Posts Tagged ‘Blocked Badger Sett’

If you’ve been keeping up with developments you’d have read my blog entry from last week that was in response to a statement the Fitzwilliam Hunt put out. Well interestingly they’ve responded and this made me very happy indeed.

Firstly thanks for the extra hits guys, I really appreciated it. It’s nice to know my blog is being read by both sides.

Secondly (and most amusingly) they’ve chosen to respond regarding the use of Citronella. Now my original blog post highlighted many issues regarding the illegal activities of the Fitzwilliam. The questionable use of a Bird of Prey, the presence of terrier men, the blocking up of Badger setts, the legality of trespass and access to private land and the laying of non-existent trails. Are we then to assume that they have conceded on all the above points I raised as truth, and they have nothing else as a counter argument? I wonder if they will issue another statement? Do you think they will hire a lawyer (they can certainly afford one) or get another deluded and indoctrinated teenager to write a heartfelt but ultimately nonsensical response?

There statement on the use of Citronella can be seen below.


It’s fairly clear they gave someone the job of doing a bit of research on citronella and they’ve quoted chapter and verse from the data sheet. However this has backfired on them in a pretty significant way. The response from the fabulous British general public was spectacular.

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So OK for use on children. Good to know.

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Some nice science there. I like science.

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Everything carries a potential hazard notice. It clears the manufacturers of any possible claims in the unlikely event of any reaction.

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I agree, not even neat Citronella can cover their desperation.

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Embarrassing indeed.

The above comments as only a small selection of the responses, the vast majority anti-hunt, factual and highly critical. If hunting is to survive it needs to take a long hard look at itself. Stop hunting live quarry, adopt the clean boot or drag, show some respect to other people and their  property and get with the times. Its a tiny minority pastime and the British public are deeply ashamed of what you do and what you represent. This archaic tradition is no excuse for cruelty, it’s time to adapt or go the way of the Dodo.

That was a comment from the former Mayor of Oakham on the 1st September 2016.

While I’m busy tied up putting sab sized spanners in the works of the Badger Cull in North Cots and making sure the Oakley Hunt aren’t able to successfully go cubbing I’m handing this blog entry over to Leicesters Animals Rights and their campaign to ban the Cottesmore Hunt from Rutland County Council land on Boxing day.

Oakham Town Council had a meeting on 25th November last year, and voted down The Cottesmore Hunt’s request to use a site on Boxing Day that they had been using for decades. Surprised? So were we, but perhaps not if you consider the fact that The Cottesmore Hunt’s terrierman was convicted just a couple of months before (17th September) for blocking a badger sett, illegal under Section 3 of The Protection of Badgers Act 1992. The Cottesmore Hunt set up a petition demanding the decision be reversed by Oakham Town Council; this gained 2,919 signatures, although some of them were reportedly fraudulent (for example, Basil Brush appears to have signed it… We don’t know how the petition would have been received, as it closed on 23rd December, 11 days after Rutland County Council said they would host The Cottesmore Hunt in their office car park, and Oakham Town Council’s website appears to have shut down rendering the minutes inaccessible.

We do know, though, that Oakham Town Council rejected the request partly because of concerns over wildlife crime & animal abuse. Have Rutland County Council or The Cottesmore Hunt addressed this? Apparently not; it seems that so far they’ve pretended that Oakham Town Council never mentioned these problems at all. The Cottesmore Hunt went one further, and concluded their petition with a statement saying the main concern was the safety of children. This wasn’t actually mentioned, so we don’t know if they’ve even bothered watching the video of the meeting. Don’t believe us? Watch it here…

Perhaps we should clarify, for those not in the know, that blocking badger setts is something done by fox hunts to prevent foxes entering them for refuge when they’re being pursued by hounds. It cannot be argued to be a harmless act; it helps ensure the death of the fox, and can potentially be fatal for badgers too (see Appendix 7 of a 2002 report on the damage that fox hunts do to badger setts to see how this can & does happen: Neither cannot it be argued to be an accident; in fact, when two employees of The Fernie Hunt were prosecuted in 2011 at Leicester Magistrates Court, the breach of The Protection of Badgers Act 1992 was declared evidence of intent to breach The Hunting Act 2004 i.e. pre-meditated criminal pursuit of the red fox. Is the same true of The Cottesmore Hunt? We’ll let you decide; the footage of The Cottesmore Hunt’s terrierman blocking a badger sett can be seen here…

Rutland County Council have no policies on animal welfare, or biodiversity, or the environment, so they may not be aware that a) badger persecution is a priority of The National Wildlife Crime Unit ( & b) as of 2014 the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) population is 29% lower than in 1995 according to a long-standing national survey (the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) from The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO);

Because of these facts, we think perhaps it’s time that more was done so what we’re now asking of Rutland County Council is simple; acknowledge the concerns of the public, and act on it. What we’re asking of the public is simple too; sign our petition (see here and join the event on 30th September to fill Rutland County Council’s twitter feed with opposition to bloodsports (see here


The Rutland County Council statement dated 9th December in which they declared their support for The Cottesmore Hunt can be seen here:

The now closed petition in support of The Cottesmore Hunt can be seen here: