LATEST NEWS on hunting in the UK
listed here are covered in detail and commented upon below -
..... 20th February - Essex Farmers FH invade small farm and shop, chase pets,
..... 19th February - Essex & Suffolk FH
redcoat can't control horse by busy road - traffic chaos
19th February - Woman abused and mooned by Cheshire FH supporter, others damaged sab car
..... 19th February - CPS drop all charges against Belvoir FH Huntsman after 3 foxes killed in a
..... 18th February - Eggesford FH kill fox, hunt others,
trespass, assault sabs, steal & damage property
February - Claim that Princess Eugenie's godmother whipped sab at Surrey Union FH meet
..... 18th February - Cottesmore FH thugs attack sabs with weapons, some injuries
..... 17th February - Group of dogs seen attacking a fox on a road in Middleton FH country
..... 17th February - Atherstone FH sack hapless Huntsman Stuart Barton, say sabs
..... 15th February - Corpses of three badgers found near sett in Beaufort FH country
..... 14th February - HIT say scandal-hit S.Herefordshire FH is to close
..... 13th February - Blackmore FH witnessed hunting fox across road by motorist
..... 12th February - Atherstone FH Director arrested after splitting female sab's
head open with crop
..... 12th February - Monitors free trapped
Portman FH horse & grateful redcoat + unblock sett
12th February - Monitors save fox from dig out by Cheshire FH
12th February - Lamerton FH attempts to hunt stymied by angry landowner
..... 11th February - Cheshire FH thugs beat up and run down sabs
..... 11th February - Sabs find deluxe artificial earth on Fitzwilliam Estate, see terriermen blocking sett
..... 11th February - Cattistock FH day ends in chaos on coast road - injured horse,
..... 10th February - Police finally pass file on
S.Herefordshire FH [rebailed] 5 to CPS
..... 10th February -
Claims that N-West Hunt rampaged thru gardens, damaged property, injured child
..... 10th February - 3C sab runs as 'clean boot' for 3 Counties Bloodhounds drag hunt
..... 9th February - Police come out and rein in the Wynnstay FH!
..... 9th February - Walker tells POWA she & husband saw fox being hunted
..... 8th February - Monitors film Beaufort
FH hounds hunting fox in a school's grounds
8th February - York & Ainsty FH hounds run on to A1[M] - 1 killed, major traffic delays
..... 8th February - Oakley FH Huntsman smashed my windscreen, says woman driver
..... 8th February - Ledbury FH Huntsman escapes conviction after CPS charging
..... 8th February - Monitors say South Durham
FH Huntsman forced to resign
..... 7th February - South
Dorset FH Huntsman warned by police over badger sett blocking
7th February - Hunt-inspired plot to strip RSPCA of prosecution powers fails
...... 7th February - Multi group letter urges Leics police to clamp down on illegal hunting
..... 7th February - Pressure leads high-end car supplier to withdraw sponsorship
of Old Surrey FH ball
..... 6th February - Sabs upload
film of very violent attack by hunt thugs - case dropped by police
..... 6th February - Fife FH caught hunting with no guns - Huntsman lies to sabs about this
..... 5th February - Badsworth FH Huntsman uses horse as weapon then leaves 3
..... 5th February - Cheshire FH hounds kill
what sabs suspect was 'bagged' vixen
February - South & West Wilts FH kill one fox though sabs save another
..... 1st February - Sabs upload film of Cheldon BH thugs assaults 2 weeks before severe attacks
Essex Farmers FH invades small farm, chases pets,
Cat still missing, hens have stopped laying, property damaged
Hounds, chasing 'two
foxes', even came into the farm shop
Neighbour says Hunt often invade and have been into his garden
20-2-17 Basildon, Canvey, Southend Echo Family pets 'chased by
a pack of hounds' as drag hunt causes havoc in village FRUSTRATED residents [left, credit Basildon, Canvey, Southend Echo]
told how family pets have been chased by a pack of hounds as drag hunts spark havoc in their village. Lee Bell and his wife
Bev have run Little Buskins Farm Shop, in Canewdon Road, Ashingdon, for 30 years. Their usually peaceful farm was transformed
into a scene of chaos when a groups of dogs charged through the fence - seemingly chasing a fox.
Mr Bell, 43, said: “A pack of dogs came charging onto our land
chasing two foxes. The dogs were completely out of control and destroyed our gate and our fence. They ran into our farm shop
and then started chasing our cat. It was complete chaos.”
It is believed that the chase started out as an Essex Farmers and Union drag hunt - where a fox-scented rag is used.
The hounds are understood to have sniffed out the scene of a live fox during the hunt. The group was contacted by the Echo
but did not respond to requests for a comment before going to print.
Mr Bell claims the hounds terrorised his chickens, dogs and cat - who wasn’t seen for several days after the
incident. He added: “When the foxes got away, we had to quickly rescue the dogs before the hounds turned on them. The
chickens have been scared off their lay which means they are not laying eggs and that can last three to four months, so it
is affecting our income.”
Steve Sexton and his
wife Jenny have also been disturbed by drag hunts, which are regularly held in the area. Mr Sexton, a care worker who lives
in Fambridge Road, said: “It has happened a few times recently. The concern, other than for the foxes, is the welfare
of our own pets. My dog became frantic a few weeks back due to the dogs running loose into the garden. Last Friday we had
to brake sharply as a number of dogs and horses appeared from the fields into the roads without consideration to traffic.”
Fox hunting was banned in 2005. A spokesman
for the RSPCA said: “If hounds pick up the scent of a wild animal, the law requires that those in control call them
off. If huntsmen can’t control their hounds, they should not be off the lead where other animals may be at risk.”
POWAperson adds - Needless to say we shall be educating the Editor as to the difference between a 'drag hunt'
and what this mob get up to - Hunts using 'trail hunting' as a false alibi to carry on fox hunting, etc.
Essex & Suffolk FH Huntsman loses control of horse
by busy road
Sabs threatened and abused by supporters as traffic chaos ensues
Supporter kicks passing
car as others fight among selves
19-2-17 Facebook - NE London Sabs Hit Report, Essex and Suffolk Hunt 18/02/2017 The meet
was at Abbott's Hall, Horsley Cross east of Colchester. NELS joined SES, Cambridge and Norfolk/Suffolk Sabs.
We sabbed successfully this extremely
aggressive Hunt. The Hunt was constantly on the move, always followed by a significant number of sabs. They were covering
a large area but the hounds haven't gone to cry for the whole day. The Hunt and their support were getting more and more
frustrated by our presence and started blocking our vehicles, trying to intimidate the sab drivers, driving their cars at
foot sabs, trying to engage into physical fights, sexually and racially harassing us as well as threatening us with violence
throughout the day. The terrier men kept driving their quad bikes towards us in order to block and intimidate us.
The extreme tension resulted to the hunt supporters fighting
among themselves. At some point we saw a Hunt supporter driving his car towards another supporter, who had to jump on the
bonnet to avoid getting hit by the car. This all escalated further at about 2pm after one of the redcoat riders - as seen
on the video attached - lost control over his horse by a busy road. The Hunt and their support blocked the road causing
a traffic jam and assaulted sabs. The support was kicking vehicles, calling sabs f***ing foreigners and behaving appallingly.
Sabs were trying to calm the situation down, managed to get away and kept following the Hunt.
Zero kills on the day and even though it was a very
intense day we managed to stay calm and sab till they packed up and left. More videos to follow.
Pics below - 1, 2, 3/ Huntsman loses control
of horse by busy road 4/ Rider uses her horse to drive sabs across road 5/ Supporter kicks passing
car 6/ Supporter to sab 'What we got here? A fucking foreigner. Ha, ha, ha.'
Woman verbally abused and sab car damaged by Cheshire
She subject to horrible sexual remarks then shown supporter's arse
19-2-17 Facebook - Lancaster Huntsabs Sab report 18/02/17 - Yesterday marked twelve years since the introduction to The Hunting Act being put in force and Sabs and monitors are still out in the fields having to do the police's
job of protecting our persecuted wildlife.
Lancaster joined up with N.Wales, Cheshire and Welsh Border sabs alongside the help of the Hounds Off team and paid
another visit to the Cheshire hounds, who previously killed a fox illegally, and after the violence towards sabs last week
we weren't about to back down.
Sabs received a tip-off, again from some of the locals who have had enough of the Hunt trespassing on their property,
and that the scattered pack was all over the main road in Houghton. When the first group of Sabs arrived at the Hunt, they
were already onto a fox near Snugbury's ice cream farm. Thankfully this lucky fox escaped the blood thirsty bunch.
One group of Sabs was targeted by offensive
looking hunt thugs [right] had threats of violence, a female Sab received unwelcome sexual remarks before one
of the hunt thugs exposed himself, dropping his pants [at bottom, pun unintended]. The Sabs, left traumatised by
his crusty backside, caught up with the rest of the foot Sabs who were nearby covering and the second lucky fox was spotted
by Sabs running across a field. Savvy Sabs quickly covered the area and the line of the fox with citronella.
Sabs following the Hunt down the lane
in Spurstow were greeted by masked thugs and hunt employees who kicked and punched one Sab's vehicle with force leaving
a dent. One even thoughtfully threw a lit cigarette through the Sab's window, while another shrek look-alike spat on a
Sab with police witnessing this.
There were large numbers of police in attendance [left] who were filming and monitoring what only seemed to
be sabs, and police were ordered into fields after one officer declared Sabs were trespassing. Despite their complaints of
not wanting to get their boots dirty, police grudgingly followed sabs and the Hunt for a short while before being picked up...
lucky fox that the Hunt was also onto at this point was spotted by Sabs, with the hounds in cry, but also managed to dodge
the Hunt. By this time it appeared all riders had packed up, besides the Huntsman himself, Shayne and a new Huntsman. Sabs made sure all hounds had packed up at the original meet then waved off the Hunt and frustrated support.
Facebook - Cheshire Sabs HIT REPORT - 18/02/17 - CHESHIRE HUNT/HOUNDS On Saturday, we met up with friends from N.Wales Lancaster Welsh Border & Central
Lancashire sabs to check in on the Cheshire Forest Hunt but it... turns out they had cancelled and later in the day it was
confirmed that some of them had actually gone out with the Flint and Denbigh Hunt... we decided to have a look for the Cheshire
Hunt who were filmed killing a fox just two weeks ago whilst the Huntsman was stood nearby off camera who did absolutely nothing
to call the hounds off the vixen.
We found the
Cheshire Hunt after a tip off from a concerned local came in that the Hunt had been seen heading towards Hurleston, where
they were caught by sabs chasing a fox onto land owned by Snugburys Ice Cream. Thankfully this one got away, but with the
Hunt still in pursuit of the fox, they were soon onto the scent of another which was seen bolting across field. But sabs were
quick to spray the foxes line and a nearby wooded area with citronella which meant the hounds lost the scent.
Shortly after, a sabs vehicle was attacked by a hunt supporter who
kicked the car, leaving several dents in the bodywork and a female sab was subjected to some horrendous sexual remarks before
the odious fellow responsible decided to show her his bottom...
The police were out in force again, which we don't mind at all but we would prefer it if they were there to keep
an eye on the violent hunt supporters, hunt employees and the wildlife murdering Hunt rather than ourselves, as our only purpose
of being there in the first place is to try and save the wildlife.
CPS drop all charges against Belvoir FH Huntsman after fox
3 foxes were
killed in a day - two of them in grounds of a nursing home
Sabs witnessed the other and Huntsman assaulted her & broke camera
CPS says can't prove foxes were pursued intentionally,
as law requires
for Leicestershire was out with police on the day
19-2-17 Facebook - Northants Hunt Saboteurs It is no great surprise to us that we have just been informed by Leicestershire
Police that the CPS have dropped all charges against John Holliday, Huntsman with the Belvoir Hunt.
On December 3rd 2016, one fox was killed in front of Northants sabs who
did everything they could to save them but sadly were unable to, though they did manage to retrieve the body. One sab was
then assaulted and had their camera smashed. On then calling the police it transpired that a further two foxes had been killed
in front of shocked staff and residents of a care home [this was reported to the Police and Crime Commissioner, who was out
with the police that day]. John Holliday was later arrested and charged with illegal hunting, assault and criminal damage
- all of which have now been dropped.
The very existence of the Belvoir Hunt and every other Hunt in the country is 'intention'. They are being
caught out time and time again by sabs, monitors and undercover investigators, yet the law does nothing. This
just determines our resolve to continue our non-violent direct action to save persecuted and hunted wild animals.
POWAperson adds - POWA, which has campaigned for significant strengthening of the Hunting
Act since before it became law, is also not surprised the illegal hunting charges have been dropped because the CPS are
right about the ridiculously high level of proof required. Nonetheless, we are aghast and can't help feeling that police
and CPS too often use the weaknesses of the Act as an excuse not to prosecute or, often, not even to investigate. This decision
will embolden Hunts even further into hunting at will and will endanger the safety of monitors and sabs yet more, besides
making it even more likely their hard-fought and dangerous evidence-gathering will achieve nothing in future. The will of
the people and Parliament and the rule of law are all being held in contempt.
