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Fortnightly headlines, produced by Foxy Blether and AAF. If you have anything to contribute, please email Pip on info@actionagaisntfoxhunting.org.

June 28th 2022

Arun Squires from the Puckeridge Hunt is due to appear in Stevenage Magistrates Court on 13/7/22 relating to an offence committed on 27/12/22.
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Staffordshire HS report that Ben Elkin, a North Staffs Hunt supporter has been fined £8000 for breaking animal disease control regulations whilst working in a slaughter house, and risking the spread of bovine TB. He is also in the fallen stock business which was the means by which the complete Kimblewick hound pack contracted bTB. He permits his Farm to be used to host the North Staffs Hunt meets.
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A hunt supporter, with East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt, pled guilty to dangerous driving and criminal damage. This was the incident involving a tractor ramming a monitor’s vehicle. He  has been banned from driving as part of his bail conditions.  Sentencing hearing is coming up on 5 July.

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Clwyd is the most north-eastly of the eight Welsh counties. It is home to the Flint And Denbigh Hunt. North Wales HS report that the High Sheriff of Clwyd namely Zoe Henderson rides with the Flint And Denbigh Hunt. Apparently she meets with the police to discuss such things as wildlife crime and prosecutions.
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The North Wales police are supposedly investigating two cases of illegal foxhunting and they have only a few days left to press charges. They have, however, found time recently to meet up with the High Sheriff, namely, the aforementioned Zoe Henderson.
If the North Wales police run true to form, possibly because it amuses them to be antagonistic, they may well announce that they are dropping their two outstanding cases against the hunt. The first announcement is anticipated on the 8th of July, and the second one on the 15th. (The offences occurred on the 8th of January and the 15th of January, and there is a six-month time limit.)
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About a week ago the Chief Constable of North Wales Police, Carl Foulkes, was revealed to be a trustee of an organisation called Police and Community Trust (PACT). A fellow trustee was Lord Lieutenant Harry Featherstonhaugh, who is also a member of the Flint and Denbigh Foxhunt. Lord Lieutenant Featherstonehaugh permits the Hunt to meet on his estate, and his wife is a  Huntmaster of the Flint And Denbigh Hunt. 

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The Three Counties HS report that the Hunting Office (HO), now renamed British Hound Sports Association (BHSA), had its first AGM held at Cheltenham Racecourse on the Tuesday 28th of June. The event was described as rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic, which is probably fairly accurate as the new chairman is none other than Viscount Astor.
Three Counties HS have a delightful video of one of their members trying to attend the meeting and being politely refused entry.
https://www.facebook.com/3CHuntSabs/posts/pfbid0YsnmTqZo5rVkhHZRioiMDGdki3qavavstZDBMKZiA3VAZzTcCSKvFEVXoqCoUf84l
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There will probably be a protest at the proposed site and at the council offices on Friday 1st July, opposing the establishment of a mobile zoo at the property of a Cull director. Details yet to be released.
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Sab groups across the country are continuing to sab Mink and Otter hunts.
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Thank you for reading.

 

 

 

 

