Bristol Anarchist Bookfair 2014

Bristol Hunt Saboteurs will once again have a stall at this years Bristol Anarchist Bookfair.

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The great event gets thousands through the door every year and hosts meetings, discussions, workshops and stalls of over 60 local groups, as well as a vegan cafe and a kids space.

We will have the usual Hunt Saboteurs Association literature and merchandise available, as well as our own brand new Bristol Hunt Sabs t-shirts for sale. Come and say hello, find out more about sabbing and give us some pennies to help us sabotage the badger cull and illegal hunting next season!

No badger cull roll out – killing to continue in Gloucestershire and Somerset. Support us!

Good news today in regards to the badger cull not being rolled out to the 10 other areas that DEFRA had planned. Terrible news of course for the badgers of Somerset and Gloucestershire.

Through immense support from the public we were able to be in the cull zones every single night in 2013 and we plan to do exactly the same this time.

Please consider donating to our badger cull fund and help us get out into the fields and stop the cull again in 2014.

The killers will not have an easy ride. We will not let our badgers down.

Hunt Sabs prepare for second year of badger culling

from huntsabs.org.uk

At our AGM in June 2012 a spokesperson from the campaign group “Stop the Cull” addressed those of us present on their belief that the cull could only be successfully sabotaged with a lot of help from hunt sab groups. We were told that we’d have to do thousands of hours of preparatory sett surveying, that we’d get no sleep for weeks when it started, we’d lose all our holiday time from work and to top it all we didn’t even know if we’d be even slightly successful in finding marksmen with silencers at potentially any location inside 100′s of square miles. “Looking for a needle in a haystack” actually sounded easier.

We were also told that there was a lot of press interest in the badger culls and that it might be good for hunt sabs’ public profile. Considering that for decades we have been portrayed in the main stream press as “thugs” no one was particularly enamoured with the idea of a media make over.

As it turned out the press didn’t praise or recognise us for our behaviour or endeavours, but what did happen is that tens of thousands of people came into contact with us. Whether that was via speeches on demo’s, from reports on Facebook or in the flesh in the cull zone. People learnt about us and they liked what they saw – groups of compassionate people who work hard in the field to protect wild animals from being hunted.

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It is this very fact that we have “gone viral”, not just on social media, but in the real world, where it counts, that makes us an unstoppable force. Whether that’s new sab groups forming across the country or small sab groups being overwhelmed with new people. The HSA membership has more than doubled in size in under a year and donations have increased dramatically.

When we got to the cull zones in 2013, it quickly became clear that we were making a massive difference. Right from the start groups, working closely with badger patrollers, engaged, and repelled, the badger killers. The HSA supported the sabs on the ground by giving grants totalling many thousands of pounds to help with transport, and crucially, the very expensive Gen2+ night vision equipment that enabled sabs to spot shooters from huge distances.

Many people will be unaware of the literally thousands of miles walked by sabs in the run up to the culls, as they mapped out all the setts over hundreds of square miles so they could defend them against shooters. The reason that the culls were sabotaged so spectacularly is due largely to that work.

That surveying work in Dorset this year won’t rely on a few sab groups supported by a dozen or so locals. This year it’s totally different. The British public has engaged with us en masse & we are confident that with their help, we will have every sett mapped in that zone easily by June 1st.

In 2012 we were told to expect a roll out to ten cull zones and then a further forty in following years. Here we are in 2014 with a cull policy in tatters and a roll out to one more cull zone a small possibility. We are prepared to take Dorset by storm and destroy any attempts to kill badgers.

We will help “Stop the Cull”

That’s what we do.

Join us.

Ross Harriers turn to violence as hares saved

A return visit to the charming Ross Harriers today, who were hunting just outside of Much Marcle. Their huntsman, Lee Peters, burst a few blood vessels upon our arrival looking angry even by his standards.

After lots of personal threats and some dicking around by some of the followers, he moved off with us close behind. Hares were put up all over the place with him encouraging his hounds on, with complete disregard of the law.
Sabs found themselves in a perfect position when hounds went into cry, only seconds behind a hare. With the use of citronella sprays and whips, sabs ensured that the hare got away to safety. This only added to the frustration of Peters who tried riding sabs down as a response.

Catching up with the hunt again we witnessed the hounds actively chasing a hare with only a few feet between them. We were too far away to intervene but luckily the hare managed to slip away from the hounds. A truly horrifying moment.

As we approached the hunt they were surrounding our vehicles on a road. At this point one of the tyres got slashed on our land rover and then the Harriers spearheaded by Peters launched an all out attack on sabs from both the vehicles and in the field. One female Sab is currently in hospital with head injuries and multiple others came away with battered and bruised.

