Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release 25th June 2015

West Midlands Sabs - Arson Attack on Saboteur Vehicle

A car used to monitor illegal fox hunts has been set on fire outside the home of a member of West Midlands Hunt saboteurs.  Wheelie bins were piled up against the car and set on fire causing significant damage to the rear bumper.  This is the second saboteur vehicle that has been damaged in the same location in the past few months.  In February another member of the group had all four tyres slashed when they left their car outside the same house.  Members of the group are confident both attacks were carried out by supporters of local foxhunts, angry at the success the group have achieved against them over the past year.

 

West Midlands sabs have focused the majority of their attention on the Atherstone hunt during the recent hunting season, attending every single one of their meets.  Video evidence presented by the sabs has resulted in the huntsman, Stuart Barton, being interviewed by the police regarding
illegal hunting and assault of a hunt saboteur.  Three Atherstone hunt supporters are also due to appear in court after racially abusing a hunt
saboteur.

 

The Atherstone had a challenging start to the season when they sacked their huntsman, Ollie Finnegan, shortly before the season began and  forced him and his heavily pregnant wife out of their home.  This led to a great deal of unhappiness in the hunt and a drop in their support.  The
continuous presence of sabs exacerbated this and meant numbers were very low by the season's end.

 

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Whilst there is, as yet no evidence linking these attacks to pro-hunt thugs it is difficult to reach any other conclusion.  Members of the Atherstone hunt have made it clear that they know about this particular address and seem to have a significant hatred for West Midlands hunt sabs. We hope the police treat this latest attack seriously and take a particularly close look at local hunt support.  The hunting community has a long history of targeting hunt saboteurs homes in retaliation to having their cruel pastime exposed and this is why many hunt saboteurs are forced to hide their identities.  What they fail to realise is that these bullying, cowardly attacks only make us more determined and confirm  how effective our actions are.”

 

 

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Hunt saboteurs association Press Release 25th March 2015
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Four hunt saboteurs were today found not-guilty of committing aggravated trespass after a two day trial at Redhill magistrates. The trial took place following their arrest at a meet of the Surrey Union Hunt near Ewhurst, Surrey in October last year. The saboteurs were trying to come to the aid of an injured deer that had been chased and injured by the hunt. Instead of allowing the sabs, who had years of animal sanctuary experience, to help the animal Surrey Police arrested them for failing to leave private land. They left the deer with the hunt terrier men who shot it.
 
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During the trial a leading vet, Professor Andrew Knight, criticised the way the terrier men had treated the animal as they dragged it around by a broken leg and said it was almost certain its injuries had been caused by a pack of hounds. It became clear from video footage that the police had lied about the events of the day and the district judge in his summing up said that the hunt and police had caused unnecessary suffering to the deer due to their handling of the situation and that if the sabs had been allowed to help the animal they would have been able to reduce it's suffering. He also praised the saboteurs saying: "All of you contribute immensely to society not only in your working lives but in your free time. [on the day] You deserve high praise for managing yourselves and your behaviour."
 
Lee Moon, press spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Surrey police have a history of acting as private security for the Surrey Union Hunt. In this case they allowed their bias to lead to the unnecessary suffering of an animal. Despite the saboteurs informing the police that a crime had occurred they allowed the hunt to take the deer's body and dispose of it and arrested the saboteurs who were trying to minimise the animals suffering. We hope that the Surrey Union hunt will now be investigated for illegal hunting and that there will be an independent investigation into the actions of Surrey Police. Whilst we are pleased at the not-guilty verdict it is disgusting that this case ever came to trial.”
 

Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release 12th March 2015

 
Croydon Hunt saboteurs have had their group land rover damaged whilst parked outside one of their members homes. Valves were cut off two of the tyres causing several hundred pounds worth of damage as the tyres will have to be replaced.
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The damage occurred just a few days after the land rover was used to direct an ambulance to help an injured huntsman at the Old Surrey, Burstow and West Kent Hunt. A member of Croydon Hunt Saboteurs, who is also a trained paramedic, provided vital medical treatment until the ambulance arrived.
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Earlier in the day a whipper in from the OSBWK had threatened to go to the street where the vehicle is usually parked.
 
 
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “There is currently no evidence linking this particular hunt to the damage but it does seem an unlikely coincidence that the land rover is damaged in the same week that Croydon Hunt saboteurs are receiving such positive publicity for providing medical treatment to one of their members. Hunt supporters have a history of damaging saboteurs vehicles but it will not deter us and this vehicle will be utilised as usual this Saturday to stop the illegal and immoral slaughter of wildlife”
 
 
 

Hunt saboteurs association Press Release 8th March 2015

 

At Yesterdays meet of the Old Surrey, Burstow and west Kent Fox Hunt near Cowden, Kent, hunt master Ian Hamson lost consciousness after his horse fell and rolled on top of him. A member of Croydon Hunt saboteurs who is also a trained paramedic provided critical medical treatment to the injured man until other paramedics arrived.
 

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Despite initially stating that “he'd rather die” than receive help from a saboteur, Hamson, a crew manager at Dartford Fire Station, reluctantly accepted treatment when he realised there was a trained paramedic present. The saboteur assessed his injuries then stabilised him until the on-duty paramedics arrived having been called by other members of the sab group.
 
 
The saboteurs tried to move their vehicle to the top of a farm track to identify the access point for the arriving ambulance but were repeatedly blocked from doing so by hunt supporters, even after explaining their intentions. Other members of the hunt later apologised for this behaviour and thanked the saboteurs for their actions.
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Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Well done to the sab who put his differences aside to act so compassionately, even in the face of hostility from the injured huntsman. His actions prove once again that saboteurs are compassionate not only towards animals but humans as well. This is another nail in the coffin of the Countryside Alliance's campaign to portray us in a negative light and it would be interesting to see what would have happened if the roles had been reversed.”
 
 
 
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