Hunting in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • The Queen (on the application of Richard McMorn) v Natural England Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Interested Party)
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 13 Nov 2015

    For another species, this test was proved; to prohibit its shooting in spring on the grounds that it would be a satisfactory solution to shoot another species in spring or autumn would render the derogation at least partially nugatory since, even if the permitted level of spring hunting met the other requirements of the particular derogation, hunting that species would still be prohibited.

    In Commission v Republic of Malta [2009] C-76/08 ECR I-8213, the same derogation from the previous Birds Directive's permission to hunt species listed in Annex II was at issue — here over Malta's legislative permission for the hunting of two species during the protected period of the spring migratory return to breeding grounds. This derogation was from a specific restriction on an activity permitted but controlled as an exception to the general protection for wild birds.

    The fact that there was no alternative satisfactory solution, as the CJEU found, did not mean however that hunting in spring was without limit; it was permitted only in so far as it was strictly necessary and provided that the other objectives of the Directive were not jeopardised. However, because the number of birds actually killed during the two month spring derogation was far higher than in the autumn season, the extent of the derogation did not meet the requirements of the Directive.

  • R (Countryside Alliance and Others) v Attorney-General and Another
    • House of Lords
    • 28 Nov 2007

    This may help to explain why the right is expressed as one to respect, as contrasted with the more categorical language used in other articles. It is to protect the individual against intrusion by agents of the state, unless for good reason, into the private sphere within which individuals expect to be left alone to conduct their personal affairs and live their personal lives as they choose.

    (4) Sidabras was a very extreme case on its facts, since the statutory consequence of employment as KGB officers some years before was disbarment from employment in very many public and private employments, and the applicants complained of constant embarrassment. Effectively deprived of the ability to work, the applicants' ability to function as social beings was blighted. Such is not the lot of the HR claimants, to whom every employment is open save that of hunting wild mammals with dogs.

    The other is the inviolability of a different kind of space, the personal and psychological space within which each individual develops his or her own sense of self and relationships with other people. But that falls some way short of protecting everything they might want to do even in that private space; and it certainly does not protect things that they can only do by leaving it and engaging in a very public gathering and activity.

  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals v Dean Patrick Shane Webb and Another
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 22 Oct 2015

    As an abstract proposition, these two submissions, as I have said, have force. But the fact that in some circumstances there is no matter of complaint for some time after a seizure does not mean that on particular facts a complaint may not have arisen at the time of the seizure.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Hunting Zarqawi.
    • Núm. 355, Abril 2005
    • The Middle East
    ...IRAQ'S INTERIOR MINISTER, FALAH AL NAQUIB, CLAIMED RECENTLY that US and Iraqi security forces were inexorably closing the net around Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, the Jordanian-Palestinian who is the most notorious--and elusive--of the insurgency leaders. Na......
  • Hunting without killing.
    • Núm. 2002, Enero - Julio 2002
    • African Business
    ...An arrangement that inflates big game hunter's egos, keeps environmentalists happy and is a handsome foreign currency earner is taking off in South Africa and other southern African countries. It's a kind of rent-a-trophy deal in which big-five anima......
    • Núm. 2001, Junio 2001
    • African Business
    ...By Kevin Rushby [pound]16.99 Constable ISBN 0-09-480010-3 Kevin Rushby book describes a personal odyssey whose ultimate objective is to locate the descendants of the legendary 16th century pirates who carved kingdoms for themselves in the remot......
  • Recession wings hunting companies.
    • Núm. 358, Noviembre 2009
    • African Business
    ...The southern African professional hunting industry is feeling the pinch of the recession and is cutting the cost of shooting wild animals and offering special marked-down package safari deals. A leading US operator, World to Africa Hunting, makes a......
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