On Boxing Day 1963 four people sabbed the South Devon hunt in what was the first official act of sabotage by the Hunt Saboteurs Association. On Saturday 18 January 2014, just over 50 years later, over 100 hunt saboteurs from across Southern England and Wales descended on Dartmoor National Park to sabotage the same hunt.
In the 50 years that we have been in existence there have been many changes, most notably the Criminal Justice Act, that aimed to make hunt sabotage illegal, and the hunting act which came into force in 2005, but the one thing that has not changed is that they still hunt wildlife and we still save it.
Saturday's events were testament to that, as the South Devon illegally tried to hunt foxes only to be repeatedly stopped by the large numbers of saboteurs. Despite acts of aggression from the support, who rammed our vehicles with quad bikes, and the awful weather conditions, the saboteurs ensured a kill free day.
There was a large police presence but they took no interest in the illegal hunting or acts of aggression from the hunt. One officer's reply to the question: "Are you here to prevent them from illegally hunting?" was: "No. Hunting is an issue for DEFRA, not the
With many new sab groups forming across the UK and the existing groups going from strength-to-strength, it's a sure sign that the British public continue to feel more and more disillusioned with the cruel and illegal acts that are committed in our countryside.
As well as the events on Dartmoor there where hundreds of other saboteurs out across the UK doing what they do best - protecting the nation's wildlife from persecution.
Due to the embarrassment caused to the hunting community this photo has been issued with a take down notice, but in its place we have evidence of animal abuse by George Humfrey of Tiverton Foxhounds. The voices in the video are hunt followers.
Please support us, we will fight for badgers - what will you do?
As most people will be aware the Government's pilot badger culls have begun in West Somerset, with Gloucestershire to follow imminently. We have been active via our locally run Hunt Saboteur groups in mapping setts in the cull zones and will now be active in fighting this mindless slaughter every step of the way.
We will be working with all groups nationally and locally in the cull zones to oppose this senseless
destruction of our badgers and the potential spreading of the disease bovine TB.
The cull if it goes ahead unhindered for the next six weeks, will see the slaughter of around 5,000 badgers. Of course many more will be maimed or wounded and left to die a slow painful death. Only 120 of these dead bodies collected, will be screened for the disease.
If you are unable to get to the zone to voice your opposition in person please assist us on social media sites, writing to your MP and giving us greatly needed monetary support by donation, joining the HSA or buying merchandise.
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