Since September‭ ‬2011,‭ ‬hundreds of‭ ‬acres of land are known to have been made out of bounds to bloodsports,‭ ‬affecting dozens of Hunts nationwide.‭ ‬In reality the figure could be much higher because‭ ‬we have‭ ‬no system for monitoring Warning Off emails and letters sent by individuals.‭ ‬Hounds Off encourages autonomous‭ ‬action.‭ ‬We deliberately make no demands regarding feedback or membership.

Following‭ ‬26‭ ‬complaints regarding Hunt trespass during the season‭ ‬2011/12,‭ ‬Hounds Off offered practical advice and support in warning Hunts off land in twelve different counties,‭ ‬including:

  • 170‎ ‏acres lost to North Ledbury Hunt after alpacas were attacked by hounds.
  • East Studdal,‭ ‬near Dover,‭ ‬forbidden to West Street Tickham Hunt following a hunt invasion and fox killing in the village.
  • At least seven‭ ‬Dorset‭ ‬properties banned to Portman‭ ‬Hunt in weekend of action,‭ ‬22/23‭ ‬October.
  • Securing hunt-free zone status for‭ ‬a Yorkshire‭ ‬property where‭ ‬the family cat was killed in December following trespass by Staintondale Hunt.
  • 15‎ ‏Kentish‭ ‬acres‭ ‬forbidden to Ashford Valley Hunt including woodland inhabited by foxes.
  • Over‭ ‬300‭ ‬acres in Somerset and Dorset confirmed as Hunt-free,‭ ‬affecting at least two foxhunts there.
  • Confirming the hunt-free status a‭ ‬227‭ ‬acre woodland Nature Reserve in Dorset following hunt trespass in November.


Leaflets and cards promoting the work of‭ ‬Hounds Off are available direct via the website or from the‭ ‬HSA.‭ ‬They‭’‬re perfect for keeping in your vehicle and handing to sympathetic or‭ ‬beleaguered‭ ‬landowners whilst you‭’‬re out in‭ ‬the field.

Hounds Off is supported by individuals and organisations from across the campaigning and political spectrum.‭ hunting strictly prohibited poster image

Hounds Off‭ ‬encourages the creation of hunt-free‭ ‬sanctuaries‭ ‬to stop the illegal hunting of wild animals with dogs in Britain via engagement with our website,‭ ‬www.houndsoff.co.uk‭‬.‭ ‬By following the simple process explained‭ ‬here,‭ ‬involving Warning Off notices being sent to the hunters,‭ ‬Hounds Off is spearheading a campaign which invites everyone to join in regardless of who you are or where you live.

Please‭ ‬visit‭ ‬our website.‭ ‬Take action.‭ ‬Tell your family and friends to do the same.‭ ‬Support‭ ‬the Hunting Ban.‭ ‬Support‭ ‬Hounds Off.‭ ‬Be part of the people‭’‬s campaign against bloodsports.

Hounds Off,‭ ‬September‭ ‬2012

The Con-Demn coalition appears determined to push through their immoral, un-scientific cull of badgers this autumn causing the death of thousands of these innocent creatures and creating deep divisions in the countryside. Dairy farmers, rather than take responsibility for their animals and invest in proper and rigorous bTB screening, have instead decided to try and pass the blame onto badgers.

LiveFiringWarningImageThe cull will be carried out in two pilot areas, one in Somerset and one in Gloucestershire. The results from these pilots will determine whether or not the cull is rolled out to bTB hotspots nationwide in future years, Defra is prepared to kill at least 70% of the badgers within cull areas; this may effectively kill all the badgers in those areas. Badgers will be shot, at night, with high powered rifles which may pose a threat to local residents, pets and other animals.

After the previous large scale cull of badgers in the UK, the Krebs trials, Professor John Bourne, head of the Independent Scientific Group concluded: “careful evaluation of our own and others’ data indicates that badger culling can make no meaningful contribution to cattle TB control in Britain. Indeed, some policies under consideration are likely to make matters worse rather than better. Second, weaknesses in cattle testing regimes mean that cattle themselves contribute significantly to the persistence and spread of disease in all areas where TB occurs, and in some parts of Britain are likely to be the main source of infection. Scientific findings indicate that the rising incidence of disease can be reversed, and geographical spread contained, by the rigid application of cattle-based control measures alone." (Source: http://archive.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/farmanimal/diseases/atoz/tb/isg/report/final_report.pdf )

The Krebs trials lasted seven years and cost UK tax payers millions of pounds yet the Government still ignore the findings of the Independent Scientific Group and forge ahead with further culling of badgers, costing more money and leading to chaos in the countryside.
Lord Krebs, who is one of the government's most respected scientific advisers, said that the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which is administering the current cull, has no way of knowing how many badgers there are in the area, so will not know when they've killed 70% of the badgers in the area.

"I would Badger Imagego down the vaccination and biosecurity route rather than this crazy scheme that may deliver very small advantage, may deliver none." he said.
Professor Bourne and Lord Krebs are two of the leading experts on badgers, and badger culling, in the world but the Government have decided to totally ignore them, and all the scientific evidence they have presented, in their blinkered desire to placate the powerful farming lobby.


Please see http://badger-killers.com to see what you can do to stop the cull and visit http://www.huntsabs.org.uk/index.php/get-involved/localgroups to find your local sab group who will be involved in campaigning against it.

PRESS RELEASE FROM PROTECT OUR WILD ANIMALS (POWA)

Heythrop Hunt Supporter Found Guilty Of Criminal Damage

A car salesman who rides with the HEYTHROP HUNT, Thomas Edward Hastings Macfarlane of Wootton, Woodstock, Oxfordshire was found guilty of criminal damage at Banbury Magistrates court on 12th September 2012.POWAlogo
Whilst Hunt Monitor Mrs Judy Gilbert of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire was observing the Heythrop hunt on 7 January 2012, Macfarlane approached the rear of her vehicle and used a sharp implement to surreptitiously cut the wall of Mrs Gilbert’s rear offside tyre, bursting it and causing it to deflate. This action effectively immobilised her, preventing her from monitoring the hunt for the rest of the day.

This is not the first time Mrs Gilbert has suffered criminal damage to her property whilst observing the Heythrop Hunt.  On two previous occasions a total of four of her tyres have been deliberately destroyed.

Mrs Gilbert said, “ I am very pleased with the verdict and that at last someone has been brought to justice for an attack on my vehicle. To suffer this kind of attack is very upsetting and such abominable behaviour should not be tolerated.”

Note:
Thomas Macfarlane lives with Rebecca, Marchioness of Blandford at Wootton, Woodstock.  Rebecca Brown was previously married to Charles James Spencer-Churchill, Marquess of Blandford was born on 24 November 1955. He is the son of John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough owner of Blenheim Palace, Woodstock.

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