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LATEST UK HUNTING NEWS

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

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

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

 

                                 HUNTING SEASON 2019-20

 

SEPTEMBER 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Meynell FH filmed by sabs blatantly hunting a fox

Sab assaulted climbing fence to get to footpath 

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

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

        MeynellFHHoundsandfox14-9-19.jpg                                       Hounds and Huntsman pursuing fox 

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

        MeynellFHFoxflees14-9-19.jpg                                                 Fox flees behind hunt rider 

        MeynellFHSteward14-9-19.jpg                             'Steward assaults sab climbing fence to get to footpath 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cheshire FH bolt for home when monitors appear

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

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

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

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

 

S. Durham FH first cubbing meet fruitless, say monitors

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

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

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

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

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

Support us by donating to our petrol fund using link at top of page or via PayPal to huntmonitors@gmail.com. Thankyou.   #LongLiveTheFox ��

 

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

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

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

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

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

        VWHFHHoldingup17-9-19.jpg                                      Holding up, a classic part of cub hunting 

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

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

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

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

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

Please continue to support us and many thanks to all that have already done so. Paypal.me/cihwatch.

 

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

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

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

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

Please get out in the field if you're able to. Help us to continue saving animals:- PayPal.me/SouthcoastHuntSabs.   Any info:- 077443148426.

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

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

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

Please help keep us in the fields: paypal.me/BtnHuntSabs ; dob in your local hunt by phoning or texting the HSA hotline: 07443 148 426; and get in touch if you wish to join us in the field.

   

Grafton FH hound chasing young fox screams as caught on barbie

Huntsman lifts hound off and throws it roughly to ground

Fox escaped from covert surrounded by hunters in classic cub hunting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Quantock SH charged with illegal hunting [again]

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

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

 

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

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

        SWWiltsFHBlocking13-9-19.jpg                                     S. & W. Wilts FH blocking a main road 

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

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

Thank you to the individuals who tipped us off. To alert us to hunting in your area you can contact the Hunt Saboteurs Tip-Off Hotline confidentially on 074148426 or message our Facebook page.

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

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Cottesmore FH stewards try to stop sabs using footpaths

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

We are all volunteers, please help us with fuel costs and equipment: www.paypal.me/ENABS

 

Sabs twice call Middleton FH hounds away from novice Huntsman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We covered a lot of miles today and used a lot of fuel so if you want to help us out follow this link.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can donate to us on this link, thank you all.

 

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

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

 

Singing sabs spike hapless Wynnstay FH's cubbing attempts

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

As well as sabotaging fox cub hunts, we’re also busy taking action against the badger cull across the region. Please consider donating to help keep us in the field – PayPal.me/bristolhuntsabs.

 

Antis swamp Blackmore FH cubbing meet - Huntsman eventually gives up

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

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

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

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

Pic above   -   Artificial earth found where hounds were in cry 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                                  Huntsman gives up and blows for home early 

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

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

 

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

Sabs made certain the fox was not dug out

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

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

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

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

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

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                              Hound peering down sett where fox has taken refuge 

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

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

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Warwickshire FH chase fox through people's gardens

Otherwise, sabs kept Huntsman on the move

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Hunt blatantly cubbing afterwards, even as cops arrived 

Police upset as bagged up corpse as evidence

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

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

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

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

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

 

Councillor calls for Council to sever all links with Belvoir FH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Sabs think N. Cotswold FH killed early in cubbing meet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Senior Master and steward attempt to obstruct sab filming 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you would like to contribute to repairing our vehicle then please consider doing so here, every little helps! www.paypal.me/eastkenthsa.

 

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

Huntsman and sabs both lost contact with the pack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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                                              Holding up elephant grass crop 

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

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

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

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

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

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Worcestershire FH Huntsman sexually harasses woman sab

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Police hold up sabs for Flint & Denbigh FH yet again

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

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

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

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

Thanks for all your donations. Help keeps on the road and in the fields: paypal.me/DerbySabs.

 

SNP future plans doc omits to mention strengthening hunt ban

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

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

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

 

Worcestershire FH terriermen have petting zoo, including foxes

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

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

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

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

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

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N. Herefordshire FH new Huntsman scatters pack while cubbing

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

North Cotswold FH kill young fox in blatant cub hunting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Forestry Commission to publish Hunt meet details

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Convicted badger baiter is terrierman for York & Ainsty S FH

Antis think that Hunt killed fox during hunt they monitored 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stunning stag finds sanctuary from Hunt on Baronsdown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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West Kent Sabs complaint against police inaction is upheld

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Warks FH cause multi-vehicle pile up while crossing road

Tractor had been forced to stop on a blind bend 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sabs say they helped save five foxes from two Dorset Hunts

Antis helped owners remove hounds from private gardens 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sab presence discourages Flint & D. FH from cub hunting

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cheshire FH follower aims threats & intimidation at women sabs

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Flint & Denbigh FH member rides injured horse for 2 hours

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

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

 

CPS drop Cottesmore FH fox kill case one day before deadline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        CottesmoreFHRedcoatyards19-1-19.jpg                                  Same redcoat, just yards from the kill site 

We are deeply gutted that the fox we saw that day, panicked, terrified and running for his life - did not get the justice he deserved. But it makes us fight ever harder for all wildlife in the future. Cottesmore Hunt - your hunting days are truly numbered!  

 

Monitors report VWH FH blatant cub hunting, including a kill

1-9-19  Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch    Yesterday 6.am.    Assisted by Ridgeway Illegal Hunt Watch we attended the cub hunt by the VWH at Kilkenny. They set off southeast from the farm to a small covert down the slope where they frequently hunt. As one of us arrived down near the stream the hounds were heard picking up inside the covert and then broke out on cry streaming back up and across the slope into the maize below Kilkenny Farm and out again and then along the valley to the small patch of maize by the L-shaped wood just west of the farm. N.B. these squares of maize are traditionally left as ‘game cover’ to assist bloodsporters.

There were plenty of followers on horseback and on foot, including children, trailing after the Hunt and as some were clustering round the wood next to the maize patch one shouted ‘the fox has gone into cover … gone away’ … yes, truly that was what he shouted and the Huntsman brought the hounds to spot and into the wood again where kindly indicated by the supporter. The sab in field had been forced away by an angry hunt follower as no footpath there, and we were then subjected to minders one of whom had the maddening persistence of an aggravated wasp. But we witnessed this unmistakable cub hunt from the road.

They spent an hour in this area going through the wood, out at the end searching a bit further on then coming back into the wood, finally the chase reached a climax at the eastern end with a supporter shouting ‘it went round there’ or ‘round there’. The Huntsman got off his horse and plunged into the wood and after some uproar from the hounds, it went quiet. Everything relaxed. Whatever it was, it was over. The Huntsman clambered out and got on his horse. Supporters started to turn away, the mounted hunters to leave. We conclude: a kill.

A word to the hunters and support who read our page and who constantly accuse us of making things up and putting up falsely edited film: Dream on. We describe and show what we see. It was so obvious that you were cub hunting yesterday that the usual ‘trail hunt’ protestations were extremely feeble and half-hearted even by the landowner on the grey horse. Not only that, out of the mouths of your own supporters came the evidence that you were hunting foxes. Trails are not visible, foxes are.

It was truly shocking to watch this relentless proceeding of hunting multiple young foxes to satisfy the requirements of hounds training. We managed to follow them deep inland over the next two hours and get close when we could with cameras as they surrounded and searched strips of hedge, woods and big areas of scrubby bush … in the latter case hunted over, over and over again while the field of desultory young women and children with a few harder-faced old hands had to hang about endlessly engaging in gossip apparently not in the least concerned at the proceedings which once again were absolutely clearly not and could never have been perceived as a trail hunt.

It is not trail hunting is it VWH? You would not be hunting a trail in the same patch over and over and over again, going away and coming back to it, getting more agitated and angry with no result from the hounds as happened right at the end? They wanted to keep away from our cameras but at the same time their remit was so strongly dictated they did not stop although they clearly tried to avoid us. When we can’t stop them, we will bear witness. This is cub hunting, full on, no ifs or buts. Through us, the world is watching.

 

Crawley FH observed engaging in classic cub hunting

1-9-19   Facebook - West Sussex Hunt Sabs    Friday 30th August - Crawley and Horsham hunt meet West of Henfield, South downs link    After spotting familiar boxes heading towards Henfield monitors found the hunt gathering for another early morning meet.

We were able to monitor discreetly, the only times the hunt noticing us the huntsman quickly calling back the hounds from within whichever copse he had recently sent them into and then scuttling off away from us.

Field riders still insisted they were trail hunting, although they were not very confident in their convictions and no trail appeared to have been laid, we kindly reminded them of their previous huntsman who is soon making an appearance in court for illegal hunting...to this they had no comment... as had he when questioned.

 

Out-of-control S. Dorset FH hounds riot on deer and sheep

1-9-19  Facebook - Weymouth Animal Rights    Hit Report number 2. 31.8.19, South Dorset Hunt meet at North West Farm, Winterbourne Kingston    With some of our members at the Portman hunt meet, the rest of us headed off in the Red Landy towards the South Dorset Hunt Kennels, our MP for south Dorset Richard Drax being the "landlord"!

It's been all change at the SD with Steady on Steve Barrow leaving (the only one who had any control of the dogs) and Groom Charlie also leaving, Juggers aka Tobias Cole now has full control....well maybe control in the losest terms....actually very little control...in fact the dogs seem to do what they want!

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With "new: groom "Irish" Rob, who incidentally "left" the SD 4 years ago back on board. Juggers has also shipped his terrier boy Ryan Walpole-Johnsen from his short time with the West Norfolk Hunt in, as originally a non riding whip but having had some riding lessons is now Juggers right hand man and friend. Tarquin (Hugh) now seems a bit obsolete, but has been kept on to collect any loose dogs..of which there were many today!

With the meet at Rebecca Hills, North West Farm, we arrived just as Juggers & co took their pack of dogs down the farm drive to the 6am meet. They didn't seem very pleased to see us there with the Red Landy and much bad language was heard coming from the meet.

At 6am they headed off up the track behind the farm towards Peat Hill. Dropping in a foot team to cover one side of Peat Hill the Landy team parked up on the other. Very quickly the dogs were heard going into cry in Peat Wood, foot Sabs used the gizmo and very easily lifted their heads. Meanwhile on the other side of Peat Hill the Landy driver spotted a very tired looking adult fox running across the adjacent field [above]. Jumping into action the driver ran across the field spraying citronella to hide the scent of the fox. Within seconds green pickup raced down the field towards him but then stopped and hid behind a Bush! A few minutes later the navigator spotted a Fox Cub running scared towards the area that the adult had disappeared into.

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Meanwhile the foot team witnessed the dogs firstly riot on a deer [above] and then onto a flock of unsuspecting sheep [below] (we did notify the owner). With the field now cantering in the direction the foxes had run, the dogs took off towards Nutley Clump after who knows what before heading back into Peat Hill, where they spent some time.

With the foot team back in the Landy we drove round to the East Farm footpath and dropped them in again. The Landy carried on round the corner to get a better view of Juggers and co. Pulling into a gateway we met a local who didn't' support the hurt in any way shape or form and told us they weren't allowed to hunt the lane in front of us!

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Feeling at this point they were going to pack up, the Landy team drove round to the other side of Peat Hill, seeing no sign they headed back to the meet in perfect time to film Juggers, Ryan, Mrs Juggers and a child with Tarquin still rounding up stray dogs they headed off into the village before taking the bridlepath back to the kennels at 9.41am.

We kept them in a very small area today and we are fairly sure that the dogs had the most fun today running around...lost....judging by Juggers temper while trying to gather them up.

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AUGUST 2019

….. 31st August - Churchyard fox chasing BSV Huntsman charged with illegal hunting

….. 31st August - Sabs help ensure none of 3 foxes flushed by Portman FH caught

….. 31st August - Times reporter saw D&S SH chase stag for 5 hours before kill

….. 31st August - Sab arrival leads Curre FH to pack up without even unboxing hounds

….. 31st August - Sabs ensure Cottesmore FH don't kill despite hunter aggression

….. 31st August - Sabs save fox from Worcestershire FH who then pack up early

….. 31st August - Sabs keep E. Sussex FH moving, not hunting, leading to early pack up

….. 31st August - Mendip F. FH follower tries to steal sab dashcam while holding toddler!

….. 31st August - Sabs say they filmed Portman FH illegally hunting fox

….. 30th August - Labour manifesto commits to strengthen the Hunting Act

….. 29th August - Vale of the White Horse FH hunt cabs in maize fields

….. 29th August - Quantock SH kill stag after 21/2 hour hunt

….. 28th August - S. Shropshire FH caught full on cub hunting by monitors

….. 27th August - Sabs spoil Surrey Union FH's attempt to induct kids to their 'sport'

….. 27th August - Quorn FH put own animals in danger by charging sab car

….. 26th August - Sabs spoil Kimblewick FH cubbing fun despite attack by rider

….. 26th August - Pair of sabs find Mendip Farmers FH out cub hunting

….. 26th August - Wynnstay FH hound run over by follower as monitors ensure no kills

….. 26th August - Sabs call Quorn FH hounds off fox cub just in time

….. 25th August - Cheshire FH 'lackey' convicted of assaulting woman sab

….. 25th August - Antis ensure Cattistock FH can't settle down to cub hunting

….. 25th August - Cheshire Hunt Sabs boxed in by 5 police cars as result of hoax call

….. 25th August - Sab presence reduces Wynnstay FH to long walk round roads

….. 24th August - Hunt - probably Golden Valley FH - said to have caused car crash

….. 24th August - Antis see much dangerous driving by Cheshire FH terrierboys

….. 24th August - Woman sab tripped while running by Mendip FH supporter

….. 24th August - Flint & Denbigh FH cubbing meet turns into 2 hour hack

….. 23rd August - Antis keep Crawley FH on move and spoil their hunting

….. 22nd August - Blackmore FH hold up traffic for half hour as they cub hunt

….. 22nd August - Three posts at summit of hunting world are all vacant

….. 21st August - Blackmore FH woman carrying toddler headed fox towards hounds

….. 20th August - Waveney Harriers hunt hares through thick maize

….. 20th August - Ex Hunt JM - a big Tory donor - paid for Johnson helicopter flight

….. 18th August - Blackmore FH filmed chasing fox in blatant cubbing

….. 17th August - Most new bTb outbreaks in county farms visited by Warks FH Hunt

….. 15th August - Ashford V FH member convicted of spraying 'fox juice' in sab's face

….. 14th August - LACS investigators paid almost £50k damages by Belvoir FH

….. 14th August - Death of huntress who repeatedly whipped sab accident - inquest

….. 13th August - Wynnstay FH kick off Cheshire cubbing season - no kills known

….. 13th August - Villagers complain re. Portman's FH out of control hounds

….. 11th August - Notorious Avon Vale FH JM standing as Tory PCC for Wiltshire

….. 10th August - Wealden MH prevented from killing as sabs keep calling hounds off

….. 10th August - Courtney MH stopped hunting despite aggression to sabs

…..  8th August - N. Wales police deceiving public over 'Operation Yarder' ?

…..  3rd August - Atherstone FH lies & threats fail to stop sab stand at vegan fair 

 

Churchyard fox chasing BSV Huntsman charged with illegal hunting

31-8-19   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   VIDEO   Fingers crossed    This Huntsman has now, at the last hour, been charged with illegally hunting a wild mammal with dogs and is due to appear in court for the first hearing at the end of September. We wish these teams luck in getting justice.

31-8-19  Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime    The Huntsman for the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt has been charged with Hunting a wild mammal with dogs. This is following evidence gathered by Hounds Off and Somerset Wildlife Crime monitors and submitted to Avon and Somerset Constabulary in February. The Huntsman, having been given unconditional bail, will appear in court on the 26th September 2019 for a first hearing.

See here for original report

   

Sabs help ensure none of 3 foxes flushed by Portman FH caught

31-8-19  Facebook - Weymouth Animal Rights  Hit Report no. 1. 31.8.19 The Portman Hunt, Meet: Hanford School, Childe Okeford    It's been a busy day for WAR covering two Cub Hunts today. WAR decided to spread our wings and cover not one but two cub hunts! It was the first Saturday outing for Tom Lyle the new Portman Huntmaster. We thought we should welcome Tom to the area in the only way we know how! So some of us set off to cover the South Dorset Hunt and the rest of us visited the Portman Hunt.

At the Portman Hunt we were joined by our good friends from North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs, Dorset Against Blood Sports and Wildlife Witness We received information from the kennels that the hounds had left just after 6am and as we had already been tipped off from a local the previous day we knew that Tom was off to Hanford School in Childe Okeford so we all headed there and arrived in good time.

We were surprised at the large number of riders and support clearly excited to be out so early trying to kill fox cubs. They left Hanford School around 6.30 am but stayed quite near to it to begin with and to be honest didn’t really do very much apart from Tom having a few blasts on his horn. They hunted around Cliff Coppice where the dogs briefly went into cry then lost the scent.

We followed the riders as they passed Chisel Dairy with quite a lot of hunt support. Riders were stood on point around Okeford Coppice for what seemed like an eternity and they quite honestly looked bored. The Hunt then moved a short distance away to a maize field and this is where we spent the rest of the day, yes in a maizefield, with most of the riders still just standing around.

It is hard to believe that a trail layer would even lay a trail through a maize field but then to lay a trail in a maize field that lasted most of the day, well we think Tom needs to be looking for a new trail layer.

Another explanation is perhaps the trail layer, knowing the distressing event when six hounds were killed by a train when Tom Lyle was Joint Master with the Dartmoor Hunt in 2014, thought it best to help him keep the hounds safe on his first Saturday out and contain them all in a maize field! However we saw blood on quite a few hounds from injuring themselves climbing barbed wire fences and a couple even got stuck on the wire and looked to have nasty cuts so we feel Tom must really make a better effort to look after his hounds appropriately.

Captain Pearson was very chatty today and we began to wonder if he was trying to distract our attention away from something in the maize field. Wildlife Witness monitors reported a fox breaking cover and running for its life and I am pleased to say it managed to evade the hounds and sabs were also quickly in position to protect the fox. Another fox also broke cover and ran in the opposite direction and again managed to evade the hounds. Tom desperately continued to cast his hounds through the maize field while the riders still stood around the edge. It was almost like Tom was expecting a third fox to magically appear. A rather bedraggled disorientated cub, that looked like it had been ‘dropped’ north of the maize field as it was very confused and didn’t try to move very quickly, also appeared but I am pleased to say this little cub got to live another day too.

For the amount of money the riders pay to go out hunting one would have thought they would be better going out for a hack on a nice sunny day rather than just standing around a field waiting for a small animal to be torn limb from limb!

With excellent teamwork from all our good friends we managed to keep the Hunt in sight all day and walked back to the kennels behind them to see them pack up at 9.45 am.

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Times reporter saw D&S SH chase stag for 5 hours before kill

31-8-19  Times   Stag hunts ‘exploit legal loophole’    One hunt chased a stag for five hours across six valleys before shooting the exhausted animal.   It’s the same loophole once exploited by Japanese whaling ships. Staghound packs are riding roughshod over the hunting ban by claiming to be carrying out research, critics claim.

Three traditional stag hunts on horseback continue to chase deer in Somerset and Devon, helped by supporters in vehicles and involving as many as 400 people. Instead of hunting illegally for sport and recreation they claim to be carrying out “research and observation” of the deer by hunting them withDSSHStagkilled27-10-18.jpg hounds for hours across Exmoor and the Quantock Hills before shooting them.

Although the Hunting Act 2004 outlawed the hunting of wild mammals with dogs, it allows hunters to use up to two dogs to hunt deer “for the purpose of or in connection with the observation or study of the wild mammal”. Critics say that the law is not clear on whether the exemption applies only if hunters are conducting genuine scientific research or whether it is enough for them to say they were “observing” the deer while they hunted it with two dogs for several hours before shooting it. There is no known public record of research data or scientific studies published by the staghound packs in the 15 years since the ban came into effect.

