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HSA news release 24th December 2009

Boxing Day - the public face of fox hunting

Fat inbred redcoated hunters

Every year, on Boxing Day, the Countryside Alliance proudly trumpet record attendance figures at the “traditional” foxhunt meets, claiming that this proves hunting is more popular than ever and that the Hunting Act should obviously be repealed.  Many interested but ambiguous members of the public will attend and the national media, with nothing else to report in this slow news period, will happily inform the nation.  The Countryside Alliance will have successfully continued their PR tradition and will be happy with a job well done.

The Hunt Saboteurs Association doesn’t care about Boxing Day, a day more about pomp and ceremony than serious hunting, when many of the hunts are on their best behaviour due to media attention.  We care about the hundreds of hunting days that take place each year when there is no press, police or public focus on the hunts and they are free to illegally pursue and murder British wildlife.

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the HSA said:  “Every year the Countryside Alliance claim a record number of attendees at Boxing Day hunts and use this as justification for repealing the Hunting Act.  We are not interested in such PR stunts, preferring to focus our efforts on directly intervening between the hunters and their quarry throughout the season, when hunts up and down the country flout the Hunting Act with impunity.  We call upon the politicians, the police and the press not to be hoodwinked by the pro-hunt PR machine and tighten up and enforce the Hunting Act so that becomes effective legislation that genuinely protects British wildlife”

The Hunt Saboteurs Association is a non-violent direct action organisation which has been dedicated to getting between the hunters and their quarry for over 40 years, and we know better than anyone what illegal hunting looks like – it just seems that no-one else seems to care.

Members of the press are welcome to join a hunt saboteur group whenever they wish to see the true face of British hunting.

All press enquiries please call:  07774 279133

ENDS

HSA news release 24th January 2004

Hunt Master fell while attacking saboteurs

The Hunt Saboteurs Association has hit out at the Countryside Alliance for misleading the media in an allegation that a hunt master was dragged from his horse at the Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent Hunt.

Having spoken to hunt saboteurs present at the scene the HSA Press Officer is able to shed some light on the story: "From what I can ascertain, the Hunt Master Mr. Worsley was trying to whip protestors when his horse reared up. He lost his balance and fell off. He then carried on to attack saboteurs joined by other members of the hunt. Typically the Countryside Alliance have only told half the story in order to misrepresent hunt saboteurs - as usual, it is a case of 'if you sling enough mud...'

HSA news release 7th February 2004

More violent attacks on hunt saboteurs by huntsmen, women and supporters.

Hunt saboteurs were attacked with whip handles in two seperate incidents at hunts today. One involved the whole mounted field at the hunt, whilst the other happened as terriermen tried to dig out a fox.

2 hunt saboteurs had to receive hospital treatment today after being attacked at a meet of the Essex Foxhounds at Nether Hall, Essex. One was taken to Harlow hospital where he received 4 stitches to a head wound and another had bumps and bruising to his head examined. The protestors state that they were attacked with whip handles when they tried to prevent members of the hunt from digging out a fox that had sought refuge in an earth.

Meanwhile at the Dartmoor Hunt, saboteurs have reported that the entire mounted field attacked sabs less than an hour after the meet, held at Delmore House, Cornwood.

HSA news release 14th February 2004

St Valentine’s Day Massacre for foxes

Master of Foxhounds Association rules broken by terriermen - 7 Hunt Saboteurs arrested - Surrey police act as private security for hunt

Surrey Police were accused of acting as a private security force for a hunt as they arrested 7 hunt saboteurs at the Surrey Union Hunt today. Up to 30 police formed a protective ring around terriermen digging out terrified foxes that had taken refuge in an earth. The incident took place after the hunt had finished on the Hampton Estate near Farnham in Surrey.

Saboteurs at the scene reported the police arresting "anyone they could grab" for alleged Aggravated Trespass. One protestor videoing the arrests had his video tape seized. Saboteurs believe a pregnant vixen and a dog fox were dug out and shot. Several of the arrested saboteurs were forced to kneel handcuffed

HSA news release 25th February 2004

Blanket arrest of saboteurs at Derbyshire hunt condemned

Hunt boasts of involvement with the local police force ring true

The Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) has condemned the blanket arrest of 19 hunt saboteurs at the Barlow Foxhounds on Saturday (21 February). Nathan Brown, HSA spokesperson, said "They were released without charge after being arrested without reason."

Saboteurs had attended the hunt at Cutthorte near Chesterfield to use peaceful means such as hunting horns and sprays to stop the hunt killing foxes. The hunt reacted by chasing the saboteurs, riding them down with their horses, stealing a camera and one hunt member wearing a redcoat attacked them.

Police arrested all of the saboteurs.

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