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LATEST UK HUNTING NEWS

    For stories before FEBRUARY 2019, 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

 

                                 HUNTING SEASON 2019-20

 

OCTOBER 2019

 

…..  1st October - Sabs find fresh & heavily blocked sett in covert Warks FH hunting

 

Sabs find fresh & heavily blocked sett in wood Warks FH hunting

Sab assaulted by steward at side of road 

1-10-19  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO to follow   Warwickshire Hunt - Tuesday 1st October 2019 - Upper Tysoe - Hunt frustration - Active badger sett trashed - #AtherstoneHuntCrisis    Thank you for all the information/tip-offs that we are currently receiving about the Warwickshire Hunt. All information is treated in confidence. Our phone number is 07767620767.

After checking that the Atherstone Hunt weren’t going out this morning and being reliably informed that the hunt is still in crisis and hasn’t been out since last Tuesday where they met in Frolesworth, a small group of us decided to visit the Warwickshire Hunt who met near Tysoe.

When we arrived we found the Hunt in their usual hunting place for this meet. So we headed in land towards the Hunt. Now we know the Warwickshire Hunt put themselves forward as a ‘beacon’ for the hunting community, with Sam Butler a hunt director (ex senior master of the Warwickshire Hunt) giving advice to other hunts on how to deal with ‘anti’s’ and trespass. Hunts are very hypocritical, we all know this, treating trespass as the ultimate terrible sin, but will never answer why they hold this view. Well its obvious why - because Hunts do it all the time. So the pink high-vis stewards were out in force today, clearly getting frustrated and using force now to try and stop sabs from entering land. At one point they even assaulted and manhandled a sab on the side of public road.

Well we persevered finding the Huntsman and hounds and we kept up with them until they packed at 11.30am. Throughout the day the hunt tried to hunt hedgerows, gorse and small wooded areas. They ended up in a large wood near Edge Hill and with 5 terrier bikes out it was no surprise to find a heavily blocked badger sett. Pieces of turf were rammed into one hole with fresh spade marks all around. There was even a fresh latrine on one of the blocked entrances. The badgers underground clearly would need assistance to be able to get out tonight therefore some holes were unblocked.

So nearly every meet of the Warwickshire Hunt we have attended we are finding trashed badger setts. Warwickshire Police seem to pride themselves on acting against wildlife persecution and have assigned officers just for wildlife crimes, so it would be interesting to see what they do about this highly coincidental (we all cough at this point) fact that we are finding blocked setts exactly were the Hunt go and terriermen are nearby. We won’t hold our breath though as senior ex Warwickshire Police officers are members of this Hunt.

If anyone would like to ask Warwickshire Police what they intend to do about the arrogant Warwickshire Hunt’s blatant wildlife crimes their Facebook details are: https://www.facebook.com/warwickshirepolice/.

The Hunt’s frustration is showing, our perseverance is not dwindling and in fact we are even more determined as our actions are clearly affecting this Hunt and convicted blood junky Will Goffe is being kept on the move and not being able to hunt effectively which is our overall aim to stop him hunting and save lives. Hunt staff are looking on wondering what to do with us. They have tried and still continue to use extreme provocation, harassment and other threatening behaviour to try and deter us. If the Hunt had nothing to hide why are they going to such extreme lengths to stop us from filming their activities. All this Hunt need to do is ask the #AtherstoneHuntInCrisis to find out nothing deters us in our fight to stop bloodsports.

Thank you for your continued support. All donations go directly to help us save wildlife as often as we can. https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs.

 

SEPTEMBER 2019 

..... 30th September - Children scream as family hears Badsworth etc. FH kill fox

….. 29th September - N.T. will not re-licence Shropshire packs to 'trail hunt' on Long Mynd

….. 29th September - 25th anniversary of Barle stag shows savagery of ongoing deer hunting

….. 29th September - Mendip FH kill fox in maize - supporters soak and harass sabs

….. 29th September - Crisis-hit Atherstone FH now cancel hunter trials

….. 28th September - The National Trust will no longer licence fell packs to 'trail hunt'

….. 28th September - Monitors help steer 3 foxes away from Blackmore FH hounds

….. 28th September - Two foxes escape Cotswold V FH cubbing - one with sab help

….. 28th September - Sabs quickly pack up first a cub then a leveret hunt

….. 28th September - Sabs assist five foxes to escape from Fernie FH

..... 28th September - Sab car tyres slashed by S. Dorset FH thugs at Cattistock FH meet

….. 27th September - Stag chased by Quantock SH for 21/2 hours escapes on to N.T. land

….. 27th September - Grantham Council reject move to oust Belvoir FH from town

….. 27th September - N. Cotswold FH hounds all over main road, drivers have to brake

….. 27th September - Sabs vow to stop hare/leveret hunting 'festival' in Scotland

….. 26th September - Atherstone FH staff believed to have walked out

….. 25th September - Dorset police now soliciting complaints of illegal hunting !

….. 25th September - Cottesmore FH cause RTA & hunt fox over banned conservation area

….. 24th September-  Sabs flying their drone seems to deter Ashford V FH from cubbing

….. 24th September - Braes o' Derwent FH frustrated as monitors help keep several foxes safe

….. 23rd September - Portman FH filmed hunting and refusing to call hounds off foxes

….. 23rd September - Crawley FH filmed in early morning classic cub hunt formation

….. 23rd September - Lanarkshire FH ignore pained & panicking hound trapped in fence

….. 23rd September - Sabs say Lanarkshire FH killed at least 2 foxes – no gunshots heard

….. 22nd September - Drunk Cottesmore FH thugs assault, threaten, spit at antis, try to steal property

….. 22nd September - Crawley FH lead hounds thru frightened livestock while trying to cub hunt

….. 22nd September - Sabs help 3 foxes escape from North Cotswold FH

….. 22nd September - Newark Council bans South Notts FH from market place on NYD

….. 22nd September - Green MSP's bill to end fox hunting consultation gets 10k responses

….. 21st September - Monitor retired couple arrested on trumped-up 'stalking' charges

….. 21st September - Sabs rate hounds off fox they find Mendip Famers FH hunting

….. 21st September - Northants MH found hiding among cattle & sent packing by sabs

….. 21st September - Sabs help keep 3 foxes safe from Fernie FH's early a.m. cubbing 

….. 20th September - PC tells monitors own fault if feel threatened by hunters

….. 20th September - S. Durham FH upset locals, block A road - supporter swerves car at monitor

….. 20th September - N. Trust renews 'trail hunt' licences for killer Hunts

….. 19th September - South Down FH Huntswoman pretends to police terriermen not with Hunt

….. 18th September - Puckeridge FH follower blocking sab car pulls out sledgehammer

….. 18th September - Woman camper upset by Staitondale FH hunting & chasing sheep

….. 17th September - Monitors aid escape of exhausted stag from Quantock SH

….. 17th September - Meynell FH filmed by sabs blatantly hunting a fox

….. 17th September - Atherstone FH hound control so poor sabs had to call them off hare

….. 16th September - Cheshire FH bolt for home when monitors appear

….. 16th September - S. Durham FH first cubbing meet fruitless, say monitors

….. 16th September - VWH FH cub hunt while pretending it's 'hound training'

….. 16th September - Southdown FH thugs throw rocks, threaten sabs, try to damage car

….. 16th September - Grafton FH hound chasing young fox screams as caught on barbie

….. 15th September - Quantock SH charged with illegal hunting [again]

….. 15th September - Sabs save foxes from S. & W. Wilts FH thanks to tip-offs

….. 15th September - Cottesmore FH stewards try to stop sabs using footpaths

….. 15th September - Sabs twice call Middleton FH hounds away from novice Huntsman

….. 15th September - Pair of sabs deter South Wold FH from serious cub hunting

….. 15th September - Flint & Denbigh FH support's fury as sabs ruin evening cubbing fun

….. 14th September - Portman FH Chairman & riders recorded discussing foxes they hunted

….. 14th September - N. Bucks Beagles return to kennels soon after leaving when see sabs

….. 14th September - S. Durham FH hounds 'running amok' on A road - police attending

….. 14th September - Singing sabs spike hapless Wynnstay FH's cubbing attempts

….. 14th September - Sabs hassled by Avon Vale FH followers - some drunk - at 5pm

….. 14th September - Antis swamp Blackmore FH cubbing meet - Huntsman eventually gives up

….. 14th September - Fernie FH's first cubbing meet of season spoiled by sabs

….. 14th September - Cottesmore FH chase fox to ground & hounds spill on to road

….. 13th September - Warwickshire FH chase fox through people's gardens

….. 13th September - N. Cotswold FH hounds kill as split pack chase two at once

….. 12th September - Councillor calls for Council to sever all links with Belvoir FH

….. 11th September - Sabs think N. Cotswold FH killed early in cubbing meet

….. 11th September - Warks FH JM can't explain blocked sett where they hunting

….. 10th September - Waveney Harriers lose control, sabs left to try to call hounds off deer

….. 10th September - Ashford V FH thug attacks sab car with hammer - as both driving

….. 10th September - Sabs save fox from Blackmore FH but one may have been caught

…..  9th September - Sabs outnumber hunters at Surrey Union FH early a.m. cubbing meet

…..  9th September - Sab visits ensure no cubbing by Quorn or S. Notts FHs 

…..  9th September - E. Essex FH switch from cubbing to trail hunt when sabs appear

…..  8th September - Sabs say saved 3 foxes from Pytchley & Woodland FH cub hunting

…..  8th September - Worcestershire FH Huntsman sexually harasses woman sab

…..  7th September - N. Herefordshire FH new Huntsman scatters pack while cubbing

…..  7th September - Mendip F FH hound van doesn't even go to meet because of sabs

…..  7th September - Police hold up sabs for Flint & Denbigh FH yet again

…..  7th September - SNP future plans doc omits to mention strengthening hunt ban

…..  7th September - Worcestershire FH terriermen have petting zoo, including foxes

…..  6th September - Police reject film of supporters trying to head fox at BSV FH meet

…..  6th September - Muntjac being hunted by Waveney Harriers aided by sabs to escape

…..  6th September - N. Warwickshire Beagles to close, along with 2 other packs

…..  6th September - North Cotswold FH kill young fox in blatant cub hunting

…..  6th September - Sabs twice take hounds off Quorn FH to stop cubs being killed

…..  5th September - D&S SH chased stag into churchyard & shot him dead there

…..  5th September - Sabs help save 3 foxes from Portman FH but they may have killed

…..  5th September - Forestry Commission to publish Hunt meet details

…..  4th September - Pony distressed by IoW FH who gave no notice of their meet

…..  4th September - Convicted badger baiter is terrierman for York & Ainsty S FH

…..  4th September - Stunning stag finds sanctuary from Hunt on Baronsdown

…..  4th September - PC's partner's posts shows he thought Warks FH caused pile-up

…..  4th September - West Kent Sabs complaint against police inaction is upheld

…..  3rd September - Warwickshire FH cause multi-vehicle pile up while crossing road

…..  3rd September - Stand-off between E. Kent FH, sabs & police ends in early pack up

…..  2nd September - Sabs say they helped save five foxes from two Dorset Hunts

…..  1st September - Sab presence discourages Flint & D. FH from cub hunting

…..  1st September - Cheshire FH follower aims threats & intimidation at women sabs 

…..  1st September - Sabs & drone restrict Wynnstay FH to 50 minute trot on roads

…..  1st September - Flint & Denbigh FH member rides injured horse for 2 hours

…..  1st September - CPS drop Cottesmore FH fox kill case one day before deadline

…..  1st September - Monitors report VWH FH blatant cub hunting, including a kill

…..  1st September - Crawley FH observed engaging in classic cub hunting

…..  1st September - Out-of-control S. Dorset FH hounds riot on deer & sheep

 

Children scream as family hears Badsworth etc. FH kill fox

Sabs threatened with thug carrying illegal telescopic baton

N. Yorks police refuse to act against blatant cub hunting

30-9-19  Facebook - West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs    Fox kill witnessed by members of the public - illegal hunting through Brockadale Nature Reserve - Hit Report ~ BBMH/YAS ~ Stapleton Park Farm ~ 28.09.19    On Saturday we paid our first visit as a group to the Badsworth and Bramham Moor & York and Ainsty South merger Hunt, who were blatantly illegally Hunting around the vast private estate of Stapleton Park, along with old friends from Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs and East Yorkshire Coast sabs, and new friends from York Anti-Hunt League.

The Hunt set off from the meet at around 7.30am, straight towards a variety of coverts located in the estates grounds. Riders were seen lining the sides of the wood from the off, showing blatant attempts to illegally hunt away from the public eye.

Just 15 minutes after the Hunt had set off from the meet, our sabs were approached by a masked male in a face covering, who proceeded to threaten sabs with extreme violence. He was also in possession of an ILLEGAL TELESCOPIC BATON. We can tell from their behaviour that this Hunt are becoming increasingly frustrated at the attention they are receiving from anti hunting groups, week in week out. (Video footage to follow).

After the masked thug made off, the Hunt continued to hunt around the estate, in particular around Fishpond and Castle Hill Woods. They then quickly headed east, where a member of Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs had a distressed member of the public approach to say their children had heard a fox screaming as it was killed by hounds. We cannot imagine the trauma felt from hearing such a horrific noise.

Devastated and as determined as ever, sabs kept up with the Hunt, all while Huntsman David Elliot continued to cast hounds into woodland where trails could never have been laid. The Hunt spent much of the morning crossing busy main roads, and decided to head down into Brockadale Nature Reserve, a site owned by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The trust make it explicitly clear that no form of hunting is permitted on their land, but this would never stop the bloodlust of the Badsworth and York and Ainsty Hunt staff. It’s important to add the blatancy of this hunting, which continued up until around 10.30, was not even questioned by the attending officers by North Yorkshire police, when they were told time and time again of their illegal hunting.

We are in need of some new recording equipment, any pennies you can chuck us to help with the costs would be greatly appreciated… LOVE AND RAGE, WYHS. https://ko-fi.com/westyorkshirehuntsaboteurs.

    

 

N.T. will no longer licence Shropshire packs to 'trail hunt' on Long Mynd

29-9-19  Stop hunting on the nation's land    Fox Hunting Finished For Good On The National Trust’s Long Mynd     Yesterday we announced that the National Trust in the Lake District have declared there will no longer be hunting licences granted to any of the fell packs [Melbreak, Blencathra, Coniston, Eskdale & Ennerdale, North Lonsdale and Ullswater] because of their behaviour in 2018.

We’re also happy to announce that after speaking to the National Trust management responsible for Long Mynd on 27/09/2019, we can confirm the ‘trail hunting’ licences for Long Mynd for the South Shropshire Hunt and the United Pack won’t be re-issued after our work with Shropshire Monitors in December 2018-January 2019.

We already expected this to be the case, especially after the South Shropshire Hunt were banned and then arrogantly trespassed on the site, but to have confirmation from the Trust that last season's ban was not temporary is a relief for both ourselves and wildlife. Credit is due to the Trust’s staff in both Shropshire and the Lake District for seeing through the deceit of ‘trail hunting’ and acting on this - we’re now waiting for their colleagues in a number of other sites to do the same.

This is a prevention of access for hunting on the Long Mynd’s 2,000 hectares. This isn’t to say they won’t try and sneak on to get their fix of criminal bloodsports, but any use of the land now for hunting by the South Shropshire Hunt and United Pack is trespass and can/should be reported to the National Trust [cardingmill@nationaltrust.org.uk], Natural England [west.midlands.enquiries@naturalengland.org.uk] and West Mercia Police. Keep your eyes open when you visit! 

The anti-hunt movement in Shropshire, which still needs your help with hunting everywhere else in the County, can be supported by backing or joining these groups:  Shropshire Monitors, Shropshire Wildlife Monitors, Shropshire Hunt Saboteurs, Welsh Border Hunt Sabs.

Many thanks to those of you who supported previous National Dis-Trust efforts and to the 8,151 who signed our petition to Natural England, which we’ve now closed* since Natural England’s consent is irrelevant if the National Trust aren’t approving ‘trail hunting’ licence applications.

It’s worth noting at this point that elsewhere in Shropshire, the National Trust’s Dudmaston Estate [politely contact them if you want: dudmaston@nationaltrust.org.uk and 01746 780 866] licensed the Albrighton & Woodland Hunt during the 2018-19 hunting season.

* After our team sent evidence of hunting activity on Long Mynd to them, Natural England had said in a letter to the National Trust dated 08/02/2019 that ‘demonstration of adherence to the licence will be an important factor in Natural England’s decision to issue consent in future.’ and so were unlikely to renew their 2014-19 hunting agreement for Long Mynd anyway.

 

25th anniversary of Barle stag highlights savagery of ongoing deer hunting

Leading monitor recounts the stag's shocking, savage slaughter in the name of sport

Monitor's footage played major part in Nat. Trust banning deer hunting on its land

29-9-19  Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime    The Barle Stag - September 29th 1994    This eye witness account from Kevin Hill, at the time Kevin worked for the League Against Cruel Sports. Twenty five years later we are all still trying to bring an end to horrors such as this...

Devon and Somerset Staghounds September the 29th 1994 was the day a huge beautiful Exmoor Stag was brutally killed in the River Barle. Shot many times after being trapped in the River Barle below Hinam the aftermath was the Devon and Somerset Staghounds were banned for five weeks by their own association after pressure from within the hunting community as well as from the anti-hunt world.

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                      Stag in river two hounds swim after it It has been shot at once  

This followed an Autumn Stag hunt season, when enormous stags were being chased. Hunt followers were even complaining about the magnificent stags that were being hunted.

The day started with a meet near Molland in the North Devon area of Exmoor. Molland is a small pretty village untouched by time. My duties at the League at this time of the year was to monitor hunts near the League Sanctuaries. Positioned on the outskirts of the village the hunt rode past with their usual sarcastic remarks that were to rebound on them in the days to follow.

Initially I caught a glimpse of the stag on Molland Moor above the village. The usual run in this area was to Slade Hill above the Dane’s Brook, a tributary of the River Barle. But today this strong Exmoor Stag was moving fast even though it was probably in the region of twenty-five stone.

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                  Stag flees from bank where shooters are - several hounds close behind

On the road to the Dane’s Brook I met followers frantically turning their vehicles to move to the River Barle at Hinam or even further down river to Marsh Bridge an infamous river crossing where stags often lose their lives. By their action the stag had already gone through Slade Hill.

I quickly turned my vehicle and joined the fast moving convey passing Whiterocks and through Five Cross Ways towards Dulverton. Most of the vehicles moved onto Marsh Bridge but that day something told me to go to Hinam and down the track to the bend in the river below the ancient hill fort of Mountsey Castle.

I found myself with just a few other hunt followers initially. Suddenly moving quickly was the hunted stag coming to the river. Soon after riders and hunt followers arrived. A shot rang out and instinctively I moved to the banks of this beautiful river with its steep wooded valley. Instantly I came under pressure from riders riding very close to me but I could ‘dodge’ them as the area was wooded. But I could not dodge the followers who did everything to impede my progress to the bank.

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                       Stag panting in exhaustion & fear. He has been shot at twice 

As I approached the river more shots rang out and I expected to find the stag dead. I was wrong. The poor animal was ‘corralled’ in the river with riders upstream and down. Followers on either side prevented the stag from leaving the river. He ran up and down the river with hounds close with an occasional gunshot ringing out. The stag was in real trouble and absolutely terrified. Followers were deliberately trying to block me videoing. And then right in front of me two hunt people were in the water wrestling with the stag and soon joined by a third.

No escape now for the stag.

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Hunter now in river wrestling stag by antlers Then joined by others - they try to drown it

The lifeless body was dragged the other side of the river out of my sight most likely to have its throat cut to bleed the once wonderful stag. As I moved back to my vehicle I was apprehended by a group of followers who held me over the river with warnings and threats. One of them took a kick at me from the rear that physically was painful although I was more concerned that my camera stayed with me.

Mud was smeared over my 8mm video camera lens before they released me. Although with some injuries the mental stress of witnessing the end of this stag’s life is still with me twenty five years on. At least he was not alone in the last minutes of his life.

Video can be seen here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuzipLShQlk.

POWAperson adds   -  This was 1994 and the video quality wasn't great - but good enough to see what was happening - when Kevin managed to evade the hunters trying to block his filing With his typical modesty, Kevin minimises the beating he was given that day [not to mention several others, landing him in hospital more than once] - how the hunters must have regretted not stealing his camera and destroying the film, which was shown on national TV and created widespread outrage. Three years later, after the Bateson report, the National Trust banned deer hunting on its land, though the extent to which the actively enforce that ban has always been questioned. But it was a major blow to the hunt side and played a significant part in strengthening the determination of antis, including the great majority of Labour MPs, to achieve a general ban on hunting with dogs for sport.  Yet Kevin, whose sheer grit and courage is a wonder to behold [I have witnessed it myself], still has to monitor hunts regularly and continues to witness widespread flaunting of the spirit and letter of the law - but that's another story.

The Devon & Somerset SH are still at it, exploiting the infamous 'Research & Observation' exemption by using pairs of hounds in relays to comply with the letter of the law. For the deer chased to exhaustion over hours, brought to bay encircled by howling hounds and then blasted with a sawn-off shotgun, nothing has changed.  

 

Mendip FH kill fox in maize - supporters soak and harass sabs

29-9-19  Facebook - Mendip Hunt Sabs   Mendip Farmers Hunt – 28/09/19     The Hunt met at Edwicke Farm near North Wootton. They spent most of the morning hunting fox cubs in maize fields around the meet. Only three of our sabs were out on foot and were vastly outnumbered by all the scum. Access was difficult with a lack of footpaths and deep ditches between fields. We were further hindered by hunt support vehicles and quads deliberately blocking the roads and slowing the vehicle down.

Hounds went into cry in the maize fields, picking up on the scent of foxes taking refuge there. Hunt support in surrounding fields were clapping their hands and making noise to frighten any escaping foxes back towards the hounds, in classic cubbing style. After a time heard in cry, in one of the maize fields, holloa like sounds were heard from inside the maize, indicating a fox had been seen. Unfortunately our foot team were too far away to intervene, and shortly after the hounds went quiet. Incredulously, the Huntsman Kent Locke had the audacity to blow for a kill, the horn call signalling that they had indeed killed a fox. We have video of this which we will release soon.

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Not satisfied with the murder of one fox cub, the Huntsman cast the hounds into the next maize field and continued to hunt. Shortly after, as the foot sabs walked up a public bridleway towards the vehicle, they were joined by two hunt supporters who were clearly overjoyed that a young fox had just been ripped to shreds. They had brought with them two large bottles of water, which they emptied over the sabs as they stood at a gate filming the hunt. They then refilled their bottles with filthy water and mud from puddles in the bridleway, emptied them over the sabs again several times, and also kicked mud at them [pics above & below].

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Despite this, our drenched and muddy sabs continued to follow the Hunt the best they could given the continuous hindrance from support. After hunting more fields, they returned to the meet to pack up at around 10am.

The two idiots who soaked our sabs also decided to tail our sab vehicle as we left the area, so we took them on a little tour of the local A roads until they got bored at Shepton Mallet Tesco. It must be really boring being a bumpkin if this is the only thing they can think of to entertain themselves on a Saturday morning.

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It was a challenging day for our small team, but we will not be deterred by the antics of the Hunt and their minions. Knowing that they killed at least one fox yesterday is heart breaking. But our resolve is strong, and we will be back in the field to stop them next time. Mendip Farmers Hunt - expect us.

We rely on donations to keep going. Both fox Hunts and the ongoing badger cull in our area are having a massive impact on our fuel fund. Please support us by buying a kofi: https://ko-fi.com/mendiphuntsabs.

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Crisis-hit Atherstone FH now cancel hunter trials

29-9-19  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Atherstone Hunt in crisis    The Atherstone Hunt didn't go out on Saturday after cancelling their meet amid rumours that hunt staff have walked out. They have now also cancelled their hunter trials fundraising event on the 5th October.

It's clear this Hunt is now in complete meltdown / crisis. Our only concern is for the welfare of the hounds.

 

The National Trust will no longer licence fell packs to 'trail hunt'

Action due to Lake District Hunt's 'bad behaviour' last season

28-9-19  Stop Hunting on the Nation's Land     The National Trust in the Lake District have declared there will no longer be hunting licences granted to any of the fell packs [Melbreak, Blencathra, Coniston, Eskdale & Ennerdale, North Lonsdale and Ullswater] because of their behaviour in 2018.   We fully support the actions of the National Trust in the Lake District, who have made the decision NOT to licence any of the fell packs this season. In the minutes of one Lakeland parish council - 

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National Trust - Hunting

Mr ******* ****** confirmed that the deadline for applications for trail hunt licences closes on the 30th September. To date no applications have been received for the ****** area (and the National Trust are not expecting any to be received). Additionally, the National Trust confirmed that if any applications were to be received the National Trust would be minded to refuse them given the behaviour of the packs in 2018.

Therefore, any trail hunting or other hunting activity that is witnesses on National Trust land is unlicensed and therefore is a trespass. Trespass is a civil crime and the only recourse is an injunction however these are challenging to get (and enforce).

The National Trust reminded all present that if hunting of animals with dogs is observed this remains a criminal matter and should be reported to the Police. If hunting is observed on National Trust land (including trail hunting) they would be keen to know about it as well.'

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Let's hope that the National Trust in the rest of England are as honest and responsive as Lake District NT. However, neighbouring landowners such as Lake District National Park Authority and United Utilities need to take a leaf from Lake District NT's book, and stop facilitating illegal hunting by licensing the fell packs, who were witnessed killing wildlife, trespassing and intimidating members of the public on the nation's land last season.

 

Monitors help steer 3 foxes away from Blackmore FH hounds

28-9-19  Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime   VIDEO    Hunt Monitors Save Lives!    SWC & Hounds Off monitors saw this beauty to safety today out with the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt. A full video and report coming soon. If you want to help keep monitors active - https://www.paypal.me/somersetwildlife.

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Two foxes escape Cotswold V FH cubbing - one with sab help

28-9-19  Facebook - Bristol Hunt Saboteurs    Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt – 28/09/19     Today we were up at the crack of dawn, battling the weather and headed to Gloucestershire to give a long overdue visit to the Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt (CVFH) who met in Apperley.

Local sabs had spotted the Hunt and it wasn't long before we found a very small gaggle of supporters lining the roads of Apperley to hopefully witness the CVFH chasing and killing fox cubs.

There's a new Huntsman in town but it was the same old hunt in regards to flouting the law and actively hunting foxes. Sabs caught the Hunt in the field with hounds in full cry and noticed supporters on the road alerting the huntsman that they'd seen a fox and soon enough the hounds were on it's tracks. Thankfully, the fox got away.

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                         Fox flees across road - notice hunt riders in background

We headed back to vehicles to catch up with the Hunt and within no time at all, another fox shot out in front of us, again being pursued by the hounds. Hunt staff (including a few faces from the Royal Agricultural University's hare hunt - The RAC Beagles) were encouraging them onto the line of the fox until they noticed they had company from us. Sabs were quick into action, masking the foxes scent and 'rating' back the hounds. The fox got away to safety under our watchful eyes.

We then kept up with the Hunt and took control of their hounds repeatedly using voice and horn calls. This kept the hunt on the move and soon enough they headed for home. We'll be seeing you again soon...

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Sabs quickly pack up first a cub then a leveret hunt

28-9-19  Facebook - Berkshire Hunt Sabs     College leveret hunt halted    Up before light this morning and Berkshire Hunt Sabs teamed up with Surrey Hunt Monitors acting on a nice little tip off of some early morning illegal hunting.

Firstly we monitored the Royal Artillery Fox Hunt to see what they were up to on Salisbury Plain. Eventually they spotted us and got up close for a bit of posturing and verbal and we recognised one of them as the fox tail waver from last season. However when they realised that their antics weren’t going to deter us they headed back to the meet a good hour and a half early.

Next up we headed over to the Palmer Marlborough College Beagles who were hunting leverets at Lower Everleigh Farm, not far from the fox hunt.

After Sabs positioned themselves all around the Hunt they took the wise decision to stick to the bridleway and do the walk of shame back to the meet. One irate hunt staff lost his temper which is unusual for this College hunt who normally like to avoid publicity.

As with fox hunts at this time of year training their new entry of hounds on cubs, ‘beagle packs’ will go out at sun up and down to make use of the fresh scent and find the vulnerable young of the adult hares. Please see ’Stop Hunting Leverets’ for more information on this vile sport.

A good day for Sabs and monitors who ensured two packs went home early and no animals killed.

If you’d like to help support us please consider donating to our equipment fundraiser here - https://www.gofundme.com/f/berkshirehuntsabs or direct to our PayPal to help us pay for our fuel - paypal.me/berksabc. Thank you for your support!

 

Sab car tyres slashed by S. Dorset FH thugs at Cattistock FH meet

Hounds taken through cattle herd and upset alpacas - no fox kills 

28-9-19  Facebook - Weymouth Animal Rights   Hit Report 28.9.19 - Lady Charlotte Townshend's Cattistock Hunt   Before the sun had even started to rise this morning, Sabs were awake and ready to set off. Today we were going to pay Lady "T" and her bloodthirsty Cattistock Hunt a visit!

Arriving at the kennels for 5am, we were hardly there for a few minutes before we were surrounded by Quads... and this was the scene set for the rest of the morning.

The Hunt left the kennels on horseback with the dogs in tow and headed straight for Wraxhall Wood. This is a challenging area for Sabs as access is very limited, however, undeterred Sabs followed theCattistockFHSablandy28-9-19.jpg Hunt as they headed toward Daws Hill Coppice.

By now our friendly, hi-vis clad "quadders" realised that Sabs would go anywhere to keep an eye on this bloodthirsty hunt, so they called in the "boys", yep, in roll the South Dorset Hunt thugs who have now become the three "rent a knuckle dragger for the day" for just about every Hunt in Dorset!!

