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LATEST UK HUNTING NEWS

    For stories before JANUARY 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

 

FEBRUARY 2018

..... 18th February - Middleton FH hunt in vast, fenced estate - sabs think fox shot

..... 18th February - Member of public sees Warks FH clearly hunting fox

..... 18th February - Walkers say saw Melbreak FH chasing two foxes

..... 17th February - South Down FH interrupted as about to dig fox out of sett

..... 17th February - Sabs prevent dig out by Cambridge FH of hunted fox

..... 17th February - Sabs assaulted, driven at, sprayed with mystery liquid at Curre FH

..... 17th February - Blackmore FH hunt foxes again, including in gardens

..... 17th February - Hunters laugh as sab struggles in huge, uncovered cess pit

..... 16th February - Police call for witnesses re. fox kill by Hunt in Derbyshire

..... 16th February - Protest in Sherbourne against fox kill by Blackmore FH

..... 15th February - Disturbing film of Fitzwilliam FH thug attack on sab car released

..... 15th February - Warwickshire FH filmed illegally hunting in Country Park

..... 15th February - Council - hunting banned in park where Belvoir FH 'killed fox'

..... 15th February - Surrey Union FH found trespassing on NT land again

..... 14th February - Dunston Harriers rider backs box into sab van - refuses details

..... 14th February - Labour includes strengthened Hunting Act in Animal Welfare plans

..... 14th February - Walker's post/film of Ullswater FH hunting taken down by admin

..... 14th February - Surrey Union FH stop midweek meet when sabs appear

..... 14th February - Walker reports lost hound, thought from Ullswater FH

..... 13th February - Monitors say Grafton FH hunted two foxes - one filmed

..... 13th February - Trial of Portman FH Huntsman on illegal hunting charge ends

..... 12th February - Sabs save hunted fox from in-cry Belvoir FH hounds

..... 12th February - South Wold FH supporters say they hunt and kill foxes

..... 12th February - Atherstone FH hunted foxes in area with artificial earth, say sabs

..... 11th February - Monitor windscreen broken after threats from Easton Harrier hunters

..... 11th February - Blackmore FH kill fox - Dorset police refused to attend

..... 11th February - Sabs and 'very angry' farmer stop Meynell FH dig-out

..... 11th February - Locals/farmers call police due to trespass/damage by Cheshire Forest FH

..... 11th February - Sabs save foxes from Flint & Denbigh FH though attacked by thugs

..... 11th February - Sabs find 4 blocked setts in Heythrop, 3 in N.Cotswold FH country

..... 11th February - Severe misuse of horses seen at Eggesford FH as sabs save foxes

..... 11th February - Sabs find sheep carcasses - to lure foxes into Fife FH hunt area?

..... 11th February - Lake District walker sees Hunt chasing foxes nr Martindale

..... 11th February - Sabs stop dig out, one & hound driven into by Curre FH terrierman

..... 10th February - Fitzwilliam FH thugs violently attack occupied sab car

.....  9th February - Police seek info re. alleged fox hunt kill near Lincoln

.....  9th February - Warwickshire FH hunt on and next to A roads yet again

.....  9th February - Villagers & farmer complain of Dumfriesshire FH incursion

.....  9th February - Cheshire PCC orders review of way police handle Hunts

.....  9th February - 2 monitors thwart VWH FH to hunt 2 foxes in huge private estate

.....  8th February - Reports now say Burton FH killed fox AND a deer in 2 villages

.....  8th February - Fox dug out & killed at Eggesford/Torrington FHs joint meet

.....  8th February - 2 monitors have 7 tyres slashed soon after reporting illegal hunt

.....  8th February - Alpaca farmer rejects reported Hunt apology, says not contacted him

.....  8th February - Monitor film refutes claim that Cheshire Hunt kills are 'accidents'

.....  7th February - Violent gang of fox killers granted licence by National Trust

.....  7th February - FB posts say Burton FH chased & killed fox nr. Gainsborough

.....  7th February - Portman FH rampage thru village causing traffic chaos

.....  7th February - Police probe alleged fox hunt & property damage in Lincs village

.....  7th February - Cheshire FH Whip harangued by farmer for repeated hunt trespass 

.....  6th February - Alpacas 'terrorised' by Puckeridge FH farm invasion, some may abort

.....  6th February - Blackmore FH supporter punches female sab in head

.....  6th February - Sabs stop Puckeridge FH digging fox from badger sett

.....  6th February - Locals say Wynnstay FH caused mayhem chasing fox on to A41

.....  6th February - Oakley Huntsman convicted of C.Damage - broke woman's windscreen

.....  6th February - Sabs see Hunt untouched for a decade chasing three hares

.....  5th February - Huntsman/JM & terrierman Dwyryd FH jailed for badger baiting

.....  5th February - Members of public say Belvoir FH killed fox in country park

.....  5th February - NT gives Warks FH licence despite repeated trespass and assault

.....  5th February - Forestry Commission says permits for 'trail hunting' decided 'locally'

.....  5th February - Monitor & landowner save hunted fox from S.Durham FH

.....  4th February - Sabs find Parks Authority closely monitoring Cumberland FH

.....  4th February - Warks FH hounds filmed closely chasing a fox

.....  4th February - Monitor assaulted, others obstructed on roads at Grafton FH

.....  4th February - Modbury Harriers thug punches & smashes sab windscreen

.....  4th February - Sab presence makes fox pack 'trail hunt', hare hunt pack up

.....  4th February - Surrey Union FH pull off chased fox when see monitors

.....  4th February - Cotswold Vale FH hounds rated off roads by sabs, female assaulted

.....  3rd February - Landowner sees Badsworth FH kill fox in wood banned from

.....  3rd February - NT initially denies that Surrey Union FH hunted on their land

.....  3rd February - Crawley FH hunt foxes after dark - sabs think probably killed

.....  3rd February - Fitzwilliam FH use eagle to kill hare flushed by hounds

.....  3rd February - Woman abused by Mendip Farmers FH after chased fox in garden

.....  3rd February - Revealed that Mendip Farmers FH invaded land, killed alpaca

.....  3rd February - Sabs stop dig-out of hunted fox by Fife FH

.....  3rd February - Warks FH hunt next to A429 - act as if they own the road

.....  3rd February - Sab racially abused at Lanarkshire FH meet

.....  2nd February - Badsworth FH rider hits sab on head, knocks one over with horse

.....  2nd February - JM/Huntsman of Lauderdale FH to face illegal hunting charge

.....  2nd February - Monitors meet Cheshire MP/Cabinet Minister to discuss illegal hunting

.....  2nd February - NT initially tries to deny Surrey Union hunted on their land

.....  2nd February - Somerset farmer says intimidation followed illegal hunting on his land

.....  2nd February - Puckeridge FH hound van is SORNed & shouldn't be on the road

.....  1st February - Beaufort FH trample signed environmental grass strips

.....  1st February - Fermanagh Harriers sabbed for first time, hound stuck in gate freed 

.....  1st February - Fernie FH rider dies after fall from horse

.....  1st February - Sabs post shows type of often drunken thugs who confront them 

.....  1st February - Investigation of anti-hunt Welsh Councillor dropped by Ombudsman 

 

Middleton FH hunt in vast, fenced estate - sabs think fox shot

18-2-18   Facebook - East Yorkshire Coast Hunt Sabs    We received a tip off that the Middleton Hunt were beingMiddletonFHV.youngriders17-2-18.jpg given access to Sledmere Estate, situated near Driffield East Yorkshire, today. The tip off was correct... by 9.30am the hounds van was parked up on land opposite the Estate. Within 30 minutes the red coats and their minion's were ready to ride out.

Shocked by the young age of some of the riders [example pic right], it was heartbreaking to see such young souls brainwashed to think that what they were about to do was acceptable ... If those young children were to be thrown off amongst larger riders and horses, the consequences could be unthinkable.

We were surprised that some gates to the Estate were opened wide to allow them on the land . These gates are rarely used. The gates were then firmly shut. Trying to follow by vehicle was going to be difficult, but not much stops us. They could be heard but not seen as unfortunately the high fencing around the Estate is not the type for climbing! We tried and failed,

MiddletonFHSupportsthoughtlessparking17-2-18.jpgWe came across hunt supporters parked dangerously on the grass verge [left]. This particular road is notorious for accidents due to the sharp, blind bends. Suddenly we spotted a red coat doing a rather crazy dance, we then saw a stray hound running across the road. The other hunters appeared with the full pack of hounds who then decided to join in. Running amok on an already dangerous road made more dangerous by the incredibly thoughtless actions of the hunt support. How a hound didn't get hit is a miracle. Then to top it off the riders decided to do some dressage in the road. Eventually moving on they entered a wooded area followed by terriermen! [right] ,,, Why would Sledmere Estate allow terriermen on?

We came across them on a few occasions but due to the vast area we're unable to follow on foot. The hunt followers were a good give away to the location of the Hunt... Moving on we spotted about 10 hunt supporters vehicle's parked up. We decided to join them... Unfortunately about five minutes later we heard the hounds in cry across the fields into the woods. Suddenly we heard a shot gun twice. We think they flushed a fox and shot it. The timings were precise to the events. Its with heavy broken heart's we believe this to be so, but we cannot prove it.

We saw the hounds van being moved so obviously followed it. It was parked up at the Sledmere monument. It wasMiddletonFHTerriermen17-2-18.jpg rather tricky to park up as it was full of hunt supporters and horse boxes. We managed to park in between them. Risky but necessary to check if the returning hounds had blood on them. Thankfully they appeared to be free from being bloody. The Hunt Master and his heartless followers passed by our vehicle. It felt surreal being outnumbered and surrounded by a total different species. The heartless, soulless kind.

They packed up around 2.30pm which is quite early for them, which sadly makes us sure they killed a fox. We watched as one of the terriermen approached a hunt supporter and was handed something that could only be money. We wanted to go and check the terriers box for evidence but priority for our own safety must come first.

Monitoring, sabbing, following a hunt is tiring and on days like today can be heartbreaking if you suspect the murder of innocent wildlife but....... while ever the Hunting Act is so flimsy we'll be there doing what ever we can to save them.

We're hoping to get our Go Fund me set up next week. Please, please donate what you can. An average day can cost £25-30 just in fuel. There's so many ways to help us if you're not wanting or able to join us actively. Tell us what you know, keep aware. Donate. Share our fight . Thank you for supporting us.

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Member of public sees Warks FH clearly hunting a fox

18-2-18  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Warwickshire Hunt - Saturday 17th February    A member of the public came across the Warwickshire Hunt yesterday and witnessed them hunting a fox. They filmed and took photos of the Hunt and sent them to us. Thanks to the exposure they have received from us this season more and more local people are standing up to the the Warwickshire Hunt. This is the account of what happened -

I was out walking when we bumped into a Hunt. I asked them if they were fox hunting and they said no they were drag hunting. I decided to keep and eye on them as they ran off across the fields, we could see the dogs chasing something but it was far away so we couldn’t be sure if they were chasing a fox or not. Not long after we saw a fox running across the field back towards where we were and had been.

The Hunt weren’t chasing it at this point but I headed to the direction the fox had gone and sure enough a terrier man was there on his radio. Not long after I heard the dogs back and a man (dressed like the Huntsman) with a horn, he was making calls I believe (high pitched squealing and blowing the horn). The terrier man said to him “it came across here”, pointing to where the fox had run. The horses then gathered and the dogs disappeared. At this point it’s was gone 5:30pm so the light was bad. I am not sure if they found a the fox as I haven’t witnessed a Hunt before.”

We have filmed the Warwickshire Hunt dangerously hunting into the dark on a number of occasions this season and it seems they still do when we aren’t about.

The National Trust saw no problem giving the Warwickshire Hunt a license to use its land and yet even members of the public who have never seen a hunt before can clearly tell that this Hunt are hunting foxes and using terrier men to assist them hunt foxes.

If you come across the Warwickshire Hunt whilst out and about please contact us confidentially on 07767620767.

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Walkers say saw Melbreak FH chasing two foxes

18-2-18   Facebook - Lancashire Huntsabs    Yesterday, we caught up with the Melbreak Foxhounds who were hunting in the Loweswater area. We arrived a couple of hours after the hunt had started, and when we got there they were hunting on the North-western side of Burnbank Fell, with various support vehicles parked up along Fangs Brow.

The Melbreak have recently been rewarded for their previous bad behaviour (illegal hunting, assault) by the National Trust, and they now have a 'trail hunting' licence again and have been re-named the 'Melbreak Trail Hounds' by the National Trust, although everywhere else they are still known as the Melbreak Foxhounds, as they do not follow 'trails' but they do hunt foxes.

Predictably, Huntsman Ed Liddle sent his hounds down into Holme Wood, a large National Trust Woodland. Sabs had positioned themselves in the woodland and saw a large dog fox to safety before hounds came streaming through the wood and picked up the fox's scent, but headed off heel ways (following the fox's line backwards).

As it was a fine day, there were lots of people out walking, with children, and dogs on leads. Most of them were startled to see a pack of hounds running past, with no huntsman in view. Hounds exited at the southern end of the wood and began to mill around, with several of them defecating on the public footpath. Sabs rated the hounds to keep them from picking up further scent lines, and were informed by members of the public that the hounds had been witnessed chasing two foxes earlier in the day.

Liddle began holloa-ing and horn blowing to call his hounds back up the fell, where he loafed around for the rest of the day. Hunt followers hung out of their vehicles with binoculars trying to catch a glimpse of the hounds but Liddle stayed put, refusing to return to Hudson Place farm, where the deluxe hound van was parked. Hunt Supporters gave up and went home, sabs returned to the vehicle, and Liddle snuck down the fell and picked up his van before collecting his hounds and returning home to sort out his domestic issues.

 

South Down FH interrupted by sabs when about to dig fox from sett

17-2-18  Facebook - Brighton Hunt Saboteurs   South Down and Eridge Hunt attempt to dig out active SouthdownFHTerriermenfleesceneofattempteddigout17-2-18.jpgbadger sett   Today was a day of many parts. First we headed off to Marsh Green to see what the Crawley and Horsham Hunt were up to. It soon become obvious that the hunt had been cancelled, however. Not long after came a call from our fellow sabs that the Old Surrey and Burstow Hunt had packed up after only an hour, so we made our way down to Southease to where the Southdown and Eridge Hunt were meeting.

As soon as we walked up onto the Downs, we could see a group of terriermen huddled together around a badger sett - never a good sign. Sure enough, it was immediately clear that a fox had just been chased to ground as the Huntsman, Oliver Hill, was waiting with his hounds in the next field for the fox to be dug out and released. We ran over to the terriermen who quickly put their tools and terriers back in their quads and drove off. The sett had clear signs of badger activity, with paw prints and runs visible and at least one entrance had already been blocked up by the boys. Scared that they’d been rumbled, Jamie Short, one of the Hunt’s terriermen, laid a short trail for the purposes of his camera before the hunt then slowly made their way back up to the meet, with us walking in tow. A pretty successful day all round!

Any donations towards our ongoing costs are always much appreciated: paypal.me/BtnHuntSabs.

 

Sabs prevent Cambridge FH dig out of hunted fox

17-2-18   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   What a difference a week makes, no complaints about theCambridgeFHHolefoxboltedintoSabsstoppeddigout17-2-18.jpg weather this week, bathed in glorious sunshine and mild temperatures we set out into the countryside once more to do battle with the forces of evil and lend a hand to our constantly persecuted wildlife. We were told that the Cambridge and Enfield Chace would be hunting around the villages of Dunton, Hinxworth and Eyeworth and as this hunt doesn't get quite as much sab attention as it should we thought it only right and proper to pay them a visit. Our comrades today were once again North Cambs Hunt Sabs in their newly repair vehicles after being attacked by Fitzwilliam hunt supporters last week and South Cambs Hunt Saboteurs.

We remember the C&EC from previous hits and regardless of what Dim Bonner and CA will tell you this once well attended hunt is a shadow of its former self, much like many hunts across the country. On a perfect day like this you would expect a big turnout but with only about 15 riders the writing is clearly on the wall for hunting in general.

Our intel was spot on and the Hunt was tracked leaving the meet. CambridgeFHTerriermenwherefoxwenttoground17-2-18.jpgThey hunted a large land locked area with little road access, so this meant lots of slogging across country for the foot teams. However, this also meant the Hunt were restricted to this area as well. Between the 3 teams we tracked them as they hunted round in big circles. Hares and deer were observed fleeing the hounds but they rarely spoke.

Many riders were seem leaving around 2:30pm but they hunted on. We stuck with them and good job too and the hounds put up a fox which ran a long a hedge line with the hounds in full cry behind. The fox sought sanctuary in a hole under a small foot bridge and the terrier men were seen heading in the flush the poor animal out. Sabs quickly arrived on the scene, removed the hounds which had marked to ground and guarded the hole where the fox had disappeared.

While more sabs covered the hounds as they headed back to the meet, others stood guard. The terrier men didn't want to leave their quarry and hung about however after the Hunt had packed up more sabs arrived and we encouraged them to leave which they reluctantly did. Once we were sure they were out of the picture we left the scene so the fox could safely leave the hole. An effective operation today and we're happy with the results.

Pics above   -  Top right  -  Hole into which the hunted fox fled    Lower left  -  Terriermen at the hole   Pics below  -  1/  Terriermen reluctantly leave    2/  Terrier with scarred nose   3/  Very small field for a Saturday

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Sabs assaulted, driven at, sprayed with mystery liquid at Curre FH

17-2-18  Facebook - Bristol Hunt Saboteurs    Sabs driven at and sprayed with unknown substances at meet of Curre & Llangibby     It seems like the constant sabbing of the Curre has made them hit breaking point. Last week we aided foxes to safety and stopped a dig out of another fox later in the afternoon.

CurreFHSupportersprayssab17-2-18.jpgThe Hunt met today at the Three Salmons hotel in Usk. Foot sabs from Bristol, South Wales, Bath and Severn Vale split into small teams and soon found them. As a result, they decided to put some distance between us and have a day of hassle-free hunting. They were helped by supporters and riders family members who tried to stop sabs from getting anywhere near the Hunt.

We were blocked at gates, assaulted, driven at, but most disturbingly, sprayed with an unknown substance [left] on multiple occasions. This behaviour is disturbing to say the least. Members of the Hunt saw this happening and let it continue.

Thankfully, every time the Hunt were in sight or heard, the hounds failed to pick up any scent. The warm conditions obviously made that harder for them. By constantly trying to lose sab company the huntsman left the rest of the riders, who pay to be out with the hunt, miles away from any of the action. What an absolute shambles.

The cracks are well and truly showing at the Curre. We’re happy to be hammering the nails into their coffin. We’ll be seeing you…   Support our work for the price of a coffee! https://ko-fi.com/A37126JE.  

 

Blackmore FH hunt foxes again, including in gardens

17-2-18   Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs    Hit Report Saturday 17th Feb 2018  Blackmore and Sparkford Vale FH meeting at Bowden    After their kill last Saturday we paid a visit to the BSV to make a stand once again for our wildlife. We aren’t overly sure why Ben Doggrell was laughing every time he passed us today … perhaps he is still excited having made front page of the Western Gazette this week for killing a fox or perhaps some serious wind issues - answers on a postcard please ??

From the meet the Hunt travelled north east to West Wood and from there to New Covert. New Covert always holds foxes as well as deer and so it was today. With foot sabs on the footpath having done our usual work to make the area safer we soon spotted a lonesome huntsman, Mark Doggrell coming up the track at speed having lost all but 5 of his hounds. We politely pointed out where they were but he didn’t believe us until he heard them and then grunted something in knuckle-dragging speak which we don’t understand but we bet it was not thank you !

BlackmoreFH17-2-18.jpgBemused foot sabs started to made their way back to the landy but found the Huntsman on foot and joined by the Whip. Foot sabs stayed put until the Huntsman and his Whip were re-mounted then got in the landy to head them off whilst leaving our monitors to keep a keen eye on them as a fox took the hounds to Redhouse Farm. This fox may have found refuge amongst the buildings.

Hounds were collected up and then taken South to the Spurles Farm area where it is thought another fox was hunted. Hounds on cry ran towards Martins Copse before crossing back over Bowden Road near Newleaze Farm. Foot sabs sprang into action once again using citronella to help mask the scent of the fleeing fox. Hounds were literally rampaging through gardens here once again displaying the total lack of respect the Hunt have for people's property. Hounds lost the line once again in this area and they were gathered up and brought to Windmill Hill where two monitors were waiting to greet them!After the ‘shenanigans’ of the previous week the Hunt passed by without any problems... Working with our monitors the hounds were quickly found again in the area of Caundle Brake and ran towards Middle Farm, Stalbridge Weston and then on to Sturt Farm on Easton Lane.... Hounds seem to hold the line of the fox probably because the temperature was starting to drop.

Whilst our monitors were keeping tabs on the hounds the Landy was met with resistance from Jack Mcnulty who had been keeping the whipper in company today. We filmed this and the duration and will be passing this to the police!...

The hounds moved to Holtham Plantation where hounds could be seen in waves moving west. Two foxes exited the wood one ‘doubling back’ and re-entering the wood behind the hounds and huntsman. Clever fox that!

With another incident of a hunt supporter complete with his horse in the trailer blocking the road and in a separate incident the Whipper In was heard telling a hunt vehicle to “stay there” again blocking the public road we really do wonder what they are so desperate to stop us from seeing !! Footage was obtained and will be passed the police along with Jack's footage and we will update you with the police response.

Shortly after 4:30pm hounds were stopped on the outskirts of Stourton Caundle and taken... to pack up. Despite being on cry multiple times today the hounds looked clean... and we are almost sure no fox lost its life today but left unattended we are equally sure more than one fox would have !

As ever, if you have some info on any of the Dorset Hunts that you would like to share or if you want to join us please send us an email to dorsethuntsabs@riseup.netBig thanks and respect to the monitors out today - was an absolute pleasure !! Love and solidarity, Dorset Hunt Sabs. https://www.gofundme.com/dorset-sabs-bodycam-protection.

Pics below   -   1/  Coverage of fox kill last Saturday    2/  Deer fleeing Hunt 

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Hunters laugh as sab struggles in huge, uncovered cesspit

Hunt seriously annoy road users - but day is kill-free 

17-2-18   Facebook – Devon County Hunt Sabs   Eggesford Hunt 17.2.2018    Yesterday, we returned to theEggesfordFHTerriermanfalselyclainingtohavelaidtrailsandfriends17-2-18.jpg Eggesford Hunt with friends from South Devon Animal Rights. The Hunt met at Sydney House in Chulmleigh, but didn't hunt in that area all day, as Marles ran from the meet and crossed the A377 back in direction of Ashreigney in order to try and lose us. It didn't work.

Hounds were put in at Hansford Plantation and were soon heard in cry. Sabs followed and rated hounds off the line, as Huntsman Jason Marles tried repeatedly to put them back onto it... Sabs were repositioned on all sides. Wherever he turned, there were sabs already there waiting for him. Marles lost half the pack in this area, as hounds got stuck in dense bramble bushes. He had to spend some time riding up and down the roads gathering them, while the riders were sat on the road waiting. Whenever we saw riders yesterday, that's pretty much all they were doing. That and mouthing off at sabs with their usual sexist and bigoted comments. Meanwhile Marles's vehicle support were deliberately blocking the roads in an attempt to stall us and buy him time, but that didn't work either and only resulted in a lot of frustration from locals and delivery drivers who were caught up in the blockage. One of the delivery drivers referred to the hunt as "arrogant bastards" and told us he would be getting his company to make a formal complaint. We gave him the Hunt's details and encouraged him to do so.

EggesfordFHTerriersprisonfortheday17-2-18.jpgNext, they headed into the steep wooded valley east of Callard, but with temperatures rising and scent conditions deteriorating they didn't get onto much in there. They drew Woodrow Wood and came back towards Bithefin and Hansford, while sab teams were repositioned. When we caught up with hounds a little while later near Highdown, Marles was nowhere to be seen and hounds crossed the road into traffic towards Bridge Wood. One of the quad bikes narrowly missed hitting a hound, and as usual there was nobody from the Hunt trying to stop them! While some sabs ran after the lead hounds to rate them, others went into the wood east of Highdown to check on the remaining hounds, who were getting stuck in the boggy ground and making distressing sounds.

As sabs emerged into the field, one sab slid into a cess pit on the edge of the wood. The pit, which adjoins the main road with the gate wide open, was completely unmarked, unfenced and covered with a crust making it look like solid ground. An emergency call was made to the landy, as this was a life-threatening situation, and the landy became stuck while trying to assist. Riders and hunt support came over to take pictures while the landy, with driver still in it, slid further. In a life-threatening situation like this, we would have helped even if it had been the Hunt, rather than stand around threatening (as they did!) to push the landy further in. Emergency services were called and a fire crew arrived within 10 minutes. While they were working, a hunt supporter stood around filming and laughing. The fire crew couldn't believe his attitude and ordered him to leave.

An ambulance arrived to take the sab to hospital. She's ok, as are the landy and driver. We'll be taking theEggesfordFHHoundswithrottedcarcass17-2-18.jpg matter of the dangerous pit further, as it poses a risk to human and other animal life. There were empty bottles of corrosive liquid strewn around the pit, which was leaking into the field of crops below, as well as a stream on the edge of the wood. A local resident drove past and told us she had previously put in complaints about it, as it is so dangerous. We sincerely hope no hounds got stuck in the pit before we got there, as hounds had been audibly in distress in that area, another thing riders and hunt support didn't seem at all interested in. While all of this was going on, foot sabs kept up with Huntsman and hounds who were going in and out of cry in Bridge Wood, Wembworthy Closes and Horridge Plantation. Some sabs stuck to the hounds and rated them back to the Huntsman whenever they could, while others took up positions up and down the densely wooded valley. Eventually Marles gave up and hacked back to the kennels via Collacott and Labdon, still missing several hounds.

Two foxes were seen to safety today, one very close to hounds and running for his life, and one a few hundred yards away in the direction the hunt were headed. We have no doubt the terrier men would have been up to their usual business if sabs hadn't been there.

Many thanks to the fire crew and ambulance for their swift and professional response and to South Devon Animal Rights for teaming up with us today. If you support what we do, please donate to our fuel fund via https://www.paypal.me/dchs To send us information or get involved: 07717473305 devoncountysabs@riseup.net.

 

Police call for witnesses re. fox kill by Hunt in Derbyshire

A Master has been interviewed

16-2-18  Derbyshire Rural Crime Team    We are dealing with an incident of a fox kill at Hollington on 3rd February which took place during a Hunt. This appeal is for anyone who may have witnessed the action immediately prior to and associated with the kill. One of the Masters of the hounds has been interviewed.

Please reply only if you have anything useful for us and refrain from posting opinions which are of no benefit to us. Thank you.

POWAperson adds  -  Not yet clear what Hunt this was or who reported it.

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Protest in Sherbourne against Blackmore FH killing of fox

16-2-18    Somerset Live     Anti-hunt protesters stage "impromptu outreach" in Sherborne following allegations of illegal hunting at Sherborne Castle by Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt    A small group of protesters was present in Sherborne following unconfirmed reports that a fox had been killed A small group of people protesting against the local Hunt congregated in Sherborne yesterday for what it described as an "impromptu outreach".

Images have emerged on social media of a number of activists near the Boots branch on Cheap Street, holding up BlackmoreFHProtestinSherbourneaginfoxkill16-2-18.jpgbanners and placards. A post on Facebook subsequently confirmed that the group was there to speak to members of the public about the alleged illegal hunting which took place at Sherborne Castle and Gardens last Saturday (February 10th). Police have confirmed that ten people took part in the protest, which began near the Waitrose supermarket. 

The original post, on the North Dorset Badger and Hunt Watch Team page - which is no longer active at the time of publication - shows three people holding up placards and a banner reading 'Hounds Off'. The subsequent post on the Facebook page Action Against Foxhunting showed these placards in detail. The groups claims that a fox had been "hunted illegally" and "torn apart by hounds" at Sherborne Castle and Gardens on February 10th. The post read: "Impromptu outreach in Sherborne today. So many supportive people. We need to get out there and talk to people face-to-face. It really works!"

The Dorset Hunt Sabs group filmed the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale hunt on February 10, as part of its regular hunt monitoring activities. It subsequently released the video onto social media, showing what appeared to be animal body parts in the wooded area in which the hunt had stopped. 

The Hunt has subsequently stated that it "operates within the laws" and said that any suspicion of wrongdoing should be handled first and foremost by the police. The Countryside Alliance said it could not comment as no incident has been reported.

Somerset Police is continuing to investigate the claims. Regarding the protest, a spokesperson said: "We were called at 12.37pm to reports of a group of approximately ten adults protesting about fox hunting outside Waitrose in Cheap Street, Sherborne. "Officers attended and spoke to the group. It was deemed to be a peaceful protest and no offences were committed.

Trail hunting is not illegal under the Hunting Act, though activists believe that hunts use trail hunting as a "cover" for illegal hunting of foxes, hares and deer. Avon and Somerset Constabulary recently revealed that it records around six crimes a year in relation to illegal hunting.

 

Disturbing film of Fitzwilliam FH thugs attack on sab car released

15-2-18   Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs    This is video footage of the unprovoked, premeditated attack by supporters of the Fitzwilliam Hunt last saturday. A police investigation is now underway. PLEASE SHARE. Our report: http://bit.ly/2ClOXZi,    HSA statement: http://bit.ly/2BjRUN7.

Pics below  -   1/  1st thug vehicle swerves across sab car    2/  2nd thug car has pulled up. Thug emerges with weapon in hand.    3/  That thug goes round side/back of sab car, smashing windows. Thug from 1st car approaches, weapon in hand.    4/   Sab car made break for it, being pursued by 1st thug vehicle. Note shattered rear window.

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Sabs film Warks FH illegally hunting in Country Park

Council confirms no permission for them to go on land

Harassed all day by JM lying about what sabs doing 

15-2-18  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Warwickshire Hunt - Monday 12th February 2018 – Northend  EX-WIFE OF FORMER RBS BOSS FILMED HARASSING SABOTEURS      Barbara Hester [below right], director/joint master of the Warwickshire Hunt and ex wife of Stephen Hester former RBS Chief Executive was filmed on Monday harassing hunt saboteurs who were at the Warwickshire Hunt. Hester spent the day following the saboteurs wherever they went, filming them in their vehicle and telling blatant lies about them. She was accompanied by Lady Tessa Femoy, Warwickshire Hunt secretary and wife of Lord Maurice Fermoy. Femoy spent the day filming Hester as she harassed the saboteurs.

At one point, Hester can be heard accusing one of the saboteurs of filming children whilst the footage clearlyWarksFHBarbaraHesterJMandDirectorExwifeRBSCEO12-2-18.jpg shows that actually it was the Hunt's terriermen who were being filmed. The driver of the saboteurs vehicle is then accused by Hester of blocking the road, several cars then drive past showing that the road clearly wasn’t blocked. Hester also tells one of the saboteurs that previously at another Hunt meet the saboteur had jumped in front of a hunt supporters vehicle whereas footage from the day shows the saboteur was deliberately driven into by the hunt supporter.

The Warwickshire Hunt don’t like it that we keep turning up and filming them blatantly hunting foxes and behaving badly. They are desperate to get rid of us and this shows the lengths they will go to. Hester spent the day trying to provoke us and get a reaction from us. We didn’t rise to it and instead filmed what she was saying and doing to expose once again what type of people support fox hunting.

She repeatedly accuses us of filming children yet the footage clearly shows the camera was filming the Hunt's terrier-men who were off their quad bikes and who we suspected might be up to no good and potentially blocking in a badger sett.

During the course of the day we also filmed a fox being hunted into Burton Dassett Hills Country Park. We have contacted Warwickshire County Council who have confirmed that the Warwickshire Hunt did not have permission to use the Country Park. This once again shows that the Warwickshire hunt will go were they want and do what they want in pursuit of a fox.

As well a bankers and Lords the Warwickshire Hunt also has an ex-chief superintendent amongst its members.

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Pics below   -   1/  They entered here. Hester claimed they had permission.   2/  Also entered here. Council confirmed they did not. 

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Council says hunting banned in park where Belvoir FH allegedly killed fox

15-2-18   Melton Times    Council awaits police probe verdict on Melton park ‘fox killing’    Melton Council has confirmed that horse riding and hunting are not allowed in its country park following allegations that a fox was illegally killed there by hounds from a local Hunt. Police said this week they were still investigating the incident, which happened just after 1pm on Saturday, February 3.

A council spokesperson told the Melton Times: “Byelaws are in place which prohibit horse riding and hunting on the country park and the council will consider what action may be necessary subject to the outcome of the police investigation.”

Witnesses said hounds were in the park when the fox was killed close to a child’s playground. Police officers attended the scene and began an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting 18*54865.

POWAperson adds  -  The original report of the fox killing is here. 

 

Surrey Union FH found trespassing on NT land again

15-2-18   Facebook - Guildford Hunt Saboteurs    On Tuesday, with a mix of North Downs, South Coast, Brighton, Croydon, Beds & Bucks and Berkshire Hunt Sabs we found ourselves on two Hunts.

Hearing the Surrey Union would be heading out we thought it'd be rude not to disrupt their sneaky illegal days hunting! We found them at Coldharbour, hunting around Leith Hill which is National Trust land. Last week we caught them out here and informed the National Trust that they were trespassing and hunting on their land. As they weren't expecting us they thought they'd head back there... oh no you don't! The Hunt packed up pretty sharply, claiming they'd been out for hours but we know that wasn't the case.

There will be a National Trust protest at Polsden Lacy. See event.

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Dunston Harriers rider backs box into sab van - refuses details

14-2-18  Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs    West Norfolk Foxhounds / Dunston Harriers (joint) - 10th February 2018 Houghton Hall - Houghton, Norfolk     As one of our sabs was down in Stutton (see previous report), we were lucky enough to get another two-in-one on Saturday. Riders from the Dunston Harriers joined the West Norfolk Foxhounds at Houghton Hall.

Our day got off to a literal bang when a Dunston horsebox reversed into our van. Was the driver tired? Drunk? Trying to intimidate us? Or just completely oblivious to our presence? Whatever the reason, he showed little sign of remorse and refused to give personal details for insurance purposes.

Not long after the Hunt set out we had another run in with two men claiming to be estate workers. As sabsDunstonHarriersWinnerNorfolkIdiotoftheYear10-2-18.jpg walked up a drive to get closer to the hunt, the two men tried intimidation to keep us away with a combination of shouting, swearing, shoving and cryptically suggestive remarks. However they openly admitted not being the landowner and so had little legal footing to stop us. Despite this they phoned in their friend Inspector Taylor of Norfolk Police, who soon brought police cars out with sirens going once again.

The Hunt, followed by a fairly sizeable ride, moved from woodland to woodland looping around the Houghton Hall estate. We were able to catch sight of them on several occasions. At one point we heard hounds speaking inside Bunker’s Hill but they did not go into cry. We had one more run in with the two goons from the beginning of the day but their angry front had substantially diminished.

The Hunt apparently packed up by 2pm due a miserable combination of wind and rain that left the fields sodden and sabs soaked. We are unable to confirm if there were any kills or not.

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Pic above right  -  Winner, Norfolk Idiot of the Year    Pic below  -  Horsebox and driver

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Labour includes strengthened Hunting Act in Animal Welfare plans

14-2-18   Independent    Labour proposes tighter laws on fox hunting in plans to improve animal welfare - The party’s strategy was welcomed by animal rights groups    Labour has published a wide-ranging strategy for boosting animal welfare in the UK, including enshrining animal sentience in law, reviewing animal testing and banning foie gras imports. The plan will be seen as an attempt to regain the political ground from the Conservatives after a number of animal-friendly policies were announced by the Government in recent months.

Labour’s 50-point plan of policies it would consider implementing in government includes measures to ban the export of animals for slaughter and make vet costs more affordable for people on low incomes. In a controversial move, the party also said it would consult on proposals to force landlords to let tenants keep pets in their properties, unless it can be proved that the animal is causing problems. Another potentially contentious pledge relates to a review of animal testing with a view to “improving practice” and “increasing transparency”. 

Labour also said it would tighten laws on fox hunting and ban the importation of foie-gras, which is made by fattening ducks to an unhealthy extent before killing them. The plan, titled “Animal Welfare for the Many, Not the Few” will now be the subject of a consultation. The move follows the Government announcing several policies designed to boost the welfare of animals, and makes the issue of animal rights a key battleground between the two main parties. 

Late last year, Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, pledged to toughen punishments for animal abusers and enshrine in law the principle that animals can “feel pain and suffering”. He also put forward proposals to make CCTV compulsory in slaughterhouses. The spate of initiatives came on the back of criticism of the Government over a range of animal rights issues. The Conservatives’ manifesto at the last election included a pledge to hold a free vote on legalising fox hunting, despite widespread public opposition, and also ditched a promise to ban ivory trading.

Ministers have also faced criticism for refusing to transfer into UK law EU legislation on animal sentience. Announcing its plans, Labour said it would also appoint a national animal welfare commissioner to ensure government departments are making moves to protect animals.

Sue Hayman, the Shadow Environment Secretary, said: “Labour is the party of animal welfare. From bringing in the ban on fox hunting to tightening the rules on the transport of live animals, Labour has always been consistent in our leadership on matters of animal welfare. Today we’re making proposals for real, long-term progress. Our vision is one where no animal is made to suffer unnecessary pain and we continue to drive up standards and practice in line with the most recent advances and understanding. With new trade deals on the horizon and the UK no longer subject to EU-wide rules on animal welfare, we want to ensure there is a comprehensive legislative agenda in place so that the UK becomes a world leader on animal rights.”

Also included in the plan are pledges to end the badger cull, force motorists to report accidents involving animals, stop third parties selling puppies, and make it compulsory for all meat products to be labelled with information on how the animal was reared and killed. It was reported late last year that Downing Street had urged ministers to put forward environment-friendly policies in a bid to win over voters, including young people whose support the Tories struggled to attract in 2017.

Labour’s strategy was welcomed by animal rights groups. Eduardo Goncalves, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “We warmly welcome Labour’s commitment to strengthening the Hunting Act 2004, and look forward to contributing to the consultation process. It’s clear that Hunts are routinely flouting the law and continuing to kill wildlife across Britain, whether that be through so-called trail hunting or by exploiting legal loopholes. This must stop.”

Ben Stafford, head of campaigns at WWF, said: “If we want our children and grandchildren to live in a world where elephants still roam and the oceans have more fish than plastic, we need a political race to the top on the environment. So it’s great to see Labour committing today to tackling the illegal wildlife trade and to strong protection for our seas.” 

However, Conservative MP Steve Double MP said: “Labour are belatedly playing catch-up with the huge progress made by this Government on animal welfare. However, Labour wouldn’t even be able to deliver some of these promises because they want to keep following EU rules after Brexit. From introducing mandatory CCTV into slaughterhouses to increasing the maximum sentence for animal cruelty tenfold, the Conservatives will continue taking the action needed to ensure animals receive the proper protection they deserve.”

POWAperson comments  -  The wildlife of England and Wales, still so cruelly persecuted for 'sport' could hardly have had a better Valentine's Day present. Nor could the burgeoning anti-hunt movement, but especially POWA. We have been campaigning for significant strengthening since before the ink was dry on the Act and had to wait a decade before the largest anti-hunt organisation, LACS, finally came round to our way of thinking, swiftly followed by IFAW. We will do everything in our power to ensure that Labour are in a position to effect strengthening [and there other laudable animal welfare policies] and that this time there are no get-out-of-jail-free clauses in the amended Act. Meanwhile, thank you Labour. We trust a number of Conservatives and other party members and representatives will also support strengthening.

 

Walker's post/film of Ullswater FH hunting taken down by admin

Had posted on 'I love the Lake District' Facebook page 

Walker has posted follow-up protesting site's action

POWAperson - The Hunt has been identified as the Ullswater since the original report here dated 11-2-18. 

14-2-18 Facebook - National Dis-Trust     A big thumbs up to the person who posted their footage on 'I Love the Lake District' page, of the Ullswater Foxhounds chasing foxes and terrorising sheep. The page admin took the footage down and the man who posted it has put a follow-up post on the page. Admin have already disabled comments. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ilovethelakedistrict/permalink/10156522986918072/

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Surrey Union FH stop midweek meet when sabs appear

14-2-18  Facebook - Brighton Hunt Saboteurs    Tuesday 13th Feb: Surrey Union hunt pack up after first sight of sabs A few of us joined sabs from North Downs, Guildford, South Coast and Croydon to sab the Surrey Union Hunt this Tuesday. On Saturdays, they know to expect us, but apparently we took them rather by surprise midweek.

It seems they forgot to bring their trail laying kit, and forgot to get a licence to hunt even a trail on the Leith Hill National Trust land. Just one hour after they met, the whole Hunt packed up and went home.

Sabs, being made of sterner stuff, headed over to stop any foxes being killed at the Old Surrey and Burstow hunt, near Four Elms. Again, no sign of any of the trendy 'trail layer' tabards we see on Saturday. We can't be sure whether there were any kills before we found the hunt, but they packed up early, about 3pm.

Our Brighton team was out on Saturday as well, getting soaking wet at the Crawley and Horsham. The Hunt were running from us much of the day, and there wasn't much excitement, just a lot of rain and mud!

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Walker reports lost hound, thought from Ullswater FH

14-2-18   Facebook - National Dis-Trust    Meanwhile over on the Cumbria Crack page, a hound is reported running around, seemingly lost. Comments remark that 'events' had occurred the previous evening, that hounds were running around the grounds of Lowther Castle, and that hounds had 'escaped' from a hunt kennels. Thankfully somebody had the quick-wittedness to tag John Weller the Ullswater huntsman, and his partner Sharon Holmes. Wonder if it was a National Trust day for the Ullswater Foxhounds? https://www.facebook.com/CumbriaCrack/.

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Monitors say Grafton FH hunted two foxes - one filmed

13-2-18   Facebook - Grafton Hunt Watch   VIDEO    We monitored the Grafton Hunt from their meet at Rectory Farm, Sulgrave, on Saturday 10th February.

Almost immediately the Grafton hounds were on a chase. Judging by the way the Hunt moved quickly, zig zagging over several roads and back again between Sulgrave, Weston, Helmdon and Stuchbury was all to no avail, as the fox, probably helped by the wet weather, was leading Mick Wills a merry dance. We think foxey got away from him this time.

When all the indications were that there was to be a repeat of the day, we filmed a fox being hunted near Allithorne Wood, a favourite spot of theirs. The “stewards” moved in to distract, impede, harass, and intimidate our monitors, claiming we were not allowed to film them, even though they kept walking directly in front of our cameras and into our personal space while continually filming us!

Question: What have the Grafton got to hide and why do they employ these numpties?

 

Trial of Portman FH Huntsman on illegal hunting charge ends

Verdict on Evo Shirley not due until 14th March 

13-2-18   Facebook - Hounds Off    Portman Hunt MFH Evo Shirley leaves Poole Magistrates Court today after two day trial for Hunting Act offences on #NationalTrust land last March. Verdict scheduled for March 14 @ 10am. #TrailHuntLies.

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Sabs save hunted fox from in-cry Belvoir FH hounds

12-2-18   Facebook - Northants Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   From Saturday at the Belvoir Hunt Hounds had been onto a fox and in full cry, they momentarily lost the scent and went quiet, this was when sabs acted by using the gizmo, horn and voice calls to call the hounds into open fields in the opposite direction allowing the hunted fox time to get away.

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South Wold FH supporters say they hunt and kill foxes

12-2-18   Facebook - Lincoln Hunt Saboteurs    Whilst some of our sabs were out with the Meynell last Saturday a couple of them stayed back and went to monitor one of our local hunts, the Southwold Hunt. They met in Holbeck, Lincolnshire, and although they didn't meet exactly were we had thought, it didn't take long to find them as they didn't get going till after 12.Once they left they headed straight in to the nearest covert. We stayed in position at one end where we got talking to some support who clearly didn't realise who we were as one of them told us that " it's never a good day out when they hunt here as they rarely catch anything" and then went on to talk about the previous weeks kills. Proving once again that the claim of trail hunting is a farce.

After about 30 minutes hunting the same covert and coming up empty they headed off. Unfortunately due to only having one vehicle out as well as bad weather conditions and poor visibility we lost track of them. We will be back... Your continued support keeps us in the field every week, thank you all: https://ko-fi.com/lincolnhuntsaboteurs.

 

Atherstone FH hunt foxes in area with artificial earth

12-2-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Atherstone Hunt - Hunt Kennels - Saturday 10th Feb 2018    The Atherstone met at their kennels on Saturday and Huntsman Mike Lane spent all day hunting multiple foxes, one fox escaped [right] although Mike Lane tried his hardest to find it again by putting the hounds through every hedgerow in the area. Next Mike Lane put the hounds into a wood containing an artificialAtherstoneFHFoxfleeingfrom10-2-18.jpg fox earth. These are designed to encourage foxes to live in the area. Predictably we saw a fox escaping from the wood with the hounds losing the sent once they left the wood. Mike Lane spent most of the day going round and round in in circles over the same ground.

