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                                               HUNTING SEASON 2016/17

 

FEBRUARY 2017

..... 28th February - Police close Cheshire FH fox kill case – witnesses lacking

..... 28th February - Sabs find Ashford Valley FH supporter pick-up on SORN register

..... 27th February - Sabs sent 'pirate' pack North Downs Harriers packing

..... 27th February - Doughty anti-hunt campaigner Sir Gerald Kaufman MP dies

..... 26th February - Cheshire Forest FH kill fox in Macclesfield garden, upset residents

..... 26th February - Middleton FH upset a yard full of bulls - then lose the pack

..... 26th February - Hunting landowner drives into monitor as hounds go into cry

..... 25th February - Fitzwilliam FH create havoc in village and enter zoo park grounds

..... 25th February - Atherstone FH meet - no hounds, no redcoats, no hunting

..... 25th February - Sabs arrive late at Oakley FH just in time to stop dig-out

..... 25th February - Depleted Ross Harriers's JM lays trail by busy road, then ignores it!

..... 25th February - Cumbria police announce plan to monitor Hunts with drones

..... 24th February - Shredded remnants of fox killed by Bicester FH found in ditch

..... 24th February - Sabs stop Waveney Harriers running on to major road

..... 23rd February – Police reject complaints re. Cheshire Forest FH hunter cop

..... 22nd February – Occupied monitor car window shot out at Beaufort FH meet

..... 22nd February – Blackmore FH with 3 terriermen spend day not 'trail hunting'

..... 22nd February – Landowner tells Cheshire FH to go away in no uncertain terms

..... 22nd February – Surrey Union JM Lulu Hutley reported to police re. sab whipping

..... 20th February – Atherstone FH hunter nearly rides down sab, charges at other

..... 20th February – Female hunters say scared by sabs, sabs say were helping them

..... 20th February – Golden Valley FH pull hounds off fox as sabs appear

..... 20th February – Essex Farmers FH invade farm, chase pets, scare livestock

..... 19th February – Police told Heythrop FH killed in garden in front of children

..... 19th February – Ashford Valley FH hunting foiled by sabs despite late finish

..... 19th February – Trespassing North Down FH attracts farmers' fury

..... 19th February – Essex/Suffolk FH Huntsman loses control of horse by busy road

..... 19th February – Woman abused and sab car damaged by Cheshire FH support

..... 19th February – CPS drop all Belvoir FH Huntsman charges after 3 fox kills

..... 19th February – Report of RTA in Lincs – one Belvoir FH hound killed

..... 19th February – Cottesmore JM says nothing when confronted re. Assaults

..... 19th February – Cheshire FH redcoats guides 2 horses on A49, hounds on verge

..... 19th February – Eggesford FH hunt foxes, trespass, attack sabs, damage radio

..... 18th February – Sab 'whipped' by JM who is Princess Eugenie's godmother

..... 18th February – Cottesmore FH fans attack sabs with weapons, some injured

..... 18th February – Monitors rescue left-behind Braes o' Derwent FH hound

..... 18th February – Sabs say they saved 2 foxes from Cotswold Vale Farmers FH

..... 18th February – Ledbury/Warwickshire FHs hunt foxes close to A road

..... 18th February – Middleton FH hounds kill fox on busy road, no Hunt nearby

..... 17th February – Troubled Atherstone FH sack Huntsman, replace with amateur

..... 16th February – Sabs save a fox from dig-out by Eggesford FH

..... 15th February – 3 dead badgers found in Beaufort FH land after blocking report

..... 15th February – Cotswold FH follower reverses car at monitors at speed

..... 14th February – Sabs find heron killed by Easton Harriers hounds

..... 14th February – Scandal-hit S.Herefordshire FH to close say investigator team

..... 13th February – Blackmore FH witnessed hunting fox across road by motorist

..... 12th February – Atherstone FH Director splits female sab head open with crop

..... 12th February – Monitors rescue trapped Portman FH horse & grateful redcoat

..... 12th February – Fox saved by monitors from Cheshire FH dig-out

..... 12th February – Lamerton FH attempts to hunt stymied by angry landowner

..... 11th February – Cheshire FH thugs beat up and run down sabs – police watch

..... 11th February – Sabs find deluxe artificial earth on Fitzwilliam estate

..... 11th February – Sab has dip before helps stop Pevensey Marsh Beagles hunting

..... 11th February – Cattistock FH day ends inchaos on coast road, horse badly hurt

..... 10th February – Police finally pass file on S.Herefordshire FH outrage to CPS

..... 10th February – Claim that north-west Hunt rampaged thru gardens, child hurt

..... 10th February – Sab runs as 'clean boot' for 3 Counties Drag Hounds

..... 9th February – Cheshire police come out and rein in Wynnstay FH

..... 9th February – Walker tells us she & husband saw fox hunted on Dartmoor

..... 8th February – Monitor films Beaufort FH hunting fox in school grounds

..... 8th February – York & Ainsty N FH hound killed as hounds cause traffic chaos

..... 8th February – 'Oakley FH Huntsman smashed my windscreen with crop' – woman

..... 8th February – Ledbury FH Huntsman escapes conviction after charging blunder

..... 8th February – Monitors say South Durham FH Huntsman forced to resign

..... 7th February – South Dorset FH Huntsman warned by police over blocked sett

..... 7th February – Hunt-inspired plot to strip RSPCA of prosecution powers fails

..... 7h February – 26 group letter demands Leics police tackle illegal hunting

..... 7th February – Old Surrey FH Hunt Ball hit as sponsr withdraws support

..... 6th February – Sabs upload video of very violent attack by Cheldon BH thugs

..... 6th February – Stops find Crawley FH digging out fox – and stop it

..... 5th February – Fife FH found hunting without guns in place

..... 5th February – Badsworth FH Huntsman filmed using horse as weapon on sab

..... 5th February – Cheshire FH kill fox not long after setting off – bagged?

..... 4th February – S&W Wilts FH kill one fox though sabs save another

..... 1st February – Sabs upload film of violence by Chedon BH followers

..... 1st February – York & Ainsty N FH terrierman cautioned for assaulting sab

 

 Police close Cheshire FH fox kill case saying witnesses haven't come forward

Sabs publish photo of Cheshire PC 'cubbing' with Cheshire Forest FH  in 2014

PC Claire Ford goes out with Hunt who just killed fox in Macclesfield

28-2-17   Chester Chronicle  VIDEO  Police close investigation into Beeston fox hunt allegations  ACheshireFHVixenkilledby4-2-17.jpg probe into reports of an illegal fox hunt in Beeston has been closed due to 'no physical evidence', Cheshire police have confirmed. Distressing footage of a fox being mauled by a pack of hounds [right] emerged on social media earlier this month.

An anti-fox hunting group claimed they shot the video in Beeston on February 4 and the matter was handed over to the police. But now the force has revealed that it has yet to receive any statements from alleged witnesses, without which it cannot proceed so the decision has been taken to conclude the investigation.

A statement posted on the Chester police Facebook page reads: "Cheshire police has been investigating reports of an illegal hunt in Beeston which is alleged to have taken place on February 4. Contact has been made with witnesses to ask for statements of complaint, original video footage and pathology reports in relation to the fox in question. However despite this request we have received no physical evidence and no statements have been provided that would allow us to progress a criminal investigation. In light of this, the investigation has now been concluded with no further action. However, it will be re-opened should we receive contact from witnesses willing to provide written statements, the original video footage and any other evidence that may help with our enquiries."

The footage, which was posted to the protest group’s Facebook page, appeared to show a pack of hounds tearing up a fox as protesters attempt to pull them away. The video shows the fox’s body on the ground after the attack. Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting incident number297 of February 4.

CheshireForestFHPCClaireFordhunts10-12-16.jpgPOWAperson comments - Cheshire Hunt Sabs have not yet reacted to the police statement above. However, their post from last Saturday gives a clue why they may not have much faith in the intention or capacity of Cheshire police to investigate this or other hunting incidents properly and impartially...


25-2-17   Facebook - Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs   Do you really believe Cheshire Police are going to stand up for any of the persecuted foxes in our area, with officers like PC 5336 Claire Ford [left], aka Claire Louise on Facebook, within their ranks? PC Ford is the woman sat in the middle of this trio! She's clearly impartial when it comes to fox hunting isn't she?

There's now been two instances of foxes being killed by a pack of hounds in Cheshire in three weeks, and they're just the ones we know about...

PC Ford's friends from the Cheshire Forest hunt killed a fox in a residential area of Macclesfield today...

Cheshire Foxhounds killed a vixen on the 4th of February.

Are the police going to actually stop this barbaric activity???

 

Sabs find Ashford Valley FH supporter pick-up is on SORN register

Plan to save owner job by telling DVLA vehicle no longer off road

28-2-17    Facebook – E.Kent Sabs   Something the Ashford Valley Tickham hunt supporters should bear in mind when illegally blocking public roads... don't use a vehicle that is on a SORN declaration, i.e no tax, and no valid insurance. We are sure the relevant authorities will be in touch soon, and will get this all sorted out for you.

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Sabs send 'pirate' pack packing on visit to North Downs Harriers

27-2-17  Facebook - East Kent Sabs   25/2/2017  After the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt went crying off to the press and maligned our good character last week in the press (see previous posts), it was obvious who we were going to have to pay a visit to this Saturday….so, we headed off to their kennels at Hothfield, "armed with our camera's and military fatigues!”

The hound lorry left the kennels as expected, but suddenly, two 4x4’s blocked the road [right] so we could not follow, meaning we had to get back on to another lane to get round them, but one of the pick ups had also headedAshfordValleyFHFollowersblocksabs25-2-17.jpg around to block us off again……but we managed to get past, just missing the front of his truck.

We were followed at high speed while we searched in vain for the hound lorry-now where was the KM journalist when we needed them!? Oh yeah-they are too busy regurgitating the hunt's bullshit, verbatim! (If you want a REAL story darling, you will have to come out with us, and get your shoes dirty!).

Fortunately, we had an advance party at Denton the other side of the county, who were already out with Alfie Vassar’s (ex huntsman of the East Kent with West Street foxhounds) unregistered “pirate” pack, the North Downs Harriers. It appears that the Hunt met at the farm buildings around Tappington Hall, no doubt invited by Paul Saunders, local gamekeeper and former Huntsman of the now amalgamated West Street & Tickham Hunt, and previously Whipper In for the East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt-a jack of all trades, but master of none…!

The Huntsman (Alfie) was hunting on foot, assisted by two known terrier boys on quad bikes, last seen “trail hunting” out with the East Kent with West Street. When we eventually arrived at the Hunt, they where at the rear of Denton Court, and we called the hounds safely away from the them, east towards Wooton… it took a while, but we got them, running up the hill towards us! [below left]. The terrier boys Jack and Michael scrambled to get the hounds from us on their quads, the Huntsman hitched a lift, and then they vanished…

NorthDownsHarriersHoundscometosabcalls25-2-17.jpgWe searched high and low, but then noticed their hound truck on the move-had they packed up? We sent a group to their kennels at Lyminge, and the hound van was there, so it appears they had!!

What these lads are really up to is anyone's guess, but trail hunting it’s not. Given their terrier work connections to the East Kent with West Street Hunt and local shooting fraternity, they are either acting as a “fox destruction” pack for kicks on a Saturday, but there is also a strong possibility that foxes are being dug out alive, and being moved about to the keep the local packs in supply….we are watching though, and all our evidence is as always, with the police.

A further search of Denton was done, with no sign of the Hunt, so we moved over to Bishopsbourne, to the meet of the East Kent with West Street FH.

The Hunt was in Gorsley Wood, so we headed in, and saw two quad bikes heading to the meet, but by 4pm, it was obvious they had also packed up for home……the Hunt are currently bleating on that are “committed to seeing the repeal of the Hunting Act 2014 and a return to hunting live quarry”……tell that to the fox you killed at 7th December 2016 Burmarsh, or any of the other hunting “accidents” you are responsible for.

Unfortunately, our day was still not over!! It was time for us to head over to Crawley in Sussex for the Hunt Ball demo against the Old Surrey & Barstow hunt at Effingham Park Hotel, Crawley.

A decent turn out of black-clad demonstrators had turned up, where the wearing of masks and quasi military outfits was oblitgatory!! So, yes Rachael Woods KM, reporter- we swore at the demo, in fact we swore a lot!!! But then why shouldn't we, hunting was banned 12 years ago, yet the killing goes on! But the police and the press are either too corrupt or don't have the balls to deal with them!!! It kind of gets you “effing” angry!! 

                                     

 

Doughty anti-hunt campaigner Sir Gerald Kaufman MP dies

..... 27-2-16 POWA is saddened to learn of the death  of Sir Gerald Kaufman MP, aged 86. He was instrumental and fearless in helping Tony Banks lead the Labour backbenchers revolt on the Hunting Bill against the Blair leadership, which wanted to foist the awful Licensing system for fox hunting on us. In 2002 he threatened to defy the whip because of the government's foot-dragging on banning hunting. In 2004, aged 74, he was assaulted and subjected to anti-semitic taunts by hunt supporters outside Conference. In his latter years he was proud to become Father of the House. R.I.P.

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                                                         Credit Manchester Evening News

Cheshire Forest FH kill fox in garden in Macclesfield

Female follower on quad hides corpse up her coat

Pregnancy pretence ruined when she is stopped and questioned

26-2-17  Manchester Evening News   Furious residents say pack of foxhounds caused 'mayhem' on quiet street during hunt meeting - Police are investigating allegations that the animals were chasing a fox which was later found dead   A pack of foxhounds caused mayhem in a quiet street during a hunt meeting, according to furious residents. Cheshire police are now investigating allegations that the animals were chasing a fox - which was found deadCheshireForestFHFoxkilledinMacclesfieldgarden25-2-17.jpg in a back garden .

Residents have told the MEN of “pandemonium” when the pack of dogs came hurtling across a field and into Penningtons Lane, Macclesfield. “It was horrific”, said Edwina Church, 47. She said her husband, Kevin, saw some of the dogs appear to be chasing a fox which he then saw killed. “Pandemonium broke out. There was a stream of dogs running through our garden into next door. We had 15 of them jumping around in our garden.” Mrs Church’s 82-year-old mother, who has chronic heart failure, saw it unfold and is “traumatised”. She continued:“A lot of people on this road are elderly. They were frightened to come out. The dogs were frantic. I’m an animal-lover and I was shaken. It was heartbreaking.” 

Cheshire Police said on Facebook they are working with the RSPCA and specialist officers to investigate. “We are aware of concerns around hunt activity in the Macclesfield area yesterday. We are investigating this matter and working with specialist officers and the RSPCA.”

Penningtons Lane residents say they heard a “screaming” pack of dogs belonging to Cheshire Forest Hunt run through nearby fields where pregnant cows were grazing at around 12.45pm. Two quad bikes then came “flying down the lane” said resident Julie Clark, 47. Mrs Church claims one of the hunt members got off her bike and retrieved the dead fox from the garden. Other members of the hunt then arrived together with the police. Mrs Clark said:“The dogs were huge. God knows how someone didn’t get hurt. It was dreadful.”

Farmer Andrew Kidd has pregnant heffers in a field through which the dogs rampaged. Mr Kidd said Cheshire Forest Hunt Huntsmaster Richard Garton phoned him to apologise for the incident. The Huntsmaster “apologised 100%”, said Mr Kidd.

Macclesfield Councillor Beverley Dooley said permission had not been given to cross the land. She said: “It’s beyond me. Penningtons Lane is used by people walking dogs, by children on bikes. There were no children playing in the gardens when it happened. We’re all shocked at the blatant disregard for other people and their property - their land, their animals.”

Cheshire Police added:“If you were a witness or have any information about this matter you are asked to call us on 101 and quote incident number 395 of February 25 2017.”

The MEN has tried repeatedly to contact Cheshire Forest Hunt for a comment. 

BBC News North West carried a very strong report on the incident. Residents are furious, though none more so than the Councillor named above. She says she wants the issue raised in Parliament. Also, the Daily Mirror has run the story.

Pic below - 1/ Shamefaced Huntsman Andrew German  2/ German explaining to police [Credit UGC]

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Pics below -  1/ Hunt quads invade residential street    2/  One of the masked-up hunt thugs

25-2-17  Facebook - Stop the cull    We've received a shocking report and photo's today from a resident of Macclesfield: "This afternoon a pack of hounds were seen running across private fields, following them were several quadbikes, all of which were being driven by people with their faces covered. The quadbikes which were all unmarked were then seen to go down a lane towards a residential area.

Hounds then chased a fox into the back garden of one of the properties, breaking down the garden fence, where the fox was then killed, one of the people from the quadbikes, a woman, came out with the hounds, she also had her face covered and was clutching a coat to her stomach. She then jumped onto the quadbike shouting to drive off as she needs to get to the Hospital as she is pregnant.

After being stopped and questioned it turned out she was hiding the dead fox to not get caught. On dropping the coat the dead fox was revealed".

The police are now investigating, the "Cheshire forest hunt" who are the Hunt responsible. They will be having a hunt ball tonight at "Peover hall", which happens to be where the Hunt Master lives. You can contact the hall here: http://tattonestate.com/peover-hall-gardens-park/ please keep all correspondence polite. 

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26-2-17   D.Telegraph    Pack of hounds broke into elderly couple's back garden before savaging a fox, campaigners claim    A pack of hounds broke into an elderly couple's back garden before savaging a fox, campaigners have claimed. Police are investigating the alleged incident after activists from Cheshire Monitors shared photographs on social media appearing to show the mutilated remains of the animal.

One witness claimed eight hounds came racing through their garden and went over a 3ft fence, before cornering the fox behind a summer house on Saturday afternoon. They said the eight hounds mauled the fox to death. A woman in a balaclava is then alleged to have tried to remove the fox underneath a fleece-type coat.

Cheshire Police said it was investigating an incident involving a hunt in Macclesfield, Cheshire, on Saturday after photos surfaced online. The force posted on Facebook: "We are aware of concerns around hunt activity in the Macclesfield area. We are investigating this matter and working with specialist officers and the RSPCA."

Resident locals said a hunt came through the built-up residential area and claimed they saw unmarked quad bikes, hounds and a huntsman blowing a horn. Kevin Church, 47, described hounds sprinting through his garden, churning up the grass, before pouncing on the fox. He said: "About seven or eight of them tore it apart - it was quite horrific really. I could see within seconds that it would have been a waste of time to get involved. There was no chance of a good outcome for the fox. "The fox came down our driveway into our back garden and made an escape into next door. Then I saw all these dogs come flooding into the garden - we stopped a few of them coming in. Half of them jumped over the fence and got the fox cornered. It is only a low fence, around 3ft, I stood on the decking which is slightly higher so I had a good view. I have never seen anything like this before, not in a residential area."

The Cheshire Forest Hunt has been contacted for comment but has not yet responded.

Incident also reported in the Stoke Sentinel

 

Middleton FH upset a yard full of bulls - then lose the pack

26-2-17  Facebook - .W.Yorkshire Sabs   Yesterday, we teamed up with Sheffield Sabs to pay a visit to the MiddletonFHHounds17-2-17.jpgMiddleton Foxhounds, who met in Scrayingham, North Yorkshire. It was a tough day with hounds [right] going into cry a number of times and at least two foxes escaping unharmed. The huntsmen were irresponsible  throughout the day, taking the hounds through a farm yard with contained bulls, who were highly distressed at the pack of hounds, with one of the bulls becoming trapped by the other scared bulls who were running around the very small space they were crammed into.

Later in the day, the huntsmen lost the hounds completely and chaos ensued. Horses galloping down roads [below left], and quad bikes carrying masked-up terrier men speeding around in a desperate attempt to find them. No wonder so many hounds end up on our busy A roads causing a danger to both human and animal life.

MiddletonFHGallopingonroad17-2-17.jpgThe field of riders also acted very dangerously throughout the day, repeatedly attempting to ride into sabs; though karma had its way as one rider rode into a sab and proceeded to fall off his horse!

At the end of the day, the Hunt called for the police making wild accusations (we think they should be held to account for wasting police time). Four police vehicles [below right] arrived and by the time they let us on our way the Hunt had packed up.

27-2-17    Facebook - Sheffield Sabs    Today we went to visit the Middleton Hunt with our friends W.Yorks Sabs. There were a fair few of them, sipping from their stirrup cups at 10.30 in the morning when we arrived outside the rectory, but numbers dwindled through the day with the first riders getting bored and boxing up just a couple of hours after we set off. Maybe due to all the recent bad press they didn’t appear to have much land they were allowed in and just went round in small circles, visiting the same few copses several times.

The Hunt seemed to be quite angry today but they didn’t want to talk about it with us, perhaps they were upset we’d found them and spoiled their hopes of uninterrupted illegal hunting. They did their usual palaver of running off and hiding from us, then trying to get a bit of quick hunting in before we caught up and moved them on again. Us and West Yorks took turns to follow themMiddletonFHPolice18-2-17.jpg through the mud and interrupt their attempts at violence towards wildlife. We saw a few foxes, some hares, a deer or two, and a rabbit, who all lived to tell the tale. The hounds were in cry and on the scent of a fox a couple of times, but we were on hand to discourage them.

Later on in the day we lost sight of the whole hunt for a few minutes and when we found them again the redcoats were in a massive panic, having lost all their hounds. They were galloping about trying to gather them, and it took a good while to regroup the pack.

As a last resort they called the police on us, saying we’d been attacking them with bottles and knives. We assume this was an attempt to give them a head start and lose us for a bit. The police faffed about and when they finally realised it was a load of rubbish and stopped delaying us we had a little check and found all the horse boxes were heading home. We will see you again soon Middleton Hunt.

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Pic below -   Mr. Angry 

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Hunting landowner drives quad into monitors as hounds go into cry

Antis say blank day, marred by support intimidation & lies to police

Lost hound given lift back to Braes o' Derwent FH by monitors

26-2-17    N.E. Hunt Monitors   Braes Of Derwent Meet Hit Report 25.2.17   The Hunt set off after what seemed like a police escort from Lead Road, Stocksfied...  Straight from the off we were held back by a police road block, due to a fallen tree, so monitors followed on foot while some hunt support made past the police car, to our dismay. Go figure. With the tree removed, we gathered up the monitors and followed the Hunt to a large wood in Broomley. With monitors again on foot ,they kept up with the pack and, with police out of sight, came upon some irate hunt support upset about trespass etc etc etc booorring...

The hunt area was massive, but we managed to stay with the main riders and hounds on foot and in cars, even with the usual attempts by hunt staff/support at blocking us in and holding us up.

A redcoat and rider were seen riding behind a deer, but no hounds were in pursuit thankfully, and later a fox was also seen to escape unnoticed and scent quickly covered. A stray hound was seen close to railway lines, miles away from the main pack, and we informed the houndsman of its whereabouts, to which he replied he knew the hound was missing and had someone looking. We hope that hound got back safe.

Later another stray hound was spotted far from the Hunt and this time it was safe enough to scoop her up into the car and return her to the Hunt, not before she devoured a few vegan sarnies and enjoying a lot cuddles. We don't think she wanted to leave, she was a lovely dog and it was hard to open the door and let her return to hunting.

Later in the day, hounds eventually got on a scent and when monitors jumped into action so did the landowner, who proceeded to ride his quad into the monitors, taking one for a ride on the front and ending up pinned to a fence. The police were called and, after a handshake to the landowner and a word with monitors about trespass it was decided it was Tit for Tat... There were a few angry confrontations throughout the day, with tensions high on both sides and police being told monitors were being aggressive and blocking roads - all lies and pretty much reflects the actions of the hunt supporters, who also showed intimidation when surrounding lone female monitors' cars. Car Cam footage from now on will be gathered and forwarded to police.

We can safely say we rained on their bloodsport and no kills were made that we are aware of, but police held us back for some time late in the day while the Hunt and hounds made off into a private estate nearby for a short time before packing up. All in all a good but exhausting day for us and not so good one for the Hunt and their support.

