Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 11th February 2019
On Friday the 8th February 2019, after a five day trial at the Crown Court in Lewis, West Sussex, a 64 year old member of West Sussex Hunt saboteurs was found not guilty of two charges of serious stalking.
The charges were brought against her by employees of the Crawley & Horsham hunt after she stood on a public bridleway to see if the hunts hound van had left the kennels. In July 2017 she attended a voluntary interview with Sussex Police and was then informed in January 2018 the CPS had authorised the charges.
Despite Sussex Police recording threat, harm and risk as low, they put the most serious level of stalking to the CPS. In January 2018 the CPS decided to prosecute even though they had no evidence. Consequentially she was suspended from her job when Sussex Police told her governing body that she was a domestic extremist (the judge summed up monitoring hunts as lawful and reasonable) and lost her income. Her life since the charge has been made unbearable; her family life and her health have suffered. On Monday 4th February 2019 the case went to Crown Court for trial, and after five days the jury took only an hour to unanimously find her not guilty.
Present in the court was Kim Richardson from the Crawley & Horsham Hunt and Serena Soames a director of the hunt and also the wife of Conservative MP Sir Nicholas Soames.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “All this 64 year old grandmother did was stand on a public bridleway and watch to see if the hound van had left the hunt kennels. Sussex Police and the Crown Prosecution Service decided it was in the public interest to waste five days of court time to charge this individual with stalking. We wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that the wife of a Conservative MP is a director of the hunt? Sussex Police have no integrity and it's clear they're nothing more than lackeys for the hunting community and their influential supporters.”
Introducing Anthony Daniell of Dorset and London, Chairman and Director of the Portman Hunt Ltd and the ironically titled Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (that's shooting animals for fun) and of a company called Ripjar.
Who are Ripjar? To quote their company spiel “Ripjar is a global company of talented technologists, data scientists and analysts designing products that will change the way criminal activities are detected and prevented. Our founders are experienced technologists & leaders from the heart of UK security and intelligence community all previously working at the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).”
Just last year the Hunt Saboteurs Association found themselves the target of counter terrorism police having labelled the HSA as a domestic extremist organisation in their advice to partners and others regarding the use of symbols, see:
Is it any surprise that hunts can get away with murder when people in positions of power such as Daniell are strongly linked to bloodsports?
Just last weekend, hunt monitors reported seeing a fox being chased from Daniell's land in Dorset by the Portman hunt.
We believe Anthony Daniell's positions are a very worrying conflict of interest, you can contact Ripjar to complain https://ripjar.com/contact/
As numerous HSA exposés have shown, the game bird industry relies on factory farming for it’s supply of 50 million birds. Lesser known is what happens to those 50 million birds after they have been shot. This footage taken by hidden cameras shows exactly what is happening. A coalition of anti hunt and anti badger cull activists (Hunt Saboteurs Association, Stop the Cull and West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs), have come together to use their expertise with covert filming, to reveal a dump of pheasants killed at a game shoot. In 2013 it was estimated that a shocking 10,000 ton of pheasants were being dumped every year, that was based on 15 million birds being killed. Savills Game Shooting review last year indicated a much lower price per bird shot, we believe this reflects the huge increase in numbers of birds being shot over the last 5 years.
Jay Tiernan, spokesperson for Stop the Cull said: “From watching and listening to people involved in game shooting, it has become obvious that very few people within the industry are prepared to accept that the majority of birds being shot are not making it to the table. Perhaps it is a guilty secret? Whatever the reasoning, it is something that anti bloodsports activists are particularly interested in exposing. Small hidden cameras are becoming cheaper and easier to use, so those involved in the industry should expect to come under closer and closer scrutiny by activists, and in turn by the wider public. Whilst no one in the grassroots animal rights community would condone any killing of game birds, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the big bag shoots (where hundreds of birds are shot per day) are the main perpetrators of this heinous waste of life. It certainly can’t be said, when killing a pheasant on these now common large scale shoots, that it’s “one for the pot”.”
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated:
"This footage proves the lie that shooting has anything to do with conservation. Game birds are factory farmed in huge numbers purely to be shot in big bag shoots. Shooting is a bloodsport and nothing more. As we receive more and more information about them via our tip off line we expect disruption of shoots by local hunt saboteur groups to increase."
