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For full stories from seasons 2016/17 through to 2011/12, scroll to below this season's entries
For reviews of Hunting Seasons 2010/11 & 2009/10 scroll down further

                    Detailed stories follow each month's headlines below, all in reverse chronological order

                      Warning - contains images of animals killed/ mutilated by Hunts that you may find distressing 

                                    HUNTING SEASON 2018/19

 

OCTOBER 2018

….. 31st October - Atherstone FH Huntsman filmed whipping hound

….. 31st October - Cheshire FH rope in any old riders for opening meet

….. 31st October - Anti has threatening note from hunter & fox tail left on car

….. 30th October - Stag hunted 3 hours blasted to death after fighting off hounds

….. 29th October - Thurlow FH hounds maul muntjac deer to death

….. 29th October - Fox flees wood where terrierman seen & Warks FH hounds entered

….. 29th October - Beaufort FH chase fox through hamlet & into drain - fate unknown

….. 29th October - Quorn & Cottesmore FHs are preparing to merge

….. 29th October - 2 sabs attacked, 1 nicked as cops ignore Flint & Denbigh FH hunting

….. 29th October - Sab filming Southdown FH hunting ridden into by Huntsman

….. 28th October - Fox filmed fleeing for life from Surrey Union FH

….. 28th October -  Sabs cramp hunting style of Cottesmore and Quorn FHs

….. 28th October - Study claims whole-pack flushing of foxes quicker, so less cruel

….. 27th October - Acquitted Portman FH Huntsman out hunting foxes again 

….. 27th October - Six Eggesford FH hounds believed killed on railway line

….. 27th October - Puckeridge FH lash out at sabs as kept away from their fox 

….. 27th October - Frustrated Middleton FH riders charge horses at sabs

….. 27th October - Predictable Huntsman makes saving foxes from Belvoir FH easy for sabs

….. 27th October - Sabs constrain Tedworth FH, taking pack off Huntsman twice

….. 26th October - Portman FH cause prolonged chaos on A30

….. 26th October - Notorious hunt supporter jailed for repeated trolling of prominent anti

….. 26th October - Belvoir FH invited to meet in Grantham town centre on Boxing Day

….. 25th October - Surrey Union FH hunt illegally on National Trust land

….. 24th October - Sabs investigating reported fox kill by Hunt near Cheltenham

….. 24th October - S. Durham FH rider forces woman monitor into ditch with horse

….. 24th October - Holcombe Harriers chase and kill deer

….. 24th October - Natural Resources Wales licence gun packs to hunt foxes

….. 24th October - Warks FH hunt near housing estate and M40, fox escapes

….. 23rd October - Sabs see Cotswold Vale FH suddenly kill fox in hedgerow

….. 23rd October - NT licence 2 Hunts to use estate with unresolved bTb outbreak

….. 23rd October - S. Durham FH met at farm with confirmed case of strangles

….. 22nd October - Thurlow FH hunt brazenly and kill fox - sabs report to police

….. 22nd October - LACS say NT licencing 'trail hunts' that have already happened !

….. 21st October - Cheshire FH cause road havoc and hunt through bTb cattle farm

….. 21st October - Resident reports Cotswold Vale FH hounds out of control on A38

….. 21st October - N. Cotswold FH draw blank under sab gaze - blocked sett found

….. 21st October - Tip-off from public to sabs leads to N. Warks Beagles not going out

….. 21st October - "Trail? What trail?" Landowner Albert gives the game away

….. 20th October - Essex FH kill fox - police not interested, let hunt carry on

….. 20th October - Sabs sit in sett holes to stop Waveney Harriers digging out fox

….. 20th October - Sabs find dying deer savaged by Easton Harriers hounds

….. 20th October - Portman FH chase hunted fox across the A30

….. 20th October - Woman reports Tredegar FH trespassing & believed fox hunting

….. 20th October - Middleton FH hounds miss 2 foxes, sabs take pack off Huntsman

….. 19th October - Woman sab shaken off top of gate by Ashford V. FH supporter

….. 19th October - Four Burrow FH cubbing attempts fail to excite the hounds

….. 18th October - Fitzwilliam FH attempt to get injunction to keep sabs away

….. 18th October - Antis pack up Eton College Beagles caught chasing a hare

….. 18th October - Waveney Harriers chase muntjacs, get bird out just to fool police

….. 18th October - Antis to protest re. 'trail hunting' outside N.T.'s AGM

….. 18th October - DEFRA ignore wildlife crime in public forests

….. 17th October - Ashford V. FH chase fox into village - road chaos & hounds in gardens

….. 17th October - Monitors urge Cheshire fox Hunts to switch to drag/clean boot hunting

….. 16th October - Convicted dairy farmers supply dead calves to S&W. Wilts FH

….. 16th October - Warwickshire FH hunt fox along canal and through garden

….. 16th October - Derwent FH caught cubbing in same woods as taken to court for

….. 16th October - Snarling Ashford Valley FH supporter assaults sab

….. 15th October - Sabs ensure no fox kills at Lanarkshire FH Newcomers meet

….. 15th October - Ex-Huntsman tries to provoke sab into 'intimidating' him !

….. 15th October - League's Chief Investigator comments on attacks on LACS

….. 14th October - Hunting, coursing, shooting continue as hares face Myxy plague

….. 13th October - N. Warwickshire Beagles packed up by sabs - in 3 minutes !

….. 13th October - Sabs make Berkeley FH Huntsman give up cubbing attempts 3 times

….. 13th October - Sab presence causes E. Sussex FH to actually lay a trail !

….. 13th October - Portman FH openly hunting foxes - again

….. 13th October - Nat. Trust appoints 'Trail-hunting Manager' to administer licences 

….. 12th October - Sabs scupper Oakley FH cubbing meet just by turning up

….. 12th October - IoW FH - 'violent bunch of sadists' - licenced by Nat. Trust

….. 11th October - Melbreak FH flee as sabs find them hunting on FC land w/o license

….. 11th October - Cheshire FH staff caught blocking sett in SSSI woodland

….. 11th October - King stag of Exmoor escapes D&S SH on to LACS sanctuary

….. 11th October - Cheshire police have used drone to monitor fox hunt

….. 10th October - Trial of two Buccleuch FH servants adjourned for two months

….. 10th October - Sabs save 3 hares from Easton Harriers - locals outraged by hunting

….. 10th October - N. Shropshire FH Huntsman is a convicted criminal

…..  9th October - Buccleuch FH trial shown covert video of hounds chasing fox

…..  9th October - Quantock SH quad biker alleged to have run over policeman

…..  9th October - Monitor tells of the bloody reality of Quantock FH stag hunt

…..  9th October - Monitors cover trail of fox fleeing Zetland FH

…..  9th October - Hunt hound found in Cheshire advertised on Facebook

…..  8th October - Warks FH block sabs in on road they allowed on & Hunt not

…..  8th October - Assault case against E. Sussex FH woman rider referred to DPP

…..  8th October - Beaufort FH hunt fox in village of Rodmarton

…..  8th October - Two Buccleuch FH members deny illegal hunting charges

…..  8th October - Mendip Farmers FH cub hunt, riot on deer, ride thru cattle fields

…..  7th October - Four injured hounds found on road in South Wales

…..  7th October - Sabs pull Cheshire Forest FH hounds off suspected bagged fox

…..  7th October - Portman FH hounds chase pet cat in wood - sabs aid escape

…..  6th October - Beaufort FH take hounds through middle of sheep flock

…..  6th October - Middleton FH cub hunt openly - hounds rated off one young fox

…..  6th October - Sabs stick to Quorn FH like glue, stopping them hunting

…..  6th October - Sabs cover trail of only fox Avon Vale FH were able to put up

…..  6th October - Sabs save fox from Fife FH who hunt around active sett

…..  6th October - Sabs pull N. Bucks Beagles off hare while hunters fields away

…..  6th October - VWH FH support block monitor car - then claim she 'breaking law' !

…..  6th October - Sab presence leads East Kent FH to early pack up

…..  6th October - E. Sussex woman rider pleads NG to 2 charges assault sabs

…..  5th October - Filming sab causes Warks FH to let nearly caught fox go free

…..  5th October - LACS bites back over 'false' allegations in Times newspaper

…..  5th October - Wynnstay FH riders use horses as weapons against sabs

…..  5th October - League accused of wanting to hack CA CEO's email account

…..  5th October - Coniston FH admit trespass on NT land 4 times last season

…..  3rd October - Hunt supporter steps down as Shropshire Wildlife Trust trustee

…..  3rd October - Wildlife Sanctuary bemoans Staitondale FH cubbing right by them

…..  3rd October - Woman sab driven at and injured at Essex & Suffolk FH meet

…..  3rd October - Warks FH ride through bTb farm as sabs keep them moving

…..  3rd October - Broken Atherstone FH hack around a while then go home

…..  2nd October - Waveney Harriers kill hare but can't find any foxes

…..  2nd October - S. Durham FH twice pull hounds off fox as monitors/police there

…..  2nd October - Farmer sees off Oakley FH as they trespass yet again

…..  2nd October - Muntjac scared on to road by Suffolk FH, injured by car

…..  2nd October - N. Cotswold FH hounds riot on deer - saved by sab 

…..  1st October - Sabs pull Surrey Union FH hounds off two foxes

…..  1st October - Foxes shot & displayed in internal Lake District Hunt feud

…..  1st October - Flint & Denbigh FH openly cub hunt but sabs avert kills 

 

 

Atherstone FH Huntsman filmed whipping hound

31-10-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   More animal cruelty from the Atherstone Hunt - Newbold Verdon - Tuesday 30th October 2018   On Tuesday we witnessed Atherstone Huntsman Bill Bishop whack his hounds with his whip. One of the hounds started barking at him, Bishop responded by swinging his whip and hitting the hound with it. This shows how much fox hunts love their hounds. We dread to think how these hounds are treated back at the kennels.

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Pic below   -   Huntsman about to whip hound 

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Cheshire FH rope in any old riders for opening meet

31-10-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    THE CHESHIRE HOUNDS HUNT TRIED SO HARD TO PUSH THE BOAT OUT FOR THEIR FIRST MEET... but after we were told this by someone inside the Hunt it made dealing with the havoc caused by these misguided people on their opening meet yesterday in Rushton, worthwhile:- "90% of those on a horse wouldn't know whether they were chasing a fox or a giraffe! They haven't got a clue. It's just follow the leader and once they're off the main road they have no idea where they are or which wood is which".

By the end of last season this Hunt were very low on numbers compared to past years, so seeing this bunch we realised that they must have been desperately phoning all their proverbial friends to bump up the numbers of their so-called riders [88 by my count]. We say 'so-called' riders because many of them couldn't even get onto a horse, some were drunk, some were too overweight, and some appeared never to have ridden a horse in their life.

We have film of one old boy backing his horse into a supporter's car, women riders cantering obliviously across the blind bend of an A Road and parents shouting at their children to stay put on their ponies.

All this pomp and ceremony will be quickly forgotten about as the season progresses, with us and other groups, not to mention an increasing number of angry locals, on their tail.

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Anti has threatening note from hunter & fox tail left on car

31-10-18   Daily Mail     'Every time you abuse a hunter on social media, another fox will die' - Animal rights activist finds dismembered fox's tail and chilling warning on his car - Ray Williams found a bloodied envelope on his car bonnet in Warwickshire - He had been attending a demonstration against a pork supplier for Tesco - The package contained a bloodied dismembered fox tail and a threatening note    A severed fox tail [below] was dumped on the car bonnet of a vegan animal activist warning him to stay away from hunters - or more 'will die'. A note was left under the windscreen of Ray Williams' car appearing to be from aggressive hunters.

After an animal rights demo at Hogwood Farm in Warwickshire Mr Williams returned to his vehicle to find a bloodied envelope under the windscreen wiper along with a fox's tail. The accompanying note said: 'Every time you abuse a hunter on social media. Another fox will die.'

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Mr Williams was attending a demo at a pork supplier for Tesco - on September 30 and took to social media to share the unsettling discovery. He said: 'Inside was the tail of a fox and a note telling me every time I'm nasty to a poor hunter another fox will be killed. What kind of sad, pathetic little coward would do a thing like that? Well done, yes it did upset us, and yes, it upset a nine-year old little girl who has been brought up vegan from birth by her amazing mother. Will it stop us and put us off standing up to animal abusers? Naa that's not gonna happen.'

The police logged the incident at the end of last month and undertook forensics analysis. Warwickshire Police were unable to find any DNA with which to pursue an offender.

Mr Williams said of the incident: 'I'd like to say that myself and every other activist at Hogwood has been treated with fairness, dignity and respect at all times by police liaison officers when attending vigils at Hogwood. I didn't expect anything to be found and these are the pics of the tail [below] and note that was left. I'd like to add the pathetic attempt by a member of the little willy brigade to put us off attending vigils and trying to stop myself personally from saying horrible things about sad little hunters on social media has failed miserably. Fox hunters really are pathetic, sad cowards. I'd like to wish every hunt sab a safe and successful weekend, you really are heroes for what you do.'

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Hogwood Farm came under fire earlier this year after footage of cannibal pigs supposedly eating each other alive hit headlines. The farm, a pork supplier for Tesco, was found to have been surveyed by officials one year previously and had made no breach of animal welfare standards. Warwickshire Police and Shipston Safer Neighbourhood team have been contacted for comment.

 

Stag hunted 3 hours blasted to death after fighting off hounds

30-10-18   Hounds Off Press Release   VIDEO  SHOCKING FOOTAGE EMERGES OF STAG HUNTING TEN MILES FROM TAUNTON  Hunted stag runs for his life  Quantock Stag Hounds, 25.10.18    Campaigners have filmed shocking footage of a Red deer stag being hunted by the Quantock Stag Hounds in Somerset on Thursday 25 October 2018.

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The Hunt took place about ten miles from Taunton near the picturesque West Somerset Railway line at Crowcombe Heathfield and lasted for three hours. A combination of horse riders, dogs and four wheel drive vehicles were used to harass and harry the stag through woods for nearly two hours, eventually forcing him out into the open and on his own. At this stage film clearly shows his mouth gasping and tongue lolling. There is a heaviness to his gait.

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             Stag swerves right - supporters blocking his escape route across road 

About an hour later two hounds, which had been set to follow the stag by scent, had chased him to exhaustion. He lay down behind a tree in some undergrowth. The hounds barked incessantly at him, rushing forwards and jumping back as the desperate stag used his antlers to keep them from attacking.

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When gunmen from the Quantock Stag Hounds get within close range the stag jumps up and makes a final dash for freedom. The hounds give chase and five minutes later, away from cameras, the stag is killed.

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Hunt followers and riders then gather in the woods for the traditional carve-up, where the body is divided into trophies for people to take away and remember their day.

Many people think that stag hunting was banned when the Hunting Act (2004) made chasing and killing most wild mammals with dogs illegal. But it hasn’t quite worked out like that. Stag hunters in the West Country have reinvented their bloodsport with subtle differences which allow them to exploit loopholes and circumvent the law, including:- Claiming to be conducting Research & Observation, in the same way as Japanese and other whaling nations carry on killing under the pretence of scientific research: Flushing to guns. The Hunting Act (2004) provides for this, so long as only two hounds are used and the stag is shot as soon as possible.

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The National Trust banned stag hunting in 1997 after Professor Patrick Bateson published a report which found that hunting deer with hounds inflicted cruelty and distress far beyond anything they might experience in nature. Stag hunting was prohibited on Forestry Commission land in 1997 too.

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Campaigners have documented numerous incidents of trespass by the Quantock Stag Hounds on National Trust and Forestry Commission land during September and October 2018.

The Quantock Stag Hounds hunt deer with dogs Mondays and Thursdays throughout September to April.

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2-11-18   The Canary  VIDEO   New video reveals the ‘shocking’ hunting of stags that’s still completely legal    Anti-hunting activists released “shocking footage” of a stag hunt in Somerset on 25 October. It shows a stag cornered by hounds after running across fields. But, due to loopholes in the law, the entire event was legal.

Anti-hunting organisations Hounds Off and Somerset Wildlife Crime filmed the hunt, carried out by the Quantock Stag Hounds. A 30 October press release contains footage from the day. In the video, a stag can be seen running across several fields before trying to hide in some trees. Two hounds ‘mark’ him then give chase as he tries to get away. A member of the hunt runs after the stag with a gun.

The Hunting Act banned hunting with hounds in 2004. Despite this, the video shows a completely legal activity. This is because of two significant loopholes in the law, exploited by the UK’s three stag hound packs. Explaining them, the press release said they are:-

Claiming to be conducting Research & Observation, in the same way as Japanese and other whaling nations carry on killing under the pretence of scientific research. The Hunt chased the stag “to exhaustion” before killing him, the press release claimed. Speaking of stag hunting tradition, it said:- Hunt followers and riders then gather in the woods for the traditional carve-up, where the body is divided into trophies for people to take away and remember their day.

The Canary asked the Quantock Stag Hounds for comment on this video, but it chose not to provide one.

Intended for scientists, taken up by hunters... Zoologist Jordi Casamitjana, author of stag hunting report ‘Observed’ to Death, explained to The Canary how Hunts have exploited the loophole. He said:- Clearly Parliament intended this exemption to prevent scientists to be affected by the ban, allowing them to carry out their studies if they needed dogs to find a wild mammal… But the exemption as written does not specify that they have to be scientists, that the research has to be genuine, or that it should not be lethal. Here is where the Hunts came in. Casamitjana went on to explain the “observation” part only requires a hunter to be looking at a stag when the animal is killed. And the use of two hounds, as seen in the video, is part of the exemption.

Bateson report... The Quantock Stag Hounds were part of a study into stress levels of animals subject to hunting published in 1997. New Scientist said the report by biologist Patrick Bateson found:- levels of [stress hormone] cortisol were around 10 times higher in the deer chased by hounds than in animals shot by stalkers. They were similar to levels in deer badly injured in road accidents. The ‘Bateson report’ led to the National Trust and Forestry Commission bringing in a ban against stag hunting on their land.

The Burns Inquiry, which led to the Hunting Act, agreed with the Bateson report. It said:- There seems to be a large measure of agreement among the scientists that, at least during the last 20 minutes or so of the hunt, the deer is likely to suffer as glycogen depletion sets in. Despite this, loopholes in the Hunting Act have allowed the Quantock Stag Hounds and other stag hunting packs to continue.

Continued killing... ‘Research and observation’, like the trail hunting and falconry exemption used by other hunts throughout the country, is almost comical in its pretence. But it continues to be exploited so that Hunts can continue killing Britain’s largest land mammal.

Labour pledged on 2nd November to remove legal loopholes from the Hunting Act if elected. However, it only mentioned the hunting of foxes and hares. So for many, it seems likely that the most effective way to hold Hunts to account will continue to be direct action by hunt saboteurs and monitors.

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Thurlow FH hounds maul muntjac deer to death

29-9-18   Facebook - Cambridge Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Hit Report - Thurlow Hunt - Wood Hall, Balsham, Cambridgeshire – 29/10/18 DEER MAULED BY HOUNDS AS HUNTSMAN WATCHES ON HUNT BLOCK VEHICLE PICKING UP DEER NO POLICE INTEREST   VIDEO   Today members of CHS paid another visit to the Thurlow hunt, this time hunting in Cambridgeshire where their preferred police force reside. 

After approximately 5 minutes, the drone team were able to locate and positively identify characteristics of illegal hunting and foot teams moved in. Two CHS members followed the hounds in cry through Balsham wood. The hounds then took after a muntjac, who ran into a the fence of what appeared to be an empty pheasant pen [below], the hounds then began to maul on the hindquarters of the deer, which sustained fatal wounds and later had to be euthanized by a vet.

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Camera footage shows that roughly 16 minutes passed between Sabs finding the deer and his arrival at the emergency vet.

There is a pending investigation with Cambridgeshire police, and therefore we cannot release the full video until the case is closed without risking a mistrial.

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                     Dead muntjac at vets - it has been disembowelled 

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Fox flees wood where terrierman seen & Warks FH hounds entered

Blatant hunting conducted right next to N. Trust Upton Estate 

29-10-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Warwickshire Hunt - Opening Meet - Upton Viva - Saturday 27th October 2018     The Warwickshire Hunts opening meet of the main hunting season began at Upton Viva, part of the Upton estate and just next to the National Trusts Upton House and Gardens NT. Sabs got into position before the Hunt set off and witnessed a quad bike with WarwickshireFHHoundspilingintowood_29-10-18.jpgterriermen entering a wood on the land behind Upton House.

Ten minutes later the Huntsman took the hounds into the same woods we had seen the terriermen enter [left]. As if by magic the hounds picked up on a scent and a fox was seen fleeing the hunt. Sabs were forced to intervene to save the fox by covering its scent because Warwickshire Hunt steward Samantha Austin not only refused to call the hounds off or inform the Huntsman but she also tried to prevent sabs from stopping the hounds from chasing the fox. Huntsman Will Goffe has already been convicted of illegal hunting when he was at a previous Hunt.

It also wasn’t surprising to find former Warwickshire Police chief superintendent David Whitehouse standing and watching the whole thing (this is not the first time we have seen him watch the Warwickshire Hunt chase a fox). The fox got away safely thanks to the actions of sabs.

As this all happened on land next to Upton House. We'd like to ask the National Trust exactly why they think terriermen went into that wood, why the hounds went into cry once they were in the wood and why a fox was seen running for it’s life? Why do the National Trust think the Warwickshire Hunt needed FIVE quad bikes and TEN terriermen? We were under the impression the National Trust didn’t think there was any place for terriermen on a trail hunt?

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Pic above   -  Hounds sent into wood where terrierman had gone a little earlier

Pics below   -  1/  Few minutes later, fox pops out of wood   2/  David Whitehouse, ex senior cop 

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Beaufort FH chase fox through village & into drain - fate unknown

29-10-18   Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   VIDEO   27.10.18 The Beaufort Huntmet at Alderton on Saturday, still cub hunting technically, so starting at 8.30. At least a hundred riders including lots of children on half term holidays.They worked quickly through the area to the southeast of Alderton passing through New Covert drawing Dunley Gorse and Dunley Wood then down to Oldlands Wood and up to Cranhill. We heard the hounds in cry at this wood at 10am and saw hunt staff and riders surrounding the wood for at least 30mins [pic of holding up, below right]. We dread to think what they were doing in there for so long.

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                         Terriermen [on a 'trail hunt'] at gates of Badminton Estate

When the hounds emerged they went into Alderton Grove Farm for a short while where we thought theyBeaufortFHHoldinup27-10-18.jpg would pick up 2nd horse. A monitor was on the verge checking the hounds as they came through but thankfully no blood was seen on them but a regular hunt support vehicle tried to back into her for what reason? The female passenger has been seen to laugh at these incidents before now which makes you wonder what kind of person would want to be associated with that kind of behaviour?

Foot walkers got into place from two directions at Alderton Grove, after finding entrances to both artificial fox earths covered over - after all they don’t want their ‘trail’ to escape underground do they!

They made their way over to Badminton kennels as they seemed preoccupied with The Tynings - we caught them just as the pretend trail layer came across from Badminton Farm area towards Withy Moor. When a fox has been sighted and they are onto it, they send a pretend trail layer quickly to cover themselves legally for chasing the fox. This is despite claiming to have filmed their trails before the Hunt as the police have told them to do.

Sure enough the hounds were brought to search nearby and quickly BeaufortFHDeerfleesfrom27-10-18.jpggot onto the scent not where the trail layer had ridden but up the nearby hedge, chasing to Withy Moor and then across to The Tynings [another artificial earth in there].

A fox broke out of The Tynings across into Badminton grounds – oh dear that’s not a safe place to be. We shouted ‘hounds off!’ ‘Get them out of there!’ Matt Ramsden MFH looked anxious as he came out of the wood on to the road –after whistles were heard meaning hunt support had also seen a fox. A fox re-emerged from the Badminton gardens and just stood by the gate. He quickly disappeared back in after being sighted by supporters. We held our breath and sprayed the road with organic citronella as the hounds and quads were making their way back to the Badminton Gate.

We now see regular foxes abound in the area of the Beaufort Hunt Kennels - funny that. Have things changed since the first Duke of Beaufort used to breed foxes near his sheep paddocks? Later in the day they came back to that wood and despite keeping us on the road by force, using their horses. We got onto the chase where the fox must have just crossed into the houses on the corner of Badminton as the hounds went pouring through all the gardens and round the backs, then through into the rough ground surrounding Badminton Farm. It is here where they searched a ditchBeaufortFHRiderusinhorsetodrivemonitorbackwards27-10-18.jpg and the undergrowth and the Huntsman went into the farm itself. A woman opened her cottage door and shouted to the Hunt ‘it went that way’.

