Cheshire Police – Prosecute Illegal Hunters!

PETITION

Foxes are regularly being killed by hunts in Cheshire. The 2004 Hunting Act created by a Labour government, outlawed the hunting of mammals with dogs. We want the Hunting Act to be robustly followed and when foxes or other mammals are killed by hunting with dogs, we want hunters arrested and charged appropriately.

Why is this important?

Hunting wild animals with dogs is a cruel blood sport and has no place in a civilized society. Terrified animals are chased for miles then ripped apart by a pack of dogs, this is regularly happening in Cheshire. Cheshire Constabulary has never successfully prosecuted anyone for illegal hunting. Cheshire Constabulary has passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service only once in the last three years.

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Bid to close loopholes in Scottish fox hunting ban

New legislation to tighten restrictions on fox hunting in Scotland is to be introduced at Holyrood.

Hunting with hounds was effectively banned in 2002, but dogs can still be used for flushing out foxes to be shot.

The new bill will be designed to close loopholes in the existing rules, limiting the number of dogs which can be used while hunting to two.

Gamekeepers said this would make hunts “totally ineffective” and would be “a disaster for wildlife and farm stock”.

The government is looking at including a licensing scheme for “legitimate pest control” schemes to use more than two dogs.

The move is part of a package of animal welfare measures unveiled at Holyrood on Wednesday, including new rules requiring all abattoirs to install CCTV cameras.

Fox hunting in Scotland is currently controlled by the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act, which came into force in 2002.

This in effect banned hunting with dogs, but included an exemption allowing them to be used to flush foxes out of cover so they can be shot as a pest control measure.

Questions were raised about the effectiveness of the law, which police called “unworkable” and which was not used to secure a conviction until 2017.

Ministers are to accept many of the recommendations of Lord Bonomy’s review of the law, which found that rules were “unduly complicated” and should be changed.

Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon told MSPs that it had become apparent that the law “to protect foxes from unnecessary hunting” was not “having the desired effect”.

She said: “It is clear to me that there remains considerable public concern about fox hunting in Scotland and doubts about the operability of the legislation as it currently stands.”

Mairi Gougeon
Image caption Mairi Gougeon told MSPs that she was seeking to close loopholes in existing law

A new bill is to be introduced to close potential loopholes in the 2002 legislation, with an explicit limit on the number of dogs that can be used while flushing out or finding foxes.

Ministers will explore whether a licensing scheme should also be set up to permit the use of more than two dogs “if it were deemed necessary for pest control”.

The bill will also include measures to prevent “trail hunting” becoming established in Scotland – a form of replicated hunt which does not involve a fox being chased, but which animal welfare groups fear could be used as cover for a real hunt.

Ms Gougeon said: “We’re going to strengthen our current legislation and plan to introduce measures that go beyond the rest of the UK in terms of protecting the welfare of our wild mammals.”

‘Totally ineffective’

Gamekeepers voiced concern about the move, saying there would be a “very strong reaction” from rural workers.

Scottish Gamekeeper’s Association Alex Hogg said he would be seeking talks with farmers, calling the new legislation “another nail for important rural industries”.

He said: “Reducing the ability to control foxes in forestry will be a disaster for wildlife and farm stock. Two hounds will simply not work. It’s a totally ineffective tool. This will pave the way for a complete lock-down and is poorly thought through.”

Opposition parties were cautiously supportive of the move when it was announced at Holyrood.

Green MSP Alison Johnstone said the existing legislation was “more loophole than ban”, calling on parliament to “support the kind of comprehensive ban on fox hunting that the public expect”.

Scottish Labour MSP Colin Smyth questioned allowing licences for the use of more than two dogs in hunts, saying “you can’t licence cruelty”.

Ms Gougeon replied that “this is about closing loopholes, not creating any new ones”.

Article Courtesy of BBC News.

Police probe hound shooting allegation.

DYFED-Powys Police are investigating a report that five hounds belonging to the Llanwnnen Hunt were shot dead on private land in the Lampeter area.

The Cambrian News has been told that the dogs were shot as the hunt was passing between Abermeurig and Felinfach on 29 December.

Three days previously members of the hunt had assembled at Lampeter’s Falcondale Hotel for their traditional Boxing Day Hunt which drew around 40 horses along with riders of all ages.

A source said: “I gather that some chap sounded his own horn, which attracted the hounds onto his own land, where he shot them dead.

“Not surprisingly, the huntsmen are up in arms about this.”

