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Commonly used abbreviations - FH = Fox Hounds, SH = Stag Hounds, MH= Mink Hounds 
 

                    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 

 

JANUARY 2019 

….. 31st January - Local & sab pair combine to save fox from York & Ainsty S. FH

….. 31st January - Fitzwilliam FH owner wants to take village green to expand his shoot

….. 30th January - Cheshire CC admits force FB comments on hunting 'inappropriate'

….. 30th January - Easton Harriers chop hare early on, hunt on for hours

….. 30th January - Sabs think bagged fox released for Warwickshire FH

….. 29th January - Police probe United FH after 'incidents' incl. sett interference

….. 29th January - Flint & D. FH Huntsman quits after relentless sabbing for years

….. 28th January - Sabs lambast Cheshire police statements on hunting

….. 27th January - Monitors catch S. Shropshire FH trespass hunting on N.T. land

….. 27th January - Thurlow FH hunt servants trial due to begin tomorrow

….. 27th January - S. Shrops FH riders ignore girl rider having seizure as sabs assist her

….. 25th January - Grafton FH hunt next to busy A road

….. 23rd January - Sabs report several hounds killed on S.W.Wales railway in autumn

….. 23rd January - Deer killed on road probably driven there by Cotswold Vale FH

….. 23rd January - Sabs refute CA slur re. S. Shrops FH hound death on railway

….. 22nd January - Three lost hunt hounds taken in at holiday park in Forest of Dean

….. 22nd January - S. Shropshire FH hound killed as hunt dogs on high-speed line

….. 22nd January - LACS blames police & CPS for Claro Beagles Huntsman's acquittal

….. 22nd January - Grafton FH block in and abuse lone female monitor

….. 21st January - No charge for Cheshire Forest FH Huntsman over violent assault on sab

….. 20th January - Cottesmore FH 'psychos' kill small - probably bagged - fox

….. 19th January - Eton College Beagles caught hunting - packed up by sabs

….. 19th January - Portman FH openly hunt two foxes, one on Nat. Trust land

….. 19th January - Birdwatcher sees Hunt chase fox through Slimbridge reserve

….. 19th January - Fernie FH follower smashes sab wing mirror after sabs ensure no kills

….. 18th January - Wildlife Trust condemns Ludlow FH for riding over its land

….. 17th January - St. Ives Council finally drops Western FH from Feast Day celebrations

….. 17th January - Seavington FH pub meet on Council land pulled due to public reaction

….. 17th January - Support grows to ban 'trail hunting' on Mendips NT land

….. 17th January - Convicted Seavington FH to meet on Council owned land

….. 17th January - Further sab evidence of Eryri FH trespass on NT land on B. Day

….. 16th January - Cheshire FH kill yet another fox - while trespassing

….. 16th January - Monitors reveal that S. Durham FH hunted 3 legged fox last year

….. 16th January - Blackmore FH mark to ground - sab there to ensure no dig-out

….. 16th January - Film uploaded of sab car windows being smashed at Worcs FH

….. 15th January - Blencathra FH support harass monitor as hunt on banned land

….. 15th January - Local reports suspected fox hunting in Wiltshire

….. 15th January - Local farmer tears strip off N. Staffs FH after sees them hunt fox

….. 15th January - Quorn /S. Notts FHs attack sab when stopped from killing fox

….. 14th January - Police drop investigation into Portman FH fox kill case

….. 14th January - Police at meet wouldn't investigate illegal hunting alleged by sabs 

….. 14th January - Foxes hunted over roads & through gardens by Portman FH

….. 14th January - Police react to illegal hunting reports by inferring it's just 'trail hunting'

….. 14th January - Labour MP calls for review of HA as so many foxes killed by Hunts

….. 13th January - Sabs almost run down 3 Portman FH hounds led round blind bend

….. 13th January - Some of Braes o' Derwent FH hounds found in very poor state

….. 12th January - Caught-out Kimblewick FH pretend not hunting when realise sabs there

….. 12th January - Monitors say Cheshire FH killed a fox in the grounds of county's High Sheriff

….. 12th January - LACS Chief Investigator snapped attending Hunt Club point-to-points

….. 12th January - N. Cotswold FH - hounds on railway: woman sab bullied with horse

….. 12th January - S. Dorset FH rider charges sabs trying to call hounds off fox

….. 12th January - Banwen Miners FH pack up early when sabs catch up with them

….. 12th January - New locals anti group helps spoil S. Durham FH's hunting day

….. 12th January - Mendip Farmers FH charge through gardens, trespass in sheep fields

….. 12th January - Middleton FH rider admits fox kills, says try kill double when antis there

….. 12th January - Beaufort FH terriermen caught at often blocked sett, with spades

….. 12th January - Sabs pack up two hare Hunts - snap beagles being mistreated

….. 12th January - Sabs prevent joint meet of 3 N. Irish Hunts killing any foxes

….. 12th January - LACS calls on Councils to ban Hunt meets in towns, villages

….. 12th January - Cotswold Vale FH hunt foxes into garden & sett, lead hounds into traffic

….. 12th January - Claim that cancelled Cheshire FH meet down to pressure from antis

….. 11th January - Pregnant vixen hunted by trespassing Ledbury FH: blocked setts

….. 11th January - Local Council has been subsidising violent Atherstone FH town meets

….. 11th January - Ledbury FH terrierman caught digging into badger sett

….. 11th January - Easton Harriers chase hare/deer as riders attack sabs with horses

….. 11th January - Locals blame Weston FH for blocked setts & AEs they found

….. 11th January - Monitors upload film of Cheshire FH fox kill, rejected by CPS

….. 10th January - Warwickshire FH chase fox, assault sab, supporter slashes tyre

….. 10th January - Old Berks FH chase fox in village, then hunt pair: one away, other fate n/k 

….. 10th January - LACS urge Council to ban Badsworth FH B.Day meet in Aberford

…..  9th January - Police open investigation into Kimblewick FH incident

…..  9th January - Cheshire Forest FH invade village - fleeing fox seen by residents

…..  9th January - SNP proposal to amend hunt ban includes licencing when 'necessary'

…..  9th January - Hapless Huntsman gets Atherstone FH lost in residential area

…..  9th January - S. Dorset FH hunt fox to ground, support assault sab

…..  9th January - VWH FH seen chasing 2 foxes, did not try to get hounds off 2nd

…..  8th January - Cheshire FH kill yet another fox 3 days after the last

…..  8th January - Sabs attacked by N. Staffs FH support in car park after meet

…..  8th January - Cheshire Forest FH in cub hunt mode, antis protect put-up foxes

…..  8th January - Cheshire PCC promises 'robust' investigation of Cheshire FH fox kill

…..  7th January - Save Me says will prosecute Kimblewick FH if CPS don't

…..  7th January - Kimblewick FH filmed prising fox from AE & releasing for hounds

…..  7th January - Monitor badly injured by loose horse in freak accident at Crawley FH

…..  6th January - Hampshire FH unable to escape sabs packed up after just 80 mins

…..  6th January - Fife FH kill fox in suspicious circumstances, sab assaulted

…..  6th January - Sab reports of sett blocking pays off as fox escapes N. Cotswold FH

…..  6th January - Attorney General hosted illegal Lamerton FH hunt, say sabs

…..  5th January - Cheshire FH kills fox, kicks body into canal [sabs retrieve]

…..  5th January - Cotswold FH redcoats & hounds all over high-speed dualed A40 

…..  5th January - Monitors say stopped Wynnstay FH [Lord Daresbury in tow] killing

…..  5th January - Sabs stick like glue to Oakley FH, despite Masters riding at them

…..  5th January - Very long un-sabbed Welsh Hunt gets shock when antis appear

…..  5th January - Puckeridge FH hunt openly, sabs twice call hounds off

…..  5th January - Sab group post open letter highly critical of the League 

…..  5th January - Alpaca-mauling Meynell FH baulked in desire for a kill

…..  5th January - Atherstone FH Whip rides at sabs - tiny turnout, unable to hunt

…..  5th January - 'Hunting Scent' - support threatens sabs, damages vehicles

…..  4th January - S. Herefordshire FH cub cruelty case is delayed yet again

…..  4th January - Monitors think Beaufort FH killed fox on New Years Day

…..  4th January - NT comes under heavy pressure to cancel more 'trail hunt' licences

…..  4th January - Ledbury FH hounds invade garden after fox, owner rates them off

…..  4th January - Radley College Beagles found hunting & packed up by sabs

…..  3rd January - Cheshire Forest FH rider filmed whacking horse hard on neck

…..  3rd January - Police investigating killing of fox by Portman FH

…..  3rd January - S. Shropshire FH NT licence cancelled after filmed chasing fox

…..  3rd January - Chris Packham urges New Forest FH to switch to drag hunting

…..  3rd January - Two Devon Harrier packs to amalgamate

…..  3rd January - Investigation into claim of illegal hunting in N. Wales forest

…..  2nd January - Sabs find fox body after hear Portman FH Huntsman blow kill 

…..  2nd January - Braes o' Derwent FH hounds run amok in village

…..  2nd January - Sabs believe E. Sussex FH killed 3 foxes on 31st December

…..  2nd January - Old Berkeley Beagles pack up as soon as sabs appear

…..  2nd January - Atherstone FH support surround sab car to stop it moving

…..  2nd January - Cheshire Forest FH Whip reported over assaults on monitor

…..  1st January - Anti is punched, sab car vandalised at Four Burrow FH meet

…..  1st January - Sab landy rammed, tyre slashed at Cottesmore FH - sabs assaulted

…..  1st January - Big police op in Cotswolds targets illegal hunters and sabs

…..  1st January - Sabs assaulted at Barlow FH - police dealing 

…..  1st January - Heythrop FH pull hounds off fox when know sabs filming

…..  1st January - Sab helps S. Durham FH extract hounds from quarry fox hunted into

…..  1st January - Flint & Denbigh FH hounds uncontrolled and at risk on roads 

 

Local & sab pair combine to save fox from York & Ainsty S. FH

Sabs think disorientated fox they found was probably bagged

31-1-19    Facebook - East Yorkshire Coast Sabs   Hit Report 29/1/19    Following a tip off that York and Ainsty were meeting in the South Duffield area on Tuesday, two of our sabs decided to take a day off work to keep an eye on them.

Sabs followed two horseboxes to find the meet down Menthorpe Lane at some farm-buildings on the right. On leaving the meet the hunt headed north, quickly turning into farmland to the east, immediately surrounding a small wooded area. Having seen a lot of hunt support at the small hamlet of Menthorpe sabs took the decision to head south along the River Derwent to meet up with them as they headed towards Menthorpe. Keeping eyes on them at a distance the hounds were heard to go into cry on a number of occasions but with only two foot sabs in the field it was difficult to stay with them at this point.

We caught up with them as they headed west from Menthorpe – they seemed surprised at our sudden appearance, especially a couple of redcoats who thought they were having a private conversation which we were listening into behind a hedge!

After some of the hunt had packed up the rest moved north from South Duffield to Lodge Farm where there was a flurry of activity with a number of terrier men looking furtive, and the riders surrounding an adjacent field. There is a public footpath through Lodge Farm land where a deliberate attempt had been made to block it off with branches placed across the style. We removed these and got onto the footpath which ran towards another style with no access as there were thick brambles on the far side of it. To the right there were a number of large farm buildings.

Suddenly we heard a voice yelling at the hunt to stop chasing a fox which was heading away from us across the field where the hunters were, and shortly afterwards another fox shot through the bramble patch into the field where the two sabs were standing. Two hounds quickly followed and whilst one sab herded the hounds back out the other walked through a gap to the farm buildings at the back where she immediately found herself surrounded by a number of terrier men and others. They all looked alarmed to suddenly find a sab in their midst and were clearly trying to hide what they were up to. They surrounded the female sab at which point she called the police, fearing for her safety.

Meanwhile the poor fox was sitting cowering against one of the farm buildings, together with a solitary bewildered looking sheep. God knows what would have happened to both animals if the whole pack of hounds had come through. The hunt by now, having been called out by a member of the public, and knowing sabs were on hand to witness their illegal activities, gathered the hounds and moved off north. The fox took its chance and fled in the opposite direction.

There is no doubt in our mind that at least a couple of bagged foxes had been released. The fox we saw was clearly disorientated and didn’t know where to go for cover. We’re sure the member of the public stopped the first opportunity at a kill, and sabs foiled the second.

Police sent two vehicles to patrol the area – police later informed us the member of the public who had witnessed the fox being pursued by hounds had spoken to them and told them what had been seen.

We spoke to the owner of Lodge Farm asking why the public footpath had been blocked. He denied all knowledge and responsibility. We also informed him the hunt had released bagged foxes but given they were his outbuildings that were used for this (and whatever else was going on back there – possibly trading) he’s clearly in the know. He said, and I quote “them hounds would never get an awake fox”. Make of that what you will – our interpretation is that they need to release bagged disorientated foxes otherwise they’d never get a kill!

We decided to hang around Lodge Farm for a while thinking the hunt might come back for the foxes and strangely enough a terrier man was posted next to us, even though the rest of the hunt were long gone. We decided we weren’t going anywhere despite the inclement conditions, but he got bored before we did and drove off to join his murderous mates.

With light fading and most of the meet having packed up and gone home we thought that was it, but then found 4 riders still out with the hounds hunting cover close to South Duffield. Sabs were with them once again and we followed them until they left the field to join the road and head back to the kennels.

The only light point in the day was when whipper in Mark “Carrots” Poskitt came a cropper and landed on his arse in a dyke.

This meet proved that just a couple of sabs and a concerned member of the public can make a difference and actually save lives. Please be vigilant and do report any illegal activity to the police or call the HSA Hotline. Y&A – we know your dirty secrets – you can expect to see a lot more of us!

 

Fitzwilliam FH owner wants to take village green to expand his shoot 

 

31-1-19  North Wales Live    Millionaire baronet looks set to take village's green for his pheasant shoots - Locals not happy at proposed swap of land with Nantclwyd Estate    A small country village is set to lose its village green so a super-rich landowner can use it for pheasant shoots.

Llanelidan community council has started the process of swapping the piece of land - which as been a village green since the reign of Queen Victoria - with a Nantclwyd Estate-owned plot in the Denbighshire village.

Sir Philip Naylor-Leyland [below right], who inherited the Estate with a title 30 years ago, has an estimated fortune of more than £160m.

The community council says it can't afford the legal fees it would have to pay to fight the move. They've also said that local taxes might have to be increased to pay for the upkeep of the land. Sir Philip's agents say the Estate is trying to work with the village to create a new village green "fit forSir-Philip-Naylor-Leyland.jpg use by local residents". But locals are not happy about the planned swap.

Rhian Davey said she was determined to fight any changes. She said: "It is a spectacular bluebell wood for our children and grandchildren to be able to play in, unhindered, and say, 'this is ours'. This would be a legacy that Llanelidan should be proud of."

Mrs Davey has also referred the community council to the Public Services Ombudsman over the way it has handled the issue, adding: "Freehold title must be returned to the Llanelidan community and our green should be reinstated and embraced as a publicly-owned community space that enhances the environment and the lives of the people that live in and around Llanelidan."

At a meeting in September the Llanelidan community council decided not to publish the legal advice it had received on the matter. Now a consultation has been opened on what the council should do about the land.

The three acre parcel of land has been registered with possessory title to Sir Philip, and it is unclear, according to the council, who actually owns the land. According to the consultation the Estate would use the land for its shoot.

Llanelidan county councillor and a member of the community council, Hugh Evans, said: "We have gone for a consultation based on the legal advice we have received, based on a meeting with the Nantclwyd Estate and also based on the issues raised regularly with the community council. We need to understand from the community what their hopes and aspirations are for the village green."

William Shuttleworth an agent acting on behalf of the estate said: "The Nantclwyd Estate is keen to work closely with the Llanelidan community council and residents of Llanelidan to secure a satisfactory long term solution for the village green. The current village green is sited over ¾ mile from the village with poor access along narrow country lanes. It is a wooded area so cannot be used for playing games and is unsuitable and unsafe for use by children. The estate has offered an alternative site close to the village centre which can be easily accessed and can be safely used as a recreation area by residents and children. The estate is actively working with local residents to secure a village green that is fit and safe for use by local residents in the 21st Century."

Sir Philip, who lives most of the time in East Anglia, inherited the Nantclwyd estate along with his title of the 4th baronet Naylor-Leyland of Hyde Park House, Albert Gate, London, in 1987. He went to Eton College then Sandhurst, and later business school in New York.

POWAperson adds  -  Sir Philip is effectively the owner of the Fitzwilliam FH. Presumably it was his money that founded the recent court case against sabs   which gained them little.

 

Cheshire CC admits force FB comments on hunting 'inappropriate'

30-1-19    Cheshire PCC    Commissioner challenges comments made by Cheshire police about fox hunting Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner David Keane has spoken to Cheshire’s acting chief constable Darren Martland about his concerns in regards to comments made by Cheshire Constabulary concerning the use of social media in relation to fox hunting.

The Sunday Telegraph reported that ‘Cheshire Police had urged the public not to believe everything posted on social media about fox hunting’.

It follows a statement published on the constabulary’s website which stated ‘many comments (made on social media) are based on inaccurate information that do not reflect a balanced view of the matters discussed’.

David said: “I have spoken to the acting chief constable about my deep concerns in regards to the comments made by Cheshire Constabulary and he has admitted that they were inappropriate. He has also assured me that he will be undertaking a review of communications, alongside a review of ongoing investigations of illegal activity related to hunting. As part of my role to hold the chief constable to account, I will be discussing these important issues further at a scrutiny meeting which will be held in public on Monday 25 February 2019. This meeting will also provide an opportunity discuss the independent review I recently commissioned into illegal hunting in Cheshire. Further information about this meeting will be released shortly, along with details of how to register to attend the meeting.”

For sab response to the police FB statement, see here. 

 

Easton Harriers chop hare early on, hunt on for hours

Huntsmen made no attempt to call hounds off 

30-1-19    Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Hare chopped at Chillesford Lodge, Easton Harriers, 26.01.19    The Easton Harriers chopped a hare within minutes of leaving Chillesford Lodge... and then continued hunting for several hours. Here is footage of it happening.

Pics below   -   1/  Pack killing hare    2/   Hound with piece of hare in mouth    3/  Huntsman making quick getaway    4/  What was left of the hare

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Sabs think bagged fox released for Warwickshire FH

Huntsman twice blew hounds  on to roads

30-1-19    Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    Warwickshire Hunt - Broughton - Wednesday 23rd January 2019   On Thursday two sabs helped two foxes escape the Warwickshire WarksFHBaggedfoxflees30-1-19.jpgHunt.

On arrival we found the Hunt near to the B4035 and witnessed them hunting around Broughton causing road chaos. We witnessed and filmed the huntsman blowing his horn calling hounds onto the road. They headed towards Tadmarton then Swalcliffe and ended up spending most of their day in North Newington.

It was in the area of North Newington that we witnessed a hunt supporter walking out of farm seconds before a fox was seen running from the farm in the same direction. We suspect this fox was released in the farmyard by the hunt supporter. We covered the scent of the fox ensuring it got away safely. Not long after we saw another hunt supporter with his arm outstretched with his cap in his hand, this was to tell the huntsman which direction the fox had just run. Sabs headed onto the road to where the supporter had just pointed in time to see convicted huntsman Will Goffe blowing his horn on the road calling the hounds onto the road to in order to put them onto the scent of the fox. However with sabs on the road Goffe took the hounds and moved away.

We next found them hunting near to the busy A422, and clearly not wanting to be filmed hunting near to this busy road, Goffe took the hounds into Horley and from there packed up.

We would like to thank everyone who has donated towards our fuel costs so far this season. We are out up to 4 times a week at the moment so any contribution really helps. If you have any information on the Warwickshire Hunt please email westmidlandhuntsabs@hotmail.co.uk or tel-07767620767. All information is treated in confidence.

Pic above   -  Fox fleeing shortly after [probably] released by supporter from farm  

Pic below   -  Hounds and riders all over road, holding up traffic 

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Police probe United FH after 'incidents' incl. sett interference

29-1-19  Facebook - Shropshire Monitors    The United Pack were monitored today in the snow around Bishops Castle, Moat Hill, Aston Hill and Bishops Moat on the Welsh Border. It was not a frosty reception , however but then again when we bumped into them at the end the Police wanted to speak to them.

We can't say too much about the incidents today whilst Police investigate but interference with a badger sett did occur.

A few drinks to keep the cold at bay must have occurred today, judging by the horse riding witnessed! This guy [pic below left] got a bit close to monitors, shoving his phone in female monitors faces then hitting one male monitor with his car door, very odd behaviour for trail hunting support.

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Flint & D. FH Huntsman quits after relentless sabbing for years

29-1-19    Facebook - Welsh Border Hunt Sabs    Broken Huntsman!!!    Firstly, North Wales police are notorious for being corrupt. If fox hunting is against the law, the police should have some training and knowledge. They only have to watch some footage and read pro-hunt pages to know these criminals of the countryside never intended to stop hunting foxes!!

So, another one bites the dust. Jeremy Reed, Flint and Denbigh Hunt is quitting. His stuttering codswallop in court screamed LIES. Three different accounts of what scent is used to lay a trail. "Terriermen are there in case a fox goes to ground, so we can flush with a terrier to a gun. I can't remember the name of the hunt member with a gun!"

With massive thanks to North Wales Hunt Saboteurs and Friends, relentless early morning kennel watching, sabs halting every effort to kill, Jezza has admitted defeat. Jezza stutter-scatter-pack is no match for seasoned sabs.

To Jezza's successor... North Wales, Welsh Border Hunt Sabs, and other visiting sabs groups shall be just as relentless in halting your persecution of OUR wildlife. Remember you 'won't be near Jezza's standards,' and we broke him.

Post below is from a hunt supporter -  

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Sabs lambast Cheshire police statements on hunting

28-1-19   Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs    We have recently seen several statements come from Cheshire Police and we feel now is the time to answer the obvious directly critical remarks towards anti hunt groups in Cheshire.

Historically, Hunt Saboteur groups such as Cheshire and Cheshire Against Blood Sports have not had a close relationship with the police, however at the start of the hunt season we took the step of meeting with officers and discussing the forthcoming season and what our aims are, which are to save foxes' and hares' lives from being taken by the three main Hunts operating in Cheshire.

In the spirit of co-operation, we also took the decision this season to send in all our video evidence and make witness statements, work with them on hunt days again putting some faith in Cheshire Police to actually treat us fairly, we don’t want or ask for any special treatment we just want fair treatment, sadly bar a few really decent officers, Cheshire Police continue to be incredibly hostile towards us.

The statement Cheshire Police released stating “Don’t believe everything you see on social media” is as ludicrous as it is petulant. This is the behaviour you would expect from a child, Cheshire Police have been put under such scrutiny this season with the vast amounts of footage and evidence we have submitted regarding the blatant illegal fox hunting happening in Cheshire and they have come up decidedly lacking, so rather than look at their own failings they are attempting and ultimately failing to deflect the blame for their incompetence on to us. The public will not be fooled by this.

They have claimed we don’t co-operate, yet in just the last six weeks alone, members of both groups have made more than a dozen witness statements and handed over the raw and unedited footage of the deaths of three foxes, also horses riding into us, quads being driven at us and several assaults, this does not include the Andrew German footage. What has become of all of this footage, absolutely nothing. We don’t hear anything from the police regarding these incidents, the attitude of Cheshire Police is that it’s hunt related so it isn’t important, ignore it for long enough and it will all go away.

Let’s touch upon the Andrew German incident, because this will not go away, we provided four videos to the police, filmed from different angles. The police had in their possession the original SD cards from the cameras and several detailed witness statements. Not all the footage was released on social media, this was to protect the identity of the saboteur involved. There are several highly concerning issues around the handling of the investigation of this case, so much so a complaint will be submitted to the IPCC and private legal proceedings will be issued.

We have been nothing but open and honest with the police this season, we are effectively doing their job in regards to illegal hunting, we are on the front line week after week after week.

Cheshire Police have now quite clearly nailed their colours to the pro-hunt mast. If the public believe the police are impartial in regards to hunting, why have the public felt the need to organise a demonstration ? This is an unprecedented step, quite simply the decent people in Cheshire have found their voices and they will be heard.

Finally, by issuing their “carefully worded statement” Cheshire Police have not only alienated Cheshire Against Blood Sports and the Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs but also the people of Cheshire who are clearly seeing what a blight on the countryside and on our wildlife the Hunts are. @Cheshire Police @Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire

 

S. Shrops FH hunters ignore girl rider having seizure as sabs assist her

27-1-19    Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs   … Meanwhile due to large numbers we were able to split into two groups. The other group met up with our friends the Welsh Border and North Wales Hunt Sabs to join them and sab the South Shropshire Hunt.

We arrived in Shropshire to be told the hunt support were being naughty and making threats, so bearing that in mind it made us sab them that little bit harder. The terrain was very challenging to say the least, plus the bad weather didn’t help. Whilst trying to track down the Hunt we drove up a lane into a farm not realising it was a private road, a genuine mistake as we weren’t familiar with the area. A young man who lived at the farm decided he wanted our company so much he decided to block us in with his 4x4. Just to make sure the job was done properly, he brought his big shiny tractor to block us in completely(Think He Was Trying To Impress Us with his big shiny toys)

After a heated discussion, he decided released us. Undeterred by this we drove up a public road and stumbled upon the Hunt. We parked up so we could nip into the fields and say hello and show them how pleased we were to see them. Unfortunately they didn’t seem very pleased to see us in fact we couldn’t even get a word out of them.

We made our way back to the road to find a young girl having an seizure, we quickly did everything we could to make sure she was ok providing one of our coats as a pillow to stop her head from hitting the muddy ground and offering to take her to the hospital, to get her the medical attention she needed. An ambulance had been called and was on its way so we had done everything we could to help.

One thing that struck us was how the hunt riders went past and didn’t give the poor young girl on the floor a second look, seems they don’t care about there own. With that, we decided to call it a day and leave the area because we didn’t want to jam the narrow lanes up and stop the ambulance getting to the young girl any later than necessary. As far as we know there wasn’t any kills but due to terrain being so hilly and vast we can’t be certain. We messaged the young girls boyfriend to see how she was and were happy to be told she’d fully recovered.

 

Thurlow FH hunt servants trial due to begin tomorrow

Huntsman & Whip face illegal hunting, assault charges

27-1-19    Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs    Sabs from this group and North Cambs Hunt Sabs will be at Ipswich Magistrates Court tomorrow for the 3 day trial of Thurlow Hunt Huntsman and Whipper In, Chris Amatt and Archie Clifton-Brown for their role in the killing of a fox in Trundley Wood on Boxing Day 2017.

Our video evidence and statements are the key in this trial which also sees the hunt staff facing charges of assault on the sab who tried to save the fox then retrieve the body of the animal as evidence.

We sincerely hope that justice will be served on them and the correct decision made by the courts so the life of the poor animal will not be in vain.

Should we secure the conviction this will be the second such conviction for our group and will act as a warning to those who abuse animals in the pursuit of their sick pleasure that we can not only save lives but bring you before the courts. https://ko-fi.com/bedsbuckshuntsabs

See here for original sab report from Boxing Day, 2017 

 

 

Monitors catch S. Shropshire FH trespass hunting on N.T. land

27-1-19    Facebook - Shropshire Monitors    Saturday 26/01/19 report - Caught Red Handed   South Shropshire Hunt trespass on National Trust land to chase foxes. Also we witnessed verbal insults by hunt support and blocking of public highway.