These thugs paid little attention to our Sabs in the field... maybe the terrain was just a little too hilly for them? Instead their attention turned to our Landy and blocking us in. Our driver did some fab off-roading to get away from "man on a tag" driver, Adrian Burgess, but while we waited to collect Sabs, our tyres were impaled and slashed! This rendered us completely immobile.

Sabs kept them on the run for most of the morning, even witnessing them take the dogs through cows in a field and upsetting a herd of alpaca, before they gathered up the dogs and headed towards home.

If you would like to join us then please message this page or email - weymouthanimalrights@protonmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We are also very busy day and night working with Badger Protection Group West Dorset to save our Badgers from needless slaughter. If you can make a donation for any amount, then please click on the link.

 

Sabs assist five foxes to escape from Fernie FH

28-9-19  Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs     Sabs help five foxes escape the Fernie Hunt - Saddington, Leicestershire, 7am 28th September 2019    The Fernie Hunt were this morning stopped from cub-hunting by a team from North Cambs Hunt Sabs and Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs.

The Hunt was picked up at Saddington Lodge farm, just north west of their favoured cubbing haunt, Furnivals Covert. Sabs intercepted and the Hunt moved on quickly trying to shake their now regular tail. Fortunately we had two vehicles keeping an eye on their movements form the nearby roads, and were able to anticipate every move they made.

After Huntsman Will Hanson had unsuccessfully attempted to work a number of hedges and small copses in the area, the hounds were put into an area of brush by Mowsley Brook. As hounds started to bay, two fox cubs broke in different directions out across the valley [below].

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Hounds immediately bolted after the first of the cubs, at one point only mere metres behind the terrified animal. The fox dashed for a hedge-line and burst through the other side. This bought sabs enough time to get in front of the hounds.

Sabs managed to get in between where the foxes ran to, and the hounds, and using loud voice calls and liberal amounts of citronella mist onto the ground, the hounds were stopped in their tracks and sent back to the Huntsman [below].

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Huntsman Hanson carried on with little regard for what had just happened, and headed west. We know this area as well as him, and sent a vehicle full of sabs ahead to await him at John Ball covert. As he arrived ten minutes later, he was greeted with a sab presence which must have disappointed his spectators, as he turned around and rode off [below].

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Later on, the pack was cast into scrub and covert near to the Mowsley fish ponds. It was here that as hounds were entered into the south west of the covert, three fox cubs were seen to flash out to the east. Sabs stayed low and covered their trails, and waited until the pack moved away before they left the area.

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                              Huntsman has had to haul houndout of a bramble patch 

With pretty much every fox in the area now terrified and on the run, sabs made sure they stayed on the Huntsman's shoulder and with the pack. After blowing for home, the pack headed back north, bypassing Furnivals Covert with his sab entourage before packing up just after 10am.

This morning was hard going and non stop, but again, sab presence in the fields directly saved lives today.

Hunt sabs protect wildlife every week as volunteers, funding their fuel and camera equipment personally. If you would like to help us, you can do so at: http://www.northcambs.com/. http://ko-fi.com/northcambs.

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Stag chased by Quantock SH for 21/2 hours escapes on to N.T. land

Monitor on hand meant Hunt didn't dare trespass to catch & kill it

27-9-19   Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime  VIDEO    He got away! - Quantock Stag Hounds, 26/9/19    This healthy young stag was seen to safety by Hounds Off and SWC monitors yesterday. Positioned both sides of the valley and on the boundary of National Trust land, there was nowhere for the stag hunters to hide. Once again the camera shy stag hunters profanity- fuelled rage shows that their pastime is one they’d rather we didn’t show you. If only National Trust had a presence on their land then more stags would escape. We won’t always be there. https://www.paypal.me/somersetwildlife

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                   He doesn't know he is safe, so, though exhausted, keeps running 

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                   Two of the riders who wanted to see the stag caught and killed 

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                            The stag crests the rise - downhill and free from now 

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                                   Furious hunter on quad swears at monitor 

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All photos and video credit Hounds Off 

 

Grantham Council reject move to oust Belvoir FH from town

Secret ballot held after councillors reported threats & abuse from antis

27-9-19  Grantham Journal    Grantham Belvoir Hunt meet to continue after vote - held in secret after councillors received threats and abuse - is lost Abuse, including threats to stab the newly-elected leader of South Kesteven District Council, led to a secret ballot on the Belvoir Hunt.

Coun. Virginia Moran called on the authority to withdraw any non-statutory support for the annual Belvoir Hunt. She wanted the authority to reject permission for the use of SKDC assets in connection with the hunt, to force them to name any charity they were collecting for and to ensure costs associated with the event were recovered.

The full meeting of South Kesteven District Council debated a motion on the Belvoir Hunt. The full meeting of South Kesteven District Council debated a motion on the Belvoir Hunt. However, prior to the motion, new council leader Kelham Cooke stood to call for the vote to be held as a secret ballot.

He said: “There has been a significant amount of abuse and intimidation of individual councillors from across this chamber. I have had phone calls and messages from individuals concerned about their safety within their own homes with regard to this motion. I don’t do this lightly, but I am genuinely concerned for councillors within this room. I myself live on my own and have already had threatening messages online calling for me to be stabbed and calling me other names which is not appropriate.”

Coun. Moran’s motion followed the conclusion of a criminal case earlier this year, which saw a now-former employee of the Hunt convicted of assaulting two people who were monitoring the Hunt in 2016. The incident saw one of the victims suffer a broken neck and broken vertebrae, while the other suffered cuts and bruises, bleeding down the side of his head and concussion. The hunt itself did not admit liability for the assault, but did pay more than £48,000 in compensation. Four other attackers involved in the assault were never identified or caught.

Coun. Moran told councillors she was “very disturbed” to hear of the threats saying the response in support of the amendment had been “astounding”. She told councillors that by supporting the Hunt “we are condoning their actions and bringing this council into disrepute. People will no longer put up with hunts parading through their towns when they are persistently flouting hunting laws,” she said. “This council should not be supporting any organisation that has links to criminal activity,” she added.

During the debate, opposing councillors argued the motion would not comply with the Nolan principles – the seven principles of public life expected of public office – or the code of conduct. They also said it would be undemocratic.

Former Grantham mayor and Charter Trustee member Ray Wootten said the Hunt, which has run for more than 130 years, was a tradition which attracted hundreds of people. He said there had been “no police presence until three years ago when protestors turned up”. He, and wife Linda, both spoke of threats councillors had received from hunt objectors. They included councillors being told “we know where you live” and called “evil scum”. He said the hunt itself had been called “bloodthirsty morons” and people had posted they “hope they fall off their horse and break their necks”.

Earlier in the meeting, Kit Henson, from the Belvoir Hunt, told councillors it had “continued to operate within the law after the 2004 hunting act came into force.” He said the Hunt itself had not been prosecuted and “continue to operate at the highest standards". “It is a family-friendly festive tradition and it should not be stopped because of the regrettable action of one individual,” he said.

The motion was rejected 22 against, 12 for, with two abstentions.

 

N. Cotswold FH hounds all over main road, drivers have to brake

Fox throws close pursuit hounds off scent by running over manure pile 

27-9-19  Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    North Cotswold Hunt, Lower Clopton, Mickleton area - 27th September 2019 - Cub hunting meet     We had a last-minute tip-off that the NCH would be meeting in this area, so three of our sabs headed out to give them some company. Upon our arrival in the area hunt supporters started talking about the hunt's meet on Wednesday... but not what the Hunt had been up to - it appears that the fact a sab went out on her own and parked the car 'somewhere' to go inland on foot all morning was far more interesting than what the Hunt were up to, either on Wednesday or, in fact, right in front of the supporters at the time of the conversation.

With a sab on the road (we can't leave vehicles near any of our Hunts as they get vandalised and we need someone able to be able to move quickly either to pick up foot-sabs or follow the hunt if they do a runner) and another inland, one foot sab jogged inland to the Hunt staff who were putting hounds into a hedgerow full of thick brambles - we'd love to see the state of any trail-layer given the job to crawl through there! Sure enough, hounds picked up and, soon after, a fox was seen running along the hedge, past hounds and over piles of manure (to help mask his scent) [below]. He escaped, sab giving him help by rating hounds... and something unusual happened - the normally cocky kennel Huntsman Guy Fitzearle and Huntsman Ollie Dale gathered the hounds and left the area. Perhaps the fact that police are looking into the kills they've had this season (plus other stuff...) has rattled them a bit. Never underestimate the power of filming and knowing your stuff - it's a perfect compliment to traditional sabbing tactics.

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On across the busy B-road (more carefully than usual although this was not to last) and there was some silliness from a couple of riders, one of whom claimed to be the landowner, then backed down and said that he knew the landowner, then the other rider became the landowner then also backed down. Then they were friends of the landowner and, finally, the Hunt had been given permission to be there by the landowner and therefore sabs (probably...) hadn't. With the Hunt drawing blank and moving off (after 10 minutes of waiting for Guy to manage to gather loose hounds), a foot sab and driver headed to a nearby covert, right next to a busy main road with numerous HGV's (there's a scrap yard nearby) and reckless car drivers. Hunt soon arrived as predicted and a supporter attempted to head a fox back into the pack but the fox jinked and carried on. Hounds, meanwhile, had found their way on to, and across, and back over the main road, drivers slamming on brakes and our driver being the only one slowing down traffic. The new Whipper-in and terrierman Chris Trotman were abandoned to gather the remaining loose hounds as the Hunt carried on.

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                              Hounds have lost the fox's scent on the manure heap 

With the hounds picking up, two foxes were seen running from the hounds and their lines were covered, but a third fox was marked in a hay barn, hounds and terrierman both very interested in where he had gone. More on that later...

Hounds were brought round to where the two other foxes had run but we had had a brief few moments of sun (which is a deodoriser) and, coupled with the citronella sprayed over the lines, the scent was difficult to pick up on. Sab was nearby to rate hounds and Huntsman gave up and took the pack back across his favourite main road once more. After a brief jolly and a quick check back at the original hedgerow for that first fox escapee, but to no avail, the Hunt called it a day and packed up.

Longer video (and shorter write-up, we promise) to follow later this weekend, so watch this space. Huge thanks to the people who call in tip-offs, anonymously or otherwise, support us by liking and sharing our posts and those who can afford to throw a few quid our way to cover fuel and equipment. We couldn't do what we do without you!

See you in the fields! 3C  paypal.me/threecountiessabs.

 

Sabs vow to stop hare/leveret hunting 'festival' in Scotland

Three English beagle packs have been invited to Scottish borders 

Organiser is the notorious Lee Peters now Jedforest FH Huntsman

26-9-19   HSA Press Release    Sabs will stop sick “hunting holidays” in Scotland    The HSA has received a hotline tip-off that a number of English beagle packs are travelling to Scotland at the invitation of a recently-convicted Scottish fox hunt.

The hare-hunting beagle packs have been invited by the notorious Lee Peters [left], new Huntsman of the Jed Forest Hunt. These “hunting holiday” are designed to train the new hounds before the season LeePetersJMHuntsmanRossHarriers.jpgproper begins in late October.

The Brighton, Storrington, Surrey & North Sussex Beagles will conduct illegal leveret and hare hunting for the whole of next week. The hounds will be kennelled at the Jed Forest Hunt, Abbotrule, Hawick, TD9 8J.

HSA Press Officer Lee Moon commented, “Trouble just follows loose-lipped Lee Peters wherever he goes. He’s only just arrived in Scotland but is already annoying the locals by bragging about his English hunting mates killing Scottish wildlife. Fortunately, hunt sabs will be there in numbers to stop the slaughter.“

Notes for editors;- (1) When Lee Peters was Huntsman of the Ross Harriers, he regularly subjected hunt saboteurs to violent attacks and racist abuse. (2) His new pack - the Jed Forest Hunt - was convicted of illegal hunting in 2017. (3) By travelling to Scotland the BSSNS Beagles and others are defying their own governing body, the Association of Masters of Harriers & Beagles. The AMHB have instructed their member hunts not to travel to Scotland, so as not to “cause trouble” for Scottish hunting which is facing a variety of political threats.

 

Atherstone FH staff believed to have walked out

26-9-19   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   Hunt staff at Atherstone Hunt walk out leaving the Hunt in a complete mess     The Atherstone Hunt posted the following post on their Facebook page last night saying that Saturday's meet had been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

We are hearing a lot of rumours from the Atherstone at the moment, the most interesting is that once again the hunt staff have walked out. This comes as no surprise as the Atherstone Hunt have a very high staff turnover rate. This raises obvious concerns over who is now looking after the hounds. We are also hearing that some members of the hunt were mistreating the hounds.

As long as the Atherstone Hunt exists and continue to take hounds into the countryside we will always be there.

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Dorset police now soliciting complaints of illegal hunting !

25-9-19  Facebook - Wildlife Witness    Really important we share this online. It’s taken an age to get Dorset police to do this so let’s acknowledge this change of approach in a positive way.

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25-9-19  Facebook - Dorset Police Rural Crime    Concerned about illegal fox-hunting or hare-hunting in Dorset? Want to know how to report suspected illegal hunting?   Hunting mammals with dogs has been illegal since 2004.

Dorset Police will investigate any allegations of illegal hunting and wildlife crimes and will prosecute where there is sufficient evidence of an offence under the Hunting Act. We don't avoid the issue of illegal hunting; if you suspect illegal hunting please contact Dorset Police and these allegations will be investigated by a trained wildlife crime officers who are specially trained to investigate this type of crime.

Any incident needs to be reported to Police by those witnessing incidents in order for their evidence to be produced as exhibits, such as photos or videos. We cannot do this via posts on social media. It has to be done via the options stated below.

By posting live cases on social media could even jeopardise future proceedings. Anyone commenting about a case or defendant in a way that could prejudice a trial may lead to the entire case being dismissed. We cannot discuss details of ongoing cases.

If you would like to find out more information on the Hunting Act 2004 and what constitutes illegal hunting it can be found here: https://www.cps.gov.uk/legal-guidance/hunting-act-2004.You

You can report illegal hunting to Dorset Police using the following options:-

If a wildlife crime is definitely in progress call 999

If urgent (evidence at scene or offenders still present) call 101

If a general report please email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or visit our website https://www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online/

Alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

POWAperson comments  -  Blimey! It's only been a short fifteen years since the Hunting Act was passed and already a police force has noticed that maybe there's some illegal organised hunting going on! Seriously, well done to all the anti groups in Dorset who have been trying to persuade Dorset police for ages that illegal hinting is not just very real but almost ubiquitous.

Sab and monitor groups still however have the dilemma of whether it is best to publicise cases of illegal hunting immediately or refer them to the police and say very little about what occurred on social media and in the press. Given both the unlikelihood of securing prosecutions - largely, though not entirely, because of the inadequacy of the Hunting Act itself - and the length of time police and CPS take 'investigating' them - not to mention the piffling sanctions even when convictions are obtained and the fact that some police forces seem to, at best, turn a blind eye to illegal organised hunting and the CPS has a record of not just being reluctant to take up cases but, even when it does, of dropping them  for no apparent reason, it is hardly surprising that some groups have preferred to go straight to social and/or the mainstream media. An excuse Dorset CPS themselves used for not proceeding against the Cattistock some years ago was that the hunt side have 'expensive lawyers'. But congrats to Dorset police on this latest innovation. They are the first force anywhere to do this when other forces statements on hunting have been less than helpful.  

 

Cottesmore FH cause RTA & hunt fox over banned conservation area

Hound invasion caused damage to rocks  & vegetation 

25-9-19  Facebook - Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    Tilton Cutting is a 4.4 hectares geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), west of Tilton on the Hill in Leicestershire. It is a Geological Conservation Review site which is owned and managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and known as Tilton Railway Cutting. The Cottesmore Hunt have NO right to enter Tilton Cutting.

Chris Edwards, Huntsman of the Cottesmore Hunt, hunted a pack of more than thirty hounds in and out of the reserve, the dogs searched up and down the banks and were seen falling down and taking some rock face with them. A fox was chased in and out the area. Hounds, horses and quads have disturbed lots of vegetation and wildlife.

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The Hunt not only caused chaos through the nature reserve but hounds were all over the roads; quads and support were instrumental in causing a road traffic accident which, in this instance caused only minor vehicle damage and no injury. It could have been so much worse.

If you see the Cottesmore Hunt hunting in an LRWT Nature Reserve please let us know and email the LRWT at info@lrwt.org.uk with any photos or videos you have taken. https://www.lrwt.org.uk/nature-rese…/tilton-railway-cutting/.

Note: *Dogs are permitted on this nature reserve but on short leads only*. https://ko-fi.com/A3372I1A

25-9-19  Facebook - Northants Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO  VIDEO  Cottesmore Hunt caught illegally hunting with quad bikes in Wildlife Trust reserve, a 'geological site of special scientific interest'   On the 21/09/19, the Cottesmore hunt were blatantly cub hunting for young foxes in Tilton railway cutting which is managed by Leicestershire & Rutland CottesmoreFHHoundsquads21-9-19.jpgWildlife Trust.

The two quads driven by the violent hunt 'stewards' sped through the reserve which is a 'geological site of special scientific interest'. 'Stewards' on the quads included Kelvin Pestell - who had already seriously assaulted a sab that morning ; Ollie Barton who had earlier masked-up his whole face to intimidate a lone female sab; Mr temper-tantrum Paul Rutter and a drunk Marc Birney. They truly think their vile behaviour is above the law. Every element of a Hunt's activities selfishly disturbs and risks wildlife and other visitors to the reserve.

Let makes this really clear to the Cottesmore Hunt and their embarrassing 'stewards'...

quad bikes are not allowed in the reserve

the Hunt has no right to enter the reserve

the Hunt is deliberately harming wildlife

loose hounds are not allowed in the reserve ('dogs are permitted on short leads only')

Concerned members of the public and ourselves will be keeping an eye on the Cottesmore and their abuse of wildlife, and reporting it to the Wildlife Trust.

Please contact the Wildlife Trust (take pictures and videos if safe to do so) and us if you see the Cottesmore Hunt trespass on Wildlife Trust land.

21-9-19  Facebook - Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Cottesmore Hunt cause car collision on road due to hunt causing chaos    Meet Paul; he is one very angry man. Hunt steward of the Cottesmore Hunt. Paul's behaviour was typical of the hired thugs antics today. Running around bawling allegations of one type or another at the tops of their voices (the strong smell of alcohol from these "stewards" lent no small hint towards their exaggerated vexations).

There is a lot of footage to pore through as the drunken Cottesmore thugs today assaulted several people, we witnessed an awful lot of Public Order offences as well as Road Traffic Act offences including but not limited to drink driving and at least one fox was seen to safety.

This chap is typical of the average fox hunt supporter. What has angered them? The presence of our cameras. Hit report to follow:- https://ko-fi.com/A3372I1A.

 

Sabs flying their drone seems to deter Ashford V FH from cubbing

24-9-19  Facebook - West Kent Hunt Sabs   Tuesday 24th September    Today the weekday club assembled once more to hold Kent's lawless Hunts to account and the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt was our Hunt of choice this morning, mainly as it can't refrain from breaking the law! Smashing the rear window of our vehicle a couple of weeks ago has only made us more determined to stop them hunting!

The Hunt took its hounds to Lambs Land Farm at Rolvenden Layne where the Hunt met. It was clear from the start that the small copses that surrounded the meet were the planned hunting area. We wanted to make it clear to the Hunt that if they surrounded the wood in a traditional cub hunting style they would be filmed by our drone.

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We took the drone out on a couple of trips pushing it through the wind and rain to hammer home the point! We think the Hunt got the message, taking the hounds out for a walk well away from the wooded areas by the meet.

Our foot sabs were by now thoroughly soaked and the Hunt had vanished, our mobile team also had no eyes on the Hunt. What was most interesting was the terrier men were not following the hounds, instead they remained at the meet with the die hard foot followers. Could they be waiting for the Hunt and hounds to return to the meet so they could hunt the area they had obviously planned to??

When the Hunt did return we put the drone up again once again, just to make sure that the Hunt didn't take advantage of the situation. Whilst our drone was above them we noticed the hounds mass as if it was a kill which was really odd [below]! It looked as if some of the hounds had set upon a loan hound - very bizarre!

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We were soaked and so were they but we are sure that we had screwed up their plans so a successful day for us!

Our vehicle costs are escalating with these midweek escapades so any donations to help would be greatly received! www.paypal.me/eastkenthsa.

 

Braes o'Derwent FH frustrated as monitors help keep several foxes safe

24-9-19  Facebook - NE Hunt Monitors   Hit Report 3 , 21.09.19 Braes Of Derwent Cubbing Meet at Stoney Heap, Lanchester Co Durham   After a few tip-offs from members of the public we decided to go pay our old friends at Braes an early morning visit.

Knowing the area well and with the Hunt spotted on Sunniside farm (including mounted children) we split into teams to surround the area.  With thick fog covering the area we had to listen for the Hunt to set off and with doing so the hounds immediately picked up on a scent not far from the farm and a small outcrop called Barley Mill. With a team approaching them from the top and one from the side the Hunt soon got a shock when monitors appeared through the mist. With tempers flaring from the off we knew they had been on a fox and that it had escaped.

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Hunt support then attempted to remove the team from the area as the sound of the houndsman's voice commands encouraged the hounds to find the scent. With 2 vehicles in good locations and drivers with long lenses the Hunt became visible as the fog cleared. A call was made to the police at this point to inform them of an illegal fox hunt taking place.

Again the hounds went into cry and with 2 teams of monitors on their tail the Hunt come to a standstill. Terriermen on quads and point riders could be seen in the long lens surrounding the wood. We knew a fox had gone to ground and the Hunt knew it too.

We will take this opportunity to thank Durham police for attending so quickly and for listening to our concerns, we were made aware that the Hunt had also called them stating they were being threatened by masked men with weapons. Not one of our monitors had their face covered and the so called weapon was a bottle of citronella.

Again Monitors were manhandled by Photographer Kevin Owens doing an impression of a nightclub bouncer ( see video posted earlier ) it was a sight to behold.

After speaking with our drivers and hunt support the police made their way into the field to chat to our teams which also had the Hunt on a standstill as they really wanted that fox.

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After some time had gone by the hounds were taken and cast into a small area of brush behind the farm in the hope that our teams would follow, we know better than that and stayed put behind a hay bale. Our driver watching from up high views the quads returning to the wood and gave directions for the team to go check it out.

Just as the team arrived a terriermen was entering the wood with a spade in hand, he turned to see the monitors and with a heavy sigh he turned tail back to his quad. A stand off ensued.

The other team now picked up to follow the Hunt were dropped at the next location where hounds were cast into a large area of gorse. Another monitor vehicle driving around the area spotted 2 foxes and quickly covered their path. Another monitor who had just turned up spotted a young fox on route to the area and with 3 hounds not far behind it she managed to turn the hounds around and send them back to the pack.

Meanwhile at the standoff between terriermen and monitors , the monitors won with terriermen leaving and monitors staying a while longer nice a quiet giving the Fox time to make its escape. Admitting defeat and after many riders had had enough of sitting around they packed up.4hrs of hunting and NO KILLS made for a very unhappy Hunt.

Massive well done to all the team who attended this meet, who after some time away out of season showed they hadn’t lost the knack and still know how to put pressure on the hunt scum to save our wildlife. We believe 4-5 foxes were saved and we hope they go on to live long and happy lives. #LongLiveTheFox ��

You can help us with fuel and equipment costs by donating via PayPal. paypal.me/huntmonitors. We do also have a hunt monitors bank account we can give details via PM

 

Portman FH filmed hunting and refusing to call hounds off foxes

Challenged by 2 members of the public who saw them at it

23-9-19   Facebook - Wildlife Witness  VIDEO  Here is a video of events this morning with the Portman Hunt. This is a joint video with our colleagues at North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs who joined us today at incredibly short notice.

Thanks too to our supporters who tipped us off as to the Hunt's location and to the members of the public who helped us today.

POWAperson adds – The film opens with a driver in a van pulling up on a country road. He has seen a fox cross, can hear hounds in cry and see a rider the other side of a hedge slapping his saddle [below] to try to scare the fox back towards the pack [saddle slapping doesn't achieve a lot in 'trail hunting']. The driver has complained to hunt staff. The saddle slapper, unaware, carries on until told by an anti that he's being filmed.

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Later in the morning, another member of the public sees the Hunt chasing a fox. Sabs find excited hounds searching hedges in a narrow country lane, accompanied by a mounted Hunt employee. His response to a sab urging him to call hounds off is to harass them [below]. Another Hunt employee, cantering on tarmac, then encourages hounds on, even though he clearly knows they are pursuing a fox.

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Crawley FH filmed in early morning classic cub hunt formation

23-9-19   Facebook – Wildshield     Crawley and Horsham Hunt Sept 23 , 2019 just after dawn, north of Worthing, West Sussex    Hunting with dogs was banned in England in 2005. However, hounds had traditionally cub hunted in autumn, entering the new intake of hounds in woods at dawn where foxes and cubs are likely to be found. Nothing has changed. The Crawley and Horsham Hunt is arguably Britain's most illegal hunt with previous convictions and a pending prosecution.

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Lanarkshire FH ignore pained & panicking hound trapped in fence

Left to sabs to release the distressed animal 

23-9-19  Facebook - Glasgow Hunt Sabs    Distressing video footage of the hound left behind byLanarkshireFHDistressedhound23-9-19.jpg the Lanarkshire & Renfrewshire Hunt     As mentioned in our latest hit report, terriermen were aware of her but showed little concern, saying that they would “come back for it tonight”. The sab who found her had already got her untangled before starting to film, as she appeared to be in a great deal of pain, and clearly was still in a state of panic. The sab managed to eventually help her under the fence and she returned to the Hunt.

It will come as no shock that those who find pleasure in tormenting wildlife will often also have little regard for the animals under their care. It is not uncommon to see underweight and undernourished hunting hounds, sometimes with great scars, gashes and growths left untreated.

A pivotal sabbing moment for me, and one I often repeat to new sabs, was a supporter of the Hunt retorting “well think of the cleaning bill!” her face smacked with a look of utter amazement, when asked why the hounds couldn’t at least just have somewhere warm and soft to lay - rather than the cold, bare, stone kennels they are afforded. A real eye opener to the two very different wave lengths we were operating on... To see sentient life only in terms of yourself, for your amusement or to be used up and cast aside like tools. Starve them- they hunt better. Withhold comfort - save money.

That is the underlying difference between us and them, it’s not ‘class’ or ‘country living’ but a lack of empathy and an overwhelmingly undeserved sense of entitlement.

 

Sabs say Lanarkshire FH killed at least 2 foxes – no gunshots heard

23-9-19  Facebook - Fife and Central Scotland Hunt Sabs    Hit Report 21-09-19, Lanarkshire and LanarkshireFHTerrierman21-9-19.jpgRenfrewshire Hunt, Belltrees Beild     On Saturday we got ourselves out of bed at 3:30am to join our friends Glasgow Hunt Sabs in paying the L&R Hunt a visit.

We positioned ourselves at both exits from the kennels in Houston to wait for the Hunt to set off. We were led to the meet, Belltrees Beild in the Lochwinnoch area. The Hunt set off soon after arriving and immediately began to hunt west of Barcraigs Reservoir. Hounds were heard in cry and when sabs arrived on the scene, we discovered they had already killed - no gunshots were heard. The body of the fox was swiftly passed to a hunt supporter in a 4x4, who drove off soon after.

The hunt covered a wide area with the hounds often heard in cry. They hunted the same woodlands for an extended period of time, obviously chasing a fox through the wood, with the fox never breaking cover. One fox did break cover away from the Hunt, closely pursued by a shooter, who was seen running with a ready to use firearm in his hands. The fox was seen away to safety by a LanarkshireFHAnother21-9-19.jpgsab in the area. A lone hound was heard howling during the course of the day, as they were painfully caught on a barbed wire fence. Luckily the hound was helped by a nearby sab.

The Hunt continued on around Barcraigs Reservoir and were discovered digging out and killing another fox, again no gunshots were heard.

This would normally be the time of year for cubbing, while the foxes killed were more than likely this year's cubs, it appeared to be hunting as normal.

There was a very coordinated effort by the hunt to kill as many foxes as possible. Members of the hunt, in cars, on quads and the huntsman and followers were overheard discussing the whereabouts of a fox who had broken cover. There was a lot of excited discussion and organising how best to locate and head the fox off before the hunt scrambled to get to where the fox had last been seen. What a sickening and pathetic display from grown men getting so worked up about the prospect of killing a little fox.

It was a particularly gruelling and upsetting day for us, with a lot of land covered. We would be more effective in greater numbers. Please consider joining us. Share. Sab. Donate. paypal.me/fifehuntsabs


Anti repeatedly harassed as VWH FH attempt to cub hunt

23-9-19  Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch      Saturday 21st September, VWH Hunt    We once more worked with Ridgeway Illegal Hunt Watch to track the VWH, this time to a 7 am cub hunting meet at Claydon fields near Lechlade. Supporter presence was noticeably low.

We were in place on the road and on the disused railway as they drew the wood right next to the meet (and recklessly close to the A417) and encouraged the hounds to search up along the hedge going north. They had riders on point along the edge of the wood and were saddle-slapping to deter foxes from leaving covert. This is an activity typical of cub-hunting – a sinister noise used to terrify the little cubs so they don’t flee the wood. This is NOT a feature of ‘trail hunting’.

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As they worked their way up supporters gathered on the disused railway where they engaged in a range of unpleasant behaviour towards a sab. This included blowing clouds of ‘vape’ smoke in her face, standing in front of her to block the camera and (in the case of one rider) pointlessly haranguing her as she filmed the hunt activity. They set a stalker on her when she moved away.