It is understood that the hunt’s New Year’s Day meet was called off following the incident.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “A 47-year-old man is due to be voluntarily interviewed in connection to the incident. The investigation is ongoing.”

Ianto Evans, Master and Huntsman of Llanwnnen Hunt, declined to comment.

Article Courtesy of Cambrian News.

FOX LOVERS, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO HELP…

Now they see the public swell of hatred against their cruel and illegal pastime, hunts are reaching new lows (even for them) and are now postings photos and personal details of as many anti-hunt individuals as they can on crazed pages such as Support for Jane and horse.

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ACT NOW PLEASE.

WTF, WTF, WTF !!! WHY ?????

The outrageous case of a tortured bear cub in Zaragoza, Coahuila, Mexico.
A black bear cub approximately two years old, was tied and displayed by Civil Protection officers and non-uniformed people. The cub’s crime was to have ventured in an urban area. Yes, you should feel proud of having saved the residents from a cub.

Why are HUMANS so cruel and pathetic?

West Sussex Hunt Sabs Video of Crawley and Horsham Hunts Kills.

When will this Murder STOP!!

We have put together a short video of some of the “Accidental ” fox kills the C&H have. We appreciate you have already seen the beginning of the video a few times but please keep watching to the end, it’s just over 2 mins long. The amateur huntsman who has just allowed his hounds to kill a fox is having a relaxed and friendly laugh with the investigating Police officer. The look the Amateur huntsman gives the hunt monitor is chilling………..

Farmer who blames hunt supporters for arson attack says he’s ‘victim of countryside terrorism’

Animal sanctuary owner believes he was targeted by ‘arrogant’ fox-hunters for standing up for wildlife

Paul Chant says he was targeted days after finding a hunt on his farm and hours after protesting against hunting
Paul Chant says he was targeted days after finding a hunt on his farm and hours after protesting against hunting ( SWNS )

A farmer who runs an animal sanctuary says he has been the victim of “countryside terrorism” following an arson attack on his property days after he clashed with hunters.

Paul Chant blames hunt supporters after finding one of his cars and sheds on fire at his Somerset farm.

It happened within hours of attending an anti-hunt protest and days after he says he discovered hunt hounds on his land.

Mr Chant, who had to be treated in hospital for inhaling smoke from the blaze, warned of “civil war” in the countryside between hunters, their supporters and opponents.

“A civil war is about to kick off – this has got to stop,” he said.

“I’m ashamed to be a farmer – I don’t feel like a farmer any more.

“They think they’re above the law, they think they can come here and arson on me just because I stand up against the local hunt.”

The 56-year-old said tensions with pro-hunt farmers had escalated, leading to violence and people setting fire to his property in Priddy, near Glastonbury.

Police said they were appealing for witnesses. “The incident is being treated as suspicious,” a spokesman said.

Mr Chant said: “All of us here are animal lovers who look after a large range of animals that have been rescued and we now have to endure the hunt coming up to our land. 

Paul Chant’s car was wrecked by the flames (SWNS)

“Their hounds were out of control in our animal sanctuary, growling and snarling at us.”

He added: “We had the hunt all over our land and surrounding land that is privately owned, terrorising our animals, hounds loose and growling and snarling at us

“My landlord and neighbour were assaulted by these scum who thought they were being hard when there were over 20 of them going against two.”

Mr Chant says he tried to stop them being “pushed around” and he was himself shoved.

The Hunt Watch group said he had had “no end of hassle and intimidation”.

Mr Chant said he had invested in CCTV to ensure the security of his farm buildings and had given up his guns.

“The powers have gone crazy. I’ve handed all my guns in to the police as I’m scared that they could be stolen and used against me.”

All they are doing is saying ‘look at my big tractor, look at my big Range Rover’

“We’ve got a fox shortage now, soon we’ll have no animals left, what the hell are these arrogant stupid farmers doing?” he told Somerset Live.

“How dare they try and kill the sanctuary?

“The real, sustainable farming is not going on; all these farmers are doing is saying ‘look at my big tractor, look at my big Range Rover’. It’s all about the money to them.

“They’re hunting all the animals into extinction with their sprays and with their guns.” 

He added: “They’re unsustainable farmers, we all need to pull our weight to survive for the generations that follow us.”

He said he had gone to Priddy to peacefully demonstrate against hunting.

“The very next morning the car was set on fire.”

When contacted by The Independent, a spokeswoman for his local hunt declined several times to comment on supporters’ behaviour. 

Jane Dalton@JournoJane

Additional reporting by SWNS