The Atherstone Hunt are telling Leicestershire Police they are just trail hunting so why would the Atherstone Hunt need to put their hounds into woods with artificial fox earths? Surely they would want to avoid them. Why did Mike Lane keep going over the same ground?

We had sabs in the area a few hours before the Hunt were due to set off and we can confirm that we saw no trails being laid. Leicestershire Police were in attendance although they may as well have not bothered turning up for all the use they were. They spent most of this period sat on the A444 where they wouldn’t of been able see anything and safely away from any of the foxes being hunted meaning they didn’t have to lift a finger.

You can contact Leicestershire Police here and politely ask them why they continue to turn a blind eye to illegal fox hunting. https://m.facebook.com/leicspolice/.

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Pic below    -    Huntsman Mike Lane with hounds

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Monitor's windscreen smashed after threats from Easton Harriers supporters

EastonHarriersHPTinvestigatorwindscreensmashedafterthreats10-2-18.jpg11-2-18   Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs    Yesterday, Saturday 10th February, an investigator from the Hare Preservation Trust along with a concerned member of the public were subject to aggression and intimidation while monitoring the Easton Harriers at Stutton Estate in Suffolk. Estate workers, game keepers and others associated with the Hunt took it upon themselves to use threats of violence against monitors who were acting within the law.

Not much can be revealed at this time in regard to the activities of the Hunt and the support, due to legal proceedings, but are able to let our supporters know the damage that has been caused on the day. The windscreen of the investigators vehicle was smashed at the end of the day as he attempted to leave after the Hunt was packed up. If the Hunt were acting within the law then why would they feel the need to allow such behaviour?

We send our thoughts and thanks to those two who went out of their way to monitor the Easton Harriers. We'd also like to show solidarity to North Cambs Hunt Sabs who were also subject to violence and criminal damage. Please support the work of the The Hare Preservation Trust - HPT Official.

Pics below  -  Hounds and riders  

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13-2-18   Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs    Easton Harriers – 10th February 2018   Stutton Estate, Stutton, Suffolk    On Saturday 10th February while the majority of Norfolk & Suffolk Sabs were at another Hunt one Norfolk & Suffolk sab and a Hare Preservation Trust monitor took a look at what the Easton Harriers Hunt were up to. To say the Hunt was caught a little off-guard, is an understatement.

The meet bordered the stunning Stour Estuary, which meant that the plentiful footpaths, which walkers frequently use, could be used to access the meet. Within a matter of seconds of spotting us, the Master of the Hunt was on her phone. Why would she worry about our presence if the hunt were hunting legally?

A few minutes later, while attempting to keep up with the hunt by accessing a footpath on the estate, we were greeted by what can loosely be described as a welcoming committee. Two estate vehicles and a quad bike stopped us in our tracks and the occupants got out and surrounded our crew of two. Slightly outnumbered at 12 to 2, we nonetheless managed to keep calm and composed while veiled threats were made by the estate workers/hunt supporters. Thankfully the whole episode was captured on film, so we have a record as to the threats that were made which included “Don’t think you’re special with that thing, coz we will take it off ya” and “You can call who you like. At end of day, if it kicks off up here that thing will be gone, we will take that off ya” [referring to our video camera].

A bit later on in the day, after tracking the Hunt down, we were on the receiving end of more attention from the “hunt protection squad”. Our vehicle got blocked in on a dead end road and once again we found ourselves surrounded. This time, the ante seemed to have been upped, so we called for Police assistance. We cannot fault the service we received from Suffolk Police, as they came in a matter of minutes and dealt with our concerns professionally.

At just after 2.00 pm we were told the Hunt had packed up. With the aggro we had had and with the rain setting in, we were rather relieved to be leaving to go home. However while making our way home we found the hunt further down the road, still hunting. Sure enough the hounds picked up a hare and made chase. A lone sab tried to intervene and it is hoped the hare got away but it is by no means certain.

Clearly rattled by the fact that we had had the audacity to stay with the Hunt and had not run scared, one of the hunt protection squad got himself a bit upset. As our HPT monitor was leaving to come home (for a second time) his windscreen was smashed by one of the individuals who had earlier been making personal threats. We cannot comment any further at this time as the matter is in the hands of Suffolk Police.

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Pics below   -   1/  Hare pursued by lead hound    2/  HPT investigator menaced by hunters 

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Blackmore FH killed fox - Dorset police refused to attend

Terrierman tried to hide corpse under jacket - filmed

11-2-18   Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs   VIDEO   Hit Report BSV Sat 10th Feb 2018 Meeting at Sherbourne Castle    So, I suppose I should be telling you about where the Hunt went today and the day's events. There is, however, one problem with this and that is all I can really think about is how we were 5 minutes too late to save a fox. The feel of its intestines and pieces of its liver between my fingers as I collected the remains for the police. BlackmoreFHHuntsmanhoundshavejustkilledfox10-2-18.jpgYes, I know the Doggrells and their bully boys will read this at some point and you know what I don’t care that you will undoubtedly be laughing coz your not quite right in the head are you ? Mark, I bet that fox was terrified wasn’t it as the hounds ripped its guts out whilst it was still alive ?? Ben, you did not do the best job of clearing up - is that coz we were filming you perhaps ?? I won’t ask how you gain pleasure from this coz thank God I'll never understand what makes you lot tick !!! Hunting a defenceless animal with a pack of dogs is not only criminal its totally barbaric ! Our resolve will not be weakened and tomorrow the battle will continue !!

This is my best attempt at the days events…. after leaving the meet the hunt spent a while in Old Park before heading in the direction of West Lane. Lots of bloodthirsty scum down here with Bugsy accusing our driver of having no insurance - they really try to pull anything out to throw at us … yawns !!

We next caught up with the Huntsman and hounds at North Wotton Lodge where he crossed the A3030 heading down Green Lane towards Wizard Bridge. We had to call the police on a 999 call because the Huntsman and his cronies tried to squash the monitor we work with, using their horses as weapons once again. In the photos, which are close up shots of the horses, you can not only gauge the proximity of the horses to the monitor but you can see the white horse looking left and then right as the Huntsman prevented the monitor from moving freely. Bearing in mind this gentleman never gives them any grief, never masks up and always travels alone - you really do disgust me !!

It seems the BSV had called in some “extra thuggery help” including Chrissie Osbourne and her family and Clare Marsh. Things got a little heated near the Doggrells' residence with Chrissie objecting to us BlackmoreFHTerriermantryinghidefoxcorpseunderjacket10-2-18.jpgfilming whilst her kids were there, but it was OK for her to be swearing and acting the way she was ??

Swapping horses just after 2pm at Hunters Bridge, the Huntsman headed south... We, as well as our monitor, had them in our sights whilst the Huntsman drew Davis’s Plantation. We left our position at Blackmore Ford Bridge and headed towards Osehill Green where we observed the Huntsman off his horse for about 10 minutes. As he moved on a foot team were dropped onto a footpath whilst the landy went and observed from Dunn Bridge.

The Huntsman was found on foot here in a small wooded area with the hounds. The hounds tails were wagging and the Huntsman brought them out of the small wooded area and past the foot sabs. Hounds were seen to be licking their lips and one had blood on its nose as the Huntsman arrogantly strolled past us. Then, quick as a flash of lighting, the quads arrived, Ben Doggrell came out of the wooded area with a body of a fox shoved up his coat. He was being ultra careful as he moved his quad away so it didn’t fall out - YES we saw you and we FILMED you !!! Dorset police declined to attend and the sabs went into the wood where the remains were collected.

Clare Marsh was waiting with the Landy on Dunns Bridge asking to see the evidence - please see attached photos and footage to follow Clare. We really wasn’t in the mood to engage with bloody thirsty criminals anymore and with the Hunt packed up for the day we headed home.

Really sorry the hit report isn’t up to our usual standard, that's all I can manage, footage to follow. Sorry we didn’t get to you in time poor Fox - we tried and we cried - our fight will continue. Foxes are pairing up for mating season at the moment - maybe this poor soul's partner was nearby and now left alone ! A big thanks to our monitor - total respect and solidarity to you. A big thanks to our supporters - if you want to join us please email dorsethuntsabs@riseup.nethttps://www.gofundme.com/dorset-sabs-bodycam-protection

Pics below   -   1/  Part of killed fox's intestines     2/  Redcoat using horse to intimidate monitor

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12-2-18  Somerset Live   Hunt saboteurs post video they claim proves death of fox during Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt near Sherborne - Police are now investigating the incident after receiving a report    Hunt saboteurs have released a video they claim proves that a fox was killed during a hunt near Somerset over the weekend.

They claim their video shows a man attempting to hide the body of a fox as he removes it from the area. They also believe the video shows body parts, including an intestine, belonging to the fox that was killed. Police have also confirmed they are investigating the allegation.

Dorset Hunt Sabs filmed the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt on Saturday, February 10, as part of their regular hunt monitoring activities. Tracking the Hunt, the sabs said they came across a Huntsman off his horse in a wooded area just off the A3030 near Sherborne.

A spokeswoman said: “The huntsman was found on foot here in a small wooded area with the hounds. The hound’s tails were wagging and the Huntsman brought them out of the small wooded area and past the foot sabs. Hounds were seen to be licking their lips and one had blood on its nose as the Huntsman strolled past us. Then, quick as a flash of lightning, the quads arrived and a man came out of the wooded area with a body of a fox shoved up his coat. He was being ultra-careful as he moved his quad away so it didn’t fall out.”

Dorset Hunt Sabs are convinced that the hounds had killed a fox. The spokeswoman, who asked to remain anonymous, went to investigate the scene soon after the quad bike left.

She said: “We must have been just five minutes too late to save this fox. When I went to investigate the scene I came across a number of body parts including intestines and pieces of liver. I bet that fox was terrified as the hounds ripped its guts out while it was still alive. Hunting a defenceless animal with a pack of dogs is not only criminal, it’s totally barbaric.”

The video footage of the man investigating the wooded area, the man walking back to his quad bike and the footage of the body parts, proves the death of this fox, they say. The spokeswoman said: "Yes we saw you and we filmed you."

A spokesman for Dorset Police said: "We can confirm we have received a report of this and we are investigating." Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt has been approached for comment. The Countryside Alliance has said it will not comment as it has received no reports of an incident happening over the weekend in the area, despite being sent the footage and reports by Somerset Live.

 

Sabs and 'very angry' farmer stop a Meynell FH dig-out

1,000 acre dairy farmer bans them cos 'They're f*****g aresholes' 

11-2-18   Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs    After being tied up elsewhere for a couple of weeks the Meynell were definitely due some attention. We hooked up with the amazing Liverpool Hunt Sabs and our favourite partners in crime Lincoln Hunt Saboteurs and headed to a very wet Hoar Cross deer park in Staffordshire. Calling this meet a deer park is a touch grandiose as when you arrive it's actually a portaloo hireMeynellFHBlockedsett10-2-18.jpg company but never let it be said the Meynell don't try and put a positive spin on things.

The chuckle brothers (terrier men Andy and Sam plus chums) were quickly up to their usual tricks of blocking and pushing sabs. One of their goon friends even stole a bottle of spray which we certainly won't forget in a hurry. Unfortunately for them they can't be in two places at once so whilst they were playing sumo with one group of sabs the others were free to disrupt the hunt. We tag teamed them for a couple of hours, the only highlight of which was watching a portly Andy Bull huff and puff after sabs across a brassica field. Turns out his quad is more a mobility scooter as he seems pretty stuck without it.

Around lunchtime, the chuckle brothers mysteriously disappeared. We continued to follow the Hunt for 20 minutes until we spotted the terrier men by some scrub. As the hounds reached them they went into furious cry and we heard a holloa to signal a fox had gone away. Now we're not a suspicious bunch but clearly something well dodgy had gone on there. The hounds stayed in cry for the next half hour or so and were miles away from the huntsman. Fortunately when we finally caught up with them they were un-blooded.

We stuck with them all afternoon as the field all abandoned a rubbish day until only 4 riders were left. Late in the day the hounds chased a fox to ground in a badger sett. Huntsman Sam was so desperate for a kill that he abandoned his horse and pursued the hounds on foot. Sadly for him sabs and a very angry farmer stopped him getting his way and he packed up in disgust.

Highlight of the day: A dairy farmer with over a thousand acres explaining the reason he doesn't let the Hunt on his land is because "They're fucking arseholes." Please support our work: https://ko-fi.com/nottshuntsabs.

Pic above right  -  Blocked badger sett found by sabs    Pic below  -  Sabs keep up with Hunt 

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Landowners/farmers call police over trespass/damage by Cheshire Forest FH

11-2-18  Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    CHESHIRE FOREST HUNT, ARLEY HALL, 10.02.18    “Arley Hall don’t give a damn about anybody. They really don’t.” These were the words of just one of the local landowners who suffered trespass and damage from the Cheshire Forest Hunt yesterday, after the Hunt met at Arley Hall & Gardens [below]. Terrorising pregnant ewes (who the farmer believes will now abort in the coming days, due to stress), trampling crops and churning up farmers’ land all appear part and parcel of a day out hunting in Cheshire, and locals are increasingly incensed by those who invite the Hunt into the area.

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A number of landowners and farmers called the police yesterday, and we will be further raising this issue with them and with the Hall, as now Hunts have to operate more and more 'below the radar' to keep their activities hidden, these issues are increasing.

CheshireForestFHDirectorandvethandscameratothugstoharassmonitorswith10-2-18.jpgArley Hall have traditionally hosted a meet for this Hunt every season, and this year we believe they will also be hosting the Cheshire Forest Hunt ball. After numerous complaints from patrons of the Hall, customers from adjacent Stockley Farm, and following a number of peaceful demonstrations at the entrance, we decided to speak to Hall management ourselves, who were very responsive to us, have stated that they are investigating complaints about this Hunt, and even went as far as to allow us to officially monitor the Hunt within their grounds.

Watching Huntmaster Sally Hayward’s welcoming speech to the dwindling membership of this Hunt, up close at the front of Arley Hall yesterday, was an interesting experience. After being amused by the many concerned faces when we arrived, and chatting to Lord Ashbrook (Arley Hall owner) who seemed genuinely interested in Cheshire Monitors, we watched the hunt quickly move off and spend the next few hours trying to keep away from us.

As Arley is surrounded by a lot of woodland, German had his pick of areas to try and flush for foxes, and tried desperately to do so, but with little success. We witnessed the hounds in cry (on the scent of a fox) only a couple of times, and only briefly. We did catch German hunting on foot while hunt servants blocked the road, and using the “brrrr” call to try and disturbCheshireForestFHDirectorandvetscamerabeingusedbythugtoharassmonitorswith10-2-18.jpg foxes for the hounds to chase. Arley’s foxes had other ideas, however, and we are pretty certain that they all evaded the hunt and live to see another day.

We suffered a lot of intimidation (or attempted) from hunt servants, all masked-up of course, blocking roads and driving dangerously, much of which was in the grounds of Arley Hall, all to try and keep us away from the Huntsman and hounds. They failed, of course, and we must have been really spoiling their fun, as the Hunt decided to pack up at 3pm after one final (thwarted) attempt to hunt.

We decided to check they weren’t going to try and sneak back out, as Hunts do, but no, back at Arley car park we found German studying his A-Z of Cheshire to find his way home and the smattering of riders who bothered turning up today trying to look casual as they packed up from such a rubbish day out.

The terrierboys did have one final go at intimidating us, at the instruction of Hunt director – and domestic vet, no less – Liz Gorse, who handed them her video camera [above left] to harass us with (right). All the while the terrierboys remained masked up, of course. We aren’t sure if it’s because they are ugly or just cowards with something to hide. You decide.

With a tiny field of just 25 riders today, and at such a prestigious meet, without a Whipper In and an apparent terrierboy controlling the hounds on foot from the roadside, this fox-killing hunt has never looked more pitiful. And with them now being under official police investigation (more on that soon), how much longer can the Cheshire Forest Hunt realistically survive?

If you have information about any Hunts in or around Cheshire, please contact us in strict confidence, by PM here or on email to info@cheshiremonitors.org.uk, and help us #StopTheHunts. If you would like to support Cheshire Monitors you can donate atpaypal.me/CMonitors - thank you!

Pics below  -   Sheep flock with pregnant ewes disturbed by hounds   

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Sabs save foxes from Flint & Denbigh though attacked by thugs 

11-2-18   Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Flint & Denbigh - Trefnant – 10/02/18    Yesterday we met up with our very good friends North Wales Hunt Saboteurs and took on the Flint & Denbigh hunt in Trefnant, Denbighshire, North Wales, managing to save 3 foxes and a deer!

Arriving at Perthewig Farm at around 11am sabs immediately encountered a man on horseback on the bridleway with some rope and a handkerchief 'laying a trail'.... Had Jeremy finally gone straight?? Apparently not!!

Sabs stayed with the hounds and Jeremy for around 30 minutes whilst he hunted some small woodland in the fields adjacent to the meet, with the hounds at our feet the entire time. They didn't go into cry. Jeremy was civil and was happy to have some friendly banter with the sabs, when asked for a go of his horn in exchange for a go of ours, he took the opportunity but wouldn't give us a go of his! Spoil sport, haha! The civility ended later on of course when he became a little more red faced than usual.

Accompanied by the field, Jeremy made a desperate attempt at escape to get away from sabs. Covering his departure, around 6 members of the field and the whipper in tried to use their horses as weapons to deter sabs, but to no avail. Pressing on, sabs kept up with Jeremy and with his patience wearing thin, he called in his star hunt servant Rob "The Cabbage Patch Kid" Smith, but he wasn't much of an obstacle as he didn't have any of his fellow lackeys with him to make him feel tough and sabs got around him with not too much resistance. Sabs continued to stay with the hounds for around an hour and 30 minutes, with Rob's quad not able to keep up with sabs. they didn't go into cry.

The Hunt made their first road cross at the dismantled railway near Denbigh Green (land owned by Anthony Griffith) and were met with abuse from drivers who opposed their barbaric 'sport'. Finally crossing the road, with dozens of hunt support present and Rob The Cabbage Patch Kids ego inflated, two sabs were set upon while trying to follow the hunt. Rob and his lackey Mark Wilson used excessive force on the two foot sabs as more sabs arrived to help, more violence broke out as the hunt officials and support desperately tried to prevent sabs from joining the Hunt, hitting and pushing sabs into barbed wire.

4 police officers arrived and entered the field, the hunt support promptly began to change. Police asked sabs to send in their footage if they wished to make a report and to stop blowing the horn, however mid conversation with officers the hounds went into cry in the next field, sabs used the gizmo, horn and voice calls but were unsuccessful in taking the hounds. Crossing a stream, 3 sabs caught up to the hounds and Jeremy, who had no choice but to call them off.

From here, the Hunt then crossed the dangerous A525 into the Plas Newydd estate. With support and police across the stream, sabs continued to stay with the hounds. A few fields ahead Rob caught up and was hurling abuse again. However, next to the sabs was the first fox, standing stationary looking towards us. The fox bolted into some near by woodland and escaped rob and his terriers due to sabs presence.

Police entered the field believing they had a dispersal order issued by a Sergeant Neil Stringfellow, but an officer must hold the rank of Inspector to issue one and Neil is allegedly a friend of hunt servant Ed Lloyd Ellis so we can only assume he was acting on behalf of the hunt... Failing to understand that a dispersal order is placed on an area and not a group of people, officers tried to tell sabs to leave the land and get back on the footpath, but with a fox near by and hunt servants with shovels and terriers, this was not possible. A group of sabs stayed and ensured no digging was done and the servants left.

The second fox (and deer!) escaped shortly after. Following the hunt on foot as they went into Plas Heaton Estate sabs came over a stile to the top of a hill and seen the duo, the hunt immediately followed the fox and deer but had to stop when sabs quickly got between them and started filming. They both got away.

Minutes later a few fields over we seen the third fox, hounds descended down a series of fields on a steep hill and went into cry multiple times, sabs used horn calls to keep them away and the fox was seen escaping the hounds after being chased. At this point a police officer had made it down the hill from the road and had witnessed the hounds chasing the fox and asked Jeremy about it, he "categorically" denied the claims and said he wasn't aware of any fox and galloped away with his whipper in and rejoined the other riders. The officer showed some sympathy towards sabs but ultimately did nothing after witnessing the chase.

Jeremy had lost his civility at this point and was in denial about sabs presence, ignoring them at every turn. The day was drawing to a close and the hunt was followed to the meet and packed up around 5pm. The 'trail of lies' we seen being laid first thing in the morning was not actually followed at all, and went in the complete opposite direction to the hunt... Says it all really!

 

Sabs find blocked setts in Heythrop FH, 3 in N.Cotswold FH country

11-2-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Yesterday was spent dealing with the Heythrop and the North Cotswold hunt. Around Batsford the Heythrop had blocked 4 setts the NCH 3. That is only what we found, tip of the iceberg.Busy few days 4 different hunts all breaking the law, all behaving badly. Footage is of the joint meet of the Ledbury and North Staffordshire. Please support us paypal.me/threecountiessabs.

 

Severe misuse of horses seen at Eggesford FH while sabs save foxes

11-2-18   Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs    Eggesford Hunt 10.2.2018    After the Eggesford killed on Thursday, we returned yesterday to hit them with more sabs and added determination. With three foot teams and two vehicles we had them surrounded all day. Wherever they went, we were already there waiting. It paid off and lives were saved.

They met at Heath Farm, just north of Winkleigh. As you can see from the pictures, it rained throughout and we found ourselves wading through bog for much of the day! The Hunt set off into the valley south of Week House, drawing both sides as they headed south and then north, with huntsman Jason Marles attempting to flush out foxes ahead of the hounds. Hounds began speaking on a line but we had it covered. A horn-blowing battle ensuedEggesfordFHSabswithhoundstakenoffHuntsman10-2-18.jpg between sabs and Marles in Woodroberts Wood. Sabs had most of the pack and it took Marles a good 15 minutes to get them back together and move on.

Next, they entered the stream valley south of Hollocombe Moor. Again, foot teams were quickly repositioned, just in time to witness hounds in cry heading onto the moor and towards the busy A-road. What a strange place to lay a trail?! As sabs on the moor called hounds back, others prepared to stop the hounds on the road and prevent them from running into the traffic. Meanwhile, the terrier men stood around like lemmings and Marles was getting drenched on the moor. Another battle of calls ensued, as Marles struggled to regain control of the pack.

Marles eventually emerged on foot from the moor, got back on his horse and made his way over towards Narracott, where he began drawing the many small coverts and river valleys around the farm. Hounds rioted on deer but another effective pincer movement from our foot teams had the hounds surrounded and Marles was forced to call them back.

What followed was one of the most stressful experiences we've had in a long time. A fox ran within a few metres of one of our foot teams and headed straight for the woods. Hounds were less than 10 seconds behind and were excitedly speaking on the line. Sabs on one side of the valley tried to cover the fox's scent and rate the hounds, while sabs on the other side prepared to call them out away from the fox. However, a fox broke from the woods and headed towards that same foot team. We're not sure if it was the same fox as the two were just minutes apart. Calling at this point would have put the fox at risk, so sabs waited for the fox to get away and prepared to stop the hounds, who were not far behind.

Nathan, one of the Eggesford terrier men, had also seen the fox and pointed out to Marles where the fox had run. Marles immediately blew "Gone Away", the signal that a fox had broken from covert, and encouraged the hounds onto the line. Sabs who witnessed the whole thing shouted at him to call the hounds off. His response was the usual smug-faced "I didn't see no fox", and to another team he said "do you think I give a f*** what you've got on camera?!"

Although it had been an extremely close call, quick action from all our foot teams ensured the fox got away safely and Marles eventually gathered the pack and headed further south. Sabs followed closely through the woods to ensure they didn't double-back.

Meanwhile, in a display of some of the most irresponsible horsemanship we have ever witnessed, a couple of the riders forced their horses down a steep slippery slope in the woods and one of them was thrown off her horse straight into the mud. She was drenched in mud from head to toe. Surely they would turn around and head back the way they came?? But no... they carried on down the slope, dragging their horses down by the reins. The horses skidded and slid all over the place. One of the horses sank deep into the mud and had to be dragged out.

Surely it was time for Marles to give up and go home, and for once he did! By 3.15 the bedraggled Hunt were back at the meet, boxing up the hounds. With two hours of daylight left, we headed off to find the South Tetcott at Northlew but found them packing up as we arrived. Footage and more to follow.

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Pics below   -   1/  Sabs ask huntsman to call hounds off fox     2/  Rider thrown off into deep mud     3/  Hounds get some rest and a dry in the van at end of meet

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Sabs find sheep carcasses think used to lure foxes into Fife FH hunt area

11-2-18   Facebook - Fife and Central Scotland Hunt Sabs    Hit report Saturday 10th February Fife Foxhounds - Cairneyhall    Sabs from Perthshire, Glasgow and Grampian Hunt Sabs decided to join us while visiting Fife Foxhounds yesterday sabs found the meet by around 10am so all 4 groups split up and began pre spraying known areas.

The Hunt left the meet around 11:20 and made an attempt to lure sabs out of the estate by heading North from the meet but they failed, Terrierman Adam Galpin also tried to trick sabs into moving vehicles claiming he needed access to a railway line this was obviously a lie from a charlatan (Why would the hunt need access to an active railway line?).

Sabs lay in wait for the Hunt to return several groups discovered carcasses of sheep used to lure foxes into the areas, We intercepted the hunt around 12:30 and they made an attempt to hunt several woods surrounding the meet.

The Hunt made 10 attempts to cast the hounds into an area a fox was spotted luckily for the fox sabs had pre sprayed the area and rated hounds away from the fox, The Hunt were visibly desperate and frustrated by this point Mark Flemming even picked up a decaying fox carcass to try and trick sabs into thinking they had killed when the only thing they had harmed is their dignity!

The Hunt then headed back to the meet early and packed up a great day for wildlife. Join. Sab. Donate.  https://www.paypal.me/FifeHuntSabs.

 

Lake District walker sees Hunt chasing foxes

Hounds ran straight past a huddle of sheep 

11-2-18  He was able to take a short clip of hounds, apparently in cry, on his phone.

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Sabs stop dig-out, one & a hound driven into by Curre FH terrierman

10-2-18   Facebook - Severn Vale Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO  Curre & Llangibby Foxhounds Shirenewton nr Chepstow  FOX MARKED TO GROUND. SAB & HOUND HIT BY QUAD    With South Wales, Bristol & Bath Hunt Saboteurs. Firstly we would like to acknowledge our fellow sabs, monitors and the wildlife that were subjected to acts of violence today, notably North Cambs Hunt Sabs An attack on one is an attack on all. We will not back down.

News reaches us that the Curre are in trouble, Huntsman Neil Coleman has been sacked. Hunts are under pressure and their days are numbered. 

Sabs in South Wales had a cold, wet and muddy day. The Hunt were located near Home Farm Court. Stoneycroft Wood was hunted as were the woods of Rhyd-y-fedw. Sabs stuck close to the hounds. Ex-Hunstman Peter Swann was spotted, loitering near woodland. 

During the day as sabs rated hounds on a road, one of our crew and a hunt hound was hit by a quad bike being dangerously driven by terrierman Gareth Baker. Thankfully no serious injury was sustained. The quad was being driven illegally as it was on a public road with no number plates and carrying a passenger. Time and again we see the law being broken by hunts and them getting away with it. 

In the afternoon, hounds went into cry and marked a fox to ground in view of sabs. As the terriermen closed in with spades and terriers at the ready to dig out the fox, sabs stood guard for 40 minutes until the terriermen gave up and left. The fox was able to escape to safety. Unhappy that they couldn't fulfil their blood lust for the day, the hunt packed up and were seen back to their kennels by sabs.

We would like to ask if you make a donation today to please help our friends at Bath & North Cambs with their vehicle repairs. Your help helps save lives! Very many thanks. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/vehiclerepairs

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Fitzwilliam thugs violently attack occupied sab car

Windscreen, side and rear windows all smashed

Followed hunt supporters driving into sab vehicle

10-2-18   HSA Press release    Fitzwilliam Hunt endanger lives of Hunt Saboteurs North Cambs Hunt Sabs came under violent attack today from followers of the Fitzwilliam - Milton Hunt.

After a successful day preventing hunting at the Oakley Hunt in Bedfordshire, North Cambs checked on a known meet location of the Fitzwilliam. Upon finding the Hunt the North Cambs vehicle was surrounded and blocked in by several four wheel drive vehicles, just outside of Lutton near Huntingdon.

One vehicle collided with the North Cambs' car after racing up alongside on the verge and driving across the lane in front of the moving sab vehicle. Several hunt supporters got out of their vehicles and used heavy implements to smash the windscreen, side windows and rear window of the North Cambs car.

Lacerations from broken glass were caused to the occupants, who then managed to get out of the situation and were pursued at high speed through country lanes by their assailants, before finally driving to Peterborough police station to make full statements and submit video evidence for prosecution.

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteur Association, stated: “The Fitzwilliam hunt are under increasing pressure from hunt saboteurs and will soon be in court to answer charges of illegal hunting. Time and again we see hunts resorting to violence when decent folk stop their illegal killing. These people are fools because we will never be deterred by acts of violence and in fact it only proves how effective we're being and spurs us on to greater efforts. Whether the police decide to act or not, North Cambs sabs will have the backing of other sab groups to ensure justice is done.”

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10-2-18   Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs   HUNT SUPPORTERS TRAP AND ATTACK SAB VEHICLE Hit Report 10.02.2018 Oakley Hunt, Lodge Farm, Rushden     Today ended in drama for North Cambs Hunt Sabs, after a successful sab outing to the Oakley Hunt with Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs and Cambridge Hunt Saboteurs, North Cambs went to check on a sighting of the Fitzwilliam, in Lutton near Huntingdon. The North Cambs four wheel drive was pursued, obstructed, blocked and violently attacked by hunt supporters with metal tools. The windscreen, side, and rear windows were all smashed, occupants received injuries from the shattering glass and hundreds of pounds worth of damage was caused to our vehicle.

Of course, sab vehicles are well kitted out with video recording equipment, and this is now a police matter, with clear images of the assailants and their cars handed over to Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

The earlier part of the day, however, had unfolded much more favourably for the team. Attending a meet of the Oakley Hunt at Lodge Farm near Rushden, Northants, North Cambs and Cambridge Sabs worked with Bed & Bucks to contain the riders and hounds and prevent any serious hunting happening all day.

Heavy, sodden clay fields made the going difficult for activists on foot, but with multiple teams out making use of vehicle support, the hunt was not out of sight for long at any time. Jack Harris and Ray Pipe were forced to push on time and time again to the next draw as sabs found them and called their hounds back, out of harm’s way.

Two foxes were seen to safety by the different teams working today, and as this time of year is when foxes have paired up and with pregnant vixens laying low in dens, others will have not been far away.

By 2.30pm, with most of the field calling it a day in dire conditions, the pack and huntsman trudged back to kennels at Melchbourne, under the watchful eye of a sab vehicle escort. A solid day's sabbing had been achieved, before things turned south when North Cambs headed back to Cambridgeshire and ran into the Fitzwilliam - Milton Hunt support.

The hardy NC vehicle has suffered substantial and costly damage. All repairable, of course, this will not stop us in our battle to stop cruelty to wildlife wherever we find it. Please support our work for the price of a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/northcambs.

Pics below   -   1/  Wounds to sab who was in car    2/  Broken glass in front of sab car 

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15-2-18   BBC News    Fitzwilliam Hunt: Anti-hunting group 'attacked with tools'    An anti-hunting group said it was the victim of an "unprovoked, premeditated attack" in Cambridgeshire. North Cambs Hunt Sabs said its car was attacked with metal tools at the Fitzwilliam (Milton) Hunt at Lutton. Police are investigating alleged criminal damage and assault that left a man with "minor injuries".

A Hunt spokeswoman said it does not condone the type of behaviour alleged, even with "extreme provocation", and would help police with inquiries.

James Taylor, from North Cambs Hunt Sabs, said the group went to Lutton, near Huntingdon, in response to a report of a hunt on Saturday. "Suddenly we were being followed by four four-wheel drives and then they boxed us in," said Mr Taylor. Video footage appears to show the back window of the group's vehicle being smashed before they were pursued away from the scene by one vehicle. The North Cambs Hunt Sabs Facebook page said the footage showed an "unprovoked, premeditated attack".

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: "We have been contacted with reports of an alleged incident of criminal damage and assault that happened at about 16:15 GMT on 10 February, near Lutton. "An altercation took place between two groups of people, which resulted in a vehicle being damaged and a man being assaulted. The victim received minor injuries as a result of what happened. The incident is being investigated by officers."

 

15-2-18   Daily Mail    Furious farmer in a Land Rover races to catch hunt saboteurs during shocking bumper-to-bumper high-speed chase after SMASHING their windows with a BATON - The video shows the terrifying moment a group of anti-hunt protestors are attacked - They claim the attack is from a pro-hunt group who hit their cars with batons   North Cambridgeshire Hunt Saboteurs Association were monitoring the Fitzwilliam Hunt when they were attacked by men in tweed flat caps Cambridgeshire police are investigating criminal damage and an assault This is the terrifying moment a group of anti-hunt demonstrators had their car smashed up. The attack allegedly came from pro-hunt thugs wearing waxed jackets and driving high-powered Land Rovers.

FitzwilliamFHOneofthugswhoattackedsabcarwithweapons10-2-18.jpgNorth Cambridgeshire Hunt Saboteurs Association were monitoring the Fitzwilliam Hunt when they were set upon by a handful of men in tweed flat caps in a narrow country lane. Footage shows the hunt saboteurs' car surrounded by the high-powered vehicles, with one skidding in front of them to block them in, before four people jump out. One then approaches the saboteur's car with what appears to be a torch and smashes in several of their windows. A woman screams as the narrator yells: 'OK they've just put our window through! Police! 999! Now!'

The saboteurs are so scared they manage to drive their vehicle around the cars, saying: 'We are going to drive to Huntingdon Police Station now. We are being attacked.' But within a few seconds, the alleged pro-hunt supporters give chase and try and make them pull over. One of the anti-hunt demonstrates - filming as the drama unfolds - says: 'We are being beckoned by this d***head to pull over but I'm not pulling over now. No.'

The Land Rover aggressively tailgates the 'saboteurs', before the cars speed through a village, thought to be Lutton, Northamptonshire. The back window of the car is shattered and several occupants claim to have recieved injuries from the broken glass.

A statement from North Cambridgeshire Hunt Sabs said: 'After a successful day preventing hunting at the Oakley Hunt in Bedfordshire, North Cambs checked on a known meet location of the Fitzwilliam. Upon finding the hunt the North Cambs vehicle was surrounded and blocked in by several four wheel drive vehicles, just outside of Lutton near Huntingdon. One vehicle collided with the North Cambs' car after racing up alongside on the verge and driving across the lane in front of the moving sab vehicle. Several hunt supporters got out of their vehicles and used heavy implements to smash the windscreen, side windows and rear window of the North Cambs car.' They added: 'Lacerations from broken glass were caused to the occupants, who then managed to get out of the situation and were pursued at high speed through country lanes by their assailants, before finally driving to Peterborough police station to make full statements and submit video evidence for prosecution.'

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteur Association said: 'The Fitzwilliam Hunt are under increasing pressure from hunt saboteurs and will soon be in court to answer charges of illegal hunting. 'Time and again we see Hunts resorting to violence when decent folk stop their illegal killing. These people are fools because we will never be deterred by acts of violence and in fact it only proves how effective we're being and spurs us on to greater efforts. Whether the police decide to act or not, North Cambs sabs will have the backing of other sab groups to ensure justice is done.'

The North Cambs sabs had been out earlier in the day, monitoring the Oakley Hunt with Beds and Bucks Hunt Sabs and Cambridge Hunt Saboteurs. They claim they had prevented that Hunt from moving by containing the riders and hounds, saving two foxes from being chased.

They then moved on to tail the nearby Fitzwilliam Hunt, which takes place over 600 square miles of land in the area of Cambridgeshire between Stamford in the North to Higham Ferrers in Northamptonshire.

The Hunt has been running for more than 250 years in the area and members also use a golden eagle. Between November and March, the family-owned pack goes out two days a week, and the hunt says that it always stays within the law. Images from the attack have now been handed to Cambridgeshire Police. A spokesman said: 'We have been contacted with reports of an alleged incident of criminal damage and assault that happened at about 4.15pm on Saturday February 10 near Lutton. An altercation took place between two groups of people, which resulted in a vehicle being damaged and a man being assaulted. The victim received minor injuries as a result of what happened. The incident is being investigated by officers. Anyone with information regarding this incident should call police on 101 quoting CF0082500218 or visit www.cambs.police.uk/report. 'Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org'.

A spokesperson for the Hunt said: 'The Fitzwilliam (Milton) Hunt does not condone the type of behaviour that is alleged to have taken place, even in the face of extreme provocation. We will of course assist the police with any enquiries.'

The Hunting Act came into force on February 18, 2005, and banned the hunting of mammals with dogs in England and Wales.

 

Police seek info re. alleged fox hunt kill nr. Lincoln

9-2-18   The Linconite    Police urgently appeal for information on alleged illegal fox hunt near Lincoln  Lincolnshire Police have issued an appeal for information following reports that a fox was chased by a pack of dogs and killed in a village north of Lincoln.

As first reported on The Lincolnite, villagers in Glentworth near Caenby Corner said they had “watched on horrified” as a hunting group pursued a fox before the animal was allegedly killed by their dogs. One eyewitness told The Lincolnite the fox carcass had been thrown into a van and that a local resident had been told the killing was an ‘accident’. The incident is reported to have happened on February 7 at around 3.15pm.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: “It is believed that at around 3.15pm a fox was chased and killed by dogs. A man who has not yet been identified but is believed to have been part of the hunt told the witness that the fox had not been killed. Local officers attended but no arrests or seizures were made. We are urgently appealing for more information from residents to identify those responsible. Our wildlife crime officers are now making enquiries. Anyone with information that would help our enquiries should call 101, quoting incident number 232 of Wednesday, February 7. To report anonymously, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Another villager posted on social media a deer had also been killed by dogs in Kexby village.

BBC Look North reported on the incident  

POWAperson adds - The incident was first recorded below here on 8-2-18. Though the police statement does not specify it seems certain the Hunt responsible was the Burton FH.

Pics below  -   1/  Resident of Glentworth who saw hounds in village, heard fox killed and called police.    2/  Burton FH at Lincolnshire Show. 

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Warwickshire FH hunt on and next to A roads yet again

9-2-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Warwickshire Hunt - Napton on the Hill - Thursday 8th Feb 2018    On Thursday we once again witnessed the arrogance of the Warwickshire Hunt as they hunted next to and on the busy A425 and A45 roads holding up traffic and expecting motorists to stop whilst they hunted. They hunted into neighbouring hunt the Bicester Hunts hunting area in Hellidon in Northamptonshire and tried to force their horses to jump over a large concrete block that the horses clearly didn’t want to jump over.

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Pics below   -   1/   3rd horse refusing jump as above      2/ & 3/    On the A425 

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Villagers & farmer complain of Dumfriesshire FH incursion

One says husband challenged them at dig-out

Farmer angry hounds ran through pregnant sheep field

9-2-18   Daily Record    Moniaive residents express concerns about a fox hunt "through the village" One local said it was "an appalling event" with another saying hunt members were "trying to dig out a fox'   People in Moniaive have voiced concerns about a fox hunt “through the village” at the weekend. A farmer was angered after a pack of dogs was seen running through fields holding in-lamb sheep. Other residents contacted the Standard to complain about “an appalling event”.

The farmer, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s just a month from lambing time and having dogs running about and frightening sheep isn’t good. It can cause a lot of trouble to the sheep.” He added: “The Hunt should not have been so close to the village where people are walking about. I came back from Sanquhar on Saturday and saw cars near a farm in the glen and thought it was sheepdog trials or something.”

Later that day he spotted two quad bikes and heard the hunting call. “That’s when I knew what was going on,” he said. “I could see sheep in a field going a bit daft and running back and forward. When I was walking with my two young kids, two dogs came running down from a farm and were about 20 yards away which is quite close. I’ve never seen it here before. I have a lot of respect for game-keepers and recognise the need for pest control, but hunting with dogs should be consigned to history.”

Another resident claimed her husband confronted hunt members seen “trying to dig out a fox”. She added: “They moved off and went through the village, with the hounds loose, and running through fields chasing pregnant sheep. The men were challenged by a resident and she was told the dogs wouldn’t chase sheep but that’s not the point. All the sheep are pregnant and being chased by dogs could cause miscarriages.”

A police spokesman said they had been told by a representative of the Dumfriesshire and Stewartry Foxhounds that they would be in the Moniaive area on Saturday. He confirmed they had received calls later from residents about the hunt but no complaints.

The Dumfriesshire and Stewartry Foxhounds was contacted for comment but did not respond.

 

Cheshire PCC orders review of police handling of Hunts

Several foxes killed by Cheshire packs already this year 

9-2-18  BBC News   Fox hunting: Review of how Cheshire Police upholds law ordered - Police are DavidKeaneCheshirePCC.jpeginvestigating two alleged killing of foxes by hunts in Cheshire    A review has been ordered into the way Cheshire Police upholds hunting laws, amidst reports of foxes being illegally killed in the county. Announcing the review, Cheshire's police commissioner David Keane [right] said he had received a "huge increase" in correspondence about the issue.

In January, Chester MP Chris Matheson said since Christmas, "at least four foxes" were "killed by trail hunts". Cheshire Police said it took all "rural and wildlife crime seriously". A spokeswoman said the force understood that "strong views held by different groups mean there are frustrations with a perceived lack of police action". She added that officers were ChrisMathesonMP.jpegcurrently investigating two incidents where it had been claimed foxes were killed by hunts - one relating to an organised hunt at Allostock, near Knutsford, on 26 December and the other to an incident in Beeston on 4 February. Police are also investigating a number of allegations of assault, harassment and public order offences related to Hunts.

In 2004, it was made a criminal offence in England and Wales to hunt down and kill a wild mammal with dogs In order to prosecute, a person must be shown to be intentionally hunting the animal. Pursuit of live animals has been replaced by trail hunting, which sees hounds and riders follow a pre-laid scent along an agreed route.

Speaking in the Commons, Mr Matheson said that "in the four weeks since Boxing Day, at least four foxes in Cheshire have been illegally killed by trail hunts". Agriculture minister George Eustice said fox hunting was "a matter for the police and the prosecuting authorities". "Anybody who believes the law has been broken shouldMikeAmesburyMP.jpeg report it to the police," he added.

Peter Jones, secretary of the Cheshire Hunt, said fox kills were "very rare" and that the Hunts "didn't go out with the intention of killing foxes". He added that the kills had "just happened, it was just an accident".

Weaver Vale MP Mike Amesbury, who asked Mr Keane to commission the review, told the BBC foxes were being "slaughtered". "I want to ensure that the law is being applied and these crimes are being properly investigated", he added. Mr Keane said some of the concerns he had received related to the way police investigations were carried out. He said the review would begin in the next weeks.

 

2 monitors thwart VWH FH hunting of 2 foxes in massive private estate 

9-2-18   Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch  VIDEO  Vale of the White Horse FH 5.02.2018  The VWH were in Cirencester Park on Monday. This is the park where the 9th Earl & Countess Bathurst live in the mansion. The park spreads out over 3,000 acres!

The Hunt disappeared deep into the park interior. We walked in and found them in the area of Oakley Wood where a couple of passing hunt riders were friendly to our monitor who was polite in response but then after a while a young boy on horseback appeared and declared that the Earl of Bathurst wanted the foot walker to leave because she was behaving antagonistically. This was a ridiculous accusation as she had just been walking on the paths looking for the Hunt and had only been polite to a couple of stray hunt riders. She denied being antagonistic, which the boy felt was in itself being antagonistic! On the grounds that this was just silly, she requested the Earl should come and speak to her and carried on walking in search of the Hunt.

There is a notice on all gates to the Park which welcomes people on foot between the hours of 9 and 5 as long as they don’t bicycle, picnic or start fires – or bring a dog. She was doing none of these things, just walking – extraordinary that a woman with a camera is seen as antagonistic just by being there. What have they got to hide?

Well, we soon saw as they hunted round in the park, keeping deep into the woods meaning they are invisible and inaudible from the surrounding roads. Very few people walk in the park on a weekday, which means they can do what they like unwitnessed except of course if there are women with cameras.

The two foot walkers managed to keep quite close to them despite the odds. The hounds picked up a number of times and two foxes were seen, one spotted by a foot walker in time for her to make a noise to stop it coming out of the undergrowth in full view of hunt supporters and the other as it fled the hounds out across a path where a foot walker was standing who managed to shout off the hounds when they arrived on its tracks. They did arrive on its tracks. Despite a ludicrous display put on especially for the sabs which consisted of a rider brandishing a yellow hanky on the end of a whip supposed to represent a trail - there is no question that they were hunting foxes.

In four square miles of that part of the park a couple of sabs can’t stop it all but they did intervene for two foxes. It is very hard in that location to hear the sound of the pack on cry, echoing and echoing round the woods ... the sound is chilling. What must it be like for a fox and other wildlife seeking sanctuary there? 

