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
….. 17th May - Police drop yet another Cheshire FH fox kill
17th May - Stray Cheshire FH hound snapped scavenging rubbish
….. 16th May - Essex County Council rejects bid to ban 'trail hunting' on its
16th May - Naturalist and anti-hunt activist Chris Packham awarded CBE
….. 11th May - Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman's defence
attempt to discredit expert witness failed
….. 11th May - Sabs find 3 Counties MH hounds in cry - they pack up immediately
….. 11th May - Masked S. Shrops FH supporters intimidate monitors at their workplace
11th May - Sabs stumble across Dove Valley MH digging &
scare them off
….. 11th May - Essex
County Council to debate banning hunting on its land
….. 9th May - Sabs
accuse Clifton on Teme FH after finding dug out sett
….. 9th May - Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman appeal against conviction dismissed
..... 7th May - Trial
of Grafton FH Huntsman set to start 20th May
….. 5th May - Monitors prevent Border Counties MH from hunting
….. 2nd May - 2 JMs, 2 servants leave United FH after dig-out reported
Police drop yet another Cheshire FH fox kill case
17-5-19 Knutsford Times In November 2018, an investigation was launched into the death of a fox killed while a hunt was taking
place in Church Minshull. During this investigation detectives have gathered video evidence and interviewed a number of people
present or with relevant information.
Early investigative advice was also sought from
the Crown Prosecution Service due the complexity of the case. As a result, the investigation team have concluded there is
insufficient evidence that the incident amounted to deliberate and intentional hunting, as required by the Hunting Act 2004
and no further action will be taken. All parties involved have been informed of the outcome.
The Constabulary is still actively investigating a number of other incidents from
the last hunting season and we are grateful to all those who continue to work with and support us. We reiterate our commitment
that where allegations of unlawful activity are made, they will be fully investigated.
BBC News No further action in Cheshire fox death probe - Cheshire Police
said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Police say there will be no further action
over the death of a fox allegedly killed during a hunt. Footage appeared to show a dead fox being placed in a bin bag - the
aftermath of a hunt in Cheshire in November, an anti-hunting group said...
A spokesperson for Cheshire
Monitors, the anti-hunting group which said it filmed the footage, said "pitifully weak legislation" had undermined
its efforts to seek prosecution.
18-5-19 Facebook - Cheshire Monitors VIDEO Here is the evidence - “No further action" - Cheshire Hounds Hunt evade prosecution
yet again despite clear evidence of fox hunting On Thursday 15th November 2018, a team of 10 monitors,
including independents, witnessed the Cheshire Hounds Hunt trespassing into fields around Aston Gorse woodland near Church
Minshull to hunt a fox for 15 minutes, resulting in its death...
We have been informed that the blatantly illegal
activities shown in this video fail to meet the "evidential threshold" set by the Crown Prosecution Service when
considering a prosecution under the Hunting Act 2004, legislation designed to stop the hunting of wild mammals with a pack
of dogs, but which fails dismally to do so.
Cheshire Monitors, along with other groups, local MPs, and a number of advisors,
are now working towards a real hunting ban, and we need your help. Please keep checking our page over the coming months on
practical ways in which you can help. Demand a #RealHuntingBan
POWAperson adds - Cheshire Monitors report on the fox kill can
be found here
Pics below - 1/
Hounds hunting fox while redcoat shouts 'Get on it!' 2/ Whipper-in clears up remains
of killed fox
See also Cheshire Live report and Metro
Stray Cheshire FH hound snapped scavenging rubbish near kennels
Facebook - Cheshire Monitors Lost hound seen scavenging from local refuse The Cheshire Hounds
Hunt have lost a hound today, 17th May 2019, which was seen rummaging through rubbish bags near the Whitegate Way. The kennels
are located just off this popular public footpath.
One of our supporters, who was not
far from their kennels, spotted this hound wandering the streets around The Paddocks on the Whitegate Way. They tried but
failed to coax her to them. If you spot her, please get in touch.
*IMPORTANT INFORMATION* Keep
an eye out if you see the hunt "exercising" the hounds along the Whitegate Way, which they do often, usually between
6am-8am while there aren't many people around. They have previously been spoken to by the council due to them not picking
up after the hounds, who have also limited them to one handler per five hounds under new council regulations. If you see any
different get evidence and get in touch!
Essex CC rejects bid to ban 'trail hunting' on its
Clacton Gazette Bid to prevent trail hunting on Essex County Council land rejected A BID to ban hunting with dogs on council-owned land has been rejected. Colchester
councillor Lee Scordis put forward the motion calling on Essex County Council to not to allow any future trail hunting and
exercising of packs of fox hounds on its land.
Trail hunting involves laying of a scent across the countryside which a pack of hounds then searches for and follows.
The practice, and exercising hounds, are legal and the Countryside Alliance said there was “no justification”
for the motion.
Hunting foxes with dogs is illegal but there are a number of exemptions which Labour
councillors said were being used to get round the law. But councillors disagreed and branded the move “illogical”
and “a nonsense”. Independent councillor Kerry Smith said he could not support the motion. He said: “This
motion is not sound as it seeks indirectly to remove the rights of the common man to freely use public rights of way. “These
are hard won rights I will not seek to tamper with.”
Fellow independent Jo Beavis, who represents Halstead, said she could see no reason for the ban as no Essex huntsmen
had been questioned by police for a breach of the law. She said: “This motion has caused much alarm in my division.
Huntsmen are confused because without any serious reason a motion has been moved to consider this legal activity. The motion
is entirely illogical.”
Labour councillor Ivan Henderson spoke in support of the motion and urged councillors
to help stop hunting on council land. However, the motion was rejected.
Tim Bonner, chief
executive of the Countryside Alliance: “We are pleased the council voted against a motion to ban the legal activities
of trail hunting and hound exercise. It is a great shame councillors had to waste time on such a pointless and divisive debate
but we are grateful they rejected the proposal. Hunts in Essex have been hunting an artificial scent legally since the Hunting
Act came into force in 2005. There are at least eight packs of hounds operating in the county throughout the autumn and winter
yet none has ever been charged with a hunting offence. The suggestion they are not hunting lawfully is completely unfounded.”
Naturalist and anti-hunt activist Chris Packham awarded CBE
Has to withdraw from event due to threats from pro-bloodsports people
16-5-19 Express & Star Packham celebrates CBE and vows to keep fighting for British countryside
Chris Packham vowed to continue his fight to defend Britain’s natural world – despite receiving death threats
– as he was made a CBE by the Prince of Wales. The naturalist and TV presenter, who has spoken out against fox hunting,
badger culling and the killing of birds of prey, has been given the award for his services to nature conservation.
[left] last month revealed dead crows had been strung up outside his home and he had received death threats after Natural England revoked licences for controlling 16 species of bird following a legal challenge
by the Wild Justice group he founded.
On Monday, his appearance at a festival for dog lovers was cancelled as the organisers of Dogstival, at Pylewell
Park Estate, near Lymington in the New Forest, Hampshire, said they feared protesters would use the event to target the BBC
Packham, 58, said after the Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony:
“A lot of people aren’t as well versed with the problems, they read the headlines, they knee jerk, they feel that
they’re threatened and therefore they lash out. I have to accept that and I will accept that and continue to try to
make progress. For me all of those things are part of a process I will have to go through to achieve what I want to do –
and that is to make the UK countryside a better and healthier place for wildlife and for people, too. I know that’s
not going to be an easy ride but that doesn’t put me off.”
The passionate defender of wildlife has worked on BBC Two’s Springwatch and its other seasonal spin-offs since
2009, and presented numerous natural history programmes. Earlier this year he took part in Blue Planet Live, examining the
impact of ocean pollution.
Packham has spoken often of how his Asperger’s syndrome and
bouts of depression have affected his screen career. He added: “One of the characteristics of my condition is that we
are intolerant of injustice and we see things in black and white and we say what we think, and those are key assets when it
comes to the sort of campaigning work that I do.”
TV presenter was interested in the natural world from an early age, with a bedroom full of tanks and jars of wildlife, before
becoming involved in the punk scene and adopting its defiant spirit. He began experimenting with photography and camera work
before moving from behind the camera to presenting duties on The Really Wild Show in 1986. Packham is vice-president of the
RSPB and the RSPCA, and supports other conservation and animal welfare charities.
The TV presenter said he would be celebrating the award at London Zoo with a group
of people, from his former school teachers to television executives, who had mentored him over the years.
He said about the CBE: “To
a great extent I feel I’m taking one for a team of people, there aren’t that many people who are honoured for
working in major conservation and environmental care and there are a lot of people who work hard, and a lot harder than I
do, and I’m fortunate to be a small figurehead for them.”
Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman's defence
attempt to discredit expert witness failed
Prosecution's expert said to have tried to discredit defence's 'expert
11-5-19 Daily Telegraph Professor employed as independent witness in hunting prosecution tried to discredit opposition
using secret 'intelligence files' from League Against Cruel Sports - Professor Stephen Harris was said to have 'ambushed' Mr Adams’ appeal against conviction by
producing documents relating to his rival expert evidence A professor employed as an independent witness in a hunting prosecution tried to discredit opposing witnesses using
secret “intelligence files” from the League Against Cruel Sports.
George Adams, 67, was found guilty of using hounds
to kill a fox despite the scientist who gave the main evidence against him being accused of “bias”. Professor Stephen Harris was said to have “ambushed” Mr Adams’ appeal against
conviction by producing documents relating to his rival expert evidence Dr Daryl Hamilton Wallace half way through the case.
Peter Glenser QC, defending, told the court it was the second time during a hunting trial that
evidence had emerged relating to the retired professor’s links to the anti-hunting charity with which “he has
had an association which goes back decades.” He told the judge that Mr Harris was “biased”, adding: “This
all paints a picture of somebody who is antipathetic to those accused of hunting.”
The professor also gave key evidence to parliament
in support of the hunting ban. One of the documents produced, Mr Glenser told the court, was a “subject profile said
to be a restricted document from the League Against Cruel Sports”. The “intelligence file”, which included
personal details including what was believed to be his home address, was created in 2015.
Harris also sent prosecutor David Matthew a series of documents relating to Mr Hamilton Wallace that he found online, the
judge was told. Mr Glenser said that he was concerned that Prof Harris’ evidence was the “principle evidence”
in the trial along with videos shot on the day. In 2015 a private prosecution of the Lamerton Hunt collapsed after an email
emerged detailing how the League’s head of enforcement had recommended the Bristol Professor as an expert. Prof Harris
noted in the email, to a solicitor in another case, that it “fortunate” that was not the route by which police
contacted him as if it had been it would have been “very damaging”.
Despite the questions over the independence of the expert, Judge Jonathan Cooper
upheld the decision to find Mr Adam guilty and ordered him to pay £11,332 in costs, as well as a £1,000 fine.
Speaking directly to the allegations
against Prof Harris, the judge told Cambridge Crown Court: “We heard that he was met with a file of material that was
said to undermine his credibility. It was most unfortunate that that file was incomplete, because an explanatory document
from a previous case had not been put before us. There was a prospect that the picture being painted may not have been as
full as it should have been. That is a matter of regret.”
The appeal boiled down to the key findings made at Peterborough Magistrates court, and Judge Cooper said: “Whatever
might have been the intentions, it degenerated into a simple matter of fact that it descended into hunting with dogs.”
Mr Adams, who joined the Fitzwilliam Hunt in 1981 and became a Huntsman
in 1984, has always insisted that the hounds only killed the fox because it had been spooked by the sabs and turned back into
the pack. But the judge rejected this claim, saying: “The dogs were not called off the chase of the fox at any relevant
point. Mr Adams exerted no effective control.”
Falconer John Mease,
who had been tried alongside Mr Adams at the Magistrates Court and cleared, said to his knowledge in 14 years of hunting with
the Fitzwilliam that was the only time that a fox had been killed by the hounds. Normally the hounds flush the fox to cover
and then he releases his eagle to kill the animal, he told the court, but he did not release his bird that day because of
the “balaclava-d sabs”.
Mr Adams was first interviewed by the police in March 2017 about the events of the New Year’s
Day hunt in a field near Wansford, Cambridgeshire in 2016 and was convicted after a trial before Magistrates in April last
See also blog by 'Accidental Activist', who was the main prosecution witness,
Sabs find 3 Counties MH hounds in cry - they pack up
11-5-19 Facebook - Bristol Hunt Saboteurs Three Counties Mink Hounds – 11/05/19 Today we joined up with
Bath and Severn Vale Hunt Sabs to pay a visit to the Three Counties Mink Hounds, after receiving a tip off that they would
be hunting around Cotheridge, Worcestershire.
checking out the area we heard horn calls and hounds in cry, which gave us their location on the River Teme. Sabs popped out
on the opposite river bank and the Hunt quickly gathered the hounds up and had a huddle before heading back to their vehicles.
We got round the
other side of the river in time to see an annoyed Huntsman leaving in the hound van. Supporters then blocked the roads to
stop us following, with no regard to other road users who were also held up.
Shortly after the hound van was seen heading to their kennels down the road in Kinnersley and we retired to the pub,
knowing that their day was done!
Mink hunting is the summer pastime of the hunting community, with only die-hard enthusiasts who
are usually out with fox or hare hunts taking part, meaning they’re particularly secretive and illusive.
Mink hunting supposedly
replaced otter hunting in the 1970s, when the species was given special protection after a massive population crash due to
pesticide use and hunting. However, they still use otter hounds and with an increasing otter and declining mink population
it is thought some packs have reverted to hunting their old quarry.
The hunters claim to support conservation efforts and help animals such as the water vole by hunting
mink, but we fail to see how a couple of dozens hounds and a bunch of people with sticks and spades trampling over and tearing
up fragile river bank habitats is in any way good for conservation. The riverside vandals are firmly on our radars this summer.
Watch this space...
Please donate to keep us in the fields! Paypal.me/bristolhuntsabs
See also report by Severn Vale Sabs
Masked S. Shrops FH supporters intimidate monitors at
Facebook - Shropshire Monitors Today the South Shropshire Hunt have stooped to an all-time low. Two monitors were subject to intimidation
and harassment whilst they were at work today. The people responsible were known South Shropshire Hunt Supporters and Staff.
Everything has been reported to the police.
All this has done is made #ShropshireMonitors more
determined to expose this Hunt for what they are and ensure we now keep a very close eye on them for this coming season. We
take this behaviour as an admission of guilt, as why would grown men cover their faces and attempt to intimidate monitors
during their work? How unprofessional and desperate of the South Shropshire Hunt.
We can assume that they are not pleased their #NationalTrust licence was revoked
for illegally hunting on the #Longmynd as one of the old men supporters mentioned the Longmynd during today’s harassment.
Surely National Trust Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd NT this bullying behaviour has now blown any chance they would
have had of getting a licence renewed for the coming season? Bit warm for woolly hats and scarves boys?
#SouthShropshireHunt #Guilty #WeGotThemRattled
Sabs stumble across Dove Valley MH digging & scare them
Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs Today whist out sett surveying ahead of the proposed badger cull a couple of our sabs stumbled on the
Dove Valley Mink Hunt who had met at Blithford Farm, North of Blithbury, Staffordshire. After spotting their well known hound
van we saw the hunt in a field, close to the road and a group of them digging at the river bank, presumably after a mink that
had taken refuge. We filmed them and this was enough to make them gather their spades and terriers and move on.
We called in reinforcements and stayed in the area to keep an eye on them but before any more sabs could get into
the area the hunt had called it a day.
If you see a similar group of vehicles parked up over the summer please contact the HSA tip off line on 07443 148426.
The Dove Valley hound van is a dark Toyota Landcruiser Reg R148 VUX and will be towing a trailer with the hounds in. If you
spot this vehicle in Derbyshire or Staffordshire please let us know. https://ko-fi.com/nottshuntsabs.
Essex County Council to debate banning hunting on its
Gazette Standard Call to ban ALL fox hunting on Essex County Council-owned land A MOTION calling for a ban on all forms of hunting with dogs on council-owned land is set to be
debated. The bid, put forward by Colchester councillor Lee Scordis, will go before Essex County Council next week.
It calls on the council to “not to allow any future trail hunting and exercising
of packs of fox hounds” on its land. Trail-hunting involves laying of a scent across the countryside which a pack of
hounds then searches for and follows. Mr Scordis’ move comes weeks after Nottinghamshire County Council voted to ban
hunts on all land it owns.
Hunting foxes with dogs is illegal in Britain, but there are a number
of exemptions which Labour councillors said were being used to get round the law. Mr Scordis, who represents Abbey ward on
the county council, said his motion had been inspired by colleagues in Nottinghamshire. He said they hoped the move would
close loopholes which the party claims hunters use to avoid the ban.
“It had been put forward by Nottinghamshire County Council, however, our motion is worded slightly differently,”
he said. “We are all passionate about animal welfare in the Labour party. It would only encompass Essex County Council
owned areas as we can only enforce that as a council.”
A number of hunt events are held across Essex each year. These include
the annual Maldon New Year’s Day hunt and in recent years the Castle Hedingham Boxing Day hunt.
Mr Scordis said it
was time for the council to get behind opposition to the Hunts from the public. “I completely abhor any type of hunting
that goes on,” he said. “Killing any animal is disgusting. I think it speaks for itself. We are passionate about
making sure the loopholes are covered on fox hunting. We have to be much more progressive - we don’t live in the 18th
century any more.”
The motion, which was seconded by Laindon Park councillor Allan Davies, will go before the council
8-5-19 Facebook - Cllr Lee Scordis - Labour Borough and County Councillor Next Tuesday I will be moving a motion
to tighten the rules on fox hunting in Essex. Fox hunting is a despicable activity and I can still not understand how someone
gets pleasure watching an innocent animal being torn apart. I hope all parties can support this.
Council notes that the hunting of wild animals with dogs is illegal under the terms of the Hunting Act 2004, except where
an exemption applies. This Council therefore calls upon the Cabinet not to allow any future trail hunting and exercising of
packs of Fox hounds on Essex County Council land.’
Sabs accuse Clifton on Teme FH after finding dug out
Facebook - Herefordshire Hunt Sabs Badger sett dig out While out sett surveying our sabs made a chilling
discovery on Easter Sunday. After finding several clear badger signs and a small outlier sett, a main sett was located only
to discover unmistakable evidence of a recent dig out.
showed that a Hunt had been in the area within the time frame of the dig out. We estimated it was about a month old; horses
hoof marks and hound prints remain clearly visible in the heavy clay soil of North Herefordshire.
The Hunt in question would have been the Clifton on Teme Hunt. At
least half the entrances on the sett show evidence of soft blocking, although most are now active again. There is a fresh
latrine nearby, so the badgers fortunately survive. The size of the dig out indicates this was for a fox that had gone to
the 2018/2019 season the Clifton on Teme Hunt have avoided sab attention for years. This is pretty indisputable proof that
they are hunting illegally. We're gutted we weren't there to intervene on this occasion but they can expect more attention
from us next season.
Land registry search shows the sett is on the boundary between two farms but we believe the landowner to be Gerald Whistance
of Wild Perry Farm. A specially built hunt jump on his land, and very close to the dig out, proves that the hunt have permission
to hunt the land. The Clifton like to boast that they have access to almost all the land in their country. Let's start
putting pressure on some of those landowners. Please contact Mr Whistance and ask him why he allows illegal hunting on his land. Be polite.
Your contributions towards our fuel costs are always
appreciated. Thank you. Ko-fi.com/herefordshirehuntsabs
Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman appeal against conviction dismissed
9-5-19 Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs Guilty verdict Ex-Huntsman of the Fitzwilliam Hunt, George Adams,
was once again found guilty of illegal hunting.
