LONDON (AP) — A hunting club has been fined for illegal fox hunting, seven years after it was made illegal in Britain.
The Heythrop Hunt, based in Oxfordshire, southern England, pleaded guilty to four charges of intentionally hunting a fox with dogs and was fined 4,000 pounds ($6,500). Britain outlawed traditional fox hunting and other sports in which dogs kill prey in 2005.
Former huntsman Julian Barnfield and retired hunt master Richard Sumner also pleaded guilty to the same charges at Oxford Magistrates' Court on Monday. The hunt, which is local to the home of Prime Minister David Cameron, was filmed several times by an animal rights group.
The court heard that this was the first case where a club, and not just individuals, has been charged.