Bumper Cars and Bad Trainers

Posted: March 25, 2014 in Environmental
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Another interesting day in the field last weekend when we paid another visit to our friends the Palmer Marlborough and Sandhurst Beagles. Clearly my arrest on the previous visit wasn’t enough to dampen our spirits and with the Wye Beagles throwing in the towel (see story here) we felt it necessary to keep the pressure on until all these archaic organisations do the same. Knowing there’ll be someone waiting for them every time they try and satisfy their sick blood lust will no doubt have a large bearing on their future and the sooner they admit defeat the better for all concerned. I’ll apologise first off for the lateness of the blog update, I’ve been busy editing the videos I shot during the day plus, and contrary to the pro hunt belief, I actually work full time.

Anyway on with the show . . .

As usual we staked out the kennels of the Palmer Marlborough’s, awaiting the dog van to leave the farm where they’re stationed. Using a private back road they managed to leave without us noticing however we picked them up moments later in convoy with another vehicle which we suspected would be a blocker. Getting on their tail our suspicions proved correct, the blocking vehicle, a white flatbed Landrover was in a position between us and the target dog van. The blocker vehicle slowed down to a crawl allowing the dog van to escape. However we don’t give up so easily and our quick thinking driver saw an opportunity to pass. I’ll leave it to the video below to show what happened next.

You can see by the actions of the driver of the Landrover that they’re getting extremely desperate and if it wasn’t for the skill of our driver the situation could have ended a lot worse than just some scrapes and a smashed wing mirror. Needless to say Mr Trevor Gore probably wished he hadn’t forced the collision when we pulled him over and 4 guys dressed in black combats came over for a polite chat. However we were now out of the game having lost contact with the target vehicle, or so we thought. Moments later it came careering across the field at a high rate of knots before re-joining the road. Either there was going to be some very battered Beagles in the back or it was indeed empty, we suspected and hoped for the latter.

Sandhurst Beagle Meet

Nice dogs, shame about the humans

Having already had an impact we changed tack and joined up with other units to spoil the fun of the Sandhurst Beagles. We found their meet thanks to some good intelligence and upon our arrival the field and support were enjoying drinks in the sun prior to their intended killing. Times are obviously getting tough as the numbers were well down and many of the support looked ready for the grave themselves. Clearly our arrival wasn’t exactly what they wanted to see and upon noticing the opposition shoulders sagged noticeably as a black sab shaped cloud permeated their mood. The Whipper In, a charming chap called Mark White, resplendent in plus fours and the most disgusting day-glow yellow trainers came out to voice his displeasure, shaking with rage he made his best attempt to look tough and take photos however we all saw through his bravado.

The ever charming Mark White

The ever charming Mark White

We all had a good giggle at his expense which as you can imagine did nothing to improve his demeanour and once again he proceeded to call on his friends in the boys in blue. However the huntsman had decided to take the dogs for a walk so we set off to follow them. With sabs stationed at every potential footpath junction and a river and railway line limiting access to the south we effectively had them boxed in and although we lost sight of them in private woodland they were clearly not hunting and when the weather took a turn for the worse they headed for home. Another successful day for us and safety for the local Hares. The sab wagons woes weren’t finished for the day however as a wheel had to be changed due to a flat tyre.

Not animal friendly

Not animal friendly

In other news it saddens me to hear that the Government and NFU are still hell bent on killing more of our Badgers. Although the threat of ten more cull zones seems to have been averted the word is they’ll carry on in Somerset and Gloucestershire with Dorset also looking likely to be included. Needless to say plans are in place to counter this once more. Now is the time to stand up and be counted, get off your arse and get on the front line. Make it physically and financially impossible for the slaughter to continue. The more people we can get out there the bigger difference we can make, this is so much more now than a wildlife issue. This is about doing what’s right and showing that an unelected minority must never have the power and influence over scientific and public opinion. Please contact me for advice on groups to join and action to take. In the weeks to come I’ll be sharing the knowledge gained from last year’s cull plus legal advice and dealing with the police.

Comments
  1. great report thank you

  2. Steve says:

    Just want to say, what a great report! We’ll be certainly getting off our arses again should the cull come. Anyway, here’s hoping that Thursday sees that Paterson becomes the ridiculed fool that he all too obviously is, and the cull becomes totally sidelined. If not, we’ll be there…

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