June 24th 2022

There are  10 court cases pending. See below.
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Paul Martin (60) from the Western Hunt has received a fine for assaulting a sab. The offence occurred on 16/10/21. He is also required to pay compensation for breaking a phone.
(John Sampson from the same Hunt was convicted recently for having hounds dangerously out of control when they savaged and killed a cat.)
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Chris Woodward, the Wynnstay Huntsman has been charged with two separate accounts of hunting. The first near Malpas in November ‘21 and the second near Wrexham in February ‘22.
The court case is due on 6/9/22 at Wrexham magistrates’ court.
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A huntsman from the Puckeridge Hunt is accused of hunting a fox with dogs on 27th December 2021. He comes from Brent Pelham, Hertfordshire. He’ll appear at Stevenage Magistrates Court on Wednesday, July 13.
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Rupert Evelyn reports that Ollie Finnegan’s prosecution (Hunting Act Offences 11 January,
Quorn Hunt) was dismissed  at Leicester Magistrates Court on 20th June, as the CPS provided no evidence. We are looking into this. If this was the CPS’s fault, then this is the second time it has happened – same hunt, same defendant. Very suspicious. The previous case was 25th August 2021.
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Two persons from the south Shropshire Hunt (Daniel Cherriman and Oliver Beasley) are believed to have appeared in court yesterday, (Tuesday 21st) charged with offences under the Hunting Act. They have pleaded not guilty and the case has been adjourned to next month.
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William Hanson, huntsman with the Fernie Hunt has been charged under the Hunting Act for an offence committed on 8/1/22.
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The Telegraph newspaper was in high dudgeon at the weekend as the organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show (to be held in Harrogate 12-15 Jul) had cancelled the central parade of hounds from various hunts. The Telegraph bemoaned how children enjoyed seeing the doggies. And they implied that anti-hunt activists were spoiling the children’s day out at the show. It appears that the cancellation was made on moral grounds by the show’s organisers.
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The Hunting office is to be renamed as the British Hound Sports Association.
Since most members of the public will not have heard of the Hunting Office in the first place, the rebrand seems to be a rather pointless exercise, but heck, they might convince themselves that they can still be seen as cuddly friends of the countryside. We shall continue to show otherwise.
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The Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) was rather less robust
than they might have been, in their banning of fox and trail hunting. In fact, they only went public after the information leaked out and their decision was all over Facebook.
It is to be hoped that as many people as possible write complimentary emails or letters to them for the bold, brave, and correct decision to permanently ban the hunt. The object being to deter any backsliding.
Email: trailhunting@lakedistrict.gov.uk
Email: hq@lakedistrict.gov.uk
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Horse and Hound reports that Barbury Castle can no longer host point-to-point meetings. These are fund raisers for the hunt.  The Tedworth Hunt and the Vine and Craven have recently held events there.
For more details, click here
https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/barbury-castle-point-to-point-792856

Manchester Hunt Sabs along with Staffordshire Hunt Sabs shut down a meeting of the Dove Valley Mink Hounds when they were meeting on Saturday, (16 June) near Congleton.

Two weeks ago a call went out for help to rescue a pigeon trapped in a warehouse. It seemed a hopeless case but one person turned out and the pigeon was rescued/saved. Good effort against the odds.
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Staffordshire Hunt Sabs also report that the Moorlands Hunt used a convicted fox killer (Reece Murphy), a man banned from keeping dogs, to judge their Dog Show fundraiser at the weekend. This might mean that the Moorlands Hunt can expect quite a lot more attention.

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The trial date for Mark Antony Pearson of the South Dorset Hunt, who is charged with hunting a wild mammal with dogs, is set for 17th and 18th October. The offence occurred on 13 Dec last year.
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Christopher Barker, a Terrier-man with the Derwent Hunt in North East Yorkshire has been fined in York Magistrates’ Court for driving his speedboat at a pod of bottlenose dolphins on 9 Jul 21. The fines, costs, and surcharges amounted to £534.
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In some areas there has been a weather change with the attitude of police. The increasing number of court cases is indicative of this.
There is so much activity just now concerning Hunt and their members that it is difficult keeping pace with them.
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It looks like the Tanatside Hunt  (Welshpool) has finally folded. In a comment on the ‘This is Hunting UK’ Facebook page a contributor says, “… too late for our Hunt that has just folded due to the loss of so much country…”.

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Paul O’Shea  from the East Essex Hunt was convicted of Hunting Act Offences and Animal Cruelty offences in Chelmsford Magistrates Court on 22 June. Sentencing (likely to be custodial) is in August.  This same hunt has a fundraising event on the 25th of June at Sudbury (CO10 8BL) and a protest is been organised by the north London HS, and AAF. For more details, click here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1171477106974896?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D

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The Daily Mirror reported that the MOD spend £121k last year on improvements for the kennels for the Royal Artillery (RA) Hunt. They were slightly indignant that there were many service men living in substandard properties.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/defence-chiefs-splash-out-121000-27207485

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There is yet another new group formed called Waveney Harriers HS. Unsurprisingly they will be concentrating on sabbing the Waveney Harrier Hunt.
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News from Euro in Ukraine.“We’re still covering all sorts; most recently a goat, pig, fox, owl, 3 ponies and a donkey from Kramatorsk and Kharkiv.. travelling all over the East of Ukraine to save them, moral dipped a little but is back on track and personally my finances are starting to run a little low so any donations greatly appreciated!

We’re based in central Ukraine but go all over for rescues”
Contributions to:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/rescue-zoo-animals-abandoned-in-ukraine?utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer

Thank you for reading.

June 8th 2022

Mark Anthony Pearson, South Dorset Hunt, from Child Okeford, appeared at Weymouth Magistrates Court today (8 June) to plead not guilty to one count of hunting a wild mammal with dogs.

Pearson, aged 64, is accused of hunting a fox with a dog on December 13 last year at Bere Down Farm on Bere Down Lane in Bere Regis and that the hunting was not exempted by Schedule 1 to the Hunting Act 2004.

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Charles Carter, the Huntsman, of the Royal Artillery Hunt who was due in court on the 1st June, charged with hunting offences which occurred on MOD land, has had the case adjourned until Thu. 16th June.
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West Midlands HS have reported that the Atherstone Hunt has now gone into voluntary liquidation, and the land the kennels occupied has been sold. In their post, they wrote, “there is no way back for the Atherstone Hunt“.
The West Midlands HS also also successfully shutdown the North Warwickshire Beagles. And all _____
The Lake District National Park Authority have agreed to suspend indefinitely Fox and Trail hunting.
This decision undoubtedly adversely affects several hunts that operate in the lake district.
[The Foxhound packs affected are:- the Melbreak, the Ullswater, the Blencathra, the Coniston, and the Cumberland.
The Beagle packs affected are:- Black Combe and District, and the Cumbria.]
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Andy Dunbobbin is PCC (Police and Crime Commissioner) for North Wales police force.
He has instigated a review of the policing of hunts in North Wales and has now appointed a team from Wrexham Glyndwr University to carry out the work.
This may be a good sign because the Countryside Alliance (CA) is opposed to it. In fact their words are “…can only be described as an unnecessary political, vanity project”.
Presumably the CA is worried that the PCC has chosen a review body whose findings will be difficult for the CA to trash.
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And more news from North Wales HS. They have been advised that the police (used to) attend pre-hunt drinks at the estate house owned by Harry Fetherstonehaugh who is the Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd.
Perhaps a day of reckoning is coming not just for the Flint and Denbigh Hunt but for the North Wales police and its top management. One would at least hope so.
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And finally to do with North Wales HS, the police have advised the group that they are not pressing charges against a breach of the hunting act by the Flint and Denbigh Hunt, which occurred on 20/11/21. This information was passed to the group on exactly the six-month date which would make further legal action impossible.
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The Scottish border Hunt, the Berwickshire Hunt, has been kennelled at a place called Manderston for about 124 years.
They have been given notice to quit.
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The Carmarthenshire Hunt has been exposed on video killing about nine hounds. Their carcasses are dumped into a waste bin. Not all hounds appear to be fully dead as they are cast away. At least one hound has a vigorously beating tail as it is chucked into a bin.
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Sheffield HS have visited a branch of the WI with a talk on sabbing. This is a fairly unusual activity for a Sab group, but commendable 🙂

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On 27 May in Taunton, AAF and LACS jointly presented letters to the new Lib Dem council for Somerset, asking for them to ban the hunt from council owned land. They were well received, with two councillors offering clear support. We also want the council to consider banning hunts from Somerset roads, and discussions with the council are ongoing.

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AAF’s rural survey and Boxing Day survey has produced some interesting results. Only about 9% of local people attend the Boxing Day Meet in their town (where do the rest come from?), and support for foxhunting among rural residents is only about 8%. The number opposed to hunting remains constant at 85%, but the number of “undecided” is clearly increasing – this accounts for the last 7%. Results were consistent across the country. The survey continues and full results will be published in September.

