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For full stories from seasons 2015/16, 2014/15, 2013/14, 2012/13, 2011/12, scroll to below this season's entries
For reviews of Hunting Seasons 2010/11 & 2009/10 scroll down further

                                               HUNTING SEASON 2016/17

 

JANUARY 2017

..... 31st January - York/Ainsty N. terrierman cautioned for attacking female sab + damage camera
..... 31st January - Scottish government announces intention to strengthen Scottish hunting ban
..... 31st January - Belvoir FH Huntsman accused of killing three foxes in December is re-bailed
..... 30th January - Police drop case of sabs seriously hurt by Cheldon BH thugs last summer
..... 30th January - Cheshire FH ignore farmer protests as hounds rampage thru pregnant ewes
..... 30th January - Atherstone FH supporter cautioned for torrent of sexist abuse at female sab
..... 30th January - Monitors upload another film of disgusting behaviour by Grafton FH supporters
..... 28th January - Fernie FH follower, apparently drunk, rams sab landy and abuses sabs
..... 29th January - Monitors nearly run down loose hounds at Portman/Wiltshire FH joint meet
..... 29th January - Sabs film riderless Middleton FH horse cantering on road
..... 29th January - Lord Middleton cancels meet at his after JM 'Shag' Carter's public disgrace
..... 29th January - Social services temporarily ban foster girls from being taken 'trail hunting'
..... 26th January - Sabs pull Tedworth FH hounds off fox scent in foul weather
..... 26th January - Sabs find fox remains at blocked sett in area N.Cotswold FH hunted
..... 25th January - Cheshire FH & Wynnstay FH hunt together and cause utter chaos
..... 25th January - 2nd Ledbury FH sab attack suspect identified as terrierman Lance King
..... 24th January - Fife FH kill fox as 2 sabs arrested for mysterious reasons
..... 24th January - New Middleton FH JM tells female protester he'd like to 'shag' her
..... 24th January - Group suggest NT's actions look like collusion with Melbreak FH
..... 24th January - Sabs stop dig out by N.Shropshire FH, who then hunt on MoD land
..... 23rd January - S.Herefordshire FH aim to defy MFHA suspension and go hunting
..... 23rd January - Atherstone FH hounds hunt next to housing estate & kids playground
..... 23rd January - Cheshire FH filmed clearly hunting a fox - police won't act
..... 23rd January - Cheshire Forest FH trespass twice as Huntsman loses control of hounds
..... 22nd January - Repeat offender Crawley FH hunt thug cautioned for threatening sabs
..... 21st January - Still warm fox body found where Cotswold Vale FH hunting
..... 21st January - Cheshire FH ride and run recklessly on an A road
..... 21st January - Park Beagles chase 2 hares, supporter assaults 2 sabs
..... 20th January - Avon Vale FH hounds rip fox to pieces in private garden
..... 19th January - Easton Harriers kill hare then keep losing hounds
..... 18th January - Pet cat's cheek ripped off by hound from the Western FH
..... 18th January - N.Trust to review Cury FH licence after hound attack horror
..... 17th January - Monitors film Cotswold FH and pack trotting along main road
..... 17th January - Atherstone Hunt's Ball venue booking cancelled after online campaign 
..... 16th January - Ledbury FH told by Conservator to leave Common after seen hunting fox
..... 16th January - Appalling behaviour by Grafton FH supporters towards monitors
..... 15th January - Gelligaer FH flee scene of crash - hound dead, car badly damaged
..... 15th January - Elderly man and pet dog injured in Cury FH hound pack attack on Cornish beach
..... 15th January - Hare pulled apart by Easton Harriers, police refuse to act
..... 15th January - Belvoir FH cause traffic danger on A road, thugs attack sabs, drive dodgily
..... 14th January - Atherstone FH hunt 3 foxes, kill one in resident's driveway
..... 13th January - Oakley FH supporter cautioned for hitting sab on head
..... 13th January - NT reinstate Melbreak FH's licence just 24 hours after suspension
..... 12th January - Sabs say were assaulted by JM and followers of Isle of Wight FH
..... 12th January - Sabs reveal background to assault on female sab by N.Cotswold FH bird handler
..... 11th January - Sab seriously injured in attack - Melbreak FH supporter arrested, says HSA 
..... 11th January - Report says Blencathra FH block sett, kill fox, hunt on Wildlife Trust land
..... 10th January - Sabs and police WCO unblock badger setts in area where S.Dorset FH hunting
.....  8th January - Dead ewe found in field Portman FH hounds seen crossing
.....  7th January - South Durham FH chase and kill fox in front of sabs
.....  6th January - Atherstone FH crowd-funding page closed down
.....  6th January - Modbury Harriers whipper-in pictured doing Nazi salute
.....  5th January - Baying mob of Atherstone FH supporters attack protesters at town meet
.....  5th January - Shots fired over heads of North Cornwall FH - police say 'no crime'
.....  4th January - Ledbury FH supporter who beat up sab identified and owns up
.....  4th January - North Cotswold FH eagle handler attacks female sab
.....  3rd January - Fife FH seen chasing foxes in the open - police turn out and talk to Hunt
.....  3rd January-  Braes o'Derwent FH chase fox into hospice grounds and cause road chaos
.....  3rd January - Cheshire Forest FH chase fox, attempt dig out, stopped by police
.....  2nd January - Monitor saves fox after warned Blackmore FH Huntsman calls hounds off
.....  2nd January - Bicester FH filmed hunting fox next to hamlet and hounds cavort on railway
.....  1st January 2017 - Cattistock FH support seen releasing bagged fox, but no kills
 
 
Scottish government says it does intend to strengthen hunting ban

Will bring in binding Code of Practice and look at other tightening of law

31-1-17    Holyrood   The Scottish Government is to strengthen the legislation around hunting following the Lord Bonomy review    A new code of practice for Hunts is to be introduced by the Scottish Government to strengthen the current legislation on fox hunting in Scotland. Key groups involved in the issue will be invited to work together to develop the new code, and the possibility of a monitoring scheme will also be looked at, the Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham [below left], has announced. The decision follows recommendations of Lord Bonomy, who led the inquiry into the effectiveness of the current fox hunting legislation under the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002. As well as the code of practice, the Scottish Government will also consult on Lord Bonomy’s proposed changes to the law.

RoseaanaCunninghamMSP.jpgThe retired judge’s recommendations included introducing vicarious liability to make landowners responsible for hunts taking place on their property; bringing in reverse burden of proof, so anyone who appears to be breaking the law has to prove they were operating according to one of the exemptions; and extending the time limit for bringing prosecutions. He also suggested the improvement of definitions and removal of some inconsistencies in the legislation.

Cunningham said: “I am determined to ensure the highest possible levels of animal welfare and Lord Bonomy’s recommendations will help us build on the advances already achieved. This package of measures will substantially improve the language used in the existing legislation, address inconsistencies in the law, and strengthen the scrutiny and accountability of Hunts."

The announcement has been welcomed by those opposed to fox hunting. Robbie Marsland, Director of the League Against Cruel Sports in Scotland, said: “This is a good first step in making the law which prevents wild mammals being hunted, chased and killed for sport clearer and more suited to its intended purpose. We agree with Lord Bonomy that hunts are using exemptions within the current legislation as a decoy for continuing with traditional hunting practices and that their activities are incidental to pest control. “We all thought the act would put a stop to hunting but sadly this wasn’t the case and we now look to the Government to keep the momentum going, following Lord Bonomy’s review, to progress towards a situation where hunting in Scotland is really banned.”

The Countryside Alliance has also responded positively to the announcement. Countryside Alliance Scotland director James Stewart said: “We welcome the ministers endorsement of Lord Bonomy’s findings, particularly that the searching and flushing of foxes by two dogs would not be as effective as that done by a full pack of hounds, and also that imposing such a restriction would seriously compromise effective pest control in the country. Those using dogs to flush foxes and other wild mammals to guns under the law have always been open and transparent and therefore have nothing to fear. They have been subject to hundreds of hours of covert monitoring and filming, none of which has produced evidence of law breaking. We welcome the opportunity to work with the Scottish Government, Police Scotland and stakeholders on a Code of Practice to strengthen the scrutiny and accountability of practitioners in the management of wild mammals. We will look at the consultation and respond in detail but remain of the view that, despite any technical shortcomings in the original drafting, the existing law is capable of being enforced by the Police Scotland and the courts, as can be seen from the fact that it has been used successfully used on many occasions.”

Lord Bonomy was appointed to review the 2002 Act in December 2015, with a remit to evaluate whether the act was providing enough protection for wild mammals, while allowing for effective and humane control where necessary. Almost 300 submissions were received following a call for responses in February and March last year, with the results of the review published in November.

31-1-17   LACS Press Release    League welcomes Scottish Government’s plans to strengthen hunt ban   The League Against Cruel Sports has welcomed today’s commitment from the Scottish Government to consult to strengthen the law which bans fox hunting in Scotland. The announcement follows the recent publication of the findings of Lord Bonomy’s review of the ProtectionRobbieMarslandIFAW.jpg of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act (2002). The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP made the announcement today (Tuesday), outlining the process to introduce further legislation to close loopholes in the law which currently make it unfit for purpose.

Robbie Marsland [right], Director of the League Against Cruel Sports, Scotland said: “The League Against Cruel Sports is pleased the Scottish Government has taken on board the findings of Lord Bonomy’s review of hunting and responded swiftly to move towards a consultation. This is a good first step in making the law which prevents wild mammals being hunted, chased and killed for sport clearer and more suited to its intended purpose. We agree with Lord Bonomy that hunts are using exemptions within the current legislation as a decoy for continuing with traditional hunting practices and that their activities are incidental to pest control. We all thought the Act would put a stop to hunting but sadly this wasn’t the case and we now look to the Government to keep the momentum going, following Lord Bonomy’s review, to progress towards a situation where hunting in Scotland is really banned.” 

The Scottish Government has responded to Lord Bonomy’s review of the legislation by stating it will invite key stakeholders to work together to develop a code of practice for Hunts and explore the potential for a new monitoring scheme. It also intends to consult on proposed changes recommended by Lord Bonomy including the introduction of vicarious liability and reverse burden of proof provisions, an extension to the time limit for bringing prosecutions and the removal of inconsistencies and the improvement of definitions.

The League is committed to working with Government and others on animal welfare and looks forward to receiving more information about the stakeholder process.

                          

Belvoir FH Huntsman accused of killing 2 foxes is bailed again by police

Huntsman also accused of assault on sab & criminal damage

31-1-17   Grantham Journal    Man arrested after Belvoir Hunt hounds kill foxes is bailed by police again    A man arrested on suspicion of illegal hunting with a dog after two foxes were allegedly killed by Belvoir Hunt hounds has been re-bailed until March, while officers continue their investigations. The 49-year-old man was arrested following the incident in the Scalford area, near Melton, on December 3. He is also suspected of criminal damage and assault, and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The deaths are alleged to have happened while the Belvoir Hunt was riding in the area, in an event being policed by the Leicestershire force and also monitored by the county’s police and crime commissioner, Willy Bach. Campaign group Hunt Saboteurs were also involved, monitoring the Hunt’s actions and taking pictures of the dead foxes. It is illegal to hunt mammals with a dog under the Hunting Act 2004.

POWAperson adds -   The HSA report on the incident can be found here. Pic below - One of the three foxes killed.

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Police NFA case of 2 sabs hospitalised by Cheldon Buckhounds thugs

One sab suffered fractured skull and eye socket

Police sat on strong video evidence for 4 months before dropping case

Sabs appeal for complaints to Devon police and to Crime Commissioner

30-1-17    Facebook - Devon County Sabs   Reasonable force???   This week will be highlighting the activities of one particular local Hunt, the Cheldon Buckhounds, whose members and supporters are some of the most violent, racist and misogynistic people we have encountered in the hunting world. Last season they hospitalised two of our sabs, one with a seriously fractured skull and eye socket (see pictures below). While he was being treated by paramedics for this life-threatening injury, Hunt members drove past the ambulance laughing.

The assaults were captured on multiple cameras. Devon & Cornwall Police sat on the evidence for FOUR MONTHS without interviewing or arresting the assailants. They have now decided there will be NO FURTHER ACTION. We will be releasing the footage of each of these incidents this week and asking our supporters to contact the police and demand that they enforce the law. You can also help by sharing our posts this week to show the world what happens when they don't! You can complain to the police:-

Devon & Cornwall's PCC is Alison Hernandez, https://www.facebook.com/devonandcornwallpcc , https://twitter.com/alisonhernandez , opcc@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk , Tel - 01392 225555

Devon & Cornwall Police: https://www.facebook.com/DevonAndCornwallPolice, https://twitter.com/dc_police, email: 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk  or  101@dc.police.uk , phone 101

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The original reports on this incredibly violent attack that could easily resulted in at least one dead sab are here and here.   

 

Monitors see Cheshire FH rampage through field of pregnant ewes

Hunt ignores farmers shouted pleas to get off his land

Hunt also spends 10 minutes crossing fast & busy A49

30-1-17   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    On Saturday [28-1] we found the Cheshire Hounds up to no good crossing the (very fast) A49. Holding up traffic for 10 minutes while they (trail laying ??) sorted themselves out and got out of everyone's way.

The Huntsman then put up a fox in full view of one of our monitors, the hounds took off after it before our monitor could catch up or others could get to the scene and we are not sure what happened to the fox. Later the hounds flew through a field of pregnant sheep with the farmer raging about how he had told them again and again to keep off his land, but they just ignore him. We will be paying him a visit when we have time, to see what we can do to help him in future.

They then struggled to find a scent and we heard no hounds in cry after 2pm. A mixed day.

 

Atherstone FH follower cautioned after tirade of sexist abuse

Rammed female sab's van before delivering foul mouthful at her

30-1-17   Daily Mirror  VIDEO   Fox hunt supporter rams van into protesters before yelling sexist abuse at woman activist - The pro-hunt supporter tells the West Midlands Saboteurs activist to 'f*** off back to Coventry' and brands her a 'fat w****' in torrent of sickening abuse    A hunt supporter rammed his van into a protester's car before yelling 'a torrent of sexist and misogynist verbal abuse' at a woman activist.The pro-hunting spectator, who has accepted a police caution, was following the Atherstone Hunt in Sutton Cheney, Leicestershire, when he turned on the saboteurs.

AtherstoneFHSupportercautionedafterramssabvanthensubjectsfemaletotorrentofabuse26-11-16.jpgIn disturbing footage shared on Facebook, the Hunt is visible riding past as he hurls insults at the female protester from the West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs, telling her to 'f*** off back to Coventry'. The thug also brands the woman a 'b****' and a 'fat w****' after pulling out of a field and colliding head on with the saboteurs' vehicle. But the group is claiming victory after revealing the stocky, flat cap-wearing yob [left] must attend a victim awareness course at his own expense and pen a letter of apology to the victim after accepting a conditional caution from Leicestershire Police.

The group's post reads: "On 29-11-16 whilst we were monitoring the activities of the Atherstone Hunt at Sutton Cheney, one of the Hunt's supporters who had been watching the hunt decided to ram his car into our vehicle. He then jumped out and proceeded to shout a torrent of sexist and misogynist verbal abuse at a female sab. He can be seen raising his fist and indicates that he knows where she lives. The Hunt can be seen riding past as he continues his tirade of shocking sexist language."

The West Midlands Saboteurs added on Facebook: "The Atherstone Hunt and its supporters seem to have a real problem with women, over the past few years the women in our group have been subjected to numerous sexist and misogynist verbal abuse and have been physically attacked and bullied by men from the Hunt. Hopefully this sends a message out to the Atherstone Hunt that this is not an acceptable way to talk to women and that their bigotry will not be tolerated by the police."

A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that a 59-year-old man has been given a conditional caution."

The uncomfortable footage comes just days after a posh councillor on horseback told a protester that he would 'quite like to s***' her. Tory Charles Carter, 33, quit his position at Breckland District Council in Norfolk after a video of him giving sexist abuse to a hunt protester was revealed by Mirror Online. Former West Norfolk Foxhounds master Carter told Linda Hoggard, who filmed his derogatory comments, that she was 'very pretty' and asked if he could take her to bed.

The story also covered by the Daily Mail. 

   

Monitors release another film showing disgusting behaviour of Grafton FH supporters

30-1-17   You Tube   Are the Grafton Hunt kidding themselves?    Film shows Hunt followers, who the Hunt claim are their 'Evidence Gathering Team' - always 'courteous and polite' assaulting monitors, spitting, swearing, harassing, obstructing etc.  

Stills below -  1/   Bruise on arm of monitor after kicked by supporter   2/   Supporter blocks monitor's progress    3/  Supporter splashes water over monitor    4/   Monitor being assaulted    5/  Terrierman exposes buttocks to female monitor    6/ Supporter spits     

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Fernie FH follower, apparently drunk, rams sab landy and hassles sab

29-1-17   Facebook – S.Cambs Sabs   Hit Report #2 -28/01/2017 - Fernie Hunt, Arnesby, Leicestershire  Those who were not sabbing the Cottesmore Hunt joined Northants and Cambridge Sabs to keep a close eye on the nearby Fernie Hunt.

From the very outset, sabs were pretty much within arms length of the Huntsman and hounds, remaining their for the next 5 hours. As much as the Hunt tried their luck galloping away, often in loops, they were unable to shake us off. Good co-ordination between our vehicles, along with predicting their next move and one particular super-fit sab,FernieFHCarthatrammedsablandy28-1-17.jpg soon reduced the Hunt to its usual narky, red faced and potty-mouth selves.

Although the hounds broke into cry a few times towards the end of daylight, sabs were in position to use the gizmo, voice calls and the horn to take the hounds from the scent and close by fox.

Happy but exhausted as the sun went down, we escorted the hounds back to the hound van only to be met with a torrent of verbal abuse from a very irate hunter. We get this week-in, week-out, but we didn't expect her to start bashing windows, trying to let down tyres and literally spit her venom at us. The Huntsman looked visibly shaken and embarrassed whilst escorting her away. The next moment she was in her car ramming the back of one of the vehicles [pic right above, her car]. Believing the likely cause of her violent behaviour being a mixture of alcohol and unfulfilled blood lust, she did a runner away from her car and headed straight towards the nearby pub.

As usual, the phone call to the police proved fruitless but those out at the Hunt earlier in the day, remained unbiased and keen to uphold the foxhunting ban. No wildlife killed, a good day in the field.

29-1-17  Facebook - Cambridge Sabs   Yesterday was a very good day for CHS. We worked with members from Northants and S.Cambs Sabs and ultimately ended up with a kill free day! Highlight of the day was the lady who decided to deliberately ram her light SUV into the back of our vehicle, which is virtually a tank; she messed her car up pretty bad but our landy is unscathed. Pictures and videos will be up soon.

1-2-17    Facebook - Cambridge Sabs   Hunt supporter rams our landy   This footage was taken just after this hunt-sympathiser viciously attacked one of our sabs, tried to let down a tyre, and then rammed us with her car. Feel free to let us know what her name is. No. plate: AD04YVU.

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Monitors nearly run down loose hounds at Portman/Wiltshire FH joint meet

29-1-17   Facebook - Dorset Against Blood Sports   Portman / Wilts joint meet. Normandy farm. Dorset.PortmanandWiltshireFHjointmeetLooseoundsnearlyrunoverbymonitors28-1-17.jpg 28/1/2017 A large meet consisting of around 100 riders left Normandy farm just after 11am. The riders and support had gathered for a tipple ( or several in some cases ) and a wonderful speech ending with their intentions of hunting within the law. So we all headed home safe in the knowledge that the animals were to be spared a horrible death for another day.

Back in the real world, the Hunt spent most of the day in places the support couldn't see. The hounds were in and out of covert after covert with particular interest paid to one area in specific. We shall be checking camera footage on this area out thoroughly.

We were lucky not to kill some of the hounds as they veered through bushes into the road. Darting in different directions. No Hunt Master in sight. Twice in the afternoon the hounds went into voice while out of sight. The second time was full cry and there were what sounded like fox screams.

It seems they may have over reached with their ambitions to hunt within the law. As always we need more boots on the ground. Drivers especially.

Sabs film riderless Middleton FH horse cantering on road 

29-1-17   Facebook  - W.Yorks Sabs   Middleton Hunt horse tries to escape - alarming footage   A horse from the Middleton Hunt on the loose and running dangerously along a main road pursued by terrier men, in alarming footage captured from our van cam yesterday near Sheriff Hutton in North Yorkshire. The Middleton Hunt have been caught raising fox cubs to kill during hunts, and they employ creeps like the recently disgraced Charles Carter - who can blame their poor horses for wanting to escape?

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Lord Middleton cancels Hunt meet at his place after Huntsman's disgrace

'Shag' Carter eschews red coat, keeps head down as sabs stop Hunt killing 

29-1-17   Facebook - Sheffield Sabs    Yesterday along with W.Yorkshire Sabs we thought it would be rude not to go along and introduce ourselves to this week's most obnoxious huntsman Shagger Carter of the Middleton. So, following a tip off that they were actually going to be at the home of Lord Middleton himself in Birdsall, we set off to sunny Ryedale.

Upon arrival Birdsall seemed very quiet for a meet of the now nationally infamous Middleton Hunt and their, ex Councillor, Huntsman. Another tip off then informed us that Lord Middleton had told his own hunt to bugger off as he didn't want the press turning up, or he feared for his wife's chastity. We aren't sure which.

Sabs scooted over to Farlington where horseboxes had been spotted and soon found the meet at Farlington Grange. When will they learn that you can run but you can't hide?

For a Huntsman who has appeared on virtually every media outlet over the past week, Shagger seemed very shy. Continually running from sabs and choosing instead of a red coat a standard black one [below left]. Though some sabs argued that it wasn't black, but was instead one of the 50 shades of grey!

Early on in the day a riderless horse [below right] was photographed running down the road, pursued by a quad. Rumour is that the Huntsman got lucky with one of the less fussy riders and the horse saw it's chance to escape. We hope the horse wasn't too traumatised. Two foxes were seen to safety during the day, one of them from a covert from which the terriermen did a runner as sabs arrived.

Police were in attendance throughout the day but wouldn't confirm whether it was to save the Hunt from sabs, foxes from the hunt or any ladies present from Shagger Carter. The less than cocky huntsman headed home just after 3.30pm with even some of his own supporters laughing at the constant barrage of comments from sabs. All in all a quiet day with no kills and hounds only briefly in cry once.

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Social services temporarily ban foster child being taken 'trail hunting'

Ban, since lifted, followed claim girls had seen a fox 'ripped apart'

29-1-17  Daily Mail   Social workers launch investigation into foster parents because they took two teenage girls on bloodless hunt    Two girls were taken trail hunting, where scent is followed but no animals killed. Social services received an allegation one girl saw a fox ripped apart by hounds. Concluded it was false but still banned it - because they didn't know what it was. The foster father said it is proof that social services do not understand rural life.

Two foster parents were subjected to a social services investigation because they took two teenage girls on a bloodless trail hunt. The foster parents, who have more than two decades of experience, were placed under investigation after an allegation that one of the girls saw a fox being ripped apart by hounds. Social services then banned the girls from trail hunting, in which hunters follow a scent but no animals are harmed, for nearly a week because they did not know what it was.

The foster mother, who spoke to the Sunday Times under the condition of anonymity, said: ‘They haven’t got a clue what it is…They decided from YouTube that it was probably illegal.’ The foster father, who has brought up 40 children with his wife, said it was proof that social services do not understand rural life. The parents had taken the girls trail hunting 20 to 25 times in the belief that the countryside sport, along with caring for the horses, would help them adapt from living in a city to their new rural lives. The sport, an alternative to fox hunting, which was banned in 2005, helped the girls make friends but were left ‘angry’ and ‘upset’ by the surprise allegation. In trail hunting, hounds follow the scent of a fox, which is dragged along the ground behind a vehicle. The mother said: ‘I was absolutely shocked that someone would even dream we would do that.’

Social services launched a formal investigation on safeguarding grounds but concluded the allegation was false. However, afterwards they contacted the family on January 6 to prevent the girls from going the next day while they looked into trail hunting further. The ban was lifted six days later after the girls, the parents and their case worker sent a letter to explain what trail hunting was. One of the girls has responded to the allegation by organising a pro-hunting demonstration, arguing that something that helps people ‘have fun and meet new people’ should not be banned.

 

Sabs pull Tedworth FH in cry hounds off fox scent in foul weather

28-1-17 Facebook - Bristol Sabs   VIDEO   This morning we headed to Wiltshire along with Bath and Southampton Sabs to kennel watch the Tedworth Hunt, who we haven't sabbed since the start of the season. The hound van and horse boxes lead us to their meet at Wilcot Manor, just north of Pewsey. We waited around, hearing of locals TedworthFHSabshavingpulledhoundsofffoxscent28-1-17.jpgdisapproval of the hunt, before following them out. The hunt headed north, trying to put as much distance as they could between us and them but we kept up meaning they didn't have chance to properly draw any of the woods or coverts near to the meet.

It was then on to one of their favourite haunts, the Pewsey Downs, where they stayed for the rest of the day. With poor road access and steep hills, this meant a long and hard day on foot for sabs. We kept on them despite their attempts to lose us, with the hunt bolting any time we got close. We came across hounds in cry, incidentally next to a sign which read "Conservation Area: Keep dogs on leads."

A fast and ferocious downpour of hail added to the atmosphere as sabs intervened with the use of a Gizmo, horn and voice calls. Persistence paid off; at first we got the hounds heads up and a few heading in our direction (see video), before getting most of pack with us [right] and riders coming over to try and retrieve them. This stalled the Hunt for a few minutes and got hounds off whatever they were chasing, result!

From then on we were using vehicles and foot sabs to keep eyes on the hunt, which wasn't easy considering the terrain, their eagerness to get away from us and their invisible support (they literally had no followers apart the rapidly diminishing field). We lost them for a while and caught up with them later on in Gopher Wood, before following them back to box up.

A difficult day for us but by no means a bad one, without our presence the Hunt would have had a free pass to do whatever they wished. Tedworth Hunt, see you again soon.

                                 
Fox remains found at badger sett after North Cotswold FH hunted area

Evidence suggested sett had been dug out then blocked

26-1-17    Facebook - 3 Counties Sabs    The North Cotswold Hunt were spotted yesterday, 25th January 2017 near AstonNCotswoldFHFoxremainsatbadgersett25-1-17.jpg Somerville, just South of Evesham and in the North Cotswolds cull zone. Today it was intended to sett check post hunt but we didn't just find a blocked sett. A large sett was found within half a mile of where the hunt were seen and as expected it was blocked (the badgers had not managed to get out overnight). On closer examination it became clear that the sett had been dug out and filled back in again. There was blood strewn a fallen tree, leaves and brambles along with intestines, skin, liver, red fur and other bits of tissue [right]. There were hound prints everywhere and signs of hounds marking as well as trying to claw their way into the sett. We have no idea whether this fox had been fed to the waiting hounds alive or dead. What we do know is that both fox and badgers within this sett must have been terrified as they sent terriers in and dug down. Multiple hoof prints from the mounted field and the quads were within yards of this atrocity. The police were informed and some entrances were unblocked so that the badgers can now get out. They could have easily followed their own pre ban guidelines and unblocked those entrances but why bother? They had their fun and that was that. Come September they can kill them in a government sponsored cull. If you see a hunt in your area please check where they have been, you could save a life. 

Pics below -  1/ More fox remains    2/ One of sett holes, blocked with heavy clay 

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Cheshire and Wynnstay FHs hunt together and cause utter chaos

Police stop them chasing fox into Churton village for second time

Cheshire FH Huntsman jumps horse down bank onto busy road

Hunts 'terrorised' villages and caused complete chaos on roads

25-1-17   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   Bit of a big one this one so please bear with us. We were monitoring the Cheshire Hounds in Bruera yesterday. They picked up a scent and followed it straight into Wynnstay territory. TheCheshireFHWynnstayFHjoinup21-1-17.jpg Wynnstay were out and both Hunts clashed.

At first there was some confusion and then both Hunts held up traffic for over half and hour while they all got together to have their photo's taken. Instead of doing the right thing and going their separate ways both Hunts then proceeded to hunt on together with 60 hounds [right] and far too many support vehicles and quads using the roads. Although these two packs had never met before the hounds immediately integrated and there was no bickering, unlike the humans in charge of them!

Both Hunts proceeded to put up a fox and chase it, totally terrorizing local villages. It was like something from a Mad Max film. Farmers and locals were calling the police who did come out. We are not sure what was said though because the Hunts carried on with their anti social and unacceptable pursuit. There was major road chaos and at one point we filmed the Cheshire Hounds Huntsman suddenly jump his horse through a hedge and off a 4/5 ft bank straight down onto a busy road. How the horse didn't break a leg we don't know and how no one was killed we don't know either!

At one point a monitor walked down a footpath to see if they could pin point the Hunts because everything had gone quiet. The other monitor had to stay with the car because the Wynnstay slash tyres.

Our monitor caught both Hunts where the fox had gone to ground. The fox bolted soon after and mayhem let lose. Our monitor was ridden at, blocked by terriermen on foot, quads and horses at various points as they tried to get back to our car and the Hunts tried to get to the fox and hounds.

Our monitor was ridden so close to (intentionally) by one quad that they were injured on the hand.

They were stopped from trying to reach safety by our lovely friend 'Bob the Biker' He blocked a footpath gate but our monitor climbed over a fence which actually made him look like a right twerp in front of the other terriermen.

This madness carried on into another village and finally ended with the police (responding to another call from us) stopping the hunt and turning them back from chasing the fox into Churton village for the second time. This was at nearly 5 pm. So the fox got away and we survived.

Pics below -  1/ The two Hunts together  2/ Road chaos   3/ Horse ridden at monitor   4/ Monitor's injured hand 

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2nd Ledbury sab attack suspect identified as terrierman Lance King 

25-1-17   Facebook - Three Counties Sabs   We've just had a tip off that one of the Ledbury Hunt terriermen is Lance King, possibly from the Staunton/Ledbury/Newent area. Previously, he was a South Herefordshire Hunt terrierman. He was present when terrierman Ross Loader attacked Bristol Hunt Saboteurs, he is seen in a photo stood over a sab with his fist clenched. We will be forwarding his name to the police. With his name it will be easier to report him to the police for wildlife crime and violence in the future. Please share far and wide. 3C.

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POWAperson adds -  The attack on the sab on 28-12-16, during which he was punched and kicked while on the ground, was extensively reported in national media. See the Sun's coverage here 

 

Middleton FH JM [and Tory Councillor] propositions female protester

'I'd quite like to shag you actually.' - 'Can I take you to bed, please?'

Breckland Council suspends the Joint Master as a Councillor

24-1-17  Facebook – Stop the Cull  VIDEO  A Middleton Hunt Master has made vile comments to a member of the public. He is a tory Councillor, please complain to his employers: https://www.breckland.gov.uk .

POWAperson adds - This film clip shows a female talking to a mounted redcoat, who is a new Joint Master of the Middleton FH, having left the West Norfolk FH. He's a Tory councillor. She is asking him why he's hunting foxes, as it's illegal. He stonewalls for a short time then suddenly says 'I'd quite like to shag you actually.' Then, 'Can I take you to bed please?' Still turning on the charm, he adds 'You're very pretty.' and asks for her number. Breckland Council is being showered with complaints about him. His Facebook profile says he's in a relationship with a lady who, perhaps unsurprisingly, has a double-barrelled surname. 

Middleton FH has been in trouble several times. In 2012 they were filmed illegally hunting and killing a fox by LACS investigators. The Huntsman, the Whip and two terrierman were all convicted. Three were fined, one given a conditional discharge.  In 2015, a terrierman was convicted of blocking a badger sett and fined. The Kennel Huntsman was acquitted of a similar charge. Later in 2015, LACS investigators found 16 fox cubs being held in a barn near the Hunt kennels. Police investigated but no charges ensued.

 

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25-1-17   Breckland Council    Breckland Councillor suspension   Breckland Council has this morning been made aware of a video of a hunt in Yorkshire in which one of its Councillors, Charles Carter, made inappropriate and offensive comments to a protester. William Nunn, Leader of Breckland Council, said: "Having been made aware of the video this morning, I was appalled by the conduct of one of my Conservative Councillors who has clearly brought the party and the Council into disrepute as a result of his behaviour. "I immediately took action and the individual concerned has been suspended from the Conservative Group at Breckland Council pending the outcome of a full investigation by the Mid Norfolk Conservative Association." Suspension is a neutral act, and as such, it would be inappropriate at this stage to make any further comment ahead of the investigation outcome.

25-1-17   The Sun   'I'd like to sh*g you' First pictures of mum-of-four told by Tory councillor he wanted to ‘bed’ her when she protested hunt   THIS is the shocking moment a Tory councillor responds to a protester accusing him of illegally hunting a fox by calmly telling her: “I’d quite like to shag you.” Charles Carter [below left], 33, is seen in the footage telling the woman, Linda Hoggard [right], 41, she is “very pretty” after she confronts him.The Breckland Council member made the remarks on January 23 after being challenged by activists during a Middleton Hunt meeting in North Yorkshire. Cops are now probing the footage, with animal rights activists demanding Mr Carter resigns. Mrs Hoggard first asks him: “Excuse me, did you know hunting was banned? Hunting is banned and I have seen a video chasing a fox along there. Hunting is banned so why are you still hunting? You still get awayLindaHoggardIdliketoshagyousaysMiddletonJM23-1-17.jpg with it don’t you, you lot?”

Carter, who has represented Saham Toney, Norfolk, since 2011, then takes his own mobile phone out. The woman asks: “What, you want to take a picture of me?” He asks: “What’s your name?” and she replies: “I couldn’t give a s***. It doesn’t matter what my name is. I’m not bothered.” In a calm manner, Mr Carter says: “I’d quite like to shag you actually.” The mum-of-four responds: “Yeah I’ll tell you something … pardon? I’ll tell my husband that then shall I?” However the Huntsman doesn’t stop. He asks her: “Can I take you to bed please?” A friend then tries to mediate, before the woman shouts: “Shut up Charlotte, it’s fine, it’s fine,” before Mr Carter adds: “You’re very pretty.” She responds: “Oh yeah really, whatever. So are foxes before this lot rip them apart.” Mr Carter then says: “Can I have your number please?” He then rides off, refusing to address the allegations.

Fox hunting has been banned in England and Wales since 2005. Since the footage emerged, Mr Carter has been suspended from the council.

MiddletonFHCharlesCarterJMAlsoTorycouncillo.jpgMrs Hoggard said: “At the end of the day, no one should speak to you like that. I’m just a housewife and I have got children. For someone to say that is absolutely disgusting. He wanted a reaction and he wanted me to get arsey, but I’m a better person than that. He wanted me to grab hold of him and pull him off the horse so I would get done.” She added: “The last couple of nights it has been going through my head. I didn’t even know he was a councillor at first. He should know better. I’m glad he has been suspended. At the end of the day he has made his own bed, so let him lie in it.”

According to Carter’s social media, he has been a Hunt master and Huntsman with the West Norfolk Foxhounds. Mr Carter is also a ward member for Saham Toney, Norfolk, where his role includes “looking after the affairs of the residents at a local government level”. North Yorkshire Police said they are investigating the altercation, which was posted on Facebook.A spokesman said: “North Yorkshire Police were called at 10.38pm on Monday 23 January following reports that an altercation had taken place at 2.50pm earlier that day between a man and a woman in Duggleby, Malton. Investigations are ongoing.”

UPDATE  26-1-17  -  We understand Charles Carter has resigned from Breckland Council.

The story was also covered by the Mirror, the Mail, the York Press and BBC News Online. 


S.Herefordshire FH aim to ignore MFHA suspension and go hunting

24-1-17   Facebook – Hunt Investigation Team    Urgent call to action   News has reached us that the notorious South Herefordshire Hunt are intending to hunt this Saturday, 28th January.

The host is Patrick Darling, ex-master of SHFH, and the venue is Caradoc Court, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 6LS. This is a direct challenge to the hunting suspension imposed upon them by the Masters of Foxhounds Association. Please mobilise, complain to West Mercia Police. 0300 3333000 and the MFHA. info@huntingoffice.org.uk. We are contacting the media and Hunt Saboteur groups. Please share to everyone you know.

POWAperson comments - Early last summer the Hunt Investigation team revealed that S.Herefordshire FH staff had been taking young fox cubs and throwing them into buildings in which the hounds were housed [pics below]. Police were informed and they eventually made five arrests. However, they have still not charged anybody.

 

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24-1-17   HSA Press Release    Hunt Saboteurs Set to Mobilise Against Cub Killing South Herefordshire Hunt   The fox cub killing South Herefordshire Hunt have announced they will be hunting this Saturday at the home of ex-master Patrick Darling, Caradoc Court, Ross On Wye. The hunt are currently suspended by the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) whilst the investigation continues into employees of the hunt who were filmed throwing fox cubs to the hounds before disposing of the bodies. The Hunt were filmed and exposed by the Hunt Investigation Team and haven't hunted since due to their suspension. They have been vilified by both pro and anti-hunt organisations and may well shut down as a result of the expose.

Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “We despise all Hunts and hunters but the South Herefordshire are the lowest of the low. If they attempt to hunt they should be in no doubt that hunt saboteurs will be present in significant numbers to ensure they are unable to do so. Even the MFHA, their own organisation, is so disgusted by the South Herefordshire's activities that they have suspended them from hunting whilst the police investigation continues. It shows the arrogance of these people that they are willing to ignore their own ruling body.”

 

Sabs stop dig out by N.Shropshire FH, who then hunt on MoD land

24-1-17 Facebook – N.Wales Sabs   Hit report 24/1/17   One of our sabs headed out today to meet up with our pals from Cheshire Sabs and N.S.A.B.S to pay a visit to the North Shropshire hunt who were meeting at Shrawardine Castle in Shrawardine near Nesscliffe. On arrival it came apparent we'd come across a joint meet, pardon our ignorance we can't credit their ghastly guessed but this was a new area and hunt to us and they didn't introduce themselves to us, a bit rude we know, but the hunt were rather polite on a whole so we didn't want to embarrass them on their poor etiquette.

Straight from the off hounds went into cry and had chased a fox to ground in a small wooded area near to the entrance of Shrawardine Castle. Sabs were on scene to move on the Hunt to prevent a dig out, as the hounds marked to ground. One of the huntsmen was quite comical as he was nearly thrown from his horse claiming sabs had caused his near accident though video will prove otherwise.

The Hunt headed through Shrawardine Castle ground and towards Folly Farm. Sabs turned up as the hounds once again went into cry. This time sabs needed in intervene with the use of the gizmo to great effect, taking the hounds off the scent of the fox, taking control of most the pack and a few others scattered. With sabs all over the Hunt, they went go into hiding and headed into the M.O.D base. Somebody claiming to be a landowner from Shrawardine Castle told sabs she'd call the captain from the military base should sabs enter and that the M. O. D had given the illegal hunt permission to use the land. Sure enough sabs were followed around the the military land by not one but two helicopters, at least one of them was a police helicopter and circled sabs before landing in the next field. We didn't stick around to see what they wanted, though we suspect they were just protecting their hunty friends. A further two police cars were now parked up at the hunt meet, though didn't bother talking to sabs. The day kind of fizzled out a bit with hounds and the Huntsman rather quiet and packed up around 4pm as sabs stayed nearby to see the hounds leave. 

                              

Group suggest NT's actions look like collusion with Melbreak FH

24-1-17   Facebook - Lancaster Sabs  Cumbria Hunt Watch Press Release - 23 January 2017   National Trust 24 hour ban helps Melbreak Hunt escape drone surveillance We are just going to provide below a chronological order of events for the past ten days and let you decide if the National Trust are supporting illegal hunting or not.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 - A hunt monitor was approached by hunt supporters and threatened with violence, which was shortly followed by a serious and violent assault on another hunt monitor at a Melbreak Foxhounds meet. A report of both incidents was reported to Cumbria Police – two men known to be hunt followers were arrested; the North West Ambulance Service also attended. At 3:30 pm the National Trust were informed of the threats and violent assault as they issue a licence to the Melbreak Foxhounds to use NT land.

Thursday, 12 January 2017 - At great expense, Cumbria Constabulary had planned to use drones to monitor the activities of the Melbreak Foxhounds on NT land that day. The National Trust withdrew the Melbreak Hunt's licence to use NT land for 24 hours so no hunt took place that day.

Friday, 13 January 2017 - The National Trust reinstated the Melbreak Foxhounds licence to use NT land.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 - Melbreak Foxhounds were reported hunting on NT land outside their licensed area – the Trust were informed and appeared to have taken NO action.

Cumbria Hunt Watch believes the above events are highly suspicious and in our opinion it appears like a deliberate attempt by the National Trust to facilitate the Melbreak Hunt's activities without the attention of Cumbria Constabulary.

We also believe current memberships of the National Trust are supporting this behaviour and would ask you to reconsider your memberships at this time.

National Trust can be contacted on:-

Email - National Trust: borrowdale@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone - National Trust: 017687 74649, National Call Centre 0344 800 1895 

                            

Atherstone FH hounds hunt next to housing estate and kid's playground

Hunt says 'trail hunting, but they trespass keep losing track of hounds

23-1-17  Facebook – W.Midlands Sabs   Atherstone Hunt 21-01-17 Walkers Farm, OdstoneAtherstoneFHHuntsmanStuartBartontriestofindoutwherepackis21-1-17.jpg    Atherstone hounds hunting foxes in a residential area a week after they were filmed killing a fox. The Atherstone Hunt were not even trying to hide what they were doing on Saturday. Blatantly hunting all day, including whilst they were trespassing in Battram Woods, somewhere they have been told not to go. Joint Master Sarah Evans claimed they were following trails, but there were long periods when the hounds were by themselves so the hunt would have no idea what the hounds were actually doing.

