Hunt Monitors Support Fund
Hunt monitoring is an activity undertaken by concerned individuals who want to see the Hunting Act upheld. The Hunting Act, banning hunting in England and Wales, became law in February 2005. This ban was achieved through the work of many campaigners over almost a century. In recent times the work of hunt monitors became central to the campaign, as monitors use video cameras to film the cruelty and chaos involved in hunting. The filmed evidence they collected was shown in the media, and to MPs, and proved conclusively that a ban on this barbaric activity was urgently needed. Before the ban even came into force, around 50,000 hunters signed a "Declaration", stating that they would break any such law should it come onto the Statute Book. Local newspapers were invited to hunting rallies in order to publicise the signing of this Declaration. On the Declaration form were printed these words: "Consequently we the undersigned declare our intention peacefully to disobey any law purporting to ban hunting" It also included this: "Please enclose a cheque for £10 made out to Hunting Declaration..' saying that this would be used to fund "...a national advertising campaign to ensure our message gets wide coverage." After the law came into force, it immediately became clear to the hunt monitors that the hunters were indeed carrying out their threat to break the law, and so they have been forced to continue monitoring in order to collect evidence to put before the authorities to try and get acts of illegal hunting prosecuted. It has been far from easy. Hunt monitors are routinely subjected to threats, assault, damage to their cars , cameras and radios, as well as foul verbal abuse, obstruction and intimidation. While tackling illegal hare coursing fairly consistently, the police and Crown Prosecution Services have shown a marked reluctance to act against the organised hunts However, at last some of the large organised hunts are being taken to Court, and convicted of illegal hunting. The Meynell and South Staffordshire are the latest hunt to be found guilty of illegal hunting, with their hunt master and terrierman both convicted at Derby Magistrates Court in August 2012. In May 2012 three members of the Crawley & Horsham Hunt were found guilty of illegal hunting. In 2011, the Huntsman and terrierman of the Fernie Hunt were found guilty of illegal hunting. In December 2012 the RSPCA took out a private prosecution, using evidence collected by independent hunt monitors, against the Heythrop Hunt Limited. This was a major landmark case, as it was the first time a hunt has been prosecuted as a corporate body. The Heythrop Hunt, their Huntsman and their Senior Master all pleaded guilty to four charges of illegally hunting a fox. The reason these hunts have been successfully prosecuted and convicted is, in every case, because of the hunt monitors, whose footage of their illegal activities has provided the evidence needed to bring these people to justice. It is very encouraging that, at last, the sterling efforts of the monitors are beginning to show results in the Courts. Unfortunately, the majority of hunts are never visited by monitors, and more monitors would mean more convictions. The monitors are mostly independent individuals who are unpaid and self-funded. The petrol costs alone are extremely high, as are the costs of cameras, films, memory cards, CB radios etc. You may well feel that you could not do the extremely stressful and dangerous work the monitors undertake. However, you can make a huge contribution to their work by making a donation today to enable them to continue. Please donate today to help the monitors.
The world is a better place for people like you.
Love from Hunt Monitors this Christmas.
MAN LIFTS FOX CUB FROM THE BACK OF A VAN
'At the headquarters of the South Herefordshire Hunt, a man lifts a young fox cub from a box in the back of a van. The cub is screaming in terror and struggling desperately to break free.
As the man grabs him by the scruff of the neck, the frightened cub curls up in a futile attempt to protect himself. Next, they disappear into the Hunt kennels.
The air is filled with the haunting sound of barking and baying hounds…the helpless cub has been ‘introduced’ to the pack.
Minutes later, the man emerges from the kennels carrying the lifeless body of the cub, and throws it into a bin.
South Herefordshire Hunt He returns to the van to remove another cub from the box, who meets the same tragic fate.
Countless more cubs will lose their lives in this way this year – unless we stop it. ' League Against Cruel Sports.
Some years ago we received the following report describing a fox cub hunt. The same thing happens over and over again to this day.
“Today I was at a fox cub hunt, it started at 6am, there were 20 hunt riders,
20 followers and four terrier men.
There were five of us (Monitors) as well as one terrified fox cub born this year and its Mother.
The hunt chased the two of them around a wood for an hour, they passed me twice, running along a ditch trying to hide their scent, the vixen goading the cub along.
After one hour of running in circles and terrified by the hounds in cry, (they could not escape the wood as rabbit fencing all around and the only exit had a line of hunt riders banging their saddles to frighten the foxes back into the wood).
The vixen was seen crawling exhausted on her belly into the undergrowth where she lay. The cub was caught and disembowelled by the hounds, his short life of only a few months gone.”
We need you to help our wild animals to see another sunrise and to show the world what terrible atrocities go on in our countryside.
Monitors have many expenses including petrol costs, purchasing cameras, cards, two way radios and other equipment. Please help us by donating towards our expenses, it would help us greatly.
Thank you so much.
Monitors have many expenses including petrol, cameras, SD cards and other equipment. Please consider sending us a small donation to enable us to carry on with our important work. We are the only people who are looking at hunts as the police claim they do not have the resourses.
Please, please help and thank you so much for your help.