[2003] EWHC 1696 (Admin)

To resist a charge of unlawful confinement of a bird under s.8(1) Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it was likely to be sufficient if the occupier of the land demonstrated that the use of a Larsen cage-trap was for the purpose identified in the licence allowing the trap's use. An offence of causing unnecessary suffering to a decoy bird could be made out under s.1(1)(a) Protection of Animals Act 1911 notwithstanding that the trap had been used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the licence.

QBD (Admin) (Leveson J)


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