The League Against Cruel Sports has become embroiled in accusations of hypocrisy after one its most senior officials attended hunt fundraising events.
Martin Sims, the charity’s Director of Investigations, has been seen attending a number of point-to-point meets, which raise money for and have to promote the “furtherance” of hunting.
The retired police officer, whose investigative team carry out covert surveillance on countryside sports, has publicly condemned fox hunting as a “barbaric throwback to crueller times” and a “dark and menacing blight on the countryside”.
Both hunt supporters and saboteurs have described his attendance at the events as “hypocrisy”.
It comes amid turmoil at the charity, which has ousted a number of high-profile trustee and faced public criticism of its tactics.
The “serious and damaging dispute” between members of the organisation has resulted in the Charity Commission offering “formal regulatory advice”, a spokesman for the regulator confirmed.
Yesterday the Telegraph revealed that local saboteurs groups have branded the league a “parasitic organisation” and some had refused to co-operate with it.
It has now emerged that Mr Sims was recognised at the Cornwall Hunt Club point-to-point in Wadebridge on December 9, in which his 22-year-old daughter was competing.
After he was spotted pro-hunting activists began investigating his links to the sport and found a number of images of him including at a Dart Vale and Haldon Harriers event in Buckfastleigh in March, the Shooting Times reported.
Point-to-point rules state when a meet is organised by a hunt it “must include the furtherance of the interests of that particular Hunt or Hunts in general”.
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