That poor fox, it had been running and running and even the householders can’t give it a chance. Our support vehicle was just there as terrier men were blatantly searching the ditch by the road with a large drain at the end. We were there with our cameras watching closely and in the end they took the hounds forward and maybe that fox went into the drain for refuge. We hope so.

They went on to hunt at Allen Grove inside the Park and stayed there until after 2.30 clearly desperate to kill their fox for the day.

Today they used their horses and Neanderthal task force of terrier men all day trying to pin us on the footpaths. Foxhunting with dogs is a crime; trespass is a civil offence and one that we risk to save foxes. We are sure they are organising via the Countryside Alliance to use force when we trespass to stop us witnessing them. They will not stop us, they are breaking a law supported by 85% of the public and we are going to continue.

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Pics above   -   Upper right,  Traditional holding-up - part of cub hunting, no reason to do this in 'trail hunting'.   Left,  Deer fleeing from hunters     Lower right  -  Rider using horse to drive female monitor backwards   

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                                             Hounds hunting fox in village 

 

Quorn and Cottesmore FHs are preparing to merge

Two prestigious Hunts cannot see future alone 

'All over England hunt countries are struggling.' 

29-10-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    AS WE PREPARE FOR THE START OF THE HUNTING SEASON... It’s great to know how much of an effect all anti hunting groups across the country are having on the industry we target. We spotted this in a recent Horse and Hounds magazine. Two of the oldest Hunts in the country are struggling to keep going and having to join up to keep themselves afloat. This is happening all over the country and this season more Hunts will have to follow suit.

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2 sabs attacked, 1 arrested as cops ignore Flint & Denbigh FH fox hunting
 
29-10-18   Facebook - North Wales Hunt Saboteurs    Scummery Summary 27/10/18    It was the opening meet of the Flint and Denbigh hunt at Plas Newydd estate in Trefnant near Denbigh, so with some help from Lancashire Huntsabs we thought we'd call in and see say hello... Over the last couple of months North Wales Police have really gone beyond in their helpfulness acting as dawn security for the wannabe fox cub killers, even using armed response to harass sabs.
 
Saturday was no different, true to form North Wales Police were there at every opportunity to aid the illegal fox hunt. As soon as sabs turned up a cop car pulled behind us at the gates of Plas Newydd estate and stopped the traffic to allow criminals out. Sabs were right onto the Hunt from the off, but only moments after they had left the estate the flashing blue lights were on, as the cop car drove down the road with one door half open in excitement at the anticipation of arresting a sab. A sab was arrested on allegations of an incident a few weeks back, for legal reasons we cannot say more on the allegations at this minute.
 
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The rest of the sabs kept with the Hunt who had now headed down towards the river side of the Trefnant. At this point with hounds in cry as they picked up on the scent of a fox, PC Evans 3046 and another officer tried to pin some allegations on another sab, claiming this sab was also wanted. Illegal hunting was clearly taking place and a couple of sabs went over a gate to intervene. PC Evans tried to stop the sabs from entering the field despite the hounds being onto a foxes scent.  
 
The two officers then climbed the gate and followed the sabs into the field (though they did struggle to keep up) [below]. The point being when North Wales police popped in to have a chat with sabs at their homes last week (more harassment) The police informed sabs that they were under orders not to enter fields and not to trespass themselves when it comes to investigating illegal hunting. The hounds had moved on by now and the police were allowed to catch up as sabs were now on a public bridleway. Yet PC Evans insisted sabs were trespassing and the public bridleway was a private road... PC Evans can you see that sign? That is a bridleway sign!
 
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Two sabs were assaulted on this day, both cases now being a police matter. One of the incidents was witnessed by PC Evans 3046, yet he did nothing. This despite a sab getting arrested last year when he acted in self defence, the polices excuse for arresting that sab was that if an officer witnesses an assault he must make the arrest.
 
Sabs kept the hunt insight all day and witnessed some rather dodgy behaviour by masked terrier men who were sneaking around trying not to be seen. The Hunt were now on the Henllan side at the Plas Newydd estate when at 2.46pm the hunt were witnessed chasing two foxes from Plas Heaton Farm to Plas Heaton estate house. As the foxes ran passed one group of sabs towards another group of sabs who were waiting in a woodland and were able to get between the foxes and the hounds just in time. The Huntmaster Jeremy Reed made no attempt to called the hounds back. It's not only foxes that this Hunt endanger, a distressed deer was helped to safety also as hounds rioted. Not too long later and the Hunt packed up and headed home to the kennels in Cefn Meiriadog.
 
All assaults , illegal hunting and police bias have been logged with the police,,,, Don't worry we won't be holding our breath.
 
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Sab filming Southdown FH hunting ridden into by Huntsman

Video evidence not enough for police 

29-10-18   Facebook - Brighton Hunt Saboteurs    Our local Hunt were at Firle Place on Saturday and we were there keeping an eye on them with our friends from South Coast and Croydon Sabs. The Hunt did a bit of terrorising sheep around the meet and then went off into woodlands.

A saboteur filming the hunting so angered the Huntsman that he barged his horse into the saboteur. The saboteur reported the assault and hunting to police; sabs watched while the police held up the Hunt temporarily. The police took the Huntsman's details and watched the video footage - although apparently video evidence is not enough evidence.

Saboteurs remained with the Hunt for the rest of the day and they didn't kill.

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Fox filmed fleeing for life from Surrey Union FH

Sabs helped it to escape

28-10-18   Facebook - Guildford Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    A fox running for it's life from the Surrey Union Hunt yesterday near Honeybush Farm, Oakwood Hill. The fox was successfully seen to safety by sabs. Full report to follow.

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Sabs cramp hunting style of Cottesmore/Quorn FHs

Some riders appeared 'tired and emotional'*

28-10-18   Facebook - Northants Hunt Saboteurs   27th Oct 2018    Northants and Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs pay visit to opening meet – Cottesmore On a freezing and sleety late October day, sabs travelled up to Burley on the Hill in Leicestershire to surprise the Cottesmore who rarely get a visit. They were out riding with some of their friends from the Quorn. In fact the meet was at the house of the Quorn joint master [below] - Joss Hanbury who sometimes rides with the Cottesmore.

After their normal alcoholic tipples and ceremonial toasts they left the meet to ride and hunt the various copses and coverts north of the house. We were able to split into two groups, which is always useful and helps us to keep up with the hounds.

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As the hunt rode round the woods around Langham Lane and Ashwell, sabs popped up at every opportunity preventing any kills. The Landy was also in the right place at the right time, at one stage surprising a redcoat coming out onto a road with his horse, slipping and sliding, it was a miracle it didn’t injure itself.

The hunt were not impressed by sabs , once again using the gizmo to take the hounds off them early on : we love it when a plan comes together. It was around two o'clock when they had second horses and unsurprisingly the mounted field dropped off considerably.

The hunt clearly frustrated , the hunt moved on to Burley Wood. They ran around inside the wood, making no attempt at serious hunting and more likely just trying to tire out our sabs. At least one or two of the riders, including Joss Hanbury were clearly under the influence of alcohol : what is it with these people ? They can’t seem to stay sober.

With no kills by late afternoon, they lost us, but packed up 15 mins later so were unlikely to have killed in that time . Another successful but freezing day. We were all happy to get home and warm up with our cuppas resting our weary feet.

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* Private Eye's euphemism for under the influence of alcohol 

 

Study claims whole-pack flushing of foxes quicker, so less cruel

28-10-18   Sunday Telegraph     Hunting ban law ‘more cruel’ to foxes    The first ever scientific study into the use of dogs to hunt foxes in the UK has found that the law banning hunting makes controlling foxes ‘less effective and more cruel’. The study says the law in England and Wales had led to a longer pursuit of foxes by farmers attempting to control them on their land.

It suggests that Scottish law, which allows the use of any number of dogs to flush and shoot foxes, is more effective and less cruel. In Scotland the use of any number of dogs to flush and shoot foxes remains legal, compared to England and Wales where only two dogs can be employed.

The study, published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, concluded that when a pair of dogs was used, as compared with a pack, only half as many foxes were flushed. The period of active pursuit from a fox being found to being flushed was over 5 times less.

Dr Jeremy Naylor, an equine vet and former senior lecturer at Bristol University and one of the authors of the report, said the decision to restrict to two dogs in England and Wales "seems to have been plucked out of the air". He added: "We are making no welfare claims in our study but we are providing data which may inform the welfare argument. In the Burns Inquiry report they considered that one factor that might effectively compromise welfare is duration of active pursuit. Our data quite clearly indicated that a pack of hounds is considerably more effective at flushing in a considerably shorter duration.”

The study was commissioned by the Federation of Welsh Farmers’ Packs (FWFP), which represents Hunts and clubs which traditionally used packs of hounds to flush and shoot foxes to protect sheep and other livestock.

David Thomas, secretary of the FWFP, said: “The law as it stands in England and Wales is completely indefensible. Farmers’ packs were developed for the sole purpose of controlling foxes to limit the predation of lambs using the only practical method in a mountainous region with huge expanses of commercial forestry. The limit of two dogs was plucked out of nowhere. There is no evidence or logical justification for it. Anti-hunting organisations have even admitted that: “pairs of dogs are utterly useless in flushing to guns.” He added: “Farm incomes in upland Wales are amongst the lowest in the country and it is simply not acceptable that farmers are not able to protect their flocks. The publication of this study emphasises once again why the law needs to change”.

POWAperson comments   -  The argument for whole pack flushing might have some force if what David Thomas asserts were true - but it's not. Scottish Hunts, allowed to use full packs, have consistently abused that right to carry on fox hunting much as before the 'ban'. They've even latterly taken to firing shots into the air so they can pretend guns did actually try to shoot the foxes when they break cover, as they're supposed to. 

But the Welsh gun packs argument really collapses because repeated studies have shown that foxes are at most a very minor cause of lamb mortality, the great bulk of which is due to disease, exposure and poor husbandry. Studies of fox diets show very little of them consist of lamb or chicken. Nor is there convincing evidence that killing foxes as they do significantly reduces populations or lessens what little fox predation on lambs there is. Foxes adjust their breeding habits to the available territory and food supply, the great bulk of which consists of small mammals - voles, mice, rats, rabbits. One suspects that gun packs are as much a recreational activity as lowland mounted fox hunting, the methodology just being an adaptation to terrain unsuited to horse use.  

 

Acquitted Portman FH Huntsman out hunting foxes again

Monitors dissuade support from telling him where it went

27-10-18   Facebook – Wildlife Witness   VIDEO   Portman Hunt filmed hunting a fox on opening meet   Just before last season ended the Master of the Portman Hunt, Evo Shirley, was cleared in court of illegal hunting...here he was today blatantly doing the same.

A fox had been hunted for some time through a farm and towards a road, so he knew it wasn't a trail the hounds were following, but he didn't stop them [below].

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He didn't see the tired fox running for his life and nor did the Whipper-in who had passed just a few seconds before... one of our monitors and a sab from Dorset Hunt Sabs had seen it.

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                  Fox streaks out of hedge on to road, blindsiding Huntsman & hounds 

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                           Fox tears across road and into hedge on far side 

So too had the group of supporters on the road but a few words of wisdom from the monitor to them warning that they were being filmed meant they didn't pass on the message to the hunt staff. Even after being told they were on a fox, the hunt staff still tried desperately to put hounds on to its line.

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                 Hounds coming back find where fox crossed, but antis rate them off 

This fox survived today but will he be lucky enough to have someone watching his back next time. We need more people out there helping in the field or at least helping those who are already out there.

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                      Hunting on road - Whipper-in is shouting 'Hunt him, hunt him' 

POWAperson adds    -   This is what happens when a Huntsman who clearly is hunting a fox is acquitted. They feel emboldened and hunt blatantly.  

 

Six Eggesford FH hounds believed killed on railway line

Train delayed 30 mins as bodies removed - driver in shock

Hunters nowhere around, surviving hounds just milled around

27-10-18   Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs    BREAKING NEWS    We have had reports from a distressed passenger that 6 hounds believed to be from the Eggesford Hunt have just been killed on the railway line between Morchard Road and Eggesford. The train was delayed by half an hour while railway people tried to console the driver and the dead hounds were moved off the line. One survived the collision but by the time help arrived it too had died. Hunt staff were nowhere to be seen and other hounds were milling around next to the railway line in confusion.

Jason Marles, how could you let this happen? Rhetorical question: Who lays a "trail" across a railway line?

Network Rail are saying no evidence hounds killed - but also that services delayed 90 minutes. Just because some dogs ran in front of a train. Really? That makes no sense. The passenger who reported it was definite and gave details.

27-10-18   DevonLive    Train stopped in Devon after dogs run onto track    It has not been confirmed why the dogs were on the track at this point however a social media posts suggest they belonged to a local hunt. Six hounds are believed to have been killed in the incident.

A train in Devon was delayed today after a number of dogs ran onto the tracks. The incident happened on the line between Morchard Road and Eggesford at roughly 1:30pm. It has not been confirmed why the dogs were on the track at this point however a social media posts suggest they belonged to a local Hunt.

A post on social media reports the train was delayed by half an hour while railway people tried to console the driver as dead hounds were moved off the line. However British Transport Police have since said Network Rail staff attended the area and were unable to find any evidence that would suggest an animal had been struck by a train.

National Rail confirmed trains between Exeter and Barnstaple were delayed for up to an hour and a half after an incident involving animals on the line. Trains were running back to normal at 3:30pm. The incident happened near Morchard Road.

29-10-18   DevonLive     Police appeal after seven dogs were struck by a train - The incident happened shortly after 1pm    Police are appealing for witnesses after a number of dogs were struck by a train on Saturday. Devon and Cornwall British Transport Police have confirmed that seven dogs were hit by a train between Eggesford and Lapford just after 1pm on Saturday.

National Rail confirmed trains between Exeter and Barnstaple were delayed for up to an hour and a half after an incident involving animals on the line. Trains were running back to normal at 3.30pm.

It has still not been confirmed why the dogs were on the track, however social media posts suggested they belonged to a local hunt. A post on social media reported the train was delayed by half an hour while railway workers tried to console the driver as dead hounds were moved off the line.

British Transport Police have since said Network Rail staff attended the area and were unable to find any evidence that would suggest an animal had been struck by a train.

A representative of Devon and Cornwall British Transport Police said: “Officers from British Transport Police are currently investigating reports that a number of dogs were struck by a train between Eggesford and Lapford in Devon on Saturday afternoon (27 Oct). “It is believed the incident happened shortly after 1pm and involved up to seven dogs. A number of enquiries are now being made to understand what happened, and to trace the dogs who were struck. Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 272 of 27/10/2018. Or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Eggesford Hunt has been approached for a comment.

 

Puckeridge FH lash out at sabs as kept away from their fox 

27-10-18   Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs   Hit Report 27.10.2018 Puckeridge Hunt, Brent Pelham Today was the opening meet of the 'main' season for many hunts, including the Puckeridge. Of course the 'main season' neatly glosses over the fact that they've all spent the last two months cub hunting at dawn, but they don't like to mention that.

North Cambs Hunt Sabs picked up the Puckeridge shortly after they'd left their meet, suitably boozed up after their opening meet toasts, and found them immediately hunting a fox. After coming across the fox running exhausted along a country lane, we parked our truck in between the hunted animal and the Huntsman. After dousing the area in scent-covering citronella to give the fox time to escape, we stuck with the pack to make sure they didn't find him again.

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                                   Hunted fox fleeing across road 

What followed was a Hunt clearly irritated by not being able to kill.

> Huntsman Joshua Tierney, threatened sabs with an, "I'll find out where you live..."

> Out of control field rider twice charging his horse into sabs at speed [bottom]

> Field rider whipped a sab clear in the face as she rode past [below]

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> Terriermen drove quads at sabs forcing them to jump out of the way [below]

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Sabs are used to this sort of treatment at the hands of the entitled bloodsports fiends who hunt, of course, and stuck to the task at hand. Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs lent their support with this hunt, and with two teams on the ground the Hunt was effectively finished. Hounds had to be called back by sabs, after the Huntsman continued to hunt them on towards the scent of the escaping fox.

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                       Hounds charge across road at speed, nearly run over 

One lighter moment, was when an elderly supporter attempted to drive his Land Rover at a group of stationary sabs photographing the hunt, but instead succeeding on shredding the side of his car [below] on a fallen tree. That's karma for you.

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After seeing the Hunt back to their kennels, we chalked this up as another successful outing with a fox saved from the jaws of the Hunt.

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Frustrated Middleton FH riders charge horses at sabs

One horse bleeding from mouth - too forceful bit use

Four foxes assisted to escape by sabs 

27-10-18   Facebook - West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs    Hit report ~ Middleton hunt ~ Pasture Farm, Scrayingham ~ 27.10.18    Hired goons back out as private security for the Middleton's illegal activities Today we met up with good friends East Yorkshire Coast Hunt Sabs to pay yet another visit to stop the Middleton Hunt from killing wildlife. Obviously not impressed at how much attention they’d been getting from us recently, they had someone sit in the car park where we were meeting, spying on us. We arrived at the meet just before they set off, and were pleasantly surprised to see they’d brought out three hired security with them again. It turned out that unlike last season’s fracas, the security were only out to drive like madmen along narrow country roads, never actually preventing sabs from doing their job.

Early on during the hunt we were angry and very upset to witness a horse with a heavily bleeding mouth, caused by the rider using excessive force (see photo below).

The Hunt spent the majority of the day riding in a small loop around a few fields, hiding between the meet and Scrayingham Pasture in a desperate attempt to lose sabs. Obviously frustrated at our persistence, riders once again turned to using their horses as weapons, riding full pelt into sabs.

Despite occasionally getting away from us, we managed to stick with them for the majority of the day, seeing around 4 foxes to safety.

Help keep us out in the field, protecting Yorkshire’s wildlife. https://ko-fi.com/westyorkshirehuntsaboteurs.28-10-18.

28-10-18   Facebook - West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs    Blood drips from an injured horse's mouth whilst the unconcerned rider just blithely checks his phone. The rider is William Milburn from the Middleton Hunt, who works at Mark Walford Racing and lives in Sheriff Hutton, North Yorkshire. PLEASE SHARE this post and help us to expose this dreadful treatment of a horse.

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Predictable Huntsman makes saving foxes from Belvoir FH easy for sabs

27-10-18   Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs    Today, with the great news that the badger culls had finished, we were back up to full strength and joined up with our comrades from Lincoln Hunt Saboteurs for a trip to the Belvoir who met at Long Clawson. It was our first 11 o'clock start of the season and blimey was it a cold one. The wind and sleet whipped across the vale and it looked like a delightful day to be stuck on top of a horse.

BelvoirFHHuntsman27-10-18.jpgThe Huntsman [left] was immediately up to his usual tricks and had put a fox up just north of the village which was seen to safety by sabs. He's a predictable (and miserable) bastard and always covers similar ground so wherever he went we were waiting. As usual, after second horsing on Pasture Lane, he headed for Harby Hills and the disused railway line where he knows he's pretty much guaranteed to find foxes later in the day. Always one step ahead we had a group waiting for him whilst another harried from behind.

Sure enough his hounds quickly put two foxes up. One was seen to safety by one of our vehicles whilst the other was saved from close in to his pack by foot sabs. He then headed down the disused railway line and sabs were amazed to see, after the whole pack had gone past, a fox slip quietly across the railway. The Hunt were on all sides but none of them saw this clever fox make their escape.

With that the Huntsman, the remains of his large field and a thoroughly dejected bunch of vehicle support called it a day and so did we, off to the pub for a well earned pint. Please donate to keep us in long johns: https://ko-fi.com/nottshuntsabs.

Pic below   -   Huntsmen leading the field  

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Sabs constrain Tedworth FH, taking pack off Huntsman twice

27-10-18   Facebook - Bristol Hunt Saboteurs    We teamed up with Bath Hunt Saboteurs this morning and headed to Wiltshire to sab the opening meet of the Tedworth Hunt. They met at Rainscombe Park, moving off at around 11.30. We split into two groups early on, meaning that we could tag team and keep on the Hunt in difficult terrain, the steep Marlborough Downs.

Using the vehicles and two groups of foot sabs to great effect, we had them in our sights all day. Anywhere the Huntsman tried to hunt, a group of sabs was close on his tail or popping out ahead meaning he didn’t get to spend much time in any place, including the favoured spot at Gopher Wood.

Both groups had the pack of hounds at different times. One took them at Gopher with use of horn and voice, and the other took the full pack off a line when they were in cry with use of the Gizmo. The Huntsman gathered up the hounds and abandoned that chase! We were escorting the hunt back to the meet to box up at 3.30. A great start to the main hunting season for us. If you hunt, expect us...

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Portman FH cause prolonged chaos on A30

26-10-18   Facebook - Wildlife Witness    20 Oct 2018 Portman Hunt - Church Farm, East Stour    The last Saturday cub-hunting meet took place at Church Farm at 8.0 am and things didn't start well for huntsman Evo Shirley as he lost contact with hounds within minutes of moving off, resulting in him having to ride through the mist and the traffic to rejoin them at Butterwell Farm.

Dorset Against Blood Sports (DABS) monitors kept an eye on them from the road as we headed on foot through to Stour Provost where we were soon with hounds as they picked up a line in the woods to the west, where a fox was seen. Hounds hunted intermittently for a few minutes before Evo headed off at speed towards the A30, behind Church Farm calling the hounds on.

Shortly after we got a message from Dorset Hunt Sabs (DHS) to say that there were hounds, riders and quads stopped on the A30, holding up traffic... [below] chaos ensued for a while as efforts were made to clear the road, culminating in the Huntsman riding along the A30 blowing his horn and calling hounds on to the busy road. Representations have been made to Dorset Police.

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Having gathered most of the pack over the road to the area west of Witch Lane where several hours were spent hunting in the mist around Bugley and in and around Folly Farm. From there they headed back towards Madjeston to cross another road to hunt around Cole Street Farm where they quickly picked up a fox that took the hounds south east towards Lox Lane, where we were located and DHS sabs were able to intervene.

Having given up on that opportunity the Huntsman then took hounds through fields, scattering sheep in all directions and back on to yet another road before heading back to Cole Street Farm. With hounds now looking very tired there was time to draw in the area around Cowslip Farm before stopping traffic again on the A30 to head back towards the meet, stopping briefly to draw through a covert without success.

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A thoroughly disruptive day by the Portman, so typical of the arrogance and disregard they display towards the travelling public. Reports have been sent to the Police and a meeting is being arranged to discuss with them the issue of the hunt operating so near to the road.

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24-10-18   Facebook – Wildlife Witness   VIDEO  Portman Hunt chase a fox across A30 in Dorset    This is body-cam footage of the Portman Hunt endangering road-users on the A30 this morning [above]. The film was taken by Dorset Hunt Sabs minutes after our own monitors had seen a fox being hunted in the woods near to the road.

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                        Terrierman on stationary quad blocking the A30 

24-10-18   Facebook - Wildlife Witness  VIDEO  Loose hound left on A30 by Portman Hunt   This hound was left on the A30 by the Portman Hunt this morning. it was left for our monitors to guide it to safety and warn road-users.

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Notorious hunt supporter jailed for repeated trolling of prominent anti

Sentence followed offender breaking restraining order

26-10-18   BBC News     Devon farmer jailed for trolling anti-hunt chief on Twitter   Bradshaw denied sending the tweet but was found guilty by a jury at Exeter Crown Court earlier this week A farmer has been jailed for trolling an anti-hunt leader on Twitter. Giles Bradshaw, 51, from Rose Ash, Devon, targeted the head of the League Against Cruel Sports with thousands of tweets over a four-year period. Many of the posts accused John Cooper, QC of using paedophiles to secretly film young children while monitoring hunts, Exeter Crown Court heard. Bradshaw, who has blogged against the hunting ban, was jailed for 18 weeks for breaching a restraining order.

His hate campaign started in 2013 when the League posted a video of a dead stag at a hunt on Exmoor,JohnCooper.jpg in which a young girl was seen walking across the picture, the court heard. The abuse carried on after Mr Cooper [right] retired from his position as president of the LACS.

One post read: "This barrister leads an organisation that uses convicted paedophiles to spy on children". Another suggested he had a gun and knew which pub Mr Cooper drank at. The tweets stopped for two years when Bradshaw was given a suspended sentence for harassment in 2015, the court was told.

Just five weeks after the sentence expired, he sent a new tweet in reply to an article Mr Cooper wrote in the magazine Dogs Today. It read: "Secretly filming children to harass their parents = not nice." The tweet, sent on 1 September 2017, put him in breach of a restraining order imposed after the harassment conviction on 2015.