        S.ShropshireFHTrespassingonLongMynd26-1-19.jpg                                    Hunting on Long Mynd SSSI, banned NT land 

Monitors had a tip off as Welsh Border Hunt Sabs and North Wales Hunt Saboteurs were in attendance at the hunt meet in #Pulverbatch. Our small but expert group of Monitors were in position all day on the #Longmynd and roads leading to it, filming the Hunt from great distance without them knowing.

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                                           The pack in cry on Long Mynd 

The hounds were seen on live quarry from Betchcott Hollow and were filmed running south west up High Park Hollow. Here they were followed by mounted hunt and quad-bikes who surrounded woodland on the #Portway We even spotted Dave Conde on a quad bike, a face not seen for a while.

After a period of time hounds were then seen on the National Trust land, an SSSI for its rare flora and fauna. The hounds were in cry and were being hunted on by Huntsman George Renwick.

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                        This supporter was filmed making insults to NT members 

We find this arrogance of the highest order as just the day before West Mercia Police had spoken to him regarding hounds straying and using illegal quad bikes on roads. Not only this but they had hounds go on a live railway line and had one killed last Saturday!

This Hunt were witnessed chasing wildlife and made no attempts at laying trails and were riding roughshod over protected land that has been made unavailable to them as they are banned. Surely now is the time that this Hunt is stopped from being anywhere near the Long Mynd.

Police were called over the various offences but we did not see them attend. This so called trail hunting (but without the trail bit) needs banning for good. Please help and please share. Thanks.

Pics below   -  1/ Terriermen also on Long Mynd SSSI   2/  Did we say they were on Long Mynd?

  S.ShropshireFHTerriermenonLongMynd26-1-19.jpg S.ShropshireFHTrespassonLongMyndSSSI26-1-19.jpg

 

Grafton FH hunt next to busy A road

25-1-19    Facebook - Grafton Hunt Watch   VIDEO   The Countryside Alliance and many hunters have just been having a whale of a time following a brief loss of composure by one of our monitors, who has been horribly and relentlessly goaded for years. Shock, horror, dismay, revulsion etc, etc. etc. has been hypocritically expressed by hunt people whose own behaviour is frankly appalling. But back to business - this film shows the Grafton Hunt hunting dangerously close to the busy A422 - yet again, and also shows members of their team, who constantly impede, goad and provoke us, up to their usual tricks.

 

Sabs report several hounds killed on S.W.Wales railway in autumn

23-1-19    Facebook - Welsh Border Hunt Sabs    Further to our post regarding the hound killed on the railway line on Saturday, we have just received info of another incident on a railway line that happened in the autumn. Several hounds were struck and killed at wolfs castle in Pembrokeshire on the Fishguard line.

How many more hounds must die and members of the public's lives be put in danger before action is taken against these countryside criminals? #trailoflies

 

Deer killed on road probably driven there by Cotswold Vale FH

23-1-19    Facebook - Welsh Border Hunt Sabs    Cotyvile [Cotswold Vale FH] fox hounds out of control again. This is the end result of their forestry meet at Staunton! Deer killed on Staunton/Monmouth road probably as a result of fox hounds pursuing it into the oncoming traffic! This pack don't hunt trails and are constantly out of control!!

 

Sabs refute CA slur re. S. Shrops FH hound death on railway

Also demand BBC Radio Shrops apologise for allowing libel

23-1-19    Facebook - Welsh Border Hunt Sabs   So more developments on the death of the hound. The Hunt have made no mention of sabs being present. So we would like to offer the Countryside Alliance a platform to retract their allegation made on radio Shropshire that we were responsible for the hounds death. So come on Timmy boner, say sorry!

24-1-19    Facebook - Welsh Border Hunt Sabs    BBC radio Shropshire, we would like answers please Hello, On Tuesday, you invited a representative from the Countryside Alliance to speak about the death of the hounds that happened on Saturday. In this interview, inferences were made about sabs being present. This clear attempt to apportion blame was not challenged by you. We were not present.

We have contacted you and requested a right to reply but have been ignored. Can you explain why our name was allowed to be blackened on radio Shropshire without giving us a chance to defend ourselves and demand proof of these libellous allegations?

 

Three lost hunt hounds taken in at holiday park in Forest of Dean

22-1-19   Facebook - Damian Gough   I have three hunting dogs on site here at Forest Holidays, clearly lost and very inquisitive!

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                                      One of the three hounds 

UPDATE   Later posts stated that the hounds had been reunited with the Hunt - and that they were not the only ones who had been straying in woodland 

 

S. Shropshire FH hound killed as hunt dogs run on high-speed line

22-1-19    BBC News   Shropshire hunt hound hit by train near Stretton Heath    A hunting hound was killed by a train when up to 15 of the dogs strayed onto railway tracks. The animals, from the South Shropshire Hunt, were seen on tracks near the Stretton Heath crossing in Shropshire at about 13:40 GMT on Saturday. A Transport for Wales (TfW) train driver had to apply the emergency brake after seeing 10-15 dogs on the track.

The South Shropshire Hunt confirmed one of its hounds had died during a trail hunt. A spokeswoman said it was "an incredibly distressing incident" but there had been no other injuries and the hounds were the group's "priority".

The Birmingham International to Aberystwyth train was travelling at around 70mph when the driver spotted the dogs. TfW said the driver was "understandably very shaken" but managed to continue without significant delay. It said his "quick reactions" meant it was not more serious.

British Transport Police said its officers were called to reports of dogs on a section of railway near where Yockleton Road meets the B4386 in Shrewsbury and removed the animals from the track.

Story also covered by Shropshire Star 

 

LACS blames police & CPS for Claro Beagles Huntsman's acquittal

22-1-19    LACS News Release    Hare hunt trial highlights police and prosecution failures    A string of failures by the North Yorkshire Police and Crown Prosecution Service has led to the collapse of a trial involving the Claro Beagles who were accused of hunting hares.

The League Against Cruel Sports will be writing to the Head of the Crown Prosecution Service for Wildlife Crime highlighting its concerns in a bid to ensure that future prosecutions are taken more seriously and better resourced.

Stuart Harrison, Huntsman for the Claro Beagles, appeared in a court case at York Magistrates on Monday January 21 but was acquitted of hunting a hare with a pack of hounds near Wetherby in North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire Police pressed charges under the incorrect section of the Hunting Act 2004 using Section 3 rather than Section 1. Although this was rectified at the start of the trial, it led to much of the evidence becoming inadmissible.

The police investigation was conducted by North Yorkshire Police based on video footage obtained by three professional Investigators employed by animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports. However, it appeared there was no case conference before the trial and the barrister was poorly briefed and unable to counter the defence arguments that it was a rabbit and not a hare being hunted, which would be legal under current legislation.

The League is looking for more video evidence which shows that hares, rather than rabbits, were being targeted by this Hunt.

Chris Luffingham, Director of Campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said:- “There were a catalogue of errors with this case that should have been resolved before trial – sadly this is not an isolated case and there have been too many cases where the police and Crown Prosecution Service have failed to successfully prosecute wildlife crimes. We look forward to working more closely with the Crown Prosecution Service and police forces, to ensure we can operate more effectively in future court cases. We need to strengthen the hunting ban to remove the loopholes that exist and ensure we have stronger sentences for those convicted of wildlife crime.”

The case comes 14 years after hunting with dogs was banned in England and Wales with the introduction of the Hunting Act 2004, which came into force in February 2005. The League has established that 81 separate packs of beagles, harriers and basset hounds are still targeting hares in 2019. Of these, 62 are beagle packs.

A League petition called ‘Stop the killing of animals by hunts in the UK’ attracted over 100,000 signatures and was handed into Downing Street in December. League Against Cruel Sports President and naturalist and TV presenter Bill Oddie joined League CEO Andy Knott MBE for the hand-in. Details of the League’s petition which is still open here.

22-1-19    Countryside Alliance   Claro Beagles huntsman found not guilty of illegally hunting a hare    On Monday 21st January, Stuart Harrison from the Claro Beagles was found not guilty of illegally hunting a hare by District Judge Fanning at York Magistrates’ Court.

The allegation related to the Claro Beagles meet on 21st October 2017 yet the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) waited until 20th March 2018 to submit their video footage. The video footage, obtained as part of a covert operation conducted by Greg Metcalfe, Jane Blades, and Roger Swaine, alleged that Mr Harrison had illegally hunted a hare.

The trial was due to last for two days but was concluded mid-afternoon on the first day. The District Judge accepted that Mr Harrison, a man of good character, had not intentionally allowed his hound to pursue a hare and consequently found him not guilty. An order was made that the costs incurred in defending Mr Harrison should be paid out of Central Funds.

Polly Portwin, Head of Hunting at the Countryside Alliance commented: “We are delighted with the result. However, such a spurious allegation should not have gone this far. These constant and unfounded allegations made by animal rights activists result in hundreds of hours of wasted police and court time which is totally unacceptable.”

 

Grafton FH block in and abuse lone female monitor

22-1-19  Facebook - Grafton Hunt Watch   VIDEO   Grafton Hunt - Stowe 22 Jan 2019    Disgusting and dangerous behaviour from Grafton Hunt supporters towards our monitors, including verbal abuse to a female hunt monitor from hunt supporter John Osbourne, who’s son is a police officer, and swearing by Anthony Bonner who’s wife Penny runs Grafton Hunt Supporters Association.

Catherine Benson helps block in our monitor’s vehicle by pulling across her while Anthony Bonner pulls up directly behind. She repeated her favourite nasty, wicked slur that is of course completely and utterly untrue.

When the mounted field noticed the monitor may be able to inch her way out they rode their horses onto the road and stood in front of her vehicle. Charming people aren’t they? Who do they think they are? And the behaviour just goes from bad to worse…

 

 

Monitors catch S. Shropshire FH trespass hunting on N.T. land

27-1-19    Facebook - Shropshire Monitors    Saturday 26/01/19 report - Caught Red Handed   South Shropshire Hunt trespass on National Trust land to chase foxes. Also we witnessed verbal insults by hunt support and blocking of public highway.

        S.ShropshireFHTrespassingonLongMynd26-1-19.jpg                          Hunting on Long Mynd SSSI, banned NT land 

Monitors had a tip off as Welsh Border Hunt Sabs and North Wales Hunt Saboteurs were in attendance at the hunt meet in #Pulverbatch. Our small but expert group of Monitors were in position all day on the #Longmynd and roads leading to it, filming the Hunt from great distance without them knowing.

        S.ShropshireFHHoundsincryonLongMynd26-1-19.jpg 

                                           The pack in cry on Long Mynd 

The hounds were seen on live quarry from Betchcott Hollow and were filmed running south west up High Park Hollow. Here they were followed by mounted hunt and quad-bikes who surrounded woodland on the #Portway We even spotted Dave Conde on a quad bike, a face not seen for a while.

After a period of time hounds were then seen on the National Trust land, an SSSI for its rare flora and fauna. The hounds were in cry and were being hunted on by Huntsman George Renwick.

        S.ShropshireFHSupporterinsultedtoNTmembers26-1-19.jpg 

                        This supporter was filmed making insults to NT members 

We find this arrogance of the highest order as just the day before West Mercia Police had spoken to him regarding hounds straying and using illegal quad bikes on roads. Not only this but they had hounds go on a live railway line and had one killed last Saturday!

This Hunt were witnessed chasing wildlife and made no attempts at laying trails and were riding roughshod over protected land that has been made unavailable to them as they are banned. Surely now is the time that this Hunt is stopped from being anywhere near the Long Mynd.

Police were called over the various offences but we did not see them attend. This so called trail hunting (but without the trail bit) needs banning for good. Please help and please share. Thanks.

Pics below   -  1/ Terriermen also on Long Mynd SSSI   2/  Did we say they were on Long Mynd?

  S.ShropshireFHTerriermenonLongMynd26-1-19.jpg S.ShropshireFHTrespassonLongMyndSSSI26-1-19.jpg

 

Grafton FH hunt next to busy A road

25-1-19    Facebook - Grafton Hunt Watch   VIDEO   The Countryside Alliance and many hunters have just been having a whale of a time following a brief loss of composure by one of our monitors, who has been horribly and relentlessly goaded for years. Shock, horror, dismay, revulsion etc, etc. etc. has been hypocritically expressed by hunt people whose own behaviour is frankly appalling. But back to business - this film shows the Grafton Hunt hunting dangerously close to the busy A422 - yet again, and also shows members of their team, who constantly impede, goad and provoke us, up to their usual tricks.

 

Sabs report several hounds killed on S.W.Wales railway in autumn

23-1-19    Facebook - Welsh Border Hunt Sabs    Further to our post regarding the hound killed on the railway line on Saturday, we have just received info of another incident on a railway line that happened in the autumn. Several hounds were struck and killed at wolfs castle in Pembrokeshire on the Fishguard line.

How many more hounds must die and members of the public's lives be put in danger before action is taken against these countryside criminals? #trailoflies

 

Deer killed on road probably driven there by Cotswold Vale FH

23-1-19    Facebook - Welsh Border Hunt Sabs    Cotyvile [Cotswold Vale FH] fox hounds out of control again. This is the end result of their forestry meet at Staunton! Deer killed on Staunton/Monmouth road probably as a result of fox hounds pursuing it into the oncoming traffic! This pack don't hunt trails and are constantly out of control!!

 

Sabs refute CA slur re. S. Shrops FH hound death on railway

Also demand BBC Radio Shrops apologise for allowing libel

23-1-19    Facebook - Welsh Border Hunt Sabs   So more developments on the death of the hound. The Hunt have made no mention of sabs being present. So we would like to offer the Countryside Alliance a platform to retract their allegation made on radio Shropshire that we were responsible for the hounds death. So come on Timmy boner, say sorry!

24-1-19    Facebook - Welsh Border Hunt Sabs    BBC radio Shropshire, we would like answers please Hello, On Tuesday, you invited a representative from the Countryside Alliance to speak about the death of the hounds that happened on Saturday. In this interview, inferences were made about sabs being present. This clear attempt to apportion blame was not challenged by you. We were not present.

We have contacted you and requested a right to reply but have been ignored. Can you explain why our name was allowed to be blackened on radio Shropshire without giving us a chance to defend ourselves and demand proof of these libellous allegations?

 

Three lost hunt hounds taken in at holiday park in Forest of Dean

22-1-19   Facebook - Damian Gough   I have three hunting dogs on site here at Forest Holidays, clearly lost and very inquisitive!

    HoundsTakenin22-1-19.jpg 

                                      One of the three hounds 

UPDATE   Later posts stated that the hounds had been reunited with the Hunt - and that they were not the only ones who had been straying in woodland 

 

S. Shropshire FH hound killed as hunt dogs run on high-speed line

22-1-19    BBC News   Shropshire hunt hound hit by train near Stretton Heath    A hunting hound was killed by a train when up to 15 of the dogs strayed onto railway tracks. The animals, from the South Shropshire Hunt, were seen on tracks near the Stretton Heath crossing in Shropshire at about 13:40 GMT on Saturday. A Transport for Wales (TfW) train driver had to apply the emergency brake after seeing 10-15 dogs on the track.

The South Shropshire Hunt confirmed one of its hounds had died during a trail hunt. A spokeswoman said it was "an incredibly distressing incident" but there had been no other injuries and the hounds were the group's "priority".

The Birmingham International to Aberystwyth train was travelling at around 70mph when the driver spotted the dogs. TfW said the driver was "understandably very shaken" but managed to continue without significant delay. It said his "quick reactions" meant it was not more serious.

British Transport Police said its officers were called to reports of dogs on a section of railway near where Yockleton Road meets the B4386 in Shrewsbury and removed the animals from the track.

Story also covered by Shropshire Star 

 

LACS blames police & CPS for Claro Beagles Huntsman's acquittal

22-1-19    LACS News Release    Hare hunt trial highlights police and prosecution failures    A string of failures by the North Yorkshire Police and Crown Prosecution Service has led to the collapse of a trial involving the Claro Beagles who were accused of hunting hares.

The League Against Cruel Sports will be writing to the Head of the Crown Prosecution Service for Wildlife Crime highlighting its concerns in a bid to ensure that future prosecutions are taken more seriously and better resourced.

Stuart Harrison, Huntsman for the Claro Beagles, appeared in a court case at York Magistrates on Monday January 21 but was acquitted of hunting a hare with a pack of hounds near Wetherby in North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire Police pressed charges under the incorrect section of the Hunting Act 2004 using Section 3 rather than Section 1. Although this was rectified at the start of the trial, it led to much of the evidence becoming inadmissible.

The police investigation was conducted by North Yorkshire Police based on video footage obtained by three professional Investigators employed by animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports. However, it appeared there was no case conference before the trial and the barrister was poorly briefed and unable to counter the defence arguments that it was a rabbit and not a hare being hunted, which would be legal under current legislation.

The League is looking for more video evidence which shows that hares, rather than rabbits, were being targeted by this Hunt.

Chris Luffingham, Director of Campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said:- “There were a catalogue of errors with this case that should have been resolved before trial – sadly this is not an isolated case and there have been too many cases where the police and Crown Prosecution Service have failed to successfully prosecute wildlife crimes. We look forward to working more closely with the Crown Prosecution Service and police forces, to ensure we can operate more effectively in future court cases. We need to strengthen the hunting ban to remove the loopholes that exist and ensure we have stronger sentences for those convicted of wildlife crime.”

The case comes 14 years after hunting with dogs was banned in England and Wales with the introduction of the Hunting Act 2004, which came into force in February 2005. The League has established that 81 separate packs of beagles, harriers and basset hounds are still targeting hares in 2019. Of these, 62 are beagle packs.

A League petition called ‘Stop the killing of animals by hunts in the UK’ attracted over 100,000 signatures and was handed into Downing Street in December. League Against Cruel Sports President and naturalist and TV presenter Bill Oddie joined League CEO Andy Knott MBE for the hand-in. Details of the League’s petition which is still open here.

22-1-19    Countryside Alliance   Claro Beagles huntsman found not guilty of illegally hunting a hare    On Monday 21st January, Stuart Harrison from the Claro Beagles was found not guilty of illegally hunting a hare by District Judge Fanning at York Magistrates’ Court.

The allegation related to the Claro Beagles meet on 21st October 2017 yet the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) waited until 20th March 2018 to submit their video footage. The video footage, obtained as part of a covert operation conducted by Greg Metcalfe, Jane Blades, and Roger Swaine, alleged that Mr Harrison had illegally hunted a hare.

The trial was due to last for two days but was concluded mid-afternoon on the first day. The District Judge accepted that Mr Harrison, a man of good character, had not intentionally allowed his hound to pursue a hare and consequently found him not guilty. An order was made that the costs incurred in defending Mr Harrison should be paid out of Central Funds.

Polly Portwin, Head of Hunting at the Countryside Alliance commented: “We are delighted with the result. However, such a spurious allegation should not have gone this far. These constant and unfounded allegations made by animal rights activists result in hundreds of hours of wasted police and court time which is totally unacceptable.”

 

Grafton FH block in and abuse lone female monitor

22-1-19  Facebook - Grafton Hunt Watch   VIDEO   Grafton Hunt - Stowe 22 Jan 2019    Disgusting and dangerous behaviour from Grafton Hunt supporters towards our monitors, including verbal abuse to a female hunt monitor from hunt supporter John Osbourne, who’s son is a police officer, and swearing by Anthony Bonner who’s wife Penny runs Grafton Hunt Supporters Association.

Catherine Benson helps block in our monitor’s vehicle by pulling across her while Anthony Bonner pulls up directly behind. She repeated her favourite nasty, wicked slur that is of course completely and utterly untrue.

When the mounted field noticed the monitor may be able to inch her way out they rode their horses onto the road and stood in front of her vehicle. Charming people aren’t they? Who do they think they are? And the behaviour just goes from bad to worse…

 

 

Cheshire FH kill yet another fox - while trespassing

Antis had earlier prevented a possible dig-out 

Whip trespassed further to dump body by rail track

16-1-19    Facebook - Cheshire Against Blood Sports   VIDEO    Cheshire Hounds, Bolesworth 16/1/19     CheshireFHHuntaskanti16-1-19.jpgThis Hunt killed again today, we were unable to retrieve a body due to it being dumped beside a railway track, by none other than Jamie Whittles.

With more and more tip offs from the public, the Hunt thought sneaking out on Wednesday would avoid our watchful eyes, but they were wrong.

The Hunt met at The Sandstone Pub in Broxton and immediately started hunting the land around Bolesworth Castle, with runners from Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs keeping tabs on the Hunt we headed them off on Bolesworth Road. As the Hunt approached [right] they asked Cabs to undo the gate for them to let them onto the road......we ahem politely declined, clearly we are not in the business of assisting wildlife criminals much to disgust of the Hunt, clearly they believe everyone should do their bidding.

After holding two buses up with their shenanigans, we headed after them and they entered the area near Goshen Spinney, it was here they picked up the scent of the first fox of the day, this poor fox was chased and took refuge in a badger sett, with the sabs guarding the fox the Hunt were reluctantly forced to move off and call the hounds away. Clearly unhappy at being foiled Peter Jones the secretary of the Hunt, inexplicably parked his car across Dark Lane to block not only our vehicles but any other local who wanted to go about their business [see pics at bottom]. He was forced to move when he heard us on the phone to the police, law breaking to facilitate fox killing.

We caught up with the Hunt at the ironically named Fox Covert and this is where the day went rapidly downhill, the Hunt surrounded the Covert and the hounds went into cry, it had incredibly thick hawthorn hedges between us and the hounds, two sabs somehow found a way in and as they crossed the field towards the Covert they watched in horror as a fox bolted out with the hounds and Hunt chasing after it, after an attempt to use the gizmo to at least give the fox a chance to escape we headed off to try and intercept the Hunt, we could hear the hounds in cry in pursuit of the fox. However, yet again a hunt support vehicle blocked our path to get close to the Hunt.

By the time we had got to the Hunt, we watched Jamie Whittles come from the railway embankment [his horse was on the opposite side of the railway tracks]. He walked across a field and hopped on the back of a quad bike and wasn’t seen again for the rest of the day. Let’s not forget Whittles has form for jumping on quad bikes when a fox is killed.

CheshireFHownroad16-1-19.jpgThe Hunt had previously been warned off the land on either side of the railway tracks, so they were also trespassing to chase and kill the fox. Other landowners were desperately trying to contact the owner of the field where the fox was killed. Despite our best attempts - clearly we will not trespass on the railway tracks - we were unable to retrieve the body this time. We have absolutely no doubt of the fate of this fox.

Jake was casting his hounds constantly all day. We kept them moving but they were determined for a kill. Once this fox bolted into the open they took their chance knowing our numbers were low and we would be impeded by their followers.

Obviously, knowing what had happened with yet another fox killed and all the national disgust for the Hunt, they high tailed it back to the meet point and packed up at 2.15pm.

We checked the hounds and noticed one hound had a prolapse, we pointed this out and Jake was fully aware she was ill, he just didn’t give a shit she had been asked to run for three hours.

We are also aware of a pro-hunt page getting off on the fact that a gizmo was used near a road. The gizmo was used on a very quiet road, with an extremely thick hedge between the field and the road. The hounds would not have spilled on to a road, which is now being described as busy as the M25 in rush hour, even if they had been distracted. The gizmo wouldn’t have been used if they hadn’t been chasing a fox that they later killed. The police were also informed a gizmo was used. A gizmo can buy a fox valuable seconds and can make the difference between life and death.

Finally just before the police arrived at “gizmogate” they had just been attending to loose hounds left behind by the Hunt causing chaos on a road for 15 minutes, hounds left on a road. Wonder if all the pro-hunt will also be sending death threats to the Huntsman for thillegally blocking road and holding up traffiis situation... probably not.

How many more times will this Hunt kill ? This Hunt are reckless and out of control and should be confined to kennels whilst the police are investigating the previous kills.

Please support us in the fields and buy us a “Kofi” each one really makes a difference, thanks - http://www.ko-fi.com/cheshireagainstbloodsports.

Pics below   -   Hunt Secretary Peter Jones illegally blocking road. In second pic he can be seen using a mobile while at the wheel. Also illegal.   

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For Cheshire Hunt Sabs report see here. The video is theirs.  

 

Monitors reveal that S. Durham FH hunted 3 legged fox last year

16-1-19   Facebook - NE HUNT Monitors   VIDEO   3 legged fox hunted by SDH    On Feb 15th 2018, South Durham Hunt met at Trimdon Grange where they proceeded to hunt multiple foxes with the hounds. One Fox In particular stood out. It only had 3 Legs.

        S.DurhamFH3leggedfoxhuntedby15-2-18.jpg 

When we posted the day's Hit Report the pro hunt lot accused us of photoshopping the screenshots. Is this because they knew something about this fox as the photos we posted didn’t give away the disability? We are afraid this may have been a bagged fox let out for hounds to chase but we will never know. We chose not to post for a while as to not alert hunters to the plight of this fox and its whereabouts.

We continued to place food in the area to help the fox who we named Valiant. We can safely say this poor fox has now moved on so we are able to post the video of the little 3 legged fox that escaped from the Hunt with a little help from the monitors.

To help us keep helping wildlife you can donate to our fund via PayPal using huntmonitors@gmail.com. Thank you. #LongLiveTheFox.  

 

Blackmore FH mark to ground - sab there to ensure no dig-out 

Sab [female] abused & shoved by field master & terrierman

16-1-19  Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs   VIDEO    HIT REPORT : Saturday 12th Jan 2019, Blackmore & Sparkford Vale FH MEET : Four Foot Farm, Hornblotton    Today's meet backs onto Park wood where it is known foxes frequent and unsurprisingly the Hunt headed straight there. Mark BlackmoreFHHoundsmarking12-1-19.jpg“Lugz” Doggrell began casting the hounds through here desperately trying to pick up on that elusive trail of theirs, and before long the hounds went into cry. The hounds crossed the A30 and went into Fosse Wood beside the A30. This is a very dangerous and fast moving road and Sabs were once again left wondering why lay a trail would be laid in such a dangerous place.

We drove along the road leading to Hornblotton Green and it was absolute chaos, so many people out desperate to see a fox ripped apart !

The terrier thugs were parked down the track leading to Orchard Park Farm whilst the hounds were searching a copse by Mendip Farm. The hounds crossed the road as the headed east towards Home Covert with the terrier thugs in hot pursuit. The hounds went into cry in Home Covert so two teams went in on foot keeping them in a classic pincer movement. One team went in at the church. A fox was seen away to safety through the church grounds. The other foot team went in by the old Rectory - Ben Harris decided to follow the 2 female Sabs who went in at the old Rectory and film them at close proximity. As per usual the claims of “your not on a footpath” soon ensued - Ben really needs to consult an OS map !! Both foot Sab teams soon made the surrounding areas safer for the foxes.

