Hunt saboteurs Association Press Release. 14th May 2013

On Tuesday 19th March 2013, Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt, Dean Common Farm, a drunken hunt supporter Adrian Wood forced entry to a hunt saboteur vehicle. The two female occupants could not stop his advances and had to drive away with him inside the vehicle in the hope that other hunt saboteurs or members of the hunt would be able to assist in removing him from their vehicle. Although other members of the hunt were in attendance none made any moves to assist. The two saboteurs were the subject of unwanted physical advances while trying to gain assistance by calling 999. Eventually they managed to remove him from their vehicle. Although called the police did not attend the scene (Crime ref CR/06463/13).

After an investigation the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) refused to prosecute.

Video of the incident can be viewed below:

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Lee Moon, press officer of the HSA stated:

“If two women had been subjected to the forced entry of their vehicle by a drunken yob in a town high street, and had then been made to drive him around while being the victim of unwanted advances we suspect that the police would have responded in a different fashion.

Once again those who try and protect our wildlife from the excesses of the countryside thugs are left to fend for themselves. This of course will not deter our brave people but it stinks of hypocrisy and inequality.”

 

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Hunt saboteurs Association Press Release. 17th April 2013

 

On 15th December 2012 members of the Berkshire and North Downs hunt saboteur groups attended a meet of the old Berkshire fox hunt near Ashbury.

During the day one member was attacked by one of the hunts riders. Gemma Margaret Brooking assaulted a hunt saboteur with her riding crop and she was subsequently charged and pleaded guilty to assault by beating.  She was ordered to pay £75 in compensation, fined £100 and £75 in costs.

Lee Moon, press officer of the HSA stated:

"Once more we have an incident of unprovoked hunt violence and a member of a hunt found guilty of criminal activity. This unprovoked attack with a weapon is just one of many incidents which occurred during the last hunting season. The punishment is paltry and we can only hope that any future offences by this hunt are treated in a more serious fashion. Hunt saboteurs will continue to defend our wildlife regardless of the constant violent attacks from the hunting community.  We expect no less from people whose dearest wish is to return to the days when they could kill animals with impunity."

The video of the attack can be viewed here:

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Hunt saboteurs Association Press Release. 11th April 2013

 

On the 3rd of November 2012 the huntsman of the financially troubled Crawley & Horsham fox hunt, Nick Bycroft, launched an unprovoked attack on a member of the Hunt Saboteurs Associations (HSA) Land Rover. In the video Hunts Bycroft is seen, riding at speed down School Lane, near Shipley, Sussex in a reckless manner, with no care for the safety of other road users or his horse he forces his horse past the moving vehicle swearing repeatedly. Turning his horse he comes back to the now stationary vehicle and makes two attempts to smash the driver’s side window, in an attempt to hit the driver. In the process he smashes the vehicle wing mirror.NickBycroft

Police at the scene made no arrest but Bycroft was latter summoned attend a police station where he admitted Public order offences (swearing) and Criminal damage. He was fined £150, none of which will be returned to the owner of the vehicle.

 

Lee Moon, press officer of the HSA stated:

“Once more we have the Crawley & Horsham hunt found guilty of criminal activity. This time it is the paid huntsman who in a fury at just seeing people opposing his hunt launches a furious and unprovoked attack. The punishment is paltry and we can only hope that any future offences by this hunt are treated in a more serious fashion.”

The video of the attack can be viewed here:

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For all press enquiries, contact our Press Officer.

ENDS

 

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Hunt saboteurs Association Press Release. 7th April 2013

The Hunt Saboteurs Association has pledged to take decisive and direct action to stop the killing of badgers should culling go ahead in June this year in two proposed pilot areas.

"We will not stand idly by while our native wildlife is slaughtered at whim, political or otherwise" they have said.

This government's proposed badger cull has been an unmitigated public relations disaster, it has been proven not only to be unscientific but also extremely unpopular with all sectors of society, including many experts, but still the plan is to go ahead.

We have an arsenal of proven, non-violent, direct tactics developed over the past fifty years of our organisation's existence, and these will need little adjustment to make the badger cull unworkable.

Hunt saboteurs from all over the country are making plans to be in the pilot cull areas. Hunt  sabs will be on the ground to stand between our wildlife and the guns. They will also be offering training to members of the public unaccustomed to hunt sabotage, to ensure that animals are protected safely and non-violently from this unjust action.StopTheCulllLogo

Lee Moon press officer of the Hunt Saboteurs Association stated:

"This government has continued to push policies detrimental to our wildlife, be it a proposed repeal of the hunting act, a slaughter of buzzards and deer, and now it aims to decimate our badger population. Many of this government's members are known as part of the hunting and shooting set, and have no understanding of the general public's feelings when it comes to the unwarranted slaughter of our wildlife. Hunt saboteurs will as always act in support of the will of people and ensure our wildlife has a not only a voice, but an active protector in the planned slaughter fields."

 

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Hunt saboteurs Association Press Release 5th April 2013


The financially troubled Crawley & Horsham Fox hunt was convicted on May 15th 2012 of 5 counts of illegal hunting.  Following these convictions it would be expected that such a high profile blood sport organisation and its supporters would attempt to keep within the law but that has not been the case.

In the last year alone supporters of this hunt have been found guilty or have been issued warnings for the following:

  • Road traffic and health & safety offences where a young child was endangered by being made to ride unrestrained on the open trailer of a quad bike on the public roads during a hunt near Netherwood on the 29th September 20012 (video available)
  • Illegally making street collections in Horsham town centre in January 2013
  • A Section 59 of the police reform act 2002 for dangerous driving with no concern for the safety of pedestrians during a hunt near Dragon's green on the 10th march 2013
  • A hunt supporter was warned for making improper sexual comments to female anti-hunt campaigner again near Netherwood on the 29th September 20012

Other incidents are with Sussex police and will be resolved in the next few months.Quad 290912 Netherwood C&H

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: "These numerous separate incidents show that those who partake in hunting believe themselves to be above the law and can act in any fashion they see fit, endangering the public and their own children in reckless acts. The rapidly reducing numbers attending this hunt, and others, show that hunting is a dying pursuit and that in the 21st century such activities and attitudes are not acceptable.  The sooner this hunt shuts up shop for good the better for society as a whole."

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