Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 4th April 2018
The trial of John Mease and the, now retired, Fitzwilliam huntsman George Adams took place at Peterborough Magistrates court yesterday and today. The offences related to the death of a fox close to Wansford on New Years Day 2016. Sabs from several local groups attended and witnessed the hunt kill the fox and it was their evidence from both statements and video footage which secured the conviction along with Professor Stephen Harris acting as expert witness. The trial ended a long period of delays and court politics as the Countryside Alliance tried to scupper this high profile trial at every turn.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated:
“To anyone who witnessed the events on the day in question it was abundantly clear that a wild mammal was hunted and killed illegally, in a most gruesome manner. Although a fox had to suffer and die due to the blatant and remorseless actions of the defendants we are pleased that hunt saboteurs were able to bring at least one of them (Huntsman at the time, Geroge Adams) to justice and would like to thank Cambridgeshire police who conducted a robust and unbiased investigation.
The loopholes and exemptions in the current act have always been cynically exploited by hunts in order to operate much as they would have done prior to the ban. The guilty verdict today proves that hunting with a full pack of hounds is not the same as Falconry and the judge in summing up confirmed as much. The outcome today will of course have wider reaching implications for all those hunts around the country who claim to use this exemption.
We will continue to vigorously oppose those who gain enjoyment from the torture and killing of our wildlife and will use all the tools at our disposal to those ends. We have the overwhelming support of the general public who wish to see an end to the barbaric minority pass time.”
Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release 31st March 2018
Devon County Hunt Sabs & Somerset Hunt Saboteur Group sabbed the closing meet of the Modbury Harriers at Brownstone Manor near Holbeton, Devon today. Early in the afternoon sabs stopped hounds chasing a fox that was being actively hunted on by huntsman Harry Gosling. The illegal hunting was caught on camera.
Shortly after, two sabs were viciously attacked by a group of 6 terriermen attached to the hunt. They grabbed the female sab and pulled her to the ground, punching her in the head repeatedly. They stopped the male sab from trying to defend her, pushing him down a hill and punching and kicking him. Two quad bikes were driven into him, knocking him to the ground, and a quad bike was deliberately driven over his legs multiple times while he was on the ground. They then pinned him against the quad bike and ripped his body camera and radio off him.
The thugs made away with all the sabs’ equipment and personal possessions, including bags, a radio and the cameras that had footage of the fox being hunted and the assaults. The assaulted sabs received black eyes, leg injuries and cuts and bruises.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “ We have come to terms with the fact that police forces will generally side with illegal hunters rather than hunt saboteurs but even in this biased world Devon and Cornwall Police are one of the worst. They consistently turn a blind eye to illegal hunting and assaults on the saboteurs who try and stop it. We would normally ask the public to contact the Police and Crime Commissioner to force the police to act but as Alison Hernandez, the Devon and Cornwall PCC, is a well known proponent of hunting there seems little point.
We ask that people contact Devon & Cornwall Police and ask what they are doing to locate the six culprits, whose details they have, to recover the evidence of the assaults and the stolen property. Also to ask them what they are doing in general about illegal hunting and hunt violence which goes unpunished week after week.
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.”
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