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THE GAME LAWS.

At Oamaru on .Saturday J, T. Henry was charged with using an unlicensed greyhound at a coursing match, and with illegally killing hares. On May 30 his dog Black Bess was engaged in a coursing match at Papakaio, and won the stake; but the animal was entered in the name of George Bruce, who held a license. It transpired, however, that the latter had not authorised the nomination, though Henry had asked him to do so. Mr Stratford, in giving judgment, said that he was against Mr Newton’s (who defended) argument that the Coursing Club took all control over the coursing, and that the man who had entered the dog had not any control over it or responsibility for its running after a hare. In his (tho Resident Magistrate’s) opinion, before a person could delegate his rights in such a case to another he must himself have authority to do so—he must hold a license. His Worship then remarked that the case was analagous to a case on the goldfields where a miner holding a license could not take another man to work on his claim unless that man also had a license. The Legislature had framed the Animals’ Protection Act to protect the revenue. Defendant was not justified in entering his dog in the name of Mr Bruce and running it at a meeting, forthen he did something that led to the pursuit or hunting of a hare, or, in other words, the object was to take a hare. The defendant was responsible for the acts of his dog, although he handed it over to the Coursing Club. The defendant, in fact, was primarily liable. The Coursing Club had offended against tho law as well, for they should see that all those who entered for a coursing meeting were holders of licenses. The defendant chose to enter and run his dog without a license, and he was liable to l)e made responsible for that illegal act. But as it had not been proved that the dog had been used for the purpose of killing hares, or that there had been any intention to kill, both informations would be dismissed.— ‘ Mail.’

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THE GAME LAWS., Evening Star, Issue 7942, 25 June 1889

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THE GAME LAWS. Evening Star, Issue 7942, 25 June 1889

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