Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 10th October 2017

 

On 25th February this year hunt saboteurs attended a meet of Britain's most convicted hunt, the Crawley and Horsham foxhounds. Press from the Huffington Post were also present.

 

Sabs were subject to abuse and assaults through out the day. One was arrested on a trumped up allegation of assault, which was later changed to Aggravated Trespass. The subsequent trial collapsed due to there being no evidence! Another sab was kicked in the face by a rider, but the police took no action.

 

After a long and difficult day due to extreme weather and swollen streams, a group of three sabs found Huntsman and Master Kim Richardson gathering hounds in the woods. Richardson approached and threatened to ram his hunting horn down a sab's throat. After Richardson threatened the sabs they retreated into the woods and dialled 999 as they were heavily outnumbered. No police attended following the emergency call, but the video of the incident was released on the Huffington Post and Richardson was subsequently interviewed.

 

After the voluntary interview, he was reported for an offence under Section 4a of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act as he had admitted threatening the sab, but he then pleaded not guilty and went to trial.

 

Today Richardson appeared at Horsham Magistrates Court in front of a district Judge. The defence tried, unsuccessfully to smear the character of the hunt saboteur. Both Richardson and his 'countryman' (Terrier boy) witness crumbled under cross examination, and Richardson was duly convicted of causing Alarm, Harassment and Distress. He was fined £2500 with £625 costs and a £130 victim surcharge.

 

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “The sabs involved in the case would like to thank Sussex Police, the CPS and the District Judge for bringing Richardson, who has a long history of assaulting sabs, to justice at last. We wonder however if they would have been quite so keen if footage of the threats had not already been made public in the media. The Crawley and Horsham hunt are clearly a criminal enterprise, having been convicted multiple times for illegal hunting and assaults. It's about time the police looked at closing them down permanently, as they would other criminal gangs who exist purely to break the law.”

 

Footage obtained by the Hunt Saboteurs Association lays bare what really lies beyond the shooting industry’s propaganda. Millions of pheasants are intensively reared in game farms for nothing more than to be live targets for wealthy shooters.
The birds used for breeding are confined to tiny wire cages whereby artificial lighting is used to trick them into believing it is daylight and so increase egg production. The females, unable to escape the male’s repetitive mating, receive severe wounds to their backs and the industry’s answer to this is to fit them with ‘saddles’, pieces of cloth that allow the male to continue mating and thus again increase egg production. The extreme stress of life in a cage causes feather-pecking among the birds and cruel, plastic devises known in the industry as ‘masks’ are fitted into the pheasants’ beaks as a result. ‘Scalping’ also occurs. This is the name given to the wounds on a bird’s head that are a result of impacts with the top of the cage from many futile attempts to escape. Many birds do not survive this process and their bodies are simply dumped in large pits.
The chicks are artificially incubated in hatching facilities before being crammed into sheds where they spend seven to eight weeks before being packed into crates and sold off to shoots across the country. Again, the stress of this causes the birds to peck at each other and often resort to cannibalism. ‘Bits’ are clamped onto their nostrils in a cruel attempt to prevent damage to other birds and, as a result, lost profits.

Take action! Please tip us off with any information you may have about a local shoot, game farm or any other wildlife persecution. Together we can put an end to this vast, horrific industry.

 

The Kent and East Sussex Minkhounds met on Sunday at Puddledock , Kent.
 
Croydon hunt sabs were alerted to the hunt by a member of the public and one member was able to attend. On arriving they could hear holloas coming from the area of the fishing lakes and went into the field with their video camera. Several hunt supporters approached him and he called 999 to report illegal hunting.  A woman who claimed to be the landowner hit the sab with her stick while he was speaking to the police and also stated that they were flushing mink. When the sab pointed out that this was illegal, another hunt supporter tried to deny she had said it! The Huntsman immediately gathered the hounds and headed back to their vehicles.
 
When Kent Police eventually arrived they talked to the hunt before approach the sab who had reported the crimes, refusing to arrest the woman for assault because she was 'too old' they also refused to investigate the allegation of illegal hunting. They also threatened to arrest the sab for breach of the peace if he went back into the field.

 

Undeterred, the sab followed the Huntsman and then watched from a safe distance as the hounds were boxed up and driven away.
 
 

Lee Moon, press officer of the Hunt Saboteurs Association, commented: "It is common for the Police to take the side of hunters, but to blatantly disregard the reporting of two crimes, and then threaten arrest takes their bias to a new level.  The public in Kent should be asking why their police force is supporting hunting criminals."

 

Please contact Kent police and ask them why they are refusing to deal with reported wildlife crimes and assaults:
 
 

 

Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 25th August 2017

 Guildford

Guildford Hunt Sab found NOT GUILTY - charges dropped half way through court case due to no evidence.

