Sussex hunt drops court case against activists

Two wildlife campaigners who waged a lengthy war against fox hunting have seen a court case against them dropped.

Husband and wife Simon and Jaine Wild, from Bognor, faced High Court action to ban them and other hunt monitors from large areas of West Sussex.

More than 80 landowners backed the Crawley and Horsham Hunt’s bid to block the West Sussex Wildlife Protection Group and the Wilds from about 10,000 acres of land.

But the claimants have now withdrawn the proceedings and have agreed to pay almost all the defence costs, expected to be in excess of £60,000.

The Wilds' solicitor, Victoria Pogge von Strandmann, of Fisher Meredith Solicitors, said the hunt dropped the case after unsuccessfully applying for an interim injunction on July 15 last year.

She said it was then adjourned at the claimants’ request after two aborted trials in which the judge dismissed two of the grounds for it, nuisance and trespass, because they had “fundamental defects”.

That limited the claim to one of harassment, which Mrs Wild and the other defendants denied.

Antony Sandeman, joint-master of the hunt, claimed that the protesters had changed their behaviour since the case was brought, rendering it pointless.

He said: “The hunt has never sought to stop any legitimate scrutiny of its activities and as a result of the action the behaviour of activists has changed out of all recognition.

“We will, however, be continuing to monitor the behaviour of activists.”

Mr and Mrs Wild denied that she or her husband had altered their tactics in hunt monitoring and that their scrutiny would continue in the future.

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7:15pm Thu 16 Jul 09

jo w says...

If the Wild's are true animal lovers, why don't they set up a sanctuary for injured foxes or something similar. It would be far more useful than monitoring a hunt. Ah, maybe because they're not true animal lovers, they're just troublemakers.
If the Wild's are true animal lovers, why don't they set up a sanctuary for injured foxes or something similar. It would be far more useful than monitoring a hunt. Ah, maybe because they're not true animal lovers, they're just troublemakers. jo w

7:23pm Thu 16 Jul 09

Osama bin there says...

I hate professional agitators, but even more I hate the toffs that think that hunting a fox to death is a sport.
So good news, as far as I'm concerned. And even better that it's going to cost the 'hunters' serious dosh.
Ha. ha.
I hate professional agitators, but even more I hate the toffs that think that hunting a fox to death is a sport. So good news, as far as I'm concerned. And even better that it's going to cost the 'hunters' serious dosh. Ha. ha. Osama bin there

7:32pm Thu 16 Jul 09

TheInsider says...

Clearly animals are out of the picture and the hunted and the hunters are now humans chasing each other.
Clearly animals are out of the picture and the hunted and the hunters are now humans chasing each other. TheInsider

7:35pm Thu 16 Jul 09

For Every Sprinkle I Find says...

Umm... Pro or against, the fact remains that hunting with dogs is ILLEGAL.

So to take people to court over what they're doing (which is legal) when what they're trying to do is to stop toffs breaking the law in the first place......

The law is there, no-one acts on it. Just ONCE, I want the police to go to a hunt and arrest EVERY SINGLE TOFF and give them ALL a Criminal Record.
Umm... Pro or against, the fact remains that hunting with dogs is ILLEGAL. So to take people to court over what they're doing (which is legal) when what they're trying to do is to stop toffs breaking the law in the first place...... The law is there, no-one acts on it. Just ONCE, I want the police to go to a hunt and arrest EVERY SINGLE TOFF and give them ALL a Criminal Record. For Every Sprinkle I Find

10:23pm Thu 16 Jul 09

stan bailey says...

Osama bin there wrote:
I hate professional agitators, but even more I hate the toffs that think that hunting a fox to death is a sport.
So good news, as far as I'm concerned. And even better that it's going to cost the 'hunters' serious dosh.
Ha. ha.
I usually greatly admire your intelligence, however people who hunt are usually quite humble with regard to their wealth.

What would do if you had a rat in your house poison it?

Poison is a very cruel death, it takes days
[quote][p][bold]Osama bin there[/bold] wrote: I hate professional agitators, but even more I hate the toffs that think that hunting a fox to death is a sport. So good news, as far as I'm concerned. And even better that it's going to cost the 'hunters' serious dosh. Ha. ha.[/p][/quote]I usually greatly admire your intelligence, however people who hunt are usually quite humble with regard to their wealth. What would do if you had a rat in your house poison it? Poison is a very cruel death, it takes days stan bailey

1:58pm Fri 17 Jul 09

Andre Spooner says...

I think I am a fine example of how a man can have a deep and honest relationship with a horse, and not kill any animals at the same time.

I love to ride my horse all around town, and never! Never have I been tempted to stick a blade into a passing bull, or to hack a wolf to death with a rusty blade. Spooner touches the earth lightly!

Wow, my security word was "death-of-elk-by-fir
ing-squad"!

HOW SYMBOLIC.
I think I am a fine example of how a man can have a deep and honest relationship with a horse, and not kill any animals at the same time. I love to ride my horse all around town, and never! Never have I been tempted to stick a blade into a passing bull, or to hack a wolf to death with a rusty blade. Spooner touches the earth lightly! Wow, my security word was "death-of-elk-by-fir ing-squad"! HOW SYMBOLIC. Andre Spooner

12:17pm Sat 18 Jul 09

thensx says...

What is a Toff? Someone who lives in the countryside?

The whole Hunting with Dogs Bill was a vindictive piece of class-war from a failed Government. As I recall it was Prescott's baby and like everything else he did it was a monumental failure. Hunt membership has gone up since this legislation was introduced, not down.
What is a Toff? Someone who lives in the countryside? The whole Hunting with Dogs Bill was a vindictive piece of class-war from a failed Government. As I recall it was Prescott's baby and like everything else he did it was a monumental failure. Hunt membership has gone up since this legislation was introduced, not down. thensx

11:09am Mon 20 Jul 09

Maggie H says...

What a stupid comment. Almost as rediculous as the statement by Anthony Sandeman joint master of the Cruel & Horsham hunt that we had changed our behaviour! LIE The fact is we had so much in the way of evidence of Assault,Harassment,I
ntimidation and illegal hunting they had to drop the case. They thought we would just walk away and let them get on with their disgusting and cruel hobby. If the Cruelly & Horsham hunt are legal, why are the hunt meets shrouded in secrecy ? Why so many hunt thug stewards? They even stopped wearing the red coats so we couldn't see them in the woods last season. Pathetic, rediculous and cruel people. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
What a stupid comment. Almost as rediculous as the statement by Anthony Sandeman joint master of the Cruel & Horsham hunt that we had changed our behaviour! LIE The fact is we had so much in the way of evidence of Assault,Harassment,I ntimidation and illegal hunting they had to drop the case. They thought we would just walk away and let them get on with their disgusting and cruel hobby. If the Cruelly & Horsham hunt are legal, why are the hunt meets shrouded in secrecy ? Why so many hunt thug stewards? They even stopped wearing the red coats so we couldn't see them in the woods last season. Pathetic, rediculous and cruel people. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Maggie H

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