Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release 4th October 2013
The Young Hare Hunters' Day is set to take place on
The event will see pupils from
Nearly 10 years after the ban on hunting with dogs, the HSA is asking why such an event is taking place at all.
HSA Press Officer Lee Moon said: "Why are they teaching
One of the 'tutors' on the day will be Mr Steven Duckmanton, of the Gloucester-based Dummer Beagles, who will be giving lessons in 'handling hounds'.
Mr Moon said: "Steven Duckmanton is well known in hunting circles for having one of the highest kill rates of any beagle pack in the country”.
Last season he reportedly claimed to have killed '37 brace' of hares (hunting speak for 74 individual animals) whilst out with his pack. The HSA believes it is unacceptable that an individual who is blatantly and routinely breaking the law should be training school children in law breaking activities at
The HSA will be holding a peaceful demonstration at the college for the duration of the event; and, as the hunting season approaches, will continue to closely monitor the activities of the Eton College Beagles.
Notes to Editors
(1) The Prime Minister David Cameron attended
(2) 'Beagling', which sounds quite cuddly and innocuous, is the practice of hunting hares with a pack of beagles. The hounds are followed on foot by the hunters.
(3) There are 68 beagle packs operating in
(4) Since the hunting ban beagle packs have become extremely secretive about their activities. The HSA believes illegal hunting of hares is widespread amongst beagle packs.