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Hare Coursing: Prosecutions

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL14742, tabled on 21 March 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many successful prosecutions for hare coursing there were in the UK in (1) 2013, (2) 2014, (3) 2015, (4) 2016, (5) 2017, and (6) 2018.

Answered on

3 April 2019

The Ministry of Justice has published data on the number of people prosecuted and convicted in England and Wales up to December 2017 for the following hare coursing offences:

  • Participating in a hare coursing event
  • Attending a hare coursing event
  • Knowingly facilitating a hare coursing event
  • Permitting land to be used for the purpose of a hare coursing event
  • Permitting etc a dog to participate in a hare coursing event

Figures can be found in the table below, if an offence does not appear in the table, it means there were no prosecutions or convictions for it in the period given. Data for 2018 will be published in May 2019.

Table 1. Number of prosecutions and convictions for hare coursing offences in England and Wales, 2013-2017.

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Attending a hare coursing event

Prosecuted

11

3

-

-

-

Convicted

8

-

-

-

-

Participating in a hare coursing event

Prosecuted

12

-

8

6

1

Convicted

4

-

4

-

-