[Imc-leeds] Fw: Feature Proposal
lordrich at riseup.net
lordrich at riseup.net
Mon Sep 1 11:29:47 PDT 2008
A slightly amended feature proposal, with some grammar/spelling fixes
(thanks). Are people fine with the links at the end being added in?
Topics: Animal Liberation
Long Title: Grouse Shoot Sabbing
Author: IMC Leeds Bradford
On Friday, 15 activists held a visual and noisy demo outside the
Bradford Council Head Office at Jacobs Well, because of their plans to
return grouse shooting to Ilkley Moor.
Banners were tied up and held, and information given to all the members
of staff and visitors going in through the main entrance. Members of
public were very supportive and many made comments about the council
not caring about the people of their town, never mind the animals to be
killed if bloodsports return to the moor. The constant noise from the
megaphone and chanting made sure that nobody could be unaware of why we
The demo then moved onto the City Hall where campaigners went
inside the office and put the West Yorkshire Sabs website on every
computer screen. Outside the main entrance, activists climbed up the
gates and tied a banner across, much to the annoyance of the security
guards who begun shaking the gate whilst someone was still up it!
Other campaigners dropped banners off a nearby flyover to inform
everybody coming into Bradford about council involvement in
animal cruelty and bloodsports.
Then on Sunday, West & South Yorkshire Hunt Sabs joined forces to stop
grouse shoots in the Holme Valley, near Holmfirth.
At the first shoot, over 25 sabs got between the beaters and the guns
and then blocked the shooting butts resulting in most of the
bloodsport enthusiasts cracking their guns and abandoning the first
drive. 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.
The next group of shooters, a bit further down the road, packed up
straight away when they saw the sabs arriving; however poor
communication meant that they couldn't tell the beaters who carried on
driving the grouse towards guns that weren't there. 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 days sabbing was a great success, with countless lives being saved
and two shoots stopped from killing.
West Yorkshire Sabs:
Hunt Sabs UK site:
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