Let the Spin Doctoring Commence
We are not interested in Boxing Day. We are interested in the hundreds of other hunting days each season where hunts across Britain illegally chase and kill wildlife . These are the days when the hunt saboteurs will be out in the field intervening directly to save those that the law has failed to protect.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt saboteurs association, stated: “ We ask the media and the public not to be duped by the Countryside alliance and their annual PR stunt. This is not the true face of hunting. Join one of our local groups and you will see the true face of the hunting community. They routinely flout the law in their lust for blood and are violent and abusive to any who try and stop them.”
On Saturday 10th December, over 50 hunt saboteurs attended the meet of the South Down & Eridge fox hunt at Old Erringham Farm, north of Shoreham. This Hunt has been increasingly violent to any anti-hunt people during the season and the last time they were attended a catapult was used to fire missiles at people, injuring one female hunt saboteur. Right from the start the hunt tried to run from any observation and one red coat used his whip to attempt to strike people (see link).
Although the hunt was kept in close observation during the day only one attempt to make a false scent was observed, the rest of the day they seemed to be hunting illegally. Towards the end of the day hunt supporters drove quad bikes at hunt saboteurs, blocked access onto to public access land, punched people and finally attempted to gain access to force their way into a vehicle punching anyone who tried to resist.
These are not isolated incidents, but a continuous campaign to prevent anyone observing the hunts activities, and trying to make sure they stay within the bounds of the hunting act. If they are hunting legally why do they try to hide?
The South Downs is now a national park run by the South Downs National Park Authority, and it has to be questioned why they allow such activities in the national park, when they will be liable for any incidents of illegal hunting?
All incidents were reported to the Sussex police.
Further information see:
Another Saturday, another day of Hunt violence
The South Down and Eridge Fox Hunt has become increasingly aggressive over the past few years. Attacking hunt saboteurs in car parks, threatening them with knives, riding them down and employing ‘stewards’ to harass their every step. You would think they are hiding something?
On Saturday a whole new level was reached. The day started as usual with verbal abuse, quad bikes being driven at speed near people and threats of ‘home visits’. The Saboteurs persisted in following the hunt which was making little attempt to follow it’s own false trail. The day started getting heated when a hunt supporter constantly drove his vehicle in front of the sabs land rovers to impede their progress. This was followed by a number of hunt supporters following the land rovers and driving aggressively and dangerously. Near the close of the day more threats were made and clear attempts were made to start fights, which the sabs refused to react to.
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From the archives
- Hunt supporters issue death threats in attack on protestors
- ‘You’re all fair game now!’ Hunters show true colours
- Tally-No! Hunt Saboteurs plan to celebrate the first Boxing Day of the hunt ban era
- One Days Violence Outside Parliament, Another 18 Months in the Hunting Fields?
- So the Government is 'satisfied' the hunting act is working...