I have to admit to being a little quiet recently and lacking somewhat in putting finger to keyboard and getting some thoughts down regarding what’s happening in the world of the Accidental Activist. My videos seem to be a hit so thanks to all who viewed them and left comments on Facebook and sent me nice emails.

However it seems dark times really are upon us. The nights are drawing in and the warm summer will soon be a memory lost in the falling leaves but it’s now that the meanest and most callous individuals come creeping from their other lives of the socially respectability, the tweed & Chelsea tractor brigade brought up on a diet of delusional superiority and drinks before dinner. However we must not be fooled and we must show them for what they really are and what they stand for.

Last week a well-known and dedicated sab was rushed to hospital after attending a meet of the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Fox Hunt who were what the hunting fraternity like to call Autumn Hunting, but is more accurately know by those who oppose them as ‘Cubbing’. This involves the hunt surrounding a covert and sending in the hounds with the riders and foot followers preventing the foxes from escaping. The intention is to teach the new hounds to kill and they do this against the most inexperienced foxes they can find; this year’s cubs. Older foxes are usually left to escape as they will be considered good sport for later hunts. Cubbing has been illegal since 2005 but those hunts intent on maintaining their sick tradition will always need new hounds to do their dirty work and the new hounds need to know the taste of blood. Of course any hound not showing the correct aptitude for killing will itself be destroyed as it, in the eyes of the hunt, will have no purpose and use.

stretcher

During this meet the sab was standing on a public road observing the hunt when a rider from the hunt rode her down at speed with his horse, from behind. She was thrown in the air before being dragged some distance. The attacker then rode off laughing. There was clearly huge concern for her welfare and an ambulance was called immediately as she was suffering from shortness of breath due to a possible collapsed lung and in a great deal of pain. The attack however wasn’t the end of the matter. The attending ambulance was blocked deliberately, as hunt followers refused to move their vehicles for several minutes. These minutes could have proved vital and once again shows the level these people are prepared to stoop. The air ambulance also attended the scene, a decision which isn’t taken lightly such was the concern for the victim.

The hunt showed a complete disregard for the incident, laughing and joking as they carried on hunting before returning to the meet for a BBQ. Fortunately the whole incident was captured by a dashboard camera in one of the sab vehicles. This crucial evidence was handed to the police who I believe have arrested a man in conjunction with the incident. What remains to be seen is the charge and ultimately the punishment. Riding someone down with half a tonne of horse is no different from hitting them with a car as far as I’m concerned and should be treated as such. The perpetrator of this cowardly crime clearly had intensions to severely injure or even worse and my hope is the law will see things in the same way and a suitable conviction will be gained. I also hope once inside and serving his time a nice chap, built like the proverbial brick outhouse takes a liking to him in a most intimate manner and refuses to take no for an answer. Perhaps then he’ll understand a little what it’s like to be hunted and abused.

chopper

The sab is recovering in hospital, covered in bruises and with 7 broken ribs plus a tear in the lung. My best wished go to her for a speedy recovery. This kind of incident shows we’re having an effect although this particular hunt is known for its violence so it highlights the courage required by the sabs to undertake such a daunting prospect and once again highlights why many sabs choose to hide their faces due to the potential for repercussions. If the hunts think this type of violence and intimidation will have an effect then they are sorely mistaken. This makes us stronger and more determined, we will never give up until every hunt has gone the way of the dinosaurs. You keep hunting and we’ll be there, saving wildlife through non-violent direct action.

In other news and sadly as expected it looks like the badger cull will start in the next few weeks. I will of course be out there doing my best, along with all the other groups to save as many of these wonderful animals as we can from the guns of the hired thugs from the NFU. I’ll try and keep you up to date with proceeding but in the meantime please donate, share or even better get out there. It’s your duty to fight injustice, be it state sponsored or otherwise. I could never sleep at night knowing I stood by and watched as our wildlife was iradicated.

UPDATE: A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Photos courtesy of Dorset Hunt Sabs

Comments
  1. EponaSpirit says:

    Reblogged this on Pass the SAFE Act! and commented:
    Frightening to think that we have these kind of human beings walking this earth, riding our beloveds.

  2. Maggie Frazier says:

    I, probably along with many others, had no idea this was happening. What brave souls you are to stand up to this kind of bullying. I hope the gal that was so badly injured will be ok. That’s an awful lot to come back from. I was under the impression that the hunts only “ran” the foxes & that the hounds were chasers – not going in & killing foxes. And CUBS?? My, these people must be of the same mindset as the ones who go out to slaughter wolves (& wolverines & badgers) As Eponaspirit said above – scary to think these so-called humans have anything to do with any animals much less our wonderful horses.

  3. Maggie Frazier says:

    Sad that in both our countries – the mindset is the same in certain people. Those of us who write emails, letters & donate to the various wild horse & burro groups in this country certainly can sympathize with what you are going thru. But the only alternative is to keep on going…
    I have a question, tho – what does sab stand for? (sorry if I’m being dense).

    • Thanks for the comment.

      Sab is short for Hunt Saboteur. We are a direct action group dedicated to saving wildlife through non-violent means.

      http://www.huntsabs.org.uk/

      • nothappy says:

        You say a “non violent” means however people seem to forget the trouble you antis cause

      • Depends on your definition of trouble I guess. I’m sure we “antis” as you so eloquently put cause a huge amount of trouble to those who get their kicks from torturing and killing animals. I’d be pretty annoyed if I was that way inclined (although I like to think evolution hasn’t passed me by) and someone turned up and ruined my day.

        Simple fact is my friend violence from hunts and their support is documented time and again. You’ll have trouble finding any evidence for the opposite.

  4. V. Inzani says:

    Post the video on Facebook and Twitter when the criminal proceedings have concluded.
    The Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Fox Hunt deserve to be shamed publicly.
    AFAIK, if it’s the truth it’s not libel.

  5. chris wood says:

    Thank you all so much for your efforts, All heroes, every one of you. A speedy recovery to the victim of this truly appalling attack. They really do think they are above the law, these cowards so delighted that justice will prevail, in this case. Fingers crossed and thank you all again, for your courage x

  6. Rex Mutt says:

    and to think it all stems from an inferior persons complex and assertion (to themselves) of their superiority………

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