The Hunt Saboteurs Association is today celebrating the cancellation of the week-long hunting event known as Alston Hare Week.
For the first time in over thirty years the Weardale & Tees Valley Beagles have failed to organise their usual October 'festival' for visiting southern packs.
This is as a direct result of the event being sabotaged last year and the HSA's firm commitment to return to Alston whenever required.
HSA Press Officer Lee Moon commented, "The beaglers seem reluctant to repeat the experience of 2014 which saw up to 40 sabs disrupting their hunts. Whilst this is a great victory, we are not complacent. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have been able to fund a dedicated unit in the area whose role is to monitor any attempt to reschedule the event. We will not tolerate the killing of Alston's hares."
Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 15th November 2015
On Saturday 14th November the Atherstone Hunt were filmed chasing and then killing a fox at Grendon Fields Farm, Leicestershire by West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs. Sabs saw the fox being chased closely by hounds. It stopped and looked to its left and then to its right and saw there was no escape. There were hounds either side of it, they caught it, dragged it to the floor and killed it. The rest of the pack were trying to get at it. Whipper-in Phil Durno got off his horse, grabbed the dead body and handed it to the Huntsman of the Dove Valley Mink Hounds, Will Shaw, who slung it over his horse and rode off with it.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Leicestershire and Warwickshire police are aware that the hunt killed a fox yet not only do they allow the Atherstone to continue hunting but they give the people who film this footage harassment notices at every opportunity with no evidence whatsoever. It is this lack of action that has allowed the hunt to get away with continuing to hunt illegally and it is the polices lack of action that has allowed this fox to be killed. This is organised crime that is being filmed and exposed twice a week whilst the police stand idly by and do nothing.”
Footage of the kill can be viewed here:
Sussex Police were in attendance but were ineffective in their response and made no arrests (although the attackers were identified by sabs). The wounded sabs had to call an ambulance themselves. When extra police did turn up, they spent their time hassling sabs rather than trying to locate the hunt supporters who had used knives in the attack.