Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 21st November 2016
Lord Bonomy has agreed with anti-hunt organisations and Police Scotland that the current law offers too many loop holes, and is unworkable, in his review of the Protection of wild Mammals (Scotland) Act. He goes as far as to say “there is a basis for suspecting that there may be occasions when hunting, which does not fall within one of the exceptions, does take place and that the grounds for that suspicion should be addressed”
Sadly the review does not focus on the welfare of the fox or how much suffering the fox may endure before death.
Scottish Hunt Saboteurs who have experience of the current situation at Scottish Hunts have studied the review and have the following observations:
The proposed changes would only strengthen the outcome of an illegal kill and does nothing to address the illegal hunting that still takes place, or does anything to protect the fox on the day of a hunt.
The idea of part time monitors would only work if those involved are impartial from both sides of the hunting argument and have enough knowledge to be able to correctly convey what is happening in front of them. We feel it is not a role that just anyone can take without substantial knowledge of how hunting actually works and then this leaves the role open to people who could also be biased. If the role is voluntary then again the wrong type of person without the correct knowledge could be in place and in a situation they simply would not understand.
We welcome the concept of tighter rules and a recklessness clause being applied to the hunts who pretend to accidentally kill outwit the current law. But again the recent story regarding the Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire hunt shooting and not killing a fox and causing it to suffer before being killed by hounds needs to be addressed.
We also welcome the idea of all participants of the hunts being registered to the police making it easier to identify those breaking hunting laws, which would include landowners who allow hunting to take place on their land.
We call on the Scottish Parliament to take Lord Bonomy’s words into account when drafting new legislation to remove loop holes but to take it further and finally ban hunting from Scotland once and for all.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Only weeks ago Scottish sabs retrieved the body of a fox that had been shot by the Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire Hunt. This poor creature took 5 minutes to die and was savaged by the hounds after being shot. Whilst we welcome Lord Bonomy's review, hunters have shown consistently over the past decade that they aren't willing to abide by any laws and regulations relating to their barbaric pastime. The only remaining course of action is to disband all the hunts.”
Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 21st November 2016
Hunt Saboteurs witnessed the Easton Harriers kill a hare, for the third time this year, at their meet on Saturday the 19th November. The hunt met at the White Horse Pub, Badingham, Suffolk and were illegally hunting hares from the start.
The huntsman Alun Thomas deliberately put his hounds into crop fields and other areas where hares were likely to be sheltering and sure enough in the middle of the afternoon the hounds picked up the scent of a pair of hares. One of them escaped but the other was heard screeching as hounds pounced on it. It escaped from their jaws but was quickly pulled out of a ditch by other hounds - cold, wet, bloody and dead. The hunt saboteurs managed to retrieve the body and it is currently being autopsied. They remained with the hunt for the rest of the day and their actions saved other lives as the hunt continued to actively pursue hares.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Hare hunting doesn't have as high a profile as fox hunting but it was also made illegal under the Hunting Act. Beagle and harrier packs continue to flout the Act and illegally hunt and kill hare. The Easton Harriers are repeat offenders and received national press coverage just last month when one of their members was filmed with a dead hare stuffed inside her jacket. When questioned she claimed it was a very large rabbit. This was subsequently refuted by the British Rabbit Association who confirmed that it was a hare. Our thanks go to those brave saboteurs whose actions continue to highlight this barbaric “sport”. We ask Suffolk Police why they are allowing blatant illegal hunting to go unchallenged in their county?”
Press coverage of their previous kill is here:
Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 6th November 2016
The Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire Hunt illegally chased and killed a fox on Saturday the 5th November. The body was retrieved by hunt saboteurs who were present at the time and is currently being autopsied by a vet. The hunt had met at Monkland near Kilbrachan, Renfrewshire at 11am and were being monitored by hunt saboteurs to prevent the killing of foxes.
At approximately 1.30pm sabs saw the hounds in a valley all gathered around something. Sabs ran in from the bottom and the top of the valley and one sab saw the fox as he approached being attacked by the hounds. He got the fox away from the hounds but it was sadly already dead. The sabs took the body back to their vehicle which was then blocked in by the hunt in an attempt to retrieve it. Sabs managed to escape and took the body away to be autopsied while others stayed with the hunt for the rest of the day.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Well done to the sabs involved who tried their best to save this poor fox. Although they were unsuccessful on this occasion their efforts save many lives and the evidence they gathered yesterday shows that the hunts across Scotland are blatantly flouting the Hunting Act. Seeing such distressing images will only strengthen their resolve and turn more people against the sickening blood sports that still take place in this country.”
Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 5th October 2016
Three supporters of the Colne Valley Beagles Hunt have pleaded guilty to Affray after an attack on hunt saboteurs on Boxing Day 2014. The hunt met at the Jack O Mitre pub in Scammonden, West Yorkshire for their traditional Boxing Day meet. Supporters of the hunt attacked the sab vehicle with baseball bats, dragged several members of the group from the vehicle and punched and kicked them repeatedly.
Yesterday, three of the perpetrators pleaded guilty to Affray and were charged as follows: Danny O'Brien sentenced to 120 hours Community Service Charles Walker sentenced to 80 hours Community Service. Gareth Nicholson sentenced to 60 hours Community Service.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: "Whilst we are pleased that the attackers have admitted their crimes and will have to carry out community service this is a disappointing light sentence. Affray is a serious charge and this was a premeditated and vicious attack which would ordinarily have resulted in a prison sentence. Two of the main instigators of the attack are still unidentified and we hope West Yorkshire Police continue to look for these individuals. The police are still looking for the main attacker, pictured to the right of the photo above. If you have any information about the identity of this person, please contact West Yorkshire police on 101."
Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 31st August 2016
George Adams (retired) huntsman of the Fitzwilliam Hunt along with Bird of Prey Handler John Mease appeared before Peterborough Magistrates court today. They pleaded not guilty to charges in relation to the hunting act following the death of a fox on Jan 1st 2016. John Mease is also facing cruelty charges from an incident 2 years ago involving a Golden Eagle and a fox. The defence attempted to get the expert witness statement from Professor Stephen Harris removed by questioning his character, however the judge told the defence in no uncertain terms that his evidence cannot be removed purely on hearsay.
The Hunting Act case will be heard on the 5th December and the cruelty case on the 8th, both at Peterborough Magistrates Court.
The video evidence for this prosecution was supplied by Beds and Bucks Hunt Saboteurs with witness statements from both Beds and Bucks and South Cambs Hunt saboteurs.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “We are pleased that this case is progressing and that both the CPS and Cambridgeshire Police have been willing to act on evidence gathered by hunt saboteurs. George Adams may have retired but justice should still be served and the Fitzwilliam need to learn that despite their wealth and connections they are not above the law.”
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