Queen’s Brian May backs County Council fox hunting ban.

The legendary musician said the council was an ‘example to the whole of Britain’

The lead guitarist of the iconic rock band Queen, Brian May, has praised a council after it banned all forms of fox hunting on its land.

Last week, Nottinghamshire County Council voted to ban all hunting with dogs on land it owns.

Fox hunting is illegal, but there are several technicalities which some say are still being used to get round the ban.

The new ban blocks all forms of hunting with animals, including those ‘loopholes’, on any land owned by the council.

Now, Dr May, who is a vocal animal rights critic, has Tweeted his support of the ban.

He said the council was “an example to the whole of Britain”.

“Time to move on. Zero tolerance for blood ‘sports’. Congratulations Nottinghamshire County Council,” he tweeted.

The plan to ban it was brought forward by Labour councillors.

The Conservatives – who control the council in coalition with the Mansfield Independents – voted against the ban calling it ’silly’, ‘pointless’ and ‘nonsense’.

However they lost by just one vote – the first defeat since they took control of the council in 2017.

The League Against Cruel Sports also spoke out in favour of the ban, calling it a ‘landmark’ decision.

Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “This is a significant decision both for the county of Nottinghamshire and the country as a whole.

“We welcome a ban that not only recognises that animals are still being killed by hunts, but that the excuse of ‘trail’ hunting is nothing more than a lie.  

“The League has received 282 reports of illegal hunting in the current hunting season, including 39 reported fox kills.

“We welcome Nottinghamshire County Council’s trail-blazing decision, and we would encourage other counties across the land to follow suit.”

Labour councillor Nicki Brooks, who represents Carlton East, said she was ‘thrilled’ by the ban.

Speaking after the vote went through, she said: “By supporting the motion this council is simply closing the loophole that allows both the ‘accidental’ and deliberate illegal hunting and killing of animals, as well as a ‘false alibi’ regularly used by hunts to avoid prosecution, from taking place on council-owned land.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve managed to secure this result here in Nottinghamshire.”

Article courtesy of Nottinghamshire Live.

Liverpool Hunt Sabs, Report.

So desperate were the Middleton Hunt to avoid saboteurs this weekend they changed their final Saturday meet of the season to this Friday – however being availed of this information we were able to outfox them and take them by surprise along with comrades from Manchester Hunt SabsEast Yorkshire Coast Hunt SabsSheffield Hunt SaboteursWest Yorkshire Hunt SaboteursNottingham Hunt SaboteursLincoln Hunt Saboteurs and Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs

The hunt set out from Westfield Farm, east of Malton, and immediately sabs were on their tail. Sabs kept with them on foot as the hunt covered a selection of the surrounding terrain but mainly going round in circles. They clearly did not have a huge amount of land to hunt today and appeared somewhat stumped by the presence of sabs at every turn, including at one point bizarrely drawing through the grounds of the local hall right next to their kennels before continuing to hunt through woodland. With sabs around, the hunt kept on the move, though sabs were able to keep up with them throughout the day.

The hunt put up a number of deer and at least one fox which we saw flee to safety then covered their tracks by spraying to mask the scent. Hounds went into cry on a couple of occasions but sabs were on hand to call them off. The hunt seemed a little subdued and put out by our presence, at one point the field blocked sab vehicles, but our fleet footed sabs merely got out of the vehicle and whizzed to catch up with the hounds the riders were intending to prevent us from reaching.

Local sabs informed us that they would usually hunt on until 5.30-6pm, however seemingly entirely fed up with our presence they decided to call it a day at 4pm and headed back to the kennels.

Well done to all the groups across the North for being able to respond swiftly and flexibly to the change of plan, in particular Manchester and Sheffield who have been left without a vehicle since last weekend’s ramming – please help them get back on the road.

And thanks to the wonderful Juliette – who we sadly said goodbye to yesterday – for spurring us on to get organised and out in the field today .

West Sussex Hunt Sabs, REPORT.

**Tuesday 5th March 19. Crawley and Horsham and Old Surrey and Burstow and West Kent hunt. Joint meet Balcombe. **

After watching the hunt unpack monitors followed the hounds to the meet at Stonehall, Balcombe. There they had a good yak and drinks while the huntmasters gave speeches.
They huntsman of the OSBWK then lead their hounds away from the meet full of pomp and circumstance. It wasn’t long before the hounds were in full cry racing over the hill and into the bushes. Deer and hares were seen desperately fleeing for their lives.