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Pic below  -   Woman rider in pathetic attempt to appear to be laying a trail [via the yellow cloth].  All she can manage to do is slap her horse's head with it.  Tricky business this trail laying, especially when red, furry animals can so easily be mistaken for an invisible [generally non-existent] line of scent.

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Reports now say Burton FH killed fox AND a deer in two villages

8-2-18   The Lincolnite    Police investigate reports of illegal fox hunt north of Lincoln   Police are making enquiries into reports of illegal fox hunting in a village north of Lincoln.

Villagers in Glentworth, off the B1938 near Caenby Corner, have said a hunting group were seen pursuing a fox through the village, claiming the fox and a deer were savagely killed by dogs. The carcass of the chased fox was then reportedly thrown into a van on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 7th.

One resident told The Lincolnite: “The fox was seen running past several gardens. It was eventually killed and discreetly removed in the back of a van.” They added: “Riders spoke to residents and said it was an ‘accident’ and continued along Kexby Road.”

Another villager posted on social media that a deer was “ripped to shreds” in the middle of Kexby village and the fox suffered the same fate on a private lawn “in full view of horrified residents”. 

A Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: “We did receive a report, incident 232, relating to possible fox hunting in Glentworth. Local officers attended but no arrests or seizures were made. Our wildlife officer has been made aware and will make enquiries into the incident.”

Anyone with information that would aid police with their enquiries should call 101, quoting incident number 232 of Wednesday, February 7th.

Fox hunting with dogs has been outlawed since 2004. The ban forbids the use of dogs to hunt foxes and other wild mammals — including hares — in England and Wales. Controversially, the ban has not put a complete end to the tradition of countryside hunts, which often work around loopholes in the law by following scent trails rather than foxes. Many are opposed to the practice, but strong arguments are often aired too by hunting supporters, including Prime Minister Theresa May, who recently u-turned on a possible vote to repeal the ban.

Malc Parr @tractorman07  Shocking stories emerging today regarding the Burton Hunt yesterday, a deer ripped to shreds in the middle of Kexby village and a fox suffered the same fate on a private back lawn in Glentworth in full view of horrified residents.

 

Fox dug out & killed at joint Eggesford/Torrington FH meet

Later seen hunting two roe deer, one had an injured leg  

8-2-18   Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs   EGGESFORD HUNT KILL FOX  Eggesford & Torrington Joint Meet 8.2.2018    We're not normally able to sab mid-week, but yesterday we made an exception for the Torrington Farmers & Eggesford joint meet at Beaford House, a B&B just outside Beaford. We wonder what their guests would think if they knew they were hosting a fox hunt that went on to kill at least one fox that day! We were joined by friends from Somerset Hunt Saboteur Group, who brought their Land Rover.

As the Torrington were hosting the meet in their 'country', it was Eggesford huntsman Jason Marles hunting the hounds. The meet was well-attended but most of the car followers spent the first hour and a half driving around aimlessly looking for the Hunt and parked up at gateways several miles away from Marles and his hounds. The riders were also stationed miles away from where Marles and Craddock (Torrington Farmers) were hunting in the area around Great Warham, bordering the river Torridge. They would be oblivious to what went on in the meantime.

Unfortunately a fox was hunted to ground, dug out and killed by Eggesford terrier men Seeward Folland and Nathan Bowes. We can't say anything more about this at this stage but rest assured the Eggesford's days of hunting with impunity are numbered.

The Hunt spent most of the rest of the day drawing coverts between Beaford and Roborough, passing through land at Combe Wood that bears clear signs saying "No Hunt Horses - No Hunting".

They went back and forth across the boggy terrain between Upcott Barton and Beaford Moor, crossing land which three separate people, including a hunt rider, claimed to own. Earlier one foot team were threatened on this same piece of land by two idiots in a Land Rover. One of the riders had a quiet word to tell them they should watch out as sabs were actually on a public footpath.

South of Upcott Barton hounds rioted on roe deer, which had been flushed out of the valley ahead of them. One of the deer struggled to limp away so sabs stepped in to rate the hounds back and buy the deer some time. We have seen the Torrington hounds tackle and injure a roe buck before and the Eggesford hounds are known to riot, so we weren't taking any chances. Unfortunately, we don't know what happened to the injured deer.

With two foot teams we were able to keep tabs on the hunt for much of the day, even when Marles was completely oblivious to it, but the boggy terrain made it difficult to keep up with them, and whenever sabs got close to the hounds Marles moved them on again. Given Marles's behaviour, we fear it's likely other foxes may have been killed yesterday which we don't know about.

We also witnessed some appalling horsemanship from some of the Torrington riders, who were seen galloping along busy A-roads and beat their horses to force them to ride into groups of sabs, followed by the usual pervy comments from some of the elderly male riders.

The Hunt packed up as it was getting dark and we returned to a couple of badger setts we had found earlier in the day to document interference.

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Pics below   -   1/  Eggesford FH terriermen who sabs say dug out and killed fox    2/  Eggesford FH Huntsman Jason Marles, son of man who was sent to prison for serious assault on female monitor 

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2 monitors have 7 tyres slashed soon after reporting illegal hunt

Police not interested when told about the criminal damage  

8-2-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   ACTIONS OF 'THE INNOCENT'??    At around 6pm last night, after a day spent monitoring the North Shropshire Hunt, a total of seven tyres on two cars belonging to two female monitors in their 60s were slashed, leaving them stranded.

West Mercia police were not really interested and when we spoke to them grilled us about why this might have happened. Interestingly this incident was reported around half an hour after we had rung them and logged an incident of illegal hunting from the same location. It makes us wonder if that's why they told us they couldn't really spare the time to come out to us and we may have to wait some time.

We gave up in the end dealt with the situation ourselves. Thanks West Mercia Police, we know not to bother you again.

In the meantime, we would be grateful, if you are in the position to, to help us meet the cost of this blatantly criminal act by donating whatever you can to Cheshire Monitors. You can do so through our PayPal account at paypal.me/CMonitors - thank you!

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Alpaca farmer rejects reported Hunt apology, says no contact from them

Effectively accuses them of lying in their statement to local press 

7-2-18    Hertfordshire Mercury    Puckeridge Hunt apologises to Herts Alpacas in Buntingford after hounds ‘unexpectedly’ enter land and leave animals 'terrorised' - They say that the trail of scent must have drifted    A hunting group has apologised to the owners of an alpaca farm after its hounds ‘unexpectedly’ entered their land – leaving the animals ‘terrorised.’

Police were called to Fairview Farm in Buntingford, home to Herts Alpacas, on Saturday, February 3, after receiving a report that a large pack of dogs were on the loose. The dogs, from Puckeridge Hunt, managed to enter the farm despite being protected with fencing and barbed wire – causing significant distress to the alpacas, according to owner Nigel Beckwith.

Countryside Alliance has since apologised on behalf of the Puckeridge Hunt, saying that the hounds ‘unexpectedly’ entered the property as a result of drifting scent. They say that the loose dogs were removed as quickly as possible and that conversations with Mr Beckwith have been ‘very open’ since the incident.

A spokeswoman on behalf of the Puckeridge Hunt said: “While trail-hunting within the law on Saturday, regrettably it appears the scent of our trail must have drifted from where it was laid and some hounds unexpectedly entered the property belonging to the Beckwith family. We removed the hounds as quickly as possible and apologised immediately to Mr Beckwith for this unintended access onto his property. We have repeated this apology and are hopeful there will be no lasting damage to his alpaca herd' however we have been very open with Mr Beckwith and requested that if there are any further concerns then he should immediately raise them with the Puckeridge Hunt. We also discussed this with the police on the day. The Puckeridge Hunt has always enjoyed good relationships within the local community, including with members of the public and our many farmers and landowners. Thankfully incidents such as this are a very rare occurrence but we endeavour to deal with any concerns as promptly as possible."...

Herts Alpacas is one of Hertfordshire's largest alpaca farms and home to more than 60 alpacas. It breeds and sells animals in Europe, as well selling fleeces and running courses on how to handle the animal.

8-2-18  BBC News   Hertfordshire alpaca farm owner rejects hunt apology - Police were called to reports that a large pack of dogs were loose and distressing the alpacas    The owner of an alpaca farm has rejected an apology from a local Hunt after claiming dogs got on to his land and terrorised the animals. Police are investigating after a large pack of dogs were reported to have distressed about 65 animals at Herts Alpacas in Buntingford on Saturday. The Puckeridge Hunt said some dogs "unexpectedly entered the property" and it "apologised immediately". Owner Nigel Beckwith said he had not received "any contact". A spokesman for the Hunt said it "stood by its original statement".

Herts Alpacas at Fairview Farm has a herd of about 100 animals and is protected by fencing and barbed wire but about 40 dogs from the hunt managed to get in, Mr Beckwith said. The experience was "totally traumatic" and left the alpacas "highly stressed", he added.

The Puckeridge Hunt said it had been "trail-hunting within the law" when "regrettably it appears the scent of our trail must have drifted from where it was laid and some hounds unexpectedly entered the property". We removed the hounds as quickly as possible and apologised immediately to Mr Beckwith for this unintended access on to his property," a statement said. "We have repeated this apology and are hopeful there will be no lasting damage to his alpaca herd. "However, we have been very open with Mr Beckwith and requested that if there are any further concerns then he should immediately raise them with the Puckeridge Hunt."

Mr Beckwith said the statement was "totally unacceptable". "They have not had or made any contact with us or entered into any form of dialogue or made any form of formal apology since this terrible event happened," he said. He said he had not been given "any guarantees that it will never happen again".

Hertfordshire Police said no arrests had been made and inquiries were continuing.

 

Violent gang of fox killers granted licence by Nat Trust

Melbreak FH trusted to 'trail hunt' unsupervised 

7-2-18    Facebook - National Dis-Trust   This violent group of wildlife criminals have been given a licence to use National Trust land in Cumbria on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in February and March 2018, effectively not having to give dates on when they will be using Trust land despite the previous promises about both specific routes & dates. To see more about the Melbreak Foxhounds and their long list of shameful behaviour, see here -> bit.ly/2EbquaC.

Please contact the National Trust at borrowdale@nationaltrust.org.uk or give them a call on 01768 774 649.

7-2-18  Facebook - National Dis-Trust    VIDEO    The Melbreak Foxhounds have been caught illegally hunting on several occasions on National Trust land in the Lake District. In 2014, a member of the public filmed the hounds chasing a fox at Buttermere, a popular beauty spot, before the fox was caught and killed at Peggy’s Bridge. The footage was handed to the police who attempted to prosecute Ed Liddle the huntsman. Lord Blencathra appears to have stepped in to save the hunt from prosecution, using parliamentary privilege to chastise the CPS -> tinyurl.com/yav8h3b7.

In the same season, another member of the public reported that the Melbreak Foxhounds had chased a fox – the poor creature was so terrified it ran into the lake at Buttermere where its body was found washed up a few hours later.

In 2015, Cumbria Hunt Monitors witnessed the Melbreak Foxhounds chasing and killing a fox at Loweswater. Footage was handed to the police, who didn’t dare upset Lord Blencathra again and sat on the footage until the statutory 6 months to interview had passed. They used the excuse that the floods had resulted in a lack of space to interview Liddle -> tinyurl.com/yaf3d9v6.

In December 2016 one of the Melbreak hounds fell from the summit of a crag and died. A hunt monitor alerted hunt staff to the dying hound, and the hunt staff dragged it into a water course and attempted to bury it with scree and a few rocks -> tinyurl.com/y9xenkvm.

In January 2017 Melbreak supporters attempted to steal a camera from a hunt monitor who was sat in a vehicle. Convicted rapist and Melbreak supporter Carl McGrady then lurched forward and viciously punched the monitor in the face resulting in a visit to hospital where the monitor received stitches. McGrady later pleaded guilty to assault and received a fine -> tinyurl.com/ybveyyys. In response to this incident, the National Trust banned the Melbreak for 24 hours and huntsman Ed Liddle responded by friending McGrady on Facebook.

Meanwhile, the National Trust denied any knowledge of illegal hunting by the Melbreak Foxhounds -> tinyurl.com/y8zkjmbl.

The Melbreak Foxhounds also presented a ‘certificate of authenticity’ to the National Trust to prove that they are using genuine fox urine to lay a trail. When the National Trust did a bit of homework, they realised that they were being conned as no hunts had been granted with a licence to import fox urine, and the certificate was a sham -> tinyurl.com/y7mghpt3.

The Melbreak have never been witnessed laying any trail but they have been witnessed killing foxes. In January 2018 the National Trust decided to give the Melbreak Foxhounds a licence to ‘trail hunt’. They will not publish any dates as the Melbreak uses National Trust land whenever they want -> tinyurl.com/y9ruragx.

Please email the National Trust at borrowdale@nationaltrust.org.uk or give them a call 017687 74649 to ask why the Melbreak hunt has been rewarded for years of criminality with a National Trust ‘trail hunting’ licence.

 

FB posts say Burton FH chased & killed fox nr. Gainsborough, Lincs

7-2-18   Heather Norris    My friend has just witnessed a fox being chased and killed. The Huntsman told her it was a mistake. She’s really distressed. Evil bastards.

Pics below  -  Posts regarding the incident, 7-2-18. In a comment Heather Norris identified the Hunt -

Heather Norris - It was the Burton Hunt. A few people are reporting to the police and they are going to the press!!!

 

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Monitors film refutes claim that Cheshire Hunt fox kills are 'accidents'

8-2-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   ACCIDENT?!   VIDEO   Now facing a major police review into illegal hunting in Cheshire, the Cheshire Hounds Hunt now claim that they do not intentionally hunt and kill foxes, and that "the law is being adhered to exactly".

The sequence of events shown in this video after they kill a fox - clearly well rehearsed by the hunt and its servants - tells a different story. [Video recorded at Wettenhall this hunting season]

POWAperson adds  -  Film recorded on 21-11-17. Original report is here.  

Pics below    -   1/  Pack killing the fox   2/  Whipper-in immediately on the scene  3/  Redcoat passes bin bag to terrierman   4/  Whip puts fox body in bin bag    5/  Whip cleans up remains  6/  Whip hands bag to terrierman  7/  Terrierman tries to clear blood from grass    8/  Some of the 15 sq. metre area stained with fox blood      

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Police investigate report of fox hunt and property damage in Lincs

Villager says his fence and garden were damaged 

7-2-18   Horncastle News    Police investigate fox hunting and criminal damage claims   Lincolnshire Police have today confirmed they are investigating incidents of fox hunting and criminal damage in a village near Horncastle. A resident from Wispington - a village between Baumber and Minting - contacted this newspaper about the ‘mayhem and damage’ caused last Thursday (February 1). In a statement, a Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “Our officers did spot a Hunt in the village but were committed with another incident at the time. However, they have visited the man who called this in, found evidence of fox hunting and we are investigating the crime.“ The reference is incident number 164 of February 1, and was reported to us at 12.30pm. “There was also criminal damage to the victim’s property – a fence and garden area. “Anyone with information should please get in touch.”

POWAperson adds  -  Not sure which Hunt this was but the village is well inside the country of the South Wold FH

 

Portman FH rampaged through village causing traffic havoc

7-2-18   Facebook – Wildlife Witness    VIDEO   The group filmed the Portman FH rampaging through the village of Manston. 

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Cheshire FH Whip harangued by farmer for trespass on her land yet again

Complained her oilseed rape trampled and a gate left open 

No apology forthcoming from redcoat 

7-2-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   VIDEO    CHESHIRE HOUNDS HUNT TRESPASSING OVER AND OVER AGAIN...    Burleydam 06.02.18: A local landowner kicks the Hunt off her land repeatedly, year after year, but do the Hunt care? Cue Whipper In Jamie Whittles' latest starring role...

 

Alpacas 'terrorised' as Puckeridge FH invade farm, some may abort

Farm owner says invasion may have ruined his business 

6-2-18   Hertfordshire Mercury  VIDEO   Buntingford alpaca farm in 'shutdown' after animals left terrorised by hunt that 'lost control of large pack of dogs' - Pregnant females are likely to abort or give birth prematurely    A Buntingford alpaca farm has gone into 'shutdown' after a group of hunters lost control of a pack of dogs which went on to 'terrorise' the animals. Police were called to Fairview Farm in Buntingford, home to Herts Alpacas, on Saturday, February 3, after receiving a report of a large pack of dogs running loose. The dogs managed to enter the farm despite it being protected with fencing and barbed wire. This caused not only distress to the alpacas but also left one pregnant female likely to abort, according to the farm's owner Nigel Beckwith.

Mr Beckwith said: “Over the weekend we were just carrying on with our normal business and there was a HuntPuckeridgeFHinvadedalpacafarmterrorisingthem6-2-18.jpg which lost control of their pack. Their dogs came tearing across our field, terrorising our animals. We’ve got pregnant females and one of our old girls ran into a fence and has done some damage to herself. A lot of these animals will probably abort or they will give birth two or three months premature.” He added: “They terrorised the hell out of the animals. We have now put our farm into shut down because these animals do not react well to stress."

The farm relies on the sale of the alpacas' fleeces for its income and Mr Beckwith said they were no longer suitable for sale. Whilst no animals were killed on the day, we are now worried because with alpacas, we as a farm, make our money through their fleeces," continued Mr Beckwith. If an alpaca is heavily stressed the fleeces will go tender and basically fall out, making those fleeces worth nothing."

Mr Beckwith stressed that the hunt took place close to Buntingford town, as well as Layston Primary School, which is around 200 yards away. However it was held on a Saturday, when the school was closed. He said: "There is a lot of danger to people and their pets. Why run a hunt so close to live stock and in an area where people are walking their dogs? I hope a hunt never does anything like this again.”

Hertfordshire Constabulary are working with Herts Alpacas following the incident and are continuing to make investigations. No arrests have been made at this stage. A police spokeswoman said: “Police were called at 12.14pm on Saturday, February 3, to reports that a large pack of dogs were running loose and causing distress to approximately 65 alpacas in a private field off The Causeway, Buntingford. “Officers attended the scene and all parties involved were spoken to. At the time of police attendance, the alpacas were distressed and it was not suitable to examine for physical injury. Police are in contact with the owners to monitor their post-incident welfare and assessment. Enquiries are continuing and no one has been arrested at this stage. If you witnessed what happened and have not yet spoken to police, or have any further information that could assist officers, please call 101 quoting crime reference A5/18/67.” 

Chief Inspector Gerry McDonald added: "Over the weekend there has been reports to us and we are currently investigating these allegations. We are seeking specialist evidence grabs and advice on how we will be able to progress these matters immediately. My officers will be in contact with witnesses and have taken witness statements. I urge that if you have any information or evidence to let us know.”

POWAperson adds  - Though this article does not identify the Hunt concerned, Hertfordshire Sab group are saying it was the Puckeridge FH. 

Pic below   -   The farm's owners and some of the alpacas 

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Story also reported by the Independent, the  Mirror and Farming UK

 

Blackmore FH supporter punches female sab in head

Seeing monitor, Huntsman pulls hounds off fox

Supporter tries and fails to steal sab camera

6-2-18   Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs    Hit Report BSV Tuesday 6th February 2018 Meeting at Stock Gaylard Park   … Leaving the meet shortly before 11.30am and with a field of at least 40 riders Mark Doggrell headed south west and we quickly caught up with him at Rowden Mill Farm. Mark then took the hounds south towards Woodbridge Farm and searched every hedgerow he could find along the way. It was not long until the hounds were all over the A3030 and the funniest thing is how the Hunt shout at us for turning in a driveway yet its OK to let the hounds run loose - double standards at its best!!

we maintained a reasonable eye on the hounds with the expert assistance of the monitor we work with. Hounds off were also in the area today. We headed back to Rowden Mill Lane and were blocked in by two support vehicles. One threatened to take a sab's camera away and we had to phone the police... 

It wasn’t long before Mark Doggrell turned up at one of his favourite places to hunt Lydlinch Common where the BlackmoreFHHuntingrightnexttoroad6-2-18.jpgscent of a fox is often picked up. Unbeknown to them we had already given the area a thorough soaking but in Brickles Wood there is no access and in here the hounds picked up on a line of a fox. Leaving our monitor to keep a very keen and experienced eye on them we decided to try and get ahead of them... we were able to see a fox to safety and actually watched him travel a few fields away from the Hunt running desperately for his life. We believe that this fox was indeed the one the hounds picked up on in the Brickles Wood but with the sweet aroma of citronella filling the air they lost the scent...

Near Rodmore Farm the hounds were observed drawing a rough area. Hounds sounded interested with some moving outside the rough area into the field. Suddenly a fox was observed with the lead hounds very close. The fox pulled away and ran up the field and crossed the B3143 King Stag road. Fortunately the monitor was right there just yards from where the fox crossed to watch the fox running towards Chicksmead Wood... We have no doubt that the whip saw the monitor and came up the road and stopped the hounds.

The Huntsman lost no time in doing a semi-circle around the monitor and near Chicksmead the hounds went into cry once more. Hounds pursued the line towards Hyde but as the time was late we believe this fox escaped. It seems lifting the hounds forward to find the line is a regular occurrence with this Hunt...

Our serial road blocker turned and was in hot pursuit and he again used his vehicle to block us in. By now he was pretty angry and swearing profusely, he took a swing at a sab punching her in the side of the head whilst accusing us of deliberately spraying his car with citronella! Completely refusing to move and with the monitor with eyes on the hounds we had to phone the police again. We will be taking this matter further... the police reponse was great today and the BSV should have a word with their supporters for wasting police time!

We are pretty sure that no foxes were killed today and as you can see from the photos one definitely got away! Today we are dedicating to each of you that has donated directly and via our GFM - you really do keep us going! If you want to join us please email us at dorsethuntsabs@rieup.net we are a friendly group with no egos just an unrivalled hatred of injustice towards our wildlife. Lastly a thanks to our monitor whose knowledge is second to none and his help is invaluable. Love and solidarity Dorset Hunt Sabs. https://www.gofundme.com/fuel-and-stolen-equipment-fund.

Pic above   -  Hunting next to road      Pics below   -   Hounds pursuing fox [they didn't get it] 

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Sabs stop Puckeridge FH digging fox from badger sett

6-2-18  Facebook - North East London Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Puckeridge Hunt 03/02/2018    We found the Hunt near their meet at Alswick Hall near Buntingford. Together with South Cambs Sabs we kept the Hunt on the move all day under bad weather conditions. They covered quite a large area and were moving pretty fast.

The Hunt pretended for a bit that they are following a trail. We realised very soon that was not the case -again - as the Huntsman took his hounds to a completely different direction to the ‘laid trail'. Also, the imaginary trail was laid on a road.

Just before 3pm the hounds went into cry in small woods south of Reed. As sabs got closer the Whipper-in started to call the hounds off and we saw that they were digging in a badger sett trying to get a fox or whatever animal run to hide in there.

After all the hounds left the area the wiper-in came back and showed the location to the terrier man. A few sabs decided to stay near the badger set for the rest of the day just in case the terrierman comes back and try to dig it out. We made sure he didn't come back long after they packed up and left the meet.

The Hunt continued and soon after that the hounds went into cry again – sabs were in the area and immediately interfered. They packed up just after 4pm.

Pics below   -   1/  Hounds approaching sett where fox went to ground    2/  One of the sett entrances 

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Locals say Wynnstay FH created mayhem chasing fox on to A41

6-2-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    SERIOUS INCIDENT    An example of WYNNSTAY HUNT laying false scent trails? We are getting reports from local people that this lot chased a fox onto and over the A41 today at around 1.30, in the Hampton area near Malpas. Hounds were totally out of control and all over the road and quad bikes without reg plates were speeding all over the A41 as well. Locals have reported that it was ‘mayhem’. A lorry driver who was stuck in the chaos was ‘going ballistic’. It was very lucky that there wasn’t a serious accident.

The incident has been reported to the police and the Hunt are probably sat at home now giggling about how they got away with that one. Not for much longer!

Pic below   -  Grinning ninnies of the Wynnstay FH 

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Oakley FH convicted of C.Damage - smashed woman's windscreen with crop

6-2-18   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs    Last season a member of the public contacted us and asked for our help in identifying a member of the Oakley Hunt who had smashed the windscreen of her vehicle when she happened upon the hunt who were dangerously blocking the road. Initially the Hunt refused to name this person but of course we were only too happy to help and could provide all the necessary details. As the victim had a dash cam running at the time it was taken to the authorities.

'Further to me asking for your help in locating the Hunt that I had an altercation with last February, I thought I would update you as requested, as I attended the hearing at Luton Magistrates Court today. I am pleased to say that Jack Harris was found guilty to the criminal damage of my car (he smashed it with his whip as I drove past him, causing the windscreen to crack and me to swerve partially off the road). I am pleased with this verdict, as I believe him to have seriously endangered myself and my daughter who was in the car with me at the time. Thank you for your help.'

Once again this shows the total disregard for the safety of both their animals and that of the general public at large and we are happy the Oakley Huntsman Jack Harris has faced justice. It is no longer acceptable to act in this aggressive and arrogant manner.

 

Sabs see Hunt untouched for decade chasing three hares

North Norfolk Harriers couldn't cope with anti presence 

6-2-18   Facebook Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs    North Norfolk Harriers - 03/02/2018 Stody Lodge, Stody – Norfolk    ANOTHER FIRST. We have hit the North Norfolk Harriers. They’d become complacent after more than a decade of being sab-free. But illusions of another easy Saturday ride murdering hares were quickly shattered when they left Stody Lodge and ran straight into sabs.

We surrounded them with cars while foot sabs trailed them across fields. Two chases of at least three different hares occurred in quick succession within minutes of leaving the meet, showing what this hunt gets up to when they believe they’re not being watched. Thankfully we believe all hares escaped.

Huntsman Simon “Eggcup” Dunn migrated from the Ross Harriers, a Hunt kept on the run by a host of sab groups... Presumably he came to gentle Norfolk hoping for a quieter time. Not today. And he did not seem pleased. Dunn retreated to the safety of the meet after just 45 minutes contemplating his next move. 

The next move was to try and hide in Lodge Plantation, north of Stody Lodge, before riding out north-east along Field Lane. Sabs tracked and trailed him until eventually reaching Hall Farm. While some seemingly drunk supporters tried blocking our cars and driving at foot sabs, the hunt once again tried hiding in the farm until lackeys from Norfolk’s finest turned up. After their usual threats about breach of the peace (Hunting Act not mentioned) they vanished and the hunt were left to continue out the west end of the farm and over the crest of a hill.

Unfortunately for them it seems the day was already over. They took a slow roundabout route back to Stody Lodge and were packed up by 2.30pm. See you again soon, Eggcup. Please support us out in the fields by buying us a ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/A8634QOZ.

Pics below   -   1/  Hounds chasing hare    2/  Hare fleeing Hunt    3/  Huntsman Simon Dunn    4/  Supporter who hit sab in head with his camera  

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JM/Huntsman & terrierman of Dwyryd FH jailed for badger baiting

Both also banned from keeping dogs for 8 years 

5-2-18   Ecologist   VIDEO   Badger baiting master of the Dwyryd Hunt sent to prison in 'landmark' DwyrydFHHoldingsettusedinbadgerbaiting5-2-18.jpgcase    The master of the Dwyryd Hunt in North Wales has been convicted of badger bating and sent to prison for 22 weeks following a prosecution by the RSPCA. The League Against Cruel Sports claim the case if further evidence between hunting and other deadly sports.

This prosecution will be a warning to anyone involved in badger baiting activity. If caught, the RSPCA will act, and will seek justice for the animals involved. Put simply, there is no room for this disgusting activity.

The master of the Dwyryd Hunt in North Wales was today imprisoned for 22 weeks for the "barbaric" treatment of a badger in what the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) called a "landmark case". David William Thomas, 51, of Cwm Bowydd Farm, Blaenau Ffestiniog, in North Wales, will remain under supervision for a year, was ordered to pay costs of £5,000, and disqualified from keeping dogs for an eight-year period. He had been a huntsman for 32 years, the court heard.

DwyrydFHHuntsmansfarm5-2-18.jpgA second man, 25-year-old Jordan Houlston of Alexandra Road, Llandudno, imprisoned for 20 weeks, placed under supervision for one year and ordered to pay £600 in costs. He was disqualified from keeping all dogs for eight years.

Video surveillance footage showing "a badger was deliberately attacked by a pack of dogs" filmed by the RSPCA on 5 February 2017 was presented at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court. Images of fake setts - used to hold a badger for baiting purposes - and animal skulls were also shown to the court. Chief inspector Ian Briggs, from the RSPCA’s special operations unit, said: “This was a major and landmark investigation, in which the RSPCA caught a number of individuals red-handed in the act of using their dogs to barbarically fight with a badger. Footage of this nature is extremely rare, but lays bare the sickening nature of this cruel and gruesome activity. Badger baiting has been illegal for over 180 years, and it is sickening to find people still seeking to spend their time inflicting pain, suffering and misery on animals in this way. This was coordinated and carefully planned cruelty, involving dogs, badgers and foxes.

He added: “Sadly, badger digging remains a serious problem in our countryside. The RSPCA will not relent inDavidThomasJMandHuntsmanDwyrydFH.jpg bringing those involved in this cruel activity to justice, as demonstrated with this investigation, for which we’d like to thank North Wales Police for their support. This prosecution will be a warning to anyone involved in badger baiting activity. If caught, the RSPCA will act, and will seek justice for the animals involved. Put simply, there is no room for this disgusting activity.”

Eduardo Gonçalves, the chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “Sadly it comes as no surprise that a huntsman has been engaged in other horrific practices involving cruelty to animals. David Thomas, who founded the Dwyryd hunt in 1994, and as both master and huntsman is effectively the entire hunt staff, should step down, the Hunt itself should be disbanded, and the hounds relocated elsewhere. He shouldn’t be allowed any more opportunities to terrorise and kill wildlife. We have long suspected that the people behind Hunts are involved in a range of animal welfare abuses involving the killing of animals for fun and this case illustrates the terrible savagery a small but determined minority of people are happy to inflict in the name of ‘sport’."

Police and inspectors from the RSPCA seized 23 dogs days after the badger bating had taken place. They also found two foxes in cages, "terrified and suffering unnecessarily". Eight more dogs were rescued from Houlston’s home.

JordanHoustonTerriermanDwyrydFH.jpgThe two imprisoned men Houlston and Thomas had been found guilty of a number of offences following a trial at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court, which concluded on Tuesday 16 January. Two others were charged under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 and Animal Welfare Act 2006.

5-2-18 Guardian   Huntsman jailed for badger-baiting in Wales    David Thomas sentenced to 22 weeks in case that RSPCA says shows badger persecution is rife An experienced huntsman has been jailed after being caught badger-baiting on remote farmland in north Wales. RSPCA inspectors and police also found two foxes in a cage next to a pack of dogs on the farm, a meeting place for the Dwyryd Hunt, and believe they were going to be released for dogs to attack.

The RSPCA said the case showed that badger-baiting, which has been banned since 1835, and other forms of animal cruelty were still rife. Some animal campaigners claim it also suggests the government’s badger cull has caused the mammals to become “demonised” and led to an increase in cruelty towards them...

Llandudno magistrates court was shown footage captured during undercover surveillance of dogs attacking a badger. Images produced in court also included fake setts – used to hold a badger for baiting – and animal skulls, which could have been those of foxes or badgers. RSPCA inspectors attended the farm in February last year with police and seized 23 dogs. At the same time, a search was conducted at DwyrydFHFoxincagefoundatHuntsmansfarm5-2-18.jpgHoulston’s address in Llandudno, where a further eight dogs were seized. At this address a veterinary kit was found, including syringes, and a selection of books, one of them titled Badger Digging with Terriers.

Modern-day badger baiters often create fake setts in which they place a badger that has been dug out of its home sett. The first part of the event involves “drawing out” the badger by the dogs. Once this has been done, the fight begins. Usually the badger will be stunned or in some other way disabled to ensure the dogs will triumph, but most of the animals usually end up severely injured. Once the badger can no longer fight, it is killed.

A spokesperson for North Wales Hunt Saboteurs said: “We are glad to see prison sentences handed out. We believe it’s the only way you can stop them. Given Thomas has been banned from keeping dogs for eight years, we believe the only solution is for this Hunt to be disbanded.”

Dominic Dyer, the chief executive of the Badger Trust, said: “We have no doubt that the demonisation of the badger in relation to the cull policy is resulting in increased persecution and sett interference.” According to figures collated by the Badger Trust, there was an increase in incidents of badger persecution after the start of the cull in 2013, which is intended to curb TB In cattle. In 2013, there were just under 700 incidents, the charity said. The number dipped to 404 in 2014 but rose to 465 in 2015 and 625 in 2016.

Other sentences -  

5-2-18   Vet Times   ... Morris, 25; also of Cwm Bowydd Farm, Blaenau Ffestiniog, was given a 10-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and disqualified from keeping dogs for four years. He was also ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work, and pay £500 in costs and a £150 surcharge. The 17-year-old youth was handed a 10-month referral order and a 4-year ban on keeping dogs, and told to pay £200 in costs and a £20 surcharge.

Also covered by BBC News, Vet Times, Daily Post 

Pics above   -   Top to bottom - Holding sett for badgers used in baiting, The farm where baiting took place, David Thomas, Jordan Houston,  Fox in cage found at JM/Huntsman's farm   

Pics below  -   1/  Terriers found at JM/Huntsman's farm    2/  Dog found in barn at JM/Huntsman's farm

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Members of public say Belvoir FH killed fox in country park

5-2-18   Leicester Mercury    Belvoir Hunt members accused of entering Melton Mowbray Country Park and 'killing fox' - Leicestershire Police is making inquiries     A group of hunters have been accused of entering a country park and killing a fox. The alleged incident happened in Melton Mowbray Country Park and Leicestershire Police were called just after 1pm on Saturday, February 3rd.

Officers attended the scene due to an "allegation by a member of the public that a fox had been killed illegally". A spokesperson for the force said: “Officers attended and have begun an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident. Inquiries are in the early stages.”

It has been alleged that members of the Belvoir Hunt were those involved. Leicestershire People Against Fox Hunting posted about the incident on Facebook. The update read: “Unfortunately a fox was chased and killed today by The Belvoir Hunt in Melton Mowbray Country Park.” A member of the group also added that picture evidence had been handed to Leicestershire Police.

However, other people described the allegations as "fake news" and questioned the lack of publicly shared images or video. The Belvoir Hunt has been contacted twice regarding the incident but has not responded at time of publication. Leicestershire Police has urged any witnesses to contact officers by calling 101.

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Forestry Commission says permits for 'trail hunting' decided 'locally'

5-2-18    Somerset Live   Forestry Commission explains stance on hunting stating it 'considers and gives permission locally'    As the debate around fox hunting continues Somerset Live decided to ask the Forestry Commission for the organisation's stance on hunting on land it owns. The Forestry Commission owns several large woods in the South West including Stockhill Woods on the Mendip Hills.

Last week the UK's largest woodland conservation charity made headlines by wading in to the hunting debate with a strong stance on the issue. The Woodland Trust has gone as far as saying it does not grant 'formal permission for hunts to access land to retrieve hounds' and that the only time a hunt should be on land it owns is using is a public footpath, bridleway or road, that runs through or adjoins Woodland Trust owned land, as they are legally allowed to use them.

However the Forestry Commission has a different stance on hunting stating it considers and gives permission locally – only considering requests from Hunts that are members of a hunting association that it holds a central agreement with.

A Forestry Commission spokesman said: "We control legal trail or drag hunting on land we manage by only considering requests from hunts that are members of a hunting association that we hold a central agreement with. Permission is considered and given locally. It takes account of a range of issues including public safety, environmental protection and requests from other groups or individuals who want access to the forests for their activities. We share responsibility with the hunting associations for managing and controlling the hunts and we review their activities every year."

The Hunting Act 2004 came into force in 2005 and made hunting live animals with dogs illegal. Trail hunting – pursuing pre-laid trails of scent, often fox urine - is not illegal, and more than 250 hunts across the country continue to do it. At the end of last year the National Trust made headlines following a vote to decide whether trail hunting should continue on land owned by them.

 

NT gives Warks FH licence despite repeated trespass and assault

5-2-18    Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   "The National Trust have recently given the Warwickshire Hunt a License to use their land, despite the foxes that are filmed being chased on an almost weekly basis, despite a former hunt director receiving a caution for assaulting a sab and despite there being terrier-men present at every meet...normally found illegally driving quad bikes with no license plates on."

Please sign this petition to stop the Warwickshire Hunt from using National Trust land https://www.change.org/p/farnborough-hall-stop-the-warwicks

 

Monitors & landowner save hunted fox from S.Durham/Berwickshire FHs

5-2-18   Facebook - NE Hunt Monitors    HIT REPORT : 28.01.18 South Durham Hunt Joint Meet With Berwickshire Hunt    The Hunt met in the Car park of Sedgefield Racecourse at 10:45am. Considering it was a joint meet the turn out was dismal, 4 redcoats a few Whippers-in and a bunch of riders is not going to keep the kitty full. With Quads and terriermen the followers outnumbered the hunt.

S.DurhamFHDeerfleeing27-1-18.jpgSetting off we were immediately blocked in with 2 vans and a car taking up the whole of the road, these lackeys, never seen before, looked like they had been hired in from the local traveller camp. Nevertheless we shrugged off the usual abuse and got on with the job of saving wildlife. With 3 cars full of monitors we were able to position groups in different locations to await the hounds.

Cutting a very long story short, multiple foxes, deer [one picced left] and hare were seen escaping the Hunt with some needing our help with covering their scent and one fox needing monitors to step in with the horn and gizmo as hounds were right on its tail. Thankfully, this fox did manage to escape with our help and the help of a landowner who refused the Hunt on his property even though the fox had only weeks before killed his geese. "It's nature he said" throwing away the argument used by many a pro hunter about loosing hens etc.

Another barrage of abuse off Barry Johnson [right] and many attempts to use his horse as a weapon again aimed at female monitors was disgusting. This guy makes our skin crawl, only a person going on about taking photos of children that much has something themselves to hide. He is uncomfortably obsessed with the subject.

At one point in the day we believe a bagged fox was possibly used which also evaded the hounds. Later anotherS.DurhamFHBarryJohnsonakaCreep27-1-18.jpg fox was spotted and with whipper-in Ross Crawford jumping off his horse over a fence and through a field we knew the trail had turned into a fox and the hunt was on. Monitors acted and this fox ran for cover, moments later monitors faced down the Hunt master and whipper in whist being told to leave a field. We think at this point the fox went to ground or escaped.

On driving up the road we could see a injured hound being picked up and placed in a vehicle and the Hunt then gathered up the remaining hounds and off they went again.

By this time the light was fading and finding the terriermen on quads hanging around hay bales held us back while we waited on their actions. Realising we weren't leaving them to get up to no good they left and we tried to catch up with the hunt on foot. It was getting dark and we had a way to go to get back to a road and knowing the hunt was out in the dark was frustrating. We are not sure if any foxes fell pray to the cowards during this time. It was 7:30pm by the time we all got finished and knowing the Hunt had packed up we all headed home cold and with sore feet.

A gruelling day but we know many foxes were saved so all worth it in the end. Please support us by donating to our ever growing costs of running the group. Donate via PayPal to huntmonitors@gmail.com paypal.me/huntmonitors.

Pics below   -    1/   Injured hound   2/  The monitors

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Sabs find Parks Authority strictly monitoring Cumberland FH

So they move on to stymie the Blencathra FH 

4-2-18  Facebook - Lancashire Hunt Sabs    Yesterday, we paid a visit to the Cumberland Foxhounds who were meeting at Thornthwaite Hall near Caldbeck. The field was very small, with only 9 riders, with a disproportionately large amount of supporters in vehicles. The Hunt had intended to use National Parks land at Caldbeck Commons, and we were pleasantly surprised to see that Lake District National Parks Authority employees were also out monitoring the Hunt. It became clear as the day went on that there was absolutely no opportunity for the Cumberland Foxhounds to hunt illegally as they normally do. The Hunt were forced to spend a lot of time on the roads with the hounds kept on a tight rein, to avoid any 'accidents' in front of NPA staff.

We took this as a cue to move on to another hunt, and had been tipped off by locals that the Blencathra Foxhounds had been seen hunting at Causeway Foot Farm near Thirlmere. When we arrived, support were lined up along the main A591 waiting for Barry Todhunter to put on a display below Dodd Crag. However, our arrival caused Barry to stall and stay hidden as usual, and his supporters were deprived of any views of foxes being torn apart. A few sabs headed into the valley and Barry was forced after some delay, to perform the walk of shame back into the farmyard.

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Warwickshire FH hounds filmed closely chasing a fox

Huntsmen did not try to call hounds off - it's fate unknown 

4-2-18   Sunday Express  VIDEO  Brutal 'hunt saboteurs' video reignites debate over fox hunting   A FOX runs for its life, with baying hounds on its tail. A pack of 10 or more close in, but the desperate animal darts back into the undergrowth to escape The pictures could have come from the days of legal foxhunting, but were in fact shot last month by activists following a trail hunt.

The video posted online by West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs, of the Warwickshire Hunt, reignites the debate over fox hunting. Although it was made illegal in 2004, drag and trail hunting is still allowed, in which hounds follow an artifi cially laid down scent trail. They are not supposed to chase foxes but sometimes pick up the animals’ scent and kill them.

The saboteurs’ Facebook report on the incident reads: “Every time we go to the Warwickshire Hunt at the moment we are seeing foxes being chased. Saturday was no different. We don’t know if this fox escaped.”

A hunt spokesman said the intention was never to hunt foxes but sometimes “mistakes” happen and hounds pursue foxes. But hunt staff “work very quickly” to stop this.

Prime Minister Theresa May has backed down on a promise to hold a free Commons vote on legalising foxhunting after opinion polls show the public is still strongly opposed. And last month MPs raised concerns about trail hunting.

Eduardo Gonçalves, League Against Cruel Sports chief executive, said: “Trail hunting...continues to be used as a cover for illegal hunting and the fact the issue has been raised in Parliament shows just how severe the level of concern is amongst the public.”

Pics below   -   1/  Fox flees for its life    2/  Hounds a couple of seconds behind fox 

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22-1-18   West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   Warwickshire Hunt - Saturday 20th January 2018   ANOTHER FOX FORCED TO RUN FOR IT'S LIFE FROM THE WARWICKSHIRE HUNT    On Saturday, the Warwickshire Hunt hunted around Meon Hill and Admington. Every time we go to the Warwickshire Hunt at the moment we are seeing foxes being chased. Saturday was no different, as soon as we arrived we saw a fox running with hounds very close behind. We don’t know if this fox escaped or not…

They spent the last part of the day hunting another fox around the Admington area, again we don’t know if this fox escaped or not.

The National Trust have recently given the Warwickshire Hunt a License to use their land, despite the foxes that are filmed being chased on an almost weekly basis, despite a former hunt director receiving a caution for assaulting a sab and despite there being terrier-men present at every meet. The National Trust have said there is no place for terrier-men at a ‘trail hunt’ so we’re not sure how the National Trust explain their presence at the Warwickshire. They are normally found illegally driving quad bikes with no license plates on.

The National trust should also ask themselves why is the Warwickshire Hunt desperate to stop us filming them? What have they got to hide if they aren't doing anything illegal?  Please sign the petition to get the Warwickshire Hunt banned from National Trust land https://www.change.org/p/farnborough-hall-stop-the-warwicks…Please

Please politely ask Patrick Begg, who oversees the National Trust's hunting policy, why assault, trespass, convictions for illegal hunting and illegally hunting through people's gardens isn't enough to turn down a licence application at patrick.begg@nationaltrust.org.uk.    #strengthenthehuntingact

Pics below  -    1/  Terriermen - on road illegal quads     2/   One tries to block sab from filming hunt 

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Story also covered in the Metro  and the Mail

Monitor assaulted, others repeatedly obstructed on roads at Grafton FH

Supporter sprays noxious substance on and into monitor's vehicle

Assailant also insulted woman monitor, threw mud into her car 

4-2-18   Facebook - Grafton Hunt Watch  VIDEO   MONITORS TREATED ABOMINABLY AT GRAFTON HUNT - TUESDAY 30th JANUARY    Four Grafton Hunt Watch monitors attended the Grafton Hunt today who were out persecuting foxes at Preston Capes. Throughout the day the monitors were treated atrociously by the hunt followers. They were continually prevented from travelling freely along the highway, as is their right, by hunt supporters driving at ridiculously low speeds in front of them. On occasions a hunt follower simply stopped in the middle of the road in front of the monitors and refused to move. These actions are criminal - blocking the highway is a criminal offence. It is obvious that this behaviour is intended to cause immense stress and to make the monitors feel extremely vulnerable.

One monitor suffered an assault, had mud thrown into her car, and a foul smelling noxious substance was sprayed into her vehicle. The monitors rang for help from the police. They were told the police were coming - but they did NOT come to their assistance. When rung again the police told the monitors they would NOT come to their aid.

Please contact Northamptonshire Police here www.northants.police.uk/contact/complaints/how-complain and protest at their continual failure to deal with the Hunt's abominable behaviour, and give the monitors the help they deserve.

