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LATEST UK HUNTING NEWS

    For stories before SEPTEMBER 2018, go to UK HUNTING NEWS ARCHIVE

        Warning - contains images of animals killed/ mutilated by Hunts that you may find distressing 

Detailed stories follow each month's headlines below, all in reverse chronological order

 

                           HUNTING SEASON 2018-19

 

NOVEMBER 2018 

….. 15th November - Cheshire FH hounds kill fox - Whip quickly clears remains away

….. 15th November - Easton Harriers may be responsible for panicking horse that died

….. 15th November - NT cancels Trinity Foot Beagles licence for Ashridge Estate, Herts

….. 15th November - Council votes for Dunston Harriers B.Day meet in town centre

….. 14th November - Sabs sure Fife FH killed 2 foxes, but they're unsure how

….. 14th November - Easton Harriers kill young hare in front of sabs

….. 14th November - LACS' Investigator calls Quantock SH acquittals 'national disgrace'

….. 14th November - N. Cotswold FH hounds riot on major A road chasing deer

….. 14th November - Beaufort FH hounds spill on to A road

….. 14th November - Anger as notorious Beaufort FH licenced by Nat. Trust

….. 13th November - Quantock SH Huntsman & Whip acquitted of illegal hunting

….. 13th November - Blackmore FH terrify livestock & deer, invade two gardens

….. 13th November - Dunston Harriers killed hare in someone's garden

….. 12th November - Beaufort FH Tetbury New Year's meet at risk over safety fears

….. 11th November - Drivers angry as S. Durham FH allow hounds to riot on road

….  11th November - East Kent FH response to sabs arrival was to start laying fishy trail !

….. 11th November - Bolebroke Beagles abandon meet when realise sabs trailing them

….. 11th November - Sabs wait out skulking Britannia Beagles until they pack up

….. 10th November - Deer killed by South Durham FH hounds

….. 10th November - Purbeck Beagles Huntsman claim to have laid trail false, say sabs

….. 10th November - N. Cotswold FH chased 3 foxes, sabs helped them escape death

…..  9th November - Sabs allege more corruption/pro-hunt bias from Leics police

…..  8th November - Huntress awaiting trial for whipping sab is killed in hunting accident

…..  8th November - 'Kill vegans' journo is Grafton FH member + was cruel to injured deer

…..  7th November - Women monitors attacked by S. Durham FH riders - one has fractures

…..  7th November - Warwickshire FH hunt on nature reserve and A429 [at dusk]

…..  7th November - Visit to rarely sabbed Worcs FH records holloas/whistles as fox put up

…..  6th November - Blencathra FH hunt blatantly - till sabs show, then pack up early

…..  6th November -. Warks FH hunt two foxes, one into sett - left it as sabs there

…..  6th November - Cotswold Vale FH hounds riot twice on deer, sett unblocked

…..  6th November - LACS says viable hunting cases get dropped - strengthen Act

…..  5th November - Bicester FH hounds said to be chasing foxes in area of Aylesbury

…..  4th November - Eggesford FH kill fox & deer - chase many, maybe bagged, foxes

…..  4th November - 'Drunk' Cheshire Forest FH Whip hits antis, hounds, own horse

…..  4th November - Blocked setts at Ledbury FH meet, sabs help ensure no kills

…..  4th November - At last, mainstream media tells it how it is on hunting

…..  3rd November - Sabs guard fox bolt hole to ensure no dig by Ashford Valley FH

…..  3rd November - Locals support sabs, who pull Mendip Farmers FH hounds off foxes

…..  3rd November - Sabs save fox from jaws of hounds on Belvoir FH no kill day

…..  3rd November - Claim fell packs not seeking NT licences because afraid of antis

…..  2nd November - LACS record 9 mile stag hunt & kill by D&S SH for 'research'

…..  2nd November - Labour reaffirms its intention to strengthen the Hunting Act 2004

…..  2nd November - Warwickshire FH hunt through bTb affected  farm - again 

…..  1st November - Melbreak FH caught interfering with badger sett - again 

…..  1st November - Cheshire FH ride through cattle, panicking horse herd in next field 

 

Cheshire FH hounds kill fox - Whip quickly clears remains away

15-11-18   Facebook – Cheshire Monitors    CHESHIRE HUNT KILL AGAIN   *Warning - Upsetting footage*     We are sad to report that today we witnessed the Cheshire Fox Hounds kill a fox in woodland near Church Minshull. After keeping the Hunt on the move for a couple of hours, and having helped at least one other fox escape, we were all shocked to witness such a quick kill, which was by a split pack of hounds in dense woodland and behind barbed wire, where nobody would have had chance of reaching in time.

With a big team monitoring the Hunt today, we have comprehensive footage of the day's events, including of illegal hunting, the killing of this poor fox and continual harassment of our team by Hunt Master Caroline Topping, along with various abuse from hunt staff members. We are studying all of this and, having liaised with police today, will be doing so again and then considering the best way forward.

The footage (which, for now, deliberately doesn't reveal any specific details of the Hunt's activities today), shows Whipper In Jamie Whittles clearing away the remains of the fox. This was filmed from behind barbed wire.

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We were all particularly appalled today to see Hunt riders laughing and grinning with what appeared to be sheer delight immediately after the fox was killed.

We'll post full footage and details of today's events and those involved as soon as we can.

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Pics below   -   1/  Whip, Jamie Birtles, searches for fox killed by hounds   2/  Makes off with the fox remains in a bin bag 

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Easton Harriers may be responsible for panicking horse that died

15-11-18   Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs    We've received messages from several concerned members of the public that the Easton Harriers may be responsible for the death of a horse during their opening meet on 27th October. 

We've been told that the Easton Harriers spooked a horse belonging to a member of the public while the horse was in its paddock. Frightened, the horse broke through the paddock fence, fell into a ditch, and impaled itself on a fence post. It's claimed Clarke's of Melton removed the corpse. The incident is alleged to have happened between midday and 1pm in the Charsfield/Hoo area of Suffolk.

If you or someone you know has more information, please send us a message on this page or to our email address: ns.sabs@yahoo.co.uk.

Pic below   -   Two Easton Harriers riders 

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NT cancels Trinity Foot Beagles licence for Ashridge Estate, Herts

15-11-18   Mix96    Controversial hunting licence cancelled for Ashridge Estate    The National Trust has cancelled its controversial trail hunting licence for the Ashridge Estate. It was only last week that the estate was given the licence but it caused uproar from The League Against Cruel Sports. They wrote to Ashridge Estate’s management on Monday, urging the conservation body to block those seeking to trail hunt on its land. The National Trust has now cancelled the licence, just days before a trail hunt was scheduled to hold its first meet and The League Against Cruel Sports has welcomed the decision. The Trinity Foot & South Herts Beagles planned to hold its first of three meets at Ashridge, this Saturday.

Chris Luffingham, Director of Campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, says:- “The Ashridge Estate is to be commended for ensuring the license granted last week to hunt across it land has now been cancelled. This outcome reflects strong public opposition to the practice – with 90% of people opposed to hunting hares with hounds – and provides hares on the estate with the protection they deserve.”

Hunting still allowed elsewhere:- Sixteen hunting licenses allowing horses, hounds and followers access to sections of National Trust properties are still active, with many still being announced. These include nature reserves and conservation areas, home to vulnerable fauna and flora, which the Trust maintains on behalf of the nation.

Chris Luffingham adds:- “By cancelling its hunting license just days before the Trinity Foot & South Herts Beagles were scheduled to meet on its land, the Ashridge Estate has done the right thing and we hope other National Trust properties will follow. There is no doubt the considerable number of National Trust members, visitors and employees, as well as the wider public, now expect the cancellation of all remaining hunting licenses as a matter of urgency.”

 

Council votes for Dunston Harriers B.Day meet in town centre

15-11-18   Eastern Daily Press     ‘Aggression on both sides’ - Controversial Boxing Day hunt given the go-ahead despite ‘saboteurs’ fear    A Hunt has been given the go-ahead to hold its controversial Boxing Day meet despite fears there was a “serious risk of hunt saboteurs”.

At their monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 6th, Wymondham Town Council voted in favour of allowing the Dunston Harriers to host their annual festive meet at the Town Cross. Three councillors voted against, losing to a majority of 10 in favour.

Georgina Mann, joint master of the Dunston Harriers, said she was delighted the council chose to allow the meet. She was keen to reassure residents the Hunt would comply with hunting laws introduced in 2004, and would use an artificial scent trail rather than tracking live hares.

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However, a number of residents and councillors raised concerns about the wider practice of hunting and questioned whether it was a tradition that should be celebrated.

Councillor Julian Halls, representing Cromwells ward, voted against and said he believed the meet posed a safety risk. He said: “Although there is no evidence they don’t do artificial trail hunting, that is not mirrored by hunts elsewhere. There are numerous, well-documented accidents from other groups where dogs have come across a real trail and chased it because that’s what the dogs trained for. There is aggression and a lot of feeling on both sides and I think there is a serious risk of hunt saboteurs causing a problem on the day.”

The Harriers have completed a risk assessment for the event which the Council have approved and barriers will be in place to keep the public and horses separate.

Councillor Penny Stern, a supporter of the event, said she felt the meet had strong connections with the town’s heritage. She said: “Hunts have rules, if they’re law abiding that’s fine. It brings people into Wymondham, it gets them out of the supermarket and into the town. Stopping it would deny the town’s people and people that come in to meet them a lovely happy day.”

Mrs Mann added: “We firmly believe that we should not be made to withdraw from the town so look forward to welcoming as many people as possible again this Boxing Day.”

Pics above and below3 hares hunted by Dunston Harriers at separate meets in the last two seasons 

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Sabs sure Fife FH killed 2 foxes, but they're unsure how

14-11-18   Facebook - Perthshire Hunt Sabs   VIDEO    Fife Foxhounds, Findas Farm – 14-11-2018 2 FOXES KILLED BY THE FIFE FOXHOUNDS    There was only a few of us out so we knew it would be a difficult day trying to keep eyes on the Hunt over the vast area they hunt from this meet.

The Hunt headed to the East at a fast pace when they left the meet at around 11:15am, we caught up with them by car and they were hunting the gorse across the road to the East of Struthers, after this they came back towards the meet and started drawing the gorse beside Waltonhill. The hounds picked up a fox and it seemed like the fox made its way across the road into the woods at Roundall, but then the pack split and most of the hounds went into cry going the opposite way.

Mark Fleming acting as whip started to rate them and call them off, but then he stopped and we got a glimpse of what looked like a fox's tail through the gorse in front of the hounds, so it appeared that there was 2 foxes. Robert (the Huntsman) then came back over to encourage the hounds onto the fox, they were in and out of cry in the gorse for a while, then a shot was fired, but it was soon clear the fox had been missed. Not long after we saw the fox at the top of the gorse, the fox came out the gorse and back in again, we don't think the Hunt saw it. But they did try to find it for quite some time before they gave up and moved on.

The terriermen, Adam Galpin and Dylan Boyle had been on their quads up the hill at Roundall while this was going on. They came back down, before following the Hunt along the road to the west. We ended up stuck behind hunt support, but eventually caught up with the Hunt at the patch of woodland just before Upper Bunzion.

The Hunt carried on up the road and into fields before they picked up on a fox in the covert beside the burn to the West. The Hunt on the line of a fox headed back to the patch of woodland. They lost the fox in there, but hung around for a while at the back of the woods. No sign of Dylan or Galpin by then.

Eventually, the Hunt made their way towards the woods at Clatto Reservoir. We then spotted Dylan acting as a gun, When we were closer to him we also noticed he was on Galpin's quad. The Hunt carried on over the road, hunting the woods from the Reservoir.

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We jumped in the car to try and get ahead of them, but lost them for a little while, When we caught up with them again they were all in a field near the top of the hill from Roundall, We saw that it appeared like they had just finished ragging the body of a fox. Zooming in with a camcorder we sadly soon realised it was not the body of one fox, but two [above], Galpin and Dylan each with a body carrying them back to the quads to put in a white sack.

We do not know how these foxes died, but strongly suspect Galpin dug at least one while he was missing, the other may also have been hiding in the hole, or the hounds, or a gun had got it while we had lost the Hunt.

 

Easton Harriers kill young hare in front of sabs

Sabs believe they also killed deer earlier in day

14-11-18  Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs     Easton Harriers - 14th November 2018, Kersley Hall Lane, Stradbroke – Suffolk    We believe the Eastons killed a deer early in the day as hounds were seen covered in blood. Unbelievably, at the direction of Master Lydia Freeman, the Hunt returned to the meet but left again to hunt. Within two minutes, a split pack chased a leveret and killed it in front of sabs.

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Unhinged huntsman Gary Wingar knew exactly what had happened as he galloped away shouting that he needed to get away from us. He had absolutely no control of the reduced pack (7 couple), with split packs a common occurrence all day. We believe they went home with one hound still loose, possibly in the Horham area.

If we're not there, the scum get away with this even more. Every donation helps massively: https://ko-fi.com/norfolksuffolkhuntsaboteurs.

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                             Hound with bloodied snout - before young hare killed 

 

LACS' Head Investigator calls Quantock SH acquittals 'a national disgrace'

Repeats call for strengthening of the Hunting Act 2004

Judge bemoans lack of expert witness testimony

14-11-18   Somerset Live    Calls to strengthen hunting laws after Huntsman is cleared of illegal deer hunting on Quantock Hills - A two-day trial concluded on Tuesday (November 13th)     The League Against Cruel Sports has renewed its call to strengthen hunting legislation after two men were cleared of illegally hunting deer.

Huntsmen Richard Down, 54, of West Bagborough, and Martin Watts, 55 of Washford, stood trial on Monday (November 12) at Taunton Magistrates' Court. The pair, both members of the Quantock Staghounds, were accused of illegally hunting with dogs on January 22nd, 2018, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004. Mr Watts was released after Judge Taylor said he had no case to answer.

The court was shown footage, obtained by The League Against Cruel Sports, of the alleged offence where two huntsmen and a group of dogs could be seen on the Quantock Hills. Officials from the organisation argued the video showed red deer being hunted by a pack of hounds being led by Mr Down.

Judge Taylor said there was "insufficient evidence" to prosecute Mr Down and deemed him not guilty of the charge. And Quantock Staghounds were 'not surprised' at the verdict and said the case should not have reached court.

MartinSimsLACSHeadofInvestigations.jpegBut Martin Sims [left], director of investigations at the League Against Cruel Sports and former head of the National Wildlife Crime Unit, said it is a "national disgrace" that members of the Quantock Staghounds were found not guilty.

He commented: "Wild animals were evidently caused considerable distress through these indefensible actions and the Hunting Act must be strengthened as a matter of urgency, to ensure those contemplating or engaging in similar acts are not let off the hook. Our footage shows the hounds following the exact same path as the deer, just a minute later. But the hunt say the hounds were following a trail of aniseed they had laid earlier. So their defence is that the deer, hounds and hunt all followed the exact same path within minutes of each other? That’s a pretty amazing coincidence. We believe there was no trail, and that the hunt were deliberately chasing the deer. What I don't have in this case is any expert evidence. "Neither witnesses have put forward an expert or invited to tell me the characteristics of hunting. He added police and judges are unable to convict those responsible due to technicalities.

Speaking generally, he claimed: "Stag hunts actively pursue hundreds of red deer to the point of exhaustion with stag hounds. This includes exceptionally vulnerable wild animals, such as those which are young or pregnant. Once the lengthy pursuit has come to an end, each of the deer receives a bullet from a shotgun-wielding huntsman, before the animals' limbs and innards are carved up and handed out as trophies. With at least 87 per cent of the public opposing hunting deer with hounds and over 100,000 people signing the League's petition to strengthen the Hunting Act, there is clearly strong support for the law being enhanced to give wild animals the protection for cruel 'sports' which they deserve."

Tim Hayden, representative of Quantock Staghounds, disagreed that the evidence met the CPS threshold and should not have reached court. He said: "I'm not surprised with the verdict. The evidence struck me as weak from the outset and in fact I'm surprised the proceedings were brought against Richard Down and Martin Watts."

Before delivering his verdict on Tuesday afternoon (November 13), Judge Taylor questioned why the prosecution had not used hunting experts to clarify what had happened or its context. He said: "What I don't have in this case is any expert evidence. Neither witnesses have put forward an expert or invited to tell me the characteristics of hunting." Judge Taylor said there was "insufficient evidence" to prosecute Mr Down and deemed him not guilty of the charge.

Over the two-day trial, a packed court room heard from witnesses and the video of the alleged offence was shown. The prosecution highlighted key frames of the footage, namely the location, presence of huntsmen and dogs and a deer. The hounds were seen barking and "rioting" - a term describing the dogs as chasing something they should not have been chasing.

Mr Down added he had made attempts to calm the dogs by using a horn. The 54-year-old stated it was a trail hunt and identified himself in the video. He added that he had taken part in similar hunts since the events on January 22nd. When asked if he was hunting the deer, Mr Down replied: "Definitely not."

While a cross-examination suggested no trail was laid that day and was instead a cover up, Mrs Gibbons denied this claim.

Before delivering his verdict, Judge Taylor questioned why the prosecution had not used hunting experts to clarify what had happened or its context. He said: "What I don't have in this case is any expert evidence. Neither witnesses have put forward an expert or invited to tell me the characteristics of hunting."

Judge Taylor said there was "insufficient evidence" to prosecute Mr Down and deemed him not guilty of the charge. This is not an exercise in judging whether the practice of hunting is right or wrong, it is to apply the law to determine whether unlawful hunting took place," he said. I am entirely unsatisfied that Richard Down was intentionally hunting in breach of the Hunting Act 2004 on that day."

 

N. Cotswold FH hounds riot on major A road chasing deer

Hunt seem to have kept promise not to block setts

14-11-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    VIDEO    Wednesday 14th November 2018, North Cotswold Hunt, Temple Guiting. We had a blatant attempt to try and find a fox at the frst draw where a sab' was situated prior to them arriving (pre-spraying works wonders). Anyway blank.

Then up to Pinnock village where they rioted on deer and a sab' was in the right place and time to stop them with the huntsman showing some sense, for once, calling them back when heard said sab'. They did a runner after that and many setts were checked en route to following the field's hoof prints. All looked active with lots of bedding and paw prints in many places. The cull here is over for the year and it was good to see that the North Cotswold Hunt appear to be keeping to their word in not blocking setts. One sett had a large, fresh boot print on it but no smell of deisel or any tampering. An errand and then they were seen coming back with one hound running through a children's football match to cries of "doggie", don't think he nicked the ball!

In other news setts were checked in Gloucs zone 1 yesterday and marks were found on one sett where a cage had been within the last couple of days. We continue to keep an eye on setts there and are in awe of Newent Badger Alliance who have a continuous presence in the zone.

Also...the Cotswold lost control of their hounds on a major A road as they rioted on deer today near Birdlip, the police have been notified by members of the public.

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Beaufort FH hounds spill on to A road

14-11-18   Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch    Beaufort Hunt 12/11/18    It was business as usual for the Beaufort Hunt as they met at 10.45, Long Newnton near Tetbury. It can’t be a coincidence that we usually see a fox running in close proximity to the meet just before the hunt starts. Today was no exception and one was spotted on the bridle-path near the meet. Of course they tell us, ‘what do you expect – you’re living in the countryside!’

The usual hunt supporters were hanging around- this is what they will do 4 days a week now until theBeaufortFHHuntriderinmiddleofAroad14-11-18.jpg main hunting season ends. Quad bikes were speeding around the lanes as usual including a ’fencer’ and girlfriend on back who also seemed to be in charge of turning off electric on fences before the hounds came through.

They started by taking the hounds eastward towards the nearest coverts either side of Crudwell Lane. They covered a lot of ground during the day going north up to Purley Covert near Culkerton and through Larkhill. Then true to form MFH must have lost control because the hounds started to spill out on to the A433 opposite Trouble House. This enforces once again that they are not following a trail as who in their right minds would take hounds onto such a busy road. Well some of you will be saying they don’t care about the hounds or the horses – they are just tools they use for their minority pastime.

Later on at 2.50 they brought them across the fields to the B4014 another fast road leading to Tetbury but thankfully they didn’t cross and took them back towards Church Farm and Long Newnton towards the meet. They passed through quickly and pushed the hounds on towards Brokenborough Plantation where they continued to hunt in surrounding woods until almost dark. One of our sabs was in the woods there to greet them as they came through and another was on the Shipton Moyne side watching for a fox to break. The terrier men were inside the wood standing round the badger sett again expecting a fox through.

The hound lorry came into Fosse Tillery Farm at 5.20 where the hounds were picked up having run hard all day, just before the heavens opened again. We clearly popped up where they were all day and kept them on the move.

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Anger as notorious Beaufort FH licenced by Nat. Trust

14-11-18   Stroud News    Outrage over National Trust hunting licences     OUTRAGED members of the community have called for controversial hunting licences for Horton Court to be repealed. This comes as the Beaufort Hunt was handed rights to the beauty spot by the National Trust. They will also be given 24 hours’ notice for surprise spot checks.

Chris Luffingham, of the League Against Cruel Sports believes The Trust need to take a stand against the Hunt. "With over 85 per cent of the public opposing hunting wild animals with hounds, it is high time they provided protection to wildlife by stopping licensing hunting on its land," Chris explained. Giving Hunts 24 hours’ notice that they will be watched is like telling a burglar which house is being staked out by the police."

Additionally, The League suggest that Hunts granted access to National Trust estates are still pursuing fox, hare and deer under the guise of following a trail. They argue that the organisation needs to explain clearly how they are going to prevent foxes being killed.

However, the National Trust have ensured they set out clear conditions for hunters. "The Trust does license trail ‘hunts’ in some areas and at certain times of the year," they say. We believe the overwhelming majority of Hunts act responsibly, and we hope our clear, robust, and transparent set of conditions will allow participants to enjoy this activity."

In response to this, the Beaufort Hunt has said the claims are "scurrilous lies - we stay firmly within the confines of the Hunting Act."

POWAperson adds  -  The monitoring group Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch has published numerous accounts, backed by videos, of the Beaufort FH clearly hunting foxes as, on occasion, have sabs. Watch the videos on CIHW's Facebook page and judge for yourself.  

 

Quantock SH Huntsman & Whip acquitted of illegal hunting

Huntsman was cleared, Whip's charge dismissed on first day of trial 

13-11-18   Somerset County Gazette    West Bagborough man Richard Down cleared of hunting illegally with Quantock Staghounds     Richard Down [below right], 54, of West Bagborough near Taunton appeared a Taunton Magistrates Court today (Tuesday, November 13th) accused of hunting a red deer with dogs, on January 20, on the Quantocks Hills, Bridgwater with no class exemptions under the Hunting Act 2004.

Mr Down, a member of the Quantock Staghounds, was found not guilty with Judge David Taylor saying the evidence presented by the Crown Prosecution Service was 'circumstantial'.

The evidence presented included footage obtained by two conservation and investigation officers fromRichardDownQuantockSH.jpg The League Against Cruel Sports which they argued showed red deer being hunted by a pack of hounds being led by Mr Down.

However in the witness box Mr Down insisted this was a trail hunt using 15 hounds, and that at one stage the hounds were 'rioting' in other words 'chasing something they should not have been chasing'. Mr Down said that it was an unusual occurrence and that when it happened he called the hounds back. Asked under cross-examination "Were you hunting an identified mammal that day?", Mr Down replied: "Definitely not."

The court also heard from Quantock Staghounds member Elizabeth Gibbons who said she had laid the trail for the hunt that day. Under cross-examination it was put to her that no trail was laid that day and that it was a 'cover-up' which Mrs Gibbons denied.

Alistair Haggerty, presenting the case for the Crown Prosecution Service said: "The defendant was clearly on the Quantocks that day to hunt."

Defending Mr Down, Peter Glenser QC said: "Mr Down was aware he had members of the public and members of anti-hunt campaign groups watching him that day. To behave in the way the prosecution is saying would have been reckless and ridiculous and to behave in such a flagrantly unlawful way does not make any sense at all."

Delivering his verdict, Judge Taylor emphasised that it was the job of the prosecution to make him sure of the defendant's guilt, and said he felt this was a 'circumstantial case'. "This is not an exercise in judging whether the practice of hunting is right or wrong, it is to apply the law to determine whether unlawful hunting took place," Judge Taylor said. "I am entirely unsatisfied that Richard Down was intentionally hunting in breach of the Hunting Act 2004 on that day." Judge Taylor found the defendant not guilty.

Following the case there was a cheer from a number of hunt supporters gathered in the public gallery at Taunton Magistrates Court.

Adrian Simpson from the Countryside Alliance said: "We are delighted with the result. We could not believe such a spurious allegation has been brought to court based on evidence provided by the League Against Cruel Sports."

A second defendant Martin Watts, 55, of Washford, had his case thrown out by the judge.

13-11-18   LACS Press Release     The League Against Cruel Sports has renewed its call for the Hunting Act to be strengthened after the Quantock Staghounds evaded prosecution at Taunton Deane Magistrates today.

Professional investigators from the wildlife protection charity filmed huntsman Richard Down and whipper-in Martin Watts allegedly commanding a pack of hounds to chase deer to the point of exhaustion, across Asholt Common and Middle Hill, Sedgemoor, earlier this year.

However, District Judge David Taylor dismissed the case against Watts and found Down ‘not guilty’ – having decided there was a case to answer – at Taunton Deane Magistrates Court, following the Quantock Staghounds claiming to be following a pre-laid aniseed trail. This is despite video evidence presented by the League that the hunt was following the exact scent line of the fleeing deer.

Martin Sims, Director of Investigations at the League Against Cruel Sports, and former Head of the National Wildlife Crime Unit and a serving police officer for 31 years, said:-

It is a national disgrace that members of the Quantock Staghounds will go unpunished for chasing extremely vulnerable mother deer and their young with a pack of baying hounds for nothing more than ‘sport’. Wild animals were evidently caused considerable distress through these indefensible actions and the Hunting Act must be strengthened as a matter of urgency, to ensure those contemplating or engaging in similar acts are not let off the hook. Our footage shows the hounds following the exact same path as the deer, just a minute later. But the hunt say the hounds were following a trail of aniseed they had laid earlier. So their defence is that the deer, hounds and hunt all followed the exact same path within minutes of each other? That’s a pretty amazing coincidence. We believe there was no trail, and that the hunt were deliberately chasing the deer. All too often hunts give the excuse of ‘following a trail’ as a deliberate cover for pursuing wild animals with hounds. When cases come to prosecution, the authorities find themselves unable to convict those responsible due to technicalities. We believe in this case that the huntsmen were commanding a pack of hounds to follow the scent line of fleeing deer – because that is what stag hounds are bred to do.”

Stag hunts actively pursue hundreds of red deer to the point of exhaustion with stag hounds, across the Somerset countryside each season. This includes exceptionally vulnerable wild animals, such as those which are young or pregnant. Once the lengthy pursuit has come to an end, each of the deer receives a bullet from a shotgun-wielding huntsman, before the animals’ limbs and innards are carved up and handed out as trophies.

Martin Sims, said:-  “With at least 87% of the public opposing hunting deer with hounds and over 100,000 people signing the League’s petition to strengthen the Hunting Act, there is clearly strong support for the law being enhanced to give wild animals the protection for cruel ‘sports’ which they deserve. How much longer will the law tolerate magnificent creatures being hounded for miles across the Somerset countryside before being shot and carved up as trophies?”

Over 100,000 people have signed a petition launched by the League Against Cruel Sports to strengthen the Hunting Act, which includes calls to close loopholes exploited by deer hunts.

Huntsman Richard Down aged 54 of West Bagborough near Taunton, and whipper-in Martin Watts aged 55 of Washford, were charged with illegally hunting with dogs on 22nd January, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004. 

POWAperson adds   -   Richard Down is the only organised hunter in the country to have two convictions for illegal hunting, both as Quantock SH Huntsman. In June 2007 he and his Whipper-In were both convicted of illegal hunting and fined £500 [stills below]. In November 2010 Down was convicted again and fined £375 [£125 less than for his first offence].

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In June 2013 a JM of the Quantock SH was tried for illegally hunting a deer, but the evidence was deemed insufficient to convict.   

On 21st April 2017, the Quantock SH pack chased a stag on to a bridge over a road [below left]. It jumped or fell 30' to its death on the road below, in front of horrified drivers. A Hunt servant arrived promptly and removed the corpse, leaving just a large bloodstain [below right].

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On 25-10-18 monitors documented the hunting and killing of a large stag by the Quantock SH. On this occasion they adhered to the law by using just 2 hounds and relying on the absurd 'Research & Observation' exemption. The Hunt lasted three hours. Monitors say that when brought to bay, exhausted, he fought off the hounds with his antlers before being shot to death by a hunter with a sawn-off shotgun. Pics below.