Bradshaw denied sending the tweet but was found guilty by a jury at Exeter Crown Court earlier this week. Recorder Mr Martin Meeke, QC, told Bradshaw: "Your conduct caused Mr Cooper distress. The restraining order remains in place. If you breach it again, you may expect a prison sentence substantially in excess of what I have just passed."

See also DevonLive 

 

Belvoir FH invited to meet in Grantham town centre on Boxing Day

Hunt has record of GBH, chasing & killing foxes, imprisoning cubs

Online petition against invitation has 11k+ signatures 

26-10-18   Grantham Journal    Anti-hunt group to protest in Grantham at Boxing Day Belvoir Hunt after Charter Trustees hold 'private' meeting     Anti-hunt campaigners have promised a protest at the annual Boxing Day meet of the Belvoir Hunt. Every year, hundreds of people come to attend the spectacle of seeing the horses and the hounds who are welcomed by the Mayor of Grantham.

On Wednesday night, Mayor of Grantham Lynda Coutts and other councillors staged a meeting behind closed doors about whether to welcome the Duke of Rutland’s hounds in front of the Guildhall on St Peter’s Hill. The Mayor’s parlour declined to comment on what was said at the meeting, stressing its private nature, but said it would be in touch with the Journal in time, adding it had “nothing to hide”.

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            Mutilated remains of 1 of 3 foxes killed by Belvoir FH,  3-12-16

However, Grantham councillor Ray Wootten tweeted:- “At a private meeting of Grantham Charter Trustees it was decided to support the Belvoir Hunt meet on Boxing Day.”

The annual tradition has added controversy this year following recent court cases involving Hunt members and associates, accused of animal cruelty. This has prompted Grantham Against Bloodsports to repeat its call for a protest on Boxing Day. The group is also running an online petition which has 11,288 signatures calling for the mayor to stop “inviting” the Hunt to town.

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                Hound killed on A1 slip road when Belvoir supposedly 'trail hunting' 

The invitation to the Hunt has been made by Grantham Charter Trustees. A South Kesteven District Council spokesman said it was not directly involved.

The petition from Grantham Against Bloodsports says: “We, the public of Grantham and our supporters, wish to make it clear that we consider the annual invite extended to the Belvoir Hunt by the Mayor, Coun Lynda Coutts, to be a stain on this town. We do not welcome their presence nor their barbaric behaviour. Never again should they be invited to Grantham by the Mayor. Our protests will be repeated each year until they stop coming.” 

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     LACS lead investigator after attacked by Belvoir FH thugs March 2016 - broken neck 

Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said despite the 2004 hunting ban, thousands of foxes, hares and deer are still killed by hunting packs every year. He said: “With 85% of the public opposed to fox hunting, it is high time South Kesteven District Council provided protection to wildlife by stopping allowing the Belvoir Hunt to meet in Grantham town centre. We question why an otherwise upstanding institution like South Kesteven District Council would wish to give free rein of the town to an outfit demonstrably out of tune with law and order.”

Former Mayor of Grantham, Coun. Ian Selby said he was happy for the Hunt to come to Grantham, “as long as nothing illegal was taking place”. He said: “The role of the mayor is to represent all members of the community. The mayor should be there. If not, it should be the deputy mayor. I don’t like cruelty but it’s a popular event and a lot of the public turn out.”

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                 The other LACS investigator after attack by Belvoir hunt thugs March 2016 

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                Fox found captive in shed near Belvoir kennels December 2015  

 

Surrey Union FH hunt illegally on National Trust land

25-10-18   Facebook - North Downs Hunt Sabs    Mission 31 - Surrey Union Fox Hunt, Hascombe Wednesday 24-10-18    Good day for Guildford, North downs and Croydon Sabs. We managed to get ten of us out on a midweek children's meet of the Surrey Union FH at Hascombe.

We started an hour early by preheating and prespraying the nearby woods , the Hunt after spying us started early ( very un-british of them) by drawing some scrub near the meet but we soon arrived on scene in case they got after anything.

After this Lulu Hutley one of the joint masters got stressed saying it's illegal to film children (it isn't. See RIPA Act, Lulu) and threatened to call the police - which we invited her to do. We don't as a policy put up facial pics of the pony club it's not their fault the Hunt is trying to indoctrinate them.

After this, in an attempt to lose us they charged off to Hydons Ball and started illegally hunting on National Trust land with no permission and riding down footpaths [below]. We took film and photos of this and have since sent them to the National Trust and await their response.

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Being caught red-handed, the Hunt retreated to the meet and after one further draw packed up at 16.30  after just being out for an hour and a half.

The happy sabs then retired to the pub. If you would like to help our group please donate to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdf…/guildford-northdowns-sabs.

 

Sabs investigating reported fox kill by Hunt near Cheltenham

24-10-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs   Fox killed on outskirts of Cheltenham - witnesses needed / call to action

Three Counties sabs were alerted to the post below from a member of the public. Name and an injudicious sentence wishing ill upon the Hunt have been redacted by sabs. 

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We've just been made aware of this. Did anyone witness this hunt today? It is most likely to be the Cotswold Hunt as they hunt on land at Leckhampton and Cleeve.

Cleve Common staff and Hunt Master claim the Hunt has not been on Common. We must find out if the Hunt are allowed on the land if hunting "legally" or whether they have no permission to be there at all.

Also, if there are any locals who might want to keep an eye out for hunt activity in the area or write to The Cleve Common Trust please do... http://www.cleevecommon.org.uk/. Duty Ranger for emergencies: 07756 828 458 (there is a Ranger on duty 7 days a week from approximately 8am to 6pm according to the website). info@cleevecommon.org.uk  07471 687877. Cleeve Common Trust, Parish Office, Church Road, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham GL52 8LR.

Just to clarify for everyone:- Cleeve Common trust have been back in touch (see more recent post on this page). We'd like to see their evidence backing up their false claims that a sab group have made up the story and have done so in the past with other areas.

When this post was originally posted, a screenshot was taken from a local person's Facebook profile and shared to ask for witnesses. We didn't know the person prior to this but we're alerted to it by a friend. The person was obviously incorrect regarding where the boundaries of the Common are, which is quite easily done sometimes. But as the incident didn't happen on the Common it's strange that the Trust are able to comment on it so confidently. They should have just said 'it didn't happen on our land'. We have numerous videos of the Cotswold illegally hunting so by allowing the Hunt on the Common they are turning a blind eye to the fact that the hunt do not actually follow a trail.

 

 

S. Durham FH rider forces woman monitor into ditch with horse

24-10-18   Facebook - NE Hunt Monitors    HIT REPORT 10 . 20.10.18 SDH  Low House Farm. Spennymoor  [also J A Jewitt Meats Ltd.]     We didn't have to look far for South Durham Hunt when we started passing horseboxes making their way to the meet. Thankful that we wouldn't spend hours attempting to locate them we quickly mobilised multiple teams of foot Monitors and 2 cars into the best positions we could whilst remembering a fox lost its life on the same cubbing meet last season. We were not about to let that happen again. One team placed low down in the valley flushed any wildlife away S.DurhamFHSlimmersclub20-10-18.jpgfrom and before the hunt arrived with another up on the hillside with a full view of the meet location and surrounding area.

The field consisted of around 10 mounted riders including the houndsman and whippers in, many more followers were out on foot to surround the coverts and assist the Hunt in keeping a watchful eye for fleeing foxes. The wind was a hindrance to the Hunt as much as it was bloody cold to the monitors stationed on top the hill.

The Hunt could be seen through the long lens of the camera and we knew they would be heading in our direction so decided not to get any closer. After an hour or so and no noise coming from the hounds the Hunt then did leave the cover they were in and headed down a bridal way towards us.

Police were called as, on realising a team of monitors were in the valley, a certain vile Barry Johnson took it upon himself to use his horse as a weapon (not for the first time) to force a female monitor into a ditch [below] and block her from exiting whilst shouting at her to remove herself from private property. Sorry Baz but last time we checked, public footpaths and public access land was open to all members of the PUBLIC. However we know the council would love to hear all about the state you lot leave their footpaths and land in.

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Whilst the riders gathered to decide what to do about those pesky monitors in the valley the monitors on the hill top had some company of their own. A line, yes a line of men-boys slowly walked up the hill towards the waiting Monitors . All they needed was a microphone each and we would have sworn they were auditioning to become the next big boy-band [below]. It was comical and a lot of fun coming up with a name for them..... Kuntzone, Torylife, TakeTwat were a few that came up. Feel free to give suggestions.

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After a drawn out discussion obviously about what to do next the houndsman and his posse all turned and made their way back to the meet to pack up early. Kuntzone, realising the day had come to an end, bid us farewell (not in song unfortunately) but in grumps and grumbles as they toddled off back down the hill still in a line formation. Sorry boys but X Factor auditions are over for this year.

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Pic above right  -  Slimmers Club outing 

        

Holcombe Harriers chase and kill deer

24-10-18   Facebook - Derby Hunt Saboteurs    HOLCOMBE HUNT have chased and killed a deer with their hounds. Lone policeman arrived at scene. Hunting in Crawshawbooth, Rossendale, Lancashire area.

26-10-18   Facebook - Lancashire Huntsabs    With regard to the killing of the deer by the Holcombe Hunt on Wednesday, we won't be holding our breath waiting for the police to take action. The reason for this being that Lorraine Ellwood - Lancashire Constabulary’s Rural Policing and Wildlife Crime Coordinator - is mates with Holcombe Hunt Whipper-in Iain Asher. Iain also featured on this page a couple of years ago using his horse as a weapon whilst he behaved like a drunken fool chasing sabs on a public road. Surprise, surprise, no police action taken there either.

 

Natural Resources Wales licence gun packs to hunt foxes

24-10-18   Facebook - Richard Bowler Wildlife Photography     On Sunday, a friend of mine was walking in Gwydyr forest near Betws y Coed, a popular holiday destination in north Wales. He was confronted by a dozen 4x4's a hound van and people carrying guns. When confronted they denied hunting, one of them started videoing his car number plate and got quite aggressive. I should add here in the past he has had his tyre's slashed when confronting a hunt in this woodland. The police were called but arrived after the gun pack had left and with it being Natural Resources Wales land he contacted them to report the hunt. This is the reply he got from the government agency charged with protecting Welsh wildlife.

NRW’s reply to me - I've just spoken to the local land manager, Ewan Stevens, and he told me that the Betws y Coed Fox Control Society has a licence from NRW to carry out exempt hunting under the Hunting Act as long as they meet certain conditions within that licence. All dates and locations are agreed and the activity is risk assessed by the society and they also carry full public liability insurance. They also as part of their permission have a key to access entry through the barriers and gates and place signage and marshals to notify the public of their activity. Ewan also said that he spoke to xxxxxx last year explaining that we do grant some organisations permission under the Exempt Hunting guidance. If you have any more questions I'd be happy to pass on Ewan's contact details to you.

Regards, Rhys.

As a wildlife photographer earning a living in north Wales and as someone who rents out a holiday cottage in the area I find it outrageous that NRW would licence any fox hunting on their land. We know what the local gun packs are capable of, anyone who has seen the badger baiting video from the Blaenau Ffestiniog case will know how depraved they can be. Not only is it cruel but totally unnecessary. It's proven that hunting foxes increases their number, by new foxes moving into the area to replace those killed as well as "bagged" foxes brought into the area to provide sport. Something else found at the home of the badger baiters, live foxes in crates.

It seems to me NRW are no friend to indigenous wildlife, permitting the killing of protected ravens as well. Not only that, they are allowing high-powered rifles to be used in a popular holiday destination, an income north Wales and Snowdonia relies on. As far as I can see another government agency aiding what is an illegal activity and an activity that turns the stomach of over 80% of the UK's population.

Finally, if you've made it this far, please sign this petition to stop it. I'd appreciate if you could share this widely, thank you.

 

Warwickshire FH hunt near housing estate and M40, fox escapes

24-10-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs     Warwickshire Hunt - Wednesday 24th October 2018 - Bishops Itchington    The Warwickshire Hunt met at Pipers Hill Farm, Bishops Itchington. Two of us were with the Hunt all morning from 8am until they packed up at around 10.45am. They hunted next to a housing estate near Elms Farm and then towards Itchington Holt which is close to the M40 motorway. They spent the morning hunting the same area. Towards the end of the morning they hunted a fox near to Elms Farm which eventually escaped to safety across a road. The hounds then came onto the road by a sab.

So far this season we have received great support from the public and all information received is treated in confidence. If you see the Warwickshire Hunt or have any other information please call 07767620767. If you live in the Warwickshire Hunts area please do give us a call/text. Perhaps add our number to your contacts list as we try our utmost to respond to any information provided. This is our second visit to the Warwickshire Hunt this week. We are also travelling to an active cull zone so any help towards fuel costs is greatly appreciated.  https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs.

 

Sabs see Cotswold Vale FH suddenly kill fox in hedgerow

Sab trying to film kill assaulted 

23-10-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    Fox killed by CVFH at Newcomers' MeetCotswoldValeFHShreddedremnants22-10-18.jpg  The Cotswold Vale Farmers' Hunt held a meet today right near where hounds were seen out of control and all over the A38 on Saturday. Pony Club were out and with it being Newcomers' Week the hunt would be showing off what could be expected from the hunt if riders were to support them for the remainder of the season.

The first half of the day proved that the Hunt were not following a trail. Hounds picked up on a few scents but with sabs present and cameras on them, the hunt did their job and called hounds off. Strange that hounds weren't picking up on any trails, the only scents being of actual foxes...

With the area being landlocked, the Hunt circled round and round the same fields inland, landowner CotswoldValeFHInnards22-10-18.jpgSmith attempting to use his horse as a weapon against sabs. The Hunt were getting annoyed that they were unable to chase due to our presence. The Newcomers were getting fed up of riding the same fields and doing little else.

Having been roughly pushed off land, we managed to catch up with the Hunt without them seeing us so we observed hounds suddenly picking up in a hedge. Within less than a minute hounds had killed, hunt riders swiftly removing the body. A sab was tackled to the ground and assaulted while trying to film the remains. More details to follow, including footage, when we know what will happen about a police investigation.

Support our work, financially if you can, at PayPal.me/threecountiessabs. Fuel is our biggest expense, memory cards need to be kept once needed as evidence and new ones bought, cameras need repairing and replacing when damaged by the Hunt. Please share. Thank you. 3C.

      

NT licence 2 Hunts to use estate with unresolved bTb outbreak

And some of dates licenced have already passed 

23-10-18   Facebook – National Dis-Trust    National Trust Staff at Buscot & Coleshill Estate - Protecting Wildlife Criminals?    Yesterday morning, both the Vale of White Horse Foxhounds and the Old Berkshire Foxhounds were licensed to use the National Trust’s Buscot & Coleshill Estate for the 2018/19 season despite us previously pointing out to the Trust’s Director-General, Hilary McGrady, that the estate has two bTB outbreaks - one of which hasn’t been resolved since 2013.

The most disturbing aspect of this, however, is despite all the Trust’s claims for transparency and stating the licensing system enables the public to either avoid or attend hunting meets, the Old Berkshire Foxhounds licence was for meets that had already taken place almost a month before it was published! This cannot be down to an administrative delay, and questions have to be asked. In fact, we’d encourage you to ask why the Trust is seemingly protecting the meets of fox hunts from scrutiny by delaying publication of licences.

Please help us by doing so; you can contact the Buscot & Coleshill Estates on 01793 762 209 or buscotandcoleshill@nationaltrust.org.uk. Keep us posted on any responses/feedback. Thanks in advance.

We will be protesting at this site on November 7th. Meet us at Buscot Weir and Lock, Buscot, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8DA at 10:30. Further details/event page here: bit.ly/2EEz2LZ.

Our letters to Hilary McGrady which outline the bTB outbreaks at Buscot & Coleshill Estates can be read here.

The 2018/19 licence for the Old Berkshire Foxhounds can be seen here. The 2018/19 licence for the Vale of White Horse Foxhounds can be seen here If you have information on either the Old Berkshire Foxhounds or the Vale of White Horse Foxhounds, please message either Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch or Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs.

 

S. Durham FH met at farm with confirmed case of strangles

23-10-18   Facebook - NE Hunt Monitors   ATTENTION -  CONFIRMED CASE OF STRANGLES   We understand that a case of strangles has been confirmed at Bog Hall Farm in Sedgefield.

Strangles is a highly contagious bacterial disease which affects horses and in some circumstances can be fatal. It is not notifiable to Defra, but strict biosecurity and quarantine measures are required to control it's spread. It can be spread by direct contact between horses as well as indirect contact from handlers, equipment or contamination of the environment. Isolation is required to limit the spread of the disease, however the animals may take up go 14 days before symptoms appear and a significant percentage of horses are immune, but carry the disease for several months with no obvious symptoms. Mixing of horses from different areas increases the risk of spreading the disease.

South Durham Hunt met recently at Bog Hall Farm before hunting in the surrounding area. As such some of the horses could be potentially affected, and the infection could have been spread further afield via equipment and vehicles.

We are aware that many of you are horse lovers, therefore please be vigilant and look out for early signs of the disease, and avoid unnecessary events that could result in your animals becoming exposed to this disease. If in doubt please contact your vet immediately. We hope all at Bog Hall recover soon.

Please note this has nothing to do with or is in connection with the RSPCA conviction for animal cruelty of a previous resident of the farm.

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Thurlow FH hunt brazenly and kill fox - sabs report to police

Terrierman ran off with body when realised sabs calling them

22-10-18   Facebook - South Cambs Hunt Saboteurs    Hit Report 22/10/2018 Thurlow Hunt, Appleacre Farm, near Thurlow    A few of our sabs, along with comrades from Cambridge , Norwich and North East London Hunt Saboteurs sabbed the Thurlow on this chilly Monday morning.

A quad-bike dragged a very dry rag past sabs as a lame pretence at trail hunting. Ten minutes later hounds were running across where the 'trail' had been laid, completely ignoring it. That was the one and only attempt today by the Thurlow to pretend to be doing anything legal. It was an exhausting day with the Huntsman clearly determined to kill.

Hounds repeatedly went into cry after foxes and the Huntsman constantly encouraged them on, while sabs had to work hard to protect wildlife. Often the presence of saboteurs will encourage the Hunt to keep moving on in an attempt to lose sabs but today they just brazenly hunted in full view, even spending around an hour in one wood hunting for a fox.

At least two or three foxes were saved by sabs using various techniques to get hounds away from thick brambles on one occasion and away from a small lake into which a fox had escaped on another.

Towards the end of the day the hounds briefly went into cry along a hedgerow while sabs rushed once more to distract them. Initially, sabs hoped they had managed to save the fox. Field riders suddenly started riding away at speed behaving strangely and making a lot of whooping noises. Some keen-eyed sabs were not distracted by this ruse and spotted the redcoat picking up the body of a fox that had been tragically killed by the hounds (see hound with a bloody mouth in the main photo). He passed the body to a terrierman who then hid the body under his coat and drove away.

Sabs followed the hunt back to the meet and called the police. At the mention of the police being called the terrierman who had hid the body ran away through the fields at the back of the meet - which speaks volumes of their guilt. The police and rural crime officer took statements and are collecting video evidence. We think the Essex Police could really learn a lot from the police in Suffolk!

Another sad day, although had sabs not been present then many more would have been killed. The Thurlow hunt every Monday and Thursday and not every Hunt can be monitored. We dread to think what they do when sabs aren't watching. Please share, join and support us if you can. Www.gofundme.com/replacement-battery-and-fuel-fund.

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POWAperson adds   -   The Thurlow killed a fox last Boxing Day. The Huntsman and another hunter await trial on illegal hunting and assault charges.  

 

LACS say NT licencing 'trail hunts' that have already happened !

22-10-18   LACS Press Release   LEAGUE QUESTIONS HUNT LICENSING TIMING    In the run up to the start of fox hunting season next month, the National Trust has started to publicise the dates of the ‘trail’ hunting meets taking place on their land in 2018/19.

However, the League Against Cruel Sports is concerned about the timing of these announcements, as in some cases the dates are being published on the Trust’s website nearly a month after the hunt day has taken place.

Nick Weston, Head of Campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports said:- “The National Trust seems to be back dating its hunt licencing dates! How can it be that a whole team has been employed to manage their ‘new’ licensing scheme, yet cannot get their hunt days up on their website on time? The National Trust claim to be publicising these dates as a matter of public safety, but not in time for the public to make an informed decision. Hardly ‘for everyone’ is it?”

The UK’s third largest membership organisation and second largest land owner currently issues licences to a number of hunts (79 were issued in 2016) on some of its estates. These licences are generally for 'trail' hunting, which the Trust says contain conditions designed to protect fauna and flora. However, it would seem the National Trust do not take any enforcement action for breaches of licence conditions unless there has been a police investigation and a conviction.

Hunts in England and Wales invented the activity of ‘trail’ hunting after the fox hunting ban came in. This claims to be a non-lethal sport where the hunt simply follows a pre-laid trail rather than searching for and chasing a fox. However, years of evidence shows that hunts are using trail hunting as a cover for illegal hunting by claiming to be following a trail but still carrying on and hunting foxes the way they did before the hunting ban.

The League believes the evidence clearly shows that hunting activities on National Trust land are cruel, illegal, unauthorised and dangerous to the public, as well as damaging to Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

Cheshire FH cause road havoc and hunt through bTb cattle farm

21-10-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    THINK HUNT, THINK BIO-SECURITY BREACH…    Cheshire Hounds, Church Minshull, Saturday 20th October 2018 Hunt meet at farm with on-going bTB outbreak and proceed to hunt through fields of cattle and around dairy barns   Yesterday at dawn, the Cheshire Hounds met at another of their favourite haunts – Lea Green Hall Farm in Church Minshull. This farm is the site of an on-going Bovine TB outbreak (as listed on this official government website: http://www.ibtb.co.uk/. A passing local informed us that they had recently had to kill 40 cattle (although we can’t confirm that at this point, he seemed credible).

Lea Green Hall Farm is a memorable one for Cheshire Monitors, as its where, in years past, members of our group have been subjected to intense harassment and intimidation; the scene yesterday was a very different one, one of a Hunt gradually realising its days are numbered. It’s no longer an ‘if’, just a case of how speedy the ‘when’ will be.

CheshireFHHuntholdinguptraffic20-10-18.jpgIt was the same old tawdry scene as the last seven weeks of cub hunting, comprised of the same old faces from the same old hunt families, and the usual hangers on with their busted moral compasses. Make no mistake, this hunt is made up of a tiny and insular group of largely privileged individuals, either from the same families who have a long history in the Hunt, or those who aspire to be part of this questionable crowd; either way, they are onto a loser.

We won’t name names though, as we are well aware of this Hunt’s current plans to sabotage the work of those who seek to stop them breaking the law and terrorise the countryside. More on that soon.

Overall the morning was another failure for them, as we were with them from the start and saw nor heard any real causes for concern as far as hunting goes; our concerns lay elsewhere. Early on the huntsman and whipper in let their (poorly trained) hounds zig-zag and run up and down the worst possible stretch of road in the area, at various times holding up traffic entirely, and at others forcing vehicles to perform emergency stops as hounds appeared in front of them. The police attended to take char ge of this situation.

More outrageous still was what we witnessed a while later, the Huntsman taking a full pack of hounds right through fields stuffed full of cattle. This is having left from a farm with an on-going bTB outbreak, and bTB being known to be spread by hunting hounds (see: https://bit.ly/2J76AAS).

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We also saw the hounds in the enclosure in front of the dairy sheds where the cattle are moved through to and from grazing (see photos). Does this Hunt have no respect whatsoever for countryside it professes to love?

Finally we are happy to report that the Hunt packed up early, having had our team on their tail with no chance of allowing the hounds to kill. Thank you to Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs who we met late on at the meet point, for checking on a nearby  badger sett. In what seemed like a first for this Hunt, they reported that it was undisturbed!

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If you live in or around Church Minshull, particularly if you are a farmer or smallholder, we would suggest you get in touch with Lea Green Hall Farm to enquire as to what measures they have in place to prevent the possible spread of bTB from their already-infected farm. You may also like to contact APHA (https://bit.ly/ZPZyZQ).

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Resident reports Cotswold Vale FH hounds out of control on A38

21-10-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    Saturday 20th October    ... Heading home [from sabbing the N. Cotswold FH] we... were called by a local at The Leigh who had spotted Cotswold Vale Farmers' Hunt hounds out of control and all over the A38 by Prior's Norton.