We did not hear the hounds pick up. In fact the day was characterised by the Hunt moving around hunting hard without picking up on cry and one fox had its back protected as it safely left the area unseen by the Hunt and undetected by the hounds. It was warm and dry so not good conditions for hounds seeking the scent of live fox. However, no problem we would have thought for any Hunt really engaged in following a trail of fox urine. On the very rare occasions that the Hunt have laid a genuine fox urine trail [invariably a demonstration for the press] it has been observed that hound behaviour is characterised by going into loud cry and running together as the artificial trail constitutes a very clearly defined and strong scent.

The Hunt went north searching the hedges, ignoring the long wood which had two sabs in it and then across west. for the second time this season the VWH Land Rover did a ridiculous forward-reverse 'dance' in an attempt to obscure filming of the hounds drawing a crop field to the rear. With the vehicle present, they paid particular attention to Snowstorm Copse using horses to try and block our sab's view as they put hounds through the wood. A group of men repeatedly tried to bully her off the footpath claiming it wasn’t one! NB: Given the Hunt's apparent confusion re footpath locations, we could have a whip round and get them a map but we doubt they have they the wit or inclination to use it.

They then went east towards Great Lemhill and Bushyleaze. After Bushyleaze they hunted west along the River Leach towards Rottenborough Copse where we had seen the terrierman landy earlier crossing a field of cows towards a disused barn. They headed back down the dismantled railway line and over to Stanford Hall. The latter was the location of the meet we attended two weeks ago. The return visit to the same area suggests that they felt their plans had been frustrated on that occasion.

Thank you to all of our supporters. Your donations are much appreciated as most of us are out during the badger cull as well which is very active in Gloucestershire and bordering counties. The government have approved culling in 11 new areas taking the total up to 43. Up to 64,000 animals are likely to be killed.

 

Drunk Cottesmore FH thugs assault, threaten, spit at antis, try to steal property

22-9-19  Facebook - Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs    Cottesmore Hunt, 21/09/2019 - Launde, Leicestershire    Another Saturday in September, another day for the Cottesmore Hunt, a gang of organised wildlife criminals, to childishly insist on breaking the law and go out hunting foxes with a pack of dogs. Today, as with last week the Cottesmore are engaging in the illegal practice of "cubbing" in order to train the younger hounds in hunting foxes.

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Upon leaving the meet they hunted the various woods around Round Hill Spinney, gradually making their way north-west towards Colborough Hill. One fox was seen to safety from Tennis Wood on the north-western slope of Colborough Hill despite the best efforts of the field riders to stop us saving the fox by using their horses as weapons. By tag teaming with our friends Northants Hunt Saboteurs we managed to keep the hunt moving for the couple of hours they were out.

Huntsman Chris Edwards made a half hearted attempt to hunt the disused railway line on the way back to the meet but with sabs in sight he seemed to think better of it and called it a day at a little after 09:00.

Today the Cottesmore were using a beautiful Golden Eagle in a pathetic attempt to corroborate the false alibi of using the bird of prey exemption.

The going was hard for sabs. With very narrow roads and lots of scattered field riders and supporters deliberately obstructing our two vehicles at every opportunity. As well as this the Cottesmore Hunt had brought in a gang of at least 10 drunken thugs who spent the morning riding quad bikes on public roads - drunk, assaulting people who were trying to gather evidence of illegal hunting, driving at people, spitting at people, name calling, damaging vehicles, stealing radios and attempting to steal several cameras which had captured the evidence. Fortunately they failed to get the cameras and the evidence is on its way to Leicestershire Police along with victim and witness statements. The footage will be released in time but for now we are keeping it private in respect of the police investigation. The assembled drunkards also failed to get the reaction they are so desperate for.

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These base thugs have been trying these bully boy tactics for a number of years now yet sab numbers across the region and indeed the country are steadily rising meaning we can expose more wildlife crime and give the professional liars and co-conspirators at the Countryside Alliance and the MFHA an even bigger headache.

We will continue to engage with the police, bearing in mind the law is now on our side and where we think some of the old school, conservative, anti animal rights culture is rearing its ugly head we will respectfully challenge it.

No foxes were harmed today. https://ko-fi.com/A3372I1A.21-9-19

21-9-19  Facebook - Northants Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO    21/9/19- Cottesmore Hunt out Cubbing  Video of the Cottesmore beckoning their drunk 'steward' thugs in obvious desperation of us pesky sabs! The strange boy who harasses this sab by getting right in her face while covering his whole face with his balaclava is OLLIE BARTON. Ollie you are an embarrassment and represent the sick behaviours of the Cottesmore Hunt.

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The Cottesmore Hunt are panicking! We have been targeting the illegal hunting of the Cottesmore for some time now. The desperation and increasing pressure on Christopher Edwards and the hunt is clearly getting to them- as they are trying all their dirty tactics to try to stop us. But none will work and it is laughable to witness.

Today's hunt was a weird mix of pony club child riders and the Hunt's own drunk 'steward' (check out the armbands) thugs riding on quad bikes. The hunt 'stewards' were their normal mix of embarrassing, violent and vile and only prove the Cottesmore Hunt to be the nasty and cowardly criminals they are. Thugs included Kelvin Pestell and Marc Birney- known hunt lackies.

Full Hit Report to follow- but once again, sabs successfully stopped any foxes being illegally killed today. COTTESMORE HUNT your hunting days are numbered...

 

Crawley FH lead hounds thru frightened livestock while trying to cub hunt

22-9-19   Facebook - West Sussex Hunt Sabs     Saturday 21st September, Crawley and Horsham cub hunt meet Stretham Farm, Small Dole    After a couple of discreet mid-week hunt monitoring sessions we were out once again. Hunt watch started at 4am as usual, it was all very quiet and by the time we spotted signs of a meet we had already polished off all the coffee and snacks… we were with them from the off, although it took the Hunt a good while to realise they were not alone!

They made a few attempts at surrounding various copses working the hounds through, but they seemed to pick up little and it became apparent that the huntsmen were slightly stuck as to where to go as every time they spotted us their directional plans seemed to change and the Huntsman would quickly gather in the hounds and head back often exactly the same way they had just come.

If this was a so called ‘trail’ hunt, or 'hound exercise' why were they going around in circles (as usual) and standing around copses drawing the hounds through with the Huntsman on foot also in the bushes… not forgetting to mention having two quad bikes out with known terriermen on them… and running away every time they saw a monitor or sab?

The Hunt also had no qualms about taking the hounds straight through fields full of petrified sheep and cattle. Farmers have been known to get very upset about dogs straying in their ‘livestock’ fields, yet for some reason many let the Hunt on their land allowing them to terrorise those same animals, the same hounds which are intentionally trained to hunt live quarry.

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The Hunt seemed a little frustrated at the end so one of the terrier boys decided to have a go at a monitor for filming the hounds and hunt some of which included child riders, he inadvertently admitted they ‘draw’ the hounds through woods as opposed to following set trails. We would question why they would take children on blatant illegal cub hunts to start with…

Miraculously it also seems even the huntsman himself can open gates, so again we question the purpose of the terriermen....sorry *cough* ‘gate openers/servants'.

We remained with them throughout the morning and kindly accompanied them back to the meet just to make sure their hounds didn’t stray again on the way home.

 

Sabs help 3 foxes escape from North Cotswold FH

22-9-19  Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO  Saturday 21st September 2019 - North Cotswold Hunt, Bourton Hill House    We kept close tabs on them to start with and when hounds managed to hunt a fox from Toad Corner we were ideally placed to rate the hounds off, allowing him to escape into some gorse.

Ollie Dale then took hounds the gorse, flushing the fox out just in front of hounds... but he escaped into a large badger sett. Since the police have warned the Hunts about blocking setts, many remain unblocked and this fox managed to escape as a result!

The feeble explanation of "cold marking" (where hounds mark a hole with a fox in residence as opposed to one escaping from them into a hole) cut no ice with us.

Shortly afterwards another fox ran by and we sprayed across the wood to mask his scent. They went on for another hour or so with the terriermen getting a bit snotty towards the end.

As this is in the North Cotswold cull zone, sett checking was commenced afterwards, intermingled with brunch. A short stop for tea and updating logs and it was then a matter of peanut harvesting. Another team from 3C was active in the West Gloucestershire zone.

These are very long days and people were busy into the small hours protecting badgers, with other groups and individuals working extremely hard and putting themselves in very uncomfortable situations too. Hats off to Cirencester Illegal Huntwatch who are doing so much in South Gloucestershire and all the independent local autonomous groups.

Please keep the info flowing in, get in touch if you want to get out on the ground and our paypal is paypal.me/threecountiessabs.

 

Newark Council bans South Notts FH from market place on NYD

22-9-19   The Canary    A council bans the ‘most appalling’ Hunt from parading through its town   South Notts Hunt in Newark A Nottinghamshire council has kicked a Hunt from its land. And it’s the latest in a string of councils waking up to the horrors of hunting.

Newark Town Council has banned South Notts Hunt from parading through the town on New Year’s Day 2020. On 20 September, Newark Advertiser reported that the council’s finance and general purposes committee voted to stop the “traditional” 1 January meet, which took place every year in the market place.

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The newspaper quoted Gill Dawn, deputy leader and chair of the committee, as saying: ”The hunt is the most appalling thing to happen, encouraging people to abuse animals and dress up and drink. However Kate Cressey, master of South Notts Hunt, claimed on Facebook that the Hunt still plans to meet in Newark on New Year’s Day.

Derby Hunt Saboteurs protested outside the Navigation Inn, Breaston, Derbyshire, in April. Labour MP Chris Williamson attended the protest, which demanded the pub stop hosting the South Notts Hunt.

 

Green MSP's bill to end fox hunting consultation gets 10k responses

22-9-19  STV     Fox and hare bill consultation receives 10,000 responses - The proposed bill would close 'loopholes' with the hope of 'ending hunting for good'    A consultation calling for more protection of foxes and mountain hares in Scotland has received nearly 10,000 responses. Discussion on Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone's proposal received 9,850 electronic submissions with around 100 paper submissions. The bill would officially be known as the Protection and Conservation of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill and look to close "loopholes" with the hope of "ending hunting for good".

Fox hunting with dogs was banned in Scotland through the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act inAlisonJohnstoneMSP.jpg 2002, with an exemption for using dogs to flush out foxes for pest control or protecting livestock or ground-nesting birds.

Ms Johnstone [right] expressed delight at the "astonishing response" after the consultation received 1,100 submissions in its first month. She said: "Although the responses need to be individually analysed over the coming months, I am confident that they will show overwhelming support for bringing the indiscriminate killing of Scotland's foxes and hares to an end. Fox hunting was meant to have been banned in Scotland in 2002, but little has changed. Hunts still go out, pursuing and killing foxes, and foxes are still being killed by hunting dogs. Foxes and hares are iconic species that are widely celebrated in popular culture and valued by rural and urban Scots alike. They deserve our compassion and respect, yet they are routinely slaughtered across the country in huge numbers. Fox hunting was meant to have been banned in Scotland in 2002, but little has changed. Hunts still go out, pursuing and killing foxes, and foxes are still being killed by hunting dogs. My proposal would remove the loopholes and result in a watertight ban, ending hunting for good."

A freedom of information request from 2018 revealed on average 26,000 mountain hares are killed every year in Scotland - with an all-time high of 37,681 in 2014.The prop

osals have also been supported by charities OneKind, the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, and the International Federation for Animal Welfare.

Ms Johnstone added: "Politicians have repeatedly promised to end hunting, and the Parliament passed the Protection of Wild Mammals Act back in its very first session. For hunting to continue despite this leads to distrust in our institutions and those leading them. My proposals would represent a new contract between land managers and the wider public that could help restore good faith. Mountain hares are routinely being killed in huge numbers on grouse moors in particular, with an average of 26,000 killed every year. This is a native species whose population has crashed in some parts of the Highlands, and there is simply no justification for the killing."

22-9-19   Sunday Times    Alison Johnstone's fox and hare protection plan courses ahead with 10,000 responses    Plans to grant greater protection to foxes and mountain hares have attracted keen interest, with nearly 10,000 people responding to a Holyrood consultation.

Discussion of Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone’s draft bill prompted 9,850 electronic submissions, and about 100 paper submissions. Her bill proposes to close “loopholes” with the aim of “ending hunting for good”.

Fox hunting with dogs was banned in Scotland through the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act in 2002, with an exemption for using dogs to flush out foxes for pest control or protecting livestock or ground-nesting birds.

Johnstone was delighted by the “astonishing response”. “Although the responses need to be individually analysed over the coming months, I am confident they will show overwhelming support for bringing the indiscriminate killing of Scotland’s foxes and hares to an end,” she said.

Fox hunting was meant to have been banned in Scotland in 2002, but little has changed. Hunts still go out, pursuing and killing foxes, and foxes are still being killed by hunting dogs. My proposal would remove the loopholes and result in a watertight ban, ending hunting for good.”

A freedom of information request from 2018 revealed on average 26,000 mountain hares are killed every year in Scotland — with an all-time high of 37,681 in 2014.

 

Monitor retired couple arrested on trumped-up 'stalking' charges

House searched, held in cells for 9 hours, released on bail after 12

The couple have been subject to nasty harassment & damage for years

Their property was eventually returned & they 'Refused charge'   

21-9-19  Facebook - Norfolk and Suffolk Against Live Quarry Hunting    Report on arrest for stalking / harassment     Two of our supporters, a retired couple, were arrested on 5 March 2019. The alleged offence was “stalking without fear/alarm/distress” - (as stated on form MG4F – Refused Charge form).

It started off as a normal day for them.... they were about to organise breakfast when four police officers from Norfolk Constabulary appeared at 8.50 am, searched and arrested them both on the above charge. One of them was held in the living room and one in the kitchen. No communication was permitted between them until their release on bail at around 9.30 pm that evening. Two of the officers then began their search of the cottage and the family car. No corner was left unsearched - even the proverbial underwear drawer. Numerous items were seized and bagged up, including a laptop with backup, various camcorders, mobile phones, over 20 SD cards and some documentation.

During this search the couple were not allowed to eat, drink or take any medicine. Any visit to the toilet had to be done with the door ajar and an officer stood outside. When the search was completed some three and a half hours later they were taken to Wymondham custody suite in separate cars, where they were booked in, searched and with their shoes and belts removed, locked into separate cells, which, as they described them to us were very basic and very uncomfortable. It was now just after 1 pm and they were banged up for some nine hours except one short visit to talk to the duty solicitor and again later for around half an hour for the police interview

It was explained to them that their arrest was necessary because a hunting family had reported them for three separate incidents, which according to the police, warranted the above mentioned charge. To the best of their memory the three incidents were as follows, although not necessarily in chronological order:-

Incident 1: that they had followed that family's horse box from their home towards a hunt meet. This was not in fact true. They had started to follow the box for the first time when it was about 1.5 miles from the hunting family's home and travelling on a main road. When it became obvious to the monitors that the box was not going to lead them to the meet they abandoned their observations.

Incident 2: On another occasion, the same monitors had driven past the farmyard of the family involved to ascertain whether the Waveney Harriers were meeting there as they have been known to do from time to time. They had no intention of stopping. They were suddenly and surprisingly confronted by two tractor like vehicles who began to form a road block on the public highway. The two tractor drivers duly abandoned their vehicles and retreated into the farmyard. When the drivers were approached by both the monitors in turn they were accused by one of the farmers of trespass and were told that the tractors had both broken down. This was clearly not the case. It soon became apparent that this was some sort of trap that was being acted out so, keeping their cool, as the monitors' camcorder footage confirmed, they then retreated to their car and left as soon as they were able in the direction from which they had come.

Incident 3: On a further occasion it was alleged by a member of that hunting family that she had spotted their car parked at the farmyard entrance and when in her view they realised that they had been spotted they drove off at high speed. These mature and experienced hunt monitors assured me that this did not happen. They may well have passed the farmyard on that day or any other Hunt day but rarely had any need to do so. If they were there on that particular day then they were only passing and observing and had no need to stop as they have the experience to know not to stop. They have had in the past plenty of correspondence with Suffolk Constabulary on what is an acceptable practice on a hunt day in these circumstances. This of course was not Suffolk but feudal Norfolk.

To arrest this retired couple as the Norfolk Police did, albeit by the book, was in our view a case of using a sledge hammer to crack a nut that had already been shelled. Neither of them had a criminal record and neither had ever been arrested before. Their reputation for keeping to the rules whilst being effective as hunt monitors is well known. This stance has somehow led some people to erroneously believe that they are a soft target. we feel strongly that the harassment law should not be used for this purpose. There have been so many documented cases where vulnerable people have become the victims of real stalkers when swifter action by the police together with better funding in this area, would have prevented these tragedies.

For this reason we believe it to be shameful for people anywhere to misuse this law just because someone is irritated or embarrassed at being the one that leads the monitors to the Hunt.

Anyone can claim that they are being harassed by another person's actions so how do the police decide when to take this kind of action? Monitors do not follow people, they follow vehicles known to be associated with the Hunt and only on days when by experience they believe that a hunt is likely to be taking place. They rarely get a chance to see who is driving or who is a passenger but of course that is of little consequence to them. They are only trying to discover the location of that hunt meet.

As a guide to the police and others the law states that a person whose course of conduct is in question ought to know that it amounts to harassment on another if a reasonable person in possession of the same information would think the course of action amounted to or involved harassment of the other. Well, in our view a reasonable person in possession of all the facts would be aware that hunters are no shrinking violets - they are tough people. They often ride for many hours in appalling weather conditions. From time to time they see wild animals torn to pieces by their hounds (accidentally or not)... They are just not the sort of people who are likely to feel frightened or alarmed when they know who is following their vehicle and why they are doing so. They know fine well that the monitors in this neck of the woods are gentle people and have no history of violence. If only the same could be said about some hunters and their supporters.

The law also states that an offence may not be committed if the conduct was pursued for the purpose of preventing or detecting crime. Are we monitors not doing exactly that? Just us being there on the hunting field with our camcorders is in our view likely to prevent a crime. It appears to many animal rights activists that the police just jump from one law to another in order to test its effectiveness in preventing us doing what most reasonable members of the general public would, knowing all the facts, consider to be a worthy and just course of action in the struggle to prevent animals being hunted by a pack of dogs. This activity, after all, is supposed to be unlawful.

The law also states that the Protection from Harassment Act is not broken if the course of conduct in following someone was reasonable. We here in Norfolk and Suffolk have in the past been given the impression by senior police officers that following a horse box to a meet on a hunting day is a reasonable course of conduct providing in order to do it, the following vehicle is not initially parked directly outside a family home, which could in theory at least, alarm some vulnerable family members. We consequently willingly comply with these conditions.

It was around 9.30 in the evening that the couple were given bail and released. It was almost at the end of the hunting season and the bail conditions were easily complied with. A couple of weeks later they were informed by the police that no further action was to be taken. Their bail conditions were cancelled and most of their seized equipment was handed back to them. Why then did this arrest take place at all? It turned out to be a costly venture for the ratepayer. Monitors, when they have their wits about them, film any potentially contentious scenarios as they start to develop. They do so for their own safety and to provide proof of their own reasonable conduct should they be required to do so at a later date. We are assured that if the police had asked to view the film evidence taken by the monitors then or at any other time, they would have willingly permitted it. The film, after all, would have been taken for just that reason.

This particular couple have been the victims of genuine harassment by the blood sport community over a period of many years. Almost all of the incidents have been reported to the police. They have included numerous dead foxes dumped in their drive, together with fox cub tails, rotten eggs smashed on their family car, a pyrotechnic exploding bird scarer thrown from a moving car on to their property and several slashed car tyres, to name just a few offences.

It is no wonder that some activists choose to wear masks on hunt days. This couple never have worn them but have certainly paid the price. All those hours of searching through the seized SD cards seems to us to have been a total waste of resources when there is so much real wildlife crime in need of investigation.

Having gone to Wymondham police station to collect their belongings, the monitors were issued with an “MG4F-Refused Charge” form to confirm that no further action was to be taken at this point but it also contained dire warnings with such phrases as:- “The decision not to charge may be reconsidered if a review indicates that it was clearly wrong...”, “If further evidence becomes available in the future, you may be rearrested and a decision to charge may be made”; “The defendant has been advised that the case will be kept under review.”

Very clearly then “no further action” is not the same as being found not guilty in a court of law. These NSALQH monitors were somewhat shocked at the unfairness of it all but will, as ever, take notice of this warning by the authorities and we are sure they will once again endeavour to adjust their tactics accordingly and brace themselves for the next move to be made against them. What they won't do is to back out of the struggle to see justice for these hunted animals to whom the law was supposed to give some degree of protection.

Putting aside, for one minute, the killing for pleasure element of the pre-Ban hunting that unquestionably existed, hunting has always attracted an element within their ranks with flawed characters. This includes hunters and their followers. We have seen those sort of people come and go from our local hunts. Some give up hunting, many more move on to other hunts. Some are still with us and seem to enjoy the support of their peers. About the same time that this rough justice was being handed out to our two monitors, someone from the hunting community, and almost certainly someone from the Waveney Harriers, posted a page on Facebook maliciously attacking the character of those same two monitors mentioned above and their involvement with NSALQH. That anonymous person or persons must have put their thinking cap on such as it is and fabricated a list of outrageous lies about this respectable couple that they calculated would hurt them the most. They knew that mud sticks and must have relished the potential upset they could cause to this couple, and to their friends, their children and their grandchildren.

We carried out our own investigation as to who those culprits were and we believe we know their names based on two conversations that took place with them in the past. Yes it is only circumstantial but when our monitors reported this Facebook harassment to the police, we think it fair to say that the police were just not interested. They didn't even want to know the names of the suspects or what the circumstantial evidence was to accuse them!... 

POWAperson comments  -  The actions of Norfolk police - already under grave suspicion of, at best, turning a blind-eye to law-breaking by Hunts - is very disturbing. Some people might even conclude that the police appear to have colluded with Waveney Harriers to persecute a respectable, aged and law-abiding couple who seek only to help expose illegal activity by the Hunt -  but I could not possibly comment. The conduct of the Waveney Harriers in hunting live quarry over the last several years is very well-known to the police, but they have taken no action whatsoever to sanction it.

Suffice it to say that I have been reading the reports of NSALQH for a long time. They appear to all be written by the same person. My impression of that person is of someone who places great store upon observing the law of the land and is fair-minded and both meticulous and scrupulous in writing only what he believes to be accurate and fully justified by the evidence. I believe that the above report will have been penned in exactly that way and can be relied on to be an accurate account of what happened.    

 

Sabs rate hounds off fox they find Mendip Famers FH hunting

Terrierboy head-butts sab car window

21-9-19  Facebook - Mendip Hunt Sabs   We set out early this morning with a special guest from Hunt Saboteurs Sweden to see what the Mendip Farmers' Hunt were up to. After receiving various tip-offs from concerned locals who had seen horse boxes gathering, we found them at their meet, just to the west of Showl Bridge, South Widcombe.

Foot sabs went in as hounds were picking up on a fox's scent just south of Whistley Farm, West Harptree and indeed a fox was spotted running away, but sabs used voice calls to 'rate' hounds, stop them from following. Two holloas were then heard in another direction - a whooping noise to signify someone has seen a fox - but thankfully hounds didn't pick up on this scent for long.

They hunted the surrounding area including maize fields but scenting was poor today and we didn't hear them pick up again. We were joined by our friends at Bristol Hunt Saboteurs and Bath Hunt Saboteurs. The terrier 'boys' tried to show off but Sabs ignored them like the muppets they are. One of the terrier-boys got caught up in the heat of the moment and randomly headbutted our car window - it didn't cause us any damage but his head must be sore!

We lost them towards the end of the morning but the sun was burning down and we hope the poor scenting conditions helped our wildlife to escape their evil clutches.

Afterwards some of us went out to check badger setts in the Wiltshire cull zone and found two new beautiful setts which made our day.

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Northants MH found hiding among cattle & sent packing by sabs

21-9-19  Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs    Part 2 of our autumn escapades today was to catch up with the Northants Mink (stink) hounds this afternoon who like to terrorize the wildlife along the river Great Ouse.

To be honest they are a rather pathetic bunch of coffin dodgers and resort to tea and sandwiches at the first sight of a sab so it was no surprise that once we found them hiding in among the cows close to Thornton College by the river that they turned tail and ran away.

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Once again we were out with our regular comrades North Cambs Hunt Sabs to protect our local wildlife. We can't do what we do without your support. Ko-fi.com/bedsbuckshuntsabs. 

 

Sabs help keep 3 foxes safe from Fernie FH's early a.m. cubbing

Rider deliberately backed his horse into sab, rode at others 

21-9-19  Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs    This is without doubt our busiest time of year. We have a small but dedicated team operating in one of the cull zones and we're also keeping up our pressure on the hunts as they continue to abuse the wildlife in this "cubbing" season.

Once again we are up at the crack of a sparrow's fart this morning and heading north to meet up with our comrades North Cambs Hunt Sabs to make sure the Fernie didn't kill any foxes.

The Hunt spent a lot of time hunting around Gumley covert but a combo of good team work, precise communications and leg work up and down the hills ensured it was never going to be an easy morning for the hunters. Sabs were always with the hunt and always on hand to rate the hound when they went into cry.

A fox was spotted from the North Cambs vehicle quietly escaping the hounds and its scent was covered. Another seen by our driver and again it's scent successfully masked.

Philip Cowen tried his hand (unsuccessfully by all accounts) at making his own action movie by riding aggressively into sabs and a land owner agreed that he'd take responsibility for any illegality taking place on his land . . . while riding with the Hunt and watching it first hand. One wonders what really is rattling around in that thing their riding hats are perched upon?

Later in the morning our sabs were in the perfect position to cover a fleeing fox from the wood by St Helen's church. A healthy looking thing which turned and sat down for a moment, judging the direction of the hounds before making off into and private garden.

Quote of the day was from a local who lived next to the wood where they were hunting...  "Any luck today?", he asked the support. "There's a big fat fox in there who ate 17 of my chickens, be good if you got him". Support: "Erm . . erm, we're trail hunting". We advised said local on the benefits of secure fencing but he didn't seem to want to understand. Anyway, a good mornings work and no kills.

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Pics below   -   1/  Dunces at dawn    2/  Fox escaping covert  

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21-9-19  Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs   Three foxes flee the Fernie Hounds Fernie Hunt, Gumley, 21 Sep 2019, 6.30am    North Cambs Hunt Sabs teamed up with old comrades Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs to scupper the plans of the Fernie Hunt this morning at Gumley in Leicestershire.

From the off the Huntsman, Hanson, was keen to find quarry. Repeatedly flushing Gumley Covert with the pack of hounds, urging them on and trying to rustle up a fox from cover by making the distinctive "brrr" call, which is used to startle wildlife.

Sabs had him in sight constantly, rating hounds back whenever they showed any interest in a scent. With the huntsman circling this covert several times, he soon realised that with sabs on all sides there was nowhere to go.

While the Huntsman was looking to the south of the wood, a fox was spotted from our vehicle, bolting north away from the pack. We had people on hand to quickly cover his scent trail to aid his escape. 

The Huntsman then tracked west, before looping back towards where we had last seen this fox run. Sabs were on hand to rate back the hounds and cover the hedge lines with citronella mist to prevent the scent being picked up.

Serial camera-botherer Philip Cowen upped the ante, from filming all sabs doing anything, to riding his horse at people this week. While on a public footpath, he backed his horse into one person while loudly saying for the benefit of his camera "watch out this horse kicks"...

The Huntsman was then focussed on Gumley Wood. With hounds flushed through repeatedly and hunt riders surrounding the covert to keep in fox cubs, one managed to escape to the west into the gardens of the village, right past sabs who covered his scent trail as he ran. https://tinyurl.com/y6fw829t .

With the temperature rising and most field riders heading home, the hunt was a sorry sight as they packed up with only three or four remaining riders, behind a tatty farmhouse in Gumley village.

Hunt sabs protect wildlife every week as volunteers, funding their fuel and camera equipment personally. If you would like to help us, you can do so at: www.northcambs.com .

 

PC tells monitors own fault if feel threatened by hunters

20-9-19  Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime    An Avon and Somerset PC on complaints regarding the safety of our monitors.

It is a choice for you to travel to the hunt meetings, you are not compelled to be there. I would expect if you truly felt harassed by their actions, than you do not attend and you keep yourself safe and stop yourself becoming a repeat victim’.

It doesn’t feel like choice to be there.

 

S. Durham FH upset locals, block A road - supporter swerves car at monitor

20-9-19  Facebook - NE Hunt Monitors    North East Hunt Monitors Hit Report 2 of season 2019/2020 - South Durham Hunt evening Meet near Windlestone Hall 14/9/2019    Sadly the cub hunting season, often referred to as Autumn Hunting, has begun, meaning that Hunts are training their young hounds by actively seeking out and killing young fox cubs born earlier this year. North East Hunt Monitors supported by York Anti Hunt League caught up with struggling South Durham Hunt.

Prior to the start of the meet, one of the support (SY59 VFD) deliberately swerved into one of the monitors in the lane opposite the meet missing her by a few inches. They then blocked the A689 with hounds all over the road demonstrating the poor control that Rob Wilkinson has over the pack. After leaving the A689, the hounds were encouraged to trespass in Windlestone Hall. Once again there were very few riders out, and some of those were children. This meant that they had to use foot support to surround the woods and drive foxes back into the covert. Monitors watched them closely and recorded a fox fleeing from the woods.

We suspect that the new foot support may be one of the reasons for the dwindling rider numbers, though we understand that they are cheaper than other Hunts, and are catering for the budget end of the market. After all, no decent member of the public would want to be associated with such aggressive people who ought to be reported to social services for their behaviour which was clearly distressing their children (approx. 5 and 2).

