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LATEST UK HUNTING NEWS

    For stories before MARCH 2018, go to UK HUNTING NEWS ARCHIVE

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

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

 

MAY 2018

..... 21st May - Sabs say hunters conspired, police colluded, trying to falsely convict woman

..... 21st May - Easton Harriers Whip has lengthy criminal record, claim sabs 

..... 15th May - Court case against sab for agg. trespass at hare hunt collapses

..... 15th May - Whip of Hunt in new CA video is one of the S. Herefordshire FH 5 

..... 15th May - S. Herefordshire FH five appear in court for the first time

..... 14th May - Atherstone Huntsman steps down, Director goes, after sab trial collapse

..... 13th May - N. Ledbury & N. Herefordshire FHs to 'trial' merger

..... 12th May - Dove Valley MH give up as soon as sabs find them

..... 12th May - Demo at Hereford police station calls for justice for animals

..... 12th May - Police won't name suspects in S. Herefordshire FH cubs cruelty case

..... 11th May - New, absurd account of where fox pee for 'trail hunting' from

..... 10th May - Cub cruelty case was held up by smear from pro-hunt source against PC

..... 10th May - 5 finally to face trial over S. Herefordshire FH fox cubs cruelty case

..... 10th May - Thurlow FH Huntsman & Whip summonsed for illegal hunting/assaulting sabs

..... 10th May - Sab complains formally to police re. handling of Ashford FH fox kill

.....  9th May - Sabs subject to sinister harassment campaign

.....  5th May - Fox cub saviour sab featured in piece on BBC Three website

.....  5th May - Northants MH pack up again when faced with mass sab

.....  4th May - Police/CPS still drag out S. Hereford fox cub scandal as demo due

.....  3rd May - Grafton FHC Huntsman to face trial on illegal hunting charge

.....  2nd May - LACS CEO quits due to serious health problem

.....  1st May - Belvoir FH hound killed on A1 slip road 

 

Sabs say hunters conspired, police colluded, trying to falsely convict woman

21-5-18  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Atherstone Hunt update    There is no long term future for the Atherstone Hunt as long as we are around preventing them from hunting foxes. They will do and say anything to try to get rid of us. This was no more apparent than when they recently tried to convict an innocent person for something they did not do. The hope was that with a conviction they would then get a restraining order.

Three members of the Atherstone Hunt including Huntsman Mike Lane and Joint Master Mark Halford claimed that Cathy Scott had sworn at them and made threats towards them. Footage shown in court disproved their claims along with the three hunt members contradicting themselves on the stand.

Halford posted this [below] up around the same time he made a statement to Leicestershire Police. "Add to that injunctions on their ring leaders and we'll be a lot closer to starving them of oxygen" This screenshot of Mark Halford's activity on Facebook shows that the three Hunt members conspired to lie in order to get rid of a saboteur who they perceived as a ringleader. Not only is it clear what the three hunt members intentions were it's clear that Leicestershire Police allowed them to make these lies without providing any evidence. Atherstone Huntsman Mike Lane was allowed to say in his statement that he found a banner showing a fox that his hunt had killed upsetting. Halford was allowed to make all kinds of speculative accusations such as he thought saboteurs had bugged his phone.

Ollie Hope the third member of the Hunt made one of the biggest contradictions whilst on the stand. He claimed that on the day in question he felt fearful for the safety of his wife and children. When asked where they were at the time he replied that they weren't present.

We are not going anywhere and will be making sure the Atherstone Hunt do not kill any foxes next season. The Atherstone Hunt will now no longer be credible witnesses in court. Leicestershire Police have made a mockery of the justice system and their hunting operation has damaged the forces credibility when dealing with hunting issues.

Please consider donating to help us ensure the Atherstone Hunt don't kill any foxes when this upcoming season starts. https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs. Don't forget to subscribe to our new YouTube channel to keep up to date with our latest videos. https://youtu.be/-1fSOiXjk4k.

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Easton Harriers Whip has lengthy criminal record, claim sabs

21-5-18   Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs    He [Mike Lee, pic right] is an amateur Whipper-in for the Easton Harriers, who are based in Woodbridge, Suffolk. After being informed by some members of the public about their concerns regarding his recent history, we decided to do a little bit of research. The Easton Harriers have notEastonHarriersWhipMikeLeeCriminalrecord.jpg had the best public relations in the last few years, what with open displays of hunting which resulted in the numerous killing of hares (including one of which involving a Master stuffing one up her jacket during a cub hunt meet - pic below left), as well as disregard for the well-being of their hounds, you would think that they would be careful not to embarrass themselves once more.

During a visit to the Easton Harriers last season, Norfolk/Suffolk were met by a member of the public who gave us some rather interesting information. It seems that Mike believes he doesn't require a driving license even though he has had his vehicle confiscated on four separate occasions:- - Saturday 25th March 2017, Saturday 24th June 2017, Thursday 28th September 2017, Tuesday 26th December 2017.

Considering how far apart these dates are, it certainly makes you wonder how long he drove without a licence for. Norfolk/Suffolk sabs were present for the Boxing Day meet on the 26th December and can confirm that Mike was in attendance at the Old Mill House pub in Saxtead. He was on his horse and dressed in regular harrier hunting attire but didn't join the Hunt in the field. Now we know why.

EastonHarriersJMLydiaFreemanwithharekilledbyHunt8-10-16.jpgMike has also appeared in court in relation to stalking & harassing a woman via his mobile phone. He appeared at Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich on Tuesday 5th September 2017 and again on Wednesday 4th October and pleaded guilty. He was fined £250 and given a year long restraining order. And to top it all off, he has also been given a County Court Judgment for cruelty to animals.

You may be asking why we have decided to release this information. We believe his past paints a clear picture that he has a disregard for the law, as well as humans and animals. Norfolk/Suffolk Sabs have had plenty of experience with this Hunt and we know their true intentions - to hunt and kill the beautiful brown hare. Having someone such as Mike Lee as part of the Hunt only reinforces our concerns. This is why this information is being released. Because the concerns of the Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Sabs are the concerns of the general public. The brown hare is in danger and these are the people who are threatening it.

Just weeks before the Fitzwilliam Hunt lost its court case about the Hunting Act's falconry exemption, we came across Mike trying to purchase a bird of prey via Facebook. Birds of prey are commonly used by Hunts to make use of the falconry exemption. Since the Fitzwilliam lost its court case, this post has disappeared. Perhaps the Easton Harriers will continue to claim they are following a trail?

Norfolk/Suffolk sabs have addressed these concerns about his past to the master Lydia Freeman and the Huntsman Gary Wingar who both refused to comment. This begs the question; will the Easton Harriers continue to allow Mike Lee to join them next season? I guess we will wait and see.

Please help support our work. This can be done directly in the field or by donating us a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/A8634QOZ. Feel free to share this post far and wide! (the image of the hare [below] is one of many victims of the Easton Harriers Hunt).

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Court case against sab for agg. trespass at hare hunt collapses

The accused was acting as a member of the Hunt Saboteurs when she was arrested and charged. She is 48 years of age and a law-abiding person with no previous convictions. See here and here for contemporaneous reports of the day, 18-11-17, at the Dunston Harriers.

She writes - 15-5-18   CrowdJustice    Success for Hunt Sabs and hunted wildlife!    The case was heard on the 10th of May 2018. The Huntsman was asked why he videoed the briefing and a trail being laid. He answered "to cover our arses." Here again is yet more proof that "trail" hunting is a myth and a cover for killing animals for fun. He also said that he was unable to film the full hunt as he couldn't wear a go-pro camera on his riding hat due to "health and safety" measures. The policemen riding the quad bike now "regrets" his actions [see pic below].

Additional evidence came to light half way through the trial which would have provided important support for my defence. This had NEVER been seen by my solicitor and included details given by my colleagues in the field that day which would support our claims of illegal hunting. Why was this concealed? The case then collapsed and I was free!

Without your help and support this may not have been the result. Thank you everyone for your contributions, no matter how small.

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Whip of Hunt in new CA video is one of the S. Herefordshire FH 5

Paul Reece is facing trial for horrendous cruelty to fox cubs

15-5-18   Facebook – Berkshire Hunt Sabs    FOX CUB ACCUSED'S HUNT FEATURES IN COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE VIDEO    The Countryside Alliance recently produced a glossy video promoting "trail hunting". It makes the claim that Hunts have "enjoyed over a quarter of a million days of legal hunting" since the hunt ban of 2005.

The Hunt they chose to use in the video is none other than the Curre & Llangibby, whose Whipper-in, Paul Reece, is one of the five people currently accused of throwing live fox cubs to hounds at the nearby South Herefordshire Hunt.

The video therefore tells you everything you need to know about "trail hunting" - just not in the way the idiots running the Countryside Alliance imagined.   #TrailHuntLies 

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S. Herefordshire FH five appear in court for the first time

All charged with multiple Animal Welfare Act offences

15-5-18  Hereford Times    Five charged with animal cruelty in South Herefordshire Hunt case appear in court     FIVE people who have been charged with animal cruelty in relation to an investigation into the South Herefordshire Hunt have appeared in court. They appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court today and have been released on unconditional bail.

The five charged are: Paul Oliver, 39, of Sutton Crosses, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire [who was Huntsman at the time of the alleged offences]; Hannah Rose, 29, of Sutton Crosses, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire; Julie Elmore, 54, of Brynarw Estate, Cwmyoy, Abergavenny; Nathan Parry [a hunt terrier man], 38, of Brynarw Estate, Cwmyoy, Abergavenny [a known follower of the S. Herefordshire FH], and Paul Reece, 47, of Chepstow [whipper-in of the Curre & Llangibby FH].

Oliver, Rose, Elmore and Parry have been charged with four counts of animal cruelty, while Reece has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty. They did not enter pleas and will next appear in court on June 19. The five people were first arrested in two years ago on suspicion of animal cruelty at the Hunt's kennels in Wormelow.

Pics below  -  1/  Rose and Oliver at Birmingham Magistrates Court [Credit - Yorkshire Post]   2/  Paul Reece, Whipper-in, Curre & Llangibby FH

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Atherstone Huntsman steps down, Director goes, after sab trial collapse

Both, and another man, being investigated on suspicion of perjury 

14-5-18  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Mark Halford was the Atherstone Hunt Joint Master who was brought in at the start of last season as the saviour of the Atherstone Hunt along with fellow Joint Master and Huntsman Mike Lane. Both of them were recently humiliated in court and are no longer credible witnesses after lying in court when they tried to get an innocent person sent to prison (with help form Leicestershire Police). It was an attempt to rid themselves of West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs so they could get back to hunting foxes undisturbed. The Atherstone Hunt cannot survive long term whilst we are around exposing their hunting.

Their plan backfired, we are not going anywhere. Halford, Lane and Ollie Hope are all being investigated by the police for lying in court. Mike Lane's hunting career is in tatters after an astonishing season where he demonstrated that he has no control over the hounds. Some of the low points include losing his pack after just riding out from the meet, losing the pack for over an hour whilst they got dangerously close to the busy A5 and there was always the constant worry that the pack would shoot off at any given moment after who knows what. Thankfully Mike Lane has stepped down as Atherstone Huntsman, he remains as Joint Master.

We can reveal that Mark Halford resigned his position as one of the Atherstone Hunt's Directors on the 30th April.

The pictures accompanying this post are screen shots from Mark Halford's activity on Facebook. Halford who has openly supported the Countryside Alliance’s [anti] online abuse and bullying campaign can be seen doing the exact opposite, inciting people to participate in online abuse and bullying by targeting not only a local business but also a cathedral who hosted West Midlands Hunt Sabs. Not only a proven liar but now also a hypocrite.

Please consider donating to help us carry on campaigning - https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs.

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N. Ledbury & N. Herefordshire FHs to 'trial' merger

13-5-18   Facebook - Herefordshire Hunt Sabs    ANOTHER HUNT BITES THE DUST    Great news - one less hunt in Herefordshire. The North Herefordshire Hunt and the North Ledbury Hunt, which share a kennels at Bodenham, have amalgamated. Touted as a twelve months trial partnership, but read between the lines and it is clear that the North Ledbury Hunt is finished.

We covertly monitored the North Ledbury on a couple of occasions last season and wondered how long they could survive. Not even to the end of the season it appears, with Derek Tyler hunting the North Ledbury hounds for the last time on February 24th. What concerns us most is the fate of the North Ledbury hounds. How many, if any, will have survived the merger?

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Dove Valley MH give up as soon as sabs find them

12-5-18   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs    Well, the weather may be a bit grotty now but it started off fine and dry with some nice sunshine, the sort of weather to go out and find some undesirables up to foul deeds byDoveValleyMHThiswheretheywerehunting12-5-18.jpg terrorizing our wildlife and scupper their dastardly plans. 

So we headed north to Derbyshire and met up with North Cambs, Cambridge, Notts, Sheffield, Suffolk & Essex, Lincoln and W.Yorks Sabs to pay an overdue visit to the Dove Valley Mink (Otter) hounds who were hunting the river Dove close to Marston.

We found their meet easily enough however the Hunt were being somewhat elusive. With limited vehicle access and lots of streams and tributaries to check it meant lots of miles on foot to cover. However, SES managed to get eyes on the Hunt and we were guided in.

We had already been noticed by a lone and grumpy hunt supporter some distance away and she was on the phone pretty sharpish to alert her fellow wildlife murderers that sabs were on the way. By the time we finally caught up with them they had decided the writing was on the wall for their day and called for the hound van to pick up the hounds. All that was left was a motley crew of reprobates hanging around looking peeved waiting for their lifts back to the meet.

But our job was done so we made the most of the last of the sunshine with a well earned beer in a nearby pub where it was great to catch up with sabs and old friends from other groups. Help us keep the pressure on the criminals - https://ko-fi.com/bedsbuckshuntsabs.

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 Demo at Hereford police station calls for justice for animals

12-5-18   Facebook - Global Animal Protection "Alliance"   VIDEO   The case that sparked this event has finally resulted in charges being brought, so that case is now sub-judice, hence no-one talking directly about it, but this was just one of a constant stream of cases nationwide where no justice was brought, so it was decided the protest should go ahead for all those other cases awaiting some justice.

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Police won't name those charged in S. Herefordshire FH cubs cruelty case

Say it is in order to protect them

12-5-18   Facebook - Hunt Investigation Team    Naming the South Herefordshire suspects    The police have still not named the 5 suspects in the cub killing case. Despite saying that they would be named when charges were brought this week they changed their mind to 'protect them'. This seems to be a recurring theme in this case, vilify and persecute the messengers whilst protecting the perpetrators. How many witnesses for the prosecution in West Mercia have had their houses searched by West Mercia Police? Just us we suspect!! This reflects a nationwide theme of protecting the hunting community from justice often in the face of overwhelming evidence. Things need to change. They should be named by the media on Tuesday after their court appearance unless the court decides to protect their identities too. Please share. HIT.

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New, absurd account of where fox pee for 'trail hunting' from 

11-5-18  Facebook - Chris Noonan    A comment some deluded little girl posted today.. Apparently they get the fox urine from animal sanctuaries... Of course, on asking which ones, the silence was deafening.

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Cub cruelty case was held up by smear from pro-hunt source against PC

The PC now exonerated and 'multiple charges' laid against hunters

10-5-18  BBC News   Fox killing inquiry: 'Smear campaign' against PC stalled investigation   A police inquiry into the alleged killing of fox cubs by hunting hounds stalled for nearly two years while the officer in charge was himself investigated, the BBC can reveal.

West Mercia PC Richard Barradale-Smith [left] has now been cleared of the allegations against him - including that he had had affairs with anti-hunting activists. At least one claim was made by somebody with links to the Hunt in the case. Police have now said five people are to be charged with animal cruelty. Three men and one woman aged between 29 and 54 will appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court next week.

S.HerefordshireFHPCRichardBarradale.jpgIn May 2016, activists from the Hunt Investigation Team used hidden cameras to film a South Herefordshire Hunt terrierman apparently taking the young foxes into a shed of barking hounds before emerging with their lifeless bodies. The anti-hunting activists believe the terriermen were training the dogs to see foxes as prey.

The footage and the bodies of two cubs were handed to PC Barradale-Smith who had investigated previous allegations made by animal rights campaigners. But West Mercia Police then began an investigation into the officer after receiving an allegation that PC Barradale-Smith had been in a relationship with two anti-hunting activists, including the woman who brought him the evidence. This would have been misconduct in public office.

Police searched both his house and that of the anti-hunting activist, who has asked the BBC not to use her name. Anonymous threatening letters were sent to another woman who has campaigned against fox-hunting, also accusing her of having an affair with the officer. She passed them to the police.

The person who made the allegation works in the farming community and has close links to the South Herefordshire Hunt. He is not one of those charged. The BBC understands he did not name the officer and told the force he did not want to get further involved. Mr Barradale-Smith's family believes it was a "smear campaign" aimed at disrupting the case.

Further allegations against the officer were made in October 2016 by a senior prosecutor who said PC Barradale-Smith had leaked confidential information to the activist who gave him the video evidence. He was also accused of bombarding the CPS with emails. This triggered a separate misconduct investigation and he was taken off the fox cubs case. In January 2017, the officer went on sick leave and is yet to return to work.

By March this year both investigations had been resolved and he has been cleared of any wrong-doing. Now, within weeks, the decision to prosecute has been taken, two years after the investigation began.

The Hunt Investigation Team described the force's response as a scandal and claimed the police seemed more interested in "harassing" the officer who investigated the allegations than examining the allegations themselves. The activist alleged to have been involved with the PC asked to remain anonymous but said: "The police are there to investigate without fear or favour when evidence of a crime is brought to their attention. For two years they've been investigating an unsubstantiated allegation that I had an affair with a police officer that I've met once. It would have been very easy to show that was completely false and what you would have expected West Mercia to do is say, given the source, 'is there a conflict of interest here'."

In a joint statement, West Mercia Police and the CPS said the fox cub inquiry had involved a number of "complex factors". The force refused to comment about PC Barradale-Smith.

See also report in Daily Telegraph 

 

5 finally to face trial over S. Herefordshire FH fox cub cruelty scandal

10-5-18   BBC News    Five to be charged with animal cruelty offences over fox cubs     Five people are to be charged with animal cruelty offences after the BBC broadcast pictures appearing to show fox cubs being taken into a kennel of hunting hounds. The police investigation began after anti-hunting activists installed hidden cameras at the South Herefordshire Hunt kennels in 2016. The video appears to show a man then dumping a dead fox cub in a bin. The activists say the cubs were used to give hounds a taste for killing. Anti-hunt investigators found some of the foxes alive.

Campaigners had been expected to protest outside a police station later this week over how long the investigation was taking. Det Insp Jonathan Roberts, of West Mercia Police, said the three men and two women, aged between 29 and 54, would face multiple charges of animal cruelty. "This follows a complex investigation in South Herefordshire. The individuals will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Tuesday May 15," he said. "Cases of animal cruelty are treated very seriously by West Mercia Police and we actively seek to protect animals from cruelty and to prevent their suffering."

Pics below    -  1/   Young fox in captivity    2/  Young cub about to be thrown to hounds in the building 

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POWAperson comments   -   Better [very] late than never. Glad to see the first hearing has been moved to Birmingham, well away from the sphere of possible influence of the SH FH bigwigs. The former senior Joint Master, Sir Patrick Darling, is the High Sherriff of Herefordshire. Also good to hear they face 'multiple charges'. What betting none of them seek to implicate any of the Hunt high-ups? And note, unlike the Hunting Act, the Animal Welfare Act charges carry potential prison sentences. Many congratulations to the Hunt Investigation Team for bringing this appalling cruelty to light and securing the prosecutions.

   

Thurlow FH Huntsman and Whip summonsed illegal hunting & assaulting sabs

10-5-18   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs    We have just been informed that the CPS will be issuing a summons for both the Huntsman & Whipper In of the Thurlow Hunt for the kill on Boxing Day. Huntsman will also be charged with common assault and the whip for assault by beating. This is of course great news and we are very pleased with the response from Suffolk police on this matter and hope to secure a conviction.

POWAperson adds  -  The Hunt killed a fox in front of sabs [and blamed them]. Very unusually, the Huntsman was arrested at the scene. Story covered by the Guardian.  The original sab report is here.  

Pic  below  -   The fox killed by the Thurlow on Boxing Day 

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Sab complains formally to police over handling of Ashford FH fox kill

10-5-18   Facebook - East Kent Sabs    JUSTICE FOR THE COLLIER STREET FOX !   Below is the text of an official complaint that has been sent into Kent Police over their handling of the investigation into the fox killed by the Ashford Valley with Tickham hunt in November 2017. See Kent Online here.

PLEASE-SIGN THE PETITION DEMANDING THAT THE INVESTIGATION IS REOPENED- You can also politely contact Kent Police here.

TEXT OF COMPLAINT (all names have been removed)...

Dear Sir/Madam, I would like to make a complaint against Kent Police for the conduct and outcome of its investigation into illegal hunting on the 11th November 2017.

I filmed the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt search and hunt a fox. The Hunt did not try and stop the killing of this animal and made every attempt to hide the evidence of the dead fox. No trail was laid by the Hunt, in fact the footage caught on camera shows the events ten minutes prior to the kill and following the kill. Whilst I was filming the kill I left my vehicle unattended, only to return to find that my vehicle keys had been stolen.

An associate of mine called the police, which the police attended and gave the CAD 11-625. I have no problem with the conduct and behaviour of the officers who attended the scene. They were polite and helpful and did what most people would expect a police services to do.

Contact by email was made by myself to PC xxxxxxxxx and on the 21st November at Ashford Police Station. I handed in the original SD card from my camera. On the 29th December I emailed xxxxxxx to express concern that no one had contacted me to take a statement.

At the end of January 2018, I was contacted by PC xxxxxxxx who arranged to take a statement over the phone. On the 26th the statement was given and I am happy with the way the statement was taken. PC xxxxxxx was polite and professional.

On the same day xxxxxxx emailed me. Her email said - "There is no dispute that the fox was killed, however the images haven't fully made out the offence." I mention this because of her use of the word "images". She also refers to "images" in an email to my associate xxxxxxx, when referring to my video evidence.

In an email to xxxxxxx, xxxxxxxx advised ... "you will be able to provide them with the footage that you have in order that it can be included in the investigation". There is a clear distinction between the two words and I don't think this is a clerical error. It is at this point in time that I believe that no video evidence, provided by myself, was passed on to any investigating officer. In summary I am accusing xxxxxxxx of perverting the course of justice. My fears where confirmed when I had a call from Sergeant xxxxxxx from Maidstone police on the 2nd February. He contacted me as he was the officer dealing with the theft of my keys on the 11th November 2017. He confirmed to me that he had not seen the footage I had provided to xxxxxxx.

It is not an unreasonable conclusion to assume that if the officer dealing with the theft of my keys was not given all the evidence, then it is more that likely that this same video footage was not shown to the officers dealing with the illegal hunting. The inevitable outcome that no action will be taken against the hunt was no surprise, and is the outcome I expected from Operation York.

I have three components to my complaint. 1) I would like to complain at the deliberately slow and botched investigation. 2) I would like to complain about the deliberate withholding of evidence, from the investigation of my stolen keys and the illegal hunting by xxxxxxxxxxx. 3) I would like to complain about the outcome of the investigation into the illegal hunting.

I find it hard to believe that with the level of evidence provided to Kent Police there was not enough evidence to put a case to the Crown Prosecution Service. This is not the first time I have complained about Operation York; I believe it is corrupt from top to bottom.  Yours faithfully, xxxxxxxxx

Pics below   -   1/  Pack has almost caught fox    2/  Terrierman retrieves carcass from pack  

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POWAperson comments  -   This is a classic example of poor wording of the Hunting Act letting Hunts get away with murder. The Act requires that the prosecution prove that someone 'engaged or participated' in the chase by hounds. Although hunters, mounted and on foot, can be seen in the footage observing the chase start [and probably its finish] they do not appear to 'engage or participate, but simply let the hounds get on with it. Extraordinarily, the Act places no obligation on hunters to try to stop hounds that are chasing live quarry. One of many reasons why the Hunting Act desperately needs significant strengthening.

 

Sabs subject to sinister harassment campaign

Anonymous letters delivered to their houses

9-5-18   Facebook - Cambridge Hunt Saboteurs    Members of Cambridge hunt sabs are under a constant barrage of harassment and intimidation. Over the last four months, members of CHS have received over 5 hand made, unsolicited, anonymous letters, some hand delivered to their homes, often threatening to visit their homes. This kind of harassment is unacceptable yet common place. Please donate to help keep the group going. We'll keep everyone updated on the pending police investigation into this attempted intimidation. http://cambridgehuntsabs.org.uk/donate.

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Fox cub saviour sab featured in piece on BBC website

5-5-18   BBC3 website    Knocked out, punched, and charged by horses: the life of a hunt saboteur   Cathy Scott [below left, credit BBC3] spends her spare time trying to show why she thinks the hunting ban isn’t working “I’ve been knocked out. I’ve had a broken nose. I was punched in the face. I got a fractured cheek. I’ve been hit on the head with bottles. I’ve been attacked a lot.” Cathy Scott has experienced the kind of injuries you might associate with a cage fighter. They have all been inflicted by men or animals. Three times a week she heads for the countryside to follow the riders and hounds of various hunts in order to film what she believes is illegal activity, handing over the footage to the police. Sometimes they manage to save a fox. Sometimes they get charged by horses. “I’ve been ridden into quite a few times. And it hurts,” she says.

Cathy, 42, has been ‘sabbing’ – or sabotaging hunts – with two to three associates at a time since the Hunting Act came into force to make fox hunting with dogs illegal in 2005. Attempts by her and her fellow saboteurs to disrupt hunts are shown in new BBC Three documentary 'The Hunt: Battle In The Countryside', which captures some of the skirmishes between hunt supporters and saboteurs.

CathyScott.jpgThere is a faintly paramilitary aesthetic to some hunt saboteurs: a fetishisation of ‘tactical gear’, balaclavas and utility belts – all in black. The saboteurs claim they are non-violent but need to retain their anonymity to prevent them from being tracked down online and harassed. Hunt supporters say they resemble "terrorists" and accuse them of intimidation and even violence. In 2015 a Westcountry huntmaster was reportedly knocked unconscious in an attack by hunt saboteurs ‘armed with iron bars’. A video posted last year shows a saboteur grabbing hold of a horse by the bridle; the rider responded by whipping the saboteur.

Cathy prefers not to conceal her identity. She maintains she is a pacifist who uses non-violent methods. These include the use of citronella spray, which prevents the hounds from picking up the scent of the fox; a whip which makes a noise to halt the hounds; and voice commands to confuse them. “I don’t believe in violence,” says Cathy. “I think bloodsports by nature are violent, and violence breeds violence. So it doesn’t surprise me that they attack us.”

She says she has personally witnessed seven or eight fox kills – although there is no suggestion these were unlawful. Her passion for intervening in them has left her with some unusual scars. In summer, when she goes walking in the Welsh countryside to unwind, little marks on her cheek darken like freckles in the sun – from a vixen that bit her face in 2013 after she rescued it from a pack of hounds. “[It] was the classic pre-kill,” she says. “They were trying to turn her [the fox] onto her back and bite the stomach to start the disembowelment.”

Cathy says she waded through the hounds and gripped the vixen by the scruff of the neck, and with the help of a fellow saboteur bundled it into her car with a jacket over its face. The feeling of the fox’s teeth breaking the skin of her cheek as she clutched its wet fur tight to her chest was “like loads of pins biting down”. “When I went back to the hunt the huntsman said: ‘I hope your tetanus is up to date'.”

The vixen survived with the help of a vet. Cathy recovered with the help of a nurse. “I had to sit there with my hands in iodine for 40 minutes and I got a very strong round of antibiotics,” she says.

Hunt saboteurs have existed since the 1960s – but hunt supporters argue that the Hunting Act has made their roleWarwickshireFHAggressivesupporterhitsfemalesabinface9-11-17.jpg adopted legal methods. The most popular legal alternative – according to the Countryside Alliance – is a ‘trail hunt', in which a runner lays an artificial scent for mounted riders to follow. If a fox is inadvertently killed in the course of such a hunt, it does not mean the hunt is unlawful, however. Indeed, there is no proof the incidents Cathy recounts were deliberate fox kills organised by hunts.

The Countryside Alliance, which supports all forms of legal hunting, says there have been more than 250,000 hunts since the ban – and they claim the overwhelming majority have been lawful. More than 400 people were convicted in the ten years after the Hunting Act came into force, according to Ministry of Justice statistics – but the Countryside Alliance says just 24 of those were involved with “registered" hunts.

Anti-hunting activists have long campaigned on behalf of animal rights yet their allegations of continuous law-breaking by hunts is completely unfounded,” a spokesperson said.

The earliest known hunt in Britain is thought to have taken place in 16th century Norfolk. It was eventually banned by Labour, under Tony Blair, in 2004. Both subsequent Conservative Prime Ministers have expressed their desire to repeal the ban, promising parliament a free vote on the issue – but both ultimately abandoned the idea.

This may be because the fox hunting ban is thought to be overwhelmingly supported by voters across the political spectrum. A poll by ComRes for the Daily Mirror suggested retaining the fox hunting ban was the most popular policy in Labour’s 2017 general election manifesto, with the support of 78% of the voting-age population (and 64% of Conservative voters).

The saboteurs argue that their attempts to disrupt the hunts is justified by such public support – and the law. Acquiring the video evidence necessary to prove illegal activity is a risky pastime, however. Interfering with a hunt often requires trespassing on others’ land; a civil offence which gives property owners the right to use 'reasonable force' to eject unwelcome visitors.

Last year a man was cautioned by police after Cathy was left with a bloody cut to her face while trying to film and monitor a hunt in Warwickshire. Video footage shows a man pushing Cathy after she initially refuses to leave his land. “The guy’s pushing and slapping and sort of whacks me in the face,” says Cathy. “He said, ‘You can hit me if you want’ – and the answer’s no, I’m not like you. What sort of natural response is that?"

Cathy has also been arrested – “four [or] five times”, she says. She was recently charged with three Public Order offences over a demonstration at a fundraising event for Atherstone hunt. Last month she was found not guilty of all charges. “It shouldn’t have gone to court in the first place,” she says. This hasn't dissuaded her from hunt sabotage though – but it does leave her feeling exhausted and in need of some recovery time.

On a Saturday, when I get in, it’s a beer in a bath,” she says. “It’s not, ‘I’m going to get ready and go out clubbing'.” Tucked up in her bed, surrounded by fox cushions, ceramics, pictures, and other curios, she says she sleeps sound in the knowledge that she has done all she can to help the lives of animals that she believes society has a “duty of care to protect”. “There’s something magical about [foxes],” she says. “It’s that lovely sort of slinkiness that they’ve got, and they just sort of glide away. I find them really enchanting.”

POWAperson comments  -  As Cathy would be the first to acknowledge, there are many heroes and heroines amongst the hunt sab and monitor community. They all seriously risk their safety [two sabs have been killed in the hunting fields, many others badly injured. They have to tolerate routine violence, abuse, threats, harassment, property damage and thefts from hunters and their associated thugs [with precious little protection from the police]. They exhaust themselves in all weathers, often seeing the terrorisation and slaughter of the animals they seek to protect, all for no reward but the satisfaction that they have at least tried to save and advocate for them and borne witness to the lawless savagery of hunts and hunters. 

As you will have noticed, there are a number of very challengeable assertions by the author in the text above. Charitably, one might regard these as an attempt to achieve the famous BBC 'balance'.

Firstly, the claim that a hunt rider was knocked unconscious by sabs armed with iron bars was highly questionable. The only video evidence provided by the hunt side showed the hunter already lying on the ground when the clip started, with no evidence as to how he got there. The hunt side claimed the clip showed sabs assaulting hunt followers. In fact the only person being assaulted in it was one of the two sabs, who were heavily outnumbered by hunters and followers present. There were no 'iron bars'. Some sabs carry 'soft' whips - a short wooden handle attached to a piece of rope, occasionally used to discourage hounds and, in extremis, to help get them off their quarry, without hurting them. These were the only 'weapons' the sabs were carrying. Despite hunt side claims that there were other clips showing violence by the sabs, they have, surprise, surprise, never surfaced - and the police dropped the case pretty quickly.

The author's claim that there is no suggestion that any of the fox kills Cathy has witnessed were illegal is laughable. I'm sure Cathy and other sabs would assert that all of them were. This is because she, all other sabs and monitors believe, and repeatedly witness, illegal chasing and slaughter of live quarry routinely, in the pretend guise of 'trail hunting.' The author seems unwilling to acknowledge the mountain of evidence that this is the case.

Secondly, the sab filmed grasping a horse's bridle was doing the only thing he could to try to protect a female colleague, as the huntswoman had repeatedly ridden her horse at her. For his pains he was whipped 17 times, but the police did not consider this sufficient violence to merit an assault charge against the huntswoman.

Pic above right  -   Cathy being hit in the face by a former director of the Warwickshire FH

Pic below   -  Cathy rescuing a juvenile fox from the jaws of the Old Berks FH 

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The BBC Three documentary 'The Hunt: Battle in the Countryside' is on the website. BBC Three is now available on the internet only [unlsss you have a Smart TV. It's also on You Tube.

 

Northants MH pack up again when faced with mass sab

5-5-18   Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs    Hit Report: 05.05.2018, Northants Minkhounds. Mill Farm, Newport Pagnell    Sabs from numerous groups joined forces today to put a stop to another meet of the Northants Minkhounds, hunting in baking heat near Lathbury just outside of Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire.

The pack were spotted hunting the riverbanks of the River Great Ouse, just outside of the town and very quickly found themselves surrounded by sabs holding video cameras. This area of river is home to all sorts of wildlife, but notably it is a known otter habitat (https://bit.ly/2IgwJz9), so it is of no surprise that the Northants Otter/Minkhounds are so keen to hunt there.

Once the Hunt sighted sabs, they made their predictable escape. Now, while the hunting set have spent a lot of time coming up with lies to cover up what mounted fox hunts are really doing, they have given precious little attention to protecting their partners in crime, the mink hounds. As the packs have absolutely no possible legal excuse for what they are doing, they always turn and run whenever they see hunt sabs. [Below - packing up]

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The Hunt headed back to Mill Farm, near Gayhurst, and after a short conflab they seemed to admit defeat, and summoned their hound trailer to pack their ragtag assorted pack away and write off another weekend’s hunting ruined.

Police from Thames Valley attended (in four vehicles) to protect the Hunt until they had packed and left. They showed no interest in the fact they were stood around with wildlife criminals, or to the concerns raised by sabs that the hounds had simply been boxed up in a trailer and left for around 30 minutes on the hottest day of the year. [Below - Off home, with police escort]

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Groups with sabs present today included: North Cambs, Beds & Bucks, Suffolk And Essex , Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Northants, West Midlands and Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs. Hunt sabs give up their free time to stop illegal hunting in our countryside, if you would like to support our work for the price of a coffee, you can click here: https://ko-fi.com/northcambs.

 

Police/CPS still drag out S. Hereford FH cub scandal as demo due

4-5-18   Hereford Times    Protest outside police station over South Herefordshire Hunt case    A demonstration outside Hereford Police Station will see animal rights protestors call for charges to be made in the South Herefordshire Hunt investigation.

Five people were arrested two years ago on suspicion of animal cruelty at the Hunt's kennels in Wormelow but they have since been released from bail and no charges have been made. The police said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) awaits a limited amount of further information from West Mercia Police before a decision on possible charges can be made.

The protest, organised by the Animal Welfare Party (Cheshire East) and Save The Ban, will demand that wildlife crimes are properly investigated and prosecuted by the police and the CPS. Jane Smith, from the Animal Welfare Party, said: "It will be two years since it happened and, despite very clear evidence, there have been no charges. We feel there has been no justice. "It has been a really prominent example across the UK of police forces and the CPS not appearing to take wildlife crime seriously. We don't feel the police are out there investigating properly."

The Hunt Investigation Team obtained footage which, they claim, was secretly recorded at the South Herefordshire Hunt's headquarters. The video footage appears to show a huntsman handling foxes illegally and was published on social media.

Ms Smith said the protest aimed to "show the police and CPS we are going to keep being vocal about 'crimes' not being prosecuted". "We are not going to shut up and go away," she added. But she was keen to highlight that it will be a peaceful protest on May 12 in Bath Street between 12pm and 3pm. Ms Smith said: "It is going to be extremely peaceful. But I believe emotions will run high because it is a a very emotive cause."