Eggesford FH hunt foxes, trespass, attack sabs, damage radio
Huntsman claims killed
fox but told meet were 'hunting within law'
Hounds riot through field with mares in foal - land owners furious
18-2-17 Facebook – Devon County Sabs Eggesford Hunt 18.2.2017 Blatant illegal hunting,
yet more assaults on sabs and criminal damage. That was the order of the day yesterday at the Eggesford Hunt, who met at Burridge
Moor Cross, near Chawleigh. Even amongst other Devon Hunts they are now being referred to as drunks and thugs!
Part of this report comes courtesy of local landowners, who
have complained that the Hunt were out of control. Our Land Rover is in the garage so we only had the car to ferry foot teams
around. This meant sabs spent most of the day on foot, tag-teaming to keep the Hunt in sight... Hounds never got onto
anything in the first couple of hours and Gary kept moving them on at speed, always leaving hounds scattered several miles
Sabs had to witness some unbelievably
irresponsible riding, with Huntsman and several riders cantering down steep, slippery tarmaced roads, the horses skidding
all over the place.
Hounds were put in at Winswood
Moor and began drawing the stream-lined valleys between there and Yelland Moor. A team on Winswood Moor witnessed a fox break
not far ahead of the pack. Riders had also spotted it and, sure enough, Gary began hunting the hounds on in exactly that direction.
Sabs split up with some covering the fox's scent and rating hounds when they arrived, while others called the hounds out
of the valley into the top corner of the field. The full pack was called off the fox's scent and a battle of horn calls
ensued, with Gary attempting to take the hounds back from across the valley.
At this point a group of masked thugs came running into the field. Some had been called in
from outside the area. They were joined by the Hunt's terriermen, most of whom were also masked-up. Seven male thugs plus
two riders surrounded foot sabs in the field. One of them stole and broke a gizmo and another broke one of our radios in the
process of trying to wrestle it out of a sab's hands. The male terrierman from our last report attacked a female sab,
injuring her hand, while others went for the male sabs in the group.
Sabs were forced off the land by the thugs, but another team had caught up with Huntsman and hounds, who by now were
making their way up towards Bealy Court Farm. It transpired that our car team had also been attacked shortly before the attack
in the field. Our navigator had been punched in the face through the open window by one of the masked thugs who later joined
the thugs in the field, and he also attempted to kick in the driver's window. Police were called, our sab's injuries
were documented and she provided a statement. Footage and vehicle registrations are being handed to the police.
At Bealy Court Farm hounds picked up a scent and began speaking.
Gary, now on foot, was hunting them on. Hounds were spotted shortly after chasing a fox across a field. Gary later boasted
to his riders and followers that the hounds had caught and killed this fox. "At least now they can't put 'no
kills' in their report." Not even Gary can stick to his story, having promised everyone at the meet that they would
be "hunting within the law".
to an extremely irate landowner, hounds had been rioting through a field where mares were in foal, with Gary having seemingly
no control over them whatsoever, a combination of a lack of skill and a lack of will, and perhaps a bit too much alcohol in
his system. Sabs repeatedly insisted he call the hounds off. His response: "Fuck off you fat cunt". The last hour
was spent between Affeton Moor and Thornham before the Hunt packed up at Affeton Moor Cross.
This is our message to Devon's Hunts: We won't
stop sabbing until you stop hunting. If you call in thugs to assault us we will just continue exposing you week after week
for the violent lawbreakers you are. It's no coincidence whatsoever that the Hunts we receive the most tip-offs about
are the ones who make themselves unpopular not only with us and with local landowners but also with individuals who are or
were once members of these Hunts but will no longer stand for their behaviour.
Pics below - 1/ Fox [towards top right] fleeing 2/ Hunt scaring deer
3/ Female sab threatened by masked men 4/ Female sab being assaulted 5/ Thug tries to
kick in sab car window 6/ Pugilistic supporter
Claim that sab was whipped by Princess Eugenie's
Surrey Union FH hunting foxes, say activists
18-2-17 Facebook - Guildford Sabs VIDEO Sabs ridden into and assaulted
today by the Surrey Union Hunt A kill free day and yet again an atrocious turnout - not looking good for this sorry state of a Hunt. Full
report to follow.
19-2-17 Facebook - Guildford Sabs Surrey Union Hunt at Slades Farm, 18th Feb with North Downs
Sabs and Surrey Hunt Monitors. With a unusually late meet, possibly to avoid sabs, we followed the hound van from the kennels
to their meet, trying to lose us and block us in. Didn't work! The
Hunt claimed today was a 'fun day' as Princess Eugenie was apparently in attendance - but that clearly wasn't
Hunt looped around a few times in an attempt to lose us, sabs tried to get to the nearest road and were rammed against a fence
and then struck with a whip by Lulu Hutley (who is the godmother of Princess Eugenie} [right].
Later on, near Loxhill, sabs found the Hunt on point
in a woodland with hounds going in and out of cry. It was clear they were on to a fox. As soon as sabs got there the Huntsman
started frantically calling the hounds back. Sabs sprayed the area to make sure the hounds didn't pick up the scent again.
(I thought this was a fun day, with no trail layer why are the hounds in cry...)
After only being out for a few
hours the Hunt returned to Slades Farm at around 15.30 and after a successful day we went to the pub!
POWAperson adds - Lulu Hutley - with whip in video, say sabs - is a JM
of the Surrey Union FH, as is her husband, Ed. He may be the mounted redcoat in the clip. Ed Hutley is a property developer
and owner of the Wintershall Estate. They are said to be close to Sarah Duchess of York, friends with pro-bloodsports 'rock
god' Eric Clapton and with various minor European royals.
19-2-17 Surrey Hunt Monitors VIDEO Found 3 decomposing foxes on the Wintershall Estate, owned by Ed & Lulu
Hutley, Surrey Union FH JMs.
Cottesmore FH supporters attack sabs with weapons, some
at centre of aggression, swinging length of chain
18-2-17 HSA Press Release Hunt Sabs attacked by members of Cottesmore Hunt Hunt saboteurs have been attacked by members of the Cottesmore Hunt at their meet in Burrough
On the Hill, Leicestershire. The attackers used chains [right] and lengths of wood in the unprovoked attack after being stopped from illegally
chasing and killing foxes. Leicestershire Police were called and five vehicles turned up. They are currently investigating
One of the main attackers is a key member
of the Hunt, and is often involved in handling the bird of prey [below left], which the Hunt haul around all day
as an excuse for their illegal hunting. He used a heavy length of chain to attack saboteurs, not the first time he's been
implicated in such attacks.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, commented: “On the 12th anniversary of the Hunting
Act illegal hunting and violent assaults still occur throughout the hunting season. We're pleased Leicestershire Police
responded in this instance but if police forces enforced the Hunting Act in the first place then these attacks wouldn't happen as hunt saboteurs wouldn't be needed. The Cottesmore will now
attempt to distance themselves from this cowardly attack, but we know that one of the main attackers is a key member of the
Hunt and often handles their bird of prey. Saboteurs have also been attacked at the Surrey Union Hunt today and the video
of this incident will further add to the hunting community's terrible reputation.”
Facebook – S.Cambs Sabs Sabs cornered in a wood and attacked at the Cottesmore
Hunt today by hunt supporters with bats and chains Several sabs injured including a female sab battered
to the ground by large hunt supporters. Sabs currently receiving treatment for their injuries. Picture shows one of the thugs
swinging round a heavy chain at sabs. Police on scene and investigating. More to follow.
18-2-17 Facebook - Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs We headed north to Leicestershire to join up with North & South Cambs hunt
sabs to scupper the Cottesmore's plans. They were meeting south of Melton Mobray close to Burrough on the Hill... we joined
with our Cambs comrades and got straight into action. The Cottesmore claim to use the bird of prey exemption which is quite
frankly a nonsense. The Bird was hardly seen all day while they were blatantly and openly hunting. The hounds were in and
out of cry all day, with sabs always on hand to rate them using voice, horn or gizmo. Several foxes were seen to safety.
We also noted at least 5 large badger
setts had been filled in to stop the foxes escaping. Where possible we opened up some holds to allow our stripey friends to
escape. Block badger setts is a crime under the protection of badgers act 1992.
After second horsing. we got back on to the hunt and shortly after this
we got an emergency call from the foot sabs from Cambs Sabs, who were under attack from masked up hunt support carrying chains
and lumps of wood. We got to the scene as quick as we could, but some sabs had already been assaulted and bore the scars of
the assaults committed by these cowards. As we arrived the bullies saw the extra numbers and decided to beat a hasty retreat
but not before one nutter continued to attack, violently swinging a chain.
Police were called and arrived with 5 vehicles including a riot van. Statements will be taken
and video evidence submitted and we hope for a successful conviction. We have already identified the main culprit and this
information will be passed to the police.
The Huntsman Andrew Obsborne was his usual arrogant self and clearly annoyed we'd thrown a 3 sab group sized
spanner in his plans. Hunt master Nicholas Leeming seemed little concerned for the injuries and the disgraceful behaviour
of those who followed his Hunt. The Hunt packed up just after 4pm. Cambs sabs went to on A&E to
get checked out while we returned and unblocked the setts we weren't able to earlier. A tough day but no kills. Huge respect
to our friends at North and South Cambs Sabs who we work so well with.
To the Cottesmore - We won't accept this and we will be
seeing you again very soon.
19-2-17 Daily Mail Huntsman launches foul-mouthed rant at saboteurs after 'trying
to attack them with a metal chain' - The video footage shows man launching a foul mouthed tirade at protesters -
Allegedly threatened animal rights activists, Beds and Bucks Hunts Saboteurs - Narrowly missed female protester's head as he swung a metal chain at them
In the clip filmed during a meeting of the Cottesmore Hunt in Owston, Leicestershire yesterday, an outraged man can be seen
launching into the foul-mouthed attack while appearing to swing at protesters with a metal chain. The video was filmed by
the Beds and Bucks Hunts Saboteurs, who claimed a number of attackers used chains and wood as campaigners tried to stop them
chasing and killing foxes. Members of the Beds and Bucks Hunts Saboteurs said the man marched out of nearby woods towards
the group, saying: 'All of you, yeah. Come on, then'.
raging man shouts at one protester: 'I was run over by one of your f***ing mates.' He replies:
'I wasn't doing anything, mate. Put it down. Put it f***ing down.' The man was said to the square up to another
protester in a mask, saying: 'Come on, then. You big hard boy.' A spokesman for Beds & Bucks Hunt Saboteurs said:
'Police were called and arrived with five vehicles including a riot van. Statements will be taken and video evidence submitted
and we hope for a successful conviction.'
for Leicestershire Police said: 'Police were called at around 2.50pm to Whatborough Road, Owston, following a report of
a disturbance involving a number of people. On attendance, a man reported an assault to officers. He did not receive any medical
treatment. 'Enquiries are continuing into the incident and no arrests have been made.'
Cottesmore Hunt has been approached for comment.
19-2-17 Facebook – S.Cambs Sabs Hit Report 19/02/2017 Cottesmore Hunt, Burrough
on the Hill, Leics … the Hunt headed straight into one of the areas sabs had pre-sprayed. One
fox was immediately seen ro safety, and due to the sabs earlier efforts, the hounds were unable to pick up a scent for long.
Sabs were able to use voice calls and horn to further distract the hounds, despite the Huntsman very clearly using distinctive
bellowing calls to hunt them on.
The Hunt had a bird of prey with them,
in a bid to use the bird of prey exemption to hunt - however the Eagle was only seen once all day. This was in a field, at
least half a mile away from the Hunt, and the distraught bird was being cruelly swung around upside down while it flapped
it's wings in a desperate attempt to fly while tethered to the bird handler.
The day continued on in the same manner - sabs on the Hunt and successfully
blocking the determined Hunt's every attempt to kill wildlife.
free day clearly frustrated the Hunt and their support to such an extreme extent that the violence we reported yesterday ensued.
A small number of sabs was cornered while attempting to leave a wooded area on a footpath, and
blocked in by hunt supporters brandishing weapons. Several sabs were repeatedly punched, including a female sab who was punched
to the ground. The attack was totally unprovoked and during the entire attack sabs attempted to walk away and did not reciprocate
Numerous police vehicles attended, including armed police, a dog unit and
a helicopter. The first officers on the scene were unsympathetic to say the least, and more interested in our views on hunting
than on the assault. Luckily, officers more experienced with hunting laws were soon on the scene and we were able to show
them video evidence of the incident. Investigations are ongoing and we will update you further as soon as we are able to.
Solidarity with the other sabs groups
who have also experienced violence this weekend.
[both 18/2/17] - 1/ Bird handler with eagle 2/ Sab unblocking badger
Group of dogs seen attacking fox on road in
17-2-17 Yorkshire Post Did you see pack of dogs attack a fox? Police are trying to trace the owners
of several dogs seen attacking a wild fox. The incident happened on the B1249 between Foxholes and Staxton Hill, near Scarborough.
