Recent reports have confirmed what hunt saboteurs already knew - the marksmen shooting badgers in the government culls were marauding across the countryside, trespassing on land that was not part of the cull with high powered rifles.
In theory these hired killers were subject to stringent rules and regulations but more and more evidence is coming to light that these were just ignored in a bid to kill as many badgers as possible with the minimum amount of effort on the killers part.
Gloucestershire police are now carrying out a criminal investigation into the shooters law breaking. Much of the shooting activity was filmed by AHVLA (a Government department) monitors and the HSA demands that the police are given full access to these tapes in order to carry out a thorough investigation.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: "Everyone already knew that the badger cull was a scientific farce and it's now becoming clear it was also illegally carried out. The only option for the government is to suspend the culling licenses until the criminal investigation is concluded."
Andy Bull, terrierman of the Meynell & South Staffordshire Fox Hounds, has received a police caution for assaulting a hunt saboteur from Manchester in February 2014 at Kingstone, Staffordshire.
Sabs were intervening as the hunt attempted to illegally chase a fox when Mr Bull became aggressive, grabbing a sab around the throat and attempting to swing punches.
Members of the hunt had to restrain him.
Two employees of the hunt were previously found guilty of breaking the Hunting Act in 2012 after members of Derby Hunt Saboteurs filmed them illegally chasing fox cubs.
Ironically, terrierman Andy Bull is listed on the hunt's website as their 'wildlife officer' (seriously! see http://www.mssh.co.uk/who-s-who).
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: "Andy Bull has a long history of violence against sabs and we are pleased he is finally being held to account for his actions. We look forward to hearing what action the hunt take against one of their employees who has admitted a violent assault as we assume they will have no choice other than to sack him"
More than half the minkhunts in Britain have been sabotaged so far this summer. Saturday 9th August saw hunt saboteurs disrupt a joint meet of the 3 Counties and Teme Valley Minkhounds at their meet in Aston Cantlow, Warwickshire. This took the number of packs sabotaged this summer to eleven, over 50% of the estimated total number of these elusive hunts in the Uk. Illegal mink hunting is such a secretive pastime that there are no definite figures for how many of these hunts are still in existence. Despite their attempts to stay under the radar they aren't escaping our attentions any longer.
After lots of research and information received from many different sources we have, this summer, been able to severely hinder these bloodthirsty groups who destroy the fragile riverbanks in their indiscriminate pursuit of mink, otter, water voles and rats. They have refused to leave their meets, or packed up immediately, upon sabs arrival. Sure sign that they're hunting illegally. The police have responded against sabs with heavy force, despite no crimes being committed, costing taxpayers a fortune to protect an ILLEGAL activity.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: "Mink hunting is one of the most secretive forms of illegal hunting that takes place. It occurs during the summer, away from the traditional hunting season, and only the most trusted of the blood thirsty hunting community are invited to attend. We are in no doubt that this summers campaign against them will have severely curtailed their illegal slaughter of wildlife and we are pleased that that the mink hunting season will now become a regular target for hunt saboteurs"
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