Adams and his expensive legal team demanded an
appeal and full retrial after he was originally found guilty in 2018. Today, it was ruled *again* that he hunted and killed
a fox unlawfully in January 2016.
Hunt relied heavily on the presence of an (unused) Golden Eagle with their Hunt in an effort to circumvent the law, this was
today ruled irrelevant in what has now become case law.
below - Adams [mounted] just after the kill
9-5-19 Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs Fitzwilliam conviction upheld by the courts Official Statement.
We are clearly very happy with the decision to
uphold the conviction of George Adams that we achieved back in April last year. We would like to take this opportunity to
thank the prosecution team, in particular the excellent David Matthew QC who performed admirably against the defence who persisted
in attempts to discredit the witnesses and ambushing the court with last minute legal claims and the questionable addition
of their own so-called expert witness, a computer forensics expert with no background in animal sciences.
We hope this finally signals the end of the Bird of Prey or Falconry
exemption within the Hunting Act. Other Hunts which use this loophole will now have to reconsider their options as they will
no longer be considered to be taking part in exempt hunting just by having someone with a bird of prey present. The use of
birds of prey alongside hunting with hounds is not, and never was falconry. There are serious welfare issues for the raptors
used in this manner alongside the abhorrent cruelty involved in setting 1 or 30 animals against another.
Judge Cooper, in
summing up stated; “Something significant" must change in the planning and training of the hounds and the characteristics
of Hunts in the future if they don't want to be charged with illegal hunting”.
We will continue to actively target all Hunts in an effort to stop their abuse of our wildlife
with all and every means at our disposal. The Hunting Act is in desperate need of strengthening, all the loopholes should
be closed and hunting with dogs finally consigned to history. We will continue to work towards that end but in the mean time
you will find us, and all hunt sabs standing up to defend our wildlife in the fields no matter what violence, abuse and intimidation
See also reports in Peterborough Telegraph and The Canary
Trial of Grafton FH Huntsman set to start 20th May
7-5-19 Facebook - Grafton Hunt Watch Case against Michael Francis Wills - Huntsman Grafton Hunt - Hunting a wild mammal with dogs -
Hunting Act 2004. Notice to attend at Wellingborough Magistrates Court. A trial has been arranged to take place at Wellingborough
Magistrates Court on 20 May 2019, the trial is listed for 21 May at Wellingborough Magistrate Court and 22 May at Northampton
Monitors prevent Border Counties MH from hunting
5-5-19 Facebook - Shropshire Monitors Border Counties Mink (otter) Hounds - Hit Report - 05/05/2019 They met at
10am, Manor Farm, Lea Brockhurst, SY4 on a SUNDAY!, they had a big suprise as monitors were in wait along the River Roden
to greet them. Monitors being there early, saw no trail laid, but had evidenced signs of Otters along the river. We heard
the Hunt making burring (rolled tounge) noises.
They were such a small hunt in number, with a mixture
of hounds and around 10 people. We are interested to know what they were doing? As hunting otters and mink is illegal, it
is also illegal to disturb the resting place of otters. They ran and hid away for a few hours, past Thistleford bridge and
went up the Roden to Soultan wood.
We caught up with them as they approached Aston Hall, where they
then hid and awaited a pick up. Using the footpath there, we watched them hiding and loading up the dogs. Here a very dishevelled
looking Nick Mapp as huntsman and his mate Ryan Backhouse Jones had to load bored looking hounds at only 2pm. Whilst loading
a rather unsavoury character verbally abused hunt monitors, who were filming from a public footpath. Why be so aggressive
A message to all Hunts, if you come into #Shropshire we will be there to monitor your activity.
Thanks to the independents out today with us and also a big thanks to the monitor from Cheshire Against The Cull.
2 JMs, 2 servants leave United FH after dig-out reported
2-5-19 Facebook - Shropshire Monitors VIDEO The United Pack from Bishops Castle were caught by us digging into a badger sett. They need
to now dig up 2 new masters and a new huntsman and a new whip, as we hear. Josh, Padraic, Ellie & Sophie have all left.
We have had them in front of Police in 2018 & 2019. So watch out United Pack in 2019/2020 we shall be watching.
….. 30th April - Judge to give Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman appeal verdict on Friday
….. 30th April
- Meynell FH officials & servants trial date set for
….. 30th April - LACS lists known infractions by N.T. licenced Hunts during season
….. 29th April
- Deer hunt season ends as criminal Quantock SH Huntsman retires
….. 28th April
- Fox-killing Cheshire FH Joint Master resigns post
….. 27th April
- LACS figures point up widespread illegal fox hunting
….. 24th April - Weston & Banwell FH planning application for new kennels refused
….. 23rd April
- Another stag killed by Quantock SH - at 'children's
….. 23rd April - Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman's illegal hunting appeal tomorrow
….. 22nd April
- S. Shropshire FH spokeswoman struggles to explain 'trail hunting'
22nd April - Monitor report on licence breaches & violence by
R.A. FH ignored
….. 21st April - Meynell FH rider boasts of cub hunting on social media
….. 20th April
- Cheshire FH hold emergency meeting to discuss their any problems
April - Venue will not host Puckeridge FH Ball after anti online
….. 19th April - R.A. FH rider who lied re. sabs endangering
her horse is named
….. 18th April - Walker's
account suggests Blencathra FH lied to LDNPA re. chasing fox
….. 18th April - Top Hunts' lawyer Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden
drowns while surfing
….. 17th April - LACS say season's 400 illegal hunting
reports 'tip of iceberg'
….. 17th April
- Sanctuary owner thinks starving fox cubs
were being raised to be hunted
17th April - LACS urges N.T. to ban South Shropshire FH permanently
….. 16th April - FC
staff prevent Quantock SH pursuing stag on to their land
15th April - LACS officer witnesses D&S SH 'tormenting'
stag for six hours
15th April - Antis ask MoD to ban violent R. Artillery FH from
14th April - Sabs attacked, cars badly damaged by R. Artillery
14th April - Hounds Off founder assaulted by Quantock
SH thug on public access land
….. 13th April - Quantock SH chase another
stag to exhaustion and death
12th April - CA & Cheshire PCC criticise each other over hunting review
11th April - Pevensey Marsh Beagles to close down
10th April - Six from Meynell FH charged with illegal fox hunting
….. 9th April - Garden Centre withdraws sponsorship
of Cottesmore FH Pony Club event
8th April - Monitor captures moment hunted stag shot dead by
….. 8th April - Welsh huntsman convicted over gruesome/insanitary state of kennels
7th April - Lord Middleton's son works with prosecutor who dropped
sab assaults case
….. 7th April - Stevenstone FH hunt on after fox even after warned by sabs
5th April - Waveney Harriers chase fox across road at closing
….. 5th April - Antis
think pair bagged foxes released at 4 Burrow/Beaufort FHs meet
….. 5th April - Sab film refutes claim that they endangered a hunter's horse
5th April - Quantock SH kill another young stag for 'sport'
5th April - Cotswold FH filmed trespassing on private railway
4th April - WO course at Leics police doesn't
seem to cover organised illegal hunting
….. 3rd April - Leics police recruitment ad features pro-hunt Wildlife
2nd April - Vale of White Horse FH trespass on Nat.Trust land
2nd April - Sabs upload video of Stevenstone FH fox kill
….. 2nd April - Man says saw Surrey Union FH hunting fox on/near Wildlife Trust land
2nd April - Portman FH rider who kicked horse in belly owns
the Daily Mail
….. 2nd April - Portman FH terrierman kicks sab, rider steals hat
….. 1st April - Atherstone FH supporter exposed as violent misogynist
Judge to give Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman appeal verdict
30-4-19 Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs For those followers of this page waiting for an update on the long running Fitzwilliam court case, a verdict will be delivered at Cambridge
Crown Court on Friday.
This case relates to the illegal hunting and killing of a fox by the Fitzwilliam Hunt in January
2016. The killing occurred near Elton, south of Peterborough. The Fitzwilliam
have been convicted once already over this, yet have appealed in an attempt to spend even more on court costs.
All evidence has now been heard. The judge has
retired and will consider his verdict which will be delivered on Friday. We get to wait some more.
a note to this and regardless of the outcome we would like to say thanks to the prosecuting QC who was excellent and the judge
who certainly didn't bow to any of the dirty tricks by the defence team.
Pic - Sabs guard corpse of killed fox
Meynell FH officials & servants trial date
set for August 19th
Six are accused of illegal cub hunting in October 2018
30-4-19 LACS Press Release Hunt accused of illegally targeting fox cubs Five members of the
Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt have appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court today, accused of hunting fox cubs. The
five accused entered not guilty pleas and a trial date was set for five days from Monday, August 19. Joint Master William
Tatler had a medical exemption today but also faces charges.
case follows an investigation by Derbyshire Police based on evidence captured by the animal welfare charity League Against
Sims, director of investigations at the League Against Cruel Sports, said:- “We’d like to thank Derbyshire Police
and the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing this case to court under the Hunting Act, and we will now await the outcome
of the trial.”
The six men are joint masters William Tatler and
Peter Southwell, former huntsman Sam Staniland, whipper-in John ‘Ollie’ Finnegan, terrier man Andrew Bull and
assistant terrier man Sam Stanley, face a charge of hunting a wild mammal with a dog contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting
Act 2004. The alleged offence is said to have been committed on Tuesday, October
2, 2018 in woodland near Sutton on the Hill in Derbyshire.
Before the Hunting Act was introduced, Hunts would
train their hounds to kill adult foxes by first training them to hunt and kill young fox cubs living in patches of woodland.
When the Hunting Act was introduced that practice was made illegal. The case comes 14 years after hunting with dogs was banned
in England and Wales with the introduction of the Hunting Act 2004, which came into force in February 2005. That's if
they get to trial
adds - Let us hope the trial will begin at the due date, but it will be astonishing if it does. Most
Hunting Act cases have taken well over a year to get to trial from incident date and some much longer than that. That's
if they get to trial at all, as the CPS has a habit of dropping cases before [sometimes during] trial, usually without meaningful
See also Derbyshire Live
Known infractions by N.T. licenced Hunts during season listed
30-4-19 LACS website ...Listed below are the reported incidents of Hunts trespassing onto National Trust land during the
2018/19 hunting season.
- The Horton Court Estate, Gloucestershire, has granted a license
to the Beaufort Hunt, which was filmed hunting a fox through a churchyard in the nearest village to the estate
on 17 March, showing the Hunt is operating unlawfully in its daily activities. It is clear unlawful hunting was taking place
on that day as the full pack of hounds were ‘in cry’, the Huntsman was giving short horn and voice calls - something
done to ‘egg the hounds on’ to follow the scent of a hunted animal. A number of badger setts were also found blocked
up — a common tactic used by Hunts to prevent a pursued fox from ‘going to ground’ — in a wood which
was surrounded by terriermen after the animal took refuge. It is notable that nearby Tetbury Town Council has refused permission
for the Beaufort Hunt to meet in the town centre on New Year’s Day on 10/12/2018.
The Kingston Lacy Estate, Dorset, has granted a license to the Portman
Hunt, which was witnessed by wildlife monitors chasing a fox over National Trust land in March 2017. The Hunt has
since been witnessed chasing a fox at a meet in Manston on 27/10/2018, where a badger sett was found blocked up nearby. Terriermen
– people on quadbikes whose purpose is to dig out foxes which have taken refuge underground during a hunt – were
filmed when the Hunt met on the estate on 21/11/2018. This is in direct breach of the National Trust’s licence, which
expressly prohibits terriermen and their vehicles from operating on its land during the course of any hunt meet. The National
Trust is clear that “terrier men have no place in a trail hunt”.
- The Farnborough Hall Estate, Warwickshire,
has granted a license to the Warwickshire Hunt, which was filmed trespassing on the estate on 11 November
2017, when no license was issued. It is clear unlawful hunting was taking place on that day as the full pack of hounds were
‘in cry’ and the Huntsman was giving short horn and voice calls - something done to ‘egg the hounds on’
to follow the scent of a hunted animal. Had a trail been laid the Hunt would not have gone near, let alone onto, the grounds
of Farnborough Hall. A number of recent incidents also show the Hunt is operating unlawfully in its daily activities: the
Hunt was seen chasing a fox in Hunningham on 01/11/2018 and the Hunt was again seen chasing a fox, which went to ground in
a badger sett in Admington on 03/11/2018.
Buscot and Coleshill Estate, Oxfordshire, has granted a license to the Old Berkshire Hunt, which was then
witnessed chasing and killing a fox on the estate on 17/11/2018. The National Trust launched an investigation, however no
outcome has been announced. The same Hunt was witnessed by monitors chasing a fox in Alvescot, 10 miles north of the estate,
on 07/11/2018, showing that the Hunt is operating unlawfully in its daily activities. This was on the same date the Hunt was
scheduled to meet on the estate, but switched hunt meets for unknown reasons. It is understood the incident has been reported
to Thames Valley Police.
The Penrose Estate, Cornwall, has granted a licence allowing access to Porkellis
Moor by the Four Burrow Hunt, which had on 24/11/2018 six of its hunting dogs becoming trapped for four days
down a mine shaft - resulting in one of the animals dying.
- The Woolbeding
Countryside Estate, West Sussex, granted a licence to the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt. Terriermen
– people on quadbikes whose purpose is to dig out foxes which have taken refuge underground during a hunt – were
filmed when the Hunt met on the estate on 24th November 2018. This is in direct breach of the National Trust’s licence,
which expressly prohibits terriermen and their vehicles from operating on its land during the course of any hunt meet. The
National Trust is clear that “terrier men have no place in a trail hunt”.
- The Hanbury Hall Estate, Worcestershire, granted a licence to the Worcestershire Hunt.
This Hunt was photographed chasing a fox at Goosehill Green, two and a half miles from the estate, on 7th November 2018.
- The Shropshire Hills Estate, Shropshire, has
granted a licence for two Hunts to access its Long Mynd Estate. On 10 December a fox was seen fleeing the South Shropshire
Hunt, one of those licensed, alongside terriermen being present, during a meet on the estate. On 11 December, terriermen
were filmed accompanying the United Pack, the other licensed Hunt, on the estate as well as the Hunt conducting
activities on areas outside of the licensed area.
far, the Trust has failed to give a satisfactory answer as to how they will prevent this from taking place, and what the repercussions
of these offences will be.
Facebook - National Dis-Trust We're starting a new National Trust trespass round-up for the 2018/19
- Radley College Beagles met on The Buscot and Coleshill Estates NT, documented by Severn Vale Hunt Saboteurs and Surrey Hunt
09/03/2019 - Eryri Hunt were witnessed by walkers illegally hunting on National Trust land within Snowdonia National
03/03/2019 - A Hunt was witnessed illegally
hunting on National Trust land by members of the public. More information here: tinyurl.com/y3kg3ne2.
09/02/2019 - Surrey Union Hunt trespassing in the National Trust's Cockshot Woods. Field report from
Guildford Hunt Saboteurs here: tinyurl.com/y6ql5dm4.
28/01/2019 - Quantock Staghounds (again) on
Beacon Hill. Information from Hounds Off & Somerset Wildlife Crime here & here: tinyurl.com/ycnyrwao & tinyurl.com/yau3s9mr.
- South Shropshire Hunt were trespassing on Long Mynd as reported by Shropshire Monitors & Welsh Border Hunt Sabs: tinyurl.com/ybxhp4mz,
tinyurl.com/y8pbx6b4 & tinyurl.com/ybbybwhe.
17/01/2019 - Kimblewick Hunt were on Ashridge
Estate NT as reported by Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs: tinyurl.com/ydbjrvj9.
03/01/2019 - the Melbreak Foxhounds were on National Trust land (Crag Fell,
Ennerdale). 29/12/2018 - the Blencathra Foxhounds were trespassing on National Trust land in Cumbria. Report from Lancashire
Hunt Saboteurs here: tinyurl.com/yc2dw52v.
26/12/2018 - the Eryri
Hunt were using National Trust land in Snowdonia National Park, near Beddelgert. See these updates from North Wales Hunt Saboteurs
- tinyurl.com/ycps5cey, tinyurl.com/y8gw3hun, tinyurl.com/ycohgdrk, tinyurl.com/ybnb92av, tinyurl.com/yahdr44m & tinyurl.com/ydaaotvc.
- the Cheshire Hounds illegally hunted inside Bulkeley Hill Wood, documented by Cheshire Monitors. More information here:
tinyurl.com/ybg2algl & tinyurl.com/y7dtd36q.
17/12/2018 - the Surrey Union Hunt were trespassing on National Trust land just days after
cancelling their own licensed meets to use Trust land. Footage from Guildford Hunt Saboteurs can be seen here – tinyurl.com/ycje9335.
15/12/2018 - the Ullswater Foxhounds were illegally
hunting on National Trust land in Cumbria, see this update from Lancashire Huntsabs - tinyurl.com/ycz892a6.
- the United Pack using Long Mynd, but out of their licensed area and with terriermen. See information from ourselves &
Shropshire Monitors: tinyurl.com/y865x3v6 & tinyurl.com/y9s87rok.
10/12/2018 - the South Shropshire Foxhounds hunted outside of their licensed area.
More information here: tinyurl.com/yc9s52el.
03/12/2018 - the Melbreak Foxhounds
were trespassing on National Trust land again. Information to follow.
- the Melbreak Foxhounds were observed by Cumbria Hunt Watch to be on National Trust land; please see this update from Lancashire
Huntsabs on the incident: tinyurl.com/yb4ahz5q.
14/11/2018 - the Purbeck & Bovington Beagles were rumbled by Weymouth Animal Rights
when they met in a National Trust car park ready to hunt across Trust land. Full report here: tinyurl.com/yd495fdw. You can
contact the relevant staff at Ringstead Bay at email@example.com or 01297 489 481.
10/11/2018 - the Staintondale Foxhounds were on Bay
Ness, witnessed by East Yorkshire Coast Hunt Saboteurs. Information can be seen here in four parts: tinyurl.com/y6wgwm78,
tinyurl.com/yajay3d3, tinyurl.com/y82t9ydt & tinyurl.com/y9b6mpuk. Please bring this to the attention of the relevant
Trust staff by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01723 870 423.
- the Surrey Union Hunt were at Hydon's Ball, filmed by Guildford Hunt Saboteurs & North Downs Hunt Sabs. Hydon's
Ball staff can be contacted on email@example.com & 01428 681 050. Footage here: tinyurl.com/ycso4sxr. 20/10/2018 - the Pennine Foxhounds were on Marsden Moor.
The Trust staff at this location can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or 01484 847 016. Thanks to Manchester Hunt Sabs for this one.
1/10/2018 - the Quantock Staghounds were on Trust land. Thanks to Hounds Off for telling
us about this.
19/09/2018 - the Surrey Union Hunt who were
documented by Guildford Hunt Saboteurs at Ranmore Common: bit.ly/2ppQutf. Contact email@example.com& 01306 887 485 about this and let us know what they say. Alternatively, call the head ranger
(Henry Barnard) on 07769 283 374.
- the Quantock Staghounds were on Trust land. Thanks to Hounds Off for telling us about this.
If you see Hunts on Trust land, let us know when & where (with photos if it's safe
to take some) and we'll check that they have a licence.
Please remember to keep calls & messages polite
as these incidents are the fault of the criminal hunts only, but the Trust does need to take action and let us know what they
are doing. We'll keep this post updated as & when we see what's going on.
see the National Trust trespass round-up for the 2017/18 season see here: bit.ly/2hpoRwq.
