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Hunting News from Protect Our Wild Animals For stories before JUNE 2017 go to UK HUNTING NEWS ARCHIVE  SEPTEMBER 2017 Wild Animals Speak 14th September Ledbury FH cub hunt early in month ended up on Nat Trust land 13th September Grafton FH filmed openly cub hunting by monitor 13th September Sabs save hares from rarely visited Dunston Harriers 12th September Sabs say Four Burrow FH failed to find any victims while cub hunting 11th September Sabs say one fox saved from Warwickshire FH attempts at cub hunting 10th September Film of Grafton FH hunters intimidating & threatening elderly hunt monitors 10th September One bloodied one bitten hound suggest cubbing kill by Beaufort FH 10th September Atherstone FH just exercise hounds as they promised 10th September Pics uploaded of Middleton FH rider wanted for assault on sabs   9th September Stevenstone FHs evening cubbing disrupted by sabs no kills   9th September Sabs annoy new Cotswold Vale FH Huntsman by spoiling cubbing attempts   9th September Sab reinforcements send East Sussex FH cub hunters packing   9th September Sabs spoil Cottesmore FHs morning cub hunt   9th September Thurlow FH dejected as sabs help ensure killfree cubbing day   9th September Sabs assaulted at Suffolk & Essex FH as teenagers use quads dangerously   7th September Derwent FH 3 illegal hunting case thrown out early on by judge   7th September Cheshire FH cause road havoc visited by cops as locals complain   7th September Waveney Harriers may have killed in early morning cubbing meet   7th September North Cotswold FH hunt all around bTb struck cattle farm   5th September Welsh Hunt Master in court on badger baiting and other cruelty charges   5th September Sabs assaulted at shambolic Tiverton FH cubbing meet   4th September Sabs say their video shows Warwickshire FH blatantly cub hunting   4th September Hound with huge mammary tumour hunted with South Tetcott FH pack   3rd September Surrey Union FH obstructed sab guiding paramedic to heart attack monitor   3rd September Minehead Harriers were cub hunting early morning say monitors   3rd September Monitor assaulted tyre let down at Culmstock MH meet   3rd September Convictfilled Eggesford FH do some fruitless evening cub hunting  2nd September Disgraced S Herefordshire riders caught out cubbing with Ledbury FH   2nd September South Tetcott FH walk hounds thru cattle ignoring disease risks   2nd September  East Kent FH turn up for 6 30 am cub hunting then just go for a walk     2nd September Beaufort FH made no attempt to disguise first cubbing meet say sabs   2nd September Hunters complain NT trail hunt rules are painting a target on them   1st September S Durham FH rider whacks restive horse on head during cubbing meet   1st September HSA says the York & Ainsty N FH have disbanded   AUGUST 2017 31st August NT Board recommends members vote against trail hunt ban resolution 31st August Cumbrian Hunts join protest against NT trail hunting restrictions 31st August South Tetcott FH cubbing meet shut down by sabs 30th August Waveney Harriers supporters kick sabs and cars whilst allegedly cubbing 30th August New Atherstone FH JM signed Hunting Declaration vowing to ignore ban 30th August Demo at Kent WT AGM against hare hunter Chairman Sept 23rd 30th August S Herefordshire FH five in cub cruelty case rebailed yet again 29th August Blencathra FH admit still kill foxes have little control of hounds 29th August Cheshire FH cubbing cakes champagne 28th August Atherstone FH hunters on pleasure ride cant resist attacking sab car 28th August Surrey Union FH have started cub hunting already say monitors 26th August Cottesmore FH steward spits at sab as their cubbing is disrupted 25th August Lone Cambridge sab discovers very early morning cub hunt 24th August Sab acquitted as convicted Crawley FH hunters lies exposed in court 23rd August Essex Farmers FH terrierman convicted of sex with child 23rd August   Quorn FH filmed apparently cub hunting on NT land 23rd August National Trust ignoring evidence that trail hunting is a fiction 23rd August Two foxes saved by monitors from Crawley FH cub hunting 22nd August Did Melbreak FH supply fake fox urine certificate to Nat Trust 21st August CA anger at NTs policy changes on trail hunting 20th August CA official ex senior cop invited to Leics police hunting training day 20th August Sabs stop Cheshire Forest FH cub hunting effectively 20th August NT announces policy changes on trail hunting to head off ban pressure 20th August Pressure grows on NT to ban trail hunting on its land 19th August Three Counties MH flee off home before sabbing even starts 19th August Sabs cause instant pack up by Northants Mink Hounds 18th August Stressed stag chased on to LACS sanctuary by unstopped D&S SH hounds 16th August Aborted calf highlights neospora dangers from hunting hound packs 16th August Hunting fanatic Duke of Beaufort dies leaving vast fortune and estate 14th August Vile rape and death threats made online to fox rescuer monitor 13th August Thousands protest killing of wildlife for sport 10th August Alston Hare Week future in doubt as host pack forced into amateur status   8th August W Somerset Vale FH filmed cubbing among other misdemeanours   5th August MoT says hunt quads must be fully taxed MOTd & not carry passengers   5th August Dove Valley MH large meet aggressive but pack up due to sabs   4th August W Norfolk FH take pack on to NT Brancaster beach without permission   3rd August LACS Trustees squash plan to make investigator team redundant   1st August CPS say wont charge Cheshire Forest FH over fox kill in Macclesfield    Ledbury FH cub hunt ended up on Nat Trust land   14917  Facebook – National DisTrust  VIDEO    Earlier this month the Ledbury Hunt were cub hunting and ended up on Pengethley Park which belongs to the National Trust sab report here This is despite the Trusts recent update httpbit ly2syAhnO about any socalled trail hunts needing to publish information about their whereabouts in advance when using Trust land does anyone remember any such information on the Trusts website about the Ledbury Didnt think so Please send this video to Dame Helen Ghosh the DirectorGeneral of the Trust and ask her why the Ledbury were unable to comply with the Trusts update if they had a preplanned route Her email is helen ghoshnationaltrust org uk   The Hunts clearly cannot be trusted As a member of the Trust you can stand up for wildlife by voting them off today in advance of the AGM Our simple guidance for doing so is here httptinyurl comy94gmkkk Huge thanks to Welsh Border Hunt Sabs & Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs for seeing off these barbaric criminals on the day & for sharing the footage with us voteoffthehunts AGM2017   The Ledbury have now merged with the South Herefordshire Hunt who collapsed after Hunt Investigation Team filmed them throwing fox cubs to their hounds in May last year httpbit ly2x3ovT5   Monitors film Grafton FH openly cub hunting Huntsman makes no attempt to get hounds off foxs line 13917  Facebook Campaign to Strengthen the Hunting Act  VIDEO  Grafton Hunt Cub Hunting   From Grafton Hunt Watch Well well well here we are again at the start of the cub hunting season and sure enough we observe the Grafton Hunt terrorising our wildlife In an attempt to cover up their crimes this Hunt totes a hapless golden eagle around to use as a false alibi to claim they are hunting within the law The Hunting Act must be strengthened to stop these cruel people who think that they are above the law Pics  below    1 2 & 3  Fox escaping from covert where hounds had been entered   4  2nd fox fleeing from hounds     5  Hounds on line of fox less than a minute later    6   Huntsman has ignored monitors pleas to call hounds off                  Sabs save hare from rarely visited Dunston Harriers 13917  Facebook NorfolkSuffolk Hunt Saboteurs    Dunston Harriers 090917 Longwood House Topcroft Suffolk    NorfolkSuffolk Hunt Saboteurs spent their morning with the Dunston Harriers who were overdue a visit We last saw them in January 2016 who were surprised to see us then and even more so now Horse boxes and the hound van were parked in a field opposite the T Crawford & CO Ltd diary farm An unknown person possibly who livesowns the farm later claimed he owned the land south of the farm and had given permission for the Dunston Harriers to be there Before the Hunt took notice of our presence it was clear what they were up to classic hare hunting This type of hunting is very fast paced which can cover a lot of miles quickly and also creates different challenges in comparison to fox hunting which is what the Waveney Harriers have been focussing on We spent a lot of time with the Easton Harriers last season and we dont even know what they were trying to do Whatever it was it was a total shambles Anyway The hounds got onto a hare with the full pack in cry Thanks to quick reactions from 3 sabs present a combination of expert horn blowing shouting and tactical driving were enough to call off the majority of the pack and let the hare get away Huntsman was left with no option but to call in the rest of the pack Now that our presence was known the 3x huntsmen were very quiet and clearly baffled about what to do The land owner as previously mentioned confronted sabs and made the usual threats that came straight from Countryside Alliance guidelines Mainly reasonable force blah blah blah Hounds spent the rest of the morning in check and were well behaved until they gave up and headed back to the meet a grass field at around 830am The hound van was one of the first to leave while others headed to the farm to sulk into their breakfast Jolly good As ever we welcome support or donations If you are interested in getting involved please PM us or email us at ns sabsyahoo co uk Donations can be made out to inthenameofnaturehsariseup net  Pics below    1  Hunting hares on horseback What is wrong with these people     2  A hare that got away        Sabs say Four Burrow FH failed to find any victims when cub hunting 12917  Bath Hunt Sabs   One of our sabs joined up with a small group from Kernow Sabs early this morning Acting on a tip off they found the Four Burrows Hunt out blatantly fox cub hunting near Praze en Beeble South Cornwall Hounds were drawn through heather and coverts areas you could never even pretend to lay a trail Riders churned up footpaths even though signs clearly forbade them access Sabs presprayed ready to cover the scent of any fleeing fox and stayed with the hounds all morning ready to step in should a fox appear but luckily none did The field looked bored confused and quite happy to pack up and go home One of the hounds tried to get into our sab vehicle we cant help that 99 of all hounds prefer sabs Pics below    1  Can I come home with you sabs     2  Sign on path used by hunt riders          Sabs say one fox saved from Warwickshire FH attempts at cub hunting 11917  Facebook – W Midlands Sabs   Warwickshire Hunt Oakham Farm Fishery Loxley Monday 11th September 2017   We are currently reviewing all of our footage Video to follow We got into the area early and presprayed areas we knew the Hunt would go to Some of us saw them start at Blackwells Coppice from the A429 at around 630 whilst another group of us positioned the other side of the coppice heard the hounds in cry and saw a fox cub running away from the wood We ensured it got away safely The Hunt then left the wood and made their way across the road to Hunt behind a local nature reserve Traffic was held up on the road because of the Hunt as they blatantly hunted through a field of crops Maize and corn fields are places the Huntsman knows full well that foxes will be living so why put hounds into them And why were the riders surrounding these crops Not the actions of a Hunt acting lawfully The Hunt then crossed the road and hunted Goldicote Coppice and Park Hill Coppice before finishing at around 10 am Cub hunting is one of the most brutal and cruel aspects of fox hunting more foxes will be killed over the next few months than the rest of the hunting season strengthenthehuntingact  The Warwickshire Hunt are one of many Hunts across the country that hunt on National Trust Land If your a member you can vote here to ban all hunting on National Trust land httptinyurl comy94gmkkk  Thank you for all the information we have received from locals in the Warwickshire Hunts area after our last video Please contact us with any information on any local hunts all information will be treated in the strictest confidence 07767620767 Our work means we use a lot of fuel and memory cards we appreciate all the support that we get We will be very busy over the next few months attending cubbing meets You can help us by donating httpswww paypal mewestmidlandhuntsabs          Police respond to monitors call and shut down S Durham FH cubbing meet 10917  Facebook N E Hunt Monitors    Hit Report 09092017 South Durham Hunt    Following a tip off that South Durham Hunt would be out early Saturday morning cub hunting Hunt Monitors were up at 4am to protect our fox families We made our way to All Saints Industrial Estate in Shildon near Bishop Auckland Right on cue around 6 30am the hound van pulls up where it was met by around 12 riders their support vehicles and of course the terrier men on quad bikes Once there we immediately rang 101 to notify them a cub hunt was in progress Hunt riders and hounds made their way through to the fields and wooded area to the rear of the industrial Estate Due to our numbers on the day – it was unsafe to go in after them on foot which was very frustrating However we able to stay as close to them as we could Armed with citronella and a Gizmo we were able to head them off and find a good spot off the road where we could keep our eyes on them and if necessary get in quickly and or safely set off the gizmo without the risk of hounds running onto any roads Hounds were then sent into the wooded area whilst a number of riders were strategically dotted around the perimeter for a while just sitting and watching – for what I wonder Maybe I watched too much Black Beauty but I was under the impression that horse riding involved well riding and galloping over fields perhaps not We were relieved when the hounds failed to pick up a scent and the Hunt then moved off into another wooded area and then appearing to go on to search along hedgerows – rather prickly place to lay a trail Simultaneously we made a second 101 call to the police to be told that it was a priority and they were in fact looking for us Returning to the industrial estate to wait for them we were subjected to the usual intimidation and attempts to block us in by hunt support However the police appeared just in the nick of time We were exceptionally pleased with the two police officers who arrived on the scene they were excellent They informed us that they had already spoken to some locals who confirmed the suspicions of illegal hunting and they proceeded to speak to the hunt to ask what they were doing Obviously they gave the usual trail hunt lies but the police weren’t fooled and neither were we The police were able to confirm that there were no signs of blood on any of the hounds so coupled with the fact that we did not hear hounds in cry we are confident that no fox was harmed With the hunt cut short and all packed up by 8am we stopped to chat to the police for a while We don’t want to go into too much detail however the two police officers who attended gave us the impression that they were committed to taking illegal hunting as seriously as any other crime which is a breath of fresh air so well done to Durham Police And on this occasion their mere presence was enough to send the hunt scum scurrying back under the stone they crawled out from Who says there’s never a police officer when you need one We then set off to check on some badger setts before heading back home for a welldeserved nana nap happy in the knowledge that our fox families were safe for another day Until there is a complete ban on hunting and our wildlife can live their lives in peace we will out watching and waiting to do what we can to protect these beautiful animals If you would like help keep us out protecting wildlife then you can support us via Paypal www paypal mehuntmonitors   Gofundme httpswww gofundme com4brdhm0   Thanks for all the support you have shown us so far We appreciate you all Pics below    1   Hunt servants and hounds    2  Young riders on point   3 & 4  Police intervene to stop cubbing hunt            Film of Grafton FH supporters intimidating & threatening elderly monitors 10917   You Tube – Scorpio Vulpes    Grafton Hunt intimidate and abuse elderly antihunt monitors   Anti hunt monitors are non violent members of the public who go to hunts to try and film illegal activity from the roads and rights of way They are treated abominably by hunters and their supporters Age is no protection this film shows gratuitously intimidating and offensive behaviour towards two hunt monitors in their seventies Pics below   1  Hunters surround and memace elderly monitors    2  Rider loses it leaning into monitor car and shouting      Atherstone FH keep word and just exercise rather than cub hunting 10917  Facebook – W Midlands Sabs  VIDEO   Atherstone Hunt Saturday 09 September 2017 – Corley    The Atherstone Hunt recently published their September meets on Facebook and claimed they would be hound exercising throughout the cub hunting period A welcome move but a big departure from what all other Hunts across the country are doing Cub hunting is an especially secretive time of the year for fox hunts with only a select few invited Now that they have been open and published some of their meets it will look incredibly suspicious if they were to revert back to being secretive or worse if they were caught out at an unpublished meet We went along to the first of their published meets on Saturday at Corley it’s obvious that the Hunt are still in a mess as we saw only a handful of regular riders with the rest made up of kids and inexperienced riders It all looked a bit chaotic and unorganised with several of the local residents talking to us about their displeasure at the Hunts presence However all they did was ride around a few fields and roads for a couple hours before packing up Cub hunting is extremely brutal and unjustifiable in fact fox hunters admitted that they killed up to 10000 fox cubs during cubbing before the ban as part of the Burns Inquiry in 2000 There is no reason to believe it is any different now The fact that our campaigning has forced the Atherstone Hunt into a situation where they must hound exercise instead of cub hunting means that countless fox cubs could be saved over the next 2 months The Atherstone have also set a bar for all other Hunts across the country If the Atherstone can publish their meets then why can’t all other Hunts We have to assume the reason is because they are illegally hunting Many Hunts use the excuse that they are just hound exercising during cub hunting yet the Atherstone have shown exactly what that involves No terriermen no hounds in cry at any point hounds close to huntsman at all times no one “on point” or stationary around any woods or crop fields Any deviation from this would point to illegal hunting strengthenthehuntingact The Atherstone Hunt will continue to be monitored throughout the cub hunting period to ensure this is all they do Wed like to thank Atherstone Hunt Watch monitors group who helped us keep an eye the Atherstone httpswww facebook comAtherstoneHuntWatch1737341664   We are always grateful for the support we receive especially as our campaigning relies on donations please consider donating to us to enable us to continue to get results like this httpswww paypal mewestmidlandhuntsabs          One bloodied one bitten hound suggest cubbing kill by Beaufort FH 10917  Facebook Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch   Beaufort Hunt 09 09 2017   It was another early start for us as we set off to catch up with the Duke of Beaufort Hunt at 5 30am Horse boxes started to pile up in Badminton Park and hounds were heard being made ready at the kennels They set off a bit later than usual with lots of children out having their first experience of cub hunting unaware of the cruelty that lies ahead for the juvenile foxes The usual throng of Lords Ladies and landed gentry that make up a huge Beaufort field were in attendance today plus the same old ghouls waiting with baited breath in case they can witness a kill Hounds were taken straight into Allen Grove a covert on the eastern edge of Badminton Park Monitors were at the scene along with their 2 minders James Milsom and friend right who thought it was amusing to shout loudly and cavort around us whilst following even when we were on a footpath or public highway Not the usual Beaufort style – we think standards maybe slipping They were in Allen Grove for at least 45 mins where hounds were on and off cry the whole time Monitors were in the woods but unable to get near enough all the time We could hear the young hounds clearly excited but not see them When they finally emerged one hound was spotted with blood on chest but who knows exactly what went on in there They moved swiftly on towards Giant’s Cave where we kept them on the move – another area we are familiar with Here we watched closely in case a fox broke cover as they pushed the hounds through a maize field that bordered the lane Terrier men and minders kept trying to put off by saying we werent on a footpath thank goodness for GPS it doesnt lie From here they took the hounds south into Centre Walk Brake where they were stopped again by us and less hard core hunters started to drift off home Frustrated after this they disappeared into Badminton Park a huge expanse of private woodland belonging to the 12th Duke of Beaufort the estate inherited after the recent death of his father At 10am they brought the hounds back to the Badminton Park and we went home to rescue the rest of the day Pics below   1  Some of the field     2  Badly bitten hound       Pics issued of Middleton FH rider wanted for alleged assault on sabs 10911  Facebook – Sheffield Sabs   Please share share and share again Police are wanting to question this rider in relation to the assault that took place on sabs at the Middleton hunt earlier this year 3 arrests have been made but this prat is still evading arrest         Wheatland FH probable kill though sabs induced early pack up 9917   Facebook Shropshire Sabs   HIT Report 09092017  The Wheatland Hunt Cubbing Meet Larden Grange Farm Shropshire   Hunt Saboteurs were in attendance this morning following reports of cub hunting taking place around Larden Grange Farm Given the nature of the surrounding environment we took position on high ground to establish the location of the Hunt During this time we discovered two sheep trapped in livestock fencing which we carefully released At 7 10 am we found the Wheatland Hunt right surrounding Morehouse Covert off the B4378 Brockton Much Wenlock By this point the Covert had been surrounded by the hunt for approximately one hour As we arrived the hounds were in cry being lead around the outside of the woodland by the hunt master and simultaneously encouraged into the Covert Sabs took position on foot and filmed the activities briefly before catching up with the hounds moving past the followers and riders onpoint and slipping into the Covert We moved slowly through the woodland spraying scent duller before discovering a 45ft high chicken wire partition dug into the ground directly through the centre of the Covert We suspect this has been put in place to restrict and reduce the area available to the foxes There was no evidence of pheasants or other game birds that this normally has accommodated let alone much wildlife hence our suspicions After exiting the woodland to establish where the hounds were now positioned we were intercepted by the Master of the Hunt and landowner The circumstances could have escalated quickly as terrier men arrived by quad bike identities concealed and swiftly became aggressive Due to this we decided to follow directions to leave the land by the landowner who proceeded to use his horse to intimidate sabs whilst facilitated by followers blocking any access or sight of the hunted covert The Hunt called West Mercia police who arrived on scene promptly We were able to establish first contact before the hunt could smokescreen their activities further While explaining the situation to police hounds went into full cry and Huntsmen sent them into the covert This lasted for no more than 5 minutes before a deafening silence fell across the countryside We suspect that at this point a kill was made shortly afterwards the hounds reemerged and The Wheatland Hunt packed up for the day Despite the potentially disheartening results The Wheatland Hunt was a poorly attended meet with little support from riders and hunt followers We are pleased the Hunt packed up early and hope to be able to build relations with West Mercia Police to prevent further breaches of the Hunting Act 2004 in future Video evidence to follow If you are able to support Shropshire Hunt Saboteurs and help us protect wildlife please buy us the equivalent of a coffee all money raised will be used to fund rising fuel costs and equipment for peaceful interventions against wildlife crime in Shropshire www kofi comshropshirehuntsaboteurs   POWAperson adds   This is the first sabbing report on the Wheatland who hunt in deepest rural Shropshire I have ever seen This was the Hunt with whom James Barrington chose to pose on Boxing Day 1995 a couple of weeks after his treachery and failed attempted coup resulted in his expulsion from the League Against Cruel Sports  He chose the Wheatland because it was the local Hunt of the poisonous Janet George Press Officer for the Countryside Alliance with whom he had become pally   Sabs disrupt Stevenstone FHs evening cubbing no kills 9917  Facebook Devon County Hunt Saboteurs   HIT REPORT 9 Sept 2017 Stevenstone Hunt Frithelstock Devon   We intended to sab the Eggesford but turned up to their meet and there was nobody there Hunt chairman Mr Trerise whose farm it was helpfully told us about the Stevenstone meet up the road The rest as they say is history N Cambs sabs worked with Devon County Somerset and Sheffield sabs today to disrupt the Stevenstone Hunts attempt at cub hunting this evening in the rolling hills of Devon A large foot sab group intercepted the pack of hounds being cast by whippersin and the Huntsman on foot down into a wooded valley in sight of the ruined abbey As soon as sabs arrived on scene the hunt quickly huddled together and appeared at a loss as to what to do next Flustered faces and panicked mobile phone calls were observed With sabs close to the hounds at all times what had started as an attempt to kill fox cubs ended up as a glorified puppy walk One noteworthy incident when the terrierman why is it always the terriermen was questioned as to what he had in the boxes on his quad he answered cherries Hmm I dont think so The Hunt attempted to march up and down the hill and even enlisted the help of the farmer landowner who decided to release bullocks into the field with the sabs in Using cows as a weapon is a new one on us Ultimately the hunt packed up and went home with hunting impossible after sabs repeatedly called away their hounds No kills managed by the animal abusers and everyone got home safe   Sabs annoy new Cotswold Vale FH Huntman by spoiling cubbing attempts 91917  Facebook Bath Hunt Sabs   VIDEO   Another early morning we joined up with Bristol and Three Counties sabs in deepest darkest Herefordshire to greet the new Huntsman of the Cotswold Vale Foxhounds Gary who was out with his new mates although not many had come out to play Meeting at Woodsfields Farm Aston Crews Gary and his new playmates go out in the hope of KILLING fox cubs but with 2 Landies filled with Sabs he had no chance With the foot sabs out in 2 groups and the Landies circling weve got eyes on for most of the morning keeping them on the move having no chance to hunt The few times the hounds go into cry sabs are there to rate the hounds or pulling them away from their prey Gary gets upset but not as much as when sabs start playing hound Ping Pong with one group of sabs calling the hounds then the other with the hounds going back and forth between the hounds getting plenty of exercise and Gary getting more angry So they retreat back to Woodsfields Farm to pack the puppies away No foxes killed and the sabs go for a late breakfast Please keep us out protecting our wildlife buy us a coffee at httpkofi combathsabs       East Sussex FH pack up as soon as sab reinforcements appear 9917  Facebook South Coast Hunt Sabs   Some Hunts are ashamed enough of their activities to hide it under a smoke screen of trail hunting not the East Sussex and Romney Marsh who think they are immune to the law and action of sabs Well we had them under long range photo and video observation last Thursday at Beckly and today we caught them cub hunting at Nunningham Farm Herstmonceux Today we were first on the scene but with no luck elsewhere were quickly joined by sabs from Croydon and East Kent groups ending up with around 25 sabs in total We quickly got sabs into the field where the Hunt took one look at us and turned tail for home not even making a pretence to follow any mythical trail On the road there was much videoing of our Landys trying to block them in and then when they mounted the verge to get around much shouting and waving of fists Mrs Bumpkin quote of the day has to be ‘Haven’t you lot got anything better to do on a Saturday’ Saving animals lives seems like a good use of our time but that is clearly just us So with some of our sabs in the badger cull zone and the cub hunting now in full flow it’s going to be a busy and costly time until March If you are interested in joining us please email Southcoasthuntsabsgmail com Or if you cannot and would like to donate to help us with running costs and equipment all will be greatly appreciated   Sabs spoil Cottesmore FHs morning cub hunting 9917  Facebook Northants Hunt Sabs    VIDEO    HIT REPORT 09 09 17   Another early start for us in Cottesmore country with pals from N Cambs Sabs this morning these predawn wake up calls take some getting used to As we headed to Bisbrooke we caught two naughty terriermen hopping back on to their quadbike and heading off in the opposite direction so we went in to investigate Within 5 minutes we had the field of riders in sight with hounds and the whipper in was already using voice calls to urge the hounds on for a kill a blatant sign of illegal hunting With sabs on the scene the redcoats panicked and turned tail heading away from us with their paidup riders trying to keep up At one point they were caught marking to ground letting hounds dig at a fox hole but were quick to call hounds out when they realised we were there and filming The bird of prey excuse was bandied around but thats about as believable as them saying theyve laid a trail or that unicorns exist Sabs barely lost sight of the hounds all morning even managing to pull the whole pack away from bemused redcoats who scratched their heads and looked on helplessly A great morning with no kills and a wellearned rest now for us and fellow sabs all who seem to have had a killfree morning Pics below   1  The Cottesmore FH trying to cub hunt   2  Hound marks fox to ground     3  Naughty sabs take the pack walkies                  Thurlow FH dejected as sabs ensure killfree cubbing meet 9917   Facebook South Cambs Sabs    Hit Report – 09092017 Thurlow Hunt 6 30am   Horseheath Racecourse Cambridgeshire   Unfortunately it is that time of year again when we are up at the crack of dawn preparing to stop hunters attempting to rip apart baby foxes Wed firstly like to thank those who give us invaluable information and make a plea to any others if you have information on the whereabouts of illegal hunting please get in touch This morning we joined our compadres from Cambridge and Suffolk & Essex sabs to stop the Thurlow hunt right From the outset the hunt surrounded the nearest wooded area and begun to flush the hounds through it After hearing the hounds get progressively louder we made our way to the corner of the woods only to see an adult fox skim its outskirts and dive away from the direction of the pack It all seemed extremely conveinant that the very first wooded area and within the first few minutes the hunt had immediately put up a fox We sprayed the area and used calls to lift up the hounds off the scent immediately the hunt and their supporters started seething with anger and along come the usual bully tactics After attempting to walk horses into us waving their sticks about trying to shove us about and the geeer off my land we carried on unfazed and to their dismay the other foot sab team caught up with them stopping the hounds rioting on a small herd of deer The rest of the morning was spent watching them ride a round in circles in mostly silence which was an absolute joy because hunters and their followers never seem to shut up Its probably the only way to deal with their guilt when theyve been caught out No sane rational person slaughtering baby foxes for sport can be proud of it Another fox was seen fleeing the scene towards the end of the day but again with sabs well within sight and with a little help they got away Dejected and thoroughly purple by the end the Hunt trotted back to the meet point A no kill day where everyone got home safe Like sabs up and down the country trying to protect our wildlife from barbarity we wish all days were like this one If you want to give us confidential information on hunting or you wish to join us in the field email us at Schuntsabsriseup net or message the page    Sabs assaulted at Suffolk & Essex FH as teenagers use quads dangerously 9917  Facebook Cambridge Sabs   Hit report 2nd Sept 2017   Last weekend We joined up with our good friends over at SES Suffolk And Essex Hunt Sabs to successfully sabotage the Essex and Suffolk Hunt who were hunting fox cubs Prior to going out we were prepared for more aggression than usual from the Hunt as an attempt to stop people witnessing what was actually going on and as predicted the terrier men who have become quite well known to us immediately started to use excessive amounts of force hitting and trying to trip up two sabs and shoving another female sab During the course of the day we saw a lot of wildlife that had been scattered by the Hunt however we were not aware of any kills or attempted kills throughout the day despite the best efforts of the Hunt As we usually see at hunts the terrier men used quads to get around theyre often used as weapons and driven at sabs we often see overloaded quads with as many as four riders on the back but I digress but what we saw on the day was younger teenagers 1517 who were riding