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LATEST UK HUNTING NEWS

    For stories before FEBRUARY 2019, go to UK HUNTING NEWS ARCHIVE

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

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

 

                           HUNTING SEASON 2018-19

 

MAY 2019

….. 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 land

….. 16th May - Naturalist and anti-hunt activist Chris Packham awarded CBE

….. 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 up immediately

….. 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

…..  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 to police 

 

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.

17-11-19  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   

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See also Cheshire Live report and Metro

 

Stray Cheshire FH hound snapped scavenging rubbish near kennels

17-5-19  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.

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*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 land

16-5-19  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.

Packham [left] last month revealed dead crows had been strung up outside his home and he had ChrisPackhamCBE.jpgreceived 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 Springwatch presenter.

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.”

The 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.”

 

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.

Prof 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 year.

See also blog by 'Accidental Activist', who was the main prosecution witness, here. 

 

Sabs find 3 Counties MH hounds in cry - they pack up immediately

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.

When 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.

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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 their workplace

11-5-19  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 #SeeYouSoon

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Sabs stumble across Dove Valley MH digging & scare them off

11-5-19  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.

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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 land

11-5-19  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 on Tuesday.

 

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.

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.’

 

Sabs accuse Clifton on Teme FH after finding dug out sett

9-5-19  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.

Wider investigation 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 ground.

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Until 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.

A 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 appreciated. Thank you. Ko-fi.com/herefordshirehuntsabs

 

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.

The 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.

Pic below   -  Adams [mounted] just after the kill  

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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 we face.

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 Magistrates Court.

 

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.

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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 Mr?

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 to police

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. good riddance.

We have had them in front of Police in 2018 & 2019. So watch out United Pack in 2019/2020 we shall be watching.


 

APRIL 2019

….. 30th April - Judge to give Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman appeal verdict on Friday

….. 30th April - Meynell FH officials & servants trial date set for August 19th

….. 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 in Cheshire

….. 24th April - Weston & Banwell FH planning application for new kennels refused

….. 23rd April - Another stag killed by Quantock SH - at 'children's meet'

….. 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

….. 19th April - Venue will not host Puckeridge FH Ball after anti online campaign

….. 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 their land

….. 14th April - Sabs attacked, cars badly damaged by R. Artillery FH supporters

….. 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 Quantock SH

…..  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 meet

…..  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 Officer

…..  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 on Friday

30-4-19  Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs    For those FitzwilliamFHSabkilledfox1-1-16.jpgfollowers 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.

As 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.

The case follows an investigation by Derbyshire Police based on evidence captured by the animal welfare charity League Against Cruel Sports.

Martin 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

POWAperson 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 explanation.  

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.

- The 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.

So 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.

2-4-19  Facebook - National Dis-Trust    We're starting a new National Trust trespass round-up for the 2018/19 season:-

09/03/2019 - Radley College Beagles met on The Buscot and Coleshill Estates NT, documented by Severn Vale Hunt Saboteurs and Surrey Hunt Monitors: tinyurl.com/y3kg3ne2.

09/03/2019 - Eryri Hunt were witnessed by walkers illegally hunting on National Trust land within Snowdonia National Park.

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.

26/01/2019 - 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.

24/12/2018 - 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.

11/12/2018 - 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.

26/11/2018 - 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 westdorset@nationaltrust.org.uk 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 yorkshirecoast@nationaltrust.org.uk or calling 01723 870 423.

22/10/2018 - 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 hindhead@nationaltrust.org.uk & 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 marsdenmoor@nationaltrust.org.uk 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 northdownswest@nationaltrust.org.uk& 01306 887 485 about this and let us know what they say. Alternatively, call the head ranger (Henry Barnard) on 07769 283 374.

10/09/2018 - 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.

To 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 retires

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.

Also 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 post

CheshireFHHuntsman5-12-18.jpg28-4-19   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.

Will 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 in Cheshire

27-4-19   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.

The 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.

Chris Luffingham, 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 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 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.

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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 crimewatch@league.org.uk.

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 kennels refused

24-4-19   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.

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Another stag killed by Quantock SH - at 'children's meet'

23-4-19  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 tomorrow

23-4-19  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.

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                      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".

Fingers crossed.

POWAperson 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 denied'.  

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.

It 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.

Until 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.

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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).

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                           Pic of 2 young females on point with the Meynell FH 

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.

Pics below   -   Kelly Lees and friend Zoe talking about cubbing with the Meynell  

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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.

#TrailHuntLies #DemandARealHuntingBan

 

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 named

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 hotline: 07443148426.

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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 a place.

The 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 

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Top Hunts' lawyer Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden drowns while surfing

Promoted strategy of injunctions to stop monitors 'harassing' Hunts 

Represented 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 TimothyLawson-Cruttenden2_4-19.jpgLawson-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 of iceberg'

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 ChrisLuffinghamLACS.jpgfigures 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.

Chris Luffingham 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 crimewatch@league.org.uk.

Professional investigators from the League Against Cruel Sports filmed hounds from the Mendip Farmers Hunt chasing a fox in the Mendip Hills in January 2019.

 

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 butFoxcubsWithsanctuaryowner17-4-19.jpg 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."

For 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!

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Pics below   -   Left - Stag fleeing across a field   Right  -  Stag rushes across a road between hunt supporters cars 

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LACS officer witness DS SH tormenting stag for six hour

Stag 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.

Thursday 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.

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                       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 never recover.

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 land

15-4-19    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".

The 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.

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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 FH supporters

Sab had 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 area.

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.

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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.

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                   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.

R.ArtilleryFHSomedamage13-4-19.jpgSabs 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 the group.

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.

After 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].

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13-4-19  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.

 

See also reports by  Mendip Hunt WatchSouth Coast Hunt Sabs, Weymouth Animal Rights, Brighton Hunt Sabs

South Coast Sabs video showing support blocking green lane is here 

 

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.

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Pics below   -   Left,  Joe H. being assaulted by hunt thug    2/  Sign just a few yards from the scene 

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Quantock SH chase another stag to exhaustion and death

13-4-19  Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime   VIDEO   This is stag hunting on the Quantock hills, Thursday 11th April 2019.   It’s cruelty. Plain and simple. Hounds Off, National Dis-Trust, Cheshire Monitors - thanks to all those concerned.

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CA & Cheshire PCC criticise each other over hunting review

Chief Constable says Hunting Act needs a 'reckless' clause 

12-4-19  Northwich Guardian    Countryside Alliance slams Cheshire PCC over £34k hunting review   HUNT supporters have continued their war of words with Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) after learning the county’s fox hunting review cost taxpayers £34,000.

The Countryside Alliance, which discovered the figure under the Freedom of Information Act, insists David Keane has an ‘obsession’ with hunting – having commissioned the independent review last year despite just 19 of the county’s 80,000 recorded crimes in 2017 being related to Hunts.

It follows a public meeting in February where Mr Keane discussed the review’s 11 recommendations with Chief Constable Darren Martland. Mr Keane, who is a Labour councillor in Warrington, also suggested at the meeting that Cheshire Police could work with Hunts, landowners and residents in future to develop event plans in a bid to maintain public safety. Tim Bonner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said: “We now know that the review into the policing of hunting commissioned by Mr Keane cost £34,000, but this is just one part of the cost of his obsession. His own office, and Cheshire Constabulary, must also have spent thousands of pounds contributing to the review and arranging subsequent meetings. Indeed the PCC seems to spend much of his time meeting anti-hunting groups. Worse than that, the PCC has ignored the recommendations of his expensive review and proposed a series of other restrictive proposals which conform with his prejudices. He seems to be incapable of accepting that Cheshire hunts are operating perfectly legally as they have been since the Hunting Act came into force. Cheshire residents must be furious that their PCC is wasting vast sums of taxpayers’ money on political campaigns whilst crime in Cheshire rose by 32 per cent last year.”

It was revealed at February’s meeting that Cheshire Police received 200 reports of incidents in the 2018-19 hunt season, more than 10 times the number in 2017-18. The figure for 2018-19 includes 51 alleged criminal offences, but John Dwyer – former Cheshire PCC and Conservative candidate in 2020’s PCC election – is critical of his successor’s stance. “The PCC has ignored sound advice to instead plough ahead with his own ideas,” he said. “The advice he received cost a lot of money to the public purse and ought to be taken heed of. If what is reported is accurate then I think he is in danger of encroaching on operational policing matters, by getting involved in the detail of policing hunts.”

However, Mr Keane’s attempts to bring both sides of the debate together on hunting were praised by Chf Con Martland. He also agreed with the review’s findings that suggested the Hunting Act 2004 could be revised to require proof of recklessness, rather than intent to kill, to make prosecutions attempts more successful.

And the PCC admits he is ‘disappointed’ the Countryside Alliance has not bought in with his proposals for cooperation. Mr Keane said: “The issue of Cheshire Constabulary’s policing of fox hunting was raised to my office by a number of Cheshire residents and elected representatives. In my role representing the residents of Cheshire in scrutinising the actions of Cheshire Constabulary, it was my duty to explore this issue further to ensure Cheshire Constabulary is enforcing the law in relation illegal hunting.

It was only right that this issue was investigated by an independent team that could bring impartiality to the matter. The review was commissioned following a tendering process to ensure the review provided value for money. The actions discussed at a public scrutiny meeting into policing of hunting have been formed following the independent review. They are intended to help all parties act within the law whilst participating in their activity, which will result in a more efficient and effective police service to deal with all crimes. “I am disappointed that they haven’t been welcomed by the Countryside Alliance.”

Meanwhile, Mr Keane has also been supported by anti-hunt campaigners, who suggest public opinion is largely against hunts.

Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns for the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “One of the key conclusions from the review was that strengthening the Hunting Act to remove its ambiguity would likely lead to more prosecutions, and it is for this reason we are calling for these changes to be made by parliament. Our polling has consistently shown that opposition to hunting with dogs remains high, and clearly this is reflected by the people of Cheshire. We believe the PCC was right to conduct an independent review into how the Hunting Act and to further scrutinise its findings, inviting the public and views from all sides to contribute.”

 

Pevensey Marsh Beagles to close down

11-4-19   Facebook - Hunt Saboteurs   Victory!   We've received news that the hare killing Pevensey Marsh Beagles are disbanding! Hunting with hounds is suffering a terminal decline, but we'll continue to sabotage these organisations until every pack is shut down.

Long live the hares of East Sussex!

 

Six from Meynell FH charged with illegal fox hunting

Accused include Huntsman, Whip, terriermen and Joint Masters 

10-4-19  Facebook - Hunt Saboteurs    Six members of the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt, including the Huntsman, a Master and terriermen, have been charged with illegal hunting.

10-4-19   Derbyshire Times    Six men charged with hunting offence in Derbyshire    Six men have been charged with offences under the Hunting Act following an incident in Derbyshire in October 2018. The six men, named below, have all been charged with one count of hunting a wild mammal with dogs under the Hunting Act 2004.

William Tatler, 45, of Idridgehay, Belper, Derbyshire; Sam Staniland, 31, of Sudbury, Derbyshire; John Finnegan, 33, of Pickwell, Leicestershire; Andrew Bull, 50, of Sudbury, Derbyshire; Sammuel Stanley, 25, of Needwood, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire; Peter Southwell, 60, of Great Haywood, Stafford, Staffordshire.

The incident relates to an alleged offence in Sutton-on-the-Hill, Derbyshire, on October 2, 2018. The six are due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on April 30.

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                Meynell riders briefly ride after fox bolted from wood drawn by hounds

10-4-19  LACS Press Release   Hunt accused of illegally targeting fox cubs    Six members of the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt are appearing at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Tuesday, April 30, accused of hunting fox cubs. The police investigation was conducted by Derbyshire Police and based on evidence captured by the animal welfare charity League Against Cruel Sports. The six accused will put in a plea and a case management hearing will be held.

Joint masters William Tatler and Peter Southwell, former Huntsman Sam Staniland, Whipper-in John ‘Ollie’ Finnegan, terrierman Andrew Bull and assistant terrierman 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 local 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.

Martin Sims, Director of Investigations at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “We welcome the fact that Derbyshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service have brought these charges against the Hunt. Our polling indicates that the vast majority of the public oppose hunting with packs of hounds, and if proven, these allegations that the Hunt are targeting fox cubs would horrify them.”

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.

10-4-19  Derbyshire Constabulary    Six men have been charged with offences under the Hunting Act following an incident in October 2018.

The six men, named below, have all been charged with one count of hunting a wild mammal with dogs under the Hunting Act 2004.

William Tatler, 45, of Idridgehay, Belper, Derbyshire. - Sam Staniland, 31, of Sudbury, Derbyshire. - John Finnegan, 33, of Pickwell, Leicestershire. - Andrew Bull, 50, of Sudbury, Derbyshire. - Sammuel Stanley, 25, of Needwood, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. - Peter Southwell, 60, of Great Haywood, Stafford, Staffordshire.

The incident relates to an alleged offence in Sutton on the Hill, Derbyshire, on October 2, 2018. The six are due to appear at Nottinghamshire Magistrates’ Court on April 30.

 

Garden Centre withdraws sponsorship of Cottesmore FH Pony Club event

9-4-19  Facebook - Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs   The Cottesmore Hunt Pony Club Gates Garden Centre Eventer Trial 2019 - Sponsored by Gates Garden Centre

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FB: https://www.facebook.com/GatesGardenCentre/  Email: info@gatesgardencentre.co.uk.

Pony Clubs are an essential part of fox hunting, not only providing financial support, but also making future generations to believe that chasing and killing wildlife for sport is acceptable.

Hunts hold special pony club meets, often in school holidays, where pony club members are welcomed along and encouraged to become part of the Hunt. It’s time they unsponsored historical events. Boycott gates garden centre and tell them you are doing so.

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9-4-19  Facebook - Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs    Gates Garden Centre - Thank you for making the right decision for the wildlife. Thank you to everyone who’s left a comment shared the post and taken time out to do so. Note - The Cottesmore hunt are wildlife criminals. Their historical pastime isn’t liked by the majority of people.

 

Monitor captures moment hunted stag shot dead by Quantock SH

After 2 hour hunt, riders needed only to walk horses to keep up with stag 

8-4-19  Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime    Smoke from the gunshot that killed a beautiful and healthy stag yesterday. Full film to follow.

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Pics below  -   Collage of pics from the hunt 

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The story of the kill  - 

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              After a 2 hour chase, the stag is reduced to barely more than a walk 

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            The pursuing rider need only walk his horse to keep up with the tired stag 

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Left - Stag akes one last desperate run    Right - Spent, stag collapses to the ground

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Left - Rider on left dismounts to shoot stag     Right - Dead stag loaded on to quad bike 

 

Welsh huntsman convicted over gruesome, insanitary conditions at kennels

8-4-19  Western Telegraph   Rotting carcases, maggots and flies at Carmarthen hunt kennels   A Carmarthen huntsman has admitted a range of animal by-product offences including allowing chickens to roam on bloodstained floors, keeping overflowing bins of dead animals and bones, and leaving calf carcasses on the floor in the processing area of a centre he was operating from.CarmartheshireFHHuntsmanWilliamPinkney8-4-19.jpg

William Pinkney [right], who is also a knackerman, pleaded guilty to 16 offences at Llanelli Magistrates Court and was handed a 12-month community order and must pay over £2,195 in costs in a prosecution led by Carmarthenshire Council.

The court heard that the 42-year-old who operates a collection centre for fallen stock at the Carmarthenshire Hunt Club Kennel premises on Llysonnen Road – where he also lives – is authorised to collect and receive fallen stock of farmed animals. He is also authorised to feed certain parts of the animals to the hounds living on the premises.

He admitted to magistrates keeping calf ears and heads in unlabelled bins, and not removing specified risk material (SRM) from a pile of calf carcasses – all SRMs must be removed and stained or marked with patent blue V and not mixed with other animal by products (ABP).

He also admitted feeding hounds with contaminated material SRM, allowing chickens to feed off partly burnt carcasses and letting horses have access to manure heap containing animal bones.

He pleaded guilty to not keeping up to date feeding records for the hounds, failing to keep current records of collected or delivered animal carcasses, operating the collection centre and feeding animal by products to the hounds after being served a prohibition notice, not labelling blue wheelie bins containing unstained bones correctly and keeping ABP bins outside overflowing and full of rotting carcases [below] surrounded by a large number of maggots and flies. Also, bins were not closed properly leaving bones scattered around the floor area allowing wild birds and animals access to them.

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In mitigation Pinkney’s solicitor said that his client had reduced the number of fallen stock he deals with at the premises, and that he has spent money to make sure the premises is compliant. His solicitor claimed that when Pinkney took over the business he had inherited the issues on the site and that he was sorry he hadn’t been able to resolve them sooner.

Pinkney was also told to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and pay £85 victim surcharge.