One group of sabs found huntsman Stuart Barton on top of a hill with less than AtherstoneFHHoundshuntingrightbyhousingestate21-1-17.jpghalf his pack trying to get the pack back together [above]. Other sabs at the bottom of the hill found the hounds near a housing estate [left] and a kids playground, clearly chasing something. A fox ran past sabs and away from the hounds, so sabs were able to turn the hounds back the other way.

This incident clearly shows that the Atherstone Hunt are completely out of control, it won't be long before they kill again. As long as these hounds are let loose in the countryside there is a danger they will kill something, either wildlife or in this case someone's pet as they were that close to peoples back gardens. Relevant authorities need to take action now. We have warned you enough times that there will be a serious incident. As well as trespassing in Battram Woods we had another landowner come over and moan to us that the hunt were trespassing on their land.

Pics below -  1/  The Atherstone FH at a busy road junction    2/ Fine hunting country! 

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Monitors release film of Cheshire FH hunting fox, blocked badger sett

Police won't act because of 'conflicting commands' from Huntsman

23-1-17  YouTube   Cheshire Foxhounds Hunt, Huxley, Tiverton and Hoofield, 17th December 2016   What is the call Huntsman Shayne Francis makes? And why do the hounds hunt the fox more determinedly after this call?

POWAperson adds - The video first shows a blocked badger sett [on Council-owned land]. Monitors say it was blocked again on Boxing Day, when the Hunt were next in the area. Then the video shows hounds climbing over a barbied fence, clearly on the trail of a fox. We then clearly see the fox fleeing across a grassed field, then hounds pursuing it. The Huntsman is not far behind them. He makes a couple of calls to hounds, but it's unclear what. Hounds redouble their chase of the fox. Monitors say the fox escaped. They took their footage to police who felt they couldn't refer it to the CPS because of what they called 'conflicting commands' from the Huntsman to hounds.

Pics below - 1/ Blocked badger sett on council owned land   2/  Fox fleeing hounds    3/  Hounds pursuing fox in full cry   4/ Huntsman not far behind hounds

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Cheshire Forest FH trespass twice as Huntsman loses control

Business owner furious, resident reports Hunt to police

23-1-17    Facebook - Fylde Sabs    HIT REPORT 21/01/2017    Fylde Hunt Saboteurs along with our colleagues from Cheshire, Lancaster and N.Wales sabbed the Cheshire Forest Hunt who met at Boden Hall, Rode Heath. Also present were brave, and frankly, very lovely members of Cheshire Monitors, who worked in partnership with the sabs all day.Although we arrived slightly late, we were onto the Hunt almost immediately, thanks to information from local residents and Monitors. Early contact seemed to involve Huntmaster Andrew German abandoning the rest of the field to take the hounds off in various directions for his own sport and to try and throw the pursuing sabs and monitors. We are sure the fee paying members of the field must have been delighted to be left hanging around until beckoned. Needless to say, whichever direction he took, sabs were either close behind, or already at the destination waiting.

There were various encounters throughout the day with outraged local residents, sick of the unwanted and uninvited Hunt riding roughshod through their beautiful countryside and, in many cases, invading their gardens and business premises. An early altercation involved a furious local business owner confronting two Huntsmen as they and a group of hounds wandered all through his premises. The redcoat appeared inebriated and was welcomed back onto the public road by sabs with cameras to catch the episode on film. His attempts to claim the business owner was his friend were not borne out by the evidence as the owner screamed at him to get off his property.

A short while later, the full, out of control hound pack flooded into a local resident's garden and right up to his back door. Huntmaster Andrew German made no attempt to control the pack and the local resident told sabs on the scene he had already called the police to report the Hunt. Hounds were spreading out all over the place until eventually being called back.

CheshireForestFHServantstryingtorounduphounds21-1-17.jpgPolice were in attendance throughout the day but took very little interest in the terriermen carrying child passengers (two offences) as they drove past their patrol cars, and even stopped to chat to officers.

German repeatedly put his hounds into woodlands to try and flush out a fox - clearly not even pretending to follow any pre laid trail - the one legal reason he has to be there. The only outcome was for the hounds to become spread out and uncontrollable. Frantic horn blasts from the tiring and tiresome German were heard as he tried to recall the pack. At each turn sabs from all groups were on the scene to cover scents, film proceedings and force the Huntsmen off in a different direction. The Huntmaster seemed to spend as much time off his horse trying to round up the pack as out riding [left]. Again, the rest of the Hunt, field and followers, had been abandoned somewhere to fend for themselves.

In one woodland incident, towards the end of the day, sabs at opposite ends of the wood deployed the gizmo to draw the hounds out into fields then headed into the wood themselves to cover scents, effectively rendering the woodland useless to the Hunt. Gathering the pack back together in a field, the Huntmaster seemed both tired and frustrated as the hounds had a good roll around - reminding attending sabs of just how beautiful and playful the hounds can be when not under the whip of a cruel and sadistic Huntmaster driving them on to some innocent quarry.

The final phase of the day took place at Boden Hall as sabs entered to check the Hunt was packing up. Police appeared almost immediately and one overly aggressive WPC seemed intent on acting as personal security for Boden. She appeared to be making up laws whilst trying to convince us she was acting for the landowner to impede our lawful access. Even though the land owner was instigating and engaging sabs in conversation as he seemed genuinely interested in our point of view. The clearly overwhelmed and increasingly frustrated WPC called in back up and, with four cars in attendance, felt emboldened enough to start pushing sabs in the back. Having confirmed the Hunt had packed up and seeing the hounds being led away, sabs left to gather together for a group photograph.

No kills or foxes caught signals a successful day for the over 80% of the population of this country who want to see an end to the hunting of wildlife with packs of hounds.

POWAperson comments - The above report is one of four from the different sab groups out on the day. The reports of two others are in the item dated 21-1-17 below. This one illustrates how different groups see different aspects of the meet, so its well worth reading all of them.

 

Hunt thug cautioned for threatening sabs in Sussex

Crawley & Horsham FH follower is repeat offender

22-1-17  YouTube – Wildshield    Wayne Spencer, hunt supporter, receives a police caution for threatening behaviour, Jan 22nd 2017. Film documents his history of violence.

Wayne Spencer, one of the UK's most notorious hunt supporters, has received a police caution [22-1-17] for threatening sabs at a meet of Crawley and Horsham Hunt, Dec 31st 2016 at Wineham, Sussex. Spencer has a long history of violence towards anyone anti-hunt. 

Pics below - 1/ Spencer threatening sabs on 18-2-05. Moments earlier he had threatened a female sab with having her stick 'pushed up your crotch'.  2/  Spencer kicking a sab on the ground.   3/  Female sab injured by Spencer.   4/ Male sab injured by Spencer. 

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Fife FH kill fox as two sabs arrested for mysterious reasons

24-1-17  Facebook - Fife and C.Scotland Sabs   Hit Report 21.01.2017 Fife Foxhounds, Lahill House   Sabs had an OK start to the day finding the meet quite quickly, so pre beating and spraying is essential. However 2 sabs were arrested rather suspiciously as Police Scotland chose to take no action against any other sabs perhaps lack of Intel/evidence or maybe they just chose their favourite, who knows.

Fife Foxhounds killed a fox in the St Ford area. Sabs rushed to the scene, but saw Terrierman Adam Galpin stuffing it into a white plastic bag as they arrived before hiding it in his quad. Adam then did something none of us really expected - he accused a sab of damaging another sabs car who knows what logic was behind this. Not a great day but we will never give up!

 

Cotswold FH thought to have killed fox -still warm corpse found by sabs

Post-mortem shows fox was shot in throat at point blank range 

21-1-17   Facebook - Three Counties Sabs  VIDEO   Fox just found with bite mark to throat, just after hounds and quad had been past, by Welsh Borders sabs. Body still warm. Cotswold Vale Farmer's Hunt, Twigworth. Suspect that one hound killed this fox.

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23-1-17   Facebook - Welsh Border Sabs   Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt, Moat Farm, Sandhurst, 21st Jan 2017   Once again, we met up with Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs and we paid a visit to the Cotty Vile, who met in the village of Sandhurst. With most Hunts cancelling due to the hard frost, and with Simon's reputation for falling off, we didn't expect them to leave the meet. Alas, a little later than normal, they skulked out of the back of the farm and headed off towards the river.

Hounds were soon in cry and riders were seen on point in a field of sheep! Clearly the Hunt don't want lightning to strike twice, this time the farmer might not be quite so understanding. With Simon clearly heard hunting them on in an area almost inaccessible for any trail laying, sabs used voice calls and whipped back hounds, lifting their heads and giving the fox time toCotswoldValeFHKilledfoxretrievedbysabsstillbleeding21-1-17.jpg make his escape.

After moving to another cover, hounds went into cry again. A 3 Counties sab filmed a brace escaping out the back of the wood whilst we called hounds out of the front. Another fox ran past another 3 C's sab across a road whilst the Hunt moved off and up onto the top of the hill.

We had at this point reached that oh so familiar point in the day where Simon lost some of his hounds. This is pretty much a given where old Scatterpack is concerned. As some sabs watched his pathetic attempts to gather up his pack, other sabs heard hounds in cry at Twigworth. and when they entered the field to investigate, could hear hounds speaking in one field and found the still warm and bleeding body of a young vixen in the next.

On closer inspection, clear bite marks to the throat could be seen [right, still bleeding]. We can not say what happened to this poor fox, we did not witness her death. What we can say is this: when her body was found, Simon had lost some of his hounds ; several hounds were heard speaking in the next field to her body; it only takes one hounds to kill a small fox like her. And the Hunt terriermen asked for her body back after we removed her.

At this point we were joined by Bristol Hunt Saboteurs South Wales Hunt Saboteurs and Bath Hunt Sabs as the Hunt moved back up the hill. With hounds in cry again, all five groups worked together to call hounds off and when asked if he was going to claim the kill, Simon looked very "Sheepish" indeed! But inch high private eye Nick Hodges was happy to take credit for her death. On their last draw, one fox was seen running to safety as sabs rated hounds once again. As the light failed, the Hunt headed back to the meet.

We will update this report when the details of the post mortem are known.

Pics below - 1/ Terriermen ask for 'their' fox back     2/ Huntsman parks hounds between two blind bends  

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UPDATE -  26-1-17   Facebook - Three Counties Sabs    Many pro-hunt people seemed to claim much expertise on this incident when posted by ourselves and Welsh Border Hunt Sabs on Saturday during a Cotswold Vale Farmers' Hunt meet. [See report above] ... we heard from our friend from Welsh Border Sabs that she had found a warm, dead body of a fox near to where hounds had been spotted and where the terrierman's quadbike had driven through near the hills. The same area where we caught terriermen Nick Hodges and Ben Hughes last month after we believed hounds had chased a fox into a hay barn where he sought shelter. Hodges had been seen 'slyly' pointing out the location to Mike Smith whilst Hughes was spotted searching for the fox at the barn.

With the fox being relatively clean and still warm with what appeared to be a bite puncture wound in her throat, those who found her thought she may have been caught and killed by a single hound (there are numerous stories of single hounds over the years going off and doing their own thing whilst the rest hunt as a pack). Unsure as to what had happened, we posted what we believed could have occurred and took her body for a post mortem.

Comments in their hundreds came in on the photos, including many pro-hunters claiming that it was a clean rifle shot or a shotgun wound. With the puncture wound going into her throat, not her chest, from the front, the fox would have had to have been looking up at the shooter straight on and an exit wound would have been expected from a rifle shot. As for shotguns, there is usually more than one single entrance wound as shotguns shoot pellets.

With the post mortem results coming in this morning, it has been confirmed that it was indeed a shotgun wound. The trajectory was confirmed and the fox was shot straight on, through her throat and the pellets destroyed her neck, throat and caused severe damage to her chest area. There were post mortem bites to her face. It was confirmed that the shot must have been taken from almost point blank range.

So... an otherwise healthy fox, no injures to suggest that she had been hit by a car, for example, and was being put out of her misery, found shot at point blank range at an angle that would not make sense from a normal shooting position and with post mortem bites to her face.

Without accusing anyone of anything in order to avoid the inevitable complaints that we're trying to make the Hunt look bad, it would appear that she was either restrained or was backed up somewhere seeking shelter (i.e. in a hay barn between bales) and was shot at point blank range before being dragged out by a small dog and her body dumped nearby.

We will continue to talk to locals regarding what was seen on the day and may have further updates.

 

Cheshire FH ride & run recklessly on an A road

21-1-17   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    We accompanied 2 hunts today. Both the Cheshire Hounds and the Cheshire Forest got a visit. The Forest report will come later.

The Cheshire Hounds... spent a lot of the day disrupting traffic on the roads again like last week. Either that or hiding in the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle where they know we can't get to them. The hounds were heard in cry a couple of times but we didn't witness a real full on chase. In these pictures [below] you will notice two of the hunt road rules.

1. Ride your horse at speed round a blind bend with 2 stray hounds running at 20 mph into oncoming traffic.

2. Ride your horse surrounded by 20/30 hounds down an A road with hounds running into oncoming traffic...

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Park Beagles hunt 2 hares, supporter assaults 2 sabs

21-1-17  Facebook - Dorset Sabs   Hit Report - Saturday 21st January 2017 Park Beagles meeting atParkBeaglesHuntsmenpanicassabsusegizmo21-1-17.jpg Caswell Farm, Ryme Intrinseca    The ground was subjected to a heavy frost over night and remained very hard under foot this morning and we suspected today's hunting activities may not go ahead. With three vehicles out and joined by our friends from S.West Sabs we had soon patrolled the local areas to check, checked the hunt kennels for hound vans and paid a visit to a meet and all was looking safe today for our wildlife. Just after midday we received a tip off that there was a beagle hunt happening in Ryme Intrinseca and the decision was made to head over there immediately.

Upon arrival the beagles were observed chasing a hare across a field beside Common Lane and we made our presence known and shouted to pull the beagles back. No heed was paid to our warning and we were left with no ParkBeaglesSupporterallegedlyassaulted2sabs21-1-17.jpgoption but to deploy the gizmo to save the hare. This resulted in utter mayhem [pic above right, panic as gizmo used] and the Huntsman had a very lonely and somewhat frantic dash up the road shouting to foot support to help him retrieve his pack !

Things quickly became very heated, with the general verbal abuse thrown our way and we have become used to this. What happened next though was truly horrifying to witness. A female sab fell from the back of the Land Rover as it moved away and was dragged a few yards along the road. This was all witnessed by a foot supporter [left] who then felt it was appropriate to take a swing with his leg and kick her whilst she was still on the road !! Regardless of how either side feel about hunting, there really is no excuse to behave like this towards another human being and I guess it just goes to show how evil these people are !! This foot supporter then moved along side the landy and assaulted a male sab.

Considering the 2 assaults and the fact we had by now observed the beagles on two hares, we phoned 999. About an hour later the police arrived and we found them in the meet talking to the hunt and support. In the time ParkBeaglesCoffindodgersupport21-1-17.jpgbetween the assaults and the police arriving the Huntsman took a convoy of his beagles, supporters [right, mostly elderly] and both our Land Rovers for a jolly along Common Lane towards Ryme Intrinseca and then back again to the meet.

Whilst the female sab who was assaulted was making a statement foot sabs were keeping eyes and ears on the beagles. At 2.30pm the huntsman left with all the beagles crammed in the back of his 4 x 4 !

We will let you know what happens with regard to the statement that has been made to the police today. We also have footage of a lady on the phone whilst driving with a young person beside her, this same youngster was also crying and this has been passed to the police along with footage of the bloke who committed the assaults ! We know we saved hares lives today - if you have any info on hunts please let us know including these elusive beagle packs !!

 

Sabs say police ignored Cheshire Forest FH infractions

Accused of acting as private security for Hunt

21-1-17   N.Wales Sabs blog   Hit report 21/1/17 - Cheshire police get pushy   We teamed up with our friends from Cheshire, Lancaster and Fylde Sabs to pay a visit to the Cheshire Forest Hunt to were meeting at Boden Hall, near the village of Smallwood. We also came across Cheshire Monitors who had managed to keep tabs on 2 hunt that day (please check-out their page for more details).

We arrived just after the Hunt had sets off and came across Huntsman Andrew German with hounds all over the busy A50, hounds were running into the road from both side, causing vehicles to stop right in view of the on-looking police who did nothing, which kind of set the tone for the day. The Huntsman then headed back into the Boden HallCheshireForestFHHuntsmanAndrewGerman21-1-17.jpg estate and sabs entered via a public footpath to find the Hunt stood around scratching their head, it almost looked as though they were hiding. After a few minutes to Hunt decided to leave the hall grounds and travel up the road for what seemed like an eternity, showing why some refer to the Cheshire Forest Hunt as the “Tarmac Hunt”. Sabs managed to keep up with the Hunt despite the attempts of the supporters to block the roads. When the Hunt finally saw grass again sabs were on hand to turn back the Hunt when hounds went into cry. Resulting in Mr German hitting the road again.

Andrew German [right] was seen on numerous occasions off his horse attempting to flush woodlands and hedge rows [below left] but sabs were always on hand to turn the frustrated Huntsman back. Many times the hounds went into cry only for sabs the intervene with the use of the gizmo.

At one point somebody claiming to be a landowner made a complaint too the police about the use of citronella being sprayed by the sabs. Turns out he wasn’t even the landowner and at this point a local landowner did turn up to inform the police of the Hunt trespassing and also had video evidence of the Hunt admitting to chasing foxes. Obviously the police were not interested in what the Hunt were up to and instead took sides with the Hunt. Even when the terrier man was pulled for riding up and down the A50 with a child on his one-seater quad, the police CheshireForestFHHuntsmanndwhiptryingtofindafox21-1-17.jpgaccepted he was insured to carry more that one person on a one-seater vehicle. The police today showed a complete ignorance to the law, which only got worse as the day went on.

As sabs went to check if the Hunt were packing up the hound van in Boden Hall, they were soon stopped by police who had taken upon themselves to act as the Hunt's private security [below right]. The police started making up their own laws and even resulted to pushing sabs around. Or maybe they had read how to deal with pesky sabs in their copy of ‘PC Claire Fords hand guide to being a pro-hunt copper’. Either way the actions of the police really highlighted their incompetence, and this only a few months from a proposed badger cull in Cheshire….. this could be awkward for Cheshire police.

22-1-17   Facebook – Cheshire Sabs   HIT REPORT – 21/01/17    Yesterday, we met up with our wonderful comrades from N.Wales, Lancaster & Fylde Sabs to pay another visit to the Cheshire Forest, who met at Boden Hall in Smallwood, Cheshire.

We arrived slightly later than anticipated which gave the hunt a bit of a head start on us, but with info coming from some amazingCheshireForestFHPolicegetroughwithsabs21-1-17.jpg locals who have had enough of the Hunt coming in to Smallwood, we were given their exact location and quickly caught up with them.

Huntsman Andrew German spent the majority of the day offCheshireForestFHPolicegetroughwithsabs21-1-17.jpg his horse [right], hunting the hounds through hedge rows and nearby woodlands ,but sabs were able to keep up with him, spraying citronella to keep the scent of wildlife down, gather evidence and to intervene should the hounds have actually got onto the scent of any wildlife. Hounds were in and out of cry throughout the course of the day but sabs were never too far away and were mostly always there to ensure there was no illegal activity taking place. There was even a couple of times where once again we could use the gizmo to great effect, taking the hounds away from the Huntsman!

At one point the hounds were running rampage through a local's back garden, who had to resort to ringing the police due to the invasion of his grounds by hunting hounds and huntsmen. It has become very clear to us after speaking to many locals that the Hunt are not very welcome in Smallwood at all. They may have the support of various establishments, including the Blue Bell pub but the locals are not keen on them at all it would seem!

At the end of the day, we headed back to the meet to make sure the hounds were being boxed up which seemed to really infuriate Cheshire Police who had pretty much acted as private security for the Hunt all day, but as always, we stayed in the area until we witnessed the hound van leave. With light fading fast we took our group photo and headed to the pub to debrief and enjoy a swift half!                                    

Avon Vale FH hounds tear fox to bits in private garden

20-1-17    N.West Hunt Sabs   Hunt invades garden and kills fox   Yesterday at least 23 hounds charged over fences, fields and hedges and came into our and next door’s garden. They cornered and killed the dear, petrified fox outside our neighbour’s patio window. We were frightened, sickened and deeply saddened. My husband and neighbour later laid the fox to rest. I dread to think what might have been if our dog, children or small pets were in the garden at the time. Not only the worst possible outcome for the fox but also a total violation of our right to having a safe, private garden. Police informed and letters of complaint written to the Avon Vale Hunt. Keep the Ban.

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23-1-17   Wiltshire Gazette & Herald   Avon Vale Hunt deny hounds entered gardens    The Avon Vale Hunt has denied reports that a pack of their hounds entered people’s gardens where a fox was killed. The Wiltshire Times received a complaint from Wiltshire residents that hounds belonging to a hunt had entered their gardens last Thursday (January 19) where the animal was killed.

Joint hunt master Mike Smith from Avon Vale Hunt said: “They may have got close to someone’s garden but I don’t know of any actually going on to people’s land. “We actually started in Brokerswood and went all around that area near the back of Trowbridge and towards Westbury. Everywhere we go we make sure we have permission and we must have gone through six different farmers’ land. I can’t categorically deny it didn’t happen but as far as I’m aware they haven’t been in anybody’s garden. Obviously we would apologise if they got onto someone’s land that they shouldn’t have.”

Did you see anything regarding this last Thursday? If so, email smackley or call 01249 773642.

POWAperson adds - Still trying to get more info about this horrible incident. 

 

Easton Harriers kill hare then keep losing hounds

Police again uninterested in enforcing Hunting Act

19-1-17   Facebook – Norfolk/Suffolk Sabs   Easton Harriers – 14/01/17 Meet - The Queen Public House at Brandeston, Suffolk   Norfolk & Suffolk Sabs were joined by Suffolk & Essex and Cambs Sabs. Before the HuntEastonHarriersHoundlooseonroad14-1-17.jpg.jpg had even set off from the meet, one hound made a break for it and ran out onto the road [right], into a neighbouring garden then went back out on the road before returning to the meet. No-one from the Hunt seemed bothered about this loose hound, and little did we know that this scene was to be a recurring theme throughout the day.

Not long after the hounds were put in on fields to the north of Brook Farm, the first hare chase took place. Luckily for the hare, sabs were present and the Hunt moved off rather sharpish, no doubt trying to lose us sabs.

At 12.15 pm sabs set out on the footpath leading to Church Farm. Within a few moments a hare was seen making a dash for it [left]. Just seconds later the hounds could be seen following the same line as the hare. Sabs once again EastonHarriersHarefleeinghounds14-1-17.jpghad to take action and as soon as the Huntsman spotted sabs, he took the hounds off in the opposite direction. The hounds however had other ideas as they had clearly picked up the line of the hare and off they went. The Huntsman could then be heard hunting the hounds on. Shortly afterwards numerous hares and a fox were seen making desperate dashes for freedom. Sabs thought they were able to ensure that all got away to safety, but it became clear when the hounds made their way back down the track to Church Farm, that a kill had taken place. Sabs heard a hunt supporter saying “Get the remains off her” and then could see hounds chewing on the remains of the kill [below right]. The Hunt were quick to say it was a rabbit, but from what we saw and in light of all the recent hare kills by this hunt, we would say it more likely that it was a hare that had been killed. When the hounds reached the roadside several hounds were seen with blood on their faces, chests and legs [below left]. An appeal was made to the Suffolk Police Officer present for the Hunt to be stopped, as there was no way that the hounds would follow a trail after they had been bloodied, but sadly our pleas once again fell on deaf ears.

The Hunt then moved off to the village of Hoo, with sabs closely in pursuit. The day’s hunting from here on in EastonHarriersHoundwithpieceofhareinmouth14-1-17.jpgturned into a complete and utter farce. The pack became split and hounds were seen running in all different directions, with no sign of any Hunt person in charge of them. As one group of sabs was making their way along the road a hound ran out in the road in front of them. After parking up safely away from the road bend that the hound was on, sabs went back and picked up the hound [below left]. Next followed what can only be described as a 25 minute farce, with sabs trying their best to return the hound to the Hunt. It was clear that one Police Officer was not best pleased with our actions and so sabs made a 999 call for further Police assistance.

Sabs were instructed to wait where they were and were told the Hunt would be coming to collect the hound. Sabs waited and waited and then received a radio message to say that the Huntsman was at another pub (The Chequers) and had ordered a drink [below right]  As you can imagine sabs were not best pleased and so they decided to make their way to the Huntsman (if he was not going to come to them). When they arrived at The Chequers, the Hunt was already making its way back to the meet. By now the hound was becoming rather lively in the car as she had seen her pack on the road ahead of her and so the car had to EastonHarriersHoundbloodiedafterharekill14-1-17.jpgbe stopped and the hunt were approached on foot to come and collect their hound. Luckily one Police Officer had the decency to assist in the task and he thanked us for returning the hound to the Hunt.

Job done (or so we thought) so sabs met up outside the Easton kennels, just a couple of miles down the road. While we were waiting for all sabs to arrive back, another farce took place. Sabs witnessed several cars arrive, over a period of time, with hounds being brought back to the kennels by members of the public. One lady said “Oh I knew where to bring him”. It was just unbelievable. We explained our dissatisfaction at the day’s events to the Suffolk Police Officers present. These Officers have repeatedly told us that they are there for public order issues only. Surely the issue of the Huntsman going back to the kennels with only half a pack, and the rest of the pack being allowed to roam the countryside on their own, is a matter of public order and, more importantly, public safety. We received a report from a member of the public that at 4.15 pm at least four hounds were still running loose in the Brandeston area. This situation cannot be allowed to continue. Sabs were once again threatened with the issue of Section 35 Dispersal Orders if they stepped off a footpath. Isn’t it about time the hunt was dispersed for their anti-social behaviour? At the end of the day, we were assured by the Police that the Huntsman had been spoken to, and matters were being addressed. Only time will tell whether this is true and whether the events that took place on Saturday, will be repeated.

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Pet cat's cheek ripped off by hound from Western FH

18-1-17    Cornwall Live    Woman claims her cat's cheek was 'ripped off' by escaped hunt hound in Cornwall    A woman claims hunt hounds savagely mauled her cat in her own garden after a dog reportedly escaped from its pack. Cat breeder Tash Tozer-Martin, who lives in Newbridge, told Cornwall Live she returned home from a shopping trip to find her black cat, Merlin, "shaking like a leaf" in her kitchen with a large wound to his head [right] after he was allegedly set upon after the Madron Feast. She said: "He was all blown up, hissing and spitting. I opened my back door to find a fox hound at the door. "I battled with the dog and managed to get itWesternFHCatMerlincheekrippedoffbyhound18-1-17.jpg away. It took several minutes to get the dog off my property and it made several attempts to bite me."

Mrs Tozer-Martin has come forward after hearing that the Cury Hunt admitted its dogs had been involved in a separate incident on Gunwalloe beach where an elderly man and his dog were attacked. The group was not involved in this incident. Mrs Tozer-Martin said she contacted the hunt responsible and went to the police to make a complaint. The Hunt Master later visited her home. "The Hunt Master stood in my kitchen and assured me that the hounds had no interest in my cats, dogs or me. I now live in fear of a return visit," she said. "I'm appalled. Had this behaviour been exhibited by one of my dogs it would already have been euthanized." Merlin was left with a gaping wound after his ordeal. Ms Tozer-Martin said her injured cat "lost his entire cheek" and needed surgery after infection set in from the wound, causing a large abscess. "He's still bald on his face," she said. "The dog's tooth went straight through his cheek and infection set in. He's making a slow recovery, but he's lucky not to have lost his eye," she added. "I'm lucky to be trained in animal welfare behaviour and handling, meaning that I was able to deal with the dog without getting hurt myself or causing it harm."

Mrs Tozer-Merlin and her husband live on a farm with seven cats and four dogs. She says Merlin was found as a sickly feral kitten by her Northern Inuit in the hedge near her house. "He was raised by hand with the dogs so had no idea he would be attacked," she said. "He's mending now, just not venturing far."

Ms Tozer-Martin said the hunt has taken place on a number of occasions on and around her rented land during hunting season and claims she has no warning when they'll come on to her property. She said: "I'm fuming. I was told by two people we would be advised when the Hunt was out so we could make sure our pets were in, as clearly they have no control over their dogs, but Saturday I've got my Burmese girls out enjoying the sun, and there's hunting dogs all over the place, chasing cows, rabbits and anything else they fancy."

POWAperson adds - This attack took place in late November 2016. Several years ago the Western FH hounds ripped a cat to pieces in the same area.

19-1-17   The Canary   Cat’s face torn apart by hunting dog, and the constituency’s pro-hunting Tory MP couldn’t care less    Article reiterates the story above and mentions the Cury FH hounds attack on a pet dog and its owner on a beach, then adds - 

The Tory MP:  Both attacks happened in the constituency of Tory MP Derek Thomas. And Thomas is in favour of repealing the Hunting Act. He states on his website that he doesn’t “believe the Hunting Act has done anything for animal welfare”. He continues: At present I do not know how, or when, the Government intends to address the hunting question but I would like to see the matter resolved, as it should have been originally, on the basis of principle and evidence and not prejudice.

And it is clear from his website that he believes that fox hunting is not cruel and is the best way of ‘controlling’ the fox population. But this is despite a wealth of evidence to the contrary. The Westminster government’s inquiry into Hunting With Dogs found that: The overall contribution of traditional fox hunting, within the overall total of control techniques involving dogs is almost insignificant in terms of management of the fox population as a whole... The Canary contacted Derek Thomas to see if these attacks on pets affected his views on hunting and whether he was still in favour of repealing the ban. But he did not respond.

Repealing the Act:  Thomas is not alone among MPs who want to repeal the act or support fox hunting, including Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom. And despite popularity for hunting being at an all time low, Theresa May is still planning to allow MPs a vote on repealing the Act.

But from the evidence of these attacks on pets, the ban needs strengthening rather than repealing. This is not the fault of the dogs, but their owners. And it’s time for a permanent ban on this barbaric pastime.

The Canary contacted the Western Hunt for comment but did not receive a response.

                                     

NT urged to ban hunting on its land after hound attack horror

18-1-17   Plymouth Herald   National Trust faces backlash for allowing hunt on its land after 'attack' on beach   The National Trust has been slammed on social media after it emerged it has an agreement with a hunt to use its land - including a beach where hounds ran out of control and reportedly attacked an elderly couple. People have been vowing to withdraw their support for the organisation and cancel their memberships since Cury Hunt riders took their horses down to Church Cove, Gunwalloe, near Helston after a hunt on Saturday. The Hunt said one of its horses spooked in the water and struck a hound, which ran across the beach into the path of a couple with their pet. Witnesses reported that the dogs then chased the couple's greyhound while huntsmen attempted to bring them under control. 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.

CuryFH.jpgCury Hunt [left] said it "very much regrets" the incident and had checked the couple and their dog were OK after the incident. But news that the hunt had a licence to use the land, which is owned by the National Trust, led many to question why it was allowed in the first place. The Trust, which champions the rural way of life including conservation work, sustainable farming and tourism, said it was taking the incident "very seriously" and was investigating the events.

Reacting to the news this week, Jenny Wood urged people to post comments against hunting directly on the National Trust's main Facebook page. She said: "The National Trust support hunting and this I'm afraid will not change but there does then need to be stricter rules as to where and when, notice to public at all places that are being used and safety measures put in place for the general public. This would be a whole other story if it had been a child sadly. At the end of the day a member of the general public was hurt and their dog."

Also commenting on Facebook, Angela Woolhouse said: "If a pet dog attacks a child or a sheep it will most likely be put down, but not a dog belonging to the hunt? As for the National Trust allowing these animals on their land, well I for one will be withdrawing my funding of the NT."

Mark Cooper asked: "What is the world coming to? The National Trust needs to ban this hunt from there land ASAP." While Dominic Gallagher said: "Give it a week and all this will be forgotten! Hunts should be banned from beaches in my opinion to prevent such thing happening again!" Dave Jones added: "Well that's my national trust membership being cancelled can't believe they still support hunting." Tabz Reeves was a little more sympathetic, adding: "Glad the dog is fit and healthy and not badly damaged. Good on the Hunt for checking on the couple." While Viv Lynham said: "National Trust, I am very disappointed and angry that you allow hunting on your land. Perhaps time to give up my membership."

Alastair Cameron, the general manager for The Lizard and Penrose National Trust, said: "Cury Hunt is licensed to enter our land for the purposes of trail hunting and exercising hounds over a restricted area and on restricted days. The National Trust takes this incident very seriously and is actively investigating."

The police are also investigating the incident.

16-1-17  Cornwall Live    National Trust to review fox hunt licence after couple were 'attacked' by hounds on beach    The National Trust will review its agreement with a hunt whose hounds appeared to attack an elderly couple and their dog on a Cornish beach.The incident happened at Church Cove, Gunwalloe, near Helston on Saturday. Cury Hunt has said it "very much regrets" the incident and had spoken to those involved afterwards.

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. It emerged afterwards that the Hunt has a licence to use National Trust land, leading to a backlash against the trust on social media and people threatening to cancel their memberships.

Alastair Cameron, the National Trust general manager for The Lizard and Penrose, has now revealed that talks had been held with Cury Hunt about the incident - and the hunt's licence to use Trustland will be reviewed. He said: "On Saturday, January 14, hounds from the hunt were involved in an incident at Gunwalloe beach involving some members of the public and their dog. The Hunt holds a licence to use National Trust land for trail hunting over a restricted area and for a specific number of times per year. The hunt have confirmed they were not trail hunting on land owned by the National Trust on the day this incident occurred and some members of the hunt went to Gunwalloe beach after the event had finished to wash off the horses and hounds."

He added: "Following a meeting between representatives of the National Trust and the hunt, the hunt has agreed to not meet again for the duration of this season on land owned by the National Trust. As with previous years, the licence will be subject to review this year.

 

Monitors upload film of Cotswold FH trotting with pack along main road

17-1-16  Facebook – Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   VIDEO    The group released a video clip of the Hunt riding with hounds along a main road towards the A40.

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Atherstone Hunt Ball hotel booking cancelled after online campaign

17-1-17   Facebook – W.Mids Sabs    Thank you to everyone who contacted Drayton Manor, they have replied back saying the Atherstone Hunt's Puppy Walkers Ball is not happening at Drayton Manor. The Atherstone Hunt have also now deleted the post on their Facebook Page advertising the event. Thank you to everyone who supported us this wouldn't have been possible without you.

 

Conservator tells Ledbury FH to leave common land after seen hunting fox there

16-1-17   Facebook - Fox hunt off Malvern Hills     Ledbury Hunt just chased a fox, which got away, on Castlemorton Common in front of Malvern Hills Conservators (who were monitoring their activities) and Three Counties hunt saboteurs. The conservators have called the police and called a Hunt Master to ask Hunt to leave the land. We applaud the Conservator's efforts to monitor what the Hunt are doing, but call on them to simply ban the Hunt from the land to avoid disturbances to wildlife, intentional or accidental chasing/killing of foxes and violence towards anti-hunt saboteurs and monitors.

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Appalling behaviour by Grafton FH followers towards monitors

16-1-17    You Tube   A highly experienced hunt monitor has released footage from last February. Most of it shows several hunt followers, mostly males but including 2 females, menacing, insulting and invading the personal space of a lone, middle-aged, female monitor. One follower twice throws firecrackers near to her car and dilute pig excrement,  - a weapon they had used before - is sprayed. The abuse includes sexual innuendo and at one point one of the male supporters seemingly offers to show her his penis. The monitor herself says this -

"If anyone out there still thinks fox hunters are respectable people, just watch this film. It involves sexual insults of a disgusting nature, directed at anti hunt monitors by so called "hunt stewards" - and women hunt supporters join in. Shocking. And watch to the end for further absolutely shocking and aggressive behaviour towards a female hunt monitor by two young hunters and their parents. The reality of fox hunting - only participated in by people who have the lowest possible standards."

Pics below -    1/   Supporter throws firecracker towards female monitor's car [later does it again]   2/  Young male supporter invades monitor's personal space   3/  Young male supporter seemingly offers to show female monitor his penis [Wilkinson not in shot]    4/ Another supporter making aggressive gesture through monitor's car window. 

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Gelligaer FH flee scene of crash - dead hound, badly damaged car

15-1-17  Facebook - Laura O'Connell   Please SHARE to raise awareness of the GELLIGAER FARMERS HUNT that took place in Merthyr Tydfil yesterday, Saturday 14th January, A fox hunt which resulted in our car becoming a wreck due to their dogs running across the dual carriageway/slip road during 'the hunt', the responsibility of the members and organisation. One member fled the scene, refusing to give details and without any apparent care for the dogs (one dead, one badly injured), collision, or situation. This suggests also that the dogs were not insured as they should be.

I will remind whoever sees this that "hunting wild mammals with a dog" is ILLEGAL under the Hunting Act 2005. It has now been 24 hours since the accident and we have heard nothing. Police were informed. I have in my possession names and photographs of members, the dogs used, and the land being rented out for this activity, but these will not be displayed publicly, unless I feel threatened of course... or the issue is not acknowledged nor dealt with as I or the public deem fit..  I am giving the organisation the opportunity to contact us before naming and shaming.

For now, the only image necessary is the one displayed... a powerful image, please look closely. I do not care for the Gelligaer Hunt organisation, however, I DO CARE for innocent dogs, foxes, and members of my community; as what happened to us in our car yesterday could have happened to anyone. I will speak up for those who do not have a voice. No one is above the law.

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POWAperson adds - Several years ago a Hunt, believed to be the Gelligaer Farmers FH, left a hound impaled on an  iron fence. Villagers could do nothing to help the poor thing and it apparently took hours to die. The photo is below. Sorry, I know it is very upsetting, but this site is dedicated to showing unvarnished the full horror of the suffering caused by hunting with dogs. 

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Elderly man and pet dog injured as hound pack attack on beach

Owner walking his greyhound had to beat hounds off with stick

Sabs were out with Cury FH earlier and think they hunted and probably killed

15-1-17   Cornwall Live   Horrified onlookers watch on as a pack of hounds 'attack' a pet dog and its owners on Cornwall beach   Horrified onlookers watched on as a pack of out-of-control hounds on a hunt attacked a pet dog and its owners who were enjoying a walk on a West Cornwall beach. The Hunt rode onto Gunwalloe Beach [right] to take their horses into the sea for a dip at around 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon. But instead of going into the sea the pack of dogs appeared to huddle together unsupervised on the beach, before a commotion broke out and the hounds began chasing something

It's not currently known which hunting group was on the beach. Witness Julian Parrott, of Helston, said: "We couldGunwalloebeach.jpg hear the hounds baying as if for blood. We saw a greyhound running for its life on the beach being pursued by the pack of hounds, with inept efforts by the huntsmen to keep them under control.”

The beach was busy with walkers and families enjoying the sunny afternoon, but the mood quickly changed. One of the hunters reportedly dismounted his horse and ran towards the dogs, in an attept to stop them attacking the pet.

Meanwhile the dog's owners, an elderly couple who did not wish to be named, were also attempting to save their pet from the pack. According to onlookers, the couple managed to grab the dog, but the hounds continued to attack.

Another witness said: "It was a horrifying scene, the man attempted to fight off the hounds with his wife's walking stick and was bitten several times on his hand and arm during the incident. His dog was bitten on the back. One of the hunters attempted to brandish a stick at the dogs to put them off, but was unable to prevent them mauling the pet and its owners. his was an incident where the hounds' bloodlust was out of control. It was shocking to see and I couldn't believe that they took the hunt on to a public beach where families were walking. That could just have easily have been a child."

One of the huntsmen apparently apologised to the shocked and distressed couple, before they left to go to hospital to get their injuries checked.

CuryFHhunting14-1-17.jpg14-1-17   Facebook – Kernow Sabs etc.   VIDEO    Cury Hunt    In addition to the team being out on the Western Hunt, there were people out monitoring the Cury, who met at the Old Inn at Mullion. The hounds were unboxed at Bochym Farm, nearly 2 miles North East of Mullion and taken along the road to the meet. They then hunted land south of the hound box and were heard in cry. As is often the case they proceeded to hunt on Goonhilly Downs [right], which is a National Nature Reserve. The video clearly captures the hounds in cry in a copse on the Downs and the huntsman egging them on with fast horn calls. They were obviously unaware they were being filmed. This just shows what blatant disregard these people have for the law, which we already know. We sadly think they may have killed at least once, maybe more.

POWAperson comments - The sab report above confirms that it was the Cury FH involved in the beach incident, that sabs believe they had been hunting earlier and may well have killed a fox. Although it doesn't appear that the pack were actually hunting on the beach [which has been known] taking a pack of dogs on to a public beach is just mind-bogglingly stupid [so no real surprise a Hunt would do it].   

17-1-17   Cornwall Live     Cury Hunt "very much regrets" that its hounds attacked a couple and their dog on a beach in Cornwall   A hunt has said it "very much regrets" an incident where its hounds ran out of control and appeared to attack an elderly couple and their dog on a beach in Cornwall.

