Posts Tagged ‘South Herefordshire Hunt’

So it would appear that once again a hunt has been caught red handed holding a fox in an artificial earth and then dragging it from the hole and throwing it in front of the hounds to be chased and killed for the enjoyment of their riders and followers. This time it was the Kimblewick, a hunt which recently killed 97 of it’s hounds due to being infected with bTB. A disease that has unnecessarily caused the deaths of ten’s of thousands of badgers due to the Governments pointless culling policy. The hunt is the plaything of Lord Gardiner of Kimble, a long time Tory who’s been secretary for various ministers and ex chief spin doctor for the so-called Countryside Alliance and now member of the House of Lords.

The incident took place on New Years Day, the meet was at the Thame showground and was claimed as one of the high points of the hunting calendar.

The full video can be seen below.

 

I don’t think the video needs any explanation here. The Times originally reported on this and it’s clearly going to be a story which isn’t going to go away any time soon and has even made BBC TV. Considering the Kimblewick’s recent history and their claims of being a “super hunt” (whatever that may be) this is certainly big news. Whether there will be any action with regards to prosecutions remains to be seen however even to the most myopic viewer the video is clear evidence of illegal hunting or at the very least the intent to hunt a wild mammal. The terrier men are clearly working under the instruction of the huntsman so one would assume “joint venture” could be worth considering from a legal standpoint.

This compelling evidence once again blows apart the myth that hunts are obeying the law and legally following a trail. What shouldn’t be understated is the frequency in which this takes place. Hunts up and down the country will have artificial earths in their territory and will maintain these in an effort to have foxes to hunt on any given hunt day. This is certainly nothing new or out of the ordinary. Fairly recently the South Herefordshire, the Middleton, the Pytchley, and the Belvoir have all been implicated in keeping foxes purely for the purpose of hunting.

What happened to the fox on New Years Day remains unknown.

The so-called CA and Dim Tim Bonner are certainly going to have a hard time talking their way out of this one especially as their Head of Hunting (Polly Portwin) pretty much lives next door to the Kimblewick kennels and rides with them although they’ll no doubt do their best. If the Masters of Foxhounds Association have any credibility whatsoever they will suspend the Kimblewick immediately and then expel them after their own investigation but let’s face it, what are the real chances of that?

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You’re absolutely right Peter, let’s see some action for the authorities

The simple fact is that the hunting lobby like to promote this chocolate box image of hunting, the spectacle and the pomp and also that they somehow provide a service to farmers by controlling fox numbers, not that its even necessary. The truth is however vastly different and this is being shown time and again. Even in the face of such overwhelming evidence some hunt supporters are offering their own explanation which is, as you’d expect completely laughable.

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Jo is clearly a master of fantasy fiction

Fox hunting (and all hunting with hounds) is nothing more than organised crime, an organised crime who’s product is cruelty to wildlife, enjoyed by a psychopathic minority who are prepared to pay for the privilege and will employ the lowest of the low to do their dirty work, be that digging out foxes or conducting violent operations against those who oppose them. The fact it is so deeply entrenched within the establishment means we are fighting a constant battle against those who wield both power and influence.

It’s time that changed.

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Below is an exert from a post on Facebook by Team Fox (Save Me Trust) run by Brian May. Let’s hope they are as good as their word if the authorities don’t hold the perpetrators to account.

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It’s always disappointing when I hear of cases being dropped by the police or CPS due to lack of evidence or their belief that they don’t think they will get a conviction regardless of the evidence. While some cases are clearly less than certain bearing in mind the limitations of the legislation and the need to prove intent, others would appear to be in the public interest to proceed with. The case submitted by the excellent Cheshire Monitors would appear to be a prime example of this (see here). This is blatant cubbing and a prime example of why the law needs to be strengthened. Every rider in the video is guilty of helping to commit a crime and yet the current legislation doesn’t allow for that.

However it’s not all bad news and this brings me to the point of this blog entry.

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Fox killed by the Thurlow on Boxing Day

You may remember I wrote about the kill the Thurlow Hunt made on Boxing Day last year (see here). We submitted video evidence of the whole incident and provided statements to Suffolk Police who acted in a professional manner with the investigation. Now the justice system in the UK can’t ever be described as either quick or efficient and as the months drew on I was beginning to wonder when we would get a decision from the CPS as to how this would progress.

However I’m happy to report that the Huntsman and Whipper In will have to appear in court to answer the charges in relation to the Hunting Act and also for Assault.

