Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 14th March 2018
Surrey Union whipper-in Rob Mardles was arrested on Tuesday for assaulting and spitting on a female hunt sab at the end of a days illegal hunting.
Frustrated that Guildford and North Downs sabs had ruined one of their final meets of the season Mardles pushed the sab into a ditch and spat on her. She was kept in hospital overnight with an injured back and had to use a wheelchair upon her release.
The Surrey Union have previous for assaulting sabs. In 2017 hunt master Lulu Hutley, Godmother to Princess Eugenie, was filmed hitting a sab with her whip.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “This week former footballer and Sky News pundit, Jamie Carragher, has been suspended after being filmed spitting at a car. We'd hope that the Surrey Union will follow suit and suspend their employee Rob Mardles whilst the police investigation is carried out.
With Lulu Hutley as one of their masters the hunt are clearly influential and we hope this doesn't affect the police investigation. Justice must be seen to be done against these violent countryside criminals or questions will be asked of Surrey Police. We wish the sab concerned a full and speedy recovery.”
The HSA can today expose illegal hunting by a beagle pack associated with one of Britain's top public schools. The £34,392 a year Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire encourages its students to participate in hunts by the Ampleforth Beagles.
In their 2017 newsletter, published on the official website of the Ampleforth Society, the hunt boast of their membership of the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles which they claim organises events "especially designed for young hare hunters." Elsewhere in the newsletter, the huntsman Toby Pedley gives a detailed account of an event at Cote Hill, Farndale that can only be an illegal hare hunt.
HSA Press Officer Lee Moon commented, "Hunting hares with beagles has been illegal for a generation. It is therefore extremely concerning that Ampleforth College have used their website to to promote the work of the AMHB with "young hare hunters" and publish a thinly-disguised account of a gruelling hour-long hare hunt. If the college want to refute our allegations they simply need to take an independent observer onto the moors and demonstrate how such a hunt is legally produced using "trails." We know, however, that they will decline this invitation as trail hunting is a total fiction."
Read the full HSA report here:
Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 22nd February 2018
Shaun Stacey, self appointed hunt steward, was today sentenced at Northampton Magistrates court for multiple assaults against hunt saboteurs. He received a 6 month community order, 4 month tag between 19:00 and 07:00 and a fine of £1010 including compensation to the victims.
He was not deemed fit for the community order (although fit enough to attend hunts and assault people) so he has to attend 10 sessions to learn empathy. He has stated to the probation service that he will NOT be attending any hunts. Whether he does remains to be seen.
He still has one further assault charge to be heard in the coming months.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Stacey and his band of so called stewards are nothing more than a violent criminal gang who protect illegal hunts and attack anyone who gets in their way. Stacey has an extensive record of violence against hunt sabs and whilst we're pleased he was found guilty the sentence was far to lenient and we believe that if the tables were turned then a prison sentence would be the result. If hunts have nothing to hide then why do they employ these violent stewards to stop hunt sabs.”
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