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
….. 15th July - Eggesford FH Huntsman fined
£747 after attacking female sab
….. 10th July - Police
shelve slam dunk Portman FH terrierman sett blocking case
….. 9th July
- Calls for 'total ban' after police drop 5 Cheshire FH fox kill cases
….. 6th July - Sabs film Cheshire FH hound
being exercised digging into sett
….. 5th July - Three
more Cheshire FH fox kill cases dropped by police
….. 5th July - Eggesford
FH Huntsman convicted of threatening behaviour
….. 3rd July - Wannabe PM Hunt says he
wants to re-legalise hunting with dogs
July - Wynnstay FH kennel Huntsman charged with assaulting
Eggesford FH Huntsman fined £747 after attacking
Daily Mail Huntmaster, 37, 'saw red' and struck a female saboteur with his riding crop leaving her with
a bruised liver and needing a week off work - Dartmoor huntmaster convicted after striking female saboteur with riding crop
- Jason Marles was also filmed charging towards Jessica Groling on his horse - The incident happened in a field near North
Tawton on Dartmoor last December - His own father was jailed ten years earlier for using his horse against a protester
A Dartmoor huntmaster who struck a female hunt saboteur with his riding crop was fined £1,750 at court yesterday.
Jason Marles, huntmaster at the Eggesford Hunt at Wembworthy, north Devon, was filmed charging towards saboteur Jessica Groling
on his horse before dismounting and grappling with her. He was convicted of using threatening behaviour to cause harassment,
alarm or distress at Exeter Magistrates Court.
Angry Huntsman Jason Marles about to attack female sab
incident happened in a field near North Tawton on Dartmoor last December and Miss Groling filmed it on her Go Pro camera attached
to her chest.
She told Exeter Magistrates
Court that Marles galloped straight towards her and a fellow sab saying: 'I was not sure he would not hit us.' She
said Marles stopped a few yards away and jumped off his horse and raised his riding crop and locked her with one arm as he tried to grab her hunting horn which she had been using
to distract his hounds. She said Marles 'stabbed my abdomen with his riding crop' and this caused bruising to her
liver. She had to be airlifted to a Plymouth hospital for treatment and had to take a week off work.
Prosecutor Lyndsey Baker said Marles
prodded the victim with his riding crop after he angrily grabbed her from behind in a reckless act. Marles claimed he has
been subjected to 18 months of harassment by hunt sabs and said there was 'no point interacting' with them. He admitted
grabbed her horn and said he was frustrated but not angry during the incident.
Defence solicitor Daniel Gill said: 'It was entirely a response to the sabs breaking up and sabotaging the hunt.'
A quad bike then turned up with Marles senior on the back and Ms Groling was dragged along the field before falling to the
ground. Marles junior denied the offence but the magistrates convicted him after a trial and said he had 'seen red and
A probation officer told the court Marles was 'wound up' by the disruption
and acted impulsively but had taken 'a step too far'.
The trial magistrates
said he had 'seen red and lost control'. The JPs ordered the married father of three to pay a £747 fine, £819
in court costs and £150 compensation to the injured hunt sab - a total of £1,746.
The father of James Marles, Christopher, was jailed ten years earlier for using his horse 'like
a missile' to ram an anti-field sports campaigner into a ditch as she tried to film a fox hunt. Burly Marles senior, then
47, repeatedly barged into 61 year old Helen Weeks and laughed, saying: 'Whisper is a lovely horse - he loves you.'
Marles senior was jailed for assault and breaching a suspended sentence for attacking another monitor at an earlier hunt,
with the judge branding him a 'drunken lout'.
Police shelve slam dunk Portman FH terrierman sett blocking
Hunt denied knowing their own
man - police just accepted that
10-7-19 Facebook - North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs VIDEO More police inactivity Despite having clear and conclusive
evidence of a terrierman from the Portman blocking up an active sett, Dorset Police fail once again to act on evidence.
This is video from
one of our many hidden cameras showing a Portman terrierman blocking up an active badger sett in order to prevent foxes they
are hunting going to ground. This is an offence under the Protection of Badgers Act.
Intelligence gathering from the coppers went as far as asking the
Hunt if they knew who it was. Unsurprisingly, the Hunt denied all knowledge and then the case was archived.
Please feel free
to go to the Dorset Police Facebook page and leave your thoughts on this. The laziness and unwillingness to act on this evidence
is insulting to both us and the laws of this country. And let's not forget that the police refusing to act on this pretty
much gives them a free pass to do whatever they want. We would like to see the coppers defend this one...
We are looking to buy more hidden cameras, so please, if you can, donate to our fundraiser at www.ko-fi.com/NDHSaboteurs/.
Calls for 'total ban' after police drop 5 Cheshire
FH fox kill cases
The Canary Hunting must be ‘banned completely’ activists say after Cheshire Police drop cases
involving five dead foxes Cheshire Police investigated five incidents of foxes allegedly killed by a hunt during
the last season. However, the police have said they’re dropping all the cases. And local activists said this has given
Hunts the “green light” to continue killing foxes.
A national dialogue on hunting in
early 2019 centred on Cheshire. It occurred after activists published images of foxes allegedly killed by a local Hunt. Between
15 November 2018 and 5 February 2019, activists claimed the Cheshire Hunt killed five foxes. During one such incident on 5
January, Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs said it even caught a member of the Hunt “kicking” a fox’s body into a
Activists took all
five incidents to Cheshire Police. However, the force has dropped all five cases due to insufficient evidence of illegal hunting.
Local paper CheshireLive reported that the “complexity” of the cases led to Cheshire Police seeking advice from
the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Police said: - The investigation team has now concluded that there
is insufficient evidence that any of the incidents amounted to deliberate and intentional hunting, as required by the Hunting
Act 2004. Consequently, no further action will be taken. All parties involved have been informed of the outcome. They also
added that they would host “a number of engagements” involving both pro- and anti-hunting representatives before
the next season begins.
a spokesperson for Cheshire Against Blood Sports, which works alongside Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs, told The Canary:- With the
news that the police and the CPS dropped all five cases in Cheshire involving just one Cheshire hunt we feel it makes a complete
mockery of the hunting act, it has failed to provide any justice for these foxes and is simply not fit for purpose. Three
of the foxes were killed in the space of six weeks, we feel that this decision has now given the green light for the Hunts
to carry on killing foxes as there is absolutely no incentive for them to stop.
Problems with the law - The spate of dead foxes came as the county’s
Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) David Keane published a review of policing hunts in the county on 5 December 2018. Keane’s
review said the Hunting Act presents “challenges to investigators and prosecutors”. As a result, he wanted to
“explore” how the government could remove these obstacles. Meanwhile, following graphic images of a dead fox posted
to social media on 5 January, local MP Chris Matheson called for an “outright ban” on fox hunting.
The Canary previously
reported that Lesley Martin of Cheshire Monitors, which was present at the 15 November 2018 incident, believed the Hunting
Act is “weak”. And Cheshire Against Blood Sports echoed this. The spokesperson told The Canary: - Unless the Hunting
Act is changed and the loopholes closed, foxes all over the country will continue to die. We would like to see the word ‘reckless’
inserted into the Hunting Act. After all if you are taking hounds into the very areas foxes live and by the hunts own admissions
they train the hounds on fox scent then it’s highly likely foxes will be encountered and chased. We would also like
to see the Huntsman failing to call his hounds off when a fox is being pursued viewed as a clear sign of intent.
These mirror demands by the Campaign to Strengthen the Hunting Act. Such additions certainly remove
some of the “challenges” of prosecutions under the Hunting Act, as mentioned by Keane. But Cheshire Against Blood
Sports said that governments need to take stronger action: - The whole “sport” needs to be banned completely.
We know we will be in this position again next season, foxes will die and nobody will be held accountable.
At present, no political party has committed to
an outright ban on hunting. Labour recently said it’s considering a recklessness clause as well as jail time for prosecutions
under the Hunting Act. The Green Party appeared to offer the same in its latest political programme, saying it would “tighten
up” laws to end the excuse of accidental killing. Meanwhile, the Conservatives have continued talking about lifting
the ban. And the Liberal Democrats are silent on the issue.
will continue killing animals unless a government eliminates the law’s loopholes completely. Introducing clauses to
strengthen the ban would go a little way to achieving this. But prosecutions will still rely on ‘sufficient evidence’.
There are hundreds of hunts across England and Wales, many of which ride out multiple days a week. Even with saboteurs exposing
many of these with graphic documentation, attending every single hunt would be an impossible task. And Hunts could continue
hunting as normal once they know they aren’t being monitored.
The only solution is to ban hunting completely. But with no parties currently willing
to put that on the table, it remains up to saboteurs and monitors to continue holding Hunts accountable.
POWAperson comments - The failure to prosecute any of these five
cases very clearly demonstrates the gross inadequacy of the Hunting Act. But, tempting as the notion is, it is unclear
what a 'total ban' would actually mean. Would we be banning people going
out with packs of dogs - if so, bye-bye genuine drag hunting, bye-bye to any pack being exercised.
Hunting live quarry for 'sport'
is, in theory at least, already banned. It is the weak wording, feeble sanctions and loopholes of the Act that
creates the problem - and it is only fixing those deficiencies which can remedy the situation. POWA has been campaigning
for significant strengthening of the Act since before the ink was dry on it. A digest of amendments we believe are necessary
and - hopefully - sufficient can be found here.
Sabs film Cheshire FH hound being exercised digging into
6-7-19 Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs VIDEO Whilst early morning sett surveying this morning, sabs and Cabs [Cheshire Against
Blood Sports] came across the Cheshire hounds out ‘exercising’ their hounds.
seems the hounds wanted to set survey too. One hound disappeared down a badger sett, (see video) there was no attempt to call
the hound out.
We saw foxes earlier
on our walk and even one fleeing at the time the foxes entered the field. Luckily the hounds were a little apathetic and one
of us used voice calls to call the hounds off.
What a pity foxes choose to live next door to the
kennels, if only they understood the dangers. It begs the question, what would of happened if we were not there?
Hounds get exercised daily, how many foxes get killed whilst doing so?
Three more Cheshire FH fox kill cases dropped by police
5-7-19 Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs The Hunting Act Does Not Work The Cheshire Hunt will not be brought to justice
for their crimes against wildlife, was the news our sabs woke up to this morning. After the 5 reported fox kills in Cheshire last season, the 3 presented by the police to the CPS have been
Those who follow our hit reports will
have seen the determination of sabs and Cheshire Against Blood Sports in preventing kills throughout Cheshire, and also seen
that our runners’ ability to keep up with the hunt has allowed us to record and collect as much evidence as possible
to bring the awful kills we have witnessed to justice.
The Cheshire Hounds (or Hunt as they are officially known), were seen, heard, and
recorded breaking the law and cruelly fox hunting, with Huntmaster Jake Oppenheim and particularly whipper-in Jamie Whittles
captured allowing the hounds to pursue foxes without intervening, drawing their hounds through coverts clearly likely to be
inhabited by foxes, and attempting to dispose of fox bodies after the inevitable kills.
Together the evidence around these kills painted a strong picture of consistent, deliberate illegal hunting by the
Cheshire Hounds – at least this is what we were told by Cheshire Police, who informed us they were collating these kills
to put forward to the CPS as one case, to maximise the chance of putting these bastards to justice.
We have yet to be informed why the cases were then sent individually
to the CPS, and sent immediately before the deadlines for submission with no time to review.
We trust that next season, the police commitment promised by David Keane (the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire)
comes into play – the changes recommended in his report were damning towards the current behaviour of the three illegal
fox hunts in Cheshire, and if put into action, will help Cheshire sabs and CABS prevent future kills, and finally bring the
Hunts’ cruelty into the courtroom.
Of course, none of this is enough while the Hunt are able to abuse weaknesses in the Hunting Act
and continue under the guise of trail hunting. Please support a total ban on fox hunting in the UK. It is the only way this
barbaric cruelty will end.
5-7-19 Cheshire Police In January this year, an investigation was launched following three
separate allegations of ‘hunting a wild mammal with dogs’, contrary to the Hunting Act 2004. The
three allegations were made following the deaths of foxes during hunts in Huxley on 5 January, in Darnhall on 8 January, and
in Hack Green on 5 February.
On each occasion, detectives gathered video evidence
and interviewed a number of people present or with relevant information. As with previous cases, early investigative advice
was also sought from the Crown Prosecution Service due the complexity of the case. The investigation team has now concluded
that there is insufficient evidence that any of the incidents amounted to deliberate and intentional hunting, as required
by the Hunting Act 2004.
- Right, fox killed by Cheshire FH on 8-1-19 Left, Fox killed by Cheshire FH and
dumped in canal 5-1-19
Fox killed by Cheshire FH 5-2-19
POWAperson adds - Anti reports on the three hunts concerned can be found here, here and here.
Eggesford FH Huntsman convicted of threatening behaviour
His father jailed for assault on woman monitor years ago
Huntsman called him as character witness!
5-7-19 Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs After viciously attacking one of our sabs last season, Jason Marles (Huntsman for Eggesford Hunt) was
found “Guilty of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour under section 4a
of the Public Order Act 1986” in a Devon court today.
Huntsman Jason Marles hunting with his pack
The magistrates said that members of Devon County
Hunt Sabs appeared to be "calm, collected and genuine", and found Marles' evidence to be "uncredible",
and completely contradictory to the video evidence. They determined that he did cause harassment, alarm and distress and that
he intended to do so. They found that it is entirely uncredible that he did not ride his horse at the sabs. The magistrates
agreed with the assertion that he "saw red" and that his actions were not reasonable. They also determined that
an injury was sustained because of his actions.
Marles jumps off horse before assaulting female sab
After many years of sweeping it under the carpet we are pleased to
finally see some action from the Devon authorities against the blatant law breaking of hunts in Devon. Eggesford Hunt is particularly
nasty and the huntsman even produced his father, Chris Marles, as a witness despite the fact that he has previously spent
6 months in prison for violently attacking a hunt monitor.
Sentencing takes place on July 15th.
No matter what they throw at us and how violent they become we will never stop heading out into
the fields to protect Devon’s wildlife as long as the cruelty continues. Please do support our work and keep us out there saving wildlife in Devon.
Pic below - Female sab being treated after assault by Marles
6-7-19 BBC News Devon huntmaster 'struck saboteur with riding crop'
A Devon Huntmaster "saw red" and struck a hunt saboteur with his riding crop after galloping at her on his horse,
a court has heard.
37, had denied using threatening and abusive behaviour to cause harassment, alarm and distress to Jessica Groling in December.
He was found guilty by Exeter magistrates during a trial on Friday.
Groling suffered a bruised liver and was airlifted to hospital [below] after the clash near North Tawton, Devon.
Exeter Magistrates' Court saw footage of the incident recorded on Ms Groling's chest camera.
Ms Groling said: "Marles was galloping straight at us at high speed. I thought he
is going to trample us. He was heading straight for us and I felt terrified... He then stopped a few metres away and leapt
off his horse and came straight for me with a riding crop in his left hand."
The court heard Ms Groling had been using an antique hunting horn to distract the hunt's pack of hounds.
She said Marles tried to grab the horn from her and "stabbed my abdomen with his riding crop", causing the liver
injury. The court heard there was no claim that illegal hunting was being carried out.
Marles, who is the Huntmaster of the Eggesford Hunt based at Wembworthy, Devon, said he
had been subjected to 18 months harassment by hunt saboteurs, whom he said wore masks to be more intimidating.
Magistrates told Marles: "You saw
red and lost control, that was patently clear." They said his use of the riding crop was "reckless rather than deliberate".
Marles, who has no previous convictions, will be sentenced later this month.
7-7-19 Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs The BBC and other media have reported on Friday's conviction of Eggesford huntsman Jason Marles over his
attack on a sab on 15 December 2018. Now the trial has concluded we are in a position to say a bit more about what happened
they do week after week, the Eggesford had been blatantly hunting foxes, and around 3pm two female sabs out on foot saw a
fox and soon afterwards heard hounds in cry. Jason Marles was heard to blow 'gone away', the horn call used when a
fox breaks from a covert, and was encouraging his hounds on a line through the field where the incident took place soon after. Sabs called the hounds back into the field, and
much of the pack was milling around them peacefully when Marles appeared riding directly towards the sabs at a dangerous speed.
On reaching them he immediately got off his horse and grabbed one of the sabs, taking
her hunting horn from her and injuring her with his riding crop. A quad bike arrived seconds later driven by Eggesford regular
Duncan Tucker, with the Huntsman's father Chris Marles on the back [both pictured right]. The sab was then dragged
across the field by the quad before falling to the ground.
As more riders began arriving in
the field, and given the injuries and distress of the sab who was attacked, our foot team did their best to get to the nearest
road and summon help, radioing to other sabs to call the police. It took the sabs around half an hour to reach the road by
the most direct route, and this is crucial, because Marles claimed in court that he acted the way he did because we were calling
hounds into danger or onto a road.
The court rejected entirely that this occurred and any suggestion that hounds were ever in danger due to our actions.
The accusation that we call hounds towards roads is a knee-jerk one resorted to by Hunts every time they need an excuse to
be angry at sabs. We hear this more or less whenever we call hounds, but we always consider carefully when it is appropriate
to call, and to us the hounds' safety is every bit as important as that of the hunted fox. Marles also tied himself in
knots in court claiming there were pregnant ewes in the field, even though he had just hunted through it, again contradicting
the video evidence.
Some facts established in court:-
- Sabs were nowhere
near a road and did not call hounds into danger. The map shown in court made this very clear, as did the route taken by the
sabs, and the account of the police officer who attended and gave an account of his long walk from the road to the crime scene.
- Marles admitted blowing 'gone away', ludicrously claiming it was because he tries to
replicate hunting as it was pre-ban but now means something like "let's go and follow the trail".
- Marles admitted in his police interview a few
days after the incident that his conduct could be seen as intimidating.
The identities of all three hunt members involved was admitted by Marles. He even called his father and Duncan Tucker as witnesses
in his defence, and they both gave an account the magistrates found completely implausible and contradictory to the video
- Marles admitted handing the horn to those on the quad, and says he does not know
what happened to it. We have never had it returned.
The magistrates found that our sab's
injuries were caused by Marles's actions.
The CPS did not charge Marles with an offence under the Hunting Act. These are difficult to prove. For that reason
the court did not consider the question of whether illegal hunting had taken place, and the CPS did not put this accusation
to Marles. This has been reported confusingly as there being no suggestion of illegal hunting, but this is not our position
and not something the court ruled on. It was however clear to all that the hounds chasing a fox and being called off it by
sabs was the context for the whole incident.
We have no reason to call hounds on a genuine trail hunt, or even
to attend one, but as our many hit reports attest, the ban might as well never have happened in Devon, because it's business
as usual for hunts, and unfortunately for foxes. This was made distressingly clear when the Eggesford killed a fox in front
of us on Boxing Day just days after this incident.
Our sab was airlifted
to hospital after paramedics became concerned about her breathing difficulties, lowered blood oxygen, and the possibility
of internal injuries. The decision to airlift was made by them alone and on the basis of their medical expertise rather than
anything our sab told them about her condition. Injuries to her liver were confirmed in hospital and she had to miss a week
of work, but is now doing well.
While we would like to have seen Marles and his associates convicted of assault or robbery, not
to mention illegal hunting, we have always found the authorities very reluctant to prosecute hunts, and the public order offence
was the one they went with on this occasion. It is unusual for these matters even to reach court, and we are relieved that
for once a limited form of justice has been done here. We hope the police and CPS will now treat illegal hunting and the violence
associated with it with the seriousness it deserves.
Please help spread the word about illegal hunting
in Devon, and keep us out there saving wildlife: https://www.paypal.me/dchs.
POWAperson adds - Once again we find a serious assault on an anti undercharged,
another offence [robbery] not charged and other perpetrators [Tucker and Chris Marles] also not charged. This conviction brings
to 444 the number of persons from organised Hunts known to have been convicted of or cautioned for 990 criminal offences since
1990. 253 of these were violent offences and, coincidentally, the number of offences [all types] committed by hunt officials
or servants is also 253.
Wannabe PM Hunt says he wants to re-legalise hunting
Faces furious backlash and refuses 4 times to say if it's cruel
3-7-19 Daily Mirror VIDEO Jeremy Hunt wants to bring back fox hunting - as part of countryside’s
“heritage” - The Foreign Secretary said he would hold a vote on the "barbaric" sport if he becomes Prime
Minister - and he'd opt to scrap the ban Tory leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt [below right]
has admitted he wants to bring back fox hunting. In a desperate bid to appeal to Conservative grass-roots, the Foreign Secretary
voiced his support for the cruel sport which has been banned in England in Wales for nearly 15 years. He said it was part
of the countryside’s “heritage” and should be legalised.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "Labour proudly banned this barbaric practice. This Tory leadership race is going from
bad to worse." And Mr Hunt's surprise intervention will trigger dismay among Tory modernisers, who hoped he was the
candidate to quell Boris Johnson's lurch to the right.
Sources stressed he would only seek to bring a free vote to the Commons –
where MPs vote according to their consciences – if there was a majority in Westminster for such a view. Mr Hunt told the Telegraph:
“I don't hunt myself, it's not particularly my thing. I think we have to recognise it's part of the countryside
and I think we have to recognise that, in terms of the balance of the countryside, it's part of our heritage. So personally
I'm happy for people to do it." He confirmed a commitment to have a vote in Parliament would be in the next Tory
manifesto, if he was PM.
In reality, such a situation is highly unlikely,
with the overwhelming majority of MPs fiercely opposed to a reintroduction of the bloodsport. Mr Hunt today was forced to
insist "the law is not going to change" on fox hunting and "it wouldn't be my priority as Prime Minister".
He said: "There isn’t a majority in the House of Commons and I don’t see there ever being one."
But he refused four times to give a straight answer when asked by BBC Radio 4's Today programme
whether the practice is "cruel". Mr Hunt's vocal display of
support for hounds ripping apart foxes risks derailing his No10 bid.
May's confession to the Mirror during the snap 2017 general election that she had always backed the rural past-time was
widely blamed for fuelling her ballot box humiliation. She said then: "As it happens, personally I have always been in
favour of fox hunting and we maintain our commitment - we have had a commitment previously as a Conservative Party - to allow
a free vote. And that's what it will allow, would allow, Parliament the opportunity to take a decision on this."
Polls consistently show around three-quarters or more of Britons are against bringing back the bloodsport.
Traditional Hunts now follow a scent trail instead of a fox, or work around loopholes
in the law. Countryside campaigners repeatedly demand a shake-up, effectively repealing the 2004 Hunting Act. Mrs May’s
predecessor David Cameron also promised Parliament a vote on repeal but had to scrap it after the SNP vowed to block it, even
though it does not apply to Scotland.
Chris Luffingham, League Against
Cruel Sports director of campaigns, hit back at Mr Hunt's comments and suggested they could be damaging to his chances
in a general election. “The last time a politician said we should bring back hunting - Theresa May in the 2017 General
Election – they were punished in the polling booths," he said. “Nothing has changed. The vast majority of
the British public will be horrified by any attempt to revert back to the barbaric activity of fox hunting. The Hunting Act
needs to be strengthened, not repealed, as the hunts are currently still getting away with chasing and killing British wildlife.
Hunting needs to be consigned to the history books, and this decision shows quite how out of touch with public opinion Jeremy
Hunt is. Fox hunting is a brutal nasty activity in which the hounds literally tear apart the foxes – this should have
no place in a modern compassionate society.”
Labour Party Chairman Ian Lavery added: "This Tory leadership race is going from bad to worse. We’ve had
Johnson’s tax cuts for the wealthy, a race to the bottom on no-deal Brexit , and now a pledge to bring back this barbaric
practice that Labour had proudly banned."
Animal Equality executive director Toni Vernelli said: “Jeremy
Hunt has a very short memory – It was this same pledge that lost Theresa May the youth vote at the last election. Hunting
with dogs is a cruel relic of the past. Britain has long moved on from finding animal abuse entertaining, and Jeremy Hunt
is living in a cave if he hasn’t noticed this.”
4-7-19 Daily Mirror Squirming Jeremy Hunt refuses FOUR times to say if fox hunting is 'cruel'
The Tory leadership hopeful came unstuck in a car crash interview
with the BBC after he said he wants to bring back the vile bloodsport. Squirming
Jeremy Hunt has refused FOUR times to say if he believes fox hunting is "cruel". The Tory leadership hopeful was
skewered on the radio today after admitting he'd want to bring back the bloodsport as PM.
Mr Hunt was forced to insist "the law is not going to change" on fox hunting and "it wouldn't be my priority
as Prime Minister". But in a car crash interview, he came unstuck when repeatedly asked by BBC Radio 4's Today programme
whether the practice is "cruel".
Interviewer Mishal Husain told him the RSPCA said the practice involved "wild animals being chased to the point
of exhaustion, set upon by dogs for sport". Asked if that was "cruel", Mr Hunt replied: "My view is a
matter of public record. But what matters now are the things I want to change as Prime Minister."
Asked a second time if it was cruel,
Mr Hunt said: "My view is a matter of public record." Asked a third time, he said: "I'm here to talk about
the things I want to change as Prime Minister. That is not something that's going to change. "Rural broadband is
something that urgently needs to be speeded up. Business rates..."
Exasperated Ms Husain tried a fourth time, saying: "You're swerving away from the subject! I asked you if
you think that fox hunting is cruel. And for some reason you're not willing to say if it is or it isn't." He
replied: "I have never hunted and it's not my thing but the way I voted is a matter of public record."
Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary Sue Hayman [above left] said:
"It is incredible and shocking that Jeremy Hunt, who aspires to be the next Prime Minister, can not bring himself to
even acknowledge the barbaric cruelty of fox hunting. Once again it shows this Tory government’s lack of understanding
and sincerity on issues of animal welfare."...
Mr Hunt's surprise
intervention will trigger dismay among Tory modernisers, who hoped he was the candidate to quell Boris Johnson's lurch
to the right...
Mr Hunt stressed he would only seek to bring a free vote to the Commons – where MPs vote according to their
consciences – if there was a majority in Westminster for such a view. He told Today: "There isn’t a majority
in the House of Commons and I don’t see there ever being one." But he did back putting a commitment to a free vote
in the Tory manifesto.
Labour MP Angela Rayner said his pledge
was "absolutely disgusting" and a naked bid to win 160,000 Tory members' votes. She said: "The vast majority
of the public want this cruel & vile practice consigned to the dustbin of history. Jeremy Hunt thinks it might appeal
to a few Tory tally-ho types in the shires. We will not go back to this repulsive pastime!"...
Wynnstay FH kennel Huntsman charged with assaulting
Facebook - Cheshire Monitors VIDEO Sacked? After we caught the Wynnstay illegally hunting a fox [on 5-1-19],
trespassing on an industrial estate and causing road chaos Mark Hogg - who WAS at that time their kennel-man - lost his cool
and assaulted our monitor, pushed them, nearly into a passing car.
During the police
investigation Hogg, who was a long standing employee of the Wynnstay, was 'moved' to Dorset and now works as kennelman
for the South and West Wilts Hunt. So we can only assume that the masters of the Wynnstay Hunt wouldn't accept this kind
of behaviour and sacked him. Good riddance we say!
Just by the way, North Wales Police took far too much time looking into the assault, which is all on film here, including
the apology. We had to constantly push this force to find Hogg and interview him.
This poor performance by North Wales
Police could be down to the fact that they have, at best, a reputation for having very little interest in hunting cases and
possibly because of their internal corruption which was witnessed last season by both North Wales Hunt Saboteurs and Welsh
Border Hunt Sabs.
They did however
finally charge Hogg but their policing makes Cheshire Police look keen.
Pic below - Kennel Huntsman Wayne Hogg about to assault female
….. 30th June - Illegal hunting case against Lauderdale FH is dropped
….. 27th June - Puppy walker in Eggesford FH country seen beating young hound
27th June - Sabs say Atherstone FH risk assessments grossly
26th June - 2 Kimblewick FH terriermen charged with
cruelty to fox during hunt
….. 26th June - Convicted fraudster, now ex, Tory MP was Master of two fox Hunts
….. 25th June - Bo-Jo is getting massive donations from prominent hunt supporters
….. 24th June - Green MSP bids to fully ban quarry hunting as SNP drags feet
….. 22nd June - Three Counties MH beat retreat when sabs descend on them hunting
….. 21st June - Sabs out sett-checking save baby mink in distress
….. 18th June - CPS drops Cotswold VF FH fox cub kill & assault sab cases
….. 18th June - Wife of cub
cruelty case PC says evidenced institutional corruption in police
….. 14th June - Grafton FH supporter convicted after driving into monitor
11th June - Lamerton FH rider killed after horse spooked by
10th June - Sabs who started investigation reveal
background to fox cub cruelty case
….. 10th June - Suspension
of jail sentences in S. Herefordshire cruelty case angers antis
10th June - S. Herefordshire FH Huntsman & kennel
maid convicted of cruelty to fox cubs
9th June - Fire Brigade persuaded to withdraw from fundraiser event
….. 6th June - S. Herefordshire
FH Huntsman struggles to explain severe injuries to cubs
….. 4th June - Cheshire PCC to 'scrutinise' recent police decisions on fox kill
….. 3rd June -
Yet another Cheshire fox hunt kill case dropped
Illegal hunting case against Lauderdale FH is dropped
Hunting witnessed & reported
by Scottish Green MSP
30-6-19 Sunday Times Hunting law is hopeless, says Scots animal charity An animal welfare
charity has branded a law banning foxhunting as “hopeless” after a case was dropped because of insufficient evidence.
Footage showing a fox being chased by hunt hounds across a field in the Scottish Borders was reported to police by the League Against Cruel Sports, as a potential breach of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland)
The incident occurred
during the Lauderdale hunt in November and was witnessed by Alison Johnstone [right], co-leader of the Scottish Greens,
who believed that the law, designed to minimise distress caused to foxes, had been breached.
At present, hunting with dogs is
banned in Scotland but they can be used to flush foxes out of cover, so they can be shot as a pest-control measure.
However, critics argue that foxes are not always dispatched quickly and are chased by hounds.
Robbie Marsland, director of the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, said: “We are extremely disappointed
that the evidence, which in our view clearly illustrated a blatant breach of the law, has been deemed insufficient. The latest
debacle is just another nail in the coffin for a hopeless hunt law.”
Johnstone has launched a member’s bill aimed at closing “loopholes”
in foxhunting laws. The bill would also clamp down on culling of native mountain hares. Tens of thousands are thought to be
killed in Scotland every year to protect game, such as grouse, from disease. “After everything I’ve seen, I’m
resolved to end foxhunting for good,” said Johnstone.
Puppy walker in Eggesford FH country seen beating young hound
27-6-19 Facebook – Devon Against Hunting Ever thought about where hounds live before joining the pack? Well, they go to ‘Puppy-walkers’
until they are old enough to learn to kill. The idea being they learn the ‘basics’- to not chase/kill farm animals,
and to be obedient. Let me introduce one in the Eggesford Hunt area.
Whilst walking my elderly dog, (on a lead), on a public road, used
by locals driving their children to school, or going to work, we were approached by two young pups loose on the road excited
to meet another dog.
The person then passed riding the bike, calling to the pups. They didn’t respond, so this person grabbed one
by the scruff, making it yelp, then repeatedly hit the other over the head with a small stick-like implement! The pup was
cowering and didn’t want to go with her, (shock!), I said I wouldn’t want to either if that’s how she treats
them. Her reply is very telling of their attitude to animals-‘If I hit you over the head, you’d behave!’
When I confronted her and said ‘Is
that what you call ‘Puppy-walking’? She became a little shy and cycled off, (with one pup), leaving one of the
two to join her later - if it hadn’t caused an accident or been run over! Remember, they love animals! Usual consideration
of road safety and safety of the public!
Sabs say Atherstone FH risk assessments grossly inadequate
27-6-19 Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs Atherstone Hunt New Years Day security exposed - Atherstone Hunt lied in their event plan submitted
to the Town Council The risk assessment provided to Atherstone Town Council for their New Years
Day meet is wholly inadequate. It fails to mention the risk of violence and anti social behaviour from the Hunt's own
supporters and what steps they will take to prevent it.
It seems that the event plan handed
in by the Atherstone Hunt to the town council was also not adequate. The claim they would be using a company called Saltem
has been proven to the incorrect as with your help we have uncovered that the company themselves have said they were contacted
and told they would not be needed this year. Instead it seems the hunt used their own supporters as stewards and for road
This raises serious questions for the town council as how can stewards prevent violence and anti-social behaviour
from the Atherstone Hunt if they themselves are part of that violent and antisocial Hunt? Indeed one of the stewards/hunt
supporters was filmed grabbing the hair of an anti-hunt protester during the Atherstone Hunt's Boxing Day meet in Market
Bosworth. Let's not forget that the Atherstone Hunt have over 20 convictions for violence and anti social behaviour, many
of which were from supporters' actions at previous New Years Day meets. We will be publishing the Hunt's full risk
assessment shortly to show badly written and amateur it was.
7-7-19 Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs Atherstone Hunt risk assessments for Boxing Day and New Years Day Recent
elections in May mean that the Conservatives now only have a majority of 1 on Atherstone Town Council. Please contact them
regarding the Atherstone Hunts risk assessment.
These [below] are the risk assessments made by
the Atherstone Hunt for it’s New Years Day hunt meet and Boxing Day hunt meet. Despite first appearances they were not
put together by a child - however we regard them as wholly inadequate as a risk assessment.
that there has been substantial violence, anti-social behaviour and drunkenness from Atherstone Hunt supporters at this event
in previous years there is no mention in the risk assessments of potential violence from members of the Hunt. There is no
mention of potential anti-social behaviour from members of the Hunt. Specifically for Atherstone Market Square, there is no
mention that all the surrounding pubs are open serving alcohol to these Hunt members increasing the risk of violence, anti-social
behaviour and general drunken behaviour from hunt supporters. There is no mention of riders from the Hunt throwing bottles
at anti-hunt protestors. No mention of hunt supporters throwing horse manure at anti-hunt protesters. As a result there is
also no mention of the likelihood of these risks happening and how the Atherstone Hunt are going to prevent them from happening.
a risk assessment then these documents failed to identify many major risks that have actually happened in previous years.
There is a brief mention that the Hunt will have it’s own stewards at the event but these stewards are actually Atherstone
Hunt supporters who themselves have been involved in anti-social behaviour in the past.
Please politely contact both Atherstone Town Council and Market Bosworth Parish Council and ask them for a guarantee
that the points raised above should be addressed in any future risk assessments submitted by the hunt. Atherstone Town Council
Councillors http://www.atherstone-tc.gov.uk/about-us/councillors. Market Bosworth Town Council - email@example.com.
2 Kimblewick FH terriermen charged
with cruelty to fox during hunt
26-6-19 HSA Press Release Two members of Kimblewick Hunt charged with animal cruelty Two
men have been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal after the Kimblewick Hunt were filmed hunting
a captive fox Ian James Kirby Parkinson, aged 64, of Lower Road, Haddenham, Bucks and Mark Anthony Vincent, aged 53, of
Kimblewick, Aylesbury are charged with one count each of causing unnecessary suffering.
by undercover investigators was handed to the Hunt Saboteurs Association in January. The footage was filmed on New Years Day
when the hunt met at Moreton, Thame, Oxon. It shows the hunt terrier men using draining rods to force the fox, that they’ve
been holding captive, out of a drainage pipe then being thrown into the wood for hounds to chase. The terriermen can clearly
be heard communicating with the Huntsman agreeing when the best time is to release the fox which is given a brief head start
so that the hunt riders experience a chase rather than a quick kill.
Terrierman pulling fox out of the artificial earth
Both are due to appear at Oxford Magistrates’
Court on 23 July.
Terrierman releases fox
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “We’re pleased that
Thames Valley Police have finally charged the suspects in this obvious case of animal cruelty. When we released the footage
in January both the media and the general public were outraged by what we showed them and the Kimblewick Hunt were widely
vilified. Once these two are found guilty we would expect the Kimblewick as a corporate entity to be taken to court as it’s
clear these two were carrying out the commands of the Hunt.
As arranged, hounds released after fox 2 mins later
Footage and the original story can be found here.
Convicted fraudster, now ex, Tory MP was Master of two fox
Tories have picked him to fight Brecon by-election!
26-6-19 HSA Press Release De-Selected Conservative MP is Former Hunt Master Convicted Conservative MP Chris
Davies [right] is a former Master of two fox hunts and threatened in 2004 that members of his Golden Valley
Hunt would break the law when hunting was banned. During his Mastership both the Golden Valley and Banwen Miners Hunts carried
out violent attacks on hunt saboteurs.
In March of this year, Davies was convicted of making false expenses claims. He
received a £1500 fine and had to carry out 50 hours of community service. This led last week to the electorate of his
Brecon and Radnorshire constituency raising a recall petition to have him de-selected as their MP and forcing a by-election.
He has now been re-selected by the Conservative Party as their candidate in the upcoming by-election.
Davies was Master of the Banwen Miners Hunt in the Swansea Valley from 1993-99 before
moving to the Golden Valley Hunt on the Welsh Border in 2000. In 2004, in the run up to the ban, he did not have the bottle
to say he would personally defy the law, but told the BBC that some of his members would (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/4026351.stm).Lee
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association,
stated: “It's hard to think of a less useful member of society than an ex-hunt master, corrupt Tory MP. We hate
to kick a man while he's down but we'll make an exception in this case. Davies is clearly a man who can't be trusted.
Whilst Master of the Golden Valley Hunt he implicated himself in flouting the Hunting ban and now as a public servant he has
deliberately falsified accounts to rip off the public purse. It’s testament to the low moral standards of the Conservative
Party that they’ve re-selected him for the upcoming by-election and we wanted the Brecon and Radnorshire electorate
to know the type of man they’re potentially voting for.
Bo-Jo is getting massive donations from prominent hunt
£109k gifted to him just
in 2019 by Christofferson & the Bamfords
25-6-19 The Canary One of Boris Johnson’s biggest donors has a controversial past hunting foxes
Boris Johnson’s second largest donor* in 2019 is a hunter and hedge fund manager with a controversial past. And even
the Spectator said this could “come back to haunt” the leadership candidate.
Johan Christofferson [right] is a partner in hedge fund management
firm Christofferson, Robb & Co. He’s also been the joint-master of the only hunt in Scotland to so far have been
prosecuted for illegal hunting. And in 2019, Christofferson has been Johnson’s second largest donor.
Electoral Commission records show Christofferson has made two donations to Johnson
so far in 2019. There was a £20,000 donation, which Johnson accepted on 15 January, and a £16,000 donation accepted
on 6 March. Christofferson’s £36,000 makes him the Conservative leadership hopeful’s second largest private
donor this year, after construction equipment manufacturer JCB.
Commenting on the £16,000
donation, Spectator columnist ‘Steerpike’ said Christofferson’s donations “could come back to haunt”
Johnson [below left]. And it’s because of the hunter’s controversial past.
Christofferson has been joint-master of the Jedforest Hunt, based in Scotland, since the mid-2000s. In June 2017,
two members of the Hunt were convicted of breaching the Protection of Wild Mammals Act, the law that effectively bans hunting
in Scotland. It’s the only successful hunting prosecution in Scotland to date.
Before joining the Jed Forest Hunt, Christofferson was a joint-master
of the Isle of Wight Hunt. Under his mastership, hunt staff including Stuart Trousdale [Huntsman] dumped the dead bodies of
two calves, a horse and a bullock on the streets of Brighton during the October 2004 Labour Party conference in the city.
BBC News reported at the time that: 'The court was told the pair dumped the animals on the day of Tony Blair’s keynote
speech to show their opposition to a proposed ban on hunting.'
Trousdale’s actions were so extreme that the Master of Fox Hounds Association suspended the Isle of Wight Hunt for a
month. It also “upbraided” Christofferson for failing to control his staff. Trousdale was later charged with illegal
hunting in 2007. But the League Against Cruel Sports eventually dropped a private prosecution after a 2009 High Court decision
made convictions under the Hunting Act more difficult.
None of this appeared to worry Christofferson, though. Trousdale joined the hedge fund manager
as joint-master and Huntsman of the Jedforest Hunt in 2008.
Christofferson has been a frequent donor to the
Conservatives. Most notably, he donated £40,000 to Simon Hart’s bid for a seat in parliament in 2010. Hart was,
at the time, chief executive of pro-bloodsports group the Countryside Alliance. The hunter also donated to former policing
and justice minister Nick Herbert several times between 2009 and 2015.
the Daily Record pointed out: 'In , the League [Against Cruel Sports] wrote to the parliamentary standards commissioner
asking him to look into donations made to Herbert by people linked to fox hunting.'
And a Scottish Labour official accused Christofferson’s donations to Herbert
as being “clearly designed to influence the decision to repeal the ban”. The Canary contacted Johnson and Christofferson
for comment but hadn’t heard back at the time of publishing.
When Theresa May campaigned for
the 2017 general election, she promised a parliamentary vote on repealing the hunting ban. In the end, she dropped the pledge
after recognising that the public was staunchly against the proposal. May went on to rule out any vote during her term in
parliament. But she’s now on her way out, and Johnson’s support for hunting is well-known. He consistently voted
against laws on hunting before the ban was brought in and even suggested urban foxes ought to be hunted during his term as
Could he have had a change of heart, though? On 19 June, the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation uploaded a photograph
of Johnson with its co-founder Lorraine Platt. Johnson’s partner, Carrie Symonds, is also patron of the group. Platt
is also a long-time anti-hunting campaigner. But in the end, money speaks. And with wealthy backers that are not just pro-hunting
but deeply involved in the vile ‘tradition’, it’s difficult to see why Johnson would change his stripes.
The Hunting Act is deeply flawed and hunting needs to be banned outright.
But that may be further from our grasp than ever before if Johnson becomes prime minister.
Extract from Electoral Commission political party donor's list
POWAperson adds - * The article author seems unaware that the Bamfords
[who own the JCB group] are not just a massive donor to Johnson personally but also hugely to the Conservative party and that
they are closely associated with the Heythrop FH, of which Sir Anthony's wife, Carol Bamford, is a member. Bamford donations
this century total many million pounds, from both the JCB company and individual family members.
** Apart from suggesting that London' urban foxes should be hunted, Johnson is
such a strong supporter of blood sports that he has even proclaimed in favour of bullfighting. Any interest he has displayed
in Blue Foxes founder Lorraine Platt may be simply trying to muddy the waters on his taste for live quarry hunting, though
I'm sure the fact that she happens to be a very striking looking blonde would have nothing to do with it.
Incidentally, Christofferson resigned his mastership of the Jedforest FH in 2017, after
two of his hunt servants were convicted. I do not know if he is still hunting or, if so with whom.
Green MSP bid to fully ban quarry hunting as SNP drags
Herald Green MSP bids to ban fox and hare hunting with new bill They are a familiar
sight in Scotland’s cities and suburbs, even trotting casually through the garden at the heart of the Scottish Parliament
from time to time. But now Holyrood is being asked to give its foxes the same protection as mammals as rare and elusive as
wild cats and pine martens, and finally end their hunting with dogs.
Green MSP Alison
Johnstone [right] yesterday published legislative plans to protect foxes and hares by outlawing their killing except under a strict licensing regime. Her proposed member’s bill is also intended to end
hunting with dogs by closing a series of loopholes in the 2002 Holyrood law which was meant to ban the practice, but is often
Ms Johnstone said
her Protection and Conservation of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill was partly in response to the SNP Government’s lack
of action on the issue. Although ministers promised in January to tighten up hunting law after a report on its shortcomings
by Lord Bonomy, there have been no concrete proposals to date.
The 2002 Holyrood Act ended the
deliberate hunting of foxes with dogs, but permitted the use of dogs to flush foxes towards guns so they could be shot when
it was safe to do so. Ms Johnstone said there was a widespread concern that this exception was being abused, with foxes flushed
by dogs, but with guns absent or a reluctance to fire.
She said mounted hunts kill up to 800 foxes per year, and Lord Bonomy’s inquiry had found one-fifth of the
foxes disturbed by hunts ended up killed by the dogs.
Ms Johnstone’s bill would effectively end fox hunting by removing
all exceptions in the law and create a new offence of “intentionally or recklessly” hunting a wild mammal with
a dog. Dog walkers whose pets chase a wild mammal are not affected. The bill would also outlaw the hunting of brown hares
and mountain hares all year round, not merely in the “close seasons”.
Around 26,000 mountain
hares are killed each year on grouse moors, half reportedly to stop them passing the tick-borne louping-ill virus to the birds,
40 per cent for sport, and 10 per cent for forestry protection. The bill would allow foxes and hares to be killed for pest
control, but only under licence and “as a last resort” that minimised suffering and protected any dependant young.
Ms Johnstone gave the example of “emergency action by an authorised person if a fox was attacking livestock”.
Licences would only be issued for specific purposes, subject to a public interest test, after non-lethal methods had failed,
with the costs borne by licence holders. Information on how many animals had been killed would be public.
Ms Johnstone, the MSP for Lothians, said: “Foxes
and hares deserve our compassion and respect, yet they are routinely slaughtered across the country in huge numbers. My proposal
would give these animals the protection they so urgently need. 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. The Scottish Government and the First Minister herself have expressed their support for
action but have been unable to find the time to bring forward a legislative proposal themselves. I’m confident they
will get behind my proposal.”
Marsland, director of the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, said: “We are confident that hunting as we know it will
soon be a thing of the past.”
But Jamie Stewart, director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance, said: “Ms
Johnstone is ignoring all the available evidence on fox management and welfare, and she knows it. The protection of foxes
is a ludicrous idea which is a slap in the face to every sheep and free range poultry farmer in the country. Fox control has
always been focused on lowering the population to a level that makes attacks on livestock, game and ground nesting birds less
likely. Mrs Johnstone is now proposing that farmers will have to wait until a fox has killed a lamb before it will be legal
to shoot it. Her proposed legislation jumps on every available bandwagon and has no justification on the basis of evidence
or principle. The proposals would remove the rights of farmers and land managers across Scotland to control foxes effectively
and protect their livelihoods, with no evidential justification whatsoever.”
Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon
[above left] said the Government was committed to animal welfare and would soon consider an expert review on grouse
moor management, including mountain hare culls. On fox hunting, she said: “Not only will it be taking forward many of
the recommendations in Lord Bonomy’s report, we will go further by implementing measures that will do more to clarify
and strengthen the Protection of Wild Mammals Act. In doing so, we will work constructively with any MSPs to achieve our objectives.”
See also article by Alison Johnstone on why foxes and hares need more protection
23-6-19 The Scotsman Scottish government moves towards total ban on fox hunting
Scots are being asked to give their views on proposed new laws that would completely ban fox hunting and end the mass slaughter
of wild hares.
Alison Johnstone, co-leader of the Scottish
Green Party, is tomorrow unveiling plans for a member’s bill aimed at closing “loopholes” in existing legislation,
which has failed to effectively stamp out hunting of foxes and allows unlimited numbers of native mountain hares and brown
hares to be killed at certain times of the year.
The Lothian MSP is launching a public consultation on the draft bill, seeking feedback
on measures aimed at protecting the three species and stopping them being killed for sport. The consultation will run until
In the consultation document, Johnstone states: “Wild mammals belong to no-one while they are free-living,
but UK legislation has long held that animal welfare is a public good and that animals should therefore be protected in the
public interest. The aim of the proposed bill is, therefore, to improve the protection of some wild mammals in Scotland, specifically
by ending the use of dogs in the hunting of wild mammals and improving the protection of certain wild mammals.”
Scottish Government outlined intentions to tighten up laws after commissioning a review of the Protection of Wild Mammals
(Scotland) Act 2002 by Lord Bonomy, but has so far failed to take action. Johnstone said: “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.”
Existing rules ban the use of packs of dogs to chase and catch foxes, but permit the use of dogs to flush
a fox into the open. The proposed new bill has been welcomed by animal welfare campaigners, who have said it could be “game-changing”.
But a spokesman for the Scottish Gamekeepers Association said: “We hope to engage with Scottish Government
on its intentions, particularly any licensing scheme to allow vital pest control.”
Three Counties MH beat retreat when sabs descend on them
22-6-19 Facebook - Bristol Hunt Saboteurs Three Counties Mink Hounds – 22/06/19 Today we made another trip
to visit the riverside vandals of the Three Counties Mink Hounds. They were in the same area as when we last sabbed them a
month ago, south of Cleobury Mortimer on the Worcestershire/Shropshire border.
A motley crew of around 30 sabs
from Bristol, Severn Vale, Bath, Nottingham, Lincoln & Sheffield (cheers for the visit!) descended on the Hunt who were
on the River Rea.
As soon as they saw sabs the game
was up. The hounds were called away from the river and the Hunt retreated to Reaside Manor Farm to seek refuge, before a traditional
walk of shame to box up with sabs in tow. Job done!
26-6-19 Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs VIDEO The 3 Counties Otterhounds - I mean Minkhounds - picked a bad time
and place for their bloodsports fix this weekend. They had breakfast so close to several badger cull zones that within minutes
a local tip-off had brought all the sabs to the yard.
After their big fry up the hunters arrived at the River Rea just in time to see Notts
Sabs, Lincoln Hunt Saboteurs, Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs, Bristol Hunt Saboteurs and Severn Vale Hunt Saboteurs jogging down
the opposite bank.
They immediately blew for home before traipsing back to their host (High Court judge Sir Gerald Barling) with their
tails between their legs.
Donations will pay for new equipment to fight bloodsports over the summer.
Sabs out sett-checking save baby mink in distress
22-6-19 Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs Also yesterday, 21st June 2019. On returning to the car after sett-checking, a huge rumpus was heard in a stream. On closer examination 4 of these little ones were clearly
in distress. It appeared they couldn't get up a bank and this one ended up being left behind. After asking someone who
knows more, this chap was placed on the side of the stream where he cried his heart out as sab' sat within hearing distance.
