Day: December 30, 2021
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Mark (England) and Venus (Germany).
WAV Comment: They parade themselves through the villages trying to look squeaky clean; but this above is the other side reality of what hunts and its associates do.
Hidden camera video reveals a man repeatedly stabbing a fox with a pitchfork, leaving it writhing in agony.
The attack, which took place in east Essex, was described by a campaign group as “torture” and “some of the worst abuse” they had ever witnessed.
A man was later reported to have been arrested.
The man and a woman seen in the video visited Great Monks Wood near Braintree, according to the Hunt Saboteurs Association.
Hunts build artificial earths – an underground network of pipes and chambers – to encourage foxes into an area. The wild animals are then trapped, only to be released just before a hunt so they can be chased, it’s claimed.Activists say the artificial earth in the video was rebuilt last year, and they have been monitoring it since then with concealed cameras.
The North London Hunt Sabs said they filmed the man earlier this month arriving armed with a terrier, rods, a net and pitchfork.
The group reported the couple placed the net over one end of the earth then used the rods and terrier to force the trapped fox into the net.
The man then held the fox by its tail and repeatedly tried to stab it against a tree, including aiming at its head, before carrying it away by the tail.
The footage did not reveal whether the animal survived, but it would at least have been suffering acutely, the activists said.
A spokesperson for North London Hunt Sabs said hunting was “steeped in animal abuse” and that lawful “trail hunting” did not necessitate building artificial earths or capturing foxes.
Lee Moon, of the Hunt Saboteurs Association, said: “This is some of the worst abuse we have ever witnessed, and the wanton cruelty is hard to fathom.
“Whilst most people who watch the video will be horrified, the calm and methodical manner in which the two individuals go about catching and torturing this poor fox show how commonplace their actions are.”
He said people who carry out such violence would have been indoctrinated into such behaviour since birth.
“Cruel and psychopathic individuals who see wild animals as their playthings to be tortured for their own sick ends.
“Acts like this are sickeningly commonplace within the hunting community.”
Essex Police told ITV News it had arrested a 48-year-old man from the Bures area after receiving reports of animal cruelty, adding: “He was arrested on suspicion of offences under the Hunting Act 2004, the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Wild Mammal Protection Act 1996. He remains in custody at this time.”
The Independent has asked the Countryside Alliance, which supports hunting, to comment.
Hidden camera shows man stab fox with pitchfork in ‘torture’ attack (msn.com)
WAV Comment: England – Boxing Day (26/12) has always been a bit of a battleground every year. Hunts parade themselves through local towns or villages; and the anti’s (those against hunting) also turnout to try and give them a bad time. It can often erupt into violent scenes; especially as we know the hunt Terrier men like to try and give anti hunt campaigners a good kicking if they possibly can – after all; they dig out and torture foxes, so why also not abuse the anti hunt brigade also ? The following is a newspaper article on some events this year.
A trail of Lies- a great animation – World Animals Voice
Boxing Day hunts met with protests, with at least one erupting into violence
Boxing Day hunts were met with protests yesterday, with at least one erupting into violence and another bringing in external security.
Violence broke out between the dozens of anti-hunt protesters and supporters who attended the Avon Vale hunt in Lacock.
Footage from the event shows punches being thrown by apparent hunt supporters on foot and protesters carrying placards as the event began.
A member of the local hunt saboteur group who asked to be named as Dave, said the police presence at the event was “appalling”, with only two officers there to maintain peace between the two sides.
A local photographer told the Swindon Advertiser that the event had turned into a “nasty scene”.
“There must have been around 50 protesters and twice that number of hunt supporters and it all turned sour.”
A spokesperson for the Avon Vale Hunt said: “The hunt has been made aware of an incident that occurred just after the hounds had left the meet in Lacock today.
“We do not know the circumstances but we do not condone violence even in the case of extreme provocation by anti-hunting protestors whose sole purpose is to antagonise those supporting a lawful activity.
“We do not know if any hunt supporters were involved but we would like to thank the many hundreds of people who peacefully attended today in support of our hounds.”
In Buckinghamshire, the Kimblewick Hunt was met with cries of “Shame on you! Shame on you!” as it set off from the village of Cholesbury.
And in Hereford, security guards were brought in to protect Ledbury Hunt as it set off in Herefordshire.
The majority of Boxing Day hunts in England went ahead on Monday because Sunday is traditionally not a hunting day.
Hunt attendees were this year encouraged to take lateral flow tests, staying at home if positive, and wearing masks when in enclosed spaces.
Most hunts in Wales were cancelled because of restrictions limiting gatherings to 50, while meets in Scotland were restricted to no more than 500 participants and attendees.
It has been illegal to hunt foxes with a pack of dogs since 2004 but the practice has been replaced with trail hunting, in which hounds follow a scent to replicate the traditional hunt without killing a fox.
But critics say it is a “smokescreen” for illegal hunting and calls have grown for it to be banned on public land, which were joined this week by Labour.
The National Trust, which owns most of Lacock and Natural Resources Wales, both announced an end to trail hunting on their land earlier this year.
But groups that back the traditional hunt, including the Countryside Alliance, argue that it plays an irreplaceable role in British rural life.
Polly Portwin, director of the Campaign for Hunting at the Countryside Alliance said: “Festive meets are hugely popular and well attended by both hunt followers and local communities, for whom the event has become a cherished family tradition.
“While many meets have been smaller scale this year due to the restrictions, they have still provided a big boost both socially and economically across the countryside, as does trail hunting throughout the season.”
Boxing Day hunts met with protests, with at least one erupting into violence (msn.com)