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For full stories from seasons 2016/17 through to 2011/12, scroll to below this season's entries
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                                               HUNTING SEASON 2017/18

 

 SEPTEMBER 2017

..... 30th September - Peacock dies after Badsworth FH hounds invade animal sanctuary 

..... 30th September - Sab car rammed by Oakley FH as sabs ensure kill-free day

..... 28th September - Cheshire FH whipper-in goes ape after sabs takes control of hounds

..... 27th September - Woman monitor attacked & shoved in ditch by S.Durham FH thug

..... 27th September -  Sabs reveal pic of injury to sab ridden down at Oakley FH

..... 27th September - Beaufort FH woman supporter attacks monitor and smashes video camera

..... 27th September - Monitors find many landowners who complain of Atherstone FH behaviour

..... 26th September - Cheshire FH killed at least 1 fox in morning cub hunting, say monitors

..... 26th September - Thurlow FH carry on cubbing despite sabs, but no kills reported

..... 26th September - Crawley FH afternoon meet involves illegal quad bike road chaos

..... 26th September - HSA claim Kent police facilitated illegal hunting by Kent & E.Sussex MH

..... 26th September - Middleton FH cub hunting attempts ends in deer chase and early pack-up

..... 25th September - Sabs stumble across Dummer Beagles and stop them hare hunting

..... 24th September - Monitors take very clear film of Grafton FH chasing fox

..... 24th September - Angler reports seeing Cheshire FH kill one fox and chase another

..... 24th September - Monitor film handed to police after large S.Dorset FH cubbing meet

..... 24th September - Fog shrouds S.Durham FH cubbing from monitors - kill at dig out reported

..... 24th September - Dunston Harriers pack up 10 minutes after sabs arrive

..... 24th September - Atherstone FH stage shambolic 'exercise' right next to the M42!

..... 23rd September - Sab headbutted [man arrested] and one ridden down by Oakley FH Huntsman

..... 23rd September - Monitor film explains why Beaufort FH are surely fox, not 'trail' hunting

..... 23rd September - Veteran anti has old fox dig-out video taken down by YouTube

..... 23rd September - Sabs save at least one fox from 'South Ledbury' cub hunters

..... 23rd September - Good turn out for 'Bax Out' demo at Kent Wildlife Trust AGM

..... 23rd September - Sabs step in to save fox as Essex FH Huntsman ignores hounds in cry

..... 23rd September - Cheshire Hunts cubbing in afternoon to try to avoid activists

..... 21st September - Essex Hunts' terrierman gets nearly 7 years jail for child sex crimes

..... 21st September - LACS blames 'inexperienced' CPS lawyer for failed Derwent FH HA case

..... 21st September - Glamorgan hunt hounds chase juvenile pet dog towards major road, dog lost

..... 21st September - Middleton FH cubbers pack up 30 minutes after solo sab locate them

..... 20th September - Monitors say Wilton FH hunted and dug out fox

..... 20th September - Pembrokeshire FH invade woman's woods - police called

..... 20th September - Hapless Middleton FH fail at cubbing while waiting yet more criminal charges

..... 20th September - Motorist complains about road chaos caused by South Durham FH

..... 19th September - Indy article exposes sham of 'trail hunting' and highly anti-social Hunts

..... 19th September - Police raid investigator's house while cruel hunters still uncharged

..... 19th September - Sabs prevent Essex FH digging out hunted fox

..... 18th September - Commons EDM urging N.Trust not to licence 'trail hunts' is tabled

..... 18th September - LACS finds National Trust staff resistant to evidence on 'trail hunting'

..... 17th September - Leading expert says N.Trust should not licence hunting on its land

..... 17th September - Sabs fear Ashford Valley FH killed fox in early morning meet

..... 17th September - Sabs think Warwickshire FH killed fox while cubbing in maize field

..... 16th September - Monitor films Beaufort FH early morning cubbing in wood. Kill reported later

..... 16th September - Frustrated W.Norfolk FH Huntsman attacks sabs spoiling his cub hunting

..... 16th September - Sabs keep taking hounds from 'Ledbury South' and save fox

..... 16th September - Blencathra FH filmed fox hunting on Nat Trust land

..... 15th September - Lone sab sees Ledbury FH cub hunting and blood on unplated terrierman quad

..... 14th September - Ledbury FH cub hunt early in month ended up on Nat Trust land

..... 13th September - Grafton FH filmed openly cub hunting by monitor

..... 13th September - Sabs save hares from rarely visited Dunston Harriers

..... 12th September - Middleton FH rider wanted for assault on sabs - name given to police

..... 12th September - Sabs say Four Burrow FH failed to find any victims while cub hunting

..... 11th September - Sabs say one fox saved from Warwickshire FH attempts at cub hunting

..... 10th September - Film of Grafton FH hunters intimidating & threatening elderly hunt monitors

..... 10th September - One bloodied, one bitten hound suggest cubbing kill by Beaufort FH

..... 10th September - Young girls prep school gives Portman FH access to farm cubbing meet

..... 10th September - Atherstone FH just exercise hounds, as they promised

..... 10th September - Pics uploaded of Middleton FH rider wanted for assault on sabs

.....  9th September - Monitor stumbles across artificial earth in Beaufort FH country

.....  9th September - Wheatland FH probable kill but sabs induce early pack up 

.....  9th September - Subs suspect bagged fox at S.Devon FH - but helped it escape

.....  9th September - Stevenstone FH's evening cubbing disrupted by sabs - no kills

.....  9th September - Sabs annoy new Cotswold Vale FH Huntsman by spoiling cubbing attempts

.....  9th September - Sab reinforcements send East Sussex FH cub hunters packing

.....  9th September - Sabs spoil Cottesmore FH's morning cub hunt

.....  9th September - Thurlow FH 'dejected' as sabs help ensure kill-free cubbing day

.....  9th September - Sabs assaulted at Suffolk & Essex FH as teenagers use quads dangerously

.....  7th September - Derwent FH 3 illegal hunting case thrown out early on by judge

.....  7th September - Cheshire FH cause road havoc - visited by cops as locals complain

.....  7th September - Waveney Harriers may have killed in early morning cubbing meet

.....  7th September - North Cotswold FH hunt all around bTb struck cattle farm

.....  5th September - Welsh Hunt Master in court on badger baiting and other cruelty charges

.....  5th September - Sabs assaulted at shambolic Tiverton FH cubbing meet

.....  4th September - Sabs say their video shows Warwickshire FH blatantly cub hunting

.....  4th September -  Cumberland Farmers FH hounds filmed down badger sett - Hunt were trespassing

.....  4th September - Hound with 'huge mammary tumour' hunted with South Tetcott FH pack

.....  3rd September - Surrey Union FH 'obstructed' sab guiding paramedic to heart attack monitor

.....  3rd September - Minehead Harriers were cub hunting early morning, say monitors

.....  3rd September - Monitor assaulted, tyre let down, at Culmstock MH meet

.....  3rd September - Convict-filled Eggesford FH do some fruitless evening cub hunting

...... 2nd September - Disgraced S.Herefordshire riders caught out cubbing with Ledbury FH

.....  2nd September - South Tetcott FH walk hounds thru cattle, ignoring disease risks

.....  2nd September - East Kent FH turn up for 6.30 am cub hunting, then just go for a walk!  

.....  2nd September - Beaufort FH made no attempt to disguise first cubbing meet, say sabs

.....  2nd September - Hunters complain NT 'trail hunt' rules are 'painting a target' on them

.....  1st September - S.Durham FH rider whacks restive horse on head during cubbing meet

.....  1st September - HSA says the York & Ainsty North FH have disbanded

 

Peacock dies after Badsworth FH hounds invade animal sanctuary

30-9-17  - RIP Tito my beautiful, gorgeous baby boy, 29/9/2016 to 29/9/2017 - fly high over rainbow bridge my darling until I see you again�� 

26-9-17   Facebook - Sweet Peas & Butterflies - Animal Rescue Sanctuary & Petting Farm   Well what a fun dayBadsworthFHTitodiedafterhoundsinvadedsanctuary9-17.jpg I've had NOT! I did the usual headcount and then let Tito the peacock [right] out at about 8.45 this morning. I then started to put a new run together for Elvis the blind chook and his new girls, saw Tito nosing around so carried on. I look around and there's no Tito so goes frantically looking for him, at which point Jackie turned up and saw me so came and helped. I'm just looking in tattie field which is where he likes to go sometimes when I see hunting hounds running amok! They ran into my field and were chasing the animals, Jackie & I were trying to get them out and keep the animals safe. In the end I called the police. Long story short the Hunt gathered up their hounds and buggered off (I wish they'd do one permanently!!!) any way as well as Tito a ducky and a tatty batty are missing. A couple of other friends turned up to help look for Tito & co. Eventually around 3.30 Tito is sat on the fence quite subdued and not himself at all, no idea where he was for 6 hours but he's home. As yet still no sign of tatty batty or ducky ��. Sara-Louise xs

30-9-17  Facebook - Sara Sizzle Aspinall‎   You may have read about the Badsworth & Bramham hunting hounds that broke away from the main pack and got onto the field where I run an animal rescue sanctuary on Tuesday and that I had three animals go missing, one of them being my beautiful peacock Tito. It is with great sadness that I report that my baby boy passed away just before 10 o'clock last night. The vet rang yesterday morning to say he'd put on 20 grams with the tube feeding and was doing really well. They rang again about 6 to say it was bad news and that his crop wasn't emptying so had to stop feeding, they gave him something to try help it and would monitor him throughout the night. I then got a call just after 10 to say he'd passed away�� As you can imagine I'm absolutely devastated, I hand reared him and his sister, Mika since they were chicks and to them I was mummy and they follow me everywhere. To make matters worse they only turned 1 yesterday! I just hope Mika will be ok without him and doesn't pine for him too much. The vets let me visit him last night to say goodbye and let me spend as much time as I needed. I'm having him cremated and then he'll be coming back home.

 

Sab car rammed by Oakley FH supporter as sabs ensure kill-free day

30-9-17  Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   Another autumn Saturday, another visit to the Oakley to stop them cub hunting and that's exactly what we did. Along with our friends from Northants, N.Cambs and S.Cambs Hunt Saboteurs we had 3 vehicles so could pretty much cover every eventuality when they left the kennels, they must be running out of areas to hunt as they seem to cover the same ground time and again. Early on one hunt supporter decided to ram the South Cambs vehicle and take them out the game, causing significant damage. The police have been informed and we can't say any more on the matter.

The Hunt basically rode around the area in circles. Foot sabs had them on the run continuously and they were unable to hunt in any meaningful way. The field looked lost and bored with most packing up after only an hour our so. There was the usual moronic half wits offering all sorts of advice to us but they were treated with the contempt they deserved. A kill free day so we're happy with that.

In the afternoon we held a training session for new sabs with a fabulous talk from Mike Huskisson. It was a great turnout which shows the strength of feeling among the general public and now they want to get involved. We are growing by the day and the hunts are shrinking. Its a war we will win, it's just a matter of time.

Pics below -  1/  Sab car after being rammed     2/  Riders' fattest arse competition 

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Cheshire FH whipper-in goes ape after sabs take control of hounds

Female monitor driven at by terrierman on quad - police dealing

28-9-17   Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs   Hit Report - 28/09/17 - Cheshire Hunt – Marbury   We are still hard at it in the Cheshire cull zone day and night, 7 days a week, however, acting on a tip off, we took a little break this morning to pay a visit to the cubbing meet of the Cheshire Hunt in Marbury and formally introduce ourselves to the new huntsman, Jake Oppenheim. It's safe to say he was not best pleased to see us!

From the off we had the delightful pleasure of 8 of Cheshire's finest hunt scum coming over to greet us masked up on quad bikes attempting to intimidate us, circling our vehicle and at one point they even tried to enter our vehicle! All of which has been caught on camera and will be released in due time. Once sabs were in the field the four quad bikes attempted to push sabs back using their vehicles and very nearly run down one of the local monitors, luckily she was OK, but it was clear from the start they were very happy to use their quad bikes as a weapon.

Hounds were heard talking and in and out of cry all morning, but sabs were never too far away to rate them or call them off using voice calls and hunting horns. At one point there was even a tug of war between sabs and huntsman with the hounds! We found this highly amusing but clearly Jake needs to brush up on his horn skills as sabs won the tug of war taking control of the pack and left him to collect the scattered hounds!

Shortly after, police arrived as the hunt were on their way back to the meet. At this point, the very disgruntled whipper in, Jamie Whitles, decided to take a liking to two of our sabs and proceeded to attack them in front of the police. Yet again, Cheshire Police allowed the landed gentry to do as they please and didn't do an awful lot to stop the violence...

Big up to 3 of our friends from their respective sab groups North Wales, Lancashire & Derby Hunt Saboteurs for lending a hand at such short notice! Job done!!

Pics below -  1/  Terrierman drives quad at monitor    2/   Terrierman gang blocking road

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28-9-17  Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   CHESHIRE HOUNDS CUB-HUNTING, MARBURY 28.9.17   We had a tip off that they we would find them at Marbury Equestrian Centre (www.marburyfarmride.co.uk ). We suspect this Hunt must have a mole, because both our team and local sabs are getting tipped off on a regular basis which is good news for us but not the Hunt! This is perhaps why this Hunt are being particularly aggressive at the moment.

The day started with the hounds going into cry almost immediately and yet again the new Huntsman blatantly cub hunting. Two of our team and a group of sabs were totally blocked from stopping the killing by masked terriermen on various quads. One of our female team members was ridden at by a particularly stupid terrierman who hadn't worked out that he was being filmed by multiple cameras! This incident is being dealt with by the police.

The killing spree moved onto another woodland. This time the pack was split up by various tactics and the killing stopped. Another of our female monitors was then ridden at by a rider after we filmed him taking part in this particularly dark hobby.

Later we caught the Whipper in Jamie Whittles trying to retrieve stray hounds from the railway line. He proceeded to go totally ballistic and ran like a mad man along the railway track and at one of our monitors threatening to 'get her' for being part of the reason why the hounds had gone onto the track. We suspect he may be having a breakdown!

Various police vehicles had been in the area and then a riot van turned up. The Hunt were spoken to and packed up earlier than usual. A bit of a mixed day all round.

Pics below -   1/  Monitor ridden at    2/  Whipper-in goes ape 

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Female monitor attacked and shoved into ditch by S.Durham FH thug

27-9-17  Facebook -  N.E. Hunt Monitors    Hit Report South Durham Hunt Meet at Embeldon Hall Diarys, Trimdon 27.9.17 Tonight a female Hunt Monitor was assaulted by the hunts hired thug terrier man. This was only her 3rd time out monitoring the Hunt and we believe as she was masked that this big lump of lard mistook her for another monitor. He ripped her mask off scratching her face and lip then wrestled her before pushing her backwards into a ditch. Footage was captured on a hidden camera and will be forwarded to the police who we might add did not attend and gave the advice to leave the area. This we will also be officially complaining about. We know who this women-beating animal murdering scum is and his details will also be given over to police.

The female monitor did nothing to attract this kind of assault by a much bigger coward of a man (we use the term man loosely). we believe the Hunt are becoming increasing pissed off that we are hitting them at every opportunity. Well SD you made your own bed when you messed with us and took things too far . We now have you as our number 1 priority.

As you can see the need for equipment is important and essential. Monitors must protect themselves with body cams/ hidden cameras at all times. One go-pro camera can cost a lot of money and with more members joining all the time we are much in need of more equipment. If anyone has any cameras/memory cards etc. that they don't use and would like to donate to the group please message the page. Paypal.me/huntmonitors - https://www.gofundme.com/4brdhm0 - Thanks for all the support shown so far this season. ��

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Sabs reveal pic of injury to sab ridden down at Oakley FH

27-9-17  Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   This [pic below] is the result of being ridden down [on 23-9] and then trampled by a horse. Imagine if the horse had stood on our sab's chest or head. Oakley Huntsman Jack Harris hit him with his horse while his back was turned and the following rider, who we will identify in due course, rode over him. There was plenty of space to avoid our sab and the time to do so. This was a deliberate act which had the potential to inflict very serious injury. We hope Bedfordshire Police will pursue our complaint. We will be paying very special attention to the Oakley and will bring them to justice.

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Beaufort FH woman supporter attacks monitor and smashes video camera

27-9-17  Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   Beaufort Hunt, 16th September, 2017   Here’s a quick update on what the Beaufort Hunt have been up to lately. On Saturday 16th September they met at Shipton Moyne near Westonbirt for one of their 4 weekly attempts at cub hunting. The usual large throng arrived at Street Farm for their weekend social with Beaufort ladies keen to exchange their news oblivious to what is about to take place. Let’s be clear about this – we reiterate, the point of cubbing is to integrate the young hound pups into the pack and train them to hunt and kill. This is illegal!

We regularly see hounds going over ground where it’s impossible to lay a trail ...here’s an extract from a very informative article in the Independent about hunting on Cumbrian fells and laying a trail... “Green says: “If a trail had been laid, the hounds would be close together, going in the same direction, but they’re all over the fell, scattering about trying to detect where the fox went. We know they’re not laying fox urine because that comes from fur farms abroad, of which there are none in this country. And to import animal by products you need a certificate from the Animal and Plant Health Laboratory; so we did a Freedom of Information request asking whether any certificates had been issued for importing it and none had. So either they aren’t bringing any in or they’re bringing it in illegally.”

Throughout the morning hounds were heard in cry several times as they worked the surrounding coverts between Easton Grey and Shipton Moyne. We moved them on for most of the morning but later on things took a turn for the worse when a female supporter lost control and attacked one of our monitors, grabbed the video camera and smashed it to the ground. That will be £260 please if you have any conscience or common decency in you. No I think not as you haven’t yet thought about transferring the amount into our PayPal account. Here it is in case you change your mind... http://paypal.me/cihwatch. I guess we will just have to add the police incident no to the rest of them. Unfortunately we have had quite a few attacks inflicted on our monitors whilst we go about filming illegal fox hunting.

                                     

Monitors find many landowners who complain of Atherstone FH behaviour

27-9-17  Facebook - Atherstone Hunt Watch   Tuesday 26th September. Atherstone Hunt    Our Tuesday morning monitoring of the Atherstone Hunt was foggy to say the least. Glimpses of a horse boxes turning in to Manor Farm, Main St, Withybrook was as much as we could see. A Pea Souper indeed.

Our morning proved fruitful and very much eventful. Making our way through the lanes on the Hunts circuit we met farmers who are very much against the Hunt indeed. Many we spoke to were vocal and not at all complimentary about the experiences they have had with Hunt trespass and Hunt staff. Of those we spoke to many of the complaints were of dairy cattle being disturbed by loose hounds (deeply worrying when you consider that the risk of hounds spreading bTB to livestock is very much in the news at the moment), arable fields and crops being trampled, children having horse riding lessons being thrown off ponies due to baying hounds in the school and the Huntsman blowing his horn loudly right outside the entrance to the riding arena. On one occasion a fox being chased by hounds actually sought sanctuary in the riding school arena and seconds later hounds descended on it whilst lessons were actually being undertaken! The fox got away into the stable yard but not before being thoroughly traumatised along with the children and parents who were watching it all in front of them. All this and more!

The morning wore on and as we made our way to pass Manor Farm one more time, just less than 50 meters from Manor farm entrance on a blind bend, a fire engine lost control and skidded right across the path of oncoming traffic and our monitors vehicle! As you will see from the picture, this was a serious crash in which luckily no other vehicle was involved. Our monitor swiftly got out to check on the fire engine crew and all were shaken but fine. The monitor asked the crew driver what had caused him to skid, he was unsure but had thought he might have almost hit something. Our monitors first thoughts was to look to see if any loose hounds might be about or lying injured due to the close proximity of the Hunt meet Farm entrance. None were evident on this occasion. In conclusion, masses of interaction with very concerned landowners who are exasperated at the underhand tactics of the Hunt staff and supporters who continue to trespass and cause havoc for other countryside users. We'll keep watching and observing.

If you have any spare time at all, no matter how little, please consider joining us. You will only be asked to do whatever you are comfortable with doing. Please email atherstonehuntwatch@hotmail.com for more details or PM us.

  

Cheshire FH killed at least 1 fox in morning cub hunting, say monitors

26-9-17   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   CUB HUNTING   This is the Huntsman (Jake Oppenheim) who was setting his hounds onto fox cubs this morning in Huxley. Remember this face! Thanks to the locals who joined in with us and the two keen police officers who attended. Sadly though cubs were killed this morning, again. Full report later...

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26-9-17  Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   Cheshire Hounds cub-hunting, Huxley Gorse 26.9.17  The goalposts have moved. Today the Cheshire Hounds' new huntsman Jake Oppenheim confirmed what we have been suspecting - that he revels in killing foxes, and is quite blatant about it. Members of our team responded to late tip-offs this morning and reached the Hunt by Huxley Gorse as hounds were in full cry. They had also visited woods by the canal culvert shortly before, monitored by a local who reports no kills there.

The meet was at Huxley Lane Farm. Police were alerted and attendance requested. The hounds continued in cry for some time, as we moved across some difficult terrain to get to them. Sadly, we believe once again this Hunt killed - at least one fox cub, maybe many more. And we heard what we believed to be the screams of a fox cub above the hounds at one point. After making our presence known, they moved off in the direction of Hoofield Covert to continue their killing spree, but the arrival of the police seemed to encourage them to change direction, head back to the meet point and pack up.

While the police officers that attended today were incredibly supportive of Cheshire Monitors, they were also rather clueless as to the laws around hunting, but were open to a little coaching. They logged today's incidents - including illegal hunting and intimidation - and are helping us pursue these matters further. Also, thanks to new faces who helped out today.

If you would like to get involved or have information about hunt meets, then please get in touch. You can message us here, or email info@cheshiremonitors.org.uk  .

Pics below -   1/   New Huntsman Jake Oppenheim    2/  Hounds defecating on pasture land    3/   Masked terriermen    4/   Rider on point

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HSA claim police facilitated illegal mink hunting by Kent & E.Sussex MH

Also refused to act over sab being hit with stick by old hunter crone

26-9-17  HSA Press Release   Kent Police facilitating illegal hunting   The Kent and East Sussex Minkhounds met on Sunday at Puddledock , Kent. Croydon hunt sabs were alerted to the hunt by a member of the public and one member was able to attend. On arriving they could hear holloas coming from the area of the fishing lakes and went into the field with their video camera. Several hunt supporters approached him and he called 999 to report illegal hunting. A woman who claimed to be the landowner hit the sab with her stick while he was speaking to the police and also stated that they were flushing mink. When the sab pointed out that this was illegal, another hunt supporter tried to deny she had said it! The Huntsman immediately gathered the hounds and headed back to their vehicles.

When Kent Police eventually arrived they talked to the Hunt before approach the sab who had reported the crimes, refusing to arrest the woman for assault because she was 'too old' they also refused to investigate the allegation of illegal hunting. They also threatened to arrest the sab for breach of the peace if he went back into the field. Undeterred, the sab followed the Huntsman and then watched from a safe distance as the hounds were boxed up and driven away.

Lee Moon, press officer of the Hunt Saboteurs Association, commented: "It is common for the Police to take the side of hunters, but to blatantly disregard the reporting of two crimes, and then threaten arrest takes their bias to a new level. The public in Kent should be asking why their police force is supporting hunting criminals."

Please contact Kent police and ask them why they are refusing to deal with reported wildlife crimes and assaults:- https://www.facebook.com/kentpolice/ - https://twitter.com/kent_police - https://www.kent.police.uk/

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Thurlow FH carrying on cubbing despite sabs, but no kills reported

26-9-17   Facebook - South Cambs Sabs   Hit Report 25/09/2017 Thurlow Hunt - Hunt kennels – Thurlow   A small group of ours and Cambridge Sabs hit the Thurlow Hunt yesterday at 7 am. On arrival sabs immediately found the Hunt surrounding Wadgells Wood, nearby the kennels. Riders were surrounding the main part of the wood and the hounds were vocal inside. The riders started banging on their saddles and making noise - this is done to scare wildlife back into the woods for the hounds to hunt.

We made our presence known in the hope of deterring them from so obviously cub hunting but they continued on. Two deer escaped the wood with the hounds close behind but luckily this was right next to where sabs were filming and the hunt called them off. The Hunt did a circuit of the woods and copses around the kennels. Every time they tried to lose sabs, they kept close behind, moving them on continuously and limiting their hunting time. The hounds did not go into cry again and no blood was seen on them so we are confident no kills were made.

Not bad for a Monday morning! Please support us to keep sabs in the field to prevent cub hunting, and to get sabs over to the badger cull zones. Funds and sabs are stretched, every pound donated makes a difference: https://www.gofundme.com/badgersavefuel

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Crawley FH afternoon meet involves illegal quad bike road chaos

26-9-17   Facebook – W.Sussex sabs   Saturday 23rd September     As it is Cub Hunting Season we expect the Hunts to go out for early misty a.m or late sunny p.m meets, as is tradition. Not the Crawley & Horsham Hunt, it appears they go hunting whenever they feel like it, deciding to have a 2-30pm meet last Saturday. A large field of riders, 4 quad bikes, a full pack of hounds and not a trail layer in sight.

The hunt, led by MFH Kim Richardson, illegally hunted until 6-30pm; they were not pleased to see us and headed miles away to try to evade us. Quad bikes were tearing around on busy country lanes, one of which was being driven by Guy Pettett the C&H kennel man and was also carrying two passengers ! 3 on a quad? Don't think that's legal, is it ? It was with great sadness we saw that one of the riders had some very serious looking spurs on his boots which would have caused his horse a great deal of pain - and they say they love their horses.

And now a massive thank you to the family who were on their way home from a lovely walk around Woods Mill on Saturday; which is part of Sussex Wildlife Trust near Henfield. They were concerned that horse boxes they had seen driving through Small Dole and up a dirt track could be a hunt, they pulled over and kept an eye on what was going on. They then decided it would be best to ring us and asked if we could check it out, and so we did and their concerns were justified, it was a hunt. They were so happy that we managed to get some hunt monitors out to help protect the wildlife they, and all of us love. Thank you to all our wonderful whistle blowers �� Some pics of the day. Please donate what you can to help us protect wildlife.

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Middleton FH's cubbing efforts end in deer chase and early pack up

26-9-17  Facebook - Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs   This morning the Middleton Hunt met at Newsham Manor Farm, a stone's throw away from a bunch of pensioners protesting about fracking. The police however decided that their priority was to protect the profits of a private fracking company and so it was left once again to sabs to protect our wildlife.

Calamity Carter, aka Shagger, decided to change ways after last weeks quick capitulation - no doubt subscribers aren't happy about handing over money in anticipation of seeing fox cubs ripped to bits only to box up at the sight of sabs. So today, instead of turning tail back to the meet, Calamity turned tail and ran like Forrest Gump. Well, you can 'run Forrest' but you can't hide. Hounds were that quiet that the terriers on the quad made more noise. Terriers? On a trail hunt!!! We know, but the police don't want to.

Hounds, probably being as bored as the riders eventually rioted after a deer and at that point Calamity, Shagger, Forrest (take your pick) decided that discretion was the better part of valour and returned to the meet. Remember those upcoming court appearances.

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Sabs stumble across Dummer Beagles and stop them hare hunting

Also found blocked badger sett while sabbing North Cotswold FH  

25-9-17  Facebook - Three Counties Sabs   Started off the morning sabbing the North Cotswold Hunt. A sett was found in a barn which had been....as per usual...blocked. Several incidents this week of hunt sett blocking and the incident numbers are rolling in.

Later whilst checking for badger well-being in the Kineton area we happened across the Dummer beagles hunting a hare. We got told off by one chap who said we were trespassing he was very worried indeed that we might have filmed illegal hunting and suggested that they all go back home. We then got filmed by 2 people who were masked up and on a quad. Then they all ran away and went home.
 

Monitors take very clear film of Grafton FH chasing fox

24-9-17  Facebook – Help Hunt Monitors   VIDEO    The Grafton Hunt Watch team were out yesterday at Helmdon, Northamptonshire, to film the Grafton hunting fox cubs. Anarchy in the countryside, but the authorities will do nothing about it!

POWAperson adds - Three monitors separately filmed a fox darting out of a copse past a group of hounds and running across a field. The hounds give chase, as do riders on the ridge above. The fox bursts through a small copse with hounds in hot pursuit and is then seen running up a road, then darting back into a copse. The Huntsman is heard blowing the hounds to hunt on. Hounds, with riders in the background, search the road verges. As the film clip ends, hounds are on the wrong side of the road. It is all absolutely clearly wilful fox hunting and if this is not enough to secure a prosecution it is hard to see what would be.

Pics below -   1/  Fox darts out of wood    2/  Hunters ride in same direction as fox   3/  Hounds and riders chasing fox   3/  Fox running up road   5/   Hounds searching where fox left road

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Angler reports seeing Cheshire FH kill one fox and chase another

24-9-17  Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   Very sad news   We received the message below today. It relates to our post about the Cheshire Hounds hunting in Marbury yesterday. It shows how blatant this Hunt is, chasing and killing fox cubs right in front of the public. This must have happened whilst we were trying to get to the scene because we did not witness any kills and therefore have no film evidence. But we are seeking expert advice on taking this matter further. Watch this space...

"Dear Cheshire Monitors. I’ve just noticed your page on Facebook after doing a little research after I witnessed the most barbaric thing I’ve ever witnessed yesterday 23.9.17. I can 100% confirm that the Hunt yesterday did pursue a poor fox. I was fishing on the mere and witnessed the whole event from around 200 yards away through my binoculars. I saw with my own eyes the fox running through the field with around 40 dogs chasing it and men on horses making strange noises to keep the fox away from the waters edge. There was then a huge kick up of soil and dust and all the hounds gathered in a circle, I assume pulling the fox to bits. The Hunt then went back in to the same wooded area and they flushed another fox out but that all seemed to go on behind the woodland blocking my view. I was left feeling almost sick at what id seen and debated calling the police but I was unsure on the laws until now. I just thought id let you know as I noticed you said there was nothing killed but like I say they chased at least two foxes in front of me. Keep up the good work!"

[We've added a screenshot {below} from our footage of the Huntsman Jake Oppenheim in the area we believe the kill took place.]

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Monitor film handed to police of large South Dorset FH cubbing meet

24-9-17  Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs   Hit Report Saturday 23rd September 2017. South Dorset Hunt, fox Cubbing Meet at Piddletrenthide    Whilst out yesterday doing some badger work we received intel that the SD were having a cubbing meet - you know who you are and a massive thanks for helping to save innocent lives.It didn't take us long to spot them in fields beside Lacklington Farm. It was a really big meet for the SD with between 30 and 40 vehicles including horse boxes and the usual bloody thirsty suspects walking or driving across the fields in 4 x 4's desperate for a kill - one even had a folding chair !!! This is a stark improvement on last year when often the SD only managed to scrape together 4 or 5 riders !

There is not much to report because as it was a cubbing meet so they stayed close to the vehicles and only visited the few surrounding small copse's. We had two fantastic vantage points and kept them in our sight all afternoon. We had to call the police at one point and they were every good and attended pretty quickly, they went to speak to the hunt and we are passing our footage over to them. The only other bit of action for the day was when two glory seeking girls appeared to take some snap chats. They didn't do much else except giggle and thankfully soon got bored.

Cubbing is the practise used to introduce the young hounds to hunting and needs to be done before the start of the main season. You will see from the photos the 4x4's parked across the field watching for the cubs to be flushed out of the small copse the huntsman has put the hounds into. There are various riders positioned along the edge of the copse and this is called on point. Their job is to flush any cub that manages to escape back into the wooded area by slapping their riding whips on their boots and or saddles. The fox cub is then scared straight back in and into the jaws of the hounds ensuring the younger of the pack get the taste of the kill.

They often wear tweed jackets for this barbaric activity but yesterday the huntsman has his red jacket on - if you see of hear of any of this activity across Dorset please let us know. You can PM us or send an email to dorsethuntsabs@riseup.netIf you want to donate towards our costs please click the paypal link - every penny helps. Many thanks for reading -DHS https://www.paypal.me/DorsetSabs

1/   Part of field's transport    2/  Riders on point on outside of wood. This makes no sense if they are 'trail hunting' - it's part of standard cub hunting ritual. 

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Dunston Harriers pack up 10 minutes after sab arrives

24-9-17   Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs   Dunston Harriers – 23/9/17 - Wood Farm – Fersfield, Norfolk    Following a tip off, we headed to Fersfield to check in on the Dunston Harriers. We last visited them here in January 2016, and we told them then that we’d be back. And after a chaotic but ultimately successful Wood Farm, Fersfield, outing last time we prepared ourselves for an eventful morning…

But it was unnecessary. After we spoiled their day at Topcroft two weeks ago, it seems the Dunstons were already on the back foot. They sent a terrierman to scout us out and realised we had them surrounded from the outset. Although they tried to sneak out the side, well-placed foot sabs were on them straight away. Less than 10 minutes later, after riding a large circle, they were back at the meet. Huntsman Ben Wood gloomily cantered back through the gates of Wood Farm as the Ride continued hacking around Fersfield. The hounds were boxed up and driven away, whining with frustration. Less than 10 minutes. Perhaps not a national record but the best one we’ve yet had.

In some petty attempt at revenge, a lady at the meet dialled 999 and reported seeing people in balaclavas running around the village. Two cop cars turned up with sirens blaring but left empty handed after suggesting we might be “burglars”.

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Fog shrouds S.Durham FH cubbing from monitors - kill at dig out reported

24-9-17  Facebook - NE Monitors   HIT REPORT: South Durham Hunt Cubbing Meet 23.9.17 Misty Blue Farm near Kirk Merrington   As usual we were in place to follow the hunt at 6am and although the hound van took measures to lose us we were still able to follow one of the many horse boxes turning up to the venue. We could see immediately that it would be a frustrating day for us as a thick fog descended onto the hunting grounds. This made it almost impossible to keep eyes on the Hunt and we spent hours trying to keep track of them and listening for hounds in cry. As the fog began to lift we were informed of their location and made our way with monitors going on foot into the wood.

We also had reason to believe that the usual scum with spades were in the process of a dig out when seen by monitors making way into the woods near Westerton. We were later informed that a fox was dug out and killed, but we are not sure if they left then went back or if it had happened before we got there. Obviously we are gutted and upset about this but it will spur us on to hit them harder and disrupt their bloodthirsty disgusting outdated evil blood sport even more in the coming season.

Our aim is to protect wildlife and save foxes, we will do this by any means necessary and the ultimate goal is to get a conviction for illegal hunting. Any information from the public will be held in strictest confidence also anyone within the north east area who would like to join us please message the page. You can also support us via our petrol/equipment fund by donating to PayPal .. huntmonitors@gmail.com Or at our gofundme using this link https://www.gofundme.com/4brdhm0. Thank you for your continued support - #longlivethefox  #keeptheban ��

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Atherstone FH stage shambolic 'exercise' right next to the M42!

24-9-17  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO   Atherstone Hunt - Saturday 23rd September, No Mans Heath   ' £20 for a ride out with beautiful views'   Today's hound ride was one of the Atherstone Hunt's most scenic meets, next to the M42 motorway, over the motorway and then alongside the motorway on the other side. It all seemed a bit shambolic, a lot of riders were inexperienced and kept falling off their horses, a loose runaway horse near a motorway could only happen at the Atherstone Hunt.

At one point, the hedge and barrier were the only things separating the hunt from the motorway. Given the history of this hunt and how uncontrollable the hounds are, all it would have taken is for the hounds to come across a fox in the hedge and the hounds could have been all over the motorway… Irresponsible is the only way to describe the Atherstone Hunt's actions.

Meanwhile members of the Atherstone Hunt continue to whinge to the police with false allegations that the police themselves can see are not true. The Atherstone Hunt are compulsive liars, the sooner the police realise this the better.

This was the 5th time we’ve been out this week please consider donating to help us make sure the Atherstone Hunt aren’t hunting https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs You can also set up a standing order with us. sort code-089299 account no-65488120.

POWAperson adds - the Atherstone FH do, at least, seem to be keeping their promise not to cub hunt this season, but this farce seems to be the best they can replace it with! 

