Out of solidarity with vegan and animal rights activists, Vegfest have kindly offered 100 free tickets to our supporters, to attend this year's VegfestUK London free of charge on the Sunday Oct 27th 2019.
 
Each entry ticket allows an additional guest per ticket and includes access to all areas of the event, including the 350 stalls, talks, cookery demos, panels and live music sessions at the event on the Sunday. One of the new features of this event is the Vegan Climate Change Summit on the Sunday, which focuses on climate change. Other features include the Animal Rights & Activism room, a talks room dedicated to Movement Building, alongside a Wildlife Summit.
 
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Today Mark Davies plead not guilty to two charges of assault on sabs at Chesterfield Magistrates Court. The charges come after an incident which occurred at the 2019 New Years Day meet of the Barlow Hunt, which was attended by Sheffield and West Yorkshire Hunt Sabs.
 
Davies, ex master of the Barlow and secretary of the Pennine Foxhounds, is an immigration judge. In December 2018 he was professionally disciplined for prejudicial remarks against Iranians. Previously, he made the news after his appearance in a naked calendar, to raise money for the Pennine Hunt, alongside wife and current Barlow joint master Joan Williams, Who is the ex South Yorkshire Police Superintendant.
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Last year, The Barlow made headlines as joint master Chris White was filmed baiting a trap and catching a badger in the Peak District. The Pennine hunt also made the papers in 2005, when their huntsman vowed to break the law in order to continue hunting.
 
Davies goes to trial on the 12th November.
 
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt saboteurs Association, stated: " Clearly Davies is a man with little respect for the law.  We imagine this case won't go anywhere as the judiciary will stick together and protect one of their own but his lack of character is obvious and we're sure the public can draw their own conclusions as to his guilt.
 

Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 26th June 2019

 

Convicted Conservative MP Chris Davies is a former master of two fox hunts and threatened in 2004 that members of his Golden Valley Hunt would break the law when hunting was banned. During his mastership both the Golden Valley and Banwen Miners hunts carried out violent attacks on hunt saboteurs.

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In March of this year Davies was convicted of making false expenses claims. He received a £1500 fine and had to carry out 50 hours of community service. This led last week to the electorate of his Brecon and Radnorshire constituency raising a recall petition to have him de-selected as their MP and forcing a by-election. He has now been re-selected by the Conservative Party as their candidate in the upcoming by-election.

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Davies was master of the Banwen miners hunt in the Swansea Valley from 1993-99 before moving to the Golden Valley Hunt on the Welsh Border in 2000. In 2004 in the run up to the ban he did not have the bottle to say he would personally defy the law, but told the BBC that some of his members would (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/4026351.stm).

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Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “It's hard to think of a less useful member of society than an ex-hunt master, corrupt Tory MP. We hate to kick a man while he's down but we'll make an exception in this case. Davies is clearly a man who can't be trusted. Whilst master of the Golden Valley Hunt he implicated himself in flouting the Hunting ban and now as a public servant he has deliberately falsified accounts to rip off the public purse. It’s testament to the low moral standards of the Conservative Party that they’ve re-selected him for the upcoming by-election and we wanted the Brecon and Radnorshire electorate to know the type of man they’re potentially voting for.

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