On the day we say goodbye to one of our own. Today is the funeral of our sab Malachi…
We’ve dedicated sabbing today and indeed every day we are out to one of our group, Mal, who was tragically killed recently in a hit and run. He sabbed as part of 3C Sabs on several occasions, unblocking badger setts, rating hounds off foxes’ lines, getting a fox’s body away from the North Cotswold Hunt last year, looking after the vehicle on the day we found a shot badger in a blocked sett, traipsed through wet fields on the early hours of mornings when cubhunts would be going out and was a great teammate to our other sabs in terms of gathering evidence and watching each other’s backs. He also put time into fighting the badger culls in Gloucestershire.
In addition, Mal is the partner of one of our core group of sabs and on the days he wasn’t out with us he would always check in to ensure we were ok, coming over to attend hospital with Emma when she had whiplash injuries from an assault by the CVFH on a day they killed a cub in a hedgerow, making sure she had cups of tea, food and hot baths ready when she got home after long hours in the field and would help on stalls and at events when he could, always supporting her with writing articles and sorting through footage. Mal loved his 3C t-shirt and hoodie and was particularly fond of the friendship between us and the amazing Vegan Cakery. His love, energy, dedication and his infectious smile will be greatly missed.
Rest in Power Malachi aka ‘the Beardie One’ (nicknamed by a rider from the NCH)