Pics below   -  1/  Supporter swerves in front of monitor and makes obscene gesture at her    2/  Supporter lashes out at female monitor     3/  Same supporter calls her 'fucking horrible bitch'  

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Modbury Harriers supporter punches & smashes sab windscreen

4-2-18   Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs   HIT REPORT Saturday 3rd Feb 2018    Today we got up before the sun came up and took a road trip down to see our friends at South Devon Animal Rights. A few weeks ago one of their sabs was hospitalised by the Dart Vale and South Pool Harriers and it was time to show them that if you hurt one you hurt us all. Joined by South Wales, Bristol , Devon County, Severn Vale and Bath Hunt Saboteurs. The meet was not exactly obvious with less horse boxes than we have fingers on one hand. Foot support was even vaster and outnumbered by a big police presence from Devon and Cornwall police. We scoured the area butModburyHarriersWindscreensmashedbyfollower3-2-18.jpg they managed to give us the slip which meant they spent the day hiding in shrubbery somewhere ! A word to you ….. keep looking over your shoulder because we will be back very soon !!

With almost 40 sabs and numerous vehicles we turned turn our attention to the Modbury Harriers who weren’t too far away at Gara Bridge. When we arrived we soon spotted Ben Doggrel and his little brother milling around with the bloodthirsty support and other terrier men... The Huntsman, Harry Gosling, is well known to our friends at Bristol from when he used to hunt hares for the RAC beagles and he played his part in them being attacked by students of the university and supporters from neighbouring fox hunts. Harry and his pack were up in Hothole Wood just North of Gara Bridge and the jungle drums were soon beating again to alert him to our presence.

With more sabs than we could shake a stick at a foot team were deployed up to see him. Bristol sabs quickly took control of his pack. Eventually when he had gathered most of his pack Harry headed North to Garaland Copse but with sab landy’s circling like sharks and an abundance of foot sabs he struggled to keep control and remained in the copse for a long time. We were stationed at the mill North of Penson and a foot team from another sab team headed up the road beside us... As our drivers changed seats, a foot supporter was in the road clearly preventing us from driving and we said we need to get up there please to which he replied with a simple “f@ck off” ! As we edged our Landy round to keep an eye on the foot sabs one of the hunt supporters who had been guzzling port like it was going out of fashion decided to punch the windscreen of the landy 3 times, causing extensive damage. He then turned his attention to our drivers side window, despite ModburyHarriersWindscreensmashedbythisthug3-2-18.jpgthree attempts the window wasn’t giving in - maybe he had run out of puff by then ? With his girl friend and other supporters pulling him away he was bundled into his girlfriends blue Disco and she whisked him away. Sadly for him we were filming and are determined to ID him - photos attached. If you know who he is please send us his name...

Whilst we waited for the police the other sabs were keeping tabs on the Hunt and chuckling as they watched Harry trying to gather his hounds for over an hour. He soon headed back to Higher Colmer Farm to pack up seriously outnumbered with sabs.

We made our way down to meet the other sabs who had seen the blue disco go into the premises. Another phone call was made to the police and we were told that they weren’t prioritising our call or attending. This seemed rather odd seeing as there had been a police presence all day up to about half hour before the incident and at least 1 police vehicle all day following us around. The blue disco attempted to leave but when she saw all the sabs at the entrance she quickly popped it into reverse and headed backwards up the drive... With another phone call to the police, and I’m sure many from the hunt to request some back up they decided to show up and eventually four police vehicles had gathered. Footage was shown and they went up to see if they could see the suspect. Unsurprisingly, the scummy ranks were closed and supporters lying through their teeth denied all knowledge of knowing him (we have photos that strongly suggest otherwise).

The only good thing we have to say about the D&C police was one officer that remained calm, impartial and showed an interest to get to the bottom of what happened. Other than him we were disgusted with the way the police handled the matter and a complaint will be made.

We will never stop fighting to keep our wildlife safe, we will always be there for other groups and today shows how when the chips are down we stick together. If you haven’t already please give our friends sab pages a like and consider becoming a member of the HSA or donating to them, what they do behind the scenes to support us is invaluable. The very best wishes to the injured sab and huge thanks to all the sab groups we worked with today - see you soon! A huge thanks to our newest driver for driving way more than we planned - being the tallest in the group he was the only one to see over the windscreen damage and got us all home safe and sound !! If you want to join us please send an email to mailto:dorsethuntsabs@riseup.net.As

As ever huge thanks to all our supporters and those already offering money towards our windscreen repair, we have attached current GFM link - funds will be diverted now. https://www.gofundme.com/fuel-and-stolen-equipment-fund.

 

 Sab presence makes fox pack 'trail hunt' & hare hunt pack up

4-2-18   Facebook - Guildford Hunt Saboteurs   Today with two landies we split our group with one taking on the Bolebroke Beagles (last week they killed in front of sabs) and another the Old Surrey and Burstow and West Kent hunt. Supported by North Downs, South Coast, Croydon and Brighton Hunt Sabs.

Not really much to report on today as the Hunt have clearly been forced to lay some half arsed trails whilst sabs are present. They met at Greathed Manor, fast paced sabs were with them from the start and we soon joined up as we located them near Willow Bed. It must've been an incredibly boring day for the field as it was a very stop-start day as they kept trying to lose us. Not getting your money's worth? Ask for a refund... this hunt once had riders in their triple figures, today there must've been less than 20 riders! Just give up already...

Towards the end of the day hounds clearly came off the trail (as they are obviously not used to following a trail) and picked up on a scent through some woodland and the Hunt frantically called them back. If we weren't present we have no doubt they would've killed, again.

The other group on the Beagles had a very successful day as they headed back to the meet after they'd been rumbled! Ha ha. As they arrived back at the meet they boxed up the hounds and waited for sabs to leave so they could sneak out again... not on our watch! Sabs waited and waited and waited till they finally called it a day and headed home. Cold, wet and muddy sabs retired to the pub for some vegan munch and a well earned pint! Lovely stuff.

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Surrey Union FH pull off fox chased across road when see monitors

4-2-18   Facebook - Surrey Hunt Monitors   Friday 02 February 2018; thanks to a tip off from a frustrated motorist, one of our team found the Surrey Union Hunt at around 10.20, de-boxing in an old haunt in a field off Elstead Road, Shackleford, just west of the A3 south of Guildford.

This season they seem to be trying harder to evade us, but Hunts are creatures of habit and SU visit this spot often and were there early February 2017 too... [when we reported them chasing a fox to police].

Back to Friday 02 February 2018: the Hunt crossed a footbridge over to the east of the A3 to a favoured spot in Eashing. We kept a low profile for a couple of hours, with one monitor keeping an eye on the area where the fox was seen roaming last year. Other monitors checked the area further north and various supporters (some only too familiar to us) were seen gathering for their Friday afternoon “entertainment”. It seemed only a matter of time before a fox, by some strange coincidence, would appear. 

Before long, the hunt returned from Eashing (re-crossing the A3): Our second monitor moved around, but stayed in the immediate area, and before long heard the hunt hounds in full cry, and a little later saw a fox running on to the road a matter of a few feet from where the fox had been seen last year – the expected “coincidence” had happened. Happily, that monitor’s presence was sufficient to stop that particular fox being hunted – the hunt keeping away before, about half an hour later, heading off again, doubtless to the disappointment of the waiting supporters.

As the afternoon progressed, Guildford Hunt Sabs and North Downs Hunt Sabs arrived too, and stayed with us until the hunt packed up for the day. Despite our attendance, the terrier"man" could not resist telling sabs that they had had a good day and that the sabs had arrived too late. We, of course, had been there all day. What is our motto again? Oh yes: “Sometimes overt, sometimes covert”….

 

Cotswold Vale FH hounds rated off roads by sabs, female assaulted

4-2-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO [Welsh Border Sabs]   Saturday 3rd February 2018, Cotswold Vale FH at Southwick farm with Welsh Border's sabs. When we arrived we came across the bizarre scene of a man skinning a roadkill deer for his ferrets... a bit odd/gruesome and "Hills have eyes" to say the least on a residential street!

At Apperley Court just down the road hounds ran away from the Huntsman, saw Gary [Gazza] without the pack on the B4213. Sure enough, minutes later they crossed that road and ran in full cry through a chicken coop and down. Other sabs saw the rest of the pack on another line north of that road so must have been a brace.

Later they were hunting up towards the B4213 but were stopped by sabs from harming themselves and road users as well as the fox they were hunting. This displeased Gary who became a bit irate and threatening. He cast them again and they picked up another line (so again a brace or maybe a leash as another fox was seen to escape in the opposite direction) and they ended up in the static caravan park behind the Farmer’s Arms. Sabs called them off that fox and there was an assault which we cannot comment on at this time. Later sabs stopped them again from hunting another fox just north of the B4213 on their way home.

We won't even talk about the Ledbury on Friday who met at Stonebow farm Ashleworth...it was not a good day. Today a blocked sett in that area was found and reported. Badgers are safe and have dug their way out.

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Badsworth FH kill fox in wood they banned from

Hound emerged with fox leg in its mouth 

Landowner saw kill and reported to police

Sabs will be handing their evidence to them

3-2-18   Facebook - Liverpool Hunt Sabs    BADSWORTH & BRAMHAM MOOR HUNT KILL FOX   After last week we thought it was only right to pay another visit to Badsworth & Bramham Moor Hounds. We joined forces once again with Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs and found them at the meet just outside the village of Campsall, South Yorkshire.

BadsworthFHHuntsmantakeshoundsintoquarry3-2-18.jpgFrom the off, huntsman Nick Thornicroft was desperate to kill. He took hounds into a private woodland from the meet and sabs had to intervene immediately as hounds went into cry. This set the precedent for the day with Nick continually encouraging hounds onto scents and to chase foxes. Within the first hour a fox was seen fleeing from a wood and going to ground. 2 hares were seen in the early afternoon fleeing from the hounds. Sabs were close by and discouraged any hounds from rioting on them.

Nick then decided to try his luck in a disused quarry [left]. One fox was seen fleeing, surrounded by the pack of hounds. Amazingly they failed to notice the fox making it's escape but the Huntsman, now on foot, encouraged his hounds along the line the fox had run. Hounds picked up the scent and sabs did their best to discourage hounds from following it. Further into the quarry hounds picked up on another scent with Nick using horn and voice calls to encourage them on. Sabs used whips and voice calls to distract hounds and believe the fox managed to find safety by itself underground.

By this time Nick was getting increasingly frustrated at sabs stopping him from killing. He launched a tirade of abuse at us and then blew for home.

We kept eyes on them as they made their way back to the meet but suddenly, terrerimen and riders were seen racing towards the same private wood from the start of the day. Upon approaching we witnessed the Huntsman and other riders fleeing from the wood when one sab noticed something in a hound's mouth. It was the leg of a fox which he managed to retrieve.

We entered the wood to find the owner of the land who had previously told the Hunt not to enter and were not welcome on his land, on the phone to the police having witnessed the Hunt killing the fox. He said the body had been taken by the Hunt and all that was left was fur and some entrails.

An incredibly sad ending to a very successful day sabbing. If we had not been present the Hunt would have killed 3 or 4 foxes today.

Police were called by the land owner and another member of the public regarding the fox kill. We will be handing in our evidence of the blatant illegal hunting and the body parts of the fox that were left in the wood to South Yorkshire Police.

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Crawley FH hunted foxes after dark - sabs think probably killed

3-2-18   Facebook - West Sussex Hunt Sabs We haven't posted many hit reports lately, but we have still been monitoring the Crawley & Horsham Hunt who continue to illegally hunt foxes, and today was no exception. It was a very long and exhausting day. There was no trail laid today, and all day the hounds were on the scent of a fox. The police were out today but as always made no attempt to investigate the criminal activities and wildlife crimes of the day.

It is evident to all that the Sussex & Surrey Police are working hand in hand with the fox hunters. We did everything we could today to save foxes from being savagely killed, but the Hunt carried on until it was pitch black. We couldn't see where we were walking and we couldn't film, because it was too dark.

A fox was seen running for it's life and the hounds on it's trail, then another fox appeared and the hounds turned and went after that one. We could hear the hounds in cry and then the silence of what we believe was the kill. This went on for over 30 minutes. We don't know if the hounds got both the foxes we saw. Rest in peace foxes, we did did all we could and we are so sorry.

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Fitzwilliam FH use their eagle to kill hare flushed by hounds  

Sabs helped ensure no foxes were killed

Meet at Burghley House, famous for its horse trials

3-2-18   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs    Some days you wake up, leap out of bed and get ready to face the day. Today wasn't one of those days, it was, quite frankly the sort of day you look outside and think sod that and go back to bed. However...

A little bird had told us that the Fitzwilliam were again attempting to hunt on a Saturday. Not only that but the meet would be at Burghley House, famous for it's horse trials and now hosting wildlife criminals. In an attempt to try and outwit us (fat chance) they had scheduled an early meet, setting off at 9am. But we're not afraid of leaving our beds and setting off in the freezing rain and mud and of course we were waiting for them, along with North Cambs , Northants and Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs.

We accessed the park much to the annoyance of those inside and stuck with the hunt as they attempted to draw the many likely looking areas. Unfortunately they flushed a beautiful Hare right in front of regular wildlife abuser John Mease who released his Eagle which killed the unfortunate animal. Hares are in severe decline like much of our wildlife but it seems these people are desperate to kill something in the name of sport.

They spent a couple of hours inside the House boundaries going this way and that but sabs were with them at all times and as you can imagine this didn't go down too well and several times the hunt stopped and wondered what to do. Of course the hounds got some sab love, something they are often starved of.

After dropping off much of the field around midday they headed out into farm land for some serious hunting however the various groups were always on hand to keep them under control and at times taking the hounds off the Huntsman with voice and horn calls. The hounds did go into cry at one point but we didn't witness any foxes and this may have been rioting on some of the many deer in the area.

Some of the riders got quite shouty at times and made some, quite frankly ridiculous claims but we take this nonsense in our stride and just cracked on with the job in hand. Clearly the writing was on the wall as they ran out of ground to hunt and into a sab group, watching their every turn, so packed up around 2pm. Some serious mileage covered today so we retired once again back to the pub for a well earned pint and chips.

Pics below   -   1/  Hunting in Burghley House grounds     2/  Hounds getting sab love 

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Woman abused by Mendip Farmers FH after chased fox in her mum's garden

Says tried to steal her phone - police then came round and intimidated them 

3-2-18   Facebook - Jo Wilkins    My brave sister Sam stood up to the Mendip Farmers Hunt who were blatantly hunting a poor fox which was chased across my mum's garden in East Harptree by hounds. The Hunt don't follow a trail, they break the law and actively chase foxes to rip apart with hounds. Because they lie and have friends in high places they often get away with it.. it is very disturbing how this goes on in this day and age.

The Hunt employ terrier men who dig foxes out and allow dogs to rip them apart. The Hunt enjoy chasing and killing wildlife.. plain and simple! If they really saw foxes as pests why do they actively breed them to release & kill, or encourage them into the area by feeding them or by catching them then releasing them for the hounds to chase and rip apart. It makes me sick and very angry, especially when they trespass on private land where wildlife is welcome and would not be hurt/terrorised.

Sam took photos and challenged these sick people and was met with abuse. Some of the Hunt tried hiding their faces with balaclavas and one of them tried to snatch her phone. Funny enough not one of these horrible people would give Sam their name.. Sam is a lovely person who was really upset at seeing a fox being chased with a pack of hounds and a load of thugs on horse back and on quads.

We are going to see what we can do to help stop this. Well done Sam, good on you. PS if anyone knows how to find out where the Mendip Farmers Hunt meet up and when could they kindly share?

UPDATE.... 15/2/18 - Sam & my mum were visited by the police after Sam put in a complaint/report about the Mendip Hunt, she was politely told they wouldn't really be able to do anything as there was no evidence they weren't following a trail and no photograph/video of them chasing a fox. Sam was then surprised to hear that she could get into trouble for swearing and harassment & sharing the photos along with the post on Facebook if it incited anger or violence. Hence Sam removing her post with photos of the Mendip Hunt in action & her account of events. Madness!!

 

Woman says Mendip Farmers FH invaded land and killed an alpaca

Was last October, revealed in response to latest trespass by Hunt 

3-2-18   Comment on Jo Wilkin's FB post re. invasion of her Mum's garden by MFFH [item above]

Natalie Rugman    Typical of Mendip farmers Hunt! Back in October, hounds were witnessed in my mum's field in Litton, where we keep our alpacas. Sadly, afterwards we noticed our beautiful boy Hugh had devastating injuries which the vet said were definitely as a result of dog bites and the vet had no choice but to put him to sleep��.

My mum tried to have an amicable meeting with the Hunt Master George Pullen but he claimed that there was no way it was caused by the hounds but more than likely a poacher. They live in barbaric fantasy world, arrogant, ignorant and sadly seem to be able to operate above the law. We are still fighting now, nothing can bring back our boy but we would like justice for him and won’t stop until we get it.

POWAperson adds -  It appears that the Mendip Farmers have caused so much annoyance and distress that an FB page has been set up 'Locals Against the Mendip Hunt' . Note that the wife of wannabe Tory Party leader Jacob Rees-Mogg MP was JM of this Hunt from 2012-14.

 

Sabs prevent dig-out of hunted fox by Fife FH

FifeFHFoxescapingHunt3-2-18.jpg3-2-18   Facebook - Perthshire Hunt Sabs    Fife Foxhounds - Edenwood House – 03/02/2018    Sabs got to the meet before most of the riders had even arrived, the Hunt unboxed at Edenwood Farm before riding to Edenwood house, we split into two groups and waited to see what way they would go once they set off.

When the Hunt set off they headed South towards Lady Mary's Wood, a fox was able to escape the Hunt from the woodland here [left]. Next the Hunt moved to the Cults area, then round to the woodland beside Clatto Reservoir, not picking up on anything here and with sabs on either side the Hunt then carried on heading to the north, hunting all the cover they passed.

In a small plantation between Roundall & Struthers Barns Cottages the hounds chased a fox to ground, thankfully a sab was with the Hunt and quickly called in nearby others. While the sab waited for back up Galpin [right], the terrierman, decided to barge into the lone sab trying to push him out of the way by shoving his chest into him, but all he succeeded in doing was tripping over a rock and sending himself flying (lol). Reinforcements arrived soon after and so one group stayed at the hole while another groupFifeFHTerriermanGalpin3-2-18.jpg stayed with the Hunt.

After drawing the gorse to the east of the plantation where the fox had went to ground, the Hunt then headed to Cassindilly to search for foxes in this area, once finished in this area the Hunt headed back towards the meet via Chance Inn, packing up at around 2:30pm.

The group that had stayed with the Hunt then came back to join the others guarding the fox that had went to ground. Galpin pretended to leave, but we knew he was hiding trying to watch from the other side of the hill, eventually he came back and stayed until the light had faded and he left at around 6pm. Sabs stayed for a while at a distance to allow the fox to safely leave its hiding place and to make sure Galpin did not return.

A freezing night, but well worth it to make sure the fox escaped unharmed. Please help keep us in the field - https://gogetfunding.com/fuel-costs-and-vehicle-maintenance/.

Pics below   -   1/  Hare spooked by Hunt    2/  Roe deer   3/  Galpin and sabs still there after dark 

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 Warks FH hunt next to A429 - act as if they own the road

3-2-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Warwickshire Hunt - Saturday 3rd Feb 2018    On Saturday, the Warwickshire Hunt hunted around Barton-on-the-Heath near Morton-in-Marsh before making their way north towards Todenham and Stretton-on-Fosse hunting close to the busy A429. At one point members of the hunt rode up and down the A429 holding up traffic as they expected motorists to wait for them whilst they hunted. NB the people in the hi vis jackets are members of the Hunt.

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Sab racially abused at Lanarkshire FH meet

3-2-17   Facebook - Fife and Central Scotland Hunt Sabs   Hit report- 03.02.2018 South Branchal Farm  Today we opted for an "away day" and joined Glasgow Hunt Sabs to ruin the day for the Lanarkshire & Renfrewshire Hunt. Two teams got in position to keep an eye on the kennels and in fact, as soon as the hunt left around 10.30, they had no way to lose the sabs.

They were seen entering South Branchal farm, shortly followed by some horsboxes (not that many apparently, as they have started to reduce their cap in a desperate attempt to get more followers). After the usual ridiculous display of idiocy from Craig the terrier man, aka the village idiot, the sabs were ready to follow the hunt as soon as they set off around 12.30, heading south east.

The Hunt stayed in the area between Burnbrae Burn and Gotter water, pretty much running into either one or the other sab groups which were positioned in the area, which led to the evident frustration of the gunmen. They did not seem to like our "company"...

The terrier man also did not miss the opportunity to spew racist abuse to one of the sabs, proving what kind of person he is and what kind of people those who employ him are. Sabs proceeded to spray every gorse bush in the proximity of the gunmen. In fact, when the hounds approached the area they could not pick up on any scent.

A fox was seen fleeing away near White Craig area, with terrier men on quadbikes attempting to catch him/her. The sabs were too far to anticipate them but not too far to let them know they were being watched and could not have gotten away with it.

The Hunt then looped back heading to the meet . Terrier men picked up a dead fox on the way back, but we have good reason to believe this was a kill from a previous week considering that a)it would have been incredibly stupid of them to leave the body in the area when they knew sabs were there, considering the beautiful animal had been clearly disemboweled and b) the hounds were never in full cry and no gunshots were heard for the entire day.

The sabs escorted the Hunt back to the meet and made sure everyone had packed up and left, before heading back home for some well deserved rest and dry socks. Join. Sab. Donate  https://www.paypal.me/FifeHuntSabs.

 

Huntsman/JM of Lauderdale FH faces illegal hunting charge

2-2-18   Border Telegraph    Scotland's only female master huntsman accused of breaching country's fox hunting legislation    SCOTLAND'S only female master huntsman has been accused of breaching the country's fox hunting legislation.

Claire Bellamy has been charged after concerns were raised about practices at a Lauderdale Hunt in the Borders on October 24. The 42-year-old only took over as master at the Lauderdale Hunt [left] last year after moving to LauderdaleFH2017.jpgScotland with her partner Adrian Ross from her native Dartmoor in Devon. Investigators of the League Against Cruel Sports secretly filmed the activities of the Lauderdale Hunt - one of 11 in Scotland - on land near Galashiels before passing on the footage to Police Scotland. Now Police Scotland have confirmed a 42-year-old woman will be the subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal at Selkirk.

PC Andy Loughlin, wildlife crime officer for the Lothians and Scottish Borders, said: "We take all reports of wildlife offences very seriously and criminality against our natural environment in Scotland will not be tolerated. I would encourage any members of the public withg any concerns to contact police on 101, each area has a dedicated Wildlife Crime Officer who will be able to help."

The law in Scotland was changed 16 years ago to ban the hunting of wild mammals with dogs. But Hunts still operate and say they act legally providing a pest control service and staying within the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002.

The Scottish Government is examining the law following a review of the 2002 Act in a report last year by Lord Bonomy. The Act states that dogs are still allowed to pursue foxes – as long as a marksman shoots the animal as soon as it emerges to open ground.

Father and son John Clive Richardson, 67, and 24-year-old Johnny Riley became the first members of a mounted hunt to be successfully prosecuted since the Act was introduced north of the Border. The Jedforest Hunt members in the Borders were filmed by investigators from the League Against Cruel Sports. Following eight days of evidence, Sheriff Peter Paterson ruled that in two incidents Richardson and Riley were in breach of the Act and found them guilty of deliberately hunting a fox with dogs. Riley - who was in charge of the hunt - was fined £400 at Selkirk Sheriff Court and Richardson, described as having a lesser role, fined £250.

Story also in Times 

 

Badsworth FH hunter hits sab on head, knocks over another with horse

2-2-18  Daily Mail   VIDEO  Moment huntsman 'lashes out with his whip as he's surrounded by masked chanting protesters before his horse knocks one to the ground' - Footage appears to show huntsman approached by protesters before a meet - Altercation took place on Saturday on land near Leeds East Airport, Yorkshire - Leeds East Airport denies claims illegal hunting was taking place near their site This is the moment a huntsman appears to lash out with his whip [below right] after being surrounded by chanting protesters*.BadsworthFHMakinhitssabonheadwithwhip28-1-18.jpg The aggrieved horse rider was approached by a group of hunt saboteurs at his private airfield in Church Fenton, North Yorkshire, on Saturday. Liverpool Hunt Sabs said they entered Leeds East Airport to monitor a meeting of the Badsworth & Bramham Moor Hounds to ensure no illegal hunting was taking place. They claim a rider ordered them off the former RAF base then launched an unprovoked assault on one of their members as they were trying to leave. Suddenly, he appears to raise his whip and strike a man over the head with it. Circling them with his horse, he says: 'You're on private land, out.'

As the sabs start backing away towards the exit, the huntsman then appears to ride into the same man, shoving him to the tarmac. He is helped to his feet by a fellow sab, and a woman shouts: 'Oh, my God. What's wrong with you?' Pointing at the protesters with his riding crop, he replies: 'Get off the private land. I own the place, you're not coming in. Out of the gate.' They stand their ground in the driveway and the huntsman rides at them, shouting: 'I am the landowner. Now get off of my land.'

A female protester says: 'Your poor horse, being used as a weapon. See what kind of a person you are already, the way he's treating that horse.' He responds: 'Nothing wrong with the horse. Look, I'll show you.' He then rides out of the gate again, driving the sabs back. The woman says: 'Look at him. Petrified. Do you not think you're stressing out your horse?' He rides away, saying: 'No, I'm not. Lovely horse.'

BadsworthFHMakinridesintosabknockinghimover28-1-18.jpgLeeds East Airport said in a statement: 'Mr Makin was taking part in a lawful trail hunt on Saturday, January 27, when a significant number of unidentifiable people wearing balaclavas trespassed onto private land where the hunt was gathering. The land is part of Leeds East Airport, an active airport with significant safety regulations. The trespassers sought both to disrupt the hunt and to create further disruption by accessing parts of the operational airport land. Understandably in the circumstances, Mr Makin requested that those individuals leave that private property. At no time did Mr Makin strike any protester with his riding crop.'

Liverpool Hunt Saboteurs said in a statement: 'We attended the meet with West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs and Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs to ensure no illegal hunting was taking place. Upon arrival we located the hunt inside the grounds of Leeds East Airport. We went into the grounds because we needed to see if hounds were present at the meeting. A rider approached us and immediately began riding his horse into saboteurs. He then attacked one saboteur by striking him with his riding whip then proceeded to ride into him, knocking him to the ground and causing him to sustain injuries to his arm and foot. At no point would we have tried to access any part of the operational airport land. Violence against saboteurs is increasing and since the inaction of Sussex Police regarding Jane Goring - filmed hitting a saboteur with a whip 17 times - hunt riders have been given a green light by police to use their whips as weapons on saboteurs, knowing no action will be taken.'

North Yorkshire Police told MailOnline: 'Police were contacted at 11.58am on Saturday to reports of an assault in Church Fenton near Tadcaster. Police attended and are conducting enquiries to determine the circumstances around the incident. No arrests were made.' Badsworth & Bramham Moor Hounds has been approached for comment. 

* POWAperson comments  -  At no point was the rider 'surrounded by chanting protesters'. As the video clearly shows, they did no 'chanting' and the rider kept aggressively riding into them. It also clearly shows, despite the denial, that Makin struck one sab on the head with his whip. This, and riding at sabs, has always been common practice amongst hunters, I've seen and suffered it enough myself, but seems to be unusually prevalent this season.

28-1-18   Facebook - Liverpool Hunt Sabs    We joined forces with some old friends from West Yorkshire andBadsworthFHMakinrideshorseintosab28-1-18.jpg Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs yesterday and paid a visit to the Badsworth & Bramham Moor Hounds. The Hunt met in Church Fenton at Leeds East Airport (formally RAF Church Fenton).

The owner of Leeds East Airport, Chris Makin decided to attack us as soon as we arrived at the meet. He hit one sab with his riding whip and then proceeded to ride at a number of other sabs. Police were called and within the hour he was seen heading for home in a horsebox. We're sure his clients and customers will be interested in hearing what Chris gets up to on his days off: https://www.facebook.com/leedseastairport.

Sabs stuck close to the hunt for the rest of the day with hounds only going into cry twice. They rioted after deer on the two occasions but sabs were close by and ensured they made a safe escape.

The Huntsman, failed cricketer Nick Thornicroft, seemed desperate for a kill and resorted to sending his hounds into a children's play area in Church Fenton and hunted them close to a live railway line. (Video to follow)

The Hunt decided to call it a day around 3.30pm which is an early finish for us so we headed to the pub for a well earned pint.

West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs sab van has died! Any help towards funding for a new vehicle would be hugely appreciated: http://bit.ly/2BvZ2T5.

28-1-18  Facebook - Marnie O'Hare   [See pic 3, above right] That’s a curb bit the horse is wearing, in a double bridle. Any sudden or harsh pull on it can cause a lot of pain to a horse. Basically the pressure applied is twice the amount than in a standard snaffle bit. Somebody who is losing their temper and yanking their horse around to aim at people in a bit like this is very, very likely to be causing their horse considerable pain.

 

Monitors meet Cheshire MP/Cabinet Minister to discuss illegal hunting

2-2-18    Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   THANK YOU    Cheshire Monitors would like to extend their thanks toEstherMcVey.jpeg Esther McVey, MP for Tatton and cabinet minister, who we met with today to discuss tackling illegal hunting in Cheshire, and in particular the Cheshire Forest Hunt who have been running amok in her constituency. The meeting was very positive, and we look forward to working with Esther - along with other local MPs - on this subject over the coming months. Watch this space...

Attention Cheshire residents! Have you asked your MP for help in stopping illegal hunting in Cheshire? If so, we would love to hear the responses you have received, both positive and negative. If you haven't, then please do so. Click for contact details: Cheshire East MPs: http://bit.ly/2DfQHZ7 Cheshire West MPs: http://bit.ly/2mEofFh Details of constituencies: http://bit.ly/2nwtUP6

 

NT initially tries to deny Surrey Union hunted on their land

2-2-18   Facebook - National Dis-Trust    Last Saturday the Surrey Union fox hunt was seen hunting on National Trust in the Leith Hill area. As this Hunt is not currently licensed by the National Trust, a concerned member of the public contacted Mark Lyle, The National Trust’s Rural Surveyor for the South East region.

'Dear Mark , My friend has asked me to contact you ref the Surrey Union Foxhunt on national trust land at leith hill on 27-1-18 …the Hunt (who had advertised that they were have a fence jumping competition that day ,which is suspicious in itself) in fact had a normal meet at a farm just off Wolvens Lane opposite the Plough pub, Coldharbour, They were hunting just north of the land slip on NT land...

Images of the hunt were attached to the email. A photograph showing the specific area on an OS map was also sent.

The response received from Mark Lyle was as follows -

'Dear …, My colleague has now been able to visit the sites that you have identified in your photographs and has confirmed that these are not owned by the National Trust. However, it seems apparent that the Hunt may well have crossed the Trust’s land to get from one location to another – but, as you say, this was via a public highway and so does not need a licence from us. I have written to the Hunt concerning this allegation and we will continue to monitor their activities closely. Kind regards, Mark Lyall MRICS'

Mark Lyall was then sent a copy of the National Trust’s own land map of the same area, which showed that it is indeed National Trust land. Mark Lyall then responded –

'Dear … Thank you for this and your previous email. Yes, the area in question is owned by the Trust …….. We have taken up the matter with the Hunt and will take whatever action may be appropriate.' Regards, Mark Lyall MRICS, Rural Surveyor, National Trust.

Although we accept that Mark Lyall may have made a genuine mistake, it seems that the National Trust are very quick to deny that Hunts are trespassing on Trust land. This protective attitude towards hunting is taken even further when Hunts that have previously trespassed are rewarded, by being granted a hunting licence by the National Trust. We would like to know what action is deemed ‘appropriate’ by the Trust, as it certainly doesn't appear to be anything that the Hunts are concerned about.

 

Somerset farmer says intimidation followed illegal hunting on his land

2-2-18   Facebook - Paul Chant [comment on HSA post]   Hello all.  I am a farmer and have since I was 17 disagreed with fox hunting. The local Mendip Hunt was officially warned if the hunt illegally on my land the Police will prosucte! Unfortunately last Saturday a different hunt decided to illegally Hunt on my land and at the moment I am trying to find out which one?

Meantime, I have had a window of a tractor shot out, my Farmer friend next door who is very ill fighting cancer was telephoned at 4:30 in the morning and told I was coming round to kill him with a shot gun and he too had some Windows smashed out!

I would like to say to you all that a lot of us landowners and farmer's are fed up with this threat and bully tactics used by these criminally insane sadistic bastards.

One last thing, I went on a health and safety course a few weeks ago. Quad bikes ... Helmet laws, if the hunt is a businesses as they proclaim then by law on the public road they must wear a safety helmet, if the Quad bike is privately owned then they do not need to wear a helmet, so this could be used to get at some of the hunts who uses them for hunting, there must be plenty of photographic evidence out there?

One final point, I have said for year's, the dogs are knowingly trained to kill, savage. So they should all be muzzled, then the dear, foxes and hares can't be harmed, only scared?

POWAperson comments  -  Muzzling is a contentious subject. Arguments against it are 1/  Would not stop prolonged chasing of wild animals by Hunts,  2/  Even muzzled, a hound pack could still do considerable damage to any wild animal they caught, as happens with hare coursing in Ireland,   3/  It is potentially dangerous for the hounds themselves.

 

Puckeridge FH hound van should be off-road Police told, no action yet

2-2-18   Facebook - South Cambs Hunt Saboteurs   CALL TO ACTION   The Puckeridge Hunt hound van, which was out last Saturday 27th at Kelvedon Hall, and has been seen frequently prior to that on the roads has been declared SORN, which means they illegally aren't paying road tax! Yet another example of a hunt thinking they're above the law.

This has been reported several weeks ago but nothing seems to have been done. Perhaps Suffolk Police would be interested in hearing about this.

Pics below   -   1/   The van     2/  It's SRN DVLA record 

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POWAperson adds   -  If the vehicle is SORNed it should not be on the road. Not only are they not paying road tax due, but there's no insurance. Driving without insurance is a serious criminal offence. 

 

Woman charged with hunting offence in Scottish borders

1-2-18   Border Telegraph    Woman charged after concerns raised about fox hunt practices in the Borders    POLICE have charged a woman after concerns were raised about practices at a fox hunt last October. The 42-year-old will be subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal. The hunt took place in the Borders on October 24 last year.

PC Andy Loughlin, wildlife crime officer for the Lothians and Scottish Borders said: "We take all reports of wildlife offences very seriously and criminality against our natural environment in Scotland will not be tolerated. "I would encourage any members of the public with any concerns to contact police on 101, each area has a dedicated Wildlife Crime Officer who will be able to help."

 

Fernie FH rider dies after fall from horse

1-2-18   Leicester Mercury    Rider with Fernie Hunt dies after fall from horse in Leicestershire village - A file on his death is being prepared for the coroner     A 54-year-old rider with the Fernie Hunt has died after falling from his horse while out riding in Saddington, near Fleckney. The incident happened in fields off Mowsley Road, in the village, yesterday afternoon. Emergency services were called to the scene at around 2.15pm. The rider died at the scene and a file on his death is being prepared for the coroner.

A statement issued on behalf of the Fernie Hunt, whose kennels are based in Great Bowden, near Market Harborough, said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm that a gentleman died following a fall from his horse in a tragic accident whilst following the Fernie Hounds on Wednesday 31st January.

Our sincere condolences are with his family and friends at such a difficult time for them, and we ask that everyone respects their privacy as they overcome such a devastating and early loss. A coroner’s investigation is underway, and a further statement will be issued in due course.” The statement added: “In the meantime both the joint masters of the hunt and the gentleman’s family would like to extend their immense thanks to the emergency services and others who were present at the accident for all their assistance at the time.”

A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said: “We were called to a field off Mowlsey Road, Saddington at around 2.15pm yesterday after reports a man had fallen from a horse. The ambulance service attended and the man was later pronounced dead at the scene. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.”

 

Beaufort FH trample all over signed environmental grass strips

1-2-18   Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch    Photos of Environmental Grass Strips at Chavenage on Monday where the Beaufort were hunting!

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Fermanagh Harriers sabbed for first time, free hound trapped in gate

1-2-18   The Impartial Reporter    Animal rights activists claim they disturbed hunt    A GROUP of animal rights activists have claimed to have disrupted a hunt by the Fermanagh Harriers for the first time. In a tweet posted at the weekend, the Northern Ireland Hunt Saboteurs Association alleged that its members had “sabbed” - slang for sabotaged – the local club's hunt on Saturday. The message on social networking website, Twitter, stated: “Today we sabbed the Fermanagh harriers, who like to boast about being the oldest hunt in all of Ireland and UK, this hunt has never been sabbed before.” The group also posted a picture on the site of one of its members allegedly freeing a hound that had become “stuck in a gate”.

In a longer message, described as a 'hit report', that appeared on their Facebook page, the hunt saboteursFermanaghHarriersHoundstuckingate1-2-18.jpg alleged: “This was a vast area that they covered and also a new area to sabs, but we kept on them most of the day. We are confident our presence saved wildlife.” It concluded: “Fermanagh harriers, we will be seeing you very soon. Long runs the fox!!!”

The Facebook post, which has been shared 92 times, has attracted over 340 reactions and dozens of comments. Currently, fox hunting remains completely legal in Northern Ireland. It is banned in England, Scotland and Wales.

The Fermanagh Harriers were contacted by this newspaper about the allegations. They declined to comment.

27-1-18   Facebook - Hunt Saboteurs NI    Hit report 27th January   The Fermanagh harriers like to boast about being the oldest hunt/wildlife killers in all of Ireland and UK, so today we decided to make the long journey down to visit them. To hold such prestige in the hunting community, we were expecting a large crowd and following,like other hunts there was a small number, a sign of the times right across the board where more and more are turning away from the barbarity of hunting.

This was a vast area that they covered and also a new area to sabs, but we kept on them most of the day. We are confident our presence saved wildlife, although as you can see below we were lucky to be able to free this poor hound. But terrier men were more interested in arguing and trying to stop us for some unknown reason. This just shows you they don’t even care about their own dogs.

Fermanagh harriers, we will be seeing you very soon. Long runs the fox!!!

8-2-18   Fermanagh Herald 

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Sabs post video showing type of often drunken thugs who confront them

1-2-18   Somerset Live    Images show masked men in country lane stand off as hunt sabs claim supporters 'were called in' from next county - The hunt saboteurs claim masked men were 'called in' to support hunt    Hunt saboteurs have posted video of masked men yelling at them during a stand-off in a country lane. They claim a Devon hunt "called in" masked supporters from a hunt in Somerset to deter saboteursEggesfordFHCalledinthugs2_1-18.jpg from operating.

On its Facebook page Devon County Hunt Saboteurs alleges its group were warned off by masked individuals in a 4x4 who surrounded their vehicle and allegedly threatened saboteurs on foot. The footage is said to have been recorded when the group was following the Eggesford Hunt in Devon in January.

The Countryside Alliance has said it is not uncommon for people to support more than one hunt at any time. Responding to queries from Somerset Live, a spokeswoman said: "Hunt supporters regularly travel to follow different packs of hounds, some even visit more than one pack on the same day. This may be as a result of living in an area where there are multiple local hunts or perhaps they are visiting while away on holiday or for business. The Countryside Alliance encourages people to enjoy hunting in different areas but does not condone any unlawful activity and will not tolerate bad behaviour from any hunt supporters.”

Somerset Live has contacted Eggesford Hunt for comment. The Hunting Act 2004 came into force in 2005. It made hunting live animals with dogs illegal. Trail hunting – pursuing pre-laid trails of scent, often fox urine - is not illegal, and more than 250 hunts continue to do it. Many organisations monitor activities to ensure illegal hunts are not taking place.

31-1-18  Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   This is the calibre of inebriated hunt thug we have to deal with... A few weeks ago we sabbed the Eggesford Hunt and a bunch of rent-a-thugs were called in to follow us around. Here's James Scrimgeour, normally with the Taunton Vale Foxhounds, showing us his best side. Any hunt that feels the need to call in drunks like him is surely stooping to another level of desperation!

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Investigation of anti-hunt Welshpool Councillor dropped by Ombudsman

Appropriateness of FB posts after protest at Tanatside FH meet had been questioned 

1-2-18   Powys County Times    Welshpool Town Councillor hears that investigation into her Facebook posts dropped by Ombudsman    AN INVESTIGATION into a Welshpool Town Councillor's strongly worded Facebook posts has been dropped by the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales.

Cllr Heather Chave [right] was reprimanded by Welshpool Town Council for alleged breaches of the Code ofCouncillorChaveWelshpoolCouncil.jpg Conduct at a meeting in January following complaints. This followed a heated exchange on Facebook where she used strong language after being challenged over her part in a demonstration against the Boxing Day Hunt meeting in Welshpool. Cllr Chave, along with Cllr Nicola Morris took part in a demonstration again the Hunt.

A spokeswoman for the Ombudsman confirmed that the matter will not be investigated. She said: “I can confirm that the Ombudsman received a complaint that Councillor Heather Chave of Welshpool Town Council may have breached her authority’s code of conduct. Following consideration of the complaint, the Ombudsman does not consider that there is any evidence that Councillor Chave brought her office or authority into disrepute and therefore the matter will not be investigated.”

The spokeswoman added that Cllr Chave had been reminded that her actions and behaviour are subject to greater scrutiny than those of ordinary members of the public and was asked to reflect on the complaint made and to consider her obligations under the Code of Conduct at all times.

Cllr Chave, told The County Times: "On December 26, I organised a peaceful protest against the Tanatside Hunt. Contrary to the rumours, it has been proved that I did not boo at children or heckle anyone. The protest went well and there really was no hassle. The problem was after the event involving Facebook. I expected a lot of disagreement for what I did. But I did not expect the vile and hateful personal comments about myself and my family. I deeply regret my responses to there comments and unreservedly apologise for my bad language. I should have known better as it also detracted from my point about animal welfare and the cruelty inflicted on animals.

 

JANUARY 2018

..... 31st January - S.Tetcott FH Huntsman's father/brother cautioned by police

..... 31st January - East Kent FH hunters illegally ride quads in forestry

..... 31st January - Beaufort FH Huntsman encourages hounds to chase fox into garden

..... 31st January - Wave of protest re. 'trail hunting' at NT sites planned

..... 31st January - Warks FH huntsman tried to scare fox from brambles for hounds

..... 31st January - Woodland Trust makes clear grants no access to ANY Hunts

..... 31st January - 'Ledbury South' FH invades Buddhist centre

..... 31st January - Locals complain of many trespasses by Four Burrow FH

..... 31st January - Police refuse to act over Wilts Beagles running on to A303

..... 30th January - Waen FH Huntsman convicted of assault on woman sab

..... 30th January - 'Steward' guilty of 3 more assaults on sabs, at Woodland Pytchley FH

..... 30th January - Badsworth FH Huntsman urges hounds towards live railway

..... 30th January - Surrey Union FH chase fox across busy road causing havoc

..... 30th January - Indy reports Grafton FH hunter slandering monitor - 'Paedophile'

..... 29th January - Heythrop FH cause danger - chase fox on to A44

..... 29th January - Dig-out by Blackmore FH prevented by sabs

..... 29th January - Cheshire Forest FH hounds riot on A50 causing traffic havoc 

..... 29th January - Fernie FH killed fox and quickly cleared it up, say sabs

..... 29th January - Waveney Harriers panic sheep, run through traffic

..... 29th January - MP asks PCC to urgently examine Cheshire police treatment of Hunts

...... 29th January - Report says Bicester FH causing chaos on A road and gardens

..... 29th January - Monitors save fox at S.Durham FH foot hunt in snow & ice

..... 29th January - Monitors stop dig out by Cheshire FH, say drunk rider damaged car

..... 29th January - Antis protest at Exeter against police inaction on illegal hunting

..... 29th January - Notts sabs reveal another hunting vicar, at Belvoir FH

..... 28th January - Badsworth FH rider whips & tries to ride down sab

..... 28th January - Antis demand sack for Dwyryd FH JM convicted of badger baiting

..... 28th January - Sabs stop Cotswold Vale FH killing foxes by rating/drawing hounds

..... 28th January - Sabs find Crawley FH coursing fox in an enclosed field

..... 28th January - Bolebroke Beagles killed at least one hare say sabs

..... 28th January - Hampshire FH pack chase deer on to road, hound nearly run over

..... 28th January - S.Dorset/Portman FHs all over busy road in bad weather 

..... 28th January - Eggesford FH hunt foxes, riot on deer, sabs stop dig out

..... 27th January - Sabs cause early pack up of Oakley FH & N.Bucks Beagles

..... 27th January - Sabs save fox from death at hands of Tedworth FH

..... 27th January - Escaped fox saved from Belvoir FH & muntjac rescued by sabs

..... 26th January - Blencathra FH hunt on NPA land with terrier quads - not allowed

..... 26th January - Fitzwilliam FH visited by cops after wouldn't let refuse lorry through

..... 25th January - 'Trail hunting' alibi issue raised in Commons for the first time

..... 25th January - Woman sees deer badly mauled in 'trail hunt' by Cambridge FH

..... 25th January - Shepherd angry as Grafton hounds run through pregnant sheep

..... 25th January - N.Shrops FH Huntsman spends much of meet looking for hounds

..... 25th January - Cheshire Forest FH hunt by M56, fox escapes over motorway bridge 

..... 24th January - Female sab assaulted by Old Surrey FH follower

..... 24th January - Wynnstay FH invade village after fox, monitors think killed later

..... 24th January - N.Wales hunter convicted of molesting female sab

..... 24th January - Atherstone FH supporter guilty of driving without due care

..... 22nd January - Police probe after sabs find Eggesford FH digging out fox

..... 22nd January - Police insist Suffolk FH actually follow trails while hunting!

