Normal Boxing Day activity
Surrey Union press release
Another day of hunting on Boxing Day, no doubt the Countryside Alliance will paint a picture of thousands of people enjoying a picturesque day in the beautiful English countryside, hoping to ignore the hidden truth. The hunting community is in its death throes, it wants to be allowed to kill animals with impunity once more, and as this possibility becomes more and more distant the hunters get more desperate.
The Surrey Union no doubt sees itself as one of the more prestigious hunts located as its territory is, in the home counties. This boxing day it met at the Punch Bowl, Oakwood Hill, Surrey. As usual the local hunt sabs were in attendance keeping an eye on any illegal hunting. Towards the end of the day a 4WD vehicle rammed the saboteurs Land Rover from behind and proceeded to shunt it about ten yards down the road, while another hunt vehicle tried to block them in from the front. Managing to extract themselves from this incident the police were called, but the attacking vehicle was kept under observation to assist the police, the driver then pulled out a catapult and fired at the vehicle hitting close to the drivers door. The police duly arrived and a man has been arrested and charges are expected shortly.
The Surrey Union fox hunt and the Countryside Alliance will distant themselves from such activity, but this is the second occasion a catapult has been used to fire at sabs this hunting season, the last time causing an injury. Sabs will be blamed for just attending hunts, but the reality is that the presence of sabs stops them killing, and hunts are getting increasingly desperate. Why this level of violence against people just observing their activity? What do they have to hide?
Crawley & Horsham press release
As usual as large crowd gathered outside the George & Dragon in Dragons Green, West Sussex for the Boxing Day meet of the Crawley & Horsham Hunt. Many riders and followers only appear for the 3 main hunts of the season - the Opening Meet at the beginning of November, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Hunt monitors managed to keep check on where the hunt was with no incidents until close to the end of the day when the hounds crossed Dragons Green Road and went into cry as they entered a field, closely followed by the riders. Anti-hunt monitors were right on the scene and one rider was heard to ask another if we'd seen anything!!!
At that point, in their haste to follow the hounds, one of the riders rode down a monitor who was standing on the verge and he was closely followed by a speeding quad bike. Luckily the man was not injured and the incident was caught on video by both the victim and a fellow monitor. A report has been made to the police. The hunt gathered the hounds in the nearby field and packed up straight away shortly before 3.45pm. Another fox's life saved just by our presence.
Let the Spin Doctoring Commence
We are not interested in Boxing Day. We are interested in the hundreds of other hunting days each season where hunts across Britain illegally chase and kill wildlife . These are the days when the hunt saboteurs will be out in the field intervening directly to save those that the law has failed to protect.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt saboteurs association, stated: “ We ask the media and the public not to be duped by the Countryside alliance and their annual PR stunt. This is not the true face of hunting. Join one of our local groups and you will see the true face of the hunting community. They routinely flout the law in their lust for blood and are violent and abusive to any who try and stop them.”
On Saturday 10th December, over 50 hunt saboteurs attended the meet of the South Down & Eridge fox hunt at Old Erringham Farm, north of Shoreham. This Hunt has been increasingly violent to any anti-hunt people during the season and the last time they were attended a catapult was used to fire missiles at people, injuring one female hunt saboteur. Right from the start the hunt tried to run from any observation and one red coat used his whip to attempt to strike people (see link).
Although the hunt was kept in close observation during the day only one attempt to make a false scent was observed, the rest of the day they seemed to be hunting illegally. Towards the end of the day hunt supporters drove quad bikes at hunt saboteurs, blocked access onto to public access land, punched people and finally attempted to gain access to force their way into a vehicle punching anyone who tried to resist.
These are not isolated incidents, but a continuous campaign to prevent anyone observing the hunts activities, and trying to make sure they stay within the bounds of the hunting act. If they are hunting legally why do they try to hide?
The South Downs is now a national park run by the South Downs National Park Authority, and it has to be questioned why they allow such activities in the national park, when they will be liable for any incidents of illegal hunting?
All incidents were reported to the Sussex police.
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