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.
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.
Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release 6th of November 2013
The Hunt Saboteurs Association yesterday intensified its campaign against hare hunting by attending a mid-week meet of the Bucks- based Old Berkeley Beagles.
The hunt met at Leverets Farm near the village of Marsh Gibbon. On arrival, hunt sabs armed with video cameras followed the hunt into fields.
Under such close observation they made no attempt to hunt and returned to the farm in less than an hour.
HSA Press Officer Lee Moon,who was present on the day, explained: "All hunts meet on at least one week day in addition to the Saturday. These secretive mid-week hunts are attended by only the most trusted supporters and,with the countryside at its quietest, provide an ideal opportunity for illegal hunting. Mid-week hunts such as this will therefore be a priority for us this coming season."
Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release 20th October 2013
Hunt Saboteurs from across northern England have travelled the length of the country to protect badgers in the recently-extended Somerset cull. Northern hunt saboteurs were in the final stages of planning disruption of a major hare hunting festival- the Alston Hare Week-when news of the cull extension came through.
HSA spokesperson Lee Moon explained, "Following the terrible news that the Government was to extend the badger cull,our activists felt duty-bound to support their colleagues in the south,many of whom have been fighting the cull every night since it began."
The HSA instead passed its intelligence relating to Alston Hare Week to a number of other anti-hunt organisations, and it is believed that Investigators from one of these undertook a surveillance operation during the event.
Notes to Editors
1. The Somerset Badger Cull was extended on October 11th for a further three weeks.
2. Alston Hare Week is organised by the Weardale and Tees Valley Beagles. Between 70-100 hunters attend the highly secretive event annually.
3.The HSA was passed detailed information relating to the Alston Hare Week 2013 by sources close to the West Somerset Beagles,one of the hunting packs attending.
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