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Hunt Monitors/GHW Support Fund

£400 of £2,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 13 months
Created October 10, 2017
Welcome to Help the Hunt Monitors.
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.
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Orphaned fox cubs
One of the worst aspects of the horrific practice of fox hunting is the fact that the season continues into the period in which cubs are born. Foxes mate in December/January and give birth between February and April, the peak of births occurring during the month of March. Hunts vary in the date they end their season, but they all continue hunting into March, some right to the end of March, and there are even some hunts that do not cease until well into April.
Whether or not you believe the claim made by hunters that since the ban came into force their chasing and killing of foxes is all “accidental” and “unintentional”, nobody can be left in any doubt that foxes continue to be killed by hunts on a regular basis. A quick look at the Facebook pages of those who observe hunts will confirm this.
As a wildlife carer, every year I care for orphaned and starving animals. In the case of fox cubs, their plight is absolutely heartbreaking. Anyone who thinks that cubs, left to starve after their lactating mothers have been killed, die quietly and peacefully is, I’m afraid, suffering from a misapprehension.
A starving cub is the most pitiful thing imaginable. Their little sunken eyes are weeping and gummed up. Their noses run. Their fur is dirty, having no mother to clean them. When you pick them up they are a tiny skeleton in your hands. Most pitiful of all is their constant crying, a rhythmic, repeated hoarse little cry of utter misery. Bringing a little fox cub back from the brink of death from starvation is the most rewarding thing imaginable, but to witness their distress is heartbreaking, and to think that some of these orphans have been left in this cruel predicament through the cruelty of humans is unspeakable. Some hunters claim pregnant and lactating vixens are not hunted because they give off no smell - this is frankly preposterous nonsense, a self-serving excuse.
A very young cub is incapable of emptying its bladder without stimulation from their mother. These tiny cubs’ kidneys will fail and they will suffer a ruptured bladder. Toxins from the urine will cause sepsis. They will desperately suck at one another trying to find milk. As they suck, their tiny teeth cause severe soreness on the abdomen and genitals, which will become infected. It is hard to describe their utter misery. The older cubs will take longer to die as their body size will maintain them for longer.
Most orphaned cubs will die without being found at all. At Little Foxes we usually manage to bring these little starving cubs back from the edge of death. One example is Noodle, pictured here, who, after intensive overnight care, came back from the very brink and is shown taking her first little sloppy meal after recovery, during which time she was carefully hand fed.
Many cubs will be orphaned as their mothers have met with an accident - that is tragic enough. But nobody who cares for such animals could ever be satisfied with a situation where hunters can continue to kill foxes by exploiting loopholes in a weak law. This must stop. Speaking personally, I will never stop campaigning for the total abolition of hunting with hounds.
Penny Little is a Grafton Hunt Watch Monitor and also founder of Little Foxes Wildlife Rescue
Noodle - Rescued Fox Cub
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Dear supporters, just to let you know that the total amount donated has unfortunately been erased. The records of all our lovely generous and caring people have gone from this page due to an administrative problem. We just wanted you to know that without people like yourselves we would find it very difficult to carry on because as you can imagine petrol, cameras and cam cards are very expensive. Rest assured the money we have received has been used to very good effect. For further information please also see our Grafton Hunt Watch Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com
/foxcubhunting/
Grafton Hunt Fox
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THE DARK SECRET OF CUB HUNTING
The cub hunting season is upon us and our friends at ANIMAL CRIMEWATCH have made a video to explain this horror. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckWKXjOmHjU&feature=share
Please help Hunt Monitors to carry on observing and exposing cruel hunters by making a small donation towards their costs. Hunt Monitors are volunteers who are not paid who continue to do this very difficult work because they are passionate about preventing the cruelty involved with illegal fox hunts. Thank You
The Dark Secret of Cub Hunting
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We would like to wish our very generous supporters a Merry Christmas and all that you wish for yourselves for the New Year.
The world is a better place for people like you.
Love from Hunt Monitors this Christmas.
Rescued Orphaned Foxes
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