quad bikes in wholly dangerous manners both for themselves us sabs and the mounted riders around them pulling wheelies and jumping the quads within around 12ft of the horses which spooked one horse which started rearing up slightly before settling back down It is also worth mentioning that it is typical to see them being used on the road which with more than two riders is illegal and we have seen many quads being confiscated by police because of this and the lack of registration number plates insurance helmets etc It just seems like one law for them and another for the rest In the early hours of today well be back out again putting our best efforts into saving the vulnerable wildlife which we as a country often take for granted while ignoring their cries for the basic wish to be alive   Derwent FH illegal hunting case thrown out by judge early on 7917  Facebook Sheffield Hunt Sabs  VIDEO  It would seem that good evidence and lots of good luck wishes arent enough to overturn a corrupt legal system and a useless CPS lawyer The case against the Derwent Hunt at Scarborough Magistrates Court today was thrown out by the judge at the request of the defendants barrister This was despite the fact that not one of the 3 defendants were asked to enter the witness box and explain their actions on the day Why were two terriermen called to the wood Why did all three defendants deny knowing the terriermen What went on in the wood for 10 minutes Why were hounds suddenly released through the wood by the Huntsman only to reappear in pursuit of a fox There is no justice theres just us httpsgogetfunding comhelpsheffsabssavebadgers Pics below   1  Terriermen called in     2  Huntsman and terriermen go into wood together   3  10 mins later hounds are chasing fox bolted from wood   4  Hounds searching for lost fox Huntsman not calling them off              POWAperson Hopefully we will at least get an explanation of why the judge threw this case out so early on The video evidence looks damning but the requirements to prove a case of illegal hunting are very stringent Reproduced below is the original report re the charging of the Derwent 3   16517  HSA Press Release   Three employees of the Derwent hunt in North Yorkshire have been charged with illegal hunting   The three huntsman Sean McClarron kennel huntsman Jason Marles now huntsman at the Eggesford Hunt and whip Damian Readman are due to appear at Scarborough Magistrates Court on 22nd May This follows footage obtained on the 1st November 2016 by members of Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs at a meet in Wilton in North Yorkshire Towards the end of the day sabs filmed a fox being bolted from underground and then chased by the pack of hounds The law stipulates that if a fox is dug out it must not be released to be further hunted   Cheshire FH cause road havoc visited by cops as locals complain 7917  Facebook Cheshire Monitors    Cubbing in Bruera 070917    Thanks so much to our two local supporters who tipped us off They led us straight to the Cheshire Hounds hunt in Bruera this morning Our covert monitors filmed them trying to hunt through woods close to Platts Lane and others caught them causing lots of havoc for locals and commuters with hounds all over the road Police were in attendance they also attended the hunt kennels in Sandiway earlier this morning after complaints from local residents Together we can stop this       Waveney Harriers may have killed in early morning cubbing 7917  Facebook NorfolkSuffolk Hunt Saboteurs   Waveney Harriers – 070917 Town Farm Chediston Suffolk   Another early start with the Waveney Harriers who met at the property of John Ibbott Joint Master & Parish Council member for Chediston & Linstead Though they are a Harrier pack they are also registered with the MFHA Masters of Foxhounds Association and have been focussing more and more on fox hunting in recent years This morning was no exception with a clear display of cub hunting The Hunt set off a lot earlier than last week and spent the majority of time in woodland Hounds were in and out of cry and were often encouraged by the huntsmen Reuben Kench With the presence of terriermen it can quickly become a delicate situation A fox broke cover left and was able to escape with the reinforcement of having its scent covered Saboteurs then witnessed the whipperin unable to get the split pack back together which resulted in the terriermen also take action Once a full pack had been restored the Hunt decided to head back to the meet for an early finish at 8am We believe a fox may have been killed due to the early pack up and the confident attitude of Reuben Kench as he arrived back to the meet Not satisfied that they werent trying to go out once again we enjoyed the early morning sunshine until the hounds returned the kennels As ever we welcome support or donations If you are interested in getting involved please PM us or email us at ns sabsyahoo co uk Donations can be made out to inthenameofnaturehsariseup net Would like to thank those who have been in contact with us and those who have donated money         POWA person adds In a separate comment sabs say the Waveney Harriers eagle owl visible on arm of man standing on right of pic above has to the best of their knowledge never been used And they sab the WH a lot   North Cotswold FH hunted around bTb struck cattle farm Farmer says happy to have hounds running round farm buildings Hunt falconer makes inappropriate sexual remarks to female sab 7917  Facebook Kingston Hunt Sabs   Whilst doing badger cull stuff we still sab hunts North Cotswolds Hunt cubbing meet early doors out of Evetts Farm Wormington Last year this farm was declared a TB hotspot Despite this and already having lost cattle to bTB this year when asked farmer James said he doesnt mind the hounds hunt hounds being proven carriers of TB running free through slurry feed stores and drinking out of the water buckets We have the conversation on film and will report the situation We think he shouldnt be claiming compensation for lost bTB animals when his biosecurity is so slack We saw 2 foxes away The hunt also put up deer Calvin the falconer made a rape joke to a female sab We have it on video Trail obviously not laid through hedges and they hunted in cattle fields amid cattle on a bTB farm Good mornings sabbing with a handful of other sabs from Croydon and 3C Pics below    1 Hounds in and out of farm buildings    2  Hunt falconer nearest camera        7917  Facebook Three Counties Hunt Sabs   We were up and about early this morning checking setts within the North Cots cull zone and received a tipoff that the North Cotswold Hunt were meeting in the area of Wormington Ryefield Farm was the meet at which a 3C sabs camera and glasses were broken at this time last season as she was lifted out of a field by a hunt supporter on a horse Despite the obvious assault West Mercia police did not pursue a case against the rider   httpsvimeo com182389568 We had the pleasure of the company of some sabs from Croydon and Kingston groups and at around 6 15am we watched terrierman Will Haines who recently received a caution for attempting to run a 3C sab over on his quad at the end of December last year and was decidedly more polite and quiet today heading into a covert with a known artificial earth in it near to Wormington Grange He spotted us and called in our presence and the Hunt headed east and away from the coverts he had just been messing around in A couple of maize fields later and the hunt had picked up on a couple of scents back near Wormington Grange but we were close by Having recognised a familiar face Tim PearceMay exwhipperin of the Ledbury Hunt out with terrier and joining Haines on the quad we watched as the Hunt drew the hounds through a small piece of shrub hounds picking up and running towards sabs A fox cub was spotted trying to break from the adjacent hedge and soon made eye contact with a lone hound who hesitated before bounding into the hedge as the cub backed off We rated hounds and told huntsman Nigel Peel that we had fox on camera which slowed the Hunt down before the cub broke into the field We intercepted rating and turned hounds back before spraying the area to help cover the scent Calvin Crossman falconer and desperate alibi for the hunt turned up after the attempted chase making a lame attempt at watching out for hunted cubs at the next covert where sabs saw another cub run to safety and made a rape joke about one of our sabs before excitedly calling other hunt staff to tell them that the sab obviously wanted him back in December he assaulted a 3C sab the same sab attacked by Haines but West Mercia police took no further action against him httpsvimeo com198087658 It wasnt long before the Hunt returned to Ryefield Farm a farm which had a bTB breakdown in 2016 where hounds drank from water buckets ran around cow sheds and into slurry and jumped in and out of separation crates where calves lay Strange that the landowner thought it perfectly ok for hounds to run around like this despite bTB also being present in other areas of the NCH hunt country including where they dug out and killed a fox last season just south of Evesham especially after the Kimblewick Hunt hounds contracted bTB earlier in the year Kingston Hunt Sabs have some great photos of hounds around the farm We asked PearceMay how hed managed to spiral so low going from whipperin of a fairly prestigious hunt to terrierman of this lot turns out he hasnt even managed to get to terrierman stage and he ended up doing more whippingin duties than the whipperin himself He told us that someone needs to kill things for them dont they And Mark Meladay Ledbury huntsman had said he wasnt a real enough man for him Well be out again soon Support us if you can www paypal methreecountiessabs Pics below    1  Fox close to hound and rider    2  Fox making a break Rider looking wrong way          10917  Facebook Kingston Hunt Sabs    Oi DEFRA here are some awkward questions 1 Evetts Farm is registered on the bTB map It has been since 2016 They have lost herd members to bTB this year So why host a fox cub hunting meet hosting a pack of hounds when hunting hounds have been shown to spread the bacteria The farmer is showing zero concern about the hounds contracting TB from his farm Is this because he knows that the North Cotswolds Hunt hounds already have TB Or that he doesnt have any qualms in risking exposing them to it 2 Did the North Cotswolds Hunt master Nigel Peel know that Evetts Farm is a bTB breakdown farm If yes why did he arrange a hunt meet there risking his hounds How could he not know the TB status of the farms he arranges his meets at The information is publicly available on the iBTB map If he didnt check the farm status before arranging the meet and farmer James did not inform him whilst they were agreeing datestimes for the meet is Peel now having his hounds tested for TB Is Peel angry with James Are the North Cotswolds Hunt hounds now in quarantine Or are they still actively going out hunting risking spreading the bacteria The bacteria can survive outside of its host so even if a hound didnt become infected it could easily spread the disease through mud on their paws or manureslurry Same goes for the hunts horses hooves and the terriermens quadbike wheels and the hunt staffs boots   Sabs assaulted at shambolic Tiverton FH cubbing meet 5917  Facebook North Cambs Hunt Sabs   HIT REPORT 4th Sep 2017 Higher Pirzwell Farm Kentisbeare Devon Tiverton Foxhounds evening cubbing meet    N Cambs Hunt Sabs joined forces with Devon County and Sheffield Sabs to hit the Tiverton Foxhounds at their woeful attempt at cubbing tonight Foot sab teams were dropped on either side of the Hunt after spotters located the hounds It became immediately obvious that the Tiverton Foxhounds are a pack in disarray The foot support looked shocked and confused possibly because sabs quickly located hounds which the whipperin seemed unable to The pack split into two uncontrolled groups running through maize fields stopping to drink from slurry polluted puddles and ignoring the cries of the stressed whipperin Sabs stayed close to the hounds through tall maize fields and escorted the various packs back to the meet where the waiting game began Unfortunately the Tiverton terriermans patience wore thin and several sabs were assaulted as it became clear that we had ruined their fun for the evening A thoroughly unpleasant chap who we would not recommend going for a drink with End result hounds were a shambles no blood on the snouts and so no kills we believe Tiverton Foxhounds were seriously irritated and our presence in Devon is firmly announced 5917  Facebook Devon County Hunt Sabs   Another cubbing meet sabbed last night This time it was the turn of the Tiverton Foxhounds who met at Higher Pirzwell north of Kentisbeare We joined N Cambs Sheffield and Somerset sabs to keep an eye on them as they drew maize fields and valleys between the meet and Blackborough House No sign of a trail being laid at any point Tempers flared at the end as a Tiverton terrier man assaulted several sabs on a public road outside the meet Its fair to say they were rattled For the past few years Devons Hunts have been getting an easy ride during the cubbing season as sabs were preoccupied with the badger cull However this year weve been getting regular tipoffs and with new cull zones popping up all over Devon sabs are also increasingly bumping into the Hunts whilst theyre out doing other things With the help of other sab groups that are down here for the cull we are able to sab more cubbing meets So please keep sending in relevant intel            Welsh Hunt Master in court on badger baiting and other animal cruelty charges 5917   Facebook Hunt Saboteurs     A master of the Dwyryd Hunt David Thomas has been charged with badger baiting offences 4917   Daily Post   Six in court over badger and dog fighting charges A 13yearold boy was among the four men and two youths who denied the charges at Caernarfon    Six people have appeared in court charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a badger during a fight with dogs The incident is alleged to have taken place at a farm in Blaenau Ffestiniog in February this year magistrates at Caernarfon heard The four men and two youths all denied the charges and the matter was adjourned for trial Jordan Alexander Houlston of Alexandra Road Llandudno faces 10 charges in all Marc Wyn Morris of Cwm Bowydd Farm Blaenau Ffestiniog denied six charges relating to the alleged incident on February 5 and subsequent care of dogs David William Thomas 51 also of Cwm Bowydd Farm faces charges of wilfully injuring a badger taking part in an animal fight and being present at the alleged incident and causing unnecessary suffering to the animal on February 5 2017 He also faces charges of keeping premises for use for an animal fight on or before February 8 this year Thomas is also accused of causing unnecessary suffering to two foxes by confining the animals in cages in close proximity to dogs before February 8 He is also accused of failing to ensure two dogs were kept watered and of exposing six dogs to risk of injury by fighting them with other animals Evan Bleddyn Thomas 52 also of Cwm Bowydd Farm denied a charge of keeping premises for use for an animal fight A 17yearold youth and a 13yearold boy who cannot be named for legal reasons both denied four charges including wilfully injuring a badger at or near Cwm Bowydd Farm on February 5 2017 A further hearing will be held at Llandudno next month when arrangements for the trial which is expected to last several days will be made   Sabs say Warwickshire FH were blatantly cub hunting 4917  Facebook West Midlands Hunt Sabs   VIDEO    WARWICKSHIRE HUNT Monday 4th September 2017   On Monday a few of us were joined by an independent monitor we caught the Warwickshire Hunt blatantly cub hunting by their kennels in Little Kineton Please watch like and share the video This is what is happening in Warwickshire Please contact us with any information on any local hunts all information will be treated in the strictest confidence 07767620767 Our work means we use a lot of fuel and memory cards we appreciate all the support that we get We will be very busy over the next few months attending cubbing meets You can help us by donating httpswww paypal mewestmidlandhuntsabs or setting up a standing order sort code089299 account no6548812 POWAperson adds Watching the video one could hardly hope to see a more blatant piece of cub hunting Riders on point including a child surrounding the copse into which the hounds are entered slapping their saddles to scare any fox cubs trying to escape  It is very hard to see how the Warwickshire FH could explain this away as trail hunting or exercising hounds It looks just like traditional cub hunting cruel and illegal Pics below  1  Hounds entered into copse   2  Rider on point slaps saddle   3 Child rider does the same   4  Hounds in copse searching            S Tetcott FH hound with huge mammary tumour hunted with pack 4917   Facebook Somerset Hunt Sabs    We love our hounds we do They lead a fabulous life of hunting as part of the hunt community Oh Yes Meanwhile in the real world hounds are treated like disposable items given little or no vetinary care shot when they become slower than their peak forgotten as soon as they are thrown in the bin Here one of the South Tetcott hounds a female was photographed in deepest Devon last week The large growth on the rear right of the hound is a mammary tumour swaying as she trots ignored by the hunt personnel Veterinary opinion is that this growth has been there and growing for months If this isnt criminal neglect what is       Surrey Union FH obstructed sab guiding paramedic to heart attack monitor 3917  Facebook Surrey Hunt Monitors   THE GRUBBY PASTIME OF CUB HUNTING IN SURREY 2nd September 2017  found the Surrey Hunt Monitors at the Surrey Union cub hunting at Kilnwood Farm Faygate at the extremities of their country This is a particularly secretive meet however a little bird told us they may be in the Rusper area The kennels were watched as well as a team in Rusper to see the comings and goings It was soon confirmed that they were at Faygate so we were joined by Guildford North Downs and Croydon Hunt Sabs to pay them a visit On finding the Hunt with many cars ‘holding up’ the entire side of a wood to prevent fox cubs escaping Hounds and horn calls confirmed the Hunts presence Two foxes were seen bolting from the corner of these woods literally as soon as we turned up bypassing the vehicles and going into the adjacent wood At the distance we couldn’t tell if they were adult foxes or cubs but it was clear the Hunt was not following a trail but actively hunting young foxes As soon as they realised they were being monitored they pulled the hounds out of the wood and clearly panicking loitered around for some time trying to decide what to do By this time we had called the Police to report illegal hunting The usual angry ‘banter’ from the Hunt followed but we stood our ground as the hunt were clearly not trail hunting The Hunt demonstrated the antithesis of what they are supposed to represent as so called prominent members of society by showing a lack of respect for the democratically agreed laws of the land to suit themselves could be called ‘Anarchy’ The Hunt moved off back to the meet without the foot and vehicle support The alleged landowner appeared miraculously producing a piece of rag on a rope which she had been allegedly laying trails with well we believed that A short time later one of our monitors fell ill with a suspected heart attack Quick support was given by sabs who made him comfortable and professionally assessed his condition The paramedics were called and managed to find their way through the woods to our location The result was that an air ambulance was called for and took our friend to hospital The Hunt displayed an unbelievable contempt for the situation and still actively obstructed a sab entering the field who was transporting a paramedic to the scene in his vehicle The Police had to move them out of the way The terrier ‘boys’ followed the ambulance through the field at speed obviously hoping to gloat but held back in the end losing their nerve A lone monitor who was walking towards the ambulance was given abuse from boys from the safety of their vans but carried on nonetheless A particularly foulmouthed girl who couldn’t have been more than 12 or 13 in the terrier boys van hurled abuse from the van throughout the day The monitor told the terrier boys that if the situation was reversed and they had life threatening injuries or illness we would help them Even though we are poles apart we are intelligent human beings who although we despise their grubby activities would help a fellow human being There are plenty of stories of sabs and monitors aiding stricken hunters in the field We will not stoop to their level It must be said that the gamekeeper who saw his exchange was very helpful and managed to put our differences aside to smooth the way for the ambulances and for this we thank him A bittersweet day for us but with a bit of RnR our good friend will make a speedy recovery Get well and join us back in the field soon        3917  Facebook Guildford Sabs    After receiving information that the Surrey Union Hunt were intending to go cub hunting on Saturday morning Guildford Sabs and Surrey Hunt Monitors took up positions on roads around the hunt kennels at 5am Sure enough at 5 30am the hound van was seen leaving the kennels and its direction of travel ascertained Some time later one of our vehicles spotted a horsebox heading into Kilnwood Farm near Faygate Once the meet was confirmed we contacted North Downs Sabs and Croydon Sabs who were soon on their way Whilst awaiting their arrival Surrey Hunt Monitors took up positions to covertly monitor the hunts activities It soon appeared that they were engaged in full on cub hunting with no sign of trail layers and several foxes seen to flee for their lives With the arrival of North Downs & Croydon the hunt soon knew the game was up and headed back to the meet to pack up During this time one of the Surrey Hunt Monitors was taken seriously ill with a suspected heart attack He was given immediate care by one of the Croydon Sabs and an ambulance called Due to the remoteness of the location the ambulance crew had to travel some distance on foot cross country to attend to the stricken monitor and it was decided the air ambulance would be required to evacuate the patient Thankfully due to the fantastic response by the local ambulance crews paramedics and the Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance the monitor was soon undergoing surgery in hospital and is expected to make a full recovery   Minehead Harriers were cub hunting early morning say monitors 3917  Facebook Somerset Wildlife Crime   Well things are certainly picking up here in West Somerset Whilst some of our team were out at 5am checking badger setts and fields the Minehead Harriers were spotted congregating for a cubbing meet Approximately half a dozen riders in rat catchers and 2 quads adorned with the usual type clever looking brimming with vitality and humour Not the first time we have encountered them sneaking about early mornings targeting fox cubs They rarely stray far from their kennels when cubbing and although we werent with them the whole time and therefore cannot say they didnt kill they were annoyed at being disturbed and didnt appreciate conflicting calls to their young hounds who they were keen to move off in an attempt to minimise any disruption to their training in becoming fox killers Cowbridge Burrow Higher Burrow Ranscombe and Wotton Courtney all favourites for them We will be making an effort to keep a close eye on them   Monitor assaulted tyre let down at Culmstock MH meet 3917  Facebook – Somerset Wildlife Crime   Later in the afternoon a little mouse told us the Culmstock Mink Hunt were just outside Stogumber making a nuisance of themselves and predating upon the wildlife in the stream that runs along the A358 Another team made their way swiftly to assess the situation Armed with a single camera one monitor was able to locate the Hunt reasonably easily Unfortunately the Culmstock are more accustomed to being challenged by large groups of protestors and when they were confronted by a single member of our team they acted as most bullies do and set about pushing and shoving and issuing threat of further violence They hunted the stream West to East just South of the A358 in the area near Stogumber and Vellow They had plans to head for Kingswood but not before letting down the tyres on one of our vehicles Never mind a minor inconvenience and one quickly remedied by the assistance an Avon and Somerset constabulary   Convictfilled Eggesford FH in fruitless evening cub hunting 3917   Facebook Devon County Hunt Sabs    Eggesford Hunt 2 9 2017    Another lastminute tipoff for a late afternoon cubbing meet yesterday Keep them coming This time it was the Eggesford Foxhounds whose huntsman Gary Boon was promoted to the staghounds last season Any Hunt would be considered a step up from this particular bunch The Eggesfords former treasurer Graeme Holmes was convicted earlier this year of defrauding the hunt and pocketing tens of thousands of pounds The new huntsman Jason Marles isnt a stranger to prosecutions himself Hes due in court this week on charges of illegally hunting while he was with his previous pack the Derwent His father Chris Marles previous Huntsman of the East Devon Hunt did six months in jail for assaulting an elderly female hunt monitor a few years after he was convicted of ABH on another hunt monitor Not to forget Jasons brother Shaun who was convicted of illegal hunting a few years ago whilst he was a whip at the Middleton Hunt We went along to introduce ourselves together with friends from North Cambs Nottingham and Northants Hunt Saboteurs The Hunt met at Eggesford Fourways just down from the kennels and as expected went straight for their favourite hunting ground around Trenchard Farm whose owner also owns Timepiece Nightclub in Exeter Hounds were cast into an enormous maize field between Pigsmoor Wood and Alderplot Wood and spent most of the following two hours scattered all over that area A makeshift trail was brought out consisting of a hoodie attached to a piece of string right There was the occasional pingpong between Huntsman and sabs in the valley with hounds responding to calls from both although the huntsmans unusually highpitched voicecalls were difficult to imitate Hunt support on the road wont have had much of a view and several were overheard complaining they were getting bored At Hawkridge Farm hounds briefly went into cry but it was getting dark and Jason turned back towards the kennels via Lyland Wood picking up stray hounds along the way Pics below   1 Sabs and support     2  Hound gets some sab love       S Herefordshire riders caught out cubbing with Ledbury FH Part of the hunt was on Sir Pat Darlings estate part on NT land Sabs resist attempts to evict them and prevent any kills  2917  Facebook Three Counties Hunt Sabs   VIDEO   S Herefordshire hunt country cubhunt in progress at Sellack Ledbury hounds hunting this is the first time this area is known to have hosted a fox hunt since the investigation into the kennels where cubs were alleged to have been fed live to hounds Following a tip off sabs attended Caradoc this morning Sure enough both SHFH and Ledbury hunt officials and supporters out cub hunting At present Major Darling is trying to evict sabs without much luck Welsh Borders sabs also in attendance We were also out sabbing the Ledbury last night at their meet at the Brainge near Much Marcle So busy busy PayPal methreecountiessabs 2917  Facebook Bristol Hunt Sabs   Notorious cub killers from the South Herefordshire Hunt found hunting We abandoned our plans today after word from fellow sabs that members of The S Herefordshire Hunt were out cubbing along with members of the Ledbury Hunt For those that dont know the SHH are banned from hunting they dont have a Huntsman or any hounds because they shot all but 4 of them earlier this year The SHH are in the middle of a police investigation 5 arrested after hunt staff were filmed feeding live fox cubs to the hounds in their kennels Today both SHH and Ledbury hunt officials and supporters were out hunting fox cubs Oh the irony Today Patrick Darling chair of the SHFH secretly invited the Ledbury South to hunt fox cubs on his land at Caradoc Court Sellack Ross On Wye The SHFH pay for this privilege as it is the Ledbury hunt in all but name their Huntsman and their hounds Three Counties & Welsh Border Sabs were in attendance before we arrived and were assaulted by members of the Hunt but managed to stay with them constantly We were more than happy to turn up and back up the sabs already doing a sterling job and we stayed with the hunt until they packed up We will be keeping a close eye on the SHFH and they will be a prime focus for our group over the coming season Pics below   1  Sir Pat Darling steers horse into sab    2  Rider rides horse into sab    3  Ledbury with SHFH cubbing   4  Hounds on line of fox           S Tetcott FH snapped walking hounds through pedigree cattle herd Risk of spreading bTb and neospora ignored 2917  Facebook Somerset Hunt Sabs   Since the very damaging revelation that hunt hounds could contract bTB you would have thought that Hunts would stay away from cattle Not in Devon you dont Here at Henderbarrow Farm at Halwill nr Okehampton the South Tetcott hounds are walked right through a herd of pedigree Limousin cattle Being as how Hunts dont pick up dog faeces transmission of active bTB is highly likely if the hounds poo everywhere as they do Silly farmer silly hunt silly DEFRA for pretending that hunt hounds dont carry bTB          East Kent FH assemble at 6 30 am for cubbing then just go for a walk Sabs think fact they were observing them just might be the reason  2917   Facebook East Kent Sabs   It was like first day back to school this morning as we did the first kennel watch of the season We parked up in the village of Elham to see if the East Kent with West Street hunt were going out cub hunting this morning this is a training exercise to train new hounds to kill foxes the puppies replace the old hounds that are too old to hunt properly they get a shot to the head and its in the incinerator As cubbing usually occurs in the early hours of the morning we had to be with them at 4am to allow for travel time and we had a full landy unusual for this early part of the seasons and with plenty of jokes and banter we were ready to go  By 6 am horse boxes started to arrive at the kennels and at 6 30 the hunt and hounds came out all dressed in tweed and headed out along the country lanes Very strange this time last year they were actively cubbing but of course today they decided to all get up in the middle of the night get dressed up and ride down some lanes for 75 minutes as cub hunting relies on early scenting conditions this pantomime was rather amusing to watch i e no complaints from us but would they have done this if we were not there with cameras Well never know but we will be out with them next week to keep an eye on them just in case A fine start to the season If you wish to donate to our group and keep us out saving lives you can do so here paypal meEASTKENTHSA      POWAperson adds   As the sabs say cub hunting at least in the first few weeks of the season  is always conducted early in the morning or in the evening This is because strong sun in the full daylight will burn scent off making the hounds task much harder If any hunters really think well believe theyll turn up at stupid oclock just to exercise hounds let alone to trail hunt they must think were brain dead Anyway again in the first few weeks cubbing looks very different from fullon fox hunting which could sometimes be passed off as trail hunting so its not hard for anyone who knows what theyre about to tell when its happening   Beaufort FH made no attempt to disguise first cubbing meet say sabs  2917  Facebook Bath Hunt Saboteurs   Meeting up with Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch before the crack of dawn we paid a long over due visit to the Duke Of Beauforts Fox Hounds who met at Alderton Grove Farm just north of Littleton Drew for their first fox cub hunt of the season Most Hunts attempt to be discrete when cubbing but not the Beaufort With around 40 riders from preschool children on ponies to decrepit old farts on chargers Foot followers ranged from Jolly Hockey Sticks types on push bikes to the landed gentry in huge 4x4s Rudely they left the Meet early However we quickly caught up with them surrounding Alderton Grove Covert where we split into two groups One went to the west where they picked up their first escort of the day a very chatty man with a lovely Patterdale Terrier who got a little upset when sabs rated the hounds saying it was illegal to shout on a public foot path Finding sabs on two sides of the covert the Huntsman soon gathered the hounds and rode off to Cranhill Wood Sabs were not far behind and again on two sides getting the usual Get Ooff my land and Theres no footpath here We rated the hounds each time they went into cry pack right They put up a couple of deer and rioted after another before the Huntsman again gathered the Hounds and did a runner towards Oldsland Wood missing half a dozen opportunities to hunt along the way Foot sabs lost them for a bit but the mobile unit soon spotted them back at Alderton Grove Covert where hounds were rated again and the Huntsman called it a day With perfect timing Wiltshire Constabulary arrived to investigate the blocked badger sett and illegal hunting we had reported All this in the western edge of the North Wiltshire Badger Cull zone No fox cubs died today but that is more than can be said for the badgers who will be slaughtered over the next few months 2400 in North Wilts alone Please help us to carry on saving wildlife httpkofi combathsabs   Hunters complain NT trail hunt rules are painting a target on them 2917  Daily Telegraph   National Trust painting a target on legal hunts with new website   The National Trust was plunged into a bitter row with countryside campaigners tonight over its decision to publish details of hunting meetings ahead of a vote to ban the sport The Trust was accused of effectively ‘painting targets’ on huntsmen by posting on its website the times and locations of legal hunts on its land The field sports lobby said such information would be invaluable to saboteurs and animal rights activists increasing the risk of violent disruption The decision to publicise the hunts comes ahead of the charity’s annual general meeting next month when it will vote on a motion tabled by the League Against Cruel Sports for an outright ban of all hunting on National Trust land The Trust quietly