HSA news release January 24th 1995

Horrific video exposes cruelty of deerhunt

Labour MP for Nottingham South, Alan Simpson, will be hosting a Hunt Saboteurs Association press conference in London tomorrow at which dramatic video footage of a deer being drowned by the New Forest Buckhounds will be shown in public for the first time. Copies of the footage and stills from the video will be available at the Press Conference.

The video was taken by two hunt saboteurs who also carry out their own campaigning work under the name Wildlife Action at a Buckhounds meet in the New Forest on Friday 13th January 1995.

HSA news release 21st January 1995

Hunt Saboteurs today effectively imposed a blanket ban on bloodsports in Essex. In a well-coordinated and sophisticated operation, nearly 100 saboteurs reduced three foxhunts and a pheasant shoot in locations across the county to a shambles, forcing all of them to pack up early in disarray.

Saboteurs hit the Essex Farmers' & Union Foxhunt meet at the Fox and Hounds, Tillingham; the Essex & Suffolk Foxhunt meet at Tendring Lodge; the Essex Foxhunt meet at Hatfield Broadoak; and a pheasant shoot at Bradwell. Saboteurs took effective action to ensure that no animals were killed at any of the locations and by 2 p.m. all the hunts and the shoot had given up: Essex was a bloodsports-free zone and saboteurs claimed victory.

HSA news release 18th January 1995

With one case of aggravated trespass against a hunt saboteur in Kent having already failed (Kent CPS dropped all criminal charges in return for a bindover), the next rash of cases are coming to court in the next few weeks. Current trial dates available are as follows:


  • Thursday 19th January, Wigton Magistrates:A Cumbria saboteur is appearing before magistrates on charges of aggravated trespass.
  • Friday 27th January, Hexham Magistrates: Tyneside saboteur is appearing before magistrates on charges of aggravated trespass.
  • Thursday 2nd February, Maidstone Magistrates:2 Kent saboteurs are appearing before magistrates to face charges of aggravated trespass.


Other cases currently going through the courts, but with no trial date set as yet, include 5 saboteurs at Corby, 3 at Swindon, several in Essex, and 2 at Kettering. We will issue further details of trial dates as they become available.


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