On Saturday the 21st February the York and Ainsty South Foxhunt met at Sutton Hall, North Yorkshire, home of Sir Reginald Adrian Berkeley Sheffield, David Cameron's father in law.
Hunt saboteurs were present to monitor the hunt and were horrified when, in the middle of the afternoon, eight of the hunts hounds chased and killed a fox. The hunts whipper in tried to take the body away but upon the arrival of saboteurs fled the scene and the sabs were able to retrieve the dead fox.
It is now being autopsied and the incident has been reported to North Yorkshire police. Officers from North Yorkshire were present on the day but showed little interest in the incident, preferring to spend their time fraternising with the hunt.
It is believed Robert Sheffield, David Cameron's brother in Law, may have attended the hunt yesterday.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Horrific incidents such as this show not only that illegal hunting is still rife but also that David Cameron and the Conservative party are inextricably linked with the hunting community. It is interesting to note that North Yorkshire Police haven't attended any hunt meets so far this season when hunt saboteurs are present. It seems an unlikely coincidence that they suddenly choose to attend and fraternise with the hunt on the day they meet at the home of an influential local landowner and David Cameron's father in law.”
Today over fifty sabs attended the Severn Vale Hare hunting festival, originally thought to be a single day event but thanks to Kay Thompson, hunt photographer, who posted about her attendance on her Twitter feed (doh), we realised it is a six day event.
Sabs turned up to realise that this sport, so vaunted by the Countryside Alliance, as growing from strength to strength could only muster less than twenty people. There were over fifty sabs so they were outnumbered two to one. The hunt present was the Wilts and Infantry, and being of a military mind-set like nothing better than to stand firm in the face of adversity and calling on the Churchill/Dunkirk spirit they girded their loins, jumped in their cars and ran away.
Sabs followed and one female hunter tried to block the highway and was politely shuffled off to the side so our vehicles could follow. There then followed a lot of driving around until the hunt went to ground in a Police divisional HQ to hand themselves in (we think). By then we had diverted most of the sabs to the Vale of White Horse Fox hunt to ruin the end of their day.
Now we know we are in for five more days of hunting we have much organizing to do but will be able to keep our numbers up, the call is out and more sabs will be driving down tonight. We are confident that this week’s festival is effectively over.
More tomorrow if the hunters dare to show their faces.
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