Just goes to show that when a hunt have a hard time trying to kill animals they turn their aggression elsewhere. It doesn’t bother us, as we get to go home in the safe knowledge that no animals were killed by The Ross Harriers.

Two for the price of one

Another glorious day in the sunshine for us today, joining up with friends from Swindon, Southampton and South Wales. The hunt of choice was a joint meet of the Royal Artillery and the Tedworth. RA hounds were hunted by their new huntsman, our old nemesis from the Cotswold Vale and convicted racist scumbag, Alan Morgan.

They were late leaving the meet, setting off at about 12.30 (possibly due to our presence) with three groups of sabs surrounding them. As soon as sabs entered the field we jumped into action, taking control of the pack as the huntsman worked his way through some woodland. We had a bit of a run with them before letting the whip and huntsman take them back, only for us to take control of them again minutes later! At this point the Tedworth huntsman, Mike Lane, lost the plot with sabs. He went so red in the face we thought he was about to explode! Maybe he should have thought a little harder about the consequences before putting a window through on a sab landie a couple of weeks back…

From this point on the hunt were on the run with us in close pursuit. We caught up with them drawing another covert soon after. Once again we used voice and horn calls to good effect, taking a good chunk of the pack. The hounds clearly appreciated some affection for a change, the hunt not showing any concern for the welfare of the hounds, some of whom were injured with bleeding paws. We had them for about half an hour, with sabs doing a better job of controlling them than the hunters. The RA whipper-in was left pleading with us to give him his hounds back after failing to call them away, despite being right next to us.

Once again they were on the run with us following. After a bit more running, hiding and not much hunting, sabs unfortunately lost them for a while. Some monitored their activities from vehicles, before we popped out right in front of them. On this they were heading back towards the meet, so we accompanied them back to make sure they were done for good – a sab sandwich with a vehicle in front, in the middle and behind them.

Highlights of the day include; Mike Lane looking close to meltdown on many occasions, the RA whip being left speechless after a quick put down following his comments about our ‘amateur’ horn blowing skills (despite us having his hounds at our feet!), and next to no hunting whilst we were with them!

We must also give a big shout out to the ‘hunt stewards’ who were brought in to keep tabs on us today. The poor lads shat themsleves after a sab vehicle stopped in front of them. They took ‘protective measures’ by reversing at speed round a bend and disappearing… what a bunch of jokers!

We’ll be seeing you again soon…

Travesty of justice

Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release 13th March 2014

On Boxing day 2012 at the meet of the South Down & Eridge fox hunt, the driver of the South Coast Hunt Sabs was the subject of a vicious and sustained attacked by supporters of the hunt. The groups Land Rover windscreen was smashed, the door bent back on its hinges and the keys and an ipad stolen. The driver sustained seven deeps cuts to his hands when he was hit with a rock, and subsequent swelling of the hands as he tried to protect his head. The wounds were so bad that the first police officer on the scene thought they were dog bites.

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 This assault was videoed by a static camera and two men were identified by name to the police. When questioned by the police one of the men gave a twenty page statement identifying two other individuals involved in the attack. There was also clear video evidence from earlier in the day identifying the same men by their clothes as being part of the attack. Earlier in the day police had been called as some of the same group were firing stones from a catapult at hunt saboteurs and the police questioned and videoed these men, although no arrests were made.

The police at the scene refused to take any action until a statement was made, stating that they were too scared to enter the meet where the hunt was packing up due to the threat of attack by hunt supporters. A statement was made by the driver even though he was suffering from severe cuts and bruising to his hands and possible concussion and before he received any medical treatment (the ambulance service had refused to attend the scene due to the nature of the incident and the danger to their staff). Eventually three arrests were made and two men charged. They were given bail conditions not to attend the hunt. One of the men broke these conditions but no action was taken against him.

Charges of Criminal damage, theft and ABH were dropped and the two men were charged with common assault by battery. The maximum sentence for which is 6 months in jail.

After two visits to court where the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) had failed to hand over evidence, the case finally went ahead on the 12th March 2014. All the above evidence was heard including the damning 20 page statement made by one of the two defendants naming his co-defendant as being part of the attack and also being a paid terrier man for the hunt. One the three magistrates admitted to stabling her horses at the same location as one the men named in the paperwork (but not in court) but did not excuse herself. The defendants did not take the stand.
Even with all this evidence the magistrates found both men not guilty.