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Pics below -   1/  Hunting on road near Broomley    2/  Hound given lift by monitors   

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Fitzwilliam FH create havoc in village and enter zoo park

Came just after sabs had pulled hounds off fox just in time

25-2-17   Facebook – N. Cambs Sabs   HIT REPORT 25/02/17    We had planned to keep tabs on another Hunt FitzwilliamFHHoundsjustafterhavoc25-2-17.jpg today but after receiving a late night tip off from a local that the Fitzwilliam would be hunting around Upton, Huntingdon, how could we refuse ? We invited our friends S.Cambs and Beds & Bucks Sabs to join us.

On a windy and cold morning we were out pre-spraying coverts and spinneys around the meet at Holly Lodge by 9am. The Hunt hung around in the cold before heading off towards Coppingford and then Hamerton. A fox was seen running to safety, luckily a fair distance away. For the next couple of hours the Hunt went around in circles supposedly following a trail (the layer of which spent his time walking up the road with the rag nowhere near the ground). Then, back near Holly Lodge the hounds got onto the line of a fox. Sabs in the vehicle told the Huntsman to call off his hounds but instead he hunted them on. They were no more than 10 metres behind it when sabs called them off using the gizmo. Luckily they respond to that more than to Simon 'Hapless' Hunter. [above left, hounds after creating havoc]

He tried to gather them but they responded by running in different directions through the village, through gardens, all over roads and in between cars. Hunt havoc ensued for quite some time, with several Hunt vehicles managing to block themselves in on the road, hounds everywhere, angry locals berating them and the redcoatsFitzwilliamFHEnteringHamertonzoopark25-2-17.jpg trying (and failing) to assert any control. At one point some of the hounds entered Hamerton Zoo Park [right, Hunt entering], fearing bad things were about to happen sabs went in, only to see Zoo staff greeting the Hunt. Definitely not a place to visit from now on.

A couple of police vehicles and a helicopter [below left] had appeared by now and after realising it wasn't us that were the problem, stood bemused by the chaos surrounding them and tried to sort it out. After being informed they had been filmed chasing a fox the Hunt decided to pack up [below right] just before one o'clock. The evidence just piles up week after week on this Hunt, due in court soon for illegal hunting and animal cruelty.

Just as sabs were thinking of a nice early finish, we got a tip off that the Oakley were out around Emberton, so we set off on the 45 minute drive to find them. One of the groups found them, hounds on cry around Sherington and seemed to have chased a fox to ground. Sabs intervened and the Hunt moved off. After 90 minutes the Oakley decided they weren't enjoying our company and packed up.

A highly successful day. Many thanks to all sabs who worked together brilliantly today.

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25-2-17   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Sabs   Some days you slog through mud and everything the British weather can through in your direction, you relentlessly trudge up hill and down dale, jump ditches and get caught on barbed wire sometimes you face plant (much to amusement of everyone around you) and sometimes you get people trying to beat your head in with bats and chains. Today wasn't one of those days.

Once again we joined our colleagues from N. and S.Cambs to head up the A1 between Alconbury and Hamerton, where the Fitzwilliam were have a meet. It was a very windy day, perhaps this was the reason John Mease their bird man wasn't attending (or the fact he's due in court in April) and with no bird man they had to lay a trail to pretend to hunt.Now correct me if I'm wrong, but to lay a trail the trail layer should really put the scented rag on the floor. Clearly this was a half- arsed attempt at covering themselves. As usual the followers played their silly games with blocking all the road and the locals were none-too happy.

The Cambs foot sabs witnessed and filmed the hounds chasing a fox but they deployed the gizmo and put the hounds off just enough for the fox to cross the road and the hounds to lose the scent. At this point we could see the trail layer about half a mile away.

The police arrived and a helicopter kept tabs on us from above. We corrected the police regarding the lies they had been told by the Hunt and, as they were only traffic officers and not the rural team, we can't expect them to know anything about hunting. Once they had contacted the relevant officers who know us they were far more reasonable. We were then told the Hunt were now packing up after only a couple of hours! Big embarrassment for a Hunt of this standing.We made sure this was the case and sure enough after complaints from locals and our solid job on them they'd had enough. Perhaps the possibility of a conviction hanging over them helped with their decision? We also had some nice support from people driving past, thanking us and giving us the thumbs up.

Pics below -  1/ The Hunt    2/ Packing up at 1pm - on police advice? 

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25-2-17   Facebook – S.Cambs Sabs    Hit Report 25/02/2017 Fitzwilliam Hunt, Holly Lodge, Upton, nr. Huntingdon    …while walking back towards the vehicle, sabs saw a beautiful fox, thankfully running away from the direction of the hounds. The terriermen were very keen on preventing sabs from photographing the fox, we wonder why. A feeble attempt at pretending to lay a trail was witnessed - no doubt to appease the police on site. However, the hounds were nowhere near this 'trail' at any point during the day.

A little later in the day, sabs were entering a footpath when the hounds were heard loudly in cry. They turned and ran back towards the village of Hamerton, witnessing the pack of hounds chasing no more than 10 meters behind a fox. Sabs used the gizmo to distract the hounds enough for them to lose the scent in the windy weather. A very close call and a very lucky fox. Hounds then continued to run riot all over the village, frightening domestic animals and upsetting the locals. The Hunt gathered the hounds at Hamerton Zoo Park - surely not the best place for hounds trained to kill - and we were shocked to see one of the workers come out for a friendly chat with the Huntsman!

After learning that our footage showed them chasing a fox miles away from the 'trail' the hunt unexpectedly decided to call it a day. The Fitzwilliam usually hunt until almost dark so we called it a huge success to see them pack up before 1 pm!

 

Atherstone FH meet - no hounds, no redcoats, no hunting

25-2-17  Facebook – W.Midlands Sabs   Atherstone Hunt – Saturday 25th February – Merevale   We had several tip offs that today's meet in Merevale would be with no hounds. We went anyway to make sure as we know the Atherstone are known for not telling the truth. On arrival there were a few riders and a handful of car support, but no huntsman or hounds. We also checked the kennels to make sure they weren't out.

Merevale is a prestigious meet and has traditionally been the Atherstone Hunts big final meet of the season where they can expect a few extra riders and supporters out. One of the rumours we've heard is that Huntsman Stuart Barton (who's been given notice till the end of the season) was off elsewhere at a job interview. This is one of few times we can be certain that there were no kills. We will continue with our persistent presence that has led the hunt to its current situation.

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Sabs arrive late at Oakley FH just in time to stop dig out

25-2-17    Facebook – Beds & Bucks Sabs  … We then got a call to say the Oakley were hunting close to Emberton so with a few hours to spare and the Linda McCartney Sausage rolls all scoffed we jumped in our vehicles and set off after them. We split our forces and found them soon after arriving in the area. The hounds were in full cry with neither huntsman (yes that'll be Calamity Jack again) or whipper in in sight. It looked like the hounds had chased something to ground and with the terrier men on the quad speeding over in the same direction we got on the scene and made sure they wouldn't proceed any further.

Once again the Oakley were a sorry state, only 6 riders and with sabs now in front and behind they rode around for a short while before heading back to their meet before 4pm. We gave some much needed love to the hounds while could and it would seem they certainly prefer us to Calamity Jack. We're currently running a book on when he'll get the sack, we also think Ray Pipe( the Whipper In) may get his job next season.

So all in all a fab day, 2 hunts scuppered with plenty of time to get home for tea and medals.

25-2-17  Facebook - N.Cambs Sabs   ... Just as sabs were thinking of a nice early finish [after sabbing the Fitzwilliam], we got a tip off that the Oakley were out around Emberton, so we set off on the 45 minute drive to find them.

One of the groups found them, hounds on cry around Sherington and seemed to have chased a fox to ground. Sabs intervened and the Hunt moved off. After 90 minutes the Oakley decided they weren't enjoying our company and packed up.

A highly successful day. Many thanks to all sabs who worked together brilliantly today.

Pics below -  1/  Sab terrorising the Oakley field   2/  Oakley terriermen 

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JM of depleted Ross Harriers lays trail by busy road - then ignores it!

25-2-17  Facebook – S.Wales Sabs   Ross Harriers   Today we joined our good friends from Bristol and ventured over to have a peep at the Ross Harriers, who were meeting at Hallwood Green, near Much Marcle.

Not long after we arrived, we were treated to the comedy scene of Master Anna Ersting pretending to lay a trail in a field, next to a 50 mile per hour road. Strange choice. But as the Hunt completely ignored this field for the entire day we can only assume it was for our benefit. She shouldn't have bothered.

Whilst we were waiting at the meet for the usual dreary speeches we spotted a hare leaving the meet – wise choice and lucky we were on hand to ensure the hounds didn't get on to him. This Hunt is a shadow of it's former self (thanks to persistent sab attention over the last few years) and whilst they managed to muster 8 riders, which we understand is quite an achievement for them these days, we still outnumbered them by 50%.

Huntsman Owain Fisher took the hounds through fields of long grass, up and down trying hard to find a scent, but we were right there with him ready to intervene. Then he tried the woods, were the hounds were speaking briefly. Again we were right there ready to intervene.

Their access to land seemed to be quite limited so they went round and round back over the same land again and again. It must have been boring for the field and half of them had left by the early afternoon.

Owain couldn't escape sabs when hounds went into cry at the end of the day, despite the fact that we had already run 17k (yes, someone has a fitbit). We'll be seeing the Ross Harriers again very soon.

 

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Cumbria police announce plan to monitor Hunts with drones

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POWA person adds - We'd been told that Cumbria police had planned to use a drone to monitor the Melbreak FH, but that the meet it was to be tested on was cancelled after a Melbreak supporter allegedly threatened a monitor on a road and then attacked a sab, causing injury that required hospital treatment, on 10-1-17. Two supporters were arrested. POWA isn't clear whether the drones system has been tested at all yet, but it may help if it is put into effect, even if just as a deterrent. The largely treeless Cumbrian fells - where hunting is very hard to monitor or sab because of the extremely rugged nature of the country - seems a good place to start drone use. 

 

Shredded remnants of fox killed by Bicester FH found in ditch

Hunt tells police it was... guess what... an 'accident'

24-2-17  Facebook - Three Counties Sabs   Bicester and Whaddon Chase have just killed a fox in a ditch near Poundon.

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24-2-17   Facebook - Three Counties Sabs   24th February 2017, Bicester with Whaddon Chase, Home Farm Poundon   We don't often get to this Hunt, but as the Bicester Boys came out with us at the Ledbury Hunt last week we thought that we would return the favour. Normally the Hunt Monitors get out into this area - give 'em a like and a share on their page.

The Hunt drew first over the live railway line north of Poundon and seemed to want to get away from us. On the Poundon to Stratton Audley road we heard hounds speaking and some escaped sheep munching on winter wheat.

Thinking that hounds may have been marking to ground, we went inland and spotted one of the terriermen on his phone, spade in hand... he ran away and jumped on the quad to escape when he spotted us.

Smelling fox in an area along the hedge he had been in, we investigated and found a water filled ditch with bright red lumps floating on the surface. The immediate area was flattened with hoof prints, hounds prints and boot marks nearby. We entered the water to examine the lumps which turned out to be blood clots, what looked like trachea and lung and the tell-tale red and white fur caught up in the brambles. Drops of blood were also found on the bank opposite.

Fencemenders (including our old 'pal' Danny Burton) were fixing fences in the next field, which the Hunt had damaged during the chase. Bicester Boy Tom arrived late in the day to try and have a go... wonder if he'd gone to the Ledbury this morning to see us?

Thames Valley Police attended the scene very quickly and we would like to thank them for their professionalism. Whilst looking at the carnage, they told us that the Hunt had informed them it was an accidental kill. We reviewed the footage and there is a lot of encouragement going on from the Huntsman... perhaps he should ensure he's not chasing live foxes before doing so in future?!

The Hunt continued north of Stratton Audley and stayed out until it was dark. A loose hound was found on the road by one of us and returned to the Hunt (without so much as a monotone 'cheers'). We're aware of another fox being chased during the day and who managed to successfully get away with some help... but that's another story!

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Other sabs attended the Ledbury Hunt from midday onwards (so if dear Tom, the Bicester Boy, was a-visiting, he'd had left to come see us just before their arrival) and spent the afternoon in Hasfield, Ashleworth and Maisemore with them.

Pics below -  1/ Supporter carrying an injured hound    2/ Another fragment from the killed vixen 

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Sabs stop Waveney Harriers hounds running on to major road

Hunt chased off estate land they were trespassing on

25-2-17   Facebook - Mike Huskisson   An interesting day yesterday helping local hunt saboteurs at the meet of the Waveney Harriers near Beccles. Hares and deer were running everywhere. Late in the afternoon hounds rioted after deer. Some hounds headed for the busy A146 - a two lane highway where traffic on a slight bend was doing some 60mph in misty conditions. It was sabs who saw the danger, sabs who stopped the traffic, sabs who shielded the hounds. As for the hunt staff, riders and car support who are usually so quick on the scene with their abuse and aggression, they were nowhere to be seen. The Estate Manager was prowling as the hunt had no permission to hunt the fields they were in and the hunters fled like rabbits. I have seen some lousy hunts in my time but this lot are an utter disgrace. Support your local hunt saboteurs - they are the ones in the front line saving lives.

  

Cheshire police reject complaints re. hunter PC Claire Ford

Evidence emerges of her 'cubbing' with Cheshire Forest FH

23-2-17   Facebook - Cheshire Police   Cheshire Constabulary’s Professional Standards Department has completed its review of the actions of PC Claire Ford at a hunt meeting in Smallwood. Detective Chief Inspector Julie Westgate said: “A number of complaints were lodged by members of the public in relation to PC Ford’s presence at the hunt, which took place on December 10th last year.

The Constabulary has undertaken a thorough review of the incident and established there is no evidence the officer acted inappropriately. Although off-duty when she arrived at the scene, PC Ford identified herself as a police officer, thereby placing herself ‘on duty’.

PC Ford advised both hunt participants and hunt protestors of the landowner’s request for them to all leave her land. PC Ford was present solely to prevent a breach of the peace and there is no evidence that she showed favour to either side. Her actions were in keeping with what is expected of a police officer.”

The Constabulary would like to reiterate that when officers are called to hunt meetings, they are impartial and are there to uphold the law. Where allegations of illegal activity are made, these will be investigated thoroughly, impartially and based on the evidence available.

25-2-17   Cheshire Hunt Sabs   Published an old Facebook post by a friend of PC Ford. Text refers to their having spent the day 'cubbing'. Pics of all 3 women on horseback, wearing 'ratcatcher' 

Pics below -   1/ Facebook post from October 2014 by 'Mandy Pifalot'. Claire Louise is PC Ford   2/  PC Ford in pic also posted by 'Mandy' 

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 Occupied monitor vehicle window shot out at Beaufort FH meet

22-2-17  Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   Beaufort Hunt 18th February and a Serious Incident   We had some visiting sabs and friends with us on Saturday which turned out to be quite an eventful day, ending with a very serious incident outside the gates of Badminton Estate...

Later in the afternoon we caught up with the hounds at The Tynings again! They crossed over into the Park and we followed on the road to get ahead of them. We stopped at Shepherd’s Lodge where quads streamed in behind us. Members of our team heard a loud ping directed towards our vehicle caught on video. Little did we know at the time that this could be linked to the event that took place at the end of the day. A hunt supporter quad had been aggressively stalking one of our vehicles by tailgating dangerously close behind. It followed the vehicle back to Badminton where the vehicle parked up. Then from the Badminton Gate area what sounded like an airgun shot smashed the left rear window of the vehicle whilst 4 passengers were still inside. Of course the police were called and an investigation is now underway...

The Hunt seemed to be running around nearly all day and not stopping much to hunt, but two foxes were seen and we hope that the presence of cameras and witnesses helped to hold off the hunt enough to save their lives.

See here for the full, long report. 

 

Blackmore FH, with three terriermen, spend day not 'trail hunting'

Favoured location, suitably, seemed to be sewage works!

22-2-17  Dorset Hunt Sabs   Blackmore & Sparkford Vale 21/2/17 Court House Dairy, Thornford, DorsetBlackmoreFHHuntedcopsenexttohighspeedrailway21-2-17.jpg   The meet was between Thornford and Sherborne. From the meet the Hunt moved towards Bedmill Copse. This copse straddles the Exeter/Waterloo railway line [right]. Monitors find it difficult to understand why searching and a trail should start in such a potentially difficult place.

… Monitors moved to Lenthay Common and heard the hounds in cry. Swiftly they moved to the lane that leads to the civic amenity centre (recycling) and Sherborne sewage works. Monitors found the Hunt and the hounds just south west of the sewage works. Hounds were ‘milling’ around in a rough area with the Huntsman and whip gathering the hounds. Some hounds were the other side of the Yeo and after some effort the Huntsman managed to gather most of them.

While the hounds were being gathered instructions were being made (to the hounds) that sounded like “dead, dead, dead, and “leave it” and a little later “you can’t kill him twice”... It is also possible the comments were made for the consumption of the monitors!

Also in the area were three terrier men... We found a huge badger set in what looked to be once a council tip. Old bottles and items of the last century were numerous. Initially we had concerns because in the area we found a spade and a fork ‘hidden’ in the undergrowth. With the information as we have it seems the fox took refuge in the badger sett, although we do have concerns as to who left the spade and fork behind.

From here the Hunt moved off to the Lillington area. Nearby is an Independent School close to Leweston Wood. After much drawing, a holler was heard near the school. Hounds responded and became very interested moving quickly in a northerly direction. A fox was spotted by one of the monitors as it ran past an open gateway. Monitors moved to a position near Honeycombe Wood with the Huntsman and hounds arriving soon after. Hounds then moved into Honeycombe Wood and in full cry moved through the wood and over the Thornford road and towards the sewage works! Monitors travelled there to see the hounds take another direction moving towards the meet, where surprisingly for this Hunt they finished at 3:45pm.

Difficult to understand after following the events of the day how it can be claimed the hounds were trail hunting. If you would like to help us in protecting our wildlife then email us at

dorsethuntsabs@riseup.net Thank You for all your amazing support.

Pic below - Where's that damn 'trail' gone?  Dunno Rover, it keeps moving.  

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Landowner tells Cheshire FH to go away in no uncertain terms

F-word laden rant at Huntsman - says hunting fox that crossed his land

Shire Horse farmer says he's 'had enough' and vows to stop the Hunt

22-2-17   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors   VIDEO  This is a short clip where a farmer who's had years of trouble with the Cheshire Hounds sums them up in one short moment!

POWA person adds -  The clip begins with the farmer telling the mounted Huntsman 'Just fuck off' and threatening to shoot hounds. The Huntsman then turns to face the monitors and says 'Shoot these bastards...'. The Huntsman calls hounds to him. None appear. Perhaps as well - he's on the edge of a busy road. The farmer says to the Huntsman 'I'll have you stopped' [good luck with that]. He calls him 'fucking ignorant' then accuses him of letting hounds chase a fox on his land, one he himself had seen and his dog had chased. Monitor says they saw it. Farmer tells Huntsman he has right to shoot hounds and 'I've just had a bellyful of you all.' Farmer says he's worked 70 years building his farm and 'you think you own it'. Monitor advises him to take out an injunction. Some hounds finally appear and Huntsman trots off up road with them.  

Pics below - 1/ Farmer tells Huntsman to 'Fuck off' and says he could shoot hounds   2/  Huntsman, of monitors - 'You should shoot these bastards' 

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23-2-17    The Canary   Landowner tells ‘f*cking ignorant’ fox hunters where they can go  VIDEO  A video has emerged which shows the owner of a shire horse breeding farm confronting a Huntsman. It’s tagged as being recorded by the Cheshire Monitors.

The landowner featured is very clear about his annoyance. And he also speaks as if fox hunters trespassing is a common occurrence. The video was uploaded to the Facebook group Hounds Off: In the video, the landowner approaches a lone huntsman on horseback. He asks the huntsman what he’s doing on his land. Before the huntsman can finish his muttered response, the landowner instructs him to “just f*ck off”. The landowner then says (referring to the foxhounds in his field): '[I’d] shoot them b*stards if [I had] my gun with me, I promise you. The hunt monitors filming suggest that the landowner should shoot the hunters rather than their dogs [this is wrong – the Huntsman tells the farmer he should shoot the monitors]. The Huntsman approaches them at this point, and they tell him “we’re filming you”. The Huntsman replies “it’s a good job [as well]”.

The landowner continues to complain about the hunts trampling all over his field. He says that he’ll have them stopped, and that it’s no wonder they’re being followed by hunt monitors. He also adds that the huntspeople are “f*cking ignorant”. Following this he asks:- 'You’re not chasing foxes, are you?' The Huntsman says that they’re not, but the landowner follows by asking:- 'Well what’s the fox they’ve gone after in there then?' The Huntsman denies having seen a fox. The hunt monitors and the landowner both say that they have. The landowner adds:- 'Oh there was. Because my dog chased it across this field.'

Later in the video, the landowner states:- I’ve worked seventy f*cking years to get this place, and you lot come on [and] think you own it. The law.

At one point, the Huntsman can clearly be heard apologising. But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s illegal to trespass on private land. Or that it’s illegal to hunt foxes.

Most criminals are faced with much harder repercussions than having to grudgingly apologise. And it’s time that the police started treating these people like the criminals they so often are.

   

Surrey Union JM Lulu Hutley reported to police over whipping of a sab

Princess Eugenie's godmother says was trying to stop sab being squashed against fence

22-2-17  Daily Mirror   Princess Eugenie's godmother Lulu Hutley reported to police after 'whipping foxhunt protester' - Footage appears to show Mrs Hutley, 56, joint master of the Surrey Union Hunt, lashing out at the male activist with a riding crop in Surrey on Saturday   

Princess Eugenie's godmother [below left] has been reported to police after a video emerged showing her allegedly whipping a foxhunt protester. Footage appears to show Lulu Hutley, 56, joint master of the Surrey Union Hunt, SurreyUnionFHLuluHutleyJM18-2-17.jpglashing out at the male activist with a riding crop. Saboteurs say the video was filmed while they were monitoring the huntsmen during a meet at Slades Farm, Warlingham, on Saturday afternoon.

Guildford Hunt Saboteurs followed the riding party onto private land because they "suspected they were illegally hunting". Protester Conor Macleod, who is in his 20s and was wearing a backpack, was stood next to a horse when footage appeared to show him being struck with a riding crop. The footage then appears to show Hutley, wearing a distinctive Surrey Union master's collar and riding gear, raise her arm and strike.

Collin Skilton, of Guildford Hunt Saboteurs, said: "The saboteurs followed them on private ground because they suspected they were illegally hunting. They were asked to leave and they tried to make their way back. Conor, the lad who was hit, got jammed between the fence and Hutley hit him over the shoulder with the whip."

The Surrey Union Hunt claims the clip has been taken out of context and that the hunt saboteurs, some of whomSurreyUnionFHLuluHutleyJMswingingwhipatsab18-2-17.jpg allegedly wore masks, were intimidating. A spokesman said: "You can clearly see Lulu is holding the whip upside-down in order to hit the gate, not the person. She saw the protester was trapped between the horse and the gate and was trying to make a noise by banging on the gate to get the horse to back off. It was quick thinking by one of our Masters in a dangerous situation and it’s terribly sad it’s being misrepresented. As always, we were following an artificial scent trail, and indeed the protestors would have seen this being laid down by a rider earlier."

Hutley, a close friend of Sarah, Duchess of York, 57, and is godmother to her daughter, Princess Eugenie of York, 26. She married property businessman Edward Hutley, 54, in 1991. The Surrey Union website states the couple are joint masters of the Hunt.

A Surrey Police spokeswoman confirmed the force is investigating a report of common assault but no-one has been arrested. She said: "Surrey Police is investigating following reports of a common assault at a hunt in Bramley on Saturday. Officers were called following reports of an incident near Thorncombe Street around 1.30pm. A man alleged he was assaulted by a man and a woman following a verbal altercation. An investigation is underway and enquiries remain ongoing."...

 

23-2-17   Facebook - ITV News London   VIDEO   An aggressive confrontation between hunt members and saboteurs has been caught on camera near Guildford. It appears to show one of the horse riders whipping an animal rights activist. Police are investigating, but the hunt claim she was trying to strike the gate. 

