Hunt saboteurs Association Press Release 12th Nov 2012
The Hunt Saboteurs Association has been working closely with Lush to highlight the lack of spending on wildlife crime by UK police forces. Our members across the country have been spending time in Lush stores talking to members of staff and the public about the lack of police enforcement of the Hunting act.
The campaign highlights the disparity in policing budgets for the prevention of wildlife crime and the monitoring of activists. The wildlife crime police unit has twelve staff compared to one hundred staff, from three national police units, who are responsible for combating domestic extremism. Run by the "terrorism and allied matters" committee of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the national domestic extremism unit receives £9m in public funding and employs a staff of 100.
Lush are also encouraging people to vote for anti-hunt candidates in the upcoming Police Commissioner elections being held on the 15th November.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “It is bad enough that the police choose to ignore illegal hunting and other wildlife crime but the fact that they are spending huge amounts of money monitoring groups such as the HSA just makes it worse. If they spent time and money on enforcing the Hunting Act then we wouldn’t be having to do their job for them.”
For more information on Lush’s campaign to increase police funding for wildlife crime see www.wildlifecrime.lush.co.uk
Hunt saboteurs Association Press Release. 4th November 2012
Hunt saboteurs fimed the Beaufort hunt illegally hunting a fox during their opening meet of the hunting season at Worcester Lodge on the Badminton Estate, Gloucestershire on Saturday.
The small group of saboteurs kept a low profile throughout the day's hunt until near the end of the day they saw the hounds in full cry, hunting a fox, near Sopworth village. They attempted to call the hounds away from the fox and made it clear to the hunt that they had footage of the illegal hunting. The fox ran through the car supporters and along the road to safety. The pack picked up the scent of another fox which they hunted through an old tin shed in thick undergrowth and on through the village.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “If the Beaufort hunt were following a trail, as they claimed, then how and why did they lay it through thick undergrowth, underneath an old shed and then through a residential area? We are certain that 2 foxes were being chased and it was only the intervention of our members which helped them escape. The reality of a day out with the Beaufort is very different from that portrayed on the Daily Mail's website.”
Hunt saboteurs Association Press Release October 27th 2012
The Southdown and Eridge fox hunt held its opening meet of the season at Firle, near Lewes east Sussex, today. It was clear from the start that they intend to carry on their practice of flaunting the hunting ban and launching organised attacks against any who oppose them.
Slightly east of the meet the huntsman put up a fox and was encouraging the hounds onto the scent. Before sabs were able to intervene they were subject to an unprovoked attacked by around 10 hunt supporters, the very same men who had been the perpetrators of similar attacks in the past two seasons. The attack left three hunt saboteurs with head wounds and severe bruising which resulted in hospitalisation and stiches. Their attackers also stole a video camera and glasses. Following these attacks the sabs were ridden at by members of the hunt, driven at by a car follower and then assaulted by the ‘hunt stewards’ while attempting to seek medical treatment. The police were called but said they could not take any action until statements had been taken.
The remaining sabs soon located the hunt on the South Downs, a national park, with the huntsman off his horse clearly hunting. Before video evidence could be gathered they were surrounded by four quad bikes carrying the same men who had carried out the earlier assault, and attacked again. The police were once again called and eventually arrested one hunt supporter.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “We are pleased that the police eventually arrested one hunt supporter however they should have acted decisively much earlier in the day. The South Down and Eridge should have realised by now that violence doesn't deter our members and in fact only makes them more determined to thwart their illegal activities.”
Hunt saboteurs Association Press Release October 24th 2012
Paul Standen, a supporter of the Ross Harriers Hunt, pleaded guilty today to assaulting two hunt saboteurs. Standen, who was on trial at Hereford Magistrates Court, had to pay a fine, costs and compensation.
The incident occurred in March this year when the Ross Harriers met at Kilpeck near Hereford. Standen drove his vehicle at a group of saboteurs before jumping out and violently pushing a female out of the way before punching another member of the group in the face. Unfortunately for him the whole attack was filmed and he was arrested.
Lee Peters, Master of the hunt, is also in court next month for racially abusing a hunt saboteur.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “It is always a pleasure to see justice done, however we wish Mr. Standen had done the honourable thing and pleaded guilty much earlier in the proceedings and saved the tax payer a great deal of money. We look forward to a similar result next month when Mr. Peters is in court and we hope the Ross Harriers will start to realise they are not above the law.”
Hunt saboteurs Association Press Release October 23rd 2012
The Government have announced that the proposed cull of badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset will not take place until next Summer at the earliest. Like a true politician the Defra minister, Owen Paterson, blamed the weather, the Olympics and too many badgers for the delay. We're surprised he didn't mention leaves on the line as well!
We will use this extra time to be even better prepared, if and when the cull finally starts. We have had a massive surge in membership and interest from people sickened by the proposed slaughter and we will be working hard throughout the winter months to complete our preparations against the cull. Local hunt saboteur groups have already informed us that they intend to maintain pressure on fox hunts and game bird shoots within the zones through legal direct action and groups from across the country will continue to survey throughout the winter so that if the cull starts we will know exactly where the badger setts are located.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Today was a massive step forward in the fight to save the badgers, however it is not the end. We must make sure we keep campaigning hard throughout the winter to ensure the concept of culling badgers is forever consigned to the scrap heap of history. Our local groups, bouyed by all their new members, are eager to get out in the fields and do what they do best, directly intervene on behalf of this country's persecuted wildlife”
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