Several motorists stopped at the roadside when they spotted the fox being mauled at around 1.40pm on Thursday. Police are
keen to speak to the witnesses, including the driver of a Sainsbury's van who is believed to have been the first to stop.
If you can provide information, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 or email email@example.com.
Quote reference number 12170026974.
POWAperson adds - Though not specified, it seems highly likely the dogs were fox hounds.
The location appears to be well inside the country of Middleton FH [POWA has since learned they met just 4 miles away]. Though
Thursday is not one of their normal hunting days, they do specify it as a 'bye day', i.e. one on which they sometimes
hold unscheduled hunts. Anyway, I've written to the police and the paper suggesting they might look at the Middleton
for this and reminding them of that Hunts record over recent years, which is below
They last hit the
headlines in late January, when their new Joint Master told a middle-aged woman [not a hunt saboteur or monitor] who
was complaining to him about the Middleton's illegal fox hunting, that he'd like to 'shag' her, then asked
her to go to bed with him. See the Sun coverage, The Daily Mail and Mirror also ran the story. This apparently resulted in Lord Middleton, who was supposed to be hosting
their meet the next Saturday, cancelling.
In early summer 2015 they made national news again when 16 fox cubs were found by League Against Cruel Sports investigators in a shed near the hunt kennels and filmed
a man they claimed was connected to
the Middleton visiting the shed. The cubs were rescued and no criminal charges ensued. It may be that no actual crimes were
committed, but you don't need to be a genius to work out what a fox hunt would want with such cubs.
that, their kennel Huntsman, Barry Andrews, and a terrierman, Lee Martin, were both charged with interfering [on separate
occasions] with a badger sett. Hunts still customarily block them on hunting days, even though both fox hunting and sett interference
are illegal and they are usually pretending to be 'trail hunting', which would not require earth blocking or the presence
of terriermen, who still, almost invariably, accompany Hunts on their supposed 'trail hunts' and not infrequently
engage in dig outs of foxes illicitly chased to ground by Hunts. The charge against Andrews was dropped, for reasons unknown
to me, and, though Martin was initially convicted, he was acquitted on appeal.
The reason? The prosecution could not actually prove that the sett was occupied by badgers on the day in question, though
they could prove this for shortly before and shortly after that day. Draw your own conclusion.
In September 2014, it
was reported that the Joint Master and Huntsman Tom Holt had been summonsed for illegal hunting. I don't know what happened
about that. But he had a previous conviction.
In August 2013, he, Martin, Whip Shaun Marles and another terrierman Brian Cuthbertson were all convicted
of a particularly nasty piece of illegal hunting in which hounds savaged a fox to death, having been charged with breaking
S.1 of the Hunting Act 2004 and the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Despite the film evidence of extreme and wilful cruelty,
three were fined a tiny fraction of the maximum allowed [£5,000] and the latter got a C.Discharge. Some deterrent, also
given that the offence of illegal hunting is not reportable.
Even when perhaps not hunting illegally, they don't seem
great at controlling their animals. The latest instance was on 28th Jan, when a riderless Middleton FH horse was filmed cantering down a road
near Sherriff Hutton.
Troubled Atherstone FH sack hapless
Huntsman Stuart Barton
Amateur Huntsman with violent record hired to replace him
Hunt to hold EGM to try to sort out crisis
17-2-17 Facebook – W.Mids Sabs Atherstone Hunt update EGM and demonstration
Violent Atherstone Huntsman Stuart Barton [right] and partner /groom Jainey Rainey have been given notice
and will be leaving the Hunt at the end of the season. Barton was filmed jumping off his horse to attack a sab earlier in
the season and has been Huntsman whilst the Atherstone Hunt have been know to kill 5 foxes.
The Atherstone Hunt will be having an EGM in
one last attempt at rebuilding the hunt. The main item on the agenda is the proposal to bring in Andrew Frank Smith as a master and unpaid amateur Huntsman. This is the only way the hunt can
continue to keep going by reducing its costs and not paying for a Huntsman. The Atherstone are currently also without a Whipper-In
and a Terrier-man. The Atherstone's financial problems and lack of subscribers are a result of a persistent sab presence.
Andrew Frank Smith is
a Farrier who will be hunting the hounds as his hobby. He has not hunted hounds on a regular basis before, so all the current
problems that current Huntsman Barton has of being unable to control the hounds will be even worse. We are expecting the hounds
to be out of control over busy main roads and to be chasing any wildlife that moves.
We also hear he is violent and has misogynistic
views so will fit right in at the Atherstone. His violent behaviour can be seen in this video from Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs
where he jumps off his horse and attacks a sab [pics below] by pushing them into a ditch. This happened whilst he was acting as Whipper-In
at the Meynell Hunt. It seems the Atherstone will be swapping one violent
Huntsman for another...
It doesn't matter to us who hunts the Atherstone hounds, we will be there because as long as they are loose in
the countryside they pose a threat to all the local wildlife. We know everything about this Hunt, the meets, the badger setts
and everything else that goes with hunting. The Atherstone Hunt have been in national and local press almost 80 times over
the past two seasons, we see no reason that this wont continue next season.
We will be holding
a demo outside the EGM at the Odd House Inn at 6:30pm on the 28th February.
Corpses of three badgers found near sett in Beaufort
Anti group had recently informed police of pre-meet sett blocking on that land
15-2-17 POWAperson has today been informed that
this sett is in the Beaufort FH country and that an anti-hunt group
recently reported to police that the Hunt had been blocking setts on this land before Hunt meets. The slaughter of the badgers
at this place could, of course, be a simple co-incidence and nothing to do with the Beaufort FH directly or indirectly.
Wilts & Gloucs Standard Dead badgers found outside blocked sett in Brokenborough POLICE have received yet more reports
of badger setts being blocked in in north Wiltshire. A recent incident of setts being filled in occurred in Brokenborough,
where the remains of dead badgers were found on January 31. The police are currently unable to identify who is responsible
for this crime. Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101.
HIT says scandal-hit & suspended S.Herefordshire
FH to close
Facebook - Hunt Investigation Team Update on South Herefordshire FH [please share]
In just a matter of weeks the South Herefordshire Hunt will have missed the entire 2016-17 hunting season due to suspension
by the MFHA. This was a direct result of our investigation and as far as we are aware has never happened before. We are reliably
informed also that the SHH will close as an entity and that they are in advanced negotiations with neighbouring Hunts with
regards to an amalgamation. Needless to say, any hunt foolish enough to join forces with the SHH will be watched extremely
closely in coming seasons. The 5 accused in the cub killing case answer bail on March 24th.
POWAperson adds - This is what led to the arrest of five persons associated with the Hunt and its suspension by the
Master of Foxhounds Association. It is rare for the MFHA to take any disciplinary action against Hunts, but here they obviously
feel the SHFH events were way beyond the pale and a threat to the integrity of their 'sport'. Below is another
pic, which I've not republished here before, taken by the Hunt Investigation Team at the kennels last May. It speaks
Blackmore FH witnessed hunting fox across road by motorist
13-2-17 Facebook - Dorset Against Blood Sports BSV Hunt caught showing their blatant disregard for the law! DABS received this information
on Sunday from a concerned member of the public...
"Yesterday early afternoon at 13:45 approx, I was stopped in my car on the
A352 just south of Longburton. A terrified fox ran across the road in front of me. To the right appeared several people on
horse back with clearly the leader blowing on his bugle. Large hound dogs then appeared sniffing and ran across the road in
the direction of the fox. Then about 25 more horses and riders appeared. Crossed the road and clearly in pursuit of this poor
little fox. The incident occurred about 1/4 mike south of Longburton. A friend of mine reports this is a common occurrence
in that locality. I have reported the incident to the police
today. The local rural police will be alerted. “
Shame on you BSV.
Atherstone FH Director splits
female sab's head open with crop
Later spits at protester then engages in homophobic abuse
Offender is arrested on
suspicion of Actual Bodily Harm
Daily Mail VIDEO 'You just f*****g hit her!': Huntsman accused of hitting a female
saboteur over the head with a riding crop before SPITTING at another protester This is the shocking
moment a huntsman appears to hit a saboteur over the head with a riding crop [right] before spitting at another protester
[below left] and calling him a 'gay c***'. Animal rights activists, who captured the footage, say
it happened while they were tracking the Atherstone Hunt during a meeting in Shackerstone, Leics, on Saturday.
West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs claim the
woman had a gaping head wound glued shut after she was allegedly struck from behind in a 'completely unprovoked attack'. The clip shows two female saboteurs walking alongside riders on
a footbridge while filming them on their bodycams. The man is caught on camera holding his riding crop up as the injured woman
hunches over the side of the bridge clutching her head [below right]. A rider backs his horse into one of the saboteurs
and says: 'How are you, Cathy, all right?' before apparently grabbing her. She shouts: 'Get the f*** off me',
to which he replies: 'It's dangerous here. Come on, be fair.' The woman then points her camera at another rider
wearing a bodycam and says: 'She's just filmed that'. She replies: 'Yeah, I'm filming you, Cathy.'
A loud thump is then heard followed by a scream as the second saboteur walks past the male rider.
The man is caught on camera holding his riding crop up as
the injured woman hunches over the side of the bridge clutching her head. He says: 'What? I've done nothing, look
it's f***ing dangerous here, you idiot.' The woman's friend marches over to the rider wearing a bodycam and says:
'That camera will have filmed that. You're just turning it off. You f***ers. You just f***ing hit her over the head.'
The police were called and the woman was taken to hospital. One asks him: 'How do you feel about what you've done
today?' The man spits at him twice and tells him to 'f*** off', to which the saboteurs asks: 'Why did you
just spit on me?' The man then leans out of the cab, shouting: 'Get that camera off me. Come on, you f***ing idiot,
get it off. You f***ing gay c***.' Incredibly, he then calls a police officer for help, asking: 'Officer, you watching
this?' The saboteurs asks another rider: 'What do you think about what he did? It's well out of order.' The
man replies: 'What did he do?' The man in the lorry then rages: 'F*** off, you little t**d' and continues
to spit while the saboteurs calmly asks: 'Will you stop spitting on me, please?'
In a statement on its Facebook page, West Midlands Hunt
Saboteurs said: 'Yesterday, in a completely unprovoked attack, a female saboteur was hit over the head with a riding crop
by a member of the Atherstone Hunt. Body camera footage from another saboteur shows the female saboteur leaning over a wall
with her head in her hands whilst a rider next to her quickly lifts his riding crop up and moves away. After trying to back
his horse into the saboteurs he then attacked when they were walking away from him. The female saboteur was immediately taken
to hospital to get her injuries treated. At the hospital she had to have the split in her head glued back together [below
left].' The group claimed a man had been arrested in connection with the incident.
Police confirmed it is investigating and a man has been arrested and bailed in connection with the incident. A spokeswoman for the force said: 'One man has been arrested on suspicion of ABH following a report of an assault
which is alleged to have happened in Derby Road, Shackerstone, on Saturday 11 February. He has been bailed pending further
12-2-17 Facebook - W.Midlands Sabs VIDEO Atherstone Hunt director attacks female sab Atherstone Hunt
- Saturday 11th Feb 2017 – Shackerstone Yesterday, in a completely unprovoked attack a female
saboteur was hit over the head with a riding crop by a member of the Atherstone Hunt. Body camera footage from another saboteur
shows the female saboteur leaning over a wall with her head in her hands whilst a rider next to her quickly lifts his riding
crop up and moves away. The rider in question is Pete Taroni [bottom], who is on the board of directors of the Atherstone
Hunt. After trying to back his horse into the saboteurs he then attacked when they were walking away from him. The whole incident
was also filmed by Joint Master of the Hunt Sarah Evans, in fact she can be heard on the footage confirming several times
that she is filming “That camera would have filmed that” “Yes absolutely” “your turning it off”
“its on, its on”.
The female saboteur was immediately taken to hospital to get her injuries treated, at the hospital she had to have the split
in her head glued back together. The incident was witnessed by an independent member of the public who was out walking at
day, when confronted about what he had done, Taroni then starts spitting at another saboteur and uses homophobic language.
Leicestershire Police seized several
riding crops and a man was arrested and taken into custody in relation to the incident. The body camera footage from Sarah
Evans was not taken, we hope she will cooperate fully with the police in handing it over.
This is yet another
attack by the Atherstone Hunt on a female and comes only weeks after one of their supporters was given a conditional caution
for his sexist language. Sexism and misogamy seem to be a deeply rooted problem at the Atherstone Hunt and the wider hunting
community in general. From the followers and supporters, all the way up to the Hunts directors, there seems to be a real bigotry
and hatred towards women.
The incidents were also reported in the Sun and the Metro.
Monitors rescue trapped Portman FH horse and grateful
earlier unblocked a badger sett - reported to police
12-2-17 Facebook - Dorset Against Blood Sports DABS help to free a trapped horse!! Portman Hunt, Larmer Tree 11/2/17
On a snowy morning, we found the Portman meeting [right] at the mystical Larmer Tree. Most of the day was spent
in Wiltshire on the Rushmore Estate. The Meet was well attended by 47 riders,terrier men and quads. Canapes were served..