In a short time some more squealing was heard and his Mum and family had come back to him.
is a baby mink. The mink hunting season is well underway and if hounds had been going down this stream he and his siblings
would have been ripped apart. If he had escaped into a hole they would have dug him out.
Mink were bred on a huge scale in the UK for the fur industry before the practice
Out sett-checking again today in Glos zone 1... and hoping that we find no more
destroyed setts. 2 found last year and 1 so far this year. Please continue to support us with information and paypal.me/threecountiessabs.
CPS drops Cotswold VF FH fox cub kill & assault sab
18-6-19 Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs VIDEO Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt case dropped following CPS decision [Hunt kill fox during cub hunting
meet - sab suffers whiplash after assault] We have delayed putting out our report due to the coverage
of the South Herefordshire Hunt trial.
In late May we were informed that investigations into illegal cub hunting by the
Cotswold Vale Farmers’ Hunt and an assault on one of our sabs (which led to her suffering whiplash for several days)
by hunt staff were dropped. Despite work put in by police officers, following a CPS decision the case was dropped.
On 23rd October 2018, the Cotswold Vale Farmers’ Hunt held a cub hunting meet in the area of Norton, Gloucestershire
and hunted around land owned by Master of the Hunt, Mike Smith. Three saboteurs from Three Counties Sabs were present on the
day, two inland on foot and another in the vehicle.
Towards the end of the meet, the two sabs inland could hear hounds speaking (an excited baying
which indicates that they have picked up a scent and are following it) and noticed hounds and hunt riders in the field the
sabs were heading towards. Huntsman Gary Williams could clearly be heard encouraging hounds on from the opposite side of the
hedge that hounds were interested in and was using voice commands and horn calls consistent with ‘traditional’
From their position, the saboteurs present could only monitor as any noise or attempt to distract hounds could have
‘headed’ a hunted fox back into the pack. It was shortly evident that the hounds had killed, Williams was heard
‘blowing the kill’ (a horn call not often heard since the Hunting Act 2004 came into force as it shows that that
the Huntsman is aware of a kill taking place and is informing the remainder of the hunt riders and the hounds of it). He was
heard praising the hounds and telling them to “break him up, break him up” which means to eat the remains of the
In interview we have been told that Williams, Huntsman of the Hunt at the time of the incident but since ‘let
go’ by the Hunt, said that hounds had gone off on a trail (of which no evidence was provided) and that he realised that
they were spending time within the hedge. He claims to have realised that there was a fox in the hedge but that it was obvious
that it had been dead for several days so he allowed them to have it and encouraged hounds to tear the body up.
The Huntsman instructs hounds to dismember the hunted fox
Saboteurs involved on the day state
that their issues with his story are as follows:-
1. Gary Williams handed the remains of the fox in a plastic sack (minus intestines which were found by sabs) to another
hunt rider who rode off with the bag away from sabs. This hid any evidence that would prove if the fox was several days dead
or recently killed – a post-mortem could have been carried out at sabs’ expense if necessary to prove cause and
time of death.
2. A fox that was several days old at time of being ripped apart
would not bleed and the intestines found by sabs were bloody and fresh, still hot and smelled of dead fox. When police arrived
later the intestines had been removed but fresh and still wet blood was left where they had been along with splashes of blood
on various blades of grass around the area of the kill – all evidenced by Gloucestershire police officers.
3. A sab was assaulted
whilst trying to get to the site of the kill, the perpetrator being Hunt Master Mike Smith of Prior’s Norton. Having
first ridden repeatedly at her and her colleague, he then jumped off his horse and tackled her to the floor. With him distracted,
the second sab made it to the kill site at which point the hunt riders moved off. If the assault occurred because sabs were
trespassing, why did the trespass matter less once evidence of the kill had been found and recorded? Why assault the sab if
the Hunt had done nothing wrong?
Rider is handed bag containing remains of hunted fox
4. If the fox had indeed been dead for several days – a ‘fact’ not accepted by
sabs or police – cause of death would not have been known by the Hunt. If the fox had been poisoned, remnants of the
poison may still have been present in their system, putting hounds’ lives and health at risk. This wouldn’t be
a massive surprise though considering the lack of care taken to protect hounds by this Hunt – sabs state that the Hunt
are notorious for losing control of hounds, have had hounds killed on the nearby A38 in the past and have been reported by
members of the public for losing stray hounds on roads and in private gardens on numerous occasions.
5. Hounds are generally not interested in dead
Cub hunting is the initial stage of the hunting season, running from around the end of August until the beginning of November.
One of the purposes of cub hunting is to train new hounds, new hounds learning from those with experience as to what they
should do when they pick up on a scent of a fox. It is a time when hounds will learn the taste, smell and sight of a fox and
will learn also from the Huntsman who will praise or tell them off based on their actions. Even if the fox were already dead,
the Huntsman’s actions in praising the hounds, telling them to “break him up” (a reward for the hounds after
a successful hunt) and ‘blowing the kill’ will have taught them that ripping up a fox gets them praise, teaching
them that they have done something right. Which is precisely what traditional cub hunting would achieve and set them up to
do once the main hunting season arrives: chase and rip apart foxes.
Pics below - 1/ Rider makes off with fox remains 2/ Huntsman
rides at sab group
Gary Williams has since lost his job with the Cotswold
Vale Farmers’ Hunt and is rumoured to be moving over to the Ross Harriers Hunt (who operate closer to Ross-on-Wye and
share some of the same hunting country as the CVFH). In the remainder of the hunting season Gary was filmed encouraging hounds
on to a fox scent by another member of Three Counties Sabs and was also suspected to be involved in the blocking of badger
setts in the Hunt’s country – a tactic used to prevent foxes being able to escape underground during a hunt, in
contravention of the Protection of Badgers Act 1992.
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Wife of cub cruelty case PC says
evidenced institutional corruption in police
Claims elements in West Mercia force
traduced her husband to try to derail case
Facebook - Hunt Investigation Team The following account was sent to us by Jane Barradale-Smith, the wife
of the police officer who received the bodies of the dead fox cubs from HIT and began the investigation. It is a powerful
and personal account of a three year nightmare at the hands of fellow officers, crown prosecutors, local judiciary and senior
officers from other forces. It is shocking. please read and share widely. HIT
"This is certainly not news to me as my name is Jane Barradale-
Smith. I had a search warrant served on my home address simultaneously to the HIT operative. My personal laptop was seized.
I reported this to the IOPC independently from my husband who was the original investigation police officer who received the
dead fox cubs from HIT. I have reported the Police Officer to Professional Standards Department of WMP for Perverting the
Course of Justice regarding false and malicious allegations of adultery, in what is a clear attempt to get the case dropped,
this has not been addressed by West Mercia Police.
When the search warrant was executed on my home the police officer
who signed the warrant application form , stood in my dining room and said “ there is no evidence of an affair but they
have been ordered to do it”. I have repeatedly questioned the legality of the search warrant as I believe that Birmingham
Magistrates Court was mislead in to issuing 2 warrants.
Three years ago, my husband, Richard, commenced this investigation into animal cruelty. He conducted
this investigation fairly, impartially and with transparency, securing overwhelming evidence from witnesses. His work was
recognised and praised by senior officers, so much so that he was nominated for a commendation.At the end of July, 2016 Richard challenged the discriminatory comments of a senior CPS Solicitor. The following
day, Richard was removed from this case.
Richard has since, and over the past two and a
half years, been subjected to the most intense and intrusive scrutiny which not only questioned his professionalism but has
severely and adversely affected our private life and his health.
Mercia Police and West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service failed and refused to acknowledge his status as a Whistleblower,
instead choosing to attempt to ostracise and repress him for standing up to the establishment and questioning the evidenced
institutional corruption that has taken place during this investigation.
Following the execution of a search warrant on our house, I have been given evidence
to show that Birmingham Magistrates Court were deliberately mislead into issuing this warrant and that officer/s perverted
the course of justice in obtaining it.
Richard has been criminally interviewed
twice with no evidence to support the justification for this. Richard only ever wanted to deal with this investigation fairly
and impartially which is what the public would expect from any officer. He retires in July following 30 years of service in
the police, sadly despondent at how his career will end.
Questions now have to be asked as to why West Mercia Police and the Crown Prosecution Service have conducted themselves
in this way. Happy for this to be shared. Jane Barradale-Smith
19-6-19 morethanjustbadgers.net What a load of B*ll*x … While I
was away the case of the South Herefordshire Hunt fox cub killers finally reached it's conclusion. Here was a case that
had been dragging on as long as my own one against Fitzwilliam but for very different reasons. The Hunt Investigation Team
had secured some very damning evidence against the accused and it did finally get to court although it has now come to light
that the reasons behind the delays were insidious to say the least.
There was a concerted effort by some individuals
within West Mercia Police to make sure those responsible for the heinous crimes against those fox cubs would never see the
inside of a court room. Follow this link for a personal account by Jane Barradale-Smith who is the wife of the officer who
received the bodies of the dead foxes.
The case was very widely reported in the national press and TV with the main focus not just on the convictions but
the totally laughable sentences handed out with probably the best article in the Independent. It's a sad indictment of
our legal system that the people responsible avoided a custodial sentence and were in fact not even banned from keeping animals
in the future. This is no deterrent at all and another reason in a long list that we need a complete overhaul of sentencing
options for hunting and animal cruelty offences along with judges who are prepared to give the maximum sentences where appropriate...
POWAperson adds - It is always
hard to be sure looking on from outside - and as a former criminologist who worked with police a lot I am very far from being anti-police
- but Mrs. Barradale-Smith's testimony, added to that of many sabs and monitors from lots of different areas, seems
to confirm that there are, in certain forces, elements that are willing not just to turn a blind eye to illegal hunting
and other unlawful behaviour by Hunts but to actively aid them. Needless to say this, if true, is extremely disturbing
and threatens the very rule of law.
Grafton FH supporter convicted after driving into monitor
14-6-19 Facebook - Grafton Hunt Watch VIDEO Another Grafton hunter found guilty Today at Northampton Magistrates
Court, Grafton Hunt supporter Jenny Jackson Stops was found GUILTY of refusing to provide her name and address at the scene
of an accident, and also failing to report the accident to the police. She was fined £692, plus costs and victim surcharge,
total £1336 and given 6 penalty points on her licence.
On 13 January 2018 the Grafton Hunt
chased a fox into Sulgrave, witnessed by one of our monitors. She was looking to her left for the hounds, or indeed the fox,
when she heard a thump. Voices were raised in protest and she realised a car had struck monitor Lara Abbiss Stubbs. Fortunately
her dashboard camera had recorded the incident.
Jackson Stops frequently obstructs the monitors and in particular she drives extremely slowly in front of them, to
prevent them from keeping up with the hunt. We are in no doubt on this occasion she wanted to get in front of John in order
to delay him yet again. As she drives forward, Lara turns and the car strikes her, spinning her body round. The impact dented
the car and knocked the wing mirror off, leaving it dangling.
Jackson Stops’ incredible
defence was that she did not hit Lara, claiming instead that Lara threw herself at the car in order to cause criminal damage
to her vehicle! Yes, really!! She actually claimed Lara threw her body against her vehicle deliberately.
Some may think Jackson Stops was lucky not be facing more serious charges today.
Lamerton FH rider killed after horse spooked by passing lorry
11-6-19 Cornwall Live Woman killed in freak accident after lorry spooked hunt horses - Linda Sandercock lost her life in a tragic accident after a slow-moving lorry passed her on a country lane
A 64-year-old horse-rider suffered a fatal injury after a passing HGV spooked hunt horses she was exercising, an inquest
from Trebursye, near Launceston, had ridden out with her friend Maria Lewis, on the morning of December 14th last year along
a link road off the A30 from Stowford Cross to Hayne Cross.
In a statement read out at the inquest, presided
over by senior coroner Ian Arrow at Plymouth Coroner's Court, Mrs Lewis explained how the pair had ridden horses together
over the past five years and described her friend as an "experienced horsewoman".
On the day, Mrs Sandercock was wearing a bright pink fluorescent coat and a new riding helmet and both riders were
on a horse each, but leading another, resulting in four horses on the road. Mrs Lewis explained she was a groom and looked
after horses and dogs for the Lamerton Hunt. She said the pair intended to exercise the horses on the roads around the Lamerton
Hunt kennels. She said it was a bright, cold and clear morning and the roads were dry and they road the horses at a walking
pace, occasionally slow trotting.
They walked past Haynes Farm in single file on a two way road, with
Mrs Lewis at the front and Mrs Sandercock at the rear. Mrs Lewis spotted a large lorry up ahead which she said "slowed
right down" at spotting the horse riders. She said she raised her hand to thank the driver who continued past them slowly.
However, she said
she "heard air-brakes from the lorry" and then heard horses hooves on the ground. One of the horses being led ran
forwards onto a grass bank and as Mrs Sandercock tried to hold onto the rope, her own mount bucked and threw her off. The
two horses cantered up the road and Mrs Lewis said that even her own horses "were spooked". The lorry continued
up the road, the driver seemingly oblivious to what had happened.
Mrs Sandercock appeared to be in pain and very disorientated and Mrs Lewis called upon the help
of farm workers from a nearby field. One chased after the spooked horses which were heading towards the A30 carriageway while
the other call the emergency services. Sadly,
within a few minutes, Mrs Lewis said her friend was no longer sitting upright and "stopped breathing".
Efforts were made to resuscitate her and an air ambulance attended the scene, taking her to Derriford Hospital. She
received treatment for a severe head injury but sadly died the following day. A post mortem found Mrs Sandercock had suffered
significant brain injuries and her cause of death was determined as traumatic acute subdural haemorrhage.
Police arrived at the scene and closed the main road between Sprytown
Cross (Sprytown) and A30 (Stowford Cross, Broadwoodwidger), in both directions, for around three hours to investigate the
As part of the inquiry
the driver of the lorry was later traced and interviewed. He told police he recalled coming up the hill, seeing the horses
and slowing down, which was recognised by one of the riders with a thank-you wave. He recalled passing the riders at a very
slow speed before "carrying on as normal". It was accepted that he had no knowledge that anything had happened and
police determined the driver had committed no offences and there were no faults with his Mercedes articulated lorry. The police
investigation also examined Mrs Sandercock and found there was nothing wrong with her kit.
Lead investigator Sgt Nicholas Bloomfield told the inquest it was likely a noise emanated from
the lorry at the moment it slowly passed Mrs Sandercock's mounts which had "sadly led to the horses being spooked
and caused them to ride off down the road, throwing [her] from her horse." He told the inquest there was "no suggestion
the driver did anything wrong".
Senior coroner Ian Arrow said the evidence presented
led him to the conclusion that the death of Mrs Sandercock was "entirely accidental". He passed on his condolences
to Mrs Sandercock's sister and brother who attended the hearing, noting how her death was "quite unusual and extremely
Sabs who started investigation reveal
background to fox cub cruelty case
Believe were present when at least one bagged fox hunted by SH FH
10-6-19 Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs South Herefordshire Hunt (SHH) Fox cub case Today in court Paul Oliver
was found guilty on all four charges brought against him. He received a 16-week suspended prison sentence (suspended for one
year). Hannah Rose was found guilty on three counts 12 week suspended sentence for one year. Julie Elmore received a conditional
discharge for one year. Paul Reece received a conditional discharge for one year. Nathan Parry was found not guilty.
- The trial of three members of the South Herefordshire Hunt has just been concluded in Birmingham Magistrates Court. Two
others previously pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal after covert footage was obtained in spring
2016 of hunt members with caged fox cubs at the kennels. Two mauled bodies of fox cubs were retrieved from the kennel bins
and taken for post mortem.
- We began to pay attention to the South Herefordshire Hunt in November 2014 - other groups had sabbed them years before
but their meets hadn't been attended in some time. Mal Williams was huntsman at the time. It was clear during a number
of meets that they were hunting without any adherance to the Hunting Act (contrary to what has recently been said in court)
and we regard the story of hounds ‘being trained to hunt an aniseed trail since 2005’ as absolute nonsense; we have never
seen a trail being laid.
In March 2014 we had met the South Herefordshire Hunt when the Cotswold
Vale Farmers' Hunt held a joint meet with them. Earlier in the season the SHH were rumoured to have run riot in a field
of sheep with hounds mauling and killing several of the ewes before being driven at by hunt staff and supporters in order
to stop them.
2015 - New Year’s
Day 2015... during the day, we called hounds off a fox who then escaped. Hounds went on to chase another fox into a badger sett at Caradoc [Major Patrick Darling’s (then Master) estate]. Sabs were there to pull hounds out and were promptly assaulted and
thrown down a bank by hunt staff and supporters.
On 3rd January the Hunt met with the Carmarthenshire Hunt for a joint
meet. A fox was dug out of a badger sett and hounds were encouraged on to that fox – when a sab went to investigate
she was injured after being assaulted next to a barbed wire fence. Paul Reece (who recently pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary
suffering to an animal) was present in the group who assaulted her. Lance King was also present and since moved to the Ledbury
Hunt as a terrierman. After the sab was assaulted, hounds were then came to the Hunt on 1st May as Huntsman [above right].
Just prior to his arrival one of our sabs was approached by a pro-hunt person in our area who said they had information about
the Hunt. Initial information was minor with time being taken to build trust with the source as they wanted to ensure that
we were not violent, wouldn't harass anyone and would keep their identity secret.
As the hunting season began after the summer, we
obtained details of various hunt meets from this person (alongside information from other sources). As we have known some
of the hunt supporters for many years due to living in the area, we often have brief conversations with them; we were watching
hounds pass through a field of sheep during a meet when one supporter nudged us and said “don't worry, the ‘sheep
problem’ is apparently being dealt with"... rumours are that this is when the hounds started to be ‘trained
more intensely’ on killing foxes.
On 12th December the South Herefordshire Hunt had a joint meet with the Crawley and Horsham Hunt and Paul Oliver made a speech
to welcome the visiting hunt with Paul Reece and Nathan Parry standing beside him. Having been tipped off about the meet from
a source, we attended alongside friends from other sab groups. Hounds marked a fox to ground at a badger sett but sabs intervened
and the Hunt moved off. The hounds went on to chase another fox down a drain and after a stand off between sabs and terriermen
from both Hunts (including Paul Reece and Nathan Parry) the terriermen backed off.
Shortly afterwards our car was blocked and the quads rushed past. The hounds were clearly hunting
– on entering the land Paul Reece was observed and filmed walking away from us [left], shoving a bag up his
coat – other sabs saw a fox running away from the area and heard whistles being blown (used instead of holloas to signal
a fox breaking cover). The fox had his head up and his fur was bristling, signs that he may not have known where he was –
a suspected bagged fox released for the hounds to chase. They hunted until it was pitch black that day...
2016 - On 16th January at Kentchurch Estate the
hounds were stopped from hunting by our sabs. Paul Oliver encouraged the hounds on past sabs and you can distinctly hear him
holloaing on the footage. This holloa and encouragement is, in our opinion, the same as can be heard on the footage filmed
by HIT as Paul takes cubs to the flesh house. When sabs intervened again he started to become aggressive but soon calmed down
and gave up the chase.
12th February they had a children’s meet at Courtfield. No one was on point at the top of the covert being drawn and
so there was no one from the Hunt to stop the pack as they chased two herds of deer around the area and terrified the sheep.
One fox ran past a sab’ and another ran towards Courtfield itself - Paul Oliver hunted this fox and again you can hear
him holloaing on the footage. He was challenged on the fact that hounds rioted and endangered the lives of the deer and sheep
to which he replied that the sab’ was spinning a story.
As the 2015 - 16 season started to wind down the source who had been speaking with
our sab told her that fox cubs were being obtained by the Hunt. There had been rumours of this happening before. Other information
was put together regarding identities of those potentially involved, etc and the Hunt Investigation Team who had recently
set themselves up, were fully briefed on the situation. Our initial information suggested that the cubs were being kept to
release as bagged foxes at hunt meets, something we strongly believed was happening on many occasions, but what was filmed
showed a different story.
Late spring saw the footage being
obtained, the police being handed the evidence and the Hunt's kennels being raided – a supporter from another Hunt
told us later that Paul Oliver was enjoying himself at the Ledbury Hunt ball when this happened and had to return to be arrested
at Hereford police station.
Ledbury Hunt - We have been sabbing the Ledbury Hunt for many years and in the 2017 - 18 and 2018 – 19 seasons
they have had what is described as a ‘marriage’ with what is left of the South Herefordshire Hunt. When the activities
of the South Herefordshire were initially published in the media, the Ledbury Hunt were the only hunt we know of to publicly
speak out against the “alleged activities" by sending out letters to their supporters explaining their stance.
As the South Herefordshire were suspended from hunting by the MFHA (Masters of Fox Hounds Association) and the kennels were
closed, the Ledbury were brought in to hunt their country. The former masters of the SHH are often out riding with them.
The Ledbury Hunt do not follow a trail and later this week we will
post specifically about what they have been up to. It is rumoured that what is left of the SHH pack of hounds are at the Ledbury
kennels now. As hounds are innocent victims of the hunt, it was sad to hear of Paul Oliver’s breeding programme which
meant that there were four litters of puppies on site when the hunt were suspended. The bitch who Paul Oliver claimed had
picked up the fox cubs after he had killed them had 11 puppies. Hannah Rose described hand-rearing three other puppies and
there were two more litters on site. Where are they all now? What was their fate?
Prior to trial 2016 – 2019 - It took three years for the defendants to be
brought to trial. Some of this time was understandably taken up putting together evidence, obtaining statements from sabs,
HIT operatives and the defendants themselves and getting the case ready for court. The rest of the time was taken up by West
Mercia Police investigating one of their own officers based on two separate malicious allegations (by an anonymous farmer,
according to the media) being that a police officer involved in the investigation was having relationships with those involved
in anti hunt activity . No claim was found to have any standing but it had stalled the investigation into the killing of the
cubs by about two years, as well as impacting horrendously on all those involved...
Suspension of jail sentences in S. Herefordshire cruelty case
patron of Blue Foxes says shows need for strengthening of Hunting Act
Facebook - Hunt Investigation Team
Cub killers escape jail The judge has handed the following sentences: Paul Oliver, 16 weeks
imprisonment, suspended for 12 months. Hannah Rose, 12 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months. Paul Reece and Julie Elmore
received a conditional discharge. No disqualification from keeping animals. This is not enough, this is not justice for the 4 fox cubs. Yet again the judiciary has failed in its duty to protect
wild animals. Please share. HIT.
10-6-19 Birmingham Mail VIDEO Huntsman who fed fox cubs to bloodthirsty hounds SPARED jail - and can still keep animals
- Paul Oliver, who was master of hounds with the now disbanded South Herefordshire Hunt, was not banned from keeping animals
A senior Huntsman convicted of allowing his hounds to kill four fox cubs has been handed a 16-week suspended jail sentence
for causing their "painful, terrifying" deaths. Paul Oliver, who was master of hounds with the now disbanded South
Herefordshire Hunt, was not banned from keeping animals because he would lose his job at a stud yard.
Passing sentence at Birmingham Magistrates' Court, District Judge
Joanna Dickens also imposed a 12-week suspended sentence on Oliver's partner, Hannah Rose, the Hunt's kennel maid.
Oliver and Rose,
both of Sutton Crosses, near Spalding, Lincolnshire, were also ordered to pay £300 in costs and a £115 victim
surcharge after being convicted of causing unnecessary suffering.
District Judge Dickens convicted Oliver, 40, and Rose, 30, after a seven-day trial was told live
fox cubs were used to "blood" hunting hounds at the hunt's kennels in Wormelow. The pair were charged with animal
cruelty offences after covert footage of them was captured by cameras placed at the Hunt's premises by anti-bloodsport
activists in May 2016.
Suspending the sentences for a year, District Judge
Dickens said: "Four fox cubs were killed by hounds whilst in the kennels. They did not have the chance of escape. It
is not clear if this was a single lead hound in a pack or just one hound on its own. Thankfully, the veterinary evidence shows
that they died quickly. I consider that Mr Oliver took the lead role in this and it is clear that Ms Rose was acting on his
direction. This was a very serious offence of its type. The fox cubs suffered a painful, terrifying death."
her reasons for not banning the couple from keeping animals, the judge added: "I think the chance of any reoccurrence
is minimal. I also take into account that to disqualify them from being in control of animals would cause them to lose their
current employment and any hope of future work, as this is their livelihood."
Julie Elmore, 55, of Brynarw estate near Abergavenny, and Paul Reece, 48, formerly
of Itton, near Chepstow in South Wales, admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to cubs which were distressed
by being transported to the kennels. Accepting that neither Elmore nor Reece had any idea that foxes would be killed, the
judge said the pair had been "motivated by consideration" for the cubs while trying to stop them being shot.
A fifth defendant, Nathan Parry,
40, also of Brynarw estate, was cleared of four animal cruelty charges after the judge accepted that he believed foxes taken
to the Hunt's kennels would be relocated in the wild.