The Times followed the Devon & Somerset Staghounds (DSSH) on Tuesday as they hunted a stag for five hours across six valleys on Exmoor before shooting the exhausted animal more than 11 miles from the start. The Hunt had several pairs of dogs, transported in 4x4s, which they used in relay to stay within the law. They then carved up the stag in the private field where it had been killed, away from the view of the A39, whose verge was clogged with excited spectators’ cars. Hundreds of paying spectators followed the hunts in 4x4s, motorbikes and quad bikes along the country lanes, looking out for the stag and using radios to help the hunters to keep up with it.

The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) owns several tracts of woodland as “sanctuaries” free from hunting. Sir Paul McCartney recently donated St Johns Wood on Exmoor to LACS. Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns at LACS, said: “We need to strengthen the hunting law in the UK and . . . the ‘research and observation’ loophole needs to be removed because it is systematically being abused by the Hunt to justify its behaviour. There is no research.”

The deer-hunting season in Devon and Somerset lasts for nine months from August to April. A Hunt is carried out by either the DSSH, Quantock Staghounds or Tiverton Staghounds on five days of the week. A DSSH supporter said that they had failed to kill on only two occasions this month.

Jochen Langbein, an ecology consultant who organises a deer count in the Quantock Hills, said: “I am not aware of any systematic data having been collected by the DSSH from the killed animals during exempt hunting or for which exempt hunting would be required, rather than culling by other legal means such as shooting.”

The three staghound packs kill about 180 red deer a year during hunts, as well as about 80 injured deer a year that they are called out to dispatch. This is only about 15 per cent of the number required to be culled to control the deer population in the area, which is about 3,500. Most of the cull is done through stalking and shooting by marksmen.

Despite several recent attempts to prosecute members of the DSSH, the Crown Prosecution Service has chosen not to pursue the cases. The LACS cites a lack of CPS and police resources.

The DSSH and the Masters of Deerhounds Association did not respond to a request for evidence of research and scientific data collected through hunts. A spokesman for the Countryside Alliance, responding on their behalf, said that any assertion that registered staghound packs were “solely operating under the research and observation exemption is . . . a completely unevidenced and incorrect assertion”.

He said that the DSSH shot and killed one red deer on Tuesday “within the terms of the exemptions in the Hunting Act” and “any suggestions that any deer was hunted for hours or that a deer was not shot and killed humanely are completely untrue”. He added: “The DSSH has been consistently challenged about its activities for 14 years. On every occasion the DSSH has been able to show that its activities were legal, whichever exemption it was operating under.”

THE EXEMPTIONS   A person commits an offence in England and Wales if they hunt a wild mammal with a dog, unless it falls under one of several exemptions contained in the Hunting Act 2004.

Stalking or flushing out - A wild mammal can be stalked or flushed out with no more than two dogs to prevent or reduce serious damage caused by it, to obtain meat for consumption or to participate in a field trial. Reasonable steps must be taken to shoot it “as soon as possible”.

Research and observation - Hunting is allowed with up to two dogs for the purpose of or in connection with study of the wild mammal. Dogs cannot be used underground.

Rescue - Hunting is allowed with up to two dogs, but not below ground, if the hunter reasonably believes an animal is injured and needs to be relieved of suffering.

Recapture - Hunting an animal that has escaped or been released from captivity is allowed on land where permission is granted on condition that it is recaptured or shot “as soon as possible after being found” and was not released to be hunted.

Use of dogs below ground to protect birds for shooting - One dog can be used at any one time to stalk or flush out an animal to prevent damage to birds kept for shooting.

Falconry - Flushing a wild mammal from cover is allowed for the purpose of enabling a bird of prey to hunt it.

Pic above   -   Stag killed by the D & S SH 27-10-18 

 

Sab arrival leads Curre FH to pack up without even unboxing hounds

31-8-19  Facebook - Bath Hunt Saboteurs   Meeting up with Bristol Hunt Saboteurs for a trip across the Severn to pay a flying visit to the Currie and Langibby Fox Hounds.

On arriving, the foot Sabs walked up to the Meet, the Huntsman, on seeing the Sabs, didn't even bother unloading the hounds, after 1/4 of an hour faffing about, they close up the hound van and drive off, with a Sab Landie right on their tail, just in case they decided to try elsewhere.

They were followed back to the kennels, where Sabs keep an eye out to make sure they don't attempt to go out again. Cubbing successfully stopped! So quick we didn't have time to take a photo...

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Sabs ensure Cottesmore FH don't kill despite hunter aggression

31-8-19  Facebook - Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs   The Cottesmore Hunt, Meet: Cow Pasture Farm, Witham on the Hill, Bourne PE10 0JP Pitch black darkness and watching the sunrise was our start to the morning. Met up with the crew @northantshuntsabs and wildact.

As soon as they left the meet the field riders lined out around Little Andrews Wood in classic cubbing fashion. Riders immediately forced their horses to push into sabs desperate to keep sabs from evidencing and preventing what the Hunt were up to, which is a usual tactic from the blood sport enthusiasts when caught illegally hunting. Then they moved on. This set the tone for the next two hours until they packed up at around 09:20.

Some of our readers may remember old “James Dyson” [below] who claimed to own all the land and tried (and failed) to bribe sabs to leave with money. See here.

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We drove in to the meet and there he was driving towards us “Get off my land! I own this land!” Getting all pushy-shovey with our sabs, who didn’t even acknowledge him, walked around him and got in between Huntsman and hounds.

Well James, if you do own the land as you claim, you are responsible for the illegal activities which the hunt get up to on that land with your permission (section 3 Hunting with Dogs Act 2004) i.e. cub hunting.

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 Sabs save fox from Worcestershire FH who then pack up early

31-8-19  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Worcestershire Hunt - sabbed 31.08.19 - Summerhill Farm Droitwich – 6:00am   Video and full report to follow. 

A small group of us paid a visit to the Worcestershire Hunt who were long overdue a visit by hunt sabs. Sabs met with aggression by hunt supporters from the start. Fox saved - on arrival, sabs witnessed blatant holding up and hunting of a wood by the Hunt. Fox was seen fleeing wood sabs intervened to stop the hounds pursuing it. 

Huntsman packed up not long after we had saved the fox having been out less than an hour and only hunted one wood.

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

Pics below   -   1/  Fox fleeing from Hunt    2/  Sab being assaulted 

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Sabs keep E. Sussex FH moving, not hunting, leading to early pack up

31-8-19  Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs    We were out super early this morning to kennel watch the E.SussexFHcubhunt31-8-19.jpgEast Sussex & Romney Marsh FH, whilst waiting we kept hearing the cacophony of wailing howls from the hounds. No wonder their neighbours hate them so much. We kept on the tail of the hound van and entourage of the two disgruntled supporters vehicles whence they left.

The six riders included "25yrs on the force" Fuller, which was fairly representative of the lower dregs of society. Their meet was at Penlands Farm in Herstmonceux. We entered the field whilst dew still clung to strands of spider web like diamonds in the morning light. We kept up with the Hunt on their ride across the marshes. When they thought they'd lost us they did a sneaky cast in the scrubland, which promptly stopped when they saw us. Some friends from Brighton Hunt Sabs managed to join us. The pathetic individuals packed up within two hours.

A few of our Sabs had a full on day sett surveying yesterday with a whole array of activity found and still managed to get out today.

Get out and protect the wildlife from the scum, come and join us if you can. Help keep us out in the field:- PayPal.me/SouthCoastHuntSabs. Any info on the blood lusting lunatics contact the tip off line: 07443148426.

 

Mendip F. FH follower tries to steal sab dashcam while holding toddler!

Sabs say they helped two foxes escape from cub hunting 

31-8-19   Facebook - Mendip Hunt Sabs   Today we headed to a meet of the Mendip Farmers' Hunt MendipFFHLoopysupporter31-8-19.jpghosted by chairman Tim Pullen at Holmwood Farm, Chewton Mendip. For some reason they didn't seem to be expecting us and were a little agitated to say the least. From the beginning the terrierscum and support were aggressive, with one Sab having her hat stolen [below] and our driver having their dashcam ripped off [left] - which was retrieved by their quick reflexes. We have the whole incident on film but have chosen not to show it as, disturbingly, the perpetrator was holding their very young child at the time and throughout the morning they thrust the poor child at us, even bizarrely opening the boot of our car and holding the child inside. The incident has been reported to the police and the footage passed on to them.

The Mendip Farmers' Hunt were true to form - with full on illegal cub hunting and hounds being heard in cry throughout the morning. A fox was seen being chased by hounds from woodland with a terrierboy waving his arms to try to scare the fox back into the woodland and the hounds. The fox ignored him thankfully and fled, followed by the hounds. Sabs rated the hounds and let Hunt Master George Pullen know that he was being filmed. The fox got away. Then a second fox appeared close to Sabs, who immediately got down so as not to scare the fox. Hounds were close behind again but miraculously they didn't pick up the scent. The terrierboys came to investigate but Sabs stayed in position filming and made sure the fox had got away before leaving the area.

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The Hunt seemed stuck for ideas and went round and round in a circle, hunting their usual haunts Lily Combe, Burges's Combe, Preston's Wood, Tor Hole. The two foxes escaped close to Sage's Farm, by Grig's Pit Wood.

We can't say that they didn't kill today. Hounds were in full cry in Burges's Combe and Sabs were unable to reach them. What we do know is that our presence helped two foxes escape today and that makes it all worthwhile.Thanks as always for all the support we have received. We are always so touched to know we are not alone in our efforts to protect our wildlife ��.

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Sabs say they filmed Portman FH illegally hunting fox

Fox went to ground, sabs ensured not further hunted  

Huntsman forces hounds over barbie, injuring some 

31-8-19  Facebook - Wildlife Witness   VIDEO   Video taken today of the Portman Hunt illegally fox-hunting, just as they have done for the past 15 years. They may have a new Huntsman and new hunt stewards with flashy cameras and radios but old habits die hard.

Thanks to @North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs, Dorset Against Blood Sports and Weymouth Animal Rights for being there to save this fox and two others seen today.

This is going to be a long hard season with no help from Dorset Police likely to be forthcoming, so we are going to be on our own. So any help with reimbursing transport costs and new equipment is always gratefully received. Despite what our increasingly desperate opponents may claim we can assure you that 100% of all donations go directly towards covering our monitoring costs. Donations can be made to - www.ko-fi.com/wildlifewitness or www.paypal.me/wildlifewitness.

Pics below   -  1/  Fox fleeing from hounds about to go to ground    2/  Hounds searching for the fox 

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31-8-19  Facebook - North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs   Portman Hunt - Saturday 31st August Having been tipped off by a local that the Hunt were meeting at Hanford the following day, we were well prepared to meet the Hunt for the first time this season to mess up their day’s hunting. Along with Weymouth Animal Rights, Wildlife Witness and Dorset Against Blood Sports, we saw 3 foxes to safety.

The Hunt left the meet at roughly 6:30 to hunt Cliff Coppice, Fox Ditch Coppice and Okeford Coppice. Luckily, Sabs were in all positions and were able to watch hounds and Huntsman. The hounds went briefly into cry in Cliff Coppice but luckily lost the scent.

It is clear to see that the Portman are paranoid of being outed after recent developments of illegal badger sett blocking, harassment and intimidation. They had hired “Hunt Stewards” to come and keep an eye on us and be as much of a pain as they can.

After hunting all the woods and not finding a scent, the Hunt headed to Shillingstone to hunt the maize fields. It’s at this point that Wildlife Witness monitors saw a fox break cover, with hounds on a scent, and took refuge in a drain. Closely followed by Hapless and Co, we ran to protect the fox and call hounds away from the drain in order to save the fox.

With the Hunt now on the move again, they dropped one cub and flushed another as they went, but not picking them up. In an attempt to put the hounds back on the line, the Huntsman put the hounds over a barbed wire fence. This led to the hounds being covered in blood and one getting caught on the fence, resulting in cuts to the leg and potential muscle trauma. Having decided they’d wasted their time even getting out of bed, we followed them into the meet, packing up at 9:45.

Today was an excellent show of what could happen with teamwork and persistence, and we will be visiting this Hunt again very soon. So, if you want to get involved, please do message us, and we will get back to you as soon as we can and get you out sabbing hunts.

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Labour manifesto commits to strengthen the Hunting Act

30-9-19  Facebook - Hunt Monitors    Labour's manifesto commits to strengthen the Hunting Act and many other brilliant animal welfare improvements, including banning snares and glue traps and ending the cruel and unscientific badger cull.

"Our vision is one where no animal is made to suffer unnecessary pain and degradation and where we continue to drive up standards and practice in line with the most recent advances and understanding. The policies set out here in our Animal Welfare Manifesto are the next stage in that journey."

 

Quantock SH kill stag after 21/2 hour hunt

29-8-19   Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime    Quantock Stag Hounds killed today   Monitors from Somerset Wildlife Crime and Hounds Off were with them all morning. An early start from Pittsford Hill, a field of around 20 riders, and dozens of vehicle support hunted the stag from approximately 8am and killed him just after 10:30am. Support gathered for the carve up and to claim their bag of guts to take home as a treasured souvenir.

Another days stag hunting with the Quantock Stag Hounds.

 

VWH FH block antis access as cubs being hunted in maize

29-8-19   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   VIDEO [CIWH]  Wednesday 28th August 2019    Met up with Mendip sabs, Cirenceseter Illegal Huntwatch and Ridgeway Illegal Huntwatch for a meet at 06.00 at Braydon Pond near Malmesbury, Wiltshire. There was some picking up in that area and then they crossed the road and drew some maize. they looked as though they were about to do some classic holding up but thought better of it with sabs present. There was some attempt to stop us getting near to where we could hear cubs being hunted deep within the maize crop and this went on for a while with them leaving us alone in the end. They did get very close with 2 vehicles on the mud. We certainly cannot claim that there were no kills but this fox on the film, at least, ran to safety.

The rest of the day (considering that everywhere we sab now is in one badger cull zone or the other) was spent looking at badger setts.

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28-8-19  Facebook - Mendip Hunt Sabs    With most of the team unavailable in our usual area, one of our sabs made the trip up to Wiltshire to join fine folks from Three Counties Sabs, Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch and Ridgeway Illegal Hunt Watch sabbing the VWH 6am cub hunting meet. The Hunt assembled at 6am in the road near Braydon Wood, east of Malmesbury, then headed into the wood to hunt around the pond. Hounds picked up a few times, but the Huntsman moved on fairly quickly.

Next they moved west into land near Pond Hill Farm, where they spent a lot of time working a large maize field and areas of cover crop. The hounds were heard in full cry, but sabs were held up by loud and aggressive support who blocked their access to the hunt. We do not know what happened in those crucial moments as we were unable to get close enough to the hounds, we just hope they didn’t kill. Once closer to the Hunt who were working more maize, sabs saw two foxes, multiple hares and two deer flee from the hounds who were still picking up on a scent. Fortunately, they did not get on to their lines.

The Huntsman then crossed back into Braydon Wood, which he worked again before heading back onto the road and towards the meet. They packed up in Summer House Farm at 9am, after a solid three hours of hunting fox cubs. Our weary sab then headed homeward to spend the remainder of the day sett surveying more locally.

With cubbing well and truly under way now and the badger cull looming, any donations towards our fuel fund are very gratefully accepted. Thank you for all your support so far...https://ko-fi.com/mendiphuntsabs.

 

S. Shropshire FH caught full on cub hunting by monitors

Hounds also seen worrying livestock

28-8-19   Facebook - Shropshire Monitors    South Shropshire Hunt were caught full on fox hunting this afternoon/evening by our monitors at Gatten Lodge, Near Bridges by the Stiperstones. More to follow soon as police will need the evidence. Also we notice they got packed up after one hour of setting off as Shropshire Hunt Saboteurs and Staffordshire Hunt Sabs were in attendance. Brilliant! thanks also to Shropshire Wildlife Monitors.

More from the day soon. Including all the livestock worrying.

 

Sabs ruin Surrey Union FH cub hunt in searing heat

27-8-19   Facebook - North Downs Hunt Sabs    Mission 6, Surrey Union FH, Ewhurst 27-8-19   The Surrey Union Fox Hunt held a pony club event on the Lukyns Estate, Ewhurst on Tuesday at 3pm, unbelievably in 30 degree heat. We had over 20 Sabs from North Downs, Guildford, Berkshire, Croydon, and South Coast, along with a small team from Surrey Hunt Monitors. SurreyUnionFHSohot27-8-19.jpg

We started by pre-spraying and beating some woods that we know the hunt favour. Sabs were very pleased later when the hunt drew these woods later with no result.

The day started by drawing the woods north of Holmbury farm, but Sabs - aided by an excellent horn blower - pulled the hounds straight out of the wood. The Hunt then headed west along Sherborne Lane, followed by our running squad. For the rest of the day they were unable to lose the Sabs. We sprayed after two foxes, safely getting them away.

The Hunt were very aggressive, both verbally and in riding their horses at Sabs. We were all shocked that the event went ahead in such heat - the tarmac was so hot that the horses hooves left marks (see photo right). Nobody that cared for their animals would take out dogs or horses in that extreme heat.

The sweaty, hot, parched but victorious Sabs then retired to re-hydrate in a local pub.

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SurreyUnionFHOverheatedWhip27-8-19.jpg27-8-19  Facebook - Berkshire Hunt Sabs    Today Berkshire Hunt Sabs met up with other Sabs from Croydon, Guildford, North Downs, and South Coast Hunt Sabs to sab the Surrey Union Fox Hunt who were meeting at Lukyns Farm in Ewhurst for their ‘Children’s Meet’.

The children’s meet is an insidious annual event in a Hunt's calendar. An induction into the rituals of the chase, most Hunts are affiliated to or have their own pony club. With the intention to get their children used to hunting, it is a very strange event indeed.

When the hounds have their heads up they won’t be getting on the line of scent of that fox!

Frustrated at their foiled ‘sport’ they high tailed it past the meet and with diminished riders the Huntsman went on a pointless ride at a few nearby farms and then packed up a short while later. Red sullen faces on their side as we retired to a scenic pub for the obligatory chips and beer. And did that beer go down well on a very hot and very successful day.

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Pic above   -   Overheated Whipper-In Russell Ingram  

 

Quorn FH put own animals in danger by charging sab car

27-8-19   Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs      Today we made it 2 for 2 at the Quorn who met at Whatton House just North East of Long Whatton. With a few emergency days annual leave booked and shifts swap we were able to mobilise with our comrades from Lincoln Hunt sabs to follow up on some last minute tip-offs and ensure Olly has continued his warm welcome.

The Hunt spent a lot of their time in and around Gorse Covert to the south of the meet with little success. The hounds were only heard speaking on occasion and field riders could be heard complaining of boredom, maybe not the impact they were hoping the new staff to have!

In an incredible feat of caring for their animals the Hunt, rather than waiting for sabs to move, decided to ride straight at the vehicle on a narrow road, causing hounds to squeeze and bang against the parked car and horses to buck up and kick out as they demonstrated their distress at being forced into narrow spaces.

Sabs were with the Hunt for the majority of the day with no issues and watched them pack up at 8:30 before heading off to find a nice vegan fry up and a cup of tea.

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Sabs spoil Kimblewick FH cubbing fun despite attack by rider

26-8-19  Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   The summer bank holiday is usually reserved for chilling out in the garden, perhaps a cold drink and generally enjoying the last throws of summer.

Of course, if you're a habitual wildlife abuser then you'll be up at the crack of dawn, donning your ratcatcher and heading off to kill some fox cubs. Now, you'd think the Kimblewick would want to keep their heads down in light of their current situation (see here: https://bit.ly/33ZcWws) but killing animals will take precedence over everything else.

So acting on information sent to the HSA we were also up well before dawn and heading over to the area in question, near St Andrew's church near Wheatfield, Oxfordshire.

We spotted the Hunt holding up a large rectangular wood up in classic cubbing formation [below]. The riders shouting and slapping to scare any potential cubs back into the jaws of the hounds. We made our presence known and there was clearly what we like to call an "Oh shit" moment. All of a sudden the phones came out and the riders became a little camera shy.

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One large women on an even larger horse galloped angrily towards us, used her horse as a weapon, tried to strike sabs with her whip [below] and steal a camera. Fortunately the sab in question was fairly fleet of foot and saw off the assault. She wasn't very happy at being busted openly taking part in a criminal activity.