We had both overt and covert monitors
and were able to follow the Hunt round all day. They hunted around Rookery Coppice over to Half Hide Coppice and then through
Minchington Downs right up to Brooks Coppice. Under observation we saw them go into Monks Arundell Coppice, where we found
a blocked multi entrance badger sett. Fresh spade marks and quad tracks indicated this was done earlier on in the day. Holes were unblocked and the location was
reported to the Police.
The hounds were heard in cry
in these woods... quite a short burst and no horn to indicate a kill. The Hunt spent ages in these woods with riders on point
surrounding them... no evidence of trails being laid.
then observed a redcoat come over a hunt jump on our left up ahead followed by another horse. The hunt jump was just cut out
of the hedge and two simple wooden rails, the second horse dropped a back foot into the middle of the jump, causing him to
trap his foot in stock wire and barbed wire, leaving his back leg suspended in the air. He was unable to move.
We pulled over, jumped out to help.
The rider had been left alone and was unable to hold the horse and free his foot. So we took the horse's head and calmed
him down whilst the rider tried to free the foot but it was too tight. The rider started to panic when he realized how bad
the situation was. We had to be quite sharp with him to calm him down so that he wouldn't panic his horse and possibly
cause serious injury to himself and potentially us. He was very distressed and tearful, he kept thanking us for helping.
Eventually, another redcoat arrived on his horse with wire
cutters, As soon as the foot was free, we realised the horse was still stuck in the hawthorn and we had to gently bring him
forward until he was able to free himself. We checked the horse for injury but he appeared OK. The second rider then insisted
that the fallen rider get back on his horse, but it was clear to everybody that he was lame. If we hadn’t been there
he would perhaps have been made to carry on, but we insisted he call it a day and take the horse home. As he rode past us
he thanked us again for our help. Riders then trickled off back to the meet and no boxes were left when we checked later.
Monitors save fox from dig out by Cheshire FH
Facebook - Cheshire Monitors It was a very mixed day yesterday. As we said before we were with the Cheshire
Hounds (who killed the fox on film last week) who met at Cholmondely Castle. While we were watching exits to the castle grounds
(to make sure the hunt didn't sneak out to hunt unseen) we found out that Sabs had been attacked at the meet, were okay (thank goodness) but were giving statements.
This left us to follow the Hunt, which
we did. Including catching them put a fox to ground [right]. We made sure we stopped them hunting that fox by walking
in filming it all and the Huntsman took the hounds and rode off. When (a second later) the terriermen turned up to dig out
the fox their faces were a picture ;)
At this point we noticed a big black 4x4 (that none of us recognized) full off masked
up hunt thugs that we also didn't know. It looked like the hunt had bought in extra thugs. Even masked up you know who's
who on a hunt when you need to! Fortunately we were left alone all day, although the atmosphere was much more tense than usual.
Anyway we kept the hunt moving all day, although huntsman Shayne Francis didn't seem his normal 'Cocaine Shayne'.
Subdued would be the term.
There were 2 Police riot vans and at least 2 Police cars that seemed to be
allocated to this event all day. We watched Police riot vans dispersing quads and supporters just by driving off road into
areas they thought they were safe! Then we arrived home to find out that this was Shayne Francis's last day as huntsman
with the Cheshire Hounds Hunt. Hooray!
Lamerton FH attempts to hunt stymied by angry landowner
Sabs say were grabbed and threatened
Facebook - Devon County Sabs Lamerton Hunt 11-2-2017 Yesterday, we paid
a long overdue visit to the Lamerton Hunt, who met at Hunt Master Moyse's home at Swaddledown, near Bratton Clovelly.
They started with a field of 7 riders plus redcoats, which was quickly reduced to just 3 riders plus Huntsman and the two
Masters. We spent the first hour watching from various vantage points in the freezing cold (and snow!), while Huntsman David Lewis took hounds into the interconnected valleys south, west and north of the meet.
drew blank until they got to the area around Redstone. Here hounds began speaking on a line and by the time the Hunt reached
the area between Voulsdon Cross and Swaddledown hounds were in full cry. Several deer were seen fleeing across the fields.
We also spotted a fox break ahead of the pack, run upwind across fields and then unfortunately back into the valley where
the hounds were. We covered the fox's scent and waited for hounds to arrive. Fortunately, they lost the scent and were
moved on by Huntsman Lewis.
We could hear quadbikes enter the copse where hounds had just been and went closer to check what they were up to.
Here we were confronted by masked terriermen Steve and Wayne, along with master Moyse and whip Gareth [left and right].
One sab was grabbed and held by the hood of her jacket and another was pushed and shoved. Moyse threatened that he would "get
wild" if we didn't leave. While we were being escorted off the land, out came the usual excuses for why the terriermen were out with the Hunt: "we happen to
be out when the Hunt are out", "we have to kill foxes to protect ground nesting birds" etc etc...
Having not been able
to check the copse, we headed back out to the road and found another way back in while our other sabs kept tabs on the rest
of the Hunt. Sadly we found a dug-out badger sett at the edge of the woods, completely obliterated some months ago. Perhaps
this is what they were trying to hide. The area where there had previously been a sett was covered in craters that were now
filled with leaves but still showed very obvious spade marks, old spoil heaps and signs of repeated historical persecution.
We later reported this to the police and will be following it up with them.
Terriermen had already left the woods and caught up with the
rest of the Hunt, who had moved on to Brocks Moor Field. Hounds were entered into a patch of dense scrub, definitely not somewhere
anyone could have 'laid a trail'! Riders were strategically positioned around the covert, very clearly acting on point
(in case the 'trail' is seen breaking from the covert??). Hounds had picked up a line and headed north towards Lower
Brockscombe Farm where they entered another long, wooded area to the north. They were in cry by this point and Lewis had joined
them on foot.
What transpired next was quite refreshing to witness! The landowner joined Lewis in the copse and could be heard
shouting at the top of his lungs for the Hunt to "get the f*** off" his land. "NOW!" Lewis was forced
to leave, muttered something to Moyse about the landowner being a loony, and rode off along the road to the west, taking only
two-thirds of the pack with him. He was almost a mile away before he stopped to gather the rest, who wouldn't have been
able to hear his calls at that distance.
Some of us stayed behind to keep an eye on the stragglers, who had begun hunting on their own as a small pack. One sab saw
a flash of brown crossing the road and hounds could be heard not far behind heading in that direction. Normally we wouldn't
do the Huntsman's job of gathering his straggler hounds, but a small group of hounds can kill a fox on their own, and
being so close to the road they were also at risk of being run over. We called the stragglers towards us and Lewis eventually
came round to pick them up.
The Hunt finished by drawing the River Wolf valley. Hounds picked up a scent in the woods but we made the decision
not to call them, as the risk of calling them onto something was too great. Hounds were pulled back out of the valley before
they reached Southweek Wood and Lewis avoided an embarrassing repeat of the incident from a few seasons ago when hounds went
rioting through Roadford Lake Nature Reserve. They headed back to the meet via Redstone and packed up.
We want to say thank you to everyone who has contacted Devon & Cornwall Police over the past few weeks to complain
about their handling of several assault investigations over the past year. The Hunt called the police yesterday, although
hunt support later accused US of wasting police time! We want to commend the 5 officers who attended for their impartiality
and the interest they took in our welfare as well as the dug-out badger sett. We took the opportunity to remind them that
we wouldn't need to be out on a freezing cold Saturday if the police took steps to enforce the Hunting Act, rather than
turning a blind eye to the serious wildlife crime that goes on all over the country multiple times each week.
Cheshire FH thugs beat up and run down sabs while police
Huntsman who let hounds kill fox last week has been sacked
11-2-17 Facebook – N.Wales Sabs Cheshire Hunt - Hit report 11/2/17 Sorry for
the late report but this is due to legal reasons. On Saturday Feb 11th we joined Cheshire, Lancaster, Manchester and W.Yorkshire
Sabs to visit the Cheshire Hunt who had killed a fox in front of sabs the previous week and have since had a lot of media
Sabs made their way to Cholmondeley
estate where they could see a large gathering at the meet. Also it had been pointed out that two police riot vans had been
seen parked up 5 minutes away from the meet. Sabs entered the estates grounds but were soon accosted by hunt supporters who
immediately resorted to attacking sabs. Sabs were pushed punched put in headlocks and driven at by a mule type buggy [right],
at one point the buggy drove into a sab [below left] right in front of the police who true to form did nothing. One
of the most disturbing parts about this was when the support were attempting to set a dog onto the sabs. Luckily, some of the perpetrators are well known to the
police for numerous reasons. Despite this sabs did an excellent job and were with the Hunt for a while until the Hunt had
moved on and sabs returned to their vehicles.
point sabs had noted the black 4x4 we had heard was in the area as the Hunt had hired in some extra thugs. More police seemed
to be turning up, we presume to watch sabs get a kickin'.
Sabs had again located the Hunt just off a dead end road so sabs went on foot along a public footpath to try catch
up with the Hunt who were now already a couple of fields ahead. Sabs were soon joined in the field by a 4x4... sabs stuck
to the task and continued up the footpath. At which point a helicopter when over we presume more police. As sabs walked the
footpath, they came to a big gathering of masked up terrier men on quad who started with verbal abuse then pushing on of the
sabs as he climbed over the stile all this despite clearly being on a footpath.
Sabs moved on the the terrier men followed on quad and now there were more following on foot too. Quads were drove at sabs
as sabs had to dodge out the way. sabs were now trying to head for the nearest road. This is the point it got really violent.
Masked supporters were shouting at sabs then a sab was hit by one of the quads to the joy of the terrier men (see video).
Sabs jumped over the fence only to realise the masked terrier men and hired thugs still had two sabs down on the ground and
were kicking them in the body and in the face. The sabs finally got up and exited the most direct way back to the road in
Ridley. at which point the police turned up followed by an ambulance. Two of the sabs suffered facial injuries and needed
treatment. Still at this point the police took no action. The Hunt had moved back towards Cholmondeley castle. And the Hunt
Master was seen talking to the police back near the meet.
returning home it was good to hear that monitors who had also been out in the area had managed to stop a dig out after the
Hunt had chased a fox to ground.
Later we discovered
the Huntsman Shayne Francis had been sacked by the Hunt following the footage of him killing a fox the previous week, and
this had been his leaving doo. Obviously we expect the Hunt to deny his sacking but who quits with only a couple of weeks
of the season to go.
The footage is just a small
part that we can release at this time.
Sabs find deluxe artificial earth on the Fitzwilliam
Then see Fitzwilliam FH terriermen blocking a badger sett - reported to police
11-2-17 Facebook – N.Cambs Sabs HIT REPORT 11/02/2017 Fitzwilliam FH
North Cambs Hunt Sabs, joined today by the ever supportive and skilful S.Cambs Sabs, hit the Fitzwilliam Hunt [below
right] in the rolling misty countryside around Great Gidding, south of Peterborough. Acting on intelligence gained
from a local, sabs set out several hours before the hunt to reconnoitre and pre-spray known likely copses and spinneys. At
a small woodland area to the east of Great Gidding, a network of artificial earths were found, arranged in a star pattern covering around forty square feet and with four separate entrances [one in pic, below left] leading to a central
point. Now why would land OWNED by the Fitzwilliam Estate have artificial earths on it we wonder. Maybe they'd like to
message us and explain.
As sabs were investigating
a quad with terrier men was seen making its way across the field to the east. Two terriermen, totally unaware sabs were watching
from feet away, dismounted and proceeded to block in, with spades, a large badger sett. This was still well before the hunt
was due to set off and was clear evidence of planned illegal hunting later in the day. Video footage was taken and the incident
has been reported to the Cambridgeshire Police Rural Crime team. Sabs waited until the coast was clear, and then immediately
set to work in their own terrier-like fashion digging the setts clear again, the Hunt’s twisted enjoyment spoiled for
another day. With several copses pre-sprayed, artificial dens re-arranged, and badgers set free from their sleeping prison,
it felt as though a full day's worth of sabbing had already been done - before the Hunt set off..
When the Fitz’ finally departed from The Fox And Hounds in Great Gidding, sabs were on
them from the off. With a field of around fifty riders, approximately thirty hounds, four redcoats, some rather unmenacing
looking terrierman and the usual bird man in tow. Slimey Simon repeatedly dragged up and down the same fields and hedgerows
heading to Flittermere Gorse and Cow Pasture Gorse (both pre sprayed). Hounds went into cry but thanks to being unable to
find any scent other than citronella 2 foxes were seen to safety. The Hunt moved north and took off at speed towards Lutton.
After a short break, where much of the field dispersed (presumably exhausted
after their two hours sat on a horse) the hunt took off at speed again towards Papley Coppice, a known previous favourite
killing field of this group. Sabs set off in pursuit and were joined by Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs on foot. Sabs in numbers
covered the wood to the east, west and pushed through the centre. Hounds were called out of the woods using the gizmo, onto
an area of pre-sprayed field where they lost all scent lines. Foot sabs had dealt
with thankfully very little aggression from the Hunt and field throughout the day, although predictably the support drew the usual six toed bumpkins who thought shouting
and raving at our Wildlife Warriors would draw a rise. Wrong. The sabs had places to be and animals to save.
