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For stories before MARCH 2017, go to UK HUNTING NEWS ARCHIVE
 

MARCH 2017 

..... 24th March - South Herefordshire FH five are re-bailed by police

..... 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

..... 16th March - Beaufort FH Huntsman refuses to pull hounds off fox they close behind

..... 16th March - Eight blocked setts found day after Heythrop FH closing meet

..... 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 quad

..... 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 antis

..... 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 disease

..... 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 - 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 hunting fox

.....  9th 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

..... 7th 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 place

..... 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 unaccompanied

..... 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

 

South Herefordshire FH five are re-bailed by police

Still no charges laid in cruelty to fox cubs scandal

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.

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Chair of Kent Wildlife Trust is also JM of Blean Beagles!

23-3-17   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?

POWAperson 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 matters.

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.”

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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...

LAR 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.”

NTChairDameHelenGhosh.jpgDame 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 helen.ghosh@nationaltrust.org.uk .

- 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 leicesteranimalrightsgroup@gmail.com .


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 
 
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Ledbury FH show solidarity with scandal-hit S.Herefordshire Hunt

Intend to hold meets next season at homes of SHFH Masters

CPS 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.

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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 AtherstoneAtherstoneFHSupporteraggro2-1-17.jpg 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 Leicestershire Police.

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 

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Sab hospitalised, another hurt, in attacks by Pytchley FH thugs

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 todayPytchleyFH18-3-17.jpg 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 North Yorkshire.

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 weMiddletonFHSabsupwithHunt18-3-17.jpg 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.

https://www.paypal.me/nehuntsabs

MiddletonFHInjuredsab18-3-17.jpg19-3-17  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. 

22-3-17  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.”

A spokesman 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.”

Yorkshire 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 follow.

We're currently low on citronella and are now ordering more. Any help towards the costs would be greatly appreciated: www.paypal.me/liverpoolhuntsabs

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18-3-17  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

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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 MiddletonFHAnotherInjuredsab18-3-17.jpgMarch. 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 two horses.

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 chaos 

19-3-17  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 provideIsleofWightFHHoundsprefersabcompany18-3-17.jpg ‘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 IsleofWightFHHuntsman25-1-17.jpgleft 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 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.

Pics below -  1/  The field, lurking      2/  Damage to sab landy 

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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 IsleofWightFHMeet18-3-17.jpgHuntsman 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 police.

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 sabs

S.DorsetFHHoundafterknockeddown18-3-17.jpg18-3-17  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.

Pics below -  1/ Thug blocks sab landy    2/  Thug grabs at sab passenger    3/  Walkies  

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Heythrop FH very nearly catch fox and cause chaos on A424

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 heardHeythropFHFoxfleeinghoundsclosebehind15-3-17.jpg 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 HeythropFHFoxfleeinghounds15-3-17.jpgwood 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 left behind.

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,HeythropFHHuntcausingchaosonA424inpoorlight15-3-17.jpg 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!

HeythropFHHoundscrossA424inpoorlight15-3-17.jpgWhen 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

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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

16-3-17   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.

Huntsman was 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 time.

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.'

POWAperson comments - 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. 

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.

17-3-17  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.

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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 Hunts.

 

Landowner finds Beaufort FH trotting thru his wood without permission

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'Hounds Off' retweeted the landowner's tweet with URL to go to for advice on how to keep Hunts off your land http://www.houndsoff.co.uk/action-advice/landowners-farmers-residents/warn-off-your-local-hunt-belt-braces-approach/

 

 

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, searching.

Monitors 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 not noticed.

When 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.

We 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.

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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, wasGroveRuffordFHhoundskillingfox30-1-16_3huntersconvicted_14-3-17.jpg accidental.

Birdwatchers Phillip Palmer and his partner Pauline Hogg filmed the fox being killed just after 1pm, in a field off Helenship Lane.

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].

GroveRuffordFHHuntersarrivesoonafterkil30-1-16huntersconvicted14-3-17.jpgAn 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.

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.

Paul Larby, 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.

All were 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 dogs off.

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]

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14-3-17  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 court.”

POWAperson adds - 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.

These convictions 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

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Woodland Pytchley FH Director resigns his Wildlife Trust post

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.

