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JUNE 2017 

..... 29th June - Jedforest FH father and son pair are convicted of illegal hunting

..... 29th June - Blackmore FH Huntsman's son fined for racial abuse of woman
..... 29th June - Social media backlash against hotel that allowed Cheshire Forest FH at wedding
..... 28th June - Shock and anger as police drop Atherstone FH horror fox kill case
..... 27th June - Jedforest FH 2 illegal hunting trial should conclude today
..... 24th June - Two Tory hunter MPs face probes for breaching Commons Code of Conduct 
….. 24th June – Sabs prevent Northants MH from hunting again
….. 23rd June – N.Cotswold FH terrierman cautioned for riding quad into sab
..... 23rd June - Police won't act on Ashford Valley FH followers blocking road
….. 21st June – Tory plan to repeal HA missing from Queen's speech [presumed dead]
….. 21st June – Otter Trust expresses concern over mink hunts endangering otters
….. 20th June – Lifelong 'hunter' jailed for shooting neighbours kitten
….. 20th June – Atherstone FH hound parade may be dropped from Ashby show
….. 18th June – Northants Mink Hounds stopped from hunting by sabs again
….. 15th June – Leading vet says evidence that hunting hounds are spreading bTb
….. 15th June – Make Hunting History & anti-cull London demo set for August 26th
..... 15th June - Kent Wildlife Trust had previous Chair who was Quorn FH JM
….. 14th June – LACS claims hunting issue played major role in general election
….. 12th June – Ex Tory Chair says Hunting Act repeal dead in the water
….. 12th June – Son of Blackmore FH Huntsman convicted of ABH on woman sab
.....  9th June - Forestry Commission to review Isle of Wight FH's hunting licence
…..  5th June – Grove & Rufford FH convicts seen canvassing for Tory candidate
.....  2nd June - Ex police WCO tells court he was 'invisible' Jedforest FH gunman
…..  2nd June – Hunter Kent WT Chair allows pheasant shooting on his land
…..  1st June – CPS won't prosecute Cheshire Forest FH over 2 hunting incidents
.....  1st June - Jedforest FH Huntsman says were working within law when fox was killed


Jedforest FH father and son pair are convicted of illegal hunting

First ever organised hunter convictions under Scottish law

29-6-17   BBC News   LACS VIDEO   Huntsmen found guilty of Jedburgh fox-hunting charge    Two huntsmen from the Scottish Borders have been found guilty of breaching fox-hunting law. It is the first conviction of a traditional fox hunt under legislation introduced in Scotland in 2002.

Johnny Riley, 24, and his father, John Clive Richardson, 67 [both right], of Bonchester Bridge, were fined £400JedforestFHJohnnyRileyandCliveRichardsonConvictedillegalhunting29-6-17.jpg and £250 respectively for deliberately hunting a fox with dogs near Jedburgh last year. They plan to appeal against the decision. During their trial, the pair had denied breaching the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002.

Their defence lawyer David McKie said they had worked within the terms of the legislation by using hounds to flush out a fox from cover to waiting guns. However, depute fiscal Fiona Caldwell argued the two men had clearly broken the law at Townfoothill near Jedburgh on 16 February last year. She said evidence had shown it had been a "deliberate course of acts culminating with those responsible for the hunt, hunting the fox with dogs".

The verdict was welcomed by the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland which supplied video footage to the trial. Its director Robbie Marsland said: "Today's guilty verdict is the first successful prosecution for mounted fox hunting in Scotland and while we're delighted with the outcome, and our role in this, we remain of the view that the law needs strengthened. "The Scottish government has committed to consult on the hunt ban following a review by Lord Bonomy, who clearly stated there was evidence of lawbreaking by Scottish hunts." He said the guilty verdict had confirmed that to be the case and said they looked forward to working to help "strengthen the law".

However, the Countryside Alliance voiced disappointment at the conviction claiming the huntsmen had been subjected to "trial by television". It said footage which had been given to the BBC had put pressure on police and prosecutors to take the case forward. Director Jamie Stewart said: "Scottish mounted packs not only adhere to the law but also work under an enhanced protocol." He said they were disappointed with the verdict and would await the full transcript of the judgement before making further comment.

30-6-17  The Herald   Father and son are found guilty of fox hunting in landmark ruling   TWO huntsmen have been convicted of breaching Scotland’s fox hunting legislation in a landmark ruling. Father and son John Clive Richardson, 67, and Johnny Riley, 24, are the first members of a mounted hunt to be successfully prosecuted since the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act was introduced 15 years ago. Both are members of the Jedforest Hunt, in the Borders, and were secretly filmed by investigators from the League Against Cruel Sports.

Following eight days of evidence, Sheriff Peter Paterson ruled in two incidents Richardson and Riley were in breach of the act and found them guilty of deliberately hunting a fox with dogs.

Riley – who was in charge of the hunt – was fined £400 at Selkirk Sheriff Court and Richardson who was described as having a lesser role was fined £250. Lawyers for the two men indicated they would appeal against the conviction.

In finding the men guilty, Sheriff Paterson said: “We look forward to working with the Scottish Government to strengthen the law and hope today sends a clear message to hunts that flouting the law will not be tolerated and those who continue to hunt illegally in Scotland will be brought to justice.”

Most the evidence during the trial focused on the video which showed 34 hounds from the Jedforest Hunt chasing a fox into a hole on farm land at Townfoothill near Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, on February 16 last year. After a terrier man spent 40 minutes digging at the hole, the fox then bolted and was again pursued by the dogs before disappearing out of sight of the footage into a gulley. The defence claimed a waiting gunman shot and injured the fox after it had been flushed from cover by the hounds, which is permitted in law. Witnesses for the Crown said they saw no gunman and heard no shots when the fox was being pursued.

Sheriff Paterson accepted the evidence of the defence that there were two gunmen in place but ruled that in two incidents the huntsmen were still guilty.

29-6-17  ITV News   Father and son found guilty of breaching fox hunting law    A father and son from the Jedforest Hunt have been found guilty of breaching Scotland's fox hunting laws. 67-year-old John Clive Richardson and his son, 24-year-old Johnny Riley, have been fined a total of £650. The pair denied the accusation after a video filmed by investigators showed a fox being dug out of a hole and then chased by a pack of hounds.

The video was filmed at Townfoothill near Jedburgh in February 2016, by an employee of the League Against Cruel Sports. The trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court had several days of evidence from members of the League Against Cruel Sports, police and the two accused. It's the first ever conviction under legislation for the protection of wild mammals Scotland act 2002.

Pics below show how the incident unfolded...  

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Blackmore FH Huntsman's son fined for racial abuse of woman

29-6-17   Somerset Live   Sherborne  man  fined  for  racially aggravated abuse at Royal Bath and West Show   young man from Dorset has pleaded guilty to racially abusing a man during the Royal Bath and West Show. Ben Richard Doggrell, of Bishops Down near Sherborne, appeared at Yeovil  Magistrates Court on Friday (June 23) to face charges relating to an incident which occurred at the Shepton Mallet showground on June 3. Doggrell, 21, had been due to appear before the court last Tuesday (June 20) but failed to appear, resulting in a warrant being issued for his arrest.

He was charged that, on June 3 at the Bath And West Showground in Shepton Mallet, he used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour designed to caused harassment, alarm or distress to Tunde Sanni. Doggrell pleaded guilty to the charge, and the magistrates ruled that the incident had been racially aggravated. He also admitted being in breach of an 18-month conditional discharge order, which had been imposed at Weymouth Magistrates Court on August 10. The magistrates made a determination not to impose the conditional discharge, but fined Doggrell £150 and ordered him to pay £150 compensation, a victim surcharge of £30 and £85 costs, which must be paid by July 7.

POWAperson adds - This is the same person who was, earlier this month, was convicted of ABH, after he attacked a female sab and broke her elbow. He was given a 100 hour CSO. It comes as no surprise that a violent, bigoted lout should be the son of a man who makes his living by helping to torment and kill animals for others 'sport'.

Social media backlash against hotel allowing Cheshire Forest FH at wedding

29-6-17  Liverpool Echo   Facebook storm after hunting group pose for wedding pictures at top hotel - Anti-hunting campaigners have criticised the luxury hotel    A TOP Wirral hotel is at the centre of a social media storm after allowing a hunting group on to its grounds for a wedding reception. The Hillbark Hotel , based in Royden Park, Wirral has been widely criticised after images of a hunt group posing for wedding pictures were circulated online. Posts on the hotel’s Facebook page suggest the group, who campaigners say are the Cheshire Forest Hunt [right, at venue].were appearing at the venue as part of a wedding ceremony for two of their members on Saturday, June 24th.

The wedding venue defended the move and claimed they were “simply following a bride and groom’s wishes”. They also reassured concerned campaigners that “no fox hunting took place whatsoever”. However anti-fox CheshireForestFHathotelweddingvenue24-6-17.jpghunting groups have criticised their decision to grant permission for the group to pose for pictures - which they say was risky as it took place during a time when fox cubs would be around and their scent could have distracted the dogs. While fox hunting was made illegal in the UK in 2005, groups up and down the country still meet to take part in ‘drag’ or ‘trail’ hunts - where the hounds follow a scent that has been laid over a course.

In February, the Cheshire Forest Hunt hit the headlines after their dogs chased and killed a fox on a Macclesfield housing estate - and again earlier this year when it was revealed their hunt director, Elizabeth Gorse, also owned a veterinary surgery in Runcorn.

Cheshire Monitors, a voluntary group which monitors hunting groups in Cheshire, said people were “horrified” to see the pack of hounds near Royden Park. A spokesperson said: “We weren’t at all surprised at people’s horror at seeing the Cheshire Forest Hunt in the area, which included public roads. There are many fox families living in and around Royden Park and Thurstaston Hill, particularly vulnerable at the moment as young cubs are reared at this time of year. It was pure luck that the hounds didn’t pick up a fox scent while in the area, otherwise the dozens of families with young children and people walking their dogs in Royden Park at the time may have been witness to some very upsetting scenes.”

The hotel’s Facebook page was flooded with messages from both anti-fox hunting campaigners and those who support the bloodsport. Sean Dutton posted: “Shame on you for allowing the ‘hunt’ on your land and to spoil our beautiful Wirral. You’re a blight.” Marilyn Wilcockson added: “How sad to see such a beautiful establishment allowing and condoning fox hunters on their premises. Surely you rely on good reviews and recommendations? Bottom of the ladder now I’m afraid.” John Hughes, however, commented to point out that nobody had broken the law. He said: “I think you will find the hounds etc were part of the wedding you fools, and all perfectly legal.”

A spokesperson for the hotel said they “are not here to judge each individual bride and groom’s wishes” - and that they’d “carefully planned” the arrival. They said: “Hillbark Hotel were simply following a bride and groom’s wishes for a staged arrival onto the hotel private grounds. At no point did any fox hunting take place whatsoever, nor would this ever be considered. As part of a private wedding, it was decided that this would take place purely for photographic terms and for the bride and groom arriving onto the hotel grounds only. This was discussed at length with our event managers and the arrival was planned by the bride and groom. We have had numerous bride and grooms choosing to arrive in many different manners, whether it be by helicopter, horse and carriage or hot air balloon! We are not here to judge each individual bride and groom’s wishes on how they want to arrive to the hotel on their special day.”

A spokesperson for Cheshire Monitors added: “We understand that the Hillbark were just fulfilling the couple’s wishes by allowing the Hunt to be present for photographs, but it was clearly a very misguided judgement on the part of the hotel management.” The ECHO attempted to contact Elizabeth Gorse and The Cheshire Forest Hunt but at the time of publishing had not received a reply.


Shock and anger as police drop Atherstone FH horror fox kill case

28-6-17   Coventry Evening Telegraph  VIDEO   Police drop investigation after fox killed by hunting dogs inAtherstoneFHSabtryingtosavefox14-1-17.jpgWarwickshire  -  Activists claimed the huntsmen were part of the Atherstone Hunt near to Shuttington, Warwickshire    A police investigation launched after hunting dogs were filmed ripping a fox apart in Warwickshire [right, with sab trying to rescue fox] has been dropped by officers, it has been revealed. The probe into alleged illegal fox hunting began after the creature was shown on camera fleeing from hunters during an incident in Shuttington, North Warwickshire, just a few miles from Twycross Zoo, in January. The exhausted fox then ran into a garden, chased by hounds and activists from West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs, reports the Tamworth Herald. The activists claimed the huntsmen were part of the Atherstone Hunt near to Shuttington, Warwickshire.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs said: "This is not the first investigation into the Atherstone Hunt for illegal hunting that has been dropped, in fact over the past three years we know of five foxes that this hunt have killed. The Atherstone Hunt claim these kills were all 'accidents' but there are only so many 'accidents' one hunt can have whilst still expecting people to believe them. They seem to be a very accident prone. What needs to happen now is that the Hunting Act should be strengthened to eliminate the loopholes. It needs to be a total ban with no exemptions, no room for excuses and no room for accidents."

It has been illegal to hunt foxes with dogs since 2005 – with a maximum penalty of a £5,000 fine. Police can also confiscate and destroy equipment and dogs used in hunting. Hunting remains deeply unpopular with the general public as we saw after repeal of the Hunting Act was included in the Conservative Manifesto," the spokesperson added. "Most people are shocked that hunting is still going on and that foxes are being hunted and killed just as much as they were before the ban. We are urging everyone to contact their MP and talk to them about how the Hunting Act should be strengthened."

Warwickshire Police confirmed, that following the investigation, they have dropped the case. A spokesperson said: "Following reports made to the police regarding alleged offences under the Hunting Act 2004, specialist wildlife officers conducted a thorough investigation. Following this investigation, police took the decision that there was insufficient evidence to take any further action."

A spokesperson for The Atherstone Hunt added: "We understand that Warwickshire police will be taking no further action following an alleged incident involving the Atherstone Hunt on January 14."

 Pics below - 1/   Huntsman moments after fox was killed     2/  Sabs retrieved the savaged corpse

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26-6-17  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Sabs   VIDEO    INVESTIGATION INTO FOX KILLED BY ATHERSTONE HUNT HAS BEEN DROPPED  Contact your MP and tell them that the Hunting Act needs strengthening.

The police investigation into illegal fox hunting by the Atherstone Hunt has been dropped by Warwickshire Police. The Atherstone hounds were filmed tearing into the fox on someone's driveway in Shuttington on Saturday 14th January. One of our sabs managed to rescue the fox from the hounds but it died latter in our arms. At no point did huntsman Stuart Barton attempt to stop the hounds.

This is not the first investigation into the Atherstone Hunt for illegal hunting that has been dropped, in fact over the past 3 years we know of 5 foxes that this hunt have killed. The Atherstone Hunt claim these kills were all “accidents” but there are only so many “accidents” one Hunt can have whilst still expecting people to believe them. The Atherstone Hunt seem to be a very accident prone hunt. The fact that the case has been dropped does not mean that the Atherstone Hunt are telling the truth and not illegally hunting, it just means that the current legislation isn’t strong enough.

What needs to happen now is that the Hunting Act should be strengthened to eliminate the loopholes. It needs to be a total ban with no exemptions, no room for excuses and no room for "accidents". These people clearly can not be trusted to let their hounds loose in the countryside without them killing something, so really their hounds shouldn't be let loose in the countryside. We are urging everyone to contact their MPs and talk to them about how the Hunting Act should be strengthened.


Jedforest FH two illegal hunting trial should conclude today

27-6-17    ITV News   Closing statements due in Borders fox hunting trial    Closing statements are due to be heard today in the trial of two huntsmen accused of breaching Scotland's fox hunting laws. 67-year-old John Clive Richardson and his son, 24-year-old Johnny Riley, from the Jedforest Hunt, have denied the accusation after a video filmed by investigators showed a fox being dug out of a hole and then chased by a pack of hounds. The video was filmed at Townfoothill near Jedburgh in February 2016, by an employee of the League Against Cruel Sports.

The trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court has already had several days of evidence from members of the League Against Cruel Sports, police and the two accused. The Crown and the defence teams will now sum up their cases to Sheriff Peter Paterson.

POWAperson adds - This trial, concerning events of more than a year ago, has proceeded in fits and starts over the last 3 months and its conclusion is long overdue.  

Two prominent Tory hunter MPs face Commons breach of code of conduct prSimonHartMP.jpgobes

24-6-17  Western Telegraph   Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart under investigation for alleged breach of code of conduct    CONSERVATIVE MP Simon Hart [right] is one of four MPs under investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. Mr Hart was re-elected for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire in May with a reduced majority of 3,110. An investigation into an alleged breach of paragraph 15 of the MPs' code of conduct started in May, but no decision could be made during the dissolution of Parliament. This paragraph states: "Members are personally responsible and accountable for ensuring that their use of any expenses, allowances, facilities and services provided from the public purse is in accordance with the rules laid down on these matters. Members shall ensure that their use of public resources is always in support of their parliamentary duties. It should not confer any undue personal or financial benefit on themselves or anyone else, or confer undue advantage on a political organisation." 

Other MPs subject to an inquiry are Labour’s Keith Vaz and the Conservatives’ Michelle Donelan and Chris Davies [below left]. Mr Hart told the Western Telegraph he had been advised by the commissioner not to comment, but that she would 'publish full details in due course'.

POWAperson adds – At this stage we do not know the details of the alleged breaches. Simon Hart MP is a former CEO of the Countryside Alliance and was in that position when the CA facilitated the mass signing of the 'Hunting Declaration' in 2004. Signatories, of whom there were a purported 50,000, pledged to ignore any law banning hunting.

ChrisDaviesMPwhenJMG.ValleyFH.jpgMr. Hart is allegedly at present in receipt of a £47,000 p.a. 'consultancy' retainer from the hunting lobby. During his campaign to become an MP in 2010 he received very substantial donations from Johan Christofferson, an American hedge-fund manager who was then JM of the Isle of Wight FH. In 2004, his Huntsman and terrierman staged a repellent stunt in Brighton City centre while the Labour Conference was on there. They dumped carcasses of a horse and cattle in the city centre as a protest against the impending Hunting Act. Following this action, which caused public outrage, They were convicted of public order offences but just got slapped on their wrists. Christofferson was suspended by the MFHA for not controlling his hunt servants. He is now JM of the Jedforest FH, whose huntsman and terrierman are on trial for illegal hunting now.

Hart also received a donation of £2000 from Lord Daresbury, then Chair of the MFHA. It was Daresbury who had written earlier in 2004 to Hunt Masters, urging them to ask 'their farmers' to help foxes out with breeding, because they were running short of quarry. This only became public knowledge because Simon Hart's scathing email to Daresbury, criticising him for being so stupid in handing ammunition to the antis, was leaked.

Chris Davies, the Tory MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, is a former JM of Golden Valley FH. He was in post when the Hunting Act came into effect. He did not have the bottle to say he would personally defy the law, but told the BBC that some of his members would.

Prior to the recent election both MPs were on the EFRA Select Committee and were instrumental in that Committee calling, by a majority of one, for the RSPCA to be investigated, a move largely prompted by the Society's prosecutions of packs for illegal hunting and badger sett interference.


Sabs prevent Northants MH hunting again

24-6-17   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   After our recent success against the Northants Mink/Otter Hounds which was largely down to vigilant members of the public we thought we'd be a little more proactive this week and visit some areas where we've know them to hunt in the past. So we gathered a team of lovely people from North Cambs Hunt Sabs, Northants Hunt Sabs and Nottingham Hunt Sabs and sett off to look for them. 
With Notts & Northants in one vehicle and 2 others with a combo of B&B and North Cambs we scoured likely looking areas and surprise surprise, we recognised some vehicles heading to a known area. 
This was close to where they hunted a few weeks ago and on the same bit of river - Claydon Brook. 
With eyes on them they lead us to a farm near the big equestrian centre at Addington Manor. So with some proper military planning we moved in with a classic pincer action. Notts & Northants going in from the South on foot while the B&B/North Cambs teams in vehicles watched their only route out. By now they hunters knew they had been rumbled and did what they always do and called the police. Once again some officers arrived from Thames Valley but we had a cordial chat with them in the sunshine and discussed the Wildlife & Countryside Act and the Hunting Act. The police also told us there were some very pissed off people at the hunt meet! Perhaps they should find a less blood thirsty and acceptable pass time. With the hound van leaving to return to the kennels and the hounds not even getting out we enjoyed the sunshine while making sure they didn't try to pull a fast one. 
North Cotswold FH terrierman cautioned for riding quad in to sab

23-6-17   Three Counties Hunt Sabs   VIDEO  On December 28th 2016, our group split to keep an eye on two different Hunts, the Ledbury and the North Cotswold. Both groups, along with Bristol Hunt Saboteurs, were subject to violence and intimidation. Both Hunts were still disrupted while attempting to kill wildlife.
Not long ago we wrote this update about the Ledbury terrierman involved in the assault on sabs – Terrierman charged with affray – and now we bring an update on the North Cotswold case too. The video shows some of the footage from the day, including falconer Calvin Crossman’s behaviour towards sabs in a field and terrierman WillN.CotswoldFHWillHainesJrridesquadintosabCautioned6-17.jpgHaines riding his quadbike into a sab [right].
Following the discovery of the artificial earths the Hunt packed up and the sab attended Gloucester hospital with suspected concussion and a swollen jaw. Statements were made to the police soon after. West Mercia Police have dropped the case against Crossman, as they say it is unclear how he and the sab ended up on the floor, whether he intended to hit her in the face and whether he did actually knee her in the groin.
Regardless of this, we believe that his behaviour in the run-up to the fall still constitutes an assault (assault does not require physical contact) and is still unacceptable, especially the fact that he puts his eagle in danger. Haines admitted that he had ridden into the same sab on purpose and was given a caution due to previously having a clean record. If you think the name is familiar you may well be thinking of Will Haines senior, a farmer from Castle Farm in Chipping Campden (supplier to M&S, Whole Foods and others). Will Haines junior was identified by the North Cotswold’s huntsman, Nigel Peel, and confirmed as being employed by him as terrierman and is also known to be involved in helping to organise the hunt ball, so the hunt can’t easily pretend that he has nothing to do with them.

The violence is believed to have been sparked by a previous incident in October 2016 when terriermen were caught attempting to dig out an active badger sett in order to get to the hunted fox who had sought shelter within the sett and who then thought it acceptable to abandon their terrier (a “much-loved family pet”) in the sett with the frightened fox and numerous badgers. Gloucestershire Constabulary looked into an allegation that sabs had stolen the terrier and found no evidence to suggest this; the investigation was dropped earlier this year. Unfortunately, despite evidence supplied, we believe they have also dropped the investigation into the illegal dig-out.

The Hunt continue to intend to hunt illegally, the blocking of badger setts prior to hunt meets being one giveaway of this and we intend to keep a closer eye on them in the coming seasons. If you hear any information about the Hunt or have any tip-offs as to hunt meets (or a hunt meet card) please contact us on 07891 639803 or via our Facebook page or email address:  Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years, whether with moral support, driving sabs to hospitals, throwing us a few quid here and there or giving us information. If you can help us out financially so that we can continue what we do (and keep an eye on this bunch of lawbreakers next season) please do so via .


Police won't act on road blocking by Ashford Valley FH followers

23-6-17  Facebook - East Kent Sabs  VIDEO   Ashford Valley Tickham Fox Hounds supporters blocking public highway 25th February 2017 [below]  -  You may remember back in February, we put up a post about our vehicle being blocked in at the Ashford Valley hunt kennels, by some hunt supporters in 4x4’s…we also had a video clip on our YouTube channel which we were asked to take down by the police while they investigated our allegations of blocking a public highway.

Well that investigation is over, and guess what? Kent police are going to do…NOTHING! Yes - as per usual the Hunts can do what ever they like, with no legal action being taken against them!

Kent police had all the footage of the mornings events, which showed the driver of the blue pickup- on top of that they also had the name of the driver, because he put in a bogus claim against us! They obviously had a good chat with him though, as with no hard evidence, they then sent a letter to our vehicles registered keeper, threatening to summons us for 4 road traffic offences…!!!! 1) failure to stop and to report an accident (which did not happen); 2) dangerous driving; 3) driving without care; 4) driving without consideration.

To then add insult to injury, our hunt liaison officer said that the people who had obstructed our vehicle on the highway could not be prosecuted “retrospectively” ..UTTER BOLLOCKS!!!

So… after getting other parties involved and with us pressing them on this issue, our list of summonses were dropped, and a promise to investigate was made by the police… which we now know is going nowhere, and the hunt supporters who blocked us in are free to do the same again next season - making sure that they can illegally hunt in peace. So, no surprises there.



Tory pledge to repeal HA is missing from Queen's speech [presumed dead] 

LACS PR   No mention of hunting in Queen’s speech    Reacting to the Queen’s speech today, Eduardo Gonçalves, CEO of the League Against Cruel Sports said: -

“We are pleased to see that there is no mention of hunting in the Queen’s Speech. We hope that, following the outcry during the election campaign, Theresa May has now abandoned the manifesto pledge for a free vote on repeal of the Hunting Act. The reality is that the ban has overwhelming support from the British public. We have no doubt that a vocal minority will continue in their attempts to weaken or repeal the ban – either openly or via the back door. We therefore remain vigilant and there should be no doubt that we will continue to be the voice speaking up for animals, vigorously opposing any effort to weaken their protection. The Government should be clear that what the British people want from them is to get on with the job of improving animal protection, not undermining it.”POWAperson adds -  Whilst all of the above is true, the fact is that the Hunting Act remains of very limited utility against organised Hunts and all antis need to press hard for it to not just be retained and enforced but substantially strengthened.

POWAperson adds - It's great that the threat of repeal of the Hunting Act has gone, though almost certainly it would not have got through the new House. However, this does not get us anywhere nearer the strengthening that is essential to restrain organised Hunts from continuing to hunt and kill live quarry.

Otter Trust expresses concern over mink hunts endangering otters

21-6-17    POWA has just learned of the following statement from the UK Wild Otter Trust regarding mink hunting...
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MINK HUNTING   As a leading charity dealing with the European otter, we are concerned that mink hunting can & does cause issues for otters. The Hunting Act of 2004 bans the hunting of mammals with dogs whether they are native or not including mink. The control of any predator if required should be done in the most humane way – hunting with dogs is not. Unfortunately, this type of hunting still continues and therefore poses an ongoing risk to the otter. UKWOT would question the methods used during illegal mink hunting as the dogs would not be able to distinguish between an otter or a mink. There are several points that require intervention by the law because it will cause disturbance to otters at the holt, place of rest or shelter and of course will disrupt its territory. There is also a very huge risk that the “mink hounds” will “accidentally” take an otter but of course that would be covered up. Do we believe that these packs actually hunt mink? No, we don’t but having proof is paramount to any such investigation and subsequent prosecution. The UK Wild Otter Trust would not hesitate to take legal proceedings should this ever be proven against any such hunting packs and we will never endorse this barbaric act.
Pic below - Otter hunting in the old days -

Lifelong 'hunter' jailed for shooting neighbours kitten

20-6-17   Daily Mail    Retired Cambridge rowing coach, 73, who SHOT a Siamese kitten who wandered into his garden is jailed for 12 weeks - Christopher Boswell, 73, shot eight-month-old kitten Pia with an air rifle - He shot the panicked cat in neck and right hip and dumped her over the fence -Her owner, who lives three doors down, said Pia's back leg had to be removed - 'Alcoholic' Boswell said he hated cats and had turned garden into haven for birds    A retired Cambridge college rowing coach who shot a Siamese kitten [below left, credit Geoff Robinson] after it wandered into his garden has been jailed for 12 weeks. Christopher Boswell, 73, pleaded guilty to shooting eight-month-old kitten Pia with an air gun.  He shot his neighbour's cat in the neck and right hip and dumped her over the fence because he hated cats and had made his garden into a haven for birds. Owner Caroline King spent £6,000 on vets bills for Pia, whose hip was so badly Catshotbylifelonghunter6-17.jpgshattered that she had to have her back leg removed.
Cambridge Magistrates Court heard that Caroline knocked on Boswell's door in Eden Street, Cambridge, on April 7th this year after Pia went missing to ask if he had seen her cat. He said he had shot Pia and thrown her over the fence and when Caroline's partner investigated he found their cat in the neighbouring garden. They took Pia to the vets, who found a pellet in her which matched the air gun Boswell had used. The court heard that Boswell had been hunting since he was 17 and moved to Cambridge in 1989 when his marriage broke up. Boswell, who spoke only to identify himself, was also said to be an alcoholic and suffering from cancer. His defence said he had been 'horrendously stupid' and the act was 'completely out of character.' 
Boswell was given a 12-week prison sentence by the magistrates, who described it as 'a nasty incident which deserved a jail sentence.' He has been bailed until an appeal hearing on the condition he lives at home and does not contact Caroline.
Pia is now back at home recovering with her sister, Cleo, but Caroline is keeping her inside the house. Neighbours of Boswell on Tuesday described there being a spate of between 12 and 20 cat disappearances in the past five years. Mother-of-two Frankie de Vorms, 56, told how her nine-year-old rescue cat Kitty was shot in the face in 2015, appearing at her front door with blood coming out of her nose. She added that a 'substantial' number of missing cat posters had appeared on a post outside her terraced home. She said: 'I'd say between 12 and 20 cats have disappeared over the last five years. The feeling in the neighbourhood is one of horror and disbelief that some one could hurt little creatures. I'm very aware that he's shot cats, I've seen what he's done to Caz's (Catherine's) cat. 'Whereas I was ready to say hello to him now I think, 'I'm sorry, I can't have a relationship with you because what you've done to my cat is so immoral. It's an immoral thing to do and he has hurt us very badly by doing that.
Ms de Vorms said other cat-owning neighbours had overheard Boswell saying he 'hated cats' to Ms King. She added: 'I didn't see him shooting my cat but it would seem a very strong correlation that it was him.' Her daughter Phoebe de Vorms said passers-by often saw Boswell sitting on his sofa wearing only a sarong through his open front door. She said: 'Everyone [at school] used to refer to him as the creepy guy who sat naked in his lounge. We know everyone who lives in the community but I couldn't imagine anyone else shooting an animal.'
Atherstone FH hound parade may be dropped from Ashby show 

20-6-17   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   Ashby Show update   It seems like the Ashby Show are having an emergency meeting on Wednesday. The hound parade has been cancelled. The Atherstone Hunt have been investigated numerous times for illegal hunting with one case still ongoing. There have been at least 5 foxes killed by the Atherstone Hunt that we know of in the last few years so it is obviously a good development that the Ashby Show will not be promoting cruelty.

However the Atherstone Hunt Supporters Club still have stall at the show. Atherstone Hunt supporters have numerous convictions for using violence. There are cases ongoing. To continue to allow them to have this stall will be condoning the use of violence. Please politely contact the Ashby Show and ask why a violent organisation with convictions for using violence are allowed to have a trade stand at the show - 

19-6-17  Facebook - This is Hunting UK    Whilst this photo was taken of the Fitzwilliam at last year's Burghley Horse Trials, it clearly demonstrates the popularity of the Hound Parade. Please let us not forget our opponents are actively out there trying to persuade Show Committees to ban the Hounds from attending. We must rigidly stand up for the traditional Hound Parade wherever they may take place across the UK. One example is Ashby Show in Leicestershire where well known Saboteurs have already vented their feelings to the Committee about the annual parade of the Atherstone, North Warwickshire, Beagles and the Dove Valley Mink Hounds. This type of action cannot be allowed to continue.... Please all we ask is keep liking and sharing these messages further and further afield so our supporters are well aware as to what is going on. 
Northants Mink Hounds stopped from hunting by sabs

18-6-17   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   Hunting goes on all year round in some form or another, well done to these Sabs for shutting down a Mink hunt   Summertime . . . and the living is easy . . . except of course if you're a low life hunter, something the Northants Mink (Otter) Hounds found out once again yesterday. Another tip off from a concerned member of the public saw us quickly assemble a team which included sabs from Northants Hunt Sabs and Cambridge Hunt sabs.
We found them hunting along the river Ouse at Ravenstone Mill, just north of Tyringham. Incidentally the estate here is owned by one of the major sponsors of the Oakley Hunt and of course the Northants Minks Hounds are kennelled with the Oakley hounds. No surprises there. This part of the river also has a recovering Otter population, the Mink have been largely pushed out by the Otters as they are the dominant predator here and of course rampaging a pack of hounds through a river in breeding season in never a good thing for any wildlife. Once caught red handed they were forced to pack up immediately and do the walk of shame back to the meet. Some pathetic attempts were made at intimidation but it's all in a days work to us sabs.
The police (Thames Valley) arrived a short time later at the request of the Hunt and had to be educated in the details of the Hunting Act (no repeal for a repeal now, hehe). They seemed more interested in eating cake with the real criminals and harassing sabs rather than doing their job. More training needed for these guys, they'll be getting more calls in the future. Still a good result and no kills, which is what it's all about. 
Leading vet says evidence that hunting hounds are spreading bTb

15-6-17  LACS Press Release  VIDEO   Has bTB been spread by hunting hounds? New evidence   Evidence that bTB – the devastating disease which has caused thousands of cattle deaths and led to the controversial badger cull – could be spread by hunting hounds is mounting following the release of new government figures.

An outbreak of bTB occurred at the Kimblewick Hunt kennels in Buckinghamshire in December 2016. Concerns that the hounds could have spread the disease into farms across the six counties covered by the Hunt were LordGardinerofKimbleKimblewickFH.jpgquashed by Defra – however new official figures show that there have been 55 new bTB cattle herd breakdowns there in just the first four months of the year. There are currently 90 recorded outbreaks in the area – meaning the number has more than doubled since the Kimblewick infection. The startling figures have caused veterinary scientists and animal welfare charities to raise the issue with Defra – however FOI requests have been stonewalled, leading to concerns that information is being withheld. Other aspects of concern include the fact that Animal Welfare Minister Lord Gardiner of Kimble [right] is a member of the Kimblewick Hunt, as are the two local vets who dealt with the Kimblewick outbreak.
Vet Dr Iain McGill [below left], Director of the Prion Interest Group and former MAFF and ZSL scientist, and animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports, are calling for all hunting to be suspended until an independent inquiry has taken place to discover if hunting hounds are spreading bTB. Dr McGill said: “As a vet and a scientist, I’m extremely concerned that the government is ignoring significant evidence that this disease is being carried by hunting hounds. Because of TB, cattle are being slaughtered, badgers are being culled and now hunt hounds are being euthanized – we have a responsibility to examine every possible explanation for the spread of the disease, and that isn’t happening. 
DrIainMcGillvet.jpgCausality may be difficult to prove, but can Defra prove that they have done the research to rule out the possibility that the entire bTB epidemic in cattle is being spread and amplified by hunting hounds? Conversely, I have evidence that research on diseases of hunting hounds has been suppressed and not pursued by the Government for 27 years.
Cover up?  Eduardo Goncalves, CEO of the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “If the government doesn’t set up an independent inquiry into the potential spread of bTB by hunting hounds as a matter of urgency, they are playing fast and loose with the lives of animals and the livelihoods of farmers. Mapping of hunting areas and bTB outbreak zones reveal concerning trends. There are hunts present in every area in which bTB has spread in cattle. The sudden leap in new outbreaks in the Kimblewick hunt area – 55 in the four months since the hounds were diagnosed compared with under half that pre-dating their infection – cannot be written off as a coincidence without evidence.
The League has tried to get to the bottom of this but to no avail. Defra have refused to release information about the Kimblewick outbreak, or other outbreaks in hound packs elsewhere in England. Defra also refused to reveal details of communication with the Kimblewick Hunt, citing privacy laws, even though bovine TB is a notifiable disease, not a private matter. 
Conversations with the local vet in charge of the outbreak suggests that it was hunting authorities who prevented publication of the data, fearing a “PR disaster” for hunting with hounds. I think the UK’s farmers would prefer a PR disaster for hunts rather than further devastation of their herds.”  
Dr McGill added: “One of the Chief Veterinary Officer’s main arguments for badger culling in 2013 was that pet dogs could catch TB in areas where TB contamination of the environment was high, and then transmit TB to their owners. By contrast, now Defra considers the risks and dangers presented to other animals and humans by TB infected hounds as ‘low’. So there is a change of opinion from Defra, and an absence of evidence to support such a conclusion.
Risk to humans -  Because of the latest outbreaks in the Kimblewick area, bTB – which can lead to TB, particularly in immunocompromised humans – is encroaching on London. The reason given by Defra for euthanasia of the Kimblewick hounds was that they were a risk to their handlers. The Master of Fox Hounds Association said the Kimblewick hunt immediately suspended their hunting activities “to protect farmers and landowners”. This suggests that there was indeed some risk from having the hounds on land with livestock, or in close contact with people.
Although immunosuppressed humans are at risk from M bovis, human deaths from bTB are currently low in number. However, it is the contrast between the stance in 2013, which played up human health risks, to Defra’s ‘low risk’ assertions now, which are of major concern. Both positions simply cannot be correct as they directly contradict each other.
13-6-17   Times  Bovine tuberculosis ‘spread by packs of fox hounds’   After a nearby pack of hounds became infected, 90 outbreaks were recorded in Hampshire and Hertfordshire. Campaigners have called for an investigation into whether fox hounds spread tuberculosis after outbreaks doubled on farms near an infected pack of dogs. Farmers blame badgers for spreading bovine TB, which led to almost 40,000 cattle being slaughtered prematurely last year, and have called for more badger culls to control the disease.
Government figures have shown that the number of TB outbreaks in or near one of Britain’s biggest hunts, which covers countryside from Hampshire to Hertfordshire, doubled in four months after the disease was first detected in its dogs last year. Thirty-five outbreaks of bovine TB were recorded in and around the Kimblewick Hunt when the hounds were first confined to their kennels in December. By April that figure had risen to 90.Iain McGill [Director of Vets Against the Badger Cull, who previously exposed the government cover-up during the foot and mouth epidemic] said  'There is a TB epidemic spreading out of control. I’m extremely concerned that the government is ignoring significant evidence that this disease is being carried by hunting hounds.'...  
See also this article in The Canary There was another article in The Smallholder reporting Dr McGill's suspicions, but today [16-6-17] it seems to have been removed, even though on one page it is listed as the most visited article on the news site But the link there to it just produces a 'Sorry' message.  
Make Hunting History & anti-cull London demo set for August 26th

15-6-17  Facebook – Keep the Ban   Keeptheban shared their event   Are you free on August 26th? Although there's still a while to go, please register your interest by clicking on the link below. The key aim of the protest march will be to call on the new Conservative minority government to bring an immediate end to the cruel, costly and ineffective badger cull policy and to strengthen rather than seek to repeal the Hunting Act. This event is expected to be the largest ever British wildlife protection protest held in the UK, bringing together thousands of caring compassionate people united in their determination to stop the government from playing politics with the future of our wildlife. The march will leave Cavendish Square at 1.30 pm and proceed down Regents Street, Pall Mall, around Trafalgar Square down Whitehall ending at Richmond Terrace opposite Downing Street. Speakers at Cavendish Square and Richmond Terrace will include leading wildlife protection campaigners, naturalists and broadcasters, politicians and vets. 

Kent Wildlife Trust had previous Chair who was Quorn FH JM

As the controversy over hare hunter Mike Bax as Trust Chair rages, further material regarding the Blean Beagles and the Trust comes to light. It is not pretty reading. 

15-6-17  Facebook - Stop the cull   We have been sent an horrendous account taken from Hounds magazine in 2004 [below] reporting on the killing sprees of the Blean Beagles over a season. The record of hunting worn out hares is sadistic. Note that a 'leash' means 3 and a 'brace' is a pair. 'Accounted for' means to have been killed; torn to shreds by the hounds, urged on by the hunt staff. One of those people who formed part of the hunt was Michael Bax, Chairman of Kent Wildlife Trust who was in the recent past both huntsman and joint master. Stuart Sillars who is mentioned is Bax's work colleague and a current master.

We have also discovered that Kent Wildlife Trust previously had another dubious Chairman, James Teacher, a master of the Quorn Hunt It would seem that Kent WT don't care about ethics but would rather brownnose wealthy landowners. Please urge the trust to rethink the appointment of Bax.



LACS claims hunting issue played major role in general election

14-6-17   LACS website   The Verdict's In - Fox Hunting Played Major Election Role    Elections can be curious affairs. For political junkies, the polling, the projections, and the posturing are their bread and butter - but away from that there is something much deeper. Elections have a way of distilling how a nation feels and what it values. This was supposed to be the Brexit election, but in the end, that wasn’t a major issue. To everyone’s surprise, it was usurped by a different issue: hunting. In Conservative manifestos past, the party has committed a free vote on repeal of the Hunting Act. 
Previously, when only a handful of Conservative MPs supported the ban, this was barely commented on. But we know that prior to this election, more than 50 Conservative MPs supported the ban. More than that, we know that the vast majority of the British public support the ban. So it came as something of a surprise when Theresa May affirmed her own support for hunting, and a repeal of the Hunting Act. What happened next was little short ofSarahWoolastonMP.jpgremarkable. 
Like never before, fox hunting became an election issue. 
That’s not my just view. Buzzfeed analysed what was being shared online during the campaign. Throughout the campaign, hunting was the fourth most-shared topic, ahead of Brexit. It wasn’t just online that it was making a stir, either. BritainThinks ran focus groups with swing voters in marginal constituencies. After social care, the most commonly mentioned manifesto commitment was the Hunting Act. YouGov said that the words brought up most during the campaign were “social care” and “fox hunting” c
andidates - both Labour and Conservative - spoke time and time again about how fox hunting repeatedly came up on the doorsteps. 
Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston [right] said Theresa May’s comments on hunting were a “turning point” in the campaign. Another Conservative MP, Michael Fabricant [left], said that raising the issue was “very foolish”. The victorious Labour candidate in Canterbury - held by the Conservatives for decades - said it was fox hunting that swung it.
Jim Waterson, Political Editor at Buzzfeed, tweeted that “Anecdotally and based on our most-shared data, I really think fox hunting (& ivory ban) cost the Tories some marginal seats”.  
At the same time all this was going on, League Against Cruel Sports supporters were contacting their local candidates as part of the Votes for Vinny campaign. Tens of thousands of emails were sent, and in the days before polling day, thousands of people logged in to the League website to see how their candidates responded to the pledges. 
Clearly, hunting is not a party political issue. No party has a monopoly on compassion. Along with those many anti-hunting Conservative MPs, over 70% of Conservative voters support the ban on hunting. Party colour was not the vote loser here - the misjudgement was pandering to a vocal minority who want to see a return to a more ignorant time. Vinny himself was in cities across Britain, spreading the word about animal cruelty. Candidates from all parties contacted their constituents - and us at the League - to say that they opposed repeal. In the final two weeks of the campaign, an additional 30 Conservative candidates, almost all of whom were elected, said that they would vote against repeal. So, where do we stand now? Well, it is very difficult to see a repeal vote on the Hunting Act being passed. Former Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps says it “stands absolutely no chance” of repeal.

MichaelFabricantMP.jpgDespite the Conservatives losing seats, the number of Conservative MPs supporting the Hunting Act has increased, and is possibly as high as one third of their MPs. The election has made clear how unpopular - not to mention politically toxic - the idea of repeal is.

Yet there is more work to do. The Brexit process may open the door to weakened environmental and animal welfare legislation. That must be stopped. In the last Parliament, good progress was made towards tougher sentencing for animal cruelty. That must be seen through. It is not just politicians that should now be left in no doubt as to how unpopular hunting is. In a couple of months, ‘cub hunting’ - the illegal slaughter of fox cubs - will begin again, and hunting continues under the false alibi of “trail hunting”. Public bodies like the National Trust, the Forestry Commission, and the Ministry of Defence continue to allow this on their land. The British public do not tolerate animal cruelty, and neither should those organisations.With a hung Parliament, the election may have had an indecisive outcome, but in another way, it was utterly decisive. The idea that the Hunting Act should be repealed has been roundly rejected and the hope now is that we can move on from any notion of repeal or weakening. The British public believes in compassion and they believe that animals should be protected from persecution. Politicians surely now accept that. It must be time, therefore, that we seek to strengthen and extend those protections. 


Ex Tory Chair says HA repeal dead in the water

12-6-17  Daily Mirror   Former Tory Party chairman says Theresa May's dream of bringing back fox hunting is dead in the water    Theresa May's manifesto promised a free vote in Parliament on repealing the Hunting Act, but this could now be impossible after the Tories lost seats  The former chairman of the Conservative Party says Theresa May's manifesto promise to hold a vote on bringing back fox hunting is now dead in the water.

Grant Shapps [right] said it was "absolute insanity" to try to change the fox hunting laws the light of the Tories' general election humiliation. She said on the campaign trail: "As it happens, personally, I have always been in favour of fox hunting and we maintain our commitment - we have had a commitment previously as a GrantShappsMP.jpgConservative Party - to allow a free vote."  And the Mirror exposed on its front page how hunt masters were "mobilising" to get Mrs May back into power to legalise their sick bloodsport once again.