Johnny Depp, the actor who recently won a case against a former wife which carried a lot of publicity, visited a wildlife rescue centre in Kent (Folly Wildlife Centre), during the week and was photographed holding a Badger club.
The wife of his musician friend Jeff Beck is a patron of the centre.
More publicity and exposure of badgers can only be to the general good.
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And finally, something lighter.
The French are building 19 “ecoponts“ over the main route south from Paris.
The bridges are intended only for wildlife and meet the needs of “hedgehogs, badgers, wild boar, weasels, deer and other ….things.”
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May 25th 2022

On Sunday 22nd May, the Mail on Sunday reported a friend of Prince William, namely William Van Cutsem, had been subjected to a police raid on his 4400 acre Hillborough estate near Sandringham. He had a goshawk caught in a ladder trap which was baited with live pigeons. He was outraged that the police and RSPB had help from the Hunt Investigation!

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Chris Mardles of the Quorn Hunt, and previously with the Pytchley and Woodland Hunt was due in court on Fri 6th May facing a charge of GBH for an assault on a sab on 5th Sept 2020. He is accused of riding his horse over a Northants Sab. The court appearance was set for Mon 23rd May. The result of that appearance is not yet known.
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Wiltshire HS report the huntsman of the Royal Artillery Hunt (Charles Carter) has been charged with offences under the Hunting Act and is due to appear in Swindon magistrates court on 1st June.
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Two members of the Beaufort Hunt have appeared in court concerning the offence of hunting a wild mammal (a fox), with dogs. They have pleaded not guilty and a further hearing is scheduled for May 25th (today), on which date, a date for a trial will be set. 🙂
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Beds and Bucks HS are reporting that the Huntsman (Harry Beeby) from the Oakley is leaving to go to the Fernie Hunt. They speculate that that might lead to the Oakley becoming a drag hunt under the guidance of a man called Max who has been a huntsman with the Cambridgeshire Drag Hounds. Nobody is holding their breath…it’s just wait and watch for now.
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The Barlow Hunt, are holding a fun ride to raise funds. It is scheduled for Saturday, 28th May starting at 10 am, at their kennels near Owler Bar (S18 7WE).
[for those of you who may not know it, or have forgotten, Barlow Hunt, is on its knees, but not yet completely eradicated as a hunt.]
About a year ago an aeroplane towing a banner was flown over one of their money raising events. It read, “Barlow kills foxes”.
It was a great stunt.
Peak District HS, Manchester HS and others are planning a protest outside the Kennels.
They welcome Support. 🙂
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Cock fighting became illegal in the UK in 1835. (don’t hold your breath for an end to foxhunting!)
On the 9th of May a Dorset farmer, (Stokeford Farm, Wareham), Jack William Haskell was found guilty of Animal offences.
His phone had videos of two cock fights and his lurcher attacking a fox. Apart from sheep dogs he is now banned from keeping dogs for 10 years. The total cost to Haskell from the court appearance was £1318 comprised of fine, victim surcharge, and costs.
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‘Keep the Ban’ report: Scarborough magistrates court issued fines to 3 men (Jamie Lee Davies, Nathaniel James Holmes, and Brandon Reece) from West Yorkshire on May 6. They pleaded guilty to interfering with a Badger Sett and they received fines. The police recovered a terrier which had injuries consistent with badger baiting.
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A terrierman (Joe Welling) from The Mendip Farmers Hunt has received a conditional caution for Criminal Damage from the Avon and Somerset Police. On 6 November 2021 he followed two female Sabs to a car park, blocked them in, and then attack their vehicle with a rock. He has to pay for the damage and attend a course.
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On 18/11/21 the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt attacked a deer then left it wounded. There is lots of evidence on video of animal cruelty and dogs out of control, but the CPS has refused to prosecute.
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The League Against Cruel Sports, with Action Against Foxhunting, is launching its campaign to ban hunts from council land in Somerset. Taunton, 27th May.

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And finally, what we’ve all been waiting for…a jail sentence, issued by Ayr Sheriff Court.
“An horrific animal abuser who used his three dogs to fight badgers and foxes has been jailed for six months. Callum Muir (25) was seen in videos encouraging his dogs to attack the wild animals as they screamed in pain.”
The Scottish SPCA together with LACS Scotland worked together on the investigation.
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