By this point the Hunt had covered several miles, with sabs in constant
visual range and spraying ahead of the hounds. Terriermen on quads were seen to visit dilapidated farm buildings and drive
out at speed with something hidden in their rear container. Fearing the introduction of a bagged fox to the proceedings, teams
anticipated the next move and returned south. Keeping on top of the hunt, by reverting to running when support traffic blocked
in the vehicles, teams were able to keep a close citronella-fuelled watch on the last hurrah of the day when the hunt attempted
to flush hounds through Sawtry Gorse.
With the light
slowly fading from this kill-free day, mist and fog barely lifting at all at any time, the round-up call of the horn was heard
echoing across the fields. Riders began to melt away back to their damp burrows, ready to emerge another day. The Fitz’
packed away and disappeared home with their tails between their legs, having been the subject of a thorough and solid days
sabbing from North Cambs, South Cambs and Beds & Bucks. Before the day was done, the damaged sett from earlier in the
day was revisited, checked, and properly recorded for the police report.
POWAperson adds -
The Huntsman and a terrierman from the Fitzwilliam are awaiting trial on Hunting Act charges following the killing of a fox
on New Year's Day, 2016. The trial will start on 26th April, unless the Hunt side's lawyers employ further delaying
Sab has dip before helps stop Pevensey Marsh Beagles
11-2-17 You Tube – South Downs Sabs Sab stops for a dip before helping to stop the Pevensey Marsh Beagles hunting hares.
Cattistock FH day ends in
chaos on coast road
badly hurt, hounds straying all over
Several foxes hunted but thought no kills
Facebook - Dorset Sabs Hit Report 11/2/17 Cattistock Hunt meeting at
Higher Farm, Rodden Today we split into two teams as one team wanted to pay a visit to the South Dorset Hunt
and we wanted to go and visit the Cattistock. We were glad to have our friends from South West Sabs join us for the day.
We found the riders quite quickly in
their usual area. They were parked in a few different locations including the Abbotsbury Swannery carpark, New Barn Farm and
Colmers Barn. They then hacked to Higher Farm in Rodden. We arrived while they were still having their drinkies to be greeted
by their happy faces, until they realised it was us. This was an unusually large meet compared to recent meets with lots of
supporters waiting to see them off... hounds picked up a line and headed towards Kittle Barrow Plantation at speed, where
the hounds then turned and headed off toward Wyke Wood running after a deer, but then changed direction on the line of a fox back towards Langton Herring.
The Hunt monitor then witnessed a fox
cross the road at Rodden Ridge, so we hurried on round. Foot sabs sprayed the area as the field cantered up the road to where
the fox crossed. They had called the Hounds off on our arrival though.
At that point the heavy boys arrived, pest control Paul and his friend, who tried to steal
a sab' s camera....must have needed it to go with the radio he stole last season!... they headed over and onto the reed
beds at the Swannery, which is under restrictions due to avian flu! The hounds picked up on a line and headed back towards
New Barn Farm. The fox headed into the farm where it got away.
The Hunt then moved on through Wyke wood towards Rodden where
the hounds picked up again and circled back to New barn and crossed the road to Ansteys withy bed. At this point, the hounds
picked up on a line and left at great speed towards Clayhanger Farm and over the hill towards Portesham leaving the Huntsman
and field behind. We headed in the direction the pack went and found them out of control just off the main coast road. Chaos
then followed with riders galloping along the road, a badly injured horse and hounds in all directions. The pack was eventually
collected, but spilt into two groups heading back to Tithe Barn hunting very close to the main road. Sabs then caught a stray
hound on the road and put it in the landy to return to the hunt support, before returning to the field who were in Hodders
coppice. The hounds got on a line but were seemed to be called off with the monitor observing them. They rode round the field
they were in then headed home at 4.25pm. We are confident there were no kills today.
Pic below - A taste of the Cattistock's spectacular coastal country. Pity they mar its beauty.
Police finally pass file on S.Herefordshire FH outrage
Five arrested people connected
to Hunt have been re-bailed
10-2-17 Kidderminster Shuttle Five arrested in South Herefordshire Hunt investigation have been re-bailed
Five people arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty at the South Herefordshire
Hunt's kennels in Wormelow have been re-bailed until March. A police spokesman
said: "Police investigating reports of animal cruelty at a kennel in Herefordshire
have passed the file to the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Complex Casework Unit (CPS) for their
consideration. We will issue a further statement when the CPS determine if there
should be a criminal prosecution."
adds - As this is sub judice, have to be careful what I say. For reminder what
this is about see here. Pics below give a flavour.
Claim north-west Hunt rampaged thru gardens, child
alleged Hunt was interfering with badger setts
POWA today received this report via the Badger Trust. We're seeking further information.
Badger Trust We received reports of a Hunt digging badger setts on New Years Eve. Allegedly the hounds were out of control and
rampaging through gardens, damaging property, and injuring a child. Our Crime and Intelligence Co-ordinator reports that the
alleged incidents happened in the Stalybridge area of Tameside, Greater Manchester on Saturday 31st of December. It is understood
the matter was reported by members of the public to Greater Manchester Police who are investigating the incidents. We are
unable to confirm which Hunt was involved or add anything else at this time.
POWAperson adds - Greater Manchester police Press Office won't tell me anything because I'm not
o journo and the local media don't seem to know anything about it.
3 Counties sab runs as 'clean boot' for 3 Counties
Bloodhounds drag hunt
10-2-17 Facebook - Three Counties Sabs Late post re Saturday 4th February. The Three counties bloodhounds met at
Caradoc in Herefordshire at the heart of South Herefordshire Hunt country. As many will know the SHH are currently under investigation
by the police re cruelty to fox cubs. However the point of the day, courtesy of Bryon John (Master of bloodhounds), Anne Brummer
of Save me and the hunt supporters, was to watch the Hounds hunt the clean boot. There were 3 runners and 5 lines. We had
been invited to attend as the local sab group and our Elaine ran all 5 lines with the other 2 runners. Many from different
locals packs attended the meet to see hunting which does not harm wildlife and we hope gave them something to consider as
a way forward with no Hounds on roads, no kills, no dig outs, no sett blocking, no trespassing and no sabbing. It was a positive
day and we were glad that we took part.
POWAperson comments - How to make friends and, hopefully, influence people. Got to be
better than screaming 'Scum' at them, no? I know there's a fair-sized hard core of irredeemables who are beyond
the pale - met plenty of those - but a lot of their support network probably aren't and may well respond better to this
kind of thing than to being abused.
Cheshire police come out and rein in Wynnstay FH!
9-2-17 Facebook - Cheshire Monitors We also had a look at the Wynnstay Hunt on Tuesday [1/ below]. They were up to no good hunting far too close to the A41 near Broxton.
The police came out
very quickly and spoke to the Huntsman about arranging a meeting with him with regards recent misdemeanours. They also checked
quads and spoke to some of the drivers about the law with regards quads on the road, see photo of quads on the A41 with pet
dogs on the back [2/ below]! From that point on the Hunt no longer hunted with abandon and our monitor was not followed,
harassed or intimidated which is what usually happens with this Hunt. Another policeman arrived in the afternoon and followed
the Hunt. Again his presence stopped illegal activity and no hounds were heard in cry all day. A successful day for animal
Walker tells us she & husband saw
fox being hunted on Dartmoor
9-2-17 Email to POWA My husband and I were out walking
on Dartmoor yesterday, Wednesday 8th February, when we witnessed something we never expected to see. We knew the Hunt were
about as we had passed some of the riders on our,way to the car park opposite Lydford farm shop, where we stared our walk.
We walked over Great Nodden, along the old railway track and eventually to our lunch stop among the boulders on Great Links
We had heard and caught glimpses of the Hunt during the morning, but in the distance. Hopefully, they were enjoying
the moor as much as we were. We had only been sitting on Great links for about 10 minutes when, much to our amazement a fox
ran out from behind a boulder right in front of us and shot of across the moor. A few minutes later we heard yelping and a
lone hound shot past us following the route of the fox. For about 5minutes he was totally alone with no huntsmen in sight
to control him; then several more hounds, there were about 20 in total, plus 5 riders, came past. They didn't appear to
see us. They all rode in the direction taken by the fox. About 300 metres from us the dogs and huntsmen stopped and were looking
around. Two riders dismounted and were looking at the ground. We stood up to complete our walk back to the car park, at
this point we must have been noticed by the huntsmen. The dogs were called back and they rode off in a disciplined tight group.
Monitors film Beaufort FH hounds chasing a fox in school
spotted darting away from meet - maybe a bagged one?
8-2-17 Facebook – Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch VIDEO POWAperson
comments - The monitoring group posted a video of Beaufort FH's meet at Westonbirt School [a girls public school]
on 4-2-17. It starts with a fox darting across a road from the meet itself [bagged?], though it's very hard to spot on
the film. Hounds are then seen chasing a fox in the grounds of the school. Noticing the monitors, the Huntsman seems to make
a feeble attempt to call them off. Monitors see the fox run into a small covert. By the time the Hunt gets there, responding
to a whistle holloa, monitors are flanking it and hounds are not put in. They think the fox got away.
Pics below - 1/ The meet 2/ Hounds picking up fox scent
very close to school 3/ Covert which fox fled to 4/ Hunt rides past the covert
In this clip, where riders give a monitor a hard time because she's clearly in the right place, a rider effectively admits they
are hunting illegally. Berating her for trespassing, he says 'But you're breaking the law as well, aren't you?'
Trespass is, of course, not a crime but a civil matter. Below - the field vs a lone female monitor.
York & Ainsty N FH hound
killed as hunt dogs cause traffic chaos
Part of hound pack ran on to Junction 47 of the AI
8-2-17 Facebook – W.Yorkshire Sabs VIDEO A fox hunt caused motorway chaos and a hound was run over On Saturday January 28th 2017,
hounds from the York & Ainsty North Hunt ran loose on the A1(M) motorway around Junction 47 near Allerton Park in North
Yorkshire - bringing both carriages to a standstill [for about 45 minutes] and causing severe tailbacks. Tragically,
one hound was hit by a car and killed as it ran across the motorway. The lady who hit the hound was described as understandably
"beside herself" with shock and grief. As well as causing the death of a hound, the York & Ainsty North Hunt
put human life in danger during this dangerous major incident.
All footage courtesy of Joel
David : https://www.youtube.com/user/JazaX
Pics below - 1/ Hounds running on closed
carriageway 2/ Police trying to deal with loose hounds 3/ Backed-up
traffic on other carriageway 4/ Hunter in field next to A1[M] J47
Oakley FH Huntsman smashed my windscreen with crop says
8-2-17 Facebook - Beds & Bucks Sabs We had a message yesterday from a very disgruntled member of the public
who allegedly had her windscreen smashed by the huntsman of the Oakley, Jack Harris. She was going about her lawful business
driving her car when she came upon the Hunt who were all over the road in the fading light near the village of Meppershall.
She managed to avoid an accident but the Huntsman whacked her screen with his riding whip, causing the damage you see [below].
Luckily she had a dash cam running and the footage has been sent to the police and a complaint made.
It would seem that once again the Oakley
are out of control and care little for the safety of the general public as well as themselves and the animals in their care.
Jack Harris is clearly a liability and should be sacked immediately. There were several other complaints from locals in the
area regarding out of control hounds. We hope the masters will pay for the repairs to the vehicle and expect a full apology
to the person in question along with Bedfordshire police prosecuting Jack Harris for Criminal Damage.
Ledbury FH Huntsman escapes conviction after charging blunder
Facebook - Three Counties Sabs VIDEO Almost a year after he assaulted a 3C sab, Ledbury huntsman Mark Melladay
finally had his day in court yesterday. On February 13th last year, during a children's meet in Hartpury, Mark rode his
horse at one of our sabs [right] after we temporarily stopped hounds on the scent of a fox.
Initially the police
decided to take no further action against him but, with much help from Outpaced, we pushed for a review and, just hours after his son Sam had laughed and commented that we had failed to get him into court, we heard that
the case had been reopened. Despite some police from Gloucestershire and West Mercia actually doing their jobs properly, we
have little faith in the legal system, so this was a victory in itself.
Mark was found 'not guilty' in Magistrates' Court
in Cheltenham and we believe that this is the fault of the CPS. While the assault was not a serious one, it was still an unjustified
use of force, but (compared to the usual 'playing it safe' that the CPS chooses to do) he was charged with assault
by battery which requires proof of actual physical contact between defendant and victim. While contact was certainly made,
there wasn't enough clear proof 'beyond reasonable doubt'. We can live with that, the fact that the CPS aimed
too high when they should have stuck with a simple common assault charge... these things happen.
