Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 7th January 2019

 

Footage has been passed to the Hunt Saboteurs Association showing members of the Kimblewick Hunt releasing a captive fox to be chased and killed by the hunts hounds. Their actions not only cause unnecessary harm to the fox but are also carried out to facilitate illegal hunting.

Kimberwick False Earth 

The footage was filmed on New Years Day when the hunt met at Moreton, Thame, Oxon.  It shows the hunt terrier men using draining rods to force the fox, that they’ve been holding captive, out of a drainage pipe then being thrown into the wood for hounds to chase. The terriermen can clearly be heard communicating with the huntsman agreeing when the best time is to release the fox which is given a brief head start so that the hunt riders experience a chase rather than a quick kill.

 

Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Incidents like this prove time and again that hunts throughout the UK are still totally focused on hunting and killing live animals. In recent years the South Herefordshire, the Middleton, the Pytchley, the Belvoir and now the Kimblewick have all been implicated in keeping captive foxes to hunt, showing that this behaviour is commonplace amongst hunts.

 

Even with this concrete proof of illegal hunting, on one of the most high profile days in the hunting calendar, we expect the MFHA to do nothing. Unless they immediately suspend the Kimblewick it’s an admission that this kind of activity is still commonplace amongst their member hunts and considered totally acceptable in the hunting community.

 

In 2018 the Kimblewick killed 97 of their hounds due to an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis at their kennels. It beggars belief that hunts are still willing to maraud across the countryside putting both their hounds and other animals at risk of infection.

 

After viewing the video Chris Williamson, Labour MP for Derby North, and a former hunt saboteur, said: "Hunts up and down the country are routinely flouting the hunting ban.

 

"This arrogant disregard for the law of the land can only be stopped if the loopholes in the legislation are removed.

 

That is why Labour have recently pledged to strengthen the Hunting Act and ghastly incidents like this underpins that commitment.

 

"Tougher penalties are essential, including prison sentences for persistent offenders, if we are to deliver the wildlife protection that parliament voted for over 14 years ago."

 

Note for editors:

  • On New Years Day the hunt met in Moreton, Thame, Oxon.

  • The Kimblewick's Master huntsman is Andrew Sallis and the kennel huntsman is Robert Truscott. Either may have been hunting them when this incident took place.

  • In the video the hunt terriermen can be seen forcing a fox out of an artificial earth using drain rods.

  • Mark Vincent (on the Left) can clearly be heard talking to the huntsman on his phone agreeing when is the best time to release the fox.

  • Once the hounds are close the fox is thrown into the wood for hounds to chase. The fox is given a head start as the hunt are aiming to provide a chase for their supporters to enjoy.

  • When the hounds arrive they are encouraged on by both the terriermen and the huntsman in the background.

  • Vincent can be heard saying the fox has gone into thick undergrowth but the hounds will “work him out”

  • Mark Vincent is mentioned in the Kimblewick Hunt newsletter as a local event co-ordinator

Hunt saboteurs have been attacked by both the East Kent with West Street and the Ashford Valley Tickham fox hunts this morning. A supporter of the East Kent has been arrested for GBH after a sab was hospitalised with a suspected broken eye socket.

 

 

Demonstrations had taken place at the East Kent’s hunt meet at their kennels in Elham, moved there from the center of the village due to pressure from locals, and at the Ashford Valley’s meet in Tenterden. In Elham there were over 100 demonstrators, and only 40 hunt riders. Kent police had turned up in force to keep the groups apart.

 

 

After the hunt had left, a group of drunken hunt supporters attacked the sabs and their vehicle as they tried to leave (all attackers had been drinking with the hunt at the kennels earlier, and had made threats of violence to demonstrators). During the attack, a sab was thrown in front of a passing car which was deliberately swerved at him, and then punched & kicked repeatedly by two or more men, causing significant injuries to his face.

Injuries 2

 

Luckily as more hunt support turned up to continue the attack, the police arrived, and arrested one of the perpetrators but others fled the scene.

 

 

Video of the attack has been passed to Kent Police, and more arrests are expected in due course.

 

 

Meanwhile in Tenterden a 19 year old and a female demonstrator were both punched in the face by jeering drunken hunt supporters, and anti-hunt demonstrators had to be escorted to safety by the police (who only provided two officers!). A band that had turned up to play at the demo were attacked and had their equipment destroyed. One supporter was arrested at the scene.

Injuries 1

 

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Even on their highest profile day, when the eyes of the world are on them, the hunting community can’t control themselves. Frustrated that public opinion is turning more and more against them and they’re no longer welcome at their traditional high profile Boxing Day meets they resort to violence against those who oppose them. These injuries pictured here are the reality of Boxing day hunts rather than the chocolate Box images distributed by the Countryside Alliance and their supporters.