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Sab headbutted [man arrested] and one ridden down by Oakley FH Huntsman

23-9-17  Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs    Well what a crazy morning that was! With a team over in Wiltshire defending our badgers, we could never let out local wildlife abusers (the Oakley) have an easy time cubbing so we assembled and small team along with our long time comrades Northants Sabs to pay them a visit.

A little birdy had told us they would have a meet at the kennels in Melchbourne and sure enough a fairly large field gathered and set off around 7:45am, quite late for cubbing so it would seem the Oakley are lazy as well and habitual and blatant law breakers. One foot team went in right behind them the moment they left while another perfectly predicted their next move and jumped ahead. As the Hunt tried to out run team 1 they fell right into the hands of team 2 who moved them on while they attempted to hold up a covert in the search for fox cubs.

It was then that the angry egg and wannabe hunt steward assaulted a sab by headbutting him. The Huntsman (Calamity Jack Harris) and another rider, rode down a sab, knocking them to the floor then trampling them. But they hunted on. The hounds went into cry but sabs were perfectly positioned both in front an behind to first delay the hounds and then stop them in their tracks with horn, whip and citronella. Absolutely classic sabbing.

Meanwhile, the police were informed and arrived on the scene to apprehend the violent thug (who incidentally is facing 3 further charges of assault and theft against sabs from the end of last season). Pathetic excuse were made but he was arrested at the scene and sabs attended a local station to make statements. Further statements will be made against Jack Harris. With their fun ruined they tried to hunt on but finally had to admit defeat and head back to kennels around 10am. Amazing job done by all the sabs out today both new and old. We were then forced to retire to the pub for some pop to celebrate.

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Monitor video of Beaufort FH explains why they were fox, not 'trail' hunting

23-9-17  Facebook – Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   VIDEO   A CIWH monitor posted her video, claiming it shows the Beaufort FH were clearly not 'trail hunting' on 4-9-17.

The film begins with her approaching a cover. A rider is stationary 'on point', a position standard in cub hunting but with no rationale in 'trail hunting'. The rider blows a whistle – the traditional means of indicating he has spotted a fox, or to help scare the fox back into the covert where hounds are. Reaching the wood, the monitor finds hounds searching. The rider whistles again. Then another whistle blow. The monitor then comes across two huntsmen with the pack, presumably gathered in response to the whistles. Seeing the monitor, he takes hounds out of the wood. One rider stays behind, keeping an eye on her. Monitor then leaves the wood to find riders and some stray hounds moving across a field to another copse.

The Huntsman can be heard blowing his horn there. Not long after the hounds go into full cry there. Some supporters have brought there vehicles into the field to watch the action. As monitor approaches wood hounds can still be heard in cry. Then there are shouts 'There it is!' A supporter near the camera says 'There it goes... the hounds are going the wrong way.”

'Trails' are not visible. Clearly, a fox is being hunted. The hounds have now gone quiet. Hopefully, they did indeed go the wrong way. This happens sometimes – hounds can follow the fox's scent trail backwards, where it's come from rather than where it's going. This is called following a 'heel line'. The Huntsman will usually take them back to where they picked up the scent and try to get them hunting the right way - but the fox will have gained a vital few minutes lead.  

Pics below -   1/  Whistle-blowing rider on point     2/  Riders and terriermen wait outside wood    3/  Huntsmen have gathered up hounds in response to whistles    4/  Riders moving on to 2nd wood where hounds now in cry

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Veteran anti has old fox dig-out video taken down by YouTube

Deemed to violate guidelines - too 'violent and graphic'

23-9-17  Facebook - Mike Huskisson   BREAKING NEWS! Tory Government crackdown on social media videos starts. YouTube bans video that reveals the cruelty inherent in fox hunting. I have just been notified by YouTube that my video of the Quorn Foxhounds on October 8th 1991 was flagged, reviewed then removed for violatingScenefromfoxdigoutMikeH.jpg their guidelines. That film was taken by me working undercover, posing as a hunt supporter (described in Outfoxed Again pages 195-197). The dig-out shown [specimen Mike pic right] was perfectly routine – the sort of dig out that happened countless times at hunts up and down the country (including on National Trust land). There was illegality regarding the use of firearms that morning – but that is not why my video was removed. For all the vile videos that proliferate on YouTube it is telling that it is a standard video of routine hunting that is removed. Fox hunting – a pastime too violent and gory to be viewed by ordinary decent adults. Please check out the other videos on my YouTube channel – it may not be long before they are all removed.

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Sabs save at least one fox from 'Ledbury South' FH

23-9-17  Facebook - Bath Hunt Saboteurs   Together with Bristol and Welsh Border Hunt Sabs we spent a successful day in Herefordshire sabbing the newly formed 'Ledbury South' Hunt at a cubbing meet or 'Autumn Hunting' as they prefer to call it. This Hunt is made up of riders from the Ledbury as well as the South Herefordshire, who infamously fed live fox cubs to hounds and had it captured on video last year.

The Hunt met at Michaelchurch Escley and tried to run away from Sabs all morning (something to hide?) Try as they might to avoid us, we caught up with them in a large wood and stopped their morning's twisted entertainment. Hounds were frequently heard in cry but sabs were in position to call them off of the resident Foxes (and Deer) using horn and voice calls. At one point a fox literally crossed our path, followed very closely behind by hounds in full cry. Sabs leapt into action and called the hounds off, leaving the beautiful fox to run to safety.

It was a tough day but we left for home happy knowing we had saved innocent beings from being ripped apart and denied the sadistic hunters the chance to kill.

Please buy us a coffee to keep our landy (and sabs) fuelled and out there saving wildlife: https://ko-fi.com/bathsabs

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Good turn-out at 'Bax Out' demo at Kent Wildlife Trust AGM

Trust refuses to accept petition with 150,000+ signatures

23-9-17  Facebook - East Kent Sabs    A bit of a late catch up for us, after early morning sabbing (see other post), but some of us managed to get along to the demo at the Kent Wildlife Trust AGM in Chatham, in regards to their chairman's link to bloodsports.

It was wonderful to see so many good folk turn up during the time we were there, and to see how many KWT members want him gone! Great to meet you all, and to hear all your information....we would also like to thank Joe Hashman from Hounds Off who came to show his support and made a speech that I know moved a lot of us to tears, but also to the hired security who were so friendly, and to the hotel where it was held, who also made us all feel welcome. Bless all of you for caring, xx.

24-9-17  Facebook - Charmaine Scammell   I attended the Demo yesterday and the arrogance of this pro-hunt man, who can't see why he should stand down as Chairman!! Kent Wildlife Trust even refused to accept our letter and petition which 158,315 people had signed for him to be replaced! He didn't even come out and face us!!  There is a POLL in the article, scroll down and vote YES. It only counts in the article poll.

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Sabs move in to save fox after Essex FH Huntsman ignored hounds in cry

Huntsman also lead pack out of lane straight into traffic 

23-9-17  Facebook - Cambridge Hunt Saboteurs   Essex Hunt -18/9/17  VIDEO   Sabs stepped in to save fox after Huntsman failed to call off in cry hounds.

Pics below -  1/ Huntsman brings hounds out of covert    2/  Hounds come to sabs 

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22-9-17  Facebook – Cambridge Sabs   Essex Hunt   VIDEO   No care for animals, not even their own.

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Cheshire Hunts holding cubbing meets in afternoon to try to avoid antis

23-9-17   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   Cheshire Hounds cub-hunting at Bank Farm, Marbury 23/09/17   Thanks to a number of tip-offs today we were able to keep tabs on the Cheshire Hounds out cub-hunting in one of their favourite stomping grounds around Marbury (while every single resident of Marbury, Norbury and Quoiseley hid away in their homes, it would seem). We hear the Cheshire Forest hunt were also welcoming their own special guests this afternoon.

They met at an unusual time in the afternoon, a tactic both these Hunts are using at the moment, we believe due to the number of sabs present in the country due to the cull. That didn't stop our monitors though. The Huntsman put the hounds through various undergrowth, using voice and horn calls, and they went into cry on and off, but we don't believe there were any kills. And then, when our covert team made themselves known, the Hunt headed back to the meet venue and packed up (Bank Farm, who worryingly have a badger viewing facility for schoolchildren, even though this Hunt commonly block badger setts in this area! We also noticed how it is becoming increasingly common to see 'Road Closed' signs at the ends of roads being used by this Hunt, and will be discussing this with the police.

There were some new faces today: of course new Huntsman Jake Oppenheim (although minus his new wife Cassy who one follower told us had fallen off her horse and injured herself), new riders and most notably confirmation of the Hunt using a new pack of hounds. Which sadly raises the question, what happened to the old pack?

Pics below -  1/  Cubbing    2/  Road closed sign - illicitly put up by Hunt? 

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Essex Hunts' terrierman gets nearly seven years jail for child sex offences

21-9-17  Essex Live   Bryn Chittenden jailed for sexual activity with 'vulnerable' 14-year-old girl    A landowner who was found guilty of sexual activity with a "vulnerable" 14-year-old girl has been jailed after being given bail to be at his child's birth. Bryn Chittenden, 51, who lives in Eye, Suffolk but owns land in St Lawrence Bay, previously denied the charge and told the court he believed the victim was 16. The jury however found him guilty of sexual activity with a child after just 45 minutes of deliberations on Thursday August 23rd. 

At Chelmsford Crown Court, Judge Jonathan Seely today (Thursday, September 21) sentenced him to six years and three months for sexual activity with a child and six months to run consecutively for making indecent images and movies of children. Judge Seely told Chittenden: "You accessed child pornography involving penetrative activity between adults and young teenage girls. You then went on to commit this contact offence, which is deeply concerning. The vulnerability of your victim was clear, she is a deeply vulnerable person, a deeply vulnerable child, who has an extremely difficult background through absolutely no fault of her own. She had enormous issues with confidence at the time you came into her life and you know that and you used that."

Chitteneden looked down at the floor as he was jailed.

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21-12-17  Essex Live   Full story behind paedophile Bryn Chittenden's sexual activity with a 14-year-old  A paedophile who 'took advantage' and engaged in sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl sobbed as he was jailed today in Chelmsford Crown Court.

Bryn Chittenden, 51, who lives in Eye, Suffolk but owns land in St Lawrence Bay, was given six years and nine months in jail, just two weeks after the birth of his child. The vile convicted paedophile exploited his 14-year-old victim's love of horses by inviting her to visit them any time she wanted at the 20 acres of land he owns in St Lawrence Bay. The girl's parents believed this would be the perfect opportunity for her to "socialise" and spend time with the animals but had no idea it would turn into anything sinister. But the sordid relationship between the pair came to light after the victim spotted 51-year-old Chittenden driving past her with another woman.

Jurors at Chelmsford Crown Court heard how this appeared to aggravate the victim, who swore loudly in the direction of Chittenden, arousing the suspicion of her parents. It was at this point she confessed the extent of what happened between the two of them.

Chittenden was arrested at his home on July 2, 2015, but denied the allegations when first interviewed by police. But a second interview saw him read a prepared a statement accepting the incident took place but he did not know that the girl in question was underage. During his trial, he further denied having any knowledge the victim was underage from when he first met her in January 2014 until his arrest in July 2015. But Chittenden's version of events were denied by the victim's father, who claimed the man that violated his daughter was told of her age when he came around to their property to buy a van.

He said: "Bryn had come to the house and I had a van he was interested in. We talked about the livestock and what he was planning to do in the future with the land. We sat down at the table, had a cup of tea, he seemed a very nice chap. I told him I had a daughter who was at school. He asked me her age and I said 14. We talked about his daughters being in the same age group."

It was at this point the court was told how Chittenden was made aware of his victim's love of horses and invited the girl to his home to see them. The girl's father said: "We wanted her to socialise. We thought it was a perfect opportunity. She used to groom the horses and look after the pigs. It was a lovely time for her. It became a healthy venture to some sort of an obsession to be there. As time went on we first read it as her wanting to be with the animals, but then she talked about him too much and she told us everything he did was so wonderful. His name had to be mentioned the whole time and it was just obvious that it was becoming an obsession."

As the illegal tryst began between the pair, the victim's father claimed his daughter started to change her appearance to more skimpier clothing and would, on occasion, go to the land in her school uniform. The victim's father decided to confront Chittenden in the winter of 2015, after his daughter got into a fight at school due to rumours about involvement with an older man.

Speaking to the court, the victim's father said: "He was very nice about it. He did not seem fussed, he was agreeable. I did not remember there being any major issues with that. He would stay away or send her away." But when she saw her abuser driving past with another woman in his car, the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, lost her temper and the whole unsavoury tale was revealed.

When questioned in court, Chittenden, who sat to give evidence due to a fractured leg, denied that he had any knowledge of the victim's age, saying that he was told by her that she was 16.

Chittenden claimed he thought his victim was 16. He also denied that any conversation with the victim's father about her age ever took place and that he was never confronted about her change of appearance and affection towards him. Instead, Chittenden told the jury his victim's flirtation was a means of "testing the water". "She started to be a bit more forward," he said. "A bit more flirtatious. She mentioned about not liking young guys and that she preferred older men. She looked 16. She told me she was 16."

But the jury saw through Chittenden's lies, taking just 45 minutes to find him guilty of one count of engaging in sexual activity with a girl aged between 13 and 15 on Thursday, August 23rd. Unbeknownst to the jurors, he had already pleaded guilty to one count of making indecent images of children and one count of making indecent movies of children at an earlier stage in proceedings.

The paedophile's girlfriend, who is due to give birth to his child in September, wiped tears from her eyes as the verdict was read to the court. But rather than remanding the sex offender in custody before a sentencing hearing, Judge Jonathan Seeley decided to grant Chittenden unconditional bail so that he could be present at his baby's birth next month. Judge Seeley said: "You have been convicted by the jury with an extremely serious offence and you must know from that you are facing a custodial sentence and a significant one. The fact I'm remanding you on unconditional bail is mainly because of the condition of your girlfriend's pregnancy."

 

LACS blames 'inexperienced' CPS lawyer for failed Derwent FH HA case

21-9-17  LACS Press Release   VIDEO   League disappointed as Hunting prosecution thrown out    A trial ofDerwentFHHoundschasingfoxboltedfrominsidewood1-11-16.jpg three members of the Derwent Hunt was dismissed recently by a magistrate who ruled there was “no case to answer” due to ‘insufficient evidence’ – despite video footage showing the pack of hounds in full pursuit of a fox.

Wildlife protection organisation the League Against Cruel Sports disagrees with the magistrate’s decision, and believes the evidence clearly shows illegal hunting. The footage, captured by member of the Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs Tommy Woodward, shows riders dressed in red waiting with a full pack of hounds outside a small copse as terriermen are sent in. Shortly after, the footage shows the hound pack in full pursuit of a fox, with no attempt to recall them seen from the hunt staff.

On the description of his video footage as insufficient evidence, Tommy Woodward said: “I understand that proving intent is difficult, but if footage of three hunt officials and two terrier men waiting for 10 minutes in a wood, followed by the hounds being released in pursuit of a fox doesn’t prove intent, then what does? If the hunt weren’t there to catch foxes, why did they have terrier men with them? These men are only used to dig out foxes that have escaped underground – so why were they there if the hunt was just out for a ride? There are way too many questions that needed to be answered, so the fact this didn’t even make it to court is shocking.”

DerwentFHHoundssearchingforfoxHuntsmannotcallingthemoff1-11-16.jpgTraditionally, terrier men are present on a hunt to introduce terriers to a hole in the ground to flush out or force a wild animal to escape, or to dig it out and kill it.

Of the case’s dismissal, Steve Harris, former Police Officer and Head of Enforcement and Legal resources at the League Against Cruel Sports said that the prosecution case simply hadn’t been presented in the right way: “There can be no justice in this country if the Crown Prosecution Service are going to send lawyers who have had no wildlife crime training and are unfamiliar with the legislation, to prosecute in a criminal trial, having never seen the prosecution evidence before the morning of that trial. The prosecuting lawyer in this case was then faced in court with a defence team comprising three experienced solicitors and a specialist barrister. The prosecution lawyer - probably through no fault of his own - stood no chance against such well-prepared, experienced adversaries. We acknowledge the hard work and impartiality of North Yorkshire Police in their investigation of this case; it must be demoralising for the police and for witnesses when they are failed so badly by the Crown Prosecution Service. Free training and guidance material on the Hunting Act is available for prosecuting lawyers; only when CPS lawyers are properly trained and prepared for trial can there be a realistic prospect of conviction in these cases.”

Hunting was banned in 2004 under the Hunting Act, but the League says it is often hard to catch hunts in the act of chasing and killing a fox, and even if they are caught, it is hard to prove in court. The latest polling from Ipsos MORI, conducted in 2016 on behalf of the League, shows 84% of people think fox hunting should remain illegal.

Pics above -   Right -  Hounds chasing the fox which had been bolted from its sanctuary in a nearby wood    Left  - Hunt redcoat making no attempt to call the hounds off

POWAperson adds -  Brilliant work by the monitor. His video appears to show near incontrovertible evidence of wilful fox hunting. It should, at the very least, have been fully considered by the bench.  But, as we've said before, the evidential bar which the prosecution are required to jump in illegal hunting cases is ridiculously high, and that is due to failings in the legislation. The only long-term remedy is significant strengthening of the Hunting Act to make it easier to enforce and much more of a deterrent. www.campaigntostrengthenthehuntingact.com

 

Glamorgan hunt hounds chase juvenile pet dog towards major road, dog lost

21-9-17  Facebook - Sarah Tregear   HELP - we are distraught!!! Please can people look out for this Cockerpoo, if was chased 40 mins ago by a Glamorgan hunt hound in forestry near Tair Onen just off A48 towards Welsh St Donats. She has a pink collar on and is called Belle she is only 8 months old!!

UPDATE  22-9-17   We understand the cockerpoo has now been reunited with his family. One very happy little girl, I imagine. 

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Middleton FH cubbers pack up 30 minutes after solo sab locates them

21-9-17  Facebook - Sheffield Hunt Sabs   Thankfully the BS that the Cuntrycide Alliance spout is believed only by members of the Cuntrycide Alliance. Most rural dwellers when they spot an illegal fox hunt don't think to themselves, 'what a quintessential English scene', they think, 'better phone the sabs'. And so it was that at 6.30 this morning one of our sabs got a phone call to say horseboxes had been spotted at Knapton. Within 10 minutes our sab had made a coffee. got dressed and was ready to visit Calamity Carter aka Shagger, Huntsman at the Middleton Hunt.

It was 7am by the time our sab reached Knapton and 7.15am by the time the meet was located. By 7.30am the huntsman and hounds were being filmed and by 7.45am they were heading back to the meet. Wait, what? 15 minutes from first seeing a sab to heading back to the meet!!! This must be a record. The first known example of Calamity Carter making a sensible decision. Our sab went back to their vehicle and drank their still warm coffee whilst waving bye to the departing horseboxes.

Middleton FH packing up at 7.45 a.m. 

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Monitors say Wilton FH hunted and dug out fox

20-9-17   Facebook - Wildlife Witness   Monitors were out this morning (20 Sep) watching the Wilton Hunt at their meet near Broadchalke. A full report will appear later after a review of images has been completed but we can confirm that at least one dig-out took place. The Wilton have a message on their website "Please refrain from posting on social media anything that can identify the location of meets". After today we can see why...more to follow.

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25-9-17  Facebook - Wildlife Witness  VIDEO   This is video of the Wilton Hunt on 20 Sep hunting a fox along a stream that runs parallel with the road. The shouting that can be heard is that of the supporters trying to head the fox as it attempted to reach open ground. Having evaded these supporters it is believed that the fox was run to ground and subsequently dug out. Video of the dig cannot be shown at this time as it is still being reviewed. The Hunt met at around 6.45 am over towards Knowle Hill and drew the area northwards towards Field Barn and then along the Broadchalke to Bowerchalk road. The video was near to Mead End. The fox must have evaded the supporters and headed back towards the meet as this was where we found the dig taking place (see our post on 20/09/17).

and this comment from a nearby resident ...

25-9-17   Facebook - Jaime Coles   This is the lane that leads to my village. This is all new to me living in the country. Today on the same road I saw 7 4x4s entering a field. The 4x4s were all full of people in what seems were hunting clothes. Then I saw another hunting party meeting in a farm in Fovant. Fills me with sadness.

POWA person adds -  The Wilton is another Hunt which I have not heard of being hunted or sabbed before, so good to know someone's on their case.                                     

Pembrokeshire FH invade woman's woodland - police called

20-9-17  Twitter - Liza Adamczewski RCA‏   VIDEO    Foxhounds on my land, in my woods  Police on their way. I'm in tears. How dare they invalde our woods and kill our foxes - Pembrokeshire Hunt.

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Hapless Middleton FH try some cubbing but fail to kill

Hunting fanatic Edward Duke has called them 'a poisoned chalice'

'Shag' Carter still Huntsman - nobody else seems to want the job

Often in trouble with the law, the Hunt are facing yet more bother

20-9-17  Facebook - Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs   Whilst many of our group are 'darn sarth' protecting badgers,MiddletonFHBalloonlandednearcubhunt20-9-17.jpg some took advantage of a tip off and went to the notorious Middleton Hunt this morning. For those of you who aren't aware, the Middleton had four members plead guilty to illegal hunting in 2012. Then in 2014 a terrierman was convicted of blocking a badgers' sett, because you don't want those pesky trails finding refuge in a badgers' sett!

A year later in 2015, following a tip off, sixteen fox cubs were discovered hidden in a barn at the kennels. This was just prior to CaMoron's promised vote to repeal the ban. The Middleton Hunt guaranteed that vote never took place and for that we should all be eternally grateful.

Fast forward to 2017 and a complete overhaul of hunt officials in an attempt to clean up the Middleton's image. Did it work, did it fuck. The new Huntsman was filmed saying he would like to shag a lady who confronted him about illegal hunting, and then managed to get at least three hounds killed on a busy road. All of this led to Edward Duke, ex Real Countryside Alliance saying that the Middleton was a poisoned chalice which no one would take on, hence Shagger Carter keeping his position as Huntsman.

So back to today. The meet was at 6.30am at Firby. The Hunt stayed in one large wood until 8.30am and then packed up. Shagger, no doubt busy rehearsing his defence for the upcoming public order and illegal hunting trials, never showed his face. The whipper-in looked thoroughly deflated at the sight of sabs [below], a look only matched by a hot air balloon that came in to land nearby [above right]. All in all a pretty uneventful day with no kills.

POWAperson adds -  We're informed that 'Shag' Carter is facing a public order charge over his famous encounter with the lady. To be fair, he did say she was pretty. Pity he spoiled the encounter by saying he'd like to shag her and asking her to go to bed with him! What a way to introduce yourself to your new Hunt! Doh. Also, some of the Middleton could be facing charges for assaulting sabs, plus illegal hunting.

      

                                 
Motorist complains of road chaos caused by South Durham FH

Says Hunt also invaded playground in use by children 

20-9-17    Facebook - Fiona Munro   Me and my partner were driven off a public road, into a ditch, while the South Durham Hunt was after a fox. Unmarked quads speeding everywhere, the hounds and hunters even took over a playground where children were. Cars had to swerve to avoid hounds, on a public road, it was manic. Police called but they had all gone by the time they arrived. I was thinking then, I would hate to live in that area, constantly intimated by them, no respect for locals, the road and even children playing in a playground. How they get away with it, is beyond me.

Fiona complained to the Council's Highways Dept. Here is their reply - Dear Fiona, Thank you for your enquiry via the Council's Highway Action Line Service on 9th January 2013, concerning Middlestone Village near the Ship Inn with vehicles associated with South Durham Hunt blocking the road and stopping you using the Public Footpath.

Obstruction to the Highway:- The road in question being a public highway is legally available for motorists to pass and re-pass. Any person parking a vehicle so as to obstruct other road users is potentially committing an offence which rests with Durham Constabulary to consider there is no requirement to have waiting restrictions when considering such offences. The offences in question are 'Parking Causing Unnecessary Obstruction' and 'Wilful Obstruction'. In both cases, a police officer must consider judgement/discretion when dealing with a report of obstruction. Unfortunately, such matters cannot be addressed retrospectively by the Police as the officer must witness the obstruction himself and have opportunity to assess and deal with as he/she considers necessary. Should you witness this kind of behaviour in the future, then Durham Constabulary should be contacted directly on their '101' contact number.

Public Footpath:- I understand that attempts were made in preventing you from using the public footpath. Public footpaths that do not form part of the adopted public highway are the responsibility of the Council's Public Rights of Way Team. I have passed a copy of your report to colleagues in PROW who are better placed than I am to comment on the legalities of public right of way issues.

Yours sincerely, Traffic & Community Manager, Durham County Council

 

                                 
Indy article exposes 'trail hunting' as sham and hunters as viciously anti-social

19-9-17  Independent   Fox hunting ‘driving communities apart’ in Lake District   Despite the UK’s ban on fox hunting, residents in the Lake District say the bloodsport is alive and well – and wreaking havoc on the local community. Jane Dalton speaks to those who say illegal hunting has left them feeling ‘trapped’ in their own homes.

Looking forward to riding a pony for the first time, the children were excited. The animal handlers were preparing to lead the group of parents and children for a trek out on the fell, and the ponies stood stock still as the youngsters clambered onto their backs. It was a cold but dazzlingly beautiful day, just the weather to see the Cumbrian fells at their best. Then, without warning, there came a shout; not one but two men’s voices, a bugle call, the revving of engines in the distance. As if from nowhere came a great rush of dogs – beagles, tails up, racing, excited, scattering all around the yard where Megan Metcalfe* was about to wave off the holidaymakers.

MelbreakFHsupporterpunchessabaftertriedtostealcamera10-1-17.jpgThe hounds swept through Metcalfe’s place like a tidal wave, sniffing in every corner, uncontrollable; the horns and shouting grew nearer. Quad bikes revved noisily. Megan knew the signs instantly: the local hunt was out – bringing with it chaos to residents and her business. The normally placid ponies had been startled and were agitated; suddenly it was no longer safe for children to be on them. The day’s rides would have to be cancelled, losing her business hundreds of pounds and damaging her reputation.

It was always pandemonium when the Hunt were out on the fell – I had foxes being chased through my fields and yard on repeated occasions followed by an entire pack of foxhounds and the huntsmen made no attempt to call them back,” she says. “There were accidents because my horses – which are so gentle we put toddlers on them – were absolutely terrified. When there were hounds flying about, horns blowing, quad bikes tearing around and shouting, the animals were scared witless. I regularly lost up to £800 a day because of the Hunt, through having to cancel the whole day’s rides.” Metcalfe was forced to abandon her £70,000-a-year pony-trekking business because of the regular disruption.

Despite the 2004 ban on fox hunting, the issue has never gone away, with the Tories repeatedly since then talking of decriminalising it. Now it is back in the spotlight again, after the National Trust – one of Britain’s largest landowners – said it would ban animal-based scents in legal trail hunting. The Trust is also preparing for a vote by members next month on whether to continue licensing hunting. Both moves are likely to especially affect the fell packs in the Lake District, where the Trust is the largest landowner.

Metcalfe is one of a string of householders praying the ban on Trust land is voted through, and who have decided to speak out about the effect of fox hunting on their lives and livelihoods in an attempt to “open members’ eyes to the reality” of how Hunt members and followers impose “mob rule” on the Lake District.

Awarded the Unesco World Heritage site title earlier this summer, the national park is one of Britain’s most popular tourist areas – arguably the most beautiful, attracting more than 15 million visitors a year. Yet few tourists have any idea of the tensions that lie below the surface, increasingly tearing apart the communities in its pretty villages and around its picturesque mountains and valleys.

Residents say the issue dominates their lives: many say they are intimidated into silence, feel trapped in their homes – or are being forced out of them – and have lost confidence in the police’s willingness to act against what they see as criminal activity.

Opponents of bloodsports even claim to have the proof – long suspected – that Hunts are breaking the law, claiming to be “trail hunting” – legally laying an artificial scent for hounds to follow – but in reality hunting foxes illegally. And at this time of year, rural communities know that “cubbing” – training hounds on specially bred cubs – is under way, in preparation for the winter hunting season proper.

Wendy and Dan Green* adored the beauty of the Lake District so much they moved there to retire. “We bought our property in this beautiful location thinking it was our dream home and it turned into a nightmare. We moved there for the tranquillity, only to find that some days – and we didn’t know in advance when – our peaceful area had been literally invaded,” recalls Wendy. She alleges the hunting ban changed nothing in the national park. “We had so many instances when we saw the packs chasing foxes. They come en masse – on an average day you’d get 30-40 cars in the street. If the hounds were on a fox, it was like the Wild West because there were people shouting, there were cars and horns, and quad bikes going up and down with terriers in boxes. They use it as their own playground. They don’t care if they hold the postman or the local bus up – their hunting takes priority over everything. I’ve seen people just dive out of their cars with glee on their faces because they think there’s going to be a kill. They abandon their cars, unlocked, on the road in their rush. I’ve never come across a group who care so little about their impact on others.

"We had hounds in the garden. Our spot was a favourite place to hunt on a New Year’s Day, and we had over 100 cars going up and down, on a single-track lane past our house. They don’t care about the disturbance or that they’re blocking roads. It’s mob rule. It’s all illegal but they don’t give a damn. The hunters have all got walkie-talkies so if the fox changes direction they radio to each other. The sound of the hounds when they’re on a fox just turns my stomach right over. It’s not like we were overrun with foxes because people shoot them too. About this time of year dead foxes start appearing on roadsides, and you know they’ve been “cubbed” – used to train young hounds – and they make them look like roadkill. One of those who goes out is a local farmer – and he gets taxpayer subsidies so the taxpayer is effectively subsidising him to go hunting three times a week.”

About four years ago a fox was killed in front of my husband. The hounds appeared over the fell near our home, chasing this poor fox, which was absolutely exhausted. It got to the road and the hounds got to it. My husband got the fox but a hunt follower was there quickly and tried to grab what was left of the fox – it was dead and its entrails were out. But my husband wanted it for evidence. More followers arrived and tried to get the fox off him. In the end he had to relinquish it, but he was called all the things under the sun. As they were tussling with the body the hunter said, ‘I know what your game is. I know where you f-----g live, I’ll burn your house down’.”

It was that incident that changed the couple’s minds about living out their retirement in the Lake District. BeforeMelbreakFHSabattackedbysupporter10-1-17.jpg this year’s season could begin, they sold up and moved to Scotland. “I love the valley but we wanted to leave because of the Hunt coming so regularly. We were absolutely sick of it. Hunting had a terrible impact on my life. I would never have moved there if I’d known this went on.”

Green wants to see “some sort of register” of places where hunt packs meet so that homebuyers will know which areas have local Hunts – and they can avoid the pressure that comes with them. “A lot of my neighbours didn’t like the hunting and felt intimidated. My elderly neighbour had a fox under her barn one new year. The Hunt came straight into her garden and were banging on her back door wanting the key to her barn so they could get the fox. She wouldn’t give it to them but she was really frightened because they were very angry.”

Unlike Green, Pat Camber*, another homeowner, refuses to be driven away. “How can it be acceptable for law-abiding locals to feel forced out of their homes by antisocial, illegal activity that simply would not be tolerated on the streets of Penrith or Kendal? Just because our communities are small, remote and sparsely populated does not mean we should have to put up with this kind of behaviour for half the year. We regularly see foxes being pursued and/or killed, out-of-control hounds, digging out, quad bikes, no trails being laid, roads and gateways blocked, the whole Hunt off paths and tearing across open terrain, and terrier use, to name but a few – all breaches of the licence, and many also illegal,” Pat says.

For some, trying to take a stand against local hunting comes at a personal cost. Jasmine Thomas*, a former pharmacist, says she is made physically ill – not just by knowing wildlife around her is being killed, but also by the threats she claims have been made against speaking out. “The Hunts can appear at any time, which is just horrible. It gets louder as they come, your heart races, and I have to get the pets in and get indoors,” she says. “We’ve had hounds in the garden and running riot right through the village. It’s a small hamlet, and we’ve seen foxes pursued through it. Quad bikes come, and men shout, blow horns, and vehicles go up and down as they try to work out where the fox has gone, then they disappear into the woodland around the houses and then the hounds get really excited. Then there’s an awful moment where it just goes silent and you know that’s the moment they make the kill. I nearly throw up every time. If the vehicles are coming because they’re following a fox that’s released – I say ‘released’ because I absolutely believe that’s what they do as they always manage to be chasing a fox in view of waiting roadside spectators – they’ll just abandon their vehicles and leap out and run to get the best view. I’ve been stuck in the middle of them when they’ve been doing that and it felt so frightening. You daren’t go out and film or confront them because there are so many of them. They are very intimidating. I used to go and try to take photos but now they know who I am I don’t feel safe doing that. It’s an awful choice – either you stay here, keep your head down, know what’s going on yet are unable to do anything about it, or you go out for the day, which means you’re then trying to plan your life around the activities of a bunch of criminals.”

These days, Thomas says, she always go out for the day if she thinks the Hunt is coming – “and it dominates your life”. She believes a lot of residents are wary of speaking out against the Hunt because they’re afraid. “A lady near me has had people gesticulate and swear at her when she’s going about her business. I also have a friend who has been driven at while walking her dogs, because of her anti-hunt views. Many here feel they have to accept the Hunts. Standing up to them in any way exposes you to threats and intimidation, and possibly worse. It affects me physically and psychologically. I can’t sleep, I get really stressed, I lose my appetite, I’m on edge all the time. If I had known what goes on, I wouldn’t have moved here. But I can’t afford to move. I love the area – I don’t want to be pushed out of my home by illegal activity. And if I move away, who’s going to stand up for what’s right?”

Those who do take a stand – hunt monitors and saboteurs or “sabs” – regularly come into conflict with fox hunts in most areas of the country that are popular rural hunting areas, from Devon to the Lakes. Few know this better than Billy Bland, 70, a farmer’s son who grew up steeped in hunting tradition but who changed his mind 20 years ago based on what he saw.

You get brainwashed from day you’re born,” says Bland, who today is Cumbria’s highest-profile anti-hunt campaigner. “I kept hounds as a walker [when smaller hunts hand over puppies for fostering in summer and take them back in winter]. I saw the way they treated them and started asking awkward questions, which they didn’t like. It was things like stringing foxes up in trees, making the hounds jump up at them, not feeding the hounds. They couldn’t care less about the hounds – they would rather shoot them than let you have them for the rest of their days.”

Bland regularly goes out as a hunt monitor, recording what activity goes on. He recounts how he was called by a follower of one pack “the worst man in the world” for turning against hunting, and recalls how another once told him: “If your mother and father were still alive they’d have you put down.” Hurtful words, but to Bland they are a sign he is successfully disrupting their outings.

Metcalfe resents the effect that the disruption had not just on her business but also on clients, and her animals and employees. “Customers were very upset when I had to cancel – 99.9% were holidaymakers who had planned their day around the ride, and there were often kids involved. I also had horses injured because when the Hunts came, because in their panic they were caught in wire fencing or pulled ligaments tearing around; I had a member of staff who cracked his ribs when a horse went mad because of the hunt, pushing him up against a fence. No end of equipment such as head collars was broken, where horses broke free in a panic. It was a nightmare. A pony only 13 hands high (4ft 4in) hurt himself jumping a 5ft wall to try to escape the noise and chaos. I closed the business because I couldn’t bear it any more. It was my entire livelihood. I was left with no income but eight horses still to look after.”

Metcalfe agrees with Thomas that although hunting is supported only by a minority of the community, few residents dare speak out for fear of repercussions. “It keeps going because of the intimidation,” she says. “There have been numerous times when witnesses who could have given evidence to the police, such as former employees, have said they want nothing to do with my case.”

She likens other people’s residents’ silence to the 1973 film The Wicker Man, in which locals on a remote island all flatly deny the existence of a missing girl while secretly indulging in bizarre pagan rituals. “It’s absolutely backward up here, just like The Wicker Man. Those of us who don’t support Hunts are totally ostracised in the community.”

To get around the 2004 ban and stay within the law, hunt packs created the practice of trail hunting but villagers say evidence suggests it’s not happening, at least in the national park. “Once I phoned the Hunt master’s house to ask which way the hunt was going and was told they couldn’t say because it depended which way the fox ran – admitting they are not trail hunting,” Metcalfe recalls.