The council’s executive board member for public protection, Cllr Philip Hughes said: “This has proved very costly for Mr Pinkney who was aware it was his responsibility to ensure all guidelines were followed. "Controls on animal by-products are there for a very good reason and protects against any potential risks to both human and animal health. I’d like to thank our animal health officers who were faced with some gruesome scenes during their investigation.”

POWAperson adds  -  POWA has been told that Simon Hart, former CEO of the Countryside Alliance and who presided over the Hunting Declaration, allegedly signed by over 50,000 hunters and followers pledging to disregard any law banning hunting live quarry, and who was elected MP for Pembrokeshire FH and Carmarthen West in 2010, still sometimes rides out with the Carmarthenshire FH as well as the South Pembrokeshire FH. He is also on a £30k annual retainer from the Countryside Alliance in addition to his £75k salary as an MP.  

 

Lord Middleton's son works with prosecutor who dropped sab assaults case

7-4-19  Facebook -Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs    Many of our followers will remember the case of the four Middleton riders who were cleared of assaulting sabs after the CPS prosecutor decided to offer no evidence, despite over twenty minutes of footage showing the attack - Daily Mail article here.

You will also remember that on 27th March a young sab was assaulted at the Middleton Hunt. All the sab was trying to do was hand the body of a hare over to police as evidence of a crime committed by the Middleton Hunt.

James Willoughby, Lord Middleton's son, decided to snatch the hare in front of the cops (perverting the course of justice) (behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace). As sabs tried to retrieve the hare's body Richard Hoggard, head gamekeeper on the Birdsall Estate decided to run to his Master's side and steal a sab's horn. When the sab grabbed his horn back the bell end assaulted the sab. Daily Mail article here

HERE IS AN IMPORTANT THING TO BEAR IN MIND. Lord Middleton's son works for the same law firm as the CPS prosecutor Laurie Scott who collapsed the trial against the Middleton Hunt riders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So too does Edward Ledgard, who's family own Scampston Hall, a regular and prestigious meet of the Middleton Hunt!!!!!!!!!!!

Please let Dere Street Barristers know what you think about their conflicts of interest. 

 

Stevenstone FH hunt on after fox even after warned by sabs

Supporter allegedly tried to run down a lone female sab 

7-4-19    Facebook - North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs    06/04/19 , Stevenstone Hunt – Merton    After their show of disregard for the law by killing a fox last Saturday, NDHS, along with Weymouth Animal Rights and Kernow Sabs, saw it only fair to team up and travel to Devon as a show of solidarity for Devon County Hunt Saboteurs for what they had to witness last week. From the meet, the Hunt set off north east up to Hillies Wood. But of course, in true hunt style, they travelled there via a busy road, using both lanes as they did so. Not finding anything, they moved on.

Exiting north of the wood onto the road, the Hunt were surprised to find us and Kernow waiting for them. It seems they weren't expecting us and they quickly doubled back into the wood. They then spent a little while going in circles probably trying to work out a new plan for the day, while still putting on a show for their support.

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                     Sabs say this supporter tried to run down a lone female sab 

Having not picked up a scent in this wood, the Hunt headed south into the area of Merton Mill and picked up a fox. After a little while we heard hounds in cry back in Hillies Wood and sabs ran in. Quick thinking by our driver meant that we could arrive just as a fox crossed our path, Sabs laying low to let her pass. Hearing hounds and the Huntsman clearly encouraging them on, we jumped back up and saw hounds directly onto where the fox had been. Sabs sprayed the area and rated hounds off with voice calls.

The Huntsman gathered the hounds back up and headed north in search of land to hide with limited access to sabs. They chose Huntingham Wood. Our landy got as close as possible but hunt support decided it'd be a great idea to block us in so sabs went in on foot instead. From the Landy, our Sabs saw a fox run along the eastern edge of this wood. With the foot team also sighting the fox, they allowed him to cross the track east of Great Potheridge, spraying his line.

With support also seeing this fox, they encouraged hounds on but sabs were quick to spray the scent and rate the hounds. The Huntsman soon came along and blatantly continued to hunt hounds on calling 'hunt him' even when he'd been told very clearly that a fox had been seen and that he needed to call hounds off to avoid breaking the law. Instead they headed straight in the direction that the fox had gone into Gowman's Cleave Wood.

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Support got aggressive at this point and a 4x4 was driven at a lone female sab. We returned to the vehicle and, due to the increasing aggression and being blocked in, police were called, and rather surprisingly, turned up on blue lights rather quickly.

Not wanting us to remain in an area where a fox was seen hunted, they finally let us leave and, with other foot groups getting into position, we headed north of the area in anticipation that they head that way. Luckily they lost the scent and the Hunt moved on.

Trying to get back onto the line, they were taken back to Gowman's Cleave Woods and then east of Pinkhill Farm. Another fox was spotted running for its life away from the area of Poundcleave Wood and, thankfully, hounds didn't follow.

The Hunt then moved back to Gowman's Cleave Woods were hounds went into cry and sabs once again were there to call them off, this time with all of our assets; voice calls, gizmos and horns. They raced off westerly with some sabs managing to stick with the fast moving hounds. Other sabs remained in the area and were pushed and shoved in true knuckle dragger fashion.

Once again, this was another meet that we would not have been able to go to without attending in another group's 4x4, huge thanks to WAR for accommodating us. This season our sabs have been out every single week for 8 months straight and we desperately need a suitable vehicle of our own so that we can be even more effective in saving lives in the future.

Without Sabs there today, at least 3 foxes would’ve been killed. We don’t believe there was any kills, but the huntsman did disappear from the sight of sabs for roughly 45 minutes. During this time, the pack was split and most of the time was spent gathering the hounds. But we can’t be sure.

If you can help financially, please consider sharing and donating towards our vehicle fund which can be found at the top of the page or at: www.gogetfunding.com/north-dorset-hunt-sabs-vehicle-fund/. We also have a PayPal link, which again, can be found at the top of the page. As always, a huge heartfelt thank you for all your continued support.

Pics below    -   Left, the Goonsmobile     Right, this redcoat claimed he wasn't following the hunt! 

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Waveney Harriers chase fox across road at closing meet

5-4-19  Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    The second of our two belated hit reports from the end of the season Waveney Harriers – 9 March 2019, Ellingham Hall, Ellingham, Norfolk   

With the Easton Harriers finished for the season, it was time to visit the Waveney Harriers again, for what we hoped would be their last meet too. We were joined by friends from Croydon Hunt Saboteurs.

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With the motions of a trail being laid [above] and a bird of prey present (which as per usual spent most of the time in the box on the back of the quad bike), we watched with interest to see how the hounds were going to know which style of hunting they were supposed to be doing this particular week. Sadly, it became evident very quickly, which style of hunting was being carried out.

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With the focus pretty much just on two woods (Hales Hall Wood and Eight Acre Plantation) and with too many animals to count dashing out of the woods (see photos), it was only a matter of time before the hounds made chase. Just before 2.00 pm we watched riders sitting on point for several minutes on the edge of Eight Acre Plantation. With no bird of prey present and the hounds in full cry deep in the wood, it was evident to us that illegal hunting was taking place.

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At 2.10 pm a fox made a desperate dash from Eight Acre Plantation, ran the line of the edge of the wood, crossed the road in front of us and ran through the farm yard of Hall Farm. The hounds were just seconds behind the fox. The hounds were slowed a little by the fact that they took longer to get through the hedgerow than the fox did. We are hopeful that the fox escaped, but we cannot be sure.

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Clearly rattled by the fact that we had been in the right place, at the right time, and had witnessed the chase, the usual hunt riders’ mobile phones started appearing. At 2.45 pm the Hunt was on the way back to meet. Just as we were about to leave to go home however we noticed a rather large Police presence We just hope the taxpayers of Norfolk are impressed.

Check out the video to see how many officers turned up.*

With the season now at an end, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful supporters for everything they have done to help us throughout the 2018/2019 season. We cannot do what we do to help the wildlife without the support that we receive. We want you to know that every single penny you donate and every single bit of information you provide us with, is invaluable to us. The wildlife say a big “THANK YOU” and so do we. https://ko-fi.com/norfolksuffolkhuntsaboteurs.

* I counted 7 cars, POWAperson 

 

Monitors think pair bagged foxes released at 4 Burrow/Beaufort FHs meet

5-4-19    Facebook - Kernow Sabs, Monitors and Animal Rights Team   VIDEO    Hit Report – Tues 19th March 2019 – Caerhays Castle – Four Burrow Hunt with guests the Beaufort Hunt     We discovered that the Beaufort Hunt were heading to Cornwall for the week and joining Four Burrow Hunt on the Tuesday and East Cornwall Hunt on the Thursday. We couldn’t get a full team out until Thursday (hit report to follow) so not wanting to let them go unchecked three of our determined sabs went incognito to monitor their activity.

The team arrived at Tregavarras to the East of the castle and headed out onto the footpath when the hunt were spotted leaving the castle estate and heading towards Forty Acre Wood, much earlier than anticipated. All of a sudden the hounds started talking and we caught sight of two foxes and just a few hounds in the field across the valley. The foxes looked disorientated and hounds weren't piling in as we would have had expected them to. To our astonishment and relief the foxes got away and a few of the hounds fussed around and left with the rest of the pack following a line up towards Trevornick Farm and out of view, the whole time being encouraged by the hunt staff which can be heard on the video. Its difficult to see but the little black dots shown by the arrow were the foxes. The situation seemed a bit off somehow so we have suspicions that they may have been bagged foxes, released on purpose to give the visiting Hunt a good show. No way of knowing for sure sadly.

They then proceeded to draw the valley near Brownberry Wood and Tubbs Mill, watched from a distance by the team from the church and Old Park Wood area. The hunt continued through the Great and Little Polgrain area but we couldn’t keep up and lost any decent views so eventually had to call it a day. We didn't hear the hounds going to cry again but we were some distance away so can’t be certain.

Caerhays Castle, a regular meet for Four Burrow hunt, is owned by the Williams family who also own Burncoose nurseries and Scorrier Estate, who’s land houses the Four Burrow kennels. Caerhays also proudly runs shooting events, with much of the area given over to pheasants, bred to be shot by pathetic men with big guns and small... so foxes along with other wildlife are not welcome visitors. There are also historical family ties to Werrington Park near Launceston, a hunt venue for the Lamerton. We found it ironic and disturbing that Caerhays was used as a venue for Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s “Wildlife Celebration” last May given the clear hatred of wildlife that they hold.

 

Sab film refutes claim that they endangered a hunter's horse

R. Artillery FH rider blocked lane then backed horse to stopped landy

5-4-19  Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs    VIDEO     The 'fake news' Facebook page 'Hunting for truth' posted an edited video here. They clam we had put this rider and horse in danger by driving at speed at her. Our full video shows it was the rider who put the horse in danger and only our calm reaction made sure nothing happened. She blocks out path on purpose then attempts to back the horse into the stationary Land Rover while videoing. Her posted video only shows when the horse is close, not the preceding events.

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                               Rider walking horse into path of sab landy 

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Those who want to kill animals will not shrink from lying about their actions, they care nothing for wildlife or their horses. Help keep us in the killing fields by making a donation:- PayPal.me/SouthCoastHuntSabs. Any info on Hunts call the tip-off hotline: 07443148426.

 

Quantock SH kill another young stag for 'sport'

5-4-19  Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime  VIDEO  One of these stags never saw the light of another day - Stag Hunting with the Quantock Stag Hounds, 1st April 2019    The National Trust holds the key to protecting our deer by enforcing their own ban! The time to deliver on your promise is now!

If you support what we do and would like to help with costs, please and thank you!  http://ko-fi.com/somersetwildlifecrime -  Also https://ko-fi.com/A0A258OD.

Pics below   -   Left, two spring stags put up by the Hunt run away from the pair of hounds. The Hunt had previously crossed N. Trust land    Right,  Shortly afterwards, riders and hounds, on the line of the stags, pursue them 

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POWAperson adds   -  All hunting for 'sport' is cruel, almost by design. But I have long found deer hunting with hounds the most disgusting of all. The process is just so prolonged and relentless. With a full pack, which the Quantock SH still sometimes use, pretending to be 'trail hunting', this can last for over seven hours. I was present as a monitor at two such extended hunts in the 1990s. The average hunt length is around 3 hours. 3 hours of ever more lung-busting, increasingly terror filled over exertion with the baying hounds, the riders and their ghoulish support on quads and motor cycles, all intent on the spectacle of the deer's death. The Quantock SH here were using just two hounds, as the Devon & Somerset Stag Hounds have been doing for years.

This, thanks to the slack wording of Schedule 1.9 of the Hunting Act 2004, is LEGAL. This is the 'Research and Observation' Exemption which allows hunting of any mammal with 2 hounds so long as they are not allowed to injure the quarry. Deer hounds are trained not to do that anyway, but rather to bring the deer to 'bay' when it can run no longer, so that they can be approached by a hunter and shot dead.. The DSSH pretend they are conducting some sort of never ending research project, the results of which are never published, but they need not bother because the clause, absurdly, allows hunts in this form purely so they can 'observe' them. Any normal person would I think, have the same reaction to observing such a hunt as I did. That to see a beautiful, vibrant, healthy animal turned into a stumbling wreck by hours of pursuit, then surrounded by howling dogs and shot in the head is pitiful, ghastly and distressing - and that those who happily inflict such a fate on the deer must be psychopaths.       

 

Cotswold FH filmed trespassing on private railway

5-4-19  Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   VIDEO    Cotswold Hunt feel free to hunt on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway...

POWAperson adds - this was on 25-3-19. CIWH have reported the trespass to the railway company.

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                    Huntsman and hounds leave railway - but 2 followers still there 

      

WO course at Leics police doesn't seem to cover organised illegal hunting

4-4-19  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   #OperationBlackthorn   Last week Leicestershire Police hosted the national wildlife crime officers course and as a result have trained up some new wildlife crime officers. Leicestershire Police do not have a good record when it comes to wildlife crime officers. Two Leicestershire Police wildlife officers have been outed as having links to their local fox hunts. Three years PC Sharon Roscoe had to step down as a wildlife officer after it was revealed she rides with the Belvoir Hunt. Last year it was revealed wildlife officer PC Rob Cross not only has personal links to both the Atherstone Hunt and the Fernie Hunt but also retweeted an article in favour of repealing the Hunting Act.

During the course they learnt about lamping and hare coursing but no mention of hare hunting with beagles or fox hunting with hounds. This season Leicestershire Police didn’t bother to attend many meets of the Atherstone Hunt and when they did they refused to even get out of their cars to gather any evidence of illegal hunting. (https://youtu.be/q7GgXL5dykc). Once we challenged them on this we never saw them again for the rest of the season.

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Leics police recruitment posters feature pro-hunt Wildlife Officer

3-4-19  Facebook - Atherstone Hunt Watch    Leicestershire Police are recruiting and are encouraging people from all walks of life to apply from gamekeepers to young farmers. The post includes a picture of young farmer / wildlife officer PC Rob Cross who not only has personal connections to both the Atherstone Hunt and the Fernie Hunt but has in the past retweeted a post about repealing the Hunting Act.

Don’t worry about your personal bias or potential conflicts of interest there’s a job waiting for you at Leicestershire Police. Support fox hunting? Why not become a wildlife officer? https://www.facebook.com/leicspolice/.

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Vale of White Horse FH trespass on Nat.Trust land

2-4-19    Facebook - National Dis-Trust is with Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch  VIDEO   On 9th March, the Vale of White Horse Hunt were filmed trespassing on the National Trust's Sherborne Estate by Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch. Trust staff then confirmed this had happened in an email dated 15th March. Interestingly, the Vale of White Horse are licensed to use a separate Trust property - the Buscot and Coleshill Estates NT.

The staff at Buscot & Coleshill Estate have chosen to completely ignore us after the Old Berkshire Hunt killed a fox on their land on 17th November 2018 (also filmed by Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch - tinyurl.com/y7yvkmsk) but it might be worth asking them if they will continue to licence the Vale of White Horse next season since they are trespassing on land that their colleagues manage. You can [politely] contact them on buscotandcoleshill@nationaltrust.org.uk or 01793762209.

The licence details for the Vale of White Horse Hunt to use the Buscot & Coleshill Estate can be seen here: tinyurl.com/y34vp8jn.

Many thanks to Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch on keeping us updated. Please support them here: paypal.me/cihwatch.

 

Sabs upload video of Stevenstone FH fox kill

2-4-19  Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO  Warning - Distressing footage    On Saturday the Stevenstone Foxhounds killed a fox on the edge of Torrington. This video shows the lead-up and the kill, so viewer discretion is advised. We are always in two minds about publishing such distressing footage, but think it's important that people can see what foxhunting really looks like. These are the images the Hunts don't want you to see.