Cury Hunt, based on the Lizard, confirmed today that its hounds had been involved in the incident on Saturday afternoon. Witnesses reported the dogs bounding across the beach at Church Cove, Gunwalloe, near Helston, and chasing a greyhound dog which was being walked by its owners. They said that when the elderly owner scooped up his dog, the hounds then charged him, allegedly biting him on the arm. Julian Parrott, of Helston, said: "We could hear the hounds baying as if for blood. We saw a greyhound running for its life on the beach being pursued by the pack of hounds, with inept efforts by the huntsmen to keep them under control."

A spokesperson for the Hunt said: "The Cury Hunt was trail hunting within the law in the Gunwalloe area. At the end of the day some of the riders went down to the beach to wash their horses off in the sea. Unfortunately, while paddling with the horses, one horse spooked, careered through the others and kicked a hound. This hound then ran across the beach with some of the others across the path of a dog. An altercation then took place. After a very short period of time the huntsman recovered the hounds and removed them from the area. The couple involved were spoken with at the time and were visited by a Hunt representative the next day. The dog was checked and cleared as fit and well by their vet. We very much regret the incident."

The Hunt has a licence to hunt around Gunwalloe on land owned by the National Trust, which includes the beaches. Alastair Cameron, the general manager for The Lizard and Penrose National Trust, said: "Cury Hunt is licensed to enter our land for the purposes of trail hunting and exercising hounds over a restricted area and on restricted days. The National Trust takes this incident very seriously and is actively investigating." Yesterday the police said: "Police have received a report alleging a disturbance linked to a possible hunt on Gunwalloe Beach. At this time no victim has come forward to the police to firm up this initial allegation. Any witnesses are asked to contact Devon and Cornwall police quoting log 242 for the 14th January."

The story was also covered by the Mirror.

Easton Harriers pull hare apart, nearby police won't act

15-1-17  Facebook - Easton Harriers   New Year's Eve 2016, Butley Oyster - Butley – Suffolk   We joined with S.Cambs, Cambridge and Suffolk and Essex Sabs to meet the Easton on their New Year's Eve hunt.

Immediately after setting out and travelling to Wantisden, the Hunt chased a hare. As one sab tried to keep up with the pack, attempting to call the EastonHarriersHoundsonhare31-12-16.jpghounds off, other sabs in vehicles were blocked on the road whilst a police officer informed them he had 'no power' to move traffic from the highway. At the same time a wildlife photographer from the Hare Preservation Trust, attempting to capture the chase on camera, was pushed and shouted at by hunt support. This hare got away.

Soon after, the pack were traveling through long grass. Sabs saw them circling around something so ran and tried to call them off. Some of the pack dispersed but it quickly became obvious that the pack had found a hare. The hare, now known to be a healthy adult male, was pulled apart by many different dogs, dropped several times and thrown around a distance of approximately 25 metres. When the pack finally dropped him and sabs were able to examine the body, the heart was still beating. All of this lasted for around 2 minutes - there was no 'quick nip to the back of the neck', only a prolonged tearing and ripping.

Police sitting and observing were informed instantly but sabs were told to 'call 101 and hand in any footage', despite a warm and mangled body being in the hands of sabs. The hunt continued on. One hunt supporter cheered when informed that a hare had been killed.

The hounds made no sound - there was no cry, no chase and no warning. Trail or no trail, this shows the reality of leading a pack of hounds trained to kill through fields full of hares.

The police said they were not to enforce the Hunting Act but to police 'public order'. In an age where upwards of 80% of the public are opposed to hunting, we have to wonder whose 'order' they are protecting.

Apologies for the delay in getting this report up. We've been working through the footage and ensuring we stay on the right side of legal proceedings regarding footage and, because of this, we still cannot release video of the kill. Expect reports from the last two weeks very soon.

Pics below - 1/ Carcass of killed hare   2/  Police who refuse to enforce Hunting Act 

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Belvoir FH thugs assault sabs, drive dangerously around them

Hunt also causes traffic hazards on an A road

15-1-17   Facebook – S.Cambs Sabs    Yesterday, members of our group joined N.Cambs, Northants and Nottingham Sabs to sab the vicious Belvior Hunt. This Hunt a couple of weeks previous hunted and killed several terrified foxes, including a fox within eye shot of visibly shaken care home residents. Also, several months previousBelvoirFHHuntingon14-1-17.jpg saw the Belvior Hunt making the news through the assault and hospitalisation of two hunt investigators, one with a serious neck injury. Today on its anniversary meet, the Belvior [right], true to form, showed the same pattern of illegal hunting, arrogance and violence.

Heading out directly from the meet rather than taking a safe passage via the adjacent fields, the Hunt and its chaotic large field ran straight into the nearest main road (A607). After several vehicles made a screeching stop the hunt headed south straight to the nearest wood. We were not far behind keeping a close eye on their movements. Other sab vehicles in the area were then positioned further ahead as predictably the hunt tried to make a run for it.

Due to sabs’ (Northants in particular) increasing efforts to expose the murderous behaviour of this Hunt in recent weeks, their retaliation was to employ several car loads of thugs. During the course of the day sabs encountered all manner of reckless and dangerous driving including blocking our paths, cutting us off, slowing to a crawl, tailgating and swerving towards sabs. As the Hunt quickly moved from copse to copse due to the persistence of sabs, the irate Hunt and its thuggish minions became increasingly violent.

BelvoirFHLandyfullofhuntthugs14-1-17.jpgAfter sabs caught up with the hunt just north of Twinlakes Park, several hunt support cars turned up and surrounded sabs resulting in one sab taking a few blows. Undeterred by the large number of portly bullies, we got back in the vehicle and continued on the hunts heels. This was not the only assault of the day as a time later the so called ‘hunt stewards’ rained a more vicious attack on several other sabs. Luckily no one was seriously hurt.

As the day drew to a close and the light began to diminish, the Belvior sauntered back to Landyke lane farm where many of the hunt had ordered their cronies to move the horseboxes. Several riders were seen scouring the nearby fields for lost hounds, looking less arrogant and more red-faced. Hopefully this was a sign that we’d done our job today and impeded the sadistic bloodshed of foxhunting.

  

Atherstone FH hunt 3 foxes, kill one in resident's driveway

14-1-17   Facebook – W.Mids Sabs  VIDEO   Fox killed by the Atherstone Hunt    Today we were joined by Liverpool Hunt Sabs. The Atherstone Hunt hunted three foxes today near Shuttington, Warwickshire. The three foxes ran across the road in front of sabs. Huntsman and hounds were close behind. Sabs helped two get away safely, unfortunately the hounds trapped and caught the third on someone's driveway. Sabs managed to take the body away from the hounds and realised the fox was still alive. Despite trying to resuscitate it the fox died in a sabs arms. The Atherstone Hunt is out of control!

Pics below -  1/ Hunting on road soon before kill   2/  Hounds killing fox in front of house      2/  Sab trying to rescue fox      4/ Huntsman at scene of the kill   5/   Fox corpse

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15-1-17   Daily Mirror   Fox eaten alive by hunting dogs after being chased in sickening footage filmed by animal rights activists    A bloodied fox is eaten alive by a pack of salivating hunting dogs in sickening footage captured by animal rights activists. The terrified farmyard pest flees from an area where hunters were dressed in their traditional bright red jackets. An exhausted fox then bolts into a family's front garden while being chased by hounds and activists from screaming West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs desperate to save it. One of the women leaps out of the car and screams: "They're in someone's b****y garden, someone's started killing it. Oh my God! Get off it!"

The activists claim the huntsmen were part of yesterday's Atherstone Hunt near to Shuttington, Warwickshire. A male activist then braves the hounds by diving into the centre of the chaos and pulling the fox to safety as it clung on to life. It died in the arms of one of the protesters a short while later. The activists claim the huntsmen were part of yesterday's Atherstone Hunt near to Shuttington, Warwickshire.

Hunting with dogs was banned in 2005 in a reaction to the strength of public feeling against the cruelty of wild animals being chased, often to the point of exhaustion, before being purposely set upon by packs of dogs, for so called ‘sport’.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs told Mirror Online: "The fox was cornered and trapped on a driveway by the hounds who started tearing into it. Protesters managed to rescue the body which they discovered was still alive. However despite trying to revive the fox it died in their arms a short time later. Taking a pack of hounds that have been bred to hunt and kill foxes over hundreds of years and then putting those hounds into places where foxes live is a very deliberate act. It is a deliberate act that has only one inevitable conclusion."

An RSPCA spokesperson said: "150 years ago other cruel sports such as bear baiting, bull fighting and dog fighting were legal in Britain. No one would suggest now that those cruel sports be legalised again and we believe the same is true of hunting with packs of dogs - nobody has the right to be cruel to animals."

Mirror Online has contacted Atherstone Hunt for a comment. The incident was reported to Warwickshire Police.

16-1-17  Tamworth Herald   Atherstone Hunt defends actions after fox mauled to death by dogs near Tamworth   A controversiaL group has defended its actions after a pack of hunting dogs were filmed savaging a fox to death near Tamworth. Members from Atherstone Hunt have explained their side of the story after fox saboteurs captured sickening footage of the attack on Saturday, January 14, in Shuttington.

A spokesperson from the Atherstone Hunt said: "We were acting within the law at the time by trail hunting. We were not fox hunting. However, it appears some of the hounds strayed off the trail or the fox entered the path of the Hunt. The Huntsman did not see the fox and as soon as he was aware what was going on he would have done his best to call the dogs off. It was just an accident, we were partaking in a lawful activity at the time and we reported the matter to the police straight away."

The video, which has been viewed thousands of times, is currently being investigated by Warwickshire Police. A spokesperson for West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs has slammed the sickening footage and called it a deliberate act. They said: "The Atherstone Hunt are completely out of control, whether it be chasing and killing foxes or using violence against anyone who stands in their way. This fox kill comes only two weeks after the Atherstone Hunt violently attacked peaceful protestors in Atherstone Market Square. Taking a pack of hounds that have been bred to hunt and kill foxes over hundreds of years and then putting those hounds into places where foxes live is a very deliberate act," added the spokesperson. It is a deliberate act that has only one inevitable conclusion. The Huntsman knew exactly what he was doing. The fox was cornered on a drive by the hounds who started tearing into it. Despite a protester managing to scare the dogs off, the fox died in their arms a short time later."

POWAperson adds - This incident received huge shock-horror coverage in the press. Besides the Mirror it was featured in the Indy, the Sun, the Mail on Sunday, the Express, BBC News online, the Coventry Telegraph and the Tamworth Herald.  One of the sabs was interviewed on local BBC radio. The mendacity of these, indeed all, hunters knows no bounds.

Oakley FH supporter cautioned for hitting sab on head

13-1-17   Facebook Beds & Bucks Sabs  VIDEO  Unprovoked Assault   Back in November one of our sabs was assaulted by a Hunt Steward called Stuart Morris. Now the legal process is completed we can release the video of the incident. The power of the impact can be clearly heard so make sure you have audio turned up.

POWAperson adds - The incident was at the Oakley FH meet on 5-11-16. Fortunately, the sab was wearing a hard hat. Police were present and arrested the offender. Whilst still on bail he decided to plead guilty. This caution brings to 372 the number of organised hunters in the UK known to have been convicted or cautioned since 1990, for a total of 863 offences. 196 of these convictions/cautions have been for violent offences.                               

NT reinstate Melbreak FH licence after just 24 hours suspension

13-1-17   Facebook -Lancaster Sabs    Cumbria Hunt Watch Press Release National Trust re-instate Melbreak Hunt licence just 24 hours after reports of a violent assault on a hunt monitor. On Tuesday 10 January Cumbria Police and the North West Ambulance Service were called to a Melbreak Hunt meet following reports of a violent assault on a hunt monitor. There were also reports of threats of violence towards other hunt monitors. Two hunt supporters were arrested by Cumbria Police. The next day the National Trust suspended the Melbreak Hunt's licence to use National Trust land. However, just 24 hours later they reinstated it. Their excuse was that the alleged assault did not take place on their land.

Given the dismissive attitude of the National Trust towards reports of violent assaults at hunt meets and their disgraceful attitude to foxes being killed by hunts, Cumbria Hunt Watch is encouraging anyone who holds a National Trust membership and opposes fox hunting to relinquish their membership of the National Trust until they start behaving in a moral and responsible manner.

The National Trust issue licences to numerous hunts in Cumbria where violence and intimidation against hunt monitors is widespread. The telephone and email contact details for the National Trust in the region where the assault was reported are: Email National Trust: borrowdale@nationaltrust.org.uk Telephone National Trust: 017687 74649. Please contact them if you intend to relinquish your membership or have decided against joining because of their policy to facilitate hunts.

Sabs say were assaulted by Isle of Wight FH JM and followers

12-1-17   Facebook – Isle of Wight Sabs  VIDEO    Saturday 7th, The IW Fox Hunt met at Havenbridge Farm in Havenstreet. Overall a good day for us as the use of different tactics and a huntsman who has little control of his hounds meant very little hunting was achieved. This hunt does not even pretend to lay a trail. It was even top local news story on Saturday that hounds were running riot in the Havenstreet area. So having their day spoilt and not being able to chase torture & kill any foxes they turned their attention to us. Two incidents of note, a Mr Dowden with an associate (son maybe) and Hunt Master Mr.Blest, who never rides but follows on foot, then, attacked sabs, and terrier men a little later, tried to stop a monitor from filming by pushing him and blocking his view.

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Sabs reveal background to assault on female by N.Cotswold eagle handler

Relates to 'rescue' by sab of 'abandoned' terrier hunters regard as 'stolen'

12-1-17   3 Counties Sabs blog  VIDEO   On Wednesday 28th December, our sabs split up to attend two hunt meets – the Ledbury Hunt in Castlemorton (who went on to assault members of Bristol Hunt Saboteurs and whose N.CotswoldFHeaglehandlerabouttoattackfemalesab28-12-16.jpgterriermen were then stopped at a dig-out by a Three Counties Sab, who they also threatened) and the North Cotswold Hunt who were back in the Broad Marston area. Due to regular early-morning sett-blocking suspected to be done by hunt terriermen and supporters, we were up early to check setts in the area, finding fresh blocking on land adjacent to Norton Hall, which the Hunt later hunted on. Entrances were unblocked in order to give foxes a chance to escape from the hounds.

As the Hunt moved off from their meet, terrierman Will Haines and two passengers rode their quadbike at two sabs from behind as they walked up a track to check on the sett where the attempted dig-out took place in October. Haines and falconer Calvin Crossman, who also attends North Cotswold Hunt meets as part of the hunt, both angrily accused one of these women of being a dog thief.

Towards the end of the day, a fox was spotted running through a garden by sabs. Huntsman Nigel Peel took hounds across the road and they picked up on the scent again, hounds racing into a small wood a couple of fields from theN.CotswoldFHEaglehandlerattackingfemalesab28-12-16.jpg road. Sabs believed hounds to be marking to ground again, but with terriermen running towards the covert we suspected that hounds had instead killed a fox, with Hunt staff running in to get rid of the evidence. We ran in to try and gather footage and were on a footpath when Calvin Crossman (who had earlier swerved his quadbike towards one sab on a live railway crossing where hounds had been hunting) rode up on his quadbike (one-handed as he always has his eagle on his arm - pic above left). He started to shove one sab around, yelling “thief” in her face, covering her in spit, before attempting to knee her in the groin and hit her in the throat [right].

As another sab arrived, she attempted to move around Mr Crossman and says she thinks he threw himself intentionally backwards, pulling her down on top of him. As they hit the floor, he pushed her off him and hit her in the left side of the jaw [left], shoving her head hard on to the N.CotswoldFHEaglehandlerpunchngfemalesab28-12-16.jpgground. Sabs carried on towards the wood when a second quadbike appeared with three masked men on it, driving at speed at us. Mr Haines soon reappeared on his quadbike and tried to incite his mates into further violence by telling them that we had stolen the terrier.

We made the choice to back away at that point as if the Hunt had killed there was nothing we could do about it at that time without the situation escalating into a full-blown fight. A third sab, who was looking after the car, heard a woman – the same local who had accused us of stealing the terrier – saying that someone would get killed and that it is a shame that “it won’t be one of them [sabs] as it’s long overdue” to her friends. Once Hunt members had left the area, we went back into the area to look for evidence of a kill, but were only able to find a single drop of blood on a leaf. With the hunt still hunting elsewhere we think the real reason for the Hunt freaking out was the three artificial earths we then found in the small wood.N.CotswoldFHFollowersmenacingfemalesab28-12-16.jpg

One sab went to A&E in Gloucester to be checked over for concussion and to have her shoulder and jaw x-rayed. Police are investigating the alleged theft of dog, which we have given statements about, the attempted dig-out in October and the assaults as well as the sett-blocking which is a very regular occurrence in Hunt countries in the Cotswolds.

Last month the terrierman of the Heythrop Hunt told one of our sabs that he would “do a twenty-stretch” for her because of the “dog theft”. All four of her tyres were slashed just a couple of weeks ago at another Heythrop meet. Calvin Crossman has more recently commented on a pro-hunting facebook page about our group which looks like he’s trying to cause us serious problems across all the hunts we attend.

Pics below -  1/ Caption of sexually aggressive remark by follower aimed at female sab.  2/  3rd of 3 artificial earths in covert hunted that day.

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POWAperson adds - What happened on 24th October last when the terrier was rescued by a sab has not previously been published. The piece below is from their recent blog. 

12-1-17     3 Counties Sabs blog  VIDEO   On October 24th 2016 the North Cotswold Hunt met close to Honeybourne at 9am for a N.CotswoldFHHoundsmarktoground24-10-16.jpgcubhunting meet, attended by two of our sabs and another friend. At around midday, we found the hunt in a small wood in the Broad Marston area. We thought hounds were marking to ground [left] (where hounds indicate that fox had escaped below ground) based on the noises they were making and the fact that huntsman, Nigel Peel, was on foot with the pack.

As the Hunt moved off from the area, two of us went into the covert where they had been, having spotted two quadbikes parked on the treeline, one of which was the terrierman’s quad. With his mates running off through the woods, we then found terrierman Will Haines on his own, crouching down by three spades covered by a jacket [below right - note in video how he hides his face], a freshly dug hole a few metres from him [below left] and entrances to the nearby badger sett freshly blocked with earth. We called the police. The sett is believed to be within the Gloucestershire badger culling area.N.CotswoldFHTerriermannearbadgersettholesdug24-10-16.jpg

The other two guys returned once Haines had been caught and they took the spades, carrying on to follow the hunt – hounds were in full cry again in nearby woods. Despite the best efforts of the “sab bashers” (Molly’s own words) Tabitha and Molly Rogers whose role it is to stalk sabs whilst we’re out at the hunt* and who were playing loud music, a sab thought she could hear a muffled barking from the sett. When they had left the area and we were waiting for the police, a terrier [below right] with a locator device on her collar came out of the sett and we called her out of the covert, picking her up to give to the police as evidence. With a suspected bite to her chin (she had blood on her chin and neck and a fresh hole under her chin) and no hunt staff in sight, two of us took her to find a vet whilst the other sab waited for police while guarding the sett from further interference.

Our stalkers make a lot of noise (like singing ‘Frozen’ songs and having loud conversations with each other) in order to stop us from hearing the hunt and to stop any foxes from running in our direction. They also keep the Hunt updated as to our location.

N.CotswoldFHBadgersettholedug24-10-16.jpgWith confusion as to which police force covered the area (the 999 call went through to Warwickshire, West Mercia first turned up then realised it was Gloucestershire police jurisdiction) police took almost two hours to arrive at the scene. Just minutes before their arrival huntsman Nigel Peel, terriermen Will Haines and friends, Molly and a local woman accused the sab at the scene of stealing the terrier. With police wanting to speak to sabs about the alleged theft, the other sab left terrier with trusted friends to get her to a vet and came back to talk to the officers.

When she was later arrested for theft as officers were not interested in the offences committed by the hunt and terriermen and who were intending to give the terrier straight back to them*, these friends moved the terrier to a safe house due to suspected abuse. If the case ends up in court, a vet report will be submitted as part of our evidence. We suggested that the RSPCA or similar organisation take her whilst the investigation took place, but they were not interested and would not seize her as evidence / for her own safety themselves.

We’re concerned that someone can claim that their terrier is a much loved family pet and then abandon her in an active badger N.CotswoldFHTerrierabandonedbyownerneardugsett24-10-16.jpgsett with a panicked fox who was seeking shelter. It took them two hours to accuse us of theft, despite the fact one sab had not left the area. No responsible person would enter a terrier into an area to face off with a frightened fox, never mind in an active sett where any number of badgers could be resting during the day, never mind then leaving her for almost two hours. If Haines had been brave enough to admit having put her into the sett in the first place, sabs would have told him to call her out and backed away whilst he did so – we let Ledbury terrierman Oscar Bates call his terrier Nel out of a drain in Tirley. Whilst we no longer know the location of the terrier as she has been passed down a chain of trusted people, we know she is now safe and settling in fine at her new home due to messages passed back up the chain.

A terrier was found in the West Midlands recently with serious damage to her face who was suspected to have been used in badger baiting – see this article in the Express. Even if this is the case, a terrier could just as easily be injured by a badger whilst being entered into a sett to find a fox taking shelter within.

 

Sab seriously injured in attack - Melbreak FH supporter arrested

Elderly monitor says he was earlier threatened by hunt support

NT temporarily suspends Melbreak's 'Trail Hunting' licence

11-1-17   Facebook - Lancaster Sabs   Hit Report – 10/01/2016    Joined by sabs from Cheshire, to form a compact group, we set off with the intention of visiting the Melbreak hunt, as this Hunt had been keeping a low profile for the past week following the public death of a hound....MelbreakFHSupportatsceneofattackonsab10-1-17.jpg

When we got to Lamplugh we spotted the ‘deluxe’ Melbreak hound van, and continued down towards Ennerdale, where support vehicles were parked up alongside the road. We spotted a group of men hanging around looking particularly unwelcoming, and then we stopped to speak briefly to a monitor who was on his own. We turned around and decided to drive back up to where all the support were, noticing that three men were at that point walking away from the monitor’s vehicle. The monitor, an elderly person, told us that the men had made physical threats of violence towards him.

As we drew alongside the group of men [right], one of them objected strongly to being filmed and attempted to steal a sab’s camera. A quick tussle over the camera ended with it being MelbreakFHSabattackedbysupporter10-1-17.jpgretrieved, during this time another man stepped forward and assaulted the sab [left], resulting in the sab requiring hospital treatment. The police are now involved and we cannot currently report any further details at this time.

However, whilst this incident occurred on a public road, we must emphasise that this Hunt uses a lot of National Trust land. They have been filmed illegally hunting on numerous occasions by sabs, monitors and members of the public in the past few years. One of their hounds was seen falling from a crag to its death a few weeks ago and was dragged a few yards into a watercourse before being covered loosely with rocks by Hunt staff. Yesterday’s events need to be acknowledged by the National Trust, whose members have to pay for the upkeep of land which is used on a frequent basis by this hunt, to illegally kill wildlife. Without approval from the National Trust the Melbreak fox hunt would not be able to exist. They are allowed to maintain a functioning pack of hounds for the purposes of fox hunting. The National Trust must therefore take some responsibility for this Hunt’s existence and subsequent behaviour.

Please comment (politely) to - Tom Burditt, General Manager, National Trust, North Lakes, Bowe Barn, Borrowdale Road Keswick CA12 5UP. Phone - 017687 74649. email - thomas.burditt@nationaltrust.org.uk

11-1-17   Facebook Lancaster Sabs  **UPDATE**   The National Trust have suspended the Melbreak foxhound's 'trail hunting' licence temporarily following the assault on a sab yesterday by Melbreak supporters.

 10-1-17    Facebook - Hunt Saboteurs   BREAKING NEWS   A North Wales Hunt sab has been attacked and is in hospital. A Melbreak Hunt supporter has been arrested for GBH.

 

Report claims Blencathra FH blocked sett, killed fox, hunted on Wildlife Trust land

11-1-17    Facebook - Lancaster Sabs    Cumbria Hunt Watch - Press release 10-1-17    Cumbria Hunt Watch has received reports this week that the Blencathra Foxhounds were out during the first week of the new year and were seen blocking up badger holes across land which accommodates a nature reserve before allowing their hounds to hunt the land. A fox was reported killed by the hounds.

Some of the land over which the hounds were allowed to run, known as Eycott Hill, is owned by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust (CWT) . Although Cumbria Hunt Watch has received several assurances that the Blencathra Foxhounds do not have a licence to use CWT land it appears that CWT are not doing enough to prevent the Blencathra Foxhounds from hunting over what people are expected to believe is a nature reserve and a place of safety for wildlife.

Cumbria Hunt Watch has advised the CWT previously about hunting across the nature reserve and have contacted them again regarding this latest incident. Anyone who is concerned about hunting across nature reserve land can contact the CWT Director, Peter Bullard, on: 01539 816300, mail@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk .

 

Blocked badger setts found in area where S.Dorset FH hunting

Police Wildlife Crime Officer comes out to unblock one sett!

10-1-17   Facebook - Dorset Sabs   South Dorset Hunt meet at Chase Farm   Today we decided it would be rude not to pay the South Dorset Hunt [right] a cheeky mid week visit at their meet at Chase Farm near Buckland Newton. As usual, horse boxes were scattered along all the local grass verges but with a field of only 20 riders max maybe the SD Hunt’s choice of larger meet venues has grown smaller than we realised ?? Between sabs in the vehicle and foot sabs we were able to easily keep an eye on the Hunt all day....

The Huntsman spent considerable time in woodland by Aldermore and then headed in the direction of Hill Wood. Meanwhile the foot sabs had found a blocked badger sett right beside a footpath - this is happening more and more frequently when the South Dorset Hunt are in the area. Whilst the foot sabs took photos, grid reference's and film to report to the police and then unblock the sett the sabs in the vehicle kept an eye on the hounds.

The Huntsman took his hounds on an all too familiar route and didn't stray outside the boundaries of Mappowder, Plush, Buckland Newton and Brockhampton Green. Amazingly the Hunt managed to stay on their mounts as they went round and round in circles. We didn't observe the hounds doing anything other than having a run out and they were clean at the end of the day.

On the way back to the vehicle, the foot sabs found a huge badger sett with spill mounds almost 4 foot tall on another footpath. Sadly, most of these had been blocked too. There were lots of little badger paw prints around the holes and then the boot foot prints of those who filled the holes in ! We didn't want to lose sight of the hounds and unblocking this sett was going to be a big job so the foot sabs had to record the evidence and leave it till later to go back and unblock them.

Whilst back in the vehicle and observing the hounds we managed to contact the local Wildlife Crime Officer and he readily agreed to come out and help despite the fact daylight was fading fast. He phoned later to say that he had unblocked the holes except one and there were a couple deeper in the hedgerow that hadn't been blocked. We really cannot thank him enough for this and his actions probably saved the lives of at least some of the badgers living in that sett !!

The Huntsman and hounds headed back to the meet and arrived back there just before 4.30pm and we were glad to see him dismount because by then we were feeling rather dizzy ! A terrier man who is known to us and has previous for interfering with a badger sett stopped to say hello. We will leave you to make your minds up as to who and why the setts were blocked today.

The hounds were clean at the end of the day, each time we saw them during the day and having never even gone into full cry we are confident there were no kill.

 

Dead ewe found in field Portman FH hounds had been seen crossing

Repeated observation by monitors confirms Hunt not laying trails

8-1-17   Facebook - Dorset Against Blood Sports   DABS has been out regularly since the new year started monitoring the Portman Hunt to ensure that they remain within the law. Although we have observed no kills, it is clear from our observations that they are not laying trails so the lack of kills is from luck rather than an attempt to PortmanFHDeadewefoundinfieldhoundshadbeenseencrossing7-1-17.jpgremain within the law. We make sure that some of our people remain covert all day so that they can gather the best film evidence. Others follow and monitor the hunt via the vehicles, passing information as necessary to the covert monitors. The safety of the hounds, horses and farm animals is also paramount and we try and record any evidence of cruelty and abuse.

On 31/12/16, we observed the hounds running through a herd of sheep. We then discovered a dead ewe [left]. Dorset Police have been informed.

On 7/1/17 Hounds were still all over the place and were clearly not following a trail. At both meets, foxes were observed fleeing to safety and we did our best to help them. The riders were observed to be cantering on tarmac for no good reason other than to keep up with the Hunt.

Terrier men were present at both hunts despite the fact that they are not required if the Hunt is following a legal trail.

DABS will continue to observe and record throughout the season so please PM us if you would like to help us or donate...

 

South Durham FH chase and kill fox in front of sabs

7-1-17   Facebook - North East Sabs  VIDEO  Hit Report 7/1/17, South Durham Hunt at Coundon   Today was a devastating day for North East Hunt sabs and Hunt Monitors as we witnessed South Durham kill a beautiful fox. The incident took place near Windlestone Hall Country Park, near Bishop Auckland.

The Hunt met at Crawleas farm near Leasinthorn and took off crossing over the busy A689. Foot sabs stayed with the hounds all morning, dealing with the usual bully boy attitude of riders using horses as weapons and speeding quad bikes over loaded with masked terrier men. Hounds went into cry once in a nature reserve followed swiftly by terrier men and sabs of course but the Hunt was swiftly sent packing when a local man reminded them they had not received permission to be on the land.

We followed them by car to their next haunt, dropping sabs in the field just in time for the hounds to go into full cry to our left, and the sight every sab dreads unfolded in front of us.... a fox running for its life followed closely by the hounds. Horns calls were used in an attempt to pull the hounds away but with the fox in sight there was little we could do other than pursue them in the hope of intercepting. The fox was chased in to a small wooded area that unbeknown to us housed a 6ft deep by 8ft wide trench and the fox sadly had nowhere to go. We called the police whilst in pursuit only to be faced with a stubborn call operator who clearly had no intention of sending anyone. Once we reached the wood shortly after the hounds it was clear we were too late and the terrier men were already there... one was seen placing the remains of the body under his top and then all hell broke loose. Sabs were seriously outnumbered and attacked from all angles by terrier men and riders, including Hunt master Gareth Watchman. Attempts were made to steal the phone on which the ordeal was being filmed and realising there was nothing more we could do for the poor fox we put our safety first and went back to the track. Police arrived just as we got to the track and we're polite yet unhelpful at the time. Apparently these days no one gets arrested unless you have hard evidence so we were left wondering why the police ever use the phrase 'you are arrested under the suspicion of...'. One officer did return to the scene shortly after to search the wood but allowing the terrier men to leave with the evidence early it was a pointless token gesture.

We followed the Hunt who shockingly continued to attempt to hunt but with the hounds so excited after their kill they very quickly lost control and had hounds all over the place running all over main roads and through building yards. For safe measure we followed them all the way back to the meet and watched them sulk off in what can only be described as the walk of shame!

Sabs and Monitors were left feeling heart broken after today but we will do everything jn our power to get justice for the life lost today. We are hopeful the police will take action, so we will post video footage once it has been dealt with by the police.

Pics below - 1/ Sabs at scene of kill    2/ Huntsman riding at sabs after kill    3/ & 4/  The Hunt on roads

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Atherstone FH crowd-funding page closed down

6-1-17   Facebook – Hunt Saboteurs   The Atherstone Hunt have had their crowd funding page pulled and donations refunded for breaking the guidelines! Thanks to everyone who complained to Just Giving and thanks to them for refusing to be a platform for promoting violence and animal abuse. Things aren't looking too great for the Atherstone at the minute!

                                     

Modbury Harriers Whipper-in pictured doing Nazi salute

6-1-17  Facebook – Devon Sabs    Look what we were sent ... a photo of the Modbury Harrier's Whipper-in doing a Nazi salute, which their hunt secretary seems to find highly amusing. Not the first time we've seen such behaviour from the Modbury.

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POWAperson adds - There has been concern for some years about links between some hunters and far-right groups. Hopefully - and I'm assuming this pic has not been photo-shopped - this is just the crass and insensitive gesture of the sort we'd expect from hunters. 

 

Baying mob of Atherstone FH followers attack protesters at town meet

Antis say were pelted with objects, including poo, threatened with knives & broken bottles

Four assault complaints made to police who failed to protect protesters

5-1-17    The Sun   VIDEO   DIRTY PROTEST   Disgusting moment fox hunt supporters pelted protesters with HORSE POO and eggs during nasty clash    Around 45 protesters were gathered in Atherstone for the town's traditional New Year's bash when the chaos unfolded. This is the vile moment anti-hunt protesters were pelted with HORSE POO [right] by fox hunt supporters, sparking chaotic scenes in a town centre. Protesters gathered in the Market Square in Atherstone, Warks, for the town’s traditional New Year’s meeting on Monday – butAtherstoneFHsupporterthrowshorseshitatantis2-1-17.jpg things soon turned sour.

Hunters clad in the traditional red and white outfits gathered before heading off over the border into Leicestershire to hunt foxes, however 45 members of the West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs protested. The group were then pelted with horse poo, glass bottles and eggs by members of a rival group. Warwickshire Police are now probing the footage. The video, taken by a protester, begins with anti-hunt members chanting “shame on you” before a man dressed in a camouflage jacket pics up manure from the floor. He is then seen appearing to throw it at members of the group. Hunt supporters can then be heard chanting “s*** on you”.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs said: “The Atherstone Hunt supporters were drunk and aggressive and became increasingly violent as the day went on. We had elderly people protesting with us who had manure, eggs and glass bottles thrown at them. People could have been seriously hurt. The only reason that this incident didn’t escalate into a riot is because of the restraint shown by the protesters in the face of very provocative and aggressive behaviour. The responsibility for the violence that happened in the square lies completely with Warwickshire Police and Atherstone Town Council.”

An anti-hunt protester who did not want to be named said: “There were only about 40 members of the Hunt on horseback – many of them children – but soon they were joined by their supporters. There were a couple of hundred of them and between 35 and 45 of us. We were peaceful at all times. They were a huge baying mob, it was like something from a football match in the 1980s.”  The eyewitness claimed anti-hunt protesters made 999 calls requesting help, after allegations of bottles and manure being thrown at them.

AtherstoneFHsupporterwavesfoxtailatantis2-1-17.jpgA spokeswoman for Warwickshire Police said four members of the West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs had made complaints of assault. She added: “Officers are investigating and are at an early stage of their enquiries, but no-one has been arrested at this time. Police are actively reviewing evidence and anyone who has any information which could assist the investigation is asked to contact them on 101 quoting reference 140 of 2 January 2017.” Atherstone Hunt refused to comment.

4-1-17   Facebook – W.Mids Sabs  VIDEO   Atherstone Hunt, 2nd January 2017 – Atherstone Market Square   Peaceful anti-hunt protestors occupied the centre of Atherstone Market square where riders of the Atherstone Hunt normally gather. The Hunt where instead forced onto the perimeter of the square. The Atherstone only managed to get 30-40 riders, a lot of whom where children. Anti-hunt protestors remained peaceful at all times.

However, Atherstone Hunt supporters fuelled by alcohol were aggressive and yobbish right from the start. We know first hand what people who support hunting are like, but on Monday the Atherstone showed everyone including members of the public exactly what hunting represents. From the start we had glass bottles thrown at us and manure thrown at us. Hunt supporters repeatedly surged forward in an attempt to trample down the protestors. Hunt supporters where also trying to provoke a reaction from protestors by waving fox tails in their faces. Banners and other property where stolen, one banner was ripped apart by a hunt supporter using a knife.

Pictures of the stolen property were later posted on Facebook helpfully allowing us to identify many of those responsible whilst also being an admission of guilt. This has been reported to the police who will also have the CCTV footage from the Market Square available to them to identify those responsible. A member of the public's child was almost run over by a hunt supporter in a Landrover as he attempted to get at the protestors.

Minutes from a recent Atherstone Town council meeting show that the council were in communication with Warwickshire Police over the coming hunt meet in the Market Square. Warwickshire police reminded the council what happened last year in the square where two hunt supporters where given fixed penalty notices for anti-social behaviour. UKIP Councillor Richard Freer stated that the Atherstone Hunt have permission to use the Square whilst the protestors do not. Whilst Freer's statement in factually incorrect (it is a public space) it does show his attitude and support for the Hunt. Two other Atherstone Town Councillors who are also North Warwickshire Borough Councillors Mejar Singh and Ray Jarvis (both Conservative) were also present in the Market Square and watched on as the violence took place.

Warwickshire Police are fully aware of what the Atherstone Hunt are like, are fully aware of what happened last year when they admitted they didn't have enough officers present (they had two last year) and were even advised by officers from Leicestershire police on the day that they needed officers on the ground. Warwickshire police ignored all of this and decided not to deploy officers at all until the end, after they had been called numerous times by members of the public. The responsibility for the violence that happened in the square lies completely with Warwickshire Police and Atherstone Town Council.

After we left the Market Square we went to find the Hunt who were hunting as normal. The violence and aggression continued with eggs and stones being repeatedly thrown at our vehicle and a wing mirror smashed. These incidents have been reported to Leicestershire Police. We are still going through the footage of the day's events that has been sent to us by people who filmed it on the day. We are being inundated with messages and information about the Atherstone Hunt, so please bear with us if we don't reply immediately. Also thanks to everyone who has sent us the names of some of those responsible for the violence. There may well be other videos to follow. As long as the Atherstone Hunt continue to meet in the Market Square we will continue to protest there.

The story was also covered by the MirrorBirmingham Mail, Coventry Telegraph


Shots fired over heads of North Cornwall FH

Police investigated and decided 'no crime' 

5-1-17    BBC News Online  VIDEO  Gunshots 'fired over Cornwall hunt riders'    A charity worker who fired a shotgun over the heads of hunt riders is being investigated by a wildlife charity. A video filmed by a member of the Hunt appears to show four shots being fired, spooking horses, with spent shot raining down on the riders. Police said they had spoken to the charity worker but concluded there had been "no crime".

Cornwall Wildlife Trust confirmed that it was investigating the claims by North Cornwall Hunt against the man. Hunt secretary Amanda Carpenter, who shot the video, said a total of six shots had been fired over the heads of the hunt on Monday 2nd January.

Debris from a tree which was hit is shown falling onto the road where the 50-strong hunt was riding from Blisland to Bodmin Moor. About half of riders on the day had been children, one of whom had been "severely affected" by the incident which had caused them "stress and trauma", she said.

The trust said no action had been taken against the staff member at the centre of the allegations.

'Irresponsible activity'. It said in a statement that it was "aware of an allegation made on social media in respect of an incident involving a member of staff in a private capacity". It added: "The organisation takes any such allegation very seriously so, if necessary, it can take appropriate action." A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said they were called about "shots being fired". "The incident concerned a dispute between a hunt party and a landowner," said a spokesman. "Police have made enquiries and spoken to the interested parties. No crime has been recorded."

Tim Bonner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said: "People have different views on hunting but firing a gun in the proximity of horses is not in any way a legitimate form of process. Such an irresponsible activity could easily lead to serious injuries to both horses and riders."

                                     

Female sab attacked by N.Cotswold FH eagle handler

4-1-17   Outpaced    Ever been attacked by a man with an eagle?   The noble Calvin Crossman, North Cotswold Hunt. First pic, hurtling down the hill to attack a lone female 3 Counties sab. second, about to assault. Third pic, the view when you are a lone female sab being punched and kicked on the floor, watched by his chums. Police are investigating. Outpaced will let 3C show what they found afterwards and why she was attacked.

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POWAperson adds -  The background to the assault above and further info can be found above at the entry for 12-1-17. It all relates to an incident on 24-10-16, when sabs rescued a terrier they believed had been abandoned in a badger sett when sabs interrupted an apparent dig-out there, which the hunters regarded as the terrier being stolen.

 

Ledbury FH supporter who beat up sab identified and owns up

4-1-17   Innocent Badger   Malvern tree surgeon admits to brutal attack on sab and brands him a “coward”LedburyFHFollowerwhobeatupsabRossLoader12-16.jpg   Many people were horrified last week after watching a brutal assault of a saboteur, by a terrierman from the Ledbury Hunt. Calls were put out to find out if anyone knew who this man was and the attack gained a large amount of mainstream media attention.

Tracking him down didn’t prove to be very difficult, one of the riders of the Ledbury tipped us off within 48 hours as to his name. We rang him today pretending to be a freelance journalist and asking for his side of the story. When asked why he attacked the saboteur he simply said “he’s a coward and got what was coming to him”. He went on to say that saboteurs are “all vicious thugs”, he also asked us not to put his name in the paper. He runs a tree surgery company, the details of which you can find here 

     

Braes o'Derwent FH chase fox into hospice grounds & cause road chaos

3-1-17   Facebook – N.E.Hunt Monitors  VIDEOS   Braes of Derwent Hunt Meet, 2.1.17 Hit Report   The meet was at Gorecock lane, Greencroft Ind Est, Lanchester. This Hunt Meet turned into a circus for much of the day. We use the word circus as the control of hounds was a joke. Hounds split from the pack after chasing a fox into Willow BurnBraesoDerwentFHHoundsonroad2-1-17.jpg Hospice which was witnessed by staff and residents who were appalled at what they seen enough to ask us for details of who to contact to complain as it was private property and the Hunt had no place being there. We covered the scent of the fox and provided details to the staff, who were happy for us to enter the surrounding woodland to retrieve some hounds and send them in the direction of some riders away from the road entrance.