During sentencing, the judge said Elmore and Reece had been subjected to an "unjustified and outrageous"
hate campaign on social media.
The judge said the pair were present on two dates in May 2016 when
foxes were "removed from their earth" and accepted that the transportation of two cubs would have caused them distress.
Imposing six-month conditional discharges and costs of £50 on Elmore and Reece, the judge added: "They took the
cubs to the kennels believing that they were rescuing them from being shot. They believed they were being relocated. What
Mr Reece and Ms Elmore did was right at the bottom of the scale for offences of this kind."
Opening the case
at the start of the trial, prosecutor Simon Davis said: "The unnecessary suffering involved the killing of fox cubs,
effectively... throwing the fox cubs into the kennels of the fox hounds, thereby killing them."
The court was told hidden cameras were placed at the kennels by the Hunt Investigation Team (HIT)
after they received information that animal welfare legislation had been breached. As part of the HIT inquiry, two sites were
identified where foxes were thought to have been "dug out" and police inquiries established gamekeepers had given
permission for the animals to be destroyed on the land. The court was told a camera recorded Oliver handling foxes and dumping
the bodies of two cubs in a wheelie bin. The footage also showed a stick with a noose attached, known as a grasper, being
used by Oliver, who had previously been a senior member of Cornwall's Western Hunt.
Defence lawyer Clive Rees, mitigating for Oliver
and Rose, said the pair now looked after a private stud yard, caring for 14 horses and a number of dogs. Oliver suffered from serious kidney disease, Mr Rees said, and was "finished"
in the field of hunting. Mr Rees said of Oliver: "There has been abuse from both sides of the fence from day one. As
a result of this the South Herefordshire Hunt no longer exists. Obviously that doesn't make him the most popular person."
Mark Thompson, addressing the court on behalf of Elmore and Reece, said: "Their
negligible. They had no intention to cause any suffering to any animal. That is just not the people they are."
Giovanni D’Alessandro from the CPS said: "Animal cruelty is a serious
offence. Instead of killing them in a quick and humane way, as they knew they should have done, Paul Rees and Julie Elmore
handed two fox cubs to Paul Oliver, joint master of the South Herefordshire Hunt, and to kennel maid Hannah Rose. Rees and
Elmore had no thought to the suffering their actions might have caused to the fox cubs or indeed to what might happen to them
“Oliver and Rose, in fact,
chose to feed those cubs and two others to a kennel full of dogs. One can only imagine the distress suffered by the fox cubs
as they were carried from their cage and their pain when thrown into the kennel. Thanks to the strength of video footage provided
by one of the witnesses, the CPS was able to work with West Mercia Police and the RSPCA to present a robust case which resulted
in the convictions. The four convicted defendants are now facing the consequences of their crimes.”
12-6-19 Independent ‘Obscenely lenient’: Outrage as huntsman who fed fox cubs
to his hounds is not banned from keeping animals - ‘I can’t begin to get my head around how shockingly lenient
that is. No served time, no ban on keeping animals, no deterrent’ A judge’s decision
not to ban from keeping animals a Huntsman and kennel maid who fed live fox cubs to hounds has prompted an outpouring of anger
and calls for tougher laws.
Hundreds of social media users have branded the decision “disgraceful” and “a joke”,
saying the “obscenely lenient” sentences make a mockery of animal-welfare legislation. And the shadow environment
secretary called for plans for longer jail terms to be brought forward immediately.
Paul Oliver was handed a 16-week
suspended jail term for allowing his hounds to kill four cubs, causing their “painful, terrifying” deaths. However,
Oliver, who was Master of the now-disbanded South Herefordshire Hunt, was not barred from keeping animals because he would
have lost his job at a stud yard. District Judge Joanna Dickens also imposed a 12-week suspended sentence on Hannah Rose,
the hunt’s kennel maid.
The trial was told how live fox cubs were used to “blood”
hounds at kennels, teaching the dogs to kill foxes. Suspending the sentences for a year, the district judge at Birmingham
magistrates’ court said: “The fox cubs suffered a painful, terrifying death.” Explaining her reasons for
not banning the couple from keeping animals, she added: “I think the chance of any reoccurrence is minimal. I also take
into account that to disqualify them from being in control of animals would cause them to lose their current employment and
any hope of future work, as this is their livelihood.”
Anthony Joynes, an RSPCA inspector, said that in a similar situation a few years ago, in which a live fox was put in a cage
containing dogs, the suspects were jailed and given a lifetime ban on keeping animals. “It’s very frustrating
how there is no apparent consistency when it comes to sentencing,” he said, adding that he wouldn’t lose sleep
if the pair had lost their jobs. By contrast, shoplifters are routinely jailed. Last month, Kevin Monk, 40, was jailed for
four months in Dundee for stealing more than £100 worth of goods. His solicitor said Monk’s benefits had been
stopped and he was unable to buy food or heat his home. The Birmingham court heard how Oliver and Rose look
after a private stud yard, caring for 14 horses and several dogs.
Andrew Cooke, a biologist and vet scientist, tweeted: “I can’t
begin to get my head around how shockingly lenient that is. No served time, no ban on keeping animals, no deterrent. I can’t
fathom why lengthy or lifetime bans aren’t more commonplace.”
The couple could potentially have been jailed for up to
six months – the maximum term for animal cruelty under current legislation. The government plans to raise the sentencing
limit for such offences to five years on hold.
Sue Hayman [above left], the shadow environment secretary, said:
“This case of appalling cruelty highlights the need to get serious about tackling wildlife crime and animal cruelty.
The government has dragged its feet on extending sentences for cases of animal cruelty and must bring forward this legislation
without further delay. Last Boxing Day, Labour announced our intention to close a number of loopholes in the Hunting Act to
prevent illegal hunting.” Labour proposals include possible jail terms for illegal hunting.
The Hunt Investigation Team,
which took the footage that formed the basis of the prosecution, said: “This is not enough, this is not justice for
the fox cubs. The judiciary has failed in its duty to protect wild animals.”
David Amess [above right], a patron of Conservatives Against Fox Hunting, said the sentencing showed the need for
law reform. “The case is absolutely appalling, and shows nothing but sheer cruelty and utter disregard for an animal’s
life,” he said. “What is worse is the shockingly lenient sentencing means that these people have walked free from
jail. That such cruelty can go unpunished shows that we now more than ever need to strengthen the Hunting Act and reform our
laws to stop those convicted of such horrendous acts from keeping animals ever again.”
S. Herefordshire FH Huntsman &
kennel maid convicted of cruelty to fox cubs
A terrierman & a woman already pled guilty to cruelty in transporting cubs
4 given suspended sentences as
subject to long vilification on social media
Antis outraged by very weak sentences, esp. failure to disqualify from keeping animals
Hunt terrierman cleared, claiming thought cubs would be
10-6-19 Guardian VIDEO Huntsman found guilty of animal cruelty after activists' secret filming -
Footage shows then master of hounds Paul Oliver [Huntsman] taking fox cubs into kennels
A senior Huntsman has been found guilty of animal cruelty after activists secretly filmed him apparently preparing to throw
fox cubs to a pack of baying hounds.
rights campaigners claim the conviction is significant because it shows a master of hounds “blooding” the animals
– training them to kill foxes – 15 years after the ban on hunting with dogs was introduced.
The footage was obtained by members of a group
called HIT (the Hunt Investigation Team), who say they include ex-services personnel and that they have had training in covert
They obtained evidence for the prosecution by fixing a tracking device to the vehicle
of a man they believed to have connections to the South Herefordshire Hunt and mapping his movements out into the wilds, where
they suspected he was catching fox cubs. The activists also set up cameras at the Hunt’s kennels and obtained footage
that showed the then master of hounds, Paul Oliver, taking fox cubs into the kennels.
Huntsman carrying cub,
about to throw it to hounds [Credit Dave Evitts / SWNS.com]
Though the footage does not show what happened inside the kennels complex, the prosecution at Birmingham magistrates
court claimed he was blooding the hounds.
Oliver [below right, credit Mark Cooper/PA wire], 40, and
kennel maid Hannah Rose [below left, Credit SWNS], 30, both of Spalding, Lincolnshire, were found guilty of causing
unnecessary suffering to fox cubs. Joanna Dickens, the district judge, convicted Oliver of four counts of animal cruelty and
Rose of three counts of the same charge. The pair and two others who pleaded
guilty were due to be sentenced later on Monday.
The Masters of Foxhounds Association suspended the South Herefordshire Hunt after the footage emerged and it has disbanded.
A spokesperson for the association said Oliver’s
actions were “completely disgraceful” and had no place in hunting. “It is incumbent on everybody involved
in hunting to see that this sort of behaviour never happens again.” It insisted that it was an isolated incident.
said it began investigating after a tip-off. In March 2016, activists put a tracking device on to the Land Rover of man said
to be connected to the hunt and followed his movements. The group said it believed it was permissible in law to put a tracking
device on a vehicle it suspected of involvement.
The activists claim it became evident the man was catching cubs and then heading
straight to the hunt kennels in Wormelow, near Hereford. The evidence obtained through the use of the device was admitted
The investigators took legal advice
from lawyers and animal welfare organisations to work out their next step. The advice they received was that they could not try to recover any cubs as this would amount to theft. They said
they did not turn the case over to the police because they did not believe officers would have the resources to follow it
Instead they trespassed – a civil rather than criminal offence – on to the land where the hunt kennels
were based and set up hidden cameras. They argued it was the only way to expose what was happening and compare it to undercover
A team of four or five were involved in setting up and monitoring
the cameras and in May 2016 they found what they claim was evidence that fox cubs were being taken from their mothers and
thrown live into the hounds’ kennels.
The prosecution alleged
the footage showed Oliver preparing to throw fox cubs in with the hounds. It was claimed that Rose, like Oliver a hunt employee,
stood by as he did so.
Oliver denied feeding cubs to the dogs. He claimed the dogs did not hunt foxes but only followed
aniseed-based scents. Rose said she knew nothing about cubs being fed to the hounds.
The prosecution claimed it was the vehicle of a
man called Nathan Parry that the HIT activists tracked. The court was told he was not employed by a Hunt but was a terrier
man. Traditionally terrier men work with Hunts. Parry was found not guilty of causing suffering to four foxes after the judge
accepted that he believed the animals would be relocated in the wild.
of the activists involved in the operation, who asked not to be named, said HIT had received reports about other Hunts across the country, which it was investigating.
The HIT members are worried about reprisals and one who gave evidence during the trial was allowed to do so from behind a
Julie Elmore, 55, of Abergavenny,
south Wales, and Paul Reece, 48, from Chepstow, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to fox cubs.
Deborah Marshall, a spokesperson
for the Hunt Investigation Team, said: “We are clearly pleased that the hard work and integrity of the Hunt Investigation
Team has resulted in convictions. This case has taken far too long to come to court and we have faced false allegations against
investigators and obstruction throughout. We are glad that justice has finally taken its course. The capture of fox cubs to
be used to train hounds is nothing new and is widespread across Britain.. We will continue to expose cruelty and wildlife
crime and our message to hunts everywhere is ‘Expect Us’.”
10-6-19 Facebook - Hunt Investigation Team Trial verdicts... The judge has today delivered her verdicts. 4 suspects
are guilty on multiple counts of animal cruelty. Paul Oliver guilty on all 4 counts, Hannah Rose guilty on 3 counts, Paul
Reece guilty on 2 counts, Julie Elmore guilty on 2 counts. Nathan Parry acquitted. This is a very good result!
The 4 fox cubs were dug out of their homes at 8 weeks old, taken
from their mothers', through the gates of hell and were thrown alive to a pack of hunting dogs. We can only imagine the
terror that they endured as they met the most brutal of deaths. This is the true face of hunting in 2019.
We would like to
thank numerous people, the team that procured the original intelligence, the most excellent ground team that HIT dispatched
to the kennels who secured the evidence, everyone on social media and in the national media that has fought hard to keep this
case alive and secured these ground breaking convictions and thank you to our most 'special' of friends that have
given so much and yet remain in the shadows. Please share and support our ground breaking work. HIT.
Details of trial, provided by 3C Hunt Sabs, can be found, along with background to the investigation, here.
- Mixed emotions. The guilty verdicts were very welcome, though how Parry escaped is mystifying. But the sentences
are pathetic, especially the lack of disqualification from keeping animals. What exactly to you have to do to actually
It has taken
three whole years to bring these heartless, perverted excuses for humanity to some form of justice. The hunt side has tried
all manner of dirty tricks to delay or prevent it coming to court including lies about the investigators and a police
officer investigating the case. It's the clearest example of their ruthlessness, their willingness to do almost anything
to cover up their crimes and protect their perverted 'sport'. And they have the resources and the clout to succeed
far more often than they fail. How else, despite all the well-known failings of the Hunting Act could so many packs continue
to get away, time after time, with hunting live quarry absolutely blatantly?
It is down to
the courage and persistence of everyone involved in carrying forward the original investigation [which the police could not
be trusted with] and overcoming every obstacle thrown in their way to bring it to court that a severe body blow has been dealt
to the hunting community. The pitiful sentences delivered was a slap in the face. You'd hope the CPS would appeal the
sentences, but it appears this is not permitted in case of offences not regarded as serious enough, such as this.
Unsurprisingly, given how horrendous and disgusting this case was, the trial and verdicts
received wide media coverage. ITV evening News ran a substantial story on it but national BBC evening News mentioned it just
in passing. Among much press coverage were the Independent, Mirror, Evening Standard, Telegraph, Mail
Fire Brigade persuaded to withdraw from
fundraiser event for Hunts
North Ledbury FHs were to get most of proceeds
Facebook - Herefordshire Hunt Sabs Bromyard fire brigade taking part in Clifton On Teme Hunt Fundraiser and kennels open day A major fundraiser
for the Clifton on Teme Hunt and North Ledbury Hunt, a country show and open kennels day is to have Bromyard Fire Brigade taking part, it has been announced.
Challenged on Facebook, an event organiser has said that a percentage
of profits will go to Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity. Clearly the remaining proceeds and the larger percentage
will go to the Hunts.
We're sure the brave men and women of Bromyard
Fire Brigade would not wish to be take part in any event supporting illegal bloodsports. There is barely any mention of the
hunts on the Facebook event page. We are sure the Fire Brigade have agreed to attend this event without a full understanding
of its links to the two Hunts.
9-6-19 Facebook - Herefordshire Hunt Sabs Statement from Bromyard fire station re. hunt fundraiser In reply to one
of our supporters, Bromyard Fire Station have confirmed that they are no longer involved in this event. It remains unclear
if they ever knowingly were. We are shocked that hunt support will stoop to such underhand tactics to involve our firefighters
in their fundraising events.
Thank you to everyone who has contacted the relevant authorities and above all to Bromyard Fire Station for everything
S. Herefordshire FH Huntsman struggles
to explain severe injuries to cubs
6-6-19 BBC News South Herefordshire hound 'probably gave fox cub a bite' A
Huntsman accused of animal cruelty killed two fox cubs with the blunt end of an axe ahead of a government inspection, a court
has heard.Paul Oliver, 40, denies he "fed" the cubs to hounds, saying their bodies were picked up by a dog. He told
Birmingham Magistrates Court the hound "probably gave [the cubs] a bite", causing extensive injuries.
Terrierman Nathan Parry and kennel maid Hannah Rose also deny four counts of causing unnecessary animal suffering.
Mr Oliver said he intended to rehome four fox cubs taken to the South
Herefordshire Hunt's site in Wormelow, but "didn't think it was right to have them on the property" ahead
of a Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs inspection in May 2016. I decided to get rid of them and kill them,"
he said, using an axe in a "flesh house" at the site. Two were rehomed in woodland as they did not need to die,
When asked why one cub had 14 broken ribs and no head injury and
the other had 23 broken ribs, Mr Oliver said it was probably down to bites from a hound.
The Hunt's terrierman Nathan Parry is also on trial at Birmingham Magistrates Court. He was
recorded by a covert camera - placed at the kennels by an anti-bloodsports group - dumping fox carcasses in a bin.
Prosecutors allege Mr Oliver, the former master of hounds, was using cubs to "blood"
the dogs. He told the court he trained them
using an aniseed-based scent and the dogs "had no idea what a fox was".
Mr Oliver and his partner Ms Rose, 30, of Sutton Crosses, near Spalding, Lincolnshire,
are on trial alongside Mr Parry, of Brynarw estate near Abergavenny, south Wales. The trial continues.
Cheshire PCC to 'scrutinise' recent police decisions
on fox kill cases
4-6-19 Knutsford Times PCC for Cheshire comments on fox hunting decision
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire has issued a statement following the announcement by Cheshire Constabulary
that it will be taking no further action in relation to an allegation made under the Hunting Act 2004 following the death
of a fox in Wrenbury, Nantwich in December 2018.
David Keane, police and
crime commissioner for Cheshire, said: “On the back of the independent review I commissioned into the policing of hunting,
I have already outlined the need for a parliamentary review into the way the Hunting Act 2004 is laid out. The legislation
presents challenges to both investigators and prosecutors. Although it would be inappropriate for me to get involved in the
decision making process in individual cases, in my role as police and crime commissioner, I’ll be looking to carefully
scrutinise the decisions made by Cheshire Constabulary in this case and in a similar case from November 2018 to ensure it
followed due process in both investigations and it is fulfilling its obligations under the Hunting Act 2004.”
Yet another Cheshire fox hunt kill case dropped
3-6-19 Northwich Guardian 'Insufficient evidence' for charges in fox hunt death investigation AN investigation into the death of a fox near Nantwich in December will not result in illegal hunting
charges, Cheshire Police say An allegation of 'hunting a wild mammal with dogs' – contrary to the Hunting
Act 2004 – was investigated after a fox was killed in Wrenbury. But the probe has found 'insufficient evidence' to reach the benchmark for prosecutions under the Act.
A Cheshire Police spokesman said: "Detectives gathered video evidence and interviewed
a number of people present or with relevant information. Early investigative advice was also sought from the Crown Prosecution
Service due the complexity of the case. As a result, the investigation team have concluded there is insufficient evidence
that the incident amounted to deliberate and intentional hunting, as required by the Hunting Act 2004, and it has been decided
that, on this occasion, no further action will be taken. All parties involved have been informed of the outcome. The constabulary
is still actively investigating a number of other incidents, alleged to have occurred during the hunting season. We reiterate
our commitment that where allegations of unlawful activity are made, they will be fully investigated."
Facebook - Cheshire Monitors *Case closed* - can there ever be "sufficient evidence" under
the Hunting Act? Another clear reminder of why a complete ban on hunting is so urgently needed. The Hunting Act not only
fails dismally to protect our wildlife, but actually protects those breaking the law.
Please contact your MP today and ask them
to add their name to the campaign for a #RealHuntingBan. The incident in question, from Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs:
Facebook - Cheshire Police In December 2018, an investigation was launched by Cheshire Constabulary concerning an allegation of
‘Hunting a wild mammal with dogs’, contrary to the Hunting Act 2004.
The allegation was made following the death of a fox in Wrenbury,
near Nantwich, which occurred during the 2018/19 hunt season. Detectives gathered video evidence and interviewed a number
of people present or with relevant information. Early investigative advice was also sought from the Crown Prosecution Service
due the complexity of the case.
As a result, the
investigation team have concluded there is insufficient evidence that the incident amounted to deliberate and intentional
hunting, as required by the Hunting Act 2004, and it has been decided that, on this occasion, no further action will be taken.
All parties involved have been informed of the outcome.
The Constabulary is still actively investigating a number of other incidents, alleged to have occurred
during the hunting season. We reiterate our commitment that where allegations of unlawful activity are made, they will be
….. 31st May - Court hears SH FH terrierman tracked to disturbed fox earths
….. 30th May - 2 plead guilty as S. Herefordshire FH cub cruelty trial starts at last
….. 27th May - Sabs stumble upon artificial earth in Northants woodland
….. 25th May - Ashford V FH supporter cautioned & pays damages for attacking sabs
….. 25th May - E. Counties MH Huntsman found in river and sent home by sabs
….. 25th May - Storm over barring of
prosecution's expert witness in Grafton FH case
….. 25th May - Three Counties MH stop & flee as soon as sabs find them
….. 22nd May - Grafton FH Huntsman acquitted of illegally hunting a fox
….. 22nd May - New Quorn FH huntsman is violent illegal hunting suspect
….. 20th May - Oakley FH supporter convicted of serious damage to sab vehicle
….. 18th May - Eastern Counties MH packed up by sabs
….. 17th May - Police drop yet another Cheshire FH fox kill case
….. 17th May - Stray
Cheshire FH hound snapped scavenging rubbish near kennels
….. 16th May - Essex County Council rejects bid to ban 'trail hunting' on its
16th May - Naturalist and anti-hunt activist Chris Packham awarded CBE
….. 12th May - Leics
cop who wrongfully arrested sab promoted to Inspector
….. 11th May - Fitzwilliam
FH Huntsman's defence attempt to discredit expert witness failed
11th May - Sabs find 3 Counties MH hounds in cry - they pack
….. 11th May - Masked S. Shrops FH supporters intimidate monitors at their workplace
11th May - Sabs stumble across Dove Valley MH digging &
scare them off
….. 11th May - Essex
County Council to debate banning hunting on its land
….. 10th May - 2nd
horse lorry in 3 months burnt out at Atherstone FH kennels
….. 9th May - Sabs accuse Clifton on Teme FH after finding dug out sett
….. 9th May - Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman appeal against conviction dismissed
..... 7th May - Trial
of Grafton FH Huntsman set to start 20th May
….. 5th May - Monitors prevent Border Counties MH from hunting
….. 2nd May - 2 JMs, 2 servants leave United FH after dig-out reported
Court hears SH HD terrierman tracked to disturbed fox
him returning soon after to kennels both times
31-5-19 BBC News South
Herefordshire fox cubs cruelty accused's car 'tracked' A Land Rover linked to hunting
kennels where live fox cubs were allegedly thrown to the hounds was tracked to two areas of disturbed ground, a court has
heard. Prosecutors say Nathan Parry's vehicle was tracked to the sites
by anti-bloodsport investigators in 2016.
The 40-year-old denies four animal cruelty charges at Birmingham Magistrates' Court. Hounds master Paul Oliver
and kennel maid Hannah Rose also deny four counts.
Hunt saboteur, Karl Garside, told the court he
had helped to place covert cameras at the kennels in South Herefordshire in 2016. He also said a tracker had been attached
to Mr Parry's vehicle. It showed that the terrierman's vehicle was near the Mynde estate in Herefordshire the morning
of 14 May 2016, then at the hunt's kennels a few hours later, the witness said.
Mr Garside said he attended the first site, where foxes were allegedly dug out, to discover that the "earth
had been freshly disturbed and levelled". He later visited the Hunt's premises and filmed a fox cub being held in
Tracker data presented in court allegedly showed the vehicle leaving the second site in Pencoyd,
Herefordshire, the following day, before arriving at the kennels about ten minutes later.
Covert video footage
was played to the judge apparently showing Mr Oliver gripping a live cub by the neck and a dead animal being dumped in a bin.
Mr Parry [right, credit Press Association], of Brynarw estate near Abergavenny, south
Wales, denies four charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal as do Mr Oliver, 40, and Ms Rose, 30, both
of Sutton Crosses, near Spalding, Lincolnshire.
Two other defendants pleaded guilty to two charges
of causing unnecessary suffering to fox cubs on dates in May 2016. The trial continues.
31-5-19 Metro Hidden camera ‘caught huntsman feeding live fox cubs to dogs’
An animal rights investigator allegedly caught the moment a Hunt’s master fed live fox cubs to his dogs. Paul Oliver,
40, is accused of throwing the animals to his hounds before the two foxes were later found dead in a wheelie bin. He denies
On Friday Birmingham Magistrates Court was played the covert recordings,
after anti-hunt activists installed the hidden cameras at South Herefordshire Hunt kennels on May 16, 2016. Three people have
gone on trial accused of animal cruelty charges after the covert footage came to light. The video is believed to have shown
a man carrying a fox cub into the kennels as hounds can be heard barking. Minutes later the man comes out of the kennel and
dumps the dead animal into a bin before spraying it with a liquid. The footage showed the man carrying a live fox to the
kennels. Its dead body was seen thrown into a wheelie bin.
Oliver, kennel maid Hannah Rose, 30, and terrierman Nathan Parry, 40, deny four
charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. Julie Elmore, 55, of Abergavenny, Wales, and Paul Reece, 48,
from Itton, Wales, have admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
heard how an animal rights investigator, Karl Garside, captured the incident after placing a magnetic tracker on Parry’s
Land Rover. He said the cameras were installed near white trailers on site of SHH Kennels, where he also found a fox cub in
a cage. Mr Garside pointed out that fox hunting was banned in 2005, so he installed the camera to establish why the fox cub
was in there.
said footage showed a man in a cap putting the dead fox into a bin [below], before he is seen taking another fox
cub into the kennel. Mr Garside added: ‘He is then seen spraying something onto the foxes in the bin, we went the to
site later and saw the fox cubs in the bin, they looked blue.’
