Members of the Hunt Saboteurs Association from the South East attended the boxing day meet of the Old Surrey, Burstow & West Kent fox hunt who met at Chiddingstone Castle, Kent. The huntsman, Mark Bycroft, has two convictions for assault on hunt saboteurs as well as stating pre-ban that he would still hunt foxes despite any law. He was pictured last year shaking hands with Nigel Farage which made national news alongside video of Bycroft’s most recent criminal assault.
It seems Nigel Farage has no concern about being seen with violent criminals, nor those who are happy to slaughter our wildlife, as he was once again in attendance this Boxing day.
During the day a female hunt saboteur was pulled out of her vehicle by a hunt supporter by her hair, two others were kicked by horses and there were numerous incidents of blocking of the highway by the hunt and its supporters. Kent police looked on impassively as this law breaking went on.
Lee Moon of the Hunt Saboteurs Association said; “Once again Nigel Farage believes his working man image by supporting an activity which 80% of the population agree should be stopped, and compounds this by attending a hunt known for its violence against saboteurs. We can only hope that the general public assign both hunting and Mr. Farage to the history books next May.”
As Boxing Day looms the Countryside Alliance publicity machine will roll into action peddling a sanitised, harmless version of hunting to the media. The reality is somewhat different and involves illegality and a desperate desire to kill by the hunting community. A vivid example of this occurred on the 17th December at a meet of the Fife Foxhounds who met at Findas Farm, Cupar, Fife.
Towards the end of the day the hunt chased a fox into an active badger sett. It is illegal to interfere with a badger sett so the hunt should have immediately withdrawn but instead they sent their terrier men in to dig out and then shoot the fox.
Members of Perthshire and Grampian hunt saboteurs managed to sit in the sett entrances to prevent the terrier men digging and in their fury at being thwarted the terrier men assaulted and pointed loaded guns at the saboteurs. The sabs refused to back down and there was a three hour stand off at the sett with the police watching on. As darkness fell the Wildlife Crime officer finally arrived. He claimed it was too dark to ascertain if it was an active badger sett but instructed the terrier men to leave.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: "Well done to these brave saboteurs, who despite being outnumbered by men with guns, saved the life of this fox. Pointing a loaded gun at someone is illegal and we demand that Iain Dickson has his firearms license revoked.
The Countryside Alliance use Boxing day to promote the image of fox hunting as a harmless past time involving a jolly ride across the countryside with your chums. The incident shown in the attached video is the grisly reality of hunting that occurs away from the media spotlight."
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Footage of the incident can be viewed here.
Photo attached shows the hunt terrier man pointing a loaded gun at a hunt saboteur.