Posts Tagged ‘Hunt Sab’

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

Complete change of target this week and a new one for myself personally as various sab groups targeted the Grouse Moors around Holmfirth.

Grouse shooting is legal, however killing an animal purely for the pleasure of doing so is clearly repugnant for an normal person with a moral compass. Ignoring the fact that the Grouse will die in huge numbers the intensive management of the moors is massively detrimental to many other forms of wildlife. Any bird or animal which could possibly compete with the Grouse are systematically exterminated, regardless of protective status. Even for the poor old Hare can suffer as it has the potential to carry disease which could affect the Grouse. Foxes, Stoats, Weasels, Corvids and Raptors all suffer at the hands of game keepers as they raise artificially high numbers of Grouse for the financial elite to blast from the sky while dressed in tweed and flat caps. The biodiversity of grouse moors is severely lacking compared to those which have no shooting and yet the shooting industry will always claim they’re acting for the good of the environment.

Tweedtastic!

Tweedtastic!

This is of course complete nonsense. The Hen Harrier is a prime example. This wonderful raptor will soon become extinct in England if action isn’t taken. It’s currently protected and persecution of this bird carries a severe sentence however gaining a conviction against those committing the crimes is hugely difficult when the habitat is miles of open moorland. This is why shooting estates need licensing. Birds found illegally killed or nests destroyed should immediately mean the estate on which it occurs loses its license for that season. Hitting them where it hurts, (in the pocket) is the only message they’ll understand. What’s even more galling is the fact that we’re paying towards the upkeep of these estates as our taxes go towards the millions handed out in land subsidies. Something from which we get nothing in return. Even the licensing of shotguns is subsidised by us. Something which Cameron personally approved.

So it kinda feels good to ruin the fun of these people.

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It never ceases to amaze me the levels to which a certain sector of our society will stoop in an effort to continue with what they see are their right to hunt regardless of the law. It really shouldn’t surprise me I guess, I’m long enough in the tooth now to know a little of the mind-set of these people but I guess their ideals are so alien to my own and people like me that I’ll never accept even a tiny bit of it.

Once again there was an operation organised by several sab groups against another illegal mink hunt, this time our target was the Three Counties Mink Hounds however as it turned out we got two for the price of one with a joint meet including the Teme Valley Minks Hounds from which I’m sure you’ll remember the large expense incurred by West Mercia Police for the helicopter and multiple ground units. It was also the same day a sab was threatened with a knife.

Irony overload

Irony overload

Once again the police turned out in force (this time it was Warwickshire), complete with riot van, two separate dog units, multiple cars and even the helicopter made an appearance although only stayed for a mere 15 minutes or so. The big guy who threatened the sab with the knife was once again in attendance (wearing the same clothes – I wonder if he has a change as they must stink a bit by now?) and this time upped the ante by threatening him with a shotgun he had in his car. All this while standing next to a police officer. But it was OK apparently because he was a friend. I’m pretty sure had the roles been reversed someone would have been arrested and locked up pretty swiftly. Nice to know where you stand on these matters.

The land owner frothed at the mouth and was very hostile while others wanted to use their own children as a human shield in the false belief we couldn’t film their actions with them there. Aren’t they just wonderful examples of compassion and honour! Once again we stopped their little games despite their best efforts and attempts at subterfuge. Watch the video; I think you’ll enjoy it.

You may remember my blog entry from a few weeks ago regarding a Freedom of Information Request to West Mercia Police after they deployed significant resources to protect an illegal Mink Hunt (see here). I also suggested it may be a good idea to contact West Mercia and get them to explain themselves and that’s exactly what some of you did, so thanks to those who took the time and effort there. One particular query and response was forwarded to MorethanjustBadgers and I’d like to address the explanation given by West Mercia Police.

First of all the question was asked:

Why, may I ask are you spending all this money protecting people who are committing a crime? If you actually advised those hunting illegally that they would be arrested and charged perhaps they would then stop of their own accord. Thus those people who try to stop the illegal activity would not need to do so and your police force would not have to waste taxpayers time and money assisting criminals.

This is not the first time your police force has spent taxpayer’s money on enabling illegal hunting to continue. I fail to understand why your force allows these people to keep carrying out illegal acts and protects them whilst they are doing so.

And the Response:

As per our initial response, we must again re-alliterate that no police resources were pre-assigned to this hunting event, resources were only allocated in response to calls received from concerned members of the public (1). Whenever a call is received from a member of the public asking for police assistance, a dynamic risk assessment is applied and a decision made as to whether to send resources at all and if so, how many and of what type. Often, the decision maker around that allocation has to act on a partial picture of events on the ground based on incomplete and sometimes conflicting information (2).

Once resources arrived at the scene, a further assessment will take place as to what has happened, whether any offences have taken place and if there is a need for continuing police or partner agency involvement. Needless to say the more complex and involved the incident, and therefore require a longer police presence to complete a full assessment. The costs released in the freedom of information act request represent the time incurred by those units deployed to this incident, through until such time as they were released to other duties (3).

In incidents of this nature, the police are often faced by conflicting version of events from those present. They have to act based on what can be assessed at the time, and in the area of public protest, strike a proportionate balance between ensuring those who wish to go about their lawful activities may do so, while also ensuring those who wish to legally protest may also do so (4).

The police service does not enable illegal activity, nor protect those who engage in such activity. Where there is evidence of offences having been committed, we will conduct a proportionate investigation, but such allegations must be evidence based (5).

Let’s address these in order.

(1) As noted in my previous blog entry the police were not called by a concerned “member of the public” but in fact they were called by the hunt themselves. Although they could be perceived as members of the public they clearly have a vested interest in the outcome of the proceedings and will have no doubt painted a somewhat distorted picture of what was really going on.

(2) So the police openly admit they had little idea of what was going on and yet decided in very quick fashion to deploy multiple units as well as closing down a section of the town centre causing significant disruption to the local community and the justifying the cost of putting the helicopter on the scene. I would suggest whoever carried out their dynamic risk assessment may have overreacted.

(3) Once they had these multiple units in place it seems they were still unable to deduce who the criminals really were (threats of violence using a knife where made against a sab at the scene and captured on video). Perhaps it was a quiet day in that part of the country and very little crime taking place elsewhere as 10 vehicles and a helicopter would certainly seem to be overkill, perhaps they all fancied some action, not that there was any, we’re a non-violent direct action group although will defend ourselves if required.

(4) Well of course there was conflicting reports however there is one singular event which negates the rest of this part of the statement. We weren’t protesting and the hunt weren’t going about their lawful business. We were there to stop illegal hunting as we have a right to do and the hunt was hunting illegally. The hunter who called the police openly admitted to hunting in contravention of the Hunting Act. Police calls are routinely recorded so they could have referred back to the conversation and yet chose to ignore this information. We often have the police claim that the hunting act is a matter of personal choice, a conflict of morality and tradition which they won’t get involved with but let’s make things clear here. The Hunting Act 2004 is a fully endorsed piece of legislation supported by over 80% of the population and they are required to enforce that legislation as required by the law of the land. Now I’m not suggesting there was enough evidence in this instance to proceed with a prosecution however spending that amount of tax payer’s money on the protection of the hunt is certainly a kick in the teeth for anyone with a shred of decency and a concern for animal welfare.

(5) Well, pardon me if I’m wrong but you just did. An admittance of guilt is evidence of sorts and while the other evidence was largely circumstantial it was pretty obvious to anyone with half a brain what was going on. This statement just suggests that unless you have damming evidence of killing, undeniable proof of unlawful activity we’re really not interested, although we’re interested enough to deploy a helicopter, 10 cars and spend a shed load of cash. Surely a more proportionate response would have been a little less extreme and one sided. The police are without doubt severely blinkered on this issue.

It’s a funny old world we live in. Except I’m not laughing.

Thanks to the reader who supplied me with all the information, it is appreciated.