..... 27th April - Court shown film of fox dig, flushing and chase at Jedforest FH trial
..... 25th April - Fitzwilliam FH illegal hunting case adjourned yet again
..... 24th April - Anti has to fight police to get copy of apology by cautioned supporter who abused her last year
..... 21st April - Terrified deer jumps 30ft off bridge on to road to escape
hounds - shot by Quantock SH gunman
..... 20th April
- POWA presses for commitment to strengthen the Hunting Act in Labour manifesto
..... 20th April - Atherstone FH secret meeting with Town Council exposed by sabs
..... 14th April - Badsworth FH filmed trespassing on canal towpath, not for first time
..... 11th April - Minehead Harriers hunt on NT land where bTb breakdown recently
..... 7th April - Police powers to demand removal of face coverings enhanced
..... 2nd April - Sabs upload film of monitor car window being smashed at South Dorset FH meet
Court shown film of fox dig, flushing and chase at Jedforest
LACS monitor says 'appalling' acts illegal and against MFHA rules
27-4-17 Border Telegraph Video footage shown in fox-hunting trial Video evidence showing a fox being dug
out of a hole and then chased by a pack of hounds has been described as "appalling" at Jedburgh Sheriff Court [right].
Witnesses claimed that the footage proved "traditional" fox hunting is still going on despite legislation being
introduced 15 years ago.
An investigator from the League Against Cruel Sports gave the court his verdict on two videos filming the activities of the Jedforest Hunt at Townfoothill Farm near Jedburgh, on February 18 last year. Peter Cross filmed
the incident on a video camera from a distance of 650 metres along with fellow investigator Terence Hill after they both set
an observation point for a covert operation. The footage captured a fox being chased into an earth by the hounds and then
a man spending more than 20 minutes digging a hole to locate the fox.
The law says the fox should then be dispatched or killed
by a hand pistol or shotgun. But the footage shows the fox being released from the hole and immediately pursued by the
hounds. The fox goes out of sight behind a land ridge - a blind spot for the cameramen - and its fate cannot be confirmed.
Mr Cross told the
court: "What we have witnessed there is in direct contradiction of the Masters of Foxhounds Association rules. It is
not only an illegal act but I think their governing body would like to have words about their behaviour too. If it is known
a fox is in the earth they can be dug down and dispatched with a pistol if the farmer requires pest control." Referring
to the hounds chasing the fox he said: "It is just not necessary to do that to a fox. Personally I find it appalling."
Father and son John
Clive Richardson, 66, and 24-year-old Johnny Riley from the Jedforest Hunt are on trial accused of deliberately hunting a
fox with hounds - which has been illegal in Scotland since the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002. The trial of Richardson
and Riley of Abbotrule, Bonchester Bridge, continues.
Pic below shows Jedforest FH
allegedly hunting a fox on 18-2-16
Fitzwilliam FH illegal hunting case is adjourned yet
Trial now due to start 20 months after alleged offences
25-4-17 Morethanjustbadgers.net Court Politics Just a short update this week as I had hoped to be making the final
preparations for my time in court as a witness for the prosecution of the 2 members of the Fitzwilliam Hunt. When you consider
the offence took place on the 01/01/16 you begin to understand that the legal process is not something which proceeds quickly
and there is good reason for that. However the when dates and locations for the hearing get changed multiple times it can
get somewhat frustrating.
The case was supposed to be heard this week (26/27th) at Chelmsford Magistrates but I was contacted
by a court official only last week and informed that the case would now be heard in August at Colchester Magistrates. While
this delay is annoying the reasons behind it could be deemed to be in the prosecution's favour. Due to the high profile
of the case it couldn't be heard in the county where the offence took place (Cambridgeshire) so other courts and magistrates
had to be considered. I was informed the reason for the late delay was due to "court politics". According to a legal
expert who has been advising me court politics usually refers to a "magistrate that was due to hear the case that had
obviously expressed some views about hunting which compromised their ability to hear the case objectively".
This being the case,
I guess I should be pleased with the delay although that statement could be taken in the both for and against (hunting) points
of view. Further details from the court official once again highlighted that this particular case was more akin to that of
a murder trial (to be honest I consider it a murder trial of the fox on that fateful day) in that it is being heavily scrutinised
and is also the first time the use of the Bird of Prey Exemption has been challenged in the courts.
officer also contacted me the day after asking if we were all ready to go and I had to inform him of the further delays as
he was unaware. From his point of view it made no difference as he wouldn't have to attend the court on the day. Even
though he was the investigating officer he didn't conduct any of the interviews so wouldn't be cross examined by the
defence, as this was done by more senior colleagues from the serious crime section, another sign that things were being taken
very seriously indeed.
While preparing for my day in court I did go over my statement and also reviewed the video footage.
It doesn't get any easier to watch and of course in my mind there can be only one outcome but, this is the Hunting Act
and nothing is straight forward where that is concerned.
Pic below - The accused. Huntsman George Adams and bird handler John Mease.
POWAperson comments - I really hope the writer is correct in his assessment
of the reasons for these extraordinary delays [though 20 months must be a record], and if a hunt sympathising judge has been
recused, that must be good. But I have my doubts. Time and again we see illegal hunting cases being stretched out, often by
defence manoeuvring, and how often that ends with acquittals or the CPS dropping charges - and that's just in the rare
cases where the CPS do summon up the bottle to take on the hunt side's 'expensive lawyers'.
Anti gets to see her apology
letter from hunter abuser after 4 months
His tirade of sexist abuse got him a conditional caution including
previously refused to allow victim to see his apology letter
24-4-17 Daily Mail Anti-hunt activist who was called a 'f*****g slag' and a 'whore'
at a protest battles for FOUR MONTHS to see a copy of her abuser's apology letter - Hunt spectator subjected Cathy Scott
to barrage of foul-mouthed sexist abuse - He called her 'a f****** fat s***' and told her to 'f*** off back to
Coventry' After a video of the incident went viral, the unnamed man received a police caution over
the incident on the condition he provided a written apology. Ms Scott said she had to battle police for four months to
get a copy of the letter.
Cathy Scott was
labelled a 'f****** slag' and a 'whore' by a 59-year-old man in Sutton Cheney, Leics, last November. After a video of the incident went viral on social media sites, the unnamed man received a police caution
over the incident, on the condition he provided a written apology. The video emerged just days after a local councillor on
horseback told a hunt protester that he would 'quite like to s***' her.
But after Ms Scott asked Leicestershire Police why she hadn't received the letter, she claims she was told she
would have to view it at a police station but wouldn't be able to touch or keep it due to its 'sensitive nature'.
When Ms Scott, 41, complained about the 'bizarre' decision, she says she was then offered a version of the letter
with the perpetrator's name redacted. It was only after Ms Scott lodged a formal complaint that she eventually got given
a copy of the letter - some four months after the incident, and two months after it was written.
Ms Scott, from Coventry, Warwickshire, said: 'Leicestershire Police were essentially protecting the perpetrator and treating
me, the victim, like a criminal. If I have to jump through hoops like that to get a simple letter of apology, what chance
do other victims of more serious crimes have? They told me I could come and read the letter at arm's length - what sort
of rule is that? It was agreed that as part of his conditional caution he would write me a letter of apology and take a victim
awareness course. Did they think I would never ask about the letter? This man called me some of the most horrible, misogynistic
names under the sun. He waved his fist at me and another woman and we really did feel threatened."
"I had to chase the letter up time and time again and they gave me this most peculiar
excuse that because it had details of a 'sensitive nature' they couldn't let me keep it. Obviously I questioned
this but they were adamant that I couldn't have it and would have to meet a police officer to look at it. It was absolutely
ludicrous and if I hadn't have fought it, I'd probably still be waiting for the apology."
The shocking footage was shared on Facebook by members of the West
Midlands Hunt Saboteurs, who were on the country road to protest against the Atherstone Hunt. Ms Scott
and another member of the West Midlands Hunt Saboteur group were involved in a confrontation with two men. after a collision
between their cars during a hunt on November 29th last year. One man got out of his vehicle and said to Ms Scott: 'You
want some of this, f*****? Eh?' before adding: 'F*** off back to Coventry where you belong you f****** w****.'
Ms Scott said: 'We were there to monitor activity on the hunt. We
stopped our vehicle on the lane because we could see them coming down the track. They drove their vehicle into us and that's when I was met with this tirade of
abuse. It was really nasty stuff. He was effing and blinding and calling me all the names under the sun, all on camera. It
was completely unacceptable language. I told him it was some of the worst abuse I had ever heard. It was unprovoked and unnecessary.
I was feeling massively intimidated and that's why I reported it to the police. To be fair, they dealt with the initial
incident swiftly. But I didn't expect to be waiting on an apology all this time later. He wrote the letter in January
for goodness sake and I only got it in March.'
is believed the unnamed man must now attend a victim awareness course which he must pay for himself and he must write a letter
of apology to the victim. The letter read: 'I am writing this letter of apology to you as instructed, I apologise to you
for the coarse language and derogatory comments used against you on Tuesday the 29th of November 2016. On the gated road [in]
Sutton Cheney. The comments were made in the heat of the moment, and for that I apologise.'
A Leicestershire Police spokesperson said: 'An initial decision was made by an officer
not to provide a copy of the apology letter due to some of the content within. A complaint was made from the victim regarding
this which coincided with a review from a more senior officer on the original decision. After a review, this officer agreed
to provide a copy of the apology letter to the victim. A complaint from the victim is still under investigation by our Professional
Standards department therefore it would be inappropriate for us to comment any further at this stage.'
Tory councillor Charles Carter, 33, quit his position at Breckland Council
after a video of him being sexist and misogynistic to a hunt protester went viral. Carter told Linda Hoggard, who filmed his
derogatory comments, that she was 'very pretty' and asked if he could take her to bed.
Original story and video can be found here.
Motorists appalled by horrific death on road of deer
after Exmoor Hunt
Quantock Stag Hounds believed to be responsible for outrage
Exmoor resident Sir Rannulph Fiennes says he feels 'ashamed'
21-4-17 Devon Live Drivers horrified to witness 'public execution' of terrified deer A scared
deer leaped from a bridge on to a road and was 'executed' by a huntsman yesterday in front of several 'disgusted'
members of the public, according to someone who witnessed the incident.
An eyewitness, who does not wish to be named, said
the shocking ordeal left her 'horrified and deeply saddened' after the 'exhausted' animal was cornered by hounds on a bridge above a public road near Dulverton [right].
She watched as the scene played out and said she was left in 'pure disgust', and questioned how such a 'barbaric
ordeal' was legal.
Speaking to DevonLive, she said: "I am not the usual type to complain about anything to this
degree but yesterday I witnessed something which deeply saddened and disgusted me along with many other members of public
present at the time. "The staghounds were out on a hunt close to the Mason's Kings, not far from Black Cat, Dulverton
way and they had clearly been chasing a poor stag for some time when it came to the old railway bridge. he hounds had it cornered
and the poor animal was so exhausted it could hardly stand, it's tongue hanging out and it's body wobbling all over
She said she, along with others, were held up on the road when quad bikes and other vehicles blocked the animal's
escape routes and a gunman scrambled up the side of the bridge towards the animal. She said: "The animal, clearly distressed,
took one look at its only route to potential escape and threw itself off the top of the 30ft bridge and crashed on to the
road below in front of all of the members of public. The animal lay in the road - seriously injured but still alive - to which
the gunman then shot and ended the prolonged suffering."
She and many others watching were horrified by the 'barbaric ordeal'. She
said: "Members of the public were frantic, shouting at the huntsmen in pure disgust. All of this is actually completely
legal - how is this allowed? I think the law has a great deal to answer for. I am not against controlling populations of wildlife
such as deer and foxes. I live on a nearby farm and have studied wildlife related subjects at a university level so have a
good understanding of the countryside. I do not, however, think there is a place for such practices in this day and that alternative
more humane and effective ways exist to manage wild populations and it is about time that these animals were protected and
DevonLive has contacted several local staghound groups to ask who organised the hunt, but none of them have yet responded.
POWAperson adds - We have been privately informed that the Hunt responsible was the Quantock Stag Hounds. This Hunt
already carries 2 convictions for illegal hunting. Sir Rannulph Fiennes, an Exmoor resident who turned against hunting after
his local hunt killed a fox that used to visit him, has made the following Facebook post -
21-4-17 Facebook - Sir Ranulph Fiennes As a resident of Exmoor I am ashamed!
Pic below, credit DevonLive
POWA presses for strengthening commitment in Labour
20-4-17 Protect Our
Wild Animals has written to the Labour Party leadership and MPs requesting that a commitment to strengthen the Hunting Act
2004 be included in the Party's manifesto for the election on June 8th. Even if Labour do not win power this time, such
a commitment will make it easier to get it made official party policy and included in any future manifesto. Penny Little,
POWA member and highly experienced hunt monitor, has also launched a petition requesting a strengthening commitment. Please sign this urgently and share as widely as you can.
Include in the manifesto a commitment to
strengthen the Hunting Act
Town Council secret meeting with Atherstone FH exposed by
20-4-17 Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs Atherstone Town Council in secret meeting with Hunt Despite the
public interest in The Atherstone Hunt, who have had their violent, abusive, and criminal behaviour reported on by the media
over 80 times, Atherstone Town Council have seen fit to accept the hunt's request for a private meeting over the violent
events in the Market Square on the 02/01/2017. This meeting took place on 15/03/2017. We have no way of knowing what the Council
and the hunt discussed as there are no notes or minutes that can be scrutinised. We will keep a closer eye on the activity
of the Council from now on. Further unaccountable 'shadow' meetings with criminal bloodsport fanatics are unacceptable
and disrespectful to all those who want justice & respect for wild animals.
The Council claim they have yet to
make a decision over the Atherstone Hunts future use of the Market Square and are due to have a secret meeting with senior
officers from Warwickshire Police. The same police force who are partially responsible for the violence by choosing not to
police the event and who have subsequently lied and tried to cover up their involvement.
How can Atherstone Town Council make
an impartial decision over this issue when the Councillors who have vested interests in the hunt are allowed to vote on the
issue? All vested interests in the Atherstone Hunt should be
declared and anyone with interests in the hunt should abstain from decision making. Complaints should be directed to http://www.atherstone-tc.gov.uk/contact-us.
Badsworth FH filmed trespassing along a canal towpath,
not for first time
Reported to landowners the Canal and River Trust
14-4-17 Wildlife Guardian Fox hunt ignored warning signs to trespass on canal towpaths A fox Hunt’s
actions have been branded as extremely irresponsible for endangering public safety after repeatedly ignoring warning signs
and galloping down narrow canal towpaths with a pack of foxhounds. The Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hunt have been reported
to the Canal & River Trust for riding along towpaths on the New Junction Canal at Sykehouse and Fishlake, nr Doncaster,
on several occasions during the past six months.
The Canal & River Trust, who manage the canal, prohibit horses using towpaths
due to the serious risk to the public as well as the horses. During the latest incident, a local resident, who did not wish
to be named, claimed that the Hunt, along with 30 foxhounds, spent up to an hour on the towpaths at Sykehouse and Fishlake,
despite warning signs clearly prohibiting horses on the towpath.
Mobile phone footage seen by the Wildlife Guardian shows Huntsman Richard Mould
and Joint Master Nigel Dickson galloping down the towpath as the hounds are in cry. The Hunt then head to the opposite towpath,
where the hounds are encouraged to hunt through wildlife habitat owned by the Canal & River Trust. The Hunt’s terriermen
and terriers were later seen joining the Hunt on the towpath. The trespass occurred in full view of a Canal & River Trust
manned station, and despite previous incidents being reported to the Trust, no action was taken to stop the Hunt.
A spokesman for the
Wildlife Guardian stated, “The Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hunt behaviour is utterly reckless and they are endangering
the safety of legitimate users of the towpaths, such as dog walkers and cyclists. They also demonstrated a blatant disregard
for the safety of the horses. This is not an isolated incident, it’s occurring five or six times a year. It’s
only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured. The Canal & River Trust cannot keep turning a blind eye to
the trespass and the extremely irresponsible actions of the Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hunt.”
In 2014, a photo of
the Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hunt trespassing on the same towpath, led by then huntsman Nigel Dickson, was published on
the Countryside Alliance Facebook page. Last year the Hunt made
the national news when hunt saboteurs were driven at by terriermen in balaclavas on a quad bike.
Minehead Harriers hunt on NT land where recent bTb breakdown
11-4-17 Facebook - Chris Tasker Do hunts give a toss about biosecurity ? Er, No ! On 1st December 2016, Cloutsham Farm, nr Minehead was
listed for a bTB breakdown. So on 29th January 2017, the Minehead Harriers had a meet at the farm and spent 4 hours on the
farm fields pretending to trail hunt, complete with equipped terriermen, a dozen riders, riders on point and overloaded quad
bikes. To compound the issue, they had invited another hunt to join them, the Tiverton Foxhounds, so spreading whatever they
picked up another 25 miles when they went home. The farm is National Trust property, and the Hunt had a trail licence from
Police powers to demand face mask removal enhanced
Alliance New power to remove face coverings from violent protesters comes into effect today
Today (3rd April) police have been given new powers to remove face coverings from violent protestors. Last month,
Minister of State for Policing, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, wrote to all Police Constables making them aware of a new power to
make it easier for police officers to request that face coverings be removed from violent protestors. The Minister’s
letter follows a Countryside Alliance led campaign.
Last December the House of Lords passed a Government amendment to the Policing and
Crime Bill which will make it easier for the police to tackle violent masked protestors. The amendment was in response to
concerns raised regarding the inability of police to request the removal of face coverings from violent protestors without
prior written authorisation from a senior police officer. Last months letter by the Minister’s informed Police Constables
that the new provision will commence on today (3rd April).
The amendment means that a senior police officer will be able to give immediate
oral authorisation for a constable to remove face-coverings, where it is impracticable for that authorisation to be given
in writing. The law had required prior written authorisation that the police have grounds for reasonable belief that activities
may take place in an area that are likely to involve the commission of offences. The conditions and protections remain exactly
the same, but the fast track process will now allow the police to tackle a serious issue both in rural communities and elsewhere.
Research by the Countryside
Alliance using the Freedom of Information Act published last year revealed that the powers had only been used on one occasion
in the past three years to require animal rights activists at a hunt to remove face coverings, despite the use of masks to
intimidate and hide identity being a standard tactic of hunt saboteurs. The powers had been used on many occasions in relation
to pre-arranged demonstrations and football matches.
Alliance Chief Executive, Tim Bonner said:- “There are only two reasons for
wearing masks and face-coverings in the context of a protest: to intimidate and harass, and to hide identity with the intention
of committing criminal offences and avoiding prosecution. This is a tactic that has worked, not only by creating alarm and
distress in rural communities visited by groups of extremists who have adopted the uniform of the paramilitary complete with
standard black face coverings, but also in allowing offences to be committed crimes without any legal consequences. From Wiltshire
to Derbyshire; from Gloucestershire to Yorkshire there have been a series of violent assaults by hunt saboteurs in the last
few years, none of which have seen anyone brought to justice. It doesn’t matter if violence and intimidation are happening
in urban areas or the countryside, it is wrong and it’s only right that police officers are in the position to be able
to tackle effectively potentially criminal behaviour wherever it arises. We are therefore delighted that the Government has
recognised the need to amend the law, recognising that the police need greater flexibility faced with modern types of protests.
The amendment does not extend police powers, but makes it more practical to use existing powers and we now expect the police
to make full use of them. For too long a small minority have hidden behind masks and disguises to intimidate people and to
escape being held account for unlawful behaviour. This change in the law will discourage unlawful activity, whilst allowing
lawful and peaceful protest.”
POWAperson comments - The CA and their hunting
friends could well find the old saw 'Be careful what you wish for...' coming back to bite them. Hunt thugs and even
some redcoats commonly mask up in order to conceal their identities from anti cameras, so they can carry out their illegal
hunting and assaults on antis with even greater impunity than they currently enjoy. If the police apply these new powers fairly
[admittedly, this is far from a given] they will lose that anonymity and the chances of their being arrested and charged will
be that much greater.
Film of monitor's car windscreen being smashed at
S.Dorset FH meet
Video also has stills of young riders struggling to escape bog
2-4-17 Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs VIDEO Hit Report Thursday 30th March 2017, South Dorset Hunt Meeting
at Rollington Farm, Corfe Castle This [2nd] report focuses on two specific incidents of the day.
During the early part of the day, while the field were travelling through the forestry not far from the Oil Gathering
Station, three young riders not knowing the all-consuming bogs in the area rode off track. Their horses sunk into the bog and threw the young riders. The horses, now under some stress, thrashed around to get a footing in the brown foul-smelling
bog [right]. The monitor who was close by stopped videoing and carefully ‘danced’ over to the area trying
to avoid the deepest of the bog sumps and gullies.
was concerned the horses would endanger the young riders by falling on them and pushing them into the bog. After asking the
young riders if they were okay he beckoned over adult riders. Two of the ponies came out of the bog without to much stress.
The third was seriously struggling and moving the wrong way. Eventually the pony was persuaded to turn and came out the bog
in the direction from which he came. Riders and ponies looked to be okay on exit from the bog, although probably stressed.
When the very same monitor returned to his car at the end of hunting
he found his windscreen smashed. It appeared to have been smashed with a hard object [Dash-cam still below].
Police, who were on site all day, were called and attended. Frankly they were furious at what had happened and will follow
up the crime. After the monitor was on the scene of the bog incident and standing by to help earlier in the day he was extremely
disappointed that a hunt follower should resort to such vandalism.
Note: The vehicle had a ‘dash cam’. The video from the dash cam is now being studied for evidence of
who committed the crime. We have set up a GFM to pay for the damage to the monitors car, we have worked
closely with him this season. We are in awe of his experience and he is one of the kindest and caring gentlemen you will ever
..... 30th March - Police stop S.Dorset FH dig out, monitor
has car windows smashed, kids ride into bog
..... 28th March - Lord Bonomy says even total ban wouldn't stop Scottish Hunts chasing foxes
..... 27th March - Charity Commission
refuses Countryside Alliance bid for charitable status
..... 26th March - Middleton FH hounds killed/injured as taken across busy road
..... 26th March - Portman FH blocks
Wessex Ridgeway path and tries to stop walkers using it
..... 26th March - Sabs write to AAC after police fail to deal with multiple attacks at Woodland Pytchley FH
..... 26th March - Dart Vale Harriers
chase deer for 2 miles before gizmo-aided escape
..... 26th March - Monitor uploads video compilation of hunt horse mistreatment
..... 25th March - Campaigners seek sacking of Kent Wildlife
Trust hare hunter
24th March - Old Surrey hunt foxes, hit sab, retiring Huntsman Mark Bycroft charges others
..... 24th March - As S.Herefordshire FH 5 re-bailed, sab
gets threatening mail re. case
..... 24th March - Anti hunt FB page responds to CA attempt to shut it down
..... 23rd March - DEFRA response to bTb in hunt kennels...
23rd March - Chairman of Kent Wildlife Trust is JM of the Blean Beagles!
..... 23rd March - Director of NT contradicts official who said they
can't monitor hunts on NT land
..... 23rd March - Sabs take hounds off 'Shag' Carter as Middleton FH have kill-free day
..... 22nd March - Ledbury FH shows
solidarity with scandal-hit S.Herefordshire Hunt
..... 21st March - Sabs upload more film of Atherstone FH New Year meet violence & abuse
..... 19th March - Sab hospitalised,
another hurt, in attacks by Pytchley FH thugs
..... 19th March - Reports that sabs badly hurt, property damaged/stolen at Middleton FH meet
..... 19th March - Isle of Wight
FH Huntsman whacks sab around head with his crop
..... 18th March - South Dorset FH hound run over as hunt thug harasses sabs
..... 17th March - Heythrop FH very nearly
caught fox then caused road rage on A424
..... 17th March - Sabs try to save hares hunted by Waveney Harriers as police look on
..... 16th March - Eight blocked setts found day after Heythrop
FH closing meet
March - Beaufort FH Huntsman refuses to pull hounds off fox they close behind
..... 16th March - Trial of two Jedforest FH hunt servants begins [adjourned
on 2nd day]
..... 16th March
- 'Two foxes pushed from van for Zetland FH to chase' allegation
..... 15th March - Landowner finds Beaufort FH trotting through his wood without permission
..... 15th March - Monitors think Cotswold FH killed, as they
hunted many familiar coverts
14th March - Three Grove & Rufford FH members convicted of illegal hunting
..... 14th March - Terrierman trying to hit sab almost falls off speeding
..... 13th March - Woodland
Pytchley FH Director resigns as Wildlife Trust trustee after short campaign
..... 13th March - Sabs stop 2 Essex/Suffolk FH dig outs, quad hits sab,
redcoat endangers own horse
13th March - Fife FH hunt foxes - no guns - sabs think first was bagged
..... 12th March - Sabs stop hare pack from hunting and fox pack from killing
..... 12th March - Sabs stop two dig outs by Taunton Vale FH
as Hunt chase foxes
12th March - Southdown FH follower punches out car window, injuring sab
..... 12th March - Call to boycott Atherstone FH as JM revealed to run pet kennels
..... 12th March - Another hunting vet is exposed
..... 11th March - Local monitors Axe Vale
Harriers - sees blatant fox hunting
..... 11th March - Badsworth & Branham FH kill hare near day's end
,,,,, 11th March - Seavington FH cease season with no kills day thanks to
..... 11th March - Sab
whipped as Fitzwilliam FH stopped from killing foxes
..... 11th March - Sabs get shock as Old Surrey FH spend all day trail hunting
..... 11th March - Hunts running riot in bTb hotspot risks spreading
..... 11th March -
Blean Beagles head home as soon as sabs appear
..... 10th March - Fitzwilliam killed twice, 8-3 - follower admits hunting but 'nobody to know'
..... 10th March - Hunt causes havoc in
Kent village named, ironically, Hunton
.... 10th March - Atherstone FH in disarray as sacked Huntsman & groom sue them
..... 10th March - Melbreak FH hounds seen hunting unsupervised
on Nat Trust land
March - LACS gets strong with NT over allowing illegal hunting on its land
..... 10th March - CA contests £60k award after racing pigeons killed by hunting hounds
..... 9th March - Film released of Beaufort FH apparently
March - Pet rabbit killed by hounds as Oakley FH trespass - owner 'devastated'
..... 9th March - Fox killed by Fitzwilliam
terriermen died from 'blunt force trauma'
..... 8th March - Southdown FH supporter smashes sab landy window, rider badly hurt later
..... 8th March - Row over vet who is also Director of
Cheshire Forest FH
7th March - Four setts found blocked in area being hunted by Heythrop FH
..... 7th March - Two Jedforest FH hunt servants plead NG to illegal hunting charges
..... 7th March - bTb in hounds at Kimblewick FH kennels confirmed
- 25 shot so far
March - Hunting Surrey Union FH trespass and anger landowner
..... 7th March - Illegal hunting
trial of Grove & Rufford FH three begins
..... 6th March - Senior equestrienne
dies after fall during drag hunt [a real one]
...... 5th March - One fox has a very lucky escape from the Lamerton FH
..... 6th March - Vale of the White Horse FH hunt openly on roads
and in gardens
5th March - National Trust beefs up its policy on field sports - a smidgen
..... 5th March - Cheshire Forest FH massed thugs attract police attention at final meet
..... 5th March - Atherstone FH hunted fox out of nature reserve
- escaped down sett
..... 4th March - Monitors believe Beaufort FH hunted fox at Prince Charles's
..... 4th March - Oakley
FH thugs assault sabs, steal cameras while police do nothing
….. 4th March –
Antis' teamwork denies Portman FH kill, furious farmer tells Hunt off
..... 4th March - Huff Post reporter spends day with sabs visiting the Crawley FH
..... 4th March -
Equestrian business offering 'fox hunting days' on their website
..... 3rd March -
Rumours of bTb outbreak at Kimblewick FH - 40 hounds shot?
..... 3rd March - Cotswold FH
meet cancelled after 'redcoat fell off horse drunk'
..... 3rd March - Bloodsports
lobby attacks anti-hunt Blue Fox again
..... 3rd March - Atherstone FH hounds all over roads, sometimes
..... 2nd March - Sabs violently assaulted by Flint & Denbigh FH 'security'
..... 2nd March - Old Surrey FH have to run gauntlet of derision to reach their Hunt Ball
..... 2nd March -
Hunt for lost boy - S.W.Wilts FH hound missing for several days
..... 1st March - Crawley FH
redcoats 'pinned sab to fence and kicked him in the face'
..... 1st March -
Sabs told fox killed by Hunt - find Surrey Union FH in the area
..... 1st March - Sab tyres
slashed as hares saved from Waveney Harriers
..... 1st March - Veterinary practice hosts meet of the Cottesmore FH
Police stop South Dorset FH dig out as monitor's car windows
had helped rescue young riders stuck in a bog
Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs Hit Report – Thursday, 30th March 2017 Today
we paid a visit to the South Dorset Hunt meeting at Rollington Farm in Corfe Castle. We were joined by two hunt monitors and
the police maintained a strong presence all day. It was a unusually large turn out for the South Dorset Hunt due to the fact
that terrier boys and support had gathered from other local Hunts including the BSV who have finished for this season. After
leaving the meet, the Huntsman lead the hounds and field along the ridge on the southern side of the B3351. Foot sabs were already in situ pre spraying and observing them...