Deer hunt season ends as criminal Quantock SH Huntsman
Thankfully they could not mark
the occasion with a kill
29-4-19 Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime Today marked the end of Stag Hunting for the 2018-2019 season on the Quantocks.
the retirement of the Quantock Stag Hounds Huntsman Richard Downs. With a record of over two decades hunting the hills and
two convictions for illegal hunting, his career as Huntsman ended with a somewhat lacklustre and feeble day. With some support
furious to see us and Hounds Off, as they made puerile threats, others were simply as bemused as we were at the non-event.
To the best of our knowledge - today the stag won.
Fox-killing Cheshire FH Joint Master resigns
28-4-19 Facebook - Cheshire Against Blood Sports VIDEO Taxi for Barlow Word has reached us that Charlie Barlow the
Huntmaster of the Cheshire Hunt [left, on foot] has hung up his red coat and resigned his position.
we miss having his phone shoved in our faces … no. Will we miss him riding his horse into us... probably not.
Will we miss hearing his monotonous voice telling us “you’re trespassing”, “go back to the foot path”,
“go back to the road”, “this is private property”... well maybe a little bit, as we have an end of
season award for the best Charlie Barlow impression! Will the foxes miss him...
definitely not, he has a lot of fox blood on his hands.
We are unsure of the reasons why, maybe he is sulking
because he couldn’t wear his red coat, maybe it’s because he has grown a conscience (highly doubtful) or maybe
he just didn’t fancy seeing Cheshire Against Blood Sports or our friends the Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs in ever increasing
numbers next season... whatever the reason, good riddance.
LACS figures point up widespread illegal fox hunting
Cheshire Live Shocking scale of illegal fox hunting in Cheshire revealed - 14 years after it was banned
- New figures have shown the extent of the bloodsport in the county The shocking scale of fox hunting still taking
place in the Cheshire countryside 14 years after the bloodsport was banned has been highlighted in new figures.
League Against Cruel Sports has gathered 268 reports of illegal hunting activity and 43 reports of fox kills by hunts across
the country, from November when the season opened and now at its close. Of these, 21 of these reports took place in Cheshire.
Foxes have been chased to exhaustion across the Cheshire countryside before, on
some occasions, being torn apart in the jaws of the Hunts' hounds.
In early February, a police investigation
was launched after a fox was killed following a hunt near Nantwich.
Badger setts have also been blocked up near hunt meets to stop foxes taking refuge during the chase and horses and
hounds trespassed in pursuit of wild-animals.
The figures were compiled from the League’s Animal Crimewatch
service, which consists of reports from members of the public and from the League’s professional investigators, as well
as from evidence gathered from social media.
director of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "These figures sadly show the scale of the killing still
taking place in the British countryside by fox hunts. We know these reports
are just the tip of the iceberg, with fox hunts killing indiscriminately across the UK and lying about their bloodthirsty
activities to cover up their crimes. However, I believe the tide is turning. Political parties are now recognising the need
to take animal welfare much more seriously and put in place stronger legislation to protect British wildlife.”
An online petition was launched earlier this year
calling for Cheshire police to prosecute illegal hunters. Hunting remains
a key political issue in Westminster in terms of animal welfare, with the focus now on the need to strengthen the Hunting
Act. Animal welfare has increasingly become a vote winner with it being one of the most talked about issues during the 2017
In Parliament, concerns over the fact fox hunting is still taking place and the
sheer scale of it, are getting a lot more exposure. A parliamentary debate on wildlife crime in mid-March led to calls by
MPs from across all parties for the Hunting Act to be strengthened.
The Cheshire Hunt in Tarporley on
Boxing Day attracted both supporters and some detractors in the High Street.
It followed a recent review of the policing of illegal fox hunting arranged by Cheshire’s
Police and Crime commissioner David Keane, late last year, which highlighted the challenges posed by the current legislation,
and proposed strengthening it.
Mr Luffingham added: “The issue of animal welfare has never
been such an important issue for the public and political parties and it is becoming vital to electoral success. We are calling
for the hunting ban to be strengthened with the introduction of prison sentences for those caught illegally hunting. We need
a proper deterrent to stop the barbaric activities of the Hunts and we also need to remove the loopholes that allow Hunts
to get around the law.”
However, a spokesperson
for the Countryside Alliance commented: “Hunts are regularly subjected to spurious allegations regarding their legal
hunting activities yet packs of hounds within Cheshire operate within the law to comply with the Hunting Act 2004. These figures cannot be taken at face value since they were compiled from the League’s Animal Crimewatch service,
which consists of reports from members of the public and as well as from evidence gathered from social media. There is absolutely
no evidence to suggest these allegations are true. Even a Cheshire police spokesperson recently commented that you shouldn’t
believe everything you see on social media and confirmed that action can only be taken when evidence exists.”
Any suspected illegal hunting activity can be reported to the League’s
Animal Crimewatch service at www.league.org.uk/animal-crimewatch. Alternatively, phone in confidence on 01483 361 108 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pics above - Mangled corpses of foxes killed by Cheshire FH on the 5th and
8th January 2019.
POWAperson adds - Contrary
to what the CA spokesman says, the number of reports received by LACS emanating from Cheshire, just 21, is clearly a
tiny fraction of the illegal hunting by Cheshire's 3 fox hunts. All are frequently monitored and/or sabbed throughout
the season - including cubbing. Antis report actual or attempted illegal fox hunting virtually every time. So we are talking
about hundreds of incidents, including several recorded kills and also much illegal sett blocking and attempted dig outs.
But there is no real reason to think there is any more illegal hunting in Cheshire than in many other counties - it's
just that it has more antis able to observe and report it.
Weston & Banwell FH planning application for new
Facebook - Somerset Anti Blood Sports We have some great news it looks like North Somerset council has refused the planning application!
We couldn't be happier. Thank you to everyone that supported us on this even if we didn't submit the petition 476
signatures is amazing ! For our Wildlife always.
Another stag killed by Quantock SH - at 'children's
Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime Another stag was killed on the Quantock Hills today. The Carew Arms pub in Crowcombe hosted the ‘children’s
meet’ of the Quantock Stag Hounds this morning. No excuse. No Trail. No Science. Just bloodlust.
Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman's illegal hunting appeal
morethanjustbadgers.net Final Throw of the Dice [by Accidental Activist] This time tomorrow
I'll be at Peterborough Crown Court for what I assume will be the final instalment of what feels like the never ending
Fitzwilliam Hunt conviction saga. I've covered the story in great depth through previous blog posts so it's pointless
to go over everything again but if you want to catch up then see here, here, here and here.
I'm not really sure how things will pan out but you can never tell with Hunting Act cases in
particular and I'm sure the main chance for the Hunt overturning the conviction is the hope for a more sympathetic judge.
The simple fact is their evidence isn't going to get any better and having faced the defence's cross examination for
over 2 hours previously I wonder what they are going to come at me with this time.
George Adams [mounted], the pack and killed fox, 1-1-16
There's also the wider implications
this may have for the Bird of Prey Exemption within the Hunting Act. If the original decision of the court is upheld other
hunts which use this smokescreen will have to seriously reconsider how they operate.
Regardless of the outcome I have to be pleased we've dragged them through the courts and secured a conviction
first time round. That's a rarity in itself. From my own point of view and certainly that of everyone else who witnessed
the proceedings on the day there's no doubt of the guilt of George Adams (the now retired Fitzwilliam huntsman). I just
hope the Judge presiding tomorrow see's it the same way as District Judge John Wollard did on the original case.
In his summing up his statement spoke volumes... "You are either
taking part in Falconry, or hunting foxes with hounds. If you are taking part in Falconry you do not need a full pack of hounds
to flush the animal, you would use only 2 or 3 of a more suitable breed. Therefore I can only assume you were taking part
in hunting foxes".
adds - The wheels of the legal system often seem to grind exceeding slow, but always to move at arthritic snail
speed when dealing with organised hunting cases. The incident that, eventually, resulted in the conviction for illegal fox
hunting by George Adams, the Fitzwilliam FH Huntsman, took place on New Year's Day 2016, nearly three and a half years
ago. Illegal hunting is a summary offence, meaning it is relatively minor in seriousness and is not supposed to cost both
sides tens or even hundreds of thousands of pounds. 'Summary' justice is meant to be speedy. Another pending case
- of the five accused of Animal Welfare Act offences against tiny fox cubs at S. Herefordshire FH kennels - has not even got
to trial yet, almost three years after the case was reported to police. As the old saying goes 'Justice delayed is justice
As does 'Accidental Activist', POWAperson
wonders what 'cynical subterfuge'* the 'clever lawyers'** representing George Adams have come up with to get him off this apparent slam-dunk of a conviction. We'll soon find out.
* Words used by Judge Pert, who, in 2011, convicted
the Fernie FH Huntsman and terrierman of illegal hunting and interfering with a badger sett, to describe the attempts by them
and other hunters to convince the court that they'd been 'trail hunting'.
** A Dorset CPS spokesman once cited the face that
the CA have 'clever lawyers' as a reason to decline to prosecute a case against the Cattistock FH where the video
evidence had been provided by a highly experienced professional hunt monitor working for IFAW.
S. Shropshire FH spokeswoman struggles
to explain 'trail hunting'
22-4-19 Facebook - Shropshire Monitors VIDEO South Shropshire Hunt spokesperson Camilla Corrie explains trail laying and artificial scent
to monitors! Seems she does not know which lies she needs to tell! This Hunt have been required by LAW to be trail laying
since Feb 2004, so SSH should be able to explain.... Read more here and here.
Monitor report on licence breaches &
violence by R.A. FH ignored
22-4-19 Facebook - Wildlife Witness In 2018 we submitted to the Defence Infrastructure Organisation the following document [1st
page below]. It was a summary of observations we had made of the Royal Artillery Hunt's (RAH) behaviour in the few
visits we made to the Hunt in the 2017/2018.
highlighted a number of specific breaches of the "License to Hunt" that the RAH had committed and also contained
some recommendations to ensure that the Hunt were more transparent in their actions; a copy was sent to Wilts Police.
The police were very interested
in following up on our suggestion that we should meet with themselves, the Hunt and the DIO to discuss ways of moving forward
to ensure more openness and less need for the police to expend valuable resources to hunting related matters on the Salisbury
Plain Training Area (SPTA). Needless to say, the Hunt were not at all interested and the DIO office failed to follow up.
For too long the RA have viewed SPTA as their own playground, ignoring the licence conditions and exploiting the
DIO's inability to properly monitor their activity to carry on hunting foxes. The Hunt officials, committee and staff
all abuse their positions to unduly influence those around them and openly lie to put pressure on those in authority to act
against their opponents.
This was displayed by the official hunt "trail-layer* posting an alleged incident involving
an anti's land-rover and her horse which it emerged was entirely fabricated.
that culture of entitlement is stripped from the RAH then they will carry on flouting the law and lying to the authorities
and to the public - they are an embarrassment to the Regiment that shares its name and to the armed forces as a whole.
We will again be submitting a report on this year's activities by the RAH -
it will include evidence of plans to organise violent disorder, video of numerous breaches of the licence to hunt, video of
obstruction by their supporters, video of supporters attacking vehicles with stones and of masked thugs brought in to intimidate
and assault those who act to expose their arrogant behaviour.
For the rest of the 6 page report submitted see photos attached to Wildlife Witness's post
Meynell FH rider boasts of cub hunting on social media
21-4-19 Facebook - Staffordshire Hunt Sabs Meynell and South Staffs Hunt rider Kelly Lees openly admitting to cubbing (she obviously
didn't get the Countryside Alliance's message to call it autumn hunting). Cubbing is where the new hounds are trained
to kill by hunting fox cubs usually in a small covert, hunt riders will surround the wood [see pic below] and
scare back in any cubs that try and escape the hounds. (See Kelly's pic of the horses surrounding the wood).
Pic of 2 young females on point with the
Her comment of "we've been all over it... love it" sums up the mindset
of the Hunt. Seems a rather odd thing to do considering they claim to follow
trails and do not hunt foxes anymore...
Come August we will be out stopping the blood junkies
please support us by buying us a kofi https://www.ko-fi.com/staffordshirehuntsabs.
- Kelly Lees and friend Zoe talking about cubbing with the Meynell
POWAperson comments - Six Meynell FH hunt servants
and officials have recently been charged with illegal hunting, specifically cub hunting. The Meynell is also the only Hunt
yet to have members convicted of cub hunting - a JM and a terrierman - in August 2012. The Meynell
is, of course, very far from the only fox Hunt to continue to practise cub hunting.
Sabs find many blocked setts in Warks FH hunting areas
21-4-19 Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs Sett surveying in Warwickshire We continue to survey in preparation
for a badger cull in Warwickshire. Most of our surveying takes place in the Warwickshire Hunt's area. We are finding many
setts that have clearly been blocked by the hunt as well as healthy/active setts. We are also finding other interesting things
in their area.
We are currently surveying twice a week, any help towards fuel costs
would be appreciated. DONATE – https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs.
Cheshire FH hold emergency meeting to discuss their any problems
20-4-19 Facebook - Cheshire Monitors Cheshire Hunt finally fears it's own (inevitable) demise
Information has reached us from one of our sources that the Cheshire Hounds Hunt held an emergency meeting at The Swan in
Tarporley last Monday to discuss their woes.
He stressed quite how concerned the directors are
for their future after the worst hunt season on record, which included being investigated by police for numerous incidents
(still ongoing), having to abandon numerous hunt meets, and even being forced to abandon traditional hunting pinks (redcoats)
to avoid identification of key figures in any subsequent police investigation.
This once "mighty" Hunt are now desperately trying to think up ways to
boost their dwindling membership as those who don't want to be associated with the repeated killing of foxes drop off
one by one; they are also trying to rally volunteers to get involved in positive PR exercises in the run up to the next season.
No doubt they'll resort to the
only idea they ever have, and pull out another paltry cheque for the air ambulance service any moment now, as in previous
years (see photo from 2016), and like the equally desperate Cheshire Forest and Wynnstay hunts did recently.
Venue will not host Puckeridge FH Ball after anti online campaign
19-4-19 Facebook - South Cambs Hunt Saboteurs Thank you to everyone who pointed out to them the endorsement they provide by hosting criminals. It's
never acceptable to support, host or sponsor criminal activity.
Burloes Hall Weddings 17 April at 17:31 Following a recent on-line campaign, the Puckeridge Hunt will not be holding their ball
at our venue. We would like to stress that we are a small company which holds events for couples celebrating their weddings,
families, companies and organisations. We are not involved in any hunts.
Whilst this cancellation will impact our business, we are adamant that we will never host an event
which will put anyone at risk. We would also kindly ask all those who gave us a 1 star review to remove them as they are doing
a great deal of harm to our business. Thank you.
R.A. FH rider who lied re. sabs endangering her horse is
She is the
Hunts "trail layer" - even they put it in quote marks
19-4-19 Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs You may recall the silly rider who blocked our Landy with her horse backed into us, and then edited her
video claiming we have driven right up to here. We exposed her lies with our own edited video which you can view here. Well this is her - Samantha Bialek.
Help keep us in the killing fields by making a
donation: PayPal.me/SouthCoastHuntSabs. Any info on Hunts call the tip-off
Walker's account suggests Blencathra
FH lied to LDNPA about chasing fox
18-4-19 Facebook - Lancashire Huntsabs We were sent a link to this excellent blog by Aspen Outdoors Ltd and of particular interest is this
blog entry from August 28th 2017, where the writer is walking from Skiddaw to Blencathra and encounters a fox hunt taking
writer states - 'We descended north to a waterfall called Whitewater Dash and noticed
small groups of people looking across to the western slopes of Little Calva. Soon after we heard the yells of a huntsman’s
voice and a big pack of hounds bounding through the deep heather. Then we saw the fox; sometimes running ahead, sometimes
sitting motionless in the heather. At one point the fox reached the top of Dry Gill (a steep mountain gully on Little Calva)
with hounds in chase. Then hounds appeared from the top of the gully and cornered the fox. With amazing speed the fox ran,
hurtling back down the gully, past all the pursuing foxes. Incredibly it avoided getting caught and headed to lower ground
and out of view. I was thankful the fox got away. I’d never seen a fox hunt before and was surprised and shocked by
the drama of it.'
As the writer was describing events from the previous weekend, the
hunt must have taken place on Saturday 26th August 2017. Sure enough, the daily record sheet submitted by the Blencathra Foxhounds
for that day shows that they were indeed hunting in that same area, licensed by LDNPA. Yet the record sheet tells a different
story - 'one fox was seen on the move disturbed, but not chased' (see photo). So either there were two Hunts operating
in that area on the same day, which is unlikely as the LDNPA only licence the Blencathra to hunt there, or the other option
is that the Blencathra are lying wildlife criminals. #keepwildlifecriminalsoutofkeswick
Below - The Blencathra FH report of the day concerned
Top Hunts' lawyer Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden
drowns while surfing
Promoted strategy of injunctions to stop monitors 'harassing' Hunts
Crawley FH in disastrous 2009 attempt to injunct antis
18-4-19 Daily Mail British lawyer to the rich and famous dies in Gibraltar 'after getting into difficulty while
body surfing' - Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden, 64, was discovered by police on Wednesday - The former triathlete and army
lieutenant was reportedly visiting his daughter - Mr Lawson-Cruttenden had represented David Walliams and The Clash - Cambridge graduate had a 40-year career
specialising in harassment claims A British lawyer to the rich and famous died after he
was found in the water off of Gibraltar on Wednesday morning. Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden [left], 64, reportedly got into difficulty while body surfing off the coast of the British overseas
territory. The former triathlete and army lieutenant was hauled from the waves by traffic police after he was seen in the
water at the East Side Reclamation, by Catalan Bay.
Mr Lawson-Cruttenden had represented the Sex Pistols' John Lydon (Johnny Rotten), David Walliams,
as well as rock bands The Clash and The Blockheads in his 40-year career specialising in harassment claims...
Mr Lawson-Cruttenden conducted cases involving harassment on social
media, 'revenge pornography,' and 'passing off.' His profile on the DG Law website says: 'In his free
time he is an enthusiastic squash player and loves to swim in open water.'
A statement from the Royal Gibraltar
Police said: 'Arthur Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden, an ex-triathlete who was visiting family in Gibraltar, got into difficulties
after going body surfing at the East Side this morning, having to be pulled out of the sea by Traffic officers who were the
first on scene. 'Despite intense and protracted efforts by the officers, GHA Ambulance Service personnel and the staff
in the A&E Department at St Bernard’s Hospital Mr Lawson could not be revived.' They confirmed that Mr Lawson-Cruttenden's
body was with the coroner and said: 'The RGP wishes to convey to Mr Lawson’s family and friends its most sincere
condolences for their loss.'
LACS say season's 400 illegal hunting reports 'tip
17-4-19 LACS Press Release Fox hunting figures show the scale of the killing - Animal welfare increasingly influencing
the political agenda The shocking scale of fox hunting still taking place in the British countryside
14 years after the blood sport was banned has been highlighted by a new set of figures.
The League Against Cruel Sports
has gathered 268 reports of illegal hunting activity and 43 reports of fox kills by hunts, from November when the season opened,
and now at its close.
Hunting remains a key political issue in Westminster in terms of animal welfare, with the focus
now on the need to strengthen the Hunting Act.
Chris Luffingham [right], Director of
Campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said:- “These figures sadly show the scale of the killing still taking place in the British countryside by fox hunts. We know these reports
are just the tip of the iceberg, with fox hunts killing indiscriminately across the UK and lying about their bloodthirsty
activities to cover up their crimes. However, I believe the tide is turning, and political parties are now recognising the
need to take animal welfare much more seriously and put in place stronger legislation to protect British wildlife.”