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POWAperson adds -  The story was also covered in the Daily Mail and Get Surrey. Decide for yourselves whether Lulu's explanation is plausible or not. But note there's nothing said here about what the mounted redcoat thought he was doing using his horse to squash sab against fence. 

 

Atherstone FH hunter nearly rides down sab, charges at others

Supporters horn recording pulls hounds on to hare by mistake

Sexist abuse of female sabs continues 

20-2-17  Facebook – W.Midlands Sabs    Atherstone Hunt – Saturday 18th February 2017 – Higham on the AtherstoneFHHunternearlyridesdownsab18-2-17.jpgHill    The Atherstone Hunt met at Oak Tree Farm in Higham On The Hill. The Hunt were in a particularly bad mood and their supporters were making false allegations from the start with one supporter claiming they'd been hit by our vehicle which Leicestershire Police were quick to question us about.

Throughout the day, our female sabs where subjected to sexist language from the Hunt. We know the Atherstone Hunt are particularly bigoted towards women as this comes only a week after an Atherstone rider hit a female sab over the head with a riding crop and weeks after an Atherstone Hunt supporter was given a conditional caution for using the same kind of language AtherstoneFHSupportershornrecordingpullshoundsontohare18-2-17.jpgthat the Hunt used towards us throughout the day.

There was more violence later with one rider almost riding a sab down [above right], he then carried on using his horse as a weapon by continually riding into people.

Some Atherstone supporters [left] then thought it would be a good idea to play hunting horn noises down a megaphone which resulted in their own hounds being drawn onto the line of a hare which they started to chase. No doubt the intention was to blame us, however we managed to film the incident on camera.

Towards the end of the day we filmed the Hunt disturbing a hare which the hounds then began to chase [2 pics, bottom], instead of calling the hounds off Huntsman Stuart Barton blew his horn and encouraged them on. We were joined by Manchester, Liverpool, Severn Vale and W.Yorkshire Sabs. If you would like to donate towards our costs us use our Paypal link here: https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs

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Female Ashford Valley FH riders say sabs frightened them

Sabs say they offered to help them in hazardous situation

Hunt say were 'trail hunting, sabs say they weren't

20-2-17   Kent Online  VIDEO   Hunt saboteurs disrupt meet at Hole Park, Rolvenden   Police were called as masked hunt saboteurs approached two female riders leaving them frightened. Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt claims two of its members, one an 11-year-old girl riding her pony, alongside a 22-year-old, were shouted at by the saboteurs who were dressed in black and wearing scarves to cover their faces. The incident happened at Hole Park, Rolvenden, on Saturday and has been reported to police. The two were riding home after leaving the main group and hunt spokesman Charlotte Baines said: "The saboteurs shouted abuse at the girls and followed them into theAshfordValleyFHHowdarkitwas18-2-17.jpg road. If masked people wearing military-style clothes approached anyone in the High Street then police would immediately descend."

But the East Kent Hunt Saboteurs Association strongly denies intimidating the riders and claims they were protecting them as they didn't have reflective clothing and they reported their concerns to police.

The group's statement said: "We witnessed a lady and child on horseback riding away from the meet. As [they] got to the bottom of the hill and near a sharp bend, we could see cars were struggling to see [them]. At this time, it was nearly dark [see photo right of recoat on road near the time], and we thought this was very dangerous, so offered to "chaperone" them back to their vehicles by following behind at a safe distance, as we were concerned for the safety of both riders and horses. The rider we spoke to though was very rude to us, and refused our help."

The Hunt [below left, some of], involving around 50 horses and 33 hounds, took place on land owned by Edward Barham who described the group as being "foul-mouthed and balaclava-clad" wearing black jackets and military-style fatigues. He said: "I'm not a hunting-man myself but this was a perfectly legal hunt that involved the laying of a scent trail. I accept the right to protest but the whole presence of the group felt extremely threatening and they had the cameras rolling at people all the time."

AshfordValleyFHThefield18-2-17.jpgOne female spectator, who wished to remain anonymous said the presence of the group had been unsettling. "It ruined the day for us - they were a hindrance. The police ended up coming just to make sure there was no confrontation. They covered their faces with black scarves and were armed with cameras. It's a cowardly move to turn up in protest and not even be able to show who you are. They swore at several members of the hunt and there were children around as young as 11."

The East Kent Hunt Saboteurs Association say their members face abuse and intimidation from hunt members and have been on the receiving end of violence so are forced to conceal their identities. They claimed that there was no evidence of trail-laying on the day and that hounds are still killing foxes "by accident” so they are there to ensure the foxes remain protected and will only ever use non-violent means to achieve their aims...

The online article contained pics of both sabs and supporters, all masked-up. The sabs offered this robust rebuttal of some of the assertions in the article above - 

22-2-17  Facebook - East Kent Sabs   The Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt & “Fake News”   Some of you may have seen the article on KM online this week regarding our group, and the events of last Saturday. We though we would take time to examine what happened, and how the Hunt, local press and hunting groups have sought to “spin” the story and create Fake News…..

After peacefully monitoring the Ashford Valley Hunt at Hole Park Estate, we saw a lady and child on horseback that had decided to ride along the B2086 in the dark. We saw cars and a bus having to break hard as they struggled to see them, with them being on dark horses with dark clothing, and neither rider had hi-vis garments or lights….we offered to drive slowly behind them for the safety of the rider and child, but were met with a mouthful of abuse-in the end, we were forced to make a 999 call at 5.44pm, as we feared an accident was imminent.

A couple of days later, we ere alerted to the fact that the KM newspaper had printed a story about the day, claiming that two of its members, one an 11-year-old girl riding her pony, alongside a 22-year-old, were “shouted at by the saboteurs who were dressed in black and wearing scarves to cover their faces”.

Upon asking what “proof” had been forwarded by the Hunt, we were told that they had pictures of us with scarves covering our faces….but that was it. No pictures or video footage of us shouting obscenities at children. To the credit of the journalist, she added a statement from us to the article, along with a picture of Hunt members masked up, but the damage was already done.

The same day, a member of the East Kent with West Street Hunt decided to get in on the action, publicly claiming that we were the “same group that had attacked them”. Now, we have asked the Hunt member to let us know where and when this claimed "attack" happened…..but of course, nothing.

So here it starts-repeat the story, take a bit out, add a bit….. our starting to get something quite juicy! Then, we see that the “Fieldsports Channel” had re-run the story, but once more, taken the main body of it out, oh…and added a bit - “The saboteurs shouted at the riders in what appears to be an attempt to spook the horses” They also titled the story “Sabs Go ‘Militia’ at Kent hunt” Militia?!

A militia is generally an army or some other type of fighting unit that is composed of non-professional fighters, citizens of a nation or subjects of a state or government who can be called upon to enter a combat situation, as opposed to a professional force of regular, full-time military personnel... "

Yeah right, that's us! Utterly hysterical usage of words. But it is a serious matter. Hunt supporters are fed these lies on a daily basis, which is why this week we have seen the national press reporting on hunt supporters attacking sabs with chains & whips last weekend…..because they believe this bollocks. So, to finish – FACT We tried to prevent a young rider and child from getting mown into by cars as they ride along a road in the dark, for the safety of them, the horses and other road users... FAKE NEWS A “militia” turned up and spent the day screaming obscenities at the hunt and deliberately trying to get horses to throw their riders, who had already recently attacked another hunt & its members…  See how easy it is to turn fact in fiction?! At the end of the day though, our video evidence of what happened on the day is with the police, and you cant argue with that.

POWAperson adds - Sab report from the day is below, dated 19-2-17. It refers to unspecified actions by members of the hunt side that day which sabs have reported to the police. They  have published pics of some of the people they think will want to speak to, but whose identities they do not know. Two of them are below -  

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Low turn-out Golden Valley FH lay hounds on fleeing fox

Then change mind when realise sabs are out and active

Sabs say pack often split and out of hunters' control

20-2-17  Facebook – 3 Counties Sabs   Golden Valley Hunt [S.Herefordshire Hunt country], Michaelchurch Escley, 18th February 2017     We heard that the Golden Valley were planning to hunt in part of the country that the S.Herefordshire would normally hunt, so off we went towards Wales for the day. We had heard a great many stories about this Hunt, so expectations were high... They met near the Bridge Inn, which has held a number of S.Herefordshire meets in the past, in the village and hunted the woods behind Michaelchurch Court initially. It was a pretty warm day out in the open and much of the time they drew blank.

At one point, up on the hills, about 8 hounds came running GoldenValleyFHFleeingfoxfllesthrufence18-12-17.jpgtowards us on a line, so we called them up out of the trees, away from the fox who we believe went to ground nearby, and into the open part of the field, surprised that no hunt support were encouraging them on... then we realised that no hunt staff were anywhere to be seen. Or heard. We spent some time trying to keep hounds out of nearby fields of sheep - it was in S.Herefordshire Hunt country that the SHH hounds killed several sheep just a few seasons back.

On the way back down the hills soon after (sab driver had been in touch to say she had spotted huntsman with about 3 hounds in tow down on the road...) we had loose hounds running around in various fields, still no other hunt staff in sight. Into a valley and up on to another hill and we watched as the pack split on 2 separate lines, hunt staff and riders making a choice and riding off with one half of the pack, abandoning the others speaking in woodland a few fields back. Needless to say, the pack are supposed to be hunting as one. Even when the Hunt were 'in control' of (almost) the entire pack, it seemed all on horseback were to be involved...

Any good huntsman should be able to keep his hounds together with the odd horn or voice call, whippers-in doing their job by stopping hounds straying from the rest when being held up. With this Hunt it appeared that the (over-)GoldenValleyFHRiderholloasfleeingfox18-12-17.jpguse of holloa's was the preferred method, most riders whooping away excitedly for more than a minute to attract stray hounds (mostly unsuccessfully it should be added) whilst other riders rode off at speed, having allowed stray hounds to get a decent head start, rating and whipping madly to stop them.

Confused by their strange behaviour, we kept an eye on them in a nearby field and overheard talk of trails being laid. With a rider and quad bike heading into the wood, we kept an open mind and the hounds did indeed pick up a similar line to that taken by them. However, as hounds headed through the wood, we spotted a fox breaking cover [above right, leaping thru fence] away from rider and quad and, sure enough, the 'trail layer' began to holloa [left], indicating the sighting. Hounds appeared, took the same line [bottom, Pic 1], we rated and the 'trail-layer' changed her mind and started to rate hounds off the scent too [ottom, Pic 2]. Sab driver asked what was going on inland... at that point we're not sure the Hunt even knew. What were they hunting? How does hunting work? Who is in charge? With the GV, dog only knows...

Hunt support informed us that the Hunt rarely catch anything and explained that the 3 vehicles and handful of riders was about right for one of their meets. Much of what we saw today is a complete contradiction of what we've previously been told about the Hunt. So we'll be sure to come back again before we form a proper judgement.

We hope that all sheep in the area are OK after the Hunt's incompetency in keeping any vague element of control over the pack today... A little worrying to see huntsman Darren Foxley looking happy as Larry at the idea of having 3 of his hounds paying attention to him!

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Essex Farmers FH invades small farm, chases pets, scares livestock

Cat still missing, hens have stopped laying, property damaged

Hounds, chasing 'two foxes', even came into the farm shop

Neighbour says Hunt often invade and have been into his garden 

20-2-17   Basildon, Canvey, Southend Echo    Family pets 'chased by a pack of hounds' as drag hunt causesEssexFarmersFHFamilyaffectedbyhavocby20-2-17CreditBasildonCanveySouthendEcho.jpg havoc in village    FRUSTRATED residents [left, credit Basildon, Canvey, Southend Echo] told how family pets have been chased by a pack of hounds as drag hunts spark havoc in their village. Lee Bell and his wife Bev have run Little Buskins Farm Shop, in Canewdon Road, Ashingdon, for 30 years. Their usually peaceful farm was transformed into a scene of chaos when a groups of dogs charged through the fence - seemingly chasing a fox.

Mr Bell, 43, said: “A pack of dogs came charging onto our land chasing two foxes. The dogs were completely out of control and destroyed our gate and our fence. They ran into our farm shop and then started chasing our cat. It was complete chaos.”

It is believed that the chase started out as an Essex Farmers and Union drag hunt - where a fox-scented rag is used. The hounds are understood to have sniffed out the scene of a live fox during the hunt. The group was contacted by the Echo but did not respond to requests for a comment before going to print.

Mr Bell claims the hounds terrorised his chickens, dogs and cat - who wasn’t seen for several days after the incident. He added: “When the foxes got away, we had to quickly rescue the dogs before the hounds turned on them. The chickens have been scared off their lay which means they are not laying eggs and that can last three to four months, so it is affecting our income.”

Steve Sexton and his wife Jenny have also been disturbed by drag hunts, which are regularly held in the area. Mr Sexton, a care worker who lives in Fambridge Road, said: “It has happened a few times recently. The concern, other than for the foxes, is the welfare of our own pets. My dog became frantic a few weeks back due to the dogs running loose into the garden. Last Friday we had to brake sharply as a number of dogs and horses appeared from the fields into the roads without consideration to traffic.”

Fox hunting was banned in 2005. A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “If hounds pick up the scent of a wild animal, the law requires that those in control call them off. If huntsmen can’t control their hounds, they should not be off the lead where other animals may be at risk.”

POWAperson adds - Needless to say we shall be educating the Editor as to the difference between a 'drag hunt' and what this mob get up to - Hunts using 'trail hunting' as a false alibi to carry on fox hunting, etc.

 

Anonymous source says Heythrop FH killed in garden in front of children

Fox reported slaughtered by hounds in Broadwell, near Stow-in-the-Wold

Periodically, besides individual reports, the FB page 'Hunting Kills' publishes updated lists of deaths resulting from organised hunting with hounds. The report below comes from the latest such list...  

19-2-17    Hunting Kills   31st January, 2017 Heythrop killed 1 fox in Broadwell, nr Stow on the Wold. The hounds pursued a fox into a garden and killed it in front of children (received this information as a tip-off, no sabs present but police are investigating).

POWA understands that an experienced sab was at the local police station on another matter when the call came through saying this had happened.  

  

Ashford Valley hunting foiled by sabs despite late finish to day

Female riders complain after sabs offer to monitor them on dark road home

Incident involving hunt members reported to police by sabs

19-2-17  Facebook - East Kent Sabs   Ashford Valley Tickham FH Saturday 18th Feb 2017   With an absence of meets we were up early for a kennel watch, and as we had not seen them for a while, everyone was keen to head to the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt, so off we went..

AshfordValleyFHblockingroad18-2-17.jpgThe Hunt was to meet at Hole park in Rolvenden. After a chat via the intercom on the gate and a quick banner demo, we headed into the park. The Hunt moved quickly through Rawlinson's Gill and down to Stumble wood, sabs kept them on the move with us calling off the hounds if they started to speak..

The land owner was a bit pissed off when he caught up with us, and tried to block the road (you may own most of Rolvenden mate, but not the highway!) - he resorted to banging on the landy window and taking a swipe at one our ladies….she later had stern words with him, no doubt putting a “hex” on him....warning - don't mess with the East Kent sab's witches coven!!

It looked like the Hunt had aborted the main part of the estate, and were now up at Halden place, and out of sight. We then got a pull by the cops, who popped by to get the driver's name and exchange pleasantries, and they were then on their way (happy to completely ignore the activities of the Hunt of course....)

So, we caught up with the Hunt again in Goods Hill at Parkgate farm, where they were clearly onto something, but the warm sunny day was playing havoc with the scent conditions.

The Hunt took a rare pause for food and refreshments before continuing, back into Hole park and over to Maplesden. We had cause to rate the hounds back to the Huntsman at Stepneyford Bridge, where they got onto a scent, as the sun was dropping and the air getting colder, and we needed to keep them away from a possible chase. They crossed the estate and after a few circuits, we found them again at Halden Lane Farm, where we got 4-5 hounds out of the farm complex they were hunting, before they moved on again.

At 5.30 pm the sun had set and the Hunt headed back to Beacon Farm where they had unboxed at the start, they must have wanted to kill really badly to hunt so late !!?

We saw three riders returning on the road in near dark, and we offered to chaperone them back, so that no cars onAshfordValleyFHTerrieraccomdation18-2-17.jpg the B2086 would plough into the back of their horses... a female rider was a stroppy mare though, and was having none of it, and accused us of harassing her! The idiocy of these people has no bounds! I guess you can't help some people, so we called the old bill for the safety of the riders and horse.. (to illustrate how dark it was, our camera's could not even pick up an image of her!)

NOTE - some other supporters/members of the Hunt are under police investigation for events that happened on the day that we cannot talk about due to police investigation. We have added pictures now to our page as we need to ID them.

If you wish to donate and keep our group out in the fields, you can do so here-every donation, however small or large is very helpful  https://www.paypal.me/eastkentsabs .

Pics above - 1/ Right - Hunt blocking road     2/ Left - terrier accommodation  

Pics below -  1/  Masked hunt follower    2/ Nice of farmer to provide climbing frame for hounds 

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Trespassing North Down FH attracts farmers' fury

Hunt anger as sabs use gizmo to pull hounds off fox

Just a reminder that live quarry hunting with dogs for 'sport' remains legal in Northern Ireland... 

19-2-17  Facebook - Hunt Saboteurs NI   Today we hit North Down Hunt who set out hunting in Kircubbin. The day was pretty non eventful for most of it. Just the usual aggressive behaviour of riding horses at sabs. Pretty dangerous behaviour, but behaviour that we are now well accustomed to. It never ceases to amaze us when the Hunt has the wide landscape of the country side to ride, they always choose to ride the path the sabs are taking racing straight for us. Never the less we stayed with the Hunt all the way!

For the first half nothing much was happening apart from the whipper in being aggressive with some cows in a field! Cracking their whips at them to manipulate them to go where the Hunt wanted them! This spooked the cows! Some sabs ran back to the farm a couple of hundred meters back to alert the farmer. Turns out the farmer didn't know they where on his land or had given permission for them to be on his land! To say he wasn't happy is a under statement.

We talked to 2 other farmers who also didn't know that the Hunt was on their land or had sought permission. One farmer allowed them to continue but stated that in future prior notice was expected. After the Hunt ate some humble pie they continued!

A few fields up the hunt support spotted a fox and guided the Hunt master and hunters onto the direction after the fox. At this point things became very heated! Sabs quickly used the gizmo to distract the hounds and everything became more aggressive from the Hunt! Fortunately the fox got away and the Hunt seemed to have a bit of a bruised ego.

About 20 minutes later the Hunt decided to call it a day. No kills, a grumpy Hunt Master and a more than happy but tired bunch of sabs! Foxes 1, hunters nil. Long run the fox.

Pics below -  1/  The Hunt on a fox    2/  Sabs pulling hounds off fox 

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Essex & Suffolk FH Huntsman loses control of horse by busy road

Sabs threatened and abused by supporters as traffic chaos ensues

Supporter kicks passing car as others fight among selves

19-2-17  Facebook - NE London Sabs   Hit Report, Essex and Suffolk Hunt 18/02/2017   The meet was at Abbott's Hall, Horsley Cross east of Colchester. NELS joined SES, Cambridge and Norfolk/Suffolk Sabs.

We sabbed successfully this extremely aggressive Hunt. The Hunt was constantly on the move, always followed by a significant number of sabs. They were covering a large area but the hounds haven't gone to cry for the whole day. The Hunt and their support were getting more and more frustrated by our presence and started blocking our vehicles, trying to intimidate the sab drivers, driving their cars at foot sabs, trying to engage into physical fights, sexually and racially harassing us as well as threatening us with violence throughout the day. The terrier men kept driving their quad bikes towards us in order to block and intimidate us.

The extreme tension resulted to the hunt supporters fighting among themselves. At some point we saw a Hunt supporter driving his car towards another supporter, who had to jump on the bonnet to avoid getting hit by the car. This all escalated further at about 2pm after one of the redcoat riders - as seen on the video attached - lost control over his horse by a busy road. The Hunt and their support blocked the road causing a traffic jam and assaulted sabs. The support was kicking vehicles, calling sabs f***ing foreigners and behaving appallingly. Sabs were trying to calm the situation down, managed to get away and kept following the Hunt.

Zero kills on the day and even though it was a very intense day we managed to stay calm and sab till they packed up and left. More videos to follow.

Pics below -  1, 2, 3/  Huntsman loses control of horse by busy road   4/ Rider uses her horse to drive sabs across road   5/  Supporter kicks passing car   6/  Supporter to sab 'What we got here? A fucking foreigner. Ha, ha, ha.' 

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Woman verbally abused and sab car damaged by Cheshire FH supporters

She subject to horrible sexual remarks then shown supporter's arse

19-2-17  Facebook - Lancaster Huntsabs   Sab report 18/02/17 - Yesterday marked twelve years since theCheshireFHsupportersSomewhereseveralvillagesaremissingtheiridiots18-2-17.jpg introduction to The Hunting Act being put in force and Sabs and monitors are still out in the fields having to do the police's job of protecting our persecuted wildlife.

Lancaster joined up with N.Wales, Cheshire and Welsh Border sabs alongside the help of the Hounds Off team and paid another visit to the Cheshire hounds, who previously killed a fox illegally, and after the violence towards sabs last week we weren't about to back down.

Sabs received a tip-off, again from some of the locals who have had enough of the Hunt trespassing on their property, and that the scattered pack was all over the main road in Houghton. When the first group of Sabs arrived at the Hunt, they were already onto a fox near Snugbury's ice cream farm. Thankfully this lucky fox escaped the blood thirsty bunch.

One group of Sabs was targeted by offensive looking hunt thugs [right] had threats of violence, a female Sab received unwelcome sexual remarks before one of the hunt thugs exposed himself, dropping his pants [at bottom, pun unintended]. The Sabs, left traumatised by his crusty backside, caught up with the rest of the foot Sabs who were nearby covering and the second lucky fox was spotted by Sabs running across a field. Savvy Sabs quickly covered the area and the line of the fox with citronella.

Sabs following the Hunt down the lane in Spurstow were greeted by masked thugs and hunt employees who kicked and punched one Sab's vehicle with force leaving a dent. One even thoughtfully threw a lit cigarette through the Sab's window, while another shrek look-alike spat on a Sab with police witnessing this.

CheshireFHPoliceenforcingHuntingActNOT18-2-17.jpgThere were large numbers of police in attendance [left] who were filming and monitoring what only seemed to be sabs, and police were ordered into fields after one officer declared Sabs were trespassing. Despite their complaints of not wanting to get their boots dirty, police grudgingly followed sabs and the Hunt for a short while before being picked up...

The third lucky fox that the Hunt was also onto at this point was spotted by Sabs, with the hounds in cry, but also managed to dodge the Hunt. By this time it appeared all riders had packed up, besides the Huntsman himself, Shayne and a new Huntsman. Sabs made sure all hounds had packed up at the original meet then waved off the Hunt and frustrated support.

20-2-17   Facebook - Cheshire Sabs   HIT REPORT - 18/02/17 - CHESHIRE HUNT/HOUNDS   On Saturday, we met up with friends from N.Wales Lancaster Welsh Border & Central Lancashire sabs to check in on the Cheshire Forest Hunt but it... turns out they had cancelled and later in the day it was confirmed that some of them had actually gone out with the Flint and Denbigh Hunt... we decided to have a look for the Cheshire Hunt who were filmed killing a fox just two weeks ago whilst the Huntsman was stood nearby off camera who did absolutely nothing to call the hounds off the vixen.

We found the Cheshire Hunt after a tip off from a concerned local came in that the Hunt had been seen heading towards Hurleston, where they were caught by sabs chasing a fox onto land owned by Snugburys Ice Cream. Thankfully this one got away, but with the Hunt still in pursuit of the fox, they were soon onto the scent of another which was seen bolting across field. But sabs were quick to spray the foxes line and a nearby wooded area with citronella which meant the hounds lost the scent.

Shortly after, a sabs vehicle was attacked by a hunt supporter who kicked the car, leaving several dents in the bodywork and a female sab was subjected to some horrendous sexual remarks before the odious fellow responsible decided to show her his bottom...

