Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release 31st March 2018
Devon County Hunt Sabs & Somerset Hunt Saboteur Group sabbed the closing meet of the Modbury Harriers at Brownstone Manor near Holbeton, Devon today. Early in the afternoon sabs stopped hounds chasing a fox that was being actively hunted on by huntsman Harry Gosling. The illegal hunting was caught on camera.
Shortly after, two sabs were viciously attacked by a group of 6 terriermen attached to the hunt. They grabbed the female sab and pulled her to the ground, punching her in the head repeatedly. They stopped the male sab from trying to defend her, pushing him down a hill and punching and kicking him. Two quad bikes were driven into him, knocking him to the ground, and a quad bike was deliberately driven over his legs multiple times while he was on the ground. They then pinned him against the quad bike and ripped his body camera and radio off him.
The thugs made away with all the sabs’ equipment and personal possessions, including bags, a radio and the cameras that had footage of the fox being hunted and the assaults. The assaulted sabs received black eyes, leg injuries and cuts and bruises.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “ We have come to terms with the fact that police forces will generally side with illegal hunters rather than hunt saboteurs but even in this biased world Devon and Cornwall Police are one of the worst. They consistently turn a blind eye to illegal hunting and assaults on the saboteurs who try and stop it. We would normally ask the public to contact the Police and Crime Commissioner to force the police to act but as Alison Hernandez, the Devon and Cornwall PCC, is a well known proponent of hunting there seems little point.
We ask that people contact Devon & Cornwall Police and ask what they are doing to locate the six culprits, whose details they have, to recover the evidence of the assaults and the stolen property. Also to ask them what they are doing in general about illegal hunting and hunt violence which goes unpunished week after week.
Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 14th March 2018
Surrey Union whipper-in Rob Mardles was arrested on Tuesday for assaulting and spitting on a female hunt sab at the end of a days illegal hunting.
Frustrated that Guildford and North Downs sabs had ruined one of their final meets of the season Mardles pushed the sab into a ditch and spat on her. She was kept in hospital overnight with an injured back and had to use a wheelchair upon her release.
The Surrey Union have previous for assaulting sabs. In 2017 hunt master Lulu Hutley, Godmother to Princess Eugenie, was filmed hitting a sab with her whip.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “This week former footballer and Sky News pundit, Jamie Carragher, has been suspended after being filmed spitting at a car. We'd hope that the Surrey Union will follow suit and suspend their employee Rob Mardles whilst the police investigation is carried out.
With Lulu Hutley as one of their masters the hunt are clearly influential and we hope this doesn't affect the police investigation. Justice must be seen to be done against these violent countryside criminals or questions will be asked of Surrey Police. We wish the sab concerned a full and speedy recovery.”
The HSA can today expose illegal hunting by a beagle pack associated with one of Britain's top public schools. The £34,392 a year Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire encourages its students to participate in hunts by the Ampleforth Beagles.
In their 2017 newsletter, published on the official website of the Ampleforth Society, the hunt boast of their membership of the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles which they claim organises events "especially designed for young hare hunters." Elsewhere in the newsletter, the huntsman Toby Pedley gives a detailed account of an event at Cote Hill, Farndale that can only be an illegal hare hunt.
HSA Press Officer Lee Moon commented, "Hunting hares with beagles has been illegal for a generation. It is therefore extremely concerning that Ampleforth College have used their website to to promote the work of the AMHB with "young hare hunters" and publish a thinly-disguised account of a gruelling hour-long hare hunt. If the college want to refute our allegations they simply need to take an independent observer onto the moors and demonstrate how such a hunt is legally produced using "trails." We know, however, that they will decline this invitation as trail hunting is a total fiction."
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