A Tribute to Mike Hill

Please do something to help animals this week in the name of Mike Hill.

Saving the life of one animal won’t change the world, but it will change the world of that particular animal, now matter how small the action, they all help in the end.

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Mike Hill - He lived and died for his beliefs

Mike Hill – He lived and died for his beliefs

At 4.00 pm Saturday 9th February, 1991 Mike Hill became the first hunt saboteur to be killed whilst trying to protect wildlife. Mike was only 18 and for two years lived and breathed animal rights, not just dogs and cats but every living creature. He was a vegan, worked at both Heavens Gate Sanctuary and Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre and was an active sab with Yeovil sabs and Merseyside sabs.

Mike was to nice a person for this world. There was no hurt nor malice in his soul. He thought good of everyone and everything. He was quite, unassuming, softly spoken and gentle. He lived and died for his beliefs.

The Facts

At 4 p.m. Saturday 9th February, Mike Hill was killed in action whilst attempting to sabotage the Cheshire Beagles with the Merseyside Hunt Saboteurs. This article attempts to put the facts before the animal rights movement and to dispel some of the downright lies, distortions and rumours that have been put forward by the police, the press and some ‘officials’ in national animal rights groups. Please feel free to copy all or part of this in any suitable publication.

The Cheshire Beagles met at the Red Lion, Little Budworth, Cheshire (just down the road from Oulton Park Motorcycle Racecourse). All afternoon there were repeated scuffles with hunters, punches thrown at saboteurs and a wheel brace was used against one Liverpool sab. Towards the end of the day, still with no kill under their belts that day, the huntsmen boxed up hounds in the small blue trailer which was being towed by an open-top pick-up truck.

The kennel-huntsman, or paid official of the hunt, together with another hunter, jumped into the pick-up. Three sabs were nearby, who, on impulse, leapt onto the back of the pick-up hoping to stop the man (Alan Summersgill) from driving the pack off to another location to continue hunting away from the hunt saboteurs.

However, Summersgill (pictured right) immediately drove off at high speed, with the three sabs clinging on.For five miles, around country lanes, in icy conditions, towing a pack of hounds and with three sabs perched on top, Summersgill drove erratically and at high speeds.

The three sabs, terrified, trying to keep a grip and wondering where these huntsmen were going to take them (and what for) decided that as soon as the vehicle slowed down enough or halted at a junction, they would jump and rung like hell. Unfortunately, it would appear that Mike panicked and, in fear of his life he took a jump from the pick-up as it rounded a bend, having slowed down to what they thought to be about 40 m.p.h. He failed to clear the truck properly and was caught between the truck and trailer which crushed him.

The huntsman would not stop but carried on for a further mile, only halting when the second hunt sab smashed in the back window into the cab. The sab was attacked with a whip as he tried to stop the vehicle. As soon as it stopped, the sab ran back the mile to where Mike’s prone body lay in the road whilst another sab, ran to a nearby house to call the ambulance. The huntsman, Alan Summersgill, simply drove off, flagged down a police car shortly after and later in the afternoon handed himself into a police station.

Let us make no mistake, Mike’s death was the culmination of the trends over the last 10 years of hunt sabbing on the Cheshire Beagles (and indeed trends that are echoed all over the country with other packs). Firstly, there is a sustained level of violence against sabs and secondly a complete absence of police interest in this violence. There has been not one single prosecution by the Cheshire Police for any of the attacks on hunt saboteurs by the Cheshire Beagles over the last ten years, the worst of which resulted in a Liverpool University student receiving a triple fractured jaw.

It would appear not. No charges have yet been proffered against the two huntsmen. Summersgill still walks the street. To our knowledge, the only statements the police have offered to the press indicate that they regard it as a ‘road traffic accident’.

The killing of Mike Hill has devastated his family, his friends, hunt saboteur groups all over the country and at Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre and Heavens Gate Sanctuary.

