Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release August 22nd 2012

The Hunt Saboteurs Association is calling on its supporters to become actively involved in stopping the immoral, un-scientific badger cull being pursued by the Con-Dem coalition. We urge people to take whatever legal steps they think are necessary in order to halt the cull before thousands of innocent badgers are slaughtered to appease the powerful dairy farming lobby.

The cull is due to begin this Autumn in two pilot areas, one in Somerset and one in Gloucestershire. The results from these pilots will determine whether or not the cull is rolled out to bTB hotspots nationwide in future years, Defra is prepared to kill at least 70% of the badgers within cull areas; this may effectively kill all the badgers in those areas. Badgers will be shot, at night, with high powered rifles which may pose a threat to local residents, pets and other animals.Badger Picture

After the previous large scale cull of badgers in the UK, the Krebs trials, Professor John Bourne, head of the Independent Scientific Group concluded: “careful evaluation of our own and others’ data indicates that badger culling can make no meaningful contribution to cattle TB control in Britain. Indeed, some policies under consideration are likely to make matters worse rather than better. Second, weaknesses in cattle testing regimes mean that cattle themselves contribute significantly to the persistence and spread of disease in all areas where TB occurs, and in some parts of Britain are likely to be the main source of infection. Scientific findings indicate that the rising incidence of disease can be reversed, and geographical spread contained, by the rigid application of cattle-based control measures alone.” (Source:

The Krebs trials lasted seven years and cost UK tax payers millions of pounds yet the Government still ignore the findings of the Independent Scientific Group and forge ahead with further culling of badgers, costing more money and leading to chaos in the countryside.

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “The HSA is an umbrella organisation representing autonomous local groups. We know many of these local groups are committed to legally fighting the cull in a variety of ways. We have received feedback that many saboteurs are planning to travel to the cull areas when killing starts and use non-violent, legal, direct action to stop the slaughter of these innocent creatures”

Please see for more information about the cull and how to stop it.



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Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release August 18th 2012

Hunt saboteurs from the North of England have stopped a grouse shoot that was taking place on Saddleworth Moor, between Holmsfirth and Oldham. Today is the first Saturday of the grouse shooting season, one of the most prestigious and expensive days in the shooting calendar, where each customer will pay hundreds of pounds to blast birds out of the sky.GrouseMoors

40 saboteurs arrived on the moor just before 10am and, despite the best efforts of the police and the shoot, managed to foil their attempts to shoot for the whole day. Eventually the disgruntled shooters called it a day at about 3pm, hopefully costing the shoot thousands of pounds in the process. The shoot staff were so angry about the loss of business and damage to their reputation that they apparently released two of their own pigeons and shot them out of the sky.

Shooting is not yet illegal In this country but relations were strained between the police and the shoot. The police were angry that the shoot hadn't informed them that they were closing off the popular Saddleworth Moor on an August Saturday and the shoot were angry that, despite the presence of a helicopter and 8 vehicles, the police didn't manage to remove the saboteurs.

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Cub hunting starts in the South East with death threats

The Cub hunting season has started in the south east. After a tipoff from members of the public guild Hunt sabs visited the surrey union at their kennels at 5:30am.

The ten invited riders (cub hunting is by invite only for the most blood thirsty) were not happy to see the sabs and tried to lose them by fast riding. One of their number a Mr Freddie Ford proceeded to try and ride down one the female sabs repeatedly and then threatened to kill her in front of members of the public who expressed their horror. The police were called causing the hunt to pack up but were greeted by surrey constabulary at their kennels. 

Surrey Union Hunt Terriermen Digging Out

Video evidence has been supplied of the incident. Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “The practice of cub Hunting has no place under the Hunting Act and cannot be excused as a method of training hounds to a drag. The fact that hunts still go out in the early hours should be enough evidence in itself to show that illegal hunting is taking place, and all police forces should take this into consideration. Once again members of the Hunt saboteurs Association have to spend long hours monitoring hunts only to be the subject of abuse and physical attacks. It is time the police clamp down on the illegal and violent countryside gangs, masquerading as legitimate organisations.”


Hunt Saboteurs evidence leads to conviction


Two members of the historic Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt were today found guilty of breaching the 2004 Hunting Act. The case against the Right Honourable John Edward "Johnny" Greenall, recently resigned huntmaster and major patron of the hunt and Glen Morris, steward and assistant terrierman was based on video evidence obtained by hunt saboteurs in October last year. This is the first conviction, since hunting was banned, of illegal hunting during the cubbing season where young hounds are trained by killing foxcubs.Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt Illegally Foxhunting

This is the second time in as many years that members of a major East Midlands Fox Hunt have ended up in court for alleged offences of the Hunting Act. Last year, the huntsman and terrierman of the prestigious Fernie Hunt based in Leicestershire were convicted of illegal hunting and interfering with a badger sett.

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “It is a great credit to these saboteurs that, despite the flaws in the Hunting act, they were able to gather concrete proof of illegal hunting. Cub hunting is one of the guilty secrets of the hunting community and we hope this evidence that it is still being practiced by such a prestigious hunt will force the police to enforce the Act more rigourously. This is proof that, over seven years after the Hunting Act became law, hunts are still training their hounds to illegally chase and kill wildlife.”
The full video of the incident can be viewed here.

We are pleased to hear that the West Street Tickham Hunt, in Kent, have been forced to disband. Their country will be taken over by the Ashford Valley and East Kent Hunts.

The hunt are citing financial reasons and lack of decent hunting country as the reasons behind their demise and are farcically trying to turn it into a positive! Tim Easby, director of the Hunting Office bizarrely said: “This is excellent progress and the hunts are to be commended on the mature way that this has been dealt with.”Out Of Business

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association stated: “For once I find myself agreeing with the pro-hunt community as I also see this as “excellent progress”. Unlike them however, who are desperately trying to put a positive spin on such a disasterous story, I genuinely mean it. This fantastic news means there will be one less group of blood thirsty law breakers careering across the countryside murdering wildlife and assaulting any who stand in their way and I look forward to more “excellent progress” from the hunts in the years to come”