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.
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