Last September police released five people from bail, but said the investigation is ongoing. A 37-year-old man and 27-year-old woman, both from Hereford, a 37-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman, both from Abergavenny, and a 45-year-old man from Powys were earlier arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty relating to an alleged offence in May 2016. South Herefordshire Hunt placed itself in voluntary suspension – and remains that way – as the police investigation continues.

Sue Thomas, the Supt for Herefordshire Local Policing area, said she was aware of the planned demonstration. "We plan to talk with the organisers around their plans for the event, but we would welcome direct contact from the organisers," she added. "We will be working with colleagues at Hereford City Council to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum, while facilitating the right of people to lawfully protest. Our role with such events is to ensure members of the public can exercise their lawful rights whilst preventing disruption, crime and disorder. We will ensure that we provide a proportionate policing response. This is a live investigation involving a number of complex factors. The CPS prosecution team have been in regular contact with Senior Officers from West Mercia Police in order to jointly progress this case. As part of the ongoing review of the case, the CPS awaits a limited amount of further information from West Mercia Police before the tests in the Code for Crown Prosecutors can properly be applied, and a decision on charge made. Cases of animal cruelty are treated seriously by both organisations. Resources have been invested to ensure that the best evidence can be achieved in these cases and we actively seek to protect animals from cruelty and to prevent their suffering."

POWAperson comments  -  The partially successful  prosecution of the Warwickshire Hunt was completed last month two years and four months after the incident was reported to police. The South Herefordshire case has now been going on for almost two years since the Hunt Investigation Team turned their footage of truly shocking cruelty to young fox cubs over to the police - and still no charges have been laid. Let's just hope these excessive delays are due to the CPS determination to get all their ducks in a row in this disturbing case.  

Pics below -   1/  Fox cubs held in captivity    2/  Man believed to by S. Herefordshire FH servant about to throw cub to hounds inside the building

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Grafton FH Huntsman to face trial on illegal hunting charge

3-5-18   Information from Hunt Monitors Association    Huntsman Mick Wills is to face trial on 3rd September at Wellingborough Magistrates Court on a charge of illegal hunting. The charge relates to an incident on 23rd September last year. Wills pleaded Not Guilty at an initial hearing last month.

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LACS CEO quits due to serious health problem

2-5-18  LACS website    League statement    “I regret to announce that Eduardo Gonçalves is stepping down asEduardoGoncalvesLACS.jpg CEO of the League Against Cruel Sports. Eduardo was diagnosed with a serious condition last year, and has been courageously battling his illness with the determination and good humour we have come to expect of him. This is the same determination that we saw him put into all his work, helping to see off multiple attempts to repeal the hunting ban and to force the government to abandon plans to hold a vote to bring back this archaic sport topping the list. He has worked tirelessly to fight the powerful interests of those who wish to persecute animals. Eduardo has been a loud and compassionate voice for animals, and we expect him to remain so in the future. We wish him and his family well.”

Iain Blake-Lawson, Chair, League Against Cruel Sports Board of Trustees

POWAperson adds -  We are sad to learn that Eduardo has had to step down. He was a very good leader of the League and continued its renaissance, which began under Joe Duckworth. We very much hope he can overcome his health problems soon.  

 

Belvoir FH hound killed on A1 slip road

1-5-18  Grantham Matters     Hound killed on A1 slip road Two hounds were reported as loose this morning around Barrowby. Sadly, one was hit by a car and killed. Two men reportedly from the Belvoir Hunt collected the dogs.

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APRIL 2018

..... 30th April - Ledbury S. FH rider cautioned for threat. behaviour to female sabs

..... 30th April - Beagle pack's illegal hunting revealed in own newsletter

..... 30th April  - Judge slams police over undisclosed photos in Grove & Rufford FH case

..... 29th April - Scottish CA boss descends to personal abuse over hunting issue

..... 28th April - Northants Mink Hounds go home when challenged by sabs

..... 27th April - Monitors upload film of illegal Cheshire FH hunt rejected by CPS

..... 26th April - Essex FH and Essex Farmers FH are to merge

..... 24th April - Police drop case where fox chase & kill by Ashford Valley FH filmed

..... 24th April - Anti campaigners get no joy from meeting with new N.Trust boss

..... 24th April - JM acquitted on appeal savages CPS for bringing case against him

..... 23rd April - Monitor threatened by Quantock SH supporter

..... 22nd April - CPS drops case of illegal hunting by Cheshire FH last October

..... 20th April - Crawley FH JM acquitted on appeal of threatening behaviour to sab

..... 20th April - Deer hunted on NT land soon after new boss pledges to 'help nature'

..... 19th April - 3 Atherstone members FH reported for perverting course of justice

..... 19th April - Prominent sab cleared after Atherstone FH hunter lies exposed in court

..... 18th April - Locals petition against relocation of Pembrokeshire FH kennels

..... 17th April - Two Essex & Suffolk FH 'stewards' charged over attacks on sabs

..... 15th April - D&S SH still out at 6.30pm looking for stag to chase and kill

..... 15th April - Mass sab ensures no fox kills by the Royal Artillery FH

..... 11th April - Sab records show huge scale of sett blocking by Hunts

..... 11th April - Campaign to ban Hampshire FH from Alton council land

..... 10th April - Belvoir FH terrierman/son plead guilty to attacks on LACS monitors

..... 10th April - Antis plan demo re. no action in S. Herefordshire FH fox cubs case

.....  9th April - Royal Artillery FH hunt area where risk spreading tree disease

.....  8th April - Two from Buccleuch FH charged with illegal fox hunting

.....  8th April - Antis film shambolic pretend trail laying by Royal Artillery FH

.....  7th April - Sabs pull hounds off Four Burrow FH chased into village

.....  6th April - APHA says no licenses issued for import of fox urine based substances

.....  4th April - Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman guilty of hunting fox killed by hounds

.....  3rd April - NFU says pick up after pet dogs on farmland [no mention of hunt hounds] 

.....  1st April - Waveney Huntsman's verbal abuse of monitor leads to formal complaint 

 

Ledbury S. FH rider cautioned for threatening behaviour to female sabs

30-4-18  Facebook - Welsh Border Hunt Sabs   VIDEO    Breaking news!!!! |Please share far and wide. David Mansell, ex jockey and well known Ledbury South/ South Hereford fox cub killers rider was cautioned this afternoon at Ross police station for a section 4 public order offense following this assault on Welsh borders and Bath hunt sabs. 

This relates to attacks detailed in sabs' report of 26-11-17 -  '...with so many sabs in the area, wherever the chose to roam, they ran into sabs. This had the desired affect of keeping them moving, unable to hunt. So it was only to be expected that they would resort to violence again. And ex jockey, David Mansell was more than happy to oblige. After repeatedly riding into, threatening and assaulting one female sab whilst she was on a footpath, he then chose to do the same to another female sab who filmed the first attack...'

Pics below   -   Mansell riding his horse into female sab 

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Beagle pack's illegal hunting revealed in own newsletter

30-4-18   Morethanjustbadgers.net    The Wilts and Infantry Sprint of Shame    Anyone who has sabbed a beagle pack will be familiar with the “walk of shame” – the response by 99% of beagle packs when confronted with sabs. They pack up because trail hunting is a red herring and so there is literally nothing else for them to do. The Wilts & Infantry have developed their own version of this manoeuvre: the “sprint of shame”. They absolutely peg it as soon as we appear and then career off in their hound van at high speed! A look at The Season Past section of their newsletter explains why; about forty meets are described, all of which are nothing like NFB-style drag hunting and exactly like traditional beagling. Here is just a small selection:-

(1) “After a warm welcome by the Collins family at Manor Farm, Codford hounds were quickly away on a good scentWiltsandInfantryBeagleshuntingonSalisburyPlain.jpg running fast from the valley onto the high ground with the Field totally enthralled as they ran several large circuits almost to the main road and back before a successful conclusion.”

(2) “A red letter day at Home Farm, Seend . . . hounds crossed the brook twice settling on a line and two big circuits around Great Thornham finally crossing the brook yet again heading to Bulkington stopping short of Manor Farm swinging back towards Pantry Bridge and back up the brook for a successful conclusion.”

(3) “Back to Rodmead . . . as Angus and Sarah hosted the largest Wednesday meet of the season. Putting in on the West side hounds were away almost immediately but on a tricky scent running under Little Knoll towards Newmead then back over the drive to lose touch in sheep foil. Drawing on they picked up on the Elm Farm side with two hard circuits and were duly rewarded.”

(4) “And so to the Closing Meet at Manor Farm, Stockton with Phylidda Stratton our hostess . . . Dry and hard underfoot with the wind still Easterly scent was uncertain however hounds ran outstandingly well after putting on the left of the track running away toward Sherrington Dairy and working back over the dry ground gathering pace running past the pheasant pens down the valley beyond up through Gilberts Cleeve then left handed for a successful conclusion.”

It all smells a bit fishy . . . to say the least. All of these hunts were long, fast, continuous pursuits over several miles across the challenging terrain of Salisbury Plain. They all also feature the characteristic circular patterns run by desperate hares. In hunt (1) the trail was supposedly laid by the “main road” – the very busy A3; in hunt (2) the trail appears to have been repeatedly put across a stream; while in hunt (3) it was laid through a flock of sheep. All the hunts also ended in a “successful conclusion”; what exactly does this mean in trail hunting? Countryside Alliance guidance clearly states that the huntsman “does not know exactly where the trails have been laid” so how does the Wilts & Infantry huntsman know when the trail has finished and that hounds have been “successful”?

The answer to all these questions, of course, is that the Wilts & Infantry Beagles are openly describing their cruelty and criminality in a document that they never imagined would enter the public domain...

Pic above right   -   Wilts & Infantry Beagles hunting on Salisbury Plain 

 

Judge slams police over withheld Grove & Rufford FH evidence

30-4-18  Daily Mail    Judge hits out at police after hunt members were wrongly convicted of using dogs to kill a fox after a sergeant failed to disclose vital photo evidence - Judge said Paul Larby, Peter White and Jane Wright suffered a ‘serious injustice’ - The group had been convicted of hunting a mammal with dogs in March 2017 - But 50 pictures emerged at an appeal hearing which revealed their innocence Three hunt members were wrongly convicted after a police sergeant failed to disclose crucial photos in evidence. Calling on prosecutors to review the case, judge Recorder Roger Evans criticised Sergeant Matt Scott – saying Paul Larby, Peter White and Jane Wright had been subjected to a ‘serious injustice’.

Mr. Larby and his colleagues were convicted in March last year of hunting a mammal with dogs after a fox was chased and killed during a trail hunt in January 2016. The convictions hinged on 209 photos and a video taken by birdwatchers that appeared to show the group – members of the Nottinghamshire Grove and Rufford Hunt – chasing the fox. But at an appeal hearing last month, a further 50 pictures emerged showing Mr Larby, 59, and Mrs Wright, 64, racing to intervene before being blocked by a hedge.

The judge ordered almost £60,000 in costs should be returned to the group as, ‘if this case had been investigated properly’, Sergeant Scott would have obtained and disclosed all the images at the earliest opportunity and a ‘different view may have been taken’ on charging them. The prosecution’s opposition to the appeal was abandoned on the second day, though the CPS insists the decision was not made because of the photos.

Ruling on costs at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday, the judge said he was ‘concerned’ by the evidence of Sergeant Scott, who ‘seemed to have no explanation’ for the missing evidence. The group, initially fined a total of £1,530, have lodged a complaint against Sergeant Scott. The judge had heard as part of legal argument that a series of Twitter posts in the officer’s name from 2014 criticised the Shooting Times.

Mr White, 58, told the Sunday Telegraph the case had been ‘completely biased’ from the outset with a ‘prejudiced’ officer in charge. Nottinghamshire Police said that it reviewed processes where appropriate, while the CPS said it would consider the judge’s comments.

POWAperson comments   -   The appeal judge who overturned the Grove & Rufford FH 3's convictions was a Tory MP in the 1990s, at a time when the great majority of them were pro-hunt and his name does not appear in my record of anti Tories from the time. In consideration of part of the evidence, that the terrierman had been transporting a terrier in his quad - which the case judge thought indicative of intent to hunt - he flippantly remarked that the terrierman might just have taken the dog along for a ride. The judge also determined that the fox had been 'chopped' - which contradicted the evidence of the birdwatchers [not anti hunt activists] who were the main prosecution witnesses. It does appear that the police should have disclosed the 50 photos.  It's impossible to say without seeing them all, but the judge seems to have felt he could read intent into them. This may, however, just have been a matter of interpretation. Rather than 'racing to intervene' to stop the hounds, might they not as easily been hurrying to get to the scene of a potential kill, as hunters are wont to do, and/or perhaps to be in a position to quickly remove the evidence of their crime? Three days before the appeal verdict, sabs saw and filmed the G&R fox hunting in nature reserves belonging to the Woodland Trust, which totally bans Hunts from their land. One suspects the only 'injustice' done here is to the fox slaughtered by the G&R's hounds.

 

Scottish CA boss descends to personal abuse over hunting issue

29-4-18    Sunday Herald    Fox hunting row descends into slanging match    A ROW has broken out after a Scots pro-fox hunting lobbyist described the English head of an animal welfare charity as a “stranger to our country” after new polling suggested Scots support a ban on hunting with hounds whether they live in a town or in theJamieStewartScottishCADirector.jpg country.

Jamie Stewart [right], director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA), described Robbie Marsland [below left], director of the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland (LACS) as a “stranger to our country” who has been “parachuted in”. Marsland accused Stewart of “making personal comments which have no bearing on public opinion”.

Stewart made the comments after he was asked to respond to polling carried out on behalf of LACS which indicates that 80 per cent of Scots who live in urban areas and 73 per cent who live in rural areas think fox hunting with hounds should be illegal.

The Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 banned huntsmen from sending dogs to tear apart foxes but they can still be used to flush out foxes which should then be shot. A “loophole” in the law also allows hounds to be set on foxes if they are wounded during the hunt. The Scottish Government is expected to release analysis of the results of a consultation on strengthening the law before the summer. More than 30,000 people responded.

LACS director Marsland said their new poll of 1,463 people “debunks the myth that this is a town versus country issue” and indicates that the majority of Scots believe the 2002 legislation “has failed in its purpose”.

Director of the SCA, Jamie Stewart, who speaks for Scotland’s huntsmen, said: “I know that Robbie Marsland is a stranger to our country, but I am perplexed by his continued demonstration of a complete lack of understanding or regard for Scottish legislation.  The Scottish Parliament introduced the Protection of Wild Mammals Act in 2002 making the deliberate chase of a wild mammal with dogs illegal. This applies to fox hunting. What he is now trying to ban is genuine pest control.”

RobbieMarslandIFAW.jpgWhen the Sunday Herald asked Stewart whether he was referring to the fact that Marsland is English, he said: “Yes. Robbie was parachuted in from England and doesn’t really seem to understand Scottish legislation.”  

Marsland said: “It’s unfortunate Mr Stewart has failed to understand the issue here which is very clearly about public support for a proper ban on fox hunting and the fact there is no difference in public opinion between those who live in urban areas and those who live rurally. Instead, rather than use the opportunity to give a valid view on the situation he has chosen to make personal comments which quite frankly don’t have any bearing on public attitudes in Scotland.”

Stewart pointed to SCA polling published in February which asked 1,031 people in Scotland which issues had the greatest impact on their vote in the General Election. The survey showed 98 per cent of people did not put fox hunting in their top five issues that affected their vote and none of the respondents mentioned fox hunting as an issue when asked for their opinion unprompted.

Fox hunting legislation is decided on by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament and the General Election sees voters elect MPs to the UK Parliament.

Stewart said: “Independent research published by the Scottish Countryside Alliance has shown again that hunting is completely irrelevant to Scottish voters … and inferring that this is somehow an urban/rural divide is simply a new tactic by the LACS to try and keep their campaign alive.”

Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone, who is working to bring a bill before the Scottish Parliament which would completely ban fox hunting, said the new LACS polling is another indication of majority support for an outright ban.

“Advocates for blood sports are gradually running out of arguments for their cruel and outdated rituals not to be banned once and for all,” she said. “Hunting with dogs was banned in Scotland over 15 years ago, but hunts continue to take place across Scotland using a loophole which allows flushing with hounds. As more Scots, regardless of whether they live in an urban or rural area, come to realise that this barbaric practice is still taking place, I’m confident that more and more of them will want to see a permanent ban in place.”

Marsland added: “The Scottish Government has the opportunity to strengthen the legislation so that we have a law which really bans hunting. The League is urging those in power to let common sense prevail and make fox hunting illegal once and for all.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We are committed to ensuring the highest welfare standards for all animals – including those in the wild. In recognition of concerns about the effectiveness of the current fox hunting legislation, we asked one of Scotland’s most senior judges, Lord Bonomy, to carry out a detailed review of the current position. We will announce any plans we have to change the law on fox hunting once we have completed the analysis of the consultation on Lord Bonomy’s recommendations and carefully considered all the arguments that have been put forward.”

 

Northants Mink Hounds go home when challenged by sabs

28-4-18  Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs    Hit Report: 28.04.2018: Northamptonshire NorthantsMH28-4-18.jpgMink/Otterhounds. Thornby, Northants    North Cambs Hunt Sabs took to the road this morning and met up with fellow activists from Beds & Bucks, Suffolk And Essex Hunt Sabs and Norfolk after receiving news that illegal hunting with hounds was taking place in the waterways of Northamptonshire.

Sure enough, we found the Northants Minkhounds in the process of trashing a small stream to the south of Thornby. Field support seemed confused as to what was actually going on, as when quizzed they suggested they were either/or (a) doing nothing (b) hunting rats or (c) none of your business, as they quickly turned tails and fled the watchful cameras of sabs.

It is of course an offence to disturb a river habitat which is home to any protected mammals, but we doubt whether the Northants Minkhounds carried out any detailed ecological surveys before they unloaded a pack of mixed foxhounds and terriers into the stream to catch and kill whatever they could find.

It was a damp day, and the huntsman was already making a huge meal of traipsing up and down the swollen stream with her reluctant hounds. Sabs arriving sparked a short protest where one individual was pushed and shoved by a hunt member, but with camcorders pointing all over the Hunt they soon realised that discretion was the better part of valour, and headed back to their vehicles.

Hounds appeared disappointed to be packed away so soon, and the Hunt had difficulty catching them all to load into the trailer, but once we had seen the hunt put away their pack, terriers, gun(!) and otter poles and leave we were satisfied with a job well done.

Hunt saboteurs give up their free time voluntarily to protect wildlife from being killed in the name of sport. If you would like to support this vital work for the price of a coffee, please click here: https://ko-fi.com/northcambs/.

Pic below   -   Packing up early, their fun spoiled 

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Monitors upload film of illegal Cheshire FH hunt rejected by CPS

Claim 'insufficient evidence' of hunters' identities

Monitors say they know names of everyone involved 

27-4-18   Facebook – Cheshire Hunt Monitors   VIDEO   CHESHIRE HOUNDS HUNT ESCAPE PROSECUTION AGAIN DESPITE BLATANT CUB HUNTING    On October 21st 2017, Cheshire Monitors filmed what they (and Cheshire Police) believed to be clear evidence of illegal hunting in the village of Tiverton in Cheshire; in this instance, cub hunting. The video evidence Cheshire Police submitted to the CPS included two clips from two different cameras by two separate monitors. The film we are publishing today is a compilation of that evidence plus supporting footage from additional cameras from other members of our team.

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Remember that the hunting season doesn’t officially start until November each year and this Hunt claim to only be ‘exercising hounds’ at this time; they couldn’t even get away with hiding behind the lie that is so-called trail hunting.

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Once again the monitors involved put in a lot of their volunteer time on this case and Cheshire Police spent many hours putting this case together (as they did last year on our case against the Cheshire Forest Hunt that was also dropped by the CPS, see https://youtu.be/Wc5vTToZCes).

CheshireFHFoxchasedbyhoundQuadanticipated21-10-17.jpgHowever, yet again the CPS felt that they couldn’t progress this case to court within the confines of the weak and pretty useless Hunting Act, specifically issues with identifying hunt staff. And people wonder why there is a growing battle in the countryside between August and April during the hunting season.

Appeal:- Since receiving notification that this case was to go no further we have been working closely with Outpaced on an appeal to the CPS with regards to the main point brought up which was ID of the Huntsman. This appeal relied on the fact that when Hunts are a limited company there should be no issue with ID of hunt staff, but due to the time it’s taken to get a decision from the CPS we ran out of time. This is something we have come up against with the CPS before, who allow cases to ‘expire’.

However, a spokesperson for Outpaced says: “What the CPS have given us is a very interesting angle to explore through the summer. Other cases talk about a director being engaged in the act and it seems surely reasonable to be considered engaged if riding with a hunt that kills, or indeed simply hunts. It seems equally clear that such an act falls into connivance, consent or neglect. It does seem very worth pursuing and we will certainly get advice as to putting all hunt directors on notice in writing for next season”.

We would like to express our thanks to Outpaced for giving up their time to help us with this point of attack because it could help all groups nationally who are opposed to hunting eventually.

The next step: strengthening the law:- We all talk about how the Hunting Act is the source of all our problems, with getting cases through the courts with just outcomes, and have decided to show you how the Act should be changed. We have joined together with POWA (Protect Our Wild Animals) who have given us permission to share this document which lays out exactly what needs to change: www.powa.org.uk/id88.html.

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Protect Our Wild Animals was the first, and most persistent organisation calling for strengthening of the Hunting Act. They have been exposing the true state of affairs and blatant lawbreaking since shortly after the ban. POWA is composed of highly experienced campaigners, including in its number some of the country’s most experienced hunt monitors. POWA knew the law had been weakened in the process of being drawn up to the extent that it offered the hunters numerous gaping loopholes which they would undoubtedly exploit to the maximum.

Before the ban, 50,000 hunters signed a “Declaration” stating they would break any law banning hunting - it is quite clear they meant it, believing as they clearly do that they are above the law. The invention of so-called “trail hunting” was a stroke of (evil) genius by the hunters which provided them with a ready made excuse every time they were caught out. POWA has constantly exposed the appalling level of lawbreaking and violence taking place at hunts all over the country. They continue to do so, and are in talks with leading politicians to develop with them the strengthening measures to be added to the Hunting Act as soon as the political landscape allows.

We all must stand up to these criminals and those in government that protect them. We will be soon posting a comprehensive guide to help you confront illegal hunting in your area. Watch this space!

For now If you feel a need to write in and express your concerns, here is a list of who to contact :- www.foxhuntingevidenceuk.com/area-contacts/cheshire/.  Please share this post! Also available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en6Uv_cyNqg. Useful links:- http://www.powa.org.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/Outpaced-Wildlife-Rescue-16839376…/ http://www.houndsoff.co.uk/.

Pics above   -     Top, Riders and foot followers surround the copse   Next,   Twin quads with terriermen arrive at the copse     Left, Fox flushed from copse chased by lead hound,   Lowest, Other hounds and riders join the chase  

Pics below   -   1/  Fox fleeing from hounds     2/   Lead hound chasing fox    3/   Other hounds in hot pursuit      4/   Hounds searching for fox trail

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See also coverage by LBC radio 

 

Essex FH and Essex Farmers FH are to merge

26-4-18   Facebook - Hunt Saboteurs    There’s some great news in Horse and Hound magazine for once. Two Essex hunts are merging meaning one less fox hunt in the area!

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Police drop case where Ashford FH filmed chased and killed fox

Wildlife Officers told sab Hunt protected by Commercial law! 

24-4-18    Daily Mail  VIDEO   The horrific moment a fox is caught by a pack of hounds and brutally ripped apart despite the bloodsport being banned in the UK - In a shocking clip, a fox can be seen fleeing from hounds in the Kent countryside - The animal is eventually caught and killed, and its torn apart body is collected Harry Blackhurst, who recorded the clip, said: 'It's changed my life because I'm determined to avenge that fox. I can't let it rest'    This is the horrifying moment a fox is ripped apart by dogs during a hunt as shocked onlookers film the scene unfolding. During the clip hounds can be seen racing after the fox as it tries in vain to escape in Marden, Kent. The camera then cuts to the dead fox being lifted away with its guts hanging from its body after the hunt, which was apparently organised by the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt.

Fox hunting with packs of dogs was banned in England in 2005, and is considered hunting of this nature if the person engages or participates in the pursuit of a wild mammal and one or more dogs are employed in that chase.

The video was recorded by Harry Blackhurst in November of last year. The software consultancy recruiter is part of the anti-hunt group East Kent Saboteurs who go out every Saturday from August to March in a bid to stop the practice. Mr Blackhurst said that after the fox was killed, police arrived and the Huntsmen admitted the animal had been caught by the dogs.

The 30-year-old says that he heard nothing from the authorities: 'I was chasing them to come back to me.' Eventually, wildlife officers were sent to his house in relation to the incident. But he claims that those wildlife officers were powerless to do anything: 'The Kent Police Wildlife Officers that came to my house claimed that they couldn't get involved in fox hunting crimes, because when the 2004 Hunting Act came in to force all of the hunts became limited companies so that they were dealt with under commercial law.'

Eventually, his statement was taken by police in February, but he was told last Tuesday that the case had been closed. Mr Blackhurst was disgusted by what he saw in November: 'It was horrific. It's the worst thing I've ever seen in my life. Now it's changed my life because I'm determined to avenge that fox. I can't let it rest.'

Kent Police have been approached for comment. Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt declined to comment.

Pics below   -   1/  Hounds start to chase flushed [or bagged] fox   2/  Hunters sit and watch    3/  Lead hound a few yards behind fox    4/  Fox almost caught    5/   Pack closes in    [At this point the sab had to get out of his car and run to a new position. The next part was shot perhaps 30 seconds later]   6/  Fox has been caught and killed. Terrierman is retrieving corpse.   7/  Terrierman makes off with carcass   8/  Terrierman is driven away with fox body. Huntsman heard blowing the kill.

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Sab talking to Kent on TV about the hunt and the kill here. Story also covered by Kent Online and the Metro.  

 

Anti campaigners get no joy from meeting with N.Trust new boss

24-4-18   Hounds Off    Members Meeting With National Trust: Statement by Helen Beynon   On 9th April a group of National Trust members met with the organisation’s new Director General to discuss the ongoing concerns over hunting on Trust land. Helen Beynon, Jack Riggall, Will Morton [pic below left] and Joe Hashman attended as members. Hilary McGrady (Director General) and Mark Harold (Director, Land & Nature) represented the Trust.

The meeting came after the narrow defeat of the motion to ban hunting on National Trust land at its AGM in October 2017 as a result of the Chair’s use of discretionary votes allocated to him, and at the end of the latest hunting season which was characterised by the misbehaviour of hunts and the failure of the Trust to adequately implement even the limited measures promised to members ahead of the vote. While we welcomed the opportunity to meet Hilary McGrady, the need to do so simply reflected the lack of robust action taken since the AGM.

We were told Ms McGrady wanted to hear from all sides, so she could get up to speed with the issue of hunting. Given the track record of many of the previously licensed hunts and those licensed last season, we looked to hear an explanation of why the Trustees would continue to persist in their illogical and callous position of maintaining hunts are responsible and trustworthy whilst disregarding the huge raft of evidence supplied to them by National Dis-Trust, other Trust members, animal welfare charities, hunt monitors and saboteurs.

N.TrustAntimeetwithnewDirector24-4-18.jpgIt was confirmed at the meeting that the licensing system will be reviewed before next autumn’s AGM but will not revisit the decision to allow hunting on Trust land. Describing its ambition to reach a place where it can trust hunts, the Trust does not appear to accept that its view, that the majority of hunts behave responsibly, is fatally undermined by the extensive evidence provided to it at all levels prior to the vote and by the experience of this season, and maintained that it requires its own evidence of irresponsible or illegal behaviour.

The Trust’s failure to live up to the limited promises made to members ahead of last year’s vote has been deeply disappointing and the explanations for this remain unsatisfactory. The granting of licences to hunts with a poor track record, including trespassing and even killing foxes on National Trust land, is the clearest example of the deficiencies of the current system. While the Trust has accepted in some instances that the Board of Trustees reversed its position on some elements of its statement on which members based their vote, it has failed to recognise the lack of respect this represents for the democratic process and for those members who participated in it in good faith.

When asked why the Trustees had decided to change the wording of license requirements, leaving members in the same position as prior to the vote, we were told they changed their minds. It seems they did not consider the implications of the statement prior to the AGM or had another motive for doing so, this in the full knowledge that advising members to vote against the resolution would have a significant impact on how they would vote.

Although we were told the Trustees took this subject very seriously, there was no new system in place to monitor the hunts who were hastily granted licenses last season. We were told that staff had kept an eye on things, but couldn’t be everywhere. It seemed that the Trust are unwilling or unable to address the number of hunts who have trespassed and yet then rewarded them when applying for licenses.

Having not meaningfully taken account of the track records of the Hunts it has licensed and not even attempted to monitor their activity on Trust land, it is difficult to imagine that the upcoming Review will be fully informed or effective. The most we have been given to expect is that the Trust may finally adhere to some of the conditions it promised its members and that it will begin to monitor the activity of hunts on its land. However, the potential monitoring system as described to us is unlikely to be credible and there is little reason to expect much improvement elsewhere considering these are the same issues we have been highlighting over and over to no avail since last year.

Sadly this new system will involve each Hunt being monitored just once a season, with binoculars! The non-animal scent will be sampled at the same time. Hardly a robust system, particularly as hunts will be pre-warned. To choose such an ineffectual approach is a slap in the face to members who still hoped to see signs that the statement by the Trustees was in good faith.

We welcomed the opportunity to place salient facts before Hilary McGrady, including a huge body of written and video evidence. However, we remain extremely sceptical that those supposedly hunting a fox-based scent with purpose-trained hounds when off Trust land will hunt an artificial scent whilst on it. Hilary McGrady agreed that without close monitoring none of us can be really sure how hunts operate on the more remote estates. The nature of the scent supposedly used by Hunts on Trust land is frankly irrelevant if we cannot ascertain the hounds are trained to pursue anything but fox.

The Hunts are as aware as we are that animals continue to be killed by hounds “accidentally”, surprising no one apart from the Trustees it seems. We await answers to several written questions, which we look forward to receiving from the Trust. Those members who are rapidly becoming more familiar with the barbaric realities of hunting with hounds continue to look forward to an era when the Trust genuinely takes note of those who are expert in the field of monitoring illegal hunting and advising on trespass. We hope for a time when the governance process reflects a genuine desire to respond to member opinions, rather than a situation where members have no opportunity to speak to the Trustees directly other than after they have decided their way forward and with resolutions, whatever their outcome, being considered as simply indicators of opinion, which could easily have been ascertained by the number of petitions and member demonstrations we have seen and which will continue until the Trust stop supporting savagely cruel and outdated activities.

 

JM acquitted on appeal savages CPS for bringing case against him

24-4-18   Daily Telegraph    Hunt Master slams CPS after he was prosecuted for confrontation with notorious saboteur     A Hunt Master is considering taking legal action against prosecutors after he was wrongly convicted of intimidating one of Britain's most notorious saboteurs over his "kidnapped" dog. The police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have been accused of wasting time and resources after taking Kim Richardson [below right] to court for confronting Raoul D’Monte, whose groups of saboteurs were holding one of his favourite hounds in their van. After a year long battle a Crown Court judge has now overturned his conviction for harassment, saying that he did not find Mr D'Monte was intimidated and Mr Richardson was reasonable in trying to get his pet back. Mr Richardson, Joint Master and Huntsman of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt, said that the case was "insane" and he is now considering suing the CPS. He works in Africa building social housing, clinics and community buildings and a conviction could be "dangerous" as it could mean that people will not work with him.

The Hunt Master, who was flooded with messages of support following his conviction, added: "As I said to them inKimRichardsonJMCrawleyFH.jpg interview I am an Englishman, my dog is really important to me, if someone touches it I will defend it. "

The alleged victim, Raoul D’Monte, was revealed in court to be a well known and prolific activist who has been disrupting hunts for almost 40 years and uses the pseudonym Alfie Moon to speak on sabbing tactics.

The judge heard that at the International Animal Right Conference in Luxembourg in 2016 he discussed the need to "take control of that pack of hunting hounds away from the huntsman” by using techniques such as fake noises, adding: "The day I stop sabbing them is the day the last red coat is on a bonfire somewhere."

Polly Portwin, the Countryside Alliance’s Head of Hunting, said: “This case should never have gone this far and is another example of thousands of pounds being wasted in court and police time. “The police and CPS need to consider very carefully any ‘evidence’ supplied by anti-hunting activists who have a vested interest in vilifying members of the hunting community.”

Fox hunting was made illegal in 2004 but trail hunting, in which the artificial scent of an animal is laid, is allowed in the UK.

On February 25 last year around 60 members of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt were met by around 40 saboteurs, many of whom were wearing camouflage and balaclavas. During the afternoon one Mr Richardson's hounds, Chapter, went missing and he desperately sent people to look for her but to no avail. "She is a bit naughty sometimes, but she would never run off," he said.

As darkness fell Mr Richardson stood at the top of a hill blowing his bugle for around an hour and a half, but the dog still did not return. One of the other riders overheard the saboteurs discussing what to do with the "lost property". They had found Chapter and put her in the back of their van [below left].

CrawleyFHLosthoundpickedupbysabs25-2-17.jpgIt was then Mr Richardson confronted Mr D’Monte, saying: "Have you got my missing hound, you lot? "You f****** better not nick it because I'll put this (bugle) straight down your f****** throat."Mr Richardson said: "It was maybe a little bit stronger than I should have been, but I knew I needed to be strong to get her back, it was a gesture."

The activists returned the dog to another rider several hours after she had gone missing. "I know that hounds have been stolen on hunts before," Mr Richardson said. "It is my wife's favourite hound, we have had it since it was a puppy and she would have killed me. As I said to the judge I am nearly as fond of the hounds as I am my own children."

He thought nothing more of it until he received a phone call from police a couple of months later. Mr Richardson said: "I told them not to be ridiculous but they said that he had made a complaint and I had to come in for interview. When the policemen turned off the recording they said both said that they did not know what I was doing there."

But the case was passed up the chain where Mr Richardson believes there are "some police in Sussex who are very anti-hunting and they get a lot of pressure from the sabs, whereas we do not bother as we do not want to waste their time. I thought that it was so stupid that no one would prosecute. Next thing I know I am in court," he added.

In October last year he appeared before a district judge and was convicted of a public order offence for causing harassment, alarm or distress and fined £2,500 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £635 and a victim surcharge of £130. But he was cleared on appeal at Lewes Crown Court last week after a video of the day, filmed from the point of view of the saboteurs, showed abuse being slung both ways. Mr D’Monte using the name Moon was filmed saying: "It was a really successful day, really good, really good."

Judge Antony Chinn QC said that the bench had also heard evidence that Mr D'Monte was "smirking" and they therefore concluded he did not feel harassed. He said they did not need to consider whether Mr Richardson's comments were reasonable but "in view of what we know about the lost hound we would have found them reasonable if we’d had to go to that stage."

Timothy Ryan, of Warner's Solicitors who represented Mr Richardson alongside Peter Glenser QC, added: “This case should never have gone to court and I was surprised that it did. It is hard to believe that the police thought that this comment justified prosecution and was in the public interest."

The Crawley and Horsham Hunt went out for around 55 days last year, and for 40 of those they were followed by saboteurs. Mr Richardson said: "For something that is perfectly legal they shouldn't be allowed to do it. Sussex Police are more inclined to arrest us than they are them because we give them less trouble."

A CPS spokesperson said: “This case was charged following careful consideration of the evidence in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. The defendant was convicted following a magistrates’ court trial in October 2017. The conviction was subsequently overturned on appeal and we respect the decision of the court.”

Sussex Police said it is their duty to uphold the law and they will investigate without bias allegations from either side before handing details to the CPS to make a charging decision. Superintendent Howard Hodges said: "The role of police at such events is to ensure the safety of everyone involved in and around hunting activities, ensuring that we can effectively respond to emergencies and deal with unlawful activity. We work closely, and without bias, with those who support hunting and those against it, encouraging engagement with us in order to reduce friction between them and the potential for any public disorder. It can be challenging to balance the rights, needs and wishes of all parties involved however we recognise the right for people to assemble and protest in a public place and we will always seek to facilitate both this and the rights of others to carry out lawful activity without fear of intimidation or obstruction”.