Tip off number: 07443 148 426
Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 7th January 2019
Footage has been passed to the Hunt Saboteurs Association showing members of the Kimblewick Hunt releasing a captive fox to be chased and killed by the hunts hounds. Their actions not only cause unnecessary harm to the fox but are also carried out to facilitate illegal hunting.
The footage was filmed on New Years Day when the hunt met at Moreton, Thame, Oxon. It shows the hunt terrier men using draining rods to force the fox, that they’ve been holding captive, out of a drainage pipe then being thrown into the wood for hounds to chase. The terriermen can clearly be heard communicating with the huntsman agreeing when the best time is to release the fox which is given a brief head start so that the hunt riders experience a chase rather than a quick kill.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Incidents like this prove time and again that hunts throughout the UK are still totally focused on hunting and killing live animals. In recent years the South Herefordshire, the Middleton, the Pytchley, the Belvoir and now the Kimblewick have all been implicated in keeping captive foxes to hunt, showing that this behaviour is commonplace amongst hunts.
Even with this concrete proof of illegal hunting, on one of the most high profile days in the hunting calendar, we expect the MFHA to do nothing. Unless they immediately suspend the Kimblewick it’s an admission that this kind of activity is still commonplace amongst their member hunts and considered totally acceptable in the hunting community.
In 2018 the Kimblewick killed 97 of their hounds due to an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis at their kennels. It beggars belief that hunts are still willing to maraud across the countryside putting both their hounds and other animals at risk of infection.
After viewing the video Chris Williamson, Labour MP for Derby North, and a former hunt saboteur, said: "Hunts up and down the country are routinely flouting the hunting ban.
"This arrogant disregard for the law of the land can only be stopped if the loopholes in the legislation are removed.
“That is why Labour have recently pledged to strengthen the Hunting Act and ghastly incidents like this underpins that commitment.
"Tougher penalties are essential, including prison sentences for persistent offenders, if we are to deliver the wildlife protection that parliament voted for over 14 years ago."
Note for editors:
On New Years Day the hunt met in Moreton, Thame, Oxon.
The Kimblewick's Master huntsman is Andrew Sallis and the kennel huntsman is Robert Truscott. Either may have been hunting them when this incident took place.
In the video the hunt terriermen can be seen forcing a fox out of an artificial earth using drain rods.
Mark Vincent (on the Left) can clearly be heard talking to the huntsman on his phone agreeing when is the best time to release the fox.
Once the hounds are close the fox is thrown into the wood for hounds to chase. The fox is given a head start as the hunt are aiming to provide a chase for their supporters to enjoy.
When the hounds arrive they are encouraged on by both the terriermen and the huntsman in the background.
Vincent can be heard saying the fox has gone into thick undergrowth but the hounds will “work him out”
Hunt saboteurs have been attacked by both the East Kent with West Street and the Ashford Valley Tickham fox hunts this morning. A supporter of the East Kent has been arrested for GBH after a sab was hospitalised with a suspected broken eye socket.
Demonstrations had taken place at the East Kent’s hunt meet at their kennels in Elham, moved there from the center of the village due to pressure from locals, and at the Ashford Valley’s meet in Tenterden. In Elham there were over 100 demonstrators, and only 40 hunt riders. Kent police had turned up in force to keep the groups apart.
After the hunt had left, a group of drunken hunt supporters attacked the sabs and their vehicle as they tried to leave (all attackers had been drinking with the hunt at the kennels earlier, and had made threats of violence to demonstrators). During the attack, a sab was thrown in front of a passing car which was deliberately swerved at him, and then punched & kicked repeatedly by two or more men, causing significant injuries to his face.
Luckily as more hunt support turned up to continue the attack, the police arrived, and arrested one of the perpetrators but others fled the scene.
Video of the attack has been passed to Kent Police, and more arrests are expected in due course.
Meanwhile in Tenterden a 19 year old and a female demonstrator were both punched in the face by jeering drunken hunt supporters, and anti-hunt demonstrators had to be escorted to safety by the police (who only provided two officers!). A band that had turned up to play at the demo were attacked and had their equipment destroyed. One supporter was arrested at the scene.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Even on their highest profile day, when the eyes of the world are on them, the hunting community can’t control themselves. Frustrated that public opinion is turning more and more against them and they’re no longer welcome at their traditional high profile Boxing Day meets they resort to violence against those who oppose them. These injuries pictured here are the reality of Boxing day hunts rather than the chocolate Box images distributed by the Countryside Alliance and their supporters.