Some monitors late to the meet came upon hounds all over a busy national speed limit road, with 2 female hunt support desperately trying to send them back in the direction of the rest of the pack. This went on for some time with hounds appearing out of the bushes onto the road with cars having to slow down and stop every few minutes. eventually a redcoat appeared to help out and he took to galloping up and down the busy road looking for stray hounds again having no regard for road users. Another rider turned up to help by calling hounds from his position on the road with cars driving by. Hounds called BraesoDerwentFHHuntonroad2-1-17.jpgout onto a busy road is how accidents happen and the safety of hounds horses and road users was not taken into account at all during the day.

Two police traffic vehicles turned up to close the road at both ends so hounds could be rounded up safely, they had or interest in the illegal hunting taking place.

Eventually, the Hunt moved off into woodland and we managed to keep them in sight for the few remaining hours of daylight, as they tried their hardest to get on a scent with 3 quads turning up on a patch of land close to Durham hill farm to assist in the hunt. The light faded and the Hunt started to pack up the hounds, we are not sure if all were accounted for but wouldn't be surprised if a few are still out there waiting to be collected.

We have footage of hounds on road, riders calling hounds onto the road and redcoat using the road like his private racecourse. Please complain to Consett / Northumbria / County Durham police about road safety when a hunt is on as it's clear a trail has not been laid across a busy road.

4-1-17     Facebook- NE Hunt Monitors   At last a version of the truth [press report below]. Hunt Master again blames Monitors this time for using the horn to pull hound off the trail and into the grounds and the staff wouldn't have know hounds were there ifBraesoDerwentFHHoundsleapoutofhedgeontoroad2-1-17.jpg we hadn't had knocked and told them. Lol. 

We will be posting proof via dash cam that when we turned onto the hospice road after coming up from Consett. I might add we seen the hounds on the road, we then went up to Greencroft Ind Est to pick up a monitor and returned to the road hounds were on, only to see hunt followers entering the hospice to which we followed only to see hounds in the grounds and followers trying to round them up. We then told a staff member who to make a complaint to, before she told us the hounds had chased a fox through the property. All this is shown on the video which will disprove the Hunt's statement and catch them in a blatant lie. Video to follow.

4-1-17   Consett & Stanley Advertiser   Braes of Derwent Hunt apologises to Willow Burn Hospice after patients were are left distressed by hounds chasing through grounds    A HUNT has apologised to a hospice after patients were left distressed by hounds chasing through their peaceful grounds. Several hounds from The Braes of Derwent Hunt broke away from the pack after apparently picking up the scent of a fox, leading them through Willow Burn Hospice, on Maiden Law Bank, near Lanchester, on Monday. Witnesses described scenes of mayhem as the hounds were rounded up, with police having to close busy main road nearby until it had been cleared.

In a statement on its Facebook page, Willow Burn Hospice said the incident “not only distressed our service users and staff, but has caused distress within the community. Willow Burn Hospice is taking action to minimise the risk of this happening again and contacting the necessary channels."

A spokesperson for anti-hunt campaigners, Hunt Monitors, said they had arrived on the scene at 1.30pm on Monday, when they noticed hounds in the hospice grounds. A spokesman said: “A staff member told us she had witnessed seeing a fox running through the grounds and then the hounds were all over the place. We asked if we could spray the area where a fox had been seen running with (the deterrent) citronella to hide it's scent and she gave us permission. As the area was being sprayed, more loose hounds were still running around so we tried to gather them up and send them in the direction of the Hunt.”  The spokesman added that a 92-year-old man was seen wandering around the grounds in a distressed state looking for two sheep that have lived in the grounds for some years.

Inspector Keith Wardle, of Consett Police, said: “The Braes of Derwent Hunt were out on Monday, they had laid a scent trail for the dogs to follow. While in the area of Maiden Law and Lanchester the hounds picked up a live scent and strayed into the hospice grounds and onto the road at Maiden Law. We have spoken to the manager of the hospice today and a Braes of Derwent representative has attended the hospice and apologised. We are planning to speak to the Hunt to offer some word of advice for next year. Officers attended on the day purely because at one point the hounds were in the road. A police vehicle was used to stop the traffic until the hunt regained control of the dogs.”

Master of the Hunt William Gascoigne, who was not out on the day, said: “With the noise the anti-hunt people are making - blowing horns and spraying citronella - the pack became quite disorientated and we lost three couples of hounds and they ran into the grounds of the hospice. The hospice wouldn’t have known they were there, but the anti-hunt people jumped on that opportunity and went and knocked on the door and said the Hunt has been through. My kennel huntsman went up there yesterday to apologise. They accepted that apology and confirmed that no damage had been done.”

The Courier also covered the story 

 

Fife FH seen hunting foxes in open - police turn up and talk to them

3-1-17  Facebook - Grampian Sabs    New Year’s Day Meet, Ceres, Fife Foxhounds   A long report from yesterday but well worth a read we think!

The Fife Foxhounds met on Monday 2nd January for their New Year’s day meet. Sabs from Grampian, Perthshire & Fife and Central Scotland Sabs​ were present... Rather than wait around to watch them gather in the Ceres car park with their old fashioned supporters (some of which seemed to think it is appropriate to bring children to an event that romanticises the killing of wildlife) we split off into groups and got into the fields, knowing where they would beFifeFHLonegunman1-1-17.jpg heading, and waited.

Grampian Sabs waited at the woods near Craigrothie and sure enough, about an hour into their hunting day, the vehicle of a shooter approached a sab, circling round him a few times and then got out of his vehicle with a gun and approached the sab on foot, despite having seen him. Why Iain thought he could go to an area with a gun and approach a sab is mystifying to us as gunmen are not allowed to fire guns in such close proximity to members of the public. Iain also has a history of masking up whilst carrying his gun in public places, including beside a holiday camp. Shortly afterwards, the white terrier vehicle arrived on a hill overlooking the woodland and three gunmen got out.

They positioned themselves over the hillside and the Hunt arrived, but after two to three minutes of standing around and sabs present in and around the woodland they knew they would be unable to hunt the area and moved on unhappily. This location is also riddled with earths and badger setts and the Hunt should avoid getting anywhere near these with their hounds.

FifeFH1-1-17.jpgSabs regrouped where the Hunt crossed the road and entered a stubble field. They rode up the side of a deer-fenced woodland and continued to ride off at speed with sabs following... with sabs leaving the scene to leapfrog the Hunt, another lone sab followed the Hunt on foot. As soon as the Hunt got to the Clatto Reservoir the hounds went into cry and with no guns in position once again, as the lone sab had just passed them all masked up standing away from the Hunt. The Hunt broke the law by chasing a fox through the woodland across open ground and into another woodland. It was here that they were observed chasing a fox in and out of the woodland with a gun finally in position, taking a crap shot and missing the fox. The fox outsmarted the bumpkins and hounds and ran back down its line towards the lone sab, but not before a female rider holloa’ed... This shows that many of the riders are not just there for a fun ride but also to be a part of murdering wildlife - clearly she wanted to see the blood of this fox spilled. With the Hunt breaking the law again and now pursing this fox towards the sab, the sab had to intervene and call off the hounds... the Huntsman tried to hunt them on but only a few hounds continued.

With the Hunt very smug claiming the fox had been shot (we know from several sources that the buffoon Galpin missed with his shot again), the sab then entered the woods where hounds were still trying to pick up on the scent and were rated and the hounds gave up. As the Hunt were once again breaking the law a 999 call was made as advised by the police in the past to report the crime in progress.

a fox was spotted only a couple of dozen metres away as FifeFHHoundsheadtowardsab1-1-17.jpgsoon as they turned around. S/he disappeared into the deer-fenced woodland and sabs ran to cover the scent on the periphery. A legal Hunt would have no need to know of a fox’s scent on open ground anyway as they are not allowed to hunt in the open, not that this stops the Fife. Moments later, all chaos broke loose. With the scent covered sabs stayed in the area when a couple of hounds were seen running over the field hunting the scent of the fox. A sab bolted over the deer fence to get into position when another fox was seen fleeing from the hounds and also ran into the woodland... with the hounds fast approaching, sabs could do nothing to cover the second fox’s scent and had to attempt to rate the hounds which was difficult due to their speed and the fact they were ahead. The hounds jumped over a broken section of deer fence mere feet ahead of the sab at the front of the chase and bolted off. They lost the scent a couple of times only to pick it up again and at least five deer were seen scattering in all directions.

Eventually it seemed that the fox (possibly both) crossed the road as a hole in the fence coincided with hound prints and the hounds stopped talking and disappeared, probably returning to the rest of the pack. The Hunt were nowhere to been seen at this time and over the last couple of seasons the scattering of the pack has become increasingly common. Mark can't handle master and whipper-in duties at the same time it seems...

FifeFHPoliceturnedup1-1-17.jpgThis was a very tense moment as it always is when hounds and foxes are seen in the same area mere seconds apart. We believe the foxes both got away as only two hounds were in pursuit and they quickly stopped talking. It is possible that they followed the second fox’s scent and once in the woodland began to pick up on the first... and ended up running into nothing, with the first fox now safely far away.

Sabs returned to their car and looped round to where the Hunt would be going next. It was at this time that the police, including infamous wildlife crime officer Christopher L Kerr, stopped sabs to ask if they had seen any illegal activities today which the sabs made clear to them that they had. The police were told by the sabs that a 999 call had come through half an hour ago but the police seemed to know nothing about this. The sab who had made the call had been assured by the woman at the other end of the line that police would be dispatched immediately but no such police ever appeared and those present never seemed to receive this information. It seems 999 calls aren't taken that seriously in Fife.

The police were asked to go and speak to the Hunt, but told the sabs that nothing could be done until a statement was made. When asked if they don’t do anything to stop violence usually until a statement is given they ignored the question and repeated themselves again. The wildlife crime officer even admitted that the sabs knew the hunting law as well as he did. Eventually the sabs managed to convince them to go and speak to the Hunt and it was very surprising to see Kerr actually do this... we can’t know exactly what was said as it obviously didn't stop them.

Grampian and Fife Sabs headed back to the woodland near Craigrothie where we had begun our day in case the Hunt returned and Perth sabs stayed in the area. A third fox... was spotted but thankfully not seen by the Hunt.

The Hunt rode round to the first woodland again where Grampian and Fife & CS Sabs were once again and bypassed it before heading back to their meet and packing up just after 4. It was a crazy day with a lot of hard work put in by all present and with many occasions of foxes being spotted by all groups.


Cheshire Forest FH chase fox in front of monitors and members of public

Later they attempt dig out - stopped by police, who tick off Huntsman 

CheshireForestFH2-1-17.jpg3-1-17   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   We were out with the Cheshire Forest [left] yesterday and what a day that was! We were surprised to be joined by some lovely sabs from North Wales, Lancaster, Fylde (a new Sab group ) and Cheshire, plus 2 of our own new recruits and had a very productive day using team work to scupper the hunt.

They met at the Hare and Hounds in Crowton and within 30 minutes of leaving the meet were already onto a fox. When the Huntsman was told that monitors had everything on film (he responded with 'happy f*****g birthday!), and when we told him he should call the hounds off, he used his horse and riding crop to threaten one of our monitors. Then he rode off to lick his wounds.

Sabs and monitors tailed the Hunt throughout the day. Hounds did go into cry on and off through the day but the Hunt were stopped from chasing or killing foxes.CheshireForestFHPolicenottoohappywithHuntsmanAndrewGerman2-1-17.jpg

Somehow a lot of police turned up 6 cars, dog handler, riot vans and helicopter [!] and when one of our monitors spoke to them they told her it was because there had been lots of complaints about the Hunt. She was able to make it clear to the police that this Hunt had been breaking the law and sadly had to explain to all of them (we need a bit more police training in Cheshire) what the law was. The final scene at the end of the day was a very rattled huntsman walking of into the distance with his hounds for an early pack up.

In the photo [above right] you can see the Huntsman being questioned by police. After being stopped from digging out, he told one of our monitors she should know better! Better about what we don't really know? A good day.

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3-1-17   Facebook – N.Wales Sabs   Hit report 2/1/17    ...we teamed up with sabs from Cheshire, Lancaster, Central Lancashire, Glasgow, Fylde Sabs and the very dedicated Cheshire Monitors to pay a visit to the Cheshire Forest Hunt, who had met at the Hare and hound pub in Crowton.

It was a cold and frosty morning, which mirrored the reception we received by this shoddy Hunt. Local intel tipped us off the Hunt who had planned to meet at 11am, were now meeting at noon. This played right into our hands giving us plenty of time to pre beat and spray the woods we knew the Hunt would attempt to hunt. The Hunt headed from the Hare and hound towards Ball Lane and were suspiciously straight onto a fox. This was witnessed not only by monitors but also by members of the public, who were out for a nice walk till they had the displeasure of witnessing out and out law breaking.

It appears the fox got away and the Hunt headed down a footpath at the side of the river Weaver. Sabs managed toCheshireForestFHRedcoatseemstothinksabisoneofhishounds2-1-17.jpg stay with the Hunt along the footpath then the Hunt turned of the footpath and headed into a garden at the back of a farm. Huntsman Andrew German they gave a little speech thanking the field for turning up and good bye we are off home type thing, before riding off with his whipper-in and hounds.... Mr German must have thought we were born yesterday. The Hunt had no intentions of going home and then headed towards one of the wood we had already pre-sabbed, we mean we had beat the wood, sprayed the wood to cover the scent of foxes and cleared blockages from earths and setts that seemed to have mysteriously been filled.

Sabs had stopped terrier men on the edge of the wood and hounds were in the wood in cry. Sabs gave the Cheshire Forest Hunt a demo in how a gizmo is used, and the hounds played along nicely, as sabs took the pack from the very angry Huntsman and his sidekick whipper-in. Andrew German and his cronies threw the usual tantrum, pushing sabs and waving his crop in sabs' faces. Things were not dandy for Andy as he threatened to stay out hunting till midnight, no worries we had nothing else planned for the evening.

Terrier men were then seen entering the other side the wood with spades in hands. Sabs approached the spade brigade and gave them a moral dressing down to which they looked dumb struck before leaning the area. Then there was blue flashing lights and sirens, the good officers of Cheshire police had turned up, maybe a little over the top with the amount of cars including the dog car and a riot van and the helicopter... But at least they didn't bring PC Claire Ford. Police seemed reasonable, probably as fed-up with hunts as the rest of us good folks. The Huntsman's threats proved to be as empty as his heart as he packed up sometime around 3.30-4pm.

Pic right above - Redcoat seems to think sab is one of his hounds!

Monitor saves fox as warned Blackmore FH Huntsman calls hounds off

S.DorsetFHThefield2-1-17.jpg2-1-17   Facebook - Dorset Sabs   Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Meet, Mohuuns Park   The Hunt moved off from the meet and drew in an area adjacent to Nyland, a low level area often wet at this time of year. Here hounds could be heard occasionally. It is felt in this first session no foxes were killed.

Around the middle of the day, hounds drew Moorhill Withey Bed near Higher Nyland. The monitor was positioned on a bridle path to the west of the Withey Bed. The Huntsman entered hounds from the east and after a while they "picked up " and went off in full cry in a westerly direction. By now the monitor had been "discovered: first by riders and then by a terrier type who sped by. Out came their S.DorsetFHHorsealmostlandingonmonitor2-1-17.jpgmobile phones!

The field at this time was held up to the south of Moorhill Withey Bed. They took off at a gallop, first going north and then a right angle in my direction. At first the monitor thought they were coming over to ask about footpaths and the like, as they do. Then they swerved as can be seen in tbe video grab [above left]. As they came to the hedge a gritty look could be observed. "Hell" the monitor thought they are going to jump the hedge- where he was! Auto-pilot took over and he shuffled around to avoid any collision. Some came very near, as S.DorsetFHHoldingupthetrafficonA30_2-1-17.jpgcan be depicted in the almost brown video grab [right]. That was a horse to close for comfort!

The inevitable happened and two young riders came to grief. One landed in the middle of the hedge and tumbled into the field and one fell in the field. The pictures show just how close one came to tragedy. The monitor was only yards away and asked if they were okay. He then switched his video camera off and offered comfort to one of the young riders until a parent came back to the incident. The young rider was obviously shaken and needed to take a breather before re-mounting.

By this time the front end of the hunt was to the south before doing an almost full circle back towards Nyland. S.DorsetFHFoxescaping2-1-17.jpgThe monitor had some way to his vehicle but could see and hear the hunt to his east. The monitor then drove to the A30 where the hunt was found near Bazelands Hill. In fact followers were commenting the fox had crossed to the Henstridge Marsh area and so would be safe. The Huntsman gathered his hounds and then proceeded along the A30 in a westerly direction [right]. This was around 2pm and the usual time for second horses for some.

Movement was then made to a small wood adjacent to Park Lane. The monitor positioned himself at the opposite end of the wood that the Huntsman entered the hounds. Quickly the hounds were in cry and pushed out a fox that ran parallel to the monitor before finding a way through the fence [right]. In quick time the hounds were on the line and hunting the fox [left]. The Huntsman S.DorsetFHHoundspursuingfox2-1-17.jpgrode towards the monitor who informed him the hounds were hunting a fox. The Huntsman then pulled up his hounds, somewhat to the monitors surprise. Second fox safe [below]!

The Hunt then made for Inwood, a well known hunting area. Foxes were hunted out by the hounds from Inwood and on to Martins Wood, another well known own hunting area. The monitor then had a rather over zealous follower who walked in front of him presumably to prevent filming. Later four other followers joined him and stood right in front of the monitor and engaged in a rather meaningless conversation amongst themselves. This fox gave the hounds the slip so it appears the Hunt had a blank day. Hats were lifted around 4.25pm and the hunt came to an end.

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                                                              Thanks, monitor ! 

 

Bicester FH filmed hunting a fox next to hamlet of Poundon

Hounds filmed all over railway line for ten minutes

2-1-17   You Tube – Man in Black   Bicester Hunt on an Illegal fox hunt at Poundon 31-12-16     Bicester Hunt on an Illegal fox hunt and endangering lives with their hounds on the main Oxford - Milton Keynes railway lines.

Pics below -  1/ Lead hounds chasing fox, which is other side of hedge. It can just be made out between the bottom two planks, far right.  2/  Hounds milling about on an active railway line. 

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Cattistock FH support seen releasing bagged fox, but no kills

1-1-17   Facebook – Dorset Sabs   Hit Report - Cattistock Hunt, Meet Tithe Barn, Children's Farm carpark, Abbotsbury   As it was the last day of the year, we decided to pay a final visit of the year to the Cattistock Hunt. We found them straight away in Abbotsbury in the carpark to the side of the Swan Pub. It was quite a large fieldCattistockFHThefield31-12-16.jpg [right] with a lot of children riding with them. They hung around having their pre-ride drinkies before moving off shortly after 11am. They headed from the meet straight round to Oddens Wood, where the field sat waiting whilst the huntsman took the hounds into the wood.

... The field again waited while the Huntsman put the hounds into Warre Wood. After about 20 mins the hounds picked up on a line. With sabs positioned on the road above the Wood among the support, foot sabs sprayed along the roadside....thankfully, as moments later the hounds went into cry and a healthy looking fox ran from the woods and crossed the road in front of sabs. The Huntsman, with the hounds quiet again and back with him then received a call from one of Lady Charlotte's gamekeepers who had seen the fox cross, then put them back on the line and hounds went off at speed with the field following.

The hounds headed toward Langton Herring still on a line. Heading to Kittle Barrow Plantation the pack then turned CattistockFHoundsgoingdowntobeach31-12-16.jpgback towards Colmers Barn then up to the edge of Wyke Wood. Here the pack split and the Huntsman and part of the pack legged it along the hedgeline then off along the hills towards the sea at Langton Herring.... Foot Sabs then filmed them hunting on the beach and hounds clambering down the cliff towards the sea [left]. Not only extremely unsafe for the hounds but also an impossible place to lay a trail !! After a short time on the beach without any luck the Huntsman started to head back towards New Barn.

At this point, at 12.57pm, one of the other teams witnessed hunt support releasing a bagged fox in the field by Rodden Road. Police were called at this point. As expected from the Dorset police, they didn't show up....

After putting the hounds in a small copse near Snipe Gate, they found a line heading swiftly back towards the Rodden road area. Sabs positioned along the road saw a big healthy dog fox run past followed by hounds and used the gizmo to call the hounds off. It worked! One fox saved!! [right]

The other landy then headed back towards the New Barn area where the Hunt re-appeared and the Huntsman put the hounds into Berry Coppice. The field milled around for a while while the Huntsman triedCattistockFHFleeingfox31-12-16.jpg to find a line. At this point, at 1.50pm, most of the younger riders went home.

With support getting increasingly desperate to stop us they tried to block two of the landys in while the hunt moved away.... Police were called again at this point......they were then seen a while later driving past!!!...

At 4pm they turned for home and hacked back along New Barn Road. Sabs were concerned that the hunt may have done ''something'' in the last copse so decided to go and take a quick look. Foot sabs walked toward the copse and within a minute a quad appeared and started to try and stop the sabs from looking. Sabs tried to carry on but the quad rider started to run into sabs. One of our landys then decided to drive across the field to protect the sabs. At this point the police arrived but started to drive off till the other landy blocked them from leaving. Other support arrived and things got a bit heated until police told support to leave the area , not before the terrierman locked down the muddy terriers in the box on the quad in front of them !!After taking their details they said they would contact them tomorrow and the 'boys' left.

As far as we can tell there were no kills today, the hounds looked clean and the hunt were never far from our view. However with foxes being dropped in from various vehicles we can't be certain. We know Charlotte's Hunt are notorious for bringing in their own quarry !!

 

 DECEMBER 2016

..... 29th December - Ledbury FH terriermen filmed violently attacking sab on ground
..... 26th December - Groups press for Scottish hunting ban to be strengthened
..... 26th December - League claims Hunting Act broken 17,000 times per season
..... 26th December - Farage joins Old Surrey FH at Boxing Day meet, as usual
..... 26th December - Poll registers highest ever support for the Hunting Act - 84%
..... 25th December - Commons vote on Hunting Act repeal 'highly unlikely' in this Parliament
..... 24th December - Melbreak FH hide corpse of fallen hound beneath stones
..... 24th December - Prominent pro-hunt Tory tries to 'banish' Blue Foxes
..... 23rd December - Police reopen Old Surrey FH fox kill case following public pressure
..... 23rd December - Sabs save fox as Surrey Union run hounds round blind road bend
..... 22nd December - Atherstone FH ignore landowners' pleas for them to keep away
..... 21st December - Petition launched to stop Cheshire hunting PC from policing Hunts
..... 20th December - Surrey Union FH chase a fox across a road
..... 19th December - Eggesford FH farmer supporter strikes female sab in back of head
..... 18th December - Kent police drop investigation into Old Surrey FH fox kill
..... 18th December - South Shropshire FH's follower backs landy into passer-by's car
..... 17th December - Sabs find mangled remains of fox killed by East Kent FH
..... 17th December - Coastguard rescue out to try to save IoW FH hound that went over cliff
..... 16th December - Grafton FH filmed hunting three foxes on two days in November 
..... 16th December - Sabs release footage of Blackmore FH hunting last February
..... 15th December - Hunt monitor films Grafton FH rider viciously hitting horse
..... 15th December - Fox remains after hunting by Bicester FH found by shocked villager
..... 15th December - Pressure telling on Atherstone FH finances, say sabs
..... 11th December - Sabs find many blocked badger setts on Cotswold FH meet day
..... 10th December - Sabs say they saved fox from 'violent' Crawley & Horsham FH
..... 10th December - Sabs saved fox chased to ground by Cotswold Vale FH
.....  9th December - Horrified man sees Dumfriesshire FH hounds kill fox in his garden
.....  9th December - Man arrested & in custody in connection with fox kills by Belvoir FH
.....  8th December - Dog walker sees her dog AND a fox chased by Blackmore FH hounds
.....  8th December - Trial date set for Fitzwilliam FH hunt servants at long last
.....  7th December - Iron bar wielding Atherstone FH supporter attacks sabs
.....  7th December - Police powers to unmask protesters enhanced, says CA
.....  6th December - Sabs say they saved three foxes from Essex FH attempts to kill them
.....  5th December - Police pass evidence file to CPS in S.Herefordshire FH cruelty case
.....  5th December - Bloodstains and fur remains suggest Fife FH hounds killed fox
.....  4th December - Belvoir FH kill three foxes, two in grounds of nursing home
.....  3rd December - Flint & Denbigh FH chase fox across a main road, Huntsman loses hounds
.....  3rd December - Sabs film fox being killed by Old Surrey FH - police investigating
.....  1st December - Atherstone FH supporter's tirade of abuse after alleged ramming of sab car 
 

Sabs receive malicious messages from Atherstone FH mob

30-12-16   Facebook – W.Midlands Sabs  RECORDING    Malicious voicemail from the Atherstone Hunt    It seems the Atherstone Hunt didn't like our Boxing Day demonstration, they didn't like it much last year either when they burnt out a female sabs dustbins (after burning out her car in the summer). This year the same female sab has received numerous malicious phone calls since the demonstration on Boxing Day. This includes two voicemail messages. One message was several recordings of hounds chasing a fox. The other message was a tirade of sexist bigoted offensive language. Unfortunately we have come to expect these views from the Atherstone Hunt. There have been numerous other examples of members of the Atherstone hunt using similar language over the past few weeks. This only goes to highlight that these type of bigoted and degrading views of women are not only accepted amongst people who go hunting but are commonplace. These malicious phone calls come only a week after a different sab had a malicious Christmas card and a lump of slate sent to their parents house.

 

Ledbury FH terriermen filmed violently attacking sab

29-12-16   The Sun   HUNT CLASH   ‘Ledbury Hunt worker punches a protester on the ground for trying to save fox hiding in a badger sett’ in shocking video    Hunt saboteurs claim they filmed a terrierman working for the Ledbury Hunt attacking one of their group. SHOCKING video footage allegedly shows a fox-hunter punching and kicking a protester as he lies on the ground [right]. The clip shows masked members of the Bristol Hunt Saboteurs clashing with men they claim were part of the Ledbury Hunt after they had allegedly chased a fox into a badger sett. Video posted online by hunt saboteurs shows a clash with men, who the protesters claim work for theLedburyFHterriermanattackssab28-12-16.jpg Ledbury Hunt.

The scuffle was caught on video that was apparently filmed yesterday in Castlemorton, Worcs. Video shows one man with his face covered by a scarf approach the group and suddenly leap towards an activist. A second clip allegedly shows the same man – now with his face visible – looming over a sab on the floor and repeatedly punching him. He can then be seen kicking out, before running away when horses and huntsmen appear in the field. It is not clear what happened between the two sections of film as the edited video posted on Facebook goes dark in the middle. The footage is said to have been filmed during the Castlemorton meet in Worcestershire at around midday yesterday.

Saboteurs allege the hunt was attempting to “put a fox up” and digging around a “large badger sett where a fox had taken refuge” – but this was not caught on camera. The attacker is seen swinging a final kick before running away in the shocking video footage. The national Hunt Saboteurs Association is appealing for information about the identity of the alleged terrierman to pass to West Mercia Police.

A spokesman for the group said: “Hunt saboteurs were attacked by terriermen from the Ledbury Hunt at their LedburyFHterriermanafterattackingsab28-12-16.jpgCastlemorton meet on Wednesday, December 28. The unprovoked attack happened after hounds from the Hunt had chased a fox into a badger sett. Sabs intervened to save the fox and were attacked by the hunt employees. This footage clearly shows the unprovoked attack on sabs by one of the terriermen. He throws a sab to the ground, punches them repeatedly and kicks out at other sabs nearby. We are asking for help to identify this man so that we can pass the information to the police. If you know who he is please pm us on Facebook or contact Bristol saboteurs directly via the email address on the video.”

West Mercia Police said: “We are aware of video footage being circulated and officers are investigating to establish the circumstances and who was involved. No arrests have been made.”

The Ledbury Hunt has been approached for a comment. According to its website the Ledbury Hunt can be traced back to 1846 and rides around Ledbury on the Hereford and Gloucestershire border. The page states: “Prior to the ban on hunting the purpose of taking hounds out was to control the fox population. Foxes do a lot of damage to young livestock and poultry. “In a normal season hounds used to account for an average of 60 brace, equivalent to about two foxes for each hunting day. Until the ban on hunting can be overturned hounds will be encouraged to hunt a false trail and sport will continue to be provided using the various exemptions allowed within the law.”

POWAperson adds - It is a welcome change to see the Sun covering hunt brutality these days. The story was also picked up by the Daily Mail, BBC News, the Mirror, the Bristol Post and the Gloucs Echo.

28-12-16    Facebook - Bristol Sabs    LEDBURY HUNT FAIL TO KILL FOXES AND LAUNCH ATTACK ON SABS   We paid a visit to the Ledbury Hunt today, who met at the Robin Hood Inn, Castlemorton. Shortly after 12 o'clock the Hunt left the meet, with a large number of field and car followers in tow. Sabs announced our arrival by briefly taking the pack from the Huntsman who had putLedburyFHTwoterriermenbeatupsab28-12-16.jpg them into a thicket in an attempt to put up a fox. After a quick spin in our vehicles to get ahead of them, we came across them working through a wood and on our approach the Huntsman took the hounds and shot off.

Sabs kept on the Hunt and again caught up with Huntsman, Mark Melladay, who had now changed from his redcoat into black in an attempt to avoid detection. Sabs stayed close as he encouraged the hounds through thick gorse on Castlemorton Common (a trail through there, really?!), before taking off with them at speed as they got on a scent and went into cry. We quickly caught up in our vehicles and followed the Huntsman and hounds along the road, no longer in cry.

After some doubling back and forth, sabs located the Huntsman off his horse with hounds in a wood, never a good sign. Sabs went in to investigate and when the Huntsman realised he had company, left the wood with the hounds and headed back to his horse. Upon reaching the edge of the wood it became clear what was going on, with a number of masked terrierboys hanging around a large badger sett where a fox had taken refuge. Being caught up to no good, they immediately tried to get sabs away from the area, launching an unprovoked attack on them. A few sabs have been left injured. Watch this space for updates.

Despite this attack, we decided to carry on with the Huntsman, with others checking back at the sett shortly afterwards and finding the terrierboys filling in holes they had been digging, before leaving the area. For the rest of the day it was cat and mouse with the Huntsman and hounds, who was never keen to stick around in any one place for long with sabs always on his tail. After a few attempts to lose us, it wasn't long before he was again drawing through the gorse and scrub on the Common, using his voice to encourage hounds through and to put a fox up. Sabs stuck close by and after drawing a few blanks, the Huntsman gathered the pack in fading light before heading back to box up. If the Ledbury Hunt and their terrierboys think violence will stop us from protecting hunted wildlife, they can think again! We'll be seeing you...

Wardens from the Malvern Hills Conservators (the organisation which manages the Malvern Hills and the Commons around it) were also in the area today. This appeared to make the Hunt less keen to spend time on the Common and hills as they did at this same meet last year, when they hunted a fox right up onto the hills. Despite being in the area, none of the wardens were present when the dig out of the badger sett or attack on sabs took place, nor did they appear to intervene when the huntsman was blatantly drawing scrub on the common to put up a fox. A Facebook page has recently been set up to expose the Ledbury Hunt's actions on the Malvern Hills and to encourage the Conservators to ban them from hunting on it. We would ask those of you who are local or who use the hills to give it your support.

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Groups press for Scottish hunting ban to be strengthened

26-12-16     BBC News   Campaigners call for end to Boxing Day hunts   Animal-rights groups want the Scottish government to make this year's Boxing Day hunts the last to take place. The plea by the League Against Cruel Sports and OneKind comes after a review by Lord Bonomy who said fox hunting laws should be changed. He concluded that the current rules were "unduly complicated".

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham [left] said Lord Bonomy's findings were being considered "carefully" and would be responded to early in 2017. The Scottish Countryside Alliance, which represents hunts, accused LACS of "peddling lies" about foxhunting in Scotland. Boxing Day is a traditional time to hold hunts in the UK with the pro-RoseannaCunninghamMSP.jpghunting Countryside Alliance claiming that more than 200,000 people attend such events. The Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 saw fox hunting with dogs banned. The law stated that a person who deliberately hunted a wild mammal with a dog was committing an offence. An exception was made when dogs can be used to stalk or flush out a fox to be shot in the interests of pest control, protecting livestock or ground-nesting birds. That prompted mounted Hunts in Scotland to be offered to farmers, landowners and estate managers as a form of pest or fox control. Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said a response to Lord Bonomy's findings would be made in early 2017

Lord Bonomy's report concluded there were grounds to suspect "there may be occasions when hunting, which does not fall within one of the exceptions, does take place" and recommended further clarification of the law as well as independent hunt monitors. Robbie Marsland, director of the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, believed the "ball is now firmly in the Scottish government's court". He added "Public opinion in Scotland wants to see fox hunting banned, the government thought they had banned it, but as our evidence, Lord Bonomy and Police Scotland have revealed, Hunts are running a coach and horses through the current legislation. "In short, the law isn't fit for purpose and, in keeping with the commitments made by the first minister to strengthen the law if it were necessary, we look to the government to do that by November 2017 - in time to stop next year's hunting season."

The organisation said nearly 10,000 people had signed an online petition calling for Ms Cunningham to take speedy action. Harry Huyton, director of OneKind, echoed Mr Marsland's plea and asked the Scottish government to "act as early as possible in 2017". Ms Cunningham said the Holyrood administration recognised concerns around the current legislation and that was why Lord Bonomy was asked to carry out the review. She added: "Back in 2002, Scotland led the way in addressing animal-welfare concerns and we remain committed to ensuring the highest levels of welfare for our wild animals. "We will now carefully consider the findings with a view to responding early in 2017. Any ensuing proposals for legislative change will be subject to the normal consultation processes."

The Scottish Countryside Alliance said the Bonomy review was "absolutely supportive" of the principle of using packs of hounds to flush to guns. Its director, Jamie Stewart, said: "The League Against Cruel Sports team should try reading the review before commenting on it. Just because the proposals they made have been so comprehensively rejected is no excuse for so seriously misrepresenting the review. "I find Mr Marsland's tactics hugely disrespectful to Lord Bonomy and his team. LACS are obviously in disagreement with his recommendations to the Scottish government and have taken to paying for propaganda to try and influence the mind of the cabinet secretary and members of the Scottish parliament. "Mr Marsland continues to peddle LACS lies over the timeline of events and the contents of his heavily edited footage, which despite drawing on hundreds of hours of secretly filmed footage, failed to show any illegal action."

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League claims Hunting Act broken 17,000 times every season

26-12-16   Daily Mirror   Hunting laws broken 200,000 times since ban came into force as Boxing day hunts held   Animal rights campaigners have suggested illegal hunting incidents take place 17,000 times a year. Huntsmen and women have broken the law 200,000 times since hunting with dogs was banned nearly 12 years ago, a charity has said. As fox hunts across the country gather for their Boxing Day meets, animal rights campaigners suggested illegal hunting incidents take place 17,000 times a year.

Hunt supporters claim 250,000 people will join one of 300 meets today. But, warning the Government against any attempt to bring back the hated ­blood sport, the League Against Cruel Sports revealed polls show a massive 84% of voters want to keep the ban. The 2015 Tory election ­manifesto pledged to offer MPs a free vote on bringing back fox hunting. But an Ipsos Mori survey for the League, shows 81% of people in PM Theresa May’s own constituency of Maidenhead, Berks, are opposed to any return. Eduardo Goncalves, of the League, said: “The polling and projections highlight just how out of touch any move to repeal the hunting ban would be. Generally only dictators would dream of pushing through a policy against that level of public opposition, so we hope our Government will respect the will of the people. The Boxing Day hunts are portrayed as a glorious pageant taking place in front of a huge number of people who support them, but the truth is very different. Just because families might venture out on Boxing Day to see the hunt, stroke the dogs or watch the horses, doesn’t mean they support repealing a law to enable the hunt to chase and kill wild animals with their dogs for sport.”

Using reports from hunt monitors, the League estimates an average of 17,000 illegal hunting incidents a year since the ban was ­introduced in February 2005. The animal welfare charity claimed that “most of the hunts” in England and Wales have been hunting illegally by abusing exemptions and using the “false alibi” of trail hunting.Mr Goncalves said: “Hunts now claim to ‘trail hunt’, but this is a false alibi used to continue to hunt, providing excuses for ‘accidental kills’.” He called on MPs to “put the issue to bed once and for all, and instead of repealing the Hunting Act, strengthen it to ensure it fulfils the true spirit of why it was originally passed – to protect wild animals”.

But the pro-hunting Countryside ­Alliance dismissed the estimate of 200,000 breaches of the law. Chief executive Tim Bonner said: “This is an entirely irresponsible claim which highlights the increasing desperation of the anti-hunt movement.”

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Farage joins Old Surrey FH at Boxing Day meet as usual

26-12-16   Daily Mirror    Nigel Farage enjoys 11am pint in yellow trousers as he joins the Boxing Day Hunt    The bloodsport-loving ex-Ukip leader grinned with a pre-11am pint as the debate rages over hunting withNigelFarageatOldSurreyFHB.Day2016.jpg dogs. Nigel Farage has become this year's first major politician to break cover and join crowds at the Boxing Day Hunt. Boxing Day is still a celebration for hunters despite fox hunting being outlawed a decade ago under Labour. Hunts like today's are legal under several circumstances including, for example, if dogs follow a 'scent' not a fox, or if two dogs are used to "flush" a fox out from undergrowth.

But Hunts are constrained and campaigners like Mr Farage and David Cameron want to scrap the ban, despite 84% opposing fox hunting in a recent Ipsos MORI poll. Grinning Mr Farage was spotted with a plastic pint cup at 10.45am today at the Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent Hunt's meeting at Chiddingstone Castle, Kent. He has previously accused Labour of "cynically trying to turn the issue into class warfare"

He is a regular spectator at Boxing Day hunts and in 2014 accused Labour of "cynically trying to turn the issue into class warfare". Other politicians are less keen for their love of bloodsports to be widely known. A rare photo emerged last year of a fox-hunting David Cameron, who quit the sport when he became Tory leader in 2005. And a rather rude picture on social media today suggested not everyone welcomed Mr Farage with open arms [right]. The annual celebration of hunting reignited MarkBycroftOSBWKFHHuntsmanHowdareyou...JPGthe row over Labour's Hunting Act. Tim Bonner, Chief Executive of the pro-hunt Countryside Alliance, said the ban was a "political" attack on people perceived as being "posh and privileged".

He said the law unfairly singled out hunt-lovers while allowing foxes to be killed in other ways. But Eduardo Goncalves, Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, told the BBC: "I'm sure fraudsters and burglars find some of the laws against them rather inconvenient." The League claims huntsmen and women have broken the law 200,000 times since the ban despite just a handful of prosecutions. Mr Bonner dismissed the claim as "entirely irresponsible". Shadow environment secretary Rachael Maskell said it was "absolutely clear" the British public do not want a return to hunting. "The Tories must not try and sneak hunting back on to the parliamentary agenda when it is so clear that people up and down this country don't support it," she said.

POWAperson adds -  Mark Bycroft [right], the Old Surrey FH Huntsman, who is said to be a mate of Farage, has two convictions for assaulting sabs. He has also been accused of illegal hunting on several occasions. Police are currently investigating him and the Hunt in relation to the alleged killing of a fox on November 3rd, after public pressure induced them to reopen the case, which Kent police had dropped without interviewing witnesses.   

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Poll registers support for Hunting Act at new high - 84%

26-12-16    Independent   Public opposition to Fox hunting hits all-time high, latest poll finds    Opposition to fox hunting has risen to historic levels, with the latest poll finding an all-time high number of Britons opposed to the activity. A full 84 per cent of the public now believe fox hunting should not be made legal again, as enthusiasts take to horseback to exploit loopholes in the hunting ban on Boxing Day.

Despite the growing public opposition to hunting, it was reported in September that Theresa May is planning to pushEduardoGoncalvesLACS.jpg ahead with a vote on repealing the Hunting Act in Parliament, a pledge included in last year’s Conservative election manifesto. The reported planned of lifting of the ban was branded “out of touch” by campaigners, who said that such an overwhelmingly unpopular policy would only be considered in a dictatorship.

Eduardo Goncalves [right], the chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, which commissioned the poll, said families that went out to watch the apparent “glorious pageant” of a fox hunt on Boxing Day did not necessarily support lifting the ban on hunting foxes. “The polling and projections highlight just how out of touch any move to repeal the hunting ban would be. Generally only dictators would dream of pushing through a policy against that level of public opposition so we hope our government will respect the will of the people,” he said. “The Boxing Day hunts are portrayed as a glorious pageant taking place in front of a huge number of people who support them, but the truth is very different. The fact is 84 per cent of the public do not want fox hunting made legal. Just because families might venture out on Boxing Day to see the hunt, stroke the dogs or watch the horses, doesn’t mean they support repealing a law to enable the hunt to chase and kill wild animals with their dogs for sport. It’s more likely that most don’t realise that despite the ban, many of these hunts are still actively hunting and chasing foxes, and wouldn’t give them their support if they did. Or perhaps they just want to get outside and get some fresh air before cabin fever sets in.”