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In the footage you can see Stevenstone Huntsman Andrew Head encourage his hounds into a large patch of dense brambles, a natural place for foxes to lie up during the day and definitely not somewhere anyone could have laid an artificial trail. He uses 'tongue-rolling' to try and disturb a fox. One of the hounds finds a fox and before sabs are able to get to him the rest of the pack have piled in and killed the fox. The fox was disembowelled, bits of his face were ripped off and in the footage you can see hounds running around with bits of fur and flesh hanging out of their mouths.

One of the sabs - a visiting Brighton sab - was bitten by hounds on her hands and wrists as she wrenched the still-twitching body of this beautiful young fox away from them. The Huntsman who was stood just metres away made no attempts to call hounds off at any point during the kill. The hunt acted as if nothing had happened and carried on hunting.

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Make no mistake: this is not an 'accident'. This is what happens most days of the week during the hunting season under the guise of 'trail-hunting'. The kill has been reported to police, but we are not hopeful anything will be done about it. Time and again, people say to us "I thought foxhunting was banned". It was, but none of the Hunts we've ever sabbed obey the law.

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Pics above  -  Left, Sabs have wrestled fox from hounds  Right, Sab cradles dead fox 

We do our best to save lives. Kills are very distressing for sabs to witness, but these scenes are why sabs are needed and why we will never stop.

We are nearing the end of the hunting season but preparations are already underway for next season and our activities over the summer. We need to replace some of our equipment, particularly maps, SD cards, cameras with smashed screens, drone batteries etc., and our vehicles need some TLC. We have recently brought our Land Rover 'Alice' back on the road, following very expensive repairs. If you can spare any change to help us cover these costs, you can donate via https://www.paypal.me/dchs.

To find out more about how you can get involved in what we do, or to send us confidential information, contact us on 07717473305, via Facebook or mailto:devoncountysabs@riseup.net . 

3-4-19    Daily Mail    Hunt saboteurs wade into pack of baying hounds and try to stop them killing a fox but can only retrieve its mauled body - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs film hunt - One saboteur is bitten as she retrieves the dead fox from some 20 howling dogs - They claim the nearby huntsman made no attempts to call off his hounds    This is moment a group of hunt saboteurs wade in to a huge pack of dogs to rescue the mauled body of a fox. When the unrelenting hounds continue to bite the animal despite the screams and shouts of the Devon County Hunt Saboteurs, one woman pushes into the circle and retrieves the dead fox. She is bitten on her hands and wrists as she wrenches the 'still-twitching' body from some 20 baying dogs.

The hunt saboteurs said they recorded the dramatic footage at a farm outside Torrington, Devon, on Saturday afternoon, involving Stevenstone Hunt hounds. They posted: 'The fox was disemboweled, bits of his face were ripped off and in the footage you can see hounds running around with bits of fur and flesh hanging out of their mouths. 'The huntsman who was stood just metres away made no attempts to call hounds off at any point.'

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The video begins with the saboteurs standing in a wooded area next to a few of the hounds. A sudden barking is then heard from the next field and the dogs next to the saboteurs sprint through the bushes towards it. The woman wearing the head-cam runs to the gate and jumps a wire fence into the field where the howling dogs are now huddled in a tightly-packed circle. One of the saboteurs repeatedly roars at the pack to 'leave it!' while the barking dogs attack the fox.

When a saboteur finally manages to pluck the motionless animal from the group and cradles it in her arms, the dogs continue to bark and one jumps up to try and snatch it back. The team then yell at the foxhounds to 'get out' and then they begin to shout at the nearby rider to 'call them off', which he eventually does. After the dogs retreat, the saboteurs are visibly shocked at what they have just witnessed, and one of them says 'we did everything we could'.

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A spokesperson on behalf of the Stevenstone Hunt said: 'The Stevenstone Hunt operates within the law to comply with the Hunting Act 2004. 'The Hunt are aware of an incident occurring on Saturday 30th March which we believe was solely due to the presence of anti-hunting protestors who were interfering with the hounds. If there is any evidence to suggest illegal hunting has taken place then it should be reported and investigated through the correct channels. Hunts are in regular contact with the police on hunting days and are happy to help with any investigation.'

3-4-19   Deadline News    Hunt saboteurs risk life and limb wading into pack of baying hounds to retrieve body of fox    SHOCKING video shows hunt saboteurs risk life and limb by wading in to a huge pack of excited dogs to rescue the mauled body of a fox. One of the saboteurs is bitten on the hand as she battles to retrieve the mangled corpse from a densely-packed circle of around 20 baying hounds. The incident happened at a farm outside Torrington, Devon, on Saturday afternoon and was posted by Devon County Hunt Saboteurs.

They posted: “One of the sabs – a visiting Brighton sab – was bitten by hounds on her hands and wrists as she wrenched the still-twitching body of this beautiful young fox away from them. The fox was disembowelled, bits of his face were ripped off and in the footage you can see hounds running around with bits of fur and flesh hanging out of their mouths. The Huntsman who was stood just metres away made no attempts to call hounds off at any point.”

The video shows the hunt saboteurs racing towards the howling pack of hounds. The saboteurs can be heard shouting “leave it!” repeatedly as some 20 barking dogs all begin to tug on the dead animal. Another saboteur can be heard shouting “get out! Call them off!” as they scream at the hunter watching metres away.

Tracy Bravey responded online: “Sorry I cant watch… I know what happens. I’m so upset and f****** angry at these vile a*******s. Heartbreaking for sabs to witness.” Maureen Jennifer Ryan added: “Oh my god this is absolutely sickening all those dogs on one fox this has to stop.” Julia Lewry wrote: “They really are the cess pit of the gene pool!” Alison Graham Lindsay said: “So sad, poor fox it’s heartbreaking. As an animal lover and dog owner it saddens me to see dogs trained to kill and never knowing kindness and love. The whole thing is cruel and barbaric.” Penny Hall added: “Sickening, I could not watch it all. How brave of the sabs to get right in amongst the hounds to rescue the fox. I just wish the outcome had been different.” Terri Brooks wrote: “I feel so bad for those hounds. They visually seem confused. They thought they’d done a good job and they are being shouted at (rightly so). Poor animals.”

Also reported in the Daily Mail  

 

Man says saw Surrey Union FH hunting fox on/near Wildlife Trust land

2-4-19   Surrey Live   Allegation of illegal hunting on SWT land near Ockley under investigation   The fresh accusation follows a previous claim of illegal hunting by the group at the end of last year Police are looking into another allegation of illegal hunting after a member of the public said he saw Surrey Union Hunt operating near Ockley.

The hunt group has been accused of killing a fox near Peaslake and Ewhurst on December 1, 2018, after Guildford Hunt Saboteurs shared disturbing images of a dead fox last year. At the time, Surrey Union Hunt said the group operated within the confines of the Hunting Act 2004.

Now a man, who wishes to remain anonymous, claims he saw the group hunting illegally at or near Surrey Wildlife Trust's (SWT) Candy's Copse woodland on Wednesday, March 13, at about 3pm.

Surrey Police confirmed: "We are aware that an allegation of illegal hunting has been made and are looking into the matter, however we are yet to determine if there has been any offence. If there is evidence of illegal hunting Surrey Police will conduct an impartial and rigorous investigation to ascertain the full facts."

 

Portman FH rider who kicked horse in belly owns the Daily Mail

He is the 4th Viscount of Rothermere - and is a billionaire

RSPCA say kicking horse OK as they kick each other often

2-4-19   Facebook - Dorset Against Blood Sports   VIDEO   Portman Hunt Rider The 4th Viscount Of Rothermere Jonathan Harold Esmonde Vere Harmsworth shows us exactly how to control a horse    We have been waiting to release the name of the Portman rider in the footage teaching us how to control a horse because we were expecting the RSPCA and police to be following up with an investigation and charges. However both Dorset police and the RSPCA have stated that there will be no charges due to the fact that this man's actions are acceptable. Dorset Police were advised of this by the RSPCA and a local vet. Which of course leaves us free to release his name as he has done absolutely nothing wrong.

So, if you are a horse rider and looking for ways to control your animal please feel free to give it a sharp kick to the underbelly. The RSPCA stated that this treatment is absolutely fine as horses kick each other all the time so please, please, please... just kick away. By the same thinking if your dog is misbehaving please feel free to bite its face as this is something they do to each other all of the time.

Just in case you were wondering who this chap is... he is the owner of the Daily Mail and worth just over a billion pounds. The paper was started by his great grandfather Harold Sidney Harmsworth, the 1st Viscount of Rothermere. During the 1930's he was known to be a supporter of Nazi Gerrnany. He cultivated contacts to promote British support for Germany. In 2013 Private Eye reported that Viscount Rothermere falsely claims non-dom status in order to avoid paying tax on his stately home. A move that would save him several millions of pounds in tax annually. He owns his media business through a complex structure of offshore holdings and trusts.

He was a supporter of David Cameron and in January 2017 the BBC's Newsnight reported that the former Prime Minister had approached Lord Rothermere to sack Euro sceptic Paul Dacre the editor of the Daily Mail. RotHermere refused to confirm or deny this but a spokesman for David Cameron confirmed that he had tried to convince both men over the vote.

The reason that Dabs and the other animal rights groups need everyone's continued support is that when it comes to fox hunting we are up against both people of power and thugs from the bottom of the pond. We are dealing with people that can throw away more money than we will ever see and scum that have nothing to lose as they are supported by people like Lord Rothermere. It would be ironic if this man owned the Portman hunt kennels would it not.

We will be posting a few videos from the season shortly that not only show a complete lack of regard for the law but also a complete and utter hatred for people that disagree with their blood lust. We will also be posting a video of the Portman hunt riders openly discussing the foxes they were chasing, just in case you were in any doubt about what they have been up to this year.

 

Portman FH terrierman kicks sab, rider steals hat

2-4-19  Facebook - Dorset Against Blood Sports   VIDEO    Portman rider steals Sabs hat and terrierman puts in the boot    Frustrated that Sabs had once more turned up in the right place to foil their fox hunting a Portman Hunt rider (Whipper-in we believe) rides at a sab and steals their hat. In the following moments, a terrierman kicks out at the sab and then the rider can be seen taunting the sab with the hat.

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                                 Rider [the Whipper-in?] trying to steal sab's hat 

Hunt support were out in full force as it was the final Saturday of the season and the support included convicted poachers and well known thugs.

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                        Rider waves the stolen sab's hat in triumph. Little things... 

Stealing hats from sabs has been a common theme this season, but if hitting them won't stop them, riding your horses through them wont stop them, intimidating them at their homes won't stop them, posting their addresses on social media won't stop them, why do the Portman Hunt believe that stealing their hats will prevent the sabs from saving wildlife from a horrific death at the teeth of the hounds ?

If the Portman were not breaking the law none of this behaviour would be necessary. Can you see where we are going with this ?

 

Atherstone FH supporter exposed as violent misogynist

1-4-19    Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    Violent misogynist - Atherstone Hunt supporter    It is clear from both his words and his actions that this Atherstone Hunt supporter is a violent misogynist. The footage shows him attacking a female saboteur by pulling her to the ground from behind. We have filmed the type of sexist language that he regularly uses towards the women in our group and we have filmed him trying to intimidate lone female saboteurs. Abhorrent, bigoted and extremist views can always be found at any fox hunt and members of our group have been subjected to racism, homophobia and most frequently sexism and misogyny. What makes the sexism and misogyny of this particular Atherstone Hunt supporter dangerous is that he is clearly willing to act upon his bigoted views.

 

MARCH 2019

….. 31st March - S. Durham FH chase 2 foxes at final meet; sabs pull off one, other escapes

….. 30th March -  Stevenstone FH kill fox in front of sabs

….. 30th March - Sabs swamp Royal Artillery FH & seriously spoil their fun

….. 28th March - Cop prevents sabs going after in cry Easton Harriers hounds

..... 28th March - Walker sees RAU Beagles hunting hare on royal-owned land

….. 28th March - Supporter breaks sab nose in argument as Middleton FH kill hare

….. 28th March - Notts County Council bans all hunting with dogs on its land

….. 27th March - VWH/Cotswold FHs pack up after sabs pull hounds off 2 foxes

….. 27th March - Sabs say Leics police are hiding behind FoI exemptions

….. 26th March - Most Hunts break several laws in staging Boxing Day meets

….. 26th March - Sabs pull hounds from earth as Eggesford FH Huntsman won't call them away

….. 26th March - Stag chased and killed before 2pm by Quantock SH

….. 26th March - Sabs make sure Portman FH Huntsman's last day is kill-free

….. 25th March - Role of AE's in convicted Thurlow FH fox hunting revealed

….. 25th March - Cotswold FH chase foxes, sabs stop hounds pursuing one

….. 24th March - Illegal quads and blocked sett at Mendip Farmers FH closing meet

….. 24th March - Sab kicked in leg by Portman FH 'goon', antis' hats stolen

….. 24th March - Sabs 'arrested for criminal damage to grass' released without charge

….. 24th March - Sabs ensure no kills at last ever Modbury Harriers meet

….. 23rd March - N. Bucks Beagles found chasing deer in gardens & packed up

….. 23rd March - Very good turnout for March Against Hunting in Exeter

….. 23rd March - Sandhurst Beagles support abuses, threatens, tries to steal from sabs

….. 23rd March - Fox tail left on monitor's car at Portman FH

….. 23rd March - Four sabs arrested for entering field at Kimblewick FH

….. 22nd March - Still warm fox body found soon after Hunt seen in the locale

….. 22nd March - Mass sab puts damper on Middleton FH's final meet

….. 21st March - BoJo takes £16k bung from Jedforest JM with blots on copybook

….. 21st March - Cotswold FH found hunting fox - hounds stranded behind electric fences

….. 21st March - Concern for fate of Woodland Pytchley FH hounds

….. 20th March - Four Burrow FH lose hounds, some run into private garden

….. 20th March - Sab helps Albrighton FH hounds thru barbie to stop them injuring selves

….. 20th March - Police close investigation into hounds hit by Llangollen Santa train

….. 20th March - Chester MP to lead Parliament debate on strengthening Hunting Act

….. 19th March - Train had to emergency stop to avoid hound pack on line

….. 19th March - Eggesford FH hunt 2 foxes to ground, chase several, thought killed one

….. 19th March - Cotswold V FH force fox from tyre pile, attacks sabs, steal cameras

….. 18th March - Name of Grove & Rufford FH who rammed sab cars now known

….. 18th March - National Trust cancels Portman FH 'trail hunting' licence

….. 18th March - Woodland Pytchley FH to merge back into the Pytchley

….. 17th March - Police clamp down on illegal quads/ATVs at Hampshire FH meet

….. 17th March - Sabs stop hares being killed at joint meet of beagle packs

….. 17th March - Sab cars rammed, badly damaged, by Grove & Rufford FH follower 

….. 17th March - Woman sab allegedly attacked/robbed by Grove & R FH Sec. & husband

….. 17th March - Burly Grove & Rufford FH supporter assaults sab on camera

….. 17th March - Sabs say film shows vixen killed by Fife FH not injured by shooting

….. 17th March - Callous Albrighton & W FH hunters ignore injured rider - antis aid her 

….. 17th March - Locals protest Cotswold V FH illegal hunting in public woods

….. 17th March - Monitors harassed & worse by Beaufort FH followers as hunting fails

….. 17th March - Sabs attacked by gang of S. Dorset FH thugs - one headbutted

….. 17th March - Portman FH meet at Lord Rothermere's [owns the Daily Mail]

….. 17th March - Police quiz Blean Beagles JM after sabs catch them hunting hare

….. 16th March - Eryri FH filmed by walkers chasing fox on NT land

….. 16th March - S. Durham FH take hounds thru pregnant sheep, hunt over graveyard

….. 16th March - Anti says he was kidnapped by Heythrop FH on Boxing Day 2018

….. 16th March - Sabs save hare and rabbit from Leadon Vale Bassets

….. 16th March - Surrey U FH rider Lulu whips sab - again - on no-kill day

….. 16th March - Sabs shut down two hare Hunts in one day

….. 15th March - Terriermen scoot as solo sab rumbles imminent dig-out at Beaufort FH

….. 15th March - Member of neo-Nazi group among hired security at Fernie FH

….. 15th March - Top monitor refutes BSV FH lies over fox hunted in graveyard

….. 15th March - Sabs upload video that convicted Thurlow FH Huntsman

….. 15th March - Ilminster Beagles decide to go home as sabs greet them at meet

….. 15th March - Quantock SH chase stag through FC and N. Trust land

….. 14th March - Antis publish photo of hare killed by Ludlow FH in December

….. 14th March - Prominent Flint & D FH supporter assaults 2 women sabs on film

….. 14th March - High winds & many sabs keep S. Dorset/Cattistock FH's day blank

….. 14th March - Lamb savaged by Meynell FH hound belongs to HP Harriers Whip

….. 14th March - Sabs thwart Surrey Union FH determined to get a kill

….. 13th March - North Shropshire FH filmed blatantly hunting foxes

….. 13th March - Locals urge N.T. to withdraw Weston & Banwell Harriers licence

….. 13th March - S. Durham FH hunt thru nature reserve & trespass on railway

….. 13th March - Thurlow FH Huntsman convicted of hunting [& killing] a fox

….. 12th March - VWH / Middleton FHs continue chasing fox after warned by sab

….. 12th March - Sab landy tyres stabbed as Eggesford FH  Huntsman blocked road

….. 12th March - Hampshire FH pack up after 40 m rather than be sabbed all day

….. 12th March - Sabs and their vehicles attacked at Grove and Rufford FH

….. 12th March - Thurlow FH Huntsman attempts to blame sabs for death of fox

….. 11th March - Crawley FH Huntsman assaults sabs - did Hunt lie to police re. not using terriers?

