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Hunting duo deny breaking the law
Richard Down (left), and Adrian Pillivant
The appeal is expected to last until Friday
Two men have appeared in court to appeal against their convictions after being found guilty of illegally hunting deer with hounds.

Richard Down, 44, and Adrian Pillivant, 36, of the Quantock Staghounds were convicted by magistrates in June.

Anti-hunt campaigners filmed two hounds as they chased deer across Exmoor a year after the Hunting Act made hunting with hounds illegal.

The law allows the use of dogs to flush out wild animals so they can be shot.

The League Against Cruel Sports told the original court hearing that the deer were chased for more than an hour with no attempt made to shoot them humanely or call off the hounds.

Down, of Bagborough, Somerset, and Pillivant, from Willand, Devon, deny breaking the Act.

Down told Taunton Crown Court on Wednesday: "I know full well we can only flush deer with hounds.

"We only want to control the number of deer on the Quantocks because deer damage crops."

Richard Furlong, representing the League said that the huntsman had no intention of calling off the dogs.

The case was adjourned until Thursday.

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