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N. Cotswold FH draw blank under sab gaze - blocked sett found

21-10-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    Saturday 20th October, North Cotswold Hunt, Wormington, North Cotswold badger culling zone     The NCH were holding a meet during Newcomer's week around Wormington. With quad bikes inland by Ryefield Farm (a farm with a current breakdown of bTB and which has had repeated breakdowns over the years*) sabs went in to check on a known artificial earth** and to check on the behaviour of terrierman Will Haines. The earth was blocked with slabs and branches so we checked for signs of life - the Hunt have been known in the past to keep a fox in there to flush out during a hunt. No fox present.

The NCH claim to be following an artificial scent laid for the hounds to follow ('trail hunting'). If they were actually doing so their supporters would have had more of an exciting day... despite the good scenting conditions, hounds picked up on a scent only twice and for a total of about 40 seconds.

The Hunt initially headed for Little Mocho, another covert which holds an artificial earth, although this one (a thick plastic pipe with a chamber) currently appears unused. They made a move towards Rushbrook Coppice, another wood where the Hunt actively chased foxes during last season's Newcomer'sN.CotswoldFh_Artificialearth20-10-18.jpg meet, but swiftly headed straight on and across the road towards Wynniatt's Grove and then again back towards Wormington Grange and the original artificial earth.

Foot sabs stuck around a central area, ready to move if hounds picked up, while car sabs watched Huntsman draw towards the main road. With no scents picked up on and worries that we were watching the artificial, the Hunt drew quickly through a few coverts before packing up.

No blocked setts in the area. One unused artificial earth [right]. One recently dug out artificial earth (probably the last time they hunted this area) and one artificial earth that we're keeping a close eye on. No scents. No foxes flushed to the hounds. We've had a huge effect on this Hunt, among others, due to catching them and their supporters chasing foxes and using artificial earths and collecting large amounts of data about the blocking and digging out of badger setts.

Considering hounds were running all around Springhill last weekend where there is a current bTB breakdown, this weekend at Ryefield where there is a current bTB breakdown and last month at Norton Hall Farm, we'd suggest that biosecurity perhaps isn't the biggest priority of this Hunt... how many more Cotswold farmers will allow them to traipse over badger setts and through farms throughout the remainder of the season? On top of this, Ryefield Farm are still selling milk and cattle. All within a badger culling zone...Video to follow.

*NCH hounds were filmed by sabs from our group alongside Kingston Hunt Sabs last September running around the farm, in amongst cows and calves, through slurry and into milking sheds and other barns. The farm had an unresolved bTB breakdown at the time.

**a sab from our group filmed terrierman Will Haines entering his terrier into this artificial earth in order to flush out a fox at a Hunt meet last season.

 

"Trail? What trail?" Albert gives the game away

21-10-18   Facebook - Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Landowner Barlow Hunt landowner tells it as it is    Bloodsports fanatics aren't renowned for their honesty, but credit where it's due, this bumpkin admitted everything we've always known about 'trail hunting'. Thank you Albert.

Tim Bonner must have his head in his hands every time a new post goes up on a hunt sab page. https://ko-fi.com/A772AR5

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Sabs sit in sett holes to stop Waveney Harriers digging out fox

20-10-18   Facebook - Mike Huskisson    Easton Harriers then Waveney Harriers 20.10.2018   I spent yesterday supporting local hunt sabs in their struggle to protect our wildlife. The Easton Harriers met early in the morning and killed a young Chinese Water Deer just before I arrived.

We then went on to the Waveney Harriers meeting at Somerleyton. With hounds rioting all over the fields it was only thanks to determined action by sabs that nothing was killed. I particularly congratulate the three sabs who sat in the entrances to an earth that a fox had taken refuge in, to stop the victim being dug out - that really is putting yourself in harm's way to save a life.

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Tip-off from public to sabs leads to N. Warks Beagles not going out

20-10-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Two hunts in one day - No kills - Saturday 20th October 2018    For the second week in succession we stopped two separate Hunts from hunting.

Atherstone Hunt – Shackerstone First we went to the Atherstone Hunt in Shackerstone to ensure they didn't hunt or kill anything.

North Warwickshire Beagles - Manor Farm, Church End, Ansley Thanks to a member of the public ringing us-YOU helped save lives.

N.WarksBeaglesHoundvan2018.jpgThank you to everyone who shared our post yesterday asking people to let us know if they see the North Warwickshire Beagles van. Today we received a tip off that the red beagle van [left] had been spotted in the Ansley area. As it was on our way home from the Atherstone we drove around the area looking for them and found them at Manor Farm. They hadn't set off yet and had gathered next to the cattle (we doubt any biosecurity measures had been taken, have the North Warwickshire Beagles been tested for bTB?). Once they realised we had turned up they packed up.

What was interesting is their obvious tactic used today to try and incriminate us. The beagle van with Huntsman and others left the meet and slowly drove past a few of us in our vehicle. They seemed to do a loop of the area before driving past us again filming us as they went. They did this a few times probably after being advised by Leicestershire Police to make out they feel harassed. If the North Warwickshire Beagles aren’t doing anything wrong why do they pack up even at the sight of us sitting in our vehicle? We stayed in the area and also returned later to make sure they hadn’t returned.

Remember if you see this van please call 07767620767.You could help save lives like today.

Our thoughts go out to South Cambs and all the sabs present who witnessed the Essex Hunt kill a fox today. We ask that everyone who regularly donates towards our fuel costs instead donate towards the legal costs for the groups preparing to face the Fitzwilliam Hunt in court soon fighting their attempt to prevent members of the public from protesting and stopping their hunting. Please read the link below and consider donating. Thanks.

 

Essex FH kill fox - police not interested, let hunt carry on

Policeman laughs at sab in tears cradling fox's mutilated body 

20-10-18   Facebook - South Cambs Hunt Saboteurs    LIVE - ESSEX HUNT HAVE JUST ILLEGALLY HUNTED AND KILLED A FOX    We have just witnessed the Essex Hunt actively hunt on their hounds to the trail of a fox and kill. Police arrived on scene and are allowing the Hunt to continue hunting. Not EssexFHFoxkilledbyMangledbody20-8-18.jpginterested in evidence despite sabs showing them the mauled body. Despite being devastated sabs are continuing to sab the active hunt. Full report to follow later.

20-10-18   Facebook - South Cambs Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    Hit Report 20/10/2018 Essex Hunt - Berwick Hall, Abbess Roding     We hit the Essex Hunt this morning along with SES - Suffolk And Essex , Cambridge, North East London and Norwich Hunt Saboteurs. With lots of groups out sabs easily kept on the Hunt for the initial part of the morning, despite the aggressive terriermen riding into sabs on their quad.

A couple of hours into the morning, sabs were approaching the Hunt and hounds in a field beside a wood. Sabs spotted a fox attempting to get away across the open field without being seen and were immediately hugely concerned as hounds were closer to the fox than sabs.

As the fox started to flee and the hounds picked up the scent sabs ran fast across the field, using every technique available to distract the hounds. Sadly, the hounds were too close to the scent and stayed focused. The Huntsman watched on as his hounds illegally hunted and did absolutely nothing to stop them.

EssexFHFoxkilledby20-8-18.jpgAfter chasing across the field hounds followed the fox across a large ditch and into a small section of thick brush banked by a main road. We believe the fox was turned around by the road and ended up trapped.

A sab caught up to the hounds as they were attacking the fox and though they were able to stop the hounds, devastatingly, it was too late to save the foxes life. We cannot imagine the terror and agony this poor fox experienced in her last moments, running for her life, trapped by a large pack of snarling hounds and literally having her entire body ripped apart. She would have probably still been conscious as her intestines were torn from her body.

Sabs wrapped the mutilated pieces of her body in a jumper and climbed out onto the main road to find the police were already there, ironically called by the Hunt and told to disperse sabs. The immediate reaction of one police officer upon seeing the body was to laugh - to laugh at the mauled, bloody body held by a sab in tears.

After asking questions of the sabs and making no move to stop the Hunt continuing, the police wereEssexFHPolice20-8-18.jpg directed to the meet by sabs. A little later they advised sabs they had spoken to the hunt and it was 'their word against yours' - and that they wouldn't pursue the matter. Despite the still warm body being provided as evidence and despite several available witnesses. We know convictions are difficult under the hunting act and we know injustice is rife from experience but this level of blatant disregard for the law by the force meant to enforce it is shocking.

After sabs ensured the Hunt were no longer out, the beautiful young fox that lost her life today was given a respectful burial on land owned by sabs. Rest in peace, little one, we are truly sorry that we couldn't save you.

We do apologise for the distressing images however this is the real face of hunting. Many Hunts are out several times each week and there are usually not enough sabs to monitor them more than once a week. We need the truth to be exposed and we need your support. Please share, talk to family and friends, join your local sab group or support us here: www.gofundme.com/replacement-battery-and-fuel-fund.

Pics above   -  Top right -  The destroyed body of the fox    Middle left  -  Sab cradles fox's body     Bottom right  -  One of the not so helpful police responders   

POWAperson comments   -   People need to understand just how very deficient the Hunting Act is. In 2009, the High Court determined that 'searching' was not part of 'hunting' as defined in the Act, though DEFRA had previously said it was. So, this left Hunts free to put hounds into areas where they were likely to find and put up a fox. They will, naturally, then start to chase it. The offence of 'hunting' is only committed if one or more hunters can be shown to have intentionally 'engaged or participated' in the chase. It is legally immaterial whether the fox is killed or not.

So, Hunts know that as long as they stay a bit back from the hound pack and aren't seen to encourage the hounds on, they can get away with murder. As this kill is described by sabs, that seems to be exactly what they've done here. It is imperative to get the Hunting Act significantly strengthened. Protect Our Wild Animals [POWA] has been campaigning for just this since before the ink was dry on the Act. Labour has now agreed to do this if/when they get elected. But this time it's vital we do a belt and braces job because Hunts will drive a pack and horses thru the smallest loophole. See here for how we think it needs amending. If anyone thinks we've missed or get anything wrong we'll happily consider your points.

 

Sabs find dying deer savaged by Easton Harriers hounds

20-10-18   Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO     The Easton Harriers killed a Chinese water deer whilst cubbing this morning. We also attended the Waveney Harriers for their opening meet, who were frustrated despite their best efforts. Full report coming soon.

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Portman FH chase hunted fox across the A30

20-10-18   Facebook - Wildlife Witness    Portman Hunt chase a fox across A30 in Dorset    This is body-cam footage of the Portman hunt endangering road-users on the A30 this morning. The film was taken by Dorset Hunt Sabs minutes after our own monitors had seen a fox being hunted in the woods near to the road.

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Woman reports Tredegar FH trespassing & believed fox hunting

20-10-18    Facebook – S. Wales woman resident    Afternoon all. Wondering if you could please help/point me in the right direction. I'm based in South Wales and have just received a report of hunting just outside of Caerphilly (Hunt were out all morning across Rudry Common; assuming Tredegar Hunt, hounds heard going into cry several times, unwelcomed trespass on a neighbour's land, presumed to be cubbing). I regularly walk my dog around this area so that is a little concerning also...

They reported it to the police but nothing came of that - but also no evidence taken of the hunt. Just wondering if there's anything that can be done now or for the next time this happens (I've asked the member of the public to contact me if they see them again), what the best steps to follow would be?

Thank you in advance!

POWAperson adds   -  The woman's name and the post URL have not been given above because the message was sent to a closed anti Facebook group.

 

Middleton FH hounds miss 2 fleeing foxes, sabs later take pack off Huntsman

20-10-18   Facebook - Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs    Today our Sabs not Badgering visited the Middleton hunt with our friends Nottingham and West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs. We arrived at Bugthorpe, North Yorkshire, where the Hunt held their meet at 9.00am sharp, just in time to see them leave, our 2 groupsMiddletonFHTheEarlofHalifax20-10-18.jpg of sabs took it in turns to keep with the Hunt and follow them wherever they went. Almost instantly a big, beautiful fox broke cover in front of sabs, hunt not far behind. Luckily the hounds didn't pick up and after a short pause so as we didn't spook the fox, we sprayed the line to aid it to safety.

A few minutes later as sabs were stood with Carter, their infamous Huntsman and a few of the pack, another fox broke cover straight past Carters horse. We stood, our hearts in our mouths, unable to make a move till we saw what happened next Phew - the hounds didn't pick up and the fox kept going, away, instantly we rated it's line to be sure.

The Hunt then spent a lot of the day in a big estate and at one point they had lost most of the hounds despite the huntsman doing his best to gather them the majority preferred the company of sabs.

Another success was sabs taking control of the full pack, all 21.5 couples from under Carters nose, nifty use of holloas, voice calls and our horn blower worked a treat.

After this we thought they may pack but no, they carried on, well the Huntsman, Whip and hounds did. Field all went home, the day very hot by now and horses visible struggling. Sabs where led up a huge hill, obviously thinking we couldn't keep up, but we did although our legs may be bit sore tomorrow! After this they trailed back to their kennels at Birdsall, packing at 14.30.

In the pic above right, the white haired guy second from the right, chatting with the third guy from the right is the Earl of Halifax. Remind us again why they keep getting away with it! 

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Pics below   -   1/   'Shag' Carter watches hound get sab love    2/  Come to sabs, nice doggies  

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Woman sab shaken off top of gate by Ashford V. FH supporter

19-10-18  Facebook - West Kent Sabs   ASHFORD VALLEY & TICKHAM HUNT SUPPORTERS ASSAULT FEMALE SAB!    More footage from the Ashford Valley hunt meet at the Flying Horse in Smarden. Here you can see 3 male Ashford Valley Hunt Supporters push a young female sab off a gate! She's very lucky she wasn't seriously injured! How is this acceptable behaviour in a civilised society? Hunt supporters show their true colours again!!

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22-10-18   Daily Mail    Hunt saboteur lands on her HEAD after falling off gate shaken by locals as she tries to keep up with the hounds- West Kent saboteurs tried to disrupt the Ashford Valley and Tickham Fox Hunt - Men believed to be linked to the hunt began to shake a gate as she climbed over - One appears to shove it forward in footage that has been shared on social media - The masked woman flips over and is hurled head-first onto the floor to laughter   This is the moment a female fox hunt saboteur was thrown to the ground and landed on her head as elderly men taunted her with laughter after shaking the gate she had climbed. The young woman can be seen crashing into the dirt after attempting to scale the gate, which the men appeared to be deliberately shaking. The group are believed to be linked to the Ashford Valley and Tickham Fox Hunt, which the West Kent Hunt Saboteurs were trying to disrupt on Wednesday.

They ask the masked female if she has permission to go over the gate before pushing and pulling the gate as she climbs. One appears to deliberately lurch the gate forward, sending the woman tumbling to the ground. When confronted, one of the men then denies doing anything wrong as his friend stands behind him smirking.

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                  Woman sab falling off after supporter shoved gate open 

Fellow hunt saboteur Harry Blackhurst, from Kent, said: 'We were monitoring the Ashford Valley and Tickham Fox Hunt last Wednesday [17th October]. We were following the Hunt all day and at this point one of our sabs, the lady, was trying to keep up with the hounds. We were climbing over the gate and those three elderly hunt supporters were shaking the gate purposely to get her off it. She ended up falling from quite a height onto her shoulders, but luckily she was okay. It could have been an awful lot worse. She's strained a few muscles in her shoulder and luckily it's nothing serious. The gate was at least two metres tall. They didn't care at all. They were saying that they'd done nothing wrong.'

Mr Blackhurst said: 'The hunt supporters have come back to us. We've actually had a lot of online internet trolls that have been trolling us and saying nasty comments. Our sole aim is to save wildlife that's being hunted - principally foxes and hares.'

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                                     Two of the Hunt's walking dead 

Commenting on the incident, a friend of the woman said she was 'understandably very shaken up', adding: 'She could easily have broken her neck.' Another person wrote on social media: 'Disgusting, a grown a***d man treating a female like that. I'm surprised she didn't break her neck when she fell. Hope the sab is OK.'

Ashford Valley and Tickham Fox Hunt were contacted for comment. Kent Police were contacted for comment.

 

Four Burrow FH cubbing attempts fail to excite the hounds

Supporter gives bizarre explanation of where fox pee for trails is from

19-10-18   Facebook - Kernow Sabs, Monitors and Animal Rights Team     Four Burrow Hunt, Cubbing, Cargenwen Farm 16/10/18 Would you want to book a well deserved holiday here? Only to find out the owner is not just a member of the local hunt but hosts hunt meets here too.

We rolled up to Cargenwen Farm at 9am and sure enough there was a large number of empty horse boxes in the opposite field. By 9.30 Four Burrow Hunt were on the move. Passing Cargenwen reservoirs their first stop was scrubland behind Crowan Church and the poultry farm where they were openly attempting to flush out foxes. Huntswoman Nikki Hancock was clearly urging the hounds into the scrub whilst the 'Whipper In' and Point riders stood in their expected positions. This scenario was played out at all the coverts throughout the day whilst the rest of the field stood around aimlessly doing nothing.

Their meet for the day centred around small areas of moorland with thick bracken and scrub.…Clearly not ideal for laying in a so called trail. Firstly in the Crowen Higher Cargenwen areas then moving south to the Black Rock open access area near Higher Carn. They then moved on to the Carn Meor area with the hounds clearly running amok in the woods and ended at Polcrebo Downs where a minimum of 3 of them were on point, again illegally hunting, poised to see if anything bolted.

They were most surprised to see us at the beginning but soon they accepted we were in for the long haul and indeed we stuck with them for the whole of the day. On Polcrebo Downs we were told the land was private and were instructed to ‘extricate’ ourselves from a clearly marked public bridleway!

One thing we did learn was how they acquire fox urine for the laying of trails. According to one of the support they collect it by going down to the local stream and scooping up water that a fox has peed in! And this Ladies and Gentlemen is what they do in order to lay their trails! That information freely given to us cheered up our day no end - along with the fact that we never once heard the hounds in cry.

Pic below   -   A set of massive arses 

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Fitzwilliam FH attempt to get injunction to keep sabs away

Hunt has recent convictions for illegal hunting, assaults and C.Damage

The Fitzwilliam is owned by someone on the Sunday Times Rich List

18-10-18   Morethanjustbadgers.net    Fighting the Fitz Injunctions [by Accidental Activist]- Injunction Statement

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Our Crowd Justice Funding page can be found here: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/fighting-the-fitz-injunction/

20-10-18    The Canary    One of Britain’s richest men is taking out a court order on activists so he can continue hunting foxes    Anti-hunting activists are facing a high court injunction from one of Britain’s wealthiest people. But they’re fighting back and are asking for help to do so.

On 16 October, an injunction submitted by the Fitzwilliam Hunt named three hunt sabotage groups. The 300-page document mentioned North Cambs Hunt Sabs, Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs and Northants Hunt Saboteurs. On a page fundraising money towards legal costs, the groups said the move aimed to prevent us from exposing and publicising their systematic law breaking.

In April, a former Huntsman for the Fitzwilliam Hunt was found guilty of illegally killing a fox. And in February, North Cambs Hunt Sabs were attacked while attending the hunt. Barry Watson was later convicted of assault and criminal damage for the incident. Both of these cases included evidence submitted by groups named in the injunction.

Philip Naylor-Leyland is joint master of the Fitzwilliam Hunt. He has regularly featured in the Sunday Times Rich List. Naylor-Leyland owns an estimated 50,000 acres of land near Peterborough. Anti-hunt activists claim at least 17,000 acres is used for hunting.

A judge rejected the first 300-page document, the saboteurs’ fundraising page said. But the high court is now considering a “cut-down injunction”. The situation is described as “a real-life David vs Goliath case” by the page because twelve ordinary working people are now faced with a court case against a multi millionaire… As a result, the three groups have launched a fundraising campaign to help them challenge the order.

Buying a licence to kill - Speaking to The Canary about the importance of challenging the court order, a spokesperson for North Cambs Hunt Sabs said:- “This exemplifies the attitude of hunters, that they ‘own’ wildlife. They think that even when they are exposed as the immoral criminals they are, that they can just buy the right to continue killing. This is not about whether 12 people can or cannot stop one hunt from hunting. It’s about whether it’s allowable in our country to simply buy secrecy to continue to hunt with impunity.”

Injunctions against anti-hunting activists are rare. North Cambs Hunt Sabs told The Canary that the last one known was a lifetime injunction taken out by the Brocklesby Hunt in 1995. However, Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs claimed to have successfully attended the hunt for the first time in September.

Injunction dysfunction - In the past 12 months, courts have granted a number of injunctions against lawful protest. Fracking companies Cuadrilla and Ineos both gained court orders against activists, while campaigns against HS2 and UK Oil and Gas now face similar restrictions.

Activist legal support group, Green and Black Cross, describe injunctions as “a way that companies can buy themselves personalised laws”. This is obvious enough with Cuadrilla and its ilk. But it’s even clearer here. The Fitzwilliam Hunt has a documented history of criminal activity. Now it’s trying to buy its way out of accountability. Just so a handful of people can continue getting their jollies murdering wildlife. We must support the fight against this free pass.

25-10-18   Cambridge News   The latest chapter in the ongoing saga between hunts and saboteurs - An injunction, which prevents protest activity against illegal hunting near the hunt, is under consideration by top judges     It's a war that has gone on for years, but an injunction request has left anti-hunting protesters in difficulty. Members of the North Cambs, Beds & Bucks and Northants Hunt Sabs, who locate hunting activity in the area to film and expose any law breaking, were handed a legal notice by the Fitzwilliam Hunt last week.

The region's hunters want the High Court to grant an injunction to stop "trespass on land, harassment and other interference with lawful activities" by the activist group, which has 12 members. Fighting back, the saboteurs described the application for an injunction as "draconian" and said it was an attempt to suppress "legitimate protest activity". The saboteurs were initially hampered by legal costs, but 618 members of the public have donated £13,000 to support them in fighting the case. But the injunction, which prevents protest activity against illegal hunting near the Hunt, is under consideration by top judges.

The fight between the groups has been an ongoing saga since the 1970s - here's a breakdown of some of the most recent events.

An ongoing saga December 1, 2017 Angry villagers confronted hunters in Upwood over the weekend. Footage showed hunters being confronted by angry villagers who they claimed were illegally chasing a fox. The incident saw the Fitzwilliam Hunt from Peterborough being shouted at by hunt saboteurs and villagers in Upwood, near Huntingdon. The footage showed a female saboteur and villagers telling the hunters they should "leave the village" and what they were doing was "appalling". The saboteurs claim the Hunt was pursuing a fox through the village.

However, a Hunt spokesman said hounds got into the village but the group was hunting within the law. He accused the animal rights' activists of "telling blatant lies". The Hunt spokesman said: "The Fitzwilliam Hunt was hunting within the law on Saturday, December 2. Unfortunately some hounds got into a village but there was no damage, hounds were removed and the Hunt has apologised to those concerned. "The behaviour of animal rights activists shouting, screaming and telling blatant lies may well have caused some concern in the village to inflame the situation and was certainly of no help to anyone.”

Illegal hunters tore up countryside - April 2018.  A Huntsman who was in charge of a pack of hounds that killed a fox near Peterborough on January 1, 2016 was convicted in April. George Adams, 66, was in charge of the hounds as part of the Fitzwilliam Hunt. Peterborough Magistrates' Court heard that to remain within the law, birds of prey are sometimes used to kill foxes that are flushed out by a pack of hounds during a Hunt. But when the hounds picked up the scent of the fox, on this occasion the bird was not released and it was killed by the pack instead. Adams pleaded not guilty to hunting a wild mammal with dogs. However, on April 4 this year, he was convicted after a two-day trial.

He was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £950 in costs. The falconer, a man in his 40s, was found not guilty of hunting a wild mammal with a dog and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

The hunt saboteurs said their members from several local groups witnessed the hunt kill the fox and claimed it was their evidence from both statements and video footage which secured the conviction.

August 2018 - Saboteurs say they were attacked in an altercation with members of the Fitzwilliam (Milton) Hunt. In February, a member of the Fitzwilliam Hunt attacked a car with saboteurs inside at Lutton, near Huntingdon. A video taken by the North Cambs Hunt Saboteurs starts with several vehicles chasing the saboteurs' vehicle before bringing it to a stop on a narrow country road. The Hunt supporters can be seen to exit their vehicle holding what appear to be torches before one, later identified as Barry Watson, 48, of Glatton, Cambridgeshire, appears to strike the activists' vehicle. A police report on the incident said: "He [Mr Watson] got out of his car and struck some of the windows with a metal torch, shattering them. The torch was thrown through the back windscreen and struck one of the occupants on the back."