 A foot team got out at Easton Trow Bridge and headed south to meet them at the farm where theyBlackmoreFHDamage12-1-19.jpg were drawing hedgerows. The Sabs were on a footpath but terrier thug John Penfold was obstructing the gate - which clearly had a footpath sign on it. A sab asked him to excuse her and he said “f@ck off”, after asking 3 times and no reasonable reply one sab attempted to climb over the gate. Once on the gate, John Penfold opened the gate and began shaking the gate violently to try and shake her off. Once safely through the gate these two sabs were then cantered at by the field and yet again accused of not being on a footpath.

 The hounds ping ponged from Pincushion to a couple of fields in the Kilkenny Lane direction several times before picking up on the line of a fox at Way Close Path. This fox took them back to Pincushion in full cry. Sabs believed a fox had been marked to ground in a tiny copse and the arrival of two terrier thugs fuelled that suspicion. They tried to get a better vantage point but as they tried to get through the gate the field closed all the horses in around the gate to prevent entry. Sabs squeezed past and could see terrier men at the edge of the copse with the Huntsman.

The field began getting aggressive blocking the view with horses and telling sabs they were not on the footpath. Sabs went back through the gate to the other side and hearing the hounds still marked to ground and no clear view into the copse one sab jumped the barbed wire into the copse and ran in direction of hounds. The hounds were seen trying to enter a very dense thicket sab filmed and set about calling off the hounds who were digging desperately trying to gain entry to the thicket. Mark Doggrell, seeing the sab present and witnessing began also calling the hounds off. One of the terrier thugs entered the copse along with one of the field masters wearing a red coat and began shouting abuse at the sab and pushing and shoving her...

After this incident the Hunt headed back to the meet and packed up ! It is becoming ever more apparent that the field are aware when the hounds are onto a fox which with the BSV is every time they go into cry. The BSV make no attempt to lay a trail nor even look like they are trail hunting - Dorset police need to take notice of this, the BSV are breaking the law four times week and the police are doing nothing about it !!

As ever thank you for your support, it is in fact you who keeps us out in the field and we really appreciate you all. We are faced with another big Landy repair bill so if you can spare a few quid please do. If you want to join us please send us a PM or email to dorsethuntsabs@riseup.net.

Pics above   -   Left, excited hounds marking fox to ground      Right, Some of the damage done by hounds frantic digging at hole

 

 

Film uploaded of sab car windows being smashed at Worcs FH

Car attacked while antis monitored Hunt - tyre also slashed 

16-1-19    Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    From 5th December 2018, Worcestershire Hunt    This in-car footage was taken as the sab car was smashed up whilst parked in Stock and Bradley village hall as one of us kept an eye on the Worcestershire Hunt. It appears from the back window that a blanket was placed over to obscure faces of those smashing, one elderly chap can be seen peering through the broken glass. 2 side windows were also smashed and a tyre slashed.

To the front, a spade can be seen smashing into the windscreen with the perpetrator out of sight. A quad bike can also be heard. Villagers told us that a white van drew into the car-park and drove up to the sab car. They retreated for their own safety and called the police with the reg. number.

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We have heard various things, such as it was visiting Croome supporters. Anyway, we don't know, neither do the police at this stage.

What we do know is that thanks to amazing support the car was back on the road within a couple of days, it won't stop us sabbing. Nor would we ever lower ourselves to do that to one of their vehicles. This is clearly unacceptable behaviour and will not be tolerated.

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Blencathra FH support harass monitor as hunt on banned land

Seen hunting on N. Trust and United Utilities land, both no no

15-1-19    Facebook - Lancashire Huntsabs    Hit Report - Saturday 12th January 2019     As the Blencathra Foxhounds were due to meet on Lake District National Park land we had a scout around the Orthwaite and Uldale area, but didn't find the Blencathra, instead stumbling across the Cumberland Foxhounds who also had a meet licensed by Lake District National Park Authority. Some of us decided to keep an eye on the Cumberland Foxhounds whilst a few others went off to look for the Blencathra, who were discovered skulking around near to their unscheduled meet at Causewayfoot Farm, south of Keswick. The Blencathra were obviously making an effort to avoid us, and following their previous attempts to escape and hunt illegally, it seems that this once 'prestigious' hunt are now reduced to furtive criminality.

Their annoyance at being discovered surfaced as huntsman's daughter Diane Robinson and Shrek-alike James Robinson tried to intimidate a lone female sab by driving extremely closely behind her. As she stopped to film the mouthing hounds on the face of Castlerigg fell, Robinson drove along the side of her car, blocking her in, while his wife and some other hunt support surrounded the vehicle, and attempted to stop her filming any potential wildlife crime that was about to take place.

Meanwhile, squeaky-voiced huntsman Barry Todhunter scarpered over the fell and trespassed onto National Trust land, not to be seen again by any of the hunt support down on the road. Todhunter and his hounds were eventually picked up at the head of Thirlmere after again trespassing on United Utilities land, on which they are currently suspended after a fox was illegally killed. The Blencathra are going to ever more desperate lengths in their bid to hunt illegally and unmonitored.

By this stage we were all back together and headed off home, but were waylaid at Hutton-in-the-Forest by pheasants being blasted from the sky, landing on the busy Wigton road. Shooters were positioned within 30 feet of the road, and with some persuasion, they decided not to continue shooting. As sabs beat the woods that the shooters had intended to move on to, an aggressive miniature keeper attempted to assault one sab and tried to break the camera of another.

We would like to remind all shooters, many of who believe they are beyond the law, that they must not shoot within 50 feet of the centre of a public highway 'and in consequence a user of the carriageway is injured, interrupted or endangered. [Section 161(2) of the Highways Act 1980 as amended]'.

 

Local reports suspected fox hunting in Wiltshire

15-1-19    Facebook - Hope Lindsey shared her first post    15th January  VIDEO   Suspected fox hunting caught in Denchworth, near Grove, Wiltshire yesterday afternoon around 2-3pm. Said they were 'Trail hunting' when confronted. But had a huge pack of dogs, and about 15 people in red on horses.

 

Local farmer tears strip off N. Staffs FH after seeing them hunting fox

15-1-19  Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   VIDEO   North Staffs Hunt & Members of Cheshire Hounds Hunt caught illegally fox hunting by a local resident - 15th January 2019    A wonderful local resident, who has livestock in fields near Bridgemere, has just sent us the following clip, confronting the Hunt after witnessing them illegally fox hunting and stopping them by her presence. As you'll see, the guilt is written all over their faces!

This appears to be the North Staffordshire Hunt, but also contains familiar faces from the disgraced Cheshire Hounds Hunt. These addicts clearly need to get their kicks somehow.  #StopTheHunts #TrailHuntLies

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                      The moment she tells redcoats she has called the police 

 

Quorn/S. Notts FHs attack sab when prevented from killing a fox

Large field tried to push sab into dish, whip them & steal camera

15-1-19    Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs    Once again teaming up with Lincoln Hunt Saboteurs we headed east to their turf where the Belvoir were due to be meeting at Humby Hall, Lincolnshire. They weren't there, and the area was quiet, so we quickly loaded up and headed back West as we had another juicy target to look at.

This was a meet of the Quorn who were hosting the South Notts at Poultney farm, Ulverscroft. It was a hilly area with lots of large woods so we knew we'd have our work cut out trying to find them. We quickly located a large number of slack jawed vehicle support staring vacantly into a large wood (quite why they're willing to pay money for the pleasure is beyond us) so knew we were warm and one group of foot sabs headed in to have a look.

We spoke to an elderly hunt supporter up in the fields who confirmed the Hunt were in Benscliffe Wood. He told us it had been a quiet day so far but that the Quorn had "found" (killed) in these woods a few weeks ago. The Hunt then came out of the wood and the field followed, and followed, and followed. Close to a hundred riders in total, many it appeared from the South Notts who were clearly keen to seize the opportunity to hobnob with their more illustrious Southern neighbours.

South Notts huntsman Stuart Barton then headed into Nowell Spring Wood where hounds quickly put a fox up and chased it south, fortunately straight to where some of our sabs were waiting and able to mask it's scent. The large field took offence at this and tried to push a sab into a ditch and whip them as well as trying to steal a camera. Clearly the two Hunts showing off to each other...

The Hunt then headed North at speed and the field had a gallop over some open countryside before the Huntsman, clearly stuck for any ideas what to do boxed up at 1.45.

A short but pretty hectic day where we used lots of fuel. If you can support us please do: https://ko-fi.com/nottshuntsabs.

 

 

Labour MP calls for review of HA as so many foxes killed by Hunts

Leader of House [strongly pro-hunt] suggests backbench debate

14-1-19  Facebook - Action Against Foxhunting  Justin Madders MP just raised the issue of foxes killed by Hunts over the last couple of weeks and asked whether the fault lies in the 2004 Act or Hunts flouting the law. The Leader of the House (Andrea Leadsom) suggested that Mr Madders seek to secure a back bench debate.

Justin Madders has asked absolutely the right question. Let’s give him our support.

NB Andrea Leadsom has got a bit muddled up though. She seems to think the Hunting Act mentions trail hunting. It doesn’t - mainly because trail hunting was invented after the Hunting Act came out. You’d have thought she’d know.

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POWAperson adds  -  Andrea Leadsom is a very strong supporter of fox hunting and, during her attempt to gain the Tory Party leadership in 2016, referred to foxes as 'vermin'. She is on very friendly terms with her local Grafton FH - a Hunt regularly monitored by POWA members which regularly chases foxes and deploys a team of supporters to prevent monitors gathering evidence of their activities. 

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Police at meet wouldn't investigate illegal hunting alleged by sabs 

14-1-19    Facebook – W.Midlands Sabs    #OperationBlackthorn - Leicestershire Police refuse to gather evidence of illegal fox hunting     Last month [20-12-18], when the Atherstone Hunt met in Ibstock, Leicestershire, our foot sabs witnessed illegal hunting [below, hounds in cry] in Battram Woods (a place the Atherstone Hunt are not allowed to stray off the bridleways).

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We asked officers from Leicestershire Police [below] if they were going to leave their cars and gather evidence for themselves of illegal fox hunting. They refused. First, they claimed they couldn’t because it was private property so we had to point out to them that there are numerous footpaths leading to the woods and the woods themselves are completely open to the public. They still refused making various excuses and told us they believed the Atherstone Hunt were trail hunting. They said they would investigate if we provided them with evidence, they didn’t seem to understand that it’s actually their job not ours to collect evidence of illegal activities.

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If there was any doubt left as to Leicestershire Police’s attitude towards hunting this incident should erase that doubt. They are not interested in investigating fox hunting. It seems over the past few years more effort and enthusiasm has been put into trying to secure convictions on saboteurs.

Hunt saboteurs are the only organisation putting themselves between the fox and the hounds. It is US not Leicestershire Police who are stopping the Atherstone Hunt killing foxes. Please consider donating towards our costs. https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs. Leicestershire Police Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leicspolice/.

 

 

Foxes hunted over roads & through gardens by Portman FH

14-1-19    Facebook - Wildlife Witness    Portman Hunt, Whatcombe House 12 January 2019  This was one of a handful of meets by the Portman where they are permitted to hunt on Forestry Commission land under some pretty vague licence conditions and the Hunt spent most of the day hidden away in the FC land at Whatcombe Wood.

As a result of the difficult viewing conditions for car followers there were only a handful out today and they were soon outnumbered by our own and Dorset Against Blood Sports monitors who showed more resilience in the face of adversity than most of the hunt followers.

Huntsman Evo Shirley started by drawing through Cliffs Wood with quads again ignoring the trespass laws by driving along the public footpaths - hounds picked up only briefly in here, before moving westwards in to Milton Park Wood. hounds picked up here and North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs were waiting to deal with that flurry.

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Evo then took hounds in to Whatcombe Wood where we lost contact with them for 45 minutes or so before picking them up again hunting intermittently to the east in Oatclose Wood. Hounds then hunted quickly back towards Winterbourne Clenston before swinging north on the outskirts of Winterbourne Stickland.

This is a regular route taken by foxes found near Clenston so we anticipated the move and duly found the hunt riders, as expected, all over Dunbury Lane with hounds jumping out of hedges across the lane in front of vehicles who were stuck on the lane behind the Hunt.

Although clearly not following a trail, Evo dismounted here as hounds ran through gardens below Dunbury Lane and on to Water Lane where he took them across another road, still on foot before clambering over a barbed-wire fence and up to a small narrow strip of woodland near to Knife Hill Farm....a very odd route for a trail to be laid.

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With monitors within hearing distance, hounds picked up again briefly heading over towards Houghton North Down, where Evo gave up on yet another road.

Having returned to the narrow wood at Knife Hill Farm he then drew blank before heading back to Dunbury Lane to draw the woods near to the road and back in to FC woodland at Charity Wood before drawing back to the meet at Whatcombe House to box up at around 4.30.

As a follow up to this report DABS received a message from a number of the public who had seen a hound running around on Monday morning and after contacting the Portman it was confirmed that a hound was still missing from the kennels.    PayPal.me/WildlifeWitness.

 

TVP police react to illegal hunting reports by inferring it's just 'trail hunting'

Facebook post is effectively a propaganda document for the Hunts 

14-1-19   Facebook - Thames Valley Police, Aylesbury Vale   Fox hunting    Thames Valley Police have today received a number of reports regarding fox hunting in and around the Long Crendon area. Our dedicated Wildlife Officer has details of today’s findings and will be making the relevant enquires to ensure there was and is no longer any illegal activity taking place. Here is what you need to know...

Is Fox Hunting illegal? Fox hunting is illegal in England, Scotland and Wales. The law regarding fox hunting is covered under the Hunting Act 2004. Following a law change implemented February 2005 foxKimblewickFHTraillayerAdryduster.jpg hunting became illegal. Hunters in England and Wales have since developed the sport of ‘trail’ hunting after the fox hunting ban. Trail hunting is a non-lethal sport where the Hunt follows a pre-laid trail using scent rather than searching for, chasing after and the killing of a wild fox. A hunt will consist of a number of horses and hounds.

What should I do if I see a fox hunt? Obtain as much detail as possible, if the Hunt is on your land ask to speak to someone in charge, obtain their details and pass them onto us. These details should include the numbers of people, horses and hounds involved. Where the hunt started and is going to end, if the hunters are part of a club, if any foxes have been caught by the hounds and most importantly whether it is a drag hunt or trail hunt.

Always report a hunt online, via 101 or use 999 if you feel appropriate at the time. It’s more than likely we have been made aware about the hunt already by the organisers but it’s always OK to call us anyway.

In Aylesbury Vale we have a working relationship with the “master of hounds” who’s responsibility it is to take charge of the hounds and ensure there is no unlawful execution of foxes.

What is the difference between a trail hunt and a drag hunt? Drag hunting is mainly an equestrian sport, a hunt can last 3-4 hours at a time and can be set over a number of different planned routes. A drag hunt is normally a familiar route to the hunters and is set for the hounds to follow with horses in pursuit. Someone known as “the runner” will usually set off 20/30 minutes before the hunt trailing behind them a chemical dipped cloth and it’s this scent the hounds will follow. This is usually a challenging route to test the riders ability and hounds tracking capability.

Trail Hunting can last all day and is mainly a hound sport. This type of hunt is about the dogs, they must following a scent that has been laid previous. The scent will be of an animal rather than a chemical like drag hunting.

What else do I need to know? Live species do live naturally out in the open. The hounds may pick up the scent of a fox, when this happens the hunters should stop the hounds as soon as they are made aware that the hounds are no longer following a trail and that they are now hunting foxes. The “accidental” killing of a fox, during a hunt is not illegal.

The heritage and traditions of hunting remain very much the same since hunting begun back in the 1800’s. The meeting of the hounds, the dress code and terminology all remain a tradition up and down the country and it has done for hundreds of years.

If you see a hunt or hear a hunt you may hear the hounds “crying”, they do this themselves when they locate a scent and are tracking it, this noise is known as “the cry”. It’s nothing to worry about or be panicked by, the hounds are not in any distress. You may also hear the horns of the hunters, this is a method the hunters use to communicate with each other, again it’s just an old tradition.

Fox hunting remains a very controversial subject amongst the hunting and animal right communities so please respect the views of each individual.

If you know anything about illegal fox hunting, you can report it online via our website. If you have any questions please make contact with us, we are always more than happy to help. #foxhunting #Team4 #P2473

15-1-19    Morethanjustbadgers.net     TVP – A Poor Understanding   So, after the revelations of the Kimblewick throwing a fox in front of the hounds story I covered last week and our little visit to them over the weekend it was interesting to note the amount of public feeling arising from this issue.

Our Facebook page receives lots of messages from the general public and those regarding the Kimblewick are probably more common than most. This Hunt, like most, certainly seem to believe they are above not only the law but are happy to bully and harass the public and make it known they will do whatever they want regardless of public feeling. It was quite interesting to note that they are certainly not getting everything their own way and local people are starting to speak up against them.

We always advise people to call the police on 101 and report illegal hunting if they believe it to be taking place and we received several reports of the hunt out again yesterday (14/01/19 – don’t these people have proper jobs?) and they were in fact reporting this to the police.

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Thames Valley Police (Aylesbury Vale) then felt it necessary to publish a post on their own social media page with some information [above].

What I’m going to do is break down the statement and highlight what they’ve got right and indeed wrong.

The first paragraph is all pretty standard stuff and I doubt there will be any real questions asked. What I will say is I’ve dealt with TVP several times in the past and they haven’t exactly left me feeling confident in their understanding of the law or indeed their willingness to uphold it in terms of wildlife legislation. While probably not the same officer a Wildlife Crime Officer from TVP did think it was legal to dig out and kill a fox from a badger sett a couple of seasons ago, something I witnessed while undercover monitoring of the Bicester with Whaddon Chase Hunt.

Point 1 – No argument here although the description of Trail Hunting seems to accept this is a “sport”. For a sport there has to be at least 2 sides which compete against each other. Not sure this really applies.

Point 2 – I love this one “…ask to speak to someone in charge”. Let’s face it if the Hunt are chasing a fox they’re hardly likely to stop for you and answer your questions, in fact all the complaints we have is about the threatening nature of the Hunt and their arrogance in dealing with the public. They have no qualms about hunting through private land and will generally ride roughshod over all and sundry. This is a totally unrealistic statement and quite frankly laughable.

Apparently, the Hunt will have also told the police they are out (well isn’t that nice) just so the police can probably ignore all the calls from the public and pretend they haven’t seen all those illegally ridden quad bikes [above]

TVP have also stated they have some sort of working relationship with the Master of Hounds (how very cosy) who will ensure there’s no unlawful “execution” of foxes. Execution? What the hell this? Execution is a term used for punishment. This is very odd wording to say the least. And is there a lawful execution of foxes and how the hell do we decide that?

Point 3 – The difference between Drag and Trail Hunting. So they’ve got this mostly right but what they fail to do here (and they’re still calling it a hound sport) is highlight the fact that trail hunting is a new activity designed to simulate real fox hunting and it’s a fox scent that they use, although don’t ask where they get that from. We all know it’s just an alibi for real hunting but I’m not going to go over all that again.

Point 4 – Yes, live species do naturally live out in the open (no shit, Sherlock) and the hounds are almost certainly going to pick up the scent of a fox if you put them in an area they are likely to inhabit. The fact is the hunters want this and they are sure hell not going to stop the hounds once they get on to one. But this is the big one: “The accidental killing of a fox is not illegal”.

Well, there you go then boys and girls, off you pop and kill as many foxes as you like. As long as you make it look like an “accident” you’re all good. We’ve got your backs. It’s nice they also perpetuate the tradition argument to make it sound all nice and socially acceptable. Tradition never was, and never will be, an excuse for cruelty and law breaking.

TVP’s explanation of the hounds on a scent also leaves a lot to be desired. It’s almost amusing to assume the public will believe the hounds are in distress. Anyone who’s witnessed hounds on full cry will see the very singular and focused nature of the hounds and their desire to catch their quarry. It can be quite a bone chilling sound.

Their understanding of the use of a horn is once again completely inaccurate. Only one person uses a horn during a hunt, and that’s the Huntsman. The purpose of the horn is a method of communication between the Huntsman and the hounds. There are several calls the Huntsman can make with the most important being to hunt on or to stop. You’ll often hear the former when they are in cry (called doubling) but very rarely the latter. And again this is nothing to do with just “tradition”, what total nonsense.

Fox hunting does indeed remain a controversial subject, not just between hunters and animal rights advocates but the wider general public, mainly because they’re fed up with the lack of policing and the continued abuse of our wildlife carried out by a minority group who it would appear are above the law. And let’s just remind TVP this is the same hunt which was filmed throwing a trapped fox in front of hounds for them to hunt. How is that investigation going by the way?

If TVP want to get in touch you can find me easily enough. I’m happy to educate your officers on the reality of “trail hunting”.

Make your feelings known - Thames Valley Police (Aylesbury Vale) Facebook Page, TVP Police and Crime Commissioner, TVP Chief Constable.

Additional - Just look at the different approach TVP have towards hare coursing [below]. The same legislation applies.

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POWAperson comments :   Reading between the lines, this police statement is clearly designed to discourage people from reporting illegal hunting by suggesting it is almost certainly, in their view, innocent ‘trail hunting’ and they are highly unlikely to devote much, if any effort, to investigating it. That not only saves them from having to ask high socio-economic status people difficult questions [never mind the prospect of arresting them], but also an awful lot of work trying to enforce a law under which they face a vanishingly small chance of a conviction, one which, even if obtained, will have virtually no deterrent effect. Some of their post is, in my view, knowingly and intentionally misleading.
This is the same police force which, over a few years, failed to action dozens of reports, backed by strong and highly knowledgeable witness and video evidence, from POWA colleagues of mine. In despair they turned to the RSPCA. Their lawyers’ view, having examined their footage from the 2011/12 season, was that no fewer than 52 illegal hunting cases could be brought with a better than even chance of conviction. It ended, of course, in December 2012, with an RSPCA prosecution resulting in the Hunt itself, a former Huntsman and a former Master pleading guilty to 12 charges, with 28 left to lie on file. And, of course, a not entirely unbiased judge speaking wholly out of turn in criticising the RSPCA for spending so much on the prosecution, followed by a relentless campaign of bullying of the RSPCA which succeeded in persuaded them into stopping Hunting Act prosecutions. Even though the ex Chief Inspector of the CPS, who the Society had asked to review their policy, told them that the law on hunting was being ‘ extensively flouted’. Well, not according to TVP it’s not. There’s none so blind as well as those who will not see.
 
   

 

Police drop investigation into Portman FH fox kill case

14-1-19    BBC News   Illegal fox kill claims: Dorset PortmanFHKilledfox2-1-19.jpgPolice take no further action     No further police action is to be taken over allegations that a fox was killed during a traditional hunt meet. The League Against Cruel Sports had claimed the animal was chased and killed near Sturminster Newton, Dorset, by hounds from the Portman Hunt in a breach of the ban on hunting with dogs.

Following the claims, the Hunt insisted it operated within the Hunting Act. Dorset Police said there was "insufficient evidence to take further action". A police spokesperson said: "We wish to be clear that we will investigate any alleged breaches of the Hunting Act 2004 and other legislation and work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to determine if a case could be taken to court. We do find that many of the reports posted on social media are not referred to us and without this happening we have no ability to investigate," he added.

The League Against Cruel Sports had said a "disembowelled" fox was recovered following an incident at Fifehead St Quintin on 2 January which was witnessed by hunt saboteurs. The campaign group has called on the National Trust to revoke the Portman Hunt's trail hunting. licence.

Following the claims, the Hunt said it operates within the Hunting Act 2004 and was "regularly subjected to spurious allegations of illegal hunting".

14-1-19  Dorset Echo   'No further police action' on claims fox was killed during illegal hunt in Dorset   POLICE have said there will be no further action following an investigation into claims a fox was killed during an illegal hunt in Dorset. It had been reported that a fox had been killed during a hunt near Sturminster Newton on January 2nd.

The League Against Cruel Sports said that a fox was "chased" by hunting hounds under the control of the Portman Hunt. It had been claimed the killing of the fox was witnessed by hunt saboteurs.

Dorset Police said following the allegation, an investigation was carried out and there was “insufficient evidence to take further action”. A spokesperson said: “We wish to be clear that we will investigate any alleged breaches of the Hunting Act 2004 and other legislation and work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to determine if a case could be taken to court. Hunting mammals with dogs has been illegal since 2004. A few, very specific, exemptions apply.” Dorset Police said that anyone with “clear evidence” of such offending, should report it to them.

The spokesperson added: "We do find that many of the reports posted on social media are not referred to us and without this happening we have no ability to investigate. In addition, the posting of images onto social media may have the potential to negatively impact on any subsequent court process. 

 

Sabs almost run down 3 Portman FH hounds led round blind bend

Dead fox dumped on sab's doorstep after support published home address 

13-1-19  Dorset Against Blood Sports    Although we cant tell you if the hunt killed or not today we can tell you that their care of their animals has not improved. The headline today could so easily have been 3 hounds killed.

Evo and the Portman in general are notorious for losing their hounds and endangering lives on the roads and today was no exception. 3 loose hounds were being rounded up by a single rider on a blind bend. The rider then proceeded around the blind bend without informing any oncoming traffic that there were animals in the road. Had it not been for the reactions of one of our drivers we have no doubt that all 3 hounds would be dead. Then after being informed of the danger, rather than call for help, the rider continued down the road. Endangering animals lives just isn't quidditch is it ?

All in all the last two weeks haven't been the best for the Portman. we received information that they had to shoot a hound last Saturday (yet to be confirmed). A rider was filmed kicking his horse, accusations of bagged fox hunting, their support admitting fox hunting, their support making horrible comments about a dead family member of sabs and one support Facebook page even posted sabs' home address details which ended with a dead fox being dumped on their doorstep.

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                                 Portman FH hound lost on road in village  

All in all it must feel pretty grubby to ride with the Portman these days. I feel dirty just writing about them.

As always a pleasure to be working alongside Wildlife Witness North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs and the Dorset monitors.

 

Some of Braes o' Derwent FH hounds found in very poor condition

13-9-19  Facebook - NE Hunt Monitors   HIT REPORT 31.  Season 18/19. 09.01.19    Today, Monitors headed over to check out South Durham Hunt. After a short time looking for signs of them we realised they were spending the day on the sofa so we headed over the other side of Durham to find Braes of Derwent Hunt.

A tip off to the page of their location meant we turned up just as hounds went into cry around a small patch of gorse. Jumping out of our vehicle and onto the footpath we ran straight into hounds-man Ben Higgins, who looked shocked to see us. We set of our gizmo to get the attention of the hounds which also got the attention of redcoat Brannen.

With hounds being brought back towards the Forestry Commission woodland also known as Sacriston Wood we made our way to greet them. With not a word from either Huntsman as they passed we knew they were taken by surprise and not at all happy to see us.

Some of Braes' hounds are in a shocking state [example pic below]. Many had ribs and pelvic bones visible, some with bumps and lumps on their skin. This is not acceptable, so Huntsman who supposedly love their hounds is another lie told to the public. Hounds are a tool used in fox hunting. They are replaceable and expendable don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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Hounds were led into the field and out of sight into a vast wooded area where they remained hidden while we drove up and down listening for signs of hounds in cry.

