Hunt Sabotuers Association Press release 04/03/2013

Three men have been jailed after capturing themselves on camera committing sustained and horrific levels of animal cruelty in a case the RSPCA described as “the most disturbing” he has handled in 23 years.

The crimes came to the light after a Hunt Saboteur passed on photographic and video evidence, first to the League against Cruel Sports (LACS), who then handed it onto the RSPCA. Mark Wesley Smith, Liam Patrick Ardito and Gary Cannon, all from Grimsby, admitted setting their dogs on a trapped fox in a sickening cage fight on the town’s golf course, where they had posed as pest controllers.dogandfox

The trio also filmed themselves and took photos as they laughed and joked, while their dogs tore wild animals to pieces. A fourth man is being sought for similar charges.

All three were given 16 week jail sentences for a total of 30 charges – which also included keeping premises for use for dog fighting. Two defendants were banned from keeping dogs and birds for life, while the third defendant was given a lifetime ban on keeping dogs. District judge Daniel Curtis expressed his horror at the shocking levels of “organised, methodical cruelty against defenceless disadvantaged animals.”

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “This case goes to show that there is no place to hide for animal abusers, and that pro-animal organisations will put aside all differences over tactics when it comes to protecting our wildlife. We congratulate both the LACS and the RSPCA in their handling of the information and the case.”

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Hunt saboteurs Association Press Release. 26th December 2012

A hunt saboteur has been viciously beaten by supporters of the South Down and Eridge Foxhunt during their prestigious Boxing Day meet at the White Heart pub in Lewes, East Sussex. The saboteur was on his own in a vehicle when a hunt supporter got in through an unlocked rear door. A group of seven men then attacked him with walking sticks and he was forced to curl up to protect himself. He suffered severe injuries to his hands which he had used to cover his head. The attackers also stole an ipad, the vehicles keys and caused damage to the vehicle, including smashing the windscreen. One man has been arrested following the incident.SouthCoastSmashedWindscreenWeb


Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Boxing Day is the most prestigious, high profile day in the hunting calendar, the day when the national press are watching them and they are on their best behaviour. Yet still their violent supporters cannot control themselves and viciously attack those who peacefully oppose them. We are pleased the police have acted so promptly and are hopeful that more arrests will follow.”

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For photos of the smashed windscreen please see:

Previous incidents involving the South Down and Eridge can be seen here:

HSA Press Release October 27th 2012

Violence And Intimidation In a National Park

HSA Press Release 13th November 2011

HSA Press Release 31st October 2009

The prestigious Heythrop Hunt, based in the Cotswolds, has been found guilty of illegal hunting.  Heythrop Hunt Ltd, the Huntsman Julian Barnfield, and the Master Richard Sumner all admitted four counts of illegal hunting during a hearing at Oxford Magistrates Court.  This is the first occasion since hunting was made illegal in 2005 that there has been enough evidence to take an entire hunt to court rather than specific individuals.  The case was brought by the RSPCA using evidence filmed by Protect Our Wild Animals (POWA) and both organisations should be congratulated for their hard work and dedication in bringing such a watertight case against a powerful and influential adversary.



The hunting community will now try and confuse the issue by talking about this as a politically motivated case and complaining about how much it has cost the RSPCA.  And they’re right, it shouldn’t have cost the RSPCA a penny.  This case should’ve been brought to court by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service but it is their reluctance to take action against these well connected hunts that forces charities to act.  The Heythrop have repeated broken the law of the land, and happily admitted to doing so, because they think they are above the law and that their powerful friends in Westminster, the police and the judiciary will protect them.


How dare Tim Pattinson, the District Judge who ruled on the case, feel it is his place to comment on how much the RSPCA chose to spend on enforcing the law.  He should be using his position to call on the police to enforce the Hunting Act not to pass comment on those who dare challenge his cronies.
As the Heythrop Hunt has pleaded guilty to these charges we would like to see their hounds confiscated and re-homed and the hunt forced to close down as a lesson to all the other hunts that obeying the law is not optional, however well connected you may be.


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Hunt saboteurs association Press Release November 28th 2012


Graphic footage of the Ledbury Hunt killing a fox has today been released. The incident happened on the 23rd November 2012 in a private garden in Eldersfield, Gloucestershire and was captured on film by members of Three Counties and Coventry Hunt saboteurs.

They were sadly too late to rescue the fox, but one did obtain film of the hounds repeatedly savaging the animal for a protracted period, whilst she and a colleague attempted to get the dogs off it. It is unclear at what point the fox succumbed to its multiple wounds, but when they were able to retrieve the animal from the pack it had been effectively disembowelled.

Footage of the kill, and from beforehand, is being examined by lawyers from the RSPCA to determine if there are grounds for prosecution under the Hunting Act. Results of a post-mortem are being withheld pending a decision.

The footage can be seen here.

This incident is a sad contrast to the events of a week earlier when hunt monitors from POWA saved a fox from the Old Berks Hunt. Footage of that incident is here . The BBC South TV News report on it is here.

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Hunt saboteurs association Press Release November 20th 2012

Volunteers for a fox rescue project are being harrassed and terrorised by their local hunt, believed to be the East Sussex and Romney Marsh.

On Saturday 17th of November they were walking their 15 year old blind dog on their land in Trolliloes, East sussex, when they saw a pack of hounds chasing a young fawn. The fawn was inches from the hounds jaws and was swerving desperately to keep away from them. The hounds briefly had the deer on the ground but luckily it managed to get back up and fled across the property's boundary. During the chase the hounds knocked over the old dog and it fled in distress.

When members of the hunt arrived on the scene they were abusive to the landowners and tried to run them down with horses and vehicles. The police were called but claimed they were too busy to attend the incident.poster_hunting_strictly_prohibited

This is the latest in a series of incidents including dead animals left on their property, repeated trespass and threats of arson. The landowners have had it made clear to them that their ongoing work with animal charities and rehabilitation of wildlife has made them a target for the hunt.

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt saboteurs association, stated: “ For the hunt to so blatantly target land that is purposely kept for animals to take sanctuary, and for the landowners to be treated in this way, is indicative of the mindset of these people. They have no respect or regard for anyone but themselves”


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