But Mr Shapps now says the chances of this happening are zero given the Tories' non-existent parliamentary majority. He told the BBC's Daily Politics: "It's absolute insanity to start talking about passing and changing fox hunting laws, what an Earth was that about? "I thought a mistake had been made, perhaps an off-the-cuff comment. Then I read the manifesto and discovered not only were were planning to allow a free vote, but it was going to be a government bill and on government time. This now stands absolutely no chance. It's a silly idea."

The weakened Prime Minister is desperately clinging to power after losing her overall majority in the House of Commons.

12-6-17   Sun   MAY FOXED CAMPAIGN - Theresa May’s support for fox hunting lost Conservatives huge election majority, say campaign chiefs  Tory candidates claimed the PM offering a manifesto commitment to overturn the popular ban was hugely unpopular while doorstepping. The PM offered a manifesto commitment to overturn the popular ban with a vote in government time. Hundreds of angry candidates reported back to CCHQ that the move proved almost as toxic as Mrs May’s social care policy debacle on the doorstep. One campaign boss told The Sun: “The fox hunting thing really resonated.

Rather than sticking to the Tories’ line of promising a vote on it, Theresa May came out in support for fox hunting. “It helped seed doubt about Tory motives, that we’re just in it for rich. It was a really disastrous stereotype that we just couldn’t shift after that.” Another senior MP said: “Fox hunting came up a lot on the doorstep. It was really unpopular.”

Campaigning in Leeds on May 9, the Tory leader was asked about her views on the activity, outlawed by Labour in 2004. Many Tory candidates claimed the policy came up while doorstepping and voters weren’t impressed. And Mrs May’s election manifesto promise read: “We will grant a free vote, on a government bill in government time, to give parliament the opportunity to decide the future of the Hunting Act”.

Son of Blackmore FH Huntsman convicted of ABH on woman sab

12-6-17   Facebook - Dorset Against Blood Sports   SON OF MARK DOGGRELL PLEADS GUILTY TO ASSAULTING A HUNT SAB  In March 2015, Ben Doggrell kicked a sab's feet from underneath her causing her to land heavily on tarmac. As a result, she broke her elbow as well as having cuts and bruises to her legs. Initially the CPS refused to prosecute although the video evidence was clear. This mirrors the case where Ben's father, Mark Doggrell "accidentally" rode his horse into a sab causing serious injury. After using the Victim's Right to Review, Mark's case eventually went to court and he was found not guilty, much to the disgust of many people. However, his son has not been so lucky and after two years of waiting, the senior prosecutor agreed there was a case to answer and on Friday June 9th, Ben Doggrell pleaded guilty to a charge of ABH and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and payment of costs/compensation. A big thank you to Outpaced who helped tremendously.

Pic below - Ben Doggrell, having been harassing sabs for some time, attacks female sab, in March 2015. Convicted of ABH June 2017. 



Forestry Commission to review Isle of Wight FH hunting licence



Grove & Rufford FH convicts seen canvassing for Tory candidate

5-6-17   Wildlife Guardian   Conservative politician campaign supported by convicted hunters   After the cash for questions and the expenses scandals, trust in politicians and democracy has never been so low. Rather than clean up their act, some prospective MPs are secretly receiving help from the hunting lobby during the general election. Ben Bradley’s (the Conservative Party candidate for Mansfield) campaign is being supported by members of a Hunt recently convicted of a criminal act.
In March of this year, three members of the Grove and Rufford Hunt were found guilty of illegal fox hunting after a three day trial. Huntsman Paul Larby was fined £800, Peter White was fined £550 and whipper-in Jane Wright was fined £180. All three were ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge, at Mansfield Magistrates Court. In GroveandRuffordFHConvictscanvassingforTory5-6-17.jpghis summing up, District Judge Spruce said the three defendants had failed to cooperate with the police, giving no comment interviews when they were interviewed.
On Saturday, 3rd June 2017, 27 year old Ben Bradley was seen handing out packs of campaign leaflets to Paul Larby, Peter White and five or six other members of the Grove & Rufford Hunt outside Tesco’s in Mansfield [left].A lady who was shopping at Tesco spotted Bradley and took a couple of photos. When she posted them on Facebook one of her friends recognised Larby from the press coverage of the trial and contacted us.It’s likely that the Grove & Rufford Hunt are acting on behalf of the pro-hunting Vote-OK group run by Otis Ferry, son of Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry. Otis Ferry’s own criminal record includes drink driving, failing to provide a breath sample after he was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and the cowardly assault on two women.
Knowing how unpopular hunting is with the public, Vote-OK volunteers are not to mention hunting when campaigning for candidates. It is also worth noting that Vote-OK don’t seem to be coordinating the “legions” of activists as claimed in the Telegraph and by pro-hunt MPs. The Grove and Rufford Hunt could only muster about half a dozen people for campaigning on a sunny Saturday afternoon! Although Mr Bradley is very active on social media, he’s been rather reluctant to share photos of himself with his bloodsport friends. If elected, Ben Bradley won’t listen to the constituents he is meant to represent when it comes to any vote on the repeal of the Hunting Act. Instead he will reward the criminal minority.

POWAperson adds - Alas, these law-breakers may have assisted in the election of the Tory candidate. Worse, the sitting Labour MP was Sir Alan Meale. He had been in the Commons for decades and was a strong opponent of hunting. It was he who piloted through the Wild Mammals Protection Act in 1996, as a Private Members Bill. It was the first legislation giving any protection from cruelty to wild mammals.

Ex police WCO tells court he was the 'invisible' Jedforest FH gunman

2-6-17   BBC News   Borders fox-hunting trial hears shotgun evidence    A retired police wildlife crime officer has told the trial of two men accused of breaking Scots fox-hunting laws he was waiting in a gulley with a shotgun. Investigators from the League Against Cruel Sports said they saw no gunmen and heard no shots when they filmed the Jedforest Hunt in February 2016. However, Malcolm Henderson told a court he had been there with a shotgun.

John Clive Richardson, 66, and his son Johnny Riley, 24, both deny deliberately hunting a fox with dogs. Mr Henderson, who has worked with the Hunt for the past two years, said he had been at the site near Jedburgh on the day in question. He told Jedburgh Sheriff Court he was present when a fox was flushed from cover and pursued by hounds towards his gun which the law permits. He told the trial: "I was there. I was down in the dip but they (the investigators) would not see me from where they were standing."

Earlier in the trial, Mr Richardson had told the court that Mr Henderson had shot and wounded the fox. Mr Richardson and Mr Riley, of Bonchester Bridge, deny breaching the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002. The trial will continue later this month.


Revealed - Kent WT Chair allows pheasant shooting on his land
Thousands call for Mike Bax to be removed from his post

2-6-17   Daily Mirror   Thousands call for wildlife chief to be sacked for letting bird killers shoot on his land for 10 years   Property entrepreneur Michael Bax [left] allowed pheasants to be shot on his land for 10 years and caused a storm in March when it was learned he was once master of a hare hunt  A wildlife protection MikeBaxChairKentWildlifeTrustisJMofBleanBeagles.jpgboss has allowed pheasants to be shot on his land for 10 years.  Now 2,600 people have signed a petition calling for business-man Michael Bax to be sacked.

The property entrepreneur caused a storm in March when it was learned he was once master of a hare hunt. Now it has emerged he “makes land available” near his home for pheasants to be shot. Paying members of Kent Wildlife Trust say Mr Bax’s role as chair­­man is at odds with his in­­­­­­­volvement in hunting.Member Tom Fitton said: “We pay our fees to provide sanctuaries for wildlife from hunters yet they are being given top positions in the Trust.”  Bax now 'makes land available' near his home for the birds to be shot.  
Elisa Allen, director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals , fumed: “It’s nothing if not ironic for the chair of a trust dedicated to protecting wildlife to have been the master of a Hunt in which terrified hares spend hours running for their lives before being torn apart. And today Mike Bax allows bloodthirsty hunters on to his land to gun down pheasants, many of which die in agony.”
POWAperson adds - This story hit the headlines several weeks ago when Mike Bax was exposed to be not just listed as a current joint master of the Blean Beagles, but that he had been their Huntsman for many years last century Despite him being clearly identified as a blood sports exponent, and numerous protests, including a highly critical and explicit letter from POWA, Kent Wildlife Trust seem determined to stick by him.  

CPS won't prosecute Cheshire Forest FH over 2 hunting incidents

Facebook - Cheshire Monitors  VIDEO   This film is a shortened version of the evidence gathered by Cheshire Monitors of what we believe is the Cheshire Forest Hunt breaking the law ON 2-1-17. Cheshire Police did their utmost to get this Hunt into court, sending both this film and the Macclesfield kill evidence [28th Jan] to the Crown Prosecution Service. Sadly the CPS have decided to drop both cases.
This incident was filmed on 2nd January 2017, just after this Hunt was caught with a policewoman seeming to act as private security for them and before the same Hunt killed a fox (very publicly) in Macclesfield. Here is a reminder of the incident with the police woman. Here is a reminder of the fox kill in Macclesfield. 
What you can do... We've been asked by several people how to complain to the CPS. You can do so on this address , quoting case number 07/EZ/01745/17. *Please note* this for the case shown in the video only, and not the Macclesfield case. 
Pics below - 1/ Cheshire Forest FH chasing fox 2-1-17     2/ Same pack hunting in Macclesfield 27-1-17
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Jedforest FH trial Huntsman says were working 'within the law' when fox killed

1-6-17   BBC News   Men on Borders fox-hunting charge acted 'within legislation' - Mr Richardson told the court that he and his son were simply doing their job    Two huntsmen accused of breaching Scotland's fox-hunting laws were acting within the current legislation, it has been claimed at Jedburgh Sheriff Court. John Clive Richardson, 66, and his son Johnny Riley, 24, are charged with deliberately hunting a fox with hounds at a Borders farm. They both deny committing the offence near Jedburgh in February 2016. Mr Richardson told the court they had been doing their job and had done it within the law.

The case centres on a video shot by two investigators from the League Against Cruel Sports on the activities of the Jedforest Hunt members and shows the fox being dug out of a hole and then chased by a pack of hounds. The fox disappears out of sight of the video into a deep gulley with the hounds in pursuit.

The law states a fox can be flushed by dogs from cover to waiting guns, but the two investigators have already given evidence saying they saw no gunmen or heard any shots. However, Mr Richardson told a trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court that there was a gunman in the gulley who wounded the fox with a shot before it was "accounted for" by the hounds.

He said that gunman Malcolm Henderson had been put in position in a deep gulley which was out of sight of the video being secretly filmed. Mr Richardson also took over a shotgun when another man had to leave and was about 35 yards from Mr Henderson but missed with his shot. He said: "I heard the shot and I knew he hit it. The hounds then accounted for it. If he had not hit it they would not have caught it as foxes can run twice as fast as hounds."  Mr Richardson told the court the hounds had been used to flush out the foxes and "evict them towards the gun. We were doing a job and doing it within the legislation we are allowed to work in," he said.

The Huntsman - who first got involved in fox control as a teenager - said farmers often witnessed their pest control service to ensure they were working within the law as they would not want to be associated with any illegal activity on their land. He said that foxes had been prevalent in the area and, with the lambing season coming up, the farmer wanted them controlled. Mr Richardson said he was "not in the slightest aware of being observed" by the two investigators but even if he had been he would have carried on doing the same regardless. He said: "It is not the first time we have been monitored before. We just carry on doing our job."

Mr Richardson and Mr Riley, of Abbotrule, Bonchester Bridge, deny breaching the Wild Mammals Protection (Scotland) Act 2002 at Townfoothill near Jedburgh. The trial continues.


Man charged over fox found captive near Belvoir FH kennels
Charge comes 17 months after incident - Hunt deny involved

24-4-17    Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   A man has been charged with animal welfare offences regarding the fox which was found in an outbuilding in preparation for the Belvoir Hunt which was meeting close by. Nigel Smith (59), of Stainby, Lincs, is due in court next month. Of course, the Hunt are denying everything claiming no knowledge or involvement. This is pretty standard behaviour. Get the serfs to do the dirty work then let them carry the can when and it they get found out.

POWAperson adds - The original story can be found here and here. Pic below - the fox found in the shed by LACS' investigators.



MAY 2017

….. 29th May – Thousands attend anti-hunt march in London
..... 28th May - S.Herefordshire FH paying £55k to Ledbury to hunt with them next season, says HIT
..... 27th May - Wildlife Rescue Centre badly damaged by online attacks from hunters
..... 26th May - Melbreak FH supporter/rapist who punched sab given 80 hours CSO
..... 26th May - Isle of Wight FH terrierman fined £80 after clash with sabs in January
 ….. 25th May – Court - Essex Farmers FH must pay £131k over illegally evicting farmer
..... 24th May - HIT refutes SHFH claim that their hounds are alive and well
..... 23rd May - NT anti members present resolution to ban 'trail hunting' on Trust land
….. 22nd May – S.Herefordshire FH five are re-bailed yet again by the CPS
….. 22nd May – Anti arrested at PM campaign rally after thought he'd 'shouted ''Kill May"'
..... 20th May - Sabs stop Northants MH from hunting
….. 18th May – Ledbury FH terrierman charged with affray aftter attacking sab
….. 18th May – 'Biggest ever' anti fox hunting demo scheduled for 29th May
..... 18th May - Police drop Surrey Union FH rider assault on sab case
….. 16th May – Theresa May confirms she will hold free vote on repealing Hunting Act
….. 16th May – S.Herefordshire FH asks 'false allegations' be removed from Facebook
….. 15th May – S.Herefordshire FH said to have killed all but four of their hounds
….. 12th May – 9 year old girl killed in accident while hunting with the Cotswold FH
….. 12th May – Labour Shadow Chancellor says HA must be enforced & strengthened
..... 11th May - CA to pay £62k after Kinnego Hunt invades lofts and kills prize pigeons
…..  8th May – Leak reveals hunters asked to make huge push for Tory landslide
…..  5th May – Isle of Wight FH appeals for funds to fix 'dire' finances
…..  4th May – Three Derwent FH hunt servants charged with illegal hunting
…..  3rd May – RSPCA and Save Me come out for strengthening of the Hunting Act
…..  2nd May – Kimblewick FH bTb outbreak was advised on by vets close to the Hunt
Thousands attend anti-hunt march in London

29-5-17   Evening Standard   Make Hunting History protest: Thousands descend on Downing Street in anti-hunting march   Thousands of people have descended on Downing Street in a huge protest [below right] against the Conservative Party’s stance on the fox hunting ban. Prime Minister Theresa May has said that if the Conservatives win the General Election on June 8, she will offer Parliament a free vote to repeal the ban on fox hunting.

On Bank Holiday Monday the Make Hunting History march, which is expected to be the largest public protest of the entire General Election campaign, saw thousands make their feelings on the subject known. The protest left Cavendish Square at about 1.30pm, proceeding down Regents Street, Haymarket and around Trafalgar SquareAntihuntdemo28-5-17.jpgbefore entering Whitehall.
The event was organised by an alliance of anti-hunt campaign groups and individuals, and speakers included actor and animal rights activist Peter Egan, wildlife campaigner and writer Dominic Dyer and and TV presenter Bill Oddie. He compared the possibility of changing the law on fox hunting to changing speed limits just because "people like driving fast". Speaking ahead of the rally, Oddie said: "I cannot believe that I'm standing here today saying to the Prime Minister this is ridiculous. It's a bit like some years ago they had a speed limit and they decided 'Speed limit? 30. On the motorways we'll go up to 60'. And then 15 years later somebody said 'Can we change it?' And they said 'Why?' - 'Well people like driving fast''... We'll change the law for no sensible reason except purely there are people who want to go fox hunting." Egan said at the protest: “I’ve been voting now since 1966, for 51 years I’ve been voting for various governments. None of them have ever got everything right, in fact some of them have got nothing right, most of them get perhaps one thing right. In 2004, Tony Blair’s government got it right when he brought in the hunting ban In 2002, Theresa May in opposition got it right when she described her party as the nasty party. In 2017 she’s about to get it right because they are becoming the nasty party if they vote to repeal the hunting ban.”
Speaking on the campaign trail in Yorkshire earlier this month, Prime Minister Theresa May said she would push for Parliament to vote on the reversing the ban having “always been in favour” of the controversial country sport. She said: “This is a situation on which individuals will have one view or the other, either pro or against. As it happens personally I have always been in favour of fox hunting and we maintain out commitment - we have had a commitment previously as a Conservative Party - to allow a free vote. And that's what it will allow, would allow, Parliament the opportunity to take a decision on this."
Professor Andrew Knight, who is standing for the Animal Welfare Party against Mrs May in the constituency of Maidenhead, said it is "profoundly disturbing" that the Prime Minister thinks fox hunting is acceptable. "We need to have leaders of our country that have basic compassion for animals and other vulnerable members of our society," he said. "Theresa May clearly, I think, is unfit to lead this country, if she clearly and demonstrably lacks these basic qualities."

S.Herefordshire FH paying £55k to hunt with Ledbury next season, says HIT

28-5-17   Facebook - Hunt Investigation Team   SPOT THE DIFFERENCE COMPETITION    The South Herefordshire Hunt have tried to pedal the myth of an amalgamation with the Ledbury Hunt. Nobody is fooled anymore by the smoke and mirrors magic trick that Patrick Darling is trying to pull. With no kennels, no hounds, no Huntsman and no supporters anymore this is a total capitulation, not an amalgamation.

The dregs of what is left of the SHH need someone to hunt with next season so they can get their perverted pleasures from seeing animals chased and killed. They are paying the Ledbury £55,000 per year to do this and keep up the pretence of amalgamation.


Wildlife rescue centre badly damaged by online attacks from hunters



Melbreak FH supporter/rapist who punched sab given 80 hours CSO

Had previously served 4 year sentence for raping a woman

26-5-17   Facebook - National Dis-Trust   On May 19th 2017 a Melbreak Foxhounds supporter pleaded guilty to assault by beating after he attacked a hunt monitor at a meet of the Melbreak Foxhounds in the Ennerdale area. Carl McGrady punched the monitor after McGrady's accomplice attempted to steal his camera. The monitor had to be taken to hospital where he had to have stitches. McGrady has several previous convictions, including a four year sentence for rape in 2011. After hearing about the assault, the National Trust, which licences the Melbreak Foxhounds, banned the hunt from its land for A WHOLE 24 HOURS! Why is the National Trust licensing violent behaviour from wildlife criminals? The Melbreak Foxhounds pay on average around £10 per meet on National Trust land, and have been filmed illegally hunting and killing foxes on numerous occasions. The National Trust condones violence and wildlife crime by licensing this Hunt.

The report of McGrady's unsuccessful appeal against his rape conviction, in 2011, is here.

27-5-17   Facebook - Lancashire Hunt sabs  VIDEO from meet on 10th January 2017  Melbreak Foxhounds supporters attempt to steal a camera from a monitor who is a passenger in a vehicle. Failing to do so, Carl McGrady punches the monitor, who has to be taken to hospital for treatment. McGrady pleaded guilty to assault by beating [and was given an 80 hour CSO]

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Isle of Wight FH terrierman fined after clash with sabs


POWAperson adds - In addition to the above, a sab was attacked by an I0W FH supporter and 'whacked over the head' in March this year.   


Court says Essex Farmers FH must pay £131k after illegally evicting a farmer

25-5-17   Daily Express
   Essex fox hunt punished with £100,000 court fees after booting farmer off land   A HUNT has been slapped with crushing court fees after booting a farmer off land his family had worked for generations.  A fox hunt was slapped with £100,000 in court fees after booting a farmer off his land.  
Terence Grimes, and his father before him, had farmed near Burnham-on-Crouch, in Essex, as tenants. But the trustees at the Essex Farmers and Union Hunt [left] wanted more cash and granted the lease to someone else in September 2012.  The Hunt sent crucial papers to the wrong address, where Mr Grimes hadn't lived for seven 

EssexFarmersUnionFH.jpgyears. But the Essex Farmers and Union Hunt granted the lease to someone else in 2012.
Mr Grimes left the land “under silent protest”, but later took legal action and has now won his appeal case at the Court of Appeal in London. It follows that the notice to quit was not validly served on him and his tenancy was not validly terminated. Now top judges have ruled his tenancy had not been validly terminated and he had been “wrongfully dispossessed”.
The trustees of the Hunt, which now operates as a “country riding club”, must now pay £31,500 in damages. And, on top of the that, they must pay £100,000 towards Mr Grimes’s lawyers' bills by 2 June. The Hunt sent crucial papers to the wrong address, where Mr Grimes hadn't lived for seven years.
Lord Justice Henderson ruled he had never been validly served with notice to quit the land. That was because the notice was sent to a property where Mr Grimes had not lived since 2005. He had given notice in writing of his move to Maple Way, Burnham, but the crucial document had been served on the wrong address. The judge, sitting with Lord Justice Beatson and Lady Justice Macur, allowed an appeal against an earlier ruling in the trustees' favour. Lord Justice Henderson concluded: “It follows that the notice to quit was not validly served on him and his tenancy was not validly terminated.”


HIT refutes SFFH claim that their hounds are alive and well

24-5-17  Facebook - Hunt Investigation Team    Update on shot hounds...    It's been ten days since we announced the shocking news that we believed that the SHH had shot all their hounds, bar four. This is what has happened since...

Patrick Darling (hunt chair) rushed to various local media outlets the next day. He said that he could produce all the hounds and take local journalists to see them. He threatened to take legal action if we didn't remove the post from our page. We stood firm and informed Mr Darling that we had in our possession comprehensive records of all the SHH hounds since 2009. We also have all the microchip numbers and hound names.

This was the standard of proof that we set. Mr Darling probably hoped to take journalists to see a pack of foxhounds somewhere but given the standard of proof required has failed to do that. Local journalists have said that Mr Darling has stopped answering their calls about this.

We leave it to the public to consider what has happened here, but bear in mind that if somebody accused you of shooting your dog, how long would it take you to prove them wrong. Please share this update.


Anti-hunt NT members present resolution to Trust to stop licensing 'trail hunts' 

23-5-17   Swindon Advertiser   Hunting campaigners take their fight to Swindon's National Trust HQ A GROUP of National Trust members have brought their campaign to end trail hunting to the organisation's Swindon headquarters [pic right].

The 2004 Hunting Act banned traditional fox hunting where live animals were chased by packs of dogs for the entertainment and enjoyment of participants. The legislation has resulted in more than 430 prosecutions since it came into effect, the equivalent of one every 10 days. But while the Act banned fox hunting, it did continue toNationalTrustantispresentresolutiontobantrailhuntingonNTland23-5-17.jpg permit trail hunting which is an adapted version of the sport. It involves the use of an artificially laid scent, usually fox, hare or rabbit based, to provide hounds with a path to follow. In theory it avoids the suffering and killing of foxes, but campaigners argue that the trail hunts often end with the dogs coming across foxes - participants say by accident - and that animals are still being killed.

The National Trust, based in Swindon next to the Designer Outlet, issue licences for trail hunts to take place on a number of their properties across the UK. A group of Trust members is now seeking to use the organisation's procedures to challenge the policy by submitting a resolution, supported by 50 members, to be debated later this year.

Helen Beynon, campaigner and author of the resolution, said: "As members of the National Trust who support the majority of the positive work they do - notably their recent commitment to increase efforts for declining wildlife - we have been dismayed by the constant media coverage given to stories of blatant criminal bloodsports on National Trust land. Our resolution to permanently bring an end to these so called trail hunt licenses has been submitted. "I'm pleased to see that in addition to this, an ongoing petition calling for the National Trust to drop this trail hunting sham has now surpassed 100,000 signatures."

A National Trust spokesman said: "A members' resolution has been received by the National Trust concerning trail hunting. Members are entitled to present resolutions each year and, if they are supported by a minimum of 50 National Trust members, those resolutions are then discussed and voted on by members at our Annual General Meeting in the Autumn. The Hunting Act 2004 made hunting wild animals with dogs illegal and it is banned on all public and privately owned land in England and Wales. The Act allowed what is known as trail hunting to continue. Trail hunting involves laying a scent for hunts to follow, effectively simulating a traditional hunt but crucially without foxes being deliberately chased or killed. The National Trust does licence trail hunts in some areas and at certain times of the year, where it is compatible with our aims of public access and conservation. We expect our licence holders to comply fully with the law and the terms of our licence. We will, and have, taken strong action (including suspension, revoking and refusing to grant further licences) against licence holders who breach their licence conditions or the law."


S.Herefordshire five are re-bailed yet again by the CPS
A year on, still no charges in cub-killing scandal

22-5-17   Hereford Times  Five arrested in South Herefordshire Hunt investigation have been re-bailed  FIVE people who were arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty at the South Herefordshire Hunt's kennels in Wormelow have been re-bailed. The police are investigating an alleged offence in May last year.

The first two people, a 37-year-old man and 27-year-old woman, both from Hereford, were first arrested last May. A 37-year-old man from Abergavenny was then arrested in June, and a 53-year-old woman from Abergavenny and 45-year-old man from Powys were arrested in August. All five were arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and have been rebailed until June. 

Anti arrested at PM camaign rally after 'shouts ''Kill May"'
Man denies wrongdoing and is released without charge
22-5-17   ITV News   Fox hunting protester arrested after shouting 'kill May' as PM arrived at campaign event in Wales   An anti-fox hunting protester has been arrested after shouting "save our wildlife, kill May" as the prime minister arrived at a election campaign event in north Wales. The 25-year-old, who said his name was Connor, played a hunting bugle before shouting out as Theresa May was driven to a community centre in Wrexham. He continued to demonstrate before police grabbed him and carried him away to nearby police vans. The man was later released without charge.The protester had yelled "this is the fascist state that we are living in under Theresa May's regime" as he protested his innocence during his arrest. The man said he was protesting about the repeal of the fox hunting act, fracking, austerity, "the lot" and added: "I've not done nothing wrong." Another demonstrator told police the man had "done nothing wrong" and described their response as a "farce" as they pulled him and then carried him into a van.North Wales Police Superintendent Nick Evans said a crowd of around 50 people had gathered, including onlookers and protesters. "In the main they were well-behaved; however, one particular person, despite a number of warnings, was arrested to prevent a breach of the peace," he said. "The man was arrested due to his behaviour and conveyed to a local police station. He has since been released without charge."
Mrs May did not appear to be affected by the nearby protest as she was greeted outside Gresford Memorial Hall. The prime minister has pledged to call a Commons vote on scrapping the ban on fox hunting if she is re-elected. The Conservative leader said she has "always been in favour" of the blood sport, which was outlawed in 2004. 
POWAperson adds - We are assured that what the protester shouted was actually 'Cull' not 'Kill' May, presumably meaning vote her out of office.

Sabs stop Northants MH from hunting

20-5-17  Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   Us sabs are busy little bees. Even when the main hunting season is several months away we still keep our ears to the ground and get on with other stuff to help our native wildlife. However when you get a tip off it's time to get back into full on sab mode and spring into action. That's what happened today. We received some intelligence that the Northants Mink Hounds would be out hunting so a few calls later and we were hot footing it over to the meet which was at Tuckey Farm just south west of Winslow.

Mink packs are the last remnants of the Otter packs which used to hunt Otters before they became a protected species. Although they claim to hunt Mink it should be noted this is still illegal. Also otters are making a huge comeback in our rivers and they are displacing the Mink. It should also be noted that at this meet the farm had dug a commercial fishing lake and spent a lot of money on installing an anti-Otter fence to protect their fish stocks so they were fully aware that Otters were in the area. We also noted an Otter slide with prints leading to Claydon Brook where they would be hunting. Hounds also can't tell the difference and just putting a pack of hounds up a river course in the middle of breeding season is nothing more than environmental vandalism.

A small B&B team inserted upstream to monitor and shortly after we were happy to be joined by another team from Nottingham and Northants Sabs. By this time the assorted coffin dodgers and sicko's that were the followers had gathered along the river bank. We made our presence known with the Otter hounds actively hunting the river. It was pretty had work for the poor hounds, the overnight rain had swelled the river and it was running faster than normal.

The hunters, now realising they had been well and truly rumbled immediately pulled the hounds out of the water and headed back to the meet. Needless to say they weren't very happy and the language was enough to make a sailor blush. Sad thing is they had a young girl with them who had to not only take part in a sick illegal blood sport but also witness her parents spouting a tirade of 4 letter abuse. Such charmers!

With the hounds safely packed back in the hound van we retired to revel in our glory in the sun with the obligatory cake. Job well done.

Pics below -  1/ Hound struggling in swollen river    2/ The throwbacks 

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Ledbury FH terrierman charged with affray aftter attacking sab

18-5-17  Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs   We've just been informed by West Mercia Police that Ross Loader, Malvern tree surgeon and Ledbury Hunt terrierman has been charged with 'Affray' today.
December 28th last year was an intense day with our sabs at the North Cotswold Hunt assaulted by hunt staff while Bristol Hunt Saboteurs were being assaulted by Loader and the other Ledbury Hunt terriermen and supporters. The Hunt had been hunting in Castlemorton and Bristol Sabs were with the hounds when they were attacked by the terriermen. Knowing that there was a sett nearby our sabs returned to the scene, while Bristol kept tabs on the hounds. Sure enough the terriermen were attempting to dig out a fox from the sett. Angry at being disturbed they threatened our sabs and, following a short stand-off, filled in the hole they had started to dig and left.
Pic below - Loader attacking sab -  

'Biggest ever' anti fox hunting demo scheduled for 29th May

18-5-17   Facebook - Dominic Dyer   Thousands confirmed & rising fast. If you care be there, join biggest ever anti fox hunt protest in London on Bank Holiday Monday 29 May.



Police drop Surrey Union FH rider assault on sab case

18-5-17   Facebook - Guildford Hunt Saboteurs   More hunt violence given the all clear by police   3 months ago one of our sabs was assualted by Lulu Hutley (Joint master of the Surrey Union Hunt) with a whip. However today the police decided not to investigate any further due to lack of evidence despite there being a clear video of the entire incident. This was hardly a surprise, Surrey police's stance on this issue has been made very clear.

Please contact Surrey Police on the below links: Facebook: Twitter: (@SurreyPolice)



May confirms will hold free vote on repealing Hunting Act

16-5-17  Independent   Theresa May says she supports fox hunting because other ways of killing foxes are 'cruel' - The PM wants to hold a vote on bringing back the animal killings   Theresa May [below right] has defended her support for fox hunting, arguing that foxes must be killed and that hunting them with dogs on horseback is the most humane way of doing so. The Prime Minister said she had “always supported fox hunting” and that she would give Parliament a vote on bringing back the animal killings. “Some of the other forms of dealing with foxes can be cruel, so my view is it should be a free vote for Parliament so members of parliament individually should be able to exercise their view on this matter,” she said.

Fox hunting with hounds was outlawed by Tony Blair's Labour government in 2004 but successive Conservative manifestos have pledged to bring the animal killings back. A plot by pro-hunt Tories to bring back the spot was revealed in a leaked email this month. Lord Mancroft, the chair of the Council of Hunting Associations, describedTheresaMay.jpg the 8 June vote as “the chance we have been waiting for” to overturn the ban.

A large Tory majority in the House of Commons would likely give pro-hunt Conservatives insulation from any rebellion by anti-hunt Conservatives to stop the repeal of the ban. David Cameron had planned to hold a vote on repealing the ban but never did so after the threat of rebellion reared its head. Ms May said she did not consider the issue “important” and that MPs would be able to decide what happened to the animals if she became PM.

This is a subject on which you are either for it or against it. I have always supported fox hunting, but clearly I'm not saying I'm going to bring it back,” she told a Facebook Live session hosted by ITV News. What I'm saying is we will have a free vote in Parliament so MPs will be able to make up their own mind on this issue. This isn't the most important issue facing people at this election. I think the most important issue is about who's going to provide the leadership for the future to take us through Brexit and beyond."

A poll conducted in the run-up to Boxing Day 2016 found that opposition to fox hunting has hit an all-time high. A full 84 per cent of the public now believe fox hunting should not be made legal again, according to a survey by Ipsos MORI.

18-5-17   Daily Mail   Outrage as Theresa May confirms a Commons vote on scrapping the ban on fox hunting WILL be held - Manifesto pledge will outrage animal rights activists ahead of the snap election   Theresa May provoked outrage today as she confirmed she would call a Commons vote on scrapping the ban on fox hunting. The League Against Cruel Sports said there was 'no justification' for scrapping the law against hunting with dogs. The lobby group said the controversial laws should instead be properly enforced, insisting the public as a whole did not back hunting. Mrs May promised a free vote on Government laws for the measure - but did not put a timescale on when the vote would be held.

The Prime Minister has said she would vote to lift the ban on fox hunting despite never having taken part in a hunt - insisting it was less cruel than other ways of controlling foxes. But it is hard to forecast how the new Commons might split on the issue. The 2015 Parliament was thought never likely to endorse repealing the ban.

Eduardo Gonçalves, Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, said: 'We're disappointed to see the commitment to a free vote on the Hunting Act included in the manifesto given the strong support the ban on hunting has among Conservative MPs and Conservative voters. 'Hopefully any attempt to repeal, weaken or replace the Hunting Act will be prevented by those members of all parties who oppose the killing of animals for fun. I think most people can see through attempts to claim that hunting is somehow good for the animals that are killed, and these figures show the reality. The intention of the Hunting Act was to stop animals suffering because of hunting – and if the law had been properly enforced we believe it would have helped up to 2.8 million animals.'

He added: 'Contrary to what the Prime Minister mistakenly said, anyone who feels the need to kill foxes should never use hunting with dogs, as it is in fact one of the cruellest methods available. This is due to the long chases of the target animal involved. There is enough evidence to suggest that hunted animals suffer whilst being chased by dogs regardless of how they are then eventually killed.' The Prime Minister has said she would vote to lift the ban on fox hunting despite never having taken part in a hunt.

Speaking earlier in the election campaign Mrs May said she would personally vote to repeal the ban. She said: 'This is a situation on which individuals will have one view or the other, either pro or against. 'As it happens personally I have always been in favour of fox hunting and we maintain out commitment - we have had a commitment previously as a Conservative Party - to allow a free vote. And that's what it will allow, Parliament the opportunity to take a decision on this.'

The manifesto pledge said: 'We will grant a free vote, on a government bill in government time, to give parliament the opportunity to decide the future of the Hunting Act.' David Cameron was thwarted in his attempt to call a vote on repealing fox hunting after the 2015 election. While he also promised a free vote he sought to win and the SNP announcing they would vote against it left the measure ripe for defeat and the motion was withdrawn.


S.Herefordshire FH asks 'false allegations' be removed from Facebook

16-5-17   Hereford Times  South Herefordshire Hunt asks for false allegations on Facebook to be removed   SOUTH Herefordshire Hunt has asked for a Facebook post to be taken down which makes false allegations about the Hunt's hounds. The Hunt Investigation Team claimed in a post on Facebook that all of the Hunt's hounds had been put down, besides four of the animals. But chairman of the Hunt, Patrick Darling, said this is groundless and false and the hounds referred to are in kennels elsewhere. He invited members of the editorial team at Hereford Times to visit the kennels and see the hounds.

Mr Darling has got in touch with the Hunt Investigation Team and asked for them to take the post down. The kennels at the Hunt's base in Wormelow are currently being leased to a third party, not related to hunting, as the hunt placed itself under a voluntary suspension while a criminal investigation continues. The investigation started last year and five people were arrested following an alleged offence of animal cruelty at the Wormelow kennels. They are currently on bail until a date this month. 

S.Herefordshire FH said to have killed all but four of their hounds

15-5-17  Facebook - Hunt Investigation Team   Shocking news has reached us   'The South Herefordshire Hunt have shot all their hounds'. We received this message from a highly trusted source from within the Hunt. This source has provided accurate intelligence throughout. They went on to clarify that 4 had been spared, to make sure the bloodline survives presumably. We estimate that 30+ dogs will have been shot (they are normally shot in the head).

This is devastating news, no attempts were made to rehome these dogs and it is just the latest example of the brutal and callous disregard that Hunts generally and the South Herefordshire in particularly have towards the lives of animals. These are just 4 of the hounds - we don't know of their individual fate. We also know that the kennels are empty of hounds and hunt personnel in preparation for the sale and redevelopment of the site. Please share this story.

    Pic below - Four of the hounds - not known if any of them have survived


15-5-17  Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    The South Herefordshire Hunt have killed all but 4 of their pack according to sources. One couple sent to the Ledbury, we do not know about the others. This is following a year of not hunting because of the ongoing police investigation concerning cruelty at the kennels. Killing unwanted foxhounds is something most hunts do. Hounds are culled if they don't fit in, are too old, or there are too many of them for the hunt's requirements. Hounds are also victims and they were probably terrified as they were taken out one by one to be shot.

Pic below - The S.Herefordshire pack before they stopped hunting 


15-5-17  Facebook - Welsh Border Hunt Sabs     So - the crows have been gathering around the now redundant SHFH kennels- but not for road kill. A mass murder is alleged to have taken place very recently of all but 2 couple of their hounds-(one of which, we are told, the Ledbury hunt now have and not sure of the whereabouts of the other). The plot indeed thickens! It would appear the SHFH have now decided to form a "Hunt Club" with the intention of inviting other packs to come and hunt their country- obviously pocketing what ever revenue that would bring in. And lets not forget their new forged allegiance with their very "special Friends The Ledbury!" Clearly there is unrest amongst the creatures of the countryside as the birds, big and small continue to chatter, alerting all to the evil in our midst.....


9 year old girl killed in accident while hunting with the Cotswold FH
Inquest hears criticism of level of supervision of child riders

Swindon Advertiser   Greater supervision needed for youngsters riding as part of a hunt, inquest hears   The level of supervision of children at a hunt meeting where a nine year old girl died after being kicked by a horse was 'far short of what could reasonably be expected,' an inquest was told. Health and Safety expert Philip Park, who investigated the tragic death of Bonnie Armitage, said he believes children under eleven taking part in hunts should be supervised by adults on a one to one basis.

The inquest has heard that tragic Bonnie, of Faringdon, Oxon, was one of five children all under the supervision of one adult rider, Melissa Kennedy, at the meeting of the Cotswold Hunt in Miserden, nr Stroud, Glos, on April 2nd last year. Bonnie was a pupil at St Hugh's preparatory school in Faringdon, Oxfordshire, where her father is deputy head. Bonnie was riding her Shetland pony, Lindsay, when she was kicked in the chest by a large horse called Harvey which was being ridden ahead of her by farmer and circus owner Toti Gifford, the inquest jury at Gloucester has been told.The Gloucester inquest jury returned a conclusion of accidental death.

Mr Park, a manager at Stroud district council, told the inquest "It is my view that the level of supervision fell short of what could be reasonably expected. My conclusion was that had Bonnie been actively supervised by a responsible adult who was in close contact with her there was a possibility she would have been instructed not to get too close to the horse in front. That could have had the effect of preventing the injury. If she had not got too close to the horse in front of her it could not have kicked her."

He told the inquest he believed it would be helpful in future if Hunts set a stipulated level of competence for child participants. It would also be helpful to have guidance on the ratios of children to supervising adults, he said. "I did not see any evidence that the Cotswold Hunt makes any enquiry about the competence of child riders. They rely in parents to make the decision themselves on the level of supervision that children should have at a hunt. "It is important for the Hunt to make a decision about the level of supervision otherwise there will be no consistency in the way it is implemented."

Asked to expand more on his views of what should happen at hunts where young children are taking part he said "Close supervision would mean one to one - one adult supervising one child. I would expect that adult to stay with the child as much as possible during the hunt. "I accept there is a chaotic and fast moving atmosphere but an adult could exercise more control over one child than one adult in charge of two or three children. I would suggest one to one supervision is reasonably practicable."

James Chamberlain, who was senior Master of the Hunt at the time but has now retired, told the jury agreed that the Hunt had not made any rules about children taking part. "If poor Bonnie had been supervised one to one I fail to see how it would have made any difference," he said. He believed that the real issue was the competence of both the young rider and the horse, he said. When he took his own children hunting in the past he had always made sure they stayed behind him, he added. But it had to be remembered, he said, that 'horses are dangerous at both ends' and riders should all be aware from an early age of the need to keep space around them at all times.

Mr Gifford told the inquest he was cantering across a field on his horse Harvey - 'a lovely, calm, gentle giant' - when the tragedy happened as Bonnie rode up alongside him. "My horse went irregular," he said. "He just didn't feel right. Then I heard a yell. I looked back. My horse is really big and there was this really little horse, the Shetland, underneath my feet almost. It went really fast, past me, and then carried on. Then I looked back and I saw Bonnie. At the time the incident happened I was going forward, looking ahead. You never think there is anything behind you because you are going forward. I just heard this yell. When I looked back she (Bonnie) was still landing. I pulled up. It's a bit of a blur really. I can't really remember....I just jumped off my horse. I didn't hang on to him but he followed me back. I went over. Then others all arrived. I can't really remember what happened, it was such a mad.....I grabbed all the horses and led them away. Then she was lying there. Big blue eyes... The emergency services and ambulance came and then we realised a helicopter was also coming."

He said his horse had been hunting for several years and is a 'fantastic animal.' I think it (what happened) was an instinctive thing, he was a bit shocked or frightened or spooked. I think, I don't know." He added "At the moment it happened it felt like the horse had gone lame. I thought maybe I had gone into a hole or the horse had stumbled. I didn't think he bucked. I just thought he had put his foot down a hole or lost a shoe or something had happened or he had stumbled on something."...

Det Inspector Wayne Ussher of Gloucestershire police said he had investigated the tragedy and concluded that the accident 'could not have been prevented.' "She was following the main body of riders in company with other children and under the care of a responsible adult. Her company approached the rear of a much larger horse which took an irregular stride and struck her. She died as a result of injury sustained from a kick to the chest by the horse but in the circumstances presented to me it could not have been prevented."

The inquest at Gloucester has heard Bonnie was one of about fifty riders at the last meeting of the season of the Cotswold Hunt at Miserden House. A jury of ten people has been sworn in to hear the case. The inquest heard a statement from Bonnie's dad, teacher Nick Armitage, formally identifying his daughter and describing her as a 'bright girl, fit and healthy, a good runner, she enjoyed everything... She was a very competent rider. She could walk, trot, canter and gallop, She had been hunting many times at different hunts. She would sometimes be out for many hours. She had hunted off a lead rein for two years. " He said the pony was eight years old and was 'experienced, dependable, safe and doesn't spook.'...

The jury heard that after the incident paramedics and an emergency doctor battled for 45 minutes to resuscitate Bonnie in the field before she was airlifted to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. But she was certified dead 15 minutes after arrival in the hospital. After a retirement of one hour the jury of ten people brought in a verdict of accidental death without any further comment. The coroner, Katy Skerrett, said she would consider over the next ten days whether to make recommendations about a minimum level of competence being required for child riders at hunts, whether safety equipment should be a requirement and whether children should be supervised...

POWAperson comments - We send our condolences to Bonnie's family and friends for their tragic loss. However, we believe it is simply wrong for Hunts to induct children, often much younger than nine, into the brutality of hunting with hounds and think it tantamount to child abuse. It is, of course, also inherently dangerous.

Labour Shadow Chancellor says HA must be enforced & strengthened

12-5-17  Ellen Hope Cobb   EXCLUSIVE film with John McDonnell, Rachael Maskell, and Anna Turley on keeping and enforcing the Hunting Act. For fox sake vote Labour on 8th June and remember to sign the petition.  
CA to pay £62k after N.Ireland Hunt invades lofts and kills racing pigeons

11-5-17  Belfast Telegraph   Hunt club loses appeal against £62,000 payout over dead pigeons   The Countryside Alliance has lost its appeal against a Co Armagh pigeon fancier being awarded £62,000 damages for the alleged slaughter of his stock by hunt club hounds. Senior judges in Belfast today rejected arguments that the killing of 59 racing birds by dogs breaking into Maurice Weir's premises on the Kinnego Road in Loughgall eight years ago never happened.

Kinnegohuntmichaelweirawarded62kafterhoundskilledprizepigeons11-5-17.jpgLawyers for the Alliance suggested it had been a fraudulent and fabricated claim by a man who destroyed his own pigeons by wringing their necks. But after the Court of Appeal threw out all grounds of challenge Mr Weir [left] declared himself fully vindicated. He said: "My credibility was called into question, and I'm just happy that it's been dismissed as tittle-tattle."

Mr Weir sued the Alliance over the alleged intrusion into his property by the Kinnego Grange and Canary Hunt Club's animals. At a previous hearing he recalled emerging from having lunch in February 2009 to discover "a bloodbath". Up to 15 hounds had broken into lofts and aviaries and killed pigeons highly sought for their ability to fly home from as far away as France, according to his account. He said he saw dead and injured birds lying on the ground and in dogs' mouths. Mr Weir also told of hearing crunching noises and witnesses two hounds pulling a pigeon apart as he tried to chase the pack off.

