Badger killer Barwell, still has power.

In the run up to the election “stop the cull” facebook page spent money on promoting posts into pro hunt and pro badger cull mp’s constituencies. Of the 11 targetted, 6 are now no longer MP’s:
Neal Carmicheal (stroud)
Gavin Barwell (croydon)
Ben Howlett (bath)
Karl Mcartney (lincoln)
David Nuttall (bury north)
Victoria Borwick (kensington)

the five that stayed were: George Eustice (his majority was slashed from 7000 down to 1,500). Phillip Davies (majority of 9,600 cut in half to 4,800). Alex Chalk (6,000 majority slashed to 2,500) Richar Drax remained fairly unchanged and Michelle Donelan who’s majority increased!! (this is assumed due to previously 5 parties going for the seat and this year only 3)

These tory mp’s were chosen because they were close to cull zones and/or notorious for other heinous tory crimes as well as being pro cull or pro hunt.
Gavin Barwell was specifically chosen because of his position as housing minister, he had high numbers of people in his own constituency that had lived in B&Bs for many many months, he had also voted for the badger cull. Our plan was to try and find overlapping causes for voters to be repulsed by their tory candidates. This was the picture that was sent into the croydon area via facebook:
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A few days after the election, Theresa May had to sack her close advisors due to the awful job they’d done of the election. In stepped Gavin Barwell as the new chief of staff. Just days after his appointment it became clear that as housing minister he had sat on reports rather than acting on them, this included putting sprinklers in tower blocks.

So a lot of people are now very angry with him and we think it’s only right that people write to him (politely of course) or ring him up and ask him questions about why he sits on reports and also why he voted for a badger cull.

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please keep all calls polite and please do not put his phone number into sites you may find after googling “request callback safety”
maybe as chief of staff he’ll come to realise that killing badgers isn’t a policy the tories should be pursuing.

Badger abusers exposed

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Charlotte Reynolds was filming at her friend Sophie Poole’s BBQ when Billy Brough turned up with a badger (his google account here), holding it by the scruff he shows it to Mark who then gets bitten.

The video was seen by many thousands of people online and a number of newspapers ran with it as a story, you can view the video here. You can read the daily mail coverage of the story here.

The RSPCA and the police are now investigating under the protection of badgers act 92, as it is illegal to take a badger.

Earlier today we reported that the incident was believed to have happened at Alcott farm, We were tipped off that that was the location and when we did checks on Sophie Poole’s facebook page we could see she is friends with the people who run the farm.
Alcott farm are categorically denying that this bbq took place and further that Sophie is not related, we think its worth giving them the benefit of the doubt until further evidence is uncovered.

*UPDATE* we are now convinced that Alcott farm is not in any way involved and we apologise unreservedly for naming them. If you have reviewed their facebook page, please delete the review as soon as possible.

 

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Boycott the Atherstone hunt.

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Do you want your pet dog or cat looked after by the Atherstone Hunt?

Davret Boarding Kennels & Cattery is run by Atherstone Hunt joint master James Sharland and his dad David Sharland who is also involved in the hunt.

The Atherstone Hunt are constantly losing control of their hounds, they’ve been documented running all over busy main roads, chasing and killing foxes and rampaging through people’s back gardens that could easily have had pets in them (http://bit.ly/2mPtnrW). Last season they even chased a dog walkers dog through Battram woods in Ibstock (http://bit.ly/2nsPOQI). These very same people are running a boarding kennels and cattery to look after people’s pets.

Do you want your pet cat or dog looked after by the notorious Atherstone Hunt, well known for its concern for animal welfare?

If you do the details are below.
Davret Boarding Kennels & Cattery
8 Station Rd, Elmesthorpe, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE9 7SG
Tel: 01455 842673
http://bit.ly/2mftqJw
https://www.yell.com/biz/davret-boarding-kennels-and-cattery-leicester-1531250/

Help stop the spread of bTB from foxhounds.

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The recent news that a pack of hounds has contracted Bovine TB is sending shock waves through the hunting fraternity, the farmers guardian covered the story here. With the view that

“It is thought the hunt, which offers a fallen stock service to local farmers, contracted the disease from a contaminated bovine.”

Defra hastily put out advice on pets and bTB on the 3rd of March, how a dog could become infected was explained:
“Pets can become infected in a number of ways including ingestion (by mouth), for example by drinking unpasteurised infected cow’s milk or eating carcases (sic) of infected animals; and aerosols (breathing in) which could arise from close contact with infected farm animals, wildlife or other infected pets. Pets can also become infected through bite wounds, either from being bitten by an infected animal or if a wound gets infected by bacteria present in the environment.”

Hunts up and down the country offer the service of collecting dead cattle/sheep from farmers fields, saving the farmer a small amount of money and time. In return the hunt get to feed their hounds and usually get to hunt on the farmers land. This relationship between farmers and hunts hit a rocky patch back in the 90’s when BSE hit, new regulations meant that all cattle carcasses had to be incinerated to stop the spread of the disease. The cost of these incinerators had to be carried by the hunts who in some areas attempted to pass the cost on to farmers, with little luck.

