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.
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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