Green says: “If a trail had been laid, the hounds would be close together, going in the same direction, but they’re all over the fell, scattering about trying to detect where the fox went. We know they’re not laying fox urine because that comes from fur farms abroad, of which there are none in this country. And to import animal by-products you need a certificate from the Animal and Plant Health Laboratory; so we did a Freedom of Information request asking whether any certificates had been issued for importing it, and none had. So either they aren’t bringing any in or they’re bringing it in illegally. “One gallon of fox urine would do two half-hour trails. If they’re hunting from 9.30am to 3.30pm they’ll need six gallons. To hunt all day, three times a week for six months would need tonnes. And no laboratory in this country would be licenced to treat it. The trail hunting claims are all smoke and mirrors.”

Thomas believes the secrecy surrounding meets is also telling. She and her fellow opponents find it hard to get meet dates in advance. “If they’re following a trail, which is legal, why aren’t they still letting people know where they’re going to be when? And encouraging people to take part? Because that’s not what they’re doing. I’ve never seen any evidence of a trail being laid,” she says.

To chase foxes, Hunts need land, and landowners must issue licences for trail hunting. Thomas says she has been intimidated for lobbying landowners not to issue licences. “The year before last somebody came hammering on my door demanding to know who the hell I thought I was, telling me if I came to live in a place like this I had to accept what goes on. I’d complained to the landowner. Once he’d gone, I was absolutely in bits and felt really intimidated. I found it really frightening. I was physically shaking. It left me feeling vulnerable, in such a remote place. I keep my head down now, and I feel ostracised. I don’t go in any pubs because they all hold hunt meets – under the guise of a ‘coffee morning’ followed by ‘trail hunting’. The landowners licencing the Hunts won’t take any notice of all the reports they get that this is illegal. They won’t take my word against the Hunts’.”

The influence of Hunts is so widespread, and involves so many varied professions, that any landowners who refused licences would be unable to call on tradespeople for work on their properties and estates, Thomas says. “You see vans parked for meets with logos of electricians, plumbers, builders – all sorts take part. It’s shocking,” she says.

The National Trust – one of the Lake District’s biggest landowners has issued new regulations on trail hunting, including banning animal-based scents, in response to October’s members’ vote, which is seen as an attempt to head off a ban on Trust land. United Utilities – the other large landowner in the national park – would be unaffected by the Trust's ban, leaving Hunts free to continue their activities, residents fear. To try to show it takes claims of violence seriously, the Trust also points to the fact that last year it suspended for 24 hours the licence of the Melbreak Hunt in Cumbria following a “serious assault on a hunt monitor”. Two monitors had been threatened, one of them – an elderly man – having his nose broken.

The actions of the police in trying to enforce the 2004 Hunting Act, which banned the hunting of wild mammals with dogs, are widely derided by the anti-hunt fraternity around Britain, who doubt the sincerity of their efforts. However, some flouting the law are indeed prosecuted: since the ban took effect in 2005, 423 people were convicted under it in England and Wales, according to Ministry of Justice figures. But the figure may seem low, and lower still when you consider that the Countryside Alliance says that only 24 of those cases involved members of registered Hunts. Perhaps it’s no surprise: when the legislation came into force, senior police chiefs themselves warned that the ban would be unenforceable, and the CA warned then that the police had been “placed in an impossible situation”.

When Metcalfe turned to the police, she found no support, she says. “When I call the police I’m told, ‘You can’t stop hounds chasing foxes’. The lecture I got was that hounds have hunted foxes for centuries, and if they come across a fox scent during a trail hunt, nothing would stop them pursuing the fox. I would have to prove beyond doubt that the huntsmen had made no attempt to call the hounds off, which, he told me, would be impossible. It wouldn’t surprise me if the police have been given instructions not to pursue charges regarding offences concerning the Hunting Act.”

MelbreakFHKilledfox5-11-16.jpgThomas has a similar experience. “It’s like living in a lawless part of the country. We cannot seem to get anybody to do anything about it.” She and Green have both had so many meetings with police that they gave up. “We didn’t even ring them in the end,” recalls Green. “We had no recourse to the law. We saw foxes being chased down the fell and rang the police, and by the time they arrived, it was all over. It’s just not a priority. There was a ‘hunt liaison officer’ – what a joke. Do they have a burglar liaison officer? I started reporting the mobs as antisocial behaviour. We said to the police, ‘If we told you there were 30 cars full of hoodies, your response would be very different.’ And actually the hoodies would probably be much better behaved than this lot. I also believe there’s a police officer who joins in illegal fox-hunting so how can they police it? I used to have great respect for the police and felt you could always rely on them, and I don’t feel that now.”

Cumbria Constabulary ran an operation called Operation Kilowatt against hunting three years ago, but Bland lost faith in it when “the police used to turn up and I saw them just passing the time of day with the hunters”. He says he was threatened one day as I was trying to film a hunt. “This fellow was trying to block my view in a pick-up. He got on his CB radio saying ‘I’ve got Billy in the gorse bushes, he wants learning a lesson.’ I felt threatened so I rang 999 and nobody came. I had two calls from police HQ and I could hear them talking in the background but nobody came to the phone. Then they apologised for not coming – they had no intention of coming.”

Bland says he has lost count of how many formal statements he has given to police. “I’ve had meeting after meeting with them. A lot of cases we present [evidence such as videos and photographs] to them, they do their best to let them off. They lose the evidence, then it gets to six months and they say ‘No, it’s time-barred’.” By law, magistrates’ court cases must be heard within six months of the offence. To me they are clearly protecting the hunters. I honestly think it came from government when the Act was passed,” Bland says.

Thomas sums up the frustration of many rural residents. “It’s a sense of utter helplessness that these people are breaking the law, not doing a little bit of harmless vandalism, they’re killing wild animals, with packs of dogs – for fun; they’re doing it right outside your house, and there’s nothing you can do. If the police come at all, they’re 40 minutes away and it’s usually too late when they arrive. If they do turn up in time, they say to the Hunt, ‘We had a report of illegal hunting’ and the Hunts say ‘Who – me, sir? No, sir’ and the police seem to say, ‘Oh that’s all right then’.”

The Home Office denies having advised police not to prosecute. A spokeswoman said: “We haven’t sent any guidance to police. It’s an independent operational decision for police forces on how to respond to reports of criminal activity.”

But the League Against Cruel Sports believes more could be done to crack down, and says reports of hunting are rising, with greater numbers than ever last season reporting illegal activity to its “animal crimewatch” line. In a new report, the League has outlined the damaging environmental effects of both fox hunting and trail hunting, and how they damage vegetation and affect habitats for a variety of wildlife and protected species, with activities such as blocking up badger setts. If animal urine trails are laid, the report says, they pollute the countryside.

On sourcing fox urine, the report claims: “It is likely imports may be illegal as Hunts are unlikely to have acquired the appropriate permits. If, however, Hunts claim to have sourced fox urine from the UK, they would have to source this from live foxes held captive, and as such they would become protected animals [by law], and require a special licence.”

The League agrees with those who say the level of proof needed to prosecute under the Hunting Act is higher thanUllswaterFHFoxbashedtodeathbyhuntsman26-10-09.jpg for most crimes. A spokeswoman said: “When it comes to other crimes, reasonable suspicion of someone committing a crime would normally trigger an investigation. And when the person claimed not to have done it, the investigator would not necessarily believe them, so would carry on looking for evidence. In the case of hunting, the same situation – where a person denied having anything to do with the crime – would probably lead to the investigator dropping the case. Therefore organisations like us are expected to produce far more evidence to trigger an investigation than other crimes.” The League wants the Hunting Act strengthened in areas including a new “reckless” clause to stop “trail-hunters” saying foxes are killed accidentally; a ban on the use of dogs underground and greater sentencing powers.

The Hunt in the area where Metcalfe had her business, did not respond to message requests for comment. The Countryside Alliance pointed to its statement on the National Trust vote, which urges members to vote against a ban on its land. It said: “There are currently more than 60 Hunts that apply for a licence to enable them access to National Trust land, but if this motion carries at the AGM, a number of these Hunts may no longer be viable due to a lack of country.”

The CA declined to comment on householders’ reports of disruption to their lives, homes and livelihoods, and claims of law-breaking by hunting foxes. It also refused to say where materials for laying trails are sourced. The Masters of Foxhounds Association was approached for a comment but declined to respond, as did the National Trust.

A spokesman for Cumbria Constabulary said: “We take all reports of wildlife crime seriously, especially as we serve a rural area. We have a designated wildlife officer for the force to ensure a consistent, professional and proportionate response to all incidents, in addition to planning proactive and preventative initiatives. We routinely work alongside partner agencies throughout the year including specific campaigns and operations to deal with all offences in relation to illegal hunting and related activity. We encourage that people report any illegal activity, and with evidence we will investigate these reports and bring those who commit crimes to justice. We also welcome anyone with any concerns, information or intelligence to get in touch. Anyone with information can report this to police on 101.” To some, that advice may ring rather hollow.       *Some names have been changed

Pics above -  Some misdeeds of Lake District Hunts    Top left -  Melbreak FH supporter punches monitor, breaking his nose, 10-1-17. Hunt suspended for a whole 24 hours by Nat Trust. The offender was convicted of Assault and given 80 hours Community Service.   10-1-17.   Middle right - The monitor after the attack.   Bottom left - Fox killed by Melbreak FH 5-11-16.   Bottom right -  Fox bashed to misdeeds of Lake District death by Ullswater FH huntsman 26-10-09. He was convicted and fined.

POWAperson added the following comment to the article -   I'm astonished the writer says widespread illegal hunting has long been 'suspected'. My organisation, Protect Our Wild Animals, other hunt monitors, the League Against Cruel Sports, IFAW, hunt sabs etc. have been sending clear proof to the media, including the Indy, for over a decade. 'Trail hunting' is nothing but a concocted alibi to enable Hunts to carry on chasing and killing wild mammals as they have always done. Anyone opposing them, or just seeking to record their activities, is likely to be obstructed, abused, threatened or assaulted and have their property damaged or stolen. Organised hunting is a vicious nationwide criminal conspiracy, a massive breach of the rule of law and a national scandal. The problem stems from a toxic combination of weak legislation riddled with loopholes, the selfish, ruthless arrogance of the hunting fraternity allied to their ability to flex their social and economic power to influence police and prosecutors alike, and a largely complicit media. Indy's article today is one of the first I've seen in the mainstream media acknowledging that the law is being extensively flouted by organised Hunts. Most will just swallow the 'trail hunting' lie hook, line and sinker, even when presented with evidence to the contrary. Police and CPS could do more now, but the only long-term solution is to significantly strengthen the Hunting Act [and its Scottish equivalent], including making prison sentences available, as they are for all other animal welfare crimes. See www.powa.org.uk  and www.campaigntostrengthenthehuntingact.com. National Trust members - PLEASE vote to ban the issue of licences for 'trail hunting' on Trust land.

 


Police raid investigator's house while cruel hunters remain uncharged

Scandal of fox cubs being thrown live to hounds takes horrible twist

19-9-17  Facebook - Hunt Investigation Team   SHOCKING NEWS: FOX CUB POLICE STOOP TO NEW LOW   The police have had our evidence for 15 months now. There are still no charges in this open and shut case. The remnants of the South Herefordshire Hunt are out hunting again and wilfully breaking the law. The police are aware of this and have no time or interest in responding.

They found the time yesterday however to raid the house of one of our operatives, the person who handed the mangled corpses of the two fox cubs to the police in June 2016. We are shocked beyond words that West Mercia Police could stoop so low.

This is a clear attempt by the police to intimidate the HIT while they pander to and protect the criminal elements of this notorious hunt. Please complain in the strongest terms and SHARE THIS POST. Help us keep this case in the national spotlight. www.westmercia.police.uk/article/2325/Contact-us Twitter: https://twitter.com/search… Facebook: West Mercia Police Phone: 0300 333 3000.

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Sabs prevent Essex FH digging out hunted fox

19-9-17  Facebook - Cambridge Hunt Saboteurs    Yesterday, Monday the 18th of September, two members of our team headed off to document, investigate and intervene with the activities of the Essex Hunt.

At around 1620hrs they left their kennels where they were hunting from and made their way onto the road. They quickly had a CHS vehicle following them. Shortly after leaving they pulled out of a junction onto a blind bend almost causing a catastrophic collision between a vehicle and the loose hounds that were scattered all over the road, thankfully the cars coming round the bend managed to slam on the breaks just in time.

The hounds and Hunt quickly made their way to a covert, close to a populated children's play area, where CHS intercepted them. After a few minutes of snuffing around a covert the hounds went into cry, however this blatant attempt to hunt fox cubs was foiled as CHS deployed an amplified audio recording of hounds in cry, which distracted the hounds, giving the hunted animal a chance to escape.

After this, a call was made to the police, which while useless to the animals, allowed CHS members to get closer without the fear of the notoriously violent hunt taking aggressive action to counter our attempts to save lives.

Later on in the day, after the Huntsman admitted to hunting foxes, we succeeded in preventing what was a blatant attempt to dig out by the terrier men by filming and documenting their actions. All in all, it was another win for the animals and another fail for the Hunt. Videos and photos to come.

 

Commons EDM urging NT not to licence 'trail hunts' is tabled

GrahameMorrisM.jpg18-9-17  Early Day Motion    Labour MP Grahame Morris [left] has laid an EDM to cease issuing licences for 'trail hunts'. The text is as follows- Early day motion 313 HUNTING ON NATIONAL TRUST LAND Date tabled: 13.09.2017 Primary sponsor: Morris, Grahame M. Sponsors: Hepburn, Stephen Mearns, Ian Pidcock, Laura De Cordova, Marsha Hill, Mike.

That this House is concerned at reports that illegal hunting continues to take place on National Trust land under the guise of trail hunting; notes the evidence of unopposed trespassing of staghound packs on National Trust land to engage in stag hunting; is further concerned by the potential disturbance to wildlife and damage to protected ecosystems that can be caused by these activities and the exercising of packs of hounds on National Trust land; and calls on the National Trust to cease issuing licences for trail hunting, exempt hunting and hunting hounds, exercise, and to properly enforce its ban on stag hunting.”

To date, it has just 11 signatures. If you wish to lobby your MP to sign the EDM you can contact them via https://www.writetothem.com/.

  

LACS finds National Trust staff resistant to evidence on 'trail hunting' 

18-9-17     LACS blog  by Phillipa King, Acting CEO [right]    Is the message getting through to the National Trust?  At a meeting earlier this year between the League Against Cruel Sports and the National Trust, our evidence of illegal hunting taking place on Trust land was dismissed out of hand. So, when the League was invited for its second meeting of the year, there were hopes that the Trust may finally be understanding the scale of the issue. Or perhaps not.

As you are probably already aware, the National Trust sells licences hunts to ‘trail hunt’ on its estates. Last year, itPhillipaKingActingCEOLACS.jpg issued 79 licences to 67 hunts. It is the position of the League that ‘trail hunting’ is nothing but a cover for illegal hunting, and we once again presented this argument to the Trust on Friday 8th September.

So, what’s National Trust’s latest position on illegal hunting taking place on its land? They say that if it was illegal, there were would be prosecutions, ergo there is no illegal hunting! Shocking. It is certainly true that flaws in the Hunting Act make it notoriously difficult to prosecute illegal hunting, but as we know all too well, that does not mean that it doesn’t happen. Besides which, when presented with hard video evidence of fox hunting, I find it hard to believe someone would deny the proof of their own eyes.

Not just fox hunting, but stag hunting too. Stag Hunting has been banned on National Trust land since before the Hunting Act, but when presented with footage of deer being relentlessly pursued by hounds, this footage was once again dismissed. Was it dismissed because the Trust allow ‘exemptions’ to the Hunting Act to be used? If so, how do they check this is what’s actually happening? Or maybe their attitude to our reports explains more…

Reports issues by the League and IFAW, showing exactly how hunts circumvent current legislation, were also ignored by the Trust, merely treated as ‘our perception’. This is of-course untrue, but it is curious that a meeting specifically held to hear our view (they have also met with pro-hunt parties), would then dismiss input on the grounds that it is our view? Very odd.

The National Trust prides itself on its conservation work, describing itself as ‘Europe’s largest conservation charity’, so you’ll will be as surprised as me to learn that, according to the Trust themselves, impact on conservation does not factor into how they determine what activities can take place on their land, with access to the public taking priority. This is especially concerning given our recent report highlighting the negative impacts hunting with dogs has on conservation.

This is especially worrying given that the Trust has no plans to monitor licenced hunts. They went to great pains to say that hunts may be ‘observed’, but that is as far as the Trust will go. At our last meeting the League offered training and resources, but no request was made by the Trust at this one. How they can be sure that hunts are staying within the law and the terms of their licence without being monitored is anyone’s guess.

It is this worrying lack of evidence-based decision making that makes the upcoming vote to ban hunting from Trust land so vital. They may not pay attention to the evidence given to them, but it would be unwise not to respect the wishes of the members. After all, there are over 4 million of them. If you would like to vote, you can find out how here [You have to be an N.Trust member]

 

 

Leading expert says N.Trust should not licence 'trail hunting' on its land

September 2017   Published scientific paper   Professor Stephen Harris [below left] of Bristol University, the eminent zoologist and one of the country's leading experts on wild mammals, particularly foxes, has published a paper entitled ”The impact of hunting with dogs on wildlife and conservation - A review with particular reference to the National Trust”. The following extracts from Professor Harris's Conclusion tell the tale -

The Board of Trustees’ response to members states that 'conservation and looking after the special places in our care must always be our top priority'. Since the Countryside Alliance and Council of Hunting Associations say that trail hunting has no utilitarian value to farmers and does not contribute towards wildlife management or habitat conservation, it is unclear why the National Trust allows special places to be used for trail hunting and hound exercise/training when there is no shortage of other land available for these activities.”

The absence of any rules and regulations makes it extremely hard to monitor trail hunting and hound exercise/training and decide when hunts are in breach of their licence conditions.”

ProfStephenHarris.jpg“… should the Hunting Act 2004 be repealed, all the foxhounds alive today will need to be retrained to hunt wild mammals. The same applies to packs of beagles, harriers and mink hounds. Since the key function of trail hunting has now been negated, it is unclear why the National Trust continues to licence this activity.”

Since foxhunters have maintained that artificial scents cannot be used for trail hunting, and no legally procured fox urine was available for much of the period following the implementation of the Hunting Act 2004, the inescapable conclusion is that Hunts have been in breach of the licences issued by the National Trust for most or all of the last twelve years.”

“… since hunting organisations and individuals have consistently maintained that trail hunting with artificial scents is not an option for fox hunts, although it appears to be an option for packs of beagles, it is hard to see how the National Trust’s in-depth review has considered all the available information or understand how the National Trust has decided that henceforth it will licence fox hunts to trail hunt on their land 45 using artificial scents.”

Contrary to the Board of Trustees’ response to members, changing the scents used for trail hunting will not reduce the potential for accidental fox chases, for two reasons. First, since the hunting organisations maintain that it is impossible to trail hunt with artificial scents, it seems inevitable that fox hunts will continue to use animal-based scents when trail hunting everywhere else. If so, there is no basis to believe that fox hunts will not continue to chase foxes and other wildlife on National Trust land. Second, hunting dogs instinctively give chase when they see a small animal running away from them, and it is impossible to prevent this occurring because packs of hounds often operate out of sight of the huntsman for extended periods and sometimes a considerable distance from the huntsman. So changing the scent trail used on National Trust land will, at best, have minimal impact on the effects of packs of hounds on wildlife and conservation.”

While the Board of Trustees’ response to members states that 'There is no current evidence from our properties that trail hunts are any more or less damaging to conservation than many other outdoor pursuits that we license', the scientific evidence shows that this is not the case. The mere presence of dogs triggers strong and diverse responses by wildlife and can affect prey in a variety of subtle, deleterious ways.”

Unrestrained dogs, particularly packs of hunting dogs, are particularly threatening because of their unpredictable movements, which promotes sensitisation rather than habituation by wildlife. So the more often that unrestrained packs of dogs operate on National Trust land, the greater the impacts on wildlife. Licensing hunting dogs to operate on their land is incompatible with the charitable objectives of the National Trust.”

Since their licence conditions already banned the use of terriers, it is unclear why the National Trust announced on 21 August 2017 that, 'they would Prohibit the presence of terriermen, who have no practical purpose on a trail ‘hunt’, and 'the use of their vehicles'.... the inescapable conclusion is that this “change” of policy has been necessitated by a failure of the Hunts to comply with their existing licence conditions.”

It is unclear how the proposed changes to the National Trust’s licensing conditions will increase compliance levels. Low levels of compliance with restrictions on the use of dogs in conservations areas has been a key factor necessitating a ban on dogs in natural parks and reserves in many parts of the world.”

 

 

Sabs fear Ashford Valley FH killed in early morning meet

Hounds also rioted on sheep 

17-9-17  Facebook - East Kent Sabs   Saturday 17th September   Another early morning, another hunt, this time it was the Ashford Valley Tickham hounds. They met in a field outside of Woodchurch to hunt the woods around a place called Boldshaves.

The Hunt made a start in Barn Wood, and although the Hunt was not using traditional cub hunting tactics, there can be no doubt that they were not trail hunting. The hounds were cast through the woods, encouraged by voice calls, and every time the hounds spoke, the Huntsman hunted them on by blowing staccato notes on his horn… The hounds went into full cry on many occasions, but due to the thin strips of wood that they hunted, it was decided that us calling the hounds could do more harm than good. Instead we followed and filmed and decided to only intervene if we saw a fox being hunted, using the stop tactics where needed.

We got to Great Doney Wood where the hounds had been in cry, and still at no point had we see a trail layer…..the wood was thick with brambles, too thick for a trail to be laid, yet the Huntsman allowed them to hunt on! A moment of quiet and then a long note blown by the Huntsman, was this a call for a kill?! From our position we saw the the tell tail signs of the terrier man carrying something in a sack-once back on their quad bike, they headed quickly out the area. Not long after it was all over, as the Hunt ambled back to the meet. At 9am and with only two hours of hunting they packed up -it was as if they had done what they had come for, another lesson learned by the young hounds! Not content with chasing foxes some of the hounds took to rioting amongst a flock of sheep in the field at the meet! The terrier men and a rider made repeated attempts to stop them before finally getting them back in the hounds lorry.

Whenever we feel we have evidence of illegal hunting we present footage to the police, and we have to be careful with details when posting on social media, as we are still reviewing the footage taken from several cameras. As far as a prosecution goes over this incident, we are under no illusions as to the outcome - but we only need to be lucky once!

Can you help keep us out in the fields? You can donate to our group here-https://www.paypal.me/EASTKENTHSA

                                     

Sabs think Warwickshire FH killed fox while cub hunting in maize field

17-9-17   Facebook - West Midlands Sabs  VIDEO  Fox killed by Warwickshire Hunt - footage strongly suggests that hunt kill a fox   Warwickshire Hunt. Monday 11th September. Loxley, Warwickshire  Following our previous visit to the the Warwickshire Hunt where we filmed them blatantly cub hunting, we again filmed the hunt blatantly cub hunting this time in a maize field. Foxes can often be found living in maize and corn fields so it was no surprise to find the Warwickshire Hunt with their hounds in the maize and riders surrounding the field to frighten any fox cubs trying to escape back into the maize. The fox cubs with little chance of escape will be killed and ripped apart by the hounds.

The attached footage strongly suggests that this is what happened. A member of the hunt can be seen running from the far side of the maize field, a quad bike flashes its lights and then the Huntsman rides over to the same spot and jumps off his horse. The terrierman then enters with his quad bike and drives over to the same spot. Why? Most likely to collect the body. He then leaves and drives down the road. Shortly afterwards the Huntsman gathers his hounds and continues hunting across the road.

Cub hunting is a brutal time of year for foxes, up to 10,000 fox cubs could be killed across the country during the cub hunting period (fox hunters admitted this as part of evidence given in the Burns Inquiry in 2000 before the ban.. A Hunt like the Warwickshire could expect to kill a few foxes every time they go out which during cub hunting would be four to five times a week. The number of foxes killed quickly mounts up. strengthenthehuntingact    #endcubhuntingcruelty

DONATE -  We are also out four to five days a week at the moment, our fuel costs are a big expense at this time of the year. Please consider donating to enable us continue to help fox cubs during the cub hunting period. https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs   You can also set up a standing order with us. sort code-089299 account no-65488120.

Feel free to let Warwickshire Police know what's going on https://www.facebook.com/warwickshirepolice/VOTE

VOTE - The Warwickshire Hunt are one of many hunts across the country that hunt on land owned by the National Trust. If your a member of the national trust you have the chance to vote to ban all hunting on National Trust property. If your not please encourage any friends or family who might be members to vote, this is your chance to say no to cruelty at the National Trust.  You can vote online here.

Pics below -  1/   Huntsman and hounds    2/   Riders start to surround field    3/  One rider on point    4/  Terrierman quad moving to collect fox corpse

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Beaufort FH filmed by monitor in early morning cub hunting

Two blocked badger setts found in the wood and reported to police

Monitors say the Hunt searched three woods, killing in the last

16-9-17  Facebook – Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   VIDEO   Monitors have posted a nine-minute video showing the Beaufort FH cub hunting very early in the morning of 4-9-17. Scenes are filmed inside the wood into which the hounds had been taken. Hounds are seen searching undergrowth through which a 'trail' could not realistically be laid and being encouraged vocally by the Huntsman. In any case, why would they go 'trail hunting', and without a mounted field, so very early in the day [just after dawn]. At one point the Huntsman dismounts to assist the hounds – typical in cub hunting. Also, terriermen, one guarding their quad, with terrier box attached, are present. There are at least 2 riders 'on point', ready to spot foxes and tell the Huntsmen where they are and/or drive them back towards the pack.

When the hunters become aware they are being filmed the Huntsman gathers hounds, only to return with them soon after and restarting the search. This wood was searched for an hour and a half before hounds appeared to be marking to ground. With the monitor filming on the spot, the Huntsman again gathered up hounds and moved them on. Monitors then found two blocked badger setts, which they reported to the police, who attended to record the evidence.

The video ends by reporting that the Hunt then moved on to another wood, where they again failed to find any foxes, and then to a third, where they killed.

Pics below -   1/   Huntsman and hounds 1.5 hours into their search of the wood   2/  Rider on point inside wood    3/  Another, outside wood     4/  Terrierman    5/  Hounds marking to ground     6/  Blocked badger sett 

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Frustrated West Norfolk FH Huntsman attacks sabs spoiling his cub hunting

16-9-17  Facebook - North Cambs Sabs   HIT REPORT, 16th SEP 2017 -  West Norfolk Foxhounds, Abbey Farm, Wendling     Sabs from N.Cambs, S.Cambs, Cambridge, Suffolk And Essex & Norfolk/Suffolk Sabs massed on the West Norfolk Foxhounds and swamped their attempt at fox cub hunting near the village of Wendling in Norfolk. Multiple foot groups and several vehicles kept the enraged Hunt on the move all morning, despite the attempts of the field to distract our attentions by riding off in random directions away from the hounds.

After the Huntsman has been frustrated for the first hour after sabs arrived, he turned to violence and rode at sabs and struck another in the face. Hounds were repeatedly called away from the Hunt and were happily distracted for most of the morning. Following several failed attempts to lose the many sab groups, the Hunt dejectedly hacked back to their meet with the Huntsman taking the cross country route back to their kennels at Necton. The Hunt did not manage to kill today, thanks to the efforts of the hard-working sabs.

If you support the work of hunt saboteurs in the field, and would like to help with fuel money to get us out to the hunts and stop wildlife being harmed, you can buy a coffee for us here!  https://ko-fi.com/NorthCambs.

Pic below -  Sabs being held up by police 

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Sabs keep taking hounds from 'Ledbury South' FH and fox saved

16-9-17   Facebook - Bristol Hunt Saboteurs    This morning, acting on a tip-off, we headed over the bridge to sab a meet of 'The Ledbury South'. The Hunt consists of riders and staff from the South Herefordshire Hunt (who are currently at the centre of a police investigation for feeding fox cubs straight to the hounds inside their kennels) and members of the Ledbury Hunt.

The Hunt moved off at 7am from their meet in Orcop with one group of sabs watching every move they made. You would think this lot would be hunting within the law but this was the most blatant illegal hunting of fox cubs we have seen in years. We decided to intervene at the first opportunity and took control of the hounds, forcing the Hunt to move off in an attempt to lose us. This set the tone for the rest of the morning as we continuously took the hounds away from the Hunt and to our feet. One fox was seen fleeing to safety, it was seen by hunt supporters but there was little they could do with sabs everywhere.

They finally threw in the towel at 10am after a few more failed attempts at killing wildlife. We'll be seeing you again...

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Blencathra FH filmed fox hunting on National Trust land  

16-9-17  Facebook – National Dis-Trust  VIDEO  2/09/17: Blencathra Foxhounds hunting on Carrock Fell   Hounds are cast to search around for the scent of a fox. Note that hunt members are hollering to signal that a fox has been spotted, encouraging hounds to get on to the line of the fox. This is not trail hunting.

Please #votethehuntsoff #AGM [footage courtesy of Cumbria Hunt Monitors].

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Ledbury FH cub hunt ended up on National Trust land

14-9-17  Facebook – National Dis-Trust  VIDEO    Earlier this month, the Ledbury Hunt were cub hunting and ended up on Pengethley Park, which belongs to the National Trust [sab report here]. This is despite the Trust's recent update (http://bit.ly/2syAhnO ) about any so-called 'trail hunts' needing to publish information about their whereabouts in advance when using Trust land; does anyone remember any such information on the Trust's website about the Ledbury? Didn't think so. Please send this video to Dame Helen Ghosh, the Director-General of the Trust, and ask her why the Ledbury were unable to comply with the Trust's update if they had a pre-planned route. Her email is helen.ghosh@nationaltrust.org.uk

The Hunts clearly cannot be trusted. As a member of the Trust, you can stand up for wildlife by voting them off today, in advance of the AGM. Our simple guidance for doing so is here -> http://tinyurl.com/y94gmkkk. Huge thanks to Welsh Border Hunt Sabs & Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs for seeing off these barbaric criminals on the day & for sharing the footage with us.   #voteoffthehunts   #AGM2017

The Ledbury have now merged with the South Herefordshire Hunt, who collapsed after Hunt Investigation Team filmed them throwing fox cubs to their hounds in May last year. (http://bit.ly/2x3ovT5 ).

 

Monitors film Grafton FH openly cub hunting

Huntsman makes no attempt to get hounds off fox's line

13-9-17  Facebook - Campaign to Strengthen the Hunting Act  VIDEO  Grafton Hunt - Cub Hunting   From Grafton Hunt Watch - Well, well, well, here we are again at the start of the cub hunting season and sure enough we observe the Grafton Hunt terrorising our wildlife. In an attempt to cover up their crimes, this Hunt totes a hapless golden eagle around to use as a false alibi to claim they are hunting within the law. The Hunting Act must be strengthened to stop these cruel people who think that they are above the law.

Pics  below -   1/, 2/ & 3/  Fox escaping from covert where hounds had been entered   4/  2nd fox fleeing from hounds     5/  Hounds on line of fox less than a minute later    6/   Huntsman has ignored monitor's pleas to call hounds off 

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Sabs save hare from rarely visited Dunston Harriers

13-9-17  Facebook Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs    Dunston Harriers - 09/09/17, Longwood House - Topcroft, Suffolk    Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs spent their morning with the Dunston Harriers, who were overdue a visit. We last saw them in January 2016 who were surprised to see us then, and even more so now. Horse boxes and the hound van were parked in a field opposite the T. Crawford & CO (Ltd) diary farm. An unknown person, possibly who lives/owns the farm, later claimed he owned the land south of the farm and had given permission for the Dunston Harriers to be there.

Before the Hunt took notice of our presence, it was clear what they were up to - classic hare hunting. This type of hunting is very fast paced (which can cover a lot of miles quickly) and also creates different challenges in comparison to fox hunting (which is what the Waveney Harriers have been focussing on). We spent a lot of time with the Easton Harriers last season and we don't even know what they were trying to do. Whatever it was, it was a total shambles. Anyway...

The hounds got onto a hare, with the full pack in cry. Thanks to quick reactions from 3 sabs present, a combination of expert horn blowing, shouting and tactical driving were enough to call off the majority of the pack and let the hare get away. Huntsman was left with no option but to call in the rest of the pack. Now that our presence was known, the 3x huntsmen were very quiet and clearly baffled about what to do. The 'land owner', as previously mentioned, confronted sabs and made the usual threats that came straight from Countryside Alliance guidelines. Mainly 'reasonable force blah blah blah'. Hounds spent the rest of the morning in check and were well behaved until they gave up and headed back to the meet (a grass field) at around 8:30am. The hound van was one of the first to leave while others headed to the farm to sulk into their breakfast. Jolly good.

As ever, we welcome support, or donations. If you are interested in getting involved please PM us or email us at ns.sabs@yahoo.co.uk Donations can be made out to inthenameofnaturehsa@riseup.net 

Pics below -   1/  Hunting hares on horseback. What is wrong with these people?     2/  A hare that got away 

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Middleton FH rider wanted for assault on sabs - name given to police

12-9-17   Facebook - Sheffield Hunt Sabs   Thank you to everyone who shared our post requesting help with identifying a rider at the Middleton Hunt who the police wanted to talk to regarding a potential assault. We now have a name which has been passed to the police. They can run, but they cannot hide. Thanks to everyone.

                                     

Sabs say Four Burrow FH failed to find any victims when cub hunting

12-9-17  Bath Hunt Sabs   One of our sabs joined up with a small group from Kernow Sabs early this morning. Acting on a tip off they found the Four Burrows Hunt out blatantly fox cub hunting near Praze en Beeble, South Cornwall.

Hounds were drawn through heather and coverts - areas you could never even pretend to lay a trail. Riders churned up footpaths even though signs clearly forbade them access.

Sabs pre-sprayed ready to cover the scent of any fleeing fox and stayed with the hounds all morning, ready to step in should a fox appear but luckily none did. The field looked bored, confused and quite happy to pack up and go home.

One of the hounds tried to get into our sab vehicle - we can't help that 99% of all hounds prefer sabs!

Pics below -   1/  Can I come home with you, sabs?     2/  Sign on path used by hunt riders   

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Sabs say one fox saved from Warwickshire FH attempts at cub hunting

11-9-17  Facebook – W.Midlands Sabs   Warwickshire Hunt - Oakham Farm Fishery, Loxley - Monday 11th September 2017   We are currently reviewing all of our footage. Video to follow.

We got into the area early and pre-sprayed areas we knew the Hunt would go to. Some of us saw them start at Blackwells Coppice from the A429 at around 6:30 whilst another group of us positioned the other side of the coppice heard the hounds in cry and saw a fox cub running away from the wood. We ensured it got away safely. The Hunt then left the wood and made their way across the road to Hunt behind a local nature reserve. Traffic was held up on the road because of the Hunt as they blatantly hunted through a field of crops. Maize and corn fields are places the Huntsman knows full well that foxes will be living so why put hounds into them? And why were the riders surrounding these crops? Not the actions of a Hunt acting lawfully. The Hunt then crossed the road and hunted Goldicote Coppice and Park Hill Coppice before finishing at around 10 am.

Cub hunting is one of the most brutal and cruel aspects of fox hunting, more foxes will be killed over the next few months than the rest of the hunting season. #strengthenthehuntingact 

The Warwickshire Hunt are one of many Hunts across the country that hunt on National Trust Land If your a member you can vote here to ban all hunting on National Trust land. http://tinyurl.com/y94gmkkk 

Thank you for all the information we have received from locals in the Warwickshire Hunts area after our last video. Please contact us with any information on any local hunts, all information will be treated in the strictest confidence. 07767620767. Our work means we use a lot of fuel and memory cards, we appreciate all the support that we get. We will be very busy over the next few months attending cubbing meets. You can help us by donating https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs .

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Police respond to monitors' call and shut down S.Durham FH cubbing meet

10-9-17  Facebook - N.E.Hunt Monitors    Hit Report: 09/09/2017 South Durham Hunt    Following a tip off that South Durham Hunt would be out early Saturday morning cub hunting, Hunt Monitors were up at 4am to protect our fox families.

We made our way to All Saints Industrial Estate in Shildon, near Bishop Auckland. Right on cue, around 6.30am the hound van pulls up, where it was met by around 12 riders, their support vehicles and of course, the terrier men on quad bikes. Once there we immediately rang 101 to notify them a cub hunt was in progress.

Hunt, riders and hounds made their way through to the fields and wooded area to the rear of the industrial Estate. Due to our numbers on the day – it was unsafe to go in after them on foot- which was very frustrating. However, we able to stay as close to them as we could. Armed with citronella and a Gizmo we were able to head them off and find a good spot off the road, where we could keep our eyes on them and if necessary, get in quickly and / or safely set off the gizmo without the risk of hounds running onto any roads.

Hounds were then sent into the wooded area, whilst a number of riders were strategically dotted around the perimeter, for a while just sitting and watching – for what I wonder. Maybe I watched too much Black Beauty but I was under the impression that horse riding involved…..well…..riding, and galloping over fields….. perhaps not. We were relieved when the hounds failed to pick up a scent and the Hunt then moved off, into another wooded area and then appearing to go on to search along hedgerows – rather prickly place to lay a trail.

Simultaneously, we made a second 101 call to the police to be told that it was a priority and they were in fact looking for us. Returning to the industrial estate to wait for them we were subjected to the usual intimidation and attempts to block us in by hunt support. However, the police appeared just in the nick of time.

We were exceptionally pleased with the two police officers who arrived on the scene - they were excellent. They informed us that they had already spoken to some locals who confirmed the suspicions of illegal hunting and they proceeded to speak to the hunt to ask what they were doing. Obviously, they gave the usual trail hunt lies but the police weren’t fooled and neither were we. The police were able to confirm that there were no signs of blood on any of the hounds, so coupled with the fact that we did not hear hounds in cry we are confident that no fox was harmed. With the hunt cut short and all packed up by 8am we stopped to chat to the police for a while.

We don’t want to go into too much detail, however, the two police officers who attended gave us the impression that they were committed to taking illegal hunting as seriously as any other crime - which is a breath of fresh air, so well done to Durham Police. And, on this occasion their mere presence was enough to send the hunt scum scurrying back under the stone they crawled out from. Who says there’s never a police officer when you need one?

We then set off to check on some badger setts, before heading back home for a well-deserved nana nap, happy in the knowledge that our fox families were safe for another day.Until there is a complete ban on hunting and our wildlife can live their lives in peace, we will out, watching and waiting, to do what we can to protect these beautiful animals.

If you would like help keep us out protecting wildlife then you can support us via Paypal : www.paypal.me/huntmonitors   Gofundme : https://www.gofundme.com/4brdhm0   Thanks for all the support you have shown us so far. We appreciate you all.

Pics below -   1/   Hunt servants and hounds    2/  Young riders on point   3/ & 4/  Police intervene to stop cubbing hunt 

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Film of Grafton FH supporters intimidating & threatening elderly monitors

10-9-17   You Tube – Scorpio Vulpes    Grafton Hunt intimidate and abuse elderly anti-hunt monitors   Anti hunt monitors are non violent members of the public who go to hunts to try and film illegal activity from the roads and rights of way. They are treated abominably by hunters and their supporters. Age is no protection - this film shows gratuitously intimidating and offensive behaviour towards two hunt monitors in their seventies.

Pics below -  1/  Hunters surround and menace elderly monitors    2/  Rider loses it, leaning into monitor car and shouting

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Young girls prep school gives Portland FH access for farm cubbing meet

The school has hosted actual meets in the past

10-9-17  Facebook - Wildlife Witness   On Saturday, we made a visit to help out some local monitors and Dorset Against Blood Sports at the Portman Hunt's meet at Hanford School near Child Okeford, Dorset. Hanford School is a private prep school for girls aged 7 to 13. Just why a school would choose to host a hunt meet at 6.30 in the morning in the full knowledge that no trails had been laid is beyond us!

The Hunt moved off and hounds quickly picked up in the woodland at the rear of the school and hunted intermittently for around 45 minutes. We could hear shouting and saddle slapping indicating that riders were turning foxes back towards the hounds. Having moved positions we were able to gain access to the area and kept up with the hunt for the remainder of the morning as they concentrated on drawing through hedge rows and maize fields behind the village of Shillingstone. Several times we heard riders shouting and using whistles to head foxes as they tried to escape. The final hour was spent drawing through maize fields and we were able to get close enough to film the riders surrounding the fields and our presence meant that supporters were not able to hold up and head any foxes.

We will be contacting Hanford School to ask why they would choose to host the Portman on their land.

Pics below - Rider on point outside wood     2/  Another, outside maize field

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Atherstone FH keep word and just exercise rather than cub hunting

10-9-17  Facebook – W.Midlands Sabs  VIDEO   Atherstone Hunt, Saturday 09 September 2017 – Corley    The Atherstone Hunt recently published their September meets on Facebook and claimed they would be hound exercising throughout the cub hunting period. A welcome move but a big departure from what all other Hunts across the country are doing. Cub hunting is an especially secretive time of the year for fox hunts, with only a select few invited. Now that they have been open and published some of their meets it will look incredibly suspicious if they were to revert back to being secretive or worse if they were caught out at an unpublished meet.

We went along to the first of their published meets on Saturday at Corley, it’s obvious that the Hunt are still in a mess as we saw only a handful of regular riders with the rest made up of kids and inexperienced riders. It all looked a bit chaotic and unorganised with several of the local residents talking to us about their displeasure at the Hunt's presence. However all they did was ride around a few fields and roads for a couple hours before packing up.

Cub hunting is extremely brutal and unjustifiable, in fact fox hunters admitted that they killed up to 10,000 fox cubs during cubbing before the ban as part of the Burns Inquiry in 2000. There is no reason to believe it is any different now. The fact that our campaigning has forced the Atherstone Hunt into a situation where they must hound exercise instead of cub hunting means that countless fox cubs could be saved over the next 2 months.

The Atherstone have also set a bar for all other Hunts across the country. If the Atherstone can publish their meets then why can’t all other Hunts? We have to assume the reason is because they are illegally hunting. Many Hunts use the excuse that they are just hound exercising during cub hunting, yet the Atherstone have shown exactly what that involves. No terriermen, no hounds in cry at any point, hounds close to huntsman at all times, no one “on point” or stationary around any woods or crop fields. Any deviation from this would point to illegal hunting. #strengthenthehuntingact

The Atherstone Hunt will continue to be monitored throughout the cub hunting period to ensure this is all they do. We'd like to thank Atherstone Hunt Watch monitors group who helped us keep an eye the Atherstone https://www.facebook.com/Atherstone-Hunt-Watch-1737341664…/…   We are always grateful for the support we receive especially as our campaigning relies on donations, please consider donating to us to enable us to continue to get results like this. https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs

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One bloodied, one bitten hound suggest cubbing kill by Beaufort FH

10-9-17  Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   Beaufort Hunt 09.09.2017   It was another early start for us as we set off to catch up with the Duke of Beaufort Hunt at 5.30am. Horse boxes started to pile up in Badminton Park and hounds were heard being made ready at the kennels. They set off a bit later than usual with lots of children out having their first experience of cub hunting unaware of the cruelty that lies ahead for the juvenile foxes. The usual throng of Lords, Ladies and landed gentry that make up a huge Beaufort field, were in attendance BeaufortFHYahoos10-9-17.jpgtoday plus the same old ghouls waiting with baited breath in case they can witness a kill.

Hounds were taken straight into Allen Grove a covert on the eastern edge of Badminton Park. Monitors were at the scene along with their 2 minders James Milsom and friend [right] who thought it was amusing to shout loudly and cavort around us whilst following even when we were on a footpath or public highway. Not the usual Beaufort style – we think standards maybe slipping!

They were in Allen Grove for at least 45 mins where hounds were on and off cry the whole time. Monitors were in the woods but unable to get near enough all the time. We could hear the young hounds clearly excited but not see them. When they finally emerged one hound was spotted with blood on chest - but who knows exactly what went on in there. They moved swiftly on towards Giant’s Cave where we kept them on the move – another area we are familiar with. Here we watched closely in case a fox broke cover as they pushed the hounds through a maize field that bordered the lane. Terrier men and minders kept trying to put off by saying we weren't on a footpath - thank goodness for GPS - it doesn't lie!

From here they took the hounds south into Centre Walk Brake where they were stopped again by us and less hard core hunters started to drift off home. Frustrated after this they disappeared into Badminton Park a huge expanse of private woodland belonging to the 12th Duke of Beaufort, the estate inherited after the recent death of his father. At 10am they brought the hounds back to the Badminton Park and we went home to rescue the rest of the day.

Pics below -  1/  Some of the field     2/  Badly bitten hound

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Pics issued of Middleton FH rider wanted for alleged assault on sabs

10-9-17    Facebook – Sheffield Sabs   Please share, share and share again. Police are wanting to question this rider in relation to the assault that took place on sabs at the Middleton hunt earlier this year. 3 arrests have been made but this prat is still evading arrest.

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Monitor stumbles across artificial earth in Beaufort FH country

Riders and terriermen turn up near there soon after hunt begins

Checking shows earths had been blocked with sabs in the meantime

9-9-17   Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   VIDEO   Artificial earth discovered in Beaufort hunting area

POWAperson adds -  On September 2nd, a monitor stumbled across what was clearly an artificial earth in Beaufort FH hunt country. Riders and terriermen appeared close to it soon after the hunt began. Checking revealed that, since first inspection, both AE entrances had been blocked with stone slabs. Such blocking makes no sense if they were really 'trail hunting'.

The old Duke of Beaufort [grandfather of the new one] was quite open about his family's construction and use of artificials, even saying he'd constructed some in his lambing fields [and that he'd never lost a lamb to foxes]. Most Hunts, however, even those where AE's have been found and recorded, sometimes with evidence of fox feeding by hunters at them, disown them and deny they have any role in hunting. For more info see this LACS report on AEs from 2011.

Pics below -   The artificial earth, before and after  

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Wheatland FH probable kill though sabs induced early pack up

9-9-17   Facebook - Shropshire Sabs   HIT Report 09/09/2017  The Wheatland Hunt Cubbing Meet, Larden Grange Farm, Shropshire   Hunt Saboteurs were in attendance this morning following reports of cub hunting taking place around Larden Grange Farm. Given the nature of the surrounding environment we took position on high ground to establish the location of the Hunt. During this time we discovered two sheep trapped in livestock fencing which we carefully released.

At 7.10 am we found the Wheatland Hunt [right] surrounding Morehouse Covert off the B4378, Brockton, Much Wenlock. By this point the Covert had been surrounded by the hunt for approximately one hour. As we arrived the hounds were in cry being lead around the outside of the woodland by the hunt master and simultaneously encouraged into the Covert. Sabs took position on foot and filmed the activities briefly before catching up with the hounds, moving past the followers and riders on-point and slipping into the Covert.

We moved slowly through the woodland spraying scent duller before discovering a 4-5ft high chicken wire partitionWheatlandFHcubbing9-9-17.jpg dug into the ground directly through the centre of the Covert. We suspect this has been put in place to restrict and reduce the area available to the foxes. There was no evidence of pheasants or other game birds that this normally has accommodated, let alone much wildlife, hence our suspicions.

After exiting the woodland to establish where the hounds were now positioned we were intercepted by the Master of the Hunt and landowner. The circumstances could have escalated quickly as terrier men arrived by quad bike, identities concealed, and swiftly became aggressive. Due to this we decided to follow directions to leave the land by the landowner who proceeded to use his horse to intimidate sabs whilst facilitated by followers blocking any access or sight of the hunted covert.

The Hunt called West Mercia police who arrived on scene promptly. We were able to establish first contact before the hunt could smokescreen their activities further. While explaining the situation to police hounds went into full cry and Huntsmen sent them into the covert. This lasted for no more than 5 minutes before a deafening silence fell across the countryside. We suspect that at this point a kill was made, shortly afterwards the hounds re-emerged and The Wheatland Hunt packed up for the day.

Despite the potentially disheartening results The Wheatland Hunt was a poorly attended meet with little support from riders and hunt followers. We are pleased the Hunt packed up early and hope to be able to build relations with West Mercia Police to prevent further breaches of the Hunting Act 2004 in future. Video evidence to follow.

If you are able to support Shropshire Hunt Saboteurs and help us protect wildlife please buy us the equivalent of a coffee, all money raised will be used to fund rising fuel costs and equipment for peaceful interventions against wildlife crime in Shropshire. www.ko-fi.com/shropshirehuntsaboteurs  

POWAperson adds -  This is the first sabbing report on the Wheatland, who hunt in deepest rural Shropshire, I have ever seen. This was the Hunt with whom James Barrington chose to pose on Boxing Day 1995, a couple of weeks after his treachery and failed attempted coup resulted in his expulsion from the League Against Cruel Sports. He chose the Wheatland because it was the local Hunt of the poisonous Janet George, Press Officer for the Countryside Alliance, with whom he had become pally.

 

Sabs suspect bagged fox at South Devon FH - but helped it escape hounds

9-9-17   Facebook - South Devon Animal Rights   Hit Report - Saturday 9th September   Today, in contrast to the badger cull, we turned our attention to aiding the foxes. It is the season for training up young hounds and unfortunately fox cubs are the main target for the savage kill that needs be instilled in the inexperienced young pack.

The South Devon Hunt met at Langstone Cross, near North Bovey at around 6am and departed on their bloodlust trail at 6.30. With a mounted field of at least a dozen riders they headed west to the slopes of Easdon Down. We kept parallel with them using voice calls now and then to deter any excited hounds. Huntsman Robert Medcalf soon realised he would have to keep his pack close for fear of a game of ping pong, so gathered and moved swiftly on to an adjacent wood.

The young enthusiastic hounds soon picked up on an array of scents and frequently went into cry, including a short deer chase, but with sabs positioned perfectly around the wood together with voice calls and commands to the pack, no kills were made. Medcalf obviously favours this wood to the open moor as the cubs don't venture too far at this age and he and his other murdering cronies seemed determined to get there fix in this beautiful woodland, thus transforming it into a death ground. But with sabs upsetting his fun and hounds becoming confused the pack soon became widespread and a long time passed whilst he gathered his tools of the trade.

At around 9.15am after trying to leave us behind several times and not succeeding, sabs suddenly noticed a boxed up quad driven by the ever delightful Phil Morrish, ex terrierman for the Mid Devon hunt. So, was he called in to assist with a little bagged up present or did he just arrive late after sleeping through his alarm? With Morrish sneakily trying to hide out of sight, hounds were gathered for what seemed to be the show the hunt were waiting for. Within minutes hounds were in full cry. Sabs desperately rated, called and did everything to save the poor terrified animal. The chase went west to where the hunt originally started at daybreak and headed out a short distance, but excitement soon dampened and hounds circled back.

Looks like our friend had a lucky escape. We hope! With an air of frustration and disappointment the Hunt packed up at 10am. Hopefully a handful of foxes will get to live another day. A big well done to our sabs who put everything into saving our beautiful foxes again.

  

Sabs disrupt Stevenstone FH's evening cubbing - no kills

9-9-17  Facebook Devon County Hunt Saboteurs   HIT REPORT: 9 Sept 2017 Stevenstone Hunt, Frithelstock, Devon   We intended to sab the Eggesford but turned up to their meet and there was nobody there. Hunt chairman Mr Trerise, whose farm it was, helpfully told us about the Stevenstone meet up the road! The rest, as they say, is history.

N.Cambs sabs worked with Devon County, Somerset and Sheffield sabs today to disrupt the Stevenstone Hunt's attempt at cub hunting this evening in the rolling hills of Devon. A large foot sab group intercepted the pack of hounds being cast by whippers-in and the Huntsman on foot, down into a wooded valley in sight of the ruined abbey.

As soon as sabs arrived on scene, the hunt quickly huddled together and appeared at a loss as to what to do next. Flustered faces and panicked mobile phone calls were observed. With sabs close to the hounds at all times, what had started as an attempt to kill fox cubs, ended up as a glorified puppy walk.

One noteworthy incident, when the terrierman (why is it always the terriermen?) was questioned as to what he had in the boxes on his quad, he answered "cherries". Hmm. I don't think so. The Hunt attempted to march up and down the hill, and even enlisted the help of the farmer landowner who decided to release bullocks into the field with the sabs in. Using cows as a weapon is a new one on us. Ultimately the hunt packed up and went home, with hunting impossible after sabs repeatedly called away their hounds. No kills managed by the animal abusers and everyone got home safe.

 

Sabs annoy new Cotswold Vale FH Huntsman by spoiling cubbing attempts

9-19-17  Facebook - Bath Hunt Sabs   VIDEO   Another early morning we joined up with Bristol and Three Counties sabs in deepest darkest Herefordshire, to greet the new Huntsman of the Cotswold Vale Foxhounds, Gary, who was out with his new mates, although not many had come out to play!

Meeting at Woodsfields Farm, Aston Crews, Gary and his new playmates go out in the hope of KILLING fox cubs, but with 2 Landies filled with Sabs, he had no chance! With the foot sabs out in 2 groups and the Landies circling we've got eyes on for most of the morning, keeping them on the move, having no chance to hunt! The few times the hounds go into 'cry' sabs are there to 'rate' the hounds or pulling them away from their prey.

Gary gets upset, but not as much as when sabs start playing hound 'Ping Pong', with one group of sabs calling the hounds, then the other, with the hounds going back and forth between, the hounds getting plenty of exercise and Gary getting more angry! So they retreat back to Woodsfields Farm to pack the puppies away, No foxes killed and the sabs go for a late breakfast. Please keep us out protecting our wildlife, buy us a coffee at: http://ko-fi.com/bathsabs

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East Sussex FH pack up as soon as sab reinforcements appear

9-9-17  Facebook - South Coast Hunt Sabs   Some Hunts are ashamed enough of their activities to hide it under a smoke screen of trail hunting, not the East Sussex and Romney Marsh who think they are immune to the law and action of sabs. Well we had them under long range photo and video observation last Thursday at Beckly and today we caught them cub hunting at Nunningham Farm, Herstmonceux...

Today we were first on the scene but, with no luck elsewhere, were quickly joined by sabs from Croydon and East Kent groups, ending up with around 25 sabs in total. We quickly got sabs into the field where the Hunt took one look at us and turned tail for home, not even making a pretence to follow any mythical trail.

On the road there was much videoing of our Landys, trying to block them in and then when they mounted the verge to get around much shouting and waving of fists. Mrs Bumpkin quote of the day has to be: ‘Haven’t you lot got anything better to do on a Saturday?’…. Saving animals lives seems like a good use of our time but that is clearly just us. So with some of our sabs in the badger cull zone and the cub hunting now in full flow it’s going to be a busy and costly time until March. If you are interested in joining us please email:

Southcoasthuntsabs@gmail.com Or if you cannot and would like to donate to help us with running costs and equipment, all will be greatly appreciated.

                                     

Sabs spoil Cottesmore FH's morning cub hunting

9-9-17  Facebook - Northants Hunt Sabs    VIDEO    HIT REPORT: 09.09.17   Another early start for us in Cottesmore country with pals from N.Cambs Sabs this morning - these pre-dawn wake up calls take some getting used to.

As we headed to Bisbrooke, we caught two naughty terriermen hopping back on to their quadbike and heading off in the opposite direction, so we went in to investigate. Within 5 minutes, we had the field of riders in sight, with hounds, and the whipper in was already using voice calls to urge the hounds on for a kill, a blatant sign of illegal hunting.

With sabs on the scene, the redcoats panicked and turned tail, heading away from us with their paid-up riders trying to keep up. At one point, they were caught marking to ground, letting hounds dig at a fox hole, but were quick to call hounds out when they realised we were there, and filming. The bird of prey excuse was bandied around, but that's about as believable as them saying they've laid a trail, or that unicorns exist.

Sabs barely lost sight of the hounds all morning, even managing to pull the whole pack away from bemused redcoats, who scratched their heads and looked on helplessly. A great morning with no kills, and a well-earned rest now for us and fellow sabs, all who seem to have had a kill-free morning.

Pics below -  1/  The Cottesmore FH trying to cub hunt   2/  Hound marks fox to ground     3/  Naughty sabs take the pack walkies

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Thurlow FH 'dejected' as sabs ensure kill-free cubbing meet

9-9-17   Facebook - South Cambs Sabs    Hit Report – 09/09/2017 Thurlow Hunt, 6.30am   Horseheath Racecourse, Cambridgeshire   Unfortunately it is that time of year again when we are up at the crack of dawn preparing to stop hunters attempting to rip apart baby foxes. We'd firstly like to thank those who give us invaluable information and make a plea to any others; if you have information on the whereabouts of illegal hunting please get in touch.

This morning we joined our compadres from Cambridge and Suffolk & Essex sabs to stop the Thurlow hunt [right]. From the outset the hunt surrounded the nearest wooded area and begun to flush the hounds through it. After hearing the hounds get progressively louder we made our way to the corner of the woods only to see an adult fox skim its outskirts and dive away from the direction of the pack. It all seemed extremely conveinant that the very first wooded area and within the first few minutes, the hunt had immediately put up a fox. We sprayed the area and used calls to lift up the hounds off the scent, immediately the hunt and their supporters started seething with anger and alThurlowFHCubbing9-9-17.jpgong come the usual bully tactics.

After attempting to walk horses into us, waving their sticks about, trying to shove us about and the "geeer off my land," we carried on unfazed and to their dismay the other foot sab team caught up with them, stopping the hounds rioting on a small herd of deer. The rest of the morning was spent watching them ride a round in circles in mostly silence, which was an absolute joy because hunters and their followers never seem to shut up. Its probably the only way to deal with their guilt when they've been caught out. No sane rational person slaughtering baby foxes for sport can be proud of it.

Another fox was seen fleeing the scene towards the end of the day but again with sabs well within sight and with a little help they got away. Dejected and thoroughly purple by the end, the Hunt trotted back to the meet point. A no kill day where everyone got home safe. Like sabs up and down the country trying to protect our wildlife from barbarity - we wish all days were like this one.

If you want to give us confidential information on hunting or you wish to join us in the field, email us at Schuntsabs@riseup.net or message the page.

  

Sabs assaulted at Suffolk & Essex FH as teenagers use quads dangerously

9-9-17  Facebook - Cambridge Sabs   Hit report, 2nd Sept 2017   Last weekend, We joined up with our good friends over at SES - Suffolk And Essex Hunt Sabs - to successfully sabotage the Essex and Suffolk Hunt who were hunting fox cubs.

Prior to going out, we were prepared for more aggression than usual from the Hunt as an attempt to stop people witnessing what was actually going on, and as predicted the terrier men who have become quite well known to us immediately started to use excessive amounts of force, hitting and trying to trip up two sabs and shoving another female sab. During the course of the day, we saw a lot of wildlife that had been scattered by the Hunt, however, we were not aware of any kills or attempted kills throughout the day, despite the best efforts of the Hunt.

As we usually see at hunts, the terrier men used quads to get around, they're often used as weapons and driven at sabs, we often see overloaded quads with as many as four riders on the back, but I digress, but what we saw on the day was younger teenagers, 15-17, who were riding quad bikes in wholly dangerous manners both for themselves, us sabs and the mounted riders around them, pulling wheelies and jumping the quads within around 12ft of the horses, which spooked one horse which started rearing up slightly before settling back down. It is also worth mentioning that it is typical to see them being used on the road, which with more than two riders, is illegal and we have seen many quads being confiscated by police because of this and the lack of registration, number plates, insurance, helmets etc. It just seems like one law for them and another for the rest.

In the early hours of today, we'll be back out again putting our best efforts into saving the vulnerable wildlife which we as a country often take for granted while ignoring their cries for the basic wish to be alive.

 

Derwent FH illegal hunting case thrown out by judge early on

7-9-17  Facebook - Sheffield Hunt Sabs  VIDEO  It would seem that good evidence and lots of good luck wishes aren't enough to overturn a corrupt legal system and a useless CPS lawyer. The case against the Derwent Hunt at Scarborough Magistrates Court today was thrown out by the judge, at the request of the defendants' barrister. This was despite the fact that not one of the 3 defendants were asked to enter the witness box and explain their actions on the day.

Why were two terriermen called to the wood? Why did all three defendants deny knowing the terriermen? What went on in the wood for 10 minutes? Why were hounds suddenly released through the wood by the Huntsman only to reappear in pursuit of a fox? There is no justice, there's just us. https://gogetfunding.com/help-sheff-sabs-save-badgers/

Pics below -  1/  Terriermen called in     2/  Huntsman and terriermen go into wood together   3/  10 mins later hounds are chasing fox bolted from wood   4/  Hounds searching for lost fox, Huntsman not calling them off  

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POWAperson - Hopefully, we will at least get an explanation of why the judge threw this case out so early on. The video evidence looks damning, but the requirements to prove a case of illegal hunting are very stringent. Reproduced below is the original report re. the charging of the Derwent 3. 

16-5-17  HSA Press Release   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.

 

Cheshire FH cause road havoc - visited by cops as locals complain

7-9-17  Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    Cubbing in Bruera 07/09/17    Thanks so much to our two local supporters who tipped us off. They led us straight to the Cheshire Hounds hunt in Bruera this morning. Our covert monitors filmed them trying to hunt through woods close to Platts Lane and others caught them causing lots of havoc for locals and commuters, with hounds all over the road. Police were in attendance, they also attended the hunt kennels in Sandiway earlier this morning after complaints from local residents. Together we can stop this!

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Waveney Harriers may have killed in early morning cubbing

WaveneyHarriersFoxgotawaywithsabhelp7-9-17.jpg7-9-17  Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs   Waveney Harriers – 07/09/17, Town Farm , Chediston, Suffolk   Another early start with the Waveney Harriers who met at the property of John Ibbott (Joint Master & Parish Council member for Chediston & Linstead). Though they are a Harrier pack, they are also registered with the MFHA (Masters of Foxhounds Association) and have been focussing more and more on fox hunting in recent years. This morning was no exception, with a clear display of cub hunting.

The Hunt set off a lot earlier than last week and spent the majority of time in woodland. Hounds were in and out of cry and were often encouraged by the huntsmen Reuben Kench. With the presence of terrier-men, it can quickly become a delicate situation. A fox broke cover [left] and was able to escape, with the reinforcement of having it's scent covered. Saboteurs then witnessed the whipper-in unable to get the split pack back together, which resulted in the terrier-men also take action.

Once a full pack had been restored, the Hunt decided to head back to the meet for an early finish at 8am. We believe a fox may have been killed due to the early pack up and the confident attitude of Reuben Kench as he arrived back to the meet. Not satisfied that they weren't trying to go out once again, we enjoyed the early morning sunshine until the hounds returned the kennels.

As ever, we welcome support, or donations. If you are interested in getting involved please PM us or email us at ns.sabs@yahoo.co.uk Donations can be made out to inthenameofnaturehsa@riseup.net Would like to thank those who have been in contact with us and those who have donated money.

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 POWA person adds - In a separate comment, sabs say the Waveney Harriers eagle owl [visible on arm of man standing on right of pic above] has, to the best of their knowledge, never been used. And they sab the WH a lot.

 

North Cotswold FH hunted around bTb struck cattle farm

Farmer says happy to have hounds running round farm buildings

Hunt falconer makes inappropriate sexual remarks to female sab

7-9-17  Facebook - Kingston Hunt Sabs   Whilst doing badger cull stuff, we still sab hunts. North Cotswolds Hunt cubbing meet early doors out of Evetts Farm, Wormington. Last year this farm was declared a TB hotspot. Despite this, and already having lost cattle to bTB this year, when asked, farmer James said he doesn't mind the hounds - hunt hounds being proven carriers of TB - running free, through slurry, feed stores and drinking out of the water buckets. We have the conversation on film and will report the situation. We think he shouldn't be claiming compensation for lost bTB animals when his biosecurity is so slack. We saw 2 foxes away. The hunt also put up deer. Calvin the falconer made a rape joke to a female sab. We have it on video. Trail obviously not laid through hedges, and they hunted in cattle fields amid cattle, on a bTB farm. Good morning's sabbing with a handful of other sabs from Croydon and 3C.

Pics below -   1/ Hounds in and out of farm buildings    2/  Hunt falconer, nearest camera 

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7-9-17  Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Sabs   We were up and about early this morning checking setts within the North Cots cull zone and received a tip-off that the North Cotswold Hunt were meeting in the area of Wormington. Ryefield Farm was the meet at which a 3C sab's camera and glasses were broken at this time last season as she was 'lifted' out of a field by a hunt supporter on a horse. Despite the obvious assault West Mercia police did not pursue a case against the rider -  https://vimeo.com/182389568

We had the pleasure of the company of some sabs from Croydon and Kingston groups and at around 6.15am we watched terrierman Will Haines [who recently received a caution for attempting to run a 3C sab over on his quad at the end of December last year and was decidedly more polite and quiet today] heading into a covert with a known artificial earth in it near to Wormington Grange. He spotted us and called in our presence and the Hunt headed east and away from the coverts he had just been messing around in..

A couple of maize fields later and the hunt had picked up on a couple of scents back near Wormington Grange, but we were close by. Having recognised a familiar face - Tim Pearce-May, ex-whipper-in of the Ledbury Hunt - out with terrier and joining Haines on the quad, we watched as the Hunt drew the hounds through a small piece of shrub, hounds picking up and running towards sabs. A fox cub was spotted trying to break from the adjacent hedge and soon made eye contact with a lone hound who hesitated before bounding into the hedge as the cub backed off. We rated hounds and told huntsman Nigel Peel that we had fox on camera which slowed the Hunt down before the cub broke into the field. We intercepted, rating, and turned hounds back before spraying the area to help cover the scent.

Calvin Crossman, falconer and desperate alibi for the hunt, turned up after the attempted chase, making a lame attempt at watching out for hunted cubs at the next covert (where sabs saw another cub run to safety) and made a rape joke about one of our sabs before excitedly calling other hunt staff to tell them that the sab obviously wanted him... back in December he assaulted a 3C sab - the same sab attacked by Haines - but West Mercia police took no further action against him. https://vimeo.com/198087658

It wasn't long before the Hunt returned to Ryefield Farm - a farm which had a bTB breakdown in 2016 - where hounds drank from water buckets, ran around cow sheds and into slurry and jumped in and out of separation crates where calves lay. Strange that the landowner thought it perfectly ok for hounds to run around like this, despite bTB also being present in other areas of the NCH hunt country, including where they dug out and killed a fox last season just south of Evesham especially after the Kimblewick Hunt hounds contracted bTB earlier in the year. Kingston Hunt Sabs have some great photos of hounds around the farm.

We asked Pearce-May how he'd managed to spiral so low, going from whipper-in of a fairly prestigious hunt to terrierman of this lot (turns out he hasn't even managed to get to terrierman stage... and he ended up doing more whipping-in duties than the whipper-in himself!) He told us that "someone needs to kill things for them, don't they?" And Mark Meladay (Ledbury huntsman) had said he wasn't a real enough man for him...

We'll be out again soon. Support us if you can! www.paypal.me/threecountiessabs

Pics below -   1/  Fox close to hound and rider    2/  Fox making a break. Rider looking wrong way.   

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10-9-17  Facebook - Kingston Hunt Sabs    Oi, DEFRA, here are some awkward questions: 1) Evetts Farm is registered on the bTB map. It has been since 2016. They have lost herd member/s to bTB this year. So why host a fox cub hunting meet - hosting a pack of hounds, when hunting hounds have been shown to spread the bacteria? The farmer is showing zero concern about the hounds contracting TB from his farm. Is this because he knows that the North Cotswolds Hunt hounds already have TB? Or that he doesn't have any qualms in risking exposing them to it? 2) Did the North Cotswolds Hunt master, Nigel Peel, know that Evetts Farm is a bTB breakdown farm? If yes, why did he arrange a hunt meet there, risking his hounds? How could he not know the TB status of the farms he arranges his meets at? The information is publicly available on the iBTB map. If he didn't check the farm status before arranging the meet, and farmer James did not inform him whilst they were agreeing dates/times for the meet, is Peel now having his hounds tested for TB? Is Peel angry with James? Are the North Cotswolds Hunt hounds now in quarantine? Or are they still actively going out hunting, risking spreading the bacteria? (The bacteria can survive outside of its host, so even if a hound didn't become infected, it could easily spread the disease through mud on their paws, or manure/slurry. Same goes for the hunt's horses hooves and the terriermen's quadbike wheels and the hunt staff's boots.

  

Sabs assaulted at shambolic Tiverton FH cubbing meet

5-9-17  Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs   HIT REPORT 4th Sep 2017 Higher Pirzwell Farm, Kentisbeare, Devon. Tiverton Foxhounds, evening cubbing meet.   N.Cambs Hunt Sabs joined forces with Devon County and Sheffield Sabs to hit the Tiverton Foxhounds at their woeful attempt at cubbing tonight.

Foot sab teams were dropped on either side of the Hunt, after spotters located the hounds. It became immediately obvious that the Tiverton Foxhounds are a pack in disarray. The foot support looked shocked and confused, possibly because sabs quickly located hounds which the whipper-in seemed unable to. The pack split into two uncontrolled groups, running through maize fields, stopping to drink from slurry polluted puddles and ignoring the cries of the stressed whipper-in.

Sabs stayed close to the hounds through tall maize fields, and escorted the various packs back to the meet, where the waiting game began. Unfortunately the Tiverton terrierman's patience wore thin and several sabs were assaulted as it became clear that we had ruined their fun for the evening. A thoroughly unpleasant chap who we would not recommend going for a drink with.

End result, hounds were a shambles, no blood on the snouts and so no kills we believe. Tiverton Foxhounds were seriously irritated and our presence in Devon is firmly announced.

5-9-17  Facebook - Devon County Hunt Sabs   Another cubbing meet sabbed last night. This time it was the turn of the Tiverton Foxhounds, who met at Higher Pirzwell north of Kentisbeare. We joined N.Cambs, Sheffield and Somerset sabs to keep an eye on them as they drew maize fields and valleys between the meet and Blackborough House. No sign of a trail being laid at any point. Tempers flared at the end, as a Tiverton terrier man assaulted several sabs on a public road outside the meet. It's fair to say they were rattled.

For the past few years Devon's Hunts have been getting an easy ride during the cubbing season as sabs were preoccupied with the badger cull. However, this year we've been getting regular tip-offs and with new cull zones popping up all over Devon, sabs are also increasingly bumping into the Hunts whilst they're out doing other things. With the help of other sab groups that are down here for the cull we are able to sab more cubbing meets. So please keep sending in relevant intel!

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Welsh Hunt Master in court on badger baiting and other animal cruelty charges

5-9-17   Facebook - Hunt Saboteurs     A master of the Dwyryd Hunt, David Thomas, has been charged with badger baiting offences.

4-9-17   Daily Post   Six in court over badger and dog fighting charges - A 13-year-old boy was among the four men and two youths who denied the charges at Caernarfon    Six people have appeared in court charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a badger during a fight with dogs. The incident is alleged to have taken place at a farm in Blaenau Ffestiniog in February this year, magistrates at Caernarfon heard. The four men and two youths all denied the charges and the matter was adjourned for trial.

Jordan Alexander Houlston, of Alexandra Road, Llandudno, faces 10 charges in all.... Marc Wyn Morris, of Cwm Bowydd Farm, Blaenau Ffestiniog, denied six charges relating to the alleged incident on February 5 and subsequent care of dogs...

David William Thomas, 51, also of Cwm Bowydd Farm, faces charges of wilfully injuring a badger, taking part in an animal fight and being present at the alleged incident and causing unnecessary suffering to the animal on February 5, 2017. He also faces charges of keeping premises for use for an animal fight on or before February 8 this year. Thomas is also accused of causing unnecessary suffering to two foxes by confining the animals in cages in close proximity to dogs before February 8. He is also accused of failing to ensure two dogs were kept watered, and of exposing six dogs to risk of injury by fighting them with other animals.