The video then shows the saboteurs drive away, weaving around several hunt supporters' vehicles. The hunt supporters then follow, with a high speed chase down wet, country roads ensuing. Watson pleaded guilty to two charges, one of assault and one of criminal damage on August 2. He was sentenced by Peterborough Magistrates' Court to 80 hours supervised community service, and ordered to pay court fees. After the verdict, North Cambs Hunt Saboteurs said they were "disappointed with the leniency of the sentence."

POWAperson adds -  This is probably just the first attempt by Hunts to buy injunctions in an attempt to prevent exposure of their illegal activities, as hinted at by Bonner in his recent letter to CA members.  They seem, however, to have forgotten about the attempt by the Crawley & Horsham FH to do the same thing a few years ago, which flopped disastrously and very expensively. And it strange that it is a Hunt with recent convictions, plus further video evidence of assaults on sabs, that is choosing to lead the way. But it cannot be allowed to succeed and the sabs will need all the help they can get to stop it. 

 

Antis pack up Eton College Beagles caught chasing a hare

18-10-18   Facebook - Weymouth Animal Rights    Hit Report 18/10/2018 Eton Beagles : Meet : Abbotsbury Gardens, Beach Car Park We came, we saw, and we sent them running back to Eton!   After a great tip off a few of us headed for Abbotsbury to look for the Hooray Henry brigade known as the Eton Beagles, Mastered today by the Park Beagle huntsman of Abbotsbury.

Joined today by Dorset Hunt Sabs we caught up with them running away from Sabs after being caught with hounds in cry after a hare was seen running for it's life! Sabs were hot on the scene and with the use of a gizmo and voice calls successfully called the hounds off the scent, another life saved ! This was enough for the Huntsman to call it a day and take the walk of shame and head back to boxing up the beagles.

There was some lingering around for sometime maybe the Eton crowd was hoping we would just suddenly disappear and they could just carry on with a days killing, but no, we stayed till the end to watch them saunter off with their tails between their legs!

Yet again bloodsports on Charlotte Townshend's land, no wonder people no longer wish to come to West Dorset for their holidays, shame, shame, shame on you Lady T for letting an already failing economy slump even further into decline due to your barbaric destruction of our wildlife!

If you wish to complain at how one of Dorset's favourite tourist attractions is being used to facilitate barbaric bloodsports then please air your views here. If you would like to join us please either message this page or email weymouthanimalrights@protonmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Donate to our fuel and equipment fund here.

Pics below   -   1/  Hunter showing how much he loves his hound   2/  Packing up after 'walk of shame'  

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Waveney Harriers hounds chase muntjacs, get bird out just to fool police

Had earlier dragged rag around - which 'trail' hounds ignored 

18-10-18 Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs Saturday 13th October 2018 Waveney Harriers -WaveneyHarriersPretendtrailonroad18-10-18.jpg Heckingham, Suffolk On Saturday 13th October, we made another visit to the Waveney Harriers. It is clear that the Waveney Harriers do not like it when we turn up, but why do they worry about us being there if they are hunting within the law?

Within minutes of setting off from the meet, riders were sitting on point, Huntsman Reuben was in a copse making fox calls and no bird of prey was in sight. This had all the marks of intentional (illegal) hunting. With sabs close by, Reuben didn’t hang around for long, however one stray hound picked up a muntjac deer and pursued it towards the road. Sabs still present on the road were able to turn the hound away from the road (also safer for road users) and away from the deer that had by now become trapped against a fence. Meanwhile, another muntjac deer had pretty much run through the middle of the bulk of the pack but due to the presence of four video cameras, Reuben had no choice but to call the hounds off the deer.

As the Hunt moved on they clearly became rattled by our presence so the level of personal insults and aggressive riding was upped by the Hunt.

The Hunt then called the Police and Norfolk Police did themselves proud by sending out at least four cars and a Police drone. Keen to prove they were hunting within the law, the Hunt got their bird of prey out of WaveneyHarriersAnotherfleeingmuntjac18-10-18.jpgthe box for a very brief appearance. It seemed strange that at the start of the day a piece of rag attached to a quad bike (see photo) had been dragged down the road. You are either trail hunting or hunting to a bird of prey, as these are two very different styles of hunting (and how the hounds would know which sort of hunting they are doing on any given day, is anybody’s guess).

The taxpayers of Norfolk may be happy to know that their taxes were spent with the Police trying to speak to as many sabs as possible about the hunts unproven allegation of aggravated trespass. We made plain our complaints regarding illegal hunting and other illegal activities that were taking place but in contrast, we were required to produce video evidence as our verbal word was not good enough. We are hoping this over enthusiastic style of policing by Norfolk Police is a one off, but only time will tell.

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Antis to protest re. 'trail hunting' outside N.T.'s AGM

18-10-18   Swindon Advertiser    Anti-hunting campaigners to stage protest outside National Trust office in Swindon     Campaigners from the League Against Cruel Sports and National Dis-Trust will hold the protest outside the charity's office on Firefly Avenue on Saturday morning. The protesters hope to put pressure on the conservation charity to persuade it to stop granting licences for hunting on its land, and prevent wild animals being killed by hounds. The protest has been planned to coincide with the National Trust annual general meeting, a week before hunting season opens.

Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "Thousands of wild animals – including fox, hare and deer – are being targeted, chased and killed every year across the country, under the guise of following a trail.

"This is despite hunting with hounds being banned in England and Wales in 2004 and packs granted access to National Trust land, managed on behalf of the nation, being implicated in this objectionable ‘sport’. With over 85 per cent of the public opposing all forms of hunting wild animals with hounds – including a considerable number of National Trust members, visitors and employees – it is high time the conservation body provided protection to wildlife by stopping licensing hunting on its land.”

 

DEFRA ignore wildlife crime in public forests

18-10-18   Hounds Off  By Jack Rigall    Government defends wildlife crime in publicly owned forests    Yesterday, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs responded to a petition calling for an end to the licensing of so-called ‘trail hunts’ on the Public Forest Estate, which is owned & managed by the Forestry Commission on behalf of the public. The response is pretty much a paraphrased Countryside Alliance press release and there are a couple of things they’ve either overlooked, perhaps accidentally, perhaps not:

 The petition specifically doesn’t call for an end to licences given to Hunts which have agreements formed under a general agreement with the Master of Draghounds & Bloodhounds Association (MDBA), as drag hunting & clean boot hunting are not covers for wildlife crime.

- DEFRA’s response omits that licences are also granted to Hunts under a general agreement with the Association of Masters of Harriers & Beagles (AMHB), such as the New Forest Beagles.

- Most importantly, though, they’ve regurgitated one of the most worn out lies in the country and they’ve done so without scrutiny. This is, of course, that fox & hare hunts have stopped hunting live quarry and started to ‘trail hunt’.

Trail hunting is a legitimate activity … Many hunts have since turned to trail hunting as an alternative to live quarry hunting…’ – DEFRA, 17th October 2018.

Here’s a couple of brief reasons why this is rubbish:

 In 2014, a review of RSPCA prosecuting activity was published by Stephen Wooler CB, a former Chief Inspector for the Crown Prosecution Service. On P109/s9.1 it stated that: ‘The evidence reviewed leaves no room for doubt that, despite the 2004 legislation, traditional fox hunting remains “business as usual” in many parts of the country.’

Both before & after the Wooler Review, Hunts that have been licensed to use public land by the Forestry Commission have been convicted; the Meynell & South Staffordshire Hunt were convicted under the Hunting Act 2004 based on footage from Derby Hunt Saboteurs and the Cottesmore Hunt were convicted under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 based on footage from the League Against Cruel Sports.

DEFRA have rejected the requests of the petition on a completely false premise. It remains open & ongoing to gain signatures, and needs 100,000 signatures before 18th March 2019. If you haven’t signed this already, please do so here!

Pic below   -   The FC either don't seem to know the difference between 'drag' and 'trail' hunting [one being real and harmless, the other being a fictional alibi for illegal live quarry hunting] - or perhaps they are just trying to blur the distinction. This sign appeared in the N. York Moors area, where no real drag Hunts operate. 

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Ashford Valley FH chase fox into village - road chaos & hounds in gardens

17-10-18   Facebook - West Kent Hunt Sabs    Following our report from last Saturday on the Ashford Valley & Tickham Hunt we received a barrage of information on this Hunt including a list of meets from one disgruntled supporter! We can't thank them enough as when we turned up at the Flying Horse pub in Smarden yesterday at 11am sharp... sure enough Neil and the rest of the Ashford Valley Hunt were riding in, hounds in tow! We question why this pub would want to be associated with a Hunt who were filmed killing a fox only last year?

The day was an eventful one and as soon as the Hunt moved off we were surrounded by a mob of angry hunt supporters who surrounded our vehicle, blocked the highway and assaulted one of our sabs (Footage will be posted here shortly!).

Fortunately, we had a group who went in on foot so we didn't lose the Hunt. Eventually we were able to get away from the meet in our vehicle and almost instantly the hounds chased a fox from the fields back into the centre of Smarden! What followed can only be described as chaos! Hounds in the road, running in peoples gardens, jumping over fences and frankly it was a miracle no hound got injured. Luckily the fox got away and then the hunt spent at least 20 minutes trying to get all the hounds back!

They then moved off again and desperately tried to lose us but to no avail! Whether being followed on foot or being watched and filmed by our new 'eye in the sky' drone which worked fantastically during it's first outing; we had eyes on them at all times as they trampled in between Smarden and Bethersden. At one point we passed anglers who informed us that they had seen 3 foxes run for their lives minutes before the Hunt moved through which made us extremely grateful that we were there today!

By 2.30pm, after 3 hours of desperately trying to lose us they pulled a disappearing act again. That wasn't before Terry, usual loud mouth terrier man from the East Kent Hunt appeared from nowhere to say hello.... thinking of jumping ship are we Terrance?

After another hour of trying to find the Hunt we decided it was time to call it a day and just as we were moving off to go home we were suddenly surrounded by the Hunt's personal security again in the form of Kent Police, only this time they had guns! Two Police cars turned up...again... one armed unit only to take our details. This took the best part of 30 minutes. Why so long? It does not take 30 minutes to check whether a car is insured or not? We can only think we aggravated the Hunt so much that they decided they had to call their friends the police to keep us from them so they could get away.

All in all it was a successful day with at least one fox saved and a seriously disgruntled Hunt that weren't able to shake off our presence and kill wildlife even on their weekday meet! One thing that was noticed today is just how awful the Ashford Valley and Tickham Hunt supporters are, intimidation and aggression right from the off!

We would also like to thank Croydon Sabs and South Coast Sabs who came out to support us! As always any donations to our ongoing vehicle and petrol costs would be greatly appreciated! https://www.paypal.me/EASTKENTHSA.

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Monitors urge Cheshire fox Hunts to switch to drag/clean boot hunting

With new Beagle drag pack, both alternatives now in the county 

17-10-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    Cheshire's alternatives to the trail of lies laid by the county's three traditional hunts     We think it's about time that riders that go out with Hunts that are breaking the law in Cheshire consider changing to riding out with one of the legal alternatives now available.

We heard a rumour about a new beagle Hunt in Cheshire so, on Sunday 7th October, we sent a team to check on and monitor the new Border Beagles Hunt. They met just off Chorlton Lane near Chester, and we found everyone friendly and welcoming, unlike the negative, secretive and aggressive reaction we receive when monitoring the three so-called trail hunts in Cheshire.

The Huntsman informed us that he had set up the pack from rescued beagles, many of them puppies, with approximately 10 hounds of all shapes and sizes. They plan to hunt in Cheshire and Shropshire, are based in Welshpool, never wear red and are the only mounted Beagle Pack in the UK.

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                                          Cheshire Beagles Drag Hunt 

Cheshire also has its own drag hunt, who also choose not to wear red, but instead wear blue jackets. This Hunt chase a human runner named Des [below], and (like the Border Beagles) you are welcome to contact the Hunt if you would like to go along to see how they operate. This Hunt was monitored by one of our team a few years ago and features in the IFAW report 'Uncovering the Trail of Lies' here: https://g.ifaw.org/2QZfl2Q.The

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                        Cheshire Drag Hunt - 'hunting the clean boot'  

The three remaining mounted Hunts - the Cheshire Hounds, Cheshire Forest, and Wynnstay Hunts - on the other hand, certainly won't welcome you to pay them a visit! Because if you did - like us - you'd see them chasing the foxes they deny all knowledge of when they all claim to be "trail hunting".

We welcome the modern alternatives in Cheshire and hope that at least some hunt riders consider making the right choice and join these groups instead of taking part in an outdated and barbaric pastime.

See here a link to The Cheshire Drag Hunt:- https://www.facebook.com/groups/328357153906844. See here a link to The Borders Beagles Hunt https://www.facebook.com/groups/215732632309822. Finally, for more information, please read this article from League Against Cruel Sports: https://bit.ly/2AfTe2A.

 

Convicted dairy farmers supply dead calves to S&W. Wilts FH

16-10-18   HSA Press Release  VIDEO   Convicted Dairy Farmers Supply the South and West Wilts Hunt    With Dead Calves Whilst working against the badger cull in Somerset, a group of hunt saboteurs came across shocking practices at Henley Grove Farm near Bruton. Large numbers of male calves were taken from their mothers, killed and dumped in piles just metres from the public footpath running through the farm. All this because they cannot produce milk and so were of no benefit to the farm.

The calves were collected by a kennel-hand from the South and West Wilts Hunt, who feed them to their hounds. The hunt worker was filmed collecting bodies at the site on four separate occasions. This is common practice within the dairy industry as fox hunts benefit by obtaining free food for their hounds and the farm benefits by having a 'fallen stock' collection service that is often free.

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Both David Bown and his son Phillip Bown (who are directors of Henley Grove Farm Limited) are no strangers to animal abuse, however, as the pair were fined in 2013 after admitting to blocking a badger sett and attempting to gas its inhabitants using their car's exhaust fumes.

According to a sign on the farm, Henley Grove Farm supplies milk to Robert Wiseman Dairies, who were later taken over by Müller.

Shooters taking part in this year's horrific badger cull have also been found and prevented from shooting in the fields close to Henley Grove Farm by hunt saboteurs.

Lee Moon, the spokesperson for the HSA said; "Many forms of wildlife persecution, such as badger culling and fox hunting, have strong links with the dairy industry. Fox hunts rely on dead livestock from meat and dairy farmers as a source of free food for their hounds. By consuming dairy products (especially ones manufactured by Müller) you could inadvertently be supporting fox hunts.

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Warwickshire FH hunt fox along canal and through garden

Sabs intervened after it went to ground by a road

JM/Director present, refused to call hounds off 

16-10-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Warwickshire Hunt- Tuesday 16th October 2018, Fir Tree Farm, Bascote, Southam    Fox hunted next to canal The Warwickshire Hunt hunted this fox next to the Grand Union Canal and through a back garden. The fox went to ground next to the road, sabs had to intervene to turn the lead hound back as joint-master and hunt director Barbara Hester clearly refused to do so and seemed happy for the hounds to continue after the fox. Hester also seemed more intent on filming what we were doing than stopping her hounds running all over a road. They also hunted through a nature reserve. Full report to follow.

We do our best to act on information given to us and is always treated in confidence. You can contact us on 07767620767.

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Snarling Ashford Valley FH supporter assaults sab

18-10-18   Facebook – W. Kent Sabs    Ashford Valley & Tickham Hunt supporters assault sabs! Hunt supporters of the Ashford Valley Hunt show their true colours at their meet at the Flying Horse pub in Smarden. In the footage supporters illegally obstruct a highway and physically and verbally abuse Sabs!

How is this acceptable behaviour in this day and age? Let alone at 11am in the middle of a village on a Wednesday morning! This goes to show the true nature of hunt supporters!

Pic below   -   Supporter reaches into car and hits sab 

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Derwent FH caught cubbing in same woods as taken to court for

16-10-18   Facebook - Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs    Early this morning, one of ours was close to the Derwent FH meet so went to check what they where doing, on his way to work. He found the Hunt just south of Wilton, between Pickering and Scarborough - they were holding up the same woods that they were taken to court for chasing a fox from last year. He's called the police and managed to get some film even though the terriermen where blocking him. More info to follow.

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17-10-18   Facebook - East Yorkshire Coast Hunt Sabs    Early yesterday morning, we got a tip off from a Sheffield sab who’d spotted the Derwent up to no good. They were clearly cubbing and breaking the law. We arrived not long after and found the hunt meet at a farm. Horse boxes in the yard. 

After driving around for a while we thought it strange that they couldn’t be found so we went back to the meet and saw them all quickly packing up. Now they’d only been out a few hours if that, so they were clearly scarpering before the police arrived. We’ve never seen a Hunt pack up and disappear so quickly. Obviously been up to no good!

They were not happy to have us wave bye to them. Thankfully the Sheffield sab has been there just in time to call the police out. We were thankful we’d got to see their fun cut short and no wildlife killed.

POWAperson added -  Three Derwent FH hunt servants were prosecuted for illegal hunting by the CPS. On 7-9-17, the judge dismissed the case at the request of the defence barrister. without the prosecution having had a chance to question the accused. The sab who witnessed and filmed them flush a fox from the woods and permit hounds to chase it was scathing about the judge's decision to dismiss on the basis of 'insufficient evidence'. He wrote - '… but if footage of three hunt officials and two terrier men waiting for 10 minutes in a wood, followed by the hounds being released in pursuit of a fox doesn’t prove intent, then what does?' LACS felt the case failed because the CPS put up a barrister inexperienced in prosecuting wildlife crime and who had not seen the evidence until the morning of the trial. The film of the Derwent, taken by a sab, can be seen here.

However, it is possible that this is yet another case where the inadequacy of the Hunting Act has been laid bare. There is nothing to prevent a Hunt searching for and, as a result, flushing a fox into the open, given that the High Court ruling of 2009 determined that 'searching' was not part of 'hunting' within the meaning of the Act. Also, the Act placed no obligation on hunters to call hounds off should they start to chase quarry. They are only at risk if they 'engage or participate' in the chase. Arguably, in this case, they did not.   

 

Sabs ensure no fox kills at Lanarkshire FH Newcomers meet

15-10-18   Facebook - Glasgow Hunt Sabs    Hit Report, Sat 13 Oct ‘18 Newcomers meet, The Kennels, Houston The Lanarkshire &Renfrewshire's second newcomers meet in as many weeks. With their field size very much diminished, they are desperate for more supporters, as their bank balance is shrinking along with their territory. They had around 15-20 mounted followers, some of them new to hunting. They left kennels at 10am, and hacked west along Kilallan Road for around a mile, before turning onto Warlock Road, with sabs driving right behind. They went west across fields to draw some coverts, putting up two foxes, which sabs on foot saw to safety by masking their scent with citronella.

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The Hunt spent a long time with hounds in a large conifer plantation heading towards Bridge of Weir. Many hounds were new entry, young hounds new to hunting this season, and Marc Dradge the Huntsman had little control over them. He spent the last 45 minutes trying to gather the hounds, who were ignoring his horn & voice calls. At one point he was less than quarter of a mile away calling hounds on his horn, while almost the whole pack ignored him and ran across the road.

It's difficult to imagine how a hunt can act within the law when they have so little control over their hounds. A very wet day, but a happy one for soaked sabs, who prevented any killing.

 

Ex-Huntsman tries to provoke sab into 'intimidating' him !

15-10-18   Facebook - Surrey Hunt Monitors    The Hunts' new tactic is to falsely accuse sabs and monitors of intimidation and harassment. Here we see OSB&WK ex huntsman Mark Bycroft on Saturday looking far from being upset and intimidated!! This is his normal behaviour towards anti hunt people.

All the time Hunts let psychopaths and misfits like him out of their cages, they are far from intimidating us but just banging more nails in the coffin of Hunting and looking very silly in the process.

Thanks to North Downs Hunt Sabs and Guildford Hunt Saboteurs for the photos. Keep the pressure on.

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POWAperson adds  -  Mark Bycroft has two criminal convictions for attacking sabs.     

 

League's Chief Investigator responds to attacks on LACS

Daryl Cunnington had neck broken in attack by Belvoir FH supporters 

15-10-18   LACS website    A matter of trust?   Personally I’m getting sick to the back teeth of people going after the League. It’s one thing when the Countryside Alliance and BASC have a pop at us, that’s expected. But when it keeps coming from people who claim to support us, it’s really frustrating. And it takes a great deal of my time to respond, time which would be better spent on investigations.

A couple of discontented people are saying they need to save the League. Save us from what? From where I’m sitting, we’re stronger and more effective than we’ve been for a long time. We are far better resourced, we have prosecution cases being prepared for the police and we have even brought in a contract investigator to increase our coverage. We’ve had plenty of reports of cub hunting coming in over the last couple of months, and some of those hunts are going to get a nasty shock. We’ve got a new hunt season about to start, and we’re getting ready for that. The amount of intelligence we’re getting from the public is going up exponentially. Trust me when I say we know exactly what the hunts are doing, and where they are doing it. We know they’re getting worried too, more than they’ve been for a long time.

The team I work with has changed a bit over the last few months – we’ve got Martin Sims as our Director of Investigations. He used to be Head of the police National Wildlife Crime Unit. There aren’t many around who know more about catching and prosecuting wildlife criminals than him, and his experience is going to be invaluable. We’ve also got an intelligence team who are ex-police and frighteningly good. These are the guys who analyse any reports we get into Crimewatch so we can identify who to go after. If I was a hunter, I’d be very worried.

From my point of view, we’re in a really strong position. And I’m at the sharp end of what we do. I’d be lying if I said life at the League is always rosy – it’s not, but it never is, wherever you work. During the tenure of the previous CEO and board members like Chris Williamson, me and my team faced possible redundancy, and the support shown to us by our supporters was touching; we cannot do what we do without your support and trust.

There have been changes here, and on the board. But the most beneficial change has been the recruitment of Andy Knott, our CEO, who has been leading us for nearly a year. Some are saying he’s an ‘infiltrator’ because he used to be in the army. I can’t swear in this article, but trust me, that’s rubbish. The man is the most experienced manager I’ve seen in my time at the League, and he’s doing what needs to be done. And he is demonstrably 100% behind League staff, in the office and also out in the field taking part in investigations with us. That’s a first for a CEO in my time.

We needed to make changes. There’s been too much going on behind the scenes which has got in the way of us doing what we need to do. What I see happening now is someone not afraid to sweep away all the rubbish that’s been going on so we can get back to focussing on what we all want to be doing; protecting the animals, strengthening the laws that protect them and going after those who abuse them.

My job depends on our supporters, and it’s the responsibility of our management to make sure they spend your money wisely. I see someone in charge doing exactly that. We are well aware that it is our supporters’ hard-earned money that enables us to carry on.

To stop the hunters, shooters and other animal abusers, we need to keep adapting. We need to catch them in the act, and we need the people who can bring about changes in the law to know about it. That includes police and politicians of all political persuasions. We need them to trust that we are acting legally and that the information we give them is factual. When it comes to achieving what we want, we need to work with all the right people. That’s what we’re doing. I’m a thirty-years’ service ex-cop and have a vast amount of experience as to how the system works.

I guess some people don’t like change. Some of our supporters maybe don’t like the fact that we’ve got an ex-army officer as CEO. But that’s just prejudice, it’s not based on fact. Trust me, if Andy was trying to weaken the League in any way, I wouldn’t be writing this. And if I had any concerns that he was, I would be letting people know.

All I’m saying is, think carefully before believing people on the outside who claim to know what the League wants. Some of these people probably have their own reasons for what they are doing - which have nothing to do with trying to stop animals from being hurt and killed.

All I want to do is stop the people who take part in cruel sports. I work for a charity which is 100% committed to doing that. We’ve got some of the best of the best working here. What we’ve achieved even in the last year shows that any suggestion we ‘need saving’ is complete rubbish.

I’ve had my neck broken by hunters, but they won’t stop me and they won’t stop my colleagues. Please don’t let a few people who either have their own agenda or don’t like progress stop you from supporting us.

At the end of the day, who are you going to trust? The ridiculous headlines that have been proven time and again to be false? Or people like me and my colleagues who will not stop until we have ended the abuse and killing of animals in the name of sport?

Darryl Cunnington - Head of Field Operations 

 

 

Hunting, coursing, shooting continue as hares face Myxy plague

14-10-18   Independent     Brown hares could face extinction after mysterious deaths identified as myxomatosis - Experts fear deadly infection has jumped from rabbits to their threatened cousins Brown hare numbers have already declined by more than 80 per cent across the country due to farming intensification and hunting    Britain’s brown hares could be wiped out after a deadly infection spread from rabbits threatens this already vulnerable species, experts have warned.

