HSA press release: Call for police to target the real hunt
criminals as case against 7 anti-hunt protestors collapses.
The Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) today called on both the
police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to target
their resources on the hunters, not hunt saboteurs, after the
dramatic collapse of a 5 day trial at Hastings Crown Court.
The case against 7 anti-hunt protestors was dismissed by the
Judge due to 'abuse of procedure' by the prosecution side.
The case dated back to an alleged incident in February this
year, in which saboteurs where
present at a meet of the East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt
who met at Northiam in East Sussex, at which protestors were
arrested and charged with Violent Disorder. Despite a blatant
lack of evidence from the outset, the charges were not
dropped upon further investigation of the facts, but later
simply downgraded to 'Aggravated Trespass'. The 7 all pleaded
'Not Guilty' to the charges and the case proceeded to court.
Dawn Preston, spokesperson for the HSA, commented 'This case
beggars belief - but unfortunately doesn't surprise us! The
only thing that will surprise us is when the police, and the
CPS behind them, decide to start looking at the real
criminals in this whole thing - those sad individuals who
continue to attempt to hunt illegally, and who will stop at
nothing to try to prevent us from catching them in the act.
Why is it that organisations like the League Against Cruel
Sports have to spend supporters money on private prosecutions
in order to enforce the law, when the powers that be continue
to spend tax-payers money attempting to prosecute the very
people who are trying to ensure it is upheld in the first
place? We can only hope that this coming season sees a
sea-change in the perception of the police as to who the real
criminals are - and also a realisation from the hunting
fraternity that their time is up. Drag hunting - or no