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Blackmore FH terrify livestock & deer, invade two gardens

13-11-18   Facebook - Dorset Hunt Sabs    HIT report Blackmore and Sparkford Vale, Tuesday 13th November 2018 Meet: Ash Tree Farm, Bagber     The Hunt left the meet just after 11.30am and Mark “Lugz” Dogrell cast the hounds through a copse by Pleak House Farm...

… they headed south toward Woodlands Farm and we monitored from Chapel Lane. In this area there were sheep and cows terrified, running around and they also flushed two deer. These poor deer had no where to go and were totally panic stricken ping ponging around a field. The BSV’s day would not be complete without terrorising all livestock and wildlife alike for which they have a total disregard. The usual blood thirsty knuckle draggers were gathered on Chapel Lane and a female supporter was taking photos of our vehicle for the second time today - maybe she wants to buy it ?? Make us an offer.

After picking up on another line they continued south towards the A30 and into Brickyard Farm. Unsurprisingly, the A30 was very busy but the BSV’s day is never complete without causing bedlam on the roads. They have a total disregard for other people’s daily lives and the hounds !

We took the no through road towards Puxey to try and head them off as they were still on a line. We pulled into a gateway to turn around and saw some horses running around a field so we stopped to film and a hunt support vehicle quickly blocked us in. Mark “lugz” Dogrell could be heard in the background gathering the hounds, it was obvious that they were most certainly not welcome in this area and this fox was safe.

Heading back along the road out of Puxey the terrier man decided to undertake us, very badly, and collided with the front side of our vehicle. He looked back but, as usual, they think they are above the law and he just drove off. This has been reported to the police and we will be dropping the footage into the police station and will update with any further news.

Foot support had all gathered at the cross roads just outside Stalbridge and the Hunt were by Biberne Farm. A lone hound was observed running a long the road, none of the support seemed overly bothered by this despite the fact buses and coaches were frequent.

We found a good vantage point whilst Lugz worked his hounds through an area between Gomershay Farm and Grove Farm. The hounds came out by Kings Mill Bridge and headed down Kings Mill Lane. Edward “the rural genius” Doggrell trotted past giving us a smile and wave. The Hunt went into a field off this road and the hounds were cast through a hedgerow, a sab was recording this as they picked up again and this line took them in the direction of Halletts Farm. We are unsure as to the fate of this fox. The Hunt next headed over to Lower Ryalls Farm - hopefully that’s where the fox took them but we just don’t know for sure. It was a pleasure to see the hounds back into the trailer shortly after at about 4.40pm.

We had a conversation with a local land owner today and they were gravely concerned for their animals and the hounds had rampaged through not only their garden but also their neighbours where their pet dogs were swept into the whole affair. Lugz and every other member of the hunt have no regard whatsoever for people living in area nor the animals / pets - as long as they get to gallop around fields killing foxes nothing else matters to them !

Maintaining a presence on hunting days has a direct impact on how many / if they kill foxes, it doesn’t stop them every time but left unchecked they will be free to hunt as much as they like. Another crucial aspect of what we do is filming them, gathering evidence of illegal hunting might not always get a conviction but if nothing else it gets the message out that illegal hunting is still going on up and down the country. If you want to join us, please get in touch either by sending us a PM or an email to dorsethuntsabs@riseup.net.

If you can please spare us a few quid towards our landy repair bill we, and our wildlife will be eternally grateful.  https://www.gofundme.com/dorset-sabs-broken-landy.

 

Dunston Harriers killed hare in someone's garden

And, reportedly, another one just down the road 

13-11-18   Hunt Watch     We had a recent case where the Dunston Harriers killed a hare in someone's private garden. The hunt claimed to the householder they were hunting sick and injured hares, so it was ok. They were also filmed killing a hare just down the road. Norfolk police were called and did nothing.

Didn't know it was legal to hunt sick and injured hares in someone's garden without their permission. Oh it's not. It was clearly neither as it ran all the way to someone's garden before being ripped to shreds by the hounds.

On a different day the Dunston Harriers were spotted in a field, close to a housing estate killing something. When the locals inspected the area where the kill had been spotted, all that was left was fur.

 

Beaufort FH Tetbury New Year's meet at risk over safety fears

12-11-18   Daily Express    ‘People were FORCED out the way’ Prince Charles’ favourite New Year Hunt in crisis     A HUNT which has been a favourite of Prince Charles and his sons is in crisis as councillors call for the New Year’s Day meeting to be moved amid fears for people’s safety.

The Beaufort Hunt, which has been a favourite of Prince Charles and his sons is being asked by the town council in Tetbury, Glos, to submit an 'improved risk assessment' for its traditional New Year's Day meeting. The council is even being urged by some members not to allow the Hunt to meet as it usually does at the town's Old Railway Yard on January 1. Princes Charles, William and Harry have all ridden with the Hunt in the past.

Some councillors say the Hunt should not be allowed in the area because it has been improved and upgraded to provide an excellent leisure area for local people and they should not be put in danger by horses and hounds.

A Tetbury Town Council spokesman said: ”Tetbury Town Council has asked the Beaufort Hunt to resubmit an improved risk assessment for its planned New Year's Day meet at the town's Old Railway Yard.”

Local resident Chris Giles raised the issues with the Council earlier this year after he saw 'numerous horses and a speeding quad-bike' from the Hunt on the old railway track last New Year's Day. Mr Giles, a professional Public Open Spaces manager with a nearby local authority, said: “The potential for harm to a member of the public was shocking. People were being forced out of the way on a narrow footpath by horses, which can be very dangerous at close quarters. At one point I saw the quad bike trying to ram its way through a fence onto the land beside the track. If it had succeeded it would have been criminal damage to public property."

Following a series of questions to the Town Council, who manage the site along with the trustees of the land, Mr Giles discovered there had been 'no formal consent granted, no risk assessment and no marshaling to protect the public, despite the fact that it was taking place at the same time as a planned walking event in the same place.'He said: "Clearly the site is not capable of safely accommodating people and large numbers of horses at the same time. The only way to make it safe would be to close it to one or other of the user groups. The hunt is unique in the amount of disruption it causes to people in the countryside and for too long they have been able to disregard basic principles of safety and other people's lawful activities. This now needs to change."

Mr Giles has been pressing the Town Council to carry out its own site risk assessment to determine whether the Rail Lands is a safe venue to host the activity.

 

 

Drivers angry as S. Durham FH allow hounds to riot on road

Female monitor kicked in side by passing rider

11-11-18  Facebook – N.E. Hunt Monitors   VIDEO   HIT REPORT 16 - South Durham Hunt Meet 07.11.18, Fishburn Aerodrome     The team tuned up early and awaited the hunt to arrive. After a long wait we noticed one of the terriermen exiting the aerodrome driveway with a hound in the back of his vehicle. We then realised the Hunt had snuck into the back of the meet area without us noticing so we made off to locate them.

In a small wood across the road to the meet point we heard the hounds speaking and made our way to the footpath to enter. Just as we did about 20 unattended hounds shot out the wood and across the road narrowly missing a motorcyclist and multiple cars.

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Rob Wilkinson a red coat was seen just inside the wood while other riders made their way onto the road but not to gather hounds up, more to see if a fox had been located. Many hounds running around on the road took motorists by surprise with many angry at the Hunt's stupidity. The motorcyclist asked a rider where the Master was, as he rightly was upset that he had almost been taken out by loose hounds.

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On entering the wood to speak to Rob, who denied being in charge of the hounds, proceeded to lie and say we had blown the horn to pull the hounds onto the road. Bad luck rob, we were filming on our dash cam and camcorder the whole time and can prove you yet again stink of bullshit.

Foot Monitors then entered the wood to follow Rob and Harry Beeby who had now turned up to call in the loose hounds. While our 3 vehicle drivers slowed down traffic so no hounds were killed - as up to 30 hounds were now running freely all over the place - he continued to call the hounds over the road into the wood without a care for the havoc being caused or for the safety of his pack.

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With hounds in all directions it took him some time to locate them all before heading off back to the airfield. Picked up by our drivers, and after a quick glance at the map, we decided they would hit a disused quarry so headed them off where we found the trusty terrierman Liam Thompson waiting by a gate with his little terrier in a cage in his vehicle. Not enough in the South Durham bank to replace the quad then?

Knowing me made the right call we jumped over the fence onto the footpath, Liam straight on his phone rang the Master to tell him our whereabouts, not enough in the South Durham bank to replace those radios then?

Just then the 6 riders came over the hill and spotted us. They did a quick turn and galloped away, deciding not to bother with the disused quarry. So again we were picked up and headed to where we believed they would cross the road to move area. Again the right call, as the hounds were brought out onto the road and lead down towards Fishburn.

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Harry didn't seem to know where he wanted to be and, after a few changes of direction, headed towards another disused quarry where hounds picked up on a scent. Nothing was seen to flee, but yet again a rider was off his horse so we jumped out the car to get closer. As we did so they made off down the embankment and out onto the road. Back in our vehicle AGAIN we headed towards them. A fox was spotted on the opposite side of the road to the hounds and quickly made its escape.

The hounds crossed over and were encouraged to go through the undergrowth at the side of a busy road. Again a rider off his horse down the embankment with the hounds obviously looking for the aforementioned fox.

This is usually the time the riders get annoyed at our presence and we weren't wrong, with Barry Johnson riding past a Monitor and sticking his boot in her side...

Just as the hounds were being called out the land owner came out shouting for them to get out so we now know they are not permitted in that area. Despite what the Hunt believe not all land owners give permission for them to hunt on their property.

Now the heavens had opened and the Hunt had taken to a large area where they got well ahead of us and hounds could be heard speaking. We headed to where we believed they would end up and found them calling hounds in from all directions again so we believe any fox picked up had got away.

With the pack together and everyone absolutely drenched we were pleased the Hunt called it a day before darkness fell.

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East Kent FH response to sabs arrival was to start laying fishy trail !

11-11-18   Facebook - East Kent Sabs    Well it appears that our attention on the ASHFORD VALLEY TICKHAM Hunt has sent them scuttling up their own arse! With mixed information about what they are up to (some reports say that they met on Friday to avoid us, others say that they had taken the houndsE.KentFHPreparingtolayfakefishytraI10-11-18.jpg out early to avoid us… whatever the the reason, we had to give them a miss and head to the Compasses Inn at Crundale, as the East Kent With West Street Hunt had been seen meeting there.

We arrived at the pub at about 12.15pm (got it right this time!) only to see piles of horse shit, but no Hunt, but it was obvious where they would be, and sure enough the parking area at Denge Wood was full of horse boxes.

We went in and the Hunt was hunting a sweet chestnut thicket, but as soon as we were spotted, the whipper in darted off and the huntsman called his hounds back to him. They headed off deeper into the wood and the terrier men followed behind-when we caught up, we given a display of pure theatre!! After a quick meeting with the Hunt and terrier men, Teflon Tel (the terrier “man”) drove his quad in full view of us and started to rummage around in his box… was he getting out his terriers & digging equipment as usual?!

To our surprise, he attached a “trail” on the back of the quad, and drove past us. The smell can only be described as rotten fish(!), which is odd, as the Hunt have always claimed they follow a “trail” of imported fox urine, which is of course, utter bullshit… but anyway, this is a major victory for us. If the Hunt are going to suddenly pretend to “trail hunt” when we turn up, it can only be a good thing, as swapping from live quarry to a trail mid hunt will only confuse the hounds.

[POWAperson adds -  Only it seems this trail laying was not a pretence, though it may not have been their preference. Whatever the trail was made of, the hounds were enthusiastic about it. In their report of the day West Kent Sabs added -  'The hounds followed on in full cry, a sight we have not seen for over 10 years since the Hunting Act first came into force! It seems as if they kept this up until 2.30 before they packed up.'. So, this Hunt seem to have found something that may well be viable for genuine 'trail hunting', which doesn't really seem to be the case with previous demonstrations of Hunts getting them to follow what they claim is a fox-based scent trail.. But it's clear the East Kent FH, at least, still prefer to hunt foxes when they can get away with it. Which they will doubtless continue to do if the police/CPS are going to carry on rejecting clear video evidence of their doing so, as they did a few months back.]  

It does beg the question as to why they need masked up terrier men with dogs and digging equipment to drag a trail, but there you go. Pure pantomime, but even if its for the benefit off our cameras, its a E.KentFHStartingtolayfakefishytraI10-11-18.jpgresult. Obviously, with the hounds trained to hunt foxes, we had to stay in case we needed to intervene, but even though the hounds went into cry at one point, we saw no evidence of a chase, and the Hunt packed up early at 2.30!

It's also worth mentioning that they had more hunt support than usual, so it begs the question, why not do this every time they go out hunting?! Only time will tell. But we can assure this Hunt that its not just Saturdays that our camera are on them… Whether the Hunt will keep this up, and their support will tolerate it is yet to be seen, but one thing is for sure, it is down to us keeping them in check.

Before we go, we can't not mention our driver's morning shenanigans, while topping up with air on our vehicle, he had Terry the sock dragging terrier man pull over, and started filming him on his phone! Not content with this futile gesture, he followed our driver from Ashford to Canterbury. Once at the city walls our driver took him for a few tours of a roundabout. This was clearly to much for his tiny brain to cope with and he headed off with a polite hand gesture. He will have to be satisfied that that was the only ginger he chased today!! (this was of course, harassment, and if it continues, we will be involving Kent police). An excellent day.

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Bolebroke Beagles abandon meet when realise sabs trailing them

11-10-18   Facebook - West Kent Hunt Sabs    SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER    Today we decided to pay a long overdue visit to the Bolebroke Beagles, kennelled in Cliffe near Rochester... we didn't want them to think we'd forgotten about them!

This lot are a particularly nasty bunch who hunt hares which, as is wildly reported, are fast becoming endangered in the UK. The huntsmen left the kennels at roughly 11.30am being closely followed by a support vehicle in the form of a red Freelander, we can only assume to block any attempt at being followed by sabs. Unfortunately for them their plan failed and our sab was quickly and easily able to get behind the hound vehicle. Almost instantly the Huntsmen gave up his attempt to go hunting and returned to their kennels with his tail between his legs! This lot don't even have the balls to pretend to legally hunt and the second we turn up they give up! A victory to start the day.

 

Sabs wait out skulking Britannia Beagles until they pack up

11-11-18   Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs   Britannia Beagles/ Dartvale and South Pool Harriers 10.11.18     Yesterday we met with sabs from South Devon Animal Rights to hit the Britannia Beagles who were meeting at Quary Lakes Farm near Dartmouth, with the intension of hunting hares. Sabs waited while the hunt, unaware they were being watched, got in position to start their day of killing, and then made their presence known. This prevented the Hunt having time to quickly make a back up plan and try to kill elsewhere. In a very uneventful day for all, the hunt then seemed completely unsure on what to do next, and boxed up the beagles (with rather rough handling) at Sweetstones Farm and then proceeded to simply sit around for 4 hours. The poor beagles were kept in the cramped confined space of their small transport van for the entire duration. It appears that during the short time the beagles were lose, the Hunt managed to lose one as a hunt follower told one sab.

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Sabs remained with the Hunt to ensure that no hare hunting took place. As the light started to fade, we received reports from locals that hounds were near Blackawton. After a bit of help from passers by and some luck we stumbled across them to find the Huntsman of the Dart Vale, Emlyn Jone, struggle to gather his hounds for 2 hours. You will recognise the name of this Hunt as those who wrought a violent and completely unprovoked attack on South Devon Animal Rights sabs last season, leaving one sab extremely injured, requiring and air ambulance and hospitalisation. After struggling to round up hounds, the hunt called it a day, however we then passed Emlyn Jone driving around in the dark on a quad a while later, still looking for hounds.

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Deer killed by South Durham FH hounds

10-11-18   Facebook - NE Hunt Monitors   VIDEO  Deer killed by South Durham Hunt Hounds 10th Nov 18 near Redworth Grange Mill.

Pics below   -   1/   Corpse of deer found by monitors    2/  Bloodstain from kill, some distance away 

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Purbeck Beagles Huntsman claim to have laid trail a lie, say sabs

10-11-18   Facebook – Dorset Hunt Sabs    Purbeck & Bovington Beagles - Saturday 10th November 2018 - Meeting at : Square and Compass pub, Worth Matravers [apparently, but spending the day at a skeleton of a barn over a mile away !].

So, at the time of writing this hit report, we are sat on a dry stone wall in a stand-off with the Purbeck and Bovington Beagles. Not much has happened today, not much is happening now, so we thought it’s an ideal opportunity to do some admin so we can enjoy an extra glass of wine in a warm bath tonight. Despite listing the Square and Compass as their meet we found them hiding behind a hedge at a barn ‘skeleton’ along the footpath towards St Aldenhams Head.

Remaining on that footpath and with our super zoom cameras we have been able to film and observe what they have been doing all day… well, since they started at 12.30 anyway.

The Huntsman took the hounds in a big loop around us but never more than 2 or 3 small fields away. The hounds picked up on a scent several times but we think the Huntsman scared most of the hares away with his relentless and excessive use of his horn. 

At one point the Huntsman lost the hounds and it took him almost half an hour to gather them, even the foot support commented that the hounds were all over the place today. After running amok in the quarry the hounds were brought out onto the footpath and then taken back to the vehicles.

By 2.45 with their six foot supporters dwindling fast, they broke out the birthday cake. Fred… who is the Huntsman – Tony Stickland in disguise – brought some over for us. We declined the cake but had a little chat about his trail laying. Tony took a while to remember what the scent was made of and after some ‘umming and erring’ he decided on aniseed. When asked how they laid the trail he said the trail layer was out on foot this morning. Thing is Tony, we weren’t born yesterday and had been out in these fields for a couple of hours previous to you and THERE WAS NO TRAIL LAYER.

The P&B Beagles 'hare conservation officer', who doubles up as one of their joint masters, was in attendance and spent most of the day sitting in her car. The other joint master, Jess Mouland, uses the very animals they are tying to kill as the subject of her business. It’s rather ironic that the hare she depicts in the artwork she sells may soon become extinct as a result of her hobbies!

After a few waves, posing for our camera and random gesticulations they decided to go home just after 3.30 pm. They pulled out, nearly reversing into one another. It was rather like a comedy sketch. They decided to blow the horn as a sort of goodbye to us.

We had three separate members of the public stop to speak to us today, praising us for our efforts. When one of them walked away Clare Marsh, the Joint Master and Hare Preservation Officer, started taking photos of him.

We find it hard to believe that the Square and Compass, who are listed as their meet, even know who or what they are. If you would like to politely send them a message and ask if they are aware, you can do so on their Facebook page: Square and compass pub, Worth Matravers. Please keep it polite. Pubs just need to realise that 84% of the British public do not agree with illegal hunting. Hopefully they will drop them like a sack of rotten spuds.

One thing for sure is the locals do not want hunting. If you want to join us please send us a PM or an email to dorsethuntsabs@riseup.net.

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N. Cotswold FH chased 3 foxes, sabs helped them escape death

No badger setts found blocked - due to reports to police of past blocking? 

10-11-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    VIDEO   North Cotswold Hunt 10th November 2018 Taddington The Hunt met at Carey's Farm in Taddington this morning, not far from where they met last week for their opening meet at Springhill House. Much of the day was the same route as last Saturday but in reverse as hounds ended up in Bourton Down, Toads Corner, The Warren... all very familiar places.

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                                    Fox bursts out of wood across track

We started the day early by checking on known setts in the area and happily found none blocked - since the police took notice of our sett-blocking data last season we have seen a massive reduction in incidents. But we're certainly not letting our guard down around the Hunts. Some setts have obviously been hit hard by the Hunts, landowners and by the cull where others are thriving and healthy.

Having passed on a tip-off about the Ledbury South hunting at Caradoc Court to our good friends in Bristol Hunt Saboteurs this left a decent little group of us to deal with the North Cots. As the Hunt set off from the meet hunt staff asked riders to block the road so our vehicle couldn't get through - one rider obviously didn't get the memo as she was asking for others to let us through repeatedly. Foot sabs got inland straight away, being threatened by one rider on a byway that we would be kicked if we wanted to pass. Charming. We carried on regardless and filmed a lead hound pick up on a fox as the Hunt drew through a crop field and the pack chased him into a wood. With sabs inland, driver watching from the road and another sab able to run out from the car we stayed on them well as they hunted, keeping an eye on terriermen as well throughout the day.

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                                  Sab sprays fox line with citronella 

Just like last week, hounds picked up in Toads Corner where we found that an old artificial earth had been put back into use, sabs being followed all the while by hunt staff on a quad. Hounds picked up and hunted at speed away from us, driver radioing through to say she thought they were marking to ground near Bourton Down. Driving down she saw a panicked terrierman on the phone and Huntsman swiftly took the pack away to hunt elsewhere. We'd only just dried off from the first heavy downpour when the rain began again, the scent of a beautiful big dog fox washing away up on the hills as the pack missed him.

Toads Corner again. We'd already seen several muntjac running from the Hunt today and yet there were more to come. The artificial earth had been scratched around and bricks moved but the Hunt moved out again as foot sabs turned up. Some more blocking of our vehicle on the road... and we lost them for a short while.

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                            About a minute later, redcoat with hounds 

An eagle-eyed sab spotting a fox, and then a deer, running across a road alerted us to the presence of the Hunt in a wood back near the meet and a different mix of us headed inland on foot. Hounds were heard picking up and another large fox sped past us through a wood, two sabs slowing hounds down behind them then another sab stopping the pack as they exited the wood. Huntsman re-cast them and encouraged them on to the line, shrugging when told that we had fox on camera, but the fox had a good head-start by this time. Despite losing his pack and them splitting into 2 groups, running on to a road with no one near to control them or slow down traffic and despite encouraging them again once back with the hounds, fox escaped into a nearby large wood and the chase was abandoned as the light was quickly fading.

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                                       Very soon after, hounds on fox's line 

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Sabs allege more corruption/pro-hunt bias from Leics police 

 

8-11-18    Facebook – W.Mids Sabs   VIDEO    Chaos and mayhem #OperationBlackthorn January 2015 - Saboteur arrested for causing chaos and mayhem    On 13-01-15, the driver of our car was sitting quietly in his car monitoring the Atherstone Hunt. PC Greg Rawisinski from Leicestershire Police arrived and asked for the saboteurs details. After being given his driving licence Rawisinski then threatened to arrest the saboteur because he feared the saboteur may cause chaos and mayhem at the hunt. The saboteur is then arrested for breaching the peace all because he was sitting quietly in his car. PC Rawisinski allows the Atherstone Hunt to move away from the area and continue hunting foxes elsewhere before de-arresting and releasing the saboteur. A formal complaint was made to Leicestershire Police's professional standards however Rawisinski lied in his statement and no further action was taken.

 

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9-11-18   Facebook – W.Mids Sabs    Operation Blackthorn part 2   VIDEO     More footage showing corruption and bias at the heart of Leicestershire Police’s hunting operation Leicestershire Police go out of their way to assist the Atherstone Hunt in their illegal fox hunting whilst they detain, harass, arrest and target members of West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs who are trying to protect the local wildlife.

Leicestershire Police Facebook. More information about Operation Blackthorn can be found here. Donate towards campaign costs (all sabs are volunteers.

 

Huntswoman awaiting trial for whipping sab is killed in hunting accident

Jane Goring was out with the Mid Sussex Draghounds when it happened

8-11-18   Daily Mail    Huntswoman, 57, who was facing jail after being filmed whipping a saboteur is KILLED in a riding accident just weeks after being told she would be prosecuted - Jane Goring, 57, filmed repeatedly hitting saboteur with a riding crop last year - Hunt saboteurs claimed she used her whip 17 times before charging at the group - Goring faced private prosecution and attended Brighton Magistrates' in October 

A huntswoman who was facing jail after being filmed whipping a saboteur has been killed in a riding JaneGoring.jpgaccident just weeks after being told she would be prosecuted. Jane Goring, 57, was filmed thrashing the animal rights activist up to 17 times around the head during an ugly row last year. Yesterday, Mrs Goring is thought to have fallen from her horse and died during a drag hunt - an equestrian sport where riders chase a trail of artificially laid scents with hounds.

A post from the Mid Surrey Farmers' Draghounds group on Facebook paid tribute to the sheep farmer. It said: 'We very much regret to inform you that Jane Goring was tragically killed whilst out dragging yesterday at Leigh. On behalf of the masters and members of the drag hunt, we send our condolences and thoughts to Richard and Jane's family at this awful time.'

Close relative Alice Goring also paid tribute, writing: 'The cruellest reminder to live every day, because you never quite know when your time may be up. Sleep tight Jane, we will never ever forget you. 'Thank you for everything and for making our grandpa so incredibly happy, something we will never forget and always love you for. We will miss you so much - you really were one of life’s legends, with the bestest laugh I have ever heard.' 'So many amazing memories, you will never be forgotten and we so wish you didn’t have to leave so fast. Will always remember this photo as the day we arrived late to Ascot and you had to practically run over everyone’s picnics to get us there.' 'You were such a special lady and have left so many kisses on everyone’s hearts.'

However, some activists appeared to mock her death in posts shared on animal rights Facebook pages. Some posted the word 'karma' beneath the posts reporting her death, while others appeared to use the laughing emoji to 'react' to messages of condolences. While another admin from a group named Stop The Cull shared the story with the caption: 'She won't be missed by us'.

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Footage of the original incident in Hailsham, East Sussex, in which Mrs Going was heard screaming 'get off my horse', went viral in November last year and was viewed hundreds of thousands of times. Less than two months later police concluded there was not enough evidence to proceed and dropped the case. However, Goring – whose husband Richard, 79, is part of the country's oldest luxury family hotel dynasty – faced two criminal charges through a civil prosecution. The pair travelled from their £1million farm in Heathfield on the Sussex Downs to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court last month. During a brief legal hearing, Goring pleaded not guilty to beating Simon Medhurst, a veteran animal rights and environmental campaigner and member of the South Coast Hunt Saboteurs. She also denied assaulting fellow saboteur Shirley Makin by 'riding her down' with her horse during the confrontation.

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Footage of the confrontation was posted on the Brighton Hunt Saboteurs' Facebook page, dividing viewers over who was in the wrong. The footage showed Mrs Goring riding towards the saboteurs, shouting at them to 'get back to the road'. She then appeared to spur her horse into a man recording the incident, pushing him back several feet. Another masked man rushed in front of the horse and grabbed hold of the bridle. In response, she yelled: 'Get off my horse, get off my horse' and repeatedly whipped the man. He desperately tried to shield his face while still gripping on the horse, shouting 'stop using it as a weapon.'

A hunt steward pushed him away and shouted: 'Get off the f****** horse. Don't grab f****** horses.' Mrs Goring then appeared to take a swipe at another protester, forcing him to jump out the way. Warning they were filming, the hunt saboteurs shouted: 'Don't charge horses into people. You cannot ride people down.' The man suffered bruising to the face and head but did not require hospital treatment. A second clip then appeared to show the same woman charging her horse at the saboteurs from behind. Brighton Hunt Saboteurs said they attended the meeting to make sure no illegal hunting took place. They insist they were the victims of an unprovoked attack.

Pics above   -  Top, right -  Mrs. Goring losing her temper with sabs at a meet of Mid Sussex Drag Hounds. Sabs had only turned up as a member of the public tipped them off that there was a hunt meet there and they thought it might be the local fox hunt. They verified it was a genuine drag hunt and left, but not before Mrs. Goring had had to be restrained by a friend and, it appeared, her husband, from attacking them. This was a couple of weeks before the whipping incident.   Pic middle  -  At a meet of the East Sussex FH. 18-11-17. Mrs. Goring riding her horse at a female sab.   Pic bottom   -   Mrs. Goring whipping the sab who had grabbed her horse's reins in an attempt to stop her riding down his colleagues. She whipped him 17 times. 

POWAperson comments   -  Whilst we condemn Mrs. Goring's actions in attacking hunt sabs with her horse and whip, and her participation in what we believe was illegal fox hunting [though both offences are committed regularly by many hunters], we do not wish any person or animal to be harmed or killed, and certainly not in the pursuit of 'sport'. Our condolences go to her family and friends.  

  

'Kill vegans' journo is Grafton FH member & admitted cruelly treating deer

He wrote of dragging injured deer across fields before killing and eating it

RSPCA have been asked to investigate his maltreatment of the animal

8-11-18   POWAperson writes  - In October, freelance food & travel writer Selene Nelson, who is a vegan, wrote to William Sitwell, Editor of Waitrose Food Magazine, pitching an idea of a series of plant-based meal suggestions for the magazine. Sitwell responded. His email reads: "Hi Selene. Thanks for this. How about a series on killing vegans, one by one. Ways to trap them? How to interrogate them properly? Expose their hypocrisy? Force-feed them meat? Make them eat steak and drink red wine?"

