Guildhall Chambers offers Animal Welfare expertise working within its nationally-respected Environment & Planning team.
Our Animal Welfare specialism extends to all areas of animal cruelty, hunting, raptor persecution and animal welfare legislation. We are regularly instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, Local Authorities, national charitable organisations and public interest pressure groups to advise on criminal prosecutions and civil actions in relation to Animal Welfare law.
Our lead barrister in this area works closely with NGOs, animal protection groups and private individuals, from local farmers and businesses to major global corporations. Our experience covers the breadth of enforcement in animal welfare offences, including compliance with complex technical regulations, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), and the viability of private prosecutions.
We appear in Animal Welfare cases at all levels, from the Magistrates’ Court through to the Crown Court, Divisional Court and Court of Appeal.
Working within our Animal Welfare team, members have produced guidance for use by the National Wildlife Crime Unit and Crown Prosecution Service in the investigation of Hunting Act offences.
Notable hunting cases include numerous prosecutions of Huntsmen, Hunt Masters and Whippers-in under the Hunting Act, involving hunts of foxes, stags, and flushing mammals from a badger sett as well as the defence of a livestock holder and employee of the Wildlife Trusts, alleged to have fired his shotgun over the heads of riders of a passing hunt.
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