We knew today would be difficult due to limited access in certain areas and the terrain being
very boggy in places, but with a super fit foot team, sabs done a fantastic job of keeping the Huntsman on his toes. The Huntsman
headed to Rempstone Heath and whilst waiting for foot sabs in the area the sabs in the landy saw a girl cantering along the
grass verge looking like she needed help. We could see the Huntsman off his horse and a few other riders also on foot and
we suspected there had been an accident.
One of the
hunt monitors who was out today confirmed that everyone was now OK but 3 younger riders had strayed off the track and ridden
their horses into extremely boggy ground where they had gotten stuck. The hunt monitor assisted them ( the riders, the Huntsman
and other members of the field ) to free their horses and make sure they were OK. Perhaps the Huntsman should be more mindful
of where he is taking the Hunt in future - a little research into the local area would not have gone a miss. We did observe one of these riders
( photo of grey horse, left, with the mud up to top of its tail ) with her horse still covered in mud from the
bog towards the end of the afternoon - poor thing must have been extremely tired !
This is not the first time this monitor has helped young riders who have gotten into trouble
- the last incident being when young riders fell off whilst jumping a huge hedge and were then trampled by horses. This is
shown in a previous video and he stayed with them and comforted them making sure they were safe until adults came to their
The Hunt remained in the Rempstone Heath area
for the rest of the day travelling as far up as Vitower House where the foot sabs observed a running fox that had been flushed
out from the reed beds. This fox ran to ground seeking refuge and its life from the hounds -foot sabs were observing and ready
to intervene if necessary so the Huntsman gathered the hounds and headed South toward the Lookout Tower.
The sabs in the Landy heard the hounds in cry in Wytch Moor and thankfully
the foot sabs were soon on the scene from the other side and managed to intervene and call the hounds off the line - another
fox saved !!
The Huntsman then headed back towards
Ower Farm where the fox was observed running to ground. Again with limited access we were getting a little worried for this fox. Luckily the police, who were amazing today, appeared and we
sent them in that direction. Very shortly the terrier boys were fleeing the scene and we suspect this was due to the police
sitting on the hill - either that or they thought they had stumbled into a vegan fair !! The terrier
boys were getting pretty shirty by now having lost out on killing at least two foxes ! The Hunt packed
up just after 5pm...
One of our hunt monitors
had parked his vehicle by Wytch Farm, this being the monitor who I mentioned earlier who helped with getting the horses out
the bog and the young riders earlier in the season. After walking miles and being a great help to us keeping tabs on the Hunt
today, he retuned to his car to find his windscreen smashed. This had been done with a white flint type stone / rock in five
places showering his seats and dash board with shards of glass - this is the thanks he has got for helping the Hunts he has
been monitoring the last season ! We find this a beyond disgraceful way to conduct themselves - the South Dorset Hunt vehicles
are regularly left strewn along grass verges and not once have we ever touched them, even though we don’t agree with
what they are doing !! The police who had stayed in the area all day were soon with us and at the moment this is ongoing.
We intend to fund raise to pay for the damage to the monitor’s car and will post a GFM up soon.
SHAME ON YOU - YOU BRING SHAME TO THE SOUTH DORSET HUNT AND THE HUNTING COMMUNITY !!!! Lets
face it its already a disgraceful community but today they have certainly shown their true colours !!
Each and every one of us would like to take this opportunity
to say a heartfelt thanks to all our supporters for their support, donations and the tip-offs we have received over the last
season. We appreciate your support and can assure you we will be back fighting fit ready for the next season.
Even total Scottish ban wouldn't stop Hunts chasing
foxes, says Bonomy
As reported below Lord Bonomy's replies seem somewhat cryptic, but he does appear to recognise that the
England/Wales ban is being widely and openly flouted with little consequence for the offenders and that 'trail
hunting' is at the heart of the problem.
28-3-17 Sunday Herald Complete fox hunting ban would not ensure law adhered to, MSPs told A blanket
ban on fox hunting would not solve the problem of ensuring Hunts adhere to the law, MSPs have heard.
Lord Bonomy [left] carried out a review of fox hunting laws in Scotland last year and recommended independent
monitors to police Hunts. His report said some aspects of the current legislation ''complicate unduly'' the
detection, investigation and prosecution of offences and there were ''grounds to suspect'' fox hunting takes
Giving evidence to Holyrood's Environment Committee on Tuesday, he said he did not believe banning fox hunting
and instead promoting drag hunting, where a Hunting follows the artificial scent of a fox, would solve the issues with the
Fox hunting with dogs was banned in Scotland in 2002, with the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act stating
a person who deliberately hunts a wild mammal with a dog is committing an offence. An exception is made when dogs may be used to stalk or flush out a fox to be shot for purposes including the control
of pest species, protecting livestock or ground-nesting birds. Mounted
Hunts in Scotland have since offered farmers, landowners and estate managers a pest control service.
MSP Emma Harper asked Lord Bonomy: "Wouldn't
it just be better to promote drag hunting and ban fox hunting?" He replied: "Judging by the experience in England
and Wales, I think the answer has to be no because the number of prosecutions proportionately is more or less the same there...
there's lots of apparent breaches of the legislation by inappropriate drag hunting, which is called in fact trail hunting.
A different material is used so it mimics the scent of a fox and inevitably in many instances where foxes are prevalent a
fox appears on the scene. So I wasn't convinced that just moving to that instead of other changes like monitoring, I wasn't
convinced that that would make any difference."
Questioned on why his review had not recommended a
reduction in the number of hounds used to flush out a fox, he said: "I can't think of anything to suggest that reducing
it to two dogs would change the situation other than to bring the whole practice of flushing to guns to an end. That change
would see an end to hunting as we see it at the moment." He said it was "impossible to say"
if the 2002 law had reduced the number of foxes killed by dogs, currently around 160 each year, as he was not aware of figures
prior to the law being brought in.
Following Lord Bonomy's review, the Scottish Government will create a code of
practice for Hunt and consider developing a new monitoring scheme. Consultations are also planned on further changes proposed
in the judge's report, including removing inconsistencies, extending the time limit for bringing prosecutions, the introduction
of vicarious liability, and reversing burden of proof provisions.
The Scottish Greens' environment
spokesman Mark Ruskell [right] said: "Lord Bonomy's evidence has confirmed that hundreds of foxes continue
to be savagely killed every year by packs of hunting dogs. It's outrageous that a law that was meant to ban fox hunting
with dogs is being systematically undermined with few consequences for the perpetrators. The Scottish Government must act
now and legislate to achieve what the Scottish Parliament originally voted for in 2002 - a ban on fox hunting with dogs. While
there may be a case for limited and humane control of foxes, using packs of dogs is an ineffective and barbaric excuse to
continue this outdated tradition."
Story also in the Scotsman paper.
Countryside Alliance application for charitable status is
The main reason given for the Commission declining
the CA's application is that the promotion of 'hunting, shooting and fishing' is not deemed to
be a charitable purpose.
27-3-17 The Charity Commission Decision of the Commission, dated
23 March 2017 The Countryside Alliance (‘the Alliance’) applied for registration as a charity Having given full and detailed consideration to the application,
the Commission has concluded that the Alliance does not meet the legal test for being a charity as it is not established for
exclusively charitable purposes for the public benefit. Consequently it cannot be registered as a charity. Certain purposes
of the Alliance relate to preserving, protecting and promoting the heritage and practice of activities related to wildlife,
the countryside and wildlife management including hunting, shooting and fishing together with the management of the natural
environment; and the advancement of rural community life.
These do not fall within a description of purpose which is recognised in law as being a purpose
which may be charitable. In addition, in relation to the promotion of game or game production, it appears to the Commission
that the primary result of the furtherance of this purpose is private benefit accruing to those commercially involved in the
production of game for eating. Further, some of the research published by the Alliance appears to be promoting particular
activities or points of view rather than being balanced educational research, and the concept of relieving need ‘in
relation to rural economies’ generally is too wide to be exclusively charitable.
Some of the Alliance’s purposes are charitable, and the Commission recognises that the Alliance does important
work protecting and promoting rural life and representing the interests of people living and working in the countryside from
all backgrounds and geographical locations. But not every purpose that is beneficial to society is a charitable purpose for
the public benefit.
The full decision
of the Charity Commission is here.
Middleton FH hounds killed/injured in horrific road
Hunt led them across busy road
near bend - with no spotter
26-3-17 Facebook - West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs VIDEO [WARNING - VERY DISTRESSING FOOTAGE]
Horrific last weekend meet at the Middleton Hunt [25-3] after at least 3 hounds killed and more injured when the Hunt took
them across a busy main road near Norton, North Yorkshire.
The Hunt took the hounds down the road, with no spotter to check oncoming traffic on an upcoming bend. After the
incident, one huntsman was heard to say, "Why did I bring them onto this road?"
Every week, Hunts across the country endanger human and animal lives with their reckless behaviour.
This needs to stop, now.
below - Sabs try to comfort dying hounds
27-3-17 Daily Mail Whimpering hounds 'die beside a grass verge after they are hit by cars as a hunt crosses a "busy"
road' - Video shows the moment three hounds allegedly died at the side of a road -They were 'hit by cars' when
Middleton Hunt crossed a 'busy' road, activists say
Activists criticised the hunt for being laid near a busy road
in North Yorkshire. Upsetting footage shows the moment three hounds allegedly died on a grass verge after they were hit
by cars when a hunt crossed a 'busy' road. The dogs
were allegedly discovered by hunt saboteurs after they crossed the road with horses from the Middleton Hunt near Norton in
North Yorkshire on Saturday. Campaigners claim the dogs died at the side of the road and video shows them whimpering while
being comforted by distraught activists.
Protesters can be heard calling the
police while others stroke the dogs who are sprawled out and motionless on the grass verge at the road side. The Hunt Saboteurs
Association - Sabs - are calling on the hunting group to make sure trails stay away from busy roads following the incident.
It comes weeks after the Middleton Hunt master Charles Carter resigned as a Tory councillor after
he was filmed telling a female activist: 'I'd quite like to SHAG you.'
Lee Moon, spokesman for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, said: 'The Middleton Hunt claim to be following an artificial
trail. If that's the case why on earth would they lay a trail anywhere near such a busy road. In fact if they're trail
hunting, as they claim, then surely they can plan their activities in such a way that they NEVER have to cross main roads.
Their wanton disregard for animals' lives extends to their own hounds as well as the wildlife they illegally chase and
kill. Every week, hunts across the country endanger human and animal lives with their reckless behaviour. The Middleton Hunt
is clearly out of control and as usual it is hunt saboteurs who are bringing their activities to the attention of police and
They claim three dogs were killed and more were injured when the hounds were led across the road, close to a bend,
by a huntsman. Onlookers claim one huntsman was 'distraught' by the deaths and was heard asking other Hunt members
'why did we take them over the road?'
It is not the first time the Middleton Hunt has come under scrutiny. In 2013, four
hunt members admitted hunting a fox with a dog and were fined by York magistrates. In 2015, North Yorkshire Police launched
an investigation after footage of 16 fox cubs held in a barn near to the Hunt's kennels emerged.
Middleton Hunt and the police are yet to respond to a request for comment.
POWAperson adds - This deeply distressing story was also run by the Mirror. This Hunt is clearly out of control and POWA is calling for the Master of Fox Hounds to expel it. The South Herefordshire
FH has been suspended by the MFHA, a body which rarely takes any action over Hunts' infractions, following the
fox cubs being fed to hounds story that broke last June. As yet none of the 5 people arrested have been charged. As for
the hounds, to Hunts they are nothing more than easily replaced tools of their grisly and now illegal trade. See here for details. A 'rap sheet' for the Middleton FH, covering the last four years, is below -
MIDDLETON FOX HOUNDS The story so far....
On March 18th this year, hunt sabs were attacked, and some injured,
by a mob of Middleton FH supporters. A female sab suffered cracked ribs, other sabs had broken fingers. Three sab cameras
On 26th February they upset a pen full of bulls on taking hounds through
a farmyard. Later they lost the hound pack completely.
On 16th February the Hunt lost several hounds who
ran on to the B1249. One was run over and killed.
On 24th January their new Joint Master, Charles Carter,
told a middle-aged woman [not a hunt saboteur or monitor] who was complaining to him about the Middleton's illegal fox
hunting, that he'd like to 'shag' her, then asked her to go to bed with him. See the Sun coverage, The Daily
Mail and Mirror also ran the story. This resulted in Lord Middleton, who was supposed to be hosting their meet the next Saturday,
cancelling the invitation.
In early summer 2015 they made national news again when 16 fox cubs were
found by League Against Cruel Sports investigators in a shed near the hunt kennels and filmed a man they claimed was connected
to the Middleton visiting the shed. The cubs were rescued and no criminal charges ensued. It may be that no actual crimes
were committed, but you don't need to be a genius to work out what a fox hunt with want with such cubs.
19th March 2016, sabs claim that they were attacked by masked quad bike riders and that a Middleton terrierman attacked the
car they were in with a spade, causing serious damage and seriously scaring them. they also claimed that a mounted redcoat
assisted in the attack.
On 12th February 2015 the Middleton's kennel Huntsman, Barry Andrews,
and a terrierman, Lee Martin, were both charged with interfering [on separate occasions] with a badger sett. Hunts still customarily
block them on hunting days, even though both fox hunting and sett interference are illegal and they are usually pretending
to be 'trail hunting', which would not require earth blocking or the presence of terriermen, who still, almost invariably,
accompany Hunts on their supposed 'trail hunts' and not infrequently engage in dig outs of foxes illicitly chased
to ground by Hunts. The charge against Andrews was dropped, for reasons unknown to me, and, though Martin was initially convicted,
he was acquitted on appeal for the absurd reason that the prosecution could not prove the sett was in use on the day in question,
though there was evidence it was shortly before and after.
In September 2014, it was reported that the Joint
Master and Huntsman Tom Holt had been summonsed for illegal hunting. He had a previous conviction. On this occasion he was
caught on camera using hounds to chase a fox but was acquitted after claiming they'd been trail hunting and the chase
was an 'accident.'
In August 2013, Holt, Martin, Whip Shaun Marles and another terrierman Brian
Cuthbertson were all convicted of a particularly nasty piece of illegal hunting in which hounds savaged a fox to death, having
been charged with breaking S.1 of the Hunting Act 2004 and the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Despite the film evidence of extreme
and wilful cruelty, the three were fined a tiny fraction of the maximum then allowed [£5,000] and the latter got a Conditional
Discharge. Some deterrent, also given that the offence of illegal hunting is not reportable and so does not appear on a criminal
Portman FH block Wessex Ridgeway, try to stop walkers
intend to report Hunt behaviour to the authorities
Sab has to free horse from barbie, horse/hound nearly run over
26-3-17 Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs Hit Report Saturday 25th March 2017 Joined by our friends from S.West Sabs and a hunt
monitor, we decided to pay a visit to the Portman Hunt today for their last Saturday meet of this season. The meet was at
Smugglers Mead in Stepleton... With two landy’s out today, working with the monitor and foot sabs breaking into two
and sometimes four teams we were able to keep track of the Hunt all day.
They spent well over an hour in the Happy Valley and Furzehill area
and we suspect this was because there is only one footpath leading through the middle. This did not deter foot sabs though
who did a marvellous job of patrolling the foot path from each end.
After lunch, there was the usual change of horses and this happened under the watchful eyes of the sabs. When re-mounted
on his fresh steed the Huntsman took the hounds across the road...
Whilst searching Rough Ground the hounds picked up and there was a flurry of activity. With foot sabs either side
and one of the Landy’s on the yellow road south of Rough Ground we kept them in our sights. At this point, one of the
teams of foot sabs observed the hounds with what appeared to be fresh blood, we have footage of this which we will be reviewing
and releasing separately. The police had been called by one of the Landy’s and one of them was a Wildlife Crime Officer who was very interested in what was happening and we were grateful to have him around.
A hound and a horse had extremely close shaves with motor vehicles on
the road today at separate times, both escaping serious injuries by a gnats whisker ! There was another incident when a horse
got caught in barbed wire and a foot sab had to try and free the horses leg, sadly, despite this happening, riders behind
continued to jump the fence without a care in the world or seemingly for their horses.
We also found several hounds running along the road South of Shales Coppice, there was a man
chatting to two females riding bikes and following the Hunt and they caught the first hound. We stopped to tell them that
there was another one further down the road but despite saying thank you they made no effort at all to go and get it …..
shortly after we spotted the third one !
The Hunt packed up around 4.30pm. Thank fully this season is about to finish but our work will continue
with sett surveying over the coming months. If you want to join us please email us at email@example.com Massive thanks to our monitor for his help and a big thank you to the WCO from Blandford and his colleagues
for their assistance today.
26-3-17 Facebook -Tami Smith-Daniels We were
the couple who sent you the notes on spotting them Portman FH] near Preston Hill Farm. We were walking the Wessex Ridgeway
Trail with our dog & happened to run into some sabs as we were crossing over a road into the woods where the Hunt was
active. The sabs stopped us to warn us that our dog was in danger from the supporter vehicles being driven around at speed
& explained what was happening. We carried on along the trail & having followed your page for a while knew what to
expect. I was wearing black, & the Hunt made the assumption that I was a sab. At two points, the supporter vehicles were
blocking the trail & at one of them three supporters lined up between the vehicles & stepped up to block our path.
One if them told us we were on private land & they attempted to intimidate us to prevent us from going further. I told
them I knew EXACTLY where I was - the Wessex Ridgeway Trail - & we were coming through like it or lump it. At the next
trail gate they also had two vehicles parked blocking the style. We would like to raise a formal complaint to the managing
authority for the trail about the attempt to prevent us from passing & the intimidation including lying about us trespassing
on private land. We took a photo of the blockade vehicles. We were just waiting for proof of which Hunt it was, so thank you
for confirming that for us :).
26-3-17 Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs Well done Tami. Please do
raise this with the police as Ray suggests. the hunt has no right block a highway.
adds - Additionally, a sab landy was blocked in by hunt support for ages and they had to call police to get released.
Dorset Hunt Sabs say the police came out in force for the Portman's final meet on 27-3 and, for a change, were helpful
and the Hunt weren't able to do much.
Sabs write to AAC after multiple attacks on sabs ignored by
police at W.Pytchley FH meet
Sabs pre-spraying find 3 men with dead badger -body recovered, reported to police
26-3-17 Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs An Open letter to Northamptonshire Police, following yesterday's events
Please repost but add your own tag of the police force at the top of your post so they can see the number of
people angry over this. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @NorthantsPolice .
For the attention of Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Swann - Yesterday, volunteer members of the public connected
with the Hunt Saboteurs Association attended an event held at Drayton House in Northamptonshire with the aim of peaceful protest
and preventing illegal activities occurring, by monitoring with video cameras. This event was the Woodland Pytchley Hunt [see
below for 'Hit Report']. We understand you are familiar with the event, as you were named by a Police constable present as the senior officer who gave authorisation to utilise section 60AA of the Criminal Justice
It became apparent from the outset, that
the staff associated with the Hunt (‘Stewards’) were intent on using physical violence and intimidation against
anyone protesting their activities. While walking on a public byway towards Drayton House, the hunt stewards, well known for
their behaviour on previous occasions, immediately lashed out with unprovoked violence and threats to the protestors homes
and property. The ringleader of this group, Shaun Stacey, is particularly well known to Police (and currently on bail following
a charge of assault), and was responsible for punching one person in the face and throwing another person to the ground, before
launching in with further kicks and punches. Northamptonshire Police were called to the scene immediately.
On attending the scene, Police Officers took evidence, names and details
of the victims of the assaults. However the assailants were allowed to leave the scene with no questioning at all. Is this
standard procedure? It seems unusual to allow violent repeat offenders to simply leave to cause further turmoil, while peaceful
protestors and hunt monitors are left to clean up their own blood.
Later that day, Mr S Stacey and his hunt steward associates Chris Bull, Pete Walton, Charlotte and Brendan Tyers
continued their violent actions, assaulting several people on an area of land just north of the Kettering Road Industrial
Estate at Islip. Had these aggressive individuals been stopped earlier in the day, this confrontation consequent attack would
not have happened. The incident was allowed to unfold, however, with around twenty officers stood on Kettering Road watching
and not intervening. The assailants were once again permitted to leave the scene unimpeded. Officers in attendance then challenged
some of the protestors for wearing face coverings (which some choose to wear, to hide their identities from the appallingly
violent individuals we have described) and focussed on this issue alone, with little apparent regard for the continuing assaults
This style of Policing was seen to continue
throughout the day. A protestor’s vehicle was stopped by Northamptonshire Police while attempting to follow the Hunt,
and subjected to an unprompted vehicle safety check, and following yet another assault by Chris Bull and Pete Walton officers
were only concerned with enforcing section 60AA of the Criminal Justice Act above all other issues. It seemed the crime of
wearing a scarf had become significantly more serious than the crime of physically attacking people on public land.
We wish to put to you, ACC Rachel Swann, the following questions:-
Why, after the initial report of numerous violent assaults, and with the alleged assailants in sight,
did Police officers not arrest the attackers?
was the known violent individual Shaun Stacey, currently released on bail pending another assault hearing, not immediately
arrested by Police on arriving at to the location – especially given that he was reported to have just carried out more
than one assault?
Why did Police on Kettering Road
stand and watch as Shaun Stacey and his associates continued to assault peaceful protestors on open land?
Why were victims of assault so officiously harassed with section 60AA
requests? The individuals concerned were not involved in any disruptive or violent behaviour, the order seems to have been
wrongfully used and directed towards the incorrect individuals. It should be noted that several of the violent assailants
were wearing face scarves too.
The mission statement
of the Northamptonshire Police states, “We will act with integrity, compassion, courtesy and patience, showing neither
fear nor favour in what we do. We will be sensitive to the needs and dignity of victims and demonstrate respect for the human
rights of all. We will use discretion, professional judgement and common sense to guide us and will be accountable for our
decisions and actions. We will respond to well-founded criticism with a willingness to learn and change.”
Based on what we saw, we do not currently
feel that the actions of Northamptonshire Police in attendance at the Woodland Pytchley Hunt on March 25th 2017 were consistent
with this. Maybe you can help us understand how it could have been. We look forward to your response.
Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs Hit Report 25/03/2017 Yesterday we teamed up with S.Cambs, Beds
& Bucks, Nottingham and Cambridge Sabs to visit the infamous Woodland Pytchley Hunt, who were meeting at Drayton
We arrived early to pre-spray likely coverts and stumbled across three men who had just killed a young female badger
[right] with a dog. They hurriedly attempted to stuff the dead badger down a hole to hide it. Her still warm body was
recovered for evidence. We can't say much more about this at present as it's obviously now a police matter.
After that traumatic start to the day we
put foot Sabs in near the meet on a public bridleway. Within minutes they had been attacked by a large group of the usual
fat thugs with several Sabs suffering face and head injuries. Police were called and actually seemed sympathetic. However,
as we pointed out the assailants as well as explaining one is already on bail and is not allowed near hunts the police did
nothing and the thugs legged it over the field following the hounds. Having so many Sabs meant that others stayed on the Hunt
whilst we were occupied with the police.
A little later, an officer stated that they were going to ask the Hunt to pack up as they were not hunting within
the law. Fantastic, or so we thought. After a chat with the Hunt the police completely changed and started banging on about
wearing face masks. The thug who was responsible for several assaults whilst on bail was allowed to carry on and within a
short time had punched and stamped on several more Sabs.
Another 999 call went in and approximately 20 officers turned up. Then they
stood in a line, refusing to act on allegations of assault even when shown video evidence. Instead they harassed Sabs and,
even as assaults were happening in front of them, not one of them lifted a finger to help or to intervene. We have seen some
atrocious and blatantly corrupt policing over the years but yesterday was in another league.
Throughout the day all teams managed
to stay on the Hunt between them and there were no kills. A very grumpy Hunt of only 6 redcoats and 9 riders packed up late
afternoon after riding horses into Sabs and kicking out at people. We will not be put off by the behaviour
of these Neanderthals. We are not interested in stooping to their level and fighting with them. We are there to protect and
save our wildlife and nothing will stop us doing that as long as these psychopaths are out there trying to kill for pleasure.
We had equipment stolen yesterday and over the next few weeks we will be servicing our faithful vehicle in preparation
to fight the badger cull. Any financial help to do this would be massively appreciated. Thank you. Have a safe sunny Sunday.
Dart Vale Harriers chase deer for two miles before gizmo-aided
Facebook - Chris Tasker Deer hunted by Dart Vale Harriers - hounds riot for
2 miles unchecked ! The Hunt had hounds in and out of cry all day and, with a reputation for releasing
bagged foxes, we feared the worst when the hounds rioted on a deer, chasing it some 2 miles across open fields to within 20
metres of ourselves at the top of the valley. The gizmo was used and worked well, calling off the lead hounds, while the deer
escaped at the top of the field and into water board land.
Monitor uploads video compilation of hunt horse mistreatment
26-3-17 YouTube – Scorpio Vulpes How some hunters treat their horses Monitors
are often shocked by the way some hunters treat their horses. Here are some examples.
- 1/ Horse foaming at mouth 2/ Using horse as weapon against female monitor
3/ Galloping on hard road 4/ Hunting amongst traffic 5/
Hitting horse on head with crop 6/ Swerving horse in front of monitor's car
Campaigners seek sacking of Kent Wildlife Trust Chair
Bax claims no longer involved with Blean Beagles but Baily's still list him as JM
25-3-17 Daily Telegraph Head of Wildlife Trust faces calls to resign over hunting past
Nature lovers have called for the Chairman of a Wildlife Trust to resign after it emerged that he was the Master of a Hunt.
Mike Bax , the former High Sheriff of Kent, was appointed head
of Kent Wildlife Trust three years ago despite being master of Blean Beagles for “many years”. Kent Wildlife Trust
said he has “no formal links” with the Beagles now.
Critics say Mr Bax’s involvement with the pack and role at the charity – which proclaims to be “Protecting
Wildlife for the Future” – is a conflict of interest. A spokesman for the animal rights group Stop the Cull said:
“It is hypocritical to say you are interested in wildlife and then go out and support killing it.” Dozens of critics
have also emailed the Trust calling for Mr Bax to be investigated and sacked, or for his immediate resignation. Writing online,
Lynne Aldridge said: “Should the Charity Commission review his appointment?” Pat Webb added: “That’s
unbelievable. He’s obviously no animal lover!” Tim Salt wrote: “Just messaged the Kent Wildlife Trust, asking
when this moron will stand down.”
not known whether Blean Beagles have been involved in illegal hunting. When The Blean Beagles Ltd was registered as a company
in 2005, it stated its aim was to “promote the sport and practice of beagling”. Beagling
is the hunting of hares or rabbits by scent by a pack of 10 or more hounds. The Hunting Act 2004 banned the hunting of wild
mammals with dogs in England and Wales.
well as his role at the trust, Mr Bax, 62, from Ashford, is the director of land and property specialists BTF Partnership’s
rural team. He sits on the Kent Economic Board and is one of the driving forces behind Rural PLC, “the voice of rural
business in Kent”. He was High Sheriff of Kent between 2012 and 2013.
Kent Wildlife Trust said: “Mike Bax has been a member of Kent Wildlife Trust for nearly 30 years and chairman
for three. He has a deep interest in wildlife matters and manages his own farm with wildlife foremost in mind. Mike was master
of Blean Beagles for many years but has no formal links with them now. Pursuing live quarry with dogs is illegal and all associated
with Kent Wildlife Trust support the law in this regard.”
Mr Bax said his active involvement with the Blean Beagles is “relatively historic”. He claims he has
had “no role” in the Beagles’ affairs since 2005. He added: “The Beagles are run by a committee with
which I have had no involvement, nor am I a current subscriber.”
Baily’s Hunting Directory lists Mr Bax, as one of the Hunt Masters.
POWAperson adds - I have checked the statement in the last sentence above. It is correct. Mr.
Bax is listed as one of seven Joint Masters. His Mastership dates from 1991. Why on earth would the Blean Beagles Directory
entry say he is a Master, and give his details, if, as he now claims, he is not and has not been for several years? If
he is not, why would he not by now have arranged for his name to be removed from Baily's online directory listing? But
even if he were no longer involved with the Blean [and note that nowhere does it say he does not still hunt with
them] he has, by past involvement - particularly in a leadership role - demonstrated and indulged a desire to gain
pleasure from terrorising and killing defenceless wildlife, which, in this case, is also an endangered species. Surely
this alone should disqualify him from holding any role within a Wildlife Trust?
On 4-3-17 East Kent Sabs visited the Blean, which was being led by the green-jacketed
Stuart Sillars acting as Huntsman, a co-worker of Mr.Bax at BFT Partnership. The Hunt apparently left for home as soon as
the sabs appeared. There was another green-jacketed grey-haired man in the short clip posted by East Kent Sabs whose face was not seen - but presumably this was not Mr.Bax, as he
tells us he has he now has 'no formal links with them', which would surely preclude him wearing the green jacket.
As far as we know all packs affiliated to the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles, which the Blean is, are signed
up to the Campaign for Hunting's goal to re-legalise live quarry hunting.
