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Amendments to the Hunting Bill

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AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
IN COMMITTEE


 

After Clause 10

 

THE BARONESS BYFORD
THE DUKE OF MONTROSE

Insert the following new Clause—
 

"PART 2A

 

Slaughter and disposal

  Slaughter
(1)  A hunt which cannot sustain the upkeep of its hounds until either they are rehomed or die of natural causes must arrange for their humane destruction.
(2)  Such humane destruction will normally be carried out by hunt staff.
(3)  Where there are no hunt staff available to carry out the slaughter, the hunt will request the services of a local veterinary surgeon.
(4)  Where a hunt can show that its financial resources are inadequate to cover the additional costs of slaughter it may enter a claim for compensation."
Insert the following new Clause—
  "Disposal
(1)  Where a hunt is forced to slaughter animals it may, on not more than two occasions, request collection of carcases without charge by the fallen stock disposal scheme.
(2)  Where it is not possible to arrange collection of slaughtered animals by the fallen stock disposal scheme, the hunt may request the Environment Agency for a dispensation to bury the carcases in a suitable location."
Insert the following new Clause—
 

"PART 2B

 

Appeals

  Appeals against forfeiture
  Any person convicted of an offence under Part 1 of this Act who is ordered to forfeit a dog, a vehicle or a hunting article may appeal to the Secretary of State on the grounds that—
(a)  he requires the forfeited object to continue in his employment;
(b)  he requires the forfeited object to continue in his duty of care towards a minor;
(c)  he requires the forfeited object to continue to ensure the safety and security of his home, office, place of work or other property."
Insert the following new Clause—
  "Appeals against conviction
(1)  Any person convicted of an offence under Part 1 of this Act may appeal to the Secretary of State against that conviction on the grounds that he was not engaged in the pursuit of a wild animal because—
(a)  the pursuit was involuntary;
(b)  the pursuit was occasioned by the need to protect a person or an animal in danger.
(2)  Any person convicted of an offence under Part 1 of this Act may appeal to the Secretary of State against that conviction on the grounds that he was, at the time of the offence, no longer an officer or member of the hunt."
 

Schedule 1

 

THE BARONESS BYFORD
THE DUKE OF MONTROSE

Page 9, line 43, at end insert—
 

"Authority of a constable

      In this Schedule, a constable may exercise authority to grant access permission under paragraph 7(2)(c) or 8(6)(c) if the applicant provides proof of local residence or if the applicant either—
(a)  makes a telephone call from a listed number registered in his name, or
(b)  makes a telephone call which is supported by a second person who is listed at that number."

 
 
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