Mike would have wanted us to ensure that we did three things with his death: Firstly, he would not have wanted to have been forgotten. His name, his love, affection, caring for all and dedication to the movement will live on. Secondly, he would have wanted us to pursue the truth, to gain justice for his death.

http://www.nwhsa.org.uk/a_tribute_to_mike_hill.htm

 

Hare saved by sabs

The attached photo was taken at Blaxhall in Suffolk today (6/02/16) at an Easton Harriers meet. A full report of today’s events will follow shortly. This clearly is not trail hunting. This hare was flushed out on a stubble field in front of Blaxhall church, she ran right towards sabs, crossed the road, ran across another field and towards a wood. She then crossed another road, ran across another field and then crossed onto the busy B1069 forcing traffic to stop. The pack of hounds were in hot pursuit and the only one to try and stop the hounds were us sabs. This is the reality of hunting.

Please spread this photo far and wide because a picture paints a thousand words.

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Somerset badger cull: Policing cost half million pounds

Policing the badger cull in Somerset in 2015 cost £555,514, new figures released by the Avon and Somerset force reveal.

Culling took place in the county, for a third year, from 31 August to 12 October, with 279 animals killed.

The costs for the badger cull will be met by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Government ministers and the National Farmers’ Union believe culling badgers will curb TB in cattle.

Opponents say shooting the animals is not a good way to control the disease.

‘Taxpayer loses"

Stop the Cull said fewer people protested in Somerset than in previous years because efforts were focused on Dorset which was included for the first time.

Spokesman Jay Tiernan said: "Quite a low number of people turned out, so if that still costs half a million pounds to police then what is the actual cost of the cull?

"It’s a matter of fact people across the board are against the badger cull.

"The protesters are always going to be there and the taxpayer is always going to lose money."

Gloucestershire Police revealed last month that policing the badger cull in that county cost £425,598 in 2015.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-35505158

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Gruesome footage shows mutilated fox in hound’s jaws during hunt as police probe ‘illegal killing’

27 Jan 2016

WARNING DISTRESSING FOOTAGE https://www.facebook.com/West-Midlands-Hunt-Saboteurs-243223759156039

Officers were called to the scene by members of the West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs Group who captured the video footage

Gruesome video footage of a mutilated fox being carried in a hound’s jaws during a fox hunt has emerged.

Police are investigating after they were called to reports of a fox being killed illegally during a meeting of Atherstone Hunt on Tuesday.

Officers were called to the scene by members of the West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs Group who filmed the scene.

The clip show the lifeless body of the animal being carried in the teeth of one of the hounds.

Later images, too disturbing to show, reveal the horrific extent of the fox’s injuries as it lies dead on the ground.

Members of the hunt then appear to leave the dead animal behind, riding off into the distance after the saboteurs arrive.

A spokesman for West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs said: “We heard the hounds and then they crossed over the road, they were either side of a hedge making lots of noise.

“The hunt was stationary and one huntsman was off his horse, that’s when we saw the dead fox in the hound’s mouth.

“They looked completely indifferent, they just got back on their horses and carried on hunting.”

Since 2005, it has been illegal to hunt foxes with dogs.

The maximum penalty is a £5,000 fine while police can also confiscate and destroy equipment and dogs used in hunting.

Individuals who refuse to comply with confiscation orders or fines issued could face further punishment, including a prison sentence.

A spokesman for Leicestershire Police said: “Police were called to Hall Lane, in Osbaston, at about 12pm yesterday following an allegation by a member of the public that a fox had been killed illegally.

“Officers attended and have began an investigation in to the circumstances surrounding the incident. Inquiries are in the early stages.”

It is the second report of a fox being killed during a meeting of Atherstone Hunt in just weeks and follows an incident in Warwickshire which saw a fox being chased down and mauled by a pack of about 20 dogs.

That incident is being investigated by Warwickshire Police, but a hunt spokesman insisted the animal had been accidentally killed.

They suggested the fox was injured when the hunt stumbled across it, which meant it couldn’t escape.

The West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs group has posted several other videos in recent weeks which appear to show Atherstone Hunt members chasing live foxes which manage to get away – sometimes only after the group’s intervention.

Atherstone Hunt had not responded to requests for comment at the time of writing.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/gruesome-footage-shows-mutilated-fox-7258381

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Family of fox hunt protesters fined after taking own film to police

27 January 2016

A family of masked saboteurs have been found guilty of causing fear or alarm to members of a fox hunt in a ground-breaking legal case.