The police were out in force again, which we don't mind at all but we would prefer it if they were there to keep an eye on the violent hunt supporters, hunt employees and the wildlife murdering Hunt rather than ourselves, as our only purpose of being there in the first place is to try and save the wildlife.

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CPS drop all charges against Belvoir FH Huntsman after fox kills

3 foxes were killed in a day - two of them in grounds of a nursing home

Sabs witnessed the other and Huntsman assaulted her & broke camera

CPS says can't prove foxes were pursued intentionally, as law requires

PCC for Leicestershire was out with police on the day

19-2-17  Facebook - Northants Hunt Saboteurs    It is no great surprise to us that we have just been informed by Leicestershire Police that the CPS have dropped all charges against John Holliday, Huntsman with the Belvoir Hunt.

On December 3rd 2016, one fox was killed in front of Northants sabs who did everything they could to save them but sadly were unable to, though they did manage to retrieve the body. One sab was then assaulted and had their camera smashed. On then calling the police it transpired that a further two foxes had been killed in front of shocked staff and residents of a care home [this was reported to the Police and Crime Commissioner, who was out with the police that day]. John Holliday was later arrested and charged with illegal hunting, assault and criminal damage - all of which have now been dropped.

The very existence of the Belvoir Hunt and every other Hunt in the country is 'intention'. They are being caught out time and time again by sabs, monitors and undercover investigators, yet the law does nothing. This just determines our resolve to continue our non-violent direct action to save persecuted and hunted wild animals.

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19-2-17  Facebook - Northants Sabs   We would like to make it clear that the decision not to prosecute was taken by the CPS and not Leicestershire Police , who acted promptly and professionally with their evidence gathering . We urge our supporters not to condemn a police force that are trying to make some sort of sense out of the hunting act. We know it s upsetting and emotive , but please try not to swear and be abusive on your post , otherwise we will have to remove them . Please take this opportunity to write to your MP and express your thoughts. 

POWAperson adds -  POWA, which has campaigned for significant strengthening of the Hunting Act since before it became law, is also not surprised the illegal hunting charges have been dropped because the CPS are right about the ridiculously high level of proof required. Nonetheless, we are aghast and can't help feeling that police and CPS too often use the weaknesses of the Act as an excuse not to prosecute or, often, not even to investigate. This decision will embolden Hunts even further into hunting at will and will endanger the safety of monitors and sabs yet more, besides making it even more likely their hard-fought and dangerous evidence-gathering will achieve nothing in future. The will of the people and Parliament and the rule of law are all being held in contempt.  

 

Report of RTA in Leics - Belvoir FH hound badly injured

Periodically, besides individual reports, the FB page 'Hunting Kills' publishes updated lists of deaths resulting from organised hunting with hounds. The report below comes from the latest such list.

19-2-17  Hunting Kills    Belvoir Hunt meeting outside [village of] Hose [Leics], near Pastures Lane, 21st January. Hounds out of control, caused RTA and a hound was hit, probable broken bones. Taken away by support, presumably killed.

 

Cottesmore JM has nothing to say when confronted by sabs

Silent when challenged re. assaults on sabs and blocked setts

19-2-16  Facebook - Beds & Bucks Sabs   VIDEO    Nicholas Leeming - Cottesmore Hunt Master   In this video one of our sabs challenges Cottesmore Hunt Master Nicholas Leeming to comment on the assaults which had just taken place along with the filling in of badger setts and lack of bird of prey. The arrogance displayed speaks volumes regarding the attitude of these people who will stop at nothing to defend their grisly and outdated pastime.

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Cheshire FH redcoat guides 2 horses one side of A49, hounds lollop on far verge

19-2-17   Facebook - Hounds Off    Dangerous chaos with the Cheshire Hounds running onto the A49 at Spurstow yesterday. An accident waiting to happen...

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Eggesford FH hunt foxes, trespass, attack sabs, damage radio

Huntsman claims killed fox but told meet were 'hunting within law'

Hounds riot through field with mares in foal - land owners furious

18-2-17   Facebook – Devon County Sabs   Eggesford Hunt 18.2.2017   Blatant illegal hunting, yet more assaults on sabs and criminal damage. That was the order of the day yesterday at the Eggesford Hunt, who met at Burridge Moor Cross, near Chawleigh. Even amongst other Devon Hunts they are now being referred to as drunks and thugs!

Part of this report comes courtesy of local landowners, who have complained that the Hunt were out of control. Our Land Rover is in the garage so we only had the car to ferry foot teams around. This meant sabs spent most of the day on foot, tag-teaming to keep the Hunt in sight...  Hounds never got onto anything in the first couple of hours and Gary kept moving them on at speed, always leaving hounds scattered several miles behind.

Sabs had to witness some unbelievably irresponsible riding, with Huntsman and several riders cantering down steep, slippery tarmaced roads, the horses skidding all over the place.

Hounds were put in at Winswood Moor and began drawing the stream-lined valleys between there and Yelland Moor. A team on Winswood Moor witnessed a fox break not far ahead of the pack. Riders had also spotted it and, sure enough, Gary began hunting the hounds on in exactly that direction. Sabs split up with some covering the fox's scent and rating hounds when they arrived, while others called the hounds out of the valley into the top corner of the field. The full pack was called off the fox's scent and a battle of horn calls ensued, with Gary attempting to take the hounds back from across the valley.

At this point a group of masked thugs came running into the field. Some had been called in from outside the area. They were joined by the Hunt's terriermen, most of whom were also masked-up. Seven male thugs plus two riders surrounded foot sabs in the field. One of them stole and broke a gizmo and another broke one of our radios in the process of trying to wrestle it out of a sab's hands. The male terrierman from our last report attacked a female sab, injuring her hand, while others went for the male sabs in the group.

Sabs were forced off the land by the thugs, but another team had caught up with Huntsman and hounds, who by now were making their way up towards Bealy Court Farm. It transpired that our car team had also been attacked shortly before the attack in the field. Our navigator had been punched in the face through the open window by one of the masked thugs who later joined the thugs in the field, and he also attempted to kick in the driver's window. Police were called, our sab's injuries were documented and she provided a statement. Footage and vehicle registrations are being handed to the police.

At Bealy Court Farm hounds picked up a scent and began speaking. Gary, now on foot, was hunting them on. Hounds were spotted shortly after chasing a fox across a field. Gary later boasted to his riders and followers that the hounds had caught and killed this fox. "At least now they can't put 'no kills' in their report." Not even Gary can stick to his story, having promised everyone at the meet that they would be "hunting within the law".

According to an extremely irate landowner, hounds had been rioting through a field where mares were in foal, with Gary having seemingly no control over them whatsoever, a combination of a lack of skill and a lack of will, and perhaps a bit too much alcohol in his system. Sabs repeatedly insisted he call the hounds off. His response: "Fuck off you fat cunt". The last hour was spent between Affeton Moor and Thornham before the Hunt packed up at Affeton Moor Cross.

This is our message to Devon's Hunts: We won't stop sabbing until you stop hunting. If you call in thugs to assault us we will just continue exposing you week after week for the violent lawbreakers you are. It's no coincidence whatsoever that the Hunts we receive the most tip-offs about are the ones who make themselves unpopular not only with us and with local landowners but also with individuals who are or were once members of these Hunts but will no longer stand for their behaviour.

Pics below -   1/  Fox [towards top right] fleeing   2/ Hunt scaring deer   3/  Female sab threatened by masked men   4/  Female sab being assaulted   5/ Thug tries to kick in sab car window   6/  Pugilistic supporter

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21-2-17   Facebook - Cambridge Sabs    Hit report 18/02/2017 Essex and Suffolk Hunt Abbott's Hall, Horsley Cross, east of Colchester    Sabbing together with Suffolk & Essex, NE London and Norfolk/Suffolk Sabs.

We picked up the Hunt just after they set off at around 11:30am and quickly deployed into the field, covering every point from every angle so there was very little chance of them getting away. Throughout the day there was a noticeably heightened level of violence coming from the Hunt and their support; using vehicles as weapons of intimidation against the Sabs however this proved consistently ineffective as there was a large number of Sabs in separate groups. On one occasion, a farmer who was letting the illegal hunt across his land attempted to use his vehicle as a battering ram against one of the Sabs however contact was avoided.

At one point the Huntsman managed to put the hounds into a fishing lake and then run away, leaving it up to the Sabs as well as anglers to help the panicked dogs out of the water.

One elder man in particular who is yet to be formally identified to us was very violent and seemingly drunk, while driving a white pickup. During the course of the day he managed to: attempt to steal a radio from a Sab, run over another supporter, physically and verbally attack Sabs (including sexist, racist and homophobic language).

We also encountered a child who had his heart set on intimidating the Sabs, he appeared to be around the age of 14/15 and a large fan of soak on tattoos and was encouraged by the aforementioned elder man to attack Sabs who were not interested in the hassle.

All in all it was a kill free day and apart from a few cuts from barb-wire and bruises from the vehicles, we all went home okay.

                                     

Claim that sab was whipped by Princess Eugenie's godmother

We stopped Surrey Union FH hunting foxes, say activists

18-2-17  Facebook - Guildford Sabs  VIDEO   Sabs ridden into and assaulted today by the Surrey Union HuntSurreyUnionFHLuluHutleyJMswingingwhipatsab18-2-17.jpg   A kill free day and yet again an atrocious turnout - not looking good for this sorry state of a Hunt. Full report to follow.

19-2-17   Facebook - Guildford Sabs   Surrey Union Hunt at Slades Farm, 18th Feb with North Downs Sabs and Surrey Hunt Monitors. With a unusually late meet, possibly to avoid sabs, we followed the hound van from the kennels to their meet, trying to lose us and block us in. Didn't work! The Hunt claimed today was a 'fun day' as Princess Eugenie was apparently in attendance - but that clearly wasn't the case.

While the Hunt looped around a few times in an attempt to lose us, sabs tried to get to the nearest road and were rammed against a fence and then struck with a whip by Lulu Hutley (who is the godmother of Princess Eugenie} [right].

Later on, near Loxhill, sabs found the Hunt on point in a woodland with hounds going in and out of cry. It was clear they were on to a fox. As soon as sabs got there the Huntsman started frantically calling the hounds back. Sabs sprayed the area to make sure the hounds didn't pick up the scent again. (I thought this was a fun day, with no trail layer why are the hounds in cry...)

After only being out for a few hours the Hunt returned to Slades Farm at around 15.30 and after a successful day we went to the pub!

POWAperson adds -  Lulu Hutley - with whip in video, say sabs - is a JM of the Surrey Union FH, as is her husband, Ed. He may be the mounted redcoat in the clip. Ed Hutley is a property developer and owner of the Wintershall Estate. They are said to be close to Sarah Duchess of York, friends with pro-bloodsports 'rock god' Eric Clapton and with various minor European royals.

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19-2-17   Surrey Hunt Monitors  VIDEO Found 3 decomposing foxes on the Wintershall Estate, owned by Ed & Lulu Hutley, Surrey Union FH JMs. 

  

Cottesmore FH supporters attack sabs with weapons, some injured

Bird-handler at centre of aggression, swinging length of chain

18-2-17   HSA Press Release   Hunt Sabs attacked by members of Cottesmore Hunt   Hunt saboteurs have been attacked by members of the Cottesmore Hunt at their meet in Burrough On the Hill, Leicestershire. TheCottesmoreFHbirdhandlerattackingsabs18-2-17.jpg attackers used chains [right] and lengths of wood in the unprovoked attack after being stopped from illegally chasing and killing foxes. Leicestershire Police were called and five vehicles turned up. They are currently investigating the incident.

One of the main attackers is a key member of the Hunt, and is often involved in handling the bird of prey [below left], which the Hunt haul around all day as an excuse for their illegal hunting. He used a heavy length of chain to attack saboteurs, not the first time he's been implicated in such attacks.

Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, commented: “On the 12th anniversary of the Hunting Act illegal hunting and violent assaults still occur throughout the hunting season. We're pleased Leicestershire Police responded in this instance but if police forces enforced the Hunting Act CottesmoreFHbirdhandler18-2-17.jpgin the first place then these attacks wouldn't happen as hunt saboteurs wouldn't be needed. The Cottesmore will now attempt to distance themselves from this cowardly attack, but we know that one of the main attackers is a key member of the Hunt and often handles their bird of prey. Saboteurs have also been attacked at the Surrey Union Hunt today and the video of this incident will further add to the hunting community's terrible reputation.”

18-2-17    Facebook – S.Cambs Sabs     Sabs cornered in a wood and attacked at the Cottesmore Hunt today by hunt supporters with bats and chains   Several sabs injured including a female sab battered to the ground by large hunt supporters. Sabs currently receiving treatment for their injuries. Picture shows one of the thugs swinging round a heavy chain at sabs. Police on scene and investigating. More to follow.

18-2-17   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   We headed north to Leicestershire to join up with North & South Cambs hunt sabs to scupper the Cottesmore's plans. They were meeting south of Melton Mobray close to Burrough on the Hill... we joined with our Cambs comrades and got straight into action. The Cottesmore claim to use the bird of prey exemption which is quite frankly a nonsense. The Bird was hardly seen all day while they were blatantly and openly hunting. The hounds were in and out of cry all day, with sabs always on hand to rate them using voice, horn or gizmo. Several foxes were seen to safety.

We also noted at least 5 large badger setts had been filled in to stop the foxes escaping. Where possible we opened up some holds to allow our stripey friends to escape. Block badger setts is a crime under the protection of badgers act 1992.

After second horsing. we got back on to the hunt and shortly after this we got an emergency call from the foot sabs from Cambs Sabs, who were under attack from masked up hunt support carrying chains and lumps of wood. We got to the scene as quick as we could, but some sabs had already been assaulted and bore the scars of the assaults committed by these cowards. As we arrived the bullies saw the extra numbers and decided to beat a hasty retreat but not before one nutter continued to attack, violently swinging a chain.

Police were called and arrived with 5 vehicles including a riot van. Statements will be taken and video evidence submitted and we hope for a successful conviction. We have already identified the main culprit and this information will be passed to the police.

The Huntsman Andrew Obsborne was his usual arrogant self and clearly annoyed we'd thrown a 3 sab group sized spanner in his plans. Hunt master Nicholas Leeming seemed little concerned for the injuries and the disgraceful behaviour of those who followed his Hunt. The Hunt packed up just after 4pm. Cambs sabs went to on A&E to get checked out while we returned and unblocked the setts we weren't able to earlier. A tough day but no kills. Huge respect to our friends at North and South Cambs Sabs who we work so well with.

To the Cottesmore - We won't accept this and we will be seeing you again very soon.

19-2-17   Daily Mail    Huntsman launches foul-mouthed rant at saboteurs after 'trying to attack them with a metal chain' - The video footage shows man launching a foul mouthed tirade at protesters - Allegedly threatened animal rights activists, Beds and Bucks Hunts Saboteurs - Narrowly missed female protester's head as he swung a metal chain at them    In the clip filmed during a meeting of the Cottesmore Hunt in Owston, Leicestershire yesterday, an outraged man can be seen launching into the foul-mouthed attack while appearing to swing at protesters with a metal chain. The video was filmed by the Beds and Bucks Hunts Saboteurs, who claimed a number of attackers used chains and wood as campaigners tried to stop them chasing and killing foxes. Members of the Beds and Bucks Hunts Saboteurs said the man marched out of nearby woods towards the group, saying: 'All of you, yeah. Come on, then'.

The raging man shouts at one protester: 'I was run over by one of your f***ing mates.' He replies: 'I wasn't doing anything, mate. Put it down. Put it f***ing down.' The man was said to the square up to another protester in a mask, saying: 'Come on, then. You big hard boy.' A spokesman for Beds & Bucks Hunt Saboteurs said: 'Police were called and arrived with five vehicles including a riot van. Statements will be taken and video evidence submitted and we hope for a successful conviction.'

A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Police said: 'Police were called at around 2.50pm to Whatborough Road, Owston, following a report of a disturbance involving a number of people. On attendance, a man reported an assault to officers. He did not receive any medical treatment. 'Enquiries are continuing into the incident and no arrests have been made.'  Cottesmore Hunt has been approached for comment.

19-2-17  Facebook – S.Cambs Sabs   Hit Report 19/02/2017 Cottesmore Hunt, Burrough on the Hill, Leics   … the Hunt headed straight into one of the areas sabs had pre-sprayed. One fox was immediately seen ro safety, and due to the sabs earlier efforts, the hounds were unable to pick up a scent for long. Sabs were able to use voice calls and horn to further distract the hounds, despite the Huntsman very clearly using distinctive bellowing calls to hunt them on.

The Hunt had a bird of prey with them, in a bid to use the bird of prey exemption to hunt - however the Eagle was only seen once all day. This was in a field, at least half a mile away from the Hunt, and the distraught bird was being cruelly swung around upside down while it flapped it's wings in a desperate attempt to fly while tethered to the bird handler. CottesmoreFHbirdhandlerattckingsabs2_18-2-17.jpg

The day continued on in the same manner - sabs on the Hunt and successfully blocking the determined Hunt's every attempt to kill wildlife.

This kill free day clearly frustrated the Hunt and their support to such an extreme extent that the violence we reported yesterday ensued.

A small number of sabs was cornered while attempting to leave a wooded area on a footpath, and blocked in by hunt supporters brandishing weapons. Several sabs were repeatedly punched, including a female sab who was punched to the ground. The attack was totally unprovoked and during the entire attack sabs attempted to walk away and did not reciprocate any violence.

Numerous police vehicles attended, including armed police, a dog unit and a helicopter. The first officers on the scene were unsympathetic to say the least, and more interested in our views on hunting than on the assault. Luckily, officers more experienced with hunting laws were soon on the scene and we were able to show them video evidence of the incident. Investigations are ongoing and we will update you further as soon as we are able to. Solidarity with the other sabs groups who have also experienced violence this weekend.

Pics below [both 18/2/17] -   1/ Bird handler with eagle     2/   Sab unblocking badger sett 

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Monitors rescue left-behind Braes o' Derwent hound

Earlier, Hunt falsely told police monitors pulled pack on to road

18-2-17  Facebook – N.E. Hunt Monitors   Braes of Derwent Hunt  today phoned police which resulted in 3 police cars with flashing lights pulling us over to due to a complaint of monitors pulling hounds on the road which is absolute bullshit yet again and we were live on Fb when this supposedly took place.

After the Hunt packed up we found this stray Hound Running on the road, we slowed cars and down made sure it got back to the vicinity of the Kennels safely as that's what we do. We care for all animals even the hounds. It's a bit two faced to complain about hounds and roads then leave them behind on roads yourself Braes of Derwent Hunt.

Pic below -  Hound runs in front of monitor car 

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Sabs say saved 2 foxes from Cotswold Vale Farmers FH

Late in day stopped unaccompanied pack in cry from hunting on

18-2-17   Facebook – Bristol Sabs   TWO FOXES SAVED AT MEET OF THE COTSWOLD VALE FARMERS HUNT A very good day with the Cotswold Vale Farmers' Hunt today, in and around Sandhurst, Gloucestershire with our mates from South Wales Hunt Saboteurs & Bath.

Splitting into two groups at the start of the day meant we were continually tag teaming, being able to get ahead of the Hunt at every move they made. At one point we positioned ourselves next to an area of woodland they were about to draw, with the other sabs pursuing the Hunt from behind. Within seconds we saw a fox bolting from the wood, in full view of hunt supporters. With no time to lose, we covered its line with citronella, got our whips out andCotswoldValeFHSaboverseeingSaytheysaved2foxes18-2-17.jpg spread out ready to 'rate' the hounds to stop them if they were to take chase.

As the hounds worked through the woodland with us waiting to see if they would pick up on the fox, a second was seen running from further up the woodland, straight past a rider who was on point. Again we leaped into action, covered it's scent with citronella and got ready to stop any hounds. By this time our other sabs were with us, along with the Huntsman, who thought better of hunting either of these foxes with us present, gathering up his hounds and buggering off in another direction. A great feeling! Everywhere the Huntsman tried to run, sabs were popping out in front of him, using the pincer movement to great effect.

Later in the day, we came across the pack of hounds in cry, with no hunters in sight, crossing a road and trying to get through a hedge ahead of us. We were able to slow them down for a bit, giving whatever they may have been chasing a bit more time to get away. We caught up with them very quickly and all seemed quiet, so pretty sure they didn't have any success with that one either! They called it a day just after 4pm, and we set off to celebrate a job well done.

 

Ledbury/Warwickshire FHs hunt foxes close to A road

Motorists caught up in their chaos at times

Sabs think they probably didn't manage to kill

18-2-17  Facebook - Three Counties Sabs  VIDEO  Ledbury Hunt, Joint meet with the Warwickshire Hunt, Forthampton Estate, 17th February 2017   So it was to be one of the first times we would see the Ledbury hunting in Forthampton Estate as the shooting season has only just finished. And then we found out that we were to have the added pleasure of the Warwickshire coming over for a joint meet.

Will Goffe, Huntsman for the Warwickshire, moved to the Hunt from the Ledbury a few seasons ago, leaving us withLedburyandWarwickshireFHsonA348_17-2-17.jpg Mark Melladay. Goffe knows the area well and went straight into his usual hunting technique of letting the hounds go and then riding vaguely nearby whilst they hunted on. He marginally escaped an illegal hunting charge just before his departure after footage was filmed throughout a hunting season by 3C and W.Mids Sabs, so it would be interesting to see how he'd act around us now.

Part of the way through the day, hounds picked up right by the A438, a busy road that many will know from the Gloucestershire badger cull, going into full cry from Voulter's Wood and along the hedge line before crossing the A-road (which was now packed with riders, car support, horse boxes, an uninsured and overloaded quad bike and several locals and 'normal' road users caught up in the midst) [right].

LedburyandWarwickshireFHsFoxfleeing17-2-17.jpgFox was filmed running back towards Sarn Hill [below left], hounds right on his line, but our priorities lie in stopping the chase. We held hounds up for some minutes before they crossed into the covert the fox had gone into, again right next to the A-road, and one sab was shoved around by an angry Chris Bowers and friend...

Fox broke cover and ran up into the trees on the hill and a sab ran up and sprayed his line, ready with a whip in case of a chase, but away from his location. A second fox broke cover soon after and followed the same line, a third fox breaking cover and running along the hedge line by the road and along towards Bredon School. Minutes later and we had Melladay and Goffe in sight along with most of the Hunt staff (some looking rather concerned) with the last known direction the hounds were taking being the motorway...

Some time later and hounds were gathered safely, 2 sabs following towards Tirley while a third chased down the quad bikers who had headed towards the motorway after the hounds had chased the fox there... Hound and hoof prints and quad tracks headed for log piles in a wood by the motorway.

With Robin Smith-Ryland second-horsing just before 3pm we knew we were in for a standard Will Goffe extended day. Sab in Tirley was sitting quietly and listening for the Hunt and a fox broke cover, almost coming face to face with her but not breaking his stride. Hounds picked up nearby, but she had thoroughly covered his line whichLedburyandWarwickshireFHsstillonroadafterdark17-2-17.jpg slowed them down on the scent. A huge circular chase ensued just a few minutes later with holloa'ing, whips and smelly farmyards breaking up the chase here and there, but as we headed towards Haw Bridge as the light faded [right, hunters still on road] and hounds sprinted on, we feared the worse for the hunted fox who would now be exhausted.

Splitting up, one sab ran inland (where a fox was chased to ground a few seasons back) whilst others covered a nearby track and the main road (where we've had to slow traffic down to avoid hunt casualties in the past). In the twilight, hounds were running around in a thin strip of scrub next to the road and on the road itself, but we rated them as they checked... Goffe wasn't grinning manically and seemed tempted to encourage them to carry on hunting, so it certainly seems that the fox had managed to make his escape somehow, with a little help now and then from us. The Hunt finally packed up and headed for Townstreet Farm just after 6pm!

We weren't with them all day and we had eyes on the terriermen intermittently, so, as always, there are no guarantees... But we know that some foxes made their way to safety whilst the Hunt managed to make themselves look like the arrogant bullies they are when it comes to 'insignificant' things like, say, road safety and basic manners.