Evan Bleddyn Thomas, 52, also of Cwm Bowydd Farm, denied a charge of keeping premises for use for an animal fight. A 17-year-old youth and a 13-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, both denied four charges including wilfully injuring a badger at or near Cwm Bowydd Farm on February 5, 2017...

A further hearing will be held at Llandudno next month when arrangements for the trial, which is expected to last several days, will be made.

                                     

Sabs say Warwickshire FH were blatantly cub hunting

4-9-17  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Sabs   VIDEO    WARWICKSHIRE HUNT Monday 4th September 2017   On Monday a few of us were joined by an independent monitor, we caught the Warwickshire Hunt blatantly cub hunting by their kennels in Little Kineton. Please watch, like and share the video. This is what is happening in Warwickshire.

Please contact us with any information on any local hunts, all information will be treated in the strictest confidence. 07767620767 Our work means we use a lot of fuel and memory cards, we appreciate all the support that we get. We will be very busy over the next few months attending cubbing meets. You can help us by donating https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs or setting up a standing order. sort code-089299 account no-6548812

POWAperson adds - Watching the video, one could hardly hope to see a more blatant piece of cub hunting. Riders on point, including a child, surrounding the copse into which the hounds are entered, slapping their saddles to scare any fox cubs trying to escape. It is very hard to see how the Warwickshire FH could explain this away as 'trail hunting' or 'exercising hounds. It looks just like traditional cub hunting, cruel and illegal.

Pics below  1/  Hounds entered into copse   2/  Rider on point, slaps saddle   3/ Child rider does the same   4/  Hounds in copse searching

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Cumberland Farmers FH hounds filmed down badger sett while trespassing

Previously unseen report from January this year uploaded to new FB page -

4-9-17    Facebook - Cumbria Monitors   Cumberland Farmers FH, Ratten Row, 14.1.2017    Two female monitors located the Cumberland Farmers at Chalk Plains wood shortly before noon on 14.1.2017. Riders and hounds waited patiently by the woodlands edge for foxes to be bolted into the open by terrier men going about their disgusting work. A fox was spotted by the monitors escaping unnoticed by the Hunt but appeared to be limping badly, it’s fate is unknown!

Finding a suitable position on the road to observe the Hunt's movements from, one monitor ventured out on foot while the other remained with the vehicle. Unfortunately it wasn't long before support realised the Hunt's attempts to flush out were being monitored and began a vile torrent of abuse which lasted for the remainder of the day. InCumberlandFarmersFHHuntsmanLeePeters14-1-17.jpg defiance of the support's appalling behaviour the monitors stuck to the task in hand and shadowed the Hunt's movements as it moved on to Ratten Row arriving there shortly after 1pm.

Once again, despite the oppressive atmosphere, the two monitors set up as before, one remaining amongst support with the vehicle, the other setting off on foot into the thick bracken/scrub which covers the area. From the off it was apparent something was going down! The hounds were in an excited state, support were shouting words of encouragement, and the Huntsman, (Lee Peters - right), was urging the pack on with horn calls. With all the commotion going on it wasn't difficult for the monitor on foot to find the source of the hounds excitement, they'd run a fox [there was possibly a second fox] to ground in a badger sett.

Wasting no time they began to shout to the Huntsmen to call the hounds off, informing him he was been filmed, as well as yelling at the hounds to "leave it" and "get back to him"! This went on for some time, during which support also arrived at the scene to once more hurl abuse at the monitor, before the pack retreated back to the Huntsmen and they left the area. The monitors followed on but all was quiet for the remainder of the afternoon.

The incident was reported first of all to the League against cruel sports who advised the monitors to contact the police, which was done immediately! It was also reported to the Lake District National Park Authority who the monitors believed to be the landowner. The LDNPA confirmed it was indeed their land, they also stated that the Cumberland Farmers were not licenced by them and did not have permission to be on the land at Ratten Row. The police were also informed of these findings, and after they'd completed their investigation a file was handed to the CPS. Unfortunately the CPS decided no further action was to be taken.

POWAperson adds -  Great work by the monitors, both in being in the right place and deterring the Hunt from attempting a dig-out and in establishing they'd been hunting on land where they had no permission.  

Pics below -  1/  Hunt riding out     2/  Hounds marking to ground at badger sett - Hunt was trespassing 

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7-9-17  Facebook – Cumbria Monitors   VIDEO   The incident at Ratten Row 14.1.2017 as seen from the road! Note the hunt supporter using their horse to obstruct the monitor's view, also a supporter can be heard encouraging the hounds on at the end of the clip!

                                     

South Tetcott FH hound with 'huge mammary tumour' hunted with pack

4-9-17   Facebook - Somerset Hunt Sabs    We love our hounds we do !!! They lead a fabulous life of hunting as part of the hunt community. Oh Yes !!!! Meanwhile, in the real world, hounds are treated like disposable items, given little or no vetinary care, shot when they become slower than their peak, forgotten as soon as they are thrown in the bin. Here, one of the South Tetcott hounds, a female, was photographed in deepest Devon last week . The large growth on the rear right of the hound is a mammary tumour, swaying as she trots, ignored by the hunt personnel. Veterinary opinion is that this growth has been there and growing for months ! If this isn't criminal neglect, what is ?

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Surrey Union FH 'obstructed' sab guiding paramedic to heart attack monitor

3-9-17  Facebook - Surrey Hunt Monitors   THE GRUBBY PASTIME OF CUB HUNTING IN SURREY 2nd September 2017  found the Surrey Hunt Monitors at the Surrey Union, cub hunting at Kilnwood Farm, Faygate at the extremities of their country. This is a particularly secretive meet, however a little bird told us they may be in the Rusper area. The kennels were watched as well as a team in Rusper to see the comings and goings. It was soon confirmed that they were at Faygate, so we were joined by Guildford, North Downs and Croydon Hunt Sabs to pay them a visit.

On finding the Hunt with many cars ‘holding up’ the entire side of a wood to prevent fox cubs escaping. Hounds and horn calls confirmed the Hunt's presence. Two foxes were seen bolting from the corner of these woods literally as soon as we turned up, bypassing the vehicles and going into the adjacent wood. At the distance, we couldn’t tell if they were adult foxes or cubs but it was clear the Hunt was not following a trail, but actively hunting young foxes.

As soon as they realised they were being monitored, they pulled the hounds out of the wood and clearly panicking, loitered around for some time, trying to decide what to do. By this time, we had called the Police to report illegal hunting.

The usual angry ‘banter’ from the Hunt followed, but we stood our ground as the hunt were clearly not trail hunting. The Hunt demonstrated the antithesis of what they are supposed to represent; as so called prominent members of society, by showing a lack of respect for the democratically agreed laws of the land to suit themselves could be called ‘Anarchy’.

The Hunt moved off back to the meet without the foot and vehicle support. The alleged landowner appeared, miraculously producing a piece of rag on a rope which she had been allegedly laying trails with - well we believed that!!

A short time later, one of our monitors fell ill with a suspected heart attack. Quick support was given by sabs who made him comfortable and professionally assessed his condition. The paramedics were called and managed to find their way through the woods to our location. The result was that an air ambulance was called for and took our friend to hospital.

The Hunt displayed an unbelievable contempt for the situation and still actively obstructed a sab entering the field who was transporting a paramedic to the scene in his vehicle. The Police had to move them out of the way. The terrier ‘boys’ followed the ambulance through the field at speed obviously hoping to gloat, but held back in the end, losing their nerve. A lone monitor who was walking towards the ambulance was given abuse from boys from the safety of their vans but carried on nonetheless. A particularly foul-mouthed girl; who couldn’t have been more than 12 or 13 in the terrier boys van, hurled abuse from the van throughout the day. The monitor told the terrier boys that if the situation was reversed, and they had life threatening injuries or illness, we would help them. Even though we are poles apart, we are intelligent human beings; who although we despise their grubby activities, would help a fellow human being. There are plenty of stories of sabs and monitors aiding stricken hunters in the field. We will not stoop to their level!

It must be said that the gamekeeper who saw his exchange was very helpful, and managed to put our differences aside to smooth the way for the ambulances, and for this we thank him. A bittersweet day for us but with a bit of RnR, our good friend will make a speedy recovery. Get well and join us back in the field soon.

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3-9-17  Facebook - Guildford Sabs    After receiving information that the Surrey Union Hunt were intending to go cub hunting on Saturday morning, Guildford Sabs and Surrey Hunt Monitors took up positions on roads around the hunt kennels at 5am. Sure enough at 5.30am the hound van was seen leaving the kennels and it's direction of travel ascertained. Some time later one of our vehicles spotted a horsebox heading into Kilnwood Farm near Faygate.

Once the meet was confirmed we contacted North Downs Sabs and Croydon Sabs who were soon on their way. Whilst awaiting their arrival Surrey Hunt Monitors took up positions to covertly monitor the hunts activities. It soon appeared that they were engaged in full on cub hunting with no sign of trail layers and several foxes seen to flee for their lives. With the arrival of North Downs & Croydon the hunt soon knew the game was up and headed back to the meet to pack up.

During this time one of the Surrey Hunt Monitors was taken seriously ill with a suspected heart attack. He was given immediate care by one of the Croydon Sabs and an ambulance called. Due to the remoteness of the location the ambulance crew had to travel some distance on foot, cross country to attend to the stricken monitor, and it was decided the air ambulance would be required to evacuate the patient. Thankfully due to the fantastic response by the local ambulance crews, paramedics and the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance the monitor was soon undergoing surgery in hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

 

 

Minehead Harriers were cub hunting early morning, say monitors

3-9-17  Facebook - Somerset Wildlife Crime   Well, things are certainly picking up here in West Somerset. Whilst some of our team were out at 5am checking badger setts and fields, the Minehead Harriers were spotted congregating for a cubbing meet. Approximately half a dozen riders in rat catchers and 2 quads adorned with the usual type, clever looking, brimming with vitality and humour! Not the first time we have encountered them sneaking about early mornings targeting fox cubs. They rarely stray far from their kennels when cubbing and although we weren't with them the whole time and therefore cannot say they didn't kill, they were annoyed at being disturbed and didn't appreciate conflicting calls to their young hounds who they were keen to move off in an attempt to minimise any disruption to their training in becoming fox killers. Cowbridge, Burrow, Higher Burrow, Ranscombe and Wotton Courtney all favourites for them. We will be making an effort to keep a close eye on them.

                                     

Monitor assaulted, tyre let down, at Culmstock MH meet

3-9-17  Facebook – Somerset Wildlife Crime   Later in the afternoon a little mouse told us the Culmstock Mink Hunt were just outside Stogumber making a nuisance of themselves and predating upon the wildlife in the stream that runs along the A358. Another team made their way swiftly to assess the situation. Armed with a single camera one monitor was able to locate the Hunt reasonably easily. Unfortunately the Culmstock are more accustomed to being challenged by large groups of protestors and when they were confronted by a single member of our team they acted as most bullies do and set about pushing and shoving and issuing threat of further violence. They hunted the stream West to East just South of the A358 in the area near Stogumber and Vellow. They had plans to head for Kingswood, but not before letting down the tyres on one of our vehicles. Never mind, a minor inconvenience and one quickly remedied by the assistance an Avon and Somerset constabulary.

 

Convict-filled Eggesford FH in fruitless evening cub hunting

3-9-17   Facebook - Devon County Hunt Sabs    Eggesford Hunt 2.9.2017    Another last-minute tip-off for a late afternoon cubbing meet yesterday. Keep them coming! This time it was the Eggesford Foxhounds, whose huntsman Gary Boon was promoted (?) to the staghounds last season. Any Hunt would be considered a step up from this particular bunch. The Eggesford's former treasurer, Graeme Holmes, was convicted earlier this year of defrauding the hunt and pocketing tens of thousands of pounds. The new huntsman, Jason Marles, isn't a stranger to prosecutions himself. He's due in court this week on charges of illegally hunting while he was with his previous EggesfordFHPathetictrail3-9-17.jpgpack, the Derwent. His father Chris Marles, previous Huntsman of the East Devon Hunt, did six months in jail for assaulting an elderly female hunt monitor, a few years after he was convicted of ABH on another hunt monitor. Not to forget Jason's brother, Shaun, who was convicted of illegal hunting a few years ago whilst he was a whip at the Middleton Hunt.

We went along to introduce ourselves, together with friends from North Cambs, Nottingham and Northants Hunt Saboteurs. The Hunt met at Eggesford Fourways, just down from the kennels and as expected went straight for their favourite hunting ground around Trenchard Farm, whose owner also owns Timepiece Nightclub in Exeter. Hounds were cast into an enormous maize field between Pigsmoor Wood and Alderplot Wood and spent most of the following two hours scattered all over that area. A makeshift trail was brought out, consisting of a hoodie attached to a piece of string [right]. There was the occasional ping-pong between Huntsman and sabs in the valley, with hounds responding to calls from both, although the huntsman's unusually high-pitched voice-calls were difficult to imitate! Hunt support on the road won't have had much of a view and several were overheard complaining they were getting bored. At Hawkridge Farm hounds briefly went into cry but it was getting dark and Jason turned back towards the kennels via Lyland Wood, picking up stray hounds along the way.

Pics below -  1/ Sabs and support     2/  Hound gets some sab love

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South Herefordshire FH riders caught out cubbing with Ledbury FH

Part of the hunt was on Sir Pat Darling's estate part on NT land

Sabs resist attempts to evict them and prevent any kills 

2-9-17  Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Sabs   VIDEO   S.Herefordshire hunt country; cubhunt in progress at Sellack Ledbury hounds hunting. this is the first time this area is known to have hosted a fox hunt since the investigation into the kennels where cubs were alleged to have been fed live to hounds. Following a tip off sabs attended Caradoc this morning. Sure enough both SHFH and Ledbury hunt officials and supporters out cub hunting. At present Major Darling is trying to evict sabs..... without much luck. Welsh Borders sabs also in attendance. We were also out sabbing the Ledbury last night at their meet at the Brainge near Much Marcle. So busy busy. PayPal.me/threecountiessabs

2-9-17  Facebook - Bristol Hunt Sabs   Notorious cub killers from the South Herefordshire Hunt found hunting We abandoned our plans today after word from fellow sabs that members of The S. Herefordshire Hunt were out cubbing, along with members of the Ledbury Hunt.

For those that don't know, the SHH are banned from hunting, they don't have a Huntsman or any hounds - because they shot all but 4 of them earlier this year. The SHH are in the middle of a police investigation [5 arrested] after hunt staff were filmed feeding live fox cubs to the hounds in their kennels. Today, both SHH and Ledbury hunt officials and supporters were out hunting fox cubs. Oh, the irony.

Today, Patrick Darling, chair of the SHFH secretly invited the 'Ledbury South' to hunt fox cubs on his land at Caradoc Court, Sellack, Ross On Wye. The SHFH pay for this privilege as it is the Ledbury hunt in all but name, their Huntsman and their hounds. Three Counties & Welsh Border Sabs were in attendance before we arrived and were assaulted by members of the Hunt but managed to stay with them constantly. We were more than happy to turn up and back up the sabs already doing a sterling job and we stayed with the hunt until they packed up. We will be keeping a close eye on the SHFH and they will be a prime focus for our group over the coming season.

Pics below -  1/  Sir Pat Darling steers horse into sab    2/  Rider rides horse into sab    3/  Ledbury with SHFH cubbing   4/  Hounds on line of fox

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South Tetcott FH snapped walking hounds through pedigree cattle herd

Risk of spreading bTb and neospora ignored

2-9-17  Facebook - Somerset Hunt Sabs   Since the very damaging revelation that hunt hounds could contract bTB, you would have thought that Hunts would stay away from cattle. Not in Devon you don't ! Here at Henderbarrow Farm at Halwill nr Okehampton, the South Tetcott hounds are walked right through a herd of pedigree Limousin cattle. Being as how Hunts don't pick up dog faeces, transmission of active bTB is highly likely if the hounds poo everywhere as they do. Silly farmer, silly hunt, silly DEFRA for pretending that hunt hounds don't carry bTB.

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East Kent FH assemble at 6.30 am for cubbing - then just go for a walk!

Sabs think fact they were observing them just might be the reason 

2-9-17   Facebook - East Kent Sabs   It was like first day back to school this morning as we did the first kennel watch of the season…! We parked up in the village of Elham to see if the East Kent with West Street hunt were going out cub hunting this morning (this is a training exercise to train new hounds to kill foxes - the puppies replace the old hounds that are too old to hunt properly, they get a shot to the head and it's in the incinerator!!)

As cubbing usually occurs in the early hours of the morning we had to be with them at 4am to allow for travel time, and we had a full landy, unusual for this early part of the seasons and with plenty of jokes and banter we were ready to go… 

By 6 am horse boxes started to arrive at the kennels, and at 6.30 the hunt and hounds came out, all dressed in tweed, and headed out along the country lanes. Very strange - this time last year they were actively cubbing, but of course today, they decided to all get up in the middle of the night, get dressed up, and ride down some lanes for 75 minutes… as cub hunting relies on early scenting conditions, this pantomime was rather amusing to watch - i.e no complaints from us, but would they have done this if we were not there with cameras?

We'll never know, but we will be out with them next week to keep an eye on them, just in case. A fine start to the season! If you wish to donate to our group and keep us out saving lives, you can do so here- paypal.me/EASTKENTHSA

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POWAperson adds -  As the sabs say, cub hunting, at least in the first few weeks of the season,  is always conducted early in the morning or in the evening. This is because strong sun in the full daylight will burn scent off, making the hounds' task much harder. If any hunters really think we'll believe they'll turn up at stupid o'clock just to exercise hounds, let alone to 'trail hunt', they must think we're brain dead. Anyway, again in the first few weeks, cubbing looks very different from full-on fox hunting [which could sometimes be passed off as 'trail hunting'], so it's not hard for anyone who knows what they're about to tell when it's happening.

 

 

Beaufort FH made no attempt to disguise first cubbing meet, say sabs 

2-9-17  Facebook - Bath Hunt Saboteurs   Meeting up with Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch before the crack of dawn we paid a long over due visit to the Duke Of Beaufort's Fox Hounds, who met at Alderton Grove Farm just north of Littleton Drew for their first fox cub hunt of the season. Most Hunts attempt to be discrete when 'cubbing' but not the Beaufort! With around 40 riders from pre-school children on ponies to decrepit old farts on chargers. Foot followers ranged from 'Jolly Hockey Sticks' types on push bikes to the landed gentry in huge 4x4's.

Rudely they left the Meet early. However we quickly caught up with them surrounding Alderton Grove Covert, where we split into two groups. One went to the west, where they picked up their first escort of the day - a very chatty man with a lovely Patterdale Terrier who got a little upset when sabs 'rated' the hounds, saying it was illegal to shout on a public foot path?!

Finding sabs on two sides of the covert, the Huntsman soon gathered the hounds and rode off to Cranhill Wood. BeaufortFHhoundscubhunting2-9-17.jpgSabs were not far behind and again on two sides, getting the usual 'Get Ooff my land' and 'There's no footpath here'. We rated the hounds each time they went into cry [pack ,right]. They put up a couple of deer and rioted after another before the Huntsman again gathered the Hounds and did a runner towards Oldsland Wood, missing half a dozen opportunities to hunt along the way. Foot sabs lost them for a bit but the mobile unit soon spotted them back at Alderton Grove Covert where hounds were rated again and the Huntsman called it a day. With perfect timing Wiltshire Constabulary arrived to investigate the blocked badger sett and illegal hunting we had reported.

All this in the western edge of the North Wiltshire Badger Cull zone. No fox cubs died today but that is more than can be said for the badgers who will be slaughtered over the next few months - 2,400 in North Wilts alone. Please help us to carry on saving wildlife - http://ko-fi.com/bathsabs

 

Hunters complain NT 'trail hunt' rules are 'painting a target' on them

2-9-17  Daily Telegraph   National Trust 'painting a target' on legal hunts with new website   The National Trust was plunged into a bitter row with countryside campaigners tonight over its decision to publish details of hunting meetings ahead of a vote to ban the sport. The Trust was accused of effectively ‘painting targets’ on huntsmen by posting on its website the times and locations of legal hunts on its land. The field sports lobby said such information would be invaluable to saboteurs and animal rights activists, increasing the risk of violent disruption.

The decision to publicise the hunts comes ahead of the charity’s annual general meeting next month when it will vote on a motion tabled by the League Against Cruel Sports for an outright ban of all hunting on National Trust land. The Trust quietly introduced new measures last week, including the publication of hunts, in a move seen as a worrying crackdown by the country sports enthusiasts. It comes after a series of clashes between the Trust and its land users in recent years. Last night, the Countryside Alliance said the National Trust’s leadership was being influenced by a social media campaign orchestrated by anti-hunt campaigners masquerading as members. Tim TimBonner.jpgBonner [left], the Alliance’s chief executive, said the row was “another example of an organisation that has drifted an awfully long way from its roots”.

The Trust insisted it was not “in the pocket” of anti-hunt activists and was impervious to the influence of social media, adding it “deplored” intimidation and abuse. A stand-off is now likely, with huntsmen and tenant farmers, who host the meets, saying they would prefer to hunt unlicensed than advertise their presence online. As well as the risk of physical confrontation, participants and local business such as pubs and B&Bs fear “trolling” and other online reprisals if they are publicly connected to the sport.

Richard Williams [below right], joint-master of the Eryri, which hunts over National Trust land in Snowdonia, said: “There are lots of people who use National Trust land but I feel we’re being picked on, having to jump through all these hoops. I think it’s unjustifiable. We’ll been harassed by anti-hunting people. The National Trust is giving in to them. We have a workable relationship at the moment, but now I’m hugely concerned. There is a chasm between the attitude of the Trust and reality and what they think is going on in the work. They spend most of their lives on their iPhone.”

The new package of rules come ahead of the National Trust’s AGM in October where it will debate the motion tabled by the League Against Cruel Sports. The call for the ban is being supported by an online petition signed more than 136,000 times, although nearly 68,000 of these signatories are reportedly based outside the UK.

Mr Bonner said: “There is just a complete lack of understanding of hunting and hunting people at the National Trust.RichardWilliamsEryriFH.jpg There has not been any consultation with any of the hunting associations - that is totally unacceptable. There has been social media campaign going on which is influencing the Trust. It’s nonsense that they think what happens on Facebook is a reflection of what is going on in reality. Social media use among the rural community is limited. If you think about it it’s fairly obvious.”

In the 1990s the National Trust was accused of betraying people who had bequeathed their land to the trust on the condition that hunting should be allowed when it announced a ban on stag hunting. Last year Lord Bragg described the trust as a “bully” when it bought a tranche of land in the Lake District but the not the farm that sits on it. Critics said the part purchase of Thorneythwaite Farm in Borrowdale made it impossible for local farmers to preserve the landscape as a working farm.

Since the ban on traditional hunting in 2004, large numbers of hunts have adopted trail hunting, where an animal scent is laid by a human on foot or quad bike for a pack of hounds to follow. Those wanting to operate over National Trust land are required to enter into a “licensing” agreement. Yesterday the Trust said the terms of the licences had not been reviewed for several years and that it had “lost confidence that everything possible was being done to ensure that the law was everywhere being upheld”. Also among the new requirements is a prohibition on using “animal-based scents” in trail hunting. Critics say this will effectively make hunting impossible as foxhounds are brought up to follow these scents.

Historic fell packs in the Lake District, which hunt on foot, are likely to be particularly affected by the new conditions because of the preponderance of National Trust land in the area. Eric Taylforth, a National Trust tenant farmer in the Langdale Valley who hosts four hunt meets a year, said the website requirement would “paint a target” for saboteurs. “It can be very intimidating,” he said. “Publishing the details is inviting them to come - it’s very worrying.”

A spokesman for the National Trust said its “first priority” was to protect conservation and access to its land. “We are making it explicitly clear to all stakeholders that trail hunting, if properly practised, is legal and a legitimate outdoor activity,” he said. He rejected as “unfair” the criticism that publishing details of meets on the trust’s website would attract saboteurs, adding: “We deplore the use of abuse, threatening language and any physical violence.”

He said Hunts had always been required to provide details of their meets, when asked, under the terms of the licence but that “the mechanism to make sure this is working was faulty. The proposal to put the information in one place, where those who wish to avoid running into a hunt - of which there are many - or those who wish to watch the spectacle can find out the details, is a response to a malfunctioning system.”

The National Trust has checkered relationship with its land users. In the 1990s it was accused of betraying people who had bequeathed their land to the trust on the condition that hunting should be allowed to continue when it announced a stag hunting ban. Last year Lord Bragg described the trust as a “bully” when it bought a tranche of land in the Lake District but the not the farm that sits on it. Critics said the part purchase of Thorneythwaite Farm in Borrowdale made it impossible for local farmers to preserve the landscape as a working farm.

                                      

S.Durham FH rider whacks restive horse on head during cubbing meet

1-9-17  Facebook – N.E. Hunt Monitors    HIT Report of sorts. We had a tip off that South Durham Fox Hounds would be meeting for autumn hound hunting at Lea Close Equestrian in Great Stainton at 5:30 am on 29th August.

Hunt monitors got together early to check the hunt area for earths setts and to pre spay with citronella. The Hunt turned up just as NE Hunt Sabs joined us to keep more eyes on the activity. We were spotted from the off and were surprised that the Watchmans were not ahead of the pack but a whipper-in from another hunt (BDH) was leadingS.DurhamFH30-8-17.jpg the hounds [right]. Interesting.

Far far behind the line of riders a horse went a tad mental and chucked it's rider into the bushes. This horse was not happy about being on the road and surrounded by vehicles and other horses. The rider's reaction to this poor horse's distress was to hit is hard on the neck with the end of her riding crop to which the horse flinched. We have this on footage and will be sending it to the RSPCA with the rider's horsebox details. Angry at being filmed some female riders took it upon themselves to have a go at us to which we politely told them to fcuk off.

Later, when trying to locate the hounds, we came across what we thought was a accident with a horsebox which was leaving the hunt. we stopped to offer help and found that the horse had gone over the bar inside the box and it was quite a hectic and stressful struggle for the owner and others to get the horse to safety. We hope that horse was OK.

On returning to the equestrian centre we could see that riders we leaving early. Why? What had happened ? Did our presence put them off? Did they smell the citronella and give it up? What ever happened we noticed the hound van leaving and followed back to the kennels in confusion yet joy and excitement as the foxes and their cubs were safe for another day.

All in all the hunt riders were out for no more than an hour before packing up. Why can't they just have a jolly and jump a few hay bales on every meet? Wouldn't the world be a better place and empathy for wildlife would make us caring and considerate of the planet and all that has a right to live on it. But NO, blood lust, ego and delusions of grandeur will always befall these hunt scum who have no thought for anything but themselves. So WE the HUNT Monitors will be here waiting and watching to save the lives of foxes week in week out until we achieve a total ban on hunting. Which will come.

Thanks for all the support you have shown us so far. We appreciate you all. #keeptheban   Support us via Paypal : paypal.me/huntmonitors or  Gofundme : https://www.gofundme.com/4brdhm0

 

HSA says that the York & Ainsty North FH have disbanded

1-9-17   Facebook - Hunt Saboteurs   Great news! The York and Ainsty North Hunt [below] have disbandedYorkandAinstyNorthFH.jpg   The foxes of North Yorkshire will be able to live their lives without fear of being ripped to pieces by a pack of hounds.

We won't stop until every Hunt and shoot is shut down. Please help us in our work: www.huntsabs.org.uk/index.php/get-involved/join-the-hsa  

POWAperson adds - We will await confirmation of this news before celebrating. The Hunt marked its two-hundredth anniversary last year. The 'History' page on its, still extant, website begins with this extraordinary paragraph, which illustrates the reckless and irrational fanaticism of hunters with hounds -  

Formed in 1816, the combined York and Ainsty country was hunted four days a week until 1906. Perhaps the most notable historical event was the Newby Ferry disaster on the 4th February 1869 from a meet at South Stainley. A fox crossed the flooded River Ure, pursued by hounds. Powter, the first whipper-in, went round by Boroughbridge to stop the hounds but the Master and Huntsman, Sir Charles Slingsby of Scriven, near Knaresborough, with 12 others, took to the small ferry boat; a boat intended for only 4 horses. The overloaded ferry capsized in midstream, drowning the Master and five others.

1-9-17   Facebook - Berkshire Hunt Sabs   Good riddance to the York & Ainsty (North) Hunt   Berkshire sabs are delighted to hear of the disbanding of the Y & A, especially as one of our group sabotaged them a lot in the early '90s. One occasion from many stands out: a small group of mid-week sabs were attacked for trying to stop the huntsman - an evil bastard called Mark Carson - beating a cornered fox to death with his riding crop.

                                     

NT board recommends members vote down 'trail hunt' ban resolution

31-8-17    Facebook - National Dis-Trust   The Board of the National Trust have now said that they are recommending that members vote against the resolution in a letter which demonstrates complete ignorance of the subject, relying on the fact that their panic-induced new 'measures' offer a veneer of change (in reality, they show that the Trust has been turning a blind eye to wildlife crime for 12 years; see -> http://bit.ly/2wyxJZB ).

Some thoughts... to explain how 'trail hunting' works to members who have witnessed foxes being eviscerated by hounds is insulting. It also ignores the fact that 'trail hunting' is fictional (http://g.ifaw.org/2kD1orC ) except as a false alibi for wildlife crime, despite Dame Helen Ghosh having read the report which proves this (http://bit.ly/2u8XKua ).

... the Trust don't monitor the activities they licence; this is an outright lie. They have both said that they don't have the resources to monitor as well as stating in a leaked internal memo to staff that the onus is on the Hunts for adhering to the licence and the law.

...if the Trust now think terriermen are a redundant element of 'trail hunting', what do they think terriermen have been doing on their land for the last 12 years?

...in a separate note, the Trust have also said that the vote at the AGM isn't binding, implying that the Trust are preparing to ignore the wishes of their own membership. Putting aside how disrespectful this would be to their members as well as the wildlife that will soon be terrorised & slaughtered by Hunts on their land, it also forgets that whilst a vote may not be binding, the law is. It is an offence to knowingly host a fox hunt (or a stag hunt).

If you're a member, we need you to help wildlife to live in peace on Trust land, to help the lands that you pay to care for become the sanctuaries for increasingly pressured wildlife that they should be.   #voteoffthehunts #AGM2017

 

AUGUST 2017

..... 31st August - NT Board recommends members vote against 'trail hunt' ban resolution

..... 31st August - Cumbrian Hunts join protest against NT 'trail hunting' restrictions

..... 31st August - South Tetcott FH cubbing meet 'shut down' by sabs

..... 30th August - Waveney Harriers supporters kick sabs and cars whilst allegedly cubbing

..... 30th August - New Atherstone FH JM signed Hunting Declaration vowing to ignore ban

..... 30th August - Demo at Kent WT AGM against hare hunter Chairman - Sept 23rd

..... 30th August - S.Herefordshire FH five in cub cruelty case rebailed yet again

..... 29th August - Blencathra FH admit still kill foxes, have little control of hounds

..... 29th August - Cheshire FH - cubbing, cakes, champagne

..... 29th August - Cumbria Hunt Watch told Blencathra FH killed fox today

..... 28th August - Atherstone FH hunters on 'pleasure ride' can't resist attacking sab car

..... 28th August - Surrey Union FH have started cub hunting already say monitors

..... 26th August - Cottesmore FH 'steward' spits at sab as their cubbing is disrupted

..... 25th August - Lone Cambridge sab discovers very early morning cub hunt

..... 24th August - Sab acquitted as convicted Crawley FH hunter's lies exposed in court

..... 23rd August - Essex Farmers FH terrierman convicted of sex with child

..... 23rd August -  Quorn FH filmed apparently cub hunting on NT land

..... 23rd August - National Trust ignoring evidence that 'trail hunting' is a fiction

..... 23rd August - Two foxes saved by monitors from Crawley FH cub hunting

..... 22nd August - Did Melbreak FH supply fake fox urine certificate to Nat Trust?

..... 21st August - CA anger at NT's policy changes on 'trail hunting'

..... 20th August - CA official [ex senior cop] invited to Leics police hunting training day

..... 20th August - Sabs stop Cheshire Forest FH cub hunting effectively

..... 20th August - NT announces policy changes on 'trail hunting' to head off ban pressure

..... 20th August - Pressure grows on NT to ban 'trail hunting' on its land

..... 19th August - Three Counties MH flee off home before sabbing even starts

..... 19th August - Sabs cause instant pack up by Northants Mink Hounds

..... 18th August - Stressed stag chased on to LACS sanctuary by unstopped D&S SH hounds

..... 16th August - Aborted calf highlights neospora dangers from hunting hound packs

..... 16th August - Hunting fanatic Duke of Beaufort dies leaving vast fortune and estate

..... 14th August - Vile rape and death threats made online to fox rescuer monitor

..... 13th August - 'Thousands' protest killing of wildlife for 'sport'

..... 10th August - Alston Hare Week future in doubt as host pack forced into amateur status

.....  8th August - W.Somerset Vale FH filmed cubbing among other misdemeanours

.....  5th August - MoT says hunt quads must be fully taxed, MOT'd & not carry passengers

.....  5th August - Dove Valley MH large meet aggressive but pack up due to sabs

.....  4th August - W.Norfolk FH take pack on to NT Brancaster beach without permission

.....  3rd August - LACS Trustees squash plan to make investigator team redundant

.....  1st August - CPS say won't charge Cheshire Forest FH over fox kill in Macclesfield 

 

 NT board recommends members vote down 'trail hunt' ban resolution

31-8-17    Facebook - National Dis-Trust   The Board of the National Trust have now said that they are recommending that members vote against the resolution in a letter which demonstrates complete ignorance of the subject, relying on the fact that their panic-induced new 'measures' offer a veneer of change (in reality, they show that the Trust has been turning a blind eye to wildlife crime for 12 years; see -> http://bit.ly/2wyxJZB ).

Some thoughts... to explain how 'trail hunting' works to members who have witnessed foxes being eviscerated by hounds is insulting. It also ignores the fact that 'trail hunting' is fictional (http://g.ifaw.org/2kD1orC ) except as a false alibi for wildlife crime, despite Dame Helen Ghosh having read the report which proves this (http://bit.ly/2u8XKua ).

... the Trust don't monitor the activities they licence; this is an outright lie. They have both said that they don't have the resources to monitor as well as stating in a leaked internal memo to staff that the onus is on the Hunts for adhering to the licence and the law.

...if the Trust now think terriermen are a redundant element of 'trail hunting', what do they think terriermen have been doing on their land for the last 12 years?

...in a separate note, the Trust have also said that the vote at the AGM isn't binding, implying that the Trust are preparing to ignore the wishes of their own membership. Putting aside how disrespectful this would be to their members as well as the wildlife that will soon be terrorised & slaughtered by Hunts on their land, it also forgets that whilst a vote may not be binding, the law is. It is an offence to knowingly host a fox hunt (or a stag hunt).

If you're a member, we need you to help wildlife to live in peace on Trust land, to help the lands that you pay to care for become the sanctuaries for increasingly pressured wildlife that they should be.   #voteoffthehunts #AGM2017

 

                                          

Cumbrian Hunts join protest against NT 'trail hunting' restrictions

31-8-17   Facebook - Westmorland Gazette   Controversial campaign sparks anger over trail hunting tradition    A CONTROVERSIAL move to limit trail-hunting on National Trust land has angered supporters of the sport in South Lakeland. The National Trust has publicised a set of new rules which trail hunters must follow, and will hold a vote on banning the practice altogether on its land at its annual meeting on October 21st.

Fifty members of the Trust - which owns a large amount of land in the Lake District - have endorsed a motion to stop trail-hunting following the emergence of video footage allegedly showing hunts killing stags on its estates. Campaigners argue that the practice, which involves riders and hounds following a pre-laid scent, is a way of getting around the hunting ban.

A member of a major Cumbrian Hunt has highlighted the damage that regulations on the sport could have on the area, affecting both the traditions and the welfare of tenants who farm the land. Neil Salisbury, secretary for the central committee of fell packs [right, on left, credit WG], said: "We have been working with the National Trust in conducting legal hunting since the hunting ban. We have never had any problems or any prosecutions. The Trust has nationallyNeilSalisburyleftSecCommitteeofFellPackswithConistonFH.jpg been under a lot of pressure from animal rights groups to come up with these changes which they want to impose on us."