The poll, which has been conducted annually by Ipsos MORI for a number of years to gauge support on the issue, shows a small increase in support compared to 2015, when 83 per cent of the public said they did not support lifting the ban. The pollsters also used Office for National Statistics (ONS) data to gauge whether a participant in the poll lived in a rural area – and found that opposition to fox hunting is growing in such places – 82 per cent of people AndreaLeadsomwithGraftonFH.jpgliving in rural areas were found to oppose fox hunting, with attitudes having broadly come into line with people living in urban areas in the last few years. Other bloodsports monitored by the annual poll were also as unpopular as ever, with the ban on deer hunting and hare coursing supported by 88 per cent and 91 per cent of people respectively. Drag hunting, where hounds are trained to follow an artificial trail, is legal, but anti-hunt campaigners claim illegal hunting of foxes has continued, including at large organised Boxing Day hunts.

The Countryside Alliance, which support fox hunting, argued that the Hunting Act was not stopping hunts. It released figures showing that 423 people had been prosecuted under the Act since its introduction and that 94 per cent of them had been for on unregistered Hunts. The organisation’s chief executive Tim Bonner said: “Our figures demonstrate unequivocally that the Hunting Act lies in tatters. The problem with the Act is that over the past two years all those prosecuted under the Act have had nothing to do with 'hunts'. “The law that was supposed to have got rid of hunts is now being used as little more than a vehicle to harass them.”

The Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom [left] said during her failed campaign for Conservative party leader that she would bring back fox hunting. “I would absolutely commit to holding a vote to repeal the hunting ban. It has not proven to be in the interests of animal welfare whatsoever,” Ms Leadsom said in July of this year. “I do believe we need a proper licensed regime which works much better and is more focused on animal welfare.”

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Hunting Act repeal vote 'very unlikely' in this Parliament

Leadsom says not enough time, CA acknowledge won't happen

25-12-16   Daily Telegraph   Vote to legalise hunting 'very unlikely' before 2020   A vote to legalise hunting in England and Wales is unlikely to be held before 2020 because of opposition from nearly every Scottish MP and a lack of Parliamentary time. Pro-hunting campaigners have conceded that it is “is very unlikely” that Ministers will deliver the manifesto pledge after Scottish National Party MPs voted against the plan last year. Andrea Leadsom [left], the Environment secretary, has also privately down played the chances of a vote before 2020 because of the amount of time needed to debate Britain leaving the European Union.

AndreaLeadsomwithGraftonFH.jpgThe news emerged as hunts across the UK on Boxing Day are expected to attract more than 250,000 spectators. There were hopes of a free vote when Mrs Leadsom was put in charge of the environment department - which is in charge of the hunting policy - because she pledged to hold a vote during her aborted leadership campaign. She said in the summer that hunting was “absolutely not proven to be in the interest of animal welfare whatsoever” and there was a “need to exterminate vermin, which foxes are”.

However, in recent weeks Mrs Leadsom has told friends that a vote is unlikely because of the sheer volume of time MPs and peers will have to devote to Brexit could mean there is no time in Parliament to have the vote. She told friends that the pledge for a Commons vote was broken in the last Tory Government between 2010 and 2015 and could now happen again because of time pressures from Brexit.

Mrs Leadsom said: There were issues around parliamentary time such as legislative priorities - we are leaving the EU. There is a huge amount of demands, so I think if you have a manifesto commitment then you do your best. There are issues that we have had in the manifesto and parliamentary time has not been available.” Mrs Leadsom also denied that she was “pro-hunting”, telling friends that it was “absolutely not” the case. MPs and peers debate spent 300 hours debating whether to join the European Economic Community in 1972 and far more time is expected to be required for Brexit because the UK and EU are far more integrated. Alongside Mrs Leadsom, other ministers Therese Coffey and George Eustice have both backed relaxing the ban and Lord Gardiner is a former deputy chief executive of the Countryside Alliance...

Pro-fox hunting campaigners said they had resigned themselves to not having the vote before 2020. Tim Bonner, the chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said: “As long as the SNP MPs are intent on voting on an issue that does not affect Scotland, and only in England and Wales, then the Parliamentary mathematics make it very unlikely that the Government would want to return to this issue. Whilst we are not happy about that we have to understand it.”

Last year’s Conservative party manifesto said: “We will protect hunting, shooting and fishing, for all the benefits to individuals, the environment and the rural economy that these activities bring. A Conservative Government will give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote, with a government bill in government time.” A proposal to weaken the ban in England in the months after last year’s general election was dropped after the SNP said its MPs would vote against in the summer, despite the vote only covering England and Wales. Ahead of that vote the Government had written to every Conservative MP, urging them to back changes to the law on hunting in England and Wales. However the vote was pulled after it emerged that as many as 50 Tory MPs might defy ministers and fail to back the plans.

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Melbreak FH hide fallen hound's corpse under pile of stones

24-12-16   Lancaster Sabs   Cumbria Hunt Watch Press release 22/12/16 - Foxhound which died after falling from steep crag – hidden under stones by hunt    Cumbria Hunt Watch monitors were saddened today to witness a foxhound from the Melbreak hunt die after falling from a steep sided crag at Honister in Cumbria. A group of eight hounds were running towards Honister Quarry when they suddenly turned and attempted to workMelbreakFHFallenhoundscorpsehiddenwithstonesby22-12-16.jpg their way up the very steep sloping scree and crags around Honister; a route which could clearly not have been part of any trail. There is no doubt in the monitors minds that the hounds were chasing a fox. The hounds struggled for some time while hunt officials made no attempt to call the hounds down. One hound was then seen to fall around forty feet before bouncing and then coming to a stop. It remained on the ground not moving.

A monitor from Cumbria Hunt Watch advised the Hunt what had happened but received a casual response. The Master of the Hunt started to call the hounds down, but appeared to have no control. The Huntsman then tried to call the hounds up – a dangerous and irresponsible act, given that one had already fallen to its death. So unconcerned are these people by the life of an animal they didn't even notice until told by a hunt monitor. When monitors went to investigate they discovered a hunt official had attempted to conceal the dog [right]; he had left it there and covered it in rocks, leaving it to decompose on the side of the fell in a water course.

Cumbria Hunt Watch have made a formal complaint to Trading Standards (who deal with carcasses left in the open). Although this did not happen on National Trust land, please contact the National Trust who still facilitate the Melbreak Foxhounds maintenance of a hunting pack by granting them a licence allowing them unhindered access to vast tracks of National Trust land. The National Trust in Cumbria have been advised for years about the suspicious behaviour of the Melbreak Foxhounds but still refuse to ban them from National Trust land. Cumbria Hunt Watch believes this is a deceitful insult to the millions of National Trust members opposed to hunting. Without the disgraceful support of the National Trust and other large landowners, hunting packs such as the Melbreak Foxhounds would no longer be able to continue. Cumbria Hunt Watch would now like to know exactly how the Melbreak hunt 'dispose' of the retired dogs which they claim are no longer of any use. Perhaps Tim Bonner could tell us – he's a great supporter of the Melbreak Email National Trust: borrowdale@nationaltrust.org.uk Phone 017687 74649.

POWAperson comments - The incident is emblematic of the contempt Hunts consistently demonstrate towards the hounds they purport to love. They are nothing more to them than disposable tools of their sick and perverse trade. See this POWA website page for further illustrations and analysis. 

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Prominent Tory pro-hunter tries to 'banish' Blue Foxes

24-12-16   Times    Tories urged to sever ties with secretive anti-hunting group    A secretive Conservative anti-hunting group that has received tens of thousands of pounds in donations from unnamed sources should be banished from the party, a former solicitor- general has demanded. Sir Edward Garnier, QC [right], has written to the Tory chairman, Sir Patrick McLoughlin, urging him to sever ties with Conservatives Against Fox Hunting and prevent it from using the party’s name and logo. 

The League Against Cruel Sports gave the group’s founder and her husband a free hotel room at a Tory conferenceEdwardGarnierQC.jpg in spite of rules preventing charities from supporting political parties. The Charity Commission said yesterday that it would look into the gift of accommodation as part of its review of the League’s conduct. Sir Edward warned that the Conservative pressure group’s apparent lack of financial transparency and its connections with anti-Tory activism risked damaging the party’s reputation. Conservatives Against Fox Hunting (CAFH) has received tens of thousands of pounds from undisclosed sources, according to Companies House accounts, since it was created in 2010 to stop David Cameron legalising hunting.

The organisation has attracted prominent patrons, including Tracey Crouch [left], the sport minister, Caroline Dinenage, the equality minister, and the backbench MPs Dominic Raab, Sir David Amess and Sir Roger Gale. It was founded by Lorraine Platt, an artist whose husband, Chris Platt, has been chairman and president of Mr Raab’s Esher and Walton Conservative Association.

TraceyCrouchMPToryanti.jpgIn 2010 the League Against Cruel Sports provided a hotel room for the Platts at Mr Cameron’s first Tory conference as prime minister in Birmingham. Ms Platt has since become a trustee and vice-chairwoman of the League. CAFH’s accounts for 2013 show that it received £10,000 from an unnamed “animal welfare charity”. The league and the RSPCA told The Times that neither of them was the donor. In a 13-day period after Mr Cameron’s election victory last year, when he promised a free vote on hunting, CAFH received two gifts of £10,000 each. None of the donations has been formally declared to the Electoral Commission, which requires political party members’ organisations to identify their donors. CAFH said that it complied with all rules.

Tim Bonner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, urged the commission yesterday to look into the funding. Sir Edward complained that “there is a complete lack of transparency regarding the finances of CAFH”. He pointed out that Ms Platt was the sole shareholder and said that there was no “accountability on how these sums of money have been spent”. Sir Edward also expressed concerns about the close relationship of the group “to organisations that campaign against the Conservative Party”.

The League Against Cruel Sports, which stages joint events with CAFH at Tory conferences, was criticised by the Charity Commission for anti-Tory statements before the 2010 and 2015 elections. The Badger Trust, which has worked with CAFH on campaigns to save badgers and fox cubs, was reprimanded by the charity regulator for unlawful campaigning against the Conservatives.

Sir Edward wrote: “The Conservative Party needs, I suggest, to consider whether or not it is comfortable with a close relationship between groups that market themselves as the animal welfare arm of the Conservative Party and LorrainePlatt.jpgcharities that are keen to campaign against the Conservative Party.”

A spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports said: “In 2010, due to last-minute staff illness, the League had a spare room at a suburban hotel at Conservative Party conference which could not be cancelled. Rather than wasting supporters’ money by leaving it empty, we offered it to two volunteers from Conservatives Against Fox Hunting, with whom we were co-hosting an event. We didn’t cover any of CAFH’s costs at that conference or any following conferences, and we have not made any donations to CAFH.”

CAFH said that the claims against it were nonsense. “Conservatives Against Fox Hunting have complied with all the rules. We are a campaign group within the Conservative Party representing members and MPs advocating the case for retaining the Hunting Act 2004. The attacks on us are a baseless smear.”

The Conservatives said that CAFH was not affiliated to the party. Using the slogan “Don’t run with the pack”, Conservatives Against Fox Hunting burst into politics after David Cameron entered Downing Street threatening to bring back bloodsports. The pressure group, whose supporters are known as Blue Foxes, was launched with a fringe debate at Mr Cameron’s first Tory conference as prime minister, in 2010. It was founded by Lorraine Platt [right], an artist. “How can we influence other countries’ policies on bullfighting or whaling if we reverse a ban that was put in place to prevent cruelty?” she asked. Brian May, the Queen guitarist and animal rights campaigner, has hailed the members as his heroes. The support of a couple of dozen Tory MPs, including the sports minister Tracey Crouch, has helped tilt the parliamentary balance against hunting.

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Public pressure makes police reopen Old Surrey FH fox kill case

23-12-16    Facebook – HSA   After public protest, Kent Police have re-opened their investigation against the Old Surrey, Burstow & West Kent Hunt, accused of illegally hunting, ending in the killing of a fox on 3/11/16. Big thanks to all who helped with the campaign to get this case properly investigated.

OldSurreyBurstowFoxkilledby3-12-16.jpg16-12-16  Facebook – N.Downs Sabs    Police give green light to animal cruelty in Kent   We have yesterday learned that Kent police's Investigation Management Unit led by a DI and a DS have decided not to report the Surrey and Burstow and West Kent FH for killing this fox on 3-12-16 at Chiddingstone.

We have made one very brief statement and given them a number of videos (some not in the public domain), but at no stage have the DI or DS contacted the witnesses or discussed the content of the videos with us. The Huntsman has lied about where he was, stated the fox was dead when the hounds ripped it apart when it was very much alive and lied about the number of sabs there and their actions.

Please can everybody complain and demand that Kent police carry out a serious investigation into this obvious case of illegal killing by a fox hunt (a dead body is usually the traditional start of a police investigation) , and interview the witnesses (Sabs ) present, review the videos and interview members of the Hunt, otherwise all they are doing is giving their approval for hunts to kill animals illegally without fear of prosecution! Please contact (keep polite please) the following sites and people and make your views known to Kent police:- http://www.twitter.com/kent_police     https://www.instagram.com/kentpoliceuk/?hl=en    https://www.kent.police.uk/ http://www.kent-pcc.gov.ukLatest

Latest tweet from Kent police, 17-12-16. They claim that a full investigation has taken place, but they haven't contacted any of the witnesses. Kent police tweet saying they have 'exhausted all initial inquiries'. How can they say that if they have not yet interviewed witnesses?

  

Sabs save fox as Surrey Union run hounds around blind road bend

23-12-16   Facebook – Guildford Sabs  VIDEO   Surrey Union hounds out of control on a busy road, and at a children's meet, what kind of example is this?

A separate tweet - @GuildfordSabs 23-12-16  This fox was saved from the cruelty of the Surrey Union Hunt today after we intervened.

See pics below.

POWAperson adds – The video clip shows a redcoat cantering towards a blind bend with hounds, one hound having gone ahead already, and cars coming round that bend.

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Atherstone FH ignore landowners pleas to keep away from them

Riding school accident blamed on Huntsman blowing horn nearby

22-12-16   Facebook – W.Mids Sabs   VIDEO   How to make friends and influence people - by the Atherstone Hunt -   Atherstone Hunt Tuesday 13th, Saturday 17th and Tuesday 20th -   We continue to be out with the Atherstone twice a week, every week. The Atherstone continue to be without a terrier-man and a proper Whipper-In. They continue to finish early and continue to average around 10 riders. Tensions within the Hunt are noticeable and Huntsman Stuart Barton is losing his temper a lot. They continue to trespass on land they are not allowed to goAtherstoneFHLandownertellingHunttoFOffhisland13-12-16.jpg on and more and more landowners are coming forward and contacting us saying they have had enough of the Hunt.

On the 13th, we came across one landowner shouting at Huntsman Barton for going on land he'd told him not to go on. We heard him shout “I told you not to go on that fucking land” [right]. On the 17th, we heard Barton being shouted at by another landowner. This landowner later sent us the letter below, asking the Hunt to keep away from his property so as not to disturb his riding school. Huntsman Barton deliberately went as close as he could to the riding school and blew his hunting horn to disrupt the lessons.

We've had several landowners in the same area contact us about the Hunt. A few days after we exposed 'This Is AtherstoneFHSupporter_sabsshouldbeshot17-12-16.jpgHunting UK' vice chairman Brett Parker as a violent individual who wanted to give sabs a good hiding, John Osbourne, 'This Is Hunting UK' committee member for Buckinghamshire, was out supporting the Atherstone and told one sab that he thought all sabs should be shot [left]. It seems 'This Is Hunting UK' is a rather violent organisation with extreme views.

The Atherstone Hunt have yet again broken MFHA guidelines, this time regarding landowners. How often will the MFHA keep turning a blind eye to the actions of the Atherstone Hunt? We will be having a Boxing Day demonstration against the Atherstone Hunt in Market Bosworth starting at 10am.

We will continue to be out with the Atherstone twice a week, please help towards our costs so that we can continue to keep a persistent sab presence.

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Dear...

I have spent many years of asking that the Atherstone Hunt avoid causing safety issues for horses, handlers and riders by keeping right away from Withybrook Stables and surrounding land. The presence and sounds of many horses, hounds and huntsmans' horns whips our horses into a frenzy, causing them to panic, risking injury to valuable horses and our staff and customers. Of all times, I have asked you keep away on Saturdays, when we have many lessons booked for children and novice riders - also when winter conditions allow continued grazing paddocks as current warm conditions prevent us from housing horses indoors. On one occasion, your hounds actually found their way into a children's lesson in amongst the horses, potentially causing a huge risk of accident.

You continually disregard my communications and ignore my requests, indeed if I had not discovered your plans for this coming Saturday 17th Dec (by chance), to meet in the Lane we run our business from, I would not have known, as you do not even bother to notify us at all.

I am particularly incensed that you returned my call yesterday stating " that I was lying about Arron phoning me on Tuesday morning and saying I said it was OK , I certainly did not speak to Arron, as I was not even here on Tuesday - I left here at 6.am for a meeting in South Yorkshire from which I returned at 2.30pm .I do not appreciate your inference that I lie about this . Should you continue your planned activity and an incident occurs, I will provide my insurers /authorities/press with a copy of this letter to you as an official of the Atherstone Hunt.

Your faithfully,     Withybrook Equestrian Centre and Riding School.

The writer adds -  Following this letter, the Hunt totally ignored this warning. They proceeded to hunt within 50metres of our indoor School, where a rider fell off in a lesson due to the horses being startled by the sound of the Huntsman blowing his horn. Fortunately, she was not seriously injured. This surely is a most arrogant action. Why should people in rural areas suffer this illegal activity?

                                     

Petition launched to keep hunting PC away from policing Hunts

21-12-16    Daily Mail    Calls for policewoman to be investigated over video footage of her facing hunt saboteurs during a clash with activists despite being off duty    Animal rights activists are calling for a police officer to investigated for 'misusing her professional powers' after a video of her facing down fox hunting saboteurs went viral. Off duty PC Claire Ford was understood to be alongside the Cheshire Forest Hunt when it clashed with activists who disrupted the ride. When the protesters allegedly strayed from the public bridleway and onto private land, PC Ford came over and identified herself as an officer and escorted them off. A video - which has been watched more than 35,000 times on social media - shows her claiming their actions are a 'breach of the peace' and warning protesters her 'colleagues' are nearby.

A petition has been launched calling Cheshire Police to take action against the officer, accusing her of 'acting as private security' and 'misusing her professional powers'. The force confirmed it 'referred' the matter to the professional standards department after receiving a 'number' of complaints. A spokesperson for the Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs said: 'We believe that as an officer of the law, PC 5336 Claire Ford, should have no involvement in policing fox hunts due to her clear conflict of interest on this issue. We also believe that Cheshire Police should demand that she has no involvement with fox hunting whatsoever, be that on duty or off duty. Nor should she have any role in policing the forthcoming badger cull that may be rolled out to Cheshire. We would like Cheshire Police toCheshireForestFHPCClaireFordhunts10-12-16.jpg make a stand against cruelty and call into question the actions of PC 5336 Claire Ford and any other supposed officers of the law within their force who are directly or indirectly involved with hunting.'

The Hunt gathered at a pub in Sandbach, Cheshire, where they were met by saboteurs and monitors from three anti-hunting groups, on December 10. But it is understood they clashed nearby when the activists entered private land and PC Ford - accompanied by the farmer - approached them and told them to leave. A video captured by the activists shows her saying: 'I'm here as a breach of the peace [sic]. My colleagues are just around the corner.' She is asked: 'Are you a policewoman?' and she answered: 'Yeah I'm an off duty police officer I'm just making sure', before identifying her collar number.She then added: 'Stop, stop, stop, stop - all they've asked you to do is leave' and continues to march towards them. She is challenged and told she 'can't' but she adds: 'I can...it's a breach of the peace' and 'why are you spouting the law at me?'

POWAperson comments - The Mail seems to have missed the central point of the story here, which is that the sabs claim that the Cheshire Forest FH hunt illegally and, presumably, PC Ford would be aware of this. She is the latest in a line of police officers revealed to go out with Hunts who sabs/monitors claim break the Hunting Act, including at least one who had been appointed as a Wildlife Officer.

Change.org – Cheshire Sabs     PC 5336 Claire Ford to have no role policing fox hunting or be present, on or off duty     We believe that as an officer of the law, PC 5336 Claire Ford, should have no involvement in policing fox hunts due to her clear conflict of interest on this issue, we also believe that Cheshire Police should demand that she has no involvement with fox hunting whatsoever, be that on duty or off duty, nor should she have any role in policing the forthcoming badger cull that may be rolled out to Cheshire.

PC 5336 Claire Ford was photographed on Saturday the 10th of December supporting the Cheshire Forest Hunt as a passenger on a quad bike, then filmed acting as private security for the hunt by misusing her professional powers in a matter of civil law. It is common knowledge that there are many officers of the law involved in fox hunting all over the country, either directly, as is the case with PC 5336 Claire Ford, who is known to ride with the hunt, or indirectly, in the way of supporting them from the roadside etc.

How are we meant to trust these supposed law enforcement officers to uphold the law when they toe a very fine line between lawful and unlawful activities themselves? We would like Cheshire Police to make a stand against cruelty and call into question the actions of PC 5336 Claire Ford and any other supposed officers of the law within their force who are directly or indirectly involved with hunting.

 

Surrey Union FH chase fox across a road

20-12-16   Facebook – N.Downs Sabs   Mission 34 - Surrey Union, Ranmore Common, Dorking, Tuesday 20-SurreyUnionFH20-12-16.jpg12-16   Following a tip off, one of the Guildford Sabs found the Surrey Union hunt at Ranmore Common following their usual pattern of blatant illegal hunting midweek, when they don't expect sabs and the police don't turn up.

The message went out and other sabs turned out as soon as they finished work. The sabs were always close on the Hunt and, about 2.45 (when most of the photos were taken), the hounds went into full cry and chased a fox across the road. The sabs stayed with them and, fortunately, they lost it. The rest of the afternoon, until they packed, was spent collecting up their scattered pack, this taking longer than usual as the Huntsman was not present and the pack was being hunted by the whipper-in Luke Newton, whose efforts seemed somewhat amateurish. The small team of sabs then retired to the pub.

  

Female sab struck on head by Eggesford FH farmer supporter

19-12-16   Exeter Express & Echo   Video appears to show hunt saboteur assaulted on a Devon farm   An online video of a confrontation between saboteurs and members of a hunt appears to show a woman saboteur being EggesfordFHFemalesabstruckinheadbyfarrmersupporter17-12-16.jpgassaulted at a Devon farm. The 87-second video was posted by the Devon County Hunt Saboteurs group on its Facebook page. The group claims the incident happened at Crooke Burnell, North Tawton, during a meet of the Eggesford Hunt on Saturday.

The video shows footage of a cameraman and the woman being confronted by a rider, who tells them to leave the land as it is private. The pair agree to leave, and are followed by riders along a track to a farmyard, where a man appears on foot. He swears at them and appears to strike the woman on the back of the head. There was no response to calls from the Echo leaving messages at a contact number for the hunt and at the hunt kennels at Wembworthy, near Chulmleigh. A message was also left at the farm where the incident was said to have happened. No one was available from the Devon County Hunt Saboteurs to discuss the incident.

The video starts with footage of a rider appearing through a gate on a track towards the camera. In the background, around a dozen riders, some wearing red jackets and some black, head down a track away from the camera towards a wind farm. The rider, a man EggesfordFHRiderspushingsabsdownfarmdrivebeforefarmerhitsfemalesab17-12-16.jpgwearing a black jacket and riding hat and carrying a horse whip, says: "Right, you're on private property, and you're not allowed on here, so please remove yourself." A woman replies: "We wondered whether it was, but we didn't see the sign." The rider says: "You're on private property, there's no footpath on this farm, so go back to the road now please." The woman responds: "I did wonder but there wasn't a sign saying private so we didn't know." The rider says: "Doesn't matter. It's a private farm, there's no footpath. Off now, please go." The woman replies OK, as more riders appear, with a man and woman on horseback flanking the first rider. A second male rider then approaches the camera and waves his hand, saying, "Go on, go on, you were asked to leave." The cameraman replies, "All right, all right, don't ride your horse at me." The first rider says, "You're on my farm and it's private property," as the cameraman replies, "We're EggesfordFHFarmersupporterwhohitfemalesabinhead17-12-16.jpgleaving, we're leaving."

The footage shows the horses being ridden along the track, following a woman alongside the camera, as a horseman shouts, "Go, go," and the man replies, "Don't ride your horses at us." The riders follow the cameraman  and the woman along the track [right], with a man on foot behind the two horses. A rider shouts again, "Go, go, let's go" and the cameraman replies, "We can't leave any quicker". Someone says, "You could run," and a voice shouts, "Come on hurry up", then the cameraman shouts in alarm as a horse comes close to the woman, who is wearing a scarf over the lower part of her face, as she walks alongside a breeze block wall. She says "Don't do that", as there are shouts of "Go on get off" and "Clear off", and the man and woman pass through a farm gate. The footage shows a farm yard with parked vehicles then a stocky middle aged man appears on foot, shouting, "Right get out then", as the man with camera says repeatedly, "We're leaving". The man on foot, wearing a flat cap, red jumper and khaki sleeveless jacket, and blue trousers tucked into wellington boots [right], runs towards the couple, shouting, "You're f***ing leaving all right". He shouts "get f***ing moving" and appears to strike the woman on the head [above left], then she screams and runs forward. The cameraman shouts, "Get off her," and the woman cries "Don't do that." the pair run from the yard as the man shouts, "Get the f*** out of here". The cameraman then shouts, "We'll be calling the police about that," and the footage ends as the pair walk along the road away from the farm.

The incident is said to involve Eggesford Hunt, on Saturday, December 17, and the location of the incident is given as Crooke Burnell, North Tawton. According to the website of the Masters of Foxhounds Association, Eggesford Hunt operates in around 400 square miles of Mid Devon, where records date back to 1858 when the land was hunted by Lord Portsmouth.

20-12-16   Daily Mail    'Get the f*** out of here': Hunt saboteurs say they were charged at by a horse in a foul-mouthed clash with riders and farmers    A shocking video shows a hunt saboteur clashing with riders and farmers before being charged at by a horse and bombarded with obscenities. Expletive-laden footage captured the entire violent confrontation at Crooke Burnell, NorthEggesfordFHHunterwaveswhipatsab17-12-16.jpg Tawton, Devon, which was sparked when a huntsman shouts at a cameraman and the woman to leave his private land.

The pair agree to depart but are escorted and followed by riders along a track to a farmyard where another man wearing a flat cap appears on foot. The huntsman then runs towards the couple, shouting, 'You're f****** leaving all right'. He then yells 'get f****** moving' and appears to strike the woman on the head. The victim screams and runs forward before the cameraman shouts, 'get off her,' and the woman cries 'don't do that.' The pair then run from the yard as the man shouts, 'get the f*** out of here'. The cameraman then warns that they will be contacting police and the 90 second footage ends as the pair walk along the road away from the farm. The pair agree to depart but are escorted and followed by riders along a track to a farmyard.

The group claims the incident happened during a meet of the Eggesford Hunt on Saturday. The video has been posted by the Devon County Hunt Saboteurs group on its Facebook page. No-one from the hunt, which is based at Wembworthy, near Chulmleigh, has so far been available to comment. According to the website of the Masters of Foxhounds Association, Eggesford Hunt operates in around 400 square miles of Mid Devon, where records date back to 1858 when the land was hunted by Lord Portsmouth.

POWAperson adds :-  Another Eggesford FH hunt-supporting farmer [though it could be the same man] was convicted of assaulting a sab and bound over in 2006.

 

Kent police drop investigation into Old Surrey FH fox kill

OldSurreyBurstowFoxkilledby3-12-16.jpg18-12-16   Facebook – Kent Live    Police reach dead end on probe after animal rights activists claim hounds illegally killed fox    Kent Police has revealed the trail has gone cold in a probe launched after animal rights activists claim they recorded a fox being illegally hunted to death [left]. The anti-hunt activists claim hounds hunting on December 3, at around 3.30pm, as the Old Surrey Burstow & West Kent Hunt "ripped apart" the fox which they claimed they took to a vet, but which later died. Their video shows the hounds on the top of the fox in woodland, understood to be near Oakenden Lane in Chiddingstone Hoath. The fox is then removed from the pack by a member of the Hunt Saboteurs Association. The Association reported the incident to Kent Police.

But one of the hunt's organisers, Mark Bycroft, said the hunt had been a legal trail hunt and up to nine scented tracks had been laid for the hounds to follow. He said because the saboteurs cause disruption to the trail hunt by using recordings and hunting horns to confuse the hounds, if any incident involving a fox had occurred it would have been their fault.

Police told Kent Live at the time officers would be meeting with the informant, but this afternoon Kent Police said "officers have exhausted all initial enquiries". A spokesman provided contact details for anyone to get in touch if they had more information.

                                     

S.Shropshire FH follower backs landy into passer-by's car

18-12-16    Facebook - Cheshire Sabs    Here we have "Mr Stupid" a South Shropshire Hunt supporter blocking the public highway, driving without due care and attention and reversing straight into a completely innocent road users vehicle. The footage speaks for itself!

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Sabs find remains of another fox killed by East Kent FH

17-12-16   Facebook – E.Kent Sabs     E.Kent with West Street Foxhounds kill another fox   7th December 2016 Burmarsh. They say lightning does not strike in the same place twice-well, it has struck the East Kent with West Street hunt 3 times now! It is the 3rd time in as many years that our group has passed video footage and other evidence to Kent police, concerning possible illegal hunting at this Hunt's Burmarsh meet.

On Weds 7th December, one of our group attended this meet to film any breaches of the Hunting Act 2004. Whilst the Hunt was meeting at Haugelands Farm, our member was positioning themselves in a location that would give the best view of the open marshland to be hunted. It wasn't long before the Hunt came into sight-on open land they could be seen taking hounds through ditches and reed beds, and any other cover where foxes are likely to be found. At the back of a campsite on a strip of brambles, the hounds were cast once more, then, some time later, the Huntsman was filmed off his horse and in amongst the hounds. This is usually a sign that the Huntsman has killed or retrieving hounds from an earth if they had marked a fox to ground. Our monitor continued filming until the Hunt was well out of sight, and again, the Hunt followed the same routine.

In the hours before and during the hunt, on open marsh land, our cameraman saw no trail being laid, and hounds being cast into cover as if the hunting ban did not exist…. A later attempt was made to inspect the rear of the campsite, but hunt followers returning home meant our monitor may have been spotted (last year, one of our monitors was caught filming at this meet, and was chased off by masked terrier men, who damaged his vehicle during the pursuit).

A decision to return in the morning was made, and, as our monitor searched the area where he had seen the Huntsman on foot, it became apparent that the Hunt had indeed killed there… In an area of flattened nettles, and hanging in some brambles was the remains of the fox. It had no tail and it's pelvis and rear end had been destroyed, and the rest of its body had puncture wounds. No doubt the Hunt will claim it was an “accident”, but isn't it time the police took a firm line against these flagrant abuses of the law? And as for the so called “free press”, stopped printing what the Hunt tells them they are doing and start investigating what the Hunts are actually doing?! Note-all footage and the evidence has been passed on to Kent police.

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Coastguard rescue scramble to save IoW FH hound that went over cliff

17-12-16   Island Echo    Fox hound ‘over cliff’ prompts coastguard response    The Needles Coastguard Rescue Team responded to reports of a dog going over the cliff edge near Compton this afternoon (Saturday). At shortly before 13:40, Solent Coastguard received several calls from members of the public reporting that a dog had possibily gone over the cliff near Compton Farm on Military Road. It was reported there was no owner present. Arriving on the scene, Coastguard Officers established that the dog was a rouge fox hound that had become separated from a nearby meet. Thankfully, the hound managed to save itself from the cliff and proceeded East in the search of the rest of it’s pack, evading members of the Coastguard team and Police. The dog was last seen heading across land in close proximity to it’s pack, with huntsmen tracking it.

  

Monitors film Grafton FH hunting 3 foxes in meets 3 days apart

16-12-16    YouTube     Grafton Hunt chase three foxes over two days    Monitors filmed the Grafton Hunt chasing three foxes over two consecutive days' hunting. The Hunting Act must be strengthened to stop this happening - it urgently needs a recklessness clause to stop the distressing state of affairs which currently exists, almost 12 years after the ban came into force.

POWAperson adds:-  The first chase was filmed on 26-11 near Helmdon. Across a lake, a fox is seen running across a grass field. It is followed seconds later by hounds. The mounted Huntsman appears soon after. Three days later, at Potcote, an apparently beaten fox is seen fleeing across a field. Hounds soon emerge, following the same line, closely followed by Huntsman and riders. Hunters are told they're being filmed and it initially seems they are stopping hounds [though the offence has already been committed] but the Huntsman then leads hounds and field towards where the fox has gone, only to turn and come back to the road not long after. It is clear that the Grafton knew monitors were present and filming, yet they appear to have blatantly hunted foxes, almost as if they had no fear of prosecution. Which, given the many deficiencies of the Act, the reluctance of police and CPS to act against them and the poor track record of the CPS on the rare occasions they do take organised hunters to court, is scarcely surprising. The spirit and letter of the Hunting Act 2004 are being, as a former Chief Inspector of the CPS wrote, 'extensively flouted'. Even in spite of the problems with the Act, the authorities could do better than they are to rein them in, but Hunts will carry on pursuing and killing live quarry until the Act is substantially strengthened. Please support POWA's efforts in our campaigntostrengthenthehuntingact.com.

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                Fox flees hounds 26-11-16                                                 Hounds seconds behind fox

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Sabs release footage of Blackmore FH hunting last February

16-12-16    Facebook - Dorset Sabs    Video of Blackmore FH meet at Bowden, 13-2-16    This footage not previously uploaded because it features the Huntsman and there was a court case against him for riding down and severely injuring a female sab in August 2014. The events of the day had been previously reported - see here, item dated 14-2-16. On that day sabs found three blocked badger setts and unblocked them, for which they received threats and an assault as well as being ridden at. The Hunt then chased a fox into the village of Yenston and looked for it in gardens and blocked an A road.

This film begins with a fox fleeing across a field. Minutes later, the Hunt and hounds appear. The whipper-in approaches the filmer, a highly experienced monitor known to them, who tells him they are on the line of a fox. The Whip denies it and claims their 'trail' was laid across that meadow. Odd, since the idea of 'trail hunting' is supposed to be that, to replicate fox hunting as closely as possible, they only know the start point of a trail, not where it then goes. What would be the point of riding a known route and, if that's what they do, how come Hunts so often riot on to roads, railways and into villages and barred land? The monitor then tells the Huntsman, that they are on the line. He accuses the monitor of lying and riders then give him a bit of hassle.  The field then move over to a copse. Unbeknown to them, sabs believe that the fox has escaped down a hole unblocked earlier in the day by sabs in that wood. Whatever, the Hunt don't find it.

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Monitor films Grafton FH rider on road viciously striking his horse

Upbraded, owner says the horse 'deserved' it and abuses monitor 

15-12-16   You Tube      A highly experienced monitor was driving slowly behind two Grafton FH riders when she saw one of them twice hit his horse very hard with his riding crop. She quickly switched on her dash-cam and caught him doing it again. Driving alongside, she told the rider off in no uncertain terms. The rider's female ompanion then turned her horse around and shouted that the horse 'deserved it' and that it was her horse and she'd treat it any way she liked.

Foxes, deer, hares and mink are far from being the only animal victims of organised hunters. Sabs and monitors often witness horses being maltreated and ridden in dangerous fashion. POWAperson himself, whilst a monitor in the '90s, saw two hunt horses die during hunts because their riders had pushed them too hard, one of them on a deer hunt on a very hot day in August. Hounds, of course, are treated appallingly, culled ruthlessly if they commit various 'crimes' and routinely murdered when they reach the age of six/seven and are judged no longer fit to keep up with the pack. Pets, livestock and non-quarry wildlife that get in the hounds' way are terrified or even killed. Road and sometimes rail users are obstructed, sometimes endangered, by the hunters' selfish actions. Hunters demonstrate again and again that, for them, animal and even human welfare comes nowhere compared with their perverted lust for the chase. It is incredibly frustrating to monitors, sabs and other antis that these monsters continue to be treated by the authorities and often the media as though they were decent 'pillars of the community'.

Please watch and share the other films on 'scorpiovulpes' channel to see both frequent illegal hunting and appalling behaviour towards monitors.  

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Mangled remains of fox believed killed by Bicester FH found

Resident makes grisly discovery day after resident & monitor saw fox chased near village

15-12-16   Facebook - Hunt Monitors   Full Monitoring Report – Oxfordshire Monitors The Bicester Hunt with Whaddon Chase (BHWC) met at Godington Hall, Godington, at 11:00   Hounds arrived fairly quickly in the Poundon area from Godington and hunted around a bridleway known locally as “Green Lane” (which runs from Poundon to Charndon). They could be heard on cry until they disappeared into the Charndon area before changing horses for their afternoon session.

The Hunt returned to the Poundon/Twyford area around 3pm and hounds flushed a fox out of a wooded area between Poundon and Grange Farm, Godington. Chaos ensued as hounds picked up the scent and riders could be seen riding through fields of sheep which gathered in huddles unsure of where best to flee for cover. As hounds appeared in a field adjacent to Mill Lane, Twyford, the gate to which was heavily chained, the hounds lost, checked and regained the scent of the fox that had done its best to mask its tracks. The Monitor who was watching Mill Lane, with a local dog walker, saw the fox burst through the hedgerow about 20 yards away , fleeing across Mill Lane in the direction of a spinney (a small wood with undergrowth), on the boundary of Twyford Village.

The Monitor shouted at the Huntsman to tell him that their hounds were onto a fox and demanded that they be called off.

Hounds were called back but only to be taken across Mill Lane toward the spinney where the hunted fox had sought refuge less than 10 minutes earlier. Monitor again shouted at the Huntsman that he was pursuing the fox and he simply informed the Monitor that they had laid a trail. Furthermore, he informed the Monitor that he had permission to be on the land, which it was noted had been put down to seed, winter wheat, most probably. The entire pack of hounds then entered the spinney and within minutes the most awful blood curdling cries went up as they found yet again and pursued this poor creature into the Village of Twyford. It wasn’t possible to know whether they were on to the original fox or flushed out a different one.

A couple in the Village saw the whole spectacle unfold from their back garden and they told our monitor that one fox had definitely escaped along the side of their garden fence. Mill Lane, a Restricted Byway which runs past the Village Primary School playground, became clogged up with the followers’ vehicles. This was after 4p.m. and they appeared to hunt on as darkness crept in.

Sadly, whilst walking dogs early on Friday morning, a horrified resident came across what remained of one fox that had been killed in the area where the hounds had converged and where hunt followers had been seen to run toward from their vehicles, parked on Mill Lane. The entrails and what was left of the tail were found a few feet away from the bloodied grass, indicating that one of the hunt followers/supporters had dropped these as they tried to hastily remove the body. The grass this morning was soaked with blood and the poor creature was so terrified that it had messed itself. Tiny pieces of fur were visible and it seems as though it had been killed in a frenzy. It never stood a chance and it was simply ripped to pieces.

Our Monitor has been deeply traumatised by this event, questioning the mentality of anybody who could inflict such mindless barbarity upon a small creature that had done them no harm. In an unsuccessful effort to save its life, the poor fox had given the Hunt their unpredictable chase across country and paid the ultimate price. There were no winners here on Thursday – we saw the ugly side of the human species and unless and until the minority amongst us can be cured of their incomprehensible predilection to hunt wild animals for sport, we will truly remain a plague upon the Earth and the wonderful animals that we share it with.

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Pressure telling on Atherstone FH finances, say sabs

15-12-16   Facebook – W.Mids Sabs    ATHERSTONE HUNT UPDATE - 2015-2016 STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS   The 2015/2016 statement of accounts, summary statement, list of subscribers and list donors of the Atherstone Hunt has been leaked to us by one of our sources within the hunt.

We knew the Atherstone Hunt were in financial trouble when joint master of the hunt James Sharland set up a gofundme for a sponsored mud run, the mud run never happened, but the Hunt pocketed the money anyway. Sharland admitted "persistent sab presence has lead to a dramatic drop in subscribers" The leaked report shows the Atherstone Hunt made a loss of £13,000. This loss is a direct result of the dramatic drop in subscribers which amounts to £16,315, the entire list of Atherstone subscribers now fits onto one side of an A4 page. This was the state of the Atherstone Hunt during the last financial year, the situation has certainly not improved this year.

The Atherstone are unable to pay the wages of their own staff. This year these wages are being paid for by someone from outside the hunt. The report shows that Hunt staff wages amounted to £34,447 last year. The Atherstone have been without a terrier man all season and after firing their last Whipper-In have been unable to find anyone to replace him. The number of riders continues to be on average below ten. Dove Valley Mink Hounds huntsman Will Shaw continues to babysit Atherstone Huntsman Stuart Barton to prevent any road traffic accidents happening due to Barton's poor hound control. The Atherstone Hunt continues to show the world the real face of fox hunting.

We know the Atherstone Hunt are not popular and we are starting to get more and more land owners giving us information. We will continue to be out with the Atherstone twice a week, please help towards our costs so that we can continue to keep a persistent sab presence There will be a Boxing Day demonstration against the Hunt at Market Bosworth at 10am.

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Sabs find many blocked badger setts on Cotswold FH meet day

Police informed and they unblocked two of them themselves!

