It’s been a funny old week.

After the turmoil of the Hunting Act saga last week where Cameron showed his true cowardly colours and was ultimately forced into an embarrassing climb down on his promise to his chums at the Countryside Alliance it seemed perhaps things had quietened down a little and we were, more or less back to the status quo. There were good noises coming from the SNP in Scotland where they now seem to be heading towards a total ban on hunting with dogs which is good news all round.

Then a somewhat sinister turn of events took place.

Two sabs from the West Midland group received a Police Information Notice (PIN) without any evidence of any wrong doing and based purely on unsubstantiated “allegations” made by a member of the Atherstone Hunt. Last season these two sabs regularly attended hunts organised by the Atherstone where they gained footage of illegal hunting, assaults, racist behaviour and blocked badger setts. Currently one of the sabs is a witness in a court case concerning the illegal blocking of badger setts by the hunt. The sab also believes followers of the hunt have been to her home address and committed criminal damage to two vehicles, which the hunt have openly boasted about.

The sabs are accused of goading and harassing members of the hunt but when a legal representative asked the police if the hunt would be receiving a similar notice in relation to their constant law breaking they were told that they would merely be speaking to the hunt regarding their behaviour. All of the allegation made against the two in question are without foundation so the police are showing their colours once again in the unjustified use of a PIN notice. They can base their action on any allegations regardless of whether there is any justification or evidence to support the allegations. The fact that West Mids sabs have video footage of hunt members assaulting sabs seems to hold little sway in these matter and only goes to show that once again the Atherston Hunt have their own police force working for them.

It gets better.

The Accidental Activist

The Accidental Activist

West Mids recently came into the possession of a letter sent to all members of the Atherston Hunt which outlines the levels to which the police had been working with (or for) them. The letter outlines how to deal with sabs and how they should behave and what to do about negative footage posted on social media. It also notes that the police had in fact been undercover with the hunt. Now I may be getting this wrong but I was under the impression that Hunting with dogs was illegal and the police are there to uphold the law, not to facilitate those who wish to openly break it. This is clearly a massive indication that the police are misusing their powers and the money paid by the tax payer. This line from the letter sums it up nicely:

“To continue having good sport, we all have to do our bit to discourage the saboteurs/monitors by following the advice of the police”.

It doesn’t end there.

Shortly after these events a sab from Northants was contacted by the police and asked to come in for an interview regarding an incident which took place last season and, yes, you guessed it, it was connected to the Atherston Hunt. Again the allegations are wholly unjustified and I await the outcome and will report on when I have more information. So, what next?

Well, at 7:00 am on Thursday 23rd there was a knock at my door. My partner answered and was greeted by two uniformed officers wanting to speak to me. I had already left for work (yup, most sabs work contrary to what the hunts will have you believe) so I wasn’t available but they asked to a few questions at which point my partner became very suspicious and after a short exchange they went on their way. Now this of course could be a complete coincidence however it’s not looking that way. Now I’m hardly Pablo Escobar so getting in contact shouldn’t be that hard but at the time of writing the police have yet to return.

I think it’s time this type of blatant, one sided and unlawful policing came to an end. The hunts are openly breaking the law, no other sector of society would be allowed the get away with this behaviour and it is an insult to the laws of the land and all the decent police who do their jobs the best they can. We need to stand up to this, get it out there and make as much noise as possible. Just look at the proposed vote on the Hunting Act, scuppered by pressure from the people, the general public who overwhelmingly support it made the Government think twice about enforcing their twisted views so desired by a tiny minority who enjoy inflicting cruelty.

Add you name to the petition to remove the PIN here.

Supporters Lletter

Supporters Lletter

UPDATE: The MP for Birmingham Hall Green, Robert Godsiff wades in to the issue with a letter to the Chief Constable. I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the content. See below:

.letter 2

Comments
  1. Julian Brown says:

    This is disgraceful! The police should be cracking down on illegal hunting and NOT assisting in illegal activity.

  2. auntiecon says:

    We must do everything possible to bring these criminals to justice. Our brave sabs and monitors have put up with these criminals for decades. They’ve been persecuted just like our wild animals, lied about, assaulted and had their property damaged. The time has now come to expose what is going on and bring these evil criminals to justice. We must circulate and spread the word as widely as possible. We owe it to these brave people.

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