Understandably, Selene found this reply a tad offensive and promptly told the world about it. A media storm ensued, with Sitwell maintaining that his words were a 'joke'. The hubbub soon intensified when it was announced that Sitwell was stepping down as the magazine's editor. It seems likely that his resignation was not entirely voluntary.

What has this to do with hunting, you ask? Well, it has since emerged that Sitwell is also a member and sponsor of the Grafton Fox Hounds. A group of hunt monitors have been regularly following the Grafton for the last few years. They have frequently observed and often filmed the Hunt chasing foxes, even though the Hunt have deputed a group of supporters to follow and obstruct them. The monitors, mostly female, are consistently subject to harassment, intimidation and abuse. See https://www.facebook.com/foxcubhunting/. In July two of these monitors, young women, had a fox cub that had been shot in the head dumped on their property.

Despite this - and the extraordinarily high evidential bar that must be surmounted to successfully prosecute organised hunters -  the Grafton FH Huntsman is currently awaiting trial, charged with illegal hunting. An ardent supporter of the Grafton keep-on-killing-for-fun-the-law-doesn't apply to-us gang is Andrea Leadsom MP who, while running for leader of the Conservative party trumpeted her support for fox hunting, describing the animals as 'vermin'.

We don't know for sure if Sitwell rides to hounds, but he does appear to have no qualms about up-close-and-personal cruelty to animals. On the 16th April, Sitwell wrote in the Daily Telegraph - I’m glad there were no millennials lurking around my house a few months back when I dragged a dying deer across the fields and down to the back yard. The young beast had leapt out of a hedge while I was on a walk with my dog Cyrus, a highly trained and not at all scary fox red Labrador. The animal had run across a field and then, out of view, had injured itself in an attempt to jump a fence into the wood. I found it lying on the ground, still alive but badly wounded. So I took some string from my pocket, tied its two legs together and dragged it home. Back in the yard I dispatched it (cutting its neck), drained the blood into a bucket and then butchered it into haunches, legs and filet of venison. Using the freezer to store it, I cooked up the bits at various points in the ensuing weeks.”

Not only is this is clearly in breach of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, but surely tells us a lot about Sitwell himself. Most normal people's reaction to finding an injured animal is to attempt to help it, not subject it to further suffering so they can eat it. In the light of this the words of apology Sitwell latterly made for his comments to Selene Nelson ring somewhat hollow.

Sitwell is a scion of the literary family, of which Dame Edith is the best known. He married Laura McCorquodale, who is from the same family as Lady Sarah, a Joint Master of the Belvoir FH, who this year acted as a character witness for one of the men who received suspended prison sentences for a vicious attack on two LACS investigators in 2016, which broke the neck of one. Laura was dumped by Sitwell for a younger model earlier this year.

One has the impression that Sitwell belongs to that legion of men rendered both entitled and unfeeling by a, frequently loveless, childhood shaped by prep [in his case the notorious Maidwell Hall] and public school and so perhaps to be as much pitied as despised - were it not for their habit of treating animals if they are insensate playthings or objects with which they feel free to satisfy their baser impulses.  

 

Women monitors attacked by S. Durham FH riders - one has fractures

Dig-out attempt by terriermen may have ended in kill 

7-11-18   Facebook - NE Hunt Monitors    HIT REPORT 15 – South Durham Hunt opening meet at The Dunn Cow Inn, Sedgefield, 03.11.18    On arrival, we could see a few riders already waiting and it wasn't long before the hounds trundled along the road behind the hounds-man, all the while holding back traffic like they owned the place.

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A small crowd of people many with young children and mainly hunt support greeted them. We think around 25 mounted turned out for the opening meet [above] which is significantly less than last year. We had a few well wishers ourselves with one supporter giving us a donation (thanks) and enquiring S.DurhamFHHarefleeing3-11-18.jpgabout joining us in the future. Many locals telling us they don't want the Hunt in the village anymore as the sight made them sick to the stomach.

After the bullshit speech by Rob Wilkinson about hunting within the law and after a few sherries, the hounds were lead out of the pub car park and through Sedgefield , this time with no police escort and no Moorhouse jazzed-up horse and cart that they had last year. Maybe they are on a budget this season.

One of our vehicles followed them up Spring Lane while the other headed them off around Sedgefield racecourse. With two foot teams heading into the woods to spray citronella we knew we were in for a long hard day and we were not wrong.

It was not long before some hunt support from kuntzone, with their new band member, spotted us and informed the Hunt of our location. We waited a while then concluded the Hunt had decided not to draw the nearby wood and had slipped behind us.

Our drivers confirmed our suspicion informing us that the Hunt had exited at Bog Hall farm whereS.DurhamFHHarryBeebyHuntsman3-11-18.jpg  biosecurity was in force due to an outbreak of strangles. We are shocked that the riders would put their own horses and any other horses that reside at their liveries in danger of contracting this devastating disease.

The foot teams made their way to where the Hunt were seen last at Mordon and we immediately found the Hunt around Manor House and the sewage works. Knowing where they would head next we made our way to Howe Hills plantation to head them off.

No sooner had we made our way up the footpath than the Hunt were spotted entering at the other end and the hounds sent straight in to draw the wood, with Robbie on point to watch for fleeing foxes. Barry Johnson as usual made his way to keep us in check or that's what he tells himself anyway. 3 hares [one, above left] exited the wood while hounds failed to pick up on a scent. Seems no trail was laid there then?

The Hunt moved on and we were again picked up by our drivers, who by the way do a fantastic job of keeping the Hunt in their sights and watching for anything we might miss all the while putting up with block-ins and childish behaviour by people out watching and supporting the Hunt.

At this point, some riders has a horse change over while others had another sherry. The hounds were then taken to a beck near West View where our teams entered a farmer's field with a footpath through the middle. We had just made it to the middle of the field when Hounds-man Harry Beeby [above right] spotted us and instructed riders to deal with us.

S.DurhamFHSupportonrailway3-11-18.jpgThis they did and with a police investigation ongoing all we can say is 2 female monitors were assaulted with one needing hospital treatment and is now in a cast with 3 fractures. We will update you on this as and when we can.

Beeby then headed toward the woods we had started that morning so the remaining monitors also made way via a footpath over the railway line.

The Hunt knowing any railway trespass would be filmed made sure to cross at the appropriate crossing, however some hunt support took to standing on the lines [above left] with Jordan Fox actually taking a break and sitting on the tracks [below right]. We could hear the hounds picking up on a scent and with 2 fields between us and with the Hunt moving away we feared the worst.

We got into position on the top of a hill so we could see further and filmed a fox coming towards us. We believe this was the same fox the hounds has picked up and chased as it looked exhausted [left]. Unfortunately, the hounds picked up the scent again and turned back in our direction.

Seeing us, Barry Johnson, a little more riled up, rode over and, after the usual insults, asked if we wouldS.DurhamFHSupportersittingonrailway3-11-18.jpg leave the area - to which we refused. On threatening to phone the police we agreed he should indeed phone the police out to his own illegal fox hunt, all the while watching the hounds on the same line the fox had been moments earlier. Our hearts in our mouths we watched the hounds being taken through the wood where a deer and hare were seen to flee, Many hounds exited and followed the hounds-man around the perimeter while others stayed and we believe marked the fox to ground.

We made our way to a clearing and could hear "get it get it " so we made our presence clear. The hounds were then called away and we thought all was clear as we did not hear any kill, Just then we saw 3 riders and 4 horses. One rider was off his horse and in the trees on the railway embankment where the hounds had just been encouraged to "get it". On realising we were there the rider mounted and all 4 passed by us with grins on their stupid smug faces.

A few of the Team decided to take a look where they had been, so we entered the trees on the embankment and immediately could see where a dig out had or was taking S.DurhamFHTiredfoxfleeing3-11-18.jpgplace. With churned up dirt in a 8ft circumference we tried to locate the entrance by moving as much soil as we could but with no tools we were unable to do so. No sign of a kill could be found but we also worried that any body could have been buried within the hole and covered up.

During this time the Hunt escaped towards Foxton and with many seen to be packing up we headed back to the road where our injured monitors were speaking to the police. As darkness fell we decided to check if the hounds were still out but passed them in their trailer on way back to kennels.

It was a long hard day for the team covering many miles on foot. We witnessed 3 foxes escaping the Hunt but do not want to put in the report where they were seen for obvious reasons, as they were not spotted by the hunt or support.

One vixen we do not know if she indeed did go to ground or if she bolted away after or during the attempted dig out. All we can say is we heard no kill and we were very close so we are hoping with all our hearts that she is safe somewhere. We thank you all for your continued support. �� #longlivethefox

Pics below   -   1/  Fleeing deer   2/  Another fleeing fox  

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Warwickshire FH hunt on nature reserve and A429 [at dusk]

7-11-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   Warwickshire Hunt - Sherbourne Park - 5th November 2018    On Monday the Warwickshire Hunt met at Sherbourne Park. At one point the hounds entered Hampton Wood a nature reserve before hunting their way down to Hampton Lucy. From there they hunted the land opposite the National Trust's Charlecote Park. A fox was seen running away from the hunt along a stream towards the A429. The Huntsman had to leave this fox due to the position of a sab near the main road. The Hunt then caused tailbacks in both directions of the A429 as the Hunt rode up and down it before finally crossing over. They finished the day by hunting towards Newbold Pacey and Wellsbourne.

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Visit to rarely sabbed Worcs FH records holloas/whistles as fox put up

7-11-18    Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs     Worcestershire Hunt supporters holloa fox sighting during hunt meet No rest for the wicked as we seem to be having an influx of information coming in at the moment (which is great - keep it up guys!) We'll be writing an information sheet for what to do if you see a hunt to help people feel more confident when they spot them.

Today, we got tip-offs about the North Cotswold meeting in Pebworth (sett-checkers went out this afternoon and will be out again tomorrow checking the area), the Ledbury South (Ledbury Hunt hunting with Hunt Masters and supporters of the South Herefordshire Hunt in the SHH country whilst the Hunt are still banned from going out) at Home Farm Dulas and the Worcestershire Hunt meeting up at Inkberrow.

A couple of sabs who were busy over in Herefordshire took a swing past the Dulas meet and spent a little time inland observing the hunt during a break. We await further updates on how the SHH court case is going...

Another couple of sabs meanwhile decided the Worcestershire hadn't been looked at in a while (well... WorcsFHFoxfleeing7-11-18.jpgwe do have local eyes and ears, but our supporters need support sometimes too) and off we headed to gauge the general feeling towards us. Jacqui and Simon from the Croome were out* and seemed happy (amused?) to see us and there were some bewildered looks from the supporters as they tried to figure out who we were.

Obviously not everyone got the message because, having hunted around a large landlocked area between Holberrow Green, Feckenham and Stock Green / Bradley Green a fox [right] was spooked from a covert just off Hollowfields Road and he ran through a farmyard before being holloa'd 3 times by a supporter. Not long before this whistles had been heard inland**. Hounds picked up and were heard in full cry around the farm buildings.

Over towards Goosehill Green and terriermen were spotted leaving a wood soon after hounds picked up on a scent... coincidence or highly suspicious? We intend to find out more about this Hunt in future and give locals a helping hand in gathering evidence of the Hunt's activities. Keep the intel' coming in and we'll keep doing what we can ourselves. Watch this space for more info on what you can do if you see a Hunt out and about and give us a call if you do see them. If you're local and can help out with sett-surveying or other intel on badger activity contact Worcestershire Against the Badger Cull who work closely with our very own Gloucestershire Badger Office.

* rumour has it that the two Hunts are thinking to amalgamate 'somewhere down the line'.

** a holloa is a shout made by someone to alert hunt and hounds to the fact a fox has been spotted. Whistles are often used these days instead of a holloa.

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Blencathra FH hunt blatantly - till sabs show, then pack up early

6-11-18   Facebook - Lancashire Huntsabs    This morning we paid a visit to the Blencathra Foxhounds, who were meeting at Westhead Farm, Thirlmere, on land owned by United Utilities, who licence illegal foxhunting and terrier work. Sabs had arrived at Westhead long before the hunt arrived and positioned themselves at a vantage point where they were able to watch the hunt set off at 9.30am. As usual, the trail layer must have been off sick as there was no sign of any trail being laid prior to the hunt settingBlencathraFHTodhunterbeinghidden6-11-18.jpg off. They made up for this by immediately casting the hounds into the woodland behind the farm, supporters stood point with their terriers and it was a blatant example of illegal hunting.

This continued up the valley past our position on the side of Nab Crag. We made ourselves known and the effect on the hunt was immediate - they stopped hollering and began to call the hounds back. The hounds were spread on either side of Wythburn Beck, with most of them heading to the top of Castle Crag. Todhunter and his followers went across the head of the valley and began to descend Castle Crag with the hounds being kept in check in front of our cameras, back to the southern end of Thirlmere. The hounds were securely boxed up by 12.30, a very short day's hunting. A hunt member tried to preserve Barry Todhunter's dignity by attempting to conceal him behind some umbrellas as Todhunter brought the hounds to the trailer [above right], and in doing so made a right plonker of himself.

We are confident that without the presence of sabs and monitors today, hunting would have continued as usual.

 

Warks FH hunt two foxes, one into sett - left it as sabs there

Hounds chasing second fox spent period milling on road 

5-11-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Warwickshire Hunt - Illmington - Saturday 3rd November 2018    On Saturday we split into two groups. One group went to the the Atherstone Hunt's final meet in Bitteswell before their main season starts whilst the second group went to the Warwickshire Hunt. The Warwickshire Hunt met at The Howard Arms in Illmington. Staff from the pub brought alcoholic drinks out to both riders and the Hunt's car followers. This pub seemed happy to not only support bloodsports but to encourage drink driving.

A fox was hunted from a dismantled railway towards Newbold -on-Stour where the hounds ended up in the fields behind a housing estate.

Towards the end of the day the Warwickshire Hunt hunted a fox from Admington down to Meon Hill where the fox went to ground. In the process the hounds spilled out onto a road with members of the Hunt clearly not in control of them. Sabs had to sit in holes in the hedge to prevent the hounds following the route the fox had obviously just taken.

Instead of ensuring the hounds were taken safely off the road Warwickshire Hunt joint-master and director Barbara Hester seemed more interested in filming what we were doing. We asked her repeatedly to explain why the hounds had ended up all over the road but she didn’t have an answer. The hounds ended up at a badger sett on Meon Hill where the fox had obviously sought refuge. The Huntsman was forced to abandon this fox and head back in the direction he had come, as a result he was in a foul mood and could be heard shouting and swearing at his hunt staff.

Not long after this another fox was seen fleeing from the Hunt along a hedge towards the road, however with sabs positioned all along the road the huntsman decided to leave it and pack up instead.

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Cotswold Vale FH hounds riot twice on deer, sett unblocked

6-11-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    Blocked sett at Cotswold Vale opening meet -  Hounds repeatedly riot on deer Cotswold Vale Farmers' Hunt, 6th November 2018, Opening Meet, Apperley Hall Farm    The CVFH held their opening meet today (at Apperley Hall Farm instead of Apperley Court and CotswoldValeFHBlockedsett6-11-18.jpga week later than last year to try to avoid us). Our foot sabs, who had been watching the meet from the fields behind, moved on to check on a known artificial earth before getting inland at Apperley Grove as the pack were anticipated to head there first.

As the Hunt headed towards Apperley Grove through the fields from the meet, some of the hounds picked up on a scent within a hedgerow and half of the pack ran at speed towards Coombe Hill Nature Reserve, the rest splitting with some heading north on another scent and some standing bewildered in a field. Huntsman was already losing control of them and they'd only just set off. He finally gathered them and they drew a covert alongside the road, hounds rioting on a deer but being rated off the scent.

Over the road and a scent was picked up on in Apperley Court so we drove round and got inland from the other side, threats and insults from huntsman Gary Williams even embarrassing his own hunt members who told him to calm down. Despite hounds picking up briefly, he took the pack away from us instead - this is the shortest amount of time we've known them to spend here.

They moved off back towards Apperley Grove again and with other sabs arriving and heading inland behind them, our driver headed them off by road as we ran with them next to the river, another scent being lost by hounds asCotswoldValeFHUnlockedsett6-11-18.jpg huntsman ran away from us. Apperley Grove. Again. Hounds rioted on deer. Again.

Through the fields behind the meet and we anticipated the Hunt heading towards Deerhurst. With other sabs watching from the road at the Farmer's Arms pub to the west of the pack we decided a nice pincer movement was in store and headed north of them and to the location of a healthy, active badger sett. It was freshly blocked.

With the hounds in full cry on a scent and heading towards us our driver kept an eye on them and kept us updated as we did an emergency unblock of several entrances to provide an escape for any hunted foxes, then moved away quickly in case any headed our way, so as not to scare them off (we did a more thorough unblock at the end of the day).

Hounds picked up, losing the scent repeatedly for around 25 minutes, until it went completely quiet. We were inland and couldn't see or hear the hunt at all - they had run away again. Then our driver was passed by the hound van, going back into the meet. We did a circuit, headed inland to listen for the Hunt at various points, checked more setts... but no sign of them. Two Hunt Masters drove past us separately. It was an very early pack-up.

Hunt on the run all day, terriermen being watched by sabs most of the day, a sett unblocked to help foxes and badgers, one (very) frustrated Huntsman, more people out checking setts later and fighting the cull... Support us if you can by liking and sharing our posts and page and financially if possible - we couldn't do as much as we do without our fantastic supporters! The blocked sett (and any others found around this meet) is within the West Glos cull zone where a 'supplementary cull' continues. Video to follow so watch this space. PayPal.me/threecountiessabs.

 

LACS says viable hunting cases being dropped - Act must be strengthened

6-11-18   Yorkshire Post    Prosecution against Doncaster Hunt dropped amid calls for hunting rules to be changed     An animal welfare charity has called for changes to hunting rules after a prosecution after a Doncaster area Hunt was dropped. The League Against Cruel Sports has backed calls for the Hunting Act to be strengthened after a prosecution against the Badsworth and Bramham Fox Hounds hunt was dropped earlier this year. The Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hounds Hunt has been targeted by the League Against Cruel Sports. In the incident near Sykehouse, video evidence showed the hunting pack pursuing a fox along a canal towpath at the New Junction Canal, with the identified Huntsman encouraging the hounds will a horn and voice calls. The incident, which occurred on 13 January, was investigated and dropped without prosecution in July.

Martin Sims, Director of Investigations at the League Against Cruel Sports, formerly Chief Inspector with Sussex Police and Head of the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit, said: “After 31 years in the police I know what a good case looks like.

When it comes to hunting, there are far too many strong cases being dropped by the police or CPS where their reasoning is weak at best, and dangerously flawed at worst. The pro-hunting lobby claim that the cases are being brought by animal rights extremists who don’t understand the countryside. In my team at the League we have over 120 years of police experience between us and we beg to differ. I understand that both identifying illegal hunting, and prosecuting it successfully, are difficult. Hunting takes place in remote areas. The difference between illegal hunting and legal hunting can be narrow – a horn call from the Huntsman sending the hounds after a fox, for example, may prove illegality, if it is captured on video and identified by someone who understands what they are seeing. But too many times, crucial evidence is being misunderstood or ignored.”

In a Guardian article reporting on the prosecutions being dropped, Sue Hayman, shadow Environment Secretary, said: “The government must enhance and strengthen the Hunting Act, as Labour has pledged, closing loopholes that allow for illegal hunting of foxes and hares. Sweeping government cuts to police forces and the lack of resource for the National Wildlife Crime Unit are having a clear impact on investigating and convicting those responsible for wildlife crimes.” The Guardian reported that in parts of the country, recorded hunting offences are on the rise, yet the number of overall prosecutions more than halved from 127 in 2014 to 52 in 2017.

The League Against Cruel Sports has started a petition calling for an end to the killing of animals by hunts in the UK. The petition has over 100,000 signatures.

 

Bicester FH hounds said to be running amok in area of Aylesbury

Reports of hounds chasing foxes past house, hounds in garden

5-11-18 Bucks Herald   Hunt dogs seen chasing foxes in Watermead    It is currently being claimed that hunt dogs are chasing foxes in Watermead, Aylesbury, including through residential areas.

Multiple members of the public have reported on Social Media witnessing the chase with one person saying:- “They were running through our garden!” : Another posting:- “Yes the poor foxes came flying past our house. A horrible 'sport'!” We have contacted the police for comment.

 

Eggesford FH kill fox & deer - chase many, perhaps 'bagged' foxes

Sabs prevent one fox driven to ground being dug out 

Hunt again criss-cross railway - after 6 hounds killed there last week

4-11-18   Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs    Eggesford Hunt 3.11.2018     Yesterday we hit the Eggesford Hunt's opening meet at Duncan Tucker's farm, Crooke Burnell near North Tawton, together with members of South Devon Animal Rights. After the Eggesford got their hounds killed last weekend anyone would think they'd be trying to avoid the railway, however Tucker's land is bordered by EggesfordFHHuntsmanJasonMarles3-11-18.jpga railway line, which hounds and hunt staff crossed several times over the course of the first few hours. We ask again: trail-laying across railway lines?!

Duncan and Jason Marles [left] couldn't keep a straight face when they insisted, on camera (... confident that was a wise move, Jason?), that none of their hounds had been killed last weekend. That's how much they 'love' and appreciate their hounds. It's like those hounds never existed. They're nothing but tools to them, easily replaced.

Back to yesterday:- From start to finish hounds were on foxes. We don't remember seeing this many foxes in one day in a very long time. Judging by the state of some of the ones we saw, we suspect many of them were bagged foxes. Often these are foxes that were hunted on a previous occasion, went to ground in a fox earth or badger sett, were dug out by the terriermen and then kept in store to be hunted again another day.

It's pretty obvious when bagged foxes are in play. They often magically appear close to where terriermen have just been, sometimes a couple of foxes at the same time. They look exhausted and disorientated, having spent days and sometimes weeks in confinement, which is stressful enough for a wild animal. The moment their paws touch the grass they might think for a split second they're free again, but then they hear the blood-curdling sound of the huntsman's horn and hounds running at them in full cry. In what old hunting books sometimes describe as "giving the fox a second chance", this poor animal is about toEggesfordFHFoxkilledby3-11-18.jpg be hunted again but with all the odds stacked against them. They may be starving. Injured even. They are dropped into unfamiliar territory with no knowledge of escape routes to relive the nightmare they've already lived before.

With these tactics the fox usually doesn't stand a chance. Whatever huntsmen think they're doing by using bagged foxes to guarantee a few kills, it only speaks to their incompetence. To have to cheat by releasing foxes to the hounds is not tradition, not sport (even in their own warped definition of sport), it's no demonstration of how well huntsman and hounds work together, and it certainly isn't pest control. There's recklessness and then there's cowardice. The Eggesford are experts in both areas.

In these circumstances, it was never going to be a kill-free day. In addition to the many foxes sabs caught glimpses of over the course of the day, with hounds in close pursuit, a freshly-killed fox was found next to a stream close to the meet with puncture wounds around its back end [above right]. The Eggesford hounds also fatally wounded a deer, which was seen being knelt on by one of the hunt members while it was still alive before it was then bundled into the back of a Land Rover and driven away. They won't have been the only victims.

However several foxes did get away thanks to vigilance and excellent teamwork, and we were grateful to have others out with us yesterday. A few foxes went to ground out of sight of the Hunt and their locations were guarded by sabs. At Ashridge the hounds marked an earth. Some of the older terriermen EggesfordFHheeprescuedbysabs3-11-18.jpgarrived and Jason took the hounds away, managing to lose most of the pack in the process. While the terriermen not-so-subtly hung around nearby, seemingly waiting for others to join them, sabs continued to watch from a distance out of sight until it looked like Jason was making his way back towards the earth and it was time to intervene. To their dismay the terriermen then realised sabs were there and decided to leave the earth alone. That fox was able to make a getaway. Sabs intervened at other crucial points during the day, covering the foxes' line and rating hounds back, including at the very end when hounds were on the tail of a beautiful fox but sabs were able to help that fox get away. Sabs also freed a sheep that had got its head stuck through a barbed wire fence [left].

Some more taxpayers' money was wasted yesterday. An ambulance had to attend after a rider fell off a horse and police were called out by Duncan Tucker, whose attempt to get those pesky sabs moved on immediately involved making up that sabs were carrying weapons. "They might be armed" and later "Yes they are armed. TWO firearms."

If our tip-off line is anything to go by, the state of popularity of Devon's Hunts has truly hit rock bottom. It's time to shake things up a bit this season and with your support we plan to do just that. https://www.paypal.me/dchs 07717473305 devoncountysabs@riseup.net.

 

'Drunk' Cheshire Forest FH Whip lashes out - hits antis, hounds, own horse

Police have to attend to sort out Hunt's chaos on busy road - then Whip

4-11-18   Facebook - Cheshire Against Blood    Cheshire Forest meet at Peover Hall   We arrived early at Peover Hall with our friends Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs to make sure we were in position for the Hunt when they left, after all we know how sneaky Andrew German can be, when we arrived we were greeted in the middle of the road by a couple of riders who appeared to be lost, upon asking them this question they confirmed they were definitely lost and had no idea how to get to the meet - fabulousCheshireForestFHdrunkviolentWhip3-11-18.jpg start to their day! In fact a lot of the field got lost during the course of the day!

With all possible means of escape covered by cabs and sabs we lay in wait and it appears this caused a great deal of confusion for the hunt as there were groups of riders here, there and everywhere, some went in one field, some went to the end of the drive and turned round and came back, with complaints of we don’t know where to go, some were jumping fences, some fell off… cue the Benny Hill theme music …

Then they decided they could wait no more they made a failed attempt of escaping cross country, we found the hounds and were on them straight away. They then took a route not far from Lower Moss Wood Wildlife Hospital where we had already collaborated with our friends from Wounded Badger Patrol to make sure there was absolutely no chance of them going near the hospital, this obviously pissed German off as he gave them a lot of verbal abuse, makes us wonder why he felt such frustration...

The Hunt then crossed the very busy Chelford Road before emerging onto Marthall Road, with horses and hounds all over the road and traffic coming to a halt it was only a matter of time before the police showed up and we witnessed them making the hunt move over and use the verges as they literally spread out everywhere.

The Hunt then went cross country heading towards Mobberley, however with a CABS Monitor and also the sabs runners running with them they didn’t have chance to chase any foxes. The Hunt made a u-turn but Cabs and sabs gave chase and this was pretty much the story of the day - we didn’t lose them once.

They went across country and we spoke to a local vegetable farmer who had just sown his field and was not happy the Hunt were on his land and was most pleased to see us. He then told us where they were headed next! It’s great when the locals stand up to the Hunt, but typical of the arrogance of the Hunt, that they feel they can stomp over peoples livelihoods. With Cabs and sabs still on them we fled to the next expected location and waited... it wasn’t long before we could hear and see them.

CheshireForestFHPCWhip_3-11-18.jpgWe pulled up by Oak Wood, and it appeared the hounds had been split up, we could see the field holding up the wood the way they do when cubbing (surrounding and spreading out to turn anything back in) Andrew German the hunt master had taken half the pack into the woods whilst Hayden Hankey the whipper in stayed in the cropped corn field with the remaining hounds and 30+ horses. You’d think being second in command would be a great privilege and something someone with fox killing intentions may ‘aspire’ to reach(we use that term loosely) ..but not for Hayden Hankey. Hayden appeared to be extremely drunk, wobbling around on top of his horse, unable to control it and himself. Cabs Monitors headed towards the crowd videoing the commotion, the hounds were running riot whilst Hayden Hankey seemed more interested in intimidating and threatening cabs and sabs than looking after his pack.

Hayden started lassoing his lengthy whip round in circles smacking the ground, we witnessed several hounds being struck by his whip and he also whipped his horse in the face, this beautiful horse had a huge wheal across his face and was later seen to be lame. We are collating this footage to pass on to the RSPCA, he had no right to turn his aggression onto innocent animals.

His aggression then turned to us, a sab was nearby and Hayden went for him and whipped him to the ground, we shouted and explained we had it all on film but he didn’t care and continued to go on his rampage of whipping anything in sight.

They then started circling a number of CABS and sabs and were trying their best to intimidate us by kicking out at sabs, throwing clenched fists in our faces, pulling hats off, hitting people on the head with the whips (in front of police) and finally head butting a sab.

All of this was caught on camera, riders were pleading with Hankey to stop, it’s extremely intimidating being surrounded by a group of horses and being ridden into you, then add riders that are kicking out at you and waving whips, under such provocation it’s very hard not to defend yourself. Police were present, helicopters in the air and sirens going, it was all very silly, all of this just because we wouldn’t let them find and kill a fox! There is a lot of footage of this incident, from several different angles that we will pass on to the police.