At the time of the incident he had planned to start up a small stud business at his home, the court heard. He sought damages for the killing of his pigeons, consequential loss, the cost of repairing his aviaries and a further payout for distress and injury to feelings. Counsel for Mr Weir claimed the huntsmen were negligent in failing to control their dogs.

In February last year a High Court judge held that the plaintiff was an honest and straightforward witness whose account was corroborated by others at the scene. She ruled that the hounds had been on his property, gained entry to the lofts and aviaries and, on the balance of probabilities, killed the pigeons. Mr Weir was awarded £59,580 in damages, with a further £2,500 for distress and injury to feelings.

The Alliance sought to have her verdict overturned, arguing again that the hunt's dogs were never on the premises. In a wide-ranging challenge its barristers questioned the credibility of Mr Weir and an independent expert. To succeed, according to the three appeal judges, the Alliance had to establish the hounds had no propensity to attack or kill pigeons, were not on Mr Weir's land and that the scenario he depicted was "a complete farrago of lies". However, Lord Justice Gillen held there was ample evidence for the conclusion that the dogs can inflict heavy losses on the birds. He also ruled: "We are therefore unable to conclude that (the trial judge) has gone plainly wrong in arriving at the conclusion that on the balance of probabilities the incident alleged by the plaintiff did occur." Rejecting all other grounds advanced, he confirmed the appeal was being dismissed and awarded costs to Mr Weir.


Leak reveals hunters asked to make huge push for Tory landslide
CA vice-chair mobilises Hunts to ensure Hunting Act can be repealed
Says they have assurance repeal vote will be in Tory manifesto

8-5-17   Daily Mirror    'This could be the chance we've been waiting for': Fox hunt bosses' leaked Tory campaign email in full - The email urges hunt masters to “mobilise supporters” and campaign for pro-hunting Tories in marginal seats   Tonight, the Mirror revealed fox hunt masters' secret plan to round up support for Theresa May, because they believe a Tory landslide would lead to the fox hunting ban being scrapped. The email, sent to Hunts across the country by Tory peer Lord Mancroft [right], urges Hunt Masters to “mobilise supporters” and campaign for pro-hunting Tories in marginal seats. He said a Tory majority of 50 or more MPs should be enough to secure a repeal of the 2004 Hunting Act in a Parliamentary vote later this year.LordBenjaminMancroft_2.jpg “This is the chance we have been waiting for,” Lord Mancroft wrote.

Here's the email in full - 'While anything can change in a six-week election campaign, and we know that the polls cannot be relied on, there is a real chance that on 8th June, Theresa May could achieve a majority significantly in excess of the seventeen seats she currently has. A majority of fifty or more would give us a real opportunity for repeal of the Hunting Act (HA), or perhaps an alternative legislative measure – but only if that leaves hunting in a better position than it is now. It must be clearly understood that repeal is our primary objective, but also that politics is “the art of the possible”, and we will take whichever option is the most advantageous to hunting when the time comes. It will only become clear what our best option is after 8th June.

First, we need a cast iron manifesto commitment from the Conservative Party, as we had in the last four election manifestos. Like everyone else, we will have to wait until the manifesto is published on 8th May to be certain, but Simon Hart MP and I have received assurances that such a commitment will be carried forward to the 2017 manifesto. I have made it clear that we will only provide support on that basis, and that if the manifesto does not contain an acceptable commitment, we will withdraw our support.

It is important that everyone understands why the idea that “the Government did not honour the manifesto commitments after the 2010 and 2015 elections” is incorrect. On both occasions David Cameron made it clear that he would authorise and fully endorse a vote in a manner, and at a time, of our choosing.

During the Coalition Government a vote could only take place if the Liberal Democrats agreed, which they did not. After 2015 the Scottish Nationalists reversed their earlier commitment to abstain from any votes that did not impact Scotland, and opposed the proposed Statutory Instrument, and consequently the Government Chief Whip did not think we could win a vote in the House of Commons.

All the advice we received was that we should not risk such a vote unless we had a reasonable expectation of winning. We therefore concluded it was not in hunting’s best interests to put the matter to a vote. I am sure that was the correct decision. We have repeatedly made clear that we need a Government that has both a manifesto commitment to repeal the HA, and a big enough majority to get repeal through the Commons and then the Lords.

It now looks, unexpectedly, as if there is a very real chance we could get such a Government. While nothing in politics is certain, this is by far the best opportunity we have had since the ban, and is probably the best we are likely to get in the foreseeable future. On that basis, we must do everything we possibly can to maximise the chance of getting repeal of the HA. I am confident that every Master will give the leadership and direction that our community needs at this seminal moment. Vote OK, under the direction of George Bowyer, has already started to plan what we are all going to do during the campaign. A number of constituencies do not yet have candidates, so there is a role for us in making sure that only candidates supportive of hunting are selected. Vote OK will advise how best to achieve this.

We will only help candidates who give us an unequivocal commitment to support repeal when the time comes. Nor do we need to help candidates in “safe seats” with large majorities. Instead we will concentrate on those seats where we can make the most difference. Unless specifically advised to the contrary, every Hunt should assume that it will be needed to assist with political work and start making arrangements to mobilise supporters now. Please make sure that your Hunt has an active and effective Vote-OK Coordinator in place and that they are making regular contact with your Regional Vote-OK Director (RVOD). Please do not wait to hear where your Hunt should go, but contact them as soon as possible. If you do not know who your RVOD is, contact George Bowyer by email at [address redacted].

In the face of everything that has happened over the last two decades, the hunting community has never given up fighting for our sport, for our hounds, and to enable our children and their children to enjoy both, as we have. This is the chance we have been waiting for. We have six weeks to show, yet again, what we are made of, and our undying commitment to our way of life. We have six weeks to win back all that has been taken from us. Masters, if ever there was a time to give a lead, this is it. Please don’t waste a single day of those six weeks.

Thank you. Benjamin Mancroft   Chairman, Council of Hunting Associations

POWAperson adds -  Old Etonian Lord Mancroft became JM of the Vale of the White Horse FH in 1987, the same year in which he inherited his father's baronetcy, and held the Mastership for 11 years. In 1992, he became vice-chair of the British Field Sports Society and then a Director, when it changed its name to the more user-friendly Countryside Alliance. He was made vice-chair of the CA in 2005. His somewhat lurid past includes a time as a heroin addict, during which time he acquired a conviction for theft. In February 2008, Mancroft claimed that NHS nurses who had treated him at the Royal United Hospital in Bath were "grubby, drunken and promiscuous". The hospital's Chief Executive, James Scott, called the accusations "damaging and distressing", and requested that the peer retract them. Mancroft has so far refused to do this, or to apologise. Nice guy.

It's no surprise that a commitment for a repeal vote will be in the Conservative manifesto. The leadership has always seemed determined to ignore the mass of public opinion, including an estimated 72% of their own voters, and push through Hunting Act repeal to please their bloodsports loving friends if they got the opportunity. They probably thought that had come with the surprise election result in 2015 and must have been aghast to find that many of the new intake of Tory MPs refused to support repeal. They may find the same applies to the potential newbies this time round. Whether or not, they will face massive parliamentary and public opposition and risk reviving the 'Nasty Party' image, just to get rid of a law that does not seem to much inhibit organised Hunts anyway. Doubtless Vote OK will once more send out hunt supporters into marginal with instructions to wear plain clothes and not bring up hunting on the doorsteps.  


Isle of Wight FH appeals for funds to fix 'dire' finances

5-5-17   Isle of Wight Country Press 



Three Derwent FH hunt servants charged with illegal hunting

Marles is to become Eggesford FH Huntsman next season

4-5-17   Wildlife Guardian   Three Derwent Hunt members charged with illegal hunting   Three members of a North Yorkshire hunt have been charged with illegal hunting under Section 1 of the Hunting Act. Hunt master Sean McClarron, kennel-huntsman Jason Marles and whipper-in Damian Readman will appear at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on 22nd May 2017. The charges relate to an allegation that a fox was hunted on 1st November 2016 at Wilton, Thornton-le-Dale.Sean McClarron runs McClarron Insurance Brokers in Malton, whilst Jason Marles is the new huntsman of the Eggesford Hunt in Devon. Readman was formerly a whipper-in for the Staintondale Hunt.The Derwent Hunt’s chairman is Viscountess Diane Downe of Wykeham Abbey. Its directors include John Swiers, of Broxa Farm, near Scarborough, and Robert Sword the manager of the Dawnay Estates at Wykeham.


16-5-17  HSA Press Release    Three Employees of Derwent Hunt Charged with Illegal Hunting   Three employees of the Derwent hunt in North Yorkshire have been charged with illegal hunting. The three: Huntsman Sean McClarron, Kennel Huntsman Jason Marles (now huntsman at the Eggesford Hunt) and Whip Damian Readman are due to appear at Scarborough Magistrates Court on 22nd May.

This follows footage obtained on the 1st November 2016 by members of Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs, at a meet in Wilton in North Yorkshire. Towards the end of the day sabs filmed a fox being bolted from underground and then chased by the pack of hounds. The law stipulates that if a fox is dug out it must not be released to be further hunted.

Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “It's telling that in practically the same week that the Tories are promising a vote on repeal, the hunting community are showing how above the law they believe themselves to be. Who else, apart from the Conservatives, would choose to reward law breakers by repealing the very law they so blatantly ignore? Hunt saboteurs were around long before the Hunting Act and we'll continue to protect wildlife whatever the self serving lackeys of the Countryside Alliance in Westminster decide to do next." 


12-5-17  Facebook - Kernow Sabs, Monitors and Animal Rights Team   New Eggesford huntsman to face illegal hunting charges    The Eggesford Hunt are in disarray. Only a few weeks after Eggesford Hunt Master Graeme Holmes was found guilty of stealing £48,000 of the hunt's funds, news has just reached us that their new huntsman is due in court in Scarborough later this month on charges of illegal hunting!

Earlier this season we began hearing rumours that young Jason Marles, formerly of the Derwent Hunt, was due to take over from previous huntsman Gary Boon, much to the disappointment of many of the hunt's long-standing supporters. We received messages and phone-calls about it and one member of the hunt even pleaded with us to do something about it, because "Marles doesn't deserve to hunt the Eggesford hounds". Perhaps there simply weren't that many takers for Gary's position, and who can blame them!

Jason Marles comes from a hunting family. His father, Chris Marles, was jailed for 6 months in 2009 after he used his horse to repeatedly ride at an elderly female hunt monitor. This was while he was whipper-in for the East Devon Hunt. He had previously received a 9-month suspended sentence for a serious assault on another hunt monitor. What a time to come back to Devon, Jason, and what a Hunt to choose!


Report that notorious Cheshire FH jailed 9 years for rape     

4-5-17  Facebook - Ada Taylor   OK, I have spoken to Chester Crown Court. Anthony Ronald Kirkham committedAnthonyKirkhamCheshireFHsentencedto18monthsin90sforsavageattackandrobberyonChrisOwen.jpg one offence rape of one victim, between 27th July 2015 and 30 July 2015. He plead not guilty but was found guilty by jury and sentenced to 9 years. He is aged approx. 70 and from Ridley farm. Feel free to share and tweet.

9-5-17  Facebook - Ada Taylor   Update on Anthony Kirkham - or Tony as the Hunt call him. The story the Hunt have is the victim whom they know is a woman. It was consensual. Afterwards they had a row and she screamed rape. I told them actually it was a 4 day trial 6 witnesses and it took the jury 15 minutes to find him guilty. Oh, oh well there must have been evidence then - well yes. Now here's the interesting bit. He rents his property and he has an inheritance tenancy, which means if he died his family get the tenancy but I am sure I read somewhere that the landlord wanted to sell it for development barn conversion etc. But nobody would buy because of tenant. As soon as the landlord heard of the case he told Kirkham that if he got a sentence he would immediately start eviction proceedings, so looks like he will no longer have the farm.

POWAperson adds - Anthony Kirkham has accrued a huge number of criminal convictions over the years, including 2 prison sentences prior to the one reported above. POWA has not yet been able to verify that. The picture above shows him in custody when he was convicted of a vicious attack on, and robbery of, LACS' Chris Owen and sentenced to 18 months jail.

RSPCA and Save Me come out for strengthening of the Hunting Act

3-5-17  Guardian Letters    Why the environment must be at the heart of the UK general election   Fears about climate change, air pollution, waste and possible changes to the Hunting Act concern readers from Brian May and Ranulph Fiennes to James Marsden of Much Marcle As party leaders prepare to sign off on their election manifestos, we would like to draw their attention to a policy that has the overwhelming support of the British public.

While 52% of British people voted to leave the EU, 84% want the ban on hunting foxes to stay, according to the latest Ipsos Mori data. In addition, 88% support the ban on deer-hunting, and 91% back the ban on hunting hares. Support for the ban among people in the countryside is at similar levels. Ipsos Mori projections indicate that there is a clear majority in favour of the ban in every constituency in England and Wales, including that of all party leaders, and that voters view more favourably those candidates who support the ban by a margin of more than seven to one over those who want it repealed.

We call on all party leaders not only to rule out any repeal, weakening or substitution of the Hunting Act but also to support its strengthening and enforcement.

The Hunting Act is one of the most popular pieces of legislation on the statute book today. We’re asking party leaders to send a clear, unambiguous message at this election that they fully intend to preserve Britain’s great natural heritage, and ensure that cruelty to animals in the name of “sport” remains firmly in the past.

Eduardo Goncalves Chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports, Jeremy Cooper Chief executive, RSPCA, Anne Brummer CEO, Save Me Trust, Philip Mansbridge Director, IFAW-UK, Bill Oddie President, League Against Cruel Sports, Dr Brian May Founder, Save Me Trust, Chris Packham, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Peter Egan...

POWAperson adds - Whilst POWA has been calling for strengthening of the Hunting Act since before the ink was dry, LACS and IFAW only committed to it 2-3 years ago. To our knowledge, however, this is the first time the RSPCA and SaveMe have publicly come out in favour, which is gratifying.

Revealed that Kimblewick FH btb outbreak advised on by vets close to the Hunt
Limited past national hound testing showed a 10% bTb infection rate 

2-5-17    Kimblewick Cover Up?    I think most people will be aware by now that the Kimblewick Hunt had to destroy a large number of their hounds due to being infected with bTB. The original story broken by our friends over at Hounds Off can be read here. There is, justifiably a significant amount of concern from all sides regarding this news. Defra have always maintained that the risk of contracting bTB for pets and dogs in particular is very low but when you consider that hunting hounds are far from pets and live in conditions few would let their own companion animals live in you’ll start to get closer to the point.

Hounds are kept in a pack, they eat, sleep and live in close proximity. Most importantly they are fed on “fallen Stock”. These are animals which have died on surrounding farms for various and probably untested reasons, that the hunt will collect as a service to the farmers, which are in turn given to the hounds as food. In this instance it doesn’t take a genius to work out where the infection has come from. Another important point is the hunting country of the Kimblewick. Although based at their kennels just outside Aylesbury they cover parts of the counties of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Hertfordshire. An area which in total is roughly the size of Cornwall. Now consider that some of these counties are considered as part of the edge zones in the fight against bTB and the potential for the hounds to be spreading the disease over a vast area including those considered free from TB.

Obviously the risk of spreading the disease by hounds, regardless of the what Defra claim, is going to be high. The M.Bovis bacterium can survive for a significant time in the excrement left behind by the hounds, and they do leave a lot of it all over the place during a day's hunting and is obviously never cleaned up by the hunt staff. So what is being done? Well obviously the kennels were put under quarantine and the poor, affected hounds were shot. However that didn’t stop them from hunting. Visiting packs were used and hunted on the Kimblewick’s ground. Further revelations came to light when once again Hounds Off were sent a note which they in turn passed on to me. See below -


There are only two listed vets in Berkhamstead I can find. St Johns and Clarke & Marshall. One would have to assume that is it one of these vets that are involved (feel free to contact them and find out which one). With all due respect to the practices shown you would have expected an organisation which specialised in bTB to be more appropriate. The equine vet in question, Bob Baskerville was originally a partner in the Baskerville Horgan & Partners practice which is now part of Hampden Vets. Although he is not currently listed as one of their equine staff, a quick Google search picks out several links between Baskerville and the Kimblewick so it’s safe to assume he is indeed a member of the Hunt.

Lord Garnider of Kimble is as described in the note, he was also chief spin doctor for the Countryside Alliance and is still an executive director. Clearly the hunting fraternity were so deeply concerned about the implications of a hunt having bTB infected hounds they brought out their big guns in collaboration with the CA in order to suppress the information for as long as they could (thank heavens for loose-lipped hunt followers) and then be seen to be dealing with it properly once it became public knowledge. Of course the real problem with this is a complete lack of impartiality. Any and all information which could have a negative effect on hunting in relation to bTB will be withheld once again. Hunting simply cannot afford to have this sort of negative publicity and potentially lose much of the ground they hunt over as concerned land owners withdraw their permission to hunt on their land. Many land owners have already banned the Kimblewick from using their land and rightly so.

Perhaps it’s now time for all Hunts to have their hounds tested, especially those in the high risk areas and all hunting suspended until each and every pack is given a clean bill of health. Considering it is now the hunting closed season you would expect this to be the perfect time. The only previous data relating to TB in hounds came from a FOI request by Keep the Ban and published by TB Free England and he summed up the response thus: “In the last 7 years, only 50 hunt hounds have been tested for Bovine TB, 5 of those were positive of infection (10%). 45 samples from hounds were taken over the same period, of which 7 were potentially infected (16%).

The sample sizes are too small to determine the statistical significance, but it does call Defra’s line that “M.bovis infection in dogs is extremely rare” into question… If they haven’t looked, how do they know it’s rare? And when they did look and found more than 10% to be infected, doesn’t this suggest it might be more of a problem than they thought?”

It’s fairly clear to me that this rabbit hole goes a lot deeper than those at Defra will admit, but while they’re so thoroughly within the sphere of influence of the CA then we will probably never know the full extent of the problem and hunts will continue to spread the disease over our countryside and badgers will continue to get the blame and die in their thousands.


APRIL 2017 

…..  29th April – Farmer involved with Fife FH kills restrained pet dog in front of owner
…..  28th April – Jedforest FH 2 defence claims 'invisible' gunman made fox hunt legal
…..  28th April – Eggesford FH official convicted of stealing supporter & riding club funds
…..  27th April – Court shown film of fox dig, flushing and chase at Jedforest FH trial
…..  25th April – Fitzwilliam FH illegal hunting case is adjourned yet again
…..  24th April – Man charged over fox found captive near Belvoir FH kennels
…..  24th April – Anti gets to see her apology letter from hunter abuser after 4 months
…..  24th April – Sabs stop Cheriton Mink Hounds from hunting
…..  21st April – Motorists appalled by horrific death on road of deer after hunt on Exmoor
…..  20th April – POWA presses for strengthening commitment in Labour manifesto
…..  20th April – Town Council secret meeting with Atherstone FH exposed by sabs
…..  14th April – Badsworth FH filmed trespassing along a canal towpath, not for first time
…..  11th April – Minehead Harriers hunt on NT land where recent bTb breakdown
..... 10th April - Monitors blocked, abused, menaced by VWH support as Hunt search for foxes
…..   7th April – Police powers to demand face mask removal are enhanced
…..   6th April – VWH FH run away as monitors find hounds marking to ground
…..   6th April – Badsworth FH filmed trespassing along a canal towpath, not for first time
…..   6th April – VWH FH relentlessly hunted fox late in day and may have killed
…..   2nd April – Film of monitor's car windscreen being smashed at S.Dorset FH meet
…..   1st April - 'Notorious' hunt supporter to be charged at last over 'vicious assault'
Farmer involved with Fife FH kills restrained pet dog in front of owner
Was in sheep field, but shooter had already tied dog up before he shot it

The man who allegedly killed the dog is the son of the Secretary of Fife FH. The estate he was working on is owned by one of the JMs

29-4-17    Facebook - Tracy Ward‎   On Thursday 27th of April, my sons dog, Stark, in my eyes was brutally murdered at the hands of a farmer by the name of Dave Bell, near Collinsburgh, Balarres Estate.

Stark managed to escape from his family home, and in the short time he was out, he managed to get into a field of sheep. I fully understand that if a farmer feels like his livestock is under threat of an animal, whether it being a wild animal or family pet he has completed authority to shoot the the animal.

The law also states that if the farmer FIRSTLY attempts to catch the dog, and restrain him with no further threat that it should be left alone and dealt with through law. This was not the case, the farmer FIRSTLY caught Stark, TIED him to a tractor, THEN fired a warning shot, THEN shot him dead.

The law also states that the dog can be shot if the farmer has attempted to contacted the dogs owner with no joy. My son was in the field trying to get to Stark at the time of the shooting. He just didn't make it from where he was standing in time to save his pet. The farmer had clearly seen him, and two family friends with in eye sight.

My son takes full responsibility for the dog being in the field, he knows this is a serious matter. But none of us can understand why a fully restrained dog should be shot dead in front of his owner. Stark was such a gentle wee guy. He will be sorely missed. R.I.P our handsome boy ������. Meet Stark, and the farmer who took his life.



Jedforest FH 2 defence claims 'invisible' gunman made fox hunt legal

28-4-17  ITV Border News   Father and son deny deliberately hunting fox with hounds    A father and son from the Jedforest Hunt have denied breaching Scotland's fox hunting legislation, after a video filmed by investigators showed a fox being dug out of a hole and then chased by a pack of hounds. 66-year-old John Clive Richardson and his son, 24-year-old Johnny Riley [right, Credit ITV Border], have gone on trial accused of allowing the hounds to chase the fox ,which took place near Jedburgh in February 2016. Jedburgh Sheriff Court was shown a videoJedforestFHHuntsmanCliveRichardsonandsonJohnnyRiley28-4-17.jpg which had been filmed by an employee of the League Against Cruel Sports, which showed members of the Jedforest Hunt - including the two accused. 

James Hood told Jedburgh Sheriff Court that while it was illegal to deliberately hunt a wild mammal with a dog there were some exceptions to that. Commenting on the video of the Jedforest Hunt, he said: "A fox can be flushed by dogs from cover to guns. My opinion from the footage of the two incidents is that the fox is pursued by a number of hounds across open ground with one or two horsemen and other persons present. The pursuit is beyond what is allowed in the exception." The footage shows the fox disappearing into a blind spot with the dogs still chasing, so what happened to the fox was not captured on film.

The court was told that lawyers acting for two huntsmen, intend to lead evidence saying that the dogs were flushing the fox towards a gunman who was in the blind spot, where the fox was then shot. But Mr Hood - a retired police officer - said he could not hear any gunshots on the videos or any sign of gunmen. He also visited the scene three weeks after the alleged offence and discovered the carcass of a fox in the dead ground area. All that was remaining was a vertebrae and three legs intact and round the paws there was some red fur. Mr Hood said a post-mortem was carried out on the carcass and there was no evidence that the fox had been shot.

But he agreed under cross-examination from defence lawyer, David McKie, that he could not say for certain that it was the same fox which the video had shown being pursued by the dogs. The trial of the pair has been adjourned until next month. The case is due to resume on May 8th.


Eggesford FH official convicted of stealing supporter & riding club funds
Gets 20 month suspended sentence and CSO for embezzling £84,000

28-4-17    Western Morning News    Huntmaster took £84,000 from Devon countryside clubs    A Devon huntmaster has admitted stealing £84,000 while acting as treasurer for two country sports clubs. Graeme Holmes [left], 59, took the cash while in charge of the purse strings of the Eggesford Hunt Supporters' Club and the Sid and Otter Riding Club. He defrauded both clubs of funds for almost a decade and used the money to keep up his EggesfordFHofficialGraemeHolmesconvictedofstealingsupporterclubfunds28-4-17.jpgimage as a pillar of the local rural community. The successful IT salesman was a joint leader of the hunt, kept a stable of horses and bought a large house near Lapford.

But Judge Geoffrey Mercer QC told him his reputation now lay in tatters. He added: “What you did as I see it was very dishonest and it isn't clear to me why it was necessary to do it at all frankly. But it was a gross breach of trust. You treated money and funds of these organisations of which you were the treasurer as if they were your own and you've been caught."

Holmes pleaded guilty to abusing his position as treasurer of the Eggesford Hunt Supporters' Club between January 15, 2007 and April 15, 2016. He also admitted the same offence against the Sid and Otter Valley Riding Club between August 26, 2008 and April 8, 2016. He has since paid all the money back.

Prosecutor William Hunter said Holmes had volunteered to take up the role of hunt treasurer in 2004. He job was to hand the cash to the bank and bank cheques, among other duties. But when suspicions were raised the club checked the account and found almost £48,000 missing, leaving them with just £580.

Holmes had been a member of the riding club since 2006 and took the treasurer role in 2008. He had control of the debit card which he used to draw money for himself and had cheques made out to him. The club expected to find £30,000 in its account but when it checked the figure was much less. Holmes admitted taking £36,000 for himself.

Richard Crabb, mitigating, said: “He is a man of previous good character who used about £84,000 of hunt funds for his own purposes. Every penny has now been paid back." He said Holmes was a man who earned a lot of money as an IT sales team leader in the Home Counties. He moved to Lapford with his wife and bought a large house 'that needed a lot of work'. He became part and parcel of the local equestrian scene and lived beyond his means."

He hunted on a regular basis and was regarded as a 'pillar of the community'. When the post of treasurer came up the club 'considered his trappings of wealth and thought he was a very successful man' and was delighted to have him. But he estimated that he lived beyond his means by £8,000 a year.

Mr Crabb said there had been a backlash in the local community against Holmes after what he had done. Holmes had cashed-in his pension to pay the money back but was not left with a large tax bill.

Judge Mercer said he was lucky the Conservative government had changed the law to allow pension pots to be cashed in early. “The amount of money is substantial," said the judge. “Your saving grace is that you have been able to pay back the money you took and it's fully repaid."

Holmes was sentenced to 20 months in jail, suspended for 18 months. He must do 150 hours unpaid work and pay costs of £550.


Court shown film of fox dig, flushing and chase at Jedforest FH trial
LACS monitor says 'appalling' acts illegal and against MFHA rules

27-4-17   Border Telegraph   Video footage shown in fox-hunting trial   Video evidence showing a fox being dug out of a hole and then chased by a pack of hounds has been described as "appalling" at Jedburgh Sheriff Court [right].Witnesses claimed that the footage proved "traditional" fox hunting is still going on despite legislation being introduced 15 years ago.

An investigator from the League Against Cruel Sports gave the court his verdict on two videos filmingJedburghSherriffCourt.jpg the activities of the Jedforest Hunt at Townfoothill Farm near Jedburgh, on February 18 last year. Peter Cross filmed the incident on a video camera from a distance of 650 metres along with fellow investigator Terence Hill after they both set an observation point for a covert operation. The footage captured a fox being chased into an earth by the hounds and then a man spending more than 20 minutes digging a hole to locate the fox.

The law says the fox should then be dispatched or killed by a hand pistol or shotgun. But the footage shows the fox being released from the hole and immediately pursued by the hounds. The fox goes out of sight behind a land ridge - a blind spot for the cameramen - and its fate cannot be confirmed.

Mr Cross told the court: "What we have witnessed there is in direct contradiction of the Masters of Foxhounds Association rules. It is not only an illegal act but I think their governing body would like to have words about their behaviour too. If it is known a fox is in the earth they can be dug down and dispatched with a pistol if the farmer requires pest control." Referring to the hounds chasing the fox he said: "It is just not necessary to do that to a fox. Personally I find it appalling."

Father and son John Clive Richardson, 66, and 24-year-old Johnny Riley from the Jedforest Hunt are on trial accused of deliberately hunting a fox with hounds - which has been illegal in Scotland since the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002. The trial of Richardson and Riley of Abbotrule, Bonchester Bridge, continues.

Pic below shows Jedforest FH allegedly hunting a fox on 18-2-16


Fitzwilliam FH illegal hunting case is adjourned yet again
Trial now due to start 20 months after alleged offences

25-4-17   Court Politics   Just a short update this week as I had hoped to be making the final preparations for my time in court as a witness for the prosecution of the 2 members of the Fitzwilliam Hunt. When you consider the offence took place on the 01/01/16 you begin to understand that the legal process is not something which proceeds quickly and there is good reason for that. However the when dates and locations for the hearing get changed multiple times it can get somewhat frustrating.

The case was supposed to be heard this week (26/27th) at Chelmsford Magistrates but I was contacted by a court official only last week and informed that the case would now be heard in August at Colchester Magistrates. While this delay is annoying the reasons behind it could be deemed to be in the prosecution's favour. Due to the high profile of the case it couldn't be heard in the county where the offence took place (Cambridgeshire) so other courts and magistrates had to be considered. I was informed the reason for the late delay was due to "court politics". According to a legal expert who has been advising me court politics usually refers to a "magistrate that was due to hear the case that had obviously expressed some views about hunting which compromised their ability to hear the case objectively".

This being the case, I guess I should be pleased with the delay although that statement could be taken in the both for and against (hunting) points of view. Further details from the court official once again highlighted that this particular case was more akin to that of a murder trial (to be honest I consider it a murder trial of the fox on that fateful day) in that it is being heavily scrutinised and is also the first time the use of the Bird of Prey Exemption has been challenged in the courts.

The investigating officer also contacted me the day after asking if we were all ready to go and I had to inform him of the further delays as he was unaware. From his point of view it made no difference as he wouldn't have to attend the court on the day. Even though he was the investigating officer he didn't conduct any of the interviews so wouldn't be cross examined by the defence, as this was done by more senior colleagues from the serious crime section, another sign that things were being taken very seriously indeed.

While preparing for my day in court I did go over my statement and also reviewed the video footage. It doesn't get any easier to watch and of course in my mind there can be only one outcome but, this is the Hunting Act and nothing is straight forward where that is concerned.

Pic below - The accused. Huntsman George Adams and bird handler John Mease.


POWAperson comments - I really hope the writer is correct in his assessment of the reasons for these extraordinary delays [though 20 months must be a record], and if a hunt sympathising judge has been recused, that must be good. But I have my doubts. Time and again we see illegal hunting cases being stretched out, often by defence manoeuvring, and how often that ends with acquittals or the CPS dropping charges - and that's just in the rare cases where the CPS do summon up the bottle to take on the hunt side's 'expensive lawyers'. 


Man charged over fox found captive near Belvoir FH kennels
Charge comes 17 months after incident - Hunt deny involved

24-4-17    Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   A man has been charged with animal welfare offences regarding the fox which was found in an outbuilding in preparation for the Belvoir Hunt which was meeting close by. Nigel Smith (59), of Stainby, Lincs, is due in court next month. Of course, the Hunt are denying everything claiming no knowledge or involvement. This is pretty standard behaviour. Get the serfs to do the dirty work then let them carry the can when and it they get found out.

POWAperson adds - The original story can be found here and here. Pic below - the fox found in the shed by LACS' investigators.



Anti gets to see her apology letter from hunter abuser after 4 months
His tirade of sexist abuse got him a conditional caution including apology
Police previously refused to allow victim to see his apology letter

24-4-17  Daily Mail   Anti-hunt activist who was called a 'f*****g slag' and a 'whore' at a protest battles for FOUR MONTHS to see a copy of her abuser's apology letter - Hunt spectator subjected Cathy Scott to barrage of foul-mouthed sexist abuse - He called her 'a f****** fat s***' and told her to 'f*** off back to Coventry'   After a video of the incident went viral, the unnamed man received a police caution over the incident on the condition he provided a written apology. Ms Scott said she had to battle police for four months to get a copy of the letter.

Cathy Scott was labelled a 'f****** slag' and a 'whore' by a 59-year-old man in Sutton Cheney, Leics,AtherstoneFHsupportertofemalemonitorYoufuckingfatbitchafterramminghercar29-11-16.jpg last November. After a video of the incident went viral on social media sites, the unnamed man received a police caution over the incident, on the condition he provided a written apology. The video emerged just days after a local councillor on horseback told a hunt protester that he would 'quite like to s***' her.

But after Ms Scott asked Leicestershire Police why she hadn't received the letter, she claims she was told she would have to view it at a police station but wouldn't be able to touch or keep it due to its 'sensitive nature'. When Ms Scott, 41, complained about the 'bizarre' decision, she says she was then offered a version of the letter with the perpetrator's name redacted. It was only after Ms Scott lodged a formal complaint that she eventually got given a copy of the letter - some four months after the incident, and two months after it was written.

AtherstoneFHSupportercautionedafterramssabcarthensubjectsfemaletotorrentofabuse29-11-16.jpgMs Scott, from Coventry, Warwickshire, said: 'Leicestershire Police were essentially protecting the perpetrator and treating me, the victim, like a criminal. If I have to jump through hoops like that to get a simple letter of apology, what chance do other victims of more serious crimes have? They told me I could come and read the letter at arm's length - what sort of rule is that? It was agreed that as part of his conditional caution he would write me a letter of apology and take a victim awareness course. Did they think I would never ask about the letter? This man called me some of the most horrible, misogynistic names under the sun. He waved his fist at me and another woman and we really did feel threatened."

"I had to chase the letter up time and time again and they gave me this most peculiar excuse that because it had details of a 'sensitive nature' they couldn't let me keep it. Obviously I questioned this but they were adamant that I couldn't have it and would have to meet a police officer to look at it. It was absolutely ludicrous and if I hadn't have fought it, I'd probably still be waiting for the apology."

The shocking footage was shared on Facebook by members of the West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs, who were on the country road to protest against the Atherstone Hunt. Ms Scott and another member of the West Midlands Hunt Saboteur group were involved in a confrontation with two men. after a collision between their cars during a hunt on November 29th last year. One man got out of his vehicle and said to Ms Scott: 'You want some of this, f*****? Eh?' before adding: 'F*** off back to Coventry where you belong you f****** w****.'

Ms Scott said: 'We were there to monitor activity on the hunt. We stopped our vehicle on the lane because weAtherstoneFHAntisapologyletterforabusebysupporter29-11-16.jpg could see them coming down the track. They drove their vehicle into us and that's when I was met with this tirade of abuse. It was really nasty stuff. He was effing and blinding and calling me all the names under the sun, all on camera. It was completely unacceptable language. I told him it was some of the worst abuse I had ever heard. It was unprovoked and unnecessary. I was feeling massively intimidated and that's why I reported it to the police. To be fair, they dealt with the initial incident swiftly. But I didn't expect to be waiting on an apology all this time later. He wrote the letter in January for goodness sake and I only got it in March.'

It is believed the unnamed man must now attend a victim awareness course which he must pay for himself and he must write a letter of apology to the victim. The letter read: 'I am writing this letter of apology to you as instructed, I apologise to you for the coarse language and derogatory comments used against you on Tuesday the 29th of November 2016. On the gated road [in] Sutton Cheney. The comments were made in the heat of the moment, and for that I apologise.'

A Leicestershire Police spokesperson said: 'An initial decision was made by an officer not to provide a copy of the apology letter due to some of the content within. A complaint was made from the victim regarding this which coincided with a review from a more senior officer on the original decision. After a review, this officer agreed to provide a copy of the apology letter to the victim. A complaint from the victim is still under investigation by our Professional Standards department therefore it would be inappropriate for us to comment any further at this stage.'

Tory councillor Charles Carter, 33, quit his position at Breckland Council after a video of him being sexist and misogynistic to a hunt protester went viral. Carter told Linda Hoggard, who filmed his derogatory comments, that she was 'very pretty' and asked if he could take her to bed.

Original story and video can be found here. 


Sabs stop Cheriton Mink Hounds from hunting

22-4-17  Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs   Today we stopped the Cheriton/former Devon & Cornwall Minkhounds from killing wildlife on the river Torridge. Together with Somerset Sabs and South Devon Animal Rights we turned up to their meet at the Stevenstone Hunt kennels in Torrington and packed them up before they even got the hounds out of the trailer. A fairly relaxed stand-off ensued while the hunt members (all 6 of them) considered their options. One of them entertained us with the usual drivel about wildlife 'management', immigration, townies and ISIS. When we reminded him that hunting a wild mammal (including otters and mink) with hounds was illegal, out came the familiar excuse, "oh but we're just here to exercise them". When asked why he minded us observing the hounds being 'exercised', he said "well they might bump into an otter... and then we'd be doing what you're suggesting we're going to do". ... After an hour of standing around in a field, the hunt made the sensible decision to head home to avoid any 'accidental' hunting. Two hours and many country lanes later they were safely tucked up back at the kennels. Job done.


Motorists appalled by horrific death on road of deer after Exmoor hunt
Quantock Stag Hounds believed to be responsible for outrage
Exmoor resident Sir Rannulph Fiennes says he feels 'ashamed'
LACS brands the deer killing as 'utterly horrific'

21-4-17  Devon Live   Drivers horrified to witness 'public execution' of terrified deer A scared deer leaped from a bridge on to a road and was 'executed' by a huntsman yesterday in front of several 'disgusted' members of the public, according to someone who witnessed the incident.

An eyewitness, who does not wish to be named, said the shocking ordeal left her 'horrified and deeply saddened'QuantockSHSceneofdeerkillhorror21-4-17.jpg after the 'exhausted' animal was cornered by hounds on a bridge above a public road near Dulverton [right]. She watched as the scene played out and said she was left in 'pure disgust', and questioned how such a 'barbaric ordeal' was legal.

Speaking to DevonLive, she said: "I am not the usual type to complain about anything to this degree but yesterday I witnessed something which deeply saddened and disgusted me along with many other members of public present at the time. "The staghounds were out on a hunt close to the Mason's Kings, not far from Black Cat, Dulverton way and they had clearly been chasing a poor stag for some time when it came to the old railway bridge. he hounds had it cornered and the poor animal was so exhausted it could hardly stand, it's tongue hanging out and it's body wobbling all over the place."

She said she, along with others, were held up on the road when quad bikes and other vehicles blocked the animal's escape routes and a gunman scrambled up the side of the bridge towards the animal. She said: "The animal, clearly distressed, took one look at its only route to potential escape and threw itself off the top of the 30ft bridge and crashed on to the road below in front of all of the members of public. The animal lay in the road - seriously injured but still alive - to which the gunman then shot and ended the prolonged suffering."

She and many others watching were horrified by the 'barbaric ordeal'. She said: "Members of the public were frantic, shouting at the huntsmen in pure disgust. All of this is actually completely legal - how is this allowed? I think the law has a great deal to answer for. I am not against controlling populations of wildlife such as deer and foxes. I live on a nearby farm and have studied wildlife related subjects at a university level so have a good understanding of the countryside. I do not, however, think there is a place for such practices in this day and that alternative more humane and effective ways exist to manage wild populations and it is about time that these animals were protected and respected."

DevonLive has contacted several local staghound groups to ask who organised the hunt, but none of them have yet responded.

POWAperson adds - We have been privately informed that the Hunt responsible was the Quantock Stag Hounds. This Hunt already carries 2 convictions for illegal hunting. Sir Rannulph Fiennes, an Exmoor resident who turned against hunting after his local hunt killed a fox that used to visit him, has made the following Facebook post -

21-4-17   Facebook - Sir Ranulph Fiennes   As a resident of Exmoor I am ashamed!

Pic below, credit DevonLive -  


25-4-17   Devon Live   League Against Cruel Sports brands deer killing on busy road as 'utterly horrific'    A charity which vows to protect animals from cruelty in sports has branded the public killing of a deer on a main road as "shocking and utterly horrific". The League Against Cruel Sports contacted DevonLive after reading our story about a scared deer leaped which from a bridge on to a road and was 'executed' by a huntsman. The incident took place last Thursday (April 20) in front of several 'disgusted' members of the public, according to a driver who saw the events unfurl. The eyewitness, who did not wish to be named, said the shocking ordeal left her 'horrified and deeply saddened' after the 'exhausted' animal was cornered by hounds on a bridge above the A396 road near Dulverton.

Now the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), a charity which campaigns to ban hunting in the UK, has condemned the incident and says deaths like these need to stop. Eduardo Goncalves, chief executive of LACS, said: "This was utterly horrific for the stag and shocking for the members of the public who witnessedQuantockSHBloodontheroadwherethedeerwaskillednearDulverton21-4-17.jpg it. Unfortunately the killing of stags like this isn't as uncommon as people might hope. "Stag hunting is banned, but some hunts in and around Devon and Somerset continue to chase these animals, and continue to make excuses as to why deaths occur. Frankly it needs to stop. Don't think this was a one off. The League Against Cruel Sports has a wildlife sanctuary near Dulverton and we have to keep guard on a regular basis to stop hunts from chasing deer onto our land. I can't put a figure on the number of deer and stags who have run full tilt onto our land to reach safety. Reports from this incident say the stag appeared exhausted – that suggests it had been chased over a long period. Any suggestion that it was merely discovered by the hunt, or was accidentally chased for a short period before reaching the bridge, doesn't seem to match the facts. Sometimes hunts claim they are 'helping' an injured stag by chasing it to put it down. That doesn't sound like animal welfare to me."

Speaking on Friday, an eyewitness told DevonLive how the incident left her in "pure disgust", and questioning how such a "barbaric ordeal" could be legal. She said: "I am not the usual type to complain about anything to this degree but this deeply saddened and disgusted me. The staghounds had clearly been chasing the poor stag for some time when it came to the old railway bridge. The hounds had it cornered and the poor animal was so exhausted it could hardly stand, it's tongue hanging out and it's body wobbling all over the place." She said she, along with others, were held up on the road when quad bikes and other vehicles blocked the animal's escape routes and a gunman scrambled up the side of the bridge towards the animal...

DevonLive has contacted Avon and Somerset Police to see if they are aware of the matter. No hunt has yet claimed responsibility for the incident. DevonLive has tried to contact several hunts in the area, but none have got back to us.

Pic above right - Blood stains left on A396 


POWA presses for strengthening commitment in Labour manifesto

20-4-17    Protect Our Wild Animals has written to the Labour Party leadership and MPs requesting that a commitment to strengthen the Hunting Act 2004 be included in the Party's manifesto for the election on June 8th. Even if Labour do not win power this time, such a commitment will make it easier to get it made official party policy and included in any future manifesto. Penny Little, POWA member and highly experienced hunt monitor, has also launched a petition requesting a strengthening commitment. Please sign this urgently and share as widely as you can.  

To: Jeremy Corbyn

Include in the manifesto a commitment to strengthen the Hunting Act

Why is this important?

The Hunting Act of 2005 is far too weak to restrain the hunters. Illegal hunting is absolutely rife. The animal welfare consequences of this are horrendous. People who demanded a ban on hunting did not want a law that was weak, unenforced and laughed at by the hunters. The police refuse to even try to crack down on this anarchy. The only solution is a stronger - much stronger - law, with harsher penalties. A ban is supported by 84+% of the population. Labour can gather many, many votes from making this commitment in their manifesto. Please sign this petition and share it far and wide - the animals desperately need your help.  

Town Council secret meeting with Atherstone FH exposed by sabs

20-4-17   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Atherstone Town Council in secret meeting with Hunt    Despite the public interest in The Atherstone Hunt, who have had their violent, abusive, and criminal behaviour reported on by the media over 80 times, Atherstone Town Council have seen fit to accept the hunt's request for a private meeting over the violent events in the Market Square on the 02/01/2017. This meeting took place on 15/03/2017. We have no way of knowing what the Council and the hunt discussed as there are no notes or minutes that can be scrutinised. We will keep a closer eye on the activity of the Council from now on. Further unaccountable 'shadow' meetings with criminal bloodsport fanatics are unacceptable and disrespectful to all those who want justice & respect for wild animals.

The Council claim they have yet to make a decision over the Atherstone Hunts future use of the Market Square and are due to have a secret meeting with senior officers from Warwickshire Police. The same police force who are partially responsible for the violence by choosing not to police the event and who have subsequently lied and tried to cover up their involvement.

How can Atherstone Town Council make an impartial decision over this issue when the Councillors who have vested interests in the hunt are allowed to vote on the issue? All vested interests in the Atherstone Hunt should be declared and anyone with interests in the hunt should abstain from decision making. Complaints should be directed to



Badsworth FH filmed trespassing along a canal towpath, not for first time
Reported to landowners the Canal and River Trust

14-4-17   Wildlife Guardian   Fox hunt ignored warning signs to trespass on canal towpaths   A fox Hunt’s actions have been branded as extremely irresponsible for endangering public safety after repeatedly ignoring warning signs and galloping down narrow canal towpaths with a pack of foxhounds. The Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hunt have been reported to the Canal & River Trust for riding along towpaths on the New Junction Canal at Sykehouse and Fishlake, nr Doncaster, on several occasions during the past six months.

The Canal & River Trust, who manage the canal, prohibit horses using towpaths due to the serious risk to the public as well as the horses. During the latest incident, a local resident, who did not wish to be named, claimed that the Hunt, along with 30 foxhounds, spent up to an hour on the towpaths at Sykehouse and Fishlake, despiteBadsworthFHHuntsmanandJMtrespassingontowpath4-17.jpg warning signs clearly prohibiting horses on the towpath.

