In case anyone missed it Channel 4 News did a great piece about fox hunting on Tuesday evening (18th April), which went out during their 7pm broadcast. You can refresh yourself with that here.
The piece begins at the South Devon Hunt’s final meet of the season on Dartmoor, with hunt saboteurs from Devon County, North Dorset and Mendips hot on their tails. The piece features hunt trespass, foxes fleeing, and of course hunt sabs stopping them from illegally hunting, before moving onto a segment on the Royal Artillery Hunt, who hunt wildlife at taxpayers expense, licenced to do so, by the Ministry of Defence.
During the course of the report, viewers were shown a clip of the hunt on Salisbury Plain with two occasions of deer being chased by hounds, far out of the control of either the civilian huntsman, Charles Carter or his Whipper-in Guy Loader. One of the incidents took place in October 2022, and was captured on camera by an independent hunt monitor, and it was subsequently reported to the Ministry Of Defence Police.
An investigation took place, and the monitor was updated on February 26th 2023 as to the outcome. They were advised by Ministry of Defence police via email, that Charles Carter and Guy Loader were found to have breached the Salisbury Plain Byelaws, 1981, Section 3 (2) (d) – fail to keep under control any dog or animal. They were given an official warning by MOD Land and warned further infringements may lead to prosecution.
During the course of the Channel 4 report, the Royal Artillery Hunt were contacted about this incident and told their reporter Alex Thompson “the incident in October 2022 was investigated by the police and it was found that there was no case to answer”. We can only imagine that the hunt was reliant on the information regarding the warning remaining unknown to the reporting person in order to make such a blatant lie to a national media channel.
We have previously documented much of the criminal and immoral behaviour of this hunt, along with the implicit acceptance of illegal hunting by the Ministry of Defence, and even the explicit support of these Organised Crime Gangs by the Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace MP.
Since our last report on these licenced wildlife criminals in January 2023, we are aware of several more incidents involving this hunt resulting in police action.
In February 2023, Georgina Price, the daughter of (now-ex) Royal Artillery Huntmaster Anne Price was cautioned for assault when she rode her horse and whipped a Surrey Hunt Saboteur on Salisbury Plain, on November 5th 2022.
It is no surprise to find that Georgina is also the ex-wife of Mark Broad, an Avon Vale ex-Master, and the daughter of Ron Price, the (now-deceased) ex-Avon Vale Huntsman who was considered a particularly violent and nasty piece of work, by hunt saboteurs during his time. The propensity for violence and thuggery it seems, runs through her veins.
Huntsman Charles Carter was also once again subjected to negative attention by the Ministry of Defence Police, in March 2023 he was issued with a Community Resolution Order after he admitted damaging a Surrey Hunt Monitor’s car in November 2022, and ordered to pay for the repairs.
Of course all this comes against the backdrop of Carters bullying behaviour towards Defence Infrastructure Org (MOD DIO) staff, revealed by a previously published Freedom of Information Act request.
This highlights the hunts tendency to lie, not just to the media but also to the MOD, that they “lied to range staff” and “abused the allocations process” and of course bullying staff “who they clearly have no respect for” with the MOD staff concluding that “any other unit would be banned for this behaviour”.
Although this is the only remaining military fox hunt in the UK, it is run by civilian, Charles Carter, an ex-Tory councillor with a history of misogynistic abuse, who seems happy to continue to bring his military masters into disrepute, and the MOD are finding it increasingly difficult to justify the abuse of taxpayers money which is used to subsidise this hunt.
Ben Wallace MP, however, is unwavering in his support for these state-funded criminals, but his days are surely numbered given the political climate, and it can’t be long before it is ‘Endex’ for hunting on Ministry of Defence Land.
What can you do?
- There is an election looming, MP’s will be keen to be seen to address your concerns – Contact your MP and ask them – “What will you and your party do to stop hunts from illegally hunting wildlife on public land?” – www.writetothem.com
- Ask the MOD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation why they continue to licence illegal hunting on public land: email@example.com
- Support hunt sabs – www.huntsabs.org.uk/product-category/membership/