After explaining to the police Hayden Hankey tried to CheshireForestFHHuntsmanridesover3-11-18.jpgexplain they had laid a trail in the woods and that we were calling the hounds into the road which is of course very dangerous, something no animal lover would ever do, he just couldn’t stop the lies dribbling out of his mouth, though it’s also highly doubtful that the police could understand his slurring anyway.

However with monitors filming from several locations we can confirm not one hound headed anywhere near the road, they were more bothered about getting away from Crazy Eyed Hankey.

Andrew German the Hunt Master reappeared from the woods with a glum look on his face, CABS and sabs had been in there with him and he hadn’t been able to find a fox!

On route to the next location it became apparent that Hayden’s horse was injured, which we were not surprised after the way he had dragged it round, that poor horse deserved far better treatment than he got.

After discovering Andrew German obviously finding out what an embarrassment his second in command had been, then sent Hayden Hankey home for the day, probably to sober up, we said bye bye and watched him slump on his horse back to Peover Hall. We wonder how he’s feeling today?!

The Hunt then headed back to Peover Hall where the majority of the field packed up, but not German, oh no he needed his fox fix and attempted to sneak out of Peover Hall to an area we have previously witnessed him kill a fox in January, but even then he had no alone time and with people in the woods and surrounding the woods he had no choice but to skulk back to Peover Hall and ponder on the totally crap day he had.

We are certain there were no kills, we definitely ruined their day and Hayden Hankey has once again embarrassed himself and the Cheshire Forest Hunt. If you are reading this Hayden Hankey and can’t remember what you did or said yesterday, we have it all on film so please don’t worry.

CABS and sabs finished the day with a group photo and went onto the pub. A good day all round. If you’d like to support us in the field please buy us a coffee - http://ko-fi.com/cheshireagainstbloodsports.

 

 

Blocked setts at Ledbury FH meet, sabs help ensure no kills

4-11-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    Blocked badger setts at Ledbury Hunt opening meet Ledbury Hunt, 2nd November 2018, Opening Meet, Corse Lawn Hotel     The Ledbury Hunt held their opening meet today from Corse Lawn Hotel. It was a smaller gathering than we're used to seeing at this meet, but known members of hunt staff from the South Herefordshire Hunt were in attendance, including Major Darling. Hunts in Gloucestershire have been a lot more wary about blocking badger setts since our data went public last season and a dossier was sent to the police - good teamwork with our sister group Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch and written about in the latest issue of Howl (magazine of the Hunt Saboteurs Association) - but we still find the odd sett tampered with and so some of our group were out early this morning having spent the night fighting the badger cull (the supplementary cull in West Gloucestershire continues).

Known artificial earths, badger setts and drains were checked and documented - finding and unblocking setts can save lives as open entrances allow foxes to escape below ground and dig-outs by terriermen are easier to spot and intervene in. Once at the meet we listened to perhaps the shortest speech ever given, especially by this lot, and the Hunt crossed the road and headed inland just after 11am. 

We got ahead of them and intercepted them as they hunted between Werth Lane and Lower Farm in the Chaceley area, scent being disrupted both by the sun, as the day was now warming up a bit, and by our two foot sabs. Hunt staff had changed into black coats from red ones in order to be less identifiable, a tactic used by the Hunt for several seasons now. This is an area in which we've caught them hunting on several previous occasions. Hounds did pick up several times but only once did this lead to the chase of a fox who we believe escaped into the Forthampton area (where the Hunt cannot go during shooting season as the gamekeeper becomes livid at them for scaring away the pheasants). On another occasion hounds rioted on a hare, rated back by sabs and then by the whippers-in when they knew we were filming them.

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After going back and forth in the area for nearly 2 hours, the Hunt finally moved on (with sabs being told to f**k off by master Roger Warner). We could see that they were heading in the direction of Haw Bridge. Getting in front of the Hunt, we covered the line of a fox who had darted along a hedge-line and watched as hounds struggled to pick up the scent properly.

Due to our presence, Huntsman Mark Meladay spent far less time than he usually would trying to encourage them to pick up again and they moved off once more, crossing the road and heading in the direction of a known artificial earth and an old badger sett where a dig-out took place a couple of seasons back. Other sabs were spotted arriving in the area and were able to keep up with the Hunt whilst our foot sabs came back out to the road.

Second-horsing happened mainly on the move near a wildlife reserve in Ashleworth, the driver of whiteLedburyFHBlockedsett_3-11-18.jpg pick-up GJ58 PLV swerving towards our sabs on a track at around 25mph, annoyed at our mere presence. Hounds again failed to stay on any scents and the Hunt returned to Tirley where they hunted near Roger Warner's Townstreet Farm.

Hearing hounds pick up and believing that they may be marking to ground, foot sabs ran inland once again (we covered a fair few miles throughout the day!). Sab driver told us that terriermen left a covert soon after a fox broke cover and ran... coincidence or highly suspicious? We headed back to the road and chased the Hunt up a nearby hill, followed by terriermen. Hounds had "checked" (lost the scent temporarily and were trying to pick up again) and Mark re-cast them, making a swift U-turn and leaving once more as we came across a blocked badger sett in the field [right].

Hounds drew blank in hedgerows and coverts through Tirley, our two foot sabs inland as they drew through fields of kale while our driver covered the road where we've known foxes to run in the past. But hounds drew a total blank for the ten or so minutes they were running around. Mark took them quickly towards Eldersfield and straight up to Berth Hill from here. Spotting other sabs on one side of the hill, we stayed on another so the Hunt were well covered as hounds chased round and round the hill on a scent. A muntjac broke cover in our direction [below] (foxes often run the same lines as the scent of the deer helps to cover their scent) but we heard rating by other sabs and a fox had broken in their direction. We could see whippers-in whipping hounds back from the road and Mark gathered the pack and took them towards Pigeon House Farm.

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You could be forgiven at this point for thinking that the Hunt were packing up. The hound box was at the farm and it was getting dark quickly (and therefore less safe to hunt). But no... Mark took hounds inland and down towards Nash End where they picked up on a scent intermittently. We made our way over towards a very well known badger sett, a good place for foxes to try to head to in order to escape below ground and, sure enough, found it blocked. Having been unable to hold a line despite trying now for around 20 minutes, with visibility decreasing rapidly and having seen us unblocking the sett [below], filming the hounds and looking still fresh enough to intervene if needed, Mark made the wise decision to finally pack up. At 5pm.

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A long day, but well worth going out. We'll be writing more on our website (network23.org/3CHuntSabs) about tactics and also our effect on Hunts blocking setts in the near future so watch this space! Support us if you can by liking and sharing our page and posts and financially if possible using paypal.me/threecountiessabs.

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                                    Masked-up terriermen and huntsman 

 

At last, mainstream media tells it how it is on hunting

Albeit in an opinion, not a news, article

4-11-18   Observer      Let’s cut to the chase about hunting and how it brazenly flouts the law   Tradition be damned. The simple fact about this callous pastime is that it is illegal Why are foxhunters still allowed to blatantly flout the law in a way that simply wouldn’t be countenanced if someone dressed up in another kind of costume (Batman? The clown from It?) to, say, rob an off-licence?

Labour has pledged to close loopholes in the 2004 Hunting Act that allow blood sports to masquerade as “trail hunting”. While illegal hunting (of foxes and hares) is reputed to be as widespread as ever, convictions have fallen to a record low. Government cuts undermine the efforts of the National Wildlife Crime Unit, while cases have been dropped by the police and Crown Prosecution Service, with vital evidence said to be “misunderstood or ignored”.

There are reports of hunters celebrating as foxes and hares are ripped apart, interference with badger BarbaraEllenGuardianjourno.jpgsetts (to stop foxes escaping underground) and disingenuous guff about trail hunts, said to require significant amounts of fox urine, or artificial liquids, that Hunts never seem to invite outsiders to see being prepared.

Oddly, despite claims of being “hounded” themselves, hunters also never seem interested in doing the one thing that would instantly stop all the accusations and conjecture: invite volunteer riders from, for instance, animal welfare groups to join the rides/trail hunts/whatever. If nothing illegal is going on, and it’s just a smashing day out, you’d have thought that hunts would be desperate to have witnesses along to confirm it. It’s almost odd that foxhunting continues to involve such a plethora of divisive issues, extending beyond class.

Who thinks foxhunting should be illegal anyway? Well, you do. At least according to poll after poll showing people are robustly committed to the ban (85% in one poll commissioned from Ipsos Mori by the League Against Cruel Sports). Theresa May found this out when she pledged to give MPs a free vote on bringing back foxhunting, a plan she later hastily dropped, admitting there was a “clear message” against it from the public.

Indeed, for such an archaic niche pursuit in our predominantly urbanised nation, it’s almost odd that foxhunting continues to involve such a plethora of divisive issues, extending beyond class: you know, town versus country, modernity versus tradition, normal versus pathetic. There’s also the fact that, hey, it takes all sorts and if some people enjoy dressing up in a snazzy scarlet jacket and breeches to resemble a sex dream that the late Dame Barbara Cartland might have had, the rest of us should try our hardest not to be mean and judgmental about it.

However, the most salient point of all is simply that foxhunting is illegal. Even people who aren’t strongly against hunting would doubtless balk at hunters arrogantly flouting laws that everyone else has to live by. Posturing about “tradition” is an irrelevance.

If the law is the law when someone breaks into a car, or holds a knife to a throat, it remains the law when people illegally hunt. The legal system should not be a rural pick and mix.

Barbara Ellen

 

Sabs guard fox bolt hole to ensure no dig by Ashford Valley FH

3-11-18   Facebook - West Kent Hunt Sabs   KENT SABS ARE CURRENTLY PREVENTING THE ASHFORD VALLEY & TICKHAM HUNT FROM DIGGING OUT A FOX THEY RAN TO GROUND    We’ve been outside the hole protecting the fox for an hour with the terrier men refusing to leave, Police have been called.... more updates to follow...

UPDATE: 5pm - Terrier men gave up after 1.5 hours and left. Sabs remained at the hole for over 2 hours in case they came back. Part of our group witnessed the hunt pack up at 2pm! I wonder why? Caught red handed! Full report on the day to come in the next 24hrs.

 

Locals support sabs as they pull Mendip Farmers FH hounds off 2 foxes

Rider thrown after jumping hedge on to busy main road, horse distressed 

3-11-18   Facebook - Bristol Hunt Saboteurs    Joining Bath Hunt Saboteurs again today, we headed down to Priddy in Somerset to sab the opening meet of the Mendip Farmers’ Hunt. They met on Priddy Green, moving off with us in tow at about 11.20.

Within half an hour of being in the field sabs witnessed a fox fleeing a dense area of scrub, with hounds following close behind. We were straight into action, spraying citronella behind it and stopping the hounds. When the Huntsman realised we were there he called the hounds back and moved off.

Shortly after, hounds were again on the scent of a fox. We managed to catch up with the pack and lifted their heads with use of voice calls, before they were called off once again.

We stayed on the Hunt throughout the day, with them seeming in complete disarray at times.

As darkness started to set in frustration on their part was starting to show. Supporters got pushy with sabs and one of our tyres was let down, but we soon had it replaced.

From start to finish we had many words of support from locals and passers-by, which backed up what we‘ve heard about the hunt being particularly disliked in this area. If you live locally or have any information on them, then check out the Locals Against The Mendip Farmers Hunt page! Mendip Farmers, we’ll be seeing you again very soon...

If you support our work & want to keep us in the field, please consider donating; paypal.me/bristolhuntsabs.  

3-11-18   Facebook - Bath Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO  Today was the opening meet of the Mendip Farmers' Hunt at Priddy Green - and Bath and Bristol Hunt Saboteurs were there to greet them! Leaving the meet at around 11.20 the Hunt tried to shake off sabs but we were able to keep tabs on them all day.

We're used to seeing the way hunters treat horses but we were left speechless at what we witnessed today - a female rider jumped from a field into a busy main road without looking, nearly taking out a hunt master and pedestrians. The rider was thrown from her horse and the horse was clearly distressed, the incident could have been far worse however. We also witnessed a horse foaming at the mouth with a rider who clearly didn't know what they were doing and there was a LOT of drinking going on with a sab being ridden at.

The hounds went into cry a number of times but sabs were on hand to take them off the foxes' scent and we know that we saved lives today. Our successful sabbing obviously was too much for the beleaguered Hunt who had to instruct their terriermen to try to intimidate us - not going to happen!

We loved the support we had from local people, who told us exactly what they thought of the Mendip Farmers' Hunt - they are not popular in Priddy! Till the next time...

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Sabs save fox from jaws of hounds on Belvoir FH no kill day

3-11-18   Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs    Another trip to the Belvoir today with the ever pleasant Lincoln Hunt Saboteurs. This week they met at Newlands Farm, Langar. It was warmer and they had a far smaller field than last week but pretty much everything else was the same - they hunted, we stopped them, the Huntsman was grumpy and strange men on quads and in vehicles shadowed our every move.

From the meet he headed South, then West, then North with sabs following close behind. Take our word for it it was gripping stuff! Hounds briefly went into cry but the pack split, they lost the scent and off he went again. Shortly before second horses they were hunting their favourite Jericho Covert. Sabs were standing right by the Huntsman, Whip and field when a fox burst out of the covert closely pursued by hounds. He almost turned back towards the hounds but made good his escape and sabs were able to rate the pack and give him time to lose himself.

After second horsing they headed into the vast area by Langar Airfield. We lost them briefly but we know he always likes to hunt the disused railway lines later in the day and sure enough there he was. Sabs kept a close eye on him as darkness started to fall and happily watched him pack near Harby Hills. It was certainly a long, hard day but they didn't kill and riders could be seen leaving early complaining about what a waste of time it was when sabs were present. Job done!

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Claim fell packs not seeking NT licences because afraid of antis

3-11-18   Times    Hunts become the hunted in Lakes    There will be no packs of hounds this winter for the first time in hundreds of years after the hunts claimed that rule changes by the charity left farmers at risk of attack by animal rights activists. The number of hunts seeking licences to use National Trust land across England and Wales has fallen by more than half after they were told it will start publishing the dates of their meetings. The six Lake District fell packs who use land farmed by National Trust tenants have accused it of destroying a tradition dating back generations.

Potter was a key benefactor of the Trust. When she died in 1943, she left the charity 4,000 acres of the Lake District as well as 14 farms. The naughty foxhound puppies in The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck are reputed to have been based on those from the Coniston Foxhounds Hunt.

Neil Salisbury, secretary of the Central Committee of Fell Packs, which follow the dogs on foot rather than horseback, said: “Beatrix Potter would feel betrayed. She walked hounds for the Coniston, she subscribed to the hunt and we have pictures of her out with the hounds. “She did not hold with hare hunting or stag hunting but she was adamant that fox hunting must continue because she was so instrumental in preserving the Herdwick sheep breed and she knew the damage that foxes did to lambs.”

Mr Salisbury said that the fell packs had been working successfully with the National Trust since hunting wild animals with dogs was outlawed in 2005 but the new rule on publicising hunt dates was introduced without consultation. “The Trust has been taken over by liberals,” he said. “It is the thin edge of the wedge of the attack on our way of life. Hunting has been part of the cultural life of the Lake District for hundreds of years. It is the passion of the dalesmen. We have just been given world heritage site status. One of the criteria is that the social and cultural heritage of farming must be protected and they are just driving a coach and horses through it at the moment.”

Mr Salisbury said that publishing the dates of the meetings left tenant farmers and their families at the risk of attack. “We have busloads of masked thugs coming up here, going into farmyards, they are going into small villages and it is intimidation and harassment,” he claimed.

Before the Trust began changing the rules last year it issued licences to 67 hunts. It is believed that fewer than 25 have applied this year.

Tim Bonner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, the pro-hunting lobby group, said: “There is very significant concern across the hunting community. It is quite clear that the Trust, which has five million members, has succumbed to the pressure of a few hundred fanatics. The anti-hunt movement has identified the National Trust as a soft target.”

Anti-hunting groups claim that Hunts do not want the dates published as they want to avoid monitoring of their activities. They claim the trail hunts, in which hounds follow the scent of an animal, are a cover for the unlawful pursuit of foxes.

Martin Sims, director of investigations at the League Against Cruel Sports and a former head of the National Wildlife Crime Unit, said: “We condemn violence and abuse on either side, but I feel the Hunts are trying to distract people,” he said. “If they weren’t hunting illegally, then nobody would care about what they were doing. By publishing details of when they are hunting, there is a chance that people might see what they are up to. The fact is, Hunts are using trail hunting as an excuse to chase and kill animals.”

A National Trust spokesman said: “We license trail hunting under certain conditions designed to allow participants to take part in this activity where they are compatible with our conservation aims. We are expecting to license a broadly similar number of trail hunts to last year across England and Wales, which suggests that hunting groups are happy with the current framework. We actively encourage an open dialogue with all Hunts who have concerns over the licensing framework and have offered to meet those who voiced their opposition to working within the guidelines.”

POWAperson comments  -   The article is a farrago of nonsense and lies. I am willing to bet that the fell packs will go out just as often as ever. If they haven't got licences to carry out their mythical 'trail hunting' on NT land they will simply trespass and the NT will do little or nothing about it.  Sabs and monitors are perfectly capable of finding out when and where their meets are without the NT telling them, as the Hunts know very well. It is disappointing for Martin Sims to refer to violence on both sides - 99.9% of violence, criminal damage, threatening behaviour comes from the hunters - unsurprisingly, since violence is their stock in trade.

 

LACS record 9 mile stag hunt & kill by D&S SH for 'research'

2-11-18   LACS Press Release   VIDEO  TV  TV   Trophy hunting or ‘research’? Answers demanded by charity as new footage reveals the cruel world of a stag hunt     Professional investigators from the League Against Cruel Sports were joined by the BBC as they monitored the Devon and Somerset Staghounds as they chased a red deer stag across nine miles of moorland before shooting it in an Exmoor river. At least two gun shots, separated by over a minute, rang out indicating the kill was botched and footage was later obtained of the Hunt ritually carving up the carcass of the animal.

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Martin Sims, Director of Investigations at the League Against Cruel Sports, and former head of the National Wildlife Crime Unit and a serving police officer for 31 years, said:- “The idea that this Hunt is undertaking research and observation is ridiculous – this is simply illegal hunting but with a lame excuse not dissimilar to the Japanese Government’s rationale for butchering whales. It’s a cruel and unnecessary spectator sport with horrible parallels to trophy hunting only the long chase makes it even worse.”

The Devon and Somerset Staghounds have been using a loophole in the hunting law which they claim allows them to hunt under the guise of ‘research and observation’, though the League believes this is a cover for illegal hunting.

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Sir David Amess MP for Southend West, patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, said:- "I am appalled to see the hunting of deer with hounds still taking place across the British countryside. The pursuit of deer to exhaustion, ending with a bullet to the head and being carved up for trophies, is truly shocking and the public expect such cruel and macabre bloodsports to be consigned to the history books. The Hunting Act must be strengthened as a matter of urgency, including by removing the ‘research and observation’ exemption, so that there can be no cover for this cruelty."

The incident happened in the last week of October 2018, 13 years after hunting with dogs was banned in England and Wales. It featured on the South West BBC regional news with presenter Ben Woolvin who accompanied League Investigators, including former police officers, as they monitored the Devon and Somerset Staghounds.

The Devon and Somerset Staghounds were followed by hundreds of people on horseback, in cars, and on quad bikes and motor bikes. Hunt officials were caught on camera collecting the ‘cap’, the fee that is charged to people who follow the hunt as spectators throughout the day as red deer are chased and killed.

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Martin Sims, said:- “We sadly witnessed a magnificent creature being hounded for miles across Exmoor before being shot and carved up for trophies. There is no excuse for what happened and sadly this is going on week in, week out for most of the year. We have evidence that hundreds of deer are being killed by the Hunts each season in a cruel and barbaric fashion that has no place in a modern and compassionate society.”

Prior to the hunting ban coming into effect in 2005, the chasing of deer was proven to cause deer extreme physiological stress along with mental distress in a major study by Professor Patrick Bateson. Unable to sweat, the deer often end up in water at the end of the chase –this particular stag was killed in the river Barle.

League Investigators heard two shots after the three-hour chase and then filmed the dead deer being loaded up onto the back of a four-wheel drive. The carve-up, which was filmed by both the League and the BBC at the end of the hunt, involves the deer’s entrails being fed to the hounds and the hooves, known as slots, and the teeth given out as trophies to supporters of the Hunt. The heart is normally given to the owner of the land where the deer was killed and the head and antlers given to the Master of the Hunt as a trophy.

Three Hunts are currently chasing and killing red deer in Devon and Somerset – the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, the Quantock Staghounds and the Tiverton Staghounds. A further two hunts – the Exe Valley Buckhounds and the Cheldon Buckhounds – are chasing and killing roe deer, the eponymous hero of the Bambi novel.

The red deer hunts have just finished their stag hunting season and are about to switch to killing hinds – sometimes pregnant and often accompanied by calves. A League petition calling for an end to the killing of animals by Hunts in the UK has attracted over 100,000 signatures.

 

Labour reaffirms its intention to strengthen the Hunting Act 2004

2-11-18   Guardian    Labour pledges to tighten up hunting laws as convictions fall   Exclusive: party vows to axe legal loopholes that activists say let blood sports continue    Earlier this year, Theresa May ditched plans to give MPs a free vote on ending the ban on foxhunting. Labour has announced that it would strengthen the 2004 Hunting Act if elected and remove legal loopholes that campaigners say allow blood sports to continue under the guise of trail hunting.

Convictions have fallen to historic lows, despite claims from hunting groups that the practice is as popular as ever, following cuts that “severely compromised” the work of the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU). Environmental groups have long criticised the act, saying although many cases are supported by evidence of foxes and hares being killed by hounds, they are often not followed up.

Sue Hayman [left], the shadow environment secretary, said austerity measures had made convictions for wildlife crimes less likely and urged the government to make hunting laws tougher in order that they are an effective deterrent. 

SueHaymanMP.jpegThe government must enhance and strengthen the Hunting Act, as Labour has pledged, closing loopholes that allow for illegal hunting of foxes and hares,” she said. “Sweeping government cuts to police forces and the lack of resource for the National Wildlife Crime Unit are having a clear impact on investigating and convicting those responsible for wildlife crimes.”

The League Against Cruel Sports, which campaigns against hunting, has claimed “dangerously flawed reasoning” is behind cases being dropped by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service, with crucial evidence “misunderstood or ignored”.

After 30 years in the police, I know what a good case looks like,” said Martin Sims [below right], the league’s director of investigations, formerly a chief inspector with Sussex police and the head of the NWCU. When it comes to hunting, there are far too many strong cases being dropped by the police or CPS where their reasoning is weak at best and dangerously flawed at worst … Too many times, crucial evidence is being misunderstood or ignored. The Hunting Act needs to be strengthened so it can achieve what was intended – an end to the killing of animals by hunts. So-called ‘trail’ hunting needs to be exposed for what it is – a deliberate conspiracy to circumvent the law.”

In Hampshire last November, police dropped a case involving alleged illegal hare hunting after being told by the hunt that the animals involved were rabbits, which are covered by an exemption in the act. Activists claimed video footage showed a hare being ripped apart by hounds as a huntsman stood close by.

In another abandoned case, activists alleged there was clear video evidence of members of a Hunt in Yorkshire interfering with a badger sett – a move that could stop foxes escaping underground. However, the CPS said there were problems identifying the suspects, even though they were recorded referring to each other by name, and “the evidential test for prosecution was not met”.

In the same county in January, a huntsman was recorded appearing to encourage hounds to attack foxesMartinSimsLACHeadofInvestigations.jpeg with horns and voice calls, but the case was dropped by the CPS, which said “it was not possible to prove the suspect was in control of the hounds in pursuit of a wild mammal”. 

On Boxing Day last year, when 250,000 people were said to have participated in or supported meets, Cheshire police were passed footage that campaigners claimed showed a fox being chased and then torn into pieces by hounds as hunters celebrated. The Hunt’s activities were monitored and documented by the Hunt Saboteurs Association, a non-violent direct action group that aims to disrupt illegal hunting activity.

However, the CPS ruled there was insufficient evidence, leading to the Cheshire police commissioner ordering a review into the way hunting laws are upheld following a series of unpunished fox killings and evidence that hounds were still being trained to kill. A CPS spokesperson said: “We are committed to prosecuting wildlife crime, including unlawful hunting. We carefully consider all cases passed to us by the police and will not hesitate to charge where there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to do so.”

Since the Act was passed, the practice appears to have continued, with long-established Hunts saying they are following a pre-laid scent. However, significant amounts of fox urine or artificial liquids would be required for each Hunt, and the Countryside Alliance, which calls for anti-hunting laws to be repealed, has repeatedly refused to allow the Guardian to visit a preparation site.

In parts of the country, recorded hunting offences are on the rise, yet this is not reflected in the number of overall prosecutions, which more than halved from 127 in 2014 to 52 in 2017.

A Countryside Alliance spokesperson said: “Hunts comply with the law in line with the Hunting Act 2004, but despite this, there are numerous spurious allegations made regarding illegal hunting. This is largely down to a lack of understanding of the law and members of the public not realising that people following hounds across the countryside on horseback is still a perfectly legal activity. There have been just 24 convictions under the Hunting Act relating to registered Hunts since the act was enforced in February 2005 – this is despite more than a quarter of a million days’ hunting performed by over 250 hunts. These figures do not suggest that hunts are breaking the law.”

Last year, Theresa May said she had “always been in favour of foxhunting”, but plans to give MPs a free vote on the issue were later abandoned. The government has said there are no plans to amend the act during this parliament. Scotland has its own hunting legislation.

 

Warwickshire FH hunt through bTb affected  farm - again

2-11-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Warwickshire Hunt - Shipston On Stour - Wednesday 31st October    Warwickshire Hunt meet at a farm with an ongoing bTB outbreak in a potential new cull zone On Wednesday, the Warwickshire Hunt met at Whaddon Farm, Shipston On Stour. The governments own website run by DEFRA and APHA list Whaddon Farm as having an ongoing outbreak of bTB. We know that foxhounds can catch and spread bTB so why did the Warwickshire Hunt meet there?

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We asked the Hunt's senior joint-master and Hunt director Barbara Hester what biosecurity measures the Hunt had taken but she was unable to answer. We also asked when the Warwickshire Hounds were last tested for bTB, again she was unable to answer. We then asked her if the Warwickshire hounds had bTB, again she refused to answer. We can assume then that no biosecurity measure were taken and that the hounds may have bTB, especially after meeting at this farm.

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This isn’t the first time this season that the Warwickshire Hunt have been through a farm with bTB. We reported last month that they went through Calcutt House Farm near Lower Shuckburgh. From the meet the Hunt went to Charingworth, Stretton-On-Fosse and then Tidmington and back to Shipston. There are a lot of cattle in these areas so the Warwickshire Hunt may have been spreading bTB from farm to farm This area is also expected to be part of the Warwickshire badger cull zone next year, werhe badgers are being blamed for spreading a disease that the Warwickshire Hunt are partly at blame for spreading.

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We have already started sett surveying this area in preparation for a cull in 2019. We will continue to sett survey over the winter please contact either ourselves or Warwickshire Against The Cull if you would like to get involved.

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Melbreak FH caught interfering with badger sett - again

1-11-18  Facebook - Lancashire Huntsabs    VIDEO    Cumbria Huntwatch - Press Release   Melbreak Foxhounds disturb badger setts    In just two weeks, monitors from Cumbria Huntwatch (CHW) and Lancashire Hunt Saboteurs (LHS) have witnessed the Melbreak Foxhounds interfering with badger setts on two occasions. The accompanying video shows the huntsman from the Melbreak Foxhounds digging into a known badger sett at 14.19 pm on 22nd October 2018. He was accompanied by terriers, hounds, and two other men on Low Fell, near to Lorton, in the Lake District National Park.

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Prior to this, on 7th October 2018, monitors caught the Melbreak Foxhounds interfering with a badger sett at Cogra Moss on Forestry Commission land, also within the Lake District National Park, see footage from previous post here – https://bit.ly/2PvXRhw.Foxes

Foxes which are being chased will often enter a badger sett to escape from hounds and recover from exhaustion. Unfortunately it is common practice for Hunts to send terriers down the setts to flush out the foxes into the awaiting foxhounds. Both CHW and LHS believe the way the hounds are behaving on the video indicates they have done this many times before; they are waiting for the fox to be 'bolted' by the terriers.

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The Melbreak Hunt claims to have been trail hunting on those days; no Hunt in Britain which claims to be trail hunting needs to have terriers with it or do any form of digging near to a badger sett or anywhere else. On both of these occasions the Melbreak Foxhounds have been caught 'red handed'.