Both riders and support also upset several locals resulting in very negative posts about them on local social media pages.

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N. Trust renews 'trail hunt' licences for killer Hunts

20-9-19   Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch    The National Trust has seen fit to once more issue licences for hunts on the Buscot and Coleshill Estate. This is despite video of a fox being killed by a Hunt on this estate last season. The NT was informed of the kill and sent the evidence video. Three of the upcoming licence dates are within the cub hunting season: September 24th, October 14th, and October 8th.

Concerned local people should look out for the Old Berkshire and Vale of White Horse Hunts on these dates. Based on what we see, we believe there is absolutely no chance whatever that either of these Hunts will be following a trail of 'marmite', as they have claimed in the past. They will be cub hunting. Please use your eyes and ears and cameras if you are in the area.

 

South Down FH Huntswoman pretends to police terriermen not with Hunt

Sabs ridden at, one kicked at by passing horseman

19-9-19   Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs    It was another early start for us today. We decided to see what the S&E were up to, following on from their stupid antics on Monday. Our spotter followed horse boxes to the Diamond Farm meet at Eason's Green. They set off shortly after 6.30am where 2 equipped quad bikes were in the field with some old familiar scuzzy faces, moob man was seen later in the vicinity.

We kept on them at all times to the annoyance of the riders, some using their horses as weapons and one even kicking a sab when mounted. The same toff found it most distasteful to be around us paupers wearing man made fibres. Round and round they went. Cops arrived on the scene in 2 vehicles one being a prison van, who questioned our driver, the hunt probably thought we'd get taken away. The Huntswoman denied all knowledge of the terrier men although they were all cosied up together when packing up at 8am. There was much hilarity hearing her speak of trail laying and why it hadn't worked today. Our sleep can wait for now whilst we Sab the cub hunts to ensure no kills!

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Puckeridge FH follower blocking sab car pulls out sledgehammer

His passenger wrestled weapon off him before he could use it

18-9-19  Facebook - South Cambs Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO   On Saturday this irate Puckeridge Hunt supporter blocked our sabs in on an access road (as we were trying to get to the main road) and grabbed a sledgehammer out of his boot. If his passenger hadn't grappled it off him we have no idea what kind of damage he would have caused to us and our vehicle! He then licked the window!

This is the real face of fox hunting - the guardians of the countryside! And what sabs have to put up with on a regular basis!

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Woman camper upset by Staitondale FH hunting & chasing sheep

18-9-19  Facebook - East Yorkshire Coast Hunt Sabs    Hit report for 17th September 2019  Being the kind considerate sabs we are, we thought it would be a tad unfair to have a Tuesday lie in if the Staintondale Hunt weren’t. Plus it’s been a while since we’d bid them good morning, not that they appreciate our politeness.

We were kennel watching from 5.45am. When we arrived the lights were on meaning they were planning a morning of sneaky cub killing. They left around 6.30am, so four Eychs tagged along. Accompanied by a lovely Sheffield sab. They met At Fylingdale, next to the A171. They unlocked a gate that had a road which led up onto the moors. They slammed the gate and re-locked it. Leaving foot sabs to climb over and investigate.

They got up to a fork in the road and the Hunt went left. They were soon out of sight so sabs decided to hitch a ride back in the sab vehicle, so as to look from the road side. The Hunt were spotted quickly covering Burn Howe Dale, on the Yorkshire moors. We were a distance away but could clearly make out they were full on cubbing.

We have fantastic zoom camcorders now so they might not see us but we can see them. The Hunt split into small groups and surrounded the area so if a fox ran out they could scare it back into the middle for the awaiting hounds.

We tried to gain access through a right of way path next to the Grouse Hill caravan park, but the owner became very abusive , especially picking on one female sab. When we said it’s obvious whose side you’re on, he didn’t try to deny this and later on we found out why he didn’t wish for us to go that way. He said it was a permissive path and he wasn’t giving us permission. He had two children with him and as he was shouting and being abusive in front of them rather than allow his behaviour to upset them further and us waste more time with a hunt supporter, we made the decision to go back to the meet and take the long way round.

We went straight back to where they’d met and as quickly as possible tried to catch up with them. We were met by a very upset and distraught lady who’d been camping nearby . She’d gone to observe as she’s an avid fox lover and was totally not prepared for what she saw.

Hounds chasing sheep so fast she thought the poor sheep would break their legs. The Hunt smirked at her. She’d got so upset she’d had to return to her camper van. Our lovely sab driver took her to sit with her whilst we climbed the gate to find them.

We could hear the hounds which thankfully gave us the direction we needed to head in. There were two land-rovers with men waiting in anticipation of a kill. Not on our watch! We could clearly see all the Hunt. One was strategically placed on top of a large hill whilst three were to the bottom right. There was one unmounted whipping the ground next to half the pack of hounds. The remaining half were scurrying around trying to get the scent of a fox.

Suddenly to our left we noticed a flat cap, it looked placed on the heather, but it moved. Clearly a terrier man in his position ready to flush back any wildlife that was to escape the hounds and run that way. Then we spotted another one. Dumber and dumber came to mind.

The Hunt then changed tactics and ventured into the woods which unfortunately for us was a mammoth climb down. We are from the north so we don’t give up. Especially when we hear hounds getting into a frenzy as if they’re onto something. They were trying to flush out and that meant two things. 1. they were going to try to kill, 2. We had no choice but to climb down.

We got half way down then the fern and brambles became almost a metre high, thankfully we noticed a fantastically well used badger run. This gave us a quick decent to the bottom. We looked back and could see the tweedledee and tweedledumber on their phones to the Huntsman.

We can hear it now - “ Them bloody sabs have made it down. They’re like ninjas”. As we neared the woods it suddenly went quiet. Yup they’d got nervous about being caught out and had done a runner back to the meet.

Interestingly the woods where the Hunt ended up, is directly behind Grouse Hill camp site. No guessing why the owner (hunt supporter) wasn’t going to let us pass him.

An employee of the North Yorkshire moors turned up and when questioned about why the Hunt was on the land hunting, we were advised they shouldn’t have been as shooting and hunting is not allowed. He wasn’t happy and will be chasing it up.

We had rather a long climb back up. Whilst we were heading back our sab driver called us to say they were getting some abuse from the hunt. The holiday maker had enough and got out to tell them what she thought of them. When she tried to move one stood in her way right in her face. This lady is 68 years old. Our sab driver shouted to tell them she wasn’t a sab just a concerned member of the public.

She asked about the trail but as usual none of them could answer her question... One told her a farmer shot a fox and chopped it up, then stewed in in water and put it in the container that he was holding. He told her to smell it and shoved it closer to her. What type of person does this to a vulnerable 68 year old? A big thug, that’s who.

She was so pleased to meet us all and was happy we’d been there. Bless her, she made us all a coffee in her camper. You see they have no respect for innocent people wanting to enjoy the peace of he countryside. It doesn’t matter how old you are they’ll still be nasty if you question why they do it. Why they like hunting and killing. They can’t really say the truth. That they’re blood thirsty psychopaths. So they get verbally aggressive and act in this way. If someone acted like this to your mum/ grandmother how would you feel?

We have gained another devoted supporter who will ensure she tells everyone she knows the truth about fox hunting.

We really could have done with a drone today. Thank you to the lovely supporter who donated towards our drone fund. Please help us to always have sight of them.

We always get hunt supporters on here trying their best to deny what’s happened. If the Hunt were not breaking the law surely they wouldn’t be bothered about a few sabs following them, We walked over 8 km and did almost 13,000 steps across moorland.

Unfortunately the Hunt didn’t donate anything toward us having a pint in the pub We settled for a coffee from our lovely new supporter. It’s only the Hunt that write fiction - we write facts!https://www.paypal.me/eyhs. More videos to be posted tomorrow.

 

Monitors aid escape of exhausted stag from Quantock SH

Rider was preparing to shoot at stag with monitors very nearby

17-9-19  Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime  VIDEO   Trophy Hunting     A three minute video showing the chaos and cruelty of stag hunting on the Quantocks. Banned 15 years ago, the grotesque blood sport has barely changed.

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This healthy stag was terrorised and chased by PEOPLE desperate to kill him. Our monitors were assaulted, harassed and put at risk all for the blood lust of the hunters. The stag was afforded the chance to escape thanks to the tenacity and bravery of monitors from Somerset Wildlife Crime and Hounds Off. Hunt staff with firearms prepared to take a last minute shot at this stag put the safety of our monitors at risk. This all takes place under the guise of exempt hunting. Never has it been more evident that the exemptions aren’t working, they are exploited to allow hunting to continue as before the ban.

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If you support what we do and would like to help, diesel is our biggest expense. https://www.paypal.me/somersetwildlife. All monitors give their time freely as volunteers.

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                          One of several riders who cantered their horses on the busy A39  

 

Meynell FH filmed by sabs blatantly hunting a fox

Sab assaulted climbing fence to get to footpath 

17-9-19   Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO   Blatant illegal hunting from our old friends at the Meynell & South Staffordshire Foxhounds was met with textbook sabbing on Saturday.

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Note their riders' habit of surrounding coverts to scare foxes back in towards hounds, the Huntsman's clear pursuit of an adult fox, and terrierman Sam Stanley assaulting sabs in an attempt to block a public footpath.

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But the more they hunted, the more we disrupted. Eventually they slunk off back to where they started and called it a day. ko-fi.com/nottshuntsabs.

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Atherstone FH hound control so poor sabs had to call them off hare

17-9-19   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   Atherstone Hunt - Tuesday 17th September 2019 - Stoke Golding     Over the past few years the Atherstone Hunt have advertised all of their meets on Facebook. This morning we caught them trying to go out for a bit of sneaky cub hunting at an unadvertised meet in Stoke Golding.

Once they realised we were there they reverted back to riding round fields. New Huntsman Dick Chapman continues the great line of Atherstone Huntsmen before him who have extremely bad hound control. He lost control of the hounds multiple times throughout the morning most notably when a sab had to stop the hounds from chasing a hare.

As long as the Atherstone Hunt continue to take their hounds out into the countryside we will always be there making sure they don't hunt or kill any wildlife.

Other members of the group are travelling down to one of the new cull zones to help protect badgers.

Full report to follow. Thank you for your continued support this is a very expensive period for us with fuel costs. All donations go directly to help us save wildlife as often as we can

https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs.

Pics below   -   1/  Hare fleeing hounds   2/  New Huntsman Dick Chapman 

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Cheshire FH bolt for home when monitors appear

16-9-19  Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   Cheshire Hounds Hunt sent packing - Hoofield, 16th September 2019   After a vague tip-off from a local resident early this morning, we found the Cheshire Hounds Huntsman and Whipper-in sneaking about with hounds in a secluded area at the bottom of Park Lane near Hoofield.

Clearly very unhappy at our presence, their outing didn't last long, as after spotting us they immediately did a u-turn and headed straight back to Brereton Park Farm, where they'd unboxed, packed up and left (and it being too late to go anywhere else).

"Mounted exercise" perhaps, but in such a remote spot (and when they seemed so unhappy with being kept an eye on) how can they ever be trusted?

Tip us off in confidence. Message us here or email info@cheshiremonitors.org.uk. Thank you.

 

S. Durham FH first cubbing meet fruitless, say monitors

16-9-19   Facebook - NE Hunt Monitors   North East Hunt Monitors Hit Report 1 of season, 2019/2020 South Durham Hunt evening Meet at Sheraton Hall Farm 11/9/2019    Sadly the cub hunting season, often referred to as Autumn Hunting, has begun, meaning that Hunts are training their young hounds by actively seeking out and killing young fox cubs born earlier this year.

North East Hunt Monitors caught up with South Durham Hunt riders, dressed in their autumn tweeds etc as they left the meet, Sheraton Hall Farm. Initially there appeared to be quite a few riders including children, but the numbers dropped significantly early on.

They left the farm and crossed over the main road towards the edge of a wooded area where the riders spread out facing the wood ready to drive any foxes back into the wood towards the hounds. Monitors agreed this was typical of that associated with cub hunting and highly illegal. They could be seen clearly from the main road. The riders were around that particular area a few times and then moved south to larger wooded area where they appeared to stay, for the majority of the evening.

However, again in full view of passing traffic and watched closely by Monitors, some riders were stationary and spread out for a lengthy period along the opposite field that runs parallel to the long wooded area we believe to have been the main focus for that evening. Monitors watched them closely and neither the teams on foot or in vehicles heard the hounds in cry.

Whipper-in Rob Wilkinson "easy going every day guy" as he likes to describe himself looked bored as he spent the rest of the evening going up and down the same bit of road along the edge of the woods. There were only a few of the usual hunt followers out. Neville showing off his new car.

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VWH FH cub hunt while pretending it's 'hound training'

16-9-19   Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch    Saturday 14th September 2019    Working with a Bristol sab we tracked the VWH to a 6.30 a.m. meet at Oxleaze Farm north of Lechlade. This is an organic farm linked to Oxleaze Barn which is a prestigious events venue for weddings, parties and exhibitions.

There were quite a few children out on this cub hunt according to a statement to camera from one of the hunters claiming to be a headmaster, whom we believe was Alexander Bathurst – [one of the sons of the 8th Earl of Bathurst] – Eton, Sandhurst etc.'

Before they realised we were in the area they set off northwards from Oxleaze and put the hounds into the L-shaped wood which crosses the B road to become ‘The Rank’. The field was held up on the farm side and there were riders on point around the wood, but at the same time we had an array of cameras from all sides which seemed to upset their plan. Maybe it was recent explicit images of a young fox being torn up by hounds recorded by our colleagues Three Counties Sabs which had made them worried as these have gone viral, but they seemed to get very anxious and called the hounds out.

They headed quickly back past Oxleaze into an area of scrub on the western side, where a sab was waiting to supervise their drawing of the area. This time they did get quite arsy, using two support males to force the female sab onto the footpath which was close anyway.

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It was here that the 'headmaster' in his bowler hat tried to maintain that the sab was disrupting ‘hound training’ of which he had a garbled explanation which went something like ‘they need to stay in the wood and not come out’! When directly challenged three times to answer the question was he hunting foxes, he would not answer it and would only say they were training hounds. This is now the mantra, the hunters do all follow central advice as to what to say to ‘antis’ and the world in general. You can tell because they all say the same thing.

In the meantime another operative was making her way out towards the road pursued by a distant figure in a white shirt shouting something indistinct. If that was D.H. the photographer, he needs to go to the gym if he wants to keep up.

By now the Hunt was working intensely round ‘The Pills’ where there is an old quarry and the fact that they returned and tried again there later when any supposed trail would have long faded into the warmth, shows guilty interest.

From there they hunted hedges across to the busy A361 where they were holding up traffic including military vehicles so they could facilitate hunting the hedges. It goes without saying that you do not hunt the hedges of busy roads on a trail hunt, but in fact no-one is bothering with this fiction much. The preferred one for cub hunting seems to be hound training although of course the real training in question is the one witnessed by Three Counties Hunt Sabs where the new hounds learn to catch and ‘rag’ a fox, initially turning it over and dis-embowelling it.

The Hunt then returned into the area of Oxleaze Farm hunting through fields and hedges and we found them packing up at 9.15. We kept pretty close and visible to them a lot of the time, but even when we know they are disrupted and moving on because of us we can never be sure if they have killed foxes or not even if we see nothing. As has been pointed out recently, a hound or two hounds can kill a fox silently or there can be a dig out that we are not aware of. We are sure of one thing: they were upset enough by our presence to set ‘minders’ on us, which in itself gives away their guilty secret.

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Southdown FH thugs throw rocks, threaten sabs, try to damage car

16-9-19  Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs    It's such a busy time of the year for us at the moment making it hard to keep up to date with reports. We really need all the donations we can get as it's the fuel that's so expensive and without that we can't save lives.

We've been up in the early hours to help out our West Sussex friends and having a very effective Saturday of sabbing the Crawley & Horsham on a cub hunt. We've also been spending many long days and nights in Cull zones, protecting the ancient wildlife against a Government which seems determined to wipe out so much of nature. There's been many sleepless nights for some of our Sabs.

This morning we were out sabbing the Southdown & Eridge with Brighton. The ballied up terrier boys were aggressive throwing rocks at a Sabs head, threatening us and trying to damage our Landy.

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17-9-19   Facebook - Brighton Hunt Saboteurs    Yesterday morning we set off early with South Coast to sab the Southdown & Eridge. We had thought for some time they had moved their activities to the weekdays in order to avoid us and their actions today proved us right. Our Sabs were met with threats of bodily harm, rocks were thrown at them, they were assaulted repeatedly though out the time spent with the hunt and one Sab's phone was stolen only for it to be quickly recovered.

Violence and threats, from the hunt, is not something new to our Sabs. Only last Saturday an East Sussex supporter attacked our Sabs with a stick (hit report coming soon). However, all their antics do is encourage us to visit the hunts more and make sure they have no opportunities to murder wildlife for their own twisted pleasure.

Alongside our regular activities, we have Sabs in various cull zones, assisting the local Sab groups in protecting badgers from their would-be murderers.

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Grafton FH hound chasing young fox screams as caught on barbie

Huntsman lifts hound off and throws it roughly to ground

Fox escaped from covert surrounded by hunters in classic cub hunting

16-9-19  Facebook - Grafton Hunt Watch  VIDEO   It’s not just foxes that suffer at the hands of these people - poor hound screams as it gets caught up on wire fence when young fox escapes into Neydon Manor estate.

At 7 a.m. on Saturday our Monitors were there to observe the Grafton Hunt at Grange Farm, Helmdon. They were soon seen ‘holding up’ round the maize field next to the dismantled railway with hounds running in and out trying to flush a fox.

The Grafton won’t deny they were fox hunting because they had a man driving around on a quad apparently with a bird of prey in a box on the back of his bike, though the bird was not seen on his wrist.GraftonFHHuntsmanhound14-9-19.jpg Naturally, if they were caught chasing a fox they would claim that they were flushing to a bird of prey thus getting them off the hook because a gullible Judge could believe they were hunting within the law.

A little later we saw them surrounding Fox Covert. It is usual practise for Hunts to do this as it helps keep the foxes within the covert when the Huntsman can enter his hounds to catch and eviscerate the family of fox cubs living within.

A fox escaped from this cover, ran for its life away from them, viewed by one of our Monitors, crossing the road into Neydon Manor Estate.

Seconds later Mick Wills and his Whipper In followed, jumped a low fence onto the road, cantered fast to where the fox had crossed, followed by his hounds, inside the hedgerow, and the mounted field, desperate to catch up with the action, incompetently jumping the low fence, rapping it as they went with one rider coming off, landing head first onto the road. Luckily horse and rider seemed unscathed.

It seems they lost the scent shortly after this and we think the little fox lived to see another day perhaps lying low within the Estate.

One very distressed hound got herself caught in a wire fence and was pulled off by Huntsman, Mick Wills, who didn’t even check for any injuries before chucking her roughly to the ground. It is not only our wildlife that suffer at the hands of the Hunt, it is also the horses and hounds who also have to endure a day's hunting for the perverse and selfish pleasure of the participants.

POWAperson comments   -  Re. the following in the above -  'Naturally, if they were caught chasing a fox they would claim that they were flushing to a bird of prey thus getting them off the hook because a gullible Judge could believe they were hunting within the law.'  The Bird of Prey exemption, whilst absurd, only permits [any number of] hounds to be used to flush quarry from cover, at which point the bird should be released to fly at the quarry [or decline to do so, depending on whether or not the bird has enough sense not to take on a fox].  If hounds are permitted to continue chasing the quarry once it is in the open then the offence of illegal hunting is committed - though only if one or more hunters can be shown to have 'engaged or participated' in the chase. The interpretation of what the means will vary from judge to judge. 

Countless observations by sabs and monitors confirm that the birds of prey Hunts carry around with them are only rarely taken out of their tiny boxes and almost never actually flown at quarry. Indeed, I know of only one such recorded instance, when the Fitzwilliam FH's eagle was flown at a fox. In that case, it did manage to kill it. But some Hunts have other types of bird of prey, such as eagle owls, which are unlikely to be large enough to tackle a fox. Sabs reported that the Huntsman was furious with the bird handler because he'd clearly wanted hounds to kill the fox. This was not the incident where the Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman was convicted of illegal hunting. In that one, the eagle was not flown and the judge concluded that the Huntsman did wilfully use hounds to chase [and kill] the fox in the open.

 

Quantock SH charged with illegal hunting [again]

15-9-19  Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime     The Quantock Stag Hounds have been charged with illegal hunting, this is following the evidence we and Hounds Off submitted to police in March. They are due to appear in court in October.

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POWAperson adds   -   This will be the fifth time that members of the Quantock FH have been prosecuted. The first two cases, in June '07 and November '10, resulted in convictions though, strangely, the Huntsman, Richard Down, was fined less for his second offence than for his first. In June '13 the case against a JM was dropped for reasons unknown and in November last year the third case against the Huntsman [and the Whipper-in] controversially resulted in acquittal... 'The League's investigators provided the evidence on which the CPS prosecution was based. They are angry at the acquittal, saying that the 15 hounds followed the exact line taken by the hunted deer a minute earlier.  But the judge accepted the Quantock SH claim that they were 'hunting' a trail of aniseed scent laid earlier.'

 

Sabs save foxes from S. & W. Wilts FH thanks to tip-offs

15-9-19  Facebook - North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs    Saturday 14th September- South West Wilts Hunt at Longmoor Farm, Gillingham      Just as we had packed up the BSV, we received a couple of tip-offs from the general public that a Hunt was causing disruption along Bay Road in Gillingham and decided to head on over to check it out.

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We arrived just in the nick of time to see a fox being pursued by the South West Wilts hounds and managed to call them off along with Wildlife Witness. Hounds were shaking with adrenaline and it’s clear that this fox [right] had been hunted for quite some time. Our sabs were approached by hunt support, verballySWiltsFHFox13-9-19.jpg assaulted, and threatened with physical violence. One Sab was also nearly injured when a supporter attempted to slam a car door open at her, luckily she moved out of the way quickly enough. We can’t comment further on these events, as a Police investigation has now been launched.

Although the huntsman appeared to realise his luck was up, his fellow colleagues still tried to call hounds back onto the line of another fox who had crossed a traffic logged road. However, with sabs finally bringing their chase to an end and angry road users and locals making it clear to them that their actions were not appreciated, they decided to call it quits and pack up at 10:50.

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                              S. & W. Wilts FH taking up whole road on blind bend 

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Cottesmore FH stewards try to stop sabs using footpaths

15-9-19   Facebook - Northants Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    Cottesmore Hunt staff with their 'steward' armbands think they have the right to prevent access to public footpaths. What do they have to hide? Illegally hunting and killing wildlife with a pack of dogs by any chance?

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Sabs twice call Middleton FH hounds away from novice Huntsman

15-9-19  Facebook - Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs     Yesterday we managed a presence working hard in a badger culling zone, we also, along with our mates from West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs visited the MiddletonFHNewHuntsman14-9-19.jpgMiddleton Hunt in North Yorkshire.

We arrived at the kennels at 04:30 and waited for signs of life. Upon leaving the kennels they attempted to hold us up with a second vehicle whilst the hound van got away, they must have something to hide. What the new Huntsman [right, with masked terriermen] hadn't factored in, is that we know the Middleton country and meets better than he does and so some educated guesswork led us towards the A64 where we caught onto a horse box trying to sneak to the meet.

We followed them to Sheepclose Farm where the hound van had already arrived. Foot sabs headed into the field while drivers and navs followed from the road side.

The Hunt seemed on their best behaviour today for the most part, sticking to a small area around the villages of Sheriff Hutton and Stittenham.

At one point a fox was seen running along the edge of a wood before turning back into the wood. Seconds later hounds appeared running the same line. A quick burst on the horn and gizmo was enough to force the new and inexperienced Huntsman to call the hounds back to him and move off, leaving the fox safe in the wood.

Towards the end of the morning the Hunt held up a cover with riders and supporters on point at all sides. Sabs saw a fox break from the eastern side and head back in towards the hounds. Good use of a horn and voice calls ensured the hounds were distracted enough to force the Huntsman to again gather them up and ride off. leaving the fox to get away.

The Huntsman the pack and the rest of the riders then headed back to the meet to pack up by 09:20!

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Pair of sabs deter South Wold FH from serious cub hunting

15-9-19  Facebook - Lincoln Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO  Saturday 14th September    It would be nice to say we had a lovely day drinking cold beer in the sunshine with our family and friends. However the scumbags murdering our wildlife don't take a day off so neither do we. Our sab in the south zone was out all day again, as they have been every day, ensuring badgers lives are saved.

Meanwhile back in Lincolnshire we had tip-offs on the Blankney, who were meeting in Billinghay, and the South Wold who were meeting in Stixwould. We dislike all Hunts but especially the South Wold so the decision was made to disrupt their morning attempt to cub.

We were up and on the road by 5am, arriving at Abbey Farm, Stixwould just before 6. At first there were no signs of the hunt but we found them down a side road just as they were setting off. With sabs out in the zones it meant we only had 2 sabs in the field. It was a tense first hour as new the new Huntsman hunted the hounds through a maize field were they picked up on and off. Our sabs were positioned ready for action, and were not deterred by they extremely irritating rider who used her horse as a weapon whilst at the same time complaining that we were upsetting her horse!!

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The Huntsman then spent most of the day looking confused as what to do. We followed him up and down the river Witham more times than we can remember, nearly leading us into Woodhall Spa at one point. The Whip spent most of the day trying to control his horse which at one point rode into a sab nearly knocking them down the riverbank. A confused huntsman and a whip that cant ride...what a shambles.

By about 9 the heat was picking up and we thought they would be calling it a day when they picked up speed in the direction of the meet. Our two sabs continued to run after them, losing them only for a few moments. When we caught up with them the hounds were in Long Wood, however as soon as we arrived the Huntsman realised he had no hope and made a defeated ride back to Halstead Hall Farm where they packed up just before 10am. We will be seeing you again!

After a quick drink and a bite to eat we shot off to the cull zone to continue the fight to save badgers. Several things were found and a lot of ground covered. We finally got back and collapsed into bed around 9:30pm. Ready to do it all again on the Sunday.

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Flint & Denbigh FH support's fury as sabs ruin evening cubbing fun

Hunt had tried to make sabs think they'd planned morning meet

15-9-19   Facebook - North Wales Hunt Saboteurs   Hit report 14/9/19    We arrived at the Flint and Denbigh hunt kennels at around 6am. At first all seemed quiet but then along came Greengrass on his mule type buggy and immediately got on the phone to tip off the hunt that sabs were in the area. The floodlights were on at the and vehicles were seen driving down the lane all gates had been left open in the area, it all seemed a little staged as if they wanted us to believe they were going out...

We went for a quick drive around the area and when we returned horse boxes had turned up, all two of them? Which suggests either the Hunt weren't going out or the police had actually seized all the illegal FlintDFHSupportfurious14-9-19.jpghunt vehicles. The latter being very unlikely given operation yarder is a one sided affair. We soon found the Hunt - all 4 of them - including the Huntsman and Whipper-in. They were only out for about an hour and headed home. So that was that, easy day over and we headed off to Wrexham vegan fayre and had an enjoyable rest of the day...

But unfortunately for the Flint and Denbigh Hunt we weren't born yesterday... After the vegan fayre we headed straight back out in search of the hunt. And there they were parked up at Plas Heaton estate, we soon found the riders standing on point around a woodland and maize field. To say the Hunt were furious at us would be an understatement. We call the hounds off twice as they went into cry. The Hunt made no attempt to pull the hounds out of the woodland and instead hunted on.

We were approached by two "ladies" who were seething we'd stopped their fun and games. One of the savages [above left] delivered her harangue with all the passion and red faced blowing of a flat capped wearing councillor we all know and dislike, though we've not seen the shamed councillor since he lost his court cases this summer.

With the Hunt failing to take control of their hounds sabs needed to intervene and move the Hunt on. The furious Hunt they headed back to their vehicles and packed up! The faces on them was something to be seen, absolutely furious. The only one who didn't appear irate was new Huntsman Jay Readon who was all smiley faced, do not be fooled by Jay's cheery demeanour he's known to support some gruesome bloodsports and loves to watch videos of wild boar being killed by dogs.

Although we saw 2 of North Wales Police finest Yarder Force officers out in the morning there were none at the evening hunt meet. Which make is come to one of two theories, either the Hunt didn't tell the yarder they'd be out hunting fox cubs that evening or the police didn't expect us to turn up so thought they'd let the hunt get on with it.

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Portman FH Chairman & riders recorded discussing foxes they hunted

14-9-19   Facebook - Dorset Against Blood Sports   VIDEO   How do DABS know that the Portman Hunt are 100% illegally hunting foxes... well, its because they sit around and talk about it while we film them. Captain Pearson can be heard quite clearly talking about the same fox. The third rider from the right actually face plants when she spots us filming and then the word spreads around the group until silence falls and they all turn to look at us. The utter arrogance of the man who then says "What are they going to do, arrest us ? "

The whole group of riders are guilty of taking part in illegal fox hunting by their own admission. Although this video footage is not enough for a conviction, it does make a mockery of the riders claiming accident the next time any of them are in court. Even a very pro-hunt judge will struggle to agree that a person can discuss doing something and then claim an oopsie. Captain Pearson stepped down from his Chairman roll shortly after this. We wonder why.

If you are in this group of riders we suggest you think long and hard about your next trip out illegally hunting foxes. All riders and hunt support can be charged with illegally hunting, not just the Hunt master or terriermen. With video footage like this available to the courts, the Portman Hunt are going to find it difficult to cry accident again.