As the light was fading we believe the Hunt had packed up and left so we also made our way home happy to have paid a Hunt a visit.   #LongLiveTheFox 

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Caught-out Kimblewick FH pretend not hunting when realise sabs there

12-1-19   Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs   Disgraced Kimblewick fox-throwers continuing to hunt -  Hit report 12.01.2019 - Kimblewick Hunt    After the revelations of last week's news release, showing Kimblewick Hunt staff caught red-handed forcing a fox from hiding using a drain rod, before dragging him out and throwing in front of the hounds, North Cambs and Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs decided that a mission south to keep an eye on them was in order.

As soon as the Hunt were sighted, just a couple of fields from their meet at Moat Farm, in the village of Ford near Aylesbury, they were seen hunting a small wood – casting hounds through looking for a fox. However, the moment sabs were on the scene the Hunt switched to plan B, “pretend we never hunt”.

Even though the whole of the country has now seen what the Kimblewick get up to when no-one is watching, huntsman Andrew Sallis now switched to simply riding from field to field without stopping to allow hounds to hunt.

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Using two teams and vehicles, we were able to repeatedly leave one group to keep tabs on the Hunt, while the second moved ahead to intercept the rapidly moving pack at the next opportunity.

Bizarrely, the Kimblewick attempted to use the services of a “trail layer”, who was not able to explain what went in his trail (two dry handkerchiefs, hastily tied to the end of a whip, which never left his side or touched the ground) and was always behind the hounds. Of course, we have all seen that the preferred trail layer of the Kimblewick is a small ginger animal running for his life.

After hours fruitlessly circling the same fields around the villages of Ford, Owlswick, Haddenam and Dinton, the hunt finally decided to give the day up and head back to their meet. Of course, sabs were waiting there for them and kept a close watch to ensure hounds were packed away for the day just before 4pm.

 

Monitors say Cheshire FH killed a fox in the grounds of county's High Sheriff

Say no reason to think they had permission or that landowner supports hunting

High Sheriff's husband is famous TV producer Phil Redmond [Brookside, etc.] 

12-1-19    Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   Cheshire Hounds Hunt chase and kill fox in grounds of home of High Sheriff of Cheshire    On 1st January, a team of monitors witnessed the Cheshire Hounds hunt chasing two foxes into the grounds of Tirley Garth in Willington, which we believe to be the home of the High Sheriff of Cheshire Alexis Redmond MBE and her husband Phil [below], famous as creator of long-running TV shows Brookside, Hollyoaks and Grange Hill.

We found evidence that at least one fox was killed in the grounds, and are holding back video evidence for the time-being with a view to further action being taken.

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The incident was reported to police, who attended briefly. We have since attempted to speak to Mrs Redmond to discuss the matter, without success, but still hope to speak to her soon. (Please note, we aren't suggesting the Redmonds gave permission for the hunt to enter their land, or were even aware of their presence).

If you have any further information about this, please contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 284086.

POWAperson adds  -  This is the THIRD fox Cheshire FH are known to have hunted and killed since the New Year came in.  

 

LACS Chief Investigator snapped attending Hunt Club point-to-points

Accused of hypocrisy by antis, attending events that fund Hunts

Martin Sims says he attended to support daughter, a would-be jockey

Revealed that Sims & wife were assaulted at one event - police dealing

Also revealed that daughter's horse registered with notorious Tiverton Staghounds

Turmoil in LACS has already led to formal advice from Charity Commission

12-1-19    Daily Telegraph    League Against Cruel Sports investigator accused of 'hypocrisy' after attending hunt fundraiser    The League Against Cruel Sports has become embroiled in accusations of hypocrisy after one its most senior officials attended hunt fundraising events. Martin Sims, the charity's Director of Investigations, has been seen attending a number of point-to-point meets, which raise money for and have to promote the "furtherance" of hunting. The retired police officer, whose investigative team carry out covert surveillance on countryside sports, has publicly condemned fox hunting as a "barbaric throwback to crueller times" and a "dark and menacing blight on the countryside".

Both hunt supporters and saboteurs have described his attendance at the events as "hypocrisy". It comes amid turmoil at the charity, which has ousted a number of high-profile trustee and faced public criticism of its tactics. The "serious and damaging dispute" between members of the organisation has resulted in the Charity Commission offering "formal regulatory advice", a spokesman for the regulator confirmed. 

Yesterday the Telegraph revealed that local saboteurs groups have branded the league a "parasitic organisation" and some had refused to co-operate with it. It has now emerged that Mr Sims was recognised at the Cornwall Hunt Club point-to-point in Wadebridge on December 9, in which his 22-year-old daughter was competing.

After he was spotted pro-hunting activists began investigating his links to the sport and found a number of images of him including at a Dart Vale and Haldon Harriers event in Buckfastleigh in March, the Shooting Times reported. Point-to-point rules state when a meet is organised by a hunt it "must include the furtherance of the interests of that particular Hunt or Hunts in general".

One saboteur, who did not wish to be named for fear of reprisals, said: "It is hypocritical, point-to-points prop up the Hunt, you're essentially putting money in the pocket of the Hunt. To go himself and to get photographed there is foolish if nothing else."

The animal rights campaigner said that there would be a question of a conflict of interest if the League were aware of his attendance in advance. Another activist, who claims to have been ousted from the league by the current leadership after 25 years campaigning, added: "Point to Point is inextricably linked to hunting. Due diligence is about preventing this in the first place for Leagues sake."

Mr Sims’ daughter, who is pursuing a career as a jockey, rides a gelding which is owned by her mother.

For a horse to compete in a point-to-point a horse the owner has to pay a subscription to a Hunt and the Sims' horse is registered with the Tiverton Staghounds, records show. Tiverton is one of only three packs of staghounds in the country, and the practice has received particular attention from the League.

In November, after a prosecution of the Quantock Staghounds based on video evidence obtained by the League was dropped, Mr Sims described it as a "national disgrace" that deer were being pursued for "cruel sports".

Mr Sims spent 31 years in the police, working his way up to Chief Inspector of Sussex Police before taking over as the head of Britain’s National Wildlife Crime Unit. The 56-year-old became the Director of Investigations after retiring from the police.

A League spokesman said: "“Martin has attended point to point races where his daughter has ridden. She is pursuing a career as a jockey, and given the dangers, he wanted to be there for her. At a recent event, following Martin’s high-profile condemnation of stag hunting on national TV, Martin and his wife were assaulted, with this matter now in the hands of the police. Martin is one of the most experienced wildlife crime experts in the country. During his one year in post the number of prosecutions brought to court under his leadership has more than trebled. The Hunts know he is a threat to their existence, which is why they are attacking him, both verbally and physically."

 

 

N. Cotswold FH - hounds on railway: rider bullies woman sab with horse

Sab had been staking out an artificial earth and had just seen 3 foxes 

12-1-19  Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    VIDEO    Saturday 12th January 2019, North Cotswold Hunt Buckland Wood House     They began by drawing Buckland wood before crossing to Mocho Farm drawing blank there. A sab who was staking out a nearby artificial earth that had been recently visited by humans saw a leash (3 foxes run past). They were subjected to a very aggressive rant and ridden into by a man who can be seen on the film, he claims to own the land so might be able to explain the AE… 

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Hounds picked up on the line and crossed the railway and the B4632 in pursuit of one of the foxes. The driver drove around quickly to see hounds pile into a hedge, fearing the worst as they were also being blocked it was a relief to see it was just wire hounds were trying to get through. With quads horses and others around hounds were rated as best as possible and they did not pick up on that scent again. They went back over to Ryefield farm and drew blank at a few coverts there. They then went to Stanway and hunted a fox onto the Gloucestershire / Warwickshire railway where they spent 5 minutes!

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Then through Stanton and onto the hill. Sabs got up and found 2 couple of hounds doing their own thing and hunting a fox or a deer. They were stopped with a bit of rating. They continued to hunt until dark which included rioting on deer. Car sab sprayed out the lines of several terrified animals with citronella.

Eventually Ollie Dale the Huntsman decided to finish up. As he called hounds a very odd squeak was heard which attracted hounds away from him. Sabs realised that it sounded like a deer, as did the terriermen and sure enough a terrified muntjac was caught up in wire. A quad bike got there before we did and released them from the wire.

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S. Dorset FH rider charges sabs trying to call hounds off fox

12-1-19    Facebook - Weymouth Animal Rights   VIDEO    This is how the South Dorset Hunt react when sabs save a fox and spoil their 'sport' ! Hit report to follow. 

POWAperson adds - Sabs on road rate hounds running past them in pursuit of fox. Woman rider repeatedly charges her horse into sabs. For full report on the day, which featured repeated attempts to chase foxes and harassment and attempted theft by supporters, see here.

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                                                 Fox fleeing from the Hunt 

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                                 Huntsman encouraging hounds to hunt on 

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                         Hounds in cry after fox being rated by sabs on road 

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              Woman rider repeatedly rode this horse at and into sabs rating hounds 

 

 

Banwen Miners FH early pack up when sabs catch up with them

12-1-19  Facebook - South Wales Hunt Saboteurs    Banwen Miners Hunt 12.01.19    It was a bit of a scrabble today as we had to change our plans at the last minute but we arrived in time to see the Banwen gathered at the Tonmawr rugby club. Approximately a dozen riders present. Three quads with assorted bumpkins on board. 

They headed off at 11.30am into Natural Resources Wales land at Efail-fach and headed up to Foel Fynyddau. This is quite a steep climb (!) so it took us a little time to catch up with them but we could hear Huntsman Ian using voice calls to encourage the hounds to hunt through the woods.

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Ian emerged from the woods as we arrived on the scene. He had three riders with him at this point, but they were soon joined by the field master and what remained of the field – 2 riders, and the three quads. Ian thought he'd go in on foot, declaring loudly for our benefit 'pretty sure the trail was laid through this bit' – fairly dense scrub. Unlikely. And rather surprising as he hadn't known where the trail was at any other point. With sabs poised to intervene, Michael Edwards 'hound master' advised against, leaving Ian to get back on his horse having agreed to 'just head back then' – which we definitely thought was a better idea. Packing up at 2pm.

 

New locals anti group helps spoil S. Durham FH's hunting day

12-1-19   Facebook - Hilltop Locals Against the Fox hunt   VIDEO   Today we joined up with the wonderful NE Hunt Monitors. We spent the day monitoring the South Durham Hunt in the Willington and Byers Green Area.

What a great day we had. We met some old faces and lots of new ones too. Miles and miles of ground were covered with four teams out hunting the hunters. Lots of local people offered us support and we picked up some great information along the way.

These lot are a bloodthirsty bunch riding their horses and hounds to exhaustion for almost 6 full hours. Horses were forced multiple times to cross the River Wear and one horse was in water to his belly at one point.

Hunt support were generally a bunch of idiots made up of young men who think they are tough, middle- aged saddos, feral teenagers and some person who we will name footpath Annie, due to the fact she thinks she is the Council byways officer.

Dogs were out of control on the roads many times with traffic being forced to a stand still more than once.

Not a good day at all for SD Hunt. They have the appearance of a chaotic farce with no one really in full control of proceedings. They rode off with their whips between their legs after having their day totally spoiled.

 

Mendip Farmers FH charge through gardens, trespass in sheep fields

Traffic also disrupted as Hunt loses control of hounds 

12-1-19   Facebook - Locals Against The Mendip Farmers Hunt    This was the Mendip Farmers’ Hunt today on Long Street, Croscombe. Their hounds were running through people’s gardens and through fields of sheep where they had not been given permission to be, traffic was held up. More trespass and chaos from the Mendip Farmers’ Hunt and, as usual, no sign of a ‘trail’ being laid or followed.   #trailhuntlies

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Middleton FH rider admits fox kills, says try kill double when antis there

12-1-19   Facebook - East Yorkshire Coast Hunt Sabs  VIDEO  Middleton Hunt joint meet with Vale of the White Horse Hunt,. Aldby Park - Hit report to follow   This video just says it all - Lord George Winn Darley admitting killing foxes on hunts, but threatens that they have orders to kill DOUBLE the foxes when being monitored.

POWAperson adds  -  Winn Darley is a large local landowner who hosts a big shoot. Seems to think he's some kind of vengeful God. He was filmed several months ago repeatedly using his horse as a weapon against sabs and even leaning down from his saddle to punch one, on 4-12-17. See video.  

 

Beaufort FH terriermen caught at often blocked sett, with spades

Sett had been found blocked 4 times in 2018 and reported to police

Terriermen left hurriedly when approached by monitors

All were seen on quad following the hunt later 

12-1-19    Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   VIDEO   Beaufort terriermen caught at badger sett with spades on hunt morning     On 22-12-18 the Beaufort met at Shipton Moyne. There is a badger sett in their country that has been found blocked on hunting days. These blockings were reported 4 times to the police previously in 2018.

Monitors went to check the sett on the meet morning. They heard a quad approaching and took cover. Monitors saw the terriermen at the sett and approached. They suddenly stopped what they were doing and made to leave. The quad was equipped with spades and terriers. All the men were later seen several times, taking part in the hunt.

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                                2 of the terriermen, monitor and quad 

Footage has been passed to police. The excuse of 'fox control' is not legally valid, even if it were true.

POWAperson adds   -   The men were later filmed on the quad on a road by Prince Charles' house at Highgrove, in which grounds they sometimes hunt.  Quads are actually not allowed on public roads at all, unless travelling between different parts of an agricultural holding. It is also illegal to carry any passengers and doing so will invalidate insurance. They must also be properly plated which, the picture above shows, this one was not. All of these breaches of legislation are frequently drawn to the attention of police officers of many forces. It is extremely rare for police to take any action in respect of these breaches.  

Interfering with an active badger sett is illegal unless a licence has been obtained from DEFRA. These are only issued in exceptional circumstances - and never to Hunts. Again, such activity by hunters is frequently reported to police and almost never acted upon.  

 

Sabs pack up two hare Hunts - snap beagles being mistreated

12-1-19    Facebook - Berkshire Hunt Sabs   Double trouble for the hare hunters   A fantastic day for Berkshire Hunt Sabs and our friends at Surrey Hunt Monitors. The uproar over the disgusting Kimblewick video has meant tip-offs have been flooding in to the HSA hotline.

We were informed that the Palmer Marlborough Beagles would be meeting early on Salisbury Plain so sabs and monitors with our new long-range cameras were in position before the meet. No trails were laid (obviously!) so sabs moved in and the Hunt scrambled to pack up.

With their hound van followed back to their Hungerford kennels we felt confident in moving off to Home Farm, Stratfield Saye to meet the Sandhurst & Aldershot Beagles.

They were not happy to see us in the fields, with stroppy whip Mark White bravely shoving a female sab. That was the extent of their resistance and they headed back to the meet for a very early beagling tea. Please keep those tip-offs coming!

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                     Palmer Marlborough Beagles hunter showing his love for hounds 

 

Sabs prevent joint meet of 3 N. Irish Hunts killing any foxes

12-1-19    Facebook - Hunt Saboteurs NI    Today we headed to the outskirts of Ballygowan to sab the North Down Hunt. When we arrived we learned that this was a triple meet, one of the other 2 hunts being the Iveagh Hunt from Banbridge.

From the start the hunt master was working the hounds hard through dense shrub and woodland looking for a kill to please the crowd. This was when our sabs had to intervene and ensure no kill and help a fox get away.

We presume as there are three hunts there today, the huntmaster was showing off, although it was pretty pathetic. It was tough going but we kept on top of them all day and when hounds where in cry we were in the right places. We do hope that one poor hound will be OK tonight as the huntmaster rode over the top of him and between that and getting whipped what a miserable life these poor hounds have. A kill free day, which was the main thing.

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LACS calls on Councils to ban Hunt meets in towns, villages

12-1-19    The League Against Cruel Sports has begun a campaign to get Councils to ban Hunts meeting in towns or villages or, at least, force them to apply for permissions and comply with the regulations which apply to anyone seeking to stage events in such locations. This follows the forcing of the Beaufort FH and the Belvoir FH to move their Boxing Day and New Years Day meets respectively from their traditional sites in Tetbury, Glos and Grantham, Lincs because of health and safety concerns. Below is a sample of newspaper articles following LACS writing to the relevant Councils. 

Scarborough News  10-1-19  North Yorkshire County Council urged to ban fox hunt meets in Malton

Somerset Live  11-1-19   Call for ban on Boxing Day hunt in Castle Cary amid claims 'chaotic scenes' will result in injury

Rutland & Stamford Mercury  12-1-19   Call for council to ban Oakham hunts

 

Cotswold Vale FH hunt foxes into garden & sett, lead hounds into traffic

12-1-19   Facebook - Bristol Hunt Saboteurs    Today we headed up the M5 to drop in on The Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt, who met near Lea, just north of the Forest of Dean. Sabs from Bristol, Bath and Welsh Borders Sabs matched the number of hunt staff and supporters meaning we were off to a good start.

The Hunt spent almost all day in a large wood, actively encouraging hounds to search for foxes. At one point, the hounds chased a fox into an active badger sett, but luckily we were close by. Sabs 'rated' the hounds away and even had to physically lift one hound out of the sett.

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A second fox was chased through the garden of a local resident but we were on hand to ensure it got away safe.

Everywhere the Hunt went we were there. Unable to lose us, the Huntsman made the wise decision to call it a day with an early finish at 2.30pm. Job done!

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CotswoldValeFHintotraffic12-1-19.jpg12-1-19   Facebook - Bath Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    Here’s a video of the Cotswold Vale hunt today leading their dogs into traffic. It was a very active day for our sabs, along with our neighbouring groups we covered over 10km in a large wood owned by the Forestry Commission. The Hunt today didn’t have any terriermen with them, perhaps in an attempt to pretend they weren’t hunting on Forestry Commission land.

While there, the Hunt marked a fox to ground. (chased it into a hole where it tried to escape). Sabs were able to intervene and remove the hounds from the hole the fox had taken refuge in.

We stood back to ensure it could get to safety before continuing to follow the Hunt until they packed up around at 3.30pm. This was after we witnessed them leading their hounds around blind bends in the road and across the A40 into the path of fast moving oncoming traffic.

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Claim that cancelled Cheshire FH meet down to pressure from antis

12-1-19  Facebook - Cheshire Against Blood Sports   NEWS FLASH    We are very pleased to let you know that today, due to Cabs and Sabs direct pressure and all the support from the public the Cheshire Hunt have bottled it and have cancelled today’s meet... we are winning! We are keeping a close eye on them though…

POWAperson adds  -  Antis from various groups in Cheshire, and locals, have been doing a great job in pressurising Hunts in the county. The Cheshire FH have hardly helped themselves by killing 3 foxes in the first 8 days of the year - that we know of. It's almost as if they actually want to be put out of their misery. Pass the humane killer!! 

 

Pregnant vixen hunted by trespassing Ledbury FH: blocked setts

Terrierman caught trying to flush fox from log pile 

11-1-19   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    Heavily pregnant vixen escapes from Ledbury hounds while hunt were trespassing - Blocked setts at Ledbury Hunt meet - Terriermen caught trying to flush fox from log pile - Hunt trespass on local landowners' land... twice    A fairly fast-paced day today with sabs in the field an hour before the Hunt set off. Three setts were found blocked around an area called The Stanks and were unblocked by a sab. Three more were checked by another sab and were not blocked - one is very well known to us so tends not to be blocked so often anymore and the others are on land owned by someone who recently had a telling off for allowing sett-blocking to happen on his land.

Whilst checking a sett by the meet at Manor Farm, a sab noticed suspicious behaviour in a nearby field... terriermen had put a terrier into a log pile in order to flush out a fox. Confronted, they hung around for some time then left as the rest of the Hunt arrived. Hounds picked up on a scent and marked in a nearby badger sett - sab presence meant that this fox was left and Huntsman Mark took the hounds on. A well-known hunt supporter received a call which sounded like a warning that sabs were out and watching!

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Hounds picked up again but lost the scent temporarily before spending a lot of time at the log pile. As they moved off a shout was heard and there was pointing and much excitement. But the clever fox had run across a field recently sprayed with slurry and hounds couldn't find his scent. While one sab stayed inland, others drove round to intercept the Hunt as they headed towards Hillend. As hounds showed interest in and picked up a scent at another log pile and hedge Huntsman was heard asking other Hunt staff where the sab was - she was spotted and he took the hounds away from her once again.

A few fields on and hounds went into full cry near Hillend, sabs at three good locations to intervene. Then we heard rating and saw hounds being told off by some unknown people... odd, but fantastic. Hounds soon lost the scent in a covert - nearby badger sett was checked and was not blocked but a local artificial earth was definitely being used and had boot prints heading towards it.

The Hunt, now minus well-known ex-South Herefordshire Hunt Master Patrick Darling who went home looking bored, made a swift exit towards The Stanks and hounds soon picked up and chased a fox who ran towards sabs. As the fox crossed a main road a horn was heard being beeped, evidently in place of a holloa to alert Huntsman to the sighting of the fox. We covered the scent and a sab remained nearby while others headed towards the Hunt.

Two holloas came from the road indicating another fox sighting until sab was spotted and 'there's an anti here!' was heard. It turns out the guys who rated the hounds earlier are agents of a local landowner and the Hunt had been trespassing on their land. Again. Having been told off (again) the Hunt made a dash for it through The Stanks (where they'd been informed we had found the blocked setts) and hardly bothered even trying to hunt there.

Looking at the footage we have, and double-checking with experts, this fox is a heavily pregnant vixen

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The frustration was evident, especially when hunt supporters started to call us names (ranging from 'riff raff' to much worse) and sticking their fingers up at us while driving past. It only serves to show us that we're having an effect on them.

We soon found them hunting near Upton-upon-Severn and checked on a badger sett that we have caught terriermen digging out at on previous occasions. Sure enough we could hear voices as we approached and the terriermen's quad bike exited the land in haste not long after.

Then on to Holdfast Hall where supporters showed their obvious disappointment ('oh, false alarm') when someone accidentally beeped their horn and they had thought that a fox had been sighted... a real fox was then picked up on and chased towards a covert near Queenshill. Near another blocked sett. He was lost for some time but hounds were back on his scent soon after, between a main road and a motorway, the exhausted fox passing sabs on the road. He was flagging, confused and unsure about where to go, but cleverly covered his scent by circling around a steaming pile of manure.

Some more hunting close to the M50 followed by a pack up at dusk at Manor Farm... Video to follow and we'll be back out in the morning. See you in the field!

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Local Council has been subsidising violent Atherstone FH town meets

11-1-19    Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   Local Council funds violent Atherstone Hunt’s New Years Day Meet - Local people of Atherstone, your money has been spent on the violent Atherstone Hunt - The Atherstone Hunt asked for and received funding assistance for road closures     Minutes from an Atherstone Town Council meeting reveal that after the Atherstone Hunt had made the national press in 2017 for their violent and anti-social behaviour, the town council approved a funding application from the Hunt for the following year's meet.

Supporters of the Atherstone Hunt had been filmed throwing horse manure at peaceful protestors, stealing banners and assaulting them. This led to countless convictions for various supporters of the Hunt. Videohere.

However, in a shocking move Atherstone Town Council approved a funding application from the Atherstone Hunt for road closures for the following years New Years Day meet. The cost of a planned road closure in Warwickshire is 1408. This means that Atherstone Town Council rewarded the Atherstone Hunt for its shocking behaviour by not only allowing them to meet in the Market Square again but also paid 1408 to allow them to close roads. The decision to pay 1408 so the Hunt can close a few roads was proposed by Cllr Freer, who has connections to the Atherstone Hunt (so no conflict of interest there) and was seconded by Cllr Jarvis who stood by and watched the violence happen in front of him. This means local Atherstone residents who pay council tax had to pay so the violent Atherstone Hunt could meet in the Market Square.

We have also received the Hunt's risk assessment for this years New Years Day meet, which is shocking as well. More to follow. Atherstone Town Council E-mail: clerk@atherstone-tc.gov.uk.

 

 

Ledbury FH terrierman caught digging into badger sett

11-1-19    Facebook - Herefordshire Hunt Sabs  VIDEO  Ledbury Hunt - Brainge, Putley - 7th Jan 2019   While Huntsman Mark Meladay and hounds hunted through the large area of woodland that is Mains Wood and Commanders Wood, terrier men were caught digging out a badger sett on land belonging to HIll Farm, much higher up the valley. Sett entrances had been blocked, a net secured over one remaining unblocked entrance and a large hole had been dug into the sett. Realising they had been seen, the men retrieved the terrier that had been entered into the sett as quickly as possible and left the area. The area around the sett smelled strongly of fox. When informed that they were illegally interfering with a badger sett the men claimed they were rabbiting.

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                    Terrierman Tom Stokes [well known to sabs] digging into sett 

Usually, the Hunt draw the covert next to this sett after leaving Commanders Wood. Was their intention to flush a fox into the net and then release it in the covert just before the hounds arrived, providing some "sport" for the riders? Less than a week after the Kimblewick terriermen were caught on camera flushing a captive fox to hounds from an artificial earth, this looks very much like the Ledbury terriermen attempting to provide a fox for the hounds to hunt.

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                                                 Later, backfilling sett

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Pics below   -   1/  Terrierman removes his dog from sett    2/  Map showing relative locations of terriermen and Hunt 

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Story covered in the London Economic 

 

Easton Harriers chase hare & deer as riders attack sabs with horses

Police on duty were less than helpful to assaulted antis

11-1-19    Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    Easton Harriers – 5th January 2019 Rendham Court, Rendham, Suffolk    After an uneventful Boxing Day and a 35 minute dog walk on New Year’s Day, the Easton Harriers changed gear somewhat on Saturday 5th January. Within a matter of minutes of leaving the meet, three female riders at the back of the ride started to use their horses as live battering rams. For some reason they were keen for sabs not to observe their “trail hunting”. What did they have to hide? We think our previous Facebook posts and our photographic evidence of previous kills shows what the Eastons have to hide.

We felt really sorry for the horses, as they are sentient beings, and they do not want to ride into humans. To have a human on your back kicking and goading you until you bash repeatedly into the metal of a sab’s body camera cannot have been nice and to our mind is a form of animal abuse. One female rider decided that using her horse to ride into sabs was not sufficient and she proceeded to whip one of our sabs (see photo). We attempted to obtain Police assistance but sadly once again, PC 1577 Stollery seemed more interested in removing sabs from the land and just told us to hand our footage in at a later date. How the Police would be able to identify the perpetrators at a later date may prove challenging as we certainly did not see them stopping any members of the hunt to ask for their details and at no point were we asked to provide information regarding the perpetrators of the assaults. Apparently such matters are dealt with in “slow time”.

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                          Woman rider about to whip sab - police refused to act 

And so, the tone for the day was set. Gary spent his time moving at a fast pace and seemed keen to keep out of our way. However, when the hounds picked up a hare and made chase, sabs were on hand to intervene. Luckily, the camera does not lie. Clearly aware that the illegal hunting had been filmed, a female rider once again lost her temper and repeatedly goaded her horse into the two sabs.

Not long after the hounds chased the hare, they were also spotted chasing a large fallow deer. Once again sabs attempted to intervene. This was the second lot of illegal hunting that we witnessed. Earlier in the day we had attempted to report the illegal hunting to the Police Officers present but they were only interested in stopping us and asking us for our details. Sergeant 1774 Murray seemed to have a particular problem with us recording any interaction with him and told one sab “Would you be able to stop filming as otherwise I'm going to seize that camera … there is no need to record me”.