introduced new measures last week including the publication of hunts in a move seen as a worrying crackdown by the country sports enthusiasts It comes after a series of clashes between the Trust and its land users in recent years Last night the Countryside Alliance said the National Trust’s leadership was being influenced by a social media campaign orchestrated by antihunt campaigners masquerading as members Tim Bonner left the Alliance’s chief executive said the row was “another example of an organisation that has drifted an awfully long way from its roots” The Trust insisted it was not “in the pocket” of antihunt activists and was impervious to the influence of social media adding it “deplored” intimidation and abuse A standoff is now likely with huntsmen and tenant farmers who host the meets saying they would prefer to hunt unlicensed than advertise their presence online As well as the risk of physical confrontation participants and local business such as pubs and B&Bs fear “trolling” and other online reprisals if they are publicly connected to the sport Richard Williams below right jointmaster of the Eryri which hunts over National Trust land in Snowdonia said “There are lots of people who use National Trust land but I feel we’re being picked on having to jump through all these hoops I think it’s unjustifiable We’ll been harassed by antihunting people The National Trust is giving in to them We have a workable relationship at the moment but now I’m hugely concerned There is a chasm between the attitude of the Trust and reality and what they think is going on in the work They spend most of their lives on their iPhone ” The new package of rules come ahead of the National Trust’s AGM in October where it will debate the motion tabled by the League Against Cruel Sports The call for the ban is being supported by an online petition signed more than 136000 times although nearly 68000 of these signatories are reportedly based outside the UK Mr Bonner said “There is just a complete lack of understanding of hunting and hunting people at the National Trust There has not been any consultation with any of the hunting associations that is totally unacceptable There has been social media campaign going on which is influencing the Trust It’s nonsense that they think what happens on Facebook is a reflection of what is going on in reality Social media use among the rural community is limited If you think about it it’s fairly obvious ” In the 1990s the National Trust was accused of betraying people who had bequeathed their land to the trust on the condition that hunting should be allowed when it announced a ban on stag hunting Last year Lord Bragg described the trust as a “bully” when it bought a tranche of land in the Lake District but the not the farm that sits on it Critics said the part purchase of Thorneythwaite Farm in Borrowdale made it impossible for local farmers to preserve the landscape as a working farm Since the ban on traditional hunting in 2004 large numbers of hunts have adopted trail hunting where an animal scent is laid by a human on foot or quad bike for a pack of hounds to follow Those wanting to operate over National Trust land are required to enter into a “licensing” agreement Yesterday the Trust said the terms of the licences had not been reviewed for several years and that it had “lost confidence that everything possible was being done to ensure that the law was everywhere being upheld” Also among the new requirements is a prohibition on using “animalbased scents” in trail hunting Critics say this will effectively make hunting impossible as foxhounds are brought up to follow these scents Historic fell packs in the Lake District which hunt on foot are likely to be particularly affected by the new conditions because of the preponderance of National Trust land in the area Eric Taylforth a National Trust tenant farmer in the Langdale Valley who hosts four hunt meets a year said the website requirement would “paint a target” for saboteurs “It can be very intimidating” he said “Publishing the details is inviting them to come it’s very worrying ” A spokesman for the National Trust said its “first priority” was to protect conservation and access to its land “We are making it explicitly clear to all stakeholders that trail hunting if properly practised is legal and a legitimate outdoor activity” he said He rejected as “unfair” the criticism that publishing details of meets on the trust’s website would attract saboteurs adding “We deplore the use of abuse threatening language and any physical violence ” He said Hunts had always been required to provide details of their meets when asked under the terms of the licence but that “the mechanism to make sure this is working was faulty The proposal to put the information in one place where those who wish to avoid running into a hunt of which there are many or those who wish to watch the spectacle can find out the details is a response to a malfunctioning system ” The National Trust has checkered relationship with its land users In the 1990s it was accused of betraying people who had bequeathed their land to the trust on the condition that hunting should be allowed to continue when it announced a stag hunting ban Last year Lord Bragg described the trust as a “bully” when it bought a tranche of land in the Lake District but the not the farm that sits on it Critics said the part purchase of Thorneythwaite Farm in Borrowdale made it impossible for local farmers to preserve the landscape as a working farm   S Durham FH rider whacks restive horse on head during cubbing meet 1917  Facebook – N E Hunt Monitors    HIT Report of sorts We had a tip off that South Durham Fox Hounds would be meeting for autumn hound hunting at Lea Close Equestrian in Great Stainton at 530 am on 29th August Hunt monitors got together early to check the hunt area for earths setts and to pre spay with citronella The Hunt turned up just as NE Hunt Sabs joined us to keep more eyes on the activity We were spotted from the off and were surprised that the Watchmans were not ahead of the pack but a whipperin from another hunt BDH was leading the hounds right Interesting Far far behind the line of riders a horse went a tad mental and chucked its rider into the bushes This horse was not happy about being on the road and surrounded by vehicles and other horses The riders reaction to this poor horses distress was to hit is hard on the neck with the end of her riding crop to which the horse flinched We have this on footage and will be sending it to the RSPCA with the riders horsebox details Angry at being filmed some female riders took it upon themselves to have a go at us to which we politely told them to fcuk off Later when trying to locate the hounds we came across what we thought was a accident with a horsebox which was leaving the hunt we stopped to offer help and found that the horse had gone over the bar inside the box and it was quite a hectic and stressful struggle for the owner and others to get the horse to safety We hope that horse was OK On returning to the equestrian centre we could see that riders we leaving early Why What had happened Did our presence put them off Did they smell the citronella and give it up What ever happened we noticed the hound van leaving and followed back to the kennels in confusion yet joy and excitement as the foxes and their cubs were safe for another day All in all the hunt riders were out for no more than an hour before packing up Why cant they just have a jolly and jump a few hay bales on every meet Wouldnt the world be a better place and empathy for wildlife would make us caring and considerate of the planet and all that has a right to live on it But NO blood lust ego and delusions of grandeur will always befall these hunt scum who have no thought for anything but themselves So WE the HUNT Monitors will be here waiting and watching to save the lives of foxes week in week out until we achieve a total ban on hunting Which will come Thanks for all the support you have shown us so far We appreciate you all keeptheban   Support us via Paypal paypal mehuntmonitors or  Gofundme httpswww gofundme com4brdhm0   HSA says that the York & Ainsty North FH have disbanded 1917   Facebook Hunt Saboteurs   Great news The York and Ainsty North Hunt right have disbanded   The foxes of North Yorkshire will be able to live their lives without fear of being ripped to pieces by a pack of hounds We wont stop until every Hunt and shoot is shut down Please help us in our work www huntsabs org ukindex phpgetinvolvedjointhehsa   POWAperson adds We will await confirmation of this news before celebrating The Hunt marked its twohundredth anniversary last year The History page on its still extant website begins with this extraordinary paragraph which illustrates the reckless and irrational fanaticism of hunters with hounds    Formed in 1816 the combined York and Ainsty country was hunted four days a week until 1906 Perhaps the most notable historical event was the Newby Ferry disaster on the 4th February 1869 from a meet at South Stainley A fox crossed the flooded River Ure pursued by hounds Powter the first whipperin went round by Boroughbridge to stop the hounds but the Master and Huntsman Sir Charles Slingsby of Scriven near Knaresborough with 12 others took to the small ferry boat a boat intended for only 4 horses The overloaded ferry capsized in midstream drowning the Master and five others   NT board recommends members vote down trail hunt ban resolution 31817    Facebook National DisTrust   The Board of the National Trust have now said that they are recommending that members vote against the resolution in a letter which demonstrates complete ignorance of the subject relying on the fact that their panicinduced new measures offer a veneer of change in reality they show that the Trust has been turning a blind eye to wildlife crime for 12 years see httpbit ly2wyxJZB Some thoughts to explain how trail hunting works to members who have witnessed foxes being eviscerated by hounds is insulting It also ignores the fact that trail hunting is fictional httpg ifaw org2kD1orC except as a false alibi for wildlife crime despite Dame Helen Ghosh having read the report which proves this httpbit ly2u8XKua the Trust dont monitor the activities they licence this is an outright lie They have both said that they dont have the resources to monitor as well as stating in a leaked internal memo to staff that the onus is on the Hunts for adhering to the licence and the law if the Trust now think terriermen are a redundant element of trail hunting what do they think terriermen have been doing on their land for the last 12 years in a separate note the Trust have also said that the vote at the AGM isnt binding implying that the Trust are preparing to ignore the wishes of their own membership Putting aside how disrespectful this would be to their members as well as the wildlife that will soon be terrorised & slaughtered by Hunts on their land it also forgets that whilst a vote may not be binding the law is It is an offence to knowingly host a fox hunt or a stag hunt If youre a member we need you to help wildlife to live in peace on Trust land to help the lands that you pay to care for become the sanctuaries for increasingly pressured wildlife that they should be    voteoffthehunts AGM2017   Cumbrian Hunts join protest against NT trail hunting restrictions 31817   Facebook Westmorland Gazette   Controversial campaign sparks anger over trail hunting tradition    A CONTROVERSIAL move to limit trailhunting on National Trust land has angered supporters of the sport in South Lakeland The National Trust has publicised a set of new rules which trail hunters must follow and will hold a vote on banning the practice altogether on its land at its annual meeting on October 21st Fifty members of the Trust which owns a large amount of land in the Lake District have endorsed a motion to stop trailhunting following the emergence of video footage allegedly showing hunts killing stags on its estates Campaigners argue that the practice which involves riders and hounds following a prelaid scent is a way of getting around the hunting ban A member of a major Cumbrian Hunt has highlighted the damage that regulations on the sport could have on the area affecting both the traditions and the welfare of tenants who farm the land Neil Salisbury secretary for the central committee of fell packs right on left credit WG said We have been working with the National Trust in conducting legal hunting since the hunting ban We have never had any problems or any prosecutions The Trust has nationally been under a lot of pressure from animal rights groups to come up with these changes which they want to impose on us The rules initially proposed by the National Trust include the reporting of the location of any hunting meet and the banning of animalbased scents Putting all the details of the meets online is only going to benefit the hunting saboteurs said Mr Salisbury Whenever the sabs find out where meets are they turn up in mini buses some wearing masks and cause as much unpleasantness as they can They threaten the farmers or business owners where the meet is both physically and verbally and also on social media The National Trust is failing in its duty of care to the tenant farmers on its land in advocating these changes Accidents happen if the hounds break off the trail We use a natural scent that we know hounds will follow We are very confident of that The National Trust want us to use an artificial scent like they do with hound trailing Those dogs take years to be trained to follow those scents We are not as confident that the dogs wouldnt break away and cause accidents with an artificial scent The Countryside Alliance has urged National Trust members to vote against imposing a full ban on trailhunting on the Trusts property “We cannot underestimate the importance of members using their vote to support legal trailhunting on National Trust land explained Polly Portwin the Countryside Alliance’s Head of Hunting There are currently more than 60 hunts that apply for a licence to enable them access to National Trust land but if this motion carries at the annual meeting then a number of these Hunts may no longer be viable due to a lack of country Chief executive of the Countryside Alliance Tim Bonner added Following subsequent meetings between the Alliance and the National Trust we made it clear that while we all understand that the Trust has again been dragged into a fight it would rather keep well out of Some of the conditions that it is attempting to impose on hunts are simply unacceptable POWAperson adds   The National DisTrust summarises the weaknesses in the Hunts arguments   1917   Facebook National DisTrust    Interesting comments appearing from bloodsport nincompoops in a few articles recently like the one below Putting all the details of the meets online is only going to benefit the hunting saboteurs Neil Salisbury secretary for the central committee of fell packs whinging about having to publicise hunt meets which he has already had to do for at least 7 years as part of the National Trust licence criteria as well as any meets for Forestry Commission land being subject to Freedom of Information requests httpbit ly2uIXOjW Those dogs take years to be trained to follow those scents Neil Salisbury Trail hunting was concocted after the Hunting Act 2004 came into force on 18022005 and was then the practice in theory of Hunts from the 20052006 season onwards So it didnt take years it took less than one year Unless of course they never retrained the hounds at all    wethinksyoudothprotesttoomuch   voteoffthehunts   AGM2017 POWAperson adds  Neil Salisbury cites accidents This is always the getout for Hunts caught chasing live quarry as the great majority still do Clearly when such accidents happen all the time and a pretend system is used that makes them inevitable they are not accidents at all As regards what he says about sabs perhaps they could provide some evidence to back their assertions There is plenty of video evidence of hunters terrorising sabs and monitors and numerous convictions of hunters for often violent offences against them but virtually none to back Salisburys claims The central problem with the National Trusts proposed changes to trail hunting licences is that it relies a lot on selfpolicing by Hunts  which we know cannot be relied on at all and intensive checking by Trust officials which they probably are not capable of Over the years the Trust itself has largely ignored complaints usually backed by video evidence of blatant licencebreaking and though they have sanctioned a few Hunts this has never involved more than short suspensions and finger wagging An outright ban is the only feasible solution     South Tetcott FH cubbing meet shut down by us say sabs 31817   Facebook Devon County Hunt Saboteurs    South Tetcott cubbing meet shut down No foxes killed on our watch              Waveney Harriers supporters kick sabs and car at cubbing meet 30817    Facebook NorfolkSuffolk Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO   AND SO IT BEGINS Waveney Harriers – 260816 Mettingham Castle Mettingham   Suffolk NorfolkSuffolk Hunt Sabs headed out early Saturday morning to sab the Waveney Harriers Despite some funny business huntsman driving around with an empty hound trailer maybe he forgot the hounds the hunt were tracked down to Mettingham Castle While it wouldnt be fair to say wed missed the Waveneys over the summer we were a bit disappointed by their lack of warm welcome Riders kicking sabs who were trying to step out of the way Rhys the terrierman knocking a sabs wing mirror off and a call to the police by the Hunt There seemed to be some confusion by the caller land owner Harriet Servaes she couldnt quite work out what she was doing there claiming in the phone call that they were trail hunting no trail was laid and definitely not through the woodland they hunted cub hunting illegal with a whole pack of hounds exercising hounds this doesnt require horses and that they had an Eagle Owl just in case not suitable for fox hunting not required for trail hunting and not particularly helpful for exercising the hounds She also referred to us as threatening terrorists which we thought was a little distasteful considering all that has happened this year With the hunt starting later than usual perhaps because of earlier mishap with the hounds the Hunt werent out for long Travelling from woodland to woodland clearly cub hunting the weather was not great for hunting and with sabs close behind it was grumpy faces all round for the hunt Come on guys we thought this was what you did for fun As ever we welcome support or donations If you are interested in getting involved please PM us or email us at ns sabsyahoo co uk Donations can be made here  inthenameofnaturehsariseup net Pic below   Riders and foot followers helping to ring copse in which hounds have been entered to find foxes There is really no other explanation for this than that they are cub hunting        New Atherstone FH JM signed Hunting Declaration pledging to ignore ban 30817  Facebook West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   Atherstone Hunts new joint master committed to breaking the hunting law    As the introduction of the Hunting Act became inevitable the Countryside Alliance organised the Hunting Declaration The declaration pledged that if a ban came into force they would disobey the law and continue to hunt risking criminal conviction In 2003 the organisers of the initiative named 1st November 2003 as the Declaration Day when a series of events were organised so hunters could physically and publicly sign the declaration This saw 50000 hunt supporters publicly sign declarations that they would break any future law that banned hunting As we know hunts across the country stood by this declaration and continue to break the law to this day This list of signatures has conveniently disappeared so we can’t know exactly who signed it except of course for those who admitted publicly to signing it For example Julian Barnfield is quoted as saying I will not stop hunting I am proud of what I do and I lead a very privileged life I am prepared to go to jail for that life as well several times if necessary Ironically Barnfield was later convicted for just that illegal hunting with the Heythrop Hunt Mark Halford was another person who publicly admitted to signing the declaration to break the law in this article that he had signed a declaration among 1000 other prohunters to continue riding with hounds even if a ban was imposed I will continue to hunt and voice my opinions on fox hunting and put across my arguments Halford is the new jointmaster of notorious fox killers the Atherstone Hunt The Atherstone have killed numerous foxes over the last 2 years which have been well documented in the national media Many more would have been killed if we had not been there we see foxes being hunted on an almost weekly basis and have saved far more than have been killed The Atherstone claimed all these kills were “accidents” but the more “accidents” they have the less believable this excuse becomes Halford is both a director of the Hunt and a joint master he is one of the people who are in charge and running the Hunt He is one of the few people who are publicly quoted as saying they will break the law and carry on hunting The fact that a fox hunt well known for killing foxes have just appointed someone to run the Hunt who has a clear disregard for the law should set alarm bells ringing for Leicestershire Police It is a clear statement of intent of what the Atherstone Hunts intentions are   Demo at Kent WT AGM against hare hunter Chairman for 23rd Sept 30817    Facebook – Events    Demonstration at Kent Wildlife Trust AGM  Bridgewood Manor Chatham Saturday 23rd September Arrive 10 am for 11   ALL WELCOME “Michael Bax was appointed to the position of Chairman of Kent Wildlife Trust in April 2014 Bax served as both Huntsman and Joint Master for the Blean Beagles between 1971 and according to both Bax and Kent Wildlife Trust 2005 However Bailys Hunt Directory claim he left the hare hunting group only last year He is also still listed as Joint Master of the group in the 20152016 edition of the Horse and Hound Directory His business partner Stuart Sillars of BTF Partnership still serves as Joint Master Huntsman and Hare Conservationist for the group Bax also allows a drivenpheasant shoot to take place on his land and through his business sponsors shoots of birds and ducks across Kent He personally donated a shoot of wading birds on an environmentallysensitive area of Kentish land Greenborough Marshes Baxs business also sponsors two fox hunts It is worth noting that a previous chairman of the Kent Wildlife Trust for over a decade had been joint master of the Quorn Foxhounds KWT claim they are “neutral” on the hunting issue How a Wildlife Trust can possibly take a neutral stance on the killing of wild animals for sport is beyond most people and the revelations have led to many members cancelling their membership as well as a petition of over 150000 people demanding his resignation This is not an anti Kent Wildlife Trust protest by any means it is simply so that people can express their outrage that hunters or shooters can be given positions of such power in our Wildlife Trusts Please support this peaceful demonstration all welcome Bring banners wildlife masks and good manners”       South Herefordshire FH five in cub cruelty case rebailed yet again 30817   Kidderminster Shuttle   Five arrested in South Herefordshire Hunt investigation have been rebailed   ALL five people arrested as part of an animal cruelty investigation at a Herefordshire hunt have been rebailed until next month Police are investigating reports of animal cruelty at the South Herefordshire Hunt kennels in Wormelow The first two people a 37yearold man and 27yearold woman both from Hereford were first arrested in May 2016 A 37yearold man from Abergavenny was then arrested in June of the same year and a 53yearold woman from Abergavenny and 45yearold man from Powys were arrested in August 2016 All five have been rebailed until September POWAperson adds   The very nasty incidents that brought about the arrests occurred late last spring filmed covertly by the Hunt Investigation Team The police handed their file to the CPS several months ago One has to wonder what on earth is taking them so long The S Herefordshire FH was suspended indefinitely by the MFHA and has effectively closed down Pics below  1  Person believed to be Hunt servant about to throw live fox cub to hounds   2  Imprisoned cub          Blencathra FH admits still kill foxes have little control of hounds 29817  Facebook National DisTrust   The Blencathra Foxhounds are licensed by the National Trust to trail hunt so it’s particularly disturbing to watch this recent video of Huntsman Barry Todhunter admitting that his hounds are often ‘4 or 5 miles away’ The National Trust intend to relicence the Blencathra Foxhounds again this year even though they admit to killing foxes and use the guise of following a trail of illegally imported fox urine In Cumbria hunts describe any incidents of foxes being chased or killed by packs of hounds as accidental Blencathra secretary Bob Fell said his Hunt’s hounds were following a scented trail last Saturday when a fox appeared The hounds chased it while huntsman Barry Todhunter blew his horn to try to call them off “It does happen” Bob Fell told The Cumberland News “You just can’t help that The foxes haven’t gone away since the ban You do get occasions when the fox jumps up among the hounds We do our best to stop the hounds but there have been a few killed since the ban came in I don’t know how many Our huntsman keeps a diary ” Cumberland News 17022006 Their trail hunts use fox urine supplied by Barry Todhunter at the Blencathra hunt Alan Cumbrian Farmers Hunt says “We’re using a foxbased scent so when the ban’s reversed they the hounds will know We could have trained the pups with aniseed but then you’ve got two lots of hounds chasing different scents ” Cumberland News 17022006 Despite his defiance Mr Todhunter 49 acknowledges that the hunting he oversees is a pale shadow of what it was Instead of the hounds following a fresh trail they set off in pursuit of a scent laid by a drag man up to two hours before the meet Mr Todhunter opened a small bottle and held it out Disgusting isnt it he said with a laugh That is finest red fox urine imported from America I could have had grey fox coyote racoon moose or mountain lion but I thought I would stay traditional His hounds do not like the artificial drag The Telegraph 17022006 So the Blencathra Foxhounds carried on killing foxes after the ban and say that they obtain fox scent from America even though there are restrictions on importing it Huntsman Barry Todhunter even admits that hounds cannot follow a nonanimal scent if they have been trained to follow fox scent This footage shows the Blencathra Foxhounds killing a fox on Trust land still below Only NT members can stop this criminal persecution of the red fox from continuing and they can do this by voting off the Hunts at the AGM on 21st October    voteoffthehunts   AGM2017      Cheshire FH cubbing cakes champagne 29817   Facebook Cheshire Monitors   Cheshire Hounds meet for cake and cubbing   Thanks to all our supporters who got in touch this morning about the Cheshire Hounds first early morning cubbing meet near Rushton Sadly hounds were heard in cry picking up a scent and monitors have already been able to covertly capture some very interesting footage more on that at a later date We can also report an unusual turnout in relation to both members and followers for this first somewhat lacklustre meet Some riders did however decide to round off their first mornings brutal cubbing activities with cake and champagne   Atherstone FH hunters on pleasure ride cant resist attacking sab car Damage to wing mirror by known assailants reported to police Hunters control loss seen by locals who are willing to testify 28817  Facebook West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO     Local residents shocked at violent behaviour of the Atherstone Hunt    Our first outing of the season began yesterday with the Atherstone Hunt hound ride not hunting but a money making fundraiser for a hunt in much need of some money In fact the only way this Hunt can sustain itself is by having days like these The Atherstone is a very “accident prone” hunt so it would have been irresponsible of us not to have turned up and allowed the Atherstone Hounds to roam freely around the countryside It wasn’t long into the ride before new huntsman Michael Lane lost some of his hounds in a maize field embarrassingly it took 10 minutes of horn blowing to try to get them out We overheard him say that maize fields attract hounds like magnets Given that foxes also like maize fields you would have thought a hunt claiming to act within the law would avoid them at all costs After 10 minutes he gave up and hoped the last hound would catch him up We’re sure Mr Lane was very grateful to us for being there on standby in case any accidents did happen luckily none of the hounds picked up on any scents on this occasion This just highlights however the dangers of an unleashed pack of hounds in the countryside even when supposedly under control on a hound exercise the hounds still ended up lost in a maize field strengthenthehuntingact Like every year the Atherstone and its supporters have been told to stay out of trouble not talk to the antis and scale back the violence This lasted until the last part of the ride when ex jointmaster and current Atherstone Hunt director Jo Clarke and another rider attacked our vehicle by trying to kick the wing mirror off The whole incident was witnessed by local residents who were disgusted by what they had seen One resident said they would write a letter of complaint to the Hunt whilst another said they’d be willing to make a statement to the police as an independent witness They said it doesnt matter what your view is you shouldnt act like that they even invited us into their house for a drink We can always rely on The Atherstone Hunt to show people the real face of fox hunting The incident has been logged with the police However much the Atherstone Hunt tries to change and be something else it will always still be the Atherstone Hunt Their season hasn’t even properly started yet and already they have lost their hounds in a maize field and caused criminal damage by attacking our vehicle The Atherstone Hunt have recently posted up all of their pleasure rides on Facebook however if they were acting within the law as they claim then they would post up their entire meet card for the season on Facebook Please sign our petition to stop the Countryside Alliance meeting with Leicestershire Police   Surrey Union FH cub hunting already say monitors 28817   Facebook Surrey Hunt Monitors  VIDEO   Surrey Union cub hunting season has started    Bank Holiday Monday 28 August 2017 found us with Guildford and N Downs Sabs at the Surrey Union Hunt for the second Monday in a row The Hunt met at 0600 just North of Jayes Park Ockley for a two hour hunt around Jayes Park chasing fox cubs The normal motley crew of misfits in vehicles and quads following the poor show of riders with no sign of a trail layer Mostly covert monitoring and long distance videoing where possible as Jayes Park is a large private shooting estate with minimal access Hunt packed up at around 0800 We will check through all video footage of the last two weeks before we post Video of the hunt attached courtesy of Guildford Hunt Sabs   Cottesmore FH steward spits at sab as their cub hunting is disrupted 26817   Facebook Northants Hunt Saboteurs  VIDEO   HIT REPORT 26 08 17    This morning saw us up before the birds to travel up to the Cottesmore Hunt We found them hunting just behind the kennels between Ashwell and Burley Cubbing which the hunters like to call ‘Autumn Hunting’ to try and disguise the fact that they’re killing baby animals takes place early morning or evening and trains the young hounds and disperses cubs to provide better hunting for them later in the year it also ‘teaches’ the cubs to run rather than try to go to ground therefore also giving better ‘sport’ for the psychopaths on horseback Foot sabs were with the hunt for most of the morning using horn and voice calls to keep the hounds heads up and off the scent of any foxes One of the hunt stewards was so wound up by our presence it looked like he was forgetting to breathe in the end he resorted to spitting at a sab left It was clear by about 8 45 that the hunt were on the way back to the kennels looking somewhat pissed off and it was all over earlier than normal by 9 a m         Lone Cambridge sab discovers very early morning cub hunt 25817   Facebook Cambridge Hunt Saboteurs   In the early hours of this morning 0500 one of our Sabs was conducting a check up on areas alleged to belong to neighbouring hunt kennels During the course of this check a small entourage of riders arrived at the kennels in question The sab was quick to respond and thankfully had all the kit required to do a full Sab in the back of their vehicle The situation quickly deteriorated as the hunt left the kennels and the hounds immediately went into cry prompting a quick call to local police It is unclear at this point whether or not the hounds killed or whether or not the police will be investigating Due to the polices lack of promptness in dealing with the matter it is likely that any evidence of a possible kill has quickly been destroyed We hope that the local police realise in retrospect that their lack of promptly dealing with the issue could potentially have had catastrophic consequences to both the Sab attending as well as wildlife in the area After a prompt analysis of the hunts actions it is clear that this was not an example of the Hunt in question exercising the hounds rather a blatant attempt at cubhunting CHS and other Hunt Sab groups routinely risk their wellbeing in order to defend and protect vulnerable wildlife with only a few pounds a month you can help us help often overlooked wildlife   Sab acquitted as Crawley FH convicted hunters lies exposed in court 24817   Twitter Surrey Hunt Monitors‏   Justice was done at Worthing Magistrates Court yesterday when a young Guildford Hunt Sab left with supporters was found not guilty of aggravated trespass After hearing the prosecution witnesses and legal submissions the Court threw out the case on the basis that there was no case to answer without even needing to hear evidence from Conor or his supporting witnesses thanks to sabs own video evidence of the whole incident Incident started when Conor was ridden at by Neil Millard convicted hunter who alleged to police that he not Conor had been assaulted saying Conor had tried to pull him off his horse and stabbed him with a needle