We 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 -  

15-3-17     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.
The Wildlife 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

Redcoat deliberately rides his horse into path of sabs' landy 

13-3-17  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 SabsEssexandSuffolkFHQuaddrivenatsabdeliversglancingblow11-3-16.jpg 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 out.

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 3pm.

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 alludes otherwise.

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

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Fife FH hunt foxes in open, no guns, sabs think first was bagged

13-3-17  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 GalpinFifeFHWaitigforfoxtobrakcoverabouttobottomright11-3-17.jpg 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

Please help keep us in the field : https://gogetfunding.com/fuel-costs-and-vehicle-maintenance/

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

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Sabs stop hare pack from hunting and fox pack from killing

12-3-17   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 in.

We 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...

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Sabs twice stop Taunton Vale FH dig outs as Hunt chase foxes

Also invaded Nature Reserve & caused chaos on busy road

12-3-17   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.

Together 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.TauntonValeFHHunthavemarkedtoground11-3-17.jpg

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 video footage.

TauntonValeFHSabspreventdigout11-3-17.jpgBy 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'sTauntonValeFHHuntsmantellingterriermanoff11-3-17.jpg 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.

The 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 to devoncountysabs@riseup.net

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 their hounds 

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Southdown FH follower punches out car window injuring sab

12-3-17  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 and hand.

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

12-3-17  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 pets.

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 

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Another hunting vet is exposed

12-3-17   Facebook - Jan Bee   Another equine vet who is a member of an [allegedly] illegal hunt, Jo Hales, in this case the Bicester Hunt (plenty of proof of illegal hunting online, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_roHrw13tk . See http://www.buckinghamequinevets.com/jo-hales/

 

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.

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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.

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Seavington cease season without kills day thanks to antis

11-3-17   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.SeavingtonFHFoxfleeing11-3-17.jpg 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].

SeavingtonFHHunterscoveringfaces11-3-17.jpgFrom 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.SeavingtonFHFarmerwithsickewe11-3-17.jpg

A 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 dorsethuntsabs@riseup.com 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.

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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.

The Fitzwilliam 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.

The Fitzwilliam really couldn't give a sh*t about illegal hunting. They have John Mease and his bird of prey outFitzwilliamFHFatmanwhipssab11-3-17.jpg 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. Classic sabbing.

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. https://www.paypal.me/BedsBucksHuntSabs

Pics below -  1/  Fox fleeing   2/  Exhausted hounds   3/  Please, take me home   4/  Supporter in a ditch 

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Sabs shocked to see Old Surrey FH actually trail hunting - all day

Hunt already under investigation for illegal hunting, so...

11-3-17    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.

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Hunts running riot in bTB hot spot risk spreading disease

Heythrop FH alone interfered with at least 6 setts 

11-3-17   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.

14 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 gotta laugh!

So-we present, for your viewing pleasure-"THE BLEAN BEAGLES WALK OF SHAME"   

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Supporter says Fitzwilliam FH killed fox before the dug-out one

Admitted 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 FitzwilliamFHFoxkilledafterdigoutbybluntforcetrauma8-3-17.jpgconcerned 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.

Lee 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

10-3-17   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 on Wednesdays 

 

Atherstone FH in disarray as sacked Huntsman and groom sue them

Planned amateur Huntsman replacement now going elsewhere

10-3-17   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 hisAtherstoneFHHuntsmanStuartBartontriestofindoutwherepackis21-1-17.jpg 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 fair ;)

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.

AtherstoneFHHoundshuntingrightbyhousingestate21-1-17.jpgWhatever 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.

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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 it happening

The 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.

At 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

10-3-17   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 years ago.

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 BeaufortFHFoxfleeingnorthfromGrickstoneFarm18-2-17.jpgrider – 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.

The 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.

The 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  

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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' and 'frightened'

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 OakleyFHFieldplussab25-2-17.jpgin 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.

Digging 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.

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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

Rider seriously 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: https://gogetfunding.com/hunt-saboteurs/ .

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.

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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 RoseCheshireForestFH2-1-17.jpg 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] .