What is starting to become very clear, however,
is the fact that Hunts are relying heavily on the fact that many police and CPS prosecutors and judges/magistrates do not
understand hunting, what it looks like, tactics used and so on. For argument's sake, let's say that the Hunt were
indeed following a trail and that sabs were disrupting this activity... Mark still would not be justified in behaving the
way he did. Whether the Hunt were following a false trail or a scent left by a real fox is irrelevant to whether he is guilty
of the offence. However, while we were not supposed to talk in court about what the Hunt were up to, outside of the events
surrounding the assault, he was allowed to speak about how his Hunt is 'harassed' by masked hunt saboteurs and disrupted
from following the false trails laid every time that they go out. With the prosecution giving their arguments first, the defence
following with theirs, his solicitor decided that the court should hear some of the context surrounding the incident. Very
one-sided. Despite the fact that this 'context' should not have affected the decision of the court regarding the assault,
it's very one rule for us, another for him!
He was originally believed when he said that we were holloaing and causing the hounds
to run off dangerously down a road, despite video evidence showing that this was not the case, purely because police do not
understand 'rating' and the use of whips. It would seem that whatever he says, in his original statements and in court,
out-trumps any footage supplied.
In court yesterday, he was left unchallenged, again because of authorities not knowing how
hunts work, when he said that whips frighten hounds and cause them to run away and that the use of whips is very unprofessional
as the whips are only carried as a 'ceremonial' object. We suggest Hunts across the country save money by not employing
whippers-in then, whose job it is to control hounds largely through the use of whips... Despite the fact that none of this
would change the fact that the court did not deem there to be enough evidence of battery, it would have undermined the court's
idea that Mark was a credible witness. Additionally, being adamant that he did not threaten to rip anyone's head off...
We have had a good laugh
about a number of things since (you have to laugh sometimes) and were shocked by other statements made, including, but not
- Mark suggesting that it was "probably the next witness" in court (Peter Cooksey) who had been the one
threatening to rip our heads off (Cooksey does not recall saying such things).
- Mark telling the court that the hunt only carry whips as
a 'ceremonial' thing and do not use them as they are unprofessional to use and scare the hounds.
Mark saying that the
hounds have no road sense at all, the video then showing that hounds went on to the road with no hunt support / staff present
to slow traffic or ensure their safety, apparently following a trail laid (irresponsibly so then)...
Pics below - 1/ Huntsman to same female sab seconds after assaulting
her with horse 2/ Hounds all over road
Monitors say South Durham FH Huntsman forced to resign
Facebook – N.E. Hunt Monitors This [pic below] is Garry Watchman, Joint Master with South Durham Hunt.
We have reason to believe he has been forced to hand in his notice due to allegations of pocketing money from Hunt funds as
well as other allegations the police are interested in.
would like to think it is because he kills many foxes illegally, but we figure he will probably get away with that. We also
know that many of the SDH riders wanted him gone and farmers don't want him on their land.
Unfortunately his son, Gareth Watchman, who also kills foxes, will be staying on as hunt/hound master.
However we are pleased to see this cretin go at the end of the hunting season as he is very violent towards monitors and sabs,
especially if female. We would like to congratulate him for being such a dick and hated by everyone that he has been forced
to leave. Well done Watchman and Goodbye.
South Dorset FH Huntsman warned by police over blocked sett
7-2-16 Facebook - Dorset Sabs Hit Report - Tuesday 7th February 2017 - Meeting at Farm building along Park Lane, Buckland Newton
...By the time we had caught up with them they were in Hay Wood on the west side of Park Lane, Buckland Newton. From here
they moved to Alder Mead via the church and we maintained a great visual on the hounds and kept them firmly in our sights
using binoculars and camcorders. The two horses in a field [right] by the church were quite disturbed by the Hunt coming past. A foot sab jumped out of the landy
to check and spray another coppice and found a freshly blocked badger sett. We reported this to the police and a wildlife
crime officer said he would be out that afternoon - the Huntsman has been warned about this behaviour!
At this point, we
were committed to driving round the circuit and next caught up with the Huntsman, hounds and the field passing Buckland Newton
First School just as the young children were leaving school and their parents were trying to get them in cars...
was their next port of call and then they headed north along the road towards Castle Hill. Again we managed to keep the hounds
in our sight for most of the time...
The Huntsman then took the hounds to The Hazels area and spent over half an hour
in there but again we could keep an eye on the hounds from roads on two edges of this area. After searching New Covert the
Hunt headed South towards Newlands Lane and we headed off on another circuit. Clearly the Hunt thought they had lost us with
this being a dead end lane but we decided to poke our noses down there. At 16.51 we observed a fox running in the field on our left and it was about to cross the road in front
of the Landy. With the hounds in cry in the distance and only two sabs we managed to push the fox back, deterring him from
crossing the road which would have meant he was heading straight towards the hounds! We strongly believe this was a bagged
fox released for the hounds to chase and this is usually done earlier in the afternoon. The fox then headed away from us in
the direction of Sandhills Coppice.
There was a lot of
support around at this time [left] which again makes us believe the fox was bagged, because the support were
there waiting for the action. With now just one foot sab and the driver the citronella was out in full force and one of the
supporters tried to grab a spray bottle from our driver, who was spraying it out of the window whilst the foot sab was doing
the other side of the road. He was not quick enough though and the road and hedgerows continued to be drenched in citronella
and the fox made it safely away. We didn’t manage to get any footage of the fox because it was very sudden and we with
only a driver and another sab by now our focus was on getting the fox away and masking the scent.
The Hunt then headed
back to the meet for a 5.30pm pack up. Our day didn’t end her though and we went back to unblock the badger sett - please
see live video, light was fading fast by now and in the wooded area it was darker still. There was a rider tending to her
horse in the lay-by and, shortly after we started unblocking we had to get back to the vehicle because the hunt servant and
a few cronies stopped off to accuse us of blocking the setts in!! We informed them that the police were coming and they didn’t
really have much to say after that!
Despite the numerous two finger salutes from the classy hunt supporters and a minor
issue with the Landy - which we fixed mid sab - we saved at least one fox and unblocked another badger sett under the moonlight,
so all in all a great days work!!
Pics below - Blocked badger sett entrances
Hunt-inspired plot to strip RSPCA's prosecution
But disappointment there won't be stiffer sentences for animal abusers
7-2-17 Times RSPCA allowed to carry on prosecuting cruelty cases
The RSPCA will be allowed to continue prosecuting cases of cruelty to animals after the government rejected calls from MPs
for the charity to be stripped of the power. The Commons environment, food and rural affairs committee recommended in November
that the RSPCA should let the Crown Prosecution Service take charge of the cases. The committee heard a claim that the charity’s
inspectors had a belligerent attitude and had been overzealous in targeting pet owners. It said that the criticism had resulted
in the RSPCA’s reputation “being diminished in the eyes of the public”.
In a response to the committee’s report, the government said that private prosecutions,
such as those brought by the RSPCA, had been “a powerful tool to promote animal welfare”. It noted that the RSPCA
had adopted reforms recommended by an independent review of its prosecuting role by Stephen Wooler, a former CPS investigator.
The charity has recently created an independent oversight panel that will carry out an annual audit of its prosecutions. Its
first report is due next year.
The government said:
“We believe that the RSPCA should be given the opportunity to implement the recommendations of the Wooler review and
demonstrate its commitment to responding to the concerns that have been raised by the committee.”
Neil Parish [right], the committee’s Conservative chairman,
said that the RSPCA’s reforms did not go far enough. “I think the CPS should take a stronger role on leading on animal welfare prosecutions,” he said. “The RSPCA needs
to provide a properly independent review panel for all the cases it takes to court.”
The Times revealed last year how the committee’s recommendation on the RSPCA had been
rejected by some committee members but was approved with the support of several with close links to the Countryside Alliance,
the pro-hunting lobby group. It has campaigned for restrictions on the RSPCA’s prosecuting role since it brought cases
against several Hunts.
Tim Bonner, chief executive
of the Countryside Alliance, said the RSPCA should stop operating “as a prosecutor of first resort”. He added:
“The alliance has always supported the right of private prosecutors to challenge decisions made by the CPS, but the
time has come for the RSPCA to drop its outdated pseudo-statutory prosecuting role.”
Jeremy Cooper [left], chief executive of the RSPCA, said: “We are extremely pleased that the government continues
to recognise the exceptional role carried out by the RSPCA in investigating and prosecuting those accused of the worst cases
of animal cruelty and neglect. “We know that the public overwhelmingly wants us to undertake this role, and we welcome
the support we have to carry out our prosecutions work from vets, local authorities and other animal welfare organisations.”
Mr Cooper also said he was disappointed that the government had decided to ignore the committee’s recommendation to
increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty offences to five years. Mr Wooler said: “The government has rightly
rejected the committee’s poorly considered recommendation. But it needs to go further and establish a proper framework
of powers balanced by accountability for the RSPCA’s investigation and prosecution roles.”
7-2-17 LACS Press Release League disappointed at government refusal to toughen animal abuse sentences
The League Against Cruel Sports has today welcomed the Government’s acknowledgement that private prosecutions are
‘a powerful tool to promote animal welfare’. The charity were however deeply disappointed to learn that the Government
has failed to act upon calls from itself, other animal welfare charities and the public to increase sentencing and create
a national register of individuals banned from keeping animals.
Against Cruel Sports CEO, Eduardo Gonçalves [right] commenting on the Government’s response to the report,
said:- “Charities like the RSPCA and ourselves have taken private prosecutions because frankly it’s often the
only way that those committing animal abuse or wildlife crimes will ever be brought to justice. Those calling for an end to
private prosecutions are often those who have an interest, such as those involved in hunting – without private prosecutions, illegal hunting
is pretty much free to carry on untouched because the police and CPS don’t have the resources to do anything about it.
We’re therefore pleased that the government has come to the conclusion that private prosecutions are a powerful tool
in promoting animal welfare. The League will continue to provide evidence of illegal activity to the police and we reserve
the right to bring private prosecutions where needed.”
the charity expressed its disappointment at the government’s response in terms of current sentencing guidelines for
those found guilty of animal abuse. Eduardo Gonçalves added: “If we don’t offer a serious punishment to
animal abusers then they will continue abusing animals. I spend a lot of my time looking at horrific dog fighting footage
as the League is working hard to stamp this out in the UK, but I know in the back of my mind that if we catch a dog fighter,
the most they will get is six months in prison – and probably much less. That’s utterly inadequate and would be
laughable if it wasn’t so shocking. The League is calling for a minimum of three years for the most serious crimes against
animals. In Northern Ireland, the penalty is five years – this came after the public were outraged after a gang of dog
fighters who had inflicted some of the worst cruelty I’ve ever seen on animals got away with a virtual slap on the wrist.
Do we have to wait for a case like that to happen in the rest of the UK before we do something about it?”
The League Against Cruel Sports is running a petition to increase sentences for dog fighting,
which currently has 80,000 signatures. A petition for Finn’s Law, calling on police animals to receive the same protection
as their human colleagues, quickly reached 120,000 signatures last year. The League is also calling for a national register
of those people banned from keeping animals because of abuse. “I’ve seen too many reports where someone has been
banned from keeping animals – then were able to acquire more animals which they then abused,” said Mr Goncalves.
“At the moment no-one knows who these people are because there’s no central record. We’re not aiming for
a name-and-shame policy, but there should be a central register of those who are banned which is available to those rehoming
or breeding animals to help them prevent those animals ending up in the hands of someone who may harm them. We need a solution
to this otherwise we are offering these people the freedom to continue abusing animals.”
Two MPs are calling for tougher sentencing for animal cruelty with separate bills going before Parliament
on February 24th. Members of the public are welcome to sign the League Against Cruel Sports’ petition for increased
sentences for those involved in dog fighting.
26 group letter demands Leics police take on illegal hunting
7-2-17 Hinckley Times Call made to Leicestershire Police to tackle hunts A letter,
signed by 26 representatives of political groups, societies and hunt saboteurs, has been sent animal rights campaigners across
the county are lobbying a new police watchdog committee to take action over apparent breaches of The Hunting Act 2004. A letter,
signed by 26 representatives of political groups, societies and hunt saboteurs, including Roger Hill of the Hinckley and Bosworth
Green Party, has been sent to the new body. It welcomes the appointment of the Leicestershire Police ethics, integrity and
complaints committee but calls for the urgent review of the force’s attitude to enforcing anti-hunting legislation.
The letter references
footage and reports as well as media coverage and relevant documents on concerns about hunting in Leicestershire. Most of
the issues are over alleged violations by the Atherstone Hunt, which regularly rides across land in the Bosworth constituency,
but also the Fernie, Quorn and Cottesmore Hunt. Potential criminal activity described in the letter as alleged by the authors
includes filmed and eye witnessed pursuit of foxes, the alleged killing of foxes, terrier work and obstruction of badger setts.
The document reads:
“As well as these findings there have been numerous reports about fox hunting and other wildlife crime in general which
reinforce the claim that traditional fox huts are complicit in widespread law-breaking that may lead to other types of criminal
behaviour. To summarise, with all this in mind, we believe the evidence reasonably demonstrates the intent to ignore The Hunting
Act 2004 by Leicestershire’s hunts and that the presence of terrier men, the use of artificial earths, the captivity
of foxes and the illegal obstruction of badger setts are clear indicators of this.” The letter also highlights what
the campaigners believe are failures by the police to enforce The Hunting Act 2004 as well as bias and disregard of duty by
There is a call for the force to work constructively with hunt saboteurs.
