BY KEER LONSDALE I love the English countryside and have done from a very young age. Even as a tiny tot the ramshackle mud-heap of a farm yard, or the smell of muck-spreading, or the racket of a twilit rookery, or the gentle patchwork of fields and hedges stretching to a misty distance, were to me signals of my proper habitat, my rural home, the … Continue reading Countryside Culture Wars
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Last week’s article caused quite a stir. However, anti-hunt saboteurs either faking evidence or making false claims is nothing new. One particular case was even described in the first ever government hunting inquiry report of 1951 (The Scott Henderson Inquiry) when a master of fox hounds brought a libel case against a local clergyman: “This gentleman wrote a letter … Continue reading Antis Crowdfunding Court Fines
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Finally, after two years of this publication alongside others highlighting the use of faked videos by animal rights extremists to promote their narrative and pervert the course of justice, we welcome the long-awaited conviction of a hunt saboteur. With the conviction of David Graham of the West Midlands Hunt Sabs for handing over tampered evidence he hoped would fraudulently … Continue reading A Faker Convicted at Long Last
BY NIGEL BEAN A few years back a friend of mine was with two other men, just about to enter a copse to carry out pest control for a local farmer. They were after pigeons and decked out in camouflage. Their weapon of choice was the .177 air rifle. Just as they were about to enter the wood their rifles were unsheathed. Then, up on … Continue reading A Question of Impartiality
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ The second year in a row and we find a bird of prey conveniently turns up dead two weeks before the grouse shooting season starts on 12th August. Last year it was a Hen Harrier caught in a trap – an incident that appears to have been staged to catch the headlines; an incident carefully designed not only to … Continue reading Who Killed the Sea Eagle?
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ The antis have always been vicious and nasty – their comments vile. Just ask anyone involved in field sports. You get called a paedophile, pervert, sadist, psychopath and much more – although you do wonder how much of the insulting amounts to mere projection. Admittedly tensions were running high on both sides at the annual meet for the Carmarthenshire … Continue reading Love Animals, Hate Humans
BY NIGEL BEAN I came off twitter after three years just after the general election in June. I had made the mistake of thinking all I need do is blog the truth on hunting then tweet this information into the timelines of the anti-hunt brigade. Sanity would surely prevail. The antis will then surely see the error of their ways and come around to my … Continue reading Never Mirror the Devil