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One fox was observed darting out of the wood but was turned back (unknowingly) by Matthew Higgs, Master of the Trinity Foot Beagles and Kimblewick chief hanger on. Luckily no hounds had picked up on the animal so all was well.

We had the usual insults about our parentage and our work status (the fact it was a bank holiday seemed to pass them by) but its water off a ducks back to us sabs.

As the game was now well and truly up they took the hounds for a bit of a walk round the nearest field while sabs watched and admitted defeat a short time later.

Kill free morning and a job well done. Lots of miles covered today so any donations for fuel are hugely appreciated: ko-fi.com/bedsbuckshuntsabs.

 

Wynnstay FH hound run over by follower as monitors ensure no kills

26-8-19  Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   Wynnstay Hunt    They were not happy that we stopped them hunting fox cubs, caught them in total lack of control of their hounds (one of whom was hit by a car driven by one of their supporters) and embarrassed two of their landowners who were sweating buckets about us filming law breaking on their land.

Thanks to Shropshire Monitors for their help.

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                                      Hunter carrying the injured hound 

 

Sabs call Quorn FH hounds off fox cub just in time

26-8-19  Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs    After a long, hot weekend sett surveying in Derbyshire we at least had the Bank Holiday to look forward to. But no! Word reached us that the Quorn, with new Huntsman Ollie Finnigan, were having their first cubbing meet at Willougby on the Wolds at some godforsaken hour of the morning and we thought it would be churlish not to head over and say hello.

We arrived just before 6am and found them just South of the village and it's fair to say they didn't look delighted to see us. Ollie headed South and took his hounds straight into a large maize field while the field spread out around the maize in traditional cubbing style and they proceeded to Hunt it for the next 45 minutes. Now we're not a group that is overly concerned by the legalities of hunting. If they're trying to kill an animal we'll attempt to stop them, whether it's legal or not. This form of hunting however is so blatant that it doesn't even masquerade as anything legal. Their sole purpose is to train the young hounds in the maize fields by chasing and killing fox cubs which is exactly what the Quorn tried this morning.

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One cub broke to the South of the field, right in front of sabs and with hounds just a couple of feet behind. The cub was turned back into the pack by hounds already in the field but sabs rated the hounds and did just enough to allow the cub to escape. Fortunately the young pack were extremely responsive to the horn and we were able to call more and more of them to the safety of an open field and hold them there for over 20 minutes.

Eventually the Huntsman gathered his pack and took the riders on a loop of the lanes before putting his hounds into another maize field with the hunt riders spread round the edge. It was getting warmer by now which maybe impacted the scent as hounds were quieter in this maize although sabs had to watch another cub to safety. After half an hour he gathered his pack and they boxed up at 8am after a brief but intense morning's hunting.

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Pair of sabs find Mendip Farmers FH out cub hunting

26-8-19  Facebook - Mendip Hunt Sabs   This morning, a couple of our Sabs headed out very early to do some sett surveying before the day got too hot and also to keep an eye out for the law-breaking Mendip Farmers' Hunt. It was lucky they did, as a message came through first thing saying riders wearing tweed had been spotted by Harptree Court in East Harptree. Despite there being just two of them and in a personal vehicle, our Sabs headed straight there.

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They found the Hunt close to Benleaze, just along from Harptree Court where they had held their meet. Sabs joined them by Eastwood Manor Farm where they rated straggler hounds who were onto a scent and speaking. The Hunt, complete with terrier boys, moved off to Sherborne Spring where hounds were heard in cry. Sabs were unable to reach them but witnessed terriermen being summoned and sent up to the Hunt. Presumably a fox had gone to ground. Sabs got to the area afterwards and following tracks figured out that a fox could have escaped over a stream with steep banks and gone to ground in a badger sett on the other side, which did not appear to have been dug into. We can't say for sure but we really hope the poor fox got away.

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The Hunt then moved to hunt by the River Chew, south west of Tudor Farm. The Hunt sat there for 15 minutes but the hounds didn't pick up on a scent. A young deer managed to escape unseen and ran right past Sabs who were ready to spray citronella to cover her tracks if needed.

Sabs had the usual attempted intimidation from 'terrierboys'. A plan was heard being hatched to 'take out their legs with the quad bikes'.

Satisfied that the Hunt had finally packed up at 9.30am, Sabs continued with their day of sett surveying as planned and in total walked 9 miles in the hot sun today!

If you are able to, a few pounds towards our fuel is always appreciated - thank you �� https://ko-fi.com/mendiphuntsabs.Thanks

Thanks also to the person who gave us the message the Hunt were out - if you hear any information you think may help us, please contact us in complete confidence - mendiphuntsabs@gmail.com or via our Facebook page.

 

Cheshire FH 'lackey' convicted of assaulting woman sab

25-8-19  Facebook - Cheshire Against Blood Sports    Cheshire Hounds Hunt Lackey found Guilty of Assault on a Female Sab    On Boxing Day 2018 while out with the Cheshire Hounds a hunt lackey Gordon Broadhurst frustrated that his feeble attempts to block us in on a road and keep us away from the hunt were thwarted, decided to resort to violence and assaulted a female Sab and damaged her personal property before speeding away from the scene of his crime...

However a member of Cabs was already on the phone to the police due to the fact the hunt were blatantly chasing a family of foxes, witnessed the assault and was able to report it immediately to the police, it also helped when a member of the hunt support admitted on film what he had done !

Over the years we have had numerous issues with Gordon, he is overtly fond of calling us paedophiles and we strongly suspect him of releasing numerous bagged foxes, remarkable how many foxes seem to appear looking confused when Gordon was around …

Fast forward to last Wednesday and we had the case heard in court, obviously fearing yet more bad publicity the hunt obviously chipped in towards a really rather aggressive defence solicitor and we endured a long day in court while lots of desperate and wild assertions were made from the defence.

However, we are pleased to announce that he was found guilty of the assault, its been a difficult 8 months waiting for this to come to court, numerous threats were made to try and intimidate us into giving up.

Obviously, we won’t hold our breath for condemnation from the Cheshire Hunt and we have had reports that Gordon is now hanging around with the Wynnstay Hunt, obviously a male convicted of assaulting a female is just the sort of person that should fit right in with people who just want to hunt and kill innocent foxes.

POWAperson adds   -   Broadhurst has a previous conviction. In the 2017-18 season, again while following the Cheshire FH, he accepted a police caution for making a death threat to a hunt monitor.   

 

Antis ensure Cattistock FH can't settle down to cub hunting

25-8-19   Facebook - Weymouth Animal Rights   Hit report 24/8/2019, The Cattistock Hunt, Meet: Inpark Farm West Dorset    With the 'cubbing ' season now in full swing here in Dorset , Sabs were up and out before the sun and headed off to pay Lady Charlotte Townshend's Cattistock Hunt a visit. Joined by our good friends Solent Hunt Sabs and monitors from Somerset Wildlife Crime we knew we had a good chance of stopping any killing today.

We arrived at the kennels early but were soon spotted by a passing terrierboy. The Hunt then tried to foil us by using the hound van as a decoy in the hope that we would follow, but no hound van drives at two mph waiting for us to catch up, so that didn't work lads! and anyway if your legally hunting what exactly are you trying to hide from?

The Hunt left the kennels and after a short hack entered Inpark Farm. A field of around twenty riders including some very young children then gathered at the back of the farm. It seemed the Huntsman didn't quite know what to do now being observed by Sabs and monitors so resorted in playing a game of hide and seek. First he sent half the field over to Charlotte's gaff over at Melbury Park and then scattered a few riders around the country lanes who quite frankly looked utterly lost! Sabs kept tabs on the field at Melbury whilst the vehicle went in search of the pack of dogs.

Monitors then spotted the dogs back at Inpark Farm with the Huntsman drawing around a small copse. Hounds went into brief cry and the now Sabs in the field used voice calls and a gizmo to call them off. This split the pack in several directions and the Huntsman then had to spend a considerable amount of time gathering them back up.

This was enough for the Huntsman to call it a day and by 10am they were heading back to the kennels. Job Done!!  Again no trail was seen laid and with the consistent searching it seems likely they were not trail hunting at all!

 

Cheshire Hunt sabs boxed in by 5 police cars as result of hoax call

25-8-19  Cheshire Hunt Sabs  VIDEO   Our other team by now had been waiting until around 7.30 am for the Cheshire Hunt to come out and play, but that didn't mean they hadn't already had an eventful morning. Terrier men had been circling the area all morning and there was even a surprise appearance from a certain Cheshire Huntsman who wanted to have a look at the sabs himself.

Some sabs took their vehicle to a petrol station near the kennels and had been met with five police vehicles blocking them in the car park. It seemed someone had called up and told them armed robbers were in the area (wonder who that could be?) but after realising they had been mislead, they kept an X5 near us at all times until the hounds finally left the kennels.

 

Sab presence reduces Wynnstay FH to long walk round roads

25-8-19   Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs   *Hit Report*    Early birds. The secret society within hunting starts to wake before dawn as the traditional Autumn season nears. As if to conceal their lust for the kill, the cub killers met under a deep red sky.

The Wynnstay Hunt were less than impressed to have their convoy to the meet flanked by sabs yesterday morning! Ourselves, Liverpool Hunt Sabs and Manchester Hunt Sabs set off in the early hours of the morning to check in on the kennels and arrived just in time to follow the hound van all the way to the meet [below] !

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A dozen horse boxes and three or four quads were escorted to the meet ready to train the hounds to kill. Sabs were ready and up for the chase and whilst awaiting starters orders a vampiric hunt rider, well above his skill level, decided to try and win favour with his peers by blocking a sab on the side of the road from getting back into his car. This was purely to try and intimidate the sab. The hunt milled about for a short while unboxing their horses and getting themselves ready which gave us the chance to scope out the surrounding areas to pre-empt the route they may start to take. Once the Hounds were unloaded the hunt left the meet and hit the road, so footsabs sprung into action whilst drivers took to the back.

Due to our presence what they hoped would have been a successful morning, was nothing but a flat trot around the roads. Not once did the pack or field turn into a pasture to even give their hounds a good run. They just blocked up the roads for everyone, spitting their dummy out because we ruined their morning kill... By now Staffordshire Hunt Sabs had also made their way over from checking in on the Cheshire Hunts cubbing activities with the rest of our team along with Cheshire Against Blood Sports and joined the procession too!

All dressed up in silly bowler hats with absolutely nowhere to go, we escorted them back to the meet after a long drive around the lanes. We double checked that they weren't planning on giving us the slip by putting our drone up, confirming their morning had come to an end.

 

Hunt - probably Golden Valley FH - said to have caused car crash

24-8-19  Facebook - Herefordshire Hunt Sabs   Hunt causes car crash near Hay On Wye     We're hearing that a pack of hounds caused a car accident on the Hay on Wye to Hardwicke road earlier this morning. Hunt officials refused to give the Hunt's name to those involved, but we believe it likely to be the Golden Valley Hunt based on the location. We hope that those involved are safe and unharmed.

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Antis see much dangerous driving by Cheshire FH terrierboys

24-8-19   Facebook - Cheshire Against Blood Sports    With cubbing season here across the UK we decided to see if our blood lusty friend Jake was out training his young hounds how to kill foxes. We arrived within plenty of time and strategically placed our vehicles across the multiple exits Jake may use to try and swerve us. You wouldn’t believe the lengths they would go to, to fix their blood thirst.

At around 6am, Jake ventured out to the petrol station looking rather gormless upon spotting his large team we had rounded up for today. Back to the kennels it was to have a crisis meeting How on earth was he going to go out without being seen?!

CheshireFHDangerous24-8-19.jpgWith police present throughout the morning (from Cheshire & beyond) they were beginning to realise that we weren’t going anywhere, at around 7.30am, an hour and a half later than usual, Jake and his hounds in the horse box left the kennels followed by terrier boys and what appeared to be around 8 push bikes thrown on the back of their vehicle - why would terrier boys need push bikes?!

We witnessed some extremely dangerous driving from the terrier boys, this includes blocking green lights at a major traffic light junction to stop us and members of the public going about their day to day business. Terrier boys also struggled to keep on the left side of the road, we think the sun had gone to their head and they thought they were in Spain maybe?! The terrier boys were driving so slow that when our vehicles tried to overtake legally they accelerated in front of the sab vehicle and slammed on their brakes [above left] which as you can see is extremely dangerous.

After around 5-10 minutes into the journey we knew where we were headed; Cholmondeley. This is a favourite estate for the Cheshire Hounds, they go here to hide away from us as there is a lot of land available to them with no footpaths running through.

It wouldn’t have been a normal day with Jake and the gang without seeing Nikki Grant bombing it down the lanes waving at us, Jakes close friends were also back patrolling Cholmondeley estate; Cheshire police. Two patrol vehicles spent a good few hours driving round, we can only assume they wanted to look after the hunt and make sure they had a successful day hunting? You never cease to disappoint us Cheshire police, we can only hope this isn’t a sign as to how the rest of the season is going to be, after all, cub hunting is illegal, maybe you need to be reminded of this. Until next time Jake.

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Woman sab tripped while running by Mendip F. FH supporter

24-8-19   Facebook - Mendip Hunt Sabs    First outing for our group vehicle and first cub hunt of the season for the Mendip Farmers sabbed! We were out well before the sun came up this morning as we knew the Mendip Farmers' Hunt would begin their cub hunting season today. We were checking their local haunts when a message came through saying riders wearing tweed and rat-catchers had been seen at Hinton Blewett.

Luckily we weren't too far away and arrived in time to see Hunt master George Pullen disappearing into a field off Sutton Hill Road. Sabs quickly followed behind and there we found the rest of the Hunt complete with terriermen, milling around while Huntsman Kent Lock took hounds through a covert. Sabs were right behind and it's fair to say, Kent didn't look happy to see us. The hounds on the other hand loved getting some affection.

Hounds started to speak at one point but Sabs used voice calls to call them back and sprayed the surrounding undergrowth with harmless citronella.

A frustrated wannabe terrierman assaulted a Sab by tripping her up as she ran. The Hunt were obviously rattled as we had stopped them from hunting.

The Hunt and its bored field headed towards popular viewpoint Prospect Stile. Then onto West End Farm House, presumably for a break. They then hunted close to Knap Wood ending up at Woodville Stile, where Kent was determined to get a kill but by now the sun was bearing down and burning off any scent.

The Hunt eventually gave up at around 9.30am still missing a hound and we believe they were heading to the local pub the Ring O'Bells at Hinton Blewett for breakfast. We will be adding this pub to our list of companies that support illegal hunting.

All in all a good day for us as we don't believe they killed today. Having a group vehicle made it so much easier for us and meant we could take a full team out in the field, while having a driver and navigator in the vehicle.

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Flint & Denbigh FH cubbing meet turns into 2 hour hack

24-8-19  Facebook - North Wales Hunt Saboteurs    We received a tip off the Flint and Denbigh Hunt would be out cub hunting this morning so we headed to Cefn Meiriadog for 5.30am. Not much happened until around 7am when the hunt riders and supporters turned up. But once the support realised sabs were about they left!

Then, bizarrely, the morning turned into just a hack around the roads. At one point they went off road up the hills near Llanefydd but we stuck with them then more sabs turned up from Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs Liverpool Hunt Sabs and Manchester Hunt Sabs who'd already had a successful morning packing up cub hunts.

A couple of hours of riding around the Welsh countryside and the Hunt called it a day, absolutely no hunting took place. If the Hunt could behave like this every week we wouldn't need to be out. Not a wasted day as at least we got to take some great photos and take our new sab wagon for a spin.

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Antis keep Crawley FH on move and spoil their hunting

23-8-19  Facebook - West Sussex Hunt Sabs     Cub hunting season - Friday 23rd August 2019, Crawley and Horsham meet Shipley    And so it begins once again… The hunt were on the road before 5am and we met them at the local meet bright and early! There were some new faces…some of whom we had been expecting; and many old familiar ones.

We had the ‘pleasure’ of meeting new huntsman William ‘Bill’ Bishop; previous Huntsman of the Atherstone and before that the Oakley Hunt.

The meet was relatively short. The field surrounded the first copse and sent in the hounds, standing on point they encouraged the hounds to stay inside, whipping the ground and ushering any stray ones back in… There was little hound control throughout the meet; stray hounds often found on the roads and preferring to go up seeking affection from monitors than following the Huntsman.

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Hunt support, as usual, played security for the Hunt, trying to sneak up on monitors and quickly getting on their phones to warn the Hunt of our whereabouts; intermittently throwing us insults.

They covered a smallish area and were kept on the move, seemingly going around in circles, moving off and quickly gathering hounds when noticing monitors presence. The hounds struggled to find a scent; no trail appeared to have been laid.

Ring the Tip-Off Hotline 07443148426 if you have any information of illegal hunting. In complete confidence.

 

Blackmore FH hold up traffic for half hour as they cub hunt

22-8-19  Facebook - North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs   BSV at Charlton Horethorne Kennels   We were back out this morning with the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt to see three foxes to safety.

The hounds were taken from the kennels at Charlton Horethorne up to The Rookery where riders decided to stand on point on the busy B-road and hold up traffic for a good half hour [below]... some locals made it clear they were not amused! Followers were heard hollering when a fox was spotted and were seen saddle slapping... until they became aware of cameras that is.

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The Huntsman, with terriermen equipped with terriers and tracking collars in tow, then took hounds on the line of a fox that sabs had spotted earlier in the morning [below]. They ended up in maize and woodland at Charlton Gorse. Hounds spoke occasionally but with sabs present on both sides the Huntsman took them off and back down to the kennels, packing up nice and early at 08:50.

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 Three posts at summit of hunting world are all vacant

Follows unexplained dismissal of Lord Mancroft from CA board 

22-8-19  morethanjustbadgers.net     Trouble sat the top?    Below is a screen shot from the jobs section in Horse & Hound [recently] - these are some of the top jobs in hunting.

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The Hunting Office is described as: “The administrative hub for the Council of Hunting Associations. The Hunting Office exists to help and advise Masters and its member Hunts. It represents and supports packs of hounds from fourteen hunting associations in England, Scotland and Wales, providing advice on all matters regarding hunting activities, hunt management and hound health & welfare”.

In case you don’t know the MFHA is: “The Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) is the Governing Body for registered packs of Foxhounds and represents 171 packs that hunt within the law in England and Wales and a further 8 in Scotland”.

The purpose of the AMHB is: “. . . to oversee the promotion and proper management of the Harrier and Beagle Hunts”.

If all of these key personnel positions are vacant then it would seem that the vessel which oversees all things hunting could well be rudderless. There’s something distinctly whiffy going on in the halls of hunting and it doesn’t look good for them.

In the real world the compassionate side of the hunting argument have been hugely successful in utilising all the social media platforms available and getting the message out there. While sabs and monitors continue to upload damming videos and images of Hunts breaking the law those involved in the criminality have been retreating further into their own fishbowl.

The successful prosecutions of the Thurlow & Fitzwilliam, the Meynell & South Staffs hunt awaiting trail, the conviction of the South Herefordshire hunt fox cub killers, the Kimblewick hunt staff awaiting trial, the Belvoir hunt paying out almost £50K in damages to LACS employees . . . all this is starting to add up and the powers that be in the hunting world are, to be quite frank, crapping themselves. Is it rats leaving a sinking ship or perhaps have we had a night of the long knives?

Hunting is also under pressure for other reasons, continued urbanisation and changes in land ownership mean there’s less areas to hunt. Some land owners no longer want the hunt on their land and the potential for conflict and negative press that comes with them. Shooting interests have increased and while I obviously have no love for this either the last thing shoots want is a bunch of rampant hounds and riders charging through their area and scattering the game birds all over the place before they can be shot (this happened last season while we were sabbing the Oakley, all very amusing for us). Another problem they have is that the old guard of experienced huntsmen are retiring and there simply isn’t the new blood coming through to take up these jobs. Let’s face it, apart from those actually involved in hunting everyone is going to hate you, the pay is probably pretty bad and there’s a fair chance you’ll end up in court. Not exactly an appealing job description.

 

Blackmore FH woman carrying toddler headed fox towards hounds

21-8-19  Daily Echo    'Woman and toddler drove fox towards hunt' say saboteurs    A COUNCIL leader has joined a row over an incident in which a mother with a child in her arms allegedly forced a fox towards dogs during a ‘hunt’.