and that blood had been drawn Millard of course did not show the police any stab wound or blood but the police instinctively thought the redcoat and not the sab was telling the truth and searched Conor – but found nothing not strictly true because the arresting police officer seized as “exhibits” various items from Conor’s bag which he recorded in his written statement and read out in court including items of huge evidential significance to the alleged offence such as a hunt sab logo Tshirt a Greenpeace sweatshirt a South Wales HSA cap and an animal rights badge So despite a complete lack of evidence Conor was arrested for assault and Conor’s complaint that Millard had assaulted him was ignored At the station his GoPro evidence was reviewed police concluded with no evidence of assault to charge him with aggravated trespass This offence requires 2 things 1st trespass the police relied on a street map which said nothing about the ownership of the land and Millard’s sayso that the land was private The second element of the offence is that of interfering with a lawful activity Trial never got as far as having to consider the issue of whether what Millard & co were doing was lawful or in fact illegal hunting Instead the case failed on whether there was even any interference at all by Conor Police evidence was that they saw a person wearing a face covering amongst the hunt horses and trying to lead the hounds off the road However video evidence showed that Conor was not wearing a face covering leaving the prosecution case relying on Millard’s evidence that Conor had tried to stop the hunt from legal socalled trail hunting by shouting “leave it leave it” at the hounds But the video evidence there were in fact four separate videos showed no such thing – that Conor had not shouted anything This is one of the highlights In response under crossexamination Millard alleged that the video evidence must have been doctored saying Conor had tried to pull him off his horse and stabbed him with a needle and that blood had been drawn but failed to understand that Conor’s video was seized by the police at the time of the incident and had since been in Crowns possession probably not the best point to argue Also included a threat to kill If you touch those fucking hounds Ill fucking kill you The whole courtroom except Millard could hear it in the video Remarkably the CPS seemed not to have shown Conors video evidence to Millard before the trial It is perhaps no surprise then that the magistrates agreed with Conor’s excellent barrister that there was no case to answer The police and CPS truly are puppets for the hunting elitist scum at times sickens me that this happens in the England I love   Hunting fanatic convicted of sex with child and possess indecent images Bryn Chittenden warned faces a substantial prison term He was convicted of V Disorder & affray against sabs in 1993 Maskwearing follower also vowed to disregard Hunting Act 23817  Facebook Hunt Saboteurs   Bryn Chittenden is also a supporter of the Essex Farmers Hunt left and guilty of attacks on hunt saboteurs More details here and here 23817  Essex Live    Paedophile branded a liar before he was found guilty of sexual activity with 14yearold girl    A landowner was branded a liar during closing statements before he was found guilty of sexual activity with a 14yearold girl Bryn Chittenden below right 51 of St Lawrence Bay was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with the child at Chelmsford Crown Court earlier today He was arrested on June 2 2015 after an allegation was made by the victims father When he was arrested police found indecent images and movies of children the same age as the victim He pleaded guilty to one count of possessing indecent images of children and one count of possessing indecent movies of children He pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child The jury was told that it was not their duty to judge whether sexual activity had taken place but that Chittenden had knowledge of her age at the time of the incident Chittenden claimed that he had no knowledge of her age from meeting her in January 2014 until his arrest in July 2015 Yesterday the jury heard evidence from the victims father who recalled two conversations he had with Chittenden where he had knowledge of the victims age The second conversation the court heard took place after it had become clear that the victim had developed an obsession towards Chittenden Her father told him about her affections and warned him that she needed to be told to stay away He told the court that Chittenden was very agreeable The victim confessed to her father that a sexual relationship took place between herself and Chittenden in June 2015 after she became agitated seeing him with another female She told her dad that she had kissed the defendant and performed oral sex on him Prosecuting Nicola May told the jury We rely on the evidence of the vicitms father an honest and compelling witness We ask you to consider that the victims father has nothing by way of malice towards this defendant Bryn even mentioned that he considered him an honest person and that is precisely what he is Do you think this man has lied Chittenden was arrested on June 2 2015 while he was taking his kids to the school bus In his interview with the police the prosecution says that he was very vague about whether he knew the victims age but suggested he let his guard down Ms May said It is all very vague until we get to the point where he says that she was 16 and at college But then he let his guard down when he says she was having problems with her boyfriend at school He then came up with the suggestion that school and college is all the same to him If that is the case why not say school at the beginning Chittenden admitted in a prepared statement before he was interviewed for a second time that he was lying and that sexual activity between him and the victim did take place He continued to deny that he had any knowledge of her age Ms May said He is the liar He lied because of the situation he was in The reason he lied was not because he was a rabbit caught in the headlights running scared He was deliberately manipulating the situation Mr Bonehill added In his first interview he accepts he lied People lie for a number of different reasons He accepts it is a lie he gives a truthful version and then he goes into that witness box to give you more detail He chooses to give evidence which is not easy Mr Bonehill defending asked the jury to not define Chittendens character on his guilty plea to the indecent material found at his home He said He pleaded guilty to those disgusting images on his computer Just because someone has committed an offence does not mean they are guilty of everything In summing up the case Ms May told the jury that the evidence given by the victims father was honest and compelling She said The crown says at no time did this defendant think she was 16 We suggest honest and compelling evidence from the victims father and I ask you to compare and contest that with the evidence of the defendant I can be sure that he is guilty I encourage you to return a verdict of guilty It took the jury 45 minutes to come to a unanimous verdict of guilty Chittenden was released on conditional bail and is to return to Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday September 22 for sentencing Judge Jonathan Seeley told Chittenden he was granting him bail on compassionate grounds regarding his partner He said You have been convicted by the jury with an extremely serious offence and you must know from that you are facing a custodial sentence and a significant one The fact Im remanding you on bail is mainly because of the condition of your girlfriends pregnancy   Quorn FH filmed apparently cub hunting on NT land 23817   Facebook National DisTrust  VIDEO   The Quorn Hunt who say they have an agreement with The National Trust were hunting something this morning near Ingarsby Hall and it clearly wasnt a trail Is this the best version of a legal activity that The Trust say they are about to licence for the coming season Feel free to email this clip to their DirectorGeneral Dame Helen Ghosh at helen ghoshnationaltrust org uk and ask her if she thinks this is trail hunting or something else The Quorn Hunt has a similar arrangement with The National Trust to pass through its land at Ulverscroft Wood For an introduction to cubbingautumn hunting & how it works please watch this video from the League Against Cruel Sports    voteoffthehunts    AGM2017        National Trust ignoring evidence that trail hunting is a fiction 23817   Facebook National DisTrust   We believe the overwhelming majority of Hunts act responsibly The National Trust Updated Trail Hunting Policy httpbit ly2syAhnO Having Having looked over 4000 hunt monitoring reports of over 30 hunt monitors from different organisations covering the majority of hunts in England and Wales 157 since the Hunting Act 2004 was enacted these hunt monitors have reported witnessing someone laying a possible trail only in an average of around 3 of the occasions they monitored hunts but they believed that only an average of around 0 04 of the occasions they may have witnessed a genuine trail hunting event rather than a fake one League Against Cruel Sports httpbit ly2u0JfvA During this reporting period 364 42 of all incidents reported related to illegal interference with badger setts Unfortunately 72 of these incidents related to alleged interference with setts by fox hunts The Badger Trust UK Badger Persecution 201415 P6 httpbit ly2r1ZnLf in in 99 of IFAW hunt monitors’ reports produced during the last 10 years 443 reports on supposed ‘trail hunting’ events covering 45 different registered hunts in England & Wales the investigators reported not having witnessed anybody laying what they believed was a genuine trail International Fund for Animal Welfare IFAW Trail Of Lies P5 httpg ifaw org2hbxOIR   Orly  naiveAF   gobacktothedrawingtable   Two foxes saved by monitors from Crawley FH cub hunters 23817   Facebook West Sussex Hunt Sabs   The Crawley & Horsham fox hunt met at 530pm at Brick Kiln Farm Shipley Road Southwater today Monitors watched as the hunt left the meet and headed across the fields As hunt monitors entered through gates on a public footpath they saw men lined up along the outside of the wood They could hear the huntsman pushing the hounds through the wood from the other end A fox bolted from the wood and crossed the footpath in front of the monitors One of the C&H hunt staff was quickly on his mobile then cracking a whip on the ground to stop the hounds The Hunt left the wood and the hounds soon picked up the scent of the fox again Two foxes were seen bolting from woodlands and the hounds were quickly on to them the foxes ran towards another wooded area followed by the hounds Fortunately another monitor was waiting in there and the huntsman had to call the hounds off We saved these two foxes tonight but no doubt they will be hunted again soon We hope we will be there next time to save them again We can state for the record that no trail of any sort had been laid for this meet and what we witnessed was blatant illegal fox hunting We are very grateful for any donations that will help keep us in the fields protecting our wildlife A big thank you shout out to those who have donated   Did Melbreak FH supply fake fox urine certificate to Nat Trust 22817  Facebook National DisTrust    This below right is a copy of the certificate provided to The National Trust by The Melbreak Foxhounds to prove that the fox urine the hunt claims to use for traillaying is ‘authentic’ The National Trust have accepted this certificate at face value even though it looks like someone has knocked it up on their home computer The certificate is conveniently dated 231016 just before the hunt’s opening meet last year when The National Trust licence commenced A little bit of digging by the Trust would have produced the following information The website for the company which supposedly supplies the fox urine httpbit ly2wki5ky doesn’t appear to exist nor is it registered with Companies House Wild Animals Speak    The company’s aliases Harrier Contracting and The Animal Scent Company seem equally vague – Harrier Contracting httpbit ly2vbF65B was dissolved in February 2017 and appears to have been set up purely as a dummy company in 2013 which never traded So where does the fox urine actually come from We know that there are legal implications httpbit ly2g1AjAT involved in importing fox urine and that obtaining it in large enough quantities in the UK would contravene animal welfare legislation httpbit ly1sxCoFL Yet The National Trust were quite happy to accept this certificate as proof that The Melbreak Foxhounds were following a trail even though this particular Hunt have never been witnessed laying a trail but have been witnessed chasing and killing foxes for example httpbit ly2wBywc5 on numerous occasions over the past few years with footage being handed to police and The National Trust A hunt monitor was assaulted httpbit ly2xptfRN by a Melbreak supporterconvicted sex offender httpbit ly2g2edhx at a meet of The Melbreak Foxhounds in January this year the hunt monitor needed hospital treatment as a result of the attack The National Trust still allowed the hunt to continue using its land having banned them for a mere 24 hours So why would we accept The National Trust’s updated hunting regulations when Hunts have consistently breached the existing National Trust licence The answer is that we won’t Until yesterday it has been ‘carry on as normal’ with The National Trust trotting out tired old copy and paste responses when challenged about illegal hunting hunt violence environmental damage and the presence of terriermen The members resolution to ban hunting starts to raise public awareness and The Trust suddenly attempts to hoodwink the voting membership by updating their rules How convenient We urge all Trust members to see through the smokescreen and use their vote to get the Hunts off Trust land   CA anger at NTs policy changes on trail hunting 21817  Countryside Alliance   Countryside Alliance condemn the changes to the National Trust’s trailhunting policy    Proposed changes to the National Trust’s trailhunting policy appear to have been made as a “direct response to demands from the animal rights movement” said Tim Bonner chief executive of the Countryside Alliance earlier today The changes include the advance publication of meet information on the Trust’s website and the banning of animalbased scent used by most hunts to lay trails The Trust announced on its website that it is introducing changes in the way that they license trailhunts following an indepth review of their current processes and procedures “It is quite extraordinary that the National Trust’s ‘indepth review’ has not included consultation with any of the individual licence holders or the associations that represent them prior to the changes being made and it is no surprise therefore that some are so impractical” continued Tim Bonner right “The changes will go down extremely badly with hunts the majority of National Trust tenants who welcome them and the wider rural community Many of the hunts that operate on National Trust land have been targeted by animal rights activists in the past and will take the view that it will be too great a risk to staff and members to have their meets advertised On the face of it this seems to be another example of the Trust distancing itself from the rural community to appease metropolitan sensibilities ” Trailhunting is one of the legal forms of hunting that was adopted by packs of hounds following the implementation of the Hunting Act in February 2005 It involves the laying of an artificial trail across the countryside which the hounds follow with the aim being to simulate traditional hunting ​A members’ resolution proposing to ban trailhunting on National Trust land has also been put forward for consideration at the Trust’s AGM on Saturday 21 October   CA official an ex senior cop invited to Leics police hunt training day 20817  Facebook West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs    Leicestershire Police invite Countryside Alliances Phillip Davies to police training day   Leicestershire Police are holding a training day on the 5th September regarding the issue of hunting This is something they have done for the past few years however it has come to our attention that this year there is “confirmation from Mr Phillip Davies below left that he will be attending the event and assisting officers should they need any guidance or advice around the activities ” Who is Mr Phillip Davies Davies is the Countryside Alliances Police Liaison officer He was himself a police officer from 1980 till 2010 becoming a Chief Inspector Its his job to influence police policy in relation to hunting and is on various advisory bodies Last year he attended the National Police Chief Council conference where he did a 20 minute talk entitled “hunting without harassment” never mind that hunting is illegal in the talk he portrayed sabs as violent and dangerous criminals and pushed for the use of Section 35 antisocial behaviour dispersal orders and section 60AA powers Leicestershire Police need reminding that over the past three years the Atherstone Hunt and its associates have collected 20 convictions cautions and community resolutions for violence and antisocial behaviour with possibly more to follow 11 of these are convictions for assault We on the other hand have none Zero We have not even been charged with anything So quite clearly the violent dangerous criminals are the Atherstone Hunt That is a fact The Atherstone Hunt has gained a lot of unwanted press for foxhunting over the past few years and because of this they are constantly looking at ways to get rid of us However documenting and exposing illegal hunting is not a crime and neither is preventing any breaches of the Hunting Act Leicestershire Police should also remind themselves that the CA is a pressure group who want the Hunting Act repealed an organisation who were behind the Hunting Declaration Day on 1st November 2003 This saw 50000 hunt supporters publicly sign declarations that they would break any future law that banned hunting How can a police force invite someone to an event whose organisation advocates breaking the law And not just any law but one of laws being discussed at that meeting One of the signatories of that declaration to break the law on hunting was current Atherstone jointmaster Mark Halford who in this article admits to signing the declaration saying I will continue to hunt proof if any more is needed of the intentions of the Atherstone Hunt this season to continue to break the law The Countryside Alliance is a dangerous organisation involved in organised crime and the promotion of violence and the breaking of the law As such inviting them to this event will be legitimising criminality It would be like inviting the mafia to assist and guide police officers on the issue of drug dealing You can contact Leicestershire police via Facebook You can read more about Phillip Davies in the latest edition of HOWL the magazine of the Hunt Saboteurs Association and which is free for members That article has also been posted in the blog More than just badgers   Sabs stop Cheshire Forest FH cub hunting effectively Say police acted as Hunts private security 20817   Facebook Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs    Yesterday we teamed up with our beautiful comrades from Lancashire & Welsh Border Hunt Sabs to check in on the Cheshire Forest who were meeting at Clough House car park in Wildboarclough From the off it became apparent this was more than just hound exercise this was a cubbing meet as just before we arrived we were met by one of their support vehicles who had stopped to ask us what we were doing in the area It was quite obvious what we were doing in the area haha At this point he became a little confrontational and frantically circled our vehicle trying to take pictures of us all Dressed in tweed the few select people who had paid their cap for the day were reluctantly starting to unbox their horses whilst some sabs had a quiet word with Mr German by the hound van His face was a picture He looked absolutely gutted German is renowned for these evening cubbing meets Due to our presence the Hunt were not able to actually do any cubbing and literally all they could do was exercise the hounds The Hunt took us on a lovely scenic trip around the Peak District and as they couldnt really enter any of the woodland with us in tow they stayed on the road The last few riders tried to slow us down a number of times to let Huntsman and hounds gain ground on us but were all healthy fit and active individuals so we just leapt out the vehicles and caught up with them on foot We briefly stopped outside a gorgeous pub call the Hanging Gate so Mr German could speak to his friends from Cheshire Police who he must of called who were now also part of the convoy This gave us the time to speak to some local cyclists about what Cheshire Forest were up to and what theyre all about The killing of innocent foxes After some time following in our vehicles an oncoming vehicle allowed a hunt support vehicle and the police to get in front of all our vehicles This is where it all started to get weird We came to a sudden halt a few words were exchanged between hunt support and police then the police literally acted as private security firm and blocked the road As we mentioned before were all fairly healthy and fit so again we put toes to the ground and attempted to catch up with the hunt By this time they were well in the distance but the police efforts of trying to block us in were futile as we have local knowledge of the area and our drivers just drove round another way picked up foot sabs and drove us back to the Hunt We have not forgotten about the collusion between the Cheshire Forest and Cheshire Police We have not forgotten about PC Clare Ford So to Cheshire Police if you are not in cahoots with wildlife criminals please act impartially from now on and stop acting as a private security force for these evil animal abusers Once we had caught up with the Hunt we were now not far from the meet where upon our arrival back there Mr German just let himself into the back of the police car for a nice chat Still not doing yourself any favours Cheshire Police Were not the bad guys here We protest what we know to be cruel and we will most certainly protest what we see as a massive injustice too Work with us not against us we only exist as a group to try and stop crimes against wildlife and to save the lives of all hunted animals Where is your compassion The Hunt packed up the fastest we had ever seen and got the hell outta dodge as quick as they packed up haha Once the hunt had all left so did the police which left us to take the obligatory group photo and leave ourselves Job done   NT announces changes to trail hunting policy to head off ban pressure Critics claim changes are smokescreen to protect Hunts  20817   National Trust   Our position on trail hunting   We are introducing changes in the way we license trail ‘hunts’ this year following an indepth review of our current processes and procedures Our updated approach aims to further safeguard conservation and access by producing a clear robust and transparent set of conditions for licensing The changes include Banning the use of animalbased scents as a trail for hounds or beagles to follow This will reduce the risk of foxes or other wild animals being accidentally chased Prohibit the presence of terriermen who have no practical purpose on a trail ‘hunt’ and the use of their vehicles   More active management of hunts and how they operate including mandatory reporting requirements after each meet the provision of specified mapsareas and requiring at the time of application details of all proposed hunt days   Probing the track record of each applicant and establishing a consistent charging regime across Trust land   Greater transparency for our members and the public We will post on our website the agreed days and locations in advance for our members and supporters to view This will include a primary point of contact for each Hunt   We are exploring how we can work more closely with the Police’s independent National Wildlife Crime Unit which is the proper authority for handling alleged breaches in wildlife legislation The Hunting Act of 2004 Hunting wild animals was outlawed in England and Wales by the Hunting Act of 2004 National Trust land is no exception The law does allow what is known as trail ‘hunting’ to continue This activity involves people on foot or horseback following a scent along a predetermined route with hounds or beagles It effectively replicates a traditional hunt but without a fox being chased injured or killed Our position The Trust does license trail ‘hunts’ in some areas and at certain times of the year where it is compatible with our aims of public access and conservation We believe the overwhelming majority of Hunts act responsibly and we hope our clear robust and transparent set of conditions will allow participants to enjoy this activity in compatibility with our conservation aims Any activity associated with the term ‘hunting’ continues to provoke strong emotions on both sides of the debate We recognise our reforms will not satisfy everyone Our charity’s core aim is to look after the places in our care and that remains our top priority when considering whether to license any outdoor activity This would be true whether it’s mountain biking or a food festival But our charity was also established for the nation’s benefit and to provide the widest spectrum of public access and enjoyment We therefore always look to welcome people to our places and to host the broadest range of outdoor activities on our land We believe this should include trail ‘hunting’ where it is consistent with our conservation aims and is legally pursued 24817  The Canary   National Trust accused of playing fast and loose with the truth to protect violent elites   Critics have accused the National Trust of playing fast and loose with the truth in order to protect the violent elites involved in fox hunting The National Trust recently announced new rules for licensing hunts on its land In response to growing criticism of a practice known as “trail hunting” in which hounds follow a scent rather than a live animal the conservation charity publicly stated on 18 August that it is going to make changes that will “further safeguard conservation and access” In turn this makes hunting activity on National Trust land more transparent Despite a warm reception to these changes from the public however some groups are warning that this announcement is just a “smokescreen” Concerns Trail hunting is a practice where packs of hounds follow an artificially laid scent that mimics the path of a fox It was introduced after the Hunting Act 2004 was passed to “simulate traditional hunting” But concerns about trail hunting have been voiced since its earliest days Many critics say it’s a loophole that allows hunting packs to continue chasing and killing wildlife Evidence for doubts include the Cheshire Forest Hunt rampaging through a Macclesfield suburb or another hunt attacking a cat in Newbridge Cornwall The National Trust is Britain’s largest private landowner Consequently 79 hunts held licences to trail hunt on the charity’s land in 2016 Licences come with strict rules which need to be adhered to on National Trust land It is these rules that have recently been revised Or have they The announcement has been made just two months before the National Trust annual general meeting AGM on 21 October This AGM is notable because of a resolution put forward to ban all hunting – including trail hunting – from National Trust land And this timing is the reason that campaign group National DisTrust has suggested the charity’s recent announcement isn’t telling the whole truth National DisTrust highlights several inconsistencies In particular the National Trust’s change regarding hunts’ use of terriermen which are used to dig foxes out of the earth before being killed Prohibit the presence of terriermen who have no practical purpose on a trail ‘hunt’ and the use of their vehicles Responding to this National DisTrust says Terriers have been ‘banned’ from being used during ‘trail hunts’ on Trust land for years by licence criteria yet terriermen continue to be present What does The Trust think terriermen have been doing with ‘trail hunts’ for the last 12 years Also highlighted is the National Trust’s desire for hunts to selfreport More active management of hunts and how they operate including mandatory reporting requirements after each meet the provision of specified mapsareas and requiring at the time of application details of all proposed hunt days The National DisTrust points out that this is already in place and doesn’t work Selfreporting is something The Trust has already required of hunts for years & years – it doesn’t work and The Trust has clearly ignored their promise to pay attention to the reports of hunt monitors so they can jog right on with this ‘promise’ The charity also takes aim at the use of animalbased scent for trails Banning the use of animalbased scents as a trail for hounds or beagles to follow This will reduce the risk of foxes or other wild animals being accidentally chased But the National DisTrust explains that The Hunts The Trust licence don’t follow ‘trails’ anyway so stating that they will be required to hunt a nonanimal based scent is frankly idiotic retraining hounds also cannot be done at the drop of a hat – so will they still issue licences for this current hunt season The National Trust and a ‘trail of lies’ The statement that Hunts don’t follow trails is backed up by a study pdf published by the International Fund for Animal Welfare Uncovering the Trail of Lies published in December 2015 states that In 99 of the 443 trail hunting events run by 45 different registered hunts observed by our investigators over the last 10 years they did not see anyone laying genuine trails These inconsistencies alongside evidence showing trail hunting to rarely be undertaken has led National DisTrust to brand the announcement a “smokescreen” The Canary contacted the National Trust about the allegations and it responded by saying that the new rules are “absolutely not a smokescreen” This update is the conclusion of a review which has been taking place since February and applications for trail ‘hunting’ licenses need to made in the coming weeks The Board response to the AGM resolution will be published separately on 4 September It also stated that the sixmonth review was intended to allow trail hunting to continue where it is compatible with the charity’s conservation aims We have been carefully listening to both sides of a highly polarised and passionate debate for years During our review we carefully weighed up those arguments but our first priority is always to protect conservation and access on our land Members will have the opportunity to discuss trail hunting and vote on the matter at the charity’s annual general meeting in October The motion was brought forward by 50 National Trust members These include Helen Beynon who is leading the call and Ranulph Fiennes The explorer famously prohunt for many years had a change of heart in 2016 He has stated that if “the National Trust wants to truly preserve and protect our environment it needs to stop condoning hunting in any guise immediately” Hunts know they are being backed into a corner which is perhaps why hunt lobby group Countryside Alliance regularly paints itself as a victim More than 618000 acres of land is a large chunk of that corner to lose And losing it would set a precedent that other organisations such as the Forestry Commission and Ministry of Defence might follow When passage of the Hunting Act 2004 became increasingly likely Hunts across the UK signed a declaration stating they would continue hunting in defiance of the law Despite this and despite evidence exposing trail hunting as a sham the National Trust seems keen to continue licensing the activity on its land Nothing less than a total ban on hunting will stop this   Pressure grows on National Trust to ban trail hunting on its land Sir Rannulph Fiennes says continued killing by Hunts must stop 20817   Western Morning News    National Trust may vote to ban all hunting with dogs on its land in motion backed by Ranulph Fiennes    All hunting with hounds on National Trust Land could be banned in an unprecedented vote Trail hunting – in which hounds and riders follow a scent that was laid earlier – is still allowed on Trust estates but has long been regarded by animal rights campaigners as a means of circumventing the hunting ban Now 50 trust members including the Exmoor explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennesright with corpse of fox killed by Cheshire FH have endorsed a motion that will be debated at the trusts AGM in October which would revoke all licences allocated to hunts the Observer reported today The National Trust owns many thousands of acres in Devon on estates like Killerton and Knightshayes and licences hunts on some of its Westcountry properties These hunts are still killing foxes hares and stags – and they are being allowed to do so on National Trust land Fiennes who lives near Dulverton said Hunting is despicable cruel and has no justification in modern Britain If the National Trust wants to truly preserve and protect our environment it needs to stop condoning hunting in any guise immediately A total of 79 annual licences were granted last year to applicants seeking to engage in trail hunting on trust lands Licences are granted on the understanding that the hunt simulates a traditional chase but without foxes being deliberately pursued or killed The League Against Cruel Sports says that despite the 2005 Hunting Act hunts are being carried out as before the ban with trail hunting providing plausible deniability to hunts when live animals end up being caught by hounds Philippa King the Leagues acting chief executive said that the Trust had been shown video footage of hunts chasing and killing stags on its lands and there appeared to be no will to stop it We know the majority of people in this country want hunting to stay illegal and we know they are shocked to find out it still goes on illegally she said The groundswell of public opinion against the National Trust allowing hunting is already massive and growing by the day as more people realise its happening The motion put forward by Helen Beynon asks that her fellow members agree that the National Trust must stop issuing licences for trail hunting exempt hunting or allowing hunts to exercise their hounds on National Trust land to prevent potential illegal activity in breach of the Hunting Act 2004 and to prevent