During a meet of the Old Surrey Burstow & West Kent Foxhounds at Fordcombe, Kent on the 14th December, huntsman Mark Bycroft launched an unprovoked assault on a hunt saboteur. Despite calling 999 Kent police failed to take any action on the day. Following complaints they reviewed the video evidence and, although he has a previous conviction for assault on a hunt saboteur, decided that a warning would suffice as Bycroft freely admitted the assault.
The video clearly shows Bycroft looking around to see if he is observed, and then viciously punching the hunt saboteur in the face with no warning or provocation.
Roll on two weeks to Boxing Day and the same hand is shaking that of Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP. It seems Farage not only welcomes a return to the slaughter of our native wildlife but is also happy to shake the hand of a man who uses violence against anyone who intervenes to stop him illegally killing animals.
Is this the face of the new politics that UKIP is promoting?
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Are the hunts feeling so betrayed by the Conservatives and their years of broken promises that they are willing to climb into bed with this insignificant, minority political party? We celebrate this alliance between two groups that share such outdated, unpleasant ideas that are despised by the majority of the British public.”
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Photograph of Bycroft and Farage can be viewed here:
North West Hunt Saboteurs Association
Direct Action Against All Forms of bloodsports