Hunters’ lawyer acknowledges League could be right on RIPA

In a remarkable article published on Bailys hunting website, a solicitor who often represents hunts and hunters acknowledges that the League’s argument – backed up by Crown Prosecution Service guidance – that League Observers aren’t subject to complex surveillance rules which apply to police investigations, could be right. [Click here for our original blogpost on this story.]

Jamie Foster, of Clarke Willmott Solicitors in Taunton, writes:

At present the League seeks to argue that the surveillance that they undertake remains lawful. If they are right, we need to consider whether a law that requires the police and MI5 to ensure that their activities are reasonable and proportionate before watching potential terrorists, but allows Animal Rights activists to trespass, dressed in full camouflage, and video people for extended periods without their knowledge, is sufficiently robust. It may be time that RIPA is amended to include an offence of unlawful covert surveillance. Unauthorised spying to you and me!

So there you have it. If Mr Foster thinks we might be right, then it’s no wonder the Countryside Alliance and the wider hunting community are tying themselves in knots over this!

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    And besides, we are morally right, too!


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