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HSA news release August 25th 2004

£18,500 compensation for hunt saboteur almost killed at cub hunt

CICB award after Criminal Justice system fails victims yet again

A hunt saboteur has been awarded £18,500 in Criminal Injuries compensation 4 years after he was attacked whilst trying to stop a cub hunt. The award was the outcome of an appeal against an earlier decision not to award compensation.

On 1 September 2000, Steve Christmas was at a dawn meet of the Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent Hunt attempting to stop them from killing fox cubs. He was driven over by a hunt supporter at the wheel of a four wheel drive vehicle. Steve almost died. Had he not survived he would have been the third hunt saboteur to die whilst saving animals' lives.

HSA news release 16th Sept 2004

One Days Violence Outside Parliament, Another 18 Months in the Hunting Fields?

The violent scenes from pro-hunt protestors outside Parliament yesterday are just a small sample of the violence that will be inflicted on wildlife in the countryside and members of the Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA). Members of the HSA saving animals' lives with non-violent direct action have been subjected to constant violent attacks over the last 40 years and 2 hunt saboteurs have died.

Nathan Brown, speaking on behalf of the HSA said "The scenes we saw outside Parliament today are nothing new - typical of the scenes our members are faced with when they protest in the countryside. Maybe now people will believe what we have been saying for the last 40 years.

HSA news release 14th November 2004

Saboteurs beaten up by terrier men at 'prestigious' Midlands hunt

Three hunt saboteurs were beaten up by a gang of terrier men at the Atherstone hunt near Shuttington, Warwickshire yesterday (13 November 2004).

The incident occurred at approximately 1 p.m. after a small group of saboteurs had successfully prevented the hunt from killing foxes on several occasions using hunting horns and harmless scent-dulling sprays.

5 terrier men on quad bikes chased 4 saboteurs across a field. One was able to escape but the gang set upon the other three. Two of them were attacked by 2 men at once and were head butted then punched 7 or 8 times. The saboteurs called the police but they did not attend. When 2 Land Rovers full of known violent hunt supporters from the Northamptonshire area arrived, the saboteurs were forced to leave the area. They were followed as they drove to a nearby police station to log the attack.

HSA news release 21st November 2004

Saboteurs injured in violent backlash against Hunting ban

3 hunt saboteurs were injured and had to receive medical treatment yesterday (20 November 2004) when they were attacked by a mob of hunt supporters led by 2 red coated huntsmen at the South Devon Hunt meet at Old Langsworthy Farm, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon. The unprovoked attacks happened as the hunt left the meet. One saboteur had to undergo emergency surgery last night at Torbay hospital due to the serious nature of his injuries.

The Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) had issued a warning to all groups on Friday to be careful and ensure they carried video cameras. As one local protestor said "The South Devon are one of the more peaceful hunt in this area, and they knew we had videos. I hate to think what will happen at the others."

HSA news release 27th November 2004

Heartless hare coursers condemned for decision to hound wildlife on Valentines Day

The Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) today reacted to the decision to bring the Waterloo Cup forward in order to avoid the ban on hunting with dogs with condemnation and ridicule. The event is known in bloodsports circles as the 'premier hare coursing event'. Three days of dogs chasing and tormenting hares, whilst a mob of thuggish supporters watches, was due to start on 22 February 2005 but the dates have been amended to the 14th,15th and 16th in order to beat the ban, due to take effect on the 18th February. This is despite very public claims that hunting with dogs will carry on in defiance of a ban. The event usually takes place annually at the end of February, at Great Altcar, near Formby in Lancashire.

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