A return to the Cotswold Vale Farmers’ Hunt

Good day out with our pals from South Wales Hunt Saboteurs for another visit to The Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt who met at Apperley, Gloucestershire.

From the off, sabs in the field or our patrolling vehicles had the hunt firmly in their sights. Anytime the hunt knew they had sab company, they would take off in an attempt to lose us but failed each time.

The hunts first real attempt at hunting was stamped out by sabs who were positioned well to ‘rate’ the hounds and move the hunt on.

Last week the hunt packed up early (just after 2pm) and headed back to the meet at the same time today. Sadly they set off again but minutes later had us for company. Off on the run they went again but were soon picked up by our vehicles who relayed their position back to us.

We caught up with them again and as soon as we were spotted, the entire hunt changed direction in front of us and took off. They didn’t get far and at this point sabs took the hounds off the hunt using horn calls as they tried to put in a bit of undisturbed hunting.

The CVFH packed up soon after leaving us to head home. Good stuff.

Short day with cotswold vale farmers’ hunt

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Out in action today with South Wales Hunt Saboteurs paying a visit to the Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt who left their meet just after midday with two groups of sabs in tow.

Foot sabs were deployed not far from the meet and stuck to the huntmonitoring their activities. Hounds were ‘rated’ by sabs and pushed back to the huntsman at every opportunity. As the hunt made a bit of distance between themselves and foot sabs, hounds went into full cry and a fox was spotted exiting a covert with hounds not far behind. It managed to get away to safety when hounds lost its scent. 

Sabs covered the path of the fox with citronella spray and split into two groups as the hunt entered a large covert. One group rated the hounds inside the covert whilst the other stayed on the outside to look for escaping foxes. Hounds were seen exiting the covert where the earlier fox had been spotted but they failed to find it’s scent due to the spray on the ground. 

Realising sabs had the area covered, the huntsman gathered up the hounds and took off. We stuck to him like glue and at this point we were joined by a few sabs from Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs who joined us in following the hunt straight back to their meet. After two-and-a-half hours the CVFH were done. Lovely.

Severn Vale Hare Hunting Festival day 3

Day 3 of the Severn Vale hare hunting festival and the 10th anniversary of the Hunting Act.

Sabs were further north today and so paid a visit to the Dummer Beagles who unusually had a very early start at 8am, a joint meet and the first of two hunts.

We were expecting a long day as this huntsman is disliked in the hunting community for killing too many hares. We were prepared for them to be trying to kill everything in sight. Sabs were very shocked to see the hunt refusing to go out when they clapped eyes on us. Instead, the cowards hid in a barn all morning. What is he afraid of we wonder?

We then popped off to the second meet just across the road to wait for the Warwickshire Beagles. They didn’t even bother to turn up!

Sabs were also looking forward to seeing the Park Beagles, however they failed to show too. Such a disappointment! We appreciate they must be equally disappointed as we spoiled their last festival (Alston Hare Week) too. Sorry about that! We were so looking forward to having a nice walk in the country and watching some beagles following a trail today.

Later in the day we checked back at the Dummer to find them out of hiding and hunting across the road from the original meet. We caught them in the field, and we were extremely shocked to find them not following a trail and trying to hunt hares with their beagles. Running away again they packed up and hid!! Again proving what absolute COWARDLY, animal-abusing criminals they really are.

*Addition – Day 4  of Severn Vale Hare Hunting festival*

Both De Burgh and North Essex Bassets & Four Shire Bassets seem to have either cancelled or never turned up not wanting to go to their meets and face the sabs. This marks the premature end the hunting festival, effectively shut down by hunt saboteurs.

Severn Vale Hare Hunting Festival day 2

Day two of the Severn Vale hare hunting festival saw the sabbing of the De Burgh and North Essex Harehounds, a basset pack. Once sabs were spotted, the hunt legged it from the field and rushed into a barn where hares are known to frequent apparently, and there they stayed for 4 hours until finally giving up.

So it was onto the local Severn Vale Beagles, the host hunt of the festival, who decided to give it another go after yesterday’s poor show. Bolstered by a bunch of young thugs from the Royal Agricultural College (who recently attacked sabs) & the Duke of Beaufort’s Hunt (the meet was at their kennels in the Badminton Estate), the hunt was forced to run between a couple of fields not really achieving anything. The frustrated supporters blocked footpaths and got aggressive assaulting one female sab and knocking her to the ground (see photo). The police turned up and leaped into action to protect our hunted wildlife and prevent any violence by searching one sab and then arresting him for a spray and whip, both of which had not been used. He was released later, we are unsure if he was charged.

Kay Thompson the photographer of blood junkies failed to show her face, perhaps ashamed that she had given the meets away.

So day two has gone well and the hunts are not having a fun week. Tomorrow is the Park beagles, turn around and go home now is our advice.