 

 

Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 1st December 2018

 

The Surrey Union killed a fox today from their meet at Luykns House, Ewhurst.

 

In the early afternoon the hunt were hunting around Peaslake when their hounds rioted. The pack were split through the village and run amok in peoples gardens. Whilst sabs stopped half the pack who were chasing a deer some other hounds came upon a fox in thick undergrowth and killed it. Sabs were close at hand but were unable to get to the hounds in time. 

 National Trust Kill - 1  National Trust Kill - 2
 
 

The Surrey Union have been given a license by the National Trust to hunt at Polesden Lacey next Saturday and also on the 2nd January.

 

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: It isn't possible for packs of foxhounds to be let loose in the countryside without killing wildlife. Huntsmen put their hounds into areas they know they're likely to find foxes then cry accident when they kill. The National Trust clearly condone the murder of this fox. The only way they can prove otherwise is by withdrawing the upcoming licenses for the Surrey Union to hunt at Polesden Lacey.

National Trust sanctioned Surrey Union Hunt Kill Fox from HuntSaboteursAssociation on Vimeo.

Henley Grove Farm
 
Whilst working against the badger cull in Somerset, a group of hunt saboteurs came across shocking practices at Henley Grove Farm near Bruton. Large numbers of male calves were taken from their mothers, killed and dumped in piles just metres from the public footpath running through the farm. All this because they cannot produce milk and so were of no benefit to the farm.
 
The calves were collected by a kennel-hand from the South and West Wilts Hunt, who feed them to their hounds. The hunt worker was filmed collecting bodies at the site on four separate occasions. This is common practice within the dairy industry as fox hunts benefit by obtaining free food for their hounds and the farm benefits by having a 'fallen stock' collection service that is often free.
 
Both David Bown and his son Phillip Bown (who are directors of Henley Grove Farm Limited) are no strangers to animal abuse, however, as the pair were fined in 2013 after admitting to blocking a badger sett and attempting to gas its inhabitants using their car's exhaust fumes.
 
According to a sign on the farm, Henley Grove Farm supplies milk to Robert Wiseman Daires, who were later taken over by Müller.
 
Shooters taking part in this year's horrific badger cull have also been found and prevented from shooting in the fields close to Henley Grove Farm by hunt saboteurs.
 
Lee Moon, the spokesperson for the HSA said; "Many forms of wildlife persecution, such as badger culling and fox hunting, have strong links with the dairy industry. Fox hunts rely on dead livestock from meat and dairy farmers as a source of free food for their hounds. By consuming dairy products (especially ones manufactured by Müller) you could inadvertently be supporting fox hunts.
 
 
Footage given to the Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) by independent investigators reveals shocking cruelty at Bonson Wood Game Farm near Bridgewater, Somerset. Activists visited the site on numerous occasions over the summer. Pheasants at the farm, who were used for breeding, were confined to tiny wire cages and fitted with plastic devices known as 'bits' to prevent them from pecking at each other due to the extreme stress of life in a cage. Female birds, unable to escape the male in their cage, had their back feathers ripped out due to repetitive mating. The farm's answer to this was to fit 'saddles' to the birds' backs in order to keep them productive. Huge numbers of birds died in these raised cages and their bodies were simply thrown away like rubbish.
 
The conditions for the birds who were destined to be packed into crates and sold onto shoots weren't much better. In one of the farm's rearing sheds, which housed 16,400 pheasants, 689 of these died within seven weeks. In another shed, 1,955 of the 21,040 pheasants who were housed there died within seven weeks of hatching. These birds never even made it out of the farm to be released into the countryside. These were just two of the farm's eight rearing sheds.
 
Among Bonson Wood's customers is the nearby Tetton Shoot. The Tetton Shoot is a member of the newly-formed British Game Alliance (BGA) which runs an assurance scheme that aims to provide 'consumers with responsibly and sustainably sourced produce.' This exposé of Bonson Wood Game Farm, however, explodes this myth and instead reveals the BGA as nothing more than a glossy facade covering up the routine cruelty of intensively reared game birds.
 
Lee Moon, the spokesperson for the HSA said; "The shooting industry relies on factory farms such as Bonson Wood to supply the 50 million pheasants and partidges it releases to be shot each year. The routine cruelty seen at Bonson Wood is the norm among game farms in the UK and our previous exposé of Knowle Game Farm in Kent last year again highlights this. Feather pecking, cannibalism and appallingly high mortality rates are the standard on pheasant farms, no matter how much the industry attempts to say otherwise."
 
Help us take action against pheasant shooting! If you have any information on a shoot or game farm, please contact us via our tip off hotline: 07443148426
 

Over 2,644 Pheasants Die In Somerset Game Farm's Sheds from HuntSaboteursAssociation on Vimeo.