On the 4th, 5th and 6th of December, Hy Fly Game Hatcheries in Lancashire hosted the International Gundog League Retriever Championship and a small group of hunt saboteurs headed to the area to gather valuable information and formulate a plan about how best to sabotage next year’s championships.
Hy Fly is a vast game farm that intensively rears pheasants, partridges and ducks in appalling conditions to be sold on to shoots all across the UK. Birds used for breeding are confined to barren wire cages and their offspring are artificially incubated on site. Hy Fly even boasts of producing up to 1.5 million pheasants, partridges and mallards per week. In January this year, the farm was close to bankruptcy after bird flu was found on the site and a staggering 10,000 birds were subsequently culled.
The shooters, dog trainers and spectators met at Moss Cottage, not far from Poulton-Le-Fylde, before walking to the surrounding fields to kill pheasants and partridges who had previously been released into the area from the endless rows of pens at Hy Fly. The event attracts some high profile people, for example this year's championship was won by a dog owned by serial animal abuser and fox hunt master, the Duke of Buccleuch (who is also the largest private landowner in Europe). The Queen has also awarded prizes at the IGL in past years.
The International Gundog League has recently come to the attention of the HSA as part of our ongoing campaign against the shooting industry. It is sickening that large numbers of factory farmed birds are gunned down simply for dog trainers to win themselves medals. The organisers of next year's event should certainly expect mass sabotage.
Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 10th December 2017
Hunt Saboteurs from Croydon and Kingston joined the first major international action of its kind that saw nearly 60 Hunt Saboteurs from 6 different countries descend on the notorious Futaie des Amis Stag Hunt in the Foret de Compiegne, Picardy, Northern France. In recent weeks the hunt killed a stag in a garden, despite the home owner begging them not to, and saw one of its own beaters killed by being pierced through the heart by a deer's antlers after he had cornered the animal.
Teams of Hunt Saboteurs managed to maintain close contact with the hunt all day, and on three occasions managed to take control of the pack at crucial moments when they were hunting a stag and two hinds, one with her young. The hunt were in complete disarray with the huntsman, Drak, complaining bitterly to the French hunt saboteurs that they had not been able to kill and that stag hunting wasn't barbaric.
Traditionally, stag hunting involves hunting an animal with hounds, to the point of utter exhaustion, then the huntsman stabs the animal in the heart. However, allowing the hounds to tear the animal apart (as in fox hunting) and drowning are also approved methods for a stag hunt to make a kill.
Lee Moon, Press Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “The Hunt Saboteurs Association has over 50 years experience of sabotaging hunts in the UK. When we hear of similar actions happening abroad we are more than happy to lend a hand. Congratulations to the French saboteurs for arranging this successful action and we look forward to working with them again in the near future.”
Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 11.11.2017
On Thursday 9th November members of West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs were monitoring the Warwickshire Hunt who were hunting in Birdingbury, Warwickshire. Whilst they were filming the hounds two male hunt supporters approached the saboteurs and became increasingly aggressive. One of them hit one of the cameras before punching a female saboteur in the face. When her back is turned on him he starts shoving her and then pushes her to the ground. When she challenges him about him hitting her he can be heard saying “you can hit me if you want, I don’t give a f***”
Back on the road one hunt supporter apologies and says “that should never have happened” and then agrees that despite their differences the saboteurs have never been violent towards them.
The Saboteurs then challenge the Warwickshire Hunt senior master Charmaine Green and ask her if she thinks it acceptable to hit women, a female passenger in the back says “you're not a woman, you're a monster” and “that’s nothing” referring to the blood coming from the saboteurs eye.
A spokesperson for West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs said “We were concerned that the hunt were hunting a fox and that the hounds were heading towards a busy main road. Suddenly two hunt supporters approach us and start shouting aggressively before attacking us. It shows what type of people fox hunters are that they think it acceptable for men to attack women, punch them and then shove them over from behind. He latter even admits on camera to what he had done.”
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: ”Fox hunting, by its very nature, is a violent activity and it is only a short leap from using violence towards animals to using violence against people. Just like they try to justify their violence towards foxes by vilifying them as pests they try to justify their violence towards sabs by calling them monsters. This was a completely unprovoked attack by a very violent hunt. Fox hunting is a breeding ground for normalising violence with some very questionable attitudes towards women. We ask the question who are the real monsters here?”
After being punched in the face the female saboteur received injuries to her eye and had to attend A&E at Warwick Hospital.
Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 31st October 2017
On Saturday the 28th October the Surrey Union Hunt held their opening meet at Gosterwood Manor Farm, Ockley near Dorking. As well as approx 100 hunt riders there were also 20 hunt saboteurs and 20 Surrey police officers present. The police spent the entire day following sabs around and were completely disinterested in what the hunt were up to.
In the middle of the afternoon the hunts hounds, who were supposedly following an artificial trail, rioted into a private garden, terrorising some semi-tame deer and a domestic cat. Members of the hunt then trespassed into the garden to retrieve the hounds. The householders were furious about the hunt incursion onto their property and came out to remonstrate with members of the hunt. Officers from Surrey police stood idly by and did nothing to help whilst this was going on.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “The Surrey Union claim to follow artificial trails. If this was the case what were they doing with their hounds in a private garden terrorising a family's pet. It's a shame that Surrey police don't spend more time policing the real countryside terrorists rather than the hunt sabs who are doing their job for them. Well done to these brave landowners for standing up to the hunt. We're sure there are many more who don't want the hunt on their land but are too scared to say anything.”
Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 10th October 2017
On 25th February this year hunt saboteurs attended a meet of Britain's most convicted hunt, the Crawley and Horsham foxhounds. Press from the Huffington Post were also present.
Sabs were subject to abuse and assaults through out the day. One was arrested on a trumped up allegation of assault, which was later changed to Aggravated Trespass. The subsequent trial collapsed due to there being no evidence! Another sab was kicked in the face by a rider, but the police took no action.
After a long and difficult day due to extreme weather and swollen streams, a group of three sabs found Huntsman and Master Kim Richardson gathering hounds in the woods. Richardson approached and threatened to ram his hunting horn down a sab's throat. After Richardson threatened the sabs they retreated into the woods and dialled 999 as they were heavily outnumbered. No police attended following the emergency call, but the video of the incident was released on the Huffington Post and Richardson was subsequently interviewed.
After the voluntary interview, he was reported for an offence under Section 4a of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act as he had admitted threatening the sab, but he then pleaded not guilty and went to trial.
Today Richardson appeared at Horsham Magistrates Court in front of a district Judge. The defence tried, unsuccessfully to smear the character of the hunt saboteur. Both Richardson and his 'countryman' (Terrier boy) witness crumbled under cross examination, and Richardson was duly convicted of causing Alarm, Harassment and Distress. He was fined £2500 with £625 costs and a £130 victim surcharge.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “The sabs involved in the case would like to thank Sussex Police, the CPS and the District Judge for bringing Richardson, who has a long history of assaulting sabs, to justice at last. We wonder however if they would have been quite so keen if footage of the threats had not already been made public in the media. The Crawley and Horsham hunt are clearly a criminal enterprise, having been convicted multiple times for illegal hunting and assaults. It's about time the police looked at closing them down permanently, as they would other criminal gangs who exist purely to break the law.”
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