On Wed, 07 Feb 2007 19:39:40 +0000, Derek Moody
>On Wed, 07 Feb 2007 19:29:13 +0000, Derek Moody
>>On Wed, 07 Feb 2007 19:09:29 +0000, Dave Fawthrop
>>>On Wed, 07 Feb 2007 17:48:29 GMT, Pun Krocker wrote:
>>>|!On 07/02/2007 at 16:41:58 Moebius wrote :
>>>|!> Well they did more damage than good for whatever cause they might have been
>>>|!> trying to push.
>>>|!That's what I think.
>>>|!Their cause is probably a good one, the way they go about it is stupid.
>>>|!Flooding groups with _old_ news_ and _lies_ will not add numbers to
>>>|!their ranks :(
>>>Yes almost as good as blackmail, arson and digging up bodies.
>>>Typical animal rights tricks
>>That's not nice Dave aka Andy Mabbett, is it? Nor is dragging your fav
>>groups into disrepute!
>>I'll be posting some efforts by pro hunt extremists to intimidate
>>animal rights advocates, for your delight.
>>All this since the ban
>>The following hunt chaos has all occurred since the ban came into
>>effect on February 18th 2005. These incidents are the ones that we
>>know of, how many more go unreported?
My sick horse upset by hunt
By Matt Jackson
Debbie Coffey with her horse Dolly which she says was upset when a
hunt passed through the field Picture Ref: 204444-45
DEBBIE Coffey says the Vale of White Horse Hunt terrorised her sick
horse and ignored her pleas to keep the hounds away.
The mum-of-two, of Green Hill, near Lydiard Millicent, claims her
11-year-old cobb Dolly was traumatised when the hunt's hounds entered
The 40-year-old said: "We understand living in a village that there
will be hunting but this was not on.
"The VWH hunt has no respect for local animal owners. They were
galloping up and down outside my stables even though we had said Dolly
"The horses go mad when the hunts come and she needed to be resting."
Dolly was recovering from a bad chest infection when Mrs Coffey said
she saw the hounds enter the field on Wednesday afternoon.
advertisementShe said: "I had even put on the electric fence to keep
Dolly in, but when the dogs and horses got near she became too
"She jumped the fence and churned up the field running in circles. The
vet said she needed to be kept dry and calm, but she was sweating
heavily on one of the coldest days of the year."
Her friend Linda Moore, 54, drove to her neighbouring field from Park
South. She thinks animal protection laws may have been broken and that
it was an old-style fox hunt that took place, which is now banned.
She said: "I went into the lane and asked the huntsmen to stop
passing, because it was upsetting Dolly.
"It's a private road but they just carried on with what they were
Ms Moore claimed the hunt was not drag hunting as allowed by law, but
was chasing an animal.
She said: "With a legal drag hunt they tear along barking because they
are on the scent. But this was different, they went into a copse
nearby and the huntsmen were calling to each other saying things like
There it is'.
"They passed on at least three occasions and didn't seem to care what
happened to Dolly."
Mrs Coffey said she was angry that the hunt had ignored her wishes.
She said: "I have had horses all my life, and I'm certainly not
anti-hunt. But they ignored us for their fun. I saw probably 20 horses
and their pack of hounds. They were blowing their horns and their dogs
were going berserk."
Master of the Hunt Martin Wood strongly rejected claims that an
illegal hunt had taken place.
He said: "There was no way we were fox hunting. We were trail hunting
which is where a quad bike or a horse will lay a scent for the hounds.
"We got permission to ride down that lane. We had to use that lane to
get there and back because that's the only way to go. We only went
once as a group, and we sent someone back later to put some wire up."
Mr Wood disagreed that the hunt should have taken another route.
He said: "We weren't doing anything wrong. We were given permission by
more than one of the farmers and as such we had a right to go along
"They have a right of way and can give anybody a right of way to get
as far as their property. You must be able to ride past people's
fields mustn't you?
"We aren't going to stop going along a track because someone has a
horse in a field."
9:00am Friday 3rd November 2006