damage to flora and fauna by the hunt hounds and followers Challenged about trail hunting earlier this year during a talk at Nottingham Trent University Dame Helen Ghosh the departing head of the trust said that the issue had generated a lot of correspondence on social media and that she knew of scores of members who had left because of the issue A Trust spokesperson said We can confirm a members resolution has been submitted for our annual general meeting in October calling for the cessation of trail hunting on National Trust laand Members will have the opportunity to vote on the resolution and discuss the matter at the AGM In January the Trust said it would review its arrangement with a Hunt whose hounds had appeared to attack an elderly couple and their dog on a beach owned by the charity Witnesses reported that the greyhound was chased by several hounds While huntsmen attempted to bring them under control onlookers described how the dogs turned on the greyhounds owner who fended them off with his wifes walking stick and was said to have been bitten CornwallLive reported Polly Portwin head of hunting at the Countryside Alliance said that trail hunting had been adopted by the majority of registered hunts following the Hunting Act being enforced from February 2005 Many National Trust members regularly follow hounds and it is disappointing that they are effectively being accused To ban legal hunting activities on the grounds of protecting flora and fauna would suggest that dog walking and exercising horses across National Trust land should also be banned There is nothing to suggest that hunts are regularly breaking the law while trail hunting either on private land or that owned by the National Trust She said Ministry of Justice data showed that of the 423 people convicted of offences under the Hunting Act since it came into force 12 years ago more than 94 did not involve Hunts and were largely related to poaching and hare coursing offences POWAperson adds This story was widely reported including in Observer Mail Times and Mirror In preban days attempts to have fox and hare hunting banned on NT land were defeated by the Chair using proxy votes against them One wonders if the Trust who have received increasingly negative publicity over this issue will dare use that tactic again     Three Counties Mink Hounds slope off home before sabbing even starts 19817   Facebook Bristol Hunt Saboteurs    Three Counties Minkhounds sabbed    A few of us joined up with a collection of sabs from Bath Severn Vale and S Wales today after receiving a local tip off that the rather illusive Three Counties Mink Hounds would be hunting around Michaelchurch Escley Herefordshire near to the Welsh border We arrived to find a number of followers positioned on a bridge over Escley Brook awaiting the Hunts arrival from further upstream but they didnt get that far as soon as sabs made their presence known the Hunt threw the towel in The usual laughable excuses were bandied about ranging from were just out fishing to were following a prelaid trail After a bit of standing around trying to hatch a plan the hounds were boxed up and the hound van was outta there Odd behaviour if there was nothing illegal going on We watched as hunt staff and supporters waited around looking rather fed up before most of them drifted off Sabs remained in the area ready to go back into action if they tried to sneak back until we received word from a spotters vehicle that they had picked up the hound van way to the east heading back to the hunt kennels in Kinnersley Worcestershire Knowing that their attempts at killing wildlife were ruined for the day it was job done and we were heading for home Three Counties Mink Hounds well be seeing you again        Sabs cause instant pack up of Northants Mink Hounds 19817  Facebook – N Cambs Hunt Sabs   Hit report Kingsbridge farm Steeple Claydon Northants Minkhounds   Today Sabs from N Cambs S Cambs Northants and Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs discovered our old friends the Northants MinkOtter Hounds hiding out at Kingsbridge Farm in Buckinghamshire They were actively hunting Padbury Brook part of the Great Ouse Valley system a sensitive river ecosystem made up of habitats for several protected species such as Otters Water Voles and Great Crested Newts Unfortunately the hunters did not see this as a big deal and so carried on regardless with driving their pack of otter hounds upstream scenting out their quarry Unbeknown to them sabs were waiting hidden upstream around a bend in the river Just as the spadecarrying terrierman arrived on scene sabs made their presence know and the entire hunt did an instant about turn and marched briskly back to their waiting cars Unfortunately for them they did have to traipse quite a long way and some members of their ageing support were flagging by the end of the walk This chap below left attacked a sab with his walking stick and had to be held back by his slightly concerned partner Sabs also assisted an otter hound who had become stuck in wires after the panicked hunters tried to take a shortcut through a hedge to avoid a herd of cows An effective showing of mink hound sabbing from all groups involved the hunt were marked to ground at their car park and staked out until the hound van was confirmed to have left the scene Pics below    1  Supporter who attacked sab   2 Hunters fleeing           Stressed stag chased on to LACS land by unstopped D&S SH hounds 18817  Daily Mirror  VIDEO   Horrific footage reveals runaway hunting dogs chasing frightened stag into a protected wildlife sanctuary    Hunting deer with stags is illegal under the Hunting Act but three stag hunts use loopholes in the law to carry on with the cruel bloodsport But even they are supposed to stop if the animals cross into sanctuary land Footage released by the League Against Cruel Sports today reveal two dogs from a Devon and Somerset hunt continuing to chase down the stag on land that is meant to be safe for wildlife Paul Tillesley head of conservation and education for the League Against Cruel Sports said “It was truly horrific to see the hunt chasing this marvellous stag in his prime in the guise of ‘research’ We were relieved to see the stag reach the safety of the League’s Baronsdown sanctuary but shocked the Hunt didn’t stop two of their hounds from continuing the pursuit of the stag and shattering the peace of this wildlife haven ” Philippa King acting CEO for the League Against Cruel Sports said “This stag should have been safe when it crossed onto sanctuary land but two of the Hunt’s hounds – not under proper control relentlessly pursued it Eightyeight per cent of the public oppose deer hunting This incident is a stark reminder that the Hunting Act needs strengthening so exemptions like research and observation can no longer be flouted by the hunts in order to persecute animals for ‘sport’ Research has shown stag hunting to be terrifying and exhausting for a stag with pursuits lasting for up to three hours The poor animals literally have to run for their lives ” League staff caught one of the dogs which was later collected by a member of a local hunt group Pics below    1 The spent sweating salivating stag finds sanctuary   2  Hound returned to shamefaced redcoat        18817    Facebook  League Against Cruel Sports   VIDEO   Yesterday we were reminded in very real terms of the importance of our sanctuary land While monitoring the Devon and Somerset Staghounds’ activities League staff witnessed a mature stag being hunted down a wooded valley that forms a boundary with the League’s Baronsdown sanctuary The frightened and exhausted stag managed to reach the safety of the Baronsdown sanctuary but two hunting hounds continued to chase the terrified animal on to land that is meant to be safe for wildlife One dog was apprehended by League   Aborted calf highlights neospora dangers from hound packs faeces 16817  Farmers Guardian   Devastating effects of Neospora at Witcon Farm caused by cows eating grass contaminated with dog poo   Dog walkers please bear this in mind POWA person adds This post showing a nearterm calf aborted because the mother had contracted neospora highlights the dangers of this disease The primary vector is dog faeces – yet thousands of farmers many keeping livestock including cattle allow large packs of hunting hounds to roam across their pastures defecating freely as they go The dangers of the potential spread of bTb by hunting hounds have been welldocumented recently and historically hounds have been almost the sole vector for the spread of hydatidosis which can cause not just sheep carcasses to be rejected at postslaughter because of the presence of hydatic cysts but can and has infected humans with potentially fatal consequences We know of one hunt servant we believe from the Warwickshire FH who died of the disease and another who obtained substantial damages a few years ago from the Beaufort FH after the disease which has a long latency period seriously afflicted him after his retirement When will Hunts start taking seriously the multiple severe dangers their hound packs can create when will livestock farmers learn that allowing these packs access to their land is a seriously bad idea when will our government recognise the multiple and varied harms of hunting with hounds and ban it properly Strengthen the Hunting Act   Hunting fanatic Duke of Beaufort dies in sleep aged 89 Leaves behind gigantic fortune and vast landholding 16817  Daily Mail    Battle for the Badminton millions as Duke of Beaufort dies leaving an estimated £315million fortune to his eldest son who separated from his campaigning exactress wife in 2013 Leaves behind £315million including 52000acre Badminton Estate    The Duke of Beaufort owner of one of biggest estates in England has died aged 89 David Somerset the 11th Duke of Beaufort died in his sleep yesterday leaving behind his widow Miranda and children Harry Anne Edward and John He also leaves behind an estimated £315million fortune including the 52000acre Badminton Estate in Gloucestershire home of the famous horse trials and the place where the game of Badminton was invented in 1863 It is unclear how the death will affect the complicated divorce involving his eldest son and heir Harry until now the Marquess of Worcester The new Duke known to his friends as Bunter – separated from former actress turned environmentalist Tracy Louise Ward in 2013 after 26 years of marriage   Old Etonian Harry confirmed his father had died yesterday afternoon and told the Daily Mail ‘He was a wonderful father and died surrounded by his family That is all I feel able to say at this stage ’ Last year the 65yearold revealed that the couple were in the process of going through a divorce Tracy Louise Ward the granddaughter of the 3rd Earl of Dudley is the mother of Bunter’s three children Robert Bella and Jordan and has relied on being married to old money to fund her environmental campaigning which has included making a film about the impact of industrialised pig farming in Britain POWAperson adds The Duke was a highly enthusiastic follower of his ancestral tradition of fox hunting leading the family Hunt for many years  His vast estate gives ample provision for hunting away from prying eyes Monitors have accused the Beaufort of hunting illegally on many occasions when hunting in publicly accessible areas For example on March 13th this year a monitor claims the Huntsman refused to pull hounds off a fox which they were close behind The fate of that fox is unknown On 9th March film was released of the Beaufort apparently hunting a fox in December On 4th March monitors witnessed Beaufort hounds chasing a fox and later filmed bloodstained hounds and later in the day they observed the Hunt chasing a fox into the grounds of Prince Charles home at Highgrove The Prince was a frequent guest rider over decades when fox hunting was legal as latterly were Princes William right and Harry In the early 1990s the Duke was threatened with prison by a judge along with his longstanding Huntsman Captain Ian Farquhar when they broke an injunction against trespassing on a farm  The late Dukes father freely admitted to using artificial earths and was in the peculiar habit of writing annually to newspapers saying he never lost lambs to foxes His father in turn was the author of the Bible of aficiandos of the sport the 1900 volume Foxhunting The famous quotation about teaching young hounds to be savage with their fox whilst cubbing comes from this book The huge number of foxes whose suffering and death this ducal line has been responsible for can only be guessed at Besides his huge Badminton Estate in Gloucestershire the Duke also owned tracts of land in south Wales In 2009 Swansea paid him £280000 for permission to build a bridge across the River Tawe and numerous wind turbines are currently being built on his land near the city a development strongly opposed by locals which will bring in millions for the Estate Vile rape and death threats made online to fox rescuer monitor 14817  Facebook West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   Shocking and alarming online abuse from hunt supporter Death threats and threats of rape     Yesterday violent and threatening comments were made under a dramatic video of a fox being rescued by a hunt monitor from the jaws of hounds about to kill it The video was shot in 2012 at a meet of the Old Berks Fox Hounds in Oxfordshire The violent comments were made yesterday on YouTube and talk about the sabmonitor being raped and wanting her to die  “What a hateful pathetic old bitch Id have ripped the fox out her hand and snapped its neck in front of her whilst the horse raped her bare arsehole Dirty sab scum die in your council flat ”   Thousands protest hunting and slaughter of wildlife for sport Chris Packham condemns psychopathic joy of wildlife killers 13817   Observer   Glorious Twelfth under fresh fire from protesters on moors and streets   New momentum for antihunting lobby as thousands march in London to warn of threat to wildlife The start of Britain’s grouse shooting season has been overshadowed by wildlife protection protests marking the growing confidence of animal rights supporters that they are about to make their biggest breakthrough since the hunting ban in 2004 As the countryside echoed to the sound of gunfire on the Glorious Twelfth opponents took part in a protest ramble on Ilkley Moor the site of the only shoot still taking place on public land In central London thousands of marchers were told by speakers including the BBC presenter Chris Packham right that the days of the West Yorkshire shoot were numbered with Bradford council under unprecedented pressure not to renew the lease next year “I think that when people now see others killing for the psychopathic joy of it they are increasingly sickened and the reason for that is that our wildlife is running out” Packham said He told the Observer that public support for conservation in the UK had risen on the back of global outrage after Cecil the lion was killed in Zimbabwe in 2015 Social media is another factor The RSPB published video of marsh harriers being killed on a grouse moor in Yorkshire and within hours of that material going on to YouTube it has been spread all around Everyone is instantaneously angered as it gets shared and there is frankly nowhere for these criminals to hide” Packham said The marchers wearing fox head masks and carrying banners condemning the badger cull made their way to Downing Street after speakers said that loopholes continued to allow hunting to go on Danielle Flynn 55 a former hunt saboteur from Glasgow marched with her daughter Karen who said social media had played a big part in the resurgence of interest in animal rights “A lot of them might be apathetic about politics but they might for example take an interest when I talk to them about animal testing and makeup” said the 24yearold Jordan Psaros 26 from Braintree in Essex said “I’ve always been an animal lover but I basically became involved in this after I saw videos online of foxes being killed by dogs set on them by hunters on horseback A lot of people of my age are waking up to what is going on ” Animal rights groups have been emboldened by the public reaction to recent controversies Arsenal football club owner Stan Kroenke was forced to order his new TV streaming service to stop showing biggame hunting and Vinnie Jones was caught up in a row over a photograph of 100 dead foxes that appeared on his Twitter feed Hunting also featured in the general election after Theresa May declared her support for a free vote on overturning the ban with some Tories complaining afterwards that this contributed to “toxifying” the party brand Focus group Britain Thinks also found that while the socalled “dementia tax” was key among older voters the prospect of a foxhunting revival alienated many swing voters Shooting continues to be big money Yesterday saw the Gleneagles Glorious Grouse Race in which shooters race to deliver the first grouse of the season to the town and onwards to London Grouse killed by shooters including the Olympian Peter Wilson were due to be helicoptered down to be served at London’s Harwood Arms gastropub “All the evidence is there that it should be stopped and there is a lot of support for that locally” said Luke Steele of Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor who said that backing was coming from the local conservation group and a new Labour MP who recently took the seat from the Tories We have seen that notable breeding bird species have gone extinct or declined by more than half for example Then there is the environmental damage caused by sections of the moor being set alight and there are walkers who are fearful of the guns ” But Edward Bromet of the Bingley Moor Partnership which runs the shoot insisted that grouse shooting aided the moor’s upkeep and described those organising yesterday’s protest as an “extreme” group The Countryside Alliance has also turned its fire on Packham sending a letter this weekend to the BBC arguing that it was unsustainable for him to be allowed an “unchallenged platform” on programmes such as Springwatch while he aligned himself with “the most aggressive elements of the antishooting campaign” Packham said “There is no conflict I have a working relationship with the BBC We have an agreed protocol and I have not deviated from it The Countryside Alliance are upset because they are on the back foot We are winning and they are lashing out ”   Alston Hare Week future in doubt as host pack forced into amateur status WTV Beagles finances so bad they have to sell their kennels  Hard sab pressure on the hare week for last three years may be cause 10817    Facebook Berkshire Hunt Sabs    ALSTON HARE WEEK THE FINAL NAIL IN THE COFFIN   News has reached the HSA that all is not well with the Weardale & Tees Valley Beagles WTV organisers of the notorious Alston Hare Week hunting festival Until recently the WTV were one of the few beagle packs to still enjoy professional status they had their own kennels and a paid employee to feed and hunt the hounds Now however they find themselves in such dire financial straits that they have been forced to sell off their kennels and become an amateur pack The hounds will be kennelled with a neighbouring foxhunt and their kennel huntsman Gary Wingar has already defected south to become huntsman of the Easton Harriers Why this sudden downturn in the fortunes of the WTV Beagles Its all to do with the collapse of their annual hunting festival Alston Hare Week This event involved southern beagle packs travelling north every October to hunt hares in the WTVs wild upland country The visitors paid through the nose for this privilege and were further fleeced at a series of social events held throughout the week The HSA sabotaged Alston Hare Week in 2014 and the following two years prevented it from happening at all Deprived of this extra revenue the WTV have hit hard times and it seems less likely than ever that they will be able to resurrect their cruel hunting festival However the HSA is not complacent and we are determined that Alston Hare Week will never happen again Our specialist operatives are already monitoring the situation on the ground and we are grateful to the many Alston residents who continue to send us information about the decline of the Weardale & Tees Valley Beagles       W Somerset Vale FH filmed cub hunting among other misdemeanours 81217   Facebook Somerset Hunt Saboteur Group    A very early morning for the group this morning attending the very wet West Somerset Vale cubbing meet at 6am on the Quantock Hills A member of the public kindly gave us the required info otherwise we would have missed the pisspoor turnout of the Huntsman the amateur whip a mummy and two young ladies 40 hounds and a hunt vehicle Even followed all early morning the straggling bunch of bloodthirsty cubbers kept up a soggy attempt to cast hounds with the mummy squealing that they were following a trail Shame that the Huntsman took the hounds in the opposite direction that mummy was dragging her sock Meanwhile both the AONB service and the Forestry ranger were very interested to hear of the transgressions committed by the Hunt wilfully allowing their hounds to crap all over the car park driving up tracks right past whacking great signs denying vehicle access putting local dog walkers at risk this pack killed a sheep last season they are so poorly controlled Some pics for your perusal and some film to come when film sab awakes And keep the info coming folks   Video is here 8817    FB Somerset Sabs   Cubbing 21st century Style    West Somerset Vale hunt truck crafty reg number there you bloodsport morons up on top of the Quantocks where it aint got permission to be complete with terriers and whatever was hidden in the back of the loadbed Naughty people going past all those No Vehicle signs that dont apply to Hunts damaging trackways in the very heavy rain this week the AONB were not happy bunnies nor was the Forestry Ranger when he rocked up pad in hand for details Pics below    1 Hounds hunting      2  Hunt vehicle illicitly on Quantocks           DoT say quads following hunts must be fully taxed MOTd and not carry passengers Hants Surrey and Sussex police forces promise to enforce regulations 5817     Facebook Isle of Wight Hunt Sabs    We have been sent the following copy of the Department of Transport’s email to Sgt O’Leary of Sussex police on to Inspector Louise Hubble who heads Hampshire’s Country Watch police department She replied as seen below It means any quad following a hunt cannot be used unless it is taxed for road use and has an MOT An agricultural licence does not cover hunting so only forestry or agriculture would allow this exemption This means only a farm worker could follow a hunt using an agricultural licenced quad and then only on the farm he is working on so he could cross and go a few hundred yards on a road of a farm in the same ownership Even then he cannot carry a passenger Sussex and Surrey police have promised they will enforce this during the coming year as well as Hampshire Dear PS O’ Leary Thank you for your email dated 17 March 2017 to our IVS enquiries inbox I have been asked to reply In our opinion the quad bikes being used by a hunt are not being used for agriculture therefore they are incorrectly taxed and they should have an MOT We would suggest that it is an offence to carry a passenger as the quad bike licensed as a Light Agricultural Vehicle see attached is restricted to one person the driver I hope you find this reply helpful Yours sincerely James Brown Department for Transport Inspector Louise Hubble of Hampshire Police’s Countrywatch team replied on 3rd Aug 2017 with the following  As promised I have today written to the following hunts to remind them of their legal obligations in relation to the use of quad bikes at hunts Wilton · Hursley & Hambledon Tedworth Vine & Craven Kimblewick Hampshire Isle of Wight New Forest Louise Hubble Inspector 483 Lou Hubble OBE Strategic Rural Policing Inspector Hampshire and Isle Of Wight Lyndhurst Police Station Pikes Hill Lyndhurst Hampshire SO43 7NR louise hubblehampshire pnn police uk   Large Dove Valley MH hunt aggressive but pack up due to sabs 5817   Facebook Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   Well theres certainly no rest for the wicked and as our friends the Northants Mink Hounds had already had their plans scuppered we ventured further afield and joined up with sabs from Northants Hunt Saboteurs Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs and Severn Vale Hunt Saboteurs for the trip north to visit the Dove Valley Mink Otter Hounds who were hunting the river Dove behind Fauld Hall Tutbury It was quite a big meet with lots of support all who seemed to be carry big sticks and spades wonder what they were for Sure enough we found them hunting illegally and they werent too pleased to see us as you can imagine The farmer was very aggressive driving his tractor at sabs before going very red in the face and were sure we saw steam coming from his ears The hounds were gathered up and returned to the meet while an angry mob of support came to discuss the finer points of country life with us With the hunting stopped our job was effectively done so no point in hanging around we returned to our vehicles to scoff LM sausage rolls      W Norfolk FH take pack on to NT Brancaster beach without permission 4817   Facebook National DisTrust   Looks like West Norfolk Foxhounds have gone on to Brancaster Beach belonging to The National Trust without permission National Trust East of England say theyre looking into it note what they say about public safety Why not drop them a message on their Facebook page or to brancasternationaltrust org uk and ask them to tell the Hunt to stay away and to tell us how the Hunt respond Feel free to remind them that theres a members vote on hunt access and no hunts should be allowed on for any reason until its settled     votethehuntsoff     AGM2017 Pics below   1  On the beach   2  NTs response        LACS Trustees squash plan to make investigator team redundant 3817  Morethanjustbadgers   Sense Prevails    On Monday 18 the trustees of the League Against Cruel Sports voted unanimously to keep their investigation team and in doing so overruled the intentions of the current senior management team This is of course fabulous news not only for those who had their jobs on the line but also for our wildlife which needs all the help it can get from those who wish to do it harm in the most heinous manner I have no doubt that the public outcry and huge number of complaints the trustees received would have played a significant part in their decision making and everyone who took the time to contact them should be proud of the role they played Public opinion should never be underestimated and as a charity which relies on the generosity of said public the risk of losing a large part of their revenue stream was simply too great I had many people contact me and declare that should the investigations team be removed then they would be sending their donations elsewhere So what next Current CEO Eduardo Goncalves is still on long term sick leave however can still be seen regularly on twitter Current acting head Phililpa King who I wrote about here is being labelled as CEO in the most recent press releases however she would seem to be in a somewhat difficult situation having been completely undermined by the trustees and clearly has no idea what it really takes to run LACS or indeed even a real stomach for the fight Whatever the outcome I hope that the recent restrictions placed on the investigations team will be removed and they can be completely let of the leash so they can effectively get on with the job of bringing more of these repeat offending criminal Hunts to justice POWAperson comments Whilst equally relieved that the LACS investigation team will stay in place POWA knows very little about Phillipa King and so cannot endorse the criticism of her above       CPS confirm wont charge Cheshire Forest FH over invasion of Macclesfield Horrified residents looked on as hounds killed fox in garden Legal expert says HA poorly drafted offences are hard to prosecute  1817   Macclesfield Express    No charges after fox hunt invaded quiet street    Antihunt activists Cheshire Monitor have slammed the decision by CPS after the incident in Macclesfield in February Fox hunt activists have slammed the decision by CPS not to charge anyone after residents claimed a pack of foxhounds caused mayhem in a quiet street Cheshire Police launched an investigation after an allegation that the dogs chased a fox – which was later found dead in a back garden in Macclesfield Residents told of pandemonium when the pack of animals came hurtling across a field and into Penningtons Lane on February 25th A video of the incident recorded by Cheshire Monitors the antifox hunt campaigners was provided to police Now after a threemonth probe the Crown Prosecution Service has decided no one involved from Cheshire Forest Hunt will be charged because there was ‘not enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction’  A spokesman said “The Hunting Act needs re writing to close its many loopholes What any government should be doing now is totally banning all forms of hunting for sport rather than making it legal again ” The Hunting Act 2004 makes it an offence to hunt a wild mammal with dogs However in order to commit an offence a person must intentionally hunt the animal The offence cannot be committed by accident Prosecutors said that a review of the video footage determined it was insufficient to prove that the actions depicted were deliberate A Crown Prosecution Service spokesperson said “Earlier this year the police referred two files to the Crown Prosecution Service relating to the Cheshire Forest Hunt In both cases our prosecutor decided there was not enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction ” Cheshire Forest Hunt failed to respond to our request for a comment In July the government ruled out trying to lift the ban on fox hunting ban for another two years Meanwhile Labour MPs want a vote on tightening existing law Under the plans fox hunters could face five years in jail if they kill animals illegally There have been 280 successful prosecutions since the Hunting Act came into force 12 years ago though only a small fraction of these convictions have been of organised hunters POWAperson Pics below    1  Hunt chasing fox in residential street    2  Hunters try to hide fox corpse    3 The corpse    4  Huntsman Andrew German confronted by police           4817   BBC News   Fox hunt law Calls for changes after Macclesfield decision   Campaigners are calling for a change in the law after a decision not to charge anyone involved in a hunt that spilled on to a residential street Police probed reports hounds filled a street in Macclesfield Cheshire in February and allegedly killed a fox Lesley Martin from Cheshire Monitors said the law needs to be strengthened and loopholes must be tightened The CPS said there was not enough evidence to prove the animals death was caused deliberately Ms Lesley from the antihunting campaign group which monitors hunting groups in Cheshire said the law is inadequate in its current form Resident Julie Clarke 47 who witnessed the hunt in Penningtons Lane said it was horrific and the dogs were out of control leaving some locals traumatised scared and outraged A Crown Prosecution Service CPS spokeswoman said police referred two files to them relating to Cheshire Forest Hunt one on 25 February and the other on 2 January In both cases our prosecutor decided there was not enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction she said A spokesman for Cheshire Forest Hunt said at the time they had apologised for what had happened Witnesses said hunt members on quad bikes retrieved the dead fox from a garden Ms Lesley said the law really needs to be strengthened plus we need to have stronger sentencing so it sends a really good message to have these people brought to account Legal commentator Joshua Rozenberg said I think the problem with the Hunting Act is that it wasnt very well drafted and its really quite difficult to bring prosecutions I think those who thought it was going to stop hunting as a sport have been disappointed A spokesman for the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs said they could not comment on individual cases but whether an offence under the Hunting Act 2004 is taken to court would depend on whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction He said The governments manifesto includes a free vote on the Hunting Act There are no plans for a vote in this session as with the EU negotiations beginning this is clearly not a top priority for the first session BBC North West Tonight news report is here     JULY 2017 27th July Hunter imprisoned for online threats to prominent Welsh anti 26th July Petition to remove hare hunter as Kent WT Chair reaches 100000 23rd July Yet another Atherstone FH supporter convicted for theft of anti banner 23rd July Charless letters to Blair re hunting must be released rules Info Commissioner 22nd July Some MPs support five year sentence for illegal hunting  14th July Mendip Farmers FH hounds savaged pet dog claims owner 12th July Reports suggest major troubles within LACS yet again   8th July Dove Valley MH pack up as soon as sabs appear   5th July  Pressure grows on hare hunter Kent Wildlife Trust Chairman   5th July Antis protest VWH FH appearance at the Cotswold Show   4th July Government officially confirms will not bring forward HA repeal vote   3rd July  5 Atherstone FH supporters convicted re attacks on antis at New Years town meet   Hunter imprisoned for online threats to prominent Welsh anti 27717  Daily Post   A man who threatened a prominent antihunt campaigner has been jailed   Ivor Derek Wilkinson appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court having previously pleaded guilty to three counts of sending offensive messages on Facebook to Judith Hewitt left from Rhyl Following the case Ms Hewitt welcomed the sentence explaining how she hoped it would act as a warning to others making threats The court heard Ms Hewitt was an admin for online site ‘Stop Terrier Work’ and she was accused of putting up a Facebook message regarding Wilkinson’s son something she strenuously denied Wilkinson 49 of Chapel Street in Upper Brynamman Ammanford took it upon himself to send a number of Facebook messages to Ms Hewitt believing she was the one responsible for the posts He said “You picked on the wrong guy how dare you pick on my son If you ever post it again I will come for you ” She responded that it was the first time she had seen his son but he responded further with threats that he would “put a bullet” in her Wilkinson’s messages were sent on the dates of November 22 2016 January 25 2017 