Mobile phone footage seen by the Wildlife Guardian shows Huntsman Richard Mould and Joint Master Nigel Dickson galloping down the towpath as the hounds are in cry. The Hunt then head to the opposite towpath, where the hounds are encouraged to hunt through wildlife habitat owned by the Canal & River Trust. The Hunt’s terriermen and terriers were later seen joining the Hunt on the towpath. The trespass occurred in full view of a Canal & River Trust manned station, and despite previous incidents being reported to the Trust, no action was taken to stop the Hunt.

A spokesman for the Wildlife Guardian stated, “The Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hunt behaviour is utterly reckless and they are endangering the safety of legitimate users of the towpaths, such as dog walkers and cyclists. They also demonstrated a blatant disregard for the safety of the horses. This is not an isolated incident, it’s occurring five or six times a year. It’s only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured. The Canal & River Trust cannot keep turning a blind eye to the trespass and the extremely irresponsible actions of the Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hunt.”

In 2014, a photo of the Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hunt trespassing on the same towpath, led by then huntsman Nigel Dickson, was published on the Countryside Alliance Facebook page. Last year the Hunt made the national news when hunt saboteurs were driven at by terriermen in balaclavas on a quad bike.

Minehead Harriers hunt on NT land where recent bTb breakdown

11-4-17  Facebook - Chris Tasker    Do hunts give a toss about biosecurity ? Er, No ! On 1st December 2016, Cloutsham Farm, nr Minehead was listed for a bTB breakdown. So on 29th January 2017, the Minehead Harriers had a meet at the farm and spent 4 hours on the farm fields pretending to trail hunt, complete with equipped terriermen, a dozen riders, riders on point and overloaded quad bikes. To compound the issue, they had invited another hunt to join them, the Tiverton Foxhounds, so spreading whatever they picked up another 25 miles when they went home. The farm is National Trust property, and the Hunt had a trail licence from NT.

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Monitors blocked, abused, menaced by VWH support as Hunt tries to find foxes

Police called out three times by threatened monitor group 

10-4-17   Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch    Both the VWH and Cotswold hunts were out on Saturday, presumably able to hunt this late as they have access to large private estates and therefore don’t have to stop because farmers are growing crops. The fact that the foxes they hunt probably have cubs that need feeding is not considered by these people. With the help from a Three Counties sab, we covered the VWH meet which was in Cirencester Park the home of Allen Bathurst the 9th Earl of Bathurst and his Countess wife Sara who came out and attended the hunt in their 4x4.

The Hunt left the meet area quickly and disappeared into the large area of sloping woods behind the polo ground. It took a long time to track them down but eventually we did, finding them putting the hounds to search through the undergrowth. They continued to do this, but when the hounds picked up two of our team were able to get their heads up, much to the annoyance of the Huntsman. They moved on quickly, in fact they kept moving on, hunting when they could but as the huntsman told one of our team, the warm day and the wild garlic made it hard for the hounds to find scent.

Supporters were starting to gather and these included some of the Bicester Boys – ‘Tommy Gadget Man’ who seems to have swapped his ‘gadget’ for a mobile phone and also a truck load of ‘anti-antis’ from Dorset who presumably wanted to prolong their fun after their own hunts had all finished. They basically think it’s clever to surround monitors cars to try and harass and intimidate and to show off in front of their friends. During the day, we had 2 instances of drunken hunt thugs banging their fists on the window of our vehicles threatening and abusing the occupants. At one of these instances, a redcoat was watching. After the driver called the police, the redcoat suddenly decided he needed to apologise for the hunt thug. At another point in the day ‘anti-antis’ lay in the road and surrounded one of our vehicles to prevent it from moving! Foot-walkers were subjected to tactics of harassment designed to avoid legal action as well. This all resulted in us having to contact the police three times.

Despite extensive searching, the hunt found nothing in Overley Wood and went back down the park to the bottom end, trying to hunt the wood near the polo ground entrance but prevented by the timely arrival of two lots of foot-walkers. They changed horses at the polo ground and immediately set off again towards the north of the park, not seeming to find much and not heard on cry just repeatedly searching. Two women hikers in the park were shocked to learn what was taking place, and wished us luck. Sadly, towards the very end of the day after most of the field had gone home, they went quickly back up from the south end of the park to the Overley Ride area where they were heard in cry. As we only had one monitor in that area, they were able to hunt for some time- sadly we don’t know the outcome. It is pretty sure they returned to where they knew there was a fox – maybe the one that had gone to ground last Wednesday or maybe the one that our team had earlier protected.

The ‘anti-antis’ followed our vehicle at the end of the day. As we went towards the bend on the A419 near the polo ground entrance, a female pheasant was knocked by a car coming the other way and staggered to our side of the road. Our driver put on hazard lights and stopped while we collected the bird to try to help it. The ‘anti-antis’ in the vehicle behind, jeered and laughed at this action showing their complete inability to empathise with injured wildlife. Luckily we knew of a safe haven where the pheasant could be kept and monitored. We have since heard that it recovered and flew off. Stay safe little bird!

The Hunt went on until around 6pm. It was a terrible and disturbing sight on a beautiful spring day to see young children being escorted by veteran hunt riders actively indoctrinating them by pointing us out to be misguided.


Police powers to demand face mask removal enhanced

7-4-17    Countryside Alliance   New power to remove face coverings from violent protesters comes into effect today   Today (3rd April) police have been given new powers to remove face coverings from violent protestors. Last month, Minister of State for Policing, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, wrote to all Police Constables making them aware of a new power to make it easier for police officers to request that face coverings be removed from violent protestors. The Minister’s letter follows a Countryside Alliance led campaign.

Last December the House of Lords passed a Government amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill which will make it easier for the police to tackle violent masked protestors. The amendment was in response to concerns raised regarding the inability of police to request the removal of face coverings from violent protestors without prior written authorisation from a senior police officer. Last months letter by the Minister’s informed Police Constables that the new provision will commence on today (3rd April).

The amendment means that a senior police officer will be able to give immediate oral authorisation for a constable to remove face-coverings, where it is impracticable for that authorisation to be given in writing. The law had required prior written authorisation that the police have grounds for reasonable belief that activities may take place in an area that are likely to involve the commission of offences. The conditions and protections remain exactly the same, but the fast track process will now allow the police to tackle a serious issue both in rural communities and elsewhere.

Research by the Countryside Alliance using the Freedom of Information Act published last year revealed that the powers had only been used on one occasion in the past three years to require animal rights activists at a hunt to remove face coverings, despite the use of masks to intimidate and hide identity being a standard tactic of hunt saboteurs. The powers had been used on many occasions in relation to pre-arranged demonstrations and football matches.

Alliance Chief Executive, Tim Bonner said:- “There are only two reasons for wearing masks and face-coverings in the context of a protest: to intimidate and harass, and to hide identity with the intention of committing criminal offences and avoiding prosecution. This is a tactic that has worked, not only by creating alarm and distress in rural communities visited by groups of extremists who have adopted the uniform of the paramilitary complete with standard black face coverings, but also in allowing offences to be committed crimes without any legal consequences. From Wiltshire to Derbyshire; from Gloucestershire to Yorkshire there have been a series of violent assaults by hunt saboteurs in the last few years, none of which have seen anyone brought to justice. It doesn’t matter if violence and intimidation are happening in urban areas or the countryside, it is wrong and it’s only right that police officers are in the position to be able to tackle effectively potentially criminal behaviour wherever it arises. We are therefore delighted that the Government has recognised the need to amend the law, recognising that the police need greater flexibility faced with modern types of protests. The amendment does not extend police powers, but makes it more practical to use existing powers and we now expect the police to make full use of them. For too long a small minority have hidden behind masks and disguises to intimidate people and to escape being held account for unlawful behaviour. This change in the law will discourage unlawful activity, whilst allowing lawful and peaceful protest.”

POWAperson comments -  The CA and their hunting friends could well find the old saw 'Be careful what you wish for...' coming back to bite them. Hunt thugs and even some redcoats commonly mask up in order to conceal their identities from anti cameras, so they can carry out their illegal hunting and assaults on antis with even greater impunity than they currently enjoy. If the police apply these new powers fairly [admittedly, this is far from a given] they will lose that anonymity and the chances of their being arrested and charged will be that much greater. 


VWH FH run away as monitors find hounds marking to ground

6-4-17  Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch    5th April. Not enough for you VWH?   On Wednesday 5th April, a walker came on them [the Vale of the White Horse Hunt] yet again hunting in Cirencester Park. This time a secretive meet with a small field of followers, horseboxes and hound lorry all clustered together near the polo ground. It was late in the day but we managed to rally a couple of people and, trying to make a good guess, came in from the Overly Road where we came right on the Hunt with the hounds searching.

Just as we arrived and got seen by the redcoats, they went on cry and as we were already slightly behind them all we could do is follow. Just as we heard the disappearing sound of the hunting horn we rounded a bend to find part of the pack marking to ground and the rest of the Hunt completely vanished. The hounds were frantically digging at a hole, making it clear that the fox they had been pursuing had escaped underground. We got them off and they hung around as the Hunt had apparently abandoned them - maybe worried after the witnessed kill last Saturday? But they eventually drifted off and we guarded the area until we were sure they were not coming back for this fox, and visited again later to check. The Hunt had really run and we could not find them again, but we felt that at least we had managed to save this fox - for now.


Vale of the White Horse FH slaughter fox in front of monitors
Charged recklessly on to A roads before and after the kill
Monitors filmed them and have reported Hunt to police

Quote from monitor - "I know that what I saw today will stay with me the rest of my life. One moment that beautiful creature was in front of me running for his life, and the next I was looking at his blood soaking into the ground." 

6-4-17  Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   Vale of the White Horse FH, Saturday 1st April   The Hunt met at a farm behind Coates and after bursting out onto the main Tetbury A433 road, chased and killed a fox in front of four of our team in the fields behind Cirencester Agricultural University The fox never had a chance as there were Hunt officials and groups of riders blocking every escape. Just like Wednesday, they seemed to be hunting recklessly with no heed for cameras or the law. A redcoat tried to block our view, but one of our monitors was coming from the other direction and was able to film. The Huntsman got off his horse and ran off with the body, leaving gobbets of flesh, hair and blood on the ground. We are talking to the Police and will be putting up footage in due course.

This event did not stop the VWH hunting foxes that day. They went on cry again between Tarlton and the A433 Tetbury road, but 3Cs sab working with us that day rated the hounds off the fox. We managed to get monitors in to the areas they were drawing around Tarlton Wood and towards the Tunnel Inn, and once again a CIHW monitor got the hounds heads up as they started on a scent. they finally disrupted the very busy A419 Stroud Road to take the Hunt across into the main park, where they went up the length of the park and back, seeming to be at last inhibited by a public event within the park, packing up at around five.


A member of CIWH [also of POWA] told us - Monitors saw no 'trail' laid before hunting began next to the main Tetbury road. The hounds burst out onto the main road, disrupting the traffic before going towards the back of the University farm.

When the hounds went into cry the huntsmen made no effort to stop them until it was too late A fox was seen by a monitor fleeing for its life, just before the pack caught it. The Hunt officials seemed to panic. The Huntsman galloped over, viciously whipped the hounds off and rushed away on foot with the body, running from the camera [see pic above]. Monitors filmed the remains - chunks of flesh, hair, skin and blood.

‘The worst of it is,’ she said 'orphaned fox cubs may have been left underground, where they will experience a slow and terrible death by starvation. Wildlife rescue centres are currently taking in fox cubs, some born as early as February. The Hunt will claim there were trails laid, but they were seen searching near main roads and through fields of oil seed rape, where they would be likely to find foxes resting up in cover. Like many other Hunts, they will claim the kill was an 'accident', but we filmed them chasing more foxes later in the day. We are supplying footage to the police and call for the law to be enforced against Hunts that we believe repeatedly chase and kill foxes 'accidentally on purpose’.


VWH FH relentlessly hunted fox late in day and may have killed

6-4-17   Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   VWH Hunt, Wednesday 29th March   We were tipped off that the Vale of the White Horse FH were in Cirencester Park and two of us, plus a Three Counties sab managed to attend. It was a 'children's meet' but as we have witnessed before, once the children have left in the middle of the day, the Hunt gets down to it.

From mid afternoon they hunted up and down the main section of the park on the Sapperton side, where weVWHFHHoundshunting29-3-17.jpg found them. 3Cs sab got the hounds off one tired fox, but they were relentlessly after another - just glimpsed by CIHW at the Overly Road as it ran across with the hounds in cry after it, just too far away to try and stop them. The redcoats came blasting out onto the road after the hounds and refused to call them off even though they were told a fox had been seen.

The fox ran in a large circle, across the road and back into the main park and round again. The redcoat did retreat once when he came on a CIHW monitor with a camera. They had clearly lost the scent at one point, and were witnessed by CIHW bringing the hounds back to the spot and putting them to search through the thick undergrowth until they picked up on the scent again.

We have seen this before, but this time there was a difference. The redcoats and the small hardcore of riders left in the last hours of this hunt were avidly and blatantly hunting, totally ignoring our presence and absolutely relentless in pursuit of the fox, which they chased the length of the park and back again, for around one and a half hours, finally going quiet at 6.30. We strongly believe it was the same fox because the monitors trying to track the Hunt in the extensive woodland of Cirencester Park could hear the hounds go off cry, losing the scent followed by a shortish pause when they would be back on again. We have heard many times that at the end of the season Hunts become even more determined and bloodthirsty. We saw it. We do not know how it ended as a hunt suddenly going quiet can mean a kill or that the fox has gone to ground, to be dug out by terriermen and killed.


Film of monitor's car windscreen being smashed at S.Dorset FH meet
Video also has stills of young riders struggling to escape bog

2-4-17  Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs  VIDEO   Hit Report Thursday 30th March 2017, South Dorset Hunt Meeting at Rollington Farm, Corfe Castle    This [2nd] report focuses on two specific incidents of the day.

During the early part of the day, while the field were travelling through the forestry not far from the Oil Gathering Station, three young riders not knowing the all-consuming bogs in the area rode off track. Their horses sunk intoS.DorsetFH2youngridersstrugglingtoescapebog30-3-17.jpg the bog and threw the young riders. The horses, now under some stress, thrashed around to get a footing in the brown foul-smelling bog [right]. The monitor who was close by stopped videoing and carefully ‘danced’ over to the area trying to avoid the deepest of the bog sumps and gullies.

He was concerned the horses would endanger the young riders by falling on them and pushing them into the bog. After asking the young riders if they were okay he beckoned over adult riders. Two of the ponies came out of the bog without to much stress. The third was seriously struggling and moving the wrong way. Eventually the pony was persuaded to turn and came out the bog in the direction from which he came. Riders and ponies looked to be okay on exit from the bog, although probably stressed.

When the very same monitor returned to his car at the end of hunting he found his windscreen smashed. It appeared to have been smashed with a hard object [Dash-cam still below]. Police, who were on site all day, were called and attended. Frankly they were furious at what had happened and will follow up the crime. After the monitor was on the scene of the bog incident and standing by to help earlier in the day he was extremely disappointed that a hunt follower should resort to such vandalism.

Note: The vehicle had a ‘dash cam’. The video from the dash cam is now being studied for evidence of who committed the crime. We have set up a GFM to pay for the damage to the monitors car, we have worked closely with him this season. We are in awe of his experience and he is one of the kindest and caring gentlemen you will ever meet.


'Notorious' hunt supporter to be charged at last over 'vicious assault'

1-4-17   Facebook – Outpaced   We hate to tease with half a story but sometimes we have no choice. Outpaced, after a two year case have had a significant result in which one of the hunts most notorious and odious individuals is about to be prosecuted. It's even more satisfying that he thinks he has long got away with his vicious assault. We took it to the highest of review level with the CPS and at last to a specialist prosecutor. Given a couple of outrageous acquittals recently our compliments to the CPS in recognising that public interest is best served in bringing this case. We are only not giving more detail as we don't want to spoil his surprise. At such a time, I f the victim gives permission, we will publish the full story.


MARCH 2017 

..... 30th March - Police stop S.Dorset FH dig out, monitor has car windows smashed, kids ride into bog

..... 28th March - Lord Bonomy says even total ban wouldn't stop Scottish Hunts chasing foxes

..... 27th March - Wilts & Infantry Beagles filmed chasing a hare

..... 27th March - Charity Commission refuses Countryside Alliance bid for charitable status

..... 26th March - Middleton FH hounds killed/injured as taken across busy road 

..... 26th March - Portman FH blocks Wessex Ridgeway path and tries to stop walkers using it

..... 26th March - Sabs write to AAC after police fail to deal with multiple attacks at Woodland Pytchley FH

..... 26th March - Dart Vale Harriers chase deer for 2 miles before gizmo-aided escape

..... 26th March - Monitor uploads video compilation of hunt horse mistreatment

..... 25th March - Campaigners seek sacking of Kent Wildlife Trust hare hunter

..... 24th March - Old Surrey hunt foxes, hit sab, retiring Huntsman Mark Bycroft charges others

..... 24th March - As S.Herefordshire FH 5 re-bailed, sab gets threatening mail re. case 

..... 24th March - Anti hunt FB page responds to CA attempt to shut it down

..... 23rd March - DEFRA response to bTb in hunt kennels... do nothing

..... 23rd March - Chairman of Kent Wildlife Trust is JM of the Blean Beagles!

..... 23rd March - Director of NT contradicts official who said they can't monitor hunts on NT land

..... 23rd March - Sabs take hounds off 'Shag' Carter as Middleton FH have kill-free day

..... 22nd March - Ledbury FH shows solidarity with scandal-hit S.Herefordshire Hunt

..... 21st March - Sabs upload more film of Atherstone FH New Year meet violence & abuse

..... 19th March - Sab hospitalised, another hurt, in attacks by Pytchley FH thugs

..... 19th March - Reports that sabs badly hurt, property damaged/stolen at Middleton FH meet

..... 19th March - Isle of Wight FH Huntsman whacks sab around head with his crop

..... 18th March - South Dorset FH hound run over as hunt thug harasses sabs

..... 17th March - Heythrop FH very nearly caught fox then caused road rage on A424

..... 17th March - Sabs try to save hares hunted by Waveney Harriers as police look on

..... 16th March - Eight blocked setts found day after Heythrop FH closing meet

..... 16th March - Beaufort FH Huntsman refuses to pull hounds off fox they close behind

..... 16th March - Trial of two Jedforest FH hunt servants begins [adjourned on 2nd day]

..... 16th March - 'Two foxes pushed from van for Zetland FH to chase' allegation

..... 16th March - Bizarre hound blessing by Anglican priest at Chiddingfold FH meet

..... 15th March - Landowner finds Beaufort FH trotting through his wood without permission

..... 15th March - Monitors think Cotswold FH killed, as they hunted many familiar coverts

..... 14th March - Three Grove & Rufford FH members convicted of illegal hunting

..... 14th March - Terrierman trying to hit sab almost falls off speeding quad

..... 13th March - Woodland Pytchley FH Director resigns as Wildlife Trust trustee after short campaign

..... 13th March - Sabs stop 2 Essex/Suffolk FH dig outs, quad hits sab, redcoat endangers own horse

..... 13th March - Fife FH hunt foxes - no guns - sabs think first was bagged

..... 12th March - Sabs stop hare pack from hunting and fox pack from killing

..... 12th March - Sabs stop two dig outs by Taunton Vale FH as Hunt chase foxes

..... 12th March - Southdown FH follower punches out car window, injuring sab

..... 12th March - Call to boycott Atherstone FH as JM revealed to run pet kennels

..... 12th March - Another hunting vet is exposed

..... 11th March - Local monitors Axe Vale Harriers - sees blatant fox hunting

..... 11th March - Badsworth & Branham FH kill hare near day's end

,,,,, 11th March - Seavington FH cease season with no kills day thanks to antis

..... 11th March - Sab whipped as Fitzwilliam FH stopped from killing foxes

..... 11th March - Sabs get shock as Old Surrey FH spend all day trail hunting

..... 11th March - Hunts running riot in bTb hotspot risks spreading disease

..... 11th March - Blean Beagles head home as soon as sabs appear

..... 10th March - Fitzwilliam killed twice, 8-3 - follower admits hunting but 'nobody to know'

..... 10th March - Hunt causes havoc in Kent village named, ironically, Hunton

.... 10th March - Atherstone FH in disarray as sacked Huntsman & groom sue them

..... 10th March - Melbreak FH hounds seen hunting unsupervised on Nat Trust land

..... 10th March - LACS gets strong with NT over allowing illegal hunting on its land

..... 10th March - CA contests £60k award after racing pigeons killed by hunting hounds

.....  9th March - Film released of Beaufort FH apparently hunting fox

.....  9th March - Pet rabbit killed by hounds as Oakley FH trespass - owner 'devastated'

.....  9th March - Fox killed by Fitzwilliam terriermen died from 'blunt force trauma'

.....  8th March - Southdown FH supporter smashes sab landy window, rider badly hurt later

.....  8th March - Row over vet who is also Director of Cheshire Forest FH

.....  7th March - Four setts found blocked in area being hunted by Heythrop FH

.....  7th March - Two Jedforest FH hunt servants plead NG to illegal hunting charges

..... 7th March - bTb in hounds at Kimblewick FH kennels confirmed - 25 shot so far

..... 7th March - Hunting Surrey Union FH trespass and anger landowner

 ..... 7th March - Illegal hunting trial of Grove & Rufford FH three begins

.....  6th March - Senior equestrienne dies after fall during drag hunt [a real one]

...... 5th March - One fox has a very lucky escape from the Lamerton FH

.....  6th March - Vale of the White Horse FH hunt openly on roads and in gardens

.....  5th March - National Trust beefs up its policy on field sports - a smidgen

..... 5th March - Cheshire Forest FH massed thugs attract police attention at final meet

..... 5th March - Atherstone FH hunted fox out of nature reserve - escaped down sett

..... 4th March - Monitors believe Beaufort FH hunted fox at Prince Charles's place

..... 4th March - Grafton FH supporter cautioned for assaulting 70 year old hunt monitor

..... 4th March - Oakley FH thugs assault sabs, steal cameras while police do nothing

….. 4th March – Antis' teamwork denies Portman FH kill, furious farmer tells Hunt off

..... 4th March - Huff Post reporter spends day with sabs visiting the Crawley FH 

..... 4th March - Equestrian business offering 'fox hunting days' on their website

..... 3rd March - Rumours of bTb outbreak at Kimblewick FH - 40 hounds shot?

..... 3rd March - Cotswold FH meet cancelled after 'redcoat fell off horse drunk'

..... 3rd March - Bloodsports lobby attacks anti-hunt Blue Fox again

..... 3rd March - Atherstone FH hounds all over roads, sometimes unaccompanied

..... 2nd March - Sabs violently assaulted by Flint & Denbigh FH 'security'

..... 2nd March - Old Surrey FH have to run gauntlet of derision to reach their Hunt Ball

..... 2nd March - Hunt for lost boy - S.W.Wilts FH hound missing for several days

..... 1st March - Crawley FH redcoats 'pinned sab to fence and kicked him in the face'

..... 1st March - Sabs told fox killed by Hunt - find Surrey Union FH in the area

..... 1st March - S.& W. Wilts FH hounds and horses blessed by 'countryman' priest

.... 1st March - Sab tyres slashed as hares saved from Waveney Harriers

..... 1st March - Veterinary practice hosts meet of the Cottesmore FH


 Police stop South Dorset FH dig out as monitor's car windows smashed

Same monitor had helped rescue young riders stuck in a bog

30-3-17  Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs   Hit Report – Thursday, 30th March 2017   Today we paid a visit to the South Dorset Hunt meeting at Rollington Farm in Corfe Castle. We were joined by two hunt monitors and the police maintained a strong presence all day. It was a unusually large turn out for the South Dorset Hunt due to the fact that terrier boys and support had gathered from other local Hunts including the BSV who have finished for this season. After leaving the meet, the Huntsman lead the hounds and field along the ridge on the southern sideS.DorsetFH30-3-17.jpg of the B3351. Foot sabs were already in situ pre spraying and observing them...

We knew today would be difficult due to limited access in certain areas and the terrain being very boggy in places, but with a super fit foot team, sabs done a fantastic job of keeping the Huntsman on his toes. The Huntsman headed to Rempstone Heath and whilst waiting for foot sabs in the area the sabs in the landy saw a girl cantering along the grass verge looking like she needed help. We could see the Huntsman off his horse and a few other riders also on foot and we suspected there had been an accident.

One of the hunt monitors who was out today confirmed that everyone was now OK but 3 younger riders had strayed off the track and ridden their horses into extremely boggy ground where they had gotten stuck. The hunt monitor assisted them ( the riders, the Huntsman and other members of the field ) to free their horses and make sure they were OK. Perhaps the Huntsman should be more mindful of where he is taking S.DorsetFHYoungriderHorsemuddyafterpulledfrombog30-3-17.jpgthe Hunt in future - a little research into the local area would not have gone a miss. We did observe one of these riders ( photo of grey horse, left, with the mud up to top of its tail ) with her horse still covered in mud from the bog towards the end of the afternoon - poor thing must have been extremely tired !

This is not the first time this monitor has helped young riders who have gotten into trouble - the last incident being when young riders fell off whilst jumping a huge hedge and were then trampled by horses. This is shown in a previous video and he stayed with them and comforted them making sure they were safe until adults came to their aide.

The Hunt remained in the Rempstone Heath area for the rest of the day travelling as far up as Vitower House where the foot sabs observed a running fox that had been flushed out from the reed beds. This fox ran to ground seeking refuge and its life from the hounds -foot sabs were observing and ready to intervene if necessary so the Huntsman gathered the hounds and headed South toward the Lookout Tower.

The sabs in the Landy heard the hounds in cry in Wytch Moor and thankfully the foot sabs were soon on the scene from the other side and managed to intervene and call the hounds off the line - another fox saved !!

The Huntsman then headed back towards Ower Farm where the fox was observed running to ground. Again withS.DorsetFHSomeofdamagetomonitorcar30-3-17.jpglimited access we were getting a little worried for this fox. Luckily the police, who were amazing today, appeared and we sent them in that direction. Very shortly the terrier boys were fleeing the scene and we suspect this was due to the police sitting on the hill - either that or they thought they had stumbled into a vegan fair !! The terrier boys were getting pretty shirty by now having lost out on killing at least two foxes ! The Hunt packed up just after 5pm...

One of our hunt monitors had parked his vehicle by Wytch Farm, this being the monitor who I mentioned earlier who helped with getting the horses out the bog and the young riders earlier in the season. After walking miles and being a great help to us keeping tabs on the Hunt today, he retuned to his car to find his windscreen smashed. This had been done with a white flint type stone / rock in five places showering his seats and dash board with shards of glass - this is the thanks he has got for helping the Hunts he has been monitoring the last season ! We find this a beyond disgraceful way to conduct themselves - the South Dorset Hunt vehicles are regularly left strewn along grass verges and not once have we ever touched them, even though we don’t agree with what they are doing !! The police who had stayed in the area all day were soon with us and at the moment this is ongoing. We intend to fund raise to pay for the damage to the monitor’s car and will post a GFM up soon.

SHAME ON YOU - YOU BRING SHAME TO THE SOUTH DORSET HUNT AND THE HUNTING COMMUNITY !!!! Lets face it its already a disgraceful community but today they have certainly shown their true colours !!

Each and every one of us would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thanks to all our supporters for their support, donations and the tip-offs we have received over the last season. We appreciate your support and can assure you we will be back fighting fit ready for the next season.


Even total Scottish ban wouldn't stop Hunts chasing foxes, says Bonomy

As reported below Lord Bonomy's replies seem somewhat cryptic, but he does appear to recognise that the England/Wales ban is being widely and openly flouted with little consequence for the offenders and that 'trail hunting' is at the heart of the problem.

28-3-17  Sunday Herald   Complete fox hunting ban would not ensure law adhered to, MSPs told    A blanket ban on fox hunting would not solve the problem of ensuring Hunts adhere to the law, MSPs have heard.

LordBonomy.jpgLord Bonomy [left] carried out a review of fox hunting laws in Scotland last year and recommended independent monitors to police Hunts. His report said some aspects of the current legislation ''complicate unduly'' the detection, investigation and prosecution of offences and there were ''grounds to suspect'' fox hunting takes place illegally.

Giving evidence to Holyrood's Environment Committee on Tuesday, he said he did not believe banning fox hunting and instead promoting drag hunting, where a Hunting follows the artificial scent of a fox, would solve the issues with the legislation.

Fox hunting with dogs was banned in Scotland in 2002, with the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act stating a person who deliberately hunts a wild mammal with a dog is committing an offence. An exception is made when dogs may be used to stalk or flush out a fox to be shot for purposes including the control of pest species, protecting livestock or ground-nesting birds. Mounted Hunts in Scotland have since offered farmers, landowners and estate managers a pest control service. 

MSP Emma Harper asked Lord Bonomy: "Wouldn't it just be better to promote drag hunting and ban fox hunting?" He replied: "Judging by the experience in England and Wales, I think the answer has to be no because the number of prosecutions proportionately is more or less the same there... there's lots of apparent breaches of the legislation by inappropriate drag hunting, which is called in fact trail hunting. A different material is used so it mimics the scent of a fox and inevitably in many instances where foxes are prevalent a fox appears on the scene. So I wasn't convinced that just moving to that instead of other changes like monitoring, I wasn't convinced that that would make any difference."

Questioned on why his review had not recommended a reduction in the number of hounds used to flush out a fox, he said: "I can't think of anything to suggest that reducing it to two dogs would change the situation other than to bring the whole practice of flushing to guns to an end. That change would see an end to hunting as we see it atMarkRuskellGreenMSP.JPG the moment." He said it was "impossible to say" if the 2002 law had reduced the number of foxes killed by dogs, currently around 160 each year, as he was not aware of figures prior to the law being brought in.

Following Lord Bonomy's review, the Scottish Government will create a code of practice for Hunt and consider developing a new monitoring scheme. Consultations are also planned on further changes proposed in the judge's report, including removing inconsistencies, extending the time limit for bringing prosecutions, the introduction of vicarious liability, and reversing burden of proof provisions.

The Scottish Greens' environment spokesman Mark Ruskell [right] said: "Lord Bonomy's evidence has confirmed that hundreds of foxes continue to be savagely killed every year by packs of hunting dogs. It's outrageous that a law that was meant to ban fox hunting with dogs is being systematically undermined with few consequences for the perpetrators. The Scottish Government must act now and legislate to achieve what the Scottish Parliament originally voted for in 2002 - a ban on fox hunting with dogs. While there may be a case for limited and humane control of foxes, using packs of dogs is an ineffective and barbaric excuse to continue this outdated tradition."

Story also in the Scotsman paper. 


Wilts & Infantry Beagles filmed chasing a hare

Hunt packs up when told were being filmed

27-3-17   Facebook - Guildford Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   On Saturday, along with North Downs Sabs, we paid a visit to the Wiltshire & Infantry Beagles at Manor Farm, Stockton. Soon after leaving the meet we got this video of them chasing a hare. Once they realised they were being filmed they got the hounds back to the farm and into the hound van and drove off.

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Countryside Alliance application for charitable status is refused

The main reason given for the Commission declining the CA's application is that the promotion of 'hunting, shooting and fishing' is not deemed to be a charitable purpose.

27-3-17   The Charity Commission   Decision of the Commission, dated 23 March 2017 The Countryside Alliance (‘the Alliance’) applied for registration as a charity   Having given full and detailed consideration to the application, the Commission has concluded that the Alliance does not meet the legal test for being a charity as it is not established for exclusively charitable purposes for the public benefit. Consequently it cannot be registered as a charity. Certain purposes of the Alliance relate to preserving, protecting and promoting the heritage and practice of activities related to wildlife, the countryside and wildlife management including hunting, shooting and fishing together with the management of the natural environment; and the advancement of rural community life.

These do not fall within a description of purpose which is recognised in law as being a purpose which may be charitable. In addition, in relation to the promotion of game or game production, it appears to the Commission that the primary result of the furtherance of this purpose is private benefit accruing to those commercially involved in the production of game for eating. Further, some of the research published by the Alliance appears to be promoting particular activities or points of view rather than being balanced educational research, and the concept of relieving need ‘in relation to rural economies’ generally is too wide to be exclusively charitable.

Some of the Alliance’s purposes are charitable, and the Commission recognises that the Alliance does important work protecting and promoting rural life and representing the interests of people living and working in the countryside from all backgrounds and geographical locations. But not every purpose that is beneficial to society is a charitable purpose for the public benefit.

The full decision of the Charity Commission is here.    

Middleton FH hounds killed/injured in horrific road crash

Hunt led them across busy road near bend - with no spotter 

26-3-17   Facebook - West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO [WARNING - VERY DISTRESSING FOOTAGE]   Horrific last weekend meet at the Middleton Hunt [25-3] after at least 3 hounds killed and more injured when the Hunt took them across a busy main road near Norton, North Yorkshire.

The Hunt took the hounds down the road, with no spotter to check oncoming traffic on an upcoming bend. After the incident, one huntsman was heard to say, "Why did I bring them onto this road?"

Every week, Hunts across the country endanger human and animal lives with their reckless behaviour. This needs to stop, now.

Pics below -   Sabs try to comfort dying hounds  

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27-3-17  Daily Mail   Whimpering hounds 'die beside a grass verge after they are hit by cars as a hunt crosses a "busy" road' - Video shows the moment three hounds allegedly died at the side of a road -They were 'hit by cars' when Middleton Hunt crossed a 'busy' road, activists say

Activists criticised the hunt for being laid near a busy road in North Yorkshire. Upsetting footage shows the moment three hounds allegedly died on a grass verge after they were hit by cars when a hunt crossed a 'busy' road. The dogs were allegedly discovered by hunt saboteurs after they crossed the road with horses from the Middleton Hunt near Norton in North Yorkshire on Saturday. Campaigners claim the dogs died at the side of the road and video shows them whimpering while being comforted by distraught activists.

Protesters can be heard calling the police while others stroke the dogs who are sprawled out and motionless on the grass verge at the road side. The Hunt Saboteurs Association - Sabs - are calling on the hunting group to make sure trails stay away from busy roads following the incident.

It comes weeks after the Middleton Hunt master Charles Carter resigned as a Tory councillor after he was filmed telling a female activist: 'I'd quite like to SHAG you.'

Lee Moon, spokesman for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, said: 'The Middleton Hunt claim to be following an artificial trail. If that's the case why on earth would they lay a trail anywhere near such a busy road. In fact if they're trail hunting, as they claim, then surely they can plan their activities in such a way that they NEVER have to cross main roads. Their wanton disregard for animals' lives extends to their own hounds as well as the wildlife they illegally chase and kill. Every week, hunts across the country endanger human and animal lives with their reckless behaviour. The Middleton Hunt is clearly out of control and as usual it is hunt saboteurs who are bringing their activities to the attention of police and public.'

They claim three dogs were killed and more were injured when the hounds were led across the road, close to a bend, by a huntsman. Onlookers claim one huntsman was 'distraught' by the deaths and was heard asking other Hunt members 'why did we take them over the road?'

It is not the first time the Middleton Hunt has come under scrutiny. In 2013, four hunt members admitted hunting a fox with a dog and were fined by York magistrates. In 2015, North Yorkshire Police launched an investigation after footage of 16 fox cubs held in a barn near to the Hunt's kennels emerged.

Middleton Hunt and the police are yet to respond to a request for comment.

POWAperson adds - This deeply distressing story was also run by the Mirror. This Hunt is clearly out of control and POWA is calling for the Master of Fox Hounds to expel it. The South Herefordshire FH has been suspended by the MFHA, a body which rarely takes any action over Hunts' infractions, following the fox cubs being fed to hounds story that broke last June. As yet none of the 5 people arrested have been charged. As for the hounds, to Hunts they are nothing more than easily replaced tools of their grisly and now illegal trade. See here for details. A 'rap sheet' for the Middleton FH, covering the last four years, is below -

MIDDLETON FOX HOUNDS The story so far....

On March 18th this year, hunt sabs were attacked, and some injured, by a mob of Middleton FH supporters. A female sab suffered cracked ribs, other sabs had broken fingers. Three sab cameras were stolen.

On 26th February they upset a pen full of bulls on taking hounds through a farmyard. Later they lost the hound pack completely.

On 16th February the Hunt lost several hounds who ran on to the B1249. One was run over and killed.

On 24th January their new Joint Master, Charles Carter, told a middle-aged woman [not a hunt saboteur or monitor] who was complaining to him about the Middleton's illegal fox hunting, that he'd like to 'shag' her, then asked her to go to bed with him. See the Sun coverage, The Daily Mail and Mirror also ran the story. This resulted in Lord Middleton, who was supposed to be hosting their meet the next Saturday, cancelling the invitation.

In early summer 2015 they made national news again when 16 fox cubs were found by League Against Cruel Sports investigators in a shed near the hunt kennels and filmed a man they claimed was connected to the Middleton visiting the shed. The cubs were rescued and no criminal charges ensued. It may be that no actual crimes were committed, but you don't need to be a genius to work out what a fox hunt with want with such cubs.

On 19th March 2016, sabs claim that they were attacked by masked quad bike riders and that a Middleton terrierman attacked the car they were in with a spade, causing serious damage and seriously scaring them. they also claimed that a mounted redcoat assisted in the attack.

On 12th February 2015 the Middleton's kennel Huntsman, Barry Andrews, and a terrierman, Lee Martin, were both charged with interfering [on separate occasions] with a badger sett. Hunts still customarily block them on hunting days, even though both fox hunting and sett interference are illegal and they are usually pretending to be 'trail hunting', which would not require earth blocking or the presence of terriermen, who still, almost invariably, accompany Hunts on their supposed 'trail hunts' and not infrequently engage in dig outs of foxes illicitly chased to ground by Hunts. The charge against Andrews was dropped, for reasons unknown to me, and, though Martin was initially convicted, he was acquitted on appeal for the absurd reason that the prosecution could not prove the sett was in use on the day in question, though there was evidence it was shortly before and after.

In September 2014, it was reported that the Joint Master and Huntsman Tom Holt had been summonsed for illegal hunting. He had a previous conviction. On this occasion he was caught on camera using hounds to chase a fox but was acquitted after claiming they'd been trail hunting and the chase was an 'accident.'

In August 2013, Holt, Martin, Whip Shaun Marles and another terrierman Brian Cuthbertson were all convicted of a particularly nasty piece of illegal hunting in which hounds savaged a fox to death, having been charged with breaking S.1 of the Hunting Act 2004 and the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Despite the film evidence of extreme and wilful cruelty, the three were fined a tiny fraction of the maximum then allowed [£5,000] and the latter got a Conditional Discharge. Some deterrent, also given that the offence of illegal hunting is not reportable and so does not appear on a criminal record.

Portman FH block Wessex Ridgeway, try to stop walkers using it

Walkers intend to report Hunt behaviour to the authorities

Sab has to free horse from barbie, horse/hound nearly run over

26-3-17   Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs   Hit Report Saturday 25th March 2017  Joined by our friends from S.West Sabs and a hunt monitor, we decided to pay a visit to the Portman Hunt today for their last Saturday meet of this season. The meet was at Smugglers Mead in Stepleton... With two landy’s out today, working with the monitor and foot sabs breaking into two and sometimes four teams we were able to keep track of the Hunt allPortmanFHField25-3-17.jpg day.

They spent well over an hour in the Happy Valley and Furzehill area and we suspect this was because there is only one footpath leading through the middle. This did not deter foot sabs though who did a marvellous job of patrolling the foot path from each end.

After lunch, there was the usual change of horses and this happened under the watchful eyes of the sabs. When re-mounted on his fresh steed the Huntsman took the hounds across the road...

Whilst searching Rough Ground the hounds picked up and there was a flurry of activity. With foot sabs either side and one of the Landy’s on the yellow road south of Rough Ground we kept them in our sights. At this point, one of the teams of foot sabs observed the hounds with what appeared to be fresh blood, we have footage of this which we will be reviewing and releasing separately. The police had been called by one of the Landy’s and one of PortmanFHHuntandsabs25-3-17.jpgthem was a Wildlife Crime Officer who was very interested in what was happening and we were grateful to have him around.

A hound and a horse had extremely close shaves with motor vehicles on the road today at separate times, both escaping serious injuries by a gnats whisker ! There was another incident when a horse got caught in barbed wire and a foot sab had to try and free the horses leg, sadly, despite this happening, riders behind continued to jump the fence without a care in the world or seemingly for their horses.

We also found several hounds running along the road South of Shales Coppice, there was a man chatting to two females riding bikes and following the Hunt and they caught the first hound. We stopped to tell them that there was another one further down the road but despite saying thank you they made no effort at all to go and get it ….. shortly after we spotted the third one !

The Hunt packed up around 4.30pm. Thank fully this season is about to finish but our work will continue with settPortmanFH25-3-17.jpgsurveying over the coming months. If you want to join us please email us at Massive thanks to our monitor for his help and a big thank you to the WCO from Blandford and his colleagues for their assistance today.

26-3-17  Facebook -Tami Smith-Daniels   We were the couple who sent you the notes on spotting them Portman FH] near Preston Hill Farm. We were walking the Wessex Ridgeway Trail with our dog & happened to run into some sabs as we were crossing over a road into the woods where the Hunt was active. The sabs stopped us to warn us that our dog was in danger from the supporter vehicles being driven around at speed & explained what was happening. We carried on along the trail & having followed your page for a while knew what to expect. I was wearing black, & the Hunt made the assumption that I was a sab. At two points, the supporter vehicles were blocking the trail & at one of them three supporters lined up between the vehicles & stepped up to block our path. One if them told us we were on private land & they attempted to intimidate us to prevent us from going further. I told them I knew EXACTLY where I was - the Wessex Ridgeway Trail - & we were coming through like it or lump it. At the next trail gate they also had two vehicles parked blocking the style. We would like to raise a formal complaint to the managing authority for the trail about the attempt to prevent us from passing & the intimidation including lying about us trespassing on private land. We took a photo of the blockade vehicles. We were just waiting for proof of which Hunt it was, so thank you for confirming that for us :).

26-3-17   Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs  Well done Tami. Please do raise this with the police as Ray suggests. the hunt has no right block a highway.

POWAperson adds -  Additionally, a sab landy was blocked in by hunt support for ages and they had to call police to get released. Dorset Hunt Sabs say the police came out in force for the Portman's final meet on 27-3 and, for a change, were helpful and the Hunt weren't able to do much. 


Sabs write to AAC after many attacks on sabs ignored by police at W.Pytchley FH meet

Sabs pre-spraying find 3 men with dead badger -body recovered, reported to police

26-3-17   Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs   An Open letter to Northamptonshire Police, following yesterday's events   Please repost but add your own tag of the police force at the top of your post so they can see the number of people angry over this. You can also email  or tweet @NorthantsPolice .

For the attention of Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Swann - Yesterday, volunteer members of the public connected with the Hunt Saboteurs Association attended an event held at Drayton House in Northamptonshire with the aim of peaceful protest and preventing illegal activities occurring, by monitoring with video cameras. This event was the Woodland Pytchley Hunt [see below for 'Hit Report']. We understand you are familiar with the event, as you were nameWoodlandPytchleyFHSabsfollowingHunt25-3-17.jpgd by a Police constable present as the senior officer who gave authorisation to utilise section 60AA of the Criminal Justice Act 1994.

It became apparent from the outset, that the staff associated with the Hunt (‘Stewards’) were intent on using physical violence and intimidation against anyone protesting their activities. While walking on a public byway towards Drayton House, the hunt stewards, well known for their behaviour on previous occasions, immediately lashed out with unprovoked violence and threats to the protestors homes and property. The ringleader of this group, Shaun Stacey, is particularly well known to Police (and currently on bail following a charge of assault), and was responsible for punching one person in the face and throwing another person to the ground, before launching in with further kicks and punches. Northamptonshire Police were called to the scene immediately.

On attending the scene, Police Officers took evidence, names and details of the victims of the assaults. However the assailants were allowed to leave the scene with no questioning at all. Is this standard procedure? It seems unusual to allow violent repeat offenders to simply leave to cause further turmoil, while peaceful protestors and hunt monitors are left to clean up their own blood.

Later that day, Mr S Stacey and his hunt steward associates Chris Bull, Pete Walton, Charlotte and Brendan TyersWoodlandPytchleyFHPoliceat25-3-17.jpgcontinued their violent actions, assaulting several people on an area of land just north of the Kettering Road Industrial Estate at Islip. Had these aggressive individuals been stopped earlier in the day, this confrontation consequent attack would not have happened. The incident was allowed to unfold, however, with around twenty officers stood on Kettering Road watching and not intervening. The assailants were once again permitted to leave the scene unimpeded. Officers in attendance then challenged some of the protestors for wearing face coverings (which some choose to wear, to hide their identities from the appallingly violent individuals we have described) and focussed on this issue alone, with little apparent regard for the continuing assaults suffered.

