Thousands support Boxing Day hunt

Members of the Southdown and Eridge hunt pass through Lewes this morning (photos Simon Dack)

Thousands support Boxing Day hunt

Thousands support Boxing Day hunt

Thousands support Boxing Day hunt

Thousands support Boxing Day hunt

Thousands support Boxing Day hunt

First published in News

Thousands of people lined the streets of Lewes this morning for the Boxing Day hunt.

Members of the Southdown and Eridge hunt thundered into the town to the applause of supporters.

They congregated in High Street outside the White Hart Hotel at 11am before heading out of the town and on to the South Downs.

The support came despite today's news there is not enough support among MPs to repeal the ban on fox hunting.

Environmental secretary Owen Paterson said hunt supporters must do more work to win around sceptics.

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2:32pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Plantpot says...

"The support came despite today's news there is not enough support among MPs to repeal the ban on fox hunting."

Nothing to do with fox hunting of course, it's all about class-warrior MP's sticking it to the "Toffs". I suspect fox-hunting is more egalitarian than the make up of the Commons.
"The support came despite today's news there is not enough support among MPs to repeal the ban on fox hunting." Nothing to do with fox hunting of course, it's all about class-warrior MP's sticking it to the "Toffs". I suspect fox-hunting is more egalitarian than the make up of the Commons. Plantpot
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4:03pm Wed 26 Dec 12

MIDNIGHT COWBOY says...

Fox hunting is carried out by sadists who get pleasure from the fox being tormented to death. Does not seem right in modern society.
Fox hunting is carried out by sadists who get pleasure from the fox being tormented to death. Does not seem right in modern society. MIDNIGHT COWBOY
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4:10pm Wed 26 Dec 12

MIDNIGHT COWBOY says...

If you look at the informative Protect our Wild Animals site, it shows that from a recent MORI poll,only 15% of the population support hunting of wild animals with dogs.
If you look at the informative Protect our Wild Animals site, it shows that from a recent MORI poll,only 15% of the population support hunting of wild animals with dogs. MIDNIGHT COWBOY
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5:34pm Wed 26 Dec 12

HJarrs says...

Remember all the doom and gloom about hunts closing, jobs being lost, attack on country pleasures? It would seem to me that the ban on ripping apart foxes has been a remarkable success. I don´t think any hunts have closed. People are still able to enjoy a trot in the countryside.
Remember all the doom and gloom about hunts closing, jobs being lost, attack on country pleasures? It would seem to me that the ban on ripping apart foxes has been a remarkable success. I don´t think any hunts have closed. People are still able to enjoy a trot in the countryside. HJarrs
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7:19pm Wed 26 Dec 12

inadaptado says...

Thousands? Did you count them? Because they look like merely a hundred or two to me.
Thousands? Did you count them? Because they look like merely a hundred or two to me. inadaptado
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7:36pm Wed 26 Dec 12

sussexram40 says...

Neantherdal, barbaric animal cruelty. The ban stays by massive support of the decent population. Sick toffs can find something else to do, like smashing up restaurants and punting.
Neantherdal, barbaric animal cruelty. The ban stays by massive support of the decent population. Sick toffs can find something else to do, like smashing up restaurants and punting. sussexram40
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8:56pm Wed 26 Dec 12

george smith says...

Always the diversion of choice bt political parties during the labour government they spent more time debating fox hunting than the Iraq war. Now we have Syria, the world economy, Israel and Iran, so let's start worrying about fox hunting. I would hazard a guess that their are more foxes lying in gutters dying a slow death tonight having been hit by cars than died in fox hunts today. Then there are the rats dying slowly by rat poison. fuzzy thinking.
Always the diversion of choice bt political parties during the labour government they spent more time debating fox hunting than the Iraq war. Now we have Syria, the world economy, Israel and Iran, so let's start worrying about fox hunting. I would hazard a guess that their are more foxes lying in gutters dying a slow death tonight having been hit by cars than died in fox hunts today. Then there are the rats dying slowly by rat poison. fuzzy thinking. george smith
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9:21pm Wed 26 Dec 12

nosolution says...

Whether we like it or not pursuits like hunting or hare coursing are so ingrained into sub-cultures like the foxhunting set and the gypsy world respectively that it seems to matter not one jot what any law passed by a mob-ruled government does.This was the same for homosexuality,which is now legal,,thankfully...
Whether we like it or not pursuits like hunting or hare coursing are so ingrained into sub-cultures like the foxhunting set and the gypsy world respectively that it seems to matter not one jot what any law passed by a mob-ruled government does.This was the same for homosexuality,which is now legal,,thankfully... nosolution
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10:01am Thu 27 Dec 12

ourcoalition says...

The report seems to assume everyone in Lewes was there to support the Tories on horseback - we were not!