and January 26 2017 A personal statement from Ms Hewitt read to the court said she was “shocked and scared” believing Wilkinson would come to her door and shoot her Mitigating Laura Sherwood said “He is sorry for his actions He did it out of anger over the posts about his son His son received a number of death threats and took it very personally and reacted in the wrong way ” District judge Richard Williams said “You were aggrieved by something you saw on socalled social media and decided you were going to raise your concerns about it with the person you thought had been responsible Your tone was menacing saying you would come for her and threatening you would put a bullet in her There was determination on your part that you wanted to frighten and intimidate her I have come to the conclusion that only an immediate custodial sentence can be justified This gratuitous behaviour on social media is a plague People say hurtful and offensive things which are there until they are deleted and have a significant impact on the recipient This type of behaviour is intolerable Your thoughts of hunting with animals or not hunting with animals are irrelevant ” Wilkinson was sentenced to 28 days in prison for each of the three offences to run concurrently meaning he will only serve 28 days A restraining order was also made for him not to contact Ms Hewitt Speaking after the hearing Ms Hewitt who has been campaigning against the practice of hunting with dogs for the last 26 years said “I’m glad that justice has been done I do think it should have perhaps been a little bit more because I think the court sends a message to people they can’t get away with treating people like this online especially people they don’t even know It can be quite frightening when it’s someone you don’t know You should not be receiving death threats from people you do not know It’s been a horrible experience and has affected my health I have suffered a lot of online abuse through my campaigning and suffered with depression after 2014 so seeing Wilkinson’s messages to me it was very tough ” POWAperson adds   This is I think the first time a hunter has been prosecuted for online threats towards an anti though its by no means the first time its happened Its gratifying that the judge treated it very seriously  This brings to 216 the number of convictionscautions for violence or threats thereof I have recorded against organised hunters in the UK since 1990 27 of which have resulted in custodial sentences   Petition to remove hare hunter as Kent WT Chair reaches 100000 26717   The London Economic   Charity boss facing calls to resign after it emerges he was chairman of hunting society for30 years    Campaigners are calling for the head of a wildlife boss who ran a hare hunt for more than 30 years – because he still allows hunting on his land More than 100000 people have signed a petition calling on Michael Bax right to step down from the Kent Wildlife Trust after it emerged he was chairman of the Blean Beagles from 1971 to 2005 It has also been revealed that the animal protection chief allows pheasant shooting on his £800000 farm Tom Fitton who set up the petition and is a member of the wildlife trust said that Mr Bax was not a ‘fit and proper person’ to be running the organisation He said “The brown hare is an endangered species across the UK and Mr Bax does not represent the views of Kent Wildlife Trust’s membership who pay their fees to protect wildlife not slaughter it for pleasure Mr Bax is damaging the reputation of not just Kent Wildlife Trust but the wildlife trusts in general He is not a fit and proper person to be running a wildlife conservation charity and we call for Kent Wildlife Trust to cut their ties with him immediately He added ”I am a member of the trust and I saw a few rumours going round on social media about Mr Bax’s past and I did a bit of digging I felt a mixture of shock and disbelief when I found out it just didn’t make sense to me at all There is a feeling of betrayal among members how can we ask members of the public to change their behaviour when our chairman has engaged in activities like that Responding to the petition Mr Bax said that he understood hare hunting was an ’emotive issue’ He said ”Having lived all my life in the Kent countryside I grew up with beagling actively involved until 1995 and one of seven joint Masters of the Blean Beagles until 2005 While hunting hares with beagles is now consigned to history there are still many in the countryside who participate in managed field sports and hunt within the Act ”I understand that it is an emotive issue We need to work together if we are to reverse the crisis for wildlife in the countryside ” When asked about the petition the trust said that they ‘had to remain neutral’ John Bennett chief executive of the Trust said “We recognise the level of concern reflected in the scale of the response to this petition In order to work with the widest possible community we remain neutral on the personal positions of our 30000 members 1056 volunteers and trustees with regards to hunting fishing and field sports We don’t allow hunting on our nature reserves where we have control of the shooting rights Wildlife Trusts like ourselves do raise concerns and challenge aspects of field sports and hunting where they have a damaging impact on the conservation of the county’s populations of wild animals and plants ” He added “Mike Bax’s commitment to the Trust over 30 years has proved invaluable in helping us to nurture these relations which over the last five years has seen us manage and advise on nearly 31000 acres of land across Kent for the benefit of wildlife and the public ”   Yet another Atherstone FH supporter convicted for theft of anti banner 23717   Facebook West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   Another Atherstone hunt supporter convicted    The shocking violence of the Atherstone Hunt towards peaceful protestors at their New Years Day meet in Atherstone Market Square has been widely reported and showed the world the real violent face of fox hunting This resulted in 11 convictions for violence which proves what we have been saying for a while that the Atherstone Hunt is a violent organisation with extreme views We can now report a 12th conviction for the Hunt from that day On the 18th July Richard Mathews pleaded guilty to stealing a banner from one of the protestors and was convicted of theft He was ordered to pay £35 compensation to the victim Some Atherstone Hunt supporters posted a photo of themselves holding the stolen banner in one of the pubs in the Market Square later that day below             Charless letters to Blair re hunting must be released says Info Commissioner 23717   Daily Mirror   Prince Charles lobbied Tony Blair not to introduce fox hunting ban in secret letters   The royal bloodsports enthusiast lobbied the then Prime Minister and the Freedom of Information watchdog ordered the correspondence should be revealed Prince Charles right hunting wrote a series of secret letters to Tony Blair over the fox hunting ban before it became law it emerged yesterday SUN The royal bloodsports enthusiast lobbied the then Prime Minister and the Freedom of Information watchdog ordered the correspondence should be revealed However the Government is stalling over releasing the files the Mail on Sunday reported It requested “all correspondence and communications” exchanged by the Prince and Mr Blair which “in any way referred to hunting and or a ban on hunting and or the impact of hunting and the impact of a ban on the countryside” At first the Cabinet Office refused to say if it held any relevant information But Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham confirmed letters exist and ruled there was a “clear and compelling public interest” for them to be made public The correspondence “raises legitimate questions about the role of the heir to the throne in a parliamentary democracy and increasingly the role he may play when he succeeds to the throne” she added Hunting with dogs has been banned in England and Wales since 2005 David Cameron was forced to abandon a backdoor bid to reintroduce the hated bloodsport in 2015 And Tory MPs believe Theresa May’s outspoken support for hunting and a secret plot to bring it back revealed by the Mirror during the Tories’ disastrous election campaign helped deny her a Commons majority last month 25717   royalcentral co uk    Secret letters between Prince Charles and Tony Blair greenlit for publication    Letters written to former Prime Minister Tony Blair from Prince Charles over banning fox hunting will be published The Freedom of Information watchdog has green lit the private letters saying that they should be made public Two years ago the Ministry of State asked that “all correspondence and communications” between the Prince and Mr Blair which “in any way referred to hunting and or a ban on hunting and or the impact of hunting and the impact of a ban on the countryside” originally reported The Daily Mail The letters were “clear and compelling public interest” said Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham Adding on that the letters between the two “raises legitimate questions about the role of the heir to the throne in a parliamentary democracy and increasingly the role he may play when he succeeds to the throne” As Monarch Prince Charles will be expected to remain politically neutral on matters As of now he has been actively outspoken on matters that the heir is passionate about Most famously the black spider memos sent to many members of parliament Banning fox hunting has been a passion of Prince Charles for some time In 2002 Prince Charles said “If the Labour government ever gets around to banning fox hunting I might as well leave this country and spend the rest of my life skiing” to the guests of a private event The Hunting Act 2004 banned fox hunting with dogs in England and Wales Ten years later Prince Charles then urged the current Prime Minister David Cameron to not reintroduce the sport While campaigning Theresa May also expressed interest to open a free vote on bringing back fox hunting but the vote was scrapped after the public backlash The Independent reached out to Clarence House who declined to comment on the matter A spokesperson for the Cabinet Office said that the Government was “considering the decision of the Information Commissioner’s Office and will respond in due course” Some MPs want five years jail for illegal hunting 22717   Daily Mirror  Fox hunters could face five years in jail if they slaughter animals illegally as MPs aim to tighten laws    MPs want a vote on tightening existing laws – even though Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out bringing back hunting before 2019 MPs are pushing to get the penalty for killing a fox illegally increased from six months jail to five years Prosecutions are difficult now because killing a fox by accident IS legal So drag or trail hunters can claim their hounds scented a real fox and were uncontrollable Labour MP Stephen Pound is backing a change in the law to raise the current penalty of a fine or six months’ jail to a maximum five years He said “Killing foxes in this way is medieval barbarism which should be banned ” Current rules allow drag or trail hunters to claim their hounds killed a fox by accident Jon Proctor of pressure group Keep The Ban claims to have support of Labour Lib Dem and SNP MPs for stiffer punishment He said “People who shoplift a can of beans are more harshly punished ” The group also wants the police and Crown Prosecution Service to enforce the law more stringently There have been 280 successful prosecutions since the Hunting Act came into force 12 years ago   Mendip Farmers FH hounds savaged my pet dog says owner14717  Facebook – Bath Hunt Sabs   BREAKING Hounds from the Mendip Farmers Hunt have attacked and seriously injured a pet dog close to their kennels at Nine Barrows Lane Priddy Wells The dog is currently receiving veterinary treatment and we will update when we receive more information The incident has been reported to the police but will they do anything Who else but hunts would be allowed to exercise large packs of unleashed dogs that are specifically trained to kill other animals in public areas There have been a spate of attacks by hunting hounds on peoples pets lately when will this be stopped Pic below the injured pet dog       13717   Facebook – Dave Mullin   Just had the Master of foxhounds on the phone sorry to hear that your dog was injured was his apology He then went on to say that it was my word against his Huntsmans about what happened and that as his hounds walk past dogs and children all the time and this has never happened before that it must therefore be my fault I was also told that I seemed unconcerned that one of his hounds also needed to see a vet He was slightly taken aback when I quoted the Dangerous Dogs legislation at him This is far from over Pic below the Mendip Farmers FH        15717   The Canary    Shocking images emerge of the latest attack by ‘out of control’ fox hounds  There has been another attack by fox hunting hounds And this latest in a long line of shocking incidents demonstrates why the law surrounding fox hunting should remain in place or even be further enhanced As the victim of the attack says the hounds were “out of control” Dr David Mullin was walking his two dogs a lurcher and a whippet at around 8am on Thursday 13 July The incident which Mullin claims involved the Mendip Farmers Hunt happened on Eastwater Lane in Priddy Somerset    There were about 36 hounds in total and about 10 of them attacked my dogs The Huntsman used his whip on my lurcher who was also bitten and my whippet received extensive injuries which so far have cost us £350 The anticipated bill will be around £500 The Hunt are claiming that my dogs started it despite the fact that they were both on lead and off the path They have a photo of a dog with a bite in it’s flank but they have not provided any evidence that this happened on the day or that my dogs did it He said that the Master of the Hunt contacted him after the incident and said he was “sorry that his dog was injured” But Mullin claims the Master said “it was my word against his” And he then said the hunt’s hounds “walk past dogs and children all the time and this has never happened before” But Mullin quoted the Dangerous Dogs Act to him and “he was slightly taken aback” When Mullin went to Avon and Somerset Police they allegedly told him that the Dangerous Dogs Act only applies if a person is attacked or feels threatened and it doesn’t apply to animals or dogs Mullin said I asked him what would happen if the dog was killed and he said that wasn’t covered by legislation either and that I’d have to mount a private prosecution The upshot A Hunt can attack or kill dogs with impunity Mullin a lecturer in archaeology used to live in the village so knows the area and the Hunt well He is currently in the area conducting an archaeological dig with students from the University of Worcester But he says that having lived in the village with his partner Dr Jodie Lewis he is aware The Mendip Farmers Hunt are very unpopular here – even with profox hunting people Our old next door neighbour has banned them from her land as they were always out of control The Canary contacted both Avon and Somerset Police and the Mendip Farmers Hunt for comment Avon and Somerset Police told The Canary that “a dog on dog attack is a civil matter” But the law surrounding controlling your dog in public appears to contradict the police’s line It states that a dog is considered “out of control” if it attacks someone’s animal   This is wrong only persons and assistance dogs are protected POWAperson or makes someone worried that it might injure them So it does seem as though Avon and Somerset Police should at least be investigating the incident No comment from the Mendip Farmers Hunt was received at the time of publication   Opposition to fox hunting is at an alltime high And it seems that Theresa May is heeding public feeling as she has backed down on giving parliament a vote to repeal the Hunting Act But shocking incidents like this will only serve to add more fuel to the argument that fox hunting should remain severely restricted Or made completely illegal with even harsher penalties   Serious troubles within LACS reported yet againClaimed that investigations staff to be made redundantWorry that League has again fallen under prohunt influence12717  Facebook – Stop the Cull   The League’s AGM on Saturday 15th July will take place at the Grand Connaught Rooms Holborn the room is called Cambria Suite The event will run from 10 30am – 3pm Official start at 11 00 A few days ago we did a very controversial post about the League Against Cruel Sports it covered two specific points1 the League is planning to close down its in house investigations department and make its current investigators redundant   2 the League has been infiltrated by pro hunt influences The first part has been widely acknowledged as true and the investigators are currently in consultation which may well end with them being unemployed The second part is much harder to prove BUT we have been contacted by a number of exstaff and employees with some very disturbing allegations One ongoing theme we have heard is that things started changing for the worse since the new CEO came in Eduardo Goncalves one thing that kept getting repeated was his insistance that risk assessments basically meant that investigations could no longer continue Eduardo is currently very seriously ill and wont be expected to return to work for some time We have today received this email and we have checked with several employees to check if it is genuine they ALL said the same thing that it is true but also that the CEO also has to shoulder some of the blame for the investigations team being seriously hindered We urge ALL league members to go to the AGM this Saturday for the sake of the organisation and the animals they protect email sent to us today The recent events at The League Against Cruel Sports and the attempt to get rid of investigators has caused a lot of distress anger and confusion for LACS members those that are just against bloodsports animal rights campaigners and staff members themselves As somebody who operates within the league and has a first hand account of day to day events I felt that I must intervene and clear up one or two points This is not an official statement as you will see below  First many of the staff at the League are a great dedicated team of people working hard to help protect animals from bloodsports but it only takes one or two in a high level position with their own personal agendas to cause a company or organisation to go off target and here is a sad example below Much comment on social media has been made of the Chief Executive Officer Eduardo Goncalves but you should be looking at the person who really is controlling the league at the moment Phillipa King and question her position and motives A person who owns horses and rides among a fox hunting community deep within hunting country in the South of England lives an exceptionally lavish lifestyle and has never had any interest in animal protection in her life including to present day She came here to LACS not very long ago and her role was a relatively minor one but then she was suddenly made head of operations basically controlling the day to day operations of the whole organisation including how the investigators worked She has NO knowledge NO former experience and absolutely NO skills in operational work whatsoever coming from a background of modelling and other unsuited jobs but here she is earning well over fifty thousand pounds a year and HEAD of operations earning almost three times as much as what the investigators earn and as Eduardo the CEO is sick for the next few months incredibly Phillipa King is now acting Chief Executive Officer Her decisions and general behavior has caused members of staff to reluctantly resign and many hundreds of thousands of pounds to be wasted She is responsible for huge amounts of League money to be squandered on ill thought out ideas which come to nothing She is now persuading the League to move away from hunting and onto other non hunting related issues She stays at 5 star hotels and recently permitted people working for her and on behalf of the League to stay at the Hilton Hotel on League money Since Phillipa became acting CEO she has instigated and implemented the removal of ALL League employee investigators and has attempted to keep the plan from as many staff as possible until she was ready to role the plan out The consultation is just a legal process before the investigators are all sacked Phillipa has already begun employing outside source investigators who know nothing about the issues and work just for the money and not for the animals They cost far more than the present experienced knowledgeable and highly motivated investigators and so again we must question her motives not just about this but about all of her actions and decisions since she has been in the position to influence trusties staff and even members Phillipa has clearly not realised the repercussions of her actions but she will understand the damage it is causing this charity If people want an organisation that works hard spends prudently and gets results which actually makes a difference then people should be concerned that this person has control and influence of such an organisation Just unfit for purpose or somebody who has been sent in to disrupt and corrupt the genuine work and aims of the League You decide If you are a member then go to the AGM on the 15th July and ask those questions that need answering Dont let the League go to the dogs  The League has issued the following statement   14717   Facebook League Against Cruel Sports   Statement from the Board of Trustees of the League Against Cruel Sports The League has a long and proud history of monitoring and investigating hunting both before and since the passing of the Hunting Act 2004 Our experienced investigators are widely regarded for their hard work and the wealth of knowledge they have built up over many years They are devoted to the wildlife they strive to protect – often in difficult and dangerous situations As a Board we also work to protect wildlife At the same time we have a legal duty to act in the best interests of the League and are committed to ensuring that our charity’s resources are directed in a way that best fulfills our aims Our supporters fund our work We understand the expectations they have of the League and we are determined to honour those expectations With that in mind we continually review how we spend the funds we receive in an ongoing process that looks at all aspects of the work of the League and its staff This includes our monitoring and investigative activities As many supporters of the League are aware we are undergoing an internal consultation process relating to Investigations This is to determine whether we are still supporting our Investigations Team in the right way whether resources should be deployed into different areas or whether our focus on certain hunting activities should perhaps change It is right and proper that we do this because that is how we will best protect wildlife into the future Without a full and thorough consultation process we simply can not be certain that we are responding to threats to wildlife in the right way We are at the start of that consultation process We intend the process to be thorough and inclusive We intend to make very clear to our supporters what we learn but that will be at the end of the process when we will be in a position to clarify exactly what we intend to put in place We do not intend to release information piecemeal as that is open to misinterpretation As a Board we are overseeing this consultation process and we have full faith in the senior members of staff that we have put in place to carry it out All of us are working hard to ensure that the outcome of the process will be fair to any members of staff impacted by any decision we may have to make that our actions will be fully justifiable and that there will be absolutely no diminishment of efforts to protect wildlife from the horrors of cruel sports and wildlife crime The motto of the League Against Cruel Sports is Investigate Educate Protect As a Board as people who care deeply about wildlife and the environment we fully stand behind those words and through continual review and careful consideration we intend that the charity we look after will become stronger and more effective now and into the future Signed on behalf of the Trustees Ian BlakeLawson Chair Charlie Moores Deputy Chair Andrew Wood Treasurer   POWAperson comments I along with some other POWA people was involved in two civil wars within the League in the 90s Those struggles were absolutely bloody and I just pray this is not happening again The first arose from the treachery of Jim Barrington and the inexplicable support for him of some then Executive Committee members It took months of toil sweat and tears to finally expel him and his toxic coterie The second was about three years later when the then CEO Graham Sirl appeared likewise to have fallen under hunt influence and was behaving in bizarre and unacceptable ways On this occasion we rebels were not able to convince the LACS hierarchy that he needed to be gone and a number of volunteers including myself executive members and staff members split away This led to the formation of POWA   It was another year before Sirl was fully exposed and resigned None of us whod been proved right and who had been viciously attacked by LACS figures at the time received so much as an acknowledgement let alone an apology The two imbroglios caused the League a lot of damage and POWA remained at loggerheads with LACS for many years indeed until Douglas Batchelor was replaced as CEO by Joe Duckworth several years ago Since then weve been on good terms with the League and impressed by much of their work In particular LACS investigators have done brave and invaluable work not just in bringing some hunt miscreants to justice but also in supplementing the volunteer work of other monitors and of sabs in exposing just how much and how often organised hunters can get away with continuing to chase and kill defenceless wild mammals by exploiting the weaknesses of the Hunting Act thereby illustrating how desperately it requires significant strengthening We just pray that the concerns expressed in the Stop the Cull post above are unfounded and in particular that the hunt side has not once again infiltrated the heart of the League as they have done in the past We know nothing about Phillipa King and have not heard her side of the story We can only hope a mountain is being made from a molehill Dove Valley MH pack up as soon as sabs appear 8717   Facebook Severn Vale Hunt Saboteurs   We got a tip off that the Dove Valley Mink Hounds right would be out killing animals from the riverbank near Sudbury Derbyshire today so we joined our comrades from Bristol & Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs to stop them Bit of info Mink hunting replaced otter hunting after all the otters were killed American mink were brought to the UK by abhorrent fur farmers and although they can prey on native animals their numbers are dropping as otter numbers are recovering the mink cant compete against the otters The Dove Valley were seen bashing down the vegetation on the river bank potentially doing a lot more damage to the water voles living there than any mink would do this in itself is illegal The water vole is fully protected under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and its illegal to intentionally capture kill or injure water voles or to damage destroy or block access to their places of shelter or protection on purpose or by not taking enough care We dont think the otter mink hounds differentiate between killing rats water voles mink or otters Otters are similarly protected as water voles It is illegal to hunt mink with a pack of hounds As sabs approached the hunt they were gathered on the Dove river We let them know theyd been covertly filmed for a while before intervening Realising theyd been caught out the guilty party gathered their hounds and along with their supporters scarpered Possibly a world record for the quickest sab ever As we left the area in our vehicles the landowner thought hed get his bumpkin pals to try blocking us in with tractors all they managed to do was upset the locals who lived there As we eventually drove off we passed some support whod gone to the pub after having their day ruined Result If you want to donate to help us with fuel and equipment costs please go to httpswww paypal meSevernValeHuntSabs Cheers   Pressure grows on hare hunter Chair of Kent Wildlife Trust 5717   Facebook Stop the cull   Another newspaper article below about Michael Bax Chairman of Kent Wildlife Trust and a former Hunt Master and Huntsman has appeared today this time in The Times of Tunbridge Wells Here is our original story if you didnt see it Here is the petition to sign to ask for him to stand down over this conflict of interest We have new information today showing that Michael Baxs company BFT Partnership sponsored a Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust killing spree in 2014 Page 3 shows that Bax personally donated a shoot in the environmentally sensitive area of the Medway Marshes The area known for wildfowl shooting is of great importance to flora and fauna and the disturbance to birds here is well documented SHAME ON The Wildlife Trusts & Kent Wildlife Trust for allowing Bax to remain chairman and for defending his disgusting activities and for trying to silence genuine nature lovers by ignoring and deleting their comments       Antis protest against VWH FH appearance at the Cotswold Show CIWH say they filmed Hunt chase and kill fox on 1st April  5717  Wilts & Glos Standard    Campaign group protests against involvement of Vale of White Horse Hunt hounds at Cotswold Show    ANTIFOX hunting protestors right were camped at the gates of Cirencester Park during the Cotswold Show to object to the involvement of the Vale of White Horse Hunt VWH in the event Members of campaign group Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch CIHW said they were angry at the inclusion of the organisation’s huntsmen and hounds in demonstrations at the countryside show last Saturday The group has alleged that VWH hounds killed a fox on April 1st in a field across the road from Cirencester Park and has a photo of what they claim is a member of the Hunt carrying away a dead fox below Speaking to the Standard a group member who did not wish to be named said they received a lot of support at the protest They said “We were pleased to have support from so many members of the public entering through Cecily Hill and Deer Park School entrances People agreed that the claims of hunt groups across the UK that they only trail hunt are now wearing very thin in the light of evidence collected by hunt monitors and sabs throughout the country They said CIHW is also concerned about the possible biosecurity of hounds potentially carrying bovine TB around agricultural animals following news that hounds at Kimblewick Hunt kennels had to be euthanised following an outbreak of the disease One member of the public was so disgusted to hear that VWH hounds were being paraded at the show that they decided to go home Meanwhile Gloucestershire Police recently pinned a notice to a tree about a quarter of a mile from Fairford on the A417 Southrop Road warning people against dumping animal carcasses after 12 dead foxes were found The notice says “It is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to dump animal carcasses here 12 dead foxes were removed on February 22 2017 This area is now being monitored by the police ” The spokesperson for CIHW said “Without knowing how the foxes met their end we can only guess that a farmer had shot them Fox hunting in its traditional form was banned in 2002 in Scotland and two years later in England and Wales thanks to the Hunting Act 2004 However certain modified forms of hunting foxes with hounds are still within the law and shooting foxes as vermin also remains legal During this years General Election Prime Minister Theresa May said she intended to hold a free vote on overturning the ban in England and Wales However this was not included in the Queens Speech leading many to think the idea had been scrapped A Fairford resident who did not wish to be named in response to the notice on Southrop Road said “The content of the notice does imply that management of the countryside fox population has aspects that go beyond the simple fox hunting debate ” The Vale of White Horse Hunt has been approached for comment Pics below     1  The Hunt at the Show    2  Carrying away hunted and killed fox 1417        Government officially confirms will not bring forward HA repeal vote 4717    Sky News    Fox hunting ban repeal vote dropped Government confirms   A free vote on repealing the fox hunting ban has been scrapped the Government has confirmed Environment minister Therese Coffey said the Conservatives are not planning to bring forward a vote in this session suggesting it will be at least two years before such an idea is even considered The Tory manifesto contained a pledge to hold a free vote on overturning the ban which was introduced under Tony Blairs Labour government in 2004 It bans the use of dogs to hunt foxes and other wild mammals in England and Wales But Prime Minister Theresa May has been forced to shelve a number of key policies after losing her Commons majority in the General Election   The first indication that the plan had been put on the back burner came when it was omitted from the Queens Speech which outlined the Governments legislative programme for the current parliamentary session from 2017 to 2019 Ms Coffeys disclosure came in response to a written parliamentary question from Labour MP Catherine West The minister said The Governments manifesto includes a free vote on the Hunting Act 2004 but we are not planning to bring forward a free vote in this session   Antihunt Conservative MPs warned against offering a free vote during the General Election campaign with Sir Roger Gale insisting MPs would have more than enough to occupy their time without considering yesterdays argument of repealing the Hunting Act Animal protection charity Humane Society International said it was delighted at the news Executive Director Claire Bass said Fox hunting is not only a barbaric assault on an iconic species of British wildlife it is also extremely unpopular with the public A recent poll showed that 84 of the British public support the ban on fox hunting There is a growing list of Conservative MPs who reject this horrifically cruel excuse for a sport and we look to