Dorset wildlife crime team must surely begin to take this more seriously now. Pearson is obviously not worried about them. The Portman are obviously not worried about them. After all, what are they going to do ? Arrest them ?

 

N. Bucks Beagles return to kennels soon after leaving when see sabs

14-9-19  Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs    Well it's been a long day. We were up well before daybreak to keep an eye on our local wildlife abusers, the Oakley. We had several vehicles out and some discreet eyes on the kennels but it soon became apparent that they weren't going to go out. They sent out 2 spotter vehicles looking for us and then sent out an empty hound van which drove around dangerously for a while and achieved little more than burning up some diesel and wearing out their horn.

Satisfied that nothing more was afoot we retired home for some breakfast.

We weren't convinced that there wouldn't be any hunting today so we decided on a little show later on and it turned out a worthwhile trip. Just as we arrived the kennels the North Bucks Beagles (who are kennelled with the Oakley Foxhounds) were just leaving for their version of cubbing, or leveretting if you like. Well of course we couldn't allow that so off we went and were soon in touch with the rag tag collection of coffin dodgers and the hunt staff.

Needless to say they were less than impressed and stropped off in a big huff with the long walk of shame back to the kennels [below]. The paper boy Henson (Oakley whip) drove around trying to look tough in front of his new boss and dodgy collection of bumpkin mates but he's only just graduated from a bicycle so nothing much to worry about. Once we knew for certain they had packed up for the day we were on our way.

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It was then that the Paper Boy and his chums decided it would be fun to tail gate us and drive dangerously on our way home. They even attempted to make a Muntjac deer (which was running along the verge) run out in front of us by driving at it and beeping their horn. That in a nutshell is what we deal with, animals are nothing more than something to abuse and have fun with.

Once we hit the A6 our driver applied the necessary force to his right foot and their pickup was left floundering in our dust, probably due to the extra weight it had to carry although you might expect the air in their heads to counter that somewhat. We lost them in Bedford and had a good laugh at their expense. One wonders what they really hoped to achieve?

Anyway, a good end to the day and now time for a well earned beer.

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South Durham FH hounds 'running amok' on A road - police attending

14-9-19   Facebook - NE Hunt Monitors    South Durham Hunt are currently hunting at Windlestone, Ferryhill. Hounds running amok and blocking the traffic on the A689 police have been called and are on their way.

 

Singing sabs spike hapless Wynnstay FH's cubbing attempts

14-9-19   Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO  Are You Riding, Or Are You Hiding? Whilst also maintaining a constant presence in the Cheshire cull zone, we found some time to send a small unit of sabs to check in on the Wynnstay Hunt this morning. Another early start, we arrived at the kennels just before 5am to be greeted by a variety of pick up trucks moving in mysterious ways. After settling down for a kennel watch, we decided to give our thermal scope an outing, and to our surprise, quickly found one of the hunt support playing peek-a-boo behind some bushes, trying to watch what we were up to (in the dark!).

After over an hour of waiting for the hunt to decide what they were doing, they eventually set off, with two of their vehicles blocking two roads in attempt to stop us from following the hound wagon. Unfortunately it must have been too early in the morning for them to realise that a Corsa van is absolutely no match for a Land Cruiser, and after some silly manoeuvring, common sense finally prevailed and we got past. Hot on their tails, we followed them to the meet point.

Arriving at the meet, the hounds were unloaded, along with a few pushbikes for the motley crew. This caused us great enjoyment, so much so, we spontaneously burst into song, doing our own rendition of "Bicycle" by Queen. We thought that we were rather good, but the farmer who's farm was used for the meet really didn't appreciate our singing. Honestly, some people have no taste what so ever...

Following what appeared to be a remake of the Benny Hill show, one of the pickups from earlier on turned up, and positioned himself between our two vehicles. No problems, with a look ahead on the maps, our second car was able to turn off and get ahead of the pack with plenty of time to get one of the drones up in the air and keep an eye on what was going on.

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The Hunt seemed rather wobbly out on their bikes, so ever helpful, our sabs on the ground were on hand to offer advice on how to ride their bikes safely (we're caring like that). After a short, uneventful circuit of the local roads, the Hunt quickly packed up and departed, realising that they couldn't get up to any mischief today. We decided to see them safely back to the kennels, and headed off home to dust off our pushbikes ready for the next episode.

 

Sabs hassled by Avon Vale FH followers - some drunk, at 5 pm

14-9-19  Facebook - Bristol Hunt Saboteurs    Avon Vale Hunt – 14/09/19    We’ve heard that a number of hunts in the area have been holding evening cub hunting meets, so along with some Mendip Hunt Sabs & Bath Hunt Sabs we thought we’d pop in on the Avon Vale Hunt today.

They met at 5pm at Abbotswood Farm, Bromham, Wiltshire. Sabs were immediately set upon by pissed up hunt supporters, who pushed people around and tried stealing equipment. Despite their best efforts we kept tabs on them, with use of the drone and good positioning.

At one point sabs took about half of the pack of hounds by use of horn and voice calls, as they were in cry not far away. The chase was short lived and the Huntsman spent the next while trying to gather them back up. With light fading we watched as the Hunt worked their way back to the meet.

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One of our sabs also joined Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch this morning to visit the Vale of White Horse Hunt. A very uneventful morning with sabs keeping on the Hunt throughout.

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Antis swamp Blackmore FH cubbing meet - Huntsman eventually gives up

14-9-19   Facebook - North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs    Saturday 14th September- Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt at Inwood, Henstridge    Today the BSV met at Inwood in Henstridge. Gathering in the area early, we gave ourselves plenty of time to pre-spray and unblock badger setts in the area of the meet. Along with Solent Hunt Sabs and Weymouth Animal Rights, Wildlife Witness and BlackmoreFHAE14-9-19.jpgDorset Against Blood Sports, this was able to be done before the Hunt left the meet, allowing Sabs to wait on a vantage point overlooking the meet.

Due to the Portman Hunt not being out at the moment we saw plenty of regular faces, and with masters of the Portman there, the Huntsman must have felt the pressure to give the field a good ride today.

They started the day heading into Toomer Hill woods and went on to hunt the maize fields to the west for some time with the hounds only going into cry occasionally. It seems Doggrell wasn’t too sure about which way to go for a while, possibly due to the unexpected amount of sab presence taking them by surprise, so the terriermen and field ran in circles and back and forth for some time. They finally decided to head back east into Summerleaze Copse where hounds got onto a fox and Sabs deployed the Gizmo and voice calls to lift the heads of the hounds.

They then tried to hunt the maize to the north of Toomer Hill but soon headed back to the meet at 10ish, admitting defeat despite having a large field and lots of terrierboys out.

Pic above   -   Artificial earth found where hounds were in cry 

 

Fernie FH's first cubbing meet of season spoiled by sabs

14-9-19   Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs    Fernie cub-hunting sabbed, Blaston, Leicestershire   The Fernie Hunt met at 6:30am today, hoping to enjoy their first Saturday of illegal cubbing this season. Their faces dropped however, when they realised they had unwelcome guests, in the form of North Cambs Hunt Sabs again.

From the off we found them hunting hounds through a small copse near to the meet, with hounds briefly speaking (on the scent of a fox). Sabs distracted the hounds with horn and voice calls and the Huntsman's efforts were for nought.

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                                    Fernie's new terrierman - he's a bit shy 

Hounds were gathered up in the next field, and had some attention from sabs, while the Hunt tried to figure out what to do next.

From this point on, sabs tracked the pack which did not stop to hunt. Taking in Horninghold, aiming for Vowes Gorse but diverting when sabs were involved, and looping round the local farmland.

Head pervert Philip Cowen seemed hugely more keen in filming all the female sabs today than actually watching his own hunt. He's a chartered surveyor by trade, but it seemed quite clear what he was interested in surveying today.

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                                  Huntsman gives up and blows for home early 

We escorted the Hunt back to the meet, where they were packing away their dogs and ponies just before 9am. A job well done for sabs, who headed home to recover from the early start...

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Cottesmore FH chase fox to ground & hounds spill on to road

Sabs made certain the fox was not dug out

14-9-19  Facebook - Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   The Cottesmore Hunt, Kennels, Ashwell, Rutland    At 06:30 this morning a beautiful dawn broke across England's smallest county. There was an early autumnal chill, brilliant sun on a landscape brushed with dew. Unfortunately there is also the Cottesmore Hunt and this is cubbing season.

With 86% of the public abhorred by fox hunting locals are often more than happy to grass up their local wildlife villains. So we teamed up with our comrades from Northants Hunt Saboteurs and headed up.

We found the Hunt shortly after they left their kennels holding up Brick Kiln Cover. Sabs entered the field and heard hounds in cry and moving rapidly towards the busy B668. Hounds were soon pouring out onto the road with some marking to ground at a badger sett at the side of the road. Within seconds upwards of 20 dogs were in the road and it's only sheer luck that a serious accident didn't happen. Sabs immediately called Leicestershire Police to report the hunting and road traffic offences.

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With the fox safely in the sett sabs made sure the Hunt didn't bother him any further by leaving a temporary guard and following the Hunt north towards Ashwell Hall with new Huntsman Chris Edwards taking the opportunity to hunt the vegetation along a disused canal on the way.

This is a tricky area for sabs as there is very limited public footpath access. While trying to gather evidence of the Hunting Act offences taking place we were constantly pushed and shoved by the usual hunt lackey Dean Cripps and some so-called "stewards." This is what hunts call thugs when they need to legitimise them. Interestingly these "stewards" claimed, whilst reciting from a printed, unsigned document, that the Hunt had laid trails. This was 5 minutes after the hounds had followed a "trail" across the busy road. This behaviour is all designed to get a reaction from us. These pathetic, overgrown playground bullies failed.

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                              Hound peering down sett where fox has taken refuge 

For the last hour or so it was a game of cat and mouse as we tried to keep the hunt in sight. No easy feat with only one support vehicle and limited access however we can say it was a kill free day. The Hunt packed up a little before 09:00.

Pics below   -   1/  Cottesmore hunting on road again    2/  Hunt bully Dean Cripps

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Warwickshire FH chase fox through people's gardens

Otherwise, sabs kept Huntsman on the move

13-9-19   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO  VIDEO2  VIDEO 3   Warwickshire Hunt - Preston On Stour - Friday 13th September 2019    So, another very early start for us today for our second trip to the Warwickshire Hunt this week. The Hunt met in a field in Preston On Stour near Stratford Upon Avon.

On arrival the Hunt were spotted ‘holding’ up a covert (Foxhill Bank) behind the meet. Two sabs entered the field and were harassed straight away by members of the Hunt. Sabs continued towards the Huntsman even though the Hunt were trying to block them. We persevered and the Huntsman left the covert once sabs got close to him. Still on foot one sab spotted where the Hunt were going next which was towards the village of Preston On Stour. Both sabs got picked up and we continued in that direction.

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We quickly spotted the Huntsman behind houses in Preston On Stour. As we were making our way towards him the riders were stationary ‘on point’ around maize crops. The hounds started to speak and so we moved even closer towards the Huntsman who kept moving away from us when we got near him, hence we kept pushing him on from places he wanted to hunt and this proved to be the format of the day ahead. Lots of walking and running, as well as hunt members who were becoming increasingly frustrated as they started linking arms to try and block sabs from moving [below]. They then also started to play very loud music in an attempt to distract us and mask the sound of hunting noises. We again persevered and saw a fox running away from the Hunt.

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Convicted hunting criminal Will Goffe then took the hounds to Clifford Chambers, where a fox was hunted through peoples back gardens. Again we kept up with him as best we could and after getting his hounds back he ran from us completely away from the area. It was clear to see that Will Goffe and his hunt team were getting frustrated. William Goffe isn’t a happy Huntsman unless he has killed a number of foxes at a meet. He then resorted to dismounting off his horse and bashing and crashing around in long grasses to disturb and foxes. Hunt supporters started to play nursery rhymes songs very loudly trying to obstruct and distract. We asked them reasonable questions as to why they behave the way they do and as always no comment from the Hunt.

Will Goffe stayed out till 11am desperate to hunt and kill. We stayed with him as much as we could and always found him again very quickly even though he tried to evade us. A very long and tiring morning but very worth it.

The behaviour of the Warwickshire Hunt is clear for everyone to see. There can be no doubt by the actions of this Hunt and their supporters they blatantly hunt, and want nothing to stop them. But we are persistent and nothing stops us either from trying to help the lives of hunted animals and expose just exactly what is going on in our countryside.

We are always grateful for the support and information we receive. We are all volunteers any help towards fuel costs is appreciated and will be used to try and help our wildlife and expose the dirty hunt secret that is cub hunting.

Pictured below - hunt stewards desperately trying to get the Huntsman attention by waving the high viz tops and then joining hands to obstruct a sab on a public footpath. 

 

N. Cotswold FH hounds kill as split pack chase two at once

Hunt blatantly cubbing afterwards, even as cops arrived 

Police upset as bagged up corpse as evidence

13-9-19  Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    The North Cotswold Hunt hunted this morning. We expected them to be going out so kennel-watched and followed them to the meet in Didbrook.

After leaving the meet the hounds were cast into a large maize field, several small groups of hounds picking up on and off on a number of scents. 2 fox cubs were briefly spotted jinking through the maize and there were no obvious kills at this time (sometimes hounds will come up on a fox and kill on sight with little fuss or excitement so we rarely say for certain that there were no kills).

On to another field and hounds picked up on a scent and hunted across the B4077, busy with lorries and other traffic. Huntsman drew the pack through a wood and a brace of foxes (two) ran along the fence line, hounds just metres behind. With one fox racing past a sab, she rated hounds back and they lost his scent, but the pack had split before this and another group of hounds had killed the other fox further on. They were rated off the body and the fox was taken to the car as evidence.

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The Hunt went on to another field where they blatantly hunted, they were observed holding-up, saddle-slapping and making noise to scare cubs back toward the hounds, and they were still doing so when they police arrived. Officers took the fox's body for autopsy, viewed video evidence and pulled over the quad bike as terriermen had turned their number plate round so it was blank. Statements will be taken regarding the hunting and kill and we will release footage when able to do so.

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Thank you to all our supporters for their messages of support, donations to keep us in the field and shares of our posts to raise awareness, everything adds up. See you in the fields! 3CPayPal.me/threecountiessabs

 

Councillor calls for Council to sever all links with Belvoir FH

12-9-19   Grantham Nub   Independent Market and West Deeping Councillor Virginia Moran is submitting a motion to full council, scheduled to meet on 26 September, stating that she wants SKDC to resolve to:-VirginiaMoranInd.jpg

refuse permission for use of SKDC assets for any activity connected with the Belvoir Hunt, including all land and property which is owned or managed by the council.

refuse any discretionary licence application relating to activities of Belvoir Hunt including event licences and ‘charitable’ street collections

ensure all costs associated with preparation, management or clearing up after activities connected with the Belvoir Hunt are recovered from the organisers

refuse and withhold any other non-statutory support for the Belvoir Hunt

The motion says: "For many years, the Belvoir Hunt has been associated with Grantham partly as a result of the annual Boxing Day meet. This event has been the subject of much controversy and negative news coverage in recent years. Supporters claim that the event raises money for good causes, but in 2018 the event’s contribution to the Mayor's charity was a paltry £88.82. Meanwhile the organisational costs to the public purse, eg for preparation, policing and cleaning, were much higher. It is time for the council to firmly disassociate itself from the Belvoir Hunt Ltd whose activities continue to bring the town, the Charter Trustees and the district into disrepute."

The motion highlights a number of occasions in recent years when supporters and employees of the Belvoir Hunt have been in the courts and hit the headlines for public order and animal welfare offences. This event has been the subject of much controversy and negative news coverage in recent years. Supporters claim that the event raises money for good causes but in 2018 the event’s contribution to the Mayor's charity was a paltry £88.82. Meanwhile the organisational costs to the public purse eg for preparation, policing and cleaning, were much higher.

It is time for the council to firmly disassociate itself from the Belvoir Hunt Ltd whose activities continue to bring the town, the Charter Trustees and the district into disrepute."

The motion highlights a number of occasions in recent years when supporters and employees of the Belvoir Hunt have been in the courts and hit the headlines for public order and animal welfare offences.

POWAperson adds  -  Of course, the single most serious offence committed by Belvoir FH members was the vicious attack by the terriermen, his son and 4 masked thugs which resulted in one investigator suffering a broken neck. The terrierman and son were convicted of GBH and, controversially, given just suspended sentences. They have refused to identify their 4 masked  thug friends.   

 

 

Sabs think N. Cotswold FH killed early in cubbing meet

11-9-19  Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    Tuesday 10th September, North Cotswold Hunt Cubhunting meet, Willersey, North Cotswold badger cull zone    The day started early as we had a late-night tip-off that the NCH would be out hunting again (they also held a meet near Broadway on Monday).

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There was heavy mist [above] as the Hunt gathered at Downrip Farm at 6.30am and, despite having young and inexperienced hounds with them and roads nearby, the Hunt moved off on time. Scenting conditions were good in the mist and hounds went off in full cry, hunting along a hedge line, back andN.CotswoldFHLocator11-9-19.jpg forth along the lengths of hedge and through a field of cows with young calves - unlikely to be following a trail then - and we believe they may have killed inland not long after.

As the mist cleared, scent was less strong and further coverts were drawn blank (no fox found) or scent was on and off within them, hounds not staying on a line for long. We stayed with them, followed by terrierman Will Haines, while new terrierman Chris Trotman and girlfriend Georgia Ash Equestrian (both masked up for some reason) [below] rode on the quad, trespassing on a local's land, terriers and locator-collars [right] (used when putting terriers below ground for illegal dig-outs) present on the quad with them.

Pack up was another early one at around 8.30am, terriermen and supporters having to do the Whipper-in's job as hounds ran around areas of the meet that they weren't supposed to be in and Whipper-in had ridden off elsewhere and wasn't keeping them under control. With the lack of professionalism seen at this Hunt over the seasons we wonder what new joint master Christian Kewk will think about what he's let himself in for...

After breakfast and coffee in a nearby café, meeting two separate groups of locals who recognised us and told us of local hunt trespass and arrogance, we were off out to check setts and look for signs of badger cull activity. Really good to see healthy, active badger setts still exist in the area and meet anti-cull farmers and other locals!

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We know the Cotswold Vale Farmers' Hunt were out as well in the morning as terrierman Ben Hughes was spotted re-fuelling his pick-up (reg no. A006 CBV), terrier in front seat, quadbike on trailer behind (reg no. CT17 ATO) at 5.30am by one of our supporters - keep an eye out for him as he is also involved in the badger cull!

We hope to see some of you at our fundraiser on Friday evening, if not we'll see you in the fields! If you like what we do, give us a share and a like and, if you can, chuck us a few quid to help with fuel costs – paypal.me/threecountiessabs.

 

Warks FH JM can't explain blocked sett where they hunting

Senior Master and steward attempt to obstruct sab filming 

11-9-19   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Warwickshire Hunt - Danils Hill Farm, Napton on the Hill Wednesday 11th September 2019 *Blocked badger sett next to hunted long grass (video to follow) *Self appointed hunt stewards wearing high pink viz actively try to block sabs-what have they got to hide?

We were up in the small hours this morning to visit the Warwickshire Hunt who met at Danils Hill Farm in Napton on the Hill.

The Hunt moved off around 6.30am and headed straight to a covert where we have previously filmed a fox being hunted during their cub hunting season last year. As predicted hounds were in cry when we arrived. A foot sab quickly headed in and hunt masters notified the Huntsman of our positions and he took the hounds away from the covert and headed away from us further inland.

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Two of us then began heading inland when senior hunt master Barbara Hester and self appointed hunt steward Sam Austin (who wear pink high viz so that the Huntsman and hunting staff can see where we are) started to obstruct us from walking and filming [above]. They then joined hands (see photo) to prevent us from walking and filming. They were asked numerous times why they felt the need to do this if they had nothing to hide. As usual no answer came from them. The Huntsman then headed towards the A425 where we have also seen a fox fleeing from the Hunt previously. We arrived on the A425 to see the Huntsman moving swiftly around trying to find somewhere he could hunt away from our view.

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He gave up in this particular piece of land and moved back up towards the first wood he hunting earlier in the morning. We got back into our vehicle to catch up with him.. The quickest way was up a gated road, but it was becoming clear that hunt supporters were now becoming frustrated and the terrierman’s father Chris Clewes decided to tie the gates shut in an attempt to slow us down.

When we caught up with the Huntsman, the hounds were speaking and some hounds darted out into the road in front of a motorist where a driver trying to go about his business.

The Huntsman was found hunting in long grasses with some members of the hunt stationary ’holding’ up and as usual using classic cub hunting techniques.

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Whilst one foot sab stayed with the Huntsman and hounds another entered the field behind some of the rider’s holding up and spotted the terrier quad bike with the terriermen off the bike. Senior Hunt joint- master Barbara Hester was in front walking and by her actions and body behaviour drew suspicion to the hedgerow. This alerted us to have a look, and what a surprise we found a freshly blocked badger sett which had a fresh latrine next to it. Barbara was questioned repeatedly about this but again silence fell and she sheepishly looked away, trying to avoid the awkward questions (video to follow). She was also asked repeatedly throughout the morning the route the Huntsman would be taking today, again silence. The Hunt don’t like being asked ‘normal’ questions about their suspicious behaviour/activities because there is no other answer they can give other than they are blatantly cub hunting.

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The Hunt packed up around 9.30am. We were then followed by Chris Clewes who alerted Barbara Hester who turned up to watch us fuelling up at the petrol station. The Warwickshire cub hunt at least 4 - 5 times a week. Monday they were at Swalcliffe.

Any information about the Warwickshire Hunt is gratefully received and is treated in confidence. We can be contacted via email westmidlandhuntsabs@hotmail.co.uk PM us on Facebook or call 07767620767.

Any help towards our fuel costs would be appreciated as we are all volunteers. This is a very busy time for us, and with the announcement that no badger culling will be taking place in Warwickshire this year we will be now helping in another area. We will continue to attend as many cub hunts as we can as well. We always appreciate your support. https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs.

 

Waveney Harriers lose control, sabs left to try to call hounds off deer

10-9-19  Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO     Waveney Harriers – 07/09/2019, Heckingham Hall – Norfolk The Waveney Harriers left Heckingham Hall around 6am. The hounds were taken straight away into a small copse behind St Gregory's Church, where they briefly spoke but sabs were on hand should any illegal hunting take place. Unfortunately 20 minutes later the police arrived and asked sabs on the ground to make their way back to the road. The police advised us that a hunt was in the area and that a complaint had been made by member of the public, however they were not clear about who the complaint was about, sabs or the Hunt.

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Sabs kept the Hunt moving but after being stopped by the police 3 times within 15 minutes this was proving to be difficult. The police had no real reason to stop us, only that they are able to do so under the Road Traffic Act. Conveniently this was always when the hunt moved from a field and came onto the road. 

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Due to the hold up we lost sight of the Hunt and believe they headed in the direction of the Norton Sub Course Quarry, a dangerous place for horses and hounds. Hounds were then heard in cry and a split pack emerged on the scent of a deer, (see attached photos and video) with no Huntsman in sight. With the hounds giving chase, sabs acted fast to call the hounds off but we cannot confirm if the deer survived. The police were present at this chase and were requested to act, only 1 officer out of 7 present attempted to assist but all signs of police soon vanished from the area.

The hounds then disappeared into a private nature reserve called Old Hall Carr and with a split pack it was up to kennelman Luke Newton to round up the remaining hounds. Chris McDaniels seemed to take a leisurely ride with the rest of the pack, boxed them up and returned for a short hack before he too retired. We wonder what they are actually paying Chris for.

The hunt finished the day around 8:30am and our team returned home for a well earned cuppa. Please buy us a coffee if you want to support what we do, it all goes back into keeping us out in the field: https://ko-fi.com/norfolksuffolkhuntsaboteurs.

 

Ashford V FH thug attacks sab car with hammer - as both driving

10-9-19   Facebook - West Kent Hunt Sabs   Tuesday 10th September - Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt supporter attacks our vehicle with hammer   Today we were reminded just how desperate the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt really are to avoid us, to illegally hunt and to kill foxes.

We began the day successfully following their hound van towards Bethersden. We noticed that Huntsman Neil Staines was driving particularly slowly and was on the phone. At this point we suspected he might be calling some of his cronies to do the traditional 'block in'. This is where a Huntsman is so desperate forAshfordVFHThughammer10-9-19.jpg sabs not to follow them to their meet that they beg one of their associates to illegally drive in front of our vehicle and literally use their vehicle by any means possible to stop us following the hound van so it can get away from us.

Our suspicions were correct and as we were driving along the A28 towards Ashford all of a sudden what can only be described as a pre-pubescent chav [right] flung their battered VW golf sporting a dazzling yellow 'space saver' between us and a member of the publics van in front. How a serious road traffic accident didn't occur we are unsure. The young chav almost went head on into oncoming traffic.

What then ensued as we continued now towards Bissenden would actually be comical if it wasn't dangerous. The young chav then decided to do his best attempt at drawing 'S' shapes in the road pushing his creaking Golf to its limits so we couldn't get passed. As we saw the hound van disappear into the distance, we decided to turn around and try and search for where the Hunt's meet could be.

We thought we had left the young chav behind but before we knew it minutes later he was on our tail! Driving up to our rear bumper in a ramming fashion then slowing down. This went on for almost 10 minutes so we decided to stop to see if we could get a better look at him. It wasn't a pretty sight. The young chav looked desperate for nourishment. His meagre friend was sitting there in the passenger seat with a balaclava that looks like he stole it from from his mum's fancy dress box.

We got good pics of them and were about to drive off before they decided to drive up to our car and start hitting it violently with a hammer! In doing so they smashed our rear windscreen and did other exterior damage. They then sped off like cowards into the distance.

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Undeterred we continued on our way to find the Hunt - albeit unsuccessfully!

Reflecting on today we are reminded of how desperate the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt are to kill and how they are losing the war against us. Only a truly, truly stupid organisation would encourage such recklessness! We got the whole incident on film which has been passed to the Police who are already taking statements. It was an utterly desperate act from a desperate Hunt. A desperate Hunt that are already struggling to survive by begging for new supporters and a desperate Hunt that has already appeared in court once this year with a member convicted of violence.

One thing for sure is despite these acts of violence our conviction remains the same. These acts do nothing but spur us on. Of course we will update you on how the police investigations go.

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Sabs save fox from Blackmore FH but one may have been caught

Huntsman and sabs both lost contact with the pack

10-9-19   Facebook - North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs    Tuesday 10th September - Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt at Trill Farm    Today we visited the BSV who met at Trill Farm, Yetminster. The meet is encircled by two railway lines and a very busy main road so we realised their only real option was to stick to Clifton Wood and that’s exactly what they did. With a very small number of us out and visibility at a minimum due to the fog we decided to lay in wait both sides of the wood and let them come to us.

Sure enough, hounds soon came bounding in cry straight towards one of our teams and sabs filmed and intervened while the Hunt ran away to avoid liability for out of control hounds chasing a fox. A short argument then flared up when two ignorant members of the hunt tried to prevent Sabs from intervening in order to save a fox’s life.

The Huntsman took the hounds back into the woods and after a while our other team heard the hounds in cry and rushed in their direction. However, without a driver and footpath access not being great, by the time we got there we’d lost the hounds and so had the huntsman. We don’t know if a kill was made, all we know is that the huntsman had a hard time gathering the hounds and he was watched going in circles looking for them all the way back to the meet, packing up at 10:30.

Please don’t forget that we are in need of more sabs for cubbing and the upcoming season. Please do message us if you want to get involved. Please consider donating to ongoing costs such as fuel, insurance and tax at www.ko-fi.com/NDHSaboteurs.

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Sabs outnumber hunters at Surrey Union FH early a.m. cubbing meet

9-9-19  Facebook - Kingston Hunt Sabs    Some of us met up in the wee hours with some sabs from Guildford and some from Reading and North Downs groups. We were ready and waiting when the Surrey Union left their Peaselake meet at 6am for cubbing.

Poor show on the scum’s part - the Master Humpty Hazeltine could only get a field of 5 to join him and his whipper. They were outnumbered by sabs - we had 2 landies full -and we had them on the run until they gave up and packed at 8. They tried to illegally draw once, but we pushed them on through Bentley copse. Job done. Put the kettle on.

 

Sab visits ensure no cubbing by Quorn or S. Notts FHs

9-9-19   Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs     We were out early for the third time in four days (no killing on the Sabbath thankfully!) to check out the Quorn who met near Hickling. We found the field gathering on Bridegate Lane, but there were no sign of the hounds and they set off on a very dispirited amble round the fields.

Clearly the Quorn haven't liked us interfering with their cubbing and must have something to hide if they've left their hounds at home/taken them elsewhere.

Once we'd confirmed they were just out for a ride we headed a few miles North to the South Notts meet at Kneeton. We found their horseboxes in the usual place north of the village and set out to hunt the hunters. One of our eagle eyed drivers found them skulking in a wood not far from the meet clearly deciding what to do.

Once they knew they'd been spotted they set off on a very slow ride round some fields for the next hour, hounds never leaving the huntsman's side, before packing up just after 8.30am.

So a nice early finish with two hunts successfully stopped from cubbing. Let's see what the Quorn try tomorrow!

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E. Essex FH switch from cubbing to trail hunt when sabs appear

9-9-19   Facebook - Norwich Hunt Saboteurs     Norwich sabs' report - Bures, Essex, 7/9/19   We hadn't actually planned to visit the East Essex Hunt on Saturday but thanks to some info from a concerned local we were able to head over there at short notice. We joined our friends SES - Suffolk And Essex and South Cambs Hunt Saboteurs.

When we arrived the Hunt engaged in classic cub hunting tactics - with riders seen slapping their saddles in order to provoke foxes into leaving cover.

