Hunt saboteurs Association Press Release. 25th March 2013
On March 23rdth Hunt saboteurs from the Bristol and Bath groups were at The Fox public house, Tangley, on the Wiltshire/Hampshire border north of Andover, the meet of the the Tedworth Foxhounds.
During the days hunting the group’s vehicles was blocked by riders as the hunt 'put-up' a fox with the Hounds close behind! Hunt saboteurs on foot managed to intervene by slowing the hound with voice and horn calls preventing the fox’s death and the breaking of the hunting act.
The huntsman and whipper-ins were on the scene wearing the traditional red coats and as one of them passed the groups Land Rover he used his riding crop to smash the windscreen, only inches from the driver's face.
The driver later spoke to a Police officer from the Hampshire Police who refused to take any statement of the incident or interview any suspects on the scene. This is being followed up with Hampshire constabulary.
Lee Moon, Press officer of the hunt Saboteurs Association stated;
“You would assume the Hampshire Police would be interested in any Criminal Damage reported, particularly with a group of people with a history of violence. It seems that when it comes to hunters Hampshire constabulary will turn a blind eye to illegal hunting and any other illegal actions taken to protect their activities. We would in interested in a comment from the Hampshire Chief inspector regarding his officers lack of action to this incident.”
The Crawley & Horsham Fox hunt have once again been caught breaking the law, this time in their desperation to keep their financially ailing hunt going they have taken to street collections, but without the gaining the proper authority. Horsham District Council have issued a warning to the hunt that it is illegal to collect in their district without the correct permission.
The Crawley & Horsham hunt officials and its wider supporters are known for their propensity to ignore the rule of law and have been frequently in court for acts of violence and of course breaking the hunting act.
Lee moon of the Hunt Saboteurs Association stated:
“This hunt continues to ignore the law; its members think they are above the normal restrictions of civilised society and continue to act as if they cannot be touched. Our members will ensure they are kept under observation to ensure that any of their illegal activities are reported to the correct authorities and appropriate action taken”.
Chaos in the Countryside
A week after falsely blaming hunt saboteurs for the death of one of their hounds, the attached video shows the Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt casually risking the lives of their hounds. They were filmed throughout the day hunting on main roads, causing traffic chaos and at least two cars were forced to make emergency stops to avoid killing hounds. When the saboteurs voiced their concerns about how dangerous it was they were met with physical and verbal abuse.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt saboteurs Association, stated:"It was very convenient for the hunt that saboteurs were present last week as it gave them an easy scapegoat for the death of their hound. This video shows conclusively that the hunts don't care for any animal, even their hounds, and are happy to put their lives at risk, and cause chaos, in the name of sport."
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