On Sunday 11th May a lone female sab was observing salmon nets owned by seal killers Scottish Wild Salmon Company at Usan, south of Montrose. Netting at the weekend breaches licence conditions, and the nets should not have been in the water. Conditions were calm and SWSC had no excuse for not removing the nets.
Whilst trying to observe the SWSC boat approaching the nets, the sab was confronted by two members of the Pullar family, who own SWSC, who had arrived in a pick up truck.
Later in the day two sabs were confronted by five Members of the Pullar family and their thugs. They attempted to intimidate the sabs by filming at close quarters and trying to demand they removed items of clothing, which the sabs refused to do. The SWSC thugs then backed off and called the police who duly arrived and harassed the sabs, although no offence had been reported. SWSC lied to the police by saying that they had not spoken to the sabs, despite being caught on camera doing so. The police stated that they just wanted to know what the sabs were doing, and completely ignored the illegal weekend fishing, even when it was pointed out to them.
More sabs are on their way to Scotland and will be directly intervening to save the lives of the seals from those that wish to kill them in the name of profit.
Hunt saboteurs have been in action twice this bank holiday weekend against the Devon-based Culmstock Mink Hounds.
On Saturday 3rd May 50 sabs descended on their meet on the River Yarty near Chard and brought hunting to an immediate halt. A convoy of sab vehicles spent the rest of the day pursuing the hunt's hound van through the Devonshire countryside. The pursuit eventually ended in Honiton where four police cars blocked off the High Street to allow the hound van to return to kennels.
Today,Monday 5th May,10 saboteurs attended the hunt's kennels at Cullompton while a further 40 patrolled their anticipated meet at the Culm Valley Inn. The hunt did not venture beyond the kennels and no hunting took place.
The hunt saboteurs used a drone (unmanned aircraft) to track, and monitor, the hunt. Members of the hunt were so concerned by the presence of the drone that they threw stones at it to try and make it crash.
HSA Press Officer Lee Moon commented, "This weekend the hunters have become the hunted.The Culmstock Mink Hounds have had a disastrous start to their season and,with sab groups up and down the country making similar plans, it promises to be a long hot summer for the minkhunts."
Photographs and video are available.
Notes to Editors:
1.The Culmstock was formed in 1790 and hunted otters for almost two hundred years. They claim to have switched to mink hunting in 1978 and to hunting rats in 2005.
2.The Culmstock are kenneled with the East Devon Foxhounds at Cullompton.
3.There are approximately 20 mink hunting packs operating in Britain today. As with the Culmstock, many of these were formerly otter hunts.
4. Photo from the drone attached shows a hunt supporter (between the yellow and blue cars)
throwing a stone. More stills from the drone are available on request.
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