It is with great sadness that the HSA Seal Guardian Campaign 2015 reports the loss of its first seal.
The Scottish Wild Salmon Company aka Usan Fisheries shot this female adult grey seal. It was not a clean shot. The bullet entered the lower cheek/neck area, and passed straight through her. She would have suffered enormously, before finally drowning. This has been reported to the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS), SPCA and police, and we are waiting to be told if SMASS are going to come to collect her in order to do an autopsy. In the meantime, this poor girl has been washing in and out of Corbie Knowe beach, Lunan Bay, for a week. David Pullar, one of the Directors of the company, arrived at the site on Sunday 19th July. When asked if he was there to collect the body, he said yes. But he did not want to be filmed dealing with the body (trying to avoid any grizzley, bad-for-their-image footage being taken), s o after ten minutes of sitting in his pick up truck, he drove off. The poor seal remains on the beach.
We have been in Montrose since April. This is the first seal we have lost on this campaign. She will not go un-avenged. We will remain until the close of the salmon netting season, in mid-September, and continue to do as much as we can to prevent the seals of the Angus coast being illegally shot by sea bumpkin scum.
The greedy fishing company, who currently have 14 coastal salmon nets and 100 lobster pots suck along a ten mile stretch of coast say they are only trying to protect their profits... The Pullars of the Scottish Wild Salmon Company are multi-millionaires, by the way. Maybe it's something to do with all the illegal over-fishing that they have recently pleaded guilty to in court? Don't see any other millionaire fishing companies around here that have been caught repeatedly fishing out of hours...
The rotund gunman in the full bally is Alan Third, sometime employee of the Scottish Wild Salmon Company, who also operates as a Health and Safety expert.
Two West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs (WMHS) have been informed that Leicestershire police are trying to issue them with a Police Information
Notice(PIN) following allegations made by the Atherstone hunt.
Over the last season, the two sabs in question attended the Atherstone Hunt on a regular basis, where they gained footage of illegal hunting, assaults, racist behaviour and blocked badger setts. Currently one of the sabs is a witness in a court case concerning the illegal blocking of badger setts. The prospective witness also believes followers of the hunt have been to her home address and committed criminal damage to two vehicles, which the hunt have openly boasted about.
The police are accusing the sabs of goading and harassing a member of the hunt. When asked by the sab's solicitor if they will be serving the hunt with any PINs in response to their law breaking the police replied that they will merely be speaking to the hunt regarding their behaviour.
All of the allegations made by the hunt against WMHS this season have been proven to be false. So the police are now helping the hunt by grossly
misusing a Police Information Notice, which they don't need any evidence to issue. They can base it on any allegations made to them, no matter if
they are unsubstantiated. West Mids sabs have video evidence of this particular hunt member assaulting and harassing sabs but the police would
rather act on unsubstantiated allegations by the hunt.
Recently WMHS received a copy of a letter from the Atherstone Hunt Masters to it's supporters regarding the 2014/2015 hunting season. The letter shows that the police were advising the hunt during this season and had even been out undercover with them. The police had been advising the hunt on it's behaviour and had also given advice regarding video footage that the sab group posted online. The letter states "To continue having good sport, we all have to do our bit to discourage the saboteurs/monitors by following the advice of the police".
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “In our opinion this is a gross misuse of PINs. By issuing them Leicestershire
police are trying to suppress the right to protest and this must be contested so this does not become a common tactic used against hunt saboteurs and other protest groups.
The Hunt letter also proves that the police are once again taking the side of hunts and are turning a blind eye to repeated criminal behaviour on
their part. They are further misusing powers to aid illegal hunting. We would like to hear how Leicestershire police can justify their behaviour and we hope they start allocating greater resources to illegal hunting rather than persecuting innocent protestors ”
Note to editors:
All of the details of this case are still not known, but as soon as we find out more next week we will provide an update. We have received a tip off from an anonymous source that on Friday three terrier men; Dylan Hill, James Smith and Jack Hudd from the Ross Harriers Hunt were all found guilty, at Hereford magistrates Court, of breaching the hunting act. We have been additionally informed that Dylan Hill was found in possession of a bagged fox.
The guilty men acted as terrier men for the hunt. Their role was to dig out foxes that had gone to ground after having cornered the terrified animal with terriers. This is one of the most barbaric parts of hunting and is normally kept away from the public eye. It causes horrific injuries and suffering to both the terriers and foxes. Once dug out the fox is either killed, released in front of the hounds to be hunted again or bagged to be hunted at a later date. The Ross Harriers hunt both hares and foxes and although like all the hunts will deny any illegal activity, these charges certainly raise some serious questions?
How long have these three men been doing terrier work for the hunt?
How frequently does the hunt use bagged foxes when out “trail hunting”?
Will the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles now commit to a full inquiry into the Ross Harriers?
Since 2005 hunts across the UK have routinely flouted the law. These convictions highlight one of the main problem with the hunting act. Even when it's enforced individuals get convicted but the hunts typically distance themselves from the individuals and and continue without repercussions. This will continue regardless of the result of next weeks vote.
Rather than relaxing the law MP's should be tightening loop holes in the current legislation including abolishing terrier work. The current “code of practice” for terrier work is being widely ignored and it urgently needs reviewing.
Please contact your MP, tell them how unhappy you are with the planned amendment and that you wish to see the hunting act strengthened.
Until we see that strengthening of the act and more stringent enforcement we, the Hunt Saboteurs, will be going out across the country using non-violent direct action to protect wildlife from those that would kill animals for their own sick entertainment.
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