Colin and Beverly Milne and their daughter Amy Lilburn were convicted of acting in a threatening or abusive way on an estate owned by one of Britain’s richest families.

Ironically, the clash with the huntsmen only came to light when the trio reported their suspicions about the legality of the hunt and showed video footage to police, before being locked up themselves.

They were detained in custody over a weekend and found guilty after a week-long trial on Wednesday, although the sheriff also criticised the police’s failure to investigate their claims about the hunt on Snaigow Estate.

Perth Sheriff Court heard how the trio were dressed in "paramilitary" gear and had snoods pulled up and hats pulled down to mask their faces as they confronted members of the hunt.

Sheriff William Wood said: "It is my view you went overboard and were reckless about the consequences. If you are not behaving reasonably then you have to take the punishment.

"Any reasonable person would feel threatened by your conduct, even in the context of a fox hunt in which you say you were seeking to monitor events.

"Any person would suffer fear or alarm due to the persistence of your conduct. You all accept you entered Snaigow Estate while you were masked.

"You were certainly wearing snoods that covered your faces and hats that came down to your brows. You also accept you filmed members of the public.

"You gave that footage to the police. You also accept you followed Mr Broad and his son for an extensive period. This was a joint enterprise. The outcome and impact on other people had not been fully thought about by you.

"It doesn’t seem to me that your conduct could be said to be reasonable in any way. You followed them over a distance of ten to 12 miles, for a period of one to two hours.

"You lay in wait for them at a private road. You followed them on foot and continued to follow them even though there was no hunt in progress. You continued to film them when there was nothing to film.

"I will take account of the somewhat surprising decision by the police not to investigate the circumstances and the time you have spent in custody."

He fined offshore labourer Mr Milne, 49, and toilet attendant Mrs Milne, 39, £200 each and admonished unemployed Lilburn.

All three live in Toutie Street, Blairgowrie, Perthshire and were found guilty of causing fear or alarm to Angus and Edward Broad on March 13 last year.

Defence solicitor Jim Bready previously told the court: "It was clear from the reaction of the huntsmen at the time and also from how the Milnes behaved that there was no prospect of danger to them.

"The conduct of the Milnes was impeccable in the situation even under the most extreme provocation. The one thing they seem to abhor more than anything is violence.

"The way the Milnes were conducting themselves didn’t give them any cause to have fear or alarm. They tried to conduct themselves carefully.

"They simply did not anticipate the sinister notion of being masked. There are many innocent situations where people can be masked.

"They did not anticipate that what they were doing was criminal. It was all done with the best intentions."

Solicitor David Holmes argued the conduct of the trio had been reasonable as they believed they were interfering with a potentially illegal hunt.

During the trial, gamekeeper Peter Nicol said the decision was taken to abandon the hunt after a masked person, dressed all in black, crept up behind a fellow huntsman.

The 2800-acre Snaigow Estate, about four miles east of Dunkeld, is owned by the Cadogan family. The Earl of Cadogan was listed as Britain’s second wealthiest peer with a £6bn fortune in 2009.

http://news.stv.tv/tayside/1340621-fox-hunt-protester-family-fined-after-taking-their-own-film-to-police/

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Prominent foxhunt supporter pleads guilty to assaulting two Kilkenny farmers

Monday January 25, 2016

In Kilkenny District Court on 25th January, prominent foxhunt supporter John O’Reilly (of Rathielty, Rathmoyle, County Kilkenny and 12 John’s Street, Kilkenny) pleaded guilty to assaulting brothers Hubert and Norman Daniels of Tullaroan, County Kilkenny, both farmers. Sentencing will take place at Kilkenny District Court on March 1st.

The assault by John O’Reilly (a member of the Kilkenny Foxhounds) occurred on November 5th, 2013 at Rathielty when the brothers were carrying out work on a road close to their farm.

Farmers Norman and Hubert Daniels, (who had banned all foxhunting on their lands and been subjected to prolonged intimidation by foxhunters for the past eight years as a result) were engaged on work on their farm involving a digger when the foxhunting fan turned up and assaulted them.