11-12-16   Facebook - 3 Counties Sabs    Saturday 10th December 2016, Cotswold Hunt, Castlebarn Farm, Turkdean, North Cotswold badger cull zone    We were out early for this one and it was pitch block in the field on sett blocking patrol. At the first sett we went to check we had just missed them and heard the quad leave. There was the usual scene of carnage with every entrance impacted with earth and one entrance had a log rammed down it. We informed the police and continued to sett check. At the next one as we were confirming that it was very active a quad approached the small covert and drove around it before leaving. Had he come to block it and thought better of it? It had been blocked before, repeatedly with the badgers still there despite sett blocking, cull and who knows what other pressures. We hope that we deterred him. Other setts were found to be unblocked and active. We then met 2 Gloucestershire police officers who went to the blocked sett and unblocked every single entrance and wish to thank them for their timely response.

The Hunt met at 12.00 and we saw them draw the covert where the sett had been blocked. It was very wet and they didn't seem to be finding much (foxes retreat to shelter in such weather much of the time). They then crossed over to where the Heythrop were hunting just last Saturday in a large landlocked area between Turkdean and Cold Aston and where 5 setts were blocked. So the foxes that were hunted there last week and survived were once more at risk a week later. One badger sett that was blocked last week was blocked again this week, twice trashed within 7 days just so people can illegally hunt foxes.

The impact on badgers can be suffocation as they try to dig their way out and get caught between the earth behind them as they dig and the earth impacted by the rain. They often do dig their way out but some don't make it. Foxes ,who often enjoy living in badger setts, are denied an escape route from the hounds. It takes hours to dig out a badger sett, not long at all to get into an artificial earth, a terrier can bolt a fox quickly from one of these to be hunted again, needless to say the AEs are often left unblocked. Sad to say later we saw the Heythrop, or it may have been the North Cotswold, in the dark packing up near Stow. Both Hunts would have done exactly the same in the areas they were hunting.

Other 3C sabs sabbed the CVFH from Aston Crews along with Bristol and South Wales. Report to follow.

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            Sett blocked with stave and packed earth                                   Freshly blocked sett with spade marks

  

Sabs say they saved fox from 'violent' Crawley & Horsham FH

10-12-16   Facebook - Guildford Hunt Saboteurs    As we suspected the Surrey Union hounds have kennel cough weCrawleyHorshamFH12-16.jpg headed to the Crawley and Horsham hunt with North Downs Hunt Sabs to join up with West Sussex Hunt Sabs whom were already with the Hunt. Clearly upset at the sab presence, riders (again) used their horses as weapons and charged towards sabs, deliberately trying to ride sabs down on several occasions - one rider has had his details taken by police.

Nearer the end on the day by new buildings plantation we noticed a fox bolt just meters in front of us, with hounds in deep cry just behind we covered the area in citronella. At this point, the whipper-in stayed where the fox had crossed and tried to hit a sab with his whip... and failed. As hounds quickly approached other sabs arrived and we used old school sabbing tactics to call the hounds off the scent, much to the dismay of some of the Hunt whom started behaving violently again. After the traumatic kill on the Burstow last week it was great to be able to save at least one fox today. Run free.

  

Oakley FH thug hits female sab then tries to spray eyes of others

Gizmo stolen from female victim - police treat sabs as criminals 

10-12-16   Facebook – S.Cambs Sabs   VIDEO   Hit Report – 10/12/2016 Oakley Hunt, St John's Arms, Melchbourne   We went just over the Cambs border today with N.Cambs, Suffolk And Essex, Cambridge and Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs to sab the Oakley. Using several groups of foot sabs, the various groups managed to manoeuvre round the regular hunt 'stewards' to keep tabs on the hunt all day. The drivers did a sterling job keeping an eye on the Hunt as they paraded through villages with hounds all over the roads.

Sadly the hounds looked very thin and did not appear to be in good health. Jack Harris, the less than competent Huntsman, lost control of the hounds several times during the day as they ran across fields in every direction! Hounds ran across a road rioting after a fox and sabs entered the field to intervene, using the gizmo, horn and voice calls to distract hounds.

The hunt thugs followed and assaulted sabs. One large thug attacked and took a female sab to the ground, hitting her in the face and then stealing our group gizmo. His friend then attempted to spray red dye into the eyes of sabs - who knows what damage this could have caused (video evidence is being looked at and will follow).

On top of this, thugs then falsely accused sabs of stealing their property - ironic as they are the ones that stole from us! Police threatened the sabs - the victims of assault and theft - with arrest. They were generally hostile to sabs, and searched sabs but did not search the thugs when sabs explained they had stolen from them. We wonder if this biased behaviour has anything to do with them hanging around and chatting with the violent 'stewards' for much of the day!

However, at the end of the day all the sabs, and the local wildlife were safe - and the Hunt packed up early at around 2.30, wet and miserable. Another eventful but successful day!

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Sabs save fox chased to ground by Cotswold Vale FH

10-12-16 Facebook - Bristol Sabs   Off back to the Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt this morning, along with sabs fromCotswoldValeFHHuntandsabs10-12-16.jpg South Wales, Bath & Three Counties.

They met at Aston Crews on the Gloucestershire/Herefordshire border and we soon found them not far away with riders on point and hounds picking up in a wood. We shot off to catch up with them and the huntsman took his hounds and ran, which set the tone for the rest of the day. The Huntsman was quickly drawing through another covert with sabs close by, so we decided to take the hounds with the use of a hunting horn. This tested the hunts temper somewhat and it wasn't long before hunt supporters were (unsuccessfully) trying to throw their weight around.

Despite the Hunt covering a lot of ground, hilly terrain and poor weather conditions, in our various groups we ensured that sabs were always with the hunt, often second guessed their movements meaning we were ahead of them.

Towards the end of the day we came across the hounds marking to ground in a badger sett, where a fox they had been chasing was taking refuge. Sabs were straight in there rating hounds and when the Huntsman realised he had company he gathered the hounds and took off. We waited around for a while as a quad was also hanging about, but other sabs were in place to rate hounds when they were in cry close by immediately after.

With visibility becoming increasingly poor and no luck with these foxes, the Hunt were packing up just before 3.30. A very successful day and a bunch of damp but happy sabs.

 

Horrified man sees Dumfriesshire FH hounds kill fox in his garden
Slaughter took place in middle of a housing estate in Heathhall 

9-12-16   Daily Record    Dumfries carer’s horror at fox hunt kill in his back garden in Heathhall   Daniel Sauberlich described the incident as "bizarre and brutal" when a pack of 10 dogs attacked a fox in the busy housing estate. A carer was left shocked after a fox was mauled by a pack of hounds in his back garden during a hunt. Daniel Sauberlich saw the fox run past his window pursued by a pack of 10 dogs in Herries Avenue, Heathhall, on Saturday afternoon. Home carer Daniel, 28, said: “I can’t begin to describe the shock and disbelief at this barbaric event happening in our own garden, let alone if our children or dog were in it at the time. “I went to the back door and opened it and saw the fox staring at me. It started running towards me but just before it got to me the dogs grabbed it, shook it around a bit, killed it and left. It’s still so surreal I can’t believe it happened. Before this I didn’t have an opinion on fox-hunting but I’m really against it now. I could hear horns nearby so it must’ve been a hunt. To see it happen in a housing estate is just unreal.”

Robbie Marsland, of the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, said: “From what we’ve heard this is a classic example of illegal hunting going very wrong. This comes at a crunch point as an official inquiry has just called for the law to be strengthened. We are calling on the Scottish Government to act quickly and really ban fox-hunting in Scotland – for good.”

Police are appealing for witnesses. The Dumfriesshire and Stewartry Foxhounds failed to comment on the matter.

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Man arrested & in custody in connection with fox kills by the Belvoir FH

Believed to be Huntsman, also suspected of assault & criminal damage

9-12-16   Leicester Mercury    Man, 49, arrested after foxes killed by hunt hounds    A man has been arrested on suspicion of illegal hunting following the deaths of two foxes in Leicestershire last weekend. The 49-year-old was taken into custody for questioning about the animals' deaths while the Belvoir Hunt was riding in the Scalford area, near Melton.

Leicestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach was present and monitoring officers' policing of the event when two foxes were killed by the Belvoir Hunt's hounds. Hunt saboteurs allegedly found a third seriously injured animal which also died. Lord Bach said he had been shocked by the deaths during a hunt meet on Saturday, December 3.

In a statement today, Leicestershire Police said: "A 49-year-old man has been arrested in connection with incidents which are alleged to have happened in the Scalford area of Melton. It follows reports of an assault and the death of two foxes on Saturday, December 3. The man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, assault and illegal hunting with a dog, and is currently in custody."

Speaking to the Leicester Mercury later, Lord Bach said: "I attended the Belvoir Hunt on Saturday with the police as part of my determination to learn more about rural issues. The police, in my view, performed a difficult task with great skill and professionalism. I fully support a police inquiry into the events leading to this outcome, when the Hunting Act 2004 makes it clear that the intentional killing of mammals is illegal. I am determined as police and crime commissioner that the law, as decided by Parliament, will be upheld in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland."

The event, on Saturday, was also being monitored by hunt saboteurs, who took pictures of the savaged foxes. Under the Hunting Act of 2004 it is illegal to hunt mammals with dogs.

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Dog walker sees her dog & a fox being chased by Blackmore FH hounds

8-12-16   Facebook - Dorset Against Blood Sports    Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt causing mayhem to the local community and their pets, as well as the poor fox.

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Trial date set for Fitzwilliam FH hunt servants at last

8-12-16   Facebook - S.Cambs Sabs    Members of the Fitzwilliam Hunt, George Adams and John Mease  [Huntsman & Terrierman, pics below], attended a case management hearing at Peterborough magistrates court today for the cases against them to be set. The trial will now be heard at Chelmsford magistrates on the 26th and 27th of April 2017. Let's hope the CPS fight for justice for the poor innocent fox killed on New Years Day.

POWAperson adds - The alleged offences occurred on New Year's Day 2016. It is ridiculous that summary offences should take so long to come to trial. There's an old saying - 'Justice delayed is justice denied.' Still, it will give the CPS yet more time to think of an excuse to drop the case.  

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Iron-bar wielding Atherstone FH supporter attacks sabs

7-12-16   Facebook – W.Mids Sabs  VIDEO   Iron bar wielding hunt supporter attacks sabs   Atherstone Hunt - Kennels - Saturday 3rd December 2016.   During Saturday's kennel meet, an Atherstone Hunt supporter ran at sabsAtherstoneFHsupporterwieldingironbar3-12-16.jpg whilst waving an iron bar in the air [right] before attacking sabs. He can be heard threatening to steal and break their camera. He then attacks sabs for a second time taking two sabs to the ground. Luckily sabs escaped without any serious injuries.

This latest violent episode from the Atherstone Hunt follows on from another Atherstone supporter ramming their car into the sabs vehicle before shouting a tirade of sexist abuse at them. The week before sabs were again attacked and had their cameras stolen by an Atherstone Hunt supporter. Our vehicle needs some immediate repairs. We are already grateful for the support that you have shown us this season especially after the recent thefts so any donation will be gratefully received.

 

Police powers to unmask protesters enhanced, say CA

7-12-16   Countryside Alliance    Police powers to unmask violent protestors eased     The House of Lords has today (7 December) passed a Government amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill which makes it easier for the police to tackle violent masked protestors. The amendment is a response to concerns that current powers cannot be used by the police in response to many protests by animal rights activists, other extremists and ‘flash mobs’. The amendment means that a senior police officer will be able to give immediate oral authorisation for a constable to remove face-coverings, where it is impracticable for that authorisation to be given in writing. The law currently requires prior written authorisation that the police have grounds for reasonable belief that activities may take place in an area that are likely to involve the commission of offences. The conditions and protections remain exactly the same, but the fast track process will now allow the police to tackle a serious issue both in rural communities and elsewhere.

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

POWAperson comments - Sabs wear face-coverings to try to stop hunters identifying them because, from experience, they know this may well lead to their being attacked by hunters at sab homes or elsewhere. Presumably the new police powers will apply equally to the hunt thugs who frequently mask up [as do some huntsmen]. In the case of the followers, masking is to avoid being identified when they carry out assaults, thefts and criminal damage on sabs and monitors, all frequent occurrences. Attacks by antis on hunters are very rare. Hopefully, police will use their new powers equitably, though past experience suggests probably not.

Some examples of masked-up hunters -

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Sabs say they saved three foxes from hunt attempts to kill them

Closed & scandal hit Essex Farmers FH members out with the Essex FH

6-12-16    Facebook – Cambridge Sabs   Hit report - Sat 26/11/2016 3 foxes seen to safety - Essex Hunt and Essex Farmers & Union Hunt, Stanford Rivers, Essex    We teamed up with our neighbours at Suffolk & Essex, S.Cambs, N.E. London Sabs to pay the Essex Hunt and Essex Farmers & Union Hunt (EFUH) a visit. The EFUH recently closed amidst scandal and are now temporarily joined with the Essex Hunt for 3 seasons. They'll be hunting jointly in country in the south of Essex, and we'll be keeping an eye on them every now and then. Both hunts are illegal.

From the offset, 3 masked terrier men proceeded to harass us by putting their phones inches from our faces one at a time. During a scout-out, we were made aware by a member of the public that the landowner was Mr Jim CollinsEssexFHHuntsmanandsabs26-11-16.jpg and he was illegally allowing hunting on his farmland, despite the wishes of the local population. This member of the public also informed us that this hunt have no warnings to the locals about their activity, which is a great worry to the residents as there have been a number of cat deaths from hounds in recent years.

We spent the majority of the day on foot with the Hunt, putting tactics and equipment to good use and successfully seeing 3 foxes to safety. The first fox broke cover and ran out from a covert parallel to where 6 sabs were positioned. To avoid startling the fox into an unsafe direction, we dived into prone position onto the ground and the fox took the wise decision to head into thick undergrowth alongside us. We sprayed citronella liberally on the line and in the area, and moments later the hounds broke and followed the line up to us on cry. This is always a tense moment, as you know a wild being's very existence is at stake. We verbally rated the hounds (used voices to command the hounds to stop) and formed a blockade which prevented them from further following the fox. Our tactics worked as the hounds checked (lost the scent), and were eventually collected by the Huntsman, who had been wilfully hunting them on illegally.

On the second occasion; we were in the vehicle relocating to intercept the Hunt when a fox ran out in front of us and into a covert. We immediately jumped out of the vehicle and began spraying citronella on the line and throughout the area. Shortly hounds appeared on cry coming toward the over side of the covert to us, however due to the citronella the hounds checked and this presented sabs with the opportunity to use our horn to confuse the hounds and call them away from where the fox had taken refuge, meaning a few moments later we were surrounded by wagging tails, wet noses and bouncing ears. The hounds are soppy beings at heart, and if they hadn't been trained by bloodthirsty humans to kill, they'd be doing nothing of the sort. The Huntsman by contrast was certainly not wagging his tail, appearing red faced and flustered that this attempt at ripping a fox to shreds had been thwarted.

Although support were present, we did not find confrontation which meant that on this occasion there were no injuries to sabs and we were able to get on with our work to prevent illegal hunting from taking place.

On a side note, two riders fell of their horses during the course of the day. On both occasions the sabs offered medical assistance and at one point even helped a rider find a lost saddle after a rather nasty accident. We're good people who are there to stop wildlife being terrorised and will always help those in need with first aid should a rider - or even hunt staff member - be injured.

As a parting gesture from the hunt support whilst we got back into our vehicle, we witnessed a mother whisper something to a young child's ear, who then proceeded to say “fuck off you wankers” which of course went without reprimand. What wonderful folk these hunt types are.

 

Police pass evidence file to CPS in S.Herefordshire cruelty case

5-12-16   Hereford Times   Update issued on South Herefordshire Hunt investigation   West Mercia Police has issued an update with regards to its investigations into allegations of animal cruelty at the South Herefordshire Hunt. Investigators have passed an early evidential file into alleged animal cruelty at the Wormelow hunt kennels to the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Complex Casework Unit (CPS) for their consideration. Five people have been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and released on police bail until a date in February. Five people have also been interviewed voluntarily as part of the police investigation.

A police spokesman said: "As legal proceedings are active it is important that any commentary, or sharing of information online, or on social media, does not in any way prejudice the proceedings." Police will issue a further statement when the CPS determines if there should be a criminal prosecution. The Masters of Fox Hounds Association (MFHA) is carrying its own independent [!!!!] inquiry into conduct at the South Herefordshire Hunt.

POWAperson comments - As it's sub-judice, can't say too much. The case seems to be making glacially slow progress, though that's common enough in hunting [and, to be fair other] cases. Maybe that, and the regular updates, are some indication of how seriously they are taking this case and how outraged the public are by what was done.

The events were seven months ago and, if this were a matter of illegal hunting, a summary case, it would by now be too late to charge the alleged offenders. However, this is principally an Animal Welfare Act matter, offences under which, being imprisonable, are indictable and not subject to the six-month charging limit that applies to Hunting Act matters. If past form in hunt cruelty cases is followed, the Masters and officials will deny any knowledge and the 'servants' won't dob their superiors in. if they were involved. A reminder that this is far from the only case where people and premises connected to Hunts have been discovered to be keeping captive foxes in recent times.

It is normal for young hounds to be blooded on easy to catch cubs, but this is usually in the grim practice of 'cubbing' in late summer and autumn, where small coverts are surrounded by hunters who scare young foxes back in as they're trying to flee hounds. Hunts still regularly engage in this repulsive ritual, which can only be to train the juvenile hounds for proper fox hunting later. Throwing very young cubs into hound kennels, which is what the video appears to show was done, is not normal practice - though the end outcome for the young victims is much the same. One imagines even most seasoned hunters will regard this as 'bad form'.  

Pics below give a reminder of what this is about, though the full horror can only be got from the video.

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Bloodstains and fur remains suggest Fife FH hounds killed fox

5-12-16   Facebook – Perthshire Sabs   Fife Foxhounds met at Edenwood House    Before they set off, Galpin the terrierman arrived to rant at us and film us. The Hunt left the meet and started hunting in the woods at the back of Edenwood farm. A fox actually ran into the corner of the woods they were hunting. We think the fox then likely bolted towards and over the A963 towards the hill of Tarvit. The hunt went this way and then we lost them - we have never done this meet before so had no idea of where they might go.

Eventually we found them again. it was actually a member of the public who helped us find where they were, after we spotted some hunt support vehicles. She was shocked that hunting happened in Scotland and was glad when she realised we were against them. She had been watching them for at least half an hour, hunting in Cairngreen wood. We looped round to the B940 and headed up the field towards where we could hear Robert the Huntsman drawing the woodland, but as we got closer it was all quiet, we found the Hunt at the other side of where we entered the woodland. Riders grouped together and Robert (huntsman) off his horse, he started to blow long wavering calls on his horn (very much like a blow for a kill) and as we got closer and we were seen, Galpin the terrierman got a bag from his quad. He picked something up and various smaller bits, putting them into the bag, then most of the hunt left. Two riders returned to film us as Galpin got back to his quad with the bag. He put the bag in his box then drove away. The two riders then left.

We studied the ground where they had been and found blood splatters and some fur, the fur was grey with orange/fox red tips, so looks like the hunt had been celebrating the kill before we arrived. We don't think the fox was killed at that spot, likely brought to where all the riders were so the hounds could rag it in front of them as we don't think there was enough blood to show it had been killed there. We did not hear any gunfire as we approached so we are guessing the hounds killed this fox, but sadly we were too late to get any evidence of this. By talking to others in the area, this fox must have been hunted for at least an hour before being killed. So much for quick and humane flushing foxes to waiting guns.

Brownie points for the police attending today for being nice to sabs and giving them a lift back to their vehicle.

Pics below:- Top right - Fife FH    Top right - Fox fleeing   Bottom right - Terrierman gathers fox remains  

Bottom left - Fur and blood remnants 

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See other pics here 

 

Belvoir FH kill three foxes, two in grounds of nursing home

Female sab allegedly assaulted by the Huntsman

4-12-16   HSA Press Release   Belvoir Hunt Kill Foxes in Grounds of Nursing Home   Yesterday, The Duke of Rutland's hounds, the Belvoir Hunt, chased and illegally killed three foxes. The Hunt met at The Wolds Farm near Holwell, Leicestershire. Initially sabs were able to take the hounds off huntsman John Holliday in two locations as he encouraged hounds to hunt a nearby covert and hedge. Unfortunately by the time sabs had caught up with him in a farmyard near Scalford Hall, hounds were already tearing apart a terrified fox they had cornered in the yard [right]. Holliday sat watching making no attempt to control his pack. SabsBelvoirFHOneoffoxeskilled3-12-16.jpg immediately intervened and were able to recover the still conscious fox. At this point Holliday dismounted and assaulted a female sab. The fox was unable to be saved due to extensive wounds and died in the sabs arms.

The police and Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner, who were both present on the day, confirmed that immediately prior to this incident two other foxes were killed by the Hunt in the grounds of a nearby nursing home. The police were alerted by a horrified member of the public. All three foxes have been taken as evidence by Leicestershire Police.

Earlier this year, the Belvoir were implicated in the keeping of captive foxes to be illegally hunted. Members of the Hunt subsequently attacked the two League Against Cruel Sports investigators who had exposed them, putting one of them in hospital with a broken neck. They are currently awaiting a court case in 2017.

Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “2016 has shown the world exactly what the Belvoir hunt are like. They were implicated in keeping captive foxes, then viciously assaulting those who had exposed them. Now as the year draws to a close they brazenly hunt and kill three foxes in the presence of Leicestershire Police. Members of Leicestershire Police, including former wildlife crime officer Sharon Roscoe, are known to ride with the Belvoir and we hope this doesn't influence any investigation. It is perhaps fortunate that the Leicestershire PCC was also present on the day to insist that this latest law breaking by the Belvoir is not brushed under the carpet.”

5-12-16  Leicester Mercury   Belvoir Hunt: Police launch investigation after three foxes killed by hounds  Police have launched an investigation into the conduct of the Belvoir Hunt after three foxes were killed by hounds. Crime commissioner Lord Willy Bach was observing the policing of the event and said he was shocked to see the bodies of the animals "ripped to bits by hounds". The event, on Saturday, was also being monitored by hunt saboteurs who took pictures of the savaged foxes. Under the Hunting Act of 2004 it is illegal to hunt mammals with dogs.

Repeated attempts by the Mercury to contact the hunt to get their side of what happened had failed to get a response by the time the newspaper went to press. But the Countryside Alliance, which supports field sports, said: "The Hunt has launched an urgent investigation to establish exactly what happened on Saturday. At this stage they are very busy investigating and they cannot comment further.

The hunt saboteurs claim that two killings were carried out by hounds in the grounds of a nursing home. They managed to rescue a badly injured third which died in the arms of one of the saboteurs.

Lord Bach said: "I attended the Belvoir Hunt on Saturday with the police as part of my determination to learn more about rural issues. The police in my view performed a difficult task with great skill and professionalism. I was shocked by seeing the bodies of three dead foxes, ripped to bits by hounds. I fully support a police inquiry into the events leading to this outcome, when the Hunting Act 2004 makes it clear that the intentional killing of mammals is illegal. I am determined as Police and Crime Commissioner that the law, as decided by Parliament, will be upheld in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland."

The saboteurs claimed hounds chased and illegally killed three foxes.

Flint & Denbigh FH chase fox across main road, Huntsman keeps losing hounds

3-12-17  Facebook – N.Wales Sabs   Hit report 3/12/16   Today in Cefn near St.Asaph, joined by Cheshire Sabs and members of Lancaster sabs, we thought we'd pop along and help the Flint and Denbigh 'trail hunt' make sure they didn't accidently illegally hunt any foxes. OK, truth be told, this Hunt haven't a clue about laying trails and there's no accident in their illegal hunting. From the off these bumpkins were angry, with one of the riders threatening sabs "There's going to be trouble today". Why so angry? We can only guess, maybe because they had to cancel last weeks meet? Maybe because of all you naughty people who've asked Denbigh Council to cancel their Boxing Day parade? Or maybe because of all current police investigations involving this Hunt and some of its members? Police didn't turn up today, so the Hunt took that as a green light to block roads, ride at sabs and make threats. At one point the Hunt chased a fox across a main road across a river and almost to St.Asaph, across land they should not be on, with some hounds ending up near St.Asaph football pitches! Good job for sabs being around to stop hounds from getting killed on this busy road.

Huntmaster Jeremy Reed was quite a while in coming to collect his hounds, In doing so he lead more hounds onto the main road, almost into oncoming traffic. The Huntmaster didn't even bother to collect all the hound before he returned to Cefn, leaving some along by the river between Wigfair and St.Asaph. Jeremy had really lived up his reputation of being a scatterpack. Hounds were everywhere and hunters had their tweeds in a twist. Usually hunt thug bullies were on form too. obviously the pressure is getting to them. The whipper-in had a busy day looking for Jezza's lost hounds, as Jezza himself headed up to the tops above Cefn. The hounds went into cry a few times but only in short bursts as sabs were able to keep watch.

 

Sabs film fox being killed by Old Surrey FH - police investigate

3-12-16     HSA Press Release   VIDEO    Serial Fox killers Strike Again    The Old Surrey, Burstow and West Kent Hunt illegally chased and killed a fox today despite the efforts of hunt saboteurs who were seconds away from saving it. The Hunt met at the Spotted Dog Pub, Smarts hill, South West of Tonbridge, Kent. Huntsman Mark Bycroft and his gang of bully boys have history of illegally killing foxes and attacking anyone who tries to stop them. They had already chased one fox before killing one in Frienden Gill Wood at approximately 3pm. The hunt terrier men had holloaed to inform the Bycroft that a fox had been spotted. Hounds then went into cry and chased it for between 5 and 10 minutes before ripping it apart in the wood. Hunt staff were nearbyOldSurreyBurstowFoxkilledby3-12-16.jpg throughout and made no attempt to stop the hounds. Hunt saboteurs arrived just as the hounds were ripping the fox apart but were unable to save it. They retrieved the body [right] and it has been taken to a sympathetic vet for autopsy. The incident is now being investigated by Kent Police. Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Mark Bycroft has previous convictions for assaulting hunt saboteurs. His hunt have also been filmed illegally chasing and killing foxes but have never been prosecuted for this due to the inadequacies of the police and the Hunting Act. We hope this time it will be different but won't hold our breath. Whether they get prosecuted or not this video footage speaks for itself. The Old Surrey, Burstow and West Kent are a bunch of rural law breakers who think they are above the laws of the land. Well done to the sabs present who, although they weren't able to save this particular fox have again highlighted the reality of hunting since the ban.”

4-12-16  KentLive   Hunt saboteurs claim they have filmed a fox being illegally hunted to death near Tunbridge Wells    Animal rights activists claim they have recorded a fox being illegally hunted to death by members of members of the Old Surrey Burstow & West Kent Hunt near Tunbridge Wells yesterday afternoon. Their video shows a pack of dogs attacking a fox in woodland, understood to be near Chiddingstone. The fox is then removed from the hounds by a member of the Hunt Saboteurs Association. The Association says the matter has now been reported to police.

One of the Hunt's organisers Mark Bycroft today denied any criminal activity had taken place and insisted members had gone about a legal trail hunt.  “I understand they found a dead fox in the wood but I wasn't there at the time so I don't know what has happened," he told Kent Live. "We had about 25 people on horses and 40 to 50 people on foot. There were about three Landrovers of the saboteurs - they come every week trying to disrupt what we are doing. They use hunting horns and play recordings and try to disrupt the hounds. If an incident has happened they are to blame."

Hunting with dogs has been illegal in England since 2005. To get round the ban hunts lay scent-based trails which the hounds follow instead of a live animal. Mr Bycroft said eight or nine trails had been laid in the area yesterday. A spokesman for the Hunt Saboteurs Association said the video had been shot in Frienden Gill Wood at approximately 3pm. They added: "Hunt saboteurs arrived just as the hounds were ripping the fox apart but were unable to save it. They retrieved the body and it has been taken to a sympathetic vet for autopsy. The incident is now being investigated by Kent Police."

A Kent Police spokesman said: "Police were called at 3.33pm on Saturday 3 December 2016 to a report that a fox had been killed by dogs in Oakenden Lane, Chiddingstone Hoath. Officers have arranged to meet with the informant to obtain further information."

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4-12-16    Daily Mail    Helpless fox is torn to shreds and left with its intestines hanging from its body after a pack of vicious hounds brutally mauls it to death during an 'illegal hunt'     Shocking video footage shows the moment a pack of vicious hounds brutally mauls a fox to death during an apparent illegal hunt. The clip, shot on Saturday, shows the group of more than 20 dogs attack a helpless fox before it is plucked from the melee by an anti-hunt campaigner. Its lifeless and dismembered body was then hauled over the shoulder of a man who walked off into the woodland with the pack of yelping canines behind him. The fox's intestines can be seen hanging from its body while an activist carried the fox away in Chiddingstone Hoath, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent. The Hunt Saboteurs Association said the video, apparently featuring members of the Old Surrey Burstow & West Kent Hunt (OSB), has now been passed onto the police. On its website, the OSB says it was founded in 1999, but has roots dating back to 1866, when a hunt called The Burstow began as a harrier pack. The group now hosts an annual black-tie £70 ball at the Effingham Park Hotel near Crawley, West Sussex, for its members, as well as a puppy show judged by 'visiting masters and huntsmen'....

4-12-16    Facebook – N.Downs Sabs    ...the kill happened at 3.03 pm in woods at Frienden gill to the south of Chiddingstone Hoath after the terrierman holloaed a fox away from a wood near home farm the hounds were in full cry for about ten minutes before the kill ,sabs tried to call the hounds off and managed to get some of the pack off but sadly they managed to kill seconds before two sabs got there. The sabs managed to recover the body. We are all very upset and feel that we let the fox down. Please share these photos and the video on this site and the Guildford sabs site so people realise what goes on in the countryside and expose the myth of trail hunting for the lie it is ! 

Atherstone FH supporter's tirade of abuse after sab car rammed

1-12-16    Facebook -W.Mids Sabs    VIDEO   Atherstone Hunt - Tuesday 29th November 2016 - Sutton Cheney   Desperation is setting in at the Atherstone Hunt now, days after assaulting sabs and stealing their cameras. Two Atherstone supporters were filmed ramming their car into the sabs' vehicle in frustration. This was followed by a tirade of sexist verbal abuse as well as threatening to punch one of the female sabs.

The number of riders has dropped to five, and the Hunt are still without a Whipper-In. We don’t need to say any more just watch the video. The Atherstone Hunt, the mind boggles. Thank you to all everyone who generously donated towards a new camcorder after the Atherstone violently stole it on Saturday, we now just need to replace the stolen body camera - donate.

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                                  'You fat fucking bitch.... fucking whore.... etc.' 

NOVEMBER 2016

..... 29th November - Blackmore FH cause road havoc while chasing foxes
..... 28th November - Atherstone FH Sabs attacked,cameras stolen,PC tells Hunt stop chasing fox 
..... 27th November - Easton Harriers kill hare, chase deer, trespass on farm
..... 27th November - Modbury Harriers cause road havoc as Huntsman can't control hounds
..... 21st November - Easton Harriers hunt and kill hare yet again
..... 21st November - HSA welcome but criticize the Bonomy Review of Scottish hunt 'ban'
..... 21st November - Bonomy Report says Scottish hunting ban must be strengthened
..... 16th November - EFRA Committee calls for RSPCA to stop prosecuting, including Hunts
..... 13th November - Sab assaulted by Flint and Denbigh FH supporter
..... 11th November - Portman FH warned by NT over 'extensive damage' caused to Hambledon Hill
.....  8th November - Sabs retrieve corpse of fox slaughtered by Essex & Suffolk FH
.....  8th November - Oakley FH obstruct traffic on the A509
.....  7th November - Female sabs attacked and artificial earth use discovered at Beaufort FH
.....  6th November - Police stand and watch while Atherstone FH chase foxes
.....  6th November - Lanarkshire FH kill fox in front of sabs
.....  5th November - Oakley FH follower rams sab car, sabs punched, warning for illegal hunting
.....  5th November - Sab ridden down by frustrated Ross Harriers rider
.....  3rd November - Waveney Harriers stampede pregnant cattle, terrify ewes, hare saved by sabs
.....  3rd November - Ross-on-Wye hotel cancels S.Herefordshire FH Hunt Ball booking
.....  1st November - Atherstone FH hounds riot on A444 wile sab tyre is stabbed
 
Blackmore FH cause road havoc while chasing foxes

29-11-16   Private email from highly experienced monitor   ...we monitored the Blackmore & Sparkford Vale FH at a place called Kings Stag in Dorset (no doubt a hunting place of old!). No evidence of a trail being laid what so ever. Two foxes hunted, one a real beauty with lovely colouring. The huntsman observing we saw the fox pretended otherwise and messed around in the farm buildings for some time before lifting the hounds forward and picked up the line. A crazy run at one time all over a busy road that caused serious road havoc. Hunt behaved as though they had complete right of way. At one stage I shouted to some riders to stay where they were when a lorry traveling at some speed came along the road. Fox got away. Later when among farm buildings the hounds moved a fox out at speed followed by the hounds. Riders knew we had seen this but did nothing to alert the huntsman. This fox ran into a deer park and we believe got away as the light was fading. Although nothing like the BSV before the ban this was the first day this season they 'went for it' This will be reported to Dorset police although we are probably not quite there legally with this wretched law. Will get the film up at some time.

                                     

 Atherstone FH supporters assault female sabs and steal equipment

Police officer sees fox fleeing and tells them to stop hunting

28-11-16  Facebook – W.Mids Sabs  VIDEO   Sabs assaulted and cameras stolen - Fox filmed running from the meet - Leics police tell huntsman to stop hunting [Atherstone hunt 26/11/16 Heath Lodge Farm, Newbold Verdon] Just after the Atherstone hunt had moved off from their meet at Heath Lodge Farm sabs saw what looked like a bagged fox running from the farm towards them. Hunt supporters also saw it and began assaulting the small group of sabs, throwing one sab to the ground and stealing the camera from another sab who had filmed the fox. A body camera was also stolen with both cameras then thrown into a nearby pond.

This is not the first time the Atherstone Hunt have stolen cameras that have either filmed illegal hunting or filmed the hunt using violence. Only last month, the Whipper-In encouraged Huntsman Stuart Barton to steal the camera from a sab who had just filmed him jump off his horse and violently attack him. The incident was reported to the Police who were in attendance.

Shortly after this incident, Huntsman Barton was seen trying to hunt the same fox, calling his hounds all over the road and about to put them on to the line of the fox the other side of the road. Leicestershire police saw the fox and the hounds and told the Hunt that he thought they were hunting and told them to stop. This is a welcome development from Leicestershire police and we hope its not a one off and that similar action will be taken next time the Atherstone are illegally hunting.

However, it wasn't all good from the Police with one officer a 1312 Lloyd telling one sab that “I don't think we should be policing the hunts at all”. Barton had his face covered in what looked like foundation to try and hide the two big black eyes he received after being beaten by his former terrier-man. The Hunt are still without a Whipper-In after their previous one was fired at the Hunt ball. Dove Valley Minkhound huntsman Will Shaw continues to babysit Barton to try and prevent any calamities happening due to his poor hound control, he spent most of the day collecting stray hounds that Barton had lost.

Thank you to everyone who has previously complained to Leicestershire Police, this latest development wouldn't have happened without you, lets hope this is the first step in Leicestershire Police cracking down on the Atherstone's illegal hunting. Any help appreciated towards new cameras as sabs will be in the field next week. They stole over £400 of equipment.

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           PC tells sabs will stop them hunting                                      Hound caught on Barbie 

 

Easton Harriers kill another hare, chase deer, trespass on farm

Suffolk police stand by doing nothing, as usual

27-11-16   Facebook – Norfolk/Suffolk Sabs     Easton Harriers – 26/11/16 Runway Farm - Great Glenhan, Suffolk   Yesterday the Easton Harriers met at Runway farm in Great Glenham, Suffolk. The day began with the EastonHarriersHoundstearinghareapart14-1-17.jpgbrutal murder of yet another brown hare [left], ironically while being told by a member of the hunt that the hounds were following a trail (which was not true). An animal with such beauty was reduced to nothing more than an object of sick pleasure. The Hunt soon moved on and continued hunting while sabs kept with them. We were subject to violence and aggressive behaviour from both the Hunt and also their (rather small) following. As the hound flushed through various terrain a hare bolted behind us, away from the hunt. It's scent was soon covered just before Alun Thomas took the hounds in the area. That's one hare they didn't catch [below right].

Later in the day, the Easton were caught trespassing in an area which had livestock in and did little to control their hounds. The landowners expressed their hatred for this specific Hunt as they told us it wasn't the first time that this had happened. One of the landowners told us that his livestock had be victim to the hounds in the past and that heEastonHarriersHarefleeinghounds26-11-16.jpg had written to the Hunt, telling them that they are not welcome. It was made clear that sabs were always welcome on their land and that a cup of tea would always be ready on our arrival.

The Hunt and the hounds continued to trespass through a woodland which resulted in 4 deer bolting from the area [below left]. Hounds quickly spotted them and began to chase them. The Hunt panicked and took great efforts to take control of the pack. Some riders dismounted in an attempt to help and, in the chaos, another rider was seen falling off his horse. Sabs used voice calls to aid distraction of the hounds but were soon met with 2 riders who used their horses as weapons [bottom]. Thankfully the deer were able to get away unharmed.

The rest of the day was spent collecting a split pack of hounds and, after eventually collecting the majority of them, they headed back to the meet and went home.

EastonHarriersDeerfleeinghounds26-11-16.jpgPolice were in attendance and took no interest in the events that took place that day. No one from the Hunt was questioned and the Police had no intention to. This is now the 4th recorded kill by this Hunt, this year, and yet they are aloud to continue hunting twice a week. If a specific Hare Courser was found to be doing such things so often, then they would face the full force of the law. We ask Suffolk Police and WLO Lee-Andrews Pearce what is going to be done about this hunt who, on many occasions, openly hunt and kill hares with a full pack of hounds. We urge our supporters to contact Lee Andrews-Pearce for Suffolk Police at ruralcrimeteam@suffolk.pnn.police.uk and/or Chief Constable Gareth Wilson of Suffolk at Helen.griffin@suffolk.pnn.police.uk (Executive Assistant) and express your concerns.

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Modbury Harriers cause road havoc as Huntsman can't control hounds

27-11-16    Facebook - Devon Sabs   VIDEO   Report - Saturday 26/11/16 - Modbury Harriers    After receiving several reports from independent sources that the Modbury Harriers had been frequently illegally hunting and killing foxes recently, we thought we should check this out. So, yesterday, we headed to Sheepham Mill, near Modbury, Devon, where they were meeting. Sheepham Mill is the business enterprise of Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent, former Commander in Chief of the Royal Navy. His wife, Lady Burnell-Nugent, rides with the Modbury (who says there are no class issues in hunting, eh??).

The Hunt left the meet and headed immediately west, with this season's new amateur huntsman and ex-beagler with the Royal Agricultural College, Harry Gosling, putting the hounds into Ermington Wood. He was accompanied by approximately 20 riders and the usual quad bike equipped with three terriers but minus number plates. There were no signs of trails being laid, and supporters looked like naughty children caught with their hands in the sweetie jar when they realised they'd have company for the day. We kept close tabs on the hunt, as hounds briefly pickedModburyHarrierscauseroadchaos26-11-16.jpg up on and lost scents in Ermington, encouraged on by Gosling.

Drawing blanks, Gosling then moved on to nearby Edmeston. By now, he also knew he had company, and it was interesting to see how his behaviour changed, settling for just walking with the hounds, with little verbal encouragement to spread out and find scents. Gosling continued to move into the wind for the rest of the day, always closely escorted by our watchful presence.

Things remained pretty uneventful until hounds suddenly picked up on a scent near Higher Ludbrook later in the afternoon. Sabs saw a fox fleeing to safety along a hedge-line, whilst hounds went crazy, scattering over a wide area in full cry. Hunt staff were seen tearing around in a panicked attempt to regain control of the hounds, and we witnessed some of the most inept management of a pack of hounds we've seen! Gosling really knows how to put the "amateur" into amateur huntsman! With hounds spilling out of hedgerows along a mile-long stretch of the busy A3121 road, hunt vehicles and riders were forced to block the road to oncoming traffic in both directions. Gosling, unable to gather the pack on his horse had to resort to being on foot, whilst the quad bike passenger took his horse. One hunt vehicle even thought it was sensible to reverse nearly a mile, whilst facing on-coming traffic. It was complete chaos, and showed no thought for the safety of other road users or the Hunt's animals. We videoed the whole sorry affair and will be putting this up later in the week. Are we really expected to believe they laid a trail on a main highway?! We don't really need to answer that one, do we?

After the Hunt finally gathered the pack they moved on, still into the wind, to draw further coverts near Shilston Barton and Shilston Brook. Access here was limited, so we had to settle for watching from a distance. However, they failed to pick up on much else, and the hounds were all un-bloodied and clean when the Hunt finally returned to pack up at 4.30 in the fading daylight. It was pretty obvious to us, from what we saw, that these hounds were trained to chase and kill live animals, as they are in most Hunts across the country, and we'll be visiting the Modbury Harriers again throughout this season.

  

Easton Harriers seen hunting and killing hare yet again

21-11-16   HSA Press Release    Easton Harriers Witnessed Killing a Hare for Third Time this Year    Hunt Saboteurs witnessed the Easton Harriers kill a hare, for the third time this year, at their meet on Saturday the 19th November.

