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SOMERSET CC HUNT BAN DEFEATED IN APPEAL COURT

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Somerset CC has lost its appeal court bid to have a ban on deer hunting on the Quantock Hills reimposed. ...
Somerset CC has lost its appeal court bid to have a ban on deer hunting on the Quantock Hills reimposed.

The court's decision will have implications for 35 other local authorities up and down the country who have also considered imposing hunting bans.

The Master of the Rolls, Sir Thomas Bingham, and Lord Justice Swinton Thomas upheld a high court judge's ruling last year that the ban on hunting over the common was unlawful.

But the third appeal court judge, Lord Justice Simon Brown, said he would for his part have upheld the county council's appeal.

At the heart of the case was Somerset county councillors' insistence that they had the right to take their own ethical objections to deer hunting into account when imposing the ban in August 1993.

But the appeal court upheld Mr Justice Laws's ruling in February last year that their moral views, however strongly and honestly held, were irrelevant to the performance of the councillors' public duties.

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