BCP Council boss Vikki Slade said she is “disgusted” and has accused Dorset Police of “turning a blind eye” to events which allegedly concern the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt. But representatives from the hunt say "keyboard warriors" are able to "publish false accusations" in order to support their fundraising.

Saboteurs from animal campaign group Wildlife Witness claim they have filmed footage which shows illegal activity at the Hunt’s first meet of the season, which took place on Saturday at Stalbridge Park, North Dorset.

In a post on the campaigners’ Facebook page, it was claimed: “Within ninety minutes of the start of the season they have provided us all with proof that they are openly fox-hunting. Having spent 15 minutes drawing through neck high maize, where no trail could possibly have been laid, a holla was heard from the far end of the field and hounds were soon in full cry. Seconds later it was clear that the fox had broken cover, as three hunt followers careered down the hill shouting and waving their arms, attempting to stop it. Thankfully the cub, clearly visible, was able to pass these vile individuals only to be confronted by the shocking image of a female carrying a toddler running towards the fox, trying her best to head it.”

The group called the alleged incident “appalling”, adding: “For a mother to carry her child in her arms, while at the same time attempting to drive a fox to its death, is inexplicable.” The allegation has been reported to Dorset Police, along with video footage, the group said. A complaint has also been made to the landowner at Stalbridge Park.

Cllr Slade yesterday called the reported incident “disgusting” and said: “[Police] have to stop turning a blind eye to this. These people are clearly breaking the law, and why would someone involved a small child in this?”

Police have confirmed they are looking into the allegations. A spokesperson from Dorset Police said the force received a report of possible illegal fox hunting in Stalbridge.

The first report was made at 6.40am on the day. The caller said a fox hunt was taking place in Caundle Lane near Sturminster Newton. A further report was received at 7.50am reporting possible illegal fox hunting in the area of Stalbridge at around 6.15am that morning. The matter was passed on to local officers and enquiries are ongoing. The spokesperson said: "We wish to be clear that we will investigate any alleged breaches of the Hunting Act 2004 and other legislation and work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to determine if a case could be taken to court. Hunting mammals with dogs has been illegal since 2004. A few, very specific, exemptions apply. We would urge anyone with clear evidence of such offending to please report it to us."

A representative from the Hunt said: "At this time of year we are educating young hounds and introducing them to trail-hunting as part of our legal hunting activities to comply with the Hunting Act. Trails were laid across land around Stalbridge Park, including through a field of maize and some woodland, to give the hounds the opportunity of following the trail in different conditions. Hunts all across the country will begin their season over the forthcoming weeks where the younger hounds are introduced to their perfectly legal hunting activities. As usual the start of the season has brought out the anti-hunting activists and keyboard warriors who, due to the lack of editorial control on social media, are able to publish false accusations of illegal hunting in an attempt to discredit the reputation of hunting - and gain donations to their own fundraising causes - without any foundation or evidence to support.”

 

Waveney Harriers hunt hares through thick maize

20-8-19  Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs  Waveney Harriers – 17/08/19, Hunt kennels - Becks Green Lane, Ilketshall St Lawrence    With the Hunt setting off at 17:30 we had plenty of time to get people to the meet. Hounds were already at Becks Green House, home of one of the committee. The Hunt went directly towards Great Wood, an area they like to hide in. On this occasion they decided to put the hounds through maize, while riders and supporters in vehicles parked up on the stubble field. Riders sat on point along the maize. Hares were seen running in and out of maize away from the baying hounds. The scene was reminiscent of hare coursing and beagle hunting with the inclusion of the horses. Vehicles lined up, waiting to see the chase and kill.

As hounds started running through maize and onto the road out of control, we spotted our old adversary Gary Wingar, huntsman from prolific hare killing pack, the Easton Harriers. It would seem having the summer off has not relaxed him, as he was still screaming at the hounds like a banshee. When asked if he was moving to the Waveney Harriers, there was no reply.

While some sabs were road side, others were on footpaths. John Whyte, from Becks Green House told sabs that these footpaths are private. They're not. John decided then to come up to the road, and when asked by one set of sabs what form of hunting they were doing, he replied "Hound Exercise". Very strange as he had already spoken to other sabs and told them the hunt was "Trail Hunting". When questioned about his two different versions of events he replied "so what's the difference". Not long after, who turned up but the Bird of Prey man on his quad.

This makes a total mockery of anything John Whyte had previously said. Is this a new form of hunting we don't know about? We would ask, how can a "trail" be laid through thick maize? All this did was to confuse the young hounds, who ended up all over the place, with the so called Huntsman blowing for all his worth, trying to get them back. It was also noted that new Kennelman Luke Newton, seemed to spend most of the evening in maize looking for lost hounds, saying “he’s useless” (we assume he meant McDaniel, the new Huntsman).

As the sun went down, the hunt returned to the meet. While walking the hounds back to the kennels, a vehicle with John Whyte’s personal number plate drove at a sab’s car. Meanwhile, strange little boys in a 4x4 could be heard making jokes that they had let down the tyres of a sab vehicle. This is what happens when you employ an ex-huntsman and whipper-in from the Old Surrey & Burstow and Surrey Union Fox Hounds: they bring their rubbish with them.

Hunt finished around 20:00. Hounds had clean faces, even if they looked tired and thirsty. With the sun going down, we headed home. We spend money on fuel, equipment and repairs to ensure we can continue keeping hunts in check. If you'd like to support what we do, please buy us a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/norfolksuffolkhuntsaboteurs.

 

Ex Hunt JM - a big Tory donor - paid for Johnson helicopter flight

20-8-19  Left Foot Forward   Leader of controversial fox hunting group paid for Boris Johnson’s helicopter    A hunt leader whose hunting groups have twice been in trouble with authorities paid for Boris Johnson’s helicopter during his leadership campaign. Johan ChristoffersonJohanChristofferson.jpg donated £36,000 to Johnson as well as funding a £2,000 helicopter ride.

Christofferson [right] is a hedge fund manager and a former leader of the Jedforest Hunt in Scotland and the Isle of Wight Hunt. In 2004, Christofferson’s Isle of Wight hunt was banned from hunting for a month after one of their staff dumped two dead calves, a horse and a bullock outside the Labour Party conference in Brighton. This was to protest against Labour’s hunting ban, which Boris Johnson voted against along with David Cameron, David Davis, Iain Duncan Smith and Philip Hammond.

While Christofferson did not dump the dead animals himself, the hunting association reprimanded him for allegedly knowing a stunt was planned but failing to stop it. Christofferson continued to co-lead the Isle of Wight hunt with the man who pulled the stunt – Stuart Trousdale – for a number of years, before moving to Scotland.

In Scotland, Christofferson is now the joint leader of the Jedforest Hunt where, according to the Sunday Mail, two huntsmen have recently been charged with illegal activity. The League Against Cruel Sports Scotland allege the huntsmen repeatedly sent their hounds after fleeing foxes. In Scotland, dogs can only be used to flush out foxes to be shot. They should not be used to kill the dogs directly.

POWAperson adds – The last paragraph is out of date. In July 2017, while the American financier Christofferson was still JM of the Jedforest FH, its terrierman and his son became the first members of an organised Scottish Hunt to be convicted of illegal hunting. It is my understanding that Christofferson left the Jedforest not long after those convictions. It's also worth noting that when Christofferson moved to the Jedforest FH he took his [by then convicted] Huntsman Trousdale with him and Trousdale also became a fellow Joint Master. Also that Christofferson has donated well over a quarter of a million pounds to the Tories over the last 12 years.

 

Blackmore FH filmed chasing fox in blatant cubbing

18-8-19   Facebook - North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs  17th August 2019 - BSV at Stalbridge Park Having received intelligence from our Source that the BSV would be at Stalbridge Park, we made our way there just in time to catch them leaving the meet to hunt in a maize field just off of a main road between Dorset and Somerset.

Sure enough, upon entering the maize, the hounds went into cry on the line of a fox. Having riders and foot followers surrounding the maize and making a noise, they are able to keep foxes in the maize and allow for an almost certain kill of a fox.

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This is the darkest side of hunting that is often criticised and frowned upon within the hunting fraternity as there is not even a show of ‘sporting’ element. Cub hunting happens at the start of each hunting season and is just what it sounds like. At this time of year, hunts are training their new hounds to work as a pack and get a taste for killing. There is no long cross-country chase, they want blood quickly to teach the hounds. To do this they surround small areas like a maize field or copse and hunt this years new foxes who are not as fast or savvy as their parents are.

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                              Holding up riders also trying to block sab filming 

Having hunted that maize for about an hour, and with more sabs arriving, they headed further into the Park to hunt the copses. The same practice happens here, sending hounds in with the aim not to chase a fox across country, but to kill it. They bounced between Rabbit Warren, Furge Plantation, Wood Close and Park Wood. Going into cry intermittently, they were getting onto bits of scents, but luckily they didn’t run a full line.

Worryingly however, Wildlife Witness Monitors saw a fox running into supporters who then turned it back into the hounds for a kill. After the Hunt had packed up, we headed back to various sites where the Hunt had been to check for evidence, but luckily couldn’t find any evidence of a kill.

Today was a hard day for Sabs, there was very little for access in and we had very limited options in what we could do due to roads. This was not only frustrating to us, but due to not even having any cameras, we couldn’t film half of their behaviour today.

Please, if you can, donate to our fundraiser for a new camera here. If you wish to contribute to ongoing costs such as fuel and insurance you can donate to PayPal.me/NorthDorsetHuntSabs or www.ko-fi.com/NDHSaboteurs.

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                The Huntsman who rode down and badly injured a sab, Mark Doggerell 

17-8-19  Facebook - Wildlife Witness    BSV Cub Hunting    Here is a brief clip of today's cub hunting showing supporters of the BSV Hunt attempting to head a fox cub being hunted out of a maize field...we are in the process of preparing statements in support of a complaint of illegal hunting. These individuals are shameless and to see them openly breaking the law is sickening.

The full video will not been published until we have spoken to Dorset Police Rural Crime Team... but there is more film which shows in greater detail the outrageous behaviour of these supporters and clearly shows the fox running for its life.

 

Most new bTb outbreaks in county farms visited by Warks FH Hunt

17-8-19  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   NINE new outbreaks of bTB in farms that the Warwickshire Hunt hounds have had contact with at some point over the last year   We asked the Warwickshire Hunt if they were responsible for spreading bovine tuberculosis all over the countryside. Their silence speaks volumes...

Having analysed where the Warwickshire Hunt met last season, the ground they went over, the farms they visited and the cattle they came into contact with and compared that to new outbreaks of bTB in the same area over the last hunting season. We can reveal that there are NINE new outbreaks of bTB in farms that the Warwickshire Hunt hounds have had contact with at some point over the last year. To put that figure in context there are so few cases of bTB in the Warwickshire Hunt area that there were only a handful of other outbreaks that either the Hunt had not been to or we were unable to confirm either way.

A July 2018 report by the University of Edinburgh revealed 97 hounds of the Kimblewick Hunt were killed because of bovine tuberculosis (bTB). So what steps and biosecurity measures are the Warwickshire Hunt taking to stop the spread of this disease? We can reveal that the Warwickshire Hunt either met at or went through a further SEVEN farms that have an ONGOING outbreak of bTB? Surely with the amount of whinging and moaning that dairy farmers do over their problem of bTB you would think that farms with an ongoing outbreak of bTB would be completely out of bounds and have strict biosecurity measures in place. That appears not to be the case as they seem to allow a pack of fox hounds who may or may not be carrying bTB all over their land. We can confirm that in each case the Warwickshire Hunt took no biosecurity measures with their hounds.

Last year a veterinary research group called on the Department for Environmental, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) to announce a temporary ban on hunting. saying (https://sci-hub.tw/10.1136/vr.k3874) there is a “great deal more evidence” to show hunting hounds are responsible for spreading bovine tuberculosis (bTB) than there is for badgers. And it says the government’s response to the presence of bTB in hounds has been “negligent”. They also said that “clear evidence that bTB-infected hunting hounds have geographically spread… bTB”.

Video also available on our YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/JyfWERYKn10.

 

Ashford V FH member convicted of spraying 'fox juice' in sab's face

15-8-19   Daily Mail   Shocking moment horse rider, 52, squirts hunt saboteur with FOX URINE in attack that left him sick and in need of blood tests - Julie Hadlow from Ashford Valley hunt is caught spraying 64-year-old in the face - Victim, known only as Bob, asks what's in the bottle, she tells him that it is 'p***' - Hadlow guilty of common assault and given a 12-month conditional discharge   This is the moment a fox hunter squirted fox 'p***' in an elderly protester's face - reportedly leaving him sick and needing blood tests. Footage shows Julie Hadlow of Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt squirting the bottle of yellow fox urine in the face of a West Kent Hunt Sabs protester after he questioned their hunting methods.

The 64-year-old victim, known only as 'Bob' [left], can be heard asking what the hunters had used to lay a scent, to which self-employed Julie can be heard replying 'p***'. Shocking footage captures the AshfordVFHUncle31-12-18.jpgmoment Bob asks Julie again 'what is it' in the bottle, she responds 'pi**' and sprays it in his face. Bob was left 'really shaken' as he reportedly suffered blocked sinuses and a sore throat after the incident and had to have blood tests because he felt unwell.

Julie was found guilty of common assault at Maidstone Magistrates' Court, Kent, on Tuesday and issued with a 12 month conditional discharge. The 51-year-old was also ordered to pay £640 in court costs.

Harry Blackhurst, of West Kent Hunt Sabs, has hailed the sentence as a 'massive result' after claiming it was the first time any Kent hunters had been convicted. Mr Blackhurst, from Kent, said: 'As it stands now, Julie has a criminal record. 'It's a massive result for us because it is the first time any member of a hunt in the county of Kent has been convicted. On that basis we are happy.

The 64-year-old in our group [who she squirted with fox urine] is affectionately known as 'Uncle Bob'. He was really shaken up after the incident and when he got back in the vehicle he absolutely reeked. We almost had to ask him to get out because we were feeling sick being around him. He got terrible blocked sinuses and a bad sore throat. He actually went to the doctors about it after and had a blood test. We didn't know what was in that bottle. It could have been anything. Think of all the diseases foxes could carry. I think she could have had a stronger sentence. Twelve months conditional discharge for being convicted of common assault is about as lenient as it gets. But no matter what the hunters throw at us, whether it's fox juice, shooting down our drone or violence, we will not be deterred in the pursuit of justice for our wildlife.'

He and Uncle Bob had been joined by their colleagues on New Year's Eve 2018 to 'monitor' the hunt and make sure they weren't breaking the law. After asking two hunters on horseback what they had used to lay a scent trail, a middle-aged man in front claimed they had used aniseed - a common scent used in fox hunting. But interrupting, Julie claimed they'd used 'piss', which was confirmed as fox urine and water, before throwing it over her shocked victim.

Mr Blackhurst said: 'We received information that Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt were hunting in Tonge, Sittingbourne. We were monitoring what they were doing [to ensure they were not] illegally hunting. 'We were filming them coming back to the farm [as it was raining] and they walked past us, which is when this happened. They said we were trespassing when we weren't - we were on a public footpath. My colleague who got the fox juice thrown in his face was trying to show them the map to prove we weren't on private land. That's when this woman aggressively squirted the fox p*** in his face.'

A major concern for hunt saboteurs is how difficult it can be for police to prove fox hunters were illegally hunting when an animal is killed. West Kent Hunt Sabs and other saboteur groups are concerned with catching illegal activity and holding hunting groups to account.

Mr Blackhurst said: 'In 2004 the hunting act was passed which made it illegal to chase a mammal, including foxes, with a pack of hounds. The fox hunts invented an activity called trail hunting where they use the scent of a fox and someone supposedly lays a trail for the hounds to follow the scent. 'If when following a trail hounds accidentally pick up the scent of a live fox, they can say it was an accident, which is a massive flaw in the law. If they ever get caught they can just say it's an accident, so it would be up to the police to prove that it wasn't an accident. 'That's why we do what we do.'

A spokesperson from the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt said: 'The Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt does not condone any form of law-breaking, even in the face of extreme provocation, personal harassment, malicious trespass and other offences that hunts are regularly subjected to by animal rights activists. The Hunt acts lawfully within the confines of the Hunting Act 2004 and takes every measure to ensure this legislation is adhered to. For trail-laying we use an ethically sourced scent which is derived from the products of a controlled wildlife management programme.'

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) confirmed sentencing details and that the liquid was 'fox urine and water'.

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13-8-19   Facebook - West Kent Hunt Sabs  VIDEO   Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt member, Julie Hadlow, convicted of reckless common assault on sab this afternoon at Maidstone Magistrates Court This afternoon at Maidstone Magistrates Court, Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt member Julie Hadlow was found guilty of reckless common assault on one of our sabs. On December the 31st 2018, Julie Hadlow threw 'fox juice' in one of our sabs faces while we were monitoring them hunting in Tonge, Sittingbourne. Our sab affectionately known as 'Uncle Bob' is 64 years old and was left shocked after the incident at Blackett's Farm.

During the trial which lasted one day, Julie Hadlow's defence lawyer called Neil Staines, huntsmen of the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt to the stand who described in detail what 'fox juice' was. Neil described how fox juice was made by boiling the body of a fox for at least 24 hours so the foxes pores open to release the scent that forms the rancid mixture. At this point the court clerk asked Neil to stop his statement as she felt physically ill. Witnesses in the court were reminded of the barbarity involved in hunting with hounds.

It was also mentioned during the trial that on this day no trails were laid with the fox juice which begs the question what were they doing? We know - fox hunting how they have always done and continue to do week in week out.

Julie Hadlow was found guilty of reckless common assault and sentenced with a 12 month conditional discharge plus court costs.

This is a big result for us and for the wildlife of Kent as this is the first conviction any Hunt has had to face in the county. With the upcoming hunting season starting in weeks we will not rest in continuing to protect our wildlife. No matter what the hunters throw at us, whether it's fox juice, shooting down our drone or violence we will not be deterred in the pursuit of justice for our wildlife. Please see full footage of the incident that we can finally disclose publicly below.

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LACS investigators paid almost £50k damages by Belvoir FH

Follows convictions of Hunt terriermen for attack & injuries 

14-8-19   BBC News    Belvoir Hunt pays attack victims £48,500 compensation    A hunt group has paid almost £50,000 to two charity workers who were attacked while monitoring their activities. One of the victims had his neck broken during the attack, which was instigated by a man working for the Belvoir Hunt in Leicestershire. Four other attackers have never been caught, despite anti-fox hunt campaigner Sir Ranulph Fiennes calling for justice.

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The Belvoir Hunt has not admitted liability for the attack. However, it has agreed to pay £37,500 in compensation to League Against Cruel Sports investigator Darryl Cunnington [above] and £11,000 to his colleague Roger Swaine [below].

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Joint hunt master Lady Sarah McCorquodale, who is Princess Diana's eldest sister, became embroiled in the case when she stood up in court to vouch for George Grant who was convicted along with his son over the attack.

Mr Cunnington said he was "relieved it has all been sorted out" but called on the Belvoir Hunt to help identify the other four men involved. He suggested the two attackers already convicted must have known who they were. "The four masked thugs that were called on must be known to George Grant and his son," he said. "They have essentially escaped justice."

After compensation was agreed out of court, the Hunt said in a statement: "The Belvoir Hunt condemns violence of any sort and took all reasonable steps to avoid such confrontation. It regrets that anyone was hurt and has agreed to settle this matter rather than waste more time and money."

The victims' solicitor, Helen Clifford, said: "High Court proceedings were issued against the Belvoir Hunt on the grounds that they were vicariously liable for the assaults and acts of harassment committed by the Grants [father and son George and Thomas Grant]. My clients' compensation was paid by the Hunt. While liability was denied throughout, the payment of compensation by the Hunt speaks for itself."

Andy Knott, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, backed calls for the other attackers to be brought to justice. "That four other balaclava-wearing men also involved have been able to evade justice is extraordinary," he said.

The Belvoir Hunt is believed to date from 1750 and describes itself as "one of the world's most celebrated fox hunts". Its hounds are owned by the Duke of Rutland and kennelled at Belvoir Castle, a stately home in Leicestershire.

