Hunt saboteurs association Press Release 8th March 2015
At Yesterdays meet of the Old Surrey, Burstow and west Kent Fox Hunt near Cowden, Kent, hunt master Ian Hamson lost consciousness after his horse fell and rolled on top of him. A member of Croydon Hunt saboteurs who is also a trained paramedic provided critical medical treatment to the injured man until other paramedics arrived.
Despite initially stating that “he'd rather die” than receive help from a saboteur, Hamson, a crew manager at Dartford Fire Station, reluctantly accepted treatment when he realised there was a trained paramedic present. The saboteur assessed his injuries then stabilised him until the on-duty paramedics arrived having been called by other members of the sab group.
The saboteurs tried to move their vehicle to the top of a farm track to identify the access point for the arriving ambulance but were repeatedly blocked from doing so by hunt supporters, even after explaining their intentions. Other members of the hunt later apologised for this behaviour and thanked the saboteurs for their actions.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Well done to the sab who put his differences aside to act so compassionately, even in the face of hostility from the injured huntsman. His actions prove once again that saboteurs are compassionate not only towards animals but humans as well. This is another nail in the coffin of the Countryside Alliance's campaign to portray us in a negative light and it would be interesting to see what would have happened if the roles had been reversed.”
Published: 08 March 2015
Hunt saboteurs Association Press Release 3rd March 2015
On saturday the 28th February 2015 West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs attended a meet of the Atherstone Fox hunt at Sibston, Leicestershire. They were there to gather evidence of illegal hunting and to intervene if necessary to save hunted foxes.
From the start of the day it was clear that the Atherstone were illegally hunting as they repeatedly put their hounds through areas likely to contain foxes with no evidence that a trail had been laid.
The attached video shows a fox being closely pursued by the Atherstone hounds. The huntsman, Stuart Barton, and whipper in are present at the time and do nothing to stop this illegal hunting. Their only concern is to impede and assault the saboteurs who are filming their law breaking. Barton (in the red coat) can be seen using his horse to ride at a sab and pin them against a wall. The video also shows the saboteurs being assaulted by hunt supporters who try and steal their cameras. One female saboteur received nasty cuts to her face after a hunt supporter dug her nails into her face.
Leicestershire police were present on the day but showed little interest when the saboteurs reported the illegal hunting and assaults.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt saboteurs association, stated: “Although this video clearly shows illegal hunting, saboteurs have decided not to present it to the police but rather publicise it through the media. We are sick of police forces across the country sitting on evidence for months or losing footage before quietly announcing that no case will be pursued against their friends in the hunting community. We hope that when the public see this blatant law breaking they will make their feelings of disgust clear to Leicestershire police and remember that the Conservative Party want to legalise this barbaric pursuit if they are returned to power in May.”
Video footage of the incident can be viewed here:
Published: 03 March 2015