Pro-hunt police appear content to torture fox lovers rather than catch serial rapist
Hunt Saboteurs are blasting the level of police resources directed at them during the Opening Meet of the Surrey Union Hunt at Ockley near Dorking, yesterday (Sat 26 Oct). Surrey Police have already had a budget cut this year and a serial rapist remains uncaught, yet the force was able to supply in excess of 50 officers to help the Surrey Union Hunt kill foxes.
One local saboteur, who wishes to remain anonymous, said, "I can't believe this over policing when early on Saturday morning a 15 year old girl was attacked. They should be trying to catch whoever carried out that attack." Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) spokesperson Nathan Brown added "I am sure that the public, who are largely anti-hunting, would like to see their taxes spent on tackling serious crime not assisting fox hunters. Previously we co-operated with Surrey Police and held regular liaison meetings to try to reduce the level of money wasted on policing hunts. This year their policy has altered to waste money by serving the hunting fraternity before the public."
Throughout the day, in what appeared to be a pre-planned operation, hunting horns were confiscated from saboteurs under the ruse that they were "offensive weapons". In reality, the copper horns are used to distract the hounds from the fox the hunt is pursuing. The HSA spokesperson said "This was obviously biased policing."
During the day there were three arrests as anti-hunt activists tried to ascertain whether the hunt was illegally digging into a badger sett. One hunt monitor was assaulted and subjected to severe pain as police seized her video camera. Instead of being taken away, the protestors were handcuffed, held at the scene for 20 minutes and forced to watch as terriermen dug out and killed a fox whilst hunt supporters laughed and tormented them. One of the protestors said today "It was pure torture being forced to watch what they did to that defenceless animal."
A complaint is being made to the Chief Constable of Surrey Police that his officers tortured peaceful protestors.
Chaos in the Countryside
A week after falsely blaming hunt saboteurs for the death of one of their hounds, the attached video shows the Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt casually risking the lives of their hounds. They were filmed throughout the day hunting on main roads, causing traffic chaos and at least two cars were forced to make emergency stops to avoid killing hounds. When the saboteurs voiced their concerns about how dangerous it was they were met with physical and verbal abuse.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt saboteurs Association, stated:"It was very convenient for the hunt that saboteurs were present last week as it gave them an easy scapegoat for the death of their hound. This video shows conclusively that the hunts don't care for any animal, even their hounds, and are happy to put their lives at risk, and cause chaos, in the name of sport."
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HSA news release 15th February 2011
Six years since the ban and nothing's changed
Last Tuesday, the 15th feb, members of Guildford Hunt saboteurs witnessed riders with the Surrey Union Hunt blatantly encourage the chasing of a fox.
The hunt met at littleton manor farm, reigate and were watched throughout the day for evidence of illegal hunting. Their hounds were repeatedly seen hunting as before the ban and there was no evidence of an artificial trail to suggest they were hunting within the law.
The main accusation of illegal hunting happened at about 3.30pm at parkgate copse, parkgate. Two members of the anti-hunt group saw a fox right in front of them with six hounds chasing it. Two riders were vocally encouraging the hounds to catch the fox. when they realised they were being watched, the riders panicked, and stopped their hounds chasing the fox. This incident was filmed and the footage has now been passed to the police.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt saboteurs Association, stated: "Almost exactly six years to the day after the Hunting Act came into force, hunts are still chasing and killing British wildlife. Hunts must accept this is the law of the land and the police should be monitoring and prosecuting hunts that break the law."
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HSA news release 6th February 2011
Sussex's finest in action on behalf of their masters...
On Saturday 5th Feb Hunt Saboteurs attended a meet of the Crawley and Horsham Fox Hunt At Wiston, near Ashington, West Sussex. This hunt is under police investigation after being caught on film after killing a fox.
The saboteurs were the subject of the usual threats and attacks by the hunt followers during the day, which included driving vehicles and horse at speed at people, and one attempt to break a vehicles window to attack the driver, which was caught on video and is now the subject of a police investigation.
At around 2.30 the hunt was found with the huntsman on foot encouraging the hounds onto a fox, in clear breach of the Hunting Act. Saboteurs intervened in the field leaving a small number filming the events from the road. Those left on the road were the subject of attacks by officials of the hunt and foot followers, culminating in a vicious attack on one Hunt Saboteur by a mounted rider and four hunt supporters, who was hit repeatedly around the head and a horse was ridden into him. The police in attendance responded by pepper spraying all involved in the fray regardless of guilt or innocence.
Video footage was seized by police from both parties and an investigation is underway.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association said: Hunts feel they can break the law with impunity and when we try to intervene we are violently attacked. The Crawley and Horsham hunt are already being investigated for killing a fox and it is time the police stepped in and stopped this blatant law breaking rather than us having to do their job for them.
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HSA news release 1st November 2010
There's no-one else, Just Us...
November 1st, official start of the hunting season, the day the pro-hunt brigade confidently predicted they would again be hunting legally after the Lib-Con victory in the general election. Now is their turn to feel betrayed and let down, as we were by years of the Labour party failing to tighten up and enforce the 2004 Hunting Act.
We know we cannot expect any help from the pro-hunt Conservative Party but at least now we know where we stand. For years we looked to the politicians and the police for help to stop the hunters. Now we know we are on our own and the only people who can save the British Wildlife from a cruel and pointless death are the brave individuals who put themselves between the hunters and their quarry.
1st November is traditionally the start of the hunting season proper, although hunts have been out terrorising foxes, hare and deer for several months now - engaging in “cubbing” or “autumn hunting” as the hunts like to refer to the early morning or late afternoon hunting used to train new hounds how to hunt as a pack and kill.
Hunt saboteurs on the ground continue to see hunts openly breaking the law and reacting violently towards those who try and stop them. The Police and criminal justice bodies should be ensuring that those breaking the law are being brought to book, but do not appear to be interested.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association stated: “We have learned a hard lesson that the politicians and police are not interested in protecting British Wildlife. It is up to ordinary people, and groups such as the Hunt saboteurs, to get out in the countryside and directly intervene to save the innocent creatures who are killed in the name of sport. Surveys consistently show that the majority of people in this country are opposed to hunting. It is time to put this into practice and mobilize to stop the cruel minority and their barbaric, out-dated pastime”
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