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Group formed to monitor illegal hunting in Cornwall

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

Kernow Hunt Saboteurs monitor hunting with hounds in Cornwall.

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A NEW group has been established to monitor hunting with hounds in Cornwall.

Kernow Hunt Saboteurs say they are the first active hunt monitoring group in Cornwall since the hunting ban became law in 2004.

The Kernow Hunt Saboteurs Group has more than 1,200 supporters on Facebook and 20 core members in the group.

Many new people joined after the recent Somerset badger cull protests.

Since hunting foxes with hounds became illegal, many hunts have continued to meet and ride, with some following the legal practice of drag hunting, where hounds follow a trail of scent 'dragged' over the ground by hunt organisers.

On Saturdays groups from Kernow Hunt Saboteurs attend hunt meets in Cornwall, including gatherings of west Cornwall's Western Hunt.

Hunting and hunters are filmed with video cameras.

The group say they will use any footage of illegal hunting to help bring prosecutions against hunters.

The RSPCA has secured 26 convictions for offences under the Hunting Act nationwide since 2004, with four of those being of hunts as a body, but none have been in Cornwall.

Kernow Hunt Saboteurs have been a visible presence at recent Feast meetings when hunt masters are given the stirrup cup, and were filming the event two weeks ago in St Ives.

The group say they are currently raising money towards a vehicle and fuel to allow them to follow hunts in Cornwall.

They are urging anyone who thinks they have witnessed illegal hunting to contact the League Against Cruel Sports hotline 01483 361 108 and the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 and to contact the police if they actually see a fox being hunted.

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  • dandypeople  |  March 01 2014, 11:13PM

    Charlespk, it doesn't matter how much you blather on about hunting with dogs being humane, which I would dispute, the point is hunting foxes and hares with hounds is illegal and likely to stay that way for ever more. The world has moved on while you appear to be stuck in the past. Good luck Kernow Hunt Sabs, about time the hunts down there obeyed the law, something they don't seem able to do unless someone is watching them.

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  • Jake_Blake  |  March 01 2014, 11:18AM

    Hurray, a new Gestapo is in town!!! And their plan, to invade the privacy of others to make sure that they are "obeying the law." But who is watching the Gestapo?

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  • Charlespk  |  February 28 2014, 12:18PM

    Foxes have to be controlled. . What matters is how quickly death occurs. When a fox or other small quarry is caught, it is killed almost instantaneously. This is made possible by the considerable power to eight ratio of the dog over the quarry, similar to a terrier compared to a rat. There is no chance of the quarry being wounded and escaping. The subsequent breaking up of the carcass, if it occurs, is not a welfare consideration as the animal is already dead. . . . . . . In assessing the means by which wild animals are culled, whether using dogs or other methods, it must be appreciated that death in the wild, in the absence of natural predators and without hunting, involves protracted pain, sepsis, gangrene, starvation, hypothermia for days or even weeks before death. . . . . "Arguably the precise cause of death is irrelevant. What is more critical is how quickly insensibility and death result... There seems little doubt that in the vast majority of cases the time to insensibility and death is no more than a few seconds. " . . . . . . . The Burns Report, June 2000" http://tinyurl.com/6fp4hp3 (open in a new window)

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  • Kdriscoll  |  February 28 2014, 8:33AM

    YES finally the law is going to be upheld in Cornwall, especially west penwith where landowners and their animals have been terrorised by the illegal hunt thugs. I am very happy that a usually pro hunt reporting paper has put this article in we have been waiting for this for years thank you. We should all give our support to this group of brave volunteers; someone must uphold the countryside protection laws for other creatures hooray! I will be donating to Kernow Hunt Sabs on there website today

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  • twigcat  |  February 27 2014, 9:52PM

    Keep up the great work. It's amazing how you keep your cool under the provocation you encounter. You have my total admiration and are, without doubt, the good guys.

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  • Clued-Up  |  February 27 2014, 2:03PM

    The Countryside Alliance, hunts and shooting estates are suspected of being key supporters of the much loathed badger culls; there's circumstantial evidence (eg from the Countryside Alliance web site) to confirm these suspicions. Last year's badger culls served as a huge recruitment drive and PR campaign for the Hunt Sabs and hunt monitor groups ... poetic justice.

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