..... 22nd January - Four Burrow FH hunted through nature reserve

..... 22nd January - Wildlife Trust defends having Wynnstay FH host as Trustee

..... 21st January - Cumberland FH seen hunting 'as if ban never happened'

..... 21st January - Monitors see Cheshire FH chase foxes, think one killed

..... 20th January - Old Surrey FH follow trails but still flush a fox

..... 20th January - Locals furious after Oakley FH rampage through village & gardens

..... 20th January - Fitzwilliam FH hunt in nature reserve and on into nightfall

..... 19th January - Postings show true nature of guilty 'Hunt Steward' Shaun Stacey

..... 18th January - Atherstone FH hounds suffer kennel cough again

..... 18th January - Cheshire Forest FH trespass on NT land, fail to put up foxes

..... 18th January - Cheshire hunt thug loses appeal against 9 year rape sentence

..... 18th January - Meynell FH terrierman attacks sabs, breaking one's nose

..... 17th January - Hunt 'steward' convicted of head-butting sab at Oakley FH meet

..... 17th January - Monitor presence deters Waveney Harriers from dig-out of fox

..... 17th January - Parish Council complains to Fitzwilliam FH re. village invasion

..... 17th January - 'Cheshire Against the Hunt' stage protest at meet venue

..... 17th January - Police investigate reports of illegal hunt in Bicester FH country

..... 16th January - 6 cats still missing week after E.Sussex FH invaded sanctuary

..... 16th January - Huntsman/JM & terrierman Dwyryd FH convicted of animal fighting

..... 16th January - 'Key member' of Puckeridge FH confused about how 'trail hunting' works

..... 14th January - Blackmore FH hunter assaults two women sabs, blocked setts found

..... 14th January - Sab seriously injured after very violent attack at Dart Vale FH

..... 14th January - Wynnstay FH meet hosted by Trustee of Shropshire Wildlife Trust

..... 14th January - Warks FH chase fox thru village, hound enters house with baby

..... 14th January - Sabs menaced, one assaulted at Cheshire FH, locals help antis

..... 14th January - Cotswold FH sett blocker caught red-handed by sabs

..... 14th January - S.Shropshire FH hounds riot in village - road cases, horses spooked

..... 13th January - Surrey Union Huntsman's horse nearly drowns as ridden into bog

..... 13th January - Portman FH Huntsman absent as hounds riot through village

..... 13th January - Sab assaulted by Fife FH Huntsman as guards fox's bolt hole

..... 13th January - W.Norfolk FH Huntsman 'shot hounds... horse... fled country'

..... 13th January - Fitzwilliam FH lie to police over 'trail' - sabs cause early pack-up

..... 12th January - N.Cotswold FH terrierman filmed entering dog in artificial earth

..... 12th January - Councillor in hot water over FB post after B.Day Hunt protest

..... 11th January - Lone monitor says Blackmore FH chased and killed fox

..... 11th January - Atherstone FH meets cancelled, supposedly due to 'virus'

..... 10th January - Wynnstay FH hunt and kill fox in North Wales

..... 10th January - Cheshire Forest FH killed another fox say monitors

..... 10th January - East Sussex FH hounds 'out of control' at cat sanctuary

.....  9th January - Thurlow FH visit prep school days after media storm over fox kill

.....  9th January - Sabs think Easton Harriers 'chopped' hare on Boxing Day

.....  9th January - Oakley FH hounds in MoD area marked 'Keep Out - Poison Gas'

.....  9th January - Sabs claim FC worker abetted Staintondale FH blocking their car in

.....  8th January - Dwyryd FH JM & terrierman among charged at animal fighting trial

.....  8th January - Sab car kicked & damaged by Ledbury S FH terrier man

.....  8th January - Mendip Farmers FH shot his pet dog as 'aggressive' & 'nocey'

.....  8th January - Twitter storm condemns BBC's Countryfile calling foxes 'vermin'

.....  7th January - Monitors aid badly hurt child Cheshire FH rider - Hunt go on chasing foxes

.....  7th January - Research shows hunting hounds put human & livestock health at risk

.....  7th January - Theresa May confirms Hunting Act repeal policy to be dropped

.....  7th January - South Durham FH prise fox from cliff-face hole and kill it

.....  7th January - Cattistock FH create havoc chasing fox around village

.....  7th January - Sabs take and keep control of Ledbury S FH hounds for 40 minutes

.....  6th January - Private prosecution of woman who repeatedly whipped sab planned

.....  6th January - Badsworth FH hunt churchyard, country park, by housing estate

.....  5th January - Woman rider who whipped sab 17 times will face no charges

.....  5th January - Ex VC of Spooners FH cautioned for violent assault on sab

.....  5th January - Scottish police warn against holding of illegal hare-coursing event

.....  5th January - Sussex police refuse to act against road-illegal hunt quads

.....  3rd January - Atherstone FH supporters throw missiles at sab car

.....  3rd January - Waveney Harriers chased fox across A road - after dark

.....  3rd January - Blackmore FH hunt foxes though police around after gardens trespass

.....  2nd January - Resident reports South Wold FH to police after saw chasing fox

.....  2nd January - Wynnstay FH chase fox through gardens - locals complain to police

.....  2nd January - Sabs ensure no dig-out of fox by Seavington FH

.....  2nd January - Police seek violent robber associated with Silverton FH

.....  2nd January - Lone sab sits in hole to stop Waveney Harriers dig-out

.....  2nd January - Gravely ill woman's ambulance delayed by E.Devon FH blocking road

.....  2nd January - Fox saved from Cheshire Forest FH - female sab assaulted

.....  2nd January - Police arrest then abduct sab ridden into at Crawley FH 

.....  1st January - Thurlow FH restrained by antis & police as supporter punches 2 sabs

.....  1st January - No kills at Fitzwilliam FH as bird-handler drives quad into ditch

.....  1st January - Hunt support use car with toddler in front to chase/block sabs

.....  1st January - Silverton FH kill fox in front of sab and Huntsman 

 

S.Tetcott FH Huntsman's father/brother cautioned by police

Both dealt with for C.Damage & S5 offences against sabs

Huntsman to leave after criticism over starving hounds 

31-1-18    Facebook – Devon County Hunt Sabs   VIDEO   South Tetcott huntsman's father and brother cautioned by police    Back in November we attended the opening meet of the South Tetcott Hunt with newbie huntsman Jamie Parish. His father Chris Parish and brother Richard Parish together have admitted to two counts of criminal damage and one count of causing harassment, alarm or distress (section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986) that day. These incidents are shown in the attached footage. We have just been informed by police that both have been given cautions for these offences.

Jamie Parish has since handed in his notice and will be leaving the Hunt later this year. We've heard from numerous sources (including Eggesford huntsman Jason Marles!) that he's been accused of starving the hounds to such an extent that even other members of the Hunt have complained that they look unwell. We'll be glad to see the back of Jamie Parish and the rest of his vile family.

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East Kent FH hunters illegally ride quads in forestry

31-1-18   Facebook - East Kent Sabs    Last Saturday - East Kent with West Street Hunt members using quad bikes on Forestry Commission land....note, it is illegal to use a quad bike is the forest, due to "damage to the forest and wildlife"....do the Hunt give a shit? Naaaahhhhh!! Over to you then KENT POLICE-show us that YOU care!

POWAperson adds  - Riding a quad in that forest can incur a fine AND vehicle confiscation. Will it for these hunters? Don't hold your breath. 

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Beaufort FH Huntsman encourages hounds to chase fox into private garden

Homeowner had told Hunt several times to keep away from property

Foxes hunted, monitor presence stopped dig-out late on 

31-1-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs   This article in the Indie [see below] shows a link to the excellent work of the Grafton Hunt monitors who we have worked with many times. It also shows some footage shot by a 3C sab at the Beaufort meet 17th January 2018 at Horton Farm, Horton which we attended with Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch. They went onto National Trust land first thing.

Matt Ramsden, Huntsman and joint Master, was on a lane near Hawkesbury Common, someone blew a whistle indicating that they had seen a fox. Matt told fibs by saying it was his phone ringtone! He then encouraged hounds into a garden where they picked up the line and were rated out by the sab.

Later in the day they marked at a badger sett, the terriermen arrived en-masse but soon left as we hung around the area.

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23-1-18   Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   Beaufort Hunt 17.01.2018    During the morning we were working elsewhere in the field but caught up with the Hunt later on after they met at Horton Hall Farm west of the A46. This would be their first outing in this area since they have been granted a licence by the National Trust to hunt on NT land in this area around Horton Court. They now need to be very careful not to chase a fox with hounds and the presence of terriermen is now prohibited on NT land, as they have no practical purpose on a ‘trail hunt’, nor the use of their vehicles. Well, terriermen were out on their quads in the afternoon. Why were they there?

They were hunting around the Bix Farm area and around Hawkesbury Common when we found them and after hearing the hounds speaking a Three Counties Sab who was working with us for the day, came across the Hunt putting the hounds into a private garden after a whistle was heard on the other side of it … whistle means fox sighted. The owner came out and told us she had asked them repeatedly not to come into her garden, clearly they take no notice. The sab rated them out of the garden and hopefully off the fox that had obviously gone through there.

BeaufortFHTerriermenonroadillegalquad17-1-18.jpgWe found them putting hounds through under Broad Hill with all the quad bikes in attendance [one in pic left, road-illegal] and the huntsman ‘tongue rolling’ and encouraging the hounds through the roughly wooded area there. This time foot walkers were on both sides of them with cameras and they did eventually come back down onto the lane, going back down towards the common where they had second horse and struck off across to Inglestone Common at speed.

They were next spotted topping Hawkesbury Knoll going east. They must have crossed the busy A46 again, as we found them hunting behind Petty France and followed them through to where they crossed the Tetbury Road into Badminton Park and put the hounds into Swangrove pushing them through instructing them to search. Foot walkers went in after them and heard the hounds briefly on cry, then a shout of ‘tally-ho back’ was heard - which means the fox had turned back. You don’t ‘tally-ho’ on a trail. It was clear yet again they were hunting a fox.

After they had pushed on through the wood towards the A46 and back with foot walkers behind and in front of them, the fox came out at the bottom of Swangrove past the foot walkers in place there giving them a chance to spray it out and rate the hounds off when they arrived on its tracks shortly afterwards. This seemed to annoy the terriermen somewhat in fact we feared one of them might burst a blood vessel with shouting so loudly. The hounds were kept off the fox’s line and did not pick up which gave it a chance to get further away, although the Hunt continued to search the area through Hinnegar, across to Hollybush Lodge and back then they raced up the verge of the A46 … some of the time they were on cry so on to something.

As it was getting dark we spotted the hunt near Worcester Lodge inside the woods there just alongside the A46, with the Huntsman off his horse and hounds gathering round with quad bikes arriving on the spot, very close to the road. This did not look good and we suspected a kill. After the mounted hunt left one terrierman could be seen getting his terrier out from the quad bike box, but looking repeatedly towards where we were standing at the wall with our camera and clearly decided not to do whatever they had been going to do with the terrier and went away. We inspected the area after they had all gone and there were no signs of a kill on the ground. When he got the terrier out of the box it seems most likely that a fox had gone to ground somewhere there. It was nearly dark by this time and they did head back to the kennels across the park.

The Beaufort Hunt has a licence to return to NT land in Horton on two more occasions so watch out for them if in the area.

From Independent 30-1-18 … the Master of a different Hunt was filmed directing his hounds into a private garden whose owner had repeatedly asked them to stay away. The Master of the Beaufort Hunt was seen on horseback instructing the pack into the enclosed area during what is suspected of being a fox hunt.

Monitor Denise Ward said: “The homeowner was annoyed they were in there because she has told them not to come several times and they keep ignoring her.” Another monitor is seen in the video shoo-ing the hounds out of the garden near Hawkesbury Common in Gloucestershire.

Ms Ward said: “Someone on the other side of the hedge had whistled to show there was a fox so the Master directed the hounds in there. If the hounds were genuinely following a legal trail, they wouldn’t do that.” Since hunting with hounds was banned, Hunts insist they follow legal scent trails but opponents claim that is a “smokescreen” for real fox-hunting.

The film was taken just as the Beaufort was granted a licence by the National Trust to use its land at Horton Court in the Cotswolds on dates next month and in March. “The Trust should not be granting licences to hunts that trespass elsewhere,” said Ms Ward.

 

'Ledbury South' FH invades Buddhist Centre

31-1-18  Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    VIDEO    Ledbury South, 30th January 2018. Treberron, Pencord, Herefordshire    As many are already aware the South Herefordshire Hunt remain under a police investigation with charges not yet brought following the most atrocious cruelty to fox cubs at their kennels in Wormelow.

The MFHA, not wishing for an entire hunt country to not have foxes being hunted and killed following the suspension of the South have allowed their neighbours the Ledbury to come in and hunt it. Some odd arrangement is ongoing wherein Mark Melladay brings the hounds over to hunt and people from both Hunts go out. It's business as usual for sabs. So off we went to an area we have not seen in a while. It was like a who's who of both Hunts with the masters of the SHH mingling with Ledbury masters, not many others out.

The Dhamma Dipi Buddhist meditation centre was in the centre of their activities for the first part of the day. Some hounds went in their car-park and the field went up their drive. Minutes later sabs stopped hounds from hunting a fox into the meditation centre by rating them. As is often the case the lead hounds went on but came back when they heard the later hounds being rated back to the huntsman....who should really have had someone up on that road.

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POWAperson adds  -  I lived for a time in a Buddhist Centre in Somerset in the '90s and the Quantock Staghounds did exactly the same thing. We were able to drive them off and the stag lived to run another day. 

Pic below  -   Sabs rate hounds away from Buddhist centre 

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Wave of protests re. 'trail hunting' at NT sites planned

31-1-18   Aol   Anti-hunt protests planned at National Trust sites across the UK   Campaigners organising a day of action on February 25th Campaigners against fox hunting are planning a day of protest next month at National Trust sites across the country.

The National Trust allows so-called 'trail hunts' on its land, where hounds are supposedly following a scent - but many wild animals, including foxes, hares and even deer, end up being chased and killed at these events. Trail hunting has long been suspected of being a cover for illegal hunting by campaigners against bloodsports. The National Trust narrowly voted to continue to allow trail hunting last October, despite an online petition gaining 175,000 signatures against the move.

During a debate in the Commons last week, Labour MP John Spellar told agriculture minister George Eustice that he "will be aware that concerns are growing that trail hunting is being used as a cover for illegal hunting". He asked: "What action will the Government take against those who continue to hunt illegally?"  Mr Eustice insisted "the law is clear and is being enforced", adding: "Foxhunting is a matter for the police and the prosecuting authorities. Anybody who believes the law has been broken should report it to the police."

Hunt monitors, however, claim police forces across the country usually ignore their video and photographicAnti-huntprotestoutsideNTAGM21-10-17.jpg evidence of illegal hunting.

The League Against Cruel Sports explains the problems with trail hunting: "Before the Hunting Act 2004, there was 'traditional hunting', which involved the chasing and killing of animals, and 'drag hunting', a legitimate sport created in the 1800s which was not intended to mimic animal hunting, but instead is a sport using foxhounds to search for a non-animal scent laid by a drag pulled on a string, without the pursuit or killing of wild animals. Trail hunting is an entirely new invention which purports to mimic traditional hunting by following an animal-based scent trail (using fox urine, according to the hunters) which has been laid in areas where foxes or hares are likely to be. Crucially, those laying the trail are not meant to tell those controlling the hounds where the scent has been laid, so if the hounds end up following a live animal scent the Hunt can claim that they did not know, and so 'this is why they did not try to stop them'. In drag hunting the trail doesn't contain animal-based scent, is never laid in areas likely to have foxes, and those controlling the hounds always know where the trail was laid. This is why in drag hunting, 'accidents' when live animals are chased are very rare, while in trail hunting they are very common."

National Dis-Trust, which campaigns against hunting on National Trust land, is working with local groups for a day of protest on February 25. Among the dozen demonstrations already planned, National Dis-Trust will team up with Somerset Wildlife Crime for the protest at Dunster Castle; with Weymouth Animal Rights at Kingston Lacy House and Gardens; with Cheshire Against the Cull at Little Moreton Hall, Congleton; and with Grantham Against Bloodsports at Woolsthorpe Manor.

The National Trust is often asked about hunting by visitors to its Facebook and Twitter sites and responds with a link to this document, in which it states: "The Trust does license trail 'hunts' in some areas and at certain times of the year, where it is compatible with our aims of public access and conservation. We believe the overwhelming majority of hunts act responsibly, and we hope our clear, robust, and transparent set of conditions will allow participants to enjoy this activity in compatibility with our conservation aims. Any activity associated with the term 'hunting' continues to provoke strong emotions on both sides of the debate. We recognise our reforms will not satisfy everyone. Our charity's core aim is to look after the places in our care and that remains our top priority when considering whether to license any outdoor activity. This would be true whether it's mountain biking or a food festival. But our charity was also established for the nation's benefit and to provide the widest spectrum of public access and enjoyment. We therefore always look to welcome people to our places and to host the broadest range of outdoor activities on our land. We believe this should include trail 'hunting', where it is consistent with our conservation aims and is legally pursued."

A spokesperson for National Dis-Trust said: "Recent licensed meets of hunts like the Warwickshire Hunt have been complete with terrier men lurking in the vicinity, ready to inflict immense suffering on any foxes that escape the hounds as well as their terriers. Along with many hunt monitors and saboteurs, wildlife campaigners and animal rights activists across the UK, we will be highlighting the National Trust's complicity in criminal bloodsports at their properties on Sunday 25th February."

Eduardo Goncalves, Chief Executive at the League against Cruel Sports, said: "The National Trust is letting down its members by turning a blind eye to the illegal activity taking place on its land under the cover of 'trail' hunting. Rather than looking objectively at the evidence, they have sat on the fence on this issue. They ignored the will of their members to block the vote to ban trail hunting on their land. They claimed they would regulate and monitor trail hunting on their land, but this hasn't materialised, with several hunts already being spotted carrying on as normal. If they have any respect for their members or their reputation, they will take this issue more seriously than they are at present, because people don't want animals being killed for fun on land which is meant to be protected for all of us."

The National Trust has been invited to comment on the protest - and on issues raised in this article about trail hunting - and any response will be used to update this page.

 

Warks FH Huntsman tried to scare fox from brambles for hounds

Seen hunting on NT land, with terriermen nearby 

31-1-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   Warwickshire Hunt - Upton Estate - Wednesday 24th Jan 2018    A few of us caught the Warwickshire Hunt hunting behind the National Trust's Upton House on the Upton Estate. It wasn't long before a fox was seen running from a wood which the huntsman had recently put the hounds into. There were also several quad bikes with terriermen driving around, the National Trust have said that there is no place for terriermen on a 'trail hunt'.

Later that day a fox hid in some very thick brambles (too thick to have laid a trail through) and it wasn't long before the hounds were trying to get in. Convicted huntsman Will Goffe let the hounds spend over 10 minutes trying to find a way into the brambles and at one point even got off his horse and got in amongst the brambles himself.

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Pics below   -   1/  Fox fleeing hunt     2/   Huntsman off horse beating gorse to scare fox out 

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Woodland Trust makes clear grants no access to ANY Hunts

Even say they do not give permission for hound retrieval

31-1-18   Somerset Live    Woodland Trust says it does not grant access permission to hunts to use or cross their land to retrieve hounds - Woodland Trust has made its stance on fox hunting clear stating it does not even grant formal permission for hound retrieval T   he UK's largest woodland conservation charity - responsible for a number of woods in Somerset has waded in to the fox hunting debate.

The Woodland Trust has gone as far as saying it does not grant 'formal permission for hunts to access land to retrieve hounds' and that the only time a hunt should be on land it owns is using is a public footpath, bridleway or road, that runs through or adjoins Woodland Trust owned land, as they are legally allowed to use them.

The Hunting Act 2004 came into force in 2005 and made hunting live animals with dogs illegal. Trail hunting – pursuing pre-laid trails of scent, often fox urine - is not illegal, and more than 250 hunts across the country continue to do it. At the end of last year the National Trust made headlines following a vote to decide whether trail hunting should continue on land owned by them. Now the Woodland Trust has issued a statement regarding the charity's position on hunts using their land.

A spokesman said: "Since the introduction of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 and Hunting Act 2004, it has been illegal to hunt any mammals, including foxes with packs of hounds. While traditional hunts with hounds still operate by laying and following scented trails, the Woodland Trust does not grant access permission to hunts to use or cross our land. In addition, we do not grant formal permission to access our land to retrieve hounds. Therefore, the only reason a hunt would access/cross Woodland Trust land is if the route they are using is a public footpath, bridleway or road, which they are legally allowed to use, runs through or adjoins Woodland Trust owned land."

 

Locals complain of many trespasses by Four Burrow FH

Police had words with Hunt then they packed up 

31-1-18  Facebook - Kernow Sabs, Monitors and Animal Rights Team   28/1/18 Fourburrow Hunt @ Callestick    Another Saturday, another hunt. Sabs arrived at Callestick village to find the Fourburrow Hunt drinking port outside a phone box and getting ready to go. At 11:30am the Hunt went north west out of the village, up to the cider farm and then disappeared into the mist in fields west of Penhallow. However with three foot groups and a vehicle we were never far away.

It didn't take long for the hounds to go into cry and sabs were in perfect position to rate the hounds as the pack ran towards Ventongimps. The hounds picked up again and as sabs got into position they encountered some very upset locals who were furious at the hounds being allowed to run amok through their gardens and land. No trail laid here folks. The Hunt gathered the hounds and it wasn't long before they were in cry again, running past one foot team only to be stopped by sabs in the vehicle.

The hounds ended up in and around the woods at Little Callestock and the Chyverton estate. More extremely annoyed locals came out to tell the hunt to stop trespassing. It was at this point one police officer arrived and seemed to have a word with the Hunt. Half an hour later the Hunt were packing up and going home at the very early time of 2:30pm. Just to make sure they were truly going home we checked the hounds were back at the kennels.

So, the hunt trespass and cause chaos, the locals are up in arms and then the police turn up and the Hunt go home. We don't know for sure if the police advised the Hunt to leave but if that was the case we are grateful to Devon & Cornwall police for doing their job. Maybe the tide has turned?

MPs also have a duty to uphold the interests of their constituents. Sarah Newton is the MP for this area (Truro and Falmouth) and we encourage you to contact her and ask what she intends to do about the locals who are being harassed by the hunts and the hunts who are blatantly illegally hunting fox and deer. Every bit of pressure helps, please don't think it's pointless just because she is a Tory. Sarah Newton MP sarah.newton.mp@parliament.uk.

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Police refuse to act in case of Wilts Beagles chasing fox on A303

31-1-18   Facebook - Somerset Hunt Saboteur Group    An update on the Wiltshire and Infantry Beagles A303 incident...  Wilts police have finally and grudgingly sent the original witness a summary of action taken and conclusions of the investigation. Apart from the fact that Wilts Police are semi-literate, using formally and formerly in an interchangeable manner. Plod concluded that the beagle pack, which was out for sporting purposes, therefore had a 'formal defence' to the charge of section 27 of the Road Traffic Act. (The Hunt when interviewed by the local PC, had a legal representative present.)

This, of course, is not true, as any fool knows, as the qualifier for exemption is whether the hounds are under close control. Which they obviously were not. If someone dies in a Road Traffic Collision after swerving to avoid a hunt hound which is out of control, there is no exemption! Only a matter of time...

Plod has taken the word of the Hunt that they were not acting outside the law, were using a trail ( 'could be evidenced') and that therefore no offence had been committed. Where our witness clearly saw a group of 5 hounds chasing a fox, plod took the denial of the Master that they were chasing wildlife, despite the fact that he was at least a mile away from the incident. Looks and sounds like clear evidence that the hounds were out of control and therefore within the scope of the relevant traffic law.

Plod also reported that promises were made that the Hunt would take extra precautions to avoid another incident like this, further ' evidencing' Wilts police's wilful naivety regarding hunting. You can be assured that should hunt hounds riot and become out of control again in Wiltshire, run onto a busy road or even a motorway, no further action will be taken by plod. Incidentally, not for the first time in hunt or badger cases like this.

Sadly, on the day in question Wiltshire Police call logs were 'somewhat problematic'. Funny that ! Co-incidental, some might say. Thus, nobody is quite sure who phoned the incident in and decided that no driver needed interviewing. Some might say it was the off-duty plod who was in attendance ' for 'social reasons'.

POWAperson adds  -  The incident occurred on 2-12-17. Several hounds ran on to the busy, high speed, dual carriageway road. One hound was killed, another injured.  This kind of incident has been happening at least several times per season for decades. POWAperson does not know of a single case in which police have taken action against the Hunts concerned.

 

 Waen FH Huntsman convicted of assault on woman sab

30-1-18   Facebook – N.Wales Sabs   From the archives. Just going through some old footage of ours and weWaenFHHuntsmanPhillipA.DaviesConvictedassaultf.sab25-1-15.jpg came across this...

The Waen Foxhounds who also operate under the name North Wales Terrier and Lurcher Club, but both names are just a disguise as we have it on good authority this is a badger baiting gang. On the 25th of January 2015 we followed Sammy's hound van to the fisheries just off the A55 in Bodelwyddan. Only one of our vehicles saw which way the van went, the vehicle consisted of 3 female sabs.

When Sammy stopped his van, he and a load of his mates approached the females in their vehicle banging on the windows and making threats. The police were rather quick on the scene, this footage is from when the 3rd sab vehicle arrived. Phillip Andrew Davies aka 'Sammy' threw coffee in the face of one sab and stamped on the hand and phone of a young female sab. Sammy was later convicted receiving a 12months conditional discharge for his actions.

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Hunt 'steward' guilty of 3 more sab assaults, at Woodland Pytchley FH

30-1-18   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs    Today, at Wellingborough Magistrates Court, Shaun Stacey was found guilty of a further 3 counts of assault against sabs from an incident at the Woodland Pytchley Hunt last season. Despite the inability of the court's to view the video evidence on which much of the case was based there was still enough to convict him. Further to this those involved are taking advice regarding other claims which couldn't be proven to the court due to the video issue.

Taking into account his recent previous conviction and another court appearance due shortly the Magistrate said this will be "more than a fine", with gaol time a distinct possibility. Even the presence of the no doubt highly expensive Stephen Welford, (Countryside Alliance's go-to solicitor) couldn't prevent justice from being served. He will be sentenced on the 22nd February.

POWAperson adds   -  These convictions bring to 408 the number of separate persons connected with organised UK Hunts known to POWA to have been convicted of or cautioned for criminal offences since 1990.  These comprise a total of 980 offences, of which 234 were violence crimes, mostly against monitors and sabs.  224 of the 980 offences are known to have been committed by officials or employees of Hunts, the rest by riders or followers.  

 

Badsworth FH Huntsman sends hounds towards live railway

Even passing high-speed train didn't deter him 

30-1-18   Facebook - Liverpool Hunt Sabs    The pro-hunt fraternity always like to claim that we encourage hounds with our gizmo and horn calls towards roads etc. Well we wonder what they would say to seeing Badsworth & Bramham Moor Hounds Huntsman, Nick Thornicroft calling his hounds towards a live railway track. Even after a commuter train passes at high speed he continues encourages his hounds towards the location.

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Surrey Union FH chase fox over busy road causing havoc

30-1-18   Facebook - North Downs Hunt Sabs   Mission 58 - Surrey Union Foxhunt, Newdigate Tuesday 30-1-18 Following a call from a friendly local two Sabs made their way to an eventful Tuesday meet of the Surrey Union Foxhunt. They had unboxed earlier at Henfold Lakes. We found them after a fox on south of Melton Hall farm. We just missed getting the fox on camera but the hounds were in full cry all over the very busy road ( cut road to Gatwick ), putting motorists and hounds at risk.

The hounds headed west where we found them at Temple Elfande, where, after calling the pack together, he headed west again. They must have circled back as we found them again at Temple Elfande. This time we believe one of the supporters must have seen a fox in a small wood at the corner of temple road and told the Huntsman who immediately brought the hounds round and cast them in the wood, getting onto the fox. In what was obviously pre-planned, the whipper-in blocked our car and the rest of the mounted field surrounded our car so we couldn't film or get to the fox, with one of the riders trying to kick the wing mirror off.

We called the police at this stage. Two police cars turned up later. The hounds were in full cry after the fox, with 3 quads of terriermen as well. We are not sure if they killed but think it very possible. This follows the usual pattern of the Surrey Union - mostly laying trials on a Saturday when more sabs and police are around and blatantly illegally hunting mid-week when our numbers are low.

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Indy reports Grafton FH hunter slandering monitor, calling him paedophile

POWAperson comments - Hunters have been using this as a standard tactic for years, presumably to try to deflect attention from their own law breaking, in which they happily involve their own children, but it is gratifying that a national newspaper has brought this to public attention. It is though far from the worst abuse monitors and sabs routinely  suffer from hunters.

30-1-18  Independent  VIDEO   Hunting supporter tells animal-rights monitor: 'You're a paedophile forGraftonFHfollowertomonitorYoureapaedophile1-18.jpg filming our children' - Woman holding up phone to take footage of riders on a public road is accused of child abuse    A fox-hunting supporter has been filmed repeatedly accusing a hunt monitor of being a paedophile for shooting footage of riders and hounds on a public road. The woman [right], caught on camera as the Grafton Hunt [below left] in Buckinghamshire set out, is seen claiming that her children are being filmed when the Hunt approaches. “I don’t give you permission to film my children – my children are under 16,” she says. “You are a paedophile for filming our children and should be put away.”

The hunt monitors said they were filming to see whether the pack, setting out from Stowe School, chased after foxes. One young man, who appears to be a teenager, emerges from the Grafton pack and walks towards the camera. The mother then claims – wrongly – that it is illegal to film children. “You are breaking the law by filming my children,” she insists. “Paedophiles shouldn’t be allowed out – it’s a disgrace.”

The monitor taking the footage challenges her to call the police if she thinks he is committing a crime but she does not do so. The woman and another supporter repeatedly come close to the camera to try to block the view of the riders and hounds.

Filming children in a public place is not illegal, although the media often voluntarily obscure children’s faces in some circumstances. Hunting wildlife with dogs has been illegal since 2005.

A spokeswoman for the Grafton said: “Having met at the school, we were accompanied by a number of mounted pupils, some of whom had parents following, so we presume this is the parent of one or more pupils but is not a known member of the Hunt. “We never seek and always regret confrontation when out trail-hunting.”

GraftonFH1-18.jpgThe clash came just days after the Master of a different Hunt was filmed directing his hounds into a private garden whose owner had repeatedly asked them to stay away. The Master of the Beaufort Hunt was seen on horseback instructing the pack into the enclosed area during what is suspected of being a fox hunt.

Monitor Denise Ward said: “The homeowner was annoyed they were in there because she has told them not to come several times and they keep ignoring her.” Another monitor is seen in the video shooing the hounds out of the garden near Hawkesbury Common in Gloucestershire.

Ms Ward said: “Someone on the other side of the hedge had whistled to show there was a fox so the Master directed the hounds in there. If the hounds were genuinely following a legal trail, they wouldn’t do that.” Since hunting with hounds was banned, Hunts insist they follow legal scent trails but opponents claim that is a “smokescreen” for real fox-hunting.

The film was taken just as the Beaufort was granted a licence by the National Trust to use its land at Horton Court in the Cotswolds on dates next month and in March. “The Trust should not be granting licences to hunts that trespass elsewhere,” said Ms Ward.

This month monitors have repeatedly condemned the National Trust after taking photographs and various pieces of footage of foxes being chased by hunts that have received licences from the trust to use its land. Last year the trust introduced a ban on the use of trails on its land without a licence. It pledged to publish dates, places and times of hunts in advance, but critics say the details are too vague to be of use, and accuse the Trust of allowing the practice to continue, by both licensed and unlicensed packs, as if it had not been banned.

A National Trust spokesman said: "We take any reports of unlicensed trail hunts on our land very seriously, and we seek urgent clarification from the relevant trail hunts. In prior years we've declined to issue, have suspended, or have revoked trail-hunting licences when either licence conditions have been breached or where we have lost confidence in a trail hunt’s ability to adhere to the conditions. "Trail hunts understand that they need to apply for a licence if they use Trust land. The majority of trail hunts are responsible and recognise the importance of working with us to ensure this lawful activity takes place in a safe way, within the law. Clearly, it is unacceptable to disregard the long-established rules and wilfully disregard landowners."

The Independent has approached Beaufort for comment but none had arrived at the time of publication.

 

Dig-out by Blackmore FH prevented by sab presence

29-1-18   Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs    Hit Report Blackmore & Sparkford Vale FH Sat 27th Jan 2018 Meeting at Quarrey House, Charlton Horethorne    To start with scenting conditions were not the best but with the rain due to stop there was a potential for that to change. We arrived at the meet early to make areas safer for any nearby foxes. Leaving the meet at 11.30... the hounds started speaking and crossed the road right by the landy in the direction of Ashclose Farm. There was no fox observed in this area... Footpath access was pretty limited here and in some of the other areas we thought the Hunt would be visiting today so we knew we were up against it. Mark Doggrell gathered his hounds and headed off... drawing hedgerows along the way, Mark took the hounds round a road circuit...

A fox was observed by monitors. With the Hunt heading this way the landy made good speed and foot sabs were quickly out on the footpath. All 5 quads and terrier boys were here with the Whip and the hounds sounding like they had possibly marked to ground. Sabs were filming and maintained their position much to the whips disgust. With the sabs present and no opportunity for a dig-out and a kill Mark quickly took the hounds to Hill View Farm...

... the hounds picked up on the line of another fox that we had observed... Leaving the monitors to watch we saw the man who assaulted two sabs the week before... Gravely concerned for the fox we continued down the lane and foot sabs were deployed on a footpath, Mark was at this point on foot and the hounds were searching the field boundaries that were large hedge areas. The foot team were only a field away and soon flushed Mark, the hounds and the field, who had by now caught up, out of the area, leaving that fox to see another day!

it was just after 3pm... with fresh horses they headed to Seven Wells Down. There were some horses in a field who were charging around as the hunt passed.

The terrier boys then headed off road towards Poyntington Hill with the exception of one who was driving too fast and too busy looking at us to see where his bloodthirsty chums had gone... The monitors were now keeping a keen eye on the hounds as they were searching fields... and the hounds were speaking from time to time. A foot team jumped out again but thankfully were not needed because Mark gathered the hound and decided to call it a day.

We know for sure two foxes were saved today and who knows how many more would have been at risk if we had not been there. A massive thanks to the monitors it was a pleasure as always to work with you both.

As ever thanks for your support and comments, if you want to join us please email dorsethuntsabs@riseup.net.

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Heythrop FH cause danger - chase fox on to A44 in bad weather

Sabs find five blocked badger setts

29-1-18    Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO  2nd VIDEO   Saturday 27th January 2018    2 meets within half a mile of one another. The North Cotswold met at Kinetonhill farm and along with our friends Cirencester Illegal Huntwatch they were kept an eye on and many setts checked.

The Heythrop met at Condicote and early morning patrols found setts blocked the day before. They hunted a fox over the B4077 and one sab was surrounded at a blocked sett by pony club and some rather excitable adults. The behaviour of the children was exemplary but the adults were a bit odd to say the least accusing said sab of blocking setts!

On to land owned by Donnington Brewery who really should not associate with such criminal practices as illegal hunting and sett blocking their website is https://www.donnington-brewery.com/. The third blocked sett of the day and as they has just hunted a fox towards Merryman's brake you would have thought that they might be a bit contrite at being found out but oh no. Some histrionics about footpaths and some chap from the Fernie being a bit silly.

They were around Han's Brake a lot and eventually hunted a fox over the A44 into Sezincoate and got all over the road in appalling weather conditions risking horse, hound and human.

Please, if you like what we do please support us Paypal.me/threecountiessabs. Sabs from 3C were out again yesterday both sett surveying new areas and fending off a shooter in the old Gloucs badger cull zone.

Pics below   -   1/  One of the blocked setts     2/  Hunt all over the A44 

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Cheshire Forest FH hounds riot on A50 causing traffic havoc

Huntsman whips hound rescued from road by sab 

29-1-18   Facebook - North Wales Hunt Saboteurs   Hit Report 27/1/2018    The Cheshire Forest met at Manor Farm in Knutsford that's owned by the Hunt's whipper-in and tractor thief Andrew Callwood.

We joined sabs from Cheshire and Lancashire and even a sab from way down south. As we approached the areaCheshireForestFHAndrewGermanposter27-1-18.jpg we believed the Hunt to be in we came across the fantastic Cheshire against the Hunt group who were peacefully protesting at the side of the A50, the group also stayed in the area throughout the day patrolling footpaths. The only thing more miserable than the weather was the look on Andrew German's face when he realised he wouldn't be having things all his own way as he attempted to kill foxes on what is practically his home turf...

The Hunt had been rumbled and headed back towards the road and towards Ash tree farm with is situated just near the Huntmaster's home. Sabs watched from a near by bridleway and were pleased to see the protesters from this mornings demo were also close by. The Hunt then doubled back and crossed the road again, sabs followed. The Hunt now attempted to hold up a small wooded area behind Woodland Farm. The hounds could be heard speaking as the riders surrounded the wooded area and the Huntmaster encouraged his hounds on. The ground was really boggy but as sabs got closer Andrew German again rounded up his hounds before moving off.

Foot sabs were in pursuit as the Hunt headed to the grounds of Andrew German's Peover Hall, sabs were followed by terrier thugs with their usual attempts of intimidation. The Hunt passed through the Peover estate exiting near the front entrance crossing the road and field into a woodland, at this point we did lose the Hunt for a while, but CheshireAgainsttheHunt.jpgthere was no need to panic knowing members of the public were around patrolling and also one of the Cheshire wildlife officers were seen close by... Well at least the public were out!

We regrouped, picked up the foot sabs and headed in search of the ghastly Andrew German. The Hunt were located in fields alongside the A50 and once again they were in pursuit of a fox. Sabs had seen the fox running for his/her life as the hounds broke into cry and gave chase. Sabs tried their best to call off the hounds and we believe the hounds did actually lose the scent of this lucky fox. The Hunt then headed towards the Equiport on the A50 and all hell broke lose as hounds were all over the A50 as the Hunt failed to keep control causing distress disruption and endangering road users. A sab managed to rescue one of the hounds off the road and as the hound jumped up at the sab to thank her and get a rare cuddle the Huntmaster Andrew German whipped the hound and screeched "Get off her".

The Hunt then hit the tarmac again as sabs followed in vehicles until the Hunt headed down a bridleway when foot sabs took over the pursuit, the bridleway passed a couple of farms and back onto the main road with sabs in tow all the way. Just after the Hunt had passed through and headed back to the meeting point to box up a fox ran across the fields near the sabs and away from the direction the Hunt had gone! With no foxes killed to report and no tractors stolen in the area it was a successful days sabbing.

Thanks for your continued support. Please check out Richard Bowler Wildlife Photography page as Richard is donating £10 of each sale from the fox print on bamboo paper to North Wales Hunt Sabs. Also you can made donations to us on this link here https://gogetfunding.com/sabbing-fuel-funds-for-nwhs/

 

Fernie FH killed fox and quickly cleared it up, say sabs

29-1-18   Facebook - Northants Hunt Saboteurs    Sad update re Fernie on Saturday, it appears they did kill a fox and it was quickly "cleared up " by the Hunt.

27-1-18   Facebook - Northants Hunt Saboteurs   Sab report 27th Jan    Today we were joined by our friends from Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs and Derby Hunt Saboteurs to sab the Fernie. We knew from the start it wouldn’t be an easy day and we were prepared for some challenges.

The hunt started at Gwen's Gorse just east of Ashby Magna, and Charlie's Gorse at Northwest of Peatling Parva. At Gwens Gorse we found blocked badger setts which is obviously illegal and also came across the delightful Andrew Keane whom some of you will remember from a pre Xmas sab. (How could you forget that delightful face pressed up against our window). Yet again he threatened sabs and tried to intimidate, pretending to phone gangs, as if he was a Sicilian mafia boss !

Despite this, sabs worked well together in two groups covering ground and keeping up with the Hunt for quite some time. Later we were joined by an army of Pies, Bicester Stewards and the bumpkins; Charlotte and Brendan. We had the normal blocking in by vehicles and as you will see in the pics standing in front of the van like schoolyard bullies. (So Fernie- if you are just trail hunting, why do you need bodyguards?)

The Hunt fled eastward disappearing across the busy A5199 in front of buses and cars - putting all their animals at risk, to hunt the area west of Fleckney. The huntsmen didn't hang around for long, flying away from us wherever we appeared.

The Hunt master was last seen in the gathering gloom of late afternoon, trying to find his split pack with a hound on the road, some with him and another small pack hunting on their own in the fields Southwest of Fleckney. Although the hounds went briefly into cry late in the day and sabs were prevented from going into the field by the bullies, we suspect it was a kill free day [alas not].

Our trials and tribulations were not over at the end of the hunt . The bullies had nothing better to do so followed a sab vehicle around near Arnsby. The vehicle got stuck in a muddy area trying to turn around at a dead end. It took some time to get it out using rubble ( which we put back ) and a mat from the other van. We had a lovely audience of bullies standing around finding infantile delight as they took videos, photos, and generally mocked us. Obviously having nothing better to do with their sad little lives.

We are resilient though and tough enough to not take the bait, ignoring their jeers because at the end of the day we are humans who care for animals and will make these sacrifices to our own pride to save them. We had a long day today and travelled some distance. If you would like to contribute towards our petrol costs and van repairs we would be very grateful. Please click on www.paypal.me/ENABS.

28-1-18   Facebook - Derby Hunt Saboteurs   HIT REPORT: 28/1/18 Fernie Hunt, Leicestershire   We teamed up with Northants Hunt Saboteurs and Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs yesterday. With a group following the hunt on foot another group went to check Gwens Gorse where sabs found blocked in badger setts (which is illegal) and an artificial earth. While in the area, a man, donning a pink face cover and an umbrella, told sabs he was their 'worst nightmare' in a failed attempt to threaten them. One hound was already lost from the pack at this point, not a very good start to the day for them.

Shortly after, that team joined up with the sabs who were following the hounds. The hunt spent the day travelling over A roads, blocking busses on the roads and putting animals in danger. As the day got darker and gloomier, half the pack went to hunt alone in the fields south-west of Fleckney, the hunt tried to call them back, and failed.

Pics below   -   1/  Blocked badger sett     2/  Artificial earth 

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Waveney Harriers panic sheep flock, run through traffic

29-1-18   Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs    Waveney Harriers - 1st January 2018   Somerleyton Hall On New Year’s Day, Norfolk & Suffolk Sabs joined up with Norfolk & Suffolk Against Live Quarry Hunting at the Waveney Harriers meet at Somerleyton Hall. The Somerleyton estate is vast, so we knew we were going to have our work cut out.

Right from the off we found the Hunt hunting at the back of the church, close to the front entrance of the Hall. Hounds went in and out of cry and the sheep on the estate could be seen running back and forth in a panic [below].

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Next the Hunt moved off to hunt the area at the south western edge of the estate. Loose hounds were seen running amongst the traffic and very bizarrely at one point the hounds were put in behind the estate wall while the huntsman and whipper-in cantered down the road, outside the estate. If the hounds had rioted, we are not sure how the Huntsman would have stopped them, him being one side of the wall and his hounds the other.

Throughout the day the Hunt moved on at a pace where hounds were put in various coverts. At one point the hounds could be heard baying and we feared the worst when we heard the terrier man had been called for. A lone sab managed to spot that the fox had however thankfully bolted just moments before the hounds had arrived. We believe this fox got to live another day.

Halfway through the day’s hunting the hounds were put in on a covert right on the edge of the road. This gave sabs a clear view of what was happening. One wonders what would have happened if the hounds had made chase, so close to a road. No bird of prey was in sight.

Despite the vast area covered by the Hunt, sabs did well to keep up with the Hunt all day. Considering this was a prestigious New Year’s Day meet, the number of field seemed considerably down on previous years.