….. 11th March - Sabs save fox & hare as East Kent FH sneak out on a Sunday

….. 11th March - Sabs nearly squish Surrey U FH hound as chase fox across road

….. 11th March - Trial of Thurlow FH hunters on illegal hunting & assault charges starts

….. 11th March - Mendip FH terriermen turn nasty when antis hamper kill attempts

….. 10th March - Four Burrow FH take hounds thru recently TB restricted land

….. 10th March - Radley College Beagles trespass on NT land, pull hunt due to sabs

….. 10th March - Sabs strongly refute Grafton FH claims they made hounds unwell

….. 10th March - Antis attacked/driven at by 30+ Grafton FH thugs but still prevent kills

….. 10th March - Police NFA Cottesmore FH supporter sabs say assaulted one & damaged landy

….. 10th March - Police stop Ludlow FH hound van over road traffic offences

…..  9th March - Cotswold Vale FH hounds on busy A40, sab car tyres punctured

…..  9th March - Sabs see a few foxes safe, though Puckeridge FH hounds kill rabbit

…..  9th March - Artificial earth found where Beaufort FH regularly hunt

…..  9th March - Sabs scare away Wiltshire & Infantry Beagles before they begin

…..  9th March - Meynell FH hounds riot & savage lamb at sacked Huntsman's last meet

…..  9th March - Fife FH kill lactating vixen, leaving cubs to starve

…..  9th March - Ledbury FH chase fox across busy B road - hound nearly run over

…..  9th March - Heythrop FH hunt blatantly - trespass in sewage works - many blocked setts

…..  9th March - Palmer Marlborough Beagles fold as soon as sabs spotted

…..  8th March - Beaufort FH's small army descends on villages and wreaks havoc

…..  8th March - Sabs twice take excited hounds off S. Dorset FH Huntsman on no-kill day

…..  8th March - Sabs win large compo after police dispersal order ruled invalid 

…..  8th March - Thug who attacked sab car with hammer at Fernie FH meet convicted

…..  8th March - Warwickshire FH hunt all over roads - as usual

…..  8th March - Beaufort FH support/terriermen assault, harass, obstruct monitors

…..  8th March - Warwickshire FH chase fox through village, in & out of gardens

…..  7th March - Cottesmore FH Huntsman says hunting is 'like crack cocaine'

…..  7th March - Wynnstay FH hunt blatantly - chased pregnant vixen to ground

…..  7th March - Monitors suspect Hampshire FH shot fox pack had been chasing

…..  7th March - Locals tell off Cheshire FH for blocking road to slow sabs

…..  7th March - Sabs help save 3 foxes from Belvoir FH but fate of one unknown

…..  7th March - Chiddingfold FH chase fox across road and back over again 

…..  7th March - Ex CA official and barrister killed in fall while hunting

…..  6th March - Local monitors stop dig-out at Dulverton West FH

…..  6th March - York & Ainsty N FH go out with field of mostly school kids

…..  6th March - Elderly monitors bullied & obstructed by Grafton FH support

…..  5th March - Puckeridge FH supporter rams 3t sab car with mini, tries to blame them!

…..  5th March - Sab has to pull off Cotswold V FH hounds chasing deer as Whip AWOL

…..  5th March - Newly blocked sett found near Mendip F FH meet chez Rees Mogg

…..  4th March - Sabs find blocked setts, evidence of dig-out, where N. Staffs FH had hunted

…..  4th March - Local sure S. Durham FH killed - she assaulted photoing bloodied hounds

…..  4th March - Cheshire F. FH end season causing chaos - but kill-less, thanks to antis

…..  4th March - Sabs ensure Ilminster Beagles don't even get into the fields

…..  4th March - Rabbit Hounds flee back to meet as 50 sabs descend on them

…..  4th March - Belvoir FH's bought-in thugs can't prevent sabs stopping fox killing

…..  4th March - Bad weather brings early end to Ystrad Tal Fechan closing meet

…..  3rd March - Hunt invades land near Banbury and panics horses

…..  3rd March - Portman FH thugs threaten, abuse , assault sabs and woman monitor

…..  3rd March - Waveney Harriers hound nearly killed as quarry chased across road

…..  3rd March - N. Warks Beagles landowner accidentally admits knows they hunting hares

…..  3rd March - Resident relates her & stag's dreadful ordeal at hands of Quantock SH

…..  3rd March - Another Tory MP hosts law breaking Hunt - South Dorset FH

…..  3rd March - Antis ridden/driven at as they crimp Ludlow FH's hunting efforts

…..  3rd March - Sab vehicle surrounded by 30 menacing Cottesmore FH thugs

…..  3rd March - Cottesmore FH terrierman attacks sab, steals camera while trespassing

…..  3rd March - Antis find filled in sett where Blackmore FH hunters had just been

…..  3rd March - Blencathra FH found hunting on Park Authority land without permit

…..  2nd March - Sabs ensure Holcombe Harriers don't kill hare by 'accident'

…..  2nd March - Sabs stop Staitondale FH dig-out & capture hounds for 1/2 hour

…..  2nd March - Fernie FH JM reported for several assaults on sabs after 'blows gasket'

…..  2nd March - Sabs stop dig out at Puckeridge FH & other foxes helped safe

…..  2nd March - 3 blocked setts at Worcestershire FH, one next to meet site

…..  2nd March - Old Berks FH fox hunt [possible kill] during NT licenced hunt

…..  2nd March - Monitors prevent dig out and save 3 other foxes from Wynnstay FH

…..  2nd March - Mendip Farmers FH meet at Jacob Rees Mogg's place

…..  2nd March - Monitor relates her persecution by Crawley FH members & CPS

…..  2nd March - Cottesmore FH rider twice whacks agitated horse that kicked hound

…..  1st March - Sab drone spots Blackmore FH rampage thru field of sheep and lambs

…..  1st March - Monitor assaulted as Wynnstay FH hounds invade gardens

…..  1st March - Cop obstructs sab filming clear hare hunting by Easton Harriers

…..  1st March - Crawley FH hounds chase fox into police dog training compound

…..  1st March - Man arrested on suspicion of shooting sab drone

…..  1st March - Rating & spraying stop in cry Ledbury FH hounds - no foxes found again

…..  1st March - Antis find spent Beaufort FH hound miles from Hunt on hot day

…..  1st March  - Sabs force Warks FH to stop hounds chasing pair of foxes

…..  1st March - MOD police use soldiers to throw off trespassing Warks FH

…..  1st March - Atherstone FH Whip loses control of hounds who run across A444

 

S. Durham FH chase 2 foxes at final meet; sabs pull off one, other escapes

31-3-19   Facebook - NE Hunt Monitors    HIT REPORT. 48 - 09.03.19 final meet of the season for South Durham Hunt    After meeting for Breakfast at the Kings Arms Pub in Great Stainton the Hunt headed off through Stainton Grange Farm closely followed by 4 teams of Monitors on foot and in vehicles.

Within 10 minutes the hounds picked up on a fox and took off on the scent followed by the Houndsman and Whippers in. Monitors used the horn and gizmo to distract the hounds much to the annoyance of the Huntsman and his cronies. The hounds were gathered in and taken to another area where a fox was saved by us previously and hounds took no interest in the bay bales this time thankfully.

With the teams keeping watch from footpaths and angry farmers kicking off about the Hunt trampling his crops, Barry Johnson had a nerve to tell us to keep to the path.

With a call from one of our vehicle drivers saying the police had turned up over an allegation made by a farmer that we had intentionally opened a gate to let livestock out onto the road (not witnessed by the farmer, yet a member of the hunt had informed him that it was us). We then made the police aware that our GPS monitor showed everywhere we had been and proved we had not even entered that farm then no more was said about the matter. However, they did check all our cars for insurance, etc. whilst the Hunt carried on illegally hunting.

As the end of the hunt neared, the hounds were taken to another large stack of hay bales where they again picked up on a fox and took off towards the road, support staff and cars took off to intercept as we were filming and the last thing they needed was a kill made or a fox hound run over in front of us.

The hounds safely across, they attempted to pick up on the fox again to no avail. With a very angry hunt and support we ended the final meet happy enough that we had yet again spoiled their murderous fun.

We are a growing group and will be inviting all those who have message the page asking to join over the summer so we can be bigger and stronger for next season. If you don’t hear from us soon please message again as we get so many that a few may slip the net. We will be out and about doing other things over the summer so please think about donating to help us keep wildlife safe. Our Paypal is huntmonitors@gmail.com.    #LongLiveTheFox ��

 

 Stevenstone FH kill fox in front of sabs

30-3-19   Facebook - Brighton Hunt Saboteurs    Stevenstone Hunt have just killed in front of a team of sabs.

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Sabs swamp Royal Artillery FH & seriously spoil their fun

30-3-19    Facebook - Berkshire Hunt Sabs    Royal Artillery outgunned by mass ranks of sabs    Today Berkshire Hunt Sabs set off to Salisbury Plain to meet up with sab teams from all across the RoyalArtilleryFHEmissary30-3-19.jpgsouth Including Bath, Bristol, Brighton, Beds & Bucks, Southampton, South Coast, Southampton, West Wilts and North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs, Dorset Against Blood Sports, Kent and Surrey Hunt Monitors, Stop the cull and Weymouth Animal Rights to sab the Royal Artillery Fox Hunt. The Hunt met at the Bustard Inn and different groups got in position at various vantage points on the plain.

Sabs soon engaged with the Huntsman and pack heading north-west. From this point onwards he wasn’t able to shake activists off as vehicle and foot teams followed his every move. Deer were seen running from the hounds a couple of times and when they did go in cry sabs quickly called them away. We have no doubt we also saved many foxes from being hunted today.

RoyalArtilleryFHSupporter30-3-19.jpgThey moved fast and sabs were always there and horn and gizmos put into action when needed and the a Huntsman gave up as the pack were all over the place. From there what was left of the field and a sullen Huntsman slowly trekked back to the meet.

A couple of supporters were seen waving fox tails at hunt sabs - why would they be behaving like this on a so-called ‘legal’ trail hunt? Does this show they enjoy killing foxes?

A good, well organised hit with nice off-roading from drivers and a well deserved pint after a rather warm day.

If you want to help pay for our fuel costs today and keep us on the road in future weeks you can donate to us here > PayPal.me/berksabc or via our email on PayPal on berksabc@gmail.com.

Pics above   -  Top right, An emissary from the nineteenth century   Lower left, Supporter taunts sabs with a fox tail

Pics below   -  1/  I'm getting outta here   2/  Hound has lovely roll in the grass  

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Cop prevents sabs going after in cry Easton Harriers hounds

28-3-19  Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs    Easton Harriers – 2 March 2019  Glemham Hall, Little Glemham, Suffolk   The first of two hit reports from the end of the season. Apologies for the delay.

The Easton Harriers met at and left Glemham Hall with little fanfare for what has traditionally been the Hunt’s last meet of the season. The ride was small, comprised mostly of young women out for a hack and photo op. And Lydia wasn’t even riding, choosing instead to don a hat and coat and follow in her car.

For the Easton Harriers, the day was largely uneventful. They weren’t allowed to pass through Blaxhall Hall, nor go on any of the land south of Station Road. As a result, they stuck to looping around fields between the two. Hounds were kept in check for much of the day in what appeared to be little more than hound exercise so we only needed to monitor.

At one point hounds went into cry north of Red House Farm. Sabs present attempted to catch up and call them off but police officer Murray – who’d been sat in his 4x4 close behind the Hunt [below]through the day – quickly jumped out and threatened the sabs with aggravated trespass. He hustled them away from the hounds, leaving the dogs to continue chasing. We don't know if they caught anything.

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Later, after some alcohol and chips at the Ship Inn, Blaxhall, the Easton Harriers took a slow canter back to Glemham Hall and wrapped the day up.

It's the end of the season but we continue to welcome donations: https://ko-fi.com/norfolksuffolkhuntsaboteurs.

 

Walker sees RAU Beagles hunting hare on royal-owned land

RAUBeaglesHarehunting27-3-19.jpg28-3-19   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs     On Wednesday 27th March 2019, the Royal Agricultural University Beagles were seen hunting a hare around Aston farm by someone out walking. It just goes to show what one person with a camera can do. The Hunt moved away from where they had been seen hunting a hare and a life may well have been saved.

By the way Aston farm is part of Princess Anne's Gatcombe estate and is signed up for the badger cull.

"I saw a hare being chased, it ran into a field of rape so I couldn't photograph it as the rape is quite tall. I spoke with a Whip, who told me they had been invited onto Aston Farm. When I saw them the Whip and dogs were on a public footpath, but as I approached with my phone camera, the Whip dodged onto the field, I.e. he was then on private land. However, one of the photos clearly shows him and dogs on the public footpath. I walked on and spoke to an elderly farming type who was carrying a long whip (not in hunt dress), I asked him where the trail layer was, and he said something like we don't have one of them, haha".

The land at Aston Minchinhampton, is either owned by Zara and Mike Tyndall or they are allowed to live there by her mother, HRH Princess Anne.

 

Supporter breaks sab nose in argument after Middleton FH killed hare

In front of police, hunter snatched hare body from sab but retrieved

Punched sab had snatched horn back from supporter who'd stolen it

Snatcher was Lord Middleton's son, puncher the estate gamekeeper

'Shag' Carter fails to kill any foxes at his last Middleton meet

Did chase fox across busy B road, making traffic swerve 

28-3-19    Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO  VIDEO [police]  After the Middleton hunt killed a hare, three sabs took the body to the police at the road. A hunt supporter grabbed the body and ran from the police car, fortunately we managed to take the body back and hand it to police. At this point, arguing between hunt support and sabs ensued (in front of the police).

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A large hunt supporter pulled our sabs horn from his chest harness and tried to run away with it, but with minimal force our sab managed to get the horn back. When turning around to walk away, our sab took an unexpected punch to the face from the thief, knocking him to the ground with a broken nose and cut lip.

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                        Supporter snatches hare corpse from sab, in front of police 

The police weren't looking at the incident as it happened and didn't make any arrests. More footage from other groups to follow. https://gogetfunding.com/cheshire-hunt-sabs/.

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                                 Sab who was punched on the ground

27-3-19    Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs     Saturday gone would have been our traditional end of season hit on the Middleton but as they moved it to the Friday we thought we'd pay them a visitMiddletonFHPolicemanhare27-2-19.jpg today, their very final meet of the season. It was also the last ever Middleton meet for their deeply unpopular huntsman, Charles "shagger" Carter, so we thought it would be rude not to give him the send off he deserves.

MiddletonFHSabnosebroken27-2-19.jpgOver 50 sabs from Lincoln Hunt Saboteurs, Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs, Manchester Hunt Sabs, Liverpool Hunt Sabs, West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs and Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs descended on the meet at the hunt kennels in Birdsall for a 12 o'clock start.

Shagger took his fairly small field and headed East hunting Jubilee plantation and other coverts whilst various groups of foot sabs kept watch on all sides. He continued East as far as Deepdale before heading North and putting his hounds through Boyes plantation. They went into cry here and streamed across a busy B-road whilst traffic swerved to avoid them. Sabs were on hand to stop the pack and the pathetic Carter gathered them and headed back West to Wharram Gange Farm. Hounds sadly chopped and killed a hare and in the ensuing struggle for the body a hunt supporter punched a sab in full view of North Yorks police who quickly called in lots of reinforcements but did little to apprehend the assailant.

Carter then spent the afternoon repeatedly hunting woods and coverts to the East of the kennels but again various sab groups had him surrounded and although hounds went into cry several times we were always on hand to stop them. He finally returned to his kennels just after 5, a pathetic end to his pathetic time at the Middleton, and sabs had a celebratory group photo before retiring to the pub.

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Pics above   -   Left, Sab who was punched, on way home    Right, Police officer with hare, about to take it away 

1-4-19    Facebook - West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs    Coverage of the incident at the Middleton hunt when no other than Lord Middleton's son, James Willoughby, snatches the body of a hare killed by Lord Midd's hounds and a hunt sab's nose is broken by the gamekeeper.

