October 28, 2011
British Hunters Claim Animal-Rights Activists Ran Over Foxhound
By Chad Love
Here's one from the "So Much For Compassion For All Life" files... British fox hunters are claiming that animal-rights activists deliberately lured a foxhound on to a busy road and then ran it over.
From this story in the Telegraph:
Hunt members have accused saboteurs of deliberately running over a hound after using horns to lure it onto the road. The hound was out with the Cotswold Vale Hunt near Gloucester on Tuesday morning when it was hit by a Rover car on the A38 Tewkesbury road at Norton. Members of the hunt claim saboteurs used horns to attract the hound on to the road before it was killed.
A statement released by the Countryside Alliance on behalf of hunt members said: "The hunt was harassed by hunt saboteurs during a children's meet. "The huntsman did all he could to avert this incident, but was unable to do so. "We are in a climate where animal rights activists are harassing hunts to an unacceptable level and the incident was both dangerous and irresponsible. Hunt members have accused saboteurs of deliberately running over a hound after using horns to lure it onto the road. "Hunt saboteurs proclaim to love animals, but it is about hating the people who hunt and nothing more."
The "hunt saboteurs," of course, deny the charges...
But Lee Moon, a spokesman from the Hunt Saboteurs Association, said the protesters did not have horns when the hound was run over. He said: "Five saboteurs were at the hunt, including four women, and my understanding is they had been monitoring the hunt. "They had not seen it for 45 minutes and did not do anything to drive it into the A38 - no one blew hunting horns or instigated this tragic incident." He claims the hunt was split, with some of the 40 hunters on each side of the A38. He believed the hunt was attempting to cross the road when the hound was killed, he said.