Grouse Shoot Sab - August 30th 2008
Various hunt sab groups joined forces to stop grouse shoots in the Peak District.
At just after 10am the first shoot was located on Meltham Moor just west of Holmfirth, the shoot was on land owned by Meltham Shooting Club. Sabs then raced onto the moor to got between the beaters and the guns and then blocked the shooting butts resulting in most of the bloodsports enthusiasts cracking their guns and abandoning the drive. Despite advice from the BASC some shooters did not 'break' their guns and even one carried on shooting over sabs heads.
Obviously angry at their 'sport' being stopped, members of the shoot assaulted one sab to try and get their video camera, rammed the sab van and the owner of the shoot decided it would be a good idea to put one of the front windows through on the vehicle. As per usual, the police couldn't care less and were more interested in getting rid of the sabs with laws they didn't even know themselves.
This man is wanted for threatening behaviour and smashing a sab van widow. Watch the video clip wmv format (3MB), avi format (3MB) or mpeg format (7MB). All information will be received in the strictest confidence. (Click on thumbnail left to see larger image)
Following dinner the next shoot was found a bit further down the road on Saddleworth Moor, they packed up straight away when they saw the sabs coming over the moor towards the butts. However, poor communication meant that the head keeper couldn't tell the beaters that the shoot had been stopped. For over 30 minutes they carried on driving the grouse towards guns that weren't there. Oh how we chuckled. Realising they had been made fools of, one of the head beaters began shouting at the police to enforce laws that didn't exist, to which they just told him the truth.
The day's sabbing was a great success, with countless lives being saved and two shoots stopped from killing.
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Thanks to Southampton HSA for pics.