Many anti-hunt people are scared to voice their opposition due to the intimidation they receive from "thugs" in the crowd - this can be very direct, and aimed at young, old, whoever "dares" to put a different view - usually these are local residents just passing by, so not "activists". I have seen this for many years, when I lived in the centre of the town. I had to stop going as my dad was very vocal (again, a local resident), and he is the opposite of me - calm, collected, etc, until he saw the behaviour of those in redcoats - the arrogance, and so on!

If this is "tradition" then it's one we can do without....
The report seems to assume everyone in Lewes was there to support the Tories on horseback - we were not! Many anti-hunt people are scared to voice their opposition due to the intimidation they receive from "thugs" in the crowd - this can be very direct, and aimed at young, old, whoever "dares" to put a different view - usually these are local residents just passing by, so not "activists". I have seen this for many years, when I lived in the centre of the town. I had to stop going as my dad was very vocal (again, a local resident), and he is the opposite of me - calm, collected, etc, until he saw the behaviour of those in redcoats - the arrogance, and so on! If this is "tradition" then it's one we can do without.... ourcoalition
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10:14am Thu 27 Dec 12

sm7777 says...

There were definitely more than 1 or 2 hundred supporters there, people lined the streets from each end of the high street (pavement deep) and right up to the racecourse. I can't vouch for all on horseback as there were so many however I didn't see any arrogance we thanked people that let us pass and once on the downs allowed cyclists etc to pass. I wasn't born into a hunting family but I am always welcomed.
There were definitely more than 1 or 2 hundred supporters there, people lined the streets from each end of the high street (pavement deep) and right up to the racecourse. I can't vouch for all on horseback as there were so many however I didn't see any arrogance we thanked people that let us pass and once on the downs allowed cyclists etc to pass. I wasn't born into a hunting family but I am always welcomed. sm7777
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10:33am Thu 27 Dec 12

Algeria Touchshriek says...

Fox hunting is a British tradition steeped in history.

Hang on so is slavery, sending children up chimneys and having wars with France.

Whilst I am actually in favour of declaring war on France, i can not help but view fox hunters with utter hatred and really (REALLY) hope they fall off their horse and break their spines.

Then when they are eating mashed pear and popping in an adult nappy a fox comes in to their ground floor bedroom and wees in their eyes!
Fox hunting is a British tradition steeped in history. Hang on so is slavery, sending children up chimneys and having wars with France. Whilst I am actually in favour of declaring war on France, i can not help but view fox hunters with utter hatred and really (REALLY) hope they fall off their horse and break their spines. Then when they are eating mashed pear and popping in an adult nappy a fox comes in to their ground floor bedroom and wees in their eyes! Algeria Touchshriek
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10:46am Thu 27 Dec 12

george smith says...

ourcoalition wrote:
The report seems to assume everyone in Lewes was there to support the Tories on horseback - we were not!

Many anti-hunt people are scared to voice their opposition due to the intimidation they receive from "thugs" in the crowd - this can be very direct, and aimed at young, old, whoever "dares" to put a different view - usually these are local residents just passing by, so not "activists". I have seen this for many years, when I lived in the centre of the town. I had to stop going as my dad was very vocal (again, a local resident), and he is the opposite of me - calm, collected, etc, until he saw the behaviour of those in redcoats - the arrogance, and so on!

If this is "tradition" then it's one we can do without....
Come on you know vast numbers of the rural working class hunt, admittedly they probably don,t belong to unions nor get to wear pink, Hunting is one area where the different classes do do things together.
[quote][p][bold]ourcoalition[/bold] wrote: The report seems to assume everyone in Lewes was there to support the Tories on horseback - we were not! Many anti-hunt people are scared to voice their opposition due to the intimidation they receive from "thugs" in the crowd - this can be very direct, and aimed at young, old, whoever "dares" to put a different view - usually these are local residents just passing by, so not "activists". I have seen this for many years, when I lived in the centre of the town. I had to stop going as my dad was very vocal (again, a local resident), and he is the opposite of me - calm, collected, etc, until he saw the behaviour of those in redcoats - the arrogance, and so on! If this is "tradition" then it's one we can do without....[/p][/quote]Come on you know vast numbers of the rural working class hunt, admittedly they probably don,t belong to unions nor get to wear pink, Hunting is one area where the different classes do do things together. george smith
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10:58am Thu 27 Dec 12

Sheffield_Tiger says...

In actual news, an anti hunt protestor was hospitalised, a vehicle was vandalised and property stolen.

A hunt saboteur has been viciously beaten by supporters of the South Down and Eridge Foxhunt during their prestigious Boxing Day meet at the White Heart pub in Lewes, East Sussex. The saboteur was on his own in a vehicle when a hunt supporter got in through an unlocked rear door. A group of seven men then attacked him with walking sticks and he was forced to curl up to protect himself. He suffered severe injuries to his hands which he had used to cover his head. The attackers also stole an ipad, the vehicles keys and caused damage to the vehicle, including smashing the windscreen. One man has been arrested following the incident.

Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release


Why is this not mentioned? Does The Argus not consider this newsworthy?
In actual news, an anti hunt protestor was hospitalised, a vehicle was vandalised and property stolen. A hunt saboteur has been viciously beaten by supporters of the South Down and Eridge Foxhunt during their prestigious Boxing Day meet at the White Heart pub in Lewes, East Sussex. The saboteur was on his own in a vehicle when a hunt supporter got in through an unlocked rear door. A group of seven men then attacked him with walking sticks and he was forced to curl up to protect himself. He suffered severe injuries to his hands which he had used to cover his head. The attackers also stole an ipad, the vehicles keys and caused damage to the vehicle, including smashing the windscreen. One man has been arrested following the incident. Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release Why is this not mentioned? Does The Argus not consider this newsworthy? Sheffield_Tiger
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11:01am Thu 27 Dec 12

Sheffield_Tiger says...

Re: the above for the sake of accuracy, "hospitalised" was from an unofficial comment on this subject elsewhere and added in error, I cannot confirm whether the person sought hospital treatment.
Re: the above for the sake of accuracy, "hospitalised" was from an unofficial comment on this subject elsewhere and added in error, I cannot confirm whether the person sought hospital treatment. Sheffield_Tiger
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11:17am Thu 27 Dec 12

Plantpot says...

HJarrs wrote:
Remember all the doom and gloom about hunts closing, jobs being lost, attack on country pleasures? It would seem to me that the ban on ripping apart foxes has been a remarkable success. I don´t think any hunts have closed. People are still able to enjoy a trot in the countryside.
You're right, it has been successful. The urban anti-Toffs can say that there's a law against fox-hunting (which has roped in many non-Toffs, but never mind), and because the law is unenforceable near enough, the hunts can carry on as before. Everyone's a winner.

Incidentally, I do wish the pro-hunt people would stop talking about pest control and just admit the whole thing is enjoyable. Man is a hunting beast by nature, it's what we were born for. Why do you think the armed forces are popular career choices?
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Remember all the doom and gloom about hunts closing, jobs being lost, attack on country pleasures? It would seem to me that the ban on ripping apart foxes has been a remarkable success. I don´t think any hunts have closed. People are still able to enjoy a trot in the countryside.[/p][/quote]You're right, it has been successful. The urban anti-Toffs can say that there's a law against fox-hunting (which has roped in many non-Toffs, but never mind), and because the law is unenforceable near enough, the hunts can carry on as before. Everyone's a winner. Incidentally, I do wish the pro-hunt people would stop talking about pest control and just admit the whole thing is enjoyable. Man is a hunting beast by nature, it's what we were born for. Why do you think the armed forces are popular career choices? Plantpot
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11:29am Thu 27 Dec 12

Algeria Touchshriek says...

Plantpot

"Incidentally, I do wish the pro-hunt people would stop talking about pest control and just admit the whole thing is enjoyable. Man is a hunting beast by nature"

I agree with this bit but man hunts for FOOD not for bloody sadistic pleasure.

Fox hunters are beneath paedophiles. and they're pretty low.
Plantpot "Incidentally, I do wish the pro-hunt people would stop talking about pest control and just admit the whole thing is enjoyable. Man is a hunting beast by nature" I agree with this bit but man hunts for FOOD not for bloody sadistic pleasure. Fox hunters are beneath paedophiles. and they're pretty low. Algeria Touchshriek
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11:57am Thu 27 Dec 12

george smith says...

Rubbish paedophiles are the scum of the earth, they wreak young lives until eternity. Hunting folk just bring out the worst in people: envy of those who have by those who do not. Killing foxes by dogs have been illegal for several years now. do those who hate fox hunting have any quarms about calling pest control to poison rats. now there's a slow horrible death. I have the misfortune for all my life of sitting on the fence of never have hunted, but having friends, some who have hunted and some who have been sabs.
Rubbish paedophiles are the scum of the earth, they wreak young lives until eternity. Hunting folk just bring out the worst in people: envy of those who have by those who do not. Killing foxes by dogs have been illegal for several years now. do those who hate fox hunting have any quarms about calling pest control to poison rats. now there's a slow horrible death. I have the misfortune for all my life of sitting on the fence of never have hunted, but having friends, some who have hunted and some who have been sabs. george smith
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1:22pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Algeria Touchshriek says...

Pest control is necessary errrrrr, to control pests?