The actions of some of the Suffolk Police Officers present on Saturday 5th January were deeply disappointing to say the least. Hunting is illegal but it appears that some Officers failed to read the memo in this regard. We attend hunts to save animals and to make sure the Hunting Act (i.e. the law of this land) is not broken. The simple fact is that every single time we are out with the Easton Harriers we see them chasing hares. If we cannot rely on the Police to uphold the law, then we will be there to gather evidence and, more importantly, to save lives.

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Locals blame Weston FH for blocked setts & AEs they found

Finds have been reported to N. Trust who licence Hunt

11-1-19    Facebook - Locals Against the Weston and Banwell Harriers      Sett blocking and Artificial Earth blocking on Wavering Down! Not exactly keeping in with the trial hunt licence !

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Monitors upload film of Cheshire FH fox kill, rejected by CPS

Hunt were also trespassing - landowners very upset 

11-1-19    Facebook - Cheshire Hounds   VIDEO   Hunt lying about fox kills     In recent weeks the Cheshire Hounds have publicly killed a number of foxes. These are just the kills witnessed, of course, and dozens more will have died hidden from view.

Two of those kills the Hunt have callously blamed people trying to protect foxes from their sinister slaughtering. They are lying, as are the so-called Countryside Alliance whose job it is to protect these faux-rural heathens.

We have released this film, just one recent example, in support of everyone who goes out to try and stop this travesty of justice, and as a tribute to the hundreds of innocent lives lost every year to this so-called sport. It totally debunks the hunts claims that all these kills are accidental.

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                           Hounds hot on fox - Huntsman is shouting 'Get on it!' 

This incident took place in November in Aston Gorse in Cheshire which the police continue to investigate. This is despite the fact that it has already been shown to the CPS who can take "no further action" due to the weak and unworkable Hunting Act. We have also discovered that the Hunt were trespassing on the land and woodland shown in the film.

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                Whip searches for fox corpse                         After bagging, carries remains away

Please join us in stopping this shameful behaviour in Cheshire and across England and Wales; contact your MP urgently to express your concerns that laws are strengthened. Let’s make 2019 the year hunting of all kinds ends for good.

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                                       Grinning redcoat, shortly after the kill 

 

Warwickshire FH chase fox, assault sab, supporter slashes tyre

10-1-19    Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Warwickshire Hunt Thursday 10th January 2019 Warwickshire Hunt have just chased a fox, assaulted a sab and slashed a tyre near the National Trust's Farnborough Hall.

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Old Berks FH chase fox in village, then hunt pair: one away, other fate n/k 

10-1-19  Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    VIDEO    Wednesday 9th January 2019, Old Berks at Black Bourton    With another person from Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch, the two of us kept an eye on them for most of the day.

Moved off to piggeries, chased fox near to Bampton church then went the other way through village gardens in Black Bourton and Black Bourton Field Cottages driveway. Huntsman off horse in ditch trying to find that fox.

They then drew precariously close to the A4095. Brace at Bazeland farm. One fox ran in front of our car across the fields to safety and the other was hunted towards Alvescot.

The Old Berks have an NT licence. Please contact National Distrust for more details.

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LACS urge Council to ban Badsworth FH B.Day meet in Aberford

10-1-19   Yorkshire Evening Post    Anti-hunting campaigners call on Leeds council to ban Boxing Day meet in Aberford    Campaigners have called on Leeds City Council to stop hosting Boxing Day hunt meets in Aberford amid claims that wildlife are still being chased.

The League Against Cruel Sports has today written to council leader Judith Blake in relation to ask that it withdraws permission for the Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hounds to meet. In the letter, published in full below, the League claims a fox and deer were chased across the Yorkshire countryside by hounds under control of the hunt during a meeting last November.

The organisation says it the reported incident on November 24th is just one of 151 examples of illegal hunting reported to the League since the hunting season opened on at the start of that month.

Chris Luffingham, its director of campaigns, said: "A fox has been chased and killed by hounds under the control of the Badsworth & Bramham Hunt, which is permitted by Leeds City Council to hold one of its most prestigious meets in Aberford. This brutal incident not only reflects on the Hunt itself – but anybody who allows them to continue operating.”

It contends that large groups of hunt riders and hounds meeting creates a health and safety hazard, with highways obstructed and passers-by forced into narrow spaces.

The League says it is only a matter of time before somebody is injured as a direct result of these "chaotic scenes" and no risk assessment can realistically mitigate that likelihood. It notes violent clashes have also taken place between proponents and opponents of fox hunting during recent hunt meets in town centres.

Mr Luffingham added: “A number of local authorities – including Tetbury Council and Elham Council – have already committed to not allowing fox hunts to meet or parade on public land under their jurisdiction. With 85 per cent of the public opposing fox hunting, there is clear support for Leeds City Council to follow these examples and instead allow only cruelty-free entertainment in Aberford.”

A Leeds City Council spokesman said: “We can confirm we have received a letter from The League Against Cruel Sports and we will respond accordingly in due course.”

A spokesman for the Hunt said:- "“The Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hunt operates within the law to comply with the Hunting Act 2004, however it is one of many Hunts that are regularly subjected to spurious allegations regarding their legal hunting activities. Health and safety is of the utmost importance to the hunt and arrangements are always put in place to enable our activities to be conducted in a safe, legal and sensible way. The Boxing Day meet is such a special day for the rural community that it would be a travesty if Leeds City Council were pressured to cancel this popular festive event.”

Polly Portwin, head of hunting at the Countryside Alliance said:- “Recent Boxing Day meets yet again proved to be as popular as ever across the country with estimates of over a quarter of a million people supporting their local packs of hounds. Anti-hunting organisations and activists are however still intent on sabotaging perfectly legal hunting activities carried out by hunts by making spurious allegations and using sensationalist headlines to damage the reputation of Hunts. “Despite the obvious support for hunting, which was evident in towns and public places throughout the festive period, it is unsurprising that the anti-hunting lobby has resorted to putting pressure on local councils and councillors, however we urge those councils coming under attack to continue to liaise with their local packs of hounds to secure the future of these meets in the future.”

The letter sent to Leeds City Council in full:-  I write on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports – and our thousands of supporters, including many in West Yorkshire – to request Leeds City Council commits to never again allowing the Badsworth & Bramham Hunt to hold its Boxing Day meet in Aberford.

Large groups of hunt riders and hounds meeting creates a health and safety hazard – with highways obstructed and passers-by, including families with young children, forced into narrow spaces. It is only a matter of time before somebody is injured as a direct result of these chaotic scenes and no risk assessment can realistically mitigate that likelihood.

As you may be aware, violent clashes have also taken place between proponents and opponents of fox hunting during recent town-centre hunt meets after deep-rooted community tensions ran high.

A terrified fox and deer was chased to exhaustion across the Yorkshire countryside by hounds under control of the Badsworth & Bramham Hunt during a hunting meeting on 24 November. This comes after high-profile incidents of this Hunt pursuing foxes and blocking a badger sett on the outskirts of the city. This is just one of 151 reports of illegal hunting received by the League since the hunting season opened on 1st November relating to fox hunts which claim to be ‘following a trail’.

A number of local authorities – including Tetbury Council and Elham Council – have already committed to not allowing hunts to meet or parade on public land under their jurisdiction. With 85 per cent of the public opposing fox hunting, there is clear support for Leeds City Council to follow these decisions and instead allow only cruelty-free entertainment in Aberford on Boxing Day. Nick Weston, Head of Campaigns.

POWAperson adds - Here's a few of the Badsworth's misdeeds of the last season and a half -

On 3-11-18, an occupied sab vehicle was stoned by Badsworth FH supporters. On the same day, hounds chased a fox into a quarry and riders followed, trespassing. The owner escorted them out. 

In November 2018, LACS complained when the CPS dropped a case against the Badsworth after they had been filmed chasing a fox along a canal towpath in January 2018 with the Huntsman heard encouraging hounds on. 

In September 2018, LACS complained after the CPS dropped a prosecution. LACS investigators had filmed the Badsworth Huntsman and 3 terriermen digging into a badger sett after a fox they had chased to ground, in November 2017. All had been clearly identified by the investigators yet the only excuse the CPS could come up with was 'identification issues'. 

On 10-3-18, sabs reported the Badsworth chasing and killing a fox and seeing its corpse being carried away.

On 20-2-18 a resident found a Badsworth hound, with injured feet, wandering around her housing estate.  

On 3-2-18, the Badsworth killed a fox in a wood they were banned from. Sabs met the owner there, who was furious. He reported incident to police.

On 27-1-18, a Badsworth hunt rider hit a sab over the head with his crop and knocked another over with his horse.

On 6-1-18, the Badsworth hunted through a churchyard, a country park [trespassing] and next to a kids' play area by a housing estate, upsetting several dog walkers.

In December 2017, sabs recorded film on 3 cameras clearly showing the hounds chasing a fox in a farmyard. Police claimed there was insufficient evidence.  

On 28-11-17, Badsworth terrierman on a moving quad threw rocks at the windscreen of a sab car travelling the other way on a road. The windscreen shattered leaving the driver with glass in an eye. Clearly, this attack could have resulted in sab fatalities. N. Yorks police soon dropped the case. Earlier, the Badsworth had run riot on a busy A road.

On 18-11-18, sabs were driven at by a hunt supporter in a tractor and a sab was personally assaulted.

On 21-10-18, Badsworth terriermen smashed a sab camera and threw a sab into a ditch. The Hunt again caused havoc on a busy road. Sabs had to remove hounds from road as best they could.  

On 9-10-17, the Badsworth killed another fox, soon after the hunting began. Their new Huntsman had a conviction for stealing and smashing a camera.

On 26-9-17, the Badsworth hounds invaded an animal sanctuary, scattering rescue animals. A peacock later died as a result. 

 

 

Police open investigation into Kimblewick FH incident

9-1-19  Bucks Herald   Thames Valley police open investigation into allegations Kimblewick Hunt broke the fox hunting ban     Footage released from http://www.huntsabs.org.uk/ appears to show Kimblewick Hunt dragging a fox out from underground to be hunted by hounds. Thames Valley Police received several reports of the Kimblewick Hunt allegedly breaking the law, and have now opened an investigation.

The fox had been trapped in an artificial earth, a series of clay pipes buried in the ground, in a copse between two fields. Artificial earths were routinely used before hunting was banned in 2005 to trap and keep foxes that were then released on hunt days to give huntsmen the thrill of a chase.

The footage, shot on New Year’s Day, apparently shows members of the Kimblewick Hunt in Oxfordshire trying to flush the fox out with a pole, then one man reaching into the hole and pulling it out by its tail.

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A spokesperson on behalf of the MFHA said: “The Masters of Foxhounds Association has strict disciplinary procedures and will fully investigate any credible allegation relating to Masters, hunt employees or Hunts. It cannot, however, investigate criminal allegations or take any action that would interfere with or impede a possible police investigation.”

The footage was filmed on New Years Day when the Hunt met at Moreton, Thame, Oxon. For a link to our original story: https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/hunting-saboteur-film-shows-concrete-proof-of-illegal-hunting-1-8761733.

POWAperson adds - See item below dated 7-1-19 for the full story of this outrage. MFHA disciplinary action against member Hunts and blue moons appear with roughly the same frequency.  

 

Cheshire Forest FH invade village - fleeing fox seen by residents

9-1-19   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    VIDEO    Cheshire Forest Hunt caught illegally hunting Alvanley 8.1.19    We were not able to get out to monitor this hunt but a brilliant member of the public did, who sent us the film. The witness saw a fox enter the garden and this film shows the Hunt on its third visit (in ten minutes) trying to get to the fox. The owner finally came out and told them to "f**k off". Frustrated, they then ride up and down the road looking for a way in. Andrew German (the Huntsman) then finds a track through a farm where he can get his hounds to the rear of the gardens where the fox is, but is again caught on private property searching for the fox with his hounds.

We have also received a number of other reports about yesterday, which we will post further details about when we can.

The following are posts/comments from Alvaney village residents -

8-1-19   Facebook - Gayle Dykes    Be careful pack hounds no horses top of Primroses Lane

Becky Parsons - They all just ran into my garden but then ran off, there is a guy on a horse looking for them.

Julie Cheesbrough - I was out walking the dog around 1ish and the fox ran past me on Frodsham Road. I could see 1 of the huntsmen on Helsby Road by New houses and it sounded like the dogs were there too. Now I don’t want to get into a discussion about fox hunting but I was hoping Mr/Mrs Fox was on their way home safely x.

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SNP proposal to amend hunt ban includes licencing when 'necessary'

This idea condemned as replacing one loophole with another 

9-1-19  Holyrood    Environment Minister Mairi Gougeon [right] announces plans for new fox hunting bill - Move follows a review from Lord Bonomy, which suggested that around 800 foxes are killed by hunts every year in Scotland    A new bill will be introduced to the Scottish MairiGougeonMSP.jpgParliament to limit fox hunts so only two dogs can be used to flush out or find a fox, Environment Minister Mairi Gougeon has announced.

The move follows a review from Lord Bonomy, which suggested that around 800 foxes are killed by hunts every year in Scotland, with one in five foxes killed by packs of hounds, in breach of the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002. 

The review concluded that there are still "aspects and features of the [fox hunting] legislation which complicate unduly the detection, investigation and prosecution of alleged offences".

Bonomy recommended introducing independent monitors to police hunts, while suggesting that landowners should be held legally responsible for hunts that take place on their property. But while announcing plans to use the bill to implement “many of the recommendations in Lord Bonomy’s report”, Gougeon also outlined proposals to consider a licensing scheme, which would permit the use of more than two dogs in a fox hunt if it was considered necessary for pest control.

ColinSmythMSPLabour.jpgThe Bill will also include pre-emptive measures to address the likelihood of ‘trail-hunting’ becoming established in Scotland.

Gougeon said: “The welfare of animals in Scotland, whether domestic, farmed, or wild, is one of this government’s highest priorities and so, when it became apparent that legislation introduced in 2002 to protect foxes from unnecessary hunting wasn’t having the desired effect, we wanted to take firm action. We asked Lord Bonomy to undertake a review into how we can provide a sufficient level of protection for foxes and other wild mammals, whilst allowing for the effective and humane control of them when absolutely necessary, and published a consultation which attracted nearly 19,000 responses. After careful consideration of those responses, I’m pleased to say that we will be taking forward many of the recommendations in Lord Bonomy’s report to clarify and strengthen the Protection of Wild Mammals Act."

However, not only do we hope to implement the vast majority of those recommendations, we will be going further. We’re going to strengthen our current legislation and plan to introduce measures that go beyond the rest of the UK in terms of protecting the welfare of our wild mammals.”

Responding, South Scotland Labour MSP Colin Smyth [above left] said: “It is clear there are loopholes in the existing legislation and Hunts have gone out of their way to ride roughshod over the law in both letter and spirit. The Government’s proposals on hunting are a step in the right direction but you cannot licence cruelty. Any plan to bring forward a licencing scheme that would still allow more two dogs to be used against wild animals could add another loophole that allows hunting to continue. It is three years since the Government announced a review of hunting. It’s time for them to get on with consigning the practise of fox hunting to the history books once and for all, and bring forward legislation that ensures 2018 will be remembered as the last ever Boxing Day hunt.”

9-1-19   LACS Press Release    Charity offers cautious welcome to Scottish Government’s announcement on fox hunting legislation    A leading animal welfare charity has given a cautious welcome to today’s (Wednesday) announcement from the Scottish Government on its intentions to bring forward a Bill to strengthen current fox hunting legislation. The League Against Cruel Sports Scotland says it is pleased that following a lengthy consultation process steps are now being taken to close loopholes in the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002.

Today’s announcement, by the Minister for Rural Affairs and Natural Environment Mairi Gougeon MSP, is the conclusion to the Government’s Bonomy Review. The Minister outlined plans to implement the vast majority of Lord Bonomy’s six recommendations, and also pledged to go further by reducing the number of hounds from a full pack to just two.

The Minister also announced a new licensing scheme, allowing applications for an exemption to the two-dogs rule, but emphasised that this would only be available under exceptional circumstances. Robbie Marsland, Director of the League Against Cruel Sports, Scotland said:- “We’re pleased the Minister and the Government have listened to the public who oppose the cruelty of fox hunting. Today’s announcement, to introduce the vast majority of Bonomy’s recommendations in addition to a critically important two-dog limit, shows a commitment to wild animal welfare, and we are confident that it will address a major weakness in the law.

“Naturally, we are cautious about suggestions of licensed hunting to enable an opt out of the two-dog limit which could potentially create a new loophole. We will monitor the wording of this proposal as it moves towards legislation, but we are encouraged by the guidance the Minister gave that this will not be used as a loophole to allow traditional hunting. We need the legislation to be tight, restrictive and clear so it doesn’t undermine what is a well-intentioned proposal.”

Hunting foxes with dogs was banned in Scotland in 2002, two years before the rest of the UK. In over sixteen years there has only been one successful prosecution of mounted huntsmen for illegal hunting. The League has been campaigning for the law to be strengthened to close loopholes which it believes allow Hunts to hunt in a manner which is very similar to pre-ban, traditional hunting.

 

S. Dorset FH hunt fox to ground, support assault sab

Anti presence deters Hunt from digging out

9-1-19   Facebook - Weymouth Animal Rights   Hit Report 8.1.19 South Dorset Hunt meet at Thurnwood Dairy Farm nr Mappowder     With a good team out in the Red Landy today, we headed off nice and early to go and visit Juggers, Steady on Steve & the whip wielding "miss whiplash", staff of the South Dorset. Today they were meeting at Thurnwood Dairy Farm which being an area well known to us, we wanted to get there early to check some vulnerable badger setts and to pre beat and spray the area...

With a field of no more than 15 riders and now with two redcoats to babysit Juggers, they headed straight to Westfields then on towards Short Wood. Within 10 minutes of leaving the meet the dogs went into full cry and headed off at speed. One of the Landy team in a field watching proceedings used the gizmo, which for a short time lifted the packs heads before they went back in cry heading towards Mappowder...

The foot Sabs were now very much needed and having finished pre beating were making their way to Armswell Farm. The Landy... suddenly spotted a beautiful, terrified fox cross the road in front of them. Jumping out the navigator quickly covered the Foxes tracks with citronella. Hearing the Hunt approaching and happy the fox had got away they picked up the foot team and headed back to Cockroad Copse.

 the Landy took up position to be ready to go where needed and was soon surrounded by Dribblers and the hired knuckle draggers for the day [below]. Up until this point the knuckle draggers had no idea that a foot team was also in the area and the look on their faces when they popped out from behind a hedge-line and walked down the FOOTPATH and got up on the Landy roof for a better view, was priceless...

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Spotting them once more heading towards Mappowder the foot team was dropped in on the FOOTPATH behind the church while the Landy headed back towards Cockroad Copse, where they found the whole field (about 6 by now) and the huntsmen and their dogs...

The foot team requesting a pick up at Humber Hill Farm... got met there not only by the Landy but also a group of by now very aggressive knuckle draggers. They started pushing and blocking the Sabs trying to S.DorsetFHTrailthrukale9-1-19.jpgseparate one from the team and stop them getting in the Landy. The Sabs eventually got in the Landy but the knuckle draggers tried to drag one out and when they couldn't tried to repeatedly slam the door shut on the sab's legs. Having got everyone fairly safely on board we were then blocked in by the knuckle draggers and also by Juggers mum... Sabs... carried on up the road on foot to keep track of the Hunt...

Heading towards Alton Common Farm the dogs went into cry again and headed off towards Ivest Wood where Sabs are sure they put to ground in a badger sett checked and sprayed earlier in the day. However, seeing the Red Landy and Sabs with cameras they gathered the dogs and headed to Bookham Farm. Coming out... at Bookham they headed back... towards the piggery with sabs behind them...

The dogs and redcoats... headed for scrub land behind Castle lane Farm. Milling around for a while the dogs decided to go into someone's back garden and Sabs heard a very angry lady shouting at them to get out, which the dogs obviously didn't want to as they ignored calls from the huntsmen and carried on!!

Having got the dogs back they crossed back over to Knol but with sabs right with them decided to head for home at 4.55pm. Making sure they had finished we then also headed for home.

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VWH FH seen chasing 2 foxes, did not try to get hounds off 2nd

Huntsman stopped hounds on 1st fox as monitors were visibly filming, so

9-1-19    Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch    Vale of the White Horse Hunt 5.01.19    The meet was at Ablington Manor, near Bibury. The field was unusually large for the VWH as we watched a continual parade of riders down the lane towards the Manor. Some of the riders were risking their horses’ welfare by trotting really fast on the hard concrete lane which was on an incline.

We kept tabs on them initially by having a monitor in a high vantage point to tell us which way they were heading. As you imagine the Cotswolds are full of steep valleys where a Hunt can easily hide.

We heard the hounds on cry several times throughout the morning. Whilst the vehicle was just parked up at The Cinema Piece on the Salt Way at 1.30pm along came Mark Hill, MFH and the hounds from Peter’s Wood area swiftly moving towards The Hanger Piece.

There was already a rider on point along the south end of the wood. The Huntsman took the hounds into the wood alongside the road and almost as soon as they were in there the hounds went on cry. Did they release a fox? We don’t know. but it was too convenient for them for our liking.

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As we sensed that was going to happen we rushed to get a view point which was just across the field. At the same time a monitor saw a fox just north of there in Garnes Barn coming towards her, closely followed by hounds. Cameras were on them all round and sure enough – out came the fox from the wood straight in front of us with hounds quickly behind it. The hunt staff were running around the field chaotically and the Huntsman on his horse desperately tried to control the hounds. The sound of the whip can clearly be heard on our video and you can see the running fox. Now, we think that fox ran on to Downs Barn but the hounds can be clearly heard still on cry there so we don’t know the fate of that one or whether there were in fact 2, or even 3, foxes flushed out because the pack of hounds were searching.

Not long after in Pitcherwell Copse between Oldwalls Farm and Saltway Barn where we had another monitor, a fox was filmed running straight past and out of the woods with hounds hot on its’ trail. The Huntsman riding behind this time made no attempt to call the hounds back that we saw, so we can say illegal hunting took place there.

They went north to Long Barrow and hunted through Leachbrook Covert alongside the River Leach where we’ve caught them before. By this time the light was fading but they were still keen to carry on.

We spotted them at Cocklebarrow Farm and we came upon them in Hollybush Plantation where the hounds had picked up on a scent again. Still they searched in the big expanse alongside the B4225 hunting around the coverts near Kilkenny Barn then finally packing up at Kilkenny Farm about 4.30pm.

We had a message from one of our supporters after this day to say she had seen the Hunt on a fox and phoned the police. It’s bizarre to think all this is taking place just up the road from Bibury where tourists are visiting and having photos taken on the bridge completely unawares.

We clock up 100 miles most times we go out so appreciate all donations however small to help towards our fuel costs - many thanks to all our supporters. Also, please get in touch if you can help in any way. Paypal.me/cihwatch.

 

Hapless Huntsman gets Atherstone FH lost in residential area

9-1-19   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Shambolic Atherstone Hunt get lost in residential area  Atherstone Hunt - Tuesday 8th January 2019 – Osbaston    Today epitomised the state the Atherstone Hunt are now in. When we first started at the Atherstone Hunt they had around 60 riders, they were blatantly hunting and killing foxes and were very violent. They gained the reputation of being one of the country's most notorious hunts. Today with a small number, we are hearing reports that die hard core members of the Atherstone Hunt have been seen out riding at other neighbouring Hunts. They have a Huntsman, Bill Bishop, who has a terrible sense of direction who today frequently couldn’t find his way out of various bits of land. This concluded with him taking a turn into Barleston and a tour of a residential area.

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Our campaign continues and we will continue to have a constant presence at the Atherstone Hunt and now have two vehicles out.. Please consider donating towards fuels costs.

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Cheshire FH kill yet another fox 3 days after the last

8-1-19    Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    The Cheshire Hounds hunt have just killed again, while hunting in Darnhall. We are speechless. Make no mistake, this is the hunt sticking a massive two fingers up at the police and every person who disagrees with their 'countryside traditions'.

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Sabs attacked by N. Staffs FH support in car park after meet

8-1-19    Daily Mail    Shocking moment 'pro-hunt supporters' with pool cues attack van of animal rights activists in pub car park before masked man punches windscreen and tries to rip off wiper - Anti-hunt saboteurs claim they were attacked by pro-hunt fans in Cheshire - Several groups of activists were meeting at a pub in Onneley, Cheshire - They claim their vehicle was damaged by people they claim support hunting = Local police confirmed they are investigating Saturday's alleged incident    This is the shocking moment allegedly showing a group of pro-hunt supporters attacking a van full of animal rights activists after they spotted them pulling into a pub car park on their way home from disrupting a meet.

A masked man was seen leaping onto the bonnet of the vehicle [below] and thrusting his palm against the windscreen then ripping off a wiper after the hunt saboteurs were cornered outside a Cheshire pub. Another man was also caught on camera hitting the van with a pool cue before the driver managed to reverse clear and escape through the rear exit of the Wheatsheaf Inn in Onneley, Cheshire.

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Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs claim they were regrouping with other teams when they were targeted by 'frustrated' supporters of the North Staffordshire Hunt on Saturday afternoon - after their protest had forced them to pack up and leave early.

N.StaffsFHSupporterabusing5-1-19.jpgStaffordshire Police said its officers were called to the scene but no arrests were made and enquiries are 'ongoing'. Footage released by the hunt saboteurs shows several people standing in front of a van, blocking it from leaving. A man wearing a baseball cap appears to threaten the occupants with a pool cue, as they shout: 'Oi, you're on camera.' A woman in a red hoodie [left] jabs her finger at the sabs and says: 'Dirty f****** scum, you're not going nowhere.'

A man inside the van can be heard desperately calling police for help and tells the operator they are being boxed in by hunt supporters wielding pool cues. As they back up, a masked man suddenly jumps on the bonnet and thumps the windscreen with his palm but fails to break the glass.

He tears off a windscreen wiper and throws it to the ground as the man in the cap hits out at the vehicle with his cue. More loud thuds are heard as the driver manages to quickly manoeuvre and accelerates away through the other exit. A second clip also shows the masked man sprinting after another sab van as it too makes a hasty getaway. A second video shows the same incident from a different angle.

In a statement, Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs said: 'During a post-sab rendezvous at a local pub members of Sheffield, West Yorkshire, Liverpool and Manchester hunt sab teams were subject to an unprovoked attack by hunt thugs wielding pool cues, threatening sabs, damaging a vehicle and attempting to smash one group's windscreen. The individuals involved had been seen following the hunt and had behaved in a threatening manner throughout the day - a clear indication of how frustrated the North Staffordshire Hunt was at packing up early.'

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A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: 'Officers were called to the Wheatsheaf Inn on Bar Hill Road, Onneley, at around 3.30pm on Saturday following reports of an altercation between a large group of people on the pub car park. A vehicle was also reportedly damaged during the incident. 'No arrests have been made regarding the incident and enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 434 of January 5th.'

The Hunt said in a statement: 'The North Staffordshire Hunt had finished their legal hunting activities for the day and their members had left the area where any incident was alleged to have taken place on Saturday, January 5th. The Hunt does not condone any form of violence, even when faced with extreme provocation, personal harassment, malicious trespass and other offences. However, with the constant intimidation and harassment from balaclava-clad animal rights activists to hunt supporters and landowners, it is unsurprising that ordinary members of the public might react in this way to being filmed.' 