EastonHarriershuntandkillhareyetagain21-11-16.jpgThe Hunt met at the White Horse Pub, Badingham, Suffolk and were illegally hunting hares from the start. The Huntsman Alun Thomas deliberately put his hounds into crop fields and other areas where hares were likely to be sheltering and sure enough in the middle of the afternoon the hounds picked up the scent of a pair of hares. One of them escaped but the other was heard screeching as hounds pounced on it. It escaped from their jaws but was quickly pulled out of a ditch by other hounds - cold, wet, bloody and dead. The hunt saboteurs managed to retrieve the body [left] and it is currently being autopsied. They remained with the Hunt for the rest of the day and their actions saved other lives as the hunt continued to actively pursue hares.

Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Hare hunting doesn't have as high a profile as fox hunting but it was also made illegal under the Hunting Act. Beagle and harrier packs continue to flout the Act and illegally hunt and kill hare. The Easton Harriers are repeat offenders and received national press coverage just last month when one of their members was filmed with a dead hare stuffed inside her jacket. When questioned she claimed it was a very large rabbit. This was subsequently refuted by the British Rabbit Association who confirmed that it was a hare. Our thanks go to those brave saboteurs whose actions continue to highlight this barbaric “sport”. We ask Suffolk Police why they are allowing blatant illegal hunting to go unchallenged in their county?”

 

HSA welcomes but also criticizes Bonomy Review

21-11-16  HSA Press Release    Scottish Hunting Act Reviewed    Lord Bonomy has agreed with anti-hunt organisations and Police Scotland that the current law offers too many loop holes, and is unworkable, in his review of the Protection of wild Mammals (Scotland) Act.  He goes as far as to say “there is a basis for suspecting that there may be occasions when hunting, which does not fall within one of the exceptions, does take place and that the grounds for that suspicion should be addressed” 

Sadly the review does not focus on the welfare of the fox or how much suffering the fox may endure before death. Scottish Hunt Saboteurs who have experience of the current situation at Scottish Hunts have studied the review and have the following observations:-

The proposed changes would only strengthen the outcome of an illegal kill and does nothing to address the illegal hunting that still takes place, or does anything to protect the fox on the day of a hunt.

The idea of part-time monitors would only work if those involved are impartial from both sides of the huntingLanarkshireFHFoxkilledbyhounds5-11-16.jpg argument and have enough knowledge to be able to correctly convey what is happening in front of them. We feel it is not a role that just anyone can take without substantial knowledge of how hunting actually works and then this leaves the role open to people who could also be biased. If the role is voluntary then again the wrong type of person without the correct knowledge could be in place and in a situation they simply would not understand.

We welcome the concept of tighter rules and a recklessness clause being applied to the Hunts who pretend to accidentally kill outwit the current law. But again the recent story regarding the Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire hunt shooting and not killing a fox and causing it to suffer before being killed by hounds needs to be addressed. We also welcome the idea of all participants of the hunts being registered to the police making it easier to identify those breaking hunting laws, which would include landowners who allow hunting to take place on their land.

We call on the Scottish Parliament to take Lord Bonomy’s words into account when drafting new legislation to remove loop holes but to take it further and finally ban hunting from Scotland once and for all.

Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Only weeks ago Scottish sabs retrieved the body of a fox [above right] that had been shot by the Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire Hunt. This poor creature took 5 minutes to die and was savaged by the hounds after being shot. Whilst we welcome Lord Bonomy's review, hunters have shown consistently over the past decade that they aren't willing to abide by any laws and regulations relating to their barbaric pastime. The only remaining course of action is to disband all the Hunts.”

Bonomy Review says Scottish hunt ban must be strengthened

21-11-16  Guardian   Scottish foxhunting review calls for stronger legislation   Lord Bonomy [right] urgesLordBonomy.jpg government to amend law with greater consistency and appoint independent monitors to observe hunts.  Landowners in Scotland should be held legally responsible for hunts on their property, with hunt activities observed by independent monitors and governed by a new code of practice, according to a review of Scotland’s foxhunting legislation.

Campaigners immediately welcomed the “robust and detailed” report by Iain Bonomy, which was commissioned by the Scottish government last December after significant concerns were raised about loopholes in the law. Since Scotland became the first in the UK to ban traditional foxhunting and hare coursing in 2002, it has been illegal to hunt a wild mammal with a dog. But Hunts in Scotland can continue to kill foxes by practising an exemption to the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act called “flushing to guns”, which means using dogs to chase foxes from beneath cover in order to shoot them.

The report, which was published on Monday, agrees there was law breaking under the ban, and further argues that current legislation “complicates unduly” the detection, investigation and prosecution of alleged offences. Recommending the law be amended with greater consistency and clarity, Lord Bonomy also asks the Scottish government to consider the appointment of independent monitors to observe the activities of hunts on a random basis, a code of practice for the conduct of hunt activities, and whether a landowner who permits a hunt to ride over his land would be vicariously liable if someone involved in the hunt committed an offence.

The report also highlights a submission to the review by Police Scotland, which warned that exceptions to the offence were being exploited by those determined to continue hunting with dogs, and that lack of clear definition in the legislation created confusion. The League Against Cruel Sports welcomed the vicarious liability recommendation as adding an extra layer of scrutiny that would “force landowners to question the motivations of hunts”.

Robbie Marsland, the League’s Scotland director, said: “Lord Bonomy and Police Scotland agree there is abuse and exploitation of the current law, which the review proposes to address with robust new legislation and stronger enforcement. This will not only change the face of hunting in Scotland – it sends a powerful signal to Westminster how illegal hunting can be tackled forcefully.” Calling on the Scottish government to strengthen the law before the end of the current foxhunting season in March 2017. Marsland said: “Public opinion in Scotland wants to see foxhunting banned, the government thought they had banned it and now Lord Bonomy and Police Scotland reveal that the hunts are running a coach and horses through the legislation.”

Holyrood’s environment secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, said the Scottish government would make its response next year, adding: “Back in 2002, Scotland led the way in addressing animal welfare concerns and we remain committed to ensuring the highest levels of welfare for our wild animals.” While disputing the suggestion that there was any problem with enforcement of current legislation, Scottish Countryside Alliance director Jamie Stewart said: “We are pleased that the inquiry has recognised the importance of gun packs for fox control and has rejected unjustified calls for further restrictions.”

21-11-16    Herald Scotland   Herald View -  The law on hunting with dogs must be toughened up    IN 2002, the Scottish LanarkshireFHFoxkilledbyhounds5-11-16.jpgParliament passed legislation that was intended to ban hunting with dogs, but how robust is the ban in reality?  Since the Act was passed, there have been no successful prosecutions and animal welfare organisations have claimed there is widespread evasion of the law - just last weekend two charities published what they said was proof a fox was killed by dogs during a recent hunt.

Last year, this lack of clarity and confidence in the law led the Scottish Government to announce a review by Lord Bonomy and he has now delivered his report. Lord Bonomy says there are grounds for suspecting illegal hunting is still taking place and that the law should be changed to make prosecutions easier. He has also suggested introducing monitors to check on hunts, with their reports admissible in court, as well as a code of practice for the conduct of hunts. These are good recommendations and if accepted by the Government, would be a step towards limiting what looks like widespread evasion of the law. The legislation states that the hunting of foxes with dogs is illegal but that a dog can be used to flush out a fox provided it is shot “when it is safe to do so”. However, one of the problems is there is no definition of how long the flushing-out of the fox can last and the law has been interpreted by some hunts as allowing a lengthy chase.

Independent monitors, as suggested by Lord Bonomy, may be able to cast some light on this situation and help enforce a law that is opaque and open to exploitation. One of the aims of the monitors would be establish how often hunts are chasing foxes with dogs, and for how long, and if and when the foxes are being killed by the dogs rather than being shot. But introducing monitors may not be enough – if their evidence shows there is widespread evasion of the law, then the Government will have to be prepared to act and toughen up the law even further. Scotland’s ban on hunting with dogs must be made to work.

POWAperson adds - Pic above left is a fox savaged to death recently by the Lanarkshire & Renfrewshire FH, whose killing was filmed and corpse retrieved by sabs. The Bonomy report was also covered by BBC News and the Plymouth Herald.  The report is welcome and cogent in parts. However, it appears to ignore the central problem with the Scottish law - the number of dogs allowed to flush to guns. Allowing a full pack makes it extraordinarily difficult to distinguish with certainty what is legitimate 'pest control' under the law and what is effectively a traditional pre-ban fox hunt and encourages the activity to be viewed as 'sport'. One also wonders where 'independent' monitors are to be found!

                                 
EFRA committee - RSPCA should not prosecute, including Hunts

16-11-16   Daily Telegraph    RSPCA should be stripped of powers to prosecute cases of animal cruelty, MPs say    The RSPCA is “targeting vulnerable, ill and elderly” people and removing their pets, and should be stripped of its powers to prosecute cases of animal cruelty, an MPs report has found. The MPs on an influential House of CommonsEdwardGarnierQC.jpg select committee said that the RSPCA’s hounding of pet owners over animal cruelty had “damaged its reputation”. However the charity said it would continue prosecuting cases of cruelty – putting it on a collision course with Parliament and ministers, if they agree with the committee’s findings.

Last night, senior a former Conservative government law officer threatened to back a law to strip the RSPCA of its right to prosecute cases of animal cruelty. Sir Edward Garnier [right], a former Conservative Solicitor general, said: “It would be much safer if we have a clean break and put the prosecutions in the hands of the CPS, rather than in the RSPCA. If it requires legislation then the government should introduce the legislation as soon as possible.”

Simon Hart [left], a Tory member of the committee and former chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, added the RSPCA now believed it was “untouchable”. The committee also recommended that the maximum SimonHartMP.jpgpenalty for animal welfare crimes should be increased to five years. It also called for a ban on the third party sale of dogs, so that they are only available from licensed, regulated breeders or approved rehoming organisations.

The RSPCA, one of the world’s oldest animal welfare charities, has been heavily criticised for the way it has investigated and prosecuted cases of animal cruelty and fox hunting. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said there was a “conflict of interest” in the charity’s role in bringing forward private prosecutions as well as investigating cases, campaigning and fundraising. The committee called on ministers to change the law so that the RSPCA would continue to investigate animal welfare cases but then pass their findings to the Crown Prosecution Service or another body to carry out this role. If there were no statutory alternatives and where a prosecution would further its charitable objectives, the RSPCA could still bring a prosecution in England and Wales, the committee said.

Tory MP and committee chairman Neil Parish [right] admitted that “the RSPCA does important working investigatingNeilParishMP.jpg animal welfare cases.” But he added: "The committee is not convinced, however, that the RSPCA is in a better position than the Crown Prosecution Service when it comes to prosecuting animal welfare cases. “It should step back from making prosecutions itself, continuing instead to work closely with the police and prosecution service to protect the welfare of animals.” The committee highlighted evidence from the Self-Help Group for farmers, pet owners and others experiencing problems with the RSPCA, which said the animal-keeping public felt alienated by the charity’s “targeting of vulnerable, ill or elderly people” and the removal of their animals. There had been occasions when RSPCA inspectors allowed vets to sign for the removal of animals without seeing the animal in question, although the charity recently issued guidance to stop this happening in future.

The RSPCA prosecuted the Heythrop Hunt, former prime minister David Cameron’s local hunt, at the end of 2012 with success only coming after huge sums were spent, and attracted negative publicity for its failed prosecution of a family for alleged cruelty to its cat. Jeremy Cooper [left], the RSPCA’s chief executive, said nine out of 10 members of the public back the charity’s prosecutions’ policy. Mr Cooper said: “This recommendation is not supported by the JeremyCooperRSPCA2.jpgGovernment, vets, other major animal welfare charities, and local authorities, and flies in the face of the majority of evidence put before the committee. We will consider this report carefully while we will continue to prosecute those who starve, beat, stab, burn and abuse animals. For us the key test will be if the recommendation improves animal welfare and we suspect the answer in this case would probably be no.”

16-11-16  RSPCA Insights    Part of Jeremy Coopers rebuttal … The Committee released their report this week and chose to ignore all of this evidence, recommending instead the RSPCA alone of all organisations or individuals in this country should stop taking private prosecutions and hand our evidence over to the CPS to prosecute. But only if the government also funded the CPS to do this. I am baffled by this recommendation. The RSPCA has a success rate of 92 percent – higher than the CPS and our prosecutions are paid for by public donations rather than taxes. What benefit could there be to passing over the role and cost of prosecuting to the CPS which will quite rightly need to prioritise human victims of crime. I don’t believe the Government has the money or indeed the desire to do this. Indeed they have said as such.... So I will consider one simple question. Will animal welfare be improved by accepting the Committee’s recommendation for us to stop prosecuting? I believe not and so I am reassuring our half a million supporters, the 89 percent of the public that think we should be doing this, the 1.2 million people that call our cruelty line every year, that we will continue our long history of prosecuting animal welfare offences in furtherance of our charitable purposes, despite the calls to the contrary by a very small number of MPs. The animals would expect no less.

POWAperson comments - As we are sure the RSPCA is aware, the attempt to strip them of their prosecution powers is almost entirely motivated by the Society's temerity in prosecuting organised Hunts and really started when the Heythrop convictions were achieved at the end of 2012. All five of the Conservative members of the EFRA Select Committee are strong supporters of hunting with hounds.  Gratifyingly, the RSPCA seems to be standing firm - though it is now a long time since they brought an illegal hunting case..                                     


Sab assaulted by Flint & Denbigh FH supporter

FlintDenbighFH12-11-16.jpg13-11-16   Facebook - Cheshire Sabs    Hit Report 12th November 2016    Yesterday we met up with our Comrades, N.Wales Hunt Sabs & Lancaster Sabs, and headed off to find the Flint and Denbigh Hunt [right]. We believe they left early, doing away with the 'traditional' 11 o'clock meet to try and avoid having a day's hunting sabotaged!

After a short drive around we found them hunting at the Coed Coch Estate in Dolwen, Conway. The Hunt were visibly unimpressed with our arrival and several riders left for home. After some brief exchanges with hunt support trying to slow us down with conversation, sabs split off into three groups.

Keeping in constant contact with each other we surrounded the estate and found the Hunt Master Jeremy Reed withFlintDenbighFHSabandsomecharmingfollowers12-11-16.jpg the remaining riders and hounds who were onto the scent of a fox that had bolted. Hunt support were heard hollering in the distance desperately trying to alert the hunt to the presence of a fox.

Sabs were straight into action, briefly being slowed down by hunt thugs who were trying to stop us from entering the field, we successfully turned the hounds and left Jeremy, who was now on foot trying to gather his hounds, very, very frustrated!A sab observing from the roadside was assaulted by a hunt thug and has been reported to the police. The Hunt spent the final part of their day gathering up loose hounds sulking on the hillside for quite some time. With sabs now monitoring from the roadside, the Hunt headed back to the meet.

                                     

NT warns Portman FH after they cause 'extensive damage' to Neolithic site

11-11-16   Bournemouth Echo    National Trust writes to Portman Hunt about "out of control" hounds after "extensive damage" done to Hambledon Hill   THE National Trust has written to the Portman Hunt [right] amid claims made locally that its horses and hounds damaged Hambledon Hill, one of the finest examples of an iron age hill fort in Dorset. It is claimed the hunt left the recognised bridleway and came across the hill during a half term hunt last month.

Local resident Jerry Broadway, believes this is the second time the hunt has damaged the hill fort. He said: "AfterPortmanFHhuntingnearneolithicsite2016.jpg leaving the bridleway the Hunt scattered livestock which were panicked by the hounds who were completely out of control. On this occasion extensive damage was done by the horses to the hill generally, and most worryingly the Neolithic Longbarrow which is over 3,000 years old. They have now twice been guilty of damage to a scheduled ancient monument. What, I wonder will it take to make them actually take real notice?"

Meanwhile, National Trust West & North Dorset general manager Helen Mann confirmed complaints had been received that a hunt crossed Hambledon Hill. She said: "It appears that the Hunt, while crossing the hill on a bridleway, left the track to round up some dogs which had got out of control. Hambledon Hill is a remarkable and important site for both wildlife and archaeology and we have written to the hunt to remind them that they must stay on the bridleway when crossing the hill. Any horses being ridden off the bridleway risk damage and erosion to the fragile Iron Age ramparts which give the hill its distinctive appearance."

Hambledon Hill was acquired by the National Trust last year. Built over 2,000 years ago, the massive earthwork defences lay over one of the most significant early Neolithic landscapes in Western Europe, dating back almost 6,000 years, and is a place half of British butterfly species call home. Standing at twice the height of the White Cliffs of Dover and taller than the London Shard, Hambledon Hill occupies an area of land the size of 50 football pitches. From the summit of the hill for you can see across three counties - Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. The Portman Hunt was unavailable for comment.

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          Hambledon Hill [credit Marilyn Peddle]                                        Example of damage done

                                 
Sabs retrieve mangled corpse of fox slaughtered by Essex & Suffolk FH

8-11-16   Facebook = Cambridge Sabs    We can now sadly reveal images of the fox who was killed by theEssexSuffolkFHKilledfox22-10-16.jpg Essex & Suffolk Hunt on 22nd October 2016.    This young vixen was hunted to her death by Huntsman Joe Tesseyman. The Master is James Buckle [High Sherriff of Suffolk]. Hunt saboteurs were only able to recover her disemboweled, shredded body from the jaws of the hounds. A police report has been made with Suffolk Constabulary. Further images and footage may be revealed in due course pending investigation results.

Sabs from Cambridge Hunt Saboteurs and SES - Suffolk And Essex Hunt Sabs attended the Hunt's meet near the village of Lindsey. The Essex & Suffolk have a long history EssexSuffolkFHFoxkilledby22-10-16.jpgof flouting the Hunting Act and we regularly manage to prevent them from making a final kill, but this time were not able to intervene. From Lindsey they hunted west and made the kill on land belonging to an environmentally friendly conservation farm that is a popular school-age attraction and wedding/events venue, The Tudor Barn, Milden, at Milden Hall [right]. We have spoken to the landowners at Milden Hall, who say they are keen conservationists who promote wildlife in Suffolk and they assure us that none of their family hunt (or even ride), nor go out when the Hunt are there, however they do occasionally allow the Hunt to come over their land within the law but do not condone illegal hunting. We have made them aware that the Essex & Suffolk is an illegal hunt and that they are out there, at least twice a week, chasing, digging and tearing apart foxes regardless of the ban. We hope that this gives them the wake-up call needed to withdraw permission for the hunt to access their land.

We cannot imagine the terror and pain at being chased across country by a pack of hounds and humans onEssexSuffolkFHFoxkilledbyon22-10-16.jpg horseback, to be ripped to shreds only once you're exhausted and cannot run, or dug out by men with spades if you've sought refuge underground. Such a terrible and barbaric smear on our countryside and we'd hope more businesses and landowners steer well clear of being involved and give hunters the message that it is not acceptable. The Hunt showed no remorse for the kill, and did not attempt to recover the fox from the hounds once she'd been caught. It was only the attending hunt saboteurs who attempted to save her life. Once she was pulled from the jaws of the 30 or so hounds, it was clear she had been ripped to pieces. Her body was brought to a local wildlife rescue for analysis. To us, this is tragic.

To the Essex & Suffolk Hunt, and the 180 or so active fox hunting packs throughout the country however, it's just the result of a day's 'sport'. We will continue to work to protect wildlife from this atrocity in the Eastern Counties, and urge you to support your local Hunt Saboteurs group in doing so where you live too. To this little vixen who ran for her life, and the thousands of others who suffer the same fate each year: we will use their deaths to strengthen our resolve and raise awareness of the horrific reality of fox hunting today.

Oakley FH obstruct traffic on A509

8-11-16   Facebook – Northants Sabs    We received these photos taken today of the Oakley Hunt causing a traffic disruption on the A509, they clearly have no care for their horses, the hounds or the safety of road users.

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Female sabs attacked at Beaufort after artificial earth use discovered

One victim punched in face, other surrounded and harassed

7-11-16   Facebook – 3 Counties Sabs    VIDEO    On Saturday 5th November, we met up with our close friendsBeaufortFHTerriermanhurriedlyclosesAEentryassurprisedbysab5-11-16.jpg Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch to visit the (Duke of) Beaufort Hunt at their opening meet. Soon after the Hunt left the meet at Worcester Lodge, a couple of 3C Sabs drove round to intercept the Hunt and spotted a couple of quadbikes parked up in the corner of a field. With others on their way round to find the Hunt, we stopped to check it out and were soon joined by three more quads, two of which also drove into the field. As a sab passed these quads, one man was on the phone, we think warning the others that sabs were in the area. As the sab reached the original two quads, she could hear people within the wood and walked in to find a number of people with spades at an artificial earth. We are unsure as to whether they had flushed a fox out of the AE as hounds were soon heard in full cry just a few fields away, or whether they were attempting to get to a fox. We will certainly be keeping a closer eye on this area in the future!

Later in the day, as the Hunt were just about to pack up, we spotted the same quadbikes and went to make sure they weren't up to no good. One sab was surrounded by about 10 Hunt riders, 5 quadbikes and 3 4x4s with horses being ridden at her and guys from the quads trying to grab her. Another sab coming in to make sure she was OK was punched in the face after a woman tried to steal her radio from her. Great way to act in front of your kids! Despite being known for some violence 'back in the day' Captain Ian Farquhar told the thugs to back down as he would not have 2 women being assaulted on his land. We appreciate his intervention and hope he might do something about these thugs in the future - why would anyone want to be associated with such people...

9-11-16    Facebook Cirencester - Illegal Hunt Watch   [Lines duplicated in above report removed]    On Saturday 5th November we met up with our close friends Three Counties Hunt Sabs to visit the Beaufort Hunt at their opening meet at Worcester Lodge, South Gloucestershire. This is the lodge that leads to Badminton House which is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort. In this estate they hold the Badminton Horse trials and pheasant shoots. As is usual with the Beaufort, the field was very large.... Over the years there have been many exposes of hunts building and maintaining artificial fox earths and providing supplementary food for foxes. This widespread practice was even acknowledged by hunters in submissions to the Burns Inquiry. The Inquiry's response further undermines hunters' claims of 'fox control':
"...it is hard to reconcile any use of artificial earths by the hunts with the argument that foxes are a pest and that their numbers need to be controlled through hunting."[League Against Cruel Sports]
As the Three Counties video shows, this single sab demonstrated great courage going straight into this big group of terrier men who were clearly engaged in something illegal, and her presence with her camera was enough to flush them out. We are unsure as to whether they had flushed a fox out of the AE or were attempting to get one out of there when disturbed, but hounds were soon heard in full cry just a few fields away and a fox was seen fleeing across a field in Sopworth just below the hunt. The hunt followers saw it but a CIHW monitor saw it too and they had little option but to leave it on this occasion as they wouldn’t want to be seen illegally hunting would they? However they did disturb the grazing animals particularly the herd of cows in the field that they hunted through. 
The Hunt made repeated attempts to hunt coverts by running from the monitors and sabs but we kept up with them... watching them call the hounds out because they were on camera. After collecting second horses at the kennels, they continued well into the afternoon. They went alongside the railway at Alderton and when the sabs arrived the hounds were on cry near Goulters Gorse, going from there into Alderton Grove where they were searching through. But teamwork from the two groups meant that there was someone with a camera on the four corners of the wood which meant they had nowhere to hunt the fox out and the hounds were called out and taken towards Badminton Station. 
It is ironic that sabs and monitors going into Badminton Park near the kennels were repeatedly challenged by hunters for being on private land when they were in fact on a right of way ... one tall strip of a hunter with very white breeches, made quite a fool of himself by prancing on foot self-righteously after them and taking their photographs when they had every right to be there. 
As usual with this large hunt, the participants in the field were laughing and joking between themselves (as well as making derogatory comments about 'antis') ... this is their fun, it is their day out and this time the monitors had a close up view of the price paid for this fun. After the hunt had left one area, two of our monitors came out onto the road and turning round spotted a fox just sitting in the field quite close to them. Foxes are usually gone in a flash if they see or hear a human near them, but it just sat there. This must have been the fox the hunt had been chasing and it had been run to exhaustion. When it did move its tongue was lolling and as it went slowly forward it kept looking back over its shoulder in the direction the hunt had gone. When you see foxes in the wild, hunting or moving about their territory, you never see their tongue lolling out, this is only ever seen in what the hunts charmingly call a 'beaten fox' and it signifies that they have been pushed beyond their natural limits. To see this beautiful wild animal in such a state was heart-rending. At least it had got away, but at what cost? It is known that foxes can die from the extreme exertion they are put to by hunting, even if they are not torn apart by the hounds or dug out and killed by terrier men.
There is no excuse for this in the 21st century. The more sabs and monitors witness and film, the sooner this truly cruel sport will end.
                                       

Sab car rammed by Oakley FH hunt supporter, sabs punched

Hunt warned by police for illegal hunting

5-11-16   Twitter N.Cambs Sabs   This is our vehicle today after being deliberately rammed by hunt support from the Oakley hunt. Nobody injured but other sabs were punched...

6-11-16  Twitter - N.Cambs Sabs   … Not enough for conviction - police with us all day - one Hunt member arrested for assault and hunt warned for illegal hunting.

10-11-16   Facebook – N.Cambs Sabs   This is a 6 second video clip taken from the front-facing dash-cam when we were deliberately rammed by hunt support on Saturday. You need to watch with sound. We're already halfway to our total which is amazing but please keep sharing and help us get to our total so we can be back out on the road doing our job.

Gogetfunding.com     Due to being deliberately rammed into by hunt supporters we need a new vehicle ASAP We now need a new and larger vehicle for this season to make sure our growing group stays on the road and keeps fighting the animal abusers in our communities.

7-11-16     morethanjustbadgers.net    ... The day itself was fairly tough. We had a vehicle rammed which sustained serious damage, we were blocked in by 4 Landrovers filled with thugs all offering to rearrange our features and I was assaulted by one of the thugs, Luckily I was wearing an armoured hat so the punch to the back of my head as I was walking away (cheap shot) didn’t knock me out. Had I not been wearing it I have no doubt my bell would have been well and truly rung!  He was subsequently arrested and is now on bail pending further inquiries. I was wearing a head cam which was running at the time and the footage has been sent to the police as evidence. Another interesting incident was the police actually witnessing a fox being chased. Sabs were on hand to cover it’s scent but this clear violation of the Hunting act gave the police no option but to warn the hunt for hunting illegally. Long may it continue.

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Sab ridden down by frustrated Ross Harriers rider [he's O.K.]

5-11-16   Facebook - Bristol Sabs   Ross Harriers stopped from killing so turn to using violence against sabs   We met up with sabs from Bath, South Wales & 3C today and headed over the bridge to Garway where the Ross Harriers were just finishing their breakfast before a days hunting. Perfect timing!

We were in good numbers which meant the hunt were always in our sight. A few early attempts at hunting were called off by Huntsman, Owain, when he realised a large number of cameras were pointing in his direction (one of which from a member of the press we had out with us).

Soon enough the Hunt were back to their usual business of hunting illegally but we were quickly on the scene to stamp it out. We watched hare after hare flee to safety and the frustrated hunt decided to turn on us by punching sabs and even riding one down (thankfully the sab is OK). Our colleague from the press has everything on film.

More confrontations occurred with another Ross Harriers supporter breaking the press camera (again, footage has all been documented). As the Hunt started to wind down, we came across another hunt: The Leadon Vale Bassets who were also in the area chasing hares. We split into two groups and monitored them until they finally called it a day as darkness fell. We're exhausted but happy to see so many hares get away today. If the Ross Harriers think violence will deter us, they can think again.

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Police stand and watch Atherstone FH hunting fox

Didn't intervene even when pack ran into road

5-11-16   Facebook – W.Mids Sabs   VIDEO   Fox hunted in front of police, who do nothing   Atherstone Hunt 5th November - tte Hollybush, Ashby Parva. Jon Hadfield was not present at the hunt on Saturday [see two stories down]. We hope the Masters have told him he is not welcome. To do otherwise would be to endorse the carrying of knives and slashing of tyres. If the Masters do allow him to attend again they will be sending a clear signal that this type of activity is supported by the Hunt.

The Atherstone met at the Hollybush in Ashby Parva on Saturday with a small turnout of about 12 riders. Despite Leicestershire police making a rare appearance huntsman Stuart Barton carried on blatantly hunting with clear intent right in front of them. At one point a fox was even chased across a field in front of them and out onto the adjacent road. Luckily, sabs were on the road to slow the traffic and prevent any accidents. The two officers did nothing to stop this. They didn't even speak with the Hunt about this incident and let them carry on hunting for the rest of the day.

When questioned about this later, the police said that they “thought a fox was being chased but weren't sure”. If they thought a fox was being chased why then did they allow the Atherstone to carry on hunting for the rest of the day? If they think other crimes are being committed but “aren't sure” do they let these crimes continue to be committed? We stayed with Barton all day and on a number of occasions out of frustration he could be heard losing his temper and shouting.

Pics below -  First, fox fleeing from hounds along hedge line. Second, hounds, in cry, not far behind fox. Third, self-explanatory. Fourth, the two boys in blue watching the Atherstone hunting fox. 

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Lanarkshire & Renfrewshire FH kill fox in front of sabs

6-11-16   Facebook – Grampian Sabs  VIDEO  PLEASE SHARE    Yesterday the Lanarkshire & Renfrewshire Hunt made a kill in front of us. Hunting still very much goes on in the UK. The laws have not changed this. Foxes are still dying in agony every week. Please share this far and wide, write to your MPs and support your local hunt sabs. Here is footage taken by Grampian and Fife & Central Scotland Hunt Sabs yesterday. The fox's body is currently under examination.

While we sadly can't save them all we do save many foxes and will continue to document the illegal kills. Full report of the day will come soon.

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POWAperson adds -  Pics above - First shows the hounds hurtling on to the fox just after they put it up. Second shows a sab grabbing the fox from hounds. It is mortally injured. Third shows the riders and pack shortly afterwards. Fourth, the dead fox laid out.

Note the severe wounds to the abdomen and chest. No 'quick nip to the neck' here. There wouldn't be. That's a myth. Dogs nearly always attack the abdomen. Death usually occurs as a result of shock and blood loss and it is usually not quick. The sabs could find no gun wounds, but an autopsy found one, non-fatal. The Scottish 'ban' allows any number of dogs to be used to 'flush out' quarry, so long as the fox is shot dead as soon as practicable. No guns, no legal hunting.

In fox hunting, the quarry may be chased for anything up to an hour and a half, using hounds bred for stamina rather then speed. Long chases are preferred as they give better 'sport'. Uninterrupted chases are known as 'points'. These used to be celebrated in hunting reports that used to be published, sometimes in local newspapers. They sometimes exceed ten miles in length. In this case, however, the fox was put up and killed very soon after. In hunting parlance it was 'chopped', something hunters would rather avoid as it gives little fun. 

The story was also reported in the Scottish Sun

Waveney Harriers stampede pregnant cattle, terrify ewes

Sabs save hare from their hounds

3-11-16   Facebook – S.Cambs Sabs    Hit Report – 2/11/16    Yesterday we joined up with Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs to sab the Waveney Harriers [left] who met at Ashby Hall farm (Ashby) six miles north west of Lowestoft. The hunt were less than impressed at our presence, holding up on a field for half an hour in deep discussion (probably on how to lose their determined tail). In their wisdom the Waveney decided to head towards station road and hunt the woods and copses that run parallel with a busy railway line. In previous years this very Hunt had poor WaveneyHarriers2-11-16.jpghounds nearly killed on this railway line holding up a train for several minutes, showing the absolute disregard they have for any animal they use for their illegal 'bloodsport'. We spent the next couple of hours running behind them, whilst co-ordinating with other sabs who were being positioned ahead of them. 

As the Hunt finally moved away from the copses and hedgerows next to the railway line, the Hunt moved northwards flushing every small woods as they passed them. In the third flushing of a woods, the hounds went into cry becoming extremely vocal and high pitched very quickly. Luckily Sabs were already positioned next to these woods and as we ran into the woods behind the huntsman 'Reuben' both filming and using voice calls to lift the hounds heads off the scent, he unwillingly had to call the hounds away from the wood. A further three times the hounds went into cry in the afternoon including a chase on both a fox and later a hare. Whilst rioting on a fox, the hunt invaded a paddock with two heavily pregnant cows, causing both to ram the iron fencing and escaping onto the road. Hounds immediately after rioted in a field with ewes (sheep) who were desperately huddled next to the gate. *further footage to be revealed*. Again sabs were on hand to not only stop the cows going on to a busy main road but also to help the fox get away. The hunt however just carried on regardless without looking back.

One desperate chase near the end of the meet saw a poor hare make a break through a hedge line. At moments prior to the chase, the hunters filled with anger at not getting their kill attempted to use their horses as battering rams and knocked a few sabs about. At sight of the chase we tried to weave in and out of the surrounding horses spraying the ground behind the hare with citronella and calling off the approaching hounds with voice calls. Luckily we split the pack with the hounds appearing to lose the scent. As the dejected hunt made their way back to kennels we had a team in front waiting and one following behind as we'd had nearly all day, they even left their sandwiches, cakes and booze unattended whilst out trying to kill. I'm sure the bitter taste of sabs was felt long after we'd left.

Ross-on-Wye hotel cancels S.Herefordshire FH Hunt Ball booking

3-11-16   Facebook – Hunt Investigation Team    We heard last week that the Chase Hotel in Ross on Wye had cancelled the South Herefordshire hunt ball. We have been working hard to verify this and as far as we can tell, it appears to be the case. So it seems that polite phone calls and emails won the day. We will of course keep across this and post in due course if any other venues decide to host the cub killers of the infamous South Herefordshire Hunt.                                   

Atherstone FH Hounds riot on high speed A44

Sab tyre allegedly stabbed by ex-cop supporter

1-11-16   Facebook – W.Mids Sabs  VIDEO   Atherstone hunt supporter and ex-policeman Jon Hadfield caught slashing lone female hunt sabs tyres Atherstone Hunt Opening Meet 1/11/16   During the Atherstone Hunt's opening meet of the main fox hunting season a lone female hunt sab came across the huntsman and hounds hunting very close to the A444 in Leicestershire. It was clear a fox had just run across the busy road and down into a badger sett on the other side as the hounds were about to run across the road and into on coming traffic. Whilst trying to prevent the hounds running onto the busy road the dash-cam inside the females sab's vehicle recorded regular Atherstone Hunt supporter and ex-Policeman Jon Hadfield walking across the road straight over to the vehicle and taking a penknife out of his pocket. The footage on the sab's handheld camera then shows him to be the only person anywhere near the vehicle. When the sab gets nearer to the vehicle a loud hissing sound can be heard. The front passenger tyre quickly deflated after being stabbed multiple times all around the perimeter. Hadfield had a clear motive after his son was recently in court for assaulting another female sab . The incident has been reported to Leicestershire Police. If any members of the general public were on the A444 at this time and witnessed anything please pm us. Thanks. Please help towards our costs of buying a new tyre.

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            1st hound runs on to A444                                             Pack hurtling across A444 

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         Ex-cop Jon Hadfield opens knife                                     Sab tyre after stabbed 

 

OCTOBER 2016

..... 31st October - Monitor films within wood where Cheshire FH are 'autumn hunting'
..... 31st October - Police fail again to charge the South Herefordshire five in cub cruelty case
..... 30th October - Fitzwilliam FH kill another fox, taunt sabs with its corpse
..... 29th October - Monitors get apology from E.Mids CPS chief over dropped assault cases
..... 28th October - Atherstone FH steward acquitted of assaulting female hunt sab
..... 27th October - Ex police officer dies after fall while hunting with the North Down FH
..... 26th October - Grafton FH upset landowner trespassing, then go on to closed FC land
..... 25th October - Monitors upload shocking film of Grafton FH apparently cub hunting
..... 24th October - Stag chased on to fast Devon road by Hunt dies when hit by old man's car
..... 24th October - Angry landowner protests yet another invasion by Tiverton FH
..... 24th October - Scottish police call for hunting 'ban' to be strengthened
..... 21st October - BBC East Midlands 'Inside Out' features work of League hunt monitors
..... 21st October - Alleged sexual & physical assault on female sab at Surrey Union FH meet
..... 20th October - JM & Chair of suspended S.Hrfrdshre FH defying MFHA by fundraising for Hunt
..... 19th October - Bill Oddie calls for Government not to repeal Hunting Act, etc.
..... 18th October - Sabs say they filmed Atherstone FH blatantly hunting two foxes
..... 18th October - Young fox escapes as Blackmore FH hunt full on
..... 18th October - Jedforest FH members' illegal hunting trial set for January
..... 14th October - Council lets Cottesmore FH have Boxing Day meet in car park again
..... 14th October - Sabs claim to have filmed Atherstone FH fox hunting yet again
..... 13th October - Leak of Blackmore FH Huntsman's address referred to police
.....  9th October - Tynedale FH hunt fox - sabs say supporter stabbed their tyres
.....  8th October - Sabs publish snaps of Easton Harriers JM trying to hide hare killed by Hunt
.....  7th October - Leics police drop case against Atherstone FH over fox kill
.....  5th October - Three Colne Valley Beagles followers convicted of affray
.....  4th October - Dulverton Farmers FH rider convicted of assault and criminal damage
.....  4th October - Repentant former Huntsman Clifford Pellow dies, aged 73
.... . 3rd October - Sab allegedly assaulted by Atherstone FH Huntsman as hounds chase foxes
.....  2nd October - Sabs release damning footage of Blackmore FH chasing fox in January
.....  2nd October - Ranulph Fiennes to tell Tory Conference hunting 'brutal and insupportable'
.....  1st October - Ross Harriers ride at and shove sabs as fox probably killed
 
 
Monitor films in middle of wood where Cheshire FH 'autumn hunting'

31-10-16   YouTube   Cheshire Monitors have uploaded a video taken by one of their people, who spent an hour standing in the middle of a wood whilst the Huntsman [with whom the monitor seems to be on unusually good terms] tries to control his hounds and the dogs and foxes are whizzing about all over the place. The hounds don't seem terribly sure what they are supposed to be doing and there don't seem to be any kills during the filming, though it ends suddenly with hounds in cry. It's all a bit weird. 

The video opens with shot of a fleeing fox just yards from the monitor. Just seconds later, hounds appear only a little further away and dash into bushes, then turn back and run right past the monitor. They're not in cry and are being encouraged on by the Huntsman's voice. However, the soundtrack following suggests they did not get the fox.

POWAperson, normally highly sceptical of the likelihood of given filmed evidence to support a prosecution because of the manifold ways the Hunting Act makes this extraordinarily difficult, thinks this film does, strangely enough, meet most, if not all, of the criteria.

Some stills from the film below-

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     1/ Fox flees hounds,  2/ Two seconds later, hounds chase fox  3/  Probably same fox doubling back 

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Police fail yet again to charge the South Herefordshire FH five

31-10-16   Facebook -Hunt Investigation Team   UPDATE   The 5 accused from the South Herefordshire Hunt attended the police station today. Yet again the police and CPS have failed to charge these people. their bail has been extended until the end of January!! That is a full 8 months from the date the fox cubs were taken from the wild and thrown live to the hounds of the Hunt.

The police and CPS have not even had the decency to explain this extraordinary decision to us or the media. This stinks of corruption, state arrogance and shows a complete lack of respect to the public, the investigators and the foxes that died in the most horrific and brutal way. We are shocked and angry. Please SHARE this post, we must let everyone know what is unfolding here and please keep supporting us. We need your help. https://www.gofundme.com/H-I-T

POWAperson adds - The senior JM of this Hunt, Major Patrick Darling, is High Sheriff of Herefordshire [a personal appointment by the Queen]. But obviously this would have nothing to do with the police/CPS apparent reluctance to charge his 'servants' in what looks an open-and-shut case of extreme cruelty to a number of captive animals.

A few years ago, the Essex & Suffolk Hunt hounds 'accidentally' invaded a garden in north Essex. The Whip grabbed the mauled but still living fox from them and beat it to death with his crop just yards from the horrified family. who had been enjoying a barbecue on their patio. The police didn't charge him or anyone else from the Hunt with anything [the Hunt claimed they were using the Falconry Exemption] and the local press ignored this juicy story, even after the Daily Mail splashed it luridly over a whole page. Nothing to do with the fact that the High Sheriff of Suffolk was JM of the Hunt, of course.

Fitzwilliam FH kill another fox, taunt sabs with its corpse
30-10-16   Facebook -S.Cambs Sabs    Hit Report – 29/10/16   Yesterday, we paid a visit to the Fitzwilliam Hunt [right] who started their 'Introduction to the cowardly killing of wildlife' meet at Field Farm, Lutton (10 miles south of Peterborough). This hunt who are currently on trial for the illegal killing of a fox and for a further animal crueltyFitzwilliamFHblockingroad29-10-16.jpg charge, showed today what utter contempt they have for the Hunting Act law. From the very minute we arrived the Huntsman was flushing the hounds through a thick/dense copse bringing the pack into immediate cry at the scent of a close by fox.
Luckily our sabs and those from N.Cambs & Northants Hunt Saboteurs were in position in the adjacent field to call away the hounds using the gizmo (audio speaker replicating hounds on cry). After pulling the hounds into the field and away from the fox, the Hunt took the best part of the next hour trying to gather up their hounds who seemed much happier getting a few hugs from us than being forced to hunt wildlife. Watching these poor dogs flinch at the sight of dismounted hunters with whips makes you wonder what cruelty these animals are subjected to behind closed doors.