Up on the top of the hill we found the ‘rent a mob’ , 5 quad bikes with terriermen already muddy, at least two with terrier dogs inside. Why would the hunt need terrier dogs and an army of terriermen if they are trail laying? There appeared to be no such trail laid
The terriermen appeared to be keeping an eye on us, so we gave them a little wave

They hunted close to Ardingly reservoir and made their way north to Balcombe forest area. The quads were driving recklessly, and illegally, all over the roads, with complete disregard for pedestrians, horses and other motorists. One lady keen to get her horses out into the field was trying to find the hunt to check it was safe to do so for fear her horse would get scared, they gave her no such courtesy and disappeared before the lady could speak to them.
One sab very nearly got ridden into and squashed by the horses of two mouthy and aggressive huntsmen. 
The field and some quads did a lot of waiting around, although we could not hear the huntsman’s calls so what were they waiting for?…sometimes silence really is deadly

The huntsman lead the hounds far south again where he then worked them through the woods for a final blood lust attempt.The field again did a lot of waiting around and it thankfully was not long after they then made their way back to the meet before dark. It was a long day.

Many thanks for members of Croydon and Southcoast sabs who helped us and those that came to join.

Due to the knowledge of the area combined with some speedy sabs we were able to keep with the hunt all day.

SAB REPORT. West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs

Warwickshire Hunt – Ufton – Thursday 28th February

PAIR OF FOXES SAVED

SABS FORCE THE WARWICKSHIRE HUNT TO SAB THEIR OWN HOUNDS

After being caught trespassing and then kicked off MOD land yesterday (https://bit.ly/2T6dC0Z) today they hunted a pair of breeding foxes from near Ufton over to Ladbrook, crossing busy roads in the process. Members of the hunt were eventually forced to sab their own hunt and stop the hounds once they realised that sabs had filmed both foxes and hounds. Both foxes got away safely although both looked exausted. At this time of year it is highly likley that this was a breeding pair and that the female would have been pregnant

Video to follow

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Red Fox Population Dropped by Possible 44% !!

Fiona Mathews, chair of The Mammal Society warns that the red fox population in the UK may have dropped as much as 44%.

This alarming drop is even more troubling as there’s very little effort made to monitor their numbers; what we do know is that approximately 2/3 of them are to live in urban areas.

It’s a harrowing image of the wildlife, labelled pests, nuisance and hunted for entertainment.

Foxes are already in the small minority of predators that are still even around in modern Britain and haven’t been wiped out. Their role in the ecosystem is indispensable and despite their incredible intelligence and adaptability, they may still just not make it.

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Report From Lancashire Huntsabs.

On Saturday we visited the Blencathra Foxhounds – having heard that they had been meeting at Mungrisedale for the past week, we knew that they would once again finish one of their ‘prestigious’ Carrock weeks by meeting in the area. Visitors from far afield come to watch the hunt illegally killing small animals during Carrock week, staying at the local Mill Inn or at Near Howe holiday cottages.

A local resident informed us that the hound van was seen leaving the kennels at around 8.30am, where it travelled to Near Howe for a coffee morning. When we arrived, supporters had already started positioning themselves east of Eycott Hill, a Cumbria Wildlife Trust area. Huntsman Barry Todhunter obviously intended to get there by hunting through White Moss SSSI and then heading east towards the dribbling ghouls who were waiting. However, his plan was foiled by our presence, and he resorted in desperation to his usual Plan B, heading west to the car park at the top of Swineside. Our spotter on Bowescale Fell was able to convey this information to us from their vantage point. Presumably the hunt had laid several emergency trails just in case they had to change their route. As usual, hunt vehicles blocked the road to deny sabs access to the area, but foot sabs were able to get through. Other foot sabs travelled round to the Blencathra Centre and made their way on foot towards Swineside, effectively cutting off any plans for Todhunter to hunt the wide area within the sabs view.

Todhunter had moved quickly along the Cumbria Way to escape sabs and was forced towards Coombe Heights, where he disappeared and stayed hidden. Hounds were kept quiet all day, and bemused support were left without the gory spectacle that some of them had travelled miles to see. He made his way along the Cumbria Way under Great Lingy Hill and headed east towards the top of Carrock where he hoped to put on some sort of show for the supporters, however sabs made their way up Carrock and he was forced to move on again, this time onto LDNPA land, on a day that the Blencathra wasn’t licensed for.