Hunting foxes and other wild mammals with dogs was banned in the Hunting Act 2004, which came into force in February 2005. The Belvoir Hunt said it now trail hunted instead, which involves following an animal-based scent trail.

BelvoirFHGeorgeGrant10-4-18.jpgMr Cunnington and Mr Swaine were monitoring the Belvoir Hunt in Leicestershire on the last day of the hunting season, in March 2016. Campaigners including Chris Packham have said they believe trail hunting is used as a cover for illegally hunting foxes with hounds. In fact, when Mr Cunnington was a police officer he helped convict two members of the Fernie Hunt, also in Leicestershire, for doing just that.

Mr Cunnington suspected the Belvoir Hunt was doing the same, so he and Mr Swaine started covertly filming them. They were discovered by George Grant and his son Thomas Grant, who approached them on a quad bike. George Grant then told his son: "Go and get the boys and come back." Thomas Grant left on the quad bike and returned shortly after, accompanied by four masked men in a 4x4 vehicle. The masked men attacked Mr Cunnington while the Grants attacked Mr Swaine and stole his camera.

Darryl Cunnington was in a neck collar for four months after the attack. Mr Cunnington feared he had been paralysed because he was unable to move. The masked men had pushed him down a bank and stamped on him. He had a broken neck, broken vertebrae, and had to wear a neck collar for three months. His neck is still stiff and painful three years later and the attack also exacerbated an old shoulder injury.

Mr Swaine was less badly hurt and managed to call emergency services. He had cuts and bruises, bleeding down the side of his head, concussion, and thought he was semi-conscious for a while. His stolen camera was later handed in to police but the memory card had been damaged, meaning any potential evidence of illegal fox hunting could not be recovered.

George Grant (above left) and his son Thomas have been prosecuted but the other four attackers have never been identified. The Grants were prosecuted in a separate criminal case and pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm against Mr Cunnington and actual bodily harm against Mr Swaine.

While George Grant did not physically attack Mr Cunnington himself, the court heard it was a "joint venture" between him and the other men. The father and son, both of Briary Cottage in Belvoir, also pleaded guilty to theft of a video camera and damaging an SD card in the attack.

Both men were given 13-month prison sentences, suspended for two years, after Lady Sarah McCorquodale gave a character reference in court arguing George Grant would lose his job and home if he were jailed. They were also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and each pay Mr Cunnington £500 in compensation.

 

Death of huntress who repeatedly whipped sab accident - inquest

Jane Goring was killed when her horse fell on her on drag hunt

She was facing prosecution for assaulting anti at fox hunt 

14-8-19   Daily Telegraph    Huntswoman filmed whipping saboteur with her riding crop later died when her horse fell on top of her    A huntswoman facing criminal charges for whipping an animal rights activist with a riding crop died when her horse fell on top of her ahead of the court case, an inquest heard.

Jane Goring, 57, also known as Jane Miller, was crushed to death when the animal reared up and toppled over during a drag hunt in Leigh, Surrey. She was trying to calm the horse, which had got tangled up in barbed wire in a field, at the time of the fatal accident on November 6, 2018.

It came a month after Mrs Goring learned she faced a private prosecution for allegedly assaulting two saboteurs who interrupted a draghunt in East Sussex in 2017. She was seen thrashing one up to 17 times with her riding crop and calling his group "uneducated peasants" in footage that went viral online at the time.

Activists Simon Medhurst and Shirley Makin accused Mrs Goring of assaulting them in a private prosecution after Sussex Police decided to take no action against her last year. She denied beating the pair and was due to appear before magistrates in January this year.

Her husband Richard Goring, 80, whose family founded the UK's oldest hotel dynasty, has defended her actions, describing the saboteurs as "terrorists". He attended his late wife's inquest at Woking Coroners' Court on Wednesday, where coroner Simon Wickens concluded that her death was an accident.

James Etheridge, who was on the drag hunt with Ms Goring when she died, said: "She was standing holding her horse's reins when the horse reared and appeared to be stuck on barbed wire. She was trying to keep hold of the horse but that's when it fell backwards on top of her and she struggled to breathe."

PC Robert Lawrence, who attended the scene, said: "On November 6 2018 police arrived as ambulance were leaving. Jane had suffered a massive trauma to the back of her head along with crush injuries. The head specialist team arrived and they tried to resuscitate but she was confirmed dead at the scene."

Mrs Goring, a member of the East Sussex and Romney Marsh hunt club, had been confronted by saboteurs repeatedly before her death. She regularly took part in drag hunts, an equestrian sport where riders chase a trail of artificially laid scents with hounds.

They are legal, but some animal rights campaigners believe they are a pretext to hunting foxes and other wild mammals with dogs, which was banned by The Hunting Act 2004.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Mr Wickens said: "I do find that on November 6 2018, Jane Miller died in a field adjacent to Leigh road, Leigh, Surrey of injuries sustained by a horse she was riding as it reared and fell upon her causing her injuries. I formally record her death as one of accident. To conclude I would like to give Mr Goring and all those touched by Jane's life my sincerest condolences."

POWAperson adds  -  POWA regrets the death of any human or non-human animal. Mrs Goring patronised both the Mid Sussex Drag Hunt - which does not pursue or kill wild animals and with whom she was riding when the accident occurred - and the East Sussex and Romney Marsh FH, which antis are adamant still hunts foxes. It also has a reputation for extreme violence towards sabs.  

See sab report on decision to launch private prosecution against Mrs Goring for whipping the sab at an E. Sussex FH meet.  

 

Wynnstay FH kick off Cheshire cubbing season - no kills known

13-8-19  Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    Cub hunting has begun in Cheshire   The Wynnstay Hunt were caught cub hunting this morning around Lower and Higher Wych and Wigland, in the Malpas area.

This consisted of half a dozen riders, a push bike, and the Hunt's hounds, who went into cry a handful of times (no kill witnessed). They were kept a check on and packed up by 8am, ending at the home of previous Huntsman Richard Tyacke.

If you have any information about any hunts, please get in touch. -> Message us on Facebook (the quickest way to reach us); -> Email us (even after the event) at info@cheshiremonitors.org.uk.

 

Villagers complain re. Portman's FH out of control hounds

13-8-19  Facebook - Portman Hunt Watch    It appears that the Portman Hunt have already upset residents of a village near the kennels... and the season's not even started yet.

Complaints have been made following incidents of hounds being out of control whilst being exercised, resulting in one dog walker having to call the police. A similar incident occurred a few weeks ago when the same hounds surrounded and jumped on to a car. Other residents have complained of hounds entering and pooing in their gardens. It's nothing new as this village has long suffered from such incidents...(see image from last year).

Hunt employee Josh Clark whilst attempting to apologise to the complainant in an online conversation succeeded only in making matters worse, by accusing her of making false accusations. We have been advised that a complaint has been made to the police regarding this incident.

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Notorious Avon Vale FH JM standing as Tory PCC for Wiltshire

11-8-19   Facebook - Chippenham Constituency Labour Party    Michael Booth writes: "People should know that former Avon Vale Hunt Master Jonathan Seed is standing as the Conservative candidate for Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner in 2020. He must be stopped or our wildlife and those that seek to protect it will be in serious jeopardy for the next four years".

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Wealden MH prevented from killing as sabs keep calling hounds off

10-8-19   Facebook - Guildford Hunt Saboteurs    10/08/2019, Wealden Minkhounds, South Grounds Farm, Stopham, West Sussex      Upon leaving the meet the Hunt headed North West along the River Rother where sabs were waiting. When they realised they had been rumbled they turned around and headed back towards the meet. Something put you off?

To start with they said they were just exercising the hounds but later on said they were hunting rats and rabbits - a common lie told by mink hunters! They were equipped with spades and drey poking sticks (used to remove small mammals from a height) so their intention of illegally hunting was clear.

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The hounds went into cry along the river and on numerous occasions sabs had to call them back as the Huntsman, Ian Roberts, had no control. Unable to get his kicks from terrifying wildlife he then turned his aggression towards sabs.

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We noticed the hounds were in terrible condition and found a small calf dead in a dried out stream next to a farm. Don’t believe it when they say they care about their animals.

Thank you to Surrey Hunt Monitors who were out with us on the day. To keep us out in the field, please consider donating: GoFundme: gf.me/u/uqi7zy, Kofi: www.ko-fi.com/A62094D, paypal: northdownshuntsaboteurs@gmail.com.

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Courtney MH stopped hunting despite aggression to sabs

10-8-19  Facebook - Berkshire Hunt Sabs   Courtenay Tracy Mink Hounds sabbed    Today Berkshire Sabs joined up with Bath, Bristol, Mendip Hunt Sabs, N. Dorset, Severn Vale, Solent , W.Wilts, S. Wales Hunt Sabs, Weymouth Animal Rights and Dorset Against Blood Sports to sab the Courtenay Tracy Mink Hounds.

We saw their vehicles heading to the meet at Salt Box Farm, Drewetts Mill, Colerne. Along with hosting illegal bloodsports, this farm supplies Tesco, Müller UK & Ireland and Arla. Please consider this when doing your shopping!

We watched the Hunt unbox the hounds and head to a nearby brook, well known for having a healthy otter population, so sabs straight away entered the fields to put a stop to the fun and ensure that no animals were harmed.

The Hunt were predictably aggressive and blocked sabs' paths and tried to hit them with sticks & pushing & shoving. A stand off ensued whilst more & more police arrived - around 10 vehicles & 12+ police attended in total. After around 2 hours the Hunt advised the police they were packing up & going home - without having entered the river.

Sabs remained in the vicinity for a few hours to ensure this was the case & later got confirmation the hound van was indeed back at the kennels.

Notably, Chrissy Osborne, Terrier Lady for the Courtenay Tracy, was present but was unusually quiet. After her aggressive outburst towards sabs and fellow hunt staff went viral a few weeks ago we can comfortably say she had been given a warning to behave whilst out with her Hunt.

Please support our fundraising campaign - this season we need to purchase GoPros, radios and replace a camera which was broken whilst sabbing. Please donate on this link or via our PayPal on PayPal.me/berksabc. Thanks for your support!

 

N. Wales police deceiving public over 'Operation Yarder' ?

8-8-19   The Canary   North Wales Police response to concern over its handling of hunt saboteurs raises serious questions    On 24 July, North Wales Hunt Saboteurs claimed that North Wales Police (NWP) are “involved in an [operation] with the Flint and Denbigh hunt to get rid of protesters”. The hashtag “#OperationYada” accompanied the claim. Several days later, the NWP Rural Crime Team published a video on Twitter denying that ‘Operation Yada’ existed. But the truth suggests this team tried to mislead the public.

Local paper NorthWalesLive reported on 24 July that two members of North Wales Hunt Saboteurs had been cleared of assault charges against councillor and farmer Edward Lloyd-Ellis. This report said “police had an operation in response to hunt disruption”.

The sab group shared this article on Facebook and said: ' North Wales Police are involved in an [operation] with the Flint and Denbigh Hunt to get rid of protesters. It will all come out in the wash - #OperationYada.'

People then began asking the NWP, the Rural Crime Team, and Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Arfon Jones about the operation: foxyloxy @foxylox69384952 @NWPolice 'Please can you explain what Operation Yada is?? Isn't it an operation to stop hunt disruption by saboteurs on the illegal hunting by Flint and Denbigh Hunt, tut tut , shouldn't be colluding with an illegal hunt.'  11:40 - 27 Jul 2019.

Peter Green @peteragreen @NWPRuralCrime  'Any comment on #OperationYADA ?' https://m.facebook.com/Nwalessabs/   08:01 - 30 Jul 2019.

North Wales Huntsabs  @northwalessabs  'Would @NWPolice or the PCC @Arfon J like to explain what Operation Yada is all about? Because if you leave it to us it will not be sugar coated.'   07:41 - 25 Jul 2019.

The NWP Rural Crime Team didn’t respond until it issued a video on 31 July. In the video, team manager Rob Taylor denied knowing about an ‘Operation Yada’ and suggested it “doesn’t even exist”.

NWP Rural Crime Team/HGC Tîm Troseddau Cefn Gwlad @NWPRuralCrime  Reply to Harry McIntyre question...#askrob 09:17 - 31 Jul 2019. He said: 'I don’t know. I’ve never heard of Op Yada. I don’t know what Op Yada is… When we get questions in that are unfounded and have no basis and are just there to sort of try and provoke us, we simply don’t answer them. It’s just not worth getting involved or embroiled in a discussion over something that doesn’t even exist.'

However, the following day, NorthWalesLive published an article on a clash between Lloyd-Ellis and North Wales Hunt Saboteurs member Dafydd Hughes. The report quoted NWP chief inspector Jeff Moses, who said the force: 'has a well-established operation in place to police the issues surrounding hunt activities and to investigate any offences which are evident or reported. This operation has a command structure and detailed plans which make it clear that we police any incidents with impartiality and that we will facilitate peaceful protest.'

As police monitoring group Netpol pointed out, this statement appeared to contradict Taylor’s claim the day before.

The Canary contacted the NWP about this apparent contradiction. We asked if it has an operation for hunting and protests and, if so, what it has named the operation. It replied on 5 August, saying: 'the operation… is called Operation Yarder'.

This was also backed up by a Freedom of Information request by Kevin Blowe of Netpol. The NWP told Blowe on 6 August: 'there is a policing operation in place for the last 3 years (Op YARDER) to police hunting and hunt protest activity in North Wales.'  Taylor was technically correct saying that ‘Operation Yada’ doesn’t exist. But his answer glibly side-stepped the spirit of the public’s concern.

Netpol told The Canary: 'The comment posted by Rob Taylor… was particularly contemptuous towards members of the public expressing concerns about the force’s relationship with the Flint & Denbigh Hunt. The denial of any knowledge of ‘Operation Yada’ and the dismissal of questions about it as conspiracy theories is astonishing when North Wales Police has been conducting ‘Operation Yarder’, policing hunting and protests against hunt activity, for three years.

The Rural Crime Team’s responsibilities include wildlife and environmental crime and it seems inconceivable that its members wouldn’t know about it. Either this is incompetence or it is wilful dissembling. No wonder opponents of hunting, who are simply trying to monitor breaches of the law, feel the police are refusing to act impartially.

In the NWP’s response to The Canary, PCC Jones said: 'The North Wales Rural Crime Team Twitter account is unusual in that it is not risk averse in what it posts and as a consequence has a large number of followers. Not everything they publish is universally approved and they have had to mute and block a number of accounts in the past because of the content. As with all policing roles the rural policing teams police communities where there are tensions and there are difficulties in maintaining balance and impartiality.'  But Taylor’s response misleads the public about the NWP’s role in policing hunting and saboteur activity.

Twitter user Badgerman even attempted to clarify Taylor’s response, but the NWP repeated its denial: Badgerman @Badgerm58865273 · 31 Jul 2019 Replying to @NWPRuralCrime.  'So you're saying you don't know about operation Yada when it was there in the evidence that the farmer Ed phones the police and says its Operation Yada..Mmm.'

NWP Rural Crime Team/HGC Tîm Troseddau Cefn Gwlad @NWPRuralCrime 'That's correct Badgerman.' 11:04 - 31 Jul 2019.

The NWP’s apparent sleight of hand over public knowledge about Operation Yarder makes a mockery of its alleged impartiality. The Canary contacted the NWP with the allegation of an attempt to mislead the public. But it declined to respond.

In January, Cheshire Police issued a now-deleted statement that said video footage online “frequently… does not reflect the full scenario”. It was referring to footage that Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs made public on social media. However, Cheshire’s PCC David Keane challenged the statement as “inappropriate” and, as a result, the police took the statement back. But the incident appeared to be an attempt to undermine public trust in evidence put forward by sabs.

Hunting is illegal. Saboteurs and monitors ensure hunts aren’t breaking the law. Yet the NWP felt it was appropriate to issue a misleading statement that appeared to discredit North Wales Hunt Saboteurs. But now, the truth has “come out in the wash”. And it raises serious questions about the NWP Rural Crimes Team’s impartiality.

8-8-19  Facebook - North Wales Hunt Saboteurs    The comment posted by Rob Taylor… was particularly contemptuous towards members of the public expressing concerns about the force’s relationship with the Flint & Denbigh Hunt. The denial of any knowledge of ‘Operation Yada’ and the dismissal of questions about it as conspiracy theories is astonishing when North Wales Police has been conducting ‘Operation Yarder’, policing hunting and protests against hunt activity, for three years.

The Rural Crime Team’s responsibilities include wildlife and environmental crime and it seems inconceivable that its members wouldn’t know about it. Either this is incompetence or it is wilful dissembling. No wonder opponents of hunting, who are simply trying to monitor breaches of the law, feel the police are refusing to act impartially.

After a FOI request, the NWP confirmed it was 'Operation Yarder' and had been going for the last 3 years , they say it was not to collude against hunt protesters but to monitor protestors and the Hunt, but we as hunt sabs knew absolutely nothing of this operation and the police never were interested in watching the hunt only the saboteurs.

 

 Atherstone FH lies & threats fail to stop sab stand at vegan fair

3-8-19  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Another humiliating defeat for the Atherstone Hunt. The photos show West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs at the Nuneaton Vegan Fair [below] despite the best efforts of the Atherstone Hunt and wider hunting community to get us dropped from the event. The venue received some shocking emails and phone calls which included threats, we have advised them to go to the police.

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They also threatened to hold a demonstration outside the venue. The second photo is a photo from outside the venue where the expected demonstration would take place. As can be seen no one from the Hunt bothered to turn up which is an even more shocking turnout than the hunting community’s recent national demonstration in London where hundreds of thousands promised to attend but on the actual day there was only about ten.

Respect to Midlands Vegan Campaigns for sticking two fingers up to the bullying from the hunters and standing in solidarity with us.

If you haven't already please sign our petition to stop the Atherstone Hunt from using Atherstone Market Square on New Years Day 2020 - http://chng.it/GtDqvygPSK.

 

JULY 2019

….. 31st July - Judge - an ex Barlow FH JM - in court charged with assault on sab

….. 29th July - Sabs say they saved otter being hunted by Culmstock MH

….. 29th July - Charge against sab assaulted by Flint & D. FH follower dropped

….. 27th July - Walker & dog shaken by early a.m. encounter with N. Cornwall FH hounds

…… 27th July - Lord Mancroft, Chair of MFHA, ousted from board of CA

….. 26th July - Isle of Wight FH dogs attack and injure woman and her spaniel

….. 25th July - Bo-Jo told CA may use terror laws against anti-hunt activists

….. 24th July - Call for case of hare hunter who fled abroad to be re-opened

….. 23rd July - President of Kimblewick FH 1 of 2 charged with causing suffering to fox

….. 21st July - Sabs attacked by crazed terrierwoman of Courtenay Tracy MH

….. 20th July - Injured LACS investigators sue Belvoir FH for £100k damages

….. 20th July - Atherstone FH alter public road signs to suit themselves

….. 19th July - Ex Huntsman of Crawley FH charged with illegal hunting when with them

….. 19th July - H & H features woman who fled abroad to avoid hare hunting conviction

….. 15th July - Eggesford FH Huntsman fined £747 after attacking female sab

….. 10th July - Police shelve slam dunk Portman FH terrierman sett blocking case

….. 9th July - Calls for 'total ban' after police drop 5 Cheshire FH fox kill cases

….. 6th July - Sabs film Cheshire FH hound being exercised digging into sett

….. 5th July - Three more Cheshire FH fox kill cases dropped by police

….. 5th July - Eggesford FH Huntsman convicted of threatening behaviour

….. 3rd July - Wannabe PM Hunt says he wants to re-legalise hunting with dogs

….. 2nd July - Wynnstay FH kennel Huntsman charged with assaulting monitor 

 

Judge - an ex Barlow FH JM - in court charged with assault on sab

31-7-19   HSA Press Release     Immigration judge pleads not guilty to sab assault    Today BarlowFHMarkDavies1-1-19assault31-7-19.jpgMark Davies [right] plead not guilty to two charges of assault on sabs at Chesterfield Magistrates Court. The charges come after an incident which occurred at the 2019 New Years Day meet of the Barlow Hunt, which was attended by Sheffield and West Yorkshire Hunt Sabs.