The rapid escape by the Huntsman to the left of the video footage occurred immediately after one of the monitors was spotted by a known hunt follower (hunt supporters are in radio contact with the Huntsman) - an unlikely action for an innocent man! The pattern of behaviour seen on the video was identical to that at Cogra Moss - as soon as the Huntsman realised he was being watched he made his escape and left others to gather up the hounds.

It is an offence under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 to:- Disturb badger setts, Deliberately send or intentionally allow a dog into a badger sett, Damage, destroy, or block access to badger setts.

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CHW and LHS believe it is inconceivable that Cumbria Constabulary are not aware of the illegal hunting practices of many of the county's Hunt packs and that any landowner who now allows the Melbreak Foxhounds onto their land are complicit in law breaking, by facilitating illegal hunting. CHW and LHS need help to prevent the Melbreak Foxhounds from continuing with their blatant abuse of the law. Please contact the following people / organisations and insist action is taken to close down this hidden cruelty and animal abuse which is so widespread in the Lake District National Park.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria email: mailto:commissioner@cumbria-pcc.gov.uk.

The Chief Constable, Cumbria Police email: michelle.skeer@cumbria.pnn.police.uk.

The Forestry Commission email: mailto:forestry@gsi.gov.uk.The

The Lake District National Park Authority hq@lakedistrict.gov.uk.

 

Cheshire FH ride through cattle, panicking horse herd in next field

1-11-18   Facebook - Cheshire Against Blood Sports   Cheshire Hounds, Willington    Today Cabs Monitors joined their friends Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs and went to pay a visit to the Cheshire Hounds,CharlieBarlowCheshireFH.jpg they met at Higher Barn Farm, Willington and as this farm has two exits it was a case of “you take the high road and we will take the low road” so after making sure that all the hedgerows were sprayed just in case they got straight onto a fox as the hounds were here quite early we then laid in wait for them.

It wasn’t long before we were with the Hunt and with great teamwork with the sabs we were able to keep on top of them, they tried to spend a lot of time around Willington Hall Hotel, with Hunt support and terrier boys lined up on either side of the roads surrounding the hotel, however they didn’t appear to know what was going on and just appeared to be staring aimlessly into the distance looking very fed up.

We then began a game of cat and mouse, the Hunt would try and hide but we would find them and they would move on and the gCheshireFHPanickedhorses1-11-18.jpgame continued for most of the day. The Hunt then spent a lot of time trying to hide in Oxpasture Wood but the sabs were with them constantly keeping them moving.

It was around here that Charlie Barlow (Hunt Master, right]) started acting rather bizarrely, he had clearly lost his horse somewhere during the morning and he had a proper melt down and started rushing round with his phone taking photos and shoving his phone in our faces. We aren’t sure what shocked us the most, seeing him without his riding hat on (creepy) or his crazy baggy pant outfit he was sporting, move over MC Hammer...

The Hunt moved off and there was a rather dangerous incident, the Hunt were racing quickly over the brow of a hill, through a field of cows, the cows were running for cover and a herd of 15/20 horses in an adjacent field were galloping around like crazy [left]. In these slippy conditions it’s a miracle that some of them didn’t break a leg, such was the panic being caused as the hunt finally emerged on to the road.

The terrier boys and the whipper in Jamie Whittles spent some time at the top of the hill, we will be checking video closely, however the hounds were clean when they emerged onto the road so while we can’t say for definite we don’t think there was a kill.

They then went on a little jolly around the roads before arriving back at Higher Barns Farm shortly before 3pm where they packed up. So it was a job well done and Cabs and Sabs headed off to the pub to finish the day.

 

OCTOBER 2018

….. 31st October - Atherstone FH Huntsman filmed whipping hound

….. 31st October - Cheshire FH rope in any old riders for opening meet

….. 31st October - Anti has threatening note from hunter & fox tail left on car

….. 30th October - Stag hunted 3 hours blasted to death after fighting off hounds

….. 29th October - Thurlow FH hounds maul muntjac deer to death

….. 29th October - Fox flees wood where terrierman seen & Warks FH hounds entered

….. 29th October - Beaufort FH chase fox through hamlet & into drain - fate unknown

….. 29th October - Quorn & Cottesmore FHs are preparing to merge

….. 29th October - 2 sabs attacked, 1 nicked as cops ignore Flint & Denbigh FH hunting

….. 29th October - Sab filming Southdown FH hunting ridden into by Huntsman

….. 28th October - Fox filmed fleeing for life from Surrey Union FH

….. 28th October -  Sabs cramp hunting style of Cottesmore and Quorn FHs

….. 28th October - Study claims whole-pack flushing of foxes quicker, so less cruel

….. 27th October - Acquitted Portman FH Huntsman out hunting foxes again 

….. 27th October - Six Eggesford FH hounds believed killed on railway line

….. 27th October - Puckeridge FH lash out at sabs as kept away from their fox 

….. 27th October - Frustrated Middleton FH riders charge horses at sabs

….. 27th October - Predictable Huntsman makes saving foxes from Belvoir FH easy for sabs

….. 27th October - Sabs constrain Tedworth FH, taking pack off Huntsman twice

….. 26th October - Portman FH cause prolonged chaos on A30

….. 26th October - Notorious hunt supporter jailed for repeated trolling of prominent anti

….. 26th October - Belvoir FH invited to meet in Grantham town centre on Boxing Day

….. 25th October - Surrey Union FH hunt illegally on National Trust land

….. 24th October - Sabs investigating reported fox kill by Hunt near Cheltenham

….. 24th October - S. Durham FH rider forces woman monitor into ditch with horse

….. 24th October - Holcombe Harriers chase and kill deer

….. 24th October - Natural Resources Wales licence gun packs to hunt foxes

….. 24th October - Warks FH hunt near housing estate and M40, fox escapes

….. 23rd October - Sabs see Cotswold Vale FH suddenly kill fox in hedgerow

….. 23rd October - NT licence 2 Hunts to use estate with unresolved bTb outbreak

….. 23rd October - S. Durham FH met at farm with confirmed case of strangles

….. 22nd October - Thurlow FH hunt brazenly and kill fox - sabs report to police

….. 22nd October - LACS say NT licencing 'trail hunts' that have already happened !

….. 21st October - Cheshire FH cause road havoc and hunt through bTb cattle farm

….. 21st October - Resident reports Cotswold Vale FH hounds out of control on A38

….. 21st October - N. Cotswold FH draw blank under sab gaze - blocked sett found

….. 21st October - Tip-off from public to sabs leads to N. Warks Beagles not going out

….. 20th October - Essex FH kill fox - police not interested, let hunt carry on

….. 20th October - Sabs sit in sett holes to stop Waveney Harriers digging out fox

….. 20th October - Sabs find dying deer savaged by Easton Harriers hounds

….. 20th October - Portman FH chase hunted fox across the A30

….. 20th October - Woman reports Tredegar FH trespassing & believed fox hunting

….. 20th October - Middleton FH hounds miss 2 foxes, sabs take pack off Huntsman

….. 19th October - Woman sab shaken off top of gate by Ashford V. FH supporter

….. 19th October - Four Burrow FH cubbing attempts fail to excite the hounds

….. 18th October - Fitzwilliam FH attempt to get injunction to keep sabs away

….. 18th October - Antis pack up Eton College Beagles caught chasing a hare

….. 18th October - Waveney Harriers chase muntjacs, get bird out just to fool police

….. 18th October - Antis to protest re. 'trail hunting' outside N.T.'s AGM

….. 18th October - DEFRA ignore wildlife crime in public forests

….. 17th October - Ashford V. FH chase fox into village - road chaos & hounds in gardens

….. 17th October - Monitors urge Cheshire fox Hunts to switch to drag/clean boot hunting

….. 16th October - Convicted dairy farmers supply dead calves to S&W. Wilts FH

….. 16th October - Warwickshire FH hunt fox along canal and through garden

….. 16th October - Derwent FH caught cubbing in same woods as taken to court for

….. 16th October - Snarling Ashford Valley FH supporter assaults sab

….. 15th October - Sabs ensure no fox kills at Lanarkshire FH Newcomers meet

….. 15th October - Ex-Huntsman tries to provoke sab into 'intimidating' him !

….. 15th October - League's Chief Investigator comments on attacks on LACS

….. 14th October - Hunting, coursing, shooting continue as hares face Myxy plague

….. 13th October - N. Warkwickshire Beagles packed up by sabs - in 3 minutes !

….. 13th October - Sabs make Berkeley FH Huntsman give up cubbing attempts 3 times

….. 13th October - Sab presence causes E. Sussex FH to actually lay a trail !

….. 13th October - Portman FH openly hunting foxes - again

….. 13th October - Nat. Trust appoints 'Trail-hunting Manager' to administer licences 

….. 12th October - Sabs scupper Oakley FH cubbing meet just by turning up

….. 12th October - IoW FH - 'violent bunch of sadists' - licenced by Nat. Trust

….. 11th October - Melbreak FH flee as sabs find them hunting on FC land w/o license

….. 11th October - Cheshire FH staff caught blocking sett in SSSI woodland

….. 11th October - King stag of Exmoor escapes D&S SH on to LACS sanctuary

….. 11th October - Cheshire police have used drone to monitor fox hunt

….. 10th October - Trial of two Buccleuch FH servants adjourned for two months

….. 10th October - Sabs save 3 hares from Easton Harriers as locals outraged by hunting

….. 10th October - N. Shropshire FH Huntsman is a convicted criminal

…..  9th October - Buccleuch FH trial shown covert video of hounds chasing fox

…..  9th October - Quantock SH quad biker alleged to have run over policeman

…..  9th October - Monitor tells of the bloody reality of Quantock FH stag hunt

…..  9th October - Monitors cover trail of fox fleeing Zetland FH

…..  9th October - Hunt hound found in Cheshire advertised on Facebook

…..  8th October - Warks FH block sabs in on road they allowed on & Hunt not

…..  8th October - Assault case against E. Sussex FH woman rider referred to DPP

…..  8th October - Beaufort FH hunt fox in village of Rodmarton

…..  8th October - Two Buccleuch FH members deny illegal hunting charges

…..  8th October - Mendip Farmers FH cub hunt, riot on deer, ride thru cattle fields

…..  7th October - Four injured hounds found on road in South Wales

…..  7th October - Sabs pull Cheshire Forest FH hounds off suspected bagged fox

…..  7th October - Portman FH hounds chase pet cat in wood - sabs aid escape

…..  6th October - Beaufort FH take hounds through middle of sheep flock

…..  6th October - Middleton FH cub hunt openly - hounds rated off one young fox

…..  6th October - Sabs stick to Quorn FH like glue, stopping them hunting

…..  6th October - Sabs cover trail of only fox Avon Vale FH were able to put up

…..  6th October - Sabs save fox from Fife FH who hunt around active sett

…..  6th October - Sabs pull N. Bucks Beagles off hare while hunters fields away

…..  6th October - VWH FH support block monitor car - then claim she 'breaking law' !

…..  6th October - Sab presence leads East Kent FH to early pack up

…..  6th October - E. Sussex woman rider pleads NG to 2 charges assault sabs

…..  5th October - Filming sab causes Warks FH to let nearly caught fox go free

…..  5th October - LACS bites back over 'false' allegations in Times newspaper

…..  5th October - Wynnstay FH riders use horses as weapons against sabs

…..  5th October - League accused of wanting to hack CA CEO's email account

…..  5th October - Coniston FH admit trespass on NT land 4 times last season

…..  3rd October - Hunt supporter steps down as Shropshire Wildlife Trust trustee

…..  3rd October - Wildlife Sanctuary bemoans Staitondale FH cubbing right by them

…..  3rd October - Woman sab driven at and injured at Essex & Suffolk FH meet

…..  3rd October - Warks FH ride through bTb farm as sabs keep them moving

…..  3rd October - Broken Atherstone FH hack around a while then go home

…..  2nd October - Waveney Harriers kill hare but can't find any foxes

…..  2nd October - S. Durham FH twice pull hounds off fox as monitors/police there

…..  2nd October - Farmer sees off Oakley FH as they trespass yet again

…..  2nd October - Muntjac scared on to road by Suffolk FH, injured by car

…..  2nd October - N. Cotswold FH hounds riot on deer - saved by sab 

…..  1st October - Sabs pull Surrey Union FH hounds off two foxes

…..  1st October - Foxes shot & displayed in internal Lake District Hunt feud

…..  1st October - Flint & Denbigh FH openly cub hunt but sabs avert kills 

 

Atherstone FH Huntsman filmed whipping hound

31-10-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   More animal cruelty from the Atherstone Hunt - Newbold Verdon - Tuesday 30th October 2018   On Tuesday we witnessed Atherstone Huntsman Bill Bishop whack his hounds with his whip. One of the hounds started barking at him, Bishop responded by swinging his whip and hitting the hound with it. This shows how much fox hunts love their hounds. We dread to think how these hounds are treated back at the kennels.

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Pic below   -   Huntsman about to whip hound 

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Cheshire FH rope in any old riders for opening meet

31-10-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    THE CHESHIRE HOUNDS HUNT TRIED SO HARD TO PUSH THE BOAT OUT FOR THEIR FIRST MEET... but after we were told this by someone inside the Hunt it made dealing with the havoc caused by these misguided people on their opening meet yesterday in Rushton, worthwhile:- "90% of those on a horse wouldn't know whether they were chasing a fox or a giraffe! They haven't got a clue. It's just follow the leader and once they're off the main road they have no idea where they are or which wood is which".

By the end of last season this Hunt were very low on numbers compared to past years, so seeing this bunch we realised that they must have been desperately phoning all their proverbial friends to bump up the numbers of their so-called riders [88 by my count]. We say 'so-called' riders because many of them couldn't even get onto a horse, some were drunk, some were too overweight, and some appeared never to have ridden a horse in their life.

We have film of one old boy backing his horse into a supporter's car, women riders cantering obliviously across the blind bend of an A Road and parents shouting at their children to stay put on their ponies.

All this pomp and ceremony will be quickly forgotten about as the season progresses, with us and other groups, not to mention an increasing number of angry locals, on their tail.

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Anti has threatening note from hunter & fox tail left on car

31-10-18   Daily Mail     'Every time you abuse a hunter on social media, another fox will die' - Animal rights activist finds dismembered fox's tail and chilling warning on his car - Ray Williams found a bloodied envelope on his car bonnet in Warwickshire - He had been attending a demonstration against a pork supplier for Tesco - The package contained a bloodied dismembered fox tail and a threatening note    A severed fox tail [below] was dumped on the car bonnet of a vegan animal activist warning him to stay away from hunters - or more 'will die'. A note was left under the windscreen of Ray Williams' car appearing to be from aggressive hunters.

After an animal rights demo at Hogwood Farm in Warwickshire Mr Williams returned to his vehicle to find a bloodied envelope under the windscreen wiper along with a fox's tail. The accompanying note said: 'Every time you abuse a hunter on social media. Another fox will die.'

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Mr Williams was attending a demo at a pork supplier for Tesco - on September 30 and took to social media to share the unsettling discovery. He said: 'Inside was the tail of a fox and a note telling me every time I'm nasty to a poor hunter another fox will be killed. What kind of sad, pathetic little coward would do a thing like that? Well done, yes it did upset us, and yes, it upset a nine-year old little girl who has been brought up vegan from birth by her amazing mother. Will it stop us and put us off standing up to animal abusers? Naa that's not gonna happen.'

The police logged the incident at the end of last month and undertook forensics analysis. Warwickshire Police were unable to find any DNA with which to pursue an offender.

Mr Williams said of the incident: 'I'd like to say that myself and every other activist at Hogwood has been treated with fairness, dignity and respect at all times by police liaison officers when attending vigils at Hogwood. I didn't expect anything to be found and these are the pics of the tail [below] and note that was left. I'd like to add the pathetic attempt by a member of the little willy brigade to put us off attending vigils and trying to stop myself personally from saying horrible things about sad little hunters on social media has failed miserably. Fox hunters really are pathetic, sad cowards. I'd like to wish every hunt sab a safe and successful weekend, you really are heroes for what you do.'

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Hogwood Farm came under fire earlier this year after footage of cannibal pigs supposedly eating each other alive hit headlines. The farm, a pork supplier for Tesco, was found to have been surveyed by officials one year previously and had made no breach of animal welfare standards. Warwickshire Police and Shipston Safer Neighbourhood team have been contacted for comment.

 

Stag hunted 3 hours blasted to death after fighting off hounds

30-10-18   Hounds Off Press Release   VIDEO  SHOCKING FOOTAGE EMERGES OF STAG HUNTING TEN MILES FROM TAUNTON  Hunted stag runs for his life  Quantock Stag Hounds, 25.10.18    Campaigners have filmed shocking footage of a Red deer stag being hunted by the Quantock Stag Hounds in Somerset on Thursday 25 October 2018.

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The Hunt took place about ten miles from Taunton near the picturesque West Somerset Railway line at Crowcombe Heathfield and lasted for three hours. A combination of horse riders, dogs and four wheel drive vehicles were used to harass and harry the stag through woods for nearly two hours, eventually forcing him out into the open and on his own. At this stage film clearly shows his mouth gasping and tongue lolling. There is a heaviness to his gait.

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             Stag swerves right - supporters blocking his escape route across road 

About an hour later two hounds, which had been set to follow the stag by scent, had chased him to exhaustion. He lay down behind a tree in some undergrowth. The hounds barked incessantly at him, rushing forwards and jumping back as the desperate stag used his antlers to keep them from attacking.

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When gunmen from the Quantock Stag Hounds get within close range the stag jumps up and makes a final dash for freedom. The hounds give chase and five minutes later, away from cameras, the stag is killed.

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Hunt followers and riders then gather in the woods for the traditional carve-up, where the body is divided into trophies for people to take away and remember their day.

Many people think that stag hunting was banned when the Hunting Act (2004) made chasing and killing most wild mammals with dogs illegal. But it hasn’t quite worked out like that. Stag hunters in the West Country have reinvented their bloodsport with subtle differences which allow them to exploit loopholes and circumvent the law, including:- Claiming to be conducting Research & Observation, in the same way as Japanese and other whaling nations carry on killing under the pretence of scientific research: Flushing to guns. The Hunting Act (2004) provides for this, so long as only two hounds are used and the stag is shot as soon as possible.

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The National Trust banned stag hunting in 1997 after Professor Patrick Bateson published a report which found that hunting deer with hounds inflicted cruelty and distress far beyond anything they might experience in nature. Stag hunting was prohibited on Forestry Commission land in 1997 too.

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Campaigners have documented numerous incidents of trespass by the Quantock Stag Hounds on National Trust and Forestry Commission land during September and October 2018.

The Quantock Stag Hounds hunt deer with dogs Mondays and Thursdays throughout September to April.

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2-11-18   The Canary  VIDEO   New video reveals the ‘shocking’ hunting of stags that’s still completely legal    Anti-hunting activists released “shocking footage” of a stag hunt in Somerset on 25 October. It shows a stag cornered by hounds after running across fields. But, due to loopholes in the law, the entire event was legal.

Anti-hunting organisations Hounds Off and Somerset Wildlife Crime filmed the hunt, carried out by the Quantock Stag Hounds. A 30 October press release contains footage from the day. In the video, a stag can be seen running across several fields before trying to hide in some trees. Two hounds ‘mark’ him then give chase as he tries to get away. A member of the hunt runs after the stag with a gun.

The Hunting Act banned hunting with hounds in 2004. Despite this, the video shows a completely legal activity. This is because of two significant loopholes in the law, exploited by the UK’s three stag hound packs. Explaining them, the press release said they are:-

Claiming to be conducting Research & Observation, in the same way as Japanese and other whaling nations carry on killing under the pretence of scientific research. The Hunt chased the stag “to exhaustion” before killing him, the press release claimed. Speaking of stag hunting tradition, it said:- Hunt followers and riders then gather in the woods for the traditional carve-up, where the body is divided into trophies for people to take away and remember their day.

The Canary asked the Quantock Stag Hounds for comment on this video, but it chose not to provide one.

Intended for scientists, taken up by hunters... Zoologist Jordi Casamitjana, author of stag hunting report ‘Observed’ to Death, explained to The Canary how Hunts have exploited the loophole. He said:- Clearly Parliament intended this exemption to prevent scientists to be affected by the ban, allowing them to carry out their studies if they needed dogs to find a wild mammal… But the exemption as written does not specify that they have to be scientists, that the research has to be genuine, or that it should not be lethal. Here is where the Hunts came in. Casamitjana went on to explain the “observation” part only requires a hunter to be looking at a stag when the animal is killed. And the use of two hounds, as seen in the video, is part of the exemption.

Bateson report... The Quantock Stag Hounds were part of a study into stress levels of animals subject to hunting published in 1997. New Scientist said the report by biologist Patrick Bateson found:- levels of [stress hormone] cortisol were around 10 times higher in the deer chased by hounds than in animals shot by stalkers. They were similar to levels in deer badly injured in road accidents. The ‘Bateson report’ led to the National Trust and Forestry Commission bringing in a ban against stag hunting on their land.

The Burns Inquiry, which led to the Hunting Act, agreed with the Bateson report. It said:- There seems to be a large measure of agreement among the scientists that, at least during the last 20 minutes or so of the hunt, the deer is likely to suffer as glycogen depletion sets in. Despite this, loopholes in the Hunting Act have allowed the Quantock Stag Hounds and other stag hunting packs to continue.

Continued killing... ‘Research and observation’, like the trail hunting and falconry exemption used by other hunts throughout the country, is almost comical in its pretence. But it continues to be exploited so that Hunts can continue killing Britain’s largest land mammal.

Labour pledged on 2nd November to remove legal loopholes from the Hunting Act if elected. However, it only mentioned the hunting of foxes and hares. So for many, it seems likely that the most effective way to hold Hunts to account will continue to be direct action by hunt saboteurs and monitors.

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Thurlow FH hounds maul muntjac deer to death

29-9-18   Facebook - Cambridge Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Hit Report - Thurlow Hunt - Wood Hall, Balsham, Cambridgeshire – 29/10/18 DEER MAULED BY HOUNDS AS HUNTSMAN WATCHES ON HUNT BLOCK VEHICLE PICKING UP DEER NO POLICE INTEREST   VIDEO   Today members of CHS paid another visit to the Thurlow hunt, this time hunting in Cambridgeshire where their preferred police force reside. 

After approximately 5 minutes, the drone team were able to locate and positively identify characteristics of illegal hunting and foot teams moved in. Two CHS members followed the hounds in cry through Balsham wood. The hounds then took after a muntjac, who ran into a the fence of what appeared to be an empty pheasant pen [below], the hounds then began to maul on the hindquarters of the deer, which sustained fatal wounds and later had to be euthanized by a vet.

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Camera footage shows that roughly 16 minutes passed between Sabs finding the deer and his arrival at the emergency vet.

There is a pending investigation with Cambridgeshire police, and therefore we cannot release the full video until the case is closed without risking a mistrial.

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                     Dead muntjac at vets - it has been disembowelled 

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Fox flees wood where terrierman seen & Warks FH hounds entered

Blatant hunting conducted right next to N.Trust Upton Estate 

29-10-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Warwickshire Hunt - Opening Meet - Upton Viva - Saturday 27th October 2018     The Warwickshire Hunts opening meet of the main hunting season began at Upton Viva, part of the Upton estate and just next to the National Trusts Upton House and Gardens NT. Sabs got into position before the Hunt set off and witnessed a quad bike with WarwickshireFHHoundspilingintowood_29-10-18.jpgterriermen entering a wood on the land behind Upton House.

Ten minutes later the Huntsman took the hounds into the same woods we had seen the terriermen enter [left]. As if by magic the hounds picked up on a scent and a fox was seen fleeing the hunt. Sabs were forced to intervene to save the fox by covering its scent because Warwickshire Hunt steward Samantha Austin not only refused to call the hounds off or inform the Huntsman but she also tried to prevent sabs from stopping the hounds from chasing the fox. Huntsman Will Goffe has already been convicted of illegal hunting when he was at a previous Hunt.

It also wasn’t surprising to find former Warwickshire Police chief superintendent David Whitehouse standing and watching the whole thing (this is not the first time we have seen him watch the Warwickshire Hunt chase a fox). The fox got away safely thanks to the actions of sabs.

As this all happened on land next to Upton House. We'd like to ask the National Trust exactly why they think terriermen went into that wood, why the hounds went into cry once they were in the wood and why a fox was seen running for it’s life? Why do the National Trust think the Warwickshire Hunt needed FIVE quad bikes and TEN terriermen? We were under the impression the National Trust didn’t think there was any place for terriermen on a trail hunt?

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Pic above   -  Hounds sent into wood where terrierman had gone a little earlier

Pics below   -  1/  Few minutes later, fox pops out of wood   2/  David Whitehouse, ex senior cop 

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Beaufort FH chase fox through village & into drain - fate unknown

29-10-18   Facebook - Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   VIDEO   27.10.18 The Beaufort Hunt met at Alderton on Saturday, still cub hunting technically, so starting at 8.30. At least a hundred riders including lots of children on half term holidays.They worked quickly through the area to the southeast of Alderton passing through New Covert drawing Dunley Gorse and Dunley Wood then down to Oldlands Wood and up to Cranhill. We heard the hounds in cry at this wood at 10am and saw hunt staff and riders surrounding the wood for at least 30mins [pic of holding up, below right]. We dread to think what they were doing in there for so long.

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                         Terriermen [on a 'trail hunt'] at gates of Badminton Estate

When the hounds emerged they went into Alderton Grove Farm for a short while where we thought theyBeaufortFHHoldinup27-10-18.jpg would pick up 2nd horse. A monitor was on the verge checking the hounds as they came through but thankfully no blood was seen on them but a regular hunt support vehicle tried to back into her for what reason? The female passenger has been seen to laugh at these incidents before now which makes you wonder what kind of person would want to be associated with that kind of behaviour?

Foot walkers got into place from two directions at Alderton Grove, after finding entrances to both artificial fox earths covered over - after all they don’t want their ‘trail’ to escape underground do they!

They made their way over to Badminton kennels as they seemed preoccupied with The Tynings - we caught them just as the pretend trail layer came across from Badminton Farm area towards Withy Moor. When a fox has been sighted and they are onto it, they send a pretend trail layer quickly to cover themselves legally for chasing the fox. This is despite claiming to have filmed their trails before the Hunt as the police have told them to do.

Sure enough the hounds were brought to search nearby and quickly BeaufortFHDeerfleesfrom27-10-18.jpggot onto the scent not where the trail layer had ridden but up the nearby hedge, chasing to Withy Moor and then across to The Tynings [another artificial earth in there].

A fox broke out of The Tynings across into Badminton grounds – oh dear that’s not a safe place to be. We shouted ‘hounds off!’ ‘Get them out of there!’ Matt Ramsden MFH looked anxious as he came out of the wood on to the road –after whistles were heard meaning hunt support had also seen a fox. A fox re-emerged from the Badminton gardens and just stood by the gate. He quickly disappeared back in after being sighted by supporters. We held our breath and sprayed the road with organic citronella as the hounds and quads were making their way back to the Badminton Gate.

We now see regular foxes abound in the area of the Beaufort Hunt Kennels - funny that. Have things changed since the first Duke of Beaufort used to breed foxes near his sheep paddocks? Later in the day they came back to that wood and despite keeping us on the road by force, using their horses. We got onto the chase where the fox must have just crossed into the houses on the corner of Badminton as the hounds went pouring through all the gardens and round the backs, then through into the rough ground surrounding Badminton Farm. It is here where they searched a ditchBeaufortFHRiderusinhorsetodrivemonitorbackwards27-10-18.jpg and the undergrowth and the Huntsman went into the farm itself. A woman opened her cottage door and shouted to the Hunt ‘it went that way’.

That poor fox, it had been running and running and even the householders can’t give it a chance. Our support vehicle was just there as terrier men were blatantly searching the ditch by the road with a large drain at the end. We were there with our cameras watching closely and in the end they took the hounds forward and maybe that fox went into the drain for refuge. We hope so.

They went on to hunt at Allen Grove inside the Park and stayed there until after 2.30 clearly desperate to kill their fox for the day.

Today they used their horses and Neanderthal task force of terrier men all day trying to pin us on the footpaths. Foxhunting with dogs is a crime; trespass is a civil offence and one that we risk to save foxes. We are sure they are organising via the Countryside Alliance to use force when we trespass to stop us witnessing them. They will not stop us, they are breaking a law supported by 85% of the public and we are going to continue.

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Pics above   -   Upper right,  Traditional holding-up - part of cub hunting, no reason to do this in 'trail hunting'.   Left,  Deer fleeing from hunters     Lower right  -  Rider using horse to drive female monitor backwards   

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                                             Hounds hunting fox in village        

 

Quorn and Cottesmore FHs are preparing to merge

Two prestigious Hunts cannot see future alone 

'All over England hunt countries are struggling.' 