 

Unsupervised hounds seen killing fox on busy road in Yorkshire

Dogs were from Middleton FH who met just 4 miles away

17-2-17   Yorkshire Post   Did you see pack of dogs attack a fox?   Police are trying to trace the owners of several dogs seen attacking a wild fox. The incident happened on the B1249 between Foxholes and Staxton Hill, near Scarborough. Several motorists stopped at the roadside when they spotted the fox being mauled at around 1.40pm on Thursday. Police are keen to speak to the witnesses, including the driver of a Sainsbury's van who is believed to have been the first to stop. If you can provide information, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 or email neil.cholmondeley@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. Quote reference number 12170026974

17-2-17   Jane Davies ‏@millmountgirl     Horrible scene witnessed by friend today 9 miles from Scarborough - hounds killing fox in middle of busy road, no riders to be seen... this pic taken after he'd stopped but as he arrived at the scene there were 7 or 8 hounds tearing at the live fox.

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POWAperson adds - Though not specified, it seems highly likely the dogs were fox hounds. The location appears to be well inside the country of Middleton FH [POWA has since learned they met just 4 miles away]. Though Thursday is not one of their normal hunting days, they do specify it as a 'bye day', i.e. one on which they sometimes hold unscheduled hunts. Anyway, I've written to the police and the paper suggesting they might look at the Middleton for this and reminding them of that Hunts record over recent years, which is below -

 

They last hit the headlines in late January, when their new Joint Master told a middle-aged woman [not a hunt saboteur or monitor] who was complaining to him about the Middleton's illegal fox hunting, that he'd like to 'shag' her, then asked her to go to bed with him. See the Sun coverage, The Daily Mail and Mirror also ran the story. This apparently resulted in Lord Middleton, who was supposed to be hosting their meet the next Saturday, cancelling.
 
In early summer 2015 they made national news again when 16 fox cubs were found by League Against Cruel Sports investigators in a shed near the hunt kennels and filmed a man they claimed was connected to the Middleton visiting the shed. The cubs were rescued and no criminal charges ensued. It may be that no actual crimes were committed, but you don't need to be a genius to work out what a fox hunt would want with such cubs. 

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

In September 2014, it was reported that the Joint Master and Huntsman Tom Holt had been summonsed for illegal hunting. I don't know what happened about that. But he had a previous conviction.

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

Even when perhaps not hunting illegally, they don't seem great at controlling their animals. The latest instance was on 28th Jan, when a riderless Middleton FH horse was filmed cantering down a road near Sherriff Hutton.

Troubled Atherstone FH sack hapless Huntsman Stuart Barton

Amateur Huntsman with violent record hired to replace him

Hunt to hold EGM to try to sort out crisis

17-2-17   Facebook – W.Mids Sabs    Atherstone Hunt update EGM and demonstration   Violent Atherstone Huntsman Stuart Barton [right] and partner /groom Jainey Rainey have been given notice and will be leaving the Hunt at the end of the season. Barton was filmed jumping off his horse to attack a sab earlier in the season and has been Huntsman whilst the Atherstone Hunt have been know to kill 5 foxes.

The Atherstone Hunt will be having an EGM in one last attempt at rebuilding the hunt. The main item on the agendaAtherstoneFHHuntsmanStuartBarton3-10.jpg is the proposal to bring in Andrew Frank Smith as a master and unpaid amateur Huntsman. This is the only way the hunt can continue to keep going by reducing its costs and not paying for a Huntsman. The Atherstone are currently also without a Whipper-In and a Terrier-man. The Atherstone's financial problems and lack of subscribers are a result of a persistent sab presence.

Andrew Frank Smith is a Farrier who will be hunting the hounds as his hobby. He has not hunted hounds on a regular basis before, so all the current problems that current Huntsman Barton has of being unable to control the hounds will be even worse. We are expecting the hounds to be out of control over busy main roads and to be chasing any wildlife that moves.

We also hear he is violent and has misogynistic views so will fit right in at the Atherstone. His violent behaviour can be seen in this video from Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs where he jumps off his horse and attacks a sab [pics below] by pushing them into a ditch. This happened whilst he was acting as Whipper-In at the Meynell Hunt. It seems the Atherstone will be swapping one violent Huntsman for another...

It doesn't matter to us who hunts the Atherstone hounds, we will be there because as long as they are loose in the countryside they pose a threat to all the local wildlife. We know everything about this Hunt, the meets, the badger setts and everything else that goes with hunting. The Atherstone Hunt have been in national and local press almost 80 times over the past two seasons, we see no reason that this wont continue next season.

We will be holding a demo outside the EGM at the Odd House Inn at 6:30pm on the 28th February.

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Out of control Oakley FH hounds massacre a muntjac 

16-2-17  Facebook - Flying Fox Hunt Monitors   Today the Oakley were hunting at Thorncote Green and our good friends Beds & Bucks Sabs asked us if we would like to join them. We have been grounded by poor weather recently so today's great conditions could not be wasted.

Thorncote Green is not great for filming illegal hunting as it is within the air traffic zone of Shuttleworth airfield. QakleyFHFlyingFoxmonitoring16-2-17.jpgAlthough there were no displays today we had to keep above 2000 ft to keep clear of air traffic using the airfield. At this height our mission was purely one of acting as spotter for ground sabs [left]. From the air this is a VERY EASY task indeed. Once located we can follow a hunt for 3 hours. Every time we fly overhead the Hunt we make a quick radio call to report “overhead hounds” and turn our strobe lights on briefly as another visual key.

After 90 minutes of fruitless drawing the Hunt moved into the Shuttleworth airfield grounds themselves and we could no longer orbit them so close to an active runway. Beds and Bucks Hunt Sabs were all over them so we bade farewell and returned home.

Once home we discovered that the hounds had rioted on a muntjac early on and sadly a vet could not save it and had to put it to sleep [below].

Gods speed little muntjac and rest assured your death will not go unnoticed by neighbours of supportive landowners and customers of Michael Grahams Estate Agents who are the primary sponsor of the Oakley Hunt. Feel free to tell them how you feel about their support for bloodsports. simon.hill@michaelgraham.co.uk.

17-6-17  Facebook – Flying Foxes   We know hunters are psychopathic sadists beyond redemption, but WHAT TYPE OF PERSON would want to let them on their land or sponsor them. Landowners and sponsors its time for you to feel the heat so think carefully about your local reputation the next time you aid and abet blood sport.

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Sabs save a fox from dig out by the Eggesford FH

Huntsman says terriermen 'nothing to do with us'!

16-2-17  Facebook - Eggesford Hunt 28.1.2017  VIDEO 1  VIDEO 2   The Eggesford Hunt can't get their story straight! One minute they claim to be hunting a 'trail'. The next minute they talk about hounds marking foxes to ground. One minute the terriermen are an integral part of the hunt and then - when hounds actually do mark a fox EggesfordFHHoundshavejustmarkedtoground28-1-17.jpgto ground - they are suddenly "nothing to do with the hunt".

If you still believe hounds don't chase real foxes and the terriermen (equipped with terriers and spades for digging out foxes) are just an accidental accompaniment to the hunt... watch our footage.

Hounds marked a fox to ground [left]. Sabs got to the earth before the terriermen did, guarded the entrances to protect the fox and stayed behind until hounds and terriermen had left. Given the hunt chairman had admitted only minutes before that the terriermen would dig out foxes that had been marked to ground (Video 1), it's obvious what would have happened to this fox if sabs hadn't been there.

A hunt rider then insisted "the terriermen are nothing to do with the hunt". Funny how they are present at every meet, accompany the hunt wherever they go, take orders from hunt officials etc. If you're not hunting foxes, you don't need terriermen! 

Pics below -  1/  Hounds in cry after fox   2/  Hounds try to dive down fox hole   3/ Terrierman and a heave of hounds   4/  Huntsman says the terriermen are 'nothing to do with the Hunt'! 

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Corpses of three badgers found near sett in Beaufort FH country

Anti group had recently informed police of pre-meet sett blocking on that land

15-2-17   POWAperson has today been informed that this sett is in the Beaufort FH country and that an anti-hunt group recently reported to police that the Hunt had been blocking setts on this land before Hunt meets. The slaughter of the badgers at this place could, of course, be a simple co-incidence and nothing to do with the Beaufort FH directly or indirectly. 

5-2-17    Wilts & Gloucs Standard    Dead badgers found outside blocked sett in Brokenborough  POLICE have received yet more reports of badger setts being blocked in in north Wiltshire. A recent incident of setts being filled in occurred in Brokenborough, where the remains of dead badgers were found on January 31. The police are currently unable to identify who is responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101.

 

Cotswold FH follower reverses speeding car at monitors - police told

Monitors suspect put fox to ground but Hunt didn't dare dig out

15-2-16   Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   Last Saturday, 11th February 2017, CIHW and friends met up with a new friend and one of 3C's sabs, who had had a tip off on a Cotswold Hunt meet at Salperton and had been out sett checking in the area.. In fact, there was a Heythrop meet scheduled for Turkdean very close by, so it seemed likely we would see two Hunts. But in the event the two seem to have merged, as there were Heythrop personnel on Cotswold hunting area and many more redcoats than usual. Guy Avis, Chair of the Heythrop was there.It was freezing and snowy and very slippery so we were surprised that the Hunts went out at all but they did.

They had started putting the hounds back and forth through the covert but then took them out again – apparently annoying a supporter so much that he reversed his vehicle at speed at CIHW operatives who had to jump out of the way – an incident now with the police.

Once again we were all called paedophiles, which is getting a bit boring when it is not hilarious. Could they not find something more original? The Hunt rushed off back towards Salperton Park House and then into the country behind, eventually arriving at one of the old quarries where they frequently hunt. Once again cameras were luckily there in time, so they seemed to cut the operation of looking for their 'trail' a bit short and get very annoyed. Strange that, if it was a trail why would they worry?

A bit later on, they were back again and hounds were making a noise as they run around the bushes, and the Hunt and the terriermen were all poised around the area watching it when we arrived. An out of control large male child, masked around with scarf and hat, ran up and down grabbing at our cameras and shouting 'paedo' at us, egged on by a senior terrierman figure, who apparently saw nothing wrong in this behaviour. They were all watching intently and at first we suspected a dig out of a fox – 'what's wrong with that?' said a redcoat to one of us. But in the end they once more called the hounds out and went off …. only to come back yet again a bit later to find us there as well. Whatever they were doing or intended to do they didn't, and clearly you don't keep bringing back the pack of hounds to such an obscure patch of land where there is thick brush where a fox might hide, but no trail could be laid unless you are hunting.

CIHW footwalkers went inland on paths where they could get a view of hunt operations and watched from the road – once seeing the hounds blatantly laid on after being brought up and across the road … going off searching where it was obvious someone had seen something and then on cry but we hope not keeping up with the fox that was also seen by one of our friends. Presumably because it was the Heythrop out there were numbers of masked up men pushing and shoving and milling around, thumping on our vehicles, knocking cameras out of our hands and trying to grab cameras – even spoiling for hand to hand combat with one of us up near the church at Salperton Park … Well, hunting is not a civilised activity really is it, so maybe it just attracts that type of person.

                                     

Sabs find heron killed by Easton Harriers hounds

Help dogs struggle out of deep ditch as hunters watch

14-1-17   Facebook - NE London Sabs   Hit Report - Easton Harriers Hare Hunt – Chillesford - Saturday 11/02/2017    We met Essex and Cambridge Sabs and headed to the meet at Chillesford Lodge, near Woodbridge is Suffolk. Foot sabs were dropped off at points around the meet and headed to find the Hunt. On seeing sabs were out to spoil their bloodthirsty entertainment the Huntsman quickly rode off and tried to lose us by riding in circles around the meet area.

Unperturbed, all groups coordinated well to keep them in sight. The Hunt had no control over their hounds, who hardly stayed in a pack throughout the day and made no attempt to stop them from chasing and killing wildlife. Sabs found a dead heron who was bitten by the neck while attempting to fly away. At some point hounds picked up the scent of a hare and jumped in a deep ditch. Sabs pulled the hounds out who were almost drowning while the Hunt was apathetically watching. We heard the Hunt saying that they were having a bad day and soon after the police turned up - not to stop the illegal hunt but to give sabs dispersal orders. That did not stop us and we kept sabbing until they packed up at around 14:00.

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HIT says scandal-hit & suspended S.Herefordshire FH to close

14-2-17   Facebook - Hunt Investigation Team   Update on South Herefordshire FH [please share]   In just a matter of weeks the South Herefordshire Hunt will have missed the entire 2016-17 hunting season due to suspension by the MFHA. This was a direct result of our investigation and as far as we are aware has never happened before. We are reliably informed also that the SHH will close as an entity and that they are in advanced negotiations with neighbouring Hunts with regards to an amalgamation. Needless to say, any hunt foolish enough to join forces with the SHH will be watched extremely closely in coming seasons. The 5 accused in the cub killing case answer bail on March 24th.

POWAperson adds - This is what led to the arrest of five persons associated with the Hunt and its suspension by the Master of Foxhounds Association. It is rare for the MFHA to take any disciplinary action against Hunts, but here they obviously feel the SHFH events were way beyond the pale and a threat to the integrity of their 'sport'. Below is another pic, which I've not republished here before, taken by the Hunt Investigation Team at the kennels last May. It speaks for itself. 

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Blackmore FH witnessed hunting fox across road by motorist

13-2-17  Facebook - Dorset Against Blood Sports   BSV Hunt caught showing their blatant disregard for the law!  DABS received this information on Sunday from a concerned member of the public...

"Yesterday early afternoon at 13:45 approx, I was stopped in my car on the A352 just south of Longburton. A terrified fox ran across the road in front of me. To the right appeared several people on horse back with clearly the leader blowing on his bugle. Large hound dogs then appeared sniffing and ran across the road in the direction of the fox. Then about 25 more horses and riders appeared. Crossed the road and clearly in pursuit of this poor little fox. The incident occurred about 1/4 mike south of Longburton. A friend of mine reports this is a common occurrence in that locality. I have reported the incident to the police today. The local rural police will be alerted. “

Shame on you BSV.

 

Atherstone FH Director splits female sab's head open with crop

Later spits at protester then engages in homophobic abuse

Offender is arrested on suspicion of Actual Bodily Harm

12-2-17  Daily Mail   VIDEO    'You just f*****g hit her!': Huntsman accused of hitting a female saboteur over the head with a riding crop before SPITTING at another protester    This is the shocking moment a huntsman appears to hit a saboteur over the head with a riding crop [right] before spitting at another protester [below left]  and calling him a 'gay c***'. Animal rights activists, who captured the footage, say it happened while they were tracking the Atherstone Hunt during a meeting in Shackerstone, Leics, on Saturday.

West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs claim the woman had a gaping head wound glued shut after she was allegedly struckAtherstoneFHDirectorPeterTaroniabouttohitf.sabsheadwithcrop11-2-17.jpg from behind in a 'completely unprovoked attack'. The clip shows two female saboteurs walking alongside riders on a footbridge while filming them on their bodycams. The man is caught on camera holding his riding crop up as the injured woman hunches over the side of the bridge clutching her head [below right]. A rider backs his horse into one of the saboteurs and says: 'How are you, Cathy, all right?' before apparently grabbing her. She shouts: 'Get the f*** off me', to which he replies: 'It's dangerous here. Come on, be fair.' The woman then points her camera at another rider wearing a bodycam and says: 'She's just filmed that'. She replies: 'Yeah, I'm filming you, Cathy.' A loud thump is then heard followed by a scream as the second saboteur walks past the male rider.

The man is caught on camera holding his riding crop up as the injured woman hunches over the side of the bridge clutching her head. He says: 'What? I've done nothing, look it's f***ing dangerous here, you idiot.' The woman's friend marches over to the rider wearing a bodycam and says: 'That camera will have filmed that. You're just turning it off. You f***ers. You just f***ing hit her over the head.'

AtherstoneFHDirectorPeterTaronispitsatsabbeforeutteringhomophobicabuse11-2-17.jpgThe police were called and the woman was taken to hospital. One asks him: 'How do you feel about what you've done today?' The man spits at him twice and tells him to 'f*** off', to which the saboteurs asks: 'Why did you just spit on me?' The man then leans out of the cab, shouting: 'Get that camera off me. Come on, you f***ing idiot, get it off. You f***ing gay c***.' Incredibly, he then calls a police officer for help, asking: 'Officer, you watching this?' The saboteurs asks another rider: 'What do you think about what he did? It's well out of order.' The man replies: 'What did he do?' The man in the lorry then rages: 'F*** off, you little t**d' and continues to spit while the saboteurs calmly asks: 'Will you stop spitting on me, please?'

In a statement on its Facebook page, West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs said: 'Yesterday, in a completely unprovoked attack, a female saboteur was hit over the head with a riding crop by a member of the Atherstone Hunt. Body camera footage from another saboteur shows the female saboteur leaning over a wall with her head in her hands whilst a rider next to her quickly lifts his riding crop up and moves away. After trying to back his horse into the saboteurs he then attacked when they were walking away from him. The female saboteur was immediately taken to hospital to get her injuries treated. At the hospital she had to have the split in her head glued back together [below left].' The group claimed a man had been arrested in connection with the incident.

Leicestershire Police confirmed it is investigating and a man has been arrested and bailed in connection with theAtherstoneFHDirectorPeterTaronihasjusthitf.saboverhead11-2-17.jpg incident. A spokeswoman for the force said: 'One man has been arrested on suspicion of ABH following a report of an assault which is alleged to have happened in Derby Road, Shackerstone, on Saturday 11 February. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.'

12-2-17  Facebook - W.Midlands Sabs  VIDEO  Atherstone Hunt director attacks female sab Atherstone Hunt - Saturday 11th Feb 2017 – Shackerstone    Yesterday, in a completely unprovoked attack a female saboteur was hit over the head with a riding crop by a member of the Atherstone Hunt. Body camera footage from another saboteur shows the female saboteur leaning over a wall with her head in her hands whilst a rider next to her quickly lifts his riding crop up and moves away. The rider in question is Pete Taroni [bottom], who is on the board of directors of the Atherstone Hunt. After trying to back his horse into the saboteurs he then attacked when they were walking away from him. The whole incident was also filmed by Joint Master of the Hunt Sarah Evans, in fact she can be heard on the footage confirming several times that she is filming “That camera would have filmed that” “Yes absolutely” “your turning it off” “its on, its on”.

AtherstoneFHSabsheadwoundafterhitbyDirectorPeterTaroni11-2-17.jpgThe female saboteur was immediately taken to hospital to get her injuries treated, at the hospital she had to have the split in her head glued back together. The incident was witnessed by an independent member of the public who was out walking at the time.

Later that day, when confronted about what he had done, Taroni then starts spitting at another saboteur and uses homophobic language.

Leicestershire Police seized several riding crops and a man was arrested and taken into custody in relation to the incident. The body camera footage from Sarah Evans was not taken, we hope she will cooperate fully with the police in handing it over.

This is yet another attack by the Atherstone Hunt on a female and comes only weeks after one of their supporters was given a conditional caution for his sexist language. Sexism and misogamy seem to be a deeply rooted problem at the Atherstone Hunt and the wider hunting community in general. From the followers and supporters, all the way up to the Hunts directors, there seems to be a real bigotry and hatred towards women.

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The incidents were also reported in the Sun and the Metro.

 

Monitors rescue trapped Portman FH horse and grateful redcoat

Also earlier unblocked a badger sett - reported to police

12-2-17   Facebook - Dorset Against Blood Sports   DABS help to free a trapped horse!! Portman Hunt, Larmer Tree 11/2/17   On a snowy morning, we found the Portman meeting [right] at the mystical Larmer Tree. Most of the day was spent in Wiltshire on the Rushmore Estate. The Meet was well attended by 47 riders,terrier men and quads. Canapes were served.. delicious.

We had both overt and covert monitors and were able to follow the Hunt round all day. They hunted around Rookery Coppice over to Half Hide Coppice and then through Minchington Downs right up to Brooks Coppice. Under observation we saw them go into Monks Arundell Coppice, where we found a blocked multi entrance badger sett.PortmanFH11-2-17.jpg Fresh spade marks and quad tracks indicated this was done earlier on in the day. Holes were unblocked and the location was reported to the Police.

The hounds were heard in cry in these woods... quite a short burst and no horn to indicate a kill. The Hunt spent ages in these woods with riders on point surrounding them... no evidence of trails being laid.

We then observed a redcoat come over a hunt jump on our left up ahead followed by another horse. The hunt jump was just cut out of the hedge and two simple wooden rails, the second horse dropped a back foot into the middle of the jump, causing him to trap his foot in stock wire and barbed wire, leaving his back leg suspended in the air. He was unable to move.

We pulled over, jumped out to help. The rider had been left alone and was unable to hold the horse and free his foot. So we took the horse's head and calmed him down whilst the rider tried to free the foot but it was too tight. The rider started to panic when he realized how bad the situation was. We had to be quite sharp with him to calm him down so that he wouldn't panic his horse and possibly cause serious injury to himself and potentially us. He was very distressed and tearful, he kept thanking us for helping.

Eventually, another redcoat arrived on his horse with wire cutters, As soon as the foot was free, we realised the horse was still stuck in the hawthorn and we had to gently bring him forward until he was able to free himself. We checked the horse for injury but he appeared OK. The second rider then insisted that the fallen rider get back on his horse, but it was clear to everybody that he was lame. If we hadn’t been there he would perhaps have been made to carry on, but we insisted he call it a day and take the horse home. As he rode past us he thanked us again for our help. Riders then trickled off back to the meet and no boxes were left when we checked later.

                                     

Monitors save fox from dig out by Cheshire FH

12-2-17   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    It was a very mixed day yesterday. As we said before we were with the Cheshire Hounds (who killed the fox on film last week) who met at Cholmondely Castle. While we were watching exits to the castle grounds (to make sure the hunt didn't sneak out to hunt unseen) we found out that Sabs hadCheshireFHhoundsmarktoground11-2-17.jpg been attacked at the meet, were okay (thank goodness) but were giving statements.

This left us to follow the Hunt, which we did. Including catching them put a fox to ground [right]. We made sure we stopped them hunting that fox by walking in filming it all and the Huntsman took the hounds and rode off. When (a second later) the terriermen turned up to dig out the fox their faces were a picture ;)

At this point we noticed a big black 4x4 (that none of us recognized) full off masked up hunt thugs that we also didn't know. It looked like the hunt had bought in extra thugs. Even masked up you know who's who on a hunt when you need to! Fortunately we were left alone all day, although the atmosphere was much more tense than usual. Anyway we kept the hunt moving all day, although huntsman Shayne Francis didn't seem his normal 'Cocaine Shayne'. Subdued would be the term.

There were 2 Police riot vans and at least 2 Police cars that seemed to be allocated to this event all day. We watched Police riot vans dispersing quads and supporters just by driving off road into areas they thought they were safe! Then we arrived home to find out that this was Shayne Francis's last day as huntsman with the Cheshire Hounds Hunt. Hooray!

 

Lamerton FH attempts to hunt stymied by angry landowner

Sabs say were grabbed and threatened by terriermen

12-2-17   Facebook - Devon County Sabs   Lamerton Hunt 11-2-2017    Yesterday, we paid a long overdue visit to the Lamerton Hunt, who met at Hunt Master Moyse's home at Swaddledown, near Bratton Clovelly. They started with a field of 7 riders plus redcoats, which was quickly reduced to just 3 riders plus Huntsman and the two Masters. We spent the first hour watching from various vantage points in the freezing cold (and snow!), while Huntsman LamertonFHHuntandsabs11-2-17.jpgDavid Lewis took hounds into the interconnected valleys south, west and north of the meet.

They drew blank until they got to the area around Redstone. Here hounds began speaking on a line and by the time the Hunt reached the area between Voulsdon Cross and Swaddledown hounds were in full cry. Several deer were seen fleeing across the fields. We also spotted a fox break ahead of the pack, run upwind across fields and then unfortunately back into the valley where the hounds were. We covered the fox's scent and waited for hounds to arrive. Fortunately, they lost the scent and were moved on by Huntsman Lewis.

