Hunt saboteurs Association Press Release. 17th April 2013
On 15th December 2012 members of the Berkshire and North Downs hunt saboteur groups attended a meet of the old Berkshire fox hunt near Ashbury.
During the day one member was attacked by one of the hunts riders. Gemma Margaret Brooking assaulted a hunt saboteur with her riding crop and she was subsequently charged and pleaded guilty to assault by beating. She was ordered to pay £75 in compensation, fined £100 and £75 in costs.
Lee Moon, press officer of the HSA stated:
“Once more we have an incident of unprovoked hunt violence and a member of a hunt found guilty of criminal activity. This unprovoked attack with a weapon is just one of many incidents which occurred during the last hunting season. The punishment is paltry and we can only hope that any future offences by this hunt are treated in a more serious fashion. Hunt saboteurs will continue to defend our wildlife regardless of the constant violent attacks from the hunting community. We expect no less from people whose dearest wish is to return to the days when they could kill animals with impunity.”
The video of the attack can be viewed here:
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Unborn fox cubs ripped from their mother’s body as she is torn apart by hounds – Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt filmed at scene of bloody carnage
On Tuesday 6th March 2012, hunt monitors found the bodies of six fox cub foetuses strewn on the ground in a piece of land which had just been visited by the Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt.
The monitors followed the hunt all day in the Gotherington area of Gloucestershire, and in the afternoon saw the hunt enter their hounds into a piece of wooded covert near Bozard’s Farm. The monitors heard a commotion within the covert, with hounds baying noisily, and then heard the hunting horn blown in a way which traditionally indicates a kill.
Certain that the hounds had killed a fox within this piece of land, the monitors entered the land after the hunt had left, and to their horror found not only blood and fox fur on the ground, but also the pathetic, bloody remains of six unborn cubs. They filmed the remains on the ground, and then gathered them up and took them to the Vale Wildlife rescue centre near Tewksbury. Here the dead cubs were identified as unborn fox cubs.
These were the Vale’s findings:
6 fox foetuses, 2 beheaded, one of whom had no body retrieved, some partially eviscerated, some with trauma to their bodies, tooth marks and bleeding, some placental tissue remained and one cub was still attached to it with the umbilical cord still present.
A small piece of liver
A small piece of lung tissue.
One of the monitors present said “The hunt went into the covert, and we heard the hounds begin to speak, and then a gruff grunting noise, and then a kill was blown. We ran towards where the hounds were obviously breaking up the fox within the c the overt. We saw a man and woman retrieving something from the covert, and the woman turned and gave a “thumbs up” sign to the hunt followers, as did the terrierman when he left the wood. We asked to see what was inside the metal box on his quad bike but he held it closed with his hand. A short while later we returned and found a scene of carnage.”
The filmed evidence has been examined by experts, but, due to the ineffectual framing of the Hunting Act, the evidence would not be adequate to secure a prosecution of the Hunt. Protect Our Wild Animals [POWA] has repeatedly stated that hunts are blatantly evading and breaking the law all around the country, and has campaigned consistently for a strengthening of the Hunting Act.
Penny Little of POWA said : “Hunts always insist that pregnant and lactating vixens are not chased or harmed by them. This is, and always has been, another of their downright lies, and we now see further evidence of the utter barbarity of hunting. Prime Minister David Cameron is strongly in favour of fox hunting, which he wants to re-legalise. It follows that he thinks it absolutely fine for gangs of people to take out killer dogs to chase. attack and tear apart pregnant foxes for ‘sport’. Indeed, he has recently made it clear he believes that hunting should be immune from the law*.”
The footage has been posted on You Tube.
The Cotswold Vale Farmers hunt is no stranger to trouble. Saboteurs have made several complaints of violent assaults by hunt staff and supporters in recent years and the Hunt have been filmed causing havoc on roads**. Earlier this season, their then Huntsman Alan Morgan was convicted of racially abusing a hunt saboteur and fined***.