First we joined up with W Yorkshire Sabs and decided to pay a visit to the High Peak Harriers. We had received word that they had delayed their start due to the weather conditions, so parked up at their kennels and waited for them to move. It got to about 1.30 and with the conditions not any better plus the fact 2 sab van were waiting outside; they decided not to go out. Hounds were fed so we left knowing they wouldn’t be hunting with full bellies.
With the Meynell and South Staffs Hunt not far from us, we decided to head down to them and join up with Manchester Hunt Sabs Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs and Derby Huntsabs. On arrival sabs had just successfully rated hounds and ensured the escape of a fox.
We headed off to intercept the hunt. Once our sabs headed into the fields the hunt immediately became aggressive. A rider decided to ride down one of our sabs and the terriermen proceeded to start driving into sabs with their quads. For the rest of the day they threatened us and tried to intimidate us but we have seen it all before and it didn’t deter us. With sabs in every direction they turned, the hunt decided to call it a day and headed back to their meet at around 3.
A very successful day. Two hunts sabotaged and no kills.
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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 police 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.
Some 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!
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.
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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.
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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.