Assaulted Anti-Hunting Campaigners Deserve Justice

Target: Caroline Stewart, Secretary of the Belvoir Hunt

Goal: Condemn the attack of two animal activists during hunt and switch to outdoor activities not involving cruelty to animals.

Two members of an animal welfare charity were brutally attacked while peacefully monitoring a hunt organized by the Belvoir Hunt. The two men, one of whom is an ex-policeman, were violently attacked by masked men on quad bikes. Both had to be taken to hospital for their injuries. Nonetheless, the hunt’s organizers have not condemned or so much commented on the brutal attack and continue to hold hunting events where innocent animals are chased and killed for sport.

The League Against Cruel Sports, the charity to whom the activists belong, has stated “our investigators stay in the background to peacefully monitor the activities of hunts and record evidence if the hunts are breaking the law” and “this attack was completely unprovoked, but it is not unusual for hunt members to become violent if they feel they are being watched.” The hunts the Belvoir Hunt organizes are incredibly cruel and see animals, often foxes, hunted to the point of exhaustion by dogs and men on horseback before being shot dead.

The Belvoir Hunt organizes other non-lethal outdoor activities such as clay shooting and could therefore easily switch out its cruel events. Sign this petition demanding that the Belvoir Hunt condemns this brutal attack and replaces its cruel hunts with humane outdoor events.


Dear Ms Stewart,

Two men were recently attacked while peacefully monitoring a hunt organized by the Belvoir Hunt, yet your organization has not condemned nor commented on the attack. These activists were merely monitoring the hunt from a distance to ascertain whether the Hunting Act was being lawfully adhered to. It is important for you to speak out against these brutal attacks.

Moreover, your organization holds a number of non-lethal outdoor activities such as clay shooting. Why then does it continue to promote cruelty to animals with incredibly inhumane hunts? I urge you to not only condemn these attacks against peaceful protesters who are attempting to protect innocent animals but also replace all hunts with non-lethal outdoor activities.


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  1. they are great people to stop the hunts now.

  2. Dave Monaghan says:

    I’m told the Belvoir has two police officers among its members/supporters. Yet the hunt bully boys are still able to cause havoc and threaten others with harm. Its all very well sacking one thug as a token gesture, but there was a gang of them according to reports. These violent men on their quads with their little dogs in boxes and their spades have no place in modern trail hunting, so why are they still in attendance at every meet? There are many unanswered questions surrounding this hunt. For starters why did one of the bully boys have a wild fox in a shed on land belonging to the hunt? I’d also like to know why one of police officers is allowed to keep her job as wildlife crime officer? All very well for the force to dismiss concerns when this is a blatant conflict on interest. Id like very much to know why when the police are called out to a hunt, they harass the sabs instead of sending the hunters packing. It all stinks I’m afraid and its long past time trail hunting was banned. The blighters don’t obey the law for the most part so ban em all.

  3. I don’t know whether you saw the interview with the less injured of the two monitors on the news.

    Even the monitor himself said that the hunt had no idea that they were there. I hope that the injured monitor makes a speedy recovery & that whoever did this is caught & punished, but if the hunt didn’t even know they were there, how can they be blamed?


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