A bloodied female hunt saboteur was hospitalised following a furious clash with a male opponent as she tried to monitor an event. Footage filmed by fellow saboteurs shows woman having an angry row with unidentified man in a field, before she was pushed down onto a muddy track. Seconds later hunt supporter appears to slap or swipe at her face, leaving her with cuts which required hospital treatment. A woman monitors claim to be hunt master then claims victim is ‘not a woman’ before branding her a ‘monster’. West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs told that the incident involving Warwickshire Hunt members on Thursday in village of Birdingbury, near Rugby, is now being investigated by county police.
The five minute video, which was recorded by a male saboteur, starts with woman confronting a man on horseback, who tells her that he is hunting rabbits. Shortly afterwards, a man in a brown fleece approaches them and tells ‘You’re not welcome here. Get gone, now.’ As cameraman stumbles, angry men then can be seen approaching woman and dramatic still photos appear to show him slapping her across the face. Furious man then shouts ‘you do what you want, now get out’, as he pushes the female saboteur, wearing a white jumper, to ground. Lying on muddy footpath, she can then be heard telling to her radio ‘I have just been assaulted. I’ve just be slapped in the face.’ Woman, with a cut above eyelid, then gets up and says the man ‘so you hit women?’ to which he responds ‘you can hit me, if you want’.
Footage then cuts to pair talking to another man sitting in a vehicle, who apologises to woman and says ‘That shouldn’t have happened.’ Female then approaches a car full of well-dressed men and women, who are asked about the alleged assault. It was at that point alleged victim is said ‘you’re not a woman’. When asked what saboteur is, lady bluntly responds ‘A monster.’
A spokesperson for West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs told ‘We were concerned that the hunt were hunting a fox and that the hounds were heading towards a busy main road. Suddenly two hunt supporters approach us and start shouting aggressively before attacking us. It shows what type of people fox hunters are that they think it acceptable for men to attack women, punch them and then shove them over from behind.’
Lee Moon, spokesperson for Hunt Saboteurs Association, said ‘Fox hunting, by its very nature, is a violent activity and it is only a short leap from using violence towards animals to using violence against people. This was a completely unprovoked attack. Fox hunting is a breeding ground for normalising violence with some very questionable attitudes towards women. We ask question ‘who are the real monsters here?”
The Warwickshire Hunt describes itself as a ‘friendly organisation’ on its website and promises that visitors ‘will always be assured of the 3 Ws, a Warm Warwickshire Welcome.’ Hunt currently has 6 joint masters, including 3 women. A spokesman for group told ‘The Warwickshire Hunt acts within the law to comply with the Hunting Act 2004. The Hunt does not condone any form of violence, even when faced with extreme provocation, personal harassment and other serial offences.’
Warwickshire Police didn’t return requests for comment last night. Leicestershire Police are investigating that incident. Last month a furious farmer drove his quad bike at West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs and threw a flurry of punches in a shocking attack. Video was filmed during the hunt near the Leicestershire village of Ratcliffe Culey.