Separately, 129 cases of fox cub hunting were received by the League
between the beginning of August and the end of October, which is when they are typically targeted. This is a practice where
the Hunts’ hounds are trained to kill in the run-up to the fox hunting season – by being let loose in woodland
to target fox cubs and literally tear them to pieces.
The figures were compiled from the League’s Animal Crimewatch service, which consists of
reports from members of the public and from the League’s professional investigators, as well as from evidence gathered
from photos and videos shared on social media.
Animal welfare has increasingly become a vote winner with it being
one of the most talked about issues during the 2017 general election. In Parliament, concerns over the fact fox hunting is
still taking place and the sheer scale of it, are getting a lot more exposure. A parliamentary debate on wildlife crime in
mid-March led to calls by cross-party MPs for the Hunting Act to be strengthened.
It followed a recent review of the policing of illegal fox hunting arranged by Cheshire’s
Police and Crime commissioner David Keane, late last year, which highlighted the challenges posed by the current legislation,
and proposed strengthening it.
Elsewhere, the Scottish Government announced plans in 2018 to strengthen hunting laws in Scotland, reducing the number
of hounds in a pack to two, and introducing measures that would prevent Hunts using the ‘trail’ hunting deception
used in England and Wales.
The National Trust has also come under pressure recently to stop issuing licences allowing the hunts to access its
land. The number of hunts issued licenses in the 2018/19 hunting season was down to 24 compared with 67 in 2016/17, due to
pressure from the League. This fell to 20 after four hunts had their licences withdrawn this season following allegations
of illegal hunting.
said:- “The issue of animal welfare has never been such an important issue for the public and political parties and
it is becoming vital to electoral success. We are calling for the hunting ban to be strengthened with the introduction of
prison sentences for those caught illegally hunting. We need a proper deterrent to stop the barbaric activities of the hunts
and we also need to close down the loopholes that allow Hunts to get around the law.”
Any suspected illegal hunting activity can be reported to the League’s
Animal Crimewatch service at www.league.org.uk/animal-crimewatch. Alternatively, phone in confidence on 01483 361 108 or email on email@example.com.
from the League Against Cruel Sports filmed hounds from the Mendip Farmers Hunt chasing a fox in the Mendip Hills in January
Sanctuary owner thinks starving fox cubs
were being raised to be hunted
17-4-19 Coventry Live Horror as tiny fox cubs found starving amid claims they were being reared for hunting - Sanctuary
founder: "I think they either escaped or were abandoned but I reckon they would have only lived for another 24 hours" Tiny fox cubs were just a day
away from dying says Nuneaton's horrified wildlife sanctuary owner who fears they were being reared for hunting.
Geoff Grewcock [right, with the cubs], of the Nuneaton and
Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, said the two six-week-old cubs would not have survived another 24 hours had they not been
rescued. "If we had not got to them, they would have died," he said. "I think they either escaped or were abandoned
but I reckon they would have only lived for another 24 hours."
What alarms him even more is the state in which they found the siblings, now named Winston and
Mabel. "They were light coloured, could hardly eat and could barely walk, they are so wobbly on their feet," he
said. I knew something wasn't right, I have been working with foxes for 20 years and have never seen them like that. "I
think they were being hand reared for fox hunting, which is just horrific. I think they were being kept in small cages, given
little to eat and not allowed to roam around. I have had a vet check them over and he thinks the same."
Geoff, who founded
the haven in Oaston Road, said he is now caring for the pair round the clock. "The
female is poorlier than her brother," he said. "Both are being fed goats milk, every two hours, through the night
as well, to help them. They are both gorgeous, I think they were being hand-reared as they are not scared of people or other
animals, that is not the behaviour of wild foxes."
He is unable to give the location of where the
cubs were found, other than 'local'. This is because the Wildlife Police are set to investigate. "We were called
out last Thursday and rescued one, then we had another call the next day to report another cub," he said. "I understand
that this is going to be investigated."
now, Geoff is concentrating on helping the cubs build strength. "Hopefully they will both be okay," he said. "It
may be that we have to keep them as they are unlikely to be able to survive in the wild."
LACS urges N.T. to ban South Shropshire FH permanently
17-4-19 Shropshire Star Group urges Trust to ban Long Mynd hunts The League Against Cruel
Sports has written to the Trust asking for the hunt never to be allowed again on land managed by the conservation charity.
In January, the Hunt had its trail hunting licence suspended after a photographs were taken by Shropshire-based protesters
of foxes escaping from hounds.
Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns at the League Against Cruel
Sports, said: “On behalf of the 85 per cent of the population who oppose the brutal blood sport of fox hunting, we call
upon the National Trust to act decisively and ban the South Shropshire Hunt from their land for good. To allow them back on
National Trust land would be a grievous error in judgement and a betrayal of the reasons for which they were suspended.”
Hunting with dogs was banned in England and Wales for 14 years, however, trail hunting
is legal and is allowed on some National Trust properties. The Trust said it involves people on foot or horseback following
a scent along a pre-determined route with hounds or beagles and replicates a traditional hunt without a fox being chased,
hunted or killed.
But Mr Luffingham said trail hunting does often end with the death of a fox. He
is also asking on other National Trust properties to ban the act on their land. “We would also call on the National
Trust to stop issuing trail hunting licences elsewhere,” he added. “Banning the hunts already suspended will undoubtedly
get the backing of a grateful animal loving British public.”
Paul Adcock from the National Trust said a decision has not yet been made regarding next season’s trail hunt
licences. The South Shropshire Hunt did not wish to comment.
FC staff prevent Quantock SH pursuing stag on to their land
16-4-19 Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime VIDEO Thanks to Forestry England, this young stag got away! Yesterday the Quantock Stag Hounds
set out yet again to hunt and kill a spring stag. We were there with Hounds Off to expose the reality of modern day stag hunting
on the Quantock Hills. Soon after the fleeing stag was filmed running across a road between the cars of supporters keen to
see the hunt. The stag entered Forestry Commission land and the Hunt and support gathered there But the FC deployed staff
to ensure the stag was not pursued on to their land – and as a result it escaped!
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- Stag fleeing across a field Right - Stag rushes across a road between hunt supporters cars
LACS officer witness DS SH tormenting stag for six
ran close by him, its eyes 'bulging in terror'
15-4-19 LACS website blog Bloodlust - the sheer brutality of stag hunts Author: Paul Tillsley - Head
of Conservation & Education I am quite relieved that, even after many years of watching hunting,
I have not become immune to the sheer brutality of the stag hunts and the bloodlust of their supporters.
was an average sort of day. I was aware that the Devon and Somerset Staghounds were meeting at a local farm at 11 o’clock
and so I was on high alert on the League’s Baronsdown wildlife sanctuary, just in case the hunt came our way.
Sure enough, at about midday hunt supporters’ vehicles started arriving on
the road adjacent to Baronsdown and I knew that some unfortunate stag in the valley opposite would be forced to run for its
life. Vehicles lined the roadside, their occupants desperate to get a glimpse of their tormented quarry.
After a while the entourage moved on down the hill, although several hunt supporters stayed up high to get a grandstand
view of the action. The hunt had moved onto the Pixton Estate and, as is often the case, everything went quiet. Hunt supporters
looked eagerly through binoculars at precisely nothing happening and at around 3:30pm horseboxes started arriving and some
of the hunt supporters began drifting away.
Then it suddenly became apparent the hunted stag had been found again and horses, quad bikes and
4x4 vehicles raced off in pursuit. The commotion caused the stag to change direction and head down the Exe Valley. I saw the
terrified animal as it ran alongside the A396 with hunt supporters pointing and shouting at it.
Hunters looking down on the fleeing stag, 11-4-19
The stag sought temporary refuge in a conifer plantation, but the hounds were brought up and the stag was made to
run again. As it made another dash for freedom the stag ran past me again, just metres away, with its eyes bulging in total
terror. The stag again tried to hide, this time in an area of scrub, but he was seen, and the Huntsman went in to move him
on and continue the chase.
There were frantic shouts as the stag ran towards a disused railway bridge and a
hunt gunman leapt up onto the bridge in an attempt to shoot it. Only last year, a hunted stag had jumped to its death onto
the road below from the same bridge. The stag ran on and burst across the A396 down to the River Exe below. The huntsman was
soon on the spot, encouraging the hounds to follow the scent. It was clear that the stag was heading back to Pixton Estate.
Then everything went quiet again. The remaining
hunt supporters sat with their vehicles on the roads surrounding the estate, while the hunt searched again for the stag. Small
children with their parents, climbed on the backs of vehicles, straining to get a view. Every so often a shout would go up
to indicate the stag had been spotted and the hounds would start barking for a few seconds. The sound of hounds ‘speaking’
always sends shivers down my spine. One old supporter shouted, “Now they’ve got ‘im!” and I despaired
that anyone could have so little empathy with a fellow being.
This continued for another hour and only the most diehard hunt supporters remained when finally,
the hunt petered out. It was after 6pm and the hunt had been torturing this stag for over six hours. I don’t know what
happened to the stag in the end, but I do know that it will have been totally traumatised and even if it did survive it may
Maybe it’s impossible to become desensitised to such cruelty, which is just as well really,
as I never want to forget what the League is fighting for. Days like this remind me why the League Against Cruel Sports is
so vital, and we will not rest until they only exist in the past where they belong.
Antis ask MoD to ban violent R. Artillery FH from their
Facebook - Wildlife Witness Please support this petition to ban the Royal Artillery Hunt from publicly owned MOD land The violence
inflicted on sabs and monitors on Saturday was pre-meditated and organised by violent hunt supporters via social media groups
with no effort by the hunt staff to stop it - in fact the Huntsman actually went online that evening to thank those who came
down and caused all the trouble. Let's put pressure on the organisation that issues the hunting licences to make a stand
and ban this hunt from MOD land.
4-19 change.org Petition - Ban the Royal Artillery Hunt from MOD land Wildlife
Witness started this petition to Defence Infrastructure Organisation Following a violent
attack by hunt supporters at the Royal Artillery Hunt's meet on 13 April 2019, we call on the Defence Infrastructure Organisation
(DIO) to suspend the licence of this Hunt to use Ministry of Defence land.
The R A Hunt have a history of breaching the terms of their licence and
have faced suspensions in the past but the DIO continue to allow this Hunt to carry on. We believe it is time, once and for
all, to put an end to their activities on MOD land.
On 13 April 2019, a number of co-ordinated, unprovoked attacks were carried out by masked hunt supporters brought
in to the area via Facebook appeals by known individuals responsible for violence and intimidation in the past.
During a series
of incidents throughout the day, anti-hunt monitors and protestors were assaulted, threatened, abused and had their vehicles
damaged. All of this was captured on film to be passed on to the DIO and to Wiltshire Police, who had been made aware in the
week before the attack, that violence was being planned via groups on social media.
R A Hunt staff and officials
did nothing to stop the violence and one senior member of the hunt staff posted on social media that evening "Thanks
to the guys who came down, the scum will never stop us".
actions of the Hunt on the day are an embarrassment to the Regiment that bears its name and to the armed forces as a whole.
It is time that action was taken by those who issue the R A Hunt their licence to use MOD land, to take firm
and decisive action to deal with this illegal activity and violence - now is the time to ban the Royal Artillery Hunt from
all MOD land.
19-4-19 Facebook - Wildlife Witness The Royal Artillery Hunt have been busy trying to muster up some good news to gloss over their shocking
behaviour last weekend, when sabs and monitors were attacked, but it won't work. If the thuggery we saw on Saturday had
taken place in a city centre or at a football stadium it would be front page news and those responsible for organising it
would be in court within hours.
Let's keep the pressure on the R A Hunt to make a public apology and to disown
and ban those taking part in the lawlessness that took place at the closing meet.
We understand that further video
will be released from other groups, this weekend showing other incidents that took place on the day. These and everything
else will be passed on to the office that issues the RA's licence to hunt on MOD land. Make no mistake, the behaviour
of the masked supporters was with the knowledge of the hunt and its officials...
Sabs attacked, cars badly damaged by R. Artillery
liquid containing ammonia sprayed in eyes - hospitalised
CPSO - the only police present - watched on & did nothing
13-4-19 Facebook - North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs VIDEO Saturday 13th April - Royal Artillery Hunt at The Old Carter Barracks, Bulford
3 weeks ago, local Scummer Jason Powell invited boys down to the RA’s closing meet to cause trouble and to have a
“rumble in the jungle” in his own words. Because of this, we were cautious, but joined by our good friends at
Weymouth Animal Rights, alongside Dorset Against Blood Sports and South Coast Hunt Sabs and West Wilts Hunt Saboteurs, we
attended to show that we aren’t scared of them.
Leaving after 11am, the Hunt and their mass of support headed north east towards Ablington Furze. Here they searched
for a fox, but didn’t manage to find anything. This would set the theme for the day, which no doubt riled the hunt support
even more. From here, Moffat zigzagged his hounds up to Hound Plantation, he would spend a vast majority of the day in this
In an attempt to lose sabs, he decided to race north up to Bake Barn where the field split, half headed back home
and the other half continuing with hounds up to Rainbow Bottom, where we found hound prints and signs of fox and badger activity.
It was at this point when we got a radio call from WAR and South Coast that support was needed urgently as their sabs and
vehicles were being chased cross country.
With a convoy of sabs and support in tow, they headed back south to Hound Plantation and then Sun Plantation. Clearly
frustrated with not being able to hide from the watchful eye of sabs, the huntsman unenthusiastically zig-zagged again back
towards Ablington Furze for yet another fox search. Again, finding nothing.
Some of the hunt thugs surrounding and attacking sab landy
Man in peaked cap is Adrian Bull
who heads the Grafton FH goon squad
Yet again, he had now changed direction, this time he took hounds south to the Ablington Penning
area where hounds went into cry, a gizmo from our vehicle was deployed. Something which clearly annoyed a pickup full of scum,
driven illegally and in breach of the Hunt’s license by Will Day [above], a Solicitor from Southampton.
Sabs raced into the area and were met with an extremely violent reaction. Our vehicle was blocked in on a public byway in
front of a community support officer. Masked-up hunt support surrounded our vehicle, destroyed a wing mirror, ripped off external
parts of the vehicle, and tried to smash in the windows with no reprimand from the lone officer. They then moved off to target
one of WAR’s vehicles which resulted in damage including a slashed tyre, ripped off number plate and smashed front grill.
Hunt support, the majority male, seemed to mainly target our female sabs today in a disgusting
and unprovoked show of abhorrent behaviour, especially given the fact that there were always male sabs with the females in
South Coast had their Landy rammed various times
throughout the day, WAR have had thousands of pounds of damage, and we have had hundreds of pounds of damage done to our vehicle.
Despite this, the police still tried to blame us for causing trouble at the end of the day and tried to make us go home.
today’s events, a complaint will be made to the Defence Infrastructure Organisation in regards to the hunt support’s
behaviour, and the Huntsman condoning that behaviour. And a complaint will be made to the IPCC, as we have been in contact
with the police all week, and were aware today would be a bloodbath but still only sent out one PCSO in a van, who was totally
out of his depth, so much so we had to wait about half an hour after we had been attacked for proper police to arrive [below].
Please help us to repair damage to our vehicle by donating to our PayPal which can
be found at PayPal.me/NorthDorsetHuntSabs.
Facebook - EmziDimitri Christoforakis Before the Hunt even met today, Dimitri was told he was
going to be killed, today he was going to die. As the day went on, they got more violent, surrounding the landy and tried
to attack sabs. They were carrying knives and slashed the tyres of the landy. These people are evil, they’re violent
thugs and they must be stopped!!!! It’s time the police did their job before someone gets killed!! More footage to follow.
18-4-19 Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs Update on the sab that had fox scent sprayed in their eyes on Saturday by disgruntled hunt scum whilst
sabbing the Royal Artillery. At the time they suffered pain and discomfort whilst idiots tried to perform a ridiculous citizens
arrest on them after the assault.
By Monday they were unable to open their eyes due to the ammonia burns received
and needed urgent treatment. They had 2 irrigations and are on a course of antibiotics. We wish them well and a speedy recovery.
also reports by Mendip Hunt Watch, South Coast Hunt Sabs, Weymouth Animal Rights, Brighton Hunt Sabs
South Coast Sabs video showing support blocking green lane is
Hounds Off founder assaulted by Quantock
SH thug on public access land
14-4-19 Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime VIDEO What have they got to hide? Hounds Off founder
Joe Hashman is subjected to rough treatment at the hands of Quantock Stag Hounds supporters who object to our efforts to expose
the cruelty of modern day stag hunting.
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just a few yards from the scene
Quantock SH chase another stag to exhaustion and death
Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime VIDEO This is stag hunting on the Quantock hills, Thursday 11th April 2019. It’s
cruelty. Plain and simple. Hounds Off, National Dis-Trust, Cheshire Monitors - thanks to all those concerned.
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Hunted stag desperately trying to shake off pursuing hounds
Hunted stag runs on, showing signs of exhaustion
stag crosses the path of a hunt rider
CA & Cheshire PCC criticise each other over
Chief Constable says Hunting Act needs a 'reckless' clause
Northwich Guardian Countryside Alliance slams Cheshire PCC over £34k hunting
review HUNT supporters have continued their war of words with Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner
(PCC) after learning the county’s fox hunting review cost taxpayers £34,000.
The Countryside Alliance, which discovered the figure under the Freedom of Information
Act, insists David Keane has an ‘obsession’ with hunting – having commissioned the independent review last
year despite just 19 of the county’s 80,000 recorded crimes in 2017 being related to Hunts.
It follows a public meeting in February
where Mr Keane discussed the review’s 11 recommendations with Chief Constable Darren Martland. Mr Keane, who is a Labour
councillor in Warrington, also suggested at the meeting that Cheshire Police could work with Hunts, landowners and residents
in future to develop event plans in a bid to maintain public safety. Tim Bonner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance,
said: “We now know that the review into the policing of hunting commissioned by Mr Keane cost £34,000, but this
is just one part of the cost of his obsession. His own office, and Cheshire Constabulary, must also have spent thousands of
pounds contributing to the review and arranging subsequent meetings. Indeed the PCC seems to spend much of his time meeting
anti-hunting groups. Worse than that, the PCC has ignored the recommendations of his expensive review and proposed a series
of other restrictive proposals which conform with his prejudices. He seems to be incapable of accepting that Cheshire hunts
are operating perfectly legally as they have been since the Hunting Act came into force. Cheshire residents must be furious
that their PCC is wasting vast sums of taxpayers’ money on political campaigns whilst crime in Cheshire rose by 32 per
cent last year.”
It was revealed at February’s meeting that Cheshire Police received
200 reports of incidents in the 2018-19 hunt season, more than 10 times the number in 2017-18. The figure for 2018-19 includes
51 alleged criminal offences, but John Dwyer – former Cheshire PCC and Conservative candidate in 2020’s PCC election
– is critical of his successor’s stance. “The PCC has ignored sound advice to instead plough ahead with
his own ideas,” he said. “The advice he received cost a lot of money to the public purse and ought to be taken
heed of. If what is reported is accurate then I think he is in danger of encroaching on operational policing matters, by getting
involved in the detail of policing hunts.”
However, Mr Keane’s attempts to bring both sides of the debate together on hunting were praised by Chf Con
Martland. He also agreed with the review’s findings that suggested the Hunting Act 2004 could be revised to require
proof of recklessness, rather than intent to kill, to make prosecutions attempts more successful.
