The Fitzwilliam Hunt dug out and killed a fox in the vicinity of Kimbolton Airfield, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire on Wednesday 8th March.
A concerned member of the public witnessed the hunt chase a fox to ground and immediately three men arrived on a quad bike and commenced digging. He called police to the site and the hunt terrier men left the scene. When he returned to the site several hour later he discovered the same hunt employees with a fox that they had just killed. They subjected him to violence but he was able to retrieve the body of the fox.The incident has been reported to Cambridgeshire Police who are investigating. The fox has been autopsied and a vet has confirmed the Fox had more than likely died from blunt force trauma to the head, quite possibly caused by a spade.Prior to the incident the member of the public stopped to speak to foot support, and asked what they were doing. A female foot supporter stated that they were hunting. He questioned whether trail or fox hunting. The foot supporter stated that they were fox hunting but no-one was supposed to know. The foot supporter also stated that they had already caught and killed one fox that day.The Fitzwilliam are already embroiled in one court case following the illegal hunting and killing of a fox last year. Hunt staff are due to stand trial in Peterborough Magistrates court in April.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Well done to this brave passer-by who managed to gather evidence of a crime. It is one of the most blatant abuses of the Hunting Act that hunts still have terrier men out with them. If, as most of them claim, they are following a trail then why would they need terrier men to dig out foxes that they shouldn't be chasing in the first place. Not only are these thugs often the most violent members of the hunts but they are also the ones who prove illegality. The Fitzwilliam are clearly serial lawbreakers and we hope the upcoming court case serves up at least a measure of justice.”
Hunt saboteurs have been attacked by members of the Cottesmore Hunt at their meet in Burrough On the Hill, Leicestershire. The attackers used chains and lengths of wood in the unprovoked attack after being stopped from illegally chasing and killing foxes. Leicestershire Police were called and five vehicles turned up. They are currently investigating the incident.
One of the main attackers is a key member of the hunt, and is often involved in handling the bird of prey, which the hunt haul around all day as an excuse for their illegal hunting. He used a heavy length of chain to attack saboteurs, not the first time he's been implicated in such attacks.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, commented: “On the 12th anniversary of the Hunting Act illegal hunting and violent assaults still occur throughout the hunting season. We're pleased Leicestershire Police responded in this instance but if police forces enforced the hunting act in the first place then these attacks wouldn't happen as hunt saboteurs wouldn't be needed. The Cottesmore will now attempt to distance themselves from this cowardly attack but we know that one of the main attackers is a key member of the hunt and often handles their bird of prey. Saboteurs have also been attacked at the Surrey Union Hunt today and the video of this incident will further add to the hunting communities terrible reputation.”
Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 24th Jan 2017
The fox cub killing South Herefordshire Hunt have announced they will be hunting at the home of ex-master Patrick Darling, Caradoc Court, Ross On Wye. The hunt are currently suspended by the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) whilst the investigation continues into employees of the hunt who were filmed throwing fox cubs to the hounds before disposing of the bodies.
The hunt were filmed and exposed by the Hunt Investigation Team and haven't hunted since due to their suspension. They have been vilified by both pro and anti-hunt organisations and may well shut down as a result of the expose.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “We despise all hunts and hunters but the South Herefordshire are the lowest of the low. If they attempt to hunt they should be in no doubt that hunt saboteurs will be present in significant numbers to ensure they are unable to do so. Even the MFHA, their own organisation, is so disgusted by the South Herefordshire's activities that they have suspended them from hunting whilst the police investigation continues. It shows the arrogance of these people that they are willing to ignore their own ruling body.”
Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release. 29th December 2016
Hunt Saboteurs were attacked by terrier men from the Ledbury Hunt at their Castlemorton meet on Wednesday December 28th. The unprovoked attack happened after hounds from the hunt had chased a fox into a badger sett. Sabs intervened to save the fox and were attacked by the hunt employees.
This footage clearly shows the unprovoked attack on sabs by one of the terriermen. He throws a sab to the ground, punches them repeatedly and kicks out at other sabs nearby. We are asking for help to identify this man so that we can pass the information on to the police. If you know who he is please pm us on facebook or contact Bristol saboteurs directly via the email address on the video.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Both hunting a fox with hounds and interfering with a badger sett are illegal activities. These are clearly desperate men who will take desperate measures to satisfy their bloodlust. Well done Bristol Hunt Saboteurs for getting such clear footage of the assailant. We look forward to West Mercia Police launching a prompt investigation and bringing him to justice. Please contact the Hunt Saboteurs Association or West Mercia Police if you can identify this man.”
Yesterday The Duke of Rutlands' hounds, The Belvoir Hunt, chased and illegally killed three foxes.
The hunt met at The Wolds Farm near Holwell, Leicestershire. Initially sabs were able to take the hounds off huntsman John Holliday in two locations as he encouraged hounds to hunt a nearby covert and hedge. Unfortunately by the time sabs had caught up with him in a farmyard near Scalford Hall, hounds were already tearing apart a terrified fox they had cornered in the yard. Holliday sat watching making no attempt to control his pack. Sabs immediately intervened and were able to recover the still conscious fox. At this point Holliday dismounted and assaulted a female sab. The fox was unable to be saved due to extensive wounds and died in the sabs arms.
The police and Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner, who were both present on the day, confirmed that immediately prior to this incident two other foxes were killed by the hunt in the grounds of a nearby nursing home. The police were alerted by a horrified member of the public. All three foxes have been taken as evidence by Leicestershire Police.
Earlier this year the Belvoir were implicated in the keeping of captive foxes to be illegally hunted. Members of the hunt subsequently attacked the two League Against Cruel Sports investigators who had exposed them, putting one of them in hospital with a broken neck. They are currently awaiting a court case in 2017.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “2016 has shown the world exactly what the Belvoir hunt are like. They were implicated in keeping captive foxes, then viciously assaulting those who had exposed them. Now as the year draws to a close they brazenly hunt and kill three foxes in the presence of Leicestershire Police. Members of Leicestershire Police, including former wildlife crime officer Sharon Roscoe, are known to ride with the Belvoir and we hope this doesn't influence any investigation. It is perhaps fortunate that the Leicestershire PCC was also present on the day to insist that this latest law breaking by the Belvoir is not brushed under the carpet.”
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