25-4-18   Facebook - Croydon Hunt Saboteurs    Utter bullshit from Richardson  The lost hound was found by Croydon Sabs and put into our Landy where she received treats, strokes and cuddles - more love than she has ever had I'll bet. We returned the hound, only to be accused of theft and a torrent of abuse. Which bit of "I'll thrust that bugle down your fucking throat" is not threatening or intimidation?

POWAperson adds   -  Naturally, the Telegraph article does not mention the Crawley & Horsham's long and inglorious history of criminality, including violence against sabs and no less than four convictions for illegal hunting. 

 

Monitor threatened by Quantock SH supporter

Attempted to get into monitor's vehicle 

23-4-18   Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime    Just received a report that one of our monitors has been threatened by QUANTOCK STAGHOUNDS support. The male tried to get into our monitors vehicle. The matter is now with the police. Full details on today will be posted up later.

 

CPS drops illegal hunting case against Cheshire FH from October

22-4-18  Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    CHESHIRE HOUNDS CASE DROPPED BY CPS     As many people will now be aware, Cheshire and Merseyside CPS recently took the decision not to proceed with our case against the Cheshire Hounds Hunt, which involved what both Cheshire Monitors and Cheshire Police believed to be a clear case of illegally hunting a fox. We will shortly be posting further details regarding this case, and what our next actions will be, so please keep checking back.

This email from the CPS Merseyside-Cheshire Head of Magistrate Court Prosecutions, dated 20-4-18 -  

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POWAperson adds  -  Cheshire Monitors did not publish their film of the Hunt chasing a fox because they referred it to the police. I expect they will now. This is what they said about it in their report of 22-10-17  -

... "we captured a full pack of hounds flushing this young fox out of Simpson’s Rough and giving chase through fields towards the village, with Hunt staff and riders in hot pursuit. We heard no attempts by the Huntsman to call the hounds off"

They say the land this fox was hunted on belongs to the owners of 'The Swan' at Tarpoley, the village where the Cheshire FH kennels are located. Monitors also said the Cheshire were blatantly hunting throughout the day and that they saw other foxes being hunted later in the day and none of what they were doing was 'trail hunting'. 

Monitors' full report on the day is here. 

 

Crawley FH JM is acquitted on appeal of threatening behaviour to sab

20-4-18   Countryside Alliance PR    Master of hunt is acquitted on appeal     Kim Richardson [left], a joint-master of the Crawley & Horsham Hunt was acquitted today in Lewes Crown Court following a conviction of an offence under Section 4a of the Public Order Act 1986. Representing Richardson in court today, Peter Glenser QC KimRichardsonJMCrawleyFH.jpgcommented: “Kim should never have been charged in the first place yet alone had to go as far as Crown Court on appeal, however it is of course brilliant news.” Richardson’s solicitor Tim Ryan added: “This case should never have gone to court.”

Richardson, who was “delighted” at the outcome, was originally found guilty at Horsham Magistrates Court in October 2017 and fined a total of £3,255. This was in relation to an incident involving hunt saboteur Raoul D’Monte that took place in February 2017.

Following judge Antony Chinn QC’s verdict, Tim Easby, director of the Masters of Foxhounds Association said: “We are absolutely thrilled at the outcome but this should never have got to this stage and it has understandably put a lot of unnecessary strain on Kim and his family.” Countryside Alliance’s Head of Hunting, Polly Portwin commented: “This case should never have gone this far and is another example of thousands of pounds being wasted in court and police time. “The police and CPS need to consider very carefully any ‘evidence’ supplied by anti-hunting activists who have a vested interest in vilifying members of the hunting community.”

POWAperson comments - See here for original media report on the case. Richardson has been a JM for the Crawley & Horsham FH for a long time. This Hunt has a reputation for violence and several members and followers have been convicted over the years for a variety of offences. Four of these convictions were for illegal hunting.  

 

Deer hunted on NT land soon after new boss pledges to 'help nature'

20-4-18   Daily Express  VIDEO  SHOCK as deer HUNTED on National Trust land hours after new boss pledges to 'help nature' - SHOCKING footage has emerged which appears to show hunters assembling on lands managed by the National Trust in Somerset before allegedly launching into a deer chase across the moorland     Footage recorded on National Trust-managed land allegedly shows the hunters preparing for a deer hunt across the Holnicote Estate on Exmoor. The video reputedly shows riders gathered on National Trust land, with hunt supporters looking at the scene from nearby cars reportedly parked illegally on the moorland. A herd of deer can also be seen running across the land as onlookers observe from the nearby road.

Andrew Kendall, a professional investigator for the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) who witnessed the incident, said: "Deer were clearly being flushed out of wooded valleys and chased onto open moorland on the hottest day of the year which is clearly detrimental to their health. We’re in the middle of the young stag hunting season. Sadly a young male deer would have been chased for miles by hounds pursued by horsemen and women and followers on quad bikes, before being shot.”

The shocking video was recorded one day before National Trust Director-General Hilary McGrady announced the organisation would take a more "radical" approach to do "a huge amount more for nature".

LACS Director Chris Luffingham called out the National Trust, urging the conservation organisation to protect wildlife on its land. Mr Luffingham said: "The National Trust need to work out if they really care about nature or not. Not for the first time, a hunt – which we believe to have been illegal – took place on National Trust land, causing massive disturbance to not only the deer but the whole area. And not for the first time, We’ve got evidence that National Trust staff witnessed the whole thing – and did nothing to stop it."

While hunting became illegal across the UK in 2005, the National Trust still issues "trail" hunting licenses which allow hunters to simulate a hunt with their packs of hounds. But the LACS has repeatedly called for a ban of the practice due to fears it could be exploited to "cover up" illegal hunting activities. Mr Luffingham added: "We are calling on all landowners including the National Trust to ban hunts from their land and we need to strengthen the Hunting Act and bring in tougher sentencing to act as a deterrent.” 

Express.co.uk has contacted the National Trust for comment. It comes after Ms McGrady announced the National Trust would strive to do more for nature. She told BBC 5 Live Breakfast: "The Trust is only a custodian: what we really about is trying to get the nation to love its own special places and to want to look after them. "I want to do something about nature. Nature is in real trouble at the moment."

Pic below   -   Trying to separate stag from herd in order to hunt it     

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21-4-18   LACS Press Release    Somerset Wildlife Crime -  Observed to death    The Devon & Somerset Staghounds claim to hunt under the 'Observation and Research' exemption. This claim gives them a legal basis on which they can hunt and kill red deer just as they did before the hunting ban.

A recent article in Horse & Hound celebrated their 'Triumph over adversity', boasting of having navigated their way through the Hunting Act successfully. Exactly what they are celebrating is a mystery to many people. There is no art or skill in what they do. There is no tradition or conservation in the cruel and barbaric pastime.

Yesterday, when the majority of the country were enjoying a heat wave, a mass convoy of 4x4's encircle a small area of the Holnicote Estate. They are there to provide the Huntsman with a 360 degree view of what is happening when he is in the deep valleys.

When the stag breaks cover, they feverishly relay information of his whereabouts and direction to one another, quickly scramblers, quads, 4x4's all race to set up a cordoned area to prevent the Stag from running in a particular direction. His path is set by the support vehicles so that he can be pursued by the Huntsman and hounds, for the grotesque spectacle and enjoyment of the support.

The Holnicote Estate belongs to the National Trust. The irony of this horror a day before the National Trust Director-General Hilary McGrady announced the organisation would take a more "radical" approach to do "a huge amount more for nature". Is this what radical looks like Hilary? We think it scandalous, archaic and disgusting.

Pic below   -   Moment a stag is isolated and the chase begins 

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22-4-18    Independent  VIDEO   Hunt filmed chasing deer on National Trust land even as charity's chief pledges crackdown - ‘Animals were clearly flushed out of wooded valleys and chased onto open moors on the hottest day of the year’     A Hunt has been filmed apparently chasing deer on moorland managed by the National Trust – just as the Trust’s chief insisted the organisation would get tough on hunts that don’t follow licensing rules.

The red deer were seen scattering across the land in Somerset with horse riders in pursuit. Hunt followers were parked up on the moorland, watching with binoculars. It happened on Thursday, the hottest day of the year – which critics said was also detrimental to the animals’ health.

Hilary McGrady, the new head of the National Trust, said in an interview with the BBC broadcast on Friday: “The Trust has introduced much more robust licensing this year, and I am going to focus on doing what I said we were going to do and ensure that those licences are followed. Hunts that follow those licences, we will work with them. The ones that don’t, we won’t.”

Hunting wild mammals with dogs has been illegal since 2005, and Hunts say they use trails of animal scent instead. Under pressure last year to ban all forms of hunting, the Trust introduced a system of licences for trail hunting.

But investigators from the League Against Cruel Sports claimed that what they filmed on Thursday was the Devon and Somerset Staghounds chasing deer across the Holnicote Estate on Exmoor. They said young male deer “would have been chased for miles by hounds pursued by horsemen and women and followers on quad bikes, before being shot”. Andrew Kendall, a former policeman and investigator who saw the chase, said: “Deer were clearly being flushed out of wooded valleys and chased onto open moorland on the hottest day of the year, which is clearly detrimental to their health.”

Ms McGrady said the following day that she wanted to “do more for nature”. She also promised a new system of licensing, insisting the trust would not work with hunts that fail to follow its licence terms.

Chris Luffingham, the League’s head of campaigns, said: “The National Trust needs to work out if it really cares about nature or not. Not for the first time, a hunt – which we believe to have been illegal – took place on National Trust land, causing massive disturbance to not only the deer but the whole area. “If Hilary McGrady is sincere in her bid to make the trust more nature-friendly, she needs to get a grip on the illegal and disruptive activity frequently taking place on its land. We believe that the three deer hunts operating in the West Country are killing more than 200 deer every year.” No stag hunt has been issued a licence to hunt by the National Trust, he added.

A National Trust spokesman said: “The National Trust does not allow hunting of wild animals. The National Trust has not currently licensed any hunts on the Holnicote Estate. We take any reports of unlicensed activity on our land very seriously. We are aware of the incident you describe and are seeking urgent clarification from those involved. Until we establish the facts we won’t be able to comment further.”

 

3 senior Atherstone FH members reported for perverting the course of justice

20-4-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Statement on yesterdays events - Hunt Saboteur found not guilty of public order offences - Three senior members of the Atherstone Hunt reported for perverting the course of justice     Last August we held a demonstration outside the kennels of the Atherstone Hunt to protest their hound racing event at the kennels. In September we were contacted by Leicestershire Police who wanted to question one of us in relation to allegations made by members of the Hunt.

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Yesterday, Cathy Scott [above] was found not guilty of three counts of causing harassment, alarm or distress under Section 4 and 5 of the Public Order Act at Loughbourgh Magistrates Court. Three senior members of the Atherstone Hunt which included the Huntsman and Joint-master Mike Lane [below, with hounds], Joint-master Mark Halford and the Hunt's only employee, Oliver Hope, had made allegations claiming Scott had sworn at them and threatened them.

She was found not guilty after video footage completely disproved their allegations. The footage showed a very calm, quiet and low key demonstration outside the hunts kennels. When summing up the magistrates said the three Hunt members where not credible witnesses and had changed their evidence halfway through once they realised there was video footage. The statements made by the three Hunt members contained completely unprovable and unrelated speculation and accusations.

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Mike Lane, Mark Halford and Oliver Hope have now all been reported for perverting the course of justice. These were very serious accusations that they made that could have resulted in an innocent person being sent to prison.

The Atherstone Hunt has been close to financial collapse for a number of years now and cannot survive long term whilst we are still there exposing them. This was in effect the last role of the dice for the Atherstone Hunt who could have applied for a restraining order had they won. We would like to make it clear that we are not going anywhere. The hunts governing body the Master of Fox Hounds Association (MFHA) now has a clear choice, continue to prop up the Atherstone Hunt with financial support and in the process send out a message that the fox hunting community condones the very serious crime that we believe has been committed. Or disband the Atherstone Hunt completely to show that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without Leicestershire Police who recently took no further action against someone associated with the Atherstone Hunt claiming the evidence and statements weren’t good enough AtherstoneFHSupporterKnockssabintoaditch14-10-17.jpg(this is currently ongoing, as we have challenged the decision that was made). However, Leicestershire Police were perfectly happy to accept the allegations made by the Hunt members without any proper evidence or independent witnesses to back up the allegations. Leicestershire Police continue to have double standards with anti-hunt and pro-hunt cases. In light of this case we feel that the hunting operation at Leicestershire Police has lost all credibility.

It will surprise no one that the senior investigating officer in this case was DS Matt Trott who was also responsible for taking no further action in both Ashley Davis [left, knocking sab into ditch with quad] assault cases, issued harassment notices to two sabs (again with no evidence to back up the allegations) and was involved in a case involving the Atherstone Hunt terrier-man who had been filmed blocking in a badger sett - the CPS told us the case got dropped because Leicestershire Police failed to hand evidence over on time.

Leicestershire Police are happy for anti-hunt people to face prison based on no evidence yet when we have presented actual evidence of a Section 5 offence by a hunt supporter Leicestershire Police are happy to hand out lenient sentences such as a conditional caution and a letter of apology to the victim. Leicestershire Police then even refused to hand over the letter of apology.

As for the Atherstone Hunt, we are not going anywhere, we will see you all at this years hound racing event and look forward to meeting Bill Bishop rumoured to be next seasons new Huntsman. Leicestershire police: https://www.facebook.com/leicspolice/.You

You can help us continue with our Atherstone Hunt campaign by donating using this link.

 

Prominent sab cleared after Atherstone FH hunter lies exposed in court

Video evidence showed claims of threatening behaviour/swearing false 

Magistrates said hunter complainants were not credible witnesses 

Defendant asserts that Leics police colluded with Hunt to charge her

HSA says hunters should be investigated for bringing false charges

19-4-18     HSA Press Release     Hunt Saboteur found not guilty of public order offences    Today, Cathy Scott was found not guilty of three counts of causing harassment, alarm or distress under Section 4 and 5 of the Public Order Act at Loughbourgh Magistrates Court. Three senior members of the Atherstone Hunt which included the Huntsman and Joint-master Mike Lane, Joint-master Mark Halford and the Hunt's only employee Oliver Hope had made allegations claiming Scott had sworn at them and threatened them on the 5th August at the Hunt's kennels. Scott was peacefully protesting with West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs at the Atherstone Hunts hound racing event which was being held at the kennels. Video footage from the day proved the allegations to be false.

The court heard statements from the three members of the Hunt who all claimed Scott had been screaming, swearing and threatening them, however the defence played the court footage of the day in question which completely disproved their allegations. The footage showed a very calm, quiet and low key demonstration outside the Hunt's kennels.

The Atherstone Hunt are close to financial collapse due to the constant exposure they have had from West MidlandsAtherstoneFHCathyScottandfriendsaftercaseagainstherdismissed19-4-18.jpg Hunt Saboteurs. If Scott had been found guilty all three members of the Atherstone Hunt could have applied for restraining orders effectively banning Scott from protesting against the Atherstone Hunt.

When summing up the magistrates said the three Hunt members were not credible and had changed their statements halfway through, once they realised there was video footage.

Scott said “I’m pleased with the result but disappointed that this case was allowed to get as far as it did. Serious questions now need to be asked about Leicestershire Police and why they allowed three members of the Atherstone Hunt to make allegations about me without providing any proper evidence to corroborate their allegations. I view this as a malicious prosecution by Leicestershire Police. They allowed no proper evidence to be submitted and when the CPS were presented with video footage before the trial showing what actually happened Leicestershire Police and the CPS actually tried to stop the footage from being shown.”

A spokesperson for West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs said:- “As for the Atherstone Hunt and its supporters we are used to their violence and lies that have resulted in over 20 convictions and cautions in the last 4 years. But this is a very serious line they have crossed which could have resulted in an innocent person being sent to prison. Three senior members of the Atherstone Hunt, the Huntsman, Joint-master and their only employee have all in our opinion conspired to bring false charges and they need to be investigated for that. As for the Hunt itself I don’t think there is any other option left now apart from the Hunts governing body the Master of Fox Hounds Association (MFHA) to disband the Hunt completely.

The only reason this case got as far as it did is because of the police. We believe members of Leicestershire Police assisted the Atherstone Hunt over these charges or at the very least turned a blind eye to the lack of evidence to back up the false allegations. We are now seeking legal advice”.

Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, said: “It's unbelievable that Leicestershire Police are aiding the Atherstone Hunt, an organised criminal gang, to persecute West Midland Hunt Saboteurs who are ensuring the law of the land is enforced. We ask that Leicestershire Police and the Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner carry out an internal enquiry to find out how this has been allowed to happen. If the public are to have any faith that Leicestershire Police are not totally corrupt then they need to find out who was responsible for this farce and ensure there are severe consequences. Many of our groups in the region have told us that they will have nothing to do with Leicestershire Police until they prove that they're not hand in glove with the hunting community and we fully support their stance.”

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In 2016, the wildlife officer for Leicestershire Police was outed as a member of the Belvior fox hunt and was subsequently forced to resign her role as wildlife officer.

In October last year, the current wildlife officer for Leicestershire Police was recorded in an audio recording taken at a meeting with members and supporters of the Atherstone Hunt. He can be heard advising them on which laws can and can not be used against hunt saboteurs.

This is not the first time Leicestershire Police have targeted this particular member of West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs, they arrested her after she refused a stop and search in 2014 after she told them it was an unlawful stop and search. The case was thrown out of court after the judge agreed with her that it was unlawful. Emails obtained via the Data Protection Act revealed that the CPS had originally wanted to drop the case and had also come to the conclusion that the stop and search was unlawful. However Leicestershire Police put pressure on the CPS to continue with the prosecution as they were worried that it would “expose the force to litigation”. After the case was thrown out Leicestershire Police were successfully sued and had to pay compensation.

In 2015, Leicestershire Police issued the same hunt saboteur with a Police Information Notice (harassment notice). This had similarities with the most recent case above in that members of the Atherstone Hunt had made allegations with no actual evidence to collaborate their claims. The harassment notice was eventually overturned and an official apology was made by Leicestershire Police who agreed the harassment notice had been misused.

Unbelievably, Leicestershire Police issued a second harassment notice to the same person again based just on an allegation made by a member of the Atherstone hunt with no evidence to collaborate it. After Scott made a formal complaint a senior officer overturned the harassment notice as they were unable to find any evidence for issuing it in the first place. Leicestershire Police stopped using Police Information Notice’s completely after this.

See also article in The Canary 

POWAperson adds  - Cathy Scott is among the most dedicated and determined hunt sabs in the country, and has been prominent in West Midlands Sabs' repeated exposures of, in particular, the Atherstone FH. No wonder they were anxious to try to discredit her and prevent her sabbing them. That is, perhaps, just hunters being their diabolical selves. But that Leicestershire police should apparently so readily facilitate their unevidenced and false charges is far more sinister.

It was Cathy who, in 2012, dived amongst the hounds of the Old Berks FH and snatched a young fox to safety [getting quite badly bitten, by the terrified fox, for her pains]. The video of this amazing and daring rescue has had over a million views online. One hunt supporter, in a comment under the video on YouTube, made vile death and rape threats towards her. Earlier this season, Cathy was struck hard in the face by a burly ex-Director of the Warwickshire FH. She, as with most sabs, is frequently subjected, to abuse and threats as well as physical violence - but she is not deterred.

Pics above   -  Top right, Cathy and friends after the case was dismissed     Middle,  rescuing a juvenile fox [at her feet] from the hounds of the Old Berks FH in 2012. 

 

Locals petition against relocation of Pembrokeshire FH kennels

18-4-18   Facebook - Western Telegraph    Plans to move Pembrokeshire Hunt kennels to Treffgarne cause concern    PLANS to relocate 80 hunting hounds, and an associated fallen stock business, 1.7km west of Treffgarne have been met with consternation by local residents.

The chairman of Pembrokeshire Hunt, Michael Davies, has applied to Pembrokeshire County Council to move the hunt's dog kennels to agricultural land at Tan Y Garne.

The change of use application is for dog kennels, a linked fallen stock business, siting of a caravan for the kennel huntsman and hybrid use of part of the adjacent field as an exercising area for hounds and for agriculture. The existing agricultural building at the site will be converted to create six kennels, a fallen stock area, a separate feed room, a wash-down utility area, an office and a wash-room. Six outdoor kennel runs, with 1.5-metre-high metal mesh fencing, would also be created.

The Hunt's other business is Pembrokeshire Fallen Stock which collects fallen stock, transporting it to the kennels site for feeding to the hounds. The hounds are fed raw flesh from fallen stock with the unused parts of any carcass stored in closed bins which are taken away by a local firm of renderers when nearly full. Skins or hides are carefully cut from carcasses and sold separately.

Local resident Ros Bradley has set up a petition, which has dozens of signatures, against the application. She says that she is not against the hunt per se but that the application site is in the wrong place, just ¾ of a mile from the village. She fears that noise and sound from the kennels will travel to adjacent properties but says the worst part of the application is the fallen stock side of the operation. She fears leftovers from this will be kept on site in unsealed bins for up to ten days. Ros says that the fences are not high enough to stop the dogs jumping over them and is worried that the dogs will be outed among dairy stock when they are known to carry TB.

"Noise and sound will travel," she said. "At five in the morning you don't want to listen to dogs barking. They will be fed in batches, so that will prolong the noise. The urine from 80 dogs will be considerable and could run out onto already wet fields nearby."

She says the whole village is against the proposals. 'To us it's a huge issue", she said. "It will affect our property values. "It's not vindictive," she said of her opposition. "It's about living next to something noisy, messy and smelly."

The application says there is "perceived to be an odour associated with the delivery and management of the fallen stock and the holding of any waste products prior to rendering". However, it says this is this is minimal and will be contained within the shed. It says that the hounds only make significant noise in the morning before breakfast and that insulating / soundproofing will be added to the roof and sides of the shed. A sewage treatment plant to deal with waste from the hounds is included in the plans.

 

Essex & Suffolk FH 'stewards' face charges over attacks on sabs

EssexSuffolkFHTerriermanbehindsabcarbrandishespitchfork30-9-17.jpg17-4-18   East Anglian Daily Times    Hunt stewards to stand trial over alleged clash with saboteurs in Suffolk    Two hunt stewards are due to stand trial over an alleged altercation with saboteurs in the Suffolk countryside. Robert Cundy and Jonathan Mander [below right] each denied two charges relating to an alleged incident near Hadleigh last autumn.

The pair appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court, in Ipswich, for the first hearing into the case on Tuesday. Prosecutor David Bryant said the alleged incident took place in the Nedging-with-Naughton parish on Saturday, September 30. “The incident arose from an organised hunt meet,” he added. “The complainants were hunt saboteurs, monitoring the Hunt, while the two defendants were on a quad bike behind the saboteurs’ vehicle [left].

Cundy, 41, of Church Lane, Semer, was charged with driving a mechanically propelled vehicle – namely a red Quad bike – without due care and attention on Hadleigh Road. The charge relates to an allegation he twice drove purposefully into the rear of a Land Rover carrying anti-hunt protesters at about 10.30am. He also faced a second charge of carrying passengers on a quad bike in a manner likely to cause danger to others. The charge relates to anEssexSuffolkFHstewardschargedwithattacksonsabs17-4-18.jpeg allegation he caused danger to two passengers sitting on the rear body of the vehicle – not on seats – and that one was thrown forward when the vehicle rammed another.

Mander, of Lee Wick Lane, St Osyth, near Clacton-on-Sea, was charged with using threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour towards Jenny Ness, with intent to cause fear of, or provoke, unlawful violence. The 35-year-old was also charged with attempted criminal damage to property valued under £5,000, by attempting to damage equipment fitted to the rear of a Land Rover belonging to Matthew Spencer – intending to destroy or damage such property.

Cundy and Mander were both represented in court by Tim Ryan, of Tonbridge law firm Warners Solicitors. Each spoke only to confirm his name, age, address and nationality, before entering not guilty pleas to all charges. Magistrates set a date for their two-day trial to begin at the same court on Monday, July 9. A case management review hearing will take place ahead of the trial on June 5. Both men were released on unconditional bail.

POWAperson adds  -  The sab report on the incident is here. Cundy and Mander were both convicted of Threatening Behaviour towards sabs in the 2006/7 season and fined £200 each. 

 

DSSH still out at 6.30 pm looking for a stag to kill

Hunted on private estate of Countess of Arran 

15-4-18   Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime   VIDEO    Following unpleasant behaviour from Quantock Staghounds hunt support last week - footage of that incident is currently with the police and so cant be shared here, so instead we thought we would spotlight Devon and Somerset Staghounds when they had to relocate their meet to the Castle Hill Estate at Filleigh by kind invitation from Eleanor, Countess of Arran. The Countess allowed the DSSH to hunt through her private estate and surrounding farm land. Quite a spectacle to behold, as hundreds raced all over the lanes and villages around Chittlehamtpon, Filleigh and Satterleigh, causing chaos on the main B3226 late into the afternoon as they desperatly tried to slot the Stag along the river Bray. Several chases, with no luck and at 6:30pm they were still looking for a stag to kill.

The Castle Hill Estate website boasts of magnificent gardens, promoting themselves as a family day out, but we couldnt see any mention of Stag Hunting? The Wikipedia page for the Castle Hill Estate is worth a look if you have an interest in the local aristocracy - and when considered, with this kind of support, it is no wonder stag hunting is still thriving.

It's not often we make things personal, so as a gentle reminder to Quantocks Stag Hounds, unless you would like to see a weekly spot light on all the support, meets, hosts, executive committee members, and associated businesses for staghound packs in Somerset highlighted here, please ask your support to adopt a more congenial conduct in future (that means, play nice).

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Mass sab ensures no kills by Royal Artillery FH

Female sab assaulted, radio stolen 

15-4-18   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs    News had filtered down from Stop the Cull that the Royal Artillery Hunt were having their final meet of the season close to Bulford and hunting the MoD land to the north. Now most Hunts have finished for the season, vixens will now have cubs underground and even some hunters think it is very bad form to hunt at this time of year for obvious reasons however not the Royal Artillery.

With this in mind we decided to go on a road trip and support the many other groups who descended on the area to stop them killing. These were (in no particular order and apologies if we missed anyone out) North Cambs , Bath, Brighton, Bristol, East Kent, South Wales, South Coast, Croydon, Southampton Hunt Sabs, Dorset Against Blood Sports & Weymouth Animal Rights.

It proved to be quite an interesting day for us. The big rolling areas dotted with coverts and rough ground are used by the MoD for training and gunnery exercises but they are completely open access during the weekend. The area is dotted with byways and tracks, very different from having to stay on the roads while the foot team do the hard yards we are used to. This also means these tracks are filled with the supporters and hangers on.

With so many groups present and fine comms between everyone it was always going to be a very hard day for the hunt. It was warm and sunny with scenting conditions difficult. The hunt seemed confused as they would often turn this way and that but always running into another group and their assortment of sabs ready to step in if needs be. They tried running hard but with all the open access they were never going to escape for long.

We heard them going into cry briefly at one point and heard they had marked something to ground but there was no chance of any further action in prosecuting that particular animal. Much to the amusement of the assortment of blood junkies who had also travelled from far and wide to get their gruesome fix we managed to get one of our vehicles stuck in the mud however we were able to extricate this with the help of another landy and even one of the hunt supporters. We were happy to give them some amusement seeing as the rest of their day had been so utterly disappointing, imagine driving all that way to see an overweight middle aged man badly riding a horse round in circles all day followed by some hounds. Perhaps now is the time to remind them that they are also prone to such vehicular misdemeanours.

As the day wore on the support were getting more and more mardy. One particular young boy definitely had anger issues and seemed to want to fight everyone including the girls. Perhaps his paper round and homework are getting him down and he definitely needed a hug. Some of the riders were also knowingly putting their mounts at risk by deliberately riding in front of vehicles and blocking them.

The Hunt covered a vast distance during the day and belligerently hunted on till after 4pm however there were no kills and sabs retired happy. All in all a long but worthy day and great to catch up with old friends and new.

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15-4-18   Facebook - Bath Hunt Saboteurs    Yesterday with many other fine groups, we paid a visit to the Royal Artillery (Salisbury Plain) Foxhounds at their closing meet at Carter Barracks, Bulford Camp. The Hunt's kennels are based nearby at Bulford Camp, Salisbury, Wiltshire. The huntsman is Robert Moffat...

All groups worked seamlessly together with a group always staying with the Hunt; wherever they tried to flee to they found Sabs waiting for them! We are confident that no Foxes were killed yesterday, with at least two Foxes being seen to safety by our group and East Kent Sabs. 

Local hired thugs were in attendance along with Justin Ellis from the Crawley and Horsham Hunt, who has previous convictions for affray. The Hunt's private security (the police force) came and bizarrely served a dispersal order on one group and told them they would need to be escorted to Salisbury!

Sabs kept their cool and didn't rise to provocation, even after a female Sab was grabbed from behind by a cowardly supporter. A radio was stolen from another Sab but this didn't deter us. The cruelty of fox hunting is well known and all fox hunts are despicable in our eyes. But for a Hunt to still be trying to kill foxes in mid April, when vixen will have dependent cubs, is a level of cruelty that sickens us to our stomachs.

For the riders who actively participated yesterday, we have to ask where are your morals. How could you possibly justify your bloodlust and persecution of an animal that is just trying to survive and protect its young. 

The Hunt covered a vast area... The weather was sunny and the temperature 16 degrees. horses were visibly struggling and sweating profusely whilst their oblivious riders were happily glugging from their hip flasks. 

To the MOD; evidence was collected yesterday by many groups of the Hunt breaking the terms of their licence. We now call on you to remove the licence for the Royal Artillery Hunt. 

Although it's now thankfully the end of the main Fox hunting season, our Sabs will still be busy with sett surveying ahead of the Badger cull, as well as seeking out the Mink hunters who will still be hunting. Please support our ongoing work for the price of a coffee: ko-fi.com/bathsabs. You can also come and see us at upcoming events - the next one being at Lush Cribbs Causeway Sat 28th and Sun 29th April.

Lastly - a HUGE thank you to all of you for your continual support - we couldn't do what we do without you! Thanks also to the groups we have worked with this season - you know who you are! Till the next time... Over and out for another season, Bath Hunt Sabs.

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 Sab records show huge scale of sett blocking by Hunts

11-4-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    SETTS BLOCKED BY HUNTS, SEASON 2017/18    With the season now being over in this area we have compiled our sett blocking data along with other individuals/groups and especially Cirencester Illegal Huntwatch https://www.facebook.com/CIHWatch/ (and as part of our participation with Gloucestershire Badger Office).

The setts mentioned in this table are routinely blocked in the main because hunts do not want foxes to escape down labyrinthine badger setts. This is only the very tip of the iceberg and for the following reasons is just an indication of the scale of criminality against badgers and foxes much of which is within known active badger cull zones( all areas mentioned will soon become active badger cull zones) -

1. The Hunts mentioned are all out 2-4 times a week. During cub hunting a couple of them have a 6 day week. Blocking setts and digging them out to get a fox are carried out as part of fox hunting for 7 months of the year (including when the badger cull is operating at the same time in the same area). We can only check a fraction of setts that may be blocked.

2. Early morning patrols, the police speaking to hunt officials/landowners, us making landowners aware of sett blocking on their land, hidden cameras, reporting each and every sett block and posting about sett blocking has had a visible deterrent effect in SOME areas meaning that setts are blocked less and in some cases not ever again.

Bad weather has led to lots of cancellations this year meaning less hunting days this year so less sett blocking.

A couple of the entries on this table are to do with direct badger persecution and are NOT connected with hunting. We would urge all those who want to protect badgers to sett survey their own locality and be on guard against developers, hunts, those who would attack badgers for "sport", the cull and all other persecution. Compiling and publishing data on a national level from such grim findings should form an intrinsic part of badger protection from those who would eliminate them.

We hope that this gives people some indication of how widespread badger crime is as the consultation to express concerns over the cull has it's deadline on 15th April 2018 https://consult.defra.gov.uk/…/badger-control-in-low-risk-…/. Footage of sett blockers;   https://vimeo.com/157019098 and https://vimeo.com/251049644.Please

Please continue to support us, http://paypal.me/threecountiessabs. We will be out on an almost daily basis sett surveying, checking, keeping an eye out for illegal traps and so forth.

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Pics below   -   1/  Cotswold FH sett blocker 8am 13-1-18     2/  Blocked sett near where Heythrop FH hunted    

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Campaign to ban Hampshire FH from Alton council land

11-4-18   Facebook - Surrey Hunt Monitors    REMINDER TO ALL ALTON RESIDENTS    Prior to the last Alton Town Council elections, at a time of the Lib-Dems having a substantial number of councillors (majority?) on ATC, the Hampshire Hunt was disallowed use of ATC land for the promotion of its barbarity.

This year there is a particularly determined campaign to have them banned again in light of recent direct evidence that the Hampshire Hunt go prepared to hunt illegally directly from its assembly on The Butts.

Boxing Day 2017 saw a quad bike holding multiple terriers in boxes on the Butts which left with the hunt carrying known HH terriermen. This same quad bike has been filmed at multiple HH meets, committing road traffic violations and also with terriers locked in boxes. The fact that the hunt have quad bikes with terriers and terrier men can only mean they are prepared to hunt illegally.

Intense recent monitoring of the HH shows conclusively they:-

1. routinely hunt without laying trails and come prepared to illegally hunt

2. routinely hunt through dense scrub areas known to contain foxes and also hedgerows near roads which would be not only be impossible but foolish to lay a false trail

3. commit multiple road traffic violations with their quad bikes causing danger to not only the riders, their passengers (we have filmed young children and an elderly man carried dangerously on major roads) but also the general public

4. aggressively attempt to stop monitors filming

5. generally scare all of our local wildlife

6. are a frequent and major menace of our dangerous A-roads

Full details can be seen in the reports and videos on this page.

We appeal to Alton likers of this page email their Ward Councillors along with the Alton Town Clerk and Cllr Hill, chair of the Outdoor Spaces Committee with their objections to ATC-land being used by the Hampshire Hunt. The agenda of the OSC will be finalised before 18 April, therefore I would urge you to do this in the next week or so. PLEASE SHARE

 

Belvoir FH terrierman/son plead guilty to attacks on LACS monitors

Both accept charges of GBH, ABH and theft of equipment 

Trial [for 'character witnesses'] and sentencing adjourned to June

10-4-18   Leicester Mercury  VIDEO   Father and son leave Belvoir Hunt monitor with broken neck in attack     The pair appeared in court earlier today A father and son attacked two members of an animal welfare charity as they filmed the Belvoir Hunt. Ex-police officer, Darryl Cunnington, a monitoring investigator with the League Against Cruel Sports, suffered a broken neck after falling from a 14 foot ledge. His colleague, Roger Swain, was also injured and had his video recorder stolen, on the afternoon of March 12, 2016.

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They were attacked by George Grant, 57, and his son, Thomas Grant, 25, who are associated with the Belvoir Hunt in Leicestershire. The incident happened off Tofts Lane, Stathern, near Melton Mowbray, as the victims were surveying the Hunt’s activities – although there was no report that the Hunt was acting unlawfully on that day. At Leicester Crown Court the defendants, both of Briary Cottage, Belvoir, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm upon Mr Cunnington, who formerly served 29 years with Leicestershire Police. They also admitted causing actual bodily harm to Mr Swain, the theft of Mr Swain’s video camera and damaging a digital memory card. 

The court case was adjourned until June, when the prosecution is due to open the facts of the case on behalf of The Crown. Defence counsel asked for an adjournment so their clients could call character witnesses to give references.

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Judge Jinder Singh Boora released the Grants on unconditional bail, saying: “You’ve pleaded guilty to very serious offences.” He said: “I’m adjourning because there are character witnesses who can give evidence on behalf of you both and that’s something a judge can take into account in deciding what the sentence will be. I make it clear that all sentencing options will be available to the court.”

Earlier reports of the incident in 2016 stated the victims were filming the Hunt’s activities on a ridge when the defendants arrived on a quad bike, before several unknown men turned up and assaulted them. After the hearing, Mr Swain said outside court: “It would be nice to see a custodial sentence given the seriousness of the offences and it was an unprovoked attack.” Mr Cunnington said: “I had a broken neck. I was monitoring the Belvoir Hunt. It was the last day of the hunting season. We’d been there for a good few hours on a public bridleway when the two drove past on a quad bike.”