them to keep this archaic policy out of future Tory manifestos   Five Atherstone FH supporters convicted for role in attacking antis at town meet 3717   Facebook West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   VIDEO   Atherstone hunt supporters plead guilty to violence 11 convictions for Atherstone Hunt supporters responsible for Market Square violence Supporters of the Atherstone Hunt have pleaded guilty to numerous offences and received multiple convictions for the shocking violence at the Atherstone Hunts New Years Day meet George BentleyBrown who was filmed throwing manure at peaceful protesters pleaded guilty and was convicted of 8 counts of common assault He received a six month conditional discharge plus £135 costs and £20 to victims services Jake Mitchell who was filmed waving a fox tail in protesters faces and also stealing part of a protesters fox costume  pleaded guilty and was convicted of theft and two counts of common assault He was fined £211 and £165 costs James Farrands admitted to his part in the theft of a banner and had to write a letter of apology to the victim Two more offenders received police cautions Some of these individuals were seen regularly supporting the Atherstone Hunt last season The number of convictions and cautions that the Atherstone Hunt and those associated with it have received for violence and public order offences is rapidly growing and is now in double figures This reinforces what we have been saying for a while now that the Atherstone Hunt is a violent organisation with extreme views who frequently use violence against peaceful nonviolent protesters We believe that the Market Square violence on peaceful protesters was a preplanned attack Whilst we welcome these convictions the sentences handed down are far too lenient and in no way act as a deterrent There are still unanswered questions relating to the Market Square violence that need answering Why did Warwickshire Police choose not to police the event despite knowing what could happen And why did Atherstone Town Council let the event take place in the first place despite being warned about the likely violence from the Atherstone Hunt Will they continue to allow the hunt to use the Market Square in the wake of these convictions YOU can HELP by   1 Contacting the Town Councillors and asking again that they do not allow the Atherstone Hunt to meet in the Market Square   2 Contact North Warwickshire Borough Council and ask them to look into the licensing of all the pubs in the Market Square for New Years Day In our opinion the fact that a lot of the hunt supporters had been drinking alcohol added to their aggression   JUNE 2017  29th June Jedforest FH father and son pair are convicted of illegal hunting 29th June Blackmore FH Huntsmans son fined for racial abuse of woman 29th June Social media backlash against hotel that allowed Cheshire Forest FH at wedding 28th June Shock and anger as police drop Atherstone FH horror fox kill case 27th June Jedforest FH 2 illegal hunting trial should conclude today 24th June Two Tory hunter MPs face probes for breaching Commons Code of Conduct  24th June – Sabs prevent Northants MH from hunting again 23rd June – N Cotswold FH terrierman cautioned for riding quad into sab 23rd June Police wont act on Ashford Valley FH followers blocking road 21st June – Tory plan to repeal HA missing from Queens speech presumed dead 21st June – Otter Trust expresses concern over mink hunts endangering otters 20th June – Lifelong hunter jailed for shooting neighbours kitten 20th June – Atherstone FH hound parade may be dropped from Ashby show 18th June – Northants Mink Hounds stopped from hunting by sabs again 15th June – Leading vet says evidence that hunting hounds are spreading bTb 15th June – Make Hunting History & anticull London demo set for August 26th 15th June Kent Wildlife Trust had previous Chair who was Quorn FH JM 14th June – LACS claims hunting issue played major role in general election 12th June – Ex Tory Chair says Hunting Act repeal dead in the water 12th June – Son of Blackmore FH Huntsman convicted of ABH on woman sab   9th June Forestry Commission to review Isle of Wight FHs hunting licence   5th June – Grove & Rufford FH convicts seen canvassing for Tory candidate   2nd June Ex police WCO tells court he was invisible Jedforest FH gunman   2nd June – Hunter Kent WT Chair allows pheasant shooting on his land   1st June – CPS wont prosecute Cheshire Forest FH over 2 hunting incidents   1st June Jedforest FH Huntsman says were working within law when fox was killed   Jedforest FH father and son pair are convicted of illegal hunting First ever organised hunter convictions under Scottish law 29617   BBC News   LACS VIDEO   Huntsmen found guilty of Jedburgh foxhunting charge    Two huntsmen from the Scottish Borders have been found guilty of breaching foxhunting law It is the first conviction of a traditional fox hunt under legislation introduced in Scotland in 2002 Johnny Riley 24 and his father John Clive Richardson 67 both right of Bonchester Bridge were fined £400 and £250 respectively for deliberately hunting a fox with dogs near Jedburgh last year They plan to appeal against the decision During their trial the pair had denied breaching the Protection of Wild Mammals Scotland Act 2002 Their defence lawyer David McKie said they had worked within the terms of the legislation by using hounds to flush out a fox from cover to waiting guns However depute fiscal Fiona Caldwell argued the two men had clearly broken the law at Townfoothill near Jedburgh on 16 February last year She said evidence had shown it had been a deliberate course of acts culminating with those responsible for the hunt hunting the fox with dogs The verdict was welcomed by the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland which supplied video footage to the trial Its director Robbie Marsland said Todays guilty verdict is the first successful prosecution for mounted fox hunting in Scotland and while were delighted with the outcome and our role in this we remain of the view that the law needs strengthened The Scottish government has committed to consult on the hunt ban following a review by Lord Bonomy who clearly stated there was evidence of lawbreaking by Scottish hunts He said the guilty verdict had confirmed that to be the case and said they looked forward to working to help strengthen the law However the Countryside Alliance voiced disappointment at the conviction claiming the huntsmen had been subjected to trial by television It said footage which had been given to the BBC had put pressure on police and prosecutors to take the case forward Director Jamie Stewart said Scottish mounted packs not only adhere to the law but also work under an enhanced protocol He said they were disappointed with the verdict and would await the full transcript of the judgement before making further comment 30617  The Herald   Father and son are found guilty of fox hunting in landmark ruling   TWO huntsmen have been convicted of breaching Scotland’s fox hunting legislation in a landmark ruling Father and son John Clive Richardson 67 and Johnny Riley 24 are the first members of a mounted hunt to be successfully prosecuted since the Protection of Wild Mammals Scotland Act was introduced 15 years ago Both are members of the Jedforest Hunt in the Borders and were secretly filmed by investigators from the League Against Cruel Sports Following eight days of evidence Sheriff Peter Paterson ruled in two incidents Richardson and Riley were in breach of the act and found them guilty of deliberately hunting a fox with dogs Riley – who was in charge of the hunt – was fined £400 at Selkirk Sheriff Court and Richardson who was described as having a lesser role was fined £250 Lawyers for the two men indicated they would appeal against the conviction In finding the men guilty Sheriff Paterson said “We look forward to working with the Scottish Government to strengthen the law and hope today sends a clear message to hunts that flouting the law will not be tolerated and those who continue to hunt illegally in Scotland will be brought to justice ” Most the evidence during the trial focused on the video which showed 34 hounds from the Jedforest Hunt chasing a fox into a hole on farm land at Townfoothill near Jedburgh Roxburghshire on February 16 last year After a terrier man spent 40 minutes digging at the hole the fox then bolted and was again pursued by the dogs before disappearing out of sight of the footage into a gulley The defence claimed a waiting gunman shot and injured the fox after it had been flushed from cover by the hounds which is permitted in law Witnesses for the Crown said they saw no gunman and heard no shots when the fox was being pursued Sheriff Paterson accepted the evidence of the defence that there were two gunmen in place but ruled that in two incidents the huntsmen were still guilty 29617  ITV News   Father and son found guilty of breaching fox hunting law    A father and son from the Jedforest Hunt have been found guilty of breaching Scotlands fox hunting laws 67yearold John Clive Richardson and his son 24yearold Johnny Riley have been fined a total of £650 The pair denied the accusation after a video filmed by investigators showed a fox being dug out of a hole and then chased by a pack of hounds The video was filmed at Townfoothill near Jedburgh in February 2016 by an employee of the League Against Cruel Sports The trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court had several days of evidence from members of the League Against Cruel Sports police and the two accused Its the first ever conviction under legislation for the protection of wild mammals Scotland act 2002 Pics below show how the incident unfolded                         Blackmore FH Huntsmans son fined for racial abuse of woman 29617   Somerset Live   Sherborne  man  fined  for  racially aggravated abuse at Royal Bath and West Show   A young man from Dorset has pleaded guilty to racially abusing a man during the Royal Bath and West Show Ben Richard Doggrell of Bishops Down near Sherborne appeared at Yeovil  Magistrates Court on Friday June 23 to face charges relating to an incident which occurred at the Shepton Mallet showground on June 3 Doggrell 21 had been due to appear before the court last Tuesday June 20 but failed to appear resulting in a warrant being issued for his arrest He was charged that on June 3 at the Bath And West Showground in Shepton Mallet he used threatening abusive or insulting words or behaviour designed to caused harassment alarm or distress to Tunde Sanni Doggrell pleaded guilty to the charge and the magistrates ruled that the incident had been racially aggravated He also admitted being in breach of an 18month conditional discharge order which had been imposed at Weymouth Magistrates Court on August 10 The magistrates made a determination not to impose the conditional discharge but fined Doggrell £150 and ordered him to pay £150 compensation a victim surcharge of £30 and £85 costs which must be paid by July 7 POWAperson adds This is the same person who was earlier this month was convicted of ABH after he attacked a female sab and broke her elbow He was given a 100 hour CSO It comes as no surprise that a violent bigoted lout should be the son of a man who makes his living by helping to torment and kill animals for others sport Social media backlash against hotel allowing Cheshire Forest FH at wedding 29617  Liverpool Echo   Facebook storm after hunting group pose for wedding pictures at top hotel Antihunting campaigners have criticised the luxury hotel    A TOP Wirral hotel is at the centre of a social media storm after allowing a hunting group on to its grounds for a wedding reception The Hillbark Hotel based in Royden Park Wirral has been widely criticised after images of a hunt group posing for wedding pictures were circulated online Posts on the hotel’s Facebook page suggest the group who campaigners say are the Cheshire Forest Hunt right at venue were appearing at the venue as part of a wedding ceremony for two of their members on Saturday June 24th The wedding venue defended the move and claimed they were “simply following a bride and groom’s wishes” They also reassured concerned campaigners that “no fox hunting took place whatsoever” However antifox hunting groups have criticised their decision to grant permission for the group to pose for pictures which they say was risky as it took place during a time when fox cubs would be around and their scent could have distracted the dogs While fox hunting was made illegal in the UK in 2005 groups up and down the country still meet to take part in ‘drag’ or ‘trail’ hunts where the hounds follow a scent that has been laid over a course In February the Cheshire Forest Hunt hit the headlines after their dogs chased and killed a fox on a Macclesfield housing estate and again earlier this year when it was revealed their hunt director Elizabeth Gorse also owned a veterinary surgery in Runcorn Cheshire Monitors a voluntary group which monitors hunting groups in Cheshire said people were “horrified” to see the pack of hounds near Royden Park A spokesperson said “We weren’t at all surprised at people’s horror at seeing the Cheshire Forest Hunt in the area which included public roads There are many fox families living in and around Royden Park and Thurstaston Hill particularly vulnerable at the moment as young cubs are reared at this time of year It was pure luck that the hounds didn’t pick up a fox scent while in the area otherwise the dozens of families with young children and people walking their dogs in Royden Park at the time may have been witness to some very upsetting scenes ” The hotel’s Facebook page was flooded with messages from both antifox hunting campaigners and those who support the bloodsport Sean Dutton posted “Shame on you for allowing the ‘hunt’ on your land and to spoil our beautiful Wirral You’re a blight ” Marilyn Wilcockson added “How sad to see such a beautiful establishment allowing and condoning fox hunters on their premises Surely you rely on good reviews and recommendations Bottom of the ladder now I’m afraid ” John Hughes however commented to point out that nobody had broken the law He said “I think you will find the hounds etc were part of the wedding you fools and all perfectly legal ” A spokesperson for the hotel said they “are not here to judge each individual bride and groom’s wishes” and that they’d “carefully planned” the arrival They said “Hillbark Hotel were simply following a bride and groom’s wishes for a staged arrival onto the hotel private grounds At no point did any fox hunting take place whatsoever nor would this ever be considered As part of a private wedding it was decided that this would take place purely for photographic terms and for the bride and groom arriving onto the hotel grounds only This was discussed at length with our event managers and the arrival was planned by the bride and groom We have had numerous bride and grooms choosing to arrive in many different manners whether it be by helicopter horse and carriage or hot air balloon We are not here to judge each individual bride and groom’s wishes on how they want to arrive to the hotel on their special day ” A spokesperson for Cheshire Monitors added “We understand that the Hillbark were just fulfilling the couple’s wishes by allowing the Hunt to be present for photographs but it was clearly a very misguided judgement on the part of the hotel management ” The ECHO attempted to contact Elizabeth Gorse and The Cheshire Forest Hunt but at the time of publishing had not received a reply   Shock and anger as police drop Atherstone FH horror fox kill case 28617   Coventry Evening Telegraph  VIDEO   Police drop investigation after fox killed by hunting dogs in Warwickshire    Activists claimed the huntsmen were part of the Atherstone Hunt near to Shuttington Warwickshire    A police investigation launched after hunting dogs were filmed ripping a fox apart in Warwickshire right with sab trying to rescue fox has been dropped by officers it has been revealed The probe into alleged illegal fox hunting began after the creature was shown on camera fleeing from hunters during an incident in Shuttington North Warwickshire just a few miles from Twycross Zoo in January The exhausted fox then ran into a garden chased by hounds and activists from West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs reports the Tamworth Herald The activists claimed the huntsmen were part of the Atherstone Hunt near to Shuttington Warwickshire A spokesperson for West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs said This is not the first investigation into the Atherstone Hunt for illegal hunting that has been dropped in fact over the past three years we know of five foxes that this hunt have killed The Atherstone Hunt claim these kills were all accidents but there are only so many accidents one hunt can have whilst still expecting people to believe them They seem to be a very accident prone What needs to happen now is that the Hunting Act should be strengthened to eliminate the loopholes It needs to be a total ban with no exemptions no room for excuses and no room for accidents It has been illegal to hunt foxes with dogs since 2005 – with a maximum penalty of a £5000 fine Police can also confiscate and destroy equipment and dogs used in hunting Hunting remains deeply unpopular with the general public as we saw after repeal of the Hunting Act was included in the Conservative Manifesto the spokesperson added Most people are shocked that hunting is still going on and that foxes are being hunted and killed just as much as they were before the ban We are urging everyone to contact their MP and talk to them about how the Hunting Act should be strengthened Warwickshire Police confirmed that following the investigation they have dropped the case A spokesperson said Following reports made to the police regarding alleged offences under the Hunting Act 2004 specialist wildlife officers conducted a thorough investigation Following this investigation police took the decision that there was insufficient evidence to take any further action A spokesperson for The Atherstone Hunt added We understand that Warwickshire police will be taking no further action following an alleged incident involving the Atherstone Hunt on January 14  Pics below 1   Huntsman moments after fox was killed     2  Sabs retrieved the savaged corpse         26617  Facebook West Midlands Hunt Sabs   VIDEO    INVESTIGATION INTO FOX KILLED BY ATHERSTONE HUNT HAS BEEN DROPPED  Contact your MP and tell them that the Hunting Act needs strengthening The police investigation into illegal fox hunting by the Atherstone Hunt has been dropped by Warwickshire Police The Atherstone hounds were filmed tearing into the fox on someones driveway in Shuttington on Saturday 14th January One of our sabs managed to rescue the fox from the hounds but it died latter in our arms At no point did huntsman Stuart Barton attempt to stop the hounds This is not the first investigation into the Atherstone Hunt for illegal hunting that has been dropped in fact over the past 3 years we know of 5 foxes that this hunt have killed The Atherstone Hunt claim these kills were all “accidents” but there are only so many “accidents” one Hunt can have whilst still expecting people to believe them The Atherstone Hunt seem to be a very accident prone hunt The fact that the case has been dropped does not mean that the Atherstone Hunt are telling the truth and not illegally hunting it just means that the current legislation isn’t strong enough What needs to happen now is that the Hunting Act should be strengthened to eliminate the loopholes It needs to be a total ban with no exemptions no room for excuses and no room for accidents These people clearly can not be trusted to let their hounds loose in the countryside without them killing something so really their hounds shouldnt be let loose in the countryside We are urging everyone to contact their MPs and talk to them about how the Hunting Act should be strengthened httpswww writetothem com    Jedforest FH two illegal hunting trial should conclude today 27617    ITV News   Closing statements due in Borders fox hunting trial    Closing statements are due to be heard today in the trial of two huntsmen accused of breaching Scotlands fox hunting laws 67yearold John Clive Richardson and his son 24yearold Johnny Riley from the Jedforest Hunt have denied the accusation after a video filmed by investigators showed a fox being dug out of a hole and then chased by a pack of hounds The video was filmed at Townfoothill near Jedburgh in February 2016 by an employee of the League Against Cruel Sports The trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court has already had several days of evidence from members of the League Against Cruel Sports police and the two accused The Crown and the defence teams will now sum up their cases to Sheriff Peter Paterson POWAperson adds This trial concerning events of more than a year ago has proceeded in fits and starts over the last 3 months and its conclusion is long overdue   Two prominent Tory hunter MPs face Commons breach of code of conduct probes 24617  Western Telegraph   Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart under investigation for alleged breach of code of conduct    CONSERVATIVE MP Simon Hart right is one of four MPs under investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Mr Hart was reelected for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire in May with a reduced majority of 3110 An investigation into an alleged breach of paragraph 15 of the MPs code of conduct started in May but no decision could be made during the dissolution of Parliament This paragraph states Members are personally responsible and accountable for ensuring that their use of any expenses allowances facilities and services provided from the public purse is in accordance with the rules laid down on these matters Members shall ensure that their use of public resources is always in support of their parliamentary duties It should not confer any undue personal or financial benefit on themselves or anyone else or confer undue advantage on a political organisation   Other MPs subject to an inquiry are Labour’s Keith Vaz and the Conservatives’ Michelle Donelan and Chris Davies below left Mr Hart told the Western Telegraph he had been advised by the commissioner not to comment but that she would publish full details in due course POWAperson adds – At this stage we do not know the details of the alleged breaches Simon Hart MP is a former CEO of the Countryside Alliance and was in that position when the CA facilitated the mass signing of the Hunting Declaration in 2004 Signatories of whom there were a purported 50000 pledged to ignore any law banning hunting Mr Hart is allegedly at present in receipt of a £47000 p a consultancy retainer from the hunting lobby During his campaign to become an MP in 2010 he received very substantial donations from Johan Christofferson an American hedgefund manager who was then JM of the Isle of Wight FH In 2004 his Huntsman and terrierman staged a repellent stunt in Brighton City centre while the Labour Conference was on there They dumped carcasses of a horse and cattle in the city centre as a protest against the impending Hunting Act Following this action which caused public outrage They were convicted of public order offences but just got slapped on their wrists Christofferson was suspended by the MFHA for not controlling his hunt servants He is now JM of the Jedforest FH whose huntsman and terrierman are on trial for illegal hunting now Hart also received a donation of £2000 from Lord Daresbury then Chair of the MFHA It was Daresbury who had written earlier in 2004 to Hunt Masters urging them to ask their farmers to help foxes out with breeding because they were running short of quarry This only became public knowledge because Simon Harts scathing email to Daresbury criticising him for being so stupid in handing ammunition to the antis was leaked Chris Davies the Tory MP for Brecon and Radnorshire is a former JM of Golden Valley FH He was in post when the Hunting Act came into effect He did not have the bottle to say he would personally defy the law but told the BBC that some of his members would Prior to the recent election both MPs were on the EFRA Select Committee and were instrumental in that Committee calling by a majority of one for the RSPCA to be investigated a move largely prompted by the Societys prosecutions of packs for illegal hunting and badger sett interference   Sabs prevent Northants MH hunting again24617   Facebook Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   After our recent success against the Northants MinkOtter Hounds which was largely down to vigilant members of the public we thought wed be a little more proactive this week and visit some areas where weve know them to hunt in the past So we gathered a team of lovely people from North Cambs Hunt Sabs Northants Hunt Sabs and Nottingham Hunt Sabs and sett off to look for them With Notts & Northants in one vehicle and 2 others with a combo of B&B and North Cambs we scoured likely looking areas and surprise surprise we recognised some vehicles heading to a known area This was close to where they hunted a few weeks ago and on the same bit of river Claydon Brook With eyes on them they lead us to a farm near the big equestrian centre at Addington Manor So with some proper military planning we moved in with a classic pincer action Notts & Northants going in from the South on foot while the B&BNorth Cambs teams in vehicles watched their only route out By now they hunters knew they had been rumbled and did what they always do and called the police Once again some officers arrived from Thames Valley but we had a cordial chat with them in the sunshine and discussed the Wildlife & Countryside Act and the Hunting Act The police also told us there were some very pissed off people at the hunt meet Perhaps they should find a less blood thirsty and acceptable pass time With the hound van leaving to return to the kennels and the hounds not even getting out we enjoyed the sunshine while making sure they didnt try to pull a fast one   N Cotswold FH terrierman cautioned for riding quad in to sab 23617   Three Counties Hunt Sabs   VIDEO  On December 28th 2016 our group split to keep an eye on two different Hunts the Ledbury and the North Cotswold Both groups along with Bristol Hunt Saboteurs were subject to violence and intimidation Both Hunts were still disrupted while attempting to kill wildlife Not long ago we wrote this update about the Ledbury terrierman involved in the assault on sabs – Terrierman charged with affray – and now we bring an update on the North Cotswold case too The video shows some of the footage from the day including falconer Calvin Crossman’s behaviour towards sabs in a field and terrierman Will Haines riding his quadbike into a sab right Following the discovery of the artificial earths the Hunt packed up and the sab attended Gloucester hospital with suspected concussion and a swollen jaw Statements were made to the police soon after West Mercia Police have dropped the case against Crossman as they say it is unclear how he and the sab ended up on the floor whether he intended to hit her in the face and whether he did actually knee her in the groin Regardless of this we believe that his behaviour in the runup to the fall still constitutes an assault assault does not require physical contact and is still unacceptable especially the fact that he puts his eagle in danger Haines admitted that he had ridden into the same sab on purpose and was given a caution due to previously having a clean record If you think the name is familiar you may well be thinking of Will Haines senior a farmer from Castle Farm in Chipping Campden supplier to M&S Whole Foods and others Will Haines junior was identified by the North Cotswold’s huntsman Nigel Peel and confirmed as being employed by him as terrierman and is also known to be involved in helping to organise the hunt ball so the hunt can’t easily pretend that he has nothing to do with them The violence is believed to have been sparked by a previous incident in October 2016 when terriermen were caught attempting to dig out an active badger sett in order to get to the hunted fox who had sought shelter within the sett and who then thought it acceptable to abandon their terrier a “muchloved family pet” in the sett with the frightened fox and numerous badgers Gloucestershire Constabulary looked into an allegation that sabs had stolen the terrier and found no evidence to suggest this the investigation was dropped earlier this year Unfortunately despite evidence supplied we believe they have also dropped the investigation into the illegal digout The Hunt continue to intend to hunt illegally the blocking of badger setts prior to hunt meets being one giveaway of this and we intend to keep a closer eye on them in the coming seasons If you hear any information about the Hunt or have any tipoffs as to hunt meets or a hunt meet card please contact us on 07891 639803 or via our Facebook page or email address threecountiessabslive co uk  Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years whether with moral support driving sabs to hospitals throwing us a few quid here and there or giving us information If you can help us out financially so that we can continue what we do and keep an eye on this bunch of lawbreakers next season please do so via www paypal methreecountiessabs     Police wont act on road blocking by Ashford Valley FH followers 23617  Facebook East Kent Sabs  VIDEO   Ashford Valley Tickham Fox Hounds supporters blocking public highway 25th February 2017 below   You may remember back in February we put up a post about our vehicle being blocked in at the Ashford Valley hunt kennels by some hunt supporters in 4x4’swe also had a video clip on our YouTube channel which we were asked to take down by the police while they investigated our allegations of blocking a public highway Well that investigation is over and guess what Kent police are going to doNOTHING Yes as per usual the Hunts can do what ever they like with no legal action being taken against them Kent police had all the footage of the mornings events which showed the driver of the blue pickup on top of that they also had the name of the driver because he put in a bogus claim against us They obviously had a good chat with him though as with no hard evidence they then sent a letter to our vehicles registered keeper threatening to summons us for 4 road traffic offences 1 failure to stop and to report an accident which did not happen 2 dangerous driving 3 driving without care 4 driving without consideration To then add insult to injury our hunt liaison officer said that the people who had obstructed our vehicle on the highway could not be prosecuted “retrospectively” UTTER BOLLOCKS So after getting other parties involved and with us pressing them on this issue our list of summonses were dropped and a promise to investigate was made by the police which we now know is going nowhere and the hunt supporters who blocked us in are free to do the same again next season making sure that they can illegally hunt in peace So no surprises there         Tory pledge to repeal HA is missing from Queens speech presumed dead 21617   LACS PR   No mention of hunting in Queen’s speech    Reacting to the Queen’s speech today Eduardo Gonçalves CEO of the League Against Cruel Sports said “We are pleased to see that there is no mention of hunting in the Queen’s Speech We hope that following the outcry during the election campaign Theresa May has now abandoned the manifesto pledge for a free vote on repeal of the Hunting Act The reality is that the ban has overwhelming support from the British public We have no doubt that a vocal minority will continue in their attempts to weaken or repeal the ban – either openly or via the back door We therefore remain vigilant and there should be no doubt that we will continue to be the voice speaking up for animals vigorously opposing any effort to weaken their protection The Government should be clear that what the British people want from them is to get on with the job of improving animal protection not undermining it ”POWAperson adds   Whilst all of the above is true the fact is that the Hunting Act remains of very limited utility against organised Hunts and all antis need to press hard for it to not just be retained and enforced but substantially strengthened POWAperson adds Its great that the threat of repeal of the Hunting Act has gone though almost certainly it would not have got through the new House However this does not get us anywhere nearer the strengthening that is essential to restrain organised Hunts from continuing to hunt and kill live quarry Otter Trust expresses concern over mink hunts endangering otters21617   Morethanjustbadgers net    POWA has just learned of the following statement from the UK Wild Otter Trust regarding mink hunting 18617  UK Wild Otter Trust  MINK HUNTING   As a leading charity dealing with the European otter we are concerned that mink hunting can & does cause issues for otters The Hunting Act of 2004 bans the hunting of mammals with dogs whether they are native or not including mink The control of any predator if required should be done in the most humane way – hunting with dogs is not Unfortunately this type of hunting still continues and therefore poses an ongoing risk to the otter UKWOT would question the methods used during illegal mink hunting as the dogs would not be able to distinguish between an otter or a mink There are several points that require intervention by the law because it will cause disturbance to otters at the holt place of rest or shelter and of course will disrupt its territory There is also a very huge risk that the “mink hounds” will “accidentally” take an otter but of course that would be covered up Do we believe that these packs actually hunt mink No we don’t but having proof is paramount to any such investigation and subsequent prosecution The UK Wild Otter Trust would not hesitate to take legal proceedings should this ever be proven against any such hunting packs and we will never endorse this barbaric act Pic below Otter hunting in the old days                Lifelong hunter jailed for shooting neighbours kitten 20617   Daily Mail    Retired Cambridge rowing coach 73 who SHOT a Siamese kitten who wandered into his garden is jailed for 12 weeks  Christopher Boswell 73 shot eightmonthold kitten Pia with an air rifle He shot the panicked cat in neck and right hip and dumped her over the fence Her owner who lives three doors down said Pias back leg had to be removed Alcoholic Boswell said he hated cats and had turned garden into haven for birds    A retired Cambridge college rowing coach who shot a Siamese kitten below left credit Geoff Robinson after it wandered into his garden has