31-3-19   Daily Mail    Hunt meet turns into violent clash over body of dead hare when hunter is alleged to have punched 20-year-old protester in the face in front of police officers - Regan Wilford, a joiner from Liverpool, alleged he was punched in the face - He was protesting against the Middleton Hunt with Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs - They had brought a dead hare to the Hunt which had been mauled by dogs - North Yorkshire police said they were investigating the attack at Birdsall      A 20-year-old anti-hunting protester claims he had his nose broken when he was 'punched in the face by a hunter' in front of a police officer. Regan Wilford, from Liverpool, said he was attacked after he brought a dead hare to the Middleton Hunt group with other protesters from Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs and Lincoln Hunt Saboteurs which had been mauled by dogs.

After a hunter grabbed the dead animal in Birdsall, North Yorkshire, there was a scuffle and Wilford claimed he was 'punched' in the face. It is alleged that this happened right next to officers from North Yorkshire police.

In a shocking video posted online, a hunter comes towards Mr Wilford and snatches the blood-stained hare. 'Give it back! Give it back!' yells the joiner from Liverpool and other protesters as they chase the man. When a North Yorkshire policeman then gets involved to break up the scuffle, one of the hunters is claimed to have 'punched' Mr Wilford in the face. 'Have I got all my teeth?', he stammers to a friend, who says he just has a bloody nose and broken lip.

Mr Wilford told MailOnline he had to go to hospital, where he found out his nose was broken. It can't be fixed until the swelling goes down. He said the confrontation began after the dead hare was taken, and a hunter tried to take his hunting horn. 'I turned back round and he punched me in the face basically', said Mr Wilford. After the attack, a policeman took his details but did not make any arrests.

A video uploaded by Lincoln Hunt Saboteurs showed a member of the force holding the dead hare as he talked to protesters. 'Please cool off,' he says. I've got people here, I've got more just coming', he said as he started to walk away.

A protester then shouted: 'A man was just attacked by this coward! This f****** coward!' They then shout 'coward!' at a hunter, claiming he punched Mr Wilford, as he gets into a pickup truck to drive away.

North Yorkshire police said they are investigating the attack that happened on Wednesday 27 March at 3pm, but have not made any arrests.

Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs wrote in a post: 'Police weren't looking at the incident as it happened and didn't make any arrests. At this point, arguing between hunt support and sabs ensued (in front of the police). A large hunt supporter pulled our sabs horn from his chest harness and tried to run away with it, but with minimal force our sab managed to get the horn back. When turning around to walk away, our sab took an unexpected punch to the face from the thief, knocking him to the ground with a broken nose and cut lip.'

North Yorkshire police said anyone with information should contact them on 101, quoting the incident number 12190055089.

A spokesperson from the Middleton Hunt said: 'The Middleton Hunt fiercely condemns any form of violence, even in the event of extreme provocation from animal rights activists who carry equipment such as hunting horns to distract our hounds from their trail. The Hunt acts lawfully within the confines of the Hunting Act 2004 and takes every measure to ensure good relationships with landowners and members of the public. We will of course assist the police where possible with any enquiries following this incident.'

 

Notts County Council bans all hunting with dogs on its land

28-3-19    Notts TV    Nottinghamshire County Council bans all forms of hunting with dogs on its land All forms of hunting with dogs have been banned on county council-owned land in Nottinghamshire.

The Conservative Party at Nottinghamshire County Council voted against the ban, calling it “silly”, but were defeated for the first time since they started running the council in 2017.

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. They called fox hunting “barbaric”, “twisted” and “dehumanising”.

No defence of fox hunting was offered by the Conservatives, but they objected to the ban saying it was too ambiguous, and called it “nonsense”. The vote was narrowly won by Labour yesterday (March 28), by 31 votes to 30. The Conservatives do not have an overall majority on the council, but rely on coalition partners the Mansfield Independents to win votes.

Labour councillor Kevin Greaves proposed the motion banning hunting, and said: “I can’t think of a more cruel and vile activity that is against the law and is so openly flouted. This activity is so outdated with today’s society and is only carried out by twisted cruel individuals of deluded grandeur in themselves of a bygone age. To think it is fun to see a beautiful defenceless wild animal such as our native fox be pulled apart in agony by a pack of dogs, and to the cheers of these deluded cruel individuals, is beyond most normal people’s comprehension. They are so proud of their deluded activity they encourage small children to watch this cruel barbaric act.”

Councillor Greaves, who represents Worksop South, added: “An overwhelming majority of people in Nottinghamshire would like to see this act of barbarism come to an end, and most people will know that if they are allowed to hunt with a pack of dogs on council land they are a danger to the public and there is only one outcome, the death of a wild animal or a domestic pet or even worse.”

The leader of the council, Kay Cutts, said her Conservative party would not support the motion because the definition of ‘hounds’ was too ambiguous. The motion was then amended to clarify the meaning of hounds. However it was still not supported by the Conservatives.

Councillor Cutts, who represents Radcliffe-on-Trent, said: “There is no hunting which takes place on Nottinghamshire County Council land. There is nothing there. So your motion is entirely pointless. This is a nonsense motion. If you want to bring a proper motion then properly research it. Stop wasting this council chamber’s time. We are not going to support it, we are going to vote against it, because it’s just plain silly.”

A spokesman for the group Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs said: “We’re definitely pleased with this. It’s a good result. “It’s just one more nail in the coffin of these Hunts. They need to be disbanded, and the actual structures around them need to be broken up to stop them reforming. Acts like this, even though they are small, do help, and it shows the strength of feeling the public has about this. The Hunts pretend to be using the loopholes, but they are not using them, and if the police query it they just say they are. If you can catch the Hunts on council land then it’s just further evidence we can use.”

1-4-19   West Bridgeford Wire    First steps in ‘closing legal loophole’ to prevent hunting wild animals taken in Nottinghamshire     Labour Councillors in Nottinghamshire say that they have demonstrated their commitment to protecting the environment and the welfare of animals in the county.

At Nottinghamshire’s Full Council meeting Labour Cllr Kevin Greaves proposed a motion, advocating for a complete ban on ‘Trail hunting, exempt hunting, and exercising packs of fox hounds’ on Nottinghamshire County Council owned land, which was successfully passed, despite total opposition from the ruling Conservative administration.

The motion, which was seconded by Labour Councillor Nicki Brooks, sought to close the loopholes which were left by the original Hunting Act 2004, which makes provisions for hunting which are currently being used to effectively flout the Act. Speaking during the meeting about Trail hunting, Councillor Kevin Greaves said:- “Trail hunting is merely a dubious attempt to hide the true intentions of those that wish to continue this vile barbaric act of fox hunting”.

Councillor Nicki Brooks is also a devoted anti-fur campaigner, was clearly delighted with the outcome. Speaking after the meeting she said:- “By supporting the motion this Council is simply closing the loophole that allows both the ‘accidental’ and deliberate illegal hunting and killing of animals, as well as a ‘false alibi’ regularly used by Hunts to avoid prosecution, from taking place on Council owned land. I’m thrilled that we’ve managed to secure this result here in Nottinghamshire”.

The decision was also welcomed by Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, who said:- “This is a significant decision both for the county of Nottinghamshire and the country as a whole. We welcome a ban that not only recognises that animals are still being killed by Hunts, but that the excuse of ‘trail’ hunting is nothing more than a lie.

The League has received 282 reports of illegal hunting in the current hunting season, including 39 reported fox kills. We welcome Nottinghamshire County Council’s trail-blazing decision, and we would encourage other counties across the land to follow suit.”...

 

VWH/Cotswold FHs pack up after sabs pull hounds off 2 foxes

27-3-19    Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO  Wednesday 27th March 2019, Vale of the White Horse FH / Cotswold FH joint meet, Daglingworth    Call out and a Cirencester Illegal Huntwatch sab and a 3c sab were in the field by second horses. In Cirencester Park a fox ran past one of us and his line was sprayed out with citronella and the hounds then stopped using voice and whip. Another fox ran past the other sab and also had his line sprayed out. Phillip Hague (VWH huntsman) then took the pack on to try and find the brace after the enforced check but failed choosing instead to pack up.

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Sabs say Leics police are hiding behind FoI exemptions

Refuse to provide info on meetings with Atherstone FH 

27-3-19    Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs     Operation Blackthorn - Atherstone Hunt Boxing Day 2018    We asked Leicestershire Police to provide information on any risk assessments, attendance at any meetings with the local council and any meetings their officers had with members of the Atherstone Hunt in relation to the Atherstone Hunts Boxing Day 2018. This included any minutes that were taken at these meetings. Leicestershire Police confirmed that they held this information. This is a summary of what they said:-Leicestershire Police officers have been exposed to the Hunting Act 2004 and activities which take place that may constitute as suspicious behaviour when they are called upon to police specific hunting related events. Further there are a number officers who work specifically to oversee any hunt related activity and any offences that may happen as a result.

There is a public interest in disclosure of the requested information as it would allow the public to discuss the conduct of Leicestershire Police’s enforcement in relation to hunt related activity and offences. It would also aid transparency and allow any failings to be discussed in the public domain. Disclosure would also enable the public to see how public funds are spent during operational policing and would allow the public to assess Leicestershire Police’s approach to these types of offences.”

However they decided not to provide the requested information:- “However, in disclosing information to one applicant, we are expressing a willingness to provide it to anyone in the world. This means that a disclosure to a genuinely interested and concerned person automatically opens it up for a similar disclosure, including those who would use the information to gain an advantage over the police. In considering whether or not this information should be disclosed, consideration has been given to the potential harm that could be caused by disclosure.

Effective policing requires the active participation of a wide number of agencies in order for it to be successful. As a result, during the course of police officers attending a hunt meeting, information is discussed and provided with the confidence that it will be treated confidentially. If a disclosure was made under the Act that broke this confidence, it would mean that information is not discussed and would severely impact on the process of law enforcement.

Furthermore, during the course of correspondence the correspondence will contain tactical information as well as other information that would demonstrate how we police and observe incidents of this nature. To release this information into the public domain would therefore clearly impact on our law enforcement capabilities with regards to future cases.”

We are of the opinion that Leicestershire Police are hiding behind exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act as a way of not releasing details of their meetings with the Atherstone Hunt. Which would conveniently mean that the public would NOT be able to discuss the conduct of Leicestershire Police’s enforcement in relation to hunt related activity and offences. It means that any failings of Leicestershire Police CANNOT be discussed in the public and the public are NOT ABLE to see how public funds are spent during operational policing. Leicestershire Police have admitted that meetings between the Atherstone Hunt and officers from Leicestershire Police took place and that releasing information about these meetings would aid in transparency. Leicestershire Police do not want the content of what was discussed between them and the Atherstone Hunt ending up in the public domain. We already know that some of the officers who work specifically to oversee any hunt related activity (Operation Blackthorn) have been openly biased against hunt saboteurs through their words and actions, have personal connections to members of the Atherstone Hunt and have openly tweeted about repealing the Hunting Act.

On Boxing Day 2018 supporters of the Atherstone Hunt attacked anti-hunt protesters in Market Bosworth Square with one female protester having her hair pulled and glasses broken. Leicestershire Police took no further action in relation to these incidents.

 

Most Hunts break several laws in staging Boxing Day meets

Traffic, public safety and street collection laws flouted 

26-3-19    Amateur Brain Surgery - Amber Krudd     Arrogant Hunts Flout Public Safety      As the 2018-2019 hunting season draws to a close we felt it was a good time to reflect on one of the main events in the annual hunt calendar – the annual Boxing Day Hunt meets that take place throughout the UK.

Boxing Day meets are considered to be the most significant in the hunting season and viewed by hunt supporters as important traditional events. But increasingly, this view is being challenged by anti-hunt protesters, disgruntled local people and others who have become aware that Hunts up and down the country flout traffic laws and basic public safety, essential at these equine events.

Towns and villages throughout the UK have traditionally been used by Hunts to stage their Boxing DayTorringtonFarmersFHHuntsman.jpg events, often outside a friendly public house which provides alcoholic libations to riders and hunt supporters. In 2018 violence erupted in many locations, between peaceful hunt protestors and ardent hunt supporters who were not happy that their traditional events were receiving unwanted, negative attention and criticism...

Boxing day Hunt meets attract widespread condemnation because fox Hunts are continuing to hunt foxes, contrary to the Hunting Act 2004. Although the Countryside Alliance and various Hunts tell people that these days they are engaged in what is called ‘trail hunting’, they are not. This is an outright lie that is widely known as such within hunting circles. Hunts repeat this lie to the public, the police and the media while they continue to actively hunt foxes with impunity... They use bullying, threats and intimidation to scare protesters and members of the public who disapprove of their perverse hobby. They are well connected and well funded by members of the establishment who use their political influence and conspire with their networks of like-minded supporters to avoid facing the force of the law. But times are changing and people are rising up!

To illustrate the arrogance of Hunts and their clear disregard for anyone but themselves we are focusing on the Torrington Farmers Hunt, who are a branch of the Pony Club. They traditionally hold their Boxing Day Hunt meet in the centre of Great Torrington in Devon, outside the Black Horse public house, in the town square. The roads in the centre of Torrington are very narrow with buildings on all sides and limited room for event spectators, horses and hounds. The limited open space in Great Torrington town centre presents some significant safety issues when holding an open equine event in this location.

Prior to Christmas 2018, many members of the public, concerned for safety at this event, (open to the public and attended by children) attempted to confirm that the required risk assessments had been carried out, safety precautions would be in place and that the organisers had acquired the necessary public liability insurance for such an event. Torrington Town Council were contacted and they referred enquiries to Torridge District Council. Torridge District Council were contacted and they told enquirers that, since the event is held on the road and pavements, it falls under the jurisdiction of Devon Highways. So they were contacted by email and told the enquirers that they had not been informed of the forthcoming Torrington Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony Club meet and therefore had no knowledge of the imminent event. It is interesting to note that although this well known event has taken place in this location for many years all of the local authority departments contacted reported that they had no knowledge of it.

During the Hunt meet the huntsman [above right] recorded in the videos shared in the press (Mark the misogynist) was directly asked the questions: Had they carried out the required risk assessment, and had they obtained the necessary public liability insurance. His response was to ignore the questions. Instead he chose to level some peculiar, sexist, misogynist remarks at a female videographer and the peaceful protesters, eliciting chuckles from his Torrington Farmer friends, who appeared to find it funny to witness their huntsman and representative of their branch of the Pony club abusing women. Not a great advertisement for the Pony Club.

After the event an investigator contacted the Highways Manager responsible for Enforcement and Events at Devon County Council. The Highways Manager explained the procedure that event organisers should adhere to in order to safely hold events on public highways and pavements where road traffic might be blocked in Devon. This recommended procedure is similar in all areas of the UK.

... if the planned event is likely to have an impact on road traffic, then an application for a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order must be made. This is not optional, it is mandatory. For such a request to be granted the organiser must provide full details of their public liability insurance which would require a risk assessment to have been carried out...

The Highways Manager at Devon County Council (an ex-police officer) pointed out that if an event takes place on a public highway which causes an obstruction and the organiser does not have permission to close the road then a ‘wilful or unnecessary obstruction of the highway to vehicles or pedestrians’ may possibly occur. These offences fall under Regulation 103 Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 or Section 137 Highways Act 1980. Enforcement of these regulations is the responsibility of the police force.

The Highways Manager confirmed that, since the centre of Torrington was completely inaccessible to traffic for over 2 hours on the 26th of December 2018, a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order should have been obtained and appropriately qualified personnel should have been put in place to safely direct traffic. The Torrington Farmers Hunt meet was clearly guilty of a ‘wilful or unnecessary obstruction of the highway to vehicles or pedestrians’. And this serious breach of road traffic regulations, which could prevent emergency vehicles from saving lives, has taken place in the centre of Great Torrington on Boxing Day year-after-year.

A traditional feature at these Boxing Day Hunt meets, up and down the country, is that they carry out a street collection for cash, apparently intended for their hunt supporters. In order to carry out a street collection for cash anywhere in the UK a licence must be obtained from the local authority. This is another mandatory requirement that has been ignored year-upon-year by the Torrington Farmers Hunt TorringtonFarmersFHillegal2018_.jpgbranch of the Pony Club.

At the Torrington Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony Club Boxing Day meet in 2018 the man carrying out the street collection for cash [left] was directly asked if he could present his street collection licence. His response was a long, hard stare, probably intended to be threatening. He clearly did not have the required licence so the street collection, much like the road blockage, was completely illegal.

Carrying out street collections without a licence makes the person responsible liable for prosecution under the Vagrancy Act, widely used by local authorities to punish homeless people who collect cash on the streets. Begging is an offence under section 3 of the Vagrancy Act 1824. It is a recordable offence. The maximum sentence is a fine of £1000. So, by failing to obtain the required street collection licence the Torrington Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony Club was arrogantly guilty of yet another crime.