CheshireForestFHHuntsmanAndrewGermanwithpoliceinMacclesfieldwherehoundskilledfox25-2-17.jpgThe MEN said the Hunt's master had phoned a farmer to apologise after hounds ran through his field containing pregnant heifers.

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 on them

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.

We 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 day.

With plenty of time left we discussed out options of what to do next, and the winner was? Go to the pub for some celebratory pop.

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4 blocked setts found in area being hunted by Heythrop FH

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!

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Two Jedforest FH servants plead NG to illegal hunting charges

7-3-17  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 February 18.

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! 

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 bTb in hounds at Kimblewick FH kennels confirmed

Hunting suspended, 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 KimblewickFHBoxingDaymeet.jpgWelfare 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.

League 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.”

Critics say 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,LordKimbleToryAnimalWelfareMinisterKimblewickFH.jpg 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.

According 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.

The Kimblewick 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.”

7-3-17  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.

KimblewickFHkennelswithBiosecuritywarning3-17.jpgAnimal 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

POWAperson 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.

SurreyUnionFH7-3-17.jpgAbout 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 this also.

The 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 countryside.

”At 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.

Mr 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 & in gardens

Property owners furious at their repeated  intrusions

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 justValeoftheWhiteHorseFHHuntingonB4425_4-3-17.jpg 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 VWHFHHoundshuntinginprivategarden4-3-17.jpgbut 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 theValeoftheWhiteHorseFHHoundshuntingin2ndvillagegardenChetworth4-3-17.jpg 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.

Pics below -  1/  Hunters watch as hounds rampage thru village gardens    2/  Hounds hunting along edge of road

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Senior equestrienne dies after fall during drag hunt [a real one]

6-3-17   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

5-3-17   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 earshotLamertonFHRedcoatonpoint4-3-17.jpg 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?

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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?

As 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 instantlyCheshireForestFHThugsmeetpolice4-3-17.jpg 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.CheshireForestFHSadsacks4-3-17.jpgThe 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 !

5-3-17  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 weAtherstoneFHHuntsmanwithpack4-3-17.jpg 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.

Huntsman 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

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Monitors believe Beaufort FH hunted fox in Prince Charles' grounds

Had seen evidence of hunting earlier, including bloodstained hounds

4-3-17   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 lookedBeaufortFHAtHighgroveRidersenter25-2-17.jpg 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.

BeaufortFHAtHighgroveArmedpolicetalkingtomonitor25-2-17.jpgThe 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. TheBeaufortFHAtHighgroveHuntturninglefttowardscovert25-2-17.jpg 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 BeaufortFHHounwithbloodiedchestsuggestskillmade25-2-17.jpgcontrary 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 those.'

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.

Corpses of three badgers found near sett in Beaufort FH country - Anti group had recently informed police of pre-meet sett blocking on that land

15-2-17   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 BeaufortFH3Terriermenleavingspinney25-2-17.jpgentrance 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 and Highgrove.

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 BeaufortFH2ndHoundwithbloodiedchestsuggestskillmade25-2-17.jpgsome 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  

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Oakley FH thugs assault sabs & steal cameras - police do nothing

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 wouldOakleyFH4-3-17.jpg 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 OakleyFHSupporttrespassing4-3-17.jpgthreaten, 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 theirOakleyFHFoxfleeing4-3-17.jpg 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.

We can't do this without your support and any donations are hugely appreciated and we will need to replace the cameras that were stolen. https://www.paypal.me/BedsBucksHuntSabs.

 

Antis' teamwork denies Portman FH kill, furious farmer tells Hunt off

Hound bleeding heavily from mouth wound pictured

PortmanFH4-3-17.jpg4-3-17   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 towardsPortmanFHHoundinjuredduringhunt4-3-17.jpg 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...

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Reporter spends day with Sabs visiting the Crawley & Horsham FH

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.

Violence, 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.

Trail 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 

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Equestrian business offering 'fox hunting days' on website

4-3-17  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 Jack has organised fox-hunting vacations for individuals and small parties with all the best known packs of hounds in England. 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 different packs of hounds, Diana is well qualified to explain the thrills and hazards of crossing the famous wolds and vales of The Shires. In addition, having grown up in Northamptonshire with a family enmeshed in the sport, she has the necessary credentials and contacts to take guests to even the most exclusive of packs.