Davies, ex master of the Barlow and secretary of the Pennine Foxhounds, is an immigration judge. In December 2018 he was professionally disciplined for prejudicial remarks against Iranians. Previously, he made the news after his appearance in a naked calendar, to raise money for the Pennine Hunt, alongside wife and current Barlow joint master Joan Williams, Who is the ex South Yorkshire Police Superintendent.

Last year, The Barlow made headlines as joint master Chris White was filmed baiting a trap and catching a badger in the Peak District. The Pennine hunt also made the papers in 2005, when their huntsman vowed to break the law in order to continue hunting.

Davies goes to trial on the 12th November.

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: "Clearly Davies is a man with little respect for the law. We imagine this case won't go anywhere as the judiciary will stick together and protect one of their own but his lack of character is obvious and we're sure the public can draw their own conclusions as to his guilt.”

Original sab report is here. 

 

Sabs say they saved otter being hunted by Culmstock MH

Antis were then attacked by hunt members 

29-7-19   Facebook – Severn Vale Sabs   VIDEO [DCHS]   Terrifying Tales of the Riverbank - The Culmstock Hunt ~ Mink/Otter Hounds 27.7.19, River Coly Tributary   Following a successful kennel watch, the Culmstock Hunt were followed to their meet at The Gerrard Arms, where the pub hosted them and served them alcohol before normal opening hours. The Hunt were then followed on road alongside the river Coly at midday where they entered the land on Suddon's Lane near Stubbing Cross belonging to the Hurfords.

With other sabs from Devon County, Berkshire, Bristol, Bath and Mendip Hunt Watch we entered theCulmstockMHCaughthuntinganotter27-7-19.jpg field just as the Huntsman, Mickey Hibberd had sent the pack into the water. It was pointed out to Hibberd that he was acting illegally because he was disturbing otter habitat amongst other possible offences, but he continued to hunt the hounds on as sabs followed.

The Hounds picked up on a scent in the undergrowth of the river bank and an otter was seen by sabs fleeing [see Devon County video, link above] while Hibberd and Whippers in on both sides of the water hunted the hounds on with voice and horn calls. Sabs rated the hounds and sprayed diluted citronella oil to mask the otter's scent, which potentially saved that otter's life. Otters are protected. It is illegal to hunt them and it is illegal to hunt mink with dogs also.

The Hunt said they were hunting rats - which is strange as they were using otter and mink hounds.

The Hunt were in chaos with hounds in various places being watched by sabs and they realised they couldn't continue with sabs present so they gathered up in the field before walking back towards the road. It was at this point that some members of the Hunt turned violent, clearly annoyed that their day hadn't gone to plan. This has been captured on film. We won't comment fully for legal reasons but there were some injuries and police and paramedics attended.

Your kind donations directly help us save lives, if you can spare anything please go to: https://ko-fi.com/Q5Q6H4QQhttps://paypal.me/severnvalesabs.

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1-8-19  The Canary    Saboteurs claim they saved the life of an otter that was being hunted illegally    Tense footage shows the moment that hunt saboteurs ‘saved the life’ of what they said was an otter. Although otters were made a protected species more than 40 years ago, the activists claim people are still hunting them illegally.

Saboteur groups said they caught the Culmstock Hunt illegally hunting on 27 July on the River Coly, Devon. Uncut video published by Devon County Hunt Saboteurs (DCHS) shows an animal, claimed to be an otter, in the water (from 0:03) that quickly runs away (0:18-0:21). About a minute later, the footage shows hunting hounds following after the animal. Throughout this time, off-screen horn and voice calls can be heard. Severn Vale Hunt Saboteurs, who were present on the day, said: “The Hounds picked up on a scent in the undergrowth of the river bank and an otter was seen by sabs fleeing (see Devon County video) while [huntsman Mickey] Hibberd and Whippers in on both sides of the water hunted the hounds on with voice and horn calls.”

DCHS said its actions “saved [the] otter’s life” and resulted in the Hunt ‘giving up’. It also said the Culmstock Hunt “claim to be hunting rats“. However, the animal in the video appears larger than a rat and similar in shape to an otter or mink. Saboteur groups also reported that some members of the hunt “turned violent” towards saboteurs.

The Canary approached Culmstock Hunt for comment but hadn’t received a response at the time of publishing.

Hunting otters became illegal after the government made the animal a protected species in 1978. As a result, packs that hunted otters changed to hunting mink. However, the Hunting Act 2004 also made hunting mink illegal. Despite this, about 20 mink hound packs still existed in England and Wales as of 2010. Mink and otters share “similar habitats” along riverbanks. Hunting rats with dogs is currently legal. However, ‘ratting’ packs are usually made up of terriers and will hunt near human habitation, such as in barns, which is the brown rat’s most common habitat. Water voles, which can be mistaken for rats, live along riverbanks but hunting them is also illegal. Furthermore, images published by Severn Vale Hunt Saboteurs show the Culmstock Hunt’s pack still includes otter hounds.

Like other forms of hunting, mink hound packs attempt to use loopholes in the law to continue their pastime. Unlike other forms of hunting with hounds, which ride through autumn and winter, they operate from March to September. The public is also less likely to see them because they are on foot, have fewer people, and stick to waterways. Otters are no longer endangered. But hunting them is no less disgusting than hunting any other type of animal.

It’s unusual for saboteurs to catch mink hound packs in the act, but with the Culmstock Hunt’s apparent cockiness it shot itself in the foot.

Devon County Hunt Sabs report and video here 

 

Charge against sab assaulted by Flint & D. FH follower dropped

Attacker, a Councillor, has assaulted sabs 17 times without being charged! 

Sabs certain that N. Wales police are in cahoots with the Hunt 

29-7-19  Facebook - North Wales Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Operation Yada   The CPS informed us today via our solicitors that they had dropped a case against one of our saboteurs. This coming after just 6 days ago, when 2 sabs were cleared of assault in very similar circumstances.

Everyone's least favourite hunt supporting councillor attacked a sab on a public footpath on December 22nd 2018, near Ruthin [below- Lloyd Ellis in blue]. The sab made a complaint to the police, it took the police weeks to inform the sab they'd be taking no action against his attacker despite this being the 17th assault by his same hunt employee with no charges ever been brought against him.

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The police went beyond not charging the hunt member and instead charged the sab with assault,  despite clearly acting in self-defence! In the case last week 2 sabs were found NOT GUILTY at Llandudno magistrates after the same person had made a complaint against the sabs despite him being the aggressor. The court ruled in that case it was self-defence on both counts. It came out in that case that the police are involved in an operation with the Hunt to get rid of saboteurs OPERATION YADA!

In the latest case now dropped it has come to light that the police - at least one being a wildlife officer - had phoned the hunt employee and told him sabs were in the area, this resulted in him going in search of the sabs and assaulting one in these ugly scenes. More to follow.

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1-8-19   North Wales News   Dramatic video shows clash between hunt protester and councillor as charge is dropped - Dafydd Hughes had been charged with common assault against Ed Lloyd-Ellis but the case was discontinued    Charges against a hunt saboteur have been dropped after a confrontation with a councillor was caught on camera.

Dafydd Hughes was walking toward a drag hunt meeting on a lane near Ruthin in December 2018 when he was confronted by Trelawnyd and Gwaenysgor community councillor Ed Lloyd-Ellis. Footage of the incident shows Cllr Lloyd-Ellis telling Mr Hughes he is not allowed to walk down the road and standing in his way. A scuffle breaks out where they are seen to be holding each other.

Mr Hughes claimed Cllr Lloyd-Ellis grabbed him first, but this was denied by the councillor who claimed it was the other way around. The hunt saboteur said he reported the incident to North Wales Police, but Mr Hughes ended up being charged with common assault. He alleged there was police bias, which was denied by Chief Inspector Jeff Moses, who insisted they investigated incidents around hunt activities "impartially".

Mr Hughes said: "I was grabbed first and I reported it to the police, but I was the one that got charged, which I don't understand. There is police bias here. I grabbed him around the throat because he had me around the throat. I have had six months of hell following this and then got told on Monday that the charges had been dropped."

Cllr Lloyd Ellis said: "I informed Mr Hughes he could not go down the road under the Countryside Rights of Way Act and Common Law because they were going to intimidate, disrupt or prevent a lawful activity. He grabbed me around the throat first and one of his colleagues tried to remove his arm. I was very disappointed the charge was dropped."

Cllr Lloyd-Ellis insisted they only engaged in drag hunts and did not break the law. He also said he had been attacked previously due to his connection with the hunt community, but did not have a problem with peaceful protests.

Chief Inspector Moses said: "North Wales Police has a well-established operation in place to police the issues surrounding hunt activities and to investigate any offences which are evident or reported. This operation has a command structure and detailed plans which make it clear that we police any incidents with impartiality and that we will facilitate peaceful protest. I can tell you that both 'sides' accuse the police of bias and it is a challenge to show that we are impartial. We actively investigate alleged offences committed, regardless of who is reporting them. Another aspect of the operation is that the hunt and protestor sides each have a team of dedicated police liaison officers who communicate regularly. The issue of illegal fox hunting is a complex and emotive one. Since the banning of fox hunting, the legislation has been difficult to enforce and it is a real challenge to secure evidence for prosecutions. We are however supported by specialist wildlife crime liaison officers in the Crown Prosecution Service and by our own Rural Crime Team. No-one is above the law in this matter and although it is difficult to convince some people, there really is no bias in our approach.”

A Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) spokesman said: "The case against the defendant was charged by the police and passed to CPS. The case was reviewed in accordance with the test in the Code for Crown Prosecutors and our duty to keep cases under continuous review. The crown prosecutor undertaking the review concluded that the evidential stage of the Code test was not met as there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction. The proceedings against the defendant were discontinued.”

It is not the first time North Wales Live has reported on altercations between hunt saboteurs and Cllr Lloyd-Ellis, with the two sides coming together previously. Last week, Paul Allman and Charlotte Mueller were cleared of assaulting Cllr Lloyd-Ellis after an incident at a Flint and Denbigh Hunt meeting.

 

Walker & dog shaken by early a.m. encounter with N. Cornwall FH hounds

Hunt dogs were being exercised on the very popular Camel Trail 

The walker and others had complained to Council about this before

27-7-19   Cornwall Live   Dog owner left shaken after hounds surround them on Camel Trail    Andrew says his dog Murphy, 10, was terrified A dog owner and his collie cross staffy have been left shaken after they were surrounded by dozens of hounds on a narrow path in Cornwall. Andrew Grundon, of St Breward, said he was walking his dog Murphy, 10, [together left] on the Camel Train at Wenford Bridge, at 6.45am on Wednesday (July 24), when the incident happened.

"I walk my dog on the Camel Trail every morning," the 54-year-old said. "My dog is not particularly well behaved, I walk him early so I'm not too much in other people's way. At about 6.45am, two people on N.CornwallFHWalkerdog27-7-19.jpgbicycles arrived with 20 to 30 hounds from North Cornwall Hunt. The lead hound was coming ahead, he came to my dog sniffing around in a dominant sort of way. I was suddenly surrounded by the hounds, all trying to get to my dog who was jumping around and barking, terrified around my legs. He was safely restrained with two leads. They were, of course, running free. I had nowhere to escape to and the trail was narrow at this point. One of the two people in charge of them placed her bicycle between the hounds and me. Two or three hounds sneaked around the woman's bike. My dog was terrified. My dog is not a small dog but the hounds are considerably larger. When they moved on, several of the hounds stopped to defecate on the verges".

Andrew, who runs his own business, said he and Murphy were both left unharmed but shaken by the encounter. He added that it was not the first time such an incident happened and that he has asked Cornwall Council to ban the Hunt from the path before.

"It happened repeatedly in 2017 and a few times in 2018," he explained. "I saw other people having difficulty, I didn't see anyone get attacked or hurt. The Camel Trail is so popular with cyclists, children and horses. This is a genuine concern for wider public nuisance and health issues. I know that a couple of other people wanted to complain when I contacted Cornwall Council about it in 2017. The council said that there is legislation that they could use but that they were not going to."

Andrew, who has lived in St Breward for more than eleven years, said that he does not usually complain and has not always been against hunting.

"I have lived in the countryside for my entire adult life, and in Cornwall for 37 years," he said. "My eleven-year-old daughter walks with me sometimes on the trail. This is my favourite place on Earth. I am an artist and I used to paint hunters' horses. I haven't always been against hunting but I now think that there aren't any ways of justifying killing animals with other animals. I am not using this incident as a tool to campaign against it."

Andrew shared with Cornwall Live emails he sent to Cornwall Council in 2017 as well as the local authority's replies. According to them, it seems that his complaint was never resolved. We have contacted the council but they have not responded to our request.

Ralf Mankee, Hunt Master at the North Cornwall Hunt, said they always pick up their hounds' excrements and that they have never had any issues on the Camel Trail with anyone else. He explained: "We walk them on three or four occasions every week at about 6.15am. We have never had any problems with anyone else. His dog shows aggression and he is barely in control of it. He looks to cause trouble every time. Every year we have this. There were runners [on Wednesday] morning with a spaniel and everything was fine. Concerning the dog excrements, my wife always goes back on to the path to pick it up afterwards."

 

Lord Mancroft, Chair of MFHA, ousted from board of CA

27-7-19   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors     They are in total turmoil! We are getting to them from every angle. Well done to all anti hunting groups, farmers, landowners and the general public across the country.

Together we have made a huge leap forward with our campaign over the last five years. It’s hitting them hard now and we must keep it up and finish them off! 

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Isle of Wight FH dogs attack and injure woman and her spaniel

26-7-19   Isle of Wight County Press     Couple's anger after savage attack by Isle of Wight Hunt dogs     A WOMAN was savagely attacked by a terrier accompanying the Isle of Wight Hunt,IoWFHInjuriestowoman26-7-19.jpg while walking through the Gatcombe countryside. She came across the Hunt exercising around 30 hounds, which she said was 'massively intimidating' in itself. A terrier with the group bit her several times on her thigh [right], and several of the hounds turned on her pet sprocker spaniel, causing an injury that needed stitches and fluid drainage [below left].

The family, who chose to remain anonymous, contacted the County Press because they feel despite going to the police, four weeks on, nothing has been done, and there is a danger to the public. The IW Hunt has apologised unreservedly for the incident.

The woman's husband said: "The police told us not to go to the press, and asked us how we would feel if the terrier had to be put down. But we feel it would be worse if we kept quiet and the dog attacked again. It went for my wife's thigh, but this is the same height as a child's neck or face would be, which could be deadly. This could have happened to anyone. We have heard of people who no longer walk in the area because of the Hunt, and one running group has changed its route because of it. This is a loss of amenity to the community if people feel they IoWFHInjuriestospaniel26-7-19.jpgcan no longer use the local area. We are not new to the countryside, we have walked through the Gatcombe and Carisbrooke area twice weekly for 20 years, but this is a new move for the Hunt, to walk such a big pack of dogs. It is not right for them to do this, especially in light of what happened to us."

A spokesperson from the IW Hunt said: “An incident took place between the owner of a spaniel and a terrier that was accompanying the pack of hounds while they were out on routine hound exercise. Although incidents of this nature are incredibly rare, they are regrettable whatever the circumstances, and steps have been taken to prevent any reoccurrences. The Hunt apologises unreservedly for any distress this may have caused and is working to resolve the matter with those involved to ensure a good relationship in the future.”

An IW Police spokesperson said: "A thorough investigation is ongoing and both parties have been updated regularly. Officers are working towards a resolution and a those involved will be updated once a decision has been reached." The police were unable to comment on the family's claim that they were told not to go to the media with the story.

Polly Portwin, head of hunting at the Countryside Alliance, said: "Hounds are routinely introduced to children, adults, pets, and farm animals as well as the other sights, smells and sounds in the countryside as part of their early education before they start their working lives and to ensure they are familiar with whatever they encounter in the future. Professional members of hunt staff take great pride in the management of their hounds and any other animals in their care, and are delighted to introduce their hounds to the public at any opportunity with most Hunts holding a kennels open day each summer. At the invitation of the organisers of public events all over the country, packs of hounds can also be seen throughout the summer parading at county shows and other activities where they always prove very popular.”

 

Bo-Jo told CA may use terror laws against anti-hunt activists

25-7-19  Daily Mirror   Boris Johnson suggests extremism rules could apply to anti-foxhunting activists    The Prime Minister told the Countryside Alliance anti-hunting groups could face rules drafted for domestic terror organisations Boris Johnson has suggested extremism rules developed to tackle domestic terrorism could be applied to anti-foxhunting activists. Mr Johnson toldBorisJohnsonPM.jpg a pro-hunting group that activists who disrupt their events could face rules developed by the Government in response to recommendations by the Commission for Countering Extremism. The Commission is considering the rise of far right, Islamic and other kinds of extremism.

Mr Johnson made the suggestion in answer to a question from the Countryside Alliance during his successful leadership campaign. The group say they asked him: "Will you commit to implementing measures to counter animal rights extremism, including any relevant recommendations from the Government’s Commission for Countering Extremism, which is due to report this summer?"

In reply, Mr Johnson said: "While I am committed to protecting animal welfare, I will not tolerate extremism, intimidation and abuse irrespective of the motives that drive it." According to the Farmer's Guardian, he added: "I will consider any recommendations that come from the Commission [for Countering Extremism].”

When he was MP for Henley in the early 2000s, Mr Johnson repeatedly voted against a ban on foxhunting.

 

Two sabs cleared of assaulting Flint & Denbigh FH member

Court decides they acted in self-defence against Councillor's attack

25-7-19  North Wales Live    Hunt protesters vow not to 'go away' after being cleared over clash with farmer - Charlotte Mueller and Paul Allman had denied common assault following the incident at the Flint and Denbigh Hunt     Paul Allman, 44, of Hardman Street, Stockport, and Charlotte Mueller, 24, of Lon Goed, Holway, Holywell, were cleared on July 24, 2019, after being accused of assault following a clash at a hunt. A pair of anti-hunt protesters who had been accused of assault following a clash with a landowners' agent have been cleared of the charges.

Charlotte Mueller, 24, who is studying animal management, insisted she acted in self-defence when she pushed and kicked Edward Lloyd-Ellis. Video clips recorded by those at the scene were shown to magistrates at Llandudno, and the court heard she was never interviewed by police to give her version of events.

Mr Lloyd-Ellis, a farmer and community councillor, said he'd held Miss Mueller from behind to stop her climbing over a gate at Trefnant in Denbighshire. "At that point she is trespassing," he claimed. When standing on the ground, she had then pushed and kicked him.

Miss Mueller, of Lon Goed, Holway, Holywell , and Paul Allman, 44, of Hardman Street, Stockport, had turned up with other opponents for the Flint and Denbigh Hunt meeting on October 27.

Prosecutor Paul Abraham said Mr Lloyd-Ellis was trying to control protesters' movements across farmland. In evidence, Mr Lloyd-Ellis said he was the "police liaison" for the Hunt and the riders and hounds hunted within the law. He alleged "aggressive" Mr Allman had pushed him and "lurched his head towards me".

Cross-examined by Bethan Jones, solicitor for Miss Mueller, he agreed he had found himself in "more than 20, less than a hundred" similar situations. Police had an operation in response to hunt disruption.

Miss Mueller said the protesters were there to film and get evidence of any illegal fox hunting. She said she'd heard dogs "in cry" after picking up a scent. She told the court the protesters wanted to cross land, but Mr Lloyd-Ellis's arms came around her as she tried to get over a gate. She was uncomfortable and had been pulled backwards. Miss Mueller said: "I was thrashing, trying to get him off me." She'd warned: "I will f***ing knock you down." Miss Mueller agreed she kicked Mr Lloyd-Ellis but said it was "100% defence". Her lawyer told the magistrates: "The fact she's half-way across a gate doesn't put her in a position that the law allows her to be assaulted."

Mr Allman said he had attended about 50 hunt meetings in a bid to stop foxes "being ripped to pieces". He'd grabbed Mr Lloyd-Ellis's coat through the gate and told him to calm down, and claimed the farmer had tried to pursue Miss Mueller "like a man possessed". Mr Allman rejected a prosecution suggestion that he lost his temper, pushing Mr Lloyd-Ellis and moving as if he would headbutt him. "I did scream in his face," he said. "I was defending myself."