A point re. something in the article above, which states that 'beagling
is the hunting of hares or rabbits... '. Beagling has always been exclusively the hunting of hares [harriers, usually
with a mounted field, while beagles are hunted on foot, hunt hares or foxes]. Attempting to hunt rabbits with beagles
or harriers would be absurd. They would simply disappear down their nearest hole within seconds and, as rabbit warrens
tend to have large numbers of holes it would not be realistic to attempt to block them all. Hounds bred for stamina rather
than speed would have little or no chance of catching a rabbit. Hunting rabbits with dogs was not banned by the
Hunting Act because the are a recognised pest species [hares and foxes are not] and because, being much smaller than hares,
they can be killed relatively swiftly by dogs that do manage to catch them. POWA believes, however, that, if it is to be allowed
at all, it was a mistake to allow any number of dogs to be used in hunting rabbits, since this can now be used as an
excuse, albeit somewhat implausible, to mask hare hunting. We therefore think the maximum number of dogs allowed to be used
to hunt rabbits should be reduced to two.
Old Surrey FH hunt foxes, charge at and hit sabs
Retiring Huntsman Mark Bycroft in a
closes three roads leading to meet
24-3-17 Facebook - Guildford Sabs Old Surrey, Burstow & West Kent - 21 March 2017
Foxes saved and hunt violence Along with South Coast, Croydon and Beds & Bucks sabs. They met at
the Rock Inn Pub in Chidingstone and rather arrogantly closed off all 3 roads leading to the meet [right]. It's
one of Bycroft's last days as Huntsman (good riddance to scum!) and was a large meet, with lots of support.
From the start vehicles were swerving dangerously across the road to
block us in (one had two children in the back)! Not long after hounds went into cry, so two sabs deployed themselves into
the woodland at which point Bycroft tried to ride down a sab. As the sab tried to escape Bycroft charged at him. Thankfully
the sab managed to get away after the Huntsman's little fit of rage.
short time later sabs spotted a fox bolting across a field in view of the support and terrier men - this leads us to believe
this fox had been released by the terrier men to guarantee a kill - not today! We masked the scent and ensured hounds didn't
pick it up again. The same fox was filmed from the land rover running along the road and into another field.
Getting back on track a rider fell off her horse, we had a sab that was
a trained medic present and offered assistance but the terrier man decided telling us to fuck off was the best course of treatment.
As we ventured into the woodland near Bassetts farm we notice Bycroft
off his horse with hounds digging around a fox den. We believe a fox went to ground (odd place to lay a trail down a den?)
As we arrived he quickly made a move with his hounds.
again in the village of Chiddingstone another fox bolted in front of our vehicle. We could hear hounds quickly approaching
and masked the scent. We stayed here for a while to make sure hounds didn't pick it up and once we were sure they hadn't
we tried to locate the hunt. Other groups had managed to locate them with one sab being struck over the head. Throughout the
day riders charged at sabs and used their horses as weapons against us and terrier men deliberately rode into a sab causing
injury to her hand. We lost the Hunt for a little while but we are confident it was a kill free day. This clearly upset the
Hunt which showed through in their aggression. They packed up at around 18.00 (having already lost most of the field/support
throughout the day).
Pics below - 1/ Foolhardy
pussy 2/ Leaving the meet 3/ Marking to ground 4/
Sab's offer of help refused
24-3-17 Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs So, after many years of violent assaults on hunt Sabs, both pre and post the ban,
Mark Bycroft is going. The kiiler of countless animals who once said to one of our long term sabs that he 'would hunt
till he drops' is going. Good riddance, and to his replacement you can be sure that we will sab you until your morally
defunct Hunt is no more.
We are of course now raising funds to replace our stolen Land Rover and are looking get
in the region of £7,000 to get a vehicle which will last us a long time. Any donations very much appreciated and very
much needed. https://www.gofundme.com/new-sabbing-vehicle-for-scoast-sabs
As S.Herefordshire FH 5 re-bailed, sab gets threatening
mail re. case
no charges laid in cruelty to fox cubs scandal that closed Hunt
24-3-17 Kidderminster Shuttle Five arrested in South Herefordshire Hunt investigation have been re-bailed
Five people who were arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty at the South Herefordshire Hunt's kennels in Wormelow have
been re-bailed. The police are investigating an alleged offence in May last year.
The first two people, a 37-year-old man and 27-year-old woman, both from Hereford, were first
arrested last May. A 37-year-old man from Abergavenny was then arrested in June, and a 53-year-old woman from Abergavenny
and 45-year-old man from Powys were arrested in August. All five were arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and have been
re-bailed until May.
24-3-17 Facebook - Hunt Investigation Team Police Update The 5 suspects from
the South Herefordshire Hunt have been rebailed again!! This time until May. Maybe the police think that this will just go
away in time or that the longer they leave it that people's appetite for justice will diminish. We will not rest until
justice is done in this case. We believe that the police have lost all interest in this case and any desire to follow the
evidence. It stinks of corruption and collusion at the highest level. Meanwhile news has reached us that a local hunt sab,
not connected to HIT, has received threatening mail hand delivered to their address in relation to this case. Again, the police
inaction serves to embolden these psychopaths. Such threats to HIT personnel or associated groups will be met very robustly!
Anti hunting FB page responds to CA bid to have it closed
Facebook - Ban Hunting with Dogs Please if everyone can stop putting death threats on and abusive language because
Tim Bonner is abusing his power and is trying to shut this page down via the House of Commons.
However there seems to be the usual
lies by the Countryside Alliance as this quote is completely untrue, "The comments go beyond simply being abusive to
being extremely threatening, with one simply saying, “Kill him”. Following a complaint by the Alliance this particular
comment was removed but only after 48 hours, but all the others remain."
No complaint was made directly to the
page and Facebook did not remove this comment as we had no notification to say it had been removed. Also the said post was
removed anyway and does not exist on this page. It seems that Tim Bonner is misleading the House of Commons and Facebook so
his buddies can literally get away with MURDER.
24-3-17 Countryside Alliance News Countryside Alliance reports Facebook page to Commons
committee for failing to moderate “abusive and threatening” The Countryside Alliance have
reported an abusive Facebook page, “Ban Hunting with Dogs” to the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee for allowing
abusive and threatening posts to be repeatedly published on the page.
Last week the Alliance spoke out against vile comments that were posted on the page relating to the death of well-known show
jumper, Sue Webb: Since then, further comments have been published on the page relating to a blessing of the Chiddingfold,
Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt by a Surrey Vicar. The comments were posted last Friday and have not been taken down. The comments
go beyond simply being abusive to being extremely threatening, with one simply saying, “Kill him”. Following a
complaint by the Alliance this particular comment was removed but only after 48 hours, but all the others remain.
The Alliance have submitted evidence to the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Yvette Cooper MP [left],
as part of her Committee’s inquiry into “Hate crime and its violent consequences”. Last week Ms Cooper
blasted social media executives for “having a terrible reputation among their users for failing to act on reports of
hate speech and other offensive material.”
Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee,..
In his letter to Ms Cooper, Chief Executive of the Alliance, Tim Bonner [right] said: “We would like to bring to your attention, and ask your Committee to consider, the impact malicious communications
can have on its victims and communities. Those involved in lawful hunting, as regulated by the Hunting Act 2004, are often
subjected to malicious communications online. Abusive and threatening comments are repeatedly posted on the Facebook page;
“Ban Hunting with Dogs”.”
The Alliance have also written to the London
Facebook Headquarters requesting that the “Ban Hunting with Dogs” Facebook page be closed due to repeated offences
that breach new social media guidelines published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) last autumn: Guidelines on prosecuting
cases involving communications sent via social media , Countryside Alliance welcomes new social media guidelines aimed at
tackling online abuse . The Alliance argue that the comments made in relation to the late Sue Webb breach Category 4 of the
guidelines, “Communications which are grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or false” and that the comments made
in relation to a Surrey vicar breached Category 1 of the guidelines, relating to “credible threats”...
POWAperson comments - Passions
run high on both sides. Simple abuse, whomsoever by, achieves nothing, reflects poorly on the abuser and does not
help their cause. Malicious threats are unacceptable wherever they come from. It is perfectly possible, and preferable, to
make one's point and vent ones feelings, without indulging in it. However, it must be said that it is rich of Mr. Bonner
to make the complaints he does when hunters and their supporters don't just routinely engage in vitriolic online abuse
of antis but, in the field, frequently, obstruct, harass, threaten and assault them and steal and damage their property,
as is documented, at length, in these pages. They also, of course, frequently indulge in vile acts of animal abuse, often
contrary to law. Which is precisely why there is, much to Mr. Bonner's chagrin, such a large, strong and vibrant anti-bloodsports
DEFRA response to bTb in Kimblewick
FH kennels... do nothing
23-3-17 theyworkforyou.com Written question in the House
Chair of Kent Wildlife Trust is also JM of Blean Beagles!
Facebook - Stop the cull In another Stop the Cull exposé we reveal yet another conflict of interest
within a Wildlife Trust. Introducing Michael Bax, Chairman of Kent Wildlife Trust who just happens to be a Master of hare
hunting pack, the Blean Beagles... As the WT should know, the Brown hare is listed on Kent's B.A.P (Biodiversity
Action Plan) as being a species in decline that needs protection.
Mr Bax also has his influence within the law, being a previous High Sheriff of Kent & Chair
of Kent Police’s Crime Rural Advisory Group (CRAG),Trustee of Safer Kent , Ambassador for Kent Victim Support &
President of Kent Crimestoppers!
A joint master of the pack, and Huntsman, Stuart Sillars is also Michael Bax's work colleague
at BFT Partnership http://www.btfpartnership.co.uk/our-team-7
We are asking you to please complain to Kent Wildlife Trust via Facebook or
on this link .
How can we trust those who claim to protect our wildlife? How can we trust the law
to be enforced when illegal hunting takes place?
adds - Mr. Bax was appointed to the role of Chairman in 2014. The following passage appeared in the announcement on the WT's website -
Mike has a lifelong commitment
to the county, its wildlife and rural landscape. As a partner of BTF Partnership, with offices in Challock, Canterbury and
Hadlow, he leads a busy and widely recognised land and property agency practice dealing with all farming and agricultural
He runs his own 240-acre farm and 120 acres of semi-natural ancient woodland in the Weald and has
a long-standing association with the Trust as a member, active supporter and volunteer. One major volunteering contribution
is his role as Honorary Warden of the Trust’s Stone Wood nature reserve - adjacent to his farm.
Mike comments: “I
am delighted to have been chosen by the trustees and I look forward to working much more closely with an organization I admire
and have been involved with for a number of years. Kent Wildlife Trust performs a fantastic role in not only protecting, but
promoting the preservation of wildlife and habitats in the county. Wildlife and habitat protection and farming go hand in
hand and many farmers and landowners play a key role in working with the Trust but I am keen to extend this with my connections
in the agricultural sector.”
Chair of NT contradicts officials who said can't
monitor licenced Hunts
Maintains happy to licence them despite evidence of multiple breaches
Cites a few, short suspensions to
show won't tolerate law-breaking
23-3-17 Facebook - Leicester Animal Rights [LAR] Last night the Director-General
of The National Trust, Dame Helen Ghosh [below left, credit Daily Mail], gave a talk at Nottingham Trent University
on the challenges the National Trust faces and how it responds to societal change. One of our members went along to question
her about their organisations support of 'trail hunting', which we all know is a cover for illegal fox hunting. Here's
the transcript of the questions asked...
member - “I have been asking a question for quite some time now which I have not had an answer to, and that is have
you read the 'Trail Of Lies' report which the International Fund for Animal Welfare - IFAW actually sent to The National
Trust and to you. Really my question has three parts; we have a local hunt, The Belvoir Hunt, and the Huntsman said in the
Horse & Hound that he is not surprised that foxes are killed when the Hunts go out. There is a huge overlap between 'trail
hunting' and fox hunting. Given that you say that you are moving forward in the future to conserve wildlife, why are you
still licensing 'trail hunts' on National Trust land when you know it will result in animals killed, that foxes are
declining according to the latest research and you are not answering members questions and they are leaving because of it.”
Dame Helen Ghosh – “Thank you. The answer is yes, I have read it, essentially last year but I have read it . Our
position on 'trail hunting' on National Trust land, as we have explained to members who have contacted us, is that
Parliament has, we believe that Parliament should be the judge of what is legal activity. We have now all sorts of activity
on our land if it is legal, we have about I think fifty licenses on our land at present for 'trail hunting'. We monitor
carefully what goes on. We believe it is ultimately the responsibility of the police.”
LAR member - "Excuse me, you did tell me that The National Trust can’t monitor,
so that is not true. You do not carefully monitor. You told me that you do not monitor.”
Dame Helen Ghosh – “We do monitor and we have good examples of suspending licenses
against our criteria. As you say, the terms of our licenses are about conservation and access and we monitor the actions of
the Hunts against the terms of our license. We work with the police on prosecutions and we suspend Hunts when we don’t
believe that they are adhering to our license terms. So that is our response on 'trail hunting'. We of course have
had a lot of correspondence, there has been a lot on social media, I think around something in the region of 20’s of
members have left because of their views on this and I imagine there are members who will take the other view so having a
membership of 4.7 million people there will always be a difference of view but at the moment that is our position. If Parliament
has said that this is legal, and they adhere to or license, then we allow it.”
Our thoughts are as follows...
- It is an offence to host an illegal fox hunt under Section 3 of The Hunting Act 2004 (http://bit.ly/2kLs51k ) and if Dame Helen Ghosh has read the report (http://g.ifaw.org/2hbxOIR ) demonstrating that 'trail hunting' is mere fiction, how can she still condone
crimes committed by her own organisation?
- In a recent
statement by The League Against Cruel Sports (http://bit.ly/2nVckmo ), it was explained that senior staff from The National Trust considered themselves
to have insufficient resources to monitor hunts using their land. They also declined the offer of assistance from The League
Against Cruel Sports. How on earth, therefore, can this be considered 'careful monitoring' by Dame Helen Ghosh? Please
feel free to remind her of what her senior staff are saying by emailing the LACS statement on 10/03/2017 (link provided above)
to her at email@example.com .
- The National Trust recently announced that they had lost sight of the principle of protecting
declining wildlife (http://bit.ly/2mU1qeL ). What measures will they now take to protect the red fox given that The BTO British
Trust for Ornithology mammal monitoring program shows the red fox population to have declined by 34% (http://bit.ly/2dGQw7X ) in the 1996-2014 period? Feel free to forward this question to Dame Helen Ghosh too.
- Given that the talk was on how The National Trust responds to societal
change, isn't it about time they updated their views regarding bloodsports that are opposed by an increasing amount of
people each year (http://bit.ly/2iSAkE1 )?
If any members of The National Trust don't believe the 'trail hunt' lies then please send us a message
on firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sabs take hounds off 'Shag' Carter as Middleton
have kill-free day
Despite suffering multiple assaults and thefts
by hunt supporters [see reports below, dated 19-3-17], sabs had a successful day. This was part of it.
23-3-17 Facebook - Sheffield Sabs VIDEO Sheffield and North East hunt sabs disrupt the Middleton on Saturday. Three foxes were helped escape
from the hunt that day. The dig out of one was prevented by sab presence. Trail Hunting? Yeah right!
Pics below - 1/ Huntsman casting hounds towards woodland
2/ Sabs call hounds up towards them 3/ Hounds respond to sab calls
Ledbury FH show solidarity with scandal-hit S.Herefordshire
to hold meets next season at homes of SHFH Masters
very soon due to say if charging anyone over the fox cubs affair
22-3-17 Facebook - Hunt Investigation Team In 2 days time we will see how the state intends to deal with the 5 suspects
in the notorious fox cub killing case. Will they follow the evidence and see what every fair minded, decent person sees and
allow justice to take its course. Or will they revert to type, protect
their own and turn a blind eye to this disgusting animal cruelty. The world is watching...
Meanwhile, the Ledbury Hunt have announced
their intentions to host meets for next season at the homes of the Masters of the now defunct South Herefordshire Hunt. Surprise,
surprise, it's the usual suspects that keep cropping up. More details to follow.
Sabs upload more film of Atherstone
FH New Year meet violence & abuse
21-3-17 Facebook - West Mids Sabs VIDEO MORE VIOLENCE FROM THE ATHERSTONE HUNT - Atherstone Hunt New Years Meet As long as the Atherstone fox hounds are loose
in the countryside we’ll be with them as they pose a threat to any wildlife they come into contact with. It also doesn't
matter to us what new staff the hunt brings in, a leopard can’t change it’s spots and this is the Atherstone Hunt,
you can't polish a turd.
The appalling violence from Atherstone Hunt supporters directed at peaceful non-violent protestors
in Atherstone Market Square on the 2/1/17 [crazed supporters, right] continued once the hunt had left the Square. The video speaks
for itself, masked up males in balaclavas repeatedly attack a vehicle of mostly female sabs. Repeatedly blocking and
surrounding the vehicle and throwing eggs, rocks and tree branches at the vehicle.
The violence from the Market Square
is being investigated by PC Kim Stafford of Warwickshire Police whilst the incidents that followed later were reported to
Complaints have been made to Warwickshire Police over their choosing not to police the violence
despite having intelligence it would happen. The complaints have been investigated by Inspector David Williams, part of the
team responsible for not policing it and himself named in some of the complaints. He inevitably came to the conclusion that
Warwickshire Police had done nothing wrong and that there were no lessons to be learned. There’s nothing at all suspicious
about investigating a complaint about yourself, anyone would think they have something to hide. Atherstone Town Council continue
to blame the victims for the violence that happened to them. Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs
Pics below - 1/ Supporter menacing sab before assaulting
2/ Supporter throwing egg 3/ The result 4/ Supporter throws stick at sab car
5/ Masked supporter thumps sab car window
Sab hospitalised, another hurt, in attacks by Pytchley
Assaults came as sabs intervened
to save hunted fox
19-3-17 Facebook – S.Cambs Hunt Saboteurs Hit Report – 18/03/17 Pytchley FH, Winwick (nr West Haddon), Northants
We teamed together with members from Northants , Suffolk And Essex, North East London, Norfolk/Suffolk & Cambridge Sabs
to sab the horrible Pytchley Hunt. This Hunt are renowned for the aggression of both their foot support and riders with today
proving no different.
Straight from the off we had the Hunt in our sights with good team work from the groups predicting
their next move. As usual with most Hunts they raced across busy roads with no regard for the safety of their hounds, car
drivers or their poor abused horses. Early on we witnessed several riders crash their horses into fences, with several red
faced hunters falling off. From the smell of alcohol emanating from a lot of them and the meet being the last of the season,
their brazen recklessness was very evident.
During the course of the day we saw the hounds go into cry and chase on several
occasions, but we were well placed to distract the hounds enough for the foxes to make their escape. The amount of terrier
men out today and their activities around certain woods, indicated they had pre-caught foxes, either bagged up or boxed up ready for quick
release. On two occasions the hounds went into immediate cry while entering woods, woods at which terrier men were already
stationed. What are the chances, ey?
We had the usual hefty 'hunt stewards' out but they can barely make it more
than 20 meters out of their vehicles without holding their chests and wheezing. The fact we were successful during the day
meant the riders became more aggressive as they day went on. Moments after sabs intervened as hounds went into cry onto a
nearby fox, two sabs were viciously assaulted and one hospitalized. We cannot say any more at this time as an investigation
has started. Actions like this only make us more determined to stop wildlife brutally slaughtered - and the undeterred sabs
made sure the cowardly Hunt ended the day with no kills made.
18-3-17 Facebook - Northants Hunt Saboteurs HIT REPORT 18.03.17 We found ourselves paying a much-needed visit to the
Pytchley Hunt today, and after we ruined their initial meet which was originally planned at a local pub who got cold feet
and pulled the plug a couple of weeks ago, we could tell today would be an eventful sab.... We found the Hunt straight away,
and watched as hounds spilled out on the road, with a redcoat milling aimlessly behind them. The field quickly took flight
across some locked gates, causing damage and losing riders every which way. There were a lot of red faces as riders dusted
themselves off, but we can't be sure if that was from embarrassment or the tipple they'd had before they started..
With three vehicles out today, we had eyes and ears on the Hunt at all times, and we could tell they were getting
more and more irate. One group of foot sabs saved a fleeing fox right in front of all the blood thirsty support and hunt thugs.
The hounds were right on top of the fox and it was a very close call but the fox got away safely. Immediately following this,
sabs were forced to defend themselves against said thugs ! Our vehicle got blocked in early on in the day, and sabs in the
field unfortunately found themselves assaulted not long after the Hunt had second horsed. Clearly frustrated at the constant
sab presence and the lack of blood spilled, one rider assaulted a female and a male sab. Although we can't go in to any
more details or post any footage, it's now with the police.
All in all a triumphant day with
lots of good friends and no kills. Thanks to those who travelled to sab with us, and to the Northamptonshire police who genuinely
surprised us with their sab-friendly demeanour.
Reports say sabs badly injured, stuff damaged/stolen
at Middleton FH
Supporters from Derwent Hunt thought main assailants
Locals and some riders disgusted by hunter's behaviour
Three sab cameras stolen on top of injuries - police involved
19-3-17 Facebook – N.E. Sabs Hit Report 18/03/17 Yesterday we joined forces with
W.Yorks, ,Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham Sheffield Hunt Sabs to pay a visit to the Middleton hunt who met in Uncleby in
As you may remember,
at the end of last season the Middleton's hunt support did a good job of smashing up our vehicle so this weekend we weren't
expecting great behaviour from them.
Having sabbed them at this location
before we strategically placed groups of sabs so that right from the off, no matter which direction they turned we would be
present. Within the first half an hour sabs had managed to draw the hounds out of a wood and to us so that a fox could be
seen to safety by another group the other side of the wood. This is pretty much how the day went, with multiple deer and hares
seen running away from the Hunt and one more fox going to ground. Whilst one group of sabs stood guard over the fox that had
gone to ground we caught up with a less than happy Hunt who decided to take their frustrations out on sabs, causing multiple injuries to sabs
and stealing cameras. Police and paramedics were called to the scene and the police are dealing with the case. One of our
sabs was in A&E until early hours of this morning with their injuries. Overlooking the attack on sabs, it was a successful
day with all sabs working together to see at least two foxes to safety, which makes it all worthwhile.
As a group we are now down by two body cameras so any donations
towards replacing these will ensure we can collect vital footage to assist in getting justice for our wildlife.
19-3-17 Facebook – W.Yorkshire Sabs Yesterday we paid the Middleton Hunt a visit... Huntsman Charles Carter tried to evade sabs many times, but everywhere he turned there was
a sab group present. A number of foxes were seen to safety throughout the day (see Liverpool Hunt Sabs great footage).
As the day progressed, the field of
riders' tempers flared and a number of riders attacked sabs from North East, Sheffield and West Yorks. There have been
multiple injuries to a number of sabs [one of them, left] and three cameras stolen. Luckily, we still have lots
of footage of the incident which has now been handed to North Yorkshire Police.
Local residents were upset by the Hunt
and support, some riders left the field after witnessing the assaults saying they wanted nothing to do with their fellow riders.
The Middleton Hunt have now been involved in police investigations twice in the last year for holding captive fox cubs and
killing a fox on the busy A64. The huntsman Charles Carter also recently resigned as Tory Councillor after making lewd comments
to a member of the public. We think it's about time the police put a stop to their behaviour.
Gazette & Herald Police probe assault claims after Middleton Hunt demo
POLICE are investigating following claims from anti-hunt protesters that they were hit with whips and suffered head injuries
as they were following the Middleton Hunt. Hunt saboteurs say they were assaulted during a meeting of the hunt at Uncleby,
on the Yorkshire Wolds, on Saturday. North Yorkshire Police say they are investigating an incident. Additionally the saboteurs
say their video camera and two body cameras were stolen. It is claimed that one female saboteur was left with cracked ribs,
while others reported suffering broken fingers. The Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) say they filmed the incident, but cannot
release footage due to an ongoing investigation.
Lee Moon, spokesman for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, said: “We repeatedly see
hunters using their horses as weapons and, has been shown in recent years, this can result in serious injury. We are hopeful
that the large number of police who attended the scene are indicative of how seriously they are taking this situation and
we look forward to a swift and positive investigation.”
for North Yorkshire Police said: “Police were called to reports that a number of people had been assaulted near Uncleby,
at about 4pm on Saturday, March 18. Inquiries are ongoing.”
Ambulance Service said they sent two ambulances and an emergency care practitioner to the scene to treat three people with
minor injuries, but all three declined to travel to hospital. The Gazette & Herald contacted the Middleton Hunt, but no
one was available for comment.
19-3-17 Facebook - Liverpool Hunt Sabs VIDEO Short slideshow [still below] of the cunning fox that snuck right
behind huntsman and hounds at the Middleton Hunt yesterday. Sabs sprayed its line with citronella so hounds were unable to
We're currently low on citronella and are now ordering more. Any help towards
the costs would be greatly appreciated: www.paypal.me/liverpoolhuntsabs
Facebook - North East Hunt Saboteurs Sabs badly assaulted and cameras stolen at the Middleton Hunt today. Full
hit report to follow. Pic below - Police and paramedics attending
19-3-17 HSA Press Release Hunt Saboteurs Assaulted by Notorious Yorkshire Hunt Hunt saboteurs were assaulted
by members of the Middleton Hunt at their meet in Uncleby, North Yorkshire on Saturday 18th March. Riders from the hunt stole a video camera and two body cams, hit sabs on the head with whips, attempted to ride them
down and jumped off their horses to continue the attacks. One female saboteur has cracked ribs after being crushed between
Other sabs suffered serious head injuries and broken fingers. Multiple ambulances
had to be called to the scene and several of the injured were encouraged to attend hospital. The attack was filmed, attackers
have been identified and this information has been passed to the police who are investigating. The footage can't currently
be released due to the ongoing investigation.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association,
stated: “In 2015 an undercover investigation implicated the Middleton hunt in the rearing of captive foxes to be illegally
hunted. In January of this year huntsman Charles Carter was filmed making sexually inappropriate comments to a member of the
public. He subsequently had to resign as a Tory councillor. The hunt have now added violent assault and theft to their list
of crimes and are fast becoming one of the most notorious in the country.
We repeatedly see
hunters using their horses as weapons and, has been shown in recent years, this can result in serious injury. We are hopeful
that the large number of police who attended the scene yesterday are indicative of how seriously they are taking this situation
and we look forward to a swift and positive investigation.
Lord Middleton of Birdsall was Joint
Master of the Hunt until 2013 and has their kennels on his Birdsall estate. It is alleged that that he no longer allows the
hunt on his land due to the recent controversies. It will be interesting to see how he reacts to having his name associated
to robbery and violent assault.”
Isle of Wight FH Huntsman whacks sab in head with crop
Later, hunt quad driven
into sab landy
Loose hounds create road
South Coast Hunt Sabs VIDEO Isle of Wight Fox Hunt After a call for assistance from
colleagues on the Isle of Wight, we planned a road trip for S.Coast Sabs and others as our local Hunts had finished for the
hunting season. A massive thank you to the HSA who covered the cost of the ferry crossing. Thanks guys...
No-one fell overboard during the trip,
so meeting up with the local sabs we waited for the off. The Isle of Wight is a Hunt in trouble, the bulk of its supporters
have left to setup a Bloodhound pack after clear evidence that they are hunting illegally and most likely bagging foxes. Foxes
were introduced to the Isle of Wight in 1845 to provide ‘sport’ (the Isle of Wight FH were also established in this year) and the establishment of the population was
in no small part the work of Huntsmen Ben Cotton and Henry Nunn, which once again destroys the myth of foxes as a pest species,
and hunting the method of control. The ‘rump’ of the Hunt is now consisting of less than 15 riders, and so poor
that their ‘whipper-in’s’ are a father and son team who wonder around on foot. We nicknamed them ‘Evil-Santa
and ‘helper’. To add to this mix you have a Huntsman who is best described as inept, with little hound control.
Now doubt the reason why the rumours of bagging foxes if rife.
The Hunt moved west from the meet and with no attempt to pretend to lay a trail
started hunting, sabs were quickly put ahead of them and seeing the situation started to do what we do best. Of course our
horn blowing skills outstripped the Huntsman [left] and we soon had his pack at our feet much to the dismay
of ‘Evil-Santa and ‘helper’, one of whom tried to ‘borrow’ our hunting horn, we of course declined
robustly where upon a sab was whacked around the head with his riding crop. Eventually, the Huntsman regained his pack and
left at speed such is his skill that in doing this he split his pack and for the rest of the day stray hounds were all over
the place. [right, with sabs] We got the injured sab out of the field to the hospital, where we are pleased
to say no real damage had been done.
Meanwhile, in another field a hunt support quad bike was deliberately driven into the side
of our 4x4, before scarpering from the scene of the ‘accident’. The local Bobbie turned up and were as usual as
useful as chocolate fireguard, and stood around looking into the distance repeating the mantra “we are here to prevent
a breach of the peace” while crimes took place all around them.
The Hunt took to the woods on some hillsides which to the
joy of our drivers had an accessible track, well accessible to land Rovers, and so the Hunt was kept on its toes for the rest
of the day. One sab sprained his ankle and to be taken out of the field by a Landy driving where perhaps it shouldn’t
have been, but cops just watched us do it and so the day ended with no kills.
We retired to Carisbrooke Castle for cakes and snacks
before catching the ferry home, to strange looks from the public at our muddy sabbing look. The final
comment should come from one of the cops; “They’ve gone home and you certainly ruined their day”. RESULT!
As always we are keen
to welcome new sabs, so pleased drop us a line if you are interested on, it’s as mad as it sounds but our wildlife needs
are of course now raising funds to replace our stolen Land Rover and are looking get in the region of £7,000 to get
a vehicle which will last us a long time. Any donations very much appreciated and very much needed.
