Hunt saboteurs Association Press Release 5th April 2013
The financially troubled Crawley & Horsham Fox hunt was convicted on May 15th 2012 of 5 counts of illegal hunting. Following these convictions it would be expected that such a high profile blood sport organisation and its supporters would attempt to keep within the law but that has not been the case.
In the last year alone supporters of this hunt have been found guilty or have been issued warnings for the following:
- Road traffic and health & safety offences where a young child was endangered by being made to ride unrestrained on the open trailer of a quad bike on the public roads during a hunt near Netherwood on the 29th September 20012 (video available)
- Illegally making street collections in Horsham town centre in January 2013
- A Section 59 of the police reform act 2002 for dangerous driving with no concern for the safety of pedestrians during a hunt near Dragon's green on the 10th march 2013
- A hunt supporter was warned for making improper sexual comments to female anti-hunt campaigner again near Netherwood on the 29th September 20012
Other incidents are with Sussex police and will be resolved in the next few months.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: "These numerous separate incidents show that those who partake in hunting believe themselves to be above the law and can act in any fashion they see fit, endangering the public and their own children in reckless acts. The rapidly reducing numbers attending this hunt, and others, show that hunting is a dying pursuit and that in the 21st century such activities and attitudes are not acceptable. The sooner this hunt shuts up shop for good the better for society as a whole."
Hunt saboteurs Association Press Release. 17th March 2013
On Saturday 16th of March as part of a clearly planned attack saboteurs from the Essex and Suffolk group were attacked. Using sticks tipped with metal supporters of the hunt assaulted and beat the saboteurs aiming in particular for the person carrying the video camera, smashing it beyond use. Saboteurs were also kicked and punched in the head in the sustained attacked.
Following this incident the hunt chased a fox to earth into a badger sett and proceeded to dig into the sett in breach of both the Protection of badgers act 1993 and the Hunting act 2004. Saboteurs on the scene were again attacked with spades and multiple assaults were committed, resulting in many injuries such as pictured. Essex police responded to a 999 call with four vehicles and a helicopter and acted on the clearly visible injuries by arresting a saboteur for breach of the peace, although no charges were pressed. On request for action to their assaults they were told by police in attendance to report them to a police station later.
Lee Moon of the hunt Saboteurs Association stated:
“Faced with a clear breach of animal welfare law and numerous assaults to hunt saboteurs, Essex police responded by blaming the victims and ignoring the crimes against wildlife. They seem to be acting in the time honoured stance of turning a blind eye to hunt violence and animal cruelty. It’s about time Essex police started realising that times have changed and the public expects these criminal acts to be treated the same as if they were in the high street on Saturday.”
Crime reference: Essex Police 540160313
Hunt saboteurs association Press Release March 10th 2013
Recently three men have been jailed after capturing themselves on camera committing sustained and horrific levels of animal cruelty in a case the RSPCA described as “the most disturbing” he has handled in 23 years.
The crimes came to the light after a Hunt Saboteur passed on photographic and video evidence, first to the League against Cruel Sports (LACS), who then handed it onto the RSPCA. Mark Wesley Smith, Liam Patrick Ardito and Gary Cannon, all from Grimsby, admitted setting their dogs on a trapped fox in a sickening cage fight on the town’s golf course, where they had posed as pest controllers.
But there was third unidentified man who was not located. We need to find this man urgently so he can face the same charges as the other men.
If you know this man please report his identity to the Police and RSPCA, if you feel unable to do this for reasons of personal safety please let the Hunt Saboteurs Association know the information and we will pass it onto the Police for you.
Original press release
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