Pics above    -   Top,  Daryl Cunnigton being tended to by paramedics     Below that,   Roger Swain after the attack

Pics below   -   1/  George Grant, Belvoir FH terrierman, outside court      2/  Thomas Grant, his son   [Credit Chris Gordon]

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10-4-18   Daily Mail    Father and son admit punching and pushing anti-hunt monitor former policeman down 14ft slope during fox hunt leaving him with a broken neck - George Grant, 55, and his son Thomas, 24, hit then pushed Darryl Cunnington - They also attacked his colleague Roger Swain of League Against Cruel Sports - Mr Cunnington and Mr Swain were monitoring the Belvoir Hunt in Leicestershire - George and Thomas Grant will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court in June    A former policeman broke his neck after being punched then pushed down a 14ft slope while filming a fox hunt. Darryl Cunnington was attacked by George Grant, 55, and his son Thomas Grant, 24, as he monitored the Belvoir Hunt in Leicestershire on March 12, 2016. The League Against Cruel Sports investigator, who had served with Leicestershire Police for 29 years, suffered a broken vertebrae in his neck after being pushed off a ledge. Fellow investigator Roger Swain was also seriously assaulted during the incident which happened at about 2.30pm off Toft's Lane, Stathern, near Melton Mowbray. 

Senior Hunt member Grant and his son also stole the pair's video cameras - seemingly to cover their tracks. They launched the attack with four unidentified masked men, some of whom rode a quad bike, according to animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports.

It took emergency services more than three hours to get Mr Cunnington onto a spinal board in a specialist vehicle due to the challenging terrain. He had to wear a neck collar for about seven weeks after the assault. 

Grant and his son, of Briary Cottage, Belvoir, appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Tuesday. They admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cunnington and causing actual bodily harm to Mr Swain. The pair also pleaded guilty to the theft of Mr Swain's video camera and damaging a digital memory card. They will be sentenced on June 14. 

Judge Jinder Singh Boora released the Grants on unconditional bail, saying: 'You've pleaded guilty to very serious offences. I'm adjourning because there are character witnesses who can give evidence on behalf of you both and that's something a judge can take into account in deciding what the sentence will be. I make it clear that all sentencing options will be available to the court.' 

Fox hunting with dogs has been banned in England and Wales since 2004 when the Hunting Act was introduced. There was no report that the Belvoir Hunt was acting unlawfully on the day of the incident. 

Mr Swain said outside court: 'It would be nice to see a custodial sentence given the seriousness of the offences and it was an unprovoked attack.' Mr Cunnington said: 'Hopefully this will send out a message to all Hunts that they cannot carry out assaults on people who wish to monitor their activities. I am very lucky that the assault has left me with no long-term serious injuries. After falling 14 feet, finding myself unable to move, I feared I was paralysed. The offenders showed no remorse and left us injured.'  

He previously told the Leicester Mercury: 'We'd set up in woods next to the Jubilee Way path near Stathern about half or three-quarters of a mile from where the Hunt was. It's a good vantage point and you can see for about 15 miles, and the cameras we have can film from up to a mile away. We operate covertly - the hunts often don't know we're there. We see what they're up to, whether they're hunting illegally and, if they are, gather video evidence and write statements to pass on to the police.'

He also said after the attack: 'We travel all over the country monitoring the activities of hunts, on about 150 occasions, and I've never been attacked before. We sometimes get a bit of verbal grief, but the Hunts generally treat us differently to the hunt saboteurs because we're professionals doing a job.'

POWAperson comments  -   These guilty pleas bring to 415 the number of separate persons from organised Hunts known to POWA to have been convicted or cautioned for criminal offences since 1990, of a total of 997 crimes. 240 of these have been violent offences, 176 of which were against antis [sabs, monitors, protesters]. 234 of all the offences have been committed by Hunt officials or employees. 

 

Antis plan demo re. no action in S. Herefordshire FH fox cubs case

12-5-18     Facebook - Animal Welfare Party, Cheshire East    Protest: Justice for the Fox Cubs   12th May at 12:00–15:00, West Mercia Police, Hereford Police Station, Bath Street, Hereford HR1 2HT. Two years on from the South Herefordshire Hunt having been filmed throwing live fox cubs to the hounds (May 2016), no charges have been brought. Why?

This is a peaceful protest to demand that this atrocity and all other wildlife crimes be properly investigated and prosecuted by the police and the CPS. Crimes against wild animals are being committed week in, week out all over the UK - and we demand that proper action is taken. All welcome; bring banners; some car sharing available!

POWAperson adds   -  This appalling matter was reported by Hunt Investigation Team in June 2016. Five people were subsequently arrested. Police handed their file to the CPS around a year ago. Since when nothing has happened, except members of HIT having their residences searched by police. The story of HIT's investigation and their exposure of the terrible acts of cruelty to very young fox cubs can be found here.  

Pics below   -   1/   One of 4 young cubs kept in captivity at S.Herefordshire FH kennels    2/   Hunt servant about to throw one of the cubs to hounds

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R. Artillery FH hunt all over biohazard area, risk spreading tree disease

Ignore notices to dog owners detailing precautions to take

9-4-18  Facebook - Wildlife Witness    As the season draws to a close, we paid another visit on Saturday 7th April to the Royal Artillery hunt (RAH) up on Salisbury Plain. We had a tip off in the morning from one of the monitors from Dorset Against Blood Sports (DABS) who knew where they were and we arrived to find they'd set off from the meet at Brigmerston over to the same area as they hunted last week at Brigmerston Down.

This is an area which has warning signs erected by the DIO and Forestry Commission detailing precautions to be taken by the public to stop the spread of a devastating disease that affects Juniper trees. Precautions to be taken include keeping dogs on leads and washing shoes and dog paws before leaving the area.

Needless to say, the RAH did neither. We have contacted the land agents for an explanation as to why the Hunt were permitted to enter the area and potentially spread the disease over a distance far and above that covered by the average dog walker.

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Keeping in touch with the DABS team we watched from a distance as the Hunt encountered another blank day with hounds picking up no scent at all... this despite the "trail-layers" being with the hounds most of the day.

For the record, having drawn through Brigmerston Down the Huntsman took the hounds back along the rear of the rifle ranges with no success before trundling back to the meet. Just why anyone would choose to ride with this shower is beyond us and to pay money for the privilege of accessing areas of Salisbury Plain which are open to the public anyway beggars belief.

The Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) is undergoing massive changes at the moment as the MOD prepared for thousands of troops returning to the UK from Germany over the next few years. This is going to have a major impact on the number of people using the SPTA for recreational purposes and may also impact on the RAH who will find it more difficult than ever to keep out of the public eye in the future.

Pics below   -  1/  Sign detailing precautions dog walkers to take   2/  Hunter on firing range   3/  Hounds on rifle range   4/  Visiting 'trail layer' [check shirt] whose efforts totally ignored by hounds 

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Two from Buccleuch FH charged with illegal hunting

Berwickshire FH Huntsman also under investigation 

8-4-18   Sunday Herald      Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania faces police investigation over fox hunting     THE Scottish fox hunting seasons has ended amid police investigations into illegal activities by riders, the Sunday Herald can reveal. Police have charged two hunters from the Duke of Buccleuch’s fox hunt, and officers are investigating another hunt led by Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania.

A probe was launched into the activities of four hunts after video footage was handed over by undercover animal welfare investigators which they claim shows huntsmen flouting the law. Fox hunting legislation in Scotland allows for dogs to be used to flush foxes from cover to be shot by waiting gunmen. Huntsmen must not allow hounds to hunt down a fox and kill it unless the animal is already wounded.

Huntsman Claire Bellamy was charged last year in connection with an incident at Lauderdale Hunt. Police have now charged two men from the Duke of Buccleuch’s Hunt after reviewing footage. Meanwhile, footage of the Ryan Mania-led Berwickshire Hunt is also under scrutiny. Mania said he “always” acts within the law. Footage of the Fife Hunt was also under investigation, but Police Scotland told the Sunday Herald no crime was established. 

A team of investigators employed by animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports follow hunts in Scotland and capture footage which they claim shows huntsmen breaching the ban. 

The Scottish Countryside Alliance, which represents hunts, denies this and accused the League of producingBerwickshireFHHuntsmanDoyouwantthatrammeddownyourfuckingthroat24-2-18.jpg “selectively recorded” footage which only “appears” to show illegality. 

Ryan Mania, who leads the Berwickshire Hunt, said he “always” acts within the law and the League’s “aim in life is to pester us and make it look like what we’re doing is illegal”. Mania won the Grand National at Aintree in 2013 on 66/1 outsider Auroras Encore. He has since retired and is now master of the historic Berwickshire Hunt, which is believed to be Scotland’s oldest, beginning in the 17th century. 

The Duke of Buccleuch’s hunt was founded in 1827 by the 5th Duke of Buccleuch and is now led by Tim Allen. The current Duke of Buccleuch, Richard Scott, who owns hundreds of thousand acres of land in Scotland, said in December he no longer hunts but wants to see fox hunting “thrive” because it’s “important fabric of our rural life”.

One investigator employed by the League Against Cruel Sports, who asked not to be named, said footage they captured of hunts throughout Scotland often shows “no guns were present” when hounds are running across open fields followed by huntsmen on horseback.

They said: “Our team continues to see dogs being sent into cover to search for foxes and there have been no people in position to shoot any foxes that may be flushed from cover. We continue to see foxes running from dogs and see dogs running across fields on a scent and in pursuit of foxes. Sadly, also we continue to see livestock being frightened by hunts going through fields. In addition, terrier dogs continue to be pushed down holes to battle against foxes which have attempted to seek refuge from the hunting dogs above. What is most concerning is we are now seeing many of the hunts that we watch claiming that their dogs are hunting a wounded fox. Incredibly, there is an enormous loophole in the law which allows a pack of dogs to hunt a fox and kill it if that fox is believed to be wounded.”

Scottish Countryside Alliance Director Jamie Stewart, who speaks for all ten hunts in Scotland, said: “The League Against Cruel Sports has presented hundreds of hours of selectively recorded footage which may appear illegal, even more so when a subjective narrative is applied…images offered by the animal rights activists are always shown in edited highlights to infer illegal activity.”

The Sunday Herald also contacted the Duke of Buccleuch’s Hunt, the Lauderdale Hunt and the Fife Hunt but they did not respond. 

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “Police in the Scottish Borders received a report of an incident that happened during a fox hunt in Berwickshire on January 9 2018. Inquiries are ongoing into the full circumstances. Police in the Scottish Borders have arrested and charged two men following an incident at a fox hunt on December 20 2017. A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.” When asked about the investigation into the Fife Hunt the spokeswoman said: “A thorough investigation was conducted and no crime was established, in accordance with the relevant legislation.”

Pic above   -  Berwickshire FH Huntsman Ryan Mania asking sab 'Do you want that rammed down your fucking throat?' [her horn] 

 

Antis film shambolic pretend trail-laying by Royal Artillery FH

8-4-18   Facebook - Wildlife Witness  VIDEO   Have you ever seen such a useless example of trail-laying than the spectacle we witnessed yesterday with the Royal Artillery hunt (RAH)? Clearly unable to muster their own volunteers for the day's charade, they brought in these two rejects from the New Forest Hounds.

The RAH go to some lengths to pretend they're trail-hunting but guys, you need to remember the golden rules. 1. Go in front of the hounds - not behind them, and... 2. Don't forget to take the trail with you. Full report of yesterday's monitoring coming later.

Pics below   -    1/  Supposed trail layer 50 yards behind 2/  Huntsman and hounds 

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Sabs pull Four Burrow FH hounds off fox chased into village

'Trail layer' trails behind as hounds seek and chase foxes

7-4-18   Facebook – Devon County Hunt Sabs    Four Burrow Hunt 7.4.2018    On Saturday, a small team of usFourBurrowFHHuntswomanNikkiHancock7-4-18.jpg went down to Cornwall to join the Kernow Sabs, Monitors and Animal Rights Team to sab the end of season meet of the Fourburrow Hunt at Caerhays Castle. The meet was in the car park for Porthluney beach, yet another setting ruined by people whose only enjoyment of stunning landscapes comes from killing the wildlife that resides there. With a large field of riders the hunt set off into Forty Acre Wood and began drawing the deep valley between there and Trevarrick. It didn't take long for hounds to get onto a scent, but with Huntswoman Nikki Hancock [right] spending most of the time on adjacent roads and the pack split, it was all a bit chaotic for the first hour or so. Sabs tried to get into decent vantage points, undeterred by riders and hunt support who were trying to block.

The Hunt eventually emerged... hounds intermittently spoke on a line. Foot teams were surprised to hear our vehicle team had now spotted the 'trail-layer', quite some distance BEHIND the action and too engrossed in conversation with a male rider to be focusing on her job.

Blue skies and sunshine really helped warm up the air above the ground and scent deteriorated, so hounds were never able to own it for very long. Next they drew the river valley between Trelissick and Tregilgas, which harbours many foxy coverts. Sure enough hounds were soon running in full cry towards our foot team, who were perfectly positioned to rate them off the scent and send them back in the opposite direction.

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Hounds were moved slowly on towards Polmassick, where our vehicle crew filmed Huntswoman Nikki spend a while gathering them in the top of a steep field. Where was the 'trail-layer' at this point? With the rest of the riders on the FourBurrowFH7-4-18.jpgroad on the other side of the valley. Nikki disappeared just over the brow of a hill to where we could still just about see the top of her riding hat and everything was quiet for a few minutes...

Then very suddenly hounds erupted into full cry and came streaming down the hillside, crossing the stream and straight into the village [Polmassick]. The Kernow team had whizzed round just in time to witness an exhausted looking fox running for its life with hounds close behind. The Kernow sabs rated the hounds as best they could to buy the fox some time, which really upset some of the riders. As usual, they vented their frustration by riding at sabs [above, terrierman driving at one].

The final draw took place in the valleys between Vose and Treluckey, an area teaming with wildlife. Here hounds flushed out a brace of foxes, probably a nursing vixen and her dog fox. Half the pack went running after one fox but soon lost the line, while the other half stayed close to Nikki in the valley. This is when sabs spotted the second fox in the same field as Nikki and her hounds. Not wanting to risk calling hounds onto this or any other fox, sabs had a nervous wait to see whether the hounds would pick up on the fox's line. Luckily they managed to overrun it.

By this time hounds were looking increasingly exhausted. The Hunt hacked slowly back towards the beach andFourBurrowFHOneofmanydeerfleeing7-4-18.jpg packed up at around 6pm. Although we only had two foot teams between ourselves and Kernow today, some good strategising and teamwork meant someone had the Hunt in sight for most of the day and several foxes were helped to safety. Thanks for having us, Kernow Sabs, Monitors and Animal Rights Team... One thing we do envy you for is the amount of supportive comments received from Cornish locals throughout the day. How refreshing!

With our season coming to a close, we'd like to extend our thanks to all our hardworking sabs, all the sab groups, monitors and dedicated lone wolves we've had the honour of working with this season, and all those who have supported us with intel, likes, shares, donations and good wishes.

But we're not done... After a well-deserved break we're going to launch ourselves into preparing to sab this autumn's badger slaughter, as well as disrupting the efforts of the summer blood junkies. If you support us in our endeavours, please continue to support our fuel fund. The summer tends to be an expensive time for us as we take our vehicles off the road for maintenance. https://www.paypal.me/dchs. If you want to find out more about what we'll be up to in the summer and get involved, message us on devoncountysabs@riseup.net  or phone/text 07717473305.

Pics above   -   Left,  Huntswoman and Whip with pack     Right, One of many deer fleeing 

Pics below   -  1/  A hunt supporter. Classy.   2/  A fine specimen of the Screaming Lesser Cornish Hunter. In decline  

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 See also report from Kernow Sabs etc. here.

 

APHA says no licenses issued for import of fox urine based substances

So how & where from are Hunts getting all their trail laying material? 

6-4-18   Facebook - National Dis-Trust    Repeated FoI requests have shown that from 01/01/2014 to 22/03/2018, not a single licence was granted by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) for importing fox urine, but don't let that stop the Duke of Beaufort's Joint-Master telling Somerset Live otherwise in this barrage of lies... 'We use a liquid substance, imported from the USA, that gets put on a rag at the end of a whip.' - Matt Ramsden, Duke of Beaufort's Joint-Master, 20/03/2018.

'The import of fox-based material into the United Kingdom would require a licence or authorisation issued by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) or Defra. These are valid for a set period of time, during which the importer can use the licence on multiple occasions. Therefore, APHA would not know how many imports of fox-based substances took place during the validity of the licence. APHA do have a record of licences/ authorisations issued. However, in line with our data retention instructions, we only hold this information for 3 years. We can therefore supply data between 2014 and 2017.

Our records indicate that one import authorisation was issued for fox-based material on 1 May 2015. This was for “wild fox faeces swab samples stored in ethanol.' - APHA, 08/05/2017, bit.ly/2tm7DYW. APHA have not issued any import authorisations for fox based biological substances in the specified timeframe of 8 May 2017 to the date of your request.' - APHA, 04/04/2018 (photo in the comments).

Maybe Lord Mancroft might know why his Hunt have not applied for an import licence? Ask him at contactholmember@parliament.uk. The Duke of Beaufort's Foxhounds have a National Trust licence, see the details here -> bit.ly/2mpSU9g.    #stopthehunts

 

Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman guilty of hunting fox killed by hounds

Hunt's bird handler, who killed a fox in 2013, acquitted

4-4-18   Peterborogh Today    Fitzwilliam huntsman guilty of using dogs to kill fox    A Fitzwilliam huntsman who was in charge of a pack of dogs which killed a fox has been fined after being convicted of breaching hunting laws. Retired huntsman George Adams (66) was convicted of using hounds to kill the fox on January 1 2016. Falconer John Mease was found not guilty of the charge, and also not guilty of causing unnecessary cruelty to an animal relating to the hunting of a fox in 2013.

The two men appeared at Peterborough Magistrates Court during a two day trial which started on Tuesday this week, and concluded this afternoon. District Judge John Woollard said he had heard no evidence the Hunt had made any changes to their activities - other than using the falconer since the Hunting Act was brought in in 2005. The packed court - with the public gallery filled with supporters of the hunt and hunt saboteurs - heard from saboteurs Ruth Nichols and Stephen Milton, who had tracked the hunt on New Year’s Day. Video footage shown to the court taken by Mr Milton on the day showed the hunt, which involved around 40 hounds - with the sound of a hunting horn clearly heard. The hunt was taking place in fields near Wansford at about 1.30pm when the hounds were seen to get the scent of the fox. Mr Milton said he had seen the Hunt tracking the fox, and had not heard any calls to call the dogs off from the fox from the Hunt. Miss Nichols also said she had not heard calls to slow the hounds down during the hunt.

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However, Mr Milton said while members of the group of saboteurs he was with did not have their own hunting horn, it was possible other saboteurs did have one. Video footage taken from a head-cam worn by Mr Mease was shown to the court, and he could be heard saying the fox would have escaped had the groups of saboteurs not been blocking its escape route - something denied by both Mr Milton and Miss Nichols.

Professor Stephen Harris told the court hunts would regularly use packs of dogs with up to 40 dogs in before the hunting ban was implemented, but hunts using birds of prey in the past would only use two or three to catch the fox. He also said: “Dogs can be trained not to catch certain animals - the fox hounds here do not go chasing after sheep, which is their natural prey. In the footage there is also no-one from the hunt who is telling the dogs they have done wrong when they had killed the fox.”

FitzwilliamFHSabwithkilledfox1-1-16.jpgAdams, who joined the Fitzwilliam Hunt in 1981 and became a huntsman in 1984, told the court he had not seen the fox before it was killed. When asked if it was his intention to kill the fox with hounds, he said: “Absolutely not. We wanted to flush it out for the bird of prey.”

Mr Mease told the court there was no chance for him to release his golden eagle to catch the fox because the saboteurs were in the field, which would provide a risk to the bird. He was asked why he never radioed Adams to call the hunt off. He said: “A hunt is a fluid thing. “It was changing minute by minute. It was the heat of the moment and it was the first time I had come across saboteurs in my 11 years.”

He told the court he was in charge of the bird - but had no control over the pack of hounds, which was Adams’ responsibility. It was suggested the Hunt could have used other breeds of dog, such as spaniels and pointers, to flush out the fox, which could have been trained not to kill the animal - and fewer dogs would have been needed.

The court heard from George Bowyer, who was joint master of the Fitzwilliam Hunt when the Hunting Act was introduced. He said the Hunt had decided to use a bird of prey as it was allowed under the legislation, and there was no limit to the amount of dogs that could be used. He said: “We wanted to keep the Hunt running, within the law, as close as we could to before the Act was introduced so we could keep the blood line of the hounds going for when the Hunting Act was repealed.”

He added that fox hounds could be trained to stop, and there were ‘whippers in’ on hunts to keep the dogs in check during hunts. Mr Bowyer told the court the hunt had spent a lot of time and money with layers examining the law when it was introduced, and making sure the hunt stayed within the law.

Prosecutor Joe Bird labelled Mr Mease and his eagle as a ‘smokescreen’ used by the hunt to allow it toFitzwilliamFHJohnMeaseBirdHandler.jpg continue as it had before the ban. He said: “The set up was never going to work. It was a smokescreen. There were so many occasions when they would not have been able to fly the eagle.” But Stephen Welford, defending both men said: ”There is video footage of Mease using his eagle to kill a fox. That would not exist if it was a smokescreen.”

When Adams was found guilty, the court was told the only sentence that could be passed by law was a fine. Adams was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge and £930 costs.

Mr Mease was cleared after Judge Woollard said it was clear he had no control over the hounds during the hunt. Speaking outside court following the verdict, Adrian Simpson from the Countryside Alliance said they believed the judge had made the wrong decision, and Adams was planning to appeal against the verdict.

On Tuesday, the court was shown headcam footage from Mr Mease regarding the death of the fox in 2013. He used his golden eagle to catch the mammal, before using a falconers knife - a pointed blade - to ‘dispatch’ the fox by driving the spike through the animal’s eye. Mease, who joined the Fitzwilliam Hunt after hunting with dogs was made illegal in 2004, was the only bird of prey handler in the Hunt. He told the court the Hunt’s hounds would flush the animal out into the open, when he would use his eagle to catch the animal. Riding a quad-bike, he would then ride up to the bird and the prey - before making sure the fox was killed.

Mease said his number one priority was the safety of the eagle - and his number two priority was the welfare of the fox. The court was shown a video of the occasion in November 2013 - and told it took 47 seconds to kill the fox from the moment it was caught by the eagle. The court was shown a video of the occasion in November 2013 - and told it took 47 seconds to kill the fox from the moment it was caught by the eagle. He said the falconer's knife was the safest way of ‘dispatching’ a caught fox. He said a kitchen style knife could damage the eagle’s talons, while a ‘captive bolt’ was also dangerous to the eagle. He said while it would have been better to have killed the fox quicker than 47 seconds after it had been caught, he said: “No-one else could have done it quicker.” He was also accused of hunting for sport - but he said: “Not at all. I am employed as a pest controller. “I respect all animals. I don’t get pleasure in dispatching a fox. There is no nice death. This is just how it is.”

Professor Harris told the court that for fox hunting to be used as a successful method of population control, a large number of foxes - up to 80 per cent in an area - would have to be killed, as new foxes move in and take over territory when a fox is killed. He also said foxes were not pests. However, Dr Neil Forbes disagreed and said: “If there is a problem fox, it can cause big problems, especially around lambing time. If that fox is killed, it can be a real benefit to a farmer - even for just a few days.”

Judge Woollard cleared Mease of the animal welfare charge, and said: “To the squeamish this way of dispatching foxes seems a bloody and basic way of killing an animal. But I do not find it proved that the act caused the animal unnecessary suffering.”

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Pics above   -   Top - The scene of the fox kill, 1-1-16    Above left -  Sab straddling the killed fox to prevent it being removed by Hunt    Above right  -  Mease in civvies    Above  -  Mease with his eagle 

6-4-18   The Canary    A former huntsman has been convicted of killing a fox and the case exposes a crucial loophole - A former huntsman has been convicted of killing a fox and the case exposes a crucial loophole    A former Huntsman has been convicted for illegally killing a fox. But his co-defendant, a falconer, was cleared of all charges. And it raises questions about loopholes in a law protecting wildlife.

No control - On 4 April, George Adams was found guilty of illegally killing a fox on 1 January 2016. The former huntsman of the Fitzwilliam Hunt, based in Peterborough, was convicted after a two-day trial. But John Mease, on trial for the same charge as well as a second of animal cruelty in 2013, was cleared of all charges.

Video taken by hunt saboteur Stephen Milton shown during the trial revealed Adams hunting with around 40 hounds. And Milton also stated he had seen no attempt by Adams to call the hounds off the fox having tracked the animal through the day.

Judge John Woollard is described as saying “it was clear” Adams had no control over the hounds on the day. Adams was fined £1,000 for the crime as well as a £100 victim surcharge and £930 costs.

Smokescreen - Falconer Mease was present during the 1 January 2016 hunt with a golden eagle. This was described in court as an attempt to use the ‘falconry exemption’ (6a) to the Hunting Act 2004, which allows a fox to be chased by hounds out of cover. But the fox must be killed by a bird of prey once on open ground... The Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) also reported on 3 January 2016 that:- “...the eagle [the hunt] had present was never un-hooded and not in a position to fly.”

However, Mease was cleared of charges relating to the New Year’s Day hunt. And he was also cleared of a second allegation of unnecessary cruelty to an animal after he stuck a knife into a fox’s eye.

Prosecutor Joe Bird described the attempt to use the falconry exemption as a “smokescreen”. And a magistrate at the trial appears to have agreed. Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns for the League Against Cruel Sports (the League), said:- “The magistrate said this huntsman was trying to cover up illegal hunting by pretending to use a bird of prey.”

‘Truly farcical’ - Loopholes were allegedly introduced into the Hunting Act after Tony Blair, whose government introduced the law, spoke with a hunt master. The most famous is trail hunting, in which hunts claim to follow an artificially laid scent. But the falconry exemption is also widely used.

In 2005, soon after the Hunt Act came into force, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said the exemption would be unlikely to provide legal protection for hunts. It wrote to Protect Our Wild Animals, a hunt monitor group, saying: “Employing (whether or not released to hunt) a bird of prey which does not ordinarily hunt that particular wild mammal [would be illegal] … because, in our view, it suggests that the flushing was not for the purpose of enabling the bird of prey to hunt the mammal.” And an article in The Guardian notes that a golden eagle “only takes small fox cubs in the wild”.

Falconry bodies were also opposed to the exemption. In 2005, a chairman of the Hawk Board told The Guardian that “hunting and falconry… are not compatible.” And a chairman of the Council of Hunting Associations said the body had “concern about the welfare of birds”.

In the same article, the League is quoted as saying: “The technical exemption in the Hunting Act is for falconry not foxhunting. Using a falcon as an excuse would be laughed out of court. This is truly farcical. And Adams’ conviction appears to bear this out.”

Landmark ruling for wildlife - The falconry exemption defence’s failure to stand up in court is an important milestone in the fight against hunting. Following Adams and Mease’s trial, Lee Moon, spokesperson for the HSA, said: “The guilty verdict today proves that hunting with a full pack of hounds is not the same as Falconry and the judge in summing up confirmed as much. The outcome today will of course have wider reaching implications for all those hunts around the country who claim to use this exemption. And given the widespread use of birds of prey by mounted hunts in England and Wales, the impact could be huge.”

See also Telegraph,  Independent    Mirror   Mail

 

NFU says pick up after pet dogs on farmland [but don't mention hunt hounds]

3-4-18   BBC News    Dog mess warning over aborted calves in Denbighshire    Dog owners are being asked to pick up after their pets amid fears cows are losing unborn calves due to infections from dog mess. Neospora caninum is a parasite which can be carried by dogs. The National Farmers Union (NFU) said picking up dog mess was vital to stop the spread of disease.

It comes after farmers in Denbighshire had to cull some of their herd thought to have been infected from their feed. Farmers John and Stephen Tudor, of Gwerclas Farm near Cynwyd, have taken to social media to ask dog walkers to pick up after their pets. The pair said tests showed the cows, which lost their young in late pregnancy, identified 'neospora caninum' as the cause. They tweeted: "The vet stated that the likely source is silage contaminated by dog faeces. There is no vaccine to prevent or cure this condition. Unfortunately, infected cows had to be culled as they will continue to abort every year. We have no issues with people walking their dogs along the footpaths, and know that some do clean up after them, therefore, this is an appeal to those who don't."

Denbighshire vet Dyfrig Williams said the infection was one of the most "frequently diagnosed causes of abortion in cows". "I'm not sure that it's something you'd think of as a dog owner," he said. "It's probably something we could do with further information for dog owners that walk on farmland, just to make sure that they do clean up after their dogs and have respect for livestock in the fields."

The NFU called on dog owners to pick up after their pets and to keep them away from animal food and water troughs to stop the spread of disease.

POWAperson comments  -  This is not the first time the NFU have asked for people walking their dogs on farmland to pick up after their dogs, without mentioning what must surely be the biggest source of risk to their livestock, hunting hounds, who roam about freely on all but a small proportion of cattle and sheep pasture, defecating freely as they go. Hunters generally don't clear up their hound's mess even at town meets and they certainly don't in the hunting fields. The risks to livestock from hunting hounds are manifold. They can be panicked into stampeding and injuring themselves, if pregnant they can miscarry. Abortion, as stated above, can also be caused by the neospora parasite, passed on via canine faeces. Another serious danger is hydatidosis. The only vector for this potentially fatal condition, with a very long latency period, is dogs fed on raw meat, which hounds traditionally are [pets not so much]. So why not address your pleas primarily to Hunts, NFU? Don't bother to answer that, we know why?

 

Waveney Huntsman's verbal abuse of monitor leads to formal complaint 

1-4-18  Facebook - Norfolk and Suffolk Against Live Quarry Hunting    NSALQH report no. 43 - WaveneyWaveneyHarriersHoldinguptraffic10-3-18.jpg Harriers hunt meet, Saturday 10 March, Frostenden Hall, Frostenden, Suffolk     Rumour had it that Saturday 10th March was to be the last meet of the season for the Waveney Harriers. Norfolk and Suffolk Against Live Quarry Hunting (NSALQH) activists normally monitor on a Wednesday but on this special Saturday we decided to support Norfolk and Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs (NSHS) who were attending... The box led us to a farm yard close to Frostenden church...

After a tete-a-tete, the Hunt set off and to our surprise swiftly left the area and headed in a north westerly direction... The police wildlife officers arrived shortly afterwards to do their own monitoring. We welcome this new initiative.

The hounds are normally led by the Huntsman, a Whipper-in and a Joint Master. On this occasion the Whipper-in was conspicuous by his absence and what with this, the police presence and two groups of antis on the case, there was to be very little opportunity for live quarry hunting...

It was the finish of the season and one might have reasonably expected a much larger field to reflect such an important day in the hunting calendar. Year on year the numbers have been getting smaller. Not counting the management team, there was little more than a dozen of them with the usual disproportionately high number of children and young people... Exposing young people to the horrors of blood sports and persuading them that there is some merit in it and furthermore that they are part of a fight for a just cause is in our view just another form of child abuse...

WaveneyHarriersHuntsmanReubenKenchAbusingf.monitor10-3-17.jpgNSALQH were only a support group on the day, so for a full report look at the Facebook of Norfolk and Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs. We cannot complete this report however without mentioning the inappropriate and offensive banter uttered by the huntsman Reuben Kench, to our monitors. Throughout the long journey back from Sotterley estate to the meet, monitors and hunt sabs were able to keep within earshot of the Huntsman whilst travelling along the public road and public track. Leading his hounds, accompanied by a JM (we believe to be one Helen Yallop), Mr Reuben Kench kept up a tirade of unwarranted verbal abuse for his own amusement. On passing the junction of Green Lane and Primrose Lane he spotted a female monitor waiting with her camera. He directed his verbal abuse at her and it was of a sexual nature that no person, let alone a woman, should have to endure in these enlightened times...

No person in his work place as Reuben was should be allowed to get away with this behaviour without a severe warning from his employer. It is for that reason her husband decided to make a complaint and seek out an apology and assurance from his employer that it would not be happening again. But here is the problem. The hunt, in our experience, simply ignore any complaint of this nature in an attempt to protect their reputation... Mr McDaniels, a joint master has listened to our complaints whilst in the field but he never appears to follow through with any of it or report back to us. The JM who was riding with Reuben, technically his superior, made no attempt to curb his immature and totally inappropriate jibes. Reuben was acting like one of those school boys on his last day at school...

He was of course forgetting his duty not only as a representative of the Hunt but also as a representative of their host at the Frostenden meet. It was for that reason the complaint was directed at the occupiers of Frostenden Hall. We are told that the recorded delivery letter was signed for by one Shelley Watson on 14 March. We had delayed the posting of this report by giving the benefit of the doubt to whom we believe to be the meet hosts, hoping that this issue could have been quickly resolved. We believe that there has been ample time since then for them to acknowledge the grievance but to date they have chosen not to do so. We will let you know how this turns out or you could just view Reuben’s response where, as a regular troll on our Facebook, his immaturity and lack of self control is all too often evident. Under the present regime at the Waveney Harriers, we do not expect things to change very much. They seem determined to bring disrespect upon themselves by continuing with this trail hunting charade in favour of the more respected drag hunting and not being too fussy regarding the quality of the persons they employ to carry it out.

A big thanks to all those who supported us during this season, not only in the field but in other ways. We shall not be entirely idle during the summer as we have unfinished business which will include racking up the campaign to bring a cessation to hunting on the National Nature Reserve (Natural England) on the Benacre estate, seat of the Gooch family who own the sporting rights. Have you signed the petition directed at the Benacre estate manager Mr vere Nichol? It can be found on change.org. If you wish to contact Mr vere Nichol yourself please remember to be polite.

 

MARCH 2018

..... 31st March - Sabs seriously assaulted & robbed by Modbury Harriers thugs

..... 30th March - Release and chase of bagged fox by Portman FH filmed, say sabs

..... 30th March - LACS has received over 500 illegal hunting reports this season

..... 30th March - Eggesford FH hunt over banned SSSI and farm

..... 30th March - Leicestershire Police officers snapped at Belvoir FH Ball

..... 29th March - Gamekeeper of Belvoir FH Hunt hosts convicted over captive fox

..... 28th March - Eggesford FH mark 2 foxes to ground, pack split and riot on deer

..... 27th March - Antis film D&S SH Whip gallop horse on road for extended time

..... 26th March - Convicted paedophile snapped among support at Eggesford FH

..... 25th March - Police drop case of Atherstone FH supporter - drove into, punched sabs

..... 25th March - Sabs stop Middleton FH killing despite attacks by 'security' men

..... 25th March - Disturbing film by passer-by of frenzy before deer kill by D&S SH

..... 25th March - LACS presents evidence of illegal hunting by Quantock SH to police

..... 25th March - Sab taken to hospital after unknown liquid thrown in her face 

..... 25th March - Hundreds in demo to demand full Scottish hunting ban

..... 23rd March - Filmed fox flees Beaufort FH across graveyard and into sett

..... 23rd March - Next day - 2 blocked setts where Cotswold FH hunting - again

..... 22nd March - 2 freshly blocked setts found where Cotswold FH hunting

..... 22nd March - Hounds Off ask - what point of giving evidence of Hunts' wrongdoing?