been jailed for 12 weeks Christopher Boswell 73 pleaded guilty to shooting eightmonthold kitten Pia with an air gun   He shot his neighbours cat in the neck and right hip and dumped her over the fence because he hated cats and had made his garden into a haven for birds Owner Caroline King spent £6000 on vets bills for Pia whose hip was so badly shattered that she had to have her back leg removed Cambridge Magistrates Court heard that Caroline knocked on Boswells door in Eden Street Cambridge on April 7th this year after Pia went missing to ask if he had seen her cat He said he had shot Pia and thrown her over the fence and when Carolines partner investigated he found their cat in the neighbouring garden They took Pia to the vets who found a pellet in her which matched the air gun Boswell had used The court heard that Boswell had been hunting since he was 17 and moved to Cambridge in 1989 when his marriage broke up Boswell who spoke only to identify himself was also said to be an alcoholic and suffering from cancer His defence said he had been horrendously stupid and the act was completely out of character   Boswell was given a 12week prison sentence by the magistrates who described it as a nasty incident which deserved a jail sentence He has been bailed until an appeal hearing on the condition he lives at home and does not contact Caroline Pia is now back at home recovering with her sister Cleo but Caroline is keeping her inside the house Neighbours of Boswell on Tuesday described there being a spate of between 12 and 20 cat disappearances in the past five years Motheroftwo Frankie de Vorms 56 told how her nineyearold rescue cat Kitty was shot in the face in 2015 appearing at her front door with blood coming out of her nose She added that a substantial number of missing cat posters had appeared on a post outside her terraced home She said Id say between 12 and 20 cats have disappeared over the last five years The feeling in the neighbourhood is one of horror and disbelief that some one could hurt little creatures Im very aware that hes shot cats Ive seen what hes done to Cazs Catherines cat Whereas I was ready to say hello to him now I think Im sorry I cant have a relationship with you because what youve done to my cat is so immoral Its an immoral thing to do and he has hurt us very badly by doing that Ms de Vorms said other catowning neighbours had overheard Boswell saying he hated cats to Ms King She added I didnt see him shooting my cat but it would seem a very strong correlation that it was him Her daughter Phoebe de Vorms said passersby often saw Boswell sitting on his sofa wearing only a sarong through his open front door She said Everyone at school used to refer to him as the creepy guy who sat naked in his lounge We know everyone who lives in the community but I couldnt imagine anyone else shooting an animal     Atherstone FH hound parade may be dropped from Ashby show  20617   Facebook West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs   Ashby Show update   It seems like the Ashby Show are having an emergency meeting on Wednesday The hound parade has been cancelled The Atherstone Hunt have been investigated numerous times for illegal hunting with one case still ongoing There have been at least 5 foxes killed by the Atherstone Hunt that we know of in the last few years so it is obviously a good development that the Ashby Show will not be promoting cruelty However the Atherstone Hunt Supporters Club still have stall at the show Atherstone Hunt supporters have numerous convictions for using violence There are cases ongoing To continue to allow them to have this stall will be condoning the use of violence Please politely contact the Ashby Show and ask why a violent organisation with convictions for using violence are allowed to have a trade stand at the show httpswww facebook comashbyshow  19617  Facebook This is Hunting UK    Whilst this photo was taken of the Fitzwilliam at last years Burghley Horse Trials it clearly demonstrates the popularity of the Hound Parade Please let us not forget our opponents are actively out there trying to persuade Show Committees to ban the Hounds from attending We must rigidly stand up for the traditional Hound Parade wherever they may take place across the UK One example is Ashby Show in Leicestershire where well known Saboteurs have already vented their feelings to the Committee about the annual parade of the Atherstone North Warwickshire Beagles and the Dove Valley Mink Hounds This type of action cannot be allowed to continue Please all we ask is keep liking and sharing these messages further and further afield so our supporters are well aware as to what is going on       Northants Mink Hounds stopped from hunting by sabs18617   Facebook Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   Hunting goes on all year round in some form or another well done to these Sabs for shutting down a Mink hunt   Summertime and the living is easy except of course if youre a low life hunter something the Northants Mink Otter Hounds found out once again yesterday Another tip off from a concerned member of the public saw us quickly assemble a team which included sabs from Northants Hunt Sabs and Cambridge Hunt sabs We found them hunting along the river Ouse at Ravenstone Mill just north of Tyringham Incidentally the estate here is owned by one of the major sponsors of the Oakley Hunt and of course the Northants Minks Hounds are kennelled with the Oakley hounds No surprises there This part of the river also has a recovering Otter population the Mink have been largely pushed out by the Otters as they are the dominant predator here and of course rampaging a pack of hounds through a river in breeding season in never a good thing for any wildlife Once caught red handed they were forced to pack up immediately and do the walk of shame back to the meet Some pathetic attempts were made at intimidation but its all in a days work to us sabs The police Thames Valley arrived a short time later at the request of the hunt and had to be educated in the details of the hunting act no repeal for a repeal now hehe They seemed more interested in eating cake with the real criminals and harassing sabs rather than doing their job More training needed for these guys theyll be getting more calls in the future Still a good result and no kills which is what its all about       Leading vet says evidence that hunting hounds are spreading bTb 15617  LACS Press Release  VIDEO   Has bTB been spread by hunting hounds New evidence   Evidence that bTB – the devastating disease which has caused thousands of cattle deaths and led to the controversial badger cull – could be spread by hunting hounds is mounting following the release of new government figures An outbreak of bTB occurred at the Kimblewick Hunt kennels in Buckinghamshire in December 2016 Concerns that the hounds could have spread the disease into farms across the six counties covered by the Hunt were quashed by Defra – however new official figures show that there have been 55 new bTB cattle herd breakdowns there in just the first four months of the year There are currently 90 recorded outbreaks in the area – meaning the number has more than doubled since the Kimblewick infection The startling figures have caused veterinary scientists and animal welfare charities to raise the issue with Defra – however FOI requests have been stonewalled leading to concerns that information is being withheld Other aspects of concern include the fact that Animal Welfare Minister Lord Gardiner of Kimble right is a member of the Kimblewick Hunt as are the two local vets who dealt with the Kimblewick outbreak Vet Dr Iain McGill below left Director of the Prion Interest Group and former MAFF and ZSL scientist and animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports are calling for all hunting to be suspended until an independent inquiry has taken place to discover if hunting hounds are spreading bTB Dr McGill said “As a vet and a scientist I’m extremely concerned that the government is ignoring significant evidence that this disease is being carried by hunting hounds Because of TB cattle are being slaughtered badgers are being culled and now hunt hounds are being euthanized – we have a responsibility to examine every possible explanation for the spread of the disease and that isn’t happening Causality may be difficult to prove but can Defra prove that they have done the research to rule out the possibility that the entire bTB epidemic in cattle is being spread and amplified by hunting hounds Conversely I have evidence that research on diseases of hunting hounds has been suppressed and not pursued by the Government for 27 years Cover up  Eduardo Goncalves CEO of the League Against Cruel Sports said “If the government doesn’t set up an independent inquiry into the potential spread of bTB by hunting hounds as a matter of urgency they are playing fast and loose with the lives of animals and the livelihoods of farmers Mapping of hunting areas and bTB outbreak zones reveal concerning trends There are hunts present in every area in which bTB has spread in cattle The sudden leap in new outbreaks in the Kimblewick hunt area – 55 in the four months since the hounds were diagnosed compared with under half that predating their infection – cannot be written off as a coincidence without evidence “ The League has tried to get to the bottom of this but to no avail Defra have refused to release information about the Kimblewick outbreak or other outbreaks in hound packs elsewhere in England Defra also refused to reveal details of communication with the Kimblewick Hunt citing privacy laws even though bovine TB is a notifiable disease not a private matter Conversations with the local vet in charge of the outbreak suggests that it was hunting authorities who prevented publication of the data fearing a “PR disaster” for hunting with hounds I think the UK’s farmers would prefer a PR disaster for hunts rather than further devastation of their herds ”  Dr McGill added “One of the Chief Veterinary Officer’s main arguments for badger culling in 2013 was that pet dogs could catch TB in areas where TB contamination of the environment was high and then transmit TB to their owners By contrast now Defra considers the risks and dangers presented to other animals and humans by TB infected hounds as ‘low’ So there is a change of opinion from Defra and an absence of evidence to support such a conclusion Risk to humans   Because of the latest outbreaks in the Kimblewick area bTB – which can lead to TB particularly in immunocompromised humans – is encroaching on London The reason given by Defra for euthanasia of the Kimblewick hounds was that they were a risk to their handlers The Master of Fox Hounds Association said the Kimblewick hunt immediately suspended their hunting activities “to protect farmers and landowners” This suggests that there was indeed some risk from having the hounds on land with livestock or in close contact with people Although immunosuppressed humans are at risk from M bovis human deaths from bTB are currently low in number However it is the contrast between the stance in 2013 which played up human health risks to Defra’s ‘low risk’ assertions now which are of major concern Both positions simply cannot be correct as they directly contradict each other   13617   Times  Bovine tuberculosis ‘spread by packs of fox hounds’   After a nearby pack of hounds became infected 90 outbreaks were recorded in Hampshire and Hertfordshire Campaigners have called for an investigation into whether fox hounds spread tuberculosis after outbreaks doubled on farms near an infected pack of dogs Farmers blame badgers for spreading bovine TB which led to almost 40000 cattle being slaughtered prematurely last year and have called for more badger culls to control the disease Government figures have shown that the number of TB outbreaks in or near one of Britain’s biggest hunts which covers countryside from Hampshire to Hertfordshire doubled in four months after the disease was first detected in its dogs last year Thirtyfive outbreaks of bovine TB were recorded in and around the Kimblewick Hunt when the hounds were first confined to their kennels in December By April that figure had risen to 90 Iain McGill Director of Vets Against the Badger Cull who previously exposed the government coverup during the foot and mouth epidemic said  There is a TB epidemic spreading out of control I’m extremely concerned that the government is ignoring significant evidence that this disease is being carried by hunting hounds     See also this article in The Canary There was another article in The Smallholder reporting Dr McGills suspicions but today 16617 it seems to have been removed even though on one page it is listed as the most visited article on the news site But the link there to it just produces a Sorry message        Make Hunting History & anticull London demo set for August 26th 15617  Facebook – Keep the Ban   Keeptheban shared their event   Are you free on August 26th Although theres still a while to go please register your interest by clicking on the link below The key aim of the protest march will be to call on the new Conservative minority government to bring an immediate end to the cruel costly and ineffective badger cull policy and to strengthen rather than seek to repeal the Hunting ActThis event is expected to be the largest ever British wildlife protection protest held in the UK bringing together thousands of caring compassionate people united in their determination to stop the government from playing politics with the future of our wildlife The march will leave Cavendish Square at 1 30 pm and proceed down Regents Street Pall Mall around Trafalgar Square down Whitehall ending at Richmond Terrace opposite Downing Street Speakers at Cavendish Square and Richmond Terrace will include leading wildlife protection campaigners naturalists and broadcasters politicians and vets   Kent Wildlife Trust had previous Chair who was Quorn FH JM As the controversy over hare hunter Mike Bax as Trust Chair rages further material regarding the Blean Beagles and the Trust comes to light It is not pretty reading   15617  Facebook Stop the cull   We have been sent an horrendous account taken from Hounds magazine in 2004 below reporting on the killing sprees of the Blean Beagles over a season The record of hunting worn out hares is sadistic Note that a leash means 3 and a brace is a pair Accounted for means to have been killed torn to shreds by the hounds urged on by the hunt staff One of those people who formed part of the hunt was Michael Bax Chairman of Kent Wildlife Trust who was in the recent past both huntsman and joint master Stuart Sillars who is mentioned is Baxs work colleague and a current master We have also discovered that Kent Wildlife Trust previously had another dubious Chairman James Teacher a master of the Quorn Hunt httpwww telegraph co uknewsobituaries1429392JamesTeacher html It would seem that Kent WT dont care about ethics but would rather brownnose wealthy landowners Please urge the trust to rethink the appointment of Bax       LACS claims hunting issue played major role in general election 14617   LACS website   The Verdicts In Fox Hunting Played Major Election Role    Elections can be curious affairs For political junkies the polling the projections and the posturing are their bread and butter but away from that there is something much deeper Elections have a way of distilling how a nation feels and what it values This was supposed to be the Brexit election but in the end that wasn’t a major issue To everyone’s surprise it was usurped by a different issue hunting In Conservative manifestos past the party has committed a free vote on repeal of the Hunting Act Previously when only a handful of Conservative MPs supported the ban this was barely commented on But we know that prior to this election more than 50 Conservative MPs supported the ban More than that we know that the vast majority of the British public support the ban So it came as something of a surprise when Theresa May affirmed her own support for hunting and a repeal of the Hunting Act What happened next was little short of remarkable Like never before fox hunting became an election issue That’s not my just view Buzzfeed analysed what was being shared online during the campaign Throughout the campaign hunting was the fourth mostshared topic ahead of Brexit It wasn’t just online that it was making a stir either BritainThinks ran focus groups with swing voters in marginal constituencies After social care the most commonly mentioned manifesto commitment was the Hunting Act YouGov said that the words brought up most during the campaign were “social care” and “fox hunting” candidates both Labour and Conservative spoke time and time again about how fox hunting repeatedly came up on the doorsteps Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston right said Theresa May’s comments on hunting were a “turning point” in the campaign Another Conservative MP Michael Fabricant left said that raising the issue was “very foolish” The victorious Labour candidate in Canterbury held by the Conservatives for decades said it was fox hunting that swung it Jim Waterson Political Editor at Buzzfeed tweeted that “Anecdotally and based on our mostshared data I really think fox hunting & ivory ban cost the Tories some marginal seats”  At the same time all this was going on League Against Cruel Sports supporters were contacting their local candidates as part of the Votes for Vinny campaign Tens of thousands of emails were sent and in the days before polling day thousands of people logged in to the League website to see how their candidates responded to the pledges Clearly hunting is not a party political issue No party has a monopoly on compassion Along with those many antihunting Conservative MPs over 70 of Conservative voters support the ban on hunting Party colour was not the vote loser here the misjudgement was pandering to a vocal minority who want to see a return to a more ignorant time Vinny himself was in cities across Britain spreading the word about animal cruelty Candidates from all parties contacted their constituents and us at the League to say that they opposed repeal In the final two weeks of the campaign an additional 30 Conservative candidates almost all of whom were elected said that they would vote against repeal So where do we stand now Well it is very difficult to see a repeal vote on the Hunting Act being passed Former Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps says it “stands absolutely no chance” of repeal Despite the Conservatives losing seats the number of Conservative MPs supporting the Hunting Act has increased and is possibly as high as one third of their MPs The election has made clear how unpopular not to mention politically toxic the idea of repeal is Yet there is more work to do The Brexit process may open the door to weakened environmental and animal welfare legislation That must be stopped In the last Parliament good progress was made towards tougher sentencing for animal cruelty That must be seen through It is not just politicians that should now be left in no doubt as to how unpopular hunting is In a couple of months ‘cub hunting’ the illegal slaughter of fox cubs will begin again and hunting continues under the false alibi of “trail hunting” Public bodies like the National Trust the Forestry Commission and the Ministry of Defence continue to allow this on their land The British public do not tolerate animal cruelty and neither should those organisations With a hung Parliament the election may have had an indecisive outcome but in another way it was utterly decisive The idea that the Hunting Act should be repealed has been roundly rejected and the hope now is that we can move on from any notion of repeal or weakening The British public believes in compassion and they believe that animals should be protected from persecution Politicians surely now accept that It must be time therefore that we seek to strengthen and extend those protections   Ex Tory Chair says HA repeal dead in the water 12617  Daily Mirror   Former Tory Party chairman says Theresa Mays dream of bringing back fox hunting is dead in the water    Theresa Mays manifesto promised a free vote in Parliament on repealing the Hunting Act but this could now be impossible after the Tories lost seats  The former chairman of the Conservative Party says Theresa Mays manifesto promise to hold a vote on bringing back fox hunting is now dead in the water Grant Shapps right said it was absolute insanity to try to change the fox hunting laws the light of the Tories general election humiliation She said on the campaign trail As it happens personally I have always been in favour of fox hunting and we maintain our commitment we have had a commitment previously as a Conservative Party to allow a free vote   And the Mirror exposed on its front page how hunt masters were mobilising to get Mrs May back into power to legalise their sick bloodsport once again But Mr Shapps now says the chances of this happening are zero given the Tories nonexistent parliamentary majority He told the BBCs Daily Politics Its absolute insanity to start talking about passing and changing fox hunting laws what an Earth was that about I thought a mistake had been made perhaps an offthecuff comment Then I read the manifesto and discovered not only were were planning to allow a free vote but it was going to be a government bill and on government time This now stands absolutely no chance Its a silly idea The weakened Prime Minister is desperately clinging to power after losing her overall majority in the House of Commons 12617   Sun   MAY FOXED CAMPAIGN Theresa May’s support for fox hunting lost Conservatives huge election majority say campaign chiefs  Tory candidates claimed the PM offering a manifesto commitment to overturn the popular ban was hugely unpopular while doorstepping The PM offered a manifesto commitment to overturn the popular ban with a vote in government time Hundreds of angry candidates reported back to CCHQ that the move proved almost as toxic as Mrs May’s social care policy debacle on the doorstep One campaign boss told The Sun “The fox hunting thing really resonated Rather than sticking to the Tories’ line of promising a vote on it Theresa May came out in support for fox hunting “It helped seed doubt about Tory motives that we’re just in it for rich It was a really disastrous stereotype that we just couldn’t shift after that ” Another senior MP said “Fox hunting came up a lot on the doorstep It was really unpopular ” Campaigning in Leeds on May 9 the Tory leader was asked about her views on the activity outlawed by Labour in 2004 Many Tory candidates claimed the policy came up while doorstepping and voters weren’t impressed And Mrs May’s election manifesto promise read “We will grant a free vote on a government bill in government time to give parliament the opportunity to decide the future of the Hunting Act” Son of Blackmore FH Huntsman convicted of ABH on woman sab 12617   Facebook Dorset Against Blood Sports   SON OF MARK DOGGRELL PLEADS GUILTY TO ASSAULTING A HUNT SAB  In March 2015 Ben Doggrell kicked a sabs feet from underneath her causing her to land heavily on tarmac As a result she broke her elbow as well as having cuts and bruises to her legs Initially the CPS refused to prosecute although the video evidence was clear This mirrors the case where Bens father Mark Doggrell accidentally rode his horse into a sab causing serious injury After using the Victims Right to Review Marks case eventually went to court and he was found not guilty much to the disgust of many people However his son has not been so lucky and after two years of waiting the senior prosecutor agreed there was a case to answer and on Friday June 9th Ben Doggrell pleaded guilty to a charge of ABH and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and payment of costscompensation A big thank you to Outpaced who helped tremendously Pic below Ben Doggrell having been harassing sabs for some time attacks female sab in March 2015 Convicted of ABH June 2017         Forestry Commission to review Isle of Wight FH hunting licence         Grove & Rufford FH convicts seen canvassing for Tory candidate 5617   Wildlife Guardian   Conservative politician campaign supported by convicted hunters   After the cash for questions and the expenses scandals trust in politicians and democracy has never been so low Rather than clean up their act some prospective MPs are secretly receiving help from the hunting lobby during the general election Ben Bradley’s the Conservative Party candidate for Mansfield campaign is being supported by members of a Hunt recently convicted of a criminal act In March of this year three members of the Grove and Rufford Hunt were found guilty of illegal fox hunting after a three day trial Huntsman Paul Larby was fined £800 Peter White was fined £550 and whipperin Jane Wright was fined £180 All three were ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge at Mansfield Magistrates Court In his summing up District Judge Spruce said the three defendants had failed to cooperate with the police giving no comment interviews when they were interviewed On Saturday 3rd June 2017 27 year old Ben Bradley was seen handing out packs of campaign leaflets to Paul Larby Peter White and five or six other members of the Grove & Rufford Hunt outside Tesco’s in Mansfield left A lady who was shopping at Tesco spotted Bradley and took a couple of photos When she posted them on Facebook one of her friends recognised Larby from the press coverage of the trial and contacted us It’s likely that the Grove & Rufford Hunt are acting on behalf of the prohunting VoteOK group run by Otis Ferry son of Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry Otis Ferry’s own criminal record includes drink driving failing to provide a breath sample after he was arrested on suspicion of drinkdriving and the cowardly assault on two women Knowing how unpopular hunting is with the public VoteOK volunteers are not to mention hunting when campaigning for candidates It is also worth noting that VoteOK don’t seem to be coordinating the “legions” of activists as claimed in the Telegraph and by prohunt MPs The Grove and Rufford Hunt could only muster about half a dozen people for campaigning on a sunny Saturday afternoonAlthough Mr Bradley is very active on social media he’s been rather reluctant to share photos of himself with his bloodsport friends If elected Ben Bradley won’t listen to the constituents he is meant to represent when it comes to any vote on the repeal of the Hunting Act Instead he will reward the criminal minority POWAperson adds Alas these lawbreakers may have assisted in the election of the Tory candidate Worse the sitting Labour MP was Sir Alan Meale He had been in the Commons for decades and was a strong opponent of hunting It was he who piloted through the Wild Mammals Protection Act in 1996 as a Private Members Bill It was the first legislation giving any protection from cruelty to wild mammals Ex police WCO tells court he was the invisible Jedforest FH gunman 2617   BBC News   Borders foxhunting trial hears shotgun evidence    A retired police wildlife crime officer has told the trial of two men accused of breaking Scots foxhunting laws he was waiting in a gulley with a shotgun Investigators from the League Against Cruel Sports said they saw no gunmen and heard no shots when they filmed the Jedforest Hunt in February 2016 However Malcolm Henderson told a court he had been there with a shotgun John Clive Richardson 66 and his son Johnny Riley 24 both deny deliberately hunting a fox with dogs Mr Henderson who has worked with the Hunt for the past two years said he had been at the site near Jedburgh on the day in question He told Jedburgh Sheriff Court he was present when a fox was flushed from cover and pursued by hounds towards his gun which the law permits He told the trial I was there I was down in the dip but they the investigators would not see me from where they were standing Earlier in the trial Mr Richardson had told the court that Mr Henderson had shot and wounded the fox Mr Richardson and Mr Riley of Bonchester Bridge deny breaching the Protection of Wild Mammals Scotland Act 2002 The trial will continue later this month     Revealed Kent WT Chair allows pheasant shooting on his landThousands call for Mike Bax to be removed from his post 2617   Daily Mirror   Thousands call for wildlife chief to be sacked for letting bird killers shoot on his land for 10 years   Property entrepreneur Michael Bax left allowed pheasants to be shot on his land for 10 years and caused a storm in March when it was learned he was once master of a hare hunt  A wildlife protection boss has allowed pheasants to be shot on his land for 10 years   Now 2600 people have signed a petition calling for businessman Michael Bax to be sacked The property entrepreneur caused a storm in March when it was learned he was once master of a hare hunt Now it has emerged he “makes land available” near his home for pheasants to be shot Paying members of Kent Wildlife Trust say Mr Bax’s role as chair­­man is at odds with his in­­­­­­­volvement in hunting Member Tom Fitton said “We pay our fees to provide sanctuaries for wildlife from hunters yet they are being given top positions in the Trust ”  Bax now makes land available near his home for the birds to be shot  Elisa Allen director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals fumed “It’s nothing if not ironic for the chair of a trust dedicated to protecting wildlife to have been the master of a Hunt in which terrified hares spend hours running for their lives before being torn apart And today Mike Bax allows bloodthirsty hunters on to his land to gun down pheasants many of which die in agony ” POWAperson adds This story hit the headlines several weeks ago when Mike Bax was exposed to be not just listed as a current joint master of the Blean Beagles but that he had been their Huntsman for many years last century Despite him being clearly identified as a blood sports exponent and numerous protests including a highly critical and explicit letter from POWA Kent Wildlife Trust seem determined to stick by him    CPS wont prosecute Cheshire Forest FH over 2 hunting incidents1617   Facebook Cheshire Monitors  VIDEO   This film is a shortened version of the evidence gathered by Cheshire Monitors of what we believe is the Cheshire Forest Hunt breaking the law ON 2117 Cheshire Police did their utmost to get this Hunt into court sending both this film and the Macclesfield kill evidence 28th Jan to the Crown Prosecution Service Sadly the CPS have decided to drop both cases This incident was filmed on 2nd January 2017 just after this Hunt was caught with a policewoman seeming to act as private security for them and before the same Hunt killed a fox very publicly in Macclesfield Here is a reminder of the incident with the police woman Here is a reminder of the fox kill in Macclesfield What you can do Weve been asked by several people how to complain to the CPS You can do so on this address  quoting case number 07EZ0174517 Please note this for the case shown in the video only and not the Macclesfield case   Pics below 1 Cheshire Forest FH chasing fox 2117     2 Same pack hunting in Macclesfield 27117            Jedforest FH trial Huntsman says were working within the law when fox killed 1617   BBC News   Men on Borders foxhunting charge acted within legislation Mr Richardson told the court that he and his son were simply doing their job    Two huntsmen accused of breaching Scotlands foxhunting laws were acting within the current legislation it has been claimed at Jedburgh Sheriff Court John Clive Richardson 66 and his son Johnny Riley 24 are charged with deliberately hunting a fox with hounds at a Borders farm They both deny committing the offence near Jedburgh in February 2016 Mr Richardson told the court they had been doing their job and had done it within the law The case centres on a video shot by two investigators from the League Against Cruel Sports on the activities of the Jedforest Hunt members and shows the fox being dug out of a hole and then chased by a pack of hounds The fox disappears out of sight of the video into a deep gulley with the hounds in pursuit The law states a fox can be flushed by dogs from cover to waiting guns but the two investigators have already given evidence saying they saw no gunmen or heard any shots However Mr Richardson told a trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court that there was a gunman in the gulley who wounded the fox with a shot before it was accounted for by the hounds He said that gunman Malcolm Henderson had been put in position in a deep gulley which was out of sight of the video being secretly filmed Mr Richardson also took over a shotgun when another man had to leave and was about 35 yards from Mr Henderson but missed with his shot He said I heard the shot and I knew he hit it The hounds then accounted for it If he had not hit it they would not have caught it as foxes can run twice as fast as hounds   Mr Richardson told the court the hounds had been used to flush out the foxes and evict them towards the gun We were doing a job and doing it within the legislation we are allowed to work in he said The Huntsman who first got involved in fox control as a teenager said farmers often witnessed their pest control service to ensure they were working within the law as they would not want to be associated with any illegal activity on their land He said that foxes had been prevalent in the area and with the lambing season coming up the farmer wanted them controlled Mr Richardson said he was not in the slightest aware of being observed by the two investigators but even if he had been he would have carried on doing the same regardless He said It is not the first time we have been monitored before We just carry on doing our job Mr Richardson and Mr Riley of Abbotrule Bonchester Bridge deny breaching the Wild Mammals Protection Scotland Act 2002 at Townfoothill near Jedburgh The trial continues   Man charged over fox found captive near Belvoir FH kennelsCharge comes 17 months after incident  Hunt deny involved 24417    Facebook Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs   A man has been charged with animal welfare offences regarding the fox which was found in an outbuilding in preparation for the Belvoir Hunt which was meeting close by Nigel Smith 59 of Stainby Lincs is due in court next month Of course the Hunt are denying everything claiming no knowledge or involvement This is pretty standard behaviour Get the serfs to do the dirty work then let them carry the can when and it they get found out POWAperson adds The original story can be found here and here  Pic below the fox found in the shed by LACS investigators          For stories before JUNE 2017 go to page  UK HUNTING NEWS ARCHIVE Enter content here