This style of Policing was seen to continue throughout the day. A protestor’s vehicle was stopped by Northamptonshire Police while attempting to follow the Hunt, and subjected to an unprompted vehicle safety check, and following yet another assault by Chris Bull and Pete Walton officers were only concerned with enforcing section 60AA of the Criminal Justice Act above all other issues. It seemed the crime of wearing a scarf had become significantly more serious than the crime of physically attacking people on public land.

We wish to put to you, ACC Rachel Swann, the following questions:-  Why, after the initial report of numerous violent assaults, and with the alleged assailants in sight, did Police officers not arrest the attackers?

Why was the known violent individual Shaun Stacey, currently released on bail pending another assault hearing, not immediately arrested by Police on arriving at to the location – especially given that he was reported to have just carried out more than one assault?

Why did Police on Kettering Road stand and watch as Shaun Stacey and his associates continued to assault peaceful protestors on open land?

Why were victims of assault so officiously harassed with section 60AA requests? The individuals concerned were not involved in any disruptive or violent behaviour, the order seems to have been wrongfully used and directed towards the incorrect individuals. It should be noted that several of the violent assailants were wearing face scarves too.

The mission statement of the Northamptonshire Police states, “We will act with integrity, compassion, courtesy and patience, showing neither fear nor favour in what we do. We will be sensitive to the needs and dignity of victims and demonstrate respect for the human rights of all. We will use discretion, professional judgement and common sense to guide us and will be accountable for our decisions and actions. We will respond to well-founded criticism with a willingness to learn and change.”

Based on what we saw, we do not currently feel that the actions of Northamptonshire Police in attendance at the Woodland Pytchley Hunt on March 25th 2017 were consistent with this. Maybe you can help us understand how it could have been. We look forward to your response.

26-3-17  Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs   Hit Report 25/03/2017  Yesterday we teamed up with S.Cambs,  Beds & Bucks, Nottingham and Cambridge Sabs to visit the infamous Woodland Pytchley Hunt, who were meeting at Drayton House, Northants.

We arrived early to pre-spray likely coverts and stumbled across three men who had just killed a young female badger [right] with a dog. They hurriedly attempted to stuff the dead badger down a hole to hide it. Her still warm body was recovered for evidence.WoodlandPytchleyFHDeadbadgerfoundonmenbeforehunton25-3-17.jpg We can't say much more about this at present as it's obviously now a police matter.

After that traumatic start to the day we put foot Sabs in near the meet on a public bridleway. Within minutes they had been attacked by a large group of the usual fat thugs with several Sabs suffering face and head injuries. Police were called and actually seemed sympathetic. However, as we pointed out the assailants as well as explaining one is already on bail and is not allowed near hunts the police did nothing and the thugs legged it over the field following the hounds. Having so many Sabs meant that others stayed on the Hunt whilst we were occupied with the police.

A little later, an officer stated that they were going to ask the Hunt to pack up as they were not hunting within the law. Fantastic, or so we thought. After a chat with the Hunt the police completely changed and started banging on about wearing face masks. The thug who was responsible for several assaults whilst on bail was allowed to carry on and within a short time had punched and stamped on several more Sabs.

Another 999 call went in and approximately 20 officers turned up. Then they stood in a line, refusing to act on allegations of assault even when shown video evidence. Instead they harassed Sabs and, even as assaults were happening in front of them, not one of them lifted a finger to help or to intervene. We have seen some atrocious and blatantly corrupt policing over the years but yesterday was in another league.

Throughout the day all teams managed to stay on the Hunt between them and there were no kills. A very grumpy Hunt of only 6 redcoats and 9 riders packed up late afternoon after riding horses into Sabs and kicking out at people. We will not be put off by the behaviour of these Neanderthals. We are not interested in stooping to their level and fighting with them. We are there to protect and save our wildlife and nothing will stop us doing that as long as these psychopaths are out there trying to kill for pleasure.

We had equipment stolen yesterday and over the next few weeks we will be servicing our faithful vehicle in preparation to fight the badger cull. Any financial help to do this would be massively appreciated. Thank you. Have a safe sunny Sunday.


Dart Vale Harriers chase deer for two miles before gizmo-aided escape

26-3-17   Facebook - Chris Tasker     Deer hunted by Dart Vale Harriers - hounds riot for 2 miles unchecked !   The Hunt had hounds in and out of cry all day and, with a reputation for releasing bagged foxes, we feared the worst when the hounds rioted on a deer, chasing it some 2 miles across open fields to within 20 metres of ourselves at the top of the valley. The gizmo was used and worked well, calling off the lead hounds, while the deer escaped at the top of the field and into water board land.




Monitor uploads video compilation of hunt horse mistreatment                                     

26-3-17  YouTube – Scorpio Vulpes   How some hunters treat their horses   Monitors are often shocked by the way some hunters treat their horses. Here are some examples.

Pics below -  1/  Horse foaming at mouth    2/  Using horse as weapon against female monitor   3/  Galloping on hard road    4/  Hunting amongst traffic   5/  Hitting horse on head with crop    6/  Swerving horse in front of monitor's car

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Campaigners seek sacking of Kent Wildlife Trust Chair hare hunter

Bax claims no longer involved with Blean Beagles but Baily's still list him as JM

25-3-17  Daily Telegraph     Head of Wildlife Trust faces calls to resign over hunting past    Nature lovers have called for the Chairman of a Wildlife Trust to resign after it emerged that he was the Master of a Hunt. Mike Bax , the former High Sheriff of Kent, was appointed head of Kent Wildlife Trust three years ago despite being master of Blean Beagles for “many years”. Kent Wildlife Trust said he has “no formal links” with the Beagles now.

Critics say Mr Bax’s involvement with the pack and role at the charity – which proclaims to be “Protecting Wildlife for the Future” – is a conflict of interest. A spokesman for the animal rights group Stop the Cull said: “It is hypocritical to say you are interested in wildlife and then go out and support killing it.” Dozens of critics have also emailed the Trust calling for Mr Bax to be investigated and sacked, or for his immediate resignation. Writing online, Lynne Aldridge said: “Should the Charity Commission review his appointment?” Pat Webb added: “That’s unbelievable. He’s obviously no animal lover!” Tim Salt wrote: “Just messaged the Kent Wildlife Trust, asking when this moron will stand down.”

It is not known whether Blean Beagles have been involved in illegal hunting. When The Blean Beagles Ltd was registered as a company in 2005, it stated its aim was to “promote the sport and practice of beagling”. Beagling is the hunting of hares or rabbits by scent by a pack of 10 or more hounds. The Hunting Act 2004 banned the hunting of wild mammals with dogs in England and Wales.

As well as his role at the trust, Mr Bax, 62, from Ashford, is the director of land and property specialists BTF Partnership’s rural team. He sits on the Kent Economic Board and is one of the driving forces behind Rural PLC, “the voice of rural business in Kent”. He was High Sheriff of Kent between 2012 and 2013.

Kent Wildlife Trust said: “Mike Bax has been a member of Kent Wildlife Trust for nearly 30 years and chairman for three. He has a deep interest in wildlife matters and manages his own farm with wildlife foremost in mind. Mike was master of Blean Beagles for many years but has no formal links with them now. Pursuing live quarry with dogs is illegal and all associated with Kent Wildlife Trust support the law in this regard.”

Mr Bax said his active involvement with the Blean Beagles is “relatively historic”. He claims he has had “no role” in the Beagles’ affairs since 2005. He added: “The Beagles are run by a committee with which I have had no involvement, nor am I a current subscriber.”

Baily’s Hunting Directory lists Mr Bax, as one of the Hunt Masters.

POWAperson adds - I have checked the statement in the last sentence above. It is correct. Mr. Bax is listed as one of seven Joint Masters. His Mastership dates from 1991. Why on earth would the Blean Beagles Directory entry say he is a Master, and give his details, if, as he now claims, he is not and has not been for several years? If he is not, why would he not by now have arranged for his name to be removed from Baily's online directory listing? But even if he were no longer involved with the Blean  [and note that nowhere does it say he does not still hunt with them] he has, by past involvement - particularly in a leadership role - demonstrated and indulged a desire to gain pleasure from terrorising and killing defenceless wildlife, which, in this case, is also an endangered species. Surely this alone should disqualify him from holding any role within a Wildlife Trust?

On 4-3-17 East Kent Sabs visited the Blean, which was being led by the green-jacketed Stuart Sillars acting as Huntsman, a co-worker of Mr.Bax at BFT Partnership. The Hunt apparently left for home as soon as the sabs appeared. There was another green-jacketed grey-haired man in the short clip posted by East Kent Sabs whose face was not seen - but presumably this was not Mr.Bax, as he tells us he has he now has 'no formal links with them', which would surely preclude him wearing the green jacket. As far as we know all packs affiliated to the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles, which the Blean is, are signed up to the Campaign for Hunting's goal to re-legalise live quarry hunting.

A point re. something in the article above, which states that 'beagling is the hunting of hares or rabbits... '. Beagling has always been exclusively the hunting of hares [harriers, usually with a mounted field, while beagles are hunted on foot, hunt hares or foxes]. Attempting to hunt rabbits with beagles or harriers would be absurd. They would simply disappear down their nearest hole within seconds and, as rabbit warrens tend to have large numbers of holes it would not be realistic to attempt to block them all. Hounds bred for stamina rather than speed would have little or no chance of catching a rabbit. Hunting rabbits with dogs was not banned by the Hunting Act because the are a recognised pest species [hares and foxes are not] and because, being much smaller than hares, they can be killed relatively swiftly by dogs that do manage to catch them. POWA believes, however, that, if it is to be allowed at all, it was a mistake to allow any number of dogs to be used in hunting rabbits, since this can now be used as an excuse, albeit somewhat implausible, to mask hare hunting. We therefore think the maximum number of dogs allowed to be used to hunt rabbits should be reduced to two.


Old Surrey FH hunt foxes, charge at and hit sabs

Retiring Huntsman Mark Bycroft in a paddy

Hunt closes three roads leading to meet

24-3-17  Facebook - Guildford Sabs  Old Surrey, Burstow & West Kent - 21 March 2017   Foxes saved and hunt violence   Along with South Coast, Croydon and Beds & Bucks sabs. They met at the Rock Inn Pub in Chidingstone and rather arrogantly closed off all 3 roads leading to the meet [right]. It's one of Bycroft's last days as Huntsman (good riddance to scum!) and was a large meet, with lots of support.

From the start vehicles were swerving dangerously across the road to block us in (one had two children in the back)! Not long after hounds went into cry, so two sabs deployed themselves into the woodland at which point Bycroft tried to ride down a sab. As the sab tried to escape Bycroft charged at him. Thankfully the sab managedOldSurreyFHHuntclosesroads21-3-17.jpg to get away after the Huntsman's little fit of rage.

A short time later sabs spotted a fox bolting across a field in view of the support and terrier men - this leads us to believe this fox had been released by the terrier men to guarantee a kill - not today! We masked the scent and ensured hounds didn't pick it up again. The same fox was filmed from the land rover running along the road and into another field.

Getting back on track a rider fell off her horse, we had a sab that was a trained medic present and offered assistance but the terrier man decided telling us to fuck off was the best course of treatment.

As we ventured into the woodland near Bassetts farm we notice Bycroft off his horse with hounds digging around a fox den. We believe a fox went to ground (odd place to lay a trail down a den?) As we arrived he quickly made a move with his hounds.

Yet again in the village of Chiddingstone another fox bolted in front of our vehicle. We could hear hounds quickly approaching and masked the scent. We stayed here for a while to make sure hounds didn't pick it up and once we were sure they hadn't we tried to locate the hunt. Other groups had managed to locate them with one sab being struck over the head. Throughout the day riders charged at sabs and used their horses as weapons against us and terrier men deliberately rode into a sab causing injury to her hand. We lost the Hunt for a little while but we are confident it was a kill free day. This clearly upset the Hunt which showed through in their aggression. They packed up at around 18.00 (having already lost most of the field/support throughout the day).

Pics below -   1/   Foolhardy pussy    2/  Leaving the meet   3/   Marking to ground    4/  Sab's offer of help refused 

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24-3-17  Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs   So, after many years of violent assaults on hunt Sabs, both pre and post the ban, Mark Bycroft is going. The kiiler of countless animals who once said to one of our long term sabs that he 'would hunt till he drops' is going. Good riddance, and to his replacement you can be sure that we will sab you until your morally defunct Hunt is no more.

We are of course now raising funds to replace our stolen Land Rover and are looking get in the region of £7,000 to get a vehicle which will last us a long time. Any donations very much appreciated and very much needed.



As S.Herefordshire FH five re-bailed, sab gets threatening mail re. case

Still no charges laid in cruelty to fox cubs scandal that closed Hunt

24-3-17   Kidderminster Shuttle   Five arrested in South Herefordshire Hunt investigation have been re-bailed   Five people who were arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty at the South Herefordshire Hunt's kennels in Wormelow have been re-bailed. The police are investigating an alleged offence in May last year.

The first two people, a 37-year-old man and 27-year-old woman, both from Hereford, were first arrested last May. A 37-year-old man from Abergavenny was then arrested in June, and a 53-year-old woman from Abergavenny and 45-year-old man from Powys were arrested in August. All five were arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and have been re-bailed until May.

24-3-17  Facebook - Hunt Investigation Team   Police Update   The 5 suspects from the South Herefordshire Hunt have been rebailed again!! This time until May. Maybe the police think that this will just go away in time or that the longer they leave it that people's appetite for justice will diminish. We will not rest until justice is done in this case. We believe that the police have lost all interest in this case and any desire to follow the evidence. It stinks of corruption and collusion at the highest level. Meanwhile news has reached us that a local hunt sab, not connected to HIT, has received threatening mail hand delivered to their address in relation to this case. Again, the police inaction serves to embolden these psychopaths. Such threats to HIT personnel or associated groups will be met very robustly!

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Anti hunting FB page responds to CA bid to have it closed down

24-3-17   Facebook - Ban Hunting with Dogs   Please if everyone can stop putting death threats on and abusive language because Tim Bonner is abusing his power and is trying to shut this page down via the House of Commons.

However there seems to be the usual lies by the Countryside Alliance as this quote is completely untrue, "The comments go beyond simply being abusive to being extremely threatening, with one simply saying, “Kill him”. Following a complaint by the Alliance this particular comment was removed but only after 48 hours, but all the others remain."

No complaint was made directly to the page and Facebook did not remove this comment as we had no notification to say it had been removed. Also the said post was removed anyway and does not exist on this page. It seems that Tim Bonner is misleading the House of Commons and Facebook so his buddies can literally get away with MURDER.

24-3-17   Countryside Alliance News    Countryside Alliance reports Facebook page to Commons committee for failing to moderate “abusive and threatening”   The Countryside Alliance have reported an abusive Facebook page, “Ban Hunting with Dogs” to the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee for allowing abusive and threatening posts to be repeatedly published on the page.

YvetteCooper.jpgLast week the Alliance spoke out against vile comments that were posted on the page relating to the death of well-known show jumper, Sue Webb: Since then, further comments have been published on the page relating to a blessing of the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt by a Surrey Vicar. The comments were posted last Friday and have not been taken down. The comments go beyond simply being abusive to being extremely threatening, with one simply saying, “Kill him”. Following a complaint by the Alliance this particular comment was removed but only after 48 hours, but all the others remain.

The Alliance have submitted evidence to the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Yvette Cooper MP [left], as part of her Committee’s inquiry into “Hate crime and its violent consequences”. Last week Ms Cooper blasted social media executives for “having a terrible reputation among their users for failing to act on reports of hate speech and other offensive material.”

Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee,.. In his letter to Ms Cooper, Chief Executive of the Alliance, Tim Bonner [right] said:TimBonner.jpg “We would like to bring to your attention, and ask your Committee to consider, the impact malicious communications can have on its victims and communities. Those involved in lawful hunting, as regulated by the Hunting Act 2004, are often subjected to malicious communications online. Abusive and threatening comments are repeatedly posted on the Facebook page; “Ban Hunting with Dogs”.”

The Alliance have also written to the London Facebook Headquarters requesting that the “Ban Hunting with Dogs” Facebook page be closed due to repeated offences that breach new social media guidelines published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) last autumn: Guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media , Countryside Alliance welcomes new social media guidelines aimed at tackling online abuse . The Alliance argue that the comments made in relation to the late Sue Webb breach Category 4 of the guidelines, “Communications which are grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or false” and that the comments made in relation to a Surrey vicar breached Category 1 of the guidelines, relating to “credible threats”...

POWAperson comments -  Passions run high on both sides. Simple abuse, whomsoever by, achieves nothing, reflects poorly on the abuser and does not help their cause. Malicious threats are unacceptable wherever they come from. It is perfectly possible, and preferable, to make one's point and vent ones feelings, without indulging in it. However, it must be said that it is rich of Mr. Bonner to make the complaints he does when hunters and their supporters don't just routinely engage in vitriolic online abuse of antis but, in the field, frequently, obstruct, harass, threaten and assault them and steal and damage their property, as is documented, at length, in these pages. They also, of course, frequently indulge in vile acts of animal abuse, often contrary to law. Which is precisely why there is, much to Mr. Bonner's chagrin, such a large, strong and vibrant anti-bloodsports community.


DEFRA response to bTb in  Kimblewick FH kennels... do nothing

23-3-17    Written question in the House of Commons



Chair of Kent Wildlife Trust is also JM of Blean Beagles!

23-3-17   Facebook - Stop the cull   In another Stop the Cull exposé we reveal yet another conflict of interest within a Wildlife Trust. Introducing Michael Bax, Chairman of Kent Wildlife Trust who just happens to be a Master of hare hunting pack, the Blean Beagles...   As the WT should know, the Brown hare is listed on Kent's B.A.P (Biodiversity Action Plan) as being a species in decline that needs protection.

Mr Bax also has his influence within the law, being a previous High Sheriff of Kent & Chair of Kent Police’s Crime Rural Advisory Group (CRAG),Trustee of Safer Kent , Ambassador for Kent Victim Support & President of Kent Crimestoppers!

A joint master of the pack, and Huntsman, Stuart Sillars is also Michael Bax's work colleague at BFT Partnership

We are asking you to please complain to Kent Wildlife Trust via Facebook or on this link .

How can we trust those who claim to protect our wildlife? How can we trust the law to be enforced when illegal hunting takes place?

POWAperson adds -  Mr. Bax was appointed to the role of Chairman in 2014. The following passage appeared in the announcement on the WT's website -

Mike has a lifelong commitment to the county, its wildlife and rural landscape. As a partner of BTF Partnership, with offices in Challock, Canterbury and Hadlow, he leads a busy and widely recognised land and property agency practice dealing with all farming and agricultural matters.

He runs his own 240-acre farm and 120 acres of semi-natural ancient woodland in the Weald and has a long-standing association with the Trust as a member, active supporter and volunteer. One major volunteering contribution is his role as Honorary Warden of the Trust’s Stone Wood nature reserve - adjacent to his farm.

Mike comments: “I am delighted to have been chosen by the trustees and I look forward to working much more closely with an organization I admire and have been involved with for a number of years. Kent Wildlife Trust performs a fantastic role in not only protecting, but promoting the preservation of wildlife and habitats in the county. Wildlife and habitat protection and farming go hand in hand and many farmers and landowners play a key role in working with the Trust but I am keen to extend this with my connections in the agricultural sector.”



Chair of NT contradicts officials who said can't monitor licenced Hunts

Maintains happy to licence them despite evidence of multiple breaches

Cites a few, short suspensions to show won't tolerate law-breaking

23-3-17   Facebook - Leicester Animal Rights [LAR]   Last night the Director-General of The National Trust, Dame Helen Ghosh [below left, credit Daily Mail], gave a talk at Nottingham Trent University on the challenges the National Trust faces and how it responds to societal change. One of our members went along to question her about their organisations support of 'trail hunting', which we all know is a cover for illegal fox hunting. Here's the transcript of the questions asked...

LAR member - “I have been asking a question for quite some time now which I have not had an answer to, and that is have you read the 'Trail Of Lies' report which the International Fund for Animal Welfare - IFAW actually sent to The National Trust and to you. Really my question has three parts; we have a local hunt, The Belvoir Hunt, and the Huntsman said in the Horse & Hound that he is not surprised that foxes are killed when the Hunts go out. There is a huge overlap between 'trail hunting' and fox hunting. Given that you say that you are moving forward in the future to conserve wildlife, why are you still licensing 'trail hunts' on National Trust land when you know it will result in animals killed, that foxes are declining according to the latest research and you are not answering members questions and they are leaving because of it.”

NTChairDameHelenGhosh.jpgDame Helen Ghosh – “Thank you. The answer is yes, I have read it, essentially last year but I have read it . Our position on 'trail hunting' on National Trust land, as we have explained to members who have contacted us, is that Parliament has, we believe that Parliament should be the judge of what is legal activity. We have now all sorts of activity on our land if it is legal, we have about I think fifty licenses on our land at present for 'trail hunting'. We monitor carefully what goes on. We believe it is ultimately the responsibility of the police.”

LAR member - "Excuse me, you did tell me that The National Trust can’t monitor, so that is not true. You do not carefully monitor. You told me that you do not monitor.”

Dame Helen Ghosh – “We do monitor and we have good examples of suspending licenses against our criteria. As you say, the terms of our licenses are about conservation and access and we monitor the actions of the Hunts against the terms of our license. We work with the police on prosecutions and we suspend Hunts when we don’t believe that they are adhering to our license terms. So that is our response on 'trail hunting'. We of course have had a lot of correspondence, there has been a lot on social media, I think around something in the region of 20’s of members have left because of their views on this and I imagine there are members who will take the other view so having a membership of 4.7 million people there will always be a difference of view but at the moment that is our position. If Parliament has said that this is legal, and they adhere to or license, then we allow it.”

Our thoughts are as follows...

- It is an offence to host an illegal fox hunt under Section 3 of The Hunting Act 2004 ( ) and if Dame Helen Ghosh has read the report ( ) demonstrating that 'trail hunting' is mere fiction, how can she still condone crimes committed by her own organisation?

- In a recent statement by The League Against Cruel Sports ( ), it was explained that senior staff from The National Trust considered themselves to have insufficient resources to monitor hunts using their land. They also declined the offer of assistance from The League Against Cruel Sports. How on earth, therefore, can this be considered 'careful monitoring' by Dame Helen Ghosh? Please feel free to remind her of what her senior staff are saying by emailing the LACS statement on 10/03/2017 (link provided above) to her at .

- The National Trust recently announced that they had lost sight of the principle of protecting declining wildlife ( ). What measures will they now take to protect the red fox given that The BTO British Trust for Ornithology mammal monitoring program shows the red fox population to have declined by 34% ( ) in the 1996-2014 period? Feel free to forward this question to Dame Helen Ghosh too.

- Given that the talk was on how The National Trust responds to societal change, isn't it about time they updated their views regarding bloodsports that are opposed by an increasing amount of people each year ( )?

If any members of The National Trust don't believe the 'trail hunt' lies then please send us a message on


Sabs take hounds off 'Shag' Carter as Middleton FH have kill-free day
Despite suffering multiple assaults and thefts by hunt supporters [see reports below, dated 19-3-17], sabs had a successful day. This was part of it.
23-3-17   Facebook - Sheffield Sabs  VIDEO  Sheffield and North East hunt sabs disrupt the Middleton on Saturday. Three foxes were helped escape from the hunt that day. The dig out of one was prevented by sab presence. Trail Hunting? Yeah right!  
Pics below -  1/  Huntsman casting hounds towards woodland    2/  Sabs call hounds up towards them    3/  Hounds respond to sab calls 
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Ledbury FH show solidarity with scandal-hit S.Herefordshire Hunt

Intend to hold meets next season at homes of SHFH Masters

CPS very soon due to say if charging anyone over the fox cubs affair

22-3-17   Facebook - Hunt Investigation Team    In 2 days time we will see how the state intends to deal with the 5 suspects in the notorious fox cub killing case. Will they follow the evidence and see what every fair minded, decent person sees and allow justice to take its course. Or will they revert to type, protect their own and turn a blind eye to this disgusting animal cruelty. The world is watching...

Meanwhile, the Ledbury Hunt have announced their intentions to host meets for next season at the homes of the Masters of the now defunct South Herefordshire Hunt. Surprise, surprise, it's the usual suspects that keep cropping up. More details to follow.

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Sabs upload more film of Atherstone FH New Year meet violence & abuse

21-3-17   Facebook - West Mids Sabs  VIDEO   MORE VIOLENCE FROM THE ATHERSTONE HUNT - Atherstone Hunt New Years Meet    As long as the Atherstone fox hounds are loose in the countryside we’ll be with them as they pose a threat to any wildlife they come into contact with. It also doesn't matter to us what new staff the hunt brings in, a leopard can’t change it’s spots and this is the Atherstone Hunt, you can't polish a turd.

The appalling violence from Atherstone Hunt supporters directed at peaceful non-violent protestors in AtherstoneAtherstoneFHSupporteraggro2-1-17.jpgMarket Square on the 2/1/17 [crazed supporters, right]continued once the hunt had left the Square. The video speaks for itself, masked up males in balaclavas repeatedly attack a vehicle of mostly female sabs. Repeatedly blocking and surrounding the vehicle and throwing eggs, rocks and tree branches at the vehicle.

The violence from the Market Square is being investigated by PC Kim Stafford of Warwickshire Police whilst the incidents that followed later were reported to Leicestershire Police.

Complaints have been made to Warwickshire Police over their choosing not to police the violence despite having intelligence it would happen. The complaints have been investigated by Inspector David Williams, part of the team responsible for not policing it and himself named in some of the complaints. He inevitably came to the conclusion that Warwickshire Police had done nothing wrong and that there were no lessons to be learned. There’s nothing at all suspicious about investigating a complaint about yourself, anyone would think they have something to hide. Atherstone Town Council continue to blame the victims for the violence that happened to them. Paypal:

Pics below -  1/  Supporter menacing sab before assaulting    2/  Supporter throwing egg   3/  The result    4/  Supporter throws stick at sab car   5/  Masked supporter thumps sab car window 

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Sab hospitalised, another hurt, in attacks by Pytchley FH thugs

Assaults came as sabs intervened to save hunted fox 

19-3-17  Facebook – S.Cambs Hunt Saboteurs   Hit Report – 18/03/17 Pytchley FH, Winwick (nr West Haddon), Northants   We teamed together with members from Northants , Suffolk And Essex, North East London, Norfolk/Suffolk & Cambridge Sabs to sab the horrible Pytchley Hunt. This Hunt are renowned for the aggression of both their foot support and riders with today proving no different.

Straight from the off we had the Hunt in our sights with good team work from the groups predicting their next move. As usual with most Hunts they raced across busy roads with no regard for the safety of their hounds, car drivers or their poor abused horses. Early on we witnessed several riders crash their horses into fences, with several red faced hunters falling off. From the smell of alcohol emanating from a lot of them and the meet being the last of the season, their brazen recklessness was very evident.

During the course of the day we saw the hounds go into cry and chase on several occasions, but we were well placed to distract the hounds enough for the foxes to make their escape. The amount of terrier men out todayPytchleyFH18-3-17.jpg and their activities around certain woods, indicated they had pre-caught foxes, either bagged up or boxed up ready for quick release. On two occasions the hounds went into immediate cry while entering woods, woods at which terrier men were already stationed. What are the chances, ey?

We had the usual hefty 'hunt stewards' out but they can barely make it more than 20 meters out of their vehicles without holding their chests and wheezing. The fact we were successful during the day meant the riders became more aggressive as they day went on. Moments after sabs intervened as hounds went into cry onto a nearby fox, two sabs were viciously assaulted and one hospitalized. We cannot say any more at this time as an investigation has started. Actions like this only make us more determined to stop wildlife brutally slaughtered - and the undeterred sabs made sure the cowardly Hunt ended the day with no kills made.

18-3-17   Facebook - Northants Hunt Saboteurs   HIT REPORT 18.03.17   We found ourselves paying a much-needed visit to the Pytchley Hunt today, and after we ruined their initial meet which was originally planned at a local pub who got cold feet and pulled the plug a couple of weeks ago, we could tell today would be an eventful sab.... We found the Hunt straight away, and watched as hounds spilled out on the road, with a redcoat milling aimlessly behind them. The field quickly took flight across some locked gates, causing damage and losing riders every which way. There were a lot of red faces as riders dusted themselves off, but we can't be sure if that was from embarrassment or the tipple they'd had before they started..

With three vehicles out today, we had eyes and ears on the Hunt at all times, and we could tell they were getting more and more irate. One group of foot sabs saved a fleeing fox right in front of all the blood thirsty support and hunt thugs. The hounds were right on top of the fox and it was a very close call but the fox got away safely. Immediately following this, sabs were forced to defend themselves against said thugs ! Our vehicle got blocked in early on in the day, and sabs in the field unfortunately found themselves assaulted not long after the Hunt had second horsed. Clearly frustrated at the constant sab presence and the lack of blood spilled, one rider assaulted a female and a male sab. Although we can't go in to any more details or post any footage, it's now with the police.

All in all a triumphant day with lots of good friends and no kills. Thanks to those who travelled to sab with us, and to the Northamptonshire police who genuinely surprised us with their sab-friendly demeanour.


Reports say sabs badly injured, stuff damaged/stolen at Middleton FH

Supporters from Derwent Hunt thought main assailants

Locals and some riders disgusted by hunter's behaviour 

Three sab cameras stolen on top of injuries - police involved

19-3-17   Facebook – N.E. Sabs   Hit Report 18/03/17   Yesterday we joined forces with W.Yorks, ,Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham Sheffield Hunt Sabs to pay a visit to the Middleton hunt who met in Uncleby in North Yorkshire.

As you may remember, at the end of last season the Middleton's hunt support did a good job of smashing up our vehicle so this weekend we weren't expecting great behaviour from them.

Having sabbed them at this location before we strategically placed groups of sabs so that right from the off, no matter which direction they turned we would be present. Within the first half an hour sabs had managed to draw the hounds out of a wood and to us so that a fox could be seen to safety by another group the other side of the wood. This is pretty much how the day went, with multiple deer and hares seen running away from the Hunt and one more fox going to ground. Whilst one group of sabs stood guard over the fox that had gone to ground weMiddletonFHSabsupwithHunt18-3-17.jpg caught up with a less than happy Hunt who decided to take their frustrations out on sabs, causing multiple injuries to sabs and stealing cameras. Police and paramedics were called to the scene and the police are dealing with the case. One of our sabs was in A&E until early hours of this morning with their injuries. Overlooking the attack on sabs, it was a successful day with all sabs working together to see at least two foxes to safety, which makes it all worthwhile.

As a group we are now down by two body cameras so any donations towards replacing these will ensure we can collect vital footage to assist in getting justice for our wildlife.

MiddletonFHInjuredsab18-3-17.jpg19-3-17  Facebook – W.Yorkshire Sabs     Yesterday we paid the Middleton Hunt a visit... Huntsman Charles Carter tried to evade sabs many times, but everywhere he turned there was a sab group present. A number of foxes were seen to safety throughout the day (see Liverpool Hunt Sabs great footage).

As the day progressed, the field of riders' tempers flared and a number of riders attacked sabs from North East, Sheffield and West Yorks. There have been multiple injuries to a number of sabs [one of them, left] and three cameras stolen. Luckily, we still have lots of footage of the incident which has now been handed to North Yorkshire Police.

Local residents were upset by the Hunt and support, some riders left the field after witnessing the assaults saying they wanted nothing to do with their fellow riders. The Middleton Hunt have now been involved in police investigations twice in the last year for holding captive fox cubs and killing a fox on the busy A64. The huntsman Charles Carter also recently resigned as Tory Councillor after making lewd comments to a member of the public. We think it's about time the police put a stop to their behaviour. 

22-3-17  Gazette & Herald   Police probe assault claims after Middleton Hunt demo   POLICE are investigating following claims from anti-hunt protesters that they were hit with whips and suffered head injuries as they were following the Middleton Hunt. Hunt saboteurs say they were assaulted during a meeting of the hunt at Uncleby, on the Yorkshire Wolds, on Saturday. North Yorkshire Police say they are investigating an incident. Additionally the saboteurs say their video camera and two body cameras were stolen. It is claimed that one female saboteur was left with cracked ribs, while others reported suffering broken fingers. The Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) say they filmed the incident, but cannot release footage due to an ongoing investigation.

Lee Moon, spokesman for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, said: “We repeatedly see hunters using their horses as weapons and, has been shown in recent years, this can result in serious injury. We are hopeful that the large number of police who attended the scene are indicative of how seriously they are taking this situation and we look forward to a swift and positive investigation.”

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “Police were called to reports that a number of people had been assaulted near Uncleby, at about 4pm on Saturday, March 18. Inquiries are ongoing.”

Yorkshire Ambulance Service said they sent two ambulances and an emergency care practitioner to the scene to treat three people with minor injuries, but all three declined to travel to hospital. The Gazette & Herald contacted the Middleton Hunt, but no one was available for comment.

19-3-17    Facebook - Liverpool Hunt Sabs   VIDEO   Short slideshow [still below] of the cunning fox that snuck right behind huntsman and hounds at the Middleton Hunt yesterday. Sabs sprayed its line with citronella so hounds were unable to follow.

We're currently low on citronella and are now ordering more. Any help towards the costs would be greatly appreciated:


18-3-17  Facebook - North East Hunt Saboteurs   Sabs badly assaulted and cameras stolen at the Middleton Hunt today. Full hit report to follow.  Pic below - Police and paramedics attending


19-3-17  HSA Press Release   Hunt Saboteurs Assaulted by Notorious Yorkshire Hunt    Hunt saboteurs were assaulted by members of the Middleton Hunt at their meet in Uncleby, North Yorkshire on Saturday 18th MiddletonFHAnotherInjuredsab18-3-17.jpgMarch. Riders from the hunt stole a video camera and two body cams, hit sabs on the head with whips, attempted to ride them down and jumped off their horses to continue the attacks. One female saboteur has cracked ribs after being crushed between two horses.

Other sabs suffered serious head injuries and broken fingers. Multiple ambulances had to be called to the scene and several of the injured were encouraged to attend hospital. The attack was filmed, attackers have been identified and this information has been passed to the police who are investigating. The footage can't currently be released due to the ongoing investigation.

Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “In 2015 an undercover investigation implicated the Middleton hunt in the rearing of captive foxes to be illegally hunted. In January of this year huntsman Charles Carter was filmed making sexually inappropriate comments to a member of the public. He subsequently had to resign as a Tory councillor. The hunt have now added violent assault and theft to their list of crimes and are fast becoming one of the most notorious in the country.

We repeatedly see hunters using their horses as weapons and, has been shown in recent years, this can result in serious injury. We are hopeful that the large number of police who attended the scene yesterday are indicative of how seriously they are taking this situation and we look forward to a swift and positive investigation.

Lord Middleton of Birdsall was Joint Master of the Hunt until 2013 and has their kennels on his Birdsall estate. It is alleged that that he no longer allows the hunt on his land due to the recent controversies. It will be interesting to see how he reacts to having his name associated to robbery and violent assault.”


Isle of Wight FH Huntsman whacks sab in head with crop

Later, hunt quad driven into sab landy

Loose hounds create road chaos 

19-3-17  South Coast Hunt Sabs  VIDEO  Isle of Wight Fox Hunt   After a call for assistance from colleagues on the Isle of Wight, we planned a road trip for S.Coast Sabs and others as our local Hunts had finished for the hunting season. A massive thank you to the HSA who covered the cost of the ferry crossing. Thanks guys...

No-one fell overboard during the trip, so meeting up with the local sabs we waited for the off. The Isle of Wight is a Hunt in trouble, the bulk of its supporters have left to setup a Bloodhound pack after clear evidence that they are hunting illegally and most likely bagging foxes. Foxes were introduced to the Isle of Wight in 1845 to provideIsleofWightFHHoundsprefersabcompany18-3-17.jpg ‘sport’ (the Isle of Wight FH were also established in this year) and the establishment of the population was in no small part the work of Huntsmen Ben Cotton and Henry Nunn, which once again destroys the myth of foxes as a pest species, and hunting the method of control. The ‘rump’ of the Hunt is now consisting of less than 15 riders, and so poor that their ‘whipper-in’s’ are a father and son team who wonder around on foot. We nicknamed them ‘Evil-Santa and ‘helper’. To add to this mix you have a Huntsman who is best described as inept, with little hound control. Now doubt the reason why the rumours of bagging foxes if rife.

The Hunt moved west from the meet and with no attempt to pretend to lay a trail started hunting, sabs were quickly put ahead of them and seeing the situation started to do what we do best. Of course our horn blowing skills outstripped the Huntsman [left] and we soon had his pack at our feet much to the dismay of ‘Evil-Santa and ‘helper’, one of whom tried to ‘borrow’ our hunting horn, we of course declined robustly where upon a sab was whacked around the head with his riding crop. Eventually, the Huntsman regained his pack and IsleofWightFHHuntsman25-1-17.jpgleft at speed such is his skill that in doing this he split his pack and for the rest of the day stray hounds were all over the place. [right, with sabs] We got the injured sab out of the field to the hospital, where we are pleased to say no real damage had been done.

Meanwhile, in another field a hunt support quad bike was deliberately driven into the side of our 4x4, before scarpering from the scene of the ‘accident’. The local Bobbie turned up and were as usual as useful as chocolate fireguard, and stood around looking into the distance repeating the mantra “we are here to prevent a breach of the peace” while crimes took place all around them.

The Hunt took to the woods on some hillsides which to the joy of our drivers had an accessible track, well accessible to land Rovers, and so the Hunt was kept on its toes for the rest of the day. One sab sprained his ankle and to be taken out of the field by a Landy driving where perhaps it shouldn’t have been, but cops just watched us do it and so the day ended with no kills.

We retired to Carisbrooke Castle for cakes and snacks before catching the ferry home, to strange looks from the public at our muddy sabbing look. The final comment should come from one of the cops; “They’ve gone home and you certainly ruined their day”. RESULT!

As always we are keen to welcome new sabs, so pleased drop us a line if you are interested on, it’s as mad as it sounds but our wildlife needs protecting:

We are of course now raising funds to replace our stolen Land Rover and are looking get in the region of £7,000 to get a vehicle which will last us a long time. Any donations very much appreciated and very much needed.

Pics below -  1/  The field, lurking      2/  Damage to sab landy 

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19-3-17   Facebook - Isle of Wight Hunt Sabs   End of Season Report   Season is now over, after the Hunt met at Reades Farm, Carisbrooke yesterday 18/03/2017. The Island Sab Group was in a buoyant mood as the group had been joined by Sabs from Southampton, Brighton, Croydon and the South Coast. With a group watching the meet to confirm the direction Hunt would take. Sabs then placed themselves in strategic positions in order to maximise observations of the Huntsman and hounds, no evidence of any trail was laid throughout the day and the IsleofWightFHMeet18-3-17.jpgHuntsman was observed to be continually purring the hounds on through thick woodland areas where no trail could be laid.

The sabs were surrounded by numerous hounds who loved the fuss given to them, this caused severe frustration to the hunt Supporters who became aggressive and violent resulting in one female sab being injured and needing treatment at the A&E Dept, after being struck across the head with a riding crop. These incidents are being investigated and may be posted at some point in the future.

The police were called and several units, including a riot van attended. They were forced to try and control numerous loose hounds who were causing chaos on the A3054 Forest Road near to Three Gates Farm and making dozens of innocent car users to stop or be involved in serious collisions. If you were involved please contact the police.

Sabs then continued to monitor the Huntsman and hounds with the hunt becoming increasingly frustrated as they entered Brighstone Forest before moving off along Rowridge TV Station and finally returned to the meet for a very sad and pointless end to the day.


South Dorset FH hound run over as hunt thug harasses sabs

S.DorsetFHHoundafterknockeddown18-3-17.jpg18-3-17  Facebook - Dorset Sabs  VIDEO   Hit Report Saturday 18th March 2017    Joined by our friends from S.W. Sabs and two hunt monitors we decided to pay a visit to the South Dorset Hunt meeting at Buckland Newton. There was a record numbers of 50 riders out today for the SD and we suspect this is due to the fact their hunting season is one of the longest running... it came over the radio that a member of the public had approached one of the teams of foot sabs and told them they had just witnessed a hound being hit by a car...

The hunt servant Stuart Owen Masters got a little over excited here and was walking in front of the Landy punching the headlight and the grill. He also reached in the passenger window and was grabbing a sab and trying to pull his earrings out. Stuart aka Guilty has recently had to pay compensation to a hunt monitor for assaulting him in the past season...

It was a difficult day today not only for the lack of access and hilly terrain making viewing difficult but the foot sabs were up and down this hilly terrain on numerous occasions. With super fit foot sabs and the assistance of two monitors we kept them on the move all day and rarely lost sight of them, we know we saved lives today but the fate of the hound hit by the car sadly remains unknown.

Pics below -  1/ Thug blocks sab landy    2/  Thug grabs at sab passenger    3/  Walkies  

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Heythrop FH very nearly catch fox and cause chaos on A424

Numerous badger setts also found stopped before hunting 

17-3-16   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO 1  VIDEO 2   Wednesday 15th March 2017 The Heythrop Hunt  held their last meet of the season in Swell Wold, near to Stow-on-the-Wold. They changed their traditional 'posh day' to Tuesday instead of Wednesday last season to try and avoid attention from us and the Hunt Monitors but we caught on rather quickly and we heardHeythropFHFoxfleeinghoundsclosebehind15-3-17.jpg that their last meet would be held on the traditional Wednesday again.

We were out and about very early working alongside locals in the area with our sett-blocking patrols, catching a man on a quadbike leaving an area where we were about to check a sett around 5:30am. Perhaps unsurprisingly the tracks from the quad led right to the sett and it was freshly blocked. Elsewhere other patrols heard quads in the vicinity of other known setts and, surprise, surprise, more tracks leading right to and then away from blocked setts. In total we found 9 setts freshly blocked and we gathered evidence of the blocking, before removing the obstructions in order to give the badgers a helping hand while providing extra escape routes for hunted foxes. If following a trail, why block setts??

As the Heythrop Hunt have stalkers who follow our every move throughout the day, we grabbed some breakfast before they spotted us and one of our group was dropped inland where she knew she could keep an eye on the Hunt and on some of the setts which had been blocked to prove that the setts were blocked in areas the Hunt would be drawing.

Sure enough the Hunt drew through and near to the very same coverts and, just after 1pm having drawn blank in a few areas, hounds picked up strongly near to her. The fox leapt a wall and ran uphill and straight past her with hounds just metres behind him [above right. Fox left middle, hound bottom right corner], Hunt staff and field following around the bottom of the wood and making no attempts to stop the hounds. Fox jinked around in the HeythropFHFoxfleeinghounds15-3-17.jpgwood and crossed a fairly fast road into Eyford Park with hounds following close behind... fox had put some more distance between him and them at this point [left], but we are unsure as to his fate after this fast chase. For legal reasons we are currently only showing the first part of the footage, so watch this space in future.

Upon viewing our video online our stalker Lizzie commented that there were only two hounds giving chase and therefore the hunt was legal. It's good that she confirmed, from a Hunt member's perspective, that they were indeed the Heythrop hounds and they were indeed chasing the fox. She obviously missed the clear third hound in the video and the fact that the fox was being chased down a field and into a wood... For it to be legal hunting a fox can be flushed by two hounds to a gun... flushing is being chased OUT of an area. Not into one.

It was clear by now that the Hunt were likely to cause trouble on the roads considering their lack of concern for members of the public and their own hounds when crossing over into Eyford Park. Foot sab crossed over behind them and went inland in Eyford and, just after the Hunt second-horsed near Kineton Hill, hounds started to pick up again and move towards her. A fox sprinted up a hedgeline away from the covert where the hounds were speaking and tried to go to ground in what looked like an old sett entrance, now taken over by rabbits, which had had a slab of rock shoved into the middle of it which stopped him making his escape there. A Hunt rider holloa'd from a nearby field and Huntsman began to bring hounds in that direction. Fox, meanwhile, made a run for it across fairly open land so the sun and warmth of the day would have been an extra help in reducing the scent left behind.

Around 5 quad bikes at this time were asked to follow our inland sab and she was swiftly asked to leave the land. As the Heythrop are scared to be caught illegally hunting (again) they tend to leave foxes alone when they know we have them on camera, so she asked terrierman to pass on the message that she had fox and holloa on film (you know, just so that Huntsman didn't 'accidentally' give chase thinking it was one of those elusive trails...). He refused, but Huntsman moved away from the area with pack tightly grouped and soon left Eyford Park itself.

Some strange incidents of road rage (between members of the public and hunt supporters) and a very odd, and insulting, racist remark made to another member of our group.

