HSA News Release 15th November 2009
On Saturday 14th November, members of Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs were monitoring the opening meet of the Rockwood Harriers Hunt, just South of Emley, Huddersfield.
Most of the group were following the hunt to ensure they weren’t illegally hunting. The driver and a passenger were in the group's van which was parked by the side of the road. Suddenly four 4x4 vehicles drove at speed toward the van. They parked in such a way that the van couldn’t move and two men wearing masks and carrying hammers ran toward the van. They smashed the windscreen and both rear windows and slashed one of the tyres before returning to their vehicles and racing away. Other members of the group, in another vehicle, soon arrived at the scene to find the two occupants of the vehicles shaken up and upset by what had happened. They were just about to call the police when they arrived on the scene. The police had been called by the hunt complaining that anti-hunt protestors were in the area.
HSA News Release 11th November 2009
Illegal Fox Hunters shoot at Hunt Saboteurs
Saturday 7th November saw members of the recently formed Hunt and Crime Watch Scotland (HCWS) attend a gathering of the Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire Foxhounds - the Country's most violent hunt - at Garryhorn Farm in Ayrshire
Members of HCWS had been watching the hunt for several hours when one of their number was approached by an armed member of the hunt.
At this point a rider waiting nearby was overheard saying ”the terrier man is allowed to kill him.” Other members of the group watched in amazement as the hunter raised his weapon, took aim, and fired directly at their friend, barely missing his head, so close that the monitor was able to smell the cordite from the discharged weapon.
HSA news release July 22nd 2004
Hunt saboteur awarded damages for assault by police
A hunt saboteur was awarded damages totalling £1450 in Oxford County Court on Monday 19th July 2004 after a jury found in favour of her claim against Thames Valley Police for assault.
The case arose from the 9th December 2000, when she was punched whilst being arrested on suspicion of having committed Aggravated Trespass at the Garth and South Berks Hunt.
The 6 day hearing was told how the incident occurred towards the end of the day at Benyon's Enclosure, Mortimer near Reading and the saboteur received a punch on the head that left a 4 cm long bruise and swelling. She was awarded aggravated damages.
HSA news release 31st October 2004
Hunt saboteur knocked unconscious with iron bar as hunt season starts
Yesterday (30 October) a group of hunt saboteurs were attacked by a gang of hunt supporters at the opening meet of the Old Surrey, Burstow and West Kent Hunt and one was KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS WITH AN IRON BAR and ridden over by a huntsman. 6 received cuts to their eyes, lips and heads and others received bruising. An ambulance was called for the saboteur, who was unconscious for several minutes. He was checked over but did not want to attend hospital.
The incident occurred as the hunt appeared to be packing up at 3.15 p.m. following the meet at Lock Skinners Farm, Penshurst, Kent.
News update 7 November 2009
After last Saturdays unprovoked attack on two Hunt Saboteurs by followers of the Southdown and Eridge, Fox Hunt saboteurs from the South East returned to show they will not be intimidated by threats and acts of violence in our efforts to protect the hunted wildlife of this country.
Around thirty Hunt Saboteurs, including the two who were so viciously attacked last week, were present. The Hunt Saboteurs attended the meet at Golden Cross Equestrian centre and although attempts had been made to avoid any presence of the ‘antis’ by leaving the hunt kennels four hours earlier then normal and holding the days hunting from 8 am. Hunt saboteurs had anticipated such events and were on duty from 6am.
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