7-1-19  Facebook - West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    Hit Report 05.01.19 - North Staffordshire Hunt: Phynson Haynes Farm Nr Madeley, North Staffordshire - Hunt support attack our vehicle    We heard 'The North Staffordshire Hunt extend a warm welcome to visitors', so we made a special effort to travel down and sab them. It might have been too much when Sheffield  Liverpool and Manchester Hunt Sabs also showed up. They didn't seem very hospitable!

Support and terriermen did everything in their power to bar us from the action, blocking public roads, driving at us full pelt, and manhandling us away from areas being hunted. Nevertheless we were present when hounds went into cry near Beech Wood and rated them (used voice calls to stop the hounds from hunting). The huntsman attempted to call the hounds back as they rioted away, but they didn't recognise his voice calls and were completely out of control. We were able to follow the hounds into a nearby covert and don't believe they killed. Despite the myth of the 'pre-laid trail', had there actually been a trail hounds were not following it. It goes to show that the Huntsman wouldn't have been able to stop the hounds from attacking animals such as small dogs or 'livestock' had they been in the vicinity.

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                                                  Sab unblocking sett entrance 

Staffordshire police (called out by desperate hunt support) stayed with us and the Hunt for most of the day. The Hunt must have realised on this occasion they wouldn't get away with illegally hunting and packed early at 14.30. Shortly after the hounds were boxed up and police left, furious support approached us in the Wheatsheaf pub car park wielding pool cues. We attempted to leave peacefully but they blocked the exit and started battering our vehicle. Our windscreen was punched and a windscreen wiper was wrenched away before we finally made our escape.

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Cheshire Forest FH in cub hunt mode, antis protect put-up foxes

Locals worried about their animals angry Hunt gave no warning 

8-1-19  Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   Cheshire Forest 5.1.2019    We managed to save foxes and our own skins, with Andrew German leaving us alone apart from sticking his phone camera in our faces. We were joined by Cheshire Against the Cull and some independent monitors. Thanks to them!

The Hunt met at Belmont Hall, Great Budworth and seemed to be made up mostly of young women. From the off it was clear, as always, that they were not following a trail.

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We caught them surrounding a wooded area (Deakin’s Yard) with German and hounds in the wood whilst the field were on point and terriermen tucked away on the opposite side of the wood. Our team were positioned both sides of the wood. A fox was seen fleeing across fields and miraculously the hunt riders and terrierman who were in front of monitors were all looking in the opposite direction to were theCheshireForestFHVetpretendingtolatrail5-1-19.jpg hounds were being driven so the fox escaped.

Our presence here kept the Hunt on the move. We spoke to one anxious lady who was stabling her horses. She had no idea the Hunt were in the area and was deeply concerned for her horses' welfare. She finds the Hunts lack of concern for locals deeply disturbing and wishes the Hunt would inform residents of their presence on hunt days.

Hunt cameras were out in abundance today even on the back of one of the quads! The Huntsman (Andrew German) spent most of the day as usual trying to draw woods in the area and leaving the rest of the field stood around like lemons wondering what was happening.

Terriermen were purposely driving slowly in the middle of the road to slow down monitors and also hunt support cars were pretending to break down in the middle of the road, miraculously starting up and moving off when monitors informed them police had been called.

Liz Gorse was being filmed token trail laying around a triangle area of wood adjacent to Budworth Heath. German and woman rider escort entered the wood with hounds who immediately went into cry. Monitors again were already positioned around the wood, knowing that Liz Gorse’s fake 'trail laying' would be a cert that foxes would be in there for the hounds to chase. Monitors kept the hounds off the fox whilst in the wood, much to German's dismay.

Monitors on the roadside caught Hayden Hankey using rolled tongue (burring) to scare any foxes that broke cover, back into the wood and into the hounds. It was all more like cub hunting than normal hunting.

Monitors also had to request that hunt supporters stopped banging telegraph poles and lampposts on the roadside around the small wood. They were doing this to keep foxes in the confines of the wood, which again is very similar to cubbing formation when hounds are trained to kill young foxes.

Roadside monitors then saw a fox break cover and flee across the road from the wood into an adjacent garden and safety. A few seconds later another monitor who'd just come out of the wood onto the road saw a second fox bolt from the wood, right in front of Hankey, and into the adjacent field. The hounds were once again kept off the fox and German had to then call them in and move on.

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At this point we became aware of a member of the public searching for their cat. The cat owner was extremely stressed and worried about their beloved pet's welfare. They were angry that the hunt did not inform residents of their activities in the area so they could keep their animals safe. Luckily their cat was eventually found much to everyone's relief.

Hounds throughout the day were left yelping behind the pack with one getting stuck in a fence and another nearly getting hit by a van. The Hunt made their way back to Belmont Hall at around 3.20.

 

Cheshire PCC promises 'robust' investigation of Cheshire FH fox kill 

8-1-19    Cheshire Live     Cheshire crime boss speaks out over police probe into fox death during hunt - Crime commissioner David Keane and Labour colleagues believe current law needs strengthening    Cheshire police and crime commissioner David Keane [below right] will seek an overview of the force investigation into reports of a fox being killed during a trail hunt at the weekend. The incident is alleged to have taken place at Huxley, near Chester, about 1.30pm on Saturday afternoon (January 5).

A force spokesman said the police investigation must remain impartial but pledged the matter would beDavidKeaneCheshirePCC.jpeg‘thoroughly investigated’ as it was recognised the issue was highly emotive. The incident sparked a huge outpouring of anger on social media with a call from Chester’s Labour MP Chris Matheson [below left] for prosecution and prison sentences if the case was proved.

Hunting with hounds became illegal under the Hunting Act 2004 but many hunts lay trails for the hounds to follow pursued by the riders on horseback and others on foot.

Labour crime commissioner David Keane, who recently undertook a review into why there have been no successful prosecutions in Cheshire, has promised to follow the police investigation. He said: “I am aware of the incident which took place during a trail hunt in the Huxley area this weekend and have been contacted by a range of residents and their representatives expressing their concerns. The investigation of allegations related to any illegal activity, including those of illegal hunting, is the responsibility of the acting chief constable and the officers and staff under her command. The constabulary is aware of the allegations and in my role as your police and crime commissioner in holding the chief constable to account, I will be seeking an overview of the investigation and any outcomes from those leading it. The acting chief constable is fully aware of my expectation that such incidents are thoroughly and robustly investigated.

ChrisMathesonMP.jpegI would also like to remind Cheshire residents that following the independent review I commissioned into illegal hunting in Cheshire, I will be holding a scrutiny meeting in public next month to discuss the outcomes of this review and the subsequent action plan to ensure Cheshire Constabulary is upholding its responsibilities under the Hunting Act 2004. In the meantime, I would urge anyone who has evidence of any criminal activity relating to illegal hunting to contact Cheshire police.”

Hunting with hounds became illegal under the Hunting Act 2004 but many Hunts lay a scent for the hounds to follow pursued by riders on horseback and others on foot. Such practices are perfectly legal but opponents suspect so-called trail hunting can be a cover for actual hunting as it is difficult to prove otherwise when there are claims a fox was killed accidentally.

During his review, Mr Keane found current laws presented ‘challenges to investigators and prosecutors’.

Over Christmas the Labour Party promised to toughen up the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales, if elected next time, saying it will consult on jailing those caught breaking the law.

Chester Labour MP Mr Matheson said on Saturday: “I am receiving reports of a fox being killed by a Cheshire hunt. I will be seeking confirmation but if true then prosecution and prison sentences must follow. Better still an outright ban on fox hunting.”

Labour colleague Mike Amesbury, MP for Weaver Vale, also promised to look into the case, commenting: “The fundamental issue is that the law itself needs to be strengthened.” Meanwhile, Cheshire West and Chester Council is investigating whether a street collection held by the Cheshire Hunt in Tarporley High Street on Boxing Day required a permit and whether this was in place. The matter has been reported by members of the public.

POWAperson adds   -   This article was published before news  that Cheshire FH had killed yet another fox on 8-1-19 had broken.  

 

Save Me says will prosecute Kimblewick FH if CPS don't

7-1-19  Facebook - Team Fox 2015    This [see article below] is disgusting and has no place in this century. The Kimblewick hunt needs to be prosecuted and stopped from this sick and evil pastime of breeding foxes to throw to hounds. This is one of the most prosecuted hunts - wake up land owners.

We would expect to see a prosecution by the police of these easily identifiable people who work for Kimblewick Hunt or we will seek a private protection ourselves. Hopefully the world will see the truth about illegal hunting. Well done to the HSA for this vital footage to expose the cruelty.

A fox being pushed through an artificial earth by a rod where the poor creature has been trapped ready to be released in front of the hounds. This shows without doubt, what we already knew, this is about cruelty and is a bloodlust activity. Trapping wild animal to torture is both illegal and twisted.

I hope the National Trust and the land owners are looking at this and will ban 'Trail Hunting' from their land. Fox Hunting was banned in the UK in 2004 and came into force on the 18th February 2005. A group of fox hunts decided the ban wasn’t for them and carried on hunting illegally, aided by unwitting land owners, the cruelty carried on.

Hunting the Clean boot is legal and they don’t catch foxes. Drag Hunting is legal and they don’t catch foxes. If the Hunt that wants to use your land cannot give you a map of the area they will hunt -they are killing foxes. Trail hunting is a fictitious name dreamt up but those who continue to ignore the law and think they are above it and continue to hunt foxes illegally.

Save Me Trust

 

Kimblewick FH filmed prising fox from AE & releasing for hounds

Terrierman heard on phone discussing fox release with Huntsman

Fox given 2 minutes start on hounds to provide 'sport' 

Fate of fox unknown but probably caught & killed 

7-1-19    HSA Press Release   VIDEO    Kimblewick Hunt Caught on Film Hunting Captive Fox    Footage has been passed to the Hunt Saboteurs Association showing members of the Kimblewick Hunt releasing a captive fox to be chased and killed by the Hunt's hounds. Their actions not only cause unnecessary harm to the fox but are also carried out to facilitate illegal hunting.

The footage was filmed on New Years Day when the Hunt met at Moreton, Thame, Oxon. It shows the hunt terrier men using draining rods to force the fox, that they’ve been holding captive, out of a drainage pipe then being thrown into the wood for hounds to chase. The terriermen can clearly be heard communicating with the Huntsman agreeing when the best time is to release the fox which is given a brief head start so that the hunt riders experience a chase rather than a quick kill.

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                         4 terriermen examining artificial earth where fox sheltering

Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Incidents like this prove time and again that Hunts throughout the UK are still totally focused on hunting and killing live animals. In recent years the South Herefordshire, the Middleton, the Pytchley, the Belvoir and now the Kimblewick have all been implicated in keeping captive foxes to hunt, showing that this behaviour is commonplace amongst Hunts.

Even with this concrete proof of illegal hunting, on one of the most high profile days in the hunting calendar, we expect the MFHA to do nothing. Unless they immediately suspend the Kimblewick it’s an admission that this kind of activity is still commonplace amongst their member hunts and considered totally acceptable in the hunting community.

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In 2018, the Kimblewick killed 97 of their hounds due to an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis at their kennels. It beggars belief that Hunts are still willing to maraud across the countryside putting both their hounds and other animals at risk of infection."

After viewing the video Chris Williamson, Labour MP for Derby North, and a former hunt saboteur, said: "Hunts up and down the country are routinely flouting the hunting ban. This arrogant disregard for the law of the land can only be stopped if the loopholes in the legislation are removed. That is why Labour have recently pledged to strengthen the Hunting Act and ghastly incidents like this underpins that commitment. Tougher penalties are essential, including prison sentences for persistent offenders, if we are to deliver the wildlife protection that parliament voted for over 14 years ago."

On New Years Day the Hunt met in Moreton, Thame, Oxon. The Kimblewick's Master Huntsman is Andrew Sallis and the Kennel Huntsman is Robert Truscott. Either may have been hunting them when this incident took place. In the video, the hunt terriermen can be seen forcing a fox out of an artificial earth using drain rods. Mark Vincent can clearly be heard talking to the Huntsman on his phone agreeing when is the best time to release the fox.

Once the hounds are close the fox is thrown into the wood for hounds to chase. The fox is given a head start as the Hunt are aiming to provide a chase for their supporters to enjoy. When the hounds arrive they are encouraged on by both the terriermen and the huntsman in the background. Vincent can be heard saying the fox has gone into thick undergrowth but the hounds will “work him out”. Mark Vincent is mentioned in the Kimblewick Hunt newsletter as a local event co-ordinator.

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8-1-19    Daily Mail     Hunt members 'are caught on film illegally dragging captured fox from hole to be hunted by hounds' - Footage filmed on New Years Day when the hunt met at Moreton, Oxfordshire - It shows the hunters using draining rods to force the fox out of a drainage pipe - A man pulls the fox from the hole by its hind legs and releases it into the wood - Only a few minutes pass before the hounds come into view hunting the fox     Shocking footage released by animal rights activists shows hunt members dragging a captured fox from a hole to be hunted by hounds.

The video, shot using two cameras on New Year's Day, in Moreton, Oxfordshire, shows members of the Kimblewick Hunt trying to force a fox from a drainage pipe, before being thrown into the woods for the dogs to hunt. The men, known as terriermen, can be seen in the footage discussing which way they want the fox released and taking a look at it underground.

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The man who was constructing the piping then shoves it into the ground to force the fox towards another man who grabs the fox by the hind legs and pulls it from the hole (pictured above), before releasing it into the forest.

It is trapped using artificial earths, which often consist of two tunnels, often consisting of pipes, and a chamber underground, concealed by grass to disguise the purpose. They were regularly used to ensure hunters have foxes to kill, prior to the hunting ban in 2004. One of the men then says 'he wants it gone as soon as possible, Ian', presumably referring to the fox.

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                      The released fox runs away from the artificial earth 

A man starts assembling piping, which is used to flush the fox out, while the other takes instructions on the phone. After hanging up the phone, shouts of 'hold hard' can be heard in the background.

The man who was constructing the piping then shoves it into the ground to force the fox towards another man who grabs the fox by the hind legs and pulls it from the hole, before releasing it into the forest.

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            Hounds have just been released at the artificial earth, 2 mins after the fox 

Story also reported in the Times and on BBC South Today TV News

9-1-19  Daily Mirror  Hunter caught on secret camera 'flushing fox out of hole' to be 'chased by hounds' - Anti-hunt campaigners say footage is proof Kimblewick Hunt is involved fox-hunting    Disturbing footage has been captured of a hunter flushing a fox out of its den to allow a pack of hounds to hunt and rip it to shreds. In the clip, which is over two minutes long, a fox is flushed out of an underground drainage pipe using a rod with a brush on the end. Once it has been prised out, it is then slung into nearby trees. Secret cameras, planted by anti-hunt campaigners on New Year's Day, shows a pack of hounds running past the scene once the fox has been removed from its den.

The Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) claim the video is evidence that supporters of the Kimblewick Hunt are involved in fox-hunting. It is illegal to hunt and kill a wild mammal with dogs in England and Wales unless there is a valid exemption. The HSA say the incident has been reported to Thames Valley Police, which is investigating the incident. The footage was filmed in Moreton, near Thame in Oxfordshire, according to the HSA.

They claim the video shows four terriermen discussing which way they want the fox to be released before using draining rods to force it out.

Incidents like this prove time and again that Hunts throughout the UK are still totally focused on hunting and killing live animals,' said Lee Moon, spokesman for the HSA. In recent years the South Herefordshire, the Middleton, the Pytchley, the Belvoir and now the Kimblewick have all been implicated in keeping captive foxes to hunt, showing that this behaviour is commonplace amongst Hunts. Even with this concrete proof of illegal hunting, on one of the most high profile days in the hunting calendar, we expect the MFHA [Masters of Foxhounds Association] to do nothing. Unless they immediately suspend the Kimblewick it’s an admission that this kind of activity is still commonplace amongst their member hunts and considered totally acceptable in the hunting community.'

A spokesperson on behalf of the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) said: ''The Masters of Foxhounds Association has strict disciplinary procedures and will fully investigate any credible allegation relating to Masters, hunt employees or Hunts. It cannot, however, investigate criminal allegations or take any action that would interfere with or impede a possible police investigation.'

A spokesperson from the Countryside Alliance said: "All Hunts should be operating within the law. There are exemptions to the Hunting Act, and other legal options, which can be used to cull foxes and most Hunts still offer a fox control service. However unjustified the Hunting Act is it should be adhered to."

A police spokesman said: "Thames Valley Police is aware of the footage which appears to show an incident of fox hunting, which took place near Moreton Field Farm, in Moreton, Thame on 1 January. An investigation is underway. No arrests have been made".

Kimblewick Hunt has been approached for comment.

POWAperson adds  -   It is striking to me how casually the terriermen perform the task of evicting the fox from the artificial earth and sending it on its way to what they will assuredly know is to be a gruesome and agonising death at the jaws of the hounds. This suggests that what they are doing is routine to them. The are used to it - and perhaps a lot worse treatment of their animal victims.

The Kimblewick FH was formed a few years ago as an amalgamation of three Hunts. The Chairman of one of these was Lord Gardiner, now Conservative Minister for Animal Welfare in DEFRA. He is known to be a member of the Kimblewick FH. You couldn't make it up.  

 

Monitor badly injured by loose horse in freak accident at Crawley FH

Horse got tangled in hunt jump, bolted and beams hit anti as it ran in panic

7-1-19  Facebook - West Sussex Hunt Sabs  VIDEO   While monitoring the Crawley & Horsham Hunt on New Years Day we were all shocked when we witnessed a horrific accident involving one of the horses. We did all we could to help the horse and make sure the rider was OK. A monitor who tried to stop the horse suffered a bad injury, but he is OK. We are hoping the horse has recovered from what clearly was a terrifying time and did not suffer any lasting injury.

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Pics above   -   1/   Horse entangled in the hunt jump    2/   Horse bolts with plank still attached 

7-1-19   Daily Mail   Horrifying moment a horse bolts after it gets its head stuck in a jump fence and seriously injures a hunt monitor as it gallops past him - Hunt monitor severely injured [exaggeration, POWAperson] after horse stuck inside jump fence on January 1 - Horse was participating in the Crawley and Horsham Hunt when it became stuck - Man was hit by fragments of fence still attached to horse's body as it ran past    A hunt monitor was seriously injured when he was knocked to the ground by a fleeing horse after it got its head stuck in a jump fence.

The clip, filmed during the Crawley and Horsham hunt, captures the horse as it becomes entangled in the wooden jump on January 1st. But as the rider attempts to remove the fence, her horse gallops away with parts of the broken jump still attached to its back. As it runs, pieces fall, and one large plank of wood collides with a nearby hunt monitor. He falls to the ground as the white horse runs into the distance now free from the fence.

The camerawoman then runs over to the rider and the hunt monitor to check both are OK. Another clip, filmed a few moments later, shows the hunt monitor lying on the ground. He is surrounded by a group of men as they wait for an ambulance. One of the group said: 'You know where you dropped us in? The ambulance will have to come there - he's in a bad way.'

The caption warned of the risks of 'fundamentally flawed' hunt jumps. It said: 'Hunt jumps are a menace to all. While monitoring the Crawley and Horsham Hunt, which has a history of illegal hunting, a hunt monitor is severely injured after a horse falls through a wooden jump and runs off with jump attached. A rider and horse were also treated for injuries. Hunt jumps are fundamentally flawed with gaps in them, and pose a grave risk to horse and rider.'

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Pics above   -   1/  Bolting horse knocks monitor down   2/  Monitor,  on ground, being assisted

 

Hampshire FH unable to escape sabs packed up after just 80 minutes

6-1-19   Facebook - North Downs Hunt Sabs   Mission 57 - Hampshire Hunt, Bramdean,  5-1-19     Probably setting this years record for the shortest time to shut down a fox hunt, sabs from Guildford, North Downs and Reading sabbed the Hampshire Hunt, who met at Woodcote Manor House Bramdean.

HampshireFHNo..5-1-19.jpgIt was a 12 o'clock meet and on seeing so many Sabs the Hunt seemed confused at what to do, not moving off until 12.40. They then hacked down a busy A road causing the usual traffic chaos. The Hunt headed to Bramdean Common and started illegally hunting straight away. While the Reading group covered the scent of one fox with citronella, the Hunt couldn't lose our running squad and a number of byways enabled us (with our landies) to keep close tabs on them.

Everywhere they went they couldn't lose the Sabs and so became increasingly frustrated and aggressive. There was some pushing and shoving, some members of the hunt and their support displayed such potty mouths that even their own mothers would have disowned them!

After only an hour and twenty minutes they had given up and were back at the kennels at 14.03hrs. This ended probably our quickest hunt this year and there wasn't much left to do but take a group photo and retire to the pub for chips and beer.

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Pic above   -   No, it's not a one-way road    Pic below  -  The winning team

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Fife FH kill fox in suspicious circumstances, sab assaulted

Sab grabbed and fox was snatched back off him 

6-1-19    Facebook - Grampian Hunt Sabs   Fife Foxhounds kill a fox – 5/1/19  VIDEO  The Fife Foxhounds killed yesterday and did all they could to stop sabs getting the fox's body, even suggesting sabs were trying to hurt the hounds when trying to get the body from them (which is 'funny', considering that there is video footage of huntsman Howarth hitting one of his hounds with a whip, but I guess he is allowed to hurt them since his whole job involves killing!). They also assaulted a sab, grabbing him by the collar and taking the fox's body back. These people have no shame.

A gunshot was heard on approach (they are meant to shoot the foxes rather than allow the hounds to get them). However, the Hunt were standing with Galpin the terrierman, then rode away from him and waited before the fox miraculously appeared and the gunshot was heard. After this, the hounds were allowed to get the fox. This we find very suspicious as it suggests that the Hunt somehow knew a fox would appear in that exact location. (This is not the first time Galpin has 'magically' made foxes appear).

Pics below   -   1/  Hounds ragging fox   2/  Terrierman just after snatching fox back

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Sab reporting of sett blocking pays off as fox escapes N. Cotswold FH

6-1-19   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    Saturday 5th January 2019, North Cotswold Hunt, Springhill    We saw 2 foxes get safely to ground in badger setts today and sab' presence meant no attempts to dig out/bolt. We have not found the NCH blocking any setts so far this season after police and press played their part in questioning the practice when we reported every incident in. As sett blocking is something that happens hours in advance of a hunt and they don't know when we are coming it is looking positive.

One sett had been blocked repeatedly in the past with huge staves rammed in it's entrances and did not appear to be active. The other sett although blocked last season and targeted by the cull was healthy and very active. The fox on the film [below] ran straight to it and escaped.

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We have found them digging setts and there is no room for complacency. Sett checking continues apace in all areas. The Ledbury and Beaufort continue to block. Looks like the Cotswold and Heythrop are much diminished or have stopped as well. Apart from that much of the day was going back and forth to Springhill.

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Cottesmore FH hunt foxes but sabs ensure no kills - blocked sett

6-1-19    Facebook - Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs    05/01/2019, Cottesmore Hunt - Meet: Preston Hall, Preston, Leicestershire    With Northants and Lincoln Hunt Saboteurs + WildAct The hound van was parked in Ridlington Road and eyes were on as the Cottesmore Hunt gathered at Preston Hall. OneCottesmoreFHRideronpoint5-1-19.jpg team was dropped in to strategic areas to pre-spray.

The Hunt finally left the meet and it seemed like they were straight onto a fox as they headed west from the meet parallel to Ridlington Road with hounds going into cry. Sab teams were already in the field to rate the hounds and keep them in close sight. The Hunt turned north with hounds briefly in cry at the next covert before moving off at speed. A beautiful hare fled the area to safety. Sabs followed as they headed towards another covert scaring a field of sheep as they encircled it. After milling around for a short while with hounds briefly speaking the Hunt turned towards Brooke Road. A couple of muntjac also fled the area.

The Cottesmore Hunt headed south to hunt the country between Ridlington and the A47 centred on Park Farm and Quaker Spinney. Teams of sabs spread out to cover as large an area as possible. A rider was spotted on point close to Park Farm before hounds went into prolonged cry as they chased at speed in the direction of Belton-in-Rutland followed by the main field. The BOP wagon went in towards a small covert after the hounds had left the area and sabs feared a clean-up operation but BOP drove past. Another point rider was spotted.

CottesmoreFHMmm5-1-19.jpgThe Hunt carried on north moving fast and direct contact was lost for a while. Vehicles were searching the area as much as possible with the lack of roads and spotted hunt support around Launde Park Wood.

The usual pathetic bunch of hunt support thugs had turned up and tried to block in sab vehicles. Foot sabs headed towards Launde Park Wood and heard the hounds speaking. BOP and another terrierman quad were hanging about on the outside of the wood. As sabs entered the wood hounds were gathered back together and led out by the whip for the long trek back towards Wills Farm.

Unfortunately, foxes are not the only animal persecuted by Hunts. One team had found a large badger sett close to Park Farm that had been recently blocked in with clear spade marks. They set to recording the damage and unblocking the sett to save the badgers from being suffocated. The sett blocking will be reported to police.

Late in the afternoon the BOP wagon was put on a trailer even though the Hunt were still activelyCottesmoreFHIshound5-1-19.jpg hunting - obviously the Cottesmore have realised the BOP exception is invalid. A team of foot sabs headed back into the field found the Hunt and observed as they headed back to pack up.

The hopelessly ineffective hunt thugs then decided it was time to earn their blood money and descended on the green landy chasing it along a public byway before blocking them in. The usual motley crew surrounded the vehicle with their permanently attached cameras focused on the windows. Police were called and as units were already in the area luckily arrived within a few minutes. The thugs were told to withdraw and statements given to police meaning another late finish to the day.

This was a tough day for sabs with limited vehicle access meaning foot sabs covered large distances over undulating country to keep in contact with a fast moving hunt. All sab teams worked effectively to prevent the blood junkies having any success. We are pretty confident of a no kill day and a badger sett has been unblocked undoubtedly saving more lives.

if you can help us financially please do every single penny goes towards saving lives.  https://ko-fi.com/hhsabs.

Pics above   -   1/  Rider on point. This makes no sense on a 'trail hunt' - but then a lot of what they do whilst pretending doesn't either [holloas, presence of terriermen, charging around on roads, railways etc.]   2/  Scrupulously observed by the Hunt - not.    3/  Is the hound sensing a message to the rider. More seriously, hounds crapping all over pasture land is a concern. They can spread various nasties like hydatidosis, neospora [causes cattle to abort, etc.]


Attorney General hosted illegal Lamerton FH hunt, say sabs

4 foxes put up but not seen by Hunt & sabs covered scent 

Woman rider says Lamerton 'haven't hunted illegally for 3 years' !! 

Young bull charged terrierman quad and head-butted it 

6-1-19   Devon County Hunt Saboteurs   PHOTO ALBUM   "We haven't illegally hunted for three seasons!"   Comment of the season goes to... a rider from the Lamerton Hunt. Read on! Yesterday we paid a long-overdue visit to the Lamerton Hunt, who were meeting at none other than the Attorney General's house at Willestrew near Lamerton. If you're wondering how the chief legal advisor to the government would have either the time or the inclination to host a hunt, you wouldn't be alone! Perhaps Brexit is getting a bit much for him. We have sabbed the Lamerton here on a previous occasion, when Geoffrey Cox was a mere MP for Torridge and West Devon (the highest expenses-claiming MP in the country, by the way), so we had a pretty good idea of where to position ourselves ahead of the meet.