Norman Daniels suffered a serious injury for which he is still receiving medical treatment.

Unknown to the assailant a camcorder that one of the farmers had been using (it was resting on the driver’s seat of the digger) was still running and recording. It recorded the entire incident and the footage is very clear.

Animal protection groups Anti-blood sports lobbyists have welcomed the result of the court case, and it has been hailed as "a triumph of justice and over bullying and hunt brutality" by Farmers Against Fox Hunting and Trespass (FAFT), an organization representing Irish farmers who want all hunting banned on their lands, having suffered repeated incursions and extensive damage to farm property.

FAFT Chairman Philip Lynch said: "Many other farmers throughout Ireland have been subjected to similar intimidation as that shown in the video footage now released to the public. Even worse…their livestock has been attacked by packs of hounds, fences have been smashed and whole fields of crops churned up…and farm family pets torn to pieces by hounds in broad daylight. Hunts are a menace in the Irish countryside. They routinely engage in what I would describe as barefaced rural vandalism."

Below is a link to the footage showing the Daniles brothers being assaulted and threatened by the foxhunter:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qp9vn1f77weyygd/daniels.wmv

http://www.indymedia.ie/article/105679
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Video passed to police suggests top public school Eton is hunting illegally

Watch the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-6AMcNU5wk

25 January 2016

Potentially incriminating video footage of Eton College’s beagling club has been submitted to the North Yorkshire police by the League Against Cruel Sports. The material appears to show Britain’s most famous school hunting hares illegally.

Hunting mammals with dogs has been illegal for more than 10 years. Yet footage taken by the League Against Cruel Sports’ undercover investigators clearly shows a hare being pursued by the Eton College beagles.

The video shows the hare fleeing from the dogs after hunt staff and supporters are heard discussing its whereabouts. The Eton College Beagles’ hunt staff – identifiable by their distinctive uniform of brown velvet jackets – urge the beagles on and make no efforts to call the dogs off.

Tom Quinn, Campaigns Director for League Against Cruel Sports said: “The North Yorkshire police will be examining footage that appears to shows the prolonged chase of a hare by the Eton beagles. Could Britain’s top public school be hunting despite it being very cruel and against the law?

“Since the hunting ban was introduced, hare hunts use a variety of excuses for their continued existence. Having traditionally hunted hares, they now tend to claim that they are rabbit hunting, trail hunting or even just exercising the dogs in a bid to sanitise their activity. But it doesn’t seem that’s what they’re doing in this video”.

“Eton College has a proud history of teaching many of our leaders in politics, business, the arts and many other fields. I am sure that Eton would want to ensure those future leaders are respecting the law at all times.”

“We urge the North Yorkshire police to investigate this matter without delay and call upon Simon Henderson, Head Master of Eton College, to carry out an internal enquiry”.

Following a tip-off, League Against Cruel Sports investigators filmed the Eton College Beagles at Buttercrambe in Aldby Park, North Yorkshire during the half-term holidays on Tuesday 27th October. It is likely they were there with permission from the landowner.

Nine out of ten people in the UK want the ban on hare hunting to remain. Brown hare numbers in Britain have declined by 80% since the 1880s and they are now a conservation priority in the UK. Before the hunting ban was introduced, hares could be hunted with packs of beagles and the hunt staff would typically follow on foot.

The hare hunting season would run from September or October, depending on the type of pack used, until March. Hares are reluctant to leave their territory and don’t venture onto new ground and as a result, hare hunting normally takes place in a limited area of the country, of not more than one or two miles square.

Hares spend their lives above ground so do not seek refuge underground like foxes or mink when being hunted. If the hare does not manage to escape the hounds it will eventually tire and the hounds, with their superior stamina, will catch up and kill the hare.

The chase can last up to 90 minutes before the hare is finally killed by the hounds.

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Trial sees images of Telford accused out hunting

January 21, 2016

A trial of three men accused of causing or attempting to cause animal fights has been shown pictures of the accused out hunting with their dogs.

During a cross examination of RSPCA officer Hannah Bryer, the court saw images of the men on a possible ‘flushing out’ of a fox with terriers.

