Hunt saboteurs have come together from around the country today to disrupt a hunt of leverets - baby hares - near the village of Whittingham in Northumberland.
The hunt was organised by the Oxford-based Christ Church & Farley Hill Beagles who had travelled to Northumberland for a pre-season hunt 'training week.'
HSA Press Officer, Lee Moon commented, "Leveret hunting is one of the darkest secrets of the hunting world. Its purpose is to train new, inexperienced hounds to kill by setting them on easily-caught baby hares. Fortunately, our friends at the Hare Preservation Trust found out about this appalling event and we were able to prevent it going ahead."
The hunting group, which is run by students from Oxford University, is scheduled to continue its activities throughout the week. Hunt saboteurs have vowed to remain in the area to ensure that no further harassment of wildlife takes place.
Video and photographs of this morning's events will be available soon.
Gabrielle's Manor near Edenbridge has long been a place of interest for Hunt Saboteurs. It is a meet for the Old Surrey and Burstow and it used to
be a major pheasant shooting estate. It is now home to a fishery and there were rumours of duck shooting and mink hunts on the site.
A team from Croydon sabs decided to have a gentle stroll through the grounds yesterday, Saturday 22nd August. Whilst enjoying watching a large number of horses and foals grazing in a field, the vigilant sabs spotted a group of people and dogs on a nearby riverbank.
The sabs crossed the field and reached the river downstream from the group. They were immediately approached by a man carrying a mink hunting staff. With their suspicions now fully aroused, the sabs approached the main group and saw the hounds on the opposite bank. As the sabs crossed the river, the huntsman decided his day was up and turned back towards his hound van with the sabs in pursuit. One elderly hunter thought it would be a good idea to push one of the sabs, at which point the sabs phoned the police.
The hounds were quickly boxed up and driven away with the sabs trying to follow on foot. As the sabs reached the road, the police arrived and
stopped the main convoy of hunt vehicles. All of the hunters present had their details taken by the police, who also informed the wildlife officers in all three adjacent counties that illegal hunting might be taking place.
Usan Salmon Fisheries aka Scottish Wild Salmon Company today received the judge's sentencing at Forfar Sheriffs Court. Members of the HSA Seal Guardian Campaign attended court to hear the verdict. They were fined £7000 for multiple breaches of netting laws (leaving nets in the water out of permitted hours and the taking of fish past the 6pm Friday night weekend close time). George Pullar requested 18 months to pay the fine. The judge gave him 12 months. We think if they just sold one of their 4 flashy pick up trucks with personalised plates, or the land rover, or one of the boats that haven't been used all season and are just sitting on a grassy bank, or one of the vintage cars, or a tractor, or one of the flat beds, or one of their many properties (flats, houses, etc) they'd be able to pay it off with no bother.
The defence lawyer told the court that Usan had suffered a decrease in profits from £68,000 to £38,000, and were in a "bad trading position"... And that for tax purposes, neither George nor David Pullar, company directors, took a wage... They get paid in dividends. The judge noted that there had recently been a "substantial increase in purchases" by the company and there had been a "very substantial increase in turnover" since 2013.
So, the seal-shooting company finally have a criminal record!
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