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However, once sabs were spotted by the Hunt, Huntsman Barry Thorpe decided to change plans slightly and did something we've only ever seen once before - he laid a trail! This was interesting to watch as it turns out you can go 'hunting' and get all the weirdo fun you need without actually chasing/killing foxes.

On several occasions hounds went into full cry on an artificial scent and sabs had the pleasure of just standing and watching - with no wildlife being chased there wasn't much for us to do.

Barry seemed a bit confused though as he still had terrier boys [above] and an owl [below] out. Best to cover all your bases eh Barry?

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All in all a simple day for sabs, as our presence itself was enough to stop Barry from doing his usual thing and killing foxes.

As the new season begins we are looking for new sabs so please get in touch to join. Alternatively donate via https://ko-fi.com/N4N0HF6M and we'll put the money straight back into sabotaging hunts.

 

Sabs say saved 3 foxes from Pytchley & Woodland FH cub hunting

8-9-19  Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs    The hunting of fox cubs ahead of the main season is now starting in most areas of the country. Yesterday was a busy day for our team with dawn to dusk operations monitoring the activities of multiple hunts and ready to spring into action should the need arise. In the afternoon we did just that, joining our good friends North Cambs and Staffordshire Hunt Sabs in disrupting the evening meet at East Haddon Hall in Northants of the newly formed Pytchley and Woodland Hunt following the demise of the Woodland Pytchley last season.

Cub hunting may utilise different tactics from the huntsmen but changes nothing of the behaviour displayed by the huntsmen, field riders or bumpkin supporters. Very soon the usual checklist was being filled as our team went about the job in hand. Our female sabs facing misogynistic jibes, our male sabs homophobic ones. Soon this escalated into violence and intimidation with foot sabs ridden at, pushed into ditches and our vehicles attacked.

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                                              Holding up elephant grass crop 

Put simply, this just demonstrates how successful we were. With all groups working well together, three foxes were seen away to safety over the course of four hours as the hunt were contained within a relatively small area with huntsman Cherriman forced to put the pack through the same fields and streams repeatedly. That is all that matters to us and we will not be deflected by all the other nonsense.

The hunt were expecting to kill with a number of artificial earths in the area and our team found plenty of evidence that they are being actively maintained with a veritable charnel house of gruesome finds intended to encourage fox families to take up residence.

The Sir Walter Fukkwit award of the day goes to the field member whom chose to engage our team in conversation at one point.

Hunter #1: You lot would happily kill a mouse if it was in your house so why are you so upset about a fox or two?   Sab: No I wouldn't.   Hunter #1: Oh come on if you had a £1000 jumper and one had a nibble on it, you would.   Sab: No I'd just hang the jumper up.   Hunter #2: That's a good answer, to be fair.

A long day with plenty of miles under boot and tyre was rewarded on the way home with a beer and the warm glow of a job well done.

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Worcestershire FH Huntsman sexually harasses woman sab

8-9-19   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Sexual harassment from Worcestershire Huntsman, Worcestershire Hunt - Saturday 7th September 2019 - Saldons Farm, Himbleton – 6:00am    Huntsman of the Worcestershire Hunt Roderick Wilson [below] sexually harassed a female hunt saboteur.

Sabs had been with the Worcestershire Hunt all morning, had moved the Hunt on out of several woods and had to stop the hounds after a fox was filmed on the edge of a wood that the Hunt were hunting in. At the end of the day the female hunt sab had told Wilson he would be seeing more of us when Wilson replied - “I’ll look forward to it. Give me a little stiffy it will”.

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When challenging him over his comments Wilson and other male hunt members just laughed, he then blew her a kiss as he left.

This disgusting behaviour does not surprise us. We have said before that hunting people are some of the most backward most intolerant people you will ever meet. Female members of our group frequently face sexism and misogyny from male hunting people. We’ve been to the Worcestershire Hunt twice in the past two weeks and on both occasions we have faced unacceptable sexist comments from this hunt. Their attitudes to women are just as shocking as their attitudes towards wildlife. They seem to think that wildlife exists just so they can kill it for their amusement and that women exist to cook their food and have their own sexual amusement.

Sexual harassment is not acceptable by anyone under any circumstances. After yesterday's visit, we have received threatening phone calls from male members of the Worcestershire Hunt, this will not put us off in fact you can expect us more.

As we highlighted in a previous post two of the terriermen of the Worcestershire Hunt run a petting zoo - Little Owl Farm Park were they keep foxes. We are concerned that they are breeding these foxes and then giving the cubs to the Worcestershire Hunt. Please contact them and ask theme if this is the case. Please keep all communications polite. https://www.littleowlfarmpark.co.uk/how-to-find-us/.

We rely solely on donations which helps keep us out in the fields as often as we can throughout the fox hunting season - This can be up to 4 times a week during cub hunting. If you would like to donate to us please use the link below. Thanks.  https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabsIf

If you have any information on the Worcestershire Hunt no matter how small then please contact us confidentially. You may for example have overheard one of the joint-masters of the hunt talking too loudly whilst drunk in the pub... ;).  

You can contact us by PM, email westmidlandhuntsabs@hotmail.co.uk  or on 07767620767.

 

Mendip F FH hound van doesn't even go to meet because of sab presence

7-9-19   Facebook - Bristol Hunt Saboteurs   Mendip Farmers’ Hunt – 07/09/19    After the Mendip Farmers’ were caught blatantly hunting fox cubs and got pushy and stole stuff from sabs last weekend, we thought it only fair to spread the love to them today along with Mendip & Bath Hunt Sabs.

A successful kennel watch lead us as far as a lay-by down the road, when hunt staff in the hound van realised they had company. They waited there for well over an hour, calling in the police to try and help them, before taking sabs on a drive around.

We headed to their planned meet just south of Chewton Mendip whilst the other vehicles kept tabs on the hound van (which returned to the kennels). When we got there we found about 20 supporters and terrierboys stood around awaiting the arrival of huntsman and hounds, the mounted field out on a hack.

Nearly 3 hours after the intended meet time and with no Huntsman or hounds to be seen, riders returned, horses were boxed up and supporters drifted off. We left knowing their morning of cub hunting was well and truly ruined!

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Police hold up sabs for Flint & Denbigh FH yet again

7-9-19   Facebook - Derby Hunt Saboteurs    Hit Report – 7/9/19    Early morning visit to the Flint and Denbigh Hunt with North Wales Hunt Saboteurs. As soon as sabs arrived in the area Wales's finest illegal hunt facilitators North Wales Police appeared, with 3 police cars blocking us in.

A recent Freedom of Information request has revealed Operation Yarder, a police operation to stop hunt disruption by saboteurs has cost £15,000 just in overtime and additional policing costs alone.

Police accused a sab driver of driving while disqualified then took a significantly long time to check insurance details on the Police National Computer.

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After much delay we were able to once again find the hunt. As we approached from the road the Hunt were surrounding a wood but as we made our way into the field we were seen and they moved on. We followed after them, we stuck with the hunt and by 9.30am they were packing up.

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SNP future plans doc omits to mention strengthening hunt ban

7-9-19   The Canary   Anti-hunting campaigners have branded the Scottish government’s latest move as ‘disappointing’     The Scottish government previously welcomed changes that would strengthen the country’s ban on hunting. But its latest plan for the future of Scotland makes no mention of the hunting or changes in legislation. And anti-hunting activists have criticised the absence.

No change in sight - The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) pointed out on 3 September that hunting isn’t featured in Protecting Scotland’s Future. The document “sets out the actions” that the Scottish government plans to take throughout 2019 and 2020 “and beyond”. And while ecological concerns featured heavily, legislation to strengthen the hunting ban was absent.

Scotland effectively banned hunting in 2002 with the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act. It was the first part of the UK to outlaw the pastime. But campaigners claim hunts in Scotland exploit a loophole that allows a pack of hounds to flush a fox to be shot. Senior judge Iain Bonomy led a 2016 review of the law and made a glut of recommendations for improvement. As a result, environment minister Mairi Gougeon announced in January that the government will be taking forward many of the recommendations to clarify and strengthen the Act. But 'Protecting Scotland’s Future' doesn’t mention hunting or changes to the Act.

 

Worcestershire FH terriermen have petting zoo, including foxes

7-9-19  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs  Terrier-men for Worcestershire Hunt keep foxes on their petting zoo Two of the terrier-men who feature in our footage of the Worcestershire Hunt from earlier in the week (https://youtu.be/N2B-kcGIaNE) own a petting zoo, Little Owl Farm Park, Worcestershire, which is open to the public. They have a lot of animals kept in captivity on the farm just so people can pay money to stare and gawk at them.

On this farm it seems that they also have several foxes. We find it extremely worrying that terrier-men from this Hunt seem to have a ready supply of foxes.

Not only are they involved in fox hunting but it seems they also go shooting, breeding their own game birds and as one of these screenshots shows they also shoot ducks. Screenshots from the Little Owl Farm Park page show that they also have ducks on their farm.

We are extremely concerned that these people are allowed to keep and look after animals. https://www.littleowlfarmpark.co.uk/ .

Pics below   -   1/  One of the foxes in the petting zoo   2/ The terriermen at work

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N. Herefordshire FH new Huntsman scatters pack while cubbing

7-9-19   Facebook - Herefordshire Hunt Sabs    North Herefordshire Hunt - First cub hunting meet of the season - Third huntsman at the NHH in as many seasons     A mixture of illness and work commitments meant that only one of our group was available to take a look at the North Herefordshire Hunt’s first cubbing meet of the season. They met at kennels leaving at 6am for a leisurely hack along the road before taking the hounds inland via Risbury Court farmyard. The hunt comprised a field of thirteen, including two children, two hunt staff in ratcatcher (Whipper-in Jack from last season was one) and new Huntsman Ryan Woodfine who had, conveniently, chosen to wear red.

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Hounds went into cry almost instantly on the wooded slopes of Risbury hill fort and minutes later a flash of red/brown was seen running in the distance which was presumed to be a fox fleeing the hill fort in search of safety. Hounds were not pursuing it, although the Huntsman could be heard encouraging hounds with horn and voice calls. Thinking there may have been a second fox our sab quickly parked up and headed inland, catching up with the huntsman, hounds and terriermen on top of the fort. A badger sett was close by but no signs of a dig out were found. Members of the field could be seen spread out below the fort at intervals to the eastern side, ready to drive any foxes back towards the hounds should they try to escape. Despite claims to the contrary it was clear that they were cub hunting.

The Hunt stayed in the vicinity of the hill fort, with hounds being entered into small areas of woodland, while the field arranged themselves along the outskirts, but as the sun rose and warmed the ground, hounds were only heard to speak intermittently. The huntsman spent quite a lot of time on foot, rather comically trying and failing to outrun our sab, while haplessly losing more and more hounds as he did so. Soon the pack was completely scattered and he had to spend about twenty minutes gathering the pack before heading for home via Risbury Court.

It’s been all change at the North Herie since last season; Luke Chatfield has been replaced by Ryan Woodfine, previously with the Ludlow Foxhounds. New masters are Karl Creamer (a former ice hockey player turned coach, who some years ago was joint master of the Ludlow) and Angela Vint. Stella Roberston, long term secretary has been replaced by Iain Chollertain.

Our sab had a fair walk back to their car and passed one lost hound within minutes. Walking back they kept hearing the sound of quads and distant calls of the terriermen searching for missing hounds. All change in terms of personnel at the North Herefordshire, but little else has changed, still illegally and, thankfully pretty ineptly, attempting to hunt foxes.

We’re interested in any info relating to the North Herefordshire Hunt. We can be contacted by sending a PM to this page, by email herefordshirehuntsabs@gmail.com or anonymously via the HSA hotline 07443 148 426. Thank you to everyone who has contacted us with info during the summer. Please support us if you can. Ko-fi.com/herefordshirehuntsabs.

 

Police reject film of supporters trying to head fox at BSV FH meet

6-9-19  Facebook - Wildlife Witness    VIDEO    Received email today confirming that Dorset Police will be taking no further action against the BSV Hunt who's supporters attempted to head a hunted fox by shouting and running at it in an effort to scare it back to its death. Apparently "the video clip does not meet the threshold to secure a prosecution".

We are just waiting to hear whether anyone at the Hunt was even contacted asking for an explanation for their supporters behaviour.

 

N. Warwickshire Beagles to close, along with 2 other packs

6-9-19  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   Victory - Three Hare Hunts set to close - North Warwickshire Beagles set to fold The North Warwickshire Beagles are set to fold this season due to lack of support. Over the past two seasons we had been focusing our attention more and more on the North Warwickshire Beagles who chose to pack up and go home whenever we turned up. The North Warwickshire Beagles share the same kennels and hunting area as the struggling Atherstone Hunt.

This shows how much of an impact hunt saboteurs can have. There is one less Hunt in the North Warwickshire / West Leicestershire area and with the Atherstone Hunt now a shadow of its former self, this is a victory for wildlife in that area.

The other two Hunts set to fold are the the Claro Beagles who operated across North Yorkshire and the Vectis Beagles who were based on the Isle of Wight. Our only concern now is what the North Warwickshire Beagles will do to the beagles.

Please consider donating, together we can stop hunting one Hunt at a time - https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs

6-9-19  HSA Press Release   Hare hunting: a dying sport    Word has reached the HSA that three hare-hunting beagle packs are to fold. The Claro Beagles, the Vectis Beagles and the North Warwickshire Beagles are all set to close this season due to lack of support.

This leaves just 55 beagle packs operating in the UK. These hunts use packs of beagles to hunt hares by scent. Like their fox hunting friends, beaglers employ the lie of “trail hunting” to disguise their illegal activities.

HSA Press Officer Lee Moon commented, “These closures are great news for wildlife and further evidence that beagling is in terminal decline. Hunt sabs have always sabotaged beagle packs and it is clear our actions are having a long-term effect. As the season gets under way, we are even more determined to target hare hunts across the country.”

 

North Cotswold FH kill young fox in blatant cub hunting

6-9-19  Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs   Friday 6th September 2019   North Cotswold Hunt blatantly hold up coverts and kill fox cub at Springhill. More to follow.

Please continue to support us with info on meets, sightings and if you like what we do paypal.me/threecountiessabs.

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Sabs twice take hounds off Quorn FH to stop cubs being killed

6-9-19   Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs   We were up stupidly early this morning to kennel watch the Quorn who never miss a Friday. A road closure caused a slight delay but fortune favoured the righteous and as we followed the detour we saw horse boxes parking up in a field by the kennels.

The Hunt moved off at about 10 past 6 and headed straight for Avondale covert. The road closure meant it took us a while to reach them but when we did they had the covert surrounded and hounds spread through it. Sabs quickly took control of some of the pack leading the Huntsman to do some desperate gathering before heading south west with sabs on his heels.

He half heartedly put hounds through a small piece of scrub before heading back East along a stream towards his kennels. Hounds were speaking so sabs again took control of the pack using the horn which led to the whipper in riding at sabs in frustration.

When he'd finally gathered his pack huntsman Ollie headed back into kennels and again we had to make a long detour due to the road closure. We arrived back on the Eastern road just in time to see them sneaking across it to carry on hunting. Sabs went in after them and within 20 minutes they decided they'd had enough and packed up shortly after 8am.

A fairly straightforward morning but more evidence that the Quorn are blatantly looking to chase and kill fox cubs. Not on our watch! 

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Muntjac being hunted by Waveney Harriers aided to escape by sabs

6-9-19  Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs     Waveney Harriers – 31/08/2019, Priory Farm, Aldeby – Norfolk    We were joined by our friends Norwich Hunt Saboteurs today as they were In the area after attending another hunt elsewhere.

The Waveney Harriers left Priory Farm at 6am and within minutes huntsman Chris McDaniel cast hounds through thick, tall maize on Rectory Road, St Mary's Road and Lily Lane. Various members of the Hunt and its supporters assured us a trail had been laid but seriously, how can hounds follow a trail through thick maize that most riders struggled to enter? Moreover, despite that, they had a bird of prey with them as well. A Hunt cannot employ both exemptions at the same time.

Sabs kept the Waveneys moving. The Hunt became frustrated and eventually appeared to hack for home. At this point however the hounds began rioting after a small deer. Unaware that sabs were in the vicinity, McDaniel watched on at first. Once he realised that sabs had cameras on the chase, though, he made a feeble effort to look like he was attempting to call the hounds off. The deer exited a field onto Station Road, a full pack of hounds in pursuit and no huntsman in sight. Sabs on the road took action to give the deer just enough time to escape through barbed wire fencing on an adjacent property. Hounds attempted but failed to pursue the deer through the fence. It was left to kennelman Luke Newton to recall the hounds and blow for home. We wonder why McDaniel is even the Huntsman at all?

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The Hunt finished the day around 9am and our team returned home knowing that, at least for today, no animals were killed for the sake of sport.

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D&S SH chased stag into churchyard & shot him dead there

5-9-19  Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime   Devon and Somerset Trophy Hunters!    We have been contacted by someone who wishes to remains anonymous, a regular follower with the Devon and Somerset Stag Hounds. The D&S recently hunted a Stag into a Churchyard in North Molton, where he was shot with a big gun at close range. Allegations from people involved are that this was nothing but trophy hunting.

Now this isn’t news to us, but it’s hardly surprising that people are turning on these hunters quicker than a pack of rabid hounds given the horror of what they are doing.

 

 

Forestry Commission to publish Hunt meet details

5-9-19   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    Forestry Commission to publish Hunt meets    The Forestry Commission have today announced that from now on they will be publishing their hunting meets in advance, as a response to a petition launched by one of our team and as a response to those who wrote to their Executive Board before their recent meeting (huge thanks to those who did!).

Fox Hunts hate being dragged into the light where people can see their brutal crimes... so here’s the new Forestry Commission page for hunt meets - get sharing!

 

12-9-19  The Canary   Another blow for hunting as a second major landowner leaves wildlife criminals with no place to hide    England’s largest public land owner has started publishing details of hunting on its land. In doing so, it follows on from the country’s largest private land owner. And campaigners say the move is a ‘welcome change’.

Forestry England recently announced it will begin publishing details of Hunts using its land. It said that the decision came after “Some visitors… told us that they might want to avoid woodlands during trail hunts”. However, campaigners have also pressured Forestry England for greater transparency on hunting for some time. As a result, they have welcomed the announcement.

Jack Riggall, a member of anti-hunting group Cheshire Monitors who has engaged the Forestry Commission (of which Forestry England is a part) in dialogue on the issue, told The Canary: ”[Forestry England] have now committed to publishing the meets of fox hunts they allow on their land, which is a very welcome policy change even if it doesn’t go far enough. … Plenty of questions remain such as why [Forestry England] still allows terriermen and convicted fox hunts on its land, and hunts that it knows have killed foxes whilst on its land, but we’ll soon see how fox Hunts react to the [Forestry England] update as the wider campaign against hunting continues.”

Freedom of information requests revealed that Forestry England suspended a meet of the Staintondale Hunt while it investigated the death of a fox at Sneaton Forest. However, Forestry England said there was “inconclusive evidence” about how it was killed.

 

Sabs help save 3 foxes from Portman FH but others may have been killed

5-9-19   Facebook - North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs    4th September- Portman Hunt at Moor Crichel   Yesterday started early with kennel watching the Portman Hunt kennels, along with Mendip Hunt Sabs. We didn’t have to wait long before the hound van and a horse box exited. We followed the horse box for a while but with the hound van now out of sight we decided the horse box was a decoy and peeled off to follow our noses instead. It wasn’t long before we got onto another horse box who also tried to lose us but inevitably led us to the meet at White Farm, Moor Crichel.

The Hunt set off heading into Downley Coppice where hounds were onto something but not to fruition.

They moved off west to Birch Coppice where the hounds, huntsman, and terriermen were out of sight for a good while and our path was blocked. We suspect that from the sounds and actions of the hunt a dig out may have been in progress.

They then moved on to Harry’s Coppice where sabs soon spotted a fox cross the footpath in front of them. The line was sprayed and hounds shortly followed. The Hunt’s hired stewards were made aware of the fox but still made every effort to stop us from keeping the hounds from the fox. Strange actions for a Hunt that apparently doesn’t hunt illegally. You would have thought they’d be thankful for the help! The Huntsman soon came along and got in on foot to draw the hounds through were the fox had gone but with sabs always present he eventually gave up.

He gathered hounds and after standing around discussing where to go next they drew the woodland up to Calcotts Coppice. Here sabs saw two foxes break cover in quick concession, likely to be of the same litter, and we stood fast on their lines to ensure hounds didn’t follow.

Next they moved onto Six Cross Ways where hounds went into cry intermittently. It was getting late into the morning now but the Huntsman wasn’t letting up and tried to draw hounds through Upper Kitemore and back down again.

More sabs had turned up at this point and positioned themselves south and the Hunt were running out of room to run to.

The hounds were taken from the woods and we thought that finally the Huntsman had given up, but no, he couldn’t resist drawing the hounds through an area east of Manswood. This didn’t last long though and they finally gave up and headed back to the meet at 11:30.

There were only three foot sabs out today and the terrain was incredibly hard going. We cannot guarantee that a kill wasn’t made at some point when they managed to hide in woodland for a while. Despite that, we managed to keep up with the Hunt most of the day and ensured three foxes to safety.

If you can, please donate towards our ongoing fuel and insurance costs at www.ko-fi.com/NDHSaboteurs or PayPal.me/NorthDorsetHuntSabs.

We are also on the look out for more sabs, so please, if you want to get involved, message us or Hunt Saboteurs and we will get back you ASAP.

 

Pony distressed by IoW FH who gave no notice of their meet

4-9-19  Facebook - Isle of Wight Hunt Sabs    The Isle of Wight Foxhounds were out "cubbing" illegal!! Today at Ashley, they had not alerted any of landowners they were out which I have just bern told, led to. Pony's being left distressed in fields.. If anybody sees "shit fir brains Boswell”, out with his bunch of merry murdering psychopaths, could you please leave a message on IOW Sabs pm please.

 

Convicted badger baiter is terrierman for York & Ainsty S FH

Antis think that Hunt killed fox during hunt they monitored 

4-9-19   York Anti-Hunt League  VIDEO  York Anti-Hunt League were again out early this morning to keep tabs on the blatant cubbing activities of York and Ainsty South/Badsworth & Bramham Moor Hunt. We have a significant amount of images and data to review so will issue a full report once this process has been completed.

In the meantime, we thought that we would share with you our ‘surprise’ to find the familiar face of Mark Tiffin, a convicted criminal badger baiter, now working as a ‘fence mender and gate opener’ (terrierman) for the newly combined Hunts. This link details his offences at the time of the article.

For YAS/BBMH to chose to work and be so publicly associated with an individual already charged with illegally hunting a wild mammal with dogs (badger baiting) tells you all that you need to know about their ethics and morals.

Below are images of Tiffin. Here he is sat on his quad during today’s cubbing meet. Note the spades clearly visible under the sheet on the front of the quad (critical for mending fences) and the missing illegal front number plate. Other than his mug-shot, the last image is of a gloating Tiffin taken by sabs during a previous meet of YAS on 12 March 2019. Note the blood on his hands. We firmly believe that a fox was illegally killed during this meet.

We continue to work tirelessly to protect our fox population from illegal persecution and of course will continue do the same for all of the badgers that we know are on our patch.

Please do all that you can to support our critical work and, if you have the opportunity, don’t forget to ask YAS/BBMH why they are apparently happy to associate with known convicted wildlife criminals.

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Stunning stag finds sanctuary from Hunt on Baronsdown

4-9-19  Facebook - Graham Floyd    A fine stag, taken tonight on Baronsdown. The stag hunters are after him but he is in a safe place thanks to the League Against Cruel sports land.

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PC's partner's posts shows he thought Warks FH caused pile-up

4-9-19  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Straight from the horse's mouth We’ve been sent this screen shot from the Friends of Pittern Hill Facebook group (a stable near the hunt kennels). As you can see someone has copied and pasted what the partner of the police officer involved in yesterday's multiple car road traffic accident has said in a separate group. She admits that the Warwickshire Hunt were the cause of the accident.

My OH was travelling to work today with his Police Dog with him, when himself and 3 cars were involved in an RTC. I believe they were stationary waiting for the field to pass them by.”

As can be seen from our photos yesterday there are road traffic signs warning of the bend in the road. Yet this was the spot that the Warwickshire Hunt choose to cross the road forcing motorists to stop on the bend and wait for them.

The Hunt claimed the police officer said they were not to blame, clearly this is not the case. This post also backs up our post from yesterday that the police officers partner is pro-hunt - who else would thank a group of people who have just caused an accident and could have killed someone.

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West Kent Sabs complaint against police inaction is upheld

4-9-19   Facebook - West Kent Hunt Sabs    Complaint upheld!!!    We have finally received the outcome of our complaint regarding Kent police not attending our 999 call on 23rd February 2019, when our drone was shot by a masked gunman.

Complaint Number 1 - Other neglect or failure in duty Sabs were filming an illegal hunt using a drone, which was then shot at and damaged. It was stated the people being filmed then pursued the complainants with a shot gun. The complaint states that the police were called but failed to attend despite repeated calls for 5 hours and the seriousness of the incident.

This complaint was UPHELD and it was acknowledged that Kent Police's response on that day was "unsatisfactory".

Complaint Number 2 - Lack of fairness and impartiality. The complaint states that Kent Police are corrupt or negligent regarding their response to reports of illegal hunting. It is believed by the complainant that offences related to hunting made by anti-hunt protesters are treated differently to other offences.

This complaint was unproven. However it was expected that there may be an "unconscious bias within the organisation".

Read the full report in the attached photos [below].

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Warks FH cause multi-vehicle pile up while crossing road

Tractor had been forced to stop on a blind bend 

3-9-19   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Warwickshire Hunt cause multiple car road traffic accident, Kineton - Tuesday 3rd September 2019    We’ve been saying for a long time now that the Warwickshire Hunt are a serious road traffic accident waiting to happen. We have filmed them many times over the past two years using busy main roads as their own personal playground, causing chaos for road uses in the process.

We have previously posted videos of a Warwickshire Hunt hound getting hit by a car as they hunted a fox across the busy A44 https://youtu.be/XdAsnoQPwyE - Hunting all over several busy main roads including the A429 https://youtu.be/TQHKLPOMQO4 - Holding up an ambulance on emergency as they hunted all over the road https://youtu.be/YaO5UFrBO0k.These

These are just a few examples. Today on the busy Southam Road out of Kineton, a road with a 50mph speed limit, a tractor had to stop on a blind bend whilst waiting for members of the Warwickshire Hunt to cross the road. Behind the tractor was a police dog handler van and another motorist. It was at this point that another car went into the back of this traffic jam causing a knock on effect as the vehicles went into each other. The accident was serious enough for the road to be closed. We don't know if the motorists in the cars were OK or if the police dog was OK.

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New Warwickshire Hunt joint-master for the Alderminster area, Olivia Forsyth, was quick on the scene where she was seen talking to the police officer involved in the crash. Warwickshire Hunt steward (pink high-viz jackets) Sam Austin was also quick to point out to us that the police officer had told them that the accident was not the fault of the Hunt.

We don’t doubt for a second that the police officer said this. We have been reliably informed by one of our sources at the Hunt that the officer involved in the accident (Bob) may not be telling the truth about what happened. We understand that Bob's partner used to ride with the Ledbury Hunt and a quick look at her Facebook profile reveals that she is indeed pro-hunt. So it is no surprise then that Bob seems to be sweeping any involvement the Warwickshire Hunt had in this accident under the carpet. We’ve added some screenshots to prove this officer's links to fox hunting. Unfortunately we doubt this incident will be investigated properly.

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Considering their claims that they had nothing to do with the accident, it is strange that the rest of the Hunt who had not yet crossed the road decided not to cross but instead hack back to the meet (not far from the hunt kennels) the way that they had come.

Afterwards we spent the rest of the afternoon checking on known badger setts in preparation for a potential badger cull in Warwickshire.

Your donations towards fuel costs make it possible for us to expose fox hunting and prepare for a badger cull. https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs

 

Stand-off between Hunt, sabs & police ends in Hunt packing up

3-9-19  Facebook - West Kent Hunt Sabs     Tuesday 3rd September   Fox cub hunting begins in Kent Today is always a grim day in the calendar. It’s a grim day for us as it means we are now back to weekly sabbing until April but it’s worse for our wildlife as they face relentless persecution during this time.

We received information very early on in the day that the East Kent with West Street Hunt were holding their first meet of the season at Lenhall Farm in Bishopsbourne. We quickly arrived and were joined by our friends from South Coast Hunt Sabs and Guildford Hunt Saboteurs who surrounded the meet pre-spraying the woodland with natural citronella so the hounds had no hope of picking up any scent.

To say that the Hunt were disappointed to see us could be the biggest understatement of 2019. Huntsmen Steve and whipper-in Sally who bizarrely wasn’t riding today genuinely looked like someone had walked over their grave. The Hunt rode out for all of 20mins then went back to the meet and called the police.

What ensued was a classic Mexican stand off. The Hunt assumed the police would move us on so they could go out again (which they didn’t as they had no grounds to). After what seemed like forever the Hunt eventually gave in and left. Given the presence of terrier men with spades and terriers there’s no doubt at all what would have ensued if we weren’t there.

We’re pleased that the season has got off to a terrible start for the East Kent with West Street (exactly how last season finished) and a good start for us! Thanks again to South Coast and Guildford Sabs for joining us today.

