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Hunt Saboteurs in assault claims - fact and fiction blurred?

Hunt Saboteurs Association | 21.11.2003 14:55 | Animal Liberation

Hunt Saboteurs Beat Living Crap out of Gamekeeper, Hunt Saboteur Assaults
Horse - Fact and Fiction Blurred?

These were the headlines and mentions we attracted on the BBC and elsewhere
this week. One was as a result of a press release put out by the Countryside
Alliance (CA) yesterday, and reported through various outlets including the
BBC and Teletext, the other was the slanderous reference to us in Radio 4's
'The Archers' after gamekeeper Greg Turner got a beating supposedly by 'a
group of sabs'. The fictional element is a strong feature of both in our

How likely does it sound to anyone who knows what Hunt Saboteurs actually do
(rather than what the Countryside Alliance tell the media we do) that a sab
has assaulted a horse? Also, to anyone knowing the history of the Ashford
Valley foxhunt and their methods of 'deterring' sabs, the fact that a sab
was arrested for allegedly assaulting a hunt supporter will raise an eyebrow
or two (although given the past relationship between the hunt and the
police, maybe it won't). When a hunt that regularly enlists 5 or more 4x4's
full of roving thugs to deal with saboteurs has to allege that they suffered
an assault, that's got to be embarrassing.

One interesting aspect of the CA release was that it managed to make the
news at all when all the other previous outbreaks of violence at hunts this
year have somehow not appeared in the media. They did involve huntsmen and
supporters nearly killing sabs - but then, is that news any more?

Now that we have hit the headlines in this way, maybe a journalist might
like to look into the truth (shock horror!) of what happens to Hunt
Saboteurs when they try to stop hunts from killing. You don't have to follow
the polite lines you normally use when contacting hunts to get their
sanitised view of hunting with dogs, here are some helpful tips:

*just buy a camo jacket at your local army surplus store,
*put on some clothes that you don't mind getting muddy or ripped on brambles
and barbed wire,
*get out of your nice warm 4x4 and into a field near a hunt,
*shout a little or try to blow a hunting horn and generally act like you
think a sab might
...then see what happens when the hunt and their followers or the police
come over for a 'chat'.

If and when you get out of the hospital / police cells drop us a line
letting us know how sorry you are for believing the lies and rubbish put out
by the our opponents, your colleagues in the media and the police.

Further information from:
Nathan Brown, HSA Press Officer 07815313181

Hunt Saboteurs Association
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  1. But maybe that's the explanation — Mike
  2. or maybe . . . — Dave