Lee moon of the hunt Saboteurs Association said:

“Once again we see hunt saboteurs being the subject of a violent attack and the police doing everything possible to avoid getting involved. Even with clear evidence of the perpetrators guilt magistrates refuse to convict. It seems that no matter what level of evidence hunt saboteurs present they are destined not to have justice from our legal system, which also fails time and again, to prosecute and convict hunts for breaking the Hunting Act. Luckily for the hunted wildlife this travesty of justice just makes hunt saboteurs more determined to protect our wildlife as it is clear we are their last line of defence”.

Video of the attack can be seen here:

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Southern regional hit

We were never going to turn down a chance to give the notorious Hursley Hambledon Hunt a visit and today along with sabs from Bath, Southampton, Swindon, Brighton, South Coast, Croydon and North Downs (sorry if we forgot anyone!) we gave them their first bit of sab attention since the late 90s.

We arrived at the meet to find the hunt had already left so we split into two large groups of sabs and got to work in finding the hunt whilst our vehicles patrolled the roads keeping eyes out.

With not much to go on we kept looking and listening and soon got word off the other group of foot sabs that some riders had been spotted. We’re on! As we approached their location some of our sabs were stopped by the police who informed us the hunt were packing up (baring in mind this was about an hour into their day) and for us to go home. Yeah, right! We pushed on and soon came face-to-face with the hunt and stuck with them like glue.

We managed to keep with them for quite a distance until they decided to split into 3 groups to try and lose us. But in no time at all we got word from the other sabs that the hunt were back at the meet! As we approached the hunt and their supporters were getting feisty and the police were clearly siding with the hunt (this was evident throughout the day with one copper driving around in a hunt supporters vehicle covered in pro-hunt stickers!).

The hunt then tried leaving the meet but soon had close to 50 sabs in pursuit of them and left them with one option: turn around and head for home (whilst following a trail for the last part to no doubt please ourselves and the police who were watching).

After 3 hours, the scum were finished with very little hunting done and no kills known so we all headed off for cake and drinks.

Wiltshire Police showed us what their version of ‘impartial policing’ looks like again today. Officers lied to sabs, admitted they had little knowledge of hunting (but still insisted that the hunt had been hunting within the law all day) and followed sabs around as passengers in hunt supporters vehicles. Only a few weeks ago this same police force refused to act after sabs were assaulted and hounds were seen chasing a fox at another hunt. An officer then lashed out at a sab who made the mistake of holding up a video camera! Hunting ban? What hunting ban!

Sabbing in Somerset

With our Land Rover back in action this weekend we ventured south on some roads made very familiar to us during the badger cull. We met up with the new group, Somerset Hunt Sabs, to go where no sabs have gone before (for the best part of one or maybe two decades at least), turning up to a joint meet of the West Somerset Vale Hunt and the West Somerset Foxhounds.

Considering our small number of sabs in the field, lack of knowledge of this hunt, unforgiving terain and more support and mounted field than any sab would ever wish to see, we did pretty well!

For the first hour or two we did our best to keep with the hunt in our two vehicles. Occasionally we would hear hounds briefly go into cry but on the whole this hunt were keeping quiet.

We finally pinned the hunt down on the Quantock hills above the village of Crowcombe and caught up with them just as the huntsman was drawing a gorse covert. He moved off pretty quickly upon our arrival and tried a bit more sneaky drawing. As we pushed him on again, hounds picked up on the scent of a fox. We tried our best to rate the hounds from our position and got some heads up, giving Charlie a bit of time to make an escape. Thankfully sabs in the vehicles were in the perfect position to cover the scent of the fox and due to their presence the huntsman thought it best to pull his hounds off.

After this he spent a good 20 minutes gathering his hounds before they moved off back to the meet.

All in all a good day – two hunts previously unknown to us and at least one fox saved. Big up to Somerset, we’ll be alongside ya in the field again soon.

severn vale beagles first sab visit

Photo: A very short and successful day for us today, going it alone with a couple of friends from Bath. Landie problems earlier in the morning halted our plans somewhat so with some quick thinking and as it's the first season for the Severn Vale Beagles (who are pretty much on our doorstep), we thought it was only polite to introduce ourselves and give them their first ever experience of hunt sabs.</p><br />
<p>We watched them leave their meet in the opposite direction to us and went straight off in pursuit. We could hear the beagles picking up a few times as we approached but after a hard sprint across very boggy fields and jumping over a few ditches we were right on them, ensuring that no more hare hunting would be taking place.</p><br />
<p>We entered the field right behind the pack, much to the surprise of the beaglers and their followers who seemed unaware of our presence until then. They ran on for another minute or so before stopping, so we caught up and had a word. They claimed to be 'exercising the hounds' so we made it clear we would be sticking with them as long as they were out to make sure that no wildlife would be illegally hunted.</p><br />
<p>They then took a short walk along hedge rows back to the meet, so we kept a watchful eye. Supporters soon started to disappear and the beagles were boxed up not long after.  Job done.</p><br />
<p>Beaglers beware...</p><br />
<p>** Please consider donating to our fuel and ever growing landie problem fund. We want to be out for the rest of the season. www.network23.org/bristolhuntsabs **