The rules initially proposed by the National Trust include the reporting of the location of any hunting meet and the banning of animal-based scents. "Putting all the details of the meets online is only going to benefit the hunting saboteurs," said Mr Salisbury. "Whenever the sabs find out where meets are they turn up in mini buses, some wearing masks, and cause as much unpleasantness as they can. They threaten the farmers or business owners where the meet is both physically and verbally, and also on social media. The National Trust is failing in its duty of care to the tenant farmers on its land in advocating these changes. Accidents happen if the hounds break off the trail. We use a natural scent that we know hounds will follow. We are very confident of that. The National Trust want us to use an artificial scent, like they do with hound trailing. Those dogs take years to be trained to follow those scents. We are not as confident that the dogs wouldn't break away and cause accidents with an artificial scent."

The Countryside Alliance has urged National Trust members to vote against imposing a full ban on trail-hunting on the Trust's property. “We cannot underestimate the importance of members using their vote to support legal trail-hunting on National Trust land," explained Polly Portwin, the Countryside Alliance’s Head of Hunting. There are currently more than 60 hunts that apply for a licence to enable them access to National Trust land, but if this motion carries at the annual meeting then a number of these Hunts may no longer be viable due to a lack of country."

Chief executive of the Countryside Alliance Tim Bonner added: "Following subsequent meetings between the Alliance and the National Trust, we made it clear that while we all understand that the Trust has again been dragged into a fight it would rather keep well out of. Some of the conditions that it is attempting to impose on hunts are simply unacceptable."

POWAperson adds -  The National Dis-Trust summarises the weaknesses in the Hunts' arguments -  

1-9-17   Facebook - National Dis-Trust    Interesting comments appearing from bloodsport nincompoops in a few articles recently, like the one below.

'"Putting all the details of the meets online is only going to benefit the hunting saboteurs,"' - Neil Salisbury, secretary for the central committee of fell packs, whinging about having to publicise hunt meets, which he has already had to do for at least 7 years as part of the National Trust licence criteria, as well as any meets for Forestry Commission land being subject to Freedom of Information requests (http://bit.ly/2uIXOjW).

'"Those dogs take years to be trained to follow those scents."' - Neil Salisbury. 'Trail hunting' was concocted after the Hunting Act 2004 came into force on 18/02/2005, and was then the practice (in theory) of Hunts from the 2005/2006 season onwards. So it didn't take 'years'; it took less than one year. Unless, of course, they never retrained the hounds at all?    #wethinksyoudothprotesttoomuch   #voteoffthehunts   #AGM2017

POWAperson adds -  Neil Salisbury cites 'accidents'. This is always the get-out for Hunts caught chasing live quarry - as the great majority still do. Clearly, when such 'accidents' happen all the time and a pretend system is used that makes them inevitable, they are not 'accidents' at all. As regards what he says about sabs, perhaps they could provide some evidence to back their assertions. There is plenty of video evidence of hunters 'terrorising' sabs and monitors, and numerous convictions of hunters for, often violent, offences against them, but virtually none to back Salisbury's claims.

The central problem with the National Trust's proposed changes to 'trail hunting' licences is that it relies a lot on self-policing by Hunts - which we know cannot be relied on at all - and intensive checking by Trust officials, which they probably are not capable of. Over the years the Trust itself has largely ignored complaints, usually backed by video evidence, of blatant licence-breaking and, though they have sanctioned a few Hunts, this has never involved more than short suspensions and finger wagging. An outright ban is the only feasible solution. 

 


South Tetcott FH cubbing meet 'shut down' by us, say sabs

31-8-17   Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs    South Tetcott cubbing meet shut down. No foxes killed on our watch.

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Waveney Harriers supporters kick sabs and car at cubbing meet

30-8-17    Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO   AND SO IT BEGINS! Waveney Harriers – 26/08/16, Mettingham Castle - Mettingham.  Suffolk Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Sabs headed out early Saturday morning to sab the Waveney Harriers. Despite some funny business (huntsman driving around with an empty hound trailer, maybe he forgot the hounds?) the hunt were tracked down to Mettingham Castle.

While it wouldn't be fair to say we'd missed the Waveneys over the summer, we were a bit disappointed by their lack of warm welcome. Riders kicking sabs who were trying to step out of the way, Rhys the terrierman knocking a sab's wing mirror off, and a call to the police by the Hunt.

There seemed to be some confusion by the caller (land owner Harriet Servaes) - she couldn't quite work out what she was doing there, claiming in the phone call that they were 'trail hunting' (no trail was laid, and definitely not through the woodland they hunted), 'cub hunting' (illegal with a whole pack of hounds), 'exercising hounds' (this doesn't require horses), and that they had an Eagle Owl 'just in case' (not suitable for fox hunting, not required for trail hunting and not particularly helpful for exercising the hounds!). She also referred to us as 'threatening terrorists' - which we thought was a little distasteful considering all that has happened this year.

With the hunt starting later than usual, perhaps because of earlier mishap with the hounds, the Hunt weren't out for long. Travelling from woodland to woodland, clearly cub hunting, the weather was not great for hunting and with sabs close behind it was grumpy faces all round for the hunt. Come on guys, we thought this was what you did for fun?!

As ever, we welcome support, or donations. If you are interested in getting involved please PM us or email us at ns.sabs@yahoo.co.uk Donations can be made here - inthenameofnaturehsa@riseup.net.

Pic below -  Riders and foot followers helping to ring copse in which hounds have been entered to find foxes. There is really no other explanation for this than that they are cub hunting.

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New Atherstone FH JM signed Hunting Declaration pledging to ignore ban

30-8-17  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   Atherstone Hunt's new joint master committed to breaking the hunting law    As the introduction of the Hunting Act became inevitable the Countryside Alliance organised the Hunting Declaration. The declaration pledged that, if a ban came into force, they would disobey the law and continue to hunt, risking criminal conviction. In 2003, the organisers of the initiative named 1st November 2003 as the Declaration Day, when a series of events were organised so hunters could physically and publicly sign the declaration. This saw 50,000 hunt supporters publicly sign declarations that they would break any future law that banned hunting. As we know hunts across the country stood by this declaration and continue to break the law to this day.

This list of signatures has conveniently disappeared so we can’t know exactly who signed it except of course for those who admitted publicly to signing it. For example Julian Barnfield is quoted as saying "I will not stop hunting, I am proud of what I do and I lead a very privileged life. I am prepared to go to jail for that life as well, several times if necessary." Ironically Barnfield was later convicted for just that, illegal hunting with the Heythrop Hunt.

Mark Halford was another person who publicly admitted to signing the declaration to break the law in this article that he had signed a declaration, among 1,000 other pro-hunters, to continue riding with hounds even if a ban was imposed. "I will continue to hunt and voice my opinions on fox hunting and put across my arguments."

Halford is the new joint-master of notorious fox killers the Atherstone Hunt. The Atherstone have killed numerous foxes over the last 2 years which have been well documented in the national media. Many more would have been killed if we had not been there, we see foxes being hunted on an almost weekly basis and have saved far more than have been killed. The Atherstone claimed all these kills were “accidents” but the more “accidents” they have the less believable this excuse becomes.

Halford is both a director of the Hunt and a joint master, he is one of the people who are in charge and running the Hunt. He is one of the few people who are publicly quoted as saying they will break the law and carry on hunting. The fact that a fox hunt well known for killing foxes have just appointed someone to run the Hunt who has a clear disregard for the law should set alarm bells ringing for Leicestershire Police. It is a clear statement of intent of what the Atherstone Hunt's intentions are.

 


Demo at Kent WT AGM against hare hunter Chairman for 23rd Sept

30-8-17    Facebook – Events    Demonstration at Kent Wildlife Trust AGM  Bridgewood Manor, Chatham Saturday 23rd September Arrive 10 am for 11 -   ALL WELCOME

Michael Bax, was appointed to the position of Chairman of Kent Wildlife Trust in April 2014. Bax served as both Huntsman and Joint Master for the Blean Beagles between 1971 and, according to both Bax and Kent Wildlife Trust, 2005. However, Baily's Hunt Directory claim he left the hare hunting group only last year. He is also still listed as Joint Master of the group in the 2015/2016 edition of the Horse and Hound Directory. His business partner, Stuart Sillars, of BTF Partnership still serves as Joint Master, Huntsman and Hare Conservationist for the group.

Bax also allows a driven-pheasant shoot to take place on his land and through his business, sponsors shoots of birds and ducks across Kent. He personally donated a shoot of wading birds on an environmentally-sensitive area of Kentish land, Greenborough Marshes. Bax's business also sponsors two fox hunts. It is worth noting that a previous chairman of the Kent Wildlife Trust for over a decade had been joint master of the Quorn Foxhounds!

KWT claim they are “neutral” on the hunting issue. How a Wildlife Trust can possibly take a neutral stance on the killing of wild animals for sport is beyond most people, and the revelations have led to many members cancelling their membership, as well as a petition of over 150,000 people demanding his resignation.

This is not an anti Kent Wildlife Trust protest by any means, it is simply so that people can express their outrage that hunters or shooters can be given positions of such power in our Wildlife Trusts! Please support this peaceful demonstration, all welcome. Bring banners, wildlife masks and good manners!”

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South Herefordshire FH five in cub cruelty case rebailed yet again

30-8-17   Kidderminster Shuttle   Five arrested in South Herefordshire Hunt investigation have been re-bailed   ALL five people arrested as part of an animal cruelty investigation at a Herefordshire hunt have been re-bailed until next month. Police are investigating reports of animal cruelty at the South Herefordshire Hunt kennels in Wormelow.

The first two people, a 37-year-old man and 27-year-old woman, both from Hereford, were first arrested in May 2016. A 37-year-old man from Abergavenny was then arrested in June of the same year, and a 53-year-old woman from Abergavenny and 45-year-old man from Powys were arrested in August 2016. All five have been re-bailed until September.

POWAperson adds -  The very nasty incidents that brought about the arrests occurred late last spring, filmed covertly by the Hunt Investigation Team. The police handed their file to the CPS several months ago. One has to wonder what on earth is taking them so long. The S.Herefordshire FH was suspended indefinitely by the MFHA and has effectively closed down.

Pics below -  1/  Person believed to be Hunt servant about to throw live fox cub to hounds   2/  Imprisoned cub

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Blencathra FH admits still kill foxes, have little control of hounds

29-8-17  Facebook - National Dis-Trust   The Blencathra Foxhounds are licensed by the National Trust to 'trail' hunt, so it’s particularly disturbing to watch this recent video of Huntsman Barry Todhunter, admitting that his hounds are often ‘4 or 5 miles away’. The National Trust intend to re-licence the Blencathra Foxhounds again this year, even though they admit to killing foxes and use the guise of following a trail of illegally imported fox urine...

'In Cumbria hunts describe any incidents of foxes being chased or killed by packs of hounds as accidental. Blencathra secretary Bob Fell said his Hunt’s hounds were following a scented trail last Saturday when a fox appeared. The hounds chased it while huntsman Barry Todhunter blew his horn to try to call them off. “It does happen,” Bob Fell told The Cumberland News. “You just can’t help that. The foxes haven’t gone away since the ban. You do get occasions when the fox jumps up among the hounds. We do our best to stop the hounds but there have been a few killed since the ban came in. I don’t know how many. Our huntsman keeps a diary.”' - Cumberland News. 17/02/2006,

'Their trail hunts use fox urine, supplied by Barry Todhunter at the Blencathra hunt. Alan (Cumbrian Farmers Hunt) says: “We’re using a fox-based scent so when the ban’s reversed they [the hounds] will know. We could have trained the pups with aniseed but then you’ve got two lots of hounds chasing different scents.”' Cumberland News. 17/02/2006,

Despite his defiance, Mr Todhunter, 49, acknowledges that the hunting he oversees is "a pale shadow'' of what it was. Instead of the hounds following a fresh trail, they set off in pursuit of a scent laid by a "drag man" up to two hours before the meet. Mr Todhunter opened a small bottle and held it out. "Disgusting isn't it?" he said with a laugh. "That is finest red fox urine, imported from America. I could have had grey fox, coyote, racoon, moose or mountain lion but I thought I would stay traditional." His hounds do not like the artificial drag.' - The Telegraph, 17/02/2006,

So, the Blencathra Foxhounds carried on killing foxes after the ban, and say that they obtain fox scent from America, even though there are restrictions on importing it. Huntsman Barry Todhunter even admits that hounds cannot follow a non-animal scent if they have been trained to follow fox scent.

This footage shows the Blencathra Foxhounds killing a fox on Trust land [still below]. Only NT members can stop this criminal persecution of the red fox from continuing, and they can do this by voting off the Hunts at the AGM on 21st October.   #voteoffthehunts   #AGM2017

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Cheshire FH - cubbing, cakes, champagne

29-8-17   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   Cheshire Hounds meet for cake and cubbing   Thanks to all our supporters who got in touch this morning about the Cheshire Hounds' first early morning cubbing meet near Rushton. Sadly, hounds were heard in cry (picking up a scent and monitors have already been able to covertly capture some very interesting footage - more on that at a later date. We can also report an unusual turn-out in relation to both members and followers for this first, somewhat lacklustre meet. Some riders did, however, decide to round off their first morning's brutal cubbing activities with cake and champagne.

 

Cumbria Hunt Watch told that Blencathra FH killed a fox today 

29-8-17   Sheffield Sabs have told POWA that a 'trusted hunt source' told Cumbria Hunt Watch that the kill took place at Birketts Hill, Threkeld. No other details at present. 



Atherstone FH hunters on 'pleasure ride' can't resist attacking sab car

Damage to wing mirror by known assailants reported to police

Hunters' control loss seen by locals who are willing to testify

28-8-17  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO     Local residents shocked at violent behaviour of the Atherstone Hunt    Our first outing of the season began yesterday with the Atherstone Hunt hound ride, not hunting but a money making fundraiser for a hunt in much need of some money. In fact the only way this Hunt can sustain itself is by having days like these.

The Atherstone is a very “accident prone” hunt so it would have been irresponsible of us not to have turned up and allowed the Atherstone Hounds to roam freely around the countryside. It wasn’t long into the ride before new huntsman Michael Lane lost some of his hounds in a maize field, embarrassingly it took 10 minutes of horn blowing to try to get them out. We overheard him say that maize fields attract hounds like magnets. Given that foxes also like maize fields you would have thought a hunt claiming to act within the law would avoid them at all costs… After 10 minutes he gave up and hoped the last hound would catch him up. We’re sure Mr Lane was very grateful to us for being there on standby in case any accidents did happen, luckily none of the hounds picked up on any scents on this occasion. This just highlights however the dangers of an unleashed pack of hounds in the countryside, even when supposedly under control on a hound exercise the hounds still ended up lost in a maize field - #strengthenthehuntingact

Like every year the Atherstone and its supporters have been told to stay out of trouble, not talk to the antis and scale back the violence. This lasted until the last part of the ride when ex joint-master and current Atherstone Hunt director Jo Clarke and another rider attacked our vehicle by trying to kick the wing mirror off. The whole incidentAtherstoneFHHuntertriestokicksabwingmirroroff28-6-17.jpg was witnessed by local residents who were disgusted by what they had seen. One resident said they would write a letter of complaint to the Hunt, whilst another said they’d be willing to make a statement to the police as an independent witness. They said it doesn't matter what your view is you shouldn't act like that, they even invited us into their house for a drink. We can always rely on The Atherstone Hunt to show people the real face of fox hunting. The incident has been logged with the police.

However much the Atherstone Hunt tries to change and be something else it will always still be the Atherstone Hunt. Their season hasn’t even properly started yet and already they have lost their hounds in a maize field and caused criminal damage by attacking our vehicle.

The Atherstone Hunt have recently posted up all of their pleasure rides on Facebook, however if they were acting within the law as they claim then they would post up their entire meet card for the season on Facebook... Please sign our petition to stop the Countryside Alliance meeting with Leicestershire Police.

 

 

Surrey Union FH cub hunting already say monitors

28-8-17   Facebook - Surrey Hunt Monitors  VIDEO   Surrey Union cub hunting season has started    Bank Holiday Monday 28 August 2017 found us with Guildford and N.Downs Sabs at the Surrey Union Hunt for the second Monday in a row.

The Hunt met at 06:00 just North of Jayes Park Ockley for a two hour hunt around Jayes Park chasing fox cubs. The normal motley crew of misfits in vehicles and quads following the poor show of riders with no sign of a trail layer. Mostly covert monitoring and long distance videoing where possible as Jayes Park is a large, private shooting estate with minimal access. Hunt packed up at around 08:00.

We will check through all video footage of the last two weeks before we post. Video of the hunt attached courtesy of Guildford Hunt Sabs.

 


Cottesmore FH 'steward' spits at sab as their cub hunting is disrupted

CottesmoreFHSupporterspitsonsab26-8-17.jpg26-8-17   Facebook - Northants Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO   HIT REPORT: 26.08.17    This morning saw us up before the birds to travel up to the Cottesmore Hunt. We found them hunting just behind the kennels between Ashwell and Burley.

Cubbing, which the hunters like to call ‘Autumn Hunting’ to try and disguise the fact that they’re killing baby animals, takes place early morning or evening and trains the young hounds and disperses cubs to provide better hunting for them later in the year, it also ‘teaches’ the cubs to run rather than try to go to ground therefore also giving better ‘sport’ for the psychopaths on horseback.

Foot sabs were with the hunt for most of the morning, using horn and voice calls to keep the hounds heads up and off the scent of any foxes. One of the hunt stewards was so wound up by our presence it looked like he was forgetting to breathe, in the end he resorted to spitting at a sab [left]. It was clear by about 8.45 that the hunt were on the way back to the kennels looking somewhat pissed off and it was all over earlier than normal by 9 a.m.

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Lone Cambridge sab discovers very early morning cub hunt

25-8-17   Facebook - Cambridge Hunt Saboteurs   In the early hours of this morning (0500) one of our Sabs was conducting a check up on areas alleged to belong to neighbouring hunt kennels. During the course of this check, a small entourage of riders arrived at the kennels in question. The sab was quick to respond and thankfully had all the kit required to do a full Sab in the back of their vehicle.

The situation quickly deteriorated as the hunt left the kennels and the hounds immediately went into cry prompting a quick call to local police. It is unclear at this point whether or not the hounds killed or whether or not the police will be investigating. Due to the police's lack of promptness in dealing with the matter, it is likely that any evidence of a possible kill has quickly been destroyed. We hope that the local police realise in retrospect that their lack of promptly dealing with the issue could potentially have had catastrophic consequences to both the Sab attending as well as wildlife in the area.

After a prompt analysis of the Hunt's actions, it is clear that this was not an example of the Hunt in question exercising the hounds, rather a blatant attempt at cub-hunting. CHS and other Hunt Sab groups routinely risk their well-being in order to defend and protect vulnerable wildlife, with only a few pounds a month you can help us help often overlooked wildlife.

 

                                          

Sab acquitted as Crawley FH convicted hunter's lies exposed in court

24-8-17   Twitter - Surrey Hunt Monitors‏   Justice was done at Worthing Magistrates Court yesterday when a young Guildford Hunt Sab [left, with supporters], was found not guilty of aggravated trespass. After hearing the prosecution witnesses and legal submissions, the Court threw out the case on the basis that there was no case to answer without even needing to hear evidence from Conor or his supporting witnesses, thanks to sab's own video evidence of the whole incident.

CrawleyFHSabacquittedafterHuntsmansliesexposedincourt20-8-17.jpgIncident started when Conor was ridden at by Neil Millard, convicted hunter, who alleged to police that he not Conor, had been assaulted, saying Conor had tried to pull him off his horse, and stabbed him with a needle, and that blood had been drawn. Millard, of course, did not show the police any stab wound or blood, but the police instinctively thought the redcoat and not the sab was telling the truth and searched Conor – but found nothing - not strictly true, because the arresting police officer seized as “exhibits” various items from Conor’s bag, which he recorded in his written statement and read out in court, including, items of huge evidential significance to the alleged offence. such as a hunt sab logo T-shirt, a Greenpeace sweatshirt, a South Wales HSA cap and an animal rights badge. So, despite a complete lack of evidence, Conor was arrested for assault and Conor’s complaint that Millard had assaulted him was ignored.

At the station his GoPro evidence was reviewed: police concluded, with no evidence of assault, to charge him with aggravated trespass. This offence requires 2 things, 1st trespass: the police relied on a street map which said nothing about the ownership of the land. and Millard’s say-so that the land was private. The second element of the offence is that of interfering with a lawful activity. Trial never got as far as having to consider the issue of whether what Millard & co were doing was lawful or in fact illegal hunting. Instead the case failed on whether there was even any interference at all by Conor. Police evidence was that they saw a person wearing a face covering amongst the hunt horses and trying to lead the hounds off the road.

However, video evidence showed that Conor was not wearing a face covering, leaving the prosecution case relying on Millard’s evidence that Conor had tried to stop the hunt from legal (so-called) trail hunting by shouting “leave it, leave it” at the hounds. But the video evidence (there were in fact four separate videos) showed no such thing – that Conor had not shouted anything. This is one of the highlights: In response, under cross-examination, Millard alleged that the video evidence must have been doctored, saying Conor had tried to pull him off his horse, and stabbed him with a needle, and that blood had been drawn, but failed to understand that Conor’s video was seized by the police at the time of the incident and had since been in Crown's possession, probably not the best point to argue. Also, included a threat to kill. 'If you touch those fucking hounds, I'll fucking kill you' The whole courtroom except Millard could hear it in the video. Remarkably, the CPS seemed not to have shown Conor's video evidence to Millard before the trial. It is perhaps no surprise then that the magistrates agreed with Conor’s excellent barrister that there was no case to answer.

The police and CPS truly are puppets for the hunting elitist scum at times, sickens me that this happens in the England I love!

 

Hunting fanatic convicted of sex with child and possess indecent images

Bryn Chittenden warned faces a substantial prison term

He was convicted of V.Disorder & affray against sabs in 1993

Mask-wearing follower also vowed to disregard Hunting Act

23-8-17  Facebook - Hunt Saboteurs   Bryn Chittenden is also a supporter of the Essex Farmers Hunt [left] and guilty of attacks on hunt saboteurs. More details here and here....

EssexFarmersFHBrynChittendeninmask12-04.jpg23-8-17  Essex Live    Paedophile branded a liar before he was found guilty of sexual activity with 14-year-old girl    A landowner was branded "a liar" during closing statements before he was found guilty of sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl. Bryn Chittenden [below right], 51, of St Lawrence Bay, was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with the child at Chelmsford Crown Court earlier today.

He was arrested on June 2, 2015, after an allegation was made by the victim's father. When he was arrested, police found indecent images and movies of children the same age as the victim. He pleaded guilty to one count of possessing indecent images of children and one count of possessing indecent movies of children. He pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child. The jury was told that it was not their duty to judge whether sexual activity had taken place, but that Chittenden had knowledge of her age at the time of the incident. Chittenden claimed that he had no knowledge of her age from meeting her in January 2014 until his arrest in July 2015.

Yesterday, the jury heard evidence from the victim's father, who recalled two conversations he had with Chittenden where he had knowledge of the victim's age. The second conversation, the court heard, took place after it had become clear that the victim had developed an obsession towards Chittenden. Her father told him about her affections and warned him that she needed to be told to stay away. He told the court that Chittenden was "very agreeable." The victim confessed to her father that a sexual relationship took place between herself and Chittenden in June 2015, after she became agitated seeing him with another female. She told her dad that she had kissed the defendant and performed oral sex on him.

Prosecuting, Nicola May told the jury: "We rely on the evidence of the vicitm's father, an honest andEssexFarmersFHBrynChittendenConvictedsexwithchild8-17.jpg compelling witness. We ask you to consider that the victim's father has nothing by way of malice towards this defendant. Bryn even mentioned that he considered him an honest person and that is precisely what he is. Do you think this man has lied?"...

Chittenden was arrested on June 2, 2015, while he was taking his kids to the school bus. In his interview with the police, the prosecution says that he was "very vague" about whether he knew the victim's age but suggested "he let his guard down". Ms May said: "It is all very vague until we get to the point where he says that she was 16 and at college. But then he let his guard down when he says she was having problems with her boyfriend at school. He then came up with the suggestion that school and college is all the same to him. If that is the case, why not say school at the beginning?"

Chittenden admitted in a prepared statement before he was interviewed for a second time that he was lying and that sexual activity between him and the victim did take place. He continued to deny that he had any knowledge of her age. Ms May said: "He is the liar. He lied because of the situation he was in. The reason he lied was not because he was a rabbit caught in the headlights running scared. He was deliberately manipulating the situation." Mr Bonehill added: "In his first interview, he accepts he lied. People lie for a number of different reasons. He accepts it is a lie, he gives a truthful version and then he goes into that witness box to give you more detail. He chooses to give evidence which is not easy."

Mr Bonehill [defending] asked the jury to not define Chittenden's character on his guilty plea to the indecent material found at his home. He said: "He pleaded guilty to those disgusting images on his computer. Just because someone has committed an offence does not mean they are guilty of everything...

In summing up the case, Ms May told the jury that the evidence given by the victim's father was "honest and compelling". She said: "The crown says at no time did this defendant think she was 16. We suggest honest and compelling evidence from the victim's father and I ask you to compare and contest that with the evidence of the defendant. I can be sure that he is guilty. I encourage you to return a verdict of guilty."

It took the jury 45 minutes to come to a unanimous verdict of guilty. Chittenden was released on conditional bail and is to return to Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday, September 22, for sentencing. Judge Jonathan Seeley told Chittenden he was granting him bail on compassionate grounds regarding his partner. He said: "You have been convicted by the jury with an extremely serious offence and you must know from that you are facing a custodial sentence and a significant one. The fact I'm remanding you on bail is mainly because of the condition of your girlfriends pregnancy."

 


Quorn FH filmed apparently cub hunting on NT land

23-8-17   Facebook - National Dis-Trust  VIDEO   The Quorn Hunt, who say they have an agreement with The National Trust, were hunting something this morning near Ingarsby Hall - and it clearly wasn't a trail. Is this the 'best version of a legal activity' that The Trust say they are about to licence for the coming season. Feel free to email this clip to their Director-General, Dame Helen Ghosh, at helen.ghosh@nationaltrust.org.uk and ask her if she thinks this is trail hunting, or something else. 'The Quorn Hunt has a similar arrangement with The National Trust to pass through its land at Ulverscroft Wood.

For an introduction to cubbing/autumn hunting & how it works, please watch this video from the League Against Cruel Sports.   #voteoffthehunts    #AGM2017

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National Trust ignoring evidence that 'trail hunting' is a fiction

23-8-17   Facebook - National Dis-Trust   'We believe the overwhelming majority of Hunts act responsibly...' - The National Trust, Updated 'Trail Hunting' Policy, http://bit.ly/2syAhnO.'Having

'Having looked over 4,000 hunt monitoring reports of over 30 hunt monitors from different organisations covering the majority of hunts in England and Wales (157), since the Hunting Act 2004 was enacted, these hunt monitors have reported witnessing someone laying a possible trail only in an average of around 3% of the occasions they monitored hunts, but they believed that only an average of around 0.04% of the occasions they may have witnessed a genuine trail hunting event, rather than a fake one.' - League Against Cruel Sports, http://bit.ly/2u0JfvA.

'During this reporting period 364 (42%) of all incidents reported related to illegal interference with badger setts... Unfortunately, 72 of these incidents related to alleged interference with setts by fox hunts.' - The Badger Trust, UK Badger Persecution 2014-15, P6, http://bit.ly/2r1ZnLf.'...in

'...in 99% of IFAW hunt monitors’ reports produced during the last 10 years (443 reports on supposed ‘trail hunting’ events covering 45 different registered hunts in England & Wales), the investigators reported not having witnessed anybody laying what they believed was a genuine trail.' - International Fund for Animal Welfare - IFAW, Trail Of Lies, P5, http://g.ifaw.org/2hbxOIR#Orly?  #naiveAF   #gobacktothedrawingtable

 


Two foxes saved by monitors from Crawley FH cub hunters

23-8-17   Facebook - West Sussex Hunt Sabs   The Crawley & Horsham fox hunt met at 5-30pm at Brick Kiln Farm, Shipley Road, Southwater today. Monitors watched as the hunt left the meet and headed across the fields. As hunt monitors entered through gates on a public footpath they saw men lined up along the outside of the wood. They could hear the huntsman pushing the hounds through the wood from the other end. A fox bolted from the wood and crossed the footpath in front of the monitors. One of the C&H hunt staff was quickly on his mobile, then cracking a whip on the ground to stop the hounds.

The Hunt left the wood and the hounds soon picked up the scent of the fox again. Two foxes were seen bolting from woodlands and the hounds were quickly on to them, the foxes ran towards another wooded area followed by the hounds. Fortunately another monitor was waiting in there and the huntsman had to call the hounds off. We saved these two foxes tonight, but no doubt they will be hunted again soon. We hope we will be there next time to save them again. We can state for the record that no trail of any sort had been laid for this meet and what we witnessed was blatant illegal fox hunting. We are very grateful for any donations that will help keep us in the fields protecting our wildlife. A big thank you shout out to those who have donated.

 

Did Melbreak FH supply fake fox urine certificate to Nat Trust?

22-8-17  Facebook - National Dis-Trust    This [below right] is a copy of the certificate provided to The National Trust by The Melbreak Foxhounds, to prove that the fox urine the hunt claims to use for trail-laying is ‘authentic’. The National Trust have accepted this certificate at face value, even though it looks like someone has knocked it up on their home computer. The certificate is conveniently dated 23/10/16, just before the hunt’s opening meet last year, when The National Trust licence commenced. A little bit of digging by the Trust would haveMelbreakFHPossfakecertificategiventoNT10-16.jpg produced the following information...

-> The website for the company which supposedly supplies the fox urine (http://bit.ly/2wki5ky ) doesn’t appear to exist nor is it registered with Companies House.   -> The company’s aliases, Harrier Contracting and The Animal Scent Company seem equally vague – Harrier Contracting (http://bit.ly/2vbF65B ) was dissolved in February 2017 and appears to have been set up purely as a dummy company in 2013, which never traded.

So where does the fox urine actually come from? We know that there are legal implications (http://bit.ly/2g1AjAT ) involved in importing fox urine, and that obtaining it in large enough quantities in the UK would contravene animal welfare legislation (http://bit.ly/1sxCoFL ).

Yet The National Trust were quite happy to accept this certificate as proof that The Melbreak Foxhounds were following a trail, even though this particular Hunt have never been witnessed laying a trail, but have been witnessed chasing and killing foxes (for example -> http://bit.ly/2wBywc5 ) on numerous occasions over the past few years, with footage being handed to police and The National Trust. A hunt monitor was assaulted (http://bit.ly/2xptfRN ) by a Melbreak supporter/convicted sex offender (http://bit.ly/2g2edhx ) at a meet of The Melbreak Foxhounds in January this year; the hunt monitor needed hospital treatment as a result of the attack. The National Trust still allowed the hunt to continue using its land having banned them for a mere 24 hours.

So why would we accept The National Trust’s updated hunting regulations, when Hunts have consistently breached the existing National Trust licence? The answer is that we won’t. Until yesterday, it has been ‘carry on as normal’, with The National Trust trotting out tired old copy and paste responses when challenged about illegal hunting, hunt violence, environmental damage and the presence of terriermen. The members resolution to ban hunting starts to raise public awareness, and The Trust suddenly attempts to hoodwink the voting membership by updating their rules. How convenient! We urge all Trust members to see through the smokescreen and use their vote to get the Hunts off Trust land.

 

                                          
CA anger at NT's policy changes on 'trail hunting'

21-8-17  Countryside Alliance   Countryside Alliance condemn the changes to the National Trust’s trail-hunting policy    Proposed changes to the National Trust’s trail-hunting policy appear to have been made as a “direct response to demands from the animal rights movement,” said Tim Bonner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance earlier today. The changes include the advance publication of meet information on the Trust’s website and the banning of animal-based scent used by most hunts to lay trails. The Trust announced on its website that it is introducing changes in the way that they license trail-hunts following an in-depth review of their current processes and procedures.

It is quite extraordinary that the National Trust’s ‘in-depth review’ has not included consultation with any ofTimBonner.jpg the individual licence holders or the associations that represent them prior to the changes being made, and it is no surprise therefore that some are so impractical”, continued Tim Bonner [right], “The changes will go down extremely badly with hunts, the majority of National Trust tenants who welcome them and the wider rural community. Many of the hunts that operate on National Trust land have been targeted by animal rights activists in the past and will take the view that it will be too great a risk to staff and members to have their meets advertised. On the face of it this seems to be another example of the Trust distancing itself from the rural community to appease metropolitan sensibilities.”

Trail-hunting is one of the legal forms of hunting that was adopted by packs of hounds following the implementation of the Hunting Act in February 2005. It involves the laying of an artificial trail across the countryside which the hounds follow, with the aim being to simulate traditional hunting.

#​A members’ resolution proposing to ban trail-hunting on National Trust land has also been put forward for consideration at the Trust’s AGM on Saturday 21 October.

 


CA official [an ex senior cop] invited to Leics police hunt training day

20-8-17  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Leicestershire Police invite Countryside Alliance's Phillip Davies to police training day   Leicestershire Police are holding a training day on the 5th September regarding the issue of hunting. This is something they have done for the past few years however it has come to our attention that this year there is “confirmation from Mr Phillip Davies [below left] that he will be attending the event and assisting officers should they need any guidance or advice around the activities.”

PhillipDaviesCAPoliceLiaisonOfficer.jpgWho is Mr Phillip Davies? Davies is the Countryside Alliance's Police Liaison officer. He was himself a police officer from 1980 till 2010 becoming a Chief Inspector. It's his job to influence police policy in relation to hunting and is on various advisory bodies. Last year he attended the National Police Chief Council conference where he did a 20 minute talk entitled “hunting without harassment” (never mind that hunting is illegal) in the talk he portrayed sabs as violent and dangerous criminals and pushed for the use of Section 35 anti-social behaviour dispersal orders and section 60AA powers.

Leicestershire Police need reminding that over the past three years the Atherstone Hunt and its associates have collected 20 convictions, cautions and community resolutions for violence and anti-social behaviour with possibly more to follow. 11 of these are convictions for assault. We on the other hand have none. Zero. We have not even been charged with anything. So quite clearly the violent dangerous criminals are the Atherstone Hunt. That is a fact.

The Atherstone Hunt has gained a lot of unwanted press for foxhunting over the past few years and because of this they are constantly looking at ways to get rid of us. However documenting and exposing illegal hunting is not a crime and neither is preventing any breaches of the Hunting Act.

Leicestershire Police should also remind themselves that the CA is a pressure group who want the Hunting Act repealed, an organisation who were behind the Hunting Declaration Day on 1st November 2003. This saw 50,000 hunt supporters publicly sign declarations that they would break any future law that banned hunting. How can a police force invite someone to an event whose organisation advocates breaking the law? And not just any law but one of laws being discussed at that meeting.

One of the signatories of that declaration to break the law on hunting was current Atherstone joint-master Mark Halford who in this article admits to signing the declaration saying "I will continue to hunt" proof if any more is needed of the intentions of the Atherstone Hunt this season to continue to break the law.

The Countryside Alliance is a dangerous organisation involved in organised crime and the promotion of violence and the breaking of the law. As such inviting them to this event will be legitimising criminality. It would be like inviting the mafia to assist and guide police officers on the issue of drug dealing.

You can contact Leicestershire police via Facebook. You can read more about Phillip Davies in the latest edition of HOWL the magazine of the Hunt Saboteurs Association and which is free for members. That article has also been posted in the blog More than just badgers.

 


Sabs stop Cheshire Forest FH cub hunting effectively

Say police acted as Hunt's 'private security'

20-8-17   Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs    Yesterday we teamed up with our beautiful comrades from Lancashire & Welsh Border Hunt Sabs to check in on the Cheshire Forest who were meeting at Clough House car park in Wildboarclough.