Previously Ms Bryer gave evidence she had attended Samuel Boylett’s home where she found several dogs and discovered the digital material, including pictures of the defendants and some of the dogs.

Samuel Boylett, 33, his father Charles Boylett, 69, both of Burtondale, Brookside, Telford, and Mark Paddock, 45, of no fixed address, are on trial at Telford Magistrates Court. Yesterday defence solicitor Sara-Lise Howe showed some of the images in court asking Mrs Bryer to describe what she saw.

Images showed Paddock, with Samuel Boylett holding a firearm, and other men, digging with an animal tracker nearby, a small terrier dog covered in mud wearing a tracker and another dog being sent down a hole. It was not clear from the images when the firearm was discharged. The court previously heard that a number of dogs – some with injuries – were seized by police from Samuel Boylett’s home, on March 28, 2014.

Samuel Boylett denies 14 charges including causing or attempting to cause an animal fight to take place. He denies six counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. Paddock denies three counts of causing or attempting to cause an animal fight to take place and a charge of causing unnecessary suffering. Charles Boylett and Paddock deny three charges of being present at animal fights in 2014. Samuel Boylett denies four charges of being present at animal fights in 2013 and 2014.

The trial continues.

http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2016/01/21/trial-sees-images-of-telford-accused-out-hunting/

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What a load of crap

To hunt or not to hunt? That is the question. But for who?

Colm Lock attempts to debunk some myths surrounding hunting and suggests the devolution of the debate around its legality is the only way forward

By Colm Lock

The countryside of the British Isles is a collection of landscapes I would consider to be some of the most beautiful and awe inspiring in the world. From the Scottish Highlands to the beaches of the Solent, which I call home. They are all places of outstanding natural beauty that are not only home to immensities of wildlife but also to the Great British people. It is these people who have, for so long, been left out of the decisions that affect them and their particular and sometimes peculiar ways of living.

The culmination of this legislative exile was the Hunting Act of 2004. Ignoring centuries of tradition and practice within the countryside it was dictated to us by a government whose members came almost exclusively from metropolitan areas. They have little to no knowledge of what country life entails. If you are from a large town or city, you simply don’t understand.

I only bring up the subject—for which the debate has been put to bed these past 11 years—because of the current governments wish to see the repeal of the 2004 act and once again allow the hunting of animals with dogs.

Now, to those of you raised in the sheltered bubbles of urban life, the thought of this sort of practice may well make you feel repulsed. You will scream and shout about its “barbarity” and how it has no place in our society. Well I say to you, if you do not live in the countryside, why is it your place to decide? For years, legal drag hunting and to a lesser extent shooting has been plagued by the militant wing of a vegan cohort who would seek to usurp our long established customs and dictate to us their ideals. The threat of repeal has re-awakened a force that has been the bane of country sportsmen everywhere.

I speak of course of the hunt saboteurs or “antis” as they are known. These are people, not of the countryside, who have for decades disrupted our legal practices with total barbarity and ignorance, while at the same time continuing to believe the hunters are the savages when it is in fact the opposite.

They have beaten huntsmen with iron bars, kicked female hunters to the ground, defaced war memorials, maimed and killed dogs and caused the deaths of many horses. I remember hearing of how one group placed piano wire along an opening of a hedge they knew the hunt would pass through, resulting in the gruesome injury of the horses and likely their death.

I am sure that you are wondering where the proof of these acts is. Well, the most recent example would be that of a female hunt saboteur who has just been convicted on three charges of assault. One on a hunt supporter as young as 15. She was also a teacher and a special needs coordinator. You can’t help but question the dubious morality of these scoundrels.

Many in the anti camp and in the cities also fail to realise the pest control element involved. Foxes, while they might be cute and make a lovely background for a Christmas card, are vermin. I have lost many chickens to the beasts. Also, considering his extended absence, I fear I may also have lost my pet pigeon Oscar to them as well. Therefore in the countryside, with its limitless fox hiding places, the only way to catch such creatures is to use dogs to flush out, and if necessary, kill the fox. It would be a fruitless endeavour to try any other technique. If anyone can think up one, please contact me to let me know.