A rural practitioner
told the court he believed the foxes may have been killed by being battered with a hammer before being given to the dogs.
The defence witness, who was only referred to as Dr Lomax, said: ‘We know that injuries to the head and chest occurred
about a minute of each other. ‘One would assume that the blow to the head would’ve been first.’ He added:
‘In my opinion the chest injuries to the fox cubs were caused by one big dog. ‘The crushing injuries to the chest
could also have caused instantaneous death. Fox cub bones are soft, the jaws of large dog would crush the heart. I’m
not saying that is what happened, but it is possible.’
The trial, which is due to last a week, will resume on Monday.
31-5-19 Lincolnshire Live Court told covert mission 'caught hunt members cruelty to fox cubs'
Covert video footage which allegedly shows a Hunt's Master of Hounds grabbing a fox cub by the scruff of the neck has
been shown to a jury in court.
Master of Hounds Paul Oliver and kennel maid Hannah Rose [both below, Credit Press Association], both of
Sutton Crosses, near Spalding, have each denied four charges of animal cruelty after live fox cubs were allegedly thrown to
the hounds at the South Herefordshire Hunt's kennels in 2016.
Hunt saboteurs set up covert cameras to film at the Hunt’s
kennels allegedly showed Oliver carrying fox cubs at the kennels. One of the clips also seemed to show a live cub being gripped
by the scruff of the neck and another appeared to show a dead animal being dumped in a waste bin.
Anti-bloodsport investigator Karl Garside,
who gave evidence from behind a screen which shielded his face from the public gallery and the jury, said that he was able
to attach a magnetic tracking device to a Land Rover linked to the kennels in a bid to investigate into the hunt's practices.
The Land Rover belonged to terrierman Nathan Parry, who is also on trial and has denied four charges of causing unnecessary
suffering to an animal. The tracker showed the Land Rover had been to land in Pencoyd, Herefordshire, where a fox was allegedly
dug out of its den.
Mr Garside told the court he went
to the site and found "a rural location, a wooded area backing on to fields." He added: "At the location that
the tracker indicated, we found an old badger sett with four of five entrances. We knew foxes inhabited it because we could
smell them and we found (poultry and pheasant) carcasses scattered around. "There was a small area on top of the sett
where the earth had been freshly disturbed and levelled."
Mr Garside said then tracker showed had arrived
at the kennels 10 minutes after it left the site of the badger setts. He said he then filmed footage of Oliver carrying the
fox cubs inside. The footage was shown to the judge during court proceedings today, Friday, May 31. The hunt saboteur then
visited the Hunt’s premises and filmed a cub being held in a cage, the court heard.
During cross-examination, Mr Garside said HIT had "special friends with special skills" but declined to
name an organisation that had helped its members with specialist training.
Two other defendants have pleaded guilty to two charges of causing
unnecessary suffering to fox cubs on dates in May 2016. The trial continues.
2 plead guilty as S. Herefordshire FH cub cruelty trial
starts at last
Trial of the other 3 defendants, including Huntsman, will continue
30-5-19 Daily Mail Senior huntsman among three people facing fox cub cruelty claims A Hunt’s
master of hounds [Huntsman] was caught by a covert camera as he prepared to feed live fox cubs to his dogs, a court
has heard. Birmingham Magistrates’ Court was told Paul Oliver, who worked for the South Herefordshire Hunt, claimed
to have used an axe to kill foxes but denied throwing the animals to his hounds at their kennels.
A terrierman linked to the hunt and a woman
accused of cruelty pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to fox cubs as Oliver’s trial began on Thursday.
Julie Elmore, aged 55, of Brynarw estate near Abergavenny, and Paul Reece, 48, from Itton, near Chepstow in south Wales, will
be sentenced later after admitting two counts of causing unnecessary suffering on dates in May 2016.
the case against Oliver, kennel maid Hannah Rose and terrierman Nathan Parry, who are accused of the same offence, prosecutor
Simon Davis said: “The unnecessary suffering involved the killing of fox cubs, effectively feeding the animals…
throwing the fox cubs into the kennels of the fox hounds, thereby killing them.
“Oliver and Rose were employed by the South Herefordshire Hunt, based at Wormelow,
as master of hounds, and a kennel maid or groom. Mr Parry was not employed there but was known locally as a terrierman. Reece
was a terrierman and an associate of Parry.”
The court was told a hidden camera
was placed at the kennels by the Hunt Investigation Team (HIT) after they received information that animal welfare legislation
had been breached. As part of the HIT inquiry, two sites were identified where foxes were thought to have been “dug
out” and police inquiries established that gamekeepers had given permission for the animals to be destroyed on the land.
But prosecutors claim fox cubs were killed by hounds at the kennels, where hidden cameras caught them being moved
around, before two were found dead in a wheelie bin. Mr Davis alleged that the camera provided “significant” evidence
against Oliver, including footage which he claimed showed him lifting fox cubs out of a cage and entering the kennels. A stick
with a noose attached, known as a grasper, is also said to have been used during the alleged cruelty.
Parry, 40, also of Brynarw estate, denies four charges of causing
unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
At the start of the
hearing, lawyers acting for the defendants standing trial made brief submissions to the district judge trying the case. Sara-Lise
Howe, for Rose, said: “She was not involved in any hunting activity. She was not involved and did not cause the death
of the foxes. She simply didn’t know about it.”
Clive Rees, representing Oliver, submitted that there was no evidence whatsoever to show that he
killed two of the foxes which are the subject of the charges. The court heard that Oliver claimed he had relocated fox cubs
ahead of a Defra inspection, killing them with an axe blow to the head, and had never fed any animals to his hounds.
Veterinary surgeon David Martin was the first witness
in the case, telling the court one cub had no sign of any head injury, while another had a “blunt trauma” injury
to its head.
- 1/ Imprisoned fox cub 2/ Cub about to be thrown to hounds in kennel
Sabs stumble upon artificial earth in Northants
Facebook - Northants Hunt Saboteurs Today we carried on with the quest to sett survey in areas where there could be
a badger cull. It all started well and we found some beautiful badger setts.
Then the usual happened and we came across the violent contraptions that humans think up for their own pleasure.
An artificial fox earth so that people can readily flush out a fox or two for the hunt was found : see terracotta pipe and
hole with brick entrance. We then found the area in the middle of the earth where the fox would be flushed . Close by was
a hunting tower and bullet cartridges.
Now we all know fox hunting is not about the control of foxes and
is all about the sick fun and money generation this “sport “ brings in . If you are out and about and find artificial
earths , please photograph them and send them into us with the locations.
Help us to keep up our work by donating to our second vehicle fund. Many thanks.
Ashford V FH supporter cautioned &
pays damages for attacking sabs
25-5-19 Facebook - West Kent Hunt Sabs VIDEO Ashford Valley & Tickham Hunt supporter pays damages after Boxing Day violence
On Boxing Day 2018 at the Ashford Valley & Tickham hunt meet in Tenterden, drunken hunt supporters attacked a group
of peaceful anti hunt protesters.
The cowardly attack took place when
Kent sabs had moved off - unfortunately this left the remaining protesters without coverage by our cameras. As a result, many of the assailants have so far not been arrested, although there is still a live
police investigation into the attacks in Tenterden (and Elham on the same day).
However, we have
recently heard that one of the attackers has accepted a conditional caution, and has agreed to pay £500 to their victims,
which is great news!
we wait for the investigation to run its course, and for more hunt supporters to feel the weight of the law, we would like
to thank Kent police for the hard work that they have so far put into bringing these people to justice.
Violence will never deter us from exposing the
law breaking hunts and their thuggish supporters.
POWAperson adds - This caution brings to 437 the number of persons
associated with organised UK Hunts known to us to have been convicted or cautioned for criminal offences since 1990,
of a total of 970 offences. 252 of these have been violent offences. 242 of the 970 offences were committed by servants
or officials of Hunts.
E. Counties MH Huntsman found in river and sent home
Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs Otter hunter caught short in the water- Hit Report Sat 25 May, 2019 - Eastern Counties Mink/Otter
Hounds, Waples Mill Farm, River Roding, Essex North Cambs Hunt Sabs again joined with several
midlands sab groups, to rumble a meet of the Eastern Counties Mink/Otter Hounds just east of Harlow in Essex, provided to
us yet again by the ever helpful HSA tip-off line.
The Huntsman was caught red-handed, up to his waist
in the River Roding attempting to flush for prey with his pack of hounds around him. This week's excuse was, "We're
exercising the hounds and they needed a drink". Usually that doesn't involve the huntsman getting into the river
with the pack, Paul.
Sabs crossed the
muddy river, showing the Huntsman he wasn't going to be able to get away from us, and two groups on both banks then escorted
him, with the Whipper-in and a small number of elderly spectators, back to the meet.
The walk of shame back to the ECMH scruffy transit van was then a procession with sabs from Suffolk & Essex,
Norwich, Cambridge, South Cambs and Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs as well as North Cambs making certain the hounds went nowhere
except back in the van.
This is a pack that we have been warned by informants will kill with ease whatever they find in
the river, in addition to the fact that they are illegally disturbing river habitats with their hunting dogs in flagrant contravention
of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
Once the hounds were
packed away and had left the meet, we were happy to chalk this up as a job well done with the wildlife of the River Roding
safe from the countryside terrorists for another day.
This is what direct action for animals looks like. Vegan events who distance themselves from hunt sabotage are missing
the point and we stand in solidarity with Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs.
Storm over barring of prosecution's
expert witness in Grafton FH case
25-5-19 Daily Telegraph Expert dropped from hunting case after kissing prosecution witness
An expert witness in the trial of a huntsman was banned from giving evidence by a judge after he was spotted kissing a
prosecution witness Professor Stephen Harris, one of Britain’s leading authorities on foxes and a long-standing opponent
of hunting, was excluded from the trial of Mick Wills after the incident was reported to District Judge Tim Daber. Mr Wills,
a huntsman with the Grafton Hunt, was subsequently found not guilty of illegally hunting a fox with dogs in Alithorn Woods,
Northamptonshire, in September 2017. It is the second time in recent years that Professor Harris’s involvement as an
expert witness in a hunting case has raised questions.
In the latest case
Mr Wills’ defence counsel Stephen Welford claimed that as a result of Professor Harris greeting Judy Gilbert, a veteran
anti-hunting campaigner, with a kiss as they arrived at court, he could no longer be regarded as an independent witness, given
his apparently close relationship with her.
In his ruling Judge Daber told Wellingborough Magistrates Court: “The defence submission
rests on the admitted fact that Professor Harris and Judy Gilbert greeted one another warmly with the witness kissing the
Professor. If a relationship exists between a proposed expert and the party calling that expert which a reasonable observer
might think is evidence of bias, then he must be excluded on the grounds of public policy. Justice must be seen to be done.”
The judge added: “The allegation of bias specific to this particular case is something that in my view the court cannot
ignore. A reasonable observer would consider him to be partisan. “However unbiased he may be, this court must exclude
Professor Harris’s evidence.”
Professor Harris told The Telegraph that Ms Gilbert
kissed him before he could stop her and claimed they had not seen each other for nearly two decades. He said: “She walked
up to me in court, greeted me, and kissed me before I could stop her. I am not responsible for someone who I have not seen
for so long kissing me.”
Wills was acquitted of the charge of illegal hunting after using dogs to flush out a fox. He was cleared after the court heard
that the plan had been to use a golden eagle to kill the fox once it had been flushed out. Using dogs to flush out wild mammals
for a bird of prey to hunt is permitted under the Hunting Act 2004.
In delivering his verdict last week Judge Daber
stated: “The plan had been agreed by the Master and the huntsman the day before. Things didn't turn out as expected.
Mr Wills is a man with good character. It is true the hounds were not brought under control quickly enough. However there
is no offence of reckless hunting. I find Mr Wills not guilty of this charge."
Harris, a former professor of environmental sciences at the University of Bristol, had been employed by the CPS to give evidence
on behalf of the prosecution, despite earlier questions being raised over his independence.
In December 2015 a private prosecution brought by the League Against Cruel Sports
(LACS) against six members of the Lamerton Hunt collapsed after Professor Harris failed to inform the court about his friendship
with Paul Tilsley, the LACS’s head of investigations, and his other connections to the group. The court heard he had
written a book published by the LACS, appeared at its campaign events and had published an academic paper sponsored by the
Following Mr Wills’ acquittal
the Countryside Alliance called on the CPS to abandon its use of Professor Harris as an expert witness. Tim Bonner, the chief executive of the alliance, said: “He cannot be regarded as an independent
witness. I will be writing to the Attorney General about the involvement of Prof Harris in charging decisions, and about the
CPS’s continued use of Prof Harris as an independent expert in trials involving Hunts.”
Professor Harris rejected the Countryside Alliance's claims,
stating: "Tim Bonner represents a campaigning organisation and so has a partisan view, whereas I am an independent academic.
For more than half a century, I have known and worked with people who support hunting and those who are anti-hunting. However,
I base my opinions on the facts, not the preconceived objectives of others.”
A CPS spokesperson
said: “We are aware of the judge’s comments and are looking into what happened in this case. The gathering of
evidence and identification of witnesses is a matter for police and it is for the court to determine whether an expert’s
evidence is admissible.”
A highly experienced
hunt monitor and prosecution witness responds - The Hunting Act needs strengthening
to make it easier to prosecute these people who continue to hunt our wildlife with impunity and consider themselves to be
above the law.
The prosecution witness featured in the article, Judy Gilbert, who greeted Prof. Harris with a handshake and a brief
kiss on the cheek, had been acquainted with Prof Harris for decades though only met him on a very few occasions at public
events. There is no “close relationship.” as the defence would like you to believe.
defence team were trying to make something out of nothing and seized on their perceived opportunity to try to discredit Professor
Harris, probably because they are scared of his professionalism and expertise in the witness box and were determined not
to let him speak.
When our witness greeted Stephen Harris, in a professional
manner by shaking his hand, because she regards him as a very intelligent acquaintance of integrity with unparalleled knowledge
of foxes, also a quick kiss on his cheek in a “warm” (to quote the defence lawyer) manner.
Naturally the defence are trying to make much of this claiming that Professor Harris could not be impartial.
This is quite ridiculous as we're sure Tim Bonner, the CA and their defence council know full well. In our opinion
they were simply trying to unfairly discredit Professor Harris to get their client acquitted.
Judge: “However unbiased he may be, this court must exclude Professor Harris’s
Sadly the Grafton
Hunt - and not just Mick Wills the Huntsman, but all of them including the Masters, the Whippers-In and the mounted field
- will continue to hunt foxes and claim they are hunting within the law by using loopholes in the Hunting Act.
The Hunting Act
urgently needs strengthening to remove these loopholes and make it vastly easier to prosecute these people who continue to
hunt our wildlife with impunity and consider themselves to be above the law. https://www.facebook.com/foxcubhunting/
Three Counties MH stop & flee as soon as sabs find them
25-5-19 Facebook - South Wales Hunt Saboteurs Three Counties Mink Hounds – 25.05.19 It was lovely to be out on a
nice sunny day with our favourite sabs from Bristol, Severn Vale and Bath Hunt Saboteurs. Some undesirables had been spotted
in the Neen Sollers area and we went to investigate.
It wasn't long before we found
Three Counties Mink Hunt vehicles and followers. They had half a dozen vehicles parked in a field next to the river, but when
they spotted us they hurried back to their vehicles and started to skulk off down a wooded track. They had clearly notified
the Huntsman who called the hounds out of the river and lead them back into the farm yard.
There was the usual posturing and threatening but they knew the game
was up. Then the terrier men, complete with two terriers and spade, emerged and also headed into the farm – they spent
the rest of the afternoon lying next to the hound van lazing in the sun.
The police came and were irritating
but ultimately harmless. Nothing left to do but for the hound van to leave – suitably followed by sabs to ensure they
were heading back to the kennels. Time for a pint. Lovely.
Grafton FH Huntsman acquitted of illegally hunting a
defence accepted despite recent Fitzwilliam FH precedent
22-5-19 Facebook - Grafton Hunt Watch The Huntsman of the Grafton Hunt was found not guilty of illegal fox hunting today
at Northampton Magistrates Court. The defence claimed that they were hunting to a bird or prey using the Falconers exemption
in the Hunting Act as their defence. Our report to follow shortly.
23-5-19 Facebook - Grafton Hunt Watch VIDEO Judge Daber, in his summing up, before he acquitted the Huntsman:
I don't believe a man like the Hunt Master would perjure himself! Presumably he considered that our decent and honest
hunt monitors would, when he stated that he "preferred" the Hunt's version to that of our Monitor regarding
the position of the Falconer.
Fox flushed from wood runs from hounds
Hounds and hunters chasing the fox
fleeing up the road
Hounds searching for scent of fleeing fox
An article, with
video, about the incident in the Sunday People is here. It talks about Andrea Leadsom MP, a strong supporter of the Grafton FH. Leadsom resigned from the Cabinet in advance
of a second attempt to become Tory Leader and Prime Minister.
is the original report of the incident, in September 2017, and my comment on it and the video...
24-9-17 Facebook – Help Hunt Monitors VIDEO The Grafton Hunt Watch team were out yesterday at Helmdon, Northamptonshire, to film the Grafton
hunting fox cubs. Anarchy in the countryside, but the authorities will do nothing about it!
adds - Three monitors separately filmed a fox darting out of a copse past a group of hounds and running across a field. The
hounds give chase, as do riders on the ridge above. The fox bursts through a small copse with hounds in hot pursuit and
is then seen running up a road, then darting back into a copse. The Huntsman is heard blowing the hounds to hunt on. Hounds,
with riders in the background, search the road verges. As the film clip ends, hounds are on the wrong side of the road. It is all absolutely clearly wilful fox hunting and if this is not enough to secure a prosecution it is hard
to see what would be.
New Quorn FH huntsman is
violent illegal hunting suspect
22-5-19 Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs VIDEO As former Atherstone Huntsman Ollie Finnegan takes over as Huntsman of the Quorn Hunt here
is a reminder of what he was like at the Atherstone Hunt. Here he can be seen using his horse as a weapon against a sab.
has also recently been charged with illegal hunting.
Pics below - Finnegan using his horse
as a weapon against a female sab. This went on for a couple of minutes.
16-5-19 Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs VIDEO As we continue to upload all of our old videos to YouTube we come to our second visit to the Atherstone
Hunt five years ago. In the video a terrified Atherstone hound hides from the Hunt under the Hunt's hound lorry. Then
huntsman Ollie Finnegan can be heard saying “giver her a slap” to a hunt supporter in an effort to get the hound
out from under the lorry. The hound can then be heard yelping in pain as she is hit by the Hunt. Fox Hunts love to tell anyone
who will listen how well they treat their horses and hounds. This video shows the reality. Although filmed five years ago
at the Atherstone Hunt this footage could easily have been filmed at any hunt around the country this season.
Oakley FH supporter convicted of serious damage to sab
20-5-19 Facebook - South Cambs Hunt Saboteurs VIDEO Whilst sabbing the Oakley Hunt on 30th September 2017 in Melchbourne, Bedfordshire, our sabs
were subjected to a completely unprovoked and shocking attack by James Lea.
Sabs had just arrived to the area and had driven down a dead end
road whilst searching for the Hunt and other sab groups. Sabs on foot had just been dropped off when James Lea arrived, driving
dangerously and aggressively. The sabs tried to return to the safety of the vehicle but after attempting to block their escape
James intentionally drove into and rammed the sab vehicle. You may recall our fundraising campaign for this at the time.
James was completely out of control and also almost ran a sab down with his car, and was shouting and throwing pieces
of the sab vehicle at the sabs. Sadly this is typical behaviour from hunt supporters but this time we had some karma as we
secured a conviction against James.
At the hearing on 4th April 2019 at Luton Magistrates Court, James Lea pleaded GUILTY to Criminal
Damage. He received a Conditional Discharge for 6 months/ Court costs of £85/
Compensation to us £526.79. All of which keeps us ticking over and our vehicle taxed and MOT-ed. Thanks James.
Pics below - 1/ Lea rams sab vehicle 2/
Lea throws parts of damaged sab vehicle at sabs whilst threatening them
23-5-19 Daily Mail Saboteurs who tried to disrupt a hunt are filmed clashing with supporter after he rammed his
4x4 into their vehicle and unleashed foul-mouthed tirade - James Lea, 50, clashed with hunt saboteurs in Melchbourne, Bedfordshire
- He rams his 4x4 into their vehicle and says 'Go on... try it with a f***ing gypsy' - Lea received a conditional
discharge for six months, paid court costs of £105 and compensation to the hunt saboteurs of £562.79
A fox hunt supporter was filmed clashing with saboteurs after ramming
his 4x4 into their vehicle and launching a foul-mouthed tirade. Footage shows James Lea, 50, driving his Mitsubishi Shogun
into a Range Rover after activists try to disrupt a hunt in Melchbourne, Bedfordshire. Lea is then recorded on a saboteur's
mobile phone calling one female protester 'a f***ing b****' during the incident on September 30, 2017.
Video of the incident emerged after Lea admitted criminal damage at Luton Magistrates
Court on April 4 this year. The confrontation happened as the South Cambridge Hunt Saboteurs confronted supports of the Oakley
Fox Hunt. The video shows Lea ramming the saboteurs with his car and then telling protestors; 'Go on then, try it with
a f***ing gypsy.' Lea is also seen throwing parts of the smashed up Range Rover at the saboteurs.
The woman who filmed the video had
been dropped off on a public footpath to search for the Oakley Hunt with their Range Rover parked on public property. Lea
then pulled up behind the Range Rover, forcing the car forward and screamed out of his driver side window: 'F***ing w***ers.'
Lea, who is believed to be a supporter, but not
a member of the Oakley Hunt says to the only female protester: 'F*** off. Go on, f***ing try it with a f***ing gypsy.
F*** off down there you f***ing b****.'
During the ordeal the saboteur group tell one another not to interact with the furious
Lea, and continue to walk away from him while filming. Lea continued to threaten the group and threw broken car parts at them.
He says: 'Go on, you f***ing b******. Do you want to f***ing try it or not? Do ya? Do you want to come over here on private
property. Do you want to take it on, get in the f***ing car you c***.'
During the attack,
a member of the South Cambridgeshire Hunt Saboteurs in the Range Rover called the police as the vehicle drove out of the private
property and back onto the public road. The hunt saboteurs get back into their
car and leave.
Lea received a conditional discharge for six months,
paid court costs of £105 and compensation to the hunt saboteurs of £562.79.
Eastern Counties MH packed up by sabs
18-5-19 Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs Riverside vandals stopped in their tracks - Hit Report - Sat 18 May 2019, Eastern Counties Mink
(Otter) Hounds, Hill Farm, Ford End, Essex North Cambs
Hunt Sabs joined with a number of other groups today to act on a timely tip-off received via the HSA information line. We
had received information that the Eastern Counties Mink were to be taking their hounds out along the River Chelmer. Locals
were concerned for the safety of the resident otters known to live there.
Along with Suffolk And Essex, Beds & Bucks, Norwich and Cambridge Hunt Saboteurs, we picked
up the Hunt who were just about to put their hounds into the river as we arrived.
'The nasty men made me do it... '
After an initial protestation that they were 'hunting
rabbits', they changed their story to 'dog walking' as soon as we pointed out that rabbits don't live in rivers.
Just like every other mink/otter hunt we have sabbed, they simply gathered up their hounds and terrier and walked
back to their meet. An illegal hunting pack cannot continue when there are 21 sabs surrounding their hunt.
After a short farce where their hound van pretended to leave the
meet, then drove back to the riverside, they gave in after realising they could not escape our gaze.
Some of the nasty men less than happy with sab attention
Another criminal hunting pack sent
home with their tails between their legs, thanks to a tip off from the public!
Hunt sabs protect wildlife as volunteers, funding their fuel and camera equipment personally. If
you would like to help our cause, you can do so at: https://ko-fi.com/northcambs.
See also report by S.Wales Hunt Sabs
Police drop yet another Cheshire FH fox kill case
17-5-19 Knutsford Times In November 2018, an investigation was launched into the death of a fox killed while a hunt was taking
place in Church Minshull. During this investigation detectives have gathered video evidence and interviewed a number of people
present or with relevant information.
Early investigative advice was also sought from
the Crown Prosecution Service due the complexity of the case. As a result, the investigation team have concluded there is
insufficient evidence that the incident amounted to deliberate and intentional hunting, as required by the Hunting Act 2004
and no further action will be taken. All parties involved have been informed of the outcome.
The Constabulary is still actively investigating a number of other incidents from
the last hunting season and we are grateful to all those who continue to work with and support us. We reiterate our commitment
that where allegations of unlawful activity are made, they will be fully investigated.
BBC News No further action in Cheshire fox death probe - Cheshire Police
said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Police say there will be no further action
over the death of a fox allegedly killed during a hunt. Footage appeared to show a dead fox being placed in a bin bag - the
aftermath of a hunt in Cheshire in November, an anti-hunting group said...
A spokesperson for Cheshire
Monitors, the anti-hunting group which said it filmed the footage, said "pitifully weak legislation" had undermined
its efforts to seek prosecution.