Pics below - 1/ The field, lurking 2/
Damage to sab landy
19-3-17 Facebook - Isle of Wight Hunt Sabs End of Season Report Season is now over, after the
Hunt met at Reades Farm, Carisbrooke yesterday 18/03/2017. The Island Sab Group was in a buoyant mood as the group had been
joined by Sabs from Southampton, Brighton, Croydon and the South Coast. With a group watching the meet to confirm the direction
Hunt would take. Sabs then placed themselves in strategic positions in order to maximise observations of the Huntsman and
hounds, no evidence of any trail was laid throughout the day and the Huntsman was observed to be continually purring the hounds on through thick woodland areas where no trail could be laid.
The Sabs were surrounded by numerous hounds who loved the fuss given to them, this caused severe frustration to the
hunt Supporters who became aggressive and violent resulting in one female sab being injured and needing treatment at the A&E
Dept, after being struck across the head with a riding crop. These incidents are being investigated and may be posted at some
point in the future.
The police were called and several units, including a riot van attended. They were
forced to try and control numerous loose hounds who were causing chaos on the A3054 Forest Road near to Three Gates Farm and
making dozens of innocent car users to stop or be involved in serious collisions. If you were involved please contact the
Sabs then continued to monitor the Huntsman and hounds with
the hunt becoming increasingly frustrated as they entered Brighstone Forest before moving off along Rowridge TV Station and
finally returned to the meet for a very sad and pointless end to the day.
South Dorset FH hound run over as hunt thug harasses
18-3-17 Facebook - Dorset Sabs VIDEO Hit Report Saturday 18th March 2017 Joined by our friends from S.W. Sabs and two
hunt monitors we decided to pay a visit to the South Dorset Hunt meeting at Buckland Newton. There was a record numbers of
50 riders out today for the SD and we suspect this is due to the fact their hunting season is one of the longest running...
it came over the radio that a member of the public had approached one of the teams of foot sabs and told them they had just
witnessed a hound being hit by a car...
The hunt servant Stuart Owen Masters got a little over excited here and was walking in front of the Landy punching
the headlight and the grill. He also reached in the passenger window and was grabbing a sab and trying to pull his earrings
out. Stuart aka Guilty has recently had to pay compensation to a hunt monitor for assaulting him in the past season...
It was a difficult day today not only for the lack of access and hilly terrain making viewing
difficult but the foot sabs were up and down this hilly terrain on numerous occasions. With super fit foot sabs and the assistance
of two monitors we kept them on the move all day and rarely lost sight of them, we know we saved lives today but the fate
of the hound hit by the car sadly remains unknown.
below - 1/ Thug blocks sab landy 2/ Thug grabs at sab passenger 3/
Heythrop FH very nearly catch fox and cause chaos on
Numerous badger setts also found
stopped before hunting
17-3-16 Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2 Wednesday 15th March 2017 The Heythrop Hunt held their last meet of the season in Swell
Wold, near to Stow-on-the-Wold. They changed their traditional 'posh day' to Tuesday instead of Wednesday last season
to try and avoid attention from us and the Hunt Monitors but we caught on rather quickly and we heard that their last meet would be held on the traditional Wednesday again.
We were out and about very early working
alongside locals in the area with our sett-blocking patrols, catching a man on a quadbike leaving an area where we were about
to check a sett around 5:30am. Perhaps unsurprisingly the tracks from the quad led right to the sett and it was freshly blocked.
Elsewhere other patrols heard quads in the vicinity of other known setts and, surprise, surprise, more tracks leading right
to and then away from blocked setts. In total we found 9 setts freshly blocked and we gathered evidence of the blocking, before
removing the obstructions in order to give the badgers a helping hand while providing extra escape routes for hunted foxes.
If following a trail, why block setts??
As the Heythrop Hunt have stalkers who follow our every move throughout
the day, we grabbed some breakfast before they spotted us and one of our group was dropped inland where she knew she could
keep an eye on the Hunt and on some of the setts which had been blocked to prove that the setts were blocked in areas the
Hunt would be drawing.
Sure enough the Hunt drew through and near to the very same coverts and, just after 1pm having
drawn blank in a few areas, hounds picked up strongly near to her. The fox leapt a wall and ran uphill and straight past her
with hounds just metres behind him [above right. Fox left middle, hound bottom right corner], Hunt staff and field
following around the bottom of the wood and making no attempts to stop the hounds. Fox jinked around in the wood and crossed a fairly fast road into Eyford Park with hounds following close behind... fox had put some more distance
between him and them at this point [left], but we are unsure as to his fate after this fast chase. For legal reasons
we are currently only showing the first part of the footage, so watch this space in future.
Upon viewing our video
online our stalker Lizzie commented that there were only two hounds giving chase and therefore the hunt was legal. It's
good that she confirmed, from a Hunt member's perspective, that they were indeed the Heythrop hounds and they were indeed
chasing the fox. She obviously missed the clear third hound in the video and the fact that the fox was being chased down a
field and into a wood... For it to be legal hunting a fox can be flushed by two hounds to a gun... flushing is being chased
OUT of an area. Not into one.
It was clear by now that the Hunt were likely to cause trouble on the roads considering their
lack of concern for members of the public and their own hounds when crossing over into Eyford Park. Foot sab crossed over
behind them and went inland in Eyford and, just after the Hunt second-horsed near Kineton Hill, hounds started to pick up
again and move towards her. A fox sprinted up a hedgeline away from the covert where the hounds were speaking and tried to
go to ground in what looked like an old sett entrance, now taken over by rabbits, which had had a slab of rock shoved into the middle of it which stopped him making his escape
there. A Hunt rider holloa'd from a nearby field and Huntsman began to bring hounds in that direction. Fox, meanwhile,
made a run for it across fairly open land so the sun and warmth of the day would have been an extra help in reducing the scent
Around 5 quad bikes at this time were asked to follow our inland sab and she was swiftly asked
to leave the land. As the Heythrop are scared to be caught illegally hunting (again) they tend to leave foxes alone when they
know we have them on camera, so she asked terrierman to pass on the message that she had fox and holloa on film (you know,
just so that Huntsman didn't 'accidentally' give chase thinking it was one of those elusive trails...). He refused,
but Huntsman moved away from the area with pack tightly grouped and soon left Eyford Park itself.
Some strange incidents
of road rage (between members of the public and hunt supporters) and a very odd, and insulting, racist remark made to another
member of our group.
The Hunt continued to draw and pick up on and off and, as the temperature became cooler and
therefore better for scent, hounds picked up during their last draw and chased a fox around land and across the A424 (at rush hour) not far from
Stow-on-the-Wold . The pack split and Huntsman Charlie Frampton ended up on one side of the road... All we could do (especially
when quadbikes were slowing us down) was to stop the car and put hazard lights on in order to warn traffic behind us... Unfortunately
our stalker Di Campbell wasn't so clever or responsible and, with hounds crossing the road ahead, yelled at us that it
wasn't safe to park (?!?) there and did not put her hazard lights on, meaning that fast-moving (and probably fed-up-with-the-hunt
members of the public) swerved around the vehicles [below left] with no prior warning about the presence of
the pack. She was probably too busy beeping her horn to prevent fox from breaking cover and filming with only one hand on
the steering wheel to pay much attention to actual road safety issues!
When it was mentioned that Huntsman was irresponsibly calling hounds across the main road, stalkers Lizzie stated 'how
else would you get them across?!' Hmmm... well 1. You don't 'lay a trail' across the main road 2. You don't
allow hounds to chase a fox across a main road and 3. If you need to cross a main road you gather your pack up on one side
and you have people on standby to slow down traffic while you cross at an open and safe point where you will be visible, can
move straight to a clear area on the other side of the road at a sensible pace and carry on your way. Surely? No? Then you
shouldn't be in control of a pack of hounds... But we're not Huntsman or whippers-in so what would we know about basic
common sense? When police were informed they told us they had already received other reports of the Hunt's behaviour,
so we will be following this up.
With blocked setts, fox chases, holloas
and hounds hunting across main roads, we think our evidence clearly shows that the Hunt are not actually laying trails. Make
up your own minds about it.
Pics below - 1/
Hunted fox closely passes sab 2/ Sab's 'stalker' filming while driving 3/ Freshly
blocked sett, Swell Wood 4/ Hunt quad on road, no reg plate and overburdened
Sabs try to save hares hunted by Waveney Harriers as police
Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Sabs paid the Waveney Harriers a visit for their closing
meet of the season, which took off from Frostenden Hall, Frostenden. Last year, the Waveney Harriers chased a hare not long after setting off from the meet, on a nearby freshly ploughed field. Police were in
attendance and soon dished out Section 35 Dispersal Orders. This time round was different. Farming equipment was being operated
around this same field and so the Waveney Harriers travelled to Sotterley Estate which has already been hunted as part of
joint meet with the Dunston Harriers earlier this season.
The day consisted of Reuben taking the hounds from woodland to woodland. Hounds
occasionally spoke but remained relatively unexcited due to having to move off frequently. The terrierman was also keeping
a close presence to the Hunt with 3 terriers locked inside and a large shovel strapped to the top of the box.
Sometime had passed and
hounds were found chasing a hare in full cry alongside a woodland. Becky Baker, rather than trying to take control of the
hounds, focused her attention on trying to remove us from the area. As sabs approached hounds as they pounced, Reuben quickly
took the hounds off. As he rode past a female sab, he stated 'I'd like to see you try and enter this wood on your
own'. Under the circumstances, we can't guarantee that this Hare got away unharmed. No body was found.
While Police Officer Sgt. Freeman had a laugh and a joke with the terrierman and Becky Baker, we kept up with the Hunt as
best as possible. The pack split soon after entering a small woodland which resulted in hounds speaking in a field with cattle,
while the other half was off in a different direction. Reuben eventually got the pack back together and sat and took pleasure
in watching the terrierman, Joe Gilfillan, pushing and shoving sabs.
Quite late in the day, sabs came along the road in the nick
of time to find a hare had been flushed out from a wood and was running at speed across the open field. The hounds were in
full cry and not very far behind the hare. Sabs managed to slow the hounds up but unfortunately this (or another) hare was
picked up further down the field. The hare was seen running back through the pack of hounds and was running for its life.
As the hare crossed the road the Huntsman arrived on the scene and had little choice but to intervene to stop the hounds.
The Huntsman's first response was to blame sabs for turning the hare. Luckily for us we have video evidence to prove this
was very far from the case. The hare then ran down side of a hedgerow and then crossed back over the same road. By this time
only a couple of hounds were still on the line and they eventually could not keep up and so this hare made it to freedom.
Would the Huntsman have called the hounds off if we had not been there? We think we know the answer to that one!
After a long day,
the Hunt headed back to the meet and packed up. Sabs shared Vegan cake as the sun set. Donations can
be made to: email@example.com
Pic below - Hare [ringed]
fleeing from hounds
8 blocked badger setts found in wake of Heythrop
FH closing meet
16-3-17 Facebook - Stop Badger Sett Blocking Following the Heythrop closing meet at Swell Buildings yesterday, further sett checking
continued today. So far 8 blocked setts have been found where they were hunting and there will be more. One of the setts today
was still blocked meaning that the badgers did not manage to dig themselves out last night. All setts checked were in the
North Cotswold cull zone so the questions are... did the sett blockers disinfect their spades and quads? If not then why do
vaccinators have to ? And why, if the area is considered to be a bTb hotspot, were hounds, quads and horses cross-contaminating
the whole area without any restrictions?
Beaufort FH Huntsman refuses to
pull hounds off fox they just behind
Only calls them away from two others because of monitor filming
Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch Beaufort Hunt 13th March, 2017 The meet
was at Trull Farm, a few miles west of Cirencester. It was great to have our friend from Three Counties Hunts Sabs join us
for the day.
They hunted straight across to Rodmarton and they were seen hunting a fox at the first draw. They made their way
to Tarlton and fields behind the Tunnel House Inn, where hounds were running across heads down, seen there by a member of
the public. This was hunting over into VWH territory so they couldn't have been hunting a pre laid trail there surely.
spotted in wood next to Tetbury Road just past Tarlton turn off. The hounds were gathered round a woodpile wagging tails indicating
‘gone to ground’. After some time the fox burst out and the poor thing made a run for it with hounds closely behind
it. Monitors asked Matt Ramsden to call off the hounds but he didn’t and continued to hunt in full view of monitors
who couldn’t go fast enough to see what happened to the fox. We were worried because there are now pregnant vixens and
dependent cubs underground. The fox could have been so reluctant to run because it was a vixen with cubs. Or the fox could
have been trying to escape the Hunt by hiding within the woodpile. The old MFHA rulebook allows 'bolting on' a fox
that has hidden so that it can be chased some more, providing more sport before it is killed. Of course hunting a fox with
hounds is illegal now, although you wouldn’t think so.
We saw another fox forced out of a wood which ran across
the road a few feet from two of our team who shouted to the Hunt not to chase it. As the Hunt went round the corner of the
road another of our vehicles was there with a camera so they did not try to lay the hounds onto the fox and it got away that
Later we were there as they drew Black Covert with riders on point, supporters watching from the road and quad bikes
near the wood and in the field behind. They came out of the wood and drew the hedges next to Aston Down airfield and went
off quickly as we approached behind them, down towards Gillhays Copse and Gillhays Bottom where we found them on what we were
told was Zara Phillip's land. We had seen this Hunt chase a fox - What is she doing allowing them to hunt on her land?
They took the hounds through the winding valley, past a notice that said 'Keep all dogs on leads' towards
the Nag's Head at Avening where they picked up on cry in the woods backing on to Avening Court. We were on the path next
to the hounds as they tracked around the thick bushes and undergrowth on cry, down the steep banks of the stream down and
into back gardens in Avening. No trail possible there then! We had cameras on both sides and when he came down the path and
saw this, the Huntsman called them off. An anxious villager was in the street, worried about the Hunt. They went off back
southwards from there as reported by a runner.
They packed up just before dark and a couple of Beaufort followers on a quad pulled
up beside us to ask if we’d had a nice day. They also said ‘see you next season’ – a bit premature
we thought as they have three meets to go yet! See you soon BH!
'2 foxes pushed out of van for Zetland FH to
hunt' claim villagers
16-3-17 POWA has been privately informed that, towards the end of
February, two older residents of a village near Darlington claim to have seen two 'young-looking' foxes
being pushed out of the back of a van, apparently to be chased by the Zetland FH who were in the immediate area. We gather
that both residents say they are 'sick to death' of the Hunt who seem to be out in their locality, creating
disturbance and apparently hunting, 'every bloody weekend.'
- The Zetland's country covers parts of North Yorkshire and south Co.Durham, an area very rarely visited by sabs or monitors,
so we've no real record of that particular Hunt's behaviour in recent times, other than this third-hand account. That,
however, would not be out of line with the observed - and often filmed - activities of many other packs, who seem to behave
as though the Hunting Act does not exist. POWA would welcome any comment from the Zetland
FH regarding the above.
Trial of two Jedforest FH hunt servants begins
Fox was chased underground and terrier entered
16-3-17 BBC News Borders Fox-hunting trial gets under way Two men have
gone on trial in the Scottish Borders accused of hunting foxes with hounds - illegal in Scotland since the Wild Mammals Act
2002. John Clive Richardson, 66, and Jonathan Riley, 24, of Bonchester
Bridge, deny the charge.
Jedburgh Sheriff Court saw footage filmed by an employee of the League Against Cruel Sports. Terence
Hill told the court he had been observing hunts throughout the UK for 30 years.
He described what he said he had filmed on 18 February
2016 which he said was the Jed Forest Hunt and how the two accused were taking part. Mr Hill said the footage showed hunt
members using a terrier to flush a fox from a hole and then encouraging foxhounds to chase and kill it. He
said foxhounds could only be used to flush a fox out of cover towards guns, which should have been used to make the kill.
However, Mr Hill said there was no evidence
of guns being there, but he described what he said was hunt members calling and encouraging hounds to chase a fox, which he
said he assumed died later. He also said he saw one hunt member - in charge of the terriers - try to trip the fox up as it
attempted to escape back down a hole. The trial continues.
Southern Reporter Huntsmen ‘wanted hounds to kill fox’ A
father and son have gone on trial accused of breaching Scotland’s fox hunting legislation. John Clive Richardson, 66,
and Johnny Riley, 24, from the Jedforest Hunt, deny deliberately hunting a fox with hounds – which has been illegal
in Scotland since the introduction of the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002. Jedburgh Sheriff Court, Jedburgh Justice of
the Peace Court.
video filmed by an investigator from the League Against Cruel Sports was shown on Thursday at Jedburgh Sheriff Court which,
it is alleged, shows a breach of the act. The law allows hounds to flush a fox out of cover to waiting guns to be shot. But
the footage shows the foxhounds chasing a fox through gorse land and down a hole. A male, described in court as a terrier
man, put a terrier dog down the hole to locate the fox. The terrier dog was then taken out of the hole and the male spends
the next 20 minutes digging to reach the fox. The law says the fox should then be dispatched or killed by a hand pistol or
But the footage shows
the fox being released from the hole and pursued again by the hounds. League Against Cruel Sports investigator Terence Hill,
51, shot the video after setting up an observation point for a covert operation on gorse-covered land at Townfoothill, near
Jedburgh, on February 18 last year. It shows huntsmen Richardson and Riley on horseback at the scene of the incident and in
charge of the dogs. Mr Hill – who has been observing hunts throughout the UK for the past 30 years – filmed the
incident on a video camera from a distance of 650 metres. Giving evidence,
Mr Hill told the court: “Through the whole proceedings
they had no interest in the proper fox control of dispatching it based on my observation and film material obtained. “Their
intention was they wanted the hounds to hunt and kill the fox. “They allowed this to happen and did not have guns anywhere
around that gorse.” Mr Hill said that when the fox was trapped below the ground there was plenty of opportunity to humanely
kill it with a gun. He concluded: “They clearly wanted the hounds to kill the fox.” Around 20 minutes after the
incident, the video shows Richardson and the terrier man carrying shotguns, but Mr Hill insisted they did not have them at
the time of the death when the fox was supposed to be flushed out to guns. He said: “That is way after the incident
of the fox bolting. And I did not hear a gunshot then.”
17-3-17 Border Telegraph Trial hears how fox is dug from hole before being chased by hound pack A father
and son have gone on trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court accused of breaching Scotland's fox hunting legislation. John Clive
Richardson, who is 66, and 24-year-old Johnny Riley from the Jedforest Hunt deny deliberately hunting a fox with hounds -
which has been illegal in Scotland since the introduction of the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002.
A video filmed by
an investigator from the League Against Cruel Sports was shown which it is alleged shows a breach of the Act. The law allows
hounds to flush a fox out of cover to waiting guns to be shot. But the footage shows the foxhounds chasing the animal through
gorse land and down a hole. A male, described in
court as a terrier man, put a terrier dog down the hole to locate the fox.
The terrier dog was then taken out
of the hole and the male spends the next 20 minutes digging to reach the fox. The law says the fox should then be dispatched
or killed by a hand pistol or shotgun. But the footage shows the fox being released from the hole and pursued again by the
hounds. The fox goes out of sight behind a land ridge before it is presumably caught by the hounds and torn to pieces.
League Against Cruel
Sports investigator Terence Hill, 51, shot the video after setting up an observation point for a covert operation on gorse-covered
land at Townfoothill near Jedburgh, on February 18 last year. It shows huntsmen Richardson and Riley on horseback at the scene
of the incident and in charge of the dogs. Mr Hill - who has been observing hunts throughout the UK for the past 30 years
- filmed the incident on a video camera from a distance of 650 metres. He also claimed Hunt members were calling and encouraging
the hounds to chase the fox. He said he saw one Hunt member - in charge of the terriers - try to trip the fox up as it attempted
to escape back down a hole.
During his evidence Mr Hill said: "There are far too many loopholes in the legislation just
now. Flushing to guns is not happening. Traditional fox hunting is still going on."
No huntsmen has yet fallen foul of
the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002, but two individuals have been convicted for hunting foxes with dogs and
10 for hare coursing. The trial of Richardson and Riley of Abbotrule, Bonchester Bridge, continues.
16-3-17 ITV News Borders Huntsmen deny breaking fox hunting laws
Two men have appeared at Jedburgh Sheriff Court accused of deliberately hunting a fox with a pack of dogs
The court heard that 66-year-old John Clive Richardson
and 24-year-old Johnathan Riley, from Bonchester Bridge, were on a Jedforest Hunt in the Scottish Borders in 18 February 2016,
when they were filmed by the League Against Cruel Sports.
The video was shown
in court, and Mr Terence Hill, from the charity, said it shows a breach of the Protection of Wild Mammals Act (2002). He told
the court "opportunities to dispatch the fox humanely" were ignored.
But speaking in defence of Mr Riley, lawyer David McKee said that Mr Hill had "an agenda" and
pointed out his viewpoint was from around 650 metres away. Both men have denied breaking the Protection of Wild Mammals Act.
The trial continues.
BBC News Borders fox-hunting trial adjourned The trial of two huntsmen accused of breaching
Scotland's fox hunting legislation has been adjourned. Legal reasons meant no evidence could be led on the second day
of the trial of John Clive Richardson, 66, and his 24-year-old son Johnny Riley. The pair, both members of the Jedforest Hunt who live near Bonchester Bridge, deny deliberately hunting a fox with
hounds near Jedburgh in February 2016. The trial will resume
at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on 27 April.
Deliberately hunting a fox with hounds has been illegal
in Scotland since the introduction of the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002.
POWAperson adds - Unfortunately,
the Senior JM of the Jedforest FH is not on trial. He is the odious Johan Christofferson, an American hedge-fund manager and
major donor to the Conservative Party. He helped bankroll the election as MP of the equally repellent Simon Hart, formerly
CEO of the Countryside Alliance. While of the JM of the Isle of Wight FH, his Huntsman and terrierman, Stuart Trousdale and
James Butcher [who already had a badger-digging conviction and has acquired a few other convictions since] thought it would
be a good idea to dump large animal carcases [a cow and a horse] in Brighton city centre at the time of the Labour Conference
there. It was 2004, the Hunting Act had had its second reading couple of weeks before. They were convicted of public order
offences and given a slap on the wrist. Christofferson was not prosecuted but was suspended for a whole month by the MFHA
for not controlling his servants. Not long after, Christofferson moved up country to become Jedforest FH JM. So disgusted
with Trousdale's behaviour was he that he took the Huntsman with him, though he has since left. The most flattering pic
of Christofferson I could find is below. Well, the horse looks nice.
So effective has the Scottish hunting 'ban'
been that not a single person from an organised Hunt in Scotland has been convicted of breaking it. Unfortunately, this has
nothing to do with the demise of 'sport' fox hunting in Scotland, which is in rude health, and everything to do with
the loopholes in the Act itself. Remind you of anything? Still, at least the government north of the border has promised to
strengthen the Act. In England and Wales the best we can do is hang on grimly to an Act that is next to useless against organised
Monitors think Cotswold FH
killed as they hunted many familiar coverts
Two heavily blocked badger setts found and reported to police
15-3-17 Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch Cotswold Hunt, Saturday 11th March 2017 We
were tipped off that the Cotswold meet was at Hill Barn west of Turkdean. We worked with a member of Three Counties for this
hunt which initially went off towards Nut Tree Brake. Foot walkers went into the big valley from the north-east and others
were already round at Judith Grove which is a favourite hunting place although some way off ... sure enough the Hunt didn't
stay long enough to draw the coverts in the area of the meet and went eastwards fast and arrived at Judith Grove where the
monitors had discovered all the terriermen in the wood [pic bottom] ... what were they doing or planning to do? The
Hunt went through the wood quickly, again not staying long enough to hunt even a trail. They crossed the road then went back
along south just under Turkdean village, with the hounds searching across the steep, rough ground there and through into the
open area near Lower Dean Manor, suddenly speeding off apparently when they realised they were watched by another monitor
on the lower road.
They disappeared into the big area of country there but we found them coming up from Quarry Covert, crossing the
road there and the hounds being put to search in the field on the opposite side, once again arrival of CIHW vehicle seemed
to bring about a sudden change in horn signals to the dogs and they were hurriedly gathered back to the road and taken northwards
into the New Covert area, where they hunted up towards and along the disused railways - another favourite place...
A fox was
seen escaping, a monitor watching its back and they did not seem to be picking up on it, but foxes are in braces at this time
of year and the hounds went on cry around the old railway. Monitors were on the road at the Salperton end of the old railway
path when half the pack were brought up to the road. The rest were coming along around the stream at the bottom of the slope,
on the road heard a whistle just as they arrived and saw the supporter there wait and speak to the redcoat as he emerged.
A whistle - not a human whistle but like a games whistle - is traditionally used when a fox has been sighted.
The searching hounds went
over into the big cropped field and went across with their heads down and on cry into the woods across behind Salperton where
they suddenly stopped. This was worrying, it can mean a kill. If it was it could have been a pregnant vixen or a vixen with
dependent cubs underground. This fear haunts us at this time of year. The 3C monitor working with us once found and recorded
fox cub foetuses after a Hunt had emerged from a wood, as well as some remains of the vixen which whoever took the body had
monitors got there terriermen were seen emerging fast from a roadside covert and instead of usual gestures and acknowledgements
had their heads down, looking guilty. They didn't look at us. What had they done?
The Hunt had gone across Salperton Park and then
disappeared from view. We found the Hunt again across the busy A436 at Aylesworth... hunting back down the old railway towards
the A436 - another favourite haunt - but they didn't seem to be finding anything, not even a 'trail'... Redcoats
were on the main road as the Hunt went down opposite Westfield Farm and we found the terriermen all in a cluster on the road
up to the quarry... the terriermen all took off back up the Salperton road to a quarry area. This is the old quarry that
the Hunt returned to three times the last time they were there. We watched as the Hunt came across the dip and the hounds
were taken into the concealed area of the quarry and were put to search inside, all the noises of instruction and encouragement
to search could be heard.
The steep sides of the inside of the quarry are lined with thick impenetrable bushes and undergrowth which the Huntsman
instructed the hounds to search thoroughly as one of us watched. So much for looking for a trail. Luckily no scent was picked
up ... which may have had something to do with the fairies having been there first to put a spell on the area which filled
the hounds' nostrils with the smell of spring flowers.
The Hunt went back to coverts south of Penhill Farm and were seen drawing
another old quarry area... They frequently hunt that spot... As the Huntsman encouraged the hounds to search through the big
patch of thick bushes and old conifer plantation, a monitor was having a look at this area where they frequently go on cry.
Ideal territory for a fox. In fact they area always searching areas that are ideal for a fox or are traditionally known as
places where the Hunts find foxes... they are often called something Covert and that is what it means.
were with them most of the day and although we suspect they may have chased and killed one fox, we hardly heard the pack on
cry at all. they did rush around a lot. Ideal that, gives the field a good ride in the fresh air and does no harm. If they
really did convert to drag hunting they wouldn't have to bother going round illegally blocking badger setts - two of these
were found in the hunting area and reported to the police. These setts were heavy blocked with rocks and bits of tree rammed
in, which was not allowed even when hunting was legal and light blocking of setts allowed to facilitate their pursuit of foxes.
Three Grove &
Rufford FH members convicted of illegal hunting
Judge rules presence of terrierman evidence of intent to hunt
14-3-17 Nottingham Post Three members of Grove and Rufford Hunt fined for fox hunting
Three members of a Nottinghamshire Hunt have been fined after being found
guilty of hunting a fox with dogs. The members of the Grove and Rufford Hunt said they were trail-hunting around Laneham,
near Retford, which remains legal after fox hunting was banned in 2005, and the fox's death [right] on January
30, 2016, was accidental.
Birdwatchers Phillip Palmer and his partner Pauline Hogg filmed the fox being killed just after 1pm, in a field off
Huntsman Paul Larby, 57, of The Kennels, Kennel Drive, Barnby Moor, trail-layer Peter White, 57, of Leyfields Farm,
Redhill Lane, Kneesall, and the Hunt's whipper-in Jane Wright, 63, of Town Street, Lound, each pleaded not guilty to offences
under the Hunting Act.
Reaching his conclusion after a three day trial, district judge Tim Spruce said: "It's an inescapable conclusion
that the Grove and Rufford Hunt were hunting foxes and not artificial scent trails. They maintained they were engaged in trail
laying, but I am not convinced that this was the case. There were three sightings of foxes in the area and a fox was killed."
The court heard
a man was seen in a field and appeared to direct the Hunt after a fox, and an eye witness provided evidence of a "terrier
man" when none was needed. No action was taken to call off the hounds from the kill, or to take the hounds in a different
direction [left, hunters arrive soon after the kill].
An expert witness, who the defence had sought to undermine because of an alleged connection to anti-cruel sports groups, was
"fully tested" and his opinion that foxes were being hunted was "fully supported" by the other evidence
in the case.
District judge Spruce said the three defendants, of previous good character, had given no comment interviews or prepared
statements when they were interviewed by the police. The couple had asked permission to take pictures of the Hunt and their
photographs and video enabled a prosecution to be brought.
On the day, Mr Palmer, an accomplished birdwatcher.
said: "This is going to be interesting. They must have seen the fox. Clearly they will need to call off the hunt."
