Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 30th December 2013

Hunt saboteurs from the Northants and West Midlands groups visited the Oakley hunt on Saturday 28/12/2013. On their arrival the hunt were clearly hunting foxes and the sabs had to intervene to enable an animal to escape.   Shortly after this a police helicopter arrived, which it later transpired was called in from Leicestershire expressly for this incident. Leicestershire Police Helicopter 1

The helicopter repeatedly flew very low over the sabs heads and purposely placed itself between the sabs and the hunt to enable the hunt to get away. The helicopter continued to follow the sabs in this way for some time, always trying to stop them from following the hunt and then they decided to land. Once on the ground the police from the helicopter tried to detain people, but when challenged had no answer as to why they were doing this.  The sabs continued to follow the hunt and eventually the police helicopter left about forty-five minutes later.

Simultaneously six police cars were also surrounding the sab vehicle and members of the public were stopping to see what incident had led to such a high police presence.

Leicestershire Police Helicopter 2

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated:  “It beggars belief that in times of austerity the Police are willing to waste so much public money protecting illegal hunting.  We can only assume that members of the Oakley Hunt have friends high up in Northamptonshire police and we wonder how local residents feel about their council tax being misused in this way.”



Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release December 27th 2013


During a meet of the Old Surrey Burstow & West Kent fox hunt at Fordcombe, Kent on the 14th December, huntsman mark Bycroft launched an unprovoked assault on a hunt saboteur. Despite calling 999 Kent police failed to take any action on the day. Following complaints they reviewed the video evidence and, although he has a previous conviction for assault on a hunt saboteur, decided that a warning would suffice as Bycroft freely admitted the assault.

The video clearly shows Bycroft looking around to see if he is observed, and then viciously punching the hunt saboteur in the face with no warning or provocation.

Roll on two weeks to Boxing Day and the same hand is shaking that of Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP. It seems Farage not only welcomes a return to the slaughter of our native wildlife but is also happy to shake the hand of a man who uses violence against anyone who intervenes to stop him illegally killing animals.

Is this the face of the new politics that UKIP is promoting?

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Are the hunts feeling so betrayed by the Conservatives and their years of broken promises that they are willing to climb into bed with this insignificant, minority political party? We celebrate this alliance between two groups that share such outdated, unpleasant ideas that are despised by the majority of the British public.”



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Photograph of Bycroft and Farage can be viewed here:


View the video of Bycrofts attack here:

Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release December 23rd 2013

In the run-up to hunting's big traditional Boxing Day show piece, anti hunt protesters from Manchester and Liverpool witnessed first hand the reality of post ban hunting at a meet of the Holcombe Harriers this Saturday 21st December. The hunt, who traditionally mostly hunt hares, met at Brindle at noon, just off the junction of the M61 and M65. The hunt saboteurs followed closely for two hours both on foot and from the road. At around 2pm hounds from the pack got on to the scent of a hare, chased and killed it. The protesters, whilst close to the kill, were too far away to have time to intervene to save the poor animal.


The traditional hunt apologist line that hunted animals are killed swiftly by a quick nip to the neck was, as always, proved a complete lie as the hare was seized by two hounds and torn open. Footage and images from the day were taken and the crime reported to Lancashire Police.
The hunt last year was involved in controversy when at their Boxing Day meet at Rivington, a horse knocked down a 64 year old woman and trod on her head just before they were due to set off.


A spokesperson for the Manchester protesters said: 'We see again and again while out following hunts that they regularly ignore the law. Here the Holcombe Harriers were making a feeble attempt to stay within the law by hunting a nominal trail. The reality is the complete lack of control the huntsman exerts over his pack makes this redundant. We will continue to follow this hunt and others, filming their illegal activities and, when necessary, intervening to save the hunted animal. We urge Lancashire Police to take a long hard look at what happened on Saturday and at the activities of this hunt generally. If the hunt cannot or will not properly follow a trail, maybe it's time they disbanded completely.'
Any further inquiries, contact Manchester Hunt Sabs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Photographs attached are of the killed hare and joint-master of the hunt Martin Kirby
The Hunt Saboteurs Association is proud to proclaim its role in bringing the hated badger cull to an early finish. This can never feel like a victory as far to many innocent animals have been murdered but it is a great testament to a wide variety of groups who have worked tirelessly together that we have, for now, beaten the Government and the NFU.
Hunt sabs have been out in both zones since the cull began using non-violent direct action to save animals lives. They have been incredibly effective and are a significant part of the reason why the cull was such a total failure. The Government have moved the goalposts so many times that we have ended up playing an entirely different game but whatever they have thrown at us – cage trapping, oppressive policing and illegal extensions we have taken in our stride and defeated. The Hunt Saboteurs Association has more than doubled its membership since the culls began and we have had a huge upsurge of interest in those wishing to join our local groups.
This is not the end but it is a significant blow to Owen Patterson's hopes of a nationwide badger massacre. We have shown that we will never give up and if they continue with this morally abhorrent policy we will come back even stronger and beat them again.
Lee Moon spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association stated: “It has been truly inspirational to see hunt saboteurs work so closely with others, from all walks of life, to fight this hideous cull. The support and respect we receive from all those we work with has been amazing and the increased support means the organisation is stronger than it has been for years. Now the cull is temporarily over we look forward to turning our attention back to our traditional target of hunting with hounds and, with our increased levels of support, making the hunters lives a misery for the rest of the season.”

Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release 20th of November 2013


Libby Gilbert ex-Master and huntsman of the Royal Agricultural College Beagles, has evaded a Hunting Act charge by fleeing to America. Charges against the 21 year old were dropped following her second failure to attend Swindon Magistrates Court on 12th November.

Hunt saboteurs have attended several meets of Gilbert's pack in recent years and have stopped them illegally hunting on evey occasion.

HSA Press Officer Lee Moon explained, "While the courts fail our wildlife, hunt saboteurs on the ground have had a great start to this season's campaign against hare hunting. Already we have caused the cancellation of Eton College's hunters training day, monitored the Alston Hare Hunting Week and disrupted meets of the Palmer Marlborough, Old Berkeley, North Warwickshire Beagles and the Four Shires Bassets."


The HSA will continue to prioritise hare hunts this season.




Notes to Editors

(1) Beagling is the practice of hunting the brown hare with a pack of beagles. The hounds are followed on foot by hunt supporters.

(2) There are 68 beagle packs operating in Britain today.

(3) Since the hunting ban beagle packs have become extremely secretive about their activities. The HSA believes illegal hunting of hares is widespread amongst beagle packs.


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