At the end of the day, feeling thoroughly humiliated, Todhunter as usual did not want to be seen descending the fell by sabs – support began to line the Calebreck road and the hound van was driven down Swineside in an attempt to pick up the embarrassed huntsman and his hounds, but one of the sab vehicles also got there, parking next to Larry Slattery, who has become very camera shy since he retired as joint master (coincidentally, this followed an incident where a fox was seen being pursued by hounds into a reservoir, where it was killed by the hounds.) Hunt support attempted to block the sab car in but failed, as other hunt support radioed the hound van and told them to take another detour to avoid the sabs. The hound van then had to drive around to Wood Hall we believe, as the sab car was once again blocked by support vehicles.

For a hunt that claims to be following a trail, the Blencathra act in desperation to avoid being filmed. They allocate at least 12 of their supporters to follow sabs, either on foot or in cars, radioing Todhunter constantly so that he can escape whenever sabs are near. Shrek-alike James Robinson is always on hand with the quad bike to whisk the ailing huntsman across the fell tops and away from sabs, so Todhunter probably spends more time on his son-in-law-cum-terrierman’s quad than he does on foot.

Here’s a report from a new sab –

‘I was unsure what to expect when I went out sabbing for the first time. I was excited to start helping to protect our wildlife, but I was also worried about confrontations with angry huntsmen and hunt supporters or, even worse, seeing a fox being killed. As it turned out, none of my fears came true. While there were a few nasty comments from hunt supporters, with lovely supportive sabs behind you and the knowledge that you’re doing the right thing, you can brush it off extremely quickly. And while we did spot the hounds once they never went into cry, so thankfully no foxes were killed.

Something that did surprise me was how desperate the hunt was to avoid us. We walked almost 10 miles across the lakes trying to locate them, while another group of sabs was searching from the other side. Not only that, they also sent out what can only be described as spies to (not so discretely) lurk around keeping an eye on us. The fact that they are able to move about at whim and are so intent on hiding their activities from us proves that they cannot be trail hunting.

Seeing first-hand the tricks hunters will use to continue their vile illegal hobby, and how much it ruins their day when we stop them, made the long trek across the fells very worth it. I’ll definitely keep sabbing!’

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Cheshire Constabulary questioned in public over policing of fox hunts

Public invited to submit questions that can be put to acting chief constable Darren Martland

Cheshire police and crime commissioner David Keane has released details of a scrutiny meeting he’s holding to discuss the policing of fox hunting in the county.

The public meeting comes after Mr Keane held a review last year to look at whether the force was meeting its obligations when it comes to upholding the Hunting Act 2004.

Taking place at the Winsford HQ on Monday, February 25, between 9.30am and 1pm, it will include a presentation from the review team.

It will also provide an opportunity for the commissioner to carry-out an in-depth scrutiny of acting chief constable Darren Martland in relation to the review and recent hunting-related incidents.

Public concern has grown because there has not been a single successful prosecution in the county since the law came into effect.

Activists gathered outside the force HQ on Sunday demanding police take action against illegal fox hunting.

PCC Mr Keane told the community: “I want to hear your views. I know this is an emotive and important issue for many Cheshire residents and I think it is crucial that you have a voice – that is at the heart of my role as your commissioner.

“Whilst I may not be able to ask each individual question, I will be working to ensure that all the main themes are addressed.

“As police and crime commissioner, I want to ensure Cheshire Constabulary is enforcing the current law in relation to fox hunting appropriately and legitimately.”

Questions can be emailed using the subject title ‘question’ to pcc@cheshire.pnn.police.uk or via the comments section on the Cheshire PCC website. All questions must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday, February 13.

Police have confirmed officers are currently investigating the death of five foxes.

Nowadays hunts CLAIM to follow an artificially laid scent but the hounds can latch onto a real fox – then it becomes difficult proving whether the animal was deliberately or accidentally killed. Most people now realise that the reality is that trail hunting is a lie and a cover up for illegal hunting.

Anyone wishing to attend the meeting is required to send an expression of interest to pcc@cheshire.pnn.police.uk stating their full name and address by midnight on Sunday, February 17. Expressions of interest can also be submitted by calling the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 01606 364000.

The commissioner would like to ensure there is a wide spectrum of views represented at the meeting and would appreciate, when people are expressing an interest to attend, if they could state whether they are in favour or opposed to hunting.

Article courtesy of CheshireLive….and a little bit of editing from us, lol.