This is of course great news.

With one prosecution already under our collective belts we’re confident that we can secure another and again highlight the criminality taking place in our countryside and make the perpetrators pay for their crimes. No doubt they will plead not guilty and I’ll get to lock horns with CA go to man Stephen Welford again but we’ve beaten him once so can do it again. As I’ve said before, with solid evidence and truth on your side it makes things a little easier.

It was also pleasing to note that the fox cub killers at the South Herefordshire Hunt will finally face the courts. Huge respect goes to the Hunt Investigation Team for their tireless work on this. The further revelations that came to light shortly after the breaking of the original story that the reason for the delays was the smear campaign against the investigating officer (see here). It is quite frankly a disgrace that this officer had to suffer this treatment while the real criminals were walking free. It also shows the levels in which the hunting community will stoop in an effort to subvert the course of justice and cover their own arses, regardless of the horrors committed in the name of their grubby little hobby. I would hope the person who made these outrageous allegations will be investigated themselves for wasting police time but that’s probably too much to hope for.

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It would seem that there will be no appeal of the Fitzwilliam case (see here). The time has now run out to submit an appeal and at the time of writing I haven’t been informed of any further proceedings. Although the CA made lots of noise about it at the time it was very much left in the hands of the huntsman, George Adams. His performance in court left a lot to be desired and came across as a very poor witness. He’s clearly decided he would rather not go through all that again and as he’s now retired would seem somewhat pointless.

Finally a hello to all the hunt types who read this blog. It’s good you read another point of view (you may learn something) and boost my figures. A special nod goes to the lovely chap who recognised me at the weekend after we packed up the Dove Valley Mink (Otter) Hounds meet he was attending. Fame wasn’t really something I sought out but it was nice anyway and made me smile. I guess I must be doing something right.

If you’re a follower of my regular ramblings you’ll be wondering why it’s been so quiet over the last few weeks. I’ve been on my holidays watching Eagles, Otters and Pine Marten on the West coast of Scotland and after the shambles that is Brexit and English politics in general I put some serious consideration in staying north of the border and ordering a kilt. But I’m back and what a busy news time it’s been so I’ll get right on it.

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First up was the investigation and subsequent arrest of members from the South Herefordshire Hunt for their unimaginable cruelty to the fox cubs they threw to their hounds. We’ve always known hunts breed foxes but this is the proof of the brutal levels to which they’ll stoop. This was a fine job by the Hunt Investigation Team in difficult circumstances and hopefully these savages will face the full force of the law although I suspect any sentence, once proven guilty won’t be enough. The pro hunt side have been very quiet on the issue with some mutterings from the Countryside Alliance using words like “isolated incident” but then we all know the reality and with any luck the hunt will now cease to exist and vanish under it’s own cloud of disgrace.

Then hot on the heel of this revelation was the release of footage gained from another independent investigation centred around the Pytchley Hunt. Many hours of undercover work and hidden cameras proved once again that hunts were far from providing some sort of wildlife management service. Again fox cubs were removed from the vixen (who was most likely killed) and kept in a secluded location, fed and watered, although caged for some time. Once the hunting season came about these same foxes were to provide the sick enjoyment hunters demand. Terriermen can be seen sending dogs down and flushing the foxes so they can be hunted.

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Full video can be seen here.

These incidents completely explode all the myths hunters and their supporters constantly spout regarding their legality and justification. Further to this you may wish to contact the BBC and ask why they are featuring hunts on their Sunday evening prime time TV show Countryfile. You can sign the petition and find out more here. To be honest the BBC should have named the show National Farmers Union Weekly and it covers little of what really occurs in our countryside and the promotion of the illegal activities carried out by hunts is not what I pay my TV license for.

And finally if you needed any more proof of the mentality of these people here’s a lovely post from the Ban Hunt Saboteurs facebook page regarding the announcement that Bill Oddie is the new President of LACS.

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Making fun of mental illness is neither big nor clever but then I’ve come to expect such vitriol from these vile people. I’ve met Bill several times and he’s a champion for our wildlife and certainly not afraid to tell it like it is. Our wildlife is under threat now more than ever, be it raptor persecution by shooting estates, the continued needless slaughter of our badgers and the organised crime that is hunting with hounds. It’s time to get involved.

UPDATE: It would seem the Pytchley Hunt have withdrawn from Countryfile Live. Well done to all those who contacted the BBC. There will be more revelations regarding the Pytchley revealed in due course.