..... 22nd March - Portman FH Huntsman hunts hounds on road, even after driver complains

..... 21st March - Hunt invades gardens & tramples badger sett in Oxfordshire

..... 21st March - Antis to protest Devon & Cornwall police inaction on illegal hunting

..... 19th March - Waveney Harriers filmed chasing fox - monitor struck in face

..... 19th March - Grove & Rufford FH appeal judge was Tory MP in the '90s

..... 18th March - Cotswold FH horse dies, but they carry on seeking foxes to hunt

..... 18th March - S. Durham FH supporter tried to steal film of fox kill by Hunt

..... 18th March - S. Dorset FH support attacks sabs after twice pulled hounds off foxes

..... 18th March - Sabs prevent Eggesford FH dig outs, Huntsman hits sab on head

..... 18th March - Rarely sabbed Vine & Craven FH lays no trails, followed by terriermen

..... 17th March - Rider's horse dies under him - so he jumps on another & hunts on

..... 17th March - N. Shrops FH Huntsman seems to implicate self in denying sett blocking

..... 17th March - Four Shires Bassets/Berkeley Beagles joint meet packed up by sabs

..... 17th March - Mass sab ruins Puckeridge FH's closing meet

..... 17th March - Antis stop Portman FH's 'innocent' Huntsman killing on snowy day

..... 16th March - Two blocked setts found near Beaufort FH meet

..... 16th March - Another hunting vet exposed - hunts with Albrighton FH

..... 16th March - Cheshire FH servant cautioned for death threat to monitor

..... 16th March - Heavily blocked setts found where Cotswold FH hunting

..... 15th March - Grove & Rufford FH 3 win appeals against illegal hunting convictions

..... 15th March - Rescue horses & pets badly disturbed by Hunt's proximity

..... 15th March - Pub owner where cat-kill Hunt met 'devastated' by pet's death

..... 14th March - Antis to send compilation of Portman FH road havoc to police

..... 14th March - Eggesford FH welcome violent ex-jailbird as supporter

..... 14th March - Portman FH JM/Huntsman acquitted of illegal hunting charge

..... 14th March - Warks FH Director says is landowner - until shown newly blocked sett

..... 14th March - Pet cat mauled to death by Albrighton & Woodland FH hound

..... 14th March - Sabs say Hunt claims re. injured woman sab are false

..... 14th March - Warwickshire FH hunt foxes on Fosse Way and A422

..... 13th March - Monitors say filmed N. Shropshire FH illegally hunting fox

..... 13th March - Somerset hare hunt beagle found hanging from top of fence

..... 13th March - Notts WT angry re. Grove & Rufford FH trespass on their reserves

..... 13th March - Surrey Union FH Whip arrested after attacked, spat on, woman sab

..... 13th March - Youngsters' beagling meet packs up soon after sabs appear

..... 12th March - Hounds pulled off hunted fox by sabs at Chiddingfold FH

..... 12th March - Grafton FH rider allegedly causes accident on A5, older man injured

..... 12th March - Grove & Rufford FH trespass and hunt in nature reserves

..... 12th March - Councillor and 'hunt liaison' loses it in foulmouthed rant at sabs

..... 11th March - Blean Beagles run home from sabs, leaving 4 hounds behind

..... 11th March - Convicted violent hunt thug breaks promise to court & attends hunts 

..... 11th March - South Dorset FH thugs assault and steal from sabs

..... 11th March - Leadon Vale Bassets don't even travel to meet after seeing sabs

..... 11th March - Sabs save fox from Cotswold Vale FH, fate of another not known

..... 11th March - Thurlow FH stage very short 'trail hunt', seek foxes for rest of day

..... 10th March - W. Somerset Vale FH trespass again on NT land in Somerset

..... 10th March - Badsworth FH hunt and kill one of paired foxes

..... 10th March - Cheshire Monitors on the One Show to enlighten public to 'trail hunt' scam

..... 10th March - Oakley FH hounds riot on and kill water deer

..... 10th March - Sabs save 5 foxes from Puckeridge FH, Huntsman makes death threat

..... 10th March - Sabs amazed by police response to attacks by W. Somerset Vale FH thugs

..... 10th March - Locals protest against Mendip Farmers FH

..... 10th March - Sabs save fox from Portman FH, sab landy kicked & damaged

..... 10th March - Meynell FH's closing meet features fox hunting, hounds on A roads

.....  9th March - Antis deter Cattistock FH from dig-out of hunted fox

.....  9th March - Drooling Warks FH supporter in vile, sexist rant at female sab

.....  9th March - Antis protest Wentworth estate hosting Grove & Rufford FH

...... 8th March - Yeo Valley Farms colluding in MFFH illegal hunting says local group 

.....  8th March - Atherstone FH Huntsman can't control hounds - so takes them on A444

.....  7th March - Woman supporter of Hampshire FH tries to steal monitor camera

.....  7th March – Eggesford FH Huntsman loses half his pack to sabs for 2 hours

.....  7th March - Tesco withdraws kids' fox hunter costume from sale

.....  6th March - Ex National winner Huntsman in foul-mouthed tirade at antis 

.....  5th March - Locals protest against Mendip Farmers FH

.....  5th March - LACS publish film of Eton College Beagles hunting a hare

.....  5th March - Monitors upload film of Cheshire FH chasing fox just before Xmas 

.....  4th March - Police make Cheshire FH pack up very early after monitors see kill

.....  3rd March - Easton Harriers filmed chasing several hares - no kills

.....  3rd March - Monitors film of South Durham FH killing fox handed to police  

.....  2nd March - S. Durham FH hounds invade  land, allegedly attack pregnant ewe   

.....  1st March - Monitors find blocked sett where Cheshire FH hunting on foot

.....  1st March - Ampleforth College beaglers' newsletter removed from website 

 

Sabs seriously assaulted and robbed by Modbury Harriers thugs

31-3-18  Facebook - Hunt Saboteurs    BREAKING: Members of Devon County Hunt Saboteurs have just been badly assaulted by supporters of the Modbury Harriers after filming huntsman Harry Gosling hunting hounds onto a fox. One saboteur is bleeding in the face and has sustained a leg injury from being driven over by a quad bike whilst on the floor. Two saboteurs were punched and kicked in the face and have had all their property stolen including a camera which had the footage of hounds being encouraged to chase a fox. An ambulance is in attendance. Please contact Devon & Cornwall Police to ask what they are doing to locate the culprits. You can donate to Devon County Hunt Saboteurs here: paypal.me/dchs. 

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31-3-18  Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs   PLEASE SHARE    Male and female sab assaulted and robbed by terriermen from the MODBURY HARRIERS after filming huntsman Harry Gosling encouraging hounds onto a fox. Six men tackled the two sabs to the ground and punched and kicked them in the face before driving over one of them with their quad bikes while he was lying on the ground. Sabs also had their equipment and personal possessions stolen, including cameras that had filmed the illegal hunting and assaults. One of the sabs is from Somerset Hunt Saboteur Group, who joined us today.

Please ask Devon & Cornwall Police what they are doing to locate the six culprits, whose names and details they now have. https://twitter.com/dc_police email: 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk or 101@dc.police.uk

Harry Gosling: If you don't see to it that all our equipment is returned to us, you can expect to see a whole lot more of us next season. The Eggesford will tell you all about what that's like.

1-4-18  Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs    Sabs viciously attacked    Yesterday we ruined the Modbury Harriers' attempts to kill a fox, so the terriermen fulfilled their bloodlust by attacking sabs instead.

We were joined by a sab from South Devon Animal Rights and two from Somerset Hunt Saboteur Group. The meet was at Brownstone Manor near Holbeton. They drew Coldharbour Wood and Alston Wood south of the meet without picking up on anything and then headed for the The South West Coast Path to terrorise wildlife on the gorsey slopes that drop down steeply into the sea between Carswell Farm and Ryder's Hole. We were shocked to see young huntsman Harry Gosling encouraging the harriers to draw the very edge of the cliffs. Large numbers of cliff-nesting seabirds took to the air.

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Eventually Harry decided to move on but he struggled for over an hour to call the harriers back off the cliffs in the strong wind. Hunt supporters got bored of standing around in the cold and many left at this point. A few helpers were sent into the gorse to try and get the remaining harriers back but nobody dared go too far down the slope. It's abundantly clear nobody had "laid a trail" in this area...

Once the pack was reassembled everything carried on west towards Pitts Hill Wood. A police car arrived in the area, having been called by the Hunt. We have no idea why. Up until then it had been the most uneventful afternoon we'd had in a long time. The police officer saw the three quad bikes being driven illegally on the road, with missing number plates and excess passengers, but did nothing. One of the riders fell off her horse onto a concrete track and injured her arm. We informed Harry but he carried on hunting regardless.

In Pitts Hill Wood the harriers flushed out a fox and were filmed chasing it by one of our foot teams watching from a footpath above the woods. The harriers were about 20 metres behind the fox and it was clear Harry had seen it too.ModburyHarriersWhipJennyStewart31-3-18.jpg With the help of his whipper-in Jenny Stewart [right] he hunted them onto the fox. In full cry they headed towards the quay at Newton Ferrers and then came tearing back past one of our teams who were able to rate them off the scent. Harry attempted to put them back onto the line but by now the fox had a decent head start.

The gamekeeper was called to forcibly remove us from the area but having filmed the Hunt actively chasing a fox there was no way we were leaving. The gamekeeper's response was "who cares about a f***ing fox?!". We stood our ground and he eventually got fed up and called Harry to ask him to remove the hunt from the woods.

This is when the terriermen lost the plot. Six masked men on three quad bikes sped up to a male and a female sab, attacking the female first. They pinned her to the ground, punched her in the head and robbed her of all her possessions, including her bag and the camera she had been using to film the illegal hunting. Meanwhile, the male sab was being assaulted, pushed down a hill and prevented from helping the female sab on the ground. He was knocked to the ground several times and punched in the face and kicked. Two quads came down the hill, driving straight into the male sab and then one of the terriermen used his quad to run over the sab's legs repeatedly while he was on the ground. He was then pinned up against the quad by several terriermen who tore the body camera off his chest and stole his radio. The terriermen sped off with the stolen equipment. One of the sabs was bleeding from the face and has sustained leg and chest injuries. Both were left battered and bruised.

Police and ambulance were called and while we waited for them to arrive we kept up with the Huntsman as he headed back to the meet. We observed Harry Gosling in phone and radio contact with the terriermen as he had been all day. The whip Jenny Stewart smirked at us when we challenged her to condemn the cowardly actions of multiple terriermen assaulting a woman. Is it any surprise that people who get their kicks from bloodsports don't have any qualms about beating up a woman?!

We know that Harry and Jenny are fully aware of the assailants' identities, as are we, and they were directing their operations all day. If they have any sense they will cooperate with the police enquiries and ensure that our stolen equipment is returned to us immediately.

Modbury Harriers: You will have to learn this lesson the hard way. Expect to see a lot more from us next season.

Here's how you can help:-  Share this post and help us spread the word about the violent Modbury Harriers. Help us replace the stolen kit, the value of which amounts to almost £600. A handheld camera, a body cam, a radio, several batteries, power banks and SD cards: https://www.paypal.me/dchs.6-4-18

6-4-18   Plymouth Herald    Police investigate reports of assault and robbery on hunt saboteurs    Devon County Hunt Saboteurs claim members were attacked and robbed by hunt staff Police have confirmed they are investigating allegations of assault and robbery on members of a hunt saboteur group by hunt staff.

ModburyHarriersConvoyofterriermen31-3-18.jpgIn an angry post on their Facebook site Devon County Hunt Saboteurs say they were joined by a member of the South Devon Animal Rights group and two members of Somerset Hunt Saboteur Group to monitor the closing meet of the Modbury Harriers at Brownstone Manor near Holbeton, on March 31.

According to the site the saboteur group stopped hounds chasing a fox which they claimed was being actively hunted and was filmed on camera. They alleged they were then attacked by a group of six “terriermen” attached to the larger group adding that they grabbed a female saboteur, pulled her to the ground and punched her in the face. The group claim the men then prevented another male saboteur from defending the woman by attacking him.

The Facebook site claims two quad bikes were then used to drive into the man, knocking him to the ground and running over him a number of times. They are then alleged to have pinned him down before taking a body camera, a two-way radio and a number of other items before leaving the area. The saboteur group say members of their group suffered “black eyes, leg injuries and cuts and bruises”.

On the main website of the Hunt Saboteurs Association, spokesman Lee Moon, wrote: “We have come to terms with the fact that police forces will generally side with illegal hunters rather than hunt saboteurs but even in this biased world Devon and Cornwall Police are one of the worst. They consistently turn a blind eye to illegal hunting and assaults on the saboteurs who try and stop it.” He added: “We ask that people contact Devon and Cornwall Police and ask what they are doing to locate the six culprits, whose details they have, to recover the evidence of the assaults and the stolen property. Also to ask them what they are doing in general about illegal hunting and hunt violence which goes unpunished week after week.”

Modbury Harriers has refuted the allegations, saying they were “grossly exaggerated”.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed it was: “currently investigating allegations of robbery and assault which happened on Saturday 31 March 2018 between 3pm and 3.45pm in a field in Mayo, Plymouth.” The spokesman said: “Officers received reports that victims were set upon by six men on quad bikes and also had their radio and camera equipment taken. This is currently a live and active investigation. We take reports such as these extremely seriously and ask for anyone with information to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by 101 quoting CR/027453/18.”

 

Release and chase of bagged fox by Portman FH filmed, say sabs

30-3-18 Facebook - Dorset Against Blood Sports   VIDEO    HIT REPORT MONDAY 26th MARCH, PORTMAN ACCIDENTAL FOX HUNT, CLOSING MEETING AT HEMSWORTH FARM, WITCHAMPTON   …The fact is that the footage we gained Monday could have come from any of the 'accidental' hunting days during the season.

We will upload a few short clips from Monday over the next few days that will take you through exactly what happens. A MAGIC FOX that appears in front of the Hunt, a suspicious van, a Huntsman putting his hounds back onto the line of the fox [2 pics below. Pic 2 is 30 secs after Pic 1], DABS stopping the hounds and saving the fox, terrier men, wildlife running for its lives and much more. They are illegally hunting on a regular basis. Or at least trying to.

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We would like to thank all of the monitors and animal rights groups that we have worked besides this season with all our hearts. What we do isn’t easy and it is imperative that you have good people watching your back, and we have the best. Dorset’s hunts have seen an unprecedented amount of attention, and it is only going to increase.

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If you want to get involved drop us a line. Their are jobs for everyone. 'Our day began with a suspicious van, and a fox away from it came. Then we saw hounds and a couple of riders and knew they must be to blame'.

1-4-18    Facebook - Wildlife Witness   VIDEO    This is just a short video of an incident that took place on the Portman Hunt's final meet on 26th March 2018. In the early afternoon, a fox was seen and filmed by monitors from Dorset Against Blood Sports running from the location of the silver vehicle and across the adjacent field.

A few minutes later the Huntsman brought the pack to the car and was seen speaking to the occupants of the car - he then took the hounds directly to the point where the fox had been seen. A clear indication that the Hunt was attempting to hunt a live quarry, in breach of the Hunting Act.

The other interesting point in the video is when hounds are seen flushing two or three deer from the area of PortmanFHFoxfleeingfrom26-3-18.jpgwoodland next to the car and one of the hounds picks up the scent and follows the deer. The whipper-in and the field master both intervene to stop the hound and bring it back to the pack. In the recent court case, the core prosecution evidence was a video of the Portman's huntsman, Evo Shirley, riding motionless behind the hounds as a fox is seen being hunted in his view, with him making no effort to stop them. His defence was that it was not possible to stop the hounds so he made no effort to do so. This video clearly contradicts this testimony.

30-3-18  Facebook - Dorset Against Blood Sports   VIDEO    The hounds followed the fox, we think came from a box, The huntsman was made well aware. The hounds they kept going, no sign of slowing because the man on the horse didn’t care.

30-3-18   Facebook - Dorset Against Blood Sports   VIDEO   They thought they were clever popping through private land to get back on the scent of their prey. But we have our own methods and popped up the same place to save foxy and ruin their day.

Foxy crosses the road from the hedge, only a couple of metres ahead of the lead hound. You can see the DABS team member point, The Huntsman is nowhere. His hounds are running riot through people’s gardens chasing a fox. (sorry couldn’t rhyme that bit).

Pic above right   -   Hunted fox fleeing from hounds

Pics below   -   Hounds burst on to road right by monitors    2/   Hounds searching for fox 

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LACS says have had over 500 reports of illegal hunting this season

30-3-18   LACS Press Release    New figures indicate the scale of illegal hunting across Britain    A new set of figures reveals the extent to which hunts are illegally chasing, and in many cases, killing foxes, hares and deer and causing havoc in the British countryside.

A total of 550 reports of illegal hunting activity and hunt havoc have been received by the League Against Cruel Sports since the beginning of the hunting season last autumn. The figures indicate that hunts are routinely breaking the law and their packs of hounds still literally tearing to pieces British wildlife.

Chris Luffingham, League Against Cruel Sports director of campaigns, said: “Despite hunting being banned 13 years ago, it seems very little has changed, with hunts targeting and killing animals and deceiving the British public about their activities with excuses like ‘trail’ hunting. Sadly these reports are just the tip of the iceberg – with more than 300 hunts on the British mainland still in existence and actively targeting wildlife, we estimate that thousands of animals are still being killed every year.”

The scale of illegal hunting reports and hunt havoc - 405 reports of illegal hunting activity were received by the League over the course of the hunting season which began at the start of November and is currently drawing to a close. A further 145 reports came in of ‘hunt havoc’, which consists of incidents such as packs of hounds killing domestic pets, trespassing through people’s gardens and allotments and running onto busy roads and railway lines. The majority of reports covered the four and a half months between November 2017 and the middle of March 2018. Reports of the hunting of young fox cubs which take place in early autumn were also included. Pic below - pet cat mauled to death, Albrighton & Woodland FH 14-3-18

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In total, the League received 550 reports, which came in from concerned members of the British public who contacted the League’s Animal Crimewatch team, League investigators who monitor the activities of the hunts, and independent hunt monitor and saboteur groups.

Chris Luffingham added: “A new term entered the English language after the hunting ban of 2004 – ‘trail’ hunting. This was touted by the hunts as a new pastime which involved following an animal-based scent rather than live quarry, but which mimicked traditional hunting as much as possible. In fact, it so closely mimics hunting; it has become clear it is a deception and cover-up for illegal hunting activity. Hunts rarely lay a trail and even when they do it is a sham to mask their illegal hunting. Why are hunts routinely seen crossing railway lines, on busy roads or in people’s gardens if they are laying a trail? Why are they regularly being seen chasing wildlife? Why are there so many reports of animal deaths at the hands of the Hunts? The public, over 85 per cent of which opposes hunting, would be horrified if they knew what was really going on in the British countryside and the cruelty and dreadful death toll the Hunts are inflicting on wildlife. We are calling on landowners to ban hunts from their land and we need to strengthen the Hunting Act and bring in tougher sentencing to act as a deterrent.”  Pic below  -  Fox killed by Silverton FH 1-1-18, cradled in arms of sab

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Examples of illegal hunting activity and hunt havoc - On January 9, 2018, the East Sussex and Romney Marsh hunt chased a deer and a fox into the Celia Hammond Greenacres cat sanctuary near Hastings. The hounds rampaged across the 80 acre sanctuary and initially 60 cats fled. Sadly five never returned and are feared dead.

The figures include 42 cases of cub hunting when the Hunts blood their hounds in early autumn by surrounding known fox habitats in small woods. The practice involves driving the hounds through the woods so that they learn to kill.

There have been 12 cases this year alone of the notorious Warwickshire Hunt chasing foxes and causing hunt havoc, including the Hunt being witnessed hunting on busy A roads and next to the M40, which presents a very real risk to the public and the Hunt’s hounds, and points towards illegal hunting rather than following a genuine trail. Below - Warwickshire FH hunting on bend in main road, 29-11-17

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Many Hunts have been seen with terriermen, who accompany Hunts and encourage their dogs to find, fight and flush out foxes that have gone underground, often in badger setts. The involvement of terrier men with ‘trail’ hunts raises a serious question about their activities. The answer can only be that the Hunts are still targeting and killing animals despite the fox hunting ban of 2004 and that trail hunting is a lie being used to cover their activities.

Animal Crimewatch - To report illegal hunting activity, the public can contact the League’s Animal Crimewatch Team via www.league.org.uk. Alternatively phone in confidence on 01483 361 108 or email on mailto:crimewatch@league.org.uk.Chris

Chris Luffingham added:- “The good news is the world is changing – advances in smart phone video cameras, new monitoring groups on Facebook, and the development of our Animal Crimewatch team, mean the public can report the Hunts’ activities and we can go about bringing them to task. It’s time to get the Hunts, not animals, on the run. The Hunts are living on borrowed time.”

The League is encouraging members of the public to sign their petition titled ‘stop the killing of animals by Hunts in the UK’. Full details can be found here.

 

Eggesford FH hunt over banned SSSI and farm

30-3-18   Facebook – N.Cambridge Sabs   Wheatland Farm - Devon eco lodges and cottage   Eggesford Hunt have been back again, despite being told to stay off Popehouse Moor SSSI and all the land at Wheatland Farm. Another 20 or so hounds were running riot across our nature reserve and around the lodges. This Huntsman even manages a sarcastic grin and a wave before hurrying off [below]. The Hunt is not welcome at Wheatland Farm, but that doesn't seem to bother them. When are the police going to start enforcing the hunting ban? Any more advice Hounds Off? https://www.wheatlandfarm.co.uk/…/eggesford-hunt-popehouse…/

Pics below  -   1/   Hound rampaging on banned land in Jan '18     2/  Huntsman gives sarcastic wave as rides away Mar '18 

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Leicestershire Police officers snapped at Belvoir FH Ball

30-3-18   Facebook - Deborah Hall   Police at the Hunt Ball   This is an illegal Hunt who regularly break the law (Sharon Roscoe was the Wildlife Crime Officer!]. Here's the double act. PC Sharon Roscoe [left] and acting Chief Inspector(at the time) Lou Cordiner on the right at the Belvoir Hunt ball.”

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POWAperson adds   -  After numerous complaints, some in the press, about PC Sharon Roscoe acting as Wildlife Officer whilst riding with the Belvoir FH, she resigned the post in March 2016. Sabs have long complained of perceived bias by Leics police in favour of Hunts, most particularly the Atherstone FH. Only last week they dropped the case of an Atherstone FH supporter, the Chairman's brother-in-law, who attacked sabs last October with both his quad bike and his fists. Video clearly showed him committing assaults and threatening behaviour.  

 

Gamekeeper of Belvoir FH host estate convicted over fox kept in shed

Refuses to defend self or say who else involved in the crime 

Assumption is fox was to be released for Belvoir FH to hunt 

29-3-18   LincolnshireLive    Amazing footage shows secret operation carried out to free fox trapped by gamekeeper   VIDEO    A gamekeeper has been prosecuted after footage emerged of a mission to save a fox which he had trapped in an outbuilding. Nigel Smith, head gamekeeper of the Buckminster Estate has since been found guilty of charges brought under the Animal Welfare Act.

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The fox [above] was kept in cruel conditions in an outbuilding [right] at the estate which is on the border between Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. The League Against Cruel Sports claims the fox was being held to be chased and killed by a local Hunt. Smith was caught on camera by investigators from the League with a bag and net going into the building on the day that the Belvoir Hunt met. He then came out looking confused asBelvoirFHShedwherefoxcaptive12-15.jpg the fox was no longer in the building. The fox had been found in appalling conditions and in a terrified state.

Smith appeared at Lincoln Magistrates' Court today, Thursday March 29 and was fined £400 ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge and to pay £1,200 costs. The BBC reported that he was also banned from being involved in or keeping foxes for five years.

They also reported that District Judge Peter Veits said: "You chose not to give evidence today so we will never know whether you were keeping this fox for a protective reason or whether you were keeping it for an unlawful purpose, to be used in a hunt on that Thursday. We shall never know whether you acted alone or whether you acted with the understanding or acquiesce of your employers. We will never know because you haven't told us."

Chris Luffingham, League Against Cruel Sports director of campaigns, said: “We welcome this conviction, which will act as a deterrent to others who think they can get away with cruelty towards British wildlife. We’re outraged that Hunts are still chasing and killing foxes in the British countryside. Before the hunting ban came in they claimed this was about wildlife management but this case blows that argument out of the water and shows that foxes are being kept so they can be released for ‘sport’."

Darryl Cunnington, League Against Cruel Sports head of investigations, who lead the operation to free the fox, said: "We’re delighted with this conviction. The judge has sent out a clear message to any hunts across the country that are keeping foxes that this cruelty is not to be tolerated. He made it very clear that the consequences of doing this again would be very serious.”

Pics below    -    1/   Offender Nigel Smith at shed where fox had been held captive    2/  Smith outside court

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29-3-18  BBC News  VIDEO  Buckminster Estate fox trial: Gamekeeper guilty of welfare offence    A gamekeeper who kept a fox captive in a brick shed - allegedly so it could be hunted - has been found guilty of an animal welfare offence. Nigel Smith has never explained why he kept the fox captive at the Buckminster Estate in the East Midlands. However, he was filmed going to retrieve it - carrying a net and a bag - on the day the Belvoir Hunt were due to meet nearby.

Smith, 60, was fined and ordered to pay costs totalling £1,640. He was also disqualified from keeping foxes, or being involved in it, for five years. Nigel Smith, of Glebe Farm, Colsterworth, Stainby, Lincolnshire, is gamekeeper for the Buckminster Estate. District Judge Peter Veits told Smith: "Whatever the true motives, it is clear that fox hunting in this country by dogs is unlawful. The country expects people to abide by those laws and make sure foxes are not hunted by dogs. Having them torn apart by dogs is something that is viewed by Parliament as unlawful and we all have to respect the law."

The BBC has asked the Belvoir Hunt and Smith's employer, the Buckminster Estate, to comment. The BBC also asked Smith if he wanted to explain why he was keeping the fox captive but he declined to do so.

The judge said he had drawn an "adverse inference" from the fact that Smith did not give evidence at his trial. He found him guilty of not ensuring the welfare of the fox, by failing to provide it with a clean and safe environment, sufficient space, ventilation, temperature control, fresh food or sufficient water. Smith was not charged with any offences relating to fox hunting, and nobody from the Belvoir Hunt has been charged with offences. The Buckminster Estate covers part of Lincolnshire and Leicestershire and the fox was found in a brick building in Stainby, close to Smith's home at Glebe Farm, Colsterworth.

BelvoirFHFoxfindcaptivereleasedinotherarea2016.jpg.jpgLincoln Magistrates' Court heard that the League Against Cruel Sports was informed that foxes had been kept in the brick building in the past. Darryl Cunnington, head of field operations, told the court that he and a colleague went to the outbuilding and discovered a fox on 14 December, 2015. This was three days before the Belvoir Hunt was due to meet on 17 December, so he suspected that the fox was being kept for that purpose. The League Against Cruel Sports set up cameras and arranged to retrieve the fox the day before the hunt. These cameras caught a man, later identified as Smith, visiting the fox on 16 December. Mr Cunnington returned with two colleagues later on 16 December and rescued the fox, but left the cameras in place. The cameras then caught Smith returning to the shed with a net and a bag on the Thursday - the day of the hunt - going inside, discovering the fox had gone, then coming out again while scratching his head.

The footage was passed to Lincolnshire Police, which carried out an investigation. The fox was taken to a rescue centre then released [left] into an area of Leicestershire where hunts do not take place. Police arrested Smith but he repeatedly refused to answer questions when interviewed...

The judge told Smith: "You chose not to give evidence today so we will never know whether you were keeping this fox for a protective reason or whether you were keeping it for an unlawful purpose, to be used in a hunt on that Thursday. We shall never know whether you acted alone or whether you acted with the understanding or acquiesce of your employers. We will never know because you haven't told us."

 

Eggesford FH mark 2 foxes to ground, pack split, riot on deer

Badger sett found newly blocked with logs 

28-3-18   Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs     Yesterday we returned to the Eggesford Hunt for a mid-week visit, joined this time by some friends from Somerset Sabs, S.Devon Animal Rights and Kingston Sabs. The Hunt met off the road near Gorhuish Bridge, between Folly Gate and Northlew.

They drew the long valleys to the north and south of the meet. Early on, hounds were heard in cry in the valley and they appeared to have marked a fox to ground. This was before the Hunt were even aware sabs were in the area. Terriermen Nathan and Seward arrived on their quad bike, only to find sabs were already in the valley where they'd planned to dig out. Their dig-out plans were scuppered and the fox got away. A badger sett was also found further along the valley, which had been freshly blocked with logs.

Huntsman Jason Marles lost control and the pack became split, with some hounds heading south on a line past one of our foot teams, while the others remained at the northern end of the valley. Several hounds re-entered the valley west of the meet and with little help from his terrier men, who were stood around drinking with the support, it took Jason a while to put the pack back together.

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Jason came back to the meet, dismounted his horse and went back out to spend the rest of the day on foot. Back north he went towards Lambert Cross, where he picked up the other half of the pack and re-entered the Hookmoor Brook valley, heading back in direction of the meet.

South of Lower Gorhuish hounds again erupted into full cry. At this time of year many foxes will be either heavily pregnant or nursing their young, and males are often found close by, looking after their vixen. So when we spotted one fox running from the pack but hounds carried on past and then came to a standstill at a large badger sett making a lot of noise, we feared the worst. Terrier quad-bikes arrived in the area at the same time as sabs, but fortunately hounds and Huntsman had already moved on.

The hounds were now running in full cry towards South Moor Plantation, actively hunted on by Jason. It transpired they were rioting on a herd of deer. Eventually they made their way back into the original valley and up to the meet, where they packed up at 4pm. Jason spent another hour at the meet calling for hounds, so we suspect some of them may have been left behind.

It was particularly refreshing to come across several anti-hunt landowners yesterday. One of them complained he had never given the Hunt permission to hunt across his land, yet Jason and the hounds deliberately crossed it three times. The landowner said he'd previously had trouble with the Hunt causing his pregnant ewes to abort.

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Antis film D&S SH Whip gallop horse on road for extended time

27-3-18   Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime   VIDEO    Huntsman (this is the Whip for Devon and Somerset Stag Hounds, former huntsman for the Eggesford Hunt), gallops his horse in pursuit of a Stag. The horse is galloped relentlessly along a main road for an extended period of time. This CAN'T be good!

Pics below   -   1/  Whip about to start galloping on main road    2/   45 secs later - Still galloping     3/  12 minutes later  - Still galloping    4/  90 secs later - Still galloping

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Convicted paedophile snapped among the Eggesford FH support

Originally convicted for asking 14 year old girl to strip on webcam

Given suspended jail sentence when re-sentenced as broke order

He'd hooked up with 16 year old girl he met at a hunt meet 

26-3-18  Facebook – Devon County Hunt Sabs [photo]    Convicted sex offender Jason Kiddle [below left]

10-15   The UK Database   Jason Kiddle – Okehampton  Sex offender broke order after meeting teenager   A SEX offender broke an order to stay away from teenage girls when he befriended a 16-year-old at a hunt meet.

Jason Kiddle was subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order as a result of having been caught encouraging a 14-year-old schoolgirl to strip off on webcam. The order banned any online or real contact with any female under 17 but he flouted it after meeting the 16-year-old while out hunting in North Devon, Exeter Crown Court was told. He chatted to her on Facebook and carried on his contact after being warned off by her father and told of her age. The girl’s horrified parents only discovered he was still seeing her when they came across them hand in hand walking through Exeter’s Princesshay shopping centre.

EggesfordFHJasonKiddleSexoffenderatmeet26-3-18.jpgKiddle is a former ambassador of the Duchy College in Callington who met his original victim while showing her around the campus last year. He is now working as a driver’s mate for a caravan delivery firm and his internet use and contact with girls are both restricted by the SOPO. He is due to start a probation-run sex offenders’ course in February [2016].

Kiddle, 22, of North Road, Okehampton, admitted breaching the SOPO and was jailed for six months, suspended for two years and ordered to pay a £180 courts charge.

Recorder Peter Towler converted the SOPO into a new Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will last for five years. He told Kiddle: “You complied with the previous order for some months but by September you were in contact by Facebook with a 16-year-old girl. Her father was monitoring her Facebook and sent you a warning, telling you she was 16. You went on to meet her at a hunt and clearly arranged to meet her in Exeter, where you bumped into her parents while you were walking hand in hand at a time when she should have been at college. It is important you should attend the internet sex offenders course, but those who break court orders must be punished. A suspended sentence is now in place so there must be no more contact with girls of 16 or under. Stick to girls your own age.”

Francesca Whebell, for the prosecution, said Kiddle broke two conditions of the SOPO by having online contact with the girl by Facebook, and seeing her without permission of her parents. She said the Facebook contact started in September and they met in person at a hunt later that month. By that time her father had intercepted the online chat and warned him his daughter was only 16 and he was breaking the order.

The parents complained to the police after seeing him hand in hand with the girl in Exeter on September 25. Kiddle told police he met the girl through a shared interest in foxhunting.

In the original case in January, Kiddle admitted four offences of inciting girls to send him indecent images and one of harassment and was ordered to undergo the programme as part of three years supervision.

The offences started when Kiddle was a student at Duchy College and asked to act as chaperone to young visitors on a taster day. He persuaded the 14-year-old to send him pictures of her in underwear and pose on a webcam. He also persuaded a 16-year-old to send him a topless picture.

POWAperson comments   -   Funny, isn't it? Calling hunt monitors 'paedos'  is a favourite insult of hunters, based on nothing whatsoever. Some even go so far as to push children accompanying Hunts into the foreground, so they can scream it even louder. But they go very, very quiet when actual sex offenders emerge in their own midst. This is the second this season convicted of offences involving juvenile girls and, in recent years, at least two more have been jailed for rape, one for four years, the other for nine.

 

Police drop case of Atherstone FH follower - drove into, punched sabs

Sabs accuse Leicestershire police of huge pro-hunt bias - again

25-3-18   Facebook – W.Mids Sabs  VIDEO   No Further Action   Leicestershire Police are taking no further action against Ashley Davies, the son in law of the Atherstone Hunt chairman, who was filmed violently attacking and assaulting saboteurs who were filming the Atherstone Hunt. His attack concluded with him driving his quad bike intoAtherstoneFHSupporterdrivesquadatsabs14-10-17.jpg one of the saboteurs who ended up in a ditch as a result. The outcome could have been far more serious if the quad bike had landed on top of him. Leicestershire Police are claiming they didn’t have enough evidence, this is not true, the victim made a victim statement and handed footage in. In most circumstances this would have been more than enough. To add insult to injury Leicestershire Police are now victim blaming, saying it was the victim's fault it got dropped as not enough statements were made.

This case highlights perfectly the vast gulf of difference in the way Leicestershire Police treat anti-hunt and pro-hunt cases. Anti-hunt cases are set impossibly high standards of evidence where it is never quite good enough whilst pro-hunt cases have absolutely no evidence threshold at all. Members of the Atherstone Hunt for example are allowed to make false allegations against saboteurs, provide NO evidence whatsoever and yet Leicestershire Police are fine with this (and continue to be) and even hand out harassment notices to saboteurs based on this none evidence. (All harassment notices have been successfully challenged and overturned).

AtherstoneFHSupporterpunchessab14-10-17.jpgWe would like to know what evidence was handed in to the CPS and how it was presented to the CPS. We hold Leicestershire Police partly responsible for this incident as they took no further action against Davies for a previous incident where Davies ran at saboteurs with a metal bar. An official complaint was made to Leicestershire Police Professional Standards and the case was reopened. Why would a case need to be reopened if it had been investigated properly in the first place? We will go into more detail of this case in the coming months. This second case now gives Davies even more reason to believe that he is immune from prosecution.

These are not isolated cases, last season members of the Atherstone Hunt attacked and stole cameras from saboteurs, the case was dropped however Leicestershire Police actually wanted to arrest the victims!

Leicestershire Police can’t even claim these decisions are being made by different people in different departments, some of these decisions (with the vast difference in required evidence) have been made by the same officer. DS Matt Trott took the decision to take no further action in the first Davies case and was the Senior Investigating Officer in the second case. In both of these cases he claims the evidence is not good enough yet Trott was also responsible for issuing the harassment notices to saboteurs based on no physical evidence from the Atherstone Hunt. In total three harassment notices (or Police Information Notices) have been issued to sabs and then later AtherstoneFHSupporterKnockssabintoaditch14-10-17.jpgoverturned.

A complaint was previously made about Trott and upheld after a phone conversation with a sab where he said “Your hunt saboteurs that's what you do, you trespass on other peoples property and harass people”. It’s not hard to guess what Trotts opinions are about hunt saboteurs yet despite the complaint being upheld he remains part of Leicestershire Police's hunting unit making decisions about hunting issues. Leicestershire Police: https://www.facebook.com/leicspolice/.The

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Pics above  -    1/   Top right, Davies drives speeding quad at sabs, stopping inches in front of them     2/  Having leapt of squad, screeching abuse, he punched one sab to ground and wrestled another over     3/  Davies drives quad into sab, knocking him into ditch    

POWAperson comments   -  If this were not serious it would be laughable, because it is so ridiculous to claim they don't have enough evidence. The video alone is utterly damning, showing clearly at least three assaults plus threatening behaviour. 