And the PCC admits he is ‘disappointed’ the Countryside
Alliance has not bought in with his proposals for cooperation. Mr Keane said: “The issue of Cheshire Constabulary’s
policing of fox hunting was raised to my office by a number of Cheshire residents and elected representatives. In my role
representing the residents of Cheshire in scrutinising the actions of Cheshire Constabulary, it was my duty to explore this
issue further to ensure Cheshire Constabulary is enforcing the law in relation illegal hunting.
“It was only
right that this issue was investigated by an independent team that could bring impartiality to the matter. The review was
commissioned following a tendering process to ensure the review provided value for money. The actions discussed at a public
scrutiny meeting into policing of hunting have been formed following the independent review. They are intended to help all
parties act within the law whilst participating in their activity, which will result in a more efficient and effective police
service to deal with all crimes. “I am disappointed that they haven’t been welcomed by the Countryside Alliance.”
Meanwhile, Mr Keane has also been supported by anti-hunt campaigners, who suggest public opinion
is largely against hunts.
Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns for the
League Against Cruel Sports, said: “One of the key conclusions from the review was that strengthening the Hunting Act
to remove its ambiguity would likely lead to more prosecutions, and it is for this reason we are calling for these changes
to be made by parliament. Our polling has consistently shown that opposition to hunting with dogs remains high, and clearly
this is reflected by the people of Cheshire. We believe the PCC was right to conduct an independent review into how the Hunting
Act and to further scrutinise its findings, inviting the public and views from all sides to contribute.”
Pevensey Marsh Beagles to close down
11-4-19 Facebook - Hunt Saboteurs Victory! We've received news that the hare killing Pevensey Marsh Beagles
are disbanding! Hunting with hounds is suffering a terminal decline, but we'll continue to sabotage these organisations
until every pack is shut down.
Long live the hares of East Sussex!
Six from Meynell FH charged with illegal fox hunting
Accused include Huntsman, Whip, terriermen and Joint Masters
Facebook - Hunt Saboteurs Six members of the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt, including the Huntsman, a Master and terriermen,
have been charged with illegal hunting.
10-4-19 Derbyshire Times Six men charged with hunting offence in Derbyshire
Six men have been charged with offences under the Hunting Act following an incident in Derbyshire in October 2018. The six
men, named below, have all been charged with one count of hunting a wild mammal with dogs under the Hunting Act 2004.
William Tatler, 45, of Idridgehay,
Belper, Derbyshire; Sam Staniland, 31, of Sudbury, Derbyshire; John Finnegan, 33, of Pickwell, Leicestershire; Andrew Bull,
50, of Sudbury, Derbyshire; Sammuel Stanley, 25, of Needwood, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire; Peter Southwell, 60, of Great
Haywood, Stafford, Staffordshire.
The incident relates
to an alleged offence in Sutton-on-the-Hill, Derbyshire, on October 2, 2018. The six are due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’
Court on April 30.
Meynell riders briefly ride after fox bolted from wood drawn by hounds
10-4-19 LACS Press Release Hunt accused of illegally targeting fox cubs Six members of the Meynell and
South Staffordshire Hunt are appearing at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Tuesday, April 30, accused of hunting fox cubs.
The police investigation was conducted by Derbyshire Police and based on evidence captured by the animal welfare charity League
Against Cruel Sports. The six accused will put in a plea and a case management hearing will be held.
Joint masters William Tatler and Peter Southwell, former Huntsman Sam Staniland, Whipper-in John ‘Ollie’
Finnegan, terrierman Andrew Bull and assistant terrierman Sam Stanley, face a charge of hunting a wild mammal with a dog contrary
to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.
The alleged offence is said to have been committed on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in
local woodland near Sutton on the Hill in Derbyshire.
Before the Hunting Act was introduced, Hunts would
train their hounds to kill adult foxes by first training them to hunt and kill young fox cubs living in patches of woodland.
When the Hunting Act was introduced that practice was made illegal.
Sims, Director of Investigations at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “We welcome the fact that Derbyshire Police
and the Crown Prosecution Service have brought these charges against the Hunt. Our polling indicates that the vast majority
of the public oppose hunting with packs of hounds, and if proven, these allegations that the Hunt are targeting fox cubs would
The case comes 14 years after hunting with dogs was banned in England and Wales with the introduction of the Hunting
Act 2004, which came into force in February 2005.
10-4-19 Derbyshire Constabulary Six men have been charged with offences under the Hunting Act following
an incident in October 2018.
The six men, named below, have all been charged with one count of hunting
a wild mammal with dogs under the Hunting Act 2004.
William Tatler, 45, of Idridgehay, Belper, Derbyshire. - Sam Staniland,
31, of Sudbury, Derbyshire. - John Finnegan, 33, of Pickwell, Leicestershire. - Andrew Bull, 50, of Sudbury, Derbyshire.
- Sammuel Stanley, 25, of Needwood, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. - Peter Southwell, 60, of Great Haywood, Stafford, Staffordshire.
relates to an alleged offence in Sutton on the Hill, Derbyshire, on October 2, 2018. The six are due to appear at Nottinghamshire
Magistrates’ Court on April 30.
Garden Centre withdraws sponsorship of
Cottesmore FH Pony Club event
9-4-19 Facebook - Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs The Cottesmore Hunt Pony Club Gates Garden Centre Eventer Trial 2019 - Sponsored by Gates Garden Centre
FB: https://www.facebook.com/GatesGardenCentre/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pony Clubs are an essential
part of fox hunting, not only providing financial support, but also making future generations to believe that chasing and
killing wildlife for sport is acceptable.
Hunts hold special pony club meets, often in school holidays, where
pony club members are welcomed along and encouraged to become part of the Hunt. It’s
time they unsponsored historical events. Boycott gates garden centre and tell them you are doing so.
9-4-19 Facebook - Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs Gates Garden Centre - Thank you for making the right decision for the wildlife. Thank you to everyone
who’s left a comment shared the post and taken time out to do so. Note - The Cottesmore hunt are wildlife criminals.
Their historical pastime isn’t liked by the majority of people.
Monitor captures moment hunted stag shot dead by Quantock
After 2 hour hunt, riders needed only
to walk horses to keep up with stag
8-4-19 Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime Smoke from the gunshot that killed a beautiful and healthy stag yesterday. Full film to follow.
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Pics below - Collage of pics from the hunt
The story of the kill -
a 2 hour chase, the stag is reduced to barely more than a walk
pursuing rider need only walk his horse to keep up with the tired stag
Left - Stag akes one last desperate run Right - Spent, stag collapses to the ground
Left - Rider on left dismounts to shoot stag Right - Dead
stag loaded on to quad bike
Welsh huntsman convicted over gruesome,
insanitary conditions at kennels
8-4-19 Western Telegraph Rotting carcases, maggots and flies at Carmarthen hunt kennels
A Carmarthen huntsman has admitted a range of animal by-product offences including allowing chickens to roam on bloodstained
floors, keeping overflowing bins of dead animals and bones, and leaving calf carcasses on the floor in the processing area
of a centre he was operating from.
William Pinkney [right], who is also a knackerman, pleaded guilty to 16
offences at Llanelli Magistrates Court and was handed a 12-month community order and must pay over £2,195 in costs in
a prosecution led by Carmarthenshire Council.
court heard that the 42-year-old who operates a collection centre for fallen stock at the Carmarthenshire Hunt Club Kennel
premises on Llysonnen Road – where he also lives – is authorised to collect and receive fallen stock of farmed
animals. He is also authorised to feed certain parts of the animals to the hounds living on the premises.
He admitted to magistrates
keeping calf ears and heads in unlabelled bins, and not removing specified risk material (SRM) from a pile of calf carcasses
– all SRMs must be removed and stained or marked with patent blue V and not mixed with other animal by products (ABP).
also admitted feeding hounds with contaminated material SRM, allowing chickens to feed off partly burnt carcasses and letting
horses have access to manure heap containing animal bones.
He pleaded guilty
to not keeping up to date feeding records for the hounds, failing to keep current records of collected or delivered animal
carcasses, operating the collection centre and feeding animal by products to the hounds after being served a prohibition notice,
not labelling blue wheelie bins containing unstained bones correctly and keeping ABP bins outside overflowing and full of
rotting carcases [below] surrounded by a large number of maggots and flies. Also, bins were not closed properly leaving
bones scattered around the floor area allowing wild birds and animals access to them.
mitigation Pinkney’s solicitor said that his client had reduced the number of fallen stock he deals with at the premises,
and that he has spent money to make sure the premises is compliant. His solicitor claimed that when Pinkney took over the
business he had inherited the issues on the site and that he was sorry he hadn’t been able to resolve them sooner.
also told to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and pay £85 victim surcharge.
executive board member for public protection, Cllr Philip Hughes said: “This has proved very costly for Mr Pinkney who
was aware it was his responsibility to ensure all guidelines were followed. "Controls on animal by-products are there
for a very good reason and protects against any potential risks to both human and animal health. I’d like to thank our
animal health officers who were faced with some gruesome scenes during their investigation.”
POWAperson adds - POWA has been told that Simon Hart, former CEO of the
Countryside Alliance and who presided over the Hunting Declaration, allegedly signed by over 50,000 hunters and followers
pledging to disregard any law banning hunting live quarry, and
who was elected MP for Pembrokeshire FH and Carmarthen West in 2010, still sometimes rides out with the Carmarthenshire FH
as well as the South Pembrokeshire FH. He is also on a £30k annual retainer from the Countryside Alliance in addition
to his £75k salary as an MP.
Lord Middleton's son works with prosecutor
who dropped sab assaults case
7-4-19 Facebook -Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs Many of our followers will remember the case of the four Middleton riders who were cleared of assaulting
sabs after the CPS prosecutor decided to offer no evidence, despite over twenty minutes of footage showing the attack - Daily
Mail article here.
You will also remember that on 27th March a young sab was assaulted
at the Middleton Hunt. All the sab was trying to do was hand the body of a hare over to police as evidence of a crime committed
by the Middleton Hunt.
James Willoughby, Lord Middleton's son, decided to snatch the hare in front of the cops (perverting the course
of justice) (behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace). As sabs tried
to retrieve the hare's body Richard Hoggard, head gamekeeper on the Birdsall Estate decided to run to his Master's
side and steal a sab's horn. When the sab grabbed his horn back the bell end assaulted the sab. Daily Mail article here.
IS AN IMPORTANT THING TO BEAR IN MIND. Lord Middleton's son works for the same law firm as the CPS prosecutor Laurie Scott
who collapsed the trial against the Middleton Hunt riders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So too does Edward Ledgard, who's family own
Scampston Hall, a regular and prestigious meet of the Middleton Hunt!!!!!!!!!!!
Please let Dere Street Barristers know what you think about their conflicts of interest.
Stevenstone FH hunt on after fox even after warned by sabs
Supporter allegedly tried to run down a lone female sab
7-4-19 Facebook - North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs 06/04/19 , Stevenstone Hunt – Merton After their show of disregard
for the law by killing a fox last Saturday, NDHS, along with Weymouth Animal Rights and Kernow Sabs, saw it only fair to team
up and travel to Devon as a show of solidarity for Devon County Hunt Saboteurs for what they had to witness last week. From
the meet, the Hunt set off north east up to Hillies Wood. But of course, in true hunt style, they travelled there via a busy
road, using both lanes as they did so. Not finding anything, they moved on.
Exiting north of the wood onto the
road, the Hunt were surprised to find us and Kernow waiting for them. It seems they weren't expecting us and they quickly
doubled back into the wood. They then spent a little while going in circles probably trying to work out a new plan for the
day, while still putting on a show for their support.
Sabs say this supporter tried to run down a lone female sab
Having not picked up a scent in this wood, the Hunt headed south into the area of Merton Mill and
picked up a fox. After a little while we heard hounds in cry back in Hillies Wood and sabs ran in. Quick thinking by our driver
meant that we could arrive just as a fox crossed our path, Sabs laying low to let her pass. Hearing hounds and the Huntsman
clearly encouraging them on, we jumped back up and saw hounds directly onto where the fox had been. Sabs sprayed the area
and rated hounds off with voice calls.
The Huntsman gathered the hounds back up and headed north in search of land to hide
with limited access to sabs. They chose Huntingham Wood. Our landy got as close as possible but hunt support decided it'd
be a great idea to block us in so sabs went in on foot instead. From the Landy, our Sabs saw a fox run along the eastern edge
of this wood. With the foot team also sighting the fox, they allowed him to cross the track east of Great Potheridge, spraying
With support also seeing this fox, they encouraged
hounds on but sabs were quick to spray the scent and rate the hounds. The Huntsman soon came along and blatantly continued
to hunt hounds on calling 'hunt him' even when he'd been told very clearly that a fox had been seen and that he
needed to call hounds off to avoid breaking the law. Instead they headed straight in the direction that the fox had gone into
Gowman's Cleave Wood.
Supporters standing on roof of cars to try to see hunt
Support got aggressive at this point and a 4x4 was driven at a lone female sab. We returned to the
vehicle and, due to the increasing aggression and being blocked in, police were called, and rather surprisingly, turned up
on blue lights rather quickly.
Not wanting us to remain in an area
where a fox was seen hunted, they finally let us leave and, with other foot groups getting into position, we headed north
of the area in anticipation that they head that way. Luckily they lost the scent and the Hunt moved on.
Trying to get back onto the line, they were taken back to Gowman's Cleave Woods and then east of Pinkhill Farm.
Another fox was spotted running for its life away from the area of Poundcleave Wood and, thankfully, hounds didn't follow.
The Hunt then moved back to Gowman's Cleave Woods were hounds
went into cry and sabs once again were there to call them off, this time with all of our assets; voice calls, gizmos and horns.
They raced off westerly with some sabs managing to stick with the fast moving hounds. Other sabs remained in the area and
were pushed and shoved in true knuckle dragger fashion.
Once again, this
was another meet that we would not have been able to go to without attending in another group's 4x4, huge thanks to WAR
for accommodating us. This season our sabs have been out every single week for 8 months straight and we desperately need a
suitable vehicle of our own so that we can be even more effective in saving lives in the future.
Without Sabs there today, at least 3 foxes would’ve been killed. We don’t believe there
was any kills, but the huntsman did disappear from the sight of sabs for roughly 45 minutes. During this time, the pack was
split and most of the time was spent gathering the hounds. But we can’t be sure.
If you can help financially, please consider sharing
and donating towards our vehicle fund which can be found at the top of the page or at: www.gogetfunding.com/north-dorset-hunt-sabs-vehicle-fund/. We also have a PayPal link, which again, can be found at the top of the page. As always, a huge heartfelt thank you for
all your continued support.
Pics below - Left, the Goonsmobile Right,
this redcoat claimed he wasn't following the hunt!
Waveney Harriers chase fox across road at closing meet
Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs VIDEO The second of our two belated hit reports from the end of the
season Waveney Harriers – 9 March 2019, Ellingham Hall, Ellingham, Norfolk
the Easton Harriers finished for the season, it was time to visit the Waveney Harriers again, for what we hoped would be their
last meet too. We were joined by friends from Croydon Hunt Saboteurs.
With the motions of a trail being laid [above] and
a bird of prey present (which as per usual spent most of the time in the box on the back of the quad bike), we watched with
interest to see how the hounds were going to know which style of hunting they were supposed to be doing this particular week.
Sadly, it became evident very quickly, which style of hunting was being carried out.
Fox fleeing hounds
With the focus pretty much just on two woods (Hales Hall Wood and Eight Acre Plantation)
and with too many animals to count dashing out of the woods (see photos), it was only a matter of time before the hounds made
chase. Just before 2.00 pm we watched riders sitting on point for several minutes on the edge of Eight Acre Plantation. With
no bird of prey present and the hounds in full cry deep in the wood, it was evident to us that illegal hunting was taking
Hounds close behind the fox
At 2.10 pm a fox made a desperate dash from Eight Acre Plantation, ran the line of
the edge of the wood, crossed the road in front of us and ran through the farm yard of Hall Farm. The hounds were just seconds
behind the fox. The hounds were slowed a little by the fact that they took longer to get through the hedgerow than the fox
did. We are hopeful that the fox escaped, but we cannot be sure.
Hounds try to chase the 'trail' through a thick hedge
Clearly rattled by
the fact that we had been in the right place, at the right time, and had witnessed the chase, the usual hunt riders’
mobile phones started appearing. At 2.45 pm the Hunt was on the way back to meet. Just as we were about to leave to go home
however we noticed a rather large Police presence We just hope the taxpayers of Norfolk are impressed.
Check out the video to see how many officers turned up.*
With the season now at an end, we
would like to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful supporters for everything they have done to help us throughout
the 2018/2019 season. We cannot do what we do to help the wildlife without the support that we receive. We want you to know
that every single penny you donate and every single bit of information you provide us with, is invaluable to us. The wildlife
say a big “THANK YOU” and so do we. https://ko-fi.com/norfolksuffolkhuntsaboteurs.
* I counted 7 cars, POWAperson
think pair bagged foxes released at 4 Burrow/Beaufort FHs meet
Facebook - Kernow Sabs, Monitors and Animal Rights Team VIDEO Hit Report – Tues 19th March 2019 – Caerhays
Castle – Four Burrow Hunt with guests the Beaufort Hunt We discovered that the Beaufort
Hunt were heading to Cornwall for the week and joining Four Burrow Hunt on the Tuesday and East Cornwall Hunt on the Thursday.
We couldn’t get a full team out until Thursday (hit report to follow) so not wanting to let them go unchecked three
of our determined sabs went incognito to monitor their activity.
The team arrived at Tregavarras to the East of the castle and headed out onto the footpath when
the hunt were spotted leaving the castle estate and heading towards Forty Acre Wood, much earlier than anticipated. All of
a sudden the hounds started talking and we caught sight of two foxes and just a few hounds in the field across the valley.
The foxes looked disorientated and hounds weren't piling in as we would have had expected them to. To our astonishment
and relief the foxes got away and a few of the hounds fussed around and left with the rest of the pack following a line up
towards Trevornick Farm and out of view, the whole time being encouraged by the hunt staff which can be heard on the video.
Its difficult to see but the little black dots shown by the arrow were the foxes. The situation seemed a bit off somehow so
we have suspicions that they may have been bagged foxes, released on purpose to give the visiting Hunt a good show. No way
of knowing for sure sadly.
They then proceeded to draw the valley near Brownberry Wood and Tubbs Mill, watched from a distance by the team from
the church and Old Park Wood area. The hunt continued through the Great and Little Polgrain area but we couldn’t keep
up and lost any decent views so eventually had to call it a day. We didn't hear the hounds going to cry again but we were
some distance away so can’t be certain.
Castle, a regular meet for Four Burrow hunt, is owned by the Williams family who also own Burncoose nurseries and Scorrier
Estate, who’s land houses the Four Burrow kennels. Caerhays also proudly runs shooting events, with much of the area
given over to pheasants, bred to be shot by pathetic men with big guns and small... so foxes along with other wildlife are
not welcome visitors. There are also historical family ties to Werrington Park near Launceston, a hunt venue for the Lamerton.
We found it ironic and disturbing that Caerhays was used as a venue for Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s “Wildlife Celebration”
last May given the clear hatred of wildlife that they hold.