In order to confirm that an application for a street collection licence had not been made by the Torrington Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony Club a ‘freedom of information’ request was made to Torridge and District Council. The response confirmed that at no time over the past 6 years had the local authority received such an application.

Similarly, a request was submitted to Devon County Council regarding applications for Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders over preceding years to allow the Torrington Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony Club to legally block Great Torrington town centre. It was confirmed that no requests for temporary road closures in the centre of Torrington on Boxing Days in previous years had ever been received and that at no point had the relevant Safety Advisory Group been told of this event.

These verifiable investigations confirm that the Torrington Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony Club along with the Black Horse public house, as organisers of the 2018 Boxing Day hunt meet in the centre of Great Torrington, were guilty of both ‘wilful or unnecessary obstruction of the highway to vehicles or pedestrians’ and ‘begging’. Full details have been shared with the police.

Equine Event Safety - Since the Torrington Farmers Hunt are a branch of the Pony Club it would not be unreasonable to expect all events organised by them to totally adhere to the highest possible safety standards since the Pony club is all about engaging young people in horse riding and equine skills...

The clear need for barriers between the riders and spectators was demonstrated by the Torrington Farmers huntsman when he backed his horse into people who were stood on the pavement outside Torrington town hall, as can be seen in this image excerpt from a video recording of the incident.

It is perhaps worth noting that investigations into safety arrangements at events in Great Torrington revealed that other events, such as the Mayfair and Carnival, fully comply with safety recommendations... So why does the Torrington Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony Club bypass these basic but essential safety requirements?

It is also worth remembering how important tourism is to the economy of North Devon. People like to bring their families to the region and enjoy the wide range of attractions and events that are on offer. When they attend these events and locations they expect them to be as safe as they possibly can be...

As a branch of the Pony Club the Torrington Farmers Hunt should be fully aware of the health and safety recommendations provided by the British Equine Foundation for equine events involving children...

Here’s a summary of the failings of the Torrington Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony Club at their Boxing day Hunt meets in the centre of Great Torrington:- 1/ At no time have they attempted to obtain required Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders, necessary when blocking the roads. 2/ They have never carried out a risk assessment of Great Torrington with regard to holding an equine event attended by children at this venue.  3/ They have not obtained the required public liability insurance for this event. 4/ At the most recent event the need for safety barriers between spectators and riders was clearly demonstrated when the huntsman backed his horse into onlookers who were stood on the pavement. 5/ Each year they carry out an illegal street collection for cash.

These failings not only apply to the Torrington Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony Club they are also relevant to many other Hunts throughout the UK. It is interesting to note that some Devon Hunts have already started to change their ways and did submit applications for Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders along with evidence of their public liability insurance in order to hold their 2018 events.

In future it is expected that all Boxing day Hunt meets should be fully compliant with safety recommendations provided by Safety Advisory Groups and local authorities. They should all have carried out thorough risk assessment, taken appropriate precautions to ensure public safety and hold the required public liability insurance. Also, in order to carry out street collections for cash they must have obtained the required street collection licences from their local authorities. Failing to comply with these basic requirements shows an arrogant disregard for both public safety and the rule of law.

 

Sabs pull hounds from earth as Eggesford FH Huntsman won't call them away

Huntsman knocks sab camera from hand in front of police

Possible kill earlier, but unclear what - woman saw hound carrying 'something dead'

26-3-19   Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs   Eggesford Hunt 16.3.2019    On Saturday 16th, we sabbed the Eggesford Hunt's meet at Glebe Farm, Inwardleigh, joined by some of our friends from Brighton, whose Hunts have finished for the season, plus a group of monitors and members of EggesfordFHHoundsqueezing16-3-19.jpgthe Anarchist Party Exeter, who joined us for the day. We were surprised to hear Hunt chairman Hugh Trerise give a speech at the meet in which he thanked Jason and Nathan for a good season and invited everyone to the end of season dinner. Surely this wasn't the Eggesford's closing meet...

They normally carry on for at least a few more weeks. Just to be sure, we went out again the following Tuesday and sure enough found them hunting again. We checked the kennels again on Saturday before heading down to the Modbury but the hound van never moved... We can't say for certain, but it seems the Eggesford season has ended at last. We'll continue to check in the coming days.

Saturday 16th was an extremely windy day, which may account for why Jason, despite having brought a horse, opted to hunt on foot instead. He left the meet heading into the valley towards Lamerton Cross where sabs spotted a confused and anxious-looking fox, seemingly unsure of where to run. This was suspiciously close to where terrier boys Nathan and James were sat smirking on their quad bike. Hounds crossed the road in front of them in full cry and Nathan hunted them on, knowing full well they were on the line of a fox.

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Numerous sab teams were positioned around the place as Jason drew the valley between Teachmore and Stockbeare Farms, where hounds again picked up on a scent and proceeded in full cry down the valley towards the busy main road. Sabs had to slow the traffic as hounds ran out of the woods straight onto the A386 [one below]. Some of our sabs were stood with police when a passing vehicle pulled up and a woman told police that she had just seen one of the hounds with something dead in its mouth. We sent sabs into the field to catch up with Jason, who said in his usual smug voice "bit late for that now". He then hit one of the Brighton sabs' cameras out of her hand, sending it flying into a hedge.

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Police had seen the incident from the road and went in to question Jason about both this incident and the report of a kill [two pics above]. After a few minutes stood chatting to the police, he gathered up the hounds he had with him and went looking for the stragglers, who had long since headed into the EggesfordFHearthunderlog16-3-19.jpgvalley south of Risdon Mill, where another team of sabs were keeping an eye on them. Jason then joined them in the long river valley, where hounds proceeded to riot on deer and flushed two foxes from covert. Both times sabs made sure to cover the foxes' scent and rate back any hounds that followed. The foxes had the sense to run uphill away from the valley into open fields where the strong winds dispersed the scent effectively. 

Jason remained on foot in the valley until hounds marked a fox to ground in an earth underneath a large pile of logs [right] near East Risdon. Jason was stood with the hounds for a long time without calling them off and was on the phone, probably to his terrier boys, when sabs arrived. By now six hounds had entered the large hole in the log pile that led to the narrow entrance of the fox earth. Sabs tried to get the hounds out and Jason stood by refusing to call them off. Sabs reminded Jason that he was on film not doing anything about the situation. His response: "That's right. That's my job. Let them do their job and I'll call them out." If their official job is 'trail-hunting' then they shouldn't be anywhere near a fox earth, never mind in it. Eventually sabs had to physically lift hounds out of the earth, one by one, at which point Jason took the pack back to Risdon and packed up by 2.30pm.

Pic top left  -  Hound squeezing through barbie-topped fence 

Pics below   -  1/   Hounds trying to get into fox earth below log pile    2/  Sab pulling hound out of log pile 

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Some of our vehicles went to find the South Tetcott Hunt, who were having their closing meet just up the road, but by the time they got there the hunt were also packing up.

To get involved or send us information, contact us on 07717473305 or devoncountysabs@riseup.net. If you can spare a few quid for our fuel and equipment fund, you can donate via https://www.paypal.me/dchs.  

 


Stag chased and killed before 2pm by Quantock SH

26-3-19   Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime     Yesterday’s stag was dead before 2pm. A cheap and nasty days ‘fun’ for the Quantock Stag Hounds and their supporters.

 

Sabs make sure Portman FH Huntsman's last day is kill-free

Supporter arrested for harassing sabs & other offences 

26-3-19  Facebook - North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs   Portman Hunt closing meet – 25/03/2019    Yesterday, Evo made his final stand for this Hunt. He managed to encourage his hounds to come out, apparently they were reluctant until he told them sabs were there. Also in tow he had Josh, whom we PortmanFHEvocharges25-3-19.jpgimagine is pleased to see Evo go. Along with a field of 60, they were out for a good day’s sport! Or so they thought.. Joined by Wildlife Witness and an impressive 8 teams of Police, they weren’t in a good place for a days hunting.

With the Kingston Lacy Estate embarrassed to be associated with the Hunt, the land to the south of the meet was now off limits for Evo. Sabs were dropped in along the border of King Down (NT Land) in the morning, going via the meet. Our driver was watching the front of the meet with another foot team in at Hussy’s Coppice ready to intercept the hunt if they head that way.

Leaving the meet, they zigzagged west and east of Hemsworth in the direction of Windy Corner, finally ending up at Little Coppice. One sab team was already placed here, alongside a wanted hunt supporter, and sure enough a fox was seen and hounds soon went into cry heading at speed north east. Luckily for this fox they were heading right into the path of Dorset Police and hounds were taken up to Deans Farm instead.

Evo drew through Birch Coppice with no luck and moved off north west. Hounds went into cry sporadically at Hogstock Coppice where a local land owner was quick to proclaim 'they're not welcome here'.

PortmanFHSupporterarrested25-3-19.jpgThey then decided to head north, instead drawing Launceston Wood and then Strawberry Coppice. The vehicle was position near Oakhills Coppice to catch the hunt cross the roads, with the foot team following close behind the hounds the whole way. Hounds were speaking intermittently in Strawberry, but with Sabs there, the Hunt moved on.

Hounds were gathered up and taken over to the land surrounding Crichel Lake. With the hot presence of sabs, monitors, and police, Evo hid out in this area for quite some time. Eventually bringing them out at Witchampton, up Sheephouse Drove and back down again, ending up at Old Lawn Coppice. This is dangerously close to the Kingston Lacy Estate, we expect Evo went there as a show of force. Silly billy.

After an early morning recce, Sabs had anticipated this move and were in position as he brought the hounds over to Zannies Coppice.

No luck here either so they headed back to the meet and packed up for the final time this season at 18:20, but not before little boy Harry Joyce decided to assault a Sab as we walked away, it always seems to be that they assault us when we aren’t in a position to defend ourselves. Quite frankly it’s embarrassing.

This has been the end of a very long season with the Portman, and sure enough we will be back in August to stop the new huntsman, Tom Lyles from Cubbing. We dedicate today to one of our committed monitors. You are one tough lady and an inspiration to the rest of your sab family!

Please consider donating to our vehicle fund, which can be found at the top of the page. Despite the season now being over, Mink Hunts will soon be out destroying the wildlife of the rivers of Dorset, then we have the Badger Cull to Sab too.

Pics above   -   Top right  - Huntsman Evo Shirley charging down road to stop hounds going on to N.T. land      Lower left  -  Supporter Lewis Longstaff being arrested

Pics below    -   1/  Terrierman menacing a lone female sab    2/  Badger sett entrance unblocked by sabs

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Role of AE's in convicted Thurlow FH fox hunting revealed

Like many Hunts. they still make extensive use of artificial earths

25-3-19    Morethanjustbadgers.net    The Thurlow’s Artificial Earths    Part of our success in securing a prosecution of the Thurlow Hunt pair was in fact the judge's ruling that, despite their claims of trail laying, the reason for their presence in Trundley Wood was in fact the likelihood that they would find a fox there. In this blog post I’m going to elaborate on why this was not just likely to happen but, in fact, certain to happen.

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Much of the work for this post had been done for me by a colleague and fellow witness in the case. It was her video footage along with my own which formed the backbone of the case. The information which I’m now going to publish was submitted as evidence. However, due to the lack of proof linking it to the Huntsman, Chris Amatt, it was never discussed in the court proceedings. However now that it’s all over we can release this and highlight what continues to take place all over the country and not just in Thurlow country.

In countries where earths are scarce it is sometimes found necessary to make artificial earths, to provide somewhere for local foxes to have their cubs : in other words, for breeding purposes. Another advantage of artificial earths is that in grass countries where the coverts tend to be small and scattered it is useful to have snug earths judiciously placed at regular intervals, thus persuading foxes to take a good line. An additional advantage is that if an artificial earth is left open, it will only take a few minutes to bolt a fox. Also if it is a blank day, one knows where to go with some certainty of finding a fox . . . In this book I only wish to touch on the subject, and to tell you what my grandfather had to say. He felt that artificial earths should be primarily intended as breeding establishments, and so among the chief points to be borne in mind should be the aspect, position, soil, drainage and materials used for their construction”. – Exert from Fox Hunting, The Duke of Beaufort, published by David & Charles, 1980.

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               Left -  Entrance to AE 1       Right - Edge of bedding chamber AE1 

For those that don’t know, artificial earths are structures built and maintained by Hunts to provide shelter and breeding places for foxes. Their sole purpose is to ensure a good supply of foxes ready for the hunting season. They are most often constructed of pipes buried underground, leading to a central bedding chamber. The chambers can be elaborately built with brick or drystone walls. 

There are 2 artificial earths in Trundley Wood. The picture above [top] shows the entrance to artificial earth 1. This is a pretty standard arrangement and there is another entrance of the other side of the mound in the picture. Between these 2 entrances is the central bedding chamber. You can just see the edge of this in the picture above.

This artificial earth would appear to be perfectly serviceable. The picture above shows the pipe to be dry and clear of any obstructions. Left of that above is the entrance to artificial earth 2. Once again the entrance is clear of obstructions and would appear to be serviceable for use.

Interestingly. the League Against Cruel Sports published the location of this earth in an investigation they carried out in 2011. You can clearly see the earth here and the area it covers. The photograph was clearly taken only a short time after it’s construction and a clear indication the Thurlow Hunt were still undertaking activities to encourage foxes several years after the ban had been in place.

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  Left -   Artificial earth 2 entrance      Right - Pipe leading to bedding chamber of AE 1      

They noted in their report: “The earth is in a wood owned by the Thurlow Estate, one of whose directors is a joint Master of the Thurlow Foxhounds. Trundley Wood is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest by English Nature because of its ancient, semi-natural woodland.”

Let’s face it, most, if not all hunt staff are likely to know where to find foxes, especially if those locations are static and built by the estate themselves. All they have to do is rock up at any of these locations during a hunt and theirs a pretty good chance the hounds will pick up on a fox to hunt. If you’re the Kimblewick you’ll have the terrier men make sure there’s a fox a home the night before and hold it there over night to be released in front of the hounds the next day.

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                              Artificial earth 2 as snapped by LACS in 2011 

These aren’t isolated incidents. There are artificial earths all over our countryside and they are still very much in use by both foxes and the hunts who maintain them. In the Thurlow case it was highly likely the hounds picked up on the scent of the poor animal and it was attempting to seek refuge in one of these earths when it was caught and killed. No doubt had it reached one of the earths and we had not been on the scene, the terrier men for the hunt would have been called in the flush the animal so it could be hunted again.

Make no mistake, the so called Countryside Alliance can continue to claim that Hunts are obeying the law but the simple fact of the matter is we all know different and the very presence of artificial earths on hunt owned lands only strengthens this argument. The Thurlow Hunt are prodigious artificial earth builders. In their relatively small hunt country there are 31 known artificial earths. They must have a lot of foxes to hunt. While the evidence submitted here wasn’t actually used in the case itself it is a clear indication that the Hunt knew very well they would find a fox in Trundley Wood, in fact they were relying on it.

 

Cotswold FH chase foxes, sabs stop hounds pursuing one

25-3-19   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs     Monday 25th March 2019, Cotswold Hunt Oxenton     Got called out by some walkers who saw horse boxes gathering and feared the worse. Being on the doorstep of one sab we were able to be up Oxenton hill very quickly. Cirencester Illegal Hunt was were also promptly in the area and had been out looking for any signs of hunt activity as 2 still ongoing, this pack and the VWH.

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The pack split on a brace at Crane Hill one fox seen running to Hill farm, another up Crane Hill. Went up Oxenton Hill, hunted round there. Crossed over to Dixon Hill. Hounds were stopped by us near Gretton (scene of many a live export demo in the past) and were gathered up and taken up to Stanley wood thereafter.

We believe that they marked to ground on a couple of occasions but no attempts made to dig out that we know of. Setts checked were found not to be blocked. Please continue to support us, paypal.me/threecountiessabs.

 

Illegal quads and blocked sett at Mendip Farmers FH closing meet

24-3-19  Facebook - Mendip Hunt Watch  VIDEO  Mendip Farmers' Hunt Closing Meet at Chewton Mendip    Yesterday we believe was the closing meet of the Mendip Farmers' Hunt, held at Franklyn's Farm, Chewton Mendip. We only had a small team available but knew the MFH would be disappointed if we weren't there, so we went along to monitor.

The peace of this quiet Somerset village was ruined as the Hunt covered their favourite haunts in the local area; including Burges's Combe, where terriermen were disturbed up to no good, no doubt terrorising wildlife, and reacted angrily. Why they are still allowed to accompany hunts, when their very presence proves there is no trail hunting taking place, is a complete mystery.

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We witnessed the usual illegal quad bikes on main roads [one of them above], riders risking not only their lives but those of other drivers and their horses.