The Hunt continued to draw and pick up on and off and, as the temperature became cooler and therefore better for scent,HeythropFHHuntcausingchaosonA424inpoorlight15-3-17.jpg hounds picked up during their last draw and chased a fox around land and across the A424 (at rush hour) not far from Stow-on-the-Wold . The pack split and Huntsman Charlie Frampton ended up on one side of the road... All we could do (especially when quadbikes were slowing us down) was to stop the car and put hazard lights on in order to warn traffic behind us... Unfortunately our stalker Di Campbell wasn't so clever or responsible and, with hounds crossing the road ahead, yelled at us that it wasn't safe to park (?!?) there and did not put her hazard lights on, meaning that fast-moving (and probably fed-up-with-the-hunt members of the public) swerved around the vehicles [below left] with no prior warning about the presence of the pack. She was probably too busy beeping her horn to prevent fox from breaking cover and filming with only one hand on the steering wheel to pay much attention to actual road safety issues!

HeythropFHHoundscrossA424inpoorlight15-3-17.jpgWhen it was mentioned that Huntsman was irresponsibly calling hounds across the main road, stalkers Lizzie stated 'how else would you get them across?!' Hmmm... well 1. You don't 'lay a trail' across the main road 2. You don't allow hounds to chase a fox across a main road and 3. If you need to cross a main road you gather your pack up on one side and you have people on standby to slow down traffic while you cross at an open and safe point where you will be visible, can move straight to a clear area on the other side of the road at a sensible pace and carry on your way. Surely? No? Then you shouldn't be in control of a pack of hounds... But we're not Huntsman or whippers-in so what would we know about basic common sense? When police were informed they told us they had already received other reports of the Hunt's behaviour, so we will be following this up.

With blocked setts, fox chases, holloas and hounds hunting across main roads, we think our evidence clearly shows that the Hunt are not actually laying trails. Make up your own minds about it.

Pics below -  1/  Hunted fox closely passes sab   2/  Sab's 'stalker' filming while driving   3/  Freshly blocked sett, Swell Wood   4/  Hunt quad on road, no reg plate and overburdened

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Sabs try to save hares hunted by Waveney Harriers as police look on

17-3-17   Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs   Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Sabs paid the Waveney Harriers a visit for their closing meet of the season, which took off from Frostenden Hall, Frostenden. Last year, the WaveneyHarriersHarefleeinghounds17-3-17.jpgWaveney Harriers chased a hare not long after setting off from the meet, on a nearby freshly ploughed field. Police were in attendance and soon dished out Section 35 Dispersal Orders. This time round was different. Farming equipment was being operated around this same field and so the Waveney Harriers travelled to Sotterley Estate which has already been hunted as part of joint meet with the Dunston Harriers earlier this season.

The day consisted of Reuben taking the hounds from woodland to woodland. Hounds occasionally spoke but remained relatively unexcited due to having to move off frequently. The terrierman was also keeping a close presence to the Hunt with 3 terriers locked inside and a large shovel strapped to the top of the box.

Sometime had passed and hounds were found chasing a hare in full cry alongside a woodland. Becky Baker, rather than trying to take control of the hounds, focused her attention on trying to remove us from the area. As sabs approached hounds as they pounced, Reuben quickly took the hounds off. As he rode past a female sab, he stated 'I'd like to see you try and enter this wood on your own'. Under the circumstances, we can't guarantee that this Hare got away unharmed. No body was found.

WaveneyHarriersHuntsmanandterriermen17-3-17.jpgWhile Police Officer Sgt. Freeman had a laugh and a joke with the terrierman and Becky Baker, we kept up with the Hunt as best as possible. The pack split soon after entering a small woodland which resulted in hounds speaking in a field with cattle, while the other half was off in a different direction. Reuben eventually got the pack back together and sat and took pleasure in watching the terrierman, Joe Gilfillan, pushing and shoving sabs.

Quite late in the day, sabs came along the road in the nick of time to find a hare had been flushed out from a wood and was running at speed across the open field. The hounds were in full cry and not very far behind the hare. Sabs managed to slow the hounds up but unfortunately this (or another) hare was picked up further down the field. The hare was seen running back through the pack of hounds and was running for its life. As the hare crossed the road the Huntsman arrived on the scene and had little choice but to intervene to stop the hounds. The Huntsman's first response was to blame sabs for turning the hare. Luckily for us we have video evidence to prove this was very far from the case. The hare then ran down side of a hedgerow and then crossed back over the same road. By this time only a couple of hounds were still on the line and they eventually could not keep up and so this hare made it to freedom. Would the Huntsman have called the hounds off if we had not been there? We think we know the answer to that one!

After a long day, the Hunt headed back to the meet and packed up. Sabs shared Vegan cake as the sun set. Donations can be made to:

Pic below -   Hare [ringed] fleeing from hounds 



Eight blocked badger setts found in wake of Heythrop FH closing meet

16-3-17   Facebook - Stop Badger Sett Blocking   Following the Heythrop closing meet at Swell Buildings yesterday, further sett checking continued today. So far 8 blocked setts have been found where they were hunting and there will be more. One of the setts today was still blocked meaning that the badgers did not manage to dig themselves out last night. All setts checked were in the North Cotswold cull zone so the questions are... did the sett blockers disinfect their spades and quads? If not then why do vaccinators have to ? And why, if the area is considered to be a bTb hotspot,  were hounds, quads and horses cross-contaminating the whole area without any restrictions?


Beaufort FH Huntsman refuses to pull hounds off fox they just behind

Only calls them away from two others because of monitor filming

16-3-17   Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch    Beaufort Hunt 13th March, 2017    The meet was at Trull Farm, a few miles west of Cirencester. It was great to have our friend from Three Counties Hunts Sabs join us for the day.

They hunted straight across to Rodmarton and they were seen hunting a fox at the first draw. They made their way to Tarlton and fields behind the Tunnel House Inn, where hounds were running across heads down, seen there by a member of the public. This was hunting over into VWH territory so they couldn't have been hunting a pre laid trail there surely.

Huntsman was spotted in wood next to Tetbury Road just past Tarlton turn off. The hounds were gathered round a woodpile wagging tails indicating ‘gone to ground’. After some time the fox burst out and the poor thing made a run for it with hounds closely behind it. Monitors asked Matt Ramsden to call off the hounds but he didn’t and continued to hunt in full view of monitors who couldn’t go fast enough to see what happened to the fox. We were worried because there are now pregnant vixens and dependent cubs underground. The fox could have been so reluctant to run because it was a vixen with cubs. Or the fox could have been trying to escape the Hunt by hiding within the woodpile. The old MFHA rulebook allows 'bolting on' a fox that has hidden so that it can be chased some more, providing more sport before it is killed. Of course hunting a fox with hounds is illegal now, although you wouldn’t think so.

We saw another fox forced out of a wood which ran across the road a few feet from two of our team who shouted to the Hunt not to chase it. As the Hunt went round the corner of the road another of our vehicles was there with a camera so they did not try to lay the hounds onto the fox and it got away that time.

Later we were there as they drew Black Covert with riders on point, supporters watching from the road and quad bikes near the wood and in the field behind. They came out of the wood and drew the hedges next to Aston Down airfield and went off quickly as we approached behind them, down towards Gillhays Copse and Gillhays Bottom where we found them on what we were told was Zara Phillip's land. We had seen this Hunt chase a fox - What is she doing allowing them to hunt on her land?

They took the hounds through the winding valley, past a notice that said 'Keep all dogs on leads' towards the Nag's Head at Avening where they picked up on cry in the woods backing on to Avening Court. We were on the path next to the hounds as they tracked around the thick bushes and undergrowth on cry, down the steep banks of the stream down and into back gardens in Avening. No trail possible there then! We had cameras on both sides and when he came down the path and saw this, the Huntsman called them off. An anxious villager was in the street, worried about the Hunt. They went off back southwards from there as reported by a runner.

They packed up just before dark and a couple of Beaufort followers on a quad pulled up beside us to ask if we’d had a nice day. They also said ‘see you next season’ – a bit premature we thought as they have three meets to go yet! See you soon BH!


'2 foxes pushed out of van for Zetland FH to hunt' claim villagers

16-3-17  POWA has been privately informed that, towards the end of February, two older residents of a village near Darlington claim to have seen two 'young-looking' foxes being pushed out of the back of a van, apparently to be chased by the Zetland FH who were in the immediate area. We gather that both residents say they are 'sick to death' of the Hunt who seem to be out in their locality, creating disturbance and apparently hunting, 'every bloody weekend.'

POWAperson comments - The Zetland's country covers parts of North Yorkshire and south Co.Durham, an area very rarely visited by sabs or monitors, so we've no real record of that particular Hunt's behaviour in recent times, other than this third-hand account. That, however, would not be out of line with the observed - and often filmed - activities of many other packs, who seem to behave as though the Hunting Act does not exist. POWA would welcome any comment from the Zetland FH regarding the above.


Trial of two Jedforest FH hunt servants begins

Fox was chased underground and terrier entered 

16-3-17   BBC News Borders    Fox-hunting trial gets under way   Two men have gone on trial in the Scottish Borders accused of hunting foxes with hounds - illegal in Scotland since the Wild Mammals Act 2002. John Clive Richardson, 66, and Jonathan Riley, 24, of Bonchester Bridge, deny the charge.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court saw footage filmed by an employee of the League Against Cruel Sports. Terence Hill told the court he had been observing hunts throughout the UK for 30 years.

He described what he said he had filmed on 18 February 2016 which he said was the Jed Forest Hunt and how the two accused were taking part. Mr Hill said the footage showed hunt members using a terrier to flush a fox from a hole and then encouraging foxhounds to chase and kill it. He said foxhounds could only be used to flush a fox out of cover towards guns, which should have been used to make the kill.

However, Mr Hill said there was no evidence of guns being there, but he described what he said was hunt members calling and encouraging hounds to chase a fox, which he said he assumed died later. He also said he saw one hunt member - in charge of the terriers - try to trip the fox up as it attempted to escape back down a hole. The trial continues. 

21-3-17  Southern Reporter   Huntsmen ‘wanted hounds to kill fox’   A father and son have gone on trial accused of breaching Scotland’s fox hunting legislation. John Clive Richardson, 66, and Johnny Riley, 24, from the Jedforest Hunt, deny deliberately hunting a fox with hounds – which has been illegal in Scotland since the introduction of the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002. Jedburgh Sheriff Court, Jedburgh Justice of the Peace Court.

A video filmed by an investigator from the League Against Cruel Sports was shown on Thursday at Jedburgh Sheriff Court which, it is alleged, shows a breach of the act. The law allows hounds to flush a fox out of cover to waiting guns to be shot. But the footage shows the foxhounds chasing a fox through gorse land and down a hole. A male, described in court as a terrier man, put a terrier dog down the hole to locate the fox. The terrier dog was then taken out of the hole and the male spends the next 20 minutes digging to reach the fox. The law says the fox should then be dispatched or killed by a hand pistol or shotgun.

But the footage shows the fox being released from the hole and pursued again by the hounds. League Against Cruel Sports investigator Terence Hill, 51, shot the video after setting up an observation point for a covert operation on gorse-covered land at Townfoothill, near Jedburgh, on February 18 last year. It shows huntsmen Richardson and Riley on horseback at the scene of the incident and in charge of the dogs. Mr Hill – who has been observing hunts throughout the UK for the past 30 years – filmed the incident on a video camera from a distance of 650 metres. Giving evidence,

Mr Hill told the court: “Through the whole proceedings they had no interest in the proper fox control of dispatching it based on my observation and film material obtained. “Their intention was they wanted the hounds to hunt and kill the fox. “They allowed this to happen and did not have guns anywhere around that gorse.” Mr Hill said that when the fox was trapped below the ground there was plenty of opportunity to humanely kill it with a gun. He concluded: “They clearly wanted the hounds to kill the fox.” Around 20 minutes after the incident, the video shows Richardson and the terrier man carrying shotguns, but Mr Hill insisted they did not have them at the time of the death when the fox was supposed to be flushed out to guns. He said: “That is way after the incident of the fox bolting. And I did not hear a gunshot then.”

17-3-17  Border Telegraph   Trial hears how fox is dug from hole before being chased by hound pack   A father and son have gone on trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court accused of breaching Scotland's fox hunting legislation. John Clive Richardson, who is 66, and 24-year-old Johnny Riley from the Jedforest Hunt deny deliberately hunting a fox with hounds - which has been illegal in Scotland since the introduction of the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002.

A video filmed by an investigator from the League Against Cruel Sports was shown which it is alleged shows a breach of the Act. The law allows hounds to flush a fox out of cover to waiting guns to be shot. But the footage shows the foxhounds chasing the animal through gorse land and down a hole.  A male, described in court as a terrier man, put a terrier dog down the hole to locate the fox. 

The terrier dog was then taken out of the hole and the male spends the next 20 minutes digging to reach the fox. The law says the fox should then be dispatched or killed by a hand pistol or shotgun. But the footage shows the fox being released from the hole and pursued again by the hounds. The fox goes out of sight behind a land ridge before it is presumably caught by the hounds and torn to pieces.

League Against Cruel Sports investigator Terence Hill, 51, shot the video after setting up an observation point for a covert operation on gorse-covered land at Townfoothill near Jedburgh, on February 18 last year. It shows huntsmen Richardson and Riley on horseback at the scene of the incident and in charge of the dogs. Mr Hill - who has been observing hunts throughout the UK for the past 30 years - filmed the incident on a video camera from a distance of 650 metres. He also claimed Hunt members were calling and encouraging the hounds to chase the fox. He said he saw one Hunt member - in charge of the terriers - try to trip the fox up as it attempted to escape back down a hole.

During his evidence Mr Hill said: "There are far too many loopholes in the legislation just now. Flushing to guns is not happening. Traditional fox hunting is still going on." 

No huntsmen has yet fallen foul of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002, but two individuals have been convicted for hunting foxes with dogs and 10 for hare coursing. The trial of Richardson and Riley of Abbotrule, Bonchester Bridge, continues.

16-3-17   ITV News  Borders Huntsmen deny breaking fox hunting laws  Two men have appeared at Jedburgh Sheriff Court accused of deliberately hunting a fox with a pack of dogs

The court heard that 66-year-old John Clive Richardson and 24-year-old Johnathan Riley, from Bonchester Bridge, were on a Jedforest Hunt in the Scottish Borders in 18 February 2016, when they were filmed by the League Against Cruel Sports.

The video was shown in court, and Mr Terence Hill, from the charity, said it shows a breach of the Protection of Wild Mammals Act (2002). He told the court "opportunities to dispatch the fox humanely" were ignored.

But speaking in defence of Mr Riley, lawyer David McKee said that Mr Hill had "an agenda" and pointed out his viewpoint was from around 650 metres away. Both men have denied breaking the Protection of Wild Mammals Act. The trial continues.

17-3-17  BBC News   Borders fox-hunting trial adjourned   The trial of two huntsmen accused of breaching Scotland's fox hunting legislation has been adjourned. Legal reasons meant no evidence could be led on the second day of the trial of John Clive Richardson, 66, and his 24-year-old son Johnny Riley. The pair, both members of the Jedforest Hunt who live near Bonchester Bridge, deny deliberately hunting a fox with hounds near Jedburgh in February 2016. The trial will resume at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on 27 April. 

Deliberately hunting a fox with hounds has been illegal in Scotland since the introduction of the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002.

POWAperson adds - Unfortunately, the Senior JM of the Jedforest FH is not on trial. He is the odious Johan Christofferson, an American hedge-fund manager and major donor to the Conservative Party. He helped bankroll the election as MP of the equally repellent Simon Hart, formerly CEO of the Countryside Alliance. While of the JM of the Isle of Wight FH, his Huntsman and terrierman, Stuart Trousdale and James Butcher [who already had a badger-digging conviction and has acquired a few other convictions since] thought it would be a good idea to dump large animal carcases [a cow and a horse] in Brighton city centre at the time of the Labour Conference there. It was 2004, the Hunting Act had had its second reading couple of weeks before. They were convicted of public order offences and given a slap on the wrist. Christofferson was not prosecuted but was suspended for a whole month by the MFHA for not controlling his servants. Not long after, Christofferson moved up country to become Jedforest FH JM. So disgusted with Trousdale's behaviour was he that he took the Huntsman with him, though he has since left. The most flattering pic of Christofferson I could find is below. Well, the horse looks nice.


So effective has the Scottish hunting 'ban' been that not a single person from an organised Hunt in Scotland has been convicted of breaking it. Unfortunately, this has nothing to do with the demise of 'sport' fox hunting in Scotland, which is in rude health, and everything to do with the loopholes in the Act itself. Remind you of anything? Still, at least the government north of the border has promised to strengthen the Act. In England and Wales the best we can do is hang on grimly to an Act that is next to useless against organised Hunts.


Bizarre hound blessing by Anglican priest at Chiddingfold FH meet

16-3-17   Facebook - Surrey Hunt Monitors    Saturday 11th March saw the Surrey Hunt Monitors in Sussex at the hound blessing ceremony for the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray fox hunt at Toby's Stone. We normally keep a low profile and very often the hunts don’t even know that we are monitoring and filming them. This time it was different, we took time away from the grubby activities of the Surrey Union terrier men and following a tip off from a local sympathiser, we decided to film this rather bizarre ceremony. Four of us turned up separately at Bignor Hill and were rewarded with the spectacle of ‘Reverend John Bundock’ blessing the hounds and horses of the Hunt.

We know that the police, the judiciary and politicians are very close to the hunting community but we were somewhat surprised to find a ‘man of the cloth’ so willing to give his blessing to an activity whose main purpose is the killing of an innocent animal. The photo of the terrier contained in its box on the quad-bike, we were told belonged to the hunt terrier man Simon.

Our ‘friend’ Lulu Hutley, the Surrey Union master (infamous for being videoed 'apparently' whipping a young protester) had provided the priest "on loan from the Surrey Union" for the ceremony. Hypocrisy was rampant. A priest, who should be holding all life sacred, riding out with and sanctifying the very activity, whose objective is the opposite. Perhaps we should remind this ‘turbulent priest’ of his vows and point him in the direction of Saint Francis of Assisi and ‘All things bright and beautiful’!

"God requires that we assist the animals, when they need our help. Each being (human or creature) has the same right of protection." (St Francis of Assisi)

The Revd John Bundock, formerly Vicar of Bramley, and Canon Emeritus of Guildford Cathedral. Perhaps you may wish to contact the Bishop of Guildford and express your thoughts.


Landowner finds Beaufort FH trotting thru his wood without permission


'Hounds Off' retweeted the landowner's tweet with URL to go to for advice on how to keep Hunts off your land -


Monitors think Cotswold FH killed as they hunted many familiar coverts

Two heavily blocked badger setts found and reported to police

15-3-17  Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   Cotswold Hunt, Saturday 11th March 2017    We were tipped off that the Cotswold meet was at Hill Barn west of Turkdean. We worked with a member of Three Counties for this hunt which initially went off towards Nut Tree Brake. Foot walkers went into the big valley from the north-east and others were already round at Judith Grove which is a favourite hunting place although some way off ... sure enough the Hunt didn't stay long enough to draw the coverts in the area of the meet and went eastwards fast and arrived at Judith Grove where the monitors had discovered all the terriermen in the wood [pic bottom] ... what were they doing or planning to do? The Hunt went through the wood quickly, again not staying long enough to hunt even a trail. They crossed the road then went back along south just under Turkdean village, with the hounds searching across the steep, rough ground there and through into the open area near Lower Dean Manor, suddenly speeding off apparently when they realised they were watched by another monitor on the lower road.

They disappeared into the big area of country there but we found them coming up from Quarry Covert, crossing the road there and the hounds being put to search in the field on the opposite side, once again arrival of CIHW vehicle seemed to bring about a sudden change in horn signals to the dogs and they were hurriedly gathered back to the road and taken northwards into the New Covert area, where they hunted up towards and along the disused railways - another favourite place...

A fox was seen escaping, a monitor watching its back and they did not seem to be picking up on it, but foxes are in braces at this time of year and the hounds went on cry around the old railway. Monitors were on the road at the Salperton end of the old railway path when half the pack were brought up to the road. The rest were coming along around the stream at the bottom of the slope, searching.

Monitors on the road heard a whistle just as they arrived and saw the supporter there wait and speak to the redcoat as he emerged. A whistle - not a human whistle but like a games whistle - is traditionally used when a fox has been sighted.

The searching hounds went over into the big cropped field and went across with their heads down and on cry into the woods across behind Salperton where they suddenly stopped. This was worrying, it can mean a kill. If it was it could have been a pregnant vixen or a vixen with dependent cubs underground. This fear haunts us at this time of year. The 3C monitor working with us once found and recorded fox cub foetuses after a Hunt had emerged from a wood, as well as some remains of the vixen which whoever took the body had not noticed.

When monitors got there terriermen were seen emerging fast from a roadside covert and instead of usual gestures and acknowledgements had their heads down, looking guilty. They didn't look at us. What had they done?

The Hunt had gone across Salperton Park and then disappeared from view. We found the Hunt again across the busy A436 at Aylesworth... hunting back down the old railway towards the A436 - another favourite haunt - but they didn't seem to be finding anything, not even a 'trail'... Redcoats were on the main road as the Hunt went down opposite Westfield Farm and we found the terriermen all in a cluster on the road up to the quarry... the terriermen all took off back up the Salperton road to a quarry area. This is the old quarry that the Hunt returned to three times the last time they were there. We watched as the Hunt came across the dip and the hounds were taken into the concealed area of the quarry and were put to search inside, all the noises of instruction and encouragement to search could be heard.

The steep sides of the inside of the quarry are lined with thick impenetrable bushes and undergrowth which the Huntsman instructed the hounds to search thoroughly as one of us watched. So much for looking for a trail. Luckily no scent was picked up ... which may have had something to do with the fairies having been there first to put a spell on the area which filled the hounds' nostrils with the smell of spring flowers.

The Hunt went back to coverts south of Penhill Farm and were seen drawing another old quarry area... They frequently hunt that spot... As the Huntsman encouraged the hounds to search through the big patch of thick bushes and old conifer plantation, a monitor was having a look at this area where they frequently go on cry. Ideal territory for a fox. In fact they area always searching areas that are ideal for a fox or are traditionally known as places where the Hunts find foxes... they are often called something Covert and that is what it means.

We were with them most of the day and although we suspect they may have chased and killed one fox, we hardly heard the pack on cry at all. they did rush around a lot. Ideal that, gives the field a good ride in the fresh air and does no harm. If they really did convert to drag hunting they wouldn't have to bother going round illegally blocking badger setts - two of these were found in the hunting area and reported to the police. These setts were heavy blocked with rocks and bits of tree rammed in, which was not allowed even when hunting was legal and light blocking of setts allowed to facilitate their pursuit of foxes.



Three Grove & Rufford FH members convicted of illegal hunting

Judge rules presence of terrierman evidence of intent to hunt

14-3-17  Nottingham Post   Three members of Grove and Rufford Hunt fined for fox hunting  Three members of a Nottinghamshire Hunt have been fined after being found guilty of hunting a fox with dogs. The members of the Grove and Rufford Hunt said they were trail-hunting around Laneham, near Retford, which remains legal after fox hunting was banned in 2005, and the fox's death [right] on January 30, 2016, wasGroveRuffordFHhoundskillingfox30-1-16_3huntersconvicted_14-3-17.jpg accidental.

Birdwatchers Phillip Palmer and his partner Pauline Hogg filmed the fox being killed just after 1pm, in a field off Helenship Lane.

Huntsman Paul Larby, 57, of The Kennels, Kennel Drive, Barnby Moor, trail-layer Peter White, 57, of Leyfields Farm, Redhill Lane, Kneesall, and the Hunt's whipper-in Jane Wright, 63, of Town Street, Lound, each pleaded not guilty to offences under the Hunting Act.

Reaching his conclusion after a three day trial, district judge Tim Spruce said: "It's an inescapable conclusion that the Grove and Rufford Hunt were hunting foxes and not artificial scent trails. They maintained they were engaged in trail laying, but I am not convinced that this was the case. There were three sightings of foxes in the area and a fox was killed."

The court heard a man was seen in a field and appeared to direct the Hunt after a fox, and an eye witness provided evidence of a "terrier man" when none was needed. No action was taken to call off the hounds from the kill, or to take the hounds in a different direction [left, hunters arrive soon after the kill].

GroveRuffordFHHuntersarrivesoonafterkil30-1-16huntersconvicted14-3-17.jpgAn expert witness, who the defence had sought to undermine because of an alleged connection to anti-cruel sports groups, was "fully tested" and his opinion that foxes were being hunted was "fully supported" by the other evidence in the case.

District judge Spruce said the three defendants, of previous good character, had given no comment interviews or prepared statements when they were interviewed by the police. The couple had asked permission to take pictures of the Hunt and their photographs and video enabled a prosecution to be brought.

On the day, Mr Palmer, an accomplished birdwatcher. said: "This is going to be interesting. They must have seen the fox. Clearly they will need to call off the hunt."

Larby was fined £800, White was fined £550 and Wright, who played a lesser role, was fined £180. All three were ordered to pay costs of £248 and an £80 victim surcharge each, at Mansfield Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

15-3-17  Daily Mirror    Fox hunters found guilty of illegal hunting after they were filmed by two birdwatchers - Twitchers provided evidence to the court of members of the Grove and Rufford Hunt involved in illegal hunting with hounds    Three members of a fox hunt have been found guilty of illegal hunting after being filmed by birdwatchers. Twitchers saw members of the Nottinghamshire-based Grove and Rufford Hunt chase and catch a fox before the carcass was removed. 

Huntsman Paul Larby, 57, terrierman Peter White, 57, and the hunt’s whipper-in Jane Wright, 63, claimed they had been following a trail and the animal was caught accidentally. But footage taken by two birdwatchers of the January 2016 incident were shown to Mansfield Magistrates’ Court where the three, who denied illegal hunting, were convicted of hunting a mammal with dogs. It showed no attempt to call off the hounds.

Twitcher Philip Palmer told the trial a fox was chased by a pack of 45 hounds in view of members of the Hunt. District Judge Tim Spruce said: “It’s an inescapable conclusion that the Grove and Rufford Hunt were hunting foxes and not artificial scent trails. They maintained they were engaged in trail laying, but I am not convinced that this was the case.” He added: “There is good and compelling evidence that the hunt was aware of the fox, but it appears there is no evidence that hounds were directed away.”

Larby was fined £800, White was fined £550 and Wright was fined £180.

Speaking after the case, League Against Cruel Sports chief executive Eduardo Goncalves said: “ Fox hunts constantly chase real foxes while pretending they are following a trail, but this time they were caught bang to rights. This case highlights exactly why the pro-hunt lobby want to have the Hunting Act repealed. The law is waiting to catch them, and this case will send shock waves around all those hunts heading out today and for the rest of the hunting season. Burglars must wince every time they see someone convicted of burglary – and today the Hunts are wincing. Taking on hunting in the legal system is no easy task, but this shows that the Hunting Act is a good law that can be successfully used to punish illegal hunting. Hopefully more police forces will use this to see through the false alibi of ‘trail hunting’ and bring more hunts to book.”

14-3-17  BBC News   Grove and Rufford Hunt members fined after illegal fox killing   Three people have been fined for illegal hunting after their actions were recorded by birdwatchers.

Paul Larby, 58, Peter White, 57, and Jane Wright, 63, of the Grove and Rufford Hunt, insisted their dogs were on a trail when they stumbled on a fox. But the footage, taken at Laneham, Nottinghamshire in January 2016, showed no attempt to call the hounds off.

All were convicted at Mansfield Magistrates' Court of hunting a mammal with dogs. Including costs, Larby was fined £1,128, White £853 and Wright £448. Paul Larby, Peter White and Jane Wright denied the charge of hunting a mammal with dogs.

White, from Kneesall, Nottinghamshire, gave evidence of six trails he said he laid on the morning of the incident. Larby, a huntsman from Barmby Moor, and Wright, a hunt volunteer from Lound, both in Nottinghamshire, told the court they had been following a trail when the fox jumped out of a hedge in front of them. It was chased and killed by the dogs before they could intervene, they said.

The prosecution claimed no-one saw the trails being laid and the hounds had run across roads - which trails are not laid across. Birdwatcher Philip Palmer told the trial a fox was chased by a pack of 45 hounds in view of members of the Hunt. Both Larby and Wright were in the field, but Mr Palmer said he heard no attempt to call the dogs off.

District Judge Timothy Spruce said: "There is good and compelling evidence that the hunt was aware of the fox, but it appears there is no evidence that hounds were directed away."

The League Against Cruel Sports said it was the first case it was aware of where footage from members of the public was used to secure a conviction.

Pic below -  Larby, White and Wright - the convicted fox killers  [Credit BBC]


14-3-17  Horse & Hound   Hunt members consider appeal following guilty verdicts under Hunting Act  Three hunt members are considering an appeal after being found guilty of illegal hunting. The Grove and Rufford Hunt members — who denied the charges — are seeking legal advice and are considering appealing the decision to a higher court.

The three-day trial at Mansfield Magistrates Court concluded today. This is the first time in more than two years that there has been a successful prosecution of a registered hunt under the 2004 Hunting Act.

Paul Larby, 57, was ordered to pay total costs of £1,848, including a fine of £800; Peter White, 57, was ordered to pay £853, including a £550 fine; and Jane Wright, 63, £448, including a fine of £180. The alleged incident took place on 30 January 2016 and the trio, who are all from Nottinghamshire, pleaded not guilty to offences under the Act.

Speaking after the trial had concluded, a spokesman for the Countryside Alliance said the organisation is “disappointed by the verdict”. “These three individuals were of impeccable character and we believe that the evidence showed they were trail-hunting within the law,” he said. “The activity is legal and they were aware that they were being photographed and filmed throughout the day. They had nothing to hide and were acting lawfully within the Hunting Act legislation. They will now take legal advice and may very well appeal the decision at a higher court.”

POWAperson adds - This is indeed the first conviction of organised hunters under the Hunting Act 2004 for more than 2 years and very welcome. The judge appears to have seen through the [what another judge once described as] 'cynical subterfuge' of the hunters and determined that their hunting was wilful. Of particular note is the fact that he described the presence of a terrierman as indicative of intent to hunt. Mmm, what have we and other antis been saying about that for many years?  We do expect an appeal against this verdict because if it is established as case law it will be quite damaging to the hunt side. The matter is likely to hang on interpretation of 'engage or participate', the criterion in Section 11 of the Act that determines whether or not any given hunter is committing an offence, and the extent to which other evidence, including the presence of terriermen, helps to adduce an intent to hunt on the part of the accused.

These convictions bring to 378 the number of persons from organised Hunts who have been convicted of or cautioned for criminal offences since 1990, having been guilty of at least 916 offences. 200 of these are violent offences, 47 are Hunting Act offences [though thousands have been committed every season since 2005]. People known to be officials or staff of organised Hunts have committed 203 of these offences. The rest are down to riders or car/foot followers not known to have any official standing.

Tables detailing all the known prosecutions of organised hunters since 2005 for HA offences and under other animal welfare Act laws can be found on this website here, along with analysis of the Hunting Act data. 


Terrierman almost falls off speeding quad trying to hit sab

Berwickshire FH thwarted in attempts to kill foxes 

14-3-17   Facebook - Fife and Central Scotland Hunt Sabs   VIDEO   On Saturday The Berkwickshire Hunt Terriermen made a pathetic attempt to assault sabs and almost fell off their quad! Sabs stopped them killing a fox illegally so perhaps this was the reason for their stupidity. Join - Sab - Donate

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 Woodland Pytchley FH Director resigns his Wildlife Trust post

Robert Brudenell's resignation as a Trustee of Beds, Cambs and Northants Wildlife Trust came after a very short social media campaign...

13-3-17  Facebook – Stop the Cull   Would you be surprised to hear that a director of a Wildlife Trust was also a director of a fox hunt and runs a shooting estate?

You may think this is a conflict of interest and a contradiction. We certainly do. If you are a member of this Wildlife Trust you may not be too happy to learn about this strong link between wildlife killers & those you trust to protect wildlife for future generations.

We question the ethics of The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire... The Woodland Pytchley Hunt have a reputation for violence against hunt saboteurs and have at least one conviction against them.

We had a look around the Deene Park estate, (ancestral home to Robert Brudenell) and found several shooting towers, poisoned traps designed for squirrels and alarmingly, the viscera of what we believe to be butchered fallow deer, sadly including an unborn foetus. This is an Estate where people pay to kill partridges and pheasants

A BCN Wildlife Trust Member posted this in reply to the above -  

15-3-17     BCN Wildlife Trust Statement  received by Gill Mitchell   Following recent criticism on social media, Robert Brudenell, one of 12 Wildlife Trust BCN trustees, has decided to stand down as a trustee with immediate effect, Monday 13 March, to spare the Trust further unwelcome distractions from its valuable work.
The Wildlife Trust Council of Trustees consists of people from a range of backgrounds: practical conservationists and volunteers, ecologists and conservation scientists, business people and landowners, all with a commitment to the aims of the Trust. Trustees are required by law to uphold the interests and the objectives of the charity when making decisions in Council meetings.


Sabs prevent two Suffolk & Essex FH dig outs, quad driven into sab

Redcoat deliberately rides his horse into path of sabs' landy 

13-3-17  N.E. London Sabs    Hit Report  11.03.2017  Suffolk and Essex Hunt   Thanks to your donations we managed to go out again on Saturday. We got transport to the area of Suffolk and Essex and then jumped in CHS’s landrover. The meet was at Langham Hall near Colchester. We were out with SES - Suffolk and Essex SabsEssexandSuffolkFHQuaddrivenatsabdeliversglancingblow11-3-16.jpg and CHS - Cambridge Hunt Sabs.

The conditions were not ideal for the Hunt at all as it was warm and sunny for the hounds to pick up any scent therefore the Hunt tried a couple of unsuccessful dig outs. The hounds went in cry on just one occasion but the fox went to ground pretty fast. The SES sabs quickly intervened so when the rest of the sabs arrived the hunt was leaving the area without marking the earth for the terriermen. Soon after another fox went to ground but we again prevented the dig out by sitting on the holes and let the Huntsman know that we intended to stay. We prevented 2 dig outs and made sure we follow the Hunt throughout the day not allowing them any time to try another dig out.

The Hunt grew more frustrated as the day went resulting in terriermens’ aggressive behaviour. They drove their quad-bike straight into walking sabs actually hitting one of us [above right] and also tried to kick and punch others. Once the weather was getting warmer and they also realised that they were constantly followed and could not dig out they packed up just before 3pm.

Thank you all again for your generous donations and support!

18-3-17   Facebook - Cambridge Sabs  VIDEO  The Suffolk and Essex Hunt claim to care very much about animals, namely their horses. This video alludes otherwise.

Pics below -  1/  Redcoat gallops up alongside sab landy  2/  Pulling horse into its path   3/  Brakes and turns in front of landy   4/  Joined by 2nd redcoat

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Fife FH hunt foxes in open, no guns, sabs think first was bagged

13-3-17  Facebook - Perthshire Sabs   Fife FH Closing Meet 11-3-17   The Hunt unboxed at Letham Farm to meet at Cunnoquhie House for the last meet of their season. The day started very suspiciously, with Adam GalpinFifeFHWaitigforfoxtobrakcoverabouttobottomright11-3-17.jpg the terrier-man and his digging friend Colin George driving into position around 10 minutes before the Hunt set off. Seconds after they arrived a fox was seen by a sab running from their position into the nearby gorse and this is where the Hunt made a beeline to as soon as they left the meet. We strongly believe this fox was released from the terrier-man. Sadly the sab who witnessed this did not have a camera.

The hounds did not pick up on the fox and were quiet as they searched the gorse, but the Hunt clearly knew it was there and Mark Fleming, Master acting as whip for the day, saw what way the fox went once it ran from the gorse. Thankfully the hounds seemed to lose this fox and another group of our sabs waiting for the Hunt in another position saw what we believe was the same fox heading in their direction, now looking exhausted.

The hounds soon picked up on another fox though and were left to run a large distance away from any riders or token guns after it - more illegal hunting. After a while, a terrified fox was seen running from Cairnie Hill where the hounds were in and out of cry, the fox headed for cover at the back of Whitefield, sabs moved into the area, but soon the hounds came rampaging back across the estate, past Whitefield in a different route to what the fox had taken. They carried on, over Dunbog Hill and onto Balmeadow Hill, where they met another group of our sabs, the hounds leaving behind the Huntsman, whip and field still on Cairnie Hill, so nobody there apart from sabs to ensure an illegal kill was not made.

Eventually the Hunt caught up with their hounds and proceeded to hunt the gorse on Balmeadow Hill. By this time, two groups of sabs were there and a fox was seen sneaking out of the gorse, thankfully unseen by the Hunt, with the sabs present the Hunt gave up on this area, allowing the fox to safely escape.

The Hunt then headed in the direction of Collairnie Hill, sabs followed and caught sight of them heading back towards the meet and when sabs made their way back towards Letham the Hunt were observed packing up.

The season may be over, but we will still be out in the countryside till the start of next fox hunting season doing what we can to expose wildlife persecution and save lives

Please help keep us in the field :

Pics below -  1/  First fox fleeing immediately after pic above  2/ Second fox fleeing, just beyond fence to right of horse    3/  Second fox exhausted   4/ Third fox fleeing

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Sabs stop hare pack from hunting and fox pack from killing

12-3-17   Facebook - Bristol Hunt Saboteurs   This weekend we headed across the bridge to join up with sabs from S.Wales, Bath & Severn Vale Sabs.

The first stop off was with the Woolaston Bassets, who were holding their last meet of the season at Lydney Park, just to the south of the Forest of Dean. This foot pack are fairly new on the scene, only existing for a few seasons, so we thought it would be a good shout to go and see what they were up to, as they have been left alone for a couple of seasons now.

We took a stroll up to Lydney Park house as most of the support and hunt staff were arriving. We waited around for a while for the Huntsman and hound van to show, before an empty trailer arrived. They seemed very keen to let us know that they knew we were coming as they had spotted us earlier, fine by us if it meant they weren't going to bring any hounds to hunt with!

There was some more waiting around, some arm flapping from hunt staff, and an attempt to dash off in the hound van. However we were hot in pursuit, following them back to their kennels at the Old Rectory in Woolaston, where hunt staff abandoned the trailer and took off in a car. With word that supporters had all left the meet in dribs and drabs, we left in the knowledge that their hare/rabbit hunting plans for the day had been scuppered. Result!

Then it was back across the border into Wales and on to the nearby fox Hunt, the Curre & Llangibby, who were also holding their final meet of the season at their kennels in Itton.

After a bit of a search we located the Hunt in a valley not too far away. We kept tabs on the Huntsman and hounds from our vehicles for a while, despite numerous attempts by their car support to block us in.

We kept on them, later coming across the Huntsman and hounds working through a wood not far from the kennels. With hounds picking up foot sabs went into the field, gaining a couple of drunken chaperones, who we can only presume were laid on by the Hunt as end of season entertainment. They were so preoccupied with our choice of clothing that they were completely oblivious to the fox bolting from the wood that the Hunt were drawing.

Thankfully, a couple of eagle-eyed sabs spotted it, as did a rider on point, meaning we could get into the right position to stop the hounds who were now in cry. A few sabs used citronella to cover its line and we waited to intervene further if needed.

The hounds went in and out of cry for a while, before moving off in the other direction out of the woods. With darkness quickly setting in and supporters leaving, we soon caught up with the Huntsman gathering up loose hounds at the kennels, and our day was done. 'Til the next one...



Sabs twice stop Taunton Vale FH dig outs as Hunt chase foxes

Also invaded Nature Reserve & caused chaos on busy road

12-3-17   Facebook - Devon County Sabs   VIDEO  Taunton Vale Foxhounds 11.3.2017   Yesterday was one of the most stressful days we've had all season, but also one of the most rewarding. It's a long one, but there's a lot to report.

Together with our friends from Somerset Sab Group we showed up to the Taunton Vale Foxhounds closing meet at Long Grove Farm, north-west of Ilminster. With a field of about 30 riders the Hunt set off south into the River Ding valley. Sabs positioned themselves downwind of the Hunt, just in time to spot a fox running away from the hounds. Sabs gave the fox time to get away and then went in to cover the scent. Fortunately, hounds didn't pick up on it. At this point, sabs were greeted by Taunton Vale terrierman Paul Martin, who told them to "stick to the footpaths and that's all I'm going to say the rest of the f***ing day". Shame he didn't keep his promise.

The Hunt crossed the river and headed west towards one of our foot teams. From quite a distance they witnessed hounds enter the bushes by the river where it later turned out they had marked to ground at a fox earth [below right].Huntsman Guy Landau got off his horse, made a phone call and was joined shortly after by Paul and his mates on their quadbike. Landau called the hounds out of the bushes and moved them on along the river while the terriermen got a terrier and spade from the boxes on their quad bike and made their way to the earth.TauntonValeFHHunthavemarkedtoground11-3-17.jpg

Several foot sab teams were mobilised to converge on the location. When they got there the terriermen had filled all but one entrance hole with soil and one of them had begun digging. There were fresh hound scratch marks at one of the entrances, where hounds had marked to ground. Sabs got in between the earth and the spade [below left] and signalled to the other teams in the area to call the police. With 8 foot sabs at the earth the terriermen were outnumbered and forced to abandon the dig.

Paul insisted his terrier was still underground and that he needed to dig her out. Sabs encouraged him to get his transmitter to locate the terrier and extract her, but he refused. Instead he made a phone call to one of the Masters and, like a petulant child, whined about the fact we were trespassing, claimed we were being violent and preventing him from getting his terrier out! Sabs were peaceful throughout and Paul's lies and complaints look rather silly on the video footage.

TauntonValeFHSabspreventdigout11-3-17.jpgBy now the hounds had been entered into a covert to the south. One of our teams left to keep an eye on them while the stand-off at the earth continued. Eventually the terriermen gave up and sped off. On their way out Paul shouted "by the way you're all too late, that one's already dead". He had earlier stated his intentions to bolt the fox into a net and kill it. Terrier-work is legal only under very limited circumstances, which were not met in this instance. Firstly, flushing a fox from an earth can only take place with the purpose of preventing serious damage to birds that are being kept or preserved for shooting. There was no evidence of this, nor did Paul carry the requisite written permission from the landowner. Secondly, the law requires that when a fox is flushed from an earth it is shot immediately. There were no guns present, nor any shots heard prior to sabs arriving at the earth. If Paul's claim that the fox had already been killed was true then it would mean he had killed the fox illegally. There was no blood or evidence of a kill.

Away from the earth sabs alerted one of the Masters to what had just gone on. His response: "I've spoken to Paul. It was a false mark" (i.e. no fox found at the earth). This whole episode highlights the farce that is 'trail-hunting'. There was no evidence of trails being laid during the day, but several foxes were seen running from hounds. Hounds don't mark a trail to ground...! The fact hounds so often mark to ground proves that they are following the scent of live foxes. More importantly: the fact that terriermen are called when they mark proves that the terriermen are not just accidental accompaniments to the Hunt, as they so often claim, but rather an integral part of their operations. Here we had a Master of the Hunt admitting on camera that hounds had marked the earth and that the terriermen had been called in to deal with it.

Nevertheless, the Master didn't look too pleased [right, telling terrierman off] when we told him about Paul's boasting and pointed to the four police cars that had by now arrived on the road. With a stern face he went over to whisper something to the Huntsman, whose expression dropped. Paul was pulled aside and - we think - encouraged to head to Lower Burnt House Farm to speak to the landowner and ask him to print off the written permission for digging to take place on his land, should the police demand it! Our suspicions were confirmed when we spotted Paul'sTauntonValeFHHuntsmantellingterriermanoff11-3-17.jpg quad bike leaving the farm half an hour later. He produced an envelope from his pocket containing a fresh printout signed by the landowner, Mr Chidley, and claimed that he had one for every landowner in the area. Funny that he only had one envelope on him though...!

By this point hounds were in cry again north of Dommett, where they crossed the road right in front of our vehicles. A foot team to the south called them off the scent. The pack ended up scattered all over the Dommett Moor Nature Reserve. However, half the pack then continued to follow the scent onto a very busy road. Luckily sabs were already there to stop them from spilling out into the traffic. When the Huntsman finally arrived to join in, he called hounds back ACROSS the road, causing chaos and frustration amongst the red coats who by now were arguing amongst themselves. A bus and other traffic was forced to come to a standstill while the entire Hunt took their time riding north on the busy road.

The Hunt entered the area north of Hare Lane, where hounds picked up another scent. Sabs did their best to call them off and hounds appeared to lose the scent as they entered an area of brambles close to a stream. Much to the sabs' horror, a fox then jumped out of the brambles right in front of the hounds. They chased the fox along a hedge and it looked like they had caught it as there was a lot of frantic milling around beside the hedge. Sabs were desperately trying to get to them and call them off. Other teams in the area received the distressing message over the radio to say the fox had probably been killed. However, when sabs got to the location there was no sign of blood or fur, but rather a very fortunately located badger sett which - we hope - was where the fox had taken refuge! Sure enough, hounds were marking at the sett and desperately trying to claw their way in. The Huntsman, who had made no efforts until this point to call the hounds off, must have realised sabs had witnessed the whole thing and quickly took the hounds away.