Sab film refutes claim that they endangered
a hunter's horse
R. Artillery FH rider blocked lane then backed horse to stopped landy
5-4-19 Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs VIDEO The 'fake news' Facebook page 'Hunting for truth' posted an edited
video here. They clam we had put this rider and horse in danger by driving at speed at her. Our full video shows it was the rider who
put the horse in danger and only our calm reaction made sure nothing happened. She blocks out path on purpose then attempts
to back the horse into the stationary Land Rover while videoing. Her posted video only shows when the horse is close, not
the preceding events.
Rider walking horse into path of sab landy
Those who want to kill animals will not shrink from lying about their actions, they care nothing
for wildlife or their horses. Help keep us in the killing fields by making a donation:- PayPal.me/SouthCoastHuntSabs. Any info on Hunts call the tip-off hotline: 07443148426.
Quantock SH kill another young stag for 'sport'
5-4-19 Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime VIDEO One of these stags never saw the light of another day - Stag Hunting with the Quantock Stag
Hounds, 1st April 2019 The National Trust holds the key to protecting our deer by enforcing
their own ban! The time to deliver on your promise is now!
If you support what we do and would
like to help with costs, please and thank you! http://ko-fi.com/somersetwildlifecrime - Also https://ko-fi.com/A0A258OD.
- Left, two spring stags put up by the Hunt run away from the pair of hounds. The Hunt had previously crossed
N. Trust land Right, Shortly afterwards, riders and hounds, on the line of the stags, pursue them
POWAperson adds - All hunting for 'sport' is cruel, almost by design.
But I have long found deer hunting with hounds the most disgusting of all. The process is just so prolonged and relentless.
With a full pack, which the Quantock SH still sometimes use, pretending to be 'trail hunting', this can last for over
seven hours. I was present as a monitor at two such extended hunts in the 1990s. The average hunt length is around 3 hours.
3 hours of ever more lung-busting, increasingly terror filled over exertion with the baying hounds, the riders and their ghoulish
support on quads and motor cycles, all intent on the spectacle of the deer's death. The Quantock SH here were using just
two hounds, as the Devon & Somerset Stag Hounds have been doing for years.
thanks to the slack wording of Schedule 1.9 of the Hunting Act 2004, is LEGAL. This is the 'Research and Observation'
Exemption which allows hunting of any mammal with 2 hounds so long as they are not allowed to injure the quarry. Deer
hounds are trained not to do that anyway, but rather to bring the deer to 'bay' when it can run no longer,
so that they can be approached by a hunter and shot dead.. The DSSH pretend they are conducting some sort of never ending
research project, the results of which are never published, but they need not bother because the clause, absurdly, allows
hunts in this form purely so they can 'observe' them. Any normal person would I think, have the same reaction
to observing such a hunt as I did. That to see a beautiful, vibrant, healthy animal turned into a stumbling wreck
by hours of pursuit, then surrounded by howling dogs and shot in the head is pitiful, ghastly and distressing
- and that those who happily inflict such a fate on the deer must be psychopaths.
Cotswold FH filmed trespassing on private railway
5-4-19 Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch VIDEO Cotswold Hunt feel free to hunt on the Gloucestershire
Warwickshire Steam Railway...
POWAperson adds - this was on 25-3-19. CIWH have reported the trespass to the railway company.
Huntsman and hounds leave railway - but 2 followers still there
WO course at Leics police doesn't
seem to cover organised illegal hunting
4-4-19 Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs #OperationBlackthorn Last week Leicestershire Police hosted the national
wildlife crime officers course and as a result have trained up some new wildlife crime officers. Leicestershire Police do
not have a good record when it comes to wildlife crime officers. Two Leicestershire Police wildlife officers have been outed
as having links to their local fox hunts. Three years PC Sharon Roscoe had to step down as a wildlife officer after it was
revealed she rides with the Belvoir Hunt. Last year it was revealed wildlife officer PC Rob Cross not only has personal links
to both the Atherstone Hunt and the Fernie Hunt but also retweeted an article in favour of repealing the Hunting Act.
During the course they learnt about lamping and hare coursing but no mention of hare hunting with beagles or fox
hunting with hounds. This season Leicestershire Police didn’t bother to attend many meets of the Atherstone Hunt and
when they did they refused to even get out of their cars to gather any evidence of illegal hunting. (https://youtu.be/q7GgXL5dykc). Once we challenged them on this we never saw them again for the rest of the season.
Leics police recruitment posters feature pro-hunt Wildlife
Facebook - Atherstone Hunt Watch Leicestershire Police are recruiting and are encouraging people from all walks of life to apply from
gamekeepers to young farmers. The post includes a picture of young farmer / wildlife officer PC Rob Cross who not only has
personal connections to both the Atherstone Hunt and the Fernie Hunt but has in the past retweeted a post about repealing
the Hunting Act.
Don’t worry about your personal bias or potential conflicts of interest there’s
a job waiting for you at Leicestershire Police. Support fox hunting? Why not become a wildlife officer? https://www.facebook.com/leicspolice/.
Vale of White Horse FH trespass on Nat.Trust land
2-4-19 Facebook - National Dis-Trust is with Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch VIDEO On 9th March, the Vale of White Horse Hunt were filmed trespassing
on the National Trust's Sherborne Estate by Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch. Trust staff then confirmed this had happened
in an email dated 15th March. Interestingly, the Vale of White Horse are licensed to use a separate Trust property - the Buscot
and Coleshill Estates NT.
The staff at Buscot & Coleshill Estate have chosen to completely ignore us after the Old Berkshire Hunt killed
a fox on their land on 17th November 2018 (also filmed by Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch - tinyurl.com/y7yvkmsk) but it might
be worth asking them if they will continue to licence the Vale of White Horse next season since they are trespassing on land
that their colleagues manage. You can [politely] contact them on email@example.com or 01793762209.
The licence details for the Vale of White Horse Hunt to use the Buscot & Coleshill Estate can be seen here: tinyurl.com/y34vp8jn.
Many thanks to Cirencester
Illegal Hunt Watch on keeping us updated. Please support them here: paypal.me/cihwatch.
Sabs upload video of Stevenstone FH fox kill
Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs VIDEO Warning - Distressing footage On Saturday the Stevenstone
Foxhounds killed a fox on the edge of Torrington. This video shows the lead-up and the kill, so viewer discretion is advised.
We are always in two minds about publishing such distressing footage, but think it's important that people can see what
foxhunting really looks like. These are the images the Hunts don't want you to see.
Hunt in full flow - sab drone footage
In the footage you can see Stevenstone Huntsman Andrew Head encourage
his hounds into a large patch of dense brambles, a natural place for foxes to lie up during the day and definitely not somewhere
anyone could have laid an artificial trail. He uses 'tongue-rolling' to try and disturb a fox. One of the hounds finds
a fox and before sabs are able to get to him the rest of the pack have piled in and killed the fox. The fox was disembowelled,
bits of his face were ripped off and in the footage you can see hounds running around with bits of fur and flesh hanging out
of their mouths.
One of the sabs - a visiting Brighton sab - was bitten by hounds on her hands and wrists as she
wrenched the still-twitching body of this beautiful young fox away from them. The Huntsman who was stood just metres away
made no attempts to call hounds off at any point during the kill. The hunt acted as if nothing had happened and carried on
Sabs try to wrench the fox [on left] from hounds
Make no mistake:
this is not an 'accident'. This is what happens most days of the week during the hunting season under the guise of
'trail-hunting'. The kill has been reported to police, but we are not hopeful anything will be done about it. Time
and again, people say to us "I thought foxhunting was banned". It was, but none of the Hunts we've ever sabbed
obey the law.
Pics above - Left, Sabs have wrestled fox from hounds
Right, Sab cradles dead fox
We do our best to
save lives. Kills are very distressing for sabs to witness, but these scenes are why sabs are needed and why we will never
We are nearing the end of the hunting season but
preparations are already underway for next season and our activities over the summer. We need to replace some of our equipment,
particularly maps, SD cards, cameras with smashed screens, drone batteries etc., and our vehicles need some TLC. We have recently
brought our Land Rover 'Alice' back on the road, following very expensive repairs. If you can spare any change to
help us cover these costs, you can donate via https://www.paypal.me/dchs.
find out more about how you can get involved in what we do, or to send us confidential information, contact us on 07717473305,
via Facebook or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org .
Daily Mail Hunt saboteurs wade into pack of baying hounds and try to
stop them killing a fox but can only retrieve its mauled body - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs film hunt - One
saboteur is bitten as she retrieves the dead fox from some 20 howling dogs - They claim the nearby huntsman made no attempts
to call off his hounds This is moment a group of hunt saboteurs wade in to a huge pack of dogs
to rescue the mauled body of a fox. When the unrelenting hounds continue to bite the animal despite the screams and shouts
of the Devon County Hunt Saboteurs, one woman pushes into the circle and retrieves the dead fox. She is bitten on her hands
and wrists as she wrenches the 'still-twitching' body from some 20 baying dogs.
The hunt saboteurs said they recorded the dramatic footage
at a farm outside Torrington, Devon, on Saturday afternoon, involving Stevenstone Hunt hounds. They posted: 'The fox was
disemboweled, bits of his face were ripped off and in the footage you can see hounds running around with bits of fur and flesh
hanging out of their mouths. 'The huntsman who was stood just metres away made no attempts to call hounds off at any point.'
Stevenstone FH pack savaging the fox
The video begins
with the saboteurs standing in a wooded area next to a few of the hounds. A sudden barking is then heard from the next field
and the dogs next to the saboteurs sprint through the bushes towards it. The woman wearing the head-cam runs to the gate and
jumps a wire fence into the field where the howling dogs are now huddled in a tightly-packed circle. One of the saboteurs
repeatedly roars at the pack to 'leave it!' while the barking dogs attack the fox.
When a saboteur finally manages to pluck the motionless animal from the group and cradles it in her arms, the dogs
continue to bark and one jumps up to try and snatch it back. The team then yell at the foxhounds to 'get out' and
then they begin to shout at the nearby rider to 'call them off', which he eventually does. After the dogs retreat,
the saboteurs are visibly shocked at what they have just witnessed, and one of them says 'we did everything we could'.
Hounds after the mangled fox has been taken from them
A spokesperson on behalf of the Stevenstone Hunt said: 'The Stevenstone
Hunt operates within the law to comply with the Hunting Act 2004. 'The Hunt are aware of an incident occurring on Saturday
30th March which we believe was solely due to the presence of anti-hunting protestors who were interfering with the hounds.
If there is any evidence to suggest illegal hunting has taken place then it should be reported and investigated through the
correct channels. Hunts are in regular contact with the police on hunting days and are happy to help with any investigation.'
Deadline News Hunt saboteurs risk life and limb wading into pack of baying hounds to retrieve body of fox
SHOCKING video shows hunt saboteurs risk life and limb by wading in to a huge pack of excited dogs to rescue the
mauled body of a fox. One of the saboteurs is bitten on the hand as she battles to retrieve the mangled corpse from a densely-packed
circle of around 20 baying hounds. The incident happened at a farm outside Torrington, Devon, on Saturday afternoon and was
posted by Devon County Hunt Saboteurs.
posted: “One of the sabs – a visiting Brighton sab – was bitten by hounds on her hands and wrists as she
wrenched the still-twitching body of this beautiful young fox away from them. The fox was disembowelled, bits of his face
were ripped off and in the footage you can see hounds running around with bits of fur and flesh hanging out of their mouths.
The Huntsman who was stood just metres away made no attempts to call hounds off at any point.”
The video shows the hunt saboteurs racing towards the howling pack of hounds. The
saboteurs can be heard shouting “leave it!” repeatedly as some 20 barking dogs all begin to tug on the dead animal.
Another saboteur can be heard shouting “get out! Call them off!” as they scream at the hunter watching metres
Tracy Bravey responded online: “Sorry I cant watch… I know what happens. I’m so upset and f******
angry at these vile a*******s. Heartbreaking for sabs to witness.” Maureen Jennifer Ryan added: “Oh my god this
is absolutely sickening all those dogs on one fox this has to stop.” Julia Lewry wrote: “They really are the cess
pit of the gene pool!” Alison Graham Lindsay said: “So sad, poor fox it’s heartbreaking. As an animal lover
and dog owner it saddens me to see dogs trained to kill and never knowing kindness and love. The whole thing is cruel and
barbaric.” Penny Hall added: “Sickening, I could not watch it all. How brave of the sabs to get right in amongst
the hounds to rescue the fox. I just wish the outcome had been different.” Terri Brooks wrote: “I feel so bad
for those hounds. They visually seem confused. They thought they’d done a good job and they are being shouted at (rightly
so). Poor animals.”
Also reported in the Daily Mail
says saw Surrey Union FH hunting fox on/near Wildlife Trust land
2-4-19 Surrey Live Allegation of illegal hunting on SWT land near Ockley under investigation The fresh accusation follows a previous claim of illegal hunting by the group at
the end of last year Police are looking into another allegation of illegal hunting after a member of the public said he
saw Surrey Union Hunt operating near Ockley.
The hunt group has
been accused of killing a fox near Peaslake and Ewhurst on December 1, 2018, after Guildford Hunt Saboteurs shared disturbing
images of a dead fox last year. At the time, Surrey Union Hunt said the group operated within the confines of the Hunting
Now a man, who wishes to remain
anonymous, claims he saw the group hunting illegally at or near Surrey Wildlife Trust's (SWT) Candy's Copse woodland
on Wednesday, March 13, at about 3pm.
Surrey Police confirmed: "We
are aware that an allegation of illegal hunting has been made and are looking into the matter, however we are yet to determine
if there has been any offence. If there is evidence of illegal hunting Surrey Police will conduct an impartial and rigorous
investigation to ascertain the full facts."
Portman FH rider who kicked horse in belly owns the Daily
He is the 4th
Viscount of Rothermere - and is a billionaire
RSPCA say kicking horse OK as
they kick each other often
2-4-19 Facebook - Dorset Against Blood Sports VIDEO Portman Hunt Rider The 4th Viscount Of Rothermere Jonathan Harold Esmonde Vere Harmsworth
shows us exactly how to control a horse We have been waiting to release the name of the
Portman rider in the footage teaching us how to control a horse because we were expecting the RSPCA and police to be following
up with an investigation and charges. However both Dorset police and the RSPCA have stated that there will be no charges due
to the fact that this man's actions are acceptable. Dorset Police were advised of this by the RSPCA and a local vet.
Which of course leaves us free to release his name as he has done absolutely nothing
So, if you are a horse rider and looking for ways to control your animal please
feel free to give it a sharp kick to the underbelly. The RSPCA stated that this treatment is absolutely fine as horses kick
each other all the time so please, please, please... just kick away. By the same thinking if your dog is misbehaving please
feel free to bite its face as this is something they do to each other all of the time.
Just in case you
were wondering who this chap is... he is the owner of the Daily Mail and worth just over a billion pounds. The paper was started
by his great grandfather Harold Sidney Harmsworth, the 1st Viscount of Rothermere. During the 1930's he was known to be
a supporter of Nazi Gerrnany. He cultivated contacts to promote British support for Germany. In 2013 Private Eye reported that Viscount Rothermere falsely claims non-dom status in order to avoid paying tax
on his stately home. A move that would save him several millions of pounds in tax annually. He owns his media business through
a complex structure of offshore holdings and trusts.
He was a supporter of David Cameron and in January
2017 the BBC's Newsnight reported that the former Prime Minister had approached Lord Rothermere to sack Euro sceptic Paul
Dacre the editor of the Daily Mail. RotHermere refused to confirm or deny this but a spokesman for David Cameron confirmed
that he had tried to convince both men over the vote.
reason that Dabs and the other animal rights groups need everyone's continued support is that when it comes to fox hunting
we are up against both people of power and thugs from the bottom of the pond. We are dealing with people that can throw away
more money than we will ever see and scum that have nothing to lose as they are supported by people like Lord Rothermere.
It would be ironic if this man owned the Portman hunt kennels would it not.
will be posting a few videos from the season shortly that not only show a complete lack of regard for the law but also a complete and utter hatred for people that disagree with their blood lust. We will
also be posting a video of the Portman hunt riders openly discussing the foxes they were chasing, just in case you were in
any doubt about what they have been up to this year.
Portman FH terrierman kicks sab, rider steals hat
2-4-19 Facebook - Dorset Against Blood Sports VIDEO Portman rider steals Sabs hat and terrierman puts in the boot Frustrated
that Sabs had once more turned up in the right place to foil their fox hunting a Portman Hunt rider (Whipper-in we believe)
rides at a sab and steals their hat. In the following moments, a terrierman kicks out at the sab and then the rider can be
seen taunting the sab with the hat.
Rider [the Whipper-in?] trying to steal sab's hat
Hunt support were out
in full force as it was the final Saturday of the season and the support included convicted poachers and well known thugs.
Rider waves the stolen sab's hat in triumph. Little things...
Stealing hats from sabs has been a common theme this season, but if hitting them
won't stop them, riding your horses through them wont stop them, intimidating them at their homes won't stop them,
posting their addresses on social media won't stop them, why do the Portman Hunt believe that stealing their hats will
prevent the sabs from saving wildlife from a horrific death at the teeth of the hounds ?
If the Portman were not breaking
the law none of this behaviour would be necessary. Can you see where we are going with this ?
Atherstone FH supporter exposed as violent misogynist
1-4-19 Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs VIDEO Violent misogynist - Atherstone Hunt supporter
It is clear from both his words and his actions that this Atherstone Hunt supporter is a violent misogynist. The footage
shows him attacking a female saboteur by pulling her to the ground from behind. We have filmed the type of sexist language
that he regularly uses towards the women in our group and we have filmed him trying to intimidate lone female saboteurs. Abhorrent,
bigoted and extremist views can always be found at any fox hunt and members of our group have been subjected to racism, homophobia
and most frequently sexism and misogyny. What makes the sexism and misogyny of this particular Atherstone Hunt supporter dangerous
is that he is clearly willing to act upon his bigoted views.
