Hunt Violence Gets Off To An Early Start On Boxing Day

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On the biggest day of the hunting year, sabs have been out in force across the country, saving foxes and hares from the criminal hunters.

This, despite the fact that tooled-up hunters in the southwest spent Christmas night attacking sab vehicles in an orchestrated, pre-emptive strike. Several cars and Land Rovers belonging to Weymouth Animal Rights (WAR) and North Dorset Hunt Sabs had their tyres slashed, with hunters even breaking into a sab’s garage to carry out an attack. Needless to say, these cowardly actions failed to deter hunt saboteurs.

One of several sab vehicles attacked on Christmas night.
One of several sab vehicles attacked on Christmas night.

Also in the south west, Devon County Hunt Sabs faced down sustained violence from the Eggesford Hunt, with one sab being struck with a riding crop and another being hospitalised after they were knocked flying by terrierman’s quadbike.

Sab’s bodycam shows the horrifying moment they were deliberately struck by a quadbike at the Eggesford Hunt.
Sab’s bodycam shows the horrifying moment they were deliberately struck by a quadbike at the Eggesford Hunt.

Elsewhere in the country, sabs intervened at dozens of hunts, using time-honoured tactics to ensure that our wildlife can run free.

Seeing red: Manchester sabs all over the criminal Meynell Hunt.
Seeing red: Manchester sabs all over the criminal Meynell Hunt.

Away from the killing fields, the Countryside Alliance’s top brass had clearly been at the stirrup cup early and badly fluffed their lines on hunting’s big day!

While their hapless Chief Executive, Tim Bonner, was describing the Hunting Act as “a bad law passed for bad reasons”, his organisation’s Chair – ex-Policing Minister Nick Herbert – was praising it as “perfectly effective” legislation. Make your mind up!

A HSA spokesperson commented, “Fox hunters are going to increasingly extreme lengths to avoid scrutiny by hunt sabs. Whether it is vandalising our vehicles on Christmas night or getting the Defence Secretary to intervene on their behalf – as Ben Wallace did with the Royal Artillery Hunt just the other day – there is nothing they won’t do to carry on hunting.”

Please donate here to Weymouth Animal Rights and here to North Dorset Hunt Saboteurs to get them back on the road.

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