29-10-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    AS WE PREPARE FOR THE START OF THE HUNTING SEASON... It’s great to know how much of an effect all anti hunting groups across the country are having on the industry we target. We spotted this in a recent Horse and Hounds magazine. Two of the oldest Hunts in the country are struggling to keep going and having to join up to keep themselves afloat. This is happening all over the country and this season more Hunts will have to follow suit.

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2 sabs attacked, 1 arrested as cops ignore Flint & Denbigh FH fox hunting
 
29-10-18   Facebook - North Wales Hunt Saboteurs    Scummery Summary 27/10/18    It was the opening meet of the Flint and Denbigh hunt at Plas Newydd estate in Trefnant near Denbigh, so with some help from Lancashire Huntsabs we thought we'd call in and see say hello... Over the last couple of months North Wales Police have really gone beyond in their helpfulness acting as dawn security for the wannabe fox cub killers, even using armed response to harass sabs.
 
Saturday was no different, true to form North Wales Police were there at every opportunity to aid the illegal fox hunt. As soon as sabs turned up a cop car pulled behind us at the gates of Plas Newydd estate and stopped the traffic to allow criminals out. Sabs were right onto the Hunt from the off, but only moments after they had left the estate the flashing blue lights were on, as the cop car drove down the road with one door half open in excitement at the anticipation of arresting a sab. A sab was arrested on allegations of an incident a few weeks back, for legal reasons we cannot say more on the allegations at this minute.
 
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The rest of the sabs kept with the Hunt who had now headed down towards the river side of the Trefnant. At this point with hounds in cry as they picked up on the scent of a fox, PC Evans 3046 and another officer tried to pin some allegations on another sab, claiming this sab was also wanted. Illegal hunting was clearly taking place and a couple of sabs went over a gate to intervene. PC Evans tried to stop the sabs from entering the field despite the hounds being onto a foxes scent.  
 
The two officers then climbed the gate and followed the sabs into the field (though they did struggle to keep up) [below]. The point being when North Wales police popped in to have a chat with sabs at their homes last week (more harassment) The police informed sabs that they were under orders not to enter fields and not to trespass themselves when it comes to investigating illegal hunting. The hounds had moved on by now and the police were allowed to catch up as sabs were now on a public bridleway. Yet PC Evans insisted sabs were trespassing and the public bridleway was a private road... PC Evans can you see that sign? That is a bridleway sign!
 
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Two sabs were assaulted on this day, both cases now being a police matter. One of the incidents was witnessed by PC Evans 3046, yet he did nothing. This despite a sab getting arrested last year when he acted in self defence, the polices excuse for arresting that sab was that if an officer witnesses an assault he must make the arrest.
 
Sabs kept the hunt insight all day and witnessed some rather dodgy behaviour by masked terrier men who were sneaking around trying not to be seen. The Hunt were now on the Henllan side at the Plas Newydd estate when at 2.46pm the hunt were witnessed chasing two foxes from Plas Heaton Farm to Plas Heaton estate house. As the foxes ran passed one group of sabs towards another group of sabs who were waiting in a woodland and were able to get between the foxes and the hounds just in time. The Huntmaster Jeremy Reed made no attempt to called the hounds back. It's not only foxes that this Hunt endanger, a distressed deer was helped to safety also as hounds rioted. Not too long later and the Hunt packed up and headed home to the kennels in Cefn Meiriadog.
 
All assaults , illegal hunting and police bias have been logged with the police,,,, Don't worry we won't be holding our breath.
 
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Sab filming Southdown FH hunting ridden into by Huntsman

Video evidence not enough for police 

29-10-18   Facebook - Brighton Hunt Saboteurs    Our local Hunt were at Firle Place on Saturday and we were there keeping an eye on them with our friends from South Coast and Croydon Sabs. The Hunt did a bit of terrorising sheep around the meet and then went off into woodlands.

A saboteur filming the hunting so angered the Huntsman that he barged his horse into the saboteur. The saboteur reported the assault and hunting to police; sabs watched while the police held up the Hunt temporarily. The police took the Huntsman's details and watched the video footage - although apparently video evidence is not enough evidence.

Saboteurs remained with the Hunt for the rest of the day and they didn't kill.

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Fox filmed fleeing for life from Surrey Union FH

Sabs helped it escape

28-10-18   Facebook - Guildford Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    A fox running for it's life from the Surrey Union Hunt yesterday near Honeybush Farm, Oakwood Hill. The fox was successfully seen to safety by sabs. Full report to follow.

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Sabs cramp hunting style of Cottesmore/Quorn FHs

Some riders appeared 'tired and emotional'*

28-10-18   Facebook - Northants Hunt Saboteurs   27th Oct 2018    Northants and Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs pay visit to opening meet – Cottesmore On a freezing and sleety late October day, sabs travelled up to Burley on the Hill in Leicestershire to surprise the Cottesmore who rarely get a visit. They were out riding with some of their friends from the Quorn. In fact the meet was at the house of the Quorn joint master [below] - Joss Hanbury who sometimes rides with the Cottesmore.

After their normal alcoholic tipples and ceremonial toasts they left the meet to ride and hunt the various copses and coverts north of the house. We were able to split into two groups, which is always useful and helps us to keep up with the hounds.

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As the hunt rode round the woods around Langham Lane and Ashwell, sabs popped up at every opportunity preventing any kills. The Landy was also in the right place at the right time, at one stage surprising a redcoat coming out onto a road with his horse, slipping and sliding, it was a miracle it didn’t injure itself.

The hunt were not impressed by sabs , once again using the gizmo to take the hounds off them early on : we love it when a plan comes together. It was around two o'clock when they had second horses and unsurprisingly the mounted field dropped off considerably.

The hunt clearly frustrated , the hunt moved on to Burley Wood. They ran around inside the wood, making no attempt at serious hunting and more likely just trying to tire out our sabs. At least one or two of the riders, including Joss Hanbury were clearly under the influence of alcohol : what is it with these people ? They can’t seem to stay sober.

With no kills by late afternoon, they lost us, but packed up 15 mins later so were unlikely to have killed in that time . Another successful but freezing day. We were all happy to get home and warm up with our cuppas resting our weary feet.

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* Private Eye's euphemism for under the influence of alcohol 

 

Study claims whole-pack flushing of foxes quicker, so less cruel

28-10-18   Sunday Telegraph     Hunting ban law ‘more cruel’ to foxes    The first ever scientific study into the use of dogs to hunt foxes in the UK has found that the law banning hunting makes controlling foxes ‘less effective and more cruel’. The study says the law in England and Wales had led to a longer pursuit of foxes by farmers attempting to control them on their land.

It suggests that Scottish law, which allows the use of any number of dogs to flush and shoot foxes, is more effective and less cruel. In Scotland the use of any number of dogs to flush and shoot foxes remains legal, compared to England and Wales where only two dogs can be employed.

The study, published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, concluded that when a pair of dogs was used, as compared with a pack, only half as many foxes were flushed. The period of active pursuit from a fox being found to being flushed was over 5 times less.

Dr Jeremy Naylor, an equine vet and former senior lecturer at Bristol University and one of the authors of the report, said the decision to restrict to two dogs in England and Wales "seems to have been plucked out of the air". He added: "We are making no welfare claims in our study but we are providing data which may inform the welfare argument. In the Burns Inquiry report they considered that one factor that might effectively compromise welfare is duration of active pursuit. Our data quite clearly indicated that a pack of hounds is considerably more effective at flushing in a considerably shorter duration.”

The study was commissioned by the Federation of Welsh Farmers’ Packs (FWFP), which represents Hunts and clubs which traditionally used packs of hounds to flush and shoot foxes to protect sheep and other livestock.

David Thomas, secretary of the FWFP, said: “The law as it stands in England and Wales is completely indefensible. Farmers’ packs were developed for the sole purpose of controlling foxes to limit the predation of lambs using the only practical method in a mountainous region with huge expanses of commercial forestry. The limit of two dogs was plucked out of nowhere. There is no evidence or logical justification for it. Anti-hunting organisations have even admitted that: “pairs of dogs are utterly useless in flushing to guns.” He added: “Farm incomes in upland Wales are amongst the lowest in the country and it is simply not acceptable that farmers are not able to protect their flocks. The publication of this study emphasises once again why the law needs to change”.

POWAperson comments   -  The argument for whole pack flushing might have some force if what David Thomas asserts were true - but it's not. Scottish Hunts, allowed to use full packs, have consistently abused that right to carry on fox hunting much as before the 'ban'. They've even latterly taken to firing shots into the air so they can pretend guns did actually try to shoot the foxes when they break cover, as they're supposed to. 

But the Welsh gun packs argument really collapses because repeated studies have shown that foxes are at most a very minor cause of lamb mortality, the great bulk of which is due to disease, exposure and poor husbandry. Studies of fox diets show very little of them consist of lamb or chicken. Nor is there convincing evidence that killing foxes as they do significantly reduces populations or lessens what little fox predation on lambs there is. Foxes adjust their breeding habits to the available territory and food supply, the great bulk of which consists of small mammals - voles, mice, rats, rabbits. One suspects that gun packs are as much a recreational activity as lowland mounted fox hunting, the methodology just being an adaptation to terrain unsuited to horse use.    

 

Acquitted Portman FH Huntsman out hunting foxes again

Monitors dissuade support from telling him where it went

27-10-18   Facebook – Wildlife Witness   VIDEO   Portman Hunt filmed hunting a fox on opening meet   Just before last season ended the Master of the Portman Hunt, Evo Shirley, was cleared in court of illegal hunting...here he was today blatantly doing the same.

A fox had been hunted for some time through a farm and towards a road, so he knew it wasn't a trail the hounds were following, but he didn't stop them [below].

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He didn't see the tired fox running for his life and nor did the Whipper-in who had passed just a few seconds before... one of our monitors and a sab from Dorset Hunt Sabs had seen it.

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                  Fox streaks out of hedge on to road, blindsiding Huntsman & hounds 

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                           Fox tears across road and into hedge on far side 

So too had the group of supporters on the road but a few words of wisdom from the monitor to them warning that they were being filmed meant they didn't pass on the message to the hunt staff. Even after being told they were on a fox, the hunt staff still tried desperately to put hounds on to its line.

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                 Hounds coming back find where fox crossed, but antis rate them off 

This fox survived today but will he be lucky enough to have someone watching his back next time. We need more people out there helping in the field or at least helping those who are already out there.

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                      Hunting on road - Whipper-in is shouting 'Hunt him, hunt him' 

POWAperson adds    -   This is what happens when a Huntsman who clearly is hunting a fox is acquitted. They feel emboldened and hunt blatantly.  

 

Six Eggesford FH hounds believed killed on railway line

Train delayed 30 mins as bodies removed - driver in shock

Hunters nowhere around, surviving hounds just milled around

27-10-18   Facebook - Devon County Hunt Saboteurs    BREAKING NEWS    We have had reports from a distressed passenger that 6 hounds believed to be from the Eggesford Hunt have just been killed on the railway line between Morchard Road and Eggesford. The train was delayed by half an hour while railway people tried to console the driver and the dead hounds were moved off the line. One survived the collision but by the time help arrived it too had died. Hunt staff were nowhere to be seen and other hounds were milling around next to the railway line in confusion.

Jason Marles, how could you let this happen? Rhetorical question: Who lays a "trail" across a railway line?

Network Rail are saying no evidence hounds killed - but also that services delayed 90 minutes. Just because some dogs ran in front of a train. Really? That makes no sense. The passenger who reported it was definite and gave details.

27-10-18   DevonLive    Train stopped in Devon after dogs run onto track    It has not been confirmed why the dogs were on the track at this point however a social media posts suggest they belonged to a local hunt. Six hounds are believed to have been killed in the incident.

A train in Devon was delayed today after a number of dogs ran onto the tracks. The incident happened on the line between Morchard Road and Eggesford at roughly 1:30pm. It has not been confirmed why the dogs were on the track at this point however a social media posts suggest they belonged to a local Hunt.

A post on social media reports the train was delayed by half an hour while railway people tried to console the driver as dead hounds were moved off the line. However British Transport Police have since said Network Rail staff attended the area and were unable to find any evidence that would suggest an animal had been struck by a train.

National Rail confirmed trains between Exeter and Barnstaple were delayed for up to an hour and a half after an incident involving animals on the line. Trains were running back to normal at 3:30pm. The incident happened near Morchard Road.

29-10-18   DevonLive     Police appeal after seven dogs were struck by a train - The incident happened shortly after 1pm    Police are appealing for witnesses after a number of dogs were struck by a train on Saturday. Devon and Cornwall British Transport Police have confirmed that seven dogs were hit by a train between Eggesford and Lapford just after 1pm on Saturday.

National Rail confirmed trains between Exeter and Barnstaple were delayed for up to an hour and a half after an incident involving animals on the line. Trains were running back to normal at 3.30pm.

It has still not been confirmed why the dogs were on the track, however social media posts suggested they belonged to a local hunt. A post on social media reported the train was delayed by half an hour while railway workers tried to console the driver as dead hounds were moved off the line.

British Transport Police have since said Network Rail staff attended the area and were unable to find any evidence that would suggest an animal had been struck by a train.

A representative of Devon and Cornwall British Transport Police said: “Officers from British Transport Police are currently investigating reports that a number of dogs were struck by a train between Eggesford and Lapford in Devon on Saturday afternoon (27 Oct). “It is believed the incident happened shortly after 1pm and involved up to seven dogs. A number of enquiries are now being made to understand what happened, and to trace the dogs who were struck. Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 272 of 27/10/2018. Or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Eggesford Hunt has been approached for a comment.

 

Puckeridge FH lash out at sabs as kept away from their fox 

27-10-18   Facebook - North Cambs Hunt Sabs   Hit Report 27.10.2018 Puckeridge Hunt, Brent Pelham Today was the opening meet of the 'main' season for many hunts, including the Puckeridge. Of course the 'main season' neatly glosses over the fact that they've all spent the last two months cub hunting at dawn, but they don't like to mention that.

North Cambs Hunt Sabs picked up the Puckeridge shortly after they'd left their meet, suitably boozed up after their opening meet toasts, and found them immediately hunting a fox. After coming across the fox running exhausted along a country lane, we parked our truck in between the hunted animal and the Huntsman. After dousing the area in scent-covering citronella to give the fox time to escape, we stuck with the pack to make sure they didn't find him again.

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                                   Hunted fox fleeing across road 

What followed was a Hunt clearly irritated by not being able to kill.

> Huntsman Joshua Tierney, threatened sabs with an, "I'll find out where you live..."

> Out of control field rider twice charging his horse into sabs at speed [bottom]

> Field rider whipped a sab clear in the face as she rode past [below]

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> Terriermen drove quads at sabs forcing them to jump out of the way [below]

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Sabs are used to this sort of treatment at the hands of the entitled bloodsports fiends who hunt, of course, and stuck to the task at hand. Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs lent their support with this hunt, and with two teams on the ground the Hunt was effectively finished. Hounds had to be called back by sabs, after the Huntsman continued to hunt them on towards the scent of the escaping fox.

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                       Hounds charge across road at speed, nearly run over 

One lighter moment, was when an elderly supporter attempted to drive his Land Rover at a group of stationary sabs photographing the hunt, but instead succeeding on shredding the side of his car [below] on a fallen tree. That's karma for you.

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After seeing the Hunt back to their kennels, we chalked this up as another successful outing with a fox saved from the jaws of the Hunt.

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Frustrated Middleton FH riders charge horses at sabs

One horse bleeding from mouth - too forceful bit use

Four foxes assisted to escape by sabs 

27-10-18   Facebook - West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs    Hit report ~ Middleton hunt ~ Pasture Farm, Scrayingham ~ 27.10.18    Hired goons back out as private security for the Middleton's illegal activities Today we met up with good friends East Yorkshire Coast Hunt Sabs to pay yet another visit to stop the Middleton Hunt from killing wildlife. Obviously not impressed at how much attention they’d been getting from us recently, they had someone sit in the car park where we were meeting, spying on us. We arrived at the meet just before they set off, and were pleasantly surprised to see they’d brought out three hired security with them again. It turned out that unlike last season’s fracas, the security were only out to drive like madmen along narrow country roads, never actually preventing sabs from doing their job.

Early on during the hunt we were angry and very upset to witness a horse with a heavily bleeding mouth, caused by the rider using excessive force (see photo below).

The Hunt spent the majority of the day riding in a small loop around a few fields, hiding between the meet and Scrayingham Pasture in a desperate attempt to lose sabs. Obviously frustrated at our persistence, riders once again turned to using their horses as weapons, riding full pelt into sabs.

Despite occasionally getting away from us, we managed to stick with them for the majority of the day, seeing around 4 foxes to safety.

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28-10-18   Facebook - West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs    Blood drips from an injured horse's mouth whilst the unconcerned rider just blithely checks his phone. The rider is William Milburn from the Middleton Hunt, who works at Mark Walford Racing and lives in Sheriff Hutton, North Yorkshire. PLEASE SHARE this post and help us to expose this dreadful treatment of a horse.

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Predictable Huntsman makes saving foxes from Belvoir FH easy for sabs

27-10-18   Facebook - Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs    Today, with the great news that the badger culls had finished, we were back up to full strength and joined up with our comrades from Lincoln Hunt Saboteurs for a trip to the Belvoir who met at Long Clawson. It was our first 11 o'clock start of the season and blimey was it a cold one. The wind and sleet whipped across the vale and it looked like a delightful day to be stuck on top of a horse.

BelvoirFHHuntsman27-10-18.jpgThe Huntsman [left] was immediately up to his usual tricks and had put a fox up just north of the village which was seen to safety by sabs. He's a predictable (and miserable) bastard and always covers similar ground so wherever he went we were waiting. As usual, after second horsing on Pasture Lane, he headed for Harby Hills and the disused railway line where he knows he's pretty much guaranteed to find foxes later in the day. Always one step ahead we had a group waiting for him whilst another harried from behind.

Sure enough his hounds quickly put two foxes up. One was seen to safety by one of our vehicles whilst the other was saved from close in to his pack by foot sabs. He then headed down the disused railway line and sabs were amazed to see, after the whole pack had gone past, a fox slip quietly across the railway. The Hunt were on all sides but none of them saw this clever fox make their escape.

With that the Huntsman, the remains of his large field and a thoroughly dejected bunch of vehicle support called it a day and so did we, off to the pub for a well earned pint. Please donate to keep us in long johns: https://ko-fi.com/nottshuntsabs.

Pic below   -   Huntsmen leading the field  

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Sabs constrain Tedworth FH, taking pack off Huntsman twice

27-10-18   Facebook - Bristol Hunt Saboteurs    We teamed up with Bath Hunt Saboteurs this morning and headed to Wiltshire to sab the opening meet of the Tedworth Hunt. They met at Rainscombe Park, moving off at around 11.30. We split into two groups early on, meaning that we could tag team and keep on the Hunt in difficult terrain, the steep Marlborough Downs.

Using the vehicles and two groups of foot sabs to great effect, we had them in our sights all day. Anywhere the Huntsman tried to hunt, a group of sabs was close on his tail or popping out ahead meaning he didn’t get to spend much time in any place, including the favoured spot at Gopher Wood.

Both groups had the pack of hounds at different times. One took them at Gopher with use of horn and voice, and the other took the full pack off a line when they were in cry with use of the Gizmo. The Huntsman gathered up the hounds and abandoned that chase! We were escorting the hunt back to the meet to box up at 3.30. A great start to the main hunting season for us. If you hunt, expect us...

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Portman FH cause prolonged chaos on A30

26-10-18   Facebook - Wildlife Witness    20 Oct 2018 Portman Hunt - Church Farm, East Stour    The last Saturday cub-hunting meet took place at Church Farm at 8.0 am and things didn't start well for huntsman Evo Shirley as he lost contact with hounds within minutes of moving off, resulting in him having to ride through the mist and the traffic to rejoin them at Butterwell Farm.

Dorset Against Blood Sports (DABS) monitors kept an eye on them from the road as we headed on foot through to Stour Provost where we were soon with hounds as they picked up a line in the woods to the west, where a fox was seen. Hounds hunted intermittently for a few minutes before Evo headed off at speed towards the A30, behind Church Farm calling the hounds on.

Shortly after we got a message from Dorset Hunt Sabs (DHS) to say that there were hounds, riders and quads stopped on the A30, holding up traffic... [below] chaos ensued for a while as efforts were made to clear the road, culminating in the Huntsman riding along the A30 blowing his horn and calling hounds on to the busy road. Representations have been made to Dorset Police.

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Having gathered most of the pack over the road to the area west of Witch Lane where several hours were spent hunting in the mist around Bugley and in and around Folly Farm. From there they headed back towards Madjeston to cross another road to hunt around Cole Street Farm where they quickly picked up a fox that took the hounds south east towards Lox Lane, where we were located and DHS sabs were able to intervene.

Having given up on that opportunity the Huntsman then took hounds through fields, scattering sheep in all directions and back on to yet another road before heading back to Cole Street Farm. With hounds now looking very tired there was time to draw in the area around Cowslip Farm before stopping traffic again on the A30 to head back towards the meet, stopping briefly to draw through a covert without success.

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A thoroughly disruptive day by the Portman, so typical of the arrogance and disregard they display towards the travelling public. Reports have been sent to the Police and a meeting is being arranged to discuss with them the issue of the hunt operating so near to the road.

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24-10-18   Facebook – Wildlife Witness   VIDEO  Portman Hunt chase a fox across A30 in Dorset    This is body-cam footage of the Portman Hunt endangering road-users on the A30 this morning [above]. The film was taken by Dorset Hunt Sabs minutes after our own monitors had seen a fox being hunted in the woods near to the road.

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                        Terrierman on stationary quad blocking the A30 

24-10-18   Facebook - Wildlife Witness  VIDEO  Loose hound left on A30 by Portman Hunt   This hound was left on the A30 by the Portman Hunt this morning. it was left for our monitors to guide it to safety and warn road-users.

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Notorious hunt supporter jailed for repeated trolling of prominent anti

Sentence followed offender breaking restraining order

26-10-18   BBC News     Devon farmer jailed for trolling anti-hunt chief on Twitter   Bradshaw denied sending the tweet but was found guilty by a jury at Exeter Crown Court earlier this week A farmer has been jailed for trolling an anti-hunt leader on Twitter. Giles Bradshaw, 51, from Rose Ash, Devon, targeted the head of the League Against Cruel Sports with thousands of tweets over a four-year period. Many of the posts accused John Cooper, QC of using paedophiles to secretly film young children while monitoring hunts, Exeter Crown Court heard. Bradshaw, who has blogged against the hunting ban, was jailed for 18 weeks for breaching a restraining order.

His hate campaign started in 2013 when the League posted a video of a dead stag at a hunt on Exmoor,JohnCooper.jpg in which a young girl was seen walking across the picture, the court heard. The abuse carried on after Mr Cooper [right] retired from his position as president of the LACS.

One post read: "This barrister leads an organisation that uses convicted paedophiles to spy on children". Another suggested he had a gun and knew which pub Mr Cooper drank at. The tweets stopped for two years when Bradshaw was given a suspended sentence for harassment in 2015, the court was told.

Just five weeks after the sentence expired, he sent a new tweet in reply to an article Mr Cooper wrote in the magazine Dogs Today. It read: "Secretly filming children to harass their parents = not nice." The tweet, sent on 1 September 2017, put him in breach of a restraining order imposed after the harassment conviction on 2015.

Bradshaw denied sending the tweet but was found guilty by a jury at Exeter Crown Court earlier this week. Recorder Mr Martin Meeke, QC, told Bradshaw: "Your conduct caused Mr Cooper distress. The restraining order remains in place. If you breach it again, you may expect a prison sentence substantially in excess of what I have just passed."

See also DevonLive 

 

Belvoir FH invited to meet in Grantham town centre on Boxing Day

Hunt has record of GBH, chasing & killing foxes, imprisoning cubs

Online petition against invitation has 11k+ signatures 

26-10-18   Grantham Journal    Anti-hunt group to protest in Grantham at Boxing Day Belvoir Hunt after Charter Trustees hold 'private' meeting     Anti-hunt campaigners have promised a protest at the annual Boxing Day meet of the Belvoir Hunt. Every year, hundreds of people come to attend the spectacle of seeing the horses and the hounds who are welcomed by the Mayor of Grantham.

On Wednesday night, Mayor of Grantham Lynda Coutts and other councillors staged a meeting behind closed doors about whether to welcome the Duke of Rutland’s hounds in front of the Guildhall on St Peter’s Hill. The Mayor’s parlour declined to comment on what was said at the meeting, stressing its private nature, but said it would be in touch with the Journal in time, adding it had “nothing to hide”.

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However, Grantham councillor Ray Wootten tweeted:- “At a private meeting of Grantham Charter Trustees it was decided to support the Belvoir Hunt meet on Boxing Day.”

The annual tradition has added controversy this year following recent court cases involving Hunt members and associates, accused of animal cruelty. This has prompted Grantham Against Bloodsports to repeat its call for a protest on Boxing Day. The group is also running an online petition which has 11,288 signatures calling for the mayor to stop “inviting” the Hunt to town.

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The invitation to the Hunt has been made by Grantham Charter Trustees. A South Kesteven District Council spokesman said it was not directly involved.

The petition from Grantham Against Bloodsports says: “We, the public of Grantham and our supporters, wish to make it clear that we consider the annual invite extended to the Belvoir Hunt by the Mayor, Coun Lynda Coutts, to be a stain on this town. We do not welcome their presence nor their barbaric behaviour. Never again should they be invited to Grantham by the Mayor. Our protests will be repeated each year until they stop coming.” 

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     LACS lead investigator after attacked by Belvoir FH thugs March 2016 - broken neck 

Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said despite the 2004 hunting ban, thousands of foxes, hares and deer are still killed by hunting packs every year. He said: “With 85% of the public opposed to fox hunting, it is high time South Kesteven District Council provided protection to wildlife by stopping allowing the Belvoir Hunt to meet in Grantham town centre. We question why an otherwise upstanding institution like South Kesteven District Council would wish to give free rein of the town to an outfit demonstrably out of tune with law and order.”

Former Mayor of Grantham, Coun. Ian Selby said he was happy for the Hunt to come to Grantham, “as long as nothing illegal was taking place”. He said: “The role of the mayor is to represent all members of the community. The mayor should be there. If not, it should be the deputy mayor. I don’t like cruelty but it’s a popular event and a lot of the public turn out.”

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                 The other LACS investigator after attack by Belvoir hunt thugs March 2016 

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                Fox found captive in shed near Belvoir kennels December 2015  

 

Surrey Union FH hunt illegally on National Trust land

25-10-18   Facebook - North Downs Hunt Sabs    Mission 31 - Surrey Union Fox Hunt, Hascombe Wednesday 24-10-18    Good day for Guildford, North downs and Croydon Sabs. We managed to get ten of us out on a midweek children's meet of the Surrey Union FH at Hascombe.

We started an hour early by preheating and prespraying the nearby woods , the Hunt after spying us started early ( very un-british of them) by drawing some scrub near the meet but we soon arrived on scene in case they got after anything.

After this Lulu Hutley one of the joint masters got stressed saying it's illegal to film children (it isn't. See RIPA Act, Lulu) and threatened to call the police - which we invited her to do. We don't as a policy put up facial pics of the pony club it's not their fault the Hunt is trying to indoctrinate them.

After this, in an attempt to lose us they charged off to Hydons Ball and started illegally hunting on National Trust land with no permission and riding down footpaths [below]. We took film and photos of this and have since sent them to the National Trust and await their response.

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Being caught red-handed, the Hunt retreated to the meet and after one further draw packed up at 16.30  after just being out for an hour and a half.

The happy sabs then retired to the pub. If you would like to help our group please donate to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdf…/guildford-northdowns-sabs.

 

Sabs investigating reported fox kill by Hunt near Cheltenham

24-10-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs   Fox killed on outskirts of Cheltenham - witnesses needed / call to action

Three Counties sabs were alerted to the post below from a member of the public. Name and an injudicious sentence wishing ill upon the Hunt have been redacted by sabs. 

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We've just been made aware of this. Did anyone witness this hunt today? It is most likely to be the Cotswold Hunt as they hunt on land at Leckhampton and Cleeve.

Cleve Common staff and Hunt Master claim the Hunt has not been on Common. We must find out if the Hunt are allowed on the land if hunting "legally" or whether they have no permission to be there at all.

Also, if there are any locals who might want to keep an eye out for hunt activity in the area or write to The Cleve Common Trust please do... http://www.cleevecommon.org.uk/. Duty Ranger for emergencies: 07756 828 458 (there is a Ranger on duty 7 days a week from approximately 8am to 6pm according to the website). info@cleevecommon.org.uk  07471 687877. Cleeve Common Trust, Parish Office, Church Road, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham GL52 8LR.