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                                             A bit of casual road havoc 

We sadly lost the Hunt just after 1pm and spent the rest of the day frustratingly just behind them. Knowing how this Hunt like to illegally block badger setts to stop fleeing foxes escaping into them, we checked a number of local setts and found one completely blocked with spade marks clearly visible. There were signs that the Hunt had been nearby.

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                   That essential component of a 'trail hunt' - plenty of terriermen 

As the season draws to a close, our focus will be on sett surveying in the area in preparation for the badger cull that could sadly coming to the Mendips this autumn. We will also be growing our team in readiness for the vile cubbing season, which starts late August.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us this season, we couldn't do it without you. We have grown into an effective team of dedicated volunteers. If you would like to donate to us, please do so at: https://ko-fi.com/mendipagainstthehunt https://www.paypal.me/localsagainstthehunt. Thank you, Mendip Hunt Watch.

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               Lurking terriermen - the one on right is trying to menace monitors 

 

Sab kicked in leg by Portman FH 'goon', antis' hats stolen

24-3-19    Facebook - Isle of Wight Hunt Sabs    VIDEO    23/03/19, Portman Hunt, Dorset    A busy day on foot with our friends from Southampton Sabs, Weymouth Animal Rights and fellow local monitors. The Hunt were training up a new Huntsman.

Whilst pre-spraying we bumped into several goons on quads who proceeded to follow us down a bridle Path, sign stating 'Motorised Vehicles Prohibited'. Later that day a police car hung on the road near a bridle way where quads where located. As soon as the police vehicle left the quad proceeded to follow sabs down through the bridle way. Sabs were continuously being followed but on the whole our vehicles didn't get too much trouble.

PortmanFHRidingatsab23-3-19.jpgA rider pulled off a sab's hat, refusing to return it and whilst doing so a hunt goon ran towards the sab and kicked a sab in the leg! The hat was returned by the huntsman after the sab got kicked.

At 2.30pm riders were loitering in Rough Ground (a usual South Dorset Hunt fave spot). The Hunt were making calling noises to the hounds to flush a fox . We didn't see anything or hear hounds in cry, but sabs told them to 'leave it'! All we saw was a woman on horseback pulling along an unhappy looking child on a elderly slow pony (her words) along with other riders from the Hunt! They really have no care!

A group of ugly bloodthirsty numpties attempted to clap in sequence like a group of uneducated wallys whilst Sabs passed them, South Dorset terriers were present. Many goons attempted to steal and throw sabs' hats - a typical taunt!

Gizmos and voice calls were used successfully on several occasions by sabs to distract the hounds... The uglies were not so happy about this especially when the day was coming to a close.... Right on the boundary of Hambledon Hill (nature reserve), support vehicles and riders where watching down the fenced off valley where hounds were located and 'chatting'.

From fear of their location, a gizmo was sounded, and sabs where shoved by masked goons, and they thrown a sab's hat down the valley. The use of the gizmo was successful as hounds begun to climb towards sabs. The riders and support soon enough headed back to the meet - the so called 'land owner' informed sabs they had exclusive permission to roam his land. He was an interesting character to say the least.

Season is coming to a close but do pm us. There will be plenty to do over the summer.

Pic above   -   Hunter rides at sab 

 

Sabs 'arrested for criminal damage to grass' released without charge

Antis were repeatedly pulled over by police through day for no reason

Sabs say police op, including helicopter, clearly pre-planned, possibly political

Lord Gardiner, a Government Minister, closely associated with the Kimblewick 

Kimblewick FH under investigation for flushing fox for pack to chase

One female sab suffered injury to wrist during her arrest

24-3-19    Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs   VIDEO   While attending the Kimblewick hunt, who have recently been filmed releasing a trapped fox to hounds, 4 female sabs from Brighton Sabs, Kingston sabs and our group were arrested and held until 3am allegedly for causing criminal damage to grass.

During the day the 15 police officers, some in unmarked police cars and supported by a police helicopter repeatedly pulled over and detained sab vehicles. There were only 10 sabs in total out.

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Police officers were overheard discussing what charges could be laid against sabs before arrests were made. No complaints from the Hunt or landowners had been made. The sabs who were arrested were observing two quad bikes equipped for terrier-work acting suspiciously. No attempt at a false trail had been laid by the Hunt, so the suspicion of illegal hunting and release of bagged foxes was suspected. This Hunt had been filmed a few months ago releasing a trapped fox to hounds. The sabs were kept until 3 am and then released without charge.

This Hunt has a connection to a Conservative Life peer John Gardiner and Polly Portwin of the Countryside Alliance, if this caused the over-policing over the day we cannot say. The police and helicopters were there all day and had not been deployed because of our presence, so this had been a planned police action. This brings into question the constant police claim of lack of resources and lack of action against illegal hunting...

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If you can please make a donation to cover our vehicles costs and keep us in the hunting field protecting our wildlife... PayPal.me/SouthCoastHuntSabs. Why not join us and do some direct action? Drop us a line – southcoasthuntsabs@gmail.com.

See also Hertfordshire Hunt Sabs, Reading Hunt Sabs and Guildford Hunt Sabs reports

 

Sabs ensure no kills at last ever Modbury Harriers meet

The Modbury are to merge with Dart Vale & South Vale Harriers

24-3-19   Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs    Modbury Harriers, 23.3.2019    On Saturday, while the people of Devon were marching against hunting in Exeter, we sabbed the last ever meet of the Modbury Harriers who are due to amalgamate with the Dart Vale & South Pool Harriers. One less hunt in Devon and a sure sign that things are moving in the right direction. We are not complacent, however. Devon is still the most densely hunted county in the UK and sabs are needed as ever to keep them at bay.

The Modbury met at Sheepham Mill, on the edge of Modbury itself. They headed south in direction of Whympston, where hounds found a scent and were seen running out of the valley on a line. Soon they were huddled near a hedge and sabs watching from a distance weren't sure whether they'd marked, so when the Hunt moved on one team went to check it out and thankfully found no sign of a kill, nor of a fox having gone to ground.

Next they went west towards Butland and into the valley around Cotlass Farm, where they hunted a fox ModburyHarriersWewill23-3-19.jpgto ground in a sparse woodland on the side of the hill. Our runner sabs were on hand to move them on and Huntsman Harry Gosling called them back to him. With no terriermen in sight all day, we felt it safe to leave the earth after a little while, satisfied that this fox would be left alone.

After another loop of the area, the Hunt headed in direction of Ashridge, where they drew blank in the steep gorse-covered slopes north of the farm. It wasn't until they got to the conifer plantation south of Orcheton Mill that they again picked up on a scent and left the woods in full cry towards Shearlangstone. With sabs in the woods and another team in the fields, we kept tabs on the hounds' movements, rating them where possible. Hounds ran round and round in circles, losing the scent and then picking it up again and then running full pelt north in direction of Butland Wood where they lost it again.

They went back via the road towards Wastor Woods, where hounds again found a line in the valley. Sabs seized the opportunity to take control of the hounds and called them up the slope through the woods and off the scent. This worked a treat.

When the Hunt reached Tor Rock, sabs spotted a fox not far from hounds and rated them off the scent. Further down the road another team saw a fox trot along the road so the surrounding runs and hedges were sprayed with citronella, which did the trick. When the Hunt arrived at that exact location a few minutes later the hounds weren't able to own the line and instead went after a couple of fallow deer before being stopped by sabs.

This was the last time we heard them in full cry as they left the valley near Seven Stones Cross and went via South Langston in direction of Okenbury Plantation, a steep woodland lining a valley that leads out to the sea less than a mile away. Hounds were scattered up and down the valley and the last hour of the day was spent watching Harry try to gather the stragglers.

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            Getting sab love. What will happen to these hounds when the Hunts merge? 

The Hunt complained that we were slowing things down by calling hounds from across the valley, until they realised the person doing the calling was actually their own whipper-in Jenny. We watched, bemused, as the ping-pong between Jenny and Harry carried on for quite a while until he eventually had all the hounds with him and headed out to the road to pack up around 6pm.

A successful day for us in beautiful south Devon, keeping our wildlife safe. The season in Devon hasn't ended yet and we'll be out until it does. We are knackered and a lot of our equipment (especially maps, cameras, spare batteries and SD cards) will need replacing once the season comes to an end, so any donations to our fuel and equipment fund are greatly appreciated. To send us info, get involved or donate to keep us in the fields: 07717473305 - devoncountysabs@riseup.nethttps://www.paypal.me/dchs.

 

N. Bucks Beagles found chasing deer in gardens & packed up

23-3-19   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs    So the fox hunting season is pretty much done in our area however that doesn't mean we're not ready to spring into action if we get the call. And spring into action we did.

We got a call that there were strange looking people dressed in daft outfits with green jackets in the Shelton area of north Bedfordshire with a pack of dogs. This could only be the North Bucks Beagles out bothering hares in the middle of their breeding season.

We dispatched 2 willing sabs who arrived on the scene and found the meet at Shelton Hall, known for hosting not only the Beagles but the Oakley and numerous shoots.

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                                      What do we do  know? Damn those sabs 

Our sabs soon found the hunt and caught them red handed, this time chasing deer through people's private gardens and needless to say they weren't very happy. With sabs now on the scene they knew their time was up and began the walk of shame back to the meet along with the usual bunch of coffin dodging ghouls who find this sort of thing entertaining.

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Very good turnout for March Against Hunting in Exeter

23-3-19    Facebook - Devon Against Hunting   VIDEO  VIDEO    Fantastic turnout by people who won’t sit back and let the cruelty happen. Great placards & banners! Well done, Devon!

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23-3-19  Facebook - Action Against Fox hunting     What a pleasure it was to meet up with our new friends Devon Against Hunting today. The march through Exeter was a spectacular success. Well done DAH for organising it - Devon Against Hunting.

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Sandhurst Beagles support abuses, threatens, tries to steal from sabs

23-3-19    Facebook - Berkshire Hunt Sabs    Road rage at the Sandhurst Beagles    Today Berkshire Hunt Sabs and Surrey Hunt Monitors travelled to the Sandhurst & Aldershot Beagles at Wellers Place Farm near Bentworth for one of the last meets of the season.

SandhurstBeaglesExIlminsterBJMthreatened23-3-19.jpgHounds ran across the road right in front of one of our cars as we got close to the farm. A funny place to lay a trail ?! - through two hedges and across a busy road!?

The Hunt immediately went shy and returned to the meet once it was clear we were on the scene. Visibly annoyed, their minuscule support stood around their cars having their teas for an hour. The usual suspects were predictably aggressive with sabs and Melvyn made threats to smash sabs faces in and him and his cronies tried stealing phones and radios.

Making his second unwelcome appearance at the Sandhurst was the appropriately-named John A Hunt [left]. Many years ago he used to try to play the hard man at the Meon Valley Beagles. Age has clearly not mellowed him as today he was threatening to make home visits to our female sabs.

Perhaps his anger may be explained by the fact that he is a former Master of the Ilminster Beagles: must have been hard to watch his pack’s hare hunting festival get destroyed by sabs a couple of weeks back. Get used to it. 

After checking hunt vehicles were leaving we retired for cake and beer - a good end to another successful sabotage of the Sandhurst & Aldershot Beagles.

 

Fox tail left on monitor's car at Portman FH

23-3-19    Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime     A gift from hunt support. Seems they left part of their ‘trail’ on a monitors car today at the Portman Hunt.

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Four sabs arrested for entering field at Kimblewick FH

23-3-19   Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs   Urgent Action    Four sabs from South Coast and Brighton has been arrested while on the Kimblewick Hunt Hunt for walking across the field. The four female sabs are still being held right now at: Newbury Police station: 01865 841148.

We are asking supporters to contact the police station and ask when they will be released as police officers on the scene are refusing to give out any details.

There were 15 sabs on the Kimblewick hunt today and no trouble occurred. There were however also 15 police officers, a riot van and an unmarked police car with policemen out of uniform plus a police helicopter. Please call now - let us know what they say...

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                                          Rider tries to back his horse into sabs  

23-3-19    Facebook - Guildford Hunt Saboteurs    Today with several other groups including Reading, South Coast, Brighton, Hertfordshire and Northants we headed to Yattendon to keep eyes on the Kimblewick Hunt.

They met at Yattendon Court with sabs keeping pace as they left. We arrived a short while later and KimblewickFHPolicehelicopter23-3-19.jpgfound the huntsman casting his hounds through Oaken Copse. Frustrated, the whipper in tried to back his horse into sabs. Sabs kept pace with Hunt as they headed north through Ambrose Copse into Beche Wood Park. We temporarily lost the hunt as they left at speed.

Shortly after we were stopped by the police. One officer couldn’t even answer why we’d been stopped and after some hesitation another officer claimed it was just a routine traffic stop. Not only this but amongst the beautiful Red Kites flying above us Thames Valley Police deployed their own (not so beautiful) bird in the sky. We believe there was 2 police helicopters sent out today for 2-3 hours... obviously to watch sabs do a better job at enforcing the Hunting Act than they do. We heard that another group had been held by police for 45 mins. Desperate bid to let the hunt get away?

4 female sabs from South Coast and Brighton Sabs were arrested today for simply walking across a field. See South Coast Hunt Sabs report [above] for more info.

We lost the Hunt after being held up by police but after trying to track them down we heard the hounds go into cry north along Longcroft Shaw. As we tried to reach them we lost sight of the Hunt... with a poorly attended meet it wasn’t difficult to do. Terrier men were acting suspicious all day and seemed to move on when people approached.

When we were confident everyone had left the meet we headed back. Thank you for all the support this season! (It’s not over yet!). Please help keep us in the field by donating to: www.ko-fi.com/A62094D or  Paypal: northdownshuntsaboteurs@gmail.com. If you have any info on hunting, shooting or other persecution of wildlife please call our tip off hotline. Tip-off hotline: 07443148426.

 

Still warm fox body found soon after Hunt seen in the locale

Bloody discovery made in field by shocked mother & son

Southdown & Eridge FH deny responsibility

Police refuse to treat as hunting related 

22-3-19    Sussex Express   VIDEO   Police dismiss hunting-related death after gruesome fox discovery A teenage boy and his mother were left distraught after discovering the body of a fox in a field used by the local hunt. But claims by the League Against Cruel Sports that hounds were responsible for the death have been dismissed.

Kelly Byrne, 42, and her 16-year-old son Remus found the fox near St Margaret of Antioch Church, Isfield. Its body was still warm, they said. Investigators from the League Against Cruel Sports later claimed video footage and photographs of the fox taken at the scene were consistent with it being attacked by a pair of hounds. Director of Campaigns Chris Luffingham said: “Fox hunting, which was banned 14 years ago, is a cruel and barbaric pastime which should be consigned to the history books.”

Miss Byrne and her son, of Ringmer, said they found the fox just five minutes after two hounds from a hunt left the field. She said she then saw up to 20 hounds, people on horseback wearing red coats and heard the Hunt blowing a horn nearby.

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The Southdown and Eridge Hunt said there was no proof it had anything to do with the fox’s death and Sussex Police are not treating it as a hunting-related incident. Miss Byrne said: “I was honestly devastated by what we found. My son and I hugged and cried.”

She reported the discovery to the Animal Crimewatch service at the League Against Cruel Sports. Investigator Roger Swain said: “The injuries are consistent with those that a small number of hounds would inflict on a fox.”

A spokesperson for the Southdown and Eridge Hunt said: “The Southdown and Eridge Hunt operates within the law to comply with the Hunting Act 2004. “Hunts are regularly subjected to spurious allegations regarding their legal hunting activities as is the case on this occasion.

 

Mass sab puts damper on Middleton FH's final meet

22-3-19  Facebook - Liverpool Hunt Sabs    So desperate were the Middleton Hunt to avoid saboteurs this weekend they changed their final Saturday meet of the season to this Friday – however being availed of this information we were able to outfox them and take them by surprise along with comrades from Manchester, East Yorkshire Coast, Sheffield, West Yorkshire, Nottingham, Lincoln and Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs.

The Hunt set out from Westfield Farm, east of Malton, and immediately sabs were on their tail. Sabs kept with them on foot as the hunt covered a selection of the surrounding terrain but mainly going round in circles. They clearly did not have a huge amount of land to hunt today and appeared somewhat stumped by the presence of sabs at every turn, including at one point bizarrely drawing through the grounds of the local hall right next to their kennels before continuing to hunt through woodland. With sabs around, the Hunt kept on the move, though sabs were able to keep up with them throughout the day.

The Hunt put up a number of deer and at least one fox which we saw flee to safety then covered their tracks by spraying to mask the scent. Hounds went into cry on a couple of occasions but sabs were on hand to call them off. The Hunt seemed a little subdued and put out by our presence, at one point the field blocked sab vehicles, but our fleet footed sabs merely got out of the vehicle and whizzed to catch up with the hounds the riders were intending to prevent us from reaching.