Defence lawyer Greg Kemp said there was no act of anger such as a punch, but Mr Allman was stopping an incident between Miss Mueller and Mr Lloyd-Ellis.

Court chairman Duncan Stewart said Miss Mueller's actions were "reasonable and proportionate", and Mr Allman used "reasonable force" to defend her. They had both denied common assault.

Outside court, Miss Mueller said: "We have to stay strong." Mr Allman said a shotgun cartridge had been left by someone on his parked car when he had attended court at Llandudno previously. "We will not be intimidated and go away," he said.

 

Call for case of hare hunter who fled abroad to be re-opened

24-7-19   Facebook - Berkshire Hunt Sabs  Urgent call to action!   Hare-huntress, Libby Gilbert, having fled to the US to escape conviction in the UK, returns once again to hunt British hare! Now hunting with the Holme Valley & Colne Valley Beagles in Yorkshire, we need to work together to let the authorities know that justice MUST be served!

Please contact the following people:  1/ The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to ensure that justice is served! Now back in the UK, this case of cruelty simply must be reopened. Please contact them via their communications officer: gary.cockram@cps.gov.uk / ‪0117 930 2968‬.   2/ Yorkshire Police - let them know she is back hunting in the UK and hunting in THEIR area via their Facebook pages: South Yorkshire Police & West Yorkshire Police   3/ Please keep all eyes on this woman, Libby Gilbert and the local Hunts.

Phone our tip-off line to let local sabs know what she and they are up to: West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs or ‪the HSA tip off line 07443 148426‬. Let’s let these people know that there really IS nowhere to hide...

 

All details on her crime and Hunt allegiances - https://nwhsa.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/college-huntsman-fails-to-answer-illegal-hunting-allegations/ https://www.facebook.com/568176806573091/posts/2465150603542359?sfns=mo.

 

 

President of Kimblewick FH 1 of 2 charged with causing suffering to fox

23-7-19  Bucks Herald    Kimblewick Hunt president in court charged with cruelty to fox    The president of a Hunt denied causing a fox unnecessary suffering today after an alleged New Year's Day hunting incident. Mark Vincent is the President of the Kimblewick Hunt, which operates in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, and Oxfordshire. The 53-year-old was also named as a local event coordinator in a Hunt newsletter.

Vincent and Ian Parkinson, a farm owner aged 64 years, appeared before a District Judge at Oxford Magistrates' Court in relation to an incident of illegal fox hunting which allegedly took place near Moreton Field Farm, in Moreton, Thame, Oxon., on January 1. They both denied causing unnecessary suffering to an animal when the charges were read to them.

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             Terrierman pulls fox out of pipe before releasing it for hounds to chase 

The court papers showed that Vincent was charged with pulling out a captive fox by its tail from an underground artificial sett, which was being pushed towards him by Parkinson, who was charged with forcing the fox towards Vincent so he could release it, ready for the hounds. Jim Astle, defending both men, told the court his clients were planning to order an independent expert report which would dispute “whether the necessary suffering would have been caused in the circumstances described.” He added: “The Crown has thought it necessary and appropriate to instruct an expert to write a six-page report on why that would amount to necessary suffering. It is the view of those instructing me that that is not enough.”

District Judge Kamlesh Rana told the court the alleged events had been filmed but heard there were still issues surrounding identification.

Members of the Hunt Saboteurs Association had released footage claiming to show an incident on the same date where hunt terriermen had forced a fox out of an artificial earth using drain rods and then thrown the animal in front of hunt hounds. Both defendants were interviewed by police on February 8 and were charged on June 26.

Parkinson, aged 64 years, of Lower Road, Haddenham, Bucks., and Vincent, aged 53 years, of Kimblewick, Aylesbury, both denied one count each of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. They were due to stand trial on October 30 at the same court.

See here for video of the incident.  

 

Sabs attacked by crazed terrierwoman of Courtenay Tracy MH

Hunt still forced to pack up by sab presence 

20-7-19  Facebook - Severn Vale Hunt Saboteurs    Courtenay Tracy Hounds ( Mink & Otter Hounds) River Hooke, Toller Fratrum, Dorset    Firstly we apologise if this report gives you NIGHTMARES! Following a tip off, ourselves along with Berkshire, North Dorset & Solent Hunt Sabs CourtenayTracyMHCrazed21-7-19.jpgwent to find the Courtenay Tracy.

With vehicles mobilised to hunt out the hunters we spotted some suspicious activity in the area and following this, horn calls were heard and hunt vehicles then spotted confirming the presence of the Hunt. This hunt was previously known as the Ytene and has a reputation for aggressive behaviour.

Sabs approached the hunt on foot just as hounds were going into cry. Hounds were found on the river bank, marking to ground indicating that a terrified otter or mink was hiding in a hole. The hounds were in undergrowth and digging at the ground all under the close watch of Huntsman and Joint Master Tony Smart. On seeing sabs, Tony reluctantly blew his horn to gather the hounds and as sabs were ready to stop an animal being killed.

Sadly there were children present whipping in, being brainwashed into the Courtenay Tracy cult which is somewhat of a family affair. On realising sabs were present, with less grace than a charging hippopotamus, the official terrierwoman, foul mouthed monster Chrissy Osbourne barged across the water to confront sabs [left]. Chrissy is well known to local sabs as being a bit unstable and she certainly seemed to be having a bad day! Chrissy is Tony's daughter and she is mother to the some of the child whips. Chrissy pushed a sab to the ground and tried to intimidate others but sabs did not retaliate, instead we all stood our ground. This creature's behaviour in front of her own spawn was deplorable, what an example to set! Chrissy even attacked the old whipper in Howard Soper when he tried to calm her down. We dread to think what torture she inflicts on innocent animals.

The Hunt, who claimed to be killing 'rats', gathered in the field, knowing they couldn't hide their sordid, illegal behaviour. Sabs followed as the hunt returned to their meet.

We heard on the radio that police were on their way and as we reached the road where the Hunt followers and hound van were parked we saw they were present. Unfortunately, the police aren't interested in protecting wildlife even though the law was being broken according to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Once we were confident that the Hunt had packed up, sabs were free to leave. We covered many miles yesterday, if you can afford to donate it directly helps save lives - https://ko-fi.com/Q5Q6H4QQ, https://paypal.me/severnvalesabs.

 

Injured LACS investigators sue Belvoir FH for £100k damages

20-7-19  Daily Telegraph    Hunt led by Princess Diana's sister sued after one of its staff assaulted a legal observer    A Hunt led by the sister of Diana, Princess of Wales is facing a six figure claim for damages after one of its staff assaulted a legal observer, leaving him with a brokenBelvoirFHGeorgeGrant10-4-18.jpg neck. Former police officer Darryl Cunnington, 60, suffered a fractured vertebra after being pushed down a steep slope while monitoring the activities of the Belvoir Hunt.

The Hunt’s kennel man, George Grant [right], 58, and his 26-year-old son Thomas were both sentenced to 13-months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to assault causing grievous bodily harm, actual bodily harm, theft, and criminal damage to property.

At his trial Princess Diana’s eldest sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, vouched for Grant, telling Judge Jinder Singh Boora that he would lose both his home and his job if he was jailed. Lady McCorquodale, who is joint master of the Belvoir Hunt, said Grant’s actions had been “out of character” and that she had “never seen him lose his temper like that.”

The former High Sheriff of Lincolnshire and president of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, told Leicester Crown Court: “We’ve had contact on a regular basis through my role as joint master of the Hunt. He has always been courteous, polite, hard working and a good communicator. I’ve seen him under pressure on many occasions when the ‘anti-s’, or whatever you want to call them [hunt monitors], were there and he was slow to burn. I’ve no idea what happened on this occasion.”

But Mr Cunnington, an investigator with the League Against Cruel Sports, and his colleague Roger Swaine, 47, are now suing the Hunt for damages of £100,000, saying it was “vicariously liable” for the actions of its employee, which left them in agony for weeks and suffering from stress and anxiety.

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                            Daryl Cunnigton being treated at the scene of the attack 

Mr Cunnington and Mr Swaine were attacked after four men in balaclavas were called by Grant and his son during a hunt on March 12, 2016. The pair were observing the hunt from a bridleway near Strathern, in Leicestershire, to ensure it was taking place in a lawful manner. 

Leicester Crown Court heard in June 2018 that during a confrontation with Mr Cunnington and Mr Swain, Grant told his son: “Go and get the boys and come back”. His son returned a short time later with four “masked men” wearing dark clothes, their faces covered by balaclavas. In the ensuing melee Mr Cunnington was pushed off a ledge and down a 14ft slope and repeatedly kicked as he lay on the ground. Mr Swain was pushed down a 6ft slope. His camera was stolen and the assailants also tried to steal Mr Cunnington’s camera.

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                              Some of the injuries sustained by Roger Swaine

A writ now lodged with the High Court claims Grant and his son, a volunteer with the Hunt, refused to name the four masked men, who have never been traced. Mr Cunnington, of Melton Mowbray, was forced to wear a neck brace for weeks after the incident, to treat a fractured vertebra. He also suffered an injury to his shoulder and developed post-traumatic stress disorder. The writ says Mr Swaine, of Derby, suffered cuts and bruises and developed a generalized anxiety disorder. The two men say the Belvoir Hunt, based at Belvoir Castle, Grantham, Lincs, is vicariously liable for the attack carried out by Grant and his son, and that they are entitled to aggravated damages.

There is no suggestion that the Belvoir was illegally hunting foxes on the day of the attack. The Hunt denies it was responsible for the actions of Grant or his son and denies “aiding and abetting the assault and harassment”. In its defence statement it said: “George Grant was not acting in the course of his employment by the Defendant, nor was such behaviour remotely connected with the work which he was required to perform for the Defendant. Quite the contrary was the case: he would have been acting in complete disregard of the specific instructions with which he had been issued.”

A spokesman for the Belvoir Hunt added: "As this is an ongoing legal matter, it would be inappropriate to comment any further other than to say that as a Hunt, we condemn violence of any kind.”

 

Atherstone FH alter public road signs to suit themselves

20-7-19  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Atherstone Hunt - Upton pleasure ride  Atherstone Hunt admit that riding horses on public roads is a health and safety issue - so why are Hunt meets treated any differently?* Mis-use of roads signs?!?

So why does the Atherstone Hunts fundraising 'pleasure ride' which took place in a known hunt meet area near Upton, Leicestershire pose as a hazard, but not 30 hounds, horses and riders in hunting season who also use the same roads??

The fact that this hunts 'pleasure ride' took place using public roads and that hazard signs were clearly visible the Hunt themselves saw this event as a potential hazard. Question - was a risk assessment undertaken? Does the local council know about this public event and the risks to safety it posed to road users?

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                                 One of the several signs altered/moved 

The Atherstone Hunt by their own admission see riders on roads as potential hazards so shouldn't all their hunt meets be risk assessed ? Why does the Atherstone Hunt feel this 'public' event is any different to them using the same roads in hunting season with added hunt staff on horses, hounds and road support as well?

Regarding the hazard signs themselves it looked like the Hunt had got hold of some roadworks signs and just bolted their own messages over the top of them. One sign had 'car park' bolted on to a diverted traffic sign with big sharp screws on show. Another homemade sign was bolted on top of a temporary traffic lights sign.

Bearing in mind that there were roadworks just round the corner from the pleasure ride with the road closed off and traffic diverted... it doesn't take much to work out what the Atherstone Hunt have been doing. Can anyone else just take road highway signs and use them for their own meaning?

We know the Atherstone Hunt have no concept of health and safety looking at their risk assessments for Boxing Day and New Years Day meets (more on this campaign to follow) but they also rode straight through active road works this season gone, ignoring the worker.

When are the illegal actions of fox hunts going to be taken seriously, and the same rules that apply to us are enforced on them? If like us you would like answers to these questions please politely contact:-  www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk and ask did the Hunt provide a risk assessment for this public event and misuse of road signs.

What is a Hunt Pleasure Ride? Hunt pleasure rides are organised by fox hunts during the summer as a way of raising money for the hunt so they can continue functioning and can carry on hunting wildlife during the autumn and winter. In the case of the Atherstone Hunt this would have been much needed money. As with most Atherstone Hunt fundraising events West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs were there to inform people attending where their money was really going.

 

Ex Huntsman of Crawley FH charged with illegal hunting when with them

19-7-19  Facebook - West Sussex Hunt Sabs  VIDEO   News has reached us that Ralph Richardson, ex amateur huntsman of the Crawley & Horsham Hunt has been charged under the hunting act relating to activities during a hunt meet in February 2019. The Crawley & Horsham Fox Hunt carry out their hunting activities using the ' Trail Hunting ' deception, as we all know there is no such thing as ' Trail Hunting '. This Hunt managed to clock up two convictions for Illegal Hunting in 2012 and 2013.

Since the Hunting Act came into force over 14 years ago we admit we have witnessed the Crawley & Horsham Hunt, maybe once or twice during all these years, do something that some might say looks like they could be pretending to lay something that might be mistakenly called a ' Trail '. The hounds never follow it though, and neither do the Hunt. However, we have witnessed them hunting foxes at every hunt meet, year after year after year, and most recently during a meet In December 2018 the Crawley & Horsham Hounds were filmed killing a fox (video link above]. Sadly the Hunt got away with this kill.

Ralph Richardson is now Joint master of the Middleton Hunt. 

 

H & H features woman who fled abroad to avoid hare hunting conviction

Libby Gilbert has returned and is Huntswoman of a Yorks beagle pack

19-7-19  Facebook - Berkshire Hunt Sabs   Horse and Hound celebrate notorious hare hunterRACBeagleshuntswoman2-13.JPG    This week’s edition of the pro-hunt Horse and Hound magazine praises a woman who fled to America to avoid Hunting Act charges.

In 2013 Libby Gilbert, then Huntswoman of the Royal Agricultural College Beagles, was filmed hunting hares by undercover investigators. Gilbert evaded justice by fleeing to the USA - her home country - when served with a summons to answer a charge of illegally hunting hares. Her lack of attendance caused the CPS to withdraw the case.

Unbelievably, Gilbert resurfaced last year and is now Huntswoman of the Holme Valley & Colne Valley Beagles in West Yorkshire.

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                         Hare fleeing from hounds and Libby Gilbert

 

Eggesford FH Huntsman fined £747 after attacking female sab

15-7-19   Daily Mail   Huntmaster, 37, 'saw red' and struck a female saboteur with his riding crop leaving her with a bruised liver and needing a week off work - Dartmoor huntmaster convicted after striking female saboteur with riding crop - Jason Marles was also filmed charging towards Jessica Groling on his horse - The incident happened in a field near North Tawton on Dartmoor last December - His own father was jailed ten years earlier for using his horse against a protester     A Dartmoor huntmaster who struck a female hunt saboteur with his riding crop was fined £1,750 at court yesterday. Jason Marles, huntmaster at the Eggesford Hunt at Wembworthy, north Devon, was filmed charging towards saboteur Jessica Groling on his horse before dismounting and grappling with her. He was convicted of using threatening behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress at Exeter Magistrates Court.

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                       Angry Huntsman Jason Marles about to attack female sab  

The incident happened in a field near North Tawton on Dartmoor last December and Miss Groling filmed it on her Go Pro camera attached to her chest.

She told Exeter Magistrates Court that Marles galloped straight towards her and a fellow sab saying: 'I was not sure he would not hit us.' She said Marles stopped a few yards away and jumped off his EggesfordFHSab15-12-18.jpghorse and raised his riding crop and locked her with one arm as he tried to grab her hunting horn which she had been using to distract his hounds. She said Marles 'stabbed my abdomen with his riding crop' and this caused bruising to her liver. She had to be airlifted to a Plymouth hospital for treatment and had to take a week off work.  

Prosecutor Lyndsey Baker said Marles prodded the victim with his riding crop after he angrily grabbed her from behind in a reckless act. Marles claimed he has been subjected to 18 months of harassment by hunt sabs and said there was 'no point interacting' with them. He admitted grabbed her horn and said he was frustrated but not angry during the incident.

Defence solicitor Daniel Gill said: 'It was entirely a response to the sabs breaking up and sabotaging the hunt.' A quad bike then turned up with Marles senior on the back and Ms Groling was dragged along the field before falling to the ground. Marles junior denied the offence but the magistrates convicted him after a trial and said he had 'seen red and lost control'.

A probation officer told the court Marles was 'wound up' by the disruption and acted impulsively but had taken 'a step too far'.

The trial magistrates said he had 'seen red and lost control'. The JPs ordered the married father of three to pay a £747 fine, £819 in court costs and £150 compensation to the injured hunt sab - a total of £1,746.

The father of James Marles, Christopher, was jailed ten years earlier for using his horse 'like a missile' to ram an anti-field sports campaigner into a ditch as she tried to film a fox hunt. Burly Marles senior, then 47, repeatedly barged into 61 year old Helen Weeks and laughed, saying: 'Whisper is a lovely horse - he loves you.' Marles senior was jailed for assault and breaching a suspended sentence for attacking another monitor at an earlier hunt, with the judge branding him a 'drunken lout'.

 

Police shelve slam dunk Portman FH terrierman sett blocking case

Hunt denied knowing their own man - police just accepted that 

10-7-19  Facebook - North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   More police inactivity    Despite having clear and conclusive evidence of a terrierman from the Portman blocking up an active sett, Dorset Police fail once again to act on evidence.

This is video from one of our many hidden cameras showing a Portman terrierman blocking up an active badger sett in order to prevent foxes they are hunting going to ground. This is an offence under the Protection of Badgers Act.

Intelligence gathering from the coppers went as far as asking the Hunt if they knew who it was. Unsurprisingly, the Hunt denied all knowledge and then the case was archived.

Please feel free to go to the Dorset Police Facebook page and leave your thoughts on this. The laziness and unwillingness to act on this evidence is insulting to both us and the laws of this country. And let's not forget that the police refusing to act on this pretty much gives them a free pass to do whatever they want. We would like to see the coppers defend this one...

We are looking to buy more hidden cameras, so please, if you can, donate to our fundraiser at www.ko-fi.com/NDHSaboteurs/.

 

Calls for 'total ban' after police drop 5 Cheshire FH fox kill cases

9-7-19  The Canary    Hunting must be ‘banned completely’ activists say after Cheshire Police drop cases involving five dead foxes Cheshire Police investigated five incidents of foxes allegedly killed by a hunt during the last season. However, the police have said they’re dropping all the cases. And local activists said this has given Hunts the “green light” to continue killing foxes.

A national dialogue on hunting in early 2019 centred on Cheshire. It occurred after activists published images of foxes allegedly killed by a local Hunt. Between 15 November 2018 and 5 February 2019, activists claimed the Cheshire Hunt killed five foxes. During one such incident on 5 January, Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs said it even caught a member of the Hunt “kicking” a fox’s body into a river.

Activists took all five incidents to Cheshire Police. However, the force has dropped all five cases due to insufficient evidence of illegal hunting. Local paper CheshireLive reported that the “complexity” of the cases led to Cheshire Police seeking advice from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Police said: - The investigation team has now concluded that there is insufficient evidence that any of the incidents amounted to deliberate and intentional hunting, as required by the Hunting Act 2004. Consequently, no further action will be taken. All parties involved have been informed of the outcome. They also added that they would host “a number of engagements” involving both pro- and anti-hunting representatives before the next season begins.

However, a spokesperson for Cheshire Against Blood Sports, which works alongside Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs, told The Canary:- With the news that the police and the CPS dropped all five cases in Cheshire involving just one Cheshire hunt we feel it makes a complete mockery of the hunting act, it has failed to provide any justice for these foxes and is simply not fit for purpose. Three of the foxes were killed in the space of six weeks, we feel that this decision has now given the green light for the Hunts to carry on killing foxes as there is absolutely no incentive for them to stop.

Problems with the law - The spate of dead foxes came as the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) David Keane published a review of policing hunts in the county on 5 December 2018. Keane’s review said the Hunting Act presents “challenges to investigators and prosecutors”. As a result, he wanted to “explore” how the government could remove these obstacles. Meanwhile, following graphic images of a dead fox posted to social media on 5 January, local MP Chris Matheson called for an “outright ban” on fox hunting.

