Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 22nd October 2019
We’re delighted to hear that the Tredegar Farmers Fox Hunt in South Wales have disbanded. They were sabbed on several occasions last season by South Wales Hunt Saboteurs who reported a spectacular lack of support for the hunt, on one occasion only having three riders out.
Their closure follows close on the heels of the Atherstone who were destroyed by West Midlands Hunt Sabs, and the Woodland Pytchley who were forced into an acrimonious merger with their neighbours at the Pytchley over the summer. Even the Quorn Hunt, one of the most famous in the hunting world have gone begging cap in hand to their neighbours at the Cottesmore to ask for a merger. This has so far not gone ahead but the writing’s on the wall for the Quorn unless they find a solution soon.
Three beagle packs – The Vectis, The Claro and the North Warwickshire have also disbanded due to lack of support.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association stated: “The season hasn’t even officially started yet and already three hunts have folded.
The Countryside Alliance will come out with their usual spiel of increased urbanisation and new railways (that haven’t been built for years!) but the reality is that hunting is a dying sport, abhorred by the majority. The Countryside Alliance and the Masters of Foxhounds Association will have done everything in their power to prop up these ailing packs but the forces arrayed against them are just too powerful and inevitably more hunts will fold due to pressure from sabs and lack of support.
Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 9th October 2019
After six long years of an unrelenting and unstoppable campaign by West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs the 200 year old Atherstone Hunt have finally thrown in the towel and folded.
The sabs have faced harassment, extreme provocation and regular violence from those associated with the Atherstone Hunt. They’ve received death threats, had tyres slashed, cars burnt out and have been hospitalized. They have also faced a hostile campaign of police harassment from Leicestershire Police who have actively sabotaged investigations against the Atherstone Hunt whilst constantly seeking to prosecute members of the group.
Over the last six years they have sabbed almost every single meet of the Atherstone Hunt who have collected over 20 criminal convictions and cautions for their violence and antisocial behaviour and at their worst they were making the national press every other month for their hunting and violence. As well as stopping them killing foxes twice a week every week sabs have been able to expose the real face of fox hunting.
For six years the Atherstone Hunt have been completely sabotaged and as a result they have now folded. This means that for now the 908 km² area of West Leicestershire and North Warwickshire are completely hunt free and hundreds of foxes lives will now have been saved Ultimately the Hunting Act needs to be strengthened however sabs are not waiting around for politicians to change the law or corrupt police forces to enforce the law. Fox hunting is cruel and barbaric and has no place in the 21st century. Hunt saboteurs will shut hunts down one by one until hunting is consigned to history.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated:
“This is a fantastic achievement by West Midlands Hunt Sabs and testament to what direct action can achieve. The Countryside Alliance will have done everything in their power to prop up the Atherstone but they still haven’t been able to save the hunt in the face of such determined opposition.
The pro-hunt lobby blame urbanisation, motorways and changing farming practices for hunts struggling but the reality is that theirs is a dying sport that has no place in the 21 st Century and is abhorred by the majority. West Mids sabs have dedicated the victory to their fallen comrade Leanne Bridgewater and that sums up the true calibre of the group.
Sab groups across the country will take inspiration from this victory and we expect to see an increase in groups focusing their efforts on a particular hunt. As always the Hunt saboteurs Association will support their efforts in whatever way we can.”
The HSA has received a hotline tip-off that a number of English beagle packs are travelling to Scotland at the invitation of a recently-convicted Scottish fox hunt.
The hare-hunting beagle packs have been invited by the notorious Lee Peters, new huntsman of the Jed Forest Hunt. These “hunting holiday” are designed to train the new hounds before the season proper begins in late October.
The Brighton, Storrington, Surrey & North Sussex Beagles will conduct illegal leveret and hare hunting for the whole of next week. The hounds will be kennelled at the Jed Forest Hunt, Abbotrule, Hawick, TD9 8J.
HSA Press Officer Lee Moon commented, “Trouble just follows loose-lipped Lee Peters wherever he goes. He’s only just arrived in Scotland but is already annoying the locals by bragging about his English hunting mates killing Scottish wildlife. Fortunately, hunt sabs will be there in numbers to stop the slaughter.“
Notes for editors:
(1) When Lee Peters was huntsman of the Ross Harriers, he regularly subjected hunt saboteurs to violent attacks and racist abuse.
(2) His new pack - the Jed Forest Hunt - was convicted of illegal hunting in 2017. https://www.league.org.
(3) By travelling to Scotland the BSSNS Beagles and others are defying their own governing body, the Association of Masters of Harriers & Beagles. The AMHB have instructed their member hunts not to travel to Scotland, so as not to “cause trouble” for Scottish hunting which is facing a variety of political threats.
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