At 3pm, on Saturday 8th Feb 2014, hunt saboteurs from West Sussex, South Downs, South Coast and South London Wildlife Group (SLWG) were sabbing the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and cowdray Hunt and came across a road traffic collision on a country lane.
A qualified First Aider from SLWG checked for casualties and then, assisted by the South Downs navigator, directed emergency services to the scene and administered first aid to a nineteen year old female casualty until a doctor took over.
The casualty was the niece of Lord March, who owns the Goodwood estate, who arrived at the scene shortly afterwards. The SLWG First Aider and South Downs van remained at the scene until the emergency services took over, whilst the other vehicles went in search of the hunt, who, as it turned out, had packed up.
This video shows hounds from the Ross Harriers Hunt rioting through a private garden in Gloucestershire, illegally chasing a deer.
The disturbing footage shows one of the hounds fitting, presumably after being run to exhaustion by the hunt. The concerned land owner tried to take the distressed animal to the vets for urgent treatment but was threatened by members of the hunt and forced to return the hound to them. He called the police due to the threats being made against him and was told to return the hound as it was the hunts property.
Footage of the hounds illegally chasing the deer is being looked at by solicitors and will be presented to the police in due course so that the hunt can be prosecuted.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: "Sadly we see illegal hunting like this all too often. Our immediate concern in this instance is the future of the fitting hound. If the Ross Harriers decide it is no longer fit for hunting they may well shoot it in the head as it no longer serves a purpose. We demand the Ross Harriers Hunt hand it over to an appropriate animal welfare organisation so that it can be re-homed and enjoy a well earned retirement."
In the past 6 months the Hunt Saboteurs Association has donated well over £30,000 to local saboteur groups and we have seen the formation of 6 new local groups - Kernow, Dorset, Somerset, North Wales, North Norfolk and Borders. Hunt saboteurs from across the country were also instrumental in the failure of the Government's badger cull.
The money we have distributed has provided groups with vehicles and insurance, cameras, maps and various other essential equipment. Over £3000 was spent on night vision alone to help sabs fight the badger cull and we also provided fuel for groups across the country to reach both cull zones and play such a significant role in the disruption of the cull. The publicity surrounding the culls has led to an influx of new members and supporters for the HSA, many of whom have become active saboteurs getting out in the fields to directly intervene between the hunters and their quarry.
So as we enter our second 50 years life looks increasingly positive for the Hunt Saboteurs Association. We have more sabs, more groups, better vehicles and equipment, more supporters and more money. This means that we can save more wildlife and be a louder voice for those that can't speak up for themselves.
Thank you Mr. Paterson, we couldn't have done it without you!
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