The Game Act of 1770 imposed a mandatory penalty of public whipping and imprisonment for anyone taking game birds by night. The Act aroused fierce opposition and was replaced by the Night Poaching Act of 1773 which reserved these penalties to repeat offenders.
Editors. "Game Act 1770". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 June 2009
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