….. 31st March - S. Durham FH chase 2 foxes at
final meet; sabs pull off one, other escapes
….. 30th March - Stevenstone FH kill
fox in front of sabs
….. 30th March - Sabs swamp
Royal Artillery FH & seriously spoil their fun
28th March - Cop prevents sabs going after in cry Easton Harriers
..... 28th March - Walker
RAU Beagles hunting hare on royal-owned land
….. 28th March - Supporter breaks sab
nose in argument as Middleton FH kill hare
….. 28th March
- Notts County Council bans all hunting with dogs on its land
….. 27th March
- VWH/Cotswold FHs pack up after sabs pull hounds off 2 foxes
….. 27th March
- Sabs say Leics police are hiding behind FoI exemptions
….. 26th March
- Most Hunts break several laws in staging Boxing
….. 26th March
- Sabs pull hounds from earth as Eggesford FH Huntsman won't call them
….. 26th March - Stag chased and killed before 2pm by Quantock SH
….. 26th March
- Sabs make sure Portman FH Huntsman's last day is kill-free
….. 25th March
- Role of AE's in convicted Thurlow FH fox hunting
….. 25th March - Cotswold FH chase foxes, sabs stop hounds pursuing one
….. 24th March
- Illegal quads and blocked sett at Mendip Farmers FH closing
….. 24th March - Sab kicked in leg by Portman FH 'goon', antis' hats stolen
….. 24th March
- Sabs 'arrested for criminal damage to grass'
released without charge
….. 24th March
- Sabs ensure no kills at last ever Modbury Harriers meet
….. 23rd March
- N. Bucks Beagles found chasing deer in gardens & packed
….. 23rd March - Very good turnout for March Against
Hunting in Exeter
….. 23rd March
- Sandhurst Beagles support abuses, threatens, tries to steal from
….. 23rd March - Fox tail left on monitor's car at Portman FH
….. 23rd March
- Four sabs arrested for entering field at Kimblewick FH
….. 22nd March
- Still warm fox body found soon after Hunt
seen in the locale
….. 22nd March - Mass sab puts damper on Middleton FH's final meet
….. 21st March
- BoJo takes £16k bung from Jedforest JM with blots on
….. 21st March - Cotswold
FH found hunting fox - hounds stranded behind electric fences
….. 21st March
- Concern for fate of Woodland Pytchley FH hounds
….. 20th March - Four Burrow FH lose hounds, some run into private garden
….. 20th March
- Sab helps Albrighton FH hounds thru barbie to stop them injuring
….. 20th March - Police close investigation into hounds hit by Llangollen Santa train
….. 20th March
- Chester MP to lead Parliament debate on strengthening
….. 19th March - Train had to emergency stop to avoid hound pack on line
….. 19th March
- Eggesford FH hunt 2 foxes to ground, chase several, thought
….. 19th March - Cotswold V FH force fox from tyre pile, attacks sabs, steal cameras
….. 18th March
- Name of Grove & Rufford FH who rammed sab cars now known
….. 18th March
- National Trust cancels Portman FH 'trail hunting'
18th March - Woodland Pytchley FH to merge back into the Pytchley
….. 17th March
- Police clamp down on illegal quads/ATVs at Hampshire FH meet
….. 17th March
- Sabs stop hares being killed at joint meet of beagle packs
….. 17th March
- Sab cars rammed, badly damaged, by Grove & Rufford FH follower
….. 17th March - Woman
sab allegedly attacked/robbed by Grove & R FH Sec. & husband
….. 17th March - Burly Grove & Rufford FH supporter assaults sab on camera
….. 17th March - Sabs say film shows vixen killed by Fife FH not injured by shooting
….. 17th March - Callous Albrighton & W FH
hunters ignore injured rider - antis aid her
….. 17th March - Locals protest Cotswold V FH illegal hunting in public woods
….. 17th March
- Monitors harassed & worse by Beaufort FH followers as
….. 17th March - Sabs attacked
by gang of S. Dorset FH thugs - one headbutted
….. 17th March - Portman FH meet at Lord Rothermere's [owns the Daily Mail]
….. 17th March - Police quiz
Blean Beagles JM after sabs catch them hunting hare
….. 16th March - Eryri FH filmed by walkers chasing fox on NT land
….. 16th March - S. Durham FH take hounds thru pregnant sheep, hunt over graveyard
….. 16th March - Anti says he was kidnapped by Heythrop FH on Boxing Day 2018
….. 16th March - Sabs save hare and rabbit from Leadon Vale Bassets
….. 16th March - Surrey U FH rider Lulu whips sab - again - on no-kill day
….. 16th March - Sabs shut down two hare Hunts in one day
….. 15th March - Terriermen scoot as
solo sab rumbles imminent dig-out at Beaufort FH
….. 15th March - Member of neo-Nazi group among hired security at Fernie FH
….. 15th March - Top
monitor refutes BSV FH lies over fox hunted in graveyard
….. 15th March - Sabs upload video that convicted Thurlow FH Huntsman
….. 15th March - Ilminster Beagles decide to go home as sabs greet them at meet
….. 15th March - Quantock SH chase stag through FC and N. Trust land
….. 14th March - Antis publish photo of hare killed
by Ludlow FH in December
14th March - Prominent Flint & D FH supporter assaults
2 women sabs on film
….. 14th March - High
winds & many sabs keep S. Dorset/Cattistock FH's day blank
….. 14th March - Lamb savaged
by Meynell FH hound belongs to HP Harriers Whip
….. 14th March - Sabs thwart Surrey Union FH determined to get a kill
….. 13th March - North Shropshire FH filmed blatantly hunting foxes
….. 13th March - Locals urge N.T. to withdraw Weston & Banwell Harriers licence
….. 13th March - S. Durham FH hunt thru nature reserve & trespass on railway
….. 13th March - Thurlow FH Huntsman convicted of hunting [& killing] a fox
….. 12th March - VWH / Middleton FHs continue chasing fox after warned by
….. 12th March - Sab landy tyres
stabbed as Eggesford FH Huntsman blocked road
….. 12th March - Hampshire FH pack up after 40 m rather than be sabbed all day
….. 12th March - Sabs and their vehicles attacked at Grove and
….. 12th March - Thurlow FH Huntsman attempts to blame sabs for death of fox
11th March - Crawley FH Huntsman assaults sabs - did
Hunt lie to police re. not using terriers?
….. 11th March - Sabs save fox & hare
as East Kent FH sneak out on a Sunday
11th March - Sabs nearly squish Surrey U FH hound as chase fox across road
11th March - Trial of Thurlow FH hunters on illegal hunting &
assault charges starts
….. 11th March - Mendip
FH terriermen turn nasty when antis hamper kill attempts
….. 10th March
- Four Burrow FH take hounds thru recently TB restricted land
….. 10th March
- Radley College Beagles trespass on NT land, pull hunt due
….. 10th March
- Sabs strongly refute Grafton FH claims they made hounds
….. 10th March - Antis
attacked/driven at by 30+ Grafton FH thugs but still prevent kills
….. 10th March - Police NFA Cottesmore FH supporter sabs say assaulted one & damaged landy
….. 10th March - Police stop Ludlow FH hound van over road traffic offences
….. 9th March - Cotswold
Vale FH hounds on busy A40, sab car tyres punctured
….. 9th March - Sabs see
a few foxes safe, though Puckeridge FH hounds kill rabbit
….. 9th March - Artificial earth found where Beaufort FH regularly hunt
….. 9th March - Sabs
scare away Wiltshire & Infantry Beagles before they begin
….. 9th March - Meynell FH hounds
riot & savage lamb at sacked Huntsman's last meet
….. 9th March - Fife FH kill lactating vixen, leaving cubs to starve
….. 9th March - Ledbury FH chase fox
across busy B road - hound nearly run over
….. 9th March - Heythrop FH hunt blatantly - trespass
in sewage works - many blocked setts
….. 9th March - Palmer Marlborough Beagles
fold as soon as sabs spotted
8th March - Beaufort FH's small army descends on villages
and wreaks havoc
….. 8th March - Sabs twice take excited hounds off S. Dorset
FH Huntsman on no-kill day
….. 8th March - Sabs win large compo after police dispersal order ruled invalid
….. 8th March - Thug who attacked sab car with hammer at Fernie FH meet convicted
….. 8th March - Warwickshire FH hunt all over roads - as usual
….. 8th March - Beaufort FH support/terriermen assault, harass, obstruct monitors
….. 8th March - Warwickshire FH chase fox through village, in & out of gardens
….. 7th March - Cottesmore FH Huntsman says hunting is 'like crack cocaine'
….. 7th March - Wynnstay FH hunt blatantly - chased pregnant vixen to ground
….. 7th March - Monitors suspect Hampshire FH shot fox pack had been chasing
….. 7th March - Locals tell off Cheshire FH for blocking road to slow sabs
….. 7th March - Sabs help save 3 foxes from Belvoir FH
but fate of one unknown
7th March - Chiddingfold FH chase fox across road and back
7th March - Ex CA official and barrister killed in fall while
….. 6th March -
Local monitors stop dig-out at Dulverton West FH
6th March - York & Ainsty N FH go out with field of mostly
6th March - Elderly monitors bullied & obstructed by Grafton FH support
….. 5th March - Puckeridge FH supporter rams 3t
sab car with mini, tries to blame them!
5th March - Sab has to pull off Cotswold V FH hounds chasing deer as Whip AWOL
….. 5th March - Newly blocked sett found near Mendip F FH meet chez Rees Mogg
4th March - Sabs find blocked setts, evidence of dig-out, where N. Staffs
FH had hunted
4th March - Local sure S. Durham FH killed - she assaulted
photoing bloodied hounds
March - Cheshire F. FH end season causing chaos - but kill-less,
thanks to antis
4th March - Sabs ensure Ilminster Beagles don't even get
into the fields
4th March - Rabbit Hounds flee back to meet as 50 sabs
descend on them
….. 4th March
- Belvoir FH's bought-in thugs can't prevent sabs stopping fox killing
….. 4th March - Bad
weather brings early end to Ystrad Tal Fechan closing meet
….. 3rd March - Hunt invades land near Banbury and panics horses
….. 3rd March - Portman FH thugs threaten,
abuse , assault sabs and woman monitor
….. 3rd March - Waveney Harriers hound nearly killed
as quarry chased across road
3rd March - N. Warks Beagles landowner accidentally admits knows
they hunting hares
….. 3rd March
- Resident relates her & stag's dreadful ordeal at hands
of Quantock SH
….. 3rd March - Another Tory MP hosts law breaking Hunt - South Dorset FH
….. 3rd March - Antis ridden/driven at as they crimp Ludlow FH's hunting efforts
….. 3rd March - Sab vehicle surrounded by 30 menacing Cottesmore FH thugs
….. 3rd March - Cottesmore FH terrierman
attacks sab, steals camera while trespassing
….. 3rd March - Antis find filled in
sett where Blackmore FH hunters had just been
….. 3rd March - Blencathra FH found hunting
on Park Authority land without permit
2nd March - Sabs ensure Holcombe Harriers don't kill hare
….. 2nd March - Sabs stop Staitondale FH dig-out & capture hounds for 1/2 hour
….. 2nd March - Fernie FH JM reported for several assaults on sabs after 'blows gasket'
….. 2nd March - Sabs stop dig out at Puckeridge FH & other foxes helped safe
….. 2nd March - 3 blocked setts at Worcestershire FH, one next to meet site
….. 2nd March - Old Berks FH fox hunt
[possible kill] during NT licenced hunt
2nd March - Monitors prevent dig out and save 3 other foxes
from Wynnstay FH
2nd March - Mendip Farmers FH meet at Jacob Rees Mogg's
….. 2nd March - Monitor relates her persecution by Crawley FH members & CPS
….. 2nd March - Cottesmore FH rider twice whacks agitated horse that kicked hound
….. 1st March - Sab drone spots Blackmore
FH rampage thru field of sheep and lambs
1st March - Monitor assaulted as Wynnstay FH hounds invade gardens
1st March - Cop obstructs sab filming clear hare hunting by
1st March - Crawley FH hounds chase fox into police dog training compound
1st March - Man arrested on suspicion of shooting sab drone
….. 1st March - Rating & spraying
stop in cry Ledbury FH hounds - no foxes found again
….. 1st March - Antis find spent Beaufort FH hound miles
from Hunt on hot day
….. 1st March - Sabs force Warks FH to stop hounds chasing pair of foxes
….. 1st March - MOD police use soldiers to throw off trespassing Warks FH
….. 1st March - Atherstone FH Whip loses control of hounds
who run across A444
S. Durham FH chase 2 foxes at final meet;
sabs pull off one, other escapes
31-3-19 Facebook - NE Hunt Monitors HIT REPORT. 48 - 09.03.19 final meet of the season for South Durham Hunt
After meeting for Breakfast at the Kings Arms Pub in Great Stainton the Hunt headed off through Stainton Grange Farm closely
followed by 4 teams of Monitors on foot and in vehicles.
Within 10 minutes
the hounds picked up on a fox and took off on the scent followed by the Houndsman and Whippers in. Monitors used the horn
and gizmo to distract the hounds much to the annoyance of the Huntsman and his cronies. The hounds were gathered in and taken
to another area where a fox was saved by us previously and hounds took no interest in the bay bales this time thankfully.
With the teams keeping
watch from footpaths and angry farmers kicking off about the Hunt trampling his crops, Barry Johnson had a nerve to tell us
to keep to the path.
With a call from one of our vehicle drivers saying
the police had turned up over an allegation made by a farmer that we had intentionally opened a gate to let livestock out
onto the road (not witnessed by the farmer, yet a member of the hunt had informed him that it was us). We then made the police
aware that our GPS monitor showed everywhere we had been and proved we had not even entered that farm then no more was said
about the matter. However, they did check all our cars for insurance, etc. whilst the Hunt carried on illegally hunting.
As the end of the hunt neared, the hounds were taken to another large stack of hay bales where
they again picked up on a fox and took off towards the road, support staff and cars took off to intercept as we were filming
and the last thing they needed was a kill made or a fox hound run over in front of us.
The hounds safely across, they attempted to pick
up on the fox again to no avail. With a very angry hunt and support we ended the final meet happy enough that we had yet again
spoiled their murderous fun.
We are a growing group and will
be inviting all those who have message the page asking to join over the summer so we can be bigger and stronger for next season.
If you don’t hear from us soon please message again as we get so many that a few may slip the net. We will be out and about doing other things over the summer so please think about donating to help
us keep wildlife safe. Our Paypal is email@example.com. #LongLiveTheFox
Sabs swamp Royal Artillery FH & seriously spoil
Facebook - Berkshire Hunt Sabs Royal Artillery outgunned by mass ranks of sabs Today Berkshire
Hunt Sabs set off to Salisbury Plain to meet up with sab teams from all across the south Including Bath, Bristol, Brighton, Beds & Bucks, Southampton, South Coast, Southampton, West Wilts and North
Dorset Hunt Saboteurs, Dorset Against Blood Sports, Kent and Surrey Hunt Monitors, Stop the cull and Weymouth
Animal Rights to sab the Royal Artillery Fox Hunt. The Hunt met at the Bustard Inn and different groups got in position at
various vantage points on the plain.
Sabs soon engaged with the Huntsman and pack heading north-west. From this point onwards he wasn’t
able to shake activists off as vehicle and foot teams followed his every move. Deer were seen running from the hounds a couple
of times and when they did go in cry sabs quickly called them away. We have no doubt we also saved many foxes from being hunted
They moved fast and sabs were always there and horn and gizmos put into action when needed and the a Huntsman gave up as the
pack were all over the place. From there what was left of the field and a sullen Huntsman slowly trekked back to the meet.
A couple of supporters were seen
waving fox tails at hunt sabs - why would they be behaving like this on a so-called ‘legal’ trail hunt? Does this
show they enjoy killing foxes?
good, well organised hit with nice off-roading from drivers and a well deserved pint after a rather warm day.
If you want to help pay for our fuel costs today and keep us on the
road in future weeks you can donate to us here > PayPal.me/berksabc or via our email on PayPal on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pics above - Top right, An emissary from the nineteenth century Lower left, Supporter
taunts sabs with a fox tail
Pics below - 1/
I'm getting outta here 2/ Hound has lovely roll in the grass
Cop prevents sabs going after in cry Easton Harriers
Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs Easton Harriers – 2 March 2019 Glemham
Hall, Little Glemham, Suffolk The first of two hit reports from the end of the season. Apologies for
The Easton Harriers
met at and left Glemham Hall with little fanfare for what has traditionally been the Hunt’s last meet of the season.
The ride was small, comprised mostly of young women out for a hack and photo op. And Lydia wasn’t even riding, choosing
instead to don a hat and coat and follow in her car.
For the Easton Harriers, the day
was largely uneventful. They weren’t allowed to pass through Blaxhall Hall, nor go on any of the land south of Station
Road. As a result, they stuck to looping around fields between the two. Hounds were kept in check for much of the day in what
appeared to be little more than hound exercise so we only needed to monitor.
At one point hounds went into cry north of Red House Farm. Sabs present attempted to catch up and call them off but
police officer Murray – who’d been sat in his 4x4 close behind the Hunt [below]through the day –
quickly jumped out and threatened the sabs with aggravated trespass. He hustled them away from the hounds, leaving the dogs
to continue chasing. We don't know if they caught anything.
Later, after some alcohol and chips at the Ship
Inn, Blaxhall, the Easton Harriers took a slow canter back to Glemham Hall and wrapped the day up.
It's the end
of the season but we continue to welcome donations: https://ko-fi.com/norfolksuffolkhuntsaboteurs.
Walker sees RAU Beagles hunting hare on royal-owned
28-3-19 Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs On Wednesday 27th March 2019, the Royal Agricultural University Beagles were seen hunting a hare
around Aston farm by someone out walking. It just goes to show what one person with a camera can do. The Hunt moved away from
where they had been seen hunting a hare and a life may well have been saved.
By the way Aston
farm is part of Princess Anne's Gatcombe estate and is signed up for the badger cull.
"I saw a hare being chased, it ran into a field of rape so I couldn't photograph
it as the rape is quite tall. I spoke with a Whip, who told me they had been invited onto Aston Farm. When I saw them the
Whip and dogs were on a public footpath, but as I approached with my phone camera, the Whip dodged onto the field, I.e. he
was then on private land. However, one of the photos clearly shows him and dogs on the public footpath. I walked on and spoke
to an elderly farming type who was carrying a long whip (not in hunt dress), I asked him where the trail layer was, and he
said something like we don't have one of them, haha".
The land at Aston Minchinhampton,
is either owned by Zara and Mike Tyndall or they are allowed to live there by her mother, HRH Princess Anne.
Supporter breaks sab nose in argument
after Middleton FH killed hare
In front of police, hunter snatched hare body from sab but
sab had snatched horn back from supporter who'd stolen it
Snatcher was Lord
Middleton's son, puncher the estate gamekeeper
'Shag' Carter fails
to kill any foxes at his last Middleton meet
Did chase fox across busy B road, making traffic swerve
28-3-19 Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs VIDEO VIDEO [police] After the Middleton hunt killed a hare, three sabs took the body to the police at the road. A hunt supporter
grabbed the body and ran from the police car, fortunately we managed to take the body back and hand it to police. At this point, arguing between hunt support and sabs ensued (in front of the police).
A large hunt supporter pulled our sabs horn from his chest harness and tried to run away with it, but with minimal
force our sab managed to get the horn back. When turning around to walk away, our sab took an unexpected punch to the face
from the thief, knocking him to the ground with a broken nose and cut lip.
Supporter snatches hare corpse from sab, in front of police
The police weren't looking at the incident as it happened and didn't make
any arrests. More footage from other groups to follow. https://gogetfunding.com/cheshire-hunt-sabs/.
Sab who was punched on the ground
27-3-19 Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs Saturday gone would have been our traditional end of season hit on the Middleton but as they moved
it to the Friday we thought we'd pay them a visit today, their very final meet of the season. It was also the last ever Middleton meet for their deeply unpopular huntsman,
Charles "shagger" Carter, so we thought it would be rude not to give him the send off he deserves.
Over 50 sabs from Lincoln Hunt Saboteurs, Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs, Manchester Hunt Sabs, Liverpool Hunt Sabs, West Yorkshire
Hunt Saboteurs and Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs descended on the meet at the hunt kennels in Birdsall for a 12 o'clock start.
Shagger took his fairly small field and headed East hunting Jubilee plantation and
other coverts whilst various groups of foot sabs kept watch on all sides. He continued East as far as Deepdale before heading
North and putting his hounds through Boyes plantation. They went into cry here and streamed across a busy B-road whilst traffic
swerved to avoid them. Sabs were on hand to stop the pack and the pathetic Carter gathered them and headed back West to Wharram
Gange Farm. Hounds sadly chopped and killed a hare and in the ensuing struggle for the body a hunt supporter punched a sab
in full view of North Yorks police who quickly called in lots of reinforcements but did little to apprehend the assailant.
Carter then spent the afternoon
repeatedly hunting woods and coverts to the East of the kennels but again various sab groups had him surrounded and although
hounds went into cry several times we were always on hand to stop them. He finally returned to his kennels just after 5, a
pathetic end to his pathetic time at the Middleton, and sabs had a celebratory group photo before retiring to the pub.