 

On the 25th of February hunt saboteurs from the Guildford, West Sussex, South Coast, Croydon and Brighton groups were keeping a watchful eye on the Crawley and Horsham hunt (whom have been convicted of illegal hunting and acts of violence towards hunt saboteurs). As hounds went into cry after a fox, two Guildford sabs followed the hounds.  Joint master Neil Millard rode his horse directly into one of the sabs using his horse as a weapon.  Millard was convicted of illegal hunting  in 2012 alongside two other members of this same hunt.

 

Arriving on the scene Sussex cops assumed the sab was in the wrong and detained him - despite the sab making the allegation of assault first (which was completely ignored). Neil Millard then claimed the sab had stabbed him in the leg although no injury was evidenced. The sab was searched and, despite no weapons being found,  was charged with common assault.

 

The sab had filmed the entire incident on a GoPro and the footage shows Neil Millard recklessly riding his horse with no retaliation. This charge was dropped but the sab was arrested under caution for aggravated trespass.

 

During the subsequent court case:

Neil Millard was called and his claim of being stabbed with a needle was brought into question because there was no injury and he didn't visit the hospital.  He even continued hunting for the rest of the day. He did provide a video of the incident which shows him turn his horse and aggressively ride into the sab.  The audio also has someone say "touch those hounds and I'll f**king kill you.”

 

The police maintain that the sab was shouting at the hounds to disrupt them however none of the video evidence of the entire incident shows this. All that the videos show is the sab being assaulted and threats from hunters. There is absolutely no evidence of the sab 'disrupting a legal activity'  so why was this even brought to court?

 

The police stated they originally detained the two sabs because they believed an offence of aggravated trespass was being committed - however the sab wasn't arrested for this until 9 hours later. It's clear that the police had hoped to get the sab for common assault but upon realising the sab had filmed it all they had no prospect of a conviction so re-arrested him for the trespass. The sabs were not given any indication that it was private land and were not asked to leave the land and was only informed it was private by the police after being detained.

 

Police dismissed the sabs first allegation of assault WITH video evidence and decided to favour convicted criminal hunter Neil Millards account and phoned him to ask if he wanted to make an allegation of assault AFTER the sab made the initial complaint of assault.

 

The police were questioned due to the inconsistencies in the statements as they stated that the sabs 'interfering with the hounds' had been masked which the video clearly shows was untrue although irrelevant as wearing a mask is not a crime.

 

After hearing all the (lack of) evidence the magistrates decided to dismiss the case and the sab was found NOT GUILTY.

 

The police on the day seized the sabs wallet and hat  and presented it as evidence as it had a HSA logo on.

 

Lee Moon, Press office of the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated:

 

“This hunt has more convictions for hunting than any other in the country, so the default stance of the police that their activities are legal belies the facts. This arrest and court case is a clear attempt by Sussex cops to deter the monitoring and where required, legal disruption of an illegal activity.

 

Representatives of the HSA have a meeting scheduled with Sussex police.  We will be asking them about this case and why membership of our organisation is provided as evidence of wrongdoing in court.”

 

Connected Links:

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/9705927.Guilty__three_Crawley_and_Horsham_hunters_convicted_of_illegal_fox_hunting/

Are the Crawley & Horsham the guiltiest hunt?

 

 

Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 13th August 2017

 

Over 100 hunt saboteurs from around the country descended on the moors of Yorkshire and the Peak District yesterday to disrupt the first day of the grouse shooting season.

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They first stopped a shoot on the Notorious Saddleworth Moor before moving South to the Fitzwilliam estate in the heart of the Peak District and preventing an afternoon of shooting. The police attended both incidents but appeared to have little interest in enabling the shooters to continue.

 

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The Glorious 12th is the highlight of the shooting calendar and shooters pay thousands of pounds each for the privilege of blasting birds out of the sky. The shooting estates claim they maintain the grouse moors but the reality is that, although picturesque, they are a barren wasteland. Natural predators such as foxes, stoats and birds of prey are shot and trapped in large numbers, mountain hares are killed as they carry tics that may affect the grouse and the grouse themselves are heavily medicated as their unnaturally high levels allows disease to spread. By the end of the grouse shooting season in December over 500,000 birds will have been shot.

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Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “ Well done to the hunt saboteurs who stood between the guns and the grouse yesterday. There is currently a groundswell of protest against the shooting industry in the UK. For years they have hidden behind their flimsy claims of conservation but this mask has now slipped and the reality of this cruel sport has been exposed. Not only are hundreds of thousands of grouse killed each year but any potential predator is wiped out by armed gamekeepers who shoot, trap and poison all the other species on the grouse moors. Yesterday on the moors we didn't see a single bird, apart from grouse, all day. Their beauty disguises the grim reality of these barren killing fields.”