18-5-19 Facebook - Cheshire Monitors VIDEO Here is the evidence - “No further action" - Cheshire Hounds Hunt evade prosecution
yet again despite clear evidence of fox hunting On Thursday 15th November 2018, a team of 10 monitors,
including independents, witnessed the Cheshire Hounds Hunt trespassing into fields around Aston Gorse woodland near Church
Minshull to hunt a fox for 15 minutes, resulting in its death...
We have been informed
that the blatantly illegal activities shown in this video fail to meet the "evidential threshold" set by the Crown
Prosecution Service when considering a prosecution under the Hunting Act 2004, legislation designed to stop the hunting of
wild mammals with a pack of dogs, but which fails dismally to do so.
Cheshire Monitors, along with other groups, local MPs, and a number of advisors, are now working
towards a real hunting ban, and we need your help. Please keep checking our page over the coming months on practical ways
in which you can help. Demand a #RealHuntingBan
POWAperson adds - Cheshire Monitors
report on the fox kill can be found here
Pics below - 1/
Hounds hunting fox while redcoat shouts 'Get on it!' 2/ Whipper-in clears up remains
of killed fox
See also Cheshire Live report and Metro
Stray Cheshire FH hound snapped scavenging rubbish near kennels
Facebook - Cheshire Monitors Lost hound seen scavenging from local refuse The Cheshire Hounds
Hunt have lost a hound today, 17th May 2019, which was seen rummaging through rubbish bags near the Whitegate Way. The kennels
are located just off this popular public footpath.
One of our supporters, who was not
far from their kennels, spotted this hound wandering the streets around The Paddocks on the Whitegate Way. They tried but
failed to coax her to them. If you spot her, please get in touch.
*IMPORTANT INFORMATION* Keep
an eye out if you see the hunt "exercising" the hounds along the Whitegate Way, which they do often, usually between
6am-8am while there aren't many people around. They have previously been spoken to by the council due to them not picking
up after the hounds, who have also limited them to one handler per five hounds under new council regulations. If you see any
different get evidence and get in touch!
Essex CC rejects bid to ban 'trail hunting' on its
Clacton Gazette Bid to prevent trail hunting on Essex County Council land rejected A BID to ban hunting with dogs on council-owned land has been rejected. Colchester
councillor Lee Scordis put forward the motion calling on Essex County Council to not to allow any future trail hunting and
exercising of packs of fox hounds on its land.
Trail hunting involves laying of a scent across the countryside which a pack of hounds then searches for and follows.
The practice, and exercising hounds, are legal and the Countryside Alliance said there was “no justification”
for the motion.
Hunting foxes with dogs is illegal but there are a number of exemptions which Labour
councillors said were being used to get round the law. But councillors disagreed and branded the move “illogical”
and “a nonsense”. Independent councillor Kerry Smith said he could not support the motion. He said: “This
motion is not sound as it seeks indirectly to remove the rights of the common man to freely use public rights of way. “These
are hard won rights I will not seek to tamper with.”
Fellow independent Jo Beavis, who represents Halstead, said she could see no reason for the ban as no Essex huntsmen
had been questioned by police for a breach of the law. She said: “This motion has caused much alarm in my division.
Huntsmen are confused because without any serious reason a motion has been moved to consider this legal activity. The motion
is entirely illogical.”
Labour councillor Ivan Henderson spoke in support of the motion and urged councillors
to help stop hunting on council land. However, the motion was rejected.
Tim Bonner, chief
executive of the Countryside Alliance: “We are pleased the council voted against a motion to ban the legal activities
of trail hunting and hound exercise. It is a great shame councillors had to waste time on such a pointless and divisive debate
but we are grateful they rejected the proposal. Hunts in Essex have been hunting an artificial scent legally since the Hunting
Act came into force in 2005. There are at least eight packs of hounds operating in the county throughout the autumn and winter
yet none has ever been charged with a hunting offence. The suggestion they are not hunting lawfully is completely unfounded.”
Naturalist and anti-hunt activist Chris Packham awarded CBE
Has to withdraw from event due to threats from pro-bloodsports people
16-5-19 Express & Star Packham celebrates CBE and vows to keep fighting for British countryside
Chris Packham vowed to continue his fight to defend Britain’s natural world – despite receiving death threats
– as he was made a CBE by the Prince of Wales. The naturalist and TV presenter, who has spoken out against fox hunting,
badger culling and the killing of birds of prey, has been given the award for his services to nature conservation.
[left] last month revealed dead crows had been strung up outside his home and he had received death threats after Natural England revoked licences for controlling 16 species of bird following a legal challenge
by the Wild Justice group he founded.
On Monday, his appearance at a festival for dog lovers was cancelled as the organisers of Dogstival, at Pylewell
Park Estate, near Lymington in the New Forest, Hampshire, said they feared protesters would use the event to target the BBC
Packham, 58, said after the Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony:
“A lot of people aren’t as well versed with the problems, they read the headlines, they knee jerk, they feel that
they’re threatened and therefore they lash out. I have to accept that and I will accept that and continue to try to
make progress. For me all of those things are part of a process I will have to go through to achieve what I want to do –
and that is to make the UK countryside a better and healthier place for wildlife and for people, too. I know that’s
not going to be an easy ride but that doesn’t put me off.”
The passionate defender of wildlife has worked on BBC Two’s Springwatch and its other seasonal spin-offs since
2009, and presented numerous natural history programmes. Earlier this year he took part in Blue Planet Live, examining the
impact of ocean pollution.
Packham has spoken often of how his Asperger’s syndrome and
bouts of depression have affected his screen career. He added: “One of the characteristics of my condition is that we
are intolerant of injustice and we see things in black and white and we say what we think, and those are key assets when it
comes to the sort of campaigning work that I do.”
TV presenter was interested in the natural world from an early age, with a bedroom full of tanks and jars of wildlife, before
becoming involved in the punk scene and adopting its defiant spirit. He began experimenting with photography and camera work
before moving from behind the camera to presenting duties on The Really Wild Show in 1986. Packham is vice-president of the
RSPB and the RSPCA, and supports other conservation and animal welfare charities.
The TV presenter said he would be celebrating the award at London Zoo with a group
of people, from his former school teachers to television executives, who had mentored him over the years.
He said about the CBE: “To
a great extent I feel I’m taking one for a team of people, there aren’t that many people who are honoured for
working in major conservation and environmental care and there are a lot of people who work hard, and a lot harder than I
do, and I’m fortunate to be a small figurehead for them.”
Leics cop who wrongfully arrested sab promoted to Inspector
12-5-19 Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs VIDEO What do Leicestershire Police do with bent coppers? They promote them.
Five years ago PS Paul Allen deliberately misused Section 60 stop and search
powers on a group of hunt saboteurs. The powers are meant to be used for when there is a serious threat of violence. A member
of our group refused to be searched by Allen and was subsequently arrested. The CPS wanted to drop the case however Allen
put pressure on the CPS to continue with the prosecution warning them that Leicestershire Police risked being sued if the
case was dropped. The case was thrown out of court and Leicestershire Police were successfully sued after it was proved the
section 60 had been misused. The video of the incident can be viewed here.
Five years later Allen has been promoted to Inspector. Here he is [see video] talking
about stopping and searching people at a football match.
Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman's defence
attempt to discredit expert witness failed
Prosecution's expert said to have tried to discredit defence's 'expert
11-5-19 Daily Telegraph Professor employed as independent witness in hunting prosecution tried to discredit opposition
using secret 'intelligence files' from League Against Cruel Sports - Professor Stephen Harris was said to have 'ambushed' Mr Adams’ appeal against conviction by
producing documents relating to his rival expert evidence A professor employed as an independent witness in a hunting prosecution tried to discredit opposing witnesses using
secret “intelligence files” from the League Against Cruel Sports.
George Adams, 67, was found guilty of using hounds
to kill a fox despite the scientist who gave the main evidence against him being accused of “bias”. Professor Stephen Harris was said to have “ambushed” Mr Adams’ appeal against
conviction by producing documents relating to his rival expert evidence Dr Daryl Hamilton Wallace half way through the case.
Peter Glenser QC, defending, told the court it was the second time during a hunting trial that
evidence had emerged relating to the retired professor’s links to the anti-hunting charity with which “he has
had an association which goes back decades.” He told the judge that Mr Harris was “biased”, adding: “This
all paints a picture of somebody who is antipathetic to those accused of hunting.”
The professor also gave key evidence to parliament
in support of the hunting ban. One of the documents produced, Mr Glenser told the court, was a “subject profile said
to be a restricted document from the League Against Cruel Sports”. The “intelligence file”, which included
personal details including what was believed to be his home address, was created in 2015.
Harris also sent prosecutor David Matthew a series of documents relating to Mr Hamilton Wallace that he found online, the
judge was told. Mr Glenser said that he was concerned that Prof Harris’ evidence was the “principle evidence”
in the trial along with videos shot on the day. In 2015 a private prosecution of the Lamerton Hunt collapsed after an email
emerged detailing how the League’s head of enforcement had recommended the Bristol Professor as an expert. Prof Harris
noted in the email, to a solicitor in another case, that it “fortunate” that was not the route by which police
contacted him as if it had been it would have been “very damaging”.
Despite the questions over the independence of the expert, Judge Jonathan Cooper
upheld the decision to find Mr Adam guilty and ordered him to pay £11,332 in costs, as well as a £1,000 fine.
Speaking directly to the allegations
against Prof Harris, the judge told Cambridge Crown Court: “We heard that he was met with a file of material that was
said to undermine his credibility. It was most unfortunate that that file was incomplete, because an explanatory document
from a previous case had not been put before us. There was a prospect that the picture being painted may not have been as
full as it should have been. That is a matter of regret.”
The appeal boiled down to the key findings made at Peterborough Magistrates court, and Judge Cooper said: “Whatever
might have been the intentions, it degenerated into a simple matter of fact that it descended into hunting with dogs.”
Mr Adams, who joined the Fitzwilliam Hunt in 1981 and became a Huntsman
in 1984, has always insisted that the hounds only killed the fox because it had been spooked by the sabs and turned back into
the pack. But the judge rejected this claim, saying: “The dogs were not called off the chase of the fox at any relevant
point. Mr Adams exerted no effective control.”
Falconer John Mease,
who had been tried alongside Mr Adams at the Magistrates Court and cleared, said to his knowledge in 14 years of hunting with
the Fitzwilliam that was the only time that a fox had been killed by the hounds. Normally the hounds flush the fox to cover
and then he releases his eagle to kill the animal, he told the court, but he did not release his bird that day because of
the “balaclava-d sabs”.
Mr Adams was first interviewed by the police in March 2017 about the events of the New Year’s
Day hunt in a field near Wansford, Cambridgeshire in 2016 and was convicted after a trial before Magistrates in April last
See also blog by 'Accidental Activist', who was the main prosecution witness,
Sabs find 3 Counties MH hounds in cry - they pack up
11-5-19 Facebook - Bristol Hunt Saboteurs Three Counties Mink Hounds – 11/05/19 Today we joined up with
Bath and Severn Vale Hunt Sabs to pay a visit to the Three Counties Mink Hounds, after receiving a tip off that they would
be hunting around Cotheridge, Worcestershire.
checking out the area we heard horn calls and hounds in cry, which gave us their location on the River Teme. Sabs popped out
on the opposite river bank and the Hunt quickly gathered the hounds up and had a huddle before heading back to their vehicles.
We got round the
other side of the river in time to see an annoyed Huntsman leaving in the hound van. Supporters then blocked the roads to
stop us following, with no regard to other road users who were also held up.
Shortly after the hound van was seen heading to their kennels down the road in Kinnersley and we retired to the pub,
knowing that their day was done!
Mink hunting is the summer pastime of the hunting community, with only die-hard enthusiasts who
are usually out with fox or hare hunts taking part, meaning they’re particularly secretive and illusive.
Mink hunting supposedly
replaced otter hunting in the 1970s, when the species was given special protection after a massive population crash due to
pesticide use and hunting. However, they still use otter hounds and with an increasing otter and declining mink population
it is thought some packs have reverted to hunting their old quarry.
The hunters claim to support conservation efforts and help animals such as the water vole by hunting
mink, but we fail to see how a couple of dozens hounds and a bunch of people with sticks and spades trampling over and tearing
up fragile river bank habitats is in any way good for conservation. The riverside vandals are firmly on our radars this summer.
Watch this space...
Please donate to keep us in the fields! Paypal.me/bristolhuntsabs
See also report by Severn Vale Sabs
Masked S. Shrops FH supporters intimidate monitors at
Facebook - Shropshire Monitors Today the South Shropshire Hunt have stooped to an all-time low. Two monitors were subject to intimidation
and harassment whilst they were at work today. The people responsible were known South Shropshire Hunt Supporters and Staff.
Everything has been reported to the police.
All this has done is made #ShropshireMonitors more
determined to expose this Hunt for what they are and ensure we now keep a very close eye on them for this coming season. We
take this behaviour as an admission of guilt, as why would grown men cover their faces and attempt to intimidate monitors
during their work? How unprofessional and desperate of the South Shropshire Hunt.
We can assume that they are not pleased their #NationalTrust licence was revoked
for illegally hunting on the #Longmynd as one of the old men supporters mentioned the Longmynd during today’s harassment.
Surely National Trust Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd NT this bullying behaviour has now blown any chance they would
have had of getting a licence renewed for the coming season? Bit warm for woolly hats and scarves boys?
#SouthShropshireHunt #Guilty #WeGotThemRattled
Sabs stumble across Dove Valley MH digging & scare them
Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs Today whist out sett surveying ahead of the proposed badger cull a couple of our sabs stumbled on the
Dove Valley Mink Hunt who had met at Blithford Farm, North of Blithbury, Staffordshire. After spotting their well known hound
van we saw the hunt in a field, close to the road and a group of them digging at the river bank, presumably after a mink that
had taken refuge. We filmed them and this was enough to make them gather their spades and terriers and move on.
We called in reinforcements and stayed in the area to keep an eye on them but before any more sabs could get into
the area the hunt had called it a day.
If you see a similar group of vehicles parked up over the summer please contact the HSA tip off line on 07443 148426.
The Dove Valley hound van is a dark Toyota Landcruiser Reg R148 VUX and will be towing a trailer with the hounds in. If you
spot this vehicle in Derbyshire or Staffordshire please let us know. https://ko-fi.com/nottshuntsabs.
Essex County Council to debate banning hunting on its
Gazette Standard Call to ban ALL fox hunting on Essex County Council-owned land A MOTION calling for a ban on all forms of hunting with dogs on council-owned land is set to be
debated. The bid, put forward by Colchester councillor Lee Scordis, will go before Essex County Council next week.
It calls on the council to “not to allow any future trail hunting and exercising
of packs of fox hounds” on its land. Trail-hunting involves laying of a scent across the countryside which a pack of
hounds then searches for and follows. Mr Scordis’ move comes weeks after Nottinghamshire County Council voted to ban
hunts on all land it owns.
Hunting foxes with dogs is illegal in Britain, but there are a number
of exemptions which Labour councillors said were being used to get round the law. Mr Scordis, who represents Abbey ward on
the county council, said his motion had been inspired by colleagues in Nottinghamshire. He said they hoped the move would
close loopholes which the party claims hunters use to avoid the ban.
“It had been put forward by Nottinghamshire County Council, however, our motion is worded slightly differently,”
he said. “We are all passionate about animal welfare in the Labour party. It would only encompass Essex County Council
owned areas as we can only enforce that as a council.”
A number of hunt events are held across Essex each year. These include
the annual Maldon New Year’s Day hunt and in recent years the Castle Hedingham Boxing Day hunt.
Mr Scordis said it
was time for the council to get behind opposition to the Hunts from the public. “I completely abhor any type of hunting
that goes on,” he said. “Killing any animal is disgusting. I think it speaks for itself. We are passionate about
making sure the loopholes are covered on fox hunting. We have to be much more progressive - we don’t live in the 18th
century any more.”
The motion, which was seconded by Laindon Park councillor Allan Davies, will go before the council
8-5-19 Facebook - Cllr Lee Scordis - Labour Borough and County Councillor Next Tuesday I will be moving a motion
to tighten the rules on fox hunting in Essex. Fox hunting is a despicable activity and I can still not understand how someone
gets pleasure watching an innocent animal being torn apart. I hope all parties can support this.
Council notes that the hunting of wild animals with dogs is illegal under the terms of the Hunting Act 2004, except where
an exemption applies. This Council therefore calls upon the Cabinet not to allow any future trail hunting and exercising of
packs of Fox hounds on Essex County Council land.’
2nd horse lorry in 3 months burnt out at Atherstone
Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs It seems that a horsebox at the Atherstone Hunt kennels was burnt out last night. Apparently this is the
second time in the past three months. We have reported previously that the Atherstone Hunt are struggling financially, so
much so that their accounts show that over the past few years they have been steadily selling off all of their tangible assets.
This has included the selling off of all of the horses owned by the hunt. One of the few assets left that the Atherstone Hunt
still had was the hound lorry used to transport the hounds and horses to hunt meets. It seems this has now been burnt out…
Facebook - Atherstone Fire Station At 00:02 this morning the Retained crew were called out to a horse
lorry on fire on Kennel Lane, Witherley, Leicestershire. Upon arrival it was well alight. 2 BA, an extended Hose reel and
45mm jet was used to extinguish the fire. The vehicle was completely destroyed but the fire was limited from spreading to
surrounding property. The crews returned to station shortly after 2am.
This is the second horse
lorry fire at the same address within the past 3 months. Investigations are ongoing as it is believed to have
been targeted by arsonists. If anyone has any further information then please contact Leicestershire Police.
[Credit Atherstone Fire Station]
Sabs accuse Clifton on Teme FH after finding dug out
Facebook - Herefordshire Hunt Sabs Badger sett dig out While out sett surveying our sabs made a chilling
discovery on Easter Sunday. After finding several clear badger signs and a small outlier sett, a main sett was located only
to discover unmistakable evidence of a recent dig out.
showed that a Hunt had been in the area within the time frame of the dig out. We estimated it was about a month old; horses
hoof marks and hound prints remain clearly visible in the heavy clay soil of North Herefordshire.
The Hunt in question would have been the Clifton on Teme Hunt. At
least half the entrances on the sett show evidence of soft blocking, although most are now active again. There is a fresh
latrine nearby, so the badgers fortunately survive. The size of the dig out indicates this was for a fox that had gone to
the 2018/2019 season the Clifton on Teme Hunt have avoided sab attention for years. This is pretty indisputable proof that
they are hunting illegally. We're gutted we weren't there to intervene on this occasion but they can expect more attention
from us next season.
Land registry search shows the sett is on the boundary between two farms but we believe the landowner to be Gerald Whistance
of Wild Perry Farm. A specially built hunt jump on his land, and very close to the dig out, proves that the hunt have permission
to hunt the land. The Clifton like to boast that they have access to almost all the land in their country. Let's start
putting pressure on some of those landowners. Please contact Mr Whistance and ask him why he allows illegal hunting on his land. Be polite.
Your contributions towards our fuel costs are always
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Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman appeal against conviction dismissed
9-5-19 Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs Guilty verdict Ex-Huntsman of the Fitzwilliam Hunt, George Adams,
was once again found guilty of illegal hunting.
Adams and his expensive legal team demanded an
appeal and full retrial after he was originally found guilty in 2018. Today, it was ruled *again* that he hunted and killed
a fox unlawfully in January 2016.
Hunt relied heavily on the presence of an (unused) Golden Eagle with their Hunt in an effort to circumvent the law, this was
today ruled irrelevant in what has now become case law.
below - Adams [mounted] just after the kill
9-5-19 Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs Fitzwilliam conviction upheld by the courts Official Statement.
We are clearly very happy with the decision to
uphold the conviction of George Adams that we achieved back in April last year. We would like to take this opportunity to
thank the prosecution team, in particular the excellent David Matthew QC who performed admirably against the defence who persisted
in attempts to discredit the witnesses and ambushing the court with last minute legal claims and the questionable addition
of their own so-called expert witness, a computer forensics expert with no background in animal sciences.
We hope this finally signals the end of the Bird of Prey or Falconry
exemption within the Hunting Act. Other Hunts which use this loophole will now have to reconsider their options as they will
no longer be considered to be taking part in exempt hunting just by having someone with a bird of prey present. The use of
birds of prey alongside hunting with hounds is not, and never was falconry. There are serious welfare issues for the raptors
used in this manner alongside the abhorrent cruelty involved in setting 1 or 30 animals against another.
Judge Cooper, in
summing up stated; “Something significant" must change in the planning and training of the hounds and the characteristics
of Hunts in the future if they don't want to be charged with illegal hunting”.
We will continue to actively target all Hunts in an effort to stop their abuse of our wildlife
with all and every means at our disposal. The Hunting Act is in desperate need of strengthening, all the loopholes should
be closed and hunting with dogs finally consigned to history. We will continue to work towards that end but in the mean time
you will find us, and all hunt sabs standing up to defend our wildlife in the fields no matter what violence, abuse and intimidation
See also reports in Peterborough Telegraph and The Canary
Trial of Grafton FH Huntsman set to start 20th May
7-5-19 Facebook - Grafton Hunt Watch Case against Michael Francis Wills - Huntsman Grafton Hunt - Hunting a wild mammal with dogs -
Hunting Act 2004. Notice to attend at Wellingborough Magistrates Court. A trial has been arranged to take place at Wellingborough
Magistrates Court on 20 May 2019, the trial is listed for 21 May at Wellingborough Magistrate Court and 22 May at Northampton
Monitors prevent Border Counties MH from hunting
5-5-19 Facebook - Shropshire Monitors Border Counties Mink (otter) Hounds - Hit Report - 05/05/2019 They met at
10am, Manor Farm, Lea Brockhurst, SY4 on a SUNDAY!, they had a big suprise as monitors were in wait along the River Roden
to greet them. Monitors being there early, saw no trail laid, but had evidenced signs of Otters along the river. We heard
the Hunt making burring (rolled tounge) noises.
They were such a small hunt in number, with a mixture
of hounds and around 10 people. We are interested to know what they were doing? As hunting otters and mink is illegal, it
is also illegal to disturb the resting place of otters. They ran and hid away for a few hours, past Thistleford bridge and
went up the Roden to Soultan wood.
We caught up with them as they approached Aston Hall, where they
then hid and awaited a pick up. Using the footpath there, we watched them hiding and loading up the dogs. Here a very dishevelled
looking Nick Mapp as huntsman and his mate Ryan Backhouse Jones had to load bored looking hounds at only 2pm. Whilst loading
a rather unsavoury character verbally abused hunt monitors, who were filming from a public footpath. Why be so aggressive
A message to all Hunts, if you come into #Shropshire we will be there to monitor your activity.
Thanks to the independents out today with us and also a big thanks to the monitor from Cheshire Against The Cull.
2 JMs, 2 servants leave United FH after dig-out reported
2-5-19 Facebook - Shropshire Monitors VIDEO The United Pack from Bishops Castle were caught by us digging into a badger sett. They need
to now dig up 2 new masters and a new huntsman and a new whip, as we hear. Josh, Padraic, Ellie & Sophie have all left.
We have had them in front of Police in 2018 & 2019. So watch out United Pack in 2019/2020 we shall be watching.
