#TheList Kimblewick Hunt terriermen Ian James Kirby Parkinson, born c. 1955, of Folly Farm, Lower Road, Haddenham, Aylesbury HP17 8TP, and Mark Anthony Vincent, born c. 1966, of Kennel Cottages, Kimblewick, Aylesbury HP17 9TA – pulled out a captive fox by its tail from an underground artificial sett and released it into the path of hounds
Ian Parkinson and Mark Vincent were found guilty of one count of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
Covert footage obtained by the Hunt Saboteurs’ Association in January 2019 appeared to show a fox being held captive, trapped in pipes underground.
The court heard that one man could be seen assembling a rod from pipes, which the association said was used to push the fox into position.
Another man then appeared to forcibly drag the fox out of the hole by its hind legs as the animal tried to squirm away, before letting it run loose.
Minutes later a pack of hounds were seen to run past, sniffing at the ground.
District Judge Kamlesh Rana said the men had “put this fox at substantial risk of further suffering”.
During their trial, prosecutor Peter Rymon said the men had “clearly placed” the fox “in the path of a hunt at the time the hunt was arriving” in the woodland in Moreton near Thame.
“The rodding caused it unnecessary suffering and pulling it out by the tail enhanced that,” he added.
Mr Rymon said animals rendered “under the control of man” had “enhanced rights and those rights are the person in control of it should not cause unnecessary suffering”.
It emerged that Vincent was the President of the Kimblewick Hunt, which operates in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire. He is also named as a local event coordinator in a hunt newsletter.
Martin Sims, director of investigations at the League Against Cruel Sports and former head of the police’s National Wildlife Crime Unit, said the case “provided clear evidence that the Kimblewick Hunt is flouting the hunting ban”.
District Judge Rana previously said the defendants’ actions were “deliberate and pre-mediated” but said during their sentencing that they “weren’t the brains of the operation”.
Sentencing: 12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for a period of 12 months. 120 hours of unpaid work; 15 rehabilitation days. £113 victim surcharge each plus £960 in costs.