The first night of the badger culls began last night with Hunt Saboteurs out in full force in their hundreds across both zones doing their level best to stop the cullers from killing any badgers.
In Gloucestershire at about Midnight, a couple of experienced Hunt Saboteurs came across a badger trapped in a cage, just as they approached two shooters were spotted nearby, part of the team employed to kill badgers. A tense standoff then went while sabs prevented the killing of the Badgers, eventually the police arrived on the scene.
Hunt Saboteurs knowing the best practice guidelines of the cull informed the police that the badger had to be released for two reasons:
- Cage trapped badgers are to be shot between dawn and noon.
- Shooters must release trapped badgers if third parties are on the scene.
The police then released the badger after telling the shooters to leave, while hunt saboteurs were in attendance. We congratulate them for enforcing the guidelines. The video of the release can be viewed below:
Less than one week after the violence at the Blackmore and Sparkmore Vale hunt, you would be thinking that the Countryside Alliance would have advised hunts to keep a low profile. If so it has not sunk into the low intellects of the Crawley & Horsham hunting set. No sooner had hunt sabs turned up then one of their riders smashed the windscreen of the West Sussex hunt Sabs vehicle with their riding crop, with no provocation.
As there was no indication of any trail being laid hunt sabs proceeded to disrupt what was clearly an illegal hunt taking place, as indicated by the rider’s violent attack.
Sussex police arrived tardy as usual and proceeded to make vague suggestions that it was acceptable for hunters to assault hunt saboteurs if found off the footpath, no arrest were made even following the culprit of the damage being identified.
The hunt packed up after less than two hours with no kills.
Despite the criminal damaged and threats of violence, hunt sab will continue to attend this hunt who has the most convictions of illegal hunting in the country, something the police should perhaps take into consideration in future policing.