The Animal Welfare in England Decided Not To Prosecute The British Barrister After Killing A Fox

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Deanna Rivera in World News

Last updated: 06 March 2020, 01:05 GMT

Almost 40,000 people signed a petition calling for Jolyon Maugham, 48-year-old lawyer, to be prosecuted after beating a fox to death with a baseball bat at his Central London home.

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Jolyon Maugham, founder of the Good Law Project- an anti-Brexit campaign, tweeted on boxing day morning,

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“Already this morning I have killed a fox with a baseball bat, how’s your Boxing Day going?”

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He was asked why he did not call the RSPCA when he found the fox, he answered:

"I didn't especially enjoy killing it but I imagine that's what the RSPCA would have done, if they had anyone on call in Central London on Boxing Day."

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He later on apologized through posting on twitter and said that he already contacted the RSPCA.

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After the investigation, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) have decided they will not prosecute the prominent British barrister.

A spokeswoman said:

"We have concluded our investigation into the incident that occurred on Boxing Day in which a fox was killed.

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She added:

"We understand that this incident has caused distress to many people and we do not condone the killing of healthy foxes, so we want to explain how we have reached our decision.

She explained how they came out with the decision:

"We conducted a thorough investigation, engaged independent experts, a veterinary pathologist and a forensic vet, and the prosecution department have carefully reviewed their findings. In all cases our prosecution decisions are made in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors whereby the evidence has to meet the threshold for a realistic prospect of conviction.”

She told that it is not necessarily illegal to kill a fox, but can be a criminal offence to the law.

"When making prosecution decisions, we must be fair and objective and make them on the facts of each case. It is important to understand that it is not necessarily illegal to kill a fox, but if unnecessary suffering is caused, a criminal offence may have been committed.”

She continued:

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"An independent post mortem and forensic veterinary assessment of the fox’s body was carried out and the findings indicate the fox was killed swiftly.”

The prosecutions concluded that the evidences they get did not met under any legislation relating to animals or wildlife.

"Therefore, in this case, the prosecutions department determined that the evidential threshold needed to take a prosecution under the CPS code was not met under any legislation relating to animals or wildlife."​

She continued:

"The RSPCA does not condone the killing of healthy foxes. The correct way to protect your livestock is with good fencing and deterrents. When a fox is tangled in fencing, it should be humanely freed wherever possible and RSPCA staff and other organizations do this regularly. The RSPCA or local authorities can provide information and advice to anyone on how to live alongside urban foxes."

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