Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 13th March 2016
The Notorious Old Surrey, Burstow and West Kent fox hunt killed a fox at the last meet of their season yesterday. The hunt met at the Landhurst Estate and the neighbouring Culver Farm, Hartfield, just east of East Grinstead, Sussex and were being monitored by local hunt saboteur groups.
During the afternoon the hounds, encouraged by huntsman Mark Bycroft, hunted and killed a fox. The hounds took 3 large chunks out of the fox; to the chest, the side and the hind quarter. Sabs recovered the fox, which was still alive, and scrambled to get the fox to a vet. One of the sabs present was a vet, who rushed to examine the fox and try and save its life. The fox died about fifteen minutes after the sabs first picked him up. The fox has now gone for autopsy in London, to get documented proof that death was caused by hounds.
Also during the day hunt saboteurs experienced violence from the hunt and their supporters including having their land rover pushed into a ditch by a tractor. Again the police refused to investigate this dangerous and reckless driving.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “The Old Surrey and Burstow are notorious both for illegal hunting and violence against saboteurs. It is typical that on the final meet of the season hunts are desperate to kill and huntsman Mark Bycroft proved this today. We hope that Sussex police investigate these crimes but previous experience suggests this won't be the case and they will instead close ranks to protect their hunting chums. Well done to these sabs who did everything possible to save this fox despite being on the receiving end of violence from the hunt. Our thoughts today also go out to the two League against Cruel Sports investigators who were viciously attacked and robbed by the Belvoir hunt in Leicestershire.”
Hunt Saboteurs association News Release 6th March 2016
Masked up supporters of the Ross Harriers hunt attacked a vehicle belonging to hunt saboteurs yesterday, smashing the rear window and showering the passengers in glass. The police are investigating and have retrieved the weapon used in the attack.
The hunt had met at the Red Lion pub in Peterstow and were being monitored by members of South Wales Hunt Saboteurs as well as other local groups. The hunt had been illegally hunting foxes throughout the day but their attempts to kill had been thwarted. As the day drew to a close increasingly angry support took their frustration out on the sabs. Two masked up men left the main body of hunt supporters and ran up behind the sab landrover and used a metal bar to smash the rear window. They then fled the scene in a vehicle. The police were immediately called and are investigating the incident.
Lee Moon, press spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: "The timing of this attack is ironic as the Countryside Alliance are once again bleating on about hunt saboteurs wearing masks. Time and again we see that the only masked up thugs in the countryside are those following the hunts. There is hard evidence in this case of a violent, unprovoked attack and we look forward to a swift resolution to the police investigation. Hunters head out with the intention of illegally chasing and killing wildlife and when their efforts are thwarted they take their frustrations out on those that have stopped them. Violence against sabs has been going on for decades but as the hunts now it doesn't deter us, rather it makes us more determined to get out there and stop them killing.”