Hunt saboteurs are to use aerial drones to coordinate disruption of a hare-hunting 'festival' taking place in Cumbria this week.
During the Alston Hare Week, which starts Monday, October 13,hunters with packs of beagle hounds -bred and trained to hunt hares-will travel from across the country to hunt the moors above the market town of Alston.
Members of the Hunt Saboteurs Association will be in attendance throughout the week using non-violent direct action to save the lives of any hunted animals.
HSA spokesperson Lee Moon said: "Our new camera drones will be used to locate the hunters and ensure our activists are always in the best tactical position to stop hares being ripped to pieces.This week the hunters will become the hunted."
Notes to Editors:
(1)'Beagling' is the practice of hunting hares with a pack of beagles. The hounds are followed on foot by hunters and supporters.
(2)There are 68 beagle packs operating in Britain today. Since the hunting ban, hare hunters have become increasingly secretive about their activities.The HSA believes illegal hunting of hares is widespread amongst beagle packs.
(3)Alston Hare Week is organised by the Weardale and Tees Valley Beagles. Between 70-100 beaglers attend annually, making it one of the most important events in the hare hunting calendar.
URGENT NEWS FLASH: Gloucestershire cull has been destroyed by sabs & patrollers, there is NO CHANCE OF CULLERS REACHING TARGET
Somerset target of 316 is possible for them to reach.
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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: