High Peak Harriers 6.12.14

Today we paid a visit to the High Peak Harriers with our good friends from Manchester Hunt Sabs and W Yorkshire Sabs.

We met up early, at their kennels and waited for them to show. Just as they did the policeIMG_2154 decided to turn up and stop one of the sab vans from leaving and then our van was then blocked by a supporter. Luckily, it wasn’t long until we found this horse box and a rather fancy dressed woman at the wheel. If she wasn’t wearing hunting gear we would of never of known, so thank you!

We found our way to the meet just as they set off and it seemed they had forgotten all their hounds. They didn’t give us a reason, but it was most likely because 3 sab vans had turned up at their meet. We decided to keep an eye on the for the day as their kennels were not far and if we left, they could of easily gone and got them.

90s high peakSome riders decided to try and cause some trouble, including the infamous Nigel Cox, who in 1985 threatened sabs with a shotgun and then shot the radiator of a sab van. He decided to try and push his horse into one sab who was filming and tried to run down another. See photos below.

The hunt packed up around 3, which was good for the local wildlife and also the cows and sheep who they scared on numerous occasions while racing around their fields.

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Yes, we couldn’t believe our eye’s either. Sabs were in the process of repairing a dry stone wall when, the whipper (green coat) hurtled over and started ranting and raving about sabs damaging all the land and that we don’t care about anyone but ourselves. After a discussion he suddenly changed and roped in a few followers who helped us to repair the wall.

The High Peak Harriers are a strange bunch, but hopefully while rebuilding the wall we might of also built some bridges with them. Its just Nigel that needs to calm down now!

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Shoot disrupted & our visit to the Badsworth Hunt

Good day with our friends from Manchester Hunt Sabs and W Yorkshire Sabs.

shoot 4On our way to find the Badsworth Hunt we spotted a shoot happening not far from the road and of course we were not going to just drive on. Sabs jumped out and headed into the fields to put a stop to the shooting. Once in their fields the shooters reluctantly packed their guns away. A few came over to have a chat with sabs, spouting their usual rubbish. One guy even claimed he was a police officer and that sabs had assaulted his wife.

Badsworth hunt 2Once we had finished with the shoot we moved on to find the Badsworth hunt. Sabs found them not far from their meet and stuck with them for the remainder of the day. At times the huntsman would try and put the hounds into woods but they were quickly called back out by sabs. At one point the hounds did flush out a hare but sabs were able to make sure it escaped unhurt. We did have a bit of trouble with one supporter who tried to threaten sabs with his dog but the dog was having none of it and just wanted a stroke from sabs.

We can’t thank everyone enough! We have just reached our target on our fundraiser. You can still donate to Liverpool Sabs by heading to our Donate page.

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York & Ainsty South Hunt 22.11.14

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Great day today sabbing the York & Ainsty South Hunt. We teamed up with Manchester Hunt Sabs, Sheffield Saboteurs and W Yorkshire Sabs and met the hunt just as they were arriving at their meet. Sabs followed the hunt from the start of the day and managed to keep with them till the end. At the start, the huntsman rode off at speed to try and lose sabs but sabs were never far behind and when the huntsman is running from us he isn’t hunting so that is always good.

Hounds managed to find scents multiple times during the day but sabs were always there to take them off and lead them in the other direction. Sabs succeeded in saving a small fox that bolted from a hedgerow right in front of sabs. Its scent was quickly covered with citronella and other sabs made sure the hounds were stopped from chasing it.

After another hour or so of not really doing anything and the number of riders dwindling, the hunt decided to pack up so we happily followed them back to their meet. Cake was passed around the van as we celebrated another kill free day.YAS 22.11.14 8  YAS 22.11.14 5 YAS 22.11.14 1YAS 22.11.14 6 YAS 22.11.14 7  YAS 22.11.14

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Holcombe Harriers 15/11/14

Liverpool Sabs teamed up with Manchester Hunt Sabs yesterday and paid a visit to the Holcombe Harriers. Sabs arrived and so the hunt decided to lay a trail. Last year the Holcombe Hunt was following a trail when hounds rioted and killed a hare. See here:http://www.huntsabs.org.uk/index.php/news/press-releases/494-local-hunt-kills-hare-at-meet-near-brindle

Therefore sabs stuck with the hunt all day on the steep and boggy moorlands insuring that there was no kills. After only a few hours the hunt packed up and sabs headed home for a well deserved rest.

If anyone is interested in coming out sabbing please message the page or email: lpoolhuntsabs@hotmail.co.uk

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Mink Hunt

With the foxhunting season over, we are now focusing our attention on mink hunts. With around 60 sabs we paid a visit to the kennels of the Dove Valley Minkhounds, in Leicestershire, and managed to stop them from even leaving the kennels for their day’s hunting. Seeing that the hunt was not going out, we left one sab van outside to make sure they didn’t sneak out and headed down to find the Northamptonshire Minkhounds who were hunting the River Kym near Kimbolton on the Northamptonshire/Bedfordshire/Cambridgeshire border. When sabs descended on the hunt, they quickly decided to head back to their meet and pack up.

As we waited for the hunt vehicles to leave 2 plain clothes police officers suddenly arrived in regular vehicles (Not undercover police cars), saying the hunt was leaving and we were trespassing and we needed to leave. We asked these officers to show some identification to prove that they actually were police as they had no numbers on their vest or their ID cards visible but they refused and quickly headed back to their cars and headed off with the hunt vehicles.

If you would like to help out and get involved please contact us via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/liverpool.huntsabs

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Visit to the Ryford Chase rabbit hounds and the Woodland Pytchley foxhunt

We met up with our regular northern comrades, Nottingham and West Midlands sabs. With around 40 sabs, we paid a visit to the Ryford Chase rabbit hounds who were being hosted by the Pytchley Foxhunt. The rabbit hounds are owned and hunted by the ex-huntsman of the Cotswold Vale hunt, Nick Valentine and haven’t as far as we are aware ever been sabbed before. They claim to kill between 20 and 60 rabbits (and, we suspect, anything else they can get) in an afternoon so were well worthy of our attentions.

There were about 250 supporters at the meet who quickly decided to have a go at sabs. Even hitting sabs with walking sticks and kicking a sabs head when she fell to the floor. We stood our ground and were happy to wait and watch Valentine put his hounds back in their trailer without leaving the meet. Northamptonshire police quickly descended in force and sent a police helicopter, 3 firearms officer and around another 3 police cars. Officers where being totally biased towards the hunt, Cancelling a ambulance that had been called for injured sabs, threatening sabs, enforcing a section 60aa (face coverings), trying to confiscate all mobile phones and video camera’s from sabs and the list could go on!

Once all the support had left and we were sure the rabbit hounds were off home we turned our attention to the who were about half an hour away. There were only about six riders when sabs arrived and we were quickly in the fields after them. The police soon turned up (again with the helicopter) and were even worse than before. They detained all the sab vans, put road blocks in place, drove slowly in front of sab vans an not letting them overtake which caused chaos for the locals. We kept an eye on the hunt on foot and in vehicles until they packed up at around 4.30.

A very difficult day for sabs but we left happy knowing we had saved plenty of wildlife.

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What We Do.

Hunting with hounds was banned in England & Wales in 2005, however most hunts continue much as they did before. The police rarely help enforce the Hunting Act, due to a combination of ignorance on hunting techniques and interpretation of the law, and bias towards those who hunt and against those who try to stop it. In theory hunting with hounds is a thing of the past but in practice countless animals are pursued and ripped to pieces by hunts in the UK every week.

Liverpool hunt saboteurs have experience of using non-violent direct action tactics to save the lives of thousands of hunted animals every season. From the use of hunting horns and voice calls to call off hounds from the scent at foxhunts, to standing in front of shooting butts on grouse moors, to wading through rivers at minkhunts, wherever animals are being hunted for fun, hunt saboteurs will be there, protecting our wildlife from the “sportsmen” who get their kicks from killing.

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