English Game Laws

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  • English Game Laws instituted

    English landowners had the exclusive legal right to hunt game. By law, only persons owning a particular amount of landed property could hunt these animals. These game laws represented a prime example of legislation related directly to social and economic status
  • English Game Laws rewritten

    After both landowners and reformers began calling for a change in the game laws, Parliament rewrote them, retaining the landowners' possession of the game, but permitting them to allow other people to hunt it. Therefore, the exclusive right of the landed classes to hunt game had ended