Hunters from across the country will descend on the Cotswold village of Broadway this Saturday 18th June to attend the AGM of the secretive Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles. The AMHB, which promotes the hunting of hares with dogs, hit the headlines two years ago when it attempted to organise a 'Young Hare Hunters Day' for children at Eton College.
Speakers at the event are set to include Brett Parker, a serving police officer and supporter of the violent Atherstone Foxhounds; and the notorious turncoat James Barrington of the Countryside Alliance. The day will conclude with a gathering of hare-hunting hounds at the venue in the centre of Broadway.
HSA Press Officer Lee Moon commented, "We were unsurprised to learn that the focus of the AMHB AGM is public relations, as the 2015-16 hunting season was an unmitigated PR disaster for the hunters. Shocking cruelty to foxes and hares was repeatedly caught on film and hunts were increasingly using gangs of masked thugs to attack anyone disagreeing with them. The hunters should realise that no amount of spin will convince the public that hunting and disembowelling wild animals for sport is acceptable."
Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 30th May 2016
Hunt saboteurs have been brutally attacked by staff and supporters of the Cheldon Buckhounds.
The hunt had met at the Poltimore Arms, Exmoor, Devon and were illegally hunting a deer when the sabs arrived. As the sabs intervened to save the hunted animal they were set upon by a large group of masked up men. Sabs have suffered head injuries and at least one has been taken to hospital with breathing difficulties. Another sab has got serious facial injuries after being head butted by an assailant wearing a motorcycle helmet.
Deer hunting is one of the unsavoury secrets of the hunting community and takes place in the summer months, mainly in the West Country. The Cheldon are such an unpleasant bunch that they were kicked out of the Masters of Deerhounds Association on 1993 after their master was filmed slitting the throat of a young buck and sitting on it while it bled to death. This is the second time in two weeks that they have attacked sabs.
Lee Moon, press spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Tim Bonner, Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance, is endlessly whining on about sabs wearing masks. Maybe the hunting community needs to clean up its own shop first before commenting on the behaviour of others. The rise in violence from hunts and their supporters is alarming and we hope the police focus more of their attention on Bonner and his band of violent thugs. Such violence will not deter us and now the Cheldon and the other buckhound and staghound packs are firmly on our radar and will be receiving increased attention. As the mink hunts can testify it is no fun receiving a summers attention from hunt saboteurs.”
Fitzwilliam huntsman, George Adams (now retired) and Bird of Prey Handler, John Mease have been charged with offences relating to the Hunting with Dogs Act for the killing of a fox near Wansford, Cambs earlier this year. There is also another cruelty charge which came to light during the investigation.
The charges relate to a hunt on New Years Day, one of the biggest occasions in the hunting calendar. Sabs observed the hounds go into cry and a fox was seen running along the river bank with the hounds in pursuit. The huntsman encouraged the hounds on and they finally caught and attacked the fox in a corner of a field with the huntsman looking on. It was still alive when sabs arrived although hunt support were trying to remove the evidence. The fox had been disembowelled. It was pronounced dead by a sab shortly afterwards.
The hunt were pretending to use the Bird Of Prey Exemption however the Eagle they had present was never unhooded and not in a position to fly. The hunt staff made no attempt to call off the hounds. Evidence and witness statements were supplied by Beds and Bucks & South Cambs hunt saboteurs to Cambridgeshire Police.
Lee Moon, press spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “It is gratifying that Cambridgeshire Police have acted on the evidence gathered by hunt sabs. We now expect the Crown Prosecution Service to act with similar conviction in prosecuting these law breakers. George Adams was a very experienced huntsman who would have had full control of his hounds and knew he was breaking the law. If illegal hunting carried a stiffer penalty then maybe the hunts would think twice before blatantly flouting the Hunting Act.”