Larby was fined £800, White was fined £550 and Wright, who played a lesser role,
was fined £180. All three were ordered to pay costs of £248 and an £80 victim surcharge each, at Mansfield
Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Daily Mirror Fox hunters found guilty of illegal hunting after they were filmed
by two birdwatchers - Twitchers provided evidence to the court of members of the Grove and Rufford Hunt involved in illegal
hunting with hounds Three members of a fox hunt have been found guilty of illegal hunting after
being filmed by birdwatchers. Twitchers saw members of the Nottinghamshire-based Grove and Rufford Hunt chase and catch a
fox before the carcass was removed.
Paul Larby, 57, terrierman Peter White, 57, and the hunt’s whipper-in Jane Wright, 63, claimed they had been following
a trail and the animal was caught accidentally. But footage taken by two birdwatchers of the January 2016 incident were shown
to Mansfield Magistrates’ Court where the three, who denied illegal hunting, were convicted of hunting a mammal with
dogs. It showed no attempt to call off the hounds.
Twitcher Philip Palmer told the trial a
fox was chased by a pack of 45 hounds in view of members of the Hunt. District Judge Tim Spruce said: “It’s an
inescapable conclusion that the Grove and Rufford Hunt were hunting foxes and not artificial scent trails. They maintained
they were engaged in trail laying, but I am not convinced that this was the case.” He added: “There is good and
compelling evidence that the hunt was aware of the fox, but it appears there is no evidence that hounds were directed away.”
Larby was fined £800, White was fined £550 and Wright was fined £180.
Speaking after the case, League Against Cruel Sports chief executive
Eduardo Goncalves said: “ Fox hunts constantly chase real foxes while pretending they are following a trail, but this
time they were caught bang to rights. This case highlights exactly why the pro-hunt lobby want to have the Hunting Act repealed.
The law is waiting to catch them, and this case will send shock waves around all those hunts heading out today and for the
rest of the hunting season. Burglars must wince every time they see someone convicted of burglary – and today the Hunts
are wincing. Taking on hunting in the legal system is no easy task, but this shows that the Hunting Act is a good law that
can be successfully used to punish illegal hunting. Hopefully more police forces will use this to see through the false alibi
of ‘trail hunting’ and bring more hunts to book.”
14-3-17 BBC News Grove and Rufford Hunt members fined after illegal fox killing
Three people have been fined for illegal hunting after their actions were recorded by birdwatchers.
58, Peter White, 57, and Jane Wright, 63, of the Grove and Rufford Hunt, insisted their dogs were on a trail when they stumbled
on a fox. But the footage, taken at Laneham, Nottinghamshire in January 2016, showed no attempt to call the hounds off.
convicted at Mansfield Magistrates' Court of hunting a mammal with dogs. Including costs, Larby was fined £1,128,
White £853 and Wright £448. Paul Larby, Peter White and
Jane Wright denied the charge of hunting a mammal with dogs.
White, from Kneesall, Nottinghamshire, gave evidence
of six trails he said he laid on the morning of the incident. Larby,
a huntsman from Barmby Moor, and Wright, a hunt volunteer from Lound, both in Nottinghamshire, told the court they had been
following a trail when the fox jumped out of a hedge in front of them. It was chased and killed by the dogs before they could
intervene, they said.
The prosecution claimed no-one saw the trails being laid and the hounds had run across
roads - which trails are not laid across. Birdwatcher Philip Palmer told the trial a fox was chased by a pack of 45 hounds
in view of members of the Hunt. Both Larby and Wright were in the field, but Mr Palmer said he heard no attempt to call the
District Judge Timothy Spruce said: "There is good and compelling evidence that the hunt was aware of the fox,
but it appears there is no evidence that hounds were directed away."
The League Against Cruel
Sports said it was the first case it was aware of where footage from members of the public was used to secure a conviction.
Pic below - Larby, White and Wright - the convicted
fox killers [Credit BBC]
Horse & Hound Hunt members consider appeal following guilty verdicts under Hunting Act
Three hunt members are considering an appeal after being found guilty of illegal hunting. The Grove and Rufford Hunt members
— who denied the charges — are seeking legal advice and are considering appealing the decision to a higher court.
The three-day trial
at Mansfield Magistrates Court concluded today. This is the first time in more than two years that there has been a successful
prosecution of a registered hunt under the 2004 Hunting Act.
Paul Larby, 57, was ordered to pay total costs of £1,848, including a fine of £800;
Peter White, 57, was ordered to pay £853, including a £550 fine; and Jane Wright, 63, £448, including a
fine of £180. The alleged incident took place on 30 January 2016 and the trio, who are all from Nottinghamshire, pleaded
not guilty to offences under the Act.
Speaking after the trial had concluded, a spokesman for the Countryside Alliance
said the organisation is “disappointed by the verdict”. “These three individuals were of impeccable character
and we believe that the evidence showed they were trail-hunting within the law,” he said. “The activity is legal
and they were aware that they were being photographed and filmed throughout the day. They had nothing to hide and were acting
lawfully within the Hunting Act legislation. They will now take legal advice and may very well appeal the decision at a higher
- This is indeed the first conviction of organised hunters under the Hunting Act 2004 for more than 2 years and very welcome.
The judge appears to have seen through the [what another judge once described as] 'cynical subterfuge' of the hunters
and determined that their hunting was wilful. Of particular note is the fact that he described the presence of a terrierman
as indicative of intent to hunt. Mmm, what have we and other antis been saying about that for many years?
We do expect an appeal against this verdict because if it is established as case law it will be quite damaging
to the hunt side. The matter is likely to hang on interpretation of 'engage or participate', the criterion in
Section 11 of the Act that determines whether or not any given hunter is committing an offence, and the extent to which other
evidence, including the presence of terriermen, helps to adduce an intent to hunt on the part of the accused.
bring to 378 the number of persons from organised Hunts who have been convicted of or cautioned for criminal offences since
1990, having been guilty of at least 916 offences. 200 of these are violent offences, 47 are Hunting Act offences [though
thousands have been committed every season since 2005]. People known to be
officials or staff of organised Hunts have committed 203 of these offences.
The rest are down to riders or car/foot followers not known to have any official standing.
Tables detailing all the known prosecutions of organised hunters since
2005 for HA offences and under other animal welfare Act laws can be found on this website here, along with analysis of the Hunting Act data.
Terrierman almost falls off speeding quad trying to hit sab
Berwickshire FH thwarted in attempts to kill foxes
14-3-17 Facebook - Fife and Central Scotland Hunt Sabs VIDEO On Saturday The Berkwickshire Hunt Terriermen made a pathetic
attempt to assault sabs and almost fell off their quad! Sabs stopped them killing a fox illegally so perhaps this was the
reason for their stupidity. Join - Sab - Donate
Woodland Pytchley FH Director resigns his Wildlife
Robert Brudenell's resignation as a Trustee of Beds, Cambs and Northants Wildlife Trust came after a very short social media campaign...
13-3-17 Facebook – Stop the Cull Would you be surprised to hear that a director of a Wildlife Trust was also
a director of a fox hunt and runs a shooting estate?
You may think this is a conflict of interest and a contradiction. We certainly do. If you are a member of this Wildlife
Trust you may not be too happy to learn about this strong link between wildlife killers & those you trust to protect wildlife
for future generations.
We question the ethics
of The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire... The Woodland Pytchley
Hunt have a reputation for violence against hunt saboteurs and have at least one conviction against them.
had a look around the Deene Park estate, (ancestral home to Robert Brudenell) and found several shooting towers, poisoned
traps designed for squirrels and alarmingly, the viscera of what we believe to be butchered fallow deer, sadly including an
unborn foetus. This is an Estate where people pay to kill partridges and pheasants http://www.deenepark.com/shooting/.
A BCN Wildlife Trust Member posted this in reply
to the above -
BCN Wildlife Trust Statement received by Gill Mitchell Following recent criticism
on social media, Robert Brudenell, one of 12 Wildlife Trust BCN trustees, has decided to stand down as a trustee with
immediate effect, Monday 13 March, to spare the Trust further unwelcome distractions from its valuable work.
Trust Council of Trustees consists of people from a range of backgrounds: practical conservationists and volunteers, ecologists
and conservation scientists, business people and landowners, all with a commitment to the aims of the Trust. Trustees are
required by law to uphold the interests and the objectives of the charity when making decisions in Council meetings.
Sabs prevent two Suffolk & Essex FH dig outs,
quad driven into sab
rides his horse into path of sabs' landy
N.E. London Sabs Hit Report 11.03.2017 Suffolk and Essex Hunt Thanks to your donations
we managed to go out again on Saturday. We got transport to the area of Suffolk and Essex and then jumped in CHS’s landrover.
The meet was at Langham Hall near Colchester. We were out with SES - Suffolk and Essex Sabs and CHS - Cambridge Hunt Sabs.
The conditions were not ideal for the Hunt at all
as it was warm and sunny for the hounds to pick up any scent therefore the Hunt tried a couple of unsuccessful dig outs. The
hounds went in cry on just one occasion but the fox went to ground pretty fast. The SES sabs quickly intervened so when the
rest of the sabs arrived the hunt was leaving the area without marking the earth for the terriermen. Soon after another fox
went to ground but we again prevented the dig out by sitting on the holes and let the Huntsman know that we intended to stay.
We prevented 2 dig outs and made sure we follow the Hunt throughout the day not allowing them any time to try another dig
The Hunt grew more
frustrated as the day went resulting in terriermens’ aggressive behaviour. They drove their quad-bike straight into
walking sabs actually hitting one of us [above right] and also tried to kick and punch others. Once the weather
was getting warmer and they also realised that they were constantly followed and could not dig out they packed up just before
Thank you all again for
your generous donations and support!
18-3-17 Facebook - Cambridge Sabs VIDEO The Suffolk and Essex Hunt claim to care very much about animals, namely their horses. This video
Pics below - 1/
Redcoat gallops up alongside sab landy 2/ Pulling horse into its path 3/ Brakes and turns in
front of landy 4/ Joined by 2nd redcoat
Fife FH hunt foxes in open, no guns, sabs think
first was bagged
Facebook - Perthshire Sabs Fife FH Closing Meet 11-3-17 The Hunt
unboxed at Letham Farm to meet at Cunnoquhie House for the last meet of their season. The day started very suspiciously, with
Adam Galpin the terrier-man and his digging friend Colin George driving into position around 10 minutes before the Hunt set off. Seconds
after they arrived a fox was seen by a sab running from their position into the nearby gorse and this is where the Hunt made
a beeline to as soon as they left the meet. We strongly believe this fox was released from the terrier-man. Sadly the sab
who witnessed this did not have a camera.
The hounds did not pick up on the fox and were quiet as they searched the gorse,
but the Hunt clearly knew it was there and Mark Fleming, Master acting as whip for the day, saw what way the fox went once
it ran from the gorse. Thankfully the hounds seemed to lose this fox and another group of our sabs waiting for the Hunt in
another position saw what we believe was the same fox heading in their direction, now looking exhausted.
The hounds soon picked
up on another fox though and were left to run a large distance away from any riders or token guns after it - more illegal
hunting. After a while, a terrified fox was seen running from Cairnie Hill where the hounds were in and out of cry, the fox
headed for cover at the back of Whitefield, sabs moved into the area, but soon the hounds came rampaging back across the estate,
past Whitefield in a different route to what the fox had taken. They carried on, over Dunbog Hill and onto Balmeadow Hill,
where they met another group of our sabs, the hounds leaving behind the Huntsman, whip and field still on Cairnie Hill, so
nobody there apart from sabs to ensure an illegal kill was not made.
Eventually the Hunt caught up with their hounds and proceeded
to hunt the gorse on Balmeadow Hill. By this time, two groups of sabs were there and a fox was seen sneaking out of the gorse,
thankfully unseen by the Hunt, with the sabs present the Hunt gave up on this area, allowing the fox to safely escape.
The Hunt then headed
in the direction of Collairnie Hill, sabs followed and caught sight of them heading back towards the meet and when sabs made
their way back towards Letham the Hunt were observed packing up.
The season may be over, but we will still be out in the countryside till the start
of next fox hunting season doing what we can to expose wildlife persecution and save lives
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Pics below - 1/ First fox fleeing immediately
after pic above 2/ Second fox fleeing, just beyond fence to right of horse 3/ Second fox exhausted
4/ Third fox fleeing
Sabs stop hare pack from hunting and fox pack from killing
Facebook - Bristol Hunt Saboteurs This weekend we headed across the bridge to join up with sabs from S.Wales, Bath
& Severn Vale Sabs.
The first stop off was with the Woolaston Bassets, who were
holding their last meet of the season at Lydney Park, just to the south of the Forest of Dean. This foot pack are fairly new
on the scene, only existing for a few seasons, so we thought it would be a good shout to go and see what they were up to,
as they have been left alone for a couple of seasons now.
We took a stroll up to Lydney Park house as most of the support and hunt staff were
arriving. We waited around for a while for the Huntsman and hound van to show, before an empty trailer arrived. They seemed
very keen to let us know that they knew we were coming as they had spotted us earlier, fine by us if it meant they weren't
going to bring any hounds to hunt with!
There was some more waiting around, some arm flapping from hunt staff, and an attempt to dash
off in the hound van. However we were hot in pursuit, following them back to their kennels at the Old Rectory in Woolaston,
where hunt staff abandoned the trailer and took off in a car. With word that supporters had all left the meet in dribs and
drabs, we left in the knowledge that their hare/rabbit hunting plans for the day had been scuppered. Result!
Then it was back
across the border into Wales and on to the nearby fox Hunt, the Curre & Llangibby, who were also holding their final meet
of the season at their kennels in Itton.
After a bit of a search we located the Hunt in a valley not too far away. We kept
tabs on the Huntsman and hounds from our vehicles for a while, despite numerous attempts by their car support to block us
kept on them, later coming across the Huntsman and hounds working through a wood not far from the kennels. With hounds picking
up foot sabs went into the field, gaining a couple of drunken chaperones, who we can only presume were laid on by the Hunt
as end of season entertainment. They were so preoccupied with our choice of clothing that they were completely oblivious to
the fox bolting from the wood that the Hunt were drawing.
Thankfully, a couple of eagle-eyed sabs spotted it, as did a rider on point,
meaning we could get into the right position to stop the hounds who were now in cry. A few sabs used citronella to cover its
line and we waited to intervene further if needed.
The hounds went in and out of cry for a while,
before moving off in the other direction out of the woods. With darkness quickly setting in and supporters leaving, we soon
caught up with the Huntsman gathering up loose hounds at the kennels, and our day was done. 'Til the next one...
Sabs twice stop Taunton Vale FH dig outs as Hunt chase foxes
Also invaded Nature Reserve & caused
chaos on busy road
Facebook - Devon County Sabs VIDEO Taunton Vale Foxhounds 11.3.2017 Yesterday was one of the most stressful days we've had all season, but also one of the most rewarding. It's
a long one, but there's a lot to report.
with our friends from Somerset Sab Group we showed up to the Taunton Vale Foxhounds closing meet at Long Grove Farm, north-west
of Ilminster. With a field of about 30 riders the Hunt set off south into the River Ding valley. Sabs positioned themselves
downwind of the Hunt, just in time to spot a fox running away from the hounds. Sabs gave the fox time to get away and then
went in to cover the scent. Fortunately, hounds didn't pick up on it. At this point, sabs were greeted by Taunton Vale
terrierman Paul Martin, who told them to "stick to the footpaths and that's all I'm going to say the rest of
the f***ing day". Shame he didn't keep his promise.
The Hunt crossed the river and headed west towards one of our foot teams. From quite a distance they witnessed hounds
enter the bushes by the river where it later turned out they had marked to ground at a fox earth [below right]. Huntsman
Guy Landau got off his horse, made a phone call and was joined shortly after by Paul and his mates on their quadbike. Landau
called the hounds out of the bushes and moved them on along the river while the terriermen got a terrier and spade from the
boxes on their quad bike and made their way to the earth.
Several foot sab teams were mobilised to converge
on the location. When they got there the terriermen had filled all but one entrance hole with soil and one of them had begun
digging. There were fresh hound scratch marks at one of the entrances, where hounds had marked to ground. Sabs got in between
the earth and the spade [below left] and signalled to the other teams in the area to call the police. With 8
foot sabs at the earth the terriermen were outnumbered and forced to abandon the dig.
Paul insisted his terrier was still underground and that he needed to dig her out. Sabs encouraged
him to get his transmitter to locate the terrier and extract her, but he refused. Instead he made a phone call to one of the
Masters and, like a petulant child, whined about the fact we were trespassing, claimed we were being violent and preventing
him from getting his terrier out! Sabs were peaceful throughout and Paul's lies and complaints look rather silly on the
By now the hounds had been entered into a covert to the south. One of our teams left to keep an eye on them while the stand-off
at the earth continued. Eventually the terriermen gave up and sped off. On their way out Paul shouted "by the way you're
all too late, that one's already dead". He had earlier stated his intentions to bolt the fox into a net and kill
it. Terrier-work is legal only under very limited circumstances, which were not met in this instance. Firstly, flushing a
fox from an earth can only take place with the purpose of preventing serious damage to birds that are being kept or preserved
for shooting. There was no evidence of this, nor did Paul carry the requisite written permission from the landowner. Secondly,
the law requires that when a fox is flushed from an earth it is shot immediately. There were no guns present, nor any shots
heard prior to sabs arriving at the earth. If Paul's claim that the fox had already been killed was true then it would
mean he had killed the fox illegally. There was no blood or evidence of a kill.
Away from the earth sabs alerted one of the Masters to what had just gone on. His response: "I've spoken
to Paul. It was a false mark" (i.e. no fox found at the earth). This whole episode highlights the farce that is 'trail-hunting'.
There was no evidence of trails being laid during the day, but several foxes were seen running from hounds. Hounds don't
mark a trail to ground...! The fact hounds so often mark to ground proves that they are following the scent of live foxes.
More importantly: the fact that terriermen are called when they mark proves that the terriermen are not just accidental accompaniments
to the Hunt, as they so often claim, but rather an integral part of their operations. Here we had a Master of the Hunt admitting
on camera that hounds had marked the earth and that the terriermen had been called in to deal with it.
Nevertheless, the Master didn't look too pleased [right, telling
terrierman off] when we told him about Paul's boasting and pointed to the four police cars that had by now arrived
on the road. With a stern face he went over to whisper something to the Huntsman, whose expression dropped. Paul was pulled
aside and - we think - encouraged to head to Lower Burnt House Farm to speak to the landowner and ask him to print off the
written permission for digging to take place on his land, should the police demand it! Our suspicions were confirmed when
we spotted Paul's quad bike leaving the farm half an hour later. He produced an envelope from his pocket containing a fresh printout signed
by the landowner, Mr Chidley, and claimed that he had one for every landowner in the area. Funny that he only had one envelope
on him though...!
By this point hounds were in cry
again north of Dommett, where they crossed the road right in front of our vehicles. A foot team to the south called them off
the scent. The pack ended up scattered all over the Dommett Moor Nature Reserve. However, half the pack then continued to
follow the scent onto a very busy road. Luckily sabs were already there to stop them from spilling out into the traffic. When
the Huntsman finally arrived to join in, he called hounds back ACROSS the road, causing chaos and frustration amongst the
red coats who by now were arguing amongst themselves. A bus and other traffic was forced to come to a standstill while the
entire Hunt took their time riding north on the busy road.
The Hunt entered the area north of Hare Lane, where hounds picked up another scent. Sabs did their best to call them
off and hounds appeared to lose the scent as they entered an area of brambles close to a stream. Much to the sabs' horror,
a fox then jumped out of the brambles right in front of the hounds. They chased the fox along a hedge and it looked like they
had caught it as there was a lot of frantic milling around beside the hedge. Sabs were desperately trying to get to them and
call them off. Other teams in the area received the distressing message over the radio to say the fox had probably been killed.
However, when sabs got to the location there was no sign of blood or fur, but rather a very fortunately located badger sett
which - we hope - was where the fox had taken refuge! Sure enough, hounds were marking at the sett and desperately trying
to claw their way in. The Huntsman, who had made no efforts until this point to call the hounds off, must have realised sabs
had witnessed the whole thing and quickly took the hounds away.
They drew a few more coverts on their way back to the meet but whenever hounds went into cry they were loudly rated
by hunt members, who appeared increasingly nervous about our cameras and the police presence in the area. Some sabs made the
wise decision to stay behind to quietly guard the area around the badger sett until the Hunt packed up. Just as well, as the
terriermen 'mysteriously' turned up near the sett a while later. Paul had strangely changed his clothes and seemed
surprised to see sabs. Another fox that might have been dug out and killed if sabs hadn't been there. Not to mention the
badgers at the sett who would have also been targeted.
Hunt packed up shortly before 5pm, their frustration clearly showing as they drove away from the meet. A day we had hoped
would be an easy one due to the mild weather turned out to be rather more eventful than we had anticipated. At this time of
year many foxes will be heavily pregnant. Others are nursing young cubs. What kind of sick person thinks it's OK to not
only chase and kill pregnant vixen but also dig into earths that could be harbouring cubs?... Although this was the Taunton
Vale's final meet of the season, we will be out until our other Hunts finish. Get in touch to join us or donate via Paypal
Pics below -
1/ Paul losing it with a sab 2/ Master tells Huntsman Paul has told sabs they killed
3/ Hunt obstructing traffic on busy road 4/ Seems hunters can't read any better than
Southdown FH follower punches out car window injuring sab
Facebook - South Coast Sabs Report 11/03/2017 from mid-week hit on Southdown & Eridge Hunt
Sabs from S.Coast and Brighton joined up for a mid-week hit by those who could take time off work. So a small number were
able to attend... We parked and dropped off sabs at the main gate to the estate, around 11.10am having seen horseboxes further
back near Platchetts Wood (Harvey's Lane), and followed four riders to the estate entrance... Sabs went on footpath into
estate grounds to have a look for the meet itself.
Suddenly the S&E usual quad terrier men 1 x rider plus 1 x pillion (no helmets
or hats) had pulled up alongside the driver window, and stood by the window swearing and threatening. The pillion rider had
gone around the back and checked the back door, it was locked though. Then the rider, followed him around and confronted the
passenger through the window.
In very few seconds, after some verbal abusing and shouting, the rider of the quad punched the window and followed
through with his elbow which smashed it completely, throwing glass everywhere inside. The passenger sustained cuts to face
The assailant did not throw another punch nor try to open my (passenger side door), he went back round to his quad
and followed us, as we were able just after the smashing of the window, to head off northwards towards the A26. We were followed
for about 2km before we lost them. The police were called and two cops, who took details. They suggested we leave with all
the sabs since there were no other units available.
Cops left and we left 5 minutes later, only to find an ambulance back on Harveys
Lane at Mounts Farm (and gone past two riders with one riderless horse by the estate entrance). This was for the Hunt, and
there were lots of support on the road, in vehicles alongside the wood and later at vantage points to watch from. There were
perhaps about 15 vehicles on the road watching the whole day. The Hunt spent more time in the woods...
and finished at Mount farm.
In all there were at least 5 redcoats, and 25-30 field. Many of the support were much older people but some obviously
were working in the area. Near the end of the day, another vehicle towing a farm/logging trailer came face to face with our
vehicle, demanding to pass and not giving room for us to manoeuvre, keeping on moving at us and swearing etc. through the
window, nearly getting out and threatening us.
Meanwhile, in the field, sabs were with the Hunt the entire time, at the start of the day a
rider had fallen and was injured. This had delayed them for some time, but, as usual, they continued to hunt regardless of
injuries to riders. Sabs were able to stay with them all day and prevent any kills.
As always we are keen
to welcome new sabs, so pleased drop us a line if you are interested on, it’s as mad as it sounds but our wildlife needs
protecting. We are of course now raising funds to replace our stolen Land Rover and are looking get
in the region of £7,000 to get a vehicle which will last us a long time. Any donations very much appreciated and very
much needed. https://www.gofundme.com/new-sabbing-vehicle-for-scoast-sabs or https://www.paypal.me/SouthCoastHuntSabs .
Call to boycott Atherstone FH as JM revealed to run pet kennels
Innocent badger.com Boycott the Atherstone Hunt Do you want your pet dog or
cat looked after by the Atherstone Hunt? Davret Boarding Kennels & Cattery is run by Atherstone Hunt joint master James
Sharland and his dad David Sharland, who is also involved in the Hunt.
The Atherstone Hunt are constantly losing control of
their hounds, they’ve been documented running all over busy main roads, chasing and killing foxes and rampaging through
people’s back gardens that could easily have had pets in them (http://bit.ly/2mPtnrW ). Last season they even chased a dog walker's dog through Battram woods in Ibstock (http://bit.ly/2nsPOQI ). These very same people are running a boarding kennels and cattery to look after people’s
Do you want your pet cat or dog looked after by the notorious Atherstone Hunt, well known for its concern for animal
welfare? If you do the details are - Davret Boarding Kennels & Cattery, 8 Station Rd, Elmesthorpe,
Leicester, Leics LE9 7SG
Local monitors Axe Vale FH - sees blatant fox hunting
11-3-17 Live Leaks Illegal hunt in Otterton The Axe Vale Harriers, with some of the
East Devon Hunt were illegally hunting in the Otterton area on 07/03/17. One rider even tried to intimidate me by riding
her horse at me, trying to stop me filming the hounds in cry, trying flush a fox out of a hedge.
Badsworth FH hounds chase and kill hare near day's end
11-3-17 Facebook - Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs Today, on a beautiful early spring morning we set off to meet our friends from
W.Yorkshire and N.E. Sabs. We would have enjoyed the mild temperatures and flowers blooming in the hedgerows if this hadn't
brought with it the knowledge that the foxes Badsworth and Branham Fox Hounds were chasing were paired up and the vixens almost
certainly pregnant, some with tiny cubs left to starve if their parents died today. Also there where a large amount of beautiful
hares all over the place.
This was B&B's last weekend meet of the season
and to be honest we where expecting more than the lacklustre show they did. They left from Hutton Wandesley and trotted about
trying to evade sabs. But they where out manouvered at every turn with good use of vehicles and field sabs thwarting them
at every attempt to pick up a scent.
Sadly towards the end of the day the hounds lucked
on a terrified hare which they killed in front of us. This shows that the huntsman has little or no control over his hounds.
Aside from this lost beautiful creature we ruined their day. They packed at 4.30.
Seavington cease season without kills day thanks to
Facebook - Dorset Sabs Hit Report 11/3/17 The Seavington Hunt: Meet at Pilsdon Barn, Dorset
As it was this Hunt's closing meet of the season we decided it would be rude not to see them off!! With information
we had been given we arrived early to pre-beat and spray the areas that they were known to go to. After all the end of season speeches had been delivered, they finally set off at 11.45.
So with foot sabs in place, two legendary monitors
and spotters in vehicles we were prepared for anything. They headed off towards Laverstock farm before turning to Kings Moor
Coppice, already sprayed by sabs earlier. The Huntsman kept on putting the hounds in with no effect, then proceeded to draw
along the edges. At this point sabs were told by very cross supporters that a trail had been laid and even pointed where.
Couldn't have been a very good one as the hounds went in the opposite direction!!
The Hunt then headed off in the direction
of Swillets farm where the hounds picked up the scent and a fox was seen running by sabs in Great Beech Coppice. Using voice
calls and the horn the sabs called the whole pack off the fox and straight to them... one Fox saved. Meanwhile a Monitor observed
a very healthy fox running and sabs quickly went to spray the area.... second fox saved [right].
From here the Huntsman gathered the pack and headed along Great Beech Coppice towards Laverstock Farm, Sabs were there watching
so he headed towards Higher Coombe Coppice....Sabs were already there! Seeming very confused he half-heartedly drew along
the edge of the copse along the river before gathering them and heading back to Laversham Farm before coming out onto the
road... Sabs were there waiting. They headed along the road towards Gerrards Farm all trying to hide their faces from us [left].
Surely they have nothing to hide if they are only trail hunting???
Sabs who had driven round to get ahead of them spotted a very
distressed sheep in a field and went to help it, joined by the rather helpful hunt supporter who had been on the trail of
our landy all day. The farmer was called to come and do something for the very ill ewe. After screaming at sabs for trying
to help the ewe he picked it up with [right] one hand by its neck and threw it into a box on his quad - just
shows how emaciated the poor thing was. The Landy rejoined the Hunt at Batts Lane where a fox was marked to ground just behind
Batts Farm. Thankfully a monitor close by was able to see that the hounds didn't get a kill.
team of sabs was then dropped off at Sliding Hill to spray the area as that was thought to be where they were heading and,
sure enough, they did after drawing through small copses along the way. With the Huntsman now hunting on foot through the
gorse and scrub he looked desperate to get a kill at the final meet. Thanks to the sabs they found nothing and at 4.40pm they
ended the season with no kills today.
It may be the end of their season but we still have
lives to protect and Hunts to visit. If you would like to help us protect our wildlife then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Our Landys have worked very hard this season, and would very much like to have a full service so they
are fit and ready to tackle the upcoming Badger murdering spree. If you can give a donation towards this please go here.