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Pics below   -   1/  The Hunt in sheep field   2/  Hounds force car to brake    3/  Traffic held up while hounds search    4/   Huntsman and Whip. Hounds are other side of wall  

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MP asks PCC to urgently examine Cheshire police treatment of Hunts

29-1-18   Mike Amesbury MP   I've called for a thorough investigation into how Cheshire Police looks into allegations of illegal fox hunting. I've been contacted by a number of constituents who've raised this as an issue which led to me raising a Parliamentary question. The government says it is a matter for the police, however. 

After speaking to both the RSPCA and Cheshire Police, the constabulary says there have been issues of legal 'trail hunting' where a scent is tracked by hounds instead of an actual animal, but that this has led to foxes being 'unintentionally' killed, and that in order to prosecute under current legislation, they would have to prove intent. I am not satisfied with this. I have asked the Police and Crime Commissioner to look into the matter urgently and will keep everyone updated.

 

Report that Bicester FH causing chaos on A road and in gardens

29-1-18   Facebook - Grafton Hunt Watch    Just had a call to tell me A413 is in chaos at Winslow, Apparently the Bicester Hunt hounds are running in all directions all over the road. They are now running in people's gardens.

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Monitors save fox at S.Durham FH foot hunt in snow & ice

29-1-18   Facebook - NE Hunt Monitors    HIT REPORT 20.01.18 South Durham Hunt    We knew the mounted hunt would be cancelled due to bad weather but knowing how eager these guys are to kill we had a feeling they would take the hound pack on foot.

After following the hound van with one on our vehicles and it going on a little road trip before returning to the kennels to make us think they had changed their minds and were putting their feet up instead of hunting, we knew better and headed off to the most likely place where foxes could be chased with a pack on foot. Carlton Ponds.

Well, no sooner had we sprayed the area with citronella the Hunt turned up and looking confused at seeing us waiting we couldn't help but laugh as their plan had been foiled.

S.DurhamFHHoundscrossingrailwayline20-1-18.jpgA few snowballs aimed at our vehicle wasn't about to put us off so 2 teams of foot monitors headed in the direction of the hounds. With the usual bully boys and terrier twats supporting the day's hunting we knew we were in for a lot of a abuse and we weren't wrong.

From the off, we were subject to the same old same old jibes and yawning at their attempts to intimidate we kept going along the footpath. We were followed by a strange character who doesn't need much more mention here as we don't want him to get a big head and even odder laugh, only to say he stole from us and also made himself out to be a right tit.

Between us we managed to keep the Hunt in view with the 2 teams meeting up on a walkway over a railway line that the Hunt seem to think is there own private playground. The hounds went into cry and ended up on the railway line [left] but no fox was seen. Subject to more abuse and rocks thrown in our direction, we kept following as hounds were drawn through a small outcrop.

If not for a hunt supporter pointing out a fox, we would not have notice it until hounds were turned around and made to hunt onto its line. The fox came from the direction hounds had been in cry only minute earlier. We used the gizmo to get the hounds' attention and their heads came up and the fox made a get away. our driver with her zoom camera picked up the fox running for its life [below right] and yet again the Hunt showing that no trail was being followed. Off the Hunt went over snow and ice which made for easy following with foot and hound prints giving away their direction.

We came across the terriermen off their quads in the trees on the edge of the railway line. What were they up to?S.DurhamFHFoxfleeing20-1-18.jpg Had a fox gone to ground ? Had they stopped for a quick cow sandwich ? Hmm, we will be kept guessing as when they saw us they jumped on their quads and headed to threaten to run us over if we stepped back into the field where the footpath had taken us. Fools.

We had no choice but to jump the fence onto the railway where again the footpath crossed but with a possible dig-out taking place we decided to take a look just in case. The terrier peeps ended up on the bridge over the railway, shouting abuse and threats down at us we had to get our driver to call the police.

By this time it was getting dark and the temperature dropping we decided to exit onto the bridge. Apparently the police had shown up but were unable to locate us so had remained with the terrier twats cars in the hope to see them return. We were pleased to see the hound van all packed up pass us on its way back to the kennels.

The police rang and informed us the terrier men had not returned to their cars where the police were waiting – haha.

13 miles on foot through the snow in freezing temperatures took its toll on us but we are pleased to say no kills were made so the aches and pains the day after was worth it.

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Pics below  -   1/  Hounds searching, one emaciated     2/  Natives not so friendly    3/  Hunting in the snow. Note that one of the hounds has a severe skin condition.

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Monitors stop dig out by Cheshire FH, drunk rider damages car

29-1-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   CHESHIRE HOUNDS HUNT, LITTLE BUDWORTH, 27.1.18   On Saturday we had a large team of monitors watching this Hunt. We had teams guarding badger setts and others coming at the Hunt from all directions all day, so they didn't really get much chance to enjoy their minority pastime until near the end of the day when they did manage to put up a fox. However, we scuppered their fun then as well (see our previous video). More on that later.

We kept the Huntsman moving looking for ways to escape our cameras and we witnessed the usual hunt havoc and selfish behaviour. Early on we witnessed 4 foxes racing away from the hunters almost within seconds of each other (see our previous video) which is far too much of a coincidence! Perhaps the Huntsman had ordered his takeaways all in one go! We also managed to stop one of the hounds that was chasing a hare and got the Huntsman to call the hound off it.

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Cheshire Police (who have been sending two officers to each hunt every Saturday) turned up and followed the Hunt along with us, which didn’t really go down well with the hunters.

There was the usual madness like horses being jumped onto and cantered on tarmac roads, support vehicles blocking roads so that locals couldn’t go about their business, riders were covering parked cars in mud and one car was even damaged by a drunken rider who couldn’t control their horse. This incident is being looked into at the moment.

The Whipper-in was being driven about on the back of quad bikes and as a passenger in the lovely yellow van [see here] with a driver who hurls abuse, calls us paedophiles and drives with both hands off the steering wheel and no seatbelt. That particular clip of film has gone to the police. And the stupidity goes on and on and on!

Finally, we saved the last fox of the day that had been hunted on and off for some time, going to ground a few times and being flushed out of cover to be chased. This fox very nearly lost it’s life but just managed to dart down a fox earth hole that hadn’t been filled in by terriermen, thank goodness. We ran in and made sure no one was going to dig it out or carry on hunting it. Please see the film we posted about this yesterday.

There is so much positive change happening at the moment, including the powers that be finally tiring of the hunts' constant flouting of the law, and this was a very uplifting day for Cheshire Monitors as our hugely expanding team is working so well in the fight against these wildlife criminals.

Pics below   -   1/  Rider allegedly drunk who damaged car    2/  Hound alone and far from pack     3/  Whip riding on terrierman quad    4/  Hounds in cry about to chase fox to ground   

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28-1-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors  VIDEO   THE CHESHIRE HOUNDS HUNT CHASE A FOX TO GROUND – 27.1.18 ("Oh sorry, no it was an accident police officer!") Monitors manage to save it!

This Hunt chased this fox for some time with our monitors filming from various locations but not being able to get close enough to intervene. It goes to ground in an earth (that unusually hadn't been filled in by the hunt terriermen) and monitors race in and make sure the hunting is stopped.

You will notice that the hounds very nearly catch the fox at one point but it just manages to dart down the hole with them literally on it's tail. The hounds then piled into the fox earth and some of them got stuck but we managed to stand our ground and make sure all hounds left the scene.

Interestingly the red coat making most of the effort to call the hounds off (red faced and cracking his whip like a mad man!) is the ex huntsman of this hunt, Shayne Francis who had joined the Hunt for the day. The person who was supposed to be in charge of these hounds (Jake Openhiem) was hiding on the roadside just using his horn to call the hounds in.

This film shows you that if the fox earth had been filled in (which is what terriermen normally do before a hunt and these terriermen must have missed this on) our monitors could not have saved this fox. It's also very interesting to us that Jake has been doing a lot of hiding this season. Watch this space...

Finally - we've edited the clips so as to protect monitors identity.

27-1-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   VIDEO   OUTFOXED   Today we monitored the Cheshire Hounds hunt in and around Little Budworth, and watched them chasing five separate foxes. Here is footage of three of them caught by one of our cameras, escaping within a minute of each other, and we are pleased to report that all five escaped to live another day, despite this hunt's best efforts.


Antis protest at Exeter against police inaction on illegal hunting

Devon & Cornwall police have terrible record dealing with Hunts

29-1-18   Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs    PEACEFUL PROTEST ABOUT POLICE INACTION    In spite of the rain, many people attended a protest on Saturday at Heavitree Police Station in Exeter to draw attention to Devon & Cornwall Police's inaction over offences committed by Devon's hunts. Every week hunts are flouting the law and getting away with it: chasing and killing foxes, deer and hares, destroying badger setts, running riot through people's gardens and terrorising their pets, assaulting sabs, monitors and anyone else that gets in their way, committing criminal damage and blatant road traffic offences. The people of Devon have had enough!

We are calling on Devon & Cornwall Police to adopt a much more proactive stance against these wildlife criminals and stop being selective about which laws they enforce. This means turning up at Hunts unannounced to monitor their activities, providing relevant training to officers and call-handlers so they actually understand the law, attending when we call them if a hunt or dig-out is ongoing and investigating the incident there and then, not in "slow time" when the evidence is lost.

It means remembering that sabs and monitors are not the criminals in this situation and ensuring that offences we report to them are dealt with in a timely manner. It means ensuring there are no conflicts of interest, such as serving police officers riding with hunts that are under investigation. It means not sending a fleet of police cars out every time a hunt member complains about our presence and then claiming there are no officers available when we call them. It means not laboriously checking our vehicle insurance, tax, MOT, lights and so on up to five times in one day whilst turning a blind eye to hunt vehicles being driven illegally on Devon's roads...

It is not our job to investigate illegal activity. It's the police's job. Their inaction perpetuates crime and we will not tolerate it. Well done to everyone who took part in the protest on Saturday. Keep the pressure on!

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Notts Sabs reveal another hunting vicar, at the Belvoir FH

HuntingvicarPaulTownsBelvoirFH.jpg29-1-18   Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs   Thou Shalt Not Kill    This is Paul Towns. He's the chaplain for the private chapel at Belvoir castle and also involved in other churches in the Vale of Belvoir. He's also a regular rider with the Belvoir Hunt who we witnessed hunting at least 3 foxes on Saturday. Members of the hunt have also been involved in violent assaults on anti Hunt protestors.

No wonder the Belvoir appear to be above the law. Not only do they have local police riding with them but the clergy as well.

 

Badsworth FH rider whips and tries to ride down sab

Huntsman sends hounds into kiddies play area 

28-1-18   Facebook - Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs    Sometimes, one day of sabbing a week just isn't enough! So we decided to visit the Badsworth and Bramham yesterday along with our old friends Liverpool Hunt Sabs and our regular partners West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs.

Any half decent English cricketer is over in Australia getting thrashed in the Ashes. Whereas failed cricketers such as Nick Thornicroft are trying to illegally kill foxes round Church Fenton.

They eventually left the meet at 11:45, and by noon a rider had whipped a sab and attempted to ride them down. The cops arrived and the rider was soon seen heading home in his horsebox with his tail between his legs.

The day proceeded quite calmly after that with hounds only in cry twice, both times rioting after deer, and sabs never more than a field away from the Hunt. With sabs never out of Thornicroft's sight he became more and more desperate, even resorting to sending hounds into a children's play area in Church Fenton!

We don't often see eye to eye with Thornicroft but when he called his terriermen a c*nt in front of sabs we couldn't have agreed more. They headed back to the meet at 3:30pm and a group of happy sabs headed for the pub. We always need more maps and diesel if you can help with our funds here is where to do it. https://ko-fi.com/A570FG9.

Pics below   -   1/  Huntsman trying to think. It's not working      2/  Prime hunting country 

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Antis demand sack for Dwyryd FH JM convicted of badger baiting

Campaigners also want the Hunt to be disbanded 

28-1-18   Daily Mirror   Fox hunt master exposed for badger baiting after forcing terrified animal to fight with dogs - Campaigners discovered David Thomas, 51, is leader of the Dwyryd Hunt in North Wales and demanded the Masters of Foxhounds Association sack him   The Master of a fox hunt has been exposed for badger baiting. David Thomas, 51, forced the terrified creature to fight with dogs at his farm as other men watched. Campaigners discovered he is leader of the Dwyryd Hunt in North Wales and demanded the Hunt be disbanded.

Mike Nicholas, of the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “We are calling for this master of the hunt and convicted badger baiter to step down and for the hunt to be disbanded. Badger baiting is a cruel sport we have long suspected to be organised by those engaged in illegal hunting.”

A judge at Llandudno watched video of the farm in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, where pipes held animals captive for dogs to fight. Artificial badger setts were found, along with seven skulls, possibly from foxes or badgers, the court heard. Thomas was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a badger and six other animal-welfare offences and will learn his fate next month. He did not respond to requests to comment.

30-1-18   The Ecologist   Activists demand convicted badger baiter steps down as master of North Wales fox hunt   A master of a fox hunt has been convicted and awaits sentencing for taking part in cruel badger bating. The League Against Cruel Sports has called for him to resign and to close down the Hunt. Badger baiting is a cruel sport that we have long suspected is sometimes organised by those also engaged in illegal hunting.

The Master of the Dwyryd Hunt in north Wales faces prison having been convicted of badger baiting and six further animal welfare offences. David Thomas, 51, was convicted last week at Llandudno Magistrates Court of causing unnecessary suffering to a badger by making it fight with dogs at his kennels at Cwm Bowydd Farm in Blaenau Ffestiniog - the Hunt’s kennels.

The League Against Cruel Sports is now calling for him to step down as Master of the Hunt and for the Dwyryd Hunt to be disbanded and the hounds relocated elsewhere.

Mike Nicholas, a spokesperson for the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "Badger baiting is a cruel sport that we have long suspected is sometimes organised by those also engaged in illegal hunting. There was an artificial badger sett found at the kennels where the Master lives, together with what is believed to have been several badger and fox skulls. Violence against animals is abhorred by most people but sadly still goes on. Killing animals for sport has no place in our society."

Thomas was also found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to two foxes by keeping them caged close to dogs which left them terrified and further animal welfare allegations, according to local newspaper reports.

Clive Rees, defending Thomas, argued that there had been an “institutionalised and systemic failure” and identification of his client was unsatisfactory. “There’s no real evidence these (caged) foxes were suffering any sort of trauma until approached by the police and RSPCA,” he added.

Jordan Houlston, 24, of Llandudno - an alleged hunt terrier man - was convicted in the same case of ill-treating a badger, and unnecessary suffering by causing a badger to fight with dogs at the farm. Houlston denied being present at the time of the animal fight.

Marc Wyn Morris, 26, of Blaenau Ffestiniog, pleaded guilty to wilfully injuring a badger, being present at an animal fight and causing unnecessary suffering to a badger by causing it to fight with a dog.

Sentencing will take place on Monday, 5 February 2018 at Llandudno Magistrates Court.

1-18   HSA Press Release   Animal torture chambers found at hunt kennels   David Thomas, Master and Huntsman of the Dwyryd Hunt, has been convicted of running a horrific badger-baiting ring from his hunt kennels. 

RSPCA investigators found an elaborate system of pipes, artificial setts and cages at the kennels - all built to facilitate the premeditated torture of foxes and badgers by dogs. The HSA is now calling for the immediate disbanding of the Dwyryd Hunt. 

This latest incident follows the closure of the South Herefordshire Hunt after their staff were filmed throwing live fox cubs to the hounds.

HSA Press Officer Lee Moon commented, "This horrifying case highlights, yet again, how hunt personnel are routinely involved in the most serious and disturbing of wildlife crimes. In press interviews following the 2005 hunt ban, Thomas made very clear his intention to become a wildlife criminal saying 'I've been doing it for 15 years and it's something you can't give up.' Perhaps if Gwynedd police had acted against Thomas at the time then these depraved acts might have been prevented."

 

Sabs ensure Cotswold Vale FH kill no foxes by rating and drawing hounds

28-1-18   Facebook - Welsh Border Hunt Sabs   VIDEO   Popcorn ready folks, it's a long one.

POWAperson comments  -  Video shows sabs repeatedly having to rate Cotswold Vale Farmers FH hounds off fox's lines and, twice, using a gizmo to take hounds off the Huntsman. Hounds also invade a woman's garden at one point, which she was less than pleased about. 'Gazza' is Gary Williams, the Huntsman.

Pic below  -   Sabs rate hounds to stop them following line of fox. Huntsman is on other side of hedge, riding on the road. 

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Sabs find Crawley FH coursing fox in enclosed field

Managed to pull hounds off with gizmo till Huntsman gave up 

28-1-18   Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs   “Stand down Rafe, stand down!”    Slow start to the day with sabs in roaming the district looking for Hunts, in the knowledge that most will be cancelled due to the very wet weather. As usual there is normally one hunt who do not give a jot for the safety for their horses and still go out. This Hunt is normally the Crawley & Horsham, who traditionally don’t give a damn for safety and today was no exception. We got the call from West Sussex sabs but while we were gathering our troops the Landy started having issues, a quick check showed that the last repairs had not been successful so we took to our cars. Calling ahead we found that there was enough room in other vehicles of Brighton sabs our usual comrades in mud and compassion.

Linking up with Brighton and filling their Landy to the brim we were directed to the last known location of the hunt and sure enough there they were. There was an odd enclosure with a 6 foot high deer fence [see pic at bottom] lined at the bottom to about 3 ft. with chicken wire with only one way in or out by a gate, it covered about one square mile. With no drag in site (or access available to quads) the hounds went into cry, and we saw a panicked fox run by within the enclosure, in there it would have little chance and would run in circles until caught. This was so blatant an attempt to create an ‘accidentally kill’ that even we were shocked, and it’s not impossible that the fox was dumped into the enclosure earlier.

Anyway with hounds in cry and with sabs on the wrong side of the fence we called the hounds to us with horns and the gizmo, using whips and voice calls to hold them in place near the fence. The Huntsman sent whipper-in’s around to our side of the fence to intimidate us but we of course carried on with the audio warfare. Eventually the Huntsman gave up and took the hounds back out of the enclosure to our relief and joy at the success....

CrawleyFHHuntedonKneppRewildingprojectland27-1-18.jpgThen it was into Knepp Castle land [left], which sells itself as a rewilding project (with all the available Euro subsidies it can grab). Unfortunately this ‘rewilding’ does not extend to our native wildlife and they regularly allow this Hunt to terrorise animals on their estate:- https://www.kneppsafaris.co.uk/

The ground was so wet we were wading at some point up to our knees, this did not stop the Hunt galloping away but with sabs from West Sussex ahead we kept tags on them. Again they went into cry and we had to intervene again causing them to lose the quarry.

Getting left behind we took to the Land rover and were pulled over by Sussex cops to tell us that one of our rear lights were out. Never see them doing that with quads with no number plates oddly enough. Once we were let go we heard over the radio the location of the Hunt we sped off, as we go close the cops pulled us over again and started doing a full vehicle check in a deliberate attempt to stall us. Sabs piled out of the Landy and ran down the road, as luck would have it the Hunt was heading our way so we managed to be in their path.

The Hunt entered a field and we moved ahead and passed into field guarded by a man who was going to become infamous to us as ‘Rafe’. He bleated in a plummy voice that he owned the field, but as hunters claim to own every field in the South East we ignored him and carried on into the natural heritage of our countryside which should be open to all.

Cops followed half a field behind calling to us to return but not willing to jog, so we ignored them. The Hunt turned around and so we did as well only to come across the puffing cops. We explained the intricacies of civil trespass which they claimed to know but had stilled tried to get us to leave the land. Under civil law the police have no jurisdiction over civil trespass. Rafe profusely thanked the police thinking they had got us to leave the dimwit.

Finding the Hunt was coming out onto the road while we observed them, we also observed a cop opening and shutting a gate for riders while having a sycophantic conversation with a rider about the good old days before the ban (we kid you not) and almost doffing his cap every time a rider went by.

The Hunt went off back towards the meet and to ensure they had finished for the day we took a long stroll into Jendons farm yard, followed by what was now 6 tired coppers. Sussex police really need to work on their fitness levels, as by the time we got there they were a good 100m behind and out of sight.

On entering the farm yard we quickly spotted the hounds boxed up but before we could leave bumpkins shot out of a barn bleating and red-faced, including our old chum Rafe. Much shouting ensued, threats from the Huntsman Richardson to visit our homes, which they claimed to know the addresses of from the police (most likely true due to damage to cars and thefts from sabs residences) and attempts to smash video cameras.

One sab standing back behind this jolly scrum was rushed at and body slammed, when he complained to the cop standing by him he was told he should have not gone towards his attacker, hmmm. Rafe was charging from sab to sab, puffing his chest out and shouting ‘get oofff my land’ and waving his arms in a comical fashion while, another more cautious red coat stood back from the scene shouting ‘Stand down Rafe, stand down’. Sabs used to this type of posturing could not take it very seriously and it was all ended by a small beagle running out of a barn which distracted sabs who wanted to stroke it.

Clearly having ruined the hunters' day and, after giving the beagle some love, we were happy to leave again followed by the cops until we came to a ford in the track. Clearly Sussex cops are like witches and cannot cross running water, as they stopped bemused, or perhaps they do not like getting their feet wet.

Either way we walked off into the sunset for some lovely home-made scones with jam. It was great to see two new sabs out from Brighton who had the usual refrains of ‘I didn’t realise how nasty hunters are in the flesh, are the cops always this biased and finally can I come out next week.’

As stated our Landy needs more repairs so any donations to help us fund this very much appreciated. Please help if you can by donating at: South Coast Hunt Sabs https://www.paypal.me/SouthCoastHuntSabs. Thank you for your support as usual. We are of course attending the demo at this Hunt's ball on the 24th Feb. Please come along if you can.

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Bolebroke Beagles killed at least one hare say sabs

28-1-18   Facebook - Kingston Hunt Sabs   VIDEO   South London, Croydon and Kingston sabs were given a tip off that there was a potential hare hunt with beagles and we promptly made our way to the kennels of the Bolebroke Beagles Ltd (with the final tax returns date imminent, we hope their accounts have been duly filed). Their kennels are at West Court Farm, close to Rochester. We made it just in time to see the Land Rover and adjoining trailer full of beagles about to leave.

After 3 attempts to leave unnoticed, they brazenly headed off to Sherenden Farm in Tudeley to go about theirBolebrokeBeaglesGoingforaswim27-1-18.jpg dirty business. One of our cars followed before parking up to be picked up by the landy and on arrival was faced with the brazen killing of a hare in between some fruit bushes before we could help make the save (all on film to be shared at a later date). The Hunt followers were surrounding us stating that they were hunting rabbits then continued to trawl over heavily ploughed fields (we’ve never seen a rabbit in this habitat before, but this is certainly the habitat preferred by hares...).

The police were called by the sab team and on arrival said that they would not be entering the field, strongly recommending that any fracas should be avoided. They told us to collate footage and send on if we could prove any wrongdoing by the Hunt. Helpful then...

We stayed with the Huntsman and whipper all afternoon, keeping the beagles away from any wildlife until 3pm when they spotted a hare and darted off in a circular motion (clearly not a rabbit as they run in a zig zag pattern), further proof of the illegal hunting taking place (as if we needed any more...).

It was at this point it became very clear that the Hunt had no control over their beagles as they split into two and headed off to woodland where they went into cry. Sabs surrounded the area calling them off and again when the Hunt couldn’t regain control, a deer was seen being chased and the beagles ran amok.

We offered to help search for the lost beagles who at this point were running over roads and fields but the Huntsman refused and continued to blow his horn into empty space. Red faced and very stressed they waited with the landowner scratching their heads. The police were nowhere to be seen.

After searching the entire area in the landy, we wearily headed home. One confirmed kill and one suspected. God only knows how many more kills there would’ve been had we not been present..

Pic above   -  Going for a swim 

 

Hampshire FH pack chases deer on to road, hound nearly run over

Hunt lost control of pack for 15 minutes as they disrupted traffic

28-1-18   Facebook - Surrey Hunt Monitors   VIDEO   Yesterday, with our friends from Guildford and North Downs Hunt Sabs over on NT land at Leith Hill with the Surrey Union, where monitoring is difficult, five of us from Surrey HampshireFHDeerfleeinghounds27-1-18.jpgHunt Monitors paid a return visit to the Hampshire Hunt who were having a joint meet with the Hursley Hambledon Hunt (like the Hampshire until recently, a Hunt which has been minimally monitored or sabbed since the ban). We found them about 5 miles south east of Winchester. One group took on an overt monitoring role, whilst the others went under cover for most of the day.

The Hunts de-boxed at two different spots a surprising distance apart – about 3 km - one in Owslebury Bottom and one at the Longwood Estate. At Owslebury Bottom one of our overt team talked to some terriermen from the Hampshire Hunt who proudly showed their “trail-laying” equipment – a rope hanging off the back of the quad with a pathetic ribbon on the end.

The overt team then met up with the Hunt again at a local water board car park. Seeming perturbed to find us there before them, the supporters were obviously rattled. One early middle-aged female supporter falsely accused us of filming a child in a car (we hadn’t even noticed it) and when we left after a few minutes’ filming of an illegal quad bike and hunt hounds running on the road – more of that later – this woman (later joined by another hunt support vehicle) followed our car. It being clear they were not going to leave us alone we adopted the usualHampshireFHHoundsrunontomainroadafterdeer27-1-18.jpg monitors’ trick of driving them to the local police station... eventually figuring out where they were, our tails gave up, but this allowed our overt team to return to find the hunt immediately – to their obvious consternation.

The overt and covert teams then met up for a last look at the Hunt. We found them on Morestead Road, a busy country road, entertaining their supporters near the side of the road. At least one redcoat, and some of the field were surrounding a small piece of woodland with a small number of hounds – it seemed the pack had been split. An unattended quad bike was parked just outside too. Suspecting the terriermen were in the wood doing their “work”, two of our monitors went to investigate. Immediately they started packing up. The Huntsman went off with the hounds whilst the terriermen put a dog back into their quad-bike box. We investigated further and found a freshly blocked fox earth. This had all the signs of full on pre-ban hunting. At this point we must admit we regretted not inviting the sabs along to get in there more quickly, but we clearly had done enough to scare them off and hopefully had saved a fox.

Whilst discussing what to do next, chaos then ensued around us. We first heard hounds in full cry behind us (on the other side of the road from the dig-out) and filmed as the hounds chased two deer [above left]. Seeing us, the Huntsman tried to call them off, without success. A group of hounds piled over the road after the deer [above right], and chased it for what looked about a mile before we lost sight of them. A Huntsman dismounted and also crossed the road, and tried to retrieve the hounds, but this made matters worse.

HampshireFHPackrunningonmainroad27-1-18.jpgAt one point, we could hear horns being blown from both sides of the road and saw hounds crossing the road in opposite directions about half mile apart with us in the middle. Shortly after, what seemed like the entire pack of hounds then ran down the road [left] and past us with one irate masked terrierman riding up and down the road at high speed some of the time on the wrong side of the road (at one point even riding round the road in circles), and falsely accused us of blowing a horn. Sorry Mr Terrierman, but this chaos was all the work of your very own incompetent Lords & Masters from the Hunts.

The chaos lasted for at least 15 minutes, with us waving down motorists to slow down as they approached the scene, before finally the inevitable happened. A small group of hounds appeared suddenly in the trees alongside the road, running at speed toward it. One of our monitors called out to the others to flag down a car approaching and managed to get his attention just in time. One hound ran out and the driver swerved and did an emergency stop. All concerned were thoroughly shaken, but no-one was harmed. Where were the Hunt in all this? Nowhere to be seen. Totally totally irresponsible.

Finally our team headed off to do a bit of reconnaissance a few miles away for a future visit. These Hunts have not seen the last of us – although sometimes they won’t, if you know what we mean…

Pics below   -  1/  Hunters try to stop hounds chasing deer    2/  Terrierman's futile attempt to round up hounds    3/  Traffic havoc with redcoat    4/   Terrierman performs mid road manoeuvres 

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S.Dorset/Portman FHs all over busy road in horrible weather

Sabs rescue loose and injured hunt horse near main road 

28-1-18   Facebook - Weymouth Animal Rights    Hit Report 27/1/18 South Dorset Hunt joint meet with the Portman Hunt Meet at "Highlands" South Dorset     Members of W.A.R acting on information received that confirmed their suspicions, warmed up the Red Landy and headed off to Piddlehinton to visit the South Dorset Hunt. Receiving a call on the way to say that this was a joint meet with the Portman. it wasn't long before we met up with our friends and comrades Dorset Against Blood Sports and Wildlife Witness.

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Expecting this to be a big meet with lots of support, we were surprised to find a small field of about 40 riders, a handful of dribblers... At around 11am the hunt set off heading towards Kingrove Wood where sabs had already pre-beat and sprayed. With sabs still in the wood and vehicles positioned, the Hunt, once encountering foot sabs,S.DorsetorPortmanFHinjuredriderlesshorserescuedbysabfromnrmainroad27-1-18.jpg made their way... towards the extremely busy Old Sherborne Road. Now bear thick fog, torrential rain and heavy winds. Visibilty poor at low level but at high ground most cars travelling along this notoriously busy road had fog lights on! Kingrove Wood lies on high ground where you wouldn't expect any sensible Huntsman to try and cross this road with out of control hounds (half the pack was already....somewhere else!) So what do we witness...a huntsman not only stationed across the middle of this road but on his phone on a blind bend [above]!

Our comrades Dorset Against Blood Sports were busy collecting a loose horse that was badly injured [right] and running dangerously close to this busy main road. So where were the"c*untrymen" then? Why were Sabs risking themselves to save this horse? Ahhh yes the "c*untrymen" were probably using the tools of their trade to dig out yet another badger sett after putting their terriers to work... so much for the Horse and Hound description that UNDER A GOOD COUNTRYMAN'S STEWARDSHIP HOUNDS NEVER.... CROSS A MAIN ROAD UNAIDED" or even perhaps let loose, SCARED AND INJURED horses run amok near a busy MAIN ROAD in extremely dangerous weather conditions. The S.Dorset Huntsman Dominic Jones did however thank Sabs for their bravery and for returning the horse [pic, sab leading it, below left!!

S.DorsetorPortmanFHinjuredriderlesshorseledbysabbacktoHunt27-1-18.jpgSo, deciding not to cross (probably because we were filming ) the Hunt headed towards a favourite haunt, Little Puddle Bottom. By now the "c*untrymen" had downed tools and decided to go and harrass Sabs whilst they were walking along the footpath, childish behaviour from the visiting terrier boys and a let down to the Portman Hunt. The Hunt stayed in this area for a time probably while the Oompa Loompa's laid their 'trail' through the thick gorse, but this gave foot Sabs some well needed respite... Hounds went into cry at the gorse edge and footsabs pulled the hounds over with the use of the gizmo. The new South Dorset Huntsman then charged at one Sab, obviously frustrated that yet again any chance of a kill was scuppered.

So, off the Hunt headed back towards Kingrove with scattered hounds to be heard in all four corners of Dorset. The once numerous amount of dribblers had by now dribbled away leaving just the old faithful South Dorset hunt servant "guilty" to do his job of COUNTRYMAN'S STEWARDSHIP. Even the visiting Portman Hunt packed up and legged it home early...

With the weather becoming more severe and visibility next to nothing even the 'boys' gave up trying to follow Sabs as we hid very nicely in the foggy conditions occasionally using horns and gizmo's to lift the heads up of hounds as they briefly went in and out of cry.

The Hunt (or what was left of them ) then tried to foil us by heading east along to Cheslebourne but with the Silver Landy Monitors spotting the quads they followed on closely behind alerting the Sabs that the Hunt had crossed the road. With their escape foiled they headed back to another old favourite hunting ground Dole's Hill Plantation. Knowing this route very well a team of footsabs were already deployed there.

So AGAIN crossing the busy main road (not a "c*untryman" in sight again!) they headed back towards the meet to be met by the Silver Landy which then followed as half the field went off through a small row of houses and the other 4 galloped off up the road. With the Monitors following, the riders turned into open access land. The monitors parked up the hill ahead of them with a very good view of what was left of the dwindling field and what was left of the pack!

The hounds suddenly picked up on a scent and went off on the line S.DorsetorPortmanFHRideruseshorseasweapon27-1-18.jpgin full cry straight towards the Monitors one of who rated the hounds and managed to pick their heads up briefly but long enough for the fox to make its escape. The hounds then picked up again and ran off into the dense gorse coming through the gorse and then through a hedge onto the fairly busy road.

Sabs picked them up again as hounds (half a pack at this stage) spewed out AGAIN over the busy Road to Piddlehinton and in front of traffic, causing cars to swerve and brake hard. Sabs by now could not believe the pure arrogance of this Hunt as they blatantly galloped up this road with young child riders following them and hurling abuse at Sabs. The Huntsman and South Dorset Hunt secretary Ms Lovelace didn't seem to give a hoot about the angry drivers, the obviously exhausted hounds scattered all over the road or even the fact that their so called hunt servant /c*untryman was no where to be seen... yet again it was left to Sabs to close gates ensuring hounds could no longer escape, endangering themselves or the general public.

With hounds, riders, c*untrymen and the couple of remaining dribblers going off in all directions, it was decided by a Monitor to phone 101. Well what happened next was pretty unbelievable!! After being put through to the Dorset Police help-desk the Monitor described the chaos on the road and the fear that there was going to be a nasty accident....oh and the fact that they were blatantly full-on hunting.... which believe it or not is ILLEGAL, Dorset Police!! The Monitor couldn't believe it when the "help"desk person said that they were only "trail" hunting and it was OK to lay a "trail" along a busy road!!!... A formal complaint has been submitted to Dorset Police who have replied to say they will "look into it"........We wait with bated breath! The Hunt packed up very shortly after this at 5.15pm.

This was an arduous day for foot teams. The weather conditions became pretty severe and the terrain was muddy and sodden and often hilly. However we kept the Hunt on the move for the whole day covering a huge amount of ground but to the best of our knowledge no kills were made. Great team work and good communication between all concerned meant eyes and ears were kept on the Hunts every move for most of the day. Until we meet again!#stopthehunts If you would like to join us then please message this page or email weymouthanimalrights@protonmail.comhttps://gogetfunding.com/weymouth-animal-rights-vehicle-an…/

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Eggesford FH hunt foxes, riot on deer, sabs stop dig out

Hunt block in and antagonise local woman 

28-1-18  Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs    Just a week after being caught digging in a badger sett, theEggesfordFHFoxescapingHunt27-1-18.jpg Eggesford were busy breaking the law again yesterday. Foxes were hunted throughout the day, the hounds rioted on several deer and sabs found the terrier men at an earth where hounds had marked a fox to ground. Marles showed his true colours from start to finish... We're glad we went, as several foxes were helped to safety.

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28-1-18   Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs    This week the Eggesford Hunt met at Goldburn, near Folly Gate. In speeches at the start of the day Huntsman Jason Marles announced us as "unwelcome visitors" and told his riders to "please just ignore them". That appears to be a rule he doesn't feel the need to follow himself, as he greeted one of our sabs with the words "you gutless c***" soon after leaving the meet.

This Hunt don't have much respect for anything: our wildlife, their horses, hounds and terriers, the law, hunting etiquette, or even ordinary members of the public trying to go about their business. The latter became evident when an irate local woman stormed up to the huntsman and other riders to complain that a horse truck had been parked on the road in such a way as to completely block the traffic. Instead of apologising and offering to right the situation, Marles on his high horse dismissed her as a 'sab', ignored her and began hunting. Not everyone who has issues with the hunt is an 'anti', but the Eggesford certainly do like to make enemies of people living and working in the countryside.

EggesfordFHHuntsmandismisseslocalwomanblockedinbyhunoxes27-1-18.jpgWith a field of about twenty riders and accompanied by just one equipped quad bike this week, Marles began drawing coverts both sides of the long river valley west of the meet. Hounds could be heard in full cry in the vicinity of Parsonage Wood, where Marles blew "gone away", the signal that a fox has broken covert and is running in the open.

In the rain and boggy conditions it was a challenge for sabs to keep up with the pack, but well worth their perseverance, as four foxes were helped to safety over the course of the day. One ran across the road in front of our car, another young-looking fox ran straight past one of our foot teams, followed about five seconds later by the pack in full cry, and another large fox was seen by two of our foot teams a couple of fields away from the hounds. On each occasion, sabs covered the scent and prepared to 'rate' the hounds when they arrived, to buy the fox some time.

Marles actively hunted hounds onto the line each time. His response when sabs demanded he call them off was a smug "I never saw a fox - You want to stop them, you stop them then". No trails were laid at any stage, the pack rioted on countless terrified deer (again, no attempts from Marles to call them off), and hounds popped out of hedges onto two busy A-roads throughout the day. Several cars had to screech to a halt to avoid hitting them. Reckless isn't the word for this Hunt.

... the hunt finished in fields around Higher Cadham beside the River Okement, where they were in cry just as sabs arrived. Here the hounds marked to ground at an earth in a thick brambly hedge. Terrier men Seeward Folland and Nathan Bowes were quick to the scene and could be heard saying to the Huntsman "we'll leave this one, shall we", knowing that sabs were just coming around the corner. Marles had told sabs earlier in the day that they were not his terrier men and had nothing to do with the Hunt. Isn't it nice how they get the terrier men to do their dirty work but when the proverbial hits the fan they throw them under the bus...

Unfortunately for the Eggesford, all the people involved in last week's dig-out have been identified, the incident has been logged as a crime and we are liaising with the police and other organisations to ensure it is properly investigated. The Hunt don't seem too happy about the situation and Marles claimed they were sueing the Daily Mail for the story that was published the other day. We're not really sure how they intend to fund a lawsuit, especially after ex-treasurer Graeme Holmes ran off with tens of thousands of pounds of hunt funds only a couple of years ago, for which he was convicted of fraud. We have plenty more dirt on this hunt, to be revealed in due course...

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Pics above   -  Right -  One of the foxes helped to safety      Left  -  Huntsman ignores local woman blocked in by hunt boxes      Pics below  -   1/   Sett where hounds marked fox to ground     2/  Unsupervised lone hound on A road

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Sabs cause early pack up of Oakley FH and N.Bucks Beagles 

27-1-18   Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs   OAKLEY SENT PACKING - FITZ STAY AT HOME   Hit Report OakleyFHSabsupwiththehunt27-1-18.jpg27.01.2017 - Oakley Hunt at Southill Estate Bedfordshire, plus North Bucks Beagles, Melchbourne   With our regular hunt targets the Fitzwilliam hiding away from sabs today and refusing to hunt on a Saturday, we turned our attention to our "second team", the Oakley. N.Cambs joined Beds & Bucks and Cambridge Hunt Saboteurs to spend a day protecting wildlife in Bedfordshire.

After tracking the Oakley Hunt down to the grand settings of Southill Park in Befordshire, even with three vehicles circling their meet and keeping a close eye on the packs movements, the Oakley huntsman and whip could not resist heading out of their safe, manicured parkland, into the wilds for a spot of illegal hunting.

Sab teams were on them immediately [right] , and with the three teams in attendance we were able to continually place vehicles or foot groups in their path and prevent hounds from picking up on any strong scent and hunting. Activists from all OakleyFHMuntjacfleeinghounds27-1-18.jpgteams reported seeing animals fleeing Jack Harris's wayward, out of control, hounds today. Three foxes were seen to safety, countless muntjacs [pic of one left] ran in terror, and even a family of guineafowl were spotted running away from the pack. The wildlife's escape routes were covered with citronella spray to mask their scent, and hounds were distracted in the field with voice calls while the Huntsman desperately tried to gather them up again.

After a few hours of repeatedly riding into waiting sab groups, and with a police attendance to contend with, the Hunt called it a day at around 2:30pm. Feeling that this was at best a half day, the sab groups headed north after reports of the North Bucks Beagles out hunting hares near Melchbourne. After a short search the beagle pack was tracked down, and escorted back to their kennels a short distance away.

Two hunts taken care of today, and no wildlife harmed! If you'd like to support the work of your local hunt saboteurs, you can do so here: https://ko-fi.com/northcambs.

Pics below  -   1/  N.Bucks Beagles - a blot on the landscape [not the wind turbines]    2/  Escorted back to kennels   

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Sabs save fox from death at hands of Tedworth FH

27-1-18   Facebook - Severn Vale Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Fox seen to safety by sabs Tedworth FoxhoundsTedworthFHFoxfleeingfromhounds27-1-18.jpg Meet: Huish Down Farm, Huish, Marlborough, Wiltshire - area included that hunted owned by real estate magnate James Roberts    With South Wales, Bath & Bristol hunt saboteurs.

About the Hunt: One Master is the (dis)honourable Mirabel J Helme who disappointingly and surprisingly is a director of https://www.savingcranes.org/mirabel-helme/ a shame she doesn't extend any compassion towards foxes. Another master, the (dis)honourable Erskine Guinness from the Guinness brewers dynasty. They also have a serving Major Paul Snodgrass as another Master. You couldn't make this stuff up.

Working with other groups to locate the Hunt and after seeing some riders, our foot team entered the land at Huish church and ran straight into the whipper-in who had hounds just above her in Gopher Wood and they started to go into cry. The hounds were rated and they became quiet. Taken by surprise, the Huntsman and Master, Edward Knowles appeared and moved the hounds on through the wood. Terrier men were fund lurking close to their quads nearby.

TedworthFHHoundschasingfox27-1-18.jpgIt wasn't long before the hounds picked up on the Tedworth Hunt's official trail layer, Vulpes vulpes, in other words a live fox. The beautiful and no doubt petrified fox ran past us and we sprayed it's line with citronella as the hounds gave chase not far behind. We rated the hounds, delaying the chase of their quarry. Another team of footsabs were nearby and their ideal placement ensured the fox got away to safety.

Sabs had a challenging day today due to the atrocious wet, windy and foggy weather conditions up on the high ground of Tan House Way and the surrounding downs.Shaw copse, Knap Hill, Lower Bristol's copse, Park copse and North Copse were hunted. Despite some difficult terrain, the Hunt were met by sabs wherever they went.

Before they day was out and after eventually finding all their hounds, the Hunt boxed up at Pennings Farm, owned by businessman Henry Neville Lindley Keswick - note the National Trust link.

Some very soggy sabs were able to go home knowing they had helped save at least one life today. To help us carry on, please consider a donation to https://ko-fi.com/severnvalehuntsabs or paypal us at severnvalesabs@gmail.com - many thanks.

 

Escaped fox saved from Belvoir FH and muntjac rescued by sabs

27-1-18     Facebook - Lincoln Hunt Saboteurs   Today we met up with our good friends Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs again to visit the Belvoir who were meeting in Harby on the Liecs/Notts border. The Belviour Hunt areBelvoirFHHuntriderhorselefttidupinawarmemorial27-1-18.jpg creatures of habit that always hunt the same area, knowing this we headed into the fields to do some spraying with citronella around the coverts. As we thought, it wasn't too long before the Hunt was in that area, the hounds went into cry but sabs quickly pulled the hounds off with the use of horn calls and the gizmo.

Not long after second horsing the hounds were after two foxes. Sabs were nearby which seemed enough to see the fox to safety.

It was a tough day trekking through horribly muddy fields, but once again it was a good job we were there as the hounds then chased a muntjac through some gardens. The poor thing ended up tangled in a wire fence but luckily one group of sabs managed to untangle the poor animal. The hounds continued in cry and were onto a fox that went to ground under a pile of junk in a farm but we managed to rate the hounds and call them off.

Overall it was a very tiring day covering a vast amount of land, but our presence saw at least 3 foxes and deer to safety which makes it all worth while. Please help keep us in the field protecting wildlife each week by donating here: https://ko-fi.com/lincolnhuntsaboteurs.orial

Pic above   -  Hunt rider leaves horse tied up - in middle of a war memorial  

 

Blencathra FH hunt on NPA land with terriermen - not allowed

26-1-18   Facebook - Lancashire Huntsabs    Yesterday, a few of us dropped by to visit the Blencathra who were meeting at Orthwaite. As usual they were all pleased to see us, particularly Barry Todhunter who kept himself out of sight for the whole day and did his usual disappearing act to avoid being filmed putting his hounds away. Yesterday's meet was on land belonging to Lake District National Parks Authority, which is a statutory body that BlencathraFHTerriermenquadsdrivenonNPAlandcontrarytolicence25-1-18.jpgmanages land on behalf of the nation. In common with the National Trust, the National Parks Authority issues 'trail hunting' licences which are given to hunts with the proviso that the hunts adhere to licensing obligations. These prohibit the use of terriers, and the use of vehicles, and of course, the digging out of foxes that have gone to ground.

The Blencathra Foxhounds, like other Hunts, see themselves as superior beings who can do whatever they want, and so two quad bikes driven by Blencathra terriermen [left], with terriers in boxes were driven over Uldale Fells on National Parks land yesterday. We witnessed them riding over the summit of Brae Fell then descending and getting off their quads before being joined by Todhunter and a group of hounds. We aren't sure if they killed and as weather on the fells was inclement, it was hard to get a clear view, however, we are reviewing footage which will be forwarded to the LDNPA.

 

 

Fitzwilliam FH visited by police after refused to let refuse lorry through

26-1-18   Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs   After our appeal to keep an eye out for local hunts recently (http://bit.ly/2nhd1YH) we have received information that the Fitzwilliam Hunt are currently out and about in the Morborne and Stilton area south of Peterborough.

