saboteurs from Yorkshire and the Midlands have each received over £3,000
after reaching an out-of-court settlement with the Derbyshire Constabulary
following their wrongful arrest in January 2008.
were in attendance on the Meynall and South Staffordshire Fox Hunt when
they were arrested under anti-trade union legislation after the police deployed
the force helicoptor and dog units. They were held unlawfully for 24 hrs
and the 11 were on police bail for several months. As part of the settlement
DNA and finerprint evidence is in the process of being removed from police
Saboteurs were attending the fox hunt in January of last year in order to
gain evidence of illegal hunt activities after being tipped off by a member
of the public. Fox hunting with hounds was made illegal by parliament in
February 2005. However, the Hunting Act has several important loopholes
that result in fox hunts around the country continue to chase, torture and
kill british wildlife with apparent impunity, whether legally or otherwise.
With precious few successful prosecutions and little enthusiasm from the
police for enforcing the ban, hunt saboteurs around the country are increasingly
the only thing standing between illegal hunters and their quarry.
Lloyd, from Nottingham, who was one of those arrested said:"I
am very pleased with the outcome of our claim. Although the compensation
in no way exonerates the police, I hope that they have learnt from their
actions. Hunting with hounds is illegal though many hunts are exploiting
loopholes in the law to pursue their slaughter in the name of sport. As
Hunt Saboteurs we will always intervene using non-violent tactics to save
the lives of hunted animals and we will never be deterred by the threat
of heavy-handed policing."
season, where young foxes are targeted in order to help train new hounds,
begins in earnest later this month, and until the spring of next year protected
animals will be hunted and killed by fox hunts up and down the country in
violation of the law.