It's been an expensive old season. Please support us if you can: https://ko-fi.com/nottshuntsabs.
Pics above - Left, Sab who was punched, on way home Right, Police officer
with hare, about to take it away
1-4-19 Facebook - West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs Coverage of the incident at
the Middleton hunt when no other than Lord Middleton's son, James Willoughby, snatches the body of a hare killed by Lord
Midd's hounds and a hunt sab's nose is broken by the gamekeeper.
31-3-19 Daily Mail Hunt meet turns into violent clash over body of dead hare when
hunter is alleged to have punched 20-year-old protester in the face in front of police officers - Regan Wilford, a joiner
from Liverpool, alleged he was punched in the face - He was protesting against the Middleton Hunt with Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs
- They had brought a dead hare to the Hunt which had been mauled by dogs - North Yorkshire police said they were investigating
the attack at Birdsall A 20-year-old anti-hunting protester claims he had his nose
broken when he was 'punched in the face by a hunter' in front of a police officer. Regan Wilford, from Liverpool,
said he was attacked after he brought a dead hare to the Middleton Hunt group with other protesters from Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs
and Lincoln Hunt Saboteurs which had been mauled by dogs.
After a hunter grabbed the dead animal in Birdsall, North Yorkshire, there
was a scuffle and Wilford claimed he was 'punched' in the face. It is alleged that this happened right next to officers
from North Yorkshire police.
In a shocking video posted online, a hunter
comes towards Mr Wilford and snatches the blood-stained hare. 'Give it back! Give it back!' yells the joiner from
Liverpool and other protesters as they chase the man. When a North Yorkshire policeman then gets involved to break up the
scuffle, one of the hunters is claimed to have 'punched' Mr Wilford in the face. 'Have I got all my teeth?',
he stammers to a friend, who says he just has a bloody nose and broken lip.
Mr Wilford told MailOnline he had to go to hospital, where he found
out his nose was broken. It can't be fixed until the swelling goes down. He said the confrontation began after the dead
hare was taken, and a hunter tried to take his hunting horn. 'I turned back round and he punched me in the face basically',
said Mr Wilford. After the attack, a policeman took his details but did not make any arrests.
A video uploaded by Lincoln Hunt Saboteurs showed a member of the force
holding the dead hare as he talked to protesters. 'Please cool off,' he says. I've got people here, I've got
more just coming', he said as he started to walk away.
A protester then shouted: 'A man was just attacked by this coward!
This f****** coward!' They then shout 'coward!' at a hunter, claiming he punched Mr Wilford, as he gets into a
pickup truck to drive away.
North Yorkshire police said they are investigating the attack that happened on Wednesday 27 March at 3pm, but have
not made any arrests.
Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs wrote in a post: 'Police weren't looking
at the incident as it happened and didn't make any arrests. At this point, arguing between hunt support and sabs ensued
(in front of the police). A large hunt supporter pulled our sabs horn from his chest harness and tried to run away with it,
but with minimal force our sab managed to get the horn back. When turning around to walk away, our sab took an unexpected
punch to the face from the thief, knocking him to the ground with a broken nose and cut lip.'
police said anyone with information should contact them on 101, quoting the incident number 12190055089.
from the Middleton Hunt said: 'The Middleton Hunt fiercely condemns any form of violence, even in the event of extreme
provocation from animal rights activists who carry equipment such as hunting horns to distract our hounds from their trail.
The Hunt acts lawfully within the confines of the Hunting Act 2004 and takes every measure to ensure good relationships with
landowners and members of the public. We will of course assist the police where possible with any enquiries following this
Notts County Council bans all hunting with dogs on its
Notts TV Nottinghamshire County Council bans all forms of hunting with dogs on its land All
forms of hunting with dogs have been banned on county council-owned land in Nottinghamshire.
Conservative Party at Nottinghamshire County Council voted against the ban, calling it “silly”, but were defeated
for the first time since they started running the council in 2017.
Hunting foxes with dogs is illegal in Britain, but there are a number of exemptions which Labour
councillors said were being used to get round the law. They called fox hunting “barbaric”, “twisted”
No defence of fox hunting was offered by the Conservatives, but they
objected to the ban saying it was too ambiguous, and called it “nonsense”. The vote was narrowly won by Labour
yesterday (March 28), by 31 votes to 30. The Conservatives do not have an overall majority on the council, but rely on coalition
partners the Mansfield Independents to win votes.
Labour councillor Kevin Greaves proposed the motion banning hunting, and said: “I can’t think of a more
cruel and vile activity that is against the law and is so openly flouted. This activity is so outdated with today’s
society and is only carried out by twisted cruel individuals of deluded grandeur in themselves of a bygone age. To think it
is fun to see a beautiful defenceless wild animal such as our native fox be pulled apart in agony by a pack of dogs, and to
the cheers of these deluded cruel individuals, is beyond most normal people’s comprehension. They are so proud of their
deluded activity they encourage small children to watch this cruel barbaric act.”
Councillor Greaves, who represents Worksop South, added: “An
overwhelming majority of people in Nottinghamshire would like to see this act of barbarism come to an end, and most people
will know that if they are allowed to hunt with a pack of dogs on council land they are a danger to the public and there is
only one outcome, the death of a wild animal or a domestic pet or even worse.”
The leader of the
council, Kay Cutts, said her Conservative party would not support the motion because the definition of ‘hounds’
was too ambiguous. The motion was then amended to clarify the meaning of hounds. However it was still not supported by the
Councillor Cutts, who represents Radcliffe-on-Trent, said: “There is no hunting which takes
place on Nottinghamshire County Council land. There is nothing there. So your motion is entirely pointless. This is a nonsense
motion. If you want to bring a proper motion then properly research it. Stop wasting this council chamber’s time. We
are not going to support it, we are going to vote against it, because it’s just plain silly.”
A spokesman for the group Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs
said: “We’re definitely pleased with this. It’s a good result. “It’s just one more nail in the
coffin of these Hunts. They need to be disbanded, and the actual structures around them need to be broken up to stop them
reforming. Acts like this, even though they are small, do help, and it shows the strength of feeling the public has about
this. The Hunts pretend to be using the loopholes, but they are not using them, and if the police query it they just say they
are. If you can catch the Hunts on council land then it’s just further evidence we can use.”
1-4-19 West Bridgeford Wire First steps in ‘closing legal loophole’ to prevent
hunting wild animals taken in Nottinghamshire Labour Councillors in Nottinghamshire say
that they have demonstrated their commitment to protecting the environment and the welfare of animals in the county.
At Nottinghamshire’s Full Council meeting Labour Cllr Kevin Greaves proposed a motion, advocating
for a complete ban on ‘Trail hunting, exempt hunting, and exercising packs of fox hounds’ on Nottinghamshire County
Council owned land, which was successfully passed, despite total opposition from the ruling Conservative administration.
The motion, which was seconded by Labour Councillor Nicki Brooks,
sought to close the loopholes which were left by the original Hunting Act 2004, which makes provisions for hunting which are
currently being used to effectively flout the Act. Speaking during the meeting about Trail hunting, Councillor Kevin Greaves
said:- “Trail hunting is merely a dubious attempt to hide the true intentions of those that wish to continue this vile
barbaric act of fox hunting”.
Councillor Nicki Brooks is also a devoted anti-fur campaigner,
was clearly delighted with the outcome. Speaking after the meeting she said:- “By supporting the motion this Council
is simply closing the loophole that allows both the ‘accidental’ and deliberate illegal hunting and killing of
animals, as well as a ‘false alibi’ regularly used by Hunts to avoid prosecution, from taking place on Council
owned land. I’m thrilled that we’ve managed to secure this result here in Nottinghamshire”.
The decision was also welcomed by Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns at the League Against
Cruel Sports, who said:- “This is a significant decision both for the county of Nottinghamshire and the country as a
whole. We welcome a ban that not only recognises that animals are still being killed by Hunts, but that the excuse of ‘trail’
hunting is nothing more than a lie.
The League has received 282 reports of illegal hunting
in the current hunting season, including 39 reported fox kills. We welcome Nottinghamshire County Council’s trail-blazing
decision, and we would encourage other counties across the land to follow suit.”...
VWH/Cotswold FHs pack up after sabs pull hounds off
Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs VIDEO Wednesday 27th March 2019, Vale of the White Horse FH / Cotswold FH joint meet, Daglingworth
Call out and a Cirencester Illegal Huntwatch sab and a 3c sab were in the field by second horses. In Cirencester Park a
fox ran past one of us and his line was sprayed out with citronella and the hounds then stopped using voice and whip. Another
fox ran past the other sab and also had his line sprayed out. Phillip Hague (VWH huntsman) then took the pack on to try and
find the brace after the enforced check but failed choosing instead to pack up.
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Fox fleeing from hounds
Whipper-in and hounds arrive c. 75 seconds later
Sabs say Leics police are hiding behind FoI exemptions
Refuse to provide info on meetings
with Atherstone FH
27-3-19 Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs Operation Blackthorn - Atherstone Hunt Boxing Day 2018 We asked
Leicestershire Police to provide information on any risk assessments, attendance at any meetings with the local council and
any meetings their officers had with members of the Atherstone Hunt in relation to the Atherstone Hunts Boxing Day 2018. This
included any minutes that were taken at these meetings. Leicestershire Police confirmed that they held this information. This
is a summary of what they said:- “Leicestershire Police officers
have been exposed to the Hunting Act 2004 and activities which take place that may constitute as suspicious behaviour when
they are called upon to police specific hunting related events. Further there are a number officers who work specifically
to oversee any hunt related activity and any offences that may happen as a result.
There is a public interest in disclosure of the requested information as it
would allow the public to discuss the conduct of Leicestershire Police’s enforcement in relation to hunt related activity
and offences. It would also aid transparency and allow any failings to be discussed in the public domain. Disclosure would
also enable the public to see how public funds are spent during operational policing and would allow the public to assess
Leicestershire Police’s approach to these types of offences.”
However they decided not to provide
the requested information:- “However, in disclosing information to one applicant, we are expressing a willingness
to provide it to anyone in the world. This means that a disclosure to a genuinely interested and concerned person automatically
opens it up for a similar disclosure, including those who would use the information to gain an advantage over the police.
In considering whether or not this information should be disclosed, consideration has been given to the potential harm that
could be caused by disclosure.
policing requires the active participation of a wide number of agencies in order for it to be successful. As a result, during
the course of police officers attending a hunt meeting, information is discussed and provided with the confidence that it
will be treated confidentially. If a disclosure was made under the Act that broke this confidence, it would mean that information
is not discussed and would severely impact on the process of law enforcement.
Furthermore, during the course of correspondence the correspondence
will contain tactical information as well as other information that would demonstrate how we police and observe incidents
of this nature. To release this information into the public domain would therefore clearly impact on our law enforcement capabilities
with regards to future cases.”
We are of the opinion
that Leicestershire Police are hiding behind exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act as a way of not releasing details
of their meetings with the Atherstone Hunt. Which would conveniently mean that the public would NOT be able to discuss the
conduct of Leicestershire Police’s enforcement in relation to hunt related activity and offences. It means that any
failings of Leicestershire Police CANNOT be discussed in the public and the public are NOT ABLE to see how public funds are
spent during operational policing. Leicestershire Police have admitted that meetings between the Atherstone Hunt and officers
from Leicestershire Police took place and that releasing information about these meetings would aid in transparency. Leicestershire
Police do not want the content of what was discussed between them and the Atherstone Hunt ending up in the public domain.
We already know that some of the officers who work specifically to oversee any hunt related activity (Operation Blackthorn)
have been openly biased against hunt saboteurs through their words and actions, have personal connections to members of the
Atherstone Hunt and have openly tweeted about repealing the Hunting Act.
On Boxing Day 2018 supporters of the Atherstone Hunt attacked anti-hunt protesters in Market Bosworth
Square with one female protester having her hair pulled and glasses broken. Leicestershire Police took no further action in
relation to these incidents.
Most Hunts break several laws in staging Boxing
Traffic, public safety and street
collection laws flouted
Amateur Brain Surgery - Amber Krudd Arrogant Hunts Flout Public Safety As the 2018-2019 hunting season draws
to a close we felt it was a good time to reflect on one of the main events in the annual hunt calendar – the annual
Boxing Day Hunt meets that take place throughout the UK.
Day meets are considered to be the most significant in the hunting season and viewed by hunt supporters as important traditional
events. But increasingly, this view is being challenged by anti-hunt protesters, disgruntled local people and others who have
become aware that Hunts up and down the country flout traffic laws and basic public safety, essential at these equine events.
Towns and villages throughout the
UK have traditionally been used by Hunts to stage their Boxing Day events, often outside a friendly public house which provides alcoholic libations to riders and hunt supporters. In 2018 violence
erupted in many locations, between peaceful hunt protestors and ardent hunt supporters who were not happy that their traditional
events were receiving unwanted, negative attention and criticism...
Boxing day Hunt meets attract widespread condemnation because fox Hunts are continuing to hunt foxes, contrary to
the Hunting Act 2004. Although the Countryside Alliance and various Hunts tell people that these days they are engaged in
what is called ‘trail hunting’, they are not. This is an outright lie that is widely known as such within hunting
circles. Hunts repeat this lie to the public, the police and the media while they continue to actively hunt foxes with impunity...
They use bullying, threats and intimidation to scare protesters and members
of the public who disapprove of their perverse hobby. They are well connected and well funded by members of the establishment
who use their political influence and conspire with their networks of like-minded supporters to avoid facing the force of
the law. But times are changing and people are rising up!
To illustrate the
arrogance of Hunts and their clear disregard for anyone but themselves we are focusing on the Torrington Farmers Hunt, who
are a branch of the Pony Club. They traditionally hold their Boxing Day Hunt meet in the centre of Great Torrington in Devon,
outside the Black Horse public house, in the town square. The roads in the centre of Torrington are very narrow with buildings
on all sides and limited room for event spectators, horses and hounds. The limited open space in Great Torrington town centre
presents some significant safety issues when holding an open equine event in this location.
Prior to Christmas 2018, many members of the public, concerned for safety at this event, (open
to the public and attended by children) attempted to confirm that the required risk assessments had been carried out, safety
precautions would be in place and that the organisers had acquired the necessary public liability insurance for such an event.
Torrington Town Council were contacted and they referred enquiries to Torridge District Council. Torridge District Council
were contacted and they told enquirers that, since the event is held on the road and pavements, it falls under the jurisdiction
of Devon Highways. So they were contacted by email and told the enquirers that they had not been informed of the forthcoming
Torrington Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony Club meet and therefore had no knowledge of the imminent event. It is interesting
to note that although this well known event has taken place in this location for many years all of the local authority departments
contacted reported that they had no knowledge of it.
During the Hunt meet the huntsman [above right]
recorded in the videos shared in the press (Mark the misogynist) was directly asked the questions: Had they carried out the
required risk assessment, and had they obtained the necessary public liability insurance. His response was to ignore the questions.
Instead he chose to level some peculiar, sexist, misogynist remarks at a female videographer and the peaceful protesters,
eliciting chuckles from his Torrington Farmer friends, who appeared to find it funny to witness their huntsman and representative
of their branch of the Pony club abusing women. Not a great advertisement for the Pony Club.
the event an investigator contacted the Highways Manager responsible for Enforcement and Events at Devon County Council. The
Highways Manager explained the procedure that event organisers should adhere to in order to safely hold events on public highways
and pavements where road traffic might be blocked in Devon. This recommended procedure is similar in all areas of the UK.
... if the planned event is likely to have an impact on road traffic, then an application
for a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order must be made. This is not optional, it is mandatory. For such a request to be granted
the organiser must provide full details of their public liability insurance which would require a risk assessment to have
been carried out...
The Highways Manager at Devon County
Council (an ex-police officer) pointed out that if an event takes place on a public highway which causes an obstruction and
the organiser does not have permission to close the road then a ‘wilful or unnecessary obstruction of the highway to
vehicles or pedestrians’ may possibly occur. These offences fall under Regulation 103 Road Vehicles (Construction and
Use) Regulations 1986 or Section 137 Highways Act 1980. Enforcement of these regulations is the responsibility of the police
The Highways Manager
confirmed that, since the centre of Torrington was completely inaccessible to traffic for over 2 hours on the 26th of December
2018, a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order should have been obtained and appropriately qualified personnel should have been
put in place to safely direct traffic. The Torrington Farmers Hunt meet was clearly guilty of a ‘wilful or unnecessary
obstruction of the highway to vehicles or pedestrians’. And this serious breach of road traffic regulations, which could
prevent emergency vehicles from saving lives, has taken place in the centre of Great Torrington on Boxing Day year-after-year.
A traditional feature at these Boxing Day Hunt meets, up and down the country, is that they carry
out a street collection for cash, apparently intended for their hunt supporters. In order to carry out a street collection
for cash anywhere in the UK a licence must be obtained from the local authority. This is another mandatory requirement that
has been ignored year-upon-year by the Torrington Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony Club.
At the Torrington Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony
Club Boxing Day meet in 2018 the man carrying out the street collection for cash [left] was directly asked if
he could present his street collection licence. His response was a long, hard stare, probably intended to be threatening.
He clearly did not have the required licence so the street collection, much like the road blockage, was completely illegal.
out street collections without a licence makes the person responsible liable for prosecution under the Vagrancy Act, widely
used by local authorities to punish homeless people who collect cash on the streets. Begging is an offence under section 3
of the Vagrancy Act 1824. It is a recordable offence. The maximum sentence is a fine of £1000. So, by failing to obtain
the required street collection licence the Torrington Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony Club was arrogantly guilty of yet another
In order to confirm that an application for a street collection licence had not
been made by the Torrington Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony Club a ‘freedom of information’ request was made to
Torridge and District Council. The response confirmed that at no time over the past 6 years had the local authority received
such an application.
Similarly, a request was submitted
to Devon County Council regarding applications for Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders over preceding years to allow the Torrington
Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony Club to legally block Great Torrington town centre. It was confirmed that no requests for
temporary road closures in the centre of Torrington on Boxing Days in previous years had ever been received and that at no
point had the relevant Safety Advisory Group been told of this event.
These verifiable investigations confirm that the Torrington Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony Club along with the Black
Horse public house, as organisers of the 2018 Boxing Day hunt meet in the centre of Great Torrington, were guilty of both
‘wilful or unnecessary obstruction of the highway to vehicles or pedestrians’ and ‘begging’. Full
details have been shared with the police.
Equine Event Safety - Since the Torrington Farmers Hunt are a branch
of the Pony Club it would not be unreasonable to expect all events organised by them to totally adhere to the highest possible
safety standards since the Pony club is all about engaging young people in horse riding and equine skills...
The clear need for barriers between the riders and spectators was demonstrated by
the Torrington Farmers huntsman when he backed his horse into people who were stood on the pavement outside Torrington town
hall, as can be seen in this image excerpt from a video recording of the incident.
It is perhaps worth noting that
investigations into safety arrangements at events in Great Torrington revealed that other events, such as the Mayfair and
Carnival, fully comply with safety recommendations... So why does the Torrington Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony Club
bypass these basic but essential safety requirements?
It is also worth remembering how important tourism is to the economy of North Devon. People like to bring their families
to the region and enjoy the wide range of attractions and events that are on offer. When they attend these events and locations
they expect them to be as safe as they possibly can be...
As a branch of the Pony Club the Torrington Farmers Hunt should be
fully aware of the health and safety recommendations provided by the British Equine Foundation for equine events involving
Here’s a summary
of the failings of the Torrington Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony Club at their Boxing day Hunt meets in the centre of Great
Torrington:- 1/ At