A sab from West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs has finally had the case brought against her for breaching the NFU High Court Injunction dropped. She was the only person in the country to be taken to court for breaching the injunction that was linked with the badger cull last year.
The decision was taken by the CPS to discontinue the prosecution, prior to a legal argument hearing that was set to take place this week at Gloucester Crown Court. The prosecution failed to provide a counter argument to the skeleton document that the defence had provided.
The sab in question had to attend court on four separate occasions, two of which were in Crown court and the whole thing has not only been a waste of time, but has also cost the tax payer a considerable amount of money.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: "Powerful companies such as the NFU and Huntingdon Life Sciences are misusing injunctions to try and stifle legal protest. They use their wealth to create their own private laws. It is gratifying to see that this case, along with almost all the other unlawful arrests during last years culls, has been dropped. We look forward to seeing some substantial financial payouts from these unlawful arrests and we hope the Government and NFU will now realise that the cull was successfully stopped by entirely legal means."
The terrierman of the York and Ainsty South Fox Hunt, and two other men, have been charged with interfering with a badger sett. The charges stem from an incident in December last year when members of Sheffield and Doncaster hunt saboteurs came upon the men digging out a fox at Escrick Park, near Selby North Yorkshire, whilst following the hunt. The sabs managed to save the fox despite having to defend themselves from violence from a large group of hunt supporters. The sabs reported the incident to North Yorkshire Police who took statements before charging the men. They are due to appear at York Magistrates Court on the 5th June.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, Said: "Congratulations to these brave hunt saboteurs who not only saved the fox on the day but followed it up by reporting the incident to the police. We understand that Escrick Park, previously a stronghold of the hunt, no longer allows them on their land due to the negative press generated by this incident."
Press release from December last year can be viewed here.
On Sunday 11th May a lone female sab was observing salmon nets owned by seal killers Scottish Wild Salmon Company at Usan, south of Montrose. Netting at the weekend breaches licence conditions, and the nets should not have been in the water. Conditions were calm and SWSC had no excuse for not removing the nets.
Whilst trying to observe the SWSC boat approaching the nets, the sab was confronted by two members of the Pullar family, who own SWSC, who had arrived in a pick up truck.
Later in the day two sabs were confronted by five Members of the Pullar family and their thugs. They attempted to intimidate the sabs by filming at close quarters and trying to demand they removed items of clothing, which the sabs refused to do. The SWSC thugs then backed off and called the police who duly arrived and harassed the sabs, although no offence had been reported. SWSC lied to the police by saying that they had not spoken to the sabs, despite being caught on camera doing so. The police stated that they just wanted to know what the sabs were doing, and completely ignored the illegal weekend fishing, even when it was pointed out to them.
More sabs are on their way to Scotland and will be directly intervening to save the lives of the seals from those that wish to kill them in the name of profit.
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