Unfortunately, after following on behind the Hunt who were desperate to get away, even leaving behind nearly all of the newcomers who wanted a taste of this barbaric bloodsport, the hounds went into cry again. As we approached we could see several riders, the terrier men/quads FitzwilliamFHSabpettinghound29-10-16.jpgand car supporters all surrounded a thick copse as the hounds cries became louder and louder. We were unable to save the chased and exhausted poor fox. Not content with just murdering a terrified juvenile fox. They proceeded to taunt us several minutes later by circling the quad with the dead fox at their feet in front of us, with the hounds' mouths still bloody from the kill.

For the rest of the morning, we remained as tight as possible to them as they continued to draw hedge rows and copses. We have no doubt that without our presence more innocent lives would have been ended for their horrific 'sport'. What we found particularly horrid was the amount of hunt supporters of the Fitzwilliam falling over themselves to try and get a look at the sick killing, yet after the sick deed is accomplished these people (many of who had children with them), shamefully bow their heads or put their hands over their faces. No doubt these cowards will try to justify their disgusting behaviour by back slapping with the tiny sadistic minority people and rebuke the huge majority of both country, city and town people. We however, will continue to hold them to account for their twisted behaviour and are going to continue to try and stop them.

All relevant footage of yesterdays hunting are going to be passed onto the relevant authorities.


Monitors get personal apology from East Midlands CPS chief for 'let down'

CPS dropped threat behaviour case against 2 Grafton FH followers for no good reason

29-10-16    YouTube - Hunt Monitors    Grafton Hunt followers Clewes & Wilkinson [were] due to appear in Court Christopher Clewes and Ben Wilkinson were due to appear in court charged with 'Use threatening/ abusive/ insulting words/behaviour to cause harassment/ alarm/ distress,' until the case was dropped just two weeks before the trial was due to take place. Subsequently, the Monitors received a personal apology from the Acting Chief Prosecutor of East Midland CPS for mistakes made by them, who said that their "handling of the case did not meet the high standards which we aspire to, and I accept that you have been let down by the Criminal Justice System."

If you would like info on how to help Hunt Monitors please visit our Facebook page, or for donations to help us keep going please see here. 

For further information on Hunt Monitors. Please also see our website where you will find a petition to sign. This goes back to Jan 2015 when we made complaints to the police about the appalling behaviour of Grafton Hunt supporters. It seemed we had a decent officer who dealt with the case and the CPS set a date for the case to go to court. We went through two reviews (under Victims Right to Review) and suffered insulting comments and lies from two CPS lawyers but eventually received an unequivocal apology from the CPS due to our perseverance to get justice.

  


Atherstone FH 'steward' acquitted of assaulting female sab

Video shows him violently throwing her to the ground

28-10-16   Coventry Telegraph  VIDEO  Atherstone Hunt steward grapples with protester - Peter Hadfield was charged with common assault but found not guilty    A steward accused of assault at a meeting of the Atherstone Hunt has been cleared. Peter Hadfield was charged with common assault in relation to an incident in January but he was found not guilty. The group, West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs, had reported the 20-year-old to Leicestershire Police , claiming that he had grabbed one of their female members and taken her to the ground, injuring her back.

Video footage of the alleged incident at the Atherstone Hunt meeting near Sibson in Leicestershire on January 23 was shown at Loughborough Magistrates Court on October 10, where Mr Hadfield was found not guilty. Speaking to a pro-hunting publication following Mr Hadfield’s acquittal, his solicitor Stephen Welford said he was simply instructing the hunt saboteurs to leave the private land as they were trespassing. Mr Welford said: “The complainant Sarah Lloyd insisted she had every right to be there. Mr Hadfield was herding her out with his arms outstretched. Once they had left the field and got on to grass verge she grabbed hold of his coat and refused to let go. He used reasonable force to remove her and, having seen it on the video the magistrates agreed.”

A spokesperson for the anti-hunting campaigning group said: “The whole day was just awful, we had four foxes chased, one was killed in a pub car park while people were eating their food. Unfortunately it seems to be that no matter what evidence we submit, nothing is being done. How much more footage do the authorities need to see before something is done?”

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Ex police officer dies after fall while hunting with North Down FH

27-10-16   Belfast Telegraph   Equestrian centre boss Claire Lowe dies in fall during hunt in Northern Ireland    Tributes have been paid to an equestrian centre boss who died suddenly in a tragic hunting accident yesterday afternoon. Former police officer Claire Lowe from Saintfield had been taking part in a hunt in the New Line area of Ballygowan when the 39-year-old came off her horse at a fence, and died from her injuries shortly afterwards. A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said a rapid response paramedic was called to the incident at around 3.20pm.However, it was too late to save the popular horse rider, who was well known in the local equestrian scene...

Ms Lowe had worked as a constable for Lisburn PSNI, but after the death of her father last Christmas — Gerry Lowe, the owner of the successful Lisburn company Lowe Refrigeration — she had returned home to Saintfield to manage the Mill House Equestrian Centre in Saintfield. Paying tribute Lisburn and Castlereagh City District Commander, Superintendent Sean Wright said Claire was in the "prime of her life".... The Police Federation for Northern Ireland which represents rank and file officers also extended its "deepest sympathy" to Claire's family, colleagues and friends. Her work involved breeding Connemara ponies as well as running a tack shop business and online auction site. Many friends had not heard the sad news until late last night, and posted their condolences on social media. Friend Lynne Spence wrote that Claire had “died doing what she loved”.... Nicci Hall said: “Such a tragic loss of a genuinely lovely person....”

POWAperson comments - All life is precious and we too extend our sympathies to Claire Lowe's friends and family. However, she was participating in a live quarry Hunt [there is no 'ban' in Ulster], doing something a friend says that she 'loved'. What she loved, then, was engaging in the wilful chasing, terrorising and slaughter of defenceless foxes, employing hounds that are ruthlessly exterminated as soon as they start to become of less use to the Hunt. All life is precious, and our sympathy also extends to all the animals that have, over many years, been abused and killed by the North Down FH and to their 'friends and families'.

  

Grafton FH Monitor films upset landowner confront trespassing hunters

But they go on to hunt in closed Forestry Commission plantation

26-10-16   Facebook – Hunt Monitors  VIDEO  Grafton Hunt Trespass Abthorpe 10 Oct 2016   The Grafton Hunt caused distress to local landowner when they trespassed on her land at Abthorpe, Northamptonshire. They then continued to trespass by hunting in Bucknell Wood, which is owned by the Forestry Commission who had closed and cordoned off the bridleways due to their bad condition. Please contact us on 07955 486 234 or visit Hunt Monitors Facebook for information on how you can help. For donations towards monitors expenses please visit GoFundMe. For more about Hunt Monitors, go here.

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                 Huntsman and hounds at 8 a.m.                                              Later, in cub hunting mode

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Monitors upload shocking film of Grafton FH apparently cub hunting

Clip of bird-handler feeding dead fox to his eagle featured

25-10-16   You Tube   Grafton September 22 -  more shocking scenes from a hunt, in September 2016  - despite the fact that hunting was banned in 2005. The Hunting Act must be strengthened to put a stop to scenes like these. Visit the Hunt Monitors Facebook page for information on how you can help.

POWAperson explains - The video shows the Hunt taking hounds to a wood next to the busy Northampton Road, near Litchborough, Northants, a little after 7a.m. Monitors are certain that no trail was laid. A young fox is seen running along the edge of a ploughed field, then ducking into the wood. A mounted redcoat holds point on the road, another rider is seen on the edge of the wood. The fox bolts out not far from him and runs across the ploughed field. It then crosses the road, just behind a passing car, stumbling as it reaches the far side.

A fox, perhaps the same one, is seen at 8.10 a.m. running across a grassed field parallel with the road, passing a hunt spotter in the field. The next minute, hounds burst into the field, pursuing the fox. Monitors next to the field try to call the hounds off, but are ignored. The Huntsman canters along the road after the pack. Hounds turn through 150 degrees and race off to the wood on the far side of the field. A horsebox is parked badly, blocking nearly half the road, obstructing traffic. The Hunt now have hounds in the wood. Hounds are sometimes heard in cry. While foxes run for their life, riders are on the wood's edge, 'holding up' - a scene identical to cubbing before the so-called ban. So are the noises they make, to scare back fleeing foxes. What they are doing could not be clearer to anyone who knows about fox hunting.

We see the pack on the edge of the wood, frantically seeking fox scent, watched by a redcoat on foot. At no point is any hunter seen or heard attempting to call hounds off. The Hunt moved off at 8.52, but it was evident they had killed at least one fox. Back close to the road, the Hunt's bird handler allows his eagle to feed off a fox carcass. The eagle, carted around throughout the hunt, is there purely as a prop, so that, if challenged, the Hunt can claim to be hunting under the Falconry Exemption, which absurdly allows a full pack to be used to flush out quarry for the bird to hunt. It's never actually flown.

Despite all this, because of the wording and exemptions of the Hunting Act 2004, it is highly unlikely that what the monitors were able to film would be sufficient to secure a prosecution, let alone conviction. This group of monitors have submitted similar film of the Grafton on several occasions, and many more of other Hunts, only to be told it is not enough.  But this and other videos do appear to illustrate how blatantly the Grafton and others feel able to hunt live quarry.

Scenes from the video -

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             Fox fleeing hounds crosses road                                       Riders holding up on road

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              Fox fleeing past hunt spotter                                           Hounds chasing fox across field

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            Hunt's eagle feeding on dead fox                                Bird handler holding fox corpse by brush

 

Stag killed in collision with old man's car on North Devon road

Believed stag chased onto high-speed link road by local deer Hunt

24-10-16   N.Devon Journal    Stag collides with 83-year-old man's car at South Molton in North Devon    TivertonSH.jpgAn 83-year-old man had his car written-off after he hit a stag on a North Devon road. Alan Cope, from Barnstaple, contacted the Journal about the incident after his brother, Wilfred, was involved in the crash during his visit to the region on Monday, October 3. Alan and his wife were phoned by the police and the ambulance crews saying there had been an accident by Pathfields Industrial Estate at South Molton at 2.30pm. He said: "There were no injuries at all, they were shaken up but they were very lucky. The police took the car to the compound and it was taken back to the garage, but it was a complete write-off, even though he was only doing 55pmh. My brother stayed with us for another week and then had to go home on the train. The stag landed on top of the car and smashed the windscreen. It looked awful. The car was only two years old and my brother is like me, he needs his wheels!"

Mr Cope and his family would like to say a big thank you to the people who assisted them, gave out hot drinks and let them use their phones. There were reports that the dead stag was picked up immediately by people and taken away before the police arrived.

A police spokesman said: "Police were called just after 2.30pm on Monday 3 October, to a single car collision on Station Road, South Molton. A stag had reportedly ran out and damaged the front of the car. Apart from the stag, there were no injuries reported. This matter is closed from a police point of view."

POWAperson comments -  The story does not mention the Hunt, believed to have been the Tiverton DH [above left], but information suggests it was they who chased the stag over a rugby field and onJohnNorrish.jpg to the road. The driver and his wife were lucky to escape with their lives, let alone uninjured. Red deer stags are big animals. POWAperson was himself tangentially involved in an almost identical incident in 1997 when a Hunt [definitely the Tiverton] he had been helping to monitor did the same thing on the same road, though we only became aware of it later in the day. I spoke to the people  in the car by phone after they'd returned home. This time the car was occupied by a young holiday-maker family with a small child. Again, fortunately, they were uninjured, but were badly shaken. While they were stranded by the side of the road in their damaged car, a 4x4, presumably from the Hunt, pulled up behind them. They thought help had arrived. The driver got out, picked up the deer carcass, threw it in the back of his car and drove away without a word. Nice folk, hunters [their one-time Huntsman, John Norrish, was sentenced to four years in prison a few years ago for raping a supporter's wife at a Hunt Ball]. As it seems this time, the police were not interested in how the stag came to run out on to a fast major road in the middle of the day.

Thanks to the vagaries of the Hunting Act, deer hunting continues. I gather the Tiverton DH pretend to trail hunt and, when the hounds lay on, keep fairly far back so they can say they weren't 'participating', whilst the Devon & Somerset make cynical use of the 'Research and Observation' exemption to continue their killing for 'sport'. This will go on until the Hunting Act is substantially strengthened. 

  

Angry landowner protests yet another invasion by Tiverton FH

Captures hound and holds it 'hostage' to make her point

TivertonFHAntilandownerSuePrattwithcapturedhound22-10-16.jpg24-10-16   Exeter Express & Echo    Hunters hound is held 'hostage' by angry landowner    A frustrated small holding owner near Tiverton has hit back at her land being infringed upon by huntsmen by capturing one their hounds. Every year Sue Pratt, from Rackenford, says she experience problems during the hunting season, but this year it has come early with an unwelcomed visit from Tiverton Foxhounds.

Last Saturday, ahead of the start of the new season, Sue claims at around 4pm she saw at least 10 hounds bounding through her ground and into her yard, scattering her poultry and upsetting her dogs. Sue recalled: "I managed to capture a hound as hostage [left]. I confronted two huntsmen on the road who refused to give me their names. They were trying to call up the hounds back out on to the road, therefore blocking traffic. I explained they were banned from my ground, which they were aware of, but they could give no explanation why they had lost control of the hounds. I told them they were incompetent and around an hour later I was approached by a hunt supporter looking for aTivertonFHHuntsmanRoryAckerman.jpg lost hound. I admitted I had it but said I would only hand it over to a hunt member. Eventually someone arrived who identified himself as Ron Vincent. I took a photo of him and asked why so many hounds were out when only two are allowed to hunt at a time? I was told they were trail hunting but when I asked if they had set the trail through my ground and yard, I received no sensible answer. He seemed relieved to have the hound back and departed as soon as possible. I reported the incident to the police.”

Tiverton Foxhounds' huntsman Rory Ackerman [right] confirmed they were near the small holding in Rackenford last Saturday trail hunting, which is where a pack of hounds hunt a scent that has been laid over a course with a defined beginning and end. He denied they were cub hunting which is the practice of hunting fox cubs rather than adult foxes, and said he was aware of only one hound going on to the land. He said: "We were trail hunting which is perfectly legal. We didn't encroach on her land and the hounds were on the road. At one point a hound went on her drive and the owner ended up locking it in. As far as I can definitely say it was one hound. We are sorry he went in there but we were not doing anything wrong."

The official fox hunting season is due to begin during the first week of November. Hunts are at the end of the hound training period. Ivor Annetts, a retired trustee of the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "It is my belief that the vast majority of hunts across the country regularly break the law and have done so since September 2005. There been a dozen cases where there has been evidence of that but it is very difficult to get the evidence.

                                    

Scottish police call for hunting ban to be strengthened

They say it is too difficult to prosecute illegal hunting

Bonomy Review is due to report to Holyrood soon

24-10-16     Holyrood      Police Scotland join calls for tightening of fox hunting ban    Scotland’s ban on fox hunting is “unworkable” because there are too many exceptions and loopholes, Police Scotland has said. In a submission to a review of the 2002 law by Lord Bonomy, the national police force called for more clarity to be added to the law to allow officers to prosecute where illegal hunting was taking place. The force also suggested the law be strengthened by removing the word ‘deliberately’ from the section which states hunting a wild animal is an offence.

Under the current law, hunts are still allowed when dogs are used to “flush out” animals regarded as pests so they can be shot. Listed exceptions “provide opportunities for exploitation by those who continually and deliberately offend”, according to Police Scotland. “The current lack of clarity in the legislation can lead to allegations by those opposed to this form of pest control that 'guns were not in place' and this presents significant issues for those undertaking a lawful act, as well as those investigating alleged illegal activity.”

The submission was welcomed by anti-fox hunting activists. Robbie Marsland, the Director of the League Against Cruel Sports, Scotland said: “We agree with Police Scotland that the law as it stands is “unworkable”, we know this from our two year investigation into the activities of Scottish fox hunts. “The Scottish Parliament thought it had banned fox hunting in 2002. We also know the vast majority of Scottish people want fox hunting banned. Now is the time for the law to be strengthened and for fox hunting in Scotland to be really banned, for good.” the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s expert on hunting with dogs Jordi Casamitjana said he had reviewed Scottish hunts operating since 2002. “In each and every case that I reviewed concerning these hunts I believe the use of the exemption was illegitimate and the evidence was more consistent with illegal hunting than with exempt hunting,” he said.

However, the Scottish Association for Country Sports defended the current exceptions in its submission. “Clearly there is a great deal of misunderstanding around the control of foxes using dogs, as well as a significant amount of prejudice and discrimination against rural interests,” it said. In his submission, Joe Scott Plummer, chairman of the Committee of the Duke of Buccleuch’s Foxhounds, said Hunts provided a pest control service free of charge for 100 days every year. “All but a very few farmers have not made us welcome, a handful of complaints have been raised by the general public and dealt with directly by the police or ourselves,” he said, “and no charges have been brought by Police Scotland (or their predecessors) since 2003. Our activities take place in a totally open, public and transparent manner.”

Lord Bonomy is expected to deliver the review’s findings in a few weeks. The Scottish Government is under pressure to tighten the law after SNP MPs at Westminster opposed an attempt to relax fox hunting laws in England in 2015, even though the amendments would have more closely resembled the Scottish law.

POWAperson comments -  Joe Scott Plummer is wrong. There have been three cases brought in Scotland against organised hunters. The first and second ended in acquittal, the third, against two Jedforest FH members, is ongoing. This is, however, a pathetic total given the Act has been in place for fourteen years and sabs and monitors report observing frequent breaches, by riders and hunt terriermen alike. The major problem with the Scottish Act [though it at least carries a potential prison sentence, unlike its English/Welsh equivalent] is that Hunts are allowed to use any number of hounds to flush quarry to guns. This makes it easy to subvert, by simply either not placing guns at all, or by instructing them not to shoot so the chase can go on. It is also, as in England/Wales, necessary to prove intent, which is extraordinarily difficult to do. Hopefully, the Bonomy Review will take the evidence it has been given, particularly that of the police, and recommend significant strengthening of the Scottish Act.  We believe such a measure would easily pass in the Holyrood Parliament. The matter was also covered by BBC News Scotland.

 

BBC regional documentary features work of League hunt monitors

Discovery of captive fox and violent assaults by Belvoir supporters featured

21-10-16   Inside Out – BBC E.Midlands    The TV programme featured an over eight-minute feature on the work of two of LACS' wildlife investigators as they spent last season monitoring the activities of Hunts around the country.

The film focussed on their visits to the Belvoir FH, starting with their being tipped off about a fox being held captive in a brick shed on the Buckminster Estate, near where the Belvoir were soon to meet. They were able to rescue the fox early on the morning of the meet, Christmas Eve 2015. A little while later, a man, identified as an estate employee turned up at the shed and was filmed entering with a catching pole and bag, then leaving bewildered. Police are investigating.

The monitors, a former policeman and an ex saboteur, were violently attacked and seriously injured by six masked Belvoir supporters in March 2016. One was hospitalised with neck injuries. Two of the six men were arrested.

The film ends happily, with the release of the captive fox in a different area.

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21-10-16   LACS News Release   A season of hunt monitoring    Posted by Head of Field Operations - 'Inside out' BBC East Midlands.

The League Against Cruel Sports investigations team is made up of a number of trained operatives, including ex-police officers, former RSPCA inspectors and animal welfare campaigners with many years experience. Spread across the country together they go out and monitor the activities of fox, deer and hare hunts. At the start of the 2015 fox hunting season we were joined by Simon Hare, a BBC reporter who followed two of us as we monitored hunts in the Midlands.

Over the hunting season we observed some 25 hunts. Most of the time the Hunts were unaware of our presence as our purpose is to gain evidence of illegal activity and we do not wish the Hunts to modify their behaviour just because they are aware they are being observed. From the beginning of the season it was apparent that several Hunts were carrying on business as usual. We witnessed hounds being entered into woods and coverts where it would have been impossible to lay a trail (the most common excuse used by fox Hunts), hounds in full cry running across fields shortly after a fox was seen to run the same line, hounds running across and along main roads. On only one occasion did I see a trail being laid; this was some 25 minutes after the hunt had ridden past at speed and was along the middle of a road.

Hunts clearly do not want our scrutiny. Meet cards are no longer published; meet dates no longer appear in local newspapers; cubbing, or “autumn hunting” as it has been re-named, is carried out under great secrecy in the early mornings by an invited few.

On three occasions we recorded strong evidence of illegal hunting which fell just short of the rigorous test we apply before presenting evidence to the police. On six occasions we found badger setts that had been blocked on hunting days; it has been commented by an appeal court judge that this may show an intent to illegally hunt foxes. We regularly saw that the terrier-men (now given the respectable title of “countryman”) were wearing face coverings to prevent themselves being recognised. We also recorded a pack of beagles chasing a hare across fields and onto a road in front of our car.

In December 2015 we found a fox locked in a brick outbuilding at Buckminster in Leicestershire a few days before the Belvoir Hunt were due to meet in the village. Why was it there? In our opinion it was there to be released and hunted. An individual was caught on camera visiting the fox before it was discovered and rescued by us and taken to a wildlife hospital. On the morning of the hunt the same man returned to the building with a large net and a bag. Why? Our conclusion was that the fox was due to be released and hunted. The individual is still under police investigation for animal welfare offences. This was widely reported in the media at the time and the Hunt declined to comment.

In March 2016, the last day of the Belvoir Hunt's season, two of us went to monitor the hunt. The BBC reporter also went to the meet. Towards the end of the day, whilst on a public bridleway, we were attacked by six men, four of whom were wearing face masks, sustaining serious injuries and our camera equipment was stolen. This is still under police investigation. Again the hunt has declined to make any comment.

As the current season gets underway we are again out looking at the Hunts, ready to record any evidence of law breaking. We expect them to be even more secretive and to go to great lengths to try and find us. If they are acting within the law they have nothing to fear. They will not even know we are there. If they are hunting illegally and killing our wildlife we will do our utmost to bring them to book.

                                     

Alleged sexual and physical assault on sab by Surrey Union FH follower

21-10-16   Facebook - Guildford Hunt Sabs     Sexual assault, assault and blatant illegal hunting - The Surrey Union Hunt 21.10.16    Today, following a tip off from a local we headed to Capel with North Downs Hunt Sabs to a 3pm meet at Pleystow Farm. Upon our arrival sabs were already with the hunt, hounds were in full cry and hunt clearly surprised and annoyed to see us. As we kept up with rampaging hounds (no trail laid) we were confronted by some disgruntled bumpkins and hunt support, pushing us we carried on. this was to delay us however we split to make sure we had two areas covered. Field, terrier men and support stayed stationary at the bottom of Temple Lane for around an hour not really knowing what to do seeing as they could no longer continue to illegally hunt.

Other sab managed to catch up with hounds and called in support, we kept up with hounds as they packed up around 5 during which the hunt blocked the road preventing sabs from leaving the area. During this, a female sab was sexually assaulted and bundled. We cannot discuss this further until police have carried out their investigations.

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S.Herefordshire FH JM & Chair fundraising for suspended Hunt

Sabs say this against terms of MFHA suspension

20-10-16    Facebook - Hunt Investigation Team     Blood on your hands Patrick Darling      Major Patrick Darling (former Master) and Phillip Whitehouse (Hunt Chairman) are trying to rebuild the South Herefordshire Hunt, disregarding the instructions of the Master of Foxhounds and fundraising in preparation for hunting again. They are suspended from all hunting activity and that includes fundraising.

They feel guilty because they promoted one of the individuals that caused this whole mess. Darling has artificial earths on his land (Caradog Court) where foxes are encouraged to live before being hunted. He also has badger setts on his land which we know have been dug by Hunt associates.

This weekend he is hosting a 'fun ride' and a 'hunt supper' the following weekend to raise funds for the Hunt. This is in direct contravention of the Master of Foxhounds Association suspension from all hunting activity. We will be watching the event this weekend very closely.

Matthew Price has been brought in to raise the profile of the SHH. He loves killing badgers and has played a prominent role in recent badger culls. His wife, Alex Price is a master of the SHH. The new huntsman, Chris Cardell has been hired and fired by various hunts 5 or 6 times in recent years. The SHH are also struggling to fill other key positions like whipper-in. it's hardly surprising that all the neighbouring Hunts want to see them closed completely. This is because they feel that they are paying the price for the historical and ongoing arrogance of the South Herefordshire Hunt.

POWAperson adds - Major Patrick Darling is the High Sherriff of Herefordshire [not the first such to be involved in hunting controversy], a personal appointee of the Queen. The HIT's account of the investigation that exposed barbaric treatment of captive foxes, leading to the police investigation and the Hunt's suspension by the MFHA, is here. Pics of the fox cubs imprisoned and killed so cruelly are below.

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Bill Oddie urges care for wildlife after winning Animal Advocate award

Slams Andrea Leadsom for her wish to repeal Hunting Act

19-10-16    Daily Express   Bill Oddie calls for new Brexit era for wildlife after winning Animal Advocate Award    BILL ODDIE has won a prestigious award for speaking out on behalf of animals and immediately blasted the Government over badger culling and fox hunting. The former Goodie and Springwatch presenter also says heBillOddie.jpg wants Brexit Britain to deliver a new age for the way we treat animals.

Speaking after receiving the Animal Advocate Award for his efforts in raising awareness about wildlife persecution home and abroad, the popular conservation campaigner called for more “respect and appreciation” of all creatures great and small. After receiving his award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, he said: “If there is anything good coming from this Brexit business, can we go into an era where we revere wildlife, we respect wildlife, we want to care for wildlife and above all appreciate it."

In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, the 75 year old presenter, who has already received an OBE for services to conservation, also pleaded with the Government to take a “deep breath” and decide to care for animals. He said: “I would like to take a deep breath; I would like the Government to take a deep breath and everyone in power to take a deep breath and decide to care for wildlife, animals, birds... For anything alive is something to be proud of and want to help and treasure and look after rather than regard as some kind of commodity...

Bill Oddie won the award for raising awareness about wildlife persecution in the UK and abroad. “What I mean by that, specifically in Britain, we have these situations where badgers are still being killed despite science which suggests this is not a way to solve bovine tuberculosis. You have people allowed to shoot buzzards in order to protect young pheasants which will then be able to grow up to be big enough to be shot by gunmen and the shooting industry…. Worst of all, we get Andrea Leadsom (the Environment Secretary) talking about considering repealing the Hunting Act for fox hunting…  All those things represent a step backwards to a time when really we should be embarrassed by…”

His “outstanding work” to raise awareness of animal issues has seen him lobbying outside Stormont in Northern Ireland where hunting with dogs is still legal and protesting outside Shell’s headquarters over plans to drill in the Arctic.... The IFAW said: “This award also reflects his great passion for birdlife and other animals that Bill has passed on to millions of people throughout his career through his bird books and TV programmes such as Springwatch, Autumnwatch; Birding with Bill Oddie and Bill Oddie Goes Wild." The award was presented at a special ceremony in the House of Lords hosted by Baroness Gale and supported by Express.co.uk.

  

Sabs say they filmed Atherstone FH blatantly hunting 2 foxes

18-10-16    Facebook – W.Mids Sabs  VIDEO    On Tuesday 18th October the Atherstone Hunt met at Tomlinsons Farm Shop in Stoke Golding. They clearly hadn't asked permission from landowners, as all the gates were padlocked. Nevertheless, Huntsman Stuart Barton blatantly and intentionally hunted in front of us, with two foxes running from a small wood he had put the hounds into at Upton Lodge Farm. He took the hounds across the road to where the first fox had run to and the hounds soon picked up the scent. There were no police in attendance at this incident.

We don't know about anyone else, but we would call this BLATANT hunting and they are all complicit in lawbreaking. How, when we are producing weekly footage of this Hunt chasing foxes, are they allowed to continue? If we showed the same people burgling houses every week for the last 2 years would they be getting the same treatment? We would also ask if the Atherstone were allowed to be on the land they were hunting on as every gate was locked, but still they entered.  Their field was made up of 5 riders, 1 of which was a Master, 2 ex-Masters and one paying rider. There were no car supporters or foot followers present. Enough said.

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Young fox escapes as Blackmore FH hunt full on

18-10-16    Facebook – Dorset Sabs    The video is from when we paid a visit to Mark Doggrell and the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt on the 8th October 2016. A large field of around sixty riders [below] moved off around 7:30am from the Boys Hill area. The hunt drew the covers one by one in the area. From early on the hounds were in seriousBlackmoreFHYoungfoxfleeingfromhounds8-10-16.jpg full-on cry drawing through covers and rough areas.

In Broke Lane, whilst the hounds were drawing through a rough area a young fox exited at speed very close to the camera man [right]. A hunt supporter on seeing this informed the hunt and so the young fox was left.

This is in stark contrast to the incident shown recently on the DHS Facebook page when the huntsman refused to believe a witness and he allowed the hounds to continue when they were in fact on the line of a fox. Much of the soundtrack illustrates the full-on nature of the hounds and the voice and horn calls of the Huntsman and others. Towards the end of the session the hunt moved onto Burton Common. The camera man also moved on to this area much to the disappointment of the hunt who tried various methods to move the camera man out. He stood his ground  Disappointingly, young riders engaged in a manner where they were riding close to the camera man or attempting to prevent him filming. Eventually the camera man engaged with an adult and asked for this behaviour to stop. From time to time the camera man was deliberately held up by riders and vehicles. This is unacceptable. The hunt came to a close at around 10:30am.

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Jedforest FH members' illegal hunting trial set for January

18-10-16    Border Telegraph     Huntsmen deny breaking fox hunting laws     TWO huntsmen from the Borders have been accused of deliberately hunting a fox with a pack of dogs. Jedforest Hunt members Johnathan Riley, 23, and 66-year-old John Richardson pleaded not guilty to the charge at Jedburgh Sheriff Court. The pair, from Abbotrule, Bonchester Bridge, deny deliberately hunting a wild mammal while acting with others on land surrounding Townfoothill near Jedburgh, on February 18.

No huntsmen have yet fallen foul of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002, but two individuals have been convicted for hunting foxes with dogs and 10 for hare coursing. While the hunting of wild mammals with dogs is outlawed in Scotland, amendments were made to the Bill to allow fox hunting to continue in a different form. It is legal to use [any number of] dogs to flush a fox from cover for it then to be shot, as long as this is done as a form of pest control. The Act further states that no offence is committed if the dog kills the fox during the course of this activity, but only if it was not the Huntsman’s intention that it does so and is regarded as an accident. Hounds are also used to kill foxes that have been wounded by the gunmen or are otherwise seriously injured or diseased. Riley and Richardson will stand trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on January 10 with an intermediate hearing scheduled for December 12.

POWAperson adds - The Scottish law provides a huge loophole for organised Hunts, as summarised in the article, through which Hunts in Scotland have been driving a pack and horses, so successfully that only one organised hunt member has ever been charged [in 14 years] and none convicted. The Act is currently under review, following evidence provided by the League Against Cruel Sports purporting to show various Hunts chasing foxes where no guns were present.

 

 Council lets Cottesmore FH hold B.Day meet in Oakham car park again

14-10-16   Rutland & Stamford Mercury   Cottesmore Hunt’s Boxing Day meet to be held in Rutland County Council car park again   Cottesmore Hunt looks likely to be held at Rutland County Council’s car park again this Boxing Day, despite objections from an animal rights group. The decades-old tradition looked to be in jeopardy last Christmas when Oakham Town Council refused the Hunt’s request to hold the meet in the usual location of Cutts Close. But Rutland County Council stepped into offer its car park to allow the Hunt to continue raising money for good causes.

Last year, collections were made for For Rutland In Rutland. This year, the future looked to be in doubt again after the Leicester Animal Rights group campaigned for Rutland County Council not to host the Hunt again. A petition started late last week has attracted nearly 3,500 signatures.

A spokesman for Leicester Animal Rights said: “‘On September 17, 2015, an employee of the Cottesmore Hunt was prosecuted for obstructing a badger sett. To us, it’s clear what this means in the context of a fox hunt – business as usual. It’s unacceptable for the Council to be condoning this, and we expect them to do the right thing for increasingly pressured wildlife by refusing any further requests from the Cottesmore Hunt.’”

But this week, the council confirmed the Hunt would go ahead again this year. Rutland County Council leader Terry King (Con) said: “The council has been in contact with Leicestershire Animal Rights regarding Cottesmore Hunt’s use of Catmose car park for last year’s Boxing Day meet and advised them of the various ways they can highlight any concerns at public meetings of the council. The Boxing Day meet is a well-established tradition in Rutland and, when approached in December 2015, the Council agreed to this solution to provide an alternative venue for the event. A request to use Catmose car park as the venue for the 2016 Boxing Day meet has been received from organisers of the Cottesmore Hunt and subsequently accepted. The decision was taken in the same way as in 2015 and is subject to similar conditions being met by event organisers.”

No-one from the Hunt was available to comment at the time of going to press but last year, the Hunt Secretary Claire Bell said the hunt was “delighted at the support of the council”.

                                     

Sabs claim to have filmed Atherstone FH fox hunting yet again

14-10-16   Facebook – W.Mids Sabs    VIDEO   On Thursday 13th October two sabs attended the Atherstone HuntAtherstoneFHhounds13-10-16.jpg who met at the pro bloodsports pub The Odd House, Leicestershire. Well, what can we say (the video speaks for itself)....the same thing we keep saying week in week out season after season . Yep you've guessed it they were blatantly hunting foxes. What more can we say......but at last the local and national media are starting to ask questions as to why the Atherstone is getting away with it all. The Atherstone Hunt have been in the local and national press over 40 times now. Also the public reach is growing and YOU the public are helping us enormously by sharing our posts, writing letters to the press, contacting Leicestershire police. Today we also ask if you have the time to contact the Forestry Commission where the Atherstone hunted yesterday.

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Cottesmore FH can meet in town car park on Boxing Day, says Council

14-10-16   Rutland & Stamford Mercury    Cottesmore Hunt’s Boxing Day meet to be held in Rutland County Council car park again   Cottesmore Hunt looks likely to be held at Rutland County Council’s car park again this Boxing Day, despite objections from an animal rights group. The decades-old tradition looked to be in jeopardy last Christmas when Oakham Town Council refused the Hunt’s request to hold the meet in the usual location of Cutts Close. But Rutland County Council stepped into offer its car park to allow the Hunt to continue raising money for good causes. Last year, collections were made for For Rutland In Rutland.

This year, the future looked to be in doubt again after the Leicester Animal Rights group campaigned for Rutland County Council not to host the Hunt again. A petition started late last week has attracted nearly 3,500 signatures. A spokesman for Leicester Animal Rights said: “‘On September 17, 2015, an employee of the Cottesmore Hunt was prosecuted for obstructing a badger sett. To us, it’s clear what this means in the context of a fox hunt – business as usual. It’s unacceptable for the Council to be condoning this, and we expect them to do the right thing for increasingly pressured wildlife by refusing any further requests from the Cottesmore Hunt.’”

But this week, the council confirmed the Hunt would go ahead again this year. Rutland County Council leader TerryCottesmoreFHB.Daymeetincarpark.jpg King (Con) said: “The council has been in contact with Leicestershire Animal Rights regarding Cottesmore Hunt’s use of Catmose car park for last year’s Boxing Day meet and advised them of the various ways they can highlight any concerns at public meetings of the Council. The Boxing Day meet is a well-established tradition in Rutland and, when approached in December 2015, the Council agreed to this solution to provide an alternative venue for the event [right, the meet]. A request to use Catmose car park as the venue for the 2016 Boxing Day meet has been received from organisers of the Cottesmore Hunt and subsequently accepted. The decision was taken in the same way as in 2015 and is subject to similar conditions being met by event organisers.”

No-one from the Hunt was available to comment at the time of going to press but last year, the Hunt Secretary Claire Bell said the hunt was “delighted at the support of the council”.

  

Online leak of Blackmore FH Huntsman's address referred to police

13-10-16   Somerset Live     Countryside Alliance welcomes threat to prosecute those who spread contact details online    An online leak of information about a Somerset huntsman cleared of causing grievous bodily harm to a saboteur has been reported to police, a pro hunt group has claimed. The Countryside Alliance has welcomed an announcement by the Director of Public Prosecutions that people who spread private details could now be prosecuted. It claims the leaking of Mark Doggrell's address and his wife's phone number online has been reported to police which are investigating. Mr Doggrell was cleared by a jury at Taunton Crown Court last month after an incident in 2014 in which hunt saboteur Nicola Rawson was injured by his horse.

Pic below - the moment Doggrell's horse mowed down Nicola Rawson, seriously injuring her -

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Sabs photo Easton Harriers JM trying to hide hare killed by Hunt

Huntsman later claims corpse was that of a rabbit! 

Sabs also say two of their number were assaulted by hunters

 8-10-16   Facebook – Norfolk & Suffolk Sabs   Easton Harriers – 08/10/2016 - Wood Farm, Tannington   Our legal team has advised us to share the following images, as we believe that this is within the interest of the general public.

On Saturday 8th October, Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Sabs visited the Easton Harriers Hunt who met at Wood Farm, Tannington, in Suffolk. Due to legal proceedings, we are unable to fully describe what happened that morning other than the confirmation that a hare was killed by the Hunt.  In the first two photos [below], we have Lydia Freeman (Hunt Master) trying to conceal the body of the dead hare. We are appealing for the identity of the other two individuals displayed in the remaining photos, in connection with assaults that also took place that morning [see here]. If you have any information then please contact us. We encourage our supporters to share this post.

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Tynedale FH filmed hunting fox - sabs say supporter stabbed their tyres

9-10-16   Facebook - North East Sabs   8th October 2016 - Tynedale Hunt   This particular Hunt has been left toTynedaleFHfoxbeingpursuedby8-10-16.jpg it’s own devices for a little too long, and after a tip off from a member of the public we thought we’d have a trip out and see what they’ve been up to. Meeting just outside of Aydon, we were greeted with abuse and some rather sexist remarks, being that we were a girl-only crew. Someone who can only be described as Reg Holdsworth’s doppelganger... greeted us with the words ‘Go home and get fucked by a man’ as if his statement would send us fleeing in search of the nearest virile gent.

We spent some time monitoring the hunt and questioning why three quads with terriers and shovels were ‘passing through’ at just the right time. Claims of the usual trail hunt were thrown around but those were pretty quickly shown to be lies when the hounds went into cry in an area of woodland close by. A bit of gizmo use and some horn calls seemed to distract the hounds and shortly we started to think of moving off to keep ahead of the game.

TynedaleFHRidersonpoint8-10-16.jpgOnly when we pulled away did we discover our new friends had decided to stick what was likely a screwdriver or knife into one of our front tyres. Fortunately we are some pretty handy girl's and managed to change over to our spare tyre. We travelled a bit further to follow the Hunt and when we pulled up realised we also had a flat tyre at the back. Scuppered we were indeed and we made a call to the police letting them know that as well as illegally hunting the Hunt had also been up to some criminal damage.

The fact we were alongside the Hunt while they surrounded a further piece of woodland meant we also caught on camera a pretty exhausted fox fleeing the hounds [above right], and an attempt by riders to stop it from escaping [left]. Some smart moves by a pair of sabs meant the Hunt were stopped from a further chase and a hare and deer also had the chance to escape. We’re hopeful by the time the Hunt packed up we prevented what would have been definite kills... the police arrived to take statements about the damage to the car. We were lucky enough to have captured some photos of registration plates, faces an enough information to take it further and we definitely have to thank Northumbria Police who are pretty keen to pursue the matter further.

Pic below - Exhausted fox [bottom left] looking warily at hunt rider before it slips into bushes

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Leics police drop investigation into Atherstone FH fox kill

7-10-16   Coventry Telegraph   Second investigation into Atherstone Hunt dropped through 'lack of evidence' - force closes case involving allegation that a fox was illegally killed despite video showing dead fox carried in hound's jaws    A second police force has dropped an investigation into the Atherstone Hunt over an allegation that a fox was illegally killed, citing a “lack of evidence”. Leicestershire Police have told the Telegraph they have closed their investigation into the Warwickshire hunt after an incident in Hall Lane, Osbaston in January this year.

At the time gruesome footage from West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs was published which showed the a dead fox being carried in the jaws of a hound [left]. But now Leicestershire PoliceAtherstoneFHHoundcarryingfoxcarcass26-1-16.jpg have said there was not enough evidence to prosecute anyone over the incident. A spokesman for the force told the Telegraph: “It was closed due to a lack of evidence. The body of the fox was never surrendered to us.”

It is the second time a police force has dropped an investigation into the Atherstone Hunt and the death of a fox this year. In August the Telegraph reported that Warwickshire Police would not charge anyone even though video evidence of a fox being killed by a hound, again captured by West Midlands Saboteurs, had been published. Following this incident in November 2015 there were also witness statements given by anti-hunt protesters and an admission from Atherstone Hunt that they killed the fox, but that it was already injured before they arrived.

Since 2005 it has been illegal to hunt foxes with dogs. The maximum penalty is a £5,000 fine while police can also confiscate and destroy equipment and dogs used in hunting. Atherstone Hunt has been under the police spotlight several other times in the past two years. Earlier this week the Telegraph reported that Leicestershire Police were investigating after a whip wielding member of Atherstone Hunt was filmed engaging in a scuffle with an anti hunt protester on Monday, October 3.

In December 2015 footage emerged which appeared to show a hunt supporter put a protester in a headlock during a meeting of Atherstone Hunt. Laura Caines, 33, from Bedworth, was subsequently found guilty on two counts of assault by beating after the bust-up. In September 2015, footage emerged showing hunt stewards simulating sex with the body of a dead goose but police decided no criminal offence had taken place.

 

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