Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release 6th of November 2013
The Hunt Saboteurs Association yesterday intensified its campaign against hare hunting by attending a mid-week meet of the Bucks- based Old Berkeley Beagles.
The hunt met at Leverets Farm near the village of Marsh Gibbon. On arrival, hunt sabs armed with video cameras followed the hunt into fields.
Under such close observation they made no attempt to hunt and returned to the farm in less than an hour.
HSA Press Officer Lee Moon,who was present on the day, explained: "All hunts meet on at least one week day in addition to the Saturday. These secretive mid-week hunts are attended by only the most trusted supporters and,with the countryside at its quietest, provide an ideal opportunity for illegal hunting. Mid-week hunts such as this will therefore be a priority for us this coming season."
Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release 20th October 2013
Hunt Saboteurs from across northern England have travelled the length of the country to protect badgers in the recently-extended Somerset cull. Northern hunt saboteurs were in the final stages of planning disruption of a major hare hunting festival- the Alston Hare Week-when news of the cull extension came through.
HSA spokesperson Lee Moon explained, "Following the terrible news that the Government was to extend the badger cull,our activists felt duty-bound to support their colleagues in the south,many of whom have been fighting the cull every night since it began."
The HSA instead passed its intelligence relating to Alston Hare Week to a number of other anti-hunt organisations, and it is believed that Investigators from one of these undertook a surveillance operation during the event.
Notes to Editors
1. The Somerset Badger Cull was extended on October 11th for a further three weeks.
2. Alston Hare Week is organised by the Weardale and Tees Valley Beagles. Between 70-100 hunters attend the highly secretive event annually.
3.The HSA was passed detailed information relating to the Alston Hare Week 2013 by sources close to the West Somerset Beagles,one of the hunting packs attending.
Hunt saboteurs association Press Release October 9th 2013
Following the news that that the National Farmers Union are trying to illegally extend the badger cull by several weeks, hunt sabs in the cull zones have promised to focus their attention on the pheasant shooting industry which they say is one of the main groups backing the cull. The shoot owners claim that badgers kill young pheasants (poults) and make a hefty dent in their profits. They know this profiteering argument will not go down well with the general public so instead claim to be supporting the dairy industry to eradicate bovine tuberculosis (bTB).
Hunt saboteurs have noticed that the big shooting estates in the somerset cull zone: Orchard Wyndham, Coombe Sydenham and Chargot have all been focal points for culling activities with shooters and vehicles full of traps seen coming and going around the clock.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt saboteurs Association stated: "Hunt sabs on the ground are telling us that the pheasant shooting industry and the badger cull are inextricably linked and that they will ensure that not a single pheasant shoot takes place as long as the cull continues. The cull has failed on its own methodology as well as the weight of public opposition and it is time the Government and the NFU gracefully accepted defeat and looked at more humane alternatives"
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