The Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) is pleased to announce its affiliation to the Anti-fascist network (AFN).
The HSA has always had a policy of inclusion, welcoming anyone into our ranks regardless of race, creed, gender, religion or sexuality, and has been forced over the years to confront and exclude people who have been proved to be racist or fascist. Our active members have for years been the subject of racist (and sexist) abuse from the hunting community which only highlights that our struggle to end hunting also promotes a more ethical attitude to both humans and animals.
Both the HSA and AFN promote a policy of confronting those engaged in racism and hunting respectively, on the streets and in the countryside. To not only stop such activities continuing but also to highlight them to the wider public. While other organisations hide their heads in their hands, hoping that a few leaflets or email shots will make the problems go away, we are clear that the only way to end both hunting and racism is confront it head on, so those who partake of such actions and attitudes are clear that we will oppose them until they stop.
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BBC Scotland are reporting that the slaughter of seals in, and around, Gardenstown Harbour in the North East of Scotland has been abandoned due to pressure from hunt saboteurs and Sea Shepherd. The Scottish Wild Salmon Company was killing the animals to prevent them eating the salmon that they wished to catch and kill for human consumption.
The presence of the anti cull campaigners has made it impossible for the killers to shoot seals so the company have now announced they will instead use acoustic devices to drive seals away from nets. Hunt saboteurs will remain in the area to ensure that the cull has definately finished in this area and if it has will turn their attentions to other areas in Scotland where the seal slaughter continues.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association stated: "While we are pleased to see media reports that the slaughter in Gardenstown has been abandoned we do not trust these companies that are willing to murder wild animals to protect their profits. Hunt saboteurs will therefore remain in the area to ensure they remain true to their word. If as they claim the seals can be repelled using acoustic devices then we would ask Natural Scotland to revoke all the licences they have issued to kill seals as this more humane alternative is surely preferable."
Members of the HSA have just returned from Scotland where they have been involved in stopping the shooting of seals by fishing companies. They have been busy mapping the location of Salmon nets used by the Scottish Wild Salmon Company in, and around, Gamrie Bay, Aberdeenshire. Since arriving in the area hunt saboteurs have ranged across the territory on foot locating seal kill zones from beaches, hillsides and treacherous cliff-top locations often in extreme weather conditions. This vital information will enable Sea Shepherd to intervene between marksmen and the seals.
Each year fishing companies in Scotland shoot up to 4000 seals under license from Natural Scotland to protect the wild salmon which they later kill for human consumption.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the HSA, stated: "We are pleased to be working with Sea Shepherd and happy to utilise the skills we've aquired during the badger culls to carry out this invaluable work. The mass murder of Scottish seals has been going on uninterrupted for far too long and we hope this will be the first of many such interventions by hunt saboteurs."