On Saturday the 15th March a group of over 40 hunt saboteurs attended the Sinnington Hunt's final meet of the season at Kirkdale, North Yorkshire.
The hunt was targeted in response to the violent assault of a lone hunt monitor two weeks earlier which left him requiring x-rays. His camcorder was stolen and his mobile phone smashed by members of the hunt. The attack could have been worse had an off-duty police officer not stopped to offer assistance.
Not one of the dozen or so hunt followers present during the attack came to the assistance of the lone monitor who had gone out that day to ensure the hunt obeyed the law. One member of the hunt has already been arrested and further arrests are expected.
After the complete disruption of the hunt's final meet (coincidentally also the final meet for retiring huntsman Adrian Dangar) it can only be
hoped that the followers of the Sinnington, as well as their new huntsman, have learnt that a 'lone' monitor is never truly alone.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated:
“These brave monitors deserve our respect for putting themselves in dangerous situations to ensure the law is being upheld. These violent hunts need to know that hunt saboteurs will always come to the aid of monitors who have been attacked as we know only to well how it feels to be on the receiving end of hunt violence”
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!
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