Please contact the pub where the hunt met and give them your “polite” view on them allowing a foxhunt to meet at their premises.
“We sabbed the Croome today from their meet at the Wheelbarrow Castle pub at Radford (thanks to the person who gave us the info). They spent half an hour before moving off whether because sabs were present or because it was a pub is unclear but they messed about a bit prior to hunting around some brambles at a farm in Kington.
The huntsman called hounds out of cover as it was obvious that they were hunting no trail, the fox was left be. On they went to Abberton where first one fox ran (and was helped by a quick witted sab who sprayed the line).
A very cross man ran over the field but was not too dangerous when he confronted the sab as he was so out of breath, he grabbed the spray and broke the top off emptying some of the contents just where they were needed! The second fox then followed his mate to safety filmed on 3 cameras and so far too risky for them to hunt so close to a village.
They left those to. On the hunt went into Yield wood where the senior master Patty Allen got a bit cross and they then rioted on deer. They actually did manage to hunt a fox with hounds going through a garden frightening some Alpacas but were stopped dead on the road by being rated by asab’.
Just as well really because amateur huntsman (and master) Tim Allen was frantically zooming up and down on a quad bike wondering where his pack had gone, the sab had safely rated them back into a field from the road where they were harmlessly following a heel line. Both Patty and Timmy were confronted politely about the illegal hunting and they said that they were hunting a trail with one girl claiming to have laid one.
It was pointed out that she had only got a cutting whip so had nothing to lay one with…then it was the vicars wife wot laid it….and she had gone home….conveniently. We believe despite an effort to find that fox they failed. Even at 16.20 they tried to draw for another and had a go at sabs for using a footpath to see what they were up to. All in all a good day.”
Article (Reel News) ‘Badger cull exposed as a cruel and pointless fiasco‘
Police confirmed this afternoon that a man had been arrested on suspicion of ‘aggravated trespass’ at Aston Down on Monday afternoon.
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has a site there and witnesses have reported an increase in security fencing and officers at the site.
The Three Counties Sabs tweeted: “At Ashton [sic] Down ‘death-centre’ Jay arrested-trying to highlight evil place that provides the traps & carries out the autopsies #badgermonday”
He was named in an injunction on Thursday brought by the National Farmers Union to stop protesters ‘intimidating or harassing’ farmers.
A duty inspector who not confirm any further details at this time but a spokesman for Defra confirmed their at been a disturbance at the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency site at Aston Down.
The site has a history of links to badgers and TB.
The Defra wildlife unit was been heavily involved in the Krebbs Trial tests into the spread of bovine TB since 1998.
Workers from Aston Down were involved in trapping badgers and culling them as part of the Krebs trial to establish their link with the spread of bovine TB. They also tested badgers killed after being hit on the road for TB.
A Defra spokeswoman said: “We do have a site at Aston Down. There was an incident there.”
Bovine TB was devastating the dairy industry, she said.
“In TB hot spots such as Gloucestershire we need to deal with the infection in badgers if we’re to get a grip on TB there. No country has dealt with the disease without tackling infection in both wildlife and cattle.
“We are working on new cattle and oral badger vaccines but they are years away from being ready and we cannot wait while this terrible disease spreads.”
The cull has, however, provoked widespread public opposition from wildlife lovers who say badger deaths won’t solve the disease problem.
As many are aware the badger cull is going to start very shortly and a combination of activists and hunt saboteurs have vowed to stop the cull using non-violent direct action.
To stop as many badgers being slaughtered as possible during the pilot culls as possible funds are desperately needed to get activists and hunt saboteurs down to the cull zones and keep them fully equipped.
To stop this mindless slaughter of badgers takes Two things.
1. Getting Activists down to the cull zones.
This is what the money is mostly needed for, we have a small army of volunteers, activists and hunt saboteurs. and vehicles to take them in however to send them out every night of the week for 6 weeks is going to cost huge amounts of fuel and unless money is raised we wont be able to.
This ranges from florescent jackets, noise making devices (such as rape alarms and bull horns), safety equipment such as first aid kits and other essentials.
Please donate and share this as far and wide as you can, we don’t have much time and need to act quickly.
Here’s the link to donate.
If you wish to join in with the direct action against the badger cull, please contact your local hunt saboteur group. See our Directory of Hunt Saboteur groups here.
If you have any equipment you think may be useful please send to:
Animal Rights UK
245 Gladstone Street
Waterproofs, good boots, warm clothes, essential it will be cold and more than likely wet.
Try to layer , have a warm hat, bring a dry pair of socks, we have seen at least one frost and even on a clear night the heavy dew can leave you soaked.
- Flourescent jackets.
- Good water bottle, essential to stop dehydration, essential that each person has his/her own. High energy snacks.
- Basic phone with basic essential numbers and credit (losing an expensive smart phone is not good). Please bear in mind coverage in many parts of Gloucestershire (especially the Forest of Dean) is not good so have a back up plan e.g radios, but of course the enemy can then listen in.
- Sleeping bag for wherever you are staying, spare clothes, toiletries etc
- Torches with spare batteries and bulbs. ABSOLUTELY essential
- Pencil (writes better if damp) and paper
- Camera video/stills charged and sd card
- Whistle international distress signal is 6 blasts
- First aid kit including space blanket/plasters for blisters cuts
- Anything else
If you work in retail for outdoor supplies, electrical goods, whole foods, toiletries etc please consider discounts or donations of supplies to help sustain activists during this physically and mentally challenging period. If you know an individual or group coming to Gloucestershire to help the badgers please consider helping them be prepared, dig out old torches from the broom cupboard/lend a sleeping bag/ etc etc
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