Fox hunting IS NOT pest control

Do people in Rent-O-Kill get pleasure from killing rats? No

Do they plan it in advance and dress up in god awful garb and blow whistles and horns? No

Do they wipe the blood of a rat on the face of a small child? No

In a way fox hunters are child abusers because they often nurse a semi when rubbing foxes blood on small boys faces. True!

Oh, I forgot because I eat meat and would kill a rat in my kitchen, I obvioulsy love and appreciate the torture in the name of pleasure of a poor defenceless fox.

Ridiculous.
Pest control is necessary errrrrr, to control pests? Fox hunting IS NOT pest control Do people in Rent-O-Kill get pleasure from killing rats? No Do they plan it in advance and dress up in god awful garb and blow whistles and horns? No Do they wipe the blood of a rat on the face of a small child? No In a way fox hunters are child abusers because they often nurse a semi when rubbing foxes blood on small boys faces. True! Oh, I forgot because I eat meat and would kill a rat in my kitchen, I obvioulsy love and appreciate the torture in the name of pleasure of a poor defenceless fox. Ridiculous. Algeria Touchshriek
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3:06pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Plantpot says...

Algeria Touchshriek wrote:
Pest control is necessary errrrrr, to control pests?

Fox hunting IS NOT pest control

Do people in Rent-O-Kill get pleasure from killing rats? No

Do they plan it in advance and dress up in god awful garb and blow whistles and horns? No

Do they wipe the blood of a rat on the face of a small child? No

In a way fox hunters are child abusers because they often nurse a semi when rubbing foxes blood on small boys faces. True!

Oh, I forgot because I eat meat and would kill a rat in my kitchen, I obvioulsy love and appreciate the torture in the name of pleasure of a poor defenceless fox.

Ridiculous.
Of course fox hunting controls the fox as a pest.

I suppose the question is how to kill them otherwise? Shooting? Trapping? Gassing? Poisoning?

Any which way you look at it, all the above offer an opportunity for a slow death if not done properly.
[quote][p][bold]Algeria Touchshriek[/bold] wrote: Pest control is necessary errrrrr, to control pests? Fox hunting IS NOT pest control Do people in Rent-O-Kill get pleasure from killing rats? No Do they plan it in advance and dress up in god awful garb and blow whistles and horns? No Do they wipe the blood of a rat on the face of a small child? No In a way fox hunters are child abusers because they often nurse a semi when rubbing foxes blood on small boys faces. True! Oh, I forgot because I eat meat and would kill a rat in my kitchen, I obvioulsy love and appreciate the torture in the name of pleasure of a poor defenceless fox. Ridiculous.[/p][/quote]Of course fox hunting controls the fox as a pest. I suppose the question is how to kill them otherwise? Shooting? Trapping? Gassing? Poisoning? Any which way you look at it, all the above offer an opportunity for a slow death if not done properly. Plantpot
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3:09pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Plantpot says...

Sheffield_Tiger wrote:
In actual news, an anti hunt protestor was hospitalised, a vehicle was vandalised and property stolen.

A hunt saboteur has been viciously beaten by supporters of the South Down and Eridge Foxhunt during their prestigious Boxing Day meet at the White Heart pub in Lewes, East Sussex. The saboteur was on his own in a vehicle when a hunt supporter got in through an unlocked rear door. A group of seven men then attacked him with walking sticks and he was forced to curl up to protect himself. He suffered severe injuries to his hands which he had used to cover his head. The attackers also stole an ipad, the vehicles keys and caused damage to the vehicle, including smashing the windscreen. One man has been arrested following the incident.

Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release


Why is this not mentioned? Does The Argus not consider this newsworthy?
What did they do to provoke such an attack?
[quote][p][bold]Sheffield_Tiger[/bold] wrote: In actual news, an anti hunt protestor was hospitalised, a vehicle was vandalised and property stolen. A hunt saboteur has been viciously beaten by supporters of the South Down and Eridge Foxhunt during their prestigious Boxing Day meet at the White Heart pub in Lewes, East Sussex. The saboteur was on his own in a vehicle when a hunt supporter got in through an unlocked rear door. A group of seven men then attacked him with walking sticks and he was forced to curl up to protect himself. He suffered severe injuries to his hands which he had used to cover his head. The attackers also stole an ipad, the vehicles keys and caused damage to the vehicle, including smashing the windscreen. One man has been arrested following the incident. Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release Why is this not mentioned? Does The Argus not consider this newsworthy?[/p][/quote]What did they do to provoke such an attack? Plantpot
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1:14pm Fri 28 Dec 12

PorkBoat says...

Turn the hoses on them!
Turn the hoses on them! PorkBoat
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6:01am Mon 31 Dec 12

Cash Cow says...

Why was my post deleted?
Why was my post deleted? Cash Cow
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