The Canary previously reported that Lesley Martin of Cheshire Monitors, which was present at the 15 November 2018 incident, believed the Hunting Act is “weak”. And Cheshire Against Blood Sports echoed this. The spokesperson told The Canary: - Unless the Hunting Act is changed and the loopholes closed, foxes all over the country will continue to die. We would like to see the word ‘reckless’ inserted into the Hunting Act. After all if you are taking hounds into the very areas foxes live and by the hunts own admissions they train the hounds on fox scent then it’s highly likely foxes will be encountered and chased. We would also like to see the Huntsman failing to call his hounds off when a fox is being pursued viewed as a clear sign of intent.

These mirror demands by the Campaign to Strengthen the Hunting Act. Such additions certainly remove some of the “challenges” of prosecutions under the Hunting Act, as mentioned by Keane. But Cheshire Against Blood Sports said that governments need to take stronger action: - The whole “sport” needs to be banned completely. We know we will be in this position again next season, foxes will die and nobody will be held accountable.

At present, no political party has committed to an outright ban on hunting. Labour recently said it’s considering a recklessness clause as well as jail time for prosecutions under the Hunting Act. The Green Party appeared to offer the same in its latest political programme, saying it would “tighten up” laws to end the excuse of accidental killing. Meanwhile, the Conservatives have continued talking about lifting the ban. And the Liberal Democrats are silent on the issue.

Hunts will continue killing animals unless a government eliminates the law’s loopholes completely. Introducing clauses to strengthen the ban would go a little way to achieving this. But prosecutions will still rely on ‘sufficient evidence’. There are hundreds of hunts across England and Wales, many of which ride out multiple days a week. Even with saboteurs exposing many of these with graphic documentation, attending every single hunt would be an impossible task. And Hunts could continue hunting as normal once they know they aren’t being monitored.

The only solution is to ban hunting completely. But with no parties currently willing to put that on the table, it remains up to saboteurs and monitors to continue holding Hunts accountable.

POWAperson comments  -   The failure to prosecute any of these five cases very clearly demonstrates the gross inadequacy of the Hunting Act. But, tempting as the notion is, it is unclear what a 'total ban' would actually mean. Would we be banning people going out with packs of dogs - if so, bye-bye genuine drag hunting, bye-bye to any pack being exercised. 

Hunting live quarry for 'sport' is,  in theory at least, already banned. It is the weak wording, feeble sanctions and loopholes of the Act that creates the problem - and it is only fixing those deficiencies which can remedy the situation. POWA has been campaigning for significant strengthening of the Act since before the ink was dry on it. A digest of amendments we believe are necessary and - hopefully - sufficient can be found here.     

 

Sabs film Cheshire FH hound being exercised digging into sett

CheshireFHHoundbeingexercised6-7-19.jpg6-7-19  Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    Whilst early morning sett surveying this morning, sabs and Cabs [Cheshire Against Blood Sports] came across the Cheshire hounds out ‘exercising’ their hounds.

It seems the hounds wanted to set survey too. One hound disappeared down a badger sett, (see video) there was no attempt to call the hound out.

We saw foxes earlier on our walk and even one fleeing at the time the foxes entered the field. Luckily the hounds were a little apathetic and one of us used voice calls to call the hounds off.

What a pity foxes choose to live next door to the kennels, if only they understood the dangers. It begs the question, what would of happened if we were not there?

Hounds get exercised daily, how many foxes get killed whilst doing so?

 

Three more Cheshire FH fox kill cases dropped by police

5-7-19  Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs  The Hunting Act Does Not Work    The Cheshire Hunt will not be brought to justice for their crimes against wildlife, was the news our sabs woke upCheshireFHKilled5-1-19.jpg to this morning. After the 5 reported fox kills in Cheshire last season, the 3 presented by the police to the CPS have been dismissed.

Those who follow our hit reports will have seen the determination of sabs and Cheshire Against Blood Sports in preventing kills throughout Cheshire, and also seen that our runners’ ability to keep up with the hunt has allowed us to record and collect as much evidence as possible to bring the awful kills we have witnessed to justice.

The Cheshire Hounds (or Hunt as they are officially known), were seen, heard, and recorded breaking the law and cruelly fox hunting, with Huntmaster Jake Oppenheim and particularly whipper-in Jamie Whittles captured allowing the hounds to pursue foxes without intervening, drawing their hounds through coverts clearly likely to be inhabited by foxes, and attempting to dispose of fox bodies after the inevitable kills.

Together the evidence around these kills painted a strong picture of consistent, deliberate illegal hunting by the Cheshire Hounds – at least this is what we were told by Cheshire Police, who informed us they were collating these kills to put forward to the CPS as one case, to maximise the chance of putting these bastards to justice.

We have yet to be informed why the cases were then sent individually to the CPS, and sent immediately before the deadlines for submission with no time to review.

CheshireFHFoxkilled8-1-19.jpgWe trust that next season, the police commitment promised by David Keane (the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire) comes into play – the changes recommended in his report were damning towards the current behaviour of the three illegal fox hunts in Cheshire, and if put into action, will help Cheshire sabs and CABS prevent future kills, and finally bring the Hunts’ cruelty into the courtroom.

Of course, none of this is enough while the Hunt are able to abuse weaknesses in the Hunting Act and continue under the guise of trail hunting. Please support a total ban on fox hunting in the UK. It is the only way this barbaric cruelty will end.

5-7-19  Cheshire Police    In January this year, an investigation was launched following three separate allegations of ‘hunting a wild mammal with dogs’, contrary to the Hunting Act 2004. The three allegations were made following the deaths of foxes during hunts in Huxley on 5 January, in Darnhall on 8 January, and in Hack Green on 5 February. 

On each occasion, detectives gathered video evidence and interviewed a number of people present or with relevant information. As with previous cases, early investigative advice was also sought from the Crown Prosecution Service due the complexity of the case. The investigation team has now concluded that there is insufficient evidence that any of the incidents amounted to deliberate and intentional hunting, as required by the Hunting Act 2004.

Pics above   -   Right, fox killed by Cheshire FH on 8-1-19    Left,  Fox killed by Cheshire FH and dumped in canal 5-1-19 

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                                          Fox killed by Cheshire FH 5-2-19

POWAperson adds  -  Anti reports on the three hunts concerned can be found here, here and here.  

 

Eggesford FH Huntsman convicted of threatening behaviour

His father jailed for assault on woman monitor years ago

Huntsman called him as character witness! 

5-7-19  Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs    After viciously attacking one of our sabs last season, Jason Marles (Huntsman for Eggesford Hunt) was found “Guilty of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour under section 4a of the Public Order Act 1986” in a Devon court today.

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                         Huntsman Jason Marles hunting with his pack

The magistrates said that members of Devon County Hunt Sabs appeared to be "calm, collected and genuine", and found Marles' evidence to be "uncredible", and completely contradictory to the video evidence. They determined that he did cause harassment, alarm and distress and that he intended to do so. They found that it is entirely uncredible that he did not ride his horse at the sabs. The magistrates agreed with the assertion that he "saw red" and that his actions were not reasonable. They also determined that an injury was sustained because of his actions.

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                         Marles jumps off horse before assaulting female sab 

After many years of sweeping it under the carpet we are pleased to finally see some action from the Devon authorities against the blatant law breaking of hunts in Devon. Eggesford Hunt is particularly nasty and the huntsman even produced his father, Chris Marles, as a witness despite the fact that he has previously spent 6 months in prison for violently attacking a hunt monitor.

Sentencing takes place on July 15th.

No matter what they throw at us and how violent they become we will never stop heading out into the fields to protect Devon’s wildlife as long as the cruelty continues. Please do support our work and keep us out there saving wildlife in Devon.

Pic below   -   Female sab being treated after assault by Marles 

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6-7-19  BBC News    Devon huntmaster 'struck saboteur with riding crop'    A Devon Huntmaster "saw red" and struck a hunt saboteur with his riding crop after galloping at her on his horse, a court has heard.

Jason Marles, 37, had denied using threatening and abusive behaviour to cause harassment, alarm and distress to Jessica Groling in December. He was found guilty by Exeter magistrates during a trial on Friday.

Ms Groling suffered a bruised liver and was airlifted to hospital [below] after the clash near North Tawton, Devon. Exeter Magistrates' Court saw footage of the incident recorded on Ms Groling's chest camera.

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Ms Groling said: "Marles was galloping straight at us at high speed. I thought he is going to trample us. He was heading straight for us and I felt terrified... He then stopped a few metres away and leapt off his horse and came straight for me with a riding crop in his left hand."

The court heard Ms Groling had been using an antique hunting horn to distract the hunt's pack of hounds. She said Marles tried to grab the horn from her and "stabbed my abdomen with his riding crop", causing the liver injury. The court heard there was no claim that illegal hunting was being carried out.

Marles, who is the Huntmaster of the Eggesford Hunt based at Wembworthy, Devon, said he had been subjected to 18 months harassment by hunt saboteurs, whom he said wore masks to be more intimidating.

Magistrates told Marles: "You saw red and lost control, that was patently clear." They said his use of the riding crop was "reckless rather than deliberate". Marles, who has no previous convictions, will be sentenced later this month.

7-7-19   Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs   The BBC and other media have reported on Friday's conviction of Eggesford huntsman Jason Marles over his attack on a sab on 15 December 2018. Now the trial has concluded we are in a position to say a bit more about what happened that day.

As they do week after week, the Eggesford had been blatantly hunting foxes, and around 3pm two female sabs out on foot saw a fox and soon afterwards heard hounds in cry. Jason Marles was heard to blow 'gone away', the horn call used when a fox breaks from a covert, and was encouraging his EggesfordFHTuckerMarles15-12-18.jpghounds on a line through the field where the incident took place soon after. Sabs called the hounds back into the field, and much of the pack was milling around them peacefully when Marles appeared riding directly towards the sabs at a dangerous speed.

On reaching them he immediately got off his horse and grabbed one of the sabs, taking her hunting horn from her and injuring her with his riding crop. A quad bike arrived seconds later driven by Eggesford regular Duncan Tucker, with the Huntsman's father Chris Marles on the back [both pictured right]. The sab was then dragged across the field by the quad before falling to the ground.

As more riders began arriving in the field, and given the injuries and distress of the sab who was attacked, our foot team did their best to get to the nearest road and summon help, radioing to other sabs to call the police. It took the sabs around half an hour to reach the road by the most direct route, and this is crucial, because Marles claimed in court that he acted the way he did because we were calling hounds into danger or onto a road.

The court rejected entirely that this occurred and any suggestion that hounds were ever in danger due to our actions. The accusation that we call hounds towards roads is a knee-jerk one resorted to by Hunts every time they need an excuse to be angry at sabs. We hear this more or less whenever we call hounds, but we always consider carefully when it is appropriate to call, and to us the hounds' safety is every bit as important as that of the hunted fox. Marles also tied himself in knots in court claiming there were pregnant ewes in the field, even though he had just hunted through it, again contradicting the video evidence.

Some facts established in court:- 

- Sabs were nowhere near a road and did not call hounds into danger. The map shown in court made this very clear, as did the route taken by the sabs, and the account of the police officer who attended and gave an account of his long walk from the road to the crime scene.

- Marles admitted blowing 'gone away', ludicrously claiming it was because he tries to replicate hunting as it was pre-ban but now means something like "let's go and follow the trail".

- Marles admitted in his police interview a few days after the incident that his conduct could be seen as intimidating.

- The identities of all three hunt members involved was admitted by Marles. He even called his father and Duncan Tucker as witnesses in his defence, and they both gave an account the magistrates found completely implausible and contradictory to the video evidence.

- Marles admitted handing the horn to those on the quad, and says he does not know what happened to it. We have never had it returned.

The magistrates found that our sab's injuries were caused by Marles's actions.

The CPS did not charge Marles with an offence under the Hunting Act. These are difficult to prove. For that reason the court did not consider the question of whether illegal hunting had taken place, and the CPS did not put this accusation to Marles. This has been reported confusingly as there being no suggestion of illegal hunting, but this is not our position and not something the court ruled on. It was however clear to all that the hounds chasing a fox and being called off it by sabs was the context for the whole incident.

We have no reason to call hounds on a genuine trail hunt, or even to attend one, but as our many hit reports attest, the ban might as well never have happened in Devon, because it's business as usual for hunts, and unfortunately for foxes. This was made distressingly clear when the Eggesford killed a fox in front of us on Boxing Day just days after this incident.

Our sab was airlifted to hospital after paramedics became concerned about her breathing difficulties, lowered blood oxygen, and the possibility of internal injuries. The decision to airlift was made by them alone and on the basis of their medical expertise rather than anything our sab told them about her condition. Injuries to her liver were confirmed in hospital and she had to miss a week of work, but is now doing well.

While we would like to have seen Marles and his associates convicted of assault or robbery, not to mention illegal hunting, we have always found the authorities very reluctant to prosecute hunts, and the public order offence was the one they went with on this occasion. It is unusual for these matters even to reach court, and we are relieved that for once a limited form of justice has been done here. We hope the police and CPS will now treat illegal hunting and the violence associated with it with the seriousness it deserves.

Please help spread the word about illegal hunting in Devon, and keep us out there saving wildlife: https://www.paypal.me/dchs.

POWAperson adds  -  Once again we find a serious assault on an anti undercharged, another offence [robbery] not charged and other perpetrators [Tucker and Chris Marles] also not charged. This conviction brings to 444 the number of persons from organised Hunts known to have been convicted of or cautioned for 990 criminal offences since 1990.  253 of these were violent offences and, coincidentally, the number of offences [all types] committed by hunt officials or servants is also 253.

 

Wannabe PM Hunt says he wants to re-legalise hunting with dogs

Faces furious backlash and refuses 4 times to say if it's cruel

3-7-19  Daily Mirror   VIDEO   Jeremy Hunt wants to bring back fox hunting - as part of countryside’s “heritage” - The Foreign Secretary said he would hold a vote on the "barbaric" sport if he becomes Prime Minister - and he'd opt to scrap the ban    Tory leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt [below right] has admitted he wants to bring back fox hunting. In a desperate bid to appeal to Conservative grass-roots, the Foreign Secretary voiced his support for the cruel sport which has been banned in England in Wales for nearly 15 years. He said it was part of the countryside’s “heritage” and should be legalised.

But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "Labour proudly banned this barbaric practice. This Tory leadership race is going from bad to worse." And Mr Hunt's surprise intervention will trigger dismay among Tory modernisers, who hoped he was the candidate to quell Boris Johnson's lurch to the right.

Sources stressed he would only seek to bring a free vote to the Commons – where MPs vote JeremyHunMP.jpegaccording to their consciences – if there was a majority in Westminster for such a view. Mr Hunt told the Telegraph: “I don't hunt myself, it's not particularly my thing. I think we have to recognise it's part of the countryside and I think we have to recognise that, in terms of the balance of the countryside, it's part of our heritage. So personally I'm happy for people to do it." He confirmed a commitment to have a vote in Parliament would be in the next Tory manifesto, if he was PM.

In reality, such a situation is highly unlikely, with the overwhelming majority of MPs fiercely opposed to a reintroduction of the bloodsport. Mr Hunt today was forced to insist "the law is not going to change" on fox hunting and "it wouldn't be my priority as Prime Minister". He said: "There isn’t a majority in the House of Commons and I don’t see there ever being one."

But he refused four times to give a straight answer when asked by BBC Radio 4's Today programme whether the practice is "cruel". Mr Hunt's vocal display of support for hounds ripping apart foxes risks derailing his No10 bid.

Theresa May's confession to the Mirror during the snap 2017 general election that she had always backed the rural past-time was widely blamed for fuelling her ballot box humiliation. She said then: "As it happens, personally I have always been in favour of fox hunting and we maintain our commitment - we have had a commitment previously as a Conservative Party - to allow a free vote. And that's what it will allow, would allow, Parliament the opportunity to take a decision on this." Polls consistently show around three-quarters or more of Britons are against bringing back the bloodsport.

Traditional Hunts now follow a scent trail instead of a fox, or work around loopholes in the law. Countryside campaigners repeatedly demand a shake-up, effectively repealing the 2004 Hunting Act. Mrs May’s predecessor David Cameron also promised Parliament a vote on repeal but had to scrap it after the SNP vowed to block it, even though it does not apply to Scotland.

Chris Luffingham, League Against Cruel Sports director of campaigns, hit back at Mr Hunt's comments and suggested they could be damaging to his chances in a general election. “The last time a politician said we should bring back hunting - Theresa May in the 2017 General Election – they were punished in the polling booths," he said. “Nothing has changed. The vast majority of the British public will be horrified by any attempt to revert back to the barbaric activity of fox hunting. The Hunting Act needs to be strengthened, not repealed, as the hunts are currently still getting away with chasing and killing British wildlife. Hunting needs to be consigned to the history books, and this decision shows quite how out of touch with public opinion Jeremy Hunt is. Fox hunting is a brutal nasty activity in which the hounds literally tear apart the foxes – this should have no place in a modern compassionate society.”

Labour Party Chairman Ian Lavery added: "This Tory leadership race is going from bad to worse. We’ve had Johnson’s tax cuts for the wealthy, a race to the bottom on no-deal Brexit , and now a pledge to bring back this barbaric practice that Labour had proudly banned."

Animal Equality executive director Toni Vernelli said: “Jeremy Hunt has a very short memory – It was this same pledge that lost Theresa May the youth vote at the last election. Hunting with dogs is a cruel relic of the past. Britain has long moved on from finding animal abuse entertaining, and Jeremy Hunt is living in a cave if he hasn’t noticed this.”

4-7-19  Daily Mirror   Squirming Jeremy Hunt refuses FOUR times to say if fox hunting is 'cruel'    The Tory leadership hopeful came unstuck in a car crash interview with the BBC after he said he wants to bring back the vile bloodsport. Squirming Jeremy Hunt has refused FOUR times to say if he believes fox hunting is "cruel". The Tory leadership hopeful was skewered on the radio today after admitting he'd want to bring back the bloodsport as PM.

SueHaymanMP.jpegMr Hunt was forced to insist "the law is not going to change" on fox hunting and "it wouldn't be my priority as Prime Minister". But in a car crash interview, he came unstuck when repeatedly asked by BBC Radio 4's Today programme whether the practice is "cruel".

Interviewer Mishal Husain told him the RSPCA said the practice involved "wild animals being chased to the point of exhaustion, set upon by dogs for sport". Asked if that was "cruel", Mr Hunt replied: "My view is a matter of public record. But what matters now are the things I want to change as Prime Minister."

Asked a second time if it was cruel, Mr Hunt said: "My view is a matter of public record." Asked a third time, he said: "I'm here to talk about the things I want to change as Prime Minister. That is not something that's going to change. "Rural broadband is something that urgently needs to be speeded up. Business rates..."

Exasperated Ms Husain tried a fourth time, saying: "You're swerving away from the subject! I asked you if you think that fox hunting is cruel. And for some reason you're not willing to say if it is or it isn't." He replied: "I have never hunted and it's not my thing but the way I voted is a matter of public record."

Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary Sue Hayman [above left] said: "It is incredible and shocking that Jeremy Hunt, who aspires to be the next Prime Minister, can not bring himself to even acknowledge the barbaric cruelty of fox hunting. Once again it shows this Tory government’s lack of understanding and sincerity on issues of animal welfare."...

Mr Hunt's surprise intervention will trigger dismay among Tory modernisers, who hoped he was the candidate to quell Boris Johnson's lurch to the right...

Mr Hunt stressed he would only seek to bring a free vote to the Commons – where MPs vote according to their consciences – if there was a majority in Westminster for such a view. He told Today: "There isn’t a majority in the House of Commons and I don’t see there ever being one." But he did back putting a commitment to a free vote in the Tory manifesto.

Labour MP Angela Rayner said his pledge was "absolutely disgusting" and a naked bid to win 160,000 Tory members' votes. She said: "The vast majority of the public want this cruel & vile practice consigned to the dustbin of history. Jeremy Hunt thinks it might appeal to a few Tory tally-ho types in the shires. We will not go back to this repulsive pastime!"...

 

Wynnstay FH kennel Huntsman charged with assaulting monitor

2-7-19