HSA News Release 31st October 2009

 

Injured Sab after attack at Southdown & Eridge huntInjured Sab after attack at Southdown & Eridge huntOn Saturday 31st October, two Hunt saboteurs were the victim of a premeditated and unprovoked attack resulting in one needing hospital treatment for severe facial cuts and bruising and a suspected broken nose, during the attack the saboteurs were also threatened with a clasp knife.

The attack took place at a public car park on the South Downs Way slightly south of Firle, East Sussex, the car park is usually the haunt of members of the public using the footpaths to enjoy the countryside or for hang gliding off the step hillside.

HSA News Release 30th October 2009

They're still hunting..that's why we're still sabbing

Over 40,000 hunters pledged to break the ban on hunting.  Almost 5 years after the ban it’s no surprise that hunts continue to openly flout the law of the land.

On November the 1st 2003 over 40,000 pro hunters arrogantly signed the Hunting Declaration, vowing to break any law passed to ban hunting.  6 years later as the official hunting season begins again, it is no surprise to see the law being openly flouted by hunts the length of the country, and the police continuing to refuse to properly enforce the ban.

1st November is traditionally the start of the hunting season proper, although hunts have been out terrorising foxes, hare and deer for several months now, engaging in “cubbing” – or “autumn hunting” as the hunts like to refer to the early morning or late afternoon hunting used to train new hounds.

Hunt saboteurs and monitors on the ground continue to see hunts openly breaking the law and reacting violently towards those who try and gather evidence against them. The Police and criminal justice bodies should be ensuring that those breaking the law are being brought to book, but do not appear to be interested. 

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association stated:  “Hunters promised they were going to break the hunting ban so it should come as no surprise to the police and politicians that it is being so openly ignored.
It’s business as usual in the countryside.  The hunts continue to illegally pursue and kill wildlife and act violently toward those who try and stop them.  In election year, with the Tories promising to repeal the Hunting act, we feel it is important for the British public to know what type of people these are - willing to illegally harm wildlife and people in pursuit of their own pleasure.  Rather than repealing the hunting act, politicians should be listening to the majority of the electorate, tightening up the loopholes in the law and compelling the police to enforce the act.”

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HSA News Release 24th October 2009

Hunt Saboteurs run over by hunt quad bike

Two hunt saboteurs have been run down and injured by a quad bike, driven by a member of the Tedworth hunt, in Wiltshire.  

The hunt saboteurs were parked up in a narrow lane watching the hunt when a quad bike, driven by the hunts terrierman, accelerated towards them.  Despite there not being enough room to pass their landrover and with absolutely no regard for the two people who were standing at the side of the vehicle, the quad drove at them. The driver shouted to "get out the fucking way!". There was no time and nowhere for the hunt sabs to go.  The quad drove at speed knocking down two men and driving over the upper arm of one of them.  The quad sped off.  It was a deliberate act which could have been avoided.  Both men suffered cuts and bruises and one has suspected fractured ribs.

The sabs called 999 and reported the incident to the police.  The hunt - complete with quad - came back past about 10 minutes later. The riders were recklessly riding very close to people.  The quad driver threatened one of the sabs he'd just run over and said "you and me, down a quiet lane - then we'll see....".

Lee Moon, Press Officer for the Hunt Saboteurs Association said:  It’s business as usual in the countryside.  The hunts continue to illegally kill wildlife and act with violence towards anyone who tries to stop them.  In election year, with the Tories promising to repeal the Hunting act, we feel it is important for the British public to know what type of people these are - willing to illegally harm people and wildlife in pursuit of their own pleasure.

For more information please contact Lee Moon on 07774 279 133