Over the past month, scientists have been inundated with reports of dead or dying hares, particularly iDunstonHarriersHarefleeing2-16.jpgn the east of England, prompting them to launch an investigation. Early examinations suggest the animals are victims of myxomatosis, a virus introduced to the UK in the 1950s to control rabbits, which killed 99 per cent of the population.

University of East Anglia experts issued an appeal with local wildlife trusts last week to get to the bottom of the cause of the mysterious deaths. “The death of any animal is obviously distressing but we’re asking people to try and photograph these hares to help us understand what is happening,” said university biologist Dr Diana Bell. “Getting good images of the bodies of these hares, along with their exact location, is crucial for us to rule out or identify possible diseases.”

Harecourse.jpgSince issuing their public plea, the team has received an “overwhelming” number of responses and have concluded that myxomatosis is the likely cause. Dr Bell told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the disease has the potential to wipe out the hare population, and that the hundreds of cases she was aware of were likely “the tip of the iceberg”. “From the photographs that have been sent in to me we’ve definitely got a jump of myxomatosis to hares,” she said.

East Anglia is considered a vital location for the brown hare, which has declined by more than 80 per cent across the country over the past century and has nearly vanished entirely from the southwest. Intensification of agriculture and hunting have both been implicated in the decline of this iconic mammal, which now numbers around 700,000 across the country.

Myxomatosis, which is spread via bloodsucking insects, has been recorded in these animals only on rare occasions, and the experts are concerned about the additional pressure it will place on remaining hares. “The reports of hare deaths are obviously of great concern, especially considering the importance of the populations in this region,” said Ben McFarland, head of conservation at Suffolk Wildlife Trust. While they continue to monitor hare populations, the experts urged the public to continue sending their images of sick or dead hares to Dr Bell.

British mammals in general are thought to be facing unprecedented losses, with many popular species such as hedgehogs and water voles declining by up to two-thirds over the past two decades. Populations of brown hares’ alpine cousins, mountain hares, have plummeted by 99 per cent in parts of the Scottish Highlands since the 1950s. These trends are part of a general trend identified by conservationists as land change, pesticide use and climate change have pushed around 15 per cent of UK wildlife to the verge of extinction.

Pics above   -    Right,  Hare fleeing from Dunston Harriers 2016    Left,  Hare coursing. The Hunting Act's greatest  success was in stopping hare coursing events such as the disgusting Waterloo Cup, but illicit coursing is still widespread.

 

 

Sabs pack up N. Warwickshire Beagles - in three minutes !

13-10-18   Facebook - W.Mids Sabs  VIDEO  How to pack up a Hare Hunt in 3 minutes -Two hunts, no kills Atherstone Hunt/ North Warwickshire Beagles 13/10/18    The Atherstone Hunt met at Upton and rode mainly on roads for over an hour, going through the motions and then packed up.

North Warwickshire Beagles, who share the same kennels as the Atherstone Hunt, met at the The Rising Sun in Shackerstone.

We arrived just as they left the meet at the pub. We followed swiftly on foot down the road to a bridge over a canal when they realised that we were behind them. They stopped in their tracks, turned around and headed straight back down the road to the meet [below].

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When they were questioned about this they claimed that all they were doing were exercising the beagles to the bridge and back. This is obviously not true as we all know. If they had nothing to hide why would a group of hunt supporters in hunting gear gather at a pub walk down the road with a pack of beagles stop at a bridge and head back after sabs turn up?

We watched them pack the beagles up into the back of an ex royal mail van and we ensured that they didn’t go back out.

We do our best to act on information given to us and is always treated in confidence. You can contact us on 07767620767. We couldn’t have done any of this without your help and donationstowards our fuel costs as we have been to 5 hunt meets this week plus travelling into an active badger cull zone.

 

Sabs make Berkeley FH Huntsman give up cubbing attempts 3 times

13-10-18   Facebook - Bristol Hunt Saboteurs    This morning we decided to pay a long-overdue visit to the Berkeley Hunt who had a kennel meet at 8am.

The Hunt didn't waste any time and surrounded a covert behind the kennels within minutes of leaving. Soon enough, hounds were in full cry much to the excitement of the handful of supporters. The hounds exited the wood, still in cry, with no intervention from the Huntsman.

The hounds entered Fowlers Plantation followed by the riders who set themselves up around the covert to stop any foxes escaping. The feeling in the air was intense as sabs approached the Hunt. On being spotted, the Hunt went into disarray trying to keep sabs away.

The Huntsman wanted nothing to do with the sabs as he shot off quickly whilst sabs were held up and subjected to a torrent of abuse from hunt staff and supporters. Whilst they were holding us up, a fox broke in front of us and ran free.

Unfortunately, we lost the hunt for a while (it happens!) but our second vehicle found them again back in the same place a little later. When the sabs arrived, the Huntsman quickly gathered up his hounds and headed off sharpish. We caught up with him again and this time he headed straight back to the kennels. We'll be seeing you...

Thanks to everyone who donates to our group. paypal.me/bristolhuntsabs.

 

Sab presence causes E. Sussex FH to actually lay a trail !

Supporter tells sabs Mrs. Whiplash [Jane Goring] is banned 

13-10-18   Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs    We were up early again waiting for The East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt to make an appearance. The meet was at Chilley Farm which is one of their regular haunts.

The few riders that there were and the peculiar hunt support looked positively peeved to see us. They decided to lay a trail after about half an hour. We kept with them and were joined by our friends from Brighton Hunt Saboteurs. They then packed up after an hour and half.

We did laugh, when one of the riders told us "for the record, that bitch Jane is banned". It came from the horses mouth, ha ha! We'll be seeing you lot again soon.

Help keep us in the field: - Paypal.me/SouthCoastHuntSabs.

 

Portman FH openly hunting foxes - again

13-10-18   Facebook - Wildlife Witness    Portman Hunt, Marsh Farm, Leigh 13 Oct 2018    In a near gale, the Huntsman started the day drawing through the small coppices and wooded areas near to the stream, west of the meet and south of Kitford. Interestingly, the terrierman was missing in action from his quad for the first couple of draws, no doubt dealing with some "vital business" in the woods.

Finding nothing there and with supporters already struggling to keep up due to the weather, the huntsman then moved northwards away from the roads but was soon found again heading uphill towards Whitmore Cross.

With Dorset Against Blood Sports (DABS) monitors watching from Garlands Lane we caught up with the hounds again in Whitmore Coppice, where we were joined by Dorset Hunt Sabs (DHS) who were there on hand to see a fox leave the coppice with hounds in pursuit heading for Fifehead St Quinton and back to Kitford. We were then joined by Weymouth Animal Rights (WAR) sabs, to make it five vehicles out on the day...a brilliant effort. With the wind making it difficult to locate the Hunt we managed to find them again on Garlands Lane where hounds were put in to draw the hedges south of Garlands Farm.

From there, under the eye of DHS the huntsman then took hounds westwards along the valley, drawing small coverts next to the stream and up to Gorse Farm, where WAR sabs were waiting to see them cross the road before again drawing the stream south of Fifehead Mill and then back-tracking and heading back to Gorse Farm.

As they reached Common Farm, the Huntsman suddenly picked up the hounds at pace and headed down to the bottom of the valley. The reason for this soon became clear as two holloas were heard back towards Whitmore Cross as a fox, possibly the one hunted earlier, was seen heading back towards the coppice.

Anticipating the Hunt would return to Whitmore Coppice, we were there to meet the hounds as they tried to pick up the line where the holloa had been called and failing that they were taken back in to the coppice where they immediately picked up again and hunted hard around the covert.

By this time, WAR sabs were on the west side and DHS sabs on the east while we were watching on the drove that flanks the north, pausing only to warn the Whipper-in that we would be filming so best not alert the Huntsman if the fox broke cover.

After a short while, hounds did break cover to the south-east and hunted at pace away from the coppice and towards Lowbrook Farm, where they seemed to lose the scent in the farm buildings. Thankfully, at around 11.45 the Huntsman called it a day and headed back to the meet.

A difficult day, with the weather working against us but with four different groups all working together we were on top of the hunt for just about the whole morning. As ever, thanks to Dorset Hunt Sabs Dorset Against Blood Sports and Weymouth Animal Rights for everything they do...so be sure to check out their pages.

Just a reminder that the costs of our monitoring are met primarily from our monitors' own pockets so if you can spare a few pounds to chip in, then we would be grateful.  paypal.me/wildlifewitness

Pics below   -   1/   Hounds in action    2/  Terriermen - so essential on a 'trail hunt'. Not. 

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N. Trust appoints 'Trail-hunting Manager' to administer licences

Licences will be open to public scrutiny

But no monitoring by the Trust is planned

Once yearly Inspections' to be pre-arranged

13-10-18  Hounds Off    Joe Hashman, founder of 'Hounds Off, has published a blog detailing changes to the National Trust's system for licensing 'Trail-hunting' on their land and the appointment of a 'Trail-hunting' manager ad small team to administer the awarding of licences and carrying out once a year inspections of Hunts granted licences, which will be pre-arranged with them.

Joe also detailed a meeting he and Jack Rigall of National Dis-Trust had with the new manager at which they attempted to educate him in the realities of so called 'Trail-hunting' and the futility of having only pre-arranged 'Inspections'.  Please click on the above link to read Joe's blog.

 

Sabs scupper Oakley FH cubbing meet just by turning up

12-10-18   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   BONUS HIT REPORT    Contrary to what the Hunts and CA will have you believe most sabs work full time and this is the reason we rarely get to hit the Hunts when they hunt during normal working hours - although its funny they always manage to get riders. Don't they have jobs?. However a couple of our sabs don't work on Fridays so when a message came in to our page that the Oakley had been spotted at Scald End Farm near Thurleigh they felt it only right and proper they pop down there to investigate.

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             Riders on point - classic cub hunting tactic. Pointless on a 'trial hunt'. 

Sure enough the hunt vehicles were there so they set off in search of them and soon discovered riders holding up a wood in classic cubbing style right next to the Yarl's Wood immigration detention centre.

Our sabs decided to make themselves known and were soon on the other side of the wood with the Huntsman Jack Harris and the Oakley's new whipper in, Tom Henson, who would appear to be more suited to a paper round than hunting. We know Tom from the Fernie along with his father who were regular followers.

On arrival, some pleasantries were exchanged, the hounds quickly pulled out of the wood and then they set off with the field and followers for a walk around the countryside. Their hunting effectively scuppered for the morning. They were kept under observation all the way back to the meet where they jacked it in nice and early around 9:30am.

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IoW FH - 'violent bunch of sadists' - licenced by Nat. Trust

Hunt also has history of digging into badger setts 

12-10-18  Facebook - National Dis-Trust    The Isle of Wight Foxhounds have been licensed by the National Trust for the 2018/19 season for the same areas they used during the 2017/18 season. They’re a violent bunch of sadists with a long history of animal abuse; see the full details attached to the 2017/18 licence photo album for this Hunt: tinyurl.com/ybev7vn6.

The Hunt will be in these areas on the 13th, 20th & 27th October, 3rd, 7th & 21st November, 12th, 15th, 22nd & 29th December 2018. If you see them, please call the police on 101, get a crime reference number, let us know and film them if you can.

Please note that the Isle of Wight Farmers Bloodhounds are a separate Hunt who will not be killing foxes illegally. See here for more information on them: tinyurl.com/y9ujs5o8.   #trailhuntlies   this footage shows aggressive, masked terriermen and interference with a badger sett by this Hunt. Further footage will be made available on this page.

 

Melbreak FH flee as sabs find them hunting on FC land w/o license

Hound seen in sett entrance, sett had been interfered with

Terrierman had a key to a forest gate - locked it as he left 

Another Hunt known to have trespassed on FC land last week

11-10-18   Facebook - Lancashire Huntsabs   VIDEO   Sunday 7th October - Melbreak Foxhounds, the Hunt that just keeps giving     Not content with getting caught hunting on National Trust land, leaving a dead hound in a water-course, having a convicted sex offender, a dodgy copper and Tim Bonner as followers, assaulting monitors and killing foxes in front of horrified members of the public, the Melbreak appear to be continuing with their vile behaviour.

MelbreakFHChainedterriersbeingthrownintolandy7-10-18.jpgThis Hunt often goes out on a Sunday, and we were tipped off that they were planning to meet in the Loweswater area. We found the 'deluxe' hound van parked up at Fangs Brow and sabs went in to investigate. Mobile sabs spotted Hunt members outside Lamplugh church, and foot sabs were able to make their way from Felldyke to Cogra Moss, an SSSI surrounded by Forestry Commission land.

As the sabs approached the wooded areas, a farm worker in a buggy raced ahead to warn the Hunt that they were about to be caught on camera. This created a rapid exodus from the FC woodland, including Huntsman and hounds, and several people with three pairs of chained terriers (chaining them together stops them going underground). Two vehicles also left, the driver of one appearing to have a key to a padlock on the gate which he locked on exit, after a pair of chained terriers were picked up by the chain and thrown into the vehicle [left].

Sabs then investigated the woodland. Hounds were still present, as the Huntsman had immediately made an exit and left several hounds behind. One hound was almost completely inside a badger sett. Heel marks showed where the soil had been pushed into one hole, and there was clear evidence of interference. It seems we had caught the Hunt in the act, and their response was a giveaway.

The Forestry Commission does not licence any Hunts in this area, so we have to ask why the Melbreak Foxhounds appear to have access to this Forestry Commission area, why supporters with terriers have a key to the gate, and why there is evidence of recent and historical interference with a badger sett.

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                   Some of the hounds left behind when Hunt beat a hasty retreat 

We are also aware that the Eskdale and Ennerdale Fox Hounds have been witnessed hunting in Forestry Commission woodland twice in the past week not far from the where the above incident took place.

Please contact the Forestry Commission North West office and ask them to investigate - Tel: 0300 067 4190 Email: nwwm@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.

Pics below   -   1/  Hounds on FC land. Hound on right in sett entrance   2/  Terriermen leaving FC land in a hurry 

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Cheshire FH staff caught blocking sett in SSSI woodland

Identities known, evidence passed to police 

11-10-18   Cheshire Monitors    HUNT STAFF CAUGHT FILLING IN BADGER SETT IN SSSI-DESIGNATED WOODLANDS DURING CUB HUNT    Cheshire Hounds Hunt, Darnhall, Tuesday 9th October 2018   It’s a busy time for organised wildlife crime in Cheshire at the moment. On Tuesday we followed up on a number of tip-offs letting us know the Cheshire Hounds were cub hunting in Darnhall, near Winsford. We found riders un-boxing in Darnhall Village Hall car park (managed by The Parish of Darnhall) with hounds unboxed at Cheshire Gundogs. Many residents around this area are sick of the Hunt using their neighbourhood to play out their outdated hobby.

What followed was a classic cub hunting scenario; riders surrounding woodland (Park Wood) while Huntsman flushed the woods with hounds. Not much to report for the first couple of hours, after which time most riders packed up and went home.

Meanwhile, the core hunt – Huntsman, whipper in, hounds and a handful of the more heartless riders - snuck away into Darnhall and Wettenhall Woods, which are set back in a valley at the back of the village, where they began hunting at full pelt, clearly assuming they were away from prying eyes. Not so, with monitors watching the woods from footpaths close by and who, after seeing one fox cub to safety, decided to take a closer look at what we believed to be clearly another illegal activity going on.

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                                    One of the  blocked sett entrances 

On entering the woods, and after keeping tabs on hounds for a short while until they lost the scent, they were following, we encountered two young masked terrierboys busily filling in entrances to a badger sett in Wettenhall Wood. Taken by complete surprise, they clearly didn’t know what to do, initially attempting to confront our monitor before running away deeper into the wood. We’ve never seen terrierboys move so quickly! We know the identities of both these young individuals, and have passed details to police. Whipper in Jamie Whittles was also seen riding his horse through the woods.

 

Both Wettenhall Wood and Darnhall Wood (both of which they hunted today) are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and we are speaking to Natural England about the Hunt’s use of these woods to terrorise wildlife and trashing the apparently very special habitat. (SSSI details: https://bit.ly/2EcZps5 Email Cheshire2Lancashire@naturalengland.org.uk ).

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                                         Hound hunting in Wettenhall Wood 

Hounds were in and out of cry (on the scent of a fox/es) for a short while more after this, before word of our presence undoubtedly got back to the Huntsman, and the hunt packed up and headed for home. We documented the blocked sett in the woods, as well as another up on the road; the terrierboys had clearly had a busy morning.

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Pics below   -   1/  Only entry unblocked when monitors arrived    2/  One of the sett blockers

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King stag of Exmoor escapes D&S SH on to LACS sanctuary

11-10-18   Facebook -  Graham Floyd    After the horror of the Quantocks on Monday it was great yesterday to find that the king stag of Exmoor is still alive after being hunted by the Devon and Somerset Staghounds three times in the past and each time making an escape to Baronsdown.

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Cheshire police have used drone to monitor fox hunt

11-10-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    Cheshire Monitors have had it confirmed that these drones (only 3 for the whole of Cheshire at the moment) have already been deployed on a hunt. They will continue to use drones on hunts if they deem it necessary. This can only be good news!

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Trial of two Buccleuch FH servants adjourned for two months

10-9-18   ITV News    Trial of Borders huntsmen accused of ignoring fox hunting ban is adjourned    The trial of two huntsmen accused of ignoring Scotland's fox hunting legislation has been adjourned for two months. Three days of evidence have already been heard at Jedburgh Sheriff Court in the case of Buccleuch Hunt members, 41-year-old Timothy Allen and 28-year-old Shaun Anderson.

They are accused of deliberately hunting a fox with a pack of dogs at Whitton Farm, near Morebattle, on December 20 last year, in breach of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) 2002. Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charge.

On day three of the trial, police firearms expert Inspector Keith Warhurst referred to video evidence supplied by the League Against Cruel Sports. He felt there was a sufficient gap from the fox being flushed from cover to stop the hounds from pursuing it. The law prevents the dogs from pursuing the fox which should be dispatched with a gun after being flushed from cover.

The trial has now been adjourned until December 4th. Another four days have been set aside to hear further evidence in the case.

 

Sabs save 3 hares from Easton Harriers as locals outraged by hunting

Enraged Huntsman twice rides horse at sabs 

10-10-18   Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs    Easton Harriers – 06/10/18 Park Farm, Charsfield, Suffolk     On Saturday 6th October we made our first visit of the season to the Easton Harriers. Sadly, nothing has changed since we were out with the Eastons last season. In the 2¼ hours that the Eastons were out hunting we witnessed, and put a stop to, three separate hare chases. The Eastons would no doubt say all these chases were accidents, but we think different.

Within 10 minutes of leaving the meet at Park Farm at 8.30 am, the first chase took place. The Hunt was heading towards Martins Lane (a dead end C-road) which is where most of the activity of the morning’s hunting took place. With the hounds in full cry, a quick thinking sab managed to distract the hounds with the use of one of our gizmos and by the time the hounds put their heads down again and crossed Martins Lane, they had lost the scent of the hare. Huntsman Gary was none too pleased with our actions and used his horse to take aggressive aim at our sab, while at the same time screaming in a most disturbing manner.

From here on in the morning descended into chaos. Numerous members of the public came out to see what all the commotion was about. With the exception of the local landowner Stephen Fletcher, all members of the public that spoke to us were horrified to find out that hare hunting was taking place where they lived. Perhaps Mr Fletcher was worried we would film something incriminating taking place on his land. We did tell him that he could also face prosecution if the Hunt was found to be breaking the law on land that he owned. Several hunt supporters also used their cars to completely block the road to all traffic. All this demonstrated was that the Hunt had something to hide. However, one couple were very pleased to see us sabs and called the Police for assistance as they could not believe that hares were being chased opposite their house.

The Eastons seemed to spend the rest of their time trying to get as far away from us sabs as possible, but there was no escape, as we did not lose sight of the Hunt at all. Later on we put a stop to two further hare chases at the top of Martins Lane. Gary once again used his horse to take aim at the sab who had saved one of the two hares at this location.

At 10.45 am the Hunt was on their way back to meet with a much smaller pack than they had come out with. We left to come home happy in the knowledge that we had managed to save at least three hares.

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Pics below   -   1/   Angry landowner [permitting hunting]   2/  Supporter blocking road  

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N. Shrops FH Huntsman is convicted criminal - Hunt panic as monitors appear

10-10-18  Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   CONVICTED CRIMINAL CAUGHT HUNTING ON THE CHESHIRE BORDER    Meet Peter McColgan [below], who the struggling North Shropshire Hunt are stuck with this season. He was convicted in 1996 of working with one of his terriermen to retrieve a fox that had gone to ground in a badger sett by digging the sett, putting a terrier down and using nets to catch the fox. They obviously did this so that the Hunt could carry on chasing and eventually killing the fox.

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Today (9.10.18) this Hunt met at Shrawardine Castle and from the off Peter was clearly struggling to keep his hounds in check meaning that not much really happened whilst we were keeping an eye on him covertly. The massive field (no more that ten) were all looking really bored, just waiting around for him to actually do anything; so we decided to show ourselves and the reaction was hilarious.N.ShropsFHLandownrerStuartJones9-10-18.jpg

Peter had been trying to flush foxes in an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) called Shrawardine Pool. This area has particularly rare plants in it that really don't benefit from hounds and horses racing about all over them. We are shocked that the owners of the SSSI Mr [right] and Mrs Jones are clearly actively encourage hunting in this special place?! We saw hunt jumps and gates all round the outside therefore this very fragile area is devastated regularly by riders, hounds and maybe even quad bikes.

We are sure that these landowners don't realise that the North Shropshire FH actively hunt foxes every time they go out. They probably believe like many landowners choose to do that Hunts follow false scent trails. We think we should open their eyes to this don't you?

Once we had shown ourselves we saw 'Panicking Peter' running off one way with some hounds whilst his Whipper in Jason Brown dashed off in the opposite direction with the rest of the hounds. They were completely flustered.     

Total confusion then reined whilst the shy Huntsman decided what to do. We even caught terrierman Luke Kenworthy unmasked, almost falling off his quad wrestling with his snood as he tried to cover his face.

The Huntsman went backwards and forwards with the hounds whilst the already bored field hung around nearby; then he just disappeared, leaving stray hounds for us to help the Whipper in round up.

After that he meandered back to the meet under our watchful eyes and packed up early having not made any kills all morning. We plan to continue monitoring this hunt to see if Peter gets any better at controlling his pack.

Pics below    -   1/  Huntsmen and hounds have just emerged from SSSI    2/  Hound spreading disease on pasture? 

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Buccleuch FH trial shown covert video of hounds chasing fox

9-10-18    ITV News    Secret video of 'hounds pursuing fox' shown in Borders hunting trial    A video showing two members of a Borders hunt allegedly breaching Scotland's fox hunting legislation has been shown in court. 41-year-old Timothy Allen [below left] and 28-year-old Shaun Anderson, from the Buccleuch Hunt, are charged with deliberately hunting a fox with a pack of dogs. The film footage TimothyAllenBuccleuchFH.jpgfeatures a fox being pursued by a pack of hounds before disappearing out of shot into a farmyard.

Terence Hill, an investigator from the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, said he witnessed the hounds pursue a fox across a field during a hunt at Whitton Farm near Morebattle, on December 20 last year. He said the actions breached the Protection of Wild Mammals Act introduced north of the border 16 years ago.

52-year-old Mr Hill told a trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court that his primary purpose for covert filming at Scottish hunts was to gather evidence for the League's campaign to convince the Scottish Government to strengthen the legislation. But he added that if he witnessed any illegal activity, he would also film things like car registration plates which maybe of assistance to any police inquiry.

Under cross-examination, defence lawyers pointed out that a horn could be heard on the video recalling the hounds and also a gunshot.

The main purpose of the Act is to ban the deployment of dogs to chase and kill wild mammals. But it also provides a number of exceptions which allow the limited use of dogs for certain situations and the fox to be dispatched by a gun.

Allen and Anderson deny the charge. The trial continues.

 

Quantock SH quad biker alleged to have run over policeman

9-10-18   Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime   PLEASE HELP    Whilst up on the Quantock Hills yesterday 8.10.18, monitoring the Quantock Stag Hounds a masked quad bike rider was seen to deliberately try and run down a uniformed police officer!

We are appealing for help identifying the rider of a red quad bike with boxes front and back. The front box is a distinctive barrel type. Hopefully images to follow when we have had a chance to sleep. Please contact us in confidence if you have any information or call 101. Please share.

 

Monitor tells of the bloody reality of Quantock FH stag hunt

9-10-18 Hounds Off   Stag hunting On The Quantock Hills 08.10.18    There was a moment yesterday when I thought that the Quantock Stag Hounds had decided not to go hunting but alas it wasn’t so. In the end they killed a stag and took the body to a farm to carve it up. Men and women supped cans of drink and watched in gory fascination as the Huntsman, elbow deep in warm blood, dished out bits of innards and butchered the animal at their feet, in front of their eyes.

