HSA news release 16th Sept 2004

One Days Violence Outside Parliament, Another 18 Months in the Hunting Fields?

The violent scenes from pro-hunt protestors outside Parliament yesterday are just a small sample of the violence that will be inflicted on wildlife in the countryside and members of the Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA). Members of the HSA saving animals' lives with non-violent direct action have been subjected to constant violent attacks over the last 40 years and 2 hunt saboteurs have died.

Nathan Brown, speaking on behalf of the HSA said "The scenes we saw outside Parliament today are nothing new - typical of the scenes our members are faced with when they protest in the countryside. Maybe now people will believe what we have been saying for the last 40 years.

HSA news release 14th November 2004

Saboteurs beaten up by terrier men at 'prestigious' Midlands hunt

Three hunt saboteurs were beaten up by a gang of terrier men at the Atherstone hunt near Shuttington, Warwickshire yesterday (13 November 2004).

The incident occurred at approximately 1 p.m. after a small group of saboteurs had successfully prevented the hunt from killing foxes on several occasions using hunting horns and harmless scent-dulling sprays.

5 terrier men on quad bikes chased 4 saboteurs across a field. One was able to escape but the gang set upon the other three. Two of them were attacked by 2 men at once and were head butted then punched 7 or 8 times. The saboteurs called the police but they did not attend. When 2 Land Rovers full of known violent hunt supporters from the Northamptonshire area arrived, the saboteurs were forced to leave the area. They were followed as they drove to a nearby police station to log the attack.

HSA news release 21st November 2004

Saboteurs injured in violent backlash against Hunting ban

3 hunt saboteurs were injured and had to receive medical treatment yesterday (20 November 2004) when they were attacked by a mob of hunt supporters led by 2 red coated huntsmen at the South Devon Hunt meet at Old Langsworthy Farm, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon. The unprovoked attacks happened as the hunt left the meet. One saboteur had to undergo emergency surgery last night at Torbay hospital due to the serious nature of his injuries.

The Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) had issued a warning to all groups on Friday to be careful and ensure they carried video cameras. As one local protestor said "The South Devon are one of the more peaceful hunt in this area, and they knew we had videos. I hate to think what will happen at the others."

HSA news release 27th November 2004

Heartless hare coursers condemned for decision to hound wildlife on Valentines Day

The Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) today reacted to the decision to bring the Waterloo Cup forward in order to avoid the ban on hunting with dogs with condemnation and ridicule. The event is known in bloodsports circles as the 'premier hare coursing event'. Three days of dogs chasing and tormenting hares, whilst a mob of thuggish supporters watches, was due to start on 22 February 2005 but the dates have been amended to the 14th,15th and 16th in order to beat the ban, due to take effect on the 18th February. This is despite very public claims that hunting with dogs will carry on in defiance of a ban. The event usually takes place annually at the end of February, at Great Altcar, near Formby in Lancashire.

HSA news release 27th November 2004

‘You’re all fair game now!’
Hunters show true colours as attacks on hunt saboteurs escalate

The Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) today called on the Countryside Alliance to reign in their supporters after violent attacks were launched on saboteurs in different parts of the country. Two saboteurs were attacked whilst attending a meet of the Crawley & Horsham Fox Hounds, who met at Ashington, West Sussex. One 17 year old saboteur was repeatedly head butted, and had to attend hospital for a suspected broken nose. Elsewhere in Derbyshire, a female hunt saboteur was attacked whilst attending a meet of the High Peak Hunt who met at Flagg, near Buxton. An ambulance was called by police already present, and the saboteur received 5 stitches to a head wound at hospital. Police have arrested one person on suspicion of assault.

A further incident came at a meet of the East Sussex and Romney Marsh Fox Hounds where saboteurs present reported a large influx of what were described as ‘hunt thugs’.