When the New Forest hounds started hunting a fox, and the hunt staff were nowhere in sight, 4 activists videoing decided drastic action was required and attempted to stopp the hounds. They were then set upon by riders with the hunt who only ceased their attack when the activists came upon a group of ramblers. The police have video of the attackers and are considering a prosecution although the Hunt Master claimed they "weren't regulars". Of course, mate! Wink wink.
To show we mean business, 60 hunt saboteurs visited the New Forest in response to the tyre slashing incident. If people MONITORING the hunt or their vehicels are attacked, we will not go away. We will come back with more and SABOTAGE. As it was, the hunt kept onthe move all day - with the assistance of at least 6 riot vans and a mobile cell unit. However, the hunt packed up at 1.30 (about 3 hours early).
A hunt monitor in the New Forest had 3 tyres slashed as he was observing the New Forest Foxhounds with 2 friends from a meet at Ipley Manor. They were alerted to the fact by a police officer. For years hunt supporters cars have been left alone by animal rights activists because we told them it would come back on us. Now there is nothing we can say to stop them!
3 weeks ago police were called by several members of the public when hounds from the hunt were seen pursuing a fox - a breach of the Hunting Act and their Forestry Commission licence.
This year our members have increasingly received threats of violence and intimidation. It is clear to us that the New Forest Hunt and their supporters have something to hide or they wouldn't be bothered by our presence. If they are going to hunt foxes in breach of the law and their licence with the Forestry Commission then we will be there to document it. For years they have bullied wildlife and now they are bullying our members. We will not bow down to criminals and bullies.
To complain to the hunt:
New Forest Foxhounds Master Paul Ames 02380 292582.
Hunt Kennels 02380 282585
Some southern reps went up to the grouse moors and helped save hundreds of lives.
One would-be grouse shooter (below) decided to take up shooting pictures instead, although he still waved his gun around and fired it over a protestor's head!
News in our region:
22/11/08. Sabs save fox at Ledbury Hunt (Glocs) after hounds caught on film mauling it.
NOT OUR MOST RECENT BUT STILL OUR TOP NEWS STORY OF LAST SEASON.
The fox was taken to a wildlife hospital and is going to make a full recovery. The police were informed and showed no interest.
This film shows that foxes do not die an instant death. It also shows that we really do save lives and that until the Hunting Act is tightened and enforced properly we need to be there FOR FOX SAKE!
You can also see the ITV West news report by following this link (preceded by 20 seconds of adverts)
Like the majority of people in this country we believe that they should leave our wildlife alone. Like the majority we believe the Hunting Act should be enforced. Until the ban takes effect we will remain out in the fields.
Thank you to the support of the public. Without you we couldn't be out there saving lives.
Prior to the Hunting Act coming into force, or even being voted through in Parliament, the hunting fraternity claimed that up to 40,000 people signed a declaration to defy the law and face the consequences of any ensuing prosecution. If somebody publicly declares that they are going to set out to break the law, can you trust them when they claim that they don't intend to break it? Add to this the fact that since the Act came in, we have witnessed activity that is clearly hunting - although not always been able to gather the appropriate evidence. Read more about what has been happening in the round up page.
We desperately need lightweight digital video cameras that are easier to carry over difficult terrain, have better zoom capabilities and longer battery life. If you can donate any modern video equipment or can make a donation towards the purchase of new video cameras, please get in touch. The more cameras we have out in the field, the better protected the animals are.
The great news is that in some circumstances - like that described above - the presence of a camera is enough to save an animal's life! It is vital that we maintain a presence. We can only do this with your help. More....
What are bloodsports?
Sick individuals take pleasure from inflicting pain on animals for their amusement. Foxes, Hares, Stags and Mink are hunted by people on horseback or on foot with packs of hounds - in defiance of the law. Pheasants, Grouse and Partridge are reared in pens, to be shot for someone's pleasure. Gamekeepers eradicate other animals that aren't destined for the shoot and therefore regarded as "vermin". There are also activities such as badger baiting and dog fighting on the fringes of the bloodsports community.WHAT IS SABS?
SABS is an organisation committed to the end of bloodsports in this country. We operate in Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Surrey and Sussex. To achieve this end we have utilised the traditional methods of consciousness raising, letter writing and demonstrating. We will now use the Hunting Act as a tactic to finally bring hunts to an end. However, whilst there are loopholes in the law or hunters ignore the law, ANIMALS ARE BEING KILLED.
They can be stopped! SABS focuses its energies to STOP THE KILLING NOW.
Direct Action Against Bloodsports
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