Sab whipped as Fitzwilliam FH stopped from killing foxes
11-3-17 Facebook - Beds & Bucks Sabs After the habitual fox killers (the Fitzwilliam) killed a fox midweek we decided it was only
right and proper to pay them a visit on their last Saturday of the hunting season with our regular comrades N. & S.Cambs
and old time friends Northants sabs.
had over 60 riders out today at their meet in Lutton on the Northants/Cambs border, so we knew it was going to be a tough
one and this proved to be the case. Early on the Cambs groups were in the area unblocking all the badger setts the hunt had
filled in to prevent foxes escaping.
really couldn't give a sh*t about illegal hunting. They have John Mease and his bird of prey out with them, but he's rarely anywhere near the Hunt and he has no intention of releasing his bird on a fox. He's in
court next month for cruelty and Hunting Act offences - we'll see you on the 25th April, John.
Between the groups we kept them in sight most of the day. Several foxes were hunted for some
distance, one crossed the road right in front of us and the hunt support shouted and pointed its direction. We held the hounds
up best we could and gave the fox more time but these hounds are well used to killing and carried on the line. The Huntsman
(Simon Hunter - real name) shouted at us "why didn't you stop them" but this was merely his alibi should anything
go to court. He had no intention of stopping them and made not attempt to call them back and clearly it's not our job
to keep control of the hounds.
A brace of foxes were
hunted a short time later, one taking refuge in a graveyard where we had an altercation with an obnoxious fat man & the
Whipper In who dismounted and tried to hunt the hounds on, on foot. Both of these foxes got away.
The hounds hunted another fox to ground in a small coppice and the mixed Cambs groups dived
in to pull them out. We arrived and a combination of horn and voice took the hounds away from under the nose of the Huntsman.
Of course, all the time the support
were getting more aggressive along with the riders. The obnoxious fat man used his horse as a weapon and whipped one of our
sabs in the head [above right]. Funnily enough he vanished once the police arrived who were by and large (can you
guess?) utterly uninterested. We were just over the Northants border and this force isn't known for having a good stance
on hunting, so we expected nothing less even after showing them the damning footage.
The Hunt had a a last attempt to lose us but we kept them from hunting any further and
they jacked it in around 4:30pm and retired to the Fox and Hounds pub in Great Gidding. You may want to give that place a
miss. Funny point of the day was the hunt supporter who drove into a ditch while trying to take a picture
on his phone of sabs. Maybe he'll think twice next time.
We know we saved many lives today. We don't know for sure if it was a kill free day but the hounds were clean
at the end. There'll be plenty of tired sabs this evening but they should be proud of the work they did today in very
trying circumstances. We can't do this without your support and any donations are hugely appreciated.
Pics below - 1/ Fox fleeing 2/
Exhausted hounds 3/ Please, take me home 4/ Supporter in a ditch
Sabs shocked to see Old Surrey FH actually trail hunting
- all day
Hunt already under investigation
for illegal hunting, so...
Facebook - Brighton Hunt Saboteurs Too hot to hunt? This sunny morning we headed to Withyham for the Old Surrey and Burstow,
who are currently under investigation for illegal hunting.
To our surprise, they actually stuck to trail hunting all day, perhaps as there were both sabs and police round every
corner. A couple of cops were even more surprised when a crow-scarer they were standing next to went off with a bang!
A terrified fox was disturbed by the hunt, popping up right near the hounds and hunt supporters. All
our sabs got ready to stop the hounds but the huntsman realised he had no chance and took them off himself.
As we were celebrating a successful day in a nearby car park, one of
the hunt staff had a go at gate-crashing the party but we were not prepared to share our scones and cake with such a loser.
Hunts running riot in bTB hot spot risk spreading disease
Heythrop FH alone interfered with at least 6 setts
Facebook - Lynn Sawyer So out in the North Cotswold badger cull zone for the 3rd time this week in the
same area, roughly around Turkdean.
On Tuesday, the Heythrop were hunting and riding all over the place. They also blocked
6 Badger setts, probably more. On Wednesday the Dummer beagles met here. Today, Saturday the Cotswold hunt met here.
setts checked so far and only one blocked, near Salperton, with staves rammed down it - but 8 terrier men stood on one sett
to stop a fox escaping down it (blaming us 'cos apparently we sett block to get them into trouble).
So 3 Hunts, horses, hounds,
people all traipsing over the same fields and setts being blocked (with the exception of the Dummer of course, hares don't
go down setts).
The three different packs pooing and peeing after eating possible infected meat from fallen stock. Earth stoppers
not disinfecting quads and boots after blocking setts, but vaccinaters and callers are expected to. Etc etc etc. Funny enough, they hunted on the land of the person who asked for the cull to come to this area!
Badgers are being culled for other reasons than btb without any doubt whatsoever. Otherwise hunting would be suspended
in such a bTb hotspot.
Blean Beagles head home
as soon as sabs appear
11-3-17 You Tube – E.Kent Sabs THE BEAGLERS "WALK OF SHAME" Yeah - we
know that what beaglers do is abhorrent-taking a pack of dogs out to chase and kill hares for "sport"...and we also
know that if they were working class lads out coursing, the police would be (quite rightly) chasing them about, giving them
heavy fines and destroying their vehicles, rather than turning a blind eye. That's the real "Class War" the
Countryside Alliance keeps banging on about. But you have to admit-seeing
these guys getting caught red-handed, walking back to the meet in silence with heads hung low whilst dressed as leprechauns...you
So-we present, for your viewing pleasure-"THE BLEAN BEAGLES WALK OF SHAME"
Supporter says Fitzwilliam FH killed fox before the dug-out
were fox hunting but 'nobody's supposed to know'
Witness to 2nd kill had called police and terrier men dispersed
He found them there again later with
still warm corpse of fox
Autopsy said fox killed by 'blunt force trauma' - maybe a spade
10-3-17 HSA Press Release Member of Public Retrieves Body of Fox The Fitzwilliam
Hunt dug out and killed a fox in the vicinity of Kimbolton Airfield, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire on Wednesday 8th March
A concerned member of the public witnessed the Hunt chase a fox to ground and immediately three men arrived on a quad bike and
commenced digging. He called police to the site and the hunt terrier men left the scene. When he returned to the site several
hours later he discovered the same hunt employees with a fox that they had just killed. They subjected him to violence but
he was able to retrieve the body of the fox [left]. The incident has been reported to Cambridgeshire Police who are
investigating. The fox has been autopsied and a vet has confirmed the Fox had more than likely died from blunt force trauma
to the head, quite possibly caused by a spade.
Prior to the incident, the member of the public stopped to speak to foot support, and asked
what they were doing. A female foot supporter stated that they were hunting. He questioned whether trail or fox hunting. The
foot supporter stated that they were fox hunting but no-one was supposed to know. The foot supporter also stated that they
had already caught and killed one fox that day. The Fitzwilliam are already embroiled in one court case following the illegal
hunting and killing of a fox last year. Hunt staff are due to stand trial in Peterborough Magistrates court in April.
Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Well done to this brave passer-by who managed to gather
evidence of a crime. It is one of the most blatant abuses of the Hunting Act that Hunts still have terrier men out with them.
If, as most of them claim, they are following a trail then why would they need terrier men to dig out foxes that they shouldn't
be chasing in the first place. Not only are these thugs often the most violent members of the Hunts but they are also the
ones who prove illegality. The Fitzwilliam are clearly serial lawbreakers and we hope the upcoming court case serves up at
least a measure of justice.”
Hunt causes havoc in Kent village named, ironically, Hunton
Facebook - East Kent Sabs 8th March - APPEAL FOR INFORMATION from a member of the public- “Does anyone
know anything about the hunt that took place today in Hunton? They caused havoc, with dogs escaping and running about in people's
gardens…. One person in my village has said they have made
a mess of a field and several boundaries. I'm still trying to find out exactly where, although I
know they went around East street, Hunton”
If anyone witnessed this, please send us a private message.
POWAperson adds - The village is near Maidstone, so the likeliest culprits are the Ashford Valley FH, who do hunt
Atherstone FH in disarray as sacked Huntsman and groom
amateur Huntsman replacement now going elsewhere
Facebook – W.Mids Sabs Atherstone Hunt in disarray - Atherstone being sued by current Huntsman
- No Huntsman for next season Current Huntsman Stuart Barton [right, wondering where pack is] was
given notice till May. The Atherstone were planning to bring in Andrew Frank Smith as an amateur unpaid Huntsman. An EGM was
planned in order to make this official. However Andrew Frank Smith has now told the Atherstone he's changed his mind and will be going to the South Notts Hunt instead. Current Huntsman Barton and partner Jainey Rainey (Hunt Groom) are
suing the Atherstone Hunt for loss of earnings and will be leaving the Hunt early on the 3rd April.
This leaves the Hunt with some big problems. They have no money. They
are being sued by their current hunt staff. If successful it will leave them with considerably less money. As mentioned they
have no money and as Barton found out they can not afford to pay wages. Their planned unpaid replacement of Barton has had
second thoughts. Which leaves the Atherstone with no Huntsman. And because of the persistent sab presence it's unlikely
many people will want to take on the role. The Atherstone are planning on advertising for an unpaid Huntsman in the next edition
of Horse and Hound magazine. We do hope they don't get inundated with fake applications as that really wouldn't be
We planned on demonstrating outside the EGM,
however with not much worth discussing they instead had a normal board meeting (which we demonstrated outside anyway). Our
only concern about any of this is the hounds and horses. As Barton is leaving before his contract ends it means there will
be no one at the kennels to look after them when he’s gone. We have informed the relevant authorities of this situation.
Whatever happens we're not going anywhere, as we've said before, as long as the Atherstone foxhounds are loose
in the countryside we will be there. As long as their foxhounds are loose in the countryside they pose a threat to any wildlife
they come into contact with and any motorists they inevitably dash out in front of.
Recap - This season the Atherstone Hunt have: Spent most of the season without a proper Whipper-In;
Spent the entire season without a terrier man (meaning no dig outs, no blocked setts, no artificial earths used and less
bagged / released foxes); Haven't second horsed; Have averaged 10 riders (or less); Have packed up on average around
2:00; Have lost a lot of land [see them left, exploiting some fine hunting country]; Have now been in the local
and national press and media over 80 times; Made a loss of £13,000.
As the Hunt have themselves stated this has all come about because
of a persistent sab presence. You can help us maintain this presence by clicking on the link https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs We would like to say thank you to you the public and all the other sab groups who have supported
us this season.
Melbreak FH hounds filmed
hunting unsupervised on NT land
Facebook - National Dis-Trust VIDEO We've been sent this footage taken last Sunday afternoon,
5th March, of the Melbreak fox hounds running all over the place. The Melbreak were hunting in Lanthwaite wood in the Crummock
area of the lake district. This is owned by the National Trust, who licence the Melbreak to hunt in this area. It was a Sunday
afternoon, there were families walking in the area, and hounds also trespassed into private property. As can be seen in the
footage, the Huntsman is not in sight and not in control. The hounds are not following any trail. Many of the dogs looked
emaciated, more than one had blood on it. Please contact the regional land agent for this area with any concerns about the
licencing of Hunts on National Trust land in the Lake District - email@example.com .
LACS gets strong with NT over
allowing illegal hunting on its land
10-3-17 LACS Statement Hunting on National Trust Land – League Statement
The League Against Cruel Sports is very concerned about the growing evidence of illegal hunting and other offences taking
place on National Trust land, including the criminal use of firearms, poaching of deer, driving vehicles at deer and damaging
Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Hunting wild animals like deer, hares and foxes with dogs for sport is illegal under
the terms of the Hunting Act (2004), except where an exemption applies. The National Trust currently issues licences to a
number of hunts to conduct ‘trail hunts’ on some of its estates. These licences contain conditions designed to
protect fauna and flora but it would seem the National Trust do not take any enforcement action for breaches of licence conditions
unless there has been a police investigation and a conviction; no checks are made and the hunts simply self-report on their
compliance with licence conditions.
League Against Cruel Sports officers have found evidence that a hunt which was banned from hunting with dogs on National
Trust land in 1997, has repeatedly engaged in illegal stag hunting, driving hunt quad bikes and other vehicles on a restricted
byway and footpaths used regularly by the public (including school children) and across protected moorland, and has discharged
firearms to kill deer on National Trust land, which is open to the public, in the West Country. On one occasion, a National
Trust vehicle passed along a restricted byway as hunt vehicles were driven illegally in the opposite direction but there was
no intervention. The evidence shows that National Trust estate staff may be aware of what goes on but take no action to stop
League has sought on repeated occasions to contact the National Trust to convey its grave concerns and to share examples of
the evidence in our possession. The League’s most recent efforts date back to 13th September when we contacted their
offices directly. The League was able to secure a meeting at the National Trust’s London offices in Grosvenor Gardens,
on March 1st.
the meeting, having heard that the National Trust has insufficient resources to monitor licenced or unlicenced hunting activity
on its land, the League offered to support the National Trust by providing monitors, and by providing training to National
Trust estate managers (similar to that which the League provides on the national Police Wildlife Crime Officer training course
and for several police forces). Regrettably, the National Trust declined these offers. However, it did agree to discuss the
evidence presented by the League with regional managers and to consider whether any other action could be taken.
The League believes that
the evidence clearly shows that hunting activities on National Trust land are cruel, illegal, unauthorised, dangerous to the
public, as well as damaging to Sites of Scientific Interest and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
We await the outcome
of the National Trust’s discussions following our meeting. The League very much hopes that the National Trust will take
responsibility for hunting activity on its estates and do all it can to ensure that the law is upheld. Should the National
Trust’s response fall short, we will consult with our members and partners on our response.
CA contest £60k award after racing pigeons killed
by hunting hounds
Belfast Telegraph £60k award for racing pigeons killed by hunt's dogs contested
An award of more than £60,000 to a pigeon fancier for the slaughter of his stock by hunt club hounds should be overturned
due to issues of credibility, the Court of Appeal has heard. Lawyers for the Countryside Alliance are challenging a ruling
that the dogs destroyed 59 of Maurice Weir's racing birds after breaking into his premises in Loughgall, Co Armagh, eight
Counsel for Mr Weir claimed the huntsmen were negligent in failing to control their dogs. In February last year a
High Court judge awarded Mr Weir £59,580 in damages, with a further £2,500 for distress. But in an appeal before
three senior judges in Belfast, counsel for the Alliance argued again that the hunt's dogs were never on the premises.
David Ringland QC questioned the consistency of the plaintiff's account. The hearing continues.
POWAperson adds - I confess to
missing the original stories about this case. A pigeon-fancier called Maurice Weir claimed his pigeons were slaughtered
when hounds from the weirdly named Kinnego Grange and Canary Hunt Club invaded his property. For some reason he sued the Countryside
Alliance and the court awarded him £60,000, in February last year.
Film released of Beaufort FH apparently hunting a fox
9-3-17 Facebook - Pets Fight Back PLEASE SHARE THIS VIDEO - Is this fox hunting or not? What
do YOU think?
POWAperson adds - The captioned
video is of the Beaufort FH hunting on 18-2-17. It begins with a fox running away [left] from the filmer across a grass field near Griickstone Farm. A faint whistle is heard. The fox stops, looks
back, then runs again. Hounds in cry can be heard in the distance. The camera pans to the left. we see a female rider – the whistleblower, on a ridge. She points towards the fox. The cameraman says there are other spotters on the
hill to his right. Hounds on cry are louder now.
A quad bike with 3 terriermen
and a terrier box turns into the farmyard where the cameraman is and passes him. One of the men is on the phone. A female
rider [the whistleblower] trots into the yard. The cameraman slightly misdirects her. She rides up to a man in country clothes
and points to where she saw the fox running slightly earlier. The man runs into the yard.
video resumes at the same location, 12 minutes later. We see a male and female follower and a helmeted man on a moto-cross
bike facing the direction the fox took. The bike rider is using binocs.
video then shows a map of the area with commentary explaining what has happened on the hunt so far. The Hunt set out from
Badminton Estate and rode south-west to 3 coverts south of Grickstone Farm. The monitors tracked them. Monitors then found
a property near the northernmost covert. The owner told them as soon as he heard the hounds he saw a fox running north, towards
Grickstone Farm. Presumably the same fox seen in the video. From the property, monitors could see, and filmed, the mounted
field carrying on south-west.
Monitors moved on to Grickstone Farm. They then saw the
whistleblower. 12 minutes later the whole Hunt arrived at Grickstone Farm. The film then shows the same 3 spectators as before
with hounds passing in front of them. Huntsman can be heard making what sound like encouraging sounds to the hounds.The mounted
field is then seen beyond the spectators [there are now 6], walking their horses in the direction the fox fled. Two quad bikes
and a Hunt landy move of in the same direction.
Caption says 'They disappeared
on to private land with no public access or view.' Film ends.
Pics below - 1/ Whistleblower 2/ Terriermen arrive at Grigstock Farm 3/
Whistleblower arrives 4/ Hounds arrive 5/ Field arrives, walk in direction fox fled
6/ Terriermen do the same
POWAperson adds - Two highly experienced monitors, who are also POWA members, have examined this footage. They
say that, though common sense would tell anyone that the Beaufort FH are hunting the fox seen, there is very unlikely to be
sufficient evidence to sustain a prosecution, given the highly exacting standard of proof required. In particular, we do not
see the Huntsman encouraging the hounds [though the sounds may be him doing that] or, critically, the hounds following the
line of the fox. Their behaviour at the farm certainly looks like they were searching for scent, but, since the High
Court judgement of 2009, 'searching' is not evidence of hunting and not in itself illegal.
Pet rabbit killed by hounds as Oakley FH trespass
Woman owner 'devastated'
9-3-17 Bedford Today Pet killed in hunt on private Bedfordshire land
A woman has been left ‘devastated’ and ‘frightened’ after a hunt trespassed on her land and killed
her pet rabbit. Mabel Blades owns Pennworley Wood in Melchbourne where she has planted 4,000 trees. She claims she has had problems in the past with various hunt groups trespassing
on her land but says the incident on Saturday involving the Oakley Hunt [left], was the last straw.
She said: “It’s
really upsetting and frightening to see a gang of people on horses searching around your land, and I’m devastated that
they allowed their dogs to kill my rabbit. I do see some legal hunt groups in the area, but they know that the wood is private
and it’s clearly signposted. We have had some issues before, but they began telling me when they would be in the area
so I could take extra precautions. I don’t want to be forced to have confrontations with people, who can sometimes be
quite nasty and scary over something that shouldn’t be an issue. It is private land, and it has been for over 20 years.
I attempted to settle the matter and reminded them not to go into the wood during their hunts – but it never stops them.
I think these people should respect the law and at least have the decency to apologise. I just want to keep the plants and
animals in the area safe.”
A spokesman for The Oakley Hunt declined to comment. Traditional fox hunting with hounds was
banned in the UK in 2005.
Fox found dead, likely shot after dig out,
near Fitzwilliam FH hunt
Terrierman tries to assault man who found it - ends up on his back
9-3-17 Facebook - Beds & Bucks Sabs We were contacted by a concerned member of the public yesterday as he witnessed
a Hunt, the Fitzwilliam, taking place near Kimbolton. He believed they were digging something out. After following them around
as best he could he returned to the site with his dog to be greeted with the distressing image below. We're not sure how
this fox was killed but it wasn't by the hounds. Possible gunshot or something worse. The body was still warm. It is a
female and looks heavily pregnant.
out is illegal, it is not covered by the Gamekeepers exemption when in conjunction with a Hunt. A terrier man for the Hunt
then appeared to retrieve the body. He proceeded to assault the member of the public but we're told that "he hits
like a 6 year old girl and I'm an ex rugby player and he ended up on his arse".
A complaint will be made to the police over
the incident. This may have not been the only kill on the day. When you consider the Fitzwilliam are in court next month for
illegal hunting and cruelty you begin to understand the sheer contempt these people have for the law.
POWAperson comments - That the Fitzwilliam
appear to be still blatantly hunting just weeks away from the trial of their Huntsman and bird handler for breaking the Hunting
Act says a lot. However, whether or not digging-out is illegal is a Moot point. My interpretation of the HA is that, so long
as none of the other requirements to legalise terrier work under the Gamekeeper's Exemption are broken, then digging out
is not illegal [though it should be]. Neither the relevant Schedule in the Act, nor the binding Code of Conduct attached to
it, mention digging out at all. Whether it is done in assocation with purported 'trail hunting' or not seems
to me legally irrelevant.
Southdown FH supporter smashes sab landy window
injured in fall on wet ground
8-3-17 Facebook - Brighton Hunt Saboteurs Today we were at the Southdown and Eridge Hunt stopping them killing foxes. The day started off with some boys
on a quad throwing a pathetic tantrum and smashing a window of our Landrover (please help us with the costs of repairs here:
The Hunt called
two ambulances for separate incidents today. At least one rider was seriously injured. The ground was very wet with horses
going a foot into the mud at some points - dangerous for both horses and riders.
The picture today [below] is
of the arrogant huntsman having an argument with a local man who wanted to get around but was being blocked in by the hunt
parading around the roads.
Despite lots of temper tantrums from riders and supporters giving us a torrent of abuse, we were
on top of the hunt all day so no kills.
Row erupts over vet who is Director of Cheshire Forest FH
8-3-17 Liverpool Echo Anger over vet who is also hunt director Animal rights supporters have criticised
a Runcorn vet for being the director of a leading Cheshire hunt.
Elizabeth Gorse denied there was any conflict between
the roles after hunting opponents pointed out that Companies House documents showed she holds directorships for Cheshire Forest
Hunt [below] and also Rose Cottage Veterinary Centre on Chester Road, Sutton Weaver.
Among those to criticise her position was Stop The Cull badger hunt group, which
posted a picture of a dead fox on its Facebook page on March 6 with links to Rose Cottage’s Facebook and Yell pages,
suggesting opponents could post reviews. The post has been shared hundreds of times. Twitter users also expressed anger over
Mrs Gorses’s two roles. Among those was ‘Pete & Lou’, @Burforders, who said: “Something locals
have a right to know in my opinion. I would want to know if this was my vet.” Hounds Off, @houndsoff, simply said ‘Strewth’
with a retweet of the image of the dead fox and reference to Mrs Gorse being director of the hunt and the vets.
The dead animal is
alleged to have been killed during a controversial hunt in Macclesfield in February, which police are investigating over alleged
trespass. Residents complained to police after witnesses reported a pack of hounds jumping over a fence and mauling a fox.
Witnesses claimed a fox was savaged by hounds in an elderly couple’s garden. The Manchester Evening News reported that
resident Julie Clark, 47, said she saw a woman then remove the dead animal from the garden. Edwina Church, 47, said ‘a
stream of dogs’ ran through her garden and at one point 15 were ‘jumping around’ in her garden. She added
that her 82-year-old mother, who has heart failure, saw the chase unfold and was left ‘traumatised’. Cheshire
police were investigating [left, Huntsman being quizzed by police] .
The MEN said the Hunt's master had phoned a farmer to apologise after hounds ran through his field containing pregnant
Hunting foxes for the purpose of killing with dogs is illegal, but under the Hunting Act 2004 wild animals can be
flushed out and shot if specific legal conditions are satisfied.
After Stop The Cull’s post on Facebook, a slew
of reviews for and against Rose Cottage appeared on yell.com. These have now been removed. Two positive reviews were posted
on Rose Cottage’s Facebook page on Tuesday, March 7. Among those to express support for the veterinary practice as a
whole was Andrew Lopez, who said he was opposed to fox hunting but wanted to support the surgery’s front-line staff.
Jonathon Hodge said it was a ‘vets that put animal needs first’. Rose Cottage’s website staff profiles page
said Liz Gorse has worked at the centre since it opened in 1984. It said she ‘has a particular interest in horses’,
with a Royal College Of Veterinary Surgeon’s Certificate in equine practice. The profile added that she has had an interest
in ‘equine country pursuits’ since childhood.
Mrs Gorse said she saw no conflict between the roles as hunt director and vet. She
said: “There is no ethical conflict of interest between my practising as a veterinary surgeon and supporting legal hunting.
The Cheshire Forest, of which I am a director and follower, always intends to hunt within the confines of the Hunting Act
2004 by trail-hunting and performing hound exercise. There appears to have been an organised campaign by anti-hunting supporters
to disrupt businesses where individuals who openly support legal hunting work.” Mrs Gorse said police were investigating
an allegation that Cheshire Forest hounds chased a fox in connection with the Macclesfield matter.
Sabs stop N.Bucks Beagles hunting hares and sick cops
7-3-17 Facebook - Beds & Bucks Sabs A little birdy told us that the North Bucks Beagles would be having a meet at Bottom
Farm (snigger) in the village of Covington just over the Beds/Cambs border. We had people off work so why not pay them a visit,
it was a nice enough day so a walk in the countryside saving Hares would seem thoroughly appropriate. We also had a new sab
along today as well which is always nice.
found them easily enough at the meet all dressed up in their finery so parked our car out of sight and pretended to be walkers
out on a jolly. We had also tipped off Cambs police who are very good on this sort of thing and kept them updated. Once they
left the meet the huntsman put them into the open fields and cast them to search for Hares. At this point we made ourselves
known, video cameras at the ready and with a determined gait we went into action. Immediately they gathered the beagles up
and . . . packed up.
We followed them on their walk
of shame back to the meet whereupon the police arrived to discuss with them what they were up to. Some excuses were no doubt
made but our job here was done so we hung around in the spring sunshine till the hound van left. A grand total of 30 minutes
in the field and an hour or so hanging around. What's even nicer is these beagles are kennelled with the Oakley hounds
so it's a kind of two for one offer. We rarely get the chance to hit these wildlife killers so a nice way to finish the
of time left we discussed out options of what to do next, and the winner was? Go to the pub for some celebratory pop.
4 blocked setts found in area being hunted by Heythrop
7-3-17 Facebook - Three Counties Sabs Today the Heythrop were hunting in the Turkdean/Cold Aston area which is in the
North Cotswold Badger cull zone. Sabs attended and remained out of sight of the hunt and checked several setts in the area.
Three were not active. Four were blocked. Bear in mind that badgers and foxes are lactating or already have cubs right now.Furthermore
these exact sam setts will be targeted by a government sponsored cull later this year. The irony is that hounds and horses
can spread tb and there are no bovine here, just pheasants!
Two Jedforest FH servants plead NG to illegal hunting
Southern Reporter Hunters plead not guilty Two huntsmen from the Borders
will stand trial on a charge of deliberately hunting a fox with a pack of dogs. Jedforest Hunt members Johnathan Riley, 23,
and 66-year-old John Richardson pleaded not guilty to the charge at Jedburgh Sheriff Court. The pair, of Abbotrule, Bonchester
Bridge, deny deliberating hunting a wild mammal while acting with others on land surrounding Townfoothill near Jedburgh, on
No huntsmen have yet fallen foul of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002, but two individuals have
been convicted for hunting foxes with dogs and 10 for hare coursing.
Riley and Richardson will stand trial at Jedburgh
Sheriff Court on March 16 and 17.
POWAperson adds - The senior
JM of the Jedforest FH is Johan Christofferson [below]. He is an American hedge-fund mamager. Before moving to the Jedforest,
in the Scottish border country, he was JM of the Isle of Wight FH. During his tenure the Huntsman of the Hunt, Stuart Trousdale
and James Butcher, terrierman with a badger-digging conviction, thought it would be a ripping wheeze to dump large
animal carcasses in Brighton City centre, when the Labour party conference was being hosted there, as a protest against
the imminent Hunting Act. They were convicted of public order offences but given just a slap on the wrist. Christofferson
was suspended for a month by the MFHA for not controlling his hunt servants. He took Trousdale with him to the Jedforest as
JM/Huntsman, though he has since left. Christofferson has long been a very substantial donor to the Tory party. He helped
fund the election campaign of Simon Hart MP, a former CA CEO in 2010 and also funded Nick Herbert, a former hare hunt
JM and senior CA officer, who became Cameron's first Policing Minister. I once had the dubious pleasure of debating against
him at Warwick University. Although he has since come out as gay, he did have a certain attraction and charm, and attracted
the attention of various ladies in the audience by frequently fiddling with his trouser fly, apparently pretending there was
some defect with it. He lost the debate vote. That same night I met the stick-thin greyhound my wife had rescued earlier that
day after seeing her dumped out a of a car in a local park, so that was a red letter day for two reasons!
bTb in hounds at Kimblewick FH kennels confirmed
at least 25 hounds put down so far
League & Hounds
Off call for all hunting to be suspended
Tory Animal Welfare Minister is member of the Hunt !
7-3-17 Mirror Top Tory's fox hunt kills off 25 of its own hounds after bovine TB outbreak
Calls for suspension of all hunting with dogs after Kimblewick Hunt
[left, credit Trinity Mirror], to which Conservative peer Lord Gardiner of Kimble [below right] belongs, announced
the cull A fox hunt which counts the Tory Animal Welfare Minister among its members has killed up to 25 hounds following a suspected bovine TB outbreak. The Kimblewick Hunt,
to which Lord Gardiner of Kimble belongs, culled the dogs and implemented biosecurity measures to prevent the disease spreading.
Hunt officials said “it is most likely that the hounds contracted it from eating meat from a contaminated bovine”.
Another 120 hounds are being monitored for symptoms. It is thought to be the biggest ever potential outbreak of bTB among
dogs in Britain.
Kimblewick, which has its kennels
in Aylesbury, Bucks., has abandoned hunting with its own dogs for the rest of the season. But it has been carrying on legal
hunting activities with hounds from other hunts.
Against Cruel Sports chief executive Eduardo Goncalves said: “The implications of this outbreak are huge. It would be
a farce if hunting was allowed to continue while bovine TB is rife. All hunting with dogs must be suspended with immediate
effect in the bTB epidemic zone.”
they often lead to the “accidental” deaths of foxes as hounds pick up a genuine scent and flush out a live animal.