Severn Vale Hare Hunting Festival day 1

Today over fifty sabs attended the opening meet of the Severn Vale Hare hunting festival, originally thought to be a single day event but thanks to Kay Thompson, hunt photographer, who posted about her attendance on her Twitter feed (doh), we realised it is a six day event.ValeOfWhiteHorseSabDay1

Sabs turned up to realise that this sport, so vaunted by the Countryside Alliance, as growing from strength to strength could only muster less than twenty people. There were over fifty sabs so they were outnumbered two to one. The hunt present was the Wiltshire and Infantry Beagles, and being of a military mind-set like nothing better than to stand firm in the face of adversity and calling on the Churchill/Dunkirk spirit they girded their loins, jumped in their cars and ran away.

Sabs followed and one female hunter tried to block the highway and was politely shuffled off to the side so our vehicles could follow. There then followed a lot of driving around until the hunt went to ground in a Police divisional HQ to hand themselves in (we think). By then we had diverted most of the sabs to the Vale of White Horse Fox Hunt to ruin the end of their day.

Now we know we are in for five more days of hunting we have much organizing to do but will be able to keep our numbers up, the call is out and more sabs will be driving down tonight.  We are confident that this week’s festival is effectively over.

More tomorrow if the hunters dare to show their faces.

More violence at the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt

Hunt Saboteurs Association press release

On Saturday the 7th February 2015 Dorset Hunt Saboteurs attended a meet of the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt who met at Sherborne Castle, home of Lord Digby.
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From the start of the day the saboteurs were harassed by a large group of masked up hunt supporters who stole a hunting horn, broke their equipment and pushed and shoved them as well as threatening further violence. As the day wore on the size of the group of thugs increased to approx 30-40 and their behaviour deteriorated.
 
At around 3pm they used their quad bikes to block in the sab landrover before launching an unprovoked attack. They smashed the front, rear and drivers side windows, throttled the driver and smashed up equipment in the vehicle and placed a home made ‘stinger’ type device under the vehicles tyres in order to puncture them. The police were called and due to the severity of the attack they sent up a helicopter to try and track the culprits.
 
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt saboteurs Association stated: “Earlier this week Mark Doggrell, huntsman for the Blackmore, had a case against him dropped for riding down and seriously injuring a saboteur in August last year. This hunt now believe they are totally above the law and can assault and steal from saboteurs with impunity. Dorset police need to prove that they are impartially upholding the law and bring charges against these masked up thugs. The Countryside Alliance are currently obsessed with saboteurs wearing masks, which we have always done and will continue to do so due to the very real threat of violent reprisals by hunt support. We would ask the Alliance to explain why so many of their supporters are regularly masking up and committing violent unlawful acts in the countryside?”
Video of Mark Doggrell riding down a saboteur can be seen here

Blackmore & Sparkford Vale Huntsman Deliberately Rides Over Saboteur With His Horse

Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release

Video of incident here

No charges have been brought against huntsman Mark Doggrell for riding down and seriously injuring a hunt saboteur in August last year. The attack happened during an evening cubbing meet of the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt. This was also a pony club meet, where the hunt take out youngsters aged from 7 to 14.

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Dorset sabs were keen to intervene on this particular meet to prevent children from witnessing some of the most disturbing scenes when young hounds can be seen tearing fox cubs to pieces as they are trained and selected (the young hounds who show no interest in killing are disposed of). It’s believed by many people that this bloody indoctrination is something the hunts are very keen on, to keep hunting going for generations to come.

Air Ambulance on the scene to airlift sab to hospitalTwo members of Dorset hunt saboteurs were watching the hunt when Doggrell rode at them from behind, throwing the female saboteur up in the air with the force of the blow.  An ambulance was immediately called but was delayed from reaching the casualty by the hunt blocking the road. An air ambulance also attended the scene. The injured saboteur was taken to hospital suffering from seven broken ribs, a collapsed lung and trauma to her shoulder. She remained in hospital for two weeks. The hunt then callously carried on hunting before returning to their kennels for a BBQ.

Mark Doggrell was arrested and investigated for causing grevious bodily harm but now, 5 months later, the CPS have decided not to bring any charges, citing insufficient evidence. Whilst on bail for this attack he was also charged with assault for breaking a fellow hunters nose at their hunt ball.

X-Ray of Saboteur's injuriesLee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt saboteurs Association, stated: “We are disappointed, but not surprised, that no charges have been brought against Mark Doggrell. Historically the police and criminal justice system have allowed acts of violence on hunt saboteurs to go unpunished whilst the saboteurs themselves are prosecuted seemingly at the whim of the hunts.

Two hunt saboteurs, Mike Hill and Tom Worby, have been killed by hunts and another, Steve Christmas, was seriously injured and spent months in hospital. None of these cases ever came to trial. Hunt saboteurs are routinely arrested and charged with a variety of offenses where no evidence is available other than the word of pro-hunters.