Just to clarify for everyone:- Cleeve Common trust have been back in touch (see more recent post on this page). We'd like to see their evidence backing up their false claims that a sab group have made up the story and have done so in the past with other areas.

When this post was originally posted, a screenshot was taken from a local person's Facebook profile and shared to ask for witnesses. We didn't know the person prior to this but we're alerted to it by a friend. The person was obviously incorrect regarding where the boundaries of the Common are, which is quite easily done sometimes. But as the incident didn't happen on the Common it's strange that the Trust are able to comment on it so confidently. They should have just said 'it didn't happen on our land'. We have numerous videos of the Cotswold illegally hunting so by allowing the Hunt on the Common they are turning a blind eye to the fact that the hunt do not actually follow a trail.

 

S. Durham FH rider forces woman monitor into ditch with horse

24-10-18   Facebook - NE Hunt Monitors    HIT REPORT 10 . 20.10.18 SDH  Low House Farm. Spennymoor  [also J A Jewitt Meats Ltd.]     We didn't have to look far for South Durham Hunt when we started passing horseboxes making their way to the meet. Thankful that we wouldn't spend hours attempting to locate them we quickly mobilised multiple teams of foot Monitors and 2 cars into the best positions we could whilst remembering a fox lost its life on the same cubbing meet last season. We were not about to let that happen again. One team placed low down in the valley flushed any wildlife away S.DurhamFHSlimmersclub20-10-18.jpgfrom and before the hunt arrived with another up on the hillside with a full view of the meet location and surrounding area.

The field consisted of around 10 mounted riders including the houndsman and whippers in, many more followers were out on foot to surround the coverts and assist the Hunt in keeping a watchful eye for fleeing foxes. The wind was a hindrance to the Hunt as much as it was bloody cold to the monitors stationed on top the hill.

The Hunt could be seen through the long lens of the camera and we knew they would be heading in our direction so decided not to get any closer. After an hour or so and no noise coming from the hounds the Hunt then did leave the cover they were in and headed down a bridal way towards us.

Police were called as, on realising a team of monitors were in the valley, a certain vile Barry Johnson took it upon himself to use his horse as a weapon (not for the first time) to force a female monitor into a ditch [below] and block her from exiting whilst shouting at her to remove herself from private property. Sorry Baz but last time we checked, public footpaths and public access land was open to all members of the PUBLIC. However we know the council would love to hear all about the state you lot leave their footpaths and land in.

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Whilst the riders gathered to decide what to do about those pesky monitors in the valley the monitors on the hill top had some company of their own. A line, yes a line of men-boys slowly walked up the hill towards the waiting Monitors . All they needed was a microphone each and we would have sworn they were auditioning to become the next big boy-band [below]. It was comical and a lot of fun coming up with a name for them..... Kuntzone, Torylife, TakeTwat were a few that came up. Feel free to give suggestions.

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After a drawn out discussion obviously about what to do next the houndsman and his posse all turned and made their way back to the meet to pack up early. Kuntzone, realising the day had come to an end, bid us farewell (not in song unfortunately) but in grumps and grumbles as they toddled off back down the hill still in a line formation. Sorry boys but X Factor auditions are over for this year.

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Pic above right  -  Slimmers Club outing 

        

Holcombe Harriers chase and kill deer

24-10-18   Facebook - Derby Hunt Saboteurs    HOLCOMBE HUNT have chased and killed a deer with their hounds. Lone policeman arrived at scene. Hunting in Crawshawbooth, Rossendale, Lancashire area.

26-10-18   Facebook - Lancashire Huntsabs    With regard to the killing of the deer by the Holcombe Hunt on Wednesday, we won't be holding our breath waiting for the police to take action. The reason for this being that Lorraine Ellwood - Lancashire Constabulary’s Rural Policing and Wildlife Crime Coordinator - is mates with Holcombe Hunt Whipper-in Iain Asher. Iain also featured on this page a couple of years ago using his horse as a weapon whilst he behaved like a drunken fool chasing sabs on a public road. Surprise, surprise, no police action taken there either.

 

Natural Resources Wales licence gun packs to hunt foxes

24-10-18   Facebook - Richard Bowler Wildlife Photography     On Sunday, a friend of mine was walking in Gwydyr forest near Betws y Coed, a popular holiday destination in north Wales. He was confronted by a dozen 4x4's a hound van and people carrying guns. When confronted they denied hunting, one of them started videoing his car number plate and got quite aggressive. I should add here in the past he has had his tyre's slashed when confronting a hunt in this woodland. The police were called but arrived after the gun pack had left and with it being Natural Resources Wales land he contacted them to report the hunt. This is the reply he got from the government agency charged with protecting Welsh wildlife.

NRW’s reply to me - I've just spoken to the local land manager, Ewan Stevens, and he told me that the Betws y Coed Fox Control Society has a licence from NRW to carry out exempt hunting under the Hunting Act as long as they meet certain conditions within that licence. All dates and locations are agreed and the activity is risk assessed by the society and they also carry full public liability insurance. They also as part of their permission have a key to access entry through the barriers and gates and place signage and marshals to notify the public of their activity. Ewan also said that he spoke to xxxxxx last year explaining that we do grant some organisations permission under the Exempt Hunting guidance. If you have any more questions I'd be happy to pass on Ewan's contact details to you.

Regards, Rhys.

As a wildlife photographer earning a living in north Wales and as someone who rents out a holiday cottage in the area I find it outrageous that NRW would licence any fox hunting on their land. We know what the local gun packs are capable of, anyone who has seen the badger baiting video from the Blaenau Ffestiniog case will know how depraved they can be. Not only is it cruel but totally unnecessary. It's proven that hunting foxes increases their number, by new foxes moving into the area to replace those killed as well as "bagged" foxes brought into the area to provide sport. Something else found at the home of the badger baiters, live foxes in crates.

It seems to me NRW are no friend to indigenous wildlife, permitting the killing of protected ravens as well. Not only that, they are allowing high-powered rifles to be used in a popular holiday destination, an income north Wales and Snowdonia relies on. As far as I can see another government agency aiding what is an illegal activity and an activity that turns the stomach of over 80% of the UK's population.

Finally, if you've made it this far, please sign this petition to stop it. I'd appreciate if you could share this widely, thank you.

 

Warks FH hunt near housing estate and M40, fox escapes

24-10-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs     Warwickshire Hunt - Wednesday 24th October 2018 - Bishops Itchington    The Warwickshire Hunt met at Pipers Hill Farm, Bishops Itchington. Two of us were with the Hunt all morning from 8am until they packed up at around 10.45am. They hunted next to a housing estate near Elms Farm and then towards Itchington Holt which is close to the M40 motorway. They spent the morning hunting the same area. Towards the end of the morning they hunted a fox near to Elms Farm which eventually escaped to safety across a road. The hounds then came onto the road by a sab.

So far this season we have received great support from the public and all information received is treated in confidence. If you see the Warwickshire Hunt or have any other information please call 07767620767. If you live in the Warwickshire Hunts area please do give us a call/text. Perhaps add our number to your contacts list as we try our utmost to respond to any information provided. This is our second visit to the Warwickshire Hunt this week. We are also travelling to an active cull zone so any help towards fuel costs is greatly appreciated.  https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs.

 

Sabs see Cotswold Vale FH suddenly kill fox in hedgerow

Sab trying to film kill assaulted 

23-10-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    Fox killed by CVFH at Newcomers' MeetCotswoldValeFHShreddedremnants22-10-18.jpg  The Cotswold Vale Farmers' Hunt held a meet today right near where hounds were seen out of control and all over the A38 on Saturday. Pony Club were out and with it being Newcomers' Week the hunt would be showing off what could be expected from the hunt if riders were to support them for the remainder of the season.

The first half of the day proved that the Hunt were not following a trail. Hounds picked up on a few scents but with sabs present and cameras on them, the hunt did their job and called hounds off. Strange that hounds weren't picking up on any trails, the only scents being of actual foxes...

With the area being landlocked, the Hunt circled round and round the same fields inland, landowner CotswoldValeFHInnards22-10-18.jpgSmith attempting to use his horse as a weapon against sabs. The Hunt were getting annoyed that they were unable to chase due to our presence. The Newcomers were getting fed up of riding the same fields and doing little else.

Having been roughly pushed off land, we managed to catch up with the Hunt without them seeing us so we observed hounds suddenly picking up in a hedge. Within less than a minute hounds had killed, hunt riders swiftly removing the body. A sab was tackled to the ground and assaulted while trying to film the remains. More details to follow, including footage, when we know what will happen about a police investigation.

Support our work, financially if you can, at PayPal.me/threecountiessabs. Fuel is our biggest expense, memory cards need to be kept once needed as evidence and new ones bought, cameras need repairing and replacing when damaged by the Hunt. Please share. Thank you. 3C.

      

NT licence 2 Hunts to use estate with unresolved bTb outbreak

And some of dates licenced have already passed 

23-10-18   Facebook – National Dis-Trust    National Trust Staff at Buscot & Coleshill Estate - Protecting Wildlife Criminals?    Yesterday morning, both the Vale of White Horse Foxhounds and the Old Berkshire Foxhounds were licensed to use the National Trust’s Buscot & Coleshill Estate for the 2018/19 season despite us previously pointing out to the Trust’s Director-General, Hilary McGrady, that the estate has two bTB outbreaks - one of which hasn’t been resolved since 2013.

The most disturbing aspect of this, however, is despite all the Trust’s claims for transparency and stating the licensing system enables the public to either avoid or attend hunting meets, the Old Berkshire Foxhounds licence was for meets that had already taken place almost a month before it was published! This cannot be down to an administrative delay, and questions have to be asked. In fact, we’d encourage you to ask why the Trust is seemingly protecting the meets of fox hunts from scrutiny by delaying publication of licences.

Please help us by doing so; you can contact the Buscot & Coleshill Estates on 01793 762 209 or buscotandcoleshill@nationaltrust.org.uk. Keep us posted on any responses/feedback. Thanks in advance.

We will be protesting at this site on November 7th. Meet us at Buscot Weir and Lock, Buscot, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8DA at 10:30. Further details/event page here: bit.ly/2EEz2LZ.

Our letters to Hilary McGrady which outline the bTB outbreaks at Buscot & Coleshill Estates can be read here.

The 2018/19 licence for the Old Berkshire Foxhounds can be seen here. The 2018/19 licence for the Vale of White Horse Foxhounds can be seen hereIf you have information on either the Old Berkshire Foxhounds or the Vale of White Horse Foxhounds, please message either Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch or Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs.

 

S. Durham FH met at farm with confirmed case of strangles

23-10-18   Facebook - NE Hunt Monitors   ATTENTION -  CONFIRMED CASE OF STRANGLES   We understand that a case of strangles has been confirmed at Bog Hall Farm in Sedgefield.

Strangles is a highly contagious bacterial disease which affects horses and in some circumstances can be fatal. It is not notifiable to Defra, but strict biosecurity and quarantine measures are required to control it's spread. It can be spread by direct contact between horses as well as indirect contact from handlers, equipment or contamination of the environment. Isolation is required to limit the spread of the disease, however the animals may take up go 14 days before symptoms appear and a significant percentage of horses are immune, but carry the disease for several months with no obvious symptoms. Mixing of horses from different areas increases the risk of spreading the disease.

South Durham Hunt met recently at Bog Hall Farm before hunting in the surrounding area. As such some of the horses could be potentially affected, and the infection could have been spread further afield via equipment and vehicles.

We are aware that many of you are horse lovers, therefore please be vigilant and look out for early signs of the disease, and avoid unnecessary events that could result in your animals becoming exposed to this disease. If in doubt please contact your vet immediately. We hope all at Bog Hall recover soon.

Please note this has nothing to do with or is in connection with the RSPCA conviction for animal cruelty of a previous resident of the farm.

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Thurlow FH hunt brazenly and kill fox - sabs report to police

Terrierman ran off with body when realised sabs calling them

22-10-18   Facebook - South Cambs Hunt Saboteurs    Hit Report 22/10/2018 Thurlow Hunt, Appleacre Farm, near Thurlow    A few of our sabs, along with comrades from Cambridge , Norwich and North East London Hunt Saboteurs sabbed the Thurlow on this chilly Monday morning.

A quad-bike dragged a very dry rag past sabs as a lame pretence at trail hunting. Ten minutes later hounds were running across where the 'trail' had been laid, completely ignoring it. That was the one and only attempt today by the Thurlow to pretend to be doing anything legal. It was an exhausting day with the Huntsman clearly determined to kill.

Hounds repeatedly went into cry after foxes and the Huntsman constantly encouraged them on, while sabs had to work hard to protect wildlife. Often the presence of saboteurs will encourage the Hunt to keep moving on in an attempt to lose sabs but today they just brazenly hunted in full view, even spending around an hour in one wood hunting for a fox.

At least two or three foxes were saved by sabs using various techniques to get hounds away from thick brambles on one occasion and away from a small lake into which a fox had escaped on another.

Towards the end of the day the hounds briefly went into cry along a hedgerow while sabs rushed once more to distract them. Initially, sabs hoped they had managed to save the fox. Field riders suddenly started riding away at speed behaving strangely and making a lot of whooping noises. Some keen-eyed sabs were not distracted by this ruse and spotted the redcoat picking up the body of a fox that had been tragically killed by the hounds (see hound with a bloody mouth in the main photo). He passed the body to a terrierman who then hid the body under his coat and drove away.

Sabs followed the hunt back to the meet and called the police. At the mention of the police being called the terrierman who had hid the body ran away through the fields at the back of the meet - which speaks volumes of their guilt. The police and rural crime officer took statements and are collecting video evidence. We think the Essex Police could really learn a lot from the police in Suffolk!

Another sad day, although had sabs not been present then many more would have been killed. The Thurlow hunt every Monday and Thursday and not every Hunt can be monitored. We dread to think what they do when sabs aren't watching. Please share, join and support us if you can. Www.gofundme.com/replacement-battery-and-fuel-fund.

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POWAperson adds   -   The Thurlow killed a fox last Boxing Day. The Huntsman and another hunter await trial on illegal hunting and assault charges.  

 

 

LACS say NT licencing 'trail hunts' that have already happened !

22-10-18   LACS Press Release   LEAGUE QUESTIONS HUNT LICENSING TIMING    In the run up to the start of fox hunting season next month, the National Trust has started to publicise the dates of the ‘trail’ hunting meets taking place on their land in 2018/19.

However, the League Against Cruel Sports is concerned about the timing of these announcements, as in some cases the dates are being published on the Trust’s website nearly a month after the hunt day has taken place.

Nick Weston, Head of Campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports said:- “The National Trust seems to be back dating its hunt licencing dates! How can it be that a whole team has been employed to manage their ‘new’ licensing scheme, yet cannot get their hunt days up on their website on time? The National Trust claim to be publicising these dates as a matter of public safety, but not in time for the public to make an informed decision. Hardly ‘for everyone’ is it?”

The UK’s third largest membership organisation and second largest land owner currently issues licences to a number of hunts (79 were issued in 2016) on some of its estates. These licences are generally for 'trail' hunting, which the Trust says contain conditions designed to protect fauna and flora. However, it would seem the National Trust do not take any enforcement action for breaches of licence conditions unless there has been a police investigation and a conviction.

Hunts in England and Wales invented the activity of ‘trail’ hunting after the fox hunting ban came in. This claims to be a non-lethal sport where the hunt simply follows a pre-laid trail rather than searching for and chasing a fox. However, years of evidence shows that hunts are using trail hunting as a cover for illegal hunting by claiming to be following a trail but still carrying on and hunting foxes the way they did before the hunting ban.

The League believes the evidence clearly shows that hunting activities on National Trust land are cruel, illegal, unauthorised and dangerous to the public, as well as damaging to Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

Cheshire FH cause road havoc and hunt through bTb cattle farm

21-10-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    THINK HUNT, THINK BIO-SECURITY BREACH…    Cheshire Hounds, Church Minshull, Saturday 20th October 2018 Hunt meet at farm with on-going bTB outbreak and proceed to hunt through fields of cattle and around dairy barns   Yesterday at dawn, the Cheshire Hounds met at another of their favourite haunts – Lea Green Hall Farm in Church Minshull. This farm is the site of an on-going Bovine TB outbreak (as listed on this official government website: http://www.ibtb.co.uk/. A passing local informed us that they had recently had to kill 40 cattle (although we can’t confirm that at this point, he seemed credible).

Lea Green Hall Farm is a memorable one for Cheshire Monitors, as its where, in years past, members of our group have been subjected to intense harassment and intimidation; the scene yesterday was a very different one, one of a Hunt gradually realising its days are numbered. It’s no longer an ‘if’, just a case of how speedy the ‘when’ will be.

CheshireFHHuntholdinguptraffic20-10-18.jpgIt was the same old tawdry scene as the last seven weeks of cub hunting, comprised of the same old faces from the same old hunt families, and the usual hangers on with their busted moral compasses. Make no mistake, this hunt is made up of a tiny and insular group of largely privileged individuals, either from the same families who have a long history in the Hunt, or those who aspire to be part of this questionable crowd; either way, they are onto a loser.

We won’t name names though, as we are well aware of this Hunt’s current plans to sabotage the work of those who seek to stop them breaking the law and terrorise the countryside. More on that soon.

Overall the morning was another failure for them, as we were with them from the start and saw nor heard any real causes for concern as far as hunting goes; our concerns lay elsewhere. Early on the huntsman and whipper in let their (poorly trained) hounds zig-zag and run up and down the worst possible stretch of road in the area, at various times holding up traffic entirely, and at others forcing vehicles to perform emergency stops as hounds appeared in front of them. The police attended to take char ge of this situation.

More outrageous still was what we witnessed a while later, the Huntsman taking a full pack of hounds right through fields stuffed full of cattle. This is having left from a farm with an on-going bTB outbreak, and bTB being known to be spread by hunting hounds (see: https://bit.ly/2J76AAS).

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We also saw the hounds in the enclosure in front of the dairy sheds where the cattle are moved through to and from grazing (see photos). Does this Hunt have no respect whatsoever for countryside it professes to love?

Finally we are happy to report that the Hunt packed up early, having had our team on their tail with no chance of allowing the hounds to kill. Thank you to Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs who we met late on at the meet point, for checking on a nearby  badger sett. In what seemed like a first for this Hunt, they reported that it was undisturbed!

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If you live in or around Church Minshull, particularly if you are a farmer or smallholder, we would suggest you get in touch with Lea Green Hall Farm to enquire as to what measures they have in place to prevent the possible spread of bTB from their already-infected farm. You may also like to contact APHA (https://bit.ly/ZPZyZQ).

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Resident reports Cotswold Vale FH hounds out of control on A38

21-10-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    Saturday 20th October    ... Heading home [from sabbing the N. Cotswold FH] we... were called by a local at The Leigh who had spotted Cotswold Vale Farmers' Hunt hounds out of control and all over the A38 by Prior's Norton.

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N. Cotswold FH draw blank under sab gaze - blocked sett found

21-10-18   Facebook - Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs    Saturday 20th October, North Cotswold Hunt, Wormington, North Cotswold badger culling zone     The NCH were holding a meet during Newcomer's week around Wormington. With quad bikes inland by Ryefield Farm (a farm with a current breakdown of bTB and which has had repeated breakdowns over the years*) sabs went in to check on a known artificial earth** and to check on the behaviour of terrierman Will Haines. The earth was blocked with slabs and branches so we checked for signs of life - the Hunt have been known in the past to keep a fox in there to flush out during a hunt. No fox present.

The NCH claim to be following an artificial scent laid for the hounds to follow ('trail hunting'). If they were actually doing so their supporters would have had more of an exciting day... despite the good scenting conditions, hounds picked up on a scent only twice and for a total of about 40 seconds.

The Hunt initially headed for Little Mocho, another covert which holds an artificial earth, although this one (a thick plastic pipe with a chamber) currently appears unused. They made a move towards Rushbrook Coppice, another wood where the Hunt actively chased foxes during last season's Newcomer'sN.CotswoldFh_Artificialearth20-10-18.jpg meet, but swiftly headed straight on and across the road towards Wynniatt's Grove and then again back towards Wormington Grange and the original artificial earth.

Foot sabs stuck around a central area, ready to move if hounds picked up, while car sabs watched Huntsman draw towards the main road. With no scents picked up on and worries that we were watching the artificial, the Hunt drew quickly through a few coverts before packing up.

No blocked setts in the area. One unused artificial earth [right]. One recently dug out artificial earth (probably the last time they hunted this area) and one artificial earth that we're keeping a close eye on. No scents. No foxes flushed to the hounds. We've had a huge effect on this Hunt, among others, due to catching them and their supporters chasing foxes and using artificial earths and collecting large amounts of data about the blocking and digging out of badger setts.

Considering hounds were running all around Springhill last weekend where there is a current bTB breakdown, this weekend at Ryefield where there is a current bTB breakdown and last month at Norton Hall Farm, we'd suggest that biosecurity perhaps isn't the biggest priority of this Hunt... how many more Cotswold farmers will allow them to traipse over badger setts and through farms throughout the remainder of the season? On top of this, Ryefield Farm are still selling milk and cattle. All within a badger culling zone...Video to follow.

*NCH hounds were filmed by sabs from our group alongside Kingston Hunt Sabs last September running around the farm, in amongst cows and calves, through slurry and into milking sheds and other barns. The farm had an unresolved bTB breakdown at the time.

**a sab from our group filmed terrierman Will Haines entering his terrier into this artificial earth in order to flush out a fox at a Hunt meet last season.

 

Sabs sit in sett holes to stop Waveney Harriers digging out fox

20-12-18   Facebook - Mike Huskisson    Easton Harriers then Waveney Harriers 20.10.2018   I spent yesterday supporting local hunt sabs in their struggle to protect our wildlife. The Easton Harriers met early in the morning and killed a young Chinese Water Deer just before I arrived.

We then went on to the Waveney Harriers meeting at Somerleyton. With hounds rioting all over the fields it was only thanks to determined action by sabs that nothing was killed. I particularly congratulate the three sabs who sat in the entrances to an earth that a fox had taken refuge in, to stop the victim being dug out - that really is putting yourself in harm's way to save a life.

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Tip-off from public to sabs leads to N. Warks Beagles not going out

20-10-18   Facebook - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Two hunts in one day - No kills - Saturday 20th October 2018    For the second week in succession we stopped two separate Hunts from hunting.

Atherstone Hunt – Shackerstone First we went to the Atherstone Hunt in Shackerstone to ensure they didn't hunt or kill anything.

North Warwickshire Beagles - Manor Farm, Church End, Ansley Thanks to a member of the public ringing us-YOU helped save lives.

N.WarksBeaglesHoundvan2018.jpgThank you to everyone who shared our post yesterday asking people to let us know if they see the North Warwickshire Beagles van. Today we received a tip off that the red beagle van [left] had been spotted in the Ansley area. As it was on our way home from the Atherstone we drove around the area looking for them and found them at Manor Farm. They hadn't set off yet and had gathered next to the cattle (we doubt any biosecurity measures had been taken, have the North Warwickshire Beagles been tested for bTB?). Once they realised we had turned up they packed up.

What was interesting is their obvious tactic used today to try and incriminate us. The beagle van with Huntsman and others left the meet and slowly drove past a few of us in our vehicle. They seemed to do a loop of the area before driving past us again filming us as they went. They did this a few times probably after being advised by Leicestershire Police to make out they feel harassed. If the North Warwickshire Beagles aren’t doing anything wrong why do they pack up even at the sight of us sitting in our vehicle? We stayed in the area and also returned later to make sure they hadn’t returned.

Remember if you see this van please call 07767620767.You could help save lives like today.

Our thoughts go out to South Cambs and all the sabs present who witnessed the Essex Hunt kill a fox today. We ask that everyone who regularly donates towards our fuel costs instead donate towards the legal costs for the groups preparing to face the Fitzwillam Hunt in court soon fighting their attempt to prevent members of the public from protesting and stopping their hunting. Please read the link below and consider donating. Thanks.

 

Essex FH kill fox - police not interested, let hunt carry on

Policeman laughs at sab in tears cradling fox's mutilated body 

20-10-18   Facebook - South Cambs Hunt Saboteurs    LIVE - ESSEX HUNT HAVE JUST ILLEGALLY HUNTED AND KILLED A FOX    We have just witnessed the Essex Hunt actively hunt on their hounds to the trail of a fox and kill. Police arrived on scene and are allowing the Hunt to continue hunting. Not EssexFHFoxkilledbyMangledbody20-8-18.jpginterested in evidence despite sabs showing them the mauled body. Despite being devastated sabs are continuing to sab the active hunt. Full report to follow later.

20-10-18   Facebook - South Cambs Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO    Hit Report 20/10/2018 Essex Hunt - Berwick Hall, Abbess Roding     We hit the Essex Hunt this morning along with SES - Suffolk And Essex , Cambridge, North East London and Norwich Hunt Saboteurs. With lots of groups out sabs easily kept on the Hunt for the initial part of the morning, despite the aggressive terriermen riding into sabs on their quad.

A couple of hours into the morning, sabs were approaching the Hunt and hounds in a field beside a wood. Sabs spotted a fox attempting to get away across the open field without being seen and were immediately hugely concerned as hounds were closer to the fox than sabs.

As the fox started to flee and the hounds picked up the scent sabs ran fast across the field, using every technique available to distract the hounds. Sadly, the hounds were too close to the scent and stayed focused. The Huntsman watched on as his hounds illegally hunted and did absolutely nothing to stop them.

EssexFHFoxkilledby20-8-18.jpgAfter chasing across the field hounds followed the fox across a large ditch and into a small section of thick brush banked by a main road. We believe the fox was turned around by the road and ended up trapped.

A sab caught up to the hounds as they were attacking the fox and though they were able to stop the hounds, devastatingly, it was too late to save the foxes life. We cannot imagine the terror and agony this poor fox experienced in her last moments, running for her life, trapped by a large pack of snarling hounds and literally having her entire body ripped apart. She would have probably still been conscious as her intestines were torn from her body.

Sabs wrapped the mutilated pieces of her body in a jumper and climbed out onto the main road to find the police were already there, ironically called by the Hunt and told to disperse sabs. The immediate reaction of one police officer upon seeing the body was to laugh - to laugh at the mauled, bloody body held by a sab in tears.

After asking questions of the sabs and making no move to stop the Hunt continuing, the police wereEssexFHPolice20-8-18.jpg directed to the meet by sabs. A little later they advised sabs they had spoken to the hunt and it was 'their word against yours' - and that they wouldn't pursue the matter. Despite the still warm body being provided as evidence and despite several available witnesses. We know convictions are difficult under the hunting act and we know injustice is rife from experience but this level of blatant disregard for the law by the force meant to enforce it is shocking.

After sabs ensured the Hunt were no longer out, the beautiful young fox that lost her life today was given a respectful burial on land owned by sabs. Rest in peace, little one, we are truly sorry that we couldn't save you.

We do apologise for the distressing images however this is the real face of hunting. Many Hunts are out several times each week and there are usually not enough sabs to monitor them more than once a week. We need the truth to be exposed and we need your support. Please share, talk to family and friends, join your local sab group or support us here: www.gofundme.com/replacement-battery-and-fuel-fund.

Pics above   -  Top right -  The destroyed body of the fox    Middle left  -  Sab cradles fox's body     Bottom right  -  One of the not so helpful police responders   

POWAperson comments   -   People need to understand just how very deficient the Hunting Act is. In 2009, the High Court determined that 'searching' was not part of 'hunting' as defined in the Act, though DEFRA had previously said it was. So, this left Hunts free to put hounds into areas where they were likely to find and put up a fox. They will, naturally, then start to chase it. The offence of 'hunting' is only committed if one or more hunters can be shown to have intentionally 'engaged or participated' in the chase. It is legally immaterial whether the fox is killed or not.

So, Hunts know that as long as they stay a bit back from the hound pack and aren't seen to encourage the hounds on, they can get away with murder. As this kill is described by sabs, that seems to be exactly what they've done here. It is imperative to get the Hunting Act significantly strengthened. Protect Our Wild Animals [POWA] has been campaigning for just this since before the ink was dry on the Act. Labour has now agreed to do this if/when they get elected. But this time it's vital we do a belt and braces job because Hunts will drive a pack and horses thru the smallest loophole. See here for how we think it needs amending. If anyone thinks we've missed or get anything wrong we'll happily consider your points.

 

Sabs find dying deer savaged by Easton Harriers hounds

20-10-18   Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO     The Easton Harriers killed a Chinese water deer whilst cubbing this morning. We also attended the Waveney Harriers for their opening meet, who were frustrated despite their best efforts. Full report coming soon.