From the off it became apparent this was more than just hound exercise, this was a cubbing meet, as just before we arrived we were met by one of their support vehicles who had stopped to ask us what we were doing in the area! It was quite obvious what we were doing in the area, haha! At this point he became a little confrontational and frantically circled our vehicle trying to take pictures of us all!

Dressed in tweed the few select people who had paid their cap for the day were reluctantly starting to unbox their horses whilst some sabs had a quiet word with Mr German by the hound van. His face was a picture! He looked absolutely gutted! German is renowned for these evening cubbing meets. Due to our presence the Hunt were not able to actually do any cubbing and literally all they could do was exercise the hounds.

The Hunt took us on a lovely scenic trip around the Peak District and as they couldn't really enter any of the woodland with us in tow, they stayed on the road. The last few riders tried to slow us down a number of times to let Huntsman and hounds gain ground on us, but we're all healthy, fit and active individuals so we just leapt out the vehicles and caught up with them on foot!

We briefly stopped outside a gorgeous pub call the Hanging Gate so Mr German could speak to his friends from Cheshire Police who he must of called who were now also part of the convoy! This gave us the time to speak to some local cyclists about what Cheshire Forest were up to and what they're all about... The killing of innocent foxes...

After some time following in our vehicles an oncoming vehicle allowed a hunt support vehicle and the police to get in front of all our vehicles. This is where it all started to get weird! We came to a sudden halt, a few words were exchanged between hunt support and police, then the police literally acted as private security firm and blocked the road...

As we mentioned before, we're all fairly healthy and fit so again we put toes to the ground and attempted to catch up with the hunt. By this time they were well in the distance but the police efforts of trying to block us in were futile as we have local knowledge of the area and our drivers just drove round another way, picked up foot sabs and drove us back to the Hunt!

We have not forgotten about the collusion between the Cheshire Forest and Cheshire Police. We have not forgotten about PC Clare Ford... So, to Cheshire Police, if you are not in cahoots with wildlife criminals, please act impartially from now on and stop acting as a private security force for these evil animal abusers!

Once we had caught up with the Hunt we were now not far from the meet where upon our arrival back there, Mr German just let himself into the back of the police car for a nice chat...

Still not doing yourself any favours Cheshire Police... We're not the bad guys here!! We protest what we know to be cruel and we will most certainly protest what we see as a massive injustice too! Work with us, not against us, we only exist as a group to try and stop crimes against wildlife and to save the lives of all hunted animals. Where is your compassion??

The Hunt packed up the fastest we had ever seen and got the hell outta dodge as quick as they packed up, haha! Once the hunt had all left, so did the police, which left us to take the obligatory group photo and leave ourselves! Job done!

 

NT announces changes to 'trail hunting' policy to head off ban pressure

Critics claim changes are 'smokescreen' to protect Hunts 

20-8-17   National Trust   Our position on trail hunting   We are introducing changes in the way we license trail ‘hunts’ this year following an in-depth review of our current processes and procedures. Our updated approach aims to further safeguard conservation and access by producing a clear, robust, and transparent set of conditions for licensing. The changes include: - Banning the use of animal-based scents as a trail for hounds or beagles to follow. This will reduce the risk of foxes or other wild animals being accidentally chased.

- Prohibit the presence of terriermen, who have no practical purpose on a trail ‘hunt’, and the use of their vehicles.  - More active management of hunts and how they operate including: mandatory reporting requirements after each meet; the provision of specified maps/areas; and requiring at the time of application details of all proposed hunt days.  - Probing the track record of each applicant and establishing a consistent charging regime across Trust land.  - Greater transparency for our members and the public. We will post on our website the agreed days and locations, in advance, for our members and supporters to view. This will include a primary point of contact for each Hunt.  - We are exploring how we can work more closely with the Police’s independent National Wildlife Crime Unit, which is the proper authority for handling alleged breaches in wildlife legislation.

The Hunting Act of 2004 - Hunting wild animals was outlawed in England and Wales by the Hunting Act of 2004: National Trust land is no exception. The law does allow what is known as trail ‘hunting’ to continue. This activity involves people on foot or horseback following a scent along a pre-determined route with hounds or beagles. It effectively replicates a traditional hunt but without a fox being chased, injured or killed.

Our position - The Trust does license 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 believe the overwhelming majority of Hunts act responsibly, and we hope our clear, robust, and transparent set of conditions will allow participants to enjoy this activity in compatibility with our conservation aims. Any activity associated with the term ‘hunting’ continues to provoke strong emotions on both sides of the debate. We recognise our reforms will not satisfy everyone.

Our charity’s core aim is to look after the places in our care and that remains our top priority when considering whether to license any outdoor activity. This would be true whether it’s mountain biking or a food festival. But our charity was also established for the nation’s benefit and to provide the widest spectrum of public access and enjoyment. We therefore always look to welcome people to our places and to host the broadest range of outdoor activities on our land. We believe this should include trail ‘hunting’, where it is consistent with our conservation aims and is legally pursued.

24-8-17  The Canary   National Trust accused of playing fast and loose with the truth to protect violent elites   Critics have accused the National Trust of playing fast and loose with the truth in order to protect the violent elites involved in fox hunting. The National Trust recently announced new rules for licensing hunts on its land. In response to growing criticism of a practice known as “trail hunting” (in which hounds follow a scent rather than a live animal), the conservation charity publicly stated on 18 August that it is going to make changes that will “further safeguard conservation and access”. In turn, this makes hunting activity on National Trust land more transparent. Despite a warm reception to these changes from the public, however, some groups are warning that this announcement is just a “smokescreen”.

Concerns - Trail hunting is a practice where packs of hounds follow an artificially laid scent that mimics the path of a fox. It was introduced after the Hunting Act 2004 was passed to “simulate traditional hunting”. But concerns about trail hunting have been voiced since its earliest days. Many critics say it’s a loophole that allows hunting packs to continue chasing and killing wildlife. Evidence for doubts include the Cheshire Forest Hunt rampaging through a Macclesfield suburb; or another hunt attacking a cat in Newbridge, Cornwall.

The National Trust is Britain’s largest private landowner. Consequently, 79 hunts held licences to trail hunt on the charity’s land in 2016. Licences come with strict rules which need to be adhered to on National Trust land. It is these rules that have recently been revised. Or have they?

The announcement has been made just two months before the National Trust annual general meeting (AGM) on 21 October. This AGM is notable because of a resolution put forward to ban all hunting – including trail hunting – from National Trust land. And this timing is the reason that campaign group National Dis-Trust has suggested the charity’s recent announcement isn’t telling the whole truth.

National Dis-Trust highlights several inconsistencies. In particular, the National Trust’s change regarding hunts’ use of terriermen ( which are used to dig foxes out of the earth before being killed): - Prohibit the presence of terriermen, who have no practical purpose on a trail ‘hunt’, and the use of their vehicles.

Responding to this, National Dis-Trust says:- Terriers have been ‘banned’ from being used during ‘trail hunts’ on Trust land for years by licence criteria, yet terriermen continue to be present… What does The Trust think terriermen have been doing with ‘trail hunts’ for the last 12 years?!

Also highlighted is the National Trust’s desire for hunts to self-report:- More active management of hunts and how they operate including: mandatory reporting requirements after each meet; the provision of specified maps/areas; and requiring at the time of application details of all proposed hunt days.

The National Dis-Trust points out that this is already in place and doesn’t work. Self-reporting is something The Trust has already required of hunts for years & years – it doesn’t work, and The Trust has clearly ignored their promise to pay attention to the reports of hunt monitors, so they can jog right on with this ‘promise’.

The charity also takes aim at the use of animal-based scent for trails:- Banning the use of animal-based scents as a trail for hounds or beagles to follow. This will reduce the risk of foxes or other wild animals being accidentally chased.

But the National Dis-Trust explains that:- The Hunts The Trust licence don’t follow ‘trails’ anyway, so stating that they will be required to hunt a non-animal based scent is frankly idiotic (retraining hounds also cannot be done at the drop of a hat – so will they still issue licences for this current hunt season?).

The National Trust and a ‘trail of lies’. The statement that Hunts don’t follow trails is backed up by a study [pdf] published by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Uncovering the Trail of Lies, published in December 2015, states that:- In 99% of the 443 trail hunting events run by 45 different registered hunts observed by our investigators over the last 10 years, they did not see anyone laying genuine trails. These inconsistencies, alongside evidence showing trail hunting to rarely be undertaken, has led National Dis-Trust to brand the announcement a “smokescreen”.

The Canary contacted the National Trust about the allegations, and it responded by saying that the new rules are “absolutely not a smokescreen”. This update is the conclusion of a review which has been taking place since February and applications for trail ‘hunting’ licenses need to made in the coming weeks. The Board response to the AGM resolution will be published separately, on 4 September. It also stated that the six-month review was intended to allow trail hunting to continue where it is compatible with the charity’s conservation aims:- We have been carefully listening to both sides of a highly polarised and passionate debate for years. During our review, we carefully weighed up those arguments, but our first priority is always to protect conservation and access on our land. Members will have the opportunity to discuss trail hunting and vote on the matter at the charity’s annual general meeting in October.

The motion was brought forward by 50 National Trust members. These include Helen Beynon, who is leading the call, and Ranulph Fiennes. The explorer, famously pro-hunt for many years, had a change of heart in 2016. He has stated that, if “the National Trust wants to truly preserve and protect our environment, it needs to stop condoning hunting, in any guise, immediately”. Hunts know they are being backed into a corner, which is perhaps why hunt lobby group Countryside Alliance regularly paints itself as a victim. More than 618,000 acres of land is a large chunk of that corner to lose. And losing it would set a precedent that other organisations such as the Forestry Commission and Ministry of Defence might follow.

When passage of the Hunting Act 2004 became increasingly likely, Hunts across the UK signed a declaration stating they would continue hunting in defiance of the law. Despite this, and despite evidence exposing trail hunting as a sham, the National Trust seems keen to continue licensing the activity on its land. Nothing less than a total ban on hunting will stop this.

 


Pressure grows on National Trust to ban 'trail hunting' on its land

Sir Rannulph Fiennes says continued killing by Hunts must stop

20-8-17   Western Morning News    National Trust may vote to ban all hunting with dogs on its land in motion backed by Ranulph Fiennes    All hunting with hounds on National Trust Land could be banned in an unprecedented vote. Trail hunting – in which hounds and riders follow a scent that was laid earlier – is still allowed on Trust estates but has long been regarded by animal rights campaigners as a means of circumventing the hunting ban. Now 50 trust members, including the Exmoor explorer Sir Ranulph FiennesRanulphFienneswithcorpseoffoxkilledbyCheshireFH.jpg [right, with corpse of fox killed by Cheshire FH], have endorsed a motion that will be debated at the trust's AGM in October which would revoke all licences allocated to hunts, the Observer reported today. The National Trust owns many thousands of acres in Devon, on estates like Killerton and Knightshayes, and licences hunts on some of its Westcountry properties.

"These hunts are still killing foxes, hares and stags – and they are being allowed to do so on National Trust land," Fiennes, who lives near Dulverton, said. "Hunting is despicable, cruel and has no justification in modern Britain. If the National Trust wants to truly preserve and protect our environment, it needs to stop condoning hunting, in any guise, immediately."

A total of 79 annual licences were granted last year to applicants seeking to engage in trail hunting on trust lands. Licences are granted on the understanding that the hunt simulates a traditional chase but without foxes being deliberately pursued or killed.

The League Against Cruel Sports says that despite the 2005 Hunting Act hunts are being carried out as before the ban, with trail hunting providing "plausible deniability" to hunts when live animals end up being caught by hounds. Philippa King, the League's acting chief executive, said that the Trust had been shown video footage of hunts chasing and killing stags on its lands and there appeared to be "no will" to stop it. We know the majority of people in this country want hunting to stay illegal, and we know they are shocked to find out it still goes on illegally," she said. "The groundswell of public opinion against the National Trust allowing hunting is already massive and growing by the day, as more people realise it's happening."

The motion, put forward by Helen Beynon, asks that her fellow members "agree that the National Trust must stop issuing licences for trail hunting, 'exempt' hunting, or allowing hunts to exercise their hounds on National Trust land, to prevent potential illegal activity in breach of the Hunting Act 2004 and to prevent damage to flora and fauna by the hunt, hounds and followers".

Challenged about trail hunting earlier this year during a talk at Nottingham Trent University, Dame Helen Ghosh, the departing head of the trust, said that the issue had generated a lot of correspondence on social media and that she knew of scores of members who had left because of the issue. A Trust spokesperson said: "We can confirm a members' resolution has been submitted for our annual general meeting in October calling for the cessation of trail hunting on National Trust laand. Members will have the opportunity to vote on the resolution and discuss the matter at the AGM." In January the Trust said it would review its arrangement with a Hunt whose hounds had appeared to attack an elderly couple and their dog on a beach owned by the charity. Witnesses reported that the greyhound was chased by several hounds. While huntsmen attempted to bring them under control, onlookers described how the dogs turned on the greyhound's owner who fended them off with his wife's walking stick and was said to have been bitten, CornwallLive reported.

Polly Portwin, head of hunting at the Countryside Alliance, said that trail hunting had been adopted by the majority of registered hunts following the Hunting Act being enforced from February 2005. "Many National Trust members regularly follow hounds and it is disappointing that they are effectively being accused. To ban legal hunting activities on the grounds of protecting flora and fauna would suggest that dog walking and exercising horses across National Trust land should also be banned. There is nothing to suggest that hunts are regularly breaking the law while trail hunting either on private land or that owned by the National Trust."

She said Ministry of Justice data showed that of the 423 people convicted of offences under the Hunting Act since it came into force 12 years ago, more than 94% did not involve Hunts and were largely related to poaching and hare coursing offences.

POWAperson adds - This story was widely reported including in Observer, Mail, Times and Mirror. In pre-ban days, attempts to have fox and hare hunting banned on NT land were defeated by the Chair using proxy votes against them. One wonders if the Trust, who have received increasingly negative publicity over this issue, will dare use that tactic again. 

 

Three Counties Mink Hounds slope off home before sabbing even starts

19-8-17   Facebook - Bristol Hunt Saboteurs    Three Counties Minkhounds sabbed!    A few of us joined up with a collection of sabs from Bath, Severn Vale and S.Wales today, after receiving a local tip off that the rather illusive Three Counties Mink Hounds would be hunting around Michaelchurch Escley, Herefordshire, near to the Welsh border.

We arrived to find a number of followers positioned on a bridge over Escley Brook, awaiting the Hunt's arrival from further upstream, but they didn't get that far... as soon as sabs made their presence known, the Hunt threw the towel in. The usual laughable excuses were bandied about, ranging from "we're just out fishing" to "we're following a pre-laid trail." After a bit of standing around trying to hatch a plan, the hounds were boxed up and the hound van was outta there. Odd behaviour if there was nothing illegal going on!

We watched as hunt staff and supporters waited around looking rather fed up, before most of them drifted off. Sabs remained in the area ready to go back into action if they tried to sneak back, until we received word from a spotter's vehicle that they had picked up the hound van way to the east, heading back to the hunt kennels in Kinnersley, Worcestershire. Knowing that their attempts at killing wildlife were ruined for the day, it was job done and we were heading for home! Three Counties Mink Hounds, we'll be seeing you again...

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Sabs cause instant pack up of Northants Mink Hounds

19-8-17  Facebook – N.Cambs Hunt Sabs   Hit report: Kingsbridge farm, Steeple Claydon. Northants Minkhounds   Today Sabs from N.Cambs, S.Cambs, Northants and Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs discovered our old friends the Northants Mink/Otter Hounds hiding out at Kingsbridge Farm, in Buckinghamshire. They were actively hunting Padbury Brook, part of the Great Ouse Valley system - a sensitive river ecosystem made up of habitats for several protected species such as Otters, Water Voles and Great Crested Newts.

Unfortunately, the hunters did not see this as a big deal, and so carried on regardless with driving their pack of otter hounds upstream scenting out their quarry. Unbeknown to them, sabs were waiting, hidden upstream around a bend in the river. Just as the spade-carrying terrierman arrived on scene, sabs made their presence know and the entire hunt did an instant about turn and marched briskly back to their waiting cars. Unfortunately for them, they did have to traipse quite a long way, and some members of their ageing support were flagging by the end of the walk. This chap [below left] attacked a sab with his walking stick and had to be held back by his slightly concerned partner.

Sabs also assisted an otter hound who had become stuck in wires, after the panicked hunters tried to take a shortcut through a hedge to avoid a herd of cows... An effective showing of mink hound sabbing from all groups involved, the hunt were marked to ground at their car park, and staked out until the hound van was confirmed to have left the scene.

Pics below  -  1/  Supporter who attacked sab   2/ Hunters fleeing  

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Stressed stag chased on to LACS land by unstopped D&S SH hounds

18-8-17  Daily Mirror  VIDEO   'Horrific' footage reveals runaway hunting dogs chasing frightened stag into a protected wildlife sanctuary    Hunting deer with stags is illegal under the Hunting Act, but three stag hunts use loopholes in the law to carry on with the cruel bloodsport. But even they are supposed to stop if the animals cross into sanctuary land.

Footage released by the League Against Cruel Sports today reveal two dogs from a Devon and Somerset hunt continuing to chase down the stag on land that is meant to be safe for wildlife. Paul Tillesley, head of conservation and education for the League Against Cruel Sports said: “It was truly horrific to see the hunt chasing this marvellous stag, in his prime, in the guise of ‘research’. We were relieved to see the stag reach the safety of the League’s Baronsdown sanctuary, but shocked the Hunt didn’t stop two of their hounds from continuing the pursuit of the stag and shattering the peace of this wildlife haven.”

Philippa King, acting CEO for the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “This stag should have been safe when it crossed onto sanctuary land, but two of the Hunt’s hounds – not under proper control - relentlessly pursued it. Eighty-eight per cent of the public oppose deer hunting. This incident is a stark reminder that the Hunting Act needs strengthening, so exemptions like research and observation can no longer be flouted by the hunts in order to persecute animals for ‘sport’. Research has shown stag hunting to be terrifying and exhausting for a stag, with pursuits lasting for up to three hours. The poor animals literally have to run for their lives.”

League staff caught one of the dogs, which was later collected by a member of a local hunt group.

Pics below -   1/ The spent, sweating, salivating stag finds sanctuary   2/  Hound returned to shamefaced redcoat

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18-8-17    Facebook  League Against Cruel Sports   VIDEO   Yesterday, we were reminded in very real terms of the importance of our sanctuary land. While monitoring the Devon and Somerset Staghounds’ activities, League staff witnessed a mature stag being hunted down a wooded valley that forms a boundary with the League’s Baronsdown sanctuary. The frightened and exhausted stag managed to reach the safety of the Baronsdown sanctuary, but two hunting hounds continued to chase the terrified animal on to land that is meant to be safe for wildlife. One dog was apprehended by League.

 


Aborted calf highlights neospora dangers from hound packs' faeces

16-8-17  Farmers Guardian   Devastating effects of Neospora at Witcon Farm - caused by cows eating grass contaminated with dog poo.  Dog walkers - please bear this in mind.NeosporaNeartermcalfabortedduetodisease8-17.jpg

POWA person adds - This post, showing a near-term calf aborted because the mother had contracted neospora, highlights the dangers of this disease. The primary vector is dog faeces – yet thousands of farmers, many keeping livestock, including cattle, allow large packs of hunting hounds to roam across their pastures, defecating freely as they go.

The dangers of the potential spread of bTb by hunting hounds have been well-documented recently and historically hounds have been almost the sole vector for the spread of hydatidosis, which can cause not just sheep carcasses to be rejected at post-slaughter because of the presence of hydatic cysts but can, and has, infected humans, with potentially fatal consequences. We know of one hunt servant, we believe from the Warwickshire FH, who died of the disease and another who obtained substantial damages, a few years ago, from the Beaufort FH after the disease, which has a long latency period, seriously afflicted him after his retirement.

When will Hunts start taking seriously the multiple, severe dangers their hound packs can create, when will livestock farmers learn that allowing these packs access to their land is a seriously bad idea, when will our government recognise the multiple and varied harms of hunting with hounds and ban it properly? Strengthen the Hunting Act.

 



Hunting fanatic Duke of Beaufort dies in sleep aged 89

Leaves behind gigantic fortune and vast landholding

16-8-17  Daily Mail    Battle for the Badminton millions as Duke of Beaufort dies leaving an estimated £315million fortune to his eldest son - who separated from his campaigning ex-actress wife in 2013 - Leaves behind £315million including 52,000-acre Badminton Estate    The Duke of Beaufort, owner of one of biggest estates in England, has died aged 89. David Somerset, the 11th Duke of Beaufort, died in his sleep yesterday, leaving behind his widow, Miranda, and children Harry, Anne, Edward and John. He also leaves behind an estimated £315million fortune including the 52,000-acre Badminton Estate in Gloucestershire - home of the famous horse trials, and the place where the game of Badminton was invented in 1863. It is unclear how the death will affect the complicated divorce involving his eldest son and heir Harry, until now the Marquess of Worcester. The new Duke - known to his friends as Bunter – separated from former actress turned environmentalist Tracy Louise Ward in 2013, after 26 years of marriage. 

Old Etonian Harry confirmed his father had died yesterday afternoon and told the Daily Mail: ‘He was a wonderful father and died surrounded by his family. That is all I feel able to say at this stage.’

Last year the 65-year-old revealed that the couple were in the process of going through a divorce. Tracy Louise Ward, the granddaughter of the 3rd Earl of Dudley, is the mother of Bunter’s three children - Robert, Bella and Jordan - and has relied on being married to old money to fund her environmental campaigning, which has included making a film about the impact of industrialised pig farming in Britain...

POWAperson adds - The Duke was a highly enthusiastic follower of his ancestral tradition of fox hunting, leading the family Hunt for many years. His vast estate gives ample provision for hunting away from pryingPrinceWilliamhuntingwithBeaufortaged17.jpg eyes. Monitors have accused the Beaufort of hunting illegally on many occasions when hunting in publicly accessible areas. For example, on March 13th this year a monitor claims the Huntsman refused to pull hounds off a fox which they were close behind. The fate of that fox is unknown. On 9th March film was released of the Beaufort apparently hunting a fox in December. On 4th March monitors witnessed Beaufort hounds chasing a fox and later filmed bloodstained hounds and, later in the day, they observed the Hunt chasing a fox into the grounds of Prince Charles' home at Highgrove. The Prince was a frequent guest rider over decades when fox hunting was legal, as, latterly were Princes William [right] and Harry. In the early 1990s the Duke was threatened with prison by a judge, along with his long-standing Huntsman Captain Ian Farquhar, when they broke an injunction against trespassing on a farm. The late Duke's father freely admitted to using artificial earths and was in the peculiar habit of writing annually to newspapers saying he never lost lambs to foxes. His father, in turn, was the author of the 'Bible' of aficiandos of the 'sport', the 1900 volume 'Foxhunting'. The famous quotation about teaching young hounds to be 'savage with their fox' whilst cubbing comes from this book. The huge number of foxes whose suffering and death this ducal line has been responsible for can only be guessed at.

Besides his huge Badminton Estate in Gloucestershire, the Duke also owned tracts of land in south Wales. In 2009, Swansea paid him £280,000 for permission to build a bridge across the River Tawe and numerous wind turbines are currently being built on his land near the city, a development strongly opposed by locals, which will bring in millions for the Estate.



Vile rape and death threats made online to fox rescuer monitor

14-8-17  Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   Shocking and alarming online abuse from hunt supporter - Death threats and threats of rape     Yesterday, violent and threatening comments were made under a dramatic video of a fox being rescued by a hunt monitor from the jaws of hounds about to kill it. The video was shot in 2012 at a meet of the Old Berks Fox Hounds in Oxfordshire.

The violent comments were made yesterday on YouTube and talk about the sab/monitor being raped and wanting her to die.  “What a hateful, pathetic old bitch. I'd have ripped the fox out her hand and snapped it's neck in front of her whilst the horse raped her bare arsehole. Dirty sab scum, die in your council flat.”

 



'Thousands' protest hunting and slaughter of wildlife for 'sport'

Chris Packham condemns 'psychopathic joy' of wildlife killers

13-8-17   Observer   Glorious Twelfth under fresh fire from protesters on moors and streets   New momentum for anti-hunting lobby as thousands march in London to warn of threat to wildlife The start of Britain’s grouse shooting season has been overshadowed by wildlife protection protests, marking the growing confidence of animal rights supporters that they are about to make their biggest breakthrough since the hunting ban in 2004.

As the countryside echoed to the sound of gunfire on the Glorious Twelfth, opponents took part in a protest ramble on Ilkley Moor, the site of the only shoot still taking place on public land. In central London, thousands of marchers were told by speakers including the BBC presenter Chris Packham [right] that the days of the West Yorkshire shoot were numbered, with Bradford council under unprecedented pressure not to renew the lease next year.

I think that when people now see others killing for the psychopathic joy of it they are increasingly sickenedChrisPackham.jpg and the reason for that is that our wildlife is running out,” Packham said. He told the Observer that public support for conservation in the UK had risen on the back of global outrage after Cecil the lion was killed in Zimbabwe in 2015. Social media is another factor. The RSPB published video of marsh harriers being killed on a grouse moor in Yorkshire and within hours of that material going on to YouTube it has been spread all around. Everyone is instantaneously angered as it gets shared and there is frankly nowhere for these criminals to hide,” Packham said.

The marchers, wearing fox head masks and carrying banners condemning the badger cull, made their way to Downing Street after speakers said that loopholes continued to allow hunting to go on. Danielle Flynn, 55, a former hunt saboteur from Glasgow, marched with her daughter Karen, who said social media had played a big part in the resurgence of interest in animal rights. “A lot of them might be apathetic about politics but they might, for example, take an interest when I talk to them about animal testing and makeup,” said the 24-year-old.

Jordan Psaros, 26, from Braintree in Essex, said: “I’ve always been an animal lover but I basically became involved in this after I saw videos online of foxes being killed by dogs set on them by hunters on horseback. A lot of people of my age are waking up to what is going on.”

Animal rights groups have been emboldened by the public reaction to recent controversies. Arsenal football club owner Stan Kroenke was forced to order his new TV streaming service to stop showing big-game hunting and Vinnie Jones was caught up in a row over a photograph of 100 dead foxes that appeared on his Twitter feed. Hunting also featured in the general election after Theresa May declared her support for a free vote on overturning the ban, with some Tories complaining afterwards that this contributed to “toxifying” the party brand. Focus group Britain Thinks also found that while the so-called “dementia tax” was key among older voters, the prospect of a foxhunting revival alienated many swing voters...

Shooting continues to be big money. Yesterday saw the Gleneagles Glorious Grouse Race, in which shooters race to deliver the first grouse of the season to the town and onwards to London. Grouse killed by shooters including the Olympian Peter Wilson were due to be helicoptered down to be served at London’s Harwood Arms gastropub.

All the evidence is there that it should be stopped and there is a lot of support for that locally,” said Luke Steele of Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor, who said that backing was coming from the local conservation group and a new Labour MP who recently took the seat from the Tories. We have seen that notable breeding bird species have gone extinct or declined by more than half, for example. Then there is the environmental damage caused by sections of the moor being set alight, and there are walkers who are fearful of the guns.”

But Edward Bromet of the Bingley Moor Partnership, which runs the shoot, insisted that grouse shooting aided the moor’s upkeep and described those organising yesterday’s protest as an “extreme” group... The Countryside Alliance has also turned its fire on Packham, sending a letter this weekend to the BBC arguing that it was unsustainable for him to be allowed an “unchallenged platform” on programmes such as Springwatch while he aligned himself with “the most aggressive elements of the anti-shooting campaign”. Packham said: “There is no conflict. I have a working relationship with the BBC. We have an agreed protocol and I have not deviated from it. The Countryside Alliance are upset because they are on the back foot. We are winning and they are lashing out.”

 

Alston Hare Week future in doubt as host pack forced into amateur status

WTV Beagles finances so bad they have to sell their kennels 

Hard sab pressure on the hare week for last three years may be cause

10-8-17    Facebook - Berkshire Hunt Sabs    ALSTON HARE WEEK...THE FINAL NAIL IN THE COFFIN?   News hasWeardaleandTeesValleyBeagleskennelsforsale8-17.jpg reached the HSA that all is not well with the Weardale & Tees Valley Beagles (WTV), organisers of the notorious Alston Hare Week hunting festival.

Until recently the WTV were one of the few beagle packs to still enjoy 'professional' status: they had their own kennels and a paid employee to feed and hunt the hounds. Now, however, they find themselves in such dire financial straits that they have been forced to sell off their kennels and become an 'amateur' pack. The hounds will be kennelled with a neighbouring foxhunt and their kennel huntsman, Gary Wingar, has already defected south to become huntsman of the Easton Harriers.

Why this sudden downturn in the fortunes of the WTV Beagles? It's all to do with the collapse of their annual hunting festival, Alston Hare Week. This event involved southern beagle packs travelling north every October to hunt hares in the WTV's wild upland country. The visitors paid through the nose for this privilege and were further fleeced at a series of social events held throughout the week. The HSA sabotaged Alston Hare Week in 2014 and, the following two years, prevented it from happening at all. Deprived of this extra revenue the WTV have hit hard times, and it seems less likely than ever that they will be able to resurrect their cruel hunting festival.

However, the HSA is not complacent and we are determined that Alston Hare Week will never happen again. Our specialist operatives are already monitoring the situation on the ground and we are grateful to the many Alston residents who continue to send us information about the decline of the Weardale & Tees Valley Beagles.

     

West Somerset Vale FH filmed cub hunting among other misdemeanours

8-12-17   Facebook - Somerset Hunt Saboteur Group    A very early morning for the group this morning, attending the very wet West Somerset Vale cubbing meet at 6am on the Quantock Hills. A member of the public kindly gave us the required info, otherwise we would have missed the pisspoor turn-out of the Huntsman, the amateur whip, a mummy and two young ladies, 40 hounds and a hunt vehicle. Even followed all early morning, the straggling bunch of bloodthirsty cubbers kept up a soggy attempt to cast hounds, with the mummy squealing that they were following a trail ! Shame that the Huntsman took the hounds in the opposite direction that mummy was dragging her sock !!

Meanwhile, both the AONB service and the Forestry ranger were very interested to hear of the transgressions committed by the Hunt, wilfully allowing their hounds to crap all over the car park, driving up tracks right past whacking great signs denying vehicle access, putting local dog walkers at risk ( this pack killed a sheep last season they are so poorly controlled). Some pics for your perusal and some film to come when film sab awakes ! And keep the info coming, folks !!  [Video is here]

8-8-17    FB - Somerset Sabs   Cubbing 21st century Style...   West Somerset Vale hunt truck - crafty reg number there, you bloodsport morons - up on top of the Quantocks where it ain't got permission to be, complete with terriers and whatever was hidden in the back of the loadbed. Naughty people going past all those No Vehicle signs that don't apply to Hunts, damaging trackways in the very heavy rain this week....the AONB were not happy bunnies, nor was the Forestry Ranger when he rocked up pad in hand for details !

Pics below -   1/ Hounds hunting      2/  Hunt vehicle illicitly on Quantocks

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DoT say quads following hunts must be fully taxed, MOT'd and not carry passengers

Hants, Surrey and Sussex police forces promise to enforce regulations

5-8-17     Facebook - Isle of Wight Hunt Sabs    We have been sent the following copy of the Department of Transport’s email to Sgt O’Leary of Sussex police on to Inspector Louise Hubble who heads Hampshire’s Country Watch police department. She replied as seen below. It means any quad following a hunt cannot be used unless it is taxed for road use and has an MOT. An agricultural licence does not cover hunting, so only forestry or agriculture would allow this exemption. This means only a farm worker could follow a hunt using an agricultural licenced quad, and then only on the farm he is working on, so he could cross and go a few hundred yards on a road of a farm in the same ownership. Even then he cannot carry a passenger. Sussex and Surrey police have promised they will enforce this during the coming year as well as Hampshire.

Dear PS O’ Leary, Thank you for your email dated 17 March 2017 to our IVS enquiries inbox. I have been asked to reply. In our opinion the quad bikes being used by a hunt are not being used for agriculture, therefore they are incorrectly taxed, and they should have an MOT. We would suggest that it is an offence to carry a passenger as the quad bike licensed as a Light Agricultural Vehicle (see attached) is restricted to one person the driver. I hope you find this reply helpful. Yours sincerely, James Brown Department for Transport.

Inspector Louise Hubble of Hampshire Police’s Countrywatch team replied on 3rd Aug. 2017 with the following:-  As promised, I have today written to the following hunts to remind them of their legal obligations in relation to the use of quad bikes at hunts:- Wilton, · Hursley & Hambledon, Tedworth, Vine & Craven, Kimblewick, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, New Forest.

Louise Hubble, Inspector 483 Lou Hubble OBE, Strategic Rural Policing Inspector (Hampshire and Isle Of Wight), Lyndhurst Police Station, Pikes Hill, Lyndhurst, Hampshire. SO43 7NR louise.hubble@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

                                      

Large Dove Valley MH hunt aggressive but pack up due to sabs

5-8-17   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   … Well there's certainly no rest for the wicked, and as our friends the Northants Mink Hounds had already had their plans scuppered we ventured further afield and joined up with sabs from Northants Hunt Saboteurs, Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs and Severn Vale Hunt Saboteurs for the trip north to visit the Dove Valley Mink (Otter) Hounds who were hunting the river Dove behind Fauld Hall, Tutbury.

It was quite a big meet with lots of support, all who seemed to be carry big sticks and spades, wonder what they were for? Sure enough we found them hunting illegally and they weren't too pleased to see us as you can imagine. The farmer was very aggressive driving his tractor at sabs before going very red in the face and we're sure we saw steam coming from his ears.

The hounds were gathered up and returned to the meet while an angry mob of support came to discuss the finer points of country life with us. With the hunting stopped our job was effectively done so no point in hanging around we returned to our vehicles to scoff LM sausage rolls.

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West Norfolk FH take pack on to NT Brancaster beach without permission

4-8-17   Facebook - National Dis-Trust   Looks like West Norfolk Foxhounds have gone on to Brancaster Beach, belonging to The National Trust, without permission. National Trust - East of England say they're looking into it; note what they say about public safety. Why not drop them a message on their Facebook page or to brancaster@nationaltrust.org.uk and ask them to tell the Hunt to stay away and to tell us how the Hunt respond? Feel free to remind them that there's a members vote on hunt access and no hunts should be allowed on for any reason until it's settled.    #votethehuntsoff     #AGM2017

Pics below -  1/  On the beach   2/  NT's response

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LACS Trustees squash plan to make investigator team redundant

3-8-17  Morethanjustbadgers   Sense Prevails    On Monday (1/8) the trustees of the League Against Cruel Sports voted unanimously to keep their investigation team and in doing so overruled the intentions of the current senior management team. This is of course fabulous news not only for those who had their jobs on the line but also for our wildlife which needs all the help it can get from those who wish to do it harm in the most heinous manner.

I have no doubt that the public outcry and huge number of complaints the trustees received would have played a significant part in their decision making and everyone who took the time to contact them should be proud of the role they played. Public opinion should never be underestimated and as a charity which relies on the generosity of said public the risk of losing a large part of their revenue stream was simply too great. I had many people contact me and declare that should the investigations team be removed then they would be sending their donations elsewhere.

So what next? Current CEO Eduardo Goncalves is still on long term sick leave however can still be seen regularly on twitter. Current acting head Phililpa King (who I wrote about here) is being labelled as CEO in the most recent press releases, however she would seem to be in a somewhat difficult situation having been completely undermined by the trustees and clearly has no idea what it really takes to run LACS or indeed even a real stomach for the fight. Whatever the outcome I hope that the recent restrictions placed on the investigations team will be removed and they can be completely let of the leash so they can effectively get on with the job of bringing more of these repeat offending criminal Hunts to justice.

POWAperson comments - Whilst equally relieved that the LACS investigation team will stay in place, POWA knows very little about Phillipa King and so cannot endorse the criticism of her above. 

