely Magistrates’ Court on January 6 and the car was ordered destroyed.

Smith and Kent were both fined £300, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Both were also given a six-month driving ban. Jarrett was fined £100, ordered to pay £100 costs and £15 victim surcharge. He was given a three-month driving ban.

All had pleaded guilty to illegal hare coursing.

Pc Robin Smith, who was there to watch the car being crushed, said: “Since the start of the season in August we have caught 112 hare coursers. They come from around the country because of the flat land around here which means they get good views of the course.

“They bet on which dog kills the most hares in one day and there is a lot of money involved.”

“The victims of this crime are the landowners and farmers who can have crops and fencing destroyed when the hare coursers drive onto the land.”

“We take this type of crime very seriously and this should send out a strong message that anyone who comes to Cambridgeshire to hare course is in danger of having their car seized and subsequently crushed.”

Uk: Should We Be Eating Dogs in Britain?


Should we be eating dogs in Britain? 


National campaign group asks whether all animals should be
treated equally?


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In Korea and some other Asian countries dogs (and cats) are considered a good source of protein. Although UK residents are likely to be shocked at the thought, why is it considered wrong to eat dogs yet acceptable to eat cows, pigs, chickens and other animals? This is the question that national campaign group Animal Aid is asking during March, which is designated national Veggie Month.
Of course, rather than adding dog to the menu, during Veggie Month Animal Aid is urging the British public to recognise that pigs, sheep, cows and chickens are not so different from the dogs and cats who share our homes, and instead to try a meat-free diet.


Animal Aid supporters will be communicating this thought-provoking message to the general public by distributing tens of thousands of the group’s ‘Friend or Food?’ leaflet, as well as setting up street stalls in different parts of the country. A large controversial poster, depicting a golden retriever lying in a grassy field, will be displayed on the stalls asking passers-by, ‘Would you eat dog for dinner? If the idea disgusts you, tell us why’.
When Animal Aid took a spoof dog meat trailer on the road last year, the response from the public was powerful. People right across the country were horrified at the thought of eating Dachshund burgers or Collie steaks, and many – for the first time – accepted the idea that eating pigs or sheep was just the same.
Says Veggie Month Co-ordinator Kelly Slade:
‘In the UK, we are brought up to believe that it is acceptable to use some animals for food, whilst others are loved as companions. Therefore, this Veggie Month, instead of pointing the finger at other nations’ food choices, we could all stop and question why we consume any animals at all. Animals bred to be eaten are capable of experiencing a range of emotions in the same way as the dogs and cats who share our homes, and they deserve just as much respect.’
National Veggie Month aims to promote the animal welfare, health and environmental benefits of a meat-free diet.


It is supported by libraries, health food shops, Waterstones bookstores and schools across the country. As part of the initiative, Animal Aid has launched its third nationwide youth art and poetry competition, the theme of which poses the question to 11-16 year olds: Is it ethical to eat animals?


Notes to editors 

For more information on Veggie Month contact Kelly Slade on 01732 364546 ext. 227, ( (Out of hours: 07918 195238) or see

Vegetarians around the country are available for interview.

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