Trail hunting……..yeah right!!

Atherstone Hunt – Tuesday 5th February 2019 – Earl Shilton

On Tuesday the Quorn Hunt were joined by a few riders from the Atherstone Hunt at the Atherstone meet in Earl Shilton. It would have been another record low turnout for the Atherstone Hunt if former Atherstone Hunt rider Jimmy Driver now with the Quorn Hunt hadn’t brought his friends from the Quorn over to unbox at his business Drivers Animal Feed. They then rode over to the meet at Brockey Farm where they significantly boosted the Atherstone numbers which consisted of two joint-masters and two other Atherstone riders. Between the two hunts they still only managed about 15 riders.

A late start due to the frost and to allow the visiting hunt to arrive meant they finished later than normal. The morning consisted of the usual riding round a few fields with Huntsman Bill Bishop periodically losing control of his hounds, most notably in Peckleton as the hounds went after two hares.

The Quorn Hunt who are not in the best shape themselves after their merger with the Cottesmore Hunt fell through probably now realise that things aren’t too bad after all after now seeing the state the Atherstone Hunt are in.

Quorn Hunt secretary Frank Herrick asked us towards the end of the day as he rode past us down a main road holding the traffic up “Am I going to be on the internet tonight?” Yes Frank you are.

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South Coast Hunt Sabs,REPORT.

Are we becoming Dial-a-Sab?

Well the local hunt we were planning on doing was covered, so we headed over to Dorset to assist our good friends from WAR (Weymouth Animal Rights) together with other Sabs and monitors from Southampton, Dorset, Devon County, Kent, Croydon and our Brighton stow away.

We travelled some distance to Sab the Portman Hunt who have recently killed foxes. The meet was at Watcombe House in Blandford. Shortly after 11am they set off at speed with their large field of pony club riders and we closely followed them. As we had several foot teams placed strategically in the area we were never too far away. Of course there weren’t any trails laid. Hounds were encouraged by the huntsman to pick up a scent to no avail. There were 3 equipped quad bikes and a handful of support.

Only one rider wore a red coat which looked more like a Butlins entertainers grubby cast off. Our star horn blower took the hounds from the hunt on several occasions when they went into cry. The first time when they were marauding through someones garden who had a variety of animals there. Let’s say they were not best pleased that the hunt lacked control and were trespassing. Many riders used their horses as weapons throughout the day and dangerously rode full pelt at Sabs.

The weather got progressively worse as the day went on with the field steadily dropping off. The hounds were taken back directly to the kennels and they packed up around 3.30pm. It’s always a shocker to see toddlers out being made to experience the perverseness of their scummy parents.

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Thank You South Coast Hunt Sabs !!

Victory for The Action Against Fox Hunting Group in Cornwall!!

The following statement is direct from the AAF Facebook page.

Special announcement- Our lovely group have just attended a special council meeting to pass a motion to ban the local ‘Trail Hunt’, The Western, from the annual event St Ives Feast where they have had a presence/ been greeted by the Mayor for apparently 4-500 years. We are very relieved to announce council have agreed with us and voted for this not to happen this year, and if the majority vote of the council and the 6000 people that signed to stop this is listened to, will not happen again! 
One point we presented that the Council found particularly unsettling was a statement from their own website that they found it ‘thrilling’ to chase and hurt animals, the fact also that they were advocating to repeal the ban was another deciding factor (aligning with the Kimblewick Hunt who were recently in the news re a possible trapped/bagged Fox as their inspiration). Council especially stated that this was not acceptable for them to promote this mindset and behaviour. Below is an excerpt from the minutes of the previous meeting giving the Councils overall stance.
Thank you to all our supporters who have signed and shared, those especially who helped gather signatures in the street, the good people of St Ives and our fabulous team who have driven this through. WE DID IT!!! 
Hopefully this will now help other rural towns and villages to stand up and say no to this outdated barbarity, in our Councils words ‘Anachronism’, and let us all see an end to this (another point by our council) divisiveness they are causing in our communities. And finally here’s to new fun and kinder traditions that the majority can enjoy! Thank you. Action against Foxhunting – Cornwall Group 😀🦊🌼

Huge congratulations to all the dedicated AAF Team who have helped in getting this massive result for our wildlife!! Hats off to the council for standing strong on public opinion as well as the overwhelming majority of decent members of the public are against the out dated and barbaric blood ‘ sport’ and those muppets that enjoy hurting our beautiful foxes.

Well Done All