We could hear quadbikes enter the copse where hounds had just been and went closer to check what they were up to. Here we were confronted by masked terriermen Steve and Wayne, along with master Moyse and whip Gareth [left and right]. One sab was grabbed and held by the hood of her jacket and another was pushed and shoved. Moyse threatened that he would "get wild" if we didn't leave. While we wereLamertonFHMaskedterriermenhavingchatwithsab11-2-17.jpg being escorted off the land, out came the usual excuses for why the terriermen were out with the Hunt: "we happen to be out when the Hunt are out", "we have to kill foxes to protect ground nesting birds" etc etc...

Having not been able to check the copse, we headed back out to the road and found another way back in while our other sabs kept tabs on the rest of the Hunt. Sadly we found a dug-out badger sett at the edge of the woods, completely obliterated some months ago. Perhaps this is what they were trying to hide. The area where there had previously been a sett was covered in craters that were now filled with leaves but still showed very obvious spade marks, old spoil heaps and signs of repeated historical persecution. We later reported this to the police and will be following it up with them.

Terriermen had already left the woods and caught up with the rest of the Hunt, who had moved on to Brocks Moor Field. Hounds were entered into a patch of dense scrub, definitely not somewhere anyone could have 'laid a trail'! Riders were strategically positioned around the covert, very clearly acting on point (in case the 'trail' is seen breaking from the covert??). Hounds had picked up a line and headed north towards Lower Brockscombe Farm where they entered another long, wooded area to the north. They were in cry by this point and Lewis had joined them on foot.

What transpired next was quite refreshing to witness! The landowner joined Lewis in the copse and could be heard shouting at the top of his lungs for the Hunt to "get the f*** off" his land. "NOW!" Lewis was forced to leave, muttered something to Moyse about the landowner being a loony, and rode off along the road to the west, taking only two-thirds of the pack with him. He was almost a mile away before he stopped to gather the rest, who wouldn't have been able to hear his calls at that distance.

LamertonFHHoundslookingforsomelurv11-2-17.jpgSome of us stayed behind to keep an eye on the stragglers, who had begun hunting on their own as a small pack. One sab saw a flash of brown crossing the road and hounds could be heard not far behind heading in that direction. Normally we wouldn't do the Huntsman's job of gathering his straggler hounds, but a small group of hounds can kill a fox on their own, and being so close to the road they were also at risk of being run over. We called the stragglers towards us and Lewis eventually came round to pick them up.

The Hunt finished by drawing the River Wolf valley. Hounds picked up a scent in the woods but we made the decision not to call them, as the risk of calling them onto something was too great. Hounds were pulled back out of the valley before they reached Southweek Wood and Lewis avoided an embarrassing repeat of the incident from a few seasons ago when hounds went rioting through Roadford Lake Nature Reserve. They headed back to the meet via Redstone and packed up.

We want to say thank you to everyone who has contacted Devon & Cornwall Police over the past few weeks to complain about their handling of several assault investigations over the past year. The Hunt called the police yesterday, although hunt support later accused US of wasting police time! We want to commend the 5 officers who attended for their impartiality and the interest they took in our welfare as well as the dug-out badger sett. We took the opportunity to remind them that we wouldn't need to be out on a freezing cold Saturday if the police took steps to enforce the Hunting Act, rather than turning a blind eye to the serious wildlife crime that goes on all over the country multiple times each week.

 

Cheshire FH thugs beat up and run down sabs while police look on

Sabs say Huntsman who let hounds kill fox last week has been sacked

11-2-17   Facebook – N.Wales Sabs   Cheshire Hunt - Hit report 11/2/17   Sorry for the late report but this is due to legal reasons. On Saturday Feb 11th we joined Cheshire, Lancaster, Manchester and W.Yorkshire Sabs to visit the Cheshire Hunt who had killed a fox in front of sabs the previous week and have since had a lot of media attention.

Sabs made their way to Cholmondeley estate where they could see a large gathering at the meet. Also it had been pointed out that two police riot vans had been seen parked up 5 minutes away from the meet. Sabs entered the estates grounds but were soon accosted by hunt supporters who immediately resorted to attacking sabs. Sabs were pushed punched put in headlocks and driven at by a mule type buggy [right], at one point the buggy drove into a sab [below left] right in front of the police who true to form did nothing. One of the most disturbing parts about thisCheshireFHSabsdrivenatbysupport11-2-17.jpg was when the support were attempting to set a dog onto the sabs. Luckily, some of the perpetrators are well known to the police for numerous reasons. Despite this sabs did an excellent job and were with the Hunt for a while until the Hunt had moved on and sabs returned to their vehicles.

At which point sabs had noted the black 4x4 we had heard was in the area as the Hunt had hired in some extra thugs. More police seemed to be turning up, we presume to watch sabs get a kickin'.

Sabs had again located the Hunt just off a dead end road so sabs went on foot along a public footpath to try catch up with the Hunt who were now already a couple of fields ahead. Sabs were soon joined in the field by a 4x4... sabs stuck to the task and continued up the footpath. At which point a helicopter when over we presume more police. As sabs walked the footpath, they came to a big gathering of masked up terrier men on quad who started with verbal abuse then pushing on of the sabs as he climbed over the stile all this despite clearly being on a footpath.

CheshireFHSabknockedoverbysupportonquad11-2-17.jpgSabs moved on the the terrier men followed on quad and now there were more following on foot too. Quads were drove at sabs as sabs had to dodge out the way. sabs were now trying to head for the nearest road. This is the point it got really violent. Masked supporters were shouting at sabs then a sab was hit by one of the quads to the joy of the terrier men (see video). Sabs jumped over the fence only to realise the masked terrier men and hired thugs still had two sabs down on the ground and were kicking them in the body and in the face. The sabs finally got up and exited the most direct way back to the road in Ridley. at which point the police turned up followed by an ambulance. Two of the sabs suffered facial injuries and needed treatment. Still at this point the police took no action. The Hunt had moved back towards Cholmondeley castle. And the Hunt Master was seen talking to the police back near the meet.

On returning home it was good to hear that monitors who had also been out in the area had managed to stop a dig out after the Hunt had chased a fox to ground.

Later we discovered the Huntsman Shayne Francis had been sacked by the Hunt following the footage of him killing a fox the previous week, and this had been his leaving doo. Obviously we expect the Hunt to deny his sacking but who quits with only a couple of weeks of the season to go.

The footage  is just a small part that we can release at this time.

  

Sabs find deluxe artificial earth on the Fitzwilliam estate

Then see Fitzwilliam FH terriermen blocking a badger sett - reported to police

11-2-17    Facebook – N.Cambs Sabs    HIT REPORT 11/02/2017 Fitzwilliam FH     North Cambs Hunt Sabs, joined today by the ever supportive and skilful S.Cambs Sabs, hit the Fitzwilliam Hunt [below right] in the rolling misty countryside around Great Gidding, south of Peterborough. Acting on intelligence gained from a local, sabs set out several hours before the hunt to reconnoitre and pre-spray known likely copses and spinneys. At a small woodland area to the east of Great Gidding, a network of artificial earths were found, arranged in a star patternFitzwilliamFH11-2-17.jpg covering around forty square feet and with four separate entrances [one in pic, below left] leading to a central point. Now why would land OWNED by the Fitzwilliam Estate have artificial earths on it we wonder. Maybe they'd like to message us and explain.

As sabs were investigating a quad with terrier men was seen making its way across the field to the east. Two terriermen, totally unaware sabs were watching from feet away, dismounted and proceeded to block in, with spades, a large badger sett. This was still well before the hunt was due to set off and was clear evidence of planned illegal hunting later in the day. Video footage was taken and the incident has been reported to the Cambridgeshire Police Rural Crime team. Sabs waited until the coast was clear, and then immediately set to work in their own terrier-like fashion digging the setts clear again, the Hunt’s twisted enjoyment spoiled for another day. With several copses pre-sprayed, artificial dens re-arranged, and badgers set free from their sleeping prison, it felt as though a full day's worth of sabbing had already been done - before the Hunt set off..

When the Fitz’ finally departed from The Fox And Hounds in Great Gidding, sabs were on them from the off. With a field of around fifty riders, approximately thirty hounds, four redcoats, some rather unmenacing looking terrierman and the usual bird man in tow. Slimey Simon repeatedly dragged up and down the same fields and hedgerows heading to Flittermere Gorse and Cow Pasture Gorse (both pre sprayed). Hounds went into cry but thanks to being unable to find any scent other than citronella 2 foxes were seen to safety. The Hunt moved north and took off at speed towards Lutton.

After a short break, where much of the field dispersed (presumably exhausted after their two hours sat on a horse) the hunt took off at speed again towards Papley Coppice, a known previous favourite killing field of this group. Sabs set off in pursuit and were joined by Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs on foot. Sabs in numbers covered the wood to the east, west and pushed through the centre. Hounds were called out of the woods using the gizmo, onto an area of pre-sprayed field where they lost all scent lines. Foot sabs had dealt with thankfully very little aggression from the FitzwilliamFH1of4entrancestoAEonFitzwilliamEstate11-2-17.jpgHunt and field throughout the day, although predictably the support drew the usual six toed bumpkins who thought shouting and raving at our Wildlife Warriors would draw a rise. Wrong. The sabs had places to be and animals to save.

By this point the Hunt had covered several miles, with sabs in constant visual range and spraying ahead of the hounds. Terriermen on quads were seen to visit dilapidated farm buildings and drive out at speed with something hidden in their rear container. Fearing the introduction of a bagged fox to the proceedings, teams anticipated the next move and returned south. Keeping on top of the hunt, by reverting to running when support traffic blocked in the vehicles, teams were able to keep a close citronella-fuelled watch on the last hurrah of the day when the hunt attempted to flush hounds through Sawtry Gorse.

With the light slowly fading from this kill-free day, mist and fog barely lifting at all at any time, the round-up call of the horn was heard echoing across the fields. Riders began to melt away back to their damp burrows, ready to emerge another day. The Fitz’ packed away and disappeared home with their tails between their legs, having been the subject of a thorough and solid days sabbing from North Cambs, South Cambs and Beds & Bucks. Before the day was done, the damaged sett from earlier in the day was revisited, checked, and properly recorded for the police report.

POWAperson adds - The Huntsman and a terrierman from the Fitzwilliam are awaiting trial on Hunting Act charges following the killing of a fox on New Year's Day, 2016. The trial will start on 26th April, unless the Hunt side's lawyers employ further delaying tactics. 

 

Sab has dip before helps stop Pevensey Marsh Beagles hunting hares

11-2-17    You Tube – South Downs Sabs   Sab stops for a dip before helping to stop the Pevensey Marsh Beagles hunting hares. 

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Cattistock FH day ends in chaos on coast road

Hunt horse badly hurt, hounds straying all over 

Several foxes hunted but thought no kills

11-2-17   Facebook - Dorset Sabs   Hit Report 11/2/17  Cattistock Hunt meeting at Higher Farm, Rodden  Today we split into two teams as one team wanted to pay a visit to the South Dorset Hunt and we wanted to go and visit the Cattistock. We were glad to have our friends from South West Sabs join us for the day.

We found the riders quite quickly in their usual area. They were parked in a few different locations including the Abbotsbury Swannery carpark, New Barn Farm and Colmers Barn. They then hacked to Higher Farm in Rodden. We arrived while they were still having their drinkies to be greeted by their happy faces, until they realised it was us. This was an unusually large meet compared to recent meets with lots of supporters waiting to see them off... hounds picked up a line and headed towards Kittle Barrow Plantation at speed, where the hounds then turned andCattistockFHCanteringonroad11-2-17.jpg headed off toward Wyke Wood running after a deer, but then changed direction on the line of a fox back towards Langton Herring.

The Hunt monitor then witnessed a fox cross the road at Rodden Ridge, so we hurried on round. Foot sabs sprayed the area as the field cantered up the road to where the fox crossed. They had called the Hounds off on our arrival though.

At that point the heavy boys arrived, pest control Paul and his friend, who tried to steal a sab' s camera....must have needed it to go with the radio he stole last season!... they headed over and onto the reed beds at the Swannery, which is under restrictions due to avian flu! The hounds picked up on a line and headed back towards New Barn Farm. The fox headed into the farm where it got away.

The Hunt then moved on through Wyke wood towards Rodden where the hounds picked up again and circled back to New barn and crossed the road to Ansteys withy bed. At this point, the hounds picked up on a line and left at great speed towards Clayhanger Farm and over the hill towards Portesham leaving the Huntsman and field behind. We headed in the direction the pack went and found them out of control just off the main coast road. Chaos then followed with riders galloping along the road, a badly injured horse and hounds in all directions. The pack was eventually collected, but spilt into two groups heading back to Tithe Barn hunting very close to the main road. Sabs then caught a stray hound on the road and put it in the landy to return to the hunt support, before returning to the field who were in Hodders coppice. The hounds got on a line but were seemed to be called off with the monitor observing them. They rode round the field they were in then headed home at 4.25pm. We are confident there were no kills today.

Pic below - A taste of the Cattistock's spectacular coastal country. Pity they mar its beauty.

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Police finally pass file on S.Herefordshire FH outrage to CPS

Five arrested people connected to Hunt have been re-bailed

10-2-17    Kidderminster Shuttle   Five arrested in South Herefordshire Hunt investigation have been re-bailed   Five people arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty at the South Herefordshire Hunt's kennels in Wormelow have been re-bailed until March. A police spokesman said: "Police investigating reports of animal cruelty at a kennel in Herefordshire have passed the file to the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Complex Casework Unit (CPS) for their consideration. We will issue a further statement when the CPS determine if there should be a criminal prosecution."

POWAperson adds - As this is sub judice, have to be careful what I say. For reminder what this is about see here. Pics below give a flavour. 

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Claim north-west Hunt rampaged thru gardens, child injured

Also alleged Hunt was interfering with badger setts

POWA today received this report via the Badger Trust. We're seeking further information.

10-2-17    Badger Trust    We received reports of a Hunt digging badger setts on New Years Eve. Allegedly the hounds were out of control and rampaging through gardens, damaging property, and injuring a child. Our Crime and Intelligence Co-ordinator reports that the alleged incidents happened in the Stalybridge area of Tameside, Greater Manchester on Saturday 31st of December. It is understood the matter was reported by members of the public to Greater Manchester Police who are investigating the incidents. We are unable to confirm which Hunt was involved or add anything else at this time.

POWAperson adds - Greater Manchester police Press Office won't tell me anything because I'm not o journo and the local media don't seem to know anything about it.

 

3 Counties sab runs as 'clean boot' for 3 Counties Bloodhounds drag hunt

10-2-17   Facebook - Three Counties Sabs     Late post re Saturday 4th February. The Three counties bloodhounds met at Caradoc in Herefordshire at the heart of South Herefordshire Hunt country. As many will know the SHH are currently under investigation by the police re cruelty to fox cubs. However the point of the day, courtesy of Bryon John (Master of bloodhounds), Anne Brummer of Save me and the hunt supporters, was to watch the Hounds hunt the clean boot. There were 3 runners and 5 lines. We had been invited to attend as the local sab group and our Elaine ran all 5 lines with the other 2 runners. Many from different locals packs attended the meet to see hunting which does not harm wildlife and we hope gave them something to consider as a way forward with no Hounds on roads, no kills, no dig outs, no sett blocking, no trespassing and no sabbing. It was a positive day and we were glad that we took part.

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POWAperson comments -  How to make friends and, hopefully, influence people. Got to be better than screaming 'Scum' at them, no? I know there's a fair-sized hard core of irredeemables who are beyond the pale - met plenty of those - but a lot of their support network probably aren't and may well respond better to this kind of thing than to being abused. 

  

Cheshire police come out and rein in Wynnstay FH!

9-2-17  Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    We also had a look at the Wynnstay Hunt on Tuesday [1/ below]. They were up to no good hunting far too close to the A41 near Broxton.

The police came out very quickly and spoke to the Huntsman about arranging a meeting with him with regards recent misdemeanours. They also checked quads and spoke to some of the drivers about the law with regards quads on the road, see photo of quads on the A41 with pet dogs on the back [2/ below]! From that point on the Hunt no longer hunted with abandon and our monitor was not followed, harassed or intimidated which is what usually happens with this Hunt. Another policeman arrived in the afternoon and followed the Hunt. Again his presence stopped illegal activity and no hounds were heard in cry all day. A successful day for animal welfare.

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 Walker tells us she & husband saw fox being hunted on Dartmoor

9-2-17   Email to POWA   My husband and I were out walking on Dartmoor yesterday, Wednesday 8th February, when we witnessed something we never expected to see. We knew the Hunt were about as we had passed some of the riders on our,way to the car park opposite Lydford farm shop, where we stared our walk. We walked over Great Nodden, along the old railway track and eventually to our lunch stop among the boulders on Great Links tor.

We had heard and caught glimpses of the Hunt during the morning, but in the distance. Hopefully, they were enjoying the moor as much as we were. We had only been sitting on Great links for about 10 minutes when, much to our amazement a fox ran out from behind a boulder right in front of us and shot of across the moor. A few minutes later we heard yelping and a lone hound shot past us following the route of the fox. For about 5minutes he was totally alone with no huntsmen in sight to control him; then several more hounds, there were about 20 in total, plus 5 riders, came past. They didn't appear to see us. They all rode in the direction taken by the fox. About 300 metres from us the dogs and huntsmen stopped and were looking around. Two riders dismounted and were looking at the ground. We stood up to complete our walk back to the car park, at this point we must have been noticed by the huntsmen. The dogs were called back and they rode off in a disciplined tight group.

                                     

Monitors film Beaufort FH hounds chasing a fox in school grounds

Fox spotted darting away from meet - maybe a bagged one?

8-2-17   Facebook – Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch  VIDEO   POWAperson comments - The monitoring group posted a video of Beaufort FH's meet at Westonbirt School [a girls public school] on 4-2-17. It starts with a fox darting across a road from the meet itself [bagged?], though it's very hard to spot on the film. Hounds are then seen chasing a fox in the grounds of the school. Noticing the monitors, the Huntsman seems to make a feeble attempt to call them off. Monitors see the fox run into a small covert. By the time the Hunt gets there, responding to a whistle holloa, monitors are flanking it and hounds are not put in. They think the fox got away.

Pics below -  1/  The meet    2/  Hounds picking up fox scent very close to school    3/  Covert which fox fled to   4/  Hunt rides past the covert

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In this clip, where riders give a monitor a hard time because she's clearly in the right place, a rider effectively admits they are hunting illegally. Berating her for trespassing, he says 'But you're breaking the law as well, aren't you?' Trespass is, of course, not a crime but a civil matter. Below - the field vs a lone female monitor.

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York & Ainsty N FH hound killed as hunt dogs cause traffic chaos

Part of hound pack ran on to Junction 47 of the AI

8-2-17   Facebook – W.Yorkshire Sabs   VIDEO   A fox hunt caused motorway chaos and a hound was run over On Saturday January 28th 2017, hounds from the York & Ainsty North Hunt ran loose on the A1(M) motorway around Junction 47 near Allerton Park in North Yorkshire - bringing both carriages to a standstill [for about 45 minutes] and causing severe tailbacks. Tragically, one hound was hit by a car and killed as it ran across the motorway. The lady who hit the hound was described as understandably "beside herself" with shock and grief. As well as causing the death of a hound, the York & Ainsty North Hunt put human life in danger during this dangerous major incident. 

All footage courtesy of Joel David : https://www.youtube.com/user/JazaX

Pics below -   1/  Hounds running on closed carriageway    2/  Police trying to deal with loose hounds     3/  Backed-up traffic on other carriageway     4/   Hunter in field next to A1[M] J47 

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Oakley FH Huntsman smashed my windscreen with crop says woman

8-2-17   Facebook - Beds & Bucks Sabs    We had a message yesterday from a very disgruntled member of the public who allegedly had her windscreen smashed by the huntsman of the Oakley, Jack Harris. She was going about her lawful business driving her car when she came upon the Hunt who were all over the road in the fading light near the village of Meppershall. She managed to avoid an accident but the Huntsman whacked her screen with his riding whip, causing the damage you see [below]. Luckily she had a dash cam running and the footage has been sent to the police and a complaint made.

It would seem that once again the Oakley are out of control and care little for the safety of the general public as well as themselves and the animals in their care. Jack Harris is clearly a liability and should be sacked immediately. There were several other complaints from locals in the area regarding out of control hounds. We hope the masters will pay for the repairs to the vehicle and expect a full apology to the person in question along with Bedfordshire police prosecuting Jack Harris for Criminal Damage.

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Ledbury FH Huntsman escapes conviction after charging blunder

8-2-17   Facebook - Three Counties Sabs VIDEO   Almost a year after he assaulted a 3C sab, Ledbury huntsman Mark Melladay finally had his day in court yesterday. On February 13th last year, during a children's meet in Hartpury, Mark rode his horse at one of our sabs [right] after we temporarily stopped hounds on the scent of a fox.

Initially the police decided to take no further action against him but, with much help from Outpaced, we pushed forLedburyFHHuntsmanridesatfemalesab13-2-16FoundNG8-2-17.jpg a review and, just hours after his son Sam had laughed and commented that we had failed to get him into court, we heard that the case had been reopened. Despite some police from Gloucestershire and West Mercia actually doing their jobs properly, we have little faith in the legal system, so this was a victory in itself.

Mark was found 'not guilty' in Magistrates' Court in Cheltenham and we believe that this is the fault of the CPS. While the assault was not a serious one, it was still an unjustified use of force, but (compared to the usual 'playing it safe' that the CPS chooses to do) he was charged with assault by battery which requires proof of actual physical contact between defendant and victim. While contact was certainly made, there wasn't enough clear proof 'beyond reasonable doubt'. We can live with that, the fact that the CPS aimed too high when they should have stuck with a simple common assault charge... these things happen.

What is starting to become very clear, however, is the fact that Hunts are relying heavily on the fact that many police and CPS prosecutors and judges/magistrates do not understand hunting, what it looks like, tactics used and so on. For argument's sake, let's say that the Hunt were indeed following a trail and that sabs were disrupting this activity... Mark still would not be justified in behaving the way he did. Whether the Hunt were following a false trail or a scent left by a real fox is irrelevant to whether he is guilty of the offence. However, while we were not supposed to talk in court about what the Hunt were up to, outside of the events surrounding the assault, he was allowed to speak about how his Hunt is 'harassed' by masked hunt saboteurs and disrupted from following the false trails laid every time that they go out. With the prosecution giving their arguments first, the defence following with theirs, his solicitor decided that the court should hear some of the context surrounding the incident. Very one-sided. Despite the fact that this 'context' should not have affected the decision of the court regarding the assault, it's very one rule for us, another for him!

He was originally believed when he said that we were holloaing and causing the hounds to run off dangerously down a road, despite video evidence showing that this was not the case, purely because police do not understand 'rating' and the use of whips. It would seem that whatever he says, in his original statements and in court, out-trumps any footage supplied.

In court yesterday, he was left unchallenged, again because of authorities not knowing how hunts work, when he said that whips frighten hounds and cause them to run away and that the use of whips is very unprofessional as the whips are only carried as a 'ceremonial' object. We suggest Hunts across the country save money by not employing whippers-in then, whose job it is to control hounds largely through the use of whips... Despite the fact that none of this would change the fact that the court did not deem there to be enough evidence of battery, it would have undermined the court's idea that Mark was a credible witness. Additionally, being adamant that he did not threaten to rip anyone's head off...

We have had a good laugh about a number of things since (you have to laugh sometimes) and were shocked by other statements made, including, but not limited to:-

- Mark suggesting that it was "probably the next witness" in court (Peter Cooksey) who had been the one threatening to rip our heads off (Cooksey does not recall saying such things).

- Mark telling the court that the hunt only carry whips as a 'ceremonial' thing and do not use them as they are unprofessional to use and scare the hounds.

Mark saying that the hounds have no road sense at all, the video then showing that hounds went on to the road with no hunt support / staff present to slow traffic or ensure their safety, apparently following a trail laid (irresponsibly so then)...