If you would like to contribute to our ongoing petrol and vehicle costs then please donate here! Any donations we’re incredibly grateful for! https://www.paypal.me/eastkenthsa.NOW

NOW FOX HUNTING HAS BEGUN AGAIN PLEASE CONTACT THE SAB TIP OFF LINE IF YOU SEE OR ARE MADE AWARE OF ANY HUNTING ACTIVITY - 07443 148426

 

Sabs say they helped save five foxes from two Dorset Hunts

Antis helped owners remove hounds from private gardens 

2-9-19  Facebook - Mendip Hunt Sabs    Multiple foxes seen to safety    This morning, we joined forces with North Dorset Hunt Sabs and Wildlife Witness to sab some cub hunts. Unfortunately we were spoilt for choice, with three different hunts found cubbing - or "autumn hunting", as they tend to call it these days.

One of our spotters found the BSV at Fir Tree Farm near North Barrow, Somerset. They made the short hop from the meet into Barrow Covert, and hounds very quickly went into cry. A sab in the adjacent field saw a fox run from the covert and into a hedge. The scent line was sprayed with citronella and the sab rated the hounds. Soon after, a second fox broke cover and ran the same way as the first, into the hedge. The sab again covered the scent and rated the hounds. Hounds went in and out of cry, but did not pick up on the line of the two foxes who were seen. The Huntsman spent a long time working Barrow Covert, but eventually gathered the hounds and moved on.

The South Dorset Hunt were found at a meet near Glanvilles Wootton, Sherborne. However, with only a small number of sabs out, we decided the safest option for those in the field was to focus on one hunt, so we focused our attention on the Portman Hunt, who met at Pegg's Farm near Sutton Waldron, Dorset. It was a difficult call to leave folks who were actively hunting, but we were reassured that at least the two foxes we saw escaped the BSV hounds.

The Portman Hunt appeared desperate to get a kill this morning. After leaving the meet, they drew Wigmoor Coppices. Two foxes were seen fleeing via the solar farm, and helped to safety by the nearby sabs. They hunted maize fields and hedgerows around the meet and towards Sutton Waldron long into the morning. A third fox was spotted by both Hunt and sabs, who rated the hounds to help them get away. Despite the bright sunshine and warm temperature making for terrible scenting conditions, the huntsman stayed out until around 10am, hunting every scrap of land possible on the way back to the meet.

It was a long and tiring morning, but with a total of five foxes seen to safety - and any number unseen - totally worth getting up at a stupid hour on a Monday morning for. Video is in comments as Facebook won't let us upload it.

This is now our busiest time of year, with cub hunting in full swing and the badger cull in progress. Please support us by buying us a kofi: at https://ko-fi.com/mendiphuntsabs.

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2-9-19   Facebook - Wildlife Witness   Portman Hunt currently trespassing in private gardens. North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs assisting landowners to remove them.

 

Sab presence discourages Flint & D. FH from cub hunting

1-9-19  Facebook - North Wales Hunt Saboteurs   31/8/2019    Joined by Derby Hunt sabs, we paid a visit to the Flint and Denbigh Hunt in Cefn Meiriadog. The F&D should now be 2 weeks into their fox cub killing. This time last year it was full on as we very successful in keeping the Hunt moving on to prevent them from surrounding woodlands to keep young foxes trapped to train the younger hounds to rip them to bits. Cubbing last season turned into a bit of a disaster for them.

FlintDFH31-8-19.jpgWith Huntsman Jezza now quit something doesn't seem right at the Flint and Denbigh. A little before 7am riders started to turn up along with hunt supporters. One supporter drove into the kennels to presumably tip off the Hunt that we were in the area. Not long later, last season's field master along with a very young looking whipper in (surely he can't be the new huntsman) rode out the hunt kennels in their kennel coats.

As last week this turned into a bit of a ride around the country lanes. The presence of sabs seemed to be enough to discourage any attempts to hunt foxes. One of the riders rode for miles on an injured horse (video to follow) the horse seemed to have an injury to the foot or ankle and was dropping in sweat from not long after they'd set off, but rather than turn back she continued to ride the struggling horse for the next 2 hours.

A local farm hand from the estate drove around in his mule type buggy accusing sabs of driving around masked up, bizarrely none of the sabs he accused were masked up. As the Hunt were packing up around 9am 2 of the Yarder Force police cars turned up. It would seem they've spent the summer taking PR courses... "Are you well?" they asked.

In other news a vintage car rally passed through Cefn Meiriadog twice yesterday afternoon. Local residents reported it as being the most exciting thing to happen in the village in years.

Thanks for all your kind donations, here is a link to our ongoing fundraising for this season.

 

Cheshire FH follower aims threats & intimidation at women sabs

1-9-19  Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs   Hit Report – 31/08/2019    … The Cheshire Hunt had met on an unnamed farm on Crimes Lane in Tarporley and from the word go, our two female members were the target of dangerous driving, threats and intimidation by one particular hunt follower. Driving a blue pick-up truck this sad excuse for a man could not bear being viewed as a criminal by law-abiding, strong and powerful women, so he threw more toys out of the pram. Shortly after this outburst the Hunt appeared on a dozen or more push bikes with a full pack of hounds.

Dipping, ducking and diving the Sabs, our first team who had now made their way into the area were following slowly behind to support the brave women and were able to observe them back down Bishop Bennett Lane and back to their meet.

Miserable and hungry they had their cake but it seems they didn’t get much chance to eat it. resorting to silly games of stepping out in the middle of a public right of way to stop a 4x4 with his bare hands. Luckily our driver was quick to react. Very dangerous behaviour. This prompting sabs to pull over to reprimand him on this blatant flout of road safety. He is clearly not of sound mind as he found us to be in the wrong and rang the police!

3 Police Cars and 1 Van attended and the officers present were on the whole very pleasant. After a quick chat with both sides to establish what the issue was, the hunt boxed up and left the area, as did the police.

By now, it was nearly 11am so we headed off for a cheeky breakfast, a brew and a debrief! Job done!

 

Sabs & drone restrict Wynnstay FH to 50 minute trot on roads

1-9-19   Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs Hit Report    31/08/2019    We set off in the early hours, splitting into two teams, once again searching for The Wynnstay and Cheshire Hunt. Both Kennels were watched and after a failed attempt at sneaking out undetected, both Hunts were tailed to their respective meets.

As though pre-empting a potential repeat of previous Saturday, the Wynnstay rolled in with less confidence to Adrafelin Farm. Situated in the Penley area of Wrexham they mumbled and grumbled theirWynnstayFHDroneseye1-9-19.jpg way into the yard approximately 05:30am. It took them 40 minutes to un-box and prepare for the trot around the block. No doubt making their apologies to each other and organising refunds for their irritated support.

Leaving the meet around 06:10am we were immediately held off by two riders refusing to allow cars to pass safely as stated in advice for riders, we see this as complete contempt for the safety of their horse and ignorance to the community. Scoring points with their master is clearly high on the agenda.

Whilst we may of been held back in one way, we were miles ahead in another. There is no escape from the Cheshire Hunt Sab drone once it is locked on! The Hunt considered the same route as previous so the eye in the sky made little work for us to position ourselves as they came full circle. Saving diesel and time. Unimpressed and bloodless, an array of miffed faces sauntered back to the meet where they arrived at roughly 07:00am.

All in all, due to our presence, The Wynnstay spent 50 minutes trotting tarmac instead of circling coverts as observed by friends Cheshire Monitors on Monday! Once "Les Miserables" had left the meet, we motored to our second team who were checking up on the Cheshire Hunt.

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If you would like to donate towards our fuel costs we would be eternally grateful to you. The dreaded Badger cull is about to be rolled out in the next couple of weeks we suspect... And we will be out every day and night patrolling our area of the zone to protect our badgers. https://gogetfunding.com/cheshiresabs/.

 

Flint & Denbigh FH member rides injured horse for 2 hours

1-9-19  Facebook – N. Wales Hunt Sabs  VIDEO   Injured horse was ridden around for 2 hours    Maybe somebody from the Flint and Denbigh hunt could explain to us why this injured horse was ridden around for 2 hours yesterday, 31/8/19, mostly on roads and up hill. This video of the horse clearly struggling was taken not that long after the Hunt had set off.

        FlintDenbighFHInjuredhorse31-8-19.jpg                          Injured horse at rear. Note upturned left rear hoof. 

 

CPS drop Cottesmore FH fox kill case one day before deadline

1-9-19   Facebook - Northants Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO  Case update - The Cottesmore Hunt, CottesmoreFHBloodied19-1-19.jpgLeicestershire -   The Crown Prosecution Service have shamefully decided to drop the case  PLEASE WATCH VIDEO - the Cottesmore Hunt illegally hunting and chasing a fox with a pack of hounds.

On the 19/01/2019, near Gunby Gorse, Leicestershire, sabs witnessed the Cottesmore Hunt illegally and deliberately chasing and hunting a fox with a full pack of hounds. The fox was then killed by one of the hounds (see evidence of blood and injury on hound [right]).

This season's new Master of Hunt Christopher Edward, encouraged the hounds on and made no attempt to call hounds off when the terrified fox appeared, despite sabs pleas. Instead he smugly stated 'I saw nothing, sorry.' to sabs. The full video of this illegal chase (in accordance Hunting Act 2004) was reported to Leicestershire police, along with 3 sabs' statements.

        CottesmoreFHRedcoatwith19-1-19.jpg                             Redcoat with hounds hunting fox soon before kill 

We also submitted video evidence of the wounded hound that would have attacked the fox, after Andrew Osborne, Master of the Hunt, had slyly tried to wash the foxes blood off the hound in a near-by stream.

Working with Melton Mowbray and Leicestershire police the case was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service. The day before the 6 months deadline decision to for the case to go to court, we got a phone call from the police informing us that the CPS had decided to drop the case. Please note, A DAY before the deadline - leaving no time to submit any further evidence of the Cottesmore illegal hunting.

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We have since requested a freedom of information request. As concerned members of the public we think it's in the public interest to know how these criminals - the Cottesmore Hunt - got away with breaking the law so blatantly. We need to ensure they do not get away with it again. This was denied by Leicestershire police so we shall be appealing again for a freedom of information request. Watch this space.

We have been given some unofficial, very weak and questionable reasons as to why this case was dropped but Leicestershire police do not want to officially and publicly release this. We are not surprised, Leicestershire police have a nasty reputation of making it so Hunts get away with breaking the law.

        CottesmoreFHHoundschasehedge19-1-19.jpg                          Hounds chase fox back into hedge where they soon kill it  

This season the criminal Andrew Osborne will be stepping aside and will be letting his fellow criminal Christopher Edwards be the new Master of Hunt.

We want to send a clear message to the Cottesmore Hunt - we will be sabbing and filming you more than ever, your arrogance will ensure you slip up and your criminal activities will be exposed. Leicestershire police need to ensure the law is upheld - the public are watching!

        CottesmoreFHRedcoatyards19-1-19.jpg                                  Same redcoat, just yards from the kill site 

We are deeply gutted that the fox we saw that day, panicked, terrified and running for his life - did not get the justice he deserved. But it makes us fight ever harder for all wildlife in the future. Cottesmore Hunt - your hunting days are truly numbered!  

 

Monitors report VWH FH blatant cub hunting, including a kill

1-9-19  Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch    Yesterday 6.am.    Assisted by Ridgeway Illegal Hunt Watch we attended the cub hunt by the VWH at Kilkenny. They set off southeast from the farm to a small covert down the slope where they frequently hunt. As one of us arrived down near the stream the hounds were heard picking up inside the covert and then broke out on cry streaming back up and across the slope into the maize below Kilkenny Farm and out again and then along the valley to the small patch of maize by the L-shaped wood just west of the farm. N.B. these squares of maize are traditionally left as ‘game cover’ to assist bloodsporters.

There were plenty of followers on horseback and on foot, including children, trailing after the Hunt and as some were clustering round the wood next to the maize patch one shouted ‘the fox has gone into cover … gone away’ … yes, truly that was what he shouted and the Huntsman brought the hounds to spot and into the wood again where kindly indicated by the supporter. The sab in field had been forced away by an angry hunt follower as no footpath there, and we were then subjected to minders one of whom had the maddening persistence of an aggravated wasp. But we witnessed this unmistakable cub hunt from the road.

They spent an hour in this area going through the wood, out at the end searching a bit further on then coming back into the wood, finally the chase reached a climax at the eastern end with a supporter shouting ‘it went round there’ or ‘round there’. The Huntsman got off his horse and plunged into the wood and after some uproar from the hounds, it went quiet. Everything relaxed. Whatever it was, it was over. The Huntsman clambered out and got on his horse. Supporters started to turn away, the mounted hunters to leave. We conclude: a kill.

A word to the hunters and support who read our page and who constantly accuse us of making things up and putting up falsely edited film: Dream on. We describe and show what we see. It was so obvious that you were cub hunting yesterday that the usual ‘trail hunt’ protestations were extremely feeble and half-hearted even by the landowner on the grey horse. Not only that, out of the mouths of your own supporters came the evidence that you were hunting foxes. Trails are not visible, foxes are.

It was truly shocking to watch this relentless proceeding of hunting multiple young foxes to satisfy the requirements of hounds training. We managed to follow them deep inland over the next two hours and get close when we could with cameras as they surrounded and searched strips of hedge, woods and big areas of scrubby bush … in the latter case hunted over, over and over again while the field of desultory young women and children with a few harder-faced old hands had to hang about endlessly engaging in gossip apparently not in the least concerned at the proceedings which once again were absolutely clearly not and could never have been perceived as a trail hunt.

It is not trail hunting is it VWH? You would not be hunting a trail in the same patch over and over and over again, going away and coming back to it, getting more agitated and angry with no result from the hounds as happened right at the end? They wanted to keep away from our cameras but at the same time their remit was so strongly dictated they did not stop although they clearly tried to avoid us. When we can’t stop them, we will bear witness. This is cub hunting, full on, no ifs or buts. Through us, the world is watching.

 

Crawley FH observed engaging in classic cub hunting

1-9-19   Facebook - West Sussex Hunt Sabs    Friday 30th August - Crawley and Horsham hunt meet West of Henfield, South downs link    After spotting familiar boxes heading towards Henfield monitors found the hunt gathering for another early morning meet.

We were able to monitor discreetly, the only times the hunt noticing us the huntsman quickly calling back the hounds from within whichever copse he had recently sent them into and then scuttling off away from us.

Field riders still insisted they were trail hunting, although they were not very confident in their convictions and no trail appeared to have been laid, we kindly reminded them of their previous huntsman who is soon making an appearance in court for illegal hunting...to this they had no comment... as had he when questioned.

 

Out-of-control S. Dorset FH hounds riot on deer and sheep

1-9-19  Facebook - Weymouth Animal Rights    Hit Report number 2. 31.8.19, South Dorset Hunt meet at North West Farm, Winterbourne Kingston    With some of our members at the Portman hunt meet, the rest of us headed off in the Red Landy towards the South Dorset Hunt Kennels, our MP for south Dorset Richard Drax being the "landlord"!

It's been all change at the SD with Steady on Steve Barrow leaving (the only one who had any control of the dogs) and Groom Charlie also leaving, Juggers aka Tobias Cole now has full control....well maybe control in the losest terms....actually very little control...in fact the dogs seem to do what they want!

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With "new: groom "Irish" Rob, who incidentally "left" the SD 4 years ago back on board. Juggers has also shipped his terrier boy Ryan Walpole-Johnsen from his short time with the West Norfolk Hunt in, as originally a non riding whip but having had some riding lessons is now Juggers right hand man and friend. Tarquin (Hugh) now seems a bit obsolete, but has been kept on to collect any loose dogs..of which there were many today!

With the meet at Rebecca Hills, North West Farm, we arrived just as Juggers & co took their pack of dogs down the farm drive to the 6am meet. They didn't seem very pleased to see us there with the Red Landy and much bad language was heard coming from the meet.

At 6am they headed off up the track behind the farm towards Peat Hill. Dropping in a foot team to cover one side of Peat Hill the Landy team parked up on the other. Very quickly the dogs were heard going into cry in Peat Wood, foot Sabs used the gizmo and very easily lifted their heads. Meanwhile on the other side of Peat Hill the Landy driver spotted a very tired looking adult fox running across the adjacent field [above]. Jumping into action the driver ran across the field spraying citronella to hide the scent of the fox. Within seconds green pickup raced down the field towards him but then stopped and hid behind a Bush! A few minutes later the navigator spotted a Fox Cub running scared towards the area that the adult had disappeared into.

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Meanwhile the foot team witnessed the dogs firstly riot on a deer [above] and then onto a flock of unsuspecting sheep [below] (we did notify the owner). With the field now cantering in the direction the foxes had run, the dogs took off towards Nutley Clump after who knows what before heading back into Peat Hill, where they spent some time.

With the foot team back in the Landy we drove round to the East Farm footpath and dropped them in again. The Landy carried on round the corner to get a better view of Juggers and co. Pulling into a gateway we met a local who didn't' support the hurt in any way shape or form and told us they weren't allowed to hunt the lane in front of us!

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Feeling at this point they were going to pack up, the Landy team drove round to the other side of Peat Hill, seeing no sign they headed back to the meet in perfect time to film Juggers, Ryan, Mrs Juggers and a child with Tarquin still rounding up stray dogs they headed off into the village before taking the bridlepath back to the kennels at 9.41am.

We kept them in a very small area today and we are fairly sure that the dogs had the most fun today running around...lost....judging by Juggers temper while trying to gather them up.

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AUGUST 2019

….. 31st August - Churchyard fox chasing BSV Huntsman charged with illegal hunting

….. 31st August - Sabs help ensure none of 3 foxes flushed by Portman FH caught

….. 31st August - Times reporter saw D&S SH chase stag for 5 hours before kill

….. 31st August - Sab arrival leads Curre FH to pack up without even unboxing hounds

….. 31st August - Sabs ensure Cottesmore FH don't kill despite hunter aggression

….. 31st August - Sabs save fox from Worcestershire FH who then pack up early

….. 31st August - Sabs keep E. Sussex FH moving, not hunting, leading to early pack up

….. 31st August - Mendip F. FH follower tries to steal sab dashcam while holding toddler!

….. 31st August - Sabs say they filmed Portman FH illegally hunting fox

….. 30th August - Labour manifesto commits to strengthen the Hunting Act

….. 29th August - Vale of the White Horse FH hunt cabs in maize fields

….. 29th August - Quantock SH kill stag after 21/2 hour hunt

….. 28th August - S. Shropshire FH caught full on cub hunting by monitors

….. 27th August - Sabs spoil Surrey Union FH's attempt to induct kids to their 'sport'

….. 27th August - Quorn FH put own animals in danger by charging sab car

….. 26th August - Sabs spoil Kimblewick FH cubbing fun despite attack by rider

….. 26th August - Pair of sabs find Mendip Farmers FH out cub hunting

….. 26th August - Wynnstay FH hound run over by follower as monitors ensure no kills

….. 26th August - Sabs call Quorn FH hounds off fox cub just in time

….. 25th August - Cheshire FH 'lackey' convicted of assaulting woman sab

….. 25th August - Antis ensure Cattistock FH can't settle down to cub hunting

….. 25th August - Cheshire Hunt Sabs boxed in by 5 police cars as result of hoax call

….. 25th August - Sab presence reduces Wynnstay FH to long walk round roads

….. 24th August - Hunt - probably Golden Valley FH - said to have caused car crash

….. 24th August - Antis see much dangerous driving by Cheshire FH terrierboys

….. 24th August - Woman sab tripped while running by Mendip FH supporter

….. 24th August - Flint & Denbigh FH cubbing meet turns into 2 hour hack

….. 23rd August - Antis keep Crawley FH on move and spoil their hunting

….. 22nd August - Blackmore FH hold up traffic for half hour as they cub hunt

….. 22nd August - Three posts at summit of hunting world are all vacant

….. 21st August - Blackmore FH woman carrying toddler headed fox towards hounds

….. 20th August - Waveney Harriers hunt hares through thick maize

….. 20th August - Ex Hunt JM - a big Tory donor - paid for Johnson helicopter flight

….. 18th August - Blackmore FH filmed chasing fox in blatant cubbing

….. 17th August - Most new bTb outbreaks in county farms visited by Warks FH Hunt

….. 15th August - Ashford V FH member convicted of spraying 'fox juice' in sab's face

….. 14th August - LACS investigators paid almost £50k damages by Belvoir FH

….. 14th August - Death of huntress who repeatedly whipped sab accident - inquest

….. 13th August - Wynnstay FH kick off Cheshire cubbing season - no kills known

….. 13th August - Villagers complain re. Portman's FH out of control hounds

….. 11th August - Notorious Avon Vale FH JM standing as Tory PCC for Wiltshire

….. 10th August - Wealden MH prevented from killing as sabs keep calling hounds off

….. 10th August - Courtney MH stopped hunting despite aggression to sabs

…..  8th August - N. Wales police deceiving public over 'Operation Yarder' ?

…..  3rd August - Atherstone FH lies & threats fail to stop sab stand at vegan fair 

 

Churchyard fox chasing BSV Huntsman charged with illegal hunting

31-8-19   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   VIDEO   Fingers crossed    This Huntsman has now, at the last hour, been charged with illegally hunting a wild mammal with dogs and is due to appear in court for the first hearing at the end of September. We wish these teams luck in getting justice.

31-8-19  Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime    The Huntsman for the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt has been charged with Hunting a wild mammal with dogs. This is following evidence gathered by Hounds Off and Somerset Wildlife Crime monitors and submitted to Avon and Somerset Constabulary in February. The Huntsman, having been given unconditional bail, will appear in court on the 26th September 2019 for a first hearing.

See here for original report

   

Sabs help ensure none of 3 foxes flushed by Portman FH caught

31-8-19  Facebook - Weymouth Animal Rights  Hit Report no. 1. 31.8.19 The Portman Hunt, Meet: Hanford School, Childe Okeford    It's been a busy day for WAR covering two Cub Hunts today. WAR decided to spread our wings and cover not one but two cub hunts! It was the first Saturday outing for Tom Lyle the new Portman Huntmaster. We thought we should welcome Tom to the area in the only way we know how! So some of us set off to cover the South Dorset Hunt and the rest of us visited the Portman Hunt.

At the Portman Hunt we were joined by our good friends from North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs, Dorset Against Blood Sports and Wildlife Witness We received information from the kennels that the hounds had left just after 6am and as we had already been tipped off from a local the previous day we knew that Tom was off to Hanford School in Childe Okeford so we all headed there and arrived in good time.

We were surprised at the large number of riders and support clearly excited to be out so early trying to kill fox cubs. They left Hanford School around 6.30 am but stayed quite near to it to begin with and to be honest didn’t really do very much apart from Tom having a few blasts on his horn. They hunted around Cliff Coppice where the dogs briefly went into cry then lost the scent.

We followed the riders as they passed Chisel Dairy with quite a lot of hunt support. Riders were stood on point around Okeford Coppice for what seemed like an eternity and they quite honestly looked bored. The Hunt then moved a short distance away to a maize field and this is where we spent the rest of the day, yes in a maizefield, with most of the riders still just standing around.

It is hard to believe that a trail layer would even lay a trail through a maize field but then to lay a trail in a maize field that lasted most of the day, well we think Tom needs to be looking for a new trail layer.

Another explanation is perhaps the trail layer, knowing the distressing event when six hounds were killed by a train when Tom Lyle was Joint Master with the Dartmoor Hunt in 2014, thought it best to help him keep the hounds safe on his first Saturday out and contain them all in a maize field! However we saw blood on quite a few hounds from injuring themselves climbing barbed wire fences and a couple even got stuck on the wire and looked to have nasty cuts so we feel Tom must really make a better effort to look after his hounds appropriately.

Captain Pearson was very chatty today and we began to wonder if he was trying to distract our attention away from something in the maize field. Wildlife Witness monitors reported a fox breaking cover and running for its life and I am pleased to say it managed to evade the hounds and sabs were also quickly in position to protect the fox. Another fox also broke cover and ran in the opposite direction and again managed to evade the hounds. Tom desperately continued to cast his hounds through the maize field while the riders still stood around the edge. It was almost like Tom was expecting a third fox to magically appear. A rather bedraggled disorientated cub, that looked like it had been ‘dropped’ north of the maize field as it was very confused and didn’t try to move very quickly, also appeared but I am pleased to say this little cub got to live another day too.

For the amount of money the riders pay to go out hunting one would have thought they would be better going out for a hack on a nice sunny day rather than just standing around a field waiting for a small animal to be torn limb from limb!

With excellent teamwork from all our good friends we managed to keep the Hunt in sight all day and walked back to the kennels behind them to see them pack up at 9.45 am.

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Times reporter saw D&S SH chase stag for 5 hours before kill

31-8-19  Times   Stag hunts ‘exploit legal loophole’    One hunt chased a stag for five hours across six valleys before shooting the exhausted animal.   It’s the same loophole once exploited by Japanese whaling ships. Staghound packs are riding roughshod over the hunting ban by claiming to be carrying out research, critics claim.

Three traditional stag hunts on horseback continue to chase deer in Somerset and Devon, helped by supporters in vehicles and involving as many as 400 people. Instead of hunting illegally for sport and recreation they claim to be carrying out “research and observation” of the deer by hunting them withDSSHStagkilled27-10-18.jpg hounds for hours across Exmoor and the Quantock Hills before shooting them.

Although the Hunting Act 2004 outlawed the hunting of wild mammals with dogs, it allows hunters to use up to two dogs to hunt deer “for the purpose of or in connection with the observation or study of the wild mammal”. Critics say that the law is not clear on whether the exemption applies only if hunters are conducting genuine scientific research or whether it is enough for them to say they were “observing” the deer while they hunted it with two dogs for several hours before shooting it. There is no known public record of research data or scientific studies published by the staghound packs in the 15 years since the ban came into effect.

The Times followed the Devon & Somerset Staghounds (DSSH) on Tuesday as they hunted a stag for five hours across six valleys on Exmoor before shooting the exhausted animal more than 11 miles from the start. The Hunt had several pairs of dogs, transported in 4x4s, which they used in relay to stay within the law. They then carved up the stag in the private field where it had been killed, away from the view of the A39, whose verge was clogged with excited spectators’ cars. Hundreds of paying spectators followed the hunts in 4x4s, motorbikes and quad bikes along the country lanes, looking out for the stag and using radios to help the hunters to keep up with it.

The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) owns several tracts of woodland as “sanctuaries” free from hunting. Sir Paul McCartney recently donated St Johns Wood on Exmoor to LACS. Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns at LACS, said: “We need to strengthen the hunting law in the UK and . . . the ‘research and observation’ loophole needs to be removed because it is systematically being abused by the Hunt to justify its behaviour. There is no research.”

The deer-hunting season in Devon and Somerset lasts for nine months from August to April. A Hunt is carried out by either the DSSH, Quantock Staghounds or Tiverton Staghounds on five days of the week. A DSSH supporter said that they had failed to kill on only two occasions this month.

Jochen Langbein, an ecology consultant who organises a deer count in the Quantock Hills, said: “I am not aware of any systematic data having been collected by the DSSH from the killed animals during exempt hunting or for which exempt hunting would be required, rather than culling by other legal means such as shooting.”

The three staghound packs kill about 180 red deer a year during hunts, as well as about 80 injured deer a year that they are called out to dispatch. This is only about 15 per cent of the number required to be culled to control the deer population in the area, which is about 3,500. Most of the cull is done through stalking and shooting by marksmen.

Despite several recent attempts to prosecute members of the DSSH, the Crown Prosecution Service has chosen not to pursue the cases. The LACS cites a lack of CPS and police resources.

The DSSH and the Masters of Deerhounds Association did not respond to a request for evidence of research and scientific data collected through hunts. A spokesman for the Countryside Alliance, responding on their behalf, said that any assertion that registered staghound packs were “solely operating under the research and observation exemption is . . . a completely unevidenced and incorrect assertion”.

He said that the DSSH shot and killed one red deer on Tuesday “within the terms of the exemptions in the Hunting Act” and “any suggestions that any deer was hunted for hours or that a deer was not shot and killed humanely are completely untrue”. He added: “The DSSH has been consistently challenged about its activities for 14 years. On every occasion the DSSH has been able to show that its activities were legal, whichever exemption it was operating under.”

THE EXEMPTIONS   A person commits an offence in England and Wales if they hunt a wild mammal with a dog, unless it falls under one of several exemptions contained in the Hunting Act 2004.

Stalking or flushing out - A wild mammal can be stalked or flushed out with no more than two dogs to prevent or reduce serious damage caused by it, to obtain meat for consumption or to participate in a field trial. Reasonable steps must be taken to shoot it “as soon as possible”.

Research and observation - Hunting is allowed with up to two dogs for the purpose of or in connection with study of the wild mammal. Dogs cannot be used underground.

Rescue - Hunting is allowed with up to two dogs, but not below ground, if the hunter reasonably believes an animal is injured and needs to be relieved of suffering.

Recapture - Hunting an animal that has escaped or been released from captivity is allowed on land where permission is granted on condition that it is recaptured or shot “as soon as possible after being found” and was not released to be hunted.

Use of dogs below ground to protect birds for shooting - One dog can be used at any one time to stalk or flush out an animal to prevent damage to birds kept for shooting.

Falconry - Flushing a wild mammal from cover is allowed for the purpose of enabling a bird of prey to hunt it.

Pic above   -   Stag killed by the D & S SH 27-10-18 

 

Sab arrival leads Curre FH to pack up without even unboxing hounds

31-8-19  Facebook - Bath Hunt Saboteurs   Meeting up with Bristol Hunt Saboteurs for a trip across the Severn to pay a flying visit to the Currie and Langibby Fox Hounds.

On arriving, the foot Sabs walked up to the Meet, the Huntsman, on seeing the Sabs, didn't even bother unloading the hounds, after 1/4 of an hour faffing about, they close up the hound van and drive off, with a Sab Landie right on their tail, just in case they decided to try elsewhere.