“Given that the actions of hunt saboteurs are intended to prevent the potential illegal killing of foxes and damage
of badger setts and thus act as voluntary enforcers of wildlife legislation, perhaps a less antagonistic working relationship
might be achieved if Leicestershire Police acted to clearly recognise the high likelihood of widespread wildlife crime alongside
acknowledging the intent of protestors and saboteurs is to prevent this from happening.”
Pressure leads high-end car supplier to withdraw sponsorship
of Old Surrey FH ball
But hotel still accepting their booking for event
7-2-17 Facebook - South Coast Sabs Great News Harwood Group (Landrover dealers)
were sponsoring the Hunt ball of the Old Surrey Burstow & West Kent. After people started contacting them via Twitter
they have withdrawn sponsorship of the event. They can be
thanked here. https://www.facebook.com/HarwoodsOnline
We are still asking people to conact the hotel particulary
by phone: 01342 714994 Please keep all comments polite and share this as widely as possible. Remember it is not the hotel
staff's fault. They are on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/copthorneeffinghamgatwick/ The hotel is part of the Millenium group of hotels and be contacted here as their HQ may not
be aware: https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/hotels/
Please keep us informed of any responses.
Sabs upload video of very violent attack by Chedon
suffered head injuries, 1 had fractured skull and eye socket
Police refused to investigate properly or charge any of thugs
Footage clearly shows stolen sab camera handed from huntsman to supporter
6-2-17 Daily Mail VIDEO Dramatic moment a vicious brawl breaks out between huntsmen
and saboteurs leaving one protester with a fractured skull - A brawl erupted between huntsmen and protesters in South Molton, Devon - Tensions overflowed during a meet of the Cheldon Buckhounds in May last year - Ollie Richmond,
28, was sent to hospital after suffering a fractured skull A vicious brawl between huntsmen
and protesters left one animal rights activist with a fractured skull. [right] Horrifying footage shows a confrontation
between two men before a fight breaks out in an area of secluded woodland in South Molton, Devon . Saboteurs claim they were
staging a peaceful protest at a meet of the Cheldon Buckhounds, who were out with their dogs, before the incident took place.
The shocking footage shows the encounter turn violent after an anti-hunt campaigner strayed from the group. Many others, dressed
in balaclavas, masks and camouflage gear - who the protesters claim were hunt supporters - joined the melee.
Protester Ollie Richmond suffered a fractured skull and eye socket trying to protect
fellow saboteur Andy Kane, 53, who was allegedly hit with a motorcycle helmet [left and right below]. Plumber Ollie,
28, of Devon, said: 'It has been a traumatic experience and the police have been terrible. They basically dropped the
case due to the fact that the guys had a good lawyer and they claimed self defence. It's not self defence if you are beating someone up on the floor.
These people absolutely should be charged. If this happened to anybody else the perpetrators would be
prosecuted but the police don't like hunt saboteurs. I ran down and my intention was to stop the fight, so I targeted
the one who was punching Andy. I shoulder barged him out of the way and he looked furious and about to attack, so I placed
myself between Andy on the floor and him. He then took me down and someone else jumped on top of me and started punching me
on the ground. It all happened very fast but I remember being on the ground and looking up and seeing fists pounding down
on my face. It eventually stopped. At the time I was in shock. I didn't realise what had happened until I started feeling
Ollie suffered a fractured skull and eye socket and
was rushed to North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple, Devon, by ambulance. He later underwent surgery to have titanium
plates and mesh could be fitted to his skull. Ollie was left with a scar on the top of his head where it was stapled back
together and was off work for three months afterwards recovering. The saboteurs claim the attackers were connected to the
Cheldon Buckhounds. But the footage shines a light on the frightening battles being regularly fought out between pro-hunt
and anti-hunt supporters in Britain. Devon and Cornwall Police launched an investigation after receiving eight crime reports after the
two confrontations, on May 14 and May 30 last year. None of those involved were prosecuted, however, three hunt supporters received a police caution in relation to their involvement. It is not known whether any members of the opponents'
group was hurt.
The Cheldon Buckhounds could not be
reached for comment today. Devon and Cornwall Police said: 'Video footage was available to investigators in relation to
both events from both parties. 'All the allegations were investigated,
witnesses were spoken to and suspects were interviewed in connection with their involvement in the offences. There were no
prosecutions as a result of these allegations. However, three individuals received police cautions in relation to their involvement.
All the victims are aware of this and the reasons why.'
4-2-17 Facebook - Devon County Sabs VIDEO PART 3 of our CHELDON BUCKHOUNDS footage - Monday 30th May 2016
We paid a return visit to the Cheldon Buckhounds, along with sabs from around the country. In the afternoon hounds were heard
in cry in the woods. When sabs tried to get closer they were attacked. One sab was tackled to the ground and headbutted by
a man wearing a crash helmet. The assailant told the police it was an 'accident'. Whilst lying on the ground the sab
was punched repeatedly by other masked hunt followers, who later admitted to their actions but claimed self-defence. The sab
sustained head and chest injuries. The sab's chest camera, which had captured footage of the attack, was also stolen.
Another sab went in to defend him and was attacked and struck on the head, causing a broken eye socket and a severely fractured
skull. He was off work for three months as a result of his injuries.
Devon & Cornwall Police were handed
all of the raw footage from five separate cameras, as well as pictures and details of the assailants. What did the police
do? They sat on the evidence for FOUR MONTHS without interviewing the suspects. They never took statements offered to them
by witnesses and dropped the investigation a few months later. Would they have acted differently if it had been the other
way round? In response to complaints this week, police have claimed they are aware other video footage was taken and they
would encourage the people who took it to still come forward with their evidence.
To reiterate: We supplied ALL
our raw footage. The only footage which nobody has seen is the footage captured on the stolen chest cam, which police never
made any attempts to recover, and the footage captured by members of the Hunt, which should have been seized immediately after
We believe the police's response to these incidents was completely inadequate given the severity of
the injuries. Two sabs were hospitalised, one with life-threatening injuries. We have uncovered a disgusting culture of victim-blaming
and bias within Devon & Cornwall Police and ask that you continue to demand action from the police. They are currently
supposed to be investigating several other assaults our sabs have suffered since the Cheldon incidents last summer. It's
time they realised their inaction only creates an environment in which such incidents are likely to occur again and again.
When complaining to the police, please be polite and constructive and cite CR/35678/16 (head and chest injuries and
stolen camera) and CR/035671/16 (fractured skull and eye socket).
* Devon & Cornwall's PCC is Alison
Hernandez, https://www.facebook.com/devonandcornwall …, https://twitter.com/alisonhernandez , firstname.lastname@example.org , 01392 225555
* Devon & Cornwall Police: https://www.facebook.com/DevonAndCornwall https://twitter.com/dc_police, email: email@example.com , or firstname.lastname@example.org -
Pics below - 1/ Sab trying to pull
helmet-wearing assailant off first attacked sab 2/ Camera stolen from first sab attacked
passed by huntsman to follower who pockets it
Fife FH found hunting without
guns in place
lies to sabs about this
panics a field of cattle
Facebook - Grampian Hunt Sabs VIDEO Fife Foxhounds, Pitloury House meet, 04/02/17
Video from Saturday showing illegal hunting and hunt unhappiness.
POWAperson comments - The video, taken in difficult conditions, is very jumpy. You might want an anti-nausea
pill before watching! But it does clearly show - 1/ the panic caused to cattle as Hunt move through their field, and
2/ The Huntsman using the hounds to 'search' for a fox. Unlike in England & Wales, where a 2009 High Court judgement
determined [absurdly] that 'searching' is not part of 'hunting', in Scotland it is. Only if guns are present
to shoot the fox as soon as it's flushed from cover is such hunting legal. In this case, there are no guns. The Huntsman
lies about this, telling sabs that they are stationed where the sabs had just been. Maybe Scottish guns have invisibility
cloaks. The Scottish government is planning to strengthen the Act up there. Let's hope they get it right.
Pics below - 1/ Cattle panicked by Hunt
2/ Huntsman casting hounds and the field
5-2-17 Facebook - Fife & Central Scotland Sabs Hit Report 04.02.2017 Fife Foxhounds - Pitlour House Fife Foxhounds met at Pitlour House and set off just after 11o'clock little did they know sabs were already
in position and ready to take anything they had to offer.
They went up the track from the house
riding through citronella on the way as they disappeared from sight they ran straight into Grampian Hunt sabs, They then tried
to get rid of Grampian sabs by running straight into Fife sabs! The Hunt then picked up on a fox which
appeared to go to ground - luckily enough sabs were on hand to stop a dig out, despite childish terriermen and pathetic attempts
at violence they went home empty handed.
Colin Campbell was getting a bit frisky and was obviously
looking for a fight luckily for him his wife/partner was on hand to calm him down. The Hunt didn't
get a minute's peace all day and no kills a quote from Huntsman Robert Howarth "Please stop interfering with my hounds".
On a side note, we have had 2 seasons without violence . With Colin Campbell and Adam Galpin
looking for violence - this will not be tolerated whatsoever. We will defend ourselves accordingly and stand our ground. A
great result and happy sabs.
Badsworth FH Huntsman filmed using horse as weapon against
Huntsman then left three hounds behind at end of hunting day
One rescued & returned by sabs the other two by a local
5-2-17 Facebook - W.Yorkshire Sabs VIDEO Huntsman Mark Poskitt attacks sab with his horse
Yesterday, along with Sheffield Sabs, we sabbed the Badsworth & Bramham Moor hunt, who met near Church Fenton in North Yorkshire.
During the hunt whipper-in Mark Poskitt rode his horse into a sab [right], repeatedly and aggressively using his
horse as a weapon (see video). Shortly after this, sabs had to free a couple of hounds who had become dangerously caught between
a barbed wire fence and a tree. When informed about the incident, Mark wasn't in the least bit concerned, riding off whilst
insulting the sabs and again showing how little regard he has for not only foxes and other wild animals, but also his own
horses and hounds. The hunt was a shambolic affair, with hounds out of control throughout the afternoon. Whilst packing up
for the day at 4 pm, the hunt even forgot about one loose hound and had to sheepishly return to collect it. Sabs managed to
keep up with the hounds for most of the day, seeing several hares and deers to safety, and we are pleased to report that there
were no kills.
6-2-17 Facebook – Sheffield Sabs UPDATE ON SATURDAY: In addition
to the hound left behind that we mentioned in our previous post, another two hounds were later found by locals near the site
of Badsworth and Bramham Hunt's meet. The finders have kindly allowed us to use the pictures attached to this post [2
pictured below]. There were found at around 8pm and returned to their owners. Despite the kindness shown by them, the
"gentleman" collecting them was none too appreciative - throwing the poor dogs in the back of his van without even
a thank you! For a Hunt to lose three hounds shows not only a lack of control and capability, but a lack of compassion for
the animals under their care.
Cheshire FH hounds kill fox not
long after Hunt set off
Sabs believe the victim vixen may have been 'bagged'
to be taken to RSPCA for autopsy
5-2-17 Facebook - Cheshire Sabs VIDEO HIT REPORT - CHESHIRE HUNT – 04/02/17 Yesterday
we met up with comrades from North Wales, Lancaster and a fair few new found friends for all three of our groups. As soon
as we got to the meet we walked on to the farm who were hosting the wildlife murdering Cheshire Hunt and within minutes of
being in the field hounds went into full cry on the other side of the farmhouse. We rushed over to find the hounds were now
on to what we highly suspect to be a "bagged fox" in a fairly deep area of water surrounded by a barbed wire fence
bushes and lots of brambles [right]. The poor vixen stood no chance of escape in such deep water surrounded by a pack of bloodthirsty hounds tearing at her dainty body. We tried our utmost best to save her but it
was too late.
Huntsman Shayne Francis and his gang of borderline
psychopathic bloodthirsty friends thought that what had just happened was rather funny and attempted to mock sabs who were
clearly distraught about what they had just witnessed. Unluckily for them, we have thicker skin than that and their insults
and jokes do not bother us at all. The hunting community are very vocal about trail hunts and how they act legally following
trails and not pursuing wildlife but we all know it's a load of bollocks. As the video proves, the Hunts are still torturing
wildlife. If they were hunting a trail then they wouldn't have anything to hide and surely they would pass us a copy of
the route where the trails have been laid?
Anyway... Due to all the commotion
surrounding the kill and waiting for police to arrive the Hunt managed to slip away, which meant sabs had a lot of ground
to cover to catch up with them. We kept them in our sight for most of the day but we cannot be certain that they didn't
kill again as they were always just that little bit in front of sabs, who had vast areas of fields to cover with canal bridges
to cross and no access to the vehicles as we were nowhere near a road for quite some time.
Sabs in the field eventually managed to get to the roadside for a pick up but for the final hour of the day the Hunt
were nowhere to be seen. After driving around for quite some time and with light fading very fast we decided to head back
to the meet where there was literally nobody to be seen either. At this point we decided it was probably best to call it a
day and head to the pub for a pint and to sort out getting the body to the RSPCA for a post mortem...