Pics below -  1/  Huntsman to same female sab seconds after assaulting her with horse   2/  Hounds all over road 

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Monitors say South Durham FH Huntsman forced to resign

8-2-17   Facebook – N.E. Hunt Monitors   This [pic below] is Garry Watchman, Joint Master with South Durham Hunt. We have reason to believe he has been forced to hand in his notice due to allegations of pocketing money from Hunt funds as well as other allegations the police are interested in.

We would like to think it is because he kills many foxes illegally, but we figure he will probably get away with that. We also know that many of the SDH riders wanted him gone and farmers don't want him on their land.

Unfortunately his son, Gareth Watchman, who also kills foxes, will be staying on as hunt/hound master. However we are pleased to see this cretin go at the end of the hunting season as he is very violent towards monitors and sabs, especially if female. We would like to congratulate him for being such a dick and hated by everyone that he has been forced to leave. Well done Watchman and Goodbye.

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South Dorset FH Huntsman warned by police over blocked sett

7-2-17    Facebook - Dorset Sabs   Hit Report - Tuesday 7th February 2017 - Meeting at Farm building along Park Lane, Buckland Newton   ...By the time we had caught up with them they were in Hay Wood on the west side of Park Lane, Buckland Newton. From here they moved to Alder Mead via the church and we maintained a great visual on the hounds and kept them firmly in our sights using binoculars and camcorders. The two horses in aS.DorsetFHHorsesbotheredbyHunt7-2-17.jpg field [right] by the church were quite disturbed by the Hunt coming past. A foot sab jumped out of the landy to check and spray another coppice and found a freshly blocked badger sett. We reported this to the police and a wildlife crime officer said he would be out that afternoon - the Huntsman has been warned about this behaviour!

At this point, we were committed to driving round the circuit and next caught up with the Huntsman, hounds and the field passing Buckland Newton First School just as the young children were leaving school and their parents were trying to get them in cars...

Chandlers Coppice was their next port of call and then they headed north along the road towards Castle Hill. Again we managed to keep the hounds in our sight for most of the time...

The Huntsman then took the hounds to The Hazels area and spent over half an hour in there but again we could keep an eye on the hounds from roads on two edges of this area. After searching New Covert the Hunt headed South towards Newlands Lane and we headed off on another circuit. Clearly the Hunt thought they had lost us with this being a dead end lane but we decided to poke S.DorsetFHTheirBrainsTrust7-2-17.jpgour noses down there. At 16.51 we observed a fox running in the field on our left and it was about to cross the road in front of the Landy. With the hounds in cry in the distance and only two sabs we managed to push the fox back, deterring him from crossing the road which would have meant he was heading straight towards the hounds! We strongly believe this was a bagged fox released for the hounds to chase and this is usually done earlier in the afternoon. The fox then headed away from us in the direction of Sandhills Coppice.

There was a lot of support around at this time [left] which again makes us believe the fox was bagged, because the support were there waiting for the action. With now just one foot sab and the driver the citronella was out in full force and one of the supporters tried to grab a spray bottle from our driver, who was spraying it out of the window whilst the foot sab was doing the other side of the road. He was not quick enough though and the road and hedgerows continued to be drenched in citronella and the fox made it safely away. We didn’t manage to get any footage of the fox because it was very sudden and we with only a driver and another sab by now our focus was on getting the fox away and masking the scent.

The Hunt then headed back to the meet for a 5.30pm pack up. Our day didn’t end her though and we went back to unblock the badger sett - please see live video, light was fading fast by now and in the wooded area it was darker still. There was a rider tending to her horse in the lay-by and, shortly after we started unblocking we had to get back to the vehicle because the hunt servant and a few cronies stopped off to accuse us of blocking the setts in!! We informed them that the police were coming and they didn’t really have much to say after that!

Despite the numerous two finger salutes from the classy hunt supporters and a minor issue with the Landy - which we fixed mid sab - we saved at least one fox and unblocked another badger sett under the moonlight, so all in all a great days work!!

Pics below -  Blocked badger sett entrances 

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Hunt-inspired plot to strip RSPCA's prosecution powers fails

But disappointment there won't be stiffer sentences for animal abusers

7-2-17   Times    RSPCA allowed to carry on prosecuting cruelty cases    The RSPCA will be allowed to continue prosecuting cases of cruelty to animals after the government rejected calls from MPs for the charity to be stripped of the power. The Commons environment, food and rural affairs committee recommended in November that the RSPCA should let the Crown Prosecution Service take charge of the cases. The committee heard a claim that the charity’s inspectors had a belligerent attitude and had been overzealous in targeting pet owners. It said that the criticism had resulted in the RSPCA’s reputation “being diminished in the eyes of the public”.

In a response to the committee’s report, the government said that private prosecutions, such as those brought by the RSPCA, had been “a powerful tool to promote animal welfare”. It noted that the RSPCA had adopted reforms recommended by an independent review of its prosecuting role by Stephen Wooler, a former CPS investigator. The charity has recently created an independent oversight panel that will carry out an annual audit of its prosecutions. Its first report is due next year.

The government said: “We believe that the RSPCA should be given the opportunity to implement the recommendations of the Wooler review and demonstrate its commitment to responding to the concerns that have been raised by the committee.”

Neil Parish [right], the committee’s Conservative chairman, said that the RSPCA’s reforms did not go far enough. “INeilParishMP.jpg think the CPS should take a stronger role on leading on animal welfare prosecutions,” he said. “The RSPCA needs to provide a properly independent review panel for all the cases it takes to court.”

The Times revealed last year how the committee’s recommendation on the RSPCA had been rejected by some committee members but was approved with the support of several with close links to the Countryside Alliance, the pro-hunting lobby group. It has campaigned for restrictions on the RSPCA’s prosecuting role since it brought cases against several Hunts.

Tim Bonner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said the RSPCA should stop operating “as a prosecutor of first resort”. He added: “The alliance has always supported the right of private prosecutors to challenge decisions made by the CPS, but the time has come for the RSPCA to drop its outdated pseudo-statutory prosecuting role.”

JeremyCooperCEORSPCA.jpgJeremy Cooper [left], chief executive of the RSPCA, said: “We are extremely pleased that the government continues to recognise the exceptional role carried out by the RSPCA in investigating and prosecuting those accused of the worst cases of animal cruelty and neglect. “We know that the public overwhelmingly wants us to undertake this role, and we welcome the support we have to carry out our prosecutions work from vets, local authorities and other animal welfare organisations.” Mr Cooper also said he was disappointed that the government had decided to ignore the committee’s recommendation to increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty offences to five years. Mr Wooler said: “The government has rightly rejected the committee’s poorly considered recommendation. But it needs to go further and establish a proper framework of powers balanced by accountability for the RSPCA’s investigation and prosecution roles.”

7-2-17   LACS Press Release   League disappointed at government refusal to toughen animal abuse sentences   The League Against Cruel Sports has today welcomed the Government’s acknowledgement that private prosecutions are ‘a powerful tool to promote animal welfare’. The charity were however deeply disappointed to learn that the Government has failed to act upon calls from itself, other animal welfare charities and the public to increase sentencing and create a national register of individuals banned from keeping animals.

League Against Cruel Sports CEO, Eduardo Gonçalves [right] commenting on the Government’s response to the report, said:- “Charities like the RSPCA and ourselves have taken private prosecutions because frankly it’s often the only way that those committing animal abuse or wildlife crimes will ever be brought to justice. Those calling for an end to private prosecutions areEduardoGoncalvesLACS.jpg often those who have an interest, such as those involved in hunting – without private prosecutions, illegal hunting is pretty much free to carry on untouched because the police and CPS don’t have the resources to do anything about it. We’re therefore pleased that the government has come to the conclusion that private prosecutions are a powerful tool in promoting animal welfare. The League will continue to provide evidence of illegal activity to the police and we reserve the right to bring private prosecutions where needed.”

However, the charity expressed its disappointment at the government’s response in terms of current sentencing guidelines for those found guilty of animal abuse. Eduardo Gonçalves added: “If we don’t offer a serious punishment to animal abusers then they will continue abusing animals. I spend a lot of my time looking at horrific dog fighting footage as the League is working hard to stamp this out in the UK, but I know in the back of my mind that if we catch a dog fighter, the most they will get is six months in prison – and probably much less. That’s utterly inadequate and would be laughable if it wasn’t so shocking. The League is calling for a minimum of three years for the most serious crimes against animals. In Northern Ireland, the penalty is five years – this came after the public were outraged after a gang of dog fighters who had inflicted some of the worst cruelty I’ve ever seen on animals got away with a virtual slap on the wrist. Do we have to wait for a case like that to happen in the rest of the UK before we do something about it?”

The League Against Cruel Sports is running a petition to increase sentences for dog fighting, which currently has 80,000 signatures. A petition for Finn’s Law, calling on police animals to receive the same protection as their human colleagues, quickly reached 120,000 signatures last year. The League is also calling for a national register of those people banned from keeping animals because of abuse. “I’ve seen too many reports where someone has been banned from keeping animals – then were able to acquire more animals which they then abused,” said Mr Goncalves. “At the moment no-one knows who these people are because there’s no central record. We’re not aiming for a name-and-shame policy, but there should be a central register of those who are banned which is available to those rehoming or breeding animals to help them prevent those animals ending up in the hands of someone who may harm them. We need a solution to this otherwise we are offering these people the freedom to continue abusing animals.”

Two MPs are calling for tougher sentencing for animal cruelty with separate bills going before Parliament on February 24th. Members of the public are welcome to sign the League Against Cruel Sports’ petition for increased sentences for those involved in dog fighting.

 

26 group letter demands Leics police take on illegal hunting

7-2-17   Hinckley Times  Call made to Leicestershire Police to tackle hunts    A letter, signed by 26 representatives of political groups, societies and hunt saboteurs, has been sent animal rights campaigners across the county are lobbying a new police watchdog committee to take action over apparent breaches of The Hunting Act 2004. A letter, signed by 26 representatives of political groups, societies and hunt saboteurs, including Roger Hill of the Hinckley and Bosworth Green Party, has been sent to the new body. It welcomes the appointment of the Leicestershire Police ethics, integrity and complaints committee but calls for the urgent review of the force’s attitude to enforcing anti-hunting legislation.

The letter references footage and reports as well as media coverage and relevant documents on concerns about hunting in Leicestershire. Most of the issues are over alleged violations by the Atherstone Hunt, which regularly rides across land in the Bosworth constituency, but also the Fernie, Quorn and Cottesmore Hunt. Potential criminal activity described in the letter as alleged by the authors includes filmed and eye witnessed pursuit of foxes, the alleged killing of foxes, terrier work and obstruction of badger setts.

The document reads: “As well as these findings there have been numerous reports about fox hunting and other wildlife crime in general which reinforce the claim that traditional fox huts are complicit in widespread law-breaking that may lead to other types of criminal behaviour. To summarise, with all this in mind, we believe the evidence reasonably demonstrates the intent to ignore The Hunting Act 2004 by Leicestershire’s hunts and that the presence of terrier men, the use of artificial earths, the captivity of foxes and the illegal obstruction of badger setts are clear indicators of this.” The letter also highlights what the campaigners believe are failures by the police to enforce The Hunting Act 2004 as well as bias and disregard of duty by officers.

There is a call for the force to work constructively with hunt saboteurs. “Given that the actions of hunt saboteurs are intended to prevent the potential illegal killing of foxes and damage of badger setts and thus act as voluntary enforcers of wildlife legislation, perhaps a less antagonistic working relationship might be achieved if Leicestershire Police acted to clearly recognise the high likelihood of widespread wildlife crime alongside acknowledging the intent of protestors and saboteurs is to prevent this from happening.”

                                

Pressure leads high-end car supplier to withdraw sponsorship of Old Surrey FH ball

But hotel still accepting their booking for event

7-2-17   Facebook - South Coast Sabs    Great News   Harwood Group (Landrover dealers) were sponsoring the Hunt ball of the Old Surrey Burstow & West Kent. After people started contacting them via Twitter they have withdrawn sponsorship of the event. They can be thanked here. https://www.facebook.com/HarwoodsOnline

We are still asking people to conact the hotel particulary by phone: 01342 714994 Please keep all comments polite and share this as widely as possible. Remember it is not the hotel staff's fault. They are on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/copthorneeffinghamgatwick/   The hotel is part of the Millenium group of hotels and be contacted here as their HQ may not be aware: https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/hotels/

Please keep us informed of any responses.

 

 

 Sabs upload video of very violent attack by Chedon BH thugs

2 suffered head injuries, 1 had fractured skull and eye socket

Police refused to investigate properly or charge any of thugs

Footage clearly shows stolen sab camera handed from huntsman to supporter 

6-2-17  Daily Mail  VIDEO   Dramatic moment a vicious brawl breaks out between huntsmen and saboteurs leaving one protester with a fractured skull - A brawl erupted between huntsmen and protesters in CheldonBHSabhospitalisedbybrokenskulleyesocket2016.jpg South Molton, Devon - Tensions overflowed during a meet of the Cheldon Buckhounds in May last year - Ollie Richmond, 28, was sent to hospital after suffering a fractured skull    A vicious brawl between huntsmen and protesters left one animal rights activist with a fractured skull. [right] Horrifying footage shows a confrontation between two men before a fight breaks out in an area of secluded woodland in South Molton, Devon . Saboteurs claim they were staging a peaceful protest at a meet of the Cheldon Buckhounds, who were out with their dogs, before the incident took place. The shocking footage shows the encounter turn violent after an anti-hunt campaigner strayed from the group. Many others, dressed in balaclavas, masks and camouflage gear - who the protesters claim were hunt supporters - joined the melee.

Protester Ollie Richmond suffered a fractured skull and eye socket trying to protect fellow saboteur Andy Kane, 53, who was allegedly hit with a motorcycle helmet [left and right below]. Plumber Ollie, 28, of Devon, said: 'It has been a traumatic experience and the police have been terrible. They basically dropped the case due to the fact that the CheldonBHStartofattackonsabwhowasheadbuttedbyhelmetwearer30-5-16.jpgguys had a good lawyer and they claimed self defence. It's not self defence if you are beating someone up on the floor. These people absolutely should be charged. If this happened to anybody else the perpetrators would be prosecuted but the police don't like hunt saboteurs. I ran down and my intention was to stop the fight, so I targeted the one who was punching Andy. I shoulder barged him out of the way and he looked furious and about to attack, so I placed myself between Andy on the floor and him. He then took me down and someone else jumped on top of me and started punching me on the ground. It all happened very fast but I remember being on the ground and looking up and seeing fists pounding down on my face. It eventually stopped. At the time I was in shock. I didn't realise what had happened until I started feeling my skull.'

Ollie suffered a fractured skull and eye socket and was rushed to North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple, Devon, by ambulance. He later underwent surgery to have titanium plates and mesh could be fitted to his skull. Ollie was left with a scar on the top of his head where it was stapled back together and was off work for three months afterwards recovering. The saboteurs claim the attackers were connected to the Cheldon Buckhounds. But the footage shines a light on the frightening battles being regularly fought out between pro-hunt and anti-huntCheldonBHSabAndyKaneafterattackedbyfollowers30-5-16.jpg supporters in Britain. Devon and Cornwall Police launched an investigation after receiving eight crime reports after the two confrontations, on May 14 and May 30 last year. None of those involved were prosecuted, however, threeCheldonBHSabAndyKaneafterattackedbyfollowers30-5-16.jpg hunt supporters received a police caution in relation to their involvement. It is not known whether any members of the opponents' group was hurt.

The Cheldon Buckhounds could not be reached for comment today. Devon and Cornwall Police said: 'Video footage was available to investigators in relation to both events from both parties. 'All the allegations were investigated, witnesses were spoken to and suspects were interviewed in connection with their involvement in the offences. There were no prosecutions as a result of these allegations. However, three individuals received police cautions in relation to their involvement. All the victims are aware of this and the reasons why.'

4-2-17   Facebook - Devon County Sabs   VIDEO   PART 3 of our CHELDON BUCKHOUNDS footage - Monday 30th May 2016    We paid a return visit to the Cheldon Buckhounds, along with sabs from around the country. In the afternoon hounds were heard in cry in the woods. When sabs tried to get closer they were attacked. One sab was tackled to the ground and headbutted by a man wearing a crash helmet. The assailant told the police it was an 'accident'. Whilst lying on the ground the sab was punched repeatedly by other masked hunt followers, who later admitted to their actions but claimed self-defence. The sab sustained head and chest injuries. The sab's chest camera, which had captured footage of the attack, was also stolen. Another sab went in to defend him and was attacked and struck on the head, causing a broken eye socket and a severely fractured skull. He was off work for three months as a result of his injuries.

Devon & Cornwall Police were handed all of the raw footage from five separate cameras, as well as pictures and details of the assailants. What did the police do? They sat on the evidence for FOUR MONTHS without interviewing the suspects. They never took statements offered to them by witnesses and dropped the investigation a few months later. Would they have acted differently if it had been the other way round? In response to complaints this week, police have claimed they are aware other video footage was taken and they would encourage the people who took it to still come forward with their evidence.

To reiterate: We supplied ALL our raw footage. The only footage which nobody has seen is the footage captured on the stolen chest cam, which police never made any attempts to recover, and the footage captured by members of the Hunt, which should have been seized immediately after the incident.

We believe the police's response to these incidents was completely inadequate given the severity of the injuries. Two sabs were hospitalised, one with life-threatening injuries. We have uncovered a disgusting culture of victim-blaming and bias within Devon & Cornwall Police and ask that you continue to demand action from the police. They are currently supposed to be investigating several other assaults our sabs have suffered since the Cheldon incidents last summer. It's time they realised their inaction only creates an environment in which such incidents are likely to occur again and again.

When complaining to the police, please be polite and constructive and cite CR/35678/16 (head and chest injuries and stolen camera) and CR/035671/16 (fractured skull and eye socket).

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

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

Pics below -  1/  Sab trying to pull helmet-wearing assailant off first attacked sab      2/  Camera stolen from first sab attacked passed by huntsman to follower who pockets it

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Sabs find Crawley FH digging out fox - and stop it

6-2-17   Facebook - Brighton Sabs    We joined our friends from W.Sussex, South Coast and Croydon Sabs at the Crawley and Horsham Hunt, who started early because they had their hunt ball on later.

They were on the Knepp Estate nearly all day, and quite early on sabs found Hunt members starting to dig out a fox who had taken refuge underground. This being a really obvious sign of illegal hunting, they scarpered pretty sharpish.

The rest of the Hunt spent quite a bit of their time running away from us, but (bad luck for them) we kept catching up in time to stop them killing, using some textbook sabbing tactics. We ended the day tired and very muddy, with one sab soaked right to the armpits after an encounter with a ditch, but satisfied we'd let the local foxes live another day.

                                     

Fife FH found hunting without guns in place

Huntsman lies to sabs about this

Hunt panics a field of cattle

6-2-17  Facebook - Grampian Hunt Sabs   VIDEO   Fife Foxhounds, Pitloury House meet, 04/02/17   Video from Saturday showing illegal hunting and hunt unhappiness.

POWAperson comments - The video, taken in difficult conditions, is very jumpy. You might want an anti-nausea pill before watching! But it does clearly show - 1/ the panic caused to cattle as Hunt move through their field,  and 2/ The Huntsman using the hounds to 'search' for a fox. Unlike in England & Wales, where a 2009 High Court judgement determined [absurdly] that 'searching' is not part of 'hunting', in Scotland it is. Only if guns are present to shoot the fox as soon as it's flushed from cover is such hunting legal. In this case, there are no guns. The Huntsman lies about this, telling sabs that they are stationed where the sabs had just been. Maybe Scottish guns have invisibility cloaks. The Scottish government is planning to strengthen the Act up there. Let's hope they get it right. 

Pics below -  1/  Cattle panicked by Hunt   2/  Huntsman casting hounds and the field 

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5-2-17  Facebook - Fife & Central Scotland Sabs   Hit Report 04.02.2017 Fife Foxhounds - Pitlour House FifeFifeFHhoundssearchingwithnoguns4-2-17.jpg   Foxhounds met at Pitlour House and set off just after 11o'clock little did they know sabs were already in position and ready to take anything they had to offer.

They went up the track from the house riding through citronella on the way as they disappeared from sight they ran straight into Grampian Hunt sabs, They then tried to get rid of Grampian sabs by running straight into Fife sabs! The Hunt then picked up on a fox which appeared to go to ground - luckily enough sabs were on hand to stop a dig out, despite childish terriermen and pathetic attempts at violence they went home empty handed.

Colin Campbell was getting a bit frisky and was obviously looking for a fight luckily for him his wife/partner was on hand to calm him down. The Hunt didn't get a minute's peace all day and no kills a quote from Huntsman Robert Howarth "Please stop interfering with my hounds".

On a side note, we have had 2 seasons without violence . With Colin Campbell and Adam Galpin looking for violence - this will not be tolerated whatsoever. We will defend ourselves accordingly and stand our ground. A great result and happy sabs.

Badsworth FH Huntsman filmed using horse as weapon against sab

Huntsman then left three hounds behind at end of hunting day

One rescued & returned by sabs the other two by a local

5-2-17   Facebook - W.Yorkshire Sabs  VIDEO   Huntsman Mark Poskitt attacks sab with his horse   Yesterday,BadsworthFHHuntsmanrideshorseatsab4-2-17.jpg along with Sheffield Sabs, we sabbed the Badsworth & Bramham Moor hunt, who met near Church Fenton in North Yorkshire. During the hunt whipper-in Mark Poskitt rode his horse into a sab [right], repeatedly and aggressively using his horse as a weapon (see video). Shortly after this, sabs had to free a couple of hounds who had become dangerously caught between a barbed wire fence and a tree. When informed about the incident, Mark wasn't in the least bit concerned, riding off whilst insulting the sabs and again showing how little regard he has for not only foxes and other wild animals, but also his own horses and hounds. The hunt was a shambolic affair, with hounds out of control throughout the afternoon. Whilst packing up for the day at 4 pm, the hunt even forgot about one loose hound and had to sheepishly return to collect it. Sabs managed to keep up with the hounds for most of the day, seeing several hares and deers to safety, and we are pleased to report that there were no kills.

6-2-17    Facebook – Sheffield Sabs    UPDATE ON SATURDAY: In addition to the hound left behind that we mentioned in our previous post, another two hounds were later found by locals near the site of Badsworth and Bramham Hunt's meet. The finders have kindly allowed us to use the pictures attached to this post [2 pictured below]. There were found at around 8pm and returned to their owners. Despite the kindness shown by them, the "gentleman" collecting them was none too appreciative - throwing the poor dogs in the back of his van without even a thank you! For a Hunt to lose three hounds shows not only a lack of control and capability, but a lack of compassion for the animals under their care.

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Cheshire FH hounds kill fox not long after Hunt set off

Sabs believe the victim vixen may have been 'bagged'

Corpse retrieved, to be taken to RSPCA for autopsy

5-2-17    Facebook - Cheshire Sabs  VIDEO    HIT REPORT - CHESHIRE HUNT – 04/02/17    Yesterday we met up with comrades from North Wales, Lancaster and a fair few new found friends for all three of our groups. As soon as we got to the meet we walked on to the farm who were hosting the wildlife murdering Cheshire Hunt and within minutes of being in the field hounds went into full cry on the other side of the farmhouse. We rushed over to find the hounds were now on to what we highly suspect to be a "bagged fox" in a fairly deep area of water surrounded by a barbed wire fence bushes and lots of brambles [right]. The poor vixen stood no chance of escape in such deepCheshireFHhoundskillingvixen4-2-17.jpg water surrounded by a pack of bloodthirsty hounds tearing at her dainty body. We tried our utmost best to save her but it was too late.

Huntsman Shayne Francis and his gang of borderline psychopathic bloodthirsty friends thought that what had just happened was rather funny and attempted to mock sabs who were clearly distraught about what they had just witnessed. Unluckily for them, we have thicker skin than that and their insults and jokes do not bother us at all. The hunting community are very vocal about trail hunts and how they act legally following trails and not pursuing wildlife but we all know it's a load of bollocks. As the video proves, the Hunts are still torturing wildlife. If they were hunting a trail then they wouldn't have anything to hide and surely they would pass us a copy of the route where the trails have been laid?