They started not far from Bishops Lydiard which itself is a stones throw from Taunton. I was part of a team of Hunt Monitors. We were parked near the beauty spot of Lydiard Hill, by some horseboxes. We anticipated that the Hunt would come in this direction.

Shortly after 11am my radio crackled and the message came through that there was movement our way. Then a gaggle of hunt riders came along the lane, gave us a bit of verbal, loaded their horses into the boxes, and drove off. That was when, fleetingly, I vainly hoped they were going to leave stags on the Quantock Hills in peace. Instead, the Hunt relocated. We got a message that they were up Crowcombe and sure enough that’s where they were hunting.

Stag hunting on the Quantocks is not what it was. Prosecutions, campaigning pressure and changing attitudes from the police have forced them to stop using a pack of a dozen or more hounds to chase stags to exhaustion. This season, which started at the end of August, they’ve been using two hounds and an army of riders and vehicle followers to chase and chaperone their quarry. It’s a tactic which stag hunters on Exmoor have employed for years now and I think they believe it exempts them from prosecution under the Hunting Act.

There were a couple of huntable stags in Crowcombe Park but an especially big fellow was the target. It took a while for the Hunt to flush him up onto the hills but eventually their pressure forced him out [left].

I was tracking the Quantock Stag Hounds (QSH) in a vehicle, in communication with others who were QuantockSHStagkilledby8-10-18.jpgboth mobile and on foot. From hilltops you get some fantastic views but the Quantock Hills are characterised by large blocks of woodland and numerous steep, deep valleys known as ‘combes’. The stag hunters know this landscape intimately and are skilled at operating simultaneously in the open yet out of sight, if that makes sense.

The stag was somewhere below a high spot called Bicknoller Post. Horsemen and women lined the tracks and combe sides. The stag didn’t appear keen to run. It’s mating season for Red deer in Devon and Somerset (the ‘rut’) so likely he was pretty tired from all that. I thought they were going to shoot him there and then but no, they wanted some sport.

What followed was not a high speed, high adrenalin gallop and chase over the countryside. It was more akin to a slow walk. The stag kept low among whatever cover he could find to hide in and the hunters, co-ordinated by radios and aided by their two dogs, pushed the deer along and steered him away from our eyes and camera lenses.

We drove into the picturesque village of Holford. By now we had a hunt supporter tailing us. We waitedQuantockSHCarveupafterkill8-10-18.jpg to let a party of schoolchildren pass. I hoped they saw the anti hunting stickers in the car window and that’s why they smiled and waved and shouted hello as adults in yellow tabards shepherded them safely to the side. Or, more likely, they were just naturally excited to be exploring such a beautiful place.

A sharp right and left and we were in the car park with dog walkers and tourists. Our hunt tail parked up herself and ran to keep tabs on the foot team we deployed. I drove up a remote, single track lane and at the end was a gathering of elderly hunt supporters in cars.

A number of wooded combes with streams converge at Holford and in the recent past it was a favourite killing place for the QSH. But these days they are no longer Kings of the Hills. They skulk more. Red coats have been swapped for fawny brown. They’re quieter. They still take up a lot of space but they try to avoid clogging villages with four-wheel drives and quad bikes. They are adept at chaperoning their stag quite discreetly away from public gaze.

There were moments while we were in Holford. We heard the hunting horn and urgent, loud shouting. Vehicles travelled at dangerous pace on bumpy lanes back and forth. But nothing more than that came our way.

Our teams of Hunt Monitors communicate by walkie-talkie and telephone, neither of which work well in this area of Somerset. It’s hard to be in the right place at the right time anyway but when communications are poor because the signal isn’t great it’s even harder. We believed that the hunted stag had left the Hills for farmland near Kilve but weren’t sure.

The stag was killed south of the A39 near Kilve late in the afternoon, in the depths of private property, and taken to a nearby farmyard for the post-orgasmic ‘carve up’ [above right]. They were not happy about us trying to take some pictures and it was difficult anyway as they’d hidden themselves behind buildings. Out of sight but not out of our minds.

That was the bloody reality of stag hunting on the Quantock Hills this day, 8th October 2018.

Volunteers from Hounds Off and Somerset Wildlife Crime continue to monitor stag hunting on the Quantocks, bear witness and gather evidence to show how hunts are operating. You can support our work here. Mark your donation ‘QSH’ and we will dedicate it to this specific fund.

POWAperson comments   -  Reading this account brought back terrible memories of monitoring the stag [and hind] hunts on and around Exmoor and the Quantocks in the 90s. At least then we had the banning of deer hunting on National Trust land, following the damning Bateson Report, and the prospect of all hunting being outlawed by the newly elected Labour government [ha, ha] to comfort us.

Joe refers to the Quantock SH change of tactics this season, switching to using just two hounds. The Devon & Somerset SH have been doing this ever since the Hunting Act became law. An attempt by the League to convict them for hunting in this way, in 2014, failed when the CPS concluded they could not get a conviction and dropped the case.  

The Quantock SH have been twice convicted of illegal hunting, in 2007 and 2010. They made the mistake of relying on the 'flushing' exemption [Hunting Act 2004, Schedule 1.1], but on one occasion the court found they had continued hunting the deer after 'flushing' and made no attempt to shoot it as it broke cover and on the other that they chased it in the open with more than 2 dogs. A further prosecution in 2013 was dropped by the CPS pre-trial.

Since then, until this season, they have hunted with a full pack and, in April 2017, drove a hunted stag over a road bridge. It landed and died, in front of horrified motorists. Hunt lackeys soon cleared away all but the bloodstains. There was strangely little media coverage of this ghastly event - and the report I copied for the POWA website's UK Hunting News Pages has since been removed from the DevonLive site. Mine may be the only copy still accessible.   

However, thanks to work by League investigators, two Quantock SH hunt servants are due to stand trial yet again in November. The message of the D&S's successful exploitation of a different exemption seems finally to have sunk into the Quantock's minute brains.

The exemption is Schedule 1:9 of the Act - 'Research and Observation'. This allows hunting with two dogs '... for the purpose of or in connection with the observation or study of the wild mammal.' Note that this places no obligation on the hunters to explain why they wish to 'observe or study' the wild mammal, nor why they want to hunt it in order to do so. The DSSH make up some nonsense about a 'research project' but there's actually no legal need for them to do so.What the Hunts lose in hound power by being restricted to two dogs, they make up for with horses, quads and motor bikes and helpful car supporters to guide the fleeing, terrified and increasingly fatigued animal where they want it to go.

Quite what they'll do with the dozens of now surplus deer hounds is moot. Deer hunting with hounds is medieval, barbaric beyond belief. Those responsible for allowing it to continue should hang their heads in shame. They will not, of course, because many of them are surely psychopaths.

Because the exemption also requires the dogs being kept under close enough control to ensure they don't injure the wild mammal, it has really only been of value to the deer hunts, since their hounds are trained not to attack their quarry, but, rather, to chase it until it is so exhausted it can run no more [anything up to about 7 hours]. The dogs hold it 'at bay'. It is then shot from close range with a sawn-off shotgun.   

So slack is this exemption's wording that it must surely be the case that it was either inserted as a deliberate loophole [as, doubtless, must Schedule 1:6 - 'Falconry' have been. Remember, Tony Blair fessed up to having 'sabotaged' the Hunting Act in his memoirs] or those responsible for it simply did not understand how deer hunts operate and, as with all other hunters, just how ruthlessly they would exploit the tiniest loophole.

There may be legitimate reasons for proper scientific researchers to want to use dogs to track wild mammals [but NOT to hunt them]. POWA believes that the exemption should either be removed altogether or must specify that the  maximum two dogs must be kept leashed throughout.  

Picture above of the fleeing stag which was killed on 8-10-18, posted on Facebook by LACS sanctuaries assistant Graham Floyd.  A few other pics, including 2 extremely short video clips are here.

 

Monitors cover trail of fox fleeing Zetland FH

9-10-18   Facebook - NE Hunt Monitors    HIT REPORT 5. 06.10.18 Zetland Hunt Cubbing Meet at Summerhouse. Darlington    Another early start for the team and with 2 full cars we were expecting to keep a good presence throughout the hunt. We arrived at Summerhouse just as the last horse boxes were turning up and were able to get the foot Monitors onto a footpath close to were the start point would be whilst the cars took up positions to keep the team informed of what could be seenZetlandFHFoxhelpedtoescape9-10-18.jpg from the roadside.

We were once again surprised to see very young children present on such a barbaric outing, how is this normal family behaviour? It's sick and as close to child abuse as it comes, making children watch such horrific things is brainwashing. Much the same as if anyone took their child to an abattoir it would be seen as disgraceful of the parents. Shame on you.

With some support in cars watching from the roadside it was easy to pin point where the Hunt were heading and foot Monitors took off to head the Hunt off. On route we managed to send 2 deer away from their grazing spot and one was limping so we were pleased to come across them before the Hunt arrived.

Keeping eyes on them from across a field we also spotted a hare making its get away, then a deer and, whilst filming the deer, a monitor noticed a fox making its escape. We all stood very still to let the frightened animal pass and then covered its scent. Only minutes before a hunt supporter had been stood in the same field so we are pleased he moved on just as the fox made an appearance.

No hounds were heard in cry throughout the morning and we were confident no kills had been made when the Hunt packed up.

This is usually the time Monitors breath a sigh of relief but not today..... we had a call from other members of the team that South Durham Hunt were arriving at a hunt meet so we jumped back in the vehicles and headed into County Durham...  part 2 to follow...

 

Hunt hound found in Cheshire advertised on Facebook

9-10-18  Samantha Warburton-Green

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Assault case against E. Sussex FH woman rider referred to DPP

DPP given until 25th October to take over or close down private prosecution

8-10-18   Daily Mail   VIDEO   Huntswoman, 57, filmed whipping a saboteur around his head with her riding crop is facing jail after a private prosecution was brought against her - Jane Goring, 57, is facing a private prosecution for assault in East Sussex - She thrashed activist up to 17 times around the head during an ugly row - Police found there was not enough evidence to proceed and dropped case - But now Goring faces two criminal charges through a private prosecution

A huntswoman who whipped a saboteur with her riding crop could be jailed for up to six months. Jane Goring, 57, is facing a private prosecution for assault for thrashing the activist up to 17 times around the head during an ugly row caught on camera.

Footage of the incident in Hailsham, East Sussex, in which the sheep farmer can be heard screaming 'get off my horse', went viral and was viewed hundreds of thousands of times online. Less than two months later police concluded there was not enough evidence to proceed and dropped the case.

But now Goring – whose husband Richard, 79, is part of the country's oldest luxury family hotel dynasty – faces two criminal charges through a private prosecution. The pair travelled from their £1million farm in Heathfield on the Sussex Downs to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Thursday. 

During a brief legal hearing, Goring pleaded not guilty to beating Simon Medhurst, a veteran animal rights and environmental campaigner and member of the South Coast Hunt Saboteurs. She also denied assaulting fellow saboteur Shirley Makin by 'riding her down' with her horse during the confrontation.

Her lawyer Noelle Magennis said both allegations are disputed and that the saboteurs attacked Goring's horse. She added her client saw Mr Medhurst outside court and insisted he was not the person she had hit with her crop. She told the court: 'In essence, she was acting because a young 17-year-old was on a horse, she's gone to check he was okay. There was a crowd of saboteurs around him with balaclavas on. When she goes over to the group, one of the sabs grabbed her reins and one of them punches the horse in the mouth. She then reacts by hitting them with her riding crop. The riding down of Shirley Makin just didn't happen.'

In the unusual case, the prosecution is being overseen by a private criminal solicitor from a Brighton-based law firm.

But District Judge Tessa Szagun asked a representative of the Crown Prosecution Service to review the files. She gave him until October 25th for the DPP to decide whether she will take over the case. Alison Saunders, the country's top prosecutor, has the power to take over a private prosecution at any time and continue it or shut it down.

Both offences will be dealt with by magistrates in Hastings in January. The maximum penalty if Goring is convicted is six months imprisonment.

The alleged attack took place as members of the East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt rode out in Hailsham last November. In the 30-second clip, Mrs Goring is seen riding towards the saboteurs, who are accused of trespassing on private land, shouting 'get back to the road'. A masked man takes hold of her horse's reins and she begins to strike him ferociously with her whip. The protester claimed he suffered bruising to his face and head but did not require hospital treatment.

South Coast Hunt Saboteurs launched an online appeal to fund a private prosecution and raised more than £8,000 towards their goal of £15,000.

POWAperson comments  -  As the matter is sub judice I will refrain from talking about the rights and wrongs of the case. However, I will draw attention to what the defence lawyer says about Mrs. Goring's actions and what she alleges happened. Now I suggest readers watch the video. Do you think what the lawyer says is consistent with what the video shows?

 

Warks FH block sabs in on road they allowed on & Hunt not

Usual other catalogue of law-breaking - but no kills 

8-10-18   Facebook – W.Midlands Sabs    How many laws do the Warwickshire Hunt break in one morning? Warwickshire Hunt - Monday 8th October 2018 – Darlingscott    The Warwickshire Hunt are a very arrogant hunt who seem to think normal laws don’t apply to them. This sense of being untouchable might explain why they seem to break so many laws. Why they drive on busy main roads with a quad bike with no license plates. Why they think they have the authority to direct traffic (traffic they have caused by blocking roads whilst they hunt on them and alongside them). Why week in week out they blatantly hunt foxes.

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On Tuesday, their sense of entitlement crossed a line. Over the past month two saboteurs have regularly turned up and exposed all the foxes they have hunted, saving a lot of them in the process. These two saboteurs seem to be frustrating the entire Warwickshire Hunt. So much so that after driving down a publicly accessible road Warwickshire Hunt joint-master and head hunt steward Barbara Hester (in the pink high-viz) blocked their car in and prevented them from leaving. An independent member of the public witnessed some of the blocking and didn’t seem very impressed by the actions of the Warwickshire Hunt and told them that they were being stupid and that we had every right to be there. This all happened on a publicly accessible road that the sabs also had had verbal permission to be there. The Warwickshire Hunt on the other hand did not have permission to be there in their vehicles as a big sign at the top of the road clearly stated that “No Hunt Cars” were allowed down the road. This matter has been reported to the police. Sabs went on to see two foxes escape safely from the Hunt.

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                              2.   Quad with no plates being used on road

We do our best to act on information given to us and is always treated in confidence. You can contact us on 07767620767 or email at westmidlandhuntsabs@hotmail.co.uk  or through our website. We couldn’t have done any of this without your help and donations towards our fuel costs as we are currently out three to four times a week.

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                                  4.  Hound out of control on road 

Pics below   -   5.  Obstructing traffic. False imprisonment?    6.   Using road banned to them 

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Beaufort FH hunt fox in village of Rodmarton

8-10-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    VIDEO    Monday 8th October 2018  Beaufort met at Rodmarton this morning and a 3C sab' accompanied Cirencester Illegal Huntwatch. Shortly after they moved off hounds were on the line of one fox, turned back by a sab and then they piclked up what is thought to be a second fox. Hounds were rated back (sorry for all the shouting) and Matt Ramsden gathered the pack and took them well away.

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The CIHW vehicle then ran into the VWH who had met at Kemble and were hunting another fox. With the badger cull going on in this area and multiple cages out it is an all out war on wildlife! At the end near Trull they hunted another fox and were moved on by CIHW.

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Then it was sett checking time... Very busy, more reports to follow.

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Two Buccleuch FH members deny illegal hunting charges

8-10-18   ITV News    Borders hunt members on trial charged with deliberately hunting fox    Two members of a Borders hunt have gone on trial accused of breaching Scotland’s fox hunting legislation. 41-year-old Timothy Allen and 28-year-old Shaun Anderson, from the Buccleuch Hunt, are charged with deliberately hunting a fox with a pack of dogs. The alleged incident is said to have taken place near Whitton Farm, Morebattle, on 20th December. Allen and Anderson from Melrose, confirmed they were adhering to their not guilty pleas.

Director of the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, Robbie Marsland, gave evidence and said he felt the legislation needed strengthened in Scotland. He had hired a team of field workers who would secretly film the 10 regular hunts in Scotland "to check their patterns of behaviour".

Mr Marsland said he suspected loopholes in the legislation were being exploited to allow traditionalist foxBuccleuchFH.jpg hunting to take place and that they wanted to gather as much evidence as possible to convince the Scottish Government to strengthen the legislation. He added that his investigators had attended around 20 hunts during the season, which runs from October to February, and on eight occasions they had reported incidents to the police.

Farmer Thomas Edgar, 49, who runs Whitton Farm, confirmed he had been contacted by Allen from the Buccleuch Hunt about coming onto his land for the purposes of fox control. Asked how many lambs he lost a year to foxes he replied:- It won't be less than 100 a year. Sometimes it is more than that. They are pretty persistent." There are financial implications and it is pretty devastating for the sheep."

It will be the latest challenge to the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002, which was recently subject to a review by Lord Bonomy who made a number of recommendations for changes. The main purpose of the Act is to ban the deployment of dogs to chase and kill wild mammals. However it also provides a number of exceptions which allow the limited use of dogs for certain situations and the fox to be dispatched by a gun.

The trial is expected to last for three days.

 

Mendip Farmers FH cub hunt, riot on deer, ride thru cattle fields

Sabs ensure Hunt, their tiny field and terrier thugs kill nothing

8-10-18   Facebook - Bath Hunt Saboteurs    It was another early start for our group this morning, as a small team of Bath & Bristol Hunt Saboteurs went to pay another visit to the Mendip Farmers' Hunt. We found them by Knowle Farm in Wookey, Wells at around 7am. It was lucky we did with a field of just two riders out - yes you read that correctly!

The Hunt with its small, bored field were clearly limited in options, as they spent all morning doing a circuit of the surrounding fields. Sabs were given the usual lectures on using footpaths, whilst hunt support violated the Highways Act by repeatedly blocking roads and the terrier men rode their quad on the roads without a registration plate.

Hounds were clearly not following a trail and went into cry on numerous occasions, including rioting after deer. But Sabs were on hand with voice and horn calls, distracting the hounds enough to give chance for escape.

The last time we paid a visit to this Hunt, we saw them hunting through herds of cows with confirmed cases of bTB. Today we witnessed the hounds running through herds of cows without bTB (and defecating) - surely this is a bio-hazard and should be stopped?

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Some members of the hunt support, obviously frustrated that Sabs were spoiling their blood fix, used deeply offensive language, including racist and homophobic comments.

The Huntsman was desperate for a kill, getting off his horse and walking with the hounds to try to get them onto a scent, but by 10am he'd given up, the bored field had left and Sabs watched the hounds get back in their trailer then went off for coffee and vegan cake! Please keep us fuelled up – Ko-fi.com/bathsabs.  

 

Four injured hounds found on road in South Wales

7-10-18   Facebook - Kirsty Barlow    4 dogs all seem injured and looking like hunting hounds running riot on the new Aberbeeg road in Abertillery! We are trying to contain the dogs but if you have any information please ring the owners!!!! Police have been rang.

Pics below   -   One of the hounds

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Sabs pull Cheshire Forest FH hounds off suspected bagged fox 

7-10-18   Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs    Yesterday, after a tip off we had an early start. We travelled far and wide and arrived at Poever Hall at 6am... Sabs took position at various entrance/exits waiting for the Hunt master Andrew German to leave Peover Hall.

Rain was heavy and we couldn’t hear any sign of hounds. After a few coffees and an hours wait we saw headlights coming from the drive and immediately sprung into action, sab on!! The Hounds trailer left and we followed quickly along with more sab vehicles. We now had a convoy following the hounds and adrenaline awakened us all.

We drove a while and almost ended up in the Cheshire Fox Hounds territory. German arrived at the Forest View pub were many horse boxes were waiting for their weekly fix of animal abuse, guffaws and hurrahs. Sabs left their vehicles to take a look at the strange people that like to go out on horses to hunt and kill foxes and their cubs - what a bunch of horrors they were.

We immediately got accosted by the landlady and her side kick, possible daughter. Cruella Deville has nothing on this woman (term used loosely). She ranted and raved, and almost blew a gasket, saying we were trespassing and phoned the police. (Please see the pub's trip advisor comments to see what kind of woman we were dealing with, you won’t believe it.)

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Meanwhile, German and his cronies went into the pub to probably discuss a plan B and C and E. The riders and hounds stayed put for a while. We overheard they were waiting until a 3rd police car came so they could leave.

We will cut a long story short now... Sabs were on the hunt all day. Early on, a fox was seen fleeing from the Hunt. Due to sabs using horn calls and a gizmo the hounds were playful and stayed in the field leaving the fox to flee to safety. At the time the fox appeared we saw a hunt support 4x4 at the top of the field from the direction the fox had been seen running from. It really does begs the question if the fox had been bagged. We all know German uses bagged foxes as he’s can’t hunt without the back up of a kill to thrill, cheat sickos!

For the rest of the day sabs stayed with the Hunt who eventually made their way back to the Bates Motel, aka Forest View, meet point. Riders were heard saying that their day had been ruined - job well done in our mind.

German even came over to a group of sabs and tried his smarm-charm attack, talking about eating vegan food and his lack of a love life. Please, Andy Pandy, we don’t want to know about your sordid affairs!

No kills today. Viva that bagged fox! ❤️��❤️  Footage to follow.

Pics below  -  1/   Liz Gorse, vet and fox hunter    2/   Farmer blocking sabs in 

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6-10-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    HUNT RIDERS DEMAND FULL REFUND FOR RUINED DAY OUT... Cheshire Hounds, Spurstow Spa, Saturday 6th October 2018    The refund is only speculation, of course, but after this morning's utter lack of anything worth dragging their bloodthirsty bones out of bed at dawn for, we wouldn't be at all surprised. 

With numerous tip-offs from locals this morning, and knowing the Cheshire Forest were being kept company by other groups, we found the Cheshire Hounds cub hunting in one of their favourite spots, Spurstow Spa near Haughton. 

After monitoring them covertly for a while we walked in to have a closer look at what they were up to; there are lots of footpaths here, although 'coincidentally', most of the signs had been snapped off or removed. The Hunt also seem to have become a little obsessed with our "trespassing" when we quite clearly aren't. 

It turns out that what they were up to was a lot of hanging around, and once we arrived on the scene, a lot of unhappy faces told us that potential for any 'fun' was well and truly lost, with the Hunt packing up around 9.30am. 

We did see a beautiful dog fox escaping from the area early on, which made us very happy. But other than that, all we can really report is that this was yet another lousy morning out for this floundering Hunt.

See also Cheshire Against Blood Sports account of the day.  

 

Portman FH hounds chase pet cat in wood - sabs aid escape

Supporter blocks sab car - seen by police who 'have words'

A large number of antis ensures no foxes are killed

Police respond to their report of illegal hunting !

7-10-18  Facebook – Dorset Against Blood Sports  VIDEO  Hit Report 6/10/18 Portman Hunt meet at Vale Farm, Bedchester    Today we went 'up North ' to spoil the fun of the Portman hunt. With the badger killing spree in full swing we were joined at WAR by some of the lovely badger Protectors from Camp Badger, W.Dorset including Herts and Middlesex Badger Group and Herts Against the Badger Cull, who do some fantastic hard work protecting West Dorset badgers.

We arrived as the Portman were leaving the meet already being watched by Dorset Against Blood Sports, Wildlife Witness, concerned locals and a legendary monitor, and a little later by Dorset Hunt Sabs.

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              Huntsman on foot in electric fenced field containing several cows 

The Hunt turned up the road towards Penn Hill and, with sab and monitor vehicles parked safely off the road to see which direction they took. The Huntsman put the dogs in the unnamed close at Penn Hill.

At this point one of the Portman 'Dribblers' in her fox plate 4x4 thought it would be clever to stop in the road to get out and take more pics of us! This caused total gridlock for both the public and all the Dribblers who wanted to get by in case they missed a kill. It did however give foot sabs a great opportunity to get out and get into the copse with the dogs!

With the Huntsman encouraging the dogs to find a scent, sabs were there in time to witness the dogs 'pick up' and rioted after a poor pet cat who was in the copse. The sabs used voice calls, as did the Huntsman and managed to stop the dogs and the cat ran to safety... this time.