 

Sabs stop Middelton FH killing despite attacks by 'security' men

One group took hounds off Huntsman, passed them on to another

25-3-18   Facebook - Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs    This hit report is dedicated to the memory of Anna Campbell, aMiddletonFHShagCarterfeeingdefeated25-3-18.jpg brave dedicated former hunt saboteur who died last week fighting for justice in Kurdistan.

Yesterday saw a large team comprised of Cheshire , West Yorkshire, East Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs, Nottingham, Lancaster, and Liverpool Hunt Saboteurs successfully disrupt the Middleton's illegal fox hunting.

The Hunt left the meet at Aldby Park, Scrayingham North Yorkshire, at 12:30pm. Due to there being a number of police vehicles and an unexpected film crew present, they made a pathetic show of laying a rather half-hearted trail in the direction they wanted to hunt first. No more trail laying happened for the rest of the day.

After a terrible cubbing season, the Middleton have employed private security to harass and intimidate us. Today was no different with twelve thugs in four vehicles trying to block and detain us all day. Not one displayed an SIA licence, despite their claims to be accredited. There were several incidents where different groups were subjected to their violence, all of which happened on public footpaths or the public highway. Two of our sabs were set upon for no good reason by a couple of heavyweight thugs.

Effective communication between sab groups meant the Hunt were constantly shadowed. In the middle of the afternoon they hunted a fox into a field of tall grass, but unbeknown to them we had seen the fox to safety, sprayed its trail and were lined up waiting in case the hounds got on its scent.

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The Hunt second-horsed at around 3pm, wrongly thinking that would give them an edge. Towards the end of day we had the joyful experience of taking the pack of hounds from the feet of the Hunt master, Charles Carter's horse. Using a combination of voice calls, horn calls and a gizmo, and despite the efforts of several of the Hunt, we pulled the hounds across the entire length of a large field to us, and then another group of sabs took them from us across yet another field. Carter was seen riding off in a strop! The Hunt realised then that we were winning and headed back to the meet, packing away at about 5pm without having killed anything all day.

A huge thank you to all the other groups who helped us beat the odds today.

Pics above   -   Top right - Huntsman 'Shag' Carter with that sinking feeling    Above  -  Whip can't stop hounds responding to sabs' calls    Below  -  Horse fell being galloped on road 

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Disturbing film by passer-by of frenzy before deer kill by D&S SH

LACS then captured footage of butchering of the hunted deer 

25-3-18   Facebook – Somerset Wildlife Crime   Devon and Somerset Stag Hounds - shocking footage DSSHFrenzybeforekill8-3-18.jpg from the moment members of the public get caught up in the middle of Devon and Somerset Stag Hounds blood lust    On the main road horses galloping down the wrong side flanked by vehicles and foot support all baying for the blood of one lone Stag who they have chased for 2 hours. The animal, now exhausted, and his energies spent after a long and perilous chase, is seen barrelling along a fence looking for an escape from his pursuers. He has lost the energy needed to jump free from the hounds and huntsmen close behind him. He was cornered and brutally killed his body then dragged to a near by field and butchered for the delight of the supporters and hounds. This utter brutality against a defenceless creature whose silhouette adorns many local businesses on Exmoor is beyond our abilities to describe. High time the blood junkies found a new hobby.

*UPDATE* this is the footage captured by the League Against Cruel Sports of this stag being butchered, shortly after the clip of them all salivating just before he is killed, in the video clip here.

Pics below   -   1/  Whip with sawn-off shotgun mounts bank to get to where stag has been brought to bay.   2/  Supporters and huntsmen    3/&4/  Stag being butchered. Details of the arcane traditions around this are on the LACS film - link after UPDATE above.

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LACS present evidence of illegal hunting by Quantock SH to police

League believes 200 deer still chased & killed by 3 Hunts per year 

25-3-18   The Observer    Police probe claim of illegal hunting by Quantock Staghounds - League Against Cruel Sports says it has presented evidence to police of deer being chased by dogs   Police are investigating allegations of illegal deer hunting in south-west England, following claims that a traditional hunt has been chasing stags with packs of hounds. Investigators from the League Against Cruel Sports have passed a file to police with evidence they say shows that the Quantock Staghounds have broken the law.

Although the Hunting Act 2004 banned the hunting of foxes and wild mammals using dogs, hunting deer without hounds remains legal – deerstalking is said to be growing in popularity. Three traditional Hunts continue to chase deer on horseback in Somerset and Devon, helped by hunt followers and quad-bikers, and they can involve as many as 400 people. The law allows hunters to use up to two dogs to locate wounded deer, to flush out prey from undergrowth, or for observation and scientific monitoring.

Packs of hounds can still take part in trail hunting, where a sample of animal scent – usually fox or deer urine – is dragged across the countryside for the dogs to follow. Anti-hunt campaigners claim this is often used as a cover for illegal hunting.

Volunteers from the League who monitor the three Hunts say that one, the Quantock Staghounds, regularly takes a large pack of hounds to chase a stag and hinds. Darryl Cunnington, a retired police officer and League volunteer, said he had given wildlife officers at Avon and Somerset police a file of evidence from an incident on 22 January on the southern edge of the Quantock hills, near Bridgwater in Somerset. “Our evidence is that there were seven or eight hounds chasing deer across the moor,” he said. “We’ve identified the people involved. The hounds were not called off and may have been actively encouraged. We found no trail-laying and we think it shows clear illegal hunting.” Avon and Somerset police said inquiries were ongoing.

Nick Gibbon, chairman of the Quantock Staghounds, said: “If there [were] more than two hounds we would have been trail hunting. If hounds are seen to be hunting deer, they’re stopped. We’ve got a team of trail-layers that lays trails.” Asked how it might be possible that the League had found no evidence of trail-laying, he said: “We film our trails being laid.” 

A separate incident on 5 September 2016, captured on video by a League volunteer, shows at least six hounds chasing a deer in Willoughby Cleeve. The man who took the footage, Andy Kendall, also a retired police officer, said the stag escaped past a line of Quantock Staghounds supporters onto a sanctuary owned by the League.

Gibbon did not have any knowledge of the incident. “If a deer jumps up in front of them when they’re trail hunting, they’re stopped as quickly as possible,” he said. The Quantock Staghounds have about 12 or 14 hounds, he added. “We try to manage the deer on the hills within the law. We do some trail hunting because we’ve got more hounds in the kennels that need to be exercised. Previous attempts by the League to prosecute illegal hunting have been mixed. In 2013, a case against a Quantock Staghounds huntsman, Brian Palmer, was dropped for lack of evidence. In 2007, Richard Down and Adrian Pillivant were fined £500 each by Bristol magistrates for hunting deer with dogs.

The League estimates that around 200 deer are chased and killed every year, and it operates an Animal Crimewatch hotline, which received 66 reports of illegal deer hunting in 2017. Hunters say they are helping control the deer population, which has doubled since 1999 to about 1.5m according to the Deer Initiative Partnership, a government-funded body, which believes culling some deer species may be necessary. According to the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, which the League says has never been seen using more than two dogs at a time while hunting, the population of deer on Exmoor is at 2,500, compared with 75 when the Hunt was founded in 1855.

POWAperson adds   -   Quantock SH Huntsman Richard Down has been convicted twice of illegal hunting. The judge in the second case hardly enhanced deterrence when he imposed just a modest fine actually lower than that for his first offence. In April last year the Hunt was involved in a horrific incident when a deer being closely chased by hounds threw itself off a 30' bridge on to a road below. Motorists nearly collided with it and could only watch on in horror as hunt servants arrived quickly to remove the corpse, though they couldn't expunge the bloodstains on the tarmac. The Hunt denied everything, as usual. POWAperson has personal experience of the Quantock Staghounds - they are ruthless savages.

 

Sab taken to hospital after unknown liquid thrown in her face 

Couple 'harassed' by Portman FH for 25 years plead for sab support

'Blatant fox hunting', sabs assailed, blocked badger setts 

25-3-18   Facebook - Weymouth Animal Rights   Hit Report 25/03/2018 The Portman Hunt : Meet - Smugglers Mead, Stepleton   With the end of the killing season drawing ever nearer we knew that there would be a sense of desperation for the murdering misfits to get as many kills 'notched up' before our beautiful foxes have some semblance of reprieve before the fox 'cub' killing season (or more commonly known as Autumn Hunting) is upon us once more.

With five fox hunts and two Beagle packs killing in Dorset it has sometimes been a difficult decision as to which Hunt we pay a visit too. However, today's choice was without doubt the easiest we have had to makePortmanFHHarefleeing24-3-18.jpg all season. This began with an email that we had received. An email so touching and saddening that a unanimous decision was to action it.

It was sent by a couple that told us for the past TWENTY FIVE YEARS they have been harassed by the Portman Hunt. The Hunt had damage fences (not mended them), trespassed on their land, distressed ewes resulting in abortions, limited their own cat's and dog's lives as well as their own as they are on constant watch when the Hunt are in the area. They said the rural police and other support from groups such as Hounds Off have been a lifeline but they still feel very threatened and vulnerable when the hunt are around . This lovely couple gave us a list of areas one including Smugglers Mead where the Hunt then go on to harass them. This lovely couple's only wish from us was could we warn them when the Hunt was close by to their land. We did not let them down!

With our good friends Southampton Sabs and Dorset Against Blood Sports and armed with impeccable intel from our very experienced monitors we split into two groups, one group keeping an eye on the meet and the other going into the 'field' to spray and pre-beat areas that we know the Hunt like to flush out innocent foxes, or hares or anything else that moves.

Our first port of call was Evelyn Warren, a large woodland with green lane access. However, within minutes of entering the wood we encountered the first of the many knuckle draggers and dribblers that hurled threats at us and played the intimidation 'game' with us. Not deterred by this obvious distraction we carried on only to find an array of blocked badger setts. These were logged, photographed, filmed and grid-reffed. All the while one dribbler was threatening to 'ram our camera's down our throats' (all filmed). Still undeterred we carefully unblocked the setts.

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...the Hunt then raced east towards Rolfs Wood. Already anticipating this move we put a foot team along the Wessex Ridgway heading westerly into the wood. With other foot sabs already in the wood, a fox was seen bolting south towards the Furze Down direction. Sabs used a gizmo to lift the dogs heads but with dribblers lining the track in front of the terrified fox and their blatant hollering to the Huntsman that a fox was seen it wasn't long before the dogs picked up the scent again.

PortmanFHFoxfleeing24-3-18.jpgSabs, quick to act, headed south where we believe the terrified fox ran across the road and into the small copse named Rough Ground. With dogs in cry now running along the western edge of Rough Ground, terriermen, Whip and dribblers went into panic mode, doing their best to prevent 'out of control' dogs running dangerously onto the busy road. Monitors then reported seeing the fleeing fox heading north (as did more dribblers), at which the whole Hunt turned, raced over the road and followed in the fox's tracks... blatant fox hunting to the experienced eye.

With sabs and monitors surrounding the area, monitors caught a glimpse of the now exhausted and terrified fox in the Ash Down vicinity. Sabs again used a gizmo and voice calls to pull the dogs off the scent. However, this sent the now large gathering of knuckle draggers and dribblers into a frenzy. ,Altercations occurred which we cannot go into detail about, as this is now under police investigation. However what we will say is that last week two female sabs were assaulted and when we dialled 999 it took several hours for the police to take evidence. This week when the 'other side' called them there were blue's and two's coming in from all directions within minutes!

Sadly the fate of the beautiful fox remains unknown to us and, with police cars all over the area, the Hunt seemed less interested in following their 'trail' and headed back to the meet. By 4.45pm they packed up. On a plus, the Hunt never went anywhere near the lovely couple's land on this occasion, maybe our presence alone was enough to deter them... 

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Pics below   -   1/   Csnine 'fence mender' ready for duty    2/   One of sett entrances blocked with rubble

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24-3-18  Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs    HIT REPORT SATURDAY 24TH MARCH 2018 PORTMAN HUNT MEETING AT SMUGGLERS MEAD    Since his court appearance almost two weeks ago Evo Shirley has made no real attempt to hide his illegal hunting habits and his hounds have been filmed chasing a fox four times in two weeks. Today, the Portman Hunt called in helped from the Anti Anti’s so were we grateful to be joined by our neighbours South Devon Animal Rights and also Wildlife Witness and a monitor we frequently work alongside. The Anti Anti’s are a group of thugs hired in by the Hunts to attack sabs verbally and physically and we have had many incidents with them over the years, particularly when we do the BSV and Cattistock Hunts, sometimes the South Dorset, but never before when we have been doing the Portman.

The anti anti’s were at the meet before us and many of them were masked up and clearly intent on causing trouble by holding up vehicles, blocking roads and general bullying tactics including name calling and following sabs everywhere. There was an altercation between an anti anti and a sab and whilst this was unfolding a sab who was filming from the landy with the window open had an unknown liquid thrown in her face.

The police were called on a couple of occasions prior to this altercation by sabs / monitors but they didn’t attend - at one time a phone call was made to 101 and the caller gave up after half an hour. The police were quickly on the scene when they were called to the altercation and they are currently investigating our sab being assaulted with the liquid for which hospital treatment was required... 

Pic below   -    Some of the masked-up anti antis 

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Demo by hundreds demands full Scottish hunting ban

25-3-18   The Scotsman    The event was organised by The League Against Cruel Sports, OneKind and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), who want to close “loopholes” in the legislation. Fox hunting with dogs was banned in Scotland through the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act in 2002, with anAlisonJohnstoneMSP.jpg exemption for using dogs to flush out foxes for pest control or protecting livestock or ground-nesting birds.

Mounted Hunts in Scotland have since offered farmers, landowners and estate managers a pest control service, but a review by Lord Bonomy found there were “grounds to suspect” fox hunting takes place illegally. Ministers have consulted on the review’s recommendations, and are expected to publish a report this spring with any proposals for legislative reform to follow before the summer recess.

Green MSP Alison Johnstone has said she will bring forward a member’s bill at Holyrood to ban fox hunting. She said: “Every year hundreds of foxes are killed by Hunts, many using packs of dogs in clear breach of the Protection of Wild Mammals Act. Scotland’s reputation as a national of animal lovers lies in tatters. “The Scottish Government has consulted on minor tweaks to a law that clearly hasn’t stopped cruelty.” Robbie Marsland, director of the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, said: “Public support to really ban hunting in Scotland is overwhelming, with the vast majority completely opposed to the outdated, primitive cruelty of this so-called sport. As a nation of animal lovers, we’re expecting a good turnout this weekend of people committed to marching for the foxes and hope that this will send a clear message to the Scottish Government that hunting has no place in modern society. Action is urgently needed to improve the law so we can consign hunting into the history books once and for all.”

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A full ban is being supported by Scottish Labour, with rural economy spokesman Colin Smyth [left] saying Lord Bonomy’s recommendations did not go far enough. He said: “The current legislation aimed to end the ColinSmythMSPLabour.jpgabhorrent practice of hunting with dogs but it is clear that loopholes exist and Hunts have gone out of their way to ignore the law both in letter and spirit. It’s time ministers listened to the public, starting by delivering a full ban on hunting. We need to put a stop to hunting once and for all."

A Government spokesman said: “In recognition of concerns about the effectiveness of the current fox-hunting legislation, we asked one of Scotland’s most senior judges, Lord Bonomy, to carry out a detailed review of the current position. We are now evaluating the responses to our consultation on his recommendations. A stakeholder group has already been established to develop a new code of practice and assess the feasibility of a new monitoring scheme.”

24-3-18  The Scotsman   Campaigners hit Holyrood for total ban on fox hunting in Scotland    Animal rights campaigners will converge on parliament to call for a total ban on fox hunting in Scotland...

Pic below   -   Peace talks between terrier and fox proceeding well 

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Many more photos of the march can be seen here. 

 

Filmed fox flees Beaufort FH over churchyard into sett

Monitor presence discourages Hunt from dig out 

23-3-18  Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   VIDEO 1   VIDEO 2     Beaufort Hunt, Saturday, 17thBeaufortFHHoundsattyrepile17-3-18.jpg March 2018   Well, the Beaufort was certainly taking risks on Saturday. This was their last meet of the main season and their last National Trust licence date for Horton Court.

They met at Upper Chalkley Farm in between Horton and Hawkesbury, just outside the allowed NT ‘Trail’ hunting area. They got upset with us straight away because we happened to be driving our vehicle on the same lane that they were riding on! They forget we’ve paid our vehicle tax to be on a road but that didn’t seem to figure when arrogant rider blocked our way and then started being abusive when we asked him to move by calling one of our monitors ugly... Not distracted, meanwhile we had cameras on the hounds that were all over a pile of tyres like a rash [right] – obviously there was something in there to interest them and all quads went in there as well [below]. Matt Ramsden [Huntsman] had to call them out and our presence helped whatever it was in there and they moved on up the hill opposite.

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BeaufortFHFoxfleeingincryhounds17-3-18.jpgTerrier men on quads were out in force and we’re looking at the licence map very carefully. Why are they out we keep asking ourselves – they’re not needed for ‘trail’ hunting. Of course not all quad bikes out with the hunt carry terriers – some are ‘fencers’ and are there to open/close gates/turn off electric fencing etc. Some are there just as spectators or to warn us off.

After this, they moved into woods below Horton Court – NT land near the Motocross Track. Our vehicle did a loop round to the fort and high land to get a visual on them. We could see them in the distance now towards Birch Hill and heard the hounds in cry... our vehicle caught up with the Hunt outside Hawkesbury Church. We were caught in a queue of traffic... the hounds in cry on a line to what we revealed later to be a fox. Hunt staff immediately saw the urgency of the situation with cameras on them and tried to move us on swiftly. We said ‘they’re on to a fox!’ to which they replied ‘It’s a trail!'.

Don’t tell us they don’t know the difference. Little did they know we had dropped off 2 foot walkers at the church who got the video of the fox running down the hill and across the lane by the church and into the field at the side [above left]. Surprise! Surprise! 2 minutes later the hounds arrived at the field searching for the scent [below, in cry, scent just found]. Monitors saw that one of them was already covered in blood. They followed the hounds up to the woods [via graveyard, further below] whilst filming all the time. Terrier men arrived to intimidate monitors and block their filming – again getting heavy because they knew there was a fox. The hounds went straight up to a sett and were all over it [below left] – as usual most holes were blocked [all filmed and reported] and we think the fox had to keep running to escape them. If he did manage to go down a hole we reckon we saved that fox from a dig out.

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They sped up northwards towards the monument and afternoon action after 2nd horse... They next emerged at Curtis Mill and went into Lizens Wood and Midger Wood – not allowed as that’s GWT Nature Reserve. We had 2 vehicles on the A46 in case they crossed there but they went inland again.

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We stopped for a chat with Captain Farquhar, Joint MFH who was quite upset that we accuse them of blocking badger setts and denied that they do this. He said, ‘If it wasn’t for hunting there wouldn’t be any foxes!’ So BeaufortFHHoundsmarkingtogroundatknownsettabovegraveyard17-3-18.jpgwe mentioned the South Herefordshire Hunt who were caught breeding foxes and feeding them to the hounds whilst still alive. We agreed to send him some links so he can see for himself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT-uQHqqtYo. Someone in his office really needs to update him on evidence available from monitors, sabs, LACS and other anti-hunt organisations. There’s plenty of footage to view of blockings and dig-outs and even his BH staff caught by our good friends, Three Counties Hunt Sabs at Holly Bush Cottage with spades by the side of an Artificial Earth!

They did eventually cross the busy A46 and unfortunately we lost them for a while towards the end of the day. We caught up with them eventually at Hobby Horse Wood after a spotter gave us a clue when they saw the hound lorry waiting at Didmarton near Joyce’s Pool.

We waited for the hounds to be brought back to the lorry and after a quick chat with a terrierman who kindly showed us his 2 lovely terriers that he had in a box on his quad, we bid them good night until next season when cub hunting starts. Video footage to follow...

Pics below   -    1/  Terriermen arrive and dismount near sett where fox marked to ground    2/  Huntsman takes hounds away as terrierman advances to try to shoo monitor away. Another monitor reached sett and found most holes blocked by some still open. 

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2  blocked setts where Cotswold FH hunting - no joy for them

23-3-18  Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs   Friday 23rd March 2018   We thought that Fridays were a day off until late August but oh no. A call out to the Cotswold hunt who had met at Gaskill Farm, Miserden. Now Miserden is a very heavily wooded area. All that could be seen for a while was some hunt support looking at the tree line as new born lambs frolicked around. There was nothing for it but to get into the woods and hope for the best, at least this is an area we are sett surveying and have not yet done so it was a matter of multitasking. Latrines were found in abundance and 2 setts found to be freshly blocked. Just as these were dealt with the horn was heard, a couple of mounted followers seen and quads were abroad. For the next few hours they were kept an eye on and the hounds made no sound. The whipper in was laid back and Robin Smith Ryland (infamous for hunting 6 days a week) was found lurking too. Apparently they've got a do on tonight.Please continue to support us paypal.me/threecountiessabs.

Pics below    -    1/  New born lambs in area where Cotswold FH hunting    2/  One of the freshly blocked setts 

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2 freshly blocked setts found where Cotswold FH hunting

22-3-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs   Thursday 22nd March 2018, Cotswold Hunt Postlip Mills   Our friends in Cirencester Illegal Huntwatch saw hunt followers at Postlip pre meet. We went up Langley Hill to get in position as they were up that way before from this meet. One of us was seen and they basically scarpered onto Cleeve Common which is a massive landlocked area, they then hid all day. We found 6 historically blocked setts but 2 very freshly blocked setts and fresh quad bike tracks in that general area. Gates that are normally locked were open. We have no doubt that they intended to come our way but that our presence deterred them.

Please continue to support us paypal.me/threecountiessabs. 

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Hounds Off asks - what point giving evidence of Hunts' wrongdoing?

22-3-18   Facebook - Hounds Off    What's the point of giving evidence to a court of law under oath? Another "accidentally" hunted fox (top) & is that a terrier in the "Countryman's" box [below] ?  #TrailHuntLies  Portman Hunt 21-03-18.    http://www.houndsoff.co.uk/donate/

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POWAperson adds   -  On 6-3-18 on BBC's One Show Polly Portwin of the Countryside Alliance made the absurd and mendacious claim that terriermen [sorry, 'countrymen'] only follow Hunt's to repair fences, etc. and the materials and tools for that are what is carried in their quad boxes. Absurd, because sabs and monitors have published of terriers being carried in these boxes and even of them being taken out of and returned to the boxes. For sabs' report of the day see here and here.

 

Portman FH Huntsman hunts hounds on road, even after driver complains

22-3-18  Facebook – Wildlife Witness   VIDEO    Portman Hunt again endanger the public    Yet another example of the Portman’s Huntsman, Evo Shirley’s sheer arrogance and stupidity as he once more endangers road users.

This video clip was taken on Wednesday 21 March 2018 near Turnworth, moments after a Wildlife Witness monitor had been forced to stand in the road to warn another driver of hounds on the road. The driver of the car spoke to Evo Shirley who had promptly apologised…a nd then, rather than leaving the road, carried on allowing hounds to search the hedgerows regardless of the danger he was causing.

The hounds had picked up a scent in woods to the right of the road and had run down the hill and on to the road with Shirley following them, so he MUST have known that they were not hunting a trail as not even the Portman would lay a trail across the road.

This mindless idiot is a danger to all road users in the county and as with the numerous other video’s taken this season, this one will be passed on to Dorset Police.

23-3-18   Facebook - Wildlife Witness    Further video of yesterday's incident when our monitor stepped in to warn a car driver of hounds on the road after the Portman's huntsman, Evo Shirley, allowed the hounds to hunt along a road in the full knowledge that they were not following a trail. Please excuse the shaky video as the monitor was flagging down the driver of the car.

 

Hunt invades gardens and tramples badger sett in wood in Oxfordshire

21-3-18   LACS Press Release    Hunt trespass and wildlife crime proves trail hunting excuse is wearing thin   A hunt from Oxfordshire has been caught damaging wildlife habitats and trespassing on private land, putting paid to any claims that ‘trail’ hunting is a legitimate activity. Hounds belonging to a Hunt were seen trespassing in residents’ gardens and hunt riders damaged an active badger sett, while the Hunt were out in a village near Abingdon recently.

A member of the public who witnessed the incident, said: “We were absolutely horrified when the Hunt let their hounds trespass into our gardens and run around uncontrolled. The hunt also went through a wood and trampled over a badger sett, causing some real damage.”

OldBerksFHTrampledbadgersett3-18.jpgThe incident calls into question the legitimacy of ‘trail’ hunting and highlights the poor behaviour of Hunts, many of which are frequently seen trespassing on private property, chasing pets and livestock, causing traffic disruption and damaging wildlife habitats.

Chris Pitt, Deputy Director of Campaigns for the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “The Hunts claim they’re trail hunting and acting within the law, but this line is wearing pretty thin. Our evidence has already shown that genuine trails are hardly ever laid and this episode proves just that. The Hunt won’t have laid a trail in someone’s garden or over a badger sett, so what exactly were they doing there? Incidents like this, where unsuspecting residents have their property invaded and where a protected species becomes yet another victim of the Hunts, show just how important it is for all landowners, including the National Trust, to put an end to trail hunting on their land,” Chris Pitt added.

Despite the Hunts trying to legitimise ‘trail’ hunting by referring to it as a ‘legal activity’, the reports of illegal hunting and hunt havoc incidences being witnessed by League investigators, members of the public that many of who report into the League’s Animal Crimewatch line, and hunt monitors and hunt saboteur groups, are in stark contrast to their claims. Until the Hunting Act is strengthened and Hunts stop being able to use trail hunting as a loophole to circumvent the law, they’ll simply continue chasing and killing wildlife, because for them it’s a ‘sport’ and because the law enables them to pass off their questionable behaviour as ‘accidental’,” said Chris Pitt. 

The behaviour of the Oxfordshire Hunt follows a pattern of poor behaviour observed by several other Hunts this season. The Warwickshire Hunt – also licensed by the National Trust – has been filmed chasing foxes and are regularly accompanied by terrier men, whose purpose is to put terriers below ground to flush foxes, but who have no place on a genuine trail hunt. Terrier men have also been seen with the West Somerset Vale Hunt, a Hunt that have trespassed twice on Trust land and regularly hunt across land designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Terrier men are paid to illegally block up badger setts on the day of a hunt to ensure foxes can't go to ground during the chase. Investigators from the League have observed that the blocking of badger setts increases dramatically during the hunting season.

The Oxfordshire incident has been reported to Thames Valley police and the local wildlife crime officer, but despite badgers being a protected species and the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 stating that badger setts cannot be disturbed, the Hunt are unlikely to face any penalty for their crime. The League is calling for the Hunting Act to be strengthened, including introducing a reckless clause to stop hunters using the false alibi of ‘trail’ hunting.

85% of the public are in support of keeping the ban on fox hunting, opposition to legalising deer hunting, hare hunting and coursing is even higher. A petition calling for people to help stop the killing of animals by Hunts in the UK can be signed here.

 UPDATE - 29th March, 2018: Initial reports on this incident indicated the Vale of The White Horse Hunt were responsible. Further intelligence has since been brought to the League's attention, that suggests it was the Old Berkshire Hunt that were hunting in the area that day.  

 

Antis to protest Devon & Cornwall police inaction on illegal hunting

21-3-18   Devon Live    Anti-fox hunting protesters to march on Devon police station this weekend - Despite many groups bringing this criminal activity to light, there have been no prosecutions    Campaigners will march on a Devon police station this weekend in protest against what they see as a lack of enforcement on fox hunting in the county. Members of a group called Devon Against Illegal Hunting will rally at Okehampton Police Station at 11am on Saturday, March 25, to vent frustration about a lack of hunt related prosecutions.

A spokesman for the group contacted Devon Live to explain more about the protest and the reasons behind it. The spokesman said: "The majority of the public are opposed to hunting with hounds. It has been an offence to do so for well over a decade now, however Hunts still flout the law under the guise of trail hunting. Despite many groups' best efforts in bringing this criminal activity to light, including footage of actual hunting and many offences perpetrated by hunt personnel, there have been no prosecutions. We are organising a protest this coming Sunday outside Okehampton police station to highlight this."

In 2005, following pressure from animal rights campaigners, fox hunting was made illegal in England and Wales by the creation of the Hunting Act 2004...

21-3-18   Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs    PROTEST: Please join Devon Against Illegal Hunting this Sunday 25th 11am outside Okehampton Police Station for a rally to highlight police inaction on illegal hunting and other offences connected to it. The fox hunting season is nearing the end now. We have a few weeks left. This season we have compiled a comprehensive file on police inaction, which we will be using once the season's over to hold the police to account. Police inaction in Devon is not a question of resources. It's a question of bias. And we intend to fully expose this. Devon & Cornwall Police - you have a lot of questions to answer! https://www.devonlive.com/…/anti-fox-hunting-protesters-mar

 

Waveney Harriers filmed chasing fox - monitor struck in face

19-3-18   Facebook - Norfolk and Suffolk Against Live Quarry Hunting   VIDEO  NSALQH report no. 42 WaveneyWaveneyHarriersDeerfleeing17-2-18.jpg Harriers hunt meet Priory Farm, Aldeby Saturday 17 February 2018    We turned out on this Saturday for half a day to support the Norfolk and Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs in keeping an eye on the Waveney Harriers. The boxes led us to Priory Farm, Aldeby...

The Hunt left the farm yard at 11.30 am and to our surprise set off through the lanes at a fair pace and headed northwards. The field were using their well-honed traffic delaying tactics to allow the Huntsman and hounds to give the monitors and sabs the slip. Some of these however had been around too long to be outsmarted by those tactics... ready to greet the Hunt when they arrived at their destination. Our very presence sometimes is enough to prevent serious hunting taking place...

Although the valley terrace was alive with hares and deer who were beginning to panic, sensing that the Hunt was in the vicinity, somehow they had the good sense to run away from the danger [Pics left & right]. Sadly that is not always the case. It is stressful for all wildlife when the hunt is about; it is just something that they do not need in the harsh winter environment...

WaveneyHarriersHarefleesfrom17-2-18.jpgThe Hunt entered farmland and the bird of prey man joined them. They left him standing in a field and moved across country passing to the north of Hill Farm where they entered a strip of maize... it had been planted as game cover and a likely place to pick up live quarry for the hounds [below].

Beyond the maize is the rear of the former Burgh St Peter rectory and its adjoining plantation and woodland...  This is the sort of territory that hunts like. Hounds can chase quarry here and although you can hear what is going on it is very difficult to film a chase taking place. The bird of prey man was still skulking somewhere a long way away and had nothing to do with this activity. Any reasonable person might call this fox hunting. Any hunt that intended to follow the spirit of the law would have instructed their trail dusters not to enter any maize or any similar habitat most likely to produce a live quarry chase. There would be no need for the Huntsman to put his hounds into such a place even supposing that he was genuinely searching for a dusted trail.

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A monitor was peering into the plantation and adjacent wood and was able to film a glimpse of a terrified fox fleeing through the undergrowth and the hounds a few seconds later in hot pursuit. Riders were on point duty at the edge of the wood to turn the fox back. We believe it may have been bitten before going to ground but we cannot be sure.

Not long after that the pack appeared to be split and while they were trying to round them up another crisis was developing on the road near Hall Farm. A hunter’s horse had spun a shoe and the bird of prey man was trying unsuccessfully to render first aid with a set of bolt croppers [below right]. The traffic was building up. A car driver who was held up by this and lived locally was initially patient but time began to drag on. Thee was plenty of space to gently lead the horse off the road but that did not seem to occur to them. Eventually however this did happen but a few riders were much slower to move on their way and despite the driver making it known that he was now overdue somewhat, they were in no hurry to clear the road...

a monitor was struck in the mouth by a riding crop. At the very least this was a case of accidental contact brought about by dangerous riding too close to a monitor on a public footpath. At its worst it was a case of unprovoked common assault...

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23-2-18   Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs    Waveney Harriers – 17/02/2018 Priory Farm, Aldeby – Norfolk    Norfolk/Suffolk Sabs had an exhausting outing due to multiple areas being covered as well as a 'stop and start' interaction with the Hunt. A bird of prey was present and a trail had, in a way, beenWaveneyHarriersHorseshoemendingholdinguptraffic17-2-18.jpg laid. In both practical and legal means, you cannot do both of these forms of hunting in one day... It's safe to say that these were attempts to protect themselves from prosecution. We were told by the lady laying the trail that it was indeed Fox Urine. Non-animal based scents can be used and would gradually decrease the interest in live quarry. The Waveney Harriers have no interest in that.

From the meet, the Hunt headed in a opposite direction to where the trail was laid and began to cast hounds into covert's surrounding Low farm, toward the marshes that lead to the river Waveney and active railway line. A rider made clear her feelings of our presence by assaulting a monitor in the face with a riding crop...

they moved on to hunt near College Farm and the surrounding Marsh lands in Burgh St Peter. A land owner riding a quad bike suggested to Reuben that they hunt in a specific copse near by. Unfortunately, near by that very copse, a fox was flushed out by the hounds but was able to make it's escape. Some hounds had split but were rounded up and taken further on. It was then that sabs were met with Police (who drove into the field!!) to answer a call that "...people with balaclava's were being aggressive and threatening". Sabs had to give basic details but, once checks had been made, the Police soon realised we weren't the mob that some claim. We even got offered a lift to where the Hunt were!

WaveneyHarriersDeercarcasshoundssnackedon17-2-18.jpgFollowing this, we found the Hunt at the Aldeby pits area where hounds were cast into, what seemed like, every piece of overgrowth, hedgerow and wooded area possible. No fox was found but some hounds were spotted enjoying the remains of an old roe deer carcass [left]. For biosecurity reasons, it would be unwise to assume that any old dead animal is fit for consumption. Unfortunately, Hunts regularly choose the cheap/free option of feeding hounds dead stock.

When we thought the day had finished, as the sun was going down, the Hunt avoided packing up and had one last (large) attempt at finding the desired quarry. A wooded area metres south from Hollow Way Hill was the first area covered and, following a deer breaking covert, a reminder of the dangers of hunting was learnt. Hounds split and chased the deer into the direction of the road but were stopped by sabs present on the road. Reuben, obviously, blamed the presence of sabs for this happening but it is worth reminding the public, and members of the hunt who read our posts, that no sabs were present earlier in the season when hounds (chasing a deer) caused an accident on the WaveneyHarriersIllegalquaduse17-2-18.jpg A143, north of Flixton. Wonder who he blamed then.

Frustrated with these results, Reuben and Peter Davison-White collected the hounds together and headed to Stanley Carrs and the areas surrounding Aldeby Hall Farm. In the process, Reuben made graphic sexual comments toward sabs but failed to see his stupidity in doing so in front of other hunt staff. Hounds did speak but didn't seem to get excited enough to suggest they had found quarry, especially chase and/or kill it. With the sun getting ever so much lower, the hunt called it a day and packed up. Sabs regrouped and enjoyed the usual vegan treats. We believe there wasn't a kill, but cannot guarantee it.

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Pic  right   -   Illegal quad use 

 

Grove & Rufford FH appeal judge was Tory MP in the '90s

He decided killed fox was 'chopped' accidentally by Hunt

Claimed terrierman may just have been taking dog 'for a ride'

19-3-18   Facebook - Roger Swaine   Just a bit of an update on the Grove appeal last week. There was no issue of "non-disclosure" as claimed by the other side. This was accepted by the Recorder (the judge on the appeal) and he stated that the fox was "chopped" and the Hunt didn't have the chance to call the pack off - therefore intent was not shown. He also stated that Pete White the terrierman "may have just been taking the terrier for a ride" on the quad bike.

It's unusual for a case to go to appeal when there is no new evidence or problem with procedure. Roger Evans, the Recorder, was Conservative MP for Monmouth in the 90s.

POWAperson adds  -  I cannot definitively state that Roger Evans was avowedly pro-hunt while he was an MP [1992-97]. but I did know who all the 30 or so Tory MPs in that Parliament who were anti-hunt and he definitely wasn't one of them.  

 

Cotswold FH - horse dies, they carry on seeking foxes to hunt

Suspicious terriermen activity at artificial earth 

CotswoldFH17-3-18.jpg18-3-18   Facebook - Bath Sabs  VIDEO  17.03.2018 The Cotswold Hunt sent out an invitation to the Ledbury Hunt to join them for a days hunting, so we thought we'd gate crash!