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No less than four foxes were spotted in the first half hour of the day, fleeing ahead of the hounds. Quick action from sabs to cover the foxes' tracks and rate the odd hound that got onto the scent meant the pack failed to pick up on any of them. We find it quite implausible that so many foxes would all happen to reside in such a small area and so wouldn't be at all surprised if at least some of them weren't in fact resident foxes but were rather brought in to give hunt followers a good show. Some suspicious quad bike movements witnessed ahead of the Hunt leaving the meet add weight to this suspicion. However, it turns out the terriermen had no permission to be on the neighbouring landowners' land, and were duly told off!

Huntsman David Lewis's response to every comment from us yesterday was "I'm not Jason Marles (Eggesford huntsman), you know!". He couldn't stop slagging him off. Apparently Jason is not a popular man, even in the hunting community.

With decent scent conditions and some near misses early on, we were preparing for a long and difficult day, but fortunately the rest of the day proved completely blank. David spent a lot of time on foot. They drew the valley between Foghanger and Longbrook Farm, where a frisky bull calf took a disliking to one of the terrier quad bikes and chased it out of his field before head-butting the quad, which was quite comical to watch.

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                    Young bull demonstrates good taste by charging terriermen quad 

Sabs entered the field to keep an eye on the hounds who were dangerously rioting on deer in the valley, and then received hassle from terrier man Steve and his daughter, who were trying to stop sabs from getting a view. Steve grabbed hold of and twisted one of our sabs' hands, insisting "We're not illegally hunting! Where's your proof?". Bear in mind this is the same man who drives around on a quad bike equipped with terriers and spades and whose birthday cake a few years ago featured the scene of a dig-out in marzipan on top. The female rider then shouted "We haven't illegally hunted for three seasons!".[Video here]. Can't say we've heard that particular line before, and for those who find it hard to believe, you can watch the footage here. It seems Geoffrey Cox isn't the only one who needs reminding that the Hunting Act was passed in 2004, fifteen years ago.  

The Hunt left the field and crossed the road, with sabs in tow. A delivery driver caught between hunt vehicles that were completely blocking the road expressed his frustration and shouted at them to move. Such is their arrogance that they initially refused to unblock the road because doing so would mean allowing our Land Rover through as well.

From there everything headed north towards Ramsdown Plantation and then west in direction of Minnamoor Wood. Still failing to pick up on any of the 'trails' we were told had been laid, the assembled Hunt came out at Tredown and went east in direction of Willesley. Despite some desperate attempts at blocking our vehicle, the Hunt were unable to shake our sabs, who headed over towards Uppaton to keep an eye on the hounds as they began drawing the steep slopes around White Tor. When they continued to draw blank, they tried their luck in the valley towards Poflet Pastures. This is across the stream from Cardwell Farm, prolific fox-snarers, so we're not entirely surprised they didn't find in this area. Eventually the Hunt gave up and went back to their vehicles at Longcross, packing up at 3pm...

Sabs covered many miles on foot yesterday, but this is no deterrent to us. To get involved, contact us via devoncountysabs@riseup.net or 07717473305. Our Land Rover is currently having major work done, so if you can spare a few quid to help us cover the cost, you can donate here. Thanks to all our followers for their ongoing support!

6-1-19    Devon Live     Attorney General Geoffrey Cox MP pictured at controversial hunt where 'frisky' bull headbutted hunters' quad bike - Hunt saboteurs did their best to disrupt proceedings at The Lamerton Hunt meet near Tavistock    A hunting meet which is alleged to have been hosted by Attorney General and Devon MP Geoffrey Cox has seen huntsmen clash with protesters and saboteurs.

The Lamerton Hunt met at Willestrew near Tavistock yesterday where it is alleged they hunted on land owned by Torridge and West Devon MP Mr Cox. The Government's chief legal advisor was pictured allegedly hosting members of the hunt who gathered outside his home for drinks and food before setting off on horseback into the surrounding fields.

The Devon County Hunt Saboteurs group were at the hunt where they attempted to disrupt proceedings. The group posted pictures and videos to their Facebook page along with their account of what happened on the day.

Their post read: "Yesterday we paid a long-overdue visit to the Lamerton Hunt, who were meeting at none other than the Attorney General's house at Willestrew near Lamerton. If you're wondering how the chief legal advisor to the government would have either the time or the inclination to host a hunt, you wouldn't be alone! Perhaps Brexit is getting a bit much for him. We have sabbed the Lamerton here on a previous occasion, when Geoffrey Cox was a mere MP for Torridge and West Devon, so we had a pretty good idea of where to position ourselves ahead of the meet."

The saboteurs say they managed to cover the tracks of four foxes which they spotted, meaning the hounds were unable to follow their scent. They went on: "They drew the valley between Foghanger and Longbrook Farm, where a frisky bull calf took a disliking to one of the terrier quad bikes and chased it out of his field before head-butting the quad, which was quite comical to watch.

Sabs entered the field to keep an eye on the hounds and then received hassle from a terrier man and a woman who were trying to stop sabs from getting a view. "(The terrier man) insisted "We're not illegally hunting! Where's your proof?". The female rider then shouted "We haven't illegally hunted for three seasons!"... The saboteurs say the Hunt eventually "gave up" around 3pm.

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                 2 fully equipped terrier quads - essential components of a trail hunt 

Hunting has hit the headlines in Devon several times over the past few weeks as protesters and huntsman clashed across the county. On Boxing Day video emerged of a huntsman appearing to taunt protesters at a meet in Torrington. On the same day footage of a fox apparently being ripped apart by hunt hounds was also circulated by the Devon County Hunt Saboteurs. A pub on Dartmoor which hosted a New Year's Day drag hunt event sparked outrage with a foul-mouthed response to critics. And another New Year's Day hunt saw protesters hit hunt vans with placards* - while hunt supporters were filmed driving a quad bike into anti-hunt campaigners.

* It was one placard - a small, lightweight piece of card.

8-1-19  The Canary    Cabinet minister for law snapped ‘hosting’ a fox hunt on his own land  Devon County Hunt Saboteurs photographed attorney general Geoffrey Cox and accused him of ‘hosting’ a fox hunt on 5th January. The Lamerton Hunt allegedly took place on the Torridge and West Devon MP’s own land. Theresa May’s top legal minister seemed to be accommodating hunters outside his house for refreshments.

If anybody is still unsure as to the reasons why the police, the CPS and the courts turn a blind eye to illegal hunting look at this picture. This is the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, he is a Conservative MP and cabinet minister. Here we see him hosting the Lamerton Hunt. Cox and the Lamerton Hunt failed to respond to a request for comment from Devon Live.

Hunting wild mammals with dogs has been illegal since the Hunting Act came into force in 2005 – with the exception of rabbits, rats and, under some circumstances, hares. But Hunts still take place under the cover of ‘trail hunting‘, which is a mock hunt using artificial trails.

On social media, Devon County Hunt Saboteurs said:- Yesterday we paid a long-overdue visit to the Lamerton Hunt, who were meeting at none other than the Attorney General’s house at Willestrew near Lamerton. If you’re wondering how the chief legal advisor to the government would have either the time or the inclination to host a hunt, you wouldn’t be alone! Perhaps Brexit is getting a bit much for him. We have sabbed the Lamerton here on a previous occasion, when Geoffrey Cox was a mere MP for Torridge and West Devon.

The group continued:- No less than four foxes were spotted in the first half hour of the day, fleeing ahead of the hounds. Quick action from sabs to cover the foxes’ tracks and rate the odd hound that got onto the scent meant the pack failed to pick up on any of them. We find it quite implausible that so many foxes would all happen to reside in such a small area and so wouldn’t be at all surprised if at least some of them weren’t in fact resident foxes but were rather brought in to give hunt followers a good show.

On New Year’s Day, meanwhile, campaigners filmed the Kimblewick Hunt releasing a captive fox for hounds to chase down. Labour MP Chris Williamson has called for action against the “routine disregard for law” that he says hunters display.

The cruel sport of hunting was made illegal for very good reasons. So it’s very worrying that the government’s legal chief appears to be hosting hunters on his own land.

Also reported by Evolve Politics 

 

29-1-19    Amateur Brain Surgery    Geoffrey Cox QC MP Hosts Dubious Fox Hunt     On the 5th of January 2019 our illustrious Attorney General, the right honourable Geoffrey Cox QC, was apparently involved in a meeting of the Lamerton Hunt at his property at Willestew near Lamerton.

The Lamerton Hunt have a dubious history. Back in 2014 huntsman David Lewis, joint master George Moyse, whipper-in Steve Craddock and terrier men Wayne Bartlett, Stephen Mitchell and Gilmore Lewis were being prosecuted by the League Against Cruel Sports for hunting a wild mammal with dogs on the 26th March 2014, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004. But the court case collapsed due to a technicality. So the case never made it to court and the accused were never convicted. But equally, they were also never exonerated. Here’s some of the video evidence in which it is alleged that the Lamerton Hunt are engaged in illegal fox hunting on the 26th March 2014.

Jump forward in time to the recent Lamerton Hunt meet which appears to have been hosted by Geoffrey Cox. Devon County Hunt Saboteurs were in attendance and, due to historic knowledge, very familiar with this hunt’s favoured locations so they were able to optimally position themselves to prevent foxes from being killed. Whilst monitoring the behaviour of the foxhounds a couple (man and woman) of hunt supporters attempted to block the saboteurs’ view of the hounds. The male supporter insisted: - “We’re not illegally hunting! Where’s your proof?”

While it’s good to hear that they were not illegally hunting, why would they have an issue with anyone watching and recording their activity if they were doing nothing illegal? (This applies to hunts up and down the country: if they really are ‘trail hunting’, as they want us all to think, then they would not have a problem with people monitoring and recording everything they do – including the way in which they ‘train’ their fox hounds.)

Then the female Lamerton hunt supporter, attempting to block the saboteurs’ view of the Lamerton hounds, made the following, startling statment:- “We haven’t illegally hunted for three seasons!”.

This person was clearly telling the Devon County Hunt Saboteurs that the Lamerton Hunt, hosted on this occasion by Geoffrey Cox, our Attorney General, were engaged in illegal hunting up until 3 seasons ago. This appears to indicate that, up until the 2014/2015 hunt season, their hunt support admits that the Lamerton Hunt were engaged in illegal hunting. That’s 10 years since the Hunting Act 2004 came into force on the 18th November 2004.

This raises the question: Why did Geoffrey Cox apparently host this Lamerton Hunt meet at his property? Polls in which the British public have been asked whether they are for or against fox hunting consistently show that more than 85% of people in the UK are totally opposed to this archaic activity. Even the Tories have been forced to change their position after Theresa May had pledged to hold a free vote to repeal the fox hunting ban. After the Tories failed to get their widely hoped-for majority the government were forced to drop their plans for a free vote on fox hunting. It was suggested by many that Theresa May’s stated support for fox hunting and a free vote to repeal the hunting act had contributed to the disastrous Tory election results.

So why is Geoffrey Cox apparently supporting a Hunt which has an admitted, dubious history and why does he support fox hunting when it’s a vote loser? Perhaps it has something to do with the extent to which hunting is carried out in Devon.

There are a minimum of 20 fox hunts active in the county along with 2 stag hunts, 2 roe deer hunts, 4 beagle packs who hunt hares and 2 mink hunts. They are a blood-thirsty lot down in Devon. But Mr Cox should pay attention to a recent poll of rural residents in which it was concluded that ‘countryside values’ are based on a respect for nature and not killing for fun! People living in the countryside overwhelmingly rejected the idea that hunting with dogs reflects their values. A massive 91% of surveyed rural residents think that observing nature reflects countryside values, while only one in six (16%) believe hunting with dogs reflects countryside values.

Local people in Devon are besieged by Hunts. These countryside hooligans kill beloved wildlife, rampage and trespass across farms and gardens, kill family pets, disturb livestock, breach biosecurity, trespass on railway tracks, block roads and break many road traffic regulations. Hunt members and supporters are notoriously abusive and violent toward anyone who gets in their way or shows disapproval of their chosen hobby. They represent a belligerent minority who use physical violence, intimidation, threats and an overt disregard for the law in order to pursue their perverse hobby.

Time and time again police forces have failed to thoroughly investigate reported hunting crimes or other crimes committed by Hunts and their supporters. Every week, during the hunting season, we see many recorded reports of road traffic offences committed by Hunts and hunt supporters, going completely unchallenged by the police. Even after offences such as driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicles without registration plates, insurance or MOTs are explicitly pointed out to attending police officers – they turn a blind eye! Why? Could it have something to do with the fact that Mr Geoffrey ‘contempt of parliament’ Cox sits at the top of the legal hierarchy? 

 

 

Cheshire FH kill fox, kick body into canal - sabs fish it out

5-1-19    Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO    VIDEO     Fox killed by Cheshire hounds. They threw the body into the canal. Sabs retrieved the body of the poor little vixen.                     CheshireFHanticradleskilledfox5-1-19.jpg CheshireFHKilledfox5-1-19.jpg

6-1-19    Facebook – Cheshire Hunt Sabs   These photos [below] were taken seconds after the little vixen was killed yesterday. Jaime Whittles a vile, evil, common criminal, disposes of the body, kicking her into the canal. We have named the vixen Amelia to give her some dignity. All she wanted to do was live.

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5-1-19    Guardian    Police investigate claim fox was killed during Chester trail hunt - Labour MP, Chris Matheson, called for prosecution and prison terms if allegations proved    Police are investigating after a fox was reportedly killed during a hunt in Huxley, near Chester. Cheshire police said they had been notified of the animal’s death during a trail hunt on Saturday and assured the public that the matter will be thoroughly investigated. “Shortly after 1.30pm today Cheshire police were notified that a fox had been killed while a trail hunt was taking place in the Huxley area,” a force spokesman said. An investigation into the circumstances has been launched, and a number of parties are being spoken to. The role of the police is to enforce the law impartially. We recognise how emotive this issue is and we CheshireFHWhipjustafter5-1-19.jpgwould like to assure everyone that the matter will be thoroughly investigated.”

The Labour MP for Chester, Chris Matheson, wrote on Twitter: “I am receiving reports of a fox being killed by a Cheshire Hunt. I will be seeking confirmation but if true then prosecution and prison sentences must follow. Better still an outright ban on foxhunting.”

The incident comes amid growing concern that the 2004 ban on foxhunting is being ignored. A recent report commissioned by the Cheshire police commissioner urged the government to reform foxhunting laws after MPs raised concerns over allegations of illegal hunting this year. It follows an incident in Macclesfield in 2017 where a fox was allegedly killed when a hunt spilled on to a residential street.

Cheshire police have never successfully prosecuted anyone for illegal hunting – and have passed only one file to the Crown Prosecution Service in three years.

Labour has said that it would strengthen the 2004 Hunting Act and remove legal loopholes that make prosecutions hard to achieve. The party later announced it would consider imprisoning foxhunters.

Pic above right  -  Jaime Whittle, Whipper-in of the Cheshire FH, who always gets lumbered with disposing of the body of foxes killed by the Hunt. Besides illegal hunting he is breaking the law here by improperly disposing of an animal carcass. Whilst we understand that Cheshire police are quite keen to rein in the county's Hunts, we fully expect the CPS to refuse to prosecute - yet again.

11-1-19   Independent    Film of fox being kicked into river 'proof illegal hunting is taking place', says Packham 'This anachronistic savagery shames our nation and our species,' says Chris Packham   A hunter has been caught on camera kicking the body of a fox into a river, in what Chris Packham says is “proof” illegal hunting is taking place in the UK.

A member of the Cheshire Hunt, in red hunting jacket, was filmed trying to dispose of the corpse of the vixen, which witnesses claimed had just been chased and mauled to death by hounds. Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs, who retrieved the mangled body from the water, posted footage online of the huntsman’s “vile” actions. Hunting wildlife with dogs has ChrisPackham.jpgbeen illegal since 2005.

Packham [left], the BBC Springwatch presenter, tweeted:“This is ugly,” going on to suggest that the incident provided “proof that illegal hunting continues in the UK”. The Cheshire Hunt strongly denied that any unlawful activity had taken place. Please help to peacefully and democratically end this anachronistic savagery”, Packham went on. “It shames our nation and our species.”

Other Twitter users called for the hunter to be prosecuted, insisting there was “no excuse for such evil” and saying the law should be enforced more strictly. After the clash, at Huxley near Chester, on Saturday afternoon, the saboteurs named the vixen Amelia “to give her some dignity”. Three days later, the Hunt also killed a male fox, the saboteurs said.

Facebook user Helen Martin wrote to the Cheshire Police Commissioner, saying: “I also hope that you will represent the 85 per cent of the population who abhor fox hunting and ensure Cheshire makes a stand on this archaic, brutal practice the only purpose of which is to fulfil the bloodlust of a disturbed minority.”

Meanwhile, a businesswoman is trying to convince local authorities to enforce rules around organising hunts in advance. Barbara Wray has started a petition on Change.org, calling for hunts to be forced to apply for “comprehensive risk-assessment documents” and to have public liability insurance, as organisers of other public events do.

A spokesperson for the Cheshire Hunt said: “Many Hunts, including the Cheshire, are subjected to constant harassment by anti-hunting activists whose intentions are to disrupt legal activities by spraying noxious substances and attempting to distract the hounds while they are trail-hunting. The Cheshire Hunt operates within the law to comply with the Hunting Act 2004. An incident occurred on Saturday 5 January which we believe was solely due to the presence of anti-hunting protesters who were interfering with the hounds. The police are aware of any allegations regarding our activities and that of the anti-hunting activists and we are fully co-operating with their enquiries.”

Cheshire police said they were still investigating, and referred to an earlier statement that said: “We’re still speaking to all parties and are thoroughly reviewing the information we’ve been given. Events such as these are very upsetting and we’re doing everything we can to find out what has gone on, but this can take time and is often very challenging.”

David Keane, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, said: “The constabulary is aware of the allegations and in my role as police and crime commissioner in holding the chief constable to account, I will be seeking an overview of the investigation and any outcomes from those leading it. The acting chief constable is fully aware of my expectation that such incidents are thoroughly and robustly investigated. Following the independent review I commissioned into illegal hunting in Cheshire, I will be holding a scrutiny meeting in public next month to discuss the outcomes of this review and the subsequent action plan to ensure Cheshire Constabulary is upholding its responsibilities under the Hunting Act 2004. In the meantime, I would urge anyone who has evidence of any criminal activity relating to illegal hunting to contact Cheshire police.”


Cotswold FH redcoats & hounds all over high-speed dualed A40

5-1-19  Facebook – Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch     VIDEO    Cotswold FH all over high-speed dual carriageway A40    Monitor filmed a hound running loose on the road. Redcoats went on to get it off. After gathering hounds together, the Huntsman then decided it would be a good idea to take the whole pack across. Monitors later learned a member of the public had seen in a fox running from hounds nearby where the Hunt had been filmed on the A40.

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The first pic [above] shows the lone hound on the road. This is illegal, as the dog was clearly not under control. The second photo [below, sorry for blurriness] shows the Huntsman about to lead the pack across both carriageways. Believe it or not, this is legal. The Road Traffic Act carries an exemption for dogs being used for 'sporting' purposes, so long as they are under control.

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Monitors say stopped Wynnstay FH [Lord Daresbury in tow] killing

5-1-19    Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   Wynnstay Hunt 3.1.19   They tried their best to kill foxes but we stopped them at every turn.

Note Lord Daresbury (Greenhall Whitley brewery) is one of the riders here [below], joining in with, and sometimes hosting the medieval pastime. We can’t point out which one he is because the Countryside Alliance will accuse us of cyber bullying. Full report to follow.

POWAperson comments  -  I'd guess Lord Daresbury is to the right [politically]. He has a huge estate in the Weaver Vale, near Warrington, which is why he is out with the Wynnstay. That estate he used to host one of the mass signings of the 'Hunting Declaration' which blood sports obsessives signed to say they'd ignore any hunting ban. Last claim I heard [I think from Hart who co-ordinated the whole thing] was 60,000 signatures. Well, at least they kept their word.

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POWAperson adds  -  Lord Daresbury was Chairman of the Master of Fox Hounds Associations when he made perhaps the biggest single blunder in the history of the hunting lobby [and they are world-class foot-in-mouthers]. In early 2004 he wrote to all registered FH chairmen, urging Hunts to get 'their' farmers to provide plenty of opportunities for foxes to breed on their land, as they were running short of foxes to hunt in many areas. Bang goes their 'pest control' argument.

Simon Hart, then CEO of the Countryside Alliance [now a Tory MP, though still in receipt of £30k a year from the hunting lobby], emailed him back, tearing him off a strip for being so bloody stupid. Some kind person leaked the email a few months later, shortly after the Second Reading of the Hunting Act 2004.

This is an extract from the Times article on the Hart-Daresbury contretemps - TIMES 26-9-04

One of the protesters’ key arguments — that foxes need to be destroyed — has been undermined, however, by the discovery of a letter sent by the Master of Foxhounds Association to masters and hunt chairmen.Complaining about “a shortage of foxes”, it berates landowners who did too little to encourage the animals to breed.

The letter, circulated last March, has come to light following the leak of documents from the Countryside Alliance. It is referred to in an e-mail from Simon Hart, chief executive of the alliance, to Lord Daresbury, the chairman of the foxhounds association. Hart warns the letter would be damaging if it were made public.

“The notice refers in line one to a shortage of foxes,” he wrote. “What for? For several years we have articulated a case for wildlife management. That management should be accounting for every rural interest not just hunting. I am concerned that nowhere in the letter do I see reference to the needs of farmers . . . only the interests of foxhunters. This would play badly in almost every sector outside hunting itself, and within too.”

Hart takes exception to the suggestion that hunt masters ought to put pressure on members to maintain fox populations: “This can only be interpreted by the outside world as suspicious — the artificial enhancement of a ‘pest species’ for purely sporting benefit. 
We would be ridiculed (if the remarks were published) in parliament and the media.” 

A few years later, when Hart was cultivating his Tory candidacy for the seat of Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire [elected 2010, WTF?], Daresbury donated £2,000 to his constituency party. Presumably this was some cack-handed apology for his mega-blunder in 2004. But, come on, £2k ? Really? 

 

Sabs stick like glue to Oakley FH, despite Masters riding at them

Very small field for joint meet with Woodland Pytchley FH

5-1-19   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs    Well it has to be said I'm completely knackered and I'll be downing the first of several beers very soon but enough of that and on with the events of the day.

Now the Oakley think they've been out-smarting us recently as we've not been sabbing them but we simply had other options, however it was their turn again today and they tried another little trick of going out early with a 9am meet close to their Melchbourne home But as is usually the case with these affairs a little birdy mentioned this to us so we managed to get some sabs out nice and early and met them just a short time after leaving the meet.

As a nice bonus it appeared they were having a joint meet with the Woodland Pytchley - 2 hunts for the price of one! It must have been a bit of an embarrassment for the home side when we turned up and young Tom Henson's face (whipper In) was something to behold when he first saw us arrive, then promptly got on the phone to deliver the bad news [below].

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With 2 vehicles and several small foot teams we stayed with them all day, they were never out of our sight for more than 5 minutes and also had the indignation of having our own Horatio Hornblower buggering off with the hounds. Well, they prefer us anyway.

Early on sabs noticed a fox hiding in scrub, a rider also noticed it but luckily the hounds didn't pick up onOakleyFHWoodlandPytchleyFHWPsbirdhandler5-1-19.jpgit's scent and sabs made sure it was safe.

The WP also seemed to have bought their bird of prey with them[right] as some sort of excuse for hunting. Perhaps they should ask the Fitzwilliam how it worked out for them. The law is pretty clear on this and poncing about with an eagle does not mean your hunting is legal. Ask George Adams.

It was clear they we were having an effect as riders soon started to ride at sabs aggressively and used their horses as weapon, the main instigator in this was the WP Master. It amused us to see Oakley riders and in particular Master Simon Paynter all of a sudden grow a pair to show off in front of their guests.

But no matter how hard they tried or the distance they covered they always ran into sabs and those foot sabs covered some serious distances today and our drivers doing an equally great job in ferrying sabs and staying in touch. All in all a very tough but hugely rewarding day and no kills.

Quick mention to Welly Boot man (the happiest bumpkin you'll ever meet) and his twin, you'll get a new name in due course but we need to think of something suitable, the Jacamo Brothers doesn't seem quite right.

Lots of fuel used today so any help hugely appreciated. https://ko-fi.com/bedsbuckshuntsabs

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                                    The field - pitiful for a joint Saturday meet 

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                                          Apparently, they own all the roads 

 

 

Very long un-sabbed Welsh Hunt gets shock when antis appear

Found blatantly trying to hunt foxes, restrained by sabs

5-1-19   Facebook - South Wales Hunt Saboteurs    Vale of Clettwr – 05.01.19   We've received a number of requests to travel west because 'the Hunts are literally getting away with murder', so we headed over to Mydroilyn, a small village east of Newquay to see what the Clettwr were up to.

We arrived just after they'd entered the field and yup they were pleased to see us. We dropped a foot ValeofClettwrFHDumbstruckterrierman5-1-19.jpgteam just ahead of them, as the quads caught up they were full of threats and the usual tedious testosterone at a gateway but we carried on regardless. There were attempts to block our vehicle and we were followed most of the day.

The Huntsman was blatantly hunting but moved off quickly when sabs entered the field, spending much less time than intended in the valley below the meet. They headed to a huge wood at Caledrhydiau with vehicle support doing their best to intimidate and block us but we dropped a foot team in at the bottom of the wood where we were ready to intervene.

Hounds went into cry briefly which meant the huntsman spent the next hour or so getting them back together before moving on to head back toward the meet via a different valley. We tried to follow along a very narrow road but found it blocked by vehicle support and masked men who clearly didn't want us to see what they were up to.

Worked for us, we headed back along the top of the valley where we had eyes on the Huntsman and the rest of the criminal gang. We dropped a foot team in on the opposite side of the valley and the vehicle headed up to a high spot – both had eyes on when the Huntsman cast the hounds along a hedge and encouraged them on as they went into cry. But then he realised we were across the valley with good views and in a great position to intervene, so he called them off. Hounds were very responsive to his voice calls and the sound of the cracking whips. That was it – they slowly headed back to the meet to box up. It was a tough day and long but we're glad went – and will be seeing the Clettwr again very soon.

Pic above   -  Dumbstruck terrierman who probably still hasn't worked out what those weird, fleet creatures who seemed to want to stop them catching foxes were. 

 

 

Puckeridge FH hunt openly, sabs twice call hounds off

5-1-19    Facebook - Norwich Hunt Saboteurs   Hit report, 5th January 2018 - Puckeridge Foxhounds, Anstey    Today we joined SES - Suffolk And Essex, Cambridge and South Cambs Hunt Saboteurs and Herts Wildlife Monitors at the Puckeridge.

Sabs kept on top of the Hunt all day, despite best efforts of riders and supporters to block roads and hold us up. This was just as well because once again the Huntsman didn't bother hiding the fact that they were actively hunting foxes. Riding slowly through thick woodland, making noises intended to flush out foxes, the Hunt tried really hard to get a kill today, and probably would have got away with it if it weren't for those pesky sabs.