Of course, this is not the only country pursuit that comes under fire from the dread-locked metropolitan sort. Shooting of game birds also really grinds their gears. The shooting of grouse, partridge, pheasant, pigeon and so on, is still a perfectly legal practice across all of the UK. Most birds are reared for the purpose of being shot and will be released onto estates a couple months before their respective seasons begin. When it does, it is fair to say that they will have a better chance at survival than any industrially reared chicken and if they do snuff it, they will have had a much better life as well. There are such a multitude of game, that if the practice of shooting was to be abandoned, a massive cull would need to happen before hand.

Then there is the practice of culling deer in the New Forest that may also be detested by the urbanites upon first glance. But, you must think about the big picture. Deer breed like rabbits and so the population must be kept on top of because, should they be allowed to continue unchecked, they would destroy the forest I love. Deer enjoy rubbing their antlers against trees, removing the bark and killing said trees. If they were allowed to breed as they pleased, the New Forest would—I doubt—be worthy of the name for much longer. You have a choice, a whole forest or a couple thousand deer.

So, what have we learned today? Well, I would hope that after reading this article, you all feel a bit more enlightened about matters concerning our rural communities. I hope also that you will now not subscribe to the knee jerk reaction of disgust when someone mentions hunting. If you are from the countryside and wish to object then go right ahead. But, if you are from the suburbs of Birmingham or the boroughs of London, kindly sod off. The argument does not concern you.

I will however leave you with this thought. It was the work of meddling animal rights activists who brought about the apocalypse in “28 Days Later”. Do you want to be complicit in the downfall of humanity? I didn’t think so.

http://mancunion.com/2016/01/11/hunt-not-hunt-question/

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Three men accused of badger killing in Darley Dale

Monday 18 January 2016

Three men have been accused of killing a badger and attempting to stage an animal fight with dogs in Darley Dale.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, January 13, how Danny Green, Kyle Green and Martin Skinner allegedly committed five related offences between May 9 and 12, last year.

All three pleaded not guilty to wilfully killing a badger, causing unnecessary suffering to a cross-bred lurcher dog by causing an animal fight to occur, and causing unnecessary suffering to a cross-bred Staffordshire Bull Terrier or Mastiff dog by causing an animal fight to occur.

The accused also deny causing or attempting to cause an animal fight to take place and to possessing a lamp designed or adapted for use in an animal fight.

Magistrates adjourned the case for a trial on April 4 at Chesterfield magistrates’ court.

Danny Green, 26, and Kyle Green, 23, both of Arnside Road, Maltby, Rotherham, and Martin Skinner, 29, of Headingley Way, Edlington, Doncaster, were released on conditional bail.

Their bail conditions include not being left in charge of a dog while alone and they must not enter Derbyshire except for appointments with their solicitors.

The alleged offences come under the Protection of Badgers Act and the Animal Welfare Act.

http://www.matlockmercury.co.uk/news/local/three-men-accused-of-badger-killing-in-darley-dale-1-7681542

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Very sad news

East Peckham animal sanctuary owner Marion Eaton dies following coma

By Paddock Wood Courier | Posted: January 12, 2016

The beloved co-owner of FRIEND Animal Rescue Sanctuary in East Peckham died last night after having been in a coma for more than a month.

Marion Eaton fell down the stairs of her East Peckham home in November and was rushed to King’s College Hospital, London, where she was put into an induced coma after being diagnosed with internal bleeding.

Her husband Mark announced the sad news this morning on a funding page set up after Marion’s accident: "She passed away peacefully, and all my words are, and have been said by the amazing outpouring of messages of love from all of you. For that I, and I am sure Marion are completely blown away and grateful. l thank you so much.

"We have truly lost a warrior for the animals and I am devastated. I will soon hopefully write something about her absolute stunning life’s work caring for animals!

"Marion’s wishes are to have a big send off for her and really it will be an open funeral for she does deserve it.

"I am truly honoured to have been your partner Marion, really words cannot explain how much I am going to miss you but we will meet again and I really love you.

"Rest in peace my beautiful girl."

http://www.courier.co.uk/East-Peckham-animal-sanctuary-owner-Marion-Eaton/story-28509900-detail/story.html

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