Arriving at the Meet, Owdeswell Manor Farm, South Wales foot sabs came in from the north and our foot sabs came in from the south, large number of Red Coats and terrier boys looked confused and upset! How could we spoil both Hunts final meet of the season? Upon seeing the 2 groups they quickly headed west, where Bristol Sabs Landie full of Sabs was waiting for them! This was the pattern for the rest of the day, from Foxcote Gorse, Grove and Plantation - sabs pop up!

Then sabs come across a strange scene, all the terrier boys and their quads gathered around a tarp on the ground? Then a 'Fallen Stock' wagon turns up, Terriers boys and their hangers on turn up and attempt to block sabs' view, it's soon apparent in the lust to kill foxes, they've killed one of their own horses. Probably Sabs will be blamed. Instead of stopping there and then, they continue with their blood lust!

Cleevely Wood, Upcote, Withington, everywhere they go sabs pop up, running, running, no time to hunt, second horse by Lower Hilcot farm, time for sabs and hounds to have a little Rn'R, the Hunt to down booze, maybe drown their sorrows that the only thing they'd killed is one of their own horses?!

Probably not! Quick switch to fresh horses and they're off again, Pincley wood, Smoke Acre, Shill Hill, running not hunting, Cleevely wood again, the huge Withington woods and they still can't lose sabs! Withington again! Compton grove, they go quiet, Yanworth/Compton wood, quads with a Red Coat?

We go in, a terrier boy tries to start something off, driving at a sabs, it's a cover, only terrier boys are up to something, it's spotted and they pull back, sabs check, an artificial earth is found! Have they bagged a fox? The Cotswold Hunt is well known for releasing a bagged fox towards the end of the day if they haven't killed. Not this time! The Cotswold Huntsman and terrier boys seen to have a quiet chat!!! TALK about the lack of KILLS!! For their guests! No FOXES just HORSES.

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Pic below   -   Terriermen try to menace sab 

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S. Durham supporter tries to steal film of fox kill by Hunt

Hunters danced and cheered as fox caught by hounds

Fox had gone to ground and been flushed out  

18-3-18   Facebook - NE Hunt Monitors    HIT REPORT 50, Season 17/18 South Durham Hunt, Meet at Lea Close Equestrian 03/03/2018    The Hunt met at the Kings Arms in Great Stainton for their Champagne Breakfast, for the last meet of the season, as they do every year.

With the hunt area covered in snow, the mounted hunt was cancelled but hunting on foot was still to take place.S.DurhamFHTerriermen3-3-18.jpg Considering one of the excuses for trail hunting is to exercise the horses, we wonder why a trail hunt on foot was to take place, let alone why quads and terriermen [right], who's so-called job description is now fixing fences, were also in attendance. The Master (Gareth Watchman) set off with his hounds alongside his amateur Whipper in (Ross Crawford) and closely followed by terrier men on quads, with one passenger being kennel maid, Jilly Rose. Also followed by a lot of hunt support vehicles out to spot a fox.

Monitors in 3 vehicles located the Hunt and made off on foot to the nearest woodland. It wasn't long before we encountered support on the edge of a woodland [below], watching for a fox to bolt, just then a deer was seen to flee from the woods and out onto the road, witnessed by one of our drivers. We passed them with no incident and entered the wood where we saw Watchman and Crawford casting hounds in the hope of picking up a scent. Failing this they moved off and foot monitors closely followed behind, ready to act if a fox was spotted. The hounds were having difficulty picking up on a scent and we believed the bad weather was going to be on the foxes, and our side. We thought wrong.

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Getting back to the road, we heard the hounds in cry, so we moved to a better position to call the hounds with the gizmo and horn. Some of the pack split off and we believe the scent was lost. We decided to get in a better positionS.DurhamFHHoundsinsnow3-3-18.jpg again, and on doing so we spotted a police car outside a home so pulling over we asked if it was Hunt-related, to which they replied that the hounds had been in the property and the owner had seen a fox.

Panicking we moved further down the road where we encountered a few residents outside their homes, who had also spotted the fox in a field and that the support had rang ahead to tell the hunt. Support cars were positioned on the road and they were all very eager to get a view across the fields We got into position to film the hounds being sent into a small outcrop over the fields.

All of a sudden, the quads sped off down the farm track toward the outcrop and our hearts sank. We knew we had to keep the long lens on the hunt as we located a bridle path on the far side of the small wood where foot monitors could get in. Through the zoom on the camera we could see that a dig-out of some sort was taking place. We heard the hounds go into full cry when the fox bolted in fear of it life.

The terriermen ran in the same direction, foot monitors who were only minutes away could hear Ross Crawford shouting "get it, get it" and as the fox tried to escape through a steep beck and up the other side. Devastatingly, it S.DurhamFHTerriermendrivingfoxcorpseaway3-3-18.jpgwas unable to make it, the hounds attacked and killed the petrified animal. Still watching and recording on the camcorder, Ross was seen to do a celebratory dance, whilst everyone was laughing and cheering. A terriermen put the fox's body into a box on a quad [left] and they all moved on.

Foot monitors were able to fish some of the foxes remains out of the stream. We established the fox had taken cover in a log pile which had been partly dismantled and a scene of utter brutality. Our vehicles moved to the farm entrance in order to film the Hunt leaving when a hunt supporter [below right] took it upon himself to come through the car window in the attempt to grab the camera. All witnessed by residents, who rang the police as the thug shouted threats through the window obviously knowing we had just filmed evidence of illegal hunting and his pathetic blood lust. Seeing the police coming he drove off such is the coward that hunt thugs are.

Informing the police of the fox being killed they attempted to stop the quad but on seeing the police the terrierman turned the quad around and drove off [right]. Just then one of our drivers bumped into the police car, no damage was done and the police were laughing, but we just weren't in the mood to find anything funny at this time as it just added to a horrendous day. Another terrier man went down the farm and no doubt left with the fox's body taken from the quad, as the quad then left within minutes, happy now to be stopped by the police.

The Huntsman and Whipper in didn't make an appearance. Probably tipped off of the police's location they snuck

S.DurhamFHSupporterwhotriedstealfilmoffoxkill3-3-18.jpg away out another entrance off to the kennels to wash down the bloody hounds. The foot monitors returned and showed the remains to the police who asked us for any footage of the attempted theft and of the lead up to the fox being killed.

This poor fox was so close to being safe for a few months which made it all the more upsetting to monitors. We know we have saved so many foxes, but every life lost is like a knife in our hearts. We know the pain will ease and we will use the anger to hit the Hunt even harder come next season. We will learn from our mistakes, grow as a team and make sure we save as many lives as possible next season.

The footage we have will be handed in and our statements taken in the hope that the police uphold the law and prosecute South Durham hunt for illegally killing a fox. No screen captures videos or photos of the kill and area will be posted yet.

RIP Little fox, we are sorry we failed you. It's not quite the end for us as we know the season hasn't ended for other hunts so we will be back out hunting the hunters till the season ends.

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Pics below   -   1/  Terrierman with fox body drives away from police   2/  Fox in the snow

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S. Dorset FH support attacks sabs after hounds twice pulled off foxes

18-3-18  Facebook - Weymouth Animal Rights   Hit Report 17/3/18 South Dorset Hunt & friends. Meet atS.DorsetFHF.sabassaultedbym.supporter17-3-18.jpg The Manor, Buckland Newton.....again!!    Well, for the South Dorset Hunt this was a really big meet with around 60 riders and large numbers of c*untrymen, most were familiar faces with the exception of a number of "boys" from up North Dorset and of course the usual dribblers. They were all enjoying an early morning tipple before mounting quads and Horses and riding off down through the village. Even the hounds looked rather perplexed about the number of riders following on behind them having got used to a field of 10/15 maximum!

Joined today by our friends from Southampton and South West Sabs we headed off to areas that we were pretty sure they would head to. The White Landy going on ahead to drop in foot teams in front of the hunt to spray areas and to be ready for the advance of the hounds and field. With foot sabs in Holcombe Wood the hounds went into cry briefly a couple of times but due to the use of citronella spray, quickly lost the scent that they were following.

With the foot sabs ahead of them armed with sprays and cameras the Hunt turned and hoofed it away from them… a team from the Red Landy was deployed to get in front of the hounds while the other foot team kept the field in sight... they headed along the ridge towards Barcombe Farm where vast numbers of dribblers were heading at full speed regardless of other road users, to get the best view where if they were lucky enough would be able to S.DorsetFHF.Sabattackedbysupporter17-3-18.jpgwatch an innocent animal get torn to shreds by a pack of barely in control dogs... Team 1 upon reaching the start of the Wessex Ridgeway watched as a terrified fox ran from the Narn Farm area... Sabs sprayed as much as they could, but the dogs then went into full cry and off in hot pursuit of the fleeing fox. The second team then stepped in with perfect timing, hearing the hounds coming towards them they used the gizmo... and just like magic the hounds lifted their heads and started to head back towards the sabs, having sprayed the area earlier the scent was lost to the dogs. One beautiful fox saved.

Meanwhile, back at the Landy the knuckle-draggers, had surrounded the Red Landy... The atmosphere at that point was a little tense, but we were expecting them to try their hardest to provoke a reaction from any one of us as their season of killing was coming to an end.

With three Landys by now keeping them in their sights and very experienced foot sabs on Ball Hill the hunt crossed the road and the red coat put the hounds into the gorse along Higher Hill (funny place to lay a trail)... foot sabs dropped off ... they were waiting to welcome the Hunt and follow them down towards the road.

After the team left the red Landy, knuckle-draggers once again surrounded it with one charming c*untryboy S.DorsetFHSabsinjurytothroat17-3-18.jpgpunching the driver side window in line with her face... it was a game of trying to avoid us but wherever they went there was a Landy or a foot team waiting...with a camera. With the pack and field stopped under Little Elias Copse, a few free range dogs ran off towards Watcombe Barn with frantic cries coming from the redcoats. Eventually managing to gather most of the dogs, they headed back towards Folly and the waiting white Landy. With foot sabs in the churchyard ahead of the hunt (2 redcoats and 5 field), a fox was seen running ahead of the dogs, so a very experienced sab used voice calls to pick up the hounds... and oh what a sight it was to see the hounds change direction and run excitedly to greet the sab.

Well, that was just the final straw for the c*ntryboys and knuckle draggers who just went into a blind rage. Boys appeared from all directions shouting and pushing sabs. Assaults were committed on Sabs including female Sabs. As soon as the Police have seen the footage we have from many different angles we will be able to go into more details and put up the footage. With the threat of the Police being called the violent "c*untrymen" shuffled around for a few more minutes, before rather ashamed of what they had just done, left the area not to be seen again. Shortly after the hunt did one more circuit of Ball Hill before sneaking off home at 4.30 with clean hounds...

With the news that a well known knuckle-dragger was in the area filming us we decided to leave and said our goodbyes. There then followed an incident involving the police , well Mr Silver Discovery hunt scum that backfired on you.

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Pic below   -   Looks almost like a Christmas card scene - doesn't it? It's anything but. 

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Sabs prevent Eggesford FH dig outs, Huntsman hits sab's head

Police refuse to tackle drink-driving supporters

Hounds 'terrorise' flock of sheep 

18-3-18   Devon County Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO [Marles]  VIDEO [Sheep]   Eggesford Hunt 17.3.2018    A snowy late start for the Eggesford Hunt yesterday, who met at Park Farm, near Winkleigh. We were joined by our friends from South Devon Animal Rights and Kernow Sabs, Monitors and Animal Rights Team.

Immediately after setting off into fields around the meet, hounds got onto the line of a fox. Despite poor visibility due to snow, sabs were able to follow the sound straight to the earth were hounds were in the process of marking the fox to ground [below]. Huntsman Jason Marles had been unaware we were in the area until we turned up at the earth and he was furious to have his plans to dig out and kill the fox thwarted.

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When sabs questioned Jason why the hounds would be marking a fox to ground if trails had been laid, Jason insisted this is what trail-hunting consists of: you lay a trail that ends at a fox earth or badger sett, you allow the hounds to mark the earth and then you move on! Of course the trail-layer in Jason's version of trail-hunting is of the fluffy orange variety. That fox, sorry 'trail-layer', narrowly escaped being killed. Forced to move off from the earth, Jason next sent his hounds into Rack Brake, where they began speaking again. Hounds marked to ground again and the Hunt were forced to leave it and move on again.

On they continued with sabs in tow. Hounds rampaged through fields around Brushford Barton, terrorising a flock of sheep. One of the sheep became separated from the rest and found itself surrounded by hounds [below]. If this was a pregnant ewe and she aborts because of this, the farmer will know exactly who to blame, as we will be posting the full footage of the event. Terriermen were stood close by watching the entire time and did nothing to intervene.

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Soon hounds were on the line of yet another fox, which ran along a hedge in full view of some of the terrier men. Sabs saw one of the terrier men point out the direction the fox had gone and Jason put hounds on its line. After a short while, hounds checked and the increasingly irate Jason found himself on the road again, accompanied by sabs.

Evidently keen to follow in his violent father's footsteps, Jason then lashed out at one of our sabs. The coward waited for the sab's back to be turned before whacking him in the back of the head with his riding crop in a completely unprovoked assault (footage to follow). The incident has been reported to the police.

EggesfordFHAllegedlydrunkfollower17-3-18.jpgFrustrated that sabs were stopping him from 'trail-hunting', Jason threatened to bring two hounds and twenty guns with him next week, to hunt foxes "the legal way"!

As so often happens when the Hunt feel overwhelmed and know they're in the shit, they made a call to Devon & Cornwall Police themselves. Within minutes a police van, police car and another unmarked police vehicle were in the area, responding to the Hunt's allegation that we were trespassing and stopping them from going about their "lawful" business.

One of our foot teams bumped into an inebriated driver of a blue van [left], who had been following the hunt. We couldn't really make out what he was saying but the more he spoke, the more we could smell the alcohol on his breath. When we told him we would report him for drink driving, he went silent and quickly headed back to his van. His details were given to the police shortly after, but they were not interested. Nor were they interested in breathalysing another drink driver who blocked one of our vehicles later that day, while police were watching. The driver and passenger swapped places when they realised police were around and the now-driver insisted that her passenger had "only just started drinking two minutes ago". You won't be surprised to hear police refused to even make a note of the incident.

After leaving the Brushford area, Jason headed south in direction of Bondleigh. It took us a while to reposition ourEggesfordFHHuntsmaninhedgeTrailhuntingReally17-3-18.jpg teams but we caught up with the Hunt west of Bondleigh where hounds had just marked at another large badger sett. When sabs went in on foot to investigate, the Hunt legged it. A few minutes later, hounds returned to the sett in cry, having hunted the line of the same fox for a second time round. This time Jason was nowhere to be seen, so sabs rated hounds off the sett and hounds carried on hunting the heel line of the fox back up the hill towards Bondleigh. Jason gathered them up and hacked back to Moorend Farm, where they packed up at 5pm.

It's not always possible to say for sure whether there have been any kills, but we know we saved several foxes yesterday, as we stopped them from digging at several earths the hounds had marked. We also saw hares break from coverts Jason was drawing at various points during the day.

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Pic above right  -   Huntsman in bushes. Presumably hoping to sniff out the invisible trail there?  

Pic below  -    Huntsman Marles has reportedly just hit sab on head with his crop

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Rarely sabbed Vine & Craven FH lays no trails, followed by terriermen

18-3-18   Facebook - Surrey Hunt Monitors    Saturday 17 March 2018 found the Surrey Hunt Monitors on a VineCravenFHCamerashyredcoats17-3-18.jpgbitterly cold day at Hannington, a couple of miles west of Basingstoke for a kennel meet of the Vine and Craven Foxhounds.

Initially this was to be a visit to the hare killing Sandhurst and Aldershot Beagles; who are kennelled with the Vine and Craven, however we had double luck by finding horseboxes travelling towards Hannington, and the Beagles hound van leaving Hannington.

Having a good turnout of monitors, we sent one car to the beagles for some covert monitoring, leaving 3 cars of monitors to overtly cover the Vine and Craven.

Whilst monitoring the V&C huntsman casting his hounds through a hedgerow at some distance away, three quad bikes carrying NINE people passed us on the road. The drivers of these quad bikes which had terrier boxes on were clearly breaking many rules of the Road Traffic Act, which we will be taking up with VineCravenFHMuntjacfleeing18-3-18.jpgHampshire Police. Two terrier men approached one monitor, and were surprisingly friendly. On questioning, the terrier men claimed that they had no terriers with them and their boxes were full of trail laying equipment, soup and sandwiches….do they think we were born yesterday??

Obviously not used to being monitored we saw no evidence of trail laying and the quad bikes were behind the Hunt most of the time. Trails could not have been laid through thick scrub by the quad bikes, where the huntsman was seen off his horse encouraging his hounds through, an ideal place for foxes to hide!! The hounds were also filmed running across roads, nowhere near the huntsman, following a trail across a road??

This Hunt has not been visited much over the last few years and we will be returning. We had no aggravation throughout the day, and apart from one supporter verbally abusing a female monitor, they were a lot friendlier than their neighbours the Hampshire Hunt. I am sure that this will not continue with further visits.

Nothing to hide, nothing to fear.

Pic below   -   The gangs all here 

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Rider's horse dies under him - so he jumps on another & hunts on

Sabs end riot on deer, stop dig out at Cotswold/Ledbury FHs meet

17-3-18   Facebook - Bristol Hunt Saboteurs    We joined up with sabs from Bath and South Wales today and headed to a joint meet of the Cotswold Hunt and their guests, the Ledbury Hunt. They met at Owdeswell Manor, in Andoversford, a few miles east of Cheltenham.

Just half an hour into the day we noticed a hunt rider and terrier-men from the hunt surrounding something in a field. It turned out that the rider's horse had died and they were trying to keep it out of view from us. The rider was given another horse and carried on hunting throughout the day. Utter scum.

The Huntsman tried legging it from sabs at every opportunity, but splitting into groups and using our three vehicles to good effect he never made it far before another sab group was popping out on him.

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Throughout the day sabs intervened when hounds were in cry, using horn and voice calls and whips to mixed success. We were in the right place at the right time when the full pack of hounds were rioting on a group of deer, only meters behind them, with no hunt staff in sight. Sabs managed to get between the hounds and the deer, and used voice and whip cracking to stop the pack. We dread to think what would have happened if we weren't there.

Towards the end of the day sabs stopped hunt terrier-men from digging out a fox. Spades were put away and the lads shot off on their quads when they realised they'd been rumbled being up to no good.

This seemed to be the last blast from the Hunt and we were soon escorting them along country lanes and back to the meet to pack up. Job done.

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N. Shrops FH Huntsman seems to implicate self in denying sett blocking

17-3-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    HUNTS BLOCKING SETTS TO STOP FOXES ESCAPING  In this clip (filmed by one of our colleagues) Julian Barnfield, the Master and Huntsman with the North Shropshire Hunt, who has just recently retired, was obviously trying to pretend that over all his years as huntsman his terriermen had never blocked setts. IT DIDN’T WORK JULIAN!

We exposed Julian Barnfield in this report from 13.3.18 for his flouting of the Hunting Act: http://bit.ly/2GEfsg8. He also has past form, having admitted four charges of illegally hunting foxes during the 2011-12 season when he was with the Heythrop Hunt. Earlier in 2008 he also pleaded not guilty to three charges of hunting a wild mammal with dogs contrary to the Hunting Act 2004.

Barnfield is filmed here trying to tell a monitor that his Hunt has nothing to do with the blocking of a sett hole (that was published on social media) by talking about 'gangs digging it out'. Blocking? Digging out? Both are opposite actions for a start!

We have a question... How could Barnfield possibly know the location of a hole in the ground unless he had been there recently or someone had tipped him off? We leave the answer to you.

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Four Shires Bassets/Berkeley Beagles joint meet packed up by sabs

17-3-18   Facebook - Berkshire Hunt Sabs  VIDEO  DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR THE HARE HUNTERS     Freezing winds and snow could not stop a large crew of sabs descending on the The Sow & Pigs Poundon, for a joint meet of the Four Shires Bassets and the Old Berkeley Beagles today.

In keeping with the weather, we received a distinctly frosty reception when we caught up with the pack hunting in fields west of the meet. A gang of masked-up thugs on quad bikes tried unsuccessfully to intimidate us, before the hounds were boxed up and driven straight back to their kennels in Whitchurch.

Unfortunately for huntsman Mike Smith, there were several sab vehicles stationed at the kennels to greet him and he refused to come out and play with his second pack of hounds. Smith eventually threw in the towel by jumping inFourShiresBassetsOldBerkeleyBeaglesjointmeet17-3-18.jpg his car - without any hounds - and heading back to Poundon to join his miserable supporters in the pub.

Two hunts stopped, several hares saved and a party gate crashed: we love it when a plan comes together! Many thanks to our friends at Guildford, Hertfordshire, North Downs, Northants and our new sister group West Berkshire Hunt Sabs for joining us today.

17-3-18   Facebook - West Berkshire Hunt Sabs [new group]     ... joint meet of the Four Shires Bassets and Old Berkeley Beagles who were illegally hunting hares at Poundon near Bicester. This meet was meant as a 'going away' party for Old Berkely Beagles master Mike Smith. 

We arrived at Poundon to find the Four Shires already in the field with hounds on a scent. Immediately we got into the field to rate hounds and make the Hunt know they weren't going to be killing anything today.

A significant number of support including some from neighbouring fox hunts were present, and decided to try their best to start a fight with us. Fortunately, we've got better things to do than scrap with animal murdering bumpkins, so in spite of their verbal and physical intimidation we concentrated on getting the job done.

The Bassets ran back to their hound van after a while, and we monitored the kennels to ensure that the Beagles didn't come out to try and hunt in the afternoon. Two hunts prevented from killing hares and Mike Smith's final hunt with them completely ruined. Job done.

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Mass sab ruins Puckeridge FH's closing meet

17-3-18  Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs    Hit report 17.03.2018: Puckeridge Hunt, Furneux Pelham  Following on from last week’s multiple fox save at the Puckeridge (http://bit.ly/2GDkhXb.), we decided to keep an eye on their closing meet of the season along with a large contingent of sab groups from across east England.

Activists from Beds & Bucks, Cambridge​, South Cambs, North East London, Suffolk And Essex Hunt and Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs​ joined with us to surround and control the Puckeridge season finale at Whitebarn’s near Furneux Pelham in East Hertfordshire.

With the meet delayed due to snowy conditions, and sabs surrounding the meet in large numbers, Hertfordshire police arrived and spoke with the Hunt before the off. Not long after, the hunt terrierman made a show of driving back and forth along a footpath adjacent to the meet, towing a hastily produced drag line for the police to see.

The hounds left the meet, promptly ignored whatever the terrierman had been dragging behind his quad and were instead hunted onward, past the area and into nearby Merlin and Lady Woods near Furneux Pelham. With hounds only speaking briefly, temperatures never venturing north of freezing and a biting wind whipping across from the east, the Hunt must have been wishing this meet to be over as soon as it started.

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For the next few hours this pattern continued. With sabs from seven different groups continually spotting and getting ahead of the Hunt, and with Herts police keeping a watchful eye on proceedings, the Huntsman was only barely able to provide a ride out with hounds to the shivering field.

Make no mistake that hunting today was of course attempted. For hours after the am-dram charade of trail laying, the Puckeridge Huntsman repeatedly drew hounds through coverts, copses and woodland in the hope of finding the scent of a fox. No luck today though for this third rate Hunt.

After several hours of grimly soldiering on into biting driving snow, the Hunt eventually realised this was a closing meet to forget and trudged back to their meet to thaw. We’re not sure whether they were more glad to see the insides of their Range Rovers, or the back of sabs who had been in their way the entire day from the start.

Sabs come out in all weathers voluntarily to protect wildlife from illegal hunts. If you’d like to support our work for the cost of a coffee, you can click here. https://ko-fi.com/northcambs.

Pic below    -    Deer fleeing from the hunt 

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Antis stop Portman FH 'innocent' Huntsman killing on snowy day

17-3-18   Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs    HIT REPORT SATURDAY 17th MARCH 2018 PORTMAN HUNT MEETING AT THE OLD FORGE, WOOLLAND We knew today was going to be a testing day with snow falling all day, a bitter wind and limited access around a very hilly area. Luckily for us we were joined by two monitors we work with regularly and Wildlife Witness and we send them a massive thanks for helping to keep Evil Shirley ping-ponging across the valleys all day. There was also a police car out for most of the day which was a welcome sight indeed!

Leaving the meet, the Huntsman and Whipper-in took the hounds south then west towards Twitchings Copse PortmanFHFoxfleeing17-3-18.jpgsearching the gorse on the hillside... Continuing along the ridge towards Woolland Hill, Evil Shirley got off his horse and went across a field on foot. We think this was to help him gather his hounds which to be honest he is pretty pants at ! This seemed to be a reoccurring theme today with hounds on roads and the odd lost hound popping up along the day always a long way from the rest of the pack. Foot sabs at one point had a hound with them for a while and she was shivering, soaking wet, and had a cut on her paw along with spots of blood along her side - probably from barbed wire. This hound was a lovely girl but to the Hunt she is just a number which was tattooed on the underside of her ears and we never observed anyone coming to find her, in the end she heard the Hunt and ran off in their direction.

Having collected his hounds, Evil Shirley went ... into Rawlsbury Wood and monitors observed the hounds on the line of a fox... The hounds went into cry several times and foot sabs used the gizmo repeatedly to try and pull the hounds off. Being a fair distance away it is impossible to say how effective or even if the gizmo worked, nor the fate of the fox.

The Huntsman lead the hounds south and the field caught up with them just as the hounds again went into cry once again around Brooks Copse and Moots Copse before heading north towards Balmers Coombe Bottom where the hounds stayed for a while searching along the hillside... the Huntsman came out at Ansty Cross...

PortmanFHAretheywhollysuretheredcoatisactuallyalive17-3-18.jpgThe foot team caught up with the hounds and the rest of the Hunt along the footpath and the foot sabs kept an eye on the hounds as they searched the hillside... The landy followed the hounds along the Wessex Ridgeway but with the monitors and Wildlife Witness also in hot pursuit we were able to go back and collect the foot team that had now made it all the way back to the road. By now there were more anti’s out than there was foot supporters and the field had dwindled to single numbers.

a call came over the radio to say another fox had been observed on Chitcombe Down and foot sabs were soon on the scene skidding down the hillside into the gorse spraying frantically to mask the scent of the fox. Foot sabs caught up with the hounds and neutralised the area where the hounds were just picking up on scent of the fox and sabs had the hounds all around them. Either the huntsman or the whip called over the gorse to say we were trespassing but he was told “your illegally hunting” and this fox was saved thanks to the keen eyes of our monitors! The Huntsman then took the hounds over to Woolland and was searching a sloped area beside the road, foot sabs were quickly out the landy and were told they weren’t allowed to spray citronella by a rather rude and bolshy field master.

Hounds were once again scattered like skittles and all along the road until Evil managed to gather most of them up and headed to Long Wood Farm where the Whip got on the phone and called the hound van in so they could box up around 4.30pm. We hope the hounds were properly counted back into the van tonight, its bitterly cold and by late afternoon even the gate bitch had gone home leaving less people to search for missing hounds!

Also thanks to our supporters - if you want to join us before the season ends please send us an email dorsethuntsabs@riseup.net.    https://www.gofundme.com/dorset-sabs-bodycam-protection

Pic above left   -   Are they wholly sure the this redcoat is actually alive? 

 

Two blocked setts found close to Beaufort FH meet

16-3-18   Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch    On Monday the Beaufort met at Trull so it wasn't long before we found 2 badger setts blocked in close proximity to where they set off. Also true to form we were subjected to misogynistic remarks from an angry elderly male follower of the hunt as soon as we arrived. It is very sad that they are so full of hatred for anyone who has compassion for our beautiful British wild mammals - especially the fox the badger and the hare.

Pic below  -  One of the blocked sett entrances. Such are the lengths they go to in order to deny foxes escape underground 

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Another hunting vet exposed - rides with Albrighton FH

16-3-18   Facebook - Stop Hunting Fox-Cubs    Hard to believe anyone who professes to care for animals could want to be involved in such a barbaric pastime. Would it surprise you to know that many veterinarians are hunters? Would you trust such an individual with the care of your pet? ... We would not!

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Cheshire FH servant cautioned for death threat to monitor

16-3-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    CHESHIRE HOUNDS SERVANT RECEIVES CAUTION FOR DEATH CheshireFHServantGordonBroadhurstcautionedfordeaththreattomonitor16-3-18.jpgTHREAT   Regular readers of our page may recognise Gordon Broadhurst, a servant of the Cheshire Hounds hunt who drives a yellow transit van, and has a penchant for calling monitors "pr*cks" and "paedophiles". 

Gordon recently stepped even further over the line, threatening to kill one of our team, and was hauled in by Cheshire Police. We are pleased to report that Broadhurst has received a Criminal Caution.

Our team noted throughout the last season that Broadhurst and his son Robert were often in close vicinity whenever a fleeing fox was spotted. We were also interested to hear how Broadhurst had the Hunt's own solicitor with him during his police interview, despite previous claims that Broadhurst wasn't on the Hunt's payroll.

 

Heavily blocked setts found where Cotswold FH hunting

16-3-18   Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch    Cotswold Hunt found at Witcombe Park yesterday after a tip-off from a walker. This is in a bowl of steeply sloping woods next to Birdlip Hill. With the help of a 3C sab we had tabs on them from the beginning and 3C sab stopped the hounds both times that they found a scent and ran on it.

It is difficult territory to sab as big areas of steeply sloping wood, and easy for a Hunt with a tiny field of five or so people just to disappear. We managed to keep near them though after they picked up on a scent and ran on cry through Witcombe Wood (past a notice that said dogs must be kept on leads) only to be stopped by 3C.

They kept running after that and went along towards Cooper's Hill, where we found them again and then crossed the Buckholt Road into Buckholt Wood - another steep large wood. As we came in at the top they picked up on cry again and ran in a circle which always sounds terrible in the woods as is it so loud and you cannot see them, but 3C was approaching from below, we had a vehicle at the bottom of the wood observing them and between us all we had them in a sandwich. Next thing we saw the hound lorry driven by a redcoat come blasting along Buckholt Road and lo and behold they packed up and went at 2 o'clock. Good result.

Bad result of this day's hunting were blocked setts, ruthlessly blocked with heavy clay plugs. This at a time when not only foxes but badgers have cubs underground. Police report was made... the Huntsman denied all knowledge, as did the young terrierman (who took care to mask his face) but someone did it for the Hunt - and there was not even the faintest pretence of a trail hunt. CIHW sab at the blocked sett was aggressively ridden at by a female rider with the Hunt who then accused her of assault ... note to Hunts: horses do not like being used as weapons. And thank you to the road-works team on Buckholt road for their moral support.

 

Grove & Rufford FH 3 win appeals against illegal hunting convictions

15-3-18   Nottingham Post    Hunt members cleared of blame after death of fox near River Trent - TheiGroveRuffordFHLarbyWhiteWrightConvicted14-3-17.jpgr appeal was heard at Nottingham Crown Court   Three hunt members were cleared of blame after a fox was killed near the River Trent. They won their appeal after the prosecution decided against pressing on with the hearing at Nottingham Crown Court.

Countryside Alliance official Adrian Simpson said: "The essence is that for the last 12 or 18 months, three people have been living as convicted criminals when they were innocent people. They are elated, relieved and feel that justice has finally been done."

Mr Simpson said the prosecution failed to hand over important photographs to the defence - and that their expert "strayed into matters which should have been left to the court." He added: "There was patently no evidence of intentional hunting. It became patently clear in the course of the appeal that a fox jumped out in front of the hounds, which pursued it for a short distance and killed it. Trail hunting is a legal activity and that is what was happening here. Hounds follow a trail of fox's urine."

The fox was killed on January 30, 2016 and its death was caught on camera by birdwatcher Phillip Palmer. He told the court that he saw a man in green pointing the direction it had run at Laneham, near Retford. Three Grove and Rufford Hunt members were prosecuted and found guilty after a trial at Mansfield Magistrates' Court. They denied a breach of the Hunting Act.

An £800 fine had been imposed on Huntsman Paul Larby, 57, of The Kennels, Kennel Drive, Barnby Moor, £550 on trail-layer Peter White, 57, of Leyfields Farm, Redhill Lane, Kneesall, and a £180 fine was ordered for the Hunt's Whipper-in Jane Wright, 63, of Town Street, Lound. These are all quashed. They had each also been ordered to pay £248 prosecution costs and a £80 government surcharge by a district judge at the original three-day hearing.

The appeal was heard in front of Recorder Roger Evans and a magistrate at the Crown Court. They will sit again on April 27 to deal with an application for defence costs to be paid.

 

Rescue horses and pets badly disturbed by Hunt's proximity

One hound rampaged round whole property

Horse died, others injured after Hunt invasion last year 

DartmoorFHprobRescuehorsesandpetsdisturbedbyonehoundrampagedaroundproperty15-3-18.jpg15-3-18   Facebook - Ash Rescue Centre    They [the rescue horses] were feeling very anxious and worried as the Hunt were out in a neighbouring field. I had to catch the 3 of them and move them for a few hours (not a fun job on my own with the way they were feeling!) as they were trying to jump the gate and wall to get out and away from the field and the Hounds. [Pic left - Aragon, Rani and Tom yesterday].

We had a loose hound run through our fields (with horses in), and through our garden, wedding venue and yard which upset all our dogs and cats. 

We have asked for prior notice when they are in the area but as yet we have had nothing. 

Last year we lost Smuggler after a day of cantering around (hunt were in the area all day) caused his old legs to give up. We also had horses with cuts to heads, legs and one lame. We have had the whole pack of hounds run through our wildflower meadows, woods and bird seed mixes on a number of occasions.

When will this stop??? it’s hard enough to deal with 30 elderly horses and the ailments that go with them especially over winter without the extra stress of this.

POWAperson adds  - The Ash Rescue Centre is a few miles from Dartford in Devon. The Hunt concerned is probably the Dartmoor FH, though they're not far from the border of the South Devon's country, so it could have been them.

 

Owner of pub where cat-kill Hunt met 'devastated' by pet's death

Says 'mislead' by Hunt, who told her was to be just a 'ride along'

Was first time she'd hosted Hunt and will be the last 

15-3-18   Facebook - Ann Ashford - Junction Inn, Norbury    STATEMENT   Events of 13th March    One of our local residents and friend has suffered a devastating loss due to the events in the village of Norbury yesterday involving the Albrighton and Woodland Hunt. I was approached for the use of our facilities and when discussing the arrangements with the organisers I was informed it was a “ride along” not a hunt. I am saddened that I was mislead. 

Being part of the community is paramount and I am personally devastated with the wrong decision I made resulting in such a sad loss of a much loved family pet. This is the first and the LAST time I would consider such request and I am in no way associated with or support hunting of any kind.

Our thoughts are with Helen and her family.    Alison, Owner/manager

 

Eggesford FH welcome violent ex-jailbird as supporter

Convict is the son of Eggesford FH Huntsman  

14-3-18   Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs    This is Chris Marles, father of Eggesford huntsman Jason Marles, and now a regular member of the Eggesford Hunt. In 2005 he repeatedly punched and kicked an IFAW monitor whilst he was with the Devon & Somerset Staghounds, causing black eyes and cuts to the monitor's face (pictured below). He was convicted of assault occasioning bodily harm.

In March 2008, whilst serving a suspended sentence for ABH, he repeatedly rode his horse into an elderly female hunt monitor, knocking her to the ground and causing a back injury which required hospital treatment. You can tell from this picture the horse is really enjoying the experience of being used as a weapon... For this, Marles received a six month prison sentence. The court branded him an "arrogant, cowardly, drunken lout". Even the East Devon Hunt, for whom he was acting as whipper-in at the time, cut ties with him. 

Suppose we shouldn't be surprised the Eggesford welcomed him with open arms!

Pics below  -   1/  Chris Marles    2/  Kevin Hill after attack by him

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Antis to send compilation of Portman FH road havoc to police

Hoping to get them stopped from hunting near highways 

14-3-18   Facebook - Wildlife Witness   On the day that the Portman Hunt Master/Huntsman is cleared of illegal hunting after admitting that he couldn't control the hounds and stop them in full cry, we are compiling a file of instances where this Hunt has disrupted traffic since September 2017.

This report will be forwarded to Dorset Police as proof that the Portman poses a serious threat to road users in the county. We are asking for the Hunt to be excluded from hunting near to main roads in order to protect the public from uncontrollable hounds on the road.