All in all, a very sad day for foxes... We will be seeing you again, Shayne...
Pics below - 1/ Hounds killing vixen [visible below centre] 2/ Sab trying hopelessly
to rescue vixen
Daily Mail VIDEO Anti-fox hunting group captures the
graphic moment a vixen is torn apart by a pack of dogs sparking police investigation - Cheshire Constabulary have launched
an investigation into the incident Disturbing footage of a fox being mauled by a pack of hounds in Cheshire
has been shared online - sparking a police investigation. An anti-fox hunting group say they filmed the video in Beeston on
Saturday. The footage, which was posted to the group's Facebook page, appears to show a pack of hounds tearing up a fox
as saboteurs attempt to pull them away.
'The poor vixen
stood no chance of escape in such deep water surrounded by a pack of bloodthirsty hounds tearing at her dainty body,'
a statement from the group read. “ We tried our utmost best to save her but it was too late.' Another video, posted
on Facebook by a different group, shows the same fox's body on the ground after the attack [below], with huntsmen
and women standing around it. A voice can be heard saying: 'You should be utterly ashamed. How can you do that? How can
you be a part of that?'
Cheshire Constabulary released a statement on Monday confirming that rural and wildlife
trained officers are looking into the allegations.
'It is not a police matter to determine what is or is not hunting, this can only be determined in court,'
it read. 'The role of the police is to investigate alleged or apparent breaches of the Hunting Act, to gather evidence,
and to pass that evidence to the appropriate authority to consider prosecution. Our investigation is in the early stages and
we will do our best to update you on our progress.'
Police are asking for witnesses
to the incident or people with footage of the attack to come forward. If you were there and took any footage on your phone
or video camera at the time, we will arrange with you to come and collect a hard copy,' a statement from the force added.
In particular if you were there and took the original footage that is currently circulating on social media, I would ask you
to contact police so that we can arrange to collect it. We will continue to update you on our investigation, but I'd like
to reassure you that we do take rural crime seriously. If an illegal hunt was found to have taken place we would prepare a
file for CPS to consider any relevant criminal charges.'
Also covered in the Daily Mirror, Daily Post, South West News Service and
was the front-page story in the Chester Chronicle.
South & West Wilts FH kill one fox though sabs save
4-2-17 Facebook – W.Wilts Hunt Sabs Hit report 4.2.17 South and West Wilts FH, Red House
farm, Swallowcliffe, Wilts With a 4x4 and buggy seen earlier heading to a covert the east of the meet,
foot sabs headed there to find hounds picking up a scent. With quad bikes and terrier men about and hounds drawing through
gorse it was clear there was no trail hunting going on. This Hunt had not seen sabs for years so there was total confusion
amongst the Hunt at what to do. After a time of heading east along the drive the Huntsman then headed west again not even
Sabs witnessed many hares running away. The Huntsman's calls were then heard over near Prescombe Down nature
reserve, so foot sabs got over there quickly to find the hounds in full cry. Seeing a young fox run for its life into the
nature reserve sabs sprayed then rated the hounds to prevent them following the line. Hounds were seconds behind but the rating
worked with the hounds heads up off the ground and they stopped. As the Huntsman appeared, sabs told him to call off the hounds
but he carried on, saying the sabs were getting in the way! So he cracked his whip near the sabs. The Huntsman rode into the
reserve with hounds split and riders in the field and quads on the opposite slope in full view .
Having gathered hounds as they had lost the
fox, thankfully, the Huntsman then rode west towards Berwick St. John . Foot sabs were picked up by vehicle and after a short
time located the Hunt in the Gallows hill area .
Now as it was getting past 3 o'clock a dog walker witnessed a fox being killed
and the Hunt's cheers were heard.
It was clear the Hunt had called the thugs in and things got violent We wish to thank Wiltshire
constabulary who turned up almost immediately. One officer went with a sab to investigate the area of the kill to see whether
the remains of the fox was still about. Nothing could be found as it is likely the Hunt removed the body .
It is clear the Hunt didn't want prying eyes to witness there blood lust. Their actions have only emboldened
us to continue monitoring their activities. Their attempts at intimidation don't work. We will be seeing you again.
Sabs release film of violent behaviour by Cheldon BH
supporters last May
Incident was 2 weeks
before two sabs badly injured by Cheldon followers
In light of the police's decision to discontinue their investigation into two very serious assaults on sabs by Cheldon
Buckhounds followers at the end of May 2016 [see article below, dated 30-1-17], sabs have released film of a group of
the Hunt's supporters roughing up and threatening sabs two weeks earlier. This resulted in two of the hunt followers
being given police cautions.
31-1-17 Facebook – Devon County Sabs Part 1 of our CHELDON BUCKHOUNDS footage (14/05/2016)
On Saturday 14th May 2016 hunt sabs from our group plus Somerset and Bristol Sabs, South Devon Animal Rights, Dorset and
South West Sabs went to a meet of the Cheldon Buckhounds, who hunt roe deer. This is how their members and associated thugs
introduced themselves to us. The video features regular hunt thug and Taunton Vale Foxhounds terrierman Paul Martin, ex-Devon
and Somerset Staghounds whip John Stone, chairman of the Exmoor Foxhounds Supporters Club Adrian Clarke, and hunt follower
Fergus Nunneley. These individuals were involved in the violence that occurred later that day (part 2) and two weeks later
1-2-16 Facebook – Devon County Sabs Part 2 of our CHELDON BUCKHOUNDS footage - Saturday 14th May 2016
Sabs heard hounds in cry in the valley and made their way into a field to get a better view. As our video shows, this field
is access land, meaning sabs had every right to be there. The people featured in our previous video had no lawful right to
evict them, yet sabs were pushed and shoved and back on the road sabs were punched in the face, grabbed by the hair and one
of them was held in a headlock.
No action was taken against the man who punched our female sab in the face. The Inspector's
explanation was that he didn't believe she had been bothered by the incident, seeing as she carried on filming afterwards.
He also told her she should have known she was putting herself in a dangerous position, which we believe reveals a culture
of victim-blaming within Devon & Cornwall Police.
The two other assailants in this video were given a police caution, although police
didn't bother to interview them for three months. It's no wonder the violence escalated two weeks later (part 3, to
follow). We believe the decision to let them off with a caution is insufficiently lenient for the following reasons:
* Their actions were
clearly captured on film and they were easily identifiable. Both also admitted to the offences, making a successful prosecution
a far more straightforward matter than if they had contested the allegations.
* Sabs were not trespassing. There was no justification for
any use of force.
* Police claimed one of them had appeared apologetic about the incident, yet he boasted about his actions on social
media where he said "Sabs owned on Exmoor" and "taste of your own violent medicine" (screenshots were
passed to the police). His boastful attitude suggests that he did not expect to face criminal sanction for his actions, an
expectation that will be justified if he is not charged, with predictable consequences for his future conduct. His public
comments about this case should be viewed as aggravating factors, which reveal his apparent apologetic attitude when questioned
by police as a sham, and which should rule him out of being given a caution.
* We have since been told that one of the assailants has previously
pleaded guilty to ABH and threatening behaviour in a series of similar attacks and was convicted of affray after attacking
sabs with spades and wooden staves. The other apparently spent time in jail for a series of violent offences, including GBH
and malicious wounding. It is self-evidently unjust that hardened criminals should be treated more leniently over time as
their offending progresses. These were not the first offences by people of previous good character, nor were they the first
offences in this broad category of offending.
* A caution does not have the deterrent effect of a prosecution and will only reinforce
the assailants' feeling of impunity. Given their close involvement with the hunting fraternity there is every chance they
will find themselves in similar situations in the future and carry out further or more serious assaults.
* The Ministry of Justice's
"Simple Cautions for Adult Offenders" booklet states that the public interest should be considered when deciding
whether to offer a caution. Therefore it is important to point out the context of these assaults:
At least twenty organised criminal gangs operate
across Devon, breaking the Hunting Act 2004 several times a week without any apparent effort on the part of Devon & Cornwall
Police to prosecute or prevent this offending. Attached to most of these gangs are individuals who attempt to intimidate,
threaten or use violence against anyone trying to prevent illegal hunting. They do this with the tacit approval of the Hunts
they associate with, and in some cases act under their direct instruction. It has proven difficult in the past to secure convictions
of people associated with illegal hunting in Devon, not only for that hunting but for crimes against the person, due variously
to police loss of evidence, police inaction resulting in time limits for prosecution expiring, apparent disinterest on the
part of the police in pursuing lines of enquiry, victim-blaming, and the closing of ranks amongst the hunting fraternity,
where violent offenders are celebrated and protected.
Already this impunity is leading to an escalation of violence directed at those
who monitor or interfere lawfully with illegal hunting. These offences are not of the same nature as an assault of a similar
severity carried out as part of an isolated disagreement outside a pub on a Saturday night. They are part of a pattern of
organised violence deployed by Hunts and people associated with them to prevent any interference in their illegal activity.
Many of our sabs have been and continue to be victims of this violence on a regular basis.
We ask Devon & Cornwall Police: If prosecuting
people who commit an offence within this context is not in the public interest, what is!?
Please SHARE the video and politely let
the police know what you think of their inaction, quoting the following crime reference numbers:-
* Female sab punched
in face: CR/034288/16
* Male sab pushed on access land and punched in face on the road: CR/035201/16
* Male sab dragged backwards by his hair: CR/034678/16
* Devon & Cornwall's
PCC is Alison Hernandez, https://www.facebook.com/devonandcornwallpcc , https://twitter.com/alisonhernandez , email@example.com , 01392 225555
* Devon & Cornwall Police: https://www.facebook.com/DevonAndCornwallPolice , https://twitter.com/dc_police ,
email: firstname.lastname@example.org , or email@example.com Phone 101
Pics below - 1/ Sab pushed over by hunt thug
2/ Hunt thug threatens sab 3/ Sab pulled back by hair 4/ Thug spits at sab
car window 5/ Female sab punched by terrierman 6/ Sab grabbed by hunt thug
York & Ainsty N. terrierman cautioned for assaulting
Also cautioned for
damaging camera during the attack
1-2-17 Daily Mail VIDEO Caught on camera: Moment an angry hunt worker attacks a female saboteur and breaks her camera
after confronting the protesters - Shaun Bohanna, 54, from West Yorkshire, was filmed putting woman in headlock - He
later appears to hit her and pushes the female protester away from him A hunt worker was filmed attacking
a female protester after confronting a group of animal rights activists. Shaun Bohanna, 54, from Batley, West Yorkshire, is
seen putting the woman in a headlock before appearing to hit her. The hunt 'terrier man' has been given a conditional
caution by police for assault and criminal damage, after breaking the protester's camera. The footage, which was filmed
in Youlton, North Yorkshire in November, was posted online by Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs, an animal rights group. At the start
of the video, Bohanna is heard shouting at the activists to put their cameras down. He says: 'Take that camera, or I'll
ram it up your f****** a***. I'm telling you now, I don't mind you demonstrating, take the cameras away. 'Are
you f****** deaf? Someone take the cameras now.'
The woman behind the
camera is then heard saying: 'If you stop being threatening, I'll put it down'. Bohanna replies: 'I'm
not being threatening, I'm asking you to put the camera down'. Another
activist is heard telling him that he is being 'very aggressive', asking him to calm down. The terrier man responds:
'I'm not aggressive. I'm not being aggressive.'
Bohanna then turns
around and grabs a female activist around the neck, before appearing to hit her.When she runs to get her camera back from
him, he is seen pushing her off him to the ground. The woman then shouts: 'He has just assaulted me and stolen my property.'
Another man can be heard shouting at the activists: 'You're on private
property, now f*** off'.
Later on in the footage, the person filming asks the
woman whether she has managed to get the camera back, to which she replies 'slightly broken'.
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: 'A 54-year-old man was interviewed
as a voluntary attendee and has been issued with a conditional caution after he admitted assault and criminal damage against
a woman in her twenties. As part of the caution, he has been ordered to pay £200 for the cost of criminal damage the
Facebook - Sheffield Sabs VIDEO BREAKING NEWS Shaun Bohanna of Batley,
West Yorkshire, terrierman for the York and Ainsty North Hunt, has been given a conditional caution for assault and criminal
Bohanna admitted to assaulting a female member of Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs on the 26th November 2016 in Youlton,
North Yorkshire during an interview with North Yorkshire Police on Monday the 30th January. Big thanks to the member of West
Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs who captured the footage which made it impossible for Bohanna to deny involvement in the incident.
Hopefully Bohanna and his hunt associates will think twice about attacking someone half their size in future.
a camera held by the sab was damaged during the attack. Although Bohanna is required to pay a nominal amount for breaking
the camera, it is not enough to buy a replacement. If you would like to contribute towards replacing this vital piece of kit,
donations are gratefully received here: https://ko-fi.com/A570FG9
comments - Mr.Bohanna becomes the 200th person from an organised Hunt known to POWA to have been convicted or cautioned
for a violent offence since 1990. The total number of all offences has now reached 867.
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