Twice in Scales Park woodland hounds were close on the line of a fox, but sabs were on hand to call them off and ensure wildlife a safe getaway.

All in all a successful day, which is more than can be said by the Hunt who looked even grumpier than usual. They also had shocking control of the hounds, who ended up running all over the place (including the road) with no huntsman in sight.

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Also in attendance was Herts Police, who have obviously been given some new toys for Christmas [above].They had buggies, quads, 4x4s, unmarked vehicles and more. It looked pretty fun but despite all of this and the number of officers in attendance, they didn't actually do anything, leaving both sabs and Hunt to get on with it. What a waste!

Unlike Herts Police, we don't get fancy new gadgets and vehicles for Christmas, but with your help we could buy our own. Please consider donating at https://ko-fi.com/N4N0HF6M.

 

Alpaca-mauling Meynell FH baulked in desire for a kill

5-1-19   Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs    First trip out of the new year and where else would we be but the alpaca killing, illegally hunting Meynell and South Staffs Hunt who met at the Nags Head, Hulland Ward.

An unusual meet for us this one as we've not seen them here on a Saturday before and we don't know it that well. We had a scout around the locale and chatted to some locals whilst the hunt were still at the meet. They all said they rarely saw the hunt and that they certainly weren't welcome. It does make you wonder if the increasingly unpopular Meynell are getting short of land to hunt.

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                                              Sabs stay up with the pack  

After a brief, pointless loop South of the village they headed North into hillier wooded country and hounds quickly went into cry. They streamed West through Biggin towards Atlow whilst both groups of foot sabs scrambled to get in front of them. We caught up with the pack and kept a watchful eye on them in a steep valley near Atlow where the hapless Huntsman Sam lost half his pack for the first (but not last) time today. Whipper in Ollie had to lift half of them over a barbed wire fence so they could rejoin the pack.

After eventually gathering all the pack, they did a long loop to the North where they bothered some sheep, got stuck in a field and rode anxiously past some Lamas hoping none of their hounds fancied a quick snack.

Most of the field left at 2.30 and then the Hunt really got stuck in. Hounds were in and out of cry for most of the next hour, with the huntsman on foot some of the time in his desperate desire for a kill. Despite the challenging terrain sabs kept close on his tail and used horn and gizmo to distract hounds.

When they finally lost the scent at 3.30 his pack were split over several miles of country and the increasingly pissed off looking "half a pack Sam" spent the next hour gathering lost hounds before finally packing up as darkness fell at 4.30. Please support us: https://ko-fi.com/nottshuntsabs.

 

Atherstone FH Whip rides at sabs - tiny turnout, unable to hunt

5-1-19    Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Atherstone Hunt - Wolvey - Saturday 5th January 2019    The Atherstone Hunt started at 11:20am and had finished by 1:30pm. After their poor turnout over the Christmas period things haven’t improved with only around 10 riders turning up today. They spent those few hours riding round fields in Wolvey and Withybrook. Our constant presence and campaigning continues to prevent them from hunting foxes.

Whipper-In Conrad Jones tried riding into sabs several times whilst some of the hunt supporters who joined in with the road blocking on New Year’s Day are still welcomed out by the Hunt. The air of frustration at the Atherstone Hunt is becoming more noticeable.

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Sab group post open letter highly critical of the League 

5-1-19  Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs     Open Letter to the League against Cruel Sports   Dear LACS, We respectfully ask that you do not make use of our groups name and intelligence gained in any of your reports such as this.

We find it disingenuous that you remove a long term hunt saboteur from your trustee board, legally elected, on the grounds that he sits on the HSA committee. You then use information gathered from our hunt sab group and others to promote yourselves as the (so-called) leading anti-hunt organisation. That of course is actually the Hunt Saboteurs Association http://www.huntsabs.org.uk/.

You didn't even give the local sab groups the respect of showing their contact information. Even your investigator mentioned in the article was on annual leave, which is to his credit. The rest of your 'investigators' were noticeable by their absence.

The League is failing to get the intelligence and on the ground reports that hunts sab get purely because you will not get out of your offices and into the field.

Please refrain from using information gained by hunt saboteurs which leeches much needed funds required by hunt sab groups, which we need to actually save lives and show the public what is happening to our wildlife. At this moment in time you are just acting as a parasite organisation on the backs of those risking their safety to save animals and get the truth to the public.

The Hunt Saboteurs Association, achieves as much if not more then your organisation does with no enormous wages bill just a group of dedicated volunteers. We urge all those reading this to donate to them or your local hunt sab group.    South Coast Hunt Saboteurs

11-1-19  Daily Telegraph   League Against Cruel Sports labelled 'parasitic organisation' by saboteurs    Britain's biggest anti-hunting charity is said to be in meltdown as it is labelled a "parasitic organisation" by saboteurs who have refused to co-operate with it.

The League Against Cruel Sports, which has dismissed a number of senior figures in recent months, is suffering a split between the hard line activists and the new leadership of the charity, which includes retired police and army officers.

Former supporters have accused the charity of failing to take action to protect animals and of ousting anyone who dares to ask questions about the direction it is taking, with some suggesting that it has been "infiltrated".

The League has responded in a series of bizarre statements and social media messages, saying that there is a "campaign" against them. The crisis has led to intervention from the Charity Commission, which said that a "serious and damaging dispute" is underway and had resulted in it offering "formal regulatory advice".

Local saboteurs groups have now refused to co-operate with the League, which has previously taken the lead on prosecutions of hunts, accusing it of using information that they have gained on the ground to promote themselves and "leech" resources from activists.

As well as terminating the appointment of 11 directors and one secretary last year alone, the League last month ousted vice presidents Peter Egan, the Downton Abbey star, and author Penny Morgan. Mr Egan, a well-known animal rights, said that he had "joined a group of dissenters" who had been forced out as he "wanted an open and transparent discussion".

It came after trustees Chris Williamson, the Labour MP who led the league for a decade, and Simon Russell, who sits on the Hunt Saboteurs Association committee, were both forced out. Ms Morgan said she had been pushed out "for daring to ask some questions about what's going on in a wonderful animal charity that seems to be suffering upheavals".

Andy Knott, a former lieutenant-colonel and commanding officer of 2 Signal Regiment, took over as chief executive in May at around the same time as Martin Sims, a former Chief Inspector and head of the police's National Wildlife Crime Unit, become director of investigations. Simon Prince, the retired chief constable of Dyfed-Powys Police, was appointed a director in September.

Darryl Cunnington, head of field operations at the League, has said that claims that they have been infiltrated are "rubbish" and they now have an "intelligence team who are ex-police and frighteningly good". Sources say that the former officers are not a comfortable fit with activists who have spent years protesting.

The turmoil at the organisation, which was founded in the 1920s, has led to a boycott by those following hunts on the ground. The South Coast Hunt Sabs wrote an open letter calling for the Lacs not to "make use of our groups name and intelligence gained in any of your reports" after the charity put out a release claiming that saboteurs had alleged eight foxes had been killed across the country...

They called on the charity to stop using information gathered by saboteurs as it "leeches" funds from their own groups, adding: "At this moment in time you are just acting as a parasite organisation on the backs of those risking their safety to save animals and get the truth to the public."

The League has launched a number of private prosecutions against Hunts. Most prosecutions rely on video or photographic evidence taken on the ground.


'Hunting Scent' - support threatens sabs, damage vehicles

5-1-19    Facebook - Liverpool Hunt Sabs    Today with Sheffield and West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs we sabbed the North Staffordshire Hunt who met at Phynson Hayes Farm north of Woore, Cheshire.

The Huntsman spent the entire day legging it from sabs. When there running there not hunting as effectively. Leaving his field behind, often going in the opposite direction to them. No kills to report, despite a fox being seen... Thankfully.

Quote of the day; To the Huntsman - 'What scent do you use for the 'trail' ?' Awkward looks and silence was followed by.... 'Hunting scent'. Which isn't even a thing, showing he knows so little about trail hunting he couldn't even lie.

We have had some aggression, threats and damaged vehicles from the hunt support... nothing new there then. Videos to follow.

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S. Herefordshire cub cruelty case is delayed yet again 

4-1-19   Facebook - Hunt Investigation Team   Fox cubs case update   The 5 accused appeared in court today. After further legal arguments it was decided to delay yet again any trial to May 28th 2019. That is 3 years to the day that the cubs met their cruel deaths at the kennels of the South Herefordshire Hunt. The trial itself will only proceed pending the outcome of further legal arguments in the coming weeks. We will not rest until justice is done in this case.

Please share the story of these fox cubs and help to keep their story in the public eye. HIT. https://huntinvestigationteam.org/shh/.

 

Monitors think Beaufort FH killed fox on New Years Day

Young supporter bares buttocks at monitors 

4-1-19    Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   Beaufort Hunt, New Years’ Day, 2019   Terrier men were out early up to something, leading them to try and hide from us in a Tetbury side road. The meet itself had been relegated from town centre where it had been banned, to a wedding reception venue- The Tythe Barn on the outskirts of Tetbury.

The Hunt went first into Estcourt Park, where the hounds were seen following a line on cry by monitors and member of the public walking there. The hounds were then on cry in Shipton Wood for a long time and unearthly hollas were heard, but monitors were there and a fox escaped the area safely.

After second horse at the airfield, quads were seen by Ashley Marsh Covert. The Hunt came from that direction to Addy's Firs with terriermen en masse guarding one edge, riders on point and hounds frantically on cry inside the wood with hunt staff inside as well. Monitors were round the wood but as the chase got frantic one of us moved inside and witnessed screaming hounds massing onto something on the ground. A monitor was shoved hard into her shoulder by a regular follower. Unfortunately we believe a kill as the Huntsman sneered 'hard luck' to the monitor as the Hunt left. 

About 10 terrier men/minders were out all masked up [2 of them in pic below] and infantile behaviour was indulged in by terrier men chucking soil at one of our monitors. They circled round from there across the road from Church Farm - around a wood where there is an artificial earth clearly constructed since the Ban and which had been blocked for the day's hunt.

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The hounds were on cry through an unnamed wood at the crossroads on Newnton Hill near Little Larkhill farm. One monitor ran down the side of the wood and a fox was sighted running followed by 3 hounds unaccompanied and 2 whistles. Where were the Huntsmen in charge? The rest of the pack ran over to the A433 where traffic was forced to slow yet again. 

The hounds came back again and were searching on the dismantled railway line. A fox was seen crossing the road as supporters were heard whistling to indicate a sighted fox, and hounds came following, shouted off by the monitor on the road. They kept on but seemed to lose the scent and were clearly then lost as part of the Hunt was seen gathering at The Folly Farm. The pack had divided and it took them a long time to gather the rest of the hounds from the Little Larkhill direction. They then went back towards the airfield hunting the copse to rear of church (and had a last go at a covert at the Airfield. Despite the banning of Hunt from town centre meet, they had still made their unpleasant presence felt in the vicinity.

Towards the end of the day a family following the Hunt started throwing insults at 2 monitors using foul language. The 19 year old son lost it and asked ‘Do you want to see a part of me that no-one has seen before?’ At which point he took down his trousers and bared his bottom! We have a video of this and will save it for a rainy day to cheer us all up!

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As it was a bank holiday there were many members of public around. A couple by Addy's Firs were shocked by hounds on cry and the many walkers on the dismantled railway line had to contend with hounds on the path and Hunt all around, disrupting any hope of a tranquil walk to enjoy nature that had long dispersed.

 

NT comes under heavy pressure to cancel more 'trail hunt' licences

Campaign begins to make Hunts submit applications for meets in public places

4-1-19   Independent     National Trust bans fox-hunt packs after ‘terriermen’ filmed and fox disembowelled - Pressure mounts over hunt licences as calls grow for permit system     The National Trust has banned two hunt packs from its land and is being urged to cut ties with a third that witnesses say killed a fox.

Saboteurs and monitors have taken photographs and footage appearing to show riders and hounds chasing foxes this week – including one fox that was allegedly disembowelled by the Portman Hunt in Dorset, which is licensed by the Trust. It comes as hunting opponents try to force local councils to insist hunts apply for special events permits to go out. Hounds with the Portman Hunt chased the fox across countryside before tearing it apart, according to North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs members, who retrieved the corpse.

The League Against Cruel Sports is calling on the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy property to end its relationship with the Portman Hunt and cancel its licence to hunt on its land. Social media users have written on Kingston Lacy’s accounts, calling for a ban. The National Trust has already cancelled trail-hunting licences for both the South Shropshire Hunt and the Trinity Foot and South Herts Beagles for the winter.

Since the Hunting Act 2004 banned the hunting of wildlife, Hunts insist they follow trails, not foxes. But sceptics say “trail-hunting” is a cover.

The South Shropshire Hunt had been licensed for trail-hunting events on trust land on one day next week and on 29 January. Pressure group National Dis-Trust says the South Shropshire took terriermen onto trust land at the Long Mynd estate last month and hunted for four hours, including hunting outside their licensed area.

The National Trust allows “trail-hunting” but has banned the use of terriermen – men who use terriers to dig out foxes that have fled underground. Multiple foxes were pursued and the terrierman waited to dig out. The police were informed of illegal hunting and use of quad-bikes,” the activists claimed. A fox was filmed narrowly escaping capture, they said, and video showed terriermen also apparently accompanying the hunt on quad-bikes.

Ten days later the trust website was updated to say all remaining dates for the South Shropshire had been cancelled for the 2018-19 season. National Dis-Trust said the South Shropshire Hunt was “still out for blood” elsewhere this week. The National Trust declined to comment on the cancelling of the South Shropshire licences.

The Hunt said the allegations were untrue. Camilla Corrie, of the South Shropshire Hunt, told The Independent: “I understand there have been a number of unsubstantiated allegations made against us, but we continue to work closely with the National Trust and look forward to trail hunting in the near future.”

National Dis-Trust also reported Shropshire’s United Pack to the trust for allegedly hunting on Long Mynd outside their licensed area and with quad bikes and terrier boxes. “They travelled directly across where the South Shropshire Foxhounds had marked a fox to ground the day before,” the group claimed. But a spokesperson from the United pack said: “The United operates within the law to comply with the Hunting Act 2004. The Hunt works closely with all of their landowners, including the National Trust, to ensure they respect the wishes of the people whose land they cross, and are in discussions with the National Trust regarding the allegation that the Hunt strayed out of their licensed area on the date in question.” A spokesman said the United Pack was still licensed to trail-hunt on Trust land “and we assume they will be using their one remaining licence date”.

Separately, just before Christmas, the Trust cancelled all dates for the Trinity Foot and South Herts Beagles, but the reasons were unclear. The Trust said it was because the date clashed with a deer cull at the Ashridge Estate but the Hunt insisted it had always used the estate during annual culls.

A National Trust spokesman told The Independent: “This year we have concluded that, upon reflection, the area is not a suitable location to licence trail-hunting given the extensive deer management programme which takes place simultaneously.” Conducting the two activities at the same time at Ashridge was not compatible, he said. “Due to the ongoing issues surrounding the deer-management scheme, we will not be inviting future applications for trail-hunting on the estate.”

The footage of a fox allegedly killed in Dorset emerged as thousands of Facebook users condemned footage of a rider from the Portman Hunt apparently kicking a horse in the stomach as he tried to mount it. The rider, photographed on one leg, was seen aiming the other one at the horse’s stomach (Dorset Against Blood Sports).

The Hunt said in a statement: “The Portman Hunt takes great pride in maintaining the highest standards of animal welfare. We are taking this very seriously and will deal with the matter internally.”

Meanwhile, a businesswoman is trying to force local authorities to enforce rules that could prove an obstacle to hunt organisers. Barbara Wray says: “If I decided to run an event – say a community treasure hunt which was open to all members of the community, with children and adults on bicycles or segways, in wheeLchairs or on ponies … and I set the meeting point as outside the village pub... I would have needed to have applied to the council for permission.”

Ms Wray, who has qualifications in agriculture, says she has asked 12 councils so far whether Hunts have applied for event permits but not one had said it had received an application. Some said it wasn’t their jurisdiction, others have not replied yet.

She is starting a petition on Change.org, calling for Hunts to be forced to apply for and be granted event permissions according to local council regulations and Health and Safety Executive guidelines; and that they must supply risk assessments and proof of public liability before being allowed to meet on public land or highways.

She said: “In addition the trail course must be submitted in advance, to the council for their approval – showing that horses and hounds will be kept well away from public highways. Finally that trail hunts only permit horses, riders and hounds. No quad bikes or terriers should accompany the riders.”

Last month Tetbury town council in Gloucestershire voted to ban the Beaufort Hunt, a favourite of Prince Charles, from its land.

The Portman Hunt said it would fully co-operate with the police investigation into the apparent fox killing. A spokesperson said: “The Hunt operates within the law to comply with the Hunting Act 2004. Despite this, the Hunt, along with many others across the country, is regularly subjected to spurious allegations of illegal hunting as part of a wider animal-rights agenda.”

There were numerous clashes around the UK between hunters and protesters on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day as thousands turned out for hunt meets.

A spokesman for the Local Government Association said: “We are not aware that councils have a role overseeing hunts and clearly neither are the hunts, given none of them have submitted applications. If someone thinks that a contrary position is true, they should set out why and give some specific legal references.” The association has guidelines on how to stage public events, including obtaining council permission.

The Countryside Alliance declined to comment on the idea of Hunts obtaining permits from councils.

 

Ledbury FH hounds invade garden after fox, owner rates them off

Later, sabs have to pull hounds out of small hole fox went down

4-1-19    Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    Blocked badger setts in a cull zone where the cull continues Hounds hunting a fox through gardens - fox hunted into small hole, sabs pull hounds out Ledbury Hunt, Friday 4th January 2019, Murrell’s End, Hartpury    First Port of call was a blocked sett which was dealt with and reported. The hounds were up Limbury Hill and then found a fox at Blackwell’s End farm and a holloa was heard from a hunt follower on the road as sabs from up the hill used voice calls lifting their heads.

After second horsing at Tweenhills, they crossed the A417 and hunted a fox through gardens at Broad Street, Hartpury. One quick thinking householder after seeing the fox flee for his life through his garden ran out and rated the pack of hounds away from the hunted animal. Quite a few people not very happy and asking lots of questions!

Then a repeat performance as they approached Ashleworth…. Onwards then to Ashleworth meadows where they hunted a fox towards Haw Bridge. A sab filmed the hunted fox from near the pub but regrettably he ran back the way he had come. He went to ground in a small hole [below] and hounds trying to dig him out again as they marked were pulled out physically by sabs. Wisely the Hunt retreated, not so wisely they then crossed the main road and hunted another fox in the dusk up to Cumberwood Farm and back down to the outskirts of Tirley. In the dark they did stop the pack in the end.

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Another blocked badger sett was found at the end of the day, looked recent but not today. This sett had been very active. The cull continues in this area with free shooting but those who hate badgers are not content with a cull that goes on for 7 months. The illegal killing and damage to setts also continues.

Very busy day in which it was ,yet again, really obvious that the Ledbury are hunting foxes. Bearing in mind that they are enjoying the South Herefordshire Hunt country (whilst whatever is left of that hunt join in with them) it does make you wonder what sort of echo chamber the MFHA (Masters of Fox Hounds Association) exist in. No one is buying the trail hunting theatrics, certainly not in this part of the world.

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Pics below   -   1/  Fox fleeing from hounds. Soon after, escaped down hole   2/  Hound making clumsy attempt to exit a garden  

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Radley College Beagles found hunting & packed up by sabs

4-1-19    Facebook - Berkshire Hunt Sabs    Cruelty on the curriculum: Radley College Criminals  Today Radley College Beagles were found hunting at Calmsden Manor near Cirencester. Upon our arrival the Hunt sent some of their students over to follow and try to intimidate us however with our sabs all around the meet and the arrival of the police they must have known their half term fun was over and that they now had little hope of hunting in peace. They scurried off home within the hour.

If like us you are appalled that students are being taught to illegally hunt hare please contact the college to let them know your views here ——> https://www.radley.org.uk/contact.

 

Cheshire Forest FH rider filmed whacking horse hard on neck

3-1-19   Facebook - Cheshire Forest Hunt   VIDEO   "...we can beat our animals” NYD 2018   Here we have another short film from NYD with the Cheshire Forest Hunt.

There is a rider that we refer to as “Tarquin DeTwat” this is because he deliberately rode his horse in to Cabs and Sabs on Boxing 2017 to stop us saving “Noel” the Boxing Day Fox brutally murdered by Andrew German and the Cheshire Forest Hunt.

Here we have Tarquin DeTwat beating his horse, because in the words of another rider it’s “being bad” .....no they are living breathing animals who have no perception of being bad, they are not machines and do not deserve at least five or six whacks on the neck for simply becoming startled.

Incredulously the rider on the white horse says “it’s OK to whack a horse when it’s being bad”. NO it’s never alright to whack any animal EVER just because you perceive it’s being bad, this cruelty to animals is so ingrained in this Hunt, let’s not forget Hayden Hankey rode his horse all day with an injury to his horses mouth.

Then we have another rider telling us we shouldn’t have children or grandchildren and that we live off the state, then says we spray chemicals onto the hounds, there is absolutely no evidence they can produce of us doing this because it simply doesn’t happen, it’s just more and more desperate claims from a desperate and failing Hunt.

It seems that horses, hounds and even PEOPLE are fair game for a good old fashioned beating from the Cheshire Forest Hunt if they decide an animal or a human isn’t doing what the Cheshire Forest Hunt perceives it should be doing.

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Police investigating killing of fox by Portman FH

3-1-19    BBC News    Dorset Police investigate 'illegal fox killing'     The Portman Hunt is based in north Dorset Police are investigating an allegation that a fox was killed during a traditional hunt meet, in a breach of the ban on hunting with dogs. The animal was chased and killed near Sturminster Newton, Dorset, by hounds from the Portman Hunt on Wednesday, the League Against Cruel Sports said. The campaign group has called on the National Trust to revoke the Portman Hunt's trail hunting licence. The Hunt said it operates within the law.

The incident at Fifehead St Quintin was witnessed by hunt saboteurs, who recovered the "disembowelled" fox, the League said. Chris Luffingham from the group described it as a "brutal incident in which a wild animal has lost its life". The League said the National Trust should revoke a licence granted to the hunt at the Kingston Lacy estate, 11 miles (18km) away. The Trust said it could not comment because the incident did not take place on its land.

Dorset Police said it was investigating an allegation of an "illegal hunt and that a fox was found dead".

In a statement the Hunt said it would fully cooperate with the police investigation. A spokesperson said:- "The Portman Hunt operates within the law to comply with the Hunting Act 2004. Despite this, the Hunt - along with many others across the country - is regularly subjected to spurious allegations of illegal hunting as part of a wider animal rights agenda."

Under the Hunting Act, it is illegal to hunt a wild mammal with a dog, except in specific circumstances. Many hunts say they only engage in trail hunting, in which hounds follow an animal scent trail left by hunt members on foot, horseback or from a quad bike. The Countryside Alliance says that if hounds pick up the scent of a real fox the huntsmen will stop the hounds as soon as they are made aware.

In March, the Portman's joint-master Evo Shirley was found not guilty of illegal hunting after police received footage of hounds chasing a fox.

 

S. Shropshire FH NT licence cancelled after filmed chasing fox

3-1-19    Shropshire Star    Hunt cancelled in the South Shropshire hills     The National Trust has cancelled its controversial trail hunting licence for the South Shropshire Hunt at the Long Mynd.

The Trust put the announcement that the remaining dates of the season were cancelled on its website. There were set to be trail hunting events on January 8 and 29, but they will no longer go ahead. It comes after a photographs were taken by Shropshire-based protestors of foxes escaping from hounds in December.

The League Against Cruel Sports, which wrote to Long Mynd’s General Manager, urging the conservation body to block those seeking to hunt wildlife on its land, has welcomed the cancellation of the South Shropshire Hunt’s meets.

Chris Luffingham, Director of Campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “The Long Mynd Estate is to be commended for ensuring the license granted for the South Shropshire Hunt to access its land has now been cancelled. "This outcome reacts strong public opposition to the practice – with 85 per cent of people opposed to hunting foxes with hounds."

Eighteen hunting licenses allowing horses, hounds and followers access to sections of National Trust properties are still active across England and Wales. These include nature reserves and conservation areas, home to vulnerable fauna and flora, which the Trust maintains.

Mr Luffingham said: "By cancelling its hunting licence for the South Shropshire Hunt to meet on its land, the Long Mynd Estate has done the right thing and we hope other National Trust properties will follow suit. There is no doubt the considerable number of National Trust members, visitors and employees, as well as the wider public, now expect the cancellation of all remaining hunting licenses as a matter of urgency.”

See here for report from monitors that lost S. Shrops FH their licence 

 

Chris Packham urges New Forest FH to switch to drag hunting

3-1-19  Southern Daily Echo    Chris Packham challenges Hunts to change - by offering himself as a human quarry   “COME and get me!”  That’s the invitation being issued by TV wildlife expert Chris Packham, who is urging the New Forest Hounds (NFH) to switch from trail hunting to another form of the sport. Chris, who lives in the Forest, is volunteering to be the hunt’s first human quarry if it changes to drag hunting. He spoke out after visiting the New Year’s Day hunt at Linwood, near Ringwood, and filming a video which has since had more than 500,000 views.

Hunting with dogs was outlawed by the last Labour government. Since then the NFH and other Hunts have turned to trail hunting, which involves hounds chasing an artificial scent. But critics claim it can result in Hunts breaking the law by pursuing a fox – either accidentally or deliberately.

Chris wants the NFH to switch to drag hunting, with hounds tracking either a human runner or a chemical scent. The popular BBC Springwatch presenter told the Daily Echo: “If the New Forest Hounds did that, I would be happy to be their first human quarry.”

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Hunts in some other parts of the UK have faced allegations that the bloodsport has continued under the guise of trail hunting.

Chris Pitt, the deputy director of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “Wild animals, including foxes, hare and deer, are still being chased to exhaustion before being torn to pieces.” Mr Pitt said more than 85% of people opposed all forms of hunting. He added: “There is strong support for British wildlife being given robust protection from those who kill for sport. How can we call ourselves a civilised nation when those who gain entertainment from attacking wildlife continue to go unpunished by the law?”

Chris Packham added: “Foxhunting is a highly-emotive activity which has no place in the contemporary environment – and everyone knows that. The law is constantly contravened. Foxes are being torn to pieces in people’s front gardens and pets are being chased. We have to make peaceful, democratic progress in ending this practice. It’s very difficult to monitor foxhunting and it’s also very difficult when things go wrong to get a successful prosecution. Police are under-resourced and have many other things to deal with. If hunts switched to drag hunting it would have a positive impact in public relations terms as well as having a positive impact on wildlife. I’m not saying it’s the whole answer but it would be a step in the right direction.”

Last night a NFH spokesman said: “We thank Chris Packham for his offer of being hunted by the New Forest Hounds but we don’t think it would be practical. We spent a lot of time and effort in getting our hounds to switch to trail hunting. We think it would be even more difficult, perhaps even impossible, to get them to switch to drag hunting. It would go against 250 years of breeding.”

 

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