While bTB is usually linked to cattle and badgers, infections have also been found in other animals including sheep, goats,
horses, pigs, deer, dogs and cats. The revelation is a major blow to the Kimblewick, which boasts the top Government minister
among its ranks.
Lord Gardiner of Kimble was appointed
Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) last July. He was chairman of Kimblewick’s predecessor Hunt, the Vale of Aylesbury with
Garth and South Berks, from 1992 to 2006.
to the Kimblewick Hunt’s website, “the Hunt was formed in 2002 by the amalgamation of the Vale of Aylesbury with
the Garth and South Berks”. It was renamed The Kimblewick Hunt in 2010 and Lord Gardiner’s parliamentary register
of interests lists him as an “Honorary Member”. The peer is a former deputy chief executive of the pro-hunting
Countryside Alliance and he was Captain of the Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard from 2015-16. He served as private secretary to five successive Tory Party chairmen between 1989 and 1995, under Prime Ministers
Margaret Thatcher and John Major.
Hunt covers a wide area of the Home Counties, including Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire
and Hampshire. At least one biosecurity sign has been spotted at the entrance to the kennels.
A spokeswoman for the Animal and Plant Health Agency, part of Defra, said: “The bacterium
that causes bovine TB in cattle has been found in dogs at a kennel in Buckinghamshire. The origin and route of this infection
is being investigated.” She added: “Dogs are not considered to play a significant role in onward transmission
of bovine TB.”
The Hunt said the first signs
of bTB came late last year and it immediately alerted Defra. It said in a statement: “We are waiting for Animal and
Plant Health Agency’s epidemiology report that might give details of the source of infection, however it would appear
that it is most likely that the hounds contracted it from eating meat from a contaminated bovine.” It added: “There
has been no contact with other packs of hounds since the initial case was suspected, and a monitoring and testing protocol
has been rolled out across the country. The Kimblewick Hunt has been working alongside Defra, Animal and Plant Health Agency,
Public Health England and the Masters of Foxhounds Association in order to ensure that bTB has been contained. No other cases
have been reported. Testing continues on the Kimblewick hounds in line with advice given from veterinary and scientific experts
during this very difficult time for the hunt staff and their families.”
A Hounds Off spokesman said: “With the link between the Kimblewick
Hunt hounds and bovine tuberculosis now confirmed, Hounds Off calls for the immediate blanket suspension of all hunting by
all packs of hounds pending further investigations and enquiries.”
LACS PR Outbreak of bovine TB discovered in fox hunt kennels [left] Bovine TB,
the disease ravaging herds of cattle across England and Wales, has been discovered in a pack of hounds used for fox hunting
– prompting urgent calls for hunting to be suspended indefinitely.
Animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports are calling for all hunting to be stopped immediately to ensure that
the thousands of hounds used in the ‘sport’ cannot spread the disease.
Eduardo Gonçalves, CEO of the League,
which received a tip off about the outbreak from the organisation Hounds Off, said: “The implications of this outbreak
are huge. We already know that restricting the movement of animals in the countryside is the only effective way of controlling
bTB, but thousands of hunt hounds are free to chase from field to field, farm to farm and across private and National Trust
land pretty much on a daily basis during the hunting season. How on earth can this be allowed to continue now we know that
at least some hounds have caught the disease? It would be a farce if hunting was allowed to continue while bovine TB is rife.
All hunting with dogs – much of which is already illegal – must be suspended with immediate effect at least until
bTB is under control. To do anything else – or to do nothing – would raise serious questions as to who is really
in charge of looking after our countryside. There are more than 50 hunts operating in parts of the country where bTB is particularly
widespread. Are we looking at the real reason why the disease can’t be controlled?”
The League estimates
that there are more than 3,000 hunting hounds in the England Btb epidemic zone alone, which may be out in the countryside
an average of two days a week during the six-month hunting season.
Although hunting with hounds was banned
by the Hunting Act 2004, hunts continue to take place. These usually claim to be ‘trail’ hunting or hunting under
one of the exemptions of the Act, but the League believes these are false claims and most are hunting illegally.
Joe Hashman, founder of www.houndsoff.co.uk , an organisation which supports people negatively affected by hunts said: "It is because
Hounds Off works with local people in local communities that we are able to find out things which might otherwise be kept
secret. With the link between the Kimblewick Hunt hounds and bovine tuberculosis now confirmed, Hounds Off calls for the immediate
blanket suspension of all hunting by all packs of hounds pending further investigations and enquiries."...
7-3-17 Facebook - Anti Fox Hunting Online Army to Back the Ban Kimblewick TB outbreak: Major landowner bans fox hunt from his land
A cattle farmer who allows the Kimblewick across their land has today placed a permanent ban on the Hunt. Some 2500 acres
of grass land. The farmer, who wishes to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, states "the recent South Herefordshire
stories, followed by lies from our local pack [the Kimblewick], mean that our long standing support of hunting must modernise.
We have deep concerns with TB in this area, as are mostly disease free, so any threat to our business must be taken seriously."
He added that it was the main topic of talk while at Thame Auction Mart the other day. And said "my impression is a number
of landowners will do the same. Our livestock is our livelihood."
The Ecologist also ran excellent articles by the admirable Lesley Docksey and LACS's Jordi Caasamitjana
adds - The story of bTb at the Hunt was first picked up by Joe Hashman of 'Hounds Off', He got talking to a
supporter who didn't realise he was an anti! His account can be found here. If not for that accidental leak this outbreak may never have come to public
attention. Did a Conservative MP who is a Director of the Hunt in the DEFRA Ministry have
anything to do with the cover-up? Viva! raised the possibility of hunting hounds
being a significant vector for the transmission of bTb several years ago. How many other infected hounds are there out there.
Meanwhile, the poor badger gets the blame and the bullet.
Hunting Surrey Union FH trespass and anger landowner
7-3-17 Facebook - North Downs Hunt Sabs Surrey Union FH, Thorncombe St, Tuesday 7-3-17 Guildford and N.Downs sabs arrived just in time to see a rather poor show of riders for such
a lovely day. Two runners deployed on the set off and followed the Hunt from the meet along Thorncombe Street. The landy drove
round to the other side and we had all eyes on them on the open ground.
About 40 minutes in, the hounds got onto a scent in thick woodland ( near Langhurst farm ) The heavily pregnant vixen made
her escape through someone's garden and possibly went to ground, as the hounds were soon seen sniffing around a fox earth.
Sabs used voice and horn calls to gather the hounds and they soon came bounding back. The landowner
saw the hounds and informed us he had every intention of reporting their actions to the police. We believe the Hunt witnessed
Hunt [left], knowing full well we had seen everything, moved on and ventured towards private land near Yewtree Knob,
but having witnessed the fox we kept close to the Hunt and had to laugh when they said THEY were going to call the police
over trespass, a civil offence. We reminded them of their trespass only 10 minutes ago and their reply " We CAN trespass
so long as we are hunting within the law". Their stupidity and arrogance is so laughable sabs may
have to invest in heavy duty tena-pants.
Looked like the police had no intention of attending the Sorry Union , and shortly after the redcoats were seen back
at the meet and with the support and the riders nowhere to been seen, it seems it was a very early pack up - in light of last
week's kill perhaps.
Illegal hunting trial of Grove
& Rufford FH three begins
7-3-17 Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser Notts hunt members in court on fox hunting charges Three members of
the Grove and Rufford hunt have been charged with hunting a fox after pictures were taken by two keen birdwatchers.
Huntsman Paul Larby, 57, of The Kennels,
Kennel Drive, Barnby Moor, trail-layer Peter White, 57, of Leyfields Farm, Redhill Lane, Kneesall, and the hunt’s whipper-in
Jane Wright, 63, of Town Street, Lound, each pleaded not guilty to offences under the Hunting Act. The hunt claimed it was
trail-hunting, which is legal, after fox hunting was banned in 2005.
Rod Chapman, prosecuting, said: “The issue for trial today is whether the activities
of the defendants constituted the hunting of a wild mammal, and whether they were engaged in it.
Phillip Palmer and his partner Pauline Hogg asked permission
to photograph the hunt when it gathered at the Bees’ Knees pub, in Laneham, at 10.30am, on January 30, 2016. While giving
evidence, Mr Palmer referred to his pictures of the hunt, which included 20 to 30 people on horseback, around 45 dogs, people
in cars or on quad bikes, which he took because he “liked the idea of seeing people in red jackets riding across the
11.52am at Holly Folly Farm, he and Ms Hogg saw a fox cross Broadings Lane, and five minutes later the hunt appeared. Mr Larby
spoke to a man in the field, on a mobile phone, who pointed in the direction the fox had run, before setting off that way
too, Mr Palmer said.
Palmer told the court: “I said to my partner ‘this is going to be interesting. They should go in the opposite
direction and call off the hunt’.” The couple walked north along Broadings Lane before splitting up. Mr Palmer
drove to Rampton Road, where he saw a fox run across the road and into a field pursued by hounds, at 12.44pm. “It was
running like mad to get away,” he said. “The hunt was reasonably close behind - a couple of minutes. The hounds
had picked up the scent but they hadn’t got a sight of it. They followed the route the fox had taken.”
About fifty per cent of the hunt followed
the route of the fox, he said. At 1.12pm, they saw the hounds catch the fox on a field off Helenship Lane. Mr Palmer said:
“We could hear the dogs barking. I saw the fox running with the dogs following very close behind. They soon caught up
and that was it. “The lead huntsman was about 40 or 50 yards away. The lady rider was near him. They were trotting along
quite slowly. I saw the lead dogs overtake the fox. It was just a mass of dogs in one place. And there was nothing left at
the end of it. “There were some bits and pieces left which a man on a quad bike came to sift through a matter of minutes
later. He put some things in a carrier bag. We were aware that we could have been in quite a dangerous position because we
were surrounded by supporters,” he said. “We were thinking that at any time they could have called the dogs off,
but we didn’t hear any calls. Wherever we saw the fox or the dogs running, there was no trail laying before that. There
was nothing to indicate that.”
But he couldn’t say if the riders were in the same field or not at the time of the kill. Stephen Welford, defending,
said to Mr Palmer: “There were times when you couldn’t see the hunt or the riders? The quad bike could have been
leaving trails when you couldn’t see it?” Mr. Palmer agreed.
The trial at Mansfield Magistrates Court continues.
Vale of the White Horse FH openly hunt foxes on roads &
Property owners furious at their
6-3-17 Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch VIDEO VWH Hunt 4th March We headed over to the Cotswold
District of Calmsden north of Cirencester where the VWH were holding their Saturday meet. This is just inside the border of Cotswold Hunt territory. Could it be that they met here as the Cotswold Hunt seems to be having
some difficulties lately! We were greeted by a supporter who we saw at a recent VWH outing. He seemed pleased to see us but
sadly his mood turned really sour later in the day.
They hunted both sides of the A429 Stow road [and on the B4425, right],
dangerously crossing several times a day. All traffic was stopped by redcoats and hounds were weaving in and out of vehicles.
One hound was left behind on this very busy road at 12.25 – the Hunt had moved on and goodness knows what happened to
that poor animal...
It was great to have support from members of the public - one cyclist told us to 'get those scumbags' and
another told us where the fox had gone which helped us as the Hunt re-visited that area, we believe to try and pick up on
it but we were there with plenty of cameras and had time to spray out the road to stop the hounds picking up the scent... They
disturbed a woodcock inside the wood and the redcoat commented to one of us that a woodcock had been flushed out by them earlier
and when it flew up a sparrow hawk had taken it. So the woodcock which would have lain low until dusk was a hunt victim too.
We also saw a hare running across the road disturbed by the Hunt. No wildlife is safe whilst Hunts are around.
Later in the day, hounds
invaded gardens at Chedworth [left and below right] and an angry householder came out to remonstrate, but the
redcoat didn't take any notice or apologise. She told us the hounds were often on her land. We saw them all over her garden
and in another house’s garden where the Hunt staff made no attempt to restrain them.
It was the same at another commercial property
where the owner was furious with the Hunt and said he was constantly phoning the police about them. Some of the mounted field
were very anxious that we should not trespass - but apparently it is one rule for them and another for us.
They spent a long time
in the wooded areas behind Oxwold House where a fox was seen in the wood with the hounds only feet behind it disappearing out of sight. It might have had a chance to get away as initially foxes can sprint
faster than hounds but unfortunately do not have the long term stamina of hounds which are slower but have been bred to run
for longer distances, thus creating the 'sport' of chasing foxes.
They kept revisiting Deadlands Copse on Cadmore Lane Track
and the other wooded areas behind Oxwold House. We had foot walkers in there for quite some time and one point a fox ran out
with the hounds very close behind it disappearing out of sight as the Hunt raced in a southerly direction. The Hunt burst
straight out over the Bibury road causing chaos to the Saturday traffic again and into a small wooded area on the other side
of the road, where the Hunt came to a stop with hounds gathered.
The hounds looked to be marking to ground and as they were very keen to block our
cameras. This made us very suspicious, so went back afterwards to check. It was obvious the hounds had been all over a hole
in the ground but there was no sign of a kill so we hope that fox escaped too.
There were the usual lot of angry supporters including someone
who has previously had to write an apology for throwing clods of mud at us. Twice today he stupidly stood in the middle of
the road directly obstructing our vehicle and later on drove his vehicle within centimetres of our vehicle bonnet to block
our way ahead. Still I suppose we have to thankful for small mercies – we didn’t get ‘paedos’ or ‘why
don’t you get a proper job’ thrown at us.
Towards the end of the day they spent a long time searching round a disused quarry
area - riders so bored they were smoking cigarettes as they waited, but we did not hear them find anything before we saw them
packing up into their lorries.
- 1/ Hunters watch as hounds rampage thru village gardens 2/ Hounds hunting along edge
Senior equestrienne dies after fall during drag hunt
[a real one]
Daily Mail Leading horsewoman is crushed to death after her mount falls and lands on
top of her as they took part in a hunt A leading equestrian was crushed to death when her horse fell
during a hunt. Sue Webb, who was vice chairman of the British Show Horse Association, was thrown from her saddle at a jump
and her mount landed on top of her. The 64-year-old was riding with the Mid Surrey Farmers Draghounds, of which she was secretary,
when tragedy struck at the weekend.
Her devastated mother, Sheila Pipe, told the Mail: 'She fell at the fence and
the horse went over and crushed her underneath. I can't believe it. It was the last drag meet of the season and the first
fence. She was a very keen horsewoman and very well known in the horsey world, judging and everything. Sue Webb, who was vice
chairman of the British Show Horse Association, was riding with the Mid Surrey Farmers Draghounds when she was thrown from
her saddle at a jump and her mount landed on top of her over the weekend...
One fox has very lucky escape from the Lamerton FH
Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs Lamerton Hunt 4.3.2017 Yesterday we paid a visit to the Lamerton Hunt, who met
at the Blue Lion pub in Lewdown. Our three foot teams kept them in sight and earshot all day but didn't have much cause to intervene, except on one occasion. No 'trail-layer' in sight and plenty
of dense coverts being drawn, but a strong westerly wind ensured scent was blown all over
the place in the open fields, which made our job a bit easier.
The Hunt drew the valley between Swallow Cottage and Middle Raddon, then south towards West Raddon,
Tibridge and Raddon Wood, then straight through Lew Wood and Eastcottdown Plantation, where hounds occasionally
spoke on a scent. They drew a small covert north of Galford Down and then turned around
and hunted almost the exact same route backwards. Sabs were never far from Lewis and hounds
in the woods, although he was oblivious to it most of the time, and hounds rioted on deer
as they hunted upwind towards Lew Wood. The Hunt then made their way back to the kennels via Middle Raddon for a nice
and early 4pm finish!
Hounds did get dangerously close to one fox
yesterday. Various riders were positioned 'on point' [above right] around
the edges of a crop field and hounds were entered to draw the field upwind, a risky move.
As expected, they put up a fox, but thankfully neither Huntsman nor riders spotted him. Sabs a few fields away began calling
hounds towards them, but Lewis was already gathering the pack and heading out of the field.
That fox had an extremely close escape!
Pics below - 1/ Leaving the meet 2/
You got a fox in there? 3/ Shall I make a break for it?
National Trust beefs up its policy on field sports - a smidgen
5-3-17 Facebook - National Dis-Trust 'Our Position on Field Sports' - recently updated National Trust
policy now contains the following paragraph -
'We expect our licence holders
to comply fully with the law and the terms of our licence. Anyone who suspects them of breaking the law should contact the
local police force as the proper investigating authority. We will, and have, taken strong action against licence holders where
the police and the legal process have found them guilty of breaking the law.
Our assessment of how Hunts are performing against their licence
conditions includes cross-checking their regular reports to us with those of people who wish to monitor their activities and
with our own staff’s observations.
We cooperate fully with the police, and our local teams follow up with the Hunt in question
after any police investigation where we deem that further action is necessary. We also meet regularly with the Hunts themselves
to ensure that the terms of the licence are being upheld and to discuss issues that arise.' https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/…/our-position-on-field-sp…
Now imagine if this was their policy on fell-running, or kayaking, or any other 'activity'
that might take place on NT land. Would the National Trust need to constantly cross-check that the licence conditions were
being upheld? Or would references to the police/breaking the law/police investigation/legal process need to be made at all?
far as we know the National Trust take little, if any notice of reports from monitors, and refuse to facilitate independent
monitoring. Nor do they cross-check the reports provided by hunts, as most hunts do not submit reports and if they did they
would certainly not be truthful - how many 'accidents' could they admit to before the NT would have to realise that
trail-hunting just doesn't exist.
Cheshire Forest FH massed thugs attract police action
at final meet
Sabs believe some given
dispersal order by the police
5-3-17 Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs VIDEO HIT REPORT - 04/03/17 - CHESHIRE FOREST – CROWTON
Yesterday we had a small team of sabs and monitors who were very determined to show face at the last meet of the Cheshire
Forest after their filthy, outrageous behaviour in Macclesfield where they murdered a fox in a suburban area and terrorised
members of the public in their own homes.
We expected the Hunt to be in the Crowton area so decided not to go to the meet
location and instead wait around for the Hunt to arrive. From our position we soon seen the Hunt high up on the hillside about
a mile to the east. We had eyes and ears everywhere for this meet as there were so many people appalled with the Forest taking
to the suburbs to hunt urban foxes. We received information that the Hunt were somewhere down by the banks of the river Weaver,
we were about to approach on foot when we were suddenly joined by a gang of quad bike riding hunt thugs, from what we believe
were something to do with all the Cheshire Hunts. The usual insults and pathetic name calling ensued from the rabble of hunt
scum but sabs stood their ground and within minutes they all rode away into the distance...
The Hunt were nowhere to be seen so we proceeded
to move on. Once again, we found ourselves amongst a slightly larger group of terrier scum, with one quad bike rider attempting
to mow down a sab who was instantly flagged down by a police officer who was on foot and literally chased him down the road to issue him a ticket and give him
a stern talking to! Kudos to the police! Whilst they were dealing with these individuals, sabs left the area in pursuit of
the Huntmaster and hounds. Upon leaving, sabs passed two riot vans with flashing lights and sirens blaring heading towards
the terrier boys. We believe that this element of scum was given a dispersal order!! Further down the road we were once again
stopped from following the hounds by an even bigger group of hunt scum. A large proportion of these dirtbags had come all
the way from North Wales presumably to cause trouble whilst supporting their own scummy lot from the Flint and Denbigh Hunt
who had joined forces with their fox murdering companions here in Cheshire.
It soon became apparent that the pack had been split into
two which made sabbing slightly more difficult and we cannot be certain of a kill-free day as we struggled to find the hounds
for the majority of it. After much driving around searching for the two packs of hounds, the police informed us at around
3:30 that they were standing down as the Hunt had packed in for the day. We had further confirmation from other sources that
the hounds were seen being loaded into the hound van and we decided there now wasn't much point remaining in the area.
The majority of police were now leaving with only a small amount of officers remaining to keep the peace should ourselves
and the scum come across each other again. We did see some very well known Flint and Denbigh supporters on the drive to a
nearby pub but they didn't give us any hassle and left us to enjoy a nice cold pint and the football! The police were
very helpful and acted in the impartial way that one should expect from them in instances like this. They know that we are
only out here trying to save wildlife!
We finish the season (in Cheshire at least) satisfied with
the inroads we have made in to documenting and sabotaging Cheshire's illegal hunting fraternity and we will continue our
efforts next season to hopefully ensure the safety of our local wildlife. Thanks to all the sab groups that have helped us
along the way, you have shown amazing comradery and solidarity, and we have a lot of love for you all! We also feel it is
important to give a massive shout out to the local monitors and also to all of the amazing people we have picked up along
the way, you know who you are! Finally we must thank you guys, our supporters, we have been bowled over by your kindness and
generosity! You guys rock!
5-3-17 Facebook - Cheshire Monitors Cheshire Forest (Macclesfield fox kill) last meet of the season
Yesterday was so uplifting. It just proved how much negativity there is towards fox hunting and how much support we have.
So we would like to thank everyone who contributed = Concerned locals who turned up on the day, new monitors who have joined
us this season, a local group of bikers and Cheshire and Lancaster Sabs. And of course all our supporters on this page.The Hunt had hired in extra thugs from the Flint and Denbigh and the Cheshire Hounds Hunts. In fact,
there were more thugs than riders. Just a small trickle of whom left the meet. They were also heard arguing with each other.
We had a long conversation with
one of our Wildlife Crime Officers last week about the policing of Hunts and we hope this added to the positive policing on
the day. There was a huge police presence, with riot vans, unmarked cars and normal vehicles. They, along with the rest of
us, sat on this Hunt all day long.
Hunt thugs tried to slow some of us (particularly some of the Sabs) down by throwing their weight around but were
stopped by police. This happened a bit too much to one group of sabs who spent a lot of the day avoiding conflict. Police
searched the hired thugs vehicles and handed out a dispersal order to them so that was that for them!
While this was happening some of our monitors found Mr
German trying desperately to hunt. His face was a picture when he saw us and he was not happy when we called in the rest of
the group to help stop him.
The supporters spent most of the day hanging around on the roads waiting for nothing. Due to their frustration they
had to try and incite arguments with us, sad people. One of them even told us he didn't come to follow Andrew German because
he was a useless Huntsman!
The day ended with everyone linked to the Hunt wandering back to the meet with their heads
down after a really, really bad day for them and a brilliant day for us and the anti hunting campaign.
Atherstone FH hunted fox out of nature reserve
Shoots down badger sett - no dig-out
- no terrierman !
Facebook – W.Midlands Sabs VIDEO Atherstone Hunt, Saturday 4th March 2017 - Wolvey
Fox hunted police not interested
The Atherstone Hunt met at Lewis's Grain Store in Wolvey. The Atherstone Hunt are deeply unpopular in Wolvey and the
surrounding areas. We know this from the amount of locals contacting us and complaining about the Hunt. One landowner contacted
us and gave us permission to go on his land and we later came across another landowner who was very unhappy with the Hunt's antics.
We asked Warwickshire Police if the Hunt had told them their
“route” for today and they told us no. They didn’t seem that interested in asking the Hunt where they would
be going and what they would be getting up to today. If they had bothered finding out they might have seen the fox being hunted
a short time later.
Stuart Barton [with pack, right] took the hounds from the meet and put them into the local nature reserve. Within
minutes a fox was seen running away from the Hunt with hounds close behind. It ran up the hedge before taking refuge down
a badger sett. As the Atherstone haven't had a terrierman all season it has meant the badger setts have been left alone
and this fox escaped unharmed. Unfortunately for the Hunt with the fox that would have provided them with their day's
“sport” having escaped within the first five minutes they spent the next hour and a half riding round and round
the same bit of land before packing up at 1.00. None of them looked happy as they rode back to the meet.
With Liverpool, Manchester and Severn Vale Sabs all out with
us, it meant that sabs greatly out numbered the Hunt.
Pics below - 1 Fox fleeing 2/ Hounds just seconds behind 3/ The pack
chasing fox 4/ Foxy's refuge
Monitors believe Beaufort FH hunted fox in Prince Charles'
seen evidence of hunting earlier, including bloodstained hounds
POWA Press Release [in collaboration with Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch] VIDEO Activists believe "Prince Charles's Hunt" was illegally hunting
a fox in grounds of Highgrove House Hunt monitors from Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch were following
the Beaufort Hunt, which met at Easton Grey, near Westonbirt, Glos on Saturday February 25th. Earlier in the day, monitors
had concluded that what the Beaufort were doing looked and sounded a lot more like fox than 'trail' hunting', including seeing several bloodstained hounds and terriermen
with at least one dog.
A little before 3.30, a holler was heard from the Highgrove
area. Hollering has no place in 'trail hunting', being done to alert huntsmen that the fox has been spotted. The Hunt,
seemingly responding to it, doubled back and crossed the busy A433 near Doughton, arriving at the gates of Highgrove House,
the home of Prince Charles [field entering, right]. A female monitor was already there, having seen hounds searching
grassy areas at the start of the drive as she passed.
The Prince and the Duke of Beaufort are close and, as an armed police officer [left] confirmed to the monitor,
the Prince had given the Beaufort permission to 'trail hunt' in his grounds. As the Huntsman entered the grounds he
gave several staccato horn bursts - the traditional signal to hounds to hunt on. Soon after, excited noises from hounds
were heard. The rest of the field arrived and entered the grounds, and the Hunt then turned left [below right, to R of
caption], out of sight, but towards Big and Larch Coverts.
The Hunt, riders
and four terriermen, were admitted without security checks, but an armed police officer at the gates told the monitor to return
to her car. She agreed to do so, but first explained to a sergeant her reasons for believing that the Beaufort FH were illegally
hunting a fox and asked if he was going to do anything about it. He just claimed the Hunt 'were on a drag' and eventually
she left. Though hearing hounds 'speak' occasionally afterwards, monitors did not see the Hunt again that day.
Earlier in the day, monitors saw a fox flee a wood being watched by hunters and containing the hound
pack. The hunters missed its escape. Around midday, monitors detected signs of probable fox hunting at a spinney between Easton Grey
and Westonbirt. Some unusually sheepish terrier men, with a terrier, were present when they arrived [them leaving, below
right]. Terriermen should have no role in a 'trail hunt'. Monitors heard the hounds in cry for a while about
an hour later, but could not keep up with the Hunt. Some time later, monitors found the Hunt stationary on a road. That several
hounds were bloodstained [pic of one, below left] indicated they had killed something, most probably a fox.
Alan Kirby, from Protect Our Wild Animals, said 'The monitors appear to have very good reasons
to believe that the Beaufort Hunt were hunting foxes, both before and after they got to Highgrove. Numerous reports and video
evidence from hunt monitors and sabs make us certain that live quarry hunting contrary to law, and often in the guise of 'trail hunting', is very commonplace. Hunts know they can almost always
get away with it because of the defects of the Hunting Act 2004 and the reluctance of police and CPS to tackle offences which
are extremely hard to prove in court - or to take on often very well-resourced Hunts. And the Beaufort is certainly one of
He added 'The Hunting Act is desperately in need of significant strengthening
and I must praise hunt monitors who go to tremendous trouble to try to obtain sufficient evidence to convict transgressive
Hunts. They also seriously risk their safety, for no recompense, despite knowing the odds are hugely stacked against them.'
Notes for editors -
- The full report on the day from Cirencester
Illegal Hunt Watch can be found here.
- Their captioned video compilation
of the day can be found here.
- A Google Maps page showing
entrance to Highgrove House [middle, bottom], the woodland the Hunt turned left into in the grounds,and the House [midddle
top] is here. [pic right]
- A posting
from CIHW about the shooting at the Beaufort FH meet of 18/2, mentioned in the first paragraph of their full report on the
25/2 meet, is here.
- A video showing the Beaufort
FH hounds chasing a fox in the grounds of a school is here.
- Report by International Fund
for Animal Welfare on 'trail hunting' entitled 'Trail of Lies' is here.
- Report published on the POWA
website re. finding of 3 dead badgers near a sett in Beaufort FH country, soon after an activist had reported the Hunt for
blocking setts, is below.
of three badgers found near sett in Beaufort FH country - Anti group had recently informed police of pre-meet sett blocking
on that land
POWAperson has today been informed that this sett is in the Beaufort FH country and that an anti-hunt group recently
reported to police that the Hunt had been blocking setts on this land before Hunt meets. The slaughter of the badgers at this
place could, of course, be a simple co-incidence and nothing to do with the Beaufort FH directly or indirectly.
5-2-17 Wilts & Gloucs Standard Dead badgers found outside blocked sett in Brokenborough POLICE have received
yet more reports of badger setts being blocked in in north Wiltshire. A recent incident of setts being filled in occurred
in Brokenborough, where the remains of dead badgers were found on January 31. The police are currently unable to identify
who is responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101.