   

CPS confirm won't charge Cheshire Forest FH over invasion of Macclesfield

Horrified residents looked on as hounds killed fox in garden

Legal expert says HA poorly drafted, offences are hard to prosecute 

1-8-17   Macclesfield Express    No charges after fox hunt invaded quiet street    Anti-hunt activists Cheshire Monitor have slammed the decision by CPS after the incident in Macclesfield in February Fox hunt activists have slammed the decision by CPS not to charge anyone after residents claimed a pack of foxhounds caused mayhem in a quiet street. Cheshire Police launched an investigation after an allegation that the dogs chased a fox – which was later found dead in a back garden in Macclesfield. Residents told of pandemonium when the pack of animals came hurtling across a field and into Penningtons Lane on February 25th. A video of the incident recorded by Cheshire Monitors, the anti-fox hunt campaigners, was provided to police.

Now after a three-month probe, the Crown Prosecution Service has decided no one involved from Cheshire Forest Hunt will be charged because there was ‘not enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction’. A spokesman said: “The Hunting Act needs re writing to close its many loopholes. What any government should be doing now is totally banning all forms of hunting for sport rather than making it legal again.” The Hunting Act 2004 makes it an offence to hunt a wild mammal with dogs. However in order to commit an offence a person must intentionally hunt the animal. The offence cannot be committed by accident.

Prosecutors said that a review of the video footage determined it was insufficient to prove that the actions depicted were deliberate. A Crown Prosecution Service spokesperson said: “Earlier this year the police referred two files to the Crown Prosecution Service relating to the Cheshire Forest Hunt. In both cases our prosecutor decided there was not enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction.” Cheshire Forest Hunt failed to respond to our request for a comment.

In July the government ruled out trying to lift the ban on fox hunting ban for another two years. Meanwhile Labour MPs want a vote on tightening existing law. Under the plans fox hunters could face five years in jail if they kill animals illegally. There have been 280 successful prosecutions since the Hunting Act came into force 12 years ago [though only a small fraction of these convictions have been of organised hunters, POWAperson].

Pics below -   1/  Hunt chasing fox in residential street    2/  Hunters try to hide fox corpse    3/ The corpse    4/  Huntsman Andrew German confronted by police

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4-8-17   BBC News   Fox hunt law: Calls for changes after Macclesfield decision   Campaigners are calling for a change in the law after a decision not to charge anyone involved in a hunt that spilled on to a residential street. Police probed reports hounds filled a street in Macclesfield, Cheshire, in February and allegedly killed a fox.

Lesley Martin from Cheshire Monitors said "the law needs to be strengthened" and loopholes must be tightened. The CPS said there was not enough evidence to prove the animal's death was caused deliberately. Ms Lesley, from the anti-hunting campaign group which monitors hunting groups in Cheshire, said the law is inadequate in its current form.

Resident Julie Clarke, 47, who witnessed the hunt in Penningtons Lane said it was "horrific" and the "dogs were out of control", leaving some locals "traumatised... scared and outraged".

A Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) spokeswoman said police referred two files to them relating to Cheshire Forest Hunt, one on 25 February and the other on 2 January. "In both cases our prosecutor decided there was not enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction", she said. A spokesman for Cheshire Forest Hunt said at the time they had "apologised" for what had happened. Witnesses said hunt members on quad bikes retrieved the dead fox from a garden.

Ms Lesley said the law "really needs to be strengthened... plus we need to have stronger sentencing so it sends a really good message to have these people brought to account". Legal commentator Joshua Rozenberg said: "I think the problem with the Hunting Act is that it wasn't very well drafted and it's really quite difficult to bring prosecutions. I think those who thought it was going to stop hunting as a sport have been disappointed".

A spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs said they could not comment on individual cases, but whether an offence under the Hunting Act 2004 is taken to court would depend on whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction. He said: "The government's manifesto includes a free vote on the Hunting Act. There are no plans for a vote in this session, as with the EU negotiations beginning, this is clearly not a top priority for the first session."

BBC North West Tonight news report is here. 

 


JULY 2017

..... 27th July - Hunter imprisoned for online threats to prominent Welsh anti

..... 26th July- Petition to remove hare hunter as Kent WT Chair reaches 100,000

..... 23rd July - Yet another Atherstone FH supporter convicted - for theft of anti banner

..... 23rd July - Charles's letters to Blair re. hunting must be released rules Info Commissioner

..... 22nd July- Some MPs support five year sentence for illegal hunting 

..... 14th July - Mendip Farmers FH hounds savaged pet dog claims owner
..... 12th July - Reports suggest major troubles within LACS yet again
.....  8th July - Dove Valley MH pack up as soon as sabs appear
.....  5th July - Pressure grows on hare hunter Kent Wildlife Trust Chairman
.....  5th July - Antis protest VWH FH appearance at the Cotswold Show
.....  4th July - Government officially confirms will not bring forward HA repeal vote
.....  3rd July - 5 Atherstone FH supporters convicted re. attacks on antis at New Year's town meet

 

Hunter imprisoned for online threats to prominent Welsh anti

27-7-17  Daily Post   A man who threatened a prominent anti-hunt campaigner has been jailed   Ivor Derek Wilkinson appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court having previously pleaded guilty to three counts of sending offensive messages on Facebook to Judith Hewitt [left], from Rhyl. Following the case Ms Hewitt welcomed the sentence, explaining how she hoped it would act as a warning to others making threats.

JudiHewitt.jpgThe court heard Ms Hewitt was an admin for online site ‘Stop Terrier Work’, and she was accused of putting up a Facebook message regarding Wilkinson’s son, something she strenuously denied. Wilkinson, 49, of Chapel Street in Upper Brynamman, Ammanford , took it upon himself to send a number of Facebook messages to Ms Hewitt - believing she was the one responsible for the posts. He said: “You picked on the wrong guy, how dare you pick on my son. If you ever post it again I will come for you.” She responded that it was the first time she had seen his son, but he responded further, with threats that he would “put a bullet” in her.

Wilkinson’s messages were sent on the dates of November 22, 2016, January 25, 2017 and January 26, 2017. A personal statement from Ms Hewitt read to the court said she was “shocked and scared” believing Wilkinson would come to her door and shoot her. Mitigating, Laura Sherwood said: “He is sorry for his actions. He did it out of anger over the posts about his son. His son received a number of death threats and took it very personally and reacted in the wrong way.”

District judge Richard Williams said: “You were aggrieved by something you saw on so-called social media and decided you were going to raise your concerns about it with the person you thought had been responsible. Your tone was menacing saying you would come for her and threatening you would put a bullet in her. There was determination on your part that you wanted to frighten and intimidate her. I have come to the conclusion that only an immediate custodial sentence can be justified. This gratuitous behaviour on social media is a plague. People say hurtful and offensive things which are there until they are deleted and have a significant impact on the recipient. This type of behaviour is intolerable. Your thoughts of hunting with animals or not hunting with animals are irrelevant.”

Wilkinson was sentenced to 28 days in prison for each of the three offences, to run concurrently, meaning he will only serve 28 days. A restraining order was also made for him not to contact Ms Hewitt.

Speaking after the hearing, Ms Hewitt, who has been campaigning against the practice of hunting with dogs for the last 26 years, said: “I’m glad that justice has been done. I do think it should have perhaps been a little bit more because I think the court sends a message to people they can’t get away with treating people like this online - especially people they don’t even know. It can be quite frightening when it’s someone you don’t know. You should not be receiving death threats from people you do not know. It’s been a horrible experience and has affected my health. I have suffered a lot of online abuse through my campaigning and suffered with depression after 2014, so seeing Wilkinson’s messages to me, it was very tough.”

POWAperson adds -  This is, I think, the first time a hunter has been prosecuted for online threats towards an anti, though it's by no means the first time it's happened. It's gratifying that the judge treated it very seriously. This brings to 216 the number of convictions/cautions for violence [or threats thereof] I have recorded against organised hunters in the UK since 1990, 27 of which have resulted in custodial sentences.

 

                                          

Petition to remove hare hunter as Kent WT Chair reaches 100,000

26-7-17   The London Economic   Charity boss facing calls to resign after it emerges he was chairman of hunting society for…30 years!    Campaigners are calling for the head of a wildlife boss who ran a hare hunt for more than 30 years – because he still allows hunting on his land. More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on Michael Bax [right] to step down from the Kent Wildlife Trust after it emerged he was chairman of the Blean Beagles from 1971 to 2005. It has also been revealed that the animal protection chief allows pheasant shooting on his £800,000 farm.

Tom Fitton, who set up the petition and is a member of the wildlife trust, said that Mr Bax was not a ‘fit andMikeBaxChairKentWildlifeTrustisJMofBleanBeagles.jpg proper person’ to be running the organisation. He said: “The brown hare is an endangered species across the UK and Mr Bax does not represent the views of Kent Wildlife Trust’s membership who pay their fees to protect wildlife, not slaughter it for pleasure. Mr Bax is damaging the reputation of not just Kent Wildlife Trust, but the wildlife trusts in general. He is not a fit and proper person to be running a wildlife conservation charity and we call for Kent Wildlife Trust to cut their ties with him immediately.

He added: ”I am a member of the trust and I saw a few rumours going round on social media about Mr Bax’s past and I did a bit of digging. I felt a mixture of shock and disbelief when I found out, it just didn’t make sense to me at all. There is a feeling of betrayal among members, how can we ask members of the public to change their behaviour when our chairman has engaged in activities like that.

Responding to the petition Mr Bax said that he understood hare hunting was an ’emotive issue’. He said: ”Having lived all my life in the Kent countryside I grew up with beagling, actively involved until 1995 and one of seven joint Masters of the Blean Beagles until 2005. While hunting hares with beagles is now consigned to history, there are still many in the countryside who participate in managed field sports and hunt within the Act. ”I understand that it is an emotive issue. We need to work together if we are to reverse the crisis for wildlife in the countryside.” When asked about the petition the trust said that they ‘had to remain neutral’.

John Bennett, chief executive of the Trust, said: “We recognise the level of concern reflected in the scale of the response to this petition. In order to work with the widest possible community we remain neutral on the personal positions of our 30,000 members, 1,056 volunteers and trustees with regards to hunting, fishing and field sports. We don’t allow hunting on our nature reserves where we have control of the shooting rights. Wildlife Trusts like ourselves do raise concerns and challenge aspects of field sports and hunting where they have a damaging impact on the conservation of the county’s populations of wild animals and plants.” He added: “Mike Bax’s commitment to the Trust over 30 years has proved invaluable in helping us to nurture these relations, which over the last five years has seen us manage and advise on nearly 31,000 acres of land across Kent for the benefit of wildlife and the public.”

 

                                          
Yet another Atherstone FH supporter convicted - for theft of anti banner

23-7-17   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   Another Atherstone hunt supporter convicted    The shocking violence of the Atherstone Hunt towards peaceful protestors at their New Years Day meet in Atherstone Market Square has been widely reported and showed the world the real violent face of fox hunting. This resulted in 11 convictions for violence which proves what we have been saying for a while, that the Atherstone Hunt is a violent organisation with extreme views.

We can now report a 12th conviction for the Hunt from that day. On the 18th July Richard Mathews pleaded guilty to stealing a banner from one of the protestors and was convicted of theft. He was ordered to pay £35 compensation to the victim. Some Atherstone Hunt supporters posted a photo of themselves holding the stolen banner in one of the pubs in the Market Square later that day [below].

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Charles's letters to Blair re.hunting must be released says Info Commissioner

23-7-17   Daily Mirror   Prince Charles lobbied Tony Blair not to introduce fox hunting ban in secret letters   The royal bloodsports enthusiast lobbied the then Prime Minister - and the Freedom of Information watchdog ordered the correspondence should be revealed. Prince Charles [right, hunting] wrote a series of secret letters to Tony Blair over the fox hunting ban before it became law, it emerged yesterday (SUN). The royal bloodsports enthusiast lobbied the then Prime Minister - and the Freedom of Information watchdog ordered the correspondence should be revealed. However, the Government is stalling over releasing the files, the Mail on Sunday reported.

It requested “all correspondence and communications” exchanged by the Prince and Mr Blair which “in any wayPrinceCharleshunting.jpg referred to hunting and or a ban on hunting and or the impact of hunting and the impact of a ban on the countryside”.

At first the Cabinet Office refused to say if it held any relevant information. But Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham confirmed letters exist and ruled there was a “clear and compelling public interest” for them to be made public. The correspondence “raises legitimate questions about the role of the heir to the throne in a parliamentary democracy and increasingly the role he may play when he succeeds to the throne”, she added.

Hunting with dogs has been banned in England and Wales since 2005. David Cameron was forced to abandon a backdoor bid to reintroduce the hated bloodsport in 2015. And Tory MPs believe Theresa May’s outspoken support for hunting and a secret plot to bring it back, revealed by the Mirror during the Tories’ disastrous election campaign, helped deny her a Commons majority last month.

25-7-17   royalcentral.co.uk    Secret letters between Prince Charles and Tony Blair green-lit for publication    Letters written to former Prime Minister Tony Blair from Prince Charles over banning fox hunting will be published. The Freedom of Information watchdog has green lit the private letters, saying that they should be made public.

Two years ago the Ministry of State asked that “all correspondence and communications” between the Prince and Mr Blair which “in any way referred to hunting and or a ban on hunting and or the impact of hunting and the impact of a ban on the countryside” originally reported The Daily Mail. The letters were “clear and compelling public interest” said Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham. Adding on that the letters between the two “raises legitimate questions about the role of the heir to the throne in a parliamentary democracy and increasingly the role he may play when he succeeds to the throne”.

As Monarch, Prince Charles will be expected to remain politically neutral on matters. As of now, he has been actively outspoken on matters that the heir is passionate about. Most famously the black spider memos sent to many members of parliament. Banning fox hunting has been a passion of Prince Charles for some time. In 2002, Prince Charles said “If the Labour government ever gets around to banning fox hunting, I might as well leave this country and spend the rest of my life skiing,” to the guests of a private event.

The Hunting Act 2004 banned fox hunting with dogs in England and Wales. Ten years later, Prince Charles then urged the current Prime Minister David Cameron to not reintroduce the sport. While campaigning, Theresa May also expressed interest to open a free vote on bringing back fox hunting, but the vote was scrapped after the public backlash.

The Independent reached out to Clarence House who declined to comment on the matter. A spokesperson for the Cabinet Office said that the Government was “considering the decision of the Information Commissioner’s Office and will respond in due course”.



Some MPs want five years jail for illegal hunting

22-7-17   Daily Mirror  Fox hunters could face five years in jail if they slaughter animals illegally as MPs aim to tighten laws    MPs want a vote on tightening existing laws – even though Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out bringing back hunting before 2019 MPs are pushing to get the penalty for killing a fox illegally increased from six months' jail to five years. Prosecutions are difficult now because killing a fox by accident IS legal. So drag or trail hunters can claim their hounds scented a real fox and were uncontrollable.

Labour MP Stephen Pound is backing a change in the law to raise the current penalty of a fine or six months’ jail to a maximum five years. He said: “Killing foxes in this way is medieval barbarism which should be banned.” Current rules allow drag or trail hunters to claim their hounds killed a fox by accident.

Jon Proctor of pressure group Keep The Ban claims to have support of Labour, Lib Dem, and SNP MPs for stiffer punishment. He said: “People who shoplift a can of beans are more harshly punished.” The group also wants the police and Crown Prosecution Service to enforce the law more stringently. There have been 280 successful prosecutions since the Hunting Act came into force 12 years ago.

 


Mendip Farmers FH hounds savaged my pet dog says owner

14-7-17  Facebook – Bath Hunt Sabs   BREAKING: Hounds from the Mendip Farmer's Hunt have attacked and seriously injured a pet dog close to their kennels at Nine Barrows Lane, Priddy, Wells. The dog is currently receiving veterinary treatment and we will update when we receive more information. The incident has been reported to the police but will they do anything? Who else but hunts would be allowed to exercise large packs of unleashed dogs, that are specifically trained to kill other animals, in public areas. There have been a spate of attacks by hunting hounds on people's pets lately, when will this be stopped?

Pic below - the injured pet dog
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13-7-17   Facebook – Dave Mullin   Just had the Master of foxhounds on the phone "sorry to hear that your dog was injured" was his "apology". He then went on to say that it was my word against his Huntsmans about what happened and that as his hounds "walk past dogs and children all the time and this has never happened before" that it must therefore be my fault. I was also told that I seemed unconcerned that one of his hounds also needed to see a vet. He was slightly taken aback when I quoted the Dangerous Dogs legislation at him. This is far from over.
Pic below - the Mendip Farmers FH
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15-7-17   The Canary    Shocking images emerge of the latest attack by ‘out of control’ fox hounds  There has been another attack by fox hunting hounds. And this latest in a long line of shocking incidents demonstrates why the law surrounding fox hunting should remain in place, or even be further enhanced. As the victim of the attack says the hounds were “out of control”.

Dr David Mullin was walking his two dogs, a lurcher and a whippet, at around 8am on Thursday 13 July. The incident, which Mullin claims involved the Mendip Farmers Hunt happened on Eastwater Lane in Priddy, Somerset.  

'There were about 36 hounds in total and about 10 of them attacked my dogs. The Huntsman used his whip on my lurcher, who was also bitten and my whippet received extensive injuries which so far have cost us £350. The anticipated bill will be around £500. The Hunt are claiming that my dogs started it, despite the fact that they were both on lead and off the path. They have a photo of a dog with a bite in it’s flank but they have not provided any evidence that this happened on the day, or that my dogs did it.'

He said that the Master of the Hunt contacted him after the incident, and said he was “sorry that [his] dog was injured”. But Mullin claims the Master said “it was my word against his”. And he then said the hunt’s hounds “walk past dogs and children all the time and this has never happened before”. But Mullin quoted the Dangerous Dogs Act to him, and “he was slightly taken aback”.

When Mullin went to Avon and Somerset Police, they allegedly told him that the Dangerous Dogs Act only applies if a person is attacked or feels threatened and it doesn’t apply to animals or dogs. Mullin said: 'I asked him what would happen if the dog was killed and he said that wasn’t covered by legislation either and that I’d have to mount a private prosecution. The upshot? A Hunt can attack or kill dogs with impunity.'

Mullin, a lecturer in archaeology, used to live in the village, so knows the area and the Hunt well. He is currently in the area conducting an archaeological dig with students from the University of Worcester. But he says that having lived in the village with his partner Dr Jodie Lewis, he is aware:- 'The Mendip Farmers Hunt are very unpopular here – even with pro-fox hunting people. Our old next door neighbour has banned them from her land as they were always out of control.'

The Canary contacted both Avon and Somerset Police and the Mendip Farmers Hunt for comment. Avon and Somerset Police told The Canary that “a dog on dog attack is a civil matter”. But the law surrounding controlling your dog in public appears to contradict the police’s line. It states that a dog is considered “out of control” if it:- 'attacks someone’s animal.'  [This is wrong, only persons and assistance dogs are protected, POWAperson] or: 'makes someone worried that it might injure them.' So it does seem as though Avon and Somerset Police should at least be investigating the incident. No comment from the Mendip Farmers Hunt was received at the time of publication. 

Opposition to fox hunting is at an all-time high. And it seems that Theresa May is heeding public feeling, as she has backed down on giving parliament a vote to repeal the Hunting Act. But shocking incidents like this will only serve to add more fuel to the argument that fox hunting should remain severely restricted. Or made completely illegal with even harsher penalties.

 

Serious troubles within LACS reported [yet again]
Claimed that investigations staff to be made redundant
Worry that League has again fallen under pro-hunt influence

12-7-17 
Facebook – Stop the Cull   The League’s AGM on Saturday 15th July will take place at the Grand Connaught Rooms, Holborn (the room is called Cambria Suite). The event will run from 10.30am – 3pm. Official start at 11.00. A few days ago we did a very controversial post about the League Against Cruel Sports, it covered two specific points:-
1) the League is planning to close down it's in house investigations department and make it's current investigators redundant.  2) the League has been infiltrated by pro hunt influences.
The first part has been widely acknowledged as true and the investigators are currently in consultation which may well end with them being unemployed. The second part is much harder to prove, BUT we have been contacted by a number of ex-staff and employees with some very disturbing allegations. One ongoing theme we have heard is that things started changing for the worse since the new CEO came in Eduardo Goncalves, one thing that kept getting repeated was his insistance that risk assessments basically meant that investigations could no longer continue. Eduardo is currently very seriously ill and won't be expected to return to work for some time.

We have today received this email, and we have checked with several employees to check if it is genuine, they ALL said the same thing, that it is true, but also that the CEO also has to shoulder some of the blame for the investigations team being seriously hindered. We urge ALL league members to go to the AGM this Saturday, for the sake of the organisation and the animals they protect.
email sent to us today - The recent events at The League Against Cruel Sports and the attempt to get rid of investigators has caused a lot of distress, anger and confusion for LACS members, those that are just against bloodsports, animal rights campaigners and staff members themselves. As somebody who operates within the league and has a first hand account of day to day events I felt that I must intervene and clear up one or two points. This is not an official statement as you will see below.  First, many of the staff at the League are a great dedicated team of people, working hard to help protect animals from bloodsports, but it only takes one or two in a high level position, with their own personal agendas, to cause a company or organisation to go off target and here is a sad example below.
Much comment on social media has been made of the Chief Executive Officer Eduardo Goncalves, but you should be looking at the person who really is controlling the league at the moment, Phillipa King and question her position and motives. A person who owns horses and rides among a fox hunting community, deep within hunting country in the South of England, lives an exceptionally lavish lifestyle and has never had any interest in animal protection in her life, including to present day. She came here to LACS not very long ago and her role was a relatively minor one, but then she was suddenly made head of operations, basically controlling the day to day operations of the whole organisation, including how the investigators worked. She has NO knowledge, NO former experience and absolutely NO skills in operational work whatsoever, coming from a background of modelling and other unsuited jobs, but here she is, earning well over fifty thousand pounds a year and HEAD of operations, earning almost three times as much as what the investigators earn and as Eduardo, the CEO, is sick for the next few months, incredibly, Phillipa King is now acting Chief Executive Officer.
Her decisions and general behaviour has caused members of staff to reluctantly resign and many hundreds of thousands of pounds to be wasted. She is responsible for huge amounts of League money to be squandered on ill thought out ideas which come to nothing. She is now persuading the League to move away from hunting and onto other non hunting related issues. She stays at 5 star hotels and recently permitted people, working for her and on behalf of the League, to stay at the Hilton Hotel on League money.
Since Phillipa became acting CEO she has instigated and implemented the removal of ALL League employee investigators and has attempted to keep the plan from as many staff as possible until she was ready to role the plan out. The "consultation" is just a legal process before the investigators are all sacked. Phillipa has already begun employing outside source investigators who know nothing about the issues and work just for the money and not for the animals. They cost far more than the present, experienced, knowledgeable and highly motivated investigators and so again we must question her motives, not just about this but about all of her actions and decisions since she has been in the position to influence trusties, staff and even members.
Phillipa has clearly not realised the repercussions of her actions, but she will understand the damage it is causing this charity. If people want an organisation that works hard, spends prudently and gets results which actually makes a difference then people should be concerned that this person has control and influence of such an organisation.
Just unfit for purpose or somebody who has been sent in to disrupt and corrupt the genuine work and aims of the League? You decide. If you are a member then go to the AGM on the 15th July and ask those questions that need answering. Don't let the League go to the dogs! 

The League has issued the following statement -

 

14-7-17   Facebook - League Against Cruel Sports   Statement from the Board of Trustees of the League Against Cruel Sports The League has a long and proud history of monitoring and investigating hunting, both before and since the passing of the Hunting Act 2004. Our experienced investigators are widely regarded for their hard work and the wealth of knowledge they have built up over many years. They are devoted to the wildlife they strive to protect – often in difficult and dangerous situations.

As a Board we also work to protect wildlife. At the same time we have a legal duty to act in the best interests of the League, and are committed to ensuring that our charity’s resources are directed in a way that best fulfills our aims. Our supporters fund our work. We understand the expectations they have of the League and we are determined to honour those expectations. With that in mind we continually review how we spend the funds we receive in an ongoing process that looks at all aspects of the work of the League and its staff.

This includes our monitoring and investigative activities. As many supporters of the League are aware we are undergoing an internal consultation process relating to Investigations. This is to determine whether we are still supporting our Investigations Team in the right way, whether resources should be deployed into different areas, or whether our focus on certain hunting activities should perhaps change. It is right and proper that we do this, because that is how we will best protect wildlife into the future. Without a full and thorough consultation process we simply can not be certain that we are responding to threats to wildlife in the right way.

We are at the start of that consultation process. We intend the process to be thorough and inclusive. We intend to make very clear to our supporters what we learn, but that will be at the end of the process when we will be in a position to clarify exactly what we intend to put in place. We do not intend to release information piecemeal as that is open to misinterpretation.

As a Board we are overseeing this consultation process and we have full faith in the senior members of staff that we have put in place to carry it out. All of us are working hard to ensure that the outcome of the process will be fair to any members of staff impacted by any decision we may have to make, that our actions will be fully justifiable, and that there will be absolutely no diminishment of efforts to protect wildlife from the horrors of cruel sports and wildlife crime.

The motto of the League Against Cruel Sports is Investigate, Educate, Protect. As a Board, as people who care deeply about wildlife and the environment, we fully stand behind those words and through continual review and careful consideration we intend that the charity we look after will become stronger and more effective now and into the future.

Signed on behalf of the Trustees - Ian Blake-Lawson (Chair), Charlie Moores (Deputy Chair), Andrew Wood (Treasurer)

 

POWAperson comments - I, along with some other POWA people, was involved in two civil wars within the League in the 90s. Those struggles were absolutely bloody and I just pray this is not happening again. The first arose from the treachery of Jim Barrington and the inexplicable support for him of some then Executive Committee members. It took months of toil, sweat and tears to finally expel him and his toxic coterie. The second was about three years later when the then CEO, Graham Sirl, appeared likewise to have fallen under hunt influence, and was behaving in bizarre and unacceptable ways. On this occasion we 'rebels' were not able to convince the LACS hierarchy that he needed to be gone and a number of volunteers, including myself, executive members and staff members split away. This led to the formation of POWA.  It was another year before Sirl was fully exposed and resigned. None of us, who'd been proved right and who had been viciously attacked by LACS figures at the time, received so much as an acknowledgement, let alone an apology.
The two imbroglios caused the League a lot of damage and POWA remained at loggerheads with LACS for many years, indeed until Douglas Batchelor was replaced as CEO by Joe Duckworth several years ago. Since then we've been on good terms with the League and impressed by much of their work. In particular, LACS investigators have done brave and invaluable work, not just in bringing some hunt miscreants to justice but also in supplementing the volunteer work of other monitors and of sabs in exposing just how much and how often organised hunters can get away with continuing to chase and kill defenceless wild mammals by exploiting the weaknesses of the Hunting Act, thereby illustrating how desperately it requires significant strengthening.

We just pray that the concerns expressed in the Stop the Cull post above are unfounded and, in particular that the hunt side has not once again infiltrated the heart of the League, as they have done in the past. We know nothing about Phillipa King and have not heard her side of the story. We can only hope a mountain is being made from a molehill.

                                    

Dove Valley MH pack up as soon as sabs appear

8-7-17   Facebook - Severn Vale Hunt Saboteurs   We got a tip off that the Dove Valley Mink Hounds [right] would be out killing animals from the riverbank near Sudbury, Derbyshire today so we joined our comrades from Bristol & Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs to stop them.

Bit of info: Mink hunting replaced otter hunting after all the otters were killed. American mink were brought toDoveValleyMH7-7-17.jpg the UK by abhorrent fur farmers and although they can prey on native animals, their numbers are dropping as otter numbers are recovering, the mink cant compete against the otters. The Dove Valley were seen bashing down the vegetation on the river bank, potentially doing a lot more damage to the water voles living there than any mink would do, this in itself is illegal: The water vole is fully protected under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it's illegal to intentionally capture, kill or injure water voles or to damage, destroy or block access to their places of shelter or protection, on purpose or by not taking enough care. We don't think the otter / mink hounds differentiate between killing rats, water voles, mink or otters. Otters are similarly protected as water voles. It is illegal to hunt mink with a pack of hounds.

As sabs approached the hunt they were gathered on the Dove river. We let them know they'd been covertly filmed for a while before intervening. Realising they'd been caught out, the guilty party gathered their hounds and along with their supporters, scarpered! Possibly a world record for the quickest sab ever.

As we left the area in our vehicles, the landowner thought he'd get his bumpkin pals to try blocking us in with tractors, all they managed to do was upset the locals who lived there! As we eventually drove off we passed some support who'd gone to the pub after having their day ruined. Result! If you want to donate to help us with fuel and equipment costs please go to https://www.paypal.me/SevernValeHuntSabs. Cheers!

 

Pressure grows on hare hunter Chair of Kent Wildlife Trust

5-7-17   Facebook - Stop the cull   Another newspaper article [below] about Michael Bax, Chairman of Kent Wildlife Trust and a former Hunt Master and Huntsman, has appeared today, this time in The Times of Tunbridge Wells. Here is our original story if you didn't see it. Here is the petition to sign to ask for him to stand down over this conflict of interest.

We have new information today showing that Michael Bax's company BFT Partnership sponsored a Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust killing spree in 2014! Page 3 shows that Bax personally donated a shoot in the environmentally sensitive area of the Medway Marshes. The area, known for wildfowl shooting is of great importance to flora and fauna and the disturbance to birds here is well documented.

SHAME ON The Wildlife Trusts & Kent Wildlife Trust for allowing Bax to remain chairman and for defending his disgusting activities and for trying to silence genuine nature lovers by ignoring and deleting their comments!

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Antis protest against VWH FH appearance at the Cotswold Show

CIWH say they filmed Hunt chase and kill fox on 1st April 

5-7-17  Wilts & Glos Standard    Campaign group protests against involvement of Vale of White Horse Hunt hounds at Cotswold Show    ANTI-FOX hunting protestors [right] were camped at the gates of Cirencester Park during the Cotswold Show, to object to the involvement of the Vale of White Horse Hunt (VWH) in the event. Members of campaign group Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch (CIHW) said they were angry at the inclusion of the organisation’s huntsmen and hounds in demonstrations at the countryside show last Saturday.VWHFHCIWHprotestatCotswoldShow5-7-17.jpg The group has alleged that VWH hounds 'killed a fox on April 1st in a field across the road from Cirencester Park' and has a photo of what they claim is a member of the Hunt carrying away a dead fox [below].

Speaking to the Standard, a group member who did not wish to be named, said they received a lot of support at the protest. They said: “We were pleased to have support from so many members of the public entering through Cecily Hill and Deer Park School entrances. People agreed that the claims of hunt groups across the UK, that they only trail hunt, are now wearing very thin in the light of evidence collected by hunt monitors and sabs throughout the country." They said CIHW is also concerned about the possible bio-security of hounds potentially carrying bovine TB around agricultural animals, following news that hounds at Kimblewick Hunt kennels had to be euthanased following an outbreak of the disease. "One member of the public was so disgusted to hear that VWH hounds were being paraded at the show that they decided to go home."

Meanwhile, Gloucestershire Police recently pinned a notice to a tree about a quarter of a mile from Fairford on the A417 Southrop Road, warning people against dumping animal carcasses after 12 dead foxes were found. The notice says: “It is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to dump animal carcasses here. 12 dead foxes were removed on February 22, 2017. This area is now being monitored by the police.” The spokesperson for CIHW said: “Without knowing how the foxes met their end, we can only guess that a farmer had shot them."

Fox hunting in its traditional form was banned in 2002 in Scotland and two years later in England and Wales, thanks to the Hunting Act 2004. However, certain modified forms of hunting foxes with hounds are still within the law and shooting foxes as vermin also remains legal. During this year's General Election, Prime Minister Theresa May said she intended to hold a free vote on overturning the ban in England and Wales. However, this was not included in the Queen's Speech, leading many to think the idea had been scrapped.

A Fairford resident, who did not wish to be named, in response to the notice on Southrop Road, said: “The content of the notice does imply that management of the countryside fox population has aspects that go beyond the simple fox hunting debate.”

The Vale of White Horse Hunt has been approached for comment.

Pics below -    1/  The Hunt at the Show    2/  Carrying away hunted and killed fox 1-4-17 

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Government officially confirms will not bring forward HA repeal vote

4-7-17    Sky News    Fox hunting ban repeal vote dropped, Government confirms   A free vote on repealing the fox hunting ban has been scrapped, the Government has confirmed. Environment minister Therese Coffey said the Conservatives are not planning to bring forward a vote in "this session", suggesting it will be at least two years before such an idea is even considered.

The Tory manifesto contained a pledge to hold a free vote on overturning the ban, which was introduced under Tony Blair's Labour government in 2004. It bans the use of dogs to hunt foxes and other wild mammals in England and Wales. But Prime Minister Theresa May has been forced to shelve a number of key policies after losing her Commons majority in the General Election. 

The first indication that the plan had been put on the back burner came when it was omitted from the Queen's Speech, which outlined the Government's legislative programme for the current parliamentary session from 2017 to 2019. Ms Coffey's disclosure came in response to a written parliamentary question from Labour MP Catherine West. The minister said: "The Government's manifesto includes a free vote on the Hunting Act 2004, but we are not planning to bring forward a free vote in this session." 

Anti-hunt Conservative MPs warned against offering a free vote during the General Election campaign, with Sir Roger Gale insisting MPs would have "more than enough to occupy" their time without considering "yesterday's argument" of repealing the Hunting Act.

Animal protection charity Humane Society International said it was "delighted" at the news. Executive Director Claire Bass said: "Fox hunting is not only a barbaric assault on an iconic species of British wildlife, it is also extremely unpopular with the public. A recent poll showed that 84% of the British public support the ban on fox hunting. There is a growing list of Conservative MPs who reject this horrifically cruel excuse for a 'sport' and we look to them to keep this archaic policy out of future Tory manifestos."

 

Five Atherstone FH supporters convicted for role in attacking antis at town meet

3-7-17   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Atherstone hunt supporters plead guilty to violenceAtherstoneFHsupportersconvictedofoffencesattownmeet2-1-17.jpg - 11 convictions for Atherstone Hunt supporters responsible for Market Square violence. Supporters of the Atherstone Hunt have pleaded guilty to numerous offences and received multiple convictions for the shocking violence at the Atherstone Hunts New Years Day meet.

George Bentley-Brown who was filmed throwing manure at peaceful protesters pleaded guilty and was convicted of 8 counts of common assault. He received a six month conditional discharge plus £135 costs and £20 to victims services.Jake Mitchell who was filmed waving a fox tail in protesters faces and also stealing part of a protesters fox costume  pleaded guilty and was convicted of theft and two counts of common assault. He was fined £211 and £165 costs. James Farrands admitted to his part in the theft of a banner and had to write a letter of apology to the victim. Two more offenders received police cautions.

Some of these individuals were seen regularly supporting the Atherstone Hunt last season. The number of convictions and cautions that the Atherstone Hunt and those associated with it have received for violence and public order offences is rapidly growing and is now in double figures. This reinforces what we have been saying for a while now that the Atherstone Hunt is a violent organisation with extreme views who frequently use violence against peaceful non-violent protesters.

We believe that the Market Square violence on peaceful protesters was a pre-planned attack. Whilst we welcome these convictions, the sentences handed down are far too lenient and in no way act as a deterrent. There are still unanswered questions relating to the Market Square violence that need answering. Why did Warwickshire Police choose not to police the event despite knowing what could happen? And why did Atherstone Town Council let the event take place in the first place despite being warned about the likely violence from the Atherstone Hunt? Will they continue to allow the hunt to use the Market Square in the wake of these convictions?

YOU can HELP by -  1/ Contacting the Town Councillors and asking again that they do not allow the Atherstone Hunt to meet in the Market Square.   2/ Contact North Warwickshire Borough Council and ask them to look into the licensing of all the pubs in the Market Square for New Years Day. In our opinion the fact that a lot of the hunt supporters had been drinking alcohol added to their aggression.

 

                                               HUNTING SEASON 2016/17

 

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   A 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.jpg Warwickshire  -  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. https://www.writetothem.com/

  

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.jpg Haines 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: threecountiessabs@live.co.uk  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 www.paypal.me/threecountiessabs .

 
                                     

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