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Portman FH JM/Huntsman acquitted of illegal hunting charge

14-3-18   BBC News    Portman Hunt Master cleared of illegal fox hunting   The Master of a Dorset hunt has been found not guilty of fox hunting. Evo Shirley, 27, from the Portman Hunt faced charges of hunting a wild mammal with dogs. Magistrates in Poole had previously seen footage of a "pack of hounds" seemingly chasing a fox through a field with Mr Shirley on horseback in Shapwick in March 2017. District Judge Stephen Nicholls said the court was "not satisfied" it showed Mr Shirley was hunting.

14-3-18   Hounds Off Press Release  VIDEO   DORSET HUNTSMAN ADMITS HE ALLOWED HOUND PACK TO CHASE FOX ON NATIONAL TRUST LAND BUT CLAIMS IT WAS ACCIDENTAL AND IS ACQUITTED    A Dorset huntsman was today acquitted of illegally hunting a fox with hounds, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act (2004).

District Judge Stephen Nicolls, presiding over the case brought by Dorset Police at Poole Magistrates Court, had PortmanFHFoxhuntedby8-3-17Huntsmanacquitted_2_14-3-18.jpgpreviously heard eye-witness evidence from volunteer hunt monitors Peter White and Kevin Hill. Film taken by Peter White showed the Portman Hunt hounds chasing a fox on land owned by the National Trust near Wimborne Minster. However, District Judge Nicolls was not satisfied, beyond reasonable doubt, that this was deliberate and contrary to the Hunting Act as he interpreted it so he cleared Mr Evo Shirley, Master of Fox Hounds and Huntsman for the Portman Hunt, of the charge.

In evidence Mr Shirley told the court that he had allowed his pack of hounds to hunt a fox which they had flushed from a small wood on 8 March 2017, rather than try to stop them, because he could not control them while they were in hot pursuit and needed to let the events “play out.”

Reflecting on the case, Peter White said, “Dorset Police deserve full credit for listening to myself and Kevin Hill when we approached them and said that we had film of what we believed was illegal foxhunting.” Regarding the verdict, Mr White said, “The Portman Hunt want people to think that they go after trails of fox urine and not live foxes. Unfortunately on this occasion they have persuaded the Court that the fox was hunted by accident and, as the Hunting Act stands, this is a defence in law.”

With regards to the National Trust, the landowners who allow so-called trail hunting to take place on the Kingston Lacy Eastate, Mr White said, “Despite this verdict, I believe that the Portman Hunt can no longer be trusted. In evidence, Mr Shirley admitted that foxes have been ‘inadvertently’ hunted on numerous occasions. Members and visitors might be shocked to learn that the National Trust is well aware of this too.”

PortmanFHHoundsafewsecondsbehindfox8-3-17Huntsmanacquitted_2_14-3-18.jpgExplaining how trail hunting can be easily used as a convenient cover for illegal bloodsports, Kevin Hill said, “Trail hunting is set up for accidents to happen. In evidence it was admitted that the Portman Hunt hounds are trained to go after a fox-based scent so clearly live foxes are constantly at risk. It was revealed that the whereabouts of man-laid trails was unknown to the Huntsman, so he had no idea if his hounds were chasing that or a live fox, until he actually saw it. We were told that the hunting pack numbered thirty to forty hounds and, because they were hard onto the fox, the Huntsman could not stop them.”

Explaining how crying “Accident” allows for a defence in Hunting Act cases and how this loophole could be closed, Hounds Off Founder Joe Hashman said, “To succeed with prosecutions, the law demands we prove that hunting wild mammals is intentional. In this case the Defence was able to persuade Judge Nicolls that the fox was hunted inadvertently. For thirteen years hunters have exploited this loophole to escape conviction. I suggest that using a large pack of hounds trained to hunt a fox-based scent in areas where foxes are known to live is reckless behaviour. It is now time to clearly define Section 1 of the Hunting Act so that to ‘hunt’ means ’cause or permit a dog to seek out, pursue, attack, injure or kill a wild mammal’.”

For the acquitted defendent, former Royal Air Force pilot Mr Bruce Cook had previously told the Court that he was responsible for laying trails that day for the Portman Hunt. Despite telling District Judge Nicolls that he had recorded his movements with GPS readings on an iPhone, he was unable to provide any verifiable evidence of this. Mr Cook admitted that the maps he provided as proof had not been prepared by himself, were inaccurate and that additional photographs claiming to have been taken on 8 March 2017 were “indicative of every photo I take on a hunt” and therefore it was not possible or him to definitively pin them to that date and place.

A spokesperson for the National Dis-Trust said, “The result of this case simply reinforces what we have been saying for years, namely that the National Trust faith in and defence of Hunts is utterly misplaced & unjustifiable. Their licence system, for permitting hunting with hounds on National Trust property, should be revoked before the next season begins.”

Pics above   -   Right - Fox fleeing Portman FH hounds     Left  -  Hounds a few seconds behind fox    

Pics below   -   1/  Hunter a few seconds behind hounds     2/  Hunters following line of fox and hounds - making no attempt to call hounds off 

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 14-3-18   Dorset Eye [Lesley Docksey]   On Trial – Evo Shirley, Master Huntsman for the Portman Hunt    In March 2017, two hunt monitors filmed huntsman Mr Shirley illegally hunting a fox with hounds in the Kingston Lacy (National Trust) area in Dorset.. The evidence was passed to the Dorset Police, the Crown Prosecution Service agreed there was enough evidence to prosecute and in February this year Shirley was up in court.

Day 1 - … In her opening statement the prosecuting counsel, Ms Davies, made it clear the trial was about ‘intent’. Did Shirley intend to hunt a fox, or was it a tragic accident because they were really ‘trail hunting’?

The court watched the film upon which the prosecution was based. It showed a fox running across a field towards some woodland with the hounds in pursuit, crying as they ran. Behind them came Shirley, his horse cantering very slowly. There was no attempt to control or call off the hounds. At the other end of the wood one could see the field of riders waiting. 

Fox and hounds disappeared into the wood and the hounds fell silent. Two men on quad bikes drove up to the wood, and the drivers also went into the wood. Ms Davies described them as ‘terriermen’. 

Defence had another description. Just as Hunts had invented ‘trail hunting’ to circumvent the 2004 Hunting Act, so the National Trust’s vote to allow trail hunting on its land without terriermen has resulted in another fiction. Terriermen are now renamed ‘countrymen’. They do not carry terriers on their quad bikes (despite numerous photos of them doing so) but are there to assist and ‘repair any damage caused by the hunt’.

The two hunt monitors gave their evidence. They were an impressive pair with over 60 years of monitoring experience between them, working with IFAW, and obviously committed to protecting animals.

Peter White confirmed that he saw the fox being pursued by the hounds, followed (slowly) by Shirley. At no point did Shirley attempt to direct the hounds; at no point were Shirley’s horn or whip used. White also saw riders positioning themselves by the wood... White said he had seen the ‘process’ of trail-laying occasionally.

Kevin Hill has also occasionally seen ‘trail-laying’. Mooney really pressed him on this issue, as it is the only defence Shirley has. This had little effect on Hill’s polite demeanour and clear answers.

The expert witness for the prosecution, Professor Stephen Harris*, then gave his evidence. Defence had tried to get the judge to hear both expert witnesses ‘back to back’. The judge preferred to be conventional; first day for prosecution evidence and the second for the defence. 

Questioned by Ms. Davies, Harris described what a huntsman did to control the hounds - the use of horn, voice and whip. He said that terriermen going into woods made it clear they were either going in to flush out a fox for further hunting, or to dig it out if it had gone to earth. There were no other reasons for them being there. Harris said the behaviour of the Hunt was consistent with them expecting to hunt a fox. Hunts claim using horns and voices will ‘encourage’ hounds to hunt their quarry. “No,” he said, “if the hounds are working you let them get on with it.”... 

Harris was questioned about using fox urine for trail-laying. He pointed out foxes don’t go round leaking urine, so the hounds would not follow a trail of urine. Mooney asked, “What do you think foxhounds are bred to do?” Harris said they hunt foxes but also hunt deer, mink, and otters. When the Judge asked for clarification, he pointed out that they have to be trained to follow a specific scent.

Day 2 - Evo Shirley did not impress... Asked about the people who ‘laid’ the trail, he was very vague: they were hunt supporters; about 4 of them; no, he didn’t really know them and couldn’t provide their names. He said he never knew where a trail would be laid, only the general area. Photos were produced, reportedly taken by those laying a trail. Most appeared to be of patches of grass with no proof of location...  

Shirley said his training was ‘to try and stop the hounds’ if they flush out a fox, but the film showed he didn’t even try. Using his horn would ‘encourage’ the hounds to hunt the fox.** Anyway, “the hounds were hunting, doing what they wanted to do”. This is where that ‘nothing to do with this’ film came into play. It showed Portman hounds spilling out onto a busy main road. Whether hounds were hunting or not, Shirley used his horn to bring them under control.

Under cross-examination Shirley fell apart. Ms Davies asked why no one in the field (there were 20-30 riders out with the hunt) appeared to express any concern that a fox was being hunted. She got Shirley to admit that “5 or 10” foxes were hunted over the season. She queried the lack of records kept by Shirley. At the preliminary court hearing in October he had said there were no films of trail-laying, having told the police there were, but not available to view. He now said there were films, but he wasn’t sure how you accessed them... 

Ms Davies then took Shirley through the film, almost frame by frame. “Why did you not try to get in front of the hounds? Why were you putting the horn into your pocket as you cantered after the hounds? Why did you not use your horn when you reached the wood?” He said he ‘had to go into the wood to control the hounds.’ His horn wasn’t blown until the hounds were visible outside the wood. 

As she grilled him about the lack of control, his answers became garbled and contradictory, until he admitted that he had ‘allowed’ the hounds to do what they did. He tried to claw back the word but it was too late. 

The next witness was the man (no longer living in Dorset) who laid the trail. He said that the night before a Meet, he would see Shirley and, using maps, discuss with him where he wanted the trail laid. Again photos were shown of a fur lure lying in grass, supposedly laden with scent, to be dragged along the route. He couldn’t guarantee the photos were his, just ‘typical’ of the kind of photos taken. He never saw anyone when he was trail-laying, although he ‘might’ have seen monitors on two occasions. He claimed he had done ‘several dozen’ trail-laying days – sometimes up to 5 a week. Too eager with his evidence, he rather spoilt the Portman’s story.

And finally, the Hunt’s ‘expert’ witness, Dr Daryl Hamilton Wallis. His expertise is in computer forensics... he has no qualifications in animal sciences and says he is an expert in hunting, having run the Llynfi Vale Drag Hunt in Wales... He tried to make something of Shirley’s horse not being able to run fast enough to overtake the hounds, and that therefore, he would have done what Shirley did, which was nothing.

He is adamant that sounding the horn will only ‘encourage’ the hounds, and that the Huntsman has to get in front of them in order to stop them, so – his conclusion, whether meant or not, was that a pack of hounds will always hunt illegally when a quarry is found...

At the end, the Judge ordered both counsels to send him their written depositions. Ms Davies was quite amenable but Mooney not so. After some argument about dates it was decided by the Judge that he would give his judgment on March 14.

The judgement was, to say the least, disappointing. The Judge said that both sides had given ‘honest views’ and that neither had ‘exaggerated’ their evidence – this despite the continuing lack of verifiable evidence for trail-laying; that Shirley admitted he allowed’ the hounds to hunt the fox; the contradictions between the trail-layer’s evidence and Shirley’s; an expert witness who was privately described to me as ‘an expert on telling lies’; and the unprofessional behaviour of the defence counsel when trying to control the trial.

Even with all that, the Judge was not ‘satisfied’ that the case had been proved, and Shirley was acquitted. And three days after the trial, he was filmed ‘trail hunting’ through a farmyard. 

 

Warks FH Director says is landowner - until shown newly blocked sett

14-3-18  Facebook - W.Mids Sabs  Thursday 8th March - Ettington, Warwickshire   Warwickshire Hunt director and ex-wife of former RBS boss Barbra Hester introduced us to another hunt director David Hawkins who she claimed was the landowner. Not long after this introduction we discovered a badger sett recently blocked in. The sett had fresh spade marks and hoof prints over them clearly showing the Hunt had ridden straight over the blocked sett. Hawkins suddenly wasn’t the landowner anymore. The Hunt's terriermen were then seen speeding off on their quad, we suspect they had only just blocked the sett. Minutes before the blocked sett was discovered a fox was seen being chased by the hounds not far from the sett.

Please contact the National Trust and politely ask them why they continue to license the Warwickshire Hunt given the number of foxes that are filmed being chased by hounds and the fact that a director of the Warwickshire Hunt had a blocked badger sett on his land with hoof prints all over them. patrick.begg@nationaltrust.org.uk. Please sign the petition to get the Warwickshire Hunt banned from National Trust land https://www.change.org/p/farnborough-ha… Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsa   #strengthenthehuntingact

Pics below   -   1/  David Hawkins, Director, claims to be landowner until     2/  Freshly blocked badger sett on the land pointed out to him 

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Pat cat mauled to death by Albrighton & Woodland FH hound

One hound left behind as Hunt set off 

14-3-18   Facebook - Hunt Watch    Our lovely cat Rosie was mauled to death this morning by a hound from Albrighton and Woodland Hunt.

The horse boxes were parked up at the Junction Inn when one of the hounds ran into our garden and killed Rosie. She didn't stand a chance.

We have had her since she was a kitten 15 years ago and didn't expect her to die in such a horrible way.

As the Hunt set off, they also left behind a hound which was roaming round Norbury Junction for nearly 5 hours, coming back into our garden and round by the boatyard and pub.

I have always been anti-hunting and find the hunt with their pack of dogs very intimidating as they charge through our village and countryside and whenever I have approached them, have found them arrogant and rude.

It's worrying how they can just leave behind a hunting dog without noticing it was missing. I hope in future they will be not made so welcome at the pub and will go somewhere else to terrorise people and their pets.

Heartbroken and very angry. RIP Rosie xxx

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15-3-18   BBC News    Staffordshire cat 'mauled to death' by hunting hound     A cat has been "mauled to death" by a hunting hound in its owner's back garden. In a Facebook post, Helen Keyzor, from Norbury in Staffordshire, said her cat Rosie had been killed on Tuesday. Ms Keyzor said she was "heartbroken and angry" at the death of her 15-year-old cat who "didn't stand a chance".

The Albrighton and Woodland Hunt said one of its dogs fatally injured the pet and it was investigating the attack "thoroughly". The group said hunt members tried to save the animal, which it called "elderly". Ms Keyzor said the family has had Rosie "since she was a kitten". "We didn't expect her to die in such a horrible way."

Naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham shared the post on Twitter, describing hunting as "anarchic pet killing and disregard for life, people and property".

Staffordshire Police confirmed it was investigating.

POWAperson adds  -  Hunts generally don't give a damn about the effects their sick activities have on the rest of the community and will often tell the most outrageous lies to avoid culpability. In this case they could scarcely deny responsibility. Their reference to a 15 year old pet cat as 'elderly' is telling They commonly kill their own hounds when they are six or seven and starting to slow down, though they would normally live to 12-14 years. God only knows where and how they offload their hunting horses when they start to pass their best. So hunters are just not used to having even middle-aged, let alone old, animals around.

 

 

Sabs say Hunt claims re. injured woman sab are false

14-3-18   Facebook - North Downs Hunt Sabs    It seems that the hunters have been getting carried away making false allegations. Hunting for Truth have put out a couple of photos that have clearly been photo-shopped (very badly) and have taken the whip out of the Whipper-ins hand (note the blurring of the image by his raised hand). Our sab is not denying trying to defend herself from being ridden down by picking up a stick. She is being kept in hospital from a second night with her injuries.

They have put up a video as well, but edited videos mean nothing as it doesn't show them riding her down, and also claim that we injured a horse which we would never do (and would expel anybody who did). We believe the horse was injured earlier (possibly by a branch or something as the hunt staff don't keep to the bridleways). 

We do have footage of the incident, but think it is more useful to keep it for any court case and expose their lies.

The whole incident only occurred because our sabs were trying to get to an area where they were illegally hunting a fox and they were desperate to stop us from trying to save the fox.

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Warwickshire FH hunt foxes on Fosse Way and A422

14-3-18  Facebook – W.Mids Sabs  VIDEO [1st part of  ] Warwickshire Hunt - Foxes, main roads and blocked badger setts    National Trust licensed Warwickshire Hunt block badger setts, cause tailbacks on A422 as they hunt on it and next to it and a fox is seen running away from the Hunt's riders and terriermen.

Wednesday 7th March - Honington, Warwickshire - A fox was seen running from the Warwickshire Hunt terriermen near Upper Brailes, this fox got away safely. However they were soon hunting next to and on the Fosse Way and the A422 [below] causing big tailbacks. The Huntsman then got off his horse to hunt on foot leaving his terrierman to ride his horse down the A422.

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 Pics below   -   1/   Hound causes traffic chaos on A422    2/   Huntsman and terriermen consulting    3/   Fox fleeing hounds through sheep. Note it doesn't stop for a leg of lamb lunch. 

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Monitors say filmed N.Shropshire FH hunting fox illegally

13-3-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors  VIDEO    NORTH SHROPSHIRE HUNT ILLEGALLY HUNTING 07.02.18    Please bear in mind that this Hunt describe themselves in this way 'WE DRAG (HUNT) THE NORTH SHROPSHIRE WAY' which is a clue as to whether they actually lay trails or not! We are showing this film to highlight the problems involved in prosecuting fox hunts due to the fact that the Hunting Act desperately needs strengthening.

This film was considered for presenting to West Mercia Police but due to our knowledge of how weak the Hunting Act is and how easy it is for hunts to wriggle out of prosecution we had to make the difficult decision that all we could do with this film was to show it to the public and hope that you will help us expose illegal hunting.

PAST FORM - this Huntsman (Julian Barnfield) has admitted four charges of illegally hunting foxes during the 2011-12 season when he was with the Heythrop Hunt. Earlier in 2008 he also pleaded not guilty to three charges of hunting a wild mammal with dogs contrary to the Hunting Act 2004.

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THE DAYS EVENTS Monitors witnessed the Hunt chasing foxes earlier in the day [above, fox had just passed monitor] with both the Huntsman (Julian Barnfield) and the Whipper In (Aiden Beaney) either telling us they couldn’t hear us when we were calling to them to call the hounds off the fox, or pretending that they didn’t understand what we were saying. Pic below - Whip pretends doesn't understand

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In the main section of blatant hunting of a fox, the hounds had chased the fox up towards some of our monitors who were on a road. With other monitors filming from another location. The fox then outwits the hounds and back tracks out of some woodland [below] whilst the hounds carry on into private land. It then runs down the first field and can just be seen to pop out of cover near the bottom right of the field and run up along the side of the next field.

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All this time the Huntsman is hiding from the monitors he can see on the road. Then the Huntsman and his cronies call the hounds back from trespassing on the private land. The Huntsman then takes his hounds and places them on the exact spot that the fox had run [below]. Sadly, the rest is history! The rest of the compilation shows more evidence that this Hunt clearly doesn’t lay trails.

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Over this period of closed season we will be sharing evidence like this and hope that you will help us get as many people as possible to become aware of what is really going on in our countryside. If you would like to support Cheshire Monitors you can donate at paypal.me/CMonitors - thank you!

 

 Somerset hare hunt beagle found hanging from top of fence

13-3-18   Facebook - Hounds Off    This beagle was being used to illegally hunt hares last week in Somerset when it got caught in barbed wire. Hunt staff were nowhere to be seen but thankfully friendly humans were on hand to release it unharmed.

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Notts Wildlife Trust angry at Grove & R FH trespass on their land

Sites invaded were nature reserves and an SSSI

WT says they've had a lot of trouble with Hunt trespasses 

13-3-18   Facebook - Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust    Hi - for a prosecution to be brought under the 1981 Act there would need to be evidence of something like disturbance to an active birds nest or the killing/injuring of a protected species, as covered by Schedule 5. The Act (as far as I am aware) doesn't make specific provisions relating to hunting with hounds. 

However, the video clearly shows riders existing our Duke’s Wood Nature Reserve through the main gate. The track on which they are shown riding is not a public right of way and the riders had no permission to be there. If the riders shown are members of the Grove & Rufford Hunt (we have no reason to question that they are, but we've not been able to verify this ourselves) then we will be extremely disappointed as we have made it absolutely clear on a number of occasions that they are not allowed to hunt over our land. The Hunt has disregarded our concerns about unauthorised access and potential disturbance to wildlife on a number of occasions and this is totally unacceptable.

We will be contacting the hunt directly to re-iterate our position that they have no permission to access any of our nature reserves and we will be seeking an explanation for what is shown in the footage. Thanks to everyone for their concern.

POWAperson comments  -  The WT comment is in response to report by Nottingham Hunt Sabs on 12-3-18.

 

Surrey Union FH Whip arrested after attacked, spat at, woman sab

Victim also arrested over counter-claim sabs say is false 

13-3-18  Facebook - North Downs Hunt Sabs    Surrey Union whipper in ( Rob Mardles ) arrested for spitting at female sab    A dramatic and violent day at the Surrey Union Foxhunt on Tuesday 13-3-18 ended with the red-coated whipper-in Rob Mardles being arrested for assaulting a female hunt saboteur in her fifties and spitting on her in a vile and disgusting attack which happened near Shackleford, Surrey. 

The saboteur was also arrested following counter allegations, but after she was pushed into a ditch by hunt riders she was taken to Guildford A&E and is now in a wheelchair with a badly injured back and will be kept in overnight, it's rather obvious what happened. This followed a day of constant illegal hunting from a visiting pack, with foxes saved by spraying citronella to cover their tracks by saboteurs from the Guildford and North Downs groups . At least four deer were also seen fleeing the Hunt's hounds and the Hunt riders also constantly rode into saboteurs throughout the day.

If you would like to help us in our campaigns please give to https://ko-fi.com/A62094D.

Pics below   -   1/  Whip Rob Mardles being spoken to by police    2/  Mardles being arrested    3/  Woman sab victim, kept in hospital overnight 

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Youngsters' beagling meet pack up soon after sabs appear

13-3-18  Facebook - Bath Hunt Saboteurs   Palmer Marlborough Beagles 13/03/2018    Fantastic mid-week sab today at the Palmer Marlborough Beagles, a hare hunt linked to Marlborough College. If you want to contact them about taking children illegally hunting, here and here are the details.

Thanks to an invite from West Berkshire sabs we joined up with them and South Devon Animal rights to sab the meet at Temple Farm, Marlbrough.

With sabs positioned at strategic vantage points we could see the teenage master unboxing the hounds and the support arriving, many of whom appeared to have taken the day off school to illegally hunt, in their school minibus and everything!

The Huntsman cast the hounds into a field, heading straight towards us. The hounds immediately picked up the scent of a hare, but sabs rated the hounds and the hare got away.

Upon seeing sabs appearing from the woods the huntsman immediately gathered the hounds and took them back to the hound van. They boxed the hounds up and gradually support sloped back to the meet. They hung around for a few hours, presumably hoping we’d leave, but we waited until the hounds were on their way to the kennels.

With all the waiting around our driver even had time to rescue a sheep trapped in some fencing. No hunting today for the students of Marlborough College.

Special mention to the fantastic cake provided by West Berks. If you want to help keep us sabbing, why not buy us a coffee? https://ko-fi.com/bathsabs

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Hounds pulled off hunted fox by sabs at Chiddingfold FH

12-3-18   Facebook - North Downs Hunt Sabs    Mission 70 Chiddingfold FH, Toby Stone 10-3-18   Good day for Guildford and North Downs Sabs, (who were joined later by a car load of Brighton Sabs) at the closing meet of ChiddingfoldFHHuntsmanAdrianThompsonandhounds10-3-18.jpgthe Chiddingfold hunt at Toby Stone, nr Bignor on the South Downs.

A few of us went to the meet. To be fair, this Hunt is rarely any aggro, the Hunt moved off fairly late at 11-40 in crap conditions, foggy and rainy. The scouts' job was just to lead the hunt onto the rest of the Sabs , the hunt tried a little illegal hunting near Glatting Beacon and then crossed the A285 at Littleton Farm where the rest of the Sabs were waiting to follow them up onto Littleton Downs and Tegleaze.

This is where the Hunt had the advantage a fast moving hunt in hilly, muddy and woody terrain with no road access, but we are not a gang to worry about such challenges, so we dropped another team ahead of them at Newhouse farm at East Dean.

This team of Sabs quickly ran into the Hunt at East Dean Woods with the hounds in full cry after a fox. The fox passed our Land-rover near Newhouse Farm and Sabs distracted the hounds with a mixture of voice calls and a gizmo. The pack split in half with some going after the fox and most going back to the Huntsman, who realised the game was up. The following group of Sabs caught up at this point to further distract the hounds. The few hounds that had followed the fox quickly returned (unblooded). It wasn't textbook sabbing, but was enough to give the fox a head start and get away, which is all that matters.

The Hunt, which was now notably pissed off, collected the missing hounds in the hills above Newhouse Farm and this seemed to be enough for them as they then packed up followed back by our running squad. The walking squad almost had a heart attack following them up and down the rolling hills and returned to the Land-rover somewhat knackered.

The victorious but shattered Sabs then retired to the pub for well deserved beer and chips. One of our land-rovers is off the road awaiting repairs if you would like to help with costs please give to https://ko-fi.com/A62094D.

 

Grafton FH rider allegedly causes accident on A5, elderly man injured

Sabs and monitor assaulted, monitors obstructed as usual 

Sabs menaced by hunt thug gang, van damaged 

12-3-18  Facebook - Grafton Hunt Watch  VIDEO [accident]  VIDEO [obstruction etc.]  VIDEO [Derby Sabs]   Grafton Hunt Watch were delighted to be joined on Saturday by sabs from Northants., Derbyshire, Wales and Cheshire at the Grafton’s last meet of the season at Wakefield Farm, Whittlebury. While the sabs got on with the job of saving foxes from the Hunt, the Hunt called out a mob of so-called Hunt “stewards”, and an interesting collection they were too. As well as the usual suspects there were various other charmers [below] including Shaun Stacey, fresh out of court and still sporting a tag for assaulting sabs, displaying their uncouth manners in such ways as a very large male shouldering into a female monitor, and considerably worse behaviour towards the sabs, including pretty serious assaults. Film of these “stewards” will follow soon.

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In the afternoon monitors saw the Hunt in a field beside the very busy A5 [rider on verge, pic left]. This was stupid and dangerous. One monitor then saw a female hunt rider on the road [below right] behaving in a way which was a danger to traffic. Within seconds a collision occurred on the A5 which we understand was caused by at least one hunt rider on GraftonFHRideronpointonvergeofA5_10-3-18.jpgthe road, making traffic brake sharply. Police and ambulance were called to the scene [bottom right], the ambulance being needed for an elderly gentleman driver whose air bag had inflated as a result of the impact and had damaged his chest. We will let you know further details of this accident when we have them. It was the sabs who called emergency services to scene and who ran to help victim. The huntress left the scene.

14-3-18   Facebook - Derby Hunt Saboteurs    HIT REPORT: 10/03/18, Wakefield Estate    On Saturday we teamed out with Northants Hunt Saboteurs to finally pay the Grafton a visit. Along came a couple of North Wales and one from Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs.

The Hunt have been particularly horrible to the monitors, and were probably quite surprised to see us. In previous week hunt monitors have been blocked in by hunt support vehicles. What are they trying to hide?

While the other group’s vehicle was blocked in and waiting for the police, we were on the Hunt's tail, sticking with the hounds and redcoats as they flushed woodland in the Whittlebury forest area. We were then forced off the land but inadvertently taken to where the redcoats were trying to hunt, where a fox bolted but made it to safety.

We were then escorted off the land and via private road. We returned our vehicle and try to get in front of the Hunt.GraftonFHRecklessrideronA5_10-3-18.jpg As we entered a national speed part of the A5 we witnessed an accident. A rider darted out in front traffic at the last second causing an accident involving an elderly couple. The rider who caused the accident did not even bother to stick around and check the innocent victims of their recklessness. Lots of hunt support drove past filming however none of them stopped to help. Once they were safe in the hands of a paramedic, we headed back to the Hunt.

We later found them hunting and saw a fox. Thankfully, the Hunt didn’t spot the fox and we hope it made its way to safety. The Hunt spotted us and changed direction. We spent some time in a tug of war game with the Huntsman with his hounds not knowing who's horn to run to. We left the field later on and were followed back to our vehicle, nearly being run over by a land rover in the process. As we were getting in our van one of the supporters became very agitated and damaged our van door. We were then surrounded and blocked in by the pie boys and their friends for over an hour (the Hunt had packed up at this point) until the Police arrived. We have sent video footage to the police for review.

If you'd like to support our work:- All donations for fuel welcome at: https://www.paypal.me/DerbySabs/.

Pics below    -   1/  Ambulance at scene of accident     2/   Supporter blocks monitors' progress    3/   Supporter who barged hard into woman monitor 

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Grove & Rufford FH trespass and hunt in a nature reserve

This ahead of appeals against illegal hunting convictions

12-3-18   Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs    Whilst most of us were at the Meynell and South Staffs on Saturday, a couple of us were also keeping an eye on the Grove and Rufford who met at the Burnell Arms, Winkburn.

Three members of the Hunt, including Huntsman Paul Larby and terrierman Pete White, are in court this week appealing their convictions for illegal hunting.

On Saturday they trespassed repeatedly in two nature reserves belonging to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Larby was actively hunting his hounds in the reserves. If this was the Grove and Rufford on their best behaviour then more convictions seem inevitable.

Pics below  -  1/  Riders entering banned Duke's Wood     2/  Hounds in Duke's Wood 

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Councillor and 'hunt liaison' loses it in foul-mouthed rant at sabs

12-3-18   Daily Mail   Councillor is filmed in furious F-word confrontation with hunt saboteurs who use electric horns to confuse the hounds during drag event - Councillor Ed Lloyd-Ellis, 41, was filmed swearing and shouting at hunt saboteurs - He squared up to the group and claims they were using horns to confuse hounds - Mr Lloyd-Ellis added they were 'f****** stupid' and were harassing the legal hunt    A furious councillor was filmed calling a group of hunt saboteurs 'f****** stupid' after they used horns to confuse hounds during a legal drag event.

North Wales Hunt Saboteurs posted a video of Flintshire community councillor Ed Lloyd-Ellis during an angry confrontation at the Flint and Denbigh hunt in Wales. He claimed that the group were using electric horns to try and puzzle the dogs and said they were 'interrupting' the 'lawful activity'.

Mr Lloyd-Ellis, 41, said the hunt - which involves laying a scent that the pack of hounds then search for - has beenFlintDenbighFHLloyd-Ellisinrantatsab10-3-18.jpg harassed by demonstrators for four years. He could be heard shouting: 'You're f****** stupid! Do not call them, you're interrupting a lawful activity. Do not call the hounds. They've already f***** off once because of you. You're just f****** ignorant.'

One male member of the saboteurs accused him of not laying trails and a woman told him: 'Do not chase foxes and do not hunt illegally'.

But Mr Lloyd-Ellis added: 'Do not call the hounds. You're bloody sending them all over the place. We are not chasing foxes. Keep quiet and it'll be all right. He added: 'You d******* are calling them. It's a lawful activity and you lot are interrupting it. You are harassing us. It f****** is lawful. You lot are ignorant, do your homework, find out the facts and then you can speak about it.'

Speaking after the video, the farmer added: 'The so-called incidents the saboteurs have posted recently which involves me happened in two separate incidents in autumn 2016 and last year. It is true I did lose my temper and swear in one of the videos, but it was because the saboteurs had blown their own electrical horn to draw the hounds away from the huntsmen. This meant the dogs were all over the road, and they blocked the road with a car so we couldn't get to them.' He continued: 'It was by a main road, so yes I lost my temper as I felt they were just playing a game, it's a power trip for them.'

Mr Lloyd-Ellis, a liaison officer for the hunt, rejected claims he had spat at the protestors. 'If they had shown the full video you would see me being punched to the right cheek, before spitting out a little blood with saliva, which was directed away from anyone.' He added: 'We do not kill animals, we adhere to the law. I honestly think this whole thing is about a class war, but what the saboteurs need to realise that members of the hunt come from all walks of life, we have a doctor, a welder and quite a few farmers in our ranks.'

Fox hunting was made illegal in 2004 but drag and trail hunting is still permitted across the UK. Hounds are allowed to follow a scent but aren't able to chase foxes. 

North Wales Hunt Saboteurs for comment told MailOnline: We've often wondered why Ed Lloyd-Ellis keeps getting away with his behaviour. We are currently gathering all evidence to forward to the ombudsman of Wales. The irony that he should 'call it "class wars" when clearly he shows no class. It has nothing to do with class it's about animal abuse.'

 

Blean Beagles run home from sabs, leaving 4 hounds behind

12-3-18   Facebook - East Kent Sabs   Saturday 10th March 2018  VIDEO  We have had some landy trouble of late, and it was a no go for her this week… so we split up in private vehicles, and took to watching both beagle packs (the local hare hunts). A search of old meets was proving fruitless until we got the call that the Blean Beagles were at Elham! Two of our girls went in on foot, while the rest of us raced to the location. We got all our group to them just before 3, and we piled in, which had the desired effect!

They immediately ran off, and boy they looked pissed off! They ran straight back to the meet leaving at least four hounds behind as they went.

Looks like the hunt had called the plod who dutifully turned up, we wonder what crime they had alleged, to get the police to attend! No doubt they were not interested in illegal hunting, we expect that hare coursers who the police usually deal with don't have the cheek to ask the police to protect them!

The Hunt had met at Upper Park Gate and were safely back there just after 3, they would have had hours of hunting time left but we had put a stop to that. 

This may be well one of our last trips out this season, if it was then we left on a high, packing up the elusive Blean Beagles!

From late August till early March we have been out doing our bit, we have earned a rest but will no doubt be out helping other groups over the summer on the mink hounds, and of course any new badger cull that takes place. We would like to thank you all for your help, donations and kind words that have driven us on this season. If you wish to donate to our group and keep us out in the fields, you can do so here-many thanks.  https://www.paypal.me/EASTKENTHSA

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Convicted violent hunt thug breaks promise to court & attends hunts

11-3-18   Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs    Mr Stacey has been lying to the court & Probation serviceShaunStacey.jpg    "I will not be attending hunts again", Shaun Stacey, Northampton Magistrates Court, 22nd February 2018 This is the lie that Shaun Stacey has peddled to the probation services in order to convince courts he is not a danger to the public. On the 10th of March 2018 he was seen attending both the Oakley and Grafton hunts together with his gang members intent on looking for trouble.

He is currently serving a six month community order and owes large sums of cash, supposedly deducting from his disability benefits, to his victims by way of compensation. This man has multiple convictions for violent disorder, and was most recently up in court only last week along with his partner in crime Chris Bull who was answering charges of ABH and assault.

To the general public, if you see this character in the Northamptonshire area, most likely riding passenger in a Land Rover Discovery registered R555 SWA, do not approach. He is a safety risk to anyone in his path, and we will be letting his probation officer know of his weekend activities.

 

S. Dorset FH thugs assault & steal from sabs - but no kills

11-3-18   Facebook - Southampton Sabs    The South Dorset Hunt, meet at The Manor House, Piddletrenthide 10/03.2018    Yesterday we visited The South Dorset Hunt which took place at The Manor House, which was also were they were having their end of season ball. This is the house of a former tory MP James Berry.

Together with Weymouth Animal Rights we caught up with the hunt just after they left their meet. They headed through Lower Down valley at which point foot sabs were deployed to go ahead and meet them. With hounds in cry sabs run towards and with a gizmo tried to distract the hounds as they were still some distance away. Soon after all the hired thugs surrounded the foot team, pushing and shoving, as well as stealing bottles of citronella and then throwing them down the field (littering the country side they claim to care about). Luckily for a fox they emptied one of the stolen bottles in a field which the fox was seen running through about 10 mins later spotted by one of our sabs.

For the rest of the day, joined by monitors, with 4 vehicles out we had eyes on them for the rest of the day. At one point even found them hiding away around Doles Hill Plantation and running off as soon as foot sabs have reached them, and no luck for them as one vehicle was placed where they exited onto a main road without their field which disappeared a while ago. Despite a big presence from the hired thugs and terrier men on quads (or as the CA