HSA news release 16th October 2010
Do you want these people in your neighbourhood?
On Sat 16th October 2010 members of the South West hunt saboteurs were out monitoring the Chilmark and Clifton Foot beagle hunt at Emborough, near Midsomer Norton, Somerset. They were present at the hunt to monitor for evidence of illegal hunting and to present any such evidence to the police.
Whilst standing on a public footpath watching the hunt, the group of eight anti-hunt protesters, made up of men and women, were approached by five vehicles whose number plates had been obscured with mud. Approximately a dozen men jumped out of the vehicles and proceeded to attack the hunt saboteurs shouting “get the cameras”. People were punched in the face and one man had his leg repeatedly stamped on. The attackers did not stop until they had stolen 3 video cameras and one digital camera. Members of the anti-hunt group were left severely battered and shocked by this un-provoked and brutal attack and robbery. The incident has been reported to the police who are currently making enquiries.
The Chilmark and Clifton foot beagles are closely linked with the Mendip Farmers Foxhunt (MFFH) and several of the attackers were wearing Mendip Farmers FH rugby shirts. Whilst there is no suggestion that the Mendip Farmers officially sanctioned this attack it seems certain that some of their supporters were involved. For several years the MFFH have been involved in a high profile battle with local residents to move to new Kennels at Chewton Mendip in Somerset. The local residents do not want them as they feel they will bring increased traffic, noise and disruption to the community but despite vociferous local protests the hunt seem determined to go ahead, painting themselves as an upright, integral part of the local community.
Is todays attack the true face of the Mendip Farmers Foxhunt?
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association stated: “We are sick and tired of seeing hunts trying to portray themselves as part of the tradition and fabric of this country. If our traditions include violence, intimidation and robbery then perhaps they are. It is time the police showed these people that the Countryside is not their own private playground and prosecute them for the crimes they commit against animals and people. Would you want these violent thugs moving into your community?”
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HSA news release 4th June 2010
Stop the killing, ban all guns.
Yet another shooting spree claims the lives of twelve people and injures twice as many. All the countryside alliance can say is ‘The UK's firearms licensing system is one of the strictest in the world and as the police investigation continues it will be important to understand why the system failed in this case.’
The system didn’t fail as both the guns in this case were legally owned. No matter how strict any licensing laws are guns will still end up in the hands of people willing to use them, be this on animals or other people. The only solution is to ban all guns as the risk of having them in peoples possession is too high. How many more massacres of people will we have to witness until the government acts, how high a price does society have to bare.
As Hunt Saboteurs we are of course not without ulterior motives in calling for a ban on guns. If as you read this you do not think the shooting of animals should not be banned, do you still think the risk of yet another killing spree of this magnitude should be allowed, just so a small minority can posses such lethal devices for their blood sport past time.
HSA news release 24th December 2009
Boxing Day - the public face of fox hunting
Every year, on Boxing Day, the Countryside Alliance proudly trumpet record attendance figures at the “traditional” foxhunt meets, claiming that this proves hunting is more popular than ever and that the Hunting Act should obviously be repealed. Many interested but ambiguous members of the public will attend and the national media, with nothing else to report in this slow news period, will happily inform the nation. The Countryside Alliance will have successfully continued their PR tradition and will be happy with a job well done.
The Hunt Saboteurs Association doesn’t care about Boxing Day, a day more about pomp and ceremony than serious hunting, when many of the hunts are on their best behaviour due to media attention. We care about the hundreds of hunting days that take place each year when there is no press, police or public focus on the hunts and they are free to illegally pursue and murder British wildlife.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the HSA said: “Every year the Countryside Alliance claim a record number of attendees at Boxing Day hunts and use this as justification for repealing the Hunting Act. We are not interested in such PR stunts, preferring to focus our efforts on directly intervening between the hunters and their quarry throughout the season, when hunts up and down the country flout the Hunting Act with impunity. We call upon the politicians, the police and the press not to be hoodwinked by the pro-hunt PR machine and tighten up and enforce the Hunting Act so that becomes effective legislation that genuinely protects British wildlife”
The Hunt Saboteurs Association is a non-violent direct action organisation which has been dedicated to getting between the hunters and their quarry for over 40 years, and we know better than anyone what illegal hunting looks like – it just seems that no-one else seems to care.
Members of the press are welcome to join a hunt saboteur group whenever they wish to see the true face of British hunting.
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