A very short and successful day for us today, going it alone with a couple of friends from Bath. Landie problems earlier in the morning halted our plans somewhat so with some quick thinking and as it’s the first season for the Severn Vale Beagles (who are pretty much on our doorstep), we thought it was only polite to introduce ourselves and give them their first ever experience of hunt sabs.

We watched them leave their meet in the opposite direction to us and went straight off in pursuit. We could hear the beagles picking up a few times as we approached but after a hard sprint across very boggy fields and jumping over a few ditches we were right on them, ensuring that no more hare hunting would be taking place.

We entered the field right behind the pack, much to the surprise of the beaglers and their followers who seemed unaware of our presence until then. They ran on for another minute or so before stopping, so we caught up and had a word. They claimed to be ‘exercising the hounds’ so we made it clear we would be sticking with them as long as they were out to make sure that no wildlife would be illegally hunted.

They then took a short walk along hedge rows back to the meet, so we kept a watchful eye. Supporters soon started to disappear and the beagles were boxed up not long after. Job done.

Beaglers beware…

** Please consider donating to our fuel and ever growing landie problem fund. We want to be out for the rest of the season. www.network23.org/bristolhuntsabs **

A few hours with the Ross Harriers

After a video emerged earlier this week of a hound belonging to The Ross Harriers having a seizure in someones garden and being denied medical help by the hunt, we decided along with our friends from South Wales Hunt Sabs and a couple from Somerset Sab Group to give them a visit.
Photo: After a video emerged earlier this week of a hound belonging to The Ross Harriers having a seizure in someones garden and being denied medical help by the hunt, we decided along with our friends from Southwaleshuntsabs and a couple from Somerset Sab Group to give them a visit.</p>
<p>We turned up at the meet hosted at The Black Swan pub and our presence was felt immediately with various numpties coming over to have a look at us and take photos. </p>
<p>The hunt set off around 12:15, the late start no doubt aided by their hangovers from last nights hunt ball. Huntsman Lee Peters cast his hounds out but we were in a good position to keep watch of them picking up on a scent. </p>
<p>We were surrounded by bumpkins from the minute we followed the hunt from the meet. One sab had a pint thrown in her face and we had constant annoyance from two drunk lads for about half an hour as we monitored the hunt.</p>
<p>When the hunt left their position, we followed and were now joined by more hunt support who decided to block one of our vehicles and surround us. Our other vehicle got away to keep tabs on the hunt.<br />
The police arrived soon after and started quizzing us about all sorts of silly accusations. Whilst all this was going on Lee Peters with hounds in tow rode past us back in the direction of the meet.</p>
<p>We finally shook off the police, had a potter about for the hunt but soon our other group got in touch to say they had packed up and were back in the pub at the meet! Less than two hours after setting off, the Harriers were done for the day. Cracking!</p>
<p>We dedicate today to Mike Hill, a hunt saboteur who was tragically killed on Saturday 9th February 1991 whilst out sabbing the Cheshire Beagles hunt.
We turned up at the meet hosted at The Black Swan pub, Much Dewchurch and our presence was felt immediately with various numpties coming over to have a look at us and take photos.

The hunt set off around 12:15, the late start no doubt aided by their hangovers from last nights hunt ball. Huntsman Lee Peters cast his hounds out but we were in a good position to keep watch of them picking up on a scent.

We were surrounded by bumpkins from the minute we followed the hunt from the meet. One sab had a pint thrown in her face and we had constant annoyance from two drunk lads for about half an hour as we monitored the hunt.

When the hunt left their position, we followed and were now joined by more hunt support who decided to block one of our vehicles and surround us. Our other vehicle got away to keep tabs on the hunt.
The police arrived soon after and started quizzing us about all sorts of silly accusations. Whilst all this was going on Lee Peters with hounds in tow rode past us back in the direction of the meet.

We finally shook off the police, had a potter about for the hunt but soon our other group got in touch to say they had packed up and were back in the pub at the meet! Less than two hours after setting off, the Harriers were done for the day. Cracking!

We dedicate today to Mike Hill, a hunt saboteur who was tragically killed on Saturday 9th February 1991 whilst out sabbing the Cheshire Beagles hunt.