This defra PDF lists all the licensed premises that can handle animal by products, most of the UK’s hunts can be found listed here.

With the transmission route from cattle to the hounds and potentially the hounds on to the cattle and surrounding wildlife still uncertain (they may have contracted the disease from any number of sources). It would make some sense for the government to bring in measures to immediately curtail the infection and potential ongoing spread of the disease.

We think that two simple measures should be taken up immediately:

  1. The testing of all hunting hound packs for bTB
  2. The vaccination of all hounds that consume uncooked “fallen stock”

Please as a matter of urgency contact your MP here and request these two measures are implemented immediately to stop any further spread of bTB.

We are currently looking at the cost of PCR testing, which would enable us to check hounds feaces for bTB. As soon as we have the costings, we will launch a crowdfunder if the project is feasible. Collecting the samples may involve some covert methods…

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Malvern tree surgeon admits to brutal attack on sab and brands him a “coward”.

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Many people were horrified last week after watching a brutal assault of a saboteur, by a terrierman from the ledbury hunt. Calls were put out to find out if anyone knew who this man was and the attack gained a large amount of mainstream media attention.

Tracking him down didn’t prove to be very difficult, one of the riders of the Ledbury tipped us off within 48 hours as to his name, we rang him today pretending to be a freelance journalist and asking for his side of the story, when asked why he attacked the saboteur he simply said “he’s a coward and got what was coming to him”.

He went on to say that saboteurs are “all vicious thugs”, he also asked us not to put his name in the paper.

He runs a tree surgery company, the details of which you can find and review here: https://www.yell.com/biz/broadleaf-tree-care-malvern-7814077/

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Lock, Stock & 12 Empty Barrels.

“Saboteurs Against Shooting” have ransacked one of the countries top shooting estates in an attempt to move birds out of the firing line of drunken rich idiots, feed bins full of grain were emptied and thousands of birds were beaten away from the top of hills.

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In an anonymous communique sent to “Stop the Cull” the group calling itself “Saboteurs Against Shooting” made it clear they had tipped over, emptied and destroyed many of the estates hundreds of pheasant and partridge feed barrels. They’d also spent a number of hours using traditional and not so traditional methods of moving the birds away from areas where they were being encouraged to stay for shoots on the Ashcombe estate.

Guy Ritchie’s Ashcombe shooting estate is not only David Beckham’s favourite place to slaughter birds for fun, but also listed as one of the top 50 shooting estates in the country by “the field” magazine.

What makes this estate so desirable to those who enjoy killing is it’s steep chalk valleys, this means pheasants and partridges which are held in place with feeders at the top of the hills when moved on by beaters, fly high above the killers heads.
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Unfortunately what makes this shoot so desirable, also makes it incredibly easy to sabotage. Anyone wanting to destroy the fun of the blood junkies, just needs to walk the ridges along the top of the valley, locate the feeders and beat the hundreds of birds down into the valley. Although the birds will still be on the estate, they won’t be at the top of hills where they are best located for a day of shooting.

The only real requirement, is that beating isn’t done whilst a shoot is on, no shooting takes place on Sundays (by law) and most shoots don’t get going till about 11am, so any early morning walks would do a LOT of damage to a days shooting.

Not only is the Ashcombe estate vulnerable due to it’s topography, it’s also vulnerable due to the estate being covered in open access land, marked on this map in yellow;

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It’s also covered in footpaths!

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An easy guide to sabotaging pheasant shoots can be found here, the basic premise is to move birds, gamekeepers try their best to keep birds in one location, moving them saves lives.
The communique from “Saboteurs Against Shooting” finished with a direct message to Guy Ritchie:
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A % of culled badgers to be tested for bTB this year.

On a bbc devon radio call in show yesterday, a lady called “Linda” phoned in, she was very sure that culled badgers were going to be tested for bTB this year. The presenter wanted to find out if this was correct and a researcher checked up with the NFU, who confirmed that a % of badgers will indeed be tested for bTB this year.

Why have the government and the NFU agreed to having badgers tested for bTB? because it will give them valuable PR. When the results are announced wether it’s 10% or 50% they will then extrapolate and come up with a simple sound bite that goes something like:

“This data finally proves beyond doubt that the british badger population is indeed heavily infected with bovine TB and culling is the only sensible answer”

What they will not say, is that an infected badger has a less than 30% chance of being infectious, nor will they go on to say that by culling badgers the infected and infectious badgers will be forced into new territories as they flee their setts that are being targeted.

The people in the anti badger cull community who have been calling for the testing of badgers for some years, have just handed an easy media victory to the NFU.

The only positive to come from this is that it will increase the cost of the culls and it’s unlikely that a number of badgers from the same area were tested before the cull, without a comparison it makes the testing a nonsense PR exercise.

Badger cull final days? propped up with sticks and held together with string

Three weeks ago on this site a prediction was made that the badger cull could fall apart, due to a lack of resources. But with two weeks to go we didn’t expect for the culls to be falling apart quite so badly as it is.

