Usan Salmon Fisheries aka Scottish Wild Salmon Company today received the judge's sentencing at Forfar Sheriffs Court. Members of the HSA Seal Guardian Campaign attended court to hear the verdict. They were fined £7000 for multiple breaches of netting laws (leaving nets in the water out of permitted hours and the taking of fish past the 6pm Friday night weekend close time). George Pullar requested 18 months to pay the fine. The judge gave him 12 months. We think if they just sold one of their 4 flashy pick up trucks with personalised plates, or the land rover, or one of the boats that haven't been used all season and are just sitting on a grassy bank, or one of the vintage cars, or a tractor, or one of the flat beds, or one of their many properties (flats, houses, etc) they'd be able to pay it off with no bother.
The defence lawyer told the court that Usan had suffered a decrease in profits from £68,000 to £38,000, and were in a "bad trading position"... And that for tax purposes, neither George nor David Pullar, company directors, took a wage... They get paid in dividends. The judge noted that there had recently been a "substantial increase in purchases" by the company and there had been a "very substantial increase in turnover" since 2013.
So, the seal-shooting company finally have a criminal record!
The HSA Seal Guardian Campaign 2015 can finally introduce to our supporters, the Black Shark and the White Dove.
For the past 5 months, this tech has been used to gather evidence of wildlife crime.
The Black Shark has been filming underwater, along the leader nets and looking inside the bag nets to record what other poor creatures have been caught and drowned in the coastal salmon fishing nets of the Scottish Wild Salmon Company aka Usan Salmon Fisheries.
The White Dove has been deployed to gather footage from above, out at sea. All evidence has been sent to the many relevant organisations and official bodies.
The central committee of the HSA responsible for campaigns, and the Hare Preservation Trust are pleased to announce a joint venture to oppose the Alston Hare Hunting Festival 2015.
In 2014 the Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) launched a campaign against the Alston Hare Festival, which takes place in and around Alston, Cumbria.
This event normally lasts a week and in 2013, resulted in the death of many hares, even though the practice is illegal under the Hunting Act. Hare hunts from all over the UK attend and it is viewed as one of the major hare hunting festivals. Due to the attention of Hunt Saboteurs in 2014, the event had for all purposes ended by the Wednesday and many hares were saved.
The HSA has made it very clear from the start of the year, that they intend returning to Alston in 2015, and they are very pleased to announce that they will be doing so with the financial support of the Hare Preservation Trust (HPT). A substantial donation from the HPT has been provided to cover accommodation and transport costs for the large numbers of Hunt Saboteurs who will be required to ensure that the Alston festival, once again, fails to hunt and kill hares (an endangered species) for no other reason than the pleasure hunters get from the activity.
For further information on the 2014 campaign see the following links:
Two West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs (WMHS) have been informed that Leicestershire police are trying to issue them with a Police Information
Notice(PIN) following allegations made by the Atherstone hunt.
Over the last season, the two sabs in question attended the Atherstone Hunt on a regular basis, where they gained footage of illegal hunting, assaults, racist behaviour and blocked badger setts. Currently one of the sabs is a witness in a court case concerning the illegal blocking of badger setts. The prospective witness also believes followers of the hunt have been to her home address and committed criminal damage to two vehicles, which the hunt have openly boasted about.
The police are accusing the sabs of goading and harassing a member of the hunt. When asked by the sab's solicitor if they will be serving the hunt with any PINs in response to their law breaking the police replied that they will merely be speaking to the hunt regarding their behaviour.
All of the allegations made by the hunt against WMHS this season have been proven to be false. So the police are now helping the hunt by grossly
misusing a Police Information Notice, which they don't need any evidence to issue. They can base it on any allegations made to them, no matter if
they are unsubstantiated. West Mids sabs have video evidence of this particular hunt member assaulting and harassing sabs but the police would
rather act on unsubstantiated allegations by the hunt.
Recently WMHS received a copy of a letter from the Atherstone Hunt Masters to it's supporters regarding the 2014/2015 hunting season. The letter shows that the police were advising the hunt during this season and had even been out undercover with them. The police had been advising the hunt on it's behaviour and had also given advice regarding video footage that the sab group posted online. The letter states "To continue having good sport, we all have to do our bit to discourage the saboteurs/monitors by following the advice of the police".
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “In our opinion this is a gross misuse of PINs. By issuing them Leicestershire
police are trying to suppress the right to protest and this must be contested so this does not become a common tactic used against hunt saboteurs and other protest groups.
The Hunt letter also proves that the police are once again taking the side of hunts and are turning a blind eye to repeated criminal behaviour on
their part. They are further misusing powers to aid illegal hunting. We would like to hear how Leicestershire police can justify their behaviour and we hope they start allocating greater resources to illegal hunting rather than persecuting innocent protestors ”
Note to editors:
All of the details of this case are still not known, but as soon as we find out more next week we will provide an update. We have received a tip off from an anonymous source that on Friday three terrier men; Dylan Hill, James Smith and Jack Hudd from the Ross Harriers Hunt were all found guilty, at Hereford magistrates Court, of breaching the hunting act. We have been additionally informed that Dylan Hill was found in possession of a bagged fox.
The guilty men acted as terrier men for the hunt. Their role was to dig out foxes that had gone to ground after having cornered the terrified animal with terriers. This is one of the most barbaric parts of hunting and is normally kept away from the public eye. It causes horrific injuries and suffering to both the terriers and foxes. Once dug out the fox is either killed, released in front of the hounds to be hunted again or bagged to be hunted at a later date. The Ross Harriers hunt both hares and foxes and although like all the hunts will deny any illegal activity, these charges certainly raise some serious questions?
How long have these three men been doing terrier work for the hunt?
How frequently does the hunt use bagged foxes when out “trail hunting”?
Will the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles now commit to a full inquiry into the Ross Harriers?
Since 2005 hunts across the UK have routinely flouted the law. These convictions highlight one of the main problem with the hunting act. Even when it's enforced individuals get convicted but the hunts typically distance themselves from the individuals and and continue without repercussions. This will continue regardless of the result of next weeks vote.
Rather than relaxing the law MP's should be tightening loop holes in the current legislation including abolishing terrier work. The current “code of practice” for terrier work is being widely ignored and it urgently needs reviewing.
Please contact your MP, tell them how unhappy you are with the planned amendment and that you wish to see the hunting act strengthened.
Until we see that strengthening of the act and more stringent enforcement we, the Hunt Saboteurs, will be going out across the country using non-violent direct action to protect wildlife from those that would kill animals for their own sick entertainment.
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