They drew a few more coverts on their way back to the meet but whenever hounds went into cry they were loudly rated by hunt members, who appeared increasingly nervous about our cameras and the police presence in the area. Some sabs made the wise decision to stay behind to quietly guard the area around the badger sett until the Hunt packed up. Just as well, as the terriermen 'mysteriously' turned up near the sett a while later. Paul had strangely changed his clothes and seemed surprised to see sabs. Another fox that might have been dug out and killed if sabs hadn't been there. Not to mention the badgers at the sett who would have also been targeted.

The Hunt packed up shortly before 5pm, their frustration clearly showing as they drove away from the meet. A day we had hoped would be an easy one due to the mild weather turned out to be rather more eventful than we had anticipated. At this time of year many foxes will be heavily pregnant. Others are nursing young cubs. What kind of sick person thinks it's OK to not only chase and kill pregnant vixen but also dig into earths that could be harbouring cubs?... Although this was the Taunton Vale's final meet of the season, we will be out until our other Hunts finish. Get in touch to join us or donate via Paypal to

Pics below -   1/  Paul losing it with a sab    2/  Master tells Huntsman Paul has told sabs they killed    3/  Hunt obstructing traffic on busy road     4/  Seems hunters can't read any better than their hounds 

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Southdown FH follower punches out car window injuring sab

12-3-17  Facebook - South Coast Sabs   Report 11/03/2017 from mid-week hit on Southdown & Eridge Hunt   Sabs from S.Coast and Brighton joined up for a mid-week hit by those who could take time off work. So a small number were able to attend... We parked and dropped off sabs at the main gate to the estate, around 11.10am having seen horseboxes further back near Platchetts Wood (Harvey's Lane), and followed four riders to the estate entrance... Sabs went on footpath into estate grounds to have a look for the meet itself.

Suddenly the S&E usual quad terrier men 1 x rider plus 1 x pillion (no helmets or hats) had pulled up alongside the driver window, and stood by the window swearing and threatening. The pillion rider had gone around the back and checked the back door, it was locked though. Then the rider, followed him around and confronted the passenger through the window.

In very few seconds, after some verbal abusing and shouting, the rider of the quad punched the window and followed through with his elbow which smashed it completely, throwing glass everywhere inside. The passenger sustained cuts to face and hand.

The assailant did not throw another punch nor try to open my (passenger side door), he went back round to his quad and followed us, as we were able just after the smashing of the window, to head off northwards towards the A26. We were followed for about 2km before we lost them. The police were called and two cops, who took details. They suggested we leave with all the sabs since there were no other units available.

Cops left and we left 5 minutes later, only to find an ambulance back on Harveys Lane at Mounts Farm (and gone past two riders with one riderless horse by the estate entrance). This was for the Hunt, and there were lots of support on the road, in vehicles alongside the wood and later at vantage points to watch from. There were perhaps about 15 vehicles on the road watching the whole day. The Hunt spent more time in the woods... and finished at Mount farm.

In all there were at least 5 redcoats, and 25-30 field. Many of the support were much older people but some obviously were working in the area. Near the end of the day, another vehicle towing a farm/logging trailer came face to face with our vehicle, demanding to pass and not giving room for us to manoeuvre, keeping on moving at us and swearing etc. through the window, nearly getting out and threatening us.

Meanwhile, in the field, sabs were with the Hunt the entire time, at the start of the day a rider had fallen and was injured. This had delayed them for some time, but, as usual, they continued to hunt regardless of injuries to riders. Sabs were able to stay with them all day and prevent any kills.

As always we are keen to welcome new sabs, so pleased drop us a line if you are interested on, it’s as mad as it sounds but our wildlife needs protecting. We are of course now raising funds to replace our stolen Land Rover and are looking get in the region of £7,000 to get a vehicle which will last us a long time. Any donations very much appreciated and very much needed.  or .


Call to boycott Atherstone FH as JM revealed to run pet kennels

12-3-17  Innocent   Boycott the Atherstone Hunt   Do you want your pet dog or cat looked after by the Atherstone Hunt? Davret Boarding Kennels & Cattery is run by Atherstone Hunt joint master James Sharland and his dad David Sharland, who is also involved in the Hunt.

The Atherstone Hunt are constantly losing control of their hounds, they’ve been documented running all over busy main roads, chasing and killing foxes and rampaging through people’s back gardens that could easily have had pets in them ( ). Last season they even chased a dog walker's dog through Battram woods in Ibstock ( ). These very same people are running a boarding kennels and cattery to look after people’s pets.

Do you want your pet cat or dog looked after by the notorious Atherstone Hunt, well known for its concern for animal welfare? If you do the details are - Davret Boarding Kennels & Cattery, 8 Station Rd, Elmesthorpe, Leicester, Leics LE9 7SG 



Another hunting vet is exposed

12-3-17   Facebook - Jan Bee   Another equine vet who is a member of an [allegedly] illegal hunt, Jo Hales, in this case the Bicester Hunt (plenty of proof of illegal hunting online, e.g. . See


Local monitors Axe Vale FH - sees blatant fox hunting

11-3-17   Live Leaks    Illegal hunt in Otterton    The Axe Vale Harriers, with some of the East Devon Hunt were illegally hunting in the Otterton area on 07/03/17.  One rider even tried to intimidate me by riding her horse at me, trying to stop me filming the hounds in cry, trying flush a fox out of a hedge.

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Badsworth FH hounds chase and kill hare near day's end

11-3-17   Facebook - Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs   Today, on a beautiful early spring morning we set off to meet our friends from W.Yorkshire and N.E. Sabs. We would have enjoyed the mild temperatures and flowers blooming in the hedgerows if this hadn't brought with it the knowledge that the foxes Badsworth and Branham Fox Hounds were chasing were paired up and the vixens almost certainly pregnant, some with tiny cubs left to starve if their parents died today. Also there where a large amount of beautiful hares all over the place.

This was B&B's last weekend meet of the season and to be honest we where expecting more than the lacklustre show they did. They left from Hutton Wandesley and trotted about trying to evade sabs. But they where out manouvered at every turn with good use of vehicles and field sabs thwarting them at every attempt to pick up a scent.

Sadly towards the end of the day the hounds lucked on a terrified hare which they killed in front of us. This shows that the huntsman has little or no control over his hounds. Aside from this lost beautiful creature we ruined their day. They packed at 4.30.

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Seavington FH cease season without kills day thanks to antis

11-3-17   Facebook - Dorset Sabs   Hit Report 11/3/17 The Seavington Hunt: Meet at Pilsdon Barn, Dorset   As it was this Hunt's closing meet of the season we decided it would be rude not to see them off!! With information we had been given we arrived early to pre-beat and spray the areas that they were known to go to.SeavingtonFHFoxfleeing11-3-17.jpg After all the end of season speeches had been delivered, they finally set off at 11.45.

So with foot sabs in place, two legendary monitors and spotters in vehicles we were prepared for anything. They headed off towards Laverstock farm before turning to Kings Moor Coppice, already sprayed by sabs earlier. The Huntsman kept on putting the hounds in with no effect, then proceeded to draw along the edges. At this point sabs were told by very cross supporters that a trail had been laid and even pointed where. Couldn't have been a very good one as the hounds went in the opposite direction!!

The Hunt then headed off in the direction of Swillets farm where the hounds picked up the scent and a fox was seen running by sabs in Great Beech Coppice. Using voice calls and the horn the sabs called the whole pack off the fox and straight to them... one Fox saved. Meanwhile a Monitor observed a very healthy fox running and sabs quickly went to spray the area.... second fox saved [right].

SeavingtonFHHunterscoveringfaces11-3-17.jpgFrom here the Huntsman gathered the pack and headed along Great Beech Coppice towards Laverstock Farm, Sabs were there watching so he headed towards Higher Coombe Coppice....Sabs were already there! Seeming very confused he half-heartedly drew along the edge of the copse along the river before gathering them and heading back to Laversham Farm before coming out onto the road... Sabs were there waiting. They headed along the road towards Gerrards Farm all trying to hide their faces from us [left]. Surely they have nothing to hide if they are only trail hunting???

Sabs who had driven round to get ahead of them spotted a very distressed sheep in a field and went to help it, joined by the rather helpful hunt supporter who had been on the trail of our landy all day. The farmer was called to come and do something for the very ill ewe. After screaming at sabs for trying to help the ewe he picked it up with [right] one hand by its neck and threw it into a box on his quad - just shows how emaciated the poor thing was. The Landy rejoined the Hunt at Batts Lane where a fox was marked to ground just behind Batts Farm. Thankfully a monitor close by was able to see that the hounds didn't get a kill.SeavingtonFHFarmerwithsickewe11-3-17.jpg

A team of sabs was then dropped off at Sliding Hill to spray the area as that was thought to be where they were heading and, sure enough, they did after drawing through small copses along the way. With the Huntsman now hunting on foot through the gorse and scrub he looked desperate to get a kill at the final meet. Thanks to the sabs they found nothing and at 4.40pm they ended the season with no kills today.

It may be the end of their season but we still have lives to protect and Hunts to visit. If you would like to help us protect our wildlife then email us at Our Landys have worked very hard this season, and would very much like to have a full service so they are fit and ready to tackle the upcoming Badger murdering spree. If you can give a donation towards this please go here.



Sab whipped as Fitzwilliam FH stopped from killing foxes

11-3-17   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Sabs    After the habitual fox killers (the Fitzwilliam) killed a fox midweek we decided it was only right and proper to pay them a visit on their last Saturday of the hunting season with our regular comrades N. & S.Cambs and old time friends Northants sabs.

The Fitzwilliam had over 60 riders out today at their meet in Lutton on the Northants/Cambs border, so we knew it was going to be a tough one and this proved to be the case. Early on the Cambs groups were in the area unblocking all the badger setts the hunt had filled in to prevent foxes escaping.

The Fitzwilliam really couldn't give a sh*t about illegal hunting. They have John Mease and his bird of prey outFitzwilliamFHFatmanwhipssab11-3-17.jpg with them, but he's rarely anywhere near the Hunt and he has no intention of releasing his bird on a fox. He's in court next month for cruelty and Hunting Act offences - we'll see you on the 25th April, John.

Between the groups we kept them in sight most of the day. Several foxes were hunted for some distance, one crossed the road right in front of us and the hunt support shouted and pointed its direction. We held the hounds up best we could and gave the fox more time but these hounds are well used to killing and carried on the line. The Huntsman (Simon Hunter - real name) shouted at us "why didn't you stop them" but this was merely his alibi should anything go to court. He had no intention of stopping them and made not attempt to call them back and clearly it's not our job to keep control of the hounds.

A brace of foxes were hunted a short time later, one taking refuge in a graveyard where we had an altercation with an obnoxious fat man & the Whipper In who dismounted and tried to hunt the hounds on, on foot. Both of these foxes got away.

The hounds hunted another fox to ground in a small coppice and the mixed Cambs groups dived in to pull them out. We arrived and a combination of horn and voice took the hounds away from under the nose of the Huntsman. Classic sabbing.

Of course, all the time the support were getting more aggressive along with the riders. The obnoxious fat man used his horse as a weapon and whipped one of our sabs in the head [above right]. Funnily enough he vanished once the police arrived who were by and large (can you guess?) utterly uninterested. We were just over the Northants border and this force isn't known for having a good stance on hunting, so we expected nothing less even after showing them the damning footage.

The Hunt had a a last attempt to lose us but we kept them from hunting any further and they jacked it in around 4:30pm and retired to the Fox and Hounds pub in Great Gidding. You may want to give that place a miss. Funny point of the day was the hunt supporter who drove into a ditch while trying to take a picture on his phone of sabs. Maybe he'll think twice next time.

We know we saved many lives today. We don't know for sure if it was a kill free day but the hounds were clean at the end. There'll be plenty of tired sabs this evening but they should be proud of the work they did today in very trying circumstances. We can't do this without your support and any donations are hugely appreciated.

Pics below -  1/  Fox fleeing   2/  Exhausted hounds   3/  Please, take me home   4/  Supporter in a ditch 

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Sabs shocked to see Old Surrey FH actually trail hunting - all day

Hunt already under investigation for illegal hunting, so...

11-3-17    Facebook - Brighton Hunt Saboteurs   Too hot to hunt? This sunny morning we headed to Withyham for the Old Surrey and Burstow, who are currently under investigation for illegal hunting.

To our surprise, they actually stuck to trail hunting all day, perhaps as there were both sabs and police round every corner. A couple of cops were even more surprised when a crow-scarer they were standing next to went off with a bang!  A terrified fox was disturbed by the hunt, popping up right near the hounds and hunt supporters. All our sabs got ready to stop the hounds but the huntsman realised he had no chance and took them off himself.

As we were celebrating a successful day in a nearby car park, one of the hunt staff had a go at gate-crashing the party but we were not prepared to share our scones and cake with such a loser.



Hunts running riot in bTB hot spot risk spreading disease

Heythrop FH alone interfered with at least 6 setts 

11-3-17   Facebook - Lynn Sawyer   So out in the North Cotswold badger cull zone for the 3rd time this week in the same area, roughly around Turkdean.

On Tuesday, the Heythrop were hunting and riding all over the place. They also blocked 6 Badger setts, probably more. On Wednesday the Dummer beagles met here. Today, Saturday the Cotswold hunt met here.

14 setts checked so far and only one blocked, near Salperton, with staves rammed down it - but 8 terrier men stood on one sett to stop a fox escaping down it (blaming us 'cos apparently we sett block to get them into trouble).

So 3 Hunts, horses, hounds, people all traipsing over the same fields and setts being blocked (with the exception of the Dummer of course, hares don't go down setts).

The three different packs pooing and peeing after eating possible infected meat from fallen stock. Earth stoppers not disinfecting quads and boots after blocking setts, but vaccinators and callers are expected to. Etc, etc, etc. Funny enough, they hunted on the land of the person who asked for the cull to come to this area!

Badgers are being culled for other reasons than bTb without any doubt whatsoever. Otherwise hunting would be suspended in such a bTb hotspot.


Blean Beagles head home as soon as sabs appear

11-3-17   You Tube – E.Kent Sabs   THE BEAGLERS "WALK OF SHAME"   Yeah - we know that what beaglers do is abhorrent-taking a pack of dogs out to chase and kill hares for "sport"...and we also know that if they were working class lads out coursing, the police would be (quite rightly) chasing them about, giving them heavy fines and destroying their vehicles, rather than turning a blind eye. That's the real "Class War" the Countryside Alliance keeps banging on about. But you have to admit-seeing these guys getting caught red-handed, walking back to the meet in silence with heads hung low whilst dressed as gotta laugh!

So-we present, for your viewing pleasure-"THE BLEAN BEAGLES WALK OF SHAME"   



Supporter says Fitzwilliam FH killed fox before the dug-out one

Admitted were fox hunting but 'nobody's supposed to know'

Witness to 2nd kill had called police and terrier men dispersed

He found them there again later with still warm corpse of fox

Autopsy said fox killed by 'blunt force trauma' - maybe a spade

10-3-17   HSA Press Release    Member of Public Retrieves Body of Fox   The Fitzwilliam Hunt dug out and killed a fox in the vicinity of Kimbolton Airfield, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire on Wednesday 8th March   A FitzwilliamFHFoxkilledafterdigoutbybluntforcetrauma8-3-17.jpgconcerned member of the public witnessed the Hunt chase a fox to ground and immediately three men arrived on a quad bike and commenced digging. He called police to the site and the hunt terrier men left the scene. When he returned to the site several hours later he discovered the same hunt employees with a fox that they had just killed. They subjected him to violence but he was able to retrieve the body of the fox [left]. The incident has been reported to Cambridgeshire Police who are investigating. The fox has been autopsied and a vet has confirmed the Fox had more than likely died from blunt force trauma to the head, quite possibly caused by a spade.

Prior to the incident, the member of the public stopped to speak to foot support, and asked what they were doing. A female foot supporter stated that they were hunting. He questioned whether trail or fox hunting. The foot supporter stated that they were fox hunting but no-one was supposed to know. The foot supporter also stated that they had already caught and killed one fox that day. The Fitzwilliam are already embroiled in one court case following the illegal hunting and killing of a fox last year. Hunt staff are due to stand trial in Peterborough Magistrates court in April.

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Well done to this brave passer-by who managed to gather evidence of a crime. It is one of the most blatant abuses of the Hunting Act that Hunts still have terrier men out with them. If, as most of them claim, they are following a trail then why would they need terrier men to dig out foxes that they shouldn't be chasing in the first place. Not only are these thugs often the most violent members of the Hunts but they are also the ones who prove illegality. The Fitzwilliam are clearly serial lawbreakers and we hope the upcoming court case serves up at least a measure of justice.” 


Hunt causes havoc in Kent village named, ironically, Hunton

10-3-17   Facebook - East Kent Sabs   8th March - APPEAL FOR INFORMATION from a member of the public- “Does anyone know anything about the hunt that took place today in Hunton? They caused havoc, with dogs escaping and running about in people's gardens…. One person in my village has said they have made a mess of a field and several boundaries. I'm still trying to find out exactly where, although I know they went around East street, Hunton”

POWAperson adds - The village is near Maidstone, so the likeliest culprits are the Ashford Valley FH, who do hunt on Wednesdays 


Atherstone FH in disarray as sacked Huntsman and groom sue them

Planned amateur Huntsman replacement now going elsewhere

10-3-17   Facebook – W.Mids Sabs   Atherstone Hunt in disarray - Atherstone being sued by current Huntsman - No Huntsman for next season  Current Huntsman Stuart Barton [right, wondering where pack is] was given notice till May. The Atherstone were planning to bring in Andrew Frank Smith as an amateur unpaid Huntsman. An EGM was planned in order to make this official. However Andrew Frank Smith has now told the Atherstone he's changed hisAtherstoneFHHuntsmanStuartBartontriestofindoutwherepackis21-1-17.jpg mind and will be going to the South Notts Hunt instead. Current Huntsman Barton and partner Jainey Rainey (Hunt Groom) are suing the Atherstone Hunt for loss of earnings and will be leaving the Hunt early on the 3rd April.

This leaves the Hunt with some big problems. They have no money. They are being sued by their current hunt staff. If successful it will leave them with considerably less money. As mentioned they have no money and as Barton found out they can not afford to pay wages. Their planned unpaid replacement of Barton has had second thoughts. Which leaves the Atherstone with no Huntsman. And because of the persistent sab presence it's unlikely many people will want to take on the role. The Atherstone are planning on advertising for an unpaid Huntsman in the next edition of Horse and Hound magazine. We do hope they don't get inundated with fake applications as that really wouldn't be fair ;)

We planned on demonstrating outside the EGM, however with not much worth discussing they instead had a normal board meeting (which we demonstrated outside anyway). Our only concern about any of this is the hounds and horses. As Barton is leaving before his contract ends it means there will be no one at the kennels to look after them when he’s gone. We have informed the relevant authorities of this situation.

AtherstoneFHHoundshuntingrightbyhousingestate21-1-17.jpgWhatever happens we're not going anywhere, as we've said before, as long as the Atherstone foxhounds are loose in the countryside we will be there. As long as their foxhounds are loose in the countryside they pose a threat to any wildlife they come into contact with and any motorists they inevitably dash out in front of.

Recap - This season the Atherstone Hunt have: Spent most of the season without a proper Whipper-In; Spent the entire season without a terrier man (meaning no dig outs, no blocked setts, no artificial earths used and less bagged / released foxes); Haven't second horsed; Have averaged 10 riders (or less); Have packed up on average around 2:00; Have lost a lot of land [see them left, exploiting some fine hunting country]; Have now been in the local and national press and media over 80 times; Made a loss of £13,000.

As the Hunt have themselves stated this has all come about because of a persistent sab presence. You can help us maintain this presence by clicking on the link We would like to say thank you to you the public and all the other sab groups who have supported us this season.



Melbreak FH hounds filmed hunting unsupervised on NT land

10-3-17  Facebook - National Dis-Trust   VIDEO   We've been sent this footage taken last Sunday afternoon, 5th March, of the Melbreak fox hounds running all over the place. The Melbreak were hunting in Lanthwaite wood in the Crummock area of the lake district. This is owned by the National Trust, who licence the Melbreak to hunt in this area. It was a Sunday afternoon, there were families walking in the area, and hounds also trespassed into private property. As can be seen in the footage, the Huntsman is not in sight and not in control. The hounds are not following any trail. Many of the dogs looked emaciated, more than one had blood on it. Please contact the regional land agent for this area with any concerns about the licencing of Hunts on National Trust land in the Lake District - .



LACS gets strong with NT over allowing illegal hunting on its land 

10-3-17    LACS Statement   Hunting on National Trust Land – League Statement    The League Against Cruel Sports is very concerned about the growing evidence of illegal hunting and other offences taking place on National Trust land, including the criminal use of firearms, poaching of deer, driving vehicles at deer and damaging Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Hunting wild animals like deer, hares and foxes with dogs for sport is illegal under the terms of the Hunting Act (2004), except where an exemption applies. The National Trust currently issues licences to a number of hunts to conduct ‘trail hunts’ on some of its estates. These licences contain conditions designed to protect fauna and flora but it would seem the National Trust do not take any enforcement action for breaches of licence conditions unless there has been a police investigation and a conviction; no checks are made and the hunts simply self-report on their compliance with licence conditions.

League Against Cruel Sports officers have found evidence that a hunt which was banned from hunting with dogs on National Trust land in 1997, has repeatedly engaged in illegal stag hunting, driving hunt quad bikes and other vehicles on a restricted byway and footpaths used regularly by the public (including school children) and across protected moorland, and has discharged firearms to kill deer on National Trust land, which is open to the public, in the West Country. On one occasion, a National Trust vehicle passed along a restricted byway as hunt vehicles were driven illegally in the opposite direction but there was no intervention. The evidence shows that National Trust estate staff may be aware of what goes on but take no action to stop it happening

The League has sought on repeated occasions to contact the National Trust to convey its grave concerns and to share examples of the evidence in our possession. The League’s most recent efforts date back to 13th September when we contacted their offices directly. The League was able to secure a meeting at the National Trust’s London offices in Grosvenor Gardens, on March 1st.

At the meeting, having heard that the National Trust has insufficient resources to monitor licenced or unlicenced hunting activity on its land, the League offered to support the National Trust by providing monitors, and by providing training to National Trust estate managers (similar to that which the League provides on the national Police Wildlife Crime Officer training course and for several police forces). Regrettably, the National Trust declined these offers. However, it did agree to discuss the evidence presented by the League with regional managers and to consider whether any other action could be taken.

The League believes that the evidence clearly shows that hunting activities on National Trust land are cruel, illegal, unauthorised, dangerous to the public, as well as damaging to Sites of Scientific Interest and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We await the outcome of the National Trust’s discussions following our meeting. The League very much hopes that the National Trust will take responsibility for hunting activity on its estates and do all it can to ensure that the law is upheld. Should the National Trust’s response fall short, we will consult with our members and partners on our response.


CA contest £60k award after racing pigeons killed by hunting hounds

10-3-17   Belfast Telegraph   £60k award for racing pigeons killed by hunt's dogs contested   An award of more than £60,000 to a pigeon fancier for the slaughter of his stock by hunt club hounds should be overturned due to issues of credibility, the Court of Appeal has heard. Lawyers for the Countryside Alliance are challenging a ruling that the dogs destroyed 59 of Maurice Weir's racing birds after breaking into his premises in Loughgall, Co Armagh, eight years ago.

Counsel for Mr Weir claimed the huntsmen were negligent in failing to control their dogs. In February last year a High Court judge awarded Mr Weir £59,580 in damages, with a further £2,500 for distress. But in an appeal before three senior judges in Belfast, counsel for the Alliance argued again that the hunt's dogs were never on the premises. David Ringland QC questioned the consistency of the plaintiff's account. The hearing continues.

POWAperson adds - I confess to missing the original stories about this case. A pigeon-fancier called Maurice Weir claimed his pigeons were slaughtered when hounds from the weirdly named Kinnego Grange and Canary Hunt Club invaded his property. For some reason he sued the Countryside Alliance and the court awarded him £60,000, in February last year.


Film released of Beaufort FH apparently hunting a fox

9-3-17   Facebook - Pets Fight Back   PLEASE SHARE THIS VIDEO - Is this fox hunting or not? What do YOU think?

POWAperson adds - The captioned video is of the Beaufort FH hunting on 18-2-17. It begins with a fox running away [left] from the filmer across a grass field near Griickstone Farm. A faint whistle is heard. The fox stops, looks back, then runs again. Hounds in cry can be heard in the distance. The camera pans to the left. we see a female BeaufortFHFoxfleeingnorthfromGrickstoneFarm18-2-17.jpgrider – the whistleblower, on a ridge. She points towards the fox. The cameraman says there are other spotters on the hill to his right. Hounds on cry are louder now.

A quad bike with 3 terriermen and a terrier box turns into the farmyard where the cameraman is and passes him. One of the men is on the phone. A female rider [the whistleblower] trots into the yard. The cameraman slightly misdirects her. She rides up to a man in country clothes and points to where she saw the fox running slightly earlier. The man runs into the yard.

The video resumes at the same location, 12 minutes later. We see a male and female follower and a helmeted man on a moto-cross bike facing the direction the fox took. The bike rider is using binocs.

The video then shows a map of the area with commentary explaining what has happened on the hunt so far. The Hunt set out from Badminton Estate and rode south-west to 3 coverts south of Grickstone Farm. The monitors tracked them. Monitors then found a property near the northernmost covert. The owner told them as soon as he heard the hounds he saw a fox running north, towards Grickstone Farm. Presumably the same fox seen in the video. From the property, monitors could see, and filmed, the mounted field carrying on south-west.

Monitors moved on to Grickstone Farm. They then saw the whistleblower. 12 minutes later the whole Hunt arrived at Grickstone Farm. The film then shows the same 3 spectators as before with hounds passing in front of them. Huntsman can be heard making what sound like encouraging sounds to the hounds.The mounted field is then seen beyond the spectators [there are now 6], walking their horses in the direction the fox fled. Two quad bikes and a Hunt landy move of in the same direction.

Caption says 'They disappeared on to private land with no public access or view.' Film ends.

Pics below -  1/ Whistleblower   2/ Terriermen arrive at Grigstock Farm   3/ Whistleblower arrives   4/ Hounds arrive   5/  Field arrives, walk in direction fox fled   6/  Terriermen do the same  

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POWAperson adds - Two highly experienced monitors, who are also POWA members, have examined this footage. They say that, though common sense would tell anyone that the Beaufort FH are hunting the fox seen, there is very unlikely to be sufficient evidence to sustain a prosecution, given the highly exacting standard of proof required. In particular, we do not see the Huntsman encouraging the hounds [though the sounds may be him doing that] or, critically, the hounds following the line of the fox. Their behaviour at the farm certainly looks like they were searching for scent, but, since the High Court judgement of 2009, 'searching' is not evidence of hunting and not in itself illegal.


Pet rabbit killed by hounds as Oakley FH trespass

Woman owner 'devastated' and 'frightened'

9-3-17   Bedford Today   Pet killed in hunt on private Bedfordshire land   A woman has been left ‘devastated’ and ‘frightened’ after a hunt trespassed on her land and killed her pet rabbit. Mabel Blades owns Pennworley Wood OakleyFHFieldplussab25-2-17.jpgin Melchbourne where she has planted 4,000 trees. She claims she has had problems in the past with various hunt groups trespassing on her land but says the incident on Saturday involving the Oakley Hunt [left], was the last straw.

She said: “It’s really upsetting and frightening to see a gang of people on horses searching around your land, and I’m devastated that they allowed their dogs to kill my rabbit. I do see some legal hunt groups in the area, but they know that the wood is private and it’s clearly signposted. We have had some issues before, but they began telling me when they would be in the area so I could take extra precautions. I don’t want to be forced to have confrontations with people, who can sometimes be quite nasty and scary over something that shouldn’t be an issue. It is private land, and it has been for over 20 years. I attempted to settle the matter and reminded them not to go into the wood during their hunts – but it never stops them. I think these people should respect the law and at least have the decency to apologise. I just want to keep the plants and animals in the area safe.”

A spokesman for The Oakley Hunt declined to comment. Traditional fox hunting with hounds was banned in the UK in 2005.

Fox found dead, likely shot after dig out, near Fitzwilliam FH hunt

Terrierman tries to assault man who found it - ends up on his back

9-3-17   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Sabs   We were contacted by a concerned member of the public yesterday as he witnessed a Hunt, the Fitzwilliam, taking place near Kimbolton. He believed they were digging something out. After following them around as best he could he returned to the site with his dog to be greeted with the distressing image below. We're not sure how this fox was killed but it wasn't by the hounds. Possible gunshot or something worse. The body was still warm. It is a female and looks heavily pregnant.

Digging out is illegal, it is not covered by the Gamekeepers exemption when in conjunction with a Hunt. A terrier man for the Hunt then appeared to retrieve the body. He proceeded to assault the member of the public but we're told that "he hits like a 6 year old girl and I'm an ex rugby player and he ended up on his arse".

A complaint will be made to the police over the incident. This may have not been the only kill on the day. When you consider the Fitzwilliam are in court next month for illegal hunting and cruelty you begin to understand the sheer contempt these people have for the law.


POWAperson comments - That the Fitzwilliam appear to be still blatantly hunting just weeks away from the trial of their Huntsman and bird handler for breaking the Hunting Act says a lot. However, whether or not digging-out is illegal is a Moot point. My interpretation of the HA is that, so long as none of the other requirements to legalise terrier work under the Gamekeeper's Exemption are broken, then digging out is not illegal [though it should be]. Neither the relevant Schedule in the Act, nor the binding Code of Conduct attached to it, mention digging out at all. Whether it is done in assocation with purported 'trail hunting' or not seems to me legally irrelevant.


Southdown FH supporter smashes sab landy window

Rider seriously injured in fall on wet ground

8-3-17   Facebook - Brighton Hunt Saboteurs   Today we were at the Southdown and Eridge Hunt stopping them killing foxes. The day started off with some boys on a quad throwing a pathetic tantrum and smashing a window of our Landrover (please help us with the costs of repairs here: .

The Hunt called two ambulances for separate incidents today. At least one rider was seriously injured. The ground was very wet with horses going a foot into the mud at some points - dangerous for both horses and riders.

The picture today [below] is of the arrogant huntsman having an argument with a local man who wanted to get around but was being blocked in by the hunt parading around the roads.

Despite lots of temper tantrums from riders and supporters giving us a torrent of abuse, we were on top of the hunt all day so no kills.



Row erupts over vet who is Director of Cheshire Forest FH

8-3-17   Liverpool Echo   Anger over vet who is also hunt director   Animal rights supporters have criticised a Runcorn vet for being the director of a leading Cheshire hunt.

Elizabeth Gorse denied there was any conflict between the roles after hunting opponents pointed out that Companies House documents showed she holds directorships for Cheshire Forest Hunt [below] and also RoseCheshireForestFH2-1-17.jpg Cottage Veterinary Centre on Chester Road, Sutton Weaver.

Among those to criticise her position was Stop The Cull badger hunt group, which posted a picture of a dead fox on its Facebook page on March 6 with links to Rose Cottage’s Facebook and Yell pages, suggesting opponents could post reviews. The post has been shared hundreds of times. Twitter users also expressed anger over Mrs Gorses’s two roles. Among those was ‘Pete & Lou’, @Burforders, who said: “Something locals have a right to know in my opinion. I would want to know if this was my vet.” Hounds Off, @houndsoff, simply said ‘Strewth’ with a retweet of the image of the dead fox and reference to Mrs Gorse being director of the hunt and the vets.

The dead animal is alleged to have been killed during a controversial hunt in Macclesfield in February, which police are investigating over alleged trespass. Residents complained to police after witnesses reported a pack of hounds jumping over a fence and mauling a fox. Witnesses claimed a fox was savaged by hounds in an elderly couple’s garden. The Manchester Evening News reported that resident Julie Clark, 47, said she saw a woman then remove the dead animal from the garden. Edwina Church, 47, said ‘a stream of dogs’ ran through her garden and at one point 15 were ‘jumping around’ in her garden. She added that her 82-year-old mother, who has heart failure, saw the chase unfold and was left ‘traumatised’. Cheshire police were investigating [left, Huntsman being quizzed by police] .

CheshireForestFHHuntsmanAndrewGermanwithpoliceinMacclesfieldwherehoundskilledfox25-2-17.jpgThe MEN said the Hunt's master had phoned a farmer to apologise after hounds ran through his field containing pregnant heifers.

Hunting foxes for the purpose of killing with dogs is illegal, but under the Hunting Act 2004 wild animals can be flushed out and shot if specific legal conditions are satisfied.

After Stop The Cull’s post on Facebook, a slew of reviews for and against Rose Cottage appeared on These have now been removed. Two positive reviews were posted on Rose Cottage’s Facebook page on Tuesday, March 7. Among those to express support for the veterinary practice as a whole was Andrew Lopez, who said he was opposed to fox hunting but wanted to support the surgery’s front-line staff. Jonathon Hodge said it was a ‘vets that put animal needs first’. Rose Cottage’s website staff profiles page said Liz Gorse has worked at the centre since it opened in 1984. It said she ‘has a particular interest in horses’, with a Royal College Of Veterinary Surgeon’s Certificate in equine practice. The profile added that she has had an interest in ‘equine country pursuits’ since childhood.

Mrs Gorse said she saw no conflict between the roles as hunt director and vet. She said: “There is no ethical conflict of interest between my practising as a veterinary surgeon and supporting legal hunting. The Cheshire Forest, of which I am a director and follower, always intends to hunt within the confines of the Hunting Act 2004 by trail-hunting and performing hound exercise. There appears to have been an organised campaign by anti-hunting supporters to disrupt businesses where individuals who openly support legal hunting work.” Mrs Gorse said police were investigating an allegation that Cheshire Forest hounds chased a fox in connection with the Macclesfield matter. 


Sabs stop N.Bucks Beagles hunting hares and sick cops on them

7-3-17   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Sabs   A little birdy told us that the North Bucks Beagles would be having a meet at Bottom Farm (snigger) in the village of Covington just over the Beds/Cambs border. We had people off work so why not pay them a visit, it was a nice enough day so a walk in the countryside saving Hares would seem thoroughly appropriate. We also had a new sab along today as well which is always nice.

We found them easily enough at the meet all dressed up in their finery so parked our car out of sight and pretended to be walkers out on a jolly. We had also tipped off Cambs police who are very good on this sort of thing and kept them updated. Once they left the meet the huntsman put them into the open fields and cast them to search for Hares. At this point we made ourselves known, video cameras at the ready and with a determined gait we went into action. Immediately they gathered the beagles up and . . . packed up.

We followed them on their walk of shame back to the meet whereupon the police arrived to discuss with them what they were up to. Some excuses were no doubt made but our job here was done so we hung around in the spring sunshine till the hound van left. A grand total of 30 minutes in the field and an hour or so hanging around. What's even nicer is these beagles are kennelled with the Oakley hounds so it's a kind of two for one offer. We rarely get the chance to hit these wildlife killers so a nice way to finish the day.

With plenty of time left we discussed out options of what to do next, and the winner was? Go to the pub for some celebratory pop.

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4 blocked setts found in area being hunted by Heythrop FH

7-3-17  Facebook - Three Counties Sabs   Today the Heythrop were hunting in the Turkdean/Cold Aston area which is in the North Cotswold Badger cull zone. Sabs attended and remained out of sight of the hunt and checked several setts in the area. Three were not active. Four were blocked. Bear in mind that badgers and foxes are lactating or already have cubs right now.Furthermore these exact sam setts will be targeted by a government sponsored cull later this year. The irony is that hounds and horses can spread tb and there are no bovine here, just pheasants!

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Two Jedforest FH servants deny illegal hunting charges

7-3-17  Southern Reporter   Hunters plead not guilty   Two huntsmen from the Borders will stand trial on a charge of deliberately hunting a fox with a pack of dogs. Jedforest Hunt members Johnathan Riley, 23, and 66-year-old John Richardson pleaded not guilty to the charge at Jedburgh Sheriff Court. The pair, of Abbotrule, Bonchester Bridge, deny deliberating hunting a wild mammal while acting with others on land surrounding Townfoothill near Jedburgh, on February 18.

No huntsmen have yet fallen foul of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002, but two individuals have been convicted for hunting foxes with dogs and 10 for hare coursing.

Riley and Richardson will stand trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on March 16 and 17.

POWAperson adds - The senior JM of the Jedforest FH is Johan Christofferson [below]. He is an American hedge-fund mamager. Before moving to the Jedforest, in the Scottish border country, he was JM of the Isle of Wight FH. During his tenure the Huntsman of the Hunt, Stuart Trousdale and James Butcher, terrierman with a badger-digging conviction, thought it would be a ripping wheeze to dump large animal carcasses in Brighton City centre, when the Labour party conference was being hosted there, as a protest against the imminent Hunting Act. They were convicted of public order offences but given just a slap on the wrist. Christofferson was suspended for a month by the MFHA for not controlling his hunt servants. He took Trousdale with him to the Jedforest as JM/Huntsman, though he has since left. Christofferson has long been a very substantial donor to the Tory party. He helped fund the election campaign of Simon Hart MP, a former CA CEO in 2010 and also funded Nick Herbert, a former hare hunt JM and senior CA officer, who became Cameron's first Policing Minister. I once had the dubious pleasure of debating against him at Warwick University. Although he has since come out as gay, he did have a certain attraction and charm, and attracted the attention of various ladies in the audience by frequently fiddling with his trouser fly, apparently pretending there was some defect with it. He lost the debate vote. That same night I met the stick-thin greyhound my wife had rescued earlier that day after seeing her dumped out a of a car in a local park, so that was a red letter day for two reasons! 



bTb in hounds at Kimblewick FH kennels confirmed

Hunting suspended, at least 25 hounds put down so far

League & Hounds Off call for all hunting to be suspended 

Tory Animal Welfare Minister is member of the Hunt !

7-3-17  Mirror Top Tory's fox hunt kills off 25 of its own hounds after bovine TB outbreak  Calls for suspension of all hunting with dogs after Kimblewick Hunt [left, credit Trinity Mirror], to which Conservative peer Lord Gardiner of Kimble [below right] belongs, announced the cull A fox hunt which counts the Tory Animal KimblewickFHBoxingDaymeet.jpgWelfare Minister among its members has killed up to 25 hounds following a suspected bovine TB outbreak. The Kimblewick Hunt, to which Lord Gardiner of Kimble belongs, culled the dogs and implemented biosecurity measures to prevent the disease spreading. Hunt officials said “it is most likely that the hounds contracted it from eating meat from a contaminated bovine”. Another 120 hounds are being monitored for symptoms. It is thought to be the biggest ever potential outbreak of bTB among dogs in Britain.

Kimblewick, which has its kennels in Aylesbury, Bucks., has abandoned hunting with its own dogs for the rest of the season. But it has been carrying on legal hunting activities with hounds from other hunts.

League Against Cruel Sports chief executive Eduardo Goncalves said: “The implications of this outbreak are huge. It would be a farce if hunting was allowed to continue while bovine TB is rife. All hunting with dogs must be suspended with immediate effect in the bTB epidemic zone.”

Critics say they often lead to the “accidental” deaths of foxes as hounds pick up a genuine scent and flush out a live animal. While bTB is usually linked to cattle and badgers, infections have also been found in other animals including sheep, goats, horses, pigs, deer, dogs and cats. The revelation is a major blow to the Kimblewick, which boasts the top Government minister among its ranks.

Lord Gardiner of Kimble was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for the Environment,LordKimbleToryAnimalWelfareMinisterKimblewickFH.jpg Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) last July. He was chairman of Kimblewick’s predecessor Hunt, the Vale of Aylesbury with Garth and South Berks, from 1992 to 2006.

According to the Kimblewick Hunt’s website, “the Hunt was formed in 2002 by the amalgamation of the Vale of Aylesbury with the Garth and South Berks”. It was renamed The Kimblewick Hunt in 2010 and Lord Gardiner’s parliamentary register of interests lists him as an “Honorary Member”. The peer is a former deputy chief executive of the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance and he was Captain of the Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard from 2015-16. He served as private secretary to five successive Tory Party chairmen between 1989 and 1995, under Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

The Kimblewick Hunt covers a wide area of the Home Counties, including Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire. At least one biosecurity sign has been spotted at the entrance to the kennels.

A spokeswoman for the Animal and Plant Health Agency, part of Defra, said: “The bacterium that causes bovine TB in cattle has been found in dogs at a kennel in Buckinghamshire. The origin and route of this infection is being investigated.” She added: “Dogs are not considered to play a significant role in onward transmission of bovine TB.”

The Hunt said the first signs of bTB came late last year and it immediately alerted Defra. It said in a statement: “We are waiting for Animal and Plant Health Agency’s epidemiology report that might give details of the source of infection, however it would appear that it is most likely that the hounds contracted it from eating meat from a contaminated bovine.” It added: “There has been no contact with other packs of hounds since the initial case was suspected, and a monitoring and testing protocol has been rolled out across the country. The Kimblewick Hunt has been working alongside Defra, Animal and Plant Health Agency, Public Health England and the Masters of Foxhounds Association in order to ensure that bTB has been contained. No other cases have been reported. Testing continues on the Kimblewick hounds in line with advice given from veterinary and scientific experts during this very difficult time for the hunt staff and their families.”

A Hounds Off spokesman said: “With the link between the Kimblewick Hunt hounds and bovine tuberculosis now confirmed, Hounds Off calls for the immediate blanket suspension of all hunting by all packs of hounds pending further investigations and enquiries.”

7-3-17  LACS PR   Outbreak of bovine TB discovered in fox hunt kennels [left]   Bovine TB, the disease ravaging herds of cattle across England and Wales, has been discovered in a pack of hounds used for fox hunting – prompting urgent calls for hunting to be suspended indefinitely.

KimblewickFHkennelswithBiosecuritywarning3-17.jpgAnimal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports are calling for all hunting to be stopped immediately to ensure that the thousands of hounds used in the ‘sport’ cannot spread the disease.

Eduardo Gonçalves, CEO of the League, which received a tip off about the outbreak from the organisation Hounds Off, said: “The implications of this outbreak are huge. We already know that restricting the movement of animals in the countryside is the only effective way of controlling bTB, but thousands of hunt hounds are free to chase from field to field, farm to farm and across private and National Trust land pretty much on a daily basis during the hunting season. How on earth can this be allowed to continue now we know that at least some hounds have caught the disease? It would be a farce if hunting was allowed to continue while bovine TB is rife. All hunting with dogs – much of which is already illegal – must be suspended with immediate effect at least until bTB is under control. To do anything else – or to do nothing – would raise serious questions as to who is really in charge of looking after our countryside. There are more than 50 hunts operating in parts of the country where bTB is particularly widespread. Are we looking at the real reason why the disease can’t be controlled?”

The League estimates that there are more than 3,000 hunting hounds in the England bTb epidemic zone alone, which may be out in the countryside an average of two days a week during the six-month hunting season.

Although hunting with hounds was banned by the Hunting Act 2004, hunts continue to take place. These usually claim to be ‘trail’ hunting or hunting under one of the exemptions of the Act, but the League believes these are false claims and most are hunting illegally.

Joe Hashman, founder of , an organisation which supports people negatively affected by hunts said: "It is because Hounds Off works with local people in local communities that we are able to find out things which might otherwise be kept secret. With the link between the Kimblewick Hunt hounds and bovine tuberculosis now confirmed, Hounds Off calls for the immediate blanket suspension of all hunting by all packs of hounds pending further investigations and enquiries."...

7-3-17   Facebook - Anti Fox Hunting Online Army to Back the Ban    Kimblewick TB outbreak: Major landowner bans fox hunt from his land   A cattle farmer who allows the Kimblewick across their land has today placed a permanent ban on the Hunt. Some 2500 acres of grass land. The farmer, who wishes to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, states "the recent South Herefordshire stories, followed by lies from our local pack [the Kimblewick], mean that our long standing support of hunting must modernise. We have deep concerns with TB in this area, as are mostly disease free, so any threat to our business must be taken seriously." He added that it was the main topic of talk while at Thame Auction Mart the other day. And said "my impression is a number of landowners will do the same. Our livestock is our livelihood."

The Ecologist also ran excellent articles by the admirable Lesley Docksey and LACS's Jordi Caasamitjana

POWAperson adds -  The story of bTb at the Hunt was first picked up by Joe Hashman of 'Hounds Off', He got talking to a supporter who didn't realise he was an anti! His account can be found here. If not for that accidental leak this outbreak may never have come to public attention. Did a Conservative MP who is a Director of the Hunt in the DEFRA Ministry have anything to do with the cover-up?  Viva! raised the possibility of hunting hounds being a significant vector for the transmission of bTb several years ago. How many other infected hounds are there out there. Meanwhile, the poor badger gets the blame and the bullet.


