Day: February 19, 2020

England: Remembering Jill.





Sticking a little with some Brits who have been killed in their belief for the rights of animals, this year on 1st February we did not publish anything on Jill as we were heavily involved with the German pig campaign. We know would have wanted us to do something current for the animals.  But now we have a bit more time; here is information on Jill who was killed at a live animal export protest in 1995.  Some of you will know about here; some overseas visitors may not.

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I remember the ‘Jill’ incident well; as I was personally involved with live calf exports around that time from the port of Dover, Kent, SE England.


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Top – me at Dover shaking a crated John Major warmly by the neck; bottom: 

the then Prime Minister John Major is shoved in a veal crate. Alongside – a liberated calf !


Jill was aged just 31; was a British animal rights activist who was crushed to death during an animal rights protest in Baginton, Warwickshire, England, while she was trying to slow down a lorry transporting live veal calves heading for continental Europe via Coventry Airport.

On 1 February 1995, Phipps was one of 35 protesters at Coventry Airport in Baginton, protesting at the export of live calves to Amsterdam for distribution across Europe. Ten protesters broke through police lines and were trying to bring the lorry to a halt by sitting in the road or chaining themselves to it when Phipps was crushed beneath the lorry’s wheels; her fatal injuries included a broken spine. Phipps’ death received a large amount of publicity, being brought up at Prime Minister’s question time in the House of Commons.

The Crown Prosecution Service decided there was no evidence to bring any charges against the truck driver. Phipps’ family blamed the police for her death, because the police appeared determined to keep the convoy of calf carrying lorries moving despite the protest. The inquest heard that the driver may have been distracted by a protester running into the road ahead of him, who was being removed by a policeman. A verdict of accidental death was returned and Phipps’ father insisted that she did not want to die as she had a young son to live for.

Veal calf exports from Coventry Airport ended months later, when the aviation firm belonging to the pilot responsible for the veal flights, one Christopher Barrett-Jolly, went bankrupt following accusations of running guns from Slovakia to Sudan in breach of EU rules. One of the planes used to transport the calves also crashed in the UK, when returning empty from a calf delivery flight.



Barrett – Jolly


In 2002 Barrett-Jolly was charged with smuggling 271 kg of cocaine worth £22 Million from Jamaica into Southend airport which is located in the South East of England. He was later sentenced to twenty years in prison.

The continuing level of protest was such that several local councils and a harbour board banned live animal exports from their localities. All live exports of calves later stopped due to fears of BSE infection. In 2006 this ban was lifted, but Coventry Airport pledged that it would refuse requests to fly veal calves.

Jill paid the ultimate for her belief in saving animals. On 1st February every year since her death 25 years ago, grassroots animal rights remembrance services in the name of Jill are held all over England and the UK.

She was much to young to die the way she did in the defense of animals – she still had so many years to give to the movement. Sadly, her life was cut short on that fateful day in 95. Jill’s day will always be marled as a day of unity for animal rights campaigners across the UK.


Regards; for Jill

It still hurts and upsets me; a beautiful girl; 25 years on; all she wanted was a world of compassion;




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“In loving memory of Mike Hill”




“At 4.00 pm Saturday 9th February, 1991 Mike Hill became the first hunt saboteur to be killed whilst trying to protect wildlife. Mike was only 18 and for two years lived and breathed animal rights, not just dogs and cats but every living creature.

He was a vegan, worked at both Heavens Gate Sanctuary and Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre and was an active sab with Yeovil sabs and Merseyside sabs.

Mike was to nice a person for this world. There was no hurt nor malice in his soul. He thought good of everyone and everything. He was quite, unassuming, softly spoken and gentle.

He lived and died for his beliefs.


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The facts

Hunt Saboteur, Mike Hill, was killed on the 9th of February 1991 at a meet of the Cheshire Beagles.
Towards the end of the day’s hunting, with no kill under his belt, the huntsman boxed up his hounds in a small blue trailer being towed by an open-top pick-up truck.

The kennel huntsman, Alan Summersgill, with another man, jumped into the pick-up and, on impulse, three sabs who were nearby, jumped onto the back of it to prevent them driving the pack to another location to continue hunting.

Summersgill drove off at high speeds down winding country roads for 5 miles with the terrified sabs clinging onto the back. It is thought that Mike, jumped from the pick-up as it slowed to take a bend.  He failed to clear the truck properly, and was caught between the truck and the trailer, which crushed him.

Mike died where he lay on the road.

Despite the thud, and the screams of the other sabs, Summersgill continued driving for a further mile. The truck only came to a halt when one of the sabs smashed the rear window of the cab.

The sab was hit with a whip as he tried to stop the truck. Once it had stopped one sab ran back to Mike’s prone body while the other ran to a nearby house to call for an ambulance. Summersgill drove off.

He later handed himself in at a police station. No charges were brought against him and in a travesty of justice, a verdict of ‚Accidental Death‘ was brought at the inquest.
When the ban on hunting came in, Summersgill was still hunting hares.

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My Comment: On April 3, 1993, Tom Worby, a 15 year old hunting saboteur, was crushed under the wheels of the Cambridgeshire Foxhound Hound Van. We reported about it:

No action was taken against 53-year-old hunter Tony Ball, the murderer of Tom Worby.
Mike Hill’s killer, Alan Summersgill, was also acquitted. In both cases there was a ridiculous process, the verdict was: “Accidental death”!

When it comes to hunter crimes, the courts show shamelessly how cooperative they are with the hunter caste.
On the other hand, these two cases show that those who regularly shoot innocent animals lose their compassion and respect for people!

Hunting means systematic dehumanization and brutalization!
Hunters are walking time bombs for humans and animals!
This bloody pleasure for psychopaths must finally end!



My best regards to all, Venus