They were followed back to the kennels, where Sabs keep an eye out to make sure they don't attempt to go out again. Cubbing successfully stopped! So quick we didn't have time to take a photo...

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Sabs ensure Cottesmore FH don't kill despite hunter aggression

31-8-19  Facebook - Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs   The Cottesmore Hunt, Meet: Cow Pasture Farm, Witham on the Hill, Bourne PE10 0JP Pitch black darkness and watching the sunrise was our start to the morning. Met up with the crew @northantshuntsabs and wildact.

As soon as they left the meet the field riders lined out around Little Andrews Wood in classic cubbing fashion. Riders immediately forced their horses to push into sabs desperate to keep sabs from evidencing and preventing what the Hunt were up to, which is a usual tactic from the blood sport enthusiasts when caught illegally hunting. Then they moved on. This set the tone for the next two hours until they packed up at around 09:20.

Some of our readers may remember old “James Dyson” [below] who claimed to own all the land and tried (and failed) to bribe sabs to leave with money. See here.

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We drove in to the meet and there he was driving towards us “Get off my land! I own this land!” Getting all pushy-shovey with our sabs, who didn’t even acknowledge him, walked around him and got in between Huntsman and hounds.

Well James, if you do own the land as you claim, you are responsible for the illegal activities which the hunt get up to on that land with your permission (section 3 Hunting with Dogs Act 2004) i.e. cub hunting.

Long live the fox! Tally NO https://ko-fi.com/A3372I1A.

 

 Sabs save fox from Worcestershire FH who then pack up early

31-8-19  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Worcestershire Hunt - sabbed 31.08.19 - Summerhill Farm Droitwich – 6:00am   Video and full report to follow. 

A small group of us paid a visit to the Worcestershire Hunt who were long overdue a visit by hunt sabs. Sabs met with aggression by hunt supporters from the start. Fox saved - on arrival, sabs witnessed blatant holding up and hunting of a wood by the Hunt. Fox was seen fleeing wood sabs intervened to stop the hounds pursuing it. 

Huntsman packed up not long after we had saved the fox having been out less than an hour and only hunted one wood.

We rely solely on donations which helps keep us out in the fields as often as we can throughout the fox hunting season - This can be up to 4 times a week during cub hunting. If you would like to donate to us please use the link below. Thanks. https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs.

Pics below   -   1/  Fox fleeing from Hunt    2/  Sab being assaulted 

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Sabs keep E. Sussex FH moving, not hunting, leading to early pack up

31-8-19  Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs    We were out super early this morning to kennel watch the E.SussexFHcubhunt31-8-19.jpgEast Sussex & Romney Marsh FH, whilst waiting we kept hearing the cacophony of wailing howls from the hounds. No wonder their neighbours hate them so much. We kept on the tail of the hound van and entourage of the two disgruntled supporters vehicles whence they left.

The six riders included "25yrs on the force" Fuller, which was fairly representative of the lower dregs of society. Their meet was at Penlands Farm in Herstmonceux. We entered the field whilst dew still clung to strands of spider web like diamonds in the morning light. We kept up with the Hunt on their ride across the marshes. When they thought they'd lost us they did a sneaky cast in the scrubland, which promptly stopped when they saw us. Some friends from Brighton Hunt Sabs managed to join us. The pathetic individuals packed up within two hours.

A few of our Sabs had a full on day sett surveying yesterday with a whole array of activity found and still managed to get out today.

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Mendip F. FH follower tries to steal sab dashcam while holding toddler!

Sabs say they helped two foxes escape from cub hunting 

31-8-19   Facebook - Mendip Hunt Sabs   Today we headed to a meet of the Mendip Farmers' Hunt MendipFFHLoopysupporter31-8-19.jpghosted by chairman Tim Pullen at Holmwood Farm, Chewton Mendip. For some reason they didn't seem to be expecting us and were a little agitated to say the least. From the beginning the terrierscum and support were aggressive, with one Sab having her hat stolen [below] and our driver having their dashcam ripped off [left] - which was retrieved by their quick reflexes. We have the whole incident on film but have chosen not to show it as, disturbingly, the perpetrator was holding their very young child at the time and throughout the morning they thrust the poor child at us, even bizarrely opening the boot of our car and holding the child inside. The incident has been reported to the police and the footage passed on to them.

The Mendip Farmers' Hunt were true to form - with full on illegal cub hunting and hounds being heard in cry throughout the morning. A fox was seen being chased by hounds from woodland with a terrierboy waving his arms to try to scare the fox back into the woodland and the hounds. The fox ignored him thankfully and fled, followed by the hounds. Sabs rated the hounds and let Hunt Master George Pullen know that he was being filmed. The fox got away. Then a second fox appeared close to Sabs, who immediately got down so as not to scare the fox. Hounds were close behind again but miraculously they didn't pick up the scent. The terrierboys came to investigate but Sabs stayed in position filming and made sure the fox had got away before leaving the area.

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The Hunt seemed stuck for ideas and went round and round in a circle, hunting their usual haunts Lily Combe, Burges's Combe, Preston's Wood, Tor Hole. The two foxes escaped close to Sage's Farm, by Grig's Pit Wood.

We can't say that they didn't kill today. Hounds were in full cry in Burges's Combe and Sabs were unable to reach them. What we do know is that our presence helped two foxes escape today and that makes it all worthwhile.Thanks as always for all the support we have received. We are always so touched to know we are not alone in our efforts to protect our wildlife ��.

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Sabs say they filmed Portman FH illegally hunting fox

Fox went to ground, sabs ensured not further hunted  

Huntsman forces hounds over barbie, injuring some 

31-8-19  Facebook - Wildlife Witness   VIDEO   Video taken today of the Portman Hunt illegally fox-hunting, just as they have done for the past 15 years. They may have a new Huntsman and new hunt stewards with flashy cameras and radios but old habits die hard.

Thanks to @North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs, Dorset Against Blood Sports and Weymouth Animal Rights for being there to save this fox and two others seen today.

This is going to be a long hard season with no help from Dorset Police likely to be forthcoming, so we are going to be on our own. So any help with reimbursing transport costs and new equipment is always gratefully received. Despite what our increasingly desperate opponents may claim we can assure you that 100% of all donations go directly towards covering our monitoring costs. Donations can be made to - www.ko-fi.com/wildlifewitness or www.paypal.me/wildlifewitness.

Pics below   -  1/  Fox fleeing from hounds about to go to ground    2/  Hounds searching for the fox 

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31-8-19  Facebook - North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs   Portman Hunt - Saturday 31st August Having been tipped off by a local that the Hunt were meeting at Hanford the following day, we were well prepared to meet the Hunt for the first time this season to mess up their day’s hunting. Along with Weymouth Animal Rights, Wildlife Witness and Dorset Against Blood Sports, we saw 3 foxes to safety.

The Hunt left the meet at roughly 6:30 to hunt Cliff Coppice, Fox Ditch Coppice and Okeford Coppice. Luckily, Sabs were in all positions and were able to watch hounds and Huntsman. The hounds went briefly into cry in Cliff Coppice but luckily lost the scent.

It is clear to see that the Portman are paranoid of being outed after recent developments of illegal badger sett blocking, harassment and intimidation. They had hired “Hunt Stewards” to come and keep an eye on us and be as much of a pain as they can.

After hunting all the woods and not finding a scent, the Hunt headed to Shillingstone to hunt the maize fields. It’s at this point that Wildlife Witness monitors saw a fox break cover, with hounds on a scent, and took refuge in a drain. Closely followed by Hapless and Co, we ran to protect the fox and call hounds away from the drain in order to save the fox.

With the Hunt now on the move again, they dropped one cub and flushed another as they went, but not picking them up. In an attempt to put the hounds back on the line, the Huntsman put the hounds over a barbed wire fence. This led to the hounds being covered in blood and one getting caught on the fence, resulting in cuts to the leg and potential muscle trauma. Having decided they’d wasted their time even getting out of bed, we followed them into the meet, packing up at 9:45.

Today was an excellent show of what could happen with teamwork and persistence, and we will be visiting this Hunt again very soon. So, if you want to get involved, please do message us, and we will get back to you as soon as we can and get you out sabbing hunts.

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Labour manifesto commits to strengthen the Hunting Act

30-9-19  Facebook - Hunt Monitors    Labour's manifesto commits to strengthen the Hunting Act and many other brilliant animal welfare improvements, including banning snares and glue traps and ending the cruel and unscientific badger cull.

"Our vision is one where no animal is made to suffer unnecessary pain and degradation and where we continue to drive up standards and practice in line with the most recent advances and understanding. The policies set out here in our Animal Welfare Manifesto are the next stage in that journey."

 

Quantock SH kill stag after 21/2 hour hunt

29-8-19   Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime    Quantock Stag Hounds killed today   Monitors from Somerset Wildlife Crime and Hounds Off were with them all morning. An early start from Pittsford Hill, a field of around 20 riders, and dozens of vehicle support hunted the stag from approximately 8am and killed him just after 10:30am. Support gathered for the carve up and to claim their bag of guts to take home as a treasured souvenir.

Another days stag hunting with the Quantock Stag Hounds.

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             One of several road illegal quads following the Hunt - 2 up, no licence plate 

 

VWH FH block antis access as cubs being hunted in maize

29-8-19   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   VIDEO [CIWH]  Wednesday 28th August 2019    Met up with Mendip sabs, Cirenceseter Illegal Huntwatch and Ridgeway Illegal Huntwatch for a meet at 06.00 at Braydon Pond near Malmesbury, Wiltshire. There was some picking up in that area and then they crossed the road and drew some maize. they looked as though they were about to do some classic holding up but thought better of it with sabs present. There was some attempt to stop us getting near to where we could hear cubs being hunted deep within the maize crop and this went on for a while with them leaving us alone in the end. They did get very close with 2 vehicles on the mud. We certainly cannot claim that there were no kills but this fox on the film, at least, ran to safety.

The rest of the day (considering that everywhere we sab now is in one badger cull zone or the other) was spent looking at badger setts.

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28-8-19  Facebook - Mendip Hunt Sabs    With most of the team unavailable in our usual area, one of our sabs made the trip up to Wiltshire to join fine folks from Three Counties Sabs, Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch and Ridgeway Illegal Hunt Watch sabbing the VWH 6am cub hunting meet. The Hunt assembled at 6am in the road near Braydon Wood, east of Malmesbury, then headed into the wood to hunt around the pond. Hounds picked up a few times, but the Huntsman moved on fairly quickly.

Next they moved west into land near Pond Hill Farm, where they spent a lot of time working a large maize field and areas of cover crop. The hounds were heard in full cry, but sabs were held up by loud and aggressive support who blocked their access to the hunt. We do not know what happened in those crucial moments as we were unable to get close enough to the hounds, we just hope they didn’t kill. Once closer to the Hunt who were working more maize, sabs saw two foxes, multiple hares and two deer flee from the hounds who were still picking up on a scent. Fortunately, they did not get on to their lines.

The Huntsman then crossed back into Braydon Wood, which he worked again before heading back onto the road and towards the meet. They packed up in Summer House Farm at 9am, after a solid three hours of hunting fox cubs. Our weary sab then headed homeward to spend the remainder of the day sett surveying more locally.

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S. Shropshire FH caught full on cub hunting by monitors

Hounds also seen worrying livestock

28-8-19   Facebook - Shropshire Monitors    South Shropshire Hunt were caught full on fox hunting this afternoon/evening by our monitors at Gatten Lodge, Near Bridges by the Stiperstones. More to follow soon as police will need the evidence. Also we notice they got packed up after one hour of setting off as Shropshire Hunt Saboteurs and Staffordshire Hunt Sabs were in attendance. Brilliant! thanks also to Shropshire Wildlife Monitors.

More from the day soon. Including all the livestock worrying.

 

Sabs ruin Surrey Union FH cub hunt in searing heat

27-8-19   Facebook - North Downs Hunt Sabs    Mission 6, Surrey Union FH, Ewhurst 27-8-19   The Surrey Union Fox Hunt held a pony club event on the Lukyns Estate, Ewhurst on Tuesday at 3pm, unbelievably in 30 degree heat. We had over 20 Sabs from North Downs, Guildford, Berkshire, Croydon, and South Coast, along with a small team from Surrey Hunt Monitors. SurreyUnionFHSohot27-8-19.jpg

We started by pre-spraying and beating some woods that we know the hunt favour. Sabs were very pleased later when the hunt drew these woods later with no result.

The day started by drawing the woods north of Holmbury farm, but Sabs - aided by an excellent horn blower - pulled the hounds straight out of the wood. The Hunt then headed west along Sherborne Lane, followed by our running squad. For the rest of the day they were unable to lose the Sabs. We sprayed after two foxes, safely getting them away.

The Hunt were very aggressive, both verbally and in riding their horses at Sabs. We were all shocked that the event went ahead in such heat - the tarmac was so hot that the horses hooves left marks (see photo right). Nobody that cared for their animals would take out dogs or horses in that extreme heat.

The sweaty, hot, parched but victorious Sabs then retired to re-hydrate in a local pub.

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SurreyUnionFHOverheatedWhip27-8-19.jpg27-8-19  Facebook - Berkshire Hunt Sabs    Today Berkshire Hunt Sabs met up with other Sabs from Croydon, Guildford, North Downs, and South Coast Hunt Sabs to sab the Surrey Union Fox Hunt who were meeting at Lukyns Farm in Ewhurst for their ‘Children’s Meet’.

The children’s meet is an insidious annual event in a Hunt's calendar. An induction into the rituals of the chase, most Hunts are affiliated to or have their own pony club. With the intention to get their children used to hunting, it is a very strange event indeed.

When the hounds have their heads up they won’t be getting on the line of scent of that fox!

Frustrated at their foiled ‘sport’ they high tailed it past the meet and with diminished riders the Huntsman went on a pointless ride at a few nearby farms and then packed up a short while later. Red sullen faces on their side as we retired to a scenic pub for the obligatory chips and beer. And did that beer go down well on a very hot and very successful day.

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Pic above   -   Overheated Whipper-In Russell Ingram  

 

Quorn FH put own animals in danger by charging sab car

27-8-19   Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs      Today we made it 2 for 2 at the Quorn who met at Whatton House just North East of Long Whatton. With a few emergency days annual leave booked and shifts swap we were able to mobilise with our comrades from Lincoln Hunt sabs to follow up on some last minute tip-offs and ensure Olly has continued his warm welcome.

The Hunt spent a lot of their time in and around Gorse Covert to the south of the meet with little success. The hounds were only heard speaking on occasion and field riders could be heard complaining of boredom, maybe not the impact they were hoping the new staff to have!

In an incredible feat of caring for their animals the Hunt, rather than waiting for sabs to move, decided to ride straight at the vehicle on a narrow road, causing hounds to squeeze and bang against the parked car and horses to buck up and kick out as they demonstrated their distress at being forced into narrow spaces.

Sabs were with the Hunt for the majority of the day with no issues and watched them pack up at 8:30 before heading off to find a nice vegan fry up and a cup of tea.

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Sabs spoil Kimblewick FH cubbing fun despite attack by rider

26-8-19  Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   The summer bank holiday is usually reserved for chilling out in the garden, perhaps a cold drink and generally enjoying the last throws of summer.

Of course, if you're a habitual wildlife abuser then you'll be up at the crack of dawn, donning your ratcatcher and heading off to kill some fox cubs. Now, you'd think the Kimblewick would want to keep their heads down in light of their current situation (see here: https://bit.ly/33ZcWws) but killing animals will take precedence over everything else.

So acting on information sent to the HSA we were also up well before dawn and heading over to the area in question, near St Andrew's church near Wheatfield, Oxfordshire.

We spotted the Hunt holding up a large rectangular wood up in classic cubbing formation [below]. The riders shouting and slapping to scare any potential cubs back into the jaws of the hounds. We made our presence known and there was clearly what we like to call an "Oh shit" moment. All of a sudden the phones came out and the riders became a little camera shy.

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One large women on an even larger horse galloped angrily towards us, used her horse as a weapon, tried to strike sabs with her whip [below] and steal a camera. Fortunately the sab in question was fairly fleet of foot and saw off the assault. She wasn't very happy at being busted openly taking part in a criminal activity.

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One fox was observed darting out of the wood but was turned back (unknowingly) by Matthew Higgs, Master of the Trinity Foot Beagles and Kimblewick chief hanger on. Luckily no hounds had picked up on the animal so all was well.

We had the usual insults about our parentage and our work status (the fact it was a bank holiday seemed to pass them by) but its water off a ducks back to us sabs.

As the game was now well and truly up they took the hounds for a bit of a walk round the nearest field while sabs watched and admitted defeat a short time later.

Kill free morning and a job well done. Lots of miles covered today so any donations for fuel are hugely appreciated: ko-fi.com/bedsbuckshuntsabs.

 

Wynnstay FH hound run over by follower as monitors ensure no kills

26-8-19  Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   Wynnstay Hunt    They were not happy that we stopped them hunting fox cubs, caught them in total lack of control of their hounds (one of whom was hit by a car driven by one of their supporters) and embarrassed two of their landowners who were sweating buckets about us filming law breaking on their land.

Thanks to Shropshire Monitors for their help.

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                                      Hunter carrying the injured hound 

 

Sabs call Quorn FH hounds off fox cub just in time

26-8-19  Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs    After a long, hot weekend sett surveying in Derbyshire we at least had the Bank Holiday to look forward to. But no! Word reached us that the Quorn, with new Huntsman Ollie Finnigan, were having their first cubbing meet at Willougby on the Wolds at some godforsaken hour of the morning and we thought it would be churlish not to head over and say hello.

We arrived just before 6am and found them just South of the village and it's fair to say they didn't look delighted to see us. Ollie headed South and took his hounds straight into a large maize field while the field spread out around the maize in traditional cubbing style and they proceeded to Hunt it for the next 45 minutes. Now we're not a group that is overly concerned by the legalities of hunting. If they're trying to kill an animal we'll attempt to stop them, whether it's legal or not. This form of hunting however is so blatant that it doesn't even masquerade as anything legal. Their sole purpose is to train the young hounds in the maize fields by chasing and killing fox cubs which is exactly what the Quorn tried this morning.

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One cub broke to the South of the field, right in front of sabs and with hounds just a couple of feet behind. The cub was turned back into the pack by hounds already in the field but sabs rated the hounds and did just enough to allow the cub to escape. Fortunately the young pack were extremely responsive to the horn and we were able to call more and more of them to the safety of an open field and hold them there for over 20 minutes.

Eventually the Huntsman gathered his pack and took the riders on a loop of the lanes before putting his hounds into another maize field with the hunt riders spread round the edge. It was getting warmer by now which maybe impacted the scent as hounds were quieter in this maize although sabs had to watch another cub to safety. After half an hour he gathered his pack and they boxed up at 8am after a brief but intense morning's hunting.

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Pair of sabs find Mendip Farmers FH out cub hunting

26-8-19  Facebook - Mendip Hunt Sabs   This morning, a couple of our Sabs headed out very early to do some sett surveying before the day got too hot and also to keep an eye out for the law-breaking Mendip Farmers' Hunt. It was lucky they did, as a message came through first thing saying riders wearing tweed had been spotted by Harptree Court in East Harptree. Despite there being just two of them and in a personal vehicle, our Sabs headed straight there.

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They found the Hunt close to Benleaze, just along from Harptree Court where they had held their meet. Sabs joined them by Eastwood Manor Farm where they rated straggler hounds who were onto a scent and speaking. The Hunt, complete with terrier boys, moved off to Sherborne Spring where hounds were heard in cry. Sabs were unable to reach them but witnessed terriermen being summoned and sent up to the Hunt. Presumably a fox had gone to ground. Sabs got to the area afterwards and following tracks figured out that a fox could have escaped over a stream with steep banks and gone to ground in a badger sett on the other side, which did not appear to have been dug into. We can't say for sure but we really hope the poor fox got away.

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The Hunt then moved to hunt by the River Chew, south west of Tudor Farm. The Hunt sat there for 15 minutes but the hounds didn't pick up on a scent. A young deer managed to escape unseen and ran right past Sabs who were ready to spray citronella to cover her tracks if needed.

Sabs had the usual attempted intimidation from 'terrierboys'. A plan was heard being hatched to 'take out their legs with the quad bikes'.

Satisfied that the Hunt had finally packed up at 9.30am, Sabs continued with their day of sett surveying as planned and in total walked 9 miles in the hot sun today!

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Cheshire FH 'lackey' convicted of assaulting woman sab

25-8-19  Facebook - Cheshire Against Blood Sports    Cheshire Hounds Hunt Lackey found Guilty of Assault on a Female Sab    On Boxing Day 2018 while out with the Cheshire Hounds a hunt lackey Gordon Broadhurst frustrated that his feeble attempts to block us in on a road and keep us away from the hunt were thwarted, decided to resort to violence and assaulted a female Sab and damaged her personal property before speeding away from the scene of his crime...

However a member of Cabs was already on the phone to the police due to the fact the hunt were blatantly chasing a family of foxes, witnessed the assault and was able to report it immediately to the police, it also helped when a member of the hunt support admitted on film what he had done !

Over the years we have had numerous issues with Gordon, he is overtly fond of calling us paedophiles and we strongly suspect him of releasing numerous bagged foxes, remarkable how many foxes seem to appear looking confused when Gordon was around …

Fast forward to last Wednesday and we had the case heard in court, obviously fearing yet more bad publicity the hunt obviously chipped in towards a really rather aggressive defence solicitor and we endured a long day in court while lots of desperate and wild assertions were made from the defence.

However, we are pleased to announce that he was found guilty of the assault, its been a difficult 8 months waiting for this to come to court, numerous threats were made to try and intimidate us into giving up.

Obviously, we won’t hold our breath for condemnation from the Cheshire Hunt and we have had reports that Gordon is now hanging around with the Wynnstay Hunt, obviously a male convicted of assaulting a female is just the sort of person that should fit right in with people who just want to hunt and kill innocent foxes.

POWAperson adds   -   Broadhurst has a previous conviction. In the 2017-18 season, again while following the Cheshire FH, he accepted a police caution for making a death threat to a hunt monitor.   

 

Antis ensure Cattistock FH can't settle down to cub hunting

25-8-19   Facebook - Weymouth Animal Rights   Hit report 24/8/2019, The Cattistock Hunt, Meet: Inpark Farm West Dorset    With the 'cubbing ' season now in full swing here in Dorset , Sabs were up and out before the sun and headed off to pay Lady Charlotte Townshend's Cattistock Hunt a visit. Joined by our good friends Solent Hunt Sabs and monitors from Somerset Wildlife Crime we knew we had a good chance of stopping any killing today.

We arrived at the kennels early but were soon spotted by a passing terrierboy. The Hunt then tried to foil us by using the hound van as a decoy in the hope that we would follow, but no hound van drives at two mph waiting for us to catch up, so that didn't work lads! and anyway if your legally hunting what exactly are you trying to hide from?

The Hunt left the kennels and after a short hack entered Inpark Farm. A field of around twenty riders including some very young children then gathered at the back of the farm. It seemed the Huntsman didn't quite know what to do now being observed by Sabs and monitors so resorted in playing a game of hide and seek. First he sent half the field over to Charlotte's gaff over at Melbury Park and then scattered a few riders around the country lanes who quite frankly looked utterly lost! Sabs kept tabs on the field at Melbury whilst the vehicle went in search of the pack of dogs.

Monitors then spotted the dogs back at Inpark Farm with the Huntsman drawing around a small copse. Hounds went into brief cry and the now Sabs in the field used voice calls and a gizmo to call them off. This split the pack in several directions and the Huntsman then had to spend a considerable amount of time gathering them back up.

This was enough for the Huntsman to call it a day and by 10am they were heading back to the kennels. Job Done!!  Again no trail was seen laid and with the consistent searching it seems likely they were not trail hunting at all!

 

Cheshire Hunt sabs boxed in by 5 police cars as result of hoax call

25-8-19  Cheshire Hunt Sabs  VIDEO   Our other team by now had been waiting until around 7.30 am for the Cheshire Hunt to come out and play, but that didn't mean they hadn't already had an eventful morning. Terrier men had been circling the area all morning and there was even a surprise appearance from a certain Cheshire Huntsman who wanted to have a look at the sabs himself.

Some sabs took their vehicle to a petrol station near the kennels and had been met with five police vehicles blocking them in the car park. It seemed someone had called up and told them armed robbers were in the area (wonder who that could be?) but after realising they had been mislead, they kept an X5 near us at all times until the hounds finally left the kennels.

 

Sab presence reduces Wynnstay FH to long walk round roads

25-8-19   Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs   *Hit Report*    Early birds. The secret society within hunting starts to wake before dawn as the traditional Autumn season nears. As if to conceal their lust for the kill, the cub killers met under a deep red sky.

The Wynnstay Hunt were less than impressed to have their convoy to the meet flanked by sabs yesterday morning! Ourselves, Liverpool Hunt Sabs and Manchester Hunt Sabs set off in the early hours of the morning to check in on the kennels and arrived just in time to follow the hound van all the way to the meet [below] !

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A dozen horse boxes and three or four quads were escorted to the meet ready to train the hounds to kill. Sabs were ready and up for the chase and whilst awaiting starters orders a vampiric hunt rider, well above his skill level, decided to try and win favour with his peers by blocking a sab on the side of the road from getting back into his car. This was purely to try and intimidate the sab. The hunt milled about for a short while unboxing their horses and getting themselves ready which gave us the chance to scope out the surrounding areas to pre-empt the route they may start to take. Once the Hounds were unloaded the hunt left the meet and hit the road, so footsabs sprung into action whilst drivers took to the back.

Due to our presence what they hoped would have been a successful morning, was nothing but a flat trot around the roads. Not once did the pack or field turn into a pasture to even give their hounds a good run. They just blocked up the roads for everyone, spitting their dummy out because we ruined their morning kill... By now Staffordshire Hunt Sabs had also made their way over from checking in on the Cheshire Hunts cubbing activities with the rest of our team along with Cheshire Against Blood Sports and joined the procession too!

All dressed up in silly bowler hats with absolutely nowhere to go, we escorted them back to the meet after a long drive around the lanes. We double checked that they weren't planning on giving us the slip by putting our drone up, confirming their morning had come to an end.

 

Hunt - probably Golden Valley FH - said to have caused car crash

24-8-19  Facebook - Herefordshire Hunt Sabs   Hunt causes car crash near Hay On Wye     We're hearing that a pack of hounds caused a car accident on the Hay on Wye to Hardwicke road earlier this morning. Hunt officials refused to give the Hunt's name to those involved, but we believe it likely to be the Golden Valley Hunt based on the location. We hope that those involved are safe and unharmed.

If anyone has any more info please message the page or email herefordshirehuntsabs@gmail.com.

 

Antis see much dangerous driving by Cheshire FH terrierboys

24-8-19   Facebook - Cheshire Against Blood Sports    With cubbing season here across the UK we decided to see if our blood lusty friend Jake was out training his young hounds how to kill foxes. We arrived within plenty of time and strategically placed our vehicles across the multiple exits Jake may use to try and swerve us. You wouldn’t believe the lengths they would go to, to fix their blood thirst.

At around 6am, Jake ventured out to the petrol station looking rather gormless upon spotting his large team we had rounded up for today. Back to the kennels it was to have a crisis meeting How on earth was he going to go out without being seen?!

CheshireFHDangerous24-8-19.jpgWith police present throughout the morning (from Cheshire & beyond) they were beginning to realise that we weren’t going anywhere, at around 7.30am, an hour and a half later than usual, Jake and his hounds in the horse box left the kennels followed by terrier boys and what appeared to be around 8 push bikes thrown on the back of their vehicle - why would terrier boys need push bikes?!

We witnessed some extremely dangerous driving from the terrier boys, this includes blocking green lights at a major traffic light junction to stop us and members of the public going about their day to day business. Terrier boys also struggled to keep on the left side of the road, we think the sun had gone to their head and they thought they were in Spain maybe?! The terrier boys were driving so slow that when our vehicles tried to overtake legally they accelerated in front of the sab vehicle and slammed on their brakes [above left] which as you can see is extremely dangerous.

After around 5-10 minutes into the journey we knew where we were headed; Cholmondeley. This is a favourite estate for the Cheshire Hounds, they go here to hide away from us as there is a lot of land available to them with no footpaths running through.

It wouldn’t have been a normal day with Jake and the gang without seeing Nikki Grant bombing it down the lanes waving at us, Jakes close friends were also back patrolling Cholmondeley estate; Cheshire police. Two patrol vehicles spent a good few hours driving round, we can only assume they wanted to look after the hunt and make sure they had a successful day hunting? You never cease to disappoint us Cheshire police, we can only hope this isn’t a sign as to how the rest of the season is going to be, after all, cub hunting is illegal, maybe you need to be reminded of this. Until next time Jake.

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Woman sab tripped while running by Mendip F. FH supporter

24-8-19   Facebook - Mendip Hunt Sabs    First outing for our group vehicle and first cub hunt of the season for the Mendip Farmers sabbed! We were out well before the sun came up this morning as we knew the Mendip Farmers' Hunt would begin their cub hunting season today. We were checking their local haunts when a message came through saying riders wearing tweed and rat-catchers had been seen at Hinton Blewett.

Luckily we weren't too far away and arrived in time to see Hunt master George Pullen disappearing into a field off Sutton Hill Road. Sabs quickly followed behind and there we found the rest of the Hunt complete with terriermen, milling around while Huntsman Kent Lock took hounds through a covert. Sabs were right behind and it's fair to say, Kent didn't look happy to see us. The hounds on the other hand loved getting some affection.

Hounds started to speak at one point but Sabs used voice calls to call them back and sprayed the surrounding undergrowth with harmless citronella.

A frustrated wannabe terrierman assaulted a Sab by tripping her up as she ran. The Hunt were obviously rattled as we had stopped them from hunting.