In the run-up to hunting's big traditional Boxing Day show piece, anti hunt protesters from Manchester and Liverpool witnessed first hand the reality of post ban hunting at a meet of the Holcombe Harriers this Saturday 21st December. The hunt, who traditionally mostly hunt hares, met at Brindle at noon, just off the junction of the M61 and M65. The hunt saboteurs followed closely for two hours both on foot and from the road. At around 2pm hounds from the pack got on to the scent of a hare, chased and killed it. The protesters, whilst close to the kill, were too far away to have time to intervene to save the poor animal.
Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release 20th of November 2013
Libby Gilbert ex-Master and huntsman of the Royal Agricultural College Beagles, has evaded a Hunting Act charge by fleeing to America. Charges against the 21 year old were dropped following her second failure to attend Swindon Magistrates Court on 12th November.
Hunt saboteurs have attended several meets of Gilbert's pack in recent years and have stopped them illegally hunting on evey occasion.
HSA Press Officer Lee Moon explained, "While the courts fail our wildlife, hunt saboteurs on the ground have had a great start to this season's campaign against hare hunting. Already we have caused the cancellation of Eton College's hunters training day, monitored the Alston Hare Hunting Week and disrupted meets of the Palmer Marlborough, Old Berkeley, North Warwickshire Beagles and the Four Shires Bassets."
The HSA will continue to prioritise hare hunts this season.
Notes to Editors
(1) Beagling is the practice of hunting the brown hare with a pack of beagles. The hounds are followed on foot by hunt supporters.
(2) There are 68 beagle packs operating in Britain today.
(3) Since the hunting ban beagle packs have become extremely secretive about their activities. The HSA believes illegal hunting of hares is widespread amongst beagle packs.
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