- A personal account by the
female monitor referred to in the press release above follows - Last Saturday
[25-2-17] we were at entrance to Prince Charles' house as hounds were taken across the road and in, searching the entrance surround as they
did so. Some of us had seen the Hunt in the fields opposite as they headed east back to the side road, but on hearing a holler
the Hunt turned back with the hounds and headed north towards the busy road and Prince Charles' property. The Hunt were
seen by our people from a footpath at Under Bridge on a ridge just south of A433, where Highgrove entrance is. The Hunt was
heading eastwards back to the lane when a holler was heard towards A433 and the Hunt changed direction and went towards A433
I was driving
past when pack was crossing the road and searching all over entrance and workshop entrance grassy areas and I immediately
thought a fox must have been seen crossing the road and going into Highgrove. The hounds were not being hurried on even
though they were on the verge of a busy road. I had to turn round and struggle to get my camera so did not record the searching
to the right of the entrance but caught the rest. As they went inside the barrier some hounds picked up, were anxiously called back by the Huntsman, who was aware of my camera by then, but then taken in towards
the left where there is a covert. The police at the barrier ignored me saying it was illegal hunting and asking them to do
something about it, although did say they hadn't seen the fox go in on their CCTV. They were much more anxious that I
should return to my car, which I had driven in off the road which is extremely busy. Police reinforcements in the form of
a sergeant were called, not for the Hunt but for me and, as the whole Hunt, terriermen and large field proceeded into the
property unchecked, we were told we were not allowed in because it was a secure area.
The police did not turn round and look at the Hunt in spite of my
expostulations and explanation about hunting. They were nice enough and kept sympathising as I outlined all the reasons why
we knew this was illegal hunting, including the massively bloodstained hounds we had seen earlier[another one, pic left],
after they emerged from inaccesible country, and the fox escaping from the first covert they drew, and the cabal of terriermen
lurking furtively with their terrierbox at a remote spinney. I shouted at them for about twenty minutes as they listened patiently
and did absolutely nothing.
Reports of numerous and varied infractions by Hunts since the beginning of February can be found on the POWA website here.
- Reports of numerous and
varied infractions by Hunts before February can be found here.
Pic below - Google Maps view of Highgrove location. Entry
is middle bottom, covert on the left, Highgrove House at middle top
Oakley FH thugs assault sabs & steal cameras - police
4-3-17 Facebook - Beds & Bucks Sabs … We paid another visit to our local hunt, the Oakley [right] who were having a meet at Park Farm,
Keysoe. They've been in this area several times already this season so it would seem that they don't have the support
of the landowners as they are running out of places to hunt so keep returning to the same areas. For the Oakley they had a
fairly large turnout, perhaps a last meet and mostly swelled it would seem with Pony Club riders. As usual they didn't bother with any of that trail laying nonsense or using any other exemption.
Their arrogance knows no bounds.
Our small group were on them from the start making sure they were always in sight and making
sure when the hounds did show an interest in a line we were there to discourage them. The overnight rain made the going very
heavy and even attempts by the hunt to cover maximum distance at speed to get away from us were all in vain. We covered huge
distances on foot and in the vehicle and found ourselves once more in the region of Shelton Gorse, a known fox holding area
for the Hunt.
By this time the Hunt had called in the goon squad, a collection of fearsomely ugly and overweight individuals (some
who seemed drunk) who's only purpose is to threaten, harass and assault us. They blocked in our driver for over an hour while we deployed on foot and even though multiple
calls went in the police they failed to find him even though the village only contained 3 roads. They also attempted to run
over one of our sabs claiming it was their right as we were on private land but they of course were not agents of the land
owner and trying to run someone over is hardly justified.
As we approached the Gorse we could hear hounds in cry and
a dog fox broke cover running the hedge line [below right]. Foxes are paired up at this time of year and we believe
this fox had purposefully taken the hounds away from his mate who would have been heavily pregnant and unable to escape. We
arrived and gave him just enough time to escape by covering the line and using both horn and voice calls although both Huntsman
and whipper In put the hounds back on the line in an attempt to hunt on but he was thankfully long gone.
We tracked the
Hunt back to their homeland of Melchbourne where they entered the wood behind the village for the final chance to hunt and
the journey back to kennels. On the way back the hounds decided to take off on their own (which they do fairly often with this Huntsman) after something and completely ignored Calamity Jack and, clearly embarrassed,
he made no attempt to call them back. They entered Penn Wood, an area the Hunt are not allowed to go, so we followed.
It was at this
point where we once again encountered the goon squad blocking our way. They had no right to be there, yet claimed a right
to assault us and steal cameras. One brainless couple even bought their young child to a situation which was clearly going
to escalate into violence. This is the kind of parenting displayed by these people, what hope for that poor child after the
example they set. Perhaps social services should be contacted.
We contacted the police again and the first thing they did
was speak to the thugs rather that the people who had been assaulted. Bedfordshire police have made big strides recently in
their policing of the Hunt but today they were appalling. Showing no interest in the illegal hunting and only interested in
public order and yet at no time did they leave their vehicle or stop the vehicles harassing us. The bias was quite frankly
beyond a joke and we shall be making an official complaint. We will never back down from the challenge of saving wildlife
and what we have to face to do this but today the police put us in danger and we cannot let that stand.
do this without your support and any donations are hugely appreciated and we will need to replace the cameras that were stolen.
Antis' teamwork denies Portman FH kill, furious
farmer tells Hunt off
Hound bleeding heavily
from mouth wound pictured
4-3-17 Facebook - Dorset Sabs Hit Report 4/03/2017 Today we decided to pay a visit
to the Portman Hunt [left]. Our first visit this season! With our good friends South West Sabs, we headed North to
join up with with our neighbouring wildlife protectors, Dorset Against Bloodsports, and of course not forgetting our legendary
Monitor who is always there watching every move these Dorset hunts make.
The meet was at Rowberry House in the
very heart of Viscount Rothermere territory (Daily Mail owner) before heading straight away for Ferne Park... we were able
to keep a close eye on the hounds as they were drawn south... they headed north at great speed (in an obvious attempt to loose
sabs) and made for the mountainous terrain of Berwick Coombe, where DABS were waiting for them. With great communication between
all teams, DABS were able to guide foot sabs straight to the Huntsman and hounds, who by now was drawing hounds through the
coverts towards Woodlands. Foot sabs being surrounded by the now frustrated field were confronted by Master Capt Pearson who was convinced
we were on private land, once shown what open access land looks like on a map, thanked Sabs for the lesson before riding off
a tad red faced!!
With DABS keeping a close eye, the hunt again at speed headed south and away from sabs, only to be greeted by our
Monitor... [they]headed for Lower Bridmore Farm... .hounds briefly went into cry but sabs intervened with horn and gizmo and
split the pack as they lost and tried to find the scent... sabs headed to Easton Hollow to pull off a classic pincer movement.
It was here that sabs
were confronted by an extremely irate farmer who thought we were hunt support!! On finding out we were the 'Antis'
was only to pleased to be handed a Hounds Off leaflet, before hot-footing it at great speed in his Landy across the open plain
[bottom] yelling at the hunt to 'get off his land'. Such a pleasure to watch the Hunt do their 'run
of shame' and to remind them for the rest of the day of their trespass!!
... they headed into Chase Woods... a huge expanse of woodland
and with sabs blocked by the now very angry support and quad bikes, from entering the green lane we lost sight of the hunt
for a short while... it didn't take long to find them... We can't say for certain that they didn't kill in this
huge wood, but hounds surrounded sabs upon leaving and they all looked 'clean' and by the way the field was behaving
they didn't seem so happy about their day!! Support even went so far as spitting at us as they drove past! From here we
followed them on their long walk of shame back to the meet where they boxed up at 4pm.
A good day
for sabs and a great team effort all round. However not such a good day for the Hunt and even less so for the poor injured
hound [right] that DABS had to witness...
Reporter spends day with Sabs visiting the Crawley &
The article is much too long to reproduce here but this
is a taster....
4-3-17 Huffington Post VIDEO ‘Balaclava-Clad
Terrorists’ Or Saviours Of Britain’s Wildlife? On The Trail Of Britain’s Hunt Saboteurs
Every weekend, masked men and women trek across Britain’s countryside, scaling barbed wire fences, wading through bitterly
cold streams and trawling through mud. During the traditional hunting season from November to April,
these Saturday saboteurs, more commonly known as ‘hunt sabs’, dedicate their days off to menacing men and women
on horseback in the name of animal welfare.
intimidation and mistrust festers on both sides of the hunt. The sabs believe they are saving the lives of Britain’s
wildlife. The hunts say the sabs are getting in the way of a legal activity, even brandishing them “balaclava-clad terrorists”.
Many of the wildlife warriors are so worried about their identities being
revealed that they conceal their faces and simply refer to one another as ‘sab’ when out in the field. Many tell
us that they fear repercussions in their jobs and at home, if the hunts know their identities.
Whether you agree with the actions of the sabs will predominantly be down to where you stand
in the fox hunting debate. Banned under the Hunting Act 2004, the latest Ipso MORI poll suggests 84% of the public believes
fox hunting should remain illegal - the highest level of support recorded for maintaining the ban.
There have been 430 prosecutions under the act, and just last week Cheshire Police and the
RSPCA said they were launching an investigation after “out of control” hunting dogs allegedly killed a fox in
a back garden of a residential street.
hunting, in which the artificial scent of an animal is laid, is legal in the UK. But the sabs believe this is just a pretext
for hunts to kill foxes. As a result tensions run high between the two sides and it’s not uncommon for things to escalate
to violence. The Countryside Alliance says hunts are “regularly intimidated and harassed”
by sabs and accuses anti-hunt protesters of making “spurious allegations”.
This weekend The Huffington Post UK joined a sabbing raid was no exception. During the course
of the next 13 hours, we would see escalating hostility between not only the sabs and hunt members but also the rising suspicions
of the police.
One sab is arrested. Another who claims
he was kicked in the face alleges assault, resulting in the police seizing a huntsman’s boot for examination. We even
end up in a car with a lost hound, which is ultimately returned to the hunters by the saboteurs.....
Do read the rest, it's well worth the time, and the video the Huff Post made is really good.
Pics below [credit Huffington Post] - 1/ Sabs pull hounds away from Huntsman using
gizmo 2/ The Croydon sab van
Equestrian business offering 'fox hunting days'
Stoneleigh Park', an equestrian business based in Leamington Spa, is offering 'fox hunting days' with a number
of Hunts in England and Wales, including a number whose servants have accrued convictions for illegal hunting or
interfering with badger setts, e.g. the Heythop, the Fernie and the Meynell, and others which have been accused frequently
of illegal hunting and other nefarious behaviour. It makes no pretence that it is 'trail hunting'
that is on offer, calling the ban 'ridiculous' and saying '... the fox-hunting fraternity has shown the ban to be quite unenforceable.
While there is never any intention of breaking the law, each pack of hounds has found a way to work within it and still provide
good sport for subscribers and visitors alike... '
StoneleighPark.co.uk Fox Hunting For the last thirty seasons, the Hon. Diana Pritchard
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Based in the centre of the Country, Diana is ideally placed for reaching over twenty different hunt countries.
With over forty seasons' experience of riding with nearly a hundred
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of The Shires. In addition, having grown up in Northamptonshire with a family enmeshed in the sport, she has the necessary
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During the seasons since the government’s ridiculous ban on “hunting wild mammals with dogs” the
fox-hunting fraternity has shown the ban to be quite unenforceable. While there is never any intention of breaking the law,
each pack of hounds has found a way to work within it and still provide good sport for subscribers and visitors alike and
to continue this great tradition of the English countryside.
Diana specializes in providing a complete fox-hunting experience with visits to hunt kennels, dinner parties with
Masters of Hounds, Hunt Balls and other hunting related social activities. There is a four-wheel drive vehicle for those who
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Rumours of bTb outbreak at Kimblewick FH kennels
Supporters say 40 hounds
have been shot, hunting stopped
3-3-17 Facebook - Berkshire Hunt Sabs Unconfirmed reports from their supporters have alleged that the Kimblewick hounds have got Tuberculosis (TB) from eating a dead cow collected from their knacker round. Reports say over
40 hounds have had to be shot, with the rest currently awaiting test results. This all happened in mid February.
MFHA are trying to bury this info because
of the damage it could cause between good willed cattle farmers and the Hunts. not to mention that Hunts could likely have
to suspend their knacker-round which would impact farmers and Hunt alike.
The Kimblewick have suspended the season and no one is reporting this. Supporters
of the Kimblewick have being asked to keep quiet about it and a email was sent across MFHA groups in a request for it not
to appear on social media. Perhaps Kimblewick Hunt would like to respond and confirm
or deny the reports....
Cotswold FH meet cancelled after redcoat fell off horse,
POWAperson has been informed by a reliable source that the Cotswold Huntsman
has been dismissed, and a meet was cancelled, because of the Huntsman being 'tired and emotional'. If this proves
to be inaccurate we apologise in advance to the gentleman. But one feels duty bound to report the matter because, if correct, it
has clear public safety implications. We've often wondered if the traditional stirrup cup is really such a good idea.
This is what POWAperson has been told...
3-3-17 'We were passed on intelligence that huntsman of Cotswold had been fired for alcoholism. Might have been thought
that this was a malicious rumour, but when we attended a scheduled meet yesterday we found nobody there. We came across a
local dressed for hunting but exercising his horses instead, so asked him what had happened. He happily told us that the meet
was cancelled because the Huntsman was drunk and had been for two weeks. We expressed concern that in this case he might be
in danger of falling off his horse but apparently this had already taken place. The whipper in cannot manage the hounds safely
enough, so we are hoping they are out for the rest of the season.'
Illegal Hunt Watch has also reported in very similar terms
Bloodsports lobby attacks anti-hunt Blue Fox again
Tory Chair tells them to stop using
CA Press Release Chairman of the Conservative Party
requests that secretive group refrain from using Party logo Following months of Countryside Alliance campaigning the Chairman of the Conservative
Party, Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP [right], has contacted the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation (CAWF)
requesting that they refrain from using the official Conservative Party logo and limit their operations. Last November former
Solicitor General Sir Edward Garnier MP wrote to the Party Chairman on behalf of the CA raising concerns about both CAWF and
the Conservatives Against Fox Hunting (CAFH). Both groups are run by Ms Lorraine Platt [left]. Ms Platt is a Trustee
of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), a group that has twice been censured by the Charity Commission for campaigning
against the Conservative Party.
News of Sir Edward’s letter was broke by The Times last December... CEO of the Countryside Alliance, Tim Bonner, called
for the Party to take action to prevent the misuse of the Party logo. Animal Welfare Consultant at the Countryside Alliance,
James Barrington, also raised concerns about the group on the Bright Blue blog: Our man-made countryside requires wildlife
Last month Head of Shooting at the Countryside
Alliance Liam Stokes raised his concerns with the Shooting Times regarding a report that was published by CAWF calling for
the Party to “commit to a review of the industry of shooting live birds for sport shooting”...
A number of Conservative MP’s have supported the Countryside
Alliance’s four month long campaign to ensure that the Conservative Party logo is not misused by a group publishing
recommendations that would be detrimental to shooting and the countryside. In addition to securing the support of Sir Edward
Garnier MP and Simon Hart MP, the Countryside Alliance also secured the support of former Shadow Animal Welfare Minister Andrew
Rosindell MP [right]...
a matter of weeks ago, founder and Director of CAWF published a social media post stating that CAWF representatives had met with Animal Aid representatives. A number Animal Aid employees have criminal convictions for breaking
the law in order to promote their extreme animal rights agenda.
Lorraine Platt refuses to reveal the identity of the mystery “animal welfare charity” that accounts (published
on Companies House) show has donated tens of thousands of pounds to her groups. Speculation continues to grow regarding the
identity of the charity, with many believing that ex Queen guitarist Brian May is the benefactor. There are a large number
of photos of Mr May and Ms Platt together, the relationship appears to be close with Ms Platt often referring to Mr May as
“Bri”. In 2010 Brian May established an animal welfare charity, Save Me, which is focused on campaigning against
fox hunting and the badger cull. In 2015 Mr May stated, “Lorraine Platt speaks up for the good guys in the Conservative
Party.” Previous to this, he described the Blue Foxes as “His heroes.”
Atherstone FH hounds all over roads, sometimes unaccompanied
3-3-17 Facebook – W.Mids Sabs VIDEO Atherstone Hunt Tuesday 28th February On Tuesday, the Atherstone
Hunt were hunting around the Newbold Verdon area. Throughout the day we witnessed the hounds running all over roads, some
of them busy main roads. Now the Athersrtone either laid trails over these busy main roads, purposely endangering the hounds
and motorists OR the hounds were illegally hunting foxes across them. Either way the Atherstone Hunt are a serious road traffic
accident waiting to happen.
At their most chaotic the pack got onto a scent in a field next to a main road and split, half
the pack heading towards and across the main road whilst the other half went the other way. There were periods when some of
the hounds were running up and down these roads unaccompanied by anyone from the hunt. Luckily no hounds were hit by cars
Sabs violently assaulted by Flint & Denbigh FH 'security'
2-3-17 Facebook - Fylde Hunt Saboteurs Hit Report 27/02/2017 Fylde Hunt Sabs along with our colleagues from Lancaster, Cheshire and N.Wales Sabs sabbed the Flint and Denbigh Hunt, who met near Tre Mostyn, not far from Denbigh...
... we were on to them pretty quickly. The day was, however, marked by the constant violent actions of the Hunt’s personal
one man security team - the notorious Ed Lloyd Ellis [right].
Within minutes of sabs entering woodland,
Ed had managed to assault two sabs in separate incidents - pulling hair and tearing piercings while at the same time scaring
his own poor spaniel witless [below left].
Leaving the hapless wannabe policeman behind, sabs entered
another wooded area along a bridle path and followed the Hunt’s trail, hearing hounds in cry [below right] on
several occasions. Hounds were moved on by sabs using voice calls, horn and blocking them from jumping over fences - pushing
them back to their lords and masters who were nowhere to be seen. Catching the
riders and pack, we were not going to let them out of our sight again, with various teams splitting up - some getting ahead
whilst others followed behind. It was effective at keeping them moving and ensuring they couldn’t successfully flush out any foxes.
The Huntsman pushed the pack along
the top and sides of a wooded ridge and down towards a road where they swarmed through gardens and scrub in disorganised chaos.
Frustration showing, the Huntsman took the pack back up onto the ridge and retraced the path... Perhaps in the vain hope the
citronella had faded away. It hadn't.
At this point the Hunt seemed fairly confused and headed towards their chums at
Mostyn Farm Ride (who provide courses for the Hunt) a mile or so away before changing their minds and returning... They left
the road and immediately put the hounds into coverts alongside farmland, with sabs attempting to follow and film proceedings...
It was at this
point that hunt support aggression took an upward turn. Ed had completely lost control in his efforts to stop sabs filming
the illegal hunting. He hit one sab in the face, had another female sab in a headlock as he punched her repeatedly on the
back of the head before being dragged off.
Continuing, he pushed another female sab whilst at the same time trying to kick
her in the shin (thinking no one would notice). His behaviour seemed to encourage other hunt supporters and spark multiple flare ups, most notable being when
a female sab was attacked and dragged to the ground by the hair by a female hunt supporter.
The most frustrating aspect to all
this unnecessary aggression was that the Hunt managed to slip away. The lateness of the hour meant they hopefully didn’t
get the chance to rip apart any foxes. As tempers calmed and traffic jams were unjammed, the Hunt performed its usual trick
of calling in police, accusing sabs of attacking the Hunt with batons... The outcome of this ridiculous allegation was the
arrival shortly after of multiple police vehicles. Then the frantic waving around of a taser as one village policeman thought
all his birthdays had come at once and even the appearance of the police helicopter. A colossal waste of police money, manpower
If they left all the ground based officers out doing their job and allocated just the helicopter to monitor the hunt,
the illegal tearing apart of British wildlife would soon come to an end and they would have saved themselves a fortune. A frustrating end to an otherwise successful day as the hunting season draws to a close before they return to cubbing
in the autumn.
Pics below 1/
Female supporter losing it 2/ Ellis spitting at sabs
Old Surrey FH hunters run gauntlet of derision to
get to Hunt Ball
2-2-17 Facebook - North Downs Hunt Sabs Demo against the Surrey, Burstow and West Kent hunt ball Effingham Park
Hotel Even before the demo the campaign was going well with the band dropping out and losing one of the main
About 60 Sabs (North Downs, Guildford, Croydon, Brighton, South Coast and East Kent) and people that answered our
call to protest against these animal abusers, hunters had to run a gauntlet of abuse and insults which hopefully helped to
spoil their fun.
Four sabs went uncover into the hotel and took photos of the hunters inside [left], many of them with fur
coats, including a fox stole which shows their level of respect for all animals. Many customers were
disgusted to be sharing the hotel with hunters and a number were seen on the hotel desk demanding their money back. Hunt sab stickers mysteriously appeared in the hotel toilets which freaked the Hunt and the police out, who sent
in teams to find the little pixies.
All the demonstrators left together to avoid a few bumpkins that may have tried
to pick off lone sabs, ending a successful demo which hopefully will make the hotel change their minds about hosting this
bloodsport event again !
Pics below- 1/ The gauntlet
Hunt for lost boy - S.W.Wilts FH hound missing for several
2-3-17 Facebook - Camilla Wellstead LOCAL PEOPLE! This dog was last seen in Fontmell Magna, after Bedchester.
He disappeared into the fields behind the surgery and we have lost sight of him :( He appears to be in a bit of a state- Thin,
with lumps and possible wounds. Dog Warden advice is to catch him (is an entire male) and take to a vet! If anyone sees him
or manages to catch him please let me know.
He is a South And West Wilts hound. They are aware. Has been missing for 4 days, so if anybody spots him please let someone
know. He has also been in Henstridge and Stalbridge prior to Fontmell Magna*.
3-3-17 Facebook - Georgie Jenkins This hound is called Borick and is dearly missed!
He was new to the kennels so doesn't know his way hence why he's disorientated! he will not be put to sleep and they
just want him home with his pals...Any sightings please call SWW Hunt ASAP, Thank you! X
7-3-17 Camilla Welstead UPDATE Apparently this boy has finally been FOUND and returned to his original hunt. Thanks
everyone who shared it went out looking for him!
POWAperson comments - I have to say that George Jenkins' message
soundseems genuinely concerned and affectionate towards poor Borick. But even the kindest hunters [if that's not a contradiction
in terms] have a hideously schizophrenic attitude towards their canine charges. Exposed to numerous dangers in the field,
whipped if they misbehave, liable to be killed at any time during their lives if they don't learn to hunt properly, or
act out of line or are badly injured, and almost certain to be condemned to death when they reach 5 or 6 years old and
considered too old to keep hunting well, yet they profess to love them. Who wouldn't, when they're not chasing and
ripping defenceless wild animals to bits they're adorable. So, how can they then treat them as no more than disposable
tools of their cruel and grisly trade? See here to learn how hunters so often demonstrate their 'love' for hounds. Anyway, let's
hope Borick is found soon.
Crawley FH redcoat 'pinned sab to fence and kicked
him in face'
assaulted, female sab repeatedly called 'c***'
Sabs return lost hound to Hunt as hunters riding at others
1-3-17 Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs Hunt Sabs report 25/02/2017 ... So Saturday was a long hard day. The Crawley & Horsham
had the pleasure of our company and lucky for the foxes that we were there.
The Hunt met at the pub in Ashurst and headed south,
ground was very wet not helped by the numerous streams. We had three cars of sabs and with help from West Sussex, Brighton, Guildford and Croydon was able to be ferried around in
their Landies. Not an ideal situation but better than having three drivers unable to sab. We also had a journalist and cameraman
from Huffington post who kept with us all day recording events.
Early on hounds had to be called off a scent using gizmos, which caused much upset to the Whipper-in, this was quickly
followed be an ‘incident’ on a footpath where a redcoat pinned out of our sabs against a fence with his horse
and kicked him in the face. No real damage was done by shocked the journalist a bit, despite our warnings.
The Hunt legged from
then, but with groups of sabs all over one or the other was in contact. Later on, a sab from Guildford was attacked again
by a rider in full view of the cops, only for the sab to get arrested. Legal issues are still on-going.
Shortly after this
we came across a hound miles from the hunt wondering the road and nearly getting run over. With offers and love and biscuits
we managed to get him into the Land rover [above left] and drove him (reluctantly) tot eh meet where he was
handed back to the hunt. Typically at the same time some of our sabs were being ridden up by riders in the woods.
Facebook – W.Sussex Sabs VIDEO Saturday 25th February. Crawley & Horsham fox hunt
meet at the Fountain Inn, Ashurst, West Sussex. 12pm meet today, and what
a day ! We were joined by friends from Guildford, Brighton, Croydon and S.Coast Hunt Sabs, making it almost impossible for
the Hunt to evade us. They tried though, crossing roads back and forth and heading miles from the meet. They tried all day
to kill foxes and we are happy to say we know that we, sabs & monitors saved at least two fox lives today.
This didn't go down well with the
fox killers who rode at hunt sabs, kicking one in the head, assaulting another sab and verbally abusing a young female hunt
monitor, calling her a c*** several times.
The police out today showed no interest in the illegal hunting or assaults, but gave the impression of
being there mostly to support the Hunt, not unusual. It's always upsetting and conflicting to see a veterinary nurse riding
around on the back of a quad bike, supporting the Hunt. Neill Millard can be heard having a good shout at the police as he
passes by them in this video. They hunted until around 5-30ish but could be heard for some time after trying to find lost
hounds. The End Of The Season Is Nigh.
Sabs told fox killed by Hunt - find Surrey Union FH in area
1-3-17 Facebook – Surrey Union FH After receiving a call from a distraught member of the public saying that a Hunt had killed a fox at midday
behind the Beryl Brown Boarding Kennels near Peper Harrow, we rushed to the area to find the Surrey Union Hunt present. The
poorly attended hunt spent the rest of the day trying to avoid sabs. Video to follow.
Sab tyres slashed as hares saved from Waveney Harriers
1-3-17 Facebook – S.Cambs Sabs Hit Report - Wednesday 01/03/17 Waveney Harriers, Priory Farm, Aldeby (Nr Beccles),
Norfolk Today we joined with Norfolk and Suffolk Against Live Quarry Hunting to see what the reckless
Waveney Harriers were up to. Low and behold the Huntsman Rueben once again spent half the time off his horse flushing the
hounds through both woods and marsh land. The morning 'trail' for show was particularly pathetic with a rider spending
all of less than five minutes running a rag 200 metres and back only to join the rest of the pack behind the leading Huntsman.
With two cars out
we were able to keep track of the Hunt's movements for almost the entire day. A few riders showed their usual aggression by using their horse as weapon to knock sabs about whilst proclaiming we were the intimidating
ones. Whilst off his horse, Ruben led his hounds through a particularly swampy woods which led to two chases. The first saw
hounds riot on a small deer escaping the woods, sabs were luckily on hand to call off the hounds with the field looking extremely
red faced indeed.
The second happened not long after, with hounds chasing a hare over the marsh close to the previous woods. It was
fortunate a sab used the horn to split the pack, calling the majority of hounds away, because you could barely hear the Huntsman
Ruben's embarrassing attempt at horn blowing.
It's both a blessing and a curse the Huntsman is terrible, the former being
much of the wildlife has a chance at escape but the later meaning that he has no control over the pack, where hounds are often
seen on roads and putting also domestic animals in danger as they chase EVERYTHING.
For much of the afternoon when not attempting
to locate lost hounds, he focused on the marsh lands leading the hounds around while on foot. During this last attempt to
flush hares from the fields we saw two hares to safety. As those on quads and car support became more riled at not getting
to see their kill, they resorted to vandalising two tyres on one of our cars. Time and time again hunters and their followers
show their true thuggish colours because we dare to save wildlife from a horrendous death. We won't be intimidated by
the violent actions of the vile Hunts and we'll carry on regardless.
The Hunt packed up before
4pm, with the wildlife in their area remaining safe, job done.
Veterinary practice hosts meet of the Cottesmore FH
1-3-17 Facebook - Leicester Animal Rights Although they've tried to cover their tracks by deleting the post, it
seems that tomorrow [2-3-17], Tower Equine Veterinary Surgeons will host the Cottesmore Hunt tomorrow.
Heard of The Cottesmore? They made national headlines recently
because their severely violent supporters were filmed swinging metal chains at activists. Feel free to send them the articles
& ask if they want to be linked to such blatant violence... oh and wildlife crime too, let's not forget that!
The Leicester Mercury, 21/02/20217,
'Shocking Footage Shows Man Swinging Chain At Anti Hunt Activists' - http://bit.ly/2mornn1
The Mirror, 20/02/2017, 'Furious Man Swings Chain At Animal Rights Activists And Launches Foul-Mouthed
Rant In Shocking Footage' - http://bit.ly/2lpipZa
The Daily Mail, 19/02/2017, 'Huntsman
Launches Foul-Mouthed Rant At Saboteurs After 'Trying To Attack Them With A Metal Chain' - http://dailym.ai/2lwRI52
The Cottesmore Hunt's terrierman pleads guilty to wildlife crime -> http://bit.ly/2lzyA3x
Send all the articles & footage of
wildlife crime to them. Ask them to pull the meet or forever be seen to endorse violent crimes against both the public &
wildlife. Leave as many comments on their Facebook page as you like -> http://bit.ly/2lcXKZy
them -> email@example.com Call them - 01778
Leave a negative
review here -> http://bit.ly/2lUEsXM
'We are always pleased to host The
Cottesmore Hunt at Tower Farm' - Tower Farm, http://bit.ly/2mFqmb5.
The vet practice is based at Tower Farm.
There were already pics of the Cottesmore FH on Tower Equine's Facebook page, photos section, including one
captioned 'Cottesmore FH at Tower Equine' And here is a pic of the meet there on 2-3-17.
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