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 prefer to follow hounds with a different sort of horse power and a driver who knows the countryside as well as any fox, and the pubs somewhat better! Diana, herself, prefers to accompany her mounted guests to provide introductions, local knowledge and help wherever and whenever needed.

Fox hunting can be arranged with any of the following packs of hounds:-

Atherstone, Duke of Beaufort's*, Belvoir (Duke of Rutland's)*, Berkley (Earl of Berkley's), Old Berkshire, Bicester with Whaddon Chase, Cheshire, Cotswold, North Cotswold, Cottesmore*, Croom & West Warwickshire, Fernie, Grafton, Heythrop, Ludlow, Meynall & South Staffordshire, Oakley, Pytchley, Woodland Pytchley, Quorn*, Vale of Aylesbury, Vale of the White Horse, Warwickshire, Wynstay (Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn's). The Farmers' Bloodhounds chase a different sort of quarry on Sundays. *These packs require at least six weeks notice and have a visitor's cap of about £120.

There are often in excess of 180 riders following and the Field Master has to keep the Field well back from the hounds. The smaller packs are usually more enjoyable as it is easier to see hounds at work and the people are very welcoming. These visitors' caps range from £65 to £120 depending upon which day of the week you hunt and with which pack of hounds. Autumn Hunting caps range from £10 - £25 during September and the first three weeks of October.

Hunting with Hawks is also available and provides a thrilling experience even for those who have never previously handled a bird of prey. Pheasant, partridge, rabbits, hares and squirrels are amongst the prey these striking Harris Hawks are after as you walk through the woodland and meadows of Central England's lush countryside.

Enjoy English country hospitality with all the trimmings and ride or watch experienced quality horses over the most famous hunting counties in the world.

Prices for hiring horses for hunting:- Optional pre-hunting "get to know the horses" session:-

£50 Autumn Hunting: September: £125, October: £155, From the Opening Meet onwards:- One horse for fox hunting (to be returned by 2.30p.m.): £195, Two horses per rider (going home with hounds at dusk):- £370, Transport charges vary upon distances and the number of horses carried.

A deposit of 50% is required when reserving horses and cancellation fees are charged at the following rate: 7 - 5 days: 25%, 4 days: 50%, 3 days: 75%, 48 hours or less: 100%.

Costs for accommodation at Waverley and nearby B&Bs or hotels, plus hawking & falconry prices are available upon application. Waverly Equestrian Centre is approximately two hours from Gatwick Airport; one hour, twenty minutes from Heathrow, and only half an hour from Birmingham International Airport. The train from London Euston takes one hour and a quarter to Coventry where guests can be met. Transport from the airports can also be arranged.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT DIANA PRITCHARD JACK  Email: foxhunting@stoneleighpark.co.uk 

 

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 KimblewickFHhunter.jpgKimblewick 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, says rider

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.'

Cirencester 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 party logo

3-3-17   CA Press Release     Chairman of the Conservative Party requests that secretive group refrainPatrickMcCoughlinMP.jpg 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.

AndrewRosindellMP.jpgNews 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 management.

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]...

Only a matter of weeks ago, founder and Director of CAWF published a social media post stating that CAWFLorrainePlatt.jpg 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 or lorries...

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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 colleaguesFlintDenbighFHEdLloydEllis2-3-17.jpg 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 FlintDenbighFHEdLloydEllisscaringowndog2-3-17.jpgkeeping 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 oneFlintDenbighFHHoundsincry2-3-17.jpg 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 and resources.

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

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Old Surrey FH hunters run gauntlet of derision to get to Hunt Ball

2OldSurreyFHHuntballinsidethehotel27-2-17.jpg-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 sponsors.

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    2/ Banner

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Hunt for lost boy - S.W.Wilts FH hound missing for several days

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.

*UPDATE: 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!

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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'

Others allegedly 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. CrawleyFHLosthoundpickedupbysabs25-2-17.jpgWe 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.

3-3-17   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.

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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 ridersWaveneyHarriers1-3-17.jpg 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 

Email them -> office@towerequine.co.uk     Call them - 01778 591082

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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