Anyway... Due to all the commotion surrounding the kill and waiting for police to arrive the Hunt managed to slip away, which meant sabs had a lot of ground to cover to catch up with them. We kept them in our sight for most of the day but we cannot be certain that they didn't kill again as they were always just that little bit in front of sabs, who had vast areas of fields to cover with canal bridges to cross and no access to the vehicles as we were nowhere near a road for quite some time.

Sabs in the field eventually managed to get to the roadside for a pick up but for the final hour of the day the Hunt were nowhere to be seen. After driving around for quite some time and with light fading very fast we decided to head back to the meet where there was literally nobody to be seen either. At this point we decided it was probably best to call it a day and head to the pub for a pint and to sort out getting the body to the RSPCA for a post mortem...

All in all, a very sad day for foxes... We will be seeing you again, Shayne...

Pics below -  1/  Hounds killing vixen [visible below centre]   2/  Sab trying hopelessly to rescue vixen 

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8-2-17    Daily Mail   VIDEO   Anti-fox hunting group captures the graphic moment a vixen is torn apart by a pack of dogs sparking police investigation - Cheshire Constabulary have launched an investigation into the incident   Disturbing footage of a fox being mauled by a pack of hounds in Cheshire has been shared online - sparking a police investigation. An anti-fox hunting group say they filmed the video in Beeston on Saturday. The footage, which was posted to the group's Facebook page, appears to show a pack of hounds tearing up a fox as saboteurs attempt to pull them away.

'The poor vixen stood no chance of escape in such deep water surrounded by a pack of bloodthirsty hounds tearing at her dainty body,' a statement from the group read. “ We tried our utmost best to save her but it was too late.' Another video, posted on Facebook by a different group, shows the same fox's body on the ground after the attack [below], with huntsmen and women standing around it. A voice can be heard saying: 'You should be utterly ashamed. How can you do that? How can you be a part of that?'

Cheshire Constabulary released a statement on Monday confirming that rural and wildlife trained officers are looking into the allegations.

'It is not a police matter to determine what is or is not hunting, this can only be determined in court,' it read. 'The role of the police is to investigate alleged or apparent breaches of the Hunting Act, to gather evidence, and to pass that evidence to the appropriate authority to consider prosecution. Our investigation is in the early stages and we will do our best to update you on our progress.'

Police are asking for witnesses to the incident or people with footage of the attack to come forward. If you were there and took any footage on your phone or video camera at the time, we will arrange with you to come and collect a hard copy,' a statement from the force added. In particular if you were there and took the original footage that is currently circulating on social media, I would ask you to contact police so that we can arrange to collect it. We will continue to update you on our investigation, but I'd like to reassure you that we do take rural crime seriously. If an illegal hunt was found to have taken place we would prepare a file for CPS to consider any relevant criminal charges.'

Also covered in the Daily Mirror, Daily Post, South West News Service and was the front-page story in the Chester Chronicle.  

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South & West Wilts FH kill one fox though sabs save another

4-2-17   Facebook – W.Wilts Hunt Sabs   Hit report 4.2.17 South and West Wilts FH, Red House farm, Swallowcliffe, Wilts   With a 4x4 and buggy seen earlier heading to a covert the east of the meet, foot sabs headed there to find hounds picking up a scent. With quad bikes and terrier men about and hounds drawing through gorse it was clear there was no trail hunting going on. This Hunt had not seen sabs for years so there was total confusion amongst the Hunt at what to do. After a time of heading east along the drive the Huntsman then headed west again not even drawing coverts.

Sabs witnessed many hares running away. The Huntsman's calls were then heard over near Prescombe Down nature reserve, so foot sabs got over there quickly to find the hounds in full cry. Seeing a young fox run for its life into the nature reserve sabs sprayed then rated the hounds to prevent them following the line. Hounds were seconds behind but the rating worked with the hounds heads up off the ground and they stopped. As the Huntsman appeared, sabs told him to call off the hounds but he carried on, saying the sabs were getting in the way! So he cracked his whip near the sabs. The Huntsman rode into the reserve with hounds split and riders in the field and quads on the opposite slope in full view .

Having gathered hounds as they had lost the fox, thankfully, the Huntsman then rode west towards Berwick St. John . Foot sabs were picked up by vehicle and after a short time located the Hunt in the Gallows hill area .

Now as it was getting past 3 o'clock a dog walker witnessed a fox being killed and the Hunt's cheers were heard.

It was clear the Hunt had called the thugs in and things got violent We wish to thank Wiltshire constabulary who turned up almost immediately. One officer went with a sab to investigate the area of the kill to see whether the remains of the fox was still about. Nothing could be found as it is likely the Hunt removed the body .

It is clear the Hunt didn't want prying eyes to witness there blood lust. Their actions have only emboldened us to continue monitoring their activities. Their attempts at intimidation don't work. We will be seeing you again.

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Sabs release film of violent behaviour by Cheldon BH supporters last May

Incident was 2 weeks before two sabs badly injured by Cheldon followers

1-2-16  In light of the police's decision  to discontinue their investigation into two very serious assaults on sabs by Cheldon Buckhounds followers at the end of May 2016 [see article below, dated 30-1-17], sabs have released film of a group of the Hunt's supporters roughing up and threatening sabs two weeks earlier. This resulted in two of the hunt followers being given police cautions. 

31-1-17  Facebook – Devon County Sabs   Part 1 of our CHELDON BUCKHOUNDS footage (14/05/2016)   On Saturday 14th May 2016 hunt sabs from our group plus Somerset and Bristol Sabs, South Devon Animal Rights, Dorset and South West Sabs went to a meet of the Cheldon Buckhounds, who hunt roe deer. This is how their members and associated thugs introduced themselves to us. The video features regular hunt thug and Taunton Vale Foxhounds terrierman Paul Martin, ex-Devon and Somerset Staghounds whip John Stone, chairman of the Exmoor Foxhounds Supporters Club Adrian Clarke, and hunt follower Fergus Nunneley. These individuals were involved in the violence that occurred later that day (part 2) and two weeks later (part 3).

1-2-16  Facebook – Devon County Sabs    Part 2 of our CHELDON BUCKHOUNDS footage - Saturday 14th May 2016   Sabs heard hounds in cry in the valley and made their way into a field to get a better view. As our video shows, this field is access land, meaning sabs had every right to be there. The people featured in our previous video had no lawful right to evict them, yet sabs were pushed and shoved and back on the road sabs were punched in the face, grabbed by the hair and one of them was held in a headlock.

No action was taken against the man who punched our female sab in the face. The Inspector's explanation was that he didn't believe she had been bothered by the incident, seeing as she carried on filming afterwards. He also told her she should have known she was putting herself in a dangerous position, which we believe reveals a culture of victim-blaming within Devon & Cornwall Police.

The two other assailants in this video were given a police caution, although police didn't bother to interview them for three months. It's no wonder the violence escalated two weeks later (part 3, to follow). We believe the decision to let them off with a caution is insufficiently lenient for the following reasons:

* Their actions were clearly captured on film and they were easily identifiable. Both also admitted to the offences, making a successful prosecution a far more straightforward matter than if they had contested the allegations.

* Sabs were not trespassing. There was no justification for any use of force.

* Police claimed one of them had appeared apologetic about the incident, yet he boasted about his actions on social media where he said "Sabs owned on Exmoor" and "taste of your own violent medicine" (screenshots were passed to the police). His boastful attitude suggests that he did not expect to face criminal sanction for his actions, an expectation that will be justified if he is not charged, with predictable consequences for his future conduct. His public comments about this case should be viewed as aggravating factors, which reveal his apparent apologetic attitude when questioned by police as a sham, and which should rule him out of being given a caution.

* We have since been told that one of the assailants has previously pleaded guilty to ABH and threatening behaviour in a series of similar attacks and was convicted of affray after attacking sabs with spades and wooden staves. The other apparently spent time in jail for a series of violent offences, including GBH and malicious wounding. It is self-evidently unjust that hardened criminals should be treated more leniently over time as their offending progresses. These were not the first offences by people of previous good character, nor were they the first offences in this broad category of offending.

* A caution does not have the deterrent effect of a prosecution and will only reinforce the assailants' feeling of impunity. Given their close involvement with the hunting fraternity there is every chance they will find themselves in similar situations in the future and carry out further or more serious assaults.

* The Ministry of Justice's "Simple Cautions for Adult Offenders" booklet states that the public interest should be considered when deciding whether to offer a caution. Therefore it is important to point out the context of these assaults:

At least twenty organised criminal gangs operate across Devon, breaking the Hunting Act 2004 several times a week without any apparent effort on the part of Devon & Cornwall Police to prosecute or prevent this offending. Attached to most of these gangs are individuals who attempt to intimidate, threaten or use violence against anyone trying to prevent illegal hunting. They do this with the tacit approval of the Hunts they associate with, and in some cases act under their direct instruction. It has proven difficult in the past to secure convictions of people associated with illegal hunting in Devon, not only for that hunting but for crimes against the person, due variously to police loss of evidence, police inaction resulting in time limits for prosecution expiring, apparent disinterest on the part of the police in pursuing lines of enquiry, victim-blaming, and the closing of ranks amongst the hunting fraternity, where violent offenders are celebrated and protected.

Already this impunity is leading to an escalation of violence directed at those who monitor or interfere lawfully with illegal hunting. These offences are not of the same nature as an assault of a similar severity carried out as part of an isolated disagreement outside a pub on a Saturday night. They are part of a pattern of organised violence deployed by Hunts and people associated with them to prevent any interference in their illegal activity. Many of our sabs have been and continue to be victims of this violence on a regular basis.

We ask Devon & Cornwall Police: If prosecuting people who commit an offence within this context is not in the public interest, what is!?

Please SHARE the video and politely let the police know what you think of their inaction, quoting the following crime reference numbers:-

* Female sab punched in face: CR/034288/16

* Male sab pushed on access land and punched in face on the road: CR/035201/16

* Male sab dragged backwards by his hair: CR/034678/16

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

Pics below -    1/   Sab pushed over by hunt thug    2/  Hunt thug threatens sab   3/   Sab pulled back by hair   4/  Thug spits at sab car window   5/ Female sab punched by terrierman   6/ Sab grabbed by hunt thug

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York & Ainsty N. terrierman cautioned for assaulting female sab

Also cautioned for damaging camera during the attack 

1-2-17     Daily Mail  VIDEO   Caught on camera: Moment an angry hunt worker attacks a female saboteur and breaks her camera after confronting the protesters - Shaun Bohanna, 54, from West Yorkshire, was filmed putting woman in headlock -  He later appears to hit her and pushes the female protester away from him   A hunt worker was filmed attacking a female protester after confronting a group of animal rights activists. Shaun Bohanna, 54, from Batley, West Yorkshire, is seen putting the woman in a headlock before appearing to hit her. The hunt 'terrier man' has been given a conditional caution by police for assault and criminal damage, after breaking the protester's camera.

The footage, which was filmed in Youlton, North Yorkshire in November, was posted online by Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs, an animal rights group. At the start of the video, Bohanna is heard shouting at the activists to put their cameras down. He says: 'Take that camera, or I'll ram it up your f****** a***. I'm telling you now, I don't mind you demonstrating, take the cameras away. 'Are you f****** deaf? Someone take the cameras now.'

The woman behind the camera is then heard saying: 'If you stop being threatening, I'll put it down'. Bohanna replies: 'I'm not being threatening, I'm asking you to put the camera down'. Another activist is heard telling him that he is being 'very aggressive', asking him to calm down. The terrier man responds: 'I'm not aggressive. I'm not being aggressive.'

Bohanna then turns around and grabs a female activist around the neck, before appearing to hit her. When she runs to get her camera back from him, he is seen pushing her off him to the ground. The woman then shouts: 'He has just assaulted me and stolen my property.' Another man can be heard shouting at the activists: 'You're on private property, now f*** off'.

Later on in the footage, the person filming asks the woman whether she has managed to get the camera back, to which she replies 'slightly broken'.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: 'A 54-year-old man was interviewed as a voluntary attendee and has been issued with a conditional caution after he admitted assault and criminal damage against a woman in her twenties. As part of the caution, he has been ordered to pay £200 for the cost of criminal damage the victim’s camera.' 

31-1-17    Facebook - Sheffield Sabs  VIDEO   BREAKING NEWS   Shaun Bohanna of Batley, West Yorkshire, terrierman for the York and Ainsty North Hunt, has been given a conditional caution for assault and criminal damage.

Bohanna admitted to assaulting a female member of Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs on the 26th November 2016 in Youlton, North Yorkshire during an interview with North Yorkshire Police on Monday the 30th January. Big thanks to the member of West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs who captured the footage which made it impossible for Bohanna to deny involvement in the incident. Hopefully Bohanna and his hunt associates will think twice about attacking someone half their size in future.

Unfortunately, a camera held by the sab was damaged during the attack. Although Bohanna is required to pay a nominal amount for breaking the camera, it is not enough to buy a replacement. If you would like to contribute towards replacing this vital piece of kit, donations are gratefully received here: https://ko-fi.com/A570FG9

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 POWA person comments -  Mr.Bohanna becomes the 200th person from an organised Hunt known to POWA to have been convicted or cautioned for a violent offence since 1990. The total number of all offences has now reached 867.

 

JM of depleted Ross Harriers lays trail by busy road - then ignores it!

25-2-17  Facebook – S.Wales Sabs   Ross Harriers   Today we joined our good friends from Bristol and ventured over to have a peep at the Ross Harriers, who were meeting at Hallwood Green, near Much Marcle.

Not long after we arrived, we were treated to the comedy scene of Master Anna Ersting pretending to lay a trail in a field, next to a 50 mile per hour road. Strange choice. But as the Hunt completely ignored this field for the entire day we can only assume it was for our benefit. She shouldn't have bothered.

Whilst we were waiting at the meet for the usual dreary speeches we spotted a hare leaving the meet – wise choice and lucky we were on hand to ensure the hounds didn't get on to him. This Hunt is a shadow of it's former self (thanks to persistent sab attention over the last few years) and whilst they managed to muster 8 riders, which we understand is quite an achievement for them these days, we still outnumbered them by 50%.

Huntsman Owain Fisher took the hounds through fields of long grass, up and down trying hard to find a scent, but we were right there with him ready to intervene. Then he tried the woods, were the hounds were speaking briefly. Again we were right there ready to intervene.

Their access to land seemed to be quite limited so they went round and round back over the same land again and again. It must have been boring for the field and half of them had left by the early afternoon.

Owain couldn't escape sabs when hounds went into cry at the end of the day, despite the fact that we had already run 17k (yes, someone has a fitbit). We'll be seeing the Ross Harriers again very soon.

 

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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
..... 28th January - Sabs use drones to monitor Isle of Wight FH's 'trail hunting'
..... 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'
..... 27th January - Sabs save probably bagged fox from S.Durham/Berwickshire FHs dig out
..... 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 - Sabs see Cury & Western FHs blatantly fox hunting all day
..... 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 - Lone Surrey Union FH hound nearly causes car crash on icy road
..... 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
..... 14th January - Severn Vales Beagles stopped from hunting hares by sabs
..... 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 use drones to observe Isle of Wight FH's 'trail hunting'

IsleofWightFHHuntsman25-1-17.jpg28-1-17  Facebook - Isle of Wight Hunt Sabs   Wednesday 25th Jan. Hunt met at Newchurch    Aerial surveillance by drones were able to locate the hunt and kept a close watch on the Hunt’s close working relationship with the terrier-men, who wait for a call from the Huntsman to enter a terrier when foxes are hunted to ground. In more than 50% of dig outs by terrier-men, we find they are in a badger setts, as both foxes and badgers live in setts and also use them as a bolt hole when hunted. In West Sussex, the hunts have stopped employing professional terrier-men following a prosecution, but on the IOW it is still rife.

Following recent violent assaults on monitors by hunt support on private land, one landowner east of Newchurch even claimed it was unlawful to “loiter” on a footpath in an attempt to stop monitoring. Desperate stuff!

The new Huntsman [right] also made a ludicrous claim that his hounds are following an “aniseed based trail.” He has to say this, as in order to gain access to Forestry Commission land. An artificial scent, not fox based, is expected. The fact the Hunt has terrier-men that are following closely is the clearest indicator hounds are only trained on fox scent.

We are slowly growing as a group, but are always happy for new people to join or support us.

 

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.

 

Sabs stop S.Durham FH dig out of probably 'bagged' fox

Hunt badly scares Shetland ponies, antis calm them

27-1-17  Facebook – NE Sabs   South Durham Hunt – 21.01.2017    This week we teamed up with Hunt Monitors as we had received a tip off that the South Durham Hunt were meeting with the Berwickshire Hunt in a small village called Thorpe Thewles, just north of Stockton and that they had a bagged fox. We arrived in the village bright and early to flush out surrounding woods and on arrival noticed someone had put signs on all the lamp posts in theS.DurhamHThefield27-1-17.jpg village warning that an illegal hunt was going to be taking place, so we called the police and made them aware of the situation.

The Hunt gathered outside The Vane Arms in the village and set off up the main road with us close behind them. We followed down a bridle path towards an area aptly named ‘Hell Hole’ where the hounds were the first wooded area the hounds went into they picked up the scent of a fox and went into full cry. The Hunt must have been keen to release their bagged fox as soon as they could, as this wood had already been flushed and with our presence, keeping hold of it would've been too risky. A full chase ensued with Sabs in pursuit and using all methods possible to draw the hounds away from the fox, the chase eventually went into another wooded area were sabs witnessed the fox go to ground and the hounds in a frenzy at the earth. The was followed by a lengthy stand off between sabs and the Hunt with their terrier men, but making it very clear we were not going anywhere, they gave up and moved on. We split up leaving some sabs on foot to guard the earth while others continued after the Hunt where we managed to keep eyes on them all day.

The hounds went into full cry again later on in the day and sabs did all they could to pull the hounds back as caused chaos in a field with Shetland ponies (which sabs stopped to calm as they were clearly terrified) and then onto a main road, with the Hunt very clearly encouraging them onto the scent and not giving a flying f**k what stress they caused to other animals. We are still not entirely sure how they can attempt to say they ‘lay trails’ when they clearly were not supposed to be on that land who in their right mind would lay a trail across a main road?!?

We stuck around while they all packed up and made sure the terrier men were all home safe and sound before we called it a day, happy in the knowledge the bagged fox’s horrific ordeal is over.

Pics below -  1/   Hounds running on road   2/  Where fox went to ground

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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.

Sabs see Cury & Western FHs blatantly fox hunting all day

Also cause chaos on roads [see report 26-1-17]

22-1-17  Facebook - Kernow Sabs, Monitors and Animal Rights Team    21st Jan 2017- Western and Cury hunts, joint meet, St Buryan Community House    Western and Cury Hunts had a joint breakfast meet at St Buryan, with all the recent events it was too good an opportunity to miss doing properly! If we are honest, after last week we expected them to be on their best behaviour - oh how wrong we were. Constantly throughout theCuryandWesternFHs21-1-17.jpg day. they performed one of the most blatant displays of illegal hunting yet witnessed by our group, but nevertheless it was a successful day for us. We joined up with our wonderful friends from Devon Sabs and Somerset Against Blood Sports, who were fantastic.

They eventually left the meet just before 12 noon and ventured north towards Pridden, heading off road and further north, at speed, towards Boscawen Un. We thought they might loop back around, which they did. Once they were back in the area a fox was sighted fleeing down the valley away from the hunt around Canopus. Sabs witnessed it take cover and stayed in the area, quietly watching as a loose hound [below left] tried to pick up the scent. Eventually the hunt gathered the hounds and were seen leaving the area. Sabs sprayed citronella around to ensure that once this fox moved on it would be safe.

CuryandWesternFHsLonehoundseekingescapedfoxscent21-1-17.jpgThe Hunt again headed towards Boscawen Un, and again had looped back, when Sabs witnessed a second fox running for its life, hounds hot on its tail. This was viewed from the road at Pridden, we even heard fast horn calls, possibly egging them on. Rating the hounds helped this fox to just manage to get away into some scrub; we are talking inches, it was so very close. The Western master, Charlie Watts eventually called the hounds back and headed north towards Boscawenoon Farm. During this time a foot team also saw a third fox fleeing north, safely away from the hunt. Chaos ensued as hounds were seen running all over the B3283, totally out of control. It was lucky none were killed as they were speaking and possibly onto something, running both across and down the road. Finally they were heard speaking in the valley at Trevider Moor and sabs continued to keep an eye both on foot and from the landy. As dusk fell we followed them on the long road trek back from Trewoofe direction to the meet.

Today was an unbelievable display of blatant illegal hunting, circling back around and revisiting valleys where they knew a fox had got away, no evidence of a trail. It was also further evidence of the lack of control they have over the hounds as they were seen loose and lost all over the area, and all over the roads. Message to Cury and Western: quite frankly we expected that you might maintain some kind of attempt at decent law abiding conduct in public. After all the recent bad press this would have been sensible, but you couldn't help yourselves could you, you had to still try and kill. Well, we here at Kernow Sabs are going to continue to stop your bloodlust with the help of all our friends and supporters.

Pics below -   1/  On the road   2/  Hunting in a valley    3/   On the road again   4/  Hounds hunting on road

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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.

 

Lone Surrey Union FH hound nearly causes car crash on icy road

Hunters riding shod horses on same in poor visibility

18-1-17   Facebook - Surrey Hunt Monitors    Wednesday found two groups of Surrey Hunt Monitors in Shackleford for a meet of the Surrey Union Foxhounds. This is the second Wednesday in a row that we have been called by concerned Surrey residents. Today we were called by a local supporter of ours who heard hounds in cry near Lydling Farm in Shackleford and fortunately we could attend.

The small turnout of horseboxes and one quad trailer were found in a field near Peper Harow, and with a bit of searching a lone hound was found running in the middle of the road on a country lane in Elstead. A monitor spoke to a car driver that had pulled over behind the hound. He was nothing to do with the hunt and was very shocked that the lone hound had run in front of his car causing him to emergency brake on the frozen road.

The Huntsman Beeby and the rest of the Hunt (which numbered 5 in total!!!), then came around the corner, also in the middle of the country lane with no hounds with them. The usual supporters (all 3 of them) were close behind. Terrier men weren’t seen, but their pick-up was at the meet, probably grubbing around in the woods up to no good!

The sheer arrogance and irresponsible behaviour of this Hunt is going to cause an accident at some point soon. The Huntsman cannot control his pack as only one hound was seen, on its own in the middle of the road. The rest I can only presume were scattered around the countryside rioting after our wildlife and putting our road users in danger. Bear in mind it was -3.5C, the roads were icy and the horses were being forced to ride fully shod on these icy roads, very poor form for supposed horse lovers. The lanes in this area are very narrow and also well used by local people on school runs. The complete disregard this hunt has for people and animals is beyond any more words.

Pics below -  1/  Hound on road edge running towards car   2/ Redcoat riding on frozen road

 

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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.

Severn Vale Beagles stopped from hunting by sabs

14-1-17  Facebook Bristol Hunt Saboteurs    Severn Vale Beagles stopped from hunting! Today we teamed upSevernValeBeaglesHuntsmanhangingoutwithsabs14-1-17.jpg with Southampton & Bath Sabs and acted on a tip off that told us the Severn Vale Beagles were going to be meeting in Littleton-Upon-Severn. Seeing as we hadn't visited them in a while, we thought it would be rude not to drop by. We found the elusive hare killers already in the field having left their meet just before we arrived. We leapt into action and soon had them in our sights.

Beagle hunts are fast and furious. They are made up by a handful of staff on foot and little support. They are hidden away from the public eye and if they are efficient, can kill multiple hares over the course of one outing.

Unfortunately for the SVB, they didn't expect to have 20 sabs out with them today. They tried to run away, but we kept up with them and left them with no other option than to pack up after only being in the field for an hour.

There is no better feeling stopping a hunt in its tracks so quickly. We won't leave it so long for our next visit to the SVB.


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.

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