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”
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