On Saturday the 21st February the York and Ainsty South Foxhunt met at Sutton Hall, North Yorkshire, home of Sir Reginald Adrian Berkeley Sheffield, David Cameron's father in law.
Hunt saboteurs were present to monitor the hunt and were horrified when, in the middle of the afternoon, eight of the hunts hounds chased and killed a fox. The hunts whipper in tried to take the body away but upon the arrival of saboteurs fled the scene and the sabs were able to retrieve the dead fox.
It is now being autopsied and the incident has been reported to North Yorkshire police. Officers from North Yorkshire were present on the day but showed little interest in the incident, preferring to spend their time fraternising with the hunt.
It is believed Robert Sheffield, David Cameron's brother in Law, may have attended the hunt yesterday.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Horrific incidents such as this show not only that illegal hunting is still rife but also that David Cameron and the Conservative party are inextricably linked with the hunting community. It is interesting to note that North Yorkshire Police haven't attended any hunt meets so far this season when hunt saboteurs are present. It seems an unlikely coincidence that they suddenly choose to attend and fraternise with the hunt on the day they meet at the home of an influential local landowner and David Cameron's father in law.”
No charges have been brought against huntsman Mark Doggrell for riding down and seriously injuring a hunt saboteur in August last year. The attack happened during an evening cubbing meet of the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt. This was also a pony club meet, where the hunt take out youngsters aged from 7 to 14.
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On Tuesday 27th of January the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt illegally killed a fox. The incident was caught on film by Dorset Hunt saboteurs. Sabs briefly heard the hounds in cry before seeing them ripping a fox apart at Densham Farm, Bishops Down near Sherborne, Dorset. The dead fox is then taken away by a masked hunt supporter, believed to be Ben Doggrell, the huntsman's son. He was filmed covered in blood and later changed his jacket and replaced the mask he was wearing with a flat cap, but didn't change his trousers.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Because the Countryside Alliance and the pro-hunt community know they will never win the moral argument over hunting they are constantly trying to confuse the issue. We will not engage in their game or comment on their dubious videos and spurious accusations but instead ask the public to focus on the violence perpetrated against British wildlife by illegal hunts. This carnage takes place daily the length of the country and is largely ignored by the police and the media. It is only hunt saboteurs who bravely place themselves between the hunts and their quarry, often facing violence from the notoriously violent hunting community and persecution from biased police forces.”
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Video of the incident can be viewed here:
On Saturday the 10th January hunt saboteurs attended a meet of the Royal Agricultural College (RAC) Beagles who were meeting at the Holford Arms, Knockdown, Gloucestershire. From previous visits the hunt saboteurs know that the RAC hunt hares which was made illegal by the 2004 Hunting Act.
Dead rabbit dumped on sab landrover
The video of the incident can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hl43PNUqAE
The RAC beagles are the official hunt of the Royal Agricultural College. They are kenneled at the college and hunted by RAC students.
Libby Gilbert, former master-huntsman of RAC Beagles had charges of illegal hunting against her dropped in 2013 after she failed to show up in court. She had returned to her home country (USA)
Prince Charles isPresident of the Royal Agricultural University.
Tory MP for Newbury, Richard Benyon, went there, as did UKIP MEP, Stuart Agnew
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