HSA news release 26th May 2011
Three Hunt Saboteurs found not-guilty of Aggravated Trespass
3 members of the Hunt saboteurs association were yesterday found not-guilty of aggravated trespass after a three day trial at Newark Magistrates Court.
They had been monitoring the Grove and Rufford Foxhounds, in November last year, to ensure compliance with the Hunting Act. It was suspected that the hunt had been hunting live foxes. At least one fox had been seen running from the hunt that day. The defendants exercised their lawful right not to supply their details to police but were then arrested and prosecuted.
After two days of prosecution evidence material came to light that showed prosecution witnesses, including police officers, had lied under oath and the case was dismissed. During his summing up the District Judge expressed his displeasure with the Crown Prosecution Service for allowing the case to come to trial and demanded answers from them about why this decision had been made.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs association, stated: This ridiculous court case has wasted a huge amount of public funds. This money should have been used by the police and Crown Prosecution Service to enforce the Hunting Act rather than persecuting innocent people. We hope Nottinghamshire Police learn from this verdict and start to focus their resources on the real criminals who continue to illegally chase and kill wildlife.
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HSA news release 26th February 2011
Cowardly Cotswold Vale hunt thugs up to their old tricks again...
On Saturday 26 February, hunt saboteurs from Bristol, Bath and South Wales attended a meet of the Cotswold Vale Farmers foxhunt at Southwick Farm near Tewkesbury.
At approximately 2.30pm the Huntsman (Alan Morgan) and Whip (John Hodges) instigated a vicious and sustained attack on sabs, who were on a footpath.
The attack involved hunt supporters including Hodges' son. With Huntsman and servant attempting to ride peoplrae down, the supporters coralled sabs in a gateway and attacked them. They body barged a female sab before punching a male sab to the ground where they kicked him in the face and about the upper body. They also stole his video camera.
When a female sab tried to intervene she was thrown down a wooded bank. The huntsman, trapped two female sabs against a fence and attempted to steal their video camera, but he failed, so he pushed one of the females to the floor and encouraged his horse to walk over her - luckily she was un-injured as the horse trod carefully over her.
The sabs eventually managed to escape but were followed by the hunt supporters who kicked and abused them until they made it to the safety of their vehicle. Undeterred by the attack they continued to monitor the hunt for the rest of the day before taking one of their number, who they suspected of having broken ribs, to seek medical attention. The police are now investigating the attack.
This is just the latest in a long line of attacks by the Cotswold Vale Hunt on hunt saboteurs. Three years ago they smashed a female sab over the head with an iron bar. They have also kicked a sab unconscious, broken several peoples ribs and stolen a number of video cameras.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: "Violence is a way of life for these people. They abuse animals every day and are happy to do the same to people who stand in their way. They have been allowed, with the collusion of the police, to get away with these vicious, cowardly attacks for far too long. These attacks will not deter our members, in fact, they only make us more determined to stop them illegally hunting and killing British wildlife".
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