Petition Change the law to increase sentencing for Hare coursing and poaching.
Hare/deer coursing/ poaching is illegal. At present the punishment is not fit for purpose. Repeat offenders are not deterred with the small fines handed out. Increased fines and custodial sentences are required.
As well as animal welfare issues there are various other offences that occur during coursing. From trespass, often armed trespass, crop damage, and dangerous driving. Theft and criminal damage are also linked. Intimidation and threats of violence are commonplace.
Rural crime action teams are successful at apprehending offenders, but they are let down by the law and sentencing.
There needs to be a more of a deterrent.
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