Local sabs informed us that they would usually hunt on until 5.30-6pm, however seemingly entirely fed up with our presence they decided to call it a day at 4pm and headed back to the kennels.

Well done to all the groups across the North for being able to respond swiftly and flexibly to the change of plan, in particular Manchester and Sheffield who have been left without a vehicle since last weekend's ramming – please help them get back on the road. https://www.paypal.me/sheffhuntsaboteurs

And thanks to the wonderful Juliette - who we sadly said goodbye to yesterday - for spurring us on to get organised and out in the field today.

 

BoJo takes £16k bung from Jedforest JM with blots on copybook

Hunter previously donated to Simon Hart & Nick Herbert [ex hare Hunt JM] 

21-3-19  Spectator – by Steerpike    Boris Johnson receives blood money - Boris Johnson’s fox-hunting enthusiast donor    With Theresa May’s premiership on the ropes, there’s an expectation of a Tory leadership contest later this year. It follows that Conservative heavyweights are currently working their hardest to lay the groundwork for a future campaign. In that vein, the latest register of interests shows that rivals Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Amber Rudd and Michael Gove are among the Tories to get recent donations which could prove helpful in the months to come.

However, there is one donation that Mr S suspects could come back to haunt its recipient. Boris BorisJfoxhunting.jpgJohnson [left] has been given a donation of £16,000 by Johan Christofferson [right]. Christofferson (hunter) is a hedge fund manager with a history of fox hunting – as a one time master of a fox hunt in the Isle of Wight.

This is not the first time the fox-hunting enthusiast has donated money to a Conservative politician. He helped pay for the 2010 election campaign of Tory MP Simon Hart, (hunter) former chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, which supports the repeal of the fox hunting ban. Christofferson also made a personal donation of £10,000 to Tory MP Nick Herbert (hunter) in 2009, shadow secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs at the time.

Only Mr S wonders if the donation could prove a hassle for Johnson in the long run. After all, while Johnson once called for fox hunting to be permitted in London to deal with the problem of urban foxes,JohanChristoffersonJMJedforestFH.jpg of late he has been on a mission to brand himself as an environmental Conservative who campaigns for animal rights – writing columns on wildlife for the Telegraph.

That pitch ought to have the makings of a savvy electoral message given that animal rights was an issue that worked against the Tories in the 2017 snap election. Theresa May’s pledge to support a free vote on the repeal of fox hunting during the 2017 election campaign (and her personal endorsement of the practise on the campaign trail) was widely considered to have lost her support amongst centrist swing voters.

Does Johnson’s protection of animals stop at foxes?

POWAperson adds - Thanks to Hunt Watch who posted the Spectator article I would probably have otherwise missed. Johan Christofferson is a familiar name. He is a very rich American hedge fund manager with pretensions to being an English squire. He has donated north of £250k to the Tories over the years, including £45k to Simon Hart when that slime-ball was still just a Tory candidate for MP. He is now JM of the Jedforest FH in the Scottish borders. That Hunt is the ONLY one to be successfully prosecuted under the Scottish version of the hunting ban.

He was previously a JM of the Isle of Wight FH. In 2004, soon after the decisive 2nd reading of the Hunting Act, his Huntsman, Trousdale and the repulsive little terrierman of the Hunt called Jamie Butcher [with a conviction for badger digging] decided it would be a good idea to dump two animal carcases - a horse and a calf - and with stakes through them bearing placards with pro-hunt slogans, in Brighton city centre while the Labour Party Conference was happening there. This revolting stunt received widespread publicity. Both were prosecuted but just got slaps on the wrist. Christofferson was chastised for not preventing Trousdale & Butcher's stunt by the Master of Fox Hounds Association and suspended for a month. The MFHA very rarely takes disciplinary action against member Hunts. Not long after, Christofferson moved to the Jedforest FH, taking the Huntsman Trousdale, now with a criminal record, with him. Butcher, left behind at the IoW FH, continued to get himself to trouble, including getting a Fixed Penalty Notice for exposing himself to monitors, including women, on a public road during a Hunt meet. Eventually, so repeatedly aggressive was his behaviour towards antis that he had his firearms licence revoked by the police.

 

Cotswold FH found hunting fox - hounds left stranded behind electric fences

Hunt quad riders extremely abusive towards lady monitor 

21-3-19    Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs   Wednesday 20th March 2019, Cotswold Hunt, Upper Coberley/Withington area    We got a call to say that a Hunt were in the Upper Cobberley area and that a quad bike had blood on it.

Late into the area (after taking a stunned baby rabbit found en route for care and treatment at Vale Wildlife hospital) a 3C sab and Cirencester Illegal Huntwatch (they had found a pregnant sheep who needed assistance to get back on her feet) found them hunting a fox in Withington woods. Hounds were stopped by some rating but the Huntsman hunted them on. They hunted all around Withington and a few hounds were soon stranded behind electric fences. Poor Sausage was trapped for ages and was quite distraught. The other hounds were clearly exhausted after running around for 6 hours but were very friendly indeed.

Fox hunting in Gloucestershire will continue for another 2 weeks on most days so not quite time to relax. One good thing about yesterday (and on a post hunt check today)was that this is in a badger cull zone and we know about more setts now than we did, none of them blocked.

Anyway...some nice hound piccies, a quad without a reg plate and the hound box. Please let us/CIHW know if you see them about, they have been very secretive this season.paypal.me/threecountiessabs.

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21-3-19   Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch     Glad we could spare a couple of hours yesterday to support Three Counties sab. The report is how it happened - only 1 thing to add - the Huntsman asked our driver politely how she was but the 3 men on the quad really let themselves down by calling her a 'c___t' and a 'Tw__t'. That's an offence - Public Order Act 1986 Section 4 - abusive or insulting words.

 

Concern for fate of Woodland Pytchley FH hounds

21-3-19   Facebook - Northants Hunt Saboteurs    Woodland Pytchley and Pytchley Hunts merging, Northamptonshire - our concerns for the hounds    We have not heard a word from the Woodland Pytchley Hunt in regards to what the plan for their hounds as they merge with the Pychtley Hunt.

This concerns us even more as the hunt brigade like to get very vocal when they are called out but we have heard nothing...so we are worried that these hounds could be 'disposed of' very soon. It is the end of the season for the hunt so normal time for them to start killing their unwanted hounds...a practice we know goes on.

People have been in touch asking what they can do... YOU CAN (POLITELY) CONTACT THE WOODLAND PYTCHELY HUNT AND ASK THEM WHAT THE PLAN IS FOR THE HOUNDS.  YOU CAN CONTACT THE KENNELS IN BRIGSTOCK, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, AND (POLITELY) ASK THEM WHAT THE PLAN IS FOR THE HOUNDS.

Then share with us their responses. We care about these hounds lives and we are worried and we are watching to see what happens.

People have also been in touch with their rescue hounds who have very successfully been re-homed. Please believe these dogs can be re-homed and are so loving.

Thank You, as always for your support for the animals.

 

Four Burrow FH lose hounds, some run into private garden

Concern cos many mine shafts in area & weather vile 

20-3-19    Facebook - Kernow Sabs, Monitors and Animal Rights Team     Hit report – Tues 12th March 2019 – Four Burrow Hunt – Nr Black Rock/Crowan     On the wet and windy morning of Tuesday 12th March we received a tip off that horse boxes had been seen heading towards the Black Rock area so after a quick check with the team members we decided some of us could get out and have a look. Sure enough we found boxes parked up at Cargenwen Farm, just to the North of Black Rock, home to the Four Burrow Hunt Chairman Tony Blumenau, the one who gets red faced shouting about footpaths.

We were concerned that they’d already left the meet but then noticed horses still in their trailers so we waited. The weather was atrocious so they delayed until it cleared a little and set off at 12.30pm and headed West onto land South of Cargenwen Reservoir. Foot teams got into position on either side and kept eyes on them. They then headed into the valleys and scrub South of Carn Meor Farm with foot teams again put in to intercept and mobile team filming long range from a view point. More mine shafts shown on the map in this area, still disregarding the safety of their animals but then they also didn’t care that their horses and hounds were being pummelled by lashing hail showers. Must have been miserable for the field riders too, must be more pleasant things they can do surely.

They then drew the valley South of Releath Farm, another hunt meet, then headed south east through Men-amber Farm and into fields between Nancegollan and Lower Prospidnick before heading up to draw the scrub West of Longstone Down. A foot team went in to intercept again and kept eyes on them while the mobile team found another long range video view point.

The Hunt then headed further south into the valley around Helston Railway but, whilst on the way to put in a foot team, we realised that there were hounds all over the place. Two were seen running across fields next to Prospidnick Hill, half the pack piled in through someone’s garden near Tregadjack and we followed the confused looking kennel boy Daniel who had no idea where the hounds were and kept stopping at gateways to get a look. Then huntswoman Nikki Hancock appeared on the road with only two hounds in tow. We went to collect the other foot team and discovered a lone hound running down the road near Longstone Down and alerted one of the retiring riders before the poor thing got run over.

We got sight of the Hunt again not long after, slowly tacking back the way they had come, and kept eyes on them until they returned to the meet at around 5.15pm. Yet another day of Nikki Hancock having no control of her hounds, it seems to be a regular occurrence.

 

Sab helps Albrighton FH hounds thru barbie to stop them injuring selves

20-3-19    Facebook - Staffordshire Hunt Sabs   VIDEO   Our new sab found out what the Albrighton Hunt think of their hounds during Saturday's meet. Here the hounds are forced to jump over barbed wire until the sab helps them. Strange place to lay a trail... Unfortunately this is a common occurrence as the hounds are no more than a tool used by the Hunts and can be replaced.

Support us at https://ko-fi.com/staffordshirehuntsabs  - it really does help.

 

Police close investigation into hounds hit by Llangollen Santa train

20-3-19    North Wales Live      Police close investigation into Santa Train hounds crash - Cops confirmed nobody has been arrested in connection with the incident last year     Police are no longer investigating an incident where group of hounds were hit by a Santa Train. North Wales Police have confirmed that they have officially closed their probe into the "shocking and unpleasant" crash on the Llangollen Railway last year. They said that nobody was arrested in connection with the incident.

Parents last year spoke of their horror as the train, packed with kids for the annual "Santa's Christmas Specials" train, hit a group of hounds as they ran in front of the train. At least one hound was left badly injured, but witnesses believed as many as four could have been struck by the train.

Police launched a probe following the incident in order to find out what happened. At the time, chief inspector Jeff Moses said: “We understand that dogs were involved in a collision with a train. "This was a sad incident which was shocking and unpleasant for those who witnessed it. We had a number of calls about it at lunch time on Sunday, December 9, and our Rural Crime team are now investigating as we seek to understand how it happened.” Yesterday, a police spokesman said: "The investigation has now concluded. "No arrests have been made and the Llangollen Railway company have been updated."

At the time of the incident, Llangollen Railway's business manager Liz McGuiness said it was believed that a hunt was in the vicinity of the line. She said: "I am not certain at this stage how badly the animal was injured but members of the hunt turned up to take the animal or animals away from the scene. No-one aboard the train, either on the footplate or in the passenger coaches, were hurt but the driver and crew were obviously badly shaken by this highly regrettable incident. Can I make it clear that the hunt does not have permission to be on Llangollen Railway property at any time." She added that they had called in police to investigate the incident.

The trip saw children meeting Santa when they got off at Carrog station. The decorated train transports youngsters between Llangollen and the station. Mum Charlene Jones, who was with her seven-year-old daughter Emily when the incident took place, said her child had been left "absolutely devastated".

 

Chester MP leads Parliament debate on strengthening Hunting Act

20-3-19     Chester Standard     'Does the Hunting Act need to be strengthened in relation to fox hunting?' - Chester MP to lead debate in Westminster today      CHESTER'S MP will today lead a debate in Parliament about whether the law is tough enough on practices like fox hunting. The discussion will look at whether enough is being done to crack down on wildlife crime and whether those individuals and groups are able to flout the law.

Ahead of the 2.30pm debate taking place in Westminster Hall, Chester MP Chris Matheson said: "Today I am leading a debate in Parliament about Wildlife crime including the continued practise of Fox ChrisMathesonMP.jpegHunting. "I’ll be joined by North West Labour MPs calling for an end to Government inaction on this issue; animals are still brutally chased and killed by hunts across the country, fifteen years on from the hunting ban coming into force. It is time the Hunting Act 2004 was reviewed to remove the numerous loopholes which allow fox hunters to remain above the law."

Members of the public were asked to submit their views ahead of the debate. They were asked: "Does the Hunting Act need to be strengthened in relation to fox hunting?" and "Do the police have enough resources to prevent wildlife crime?"

Earlier this year, police were called to investigate three separate reports of a fox being killed during hunts in Cheshire. At the time, Cheshire Police said~: "We are fully committed to thoroughly investigating this incident and will bring to justice anybody found to have broken the law." Consequently a few hundred anti-hunt protesters held a peaceful demonstration outside the force's headquarters in Winsford to demanded action be taken against illegal hunting.

In December, Labour pledged it would review penalties under the Hunting Act 2004 to ensure it was an effective deterrent. Under the Act it is an offence to hunt a wild mammal with dogs, although there are some exemptions.

Mr Matheson added: "I’d like to thank the four thousand people who took part in the House of Commons online discussion about this debate. The sheer level of engagement demonstrates the strongly held opinions on this issue."

The debate can be viewed here

 

Train had to emergency stop to avoid hound pack on line

19-3-19    Facebook - ‎James Roger Sorrie‎ to Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway     Please convey my praise to the crew of 7820 Dinmore Manor on Saturday 16th March. I was on the 14.30 pm from Broadway. Shortly after leaving Broadway we heard the whistle sounding continuously and felt the brakes being applied for an emergency stop. From the windows we could see that a whole pack of hunting hounds had got on the line but miraculously the locomotive had come to a standstill well short of them. I praise the train crew for their quick reactions as well as for their powers of observation.

I could see that the whole entourage of hunt followers were parked up each side of the bridge that goes under the railway. How the hounds ended up on the railway track seems to be a mystery. When the train came to a halt I noticed that two of the huntsmen took it upon themselves to come up onto the track on horseback to get control of the hounds. I am not so sure if that was such a good idea but at least no animals were hurt I think (unless a fox was caught up in the incident).

GWLR replied as follows - Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Hi James. Many thanks for your comments. There are strict rules for our drivers where animals on the line, and dogs are a particular problem in some places. Not sure they often encounter a whole pack! We're pleased to hear it went off without apparent incident. We'll pass on your comments.

 

Eggesford FH hunt 2 foxes to ground, chase several, thought killed one

Sabs were able to ensure gone to ground foxes not dug out 

19-3-19  Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO    Eggesford Hunt 19.3.2019    Yesterday, four of us went out to see what the Eggesford Hunt were up at their meet at Chulmleigh Beacon. How does the hunting community defend hunting foxes at a time of year when they are either heavily pregnant or nursing young? They often argue that only the sick and the old are killed, but in reality foxhunting is a completely indiscriminate form of killing. Pregnant or nursing vixen are severely disadvantaged when running from hounds and foxes are routinely dug-out from fox earths and badger setts that harbour the new-born young of both species. It's an absolute disgrace and it's time more people were up in arms about it.

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Within minutes of leaving the meet yesterday, a fox was hunted to ground [above]. You can watch what happened in our footage below. As always, it was left to sabs to call the hounds out of the earth, as Jason praised them for doing their job (which job is that, exactly?!). Sabs stayed put as terriermen arrived and a three hour stand-off ensued [below].

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Meanwhile the Hunt carried on and hounds spent much of the day in full cry. Scent conditions were perfect and foxes were running everywhere. At Edgiford Cross a fox crossed the road in front of our vehicle and was helped to safety. Another was spotted running from hounds near Higher Moor Plantation.

Unfortunately, we don't know what came of that one as an irate landowner and his wife lost their rag when one of our sabs tried to run into the woods to rate the hounds. Apparently the sab was a threat to their new-born lambs, but a pack of out-of-control hounds and a dozen horses rampaging through their fields weren't... A kind passer-by stopped to check the sab was OK, as the farmer and his wife looked as though they were about to burst a blood vessel.

The Hunt moved on to West Benley Moor and from there towards East Week and Darland Plantation. Hounds ran multiple loops of the valley in full cry, twice rampaging across land they had been banned from, with Jason not making much of an effort to get them under control. With only three of us (and one still guarding the original earth) we struggled to keep up with them across the difficult terrain but at around 4pm hounds were some distance away from Jason and a sab happened to be in the right place at the right time to witness them mark another fox to ground in a badger sett [below]. Jason arrived several minutes later, tried to get rid of the sab by telling her the police were waiting for her on the road (a complete fabrication) and tried to blame her for the fact that hounds were marking in a badger sett. Watch our footage if you want to know what really happened.

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