National Trust reaffirms trail hunting stance after alleged activity between Keswick and Buttermere

20/10/2021 THE National Trust has reaffirmed its stance on trail hunting following reports of the activity taking place on its land. Videos seen by the News & Star appeared to show trail hunting taking place between Keswick and Buttermere and near Crummock Water last week. A National Trust spokesperson said: “Following the emergence of a …

Police ‘furious’ that a member of the House of Lords was not prosecuted over fox hunting video

20th October 2021 Police officers behind the conviction of a leading figure in the fox hunting lobby have told i they are “furious” that a member of the House of Lords was not prosecuted. Lord Mancroft, one of 92 hereditary peers who remain in the upper house, was one of six leading hunting figures who …

Mark Hankinson: Top huntsman guilty of encouraging illegal fox hunting

15th October 2021 A senior fox hunter has been found guilty of encouraging and assisting people to evade the ban on fox hunting. Recordings of Mark Hankinson, a director of the Master of Foxhounds Association, speaking to around 100 senior hunters in two private webinars in August 2020 were leaked online. The prosecution argued he …

F***ing great news

15th October 2021 FOUND GUILTY! Mark Hankinson has been found guilty of encouraging or assisting others to commit offences under the hunting act following his trial at Westminster magistrates court. The trial came about after the HSA exposed leaked hunting office webinars in 2020.

Huntsman and whipper-in accused of ‘charade’ to flout fox hunting ban

24th August 2021 A huntsman and a whipper-in actively encouraged hounds to look for a fox after a trail hunt was set up as a charade, a court has heard. Prosecutors allege that huntsman John Oliver Finnegan, 36, and 30-year-old whipper-in Rhys Matcham breached the 2004 Hunting Act in Leicestershire on February 4 last year. …

WTF???? part 7

Video evidence of foxhunt not enough to prosecute, say police Exclusive: Officers drop case after ‘refusing to take statements from witnesses because they are not independent’ 28th May 2021 Police have said they will not bring charges over allegations of illegal hunting, even though they have been shown video of riders and hounds in pursuit …

Two great short films to watch about who hunt sabs are and what they do

The first video 'I am a hunt saboteus' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elbO-lIr0yI In this first of four hard hitting episodes we sit down with a hunt saboteur. We put to him some common misconceptions and frequently asked questions to explore what it means to be a saboteur. It is important to note that the views of this …