We would like to know why this hunt specifically, and the hunting fraternity as a whole, don’t speak out against such acts of violence and we’d also like to know why hasn’t Mark Doggrell been sacked? Please contact the CPS and ask them to justify their decision so that we can finally see a measure of justice being dished out to the violent hunters.”

Please contact the CPS and the Attorney General as a matter of urgency and tell them you think the decision not to press charges needs to be reviewed.

CPS; victimliason.southwest@cps.gsi.gov.uk
Attorney General; correspondence@attorneygeneral.gsi.gov.uk

The Attorney General can also be reached via twitter @AGO_UK

rac beagles criminal antics 10/1/15

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On Saturday 10th January, Bristol Hunt Sabs along with a couple of other groups attended a meet of the Royal Agricultural College Beagles at the Holford Arms in Knockdown, Gloucestershire. The RAC Beagles are the hare hunting pack of the Royal Agricultural University, based in Cirencester, maintained and hunted by its staff and students.We arrived at around 11.30 and it was clear that the hunt had already left the meet. Sabs entered the fields behind the pub and within minutes heard the beagles in cry only a short distance away. The beagles were soon in the field with us and a hare was spotted bolting away. With the use of voice calls and whips sabs rated the hounds, stopping them in their pursuit of this hare, all of this was in full view of hunt staff and followers who were also in the same field. Caught out illegally hunting, master-huntsman Harry Gosling quickly gathered up the beagles and headed back in the direction of the meet.For the next 20 minutes the beagles were taken on a walk around the edge of the fields with sabs close at hand. Phone calls were being made throughout this time by hunt staff who were clearly trying to hatch a plan, calling in back up from neighbouring fox hunts and from the Royal Agricultural University where this pack is based, as they have done the last couple of times they have had sab company. Upon hearing that the huntsman had been spotted back in the hound van, sabs made their way back to vehicles to depart.
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As we were approaching our vehicles we were confronted by a large group of supporters, presumably from the University, some of whom were obviously very intoxicated. In a clear attempt at provocation one of the young men pulled a foxes brush and a dead rabbit out of his pick-up, thrusting it at sabs. Others were pushing and shoving people around, trying to separate and single out sabs from the rest of the group. Refusing to rise to this, we got in our three vehicles in an attempt to leave. Four vehicles driven by hunt supporters then blocked the small lane we were on, preventing us from leaving. The Southampton land rover, which was in front of ours, had it’s windscreen smashed. The large group of hunt supporters then started to rock the land rover from side to side, chanting ‘We are the boys of the RAC’ as they did so, with the occupants still inside and fearing for their safety. The dead rabbit was then thrown on the bonnet of our land rover and mud was smeared over the drivers side of the wind screen and side window to obscure their vision. Several attempts were made by these thugs to enter the vehicles, as threats of violence were dished out. Whilst this was happening two whippers-in of the hunt, including Tom Ind, were present in full hunting attire, laughing at the behaviour of their peers and egging them on.We managed to get away but were then followed for a considerable distance by up to five vehicles full of hunt staff and supporters. All of which (including their erratic motorway driving to block us) has been documented. Videos to follow.rac4We have to ask the Royal Agricultural University if they think this violent and unlawful behaviour, as well as clear flouting of the Hunting Act by its students and staff, is acceptable?

A video showing some of the behaviour of RAU students  RAC Beagles supporters is now online – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hl43PNUqAE

Curre & Llangibby Hunt 03/01/15

Out with the Curre and Llangibby Hunt today and what a day it was! We teamed up with pals from South Wales & Somerset and descended on their meet at the pro-hunt Rock and Fountain Inn at Penhow. Upon spotting sabs, the hunt went into a bit of a panic and split in different directions in a clear attempt to lose us.

Soon enough we spotted the hounds being hunted on foot by a masked up huntsman (yes, you read that right) and soon enough the hounds went into cry so sabs stepped into action with horn calls and had the entire pack at our feet within seconds. The huntsman gathered them back up and cheekily put them back in the same covert so we decided to be cheeky too and took the pack off him again which led to the hunts thugs stepping up and throwing their weight around. Not phased, we kept eyes on the hounds and followed in pursuit as the huntsman legged it away.

Bringing the hounds to safety set the tone for the day as we repeatedly took them off the hunt and to our feet which angered their thugs no end who escalated their intimidation but we weren’t going anywhere.

Later in the day we witnessed the hounds being hunted right next to a main road which was shocking to watch. The riders looked ashamed to be a part of what was going on and we made sure no hounds went near the passing whizzing traffic. Another rider later told us he ‘didn’t agree with that at all’.

We spotted at least 4 foxes throughout the day and helped each one to safety. Despite attempts at violence and intimidation we sabbed the shit out of the Curre today. We’ll certainly be visiting these lot again…

A video of hounds in cry next to the A48 can be seen here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYFX7EFYfps