They have already had police in attendance once, after reportedly refusing to allow a district council refuse lorry past and holding up the driver's rounds.

If you live in the immediate area please keep your pets indoors. If you see them hunting then a phone call to the police with their location will only take a moment...

 

'Trail hunting' alibi raised in Commons for first time

25-1-18   Hansard – Trail hunting   The use of the 'trail hunting' alibi by Hunts really chasing quarry was raised for the first time in the House. This is a transcript of the exchange. Unsurprisingly, the [pro-hunt] government Minister responding [my MP, aren't I the lucky one] was in denial on the subject. 

Grahame Morris (Easington) (Lab)  What assessment he has made of the extent to which trail hunting is used as a cover to conduct illegal fox hunting?

Christian Matheson (City of Chester) (Lab)  What assessment he has made of the extent to which trail hunting is used as a cover to conduct illegal foxhunting.

Mr Speaker  With my leave, the supplementary to Question 2 will be put by the right hon. Member for Warley (John Spellar). I wish the hon. Member for Easington (Grahame Morris) well, and we hope he is in full voice again very soon.

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (George Eustice)   I also hope that the hon. Member for Easington (Grahame Morris) recovers his voice soon. The Government have made no assessment of the effect of trail hunting. However, anyone who believes that an offence has taken place during a hunt, including during a trail hunt, should report the matter to the police, as the police deal with complaints of illegal hunting. Decisions on the arrest and prosecution of those taking part in illegal hunting activities are matters for the police and prosecuting authorities.

John Spellar (Warley) (Lab)  The Minister will be aware that concerns are growing that trail hunting is being used as a cover for illegal hunting. This was recently brought into focus by the invasion of a cat sanctuary—run by the well-known Celia Hammond Animal Trust—in East Sussex by a pack of hounds from the Romney Marsh hunt. What action will the Government take against those who continue to hunt illegally?

George Eustice   The law in this area is clear. Between 2005 and 2015, 682 individuals were prosecuted and 423 were found guilty, so the law is clear and is being enforced. Even groups such as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have accepted that this is a law that is being enforced.

Christian Matheson   In the four weeks since Boxing day, at least four foxes in Cheshire have been illegally killed by trail hunts. As the Government have withdrawn their plans to scrap anti-hunting laws, is it the case that someone in government has given a secret nod and a wink to trail hunts that they can continue to hunt and kill foxes with impunity?

George Eustice    No, that is not the case. The Prime Minister has made it clear that she has listened to the mood of the country and that there therefore will not be the free vote on foxhunting in this Parliament that we pledged in our manifesto. As I said earlier, foxhunting is a matter for the police and the prosecuting authorities. Anybody who believes the law has been broken should report it to the police.

 

Witness sees deer badly mauled in 'trail hunt' by Cambridge FH

25-1-18   Herts Advertiser   Deer mauled in “horrendous” trail hunt in St Albans fields    An animal lover is challenging what she describes as “horrendous” hunts using dogs across fields in the district. Christine Pedder said a deer had been mauled by at least 25 dogs near Coopers Green Lane around midday on January 23, caught up as collateral damage in the baiting sport. It has been illegal since 2005 for a pack of hounds to track real foxes but using artificial smells remains legal, albeit controversial.

Christine said there were 20 riders struggling to control all the dogs and blocking traffic: “We are very traumatised because these people are aggressive and arrogant, they don’t care that the whole of traffic on Coopers Green Lane was at a standstill. This shouldn’t be happening.” When Christine called attention from her car to the injured deer, she said a rider replied: “Don’t worry love, we’ll take care of it.”

She said: “To me a life is a life. I have dogs - but dogs, deers, rabbits, they’re all lives, they all feel pain, they all suffer, it’s a life. Anyone with common sense knows that a drag hunt is an excuse to get the dogs out. It’s horrendous. Taking pleasure from the suffering and pain of another creature - is that what humanity is all about?”Christine believes many animals are still harmed in the what is supposed to be the more humane sport of artificial drag baiting.

Herts Police were called to the scene, and a spokesperson said: “Police were called to reports of a hunt in the Coopers Green Lane area. They attended the scene and spoke with people allegedly taking part in the hunt. “The Rural Operational Support Team are aware and reviewing the incident.” They noted that no humans were injured.

A spokesperson from the League Against Cruel Sports said: “The deer was described to me as gashed, bleeding, and screaming. It seems quite barbaric in 2018 that people are killing British wildlife with a pack of dogs. They are killing foxes and deer and they are killing them for fun and we don’t think that is acceptable.” He believes the public would be “staggered” by the number of animals still killed in hunts around the country.

Anyone with information about the Coopers Green Lane incident should contact 101 quoting ISR 332 of January 23 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111..

POWAperson adds  -  Herts Sabs have confirmed that the Hunt involved was the Cambridge with Enfield Chace FH. Hounds frequently riot on deer and are bound to catch and kill some. The terrible experience of the poor deer doesn't bear thinking about. The rider's comment 'We'll take care of it' would have meant they'd put it down if it wasn't already dead. Can't see hunters taking wounded wildlife to the nearest vet somehow.

 

N.Shropshire FH Huntsman spends most of short meet looking for hounds

He being Julian Barnfield, booted from Heythrop FH for getting caught

25-1-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    NORTH SHROPSHIRE HUNT, GOLDSTONE BANK FARM, MARKET DRAYTON, 24.1.18     We don't want any fox-chasing Hunt to feel left out, so Cheshire Monitors took a trip out to say hello to the North Shropshire Hunt yesterday, who were meeting near Market Drayton. The Hunt met at 12 noon and had packed up by 3pm, not giving them a lot of time to chase foxes thankfully.

Monitors caught up with ageing Huntsman Julian "2pac" Barnfield (twice convicted Huntsman formerly of the Heythrop) at Little Soudley. Quads were seen snooping around in woodland near Soudley but we couldn’t find the hounds, mind you neither could the Huntsman. Living up to his reputation 2pac had lost all his hounds by the canal, maybe they were trying to get away from him and looking to go on a barge holiday? Aiden the whipper in was riding up and down the road looking dazed and confused. They did eventually find the pack but very little hunting went on and everyone returned to the meet by 3pm.

We saw a fox get away from the Hunt, which was a bonus. This happened right next to monitors and Hunt members who were on point by the road. The Hunt had surrounded the woods, but the fox got away from the tired looking hounds and the Huntsman was so fed up that he had to resort to calling one of our team "an ugly f****r" which is hilarious because we will be back with more "ugly f*****s" soon, so watch this space...

If you have information about any hunts in or around Cheshire, please contact us in strict confidence, by PM here or on email to info@cheshiremonitors.org.uk, and help us #StopTheHunts. If you would like to support Cheshire Monitors you can donate at paypal.me/CMonitors - thank you!

Pics below   -    1/  Barnfield by canal looking for his hounds      2/  Fox escaping 

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Shepherd anger as Grafton FH hounds run though pregnant sheep

25-1-18  Facebook - Grafton Hunt Watch   VIDEO   Stowe School Meet, Buckingham - 23 January 2018GraftonFHHuntsmanjustmadetokenefforttostophounds23-1-18.jpg   'Stowe' woman hurls lies and slanderous language at Hunt Monitor before the Grafton Hunt rampage through fields of sheep.

The shepherd who was very angry but did not want to appear on social media told me that the hounds had run through three fields of his pregnant sheep. "We have a lot of pregnant sheep here, it can cause abortion if they get upset."

People who work in the countryside will often not speak out against the Hunt for fear of recriminations or loss of business. Such is the power the Hunts can wield.

Pics:   Above right - Huntsman who'd just made a very token effort to call back hounds arguing with monitor about it      Below  -  1/  Hounds out of control on road - presumably 'trail' not laid across it    2/  Hounds try to push through dense hedge - presumably the 'trail was laid through it    3/  Muntjac fleeing from chasing hounds     4/  Hounds and Huntsman in same field as...   6/  Disturbed flock of pregnant ewes 

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Cheshire Forest FH hunt next to M56, fox escapes over motorway bridge

Sabs find hounds by what looked like an artificial earth

25-1-18   Facebook - North Wales Hunt Saboteurs    On Saturday we joined members of Cheshire, Derby, Central Lancashire and Lancashire Huntsabs at a meet of the Cheshire Forest who'd met at the Hatton Arms near Whiteley. Sabs arrived in the area shortly after 10am but the Hunt had already left the meet, we were later informed the Hunt had actually set off at 9am. Thanks to the Hunt supporters giving away the whereabouts of the Hunt we soon on them. With some good local knowledge we were able to use masking spray to cover the scent ofCheshireForestFHHuntsmantryingtorounduplosthounds20-1-18.jpg foxes in the areas we know Andrew German likes to hunt. While sabs were out with their citronella others were able to stay with the Huntmaster and his hounds. The Cheshire Forest are really unpopular in this area with the locals and many landowners which results in Mr German having limited access to land to hunt on.

Shockingly or not, if you're accustomed to hunt behaviour, Andrew German attempted to hunt next to the M56. One sab vehicle witnessed a fox bolt and escape over a bridge that crossed the motorway. The hounds we in a woodland next to the M56 and in cry when sabs arrived. Sabs entered the woodland only to find the hounds all over what suspiciously looks like an artificial earth. Sabs guarded the earth and tried to get the hounds away from this suspicious looking earth. The foiled Huntmaster was in the next field trying to gather his hounds back but with very little success and they appeared more interested in what was going on in the woods.

Two of Cheshire's wildlife officers turned up. You'd be forgiven for thinking they'd have plenty to say considering all the recent kills by this Hunt, the fact they were putting lives in danger hunting next to the motorway and that the hounds were all over what we suspect to be artificial earths used by the hunt to encourage and breed foxes. But no they weren't bothered, even when thy entered the woodland and were shown the earths. This didn't really surprise us given that one of the wildlife officers was Sarah Marson who a few days earlier at a public meeting about wildlife crime started her speech with "If people have questions about trail hunting or the badger cull, you need to address those to our press office; I’m only here to talk about wildlife crime." More details here https://janesmithanimalwelfareparty.wordpress.com/…/f…/amp/…When

CheshireForestFHWildlifeOfficers20-1-18.jpgWhen the wildlife officers first arrived the Huntmaster Andrew German went into a rant at them, we couldn't quite pick up all what he was saying due to the noise from the M56 but as he walked away we clearly heard his say "IT'S F***ING OUTRAGEOUS!" (We'll post the video later) It took the angry Huntmaster some 40 minutes or more to round up all his hounds out of the woods before crossing the bridge over the M56.

The Huntmaster was then caught on foot in a coppice encouraging his hounds after a fox, sabs were able to intervene and the police were not far behind after climbing over fences and hunt jumps, but they weren't here to investigate illegal hunting they were here to remove sabs from the land!

The Hunt then headed to a private estate where they spent some time having drinks and probably decided due to the large number of sabs out it was probably best to call it a day... The hound van then set off but there was no sign of the Huntmaster who usually drives the van. When sabs attempted to follow the van as we suspected Andrew German was still out somewhere hunting alone, the police were called and again the wildlife officers told the sabs not to follow the hound van! Just who's side are they on?

Sabs stayed in the area around Hatton and not too long later the van returned to the pub they met at and this time the Huntmaster was with the hound van. We consider this a successful day with the Hunt packed up by 1.30pm.

Thank you for all your kind donations. You can help outrage Andrew German by making a small donation on this link https://gogetfunding.com/sabbing-fuel-funds-for-nwhs/

 

Female sab assaulted by Old Surrey FH follower

24-1-18   Facebook - North Downs Hunt Sabs   Mission 56 Old Surrey and Burstow hunt Blindley Heath 23-1-18     Guildford and North Downs Sabs took a trip on a Tuesday to a mid-week meet of the old Surrey and Burstow at Red Barn, Blindley Heath . They seemed less than pleased to see us as we suspected they would illegally hunting as they don't expect us mid-week ,there would normally move off from the meet at around 11-20 but didn't move off till 11-40 which we feel was them having a little panic and going to plan B , the trail hunting pretence.

Most out the day was fairly uneventful with them following trails , with a strange mix of some of the riders being quite polite and same riding dangerously close to Sabs and a few attempts to hit people resulting in us calling the police.

One " landowner " assaulted one of our female Sabs but we can't comment further because of legal reasons.

The Hunt packed up at three. The Sabs then retired to the pub fairly happy that the hunt had been prevented from any mid-week sneaky hunting. If you would like to support us please give to https://ko-fi.com/A62094D.

 

Wynnstay FH invade village after fox, monitors think killed it later

24-1-18    Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   WYNNSTAY HUNT & CHESHIRE HOUNDS HUNT, SAIGHTON, 23.1.18    Yesterday was a busy day with two Hunts meeting within a few fields of each other. Our local supporters were very worried about having these Hunts in their area because they have such a lot of problems with them and apparently "everyone in the area hates them but a lot of people just don't want to speak out'. We also know at least one farmer in the area, who helps us if we need him, who hates hunting and the upheaval and cruelty it causes. He recently had a cow made lame because the Hunt scared it into running at a wall and catching it’s leg.

So we got a team together and went to the Wynnstay first. They set off early and spent some time looking forWynnstayFHTerriermanreversingquadatmonitors23-1-18.jpg foxes rather than having them delivered by hand. There were some excitement early on but it didn’t turn into much and each time the huntsman saw us he kindly called his hounds away from searching for their live quarry. This was even with Shayne Francis the ex huntsman with the Cheshire Hounds trying to keep our monitors talking. This didn’t work. 

All this respectful behaviour lasted up until after lunch when clearly frustrated the huntsman ignored our presence and went full on hunting. We witnessed at least one fox being chased but were blocked in by cars and by thugs from getting as close as we needed to. Even our people on foot were disrupted from their legal monitoring by having quad bikes backed into [right] and driven towards them, phones pushed into their faces and offensive suggestions being hurled at them.

We did however manage to save this fox once or twice by running in filming but the Hunt were determined and hungry for a proper chase.

We then caught them hunting all through Churton village, causing disruption and damaging gardens, fields and road edges. They chased this fox for around 45 mins with it going to ground at least twice but sadly the last we heard was the hounds racing off after it fields away and we are sure it will have been killed.

POWAperson adds -  Monitors moved on to the Cheshire FH mid afternoon, but they soon packed up. 

Pics below   -   1/  Supporter rides scooter at monitor    2/  Hounds rampaging in Churton village

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North Wales hunter fined for molesting female sab

24-1-18 Facebook - Llansannan Community Blog    Why is the Daily Post so pro-Hunting with Dogs? Yesterdays article very well concealed within the small print ! 

Local Councillor Mr Edward Lloyd-Ellis ends up in court once again after bullying and grabbing an Anti-Hunt Protestor ! Thank fully justice appears to have partly prevailed ! The justices concluded that Mr Appleby had in fact been provoked by Mr Lloyd-Ellis. Fairly small fine of just £37.

Mr Lloyd-Ellis is becoming quite famous, usually it is lady Hunt protestors who he likes to bully. I remember a famous video showing Mr Lloyd-Ellis gyrating what looked like his genitals inside his trousers at one lady hunt protestor.

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Atherstone FH follower guilty of driving without due care

24-1-18   Facebook - Northants Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Dennis Smith, Atherstone Hunt supporter: Guilty of driving without due care and attention at a meet in March of 2015 at Warwick Crown Court on November 1st 2017.

Saturday 14th March 2015 was a memorable day for all the sab groups from around the country who attended in support of West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs at the Atherstone Hunt meet at the Horse and Jockey pub in Bentley, Warwickshire. There were numerous assaults on sabs, more police vehicles than you could chuck a stick at including cars, vans, dirt bikes and a helicopter and a rather vague Section 35 Dispersal Order was issued, no surprise really when we later found out that the estate they had been hunting on was owned by David Cameron’s cousin!

This offence took place with the intent of the driver and the occupants of his vehicle and of those vehicles behind us to block us in and attack us, Dennis Smith’s driving could have resulted in serious injury, or even deaths, to any one of the people on the road that day, including the young child in the back seat of this own vehicle.

Yes, ‘justice’ is slow, it took over two and half years for this to get to court, but we can only hope that when he had to view our video evidence years after the event it made him realise that the outcome that day could have been very, very different.

Pics below  -  1/  Dennis Smith swerves across sab car with passenger half out of car    2/  Swerves across road to block sabs    3/  Small child seen in back seat    4/  Smith narrowly avoids head on collision 

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POWAperson adds  -  For this extraordinarily stupid and very dangerous piece of driving which could easily have resulted in serious injury or even death Smith received a £250 fine and 6 penalty points. Isn't our justice system wonderful?  How exactly does this not constitute the more serious offence of dangerous driving?

 

Police insist that Suffolk FH actually follow trails while hunting!

22-1-18   Facebook - NELS - North East London Hunt Saboteurs    Suffolk Hunt 20/01/2018    With Suffolk & Essex Sabs, Cambridge and Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs we headed to the meet at Southwood Park Farm west of Bury St. Edmunds. S.Cambs Hunt Saboteurs joined us later.

It was a very unusual day because this time Suffolk police actually followed the law and made the Hunt use a trail. The Hunt used the trail mostly for the show in front of the police and only sometimes took a different direction away from the trail layer. That made our work so much easier. We just made sure they did not 'accidentally' kill anything throughout the day. Not the best day for them at all, they had a very small field (riders following the hunt) and the weather was horrible so they packed up early - at 2pm.

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Police probe after sabs find Eggesford FH digging out fox

Terrier eventually retrieved with fox bite facial wounds 

Terrier earlier abandoned underground as sabs appeared 

Police on scene fail to act despite clear evidence, say sabs

22-1-18   Aol   Police probe after men 'caught trying to dig out fox'    Police are investigating allegations of illegal hunting after being passed video and photographic evidence from volunteer hunt monitors in Devon.

Devon County Hunt Saboteurs attended the Eggesford Hunt near Crediton on Saturday and allegedly found terrierEggesfordFHTerriermanwithinjuredterrierretrievedfrosetts20-1-18.jpg men digging out a fox which had gone to ground in a badger sett - contravening both the 2004 Hunting Act and the 1992 Protection of Badgers Act. Police attended the scene and the terrier men left as soon as they retrieved their terrier [right], which had nasty bite wounds on its face and shoulders, according to the hunt saboteurs.

"It's not just the fox that suffers in this situation. We often see terriers with their faces torn to shreds, hounds with broken limbs and horses sustaining serious injuries because they are forced to ride too fast, jump too high or carry too much weight," they added.

In a separate incident, two 4x4s arrived carrying masked hunt supporters who allegedly began threatening the monitors. Officers ordered them to move on.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "We have been made aware of an incident that took place near Eggesford on Saturday 20 January, where there was an allegation of an assault, plus an allegation of crimes against the Hunting Act having taken place. We are working with those who were in attendance to gather video and still images as evidence. Anyone who was in attendance and has yet to have spoken to the police or shared relevant images with us, are asked to contact 101@dc.police.uk quoting log number 339 for the 20th of January. As this is now part of an active and live police investigation, we are unable to comment further, publicly at this time."

Opponents of hunting claim the law needs tightening to close loopholes which result in wildlife being killed every week. A petition to strengthen the Hunting Act is currently awaiting a government response.

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24-1-18   Daily Mail  VIDEO   Dramatic moment trapped dog is dug free after hunt saboteurs confront 'terrier men' and accuse them of sending it down a hole to stop a fox escaping - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs made film during the Eggesford Hunt at weekend - They found two 'terrier men' with shovels by a blocked badger sett and accused them of hunting illegally - Dog 'sent underground' was later freed, with 'injuries to its face and shoulders'   VIDEO  This distressing footage shows hunt saboteurs confronting two men who appear to have trapped a dog underground after sending it into a badger sett after a fox.

The video, filmed during the Eggesford Hunt in Devon last weekend, begins with members of the Devon County Hunt Saboteurs spotting huntsmen, hounds and 'terrier men' milling around the area. Two of the terrier men (above) were seen standing by a blocked-off badger sett. It is clear from a terrier tracking device that there is a dog inside the hole. After talking to the saboteurs, the terrier men eventually decide to unblock the hole to 'rescue' their dog - but struggle as the terrier has latched itself onto a fox. However, the men insist they have done nothing illegal, do not intend to kill the fox and just want to 'rescue their dog', according to Devon Live.

EggesfordFHTerriermenstruggletoretrieveterrierlockedontofoxfromsett22-1-18.jpgTraditionally, terrier men are employed by huntsmen to block up badger setts and fox earths before the start of a hunt to prevent foxes from going to ground. Any foxes which have gone to ground are located using the dogs and are then dug out and shot. Alternatively, the fox would be released to be hunted again by the hounds.

In the clip, the saboteurs approach the two men - dressed in army fatigues as they stand by the entrance to the sett with shovels - and tell them: 'This is a badger sett and you're breaking the law. You've got a terrier down there.' The dog is retrieved but has injuries to its face and shoulders, according to the saboteurs. A female saboteur then makes radio contact with a colleague, saying: 'Terrier is in the badger sett. They've blocked holes. We need police here now. Loads of holes have been filled in.'

The terrier men start unblocking the sett - but have difficulty removing the dog as it has latched itself onto a fox. Eventually, the men pull out the distressed terrier, which the saboteurs said had injuries to its face and shoulders. The fox escaped later that evening, once the terrier men had gone. According to the Devon County Hunt Saboteurs Facebook page, the two terrier men had travelled down from Yorkshire.

Traditionally, terrier men would be employed by huntsmen to block up badger setts and fox earths before the start of a hunt to prevent foxes from going to ground. Any foxes which have indeed gone to ground are located using terriers and are then dug out and shot. Alternatively, the fox would be 'bagged' - or kept in the hole - to be released and hunted at a later date by the hounds.

Nowadays, Hunts like to refer to terrier men as 'countrymen', who are supposedly employed to open and close gates, repair fences and lay trails. Terrier men would have at least one terrier with them as well as equipment such as spades, nets and terrier-locating devices. They normally follow the hunt on quad bikes but also in 4x4s or on foot depending on the terrain. At this point, the beeps of a tracking device can be heard, which tells the men where their terrier is - namely, underground.

Explaining their actions to the saboteurs, one of the men said: 'Cos we're born into it.' They also claimed that they were 'trail hunting' - a legal form of hunting which sees dogs follow a pre-laid scent trail and doesn't involve the chasing or killing of foxes or any other live quarry.

The saboteurs have shared their footage with Devon & Cornwall Police. A police spokesman told MailOnline: 'We have been made aware of an incident that took place near Eggesford on Saturday, January 20th. We are working with those who were in attendance to gather video and still images as evidence.'

According to the website of the Masters of Foxhounds Association, Eggesford Hunt operates in around 400 square miles of Mid Devon, where records date back to 1858 when the land was hunted by Lord Portsmouth. Using dogs to hunt foxes was banned by the Government in 2004 under the Hunting Act. But there are dozens of hunt saboteur groups nationwide who claim hunters regularly flout the law and kill foxes. MailOnline has contacted the Eggesford Hunt for comment.

Pics above   -   Right -  Injured terrier retrieved from sett     Left  -  Terriermen struggle to pull terrier out - it's jaws are locked on the fox     Below  -  Terriermen found at the sett

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21-1-18   Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs    We were due to pay the Eggesford a visit, and we're so glad we did yesterday. The Hunt met at Higher Densham in Black Dog. Within seconds of leaving the meet into the river valley to the south, hounds were in full cry. One of our foot teams was ideally positioned to intercept them as they scrambled through a thick hedge on the line of a fox. Hounds then ran a full circle before Huntsman Jason Marles caught up with them again, by which time the pack was split across a half mile stretch between Higher Menchinedown and Woolfardisworthy. While Marles was busy trying to get his pack back together, some groups of hounds could be heard speaking and one of our vehicles witnessed a fox run across the road not far from them. Sabs covered her scent with citronella and she got away.

EggesfordFHRentathugatmeet20-1-18.jpgAt this point two 4x4s carrying a group of rent-a-thugs arrived in the area. Eight masked individuals, including disgraced former Taunton Vale Foxhounds terrier man Paul Martin [left], got out of their vehicles, surrounded our Land Rover and began barging into and threatening our foot sabs. One of them brandished a wooden pole as a weapon. We called the police, who arrived a little while later to find the group of thugs still following us. Police didn't search them or their vehicles for weapons and merely asked the thugs to reverse back up the road, although we explained that the moment police left they would be back to their previous behaviour.

Fortunately, although it's clear they'd been called in by someone from the Hunt, it turned out some of the Eggesford hunt officials also didn't want the thugs there! Hunt Chairman Trerise asked to "have a word" with some of our foot sabs, wanted to know if we knew where the trouble-makers were and assured us they weren't welcome. We told him the police had been called because of the thugs and his response was "good!". Sure enough, we didn't see the thugs again. At least the Eggesford have learnt one lesson from last season, although Trerise might want to have words with the rest of the Hunt about why they were called in the first place!

Huntsman and hounds were soon spotted milling around on the edge of a small woodland near Washford Pyne,EggesfordFHTerrierabandonedin1stsettaftersabsappeared20-1-18.jpg along with five terrier quad bikes. Some of the riders on an adjacent road shouted to the Huntsman to "get out of there, move on" as sabs got close, and Marles legged it across a field with his hounds. Sabs arrived to find an active badger sett with clear signs that hounds had marked a fox to ground (video). The terrier men left in dribs and drabs but one of them was reluctant to leave and had to be told by one of the others to "just leave it". Not taking any chances, sabs stuck around at the sett and sure enough a few minutes later a terrier came out of one of the holes wearing a tracking collar around her neck [left], which they use to detect the terrier's (and hence the fox's) location underground. This is how little they care for their dogs. They will abandon them down a badger sett and simply leave them there! Sabs carried the terrier out to the police but were intercepted by one of the quad bikes who took her back.

Police were shown footage of the attempted dig out and disruption of the badger sett, but their response was the usual "we'll have to deal with it in slow time". Recently Devon & Cornwall Police were complaining publicly that they can't act on hunt-related crime if it isn't reported to them. In our response to the police's statement this week we explained that we report every single incident, we are faced with reluctance, disinterest and inaction, and that this inaction only encourages further hunt crime. As you will read below, this is exactly the pattern that was followed yesterday. What more do the police want from us? Even though they were shown clear footage of offences under the Hunting Act and the Protection of Badgers Act with easily-identifiable culprits, who at this stage were only around the corner, the police didn't speak to the offenders and the Hunt was allowed to continue breaking the law...

... which they did! After losing the Hunt for some time, we again spotted Huntsman, hounds and terrier menEggesfordFHTerriermenonroadillegalquads20-1-18.jpg milling around another badger sett, a few miles away near Canns Mill. In a repeat of earlier events, huntsman, hounds and terrier men legged it back to the road and sabs arrived to find a terrier down a hole and two terrier men digging into the sett. They are visiting terrier men from Yorkshire and our colleagues from up country have helped us ID them. Their answer for why they do what they was "cos we're born into it". One of them told us his dad had thrown him down a badger hole when he was five years old and he's been digging ever since. The terrier men had blocked all of the entrances of the sett bar one, dug down into and destroyed a chamber, and their terrier, which they were dragging out by its back legs, was latched onto the fox that the Eggesford hunt had just run to ground. If sabs hadn't arrived when they did, that fox would have been killed.

The terrier men left as soon as they retrieved their terrier, which had nasty bite wounds on his face and shoulders. It's not just the fox that suffers in this situation. We often see terriers with their faces torn to shreds, hounds with broken limbs and horses sustaining serious injuries because they are forced to ride too fast, jump too high or carry too much weight! [Pic above right - Terriermen/thugs on road-illegal quads] 

Sabs stuck around at the sett in the hope of seeing the fox so they could ascertain her condition. With darkness falling, the fox made a break for it only a few minutes later, turning to look at sabs as she slipped away into the woods. It's fair to say we were all pretty emotional at the sight of this beautiful animal that had been so close to being killed by hounds. The sett was clearly in active use by badgers and knowing they were trapped underground, we set about trying to reverse some of the damage the terrier men had done.

We will be providing footage and statements re all the offences committed yesterday to Devon & Cornwall Police, just as we do every week. We look forward to their explanation why despite being shown clear evidence of illegal bloodsports they yet again failed to act, allowing further offences to be committed which we will now also have to report. We will post all the footage on our page so you can see for yourselves how blatantly the Hunt break the law.

No Justice. Just Us. Get involved and help us stop the slaughter of our wildlife: devoncountysabs@riseup.net or 07717473305. Please help us fund the ongoing repairs to our vehicles, which have taken a battering this season. Without them, we cannot sab: https://www.paypal.me/dchs.

 

Four Burrow FH hunt through nature reserve

Sabs say they do this regularly 

22-1-18   Facebook - Kernow Sabs, Monitors and Animal Rights Team    Report 20.01.18 Four Burrows Hunt, Gweallavellan    The Four Burrows met at Gwealavellan near Gwithian, close to dramatic north coast cliffs. They had poor hunting conditions, driving rain and very strong westerly wind.

FourBurrowFH.jpgWe observed them leave Gwealavellan heading NE, pass through Carlean Farm and then draw the wood just south of Hells Mouth, where our foot team followed on. Our landy caught up with them from the coast road at Hells mouth Cafe. They then continued in the valley running between Gwealavellan, watched and followed again by our foot team, and Reskajeage, where much to their disappointment the landy was waiting in expectation. Nikki Hancock drawing a blank, and unable to avoid sabs, either foot team or the landy waiting in their direction, the Hunt looped, going over some fences and banks before dropping into the Red River Nature Reserve.

They hunt this nature reserve regularly through the season, even towards the end of March when it will be host to ground nesting birds, and it is documented otters, who could be breeding at this time. There are also “no horse” signs around the area. They drew the hounds upstream, all they way along the Reserve, passing through Menadarva and up to the sewage works NE of Kehelland/ SW of Tehidy Country Park. Between the foot team and landy we managed to keep an eye on them for the majority of the day. The hounds never really made much noise, picking up some scent in the coverts but never getting a chase.

After drawing the vegetation around the Red River, some of which will be scarce orchids being trampled under hoof and paw, next to the Sewage Works the Hunt went up to the little copse/covert a few metres east of Ashill, they were heard briefly chattering but nothing more. From there they went north west past Butney corner and up into the north entrance to Carlean Farm. Passing all the way through Carlean Farm (again) they made one desperate last ditch attempt in the hedges of fields south of the meet, before calling it a day. Poor weather and sab presence hindered the Hunt. We witnessed no kills, no trail laying. Many thanks to the new members who came out today, their enthusiasm was great. Look forward to working with them in the future.

 

Wildlife Trust defends having Wynnstay FH host as Trustee

22-1-18   Shropshire Wildlife Trust   Wynnstay Hunt Statement    There has been significant concern expressed on social media about reported activity on the land of one of our trustees.

The biggest threat to wildlife in the 21st century is modern agricultural practice. In order to halt the decline of wildlife, it is essential that we work with rural landowners at a landscape scale. John Brown has been a trustee for nearly 8 years and was invited into this position to help us gain better traction within the farming community of Shropshire. He is a well-known and respected (retired) farmer. His tenure as a trustee will end at our AGM in October as this is the maximum he can serve. Trustees are wholly voluntary and unpaid.

We have a clear and long-held policy on fox hunting; we don’t allow it on any of our land and certainly don’t condone any illegal activity. Our primary focus is habitat restoration at a landscape-scale where possible.

We at Shropshire Wildlife Trust are passionate about creating a landscape that is rich in wildlife. In order to make this possible, it is essential to bring together people from all walks of life. Shropshire Wildlife Trust continues to work with a broad range of groups, businesses, and individuals in order to achieve our charitable objectives.

 

Monitors see Cheshire FH chase foxes, think one killed

21-1-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   FOXES, CHASES, AND TRAILS OF BLOOD - CHESHIRE HOUNDS, MANOR FARM, BULKELEY 20.1.18    With the Cheshire Forest being kept company by a number of sab groups up in Whitley, we found the Cheshire Hounds congregating for a large meet in the lanes behind the Cholmondeley Estate (one of their popular haunts), and the day would prove that the estate owners and management appear to be as keen as ever to support this Hunt. 

Setting off along Cholmondeley Lane and off into the estate, the Hunt would spend the day trying to avoid our big team of monitors, and with very cold temperatures and icy rain for much of the day, you could be forgiven for wondering what on earth drags (no pun intended) people out on horses in this kind of weather? Of course, we all know the answer to that…

We found them via footpaths within the estate a short while after. The area in question is used partly to house a number of horses we believe belong to famous horse trainers the McCains, who live within the estate, and entrances to a nearby badger sett had all been blocked. Shortly after we saw a fox break cover, and yet another with an apparently injured leg.

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The fox quickly took cover, but as soon as the gathered hunt followers had finished their sandwiches, the Hunt set off and were immediately onto another fox again with terrier boys and field hurtling after it. Thankfully, this was one that got away.

There seemed to be a lot of distressed horses out today, too skittish to be out safely with a hunt meet of this size, plus on occasions loose hounds getting under the horses’ feet. The Hunt also seemed preoccupied with our group being on footpaths, and needless to say we were, but clearly their assumed ‘safety’ by being within the Cholmondeley Estate was scuppered somewhat by all these lovely footpaths!

Later on the Hunt crossed the A49 and we caught a full-on hunt in fields behind Field Farm, with another fox being pursued by the hounds. Amidst all this jolly good fun, we witnessed (again) a rider slamming her horse into an intended jump and taking a bad tumble. Thankfully, the horse was fine (we won’t waste our words commenting on the welfare of the rider this time).

We entered the fields and captured the usual behaviour from hunt staff that often follows a kill, as they attempt to cover their tracks, but with our presence could do nothing but stand and wait. Eventually called away and forced to leave, we scoured the fields for evidence and found a number of areas of bloodied grass. While we aren’t certain this was from the fox, and there was no more evidence other than the blood, the coincidence that it was on the line the fox had taken was a big worry. The Hunt eventually packed up at around 5pm as darkness started to fall.

The day ended in a rather surreal fashion with an apparent hunt member who, using an hilariously fake Facebook profile, has been attempting to supply us with information about the hunt over the last few days, getting in touch again to let us know what had happened during the meet. This included a fox being “ripped to bits” at the back of the meet point at Manor Farm, attempting to lure us into the hunt kennels to retrieve dead foxes that are apparently dumped in the skip there, and finally admitting that they enjoyed sexually pleasuring themselves over images of dead foxes. Is this the levels of desperation they now sink to?!

So all in all, just your average day following the hunt!

Pics above   -  All this lot vs one fox    Pics below   1/  Note pretend trail laying stick, on horse's left    2/ Blocked sett    3/  One of several lots of blood found in grass at suspected kill site    4/  Another blood stain

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Cumberland FH seen hunting 'as if ban never happened'

Even tried to put up fox near where families playing in snow 

21-1-18   Facebook - Lancashire Huntsabs   VIDEO   Yesterday we visited the Cumberland Foxhounds at their prestigious meet at Clea Hall Caravan park near Caldbeck. There was a small field and followers in vehicles who made their way to Faulds Brow, the northern part of Caldbeck Common, owned by the Lake District National Park Authority.

A single redcoat led the dozen or so riders along the road and immediately put the hounds into the disused quarry north of Thistlebottom. We were in the area from very early on and did not see any trail being laid, nor any pretence of it.

The Hunt blatantly carried on putting the hounds into coverts as if the hunting ban had never happened, covering several fields to the south of the open access area, then moved north east towards Paddigill, before reaching Priests Brow and Knacker House. Large numbers of families were parked up at the car park at Priests Brow and were all sledging close by, but this did not deter the Hunt who blatantly and repeatedly tried to up a fox from the gorse scrub area adjacent to the car-park. Their behaviour was bordering on creepy, but they are hunt scum after all and can do pretty much as they wish without fear of the Police or Lake District National Park.

Observers watched riders waiting at Brocklebank, presumably waiting for some poor fox victim to be pushed towards them. Hounds then went into cry in Studdholmrigg Wood and were watched closely by sabs, ready to intervene if necessary.

The Hunt then made its way back to Priests Brow where more riders packed up, the few riders left continued towards Sebergham at which point we continued to monitor for a short while. The Hunt seemed to be winding down and nothing of any notable interest happened. We got the sense that this may be a Hunt in trouble as the tiny field and small number of followers was marked. Maybe this reflects the insider info we've received that a new influx of ex-Coniston followers are clashing with the established Cumberland members. We do hope so........ we made our way home certain no foxes had been killed and a determination to visit the Cumberland Fox Hounds a bit more often.

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Old Surrey FH follow trails but still manage to flush fox

20-1-18   Facebook - Kingston Hunt Sabs    Saturday 20th January 2018    Two teams of Kingston and Croydon Hunt Sabs were outside the OSB kennels bright and early this morning, and were able to follow the hound van directly to the meet at Brills Farm, just outside Edenbridge.

It took a while for the Hunt and field to unbox - we did wonder whether they considered the soggy conditions too much to hunt in! They finally set off well after 12.30pm. The tardy start gave enough time for South Coast and Brighton Sabs to join us, and between us all, we kept them in sight all the time.

Two quad bikes were out - one laying trails, whilst the other carried a keg of port, to warm up the field who did a lot of standing around, shivering and looking a bit dejected. The trails were followed, but that didn’t stop them ‘accidentally’ flushing a fox - luckily, this happened close to us, and whilst liberally spraying citronella, we watched this fox get away.

Just after 3pm, the Huntsman blew for home, and before 3.30pm they were all boxed up and leaving the meet. The very small field out today, and the negligible foot support, provide strong evidence of the waning interest in taking part in hunting - and with the overwhelming majority of the British public being opposed to killing for ‘sport’, we hope that compassion continues to prevail and consigns all barbarous acts to the dustbin of history.

 

 

Locals furious after Oakley FH rampaged through village & gardens

Chased fox through livestock field as well 

20-1-18   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs    When you wake up to low temperatures and a combination of freezing rain and sleet you wonder what drives the wildlife abusers to want to get out there and hunt. However we'll always be looking for them. We were well on our way to our intended target today with our friends North Cambs Hunt Sabs when we got a call from a member of the public to say the Oakley hounds were running amok through peoples gardens and had chased a fox through a field containing goats and chickens. We changed direction and got over there as quick as we could.

We found the Hunt at their meet which was Cold Brayfield House. It was only 1:30pm and still plenty of light left but it seems they were already packing up. Why was this? Was this because they had already caused complete mayhem to the locals and blatantly hunted a fox through the village of Lavendon and were now making a sneaky exit?

The locals were clearly up in arms over this and not happy at all. We have had several messages from them and we are advising them accordingly. We think it's about time the Masters of the Oakley sorted themselves out. Huntsman Jack Harris has little or no control over the hounds and they are regularly seen hunting live quarry. It's only a matter of time before a serious incident occurs, they are sticking 2 fingers up to the law and hunting as if there was no ban. Their arrogance is astounding.

We made sure the Oakley had indeed packed up and headed home. Our friend North Cambs got a call about the Fitzwilliam so went off to sab them and we're sure they did a fine job but it was too far for us to travel to get there in time to help out. Lots of miles covered today with very little sabbing done but sometimes it's like that. We'll be paying special interest in the Oakley and if you think you see them please contact us as soon as possible.

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Fitzwilliam FH hunt in nature reserve and on into nightfall

20-1-18   Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs    Hit Report 20.01.2018, Fitzwilliam - Milton Hunt, Milton Park, Peterborough   FITZWILLIAM HUNT THROUGH NATURE RESERVE - HUNTING UNTIL NIGHTFALL SEARCHING FOR A KILL     North Cambs Hunt Sabs found the Fitzwilliam today hiding in their 'safe zone' at Milton Park, on the outskirts of Peterborough, after returning to home turf following an early pack-up by the Oakley hunt with Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs, further south. We don't do half days, so made sure the Fitz got their full value from us today. After receiving complaints from several members of the concerned public, seeing a huntFitzwilliamFHRidingintonaturereserveonfootpath20-1-18.jpg near their homes, we tracked the Fitzwilliam to the northern end of Milton Park. Sizing up our options, they then quickly made a dash for it.

With two foot teams out we tailed and then pincered the Huntsman as he cast hounds repeatedly through Castor Hanglands National Nature Reserve, Heavy going underfoot from recent rainfall meant that both hounds and horses were soon heavily fatigued, however Simon Hunter, the Fitz Huntsman, pushed on regardless.

Sabs spotted a lone fox make a break from cover after the hunt had passed, and quickly moved to cover his scent trail with citronella spray (that stuff the hunt don't like us using, strangely) and bade him good luck for the escape.

As the day was drawing to a close, we thought the huntsman may had wanted to be tucked up at home with Ma and a mug of cocoa, but unfortunately this wasn't to be. The core redcoat group accompanied by terriermen hunted on until nightfall. Sabs stuck with the huntsman, calling hounds back whenever they found a scent, until they eventually decided to hack back to kennels using the headlights of the quads to light their path!

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Pics below   -   1/  Newt habitat in nature reserve. Note hoof-prints.     2/  Steaming hounds    3/  Almost dark. Still hunting.    4/  Terriermen going home     5/   Fox fleeing from hunt  

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Postings show true nature of guilty 'Hunt Steward' Shaun Stacey

19-1-18   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs    We have been sent the following screen shots from a Muslim animal rights supporter. It really just shows the level of abuse the likes of Shaun Stacey and his colleagues will sink to. Not only is Stacey demonstrating extremely offensive racist views but also credible threats of violence for which, in his own words "I could get a long sentence for".

In the messages Stacey confirms what we have always suspected, he is being paid by the hunts to beat up and abuse Hunt Sabs. This is illegal on many levels as well as the assault offences any person being paid to provide security on a professional basis should be holding and showing a SIA badge.

It shows that Hunts are colluding with these criminal thugs to assault sabs. The Hunts who invite Stacey and his 'Stewards' are:- The Oakley; The Fitzwilliam; The Woodland Pytchley; The Fernie; The Pytchley and the Belvoir.

We ask the Masters of these Hunts; how do you justify employing such people to protect your alleged legal activities? It only goes to expose the true nature of people who continue to support illegal hunting.

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Atherstone FH suffer kennel cough again

18-1-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   ATHERSTONE HUNT HOUNDS HAVE KENNEL COUGH – AGAIN    The Atherstone Hunt cancelled their last two meets due to the hounds having a virus, they have now cancelled all meets up until the 27th January.

We can now reveal that the Atherstone hounds have kennel cough. This is the second time in the last three years that the hounds from this hunt have caught kennel cough, we are concerned about the conditions these hounds are kept in. There are certain situations and environments that leave dogs more vulnerable to illness, these include stress caused by crowded environments, cold temperatures and poor ventilation.

Most dogs recover within three to four weeks but may take up to six weeks for a complete recovery and the dog may still be a carrier for several weeks after they have recovered. The 27th January seems optimistic for the Atherstone Hunt to be back out again and also irresponsible as the hounds will not have had enough time to recover.

The fact the Atherstone Hunt have let their hounds catch kennel cough a second time shows that the Atherstone haven't bothered to vaccinate against it. This speaks volumes about how much they care about the hounds and raises questions over their suitability as an organisation to keep hounds.

 

Cheshire Forest FH trespass on NT land, fail to put up foxes

18-1-18   Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs    Yesterday we joined forces with our very good friends, North Wales Sabs, and paid a visit to the Cheshire Forest hunt, who were meeting at Rode Hall Farm in North Rode, just north east of Congleton.... the hunt set off just after 12 noon and headed onto the busy A54.

They held traffic up for some time until they finally turned off... and headed out the other side onto a bridleway which leads underneath the North Rode Viaduct. Sabs followed on foot, running for a fair distance using the gizmo occasionally to keep the hounds heads up and to distract them from catching the scent of any potential foxes in the small copses we passed. This seriously annoyed the whipper in, Andrew Callwood [left], who furiously rated the hounds and called them away from us!...

CheshireForestFHWhipcriminalAndrewCallwood17-1-18.jpgEventually, sabs caught up with them to find German off his horse encouraging hounds along a hedgerow... Sabs caught up a short time later and were met with some slight resistance from German and an unknown member of the field who attempted to use their horses as weapons to push sabs back. Defiant as ever, sabs stood their ground and the hunt moved on...

Mobile sabs were now sat on a great vantage point up Tunstal Road where they could observe everything the Hunt was up to and also where foot sabs were. As they were up there, a fox was seen to start running from Hunt support vehicles who were parked close by. Bagged fox maybe?? Seems to be a common theme lately, these foxes are always either darting from quad bikes or from hunt support vehicles. Maybe Cheshire Police would like to get proactive and start searching these quad bikes and supporters vehicles??

Mobile sabs quickly sprayed the fox's line whilst the Hunt were heading up the road towards them. Sabs jumped out and pursued the Hunt onto National Trust land, The Cloud. As we were busy sabbing, we made a quick phone call to a friend about this, who then rung the rangers who said the Hunt are under no circumstances allowed on The Cloud and sent some rangers out to tell them to leave if they caught them...

We may have been small in numbers, but we were certainly big in presence! By half two in the afternoon, the hunt had packed in and riders were heading home. But this is where things became interesting!...

