A hunt saboteur was attacked by hunt supporters whilst monitoring the Coniston hunt yesterday. The hunt who were having their final meet of the season at their kennels near Ambleside had already illegally killed a fox before the attack occurred according to walkers who said they saw the kill.
Three saboteurs were set upon by a group of 15 hunt supporters armed with sticks. One of them was left with stick marks to his back and a serious eye injury as the attackers tried to throw him down a ravine. An ambulance was called to treat him but couldn't reach him as it was deliberately held up by hunt supporters vehicles who hurled abuse at the paramedics. Police were called and are investigating the incident.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs association, stated: “We see the calibre of these people that not only do they illegally kill foxes and seriously harm anyone who tries to stop them, they will even stoop as low as hindering and abusing paramedics whose only concern is helping the injured. We strongly urge Cumbria Police to investigate this incident and bring the guilty parties to justice.”
More violence from the Ross Harriers Hunt
Supporters of the Ross Harriers Hunt smashed a vehicle window and attacked hunt saboteurs with an iron bar during a meet at Orcop Hill, west of Ross On Wye, yesterday. The victim of the attack suffered injuries to the leg and head.
Throughout the day the hunt had been threatening and assaulting saboteurs. This escalated until several of their vehicles blocked in the saboteurs near the end of the day and attacked them. Mounted members of the hunt were quick to join in, throwing punches and riding at people. This is just the latest attack from this violent hunt. Their huntsman, Lee Peters, is currently on police bail for racially abusing a saboteur and one of their supporters was arrested this week for punching a saboteur in the face.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt saboteurs association, stated: " The Ross Harriers continue to act outside the law and think they can get away with it. We are pleased that the police have taken the last two incidents seriously and arrested the aggressors and we strongly urge them to do the same on this occasion. We will not let such violence deter us and we have members throughout the country willing to come and show support "
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Coverage of Lee Peters arrest can be found here:
Huntsman Arrested for Racially Abusing Hunt Saboteur
Lee Peters, huntsman for the Ross Harriers, was arrested today for racially abusing a hunt saboteur who was present to try and stop illegal hunting taking place. As the Harriers left their meet at Penny Farthing, Aston Crews, Mr. Peters shouted racist remarks about a saboteur to other members of the hunt. Fortunately he was overheard by an independent witness who called the police.
The arrest comes just weeks after Alan Morgan, until last year huntsman to the Cotswold Vale Farmers Fox hunt, pleaded guilty to racially abusing a hunt saboteur after an incident in late 2010.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt saboteurs association, stated: “ Sadly it no longer surprises us at the depths members of the hunting community will sink to. This kind of behaviour is, sadly, all to common and it is just fortunate that on this occasion there was an independent witness. Hunt saboteurs are verbally and physically abused weekly by hunts but such behaviour only spurs us on in our efforts to see an end to illegal hunting.”
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