I haven’t written very much lately, but then if you’re a regular of this blog you’ll already know that. Thing is I just haven’t had the time. Although the main hunting season has yet to start this is probably the busiest time of year for anyone involved in wildlife protection. We’re well into the the badger cull now and sabs all over the country are travelling many miles to protect our stripey nighttime wildlife from those who wish to do them harm. Cubbing season for the hunts is also in full swing so those sabs remaining at home are getting up early in the morning to find and stop these hunts. Some are doing both and it’s draining, physically, emotionally and financially.

I’d have hoped to bring you more news of the Fitzwilliam case as well by now but there are more delays. I’m beginning to wonder if this will ever get to court. It’s incredibly important that the case is heard as it’s the first time the Bird of Prey Exemption in the Hunting Act has been challenged in court. Winning this case will be pivotal in future prosecutions and could render the exemption useless to those who claim to hunt with it. The latest news I have is that we’re again waiting for a date when a non-biased judge can be found to hear the case and that our expert witness is also available. By the time this gets to court it will be likely that the offence occurred 2 years past. The Fitzwilliam are still using the BoP exemption and are still killing foxes. John Mease, their bird man (and co-defendant) is still riding around with an Eagle on his arm doing absolutely nothing in terms of making the hunting exempt.

I shall be heading out shortly for the long drive to Wiltshire for another night shift searching for badger shooters. I’ll be doing the same for the next two nights and no doubt fitting in some anti cubbing operations as well. We’ve had people staying down there full time. My work commitments mean I have to juggle my efforts and do what I can when I can but this doesn’t leave an awful lot of time for anything else although we did manage to organise a training session for new sabs recently which proved a huge success. The Godfather of sabbing Mike Huskisson came along and did a fantastic talk and we did a talk on what is expected of new sabs and what they are likely to face in the fields both from the other side and the police. It was heartwarming to see so many new people wanting to get involved and if this is a reflection on things to come then the hunts are going to be facing a very tough time indeed.

When I started this blog I had no real idea of what I wanted to do our where I wanted to take it but everything soon fell into place and turned into something I hadn’t really expected. However I’m now considering the future of this blog and the next step. I could carry on as before but time isn’t allowing me to put the effort in it deserves. This may change of course but as it stands I’m tempted to call it day at the end of this year when my hosting contract will need renewing and I can focus on the running of our sab group now that it is expanding.

Let me know your thoughts.

AA

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Comments
  1. Mandy says:

    It has been great reading your blogs.But if you need to focus on other things, then you can’t do everything. Who knows what the future holds. You can always resume another time. I will be off to Wiltshire for the WBP. Please take care,our paths might cross.

  2. Lou says:

    Love your blog and would be very sad to see it go. However, you obviously do an amazing job out in the field and are busy: maybe someone with more time could get the main points and do the write up for you? Very happy to volunteer. The online fight has made a massive difference-all the evidence out there in the field has allowed online activist to agitate and push for change. This is a group effort and we’re making real progress, as the election and now the NT vote has shown. Think you’re amazing and thanks 👍🏻

  3. Bonnie says:

    Hello I live in bucks and would like to join and help in some way.
    I have left previous messages on Facebook and emailed the hunt saboteurs group in my area, but no one replies to me. Can you make any suggestions?

  4. Marta Falco says:

    I’m 72 . went out sabbing with experienced sabs 3 times. Frustratingly am too old. day just too long. It seems to me that training must help sabs and monitors a lot. giving confidence and understand what is happening, how to work as team and how to be prepared. So I hope that you can focus and continue to help by teaching and running training days. Not only for my above reasons but to entice the people who fancy the idea but haven ‘t a clue . With your training and some knowledge it would give many more the confidence to Sab and Monitor and seems to me that numbers is what is needed. whats the point of this bird of prey being used ? just a stupid affectation or or?

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