... upon noticing the sab in the field by the hound van, whipper in Andrew Callwood, the countryside criminal, handler of stolen goods and likes to drag women around by the hair, appeared to be boxing up a horse but then stripped off his pinks and chased the sab across the field with a female rider. Sab was caught by them both and asked to leave the land but things started to look like they were about to get heavy so other sabs jumped the gate to make sure our mate was all right and to film what was going on, they then stopped our sab from actually leaving the land! We'll let the footage speak for itself here!! Mr Callwood has some cheek to say someone doesn't have respect for a woman when he has actually been charged for assault on a woman though...

All In all, a very successful day for us, and most importantly, the wildlife. The Hunt had virtually nowhere to go where they could get away from us! It was nice to see some local support too. It's becoming quite clear to us that Mr German and his wildlife murdering cronies aren't very much liked in Cheshire... Maybe it has something to do with the fact he illegally hunts and all the foxes he's killed lately??  https://gogetfunding.com/cheshire-sabs-drone-fund/.

Pics below   -   1/  Huntsman Andrew German with hounds    2/  Woman hunter to sab, who they are preventing leaving private land even though demanding he should do so - 'I ought to take your bollocks off.'    

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Cheshire hunt thug loses appeal against 9 year rape sentence

18-1-18   Chester Standard    Appeal against Cheshire farmer's rape sentence dismissed    A Cheshire farmer told his fleeing victim she was 'not going anywhere' before raping her over a table, top judges have heard. Anthony Ronald Kirkham, 73, of Wrexham Road, Ridley, near Tarporley, was convicted of rape and jailed for nine years at Chester Crown Court on April 21 last year. Today he challenged his sentence at London's Appeal Court, claiming his punishment was much too tough.

Mr Justice Garnham said he attempted to kiss his victim on the neck, but she said “no” and tried to run away. Kirkham would not be put off, however, and grabbed her hand, telling her she was “not going anywhere”. The terrified victim “froze” and Kirkham bent her over a table and raped her, said the judge. She was “vulnerable” as she had been drinking earlier in the evening of the attack.

Lawyers for Kirkham argued his jail term should be cut. They pointed to his age, his “ailing” health and said the AnthonyKirkhamCheshireFHSentencedto18monthsin90sforsavageattackandrobberyonChrisOwen.jpgconviction led to the loss of his farm. He had no previous convictions of a similar nature, the court was told. But Mr Justice Garnham, who was sitting with Lady Justice Sharp and Judge Wendy Joseph QC, ruled: "The sentence in this case was appropriate and there in no proper argument that it is excessive. It is certainly not manifestly excessive.”

POWAperson adds  -  Pity the judge didn't increase his sentence. Here, with help of North West Hunt Sabs, is a summary of Kirkham's career of violence and dishonesty prior to his rape conviction. I am reminded by it that Owen Paterson, rabidly pro-hunt Tory MP and former DEFRA Secretary of State, once described hunters as 'decent, honest people' -  

1987: Jailed after driving his cattle truck at a car containing his then wife and a man with whom she was associating.

1993: Anthony Kirkham and Geoffrey Parks of the Cheshire Hounds hunt, found guilty of violent disorder. Kirkham and Park with a group of men attacked a mini-bus containing hunt saboteurs using pick axe handles. Smashed up mini-bus, one sab was punched in the face and kicked on the floor, while another – Suzanne McGowan – whilst running for help was caught by Kirkham who then beat and kicked her to the ground. 12 months sentence suspended.

1998: Jailed for 15 months for his part in what the judge described as the ‘cruel beating’ of a L.A.C.S. monitor, during a meet of the Cheshire Hounds. The man was chased across a field, sprayed in the face with a liquid, hit over the head with a bottle and repeatedly kicked in the head when he fell. Kirkham told the man, “we’ve got you now, you’re dead’ as he pulled him to his feet and ripped a camera worth £1,300 from his neck. Judge Gerald Elias QC told Kirkham “That it was a serious offence of robbery which involved targeted and to an extent organised violence” and “You were involved in a most serious assault”.

2003: A father and son were charged with assaulting two police officers outside Nantwich Civic Hall in January 2003. Anthony Kirkham (then 58) and his son Timothy (then 20) both of Ridley Farm, Tarporley, are keen supporters of the Cheshire Hounds and Cheshire Forest hunts were arrested outside the civic hall, which was staging the Cheshire Hounds Farmers Hunt Ball. Both men were charged with actual bodily harm, and resisting or obstructing a constable in the execution of duty.

2003: Fined £17,000 for persistently ignoring disease control regulations (F&M). 76 offences in total 2002-2003.

2011: Fined £5,756 for breaching TB restrictions on moving cattle in breach of DEFRA TB restrictions served by DEFRA in June 2009 after TB confirmed in a cow originating from his Ridley Farm. Admitted 87 offences between January & June 2010 period. His son Nicholas also fined for 37 identical offences.

2013: Given a four month custodial sentence (suspended) after pleading guilty to 8 offences of breaching TB restrictions on cattle movement. (2012 period).

2014-15: C.Discharge for failing to produce cattle movement records. Jailed 4 months for 11 cases of breaching TB/Disease control orders.

 

Meynell FH terrierman attacks sabs, breaking one's nose

18-1-18   Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO  It's Saturday so where else would be but at the Meynell and South Staffs Hunt with our friends from Liverpool Hunt Sabs. This week they met at Church Farm Mugginton, a few miles North of their usual Saturday stomping ground.

They left the meet and we stepped into groundhog day. They blatantly hunted, we intervened as necessary and terrier men Andy and Sam frothed at the mouth and pushed and shouted at anyone they could get their hands on, all the time watched by their two young apprentices who looked slightly anxious about the entire proceedings.

We successfully tag teamed them all morning with the hounds speaking very little until they second horsed just before two. From then on it all got a little silly. Huntsman, Sam Staniland, put his hounds into a field of long scrub, an ideal spot for a fox to lay up during the day, and put one up they did. Sabs intervened and the terrier men went into aggression overload. Sam Stanley, second in command behind the aging pack leader Andy, attacked multiple sabs in an effort to slow us down, including head butting a Liverpool sab and breaking his nose. Despite their best efforts our other vehicle was perfectly placed to see a tired fox run up one side of a hedge whilst the hounds ran up the other. They bumped into each other but the sabs were able to distract the hounds just enough to give the fox valuable seconds to escape. Once we were sure it was safe the police were called and statements were taken.

The hunt continued on and once again went into cry but again we were right on top of them Sam had cunningly changed his hat by this point to try and escape identification. Here's a tip Sam. When you've been wearing the same manky green balaclava for years hurriedly changing it when you've just headbutted someone is pretty much an admission of guilt. With that final bit of silliness done the hunt gathered up their tired hounds and headed for home.

A challenging day without doubt but ultimately successful. Little note to the Meynell masters. The more violent your terrier boys get the more you'll be seeing us. Please support our work: http://ko-fi.com/nottshuntsabs.

 

Hunt 'steward' convicted of head-butting sab at Oakley FH meet

17-1-18   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   Today, Shaun Stacey, a self-appointed 'hunt steward' was convicted of assault at Luton Magistrates Court for headbutting a young sab during a cubbing meet of the Oakley Hunt last September. Mr Stacey didn't feel it was necessary to attend court on the day so the trial was held in his absence and he was found guilty. A warrant has been issued by the court for his arrest. He will be sentenced at a later date when he stands before the court.

 

Monitor presence deters Waveney Harriers from digging fox out

17-1-18  Facebook - Norfolk and Suffolk Against Live Quarry Hunting   Report no 36 - New Year’s Day 2018   It was New Year’s Day. It came as no surprise to learn that the boxes of the Waveney Harriers were heading for the Somerleyton estate... over 5,000 acres for the Hunt to cause disturbance and mayhem to its indigenous wildlife, of which there is plenty due in part to the publicly funded stewardship schemes... It was here that they met on their very first hunt after the Hunting with Dogs Act 2004... Unsupervised hounds were seen on the busy B1074 and the quieter Market Lane...

WaveneyHarriersDeerfleeing1-1-18.jpglook up the Estate’s website, they claim that their conservation policy has seen the return of the otter. You may wonder how that fits in with hunting at Wicken Well and Summerhouse Water and indeed on the banks of Fritton Lake, which they have done on previous meets. We believe that it is an offence to disturb otters in such a way... From these wetland habitats they moved along a stream to the east and then back to Home Farm. One monitor keeping an eye on them at this point was approached by a supporter who took a photograph of him with his mobile phone saying “Smile for the camera, you twat”. The monitor had never spoken to him before nor had he done anything to provoke him. If Lord Somerleyton is happy with such provocative behaviour from one of his guests, then so be it but if he is not he needs to take action and nip it in the bud.

the Hunt once more crossed over the B1074 and headed up Green Lane. There were no pregnant cows to stampede on this occasion (see report 2-11-16). The Hunt then headed for a wood called Ashby Green and then the eagle owl man turned up with his bird. He positioned himself about 100 yards away from the wood. Now they were supposedly engaged in falconry except no-one that we trust has ever seen that bird released. When they are supposed to be dusting a trail then they are always filming themselves dabbing that old sock on the ground. So where are all those films of them flushing quarry to a bird of prey and then releasing it?...

From there they approached Rush Pit wood where an observer had seen a fox. The Huntsman dismounted and took his hounds into the wood. The whipper-in remained on point until suddenly he dismounted and ran in after them... The terrier men appeared and it had all the signs of a dig-out. The Huntsman had summoned them all on his mobile whilst standing on a fox’s den... Fortunately, when the hunters realised that a member of the public was keeping an eye on them they left and moved westward...

A big thank you to all those who turned out for the animals. It was a joint effort by local groups and a good start to the New Year.

Pics below   -  1/  Hunt's bird-handler with eagle owl [never seen being released]    2/  Huntsman and Whip's horses being held - they're on foot in the woods after the fox 

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Parish Council complains strongly to Fitzwilliam FH village invasion

17-1-18   Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs    "The Parish Council strongly criticises your inability to control your hounds and riders..." Letter of complaint from rural residents whose privacy and safety is wholly disregarded by the Fitzwilliam - Milton Hunt. Another village where the hunt are not welcomed. (Incident: http://bit.ly/2Dr8DiM)

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'Cheshire Against the Hunt' stage protest at meet venue

'Fox hunting has never gone away' says spokeswoman 

17-1-18   Chester Chronicle   Cheshire anti-hunt group claims illegal fox hunting is still taking place in UK - Police insist all aspects of rural and wildlife crime are taken seriously    Cheshire Against The Hunt this week held a protest outside Bolesworth Castle near Tattenhall because it was allegedly hosting a hunt although there was no suggestion whatsoever of any illegal activities.

Cheshire campaigners claim illegal fox hunting still takes place up and down the country. Hunting with hounds became illegal under the Hunting Act 2004 but many hunts lay a scent for the hounds to follow pursued by riders on horseback and others on foot. Such practices are perfectly legal but Cheshire Against The Hunt wants to raise awareness around its claim that so-called trail hunting can be a cover for actual hunting. The group said in a statement: “Trail hunting came into existence after fox hunting was banned under the Hunting with Dogs Act in 2004. Trail hunting supposedly involves the laying of false trails instead of pursuing live foxes. So it is conveniently easy for these hounds, who are trained to follow fox scent, to easily pick up the scent of a live fox in the area. Foxes continue to be killed because of this.”

Anti-hunt protester Betty Palmer, a Cheshire business woman, said: “Fox hunting never went away. Foxes are killed with intent and not by mistake. Trail hunting is and always has been a smokescreen for illegal fox hunting. "The general public think it was banned 14 years ago but Hunts up and down the country continue to kill foxes every week. These hunts have little regard for private property, pets and wildlife.”

The group said in Cheshire the activities of local hunts were ‘carefully watched’ by the volunteer organisation Cheshire Monitors as well as independent bystanders. Nationally, campaigns by the League Against Cruel Sports and the Hunt Investigation Team had ‘helped lift the lid on the illegal activities associated with hunting in the UK’.

The Chronicle asked Cheshire Police if it wished to comment on the group’s claims about illegal hunting. The force did not respond directly. But PC Ged Gigg said in a statement: “Cheshire Police takes all aspects of rural and wildlife crime seriously and we are committed to preventing and tackling criminal activity. We have specialist rural and wildlife trained officers who have an increased level of knowledge and training in this area. The team has a thorough working knowledge of the Hunting Act 2004, and treat hunting no differently than any other wildlife crime or public order situation.

The role of the police is to investigate alleged or apparent breaches of the Hunting Act, to gather evidence, and to pass that evidence to the appropriate authority to consider prosecution – usually the Crown Prosecution Service. To fulfil this role officers undertake a variety of proactive and reactive work regarding hunting. Officers have worked closely with both the hunts and the monitors within the Cheshire area. It’s important that members of the public inform police about meetings where disorder may occur or where the Hunting Act may be breached. Raising awareness of wildlife and rural crime is a huge priority and we need the rural community to report suspicious activity and assist us in tackling rural issues. If you have witnessed an illegal hunt or suspicious activity you should call Cheshire Police on 101.”

Cheshire Against The Hunt says it is a ‘loose collective’ of like-minded individuals who are taking a pro-active stand against hunting. This week the group decided to hold a protest outside Bolesworth Castle near Tattenhall because it was allegedly hosting a hunt although there was no suggestion whatsoever of any illegal activities. The group says it chose to hold the demonstration at Bolesworth to make the public at large aware the estate was hosting the hunt saying such activities were in ‘direct conflict with their public events programme’.

A spokeswoman for Bolesworth Estate said: “The Cheshire Hounds are allowed to hunt on the estate during the season for legal hunting within the prescribed parameters of the Hunting Act 2004 (c37). We take all allegations of illegal behaviour seriously and would fully support the authorities with any investigations.”

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Police investigate report of illegal hunt in Bicester FH country

17-1-18   Bicester Advertiser    Police investigating reports of fox hunting in Kirtlington    A POLICE investigation is under way after reports that horse riders with dogs allegedly chased a fox in Kirtlington. It was reported to police at 11.50am on Monday. Hunting still takes place legally around Oxfordshire and across England and Wales on the condition that riders must only follow a scent trail as set out in the Hunting Act 2004.

Thames Valley Police spokesman James Williams said: “It is reported that there were about 12 horse riders with dogs chasing a fox. The matter is being investigated as a criminal offence and anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 and quote reference 43180015969.”

In 2012, members of Oxfordshire’s Heythrop Hunt were convicted of illegal fox hunting in the first prosecution mounted by the RSPCA. The Hunt admitted what the prosecutor said was ‘deliberate unlawful hunting’.

 

6 cats still missing a week after E.Sussex FH invaded sanctuary

Staff losing hope and feel tormented 

16-1-18   Facebook - Celia Hammond Animal Trust   UPDATE 16th January    We still have six cats missing and are losing hope.

On Tuesday 9th January at 4p.m a pack of uncontrolled Fox hounds in full cry rampaged through our East Sussex Sanctuary in pursuit of a fox and a deer forcing our resident cats who live freely in the grounds to flee for their lives. In the immediate aftermath of this horrific incident there were around 60 of our resident cats missing - either hiding or possibly injured or killed - we had no idea. Cats have gradually reappeared since then with the last cat to return being BIndi who was spotted on Sunday morning (14th Jan).

E.SussexFH2of6catsstillmissingweekafterhoundinvasion16-1-18.jpgOur staff and volunteers have continued with searches for the missing cats throughout the nights and days since. We are very grateful for all the offers of help but we have restricted searching the Sanctuary grounds to people who know the cats and who the cats trust. Most of the cats are mistrustful of strangers. We are also trying to keep the Sanctuary as calm and quiet as possible for the benefit of all of the cats. We have put up missing cat posters in the local area.

We are particularly worried for the fate of a trio of elderly cats who have not been seen since last Tuesday, we don't think we are going to see them again and are heartbroken. The Doctor, Sam and Ted are three semi-feral brothers, all black in colour. They were born into a colony of cats that we neutered and returned to a caravan park near Hastings many years ago. When their elderly feeder died a few years ago we brought them to the Sanctuary to live out the rest of their lives as the owner of the site no longer wanted them there. These three cats and their sister, Molly resided in a cat chalet near the main house and were well know to our Sanctuary staff, volunteers and visitors. At around 15 years old they didn't wander far and were often to be seen lounging on the veranda of their chalet. Their routines were very regular, as dinner time approached they would be first to appear. Their sister Molly was also initially amongst the missing cats but returned home after two days, but of her brothers there is no sign. They had no teeth and will not be able to find for themselves if they are still alive...

We are totally devastated by the trauma that has been inflicted on our cats, staff and volunteers. The feelings of shock, sadness and anger hit us in waves. The torment about what has happened to our missing cats is agonising.

 

Huntsman/JM + terrierman Dwyryd FH convicted in animal fights trial

Another man and a juvenile also found guilty 

16-1-18   Denbighshire Free Press    Two guilty of badger baiting and animal welfare offences    Two men were found guilty on Tuesday of badger baiting and animal fighting at a Snowdonia farm. They were bailed for pre-sentence reports including the possibility of jailing them and for their financial situation to be explored.

Jordan Houlston, aged 24, of Alexandra Road, Llandudno, an alleged hunt terrier man, was convicted by a district judge at the town’s court of ill-treating a badger, and unnecessary suffering by causing a badger to fight with dogs at Cwm Bowydd Farm, Blaenau Ffestiniog, last February. He was also found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to four dogs and failing to meet the welfare needs of seven dogs.

David Thomas [Huntsman/JM Dwyryd FH], 51, described as joint owner of Cwm Bowydd Farm, was found guilty of unnecessary suffering to a badger by causing it to fight with dogs, causing unnecessary suffering to two foxes by keeping them caged close to dogs causing the foxes to be terrified, and other animal welfare allegations.

Marc Wyn Morris, 26, of Jones Street, Blaenau Ffestiniog, has pleaded guilty to wilfully injuring a badger, being present at an animal fight and causing unnecessary suffering to a badger by causing it to fight with a dog. A boy of 17 admitted being present at an animal fight. A boy of 13 who denied charges connected to the alleged illegal activities was cleared after the judge ruled he had no case to answer.

Sentencing of them was adjourned last week at the start of the six-day trial. Artificial badger setts were allegedly found at the farm and seven skulls, possibly those of foxes or badgers. District judge Gwyn Jones said pipes were used to hold captive animals and dogs brought to a copse to fight.

Allan Armbrister, defending Houlston who claimed he wasn’t present at the time of the animal fight, maintained the way the RSPCA had conducted themselves had been “shambolic.” After the convictions, Mr Armbrister remarked :”They wish to have their fate dealt with as soon as possible.” He said Houlston had little means.

Clive Rees, defending Thomas, argued that there had been an “institutionalised and systemic failure” and identification of his client was unsatisfactory. “There’s no real evidence these (caged) foxes were suffering any sort of trauma until approached by the police and RSPCA,” he added.

 

'Key member' of Puckeridge FH confused as to how 'trail hunting' works

Says no-one told where 'trails' are laid - but can't explain how they know where to go

16-1-18   Facebook - North East London Hunt Saboteurs    Hit Report 13/01/2018 Puckeridge Hunt, Sandons Farm, Ashdon    We met up with S.Cambs, Cambridge and Suffolk And Essex Hunt Sabs to hit the Puckeridge Hunt on Saturday, who we found gathered in Ashdon. As soon as sabs were spotted, the Hunt Master started talking loudly about 'trail hunting'.

Interestingly later in the day when a key member of the Hunt was asked for a map of these alleged trails she said "no one knows where the trails are, that would ruin the fun." When we questioned her further as to how the Hunt would have a clue where to ride to (and also, Hunts are supposed to be able to provide trail information) she changed her mind and said that she knew where the trails had been laid, before riding off rather quickly without sharing this information!

The Puckeridge are known for disappearing easily - probably due to their rather small field following - but this time sabs were with them for the entire day. Sabs used voice calls and horns to ensure hounds were safely away from wildlife where possible. There was a very close call for one fox, the hounds caught his scent and gave chase for quite some time. Sabs spotted him being chased just a few meters in front of the pack of hounds along a hedgerow, with the Huntsman on the other side actively hunting on the hounds. Thankfully different groups of sabs were able to intervene and the hounds were not bloody following the long chase so we are confident this allowed the tired animal to escape.

The Hunt turned back and returned to the area, clearly trying to pick up the scent once more (obviously NOT trail hunting) but were not successful. Other wildlife in the area was seen fleeing in terror - including several hares and a small herd of deer.

The Huntsman was rather irate after being prevented from killing all day and the language from the hunt got increasingly worse through the day. Ironic really, given that the Hunt called the police and were heard telling them sabs had been abusive. We wonder when they will stop getting away with wasting police time and making false allegations? When will officers stand up to them and tell them their job is to uphold the law and not do the bidding of the Hunt?

The Hunt demonstrated their usual prejudiced character throughout the day, with the Whipper- in commenting "they must all be Muslims, that's why they're covering their faces" while laughing at his own wit. A tiring but successful day for sabs and foxes.

 

Blackmore FH follower attacks two women sabs as blocked setts found

14-1-18   Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs  VIDEO   Hit Report Sat 13th Jan 2018 BSV Hunt meeting at Bradley Head Farm, Milbourne Wick    We arrived at the meet early to carry out the usual work we do to make areas safer for foxes fleeing from the hunt. One foot team were deployed into an area north west of the meet and another foot team were deployed to an area north east of the meet.

The north-west team found badger activity and 20 plus holes that appeared to have been blocked a very longBlackmoreFHSheepcarcassesinwoodhuntedin13-1-18.jpg time ago. As they continued they found about another 10 - 15 holes which had been blocked that morning. Spade marks were clearly visible and sabs set about unblocking them. The team then found multiple skulls, a couple were deer but we weren’t sure on the others until we found a pile of rotting sheep ! This can only be described as a mass grave above ground for dead sheep which had been there for a long time, and another sheep laying close by. As the Hunt set off for the meet they headed straight for this wood on the line of a fox. Sadly for the Hunt the foot sabs were watching and saw a fox to safety spraying behind him and rated the hounds.

Mark Doggrell immediately changed direction and took the hounds in the direction of the north east team. Sadly for Mark Doggrell the other foot team were therefore in the perfect position to scupper his plans once again in as little as 10 minutes. This team had found another badger sett and the sabs were busy unblocking some holes. With a heads up on the radio that the hounds were heading their way they were able to make another fox safe that ran through their location. Not long after the hounds came careering through where they were but lost the scent of the fox!

Now back to the north-west team who by now were being escorted from the wooded area by an unsurprisingly irate Ben Doggrell who brought one of his cronies with him for good measure. We are starting to wonder if Ben has blocked ears as he seems unable to talk and shouts his torrent of abuse at full volume!!

BlackmoreFHUnblockedsett13-1-18.jpgAs soon as the sabs got out of the wooded area one of the hunt followers decided it was his turn to puff his feathers and put on a show for his friends. They had all been standing at the gate waiting for the hunt to come through a field with a massive amount of sheep in it adjacent to the wooded area. Had sabs not been there these followers would have been able to push the fox back into the hounds and see a kill.

This hunt follower attacked one sab saying he was gong to smash her f’ing head in with lots of pushing and trying to pull down her face mask. Not getting anywhere he then turned his attention to the only other female sab in this team who wasn’t even facing him and tried to pull her mask down and then punched her on the top of her head. A decision was made to call 999 and the Avon and Somerset police were soon on the scene and we reported illegal hunting, blocked badger setts, rotting carcasses of sheep and the abusive behaviour and assaults. All of the assault and verbal was caught on video and this is being passed on to the police, for this reason we cannot publish that footage yet.

Mark took the hounds away from the other foot team and up onto the ridge where we were able to keep an eye on them whilst sabs were speaking to the police. Whilst foot sabs and the landy followed the hounds along the Poyntington Ridge a foot sab went back to the wooded area with a police man who had been unable to locate the blocked sett. This policeman took footage of the blocked sett and the sab unblocked another hole to show him, this was at the request of his sergeant so we will update you on this in due course.

The landy then came back to pick this foot sab up and the hunt had by now crossed the railway line and headedBlackmoreFHBlockedsett13-1-18.jpg to Henstridge Bowden. The hunt then came along Toomer Hill and with flurries of hunt support circling like vultures. Foot sabs were soon out the Landy again and stopped a herd of deer that had been flushed out by the hounds from running onto the A30. It is not the first time deer have been flushed in this field and one day it may well cause a serious accident!

Mark then took the hounds in the direction of Henstridge Ash, drawing coverts and hedgerows along the way. We didn’t have any more grief for the rest of the day apart from when three quads blocked the road whilst the hounds were drawing a copse. A team of foot sabs were able to walk through and Mark was soon on his way again. By now light was fading fast and the Hunt packed up about 4pm. We did not witness any kills but had we not been there this certainly wouldn’t have been the case.

In the photos you can see the mass grave [top right above], sett holes we unblocked [mid left above], the blocked holes [one, above right] and the flat soil marks which are made by the spades used to move the earth into the sett entrances.

If you want to join us please email us at dorsethuntsabs@riseup.net and as ever many thanks for your continued support and comments!

 

Sab seriously injured in very violent attacks at Dart Vale FH

Alleged that Huntsman and terrierman both part of premeditated attack 

14-1-18   Facebook - South Devon Animal Rights   Hit Report - DartValeFHHuntsmanabouttoattacksabwithhorse13-8-18.jpg13th January    As many of you are now aware sabs encountered extreme violence from the Dart Vale and South Pool Harriers yesterday.

The Hunt met at the Millbrook Inn Southpool, nr Kingsbridge. A mounted field of around 25 riders, two boxed-up quads with terriermen and a few support vehicles went in search of their prey through woodland and valley areas around West Prawle, Chivelstone and the Gullet Plantation. With sabs taking possession of the hounds several times throughout the afternoon the Hunt were starting to show their frustration.

Huntsman Emlyn Jones who seems to rely on his terriermen releasing foxes rather than the more traditional style of hunting, made his way with his pack and the field to a regular release site at Gullet Farm (who are signed up to the badger cull).

Sensing a release was imminent three sabs tried to get to where they thought it was going to take place. After hunt support started to get aggressive outnumbered sabs tried to leave. However, moments later Huntsman Jones came galloping across a field with hounds in tow towards one of our sabs. On the same horse but no longer wearing his green coat and also covering his face with a balaclava our male sab realised that an attack was about to take place.

DartValFHTerriermanabouttoattacksabwithhorse13-8-18.jpgJones rode into our sab bringing him to the ground. He then reared his horse up trying to trample him. Our sab saw the horse's hooves above him but somehow miraculously rolled out of the way. Fearing for his life he got on his feet and tried to run. But terrierman George Bailey then came running towards him, fists clenched and attempting another assault, but he lost balance momentarily and our sab made headway in his retreat. Another aggressive rider then also rode at the same sab trying to whip him, but luckily he just managed to get over a barbed wire fence before falling down a high hedge into the next field. Our second sab was then whipped repeatedly and pushed around by the second rider and again just managed to escape. Sabs tried to find their third sab, whose last recollection was of George Bailey's fists.

All three sabs feared for their lives but managed to escape, regroup and returned to our Land-Rover, which was waiting nearby. We then rushed our sab who had lost consciousness to the nearest hospital where police, who had been on the other end of the phone throughout the attack, met us.

Our guy who was knocked unconscious during the attack lost response at the local hospital and was losing blood, so was rushed by ambulance to Derriford Hospital. He also sustained a hoof print to his head. He is now out of hospital and recovering. He received a badly broken nose and severe bruising to his face, head and body. 

We see this as a premeditated act of violence and attempted murder. Our sabs are lucky to be alive. Footage isDartValeFHSabpunchedandriddenover13-8-18.jpg being gathered and sent to the police and press who will deal with it from here on. We will continue to sab the Dart Vale and South Pool Harriers and hope to protect the poor foxes that are on the receiving end of these brutal lawbreaking thugs.

Story covered by Daily Mail  

13-1-18   HSA Press Release    Hunt Sab critically Injured in premeditated attack by Dart Vale and South Pool Harriers    A Hunt Saboteur is in critical condition after being punched to the ground and ridden down by members of the Dart Vale and South Pool Harriers. The Huntsman from the Hunt was present and involved in the attack. Cameras and radios were stolen during the attack.

Saboteurs had been following the Hunt when a small group of three were lured into a premeditated attack. The injured sab was punched to the ground before being ridden over by one of the hunt horses. He is currently in hospital undergoing a CT scan and repeatedly lost consciousness after the attack. He also has a hoof print in his head.

Devon and Cornwall police are investigating the attack after being called by other members of the group whilst the attack was taking place.

Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteur Association, stated: “This was clearly a premeditated attack by a Hunt that have been put under increasing pressure by South Devon Animal Rights. Unable to kill with impunity they are taking out their frustrations on those that stop them. We hope that Devon and Cornwall Police carry out a thorough investigation but given their usual pro hunt bias we won't hold our breath.”

Story covered by Dartmouth Chronicle . HSA PR reprinted in South Hams Gazette 

19-1-18   Cornwall Live    Hunt saboteur video allegedly shows protester being whipped and trampled on by a horse -  A Bodmin hunt saboteur was left with serious injuries after he was allegedly attacked by hunters and trampled on by a horse in a deliberate 'ambush'    New video footage which appears to show a huntsman whipping a protester is being examined by police. To deal with mounting tensions relating to a number of local hunts, officers from Devon and Cornwall Police are now appealing for all incidents to be reported.

Bodmin man Sid Leigh, a hunt saboteur, was left with serious injuries after he was allegedly attacked by hunters and trampled on by a horse in a deliberate 'ambush'. The 46-year-old claimed he was rendered unconscious and left with a hoof print on his head after he followed hunters across a Devon field on Saturday (January 13). The incident happened during an altercation between members of South Devon Animal Rights and Dart Vale and South Pool Harriers at Gullet Farm in South Pool, near Kinsgbridge.

Police have now appealed for people to make sure that any hunt incidents were reported to them and not just posted on social media. A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “All allegations connected with hunts are assessed and investigated appropriately. This includes offences against the act, damage, assault and disorder, and we share information, investigations and best practice with other forces and agencies. “As part of routine policing, we do work with our communities who have an interest in hunt activity, and last weekend we had officers attend a hunt in Mid Devon. It is clear that whilst these incidents can and do appear on social media, they still remain under reported to the police. We are unable to investigate incidents that are only discussed on social media, they must be reported to us via our official channels. We would encourage witnesses to any offences to share with us unedited footage and images, and be prepared to give statements to allow us to investigate any allegation of criminality. We are aware of the sensitivities and the high-emotions that are linked to these incidents. We wish to reassure you that we will act impartially and promptly to any incident reported to us.”

Police are continuing to investigate the incident near Kingsbridge last weekend which has generated significant discussions across social media. Mr Leigh was rushed to Kingsbridge Hospital in a Landrover driven by a member of their group, but was transferred to Derriford in Plymouth as he continued to go in and out of consciousness and had blood coming out of his mouth and nose. He was discharged later that day. 

The animal rights group have insisted they were carrying out a peaceful protest, and said they had visited this particular hunt several times in last couple of months. The video shot by a hunt saboteur appears to show a protestor being chased by a huntsman. The Hunt has denied the allegations being made and maintains it was acting within the law.

It is alleged by South Devon Animal Rights that one of the hunt followers came at a member of the group and whipped him and pushed him with his horse into the next field along a barbed wire fence. That member then claims that when got pushed he saw one of the huntsmen rearing his horse up at Sid. A friend of Sid's said all Sid remembers is being punched in the face. He went in and out of consciousness and had a hoof print to the side of his head. 

Among those at the farm with Dart Vale and South Pool Harriers was kennel man Emlyn Jones. He said: “I was not there and didn’t see anything. There were a few hounds there. I was on my feet and got off my horse in Gullet wood. As far as I’m aware nothing happened.” When asked if he had seen the protesters that day, he added: “I saw them throughout the day in their green Land Rover but the closest I got was two to three fields away.” He added the group were trail hunting, not fox hunting, and were acting within the law at all times. He said: “As far as an attack goes I’m aware nothing happened.”

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident. If you were there, or have yet to speak to police and have information that can aid their investigation, please contact 101@dc.police.uk quoting crime reference CR/003949/18.

 

Wynnstay FH hosted by Trustee of Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Attempted fox hunting seen badger setts found blocked   

14-1-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    SHOCKING NEWS    On Thursday 11.1.18 the Wynnstay Hunt were seemingly being hosted by a trustee of Shropshire Wildlife Trust! 

We got a tip off from concerned locals that this Hunt would be meeting at Bromley Hall, Bagley near Ellesmere, Shropshire. When we did some research into the meet point we were amazed to find that the host for the day appeared to be John Brown who is a trustee of Shropshire Wildlife Trust!

We have witnessed this Hunt chasing foxes every time we monitor them, so it is likely to be very worrying forWynnstayFHYourdogcankill13-1-18.jpg members of Shropshire Wildlife Trust that one of their Trustees seems to be allowing the Wynnstay Hunt to meet and hunt from his home.

On the day some of our team got into a covert location and not long after the Hunt left the meet they witnessed the Huntsman take his hounds through Mr Brown’s land encouraging the hounds using encouraging voice calls. Our other team arrived who were overt and followed the Hunt. They were constantly harassed and filmed by Bob the Biker and his pal. Why would a legal trail hunt need to send thugs to do this to monitors if they were following trails?!

It looked right from the start as if this Hunt had seen our last Facebook post (the Hunts follow our page) from Tuesday the 9.1.18 with highlights of them chasing a fox. Because our overt team noticed that the Huntsman was nowhere near as blatantly hunting as he had been on the Tuesday. 

We found the Huntsman putting his hounds through dense cover. Of course you do this when following a false scent trail! But when our team were seen phone calls were made and the Hunt moved off – any fox in these areas were at least safe to live another day. This happened for most of the day. Now why would a legal trail hunt avoid monitors, stop what they were doing and move elsewhere when being watched?! The Hunt proceeded to keep moving trying to avoid our overt team who kept with them most of the time whilst our covert team kept tabs on them from a distance.

Badger setts were found filled in all over the area this Hunt were supposedly just laying trails in and the evidence has been passed to the police. 

Fields of pregnant sheep were disturbed by the hounds, supposedly racing about looking for false scent trails? We think not! We know not!

On a happier note we did meet a lovely old farmer who had lived in the area for 80 years and had been anti hunt all his farming life. How he managed to put up with the Wynnstay all that time we don’t know. And even better was that we witnessed a fox escape the hounds by getting away way ahead of them.

Finally, It is getting more and more worrying that members of organisations that supposedly promote the love and protection of wildlife seem to have people in their midst that don’t adhere to that ethos.

Pics below   -   1/  Fox that got away    2/  No plate hunt quad   3/  Hounds disturbing sheep     

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Warks FH hunt fox thru village, hound enters house with baby

Locals furious, complaints made to police 

14-1-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO  WARWICKSHIRE HUNT INVADE HOMES AND WarksFHHoundsingardenOxhill13-1-18.jpgGARDENS  Warwickshire Hunt - Saturday 13th January – Oxhill The Warwickshire Hunt rampaged through the village of Oxhill in Warwickshire on Saturday as they hunted a fox through peoples back gardens [right and below left]. It was down to saboteurs to intervene and stop the hounds from hunting the fox. Earlier in the day saboteurs had already had to stop the hounds after they were spotted chasing a fox near Epwell. Again members of the Hunt did nothing to stop the hounds.

We’ve been contacted by many local residents since the incident who are all upset and angry at what happened. We have put them in touch with Hounds Off who deal with hunt trespass. One local resident told us that one of the hounds even managed to get inside her house:-

I have just had an altercation with Warwickshire Hunt at my property where not only did a massive fox hound get into my garden but also entered my house where my 6 month old baby is on the floor in a baby walker, thankfully we got to her before it did we have reported it to the police and I am waiting for the officer to attend now, I am shaken and beyond furious !Their arrogant behaviour and incompetence at controlling the pack has left me fuming, I can’t bare to even speak to the hunt master who obviously thinks that my home, a haven for my children, is fair hunting ground for their hounds to come and go freely with complete disregard for the safety of my children including a 6 month old baby”

WarksFHHoundsingardenOxhill_2_13-1-18.jpgThere is no reason that hounds from the Warwickshire Hunt would be in people's homes and gardens except that they were illegally hunting a fox. This incident highlights the arrogance of this hunt who obviously think they are above the law and can do what they like where they like with complete disregard for people's private property. Luckily West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs were on hand to stop the hounds from chasing the fox and get the hounds out of the gardens. Local residents are understandably upset and angry at this incident, they could have had pet rabbits or cats out in the gardens.

We’ve been calling for the Hunting Act to be strengthened for a while now but this incident shows that fox hunts have very little control over their hounds and that strengthening the Hunting Act is the very minimum that needs to happen. As long as packs of hounds are allowed to roam freely round the countryside there will always be a danger to both wildlife and people. Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs.

Pics below   -    1/   Hounds trying to find fox in Oxhill    2/  Hounds getting frantic    3/   Embarrassed {?} riders watch hound chaos    4/   Confused hound      5/   Earlier,  fox fleeing hounds     6/   Hounds searching for fox

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15-1-18   Banbury Guardian   VIDEO   Warwickshire Hunt slammed after hounds run amok through village of Oxhill as mum is forced to snatch child to safety in own home    Warwickshire Hunt has been criticised after its hounds ran amok in villages during a chase. A mother in Oxhill expressed outrage after she had to grab her baby when a hound got through her door and ran around in her home. Hounds in Oxhill garden “I have just had an altercation with Warwickshire Hunt at my property where not only did a massive fox-hound get into my garden but also entered my house where my six-month-old baby is on the floor in a baby walker. Thankfully we got to her before it did,” she said just after the incident. “We have reported it to the police and I am waiting for the officer to attend now. I am shaken and beyond furious. I can’t bear to even speak to the Hunt Master who obviously thinks that my home, a haven for my children, is fair hunting ground for their hounds to come and go freely with complete disregard for the safety of my children.” 

The Hunt, which met between Brailes and Tysoe on Saturday said hounds had been diverted from a trail hunt and caught scent of a fox while in scrubland behind the village. Hunting with dogs was banned in 2004 after a vote in Parliament. Since then Hunts say they have abided by the law and hunted by setting trails for the dogs to follow. Hounds in Oxhill garden However anti-hunting activists claim full fox hunting has continued. 

West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs, who filmed the incident on Saturday, said in a statement: “This incident highlights the arrogance of this hunt who obviously think they are above the law and can do what they like where they like with complete disregard for people’s private property. Luckily West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs were on hand to stop the hounds from chasing the fox. “This incident shows that hunts have very little control over their hounds and that strengthening the Hunting Act is the very minimum that needs to happen.” 

Sam Butler, Master of the Warwickshire Hunt, said: “We do not take this lightly. The hounds did get in the gardens and we have apologised. One of the organisers went round on Saturday evening and again on Sunday to see everyone who was affected. All the people he saw would much prefer this didn’t happen but didn’t see it as a major issue. As far as the lady (whose house had a fox-hound enter) is concerned, someone got off their horse and went to see what the problem was and apologised profusely at the time. It is not true to say she had no apology and I will send someone round to emphasise it.”

Mr Butler said the Hunt was on a trail outside the village on farmland and hounds diverted into rougher woodland. “They must have found a fox and the fox ran through the gardens,” he said. “The organisers acted as quickly as they possibly could. We are sorry it happened but everyone did their level best to get hounds out of the village. They were hampered by saboteurs screaming and shouting and creating merry hell. They do not wish us well or anyone in the countryside. We did everything possible to get hounds out of the village and apologised immediately.”

Laura Rainbow of Warwickshire Police said they had two reports that a group of people with horses and dogs had trespassed on to private land around homes in Oxhill. “An investigation commenced and no evidence of illegal activity relating to The Hunting Act 2004 (www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/16031/Hunting) was found. “Officers then gave the concerned parties advice on how to progress their complaints of trespassing, which is a civil matter. “Anybody with information about the incident, should call police non 101, quoting incident reference 199 of January 13.”

 

Sabs menaced, one assaulted at Cheshire FH, locals help antis

14-1-18   Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    Yesterday a small team of Cheshire Sabs joined forces with Sabs from Derby, Lancashire and North Wales Hunt Sabs to check in on the Flint & Denbigh, but upon our arrival we soon found out they were not even in the area at all! Knowing the wonderful Cheshire Monitors were already with the Cheshire Forest at this point, we decided we would pay the Cheshire Hunt a visit instead! We later found out that the F&D had headed over to our neck of the woods and were out killing foxes with the Cheshire Forest..Due to all the driving, Sabs finally arrived in the Haughton area at around 1:30pm and immediately found the Hunt. Sabs pursued into the field and were immediately met with resistance from the red coats and more than 10 other members of the field using their horses as weapons to prevent sabs from reaching the hounds.

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After sabs used their wits to get ahead of the blockade, the hounds where kept in sight for near enough 3 hours, around half a dozen members of the public, sick of their village being ravaged by the hunts illegal activity, aided Sabs in keeping in short distance from the hounds by assuring them the direction in which they had witnessed the Hunt.

CheshireFHGoinghome13-1-18.jpgGoing into cry only once, gizmos, voice calls and hunting horns were used to deter the hounds from pursuing any potential Foxes and to our knowledge, no kills were made.

After dismounting, the redcoats walked the pack along the road with some scruffy hunt servants on quad bikes in tow. A lone sab in an attempt to remove the dirt smeared all over the servants quad bike licence plate, was attacked and thrown to the floor in the middle of the road. After reaching the meet, Sabs gave the hounds some much needed love as they were clearly underfed and extremely exhausted, many with gashes on their faces from being persuaded through barbed wire fences all day. No concerning amount of blood could be seen near the hounds mouths or anywhere else, making Sabs confident their efforts were a success.

If you would like to join us out in the killing fields of Cheshire and beyond to help save our wildlife from the snapping jaws of the hounds, please do get in touch via our Facebook page and have a chat with us!

Also, if you can help us to purchase a drone to keep eyes on the Hunt when we can't get to them for whatever reason, please donate here. We are ever so grateful to everyone who has donated so far, you have been a massive help to our group and we can't thank you enough! https://gogetfunding.com/cheshire-sabs-drone-fund/ 

 

Cotswold FH sett blocker caught red-handed by sab surveyors

Multiple setts in their, N.Cotswold and Heythrop FH countries found filled in 

14-1-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    VIDEO   MULTIPLE SETTS BLOCKED BY 3 DIFFERENT HUNTS IN THE NORTH COTSWOLD BADGER CULL ZONE ON SATURDAY 13TH JANUARY 2018 - ONE SETT BLOCKER CAUGHT RED HANDED BY ONE EARLY MORNING PATROL NEAR HAWLING, COTSWOLD HUNT    We were out in the field by 06.00 and just as we thought nothing would happen a man arrived to interfere with a sett that has been repeatedly targeted in Cotswold hunt country. He ran away [left] after filling in CotswoldFHSettblockerrunsawaywhenchallengedbysab13-1-18.jpgseveral entrances with boulders and staves. Another sett nearby was also filled in with boulders. All so that the Cotswold Hunt would not have their fun disturbed by a fox going to ground in a sett.

Rupert Inglesant is the Master and Huntsman and is also responsible for the multiple setts blocked Saturday morning. Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch found more and kept on them for the hunting part of the day as did badger protectors who were out sett checking.

Just a couple of miles away 4 setts were found to be blocked by the North Cotswold Hunt. We were in the right place at the right time when one fox crossed the road near Cutsdean, Nigel ran the other way leaving Calvin Crossman to fly his eagle to no avail.

More blocked setts are being found today by badger protectors from the Heythrop meet at Eyford who met less than a mile from the NCFH.

They are all out again this week 2-4 more meets each. This is only the tip of the iceberg, dozens of setts filled in on one day in an area where Natural England has decided to licence a badger cull!!

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Pics below   -  1/  Sett blocker escapes on quad bike    2/  Sett entrance blocked by him with staves, rocks and soil 

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S.Shropshire FH hounds riot in village - road chaos, horses spooked

JM Otis Ferry issues apology of sorts 

14-1-18   Shropshire Star    Huntmaster Otis Ferry sorry after complaint over dogs    South Shropshire huntmaster Otis Ferry today apologised to a resident following complaints that a number of hounds caused chaos in a county village. South Shropshire huntmaster Otis Ferry today apologised to a resident following complaints that a number of hounds caused chaos in a county village.

The huntsman, who is the son of Roxy Music star Bryan Ferry, said he was 'very sorry' that Jonathan Edwards had not been informed that the South Shropshire Hunt was meeting on Wednesday at Pontesford, near Shrewsbury.

Mr Edwards, 45, who lives at Lower Mill Farm, claimed about 30 hounds ran through the village causing disruption to traffic on the A488 and frightening his horses. Mr. Edwards said the incident happened at about 1pm and lasted for about 25 minutes. He said: "They had absolutely no control over their hounds which were running all over the main road, causing multiple vehicles and lorries to screech to a halt."

He also claimed that the hounds endangered the lives of his three horses, who were