Shooters going out alone, is now a common site in a number of areas.
Police trying to tail saboteurs and keep them out of locations where shooters are working is common practice in more than one zone.
Shooters repeatedly and desperately attempting to get into areas where they know there are activists and numerous badgers.
A steady and sure drop in cages being found in cull zones, some of which were heaving with cages in the early weeks (many hundreds have now been flattened).

But of all these pieces of the jigsaw, pointing to cull catastrophe, none has prepared us for what was passed on to us today. We are assured this is not the work of children and they are not the first to be found. Totally unlawful and a clear indication of where the cull companies now stand.

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propped up with sticks, this repaired cage was baited and set to kill.

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cullers now knowing that their failure is so massive, are trying to put old pixied cages back together with bits of string and wire.

It’s time for the police and natural england to pull the plug on this tragic farce.

If they can’t or won’t put the cull companies out of their misery, then they mustn’t be allowed to limp along and perform god knows what cruelties to our wildlife in the process.

It’s down to us who engage in direct action, to knuckle down for the final two weeks and finish them off for good.

UKIP leader of Devon caught breaking the law.

Badger cull saboteurs were quick to act when they spotted a badger killer out at night all by himself, this breaches the badger cull guidelines on a number of points, making any attempts to kill badgers totally unlawful.

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https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/remove-firearms-licence-from-ukip-leader

Of course the police were quick to act and set out to question and harass sabs over the days following this incident, with two activists questioned under caution.

Strange the police haven’t arrested and charged Mr.Robin “dingbat” Julian, because not only was he out alone making any kill unlawful, and potentially lethal for anyone nearby, his rifle was left unattended and in the open on a quad bike. Having nowhere on the quad bike to secure the rifle he ended up driving off with it across his lap. A clear breach of multiple points of the home office firearms security guidelines.

The cull companies themselves direct shooters to pack up and leave any site as soon as protestors arrive. So why Mr.Julian decided to instead leave his rifle unattended and start having a go at people in a vehicle is a further mystery.

This video proves beyond doubt that Mr. Julian  has been caught red handed breaking the law. He has been spotted since this video was filmed, out again, at night by himself on his quad and been forced into packing up and going back to his farm by cull sabs.

Perhaps the fact that he’s a freemason has something to do with the police not being interested?

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He’s certainly no stranger to controversy, just last year he claimed to have driven over 600 miles a week on average to claim a whopping £9,000 in travel expenses.

 

Please email Devon & Cornwall police (101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk) and ask them to:

  1. prosecute him under the badger act
  2. immediately cancel his firearms licence
  3. never allow him to be licensed for any future badger cull

If you would like to contact Mr.Julian directly, please keep all calls & emails polite:

Mr. Robin Julian
Higher Wembsworthy Farm
Hartland, Bideford
Devon, EX39 6EN

Phone:  01237 441052     Mobile:  07801 956227

Email: Robin@RobinJulian.co.uk, robin.julian@devon.gov.ukrobinjulian@torpedotraining.co.uk

UKIP website: http://www.robinjulian.co.uk

Work website: http://www.torpedotraining.co.uk

 

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Creating our own justice.

A full list of those involved in the hunt at the time is available here.

Firstly we must remember that immediately after the incident took place, when an ambulance was trying to get to the scene, the rest of the hunt blocked the road for five minutes. Rupert Nuttall the master at the time stood over the victim and proclaimed that she was fine. She suffered seven broken ribs and a punctured lung and was hospitalised for two weeks.

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Mark Doggrell the redcoat that mowed the sab down initially gave a “no comment” interview then submitted a prepared statement after he had seen the video footage.

Under caution he stated he had a 10-15 second view of the gate on his approach, he changed this under cross examination and had to be rescued from tying himself in knots by his barrister.

He went from saying he carried on because “it was close” (meaning he thought he hadn’t hit anyone) to admitting he may have ‘clipped’ someone to saying it was a glancing blow.

He denied knowing protestors were in the area, then admitted he’d heard there were protestors around. When asked why he didn’t stop when he’d hit her, he said:
“If I thought it was a member of the public I’d have stopped”

He denied hearing the hunting horn used by the sabs, then said he thought it was a child’s toy.

The police couldn’t extrapolate a speed but the expert witness suggested it was up to 30mph.

That expert witness (Debbie Marsden) for the huntsman said Doggrell wouldn’t have felt the horse hitting the sab and his action of riding through a small gap was “appropriate”.

The expert gives riding lessons at a farm that hosts meets for the Duke of Buccleuch hunt.

It is the opinion of people who went to court that it was the expert witness testimony that secured Doggrell his “not guilty” judgement.

Doggrell said that he’d gone into the field to collect hounds, but there was no evidence of this on the video, only a couple that had followed him.

He said they were trail hunting and there would have been 2 or 3 people laying the trail, the truth is that the hunt was cub hunting, an activity that involves surrounding a wood and then sending in young hounds to get them to learn to kill for the season ahead. That they take children to such an event, perhaps explains the sort of people they grow up to be.

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