Hunting Surrey Union FH trespass and anger landowner

7-3-17  Facebook - North Downs Hunt Sabs  Surrey Union FH, Thorncombe St, Tuesday 7-3-17   Guildford and N.Downs sabs arrived just in time to see a rather poor show of riders for such a lovely day. Two runners deployed on the set off and followed the Hunt from the meet along Thorncombe Street. The landy drove round to the other side and we had all eyes on them on the open ground.

SurreyUnionFH7-3-17.jpgAbout 40 minutes in, the hounds got onto a scent in thick woodland ( near Langhurst farm ) The heavily pregnant vixen made her escape through someone's garden and possibly went to ground, as the hounds were soon seen sniffing around a fox earth. Sabs used voice and horn calls to gather the hounds and they soon came bounding back. The landowner saw the hounds and informed us he had every intention of reporting their actions to the police. We believe the Hunt witnessed this also.

The Hunt [left], knowing full well we had seen everything, moved on and ventured towards private land near Yewtree Knob, but having witnessed the fox we kept close to the Hunt and had to laugh when they said THEY were going to call the police over trespass, a civil offence. We reminded them of their trespass only 10 minutes ago and their reply " We CAN trespass so long as we are hunting within the law". Their stupidity and arrogance is so laughable sabs may have to invest in heavy duty tena-pants.

Looked like the police had no intention of attending the Sorry Union , and shortly after the redcoats were seen back at the meet and with the support and the riders nowhere to been seen, it seems it was a very early pack up - in light of last week's kill perhaps.


Illegal hunting trial of Grove & Rufford FH three begins

7-3-17   Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser   Notts hunt members in court on fox hunting charges   Three members of the Grove and Rufford hunt have been charged with hunting a fox after pictures were taken by two keen birdwatchers.

Huntsman Paul Larby, 57, of The Kennels, Kennel Drive, Barnby Moor, trail-layer Peter White, 57, of Leyfields Farm, Redhill Lane, Kneesall, and the hunt’s whipper-in Jane Wright, 63, of Town Street, Lound, each pleaded not guilty to offences under the Hunting Act. The hunt claimed it was trail-hunting, which is legal, after fox hunting was banned in 2005.

Rod Chapman, prosecuting, said: “The issue for trial today is whether the activities of the defendants constituted the hunting of a wild mammal, and whether they were engaged in it.

Phillip Palmer and his partner Pauline Hogg asked permission to photograph the hunt when it gathered at the Bees’ Knees pub, in Laneham, at 10.30am, on January 30, 2016. While giving evidence, Mr Palmer referred to his pictures of the hunt, which included 20 to 30 people on horseback, around 45 dogs, people in cars or on quad bikes, which he took because he “liked the idea of seeing people in red jackets riding across the countryside.

”At 11.52am at Holly Folly Farm, he and Ms Hogg saw a fox cross Broadings Lane, and five minutes later the hunt appeared. Mr Larby spoke to a man in the field, on a mobile phone, who pointed in the direction the fox had run, before setting off that way too, Mr Palmer said.

Mr Palmer told the court: “I said to my partner ‘this is going to be interesting. They should go in the opposite direction and call off the hunt’.” The couple walked north along Broadings Lane before splitting up. Mr Palmer drove to Rampton Road, where he saw a fox run across the road and into a field pursued by hounds, at 12.44pm. “It was running like mad to get away,” he said. “The hunt was reasonably close behind - a couple of minutes. The hounds had picked up the scent but they hadn’t got a sight of it. They followed the route the fox had taken.”

About fifty per cent of the hunt followed the route of the fox, he said. At 1.12pm, they saw the hounds catch the fox on a field off Helenship Lane. Mr Palmer said: “We could hear the dogs barking. I saw the fox running with the dogs following very close behind. They soon caught up and that was it. “The lead huntsman was about 40 or 50 yards away. The lady rider was near him. They were trotting along quite slowly. I saw the lead dogs overtake the fox. It was just a mass of dogs in one place. And there was nothing left at the end of it. “There were some bits and pieces left which a man on a quad bike came to sift through a matter of minutes later. He put some things in a carrier bag. We were aware that we could have been in quite a dangerous position because we were surrounded by supporters,” he said. “We were thinking that at any time they could have called the dogs off, but we didn’t hear any calls. Wherever we saw the fox or the dogs running, there was no trail laying before that. There was nothing to indicate that.”

But he couldn’t say if the riders were in the same field or not at the time of the kill. Stephen Welford, defending, said to Mr Palmer: “There were times when you couldn’t see the hunt or the riders? The quad bike could have been leaving trails when you couldn’t see it?” Mr. Palmer agreed.

The trial at Mansfield Magistrates Court continues.


Vale of the White Horse FH openly hunt foxes on roads & in gardens

Property owners furious at their repeated  intrusions

6-3-17    Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   VIDEO   VWH Hunt 4th March   We headed over to the Cotswold District of Calmsden north of Cirencester where the VWH were holding their Saturday meet. This is justValeoftheWhiteHorseFHHuntingonB4425_4-3-17.jpg inside the border of Cotswold Hunt territory. Could it be that they met here as the Cotswold Hunt seems to be having some difficulties lately! We were greeted by a supporter who we saw at a recent VWH outing. He seemed pleased to see us but sadly his mood turned really sour later in the day.

They hunted both sides of the A429 Stow road [and on the B4425, right], dangerously crossing several times a day. All traffic was stopped by redcoats and hounds were weaving in and out of vehicles. One hound was left behind on this very busy road at 12.25 – the Hunt had moved on and goodness knows what happened to that poor animal...

It was great to have support from members of the public - one cyclist told us to 'get those scumbags' and another told us where the fox had gone which helped us as the Hunt re-visited that area, we believe to try and pick up on it VWHFHHoundshuntinginprivategarden4-3-17.jpgbut we were there with plenty of cameras and had time to spray out the road to stop the hounds picking up the scent... They disturbed a woodcock inside the wood and the redcoat commented to one of us that a woodcock had been flushed out by them earlier and when it flew up a sparrow hawk had taken it. So the woodcock which would have lain low until dusk was a hunt victim too. We also saw a hare running across the road disturbed by the Hunt. No wildlife is safe whilst Hunts are around.

Later in the day, hounds invaded gardens at Chedworth [left and below right] and an angry householder came out to remonstrate, but the redcoat didn't take any notice or apologise. She told us the hounds were often on her land. We saw them all over her garden and in another house’s garden where the Hunt staff made no attempt to restrain them.

It was the same at another commercial property where the owner was furious with the Hunt and said he was constantly phoning the police about them. Some of the mounted field were very anxious that we should not trespass - but apparently it is one rule for them and another for us.

They spent a long time in the wooded areas behind Oxwold House where a fox was seen in the wood with theValeoftheWhiteHorseFHHoundshuntingin2ndvillagegardenChetworth4-3-17.jpg hounds only feet behind it disappearing out of sight. It might have had a chance to get away as initially foxes can sprint faster than hounds but unfortunately do not have the long term stamina of hounds which are slower but have been bred to run for longer distances, thus creating the 'sport' of chasing foxes.

They kept revisiting Deadlands Copse on Cadmore Lane Track and the other wooded areas behind Oxwold House. We had foot walkers in there for quite some time and one point a fox ran out with the hounds very close behind it disappearing out of sight as the Hunt raced in a southerly direction. The Hunt burst straight out over the Bibury road causing chaos to the Saturday traffic again and into a small wooded area on the other side of the road, where the Hunt came to a stop with hounds gathered.

The hounds looked to be marking to ground and as they were very keen to block our cameras. This made us very suspicious, so went back afterwards to check. It was obvious the hounds had been all over a hole in the ground but there was no sign of a kill so we hope that fox escaped too.

There were the usual lot of angry supporters including someone who has previously had to write an apology for throwing clods of mud at us. Twice today he stupidly stood in the middle of the road directly obstructing our vehicle and later on drove his vehicle within centimetres of our vehicle bonnet to block our way ahead. Still I suppose we have to thankful for small mercies – we didn’t get ‘paedos’ or ‘why don’t you get a proper job’ thrown at us.

Towards the end of the day they spent a long time searching round a disused quarry area - riders so bored they were smoking cigarettes as they waited, but we did not hear them find anything before we saw them packing up into their lorries.

Pics below -  1/  Hunters watch as hounds rampage thru village gardens    2/  Hounds hunting along edge of road

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Senior equestrienne dies after fall during drag hunt [a real one]

6-3-17   Daily Mail   Leading horsewoman is crushed to death after her mount falls and lands on top of her as they took part in a hunt   A leading equestrian was crushed to death when her horse fell during a hunt. Sue Webb, who was vice chairman of the British Show Horse Association, was thrown from her saddle at a jump and her mount landed on top of her. The 64-year-old was riding with the Mid Surrey Farmers Draghounds, of which she was secretary, when tragedy struck at the weekend. 

Her devastated mother, Sheila Pipe, told the Mail: 'She fell at the fence and the horse went over and crushed her underneath. I can't believe it. It was the last drag meet of the season and the first fence. She was a very keen horsewoman and very well known in the horsey world, judging and everything. Sue Webb, who was vice chairman of the British Show Horse Association, was riding with the Mid Surrey Farmers Draghounds when she was thrown from her saddle at a jump and her mount landed on top of her over the weekend... 


One fox has very lucky escape from the Lamerton FH

5-3-17   Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs   Lamerton Hunt 4.3.2017   Yesterday we paid a visit to the Lamerton Hunt, who met at the Blue Lion pub in Lewdown. Our three foot teams kept them in sight and earshotLamertonFHRedcoatonpoint4-3-17.jpg all day but didn't have much cause to intervene, except on one occasion. No 'trail-layer' in sight and plenty of dense coverts being drawn, but a strong westerly wind ensured scent was blown all over the place in the open fields, which made our job a bit easier.

The Hunt drew the valley between Swallow Cottage and Middle Raddon, then south towards West Raddon, Tibridge and Raddon Wood, then straight through Lew Wood and Eastcottdown Plantation, where hounds occasionally spoke on a scent. They drew a small covert north of Galford Down and then turned around and hunted almost the exact same route backwards. Sabs were never far from Lewis and hounds in the woods, although he was oblivious to it most of the time, and hounds rioted on deer as they hunted upwind towards Lew Wood. The Hunt then made their way back to the kennels via Middle Raddon for a nice and early 4pm finish!

Hounds did get dangerously close to one fox yesterday. Various riders were positioned 'on point' [above right]  around the edges of a crop field and hounds were entered to draw the field upwind, a risky move. As expected, they put up a fox, but thankfully neither Huntsman nor riders spotted him. Sabs a few fields away began calling hounds towards them, but Lewis was already gathering the pack and heading out of the field. That fox had an extremely close escape!

Pics below -   1/  Leaving the meet   2/  You got a fox in there?   3/  Shall I make a break for it?

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National Trust beefs up its policy on field sports - a smidgen

5-3-17   Facebook - National Dis-Trust   'Our Position on Field Sports' - recently updated National Trust policynow contains the following paragraph -

'We expect our licence holders to comply fully with the law and the terms of our licence. Anyone who suspects them of breaking the law should contact the local police force as the proper investigating authority. We will, and have, taken strong action against licence holders where the police and the legal process have found them guilty of breaking the law.

Our assessment of how Hunts are performing against their licence conditions includes cross-checking their regular reports to us with those of people who wish to monitor their activities and with our own staff’s observations.

We cooperate fully with the police, and our local teams follow up with the Hunt in question after any police investigation where we deem that further action is necessary. We also meet regularly with the Hunts themselves to ensure that the terms of the licence are being upheld and to discuss issues that arise.'…/our-position-on-field-sp

Now imagine if this was their policy on fell-running, or kayaking, or any other 'activity' that might take place on NT land. Would the National Trust need to constantly cross-check that the licence conditions were being upheld? Or would references to the police/breaking the law/police investigation/legal process need to be made at all?

As far as we know the National Trust take little, if any notice of reports from monitors, and refuse to facilitate independent monitoring. Nor do they cross-check the reports provided by hunts, as most hunts do not submit reports and if they did they would certainly not be truthful - how many 'accidents' could they admit to before the NT would have to realise that trail-hunting just doesn't exist.


Cheshire Forest FH massed thugs attract police action at final meet

Sabs believe some given dispersal order by the police 

5-3-17  Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO   HIT REPORT - 04/03/17 - CHESHIRE FOREST – CROWTONYesterday we had a small team of sabs and monitors who were very determined to show face at the last meet of the Cheshire Forest after their filthy, outrageous behaviour in Macclesfield where they murdered a fox in a suburban area and terrorised members of the public in their own homes.

We expected the Hunt to be in the Crowton area so decided not to go to the meet location and instead wait around for the Hunt to arrive. From our position we soon seen the Hunt high up on the hillside about a mile to the east. We had eyes and ears everywhere for this meet as there were so many people appalled with the Forest taking to the suburbs to hunt urban foxes. We received information that the Hunt were somewhere down by the banks of the river Weaver, we were about to approach on foot when we were suddenly joined by a gang of quad bike riding hunt thugs, from what we believe were something to do with all the Cheshire Hunts. The usual insults and pathetic name calling ensued from the rabble of hunt scum but sabs stood their ground and within minutes they all rode away into the distance...

The Hunt were nowhere to be seen so we proceeded to move on. Once again, we found ourselves amongst a slightly larger group of terrier scum, with one quad bike rider attempting to mow down a sab who was instantlyCheshireForestFHThugsmeetpolice4-3-17.jpg flagged down by a police officer who was on foot and literally chased him down the road to issue him a ticket and give him a stern talking to! Kudos to the police! Whilst they were dealing with these individuals, sabs left the area in pursuit of the Huntmaster and hounds. Upon leaving, sabs passed two riot vans with flashing lights and sirens blaring heading towards the terrier boys. We believe that this element of scum was given a dispersal order!! Further down the road we were once again stopped from following the hounds by an even bigger group of hunt scum. A large proportion of these dirtbags had come all the way from North Wales presumably to cause trouble whilst supporting their own scummy lot from the Flint and Denbigh Hunt who had joined forces with their fox murdering companions here in Cheshire.

It soon became apparent that the pack had been split into two which made sabbing slightly more difficult and we cannot be certain of a kill-free day as we struggled to find the hounds for the majority of it. After much driving around searching for the two packs of hounds, the police informed us at around 3:30 that they were standing down as the Hunt had packed in for the day. We had further confirmation from other sources that the hounds were seen being loaded into the hound van and we decided there now wasn't much point remaining in the area. The majority of police were now leaving with only a small amount of officers remaining to keep the peace should ourselves and the scum come across each other again. We did see some very well known Flint and Denbigh supporters on the drive to a nearby pub but they didn't give us any hassle and left us to enjoy a nice cold pint and the football! The police were very helpful and acted in the impartial way that one should expect from them in instances like this. They know that we are only out here trying to save wildlife!

We finish the season (in Cheshire at least) satisfied with the inroads we have made in to documenting and sabotaging Cheshire's illegal hunting fraternity and we will continue our efforts next season to hopefully ensure the safety of our local wildlife. Thanks to all the sab groups that have helped us along the way, you have shown amazing comradery and solidarity, and we have a lot of love for you all! We also feel it is important to give a massive shout out to the local monitors and also to all of the amazing people we have picked up along the way, you know who you are! Finally we must thank you guys, our supporters, we have been bowled over by your kindness and generosity! You guys rock!

5-3-17   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   Cheshire Forest (Macclesfield fox kill) last meet of the season    Yesterday was so uplifting. It just proved how much negativity there is towards fox hunting and how much support we have. So we would like to thank everyone who contributed = Concerned locals who turned up on the day, new monitors who have joined us this season, a local group of bikers and Cheshire and Lancaster Sabs. And of course all our supporters on this page.CheshireForestFHSadsacks4-3-17.jpgThe Hunt had hired in extra thugs from the Flint and Denbigh and the Cheshire Hounds Hunts. In fact, there were more thugs than riders. Just a small trickle of whom left the meet. They were also heard arguing with each other.

We had a long conversation with one of our Wildlife Crime Officers last week about the policing of Hunts and we hope this added to the positive policing on the day. There was a huge police presence, with riot vans, unmarked cars and normal vehicles. They, along with the rest of us, sat on this Hunt all day long.

Hunt thugs tried to slow some of us (particularly some of the Sabs) down by throwing their weight around but were stopped by police. This happened a bit too much to one group of sabs who spent a lot of the day avoiding conflict. Police searched the hired thugs vehicles and handed out a dispersal order to them so that was that for them!

While this was happening some of our monitors found Mr German trying desperately to hunt. His face was a picture when he saw us and he was not happy when we called in the rest of the group to help stop him. 

The supporters spent most of the day hanging around on the roads waiting for nothing. Due to their frustration they had to try and incite arguments with us, sad people. One of them even told us he didn't come to follow Andrew German because he was a useless Huntsman!

The day ended with everyone linked to the Hunt wandering back to the meet with their heads down after a really, really bad day for them and a brilliant day for us and the anti hunting campaign.


Atherstone FH hunted fox out of nature reserve

Shoots down badger sett - no dig-out - no terrierman !

5-3-17  Facebook – W.Midlands Sabs   VIDEO   Atherstone Hunt, Saturday 4th March 2017 - Wolvey   Fox hunted police not interested   The Atherstone Hunt met at Lewis's Grain Store in Wolvey. The Atherstone Hunt are deeply unpopular in Wolvey and the surrounding areas. We know this from the amount of locals contacting us and complaining about the Hunt. One landowner contacted us and gave us permission to go on his land and weAtherstoneFHHuntsmanwithpack4-3-17.jpg later came across another landowner who was very unhappy with the Hunt's antics.

We asked Warwickshire Police if the Hunt had told them their “route” for today and they told us no. They didn’t seem that interested in asking the Hunt where they would be going and what they would be getting up to today. If they had bothered finding out they might have seen the fox being hunted a short time later.

Huntsman Stuart Barton [with pack, right] took the hounds from the meet and put them into the local nature reserve. Within minutes a fox was seen running away from the Hunt with hounds close behind. It ran up the hedge before taking refuge down a badger sett. As the Atherstone haven't had a terrierman all season it has meant the badger setts have been left alone and this fox escaped unharmed. Unfortunately for the Hunt with the fox that would have provided them with their day's “sport” having escaped within the first five minutes they spent the next hour and a half riding round and round the same bit of land before packing up at 1.00. None of them looked happy as they rode back to the meet.

With Liverpool, Manchester and Severn Vale Sabs all out with us, it meant that sabs greatly out numbered the Hunt.

Pics below -  1  Fox fleeing   2/  Hounds just seconds behind   3/ The pack chasing fox   4/  Foxy's refuge

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Monitors believe Beaufort FH hunted fox in Prince Charles' grounds

Had seen evidence of hunting earlier, including bloodstained hounds

4-3-17   POWA Press Release [in collaboration with Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch]   VIDEO   Activists believe "Prince Charles's Hunt" was illegally hunting a fox in grounds of Highgrove House    Hunt monitors from Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch were following the Beaufort Hunt, which met at Easton Grey, near Westonbirt, Glos on Saturday February 25th. Earlier in the day, monitors had concluded that what the Beaufort were doing lookedBeaufortFHAtHighgroveRidersenter25-2-17.jpg and sounded a lot more like fox than 'trail' hunting', including seeing several bloodstained hounds and terriermen with at least one dog.

A little before 3.30, a holler was heard from the Highgrove area. Hollering has no place in 'trail hunting', being done to alert huntsmen that the fox has been spotted. The Hunt, seemingly responding to it, doubled back and crossed the busy A433 near Doughton, arriving at the gates of Highgrove House, the home of Prince Charles [field entering, right]. A female monitor was already there, having seen hounds searching grassy areas at the start of the drive as she passed.

BeaufortFHAtHighgroveArmedpolicetalkingtomonitor25-2-17.jpgThe Prince and the Duke of Beaufort are close and, as an armed police officer [left] confirmed to the monitor, the Prince had given the Beaufort permission to 'trail hunt' in his grounds. As the Huntsman entered the grounds he gave several staccato horn bursts - the traditional signal to hounds to hunt on. Soon after, excited noises from hounds were heard. The rest of the field arrived and entered the grounds, and the Hunt then turned left [below right, to R of caption], out of sight, but towards Big and Larch Coverts.

The Hunt, riders and four terriermen, were admitted without security checks, but an armed police officer at the gates told the monitor to return to her car. She agreed to do so, but first explained to a sergeant her reasons for believing that the Beaufort FH were illegally hunting a fox and asked if he was going to do anything about it. He just claimed the Hunt 'were on a drag' and eventually she left. Though hearing hounds 'speak' occasionally afterwards, monitors did not see the Hunt again that day.

Earlier in the day, monitors saw a fox flee a wood being watched by hunters and containing the hound pack. TheBeaufortFHAtHighgroveHuntturninglefttowardscovert25-2-17.jpghunters missed its escape. Around midday, monitors detected signs of probable fox hunting at a spinney between Easton Grey and Westonbirt. Some unusually sheepish terrier men, with a terrier, were present when they arrived [them leaving, below right].Terriermen should have no role in a 'trail hunt'. Monitors heard the hounds in cry for a while about an hour later, but could not keep up with the Hunt. Some time later, monitors found the Hunt stationary on a road. That several hounds were bloodstained [pic of one, below left] indicated they had killed something, most probably a fox.

Alan Kirby, from Protect Our Wild Animals, said 'The monitors appear to have very good reasons to believe that the Beaufort Hunt were hunting foxes, both before and after they got to Highgrove. Numerous reports and video evidence from hunt monitors and sabs make us certain that live quarry hunting BeaufortFHHounwithbloodiedchestsuggestskillmade25-2-17.jpgcontrary to law, and often in the guise of 'trail hunting', is very commonplace. Hunts know they can almost always get away with it because of the defects of the Hunting Act 2004 and the reluctance of police and CPS to tackle offences which are extremely hard to prove in court - or to take on often very well-resourced Hunts. And the Beaufort is certainly one of those.'

He added 'The Hunting Act is desperately in need of significant strengthening and I must praise hunt monitors who go to tremendous trouble to try to obtain sufficient evidence to convict transgressive Hunts. They also seriously risk their safety, for no recompense, despite knowing the odds are hugely stacked against them.'

Notes for editors -

- The full report on the day from Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch can be found here.

- Their captioned video compilation of the day can be found here.

- A Google Maps page showing entrance to Highgrove House [middle, bottom], the woodland the Hunt turned left into in the grounds,and the House [midddle top] is here. [pic right]

- A posting from CIHW about the shooting at the Beaufort FH meet of 18/2, mentioned in the first paragraph of their full report on the 25/2 meet, is here.

- A video showing the Beaufort FH hounds chasing a fox in the grounds of a school is here.

- Report by International Fund for Animal Welfare on 'trail hunting' entitled 'Trail of Lies' is here.

- Report published on the POWA website re. finding of 3 dead badgers near a sett in Beaufort FH country, soon after an activist had reported the Hunt for blocking setts, is below.

Corpses of three badgers found near sett in Beaufort FH country - Anti group had recently informed police of pre-meet sett blocking on that land

15-2-17   POWAperson has today been informed that this sett is in the Beaufort FH country and that an anti-hunt group recently reported to police that the Hunt had been blocking setts on this land before Hunt meets. The slaughter of the badgers at this place could, of course, be a simple co-incidence and nothing to do with the Beaufort FH directly or indirectly.

5-2-17   Wilts & Gloucs Standard   Dead badgers found outside blocked sett in Brokenborough   POLICE have received yet more reports of badger setts being blocked in in north Wiltshire. A recent incident of setts being filled in occurred in Brokenborough, where the remains of dead badgers were found on January 31. The police are currently unable to identify who is responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101.

- A personal account by the female monitor referred to in the press release above follows - Last Saturday [25-2-17] we were at BeaufortFH3Terriermenleavingspinney25-2-17.jpgentrance to Prince Charles' house as hounds were taken across the road and in, searching the entrance surround as they did so. Some of us had seen the Hunt in the fields opposite as they headed east back to the side road, but on hearing a holler the Hunt turned back with the hounds and headed north towards the busy road and Prince Charles' property. The Hunt were seen by our people from a footpath at Under Bridge on a ridge just south of A433, where Highgrove entrance is. The Hunt was heading eastwards back to the lane when a holler was heard towards A433 and the Hunt changed direction and went towards A433 and Highgrove.

I was driving past when pack was crossing the road and searching all over entrance and workshop entrance grassy areas and I immediately thought a fox must have been seen crossing the road and going into Highgrove. The hounds were not being hurried on even though they were on the verge of a busy road. I had to turn round and struggle to get my camera so did not record the searching to the right of the entrance but caught the rest. As they went inside the barrier BeaufortFH2ndHoundwithbloodiedchestsuggestskillmade25-2-17.jpgsome hounds picked up, were anxiously called back by the Huntsman, who was aware of my camera by then, but then taken in towards the left where there is a covert. The police at the barrier ignored me saying it was illegal hunting and asking them to do something about it, although did say they hadn't seen the fox go in on their CCTV. They were much more anxious that I should return to my car, which I had driven in off the road which is extremely busy. Police reinforcements in the form of a sergeant were called, not for the Hunt but for me and, as the whole Hunt, terriermen and large field proceeded into the property unchecked, we were told we were not allowed in because it was a secure area.

The police did not turn round and look at the Hunt in spite of my expostulations and explanation about hunting. They were nice enough and kept sympathising as I outlined all the reasons why we knew this was illegal hunting, including the massively bloodstained hounds we had seen earlier[another one, pic left], after they emerged from inaccesible country, and the fox escaping from the first covert they drew, and the cabal of terriermen lurking furtively with their terrierbox at a remote spinney. I shouted at them for about twenty minutes as they listened patiently and did absolutely nothing.

- Reports of numerous and varied infractions by Hunts since the beginning of February can be found on the POWA website here.

- Reports of numerous and varied infractions by Hunts before February can be found here.

Pic below - Google Maps view of Highgrove location. Entry is middle bottom, covert on the left, Highgrove House at middle top  



Grafton FH supporter cautioned for assaulting 70 year old hunt monitor 

4-3-17    Victim testimony    The monitor says that, two years earlier, the same supporter had pushed the monitor's camera hard into his face. In November 2016 he physically prevented a 77 year old female monitor from filming a fleeing fox.

On this day, after a verbal exchange, the supporter lost his temper and grabbed the monitor round his neck. A scuffle ensued. The victim made several reports regarding hunter behaviour to the police, but this was the only one on which they acted, cautioning the supporter. 




Oakley FH thugs assault sabs & steal cameras - police do nothing

4-3-17   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Sabs   … We paid another visit to our local hunt, the Oakley [right] who were having a meet at Park Farm, Keysoe. They've been in this area several times already this season so it would seem that they don't have the support of the landowners as they are running out of places to hunt so keep returning to the same areas. For the Oakley they had a fairly large turnout, perhaps a last meet and mostly swelled it wouldOakleyFH4-3-17.jpg seem with Pony Club riders. As usual they didn't bother with any of that trail laying nonsense or using any other exemption. Their arrogance knows no bounds.

Our small group were on them from the start making sure they were always in sight and making sure when the hounds did show an interest in a line we were there to discourage them. The overnight rain made the going very heavy and even attempts by the hunt to cover maximum distance at speed to get away from us were all in vain. We covered huge distances on foot and in the vehicle and found ourselves once more in the region of Shelton Gorse, a known fox holding area for the Hunt.

By this time the Hunt had called in the goon squad, a collection of fearsomely ugly and overweight individuals (some who seemed drunk) who's only purpose is to OakleyFHSupporttrespassing4-3-17.jpgthreaten, harass and assault us. They blocked in our driver for over an hour while we deployed on foot and even though multiple calls went in the police they failed to find him even though the village only contained 3 roads. They also attempted to run over one of our sabs claiming it was their right as we were on private land but they of course were not agents of the land owner and trying to run someone over is hardly justified.

As we approached the Gorse we could hear hounds in cry and a dog fox broke cover running the hedge line [below right]. Foxes are paired up at this time of year and we believe this fox had purposefully taken the hounds away from his mate who would have been heavily pregnant and unable to escape. We arrived and gave him just enough time to escape by covering the line and using both horn and voice calls although both Huntsman and whipper In put the hounds back on the line in an attempt to hunt on but he was thankfully long gone.

We tracked the Hunt back to their homeland of Melchbourne where they entered the wood behind the village for the final chance to hunt and the journey back to kennels. On the way back the hounds decided to take off on theirOakleyFHFoxfleeing4-3-17.jpg own (which they do fairly often with this Huntsman) after something and completely ignored Calamity Jack and, clearly embarrassed, he made no attempt to call them back. They entered Penn Wood, an area the Hunt are not allowed to go, so we followed.

It was at this point where we once again encountered the goon squad blocking our way. They had no right to be there, yet claimed a right to assault us and steal cameras. One brainless couple even bought their young child to a situation which was clearly going to escalate into violence. This is the kind of parenting displayed by these people, what hope for that poor child after the example they set. Perhaps social services should be contacted.

We contacted the police again and the first thing they did was speak to the thugs rather that the people who had been assaulted. Bedfordshire police have made big strides recently in their policing of the Hunt but today they were appalling. Showing no interest in the illegal hunting and only interested in public order and yet at no time did they leave their vehicle or stop the vehicles harassing us. The bias was quite frankly beyond a joke and we shall be making an official complaint. We will never back down from the challenge of saving wildlife and what we have to face to do this but today the police put us in danger and we cannot let that stand.

We can't do this without your support and any donations are hugely appreciated and we will need to replace the cameras that were stolen.


Antis' teamwork denies Portman FH kill, furious farmer tells Hunt off

Hound bleeding heavily from mouth wound pictured

PortmanFH4-3-17.jpg4-3-17   Facebook - Dorset Sabs   Hit Report 4/03/2017   Today we decided to pay a visit to the Portman Hunt [left]. Our first visit this season! With our good friends South West Sabs, we headed North to join up with with our neighbouring wildlife protectors, Dorset Against Bloodsports, and of course not forgetting our legendary Monitor who is always there watching every move these Dorset hunts make.

The meet was at Rowberry House in the very heart of Viscount Rothermere territory (Daily Mail owner) before heading straight away for Ferne Park... we were able to keep a close eye on the hounds as they were drawn south... they headed north at great speed (in an obvious attempt to loose sabs) and made for the mountainous terrain of Berwick Coombe, where DABS were waiting for them. With great communication between all teams, DABS were able to guide foot sabs straight to the Huntsman and hounds, who by now was drawing hounds through the coverts towardsPortmanFHHoundinjuredduringhunt4-3-17.jpg Woodlands. Foot sabs being surrounded by the now frustrated field were confronted by Master Capt Pearson who was convinced we were on private land, once shown what open access land looks like on a map, thanked Sabs for the lesson before riding off a tad red faced!!

With DABS keeping a close eye, the hunt again at speed headed south and away from sabs, only to be greeted by our Monitor... [they]headed for Lower Bridmore Farm... .hounds briefly went into cry but sabs intervened with horn and gizmo and split the pack as they lost and tried to find the scent... sabs headed to Easton Hollow to pull off a classic pincer movement.

It was here that sabs were confronted by an extremely irate farmer who thought we were hunt support!! On finding out we were the 'Antis' was only to pleased to be handed a Hounds Off leaflet, before hot-footing it at great speed in his Landy across the open plain [bottom] yelling at the hunt to 'get off his land'. Such a pleasure to watch the Hunt do their 'run of shame' and to remind them for the rest of the day of their trespass!!

... they headed into Chase Woods... a huge expanse of woodland and with sabs blocked by the now very angry support and quad bikes, from entering the green lane we lost sight of the hunt for a short while... it didn't take long to find them... We can't say for certain that they didn't kill in this huge wood, but hounds surrounded sabs upon leaving and they all looked 'clean' and by the way the field was behaving they didn't seem so happy about their day!! Support even went so far as spitting at us as they drove past! From here we followed them on their long walk of shame back to the meet where they boxed up at 4pm.

A good day for sabs and a great team effort all round. However not such a good day for the Hunt and even less so for the poor injured hound [right] that DABS had to witness...



Reporter spends day with Sabs visiting the Crawley & Horsham FH

The article is much too long to reproduce here but this is a taster....

4-3-17   Huffington Post   VIDEO   ‘Balaclava-Clad Terrorists’ Or Saviours Of Britain’s Wildlife? On The Trail Of Britain’s Hunt Saboteurs   Every weekend, masked men and women trek across Britain’s countryside, scaling barbed wire fences, wading through bitterly cold streams and trawling through mud. During the traditional hunting season from November to April, these Saturday saboteurs, more commonly known as ‘hunt sabs’, dedicate their days off to menacing men and women on horseback in the name of animal welfare.

Violence, intimidation and mistrust festers on both sides of the hunt. The sabs believe they are saving the lives of Britain’s wildlife. The hunts say the sabs are getting in the way of a legal activity, even brandishing them “balaclava-clad terrorists”.

Many of the wildlife warriors are so worried about their identities being revealed that they conceal their faces and simply refer to one another as ‘sab’ when out in the field. Many tell us that they fear repercussions in their jobs and at home, if the hunts know their identities.

Whether you agree with the actions of the sabs will predominantly be down to where you stand in the fox hunting debate. Banned under the Hunting Act 2004, the latest Ipso MORI poll suggests 84% of the public believes fox hunting should remain illegal - the highest level of support recorded for maintaining the ban.

There have been 430 prosecutions under the act, and just last week Cheshire Police and the RSPCA said they were launching an investigation after “out of control” hunting dogs allegedly killed a fox in a back garden of a residential street.

Trail hunting, in which the artificial scent of an animal is laid, is legal in the UK. But the sabs believe this is just a pretext for hunts to kill foxes. As a result tensions run high between the two sides and it’s not uncommon for things to escalate to violence. The Countryside Alliance says hunts are “regularly intimidated and harassed” by sabs and accuses anti-hunt protesters of making “spurious allegations”.

This weekend The Huffington Post UK joined a sabbing raid was no exception. During the course of the next 13 hours, we would see escalating hostility between not only the sabs and hunt members but also the rising suspicions of the police.

One sab is arrested. Another who claims he was kicked in the face alleges assault, resulting in the police seizing a huntsman’s boot for examination. We even end up in a car with a lost hound, which is ultimately returned to the hunters by the saboteurs.....

Do read the rest, it's well worth the time, and the video the Huff Post made is really good.  

Pics below [credit Huffington Post] -  1/  Sabs pull hounds away from Huntsman using gizmo   2/  The Croydon sab van 

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Equestrian business offering 'fox hunting days' on website

4-3-17  Stoneleigh Park', an equestrian business based in Leamington Spa, is offering 'fox hunting days' with a number of Hunts in England and Wales, including a number whose servants have accrued convictions for illegal hunting or interfering with badger setts, e.g. the Heythop, the Fernie and the Meynell, and others which have been accused frequently of illegal hunting and other nefarious behaviour. It makes no pretence that it is 'trail hunting' that is on offer, calling the ban 'ridiculous' and saying '... the fox-hunting fraternity has shown the ban to be quite unenforceable. While there is never any intention of breaking the law, each pack of hounds has found a way to work within it and still provide good sport for subscribers and visitors alike... '   Fox Hunting For the last thirty seasons, the Hon. Diana Pritchard Jack has organised fox-hunting vacations for individuals and small parties with all the best known packs of hounds in England. Based in the centre of the Country, Diana is ideally placed for reaching over twenty different hunt countries.

With over forty seasons' experience of riding with nearly a hundred different packs of hounds, Diana is well qualified to explain the thrills and hazards of crossing the famous wolds and vales of The Shires. In addition, having grown up in Northamptonshire with a family enmeshed in the sport, she has the necessary credentials and contacts to take guests to even the most exclusive of packs.

During the seasons since the government’s ridiculous ban on “hunting wild mammals with dogs” the fox-hunting fraternity has shown the ban to be quite unenforceable. While there is never any intention of breaking the law, each pack of hounds has found a way to work within it and still provide good sport for subscribers and visitors alike and to continue this great tradition of the English countryside.

Diana specializes in providing a complete fox-hunting experience with visits to hunt kennels, dinner parties with Masters of Hounds, Hunt Balls and other hunting related social activities. There is a four-wheel drive vehicle for those who prefer to follow hounds with a different sort of horse power and a driver who knows the countryside as well as any fox, and the pubs somewhat better! Diana, herself, prefers to accompany her mounted guests to provide introductions, local knowledge and help wherever and whenever needed.

Fox hunting can be arranged with any of the following packs of hounds:-

Atherstone, Duke of Beaufort's*, Belvoir (Duke of Rutland's)*, Berkley (Earl of Berkley's), Old Berkshire, Bicester with Whaddon Chase, Cheshire, Cotswold, North Cotswold, Cottesmore*, Croom & West Warwickshire, Fernie, Grafton, Heythrop, Ludlow, Meynall & South Staffordshire, Oakley, Pytchley, Woodland Pytchley, Quorn*, Vale of Aylesbury, Vale of the White Horse, Warwickshire, Wynstay (Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn's). The Farmers' Bloodhounds chase a different sort of quarry on Sundays. *These packs require at least six weeks notice and have a visitor's cap of about £120.

There are often in excess of 180 riders following and the Field Master has to keep the Field well back from the hounds. The smaller packs are usually more enjoyable as it is easier to see hounds at work and the people are very welcoming. These visitors' caps range from £65 to £120 depending upon which day of the week you hunt and with which pack of hounds. Autumn Hunting caps range from £10 - £25 during September and the first three weeks of October.

Hunting with Hawks is also available and provides a thrilling experience even for those who have never previously handled a bird of prey. Pheasant, partridge, rabbits, hares and squirrels are amongst the prey these striking Harris Hawks are after as you walk through the woodland and meadows of Central England's lush countryside.

Enjoy English country hospitality with all the trimmings and ride or watch experienced quality horses over the most famous hunting counties in the world.

Prices for hiring horses for hunting:- Optional pre-hunting "get to know the horses" session:-

£50 Autumn Hunting: September: £125, October: £155, From the Opening Meet onwards:- One horse for fox hunting (to be returned by 2.30p.m.): £195, Two horses per rider (going home with hounds at dusk):- £370, Transport charges vary upon distances and the number of horses carried. A deposit of 50% is required when reserving horses and cancellation fees are charged at the following rate: 7 - 5 days: 25%, 4 days: 50%, 3 days: 75%, 48 hours or less: 100%.

Costs for accommodation at Waverley and nearby B&Bs or hotels, plus hawking & falconry prices are available upon application. Waverly Equestrian Centre is approximately two hours from Gatwick Airport; one hour, twenty minutes from Heathrow, and only half an hour from Birmingham International Airport. The train from London Euston takes one hour and a quarter to Coventry where guests can be met. Transport from the airports can also be arranged.



Rumours of bTb outbreak at Kimblewick FH kennels

Supporters say 40 hounds have been shot, hunting stopped

3-3-17    Facebook - Berkshire Hunt Sabs   Unconfirmed reports from their supporters have alleged that the KimblewickFHhunter.jpgKimblewick hounds have got Tuberculosis (TB) from eating a dead cow collected from their knacker round. Reports say over 40 hounds have had to be shot, with the rest currently awaiting test results. This all happened in mid February.

MFHA are trying to bury this info because of the damage it could cause between good willed cattle farmers and the Hunts. not to mention that Hunts could likely have to suspend their knacker-round which would impact farmers and Hunt alike.

The Kimblewick have suspended the season and no one is reporting this. Supporters of the Kimblewick have being asked to keep quiet about it and a email was sent across MFHA groups in a request for it not to appear on social media. Perhaps Kimblewick Hunt would like to respond and confirm or deny the reports....


Cotswold FH meet cancelled after redcoat fell off horse, says rider

POWAperson has been informed by a reliable source that the Cotswold Huntsman has been dismissed, and a meet was cancelled, because of the Huntsman being 'tired and emotional'. If this proves to be inaccurate we apologise in advance to the gentleman. But one feels duty bound to report the matter because, if correct, it has clear public safety implications. We've often wondered if the traditional stirrup cup is really such a good idea. This is what POWAperson has been told...

3-3-17    'We were passed on intelligence that huntsman of Cotswold had been fired for alcoholism. Might have been thought that this was a malicious rumour, but when we attended a scheduled meet yesterday we found nobody there. We came across a local dressed for hunting but exercising his horses instead, so asked him what had happened. He happily told us that the meet was cancelled because the Huntsman was drunk and had been for two weeks. We expressed concern that in this case he might be in danger of falling off his horse but apparently this had already taken place. The whipper in cannot manage the hounds safely enough, so we are hoping they are out for the rest of the season.'

Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch has also reported in very similar terms 


Bloodsports lobby attacks anti-hunt Blue Fox again

Tory Chair tells them to stop using party logo

3-3-17   CA Press Release     Chairman of the Conservative Party requests that secretive group refrainPatrickMcCoughlinMP.jpg from using Party logo   Following months of Countryside Alliance campaigning the Chairman of the Conservative Party, Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP [right], has contacted the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation (CAWF) requesting that they refrain from using the official Conservative Party logo and limit their operations. Last November former Solicitor General Sir Edward Garnier MP wrote to the Party Chairman on behalf of the CA raising concerns about both CAWF and the Conservatives Against Fox Hunting (CAFH). Both groups are run by Ms Lorraine Platt [left]. Ms Platt is a Trustee of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), a group that has twice been censured by the Charity Commission for campaigning against the Conservative Party.

AndrewRosindellMP.jpgNews of Sir Edward’s letter was broke by The Times last December... CEO of the Countryside Alliance, Tim Bonner, called for the Party to take action to prevent the misuse of the Party logo. Animal Welfare Consultant at the Countryside Alliance, James Barrington, also raised concerns about the group on the Bright Blue blog: Our man-made countryside requires wildlife management.

Last month Head of Shooting at the Countryside Alliance Liam Stokes raised his concerns with the Shooting Times regarding a report that was published by CAWF calling for the Party to “commit to a review of the industry of shooting live birds for sport shooting”...

A number of Conservative MP’s have supported the Countryside Alliance’s four month long campaign to ensure that the Conservative Party logo is not misused by a group publishing recommendations that would be detrimental to shooting and the countryside. In addition to securing the support of Sir Edward Garnier MP and Simon Hart MP, the Countryside Alliance also secured the support of former Shadow Animal Welfare Minister Andrew Rosindell MP [above]...

Only a matter of weeks ago, founder and Director of CAWF published a social media post stating that CAWFLorrainePlatt.jpgrepresentatives had met with Animal Aid representatives. A number Animal Aid employees have criminal convictions for breaking the law in order to promote their extreme animal rights agenda.

Lorraine Platt refuses to reveal the identity of the mystery “animal welfare charity” that accounts (published on Companies House) show has donated tens of thousands of pounds to her groups. Speculation continues to grow regarding the identity of the charity, with many believing that ex Queen guitarist Brian May is the benefactor. There are a large number of photos of Mr May and Ms Platt together, the relationship appears to be close with Ms Platt often referring to Mr May as “Bri”. In 2010 Brian May established an animal welfare charity, Save Me, which is focused on campaigning against fox hunting and the badger cull. In 2015 Mr May stated, “Lorraine Platt speaks up for the good guys in the Conservative Party.” Previous to this, he described the Blue Foxes as “His heroes.”


Atherstone FH hounds all over roads, sometimes unaccompanied

3-3-17   Facebook – W.Mids Sabs  VIDEO   Atherstone Hunt Tuesday 28th February   On Tuesday, the Atherstone Hunt were hunting around the Newbold Verdon area. Throughout the day we witnessed the hounds running all over roads, some of them busy main roads. Now the Athersrtone either laid trails over these busy main roads, purposely endangering the hounds and motorists OR the hounds were illegally hunting foxes across them. Either way the Atherstone Hunt are a serious road traffic accident waiting to happen.

At their most chaotic the pack got onto a scent in a field next to a main road and split, half the pack heading towards and across the main road whilst the other half went the other way. There were periods when some of the hounds were running up and down these roads unaccompanied by anyone from the hunt. Luckily no hounds were hit by cars or lorries...

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Sabs violently assaulted by Flint & Denbigh FH 'security'

2-3-17  Facebook - Fylde Hunt Saboteurs   Hit Report 27/02/2017 Fylde Hunt Sabs along with our colleaguesFlintDenbighFHEdLloydEllis2-3-17.jpg from Lancaster, Cheshire and N.Wales Sabs sabbed the Flint and Denbigh Hunt, who met near Tre Mostyn, not far from Denbigh... ... we were on to them pretty quickly. The day was, however, marked by the constant violent actions of the Hunt’s personal one man security team - the notorious Ed Lloyd Ellis [right].

Within minutes of sabs entering woodland, Ed had managed to assault two sabs in separate incidents - pulling hair and tearing piercings while at the same time scaring his own poor spaniel witless [below left].