Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 4th September 2020

 

Mark Vincent and Ian Parkinson have abandoned their appeal over the sentence they received for releasing a captive fox to be hunted by the Kimblewick Hunt.  The pair had received 12 week prison sentences, suspended for 1 year, and community service after being found guilty of keeping a fox captive and inflicting suffering upon it in breach of the Animal Welfare Act.  Both men were employed by the Kimblewick Hunt at the time of the offence on 1st January 2019.

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The prosecution came about after footage was passed to the Hunt Saboteurs Association by the Covert Film Unit showing the two men releasing a captive fox to be chased and killed by the Kimblewick hunts hounds.  Their actions not only cause unnecessary harm to the fox but were also carried out to facilitate illegal hunting.

 

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The footage was filmed on New Years Day 2019 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.

 

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In her summing up the judge stated that it was high level, premeditated animal cruelty that had been done to facilitate illegal acts.  In mitigation she said the two men were clearly acting under instruction from those higher up in the hunt.

 

Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “It's amazing that Vincent and Parkinson had the gall to even consider an appeal considering the strength of the evidence against them.  It has been clear throughout this whole process that the two men were disposable lackeys for the masters of the Kimblewick Hunt, none of whom have been brought to justice for the role they played in this awful incident. In fact Mark Vincent, having served his purpose as a scapegoat for the hunt has now been disposed of and is now longer employed by the Kimblewick.

 

We still await any kind of investigation or censure by the Masters of Foxhounds Association but as we've always made quite clear, this behaviour is commonplace in hunting and the only message the MFHA will be giving it's members is – Don't get caught.

Previous releases about this story can be found here:

 

https://www.huntsabs.org.uk/index.php/92-news/press-releases/667-kimblewick-hunt-terrier-men-given-suspended-sentence-for-animal-cruelty

 

https://www.huntsabs.org.uk/index.php/92-news/press-releases/665-kimblewick-hunt-terrier-men-found-guilty-of-animal-cruelty

 

https://www.huntsabs.org.uk/index.php/92-news/press-releases/645-kimblewick-hunt-caught-on-film-hunting-captive-fox

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On Wednesday the 12th August over 100 sabs descended on the Northern Peak District to disrupt the Glorious 12th, the traditional start of the grouse shooting season.  Appropriate social distancing measures were observed to ensure we kept ourselves and local communities safe whilst doing everything we could to disrupt the shooters.

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After several hours scouting the Peaks it became clear that they no longer risk shooting on the 12th in this area due to the threat posed by sabs so we moved North to the Pennines where a shoot was quickly located and stopped.  Despite checking for the rest of the afternoon no other shoots were found and sabs began their, in some cases long, journeys home.

 

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The Hunt Saboteurs Association is proud to have supported local groups with this mass shoot sab and we contributed a considerable fuel budget to enable groups to travel often long distances to attend.

 

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Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 2nd August 2020

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We're delighted to hear that both the Ystrad Taf Fechan hunt in South Wales and Mr Elliott's Harriers in Staffordshire have folded.

 

After 40 years the Ystrad Taf Fechan have had their kennels sold out from underneath them and have failed to find a viable alternative that will allow them to continue. The hunt have been targeted by South Wales Hunt Sabs in recent seasons and we're delighted they've been a significant factor in the hunts demise.

 

Details are scarce about why Mr Elliott's, a private hare hunt from Staffordshire, has folded but the information has come from multiple sources and we're confident that another hunt has bitten the dust.

 

This Is Hunting UK, the Pro-hunt Facebook page, reported on the Ystrad Taf Fechan closure and said: “In these hugely unsettling and deeply worrying times for families and businesses across the Nation, where the hell do they think they are going with this one? 

 

Rather than crowing as they are this morning that the Ystrad Taf Fechan Hunt are folding they should be giving them and all Hunts the support they need to ensure their Hounds thrive well into the future. Some hope of that!”

Lee moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated:  “We’d just like to confirm to the pro-hunt community that we certainly are crowing about the closure of these hunts and will continue to crow every time a hunt fails.  We have no sympathy for the people who have lost their jobs as they made their money from the suffering of animals.  Whatever excuses the Countryside Alliance come up with, the stark reality is that hunting is an outdated, cruel sport, abhorred by the majority and is quite rightly dying out in the 21st Century.  It’s just a matter of time before it’s finally consigned to the history books and listen how loudly we crow when that finally happens.”

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