The IEP was appointed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to evaluate the effectiveness, humaneness and safety of the Gloucestershire and Somerset pilots.
The leaked report shows that up to 18% of shot badgers took between five and ten minutes to die. This completely contradicts Defra's assertion that “all badgers killed as part of the pilot culls have been shot cleanly and killed instantly”.
The panel also found that less than half the required numbers of badgers were killed in each area during the six week trial. This failure may lead to an increase in bovine tb in both the cull zones themselves and in the surrounding areas.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: "The IEP has only confirmed what everyone already knew. The trial badger cull was cruel and didn't work. Surely the Government won't continue with this farcical policy, but if they do, the hunting season is almost at an end and hunt saboteurs across the country will once again mobilise to fight the culls. We have learned from last year and will be even more effective at disrupting the killing this time round".
In the past 6 months the Hunt Saboteurs Association has donated well over £30,000 to local saboteur groups and we have seen the formation of 6 new local groups - Kernow, Dorset, Somerset, North Wales, North Norfolk and Borders. Hunt saboteurs from across the country were also instrumental in the failure of the Government's badger cull.
The money we have distributed has provided groups with vehicles and insurance, cameras, maps and various other essential equipment. Over £3000 was spent on night vision alone to help sabs fight the badger cull and we also provided fuel for groups across the country to reach both cull zones and play such a significant role in the disruption of the cull. The publicity surrounding the culls has led to an influx of new members and supporters for the HSA, many of whom have become active saboteurs getting out in the fields to directly intervene between the hunters and their quarry.
So as we enter our second 50 years life looks increasingly positive for the Hunt Saboteurs Association. We have more sabs, more groups, better vehicles and equipment, more supporters and more money. This means that we can save more wildlife and be a louder voice for those that can't speak up for themselves.
Thank you Mr. Paterson, we couldn't have done it without you!
On Boxing Day 1963 four people sabbed the South Devon hunt in what was the first official act of sabotage by the Hunt Saboteurs Association. On Saturday 18 January 2014, just over 50 years later, over 100 hunt saboteurs from across Southern England and Wales descended on Dartmoor National Park to sabotage the same hunt.
In the 50 years that we have been in existence there have been many changes, most notably the Criminal Justice Act, that aimed to make hunt sabotage illegal, and the hunting act which came into force in 2005, but the one thing that has not changed is that they still hunt wildlife and we still save it.
Saturday's events were testament to that, as the South Devon illegally tried to hunt foxes only to be repeatedly stopped by the large numbers of saboteurs. Despite acts of aggression from the support, who rammed our vehicles with quad bikes, and the awful weather conditions, the saboteurs ensured a kill free day.
There was a large police presence but they took no interest in the illegal hunting or acts of aggression from the hunt. One officer's reply to the question: "Are you here to prevent them from illegally hunting?" was: "No. Hunting is an issue for DEFRA, not the
With many new sab groups forming across the UK and the existing groups going from strength-to-strength, it's a sure sign that the British public continue to feel more and more disillusioned with the cruel and illegal acts that are committed in our countryside.
As well as the events on Dartmoor there where hundreds of other saboteurs out across the UK doing what they do best - protecting the nation's wildlife from persecution.
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