….. 30th April - Judge to give Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman appeal verdict on Friday
….. 30th April
- Meynell FH officials & servants trial date set for
….. 30th April - LACS lists known infractions by N.T. licenced Hunts during season
….. 29th April
- Deer hunt season ends as criminal Quantock SH Huntsman retires
….. 28th April
- Fox-killing Cheshire FH Joint Master resigns post
….. 27th April
- LACS figures point up widespread illegal fox hunting
….. 24th April - Weston & Banwell FH planning application for new kennels refused
….. 23rd April
- Another stag killed by Quantock SH - at 'children's
….. 23rd April - Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman's illegal hunting appeal tomorrow
….. 22nd April
- S. Shropshire FH spokeswoman struggles to explain 'trail hunting'
22nd April - Monitor report on licence breaches & violence by
R.A. FH ignored
….. 21st April - Meynell FH rider boasts of cub hunting on social media
….. 20th April
- Cheshire FH hold emergency meeting to discuss their any problems
April - Venue will not host Puckeridge FH Ball after anti online
….. 19th April - R.A. FH rider who lied re. sabs endangering
her horse is named
….. 18th April - Walker's
account suggests Blencathra FH lied to LDNPA re. chasing fox
….. 18th April - Top Hunts' lawyer Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden
drowns while surfing
….. 17th April - LACS say season's 400 illegal hunting
reports 'tip of iceberg'
….. 17th April
- Sanctuary owner thinks starving fox cubs
were being raised to be hunted
17th April - LACS urges N.T. to ban South Shropshire FH permanently
….. 16th April - FC
staff prevent Quantock SH pursuing stag on to their land
15th April - LACS officer witnesses D&S SH 'tormenting'
stag for six hours
15th April - Antis ask MoD to ban violent R. Artillery FH from
14th April - Sabs attacked, cars badly damaged by R. Artillery
14th April - Hounds Off founder assaulted by Quantock
SH thug on public access land
….. 13th April - Quantock SH chase another
stag to exhaustion and death
12th April - CA & Cheshire PCC criticise each other over hunting review
11th April - Pevensey Marsh Beagles to close down
10th April - Six from Meynell FH charged with illegal fox hunting
….. 9th April - Garden Centre withdraws sponsorship
of Cottesmore FH Pony Club event
8th April - Monitor captures moment hunted stag shot dead by
….. 8th April - Welsh huntsman convicted over gruesome/insanitary state of kennels
7th April - Lord Middleton's son works with prosecutor who dropped
sab assaults case
….. 7th April - Stevenstone FH hunt on after fox even after warned by sabs
5th April - Waveney Harriers chase fox across road at closing
….. 5th April - Antis
think pair bagged foxes released at 4 Burrow/Beaufort FHs meet
….. 5th April - Sab film refutes claim that they endangered a hunter's horse
5th April - Quantock SH kill another young stag for 'sport'
5th April - Cotswold FH filmed trespassing on private railway
4th April - WO course at Leics police doesn't
seem to cover organised illegal hunting
….. 3rd April - Leics police recruitment ad features pro-hunt Wildlife
2nd April - Vale of White Horse FH trespass on Nat.Trust land
2nd April - Sabs upload video of Stevenstone FH fox kill
….. 2nd April - Man says saw Surrey Union FH hunting fox on/near Wildlife Trust land
2nd April - Portman FH rider who kicked horse in belly owns
the Daily Mail
….. 2nd April - Portman FH terrierman kicks sab, rider steals hat
….. 1st April - Atherstone FH supporter exposed as violent misogynist
Judge to give Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman appeal verdict
30-4-19 Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs For those followers of this page waiting for an update on the long running Fitzwilliam court case, a verdict will be delivered at Cambridge
Crown Court on Friday.
This case relates to the illegal hunting and killing of a fox by the Fitzwilliam Hunt in January
2016. The killing occurred near Elton, south of Peterborough. The Fitzwilliam
have been convicted once already over this, yet have appealed in an attempt to spend even more on court costs.
All evidence has now been heard. The judge has
retired and will consider his verdict which will be delivered on Friday. We get to wait some more.
a note to this and regardless of the outcome we would like to say thanks to the prosecuting QC who was excellent and the judge
who certainly didn't bow to any of the dirty tricks by the defence team.
Pic - Sabs guard corpse of killed fox
Meynell FH officials & servants trial date
set for August 19th
Six are accused of illegal cub hunting in October 2018
30-4-19 LACS Press Release Hunt accused of illegally targeting fox cubs Five members of the
Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt have appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court today, accused of hunting fox cubs. The
five accused entered not guilty pleas and a trial date was set for five days from Monday, August 19. Joint Master William
Tatler had a medical exemption today but also faces charges.
case follows an investigation by Derbyshire Police based on evidence captured by the animal welfare charity League Against
Sims, director of investigations at the League Against Cruel Sports, said:- “We’d like to thank Derbyshire Police
and the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing this case to court under the Hunting Act, and we will now await the outcome
of the trial.”
The six men are joint masters William Tatler and
Peter Southwell, former huntsman Sam Staniland, whipper-in John ‘Ollie’ Finnegan, terrier man Andrew Bull and
assistant terrier man Sam Stanley, face a charge of hunting a wild mammal with a dog contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting
Act 2004. The alleged offence is said to have been committed on Tuesday, October
2, 2018 in woodland near Sutton on the Hill in Derbyshire.
Before the Hunting Act was introduced, Hunts would
train their hounds to kill adult foxes by first training them to hunt and kill young fox cubs living in patches of woodland.
When the Hunting Act was introduced that practice was made illegal. The case comes 14 years after hunting with dogs was banned
in England and Wales with the introduction of the Hunting Act 2004, which came into force in February 2005. That's if
they get to trial
adds - Let us hope the trial will begin at the due date, but it will be astonishing if it does. Most
Hunting Act cases have taken well over a year to get to trial from incident date and some much longer than that. That's
if they get to trial at all, as the CPS has a habit of dropping cases before [sometimes during] trial, usually without meaningful
See also Derbyshire Live
Known infractions by N.T. licenced Hunts during season listed
30-4-19 LACS website ...Listed below are the reported incidents of Hunts trespassing onto National Trust land during the
2018/19 hunting season.
- The Horton Court Estate, Gloucestershire, has granted a license
to the Beaufort Hunt, which was filmed hunting a fox through a churchyard in the nearest village to the estate
on 17 March, showing the Hunt is operating unlawfully in its daily activities. It is clear unlawful hunting was taking place
on that day as the full pack of hounds were ‘in cry’, the Huntsman was giving short horn and voice calls - something
done to ‘egg the hounds on’ to follow the scent of a hunted animal. A number of badger setts were also found blocked
up — a common tactic used by Hunts to prevent a pursued fox from ‘going to ground’ — in a wood which
was surrounded by terriermen after the animal took refuge. It is notable that nearby Tetbury Town Council has refused permission
for the Beaufort Hunt to meet in the town centre on New Year’s Day on 10/12/2018.
The Kingston Lacy Estate, Dorset, has granted a license to the Portman
Hunt, which was witnessed by wildlife monitors chasing a fox over National Trust land in March 2017. The Hunt has
since been witnessed chasing a fox at a meet in Manston on 27/10/2018, where a badger sett was found blocked up nearby. Terriermen
– people on quadbikes whose purpose is to dig out foxes which have taken refuge underground during a hunt – were
filmed when the Hunt met on the estate on 21/11/2018. This is in direct breach of the National Trust’s licence, which
expressly prohibits terriermen and their vehicles from operating on its land during the course of any hunt meet. The National
Trust is clear that “terrier men have no place in a trail hunt”.
- The Farnborough Hall Estate, Warwickshire,
has granted a license to the Warwickshire Hunt, which was filmed trespassing on the estate on 11 November
2017, when no license was issued. It is clear unlawful hunting was taking place on that day as the full pack of hounds were
‘in cry’ and the Huntsman was giving short horn and voice calls - something done to ‘egg the hounds on’
to follow the scent of a hunted animal. Had a trail been laid the Hunt would not have gone near, let alone onto, the grounds
of Farnborough Hall. A number of recent incidents also show the Hunt is operating unlawfully in its daily activities: the
Hunt was seen chasing a fox in Hunningham on 01/11/2018 and the Hunt was again seen chasing a fox, which went to ground in
a badger sett in Admington on 03/11/2018.
Buscot and Coleshill Estate, Oxfordshire, has granted a license to the Old Berkshire Hunt, which was then
witnessed chasing and killing a fox on the estate on 17/11/2018. The National Trust launched an investigation, however no
outcome has been announced. The same Hunt was witnessed by monitors chasing a fox in Alvescot, 10 miles north of the estate,
on 07/11/2018, showing that the Hunt is operating unlawfully in its daily activities. This was on the same date the Hunt was
scheduled to meet on the estate, but switched hunt meets for unknown reasons. It is understood the incident has been reported
to Thames Valley Police.
The Penrose Estate, Cornwall, has granted a licence allowing access to Porkellis
Moor by the Four Burrow Hunt, which had on 24/11/2018 six of its hunting dogs becoming trapped for four days
down a mine shaft - resulting in one of the animals dying.
- The Woolbeding
Countryside Estate, West Sussex, granted a licence to the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt. Terriermen
– people on quadbikes whose purpose is to dig out foxes which have taken refuge underground during a hunt – were
filmed when the Hunt met on the estate on 24th November 2018. This is in direct breach of the National Trust’s licence,
which expressly prohibits terriermen and their vehicles from operating on its land during the course of any hunt meet. The
National Trust is clear that “terrier men have no place in a trail hunt”.
- The Hanbury Hall Estate, Worcestershire, granted a licence to the Worcestershire Hunt.
This Hunt was photographed chasing a fox at Goosehill Green, two and a half miles from the estate, on 7th November 2018.
- The Shropshire Hills Estate, Shropshire, has
granted a licence for two Hunts to access its Long Mynd Estate. On 10 December a fox was seen fleeing the South Shropshire
Hunt, one of those licensed, alongside terriermen being present, during a meet on the estate. On 11 December, terriermen
were filmed accompanying the United Pack, the other licensed Hunt, on the estate as well as the Hunt conducting
activities on areas outside of the licensed area.
far, the Trust has failed to give a satisfactory answer as to how they will prevent this from taking place, and what the repercussions
of these offences will be.
Facebook - National Dis-Trust We're starting a new National Trust trespass round-up for the 2018/19
- Radley College Beagles met on The Buscot and Coleshill Estates NT, documented by Severn Vale Hunt Saboteurs and Surrey Hunt
09/03/2019 - Eryri Hunt were witnessed by walkers illegally hunting on National Trust land within Snowdonia National
03/03/2019 - A Hunt was witnessed illegally
hunting on National Trust land by members of the public. More information here: tinyurl.com/y3kg3ne2.
09/02/2019 - Surrey Union Hunt trespassing in the National Trust's Cockshot Woods. Field report from
Guildford Hunt Saboteurs here: tinyurl.com/y6ql5dm4.
28/01/2019 - Quantock Staghounds (again) on
Beacon Hill. Information from Hounds Off & Somerset Wildlife Crime here & here: tinyurl.com/ycnyrwao & tinyurl.com/yau3s9mr.
- South Shropshire Hunt were trespassing on Long Mynd as reported by Shropshire Monitors & Welsh Border Hunt Sabs: tinyurl.com/ybxhp4mz,
tinyurl.com/y8pbx6b4 & tinyurl.com/ybbybwhe.
17/01/2019 - Kimblewick Hunt were on Ashridge
Estate NT as reported by Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs: tinyurl.com/ydbjrvj9.
03/01/2019 - the Melbreak Foxhounds were on National Trust land (Crag Fell,
Ennerdale). 29/12/2018 - the Blencathra Foxhounds were trespassing on National Trust land in Cumbria. Report from Lancashire
Hunt Saboteurs here: tinyurl.com/yc2dw52v.
26/12/2018 - the Eryri
Hunt were using National Trust land in Snowdonia National Park, near Beddelgert. See these updates from North Wales Hunt Saboteurs
- tinyurl.com/ycps5cey, tinyurl.com/y8gw3hun, tinyurl.com/ycohgdrk, tinyurl.com/ybnb92av, tinyurl.com/yahdr44m & tinyurl.com/ydaaotvc.
- the Cheshire Hounds illegally hunted inside Bulkeley Hill Wood, documented by Cheshire Monitors. More information here:
tinyurl.com/ybg2algl & tinyurl.com/y7dtd36q.
17/12/2018 - the Surrey Union Hunt were trespassing on National Trust land just days after
cancelling their own licensed meets to use Trust land. Footage from Guildford Hunt Saboteurs can be seen here – tinyurl.com/ycje9335.
15/12/2018 - the Ullswater Foxhounds were illegally
hunting on National Trust land in Cumbria, see this update from Lancashire Huntsabs - tinyurl.com/ycz892a6.
- the United Pack using Long Mynd, but out of their licensed area and with terriermen. See information from ourselves &
Shropshire Monitors: tinyurl.com/y865x3v6 & tinyurl.com/y9s87rok.
10/12/2018 - the South Shropshire Foxhounds hunted outside of their licensed area.
More information here: tinyurl.com/yc9s52el.
03/12/2018 - the Melbreak Foxhounds
were trespassing on National Trust land again. Information to follow.
- the Melbreak Foxhounds were observed by Cumbria Hunt Watch to be on National Trust land; please see this update from Lancashire
Huntsabs on the incident: tinyurl.com/yb4ahz5q.
14/11/2018 - the Purbeck & Bovington Beagles were rumbled by Weymouth Animal Rights
when they met in a National Trust car park ready to hunt across Trust land. Full report here: tinyurl.com/yd495fdw. You can
contact the relevant staff at Ringstead Bay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01297 489 481.
10/11/2018 - the Staintondale Foxhounds were on Bay
Ness, witnessed by East Yorkshire Coast Hunt Saboteurs. Information can be seen here in four parts: tinyurl.com/y6wgwm78,
tinyurl.com/yajay3d3, tinyurl.com/y82t9ydt & tinyurl.com/y9b6mpuk. Please bring this to the attention of the relevant
Trust staff by emailing email@example.com or calling 01723 870 423.
- the Surrey Union Hunt were at Hydon's Ball, filmed by Guildford Hunt Saboteurs & North Downs Hunt Sabs. Hydon's
Ball staff can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org & 01428 681 050. Footage here: tinyurl.com/ycso4sxr. 20/10/2018 - the Pennine Foxhounds were on Marsden Moor.
The Trust staff at this location can be contacted at email@example.com and/or 01484 847 016. Thanks to Manchester Hunt Sabs for this one.
1/10/2018 - the Quantock Staghounds were on Trust land. Thanks to Hounds Off for telling
us about this.
19/09/2018 - the Surrey Union Hunt who were
documented by Guildford Hunt Saboteurs at Ranmore Common: bit.ly/2ppQutf. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org& 01306 887 485 about this and let us know what they say. Alternatively, call the head ranger
(Henry Barnard) on 07769 283 374.
- the Quantock Staghounds were on Trust land. Thanks to Hounds Off for telling us about this.
If you see Hunts on Trust land, let us know when & where (with photos if it's safe
to take some) and we'll check that they have a licence.
Please remember to keep calls & messages polite
as these incidents are the fault of the criminal hunts only, but the Trust does need to take action and let us know what they
are doing. We'll keep this post updated as & when we see what's going on.
see the National Trust trespass round-up for the 2017/18 season see here: bit.ly/2hpoRwq.
Deer hunt season ends as criminal Quantock SH Huntsman
Thankfully they could not mark
the occasion with a kill
29-4-19 Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime Today marked the end of Stag Hunting for the 2018-2019 season on the Quantocks.
the retirement of the Quantock Stag Hounds Huntsman Richard Downs. With a record of over two decades hunting the hills and
two convictions for illegal hunting, his career as Huntsman ended with a somewhat lacklustre and feeble day. With some support
furious to see us and Hounds Off, as they made puerile threats, others were simply as bemused as we were at the non-event.
To the best of our knowledge - today the stag won.
Fox-killing Cheshire FH Joint Master resigns
28-4-19 Facebook - Cheshire Against Blood Sports VIDEO Taxi for Barlow Word has reached us that Charlie Barlow the
Huntmaster of the Cheshire Hunt [left, on foot] has hung up his red coat and resigned his position.
we miss having his phone shoved in our faces … no. Will we miss him riding his horse into us... probably not.
Will we miss hearing his monotonous voice telling us “you’re trespassing”, “go back to the foot path”,
“go back to the road”, “this is private property”... well maybe a little bit, as we have an end of
season award for the best Charlie Barlow impression! Will the foxes miss him...
definitely not, he has a lot of fox blood on his hands.
We are unsure of the reasons why, maybe he is sulking
because he couldn’t wear his red coat, maybe it’s because he has grown a conscience (highly doubtful) or maybe
he just didn’t fancy seeing Cheshire Against Blood Sports or our friends the Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs in ever increasing
numbers next season... whatever the reason, good riddance.
LACS figures point up widespread illegal fox hunting
Cheshire Live Shocking scale of illegal fox hunting in Cheshire revealed - 14 years after it was banned
- New figures have shown the extent of the bloodsport in the county The shocking scale of fox hunting still taking
place in the Cheshire countryside 14 years after the bloodsport was banned has been highlighted in new figures.
League Against Cruel Sports has gathered 268 reports of illegal hunting activity and 43 reports of fox kills by hunts across
the country, from November when the season opened and now at its close. Of these, 21 of these reports took place in Cheshire.
Foxes have been chased to exhaustion across the Cheshire countryside before, on
some occasions, being torn apart in the jaws of the Hunts' hounds.
In early February, a police investigation
was launched after a fox was killed following a hunt near Nantwich.
Badger setts have also been blocked up near hunt meets to stop foxes taking refuge during the chase and horses and
hounds trespassed in pursuit of wild-animals.
The figures were compiled from the League’s Animal Crimewatch
service, which consists of reports from members of the public and from the League’s professional investigators, as well
as from evidence gathered from social media.
director of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "These figures sadly show the scale of the killing still
taking place in the British countryside by fox hunts. We know these reports
are just the tip of the iceberg, with fox hunts killing indiscriminately across the UK and lying about their bloodthirsty
activities to cover up their crimes. However, I believe the tide is turning. Political parties are now recognising the need
to take animal welfare much more seriously and put in place stronger legislation to protect British wildlife.”
An online petition was launched earlier this year
calling for Cheshire police to prosecute illegal hunters. Hunting remains
a key political issue in Westminster in terms of animal welfare, with the focus now on the need to strengthen the Hunting
Act. Animal welfare has increasingly become a vote winner with it being one of the most talked about issues during the 2017
In Parliament, concerns over the fact fox hunting is still taking place and the
sheer scale of it, are getting a lot more exposure. A parliamentary debate on wildlife crime in mid-March led to calls by
MPs from across all parties for the Hunting Act to be strengthened.
The Cheshire Hunt in Tarporley on
Boxing Day attracted both supporters and some detractors in the High Street.
It followed a recent review of the policing of illegal fox hunting arranged by Cheshire’s
Police and Crime commissioner David Keane, late last year, which highlighted the challenges posed by the current legislation,
and proposed strengthening it.
Mr Luffingham added: “The issue of animal welfare has never
been such an important issue for the public and political parties and it is becoming vital to electoral success. We are calling
for the hunting ban to be strengthened with the introduction of prison sentences for those caught illegally hunting. We need
a proper deterrent to stop the barbaric activities of the Hunts and we also need to remove the loopholes that allow Hunts
to get around the law.”
However, a spokesperson
for the Countryside Alliance commented: “Hunts are regularly subjected to spurious allegations regarding their legal
hunting activities yet packs of hounds within Cheshire operate within the law to comply with the Hunting Act 2004. These figures cannot be taken at face value since they were compiled from the League’s Animal Crimewatch service,
which consists of reports from members of the public and as well as from evidence gathered from social media. There is absolutely
no evidence to suggest these allegations are true. Even a Cheshire police spokesperson recently commented that you shouldn’t
believe everything you see on social media and confirmed that action can only be taken when evidence exists.”
Any suspected illegal hunting activity can be reported to the League’s
Animal Crimewatch service at www.league.org.uk/animal-crimewatch. Alternatively, phone in confidence on 01483 361 108 or email on email@example.com.
Pics above - Mangled corpses of foxes killed by Cheshire FH on the 5th and
8th January 2019.
POWAperson adds - Contrary
to what the CA spokesman says, the number of reports received by LACS emanating from Cheshire, just 21, is clearly a
tiny fraction of the illegal hunting by Cheshire's 3 fox hunts. All are frequently monitored and/or sabbed throughout
the season - including cubbing. Antis report actual or attempted illegal fox hunting virtually every time. So we are talking
about hundreds of incidents, including several recorded kills and also much illegal sett blocking and attempted dig outs.
But there is no real reason to think there is any more illegal hunting in Cheshire than in many other counties - it's
just that it has more antis able to observe and report it.
Weston & Banwell FH planning application for new
Facebook - Somerset Anti Blood Sports We have some great news it looks like North Somerset council has refused the planning application!
We couldn't be happier. Thank you to everyone that supported us on this even if we didn't submit the petition 476
signatures is amazing ! For our Wildlife always.
Another stag killed by Quantock SH - at 'children's
Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime Another stag was killed on the Quantock Hills today. The Carew Arms pub in Crowcombe hosted the ‘children’s
meet’ of the Quantock Stag Hounds this morning. No excuse. No Trail. No Science. Just bloodlust.
Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman's illegal hunting appeal
morethanjustbadgers.net Final Throw of the Dice [by Accidental Activist] This time tomorrow
I'll be at Peterborough Crown Court for what I assume will be the final instalment of what feels like the never ending
Fitzwilliam Hunt conviction saga. I've covered the story in great depth through previous blog posts so it's pointless
to go over everything again but if you want to catch up then see here, here, here and here.
I'm not really sure how things will pan out but you can never tell with Hunting Act cases in
particular and I'm sure the main chance for the Hunt overturning the conviction is the hope for a more sympathetic judge.
The simple fact is their evidence isn't going to get any better and having faced the defence's cross examination for
over 2 hours previously I wonder what they are going to come at me with this time.
George Adams [mounted], the pack and killed fox, 1-1-16
There's also the wider implications
this may have for the Bird of Prey Exemption within the Hunting Act. If the original decision of the court is upheld other
hunts which use this smokescreen will have to seriously reconsider how they operate.
Regardless of the outcome I have to be pleased we've dragged them through the courts and secured a conviction
first time round. That's a rarity in itself. From my own point of view and certainly that of everyone else who witnessed
the proceedings on the day there's no doubt of the guilt of George Adams (the now retired Fitzwilliam huntsman). I just
hope the Judge presiding tomorrow see's it the same way as District Judge John Wollard did on the original case.
In his summing up his statement spoke volumes... "You are either
taking part in Falconry, or hunting foxes with hounds. If you are taking part in Falconry you do not need a full pack of hounds
to flush the animal, you would use only 2 or 3 of a more suitable breed. Therefore I can only assume you were taking part
in hunting foxes".
adds - The wheels of the legal system often seem to grind exceeding slow, but always to move at arthritic snail
speed when dealing with organised hunting cases. The incident that, eventually, resulted in the conviction for illegal fox
hunting by George Adams, the Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman, took place on New Year's Day 2016, nearly three and a half years
ago. Illegal hunting is a summary offence, meaning it is relatively minor in seriousness and is not supposed to cost both
sides tens or even hundreds of thousands of pounds. 'Summary' justice is meant to be speedy. Another pending case
- of the five accused of Animal Welfare Act offences against tiny fox cubs at S. Herefordshire FH kennels - has not even got
to trial yet, almost three years after the case was reported to police. As the old saying goes 'Justice delayed is justice
As does 'Accidental Activist', POWAperson
wonders what 'cynical subterfuge'* the 'clever lawyers'** representing George Adams have come up with to get him off this apparent slam-dunk of a conviction. We'll soon find out.
* Words used by Judge Pert, who, in 2011, convicted
the Fernie FH Huntsman and terrierman of illegal hunting and interfering with a badger sett, to describe the attempts by them
and other hunters to convince the court that they'd been 'trail hunting'.
** A Dorset CPS spokesman once cited the face that
the CA have 'clever lawyers' as a reason to decline to prosecute a case against the Cattistock FH where the video
evidence had been provided by a highly experienced professional hunt monitor working for IFAW.
S. Shropshire FH spokeswoman struggles
to explain 'trail hunting'
22-4-19 Facebook - Shropshire Monitors VIDEO South Shropshire Hunt spokesperson Camilla Corrie explains trail laying and artificial scent
to monitors! Seems she does not know which lies she needs to tell! This Hunt have been required by LAW to be trail laying
since Feb 2004, so SSH should be able to explain.... Read more here and here.
Monitor report on licence breaches &
violence by R.A. FH ignored
22-4-19 Facebook - Wildlife Witness In 2018 we submitted to the Defence Infrastructure Organisation the following document [1st
page below]. It was a summary of observations we had made of the Royal Artillery Hunt's (RAH) behaviour in the few
visits we made to the Hunt in the 2017/2018.
highlighted a number of specific breaches of the "License to Hunt" that the RAH had committed and also contained
some recommendations to ensure that the Hunt were more transparent in their actions; a copy was sent to Wilts Police.
The police were very interested
in following up on our suggestion that we should meet with themselves, the Hunt and the DIO to discuss ways of moving forward
to ensure more openness and less need for the police to expend valuable resources to hunting related matters on the Salisbury
Plain Training Area (SPTA). Needless to say, the Hunt were not at all interested and the DIO office failed to follow up.
For too long the RA have viewed SPTA as their own playground, ignoring the licence conditions and exploiting the
DIO's inability to properly monitor their activity to carry on hunting foxes. The Hunt officials, committee and staff
all abuse their positions to unduly influence those around them and openly lie to put pressure on those in authority to act
against their opponents.
This was displayed by the official hunt "trail-layer* posting an alleged incident involving
an anti's land-rover and her horse which it emerged was entirely fabricated.
that culture of entitlement is stripped from the RAH then they will carry on flouting the law and lying to the authorities
and to the public - they are an embarrassment to the Regiment that shares its name and to the armed forces as a whole.
We will again be submitting a report on this year's activities by the RAH -
it will include evidence of plans to organise violent disorder, video of numerous breaches of the licence to hunt, video of
obstruction by their supporters, video of supporters attacking vehicles with stones and of masked thugs brought in to intimidate
and assault those who act to expose their arrogant behaviour.
For the rest of the 6 page report submitted see photos attached to Wildlife Witness's post
Meynell FH rider boasts of cub hunting on social media
21-4-19 Facebook - Staffordshire Hunt Sabs Meynell and South Staffs Hunt rider Kelly Lees openly admitting to cubbing (she obviously
didn't get the Countryside Alliance's message to call it autumn hunting). Cubbing is where the new hounds are trained
to kill by hunting fox cubs usually in a small covert, hunt riders will surround the wood [see pic below] and
scare back in any cubs that try and escape the hounds. (See Kelly's pic of the horses surrounding the wood).
Pic of 2 young females on point with the
Her comment of "we've been all over it... love it" sums up the mindset
of the Hunt. Seems a rather odd thing to do considering they claim to follow
trails and do not hunt foxes anymore...
Come August we will be out stopping the blood junkies
please support us by buying us a kofi https://www.ko-fi.com/staffordshirehuntsabs.
- Kelly Lees and friend Zoe talking about cubbing with the Meynell
POWAperson comments - Six Meynell FH hunt servants
and officials have recently been charged with illegal hunting, specifically cub hunting. The Meynell is also the only Hunt
yet to have members convicted of cub hunting - a JM and a terrierman - in August 2012. The Meynell
is, of course, very far from the only fox Hunt to continue to practise cub hunting.
Sabs find many blocked setts in Warks FH hunting areas
21-4-19 Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs Sett surveying in Warwickshire We continue to survey in preparation
for a badger cull in Warwickshire. Most of our surveying takes place in the Warwickshire Hunt's area. We are finding many
setts that have clearly been blocked by the hunt as well as healthy/active setts. We are also finding other interesting things
in their area.
We are currently surveying twice a week, any help towards fuel costs
would be appreciated. DONATE – https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs.
Cheshire FH hold emergency meeting to discuss their any problems
20-4-19 Facebook - Cheshire Monitors Cheshire Hunt finally fears it's own (inevitable) demise
Information has reached us from one of our sources that the Cheshire Hounds Hunt held an emergency meeting at The Swan in
Tarporley last Monday to discuss their woes.
He stressed quite how concerned the directors are
for their future after the worst hunt season on record, which included being investigated by police for numerous incidents
(still ongoing), having to abandon numerous hunt meets, and even being forced to abandon traditional hunting pinks (redcoats)
to avoid identification of key figures in any subsequent police investigation.
This once "mighty" Hunt are now desperately trying to think up ways to
boost their dwindling membership as those who don't want to be associated with the repeated killing of foxes drop off
one by one; they are also trying to rally volunteers to get involved in positive PR exercises in the run up to the next season.
No doubt they'll resort to the
only idea they ever have, and pull out another paltry cheque for the air ambulance service any moment now, as in previous
years (see photo from 2016), and like the equally desperate Cheshire Forest and Wynnstay hunts did recently.
Venue will not host Puckeridge FH Ball after anti online campaign
19-4-19 Facebook - South Cambs Hunt Saboteurs Thank you to everyone who pointed out to them the endorsement they provide by hosting criminals. It's
never acceptable to support, host or sponsor criminal activity.
Burloes Hall Weddings 17 April at 17:31 Following a recent on-line campaign, the Puckeridge Hunt will not be holding their ball
at our venue. We would like to stress that we are a small company which holds events for couples celebrating their weddings,
families, companies and organisations. We are not involved in any hunts.
Whilst this cancellation will impact our business, we are adamant that we will never host an event
which will put anyone at risk. We would also kindly ask all those who gave us a 1 star review to remove them as they are doing
a great deal of harm to our business. Thank you.
R.A. FH rider who lied re. sabs endangering her horse is
She is the
Hunts "trail layer" - even they put it in quote marks
19-4-19 Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs You may recall the silly rider who blocked our Landy with her horse backed into us, and then edited her
video claiming we have driven right up to here. We exposed her lies with our own edited video which you can view here. Well this is her - Samantha Bialek.
Help keep us in the killing fields by making a
donation: PayPal.me/SouthCoastHuntSabs. Any info on Hunts call the tip-off
Walker's account suggests Blencathra
FH lied to LDNPA about chasing fox
18-4-19 Facebook - Lancashire Huntsabs We were sent a link to this excellent blog by Aspen Outdoors Ltd and of particular interest is this
blog entry from August 28th 2017, where the writer is walking from Skiddaw to Blencathra and encounters a fox hunt taking
writer states - 'We descended north to a waterfall called Whitewater Dash and noticed
small groups of people looking across to the western slopes of Little Calva. Soon after we heard the yells of a huntsman’s
voice and a big pack of hounds bounding through the deep heather. Then we saw the fox; sometimes running ahead, sometimes
sitting motionless in the heather. At one point the fox reached the top of Dry Gill (a steep mountain gully on Little Calva)
with hounds in chase. Then hounds appeared from the top of the gully and cornered the fox. With amazing speed the fox ran,
hurtling back down the gully, past all the pursuing foxes. Incredibly it avoided getting caught and headed to lower ground
and out of view. I was thankful the fox got away. I’d never seen a fox hunt before and was surprised and shocked by
the drama of it.'
As the writer was describing events from the previous weekend, the
hunt must have taken place on Saturday 26th August 2017. Sure enough, the daily record sheet submitted by the Blencathra Foxhounds
for that day shows that they were indeed hunting in that same area, licensed by LDNPA. Yet the record sheet tells a different
story - 'one fox was seen on the move disturbed, but not chased' (see photo). So either there were two Hunts operating
in that area on the same day, which is unlikely as the LDNPA only licence the Blencathra to hunt there, or the other option
is that the Blencathra are lying wildlife criminals. #keepwildlifecriminalsoutofkeswick
Below - The Blencathra FH report of the day concerned
Top Hunts' lawyer Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden
drowns while surfing
Promoted strategy of injunctions to stop monitors 'harassing' Hunts
Crawley FH in disastrous 2009 attempt to injunct antis
18-4-19 Daily Mail British lawyer to the rich and famous dies in Gibraltar 'after getting into difficulty while
body surfing' - Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden, 64, was discovered by police on Wednesday - The former triathlete and army
lieutenant was reportedly visiting his daughter - Mr Lawson-Cruttenden had represented David Walliams and The Clash - Cambridge graduate had a 40-year career
specialising in harassment claims A British lawyer to the rich and famous died after he
was found in the water off of Gibraltar on Wednesday morning. Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden [left], 64, reportedly got into difficulty while body surfing off the coast of the British overseas
territory. The former triathlete and army lieutenant was hauled from the waves by traffic police after he was seen in the
water at the East Side Reclamation, by Catalan Bay.
Mr Lawson-Cruttenden had represented the Sex Pistols' John Lydon (Johnny Rotten), David Walliams,
as well as rock bands The Clash and The Blockheads in his 40-year career specialising in harassment claims...
Mr Lawson-Cruttenden conducted cases involving harassment on social
media, 'revenge pornography,' and 'passing off.' His profile on the DG Law website says: 'In his free
time he is an enthusiastic squash player and loves to swim in open water.'
A statement from the Royal Gibraltar
Police said: 'Arthur Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden, an ex-triathlete who was visiting family in Gibraltar, got into difficulties
after going body surfing at the East Side this morning, having to be pulled out of the sea by Traffic officers who were the
first on scene. 'Despite intense and protracted efforts by the officers, GHA Ambulance Service personnel and the staff
in the A&E Department at St Bernard’s Hospital Mr Lawson could not be revived.' They confirmed that Mr Lawson-Cruttenden's
body was with the coroner and said: 'The RGP wishes to convey to Mr Lawson’s family and friends its most sincere
condolences for their loss.'
LACS say season's 400 illegal hunting reports 'tip
17-4-19 LACS Press Release Fox hunting figures show the scale of the killing - Animal welfare increasingly influencing
the political agenda The shocking scale of fox hunting still taking place in the British countryside
14 years after the blood sport was banned has been highlighted by a new set of figures.
The League Against Cruel Sports
has gathered 268 reports of illegal hunting activity and 43 reports of fox kills by hunts, from November when the season opened,
and now at its close.
Hunting remains a key political issue in Westminster in terms of animal welfare, with the focus
now on the need to strengthen the Hunting Act.
Chris Luffingham [right], Director of
Campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said:- “These figures sadly show the scale of the killing still taking place in the British countryside by fox hunts. We know these reports
are just the tip of the iceberg, with fox hunts killing indiscriminately across the UK and lying about their bloodthirsty
activities to cover up their crimes. However, I believe the tide is turning, and political parties are now recognising the
need to take animal welfare much more seriously and put in place stronger legislation to protect British wildlife.”
Separately, 129 cases of fox cub hunting were received by the League
between the beginning of August and the end of October, which is when they are typically targeted. This is a practice where
the Hunts’ hounds are trained to kill in the run-up to the fox hunting season – by being let loose in woodland
to target fox cubs and literally tear them to pieces.
The figures were compiled from the League’s Animal Crimewatch service, which consists of
reports from members of the public and from the League’s professional investigators, as well as from evidence gathered
from photos and videos shared on social media.
Animal welfare has increasingly become a vote winner with it being
one of the most talked about issues during the 2017 general election. In Parliament, concerns over the fact fox hunting is
still taking place and the sheer scale of it, are getting a lot more exposure. A parliamentary debate on wildlife crime in
mid-March led to calls by cross-party MPs for the Hunting Act to be strengthened.
It followed a recent review of the policing of illegal fox hunting arranged by Cheshire’s
Police and Crime commissioner David Keane, late last year, which highlighted the challenges posed by the current legislation,
and proposed strengthening it.
Elsewhere, the Scottish Government announced plans in 2018 to strengthen hunting laws in Scotland, reducing the number
of hounds in a pack to two, and introducing measures that would prevent Hunts using the ‘trail’ hunting deception
used in England and Wales.
The National Trust has also come under pressure recently to stop issuing licences allowing the hunts to access its
land. The number of hunts issued licenses in the 2018/19 hunting season was down to 24 compared with 67 in 2016/17, due to
pressure from the League. This fell to 20 after four hunts had their licences withdrawn this season following allegations
of illegal hunting.
said:- “The issue of animal welfare has never been such an important issue for the public and political parties and
it is becoming vital to electoral success. We are calling for the hunting ban to be strengthened with the introduction of
prison sentences for those caught illegally hunting. We need a proper deterrent to stop the barbaric activities of the hunts
and we also need to close down the loopholes that allow Hunts to get around the law.”
Any suspected illegal hunting activity can be reported to the League’s
Animal Crimewatch service at www.league.org.uk/animal-crimewatch. Alternatively, phone in confidence on 01483 361 108 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
from the League Against Cruel Sports filmed hounds from the Mendip Farmers Hunt chasing a fox in the Mendip Hills in January
Sanctuary owner thinks starving fox cubs
were being raised to be hunted
17-4-19 Coventry Live Horror as tiny fox cubs found starving amid claims they were being reared for hunting - Sanctuary
founder: "I think they either escaped or were abandoned but I reckon they would have only lived for another 24 hours" Tiny fox cubs were just a day
away from dying says Nuneaton's horrified wildlife sanctuary owner who fears they were being reared for hunting.
Geoff Grewcock [right, with the cubs], of the Nuneaton and
Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, said the two six-week-old cubs would not have survived another 24 hours had they not been
rescued. "If we had not got to them, they would have died," he said. "I think they either escaped or were abandoned
but I reckon they would have only lived for another 24 hours."
What alarms him even more is the state in which they found the siblings, now named Winston and
Mabel. "They were light coloured, could hardly eat and could barely walk, they are so wobbly on their feet," he
said. I knew something wasn't right, I have been working with foxes for 20 years and have never seen them like that. "I
think they were being hand reared for fox hunting, which is just horrific. I think they were being kept in small cages, given
little to eat and not allowed to roam around. I have had a vet check them over and he thinks the same."
Geoff, who founded
the haven in Oaston Road, said he is now caring for the pair round the clock. "The
female is poorlier than her brother," he said. "Both are being fed goats milk, every two hours, through the night
as well, to help them. They are both gorgeous, I think they were being hand-reared as they are not scared of people or other
animals, that is not the behaviour of wild foxes."
He is unable to give the location of where the
cubs were found, other than 'local'. This is because the Wildlife Police are set to investigate. "We were called
out last Thursday and rescued one, then we had another call the next day to report another cub," he said. "I understand
that this is going to be investigated."
now, Geoff is concentrating on helping the cubs build strength. "Hopefully they will both be okay," he said. "It
may be that we have to keep them as they are unlikely to be able to survive in the wild."
LACS urges N.T. to ban South Shropshire FH permanently
17-4-19 Shropshire Star Group urges Trust to ban Long Mynd hunts The League Against Cruel
Sports has written to the Trust asking for the hunt never to be allowed again on land managed by the conservation charity.
In January, the Hunt had its trail hunting licence suspended after a photographs were taken by Shropshire-based protesters
of foxes escaping from hounds.
Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns at the League Against Cruel
Sports, said: “On behalf of the 85 per cent of the population who oppose the brutal blood sport of fox hunting, we call
upon the National Trust to act decisively and ban the South Shropshire Hunt from their land for good. To allow them back on
National Trust land would be a grievous error in judgement and a betrayal of the reasons for which they were suspended.”
Hunting with dogs was banned in England and Wales for 14 years, however, trail hunting
is legal and is allowed on some National Trust properties. The Trust said it involves people on foot or horseback following
a scent along a pre-determined route with hounds or beagles and replicates a traditional hunt without a fox being chased,
hunted or killed.
But Mr Luffingham said trail hunting does often end with the death of a fox. He
is also asking on other National Trust properties to ban the act on their land. “We would also call on the National
Trust to stop issuing trail hunting licences elsewhere,” he added. “Banning the hunts already suspended will undoubtedly
get the backing of a grateful animal loving British public.”
Paul Adcock from the National Trust said a decision has not yet been made regarding next season’s trail hunt
licences. The South Shropshire Hunt did not wish to comment.
FC staff prevent Quantock SH pursuing stag on to their land
16-4-19 Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime VIDEO Thanks to Forestry England, this young stag got away! Yesterday the Quantock Stag Hounds
set out yet again to hunt and kill a spring stag. We were there with Hounds Off to expose the reality of modern day stag hunting
on the Quantock Hills. Soon after the fleeing stag was filmed running across a road between the cars of supporters keen to
see the hunt. The stag entered Forestry Commission land and the Hunt and support gathered there But the FC deployed staff
to ensure the stag was not pursued on to their land – and as a result it escaped!
Want to help? Please
donate here - https://www.paypal.me/somersetwildlife. Hounds Off - https://ko-fi.com/A0A258OD.
Pics below - Left
- Stag fleeing across a field Right - Stag rushes across a road between hunt supporters cars
LACS officer witness DS SH tormenting stag for six
ran close by him, its eyes 'bulging in terror'
15-4-19 LACS website blog Bloodlust - the sheer brutality of stag hunts Author: Paul Tillsley - Head
of Conservation & Education I am quite relieved that, even after many years of watching hunting,
I have not become immune to the sheer brutality of the stag hunts and the bloodlust of their supporters.
was an average sort of day. I was aware that the Devon and Somerset Staghounds were meeting at a local farm at 11 o’clock
and so I was on high alert on the League’s Baronsdown wildlife sanctuary, just in case the hunt came our way.
Sure enough, at about midday hunt supporters’ vehicles started arriving on
the road adjacent to Baronsdown and I knew that some unfortunate stag in the valley opposite would be forced to run for its
life. Vehicles lined the roadside, their occupants desperate to get a glimpse of their tormented quarry.
After a while the entourage moved on down the hill, although several hunt supporters stayed up high to get a grandstand
view of the action. The hunt had moved onto the Pixton Estate and, as is often the case, everything went quiet. Hunt supporters
looked eagerly through binoculars at precisely nothing happening and at around 3:30pm horseboxes started arriving and some
of the hunt supporters began drifting away.
Then it suddenly became apparent the hunted stag had been found again and horses, quad bikes and
4x4 vehicles raced off in pursuit. The commotion caused the stag to change direction and head down the Exe Valley. I saw the
terrified animal as it ran alongside the A396 with hunt supporters pointing and shouting at it.
Hunters looking down on the fleeing stag, 11-4-19
The stag sought temporary refuge in a conifer plantation, but the hounds were brought up and the stag was made to
run again. As it made another dash for freedom the stag ran past me again, just metres away, with its eyes bulging in total
terror. The stag again tried to hide, this time in an area of scrub, but he was seen, and the Huntsman went in to move him
on and continue the chase.
There were frantic shouts as the stag ran towards a disused railway bridge and a
hunt gunman leapt up onto the bridge in an attempt to shoot it. Only last year, a hunted stag had jumped to its death onto
the road below from the same bridge. The stag ran on and burst across the A396 down to the River Exe below. The huntsman was
soon on the spot, encouraging the hounds to follow the scent. It was clear that the stag was heading back to Pixton Estate.
Then everything went quiet again. The remaining
hunt supporters sat with their vehicles on the roads surrounding the estate, while the hunt searched again for the stag. Small
children with their parents, climbed on the backs of vehicles, straining to get a view. Every so often a shout would go up
to indicate the stag had been spotted and the hounds would start barking for a few seconds. The sound of hounds ‘speaking’
always sends shivers down my spine. One old supporter shouted, “Now they’ve got ‘im!” and I despaired
that anyone could have so little empathy with a fellow being.
This continued for another hour and only the most diehard hunt supporters remained when finally,
the hunt petered out. It was after 6pm and the hunt had been torturing this stag for over six hours. I don’t know what
happened to the stag in the end, but I do know that it will have been totally traumatised and even if it did survive it may
Maybe it’s impossible to become desensitised to such cruelty, which is just as well really,
as I never want to forget what the League is fighting for. Days like this remind me why the League Against Cruel Sports is
so vital, and we will not rest until they only exist in the past where they belong.
Antis ask MoD to ban violent R. Artillery FH from their
Facebook - Wildlife Witness Please support this petition to ban the Royal Artillery Hunt from publicly owned MOD land The violence
inflicted on sabs and monitors on Saturday was pre-meditated and organised by violent hunt supporters via social media groups
with no effort by the hunt staff to stop it - in fact the Huntsman actually went online that evening to thank those who came
down and caused all the trouble. Let's put pressure on the organisation that issues the hunting licences to make a stand
and ban this hunt from MOD land.
4-19 change.org Petition - Ban the Royal Artillery Hunt from MOD land Wildlife
Witness started this petition to Defence Infrastructure Organisation Following a violent
attack by hunt supporters at the Royal Artillery Hunt's meet on 13 April 2019, we call on the Defence Infrastructure Organisation
(DIO) to suspend the licence of this Hunt to use Ministry of Defence land.
The R A Hunt have a history of breaching the terms of their licence and
have faced suspensions in the past but the DIO continue to allow this Hunt to carry on. We believe it is time, once and for
all, to put an end to their activities on MOD land.
On 13 April 2019, a number of co-ordinated, unprovoked attacks were carried out by masked hunt supporters brought
in to the area via Facebook appeals by known individuals responsible for violence and intimidation in the past.
During a series
of incidents throughout the day, anti-hunt monitors and protestors were assaulted, threatened, abused and had their vehicles
damaged. All of this was captured on film to be passed on to the DIO and to Wiltshire Police, who had been made aware in the
week before the attack, that violence was being planned via groups on social media.
R A Hunt staff and officials
did nothing to stop the violence and one senior member of the hunt staff posted on social media that evening "Thanks
to the guys who came down, the scum will never stop us".
actions of the Hunt on the day are an embarrassment to the Regiment that bears its name and to the armed forces as a whole.
It is time that action was taken by those who issue the R A Hunt their licence to use MOD land, to take firm
and decisive action to deal with this illegal activity and violence - now is the time to ban the Royal Artillery Hunt from
all MOD land.
19-4-19 Facebook - Wildlife Witness The Royal Artillery Hunt have been busy trying to muster up some good news to gloss over their shocking
behaviour last weekend, when sabs and monitors were attacked, but it won't work. If the thuggery we saw on Saturday had
taken place in a city centre or at a football stadium it would be front page news and those responsible for organising it
would be in court within hours.
Let's keep the pressure on the R A Hunt to make a public apology and to disown
and ban those taking part in the lawlessness that took place at the closing meet.
We understand that further video
will be released from other groups, this weekend showing other incidents that took place on the day. These and everything
else will be passed on to the office that issues the RA's licence to hunt on MOD land. Make no mistake, the behaviour
of the masked supporters was with the knowledge of the hunt and its officials...
Sabs attacked, cars badly damaged by R. Artillery
liquid containing ammonia sprayed in eyes - hospitalised
CPSO - the only police present - watched on & did nothing
13-4-19 Facebook - North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs VIDEO Saturday 13th April - Royal Artillery Hunt at The Old Carter Barracks, Bulford
3 weeks ago, local Scummer Jason Powell invited boys down to the RA’s closing meet to cause trouble and to have a
“rumble in the jungle” in his own words. Because of this, we were cautious, but joined by our good friends at
Weymouth Animal Rights, alongside Dorset Against Blood Sports and South Coast Hunt Sabs and West Wilts Hunt Saboteurs, we
attended to show that we aren’t scared of them.
Leaving after 11am, the Hunt and their mass of support headed north east towards Ablington Furze. Here they searched
for a fox, but didn’t manage to find anything. This would set the theme for the day, which no doubt riled the hunt support
even more. From here, Moffat zigzagged his hounds up to Hound Plantation, he would spend a vast majority of the day in this
In an attempt to lose sabs, he decided to race north up to Bake Barn where the field split, half headed back home
and the other half continuing with hounds up to Rainbow Bottom, where we found hound prints and signs of fox and badger activity.
It was at this point when we got a radio call from WAR and South Coast that support was needed urgently as their sabs and
vehicles were being chased cross country.
With a convoy of sabs and support in tow, they headed back south to Hound Plantation and then Sun Plantation. Clearly
frustrated with not being able to hide from the watchful eye of sabs, the huntsman unenthusiastically zig-zagged again back
towards Ablington Furze for yet another fox search. Again, finding nothing.
Some of the hunt thugs surrounding and attacking sab landy
Man in peaked cap is Adrian Bull
who heads the Grafton FH goon squad
Yet again, he had now changed direction, this time he took hounds south to the Ablington Penning
area where hounds went into cry, a gizmo from our vehicle was deployed. Something which clearly annoyed a pickup full of scum,
driven illegally and in breach of the Hunt’s license by Will Day [above], a Solicitor from Southampton.
Sabs raced into the area and were met with an extremely violent reaction. Our vehicle was blocked in on a public byway in
front of a community support officer. Masked-up hunt support surrounded our vehicle, destroyed a wing mirror, ripped off external
parts of the vehicle, and tried to smash in the windows with no reprimand from the lone officer. They then moved off to target
one of WAR’s vehicles which resulted in damage including a slashed tyre, ripped off number plate and smashed front grill.
Hunt support, the majority male, seemed to mainly target our female sabs today in a disgusting
and unprovoked show of abhorrent behaviour, especially given the fact that there were always male sabs with the females in
South Coast had their Landy rammed various times
throughout the day, WAR have had thousands of pounds of damage, and we have had hundreds of pounds of damage done to our vehicle.
Despite this, the police still tried to blame us for causing trouble at the end of the day and tried to make us go home.
today’s events, a complaint will be made to the Defence Infrastructure Organisation in regards to the hunt support’s
behaviour, and the Huntsman condoning that behaviour. And a complaint will be made to the IPCC, as we have been in contact
with the police all week, and were aware today would be a bloodbath but still only sent out one PCSO in a van, who was totally
out of his depth, so much so we had to wait about half an hour after we had been attacked for proper police to arrive [below].
Please help us to repair damage to our vehicle by donating to our PayPal which can
be found at PayPal.me/NorthDorsetHuntSabs.
Facebook - EmziDimitri Christoforakis Before the Hunt even met today, Dimitri was told he was
going to be killed, today he was going to die. As the day went on, they got more violent, surrounding the landy and tried
to attack sabs. They were carrying knives and slashed the tyres of the landy. These people are evil, they’re violent
thugs and they must be stopped!!!! It’s time the police did their job before someone gets killed!! More footage to follow.
18-4-19 Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs Update on the sab that had fox scent sprayed in their eyes on Saturday by disgruntled hunt scum whilst
sabbing the Royal Artillery. At the time they suffered pain and discomfort whilst idiots tried to perform a ridiculous citizens
arrest on them after the assault.
By Monday they were unable to open their eyes due to the ammonia burns received
and needed urgent treatment. They had 2 irrigations and are on a course of antibiotics. We wish them well and a speedy recovery.
also reports by Mendip Hunt Watch, South Coast Hunt Sabs, Weymouth Animal Rights, Brighton Hunt Sabs
South Coast Sabs video showing support blocking green lane is
Hounds Off founder assaulted by Quantock
SH thug on public access land
14-4-19 Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime VIDEO What have they got to hide? Hounds Off founder
Joe Hashman is subjected to rough treatment at the hands of Quantock Stag Hounds supporters who object to our efforts to expose
the cruelty of modern day stag hunting.
Want to help us expose the truth? https://www.paypal.me/somersetwildlife Hounds Off - https://ko-fi.com/A0A258OD.
Pics below - Left, Joe H. being assaulted by hunt thug 2/ Sign
just a few yards from the scene