With various vehicles strategically positioned by Sabs, spotters, monitors, foot sabs and locals, we held them in a pincer movement for the rest of the morning. Wherever they turned we were there.PortmanFHFoxbreakscover6-10-18.jpg

Heading towards Hurdles Farm, they spent a short time there before trying to get away along the river towards West farm, Sabs were already there, so they swung towards Peggs farm with the Huntsman taking the dogs through a freshly slurried field and out onto the road, where sabs were waiting. They crossed the road and headed to Westhill plantation while the Red Landy took the foot team round to get ahead of them as they were now heading towards Wigmoor Coppice.

At this point, the dogs picked up on a line and went off at full cry. A fox was seen running for its life before crossing the road near Peggs Mill bridge. Sabs covered the fox scent with citronella and the fox ran to safety....for now.

The Huntsman took the dogs back and headed to Shroton Brake where he drew the pack through the wood for a while before gathering them and heading down to the solar farm and sewage works area. The pack then went into full cry and took off towards Wigmoor Coppice and the waiting foot sabs, who, after seeing a fox to safety, used the gizmo and voice calls and got the dogs to lift their heads and broke their run.

Something amazing happens in North Dorset. When you call the police about illegal hunting... they respond - and before long a car was in the area and observing the Hunt. This caused confusion with the Hunt and, after one last attempt and with weather conditions deteriorating, they headed for home at 11am.

With the Red Landy closely following a dribbler in a black jeep thought it would be clever to try and block the Landy and shout abuse at us... what he failed to notice in his rage was the police car just behind us. The last we saw of him he was being advised by the police about his actions!

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                           Hounds chasing fox only seconds after it broke cover 

A big thank you to our driver for the morning who did a fab job. If you would like to join us please either message this page or email weymouthanimalrights@protonmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can. https://gogetfunding.com/weymouth-animal-rights-fuelequipm…/6-10-18…/

6-10-18   Facebook - Wildlife Witness   VIDEO    This is a more extensive video of the Portman Hunt today near Iwerne Minster. When monitors arrived, hounds were in an area of hedge next to a small field containing cows. The field was fenced off with electric fencing and clearly no trail had been laid there - even so, the huntsman Evo Shirley was on foot hunting the hounds.

The Hunt's Whipper-in, Josh Clarke, was on the road and making loud noises to deter the fox from leaving cover. As the fox ran out he made no effort to call off the hounds or to stop them from following the fox's line.

Dorset police were called and a wildlife liaison officer attended the incident - all relevant video evidence has been requested and will be made available to them.

There have already been posts on this page from pro-hunt supporters claiming the fox was merely "in the area of the hounds and the hunt were trail-hunting". The film clearly shows the Huntsman, on foot, in a field surrounded by electric fencing - no trail would be laid there. It clearly shows hunt staff and known supporters attempting to deter the fox from leaving the covert by shouting and making loud noises. Make no mistake, this was not trail-hunting. It was fox-hunting. Fourteen years after it was made illegal it is still being carried out...and in full view.

Many will blame the police for the failure to deal with incidents like this but here in Dorset we have an excellent working relationship with the police - if we are able to provide the evidence, then they will take that evidence to the CPS. It was Dorset Police who took the Portman to court last year on charges of illegal hunting. We should not blame the police for the failings of governments to create a Hunting Act that actually delivers on the will of parliament to ban the hunting of wild animals with dogs.

If you are able to donate a few pounds to help with on-going costs of our monitoring we would be so grateful. As always we guarantee every penny goes towards protecting wildlife. Paypal.me/wildlifewitness.

 

Beaufort FH take hounds through middle of sheep flock

Some follow hounds out and end up in wrong field 

6-10-18  Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   VIDEO   The group published, without comment, a video clip that shows the Beaufort FH hounds being taken right through the middle of a large flock of sheep. At times it is hard to tell which animals are dogs and which sheep. The sheep mill around in panic and, as hunters open a gate to let hounds through, start to follow the hounds through. Riders panic and rush to shut the gate once dogs have exited, but a group of sheep end up in the wrong field. This is supposed to be one of the most prestigious, competent Hunts in the country, still under the leadership of long-term Huntsman and pal of the Duke of Beaufort, Captain Ian Farquhar.

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Middleton FH cub hunt openly - hounds rated off one fugitive young fox

6-10-18   Facebook - Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs    Getting up at 04.30 this morning was awful. The morning got progressively better though as our land rover full of coffee'd up Sabs met up with West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs and zoomed northwards to check on the infamous Middleton Hunt.

This Hunt have had significant media attention for illegally fox hunting, breeding fox cubs and the misogynistic, sexist behaviour towards women by their Huntsman Charles "Shagger" Carter.

We arrived at their kennels in Birdsall, North Yorkshire just as Carter, his new whip and the rest were leaving. The Hunt immediately rode to a nearby woods where they surrounded it in true cubbing style [below], waiting for a fox cub to break.

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Just as sabs came round the corner of the woods, a cub belted across the wet, muddy fields, fleeing for it's life. Sabs were perfectly positioned to rate the chasing hounds back, with voice calls, horn and gizmo, spraying the line as they went.

The Hunt carried on with sabs in very close attendance for another few hours, cubs seen to safety twice more. Eventually the Hunt did a full circuit back to their kennels, their 2 terriermen attempting to block sabs on footpaths and playing silly buggers on occasion, passive aggressive comes to mind.

The Hunt packed at 10.30. We were in the pub by 11.00. See you soon Middleton. https://ko-fi.com/A772AR5

 

Sabs stick to Quorn FH like glue, stopping them hunting

Apparently drunk supporter seen driving around 

6-10-18   Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs    Today we joined up with Northants and HertfordshireQuornFHDrunksupporterconfrontssab6-10-18.jpg Hunt Saboteurs to visit the Quorn just outside of their namesake village. Rumour has it they'd been mapping out locations of fox cubs to prepare for the full "what hunting ban?" experience, however this changed quickly when we arrived.

They initially had gates open outside the meet in preparation for their route, but when they saw us stood on the first one they turned sharply in the opposite direction before spending an hour and a half riding round in circles with the hounds at their feet and rain steadily pouring. They were rarely out of sight for more than a minute and there wasn't even a whisper from the hounds the whole day. They packed up at 9am, far earlier than planned we'd imagine!

A very drunk (at 7:30am!) supporter did try to throw his weight around at the beginning, before backing off mumbling something about calling the police who never showed - presumably he didn't call them, due to him being pissed and hopping from vehicle to vehicle driving around.

We look forward to many straight forward days like today, and plan to visit the Quorn again very soon. If you love us and the work we do, or hate us and want us to spend more time in the rain, please donate at https://ko-fi.com/nottshuntsabs.

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Sabs cover trail of only fox Avon Vale FH were able to put up

Hunt un-sabbed for ages unpleasantly surprised to see them

6-10-18  Facebook - Bristol Hunt Saboteurs    Fox aided to safety at Avon Vale Hunt meet Along with Bath Hunt Sabs, we paid a long overdue visit to the Avon Vale Hunt this morning, another Hunt that haven’t seen sabs for many years.

They met at 8 o’clock at Grange Farm near West Ashton, Wiltshire. The Hunt were surprised to see us, as were their tiny following. At first, we were treated to a trail laying display. Nice gesture, but the Hunt went off in the other direction. What followed was blatant cub hunting, with riders surrounding woodland and hedgerows and the Huntsman working the hounds through them.

Sabs were perfectly positioned to intervene when a fox ran from a wood, right under the feet of hunt followers. We covered the area with citronella and got ready to stop the hounds. The Huntsman took the hounds past us to try and put them on its line further on, but using horn and voice calls we pulled some of them back and he gave up.

From then on, whenever we showed up the Hunt ran and tried to put distance between them and us. All in all a good day. We won’t be leaving it so long before our next visit... If you hunt, expect us! Please consider supporting our work: PayPal.me/bristolhuntsabs.

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Sabs save fox from Fife FH who hunt around active sett

FifeFHhunter6-10-18.jpg6-10-18   Facebook - Grampian Hunt Sabs    Grampian Hunt Sabs met with other Scottish Sabs and found the Hunt straight away at Torr of Moonzie. We were met with a really pissed off Master Mark Fleming, who didn’t seem pleased to see us in the least. We pre-sprayed surrounding woodland whilst other sabs kept watch on the Hunt as they rode around the surrounding countryside. The Hunt converged in Killmarrow woods and sabs saw a fox outwitting the Hunt. We quickly sprayed the fox's path and hounds were unable to pick up any scent.

One of the Hunt masters was encouraging hounds to search around an active badger sett but sabs sprayed around and saw the hounds off. Galpin, the terrier man, seemed to have a case of cognitive dissonance as he accused sabs of disturbing an active badger sett forgetting that he was actively encouraging the hounds.

The Hunt left and encountered more sabs which was enough to make them give up and return to the meet and pack up. Another good daytime for the foxes.

 

Sabs pull N. Bucks Beagles off hare while hunters fields away

They'd also spoiled the Fitzwilliam FH's fun earlier in the day

6-10-18   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   VIDEO (N.Cambs Sabs)  Double Whammy of a day!   As is usual this time of FitzwilliamFHSupportertriestokicksabcar6-10-18.jpgyear our sabs were up before daybreak and heading out once again with our regular comrades North Cambs Hunt Sabs to scupper the plans of the convicted criminals that are the Fitzwilliam Hunt, who were out hunting near the village of Marholm, Cambs. 

They were blatantly holding up on our arrival but sabs were deployed and they soon moved on. The weather was a bit of a stinker to be honest but that didn't deter us and with two teams we made sure we have their every move covered. This of course wasn't hugely appreciated by the Hunt and the usual goons were soon following us around and being a little annoying, one nutter chasing our vehicle down a lane on foot and trying to kick it [right]. Being made to took like a bit of an idiot he tried to find a brick to throw at the vehicle but could only manage a small stone!

With the weather deteriorating the riders were soon heading back to the meet looking dejected, just in time for several police vehicles to arrive after we called them about their supports behaviour. But our job was done and we headed off shortly after 10am.

But that was not all, oh no. We had also been given a little bit of intelligence that the North Bucks Beagles would be hunting hares at Clifton Reynes, an area we know well as it is Oakley territory and sure enough we discovered them hunting the fields along the river Great Ouse shortly after 1pm. As we arrived the hounds were in full cry and on the line of a hare with the hunt staff still several fields away and in no position to control the hounds.

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                                          Hounds start to respond to sabs 

So we did what sabs do best and used both horn and voice to distract them long enough for the hare to escape. Finally the hunt staff arrived and gathered the hounds, the assorted group of sad looking support (including the now famous Uncle Albert) following a short time later, many looking like they should be supping hot cocoa in their slippers rather than being out in a cold wet day watching innocent animals being abused.

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                                           Hounds getting sab love 

The WCO from Thames Valley Police arrived after we reported illegal hunting and was happy for us to continue with our work despite the ludicrous claims from the hunt, however while we were engaging with the police the cheeky buggers decided to try and escape out the back of the meet and hunt again but our eagle eyed driver, perched on a high point had them in view and quickly alerted us to their trickery so once again we set off and dragged them back to the meet.

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                                       Sabs escort Hunt back to the meet 

We held on and kept them in sight while they drank tea and ate soggy sandwiches in the rain. The hound van leaving some time around 3:30pm. Only thing left to do was celebrate in the pub with a beer and crisps.

Lots of miles covered today and fuel used, you can help by buying us a Kofi.

 

 

VWH FH support block monitor car - then claim she 'breaking law' !

6-10-10   Facebook - Grafton Hunt Watch   VIDEO    Vale of White Horse Hunt Supporter Blocks Monitor   Our team visited the Vale of White Horse Hunt last week only to be met with the same appalling but typical behaviour by their supporters as we are subjected to at the Grafton.

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Sab presence leads East Kent FH to early pack up

6-10-18   Facebook - West Kent Hunt Sabs   VIDEO [S.Coast Sabs]  SATURDAY 6th OCTOBER    Today we were out with the East Kent with West Street Hunt who were meeting at Denge wood near Anvil Green. The Hunt had a 20% increase in riders this week bringing their numbers to 12!!! Popular as ever! Denge is a big wood and part of the Forestry Commission land, so we headed in after them on foot.

We encountered a Fox trying to cross a fire break so we hung around in case it needed our help. When it was safe to we moved on after the Hunt and our presence had the desired effect. We quickly caught up with the Hunt and a few of the hunt ‘regulars’ including Steve and Sally wasted no time informing of us of our impending harassment charge.... we really look forward to seeing their evidence!

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A word of advice though to the Hunt; if you’re trying to claim that you’re trail hunting, we suggest the trail layer goes ahead of the hunt - not loitering at the back of the hunt with a bit of cloth on the end of your whip like you were today!

By 9.30 it was all over and not a quad bike in sight....maybe they have finally got the message, not to have unauthorized motor vehicles on forestry commission land !!??

As always any donations towards vehicle and petrol costs are greatly received! 

 

Filming sab causes Warks FH to let nearly caught fox go free

Hunt travels through cattle fields - with no biosecurity

5-10-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    Warwickshire Hunt - Ladbroke - Friday 5th October 2018 - Sabs force huntsman to abandon fox chase    After taking their hounds through a cattle farm with bTB earlier in the week, not only did the Warwickshire Hunt hounds go through several fields with cattle (currently with no bTB outbreaks) they ended up losing a lot of the pack. Hounds were wandering about everywhere including through cattle fields. We asked several members of the Warwickshire Hunt including joint-master Simon Richards and Hunt Secretary Tessa Fermoy what biosecurity measures they had taken before letting their hounds near livestock. It seems they didn’t take any.

Once they had most of the pack back they carried on blatantly hunting. We had already seen one fox running for it’s life to get away from the hunt earlier that morning. The huntsman put his hounds in a hedge and proceeded to hunt it. It wasn’t long before the hounds picked up on the scent of a fox. Two foot sabs on top of a hill could see what was unfolding and radioed through to the car sab who got there just as the fox crossed into the next field followed by hounds. The fox eventually broke into the open and was chased by hounds who were meters behind. It was only at this point that the huntsman was forced to abandon hunting the fox as he saw that a sab was present and filming.

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Once we had finished at the Warwickshire Hunt, we travelled to an active badger cull zone. Local support for us in the Warwickshire Hunts area continues to grow. Any information is treated confidentially and is greatly appreciated. You can contact us on 07767620767 by email at westmidlandhuntsabs@hotmail.co.uk or by private messaging us on Facebook. You can also contact us via our website.  FOLLOW US:- Twitter    Instagram    YouTube

 

E. Sussex FH woman rider pleads NG to 2 charges of assault sabs

Jane Goring accused of riding into woman, whipping man

Sabs raised funds for private prosecution as CPs refused case 

Today's meet found and sabbed - no kills

6-10-18   Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs   Hit report 06/10/2018    We managed to locate theE.SussexFHHuntswomanincourt10-18.jpg secretive East Sussex and Romney Marsh FH [below] today. They have been either kennelling away or leaving very, very early. Either way thanks to our supporters keeping an eye out we located them at the Woolpack Inn, Herstmonceux.

As always, not happy to see us the Hunt floundering around trying to lose us, and when that failed could not pick up a scent. No false trail in evidence at all. Either by incompetence or our presence no foxes were killed and the hunt when home.

In others news, Jane Goring one this Hunt's riders, who last season allegedly assaulted one of our sabs, was in court. She has pleaded not guilty to two counts of ABH and will be in court in January.

Any donations to enable us to stay out protecting our wildlife gratefully accepted:- paypal.me/SouthCoastHuntSabs. 

7-10-18  Facebook - Brighton Hunt Saboteurs    A huntswoman is in the dock after she whipped a saboteur last season in this shocking footage. South Coast Hunt Sabs have had to bring a private prosecution with funds raised by our supporters after the police refused to prosecute.

POWAperson adds   -  The charges against Jane Goring relate to a heavily publicised incident. Sab version is here, Mail article here. Most media outlets who included the sab video included only the part where the male sab was holding the horse's reins and being whipped, making it look as though he'd been trying to attack her. But the portion of video before that, shown by few, shows the rider aggressively riding her horse into his female colleague. This, the sab maintained, was why he grabbed the reins - to protect her from further attack and, perhaps, serious injury. Riding into sabs is a common hunter tactic.

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LACS bites back over 'false' allegations in Times newspaper

5-10-18   LACS Press Release  League Statement re Times allegations    League Against Cruel Sports statement regarding The Times story Today an article appeared in the Times newspaper making allegations against the League. We refute the allegations made in this article. Please read our full response below.

These allegations are completely false. It is nonsense to say the League sought to hack the computer of the leader of the Countryside Alliance. It is also completely false to claim that the Charity Commission is investigating the League over this. We have had no such notification from them about his, and expect none. This story is motivated purely by ex-Trustees with a grudge against the League and who clearly felt it in the best interests of the anti-hunt movement to take their story to a pro-hunting newspaper.

Chris Williamson MP, who is named in the story, was not expelled from the League because ‘he was on holiday’ during a disciplinary hearing, as is alleged. Mr Williamson, who has rarely attended board meetings for the League for several years, was expelled after he supported someone who was abusing League members of staff. He was offered 12 opportunities to make his case to trustees – that he did not accept these offers suggests he had no case to make.

The ‘IT professional’ referred to in the story is in fact a trustee of the League who was elected to the board in July, but who has also been expelled after attending just one board meeting. The reasons for his expulsion are confidential, but, as with Chris Williamson MP, his views on how the League were run are at odds with those of the League Board, CEO, Directors and staff and considerable detriments were felt. This individual works in IT and told the League that he ‘has the knowledge to use technology to fight against hunts’. We came to the conclusion that it was actually our own IT security that we needed to protect.

League supporters understand that there has been a period of change at the League. Our former CEO Eduardo Goncalves stepped down after a prolonged period of illness, and was replaced by Andy Knott [below left], a vastly experienced international manager who was previously one of our many volunteers. The League’s Chair has also changed, with Iain Blake-Lawson retiring after 25 years’ service. His replacement, Andrew Wood, unfortunately had to step down for personal reasons. A new Chair will be appointed in due course.

In spite of the changes, the League has gone from strength to strength. In the last year alone:-

We played a major role in the dropping by the Government of its pledge to repeal the Hunting Act in the Parliament

We carried out the first successful prosecution ever of a registered hunt in Scotland in 2017 (Jedforest hunt).

We won the campaign along with Animal Aid to end shooting on public land in Wales – it will end by March 2019.

We played a major role in ensuring hunting was one of the most talked about issues and most recalled manifesto commitments during the 2017 election.

Our work was key in bringing about the adoption of strengthening the Hunting Act as official Labour Party policy.

Four times as many League investigations have gone to the police so far in 2018 than in the entirety of last year.

The League’s Boxing Day polling recorded the highest ever public support for the Hunting Act.

We have achieved over 92,000 signatures to our Hunting Kills petition to date since March

We have created pressure on Yorkshire Water to end grouse shooting on its land, with 15,000 campaign postcards sent in recent months.

A new poll we commissioned showed that 69% of people oppose game bird shooting, the result of several years campaigning along with other groups.

We supported National Dis-Trust and achieved extensive media coverage of hunting on National Trust land and trail hunting over the summer, and came within 299 votes of winning a vote to ban hunting on National Trust land following a doubling of voter turn out.

We rescued and helped the successful rehabilitation of a dog potentially involved in dog fighting in 2017.

We played a big role, along with other organisations, in persuading the Government to commit to raise maximum sentences for animal welfare crimes.

AndyKnottLACSCEO.jpgUnder Andy Knott, we are half way through a two year change programme that will allow us to strengthen our financial position while increasing the amount of investigations and campaigns work we do. We have a large financial reserve (money in the bank); and are investing that money in operations and marketing to enable us to grow and become even more effective. A recent staff survey showed very high levels of confidence in our future. Supporters meeting Andy Knott have been inspired by his powerful, professional and no nonsense vision for the League, where we have firm financial foundations, passionate and experienced staff members, all working towards the same goal. All of this has been possible because we have a strong Board of Trustees who have stood up for us and have put the League’s interests ahead of any one individual’s agenda.

It has been disappointing that some supporters and former officials of the League cannot understand the direction the League is travelling. They like to ignore the evidence of our recent successes so they can claim that ‘it’s not like it used to be’. Some may not like the changes we are making, but perhaps that is because they don’t realise that to reach a goal, sometimes tactics need to change. Our goal is exactly the same as it ever was – to put an end to cruel sports in the UK. Our team now is a strong mix of long-term animal welfare campaigners, highly-trained investigators, vastly experienced law-enforcement professionals, and professional managers who will ensure that financially and legally we stay strong and secure. The input of everyone at the League is valued and vital.

The League is becoming stronger than ever. That is why our opponents are running scared. That is why some will continue to attack us. That is why some are playing dirty tricks. But we know what the vast majority of our supporters want us to be doing. We know that the vast majority of the general public share our views. We know how to end cruel sports in the UK, and we are going to achieve that, whatever anyone says about us.

If you would like to join us in our fight against the persecution of animals through cruel sports, you can make a donation online today. Thank you!

 

Wynnstay FH riders use horses as weapons against sabs

5-10-18   Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    A short clip from the Wynnstay Hunt last Saturday. Riders often use their horses to intimidate. It’s not only the foxes and other wildlife that suffer.

As we have seen, their hounds and horses are treated poorly too. The whole hunting scene is a sham, animal abusers at their most prolific. Pardon our French, we have just been ridden at...

 

The League is accused of wanting to hack CA COE's account

LACS Spokesman says this, and other claims, are false

Charity Commission is investigating 

5-10-18   Times   The League Against Cruel Sports ‘wanted to hack rival’    The League Against Cruel Sports is being investigated by the Charity Commission over claims that it sought to hack into the computer of the leader of the Countryside Alliance. Yesterday the regulator confirmed that it was studying “serious concerns” about the anti-hunting group.

Chris Williamson [below left], a Labour MP who led the League for a decade, alerted the commission to the allegation after he was suspended. He said thaChrisWilliamsonMP.jpgt overspending risked leading to the closure of the charity, which was founded in 1924 and supported by Thomas Hardy.

Mr Williamson has since been expelled. Many trustees have either resigned or been removed and several staff are said to be taking cases to employment tribunals. Board members say that they have not been given documentation even though it is their duty to be aware of settlement packages.

The most serious accusation is that the League asked a computer expert to snoop on the email account of Tim Bonner [below right], chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, which supports hunting.

Mr Williamson has sent a copy of what is described as a contemporaneous record of the conversation to the regulator. The IT professional said that he was asked by an employee of the League: “Would you hack into Tim Bonner’s email account?” The expert said: “I was shocked by this request . . . I responded, ‘I do not have the skills to even attempt such a thing, but anyway that would be illegal.’ I felt that this was perhaps him trying to get me to say I would commit an illegal act, as a way of discrediting me.”

Mr Williamson and two trustees wrote to the commission complaining that they believed the League had “sought to entice” an individual “to hack into the email account of the CEO of a rival organisation”.

Mr Williamson claimed: “In a period of six weeks this summer the charity lost two chairs and one vice-TimBonner.jpgchair.” He also claimed that the new vice-chairman was being threatened with expulsion “as are another two trustees”.

Mr Williamson, 62, the MP for Derby North, campaigned for Jeremy Corbyn in the 2015 leadership election and has defended the hard left’s internal revolution. He has worked in local government, as a bricklayer and a machinist and became a vegan in 1976. Last year he urged his constituents to try giving up animal products, according to Plant Based News, a website.

In August he received a letter from Andy Knott, the League’s interim chief executive, saying that the board of trustees was convening to expel him “in the best interests of the charity”. Mr Williamson had been accused of failing to act in good faith by supporting “a non-member campaigning against the charity and its staff”, a reference to an animal-rights activist embroiled in a public row with the organisation. Mr Williamson was expelled after he was unable to participate in a disciplinary hearing because he was abroad.

Seven trustees have left since July. The League is being run by Mr Knott, a former soldier who served in Afghanistan and was a lieutenant-colonel and commanding officer of 2 Signal Regiment. John Cooper, QC, a former president of the League, said: “It is time that its members and supporters saw what is happening and act to save this cherished organisation. The League is at its midnight hour.” Bob Blizzard, a former Labour whip who is a member of the League, has written to one of the remaining trustees saying that it is clear that the charity is “in a mess”.

The Charity Commission said: “Serious concerns have been brought to us about the League Against Cruel Sports. The public rightly hold charities to a high standard of conduct and expect charities to be driven by their charitable purpose and ethos in everything they do. We therefore take allegations of inappropriate behaviour, especially by senior leaders in charities, extremely seriously. We are assessing information provided and engaging with the charity to determine our next steps.”

The League said: “Any changes taking place on the board or as part of our financial review have been done to ensure the League is the most efficient, focused and effective that we can be.” It did not comment on the alleged hacking request but it is thought that it strongly denies any such conduct.