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Portman FH chase hunted fox across the A30

20-10-18   Facebook - Wildlife Witness    Portman Hunt chase a fox across A30 in Dorset    This is body-cam footage of the Portman hunt endangering road-users on the A30 this morning. The film was taken by Dorset Hunt Sabs minutes after our own monitors had seen a fox being hunted in the woods near to the road.

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Woman reports Tredegar FH trespassing & believed fox hunting

20-10-18    Facebook – S. Wales woman resident    Afternoon all. Wondering if you could please help/point me in the right direction. I'm based in South Wales and have just received a report of hunting just outside of Caerphilly (Hunt were out all morning across Rudry Common; assuming Tredegar Hunt, hounds heard going into cry several times, unwelcomed trespass on a neighbour's land, presumed to be cubbing). I regularly walk my dog around this area so that is a little concerning also...

They reported it to the police but nothing came of that - but also no evidence taken of the hunt. Just wondering if there's anything that can be done now or for the next time this happens (I've asked the member of the public to contact me if they see them again), what the best steps to follow would be?

Thank you in advance!

POWAperson adds   -  The woman's name and the post URL have not been given above because the message was sent to a closed anti Facebook group.

 

Middleton FH hounds miss 2 fleeing foxes, sabs later take pack off Huntsman

20-10-18   Facebook - Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs    Today our Sabs not Badgering visited the Middleton hunt with our friends Nottingham and West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs. We arrived at Bugthorpe, North Yorkshire, where the Hunt held their meet at 9.00am sharp, just in time to see them leave, our 2 groupsMiddletonFHTheEarlofHalifax20-10-18.jpg of sabs took it in turns to keep with the Hunt and follow them wherever they went. Almost instantly a big, beautiful fox broke cover in front of sabs, hunt not far behind. Luckily the hounds didn't pick up and after a short pause so as we didn't spook the fox, we sprayed the line to aid it to safety.

A few minutes later as sabs were stood with Carter, their infamous Huntsman and a few of the pack, another fox broke cover straight past Carters horse. We stood, our hearts in our mouths, unable to make a move till we saw what happened next Phew - the hounds didn't pick up and the fox kept going, away, instantly we rated it's line to be sure.

The Hunt then spent a lot of the day in a big estate and at one point they had lost most of the hounds despite the huntsman doing his best to gather them the majority preferred the company of sabs.

Another success was sabs taking control of the full pack, all 21.5 couples from under Carters nose, nifty use of holloas, voice calls and our horn blower worked a treat.

After this we thought they may pack but no, they carried on, well the Huntsman, Whip and hounds did. Field all went home, the day very hot by now and horses visible struggling. Sabs where led up a huge hill, obviously thinking we couldn't keep up, but we did although our legs may be bit sore tomorrow! After this they trailed back to their kennels at Birdsall, packing at 14.30.

In the pic above right, the white haired guy second from the right, chatting with the third guy from the right is the Earl of Halifax. Remind us again why they keep getting away with it! 

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Pics below   -   1/   'Shag' Carter watches hound get sab love    2/  Come to sabs, nice doggies  

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Woman sab shaken off top of gate by Ashford V. FH supporter

19-10-18  Facebook - West Kent Sabs   ASHFORD VALLEY & TICKHAM HUNT SUPPORTERS ASSAULT FEMALE SAB!    More footage from the Ashford Valley hunt meet at the Flying Horse in Smarden. Here you can see 3 male Ashford Valley Hunt Supporters push a young female sab off a gate! She's very lucky she wasn't seriously injured! How is this acceptable behaviour in a civilised society? Hunt supporters show their true colours again!!

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                                       Woman sab climbing gate 

22-10-18   Daily Mail    Hunt saboteur lands on her HEAD after falling off gate shaken by locals as she tries to keep up with the hounds- West Kent saboteurs tried to disrupt the Ashford Valley and Tickham Fox Hunt - Men believed to be linked to the hunt began to shake a gate as she climbed over - One appears to shove it forward in footage that has been shared on social media - The masked woman flips over and is hurled head-first onto the floor to laughter   This is the moment a female fox hunt saboteur was thrown to the ground and landed on her head as elderly men taunted her with laughter after shaking the gate she had climbed. The young woman can be seen crashing into the dirt after attempting to scale the gate, which the men appeared to be deliberately shaking. The group are believed to be linked to the Ashford Valley and Tickham Fox Hunt, which the West Kent Hunt Saboteurs were trying to disrupt on Wednesday.

They ask the masked female if she has permission to go over the gate before pushing and pulling the gate as she climbs. One appears to deliberately lurch the gate forward, sending the woman tumbling to the ground. When confronted, one of the men then denies doing anything wrong as his friend stands behind him smirking.

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                  Woman sab falling off after supporter shoved gate open 

Fellow hunt saboteur Harry Blackhurst, from Kent, said: 'We were monitoring the Ashford Valley and Tickham Fox Hunt last Wednesday [17th October]. We were following the Hunt all day and at this point one of our sabs, the lady, was trying to keep up with the hounds. We were climbing over the gate and those three elderly hunt supporters were shaking the gate purposely to get her off it. She ended up falling from quite a height onto her shoulders, but luckily she was okay. It could have been an awful lot worse. She's strained a few muscles in her shoulder and luckily it's nothing serious. The gate was at least two metres tall. They didn't care at all. They were saying that they'd done nothing wrong.'

Mr Blackhurst said: 'The hunt supporters have come back to us. We've actually had a lot of online internet trolls that have been trolling us and saying nasty comments. Our sole aim is to save wildlife that's being hunted - principally foxes and hares.'

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                                     Two of the Hunt's walking dead 

Commenting on the incident, a friend of the woman said she was 'understandably very shaken up', adding: 'She could easily have broken her neck.' Another person wrote on social media: 'Disgusting, a grown a***d man treating a female like that. I'm surprised she didn't break her neck when she fell. Hope the sab is OK.'

Ashford Valley and Tickham Fox Hunt were contacted for comment. Kent Police were contacted for comment.

 

Four Burrow FH cubbing attempts fail to excite the hounds

Supporter gives bizarre explanation of where fox pee for trails is from

19-10-18   Facebook - Kernow Sabs, Monitors and Animal Rights Team     Four Burrow Hunt, Cubbing, Cargenwen Farm 16/10/18 Would you want to book a well deserved holiday here? Only to find out the owner is not just a member of the local hunt but hosts hunt meets here too.

We rolled up to Cargenwen Farm at 9am and sure enough there was a large number of empty horse boxes in the opposite field. By 9.30 Four Burrow Hunt were on the move. Passing Cargenwen reservoirs their first stop was scrubland behind Crowan Church and the poultry farm where they were openly attempting to flush out foxes. Huntswoman Nikki Hancock was clearly urging the hounds into the scrub whilst the 'Whipper In' and Point riders stood in their expected positions. This scenario was played out at all the coverts throughout the day whilst the rest of the field stood around aimlessly doing nothing.

Their meet for the day centred around small areas of moorland with thick bracken and scrub.…Clearly not ideal for laying in a so called trail. Firstly in the Crowen Higher Cargenwen areas then moving south to the Black Rock open access area near Higher Carn. They then moved on to the Carn Meor area with the hounds clearly running amok in the woods and ended at Polcrebo Downs where a minimum of 3 of them were on point, again illegally hunting, poised to see if anything bolted.

They were most surprised to see us at the beginning but soon they accepted we were in for the long haul and indeed we stuck with them for the whole of the day. On Polcrebo Downs we were told the land was private and were instructed to ‘extricate’ ourselves from a clearly marked public bridleway!

One thing we did learn was how they acquire fox urine for the laying of trails. According to one of the support they collect it by going down to the local stream and scooping up water that a fox has peed in! And this Ladies and Gentlemen is what they do in order to lay their trails! That information freely given to us cheered up our day no end - along with the fact that we never once heard the hounds in cry.

Pic below   -   A set of massive arses 

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Fitzwilliam FH attempt to get injunction to keep sabs away

Hunt has recent convictions for illegal hunting, assaults and C.Damage

The Fitzwilliam is owned by someone on the Sunday Times Rich List

18-10-18   Morethanjustbadgers.net    Fighting the Fitz Injunctions [by Accidental Activist] - Injunction Statement

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Our Crowd Justice Funding page can be found here: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/fighting-the-fitz-injunction/

20-10-18    The Canary    One of Britain’s richest men is taking out a court order on activists so he can continue hunting foxes    Anti-hunting activists are facing a high court injunction from one of Britain’s wealthiest people. But they’re fighting back and are asking for help to do so.

On 16 October, an injunction submitted by the Fitzwilliam Hunt named three hunt sabotage groups. The 300-page document mentioned North Cambs Hunt Sabs, Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs and Northants Hunt Saboteurs. On a page fundraising money towards legal costs, the groups said the move aimed to prevent us from exposing and publicising their systematic law breaking.

In April, a former Huntsman for the Fitzwilliam Hunt was found guilty of illegally killing a fox. And in February, North Cambs Hunt Sabs were attacked while attending the hunt. Barry Watson was later convicted of assault and criminal damage for the incident. Both of these cases included evidence submitted by groups named in the injunction.

Philip Naylor-Leyland is joint master of the Fitzwilliam Hunt. He has regularly featured in the Sunday Times Rich List. Naylor-Leyland owns an estimated 50,000 acres of land near Peterborough. Anti-hunt activists claim at least 17,000 acres is used for hunting.

A judge rejected the first 300-page document, the saboteurs’ fundraising page said. But the high court is now considering a “cut-down injunction”. The situation is described as “a real-life David vs Goliath case” by the page because twelve ordinary working people are now faced with a court case against a multi millionaire… As a result, the three groups have launched a fundraising campaign to help them challenge the order.

Buying a licence to kill - Speaking to The Canary about the importance of challenging the court order, a spokesperson for North Cambs Hunt Sabs said:- “This exemplifies the attitude of hunters, that they ‘own’ wildlife. They think that even when they are exposed as the immoral criminals they are, that they can just buy the right to continue killing. This is not about whether 12 people can or cannot stop one hunt from hunting. It’s about whether it’s allowable in our country to simply buy secrecy to continue to hunt with impunity.”

Injunctions against anti-hunting activists are rare. North Cambs Hunt Sabs told The Canary that the last one known was a lifetime injunction taken out by the Brocklesby Hunt in 1995. However, Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs claimed to have successfully attended the hunt for the first time in September.

Injunction dysfunction - In the past 12 months, courts have granted a number of injunctions against lawful protest. Fracking companies Cuadrilla and Ineos both gained court orders against activists, while campaigns against HS2 and UK Oil and Gas now face similar restrictions.

Activist legal support group, Green and Black Cross, describe injunctions as “a way that companies can buy themselves personalised laws”. This is obvious enough with Cuadrilla and its ilk. But it’s even clearer here. The Fitzwilliam Hunt has a documented history of criminal activity. Now it’s trying to buy its way out of accountability. Just so a handful of people can continue getting their jollies murdering wildlife. We must support the fight against this free pass.

 

25-10-18   Cambridge News   The latest chapter in the ongoing saga between hunts and saboteurs - An injunction, which prevents protest activity against illegal hunting near the hunt, is under consideration by top judges     It's a war that has gone on for years, but an injunction request has left anti-hunting protesters in difficulty. Members of the North Cambs, Beds & Bucks and Northants Hunt Sabs, who locate hunting activity in the area to film and expose any law breaking, were handed a legal notice by the Fitzwilliam Hunt last week.

The region's hunters want the High Court to grant an injunction to stop "trespass on land, harassment and other interference with lawful activities" by the activist group, which has 12 members. Fighting back, the saboteurs described the application for an injunction as "draconian" and said it was an attempt to suppress "legitimate protest activity". The saboteurs were initially hampered by legal costs, but 618 members of the public have donated £13,000 to support them in fighting the case. But the injunction, which prevents protest activity against illegal hunting near the Hunt, is under consideration by top judges.

The fight between the groups has been an ongoing saga since the 1970s - here's a breakdown of some of the most recent events.

An ongoing saga December 1, 2017 Angry villagers confronted hunters in Upwood over the weekend. Footage showed hunters being confronted by angry villagers who they claimed were illegally chasing a fox. The incident saw the Fitzwilliam Hunt from Peterborough being shouted at by hunt saboteurs and villagers in Upwood, near Huntingdon. The footage showed a female saboteur and villagers telling the hunters they should "leave the village" and what they were doing was "appalling". The saboteurs claim the Hunt was pursuing a fox through the village.

However, a Hunt spokesman said hounds got into the village but the group was hunting within the law. He accused the animal rights' activists of "telling blatant lies". The Hunt spokesman said: "The Fitzwilliam Hunt was hunting within the law on Saturday, December 2. Unfortunately some hounds got into a village but there was no damage, hounds were removed and the Hunt has apologised to those concerned. "The behaviour of animal rights activists shouting, screaming and telling blatant lies may well have caused some concern in the village to inflame the situation and was certainly of no help to anyone.”

Illegal hunters tore up countryside - April 2018.  A Huntsman who was in charge of a pack of hounds that killed a fox near Peterborough on January 1, 2016 was convicted in April. George Adams, 66, was in charge of the hounds as part of the Fitzwilliam Hunt. Peterborough Magistrates' Court heard that to remain within the law, birds of prey are sometimes used to kill foxes that are flushed out by a pack of hounds during a Hunt. But when the hounds picked up the scent of the fox, on this occasion the bird was not released and it was killed by the pack instead. Adams pleaded not guilty to hunting a wild mammal with dogs. However, on April 4 this year, he was convicted after a two-day trial.

He was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £950 in costs. The falconer, a man in his 40s, was found not guilty of hunting a wild mammal with a dog and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

The hunt saboteurs said their members from several local groups witnessed the hunt kill the fox and claimed it was their evidence from both statements and video footage which secured the conviction.

August 2018 - Saboteurs say they were attacked in an altercation with members of the Fitzwilliam (Milton) Hunt. In February, a member of the Fitzwilliam Hunt attacked a car with saboteurs inside at Lutton, near Huntingdon. A video taken by the North Cambs Hunt Saboteurs starts with several vehicles chasing the saboteurs' vehicle before bringing it to a stop on a narrow country road. The Hunt supporters can be seen to exit their vehicle holding what appear to be torches before one, later identified as Barry Watson, 48, of Glatton, Cambridgeshire, appears to strike the activists' vehicle. A police report on the incident said: "He [Mr Watson] got out of his car and struck some of the windows with a metal torch, shattering them. The torch was thrown through the back windscreen and struck one of the occupants on the back."

The video then shows the saboteurs drive away, weaving around several hunt supporters' vehicles. The hunt supporters then follow, with a high speed chase down wet, country roads ensuing. Watson pleaded guilty to two charges, one of assault and one of criminal damage on August 2. He was sentenced by Peterborough Magistrates' Court to 80 hours supervised community service, and ordered to pay court fees. After the verdict, North Cambs Hunt Saboteurs said they were "disappointed with the leniency of the sentence."

POWAperson adds -  This is probably just the first attempt by Hunts to buy injunctions in an attempt to prevent exposure of their illegal activities, as hinted at by Bonner in his recent letter to CA members.  They seem, however, to have forgotten about the attempt by the Crawley & Horsham FH to do the same thing a few years ago, which flopped disastrously and very expensively. And it strange that it is a Hunt with recent convictions, plus further video evidence of assaults on sabs, that is choosing to lead the way. But it cannot be allowed to succeed and the sabs will need all the help they can get to stop it.  

 

Antis pack up Eton College Beagles caught chasing a hare

18-10-18   Facebook - Weymouth Animal Rights    Hit Report 18/10/2018 Eton Beagles : Meet : Abbotsbury Gardens, Beach Car Park We came, we saw, and we sent them running back to Eton!   After a great tip off a few of us headed for Abbotsbury to look for the Hooray Henry brigade known as the Eton Beagles, Mastered today by the Park Beagle huntsman of Abbotsbury.

Joined today by Dorset Hunt Sabs we caught up with them running away from Sabs after being caught with hounds in cry after a hare was seen running for it's life! Sabs were hot on the scene and with the use of a gizmo and voice calls successfully called the hounds off the scent, another life saved ! This was enough for the Huntsman to call it a day and take the walk of shame and head back to boxing up the beagles.

There was some lingering around for sometime maybe the Eton crowd was hoping we would just suddenly disappear and they could just carry on with a days killing, but no, we stayed till the end to watch them saunter off with their tails between their legs!

Yet again bloodsports on Charlotte Townshend's land, no wonder people no longer wish to come to West Dorset for their holidays, shame, shame, shame on you Lady T for letting an already failing economy slump even further into decline due to your barbaric destruction of our wildlife!

If you wish to complain at how one of Dorset's favourite tourist attractions is being used to facilitate barbaric bloodsports then please air your views here. If you would like to join us please either message this page or email weymouthanimalrights@protonmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Donate to our fuel and equipment fund here.

Pics below   -   1/  Hunter showing how much he loves his hound   2/  Packing up after 'walk of shame'  

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Waveney Harriers hounds chase muntjacs, get bird out just to fool police

Had earlier dragged rag around - which 'trail' hounds ignored 

18-10-18 Facebook - Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs Saturday 13th October 2018 Waveney Harriers -WaveneyHarriersPretendtrailonroad18-10-18.jpg Heckingham, Suffolk On Saturday 13th October, we made another visit to the Waveney Harriers. It is clear that the Waveney Harriers do not like it when we turn up, but why do they worry about us being there if they are hunting within the law?

Within minutes of setting off from the meet, riders were sitting on point, Huntsman Reuben was in a copse making fox calls and no bird of prey was in sight. This had all the marks of intentional (illegal) hunting. With sabs close by, Reuben didn’t hang around for long, however one stray hound picked up a muntjac deer and pursued it towards the road. Sabs still present on the road were able to turn the hound away from the road (also safer for road users) and away from the deer that had by now become trapped against a fence. Meanwhile, another muntjac deer had pretty much run through the middle of the bulk of the pack but due to the presence of four video cameras, Reuben had no choice but to call the hounds off the deer.

As the Hunt moved on they clearly became rattled by our presence so the level of personal insults and aggressive riding was upped by the Hunt.

The Hunt then called the Police and Norfolk Police did themselves proud by sending out at least four cars and a Police drone. Keen to prove they were hunting within the law, the Hunt got their bird of prey out of WaveneyHarriersAnotherfleeingmuntjac18-10-18.jpgthe box for a very brief appearance. It seemed strange that at the start of the day a piece of rag attached to a quad bike (see photo) had been dragged down the road. You are either trail hunting or hunting to a bird of prey, as these are two very different styles of hunting (and how the hounds would know which sort of hunting they are doing on any given day, is anybody’s guess).

The taxpayers of Norfolk may be happy to know that their taxes were spent with the Police trying to speak to as many sabs as possible about the hunts unproven allegation of aggravated trespass. We made plain our complaints regarding illegal hunting and other illegal activities that were taking place but in contrast, we were required to produce video evidence as our verbal word was not good enough. We are hoping this over enthusiastic style of policing by Norfolk Police is a one off, but only time will tell.

If you can spare some change, please consider buying us a coffee. It'll help keep us warm during the chilly cubbing mornings:- Buy Norfolk/Suffolk Hunt Saboteurs a Coffee. ko-fi.com/norfolksuffolkhuntsaboteurs.

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Antis to protest re. 'trail hunting' outside N.T.'s AGM

18-10-18   Swindon Advertiser    Anti-hunting campaigners to stage protest outside National Trust office in Swindon     Campaigners from the League Against Cruel Sports and National Dis-Trust will hold the protest outside the charity's office on Firefly Avenue on Saturday morning. The protesters hope to put pressure on the conservation charity to persuade it to stop granting licences for hunting on its land, and prevent wild animals being killed by hounds. The protest has been planned to coincide with the National Trust annual general meeting, a week before hunting season opens.

Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "Thousands of wild animals – including fox, hare and deer – are being targeted, chased and killed every year across the country, under the guise of following a trail.

"This is despite hunting with hounds being banned in England and Wales in 2004 and packs granted access to National Trust land, managed on behalf of the nation, being implicated in this objectionable ‘sport’. With over 85 per cent of the public opposing all forms of hunting wild animals with hounds – including a considerable number of National Trust members, visitors and employees – it is high time the conservation body provided protection to wildlife by stopping licensing hunting on its land.”

 

DEFRA ignore wildlife crime in public forests

18-10-18   Hounds Off  By Jack Rigall    Government defends wildlife crime in publicly owned forests    Yesterday, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs responded to a petition calling for an end to the licensing of so-called ‘trail hunts’ on the Public Forest Estate, which is owned & managed by the Forestry Commission on behalf of the public. The response is pretty much a paraphrased Countryside Alliance press release and there are a couple of things they’ve either overlooked, perhaps accidentally, perhaps not:

The petition specifically doesn’t call for an end to licences given to Hunts which have agreements formed under a general agreement with the Master of Draghounds & Bloodhounds Association (MDBA), as drag hunting & clean boot hunting are not covers for wildlife crime.

- DEFRA’s response omits that licences are also granted to Hunts under a general agreement with the Association of Masters of Harriers & Beagles (AMHB), such as the New Forest Beagles.

- Most importantly, though, they’ve regurgitated one of the most worn out lies in the country and they’ve done so without scrutiny. This is, of course, that fox & hare hunts have stopped hunting live quarry and started to ‘trail hunt’.

Trail hunting is a legitimate activity … Many hunts have since turned to trail hunting as an alternative to live quarry hunting…’ – DEFRA, 17th October 2018.

Here’s a couple of brief reasons why this is rubbish:

In 2014, a review of RSPCA prosecuting activity was published by Stephen Wooler CB, a former Chief Inspector for the Crown Prosecution Service. On P109/s9.1 it stated that: ‘The evidence reviewed leaves no room for doubt that, despite the 2004 legislation, traditional fox hunting remains “business as usual” in many parts of the country.’

Both before & after the Wooler Review, Hunts that have been licensed to use public land by the Forestry Commission have been convicted; the Meynell & South Staffordshire Hunt were convicted under the Hunting Act 2004 based on footage from Derby Hunt Saboteurs and the Cottesmore Hunt were convicted under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 based on footage from the League Against Cruel Sports.

DEFRA have rejected the requests of the petition on a completely false premise. It remains open & ongoing to gain signatures, and needs 100,000 signatures before 18th March 2019. If you haven’t signed this already, please do so here!

Pic below   -   The FC either don't seem to know the difference between 'drag' and 'trail' hunting [one being real and harmless, the other being a fictional alibi for illegal live quarry hunting] - or perhaps they are just trying to blur the distinction. This sign appeared in the N. York Moors area, where no real drag Hunts operate. 

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Ashford Valley FH chase fox into village - road chaos & hounds in gardens

17-10-18   Facebook - West Kent Hunt Sabs    Following our report from last Saturday on the Ashford Valley & Tickham Hunt we received a barrage of information on this Hunt including a list of meets from one disgruntled supporter! We can't thank them enough as when we turned up at the Flying Horse pub in Smarden yesterday at 11am sharp... sure enough Neil and the rest of the Ashford Valley Hunt were riding in, hounds in tow! We question why this pub would want to be associated with a Hunt who were filmed killing a fox only last year?

The day was an eventful one and as soon as the Hunt moved off we were surrounded by a mob of angry hunt supporters who surrounded our vehicle, blocked the highway and assaulted one of our sabs (Footage will be posted here shortly!).

Fortunately, we had a group who went in on foot so we didn't lose the Hunt. Eventually we were able to get away from the meet in our vehicle and almost instantly the hounds chased a fox from the fields back into the centre of Smarden! What followed can only be described as chaos! Hounds in the road, running in peoples gardens, jumping over fences and frankly it was a miracle no hound got injured. Luckily the fox got away and then the hunt spent at least 20 minutes trying to get all the hounds back!

They then moved off again and desperately tried to lose us but to no avail! Whether being followed on foot or being watched and filmed by our new 'eye in the sky' drone which worked fantastically during it's first outing; we had eyes on them at all times as they trampled in between Smarden and Bethersden. At one point we passed anglers who informed us that they had seen 3 foxes run for their lives minutes before the Hunt moved through which made us extremely grateful that we were there today!

By 2.30pm, after 3 hours of desperately trying to lose us they pulled a disappearing act again. That wasn't before Terry, usual loud mouth terrier man from the East Kent Hunt appeared from nowhere to say hello.... thinking of jumping ship are we Terrance?

After another hour of trying to find the Hunt we decided it was time to call it a day and just as we were moving off to go home we were suddenly surrounded by the Hunt's personal security again in the form of Kent Police, only this time they had guns! Two Police cars turned up...again... one armed unit only to take our details. This took the best part of 30 minutes. Why so long? It does not take 30 minutes to check whether a car is insured or not? We can only think we aggravated the Hunt so much that they decided they had to call their friends the police to keep us from them so they could get away.

All in all it was a successful day with at least one fox saved and a seriously disgruntled Hunt that weren't able to shake off our presence and kill wildlife even on their weekday meet! One thing that was noticed today is just how awful the Ashford Valley and Tickham Hunt supporters are, intimidation and aggression right from the off!

We would also like to thank Croydon Sabs and South Coast Sabs who came out to support us! As always any donations to our ongoing vehicle and petrol costs would be greatly appreciated! https://www.paypal.me/EASTKENTHSA.

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Monitors urge Cheshire fox Hunts to switch to drag/clean boot hunting

With new Beagle drag pack, both alternatives now in the county 

17-10-18   Facebook - Cheshire Monitors    Cheshire's alternatives to the trail of lies laid by the county's three traditional hunts     We think it's about time that riders that go out with Hunts that are breaking the law in Cheshire consider changing to riding out with one of the legal alternatives now available.

We heard a rumour about a new beagle Hunt in Cheshire so, on Sunday 7th October, we sent a team to check on and monitor the new Border Beagles Hunt. They met just off Chorlton Lane near Chester, and we found everyone friendly and welcoming, unlike the negative, secretive and aggressive reaction we receive when monitoring the three so-called trail hunts in Cheshire.

The Huntsman informed us that he had set up the pack from rescued beagles, many of them puppies, with approximately 10 hounds of all shapes and sizes. They plan to hunt in Cheshire and Shropshire, are based in Welshpool, never wear red and are the only mounted Beagle Pack in the UK.

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                                       Cheshire Beagles Drag Hunt 

Cheshire also has its own drag hunt, who also choose not to wear red, but instead wear blue jackets. This Hunt chase a human runner named Des [below], and (like the Border Beagles) you are welcome to contact the Hunt if you would like to go along to see how they operate. This Hunt was monitored by one of our team a few years ago and features in the IFAW report 'Uncovering the Trail of Lies' here: https://g.ifaw.org/2QZfl2Q.The

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                        Cheshire Drag Hunt - 'hunting the clean boot'  

The three remaining mounted Hunts - the Cheshire Hounds, Cheshire Forest, and Wynnstay Hunts - on the other hand, certainly won't welcome you to pay them a visit! Because if you did - like us - you'd see them chasing the foxes they deny all knowledge of when they all claim to be "trail hunting".

We welcome the modern alternatives in Cheshire and hope that at least some hunt riders consider making the right choice and join these groups instead of taking part in an outdated and barbaric pastime.

See here a link to The Cheshire Drag Hunt:- https://www.facebook.com/groups/328357153906844. See here a link to The Borders Beagles Hunt https://www.facebook.com/groups/215732632309822. Finally, for more information, please read this article from League Against Cruel Sports: https://bit.ly/2AfTe2A.

 

Convicted dairy farmers supply dead calves to S&W. Wilts FH

16-10-18   HSA Press Release  VIDEO   Convicted Dairy Farmers Supply the South and West Wilts Hunt    With Dead Calves Whilst working against the badger cull in Somerset, a group of hunt saboteurs came across shocking practices at Henley Grove Farm near Bruton. Large numbers of male calves were taken from their mothers, killed and dumped in piles just metres from the public footpath running through the farm. All this because they cannot produce milk and so were of no benefit to the farm.

The calves were collected by a kennel-hand from the South and West Wilts Hunt, who feed them to their hounds. The hunt worker was filmed collecting bodies at the site on four separate occasions. This is common practice within the dairy industry as fox hunts benefit by obtaining free food for their hounds and the farm benefits by having a 'fallen stock' collection service that is often free.

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Both David Bown and his son Phillip Bown (who are directors of Henley Grove Farm Limited) are no strangers to animal abuse, however, as the pair were fined in 2013 after admitting to blocking a badger sett and attempting to gas its inhabitants using their car's exhaust fumes.

According to a sign on the farm, Henley Grove Farm supplies milk to Robert Wiseman Dairies, who were later taken over by Müller.

Shooters taking part in this year's horrific badger cull have also been found and prevented from shooting in the fields close to Henley Grove Farm by hunt saboteurs.