The Hunt Saboteurs Association is today celebrating the cancellation of the week-long hunting event known as Alston Hare Week.
For the first time in over thirty years the Weardale & Tees Valley Beagles have failed to organise their usual October 'festival' for visiting southern packs.
This is as a direct result of the event being sabotaged last year and the HSA's firm commitment to return to Alston whenever required.
HSA Press Officer Lee Moon commented, "The beaglers seem reluctant to repeat the experience of 2014 which saw up to 40 sabs disrupting their hunts. Whilst this is a great victory, we are not complacent. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have been able to fund a dedicated unit in the area whose role is to monitor any attempt to reschedule the event. We will not tolerate the killing of Alston's hares."
Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 15th November 2015
On Saturday 14th November the Atherstone Hunt were filmed chasing and then killing a fox at Grendon Fields Farm, Leicestershire by West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs. Sabs saw the fox being chased closely by hounds. It stopped and looked to its left and then to its right and saw there was no escape. There were hounds either side of it, they caught it, dragged it to the floor and killed it. The rest of the pack were trying to get at it. Whipper-in Phil Durno got off his horse, grabbed the dead body and handed it to the Huntsman of the Dove Valley Mink Hounds, Will Shaw, who slung it over his horse and rode off with it.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Leicestershire and Warwickshire police are aware that the hunt killed a fox yet not only do they allow the Atherstone to continue hunting but they give the people who film this footage harassment notices at every opportunity with no evidence whatsoever. It is this lack of action that has allowed the hunt to get away with continuing to hunt illegally and it is the polices lack of action that has allowed this fox to be killed. This is organised crime that is being filmed and exposed twice a week whilst the police stand idly by and do nothing.”
Footage of the kill can be viewed here:
Sussex Police were in attendance but were ineffective in their response and made no arrests (although the attackers were identified by sabs). The wounded sabs had to call an ambulance themselves. When extra police did turn up, they spent their time hassling sabs rather than trying to locate the hunt supporters who had used knives in the attack.
A West Midlands Hunt Saboteur (WMHS) has had a second PIN (Police Information Notice) issued against her by Leicestershire Police. This follows two previous PIN's issued by the same force being quashed and the police apologising saying they had been grossly misused.
The saboteur who has received the PIN does all the filming surrounding the Atherstone Hunt so this comes as no surprise as the hunt clearly don't want their unlawful and anti-social behaviour consistently exposed week after week. The police seem unwilling to enforce the hunting act so target the saboteurs instead. The notice claims that sabs have harassed a member of the hunt (Jayney Rayney, the huntsman's partner) but she has been allocated by the hunt to permanently film the sabs and still hasn't been able to produce evidence of this alleged harassment.
Members of WMHS's have had one of their cars set on fire outside their home and tyres slashed. Jayney Rayney has described the sabs home to her recently and said that they know all about her and that she's got it coming.
Members of the Atherstone hunt were recently caught on film performing sex acts on a dead goose. This footage received national media coverage. Jayney Rayney was the adult hunt member seen filming this incident and laughing at this foul behaviour.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “We have long given up hope that Leicestershire Police will actually enforce the hunting act but to see them target saboteurs and act as private security for the Atherstone Hunt is still disappointing. Two previous PIN's were issued by the force against sabs and were then followed by a retraction and an apology. We fully expect that to happen in this case too but the damage has already been done to the force's reputation.”
Fore more info about the situation please see: https://www.facebook.com/West-Midlands-Hunt-Saboteurs
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